Hero Initiative Will Have Exclusives, Parties, and Special Guests at SDCC 2014

Hero Initiative SDCC 2014 Schedule

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Hero Initiative at San Diego Comic Con

With Overstreet exclusive and CGC Signings plus two great parties: Stone Brewing’s Hop-con and LA Times Hero Complex!

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 16, 2013) – The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is travelling into Comic-Con International in San Diego July 23-27 at the San Diego Convention center. We have exclusives, parties and special guests throughout the weekend at booth #5003 that you will not want to miss!

Hero Initiative Overstreet 2014It’s an anniversary for the Hero Initiative and The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. This year marks the fifth consecutive year Gemstone Publishing and Hero have teamed up to raise money for comic creators in need. Harkening back to the character’s earliest appearances, Wolverine is featured with the Hulk and Wendigo on the cover for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 Hero Initiative Edition. Returning even further to Wolverine’s roots, the Hero-exclusive cover is illustrated by Herb Trimpe, who teamed with a pair of superstars, inker Tom Palmer and colorist Laura Martin, for the piece. Gemstone Publishing’s Creative Director Mark Huesman designed the logo and trade dress.

This exclusive, 500-copy, limited hardcover edition will go on sale at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Wednesday, July 23, at our booth. An extremely limited number of copies will be available from Hero’s website and through a select group of participating retailers. There will be no softcover edition of this version, and it will retail for $35.

2014  w00t StoutWe hope to see you to kick things off Wednesday night—if you already have your ticket for Hop-Con 2.0: The w00tstout Launch Festival! The great event put on by Stone Brewing Co. is sold out, and features an amazing exclusive w00tstout beer with label drawn by the legendary Dave Gibbons! Make sure and get your tickets early for NEXT year!

CGC Signature SeriesFans who like to get their books signed and authenticated by CGC for Signature Series will definitely want to check out Hero’s exclusive signing with 17 top creators! Hero is the exclusive CGC Signature Series facilitator at the con for Amanda Conner, Chuck Dixon, Kevin Eastman, Dave Gibbons, Sina Grace, Brian Haberlin, Dan Jurgens, Andy Lanning, Ken Lashley, David Lloyd, Ron Marz, Danny Miki, Denny O’Neil, Jimmy Palmiotti, Louis Simonson, Walt Simonson and Chip Zdarsky!

Bring your books to the CGC booth, #901, NO later than Friday, July 25 at 5 p.m. Cost is $38 plus return shipping, and you don’t have to wait in lines!

And some great friends of Hero will be appearing at our booth, #5003, as well. Check out Ken Lashley on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., and Dan Jurgens on Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and Denny O’Neil Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.HeroInitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Dark Horse Unveils Exclusive Game of Thrones Items for SDCC 2014

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DARK HORSE UNVEILS THE 2014 CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE GAME OF THRONES® ITEMS!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR – Following up on last week’s announcement of the first wave of Dark Horse’s 2014 Comic-Con exclusives comes the full slate of exclusive items based on the massively popular HBO series Game of Thrones! We have created not one, not two, but all three of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons, an exclusive new map marker, and a new shield wall plaque! These items will make their debut at Comic-Con International, when doors open to the public on July 23!

The full list can be found below, and each item will be allocated for distribution throughout the show.

Game of Thrones: Convention Exclusive Bolton Map Marker

4″ tall hand-painted polyresin Bolton Map Marker. In Game of Thrones, we see Robb Stark plotting the movements of opposing armies using a map of Westeros and a set of map markers, each hewn into a representation of one of the house symbols. With our Map Marker Set, we have reproduced these items in their true size, using the actual props as reference. This limited-edition Bolton Map Marker is an additional piece only available at San Diego Comic-Con International.

Price: $25.00
Production Run: 1,200
Limit: Two per person

Bolton

 

Game of Thrones: Convention Exclusive Lannister Shield Wall Plaque

Limited-edition 8″ x 5″ polyresin replica of Lannister shield. Packaged in full-color box. Includes hook for wall mounting.

Price: $30.00
Production Run: 2,300
Limit: Two per person

Lannister

Game of Thrones: Convention Exclusive Dragon—Drogon

3″ tall, 6″ wingspan limited-edition pewter replica of Drogon, the black dragon commanded by Daenerys Targaryen.

Price: $35.00 each / $90.00 for Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion
Production Run: 1,250
Limit: Five per person

Drogon

Game of Thrones: Convention Exclusive Dragon—Rhaegal

3″ tall, 6″ wingspan limited-edition pewter replica of Rhaegal, the emerald green and bronze dragon commanded by Daenerys Targaryen.

Price: $35.00 each / $90.00 for Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion
Production Run: 1,250
Limit: Five per person

Rhaegal

Game of Thrones: Convention Exclusive Dragon—Viserion

3″ tall, 6″ wingspan limited-edition pewter replica of Viserion, the cream-colored dragon commanded by Daenerys Targaryen.

Price: $35.00 each / $90.00 for Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion
Production Run: 1,250
Limit: Five per person

Viserion

PSA Giving Away Game of Thrones and X-Men Cards and Godzilla Artwork at SDCC 2014

PSA Giveaways
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PSA Giving Away “Game of Thrones” and “X-Men” Cards and Godzilla Artwork at San Diego Comic-Con

Visitors to the PSA booth at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con can get free samples of PSA-certified X-Men and Game of Thrones cards while supplies last.

PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available at Comic-Con to authenticate autographs on-site.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 07, 2014

PSA (http://www.psacard.com), the world’s largest third-party certification company for trading cards, autographs and memorabilia, will be giving away PSA-graded samples of Game of Thrones and X-Men™ trading cards at the Comic-Con International: San Diego convention, July 24 – 27, 2014.

Also while supplies last, PSA will be giving visitors free copies of the August 2014 issue of SMR (Sports Market Report) magazine, a useful monthly publication filled with informative stories about collectibles. The magazine also features price guides for popular trading cards. The August issue has articles about Game of Thrones, X-Men, Mickey Mouse™, Zorro™ and Godzilla™ collectibles and more.

Visitors to the PSA booth (#5617) can enter for a chance to win the original acrylic-on-canvas Godzilla artwork created for the magazine’s August 2014 cover by renowned artist Arthur K. Miller. Valued at more than $3,000, the custom-framed artwork will be given away to a lucky visitor in a random drawing among those who register at the PSA booth during the convention. No purchase or payment is necessary to enter the sweepstakes. The Official Rules can be found at http://www.PSAcard.com/comiccon.

PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available at Comic-Con to authenticate autographs on-site.

“PSA-certified collectibles often sell for premium prices because of the strength and credibility of the PSA brand,” said Joe Orlando, President of PSA and Editor of SMR magazine.

“PSA/DNA uses an invisible DNA marker on certified items. It can only be seen using a calibrated laser, and counterfeiters have only a 1 in 33 trillion chance of duplicating that DNA strand,” explained Orlando.

Since 1991, PSA experts have examined and certified more than 20 million trading cards, autographs and other entertainment and sports memorabilia with an estimated cumulative value of more than $1 billion.

The Comic-Con convention will be held in the San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive. For additional information about the event, go to http://www.comic-con.org.

For additional information about PSA’s services, call Customer Service at (800) 325-1121 or go to http://www.psacard.com.

PSA is a division of Santa Ana, California-based Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

Dark Horse Unveils Their First Wave of SDCC 2014 Exclusives

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DARK HORSE UNVEILS THE FIRST WAVE OF 2014 COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL EXCLUSIVE BOOKS AND PRODUCTS!

The year’s most anticipated event will host more exclusive Dark Horse merchandise than ever before!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR – July means the most anticipated event of the year in pop culture is just weeks away! As we rapidly approach the doors opening to the world on July 23, Dark Horse announces the first wave of 2014 SDCC exclusives, available in the expanded Exclusives Store at booth #2615!

Dark Horse has produced more items than EVER for this year’s show, as well as secured a few other extremely limited edition items from our partners!

The list can be found below, available only at the Dark Horse 2014 Exclusives Store at Comic-Con International!

Look for news on the latest items in our line of products based on HBO’s Game of Thrones™ produced exclusively for Comic Con in the coming days!

A set number of exclusives and limited editions will be portioned for each day of the show.

Hellboy Plush

1. Itty Bitty Hellboy Plush: 2014 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive

7.25″ tall plush version of the colorful cartoon treatment of Mike Mignola’s characters by Art Baltazar and Franco featuring an San Diego Comic Con International logo t-shirt.

Price: $15.00

Production Run: 500

Limit: Two per person

Mass Effect Cruiser

2. Mass Effect Alliance Cruiser: Convention Exclusive Bronze Edition

9″ long polyresin bronze finished Alliance Cruiser. Dark Horse has utilized digital assets direct from Bioware to faithfully capture all details in transforming this ship from a digital creation into our physical world.

Price: $60.00

Production Run: 350

Limit: One per person

Buffy Season 10 Issue 5

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 #5 San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 Variant Cover

When Buffy and crew try to wrest Xander from Dracula’s control, they begin a battle supreme with the terrifying demon that Dracula has become . . .

Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendan (writers) * Rebekah Isaacs (artist) * Dan Jackson (colorist) * Andy Park (cover artist)

Price: $5.00

Print Run: 1,000

Limit: Five per person

Star Wars: Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir #1

4. Star Wars: Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir #1 San Diego Comic-Con International Variant Cover

Star Wars: Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir is based on unaired episodes of The Clone Wars television series!

Jeremy Barlow (writer) * Juan Frigeri (penciler) * Mauro Vargas (inker), Wes Dzioba colorist), Chris Scalf (cover artist)

Price: $5.00

Print Run: 1,000

Limit: Five per person

Captain Midnight

5. Captain Midnight: Stolen Future Convention Exclusive Slipcase Edition

In the forties, Captain Midnight was an American hero, a daredevil fighter pilot, a technological genius . . . a superhero. Since he rifled out of the Bermuda Triangle and into the present day, Captain Midnight has been labeled a threat to homeland security. Can Captain Midnight survive in the modern world, with the US government on his heels and an old enemy out for revenge?

Captain Midnight Volumes 1 and 2 are featured in a deluxe convention exclusive slipcase.

Price: $20.00

Print run: 400

Limit: Five per person

Hellboy In Hell Vol 1

6. Hellboy in Hell, Volume 1: The Descent—San Diego Comic-Con International Hardcover Edition

After saving the world in The Storm and the Fury but sacrificing himself and Great Britain, Hellboy is dead, cast into Hell, where he finds many familiar faces and a throne that awaits him. This deluxe hardcover treatment mirrors the recently released 20 Years of Hellboy hardcover, and fits beautifully next to it and the previous Library Editions.

Price: $40.00

Print Run: 1,200

Limit: Two per person

EVE: Source Limited Edition

7. EVE: Source Limited Edition

EVE: Source is your comprehensive source book and visual guide to the gargantuan universe experienced in EVE Online and DUST 514. Published by Dark Horse Comics and developed in close collaboration with the EVE and DUST 514 creative teams, this beautiful 200-page, full color hardcover will immerse readers in the history and lore of EVE through stunning artwork and never-before-released material detailing the settings, stories, races, and factions of the EVE Universe.

The Limited Edition contains: A beautiful black clamshell protective box with an embossed silver logo, two lithographs by EVE artists Borkur Eiriksson and Georg Hilmarsson in a protective sleeve, an anodized aluminum commemorative and numbered plaque embedded in the protective box, a unique CCP “source” code redeemable on the EVE Account Management site (https://secure.eveonline.com/).

The limited edition is bound in matte black JVP with embossed silver logo.

Price: $90.00

Print Run: 1,400

Limit: One per person

Usagi Yojimbo Exclusive Lithograph

8. Usagi Yojimbo San Diego Comic-Con International Exclusive Lithograph

An 18″ x 20″ Usagi Yojimbo lithograph signed by creator Stan Sakai to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Usagi Yojmbo.

Price: $20.00

Print Run: 300

Limit: Two per person

Itty Bitty Hellboy Exclusive

9. Itty Bitty Hellboy Convention Exclusive Hardcover

Witness the awesomeness that is Hellboy! The characters that sprung from Mike Mignola’s imagination, with an Aw Yeah Art Baltazar and Franco twist! This book has all the fun, adventure, and Aw Yeah-ness in one itty bitty package! That’s a true story right there. Collects Itty Bitty Hellboy #1–#5 in a hardcover edition exclusive to conventions.

Price: $20.00

Print Run: 1,000

Limit: Five per person

The Witcher Sakai Variant

10. The Witcher #1 Convention Variant Cover

Legendary artist Stan Sakai has done a special cover of the tie-in series The Witcher, a canonical entry in the world of the Witcher video games, which have collectively won over 250 awards and sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide! All proceeds from the sale of this limited edition variant will benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai.

Price: $5.00

Print Run: 1,000

Limit: Five per person

BOOM! Box Announces LumberJanes Scout Patches for SDCC 2014

Lumberjanes SDCC Badges

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FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX! BOOM! BOX ANNOUNCES ‘LUMBERJANES’ SCOUT PATCHES

July 1, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – By popular demand, BOOM! Box, the newest imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, announced it will make available Lumberjanes Scout Patches for sale to fans, starting with an exclusive set available for purchase at the BOOM! Studios booth (#2229) at Comic-Con International, to be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA, July 24-27.

The patches are based on the unique badges that have been a prominent feature of the hit LUMBERJANES comic book series, in which the five main characters—Molly, Mal, April, Jo, and Ripley—earn them for their different achievements while away at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for “Hardcore Lady Types.” LUMBERJANES was created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, and Noelle Stevenson. It is written by Ellis and Stevenson, and illustrated by Brooke Allen.

In addition, as a testament to the growing popularity of the series since its launch in April, BOOM! Box revealed that pre-release orders for issue #4 (on sale July 9th in comic shops) have exceeded that of issue #1, a rare achievement for non-#1 issues.

Each iron-on patch is a perfect embroidered replica of the badges featured in the book, which were designed by artist Kate Leth (BRAVEST WARRIORS, ADVENTURE TIME: SEEING RED). The set will include the following patches:

Naval Gauging Badge – Awarded for proficiency in canoeing…and of course, for successfully navigating monster-infested waters

Pungeon Master Badge – Awarded for being exceptionally pun-ny

Up All Night Badge – Awarded for staying awake all night and up out of your bed after lights out

Exclusive San Diego Comic-Con Badge – To be revealed!

The Lumberjanes Scout Patches Set will retail for $20 and will be available for sale at BOOM! Studios’ San Diego Comic-Con booth (#2229), while supplies last. Subsequent badges will be available in the coming months on a unit basis from the BOOM! Studios webstore for $6 each, which includes a $1 shipping charge.

LUMBERJANES #4 arrives in comic shops on July 9th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond Order Code MAY141177. It features a main cover illustrated by Noelle Stevenson and a retailer incentive cover by Kris Anka. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS

Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

Hero Initiative Stampedes to Calgary Comic Expo 2014

Hero Initiative Calgary Specials

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Hero Initiative Stampedes to Calgary Comic Expo!

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 9, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need, travels to Calgary Comic Expo for the first time ever, April 24-27! (www.calgaryexpo.com).

Stop on by our creative ambassadors located all over the con floor who will be collecting donations for Hero: Reilly Brown, Brian Haberlin, Mark McKenna, Michael Oeming, Riley Rossmo, Greg Rucka, Fiona Staples, Arthur Suydam, and Jim Zub are all on the job. So do the right thing and DONATE!

And check out our con specials at our booth, Y-19 and Y-20! We’re blowing out Violent Messiahs #1 and Cyberforce #2 for$1 each! Ultimate Spider-Man 100 Project and ACTOR Comics Presents are $2 each! What a deal!

See you there!

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

 

BOOM! Studios Headed to Calgary Expo and C2E2 2014

TRANSLUCID #1 C2E2 Exclusive Cover by Khary Randolph

TRANSLUCID #1 C2E2 Exclusive Cover by Khary Randolph

 

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BOOM! STUDIOS HEADED TO CALGARY EXPO AND C2E2 TO MEET WITH FANS IN TWO COUNTRIES!

April 16, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Well on its way to earning elite status for its frequent flier miles, publisher BOOM! Studios announced today it will exhibit both at Calgary Expo in Alberta, Canada, from April 24-27, and Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) in Chicago, Illinois, from April 25-27.

BOOM! can be found at Calgary Expo, held at the BMO Center in the city of Calgary, Alberta, at booth number 119. They will host the following creators all weekend:
Ed Brisson (SONS OF ANARCHY, ROBOCOP)
Megan Hutchison (WILL O’ THE WISP)
Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID)

In addition, the BOOM! Studios booth will host sketch artists all weekend, including:

Brooke Allen (LUMBERJANES)
Ian McGinty (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS)
Kate Leth (ADVENTURE TIME OGN VOL. 3: SEEING RED, LUMBERJANES)
Wook-Jin Clark (ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE)
Zack Sterling (ADVENTURE TIME OGN VOLS. 1, 2, and 3)

BOOM! will also have two Calgary Expo Exclusive Variants:
LUMBERJANES #1 cover illustrated by Megan Hutchison (available for purchase at the BOOM! booth)
ADVENTURE TIME #27 cover illustrated by Tait Howard (available for purchase only through the Convention). Starring baby versions of Fionna and Cake, this is the first-ever horizontal ADVENTURE TIME issue!

For tickets and more information on Calgary Expo, visit calgaryexpo.com.

At C2E2, which will be held in the South Building at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, BOOM! Studios can be found at booth number 616. They will host the following creators at the booth all weekend:

Caleb Monroe (PEANUTS, STEED AND MRS. PEEL)
Jeff Dyer (PEANUTS)
Michael Alan Nelson (DAY MEN, 28 DAYS LATER, PROTOCOL: ORPHANS)
Paul Jenkins (FAIRY QUEST, DEATHMATCH, REVELATIONS)

In addition, the following signings at the booth are scheduled:

FRIDAY, April 25

4-5 p.m. James Tynion IV (THE WOODS) (Note: This signing takes place after the We Are BOOM! Panel)

SATURDAY, April 26

12-1 p.m. James Tynion IV (THE WOODS)
4-5 p.m. Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Marc Evan Jackson (THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR)
5:15-6:15 p.m. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, AMORY WARS, KEY OF Z, KILL AUDIO)

This is a ticketed signing. Tickets are available only at the BOOM! Studios booth while supplies last starting Saturday when the show opens.

SUNDAY, April 27

1-2 p.m. James Tynion IV (THE WOODS)

In addition, the BOOM! Studios booth will host sketch artists all weekend, including:

Mad Rupert (REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS)
Coleman Engle (STEVEN UNIVERSE)
For $20, fans can request and purchase custom sketches to be drawn on blank ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW Get-A-Sketch covers.

Special C2E2 exclusive variants will be available for purchase for:
THE WOODS #1 cover illustrated by Tyler Jenkins
TRANSLUCID #1 cover illustrated by Khary Randolph
ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 cover illustrated by Mad Rupert
BOOM! will also present the following panel at C2E2:

We Are BOOM!
Fri., April 25, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., Room S402
Last year was a banner year for BOOM! highlighted by the release of our first feature 2 GUNS (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! lineup, and launched our newest imprint, BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon and VP of Development Stephen Christy as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.

For tickets and information for C2E2, visit c2e2.com.

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

ADVENTURE TIME #27 Calgary Expo Exclusive Cover by Tait Howard

ADVENTURE TIME #27 Calgary Expo Exclusive Cover by Tait Howard

LUMBERJANES #1 Calgary Expo Exclusive Cover by Megan Hutchison

LUMBERJANES #1 Calgary Expo Exclusive Cover by Megan Hutchison

ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 C2E2 Exclusive Cover by Mad Rupert

ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 C2E2 Exclusive Cover by Mad Rupert

Dark Horse brings Top Talent to ReedPOP’S C2E2 2014

Itty Bitty Hellboy

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DARK HORSE BRINGS TOP TALENT TO REEDPOP’S C2E2 2014 IN CHICAGO APRIL 25 – 27

Acclaimed Comics Publisher Hosts Gail Simone and Other Famous Artists and Writers in Panels, Booth Appearances and Signings

Scott Allie to Lead Discussion in Three Panel Presentations

Norwalk, CT, April 15, 2014: Dark Horse Comics, the renowned comics publisher, will have a major presence at the upcoming C2E2 which is organized by ReedPOP, the leading producer of pop culture events. ReedPOP officials note that in addition to a large booth centrally located on the show floor, Dark Horse plans to host three panels featuring Gail Simone, Art Baltazar, and Geoff Darrow, among other top talent who will also be appearing on panels and in the Dark Horse booth to greet fans. In addition, the publisher notes that it will have many giveaways, lots of free comics, and back to back free signings all day every day. Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie will host the panels and will lead discussion on a range of subjects sure to please the thousands of fans who annually attend the leading pop culture event. C2E2 will take place in Chicago, April 25 – 27 in the South Building at McCormick Place Convention Center.

“It is fantastic that Dark Horse is bringing so much talent and creative energy to our show,” notes Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President for ReedPOP. “C2E2 has grown enormously since our first show five years ago and while it’s cool to know that we have built an event where top artists, writers and other creative talent in the comics world can mingle comfortably with so many fans, none of it would have been possible without the support of leading publishers like Dark Horse. I am grateful to them for all the talent and entertainment they provide. This year is their best ever!”

The Dark Horse panel presentations include:

Title: Dark Horse Presents: Gail Simone
Date: Friday, April 25th
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Gail Simone has been making waves since her arrival on the comics scene with a column on Comic Book Resources. Since then, she has written some of the most iconic runs on such titles as Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Red Sonja, and most recently Tomb Raider for Dark Horse. In honor of this new ongoing, and the collection of her Kickstarter-funded Leaving Megalopolis series, Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief, Scott Allie leads a career-spanning discussion on one of comics’ most accomplished writers.

Speakers:

Scott Allie
Gail Simone

Title: Aw Yeah, Dark Horse!
Date: Saturday, April 26th
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Art & Franco have taken some of comics’ most well-known characters and reimagined them for fans of all ages. To celebrate the anniversary last year’s announcement of the recently collected Itty Bitty Hellboy at C2E2, as well as the upcoming collection of this dynamic duo’s Kickstarter-funded Aw Yeah Comics!, we have put together an hour of fun, announcements, and much more! Bring your big ideas for a chance to woo Dark Horse EIC Scott Allie in the “one minute pitch!” Find out which Dark Horse characters the two will tack next, and much much more! This one is guaranteed to be fun for the whole fan family!

Speakers:

Art Baltazar
Franco Aureliani
Scott Allie
Jeremy Atkins

Title: Dark Horse Builds Characters
Date: Saturday, April 26th
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

In 2014, comics are more diverse than ever, and Dark Horse continues to pride itself on producing the greatest serialized storytelling from some of the biggest names in the industry! From Hellboy to Buffy to Luke and Leia, some of the most iconic characters in comics and beyond call Dark Horse home. Join us as we talk character development with writers who tell their tales! Editor in Chief, Scott Allie is joined by Project Black Sky scribes Josh Williamson (Captain Midnight) and Joshua Hale-Fialkov (Skyman), as well comics legend, Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy), Eric Powell (The Goon), Tim Seeley (Sundowners, The Occultist) and newcomer Donny Cates (Buzzkill) for insight, announcements, and much much more!

Speakers:

Scott Allie
Joshua Williamson
Joshua Hale-Fialkov
Geof Darrow
Eric Powell
Tim Seeley
Donny Cates

ABOUT REEDPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions, which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime, East and Australia, Star Wars Celebration, Special Edition: NYC, Oz Comic-Con and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP (has) added Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific (including Australia). (www.reedpop.com)

ABOUT DARK HORSE
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Geof Darrow, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, including The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Halo, Serenity, The Legend of Zelda, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

Dark Horse Announces Exclusive WonderCon 2014 Variants

Dark Horse covers

Press Release:

DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE WONDERCON 2014 VARIANTS!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR —As the pop culture world gears up for this year’s WonderCon in Anaheim, CA, Dark Horse announces two special variant covers for this year’s show!

First up, Dark Horse brings an all-new variant cover for a critical hit and fan favorite, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with an exclusive Season Ten first-issue cover by Tomb Raider art director Brian Horton! Limited to 1,000 copies, these are sure to be scarce!

Second is a variant for Angel & Faith Season Ten #1, by Buffy cover artist Steve Morris! Again, with only 1,000 copies produced, these will go fast!

These two special WonderCon exclusives will retail for $5 and are limited to five per person.

Dark Horse also has three other convention exclusives, produced in limited editions and available while supplies last!

Legendary artist Stan Sakai has done a special cover for the upcoming The Witcher, a canonical tie-in series in the world of the Witcher video games, which have collectively won over 250 awards and sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide! All proceeds from the sale of this limited-edition variant will benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai.

Art Baltazar and Franco bring you the characters that sprung from Mike Mignola’s imagination, with an AW YEAH twist, in Itty Bitty Hellboy! A limited-edition hardcover is available at WonderCon for $20, while supplies last!

The Last of Us: American Dreams, from Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl) and Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, collects the comics that are the official lead-in to the game. This limited-edition hardcover will first be available at PAX East this weekend, and then in very limited quantities at WonderCon for $24.99.

About Dark Horse

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

BOOM! Studios Goes Coast-to-Coast with Awesome Con AND WonderCon 2014

ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 Awesome Con Exclusive Cover by Ian McGinty

ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 Awesome Con Exclusive Cover by Ian McGinty

Press Release:

BOOM! STUDIOS GOES COAST-TO-COAST WITH AWESOME CON AND WONDERCON, APRIL 18-20, 2014

April 9, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios announced today it will exhibit at both Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. and WonderCon in Anaheim, California, during the weekend of April 18-20, 2014.

At Awesome Con, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., BOOM! can be found at booth number 421. They will host the following creators all weekend:

Brooke Allen (LUMBERJANES)
Ian McGinty (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS)
Jerry Gaylord (LOKI: RAGNAROK & ROLL, FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES)
In addition, an Awesome Con exclusive variant cover of ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 illustrated by Ian McGinty will be sold through the convention. Starring baby versions of Fionna and Cake, this is the first-ever horizontal ADVENTURE TIME issue!

For tickets and more information on Awesome Con, visit awesomecondc.com.

At WonderCon, which will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, BOOM! Studios can be found at booth number 319. They will host the following creators at the booth all weekend:

Eric M. Esquivel (LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL, BRAVEST WARRIORS, FREELANCERS)
Megan Hutchison (AN AURORA GRIMEON STORY: WILL O’ THE WISP)
Michael Alan Nelson (DAY MEN, 28 DAYS LATER, PROTOCOL: ORPHANS)
Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID)
Noelle Stevenson (LUMBERJANES, ADVENTURE TIME)
In addition, signings with the following creators are scheduled:

FRIDAY, April 18
2-3 p.m. R.J. Ryan (THE JOYNERS IN 3D)
5-6 p.m. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, AMORY WARS, KEY OF Z, KILL AUDIO) – This is a ticketed signing. Tickets are only available at the BOOM! Studios booth whille supplies last on the day of the specified signing.

SATURDAY, April 19
1-2 p.m. Steven Grant (2 GUNS, 3 GUNS, ROBOCOP, DECEIVERS)
3-4 p.m. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, AMORY WARS, KEY OF Z, KILL AUDIO) – This is a ticketed signing. Tickets are only available at the BOOM! Studios booth whille supplies last on the day of the specified signing.
5-6 p.m. R.J. Ryan (THE JOYNERS IN 3D)

SUNDAY, April 20
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. R.J. Ryan (THE JOYNERS IN 3D)
1-2 p.m. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, AMORY WARS, KEY OF Z, KILL AUDIO) – This is a ticketed signing. Tickets are only available at the BOOM! Studios booth whille supplies last on the day of the specified signing.)
3:30-4:30 p.m. Natasha Allegri (ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA & CAKE, BEE AND PUPPYCAT)

In addition, the BOOM! Studios booth will host sketch artists all weekend, including:
Hannah Nance Partlow (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS)
Kassandra Heller (ADVENTURE TIME)
For $20, fans can request and purchase custom sketches to be drawn on blank ADVENTURE TIME Get-A-Sketch covers.

Special WonderCon exclusive variants will be available for purchase for:
BRAVEST WARRIORS 2014 ANNUAL #1 (cover by Sam Lavagnino, the voice of CatBug on the “Bravest Warriors” show!)
HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #1 (cover by Mike Kunkel)
LUMBERJANES #1 (cover by Jess Fink)
TRANSLUCID #1 (cover by Dan Duncan)
BOOM! will present the following panels at WonderCon:

We Are BOOM!
Sat., April 19, 3:30 p.m., Room 208
Last year was a banner year for BOOM! highlighted by the release of our first feature 2 GUNS (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! lineup, and launched our newest imprint, BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios VP of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik and Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.

Redefining All-Ages Comics
Sun., April 20, 11:30 a.m., Room 203
Join KaBOOM! Editor Shannon Watters as she moderates a lively discussion about the importance of all-ages comics in today’s market and teases what’s in store from the BOOM! Studios imprint in 2014. We’re not just talking about “kids” comics, we’re talking about amazing comics that can be enjoyed by young, old, and everyone in between! Adding to the discussion are all-ages creators Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID), Natasha Allegri (ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA AND CAKE), and Noelle Stevenson (ADVENTURE TIME)! Bring the whole family and discover comics to share!

For aspiring artists, BOOM! will participate in the following portfolio reviews at WonderCon:

Sat., April 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 206 B
With Assistant Editor Whitney Leopard and Editor Rebecca Taylor.

Sun., April 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 206 B
With Editor Shannon Watters.
For tickets and information for WonderCon, visit comic-con.org/wca.

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

BRAVEST WARRIORS 2014 ANNUAL #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Sam Lavagnino

BRAVEST WARRIORS 2014 ANNUAL #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Sam Lavagnino

HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Mike Kunkel

HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Mike Kunkel

LUMBERJANES #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Jess Fink

LUMBERJANES #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Jess Fink

TRANSLUCID #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Dan Duncan

TRANSLUCID #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Dan Duncan

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