Last Contest of 2010!

December 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Arizona, L.A. Sequential

Season’s greetings! Thanks to all the followers and readers we’ve had during the course of the year! It’s been a blast reporting to you guys about the cons I go to, so you get a better sense of what’s out there, and what you can hope to enjoy should you attend a certain show.
I’m very excited to attend the first big show of the upcoming year in the southwest, the Amazing Arizona Comic Con! Run by one of the best retailers in the business, Jimmy Jay, I expect nothing but the best in what looks to be a spectacular show.
With huge guests such as Robert Kirkman, Jeph Loeb, and Rob Liefeld, along with recently added comics legend Todd McFarlane, I’m excited to get some commissions and get my books autographed!  With affordable pricing on tickets, not to mention some very cool exclusive comics made especially for this show, I think this is going to be one of the better shows I’m attending this year. And I’m not even mentioning that 2 of the stars from the hit TV show, The Walking Dead, will be in attendance!
To encourage you guys to come join me, I’m offering a free contest myself! I will be giving away 3 prizes to anyone who registers from now until January 7th. Tweet @conventionscene and @AmazingComicCon a picture of a receipt of ticket purchase with the date of 12/31 or later and with the #CSContest tag.
I hope you all have a Happy New Year and hope to see you in Arizona!

3rd Prize: Autographed Jeph Loeb Hulk Marvel card!

Incredible Hulk # 340 Marvel card signed by Peter David, w/ art by Todd McFarlane!

First Prize: Long Beach Comic Con Walking Dead # 78 Variant!

CTN Animation Expo 2010!

November 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Animation, California, L.A. Sequential, Top Stories

CTN (Creative Talent Network) Animation Expo is an annual expo designed to celebrate as well as develop networks within the animation industry. With heavyweights such as Disney, Dreamworks Animation, and Sony Picture Animation, along with big name artists such as Peter De Seve, J. Scott Campbell, Tim Sale, Humberto Ramos, and Moebius in attendance, CTN was a great expo for fans as well as potential applicants in the animation field.

With panels showing the magic of some of the recent animated films, as well as watching artists draw live on stage, and even portfolio reviews, CTN is definitely a great show for those looking to break into the animation field. Here’s some photos from the show!

Prints and other artsy goodies for sale!

Fans getting to interact with artists was a definite highlight at CTN.

Artists J. Scott Campbell and Tim Sale share a table at the front of CTN.

The drawing stage with TVs hooked up so that people can watch artists work their magic!

Humberto Ramos working on a jam piece at CTN.

Tim Sale showing off his awesome Batman drawing.

A cowboy model poses for potential artists sketching away.

Wacom booth in the east hall of CTN.

Applicants line up for Disney.

Moebius interacts with his fans, giving some personal time to each fan.

Artist Sean "Cheeks" Galloway gives a portfolio review.

Come to CTN next year, rain or shine!

LBCC 2010 Con Report!

Long Beach Comic Con held it’s 2nd annual convention at the Long Beach Convention Center on Halloween weekend this year. With the success of the inaugural show, I was a bit disappointed to see a smaller crowd this year. The show did have some strong guests, featuring fan favorites J. Scott Campbell, Amanda Conner, Tim Sale, and Mike Mignola. However, it seemed that Halloween weekend proved that it’s the kids and family aspect that drive people to come, and can really dictate the success of a show. The people that did attend had a wonderful time, meeting their favorite creators, buying some show exclusives, and enjoying the Halloween festivities with costumes galore.

Now onto some pictures from LBCC!

Yoda greets you at the front of the Long Beach Convention Center.

An enraged Hulk is in front of the ticket lines. BUY TICKETS!

Helpful representatives are standing by.

Welcome to LBCC!

Retailers set up shop for customers.

Wildstorm sets up in Artist Alley.

Mike Mignola sketches away at the show.

Josh Middleton draws X-23 for a fan while chatting up with people in line.

Ebas showing off one of his awesome prints.

Artist J. Scott Campbell draws for 3 lucky winners for the Hero Initiative.

Tim Sale drawing for a fan at the Hero Initiative on Saturday morning.

Darkwing Duck creator Tad Stones quickly had a long line after announcing he was sketching at the Boom Studios' booth.

Stan "The Man" Lee greets colorist Nei Ruffino on Sunday afternoon.

Glenn and Duane from the Walking Dead signs for fans the day of the Walking Dead premiere!

And what’s a con without costumes? Thanks to Halloween, it was a treat to see some really awesome costumes. Here’s a few:

Justice League (and Pinhead Guy)!

It's me, Mario!

Your outfit is so breathable. I'm so jealous.

Gotta catch 'em all!

Girl: What's that? Pig Mask: Dude I'm not falling for that this time.

Princess Leia (now complete with chain)!

What good is Leia without a Jabba?

Antman: Let's pose honey. Wasp: I don't want to.... Antman: I SAID POSE! DO IT NOW!

Popular costume this year: Kick Ass and Hitgirl.

Schoolgirl and Zatanna. Nice.

Who you gonna call?

Hellboy visits Mike Mignola.

Yoda meets Kermit. There's a crossover here that should be delved into...

I lost my white mask, have you seen it?

Ultimate Spidey. Not bad.

HUGE Doctor Doom. I think he was on stilts.

Wanna see my chicken dance?

Man... my back hurts.

Funniest costume I saw at the show.

Best costume of the con. Period.

In honor of the Walking Dead, Zombie Big Boy.

Uhh... I think I'm gonna need a bigger gun.

Todd Nauck as Chuck!

Amanda Conner as Leela!

Amanda Conner's 2nd costume! Smell you later!

And who can forget the kids?

Kid Flash!

Kid Thor!

Kid Wolverine!

Kid Spiderman had too much fun....

Joe Benitez says come back next year... or else!

An Evening with Leonard Nimoy

October 13, 2010 by  
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An update on my schedule for con related events! Join me at the awesome event! If you spot me there, the first person to approach me will win a lanyard (or maybe a cooler prize)! See you there!

LONG BEACH, CA – Film and television icon Leonard Nimoy will share his thoughts on portraying the intense, rational and emotionally suppressed Vulcan, Spock, as part of a remarkable and diverse career that’s left an indelible imprint on American society at the Carpenter Center on Saturday, October 23 at 8:00pm.
Touching on subjects of innovation, creativity and personal development—Nimoy will talk about his role in the history of Star Trek, its origins, and how a new genre for television and movies was created. First airing in 1966, his character would become an icon over the years, his performance garnering three Emmy nominations, as Star Trek branched off into syndication and later onto the big screen as a series of six feature films.
Nimoy also became a successful movie director, helming Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, one of the most successful of the Star Trek films. Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek’s creator, referred to Nimoy as “the conscience of Star Trek.” Nimoy has directed several films outside of the Star Trek series, and three of his films have been among the top box office successes of all time.
After appearing in a recurring role on popular FOX television series Fringe, Nimoy announced his retirement from acting earlier this year. This intimate evening may be the last chance to see him on stage live.
Aside from his credits as actor and director, Nimoy has recorded ten narrative albums and authored several volumes of poetry (two of which feature his photographs). In 1975, he published the autobiography I am not Spock and followed it 20 years later with I am Spock, in which he refers to “coming to terms” with his alter ego. Nimoy’s performance of the audio version was nominated for a Grammy Award.
An accomplished photographer, his black and white art photography is represented in several galleries nationwide. He recently finished an appointment as artist-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome. In July, his “Secret Selves” color photography exhibit opened at MassMoCA – his first solo show at a major museum.
Single tickets for An Evening with Leonard Nimoy are $65 and $60 for seniors. All tickets can be purchased by calling the Carpenter Center Arts Ticket Office at (562) 985-7000, or by visiting

Ultimate Horror Weekend 2010 Report

October 13, 2010 by  
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Convention Scene News Editor, Joe Fauvel, posts pictures and reports, in his blog, about Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend 2010.

Read about it HERE!

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse @ Paley Center!

September 30, 2010 by  
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The cast and crew at the Paley Center for Superman/Batman: Apocalypse!

Last Tuesday, September 21st, was the world premiere of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the latest direct to DVD animation motion picture from WB Animation. The movie brings back the vocal talents of fan favorites Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tim Daly (Superman), and Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman). Ed Asner reprises his role as Granny Goodness, and also introduces Andre Braugher as Darkseid and Summer Glau as Supergirl.
The movie is based off of Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner’s Supergirl storyline. Reintroducing Supergirl to the DC Universe, the movie succeeds in paying homage to the art style of the late Turner, as well as capturing Kara Zor-El’s integration into the DCU.
The Paley Center hosted the world premiere, followed by a Q and A with some of the cast and crew that attended.

Among the highlights:
Tim Daly joking around about Superman’s sleeker look in the movie:
“One thing that I noticed about Superman in this, first of all he’s eating less carbs. And second of all, did anybody notice, what’s going on with his hair? It’s 2 curls!”

Tim Daly arrives at the red carpet.

When asked, Lois Lane or Wonder Woman by the audience, Daly responds:
“Oh, Wonder Woman. (smiling at Susan Eisenberg) If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.”

Lauren Montgomery, director of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, was asked why the movie wasn’t titled Supergirl, responds:
“The title of the comic originally was Superman Batman: Supergirl, which… really would assume that the movie would be titled that, but since our wonderful Wonder Woman movie didn’t sell so well, they decided that girl movies don’t sell so we gotta trick everybody into buying it.”

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse director, Lauren Montgomery!

When asked what personal projects they’d love to work on if given the chance:
Bruce Timm, Executive Producer: “I would probably do the Black Hawks.”
Montgomery: “I would probably do Batgirl Year One, or anything with Aquaman.”

Executive producer Bruce Timm on the red carpet.

When asked what in the movie came out better than expected:

Daly: “I think that I am temperamentally as a person more suited to Batman, because I tend to have sort a darker skewing view of the world, so I was pleasantly surprised by the Superman scenes that were a little more sincere and tender, because I thought they played pretty well. I didn’t squirm and think like ah geez, Superman is being a real sap. I felt like he cared about Supergirl, I like that.”

Daly playing with the Superman doll during the Q and A session.

Rachel Quintance (Artemis/Lyla): “For me, I’m just so happy to be a part of it, my first foray into the DC comic world so watching all of it was just fantastic to me. It’s like, I mean, you all know this so well, and to me it’s like, wow, oh my gosh, this exists. So I thought the whole thing was incredible.”

Tab Murphy (Writer): “I think I responded to the relationship between Superman and Kara Zor El a lot because of the idea of suddenly finding somebody you’re related to and becoming overprotective and then having to let go. I have a 13 year old daughter and going through that same thing so I can totally identify..”
Bruce Timm: What’s her name?
Murphy: Kara! It’s true, it’s true… whoa.

Montgomery: “I’m a pretty big sucker for feel good movies these days so I guess just seeing how it all wrapped up in the ending and Supergirl finally getting her costume and she gets the nod of approvement, she gets the nod from Batman, and you just leave the theater happy. That’s the part I like the most.”

Timm: “I’m actually just really relieved that the opening of the movie worked because the movie, it came up short when we timed the animatic, the storyboard. And so we kinda had to pad it, and part of the stuff we padded was that opening in Gotham City where we’re just kind of panning through Gotham City, oh there’s a cat in the alley… oh look, there’s blimps overhead! So when we got the film back, it was like oh my god, there’s nothing happening, there’s no dialogue, we’re just panning through the city for like 2 minutes! So we added a bunch of radio dialogue, and sound effects and music, and you watch it now, and it’s like, ok, yeah, it kinda works… so WHEW!”

Andrea Romano and Susan Eisenberg at the Q and A panel.

Eisenberg and Andrea Romano (Voice Director) were both fans of the quieter moments, as well as how the fight scenes came about together, particularly when it seemed that most of the recording time was spent doing battle scenes.

The Paley Center did a wonderful job organizing this event, and I’m also looking forward to the next 3 announced feature length animated films: All Star Superman, Green Lantern Emerald Knights, and Batman: Year One!

The Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD is out in stores now! Pick it up and let me know what you thought of the movie!

LA Sequential Con Schedule

Hello all!

There are some very exciting events going on in the comic book world, and I’ll be attending a few events to close out this year strong! Please let me know if you guys are attending any of these events!

September 19: LA Comic Book and SciFi Convention
September 21: Superman/Batman Apocalypse Screening @ Paley Center
September 24: Guillermo Del Toro signing @ Dark Delicacies (tentative)
September 26: West Hollywood Book Fair
October 29-31: Long Beach Comic Con
November 19-22: CTN

And to start the 2011 year off right, I will be attending the first big con of the year, The Amazing Arizona Comic Con! This con (Jan. 8-9) is chock full of big name guests, with some of the hottest writers in comics, including Robert Kirkman, Jeph Loeb, Victor Gischler, and John Layman! Don’t miss out!

Come out and say hello to me at any of these events! For those interested in CTN as well, I am including this discount code! Receive 10% off just by inputting this code in prior to purchasing your ticket!

The code is: CONSCNX10

Hope to see you guys there!

SDCC 2010 Con Report

San Diego Comic Con is a convention unlike any other. With movie studios vying for fans to clamor their booth, with comic companies vying to get your attention with various creator signings, and with stores competing against each other for your money, San Diego is a perfect mix of chaos and pop culture. Every year, thousands make the trek out to see some of the biggest stars in Hollywood talk about their latest projects or to meet some of their favorite writers and artists. Others love to enjoy the cosplay, and some just come to witness the insanity on the show floor.

This Comic Con was my 6th year at Comic Con, and I was used to the hustle and bustle of the show, perhaps even feeling jaded and definitely taking it for granted. But going to the press panels and roundtables, meeting some of the stars of big movies and TV shows, I had to admit I felt a little star struck and felt the buzz that I used to have going to the show for the first time in a very long time.

Here are some pictures I took there, so for those that couldn’t come, it’s like you came along with me on the journey!

Line for tickets. Holy moley.

Line for Hall H for Tron. Insane. Longer than Twilight last year.

Tron press panel!

Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren for Red! Amazing.

Bruce Willis and Karl Urban strike a pose before leaving Red press panel.

Helen Mirren showing off her Harvey Pekar shirt.

Super Size Me's Morgan Spurlock signing at the Dark Horse booth!

Laurie Holden and Emma Bell for Walking Dead!

Frank Darabont and Greg Nicotero talk about the Walking Dead.

Jon Bernthal, Andrew Lincoln, and Sarah Wayne Callies answer questions about the Walking Dead.

Adam Hughes did head sketches for donations. Awesome hat.

Phil Noto working on a beautiful Supergirl painting.

Me meeting Joss Whedon, director of the Avengers!

The throne of Odin sent straight from the set of Thor. Amazing.

Double Eisner winner, Skottie Young! Very double rainbow.

While walking to the Resident Evil press roundtable, I stumbled across this room. What's with this crowd?

Oh. It's Ryan Reynolds for Green Lantern! Wow!

Blake Lively for GL. Very beautiful.

Mark Strong, GL's very own Sinestro.

Blake Lively strikes a pose.

After that, onto interviewing Paul Anderson, director of Resident Evil.

Ali Larter for Resident Evil. Had a beautiful pregnancy glow. Radiant.

Showing off the baby bump.

Wentworth Miller for Resident Evil. Extremely intelligent and well spoken.

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston sign for lucky fans at the Marvel booth!

Thor helmets.

GL team of Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis!

Marvel signing for Captain America with Hugo Weaving and Chris Evans!

Captain America's shield!

Frank Miller at the Dark Horse booth!

And what’s a con without a little cosplay? Here are some of the costumes that I saw walking around.

Deadpool and Black Cat.

Oompa Loompa!


Star Wars chicks.


Batman and Robin.

Batman sans cape.

His cape folded out! Pretty cool costume.

Only in Comic Con...

No words...

Zatanna! Looc!

I don't know what that is.

DC's most dysfunctional couple.

A hot reporter gets in on the act...

A white hot Phoenix. Pun intended.

Now onto some cool booths that I saw…


GI Joe!


Hawaii 5-0 girls outside. In the freezing cold. Felt bad for them.

I have the power!!!!

Optimus outside.

Iron Man set up.


My Little Pony.


Harry Potter built in Legos.

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!

R2-D2 and C-3PO in Legos.


Kermit the Frog here!

Walking Dead booth. Awesome!

Aliens hatching!

Dora the Explorer.

Lifesize Fathom statue. Beautiful.

Prettiest booth babe: Female Green Lantern.

From Comic Con, LA Sequential signing off!

Anime Expo 2010 Part 2!

Here’s more pics from Anime Expo 2010!





Do not piss me off.






Awesome artwork.


Red Bull gives you wings.




Wrong con bro. San Diego is in 3 weeks.


Stop touching me!




I don't know what's going on here.


We wear the same glasses.


Nuff said.


We don't bite...


I can think of one wish right now...












Independence day.




Death Note!


Dude where's my bike?


Cutest gator I've ever seen...


Starscream says come back next year!

Anime Expo 2010 Part 1!

I will be the first to admit I know nearly nothing about anime. It’s a huge culture that seems to be growing leaps and bounds, but I’ve been firmly stuck in the comic book world. However, I had the opportunity to check out Anime Expo 2010 and while I didn’t go visit many of the exhibits, I did get to experience cosplay in a whole other level. Here are all the costumes that I managed to snag pictures of. Be warned, it’s a lot of pictures. Because there’s so many pictures (almost 200!), I will split this into 2 articles. The 2nd will be up tomorrow! Please comment which ones were your favorite!

The first costume I saw walking up to Anime Expo.

X-Men and Iron Man join forces in the front of the main hall.

Line for tickets.

Looking down from the escalators.

Beware dudes with signs.

Vic signing for the fans.

Artist Alley.

So smooth and shiny...

Craziest couple...


Kenshin, I believe.




What doesn't look right about this picture???

Darth Maul being mean.

Wolfpack of 5.

Even R2-D2 got in the act.

Singer draws a huge crowd.

Awesome gloves.

Best costume ever. The thing glowed on a camera flash. Amazing.

Show off.



Dude, I don't know. I'm just a statue.

I challenge Kobe to a duel!

I look so hot in those pose.


Anime Expo is a family event!

Come back for part 2!

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