Celebrating all things Cybertronian, TRANSFORMERS fans will converge on Pasadena, California this weekend, from June 19th – June 22nd to attend the annual BOTCON convention! With special convention exclusives, illuminating panels, and talent-filled signings, IDW is geared up to be part of the acclaimed franchise’s special anniversary year.
Join More Than Meets The Eye writer James Roberts, on Friday, June 20th at 9 AM and Saturday, June 21st at Noon in Conference Center 104 for spotlight panels that will cover Roberts’ career and history with the Transformers. On Sunday, June 22nd at 11 AM in Conference Center 104 the Robots in Disguise creative team of John Barber and Andrew Griffith, and the Windblade team of Mairghread Scott and Sarah Stone will discuss the far reaches of the Transformers series’ at IDW, plus a few hints at what’s to come!
Fans of IDW’s Transformers books will have a chance to meet the talented creators at signings throughout the weekend at the IDW booth. BOTCON 2014 is the only convention where you can meet the teams behind all three acclaimed titles!
IDW will have three convention exclusive titles available, all celebrating the Transformers 30th anniversary. Robots In Disguise #30, More Than Meets The Eye #30, and Regeneration One #100 will feature exclusive covers at $10 each, or $25 for all three. The IDW booth will also be stocked full of Transformers comics to either help you fill the gaps in your collection or start you from scratch.
After the popularity of last year’s sold-out lithograph featuring My Little Pony and The Transformers, IDW Limited will have two brand new pieces available; DJ Pon-3 with Soundwave and Megatron with Nightmare Moon, art for both by Tony Fleecs. These prints are limited to 250 copies, and available for $25 each.
IDW’s newest sensation, the Micro-Comic Fun Pack will kick off an all-new TRANSFORMERS line at BOTCON with 4 packs featuring different characters; Drift, Grimlock, Optimus Prime, and Bumblebee. All packs contain a mini-comic, fold-out poster, stickers, and more for $2.99 each, or buy 3 and get 1 free only at BOTCON!
Follow IDW online at facebook.com/idwpublishing and @IDWpublishing for updates and announcements throughout the show
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.
IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.
Director Chuck Powers hosts the premiere screening of Ribbit with a special Skype appearance by star Sean Astin on Saturday, June 21 at 3:30 PM! The screening will be at Landmark Cinemas as part of the Niagara Film Fest.
Synopsis: Ribbit is the proverbial “fish out of water” or in our case, “frogs out of water”. Simply put, Ribbit is a dreamer. With a serious dislike of water and of jumping, Ribbit is the antithesis of everything it means to be a frog. Ribbit longs to fit in, to belong, but not at the cost of being true to himself. Since fitting in to normal life is difficult for Ribbit, he loves to go to his “clubhouse”, a dilapidated, old airplane that had crashed in the jungle, and lose himself looking at old copies of National Geographic. There he sees all these other animals that belong, who have a purpose in life. He dreams of being like them and he longs for answers – even when he’s not sure of the real question. Even with all his doubts, Ribbit is never lacking in bravery, when things get tough Ribbit always steps up and becomes a hero – even though he doesn’t realize it. Watch the trailer below!
221 Glendale Ave, Pen Centre Mall, St Catharines, ON L2T 2K9
Writer Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Amanda Conner appear at Yancy Street Comics from 6pm-8pm on Wednesday July 16th!
Harley Quinn Invades SDCC #1! The title says it all! Our favorite little troublemaker, Harley Quinn, takes on Comic-Con International: San Diego in this over the top issue! She’ll have to battle long lines, crazy crowds and the dread con crud, all in the quest to get her own comic book published!
Yancy Street Comics
9409 US 19 (inside Gulfview Square Mall), Port Richey, FL 34668
WWE Hall-of-Famer Mick Foley (a.k.a. Mankind, Cactus Jack, Dude Love) appears at Kowloon to perform his one man show “Tales from Wrestling Past” at 8:30 pm on Friday June 27th and Saturday June 28th.
948 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906
Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes fellow Transformers G1 alums Charlie Adler (Silverbolt), Gregg Berger (Grimlock), Hal Rayle (Snarl), and Neil Ross (Bonecrusher) to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday June 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv!
The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!
About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”
The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.
Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.
“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.
“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”
Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.
Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.
As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Jillian Tamaki, Jesse Moynihan, and Seo Kim sign at Secret Headquarters on Thursday June 26th from 6:00 till 9:00 pm!
3817 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
The long-anticipated sequel that encompasses all; mythology, theology, hermaphrodites, super-alien gods and the simple task of creating the cosmos.
Civilization, but not quite as we know it, has started to take shape. And now, in the continuing chaos, the world and most of its inhabitants have brandished their swords and, in various fashions, have charged onto the battlefield.
If Forming I hailed the birth of civilization and mapped out the genesis of life, mass, time and space, then Forming II is the raging war that ensues in the Universe’s years of adolescence.
Epic confrontations between gods and mutants, philosophical reflections, hilarious dialogue and powerful artwork make for an impressive sequel of galactic proportions. Forming II is as funny, sophisticated and mind-blowingly beautiful as the first part of Moynihan’s unique trilogy.
Join us and Jesse Moynihan on July 3rd for an art exhibit and release party for this eagerly anticipated new volume. Jesse will also present a special musical powerpoint performance that will take guests into the world of FORMING.
Jesse Moynihan grew up outside of Philadelphia where he spent most of his time drawing and playing music. In 1997 he dropped out of Pratt Institute, got a film degree at Temple University and decided to concentrate on comics. His work has been featured in The Believer, MOME, Vice, Arthur, the Philadelphia Weekly, and various independent anthologies. In 2005 he received a Xeric grant for self publishing. In 2009 he released his first graphic novel, Follow Me through Bodega. His current mystical, sci-fi epic, Forming is published by Nobrow Press in London. Jesse works as a storyboard artist for the Cartoon Network show, Adventure Time.
Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
Mike Mignola appears at The Comic Bug on Saturday, July 5th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm!
Come meet HELLBOY creator MIKE MIGNOLA and celebrate the release of IDW’S HELLBOY ARTIST’S EDITION! This is going to be a party to rival ragnarok!
Here’s a few things you can expect!
-check out a curated gallery of HELLBOY pages and artwork during the event.
-the first 25 people to PRE-ORDER the HELLBOY ARTIST’S EDITION will receive a special gift courtesy of the Mignola family and Skeleton Crew Studio-a BPRD collectible ARTIFACT! Check them out here…
-purchase the HELLBOY ARTIST’S EDITION and enter into a raffle so amazingly awesome, we can’t put it into words yet! Plus, you can get this gorgoeus tome signed!
Here’s a little more about the HELLBOY ARTIST’S EDITION from the fine folks at IDW!
“Mike Mignola is one of the preeminent comics creators of the past 25 years. His career was already firmly established for his outstanding work on characters like Batman, Wolverine, a myriad of beautiful covers and more… And then came Hellboy. Mike’s iconic creation struck a meteoric chord with fans from the very start and has not abated in the 20 years since his debut.
This Artist’s Edition features the first five issues of Hellboy in Hell as well as a wealth of historic supplementary material: the first three Hellboy stories-the two initial four-pagers, produced for promotional purposes, and the 10-page story from John Byrne’s Nextmen #21- plus The Corpse, and two other tales selected by Mignola for inclusion.
Each page of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Artist’s edition is shot from the original art and showcases Mignola’s gorgeous work as closely as possible to the physical page-this is a book for fans of great storytelling and students of the craft.”
The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Livio Ramondelli, Ken Christiansen, Jim Sorenson, Bill Forster, Christophe Vacher, David Hartman, Vince Toyama, and Jose Lopez appear at Emerald Knights Comics on Wednesday June 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM!
Emerald Knights Comics and Games
4116 W. Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
Artist Alina Chau brings her lyrical watercolours to TR!CKSTER for a solo show opening on Saturday, June 21st from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. All new pieces in a style that shows more realism and still maintains Alina’s signature whimsy.
2631 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705