MoCCA Arts Festival Announces the 2018 Awards of Excellence Jury

Press Release:

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce that Felipe Galindo, Ananth Hirsh, Anne Ishii, Kate Lacour, and Alitha Martinez will form the jury for the 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence. These awards will recognize the most outstanding work on view at the festival. Categories include Short Form and Long Form books, Single Image cartoons and comics, and Special Format works. The 2018 Awards of Excellence is Chaired by Jason Little, and Co-Chaired by Maëlle Doliveux.

The competition is open to artists tabling at the 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival. Judging of the Awards of Excellence will happen on Saturday, April 7th. Judges will convene and discuss each of their favorites based on submissions they will have received in February, ultimately deciding on a gold medal and two silver medals per category. Artists winning this award will be acknowledged with a special medal and financial award, The M. Prize, given in memory of Timothy Patrick Moynihan. This award has been made possible through the generosity of friends and family of Timothy Patrick Moynihan.

About the Judges:

Felipe Galindo
Galindo (aka Feggo) creates humorous art in a variety of media, including cartoons, illustrations, animations, fine art and public art. Galindo has received awards for his cartoons in Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Mexico and the United Nations. He designed four public artworks fabricated in glass at the 231 St. subway station for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. His the creator of the celebrated project Manhatitlan (Pinto Books, 2010), a story about the intertwining of Mexican and American cultures in New York, and he is the author of the cartoon collection No Man Is a Desert Island (Pinto Books, 2012). His client list includes The New Yorker, Nickelodeon,The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Mad, Manhattan Times, among others.

Ananth Hirsh
Writer Hirsh is best known for his collaboration with illustrator Yuko Ota on the webcomic Johnny Wander, a sometimes autobiographical series detailing the lives of the creators and friends. Johnny Wander Vol. 1: Don’t Burn the House Down was published in 2010, with follow-up titles Johnny Wander Vol. 2: Escape to New York and Johnny Wander Vol. 3: Ballad of Laundry Cat published shortly thereafter. A collection of the webcomics titled Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us was released by Oni Press in April, 2017. The duo’s other titles include Lucky Penny, another Oni Press publication. Hirsh’s client list includes work for BOOM!, Dark Horse, Lerner Publishing, Red5, and more. The duo’s latest project, Barbarous, can be viewed on their website.

Anne Ishii
Ishii is a writer, translator, editor, and founder of Massive Goods (purveyors of gay manga and apparel). She produced the book The Passion of Gengorah Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Fiction (Picturebox Inc.), as well as Massive: Gay Japanese Manga and the Men Who Make It (Fantagraphics), edited alongside Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd. She is also the editor of various web projects. She has worked on over fifty books and writes regularly for major publications including The Comics Journal, Racked, The Japan Times, Publishers Weekly, Village Voice, among others

Kate Lacour
Lacour is a comic artist and art therapist based in New Orleans. Her comics and art focus on anatomy, science and transcendence. Her work Vivisectionary won a MoCCA Arts Festival Award of Excellence in 2016. Vivisectionary and her other work, The Disciple, are published by Study Group, a publisher of mini-comics and periodicals as well as host to a selection of webcomics. Lacour is the co-founder of NOLArts Learning Center, a not-for-profit organization helping to create a space for young people with autism and other special needs within the community through creative projects.

Alitha Martinez
Comic book artist Martinez has created art for industry companies like Marvel, DC, Archie and Papercutz. She created the art for the comic series World of Wakanda, a spin-off from Marvel’s Black Panther. She is also widely known for her work drawing Marvel’s Iron Man, NBC’s Heroes, and DC’s Batgirl. In addition, Martinez has created the art for younger reader and teens for Graphic Universe including Kung Fu Masters, The Quest for Dragon Mountain, and My Boyfriend is a Monster #3:My Boyfriend Bites. In 2007, Martinez established Ariotstorm Productions and began producing her own titles including Yume and Ever, and Foreign.

About the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators and its Museum of Illustration together comprise America’s longest-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration. The mission of SI/MI is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration and its history and evolving nature through exhibitions and educational programs.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education. The 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 7-8th, 2018 at Metropolitan West in New York City with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).

 

Pee Wee at MegaCon!

Get Set for a Big Adventure!

Paul Reubens created the iconic character, Pee-wee Herman, while a member of the famed Los Angeles improv group The Groundlings. The Pee-wee Herman Show premiered at The Groundlings Theatre in 1981. It moved to the Roxy on Sunset Strip, and HBO’s production of the show introduced Pee-wee Herman to a national audience.

Pee-wee was brought to the big screen in the hit 1985 comedy Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, which Paul Reubens co-wrote and marked Tim Burton’s directorial debut. Reubens went on to create, co-write and co-direct Pee-wee’s Playhouse on CBS where the series earned 22 Emmy® Awards during its five year run. Reubens has personally been nominated for 14 Emmy® Awards, winning twice.

Paul Reubens has also starred in many diverse, non-Pee-wee film and television roles. He recently appeared as Oswald Cobblepot, The Penguin’s father on Gotham. Other TV credits include: The Blacklist, Portlandia, 30 Rock, Pushing Daisies, Reno 911 and Everybody Loves Raymond.

For more information on MegaCon visit HERE!

TERRIFICON welcomes artist RYAN STEGMAN!

TERRIFICON welcomes artist RYAN STEGMAN to its Terrific Comic Con at Mohegan Sun in the all-new, giant-sized EXPO CENTER on August 17-19, 2018!

Ryan’s credits include The Amazing Spider-Man (comic book), The Superior Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Wolverine, Avengers and Inhumans. He is providing art for Marvel Comics’s Venom Inc! And beginning in May, Ryan and writer Donny Cates will be taking on Venom.

Tickets and Exhibitor Spaces on sale NOW: http://www.terrificon.com/comic-con-tickets.html

ZOINKS!! You’re going to “Scream” for this next guest announcement from Spooky Empire!

MATTHEW LILLARD will appear at Spooky Empire this April 6-8, 2018 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort!

MATTHEW LILLARD has an amazing lineup of films including of course “Scream”, “Serial Mom”, “Thir13en Ghosts”, “Hackers”, “SLC Punk!”, “Wicker Park”, “Without a Paddle”, “She’s All That” and of course as the iconic character and voice of SHAGGY in the the “Scooby Doo” movies. He has continued on as the voice of Shaggy in “Scooby Doo Mystery Inc” series and all movies and videos, including “Scooby Doo Meets Kiss” and “Lego Scooby Doo”.

This is one event you don’t want to miss! Reserve your rooms, VIP Packages, and advance tickets today at www.spookyempire.com!

SF – Hanukkomics Presentation

Cartoonist Hilary Price appears at the Jewish Community Library on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:00 PM, co-presented by the Cartoon Art Museum.

Press Release:

In this funny and light-hearted presentation, cartoonist Hilary Price will explain the process through which her ideas become cartoons, share secular and Jewish-themed strips, and draw cartoon snippets on the spot. All of Price’s cartooning secrets will be revealed, including the story of how she became a cartoonist, and how her Jewish identity contributed to her artistic development.

Hilary Price has been writing and drawing Rhymes with Orange, her daily newspaper comic strip, since 1995. At the age of 25, she was the youngest woman ever to have a syndicated strip; the strip now appears in 375 papers internationally. Hilary has taught cartooning workshops at the Cartoon Art Museum and the Charles M. Schulz Museum. She now splits her time between Northampton, Massachusetts and Brattleboro, Vermont. When not cartooning, Price plays ice hockey and spoils her overly large cat.

RSVP on Facebook!

Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 567-3327

MICE 2018 Announces Dates

Press Release:

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) 2018 will be held the weekend of October 20−21, 2018, at Lesley’s University Hall in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA. For our 9th annual event, MICE will continue to bring you special guests and comic creators from New England and beyond along with a full schedule of hands-on workshops and engaging panel discussions. We here at MICE HQ are busy planning another great year and can’t wait for you to join us!

Applications to exhibit at MICE will open April 2nd. Keep an eye out for our registration guidelines in the weeks to come.

Further information available on the website: www.micexpo.org

DC – Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too Signing

Jonny Sun, author of Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too, appears in conversation with Linda Holmes at Politics & Prose on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Based on the Twitter account @jonnysun, Sun’s book tells the winsome story of a lonely alien named Jonny, sent on a mission to observe Earth. As he encounters different sorts of Earthlings, Jonny experiences a range of emotions from anxiety to love. He comes to feel at home among his new companions, and his genuine interest encourages animals to open up to him. Writing from within his character’s persona, Sun, who is also an architect, a designer, an engineer, an artist, a playwright, and a comedy writer, explores ideas of identity, friendship, and belonging. With charm, humor, and endearing typos he demonstrates the empathy and imagination that are perhaps humanity’s most telling and valuable feature. Sun will be in conversation with Linda Holmes, writer and editor for NPR’s entertainment blog, Monkey See, and co-host of the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast.

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
202-364-1919

Dark Horse Announces ECCC 2018 Programming Schedule

Press Release:

Visit Dark Horse Comics at Booth #1708 during Emerald City Comic Con to meet some of your favorite creators and get your hands on some free swag, such as comics, pins, posters, and more! Get colorin’ on our communal coloring wall! The wall will feature pages from the #DHColors Coloring Book line! Canvases will vary throughout the weekend but include pages from The Legend of Korra Coloring Book, Avatar: The Last Airbender Coloring Book, The Witcher Adult Coloring Book, and the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Adult Coloring Book. Check out our signings and panels, too!

Special appearance in the Dark Horse booth from our friends at Happymatic Photo Booth! Come by with your friends or in cosplay and get your picture taken as a souvenir – for FREE!

We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.

SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
FEMINA AND FAUNA: THE ART OF CAMILLA D’ERRICO, RAINBOW CHILDREN, HELMETGIRLS: Camilla d’Errico

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE: Patric Reynolds

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover

3:00 – 3:45 PM:
ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

4:00 – 4:45 PM:
ABE SAPIEN: Max Fiumara, Sebastián Fiumara

5:00 – 5:45 PM:
THE VISITOR: HOW AND WHY HE STAYED, RASPUTIN: THE VOICE OF THE DRAGON, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1955: Chris Roberson

6:00 – 6:45 PM:
HALO: RISE OF ATRIOX: Jonathan Wayshak, John Jackson Miller

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

11:00 – 11:45 AM:
TOMB RAIDER: Phillip Sevy

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
HENCHGIRL: Kristen Gudsnuk
TBA: Kristen Gudsnuk, Rafer Roberts

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN: Adam P. Knave, DJ Kirkbride

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
LOBSTER JOHNSON, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1954: Stephen Green

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
ETHER, DEPT. H, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt
DEPT. H: Sharlene Kindt

3:00 – 3:45 PM:
STARCRAFT: SCAVENGERS: Jody Houser

4:00 – 4:45 PM:
AMERICAN GODS, KABUKI, FIGHT CLUB 2: David Mack

5:00 – 5:45 PM:
THE LEGEND OF KORRA: TURF WARS: Irene Koh

6:00 – 6:45 PM:
THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS: Hope Nicholson, Patrick Rothfuss, Amy Chu, Vita Ayala

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

11:00 – 11:45 AM:
ETHER, DEPT. H, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt
DEPT. H: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
TREKKER: Ron Randall

3:00 – 3:45 PM:
ANGEL CATBIRD: Johnnie Christmas, Tamra Bonvillain

4:00 – 4:45 PM:
HENCHGIRL: Kristen Gudsnuk
TBA: Kristen Gudsnuk, Rafer Roberts

5:00 – 5:45 PM:
DOCTOR STAR & THE KINGDOM OF LOST TOMORROWS: Max Fiumara

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

11:00 – 11:45 AM:
SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Jose Pimienta

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
USAGI YOJIMBO: Stan Sakai

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL, COLDER: Paul Tobin

PANEL SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

12:15-  1:15 PM: Seriously, What’s Up With Editors

(Location: TCC L3-R1)

Have you always wondered what a comic book editor does? Do you think you have what it takes to be one? Dark Horse, BOOM! Studios, IDW, and Oni Press want to give you insight on breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher! Join Dark Horse’s Katii O’Brien, BOOM! Studios’ Cameron Chittock, IDW’s Sarah Gaydos, and Oni Press’ Desiree Wilson for a rare behind the panels look at the secrets to building successful comic and graphic novel programs.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

12:15 – 1:15 PM: Geeking Out On Secret Loves

(Location: WSCC 604)

The Secret Loves of Geeks is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join speakers Hope Nicholson, Priya Huq, Levi Hastings, Amy Chu, and Harris O’Malley AKA “Dr. Nerdlove” for personal stories of modern love across the gender and sexual identity spectrums.

 

4:45 – 5:45 PM: ElfQuest – 40 Years of Pointy Ears

(Location: TCC L3-R2)

February 2018 wraps up 40 years of Elfquest with the biggest bang ever. Celebrate the longest-running indy fantasy comic with Wendy and Richard Pini, co-creators, writers and artist. Learn behind the scenes secrets that have been hidden since 1978. The newest – and final – issue of the Final Quest series will hit the stands the day before ECCC opens, so you’ll be able to bombard Wendy and Richard with all the questions you’ve been saving up for years! Moderated by Tia Vasiliou of comiXology.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

10:45 – 11:45 AM: Dark Horse Manga

(Location: TCC L3-R1)

2018 marks Dark Horse’s 30th anniversary of publishing manga! From last year’s Eisner-nominated Wandering Island, to legendary series Lone Wolf and CubBerserkBlade of the ImmortalAstroboy, and Oh My Goddess!, to contemporary titles such as I Am a HeroFate/ZeroDanganronpaDrifters, and Hatsune Miku, we’re proud to release a wide spectrum of works from Japanese creators. Join translator Zack Davisson and Dark Horse editor Carl Horn for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

 

1:15 – 2:15 PM: Artists Who Write

(Location: TCC L3-R1)

Whether it’s the adventures of a teen bandit, a villain with a heart of gold, a rabbit ronin, a superhero girl, or anything in between, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join Colleen Coover (Bandette), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), and Adam Warren (Empowered) as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh. Joe Golem: Occult Detective artist Patric Reynolds will moderate this star-studded panel!

Cast of The Princess Bride makes their way to Orlando

Inconceivable!

CARY ELWES, CHRIS SARANDON, and WALLACE SHAWN, stars of the cult classic The Princess Bride, head to Orlando.

MegaCon is held at the Orange County Convention Center May 24-27, 2018 in Orlando, FL.

Get your tickets now!

For more information click here.

Return of the Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling

Press Release:

The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center this September 28-30, but so does our special “thank you” event to our fans: Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling returns for its 2nd annual event Sunday April 29, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the BWI Airport Marriott!

Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling is a good old-fashioned comic book show with rows and rows of comic book dealers from 6-8 states around the country, with comics and collectibles from the ancient to the very modern…and we’re bringing in a few guests as well!

Ringo Award winner and Harvey and Eisner award nominee Frank Cho launched his career as a comic strip artist at the University of Maryland-College Park student newspaper, penning University2, which was the predecessor of his creator-owned syndicated strip and comic series, Liberty Meadows. His body of work also includes Marvel Comics’ New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil, New Ultimates, and X-Men: Schism, as well as Jungle Girl for Dynamite Entertainment. His recent work can be seen in BOOM! Studios’ Skybourne, and on covers from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman.

Long-time friend of the show, Ringo, Harvey, and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since our inception in 2000 (!), artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and online. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His creator-owned Bloop, is available through his online store in print or soft copy editions, and you can read his webcomic, The Middle Age, on his website.

John Gallagher is the award-winning artist and writer of graphic novels Buzzboy and Roboy Red (with Rich Faber). John teamed with sons Jack and Will to create a kids book, E.P.I.C. Bros., about two kids whose superhero dad is always out saving the world, and they pass the time using his gizmos for lovable mayhem. Jack and Will follow in the footsteps of big sister Katie, who teamed with her dad to create Zoey and Ketchup. John’s Buzzboy is back from American Mythology Productions in Buzzboy Go Digital Monster Mayhem, where he has also contributed to the recently relaunched Casper the Friendly Ghost and The Inspector. When not creating comics, John is executive director of Kids Love Comics (kidslovecomics.net) and works as art director for Ranger Rick magazine.

Mark Morales has established himself as one of the industry’s go-to inkers for major titles and events for the big publishers. He has inked a vast number of titles at Marvel Comics including, among many others, A+X, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers vs. X-Men, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Sentry, Siege, Thor, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, X-Force, and X-Men. He has also done work for DC Comics on titles like Action Comics, Batman/Superman, JLA, New Suicide Squad, Prez, and Superman: The Man of Steel. He was also awarded the Harvey Award for Best Inker in 2009 and 2011.

Brandon Peterson has been a professional illustrator for over 20 years, working primarily as a penciller and inker, but often as a colorist, writer, editor, and art director. He has done a great deal of work at Marvel Comics, as the artist on books like AvX, Avengers, The Ultimates, Ultimate Vision, Ultimate Extinction, Ultimate X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men. Brandon was also VP of Special Projects and Art Director of the now-defunct CrossGen Comics, where he created titles like Mystic and Chimera. He is also a veteran of Top Cow Productions, having worked on Codename: Strykeforce, Cyberforce, Ripclaw, Medieval Spawn/Witchblade, and his own book, Arcanum. His work is recently featured on IDW’s Revolution Heroes and DC Comics’ Trinity.

Additionally, the Hero Initiative will be in the room with us this year — stay tuned!

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

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