The MASSive Comic Con returns to the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on Saturday June 24th & Sunday 25th for more comic book and pop culture fun!
Artist Alley is packed with the some of the best talent in the comics industry, including Writers, Artists and Publishers. Our guests will be available for sketches, commissions and autographs, as well as participating on panel discussions and workshops! Guests include:
- Amanda Conner; artist/writer Harley Quinn, SuperZero
- Jimmy Palmiotti: writer Harley Quinn, SuperZero
- Stephane Roux; artist Zatanna
- Megan Hutchison; artist Rockstars
- Tim Townsend; artist/inker Doctor Strange
- Dave Johnson; artist DC, Marvel
- Paul Mounts; artist/colorist DC, Marvel, Image
- Cully Hamner; artist Blue Beetle, Red
- Billy Tucci; artist/writer Crusade Fine Arts, Shi
- Nelson Faro DeCastro; artist DC, Marvel
- Frank Tieri; writer DC, Marvel
- Ming Doyle; artist DC, Marvel
- Jonathan Glapion; artist/inker Reborn
- John Gallagher; artist The Flash
- Robert Pope; artist Peanuts
- Robert Atkins; artist GI Joe
- Alex Saviuk; artist Spider-Man
- Agnes Garbowska; artist DC Super Hero Girls
- Amanda Deibert; writer Wonder Woman ’77
- Cat Staggs; artist Adventures of Supergirl, Crosswind
- John Timms; artist Harley Quinn
- Kenneth Rocafort; artist Superman
- Mark McKenna; artist Combat Jacks
- Christy Blanch; writer Aw Yeah Comics
- Franco; artist Tiny Titans
- Scoot; artist Aw Yeah Comics
- Brian Atkins; artist Family Graves
- Ed Smith; artist Tellos tribute book
- Ben Bishop; artist The Aggregate
- Sal Otero; artist TMNT, Until We Sleep
- Ron Leary; artist Heavy Metal
- Hyunsung “Creees” Lee; artist Freelance art & Design
- Scott Hamilton; artist Custom Caricatures
- Chris Campana; writer/artist First World
- Bill Walko; artist The Hero Business
- Bob Salley; writer/creator Salvagers
- Jeff Kline; writer/producer/publisher Darby Pop Publishing
For this year’s Star Wars Celebration, which comes to the Orange County Convention Center on April 13-16, more talented Star Wars artists than ever before were considered for inclusion in the Celebration Art Show, one of the event’s most popular features. To qualify, artists must have previously created Star Wars artwork for Lucasfilm or for a Lucasfilm licensee. Though each was well-established and highly-regarded in the Star Wars community, a select number had to be chosen to keep the Art Show at Celebration a reasonable size.
To answer the challenge of selecting a limited number of artists from such a large, capable field, Lucasfilm’s Celebration team brought together an A-list of Lucasfilm talent, including experts in Star Wars characters and continuity, to do the judging. While the competition was fierce, a final set of artists were selected to participate in the 2017 Celebration Art Show – a big congratulations to the following artists:
- Adrianna Vanderstelt
- Alex Buechel
- Brad Hudson
- Brent Woodside
- Brent Woodside
- Brian DeGuire
- Brian Miller
- Brian Rood
- Chris Dee
- Chris Reiff
- Chris Trevas
- Cryssy Cheung
- Danny Haas
- Drew Baker
- Erik Maell
- Jake Murray
- Jason Palmer
- Jason W. Christman
- Jeff Carlisle
- Jerry Vanderstelt
- Joe Corroney
- Joe Hogan
- Joshua Smith
- Katie Cook
- Lee Kohse
- Lin Zy Busch
- Malcolm Tween
- Matt Busch
- Randy Martinez
- Russell Walks
- Scott Harben
- Stephen Hayford
- William O’Neill
For tickets and further information please go to the website: www.starwarscelebration.com
Pictured art: I Am No Jedi by Danny Haas
HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Neal Adams, Tom Bancroft, Mike Maihack, Jerry Ordway, Joe Rubinstein, Matthew Rosenberg, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
JOEL ADAMS | Lilz, Bucky O’Hare
NEAL ADAMS | Coming of the Supermen, Batman: Odyssey, Green Lantern, X-Men
DAVE AIKINS | SpongeBob, Dora and Friends, Zombies!!!
BOB ALMOND | Stan Lee’s Guardian Project, Black Panther, Heroes For Hire, Warlock
NATALIE ANDREWSON | Mamuna, Meanwhile
TOM BANCROFT | Opposite Forces, Mulan, Tomo
WES BROOKS | Undead Speed Equipment, Grim Riders
FRANK BRUNNER | Dr Strange, Conan, Howard the Duck
BUZZ | JSA, Vampirella, Atomika
BOB CAMP | Ren & Stimpy, Thundercats
PATY COCKRUM | SATURDAY ONLY The Cat, Nightcrawler
JUAN DOE | American Monster, Solar, X-Men:198, Legion of Monsters, Fantastic Four
JASON FISCHER | Terra Flats, Seconds, Kaijumax
BEN FISHER | Grumpy Cat, Smuggling Spirits, Hexen Hammers
JARED K FLETCHER |Paper Girls, Southern Bastards, The Goddamned
NAOMI FRANQUIZ | Misfit City, Bitch Planet, Power & Magic
MICHAEL GARLAND | The Black Monday Murders, Curse Words, Wolverine, Captain Marvel
DUSTIN HARBIN | BEHOLD! The Dinosaurs, DIARY COMICS, Nutted!, DHARBIN!
| The Baker Street Peculiars, Varmints, Garfield
DANIEL LEISTER | Hack/Slash
MARISSA LOUISE | Spell on Wheels, Spook House, Robocop
MIKE MAIHACK | Cleopatra in Space, Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman
JERRY ORDWAY | Superman , Captain Marvel, Infinity Inc., WildStar
RON RANDALL | TREKKER, Future Quest, Supergirl
MATTHEW ROSENBERG | Rocket Raccoon, Secret Warriors, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank, Kingpin
JOE RUBINSTEIN | Wolverine, Avengers, Daredevil
BRIAN SCHIRMER | Black Jack Ketchum, Backpacers, Ultrasylvania
BRIAN SHEARER | GI Joe, Transformers, Doctor Who, William the Last
MARLIN SHOOP | LARP!, Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends
DOMO STANTON | Starbrand & Nightmask, Prez, Deadpool, Chozen
ERIC TALBOT | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Melting Pot
JOEY WEISER | Mermin, Spongebob Squarepants
MATT WIERINGO | Ringo Scholarship
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ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.
HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.
The Doylestown Bookshop and Holicong Middle School are excited to welcome Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, to Holicong Middle School on Sunday, April 2 2017 at 6:00 PM. You must register for the event at the link. Admission is free.
The author will be giving a presentation followed by a Q&A. The author’s books will be available for sale at the event. He will be signing books at the event.
About Reading without Walls:
Initiated as a pilot program at the time Gene Luen Yang was appointed National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Reading Without Walls, a program to expand the range of books that children read, will launch and become an annual event beginning in April.
Reading Without Walls is designed to “celebrate reading and diversity” and encourage children to read books outside of their personal experience, books they might not have considered before. Structured as an educational challenge, the program encourages children to “read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you,” or to read “a book about a topic you don’t know much about,” or “a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun, such as a chapter book, an audio book, a graphic novel, or a book in verse.” Once a challenge is completed children receive certificates and other rewards that mark their literary achievement.
In an interview with PW, Yang, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, who has had two graphic novels nominated for National Book Awards in Young People’s Literature, said that “[Reading Without Walls] started last January as an experimental pilot when I was appointed National Ambassador. Schools and libraries and bookstores put up displays and issued challenges. We want to make it easier for them.” Yang said the pilot program has led to the design of certificates of participation, posters, activity kits, puzzles, and other materials to promote the reading program.
“I announced Reading Without Walls program at the National Book Festival [last fall] with a speech on social media. People really ran with it and we’ve gotten a lot of feedback. Now we’re finalizing the program and supplying a lot of formal materials to teachers, retailers, and librarians that will help them get involved.”
Yang said that feedback from the pilot program has helped to expand the program to “reading in other languages. We’ll also have kits that encourage children to create their own poetry, novels and comics. We’re taking [the program] from reading without walls, to encouraging kids to make their own stories, outside of their walls.”
The program is a partnership with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader, the Children’s Book Council, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Holicong Middle School
2900 Holicong Rd, Doylestown, PA 18902
Cartoonist Stephan Pastis, creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, appears at The Elliott Bay Book Company on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of the newest Pearls treasury. Pastis promises to disclose all his vices, overshare, and tell you all you want to know about Pearls Before Swine. Sit back in astonishment and horror and enjoy some of the most popular (and least popular) Pearls strips from the past few years. And as if that’s not enough of a draw (oh, look, a pun!), Pastis will also be signing copies of his newest treasury, Pearls Hogs the Road.
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Gene Luen Yang appears at R.J. Julia Booksellers on Monday April 3, 2017 at 6:30 PM!
Gene is this year’s National Ambassador to Young People’s Literature and will be discussing Reading Without Walls, an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things!
Stately Academy is no ordinary school: it was once home to an elite institute where teachers, students, and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper, Eni, and Josh won’t rest until they’ve learned the whole story, but they aren’t the only ones interested in the school’s past.
Principal Dean is hot on their trail, demanding that the coders turn over their most powerful robot. Dean may be a creep, but he’s nothing compared to the guy who’s really in charge: a green-skinned coding genius named Professor One-Zero.
Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award.
His graphic novel set Boxers and Saints won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has also written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman.
R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road Madison, CT 06443
Cartoonist Stephan Pastis, creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, appears at Powell’s City of Books on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM to celebrate the release of the newest Pearls treasury. Pastis promises to disclose all his vices, overshare, and tell you all you want to know about Pearls Before Swine. Sit back in astonishment and horror and enjoy some of the most popular (and least popular) Pearls strips from the past few years. And as if that’s not enough of a draw (oh, look, a pun!), Pastis will also be signing copies of his newest treasury, Pearls Hogs the Road.
Powell’s City of Books
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton, OR 97005
On April 28-30 at Bartle Hall, fans can find 31 of their favorite GoComics creators and friends in one convenient continent of tables. There’ll be signings, a special panel, and more fun than you’re normally able to process without the aid of special fun-processing technology.
So who’s coming, exactly? You may want to sit down before you read this list
Sarah Andersen – Sarah’s Scribbles
Bill Amend – FoxTrot
Stephan Pastis – Pearls Before Swine
Nick Seluk – The Awkward Yeti
Alex Norris – Dorris McComics
Chris Harding – We The Robots
Dave Mercier – MercWorks
Megan McKay – Doodle For Food
Chris Grady – Lunarbaboon
Shen T – Owlturd
Julia Kaye – Up and Out
Todd Clark – Lola
Brian Gordon – Fowl Language
Sara Zimmerman – Unearthed Comics
Maria Scrivan – Half Full
John McPherson – Close to Home
Olivia Walch – Imogen Quest
Enzo Comics – Cheer Up Emo Kid
Hanna Pirita Lehkonen – Immortal Nerd
Dan Martin – Deathbulge
Jason Anarchy – Drinking Quest
Ben Zaehringer – Berkeley Mews
J.L. Westover –Mr. Lovenstein
Kevin Kuramura – Pear-Shaped Comics
Laura Romagnoli – Average Adventures of an Average Girl
Patabot – BFGF Syndrome
Jane Zei – The Pigeon Gazette
Deya Muniz – Brutally Honest
David Daneman – The DaneMen
Aaron Lenk – Big Simple Comics
Jose Rojas – Button Mash Productions
If you can’t make it to Planet Comicon Kansas City, we’ve got you covered. We’re collecting a heaping helping of signed comics and other merch from each of the attending creators for a special giveaway for eligable GC fans in the U.S. We’ll have more details in April, so watch this space to learn how you can win the biggest swag bag this side of, uh… Swag Bag City? Yeah. Swag Bag City.
Neal Adams signs at Powers Comics on Wednesday, April 19th at 4:00 PM.
Powers Comics & Collectibles
2180 S Ridge Road, Green Bay, WI 54304
Cartoonist Stephan Pastis, creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, appears at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM to celebrate the release of the newest Pearls treasury. Pastis promises to disclose all his vices, overshare, and tell you all you want to know about Pearls Before Swine. Sit back in astonishment and horror and enjoy some of the most popular (and least popular) Pearls strips from the past few years. And as if that’s not enough of a draw (oh, look, a pun!), Pastis will also be signing copies of his newest treasury, Pearls Hogs the Road.
Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403