CA – Legend of Korra Signing

Artist Irene Koh returns to Illusive Comics and Games on Wednesday, September 13th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM to sign the second printing of the LEGEND OF KORRA comic from Dark Horse! She will also will be signing and selling exclusive 5×7 Korrasami prints.

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Illusive Comics and Games
1270 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara, CA, 95050
408-985-7481

WI – Mike Grell Signing

MIKE GRELL, comic book writer and artist best known for his outstanding work on DC Comics Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes, and Warlord, appears at Powers Comics all day on Saturday, September 9, 2017!

Mr. Grell will be selling art prints, signing comics and doing commissioned art sketches! Pre-orders will be encouraged, check with the store for details!

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Powers Comics & Collectibles
2180 S Ridge Road, Green Bay, WI 54304
(920) 884-8483

NYC – Hollywood Babble On LIVE

Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman appear at Carolines on November 6th and November 7th at 9:30 PM both for a live recording of their podcast HOLLYWOOD BABBLE ON!

*Pre-sale starts August 9th and ends August 13th at 10:00PM ET

* Use promo code FNYCF

*Tickets go on sale to the public August 14th at 10 AM ET

Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take a twisted look at showbiz news and bite the Hollywood hand that feeds them. Sometimes, they feel bad and give Hollywood a tetanus shot and some Neosporin, but, even then, they usually just turn around and bite Hollywood’s other hand. They can’t help it. It’s their nature. It’s like that “scorpion and frog” story. But, deep down, they’re just two nice East Coast boys… who happen to have a heavy dependence on drugs and alcohol, respectively.

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Carolines on Broadway
1626 Broadway, New York, New York 10019
(212) 757-4100

Baltimore Comic-Con Brings Veteran Creators, New Projects

August 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Press Release:

Making it 18 appearances out of 18 editions of the Baltimore Comic- Con, Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel, the masterminds behind Blood of the InnocentMars, and numerous other creations, will lead their loose-knit, hard-hitting band of creators under the Insight Studios banner into the Baltimore Convention Center for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, FridaySunday, September 22-24. At the show, they’ll be joined by acclaimed ComicMix, DC, and First Comics editor Mike Gold, as well as studio mates, G. D. FalksenMark Redfield, and Evelyn KrietePurchase your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in extra lines at the show.

While frequently noted for their award-winning solo careers, both Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel are frequently reminded by fans of their success as collaborators. TarzanJonny QuestTitanic Tales, and Doctor Cyborg are just a few of their other projects together. Most recently, over the past two years, they have fully restored their acclaimed Vertigo graphic novel Breathtaker for Titan Comics. Additionally, they’ve developed a companion touring show of the original art for the project organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum. Long out of print, it was originally serialized and then collected into a best-selling trade paperback by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint 20 years ago, where it was a best-seller. Their work, both together and separately was extensively profiled in IS Art: The Art of Insight Studios.

“We tell anyone who asks that the Baltimore Comic-Con remains one of the most staunchly comic-centric conventions on the circuit. Yes, we’re biased toward our hometown show, but that doesn’t explain the staying power, the guest-to-fan ratio, and the amazing atmosphere of this convention. The guest list just can’t be beat by any other show of this size or even many that are quite a bit bigger,” said Mark Wheatley. “We’re extremely happy our big, annual gathering of the tribe happens right here in Baltimore, and we’re looking forward to making some great announcements.”

Inducted in July into The Overstreet Hall of Fame, Mark Wheatley most recently has continued his string of popular Doctor Who covers for Titan, completed a set of Stargate Atlantis cover for American Mythology, and provided the cover and interior illustrations for the new novel Man Of War by Heidi Ruby Miller from Meteor House, which continues the Two Hawks series from Philip Jose Farmer. Prior to that, his work for CBS Television was featured on The Millers2 Broke Girls, and Super Clyde, and the Square Roots pilot for ABC. In print, he was featured in the acclaimed Jungle Tales Of Tarzan from Dark Horse Comics, on the cover of the Meteor House release of Exiles of Kho by Christopher Paul Carey, and his own well-received art book, Stars, which presents elaborate line art portraits of actors, musicians, and authors. With a track record that includes Frankenstein MobsterRadical DreamerReturn of the HumanHammer of the GodsEZ StreetSkultar, and Lone Justice, Wheatley is an Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy, and Eisner award-winning creator. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, created set pieces for The Black Eyed Peas, designed for Lady Gaga, and contributed designs to ABC’s Beauty and the Beast. He will be displaying art from Doctor Cthulittle, his innovative new project in collaboration with studio members G. D. Falksen and Evelyn Kriete. See more of Mark’s work at markwheatleygallery.com.

Marc Hempel grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and now resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he plies his craft on such diverse projects ranging from his own GregoryTug & Buster, and Naked Brain to Disney Adventures, and from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser to “The Kindly Ones” in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. Hempel’s art has also appeared in MADMarvel FanfareEpic IllustratedHeavy MetalFlinchMy Faith in FrankieThe DreamingLuciferMunden’s BarNickelodeon Magazine, and a 21-page Escapist story for Dark Horse Comics. His series The Love Brothers has appeared in Aces Weekly.

ComicMix.com editor-in-chief Mike Gold is a 40-year veteran of the comic book field, having co-founded the Chicago Comicon as well as First Comics with Rick Obadiah, later serving as group editor/director of editorial development of DC Comics, and as a packager of comics with arrogant MGMS. Among the many projects he edited and helped develop are American Flagg!Jon Sable FreelanceGrimJackThe Flash,Green ArrowThe QuestionLegendsBreathtaker, and Mars. Gold is also a long-time political activist and broadcaster, presently doing the show Weird Sounds Inside the Gold Mind on getthepointradio.com. He was the recipient of the Hero Initiative Humanitarian of the Year Award, given at the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2011.

Mark Redfield is an American actor, author, artist, and filmmaker whose films include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2002) and The Death of Poe (2006) and whose award-winning audio dramas includes Sinbad and the Pirate Princess also starring Caroline Munro and Martine Beswicke. Voice work includes audio books A Christmas Carol that features cover art by Mark Wheatley and Hunted by Mark Hewitt, an in-depth look at the unsolved Zodiac Killer case. His art and cartoons are collected all over the world and his vampire novel Cult of the Nosferatu is available from Amazon. His novella The Chaney Murder Case with another cover by Mark Wheatley is now available. A Poe Scholar, his 20-hour audio dramatization of Edgar Allan Poe’s life will debut in 2018.

G. D. Falksen is an author, lecturer, public speaker, and actor. He also studies history and has consulted for Disney. He is the author of The Ouroboros Cycle series, The Transatlantic Conspiracy, and several other works of fiction. He is a voice actor for and co-writer of the animated film Hullabaloo and an accompanying educational series titled Ask The Professor.

Evelyn Kriete is an editor, producer, artist, stylist, marketing adviser, social media strategist, and new media coordinator. She is also a crowdfunding consultant for Indiegogo and ComicMix. Through crowdfunding she has raised over $1 million for various projects, including the animated film Hullabaloo, which she is producing alongside film creator James Lopez. She has previously worked on the staff of literary publications such as Weird Tales and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine.

The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017. In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages.

Portland Comic Expo Returns on October 29th

Press Release:

The Portland Comic Expo, presented by Casablanca Comics, returns on Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. PCE is a one day comic convention with comic writers and artists, dealers, cosplayers, programming and more!

Currently announced guests include:

  • Erica Henderson (Eisner-winning artist: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead)
  • Andrew MacLean (Head Lopper, Apocalyptigirl)
  • Paul Pelletier (Aquaman, Fantastic Four, She-Hulk)
  • Zack Giallongo (Broxo, Star Wars: Ewoks)
  • Alterna Comics (Publisher)
  • Skelton Crew Studios
  • 25th Anniversary Alpha Productions Reunion
  • Bill Brock (Host, Rogue Mysteries)

Lots of dealers! Lots of artists in Artist Alley! Cosplayers!

Admission is only $5.00, tickets available at the link…

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Portland Exposition Building
239 Park Avenue Portland, ME 04102

IL – How to Draw Anything with Gene Ha

Comic creator Gene Ha (Mae, Justice League of America, Top Ten) appears at Harold Washington Library Center on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM. He will take questions from the audience and demonstrate how to draw anything. He’ll stick around the Children’s Library after his talk to make free drawings.  This program is best suited for children ages 5 to 13.  No registration is required, however space may be limited and spots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note pre-registration is required for groups of 6 or more.

Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street, Chicago IL 60605
(312) 747-4300

OR – The Great Divide Signing

Writer Ben Fisher appears at Cosmic Monkey Comics to sign copies of his new graphic novel The Great Divide on Saturday August 26th from noon till 2:00 PM.

In the near future, humanity awakens to the horrifying reality that the faintest touch from another’s skin results in agonizing death. The survivors isolate themselves, many driven mad by fragments of memories absorbed from those they’ve killed. Two years after the “Divide”, a pair of thieves stumble upon the means to save their species… but not everyone is eager to see the old world order restored! Includes free digital bonus content to download, including the song “Teotwawki” (mood music for the apocalypse), a coloring book, RPG content, a self help book from the perspective of villain Sebastian Gibbs, dystopian short stories, and a song by the band City Below!

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Cosmic Monkey Comics
5335 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213
(503) 517-9050

CA – Slam! Vol. 1 Launch Party

Join BOOM! Studios for this unique meet & greet event with the SFV Roller Derby team to celebrate Slam! Vol. 1 on Sunday, August 20th at 4:00 PM.

From the first day of Fresh Meat Orientation for the Eastside Roller Girls, Jennifer and Maisie knew they’d be fast friends. But when they’re drafted by different teams, the pull of competition – and their increasingly messy personal lives – threaten to drive them apart. In roller derby you take your hits, get back up and learn how to be a better jammer, a better blocker, a better love, and better friend. Derby can heal your heart… but it might break a bone or two in the process.

In the fast-paced, hard-hitting, super cheeky, all-female world of banked track roller derby, two young women will have to decide if their budding friendship is stronger than the pull of a team when a win is on the line. When life starts coming at you like a freight train, you have two options: run away screaming or lean into the hit. 

Wristbands will be issued on a first come, first serve basis to customers who purchase Slam! Vol 1 from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning August 20th at 9am. Wristbanded guest will have priority access for this event
• Limit 1 wristband per book
• Check Back for more Details as they Become Available

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 525-0270

CA – Love, Hate & Comics–The Friendship That Would Not Die

Matt Groening and Lynda Barry appear on Saturday, October 7 at 8:00 PM to reminisce about 40 years of friendship and creativity, aided by a homey and hilarious slideshow of photos and comics. An audience Q&A follows their talk. Tickets available at the link…

Matt Groening and Lynda Barry met at The Evergreen State College when he was editing the school paper and she was an aspiring comic artist. A lifetime later, the creator of The Simpsons, the animated sitcom that is now the longest-running scripted show in TV history, is still best buds with his “biggest inspiration,” the respected cartoonist and author of Ernie Pook’s Comeek fame.

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Cal Performances
101 Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-9988

RETCon Hosts Inaugural Convention This Weekend

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

The inaugural RetCon will be held this weekend on August 12 and 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the Bailey Auditorium in Chicago.

RetCon is a new Chicago comic book convention devoted to fantastic comics. While other comic conventions have shifted to focus on pop culture, RetCon brings the comic book back to the forefront. The comic book community is filled with diverse, up-and- coming writers and artists who are not currently featured in the mainstream comic industry. RetCon is committed to representing diverse creators.

This convention is perfect for comic book lovers who are interested in having meaningful conversations about the classics and want to learn more about the diverse voices entering the comic book space. The event will feature insightful panels, live entertainment, and a plethora of talented creators showcasing their latest work.

Guests include: Ashley A Woods, Daniel Warren Johnson, Reginald Gale, Ali Cantarella, David Knight, Megan Hutchinson, Gene Ha, Kitty Curran, Larissa Zageris, Jessica Lynn, Victoria Perez-Segovia, Jonathan La Mantia, Menton3, Mark L Miller, Leo Perez, Geannina C. Gutierrez, Dale Lazarov, Dimitri Fisher, Rebecca Rothschild, Jim McClain, Serena Guerra, Marcus Muller, Alejandro Rosado, Kevin Sheller, Angel Medina, Keith Carmack, Rafael Nieves, Jessi Adrignola, Chris Prunckle, Max Bare, Don Cardenas, Metal Hand, Scott J Larson, Rachel Young, Seraph Manifesto, Tom Stillwell, Sun Bros Studios, Justin Castaneda, Tyrell Cannon, Tony Moy, Paul Axel, Joel Siegel, George Gant, Jamie Primack, Caleb Thusat, Markisan Naso, Gavin Smith, Eric Basir, Andrew Taam, Brian Wyrick, Ben Miller, Kimberly Moseberry, and many more.

SCHEDULE

Saturday August 12th

New To Comics?
12:00PM – 1:30PM: Join us for a panel discussion on which comics are great reads for those new to comics and finding the best ways to dive in.

The State of Things
1:30PM – 3:00PM: Join DOOMROCKET founder Jarrod Jones, Molly Jane Kremer along with guests Gene Ha, Megan Hutchinson, Ashley A. Woods, and Oliver Sava as they discuss the current state of comics.

Acrobatica Infiniti
4:00PM – 4:30PM: Imagine if you will, a world where circus meets fandom; Cosplay meets acrobatics; and world-class performing artists bring to life your wildest fantasies. At AI Circus, entertainment and fantasy collide in mid-air.

Comic Book Trivia
4:30PM – 5:30PM: Are you ready to test your knowledge of comic books? We’ll see about that.

Sunday August 13th

Telling History Through Sequential Art
12:00PM – 1:15PM: Telling history through sequential requires multiple skillsets—all of which can be easily expressed in a fun environment.

Telling History Through Sequential Art 
1:15PM – 2:30pm: An epic journey through the history of comic book movies with your hosts James Thompson and Ruben Rosario, as they discuss Superman II.

Comic Book Trivia
2:30PM – 3:30PM: Are you ready to test your knowledge of comic books? We’ll see about that.

Acrobatica Infiniti
4:00PM – 4:30PM: Imagine if you will, a world where circus meets fandom; Cosplay meets acrobatics; and world-class performing artists bring to life your wildest fantasies. At AI Circus, entertainment and fantasy collide in mid-air.

RETCon is a Chicago-based comic book convention dedicated to bringing comics back to comic con. RETCon aims to bring diverse voices within the comic book industry to the forefront and encourage thoughtful consideration of work within the comic book community. For more information and tickets please go to the website: www.chicagoretcon.com

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