Boom Island Brewing Company is proud to announce a unique fundraising event aimed at comic book and craft beer aficionados on Friday, May 1, 2015. Renowned comic writer/artist Bill Willingham (Fables, Fairest, Jack of Fables) will autograph the personally designed label of Boom Island Brewing Company’s Belgian strong “Gravity No. 9.” A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization created to support comic artists and writers in need of emergency medical aid or financial support.
Willingham, a Rochester, MN resident known for his Fables and Elementals series, the book Down the Mysterly River, along with dozens of other notable titles dating back to the 1980’s, created the Gravity No. 9 label specifically to support the Hero Initiative. Limited supplies of bottles, posters and glassware will be made available at Boom Island on May 1, and at Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis May 1-3.
Gravity No. 9 – 9.2 ABV – Tequila Barrel Aged Belgian Dark Strong Fermented with Plums.
Appearance – Deep, Dark Brown.
Aroma – Subtle Fruit
Flavor – Light and Dry with Subtle Sweet Notes and Lightly Sour Finish.
Bill Willingham will be in the taproom to autograph bottles and posters on Friday, May 1 from 6pm-8pm.
Boom Island Brewing Company is located on 2014 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis MN 55422 in north Minneapolis. Find the alley entrance to the taproom in the back of the building. As far as beer labels go, the Willingham-designed Gravity No. 9 label is about as cool as it gets. Other comic creators will be in attendance to meet and greet the public as well. Supply is limited to less than 300 bottles and surely will become a collector’s item. Gravity No. 9 will also be available on tap for this event while supplies last.
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $750,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today.
Kate Mulgrew appears at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7:30PM! Tickets are available at the link!
Kate Mulgrew is best known for her roles as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and Russian gangster Galina “Red” Reznikov on Orange Is the New Black. For these and her other diverse roles in dozens of television, film, and theater productions she has earned an Obie Award, a Saturn Award, and Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Mulgrew’s behind-the-scenes story is as compelling as any of her roles. A mother at 22, she was allowed only a brief glimpse of her newborn daughter before giving her up for adoption. Twenty years later they were reunited. Born With Teeth tells these and the other transcendent stories of a passionate life and career.
– Ms Mulgrew will only sign copies of her new book. No photographs, DVDs or memorabilia permitted.
– Photos: you can lean in to the signing table for a photo, but due to time constraints, posed photos aren’t possible.
Free Library of Philadelphia – Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Jill Thompson, Jason Howard, and many more appear at Acme Comics on Saturday May 2nd for Free Comic Book Day!
This year’s festivities will include:
-Our first ever Free Comic Book Day exclusive variant for Marvel’s Secret Wars #0!
-Visiting artists in the Sketch Pavilion!
–Thomas Boatwright – Orc Girl, Cemetery Blues
–Ryan Browne – God Hates Astronauts
–Jacob Chabot – Mighty Skullboy Army, Voltron
–Dan dos Santos – Serenity: Leaves on the Wind
–Chris Giarrusso – G-Man, Mini Marvels
–Stephen Green – Cafe Racer
–Jason Howard – Trees, Super Dinosaur
–Emi Lenox – Emitown, Plutona
–Gregg Schigiel – Pix: One Weirdest Weekend
–Brian Smith – Stuff of Legend, Voltron Force
–Jill Thompson – Beasts of Burden, Sandman
-Facepainting by Munchie & Me!
-T-shirts & limited edition prints from Death by Ink!
-Fan Film Festival at Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema!
-Pub-style trivia after-hours!
-Apparel sale at Acme Comics Presents!
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
Illustrator Renee Kurilla appears at The Blue Bunny on Saturday April 4th at 11:00 AM to kick off National Poetry Month and sign her new collaboration with Margarita Engle, Orangutanka, told in verse! The book uses the little known form of “tanka” poetry, an ancient Japanese format; the modern form is unrhymed and consists of five lines (short, long, short, long, long) of linked poems.
The Blue Bunny Books
577 High St, Dedham, MA 02026
Big WOW! Comic Fest is thrilled to be able to offer Signature and Photo Opportunities with three of our incredible guests! Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter films) and Daniel Cudmore (X-Men and Twilight films) are both available for Photo and Signature opportunities on Saturday Only, while Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) is available the entire weekend. Each signature ticket purchased will allow you to get one item signed, and if you purchase a photograph you may bring up to 3 of your friends or family for the photograph – however only one photo will be printed for the ticket holder. Tickets can be purchased here.
Signing 11:00 – 12:30
Photo Op 12:00 – 12:15
Signing 12:30 – 4:00
Photo Op 4:30 – 4:45
Signing 4:45 – 5:30
Signing 11:00 – 12:00
Photo Op 12:15 – 12:30
Signing 12:30 – 6:00
Signing 11:00 – 11:00
Photo Op 1:15 – 1:30
Signing 2:30 – 5:00
Guests include: Brent Anderson, Sanya Anwar, Stephen Bissette, Mark Bode, Nick Bradshaw, Tim Bradstreet, Dan Brereton, Danny Bulanadi, Frank Cho, Frank Cirocco, Lela Dowling, Tom Felton, Stephen E. Gordon, Adi Granov, Mick Gray, Rich Koslowski, Ron Lim, Toshio Maeda, Steve Mannion, Chris Marrinan, Bill Morrison, Darick Robertson, Tone Rodriguez, Don Rosa, Stuart Sayger, Liam Sharp, Scott Shaw, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Totleben, Herb Trimpe, Rick Veitch, Tim Vigil, Ben Wolstenholme, Thomas Yeates, and more.
Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting at WonderCon Anaheim 2015, which will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, during the weekend of April 3-5, 2015.
BOOM! can be found at booth #611 on the show floor and will host the following creators:
Bryce Carlson (Hit)
Sketching at the booth all weekend will be:
Kassandra Heller (Adventure Time)
Stephanie Gonzaga (Adventure Time)
Appearing for one-hour signings throughout the weekend:
Friday, April 3
3-4 PM – Marc Andreyko (Clive Barker’s Nightbreed)
Saturday, April 4
11AM-12 PM – Yehudi Mercado (Rocket Salvage)
12-1 PM – Matt Gagnon (Day Men)
1-2 PM - Mike Johnson (Sleepy Hollow: Origins)
4-5 PM - Brian Lynch (Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return), Amy Stoch (Missy from the Bill & Ted ), Scott Kroopf (Bill & Ted films producer)
Sunday, April 5
1-2 PM – Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes)
BOOM! will also present and participate in the following panels at WonderCon:
BOOM! Studios: From Page to Screen
Friday, April 3, 5:30-6:30 PM, Room 208
Comics publisher BOOM! Studios is actively developing several of its original titles for film and television. Have you ever wondered what that process is like? Hear from BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie, President of Development Stephen Christy; screenwriter Arash Amel (Butterfly); and entertainment attorney Matt Sugarman as they talk about the process of shopping a comic book property in Hollywood. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit.
Push Comics Forward: BOOM! Studios Celebrates 10 Years and Looks Ahead to the Next 10
Saturday, April 4, 2:00-3:00 PM, Room 211
10 years ago, Ross Richie started BOOM! Studios from a spare bedroom in his house. Today, BOOM! is a multiple award-winning top 10 publisher. But rather than look back at what we’ve achieved the past 10 years, join us as we look ahead to the next 10 years and talk about Push Comics Forward, a movement to inspire publishers, creators, press, and fans to join the conversation on what is helping to improve the industry, and what more can be done. Join Ross Richie, President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik, and Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon as they host creators Bryce Carlson (Hit); Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes); Trevor Crafts & Matt Daley (Lantern City), and more to talk about how BOOM! is helping to Push Comics Forward. Plus, each attendee will receive an exclusive Lantern City pin!
Push “Excellence” Forward: New “Bill & Ted” Comics Come to BOOM! Studios
Saturday, April 4, 5:30-6:30 PM, Room 208
As part of its ongoing desire to Push Comics Forward, BOOM! Studios carefully selects key licensed properties to help bring new readers to comics. In March, the publisher launches Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return, a new comic series based on the classic films about two, excellent high school buddies who go on to bring about world peace through their music. Join the comic’s writer, Brian Lynch; editors Ian Brill and Alex Galer; star of the films, Amy Stoch, PhD (Missy); and producer of the films Scott Kroopf as they talk about the new series and the everlasting popularity of Bill & Ted. Moderated by BuzzFeed’s Kirk Damato.
Push Fun Forward: The Importance of All-Ages Comics
Sunday, April 5, 11:30-12:30 PM, Room 213
All-ages comics are important now more than ever in helping to bring in new and lapsed readers, from practically every demographic. Join us as BOOM! Studios Associate Editor Whitney Leopard leads a discussion of the significance of all-ages comics—from what it has achieved thus far to what lies ahead—with creators Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time), Derek Fridolfs (Batman: Li’l Gotham), Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade), and more.
BOOM! Studios editor Shannon Watters will participate in an hourlong portfolio review on Saturday of WonderCon:
Saturday, April 4
BOOM! Studios Portfolio Review
Saturday, April 4, 12:30–1:30 PM, Room 206B
Shannon Watters, the Editor of BOOM! Studios’ all-ages imprint KaBOOM! and experimental imprint BOOM! Box, is conducting portfolio reviews at WonderCon Anaheim. Please bring sequential work relating to all-ages content as well as out-of-the-box ideas, plus cover art, color art, and materials showing off your personal style. No story pitches, please.
And finally, BOOM! will have the following exclusive variants available for purchase at the booth:
Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 – Cover by Braden Lamb (Adventure Time)
- Sleepy Hollow: Origins #1 – Cover designed by Michelle Ankley (Photo credit: Brownie Harris and John Lopez)
For tickets and more information on WonderCon Anaheim 2015, visit their site at comic-con.org/wca.
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV’s The Woods; Mark Waid’s Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!’s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.
Author John Jackson Miller appears at Book World on Saturday, April 4th, from 1:00 till 3:00 pm, to sign Star Wars: A New Dawn, as well as his many other Star Wars and Star Trek novels. He has also written for comic books, including Iron Man and Avengers. Don’t miss the chance to meet this popular author!
1136 Main Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481
Artist Sean Von Gorman signs at Criminal Records on Thursday April 2, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM!
1154-A Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Boston Comic Con has received clearance from S.H.I.E.L.D. to announce that Hayley Atwell, star of Agent Carter, is our latest guest addition for 2015! A fan favorite since her debut in Captain America: The First Avenger, Peggy Carter is slated to make appearances in both this year’s Marvel movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man! Haley will meet fans for autographs and photos on Saturday August 1st and Sunday August 2nd ONLY at Boston Comic Con!
Previously announced guests include: Stan Lee, Eduardo Risso, Humberto Ramos, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tony Moore, Jason Latour, Joelle Jones, Steve Lieber, Annie Wu, Franco Aureliani, J. Bone, Frank Brunner, Michael Cho, Jeff Dekal, Evan Dorkin, Sara Dyer, Gerry Duggan, Mike Henderson, Mike Kunkel, John Layman, Laura Martin, Jeff Parker, Kurtis J. Wiebe, Joshua Williamson, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Stephane Roux, Frank Cho, Brian Azzarello, Amy Reeder, Don Rosa, Frank Tieri, Andy Belanger, Stephanie Buscema, CB Cebulski, Joe Prado, Dave Johnson, and more!
Tickets are now available for purchase. Please note that this year tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY, there will not be any on-site ticket sales.
If you are coming in from out of town, the official Boston Comic Con hotel is the Seaport Hotel which is attached to the show venue (The Seaport World Trade Center).
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday July 31st, Saturday August 1st, and Sunday August 2nd at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
Kate Mulgrew, star of Star Trek: Voyager and Orange Is the New Black, signs her new memoir Born with Teeth at Barnes & Noble on Sunday April 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM!
Barnes & Noble – Eton Chagrin Boulevard
28801 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, OH 44122