Image Comics Celebrates 25 Years on February 1st

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Press Release:

On February 1, 1992 seven comics superstars Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino came together to form their own company that would ultimately change the landscape of comics forever. Current partners McFarlane, Valentino, Kirkman, Larsen, and Silvestri collectively have brought creator-owned comics to the forefront of industry change and, after 25 years of amazing storytelling freedom, Image is pleased to celebrate the milestone anniversary with Image Day—Feb. 1, 2017.

Image Comics wouldn’t have succeeded without the tremendous creativity and passion of its creators, the unwavering support of retailers, bookstores, and libraries, or the unbridled and unrelenting enthusiasm of the fans who show up each and every Wednesday to purchase Image titles. On Image Comics Day we celebrate together, nationwide, the exciting legacy that Image’s creator-owned publishing model has cultivated as we prepare for the next 25 years of amazing creator-owned comics to come.

There will be Image Comics promotions, giveaways, creator signings, social media events, and more—don’t miss out on all the festivities and check back to the events pages on imagecomics.com for more information and announcements about Image Comics Day celebrations near you.

Comics retailers are encouraged to jump on board this Image Day, February 1 and will be contacted by Jeff Stang, Director of Specialty Sales, with more information on how to participate.

Join us for the single most anticipated day of the year, as we come together and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics—but more importantly, the 25 years of true creative freedom and history-making storytelling from the best writers and artists in the world.

Chris Evans Surprises Comic Fans at Local Shop

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Some lucky fans got a big surprise when actor Chris Evans unexpectedly showed up at Comicazi, a comic shop in Somerville, MA, for a series of pranks which were captured on video (see below). The event was organized to advertise a contest Evans is currently running with Omaze in which participants contribute to charity for a chance to meet and participate in an escape room with him. Proceeds from the contest benefit Christopher’s Haven, a local nonprofit that provides support to kids fighting cancer.

Comicazi co-owner Mike Burke said they were contacted out of the blue by Omaze, whose team had previously scouted the store and found it ideal for their purposes. “Once everything was finalized, they had a crew set the cameras up the day before,” said Burke. “The next day Chris Evans came in to participate and get the whole thing going. He was a very nice guy.”

A Boston native, Evans has appeared in several comic book based movies most notably as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has previously benefited Christopher’s Haven at their fundraiser and two years ago famously visited their patients alongside actor Chris Pratt after winning a bet with the star of Guardians of the Galaxy that the New England Patriots would defeat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

Click here to enter the Omaze contest…

photo courtesy of Comicazi 

IL – An Evening with George Takei

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Join George Takei at the Chicago Theatre on Saturday, February 4th at 7:30 PM where he will be interviewed on stage and share behind-the-scenes stories from portraying Star Trek’s original “Mr. Sulu” as well as discuss his career in film, television, and theatre. The evening will also include a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and an audience-led Q&A. Tickets available at the link…

With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. But George Takei’s story goes where few stories have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in a Japanese Internment Camp during WWII, to becoming one of the country’s leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality, George Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture. Currently, Takei hosts the AARP-produced YouTube series Takei’s Take, and is the subject of To Be Takei (2014), a documentary on his life and career. On his own YouTube channel, Takei and his husband Brad bring viewers into their personal life in the “heightened reality”webseries, It Takeis Two.

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The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 462-6300

GatorCon in West Palm Beach on May 13th!

Gatorcon copyFrom the Creators of RocCon! & Central PA ComicCon..both successful shows in the 3K-4K attendance range…….
It’s GatorCon! A full day of Comics & Pop Culture fun on Saturday May 13th, 2017 from 10am to 6pm  at the Hilton Airport, West Palm Beach!

150 Australian Ave, West Palm Beach, FL · (561) 684-9400
We start all our shows with one day the 1st year and expand from there. This model has worked for us,our vendors and attendees so we stay with what works! It’s that’s simple.
Come get in on the ground floor of Florida’s Newest show!  You can always count on tons of advertising, great guests, moderately priced food, lots of parking and most of all, fun panels to keep people there all day!
VENDOR SIGN UP LINK
OUR VENUE! 
The Beautiful Airport Hilton
150 Australian Avenue
West Palm Beach!

We have taken up all their Ballroom and Breakout Room space to accommodate
Vendors and Attendees alike!  Tons of free parking!

THE BEST PART? The hotel is adding a ballroom giving us room to grow for at least the next year or two of the show!  In the meantime, we have the Main Ballroom and breakout space!
If you are coming from a distance or just want to stay over for a different reason…..the Hilton has given us  a $99.00 Group Rate for a Single or Double FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS for attendees and vendors.  We have 20 set aside, get yours while they last!
There is a moderately priced restaurant on the premises along with a snack bar and a bar area for after the show!
Tons of parking for vendors and attendees alike.
Vendor space is limited and a great value!  All our prior shows have started with no less than 1500 attendance….we are expecting at least the same with GatorCon!
SPACES AVAILABLE:  1 CORNER 10X1010 ($150) , 7 10X10’S ($125), 6 8X8’S ($99)AND 14 individual 8ft tables at $75.00.
Signup for your space before they’re gone at www.gatorcon.net

Questions?  Email us anytime at akentertainny@aol.com. or Monday-Friday between 9-5 at 585-317-4046

SPECIAL GUESTS SO FAR WITH MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

WELCOME CHRISTOPER DOOHAN TO GATORCON!

 As a child, Chris spent time on the sets of the original series with his father, James “Scotty” Doohan. At 19 years old, Chris was asked to be in the first Star Trek movie, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which was only the beginning of several appearances on that beloved ship. His most recent credited Trek movie role put him in the transporter room of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness”, which followed his appearance in the directors first “Star Trek” in 2009, where Chris shared the screen with the new Scotty, Simon Pegg.

Chris is currently playing “Scotty” in the critically acclaimed, award winning web series, Star Trek Continues and also voices the character of Scotty on the popular game, Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday.

COMIC BOOK GUEST OF HONOR:  MARK SPARACIO!

 Successful illustrator Mark Sparacio studied sequential art for three years under the legendary Will Eisner recognized as the creator of the graphic novel at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. While still in school, Sparacio received his first contract job to do a painting for the movie poster for the United Artist film, The Draughtsman’s Contract. This opportunity resulted in a long run as a freelance illustrator for the advertising industry.   When the market for illustration collapsed, the door opened for Sparacio to return to the medium that is his first lovecomic books. In addition to painting covers for Billy Tucci’s Shi, D.C. Comic’s Green Lantern, Comics Buyer’s Guide and Alter Ego, Sparacio has also worked for Marvel Comics, painting covers for Heroes for Hire as well as covers for the Comics Values Annual from 2007 and 2008, and The Overstreet Price Guide for the same two years.
Sparacio recently completed the interior sequential pencils for issue #34 of Jonah Hex, along with painted covers for a new six issue Sgt. Rock mini-series being released by DC Comics. He has also done paintings for card sets for UpperDeck /DC Comics and for Topps Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids.
In addition to handling the illustrations for No Quarter, Sparacio is currently penciling and doing painted covers for the new, on-going series Captain Action from Moonstone Comics, based on the classic Ideal Toys action figure (written by former X-Men writer Fabian Nicieza).  Mark is constantly developing new ideas and creating the corresponding artworkFor more information, please visit Mark Sparacio’s website: www.marksparacio.com
OTHER ARTIST GUESTS OF HONOR TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Visit www.gatorcon.net for more information!

Dark Heron Official Beer of Emerald City Comicon 2017

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Fremont Brewing and Emerald City Comicon have teamed up again to bring you the Dark Heron – an exclusive IPA specifically created as the Official Beer of Emerald City Comicon 2017, featuring a female superhero lead – Dark Heron.

This year’s Dark Heron defends the taste buds of her city against the Bland Beer League with a secret weapon of an explosive, international combo of American Experimental Hop HBC 438®, German Super-Hop Huell Melon and the Wonder Down Under Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand. Combining their fruity, tropical, and spicy aromas and flavor with the Legendary Northwest malts and a zap! of Oats, Dark Heron transforms water into a bold, expressive IPA and saves you from another corporate-mandated Bland Beer.

The beer will be available for tasting at a debut party sponsored by Emerald City Comicon and Fremont Brewing on Thursday, February 2 at the Fremont Brewing Urban Beer Garden – 1050 N 34th St in Seattle.

In celebration of the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most heroic pop culture festival (as well as Seattle’s official bird and Fremont Brewing’s logo), cartoonist Jennifer Vaughn (Nicki Minaj: The Empire, Plants Vs Zombies: Heroes) adapted Fremont Brewing’s heron logo and crafted the bold spirit of Dark Heron to embody the modern heroine.

Dark Heron will be available on tap at ECCC 2017, in bars and restaurants throughout Seattle and in 22 oz. bottles in regional grocery stores starting Friday, February 3, 2017.

CA – Day of the Scream Queens & Kings 2017

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Adrienne Barbeau, William Butler, Eric Freeman, Galyn Gorg, Laurene Landon, Monique Parent, Felissa Rose, Tiffany Shepis, Brinke Stevens, Helen Undy, Donna Wilkes, and Robert Brian Wilson sign at Dark Delicacies on Sunday, January 29th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.

RSVP on Facebook!

Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 556-6660

UK – Justice League/Power Rangers #1 Signing

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STEPHEN BYRNE will be signing the Forbidden Planet exclusive Artgerm variant of JUSTICE LEAGUE/POWER RANGERS #1 at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 21st January from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.

Two of comics’ greatest teams together for the very first time!

Something terrible has happened in Angel Grove! When the Command Center is breached and the teleporters are damaged, Zack is flung into another universe, where he’s mistaken for a villain by a mysterious masked vigilante. Can the other Power Rangers get to their friend in time to save him from Batman? Co-published with BOOM! Studios.

Also available at the event will be the brand new JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE RAY REBIRTH.

Artist Stephen Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1986. Prior to Justice League/Power Rangers his work in comics included Green Arrow, and Joss Whedon’s Serenity. He has also provided covers for Titan Comics’ Doctor Who series and contributed artwork to the video game Plants vs Zombies: Heroes.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

Charlotte Mini Con is Over the Hill

Charlotte Mini Con 40thCharlotte MiniCon is back and it’s turning 40!

Come celebrate at the original North Carolina comic convention. We’re keeping it old school with comic book vendors and comic creators at Grady Cole Center on Saturday, January 28, 2017. More info coming soon, don’t miss it!

CHARLOTTE MINICON TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Florida SuperCon gets Sting!

FloridaSuperCon StingSting has just been announced as a special guest for FLORIDA SUPERCON July 27-30, 2017 at The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

Sting will be appearing on Saturday July 29, 2017 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm only! He will be appearing in full makeup and wrestling gear! Go to https://register.growtix.com/e/florida_super_con_2017/6763 for Autograph and Photo Op Tickets. Since Sting is appearing for such a short time, Autograph and Photo Op Tickets are extremely limited!

Sting is a wrestling legend, best known for his career with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), and most recently with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Sting is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, having held a total of 25 total championships throughout his career, including 21 between WCW and TNA, which includes 14 major world championship reigns, in a three decade career. Sting was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2012 and WWE Hall of Fame in 2016.

Sting joins other Wrestling Stars Ric Flair, Amy “Lita” Dumas, Mick Foley, and Jerry “The King” Lawler at Florida Supercon!

Florida Supercon is 4 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more! TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE @ www.floridasupercon.com. Use promo code SUPER25 to save 25% off General Admission and VIP Tickets for a LIMITED TIME.

Over 150 guests will be announced in the weeks and months leading up to the show! Some of the guests already confirmed include:

TV & Movie Stars: Joel Hodgson (MST3K), Chris Sarandon (The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Princess Bride, Fright Night), Ken Page (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Cats), Brian O’Halloran (Clerks, Chasing Amy), Jason David Frank (Power Rangers), Amy Jo Johnson (Power Rangers), Tony Todd (Candyman, Star Trek, Final Destination), Cindy Morgan (Caddyshack, Tron), and more to come!

Animation and Anime Stars: Michael Bell (G.I. Joe, Plastic Man, The Smurfs, Transformers), Colleen Clinkenbeard (Dragonball Z Kai, Fairy Tail, One Piece, Yuri on Ice), Shanon Farnon (Super Friends, Valley of the Dinosaurs), Josh Grelle (Attack on Titan, Date A Live, Free!, Yuri on Ice), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen, Justice League Action, Lego Star Wars, Squidbillies), and more to come!


Comic Book Creators: Neal Adams, George Perez, Mike Zeck, David Finch, Jose Delbo, Allen Bellman, John Beatty, and more to come!

Wrestling Stars: Ric Flair, Sting, Amy “Lita” Dumas, Mick Foley, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and more to come!

Plus dozens of Cosplay Guests, Entertainment Guests, and Fan Groups!

Check out our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1297731703585276 and RSVP to let us know you’re coming!

MO – Jay & Silent Bob Get Old LIVE

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Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes appear at The Pageant for two shows on Wednesday, April 19th and Thursday, April 20, 2017. Tickets available at the link…

The hilarious duo of Jay & Silent Bob are finally back together. Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes made history and accumulated fans all over the world with the characters Jay & Silent Bob from the movies Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks 2. And now you can see them live in your hometown recording their comedy podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old.

Ranked #1 on iTunes Comedy podcasts, this is a sometimes touching, and always hilarious look at what happens when two people grow up in Hollywood’s gaze. These limited engagements will be recorded as the stories evolve live in front of the audience, and released for free on www.smodcast.com.

This is what fans everywhere have been waiting for – an opportunity to see their heroes on stage doing what they love, telling stories. Get your tickets now before it’s too late! Jay & Silent Bob are dying, watch it as it happens!

RSVP on Facebook!

The Pageant
6161 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis MO 63112
(314) 726-6161

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