August 10, 2016 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Massachusetts, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
Boston Comic Con kicks off the three-day comic book convention on Friday, August 12 to Sunday August 14!
Boston Comic Con Celebrity Guest list includes William Shatner, the original Captain James T. Kirk, whose appearance, along with Vic Mignogna, marks the celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. Also appearing are leading stars from top current TV shows including John Barrowman, Caity Lotz, Ciara Renee, Danielle Panabaker and Robbie Amell from CW’s Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash, Ben Mckenzie from Gotham, Elizabeth Henstridge from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Gillian Anderson from the X-Files and featuring special appearances from Doctor Who companions Jenna Coleman and Karen Gillan.
Frank Miller, the most celebrated creators in comic book history, headlines a stellar line-up of over 90 world class comic book artists and writers, including notable appearances by Sam Kieth and John Cassaday. Kieth is best known for his creator-owned titles The Maxx and Zero Girl and as co-creator of The Sandman. Cassady is a fan favorite artist with acclaimed runs on Planetary, Captain America, Astonishing X-Men and Marvel’s new Star Wars series. They join other famed artists such as Arthur Adams, Mike and Laura Allred, Greg Capullo, Amanda Conner, Terry Dodson, Phil Jimenez, Erik Larsen, Jae Lee, David Lloyd, Jimmy Palmiotti, Scott Snyder, Mark Waid, Marv Wolfman, Bernie Wrightson and many more.
On Friday, August 12, it’s Family Day where kids age 10 and under will receive free admission to the show featuring a variety of family friendly activities.
On Saturday, August 13, Mayor Marty Walsh will greet William Shatner and deliver a proclamation to the Star Trek legend. This will take place at 9:45 AM in the Harborview Ballroom at the Seaport World Trade Center. Also participating are Nick Kanieff and Jim Talbot, co-founders of Boston Comic Con.
On Sunday, August 14, the convention continues and includes one of the most anticipated events of the weekend, the annual Costume Contest on Sunday, August 14 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Plaza Ballroom.
WHERE: Seaport World Trade Center
200 Seaport Boulevard
WHEN: Friday, August 12: 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday, August 13: 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Sunday, August 14: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Tickets and information available at the link: www.bostoncomiccon.com
August 5, 2016 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Anime, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
SUICIDE SQUAD CAST MEMBER JOINS SPOOKY EMPIRE AT THEIR ANNUAL DARK SIDE OF COMIC CON CONVENTION
Katana Makes Her Way to Orlando Following The Release Of This Highly-Anticipated Film
ORLANDO – Karen Fukuhara, better known for her role as Katana, in this summer’s hit blockbuster Suicide Squad, will be part of Spooky Empire’s dark side of comic con guest list at this year’s Fall Convention, which will take place at the Orange County Convention Center, Friday, October 7 – Sunday October 9, 2016. Fukuhara is one of many guests recently announced alongside Doug Bradley “Pinhead” from Hellraiser, Kane Hodder “Jason” from Friday the 13th, Tony Moran “Michael Myers” from Halloween, Bill Johnson “Leatherface” from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Robert Englund “Freddy Krueger” from A Nightmare on Elm Street and Zoe Bell from Death Proof and Kill Bill.
Fukuhara recently completed filming the role of Katana in Suicide Squad opposite Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis and Jai Courtney scheduled to be released later on this week. Fukuhara will be appearing at Spooky Empire two days, October 8-9.
As previously announced, Spooky Empire has changed locations in order to accommodate even more attendees. Nearly 14,000 fans, guests, and professionals are expected to attend this year’s annual fun and horror friendly Halloween gathering. Further details about guest participation will be posted on the Spooky Empire website as soon as they become available.
“The fun is just beginning!” said Pete Mongelli, owner and event producer of Spooky Empire. “We will be announcing more thrilling guests in the upcoming months and we’re excited to have Fukuhara as Suicide Squad will be sweeping the box office.”
All advance tickets, now on sale, are discounted. Prices increase after September 19th and at the door. In advance, three day passes are $60, one day passes on Friday and Sunday are $30, and one day passes on Saturday $35. VIP Packages are $199 and include early entry to all three days, raffles, T-shirts, autograph line fast-pass, exclusive VIP party access on Saturday night with guest celebrities in attendance and a special cake designed by Eric and Patty Woller, two-time champions of Food Network Cake Wars. Tickets for children under eleven years old are free.
Rooms are available at The Hyatt Regency for a discounted price of $119 per night. Rooms can be reserved online or by calling 1-407-284-1234. Mention ‘Spooky Empire’ for special rate.
For more information regarding the schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.spookyempire.com. Stay tuned as more activities, special guests, celebrities and more will be announced in the coming months.
For more information about Spooky Empire, visit spookyempire.com.
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About Spooky Empire
Founded in 2003, Spooky Empire’s Fall Convention has grown to become one of the largest thriller conventions and the dark side of comic con in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to be THE ultimate weekend for thriller fans of all ages, the event allows guests to meet and mingle with their favorite movie and TV stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, see new and emerging films as well as old favorites, get tattooed by some of the best artists in the world, and take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks in the country. In May 2011, Spooky Empire introduced their Spring Convention mid-season to provide fans with even more fun in anticipation of their Fall Convention. Spooky Empire’s ultimate goal is to provide memorable events for fans to return to each year, a place where they can congregate with thousands of other people with the same interests. For more information, visit www.spookyempire.com.
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Cartoonist Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots, Adventure Time) is the special guest for the Topatoco Drink & Draw at Eastworks on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 7:00 till 10:00 PM!
116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA 01027
August 1, 2016 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News, Cosplay, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
WOOOOOO!!!! Wrestling fans, guess who’s coming to Spooky Empire? The one and only wrestling legend RIC FLAIR will be at Spooky Empire, one day only, in Orlando, FL!
RIC FLAIR AKA “The Nature Boy” is among the most famous and well-known wrestlers in the world, and has been one of wrestling’s biggest stars since the late 1970s.
Meet RIC FLAIR one day ONLY, Friday, October 7, 2016 at SPOOKY EMPIRE at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando October 7-9, 2016.
Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available but moving fast! Get ’em while you can.
For more info visit us at www.spookyempire.com
Cartoonists Sarah Andersen (Sarah’s Scribbles), Brian Gordon (Fowl Language), and Nick Seluk (The Awkward Yeti) sign books at Barnes & Noble in the Prudential Center on Friday August 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM!
Barnes & Noble – Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street Suite 179, Boston, MA 02199
July 19, 2016 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Anime, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
Do you want to host a panel or event at PalmCon?
Head HERE to find out what it takes to host.
Also they would like to introduce their new 2016 Mascot…. Designed by Michael Duron.
For all there things PalmCon visit their website!
Comic readings and slideshows featuring artists represented in this year’s Comic and Cartoon Art Annual at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM!
With presentations by:
Adrian C. Sinnott
Hosted by R. Sikoryak
Part of the long running comics performance series, Carousel.
Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
With just a week left until San Diego Comic-Con, IDW Publishing and Top Shelf Productions are officially unveiling their schedule for the weekend; including incredible signings, and must-see panels. Take note, because you won’t want to miss any of the fun at the booth, or your first look at exciting new projects on the panels!
Come meet a bevy of incredible creators at booth #2743 throughout the weekend, and be one of the first to get your hands on Berkeley Breathed’s new book, Bloom County: Episode XI A New Hope and the exciting prelude chapter to IDW’s huge September event, REVOLUTION!
Wednesday July 20th Preview Night
6:00 – 8:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Freddie E. Williams II, Mateus Santolouco, Bobby Curnow (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 8:00 Bloom County Launch Party! – Berkeley Breathed (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
8:00 – 9:00 Revolution – John Barber, Cullen Bunn, Fico Ossio (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
8:00 – 9:00 The Electric Sublime Sneak Preview – W. Maxwell Prince (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
Thursday July 21st
10:00 – 11:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed (*Check out the show exclusives!)
10:00 – 11:00 Strawberry Shortcake – Amy Mebberson (*Check out the show exclusives!)
11:00 – 12:00 Jem and the Holograms – Samantha Newark (original Jem voice talent!), Sara Richard, M. Victoria Robado (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
11:00 – 1:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Freddie E. Williams II, Mateus Santolouco, Bobby Curnow (*Check out the show exclusives!)
12:00 – 1:00 Dirk Gently – Arvind Ethan David
1:00 – 2:00 The Fun Family – Benjamin Frisch
1:00 – 2:00 The Amazing Screw-On Head Artist’s Edition – Mike Mignola (*Check out the show exclusive!)
1:00 – 2:00 Godzilla – Chris Mowry, Priscilla Tramontano
2:00 – 2:30 The X-Files – Joe Harris, Sam “Mister Sam” Shearon
2:00 – 3:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed
3:00 – 4:00 3A Presents – Ashley Wood, William Wray, Phil Hale
3:00 – 4:00 My Little Pony – Agnes Garbowska, Tony Fleecs, Thom Zahler (*Check out the show exclusive!)
4:00 – 5:00 ROM – Christos Gage, David Messina, Chris Ryall (*Check out the show exclusive!)
4:00 – 5:00 Revolution – John Barber, Fico Ossio, Brandon Easton, Mairghread Scott, Aubrey Sitterson (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
4:00 – 5:00 Love Addict – Koren Shadmi
4:00 – 5:00 The Electric Sublime– W. Maxwell Prince (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
5:00 – 6:00 Locke & Key, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Onyx – Gabriel Rodriguez, Chris Ryall, Eric Shanower (*Check out the show exclusives!)
5:00 – 6:30 Archangel – William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith, Michael Benedetto (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 7:00 Back to the Future – John Barber, Erik Burnham
6:00 – 7:00 Samurai Jack, Mickey Mouse Shorts – Andy Suriano
Friday July 22nd
10:00 – 11:00 Orphan Black – John Fawcett, Graeme Manson
10:00 – 11:00 The Electric Sublime – W. Maxwell Prince (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
10:00 – 11:00 Insufferable – Peter Krause
11:00 – 12:00 ROM – Christos Gage, David Messina, Chris Ryall (*Check out the show exclusive!)
11:00 – 12:00 Revolution – John Barber, Fico Ossio (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
11:00 – 12:00 Dirk Gently – Arvind Ethan David
12:00 – 1:00 Archangel – William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith, Michael Benedetto (*Check out the show exclusives!)
12:00 – 1:00 Judge Dredd – Ulises Fariñas, Erick Freitas, Ryan Hill
12:00 – 1:00 Little Nemo, Onyx, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez, Chris Ryall, Eric Shanower, Jay Fotos (*Check out the show exclusives!)
1:00 – 2:00 Jem and the Holograms – Samantha Newark (original Jem voice talent!), Sara Richard, M. Victoria Robado (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
1:00 – 2:00 Street Fighter X G.I. Joe – Aubrey Sitterson
1:00 – 2:00 Yellow Heat: Artist’s Edition Portfolio – Russ Heath
1:00 – 2:00 Strawberry Shortcake – Greg Ham (*Check out the show exclusive!)
2:00 – 3:00 Wynonna Earp – Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Beau Smith (*Check out the show exclusives!)
2:00 – 3:00 Apocrypha Now – Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
3:00 – 4:00 March Book Three Debut Signing! – Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
3:00 – 4:30 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
4:00 – 6:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Bobby Curnow, Mateus Santolouco (*Check out the show exclusives!)
5:00 – 6:00 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Troy Little (*Check out the show exclusive!)
5:00 – 6:00 Disney Comics – Derek Charm, Andy Suriano (*Check out the show exclusive!)
6:00 – 7:00 Transformers – John Barber, Brendan Cahill, Marcelo Matere, Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott, Priscilla Tramontano, Dheeraj Verma, (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 7:00 The Jekyll Island Chronicles – Steve Nedvidek, Ed Crowell, Jack Lowe, Moses Nester, S.J. Miller,
Saturday July 23rd
10:00 – 12:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz,
Freddie E. Williams II, Mateus Santolouco (*Check out the show exclusives!)
10:00 – 11:00 X-Files Prose, V-Wars – Jonathan Maberry, Jay Fotos, Sam “Mister Sam” Shearon
10:00 – 11:00 Godzilla – Joshua Fialkov, Chris Mowry, Priscilla Tramontano
11:15 – 12:30 March– Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
12:00 – 1:30 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
1:00 – 2:00 ROM – Christos Gage, David Messina, Chris Ryall (*Check out the show exclusive!)
1:30 – 3:00 Archangel – William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith, Michael Benedetto (*Check out the show exclusives!)
2:00 – 3:00 Powerpuff Girls – Haley Mancini, Jake Goldman, Derek Charm, (*Check out the show exclusives!)
3:00 – 4:00 March – Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
3:00 – 4:00 Locke & Key, Onyx, Tales From The Darkside – Gabriel Rodriguez, Chris Ryall, Jay Fotos (*Check out the show exclusives!)
4:00 – 5:00 Wynonna Earp – Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Beau Smith (*Check out the show exclusives!)
4:00 – 5:00 Bacchus – Eddie Campbell (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
4:00 – 5:00 Street Fighter X G.I. Joe – Aubrey Sitterson
5:00 – 6:00 Star Trek – Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrott, Derek Charm, David Tipton, Scott Tipton, J.K. Woodward
5:00 – 6:00 The Story of My Tits – Jennifer Hayden
6:00 – 7:00 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Troy Little (*Check out the show exclusive!)
6:00 – 7:00 Ghostbusters – Erik Burnham
Sunday July 24th
10:00 – 11:00 The Rocketeer at War! – Marc Guggenheim
10:00 – 11:00 Amazing Forest – Ulises Fariñas, Erick Frietas, Melody Often
11:00 – 12:00 ROM – Chris Ryall, David Messina (*Check out the show exclusive!)
11:00 – 12:00 Archangel – William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith, Michael Benedetto (*Check out the show exclusives!)
12:00 – 2:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Bobby Curnow, Mateus Santolouco (*Check out the show exclusives!)
12:00 – 1:00 Bacchus – Eddie Campbell(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
12:00 – 1:00 V-Wars – Jonathan Maberry
1:00 – 2:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed
2:00 – 3:00 Revolution – John Barber, Fico Ossio (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony – Christina Rice, Sara Richard, Thom Zahler (*Check out the show exclusive!)
3:00 – 4:00 Tales From The Darkside – Gabriel Rodriguez, Michael Benedetto (*Check out the show exclusives!)
3:00 – 4:00 The Electric Sublime – W. Maxwell Prince (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
The Top Shelf section of the booth will be filled all weekend with more great creators, too!
IDW Publishing, IDW Entertainment, and Top Shelf will be busy all week long with exciting panels that you simply can’t afford to miss! Before it all kicks off though, don’t miss the cast of Wynonna Earp (Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon,Dominique Provost-Chalkely) at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery in Liberty Station from 7 – 9 PM.
The Dynamic World of Disney Comics
Thursday, 7/21/16, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 28DE
Disney Publishing Worldwide has long been turning Disney’s popular films and TV series into comic books, including notable series’ Uncle Scrooge, Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, and Donald Duck. Join Disney comics experts as they discuss the highly anticipated release of several new comic books series based on a variety of hit Disney movies and animated TV shows, including Finding Dory,Zootopia, Star Wars, Frozen, Mickey Mouse, and Disney XD’s Star vs the Forces of Evil. This panel will focus on the creative process behind taking Disney’s beloved stories and characters from the film and TV screen to the printed page, as well as Disney Publishing Worldwide’s history of creating comics that resonate with fans of all ages and demographics, setting Disney apart as a comics publisher.
Top Shelf Productions: Live!
Thursday, 7/21/16, 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., Room: 28DE
Now an imprint of IDW Publishing, the tastemakers at Top Shelf are busier than ever bringing you their trademark blend of gorgeous art, storytelling charm, and literary sophistication. Join marketing director Leigh Walton and design director Chris Ross for a tour of Top Shelf’s latest and greatest. Benjamin Frisch makes a head-spinning debut with The Fun Family, the Lost Mountain Mechanicals blend history with dieselpunk action-adventure in The Jekyll Island Chronicles, Koren Shadmi explores the dark side of digital dating in Love Addict, and much more! Plus: the latest on March, and great news for Alan Moore fans and Korgi lovers…
IDW & The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Present Crossover: Where Comics & Science Meet
Thursday, 7/21/16, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 9
Diehard fans know comics aren’t just picture books for children and geeky adults. Comics have a long history of addressing complex issues, from science lab accidents to ethics, moral issues and social justice. This panel will look at the art, science and technology featured in some of our favorite comics and answer questions like: How do writers develop the stories? Are they communicating realistic scientific concepts? Could comic writers be predicting in the future of science and technology? Join a distinguished panel of scientists, entrepreneurs and artists and writers from IDW Publishing to discuss the true science behind comics and science fiction.
IDW & Hasbro: The Revolution is Now!
Thursday, 7/21/16, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 9
This fall, the Transformers, G.I. JOE, ROM, Micronauts and M.A.S.K. are drawn together and nothing at IDW will ever be the same again! Take a stand with universe-builders Cullen Bunn, Christos Gage, Mairghread Scott, Brandon Easton, Chris Ryall, John Barber, Aubrey Sitterson, David Hedgecock, and Hasbro’s Michael Kelly—and get a free REVOLUTION preview comic, just for showing up!
What Was Old is New — Again: IDW’s New Formats for Classic Comics
Thursday, 7/21/16, 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., Room: 4
Join President of IDW Publishing Greg Goldstein as he brings together the stalwarts (or culprits) of the boom in archival publishing for details and announcements about the latest classic comic book collections! Joining Greg will be renowned comic book historian and editor Craig Yoe, IDW Senior Books Editor Justin Eisinger and IDW Artist Edition Editor Scott Dunbier and one or two amazing surprise guests. IDW is home to some of the most beloved (and award-winning) collections in comics history — with more on the way — so if you love the classics, this a must see. Free book for every attendee — PLUS other giveaways and prizes.
God is Disappointed in You 2: Apocrypha Now
Friday, 7/22/16, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 32AB
It’s the second coming! Their first book, God Is Disappointed in You, was an irreverent-yet-faithful adaptation of the Bible that got everyone talking. Now, Mark Russell (Prez, The Flintstones) & Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man) are back with a follow-up book, Apocrypha Now, about the stories that DIDN’T make it into the Bible. Some of these stories were forgotten, some suppressed, others were just too freaking weird for the Bible (and that’s saying something). Join these two holy heathens for a funny and fascinating tour of what the Bible DIDN’T tell you.
Pop Culture Shark Tank
Friday, 7/22/16, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 32AB
Do you have what it takes to be the next pop culture startup success? Pitch your best 90-second business plan and you might spark the interest you need from investors, media and fans to take your idea to the next level – or come to watch aspiring entrepreneurs learn from the best. Judges Ted Adams (founder/CEO & Publisher, IDW Entertainment), Suzy Ryoo (Venture Partner/VP Technology, Atom Factory), David Steinberger (co-founder, comiXology) and Maureen Fan (founder/CEO, Baobob Studios VR) will offer feedback, coaching and special prizes. Rob Salkowitz (Forbes) moderates.
*All participants who pitch at this event will receive a free copy of the Raphael TMNT Sketchbook signed by Kevin Eastman!
Star Trek: Five Decades of Comics
Friday, 7/22/16, 1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m., Room: 8
A celebration of all the 4-color Star Trek worlds, featuring a look at all past iterations and a chat with many who’ve chronicled the Enterprise crews’ comic-book adventures, including Len Wein, Scott Tipton, Mike Johnson, John Van Citters, and JK Woodward. Moderated by Star Trek editor/supreme commander Sarah Gaydos!
Spotlight on Berkeley Breathed: Bloom County & Beyond
Friday, 7/22/16, 1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m., Room: 5AB
In 2015, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed began (without warning!) producing ALL-NEW Bloom County strips—for the first time in more than 25 years! Now, join Berkeley for one of his infamous presentations, focusing on what it’s like to be the last strip cartoonist standing! Presentation followed by Q & A!
IDW Publishing: The Main Event
Friday, 7/22/16, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Room: 4
Come experience the latest from IDW! Join artists Gabriel Rodriguez and David Messina, writers Christos Gage, Arvind Ethan David, and Paul Cornell, editor Sarah Gaydos and other surprise guests as they detail current plans, awesome futuristic plans, and much more. Co-moderated by the two-headed monster that is Dirk Wood & Chris Ryall! Prizes, announcements, and Q & A!
MARCH with Congressman John Lewis
Saturday, 7/23/16, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 23ABC
At last… the final chapter is here. Meet the man they call “a real-life superhero” and witness history in the making, as the legendary civil rights icon, US congressman, and #1 bestselling graphic novel author John Lewis returns! Together with award-winning collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, Congressman Lewis has brought his incredible story to new life with the graphic novel trilogy March. Now, join all three creators to celebrate the completion of the saga in March: Book Three — a must-read account of the Mississippi Freedom Summer and the Selma-Montgomery March, and so much more — available exclusively here at Comic-Con for a limited time. Learn how March is transforming our understanding of the civil rights movement, and the powerfully urgent lessons that it brings to new generations today… and get ready to move your feet!
Spotlight on William Gibson
Saturday, 7/23/16, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 24ABC
William Gibson is the novelist and screenwriter credited with pioneering cyberpunk science fiction. His Blue Ant trilogy, Patterson Recognition, Spook Country and Zero History, were New York Times bestsellers, as was his most recent, The Peripheral. Archangel, co-written with his friend, Michael St. John Smith, is now being published by IDW. Please join Gibson, Smith, and some of their IDW collaborators for a discussion in Archangel!
The Ultimate TMNT Panel: Shell Games with the IDW Team!
Saturday, 7/23/16, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 25ABC
As we blaze toward the longest-running TMNT comic ever, come chat with the creators about the ongoing comic, the new Universe ongoing, the first-ever TMNT boardgame, past and future(?) crossovers and more! Featuring the ongoing TMNT braintrust of Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Mateus Santoluoco, plus Freddie Williams III, Nick Pitarra and more!
IDW & SyFy Present: Wynonna Earp
Saturday, 7/23/16, 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m., Room: 24ABC
By now, the word is out, Wynonna Earp was the TV hit of the Spring! Now, get an exclusive look at the action packed series with the cast and crew! Who is Wynonna Earp? A smoking hot, bad ass demon killer, that’s who. Join stars Melanie Scrofano (Supernatural, Haven), Tim Rozon (Lost Girl, Being Human), Shamier Anderson(Constantine, Defiance), Dominique Provost-Chalkley (The Avengers: Age of Ultron), Katherine Barrell (Saving Hope) and Wynonna Earp comic creator Beau Smith as they share exclusive footage, behind the scenes peeks, and participate in a Q&A!
Spotlight on Jennifer Hayden
Saturday, 7/23/16, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m., Room: 9
From Underwire to the webcomics S’Crapbook and Rushes to her Eisner-nominated masterwork The Story of My Tits, Jennifer Hayden has embraced a comics narrative that goes beyond the personal to the visceral. An artist, a musician, a wife and mother, a goddess: Hayden synthesizes many roles into a single, distinctive style. Join her in a discussion of how these roles transmute into art. Moderated by Karen Green.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Panel
Saturday, 7/23/16, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Room: 6BCF
Join stars Elijah Wood (Wilfred), Samuel Barnett (Penny Dreadful), Hannah Marks (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jade Eshete (Dead Beat), lead writer and executive producer Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) and showrunner Robert Cooper (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe) for a first look at BBC AMERICA’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, a new original series from the producers of The Walking Dead, premiering October 22. An adaptation from famed author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric detective Dirk Gently (Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Wood), as they wend their way through an insane mystery; crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth. @DirkGently #DirkGently
Weird Love: Vintage Romance Comics Come Alive!
Saturday, 7/23/16, 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m., Room: 26AB
Join Weird Comics Live! Set a date with the Golden Age’s romance genre, how it reflected the strange morals of its time and its relationship to today’s comics creators and audiences. Craig Yoe (editor of Weird Love comics) leads a juicy discussion with Ben Dickow (guest lecturer, Otis College of Art), Adriana Yugovich (LA Zine Fest) and Kristen Simon (former editor at Image Comics) looking at the role of women in these stories while LA performance group Captured Aural Phantasy Theater dramatically reads from prime examples of this crazy genre.
IDW: KIDS Rule!
Sunday, 7/24/16, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 4
From My Little Pony to Strawberry Shortcake, Skylanders to TMNT Animated and X-Files: Origins to Disney, IDW loves kids’ comics and loves even more the kids who read them! Come hear from the writers and editors of our all-ages fare and then stay for the best Q&A at SDCC, since every question is only open to non-adults! Hosted by Editors Supreme Sarah Gaydos and Bobby Curnow, with Derek Charm,Jake Goldman, and Haley Mancini (Powerpuff Girls), Jodie Houser (X-Files: Origins), Caleb Goellner (TMNT: Animated), Sara Richard (MLP), Tony Fleece (MLP)! Plus prizes for all kids in attendance, too!
Plus, don’t miss the CBLDF auction, benefitting the non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium on Saturday night at the Hilton Bayfront, Sapphire Room AB at 8PM. Featuring a Keynote speech from William Gibson, and live-sketching from Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodriguez!
First Second Books has released a schedule of all the :01 programming at booth #1323, so you don’t have to miss a thing. Come by and say hello!
Thursday, July 21st
- 11:00 AM: In-Booth Signing, John Patrick Green, Hippopotamister
- 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: First Second 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring Mark Siegel and Ben Hatke, in Room 4
- 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Panel: We Need Diverse Comics featuring Ben Hatke in Room 9
- 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Panel: Make Your Own Story featuring John Patrick Green in Room 24ABC
- 5:00 PM: John Patrick Green Signing at AA09
Friday, July 22nd
- 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Spotlight on Ben Hatke in Room 4
- 12:00 PM – 1:00PM: Panel: Censorship and Kids Comics featuring First Second staff member Gina Gagliano in the Shiley Special Events Suite at the San Diego Library
- 12:30 PM: In-Booth Signing, Ben Hatke, Mighty Jack
- 12:45 PM: EW Con-X featuring Gene Luen Yang at the Embarcadero Marina Park North
- 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Panel: Kids Comics 2026 – What Publishers Project for the Future featuring First Second staff member Mark Siegel in the Shiley Special Events Suite at the San Diego Central Library
- 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Panel: How Comics are Created featuring Gene Luen Yang at the Shiley Special Events Suite in the San Diego Central Library
- 3:30 PM: In-Booth Signing, Gene Luen Yang, Paths & Portals
- 3:30 PM: EW Con-X featuring Ben Hatke, at the Embercadero Marina Park North
- 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Panel: Graphic Novel Publishing Diversity featuring First Second staff member Gina Gagliano in the Special Events Suite in the San Diego Central Library
- 5:00 PM: In-Booth Signing, MK Reed, Americus, Dinosaurs
- 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Panel: Graphic Novel Publishing: State of the Industry featuring First Second staff member Mark Siegel in the Shiley Special Events Suite at the San Diego Central Library
Saturday, July 23rd
- 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Panel: Once Upon a Time: Teaching Fables, Fairy Tales, and Myths with Comics and Graphic Novels featuring Ben Hatke in the Shiley Special Events Suite at the San Diego Central Library
- 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Panel: Dig Deep featuring MK Reed and Gene Luen Yang in Room 28DE
- 11:00 AM: In-Booth giveaway, Tetris, by Box Brown
- 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Panel: Reading Without Walls featuring Gene Luen Yang in conversation with Hank Green in Room 29AB
- 12:00 PM: In-Booth signing, Ben Hatke, Mighty Jack
- 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Panel: The Kids Comics Revolution featuring Gene Luen Yang and John Patrick Green
- 2:30 PM: In-Booth signing, Gene Luen Yang, Paths & Portals
Sunday, July 24th
- 11:00 AM: In-Booth Signing, John Patrick Green, Hippopotamister
- 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Panel: How (and Why) Kids Started Reading Comics Again featuring First Second staff member Gina Gagliano in Room 25ABC
- 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Panel: Leigh Bardugo and Gene Luen Yang In-Conversation in Room 29AB
- 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Panel: Racebending featuring Gene Luen Yang in Room 29AB
Archie Comics, the acclaimed and bestselling comic book publisher that is home to some of the best-known pop culture creations in the world, including Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Josie & The Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and the hit AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE series, today unveiled plans for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego – timed to the launch of an all-new BETTY & VERONICA #1 from comic book legend Adam Hughes.
BETTY & VERONICA #1, hitting comic book shops and digital storefronts on Wednesday, July 20 – the same day doors open on Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016 – continues the stellar ‘New Riverdale’ relaunch of the beloved Archie Comics properties that began last year with the now-historic ARCHIE #1 by writer Mark Waid and artist Fiona Staples.
“We treat every New Riverdale launch like a special, monumental event – as these amazing characters deserve,” said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics Publisher/CEO. “Adam Hughes is the perfect person to welcome a new BETTY & VERONICA #1 into the world with a story that’s beautifully illustrated, witty and about the most important friendship in comics. What better place to pull back the curtain on this book than Comic-Con? It’s going to be an epic show for Archie. As always, we come in strong and ready to engage with our fans and community.”
This year’s Comic-Con will also feature the first public screenings of the pilot episode of the new Archie Comics-based drama ‘Riverdale’, from Warner Brothers Productions, set to debut on The CW in early 2017. A special ‘Riverdale’ panel will take place on Saturday featuring appearances by cast members including key cast members and crew. Fans will be able to get their first look at the subversive and modern take on the Archie Comics characters.
The relaunch of BETTY & VERONICA sets the stage for an amazing week of panels, giveaways, exclusives, and announcements at the biggest pop culture event in the world, Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016 – including a convention-exclusive cover to BETTY & VERONICA #1 by Adam Hughes and a special throwback cover for the fan-favorite SONIC: MEGA DRIVE one-shot.
Archie Comics will have three must-see panels this year including a spotlight on Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer, Archie Horror writer, and ‘Riverdale’ Executive Producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a 75th anniversary panel featuring top Archie Comics talent, and a special ‘Riverdale’ panel featuring the cast of the new live-action drama series debuting on The CW in 2017.
Spotlight on Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in Room 29AB
Join moderator Alex Segura (crime novelist and Archie writer) for an in-depth and memorable discussion with acclaimed comic book writer, playwright, and screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, spotlighting his time at Archie Comics – including the creation of the hit Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics – and writing other beloved comic book properties like the Fantastic Four, his prolific television (Glee, Supergirl), theatrical (American Psycho, Spider-Man on Broadway) and movie (Carrie and Town that Dreaded Sundown remake) work — including the upcoming RIVERDALE TV series from the CW in a frank, engaging and free-wheeling format that will keep fans buzzing.
Archie Comics Forever: 75 Years of Storytelling
Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in Room 4
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Archie Comics in this must-see panel with exclusive news and announcements about your favorite characters including ARCHIE, JUGHEAD, BETTY & VERONICA and more! Featuring your favorite Archie Comics talent and perhaps a special ‘Riverdale’ surprise appearance or two.
Saturday, July 23, 6:30 p.m. – approx. 10 p.m. in Room 6BCF
Don’t miss the first ever panel for ‘Riverdale,’ the next hit television show coming to The CW in early 2017! Join the cast and crew of the Archie Comics-based drama for a special screening of the pilot episode!
Get your favorite comics signed by all-star talent at the Archie Comics Booth (#1829) at San Diego Comic-Con!
*ALL TIMES/SIGNINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE*
Thursday, July 21
1pm-2pm BETTY & VERONICA: Adam Hughes
3pm-4pm NEW RIVERDALE: Adam Hughes & Derek Charm
4pm-5pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent
5pm-6pm DARK CIRCLE COMICS: Duane Swierczynski, Adam Christopher, Frank Tieri
Friday, July 22
12pm-1pm BETTY & VERONICA: Tula Lotay, Tom Bancroft, Colleen Coover, Adam Hughes
1pm-2pm NEW RIVERDALE: Adam Hughes & Derek Charm
3pm-4pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent
4pm-5pm ARCHIE ACTION: Tyson Hesse
5pm-6pm ARCHIE HORROR: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Saturday, July 23
10am-11am JUGHEAD: Derek Charm
11am-12pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent
2pm-3pm BETTY & VERONICA: Adam Hughes
Sunday, July 24
SHOW HOURS: 9:30am-5:00pm
10:30am-11am RIVERDALE: Cast TBA
11:30am-12:30pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent
12:30pm-1:00pm ARCHIE HORROR: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
1pm-2pm BETTY & VERONICA: Adam Hughes
SDCC 2016 EXCLUSIVES
BETTY & VERONICA #1 SDCC Exclusive Variant
IT’S BETTY VS. VERONICA! The most highly-anticipated debut in comics history is here with an exclusive convention cover by comics legend Adam Hughes! Betty and Veronica are America’s sweethearts… until they turn on each other! “Pops’ Chocklit Shoppe is being taken over by a huge coffee company. When Betty and Veronica go head-to-head over the issue, all bets are off! Friendships will shatter. Cities will burn. Nails will be broken. Betty and Veronica are back in this ALL-NEW #1! (see above)
Sonic spins into a brand new, Classic-styled, SUPER SPECIAL one-shot “Mega Drive”! Join Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy Rose on a brand new adventure—set after the fall of the Death Egg! The nefarious Dr. Eggman is trying to build a new engine of destruction: the MEGADRIVE, and it’s up to Sonic and his whole crew to stop the mad doctor and save the day! Join Sonic and his friends in this special commemorative issue celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Blue Blur by Ian Flynn, Tyson Hesse and Matt Herms featuring an exclusive convention cover by SEGA!