MICE 2018 Announces Dates

Press Release:

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) 2018 will be held the weekend of October 20−21, 2018, at Lesley’s University Hall in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA. For our 9th annual event, MICE will continue to bring you special guests and comic creators from New England and beyond along with a full schedule of hands-on workshops and engaging panel discussions. We here at MICE HQ are busy planning another great year and can’t wait for you to join us!

Applications to exhibit at MICE will open April 2nd. Keep an eye out for our registration guidelines in the weeks to come.

Further information available on the website: www.micexpo.org

CA – Capture Creatures Vol. 1 Book Signing

Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson appear at  Gallery Nucleus on Saturday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM to sign the first ever trade paperback collection of their playful and fully-painted comic, Capture Creatures Volume 1.

About the Book:
100 creatures appear on earth. You’re gonna wanna capture them all!

Tamzen isn’t happy: her dad is always busy in his lab, she doesn’t exactly have a lot of friends, and to top it off, she’s in trouble with the Rangers for going off into the wilderness without permission. But when a creature unlike anything she’s ever seen appears unexpectedly in the forest, Tamzen sets off on an adventure with lab intern Jory and Ranger Teddy in search of answers…and what they find may be more than they can handle alone. Join the unlikeliest team of heroes ever on this beautiful, mysterious journey through a very wild world.

From the blockbuster team of Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt (Tiny Kitten Teeth), and featuring brilliant color work from Katy Farina (Steven Universe, Rick & Morty) comes a fully-painted comic book that takes kids deep into the mysterious world of the Capture Creatures!

About the Artists:
Becky Dreistadt grew up wanting to be the very best, like no one ever was. Driven by her love of cartoons and animals, she has set out on a quest taking her from her home in Virginia, to school in Georgia, to life in New Zealand and now to ply her craft in Los Angeles.

Primarily a comic artist, Dreistadt’s work has been displayed in numerous galleries from Los Angeles to New York to New Zealand and Japan. She is mostly known for her online hand-painted comic Tiny Kitten Teeth and its cute companion piece Tigerbuttah. Her work has appeared on comic and poster projects with Adventure Time, animation with Yo Gabba Gabba and the fantasy comic Lookouts with Penny Arcade.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

Cast of The Princess Bride makes their way to Orlando


CARY ELWES, CHRIS SARANDON, and WALLACE SHAWN, stars of the cult classic The Princess Bride, head to Orlando.

MegaCon is held at the Orange County Convention Center May 24-27, 2018 in Orlando, FL.

Get your tickets now!

For more information click here.

Return of the Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling

Press Release:

The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center this September 28-30, but so does our special “thank you” event to our fans: Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling returns for its 2nd annual event Sunday April 29, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the BWI Airport Marriott!

Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling is a good old-fashioned comic book show with rows and rows of comic book dealers from 6-8 states around the country, with comics and collectibles from the ancient to the very modern…and we’re bringing in a few guests as well!

Ringo Award winner and Harvey and Eisner award nominee Frank Cho launched his career as a comic strip artist at the University of Maryland-College Park student newspaper, penning University2, which was the predecessor of his creator-owned syndicated strip and comic series, Liberty Meadows. His body of work also includes Marvel Comics’ New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil, New Ultimates, and X-Men: Schism, as well as Jungle Girl for Dynamite Entertainment. His recent work can be seen in BOOM! Studios’ Skybourne, and on covers from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman.

Long-time friend of the show, Ringo, Harvey, and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since our inception in 2000 (!), artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and online. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His creator-owned Bloop, is available through his online store in print or soft copy editions, and you can read his webcomic, The Middle Age, on his website.

John Gallagher is the award-winning artist and writer of graphic novels Buzzboy and Roboy Red (with Rich Faber). John teamed with sons Jack and Will to create a kids book, E.P.I.C. Bros., about two kids whose superhero dad is always out saving the world, and they pass the time using his gizmos for lovable mayhem. Jack and Will follow in the footsteps of big sister Katie, who teamed with her dad to create Zoey and Ketchup. John’s Buzzboy is back from American Mythology Productions in Buzzboy Go Digital Monster Mayhem, where he has also contributed to the recently relaunched Casper the Friendly Ghost and The Inspector. When not creating comics, John is executive director of Kids Love Comics (kidslovecomics.net) and works as art director for Ranger Rick magazine.

Mark Morales has established himself as one of the industry’s go-to inkers for major titles and events for the big publishers. He has inked a vast number of titles at Marvel Comics including, among many others, A+X, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers vs. X-Men, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Sentry, Siege, Thor, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, X-Force, and X-Men. He has also done work for DC Comics on titles like Action Comics, Batman/Superman, JLA, New Suicide Squad, Prez, and Superman: The Man of Steel. He was also awarded the Harvey Award for Best Inker in 2009 and 2011.

Brandon Peterson has been a professional illustrator for over 20 years, working primarily as a penciller and inker, but often as a colorist, writer, editor, and art director. He has done a great deal of work at Marvel Comics, as the artist on books like AvX, Avengers, The Ultimates, Ultimate Vision, Ultimate Extinction, Ultimate X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men. Brandon was also VP of Special Projects and Art Director of the now-defunct CrossGen Comics, where he created titles like Mystic and Chimera. He is also a veteran of Top Cow Productions, having worked on Codename: Strykeforce, Cyberforce, Ripclaw, Medieval Spawn/Witchblade, and his own book, Arcanum. His work is recently featured on IDW’s Revolution Heroes and DC Comics’ Trinity.

Additionally, the Hero Initiative will be in the room with us this year — stay tuned!

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

Latest Guests announced for London Film & Comic Con

LONDON FILM & COMIC CON returns for 2018 and we are very pleased to announce some amazing new guests to add to an already great line up!

PETER CAPALDI, the 12th Doctor will be joining us on Saturday & Sunday,
GRACE PARK who stars in Hawaii Five-0 but is also known for Battlestar Gallactica
and we can add
RAY FISHER, fresh from playing Cyborg in The Justice League

Also added to the LFCC line up is the wonderful JEWEL STAITE, who has appeared in Firefly as well as Stargate Atlantis.

Horror fans can meet SAW star COSTAS MANDYLOR, who has played Hoffman in multilple films in the franchise.

For more information visit the website HERE!

Spooky Empire Brings Hair-raising Guests to the Wyndham Orlando Resort for Mid-season Convention

Spooky Empire LogoSpooky Empire, founder of one of the most coveted and recognizable thriller conventions in the nation, announces their highly-anticipated mid-season convention on April 6 – 8, 2018 at The Wyndham Orlando Resort. The 3-day annual convention will feature an array of activities including celebrity autographs with meet & greets, photo ops, Q&A’s led by special guests, live performances, and their popular tattoo festival with more than 25+ artists.

This year, celebrity guests include:

•   The return of The Chiodo Brothers, the group of sibling creative forces known for movies such as Killer Klowns from Outer Space. They have also created creatures and puppets for films and TV show including Critters, Team America: World Police, Elf, Ernest Scared Stupid, Monsters, The Thundermans, The Simpsons, and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

•   They will be joined by David Naughton, from American Werewolf in London and Twilight Zone.

•   Along with Butch Patrick best known for his role as “Eddie Munster” from The Munsters.

•   Director, actor, stuntman, writer, and the last living Universal Monster, Ricou Browning. Best known his role as the only actor to portray the “Gill-Man” in three films, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creatureand The Creature Walks Among Us. Browning also worked on Flipper, Sea Hunt, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and many other films.

Other expected guests include:

•   Meet the mother and son stars from Child’s Play, Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent and Chucky himself.

•   The one and only Slim Jim Phantom, legendary drummer for the ever-popular rockabilly band The Stray Cats.

And many more to be announced leading up to the convention.

Throughout the weekend guests will enjoy vendors and haunting exhibitors that will offer the ultimate in merchandise including art, movies, toys, props, action figures, comic books, special effects, clothing, and jewelry.

All advance tickets, now on sale, are discounted. Prices increase at the door. In advance, three-day passes are $65, one day passes on Friday and Sunday are $30, and one day passes on Saturday $35. VIP Packages are $225 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. Kids 10 and under are free.

Rooms are available at The Wyndham Orlando Resort for a discounted price of $121 per night through March 9. Rooms can be reserved by calling 1-407-351-2420. Mention ‘Spooky Empire’ for special rate.

For more information regarding the schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.spookyempire.com/purchase-tickets.

For more information about Spooky Empire, visit www.spookyempire.com. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@SpookyEmpire).

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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.

Spooky Empire Media Contacts:

Juliana Gutierrez, JWI PR | +1 305-991-4259 | juliana@jwipr.com

Jessica Wade Pfeffer, JWI PR | +1 305-804-8424 | jessica@jwipr.com

Old School comes back to New Hampshire


I wanted to make the kind of show I would want to be part of both as a guest and as a vendor, I was tired of seeing everything BUT comics and I hated seeing talented artists play second fiddle to movie stars and wrestlers…. so here’s what we’re did……….

– A 20,000 sq.ft.venue will be PACKED WITH COMICS & ART
– EVERY booth for vendors & ARTISTS will be giant 10×10!
– It will be be right off the highway and easy to get to!
– There will be plenty of FREE PARKING on-site!
– You will see vendors from as far as CA w/ CRAZYSTUFF
– The first 100 people in line get a Franck Uzan signed print!
– You will see AWESOME original art! ~ KIRBY covers & pages!
– You will see over 40 booths of Silver & Golden age COMICS!
– You will see GREAT ARTISTS and some INCREDIBLE ART!
– You will NOT see mugs of root beer on your long boxes or art
– You will NOT see a band of Pirates when you enter
– You will NOT see photo shoots or contests….COMICS & ART
– You will NOT see movie stars or wrestlers, no puppet show…
– You will NOT see fortune tellers or knick knack pattywhacks…
– You will NOT see jugglers or magicians running around…


Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good pop culture con like the rest of us but this ain’t that, this show is about COMIC BOOKS & ART.

If you’re like me and want COMIC BOOKS, ORIGINAL ART & the ARTISTS who make it all happen to be the MAIN FOCUS of the show and not second fiddle……….. then this is the place for you! COME BE PART OF THE MAGIC!

One day only! Saturday April 28th, 10a-5p at the 20,000 sq.ft. EVERETT ARENA, exit 14 off I93 in CONCORD, NH


(still a lot more to add I’m trying to keep up!!)


OR – Mappin the Floor Signing

Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood, creator of Baggywrinkles and Mappin’ the Floor, appears at the Oregon Convention Center on Thursday, February 15th at 6:00 PM as part of the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting.

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Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

MoCCA Arts Festival 2018 Unveils Badge Art

Press Release:

The Society of Illustrators is excited to share the badge art for the 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival created by illustrator, comic book artist and animator Rebecca Mock. These beautiful images will appear on badges worn by Exhibitors, VIP, Press, Staff, and Volunteers at the MoCCA Arts Festival, to be held on April 7th and 8th, 2018 at the spacious and modern Metropolitan West located at 639 West 46th Street in Manhattan.

Mock’s colorful, detailed badge art imagery describes “festival life”, with characters busily preparing for the Fest: Printing on a risograph, working at an artist’s desk, instagramming “haul”, transporting merchandise to the Fest, and setting up a festival booth. Follow the Society’s instagram (@soi128) to see the complete set, plus a special animated illustration create by Mock!

Rebecca Mock specializes in atmospheric, cinematic art. Her first graphic novels Compass South and the sequel Knife’s Edge (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), both written by Hope Larson, follow the story of young twin explorers, whose adventures introduce them to new lands and stories while uncovering important life lessons including gender roles and identity. Mock’s next project, Salt Witch, will be released in 2020.

Mocks’ diverse body of work also includes gif illustrations as well as environmental concept art, background painting, and classic illustration. Her work has been featured  in The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME, Politico, BBC, HBO, Nautilus, Medium.com, Riot Games, Fullbright, and JetBlue.

Mock will be attending the Fest as a Featured Artist. Further scheduling information about her attendance will be available in future announcements. To learn more about this year’s MoCCA Arts Festival click here.

About the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators and its Museum of Illustration together comprise America’s longest-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration. The mission of SI/MI is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration and its history and evolving nature through exhibitions and educational programs.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education. The 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 7-8th, 2018 at Metropolitan West in New York City with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).

Legendary X-Men Writer visits ComicCon Revolution

The Revolution is almost here! Legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont will be at Comic Con Revolution – West Palm Beach – Saturday, February 24th at the Palm Beach County Convention Center! Don’t miss it!

Buy your tickets today & save as prices increase at the door!
Get more info at bit.ly/CCRWPB
Get tix at bit.ly/CCRWPBtix

Kids 12 & under get in FREE with a paid adult. (Limit 2 kids per paid adult.) — in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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