Star Wars Celebration 2017 Art Show

Press Release:

For this year’s Star Wars Celebration, which comes to the Orange County Convention Center on April 13-16, more talented Star Wars artists than ever before were considered for inclusion in the Celebration Art Show, one of the event’s most popular features. To qualify, artists must have previously created Star Wars artwork for Lucasfilm or for a Lucasfilm licensee. Though each was well-established and highly-regarded in the Star Wars community, a select number had to be chosen to keep the Art Show at Celebration a reasonable size.

To answer the challenge of selecting a limited number of artists from such a large, capable field, Lucasfilm’s Celebration team brought together an A-list of Lucasfilm talent, including experts in Star Wars characters and continuity, to do the judging. While the competition was fierce, a final set of artists were selected to participate in the 2017 Celebration Art Show – a big congratulations to the following artists: 

  • Adrianna Vanderstelt
  • Alex Buechel
  • Brad Hudson
  • Brent Woodside
  • Brent Woodside
  • Brian DeGuire
  • Brian Miller
  • Brian Rood
  • Chris Dee
  • Chris Reiff
  • Chris Trevas
  • Cryssy Cheung
  • Danny Haas
  • Drew Baker
  • Erik Maell
  • Jake Murray
  • Jason Palmer
  • Jason W. Christman
  • Jeff Carlisle
  • Jerry Vanderstelt
  • Joe Corroney
  • Joe Hogan
  • Joshua Smith
  • Katie Cook
  • Lee Kohse
  • Lin Zy Busch
  • Malcolm Tween
  • Matt Busch
  • Randy Martinez
  • Russell Walks
  • Scott Harben
  • Stephen Hayford
  • William O’Neill

Click here to preview and purchase the exclusive art print…

For tickets and further information please go to the website: www.starwarscelebration.com

Pictured art: I Am No Jedi by Danny Haas

WA – Avery Fatbottom 2 Signing

Cartoonist and game designer Jen Vaughn appears at Arcane Comics on Saturday April 1st from 4-8PM to celebrate the release of her new comic, AVERY FATBOTTOM 2: Renaissance Fair Detective.

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Arcane Comics
5809 15th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 781-4875

WA – The Stone Heart Signing

Vancouver artist and Eisner Award winning graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks appears on Tuesday, April 4th at 7:00 PM in conversation with Seattle’s Ms. Marvel creator G. Willow Wilson to celebrate the publication of The Stone Heart, the second installment in the Nameless City trilogy from First Second Books.

Faith Erin Hicks, who started out in webcomics, has pushed many graphic novels, including Zombies Calling, The War at Ellsmere, Brain Camp (with Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan), Friends with Boys, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen), the Bigfoot Boy series (with J. Torres), The Last of Us: American Dreams (with Neil Druckmann), and the Eisner Award-winning The Adventures of Superhero Girl.

Stranger Genius Award winning writer G. Willow Wilson writes the Hugo Award-winning Ms. Marvel and other comics. She is also a journalist and a prose writer whose books include The Butterfly Mosque and Alif the Unseen.

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The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 624-6600

 

Another Round of HeroesCon 2017 Guests Announced

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Neal Adams, Tom Bancroft, Mike Maihack, Jerry Ordway, Joe Rubinstein, Matthew Rosenberg, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

JOEL ADAMS | Lilz, Bucky O’Hare
NEAL ADAMS | Coming of the Supermen, Batman: Odyssey, Green Lantern, X-Men
DAVE AIKINS | SpongeBob, Dora and Friends, Zombies!!!
BOB ALMOND | Stan Lee’s Guardian Project, Black Panther, Heroes For Hire, Warlock
NATALIE ANDREWSON | Mamuna, Meanwhile
TOM BANCROFT | Opposite Forces, Mulan, Tomo
WES BROOKS | Undead Speed Equipment, Grim Riders
FRANK BRUNNER | Dr Strange, Conan, Howard the Duck
BUZZ | JSA, Vampirella, Atomika
BOB CAMP | Ren & Stimpy, Thundercats
PATY COCKRUM | SATURDAY ONLY  The Cat, Nightcrawler
JUAN DOE | American Monster, Solar, X-Men:198, Legion of Monsters, Fantastic Four
JASON FISCHER | Terra Flats, Seconds, Kaijumax
BEN FISHER | Grumpy Cat, Smuggling Spirits, Hexen Hammers
JARED K FLETCHER |Paper Girls, Southern Bastards, The Goddamned
NAOMI FRANQUIZMisfit City, Bitch Planet, Power & Magic
MICHAEL GARLAND | The Black Monday Murders, Curse Words, Wolverine, Captain Marvel
DUSTIN HARBIN | BEHOLD! The Dinosaurs, DIARY COMICS, Nutted!, DHARBIN!
ANDY HIRSCH | The Baker Street Peculiars, Varmints, Garfield
DANIEL LEISTER | Hack/Slash
MARISSA LOUISE | Spell on Wheels, Spook House, Robocop
MIKE MAIHACK | Cleopatra in Space, Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman
JERRY ORDWAY | Superman , Captain Marvel, Infinity Inc., WildStar
RON RANDALL | TREKKER, Future Quest, Supergirl
MATTHEW ROSENBERG | Rocket Raccoon, Secret Warriors, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank, Kingpin
JOE RUBINSTEIN | Wolverine, Avengers, Daredevil
BRIAN SCHIRMER | Black Jack Ketchum, Backpacers, Ultrasylvania
BRIAN SHEARER | GI Joe, Transformers, Doctor Who, William the Last
MARLIN SHOOP | LARP!, Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends
DOMO STANTON | Starbrand & Nightmask, Prez, Deadpool, Chozen
ERIC TALBOTTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Melting Pot
JOEY WEISER | Mermin, Spongebob Squarepants
MATT WIERINGO | Ringo Scholarship

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ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

PA – Reading Without Walls Lecture

The Doylestown Bookshop and Holicong Middle School are excited to welcome Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, to Holicong Middle School on Sunday, April 2 2017 at 6:00 PM. You must register for the event at the link. Admission is free.

The author will be giving a presentation followed by a Q&A. The author’s books will be available for sale at the event. He will be signing books at the event.

About Reading without Walls:

Initiated as a pilot program at the time Gene Luen Yang was appointed National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Reading Without Walls, a program to expand the range of books that children read, will launch and become an annual event beginning in April.

Reading Without Walls is designed to “celebrate reading and diversity” and encourage children to read books outside of their personal experience, books they might not have considered before. Structured as an educational challenge, the program encourages children to “read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you,” or to read “a book about a topic you don’t know much about,” or “a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun, such as a chapter book, an audio book, a graphic novel, or a book in verse.” Once a challenge is completed children receive certificates and other rewards that mark their literary achievement.

In an interview with PW, Yang, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, who has had two graphic novels nominated for National Book Awards in Young People’s Literature, said that “[Reading Without Walls] started last January as an experimental pilot when I was appointed National Ambassador. Schools and libraries and bookstores put up displays and issued challenges. We want to make it easier for them.” Yang said the pilot program has led to the design of certificates of participation, posters, activity kits, puzzles, and other materials to promote the reading program.

“I announced Reading Without Walls program at the National Book Festival [last fall] with a speech on social media. People really ran with it and we’ve gotten a lot of feedback. Now we’re finalizing the program and supplying a lot of formal materials to teachers, retailers, and librarians that will help them get involved.”

Yang said that feedback from the pilot program has helped to expand the program to “reading in other languages. We’ll also have kits that encourage children to create their own poetry, novels and comics. We’re taking [the program] from reading without walls, to encouraging kids to make their own stories, outside of their walls.”

The program is a partnership with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader, the Children’s Book Council, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Holicong Middle School
2900 Holicong Rd, Doylestown, PA 18902
(267) 893-2700

From Wildstorm To Wonder Woman, DC Entertainment Presents Stellar Lineup of Guests & Panels at WonderCon 2017

Press Release:

DC Entertainment descends on WonderCon with an expansive weekend schedule of talent appearances and panels. Beginning Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, at the Anaheim Convention Center, DC’s activities will include news on upcoming DC Universe Rebirth and DC’s Young Animal storylines, a 25th anniversary celebration of WildStorm, along with a can’t-miss signing appearance from Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins!

Revisit the WildStorm Universe with DC Publisher Jim Lee, along with fellow artists and writers, as they honor the seminal legacy with this retrospective celebration. Attendees will be treated to behind-the-scenes photos, stories, drawing demonstrations and a first look at new stories and art from THE WILDSTORM 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL out in August. The panel will also share news about the latest generation of WildStorm storytelling from the new pop-up imprint curated by Warren Ellis, placing these beloved characters into reimagined stories.

Saturday will be a celebration of all things Wonder Woman with exclusive booth giveaways, a Wonder Woman cosplay meet-up and photo opportunity in the DC booth at 2:30 pm, followed by a fan signing with Wonder Woman film director Patty Jenkins. The Warner Bros. Pictures action adventure film hits theaters June 2.

The booth will also host an ongoing schedule of signings featuring some of the best writers and artists in comics, including Jim Lee, Mariko Tamaki, James Tynion IV, and Gerard Way, alongside voice talent from the new animated original movie Teen Titans: The Judas Contract and popular series DC Super Hero Girls, Teen Titans Go!, and Justice League Action. Fans can also preview brand-new offerings from DC Collectibles, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and an up-close look at Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman costume.

Available for purchase at the Graphitti Designs booth (#1001) are WonderCon exclusive items including ALL-STAR BATMAN #8, BATWOMAN #1, HARLEY QUINN #16, BATMAN #19, DOOM PATROL #5, DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #8 and a t-shirt designed by Michael Cho.

DC’s WonderCon programming features must-attend panels showcasing bestselling series, iconic characters and DC Collectibles.  Panels include:

DC’S YOUNG ANIMAL
Friday, March 31, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Room: 300DE 

Featuring Eisner Award-winning writer and My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way (DOOM PATROL, CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE) and the writers and artists behind the groundbreaking series from the pop-up imprint DC’s Young Animal, the panel will feature Jon Rivera (CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE), Jody Houser (MOTHER PANIC), Cecil Castellucci (SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL) and more.

DC COLLECTIBLES
Friday, March 31, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Room: 207

Join the DC Collectibles crew, including the group’s Executive Director Jim Fletcher and super fan and DC All Access co-host Jason Inman, along with a few surprise guests, to get the latest news about the must-have action figures, statues, prop replicas, busts and more. Find out how they create and develop so many incredible products, and what’s coming up from DC Collectibles.

WILDSTORM 25th ANNIVERSARY
Saturday, April 1, 11:30 – 12:30 pm, Room: 300DE

Twenty-five years in the making and hosted by Jim Lee, this must-see panel will gather together WildStorm writers and artists, including Ryan Benjamin, Carlos D’Anda, Richard Friend, Mark Irwin, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair, and Scott Williams to discuss the imprint’s ongoing legacy.

DC ESSENTIAL
Saturday, April 1, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Room: 300DE

Moderated by DC All Access co-host Jason Inman, DC Essential celebrates the world of DC and its iconic characters. With its in-depth discussion about the most beloved Super Heroes in pop culture, the panel features Marv Wolfman, Phil Jimenez, Shawna Benson, Julie Benson, Marc Andreyko, and Sterling Gates.

DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH
Saturday, April 1, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Room: 300DE

Filled with hope and optimism, engaging storylines and dynamic characters, fans can dive into DC’s blockbuster Rebirth line from the talented writers and artists bringing these stories to life, including Chad Hardin, Phil Jimenez, Danny Miki, Shawna Benson, Julie Benson, Sam Humphries, James Tynion IV, and John Semper, Jr.

ART MASTERS: DRAWING DC
Sunday, April 2, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Room: 210

Home to some of the most talented artists working in comics today, panelists including Bernard Chang, Tyler Kirkham, and Chad Hardin will offer a unique look into their visual approach in shaping some of DC’s most celebrated series.

DC’s booth (#1101) at WonderCon will also host an ongoing schedule of talent signings including:

Friday, March 31, 2017

Alex Sinclair (DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE)

Cecil Castellucci (SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL)

*Gerard Way (YOUNG ANIMAL)

*Jim Lee (SUICIDE SQUAD)

Jody Houser (MOTHER PANIC)

John Semper, Jr. (CYBORG)

Jon Rivera (CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE)

Julie and Shawna Benson (BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY)

Mariko Tamaki (SUPERGIRL BEING SUPER)

Mark Russell (THE FLINTSTONES)

Phil Jimenez (SUPERWOMAN)

Sam Humphries (GREEN LANTERNS)

*Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Voice Actors

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Alex Sinclair (DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE)

Bernard Chang (NEW SUPER-MAN, BATMAN BEYOND)

Cecil Castellucci (SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL)

Chad Hardin (HARLEY QUINN)

Danny Miki (BATMAN)

*Gerard Way (YOUNG ANIMAL)

James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS)

*Jim Lee (SUICIDE SQUAD)

Jody Houser (MOTHER PANIC)

John Semper, Jr. (CYBORG)

Jon Rivera (CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE)

Julie and Shawna Benson (BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY)

Marguerite Sauvage (DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS)

*Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman Director)

Phil Jimenez (SUPERWOMAN)

Sam Humphries (GREEN LANTERNS)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Chad Hardin (HARLEY QUINN)

*DC Super Hero Girls Voice Actors

*Justice League Action Voice Actors

Mark Russell (THE FLINTSTONES)

Marv Wolfman (THE NEW TEEN TITANS)

Sam Humphries (GREEN LANTERNS)

*Teen Titans Go! Voice Actors

* denotes a wristband is required

Wristbands will be required for select signings in the DC booth. Fans must visit Hall D each morning for more details on how to participate in the ticket drawing.

Download the new DC All Access mobile app for a complete list of panels, behind-the-scenes coverage and in-depth interviews directly from DC’s web series, DC All Access. The app is available for free at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

NE – Mark Waid Signings

Eisner Award winning comic book writer Mark Waid will be in town for a lecture, Q & A and short signing session at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Milo Bail Ballroom Monday, March 27th at 6:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public.

While in town, he has kindly agreed to make an appearance at Legend Comics & Coffee on Tuesday, March 28th for a free book signing from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM! We’ll have plenty of his work on hand at the UNO event and at the shop so stop in and pick up something to have signed. We hope to see all of the Legend Legion out for these special events!

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Legend Comics & Coffee
5207 Leavenworth St, Omaha, NE 68106
(402) 391-2377

GoComics Creator Showcase at Planet Comicon 2017

Press Release:

GoComics is stoked to announce its biggest creator event in the history of the known universe this April at Planet Comicon Kansas City.

On April 28-30 at Bartle Hall, fans can find 31 of their favorite GoComics creators and friends in one convenient continent of tables. There’ll be signings, a special panel, and more fun than you’re normally able to process without the aid of special fun-processing technology.

So who’s coming, exactly? You may want to sit down before you read this list

Sarah AndersenSarah’s Scribbles

Bill AmendFoxTrot

Stephan PastisPearls Before Swine

Nick SelukThe Awkward Yeti

Alex Norris – Dorris McComics

Chris Harding – We The Robots

Dave MercierMercWorks

Megan McKayDoodle For Food

Chris GradyLunarbaboon

Shen T Owlturd

Julia Kaye – Up and Out

Todd ClarkLola

Brian GordonFowl Language

Sara ZimmermanUnearthed Comics

Maria ScrivanHalf Full

John McPhersonClose to Home

Olivia WalchImogen Quest

Enzo Comics  – Cheer Up Emo Kid

Hanna Pirita LehkonenImmortal Nerd

Dan MartinDeathbulge

Jason AnarchyDrinking Quest

Ben ZaehringerBerkeley Mews

J.L. WestoverMr. Lovenstein

Kevin KuramuraPear-Shaped Comics

Laura RomagnoliAverage Adventures of an Average Girl

PatabotBFGF Syndrome

Jane ZeiThe Pigeon Gazette

Deya MunizBrutally Honest

David DanemanThe DaneMen

Aaron Lenk – Big Simple Comics

Jose RojasButton Mash Productions

If you can’t make it to Planet Comicon Kansas City, we’ve got you covered. We’re collecting a heaping helping of signed comics and other merch from each of the attending creators for a special giveaway for eligable GC fans in the U.S. We’ll have more details in April, so watch this space to learn how you can win the biggest swag bag this side of, uh… Swag Bag City? Yeah. Swag Bag City.

Beverly Comic Con Hosts Fourth Annual Show on April 8th

Press Release:

Join us on Saturday, April 8th for the fourth annual Beverly Comic Con hosted at Porter Mill Studios!

Free to the public, family friendly and jam packed with local comic creators and unique vendors. Original art, posters, prints, handmade collectibles, t-shirts, graphic novels and of course comic books, will all be on hand for this one of a kind event.

Free admission with plenty of parking across the street at the garage.
Doors open to the public at 10am.

Special Guests-
Robert Gill – DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics
Braden Lamb – Boom Studios, First Second Books
Shelli Paroline – Boom Studios, First Second Books

Live music –
DJ Noel Snow
DJ Radio Scotvoid
Qwill

Live art –
Michael Crockett

Magic Show –
The Impossible Ivan Demarjian

Artists and vendors –
Adam Miller
Andrew Houle
Anthony Sedani
Bareknuckle Burly
Chris Denmead
Crystal Naylor
Dana Robinson
Daniel Kern
Dave Ferreira
David J. Leblanc
Desmond Reed
Dirk Tiede
Don Mathias
Eric Boeker
Finar Comics
Flying Saucer Pizza Company
Greg Moutafis
House of Roulx
Jason Casey
Joe Haley & TJ Dort
Josh Morrissette
Mary Curtin
Montserrat College of Art
Paper Asylum Comics and Collectibles
Renee Mallett
Robbie Short
Ryan Santos
Ryan Valentine
Ryn Grant
Scarlett Shiloh
Standup Comix
Tom Torrey
Whalom Painting & Woodcraft

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Studios at Porter Mill
95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915

WI – Powers Comics 10th Anniversary

Special guests Mike Norton, Michael Moreci, and Ahman Green appear at Powers Comics on Saturday, April 1st to celebrate the shop’s tenth anniversary.

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

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