Nickelodeon’s Panels & Events at SDCC 2017

Press Release:

Nickelodeon will immerse fans in three decades-worth of iconic characters and shows as it brings Rocko’s Modern Life, Hey Arnold!, SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to life at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2017. From a 23-foot-tall pineapple under the sea to O-Town, Hillwood and the sewers of NYC, Nick will showcase its fan-favorite characters and popular shows with one-of-a-kind activations, panels, talent signings and interactive experiences.

Every day of the convention, Nickelodeon’s booth (#4113) will feature: a 23-foot-tall pineapple, housing an interactive gaming experience, allowing fans to literally step inside the world of SpongeBob SquarePants; a life-size replica of Helga’s shrine from Hey Arnold!; a retail area featuring a custom t-shirt station and one-of-a-kind, exclusive collectibles; costumed-character appearances; and autograph signings with the voice casts and creators from Rocko’s Modern Life, Hey Arnold!, SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Nick animation creators Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents), Chris Savino (The Loud House), and Billy Lopez (Welcome to the Wayne), and more.

Nickelodeon also will present four panels during the convention: Rocko’s Modern Life: Return to Earth!, a reunion with the original voice actors and sneak peek at the upcoming TV special; Hey Arnold!: From Hillwood to the Jungle!, celebrating the return of the beloved characters in the upcoming TV movie with past and present casts and a live musical performance; Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a dive into the thrilling story arcs in season five; and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-kini Bottom, a behind-the-scenes look at the new stop-motion Halloween special, along with a live table read of a classic episode picked by fans via social media.

The following is the full rundown of Nickelodeon’s activations:

PANELS

  • Rocko’s Modern Life: Return to Earth!

Thursday, July 20: Fans will be shouting, “Oh my!” and “SPUNKYYY!,” when Nickelodeon’s beloved and wacky series Rocko’s Modern Life lands in San Diego. Original show creator Joe Murray, Cosmo Segurson (director) and the voice cast of O-Town’s popular residents — Carlos Alazraqui (Rocko), Tom Kenny (Heffer), Mr. Lawrence (Filburt), Charlie Adler (Mr. Big Head and Mrs. Big Head)–will dive deep into the lore of this animated classic and what to expect from Rocko’s return to the TV screen, including an exclusive sneak peek at the special.  The panel will be moderated by Marc Snetiker (Entertainment Weekly).

  • Hey Arnold!: From Hillwood to the Jungle! 

Friday, July 21: Rejoice in the return of Arnold, Gerald, Helga and all of the Hillwood neighbors, with the series’ classic voice actors Lane Toran (Arnold), Jamil Walker Smith (Gerald), Francesca Marie Smith (Helga), and Anndi McAfee (Phoebe) and the new generation of talent featured in the upcoming TV movie — Mason Vale Cotton (Arnold) and Benjamin “Lil’ P-Nut” Flores, Jr. (Gerald). This panel will also feature a live musical performance by composer Jim Lang and an introduction to never-before-seen footage of the TV movie by show creator Craig Bartlett. The panel will be moderated by Marc Snetiker (Entertainment Weekly).

  • Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 

Friday, July 21: Executive producer Ciro Nieli will explore the thrilling story arcs and give fans an inside look at season five of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Joining the discussion are legendary creators and collaborators Kevin Eastman and Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), as well as the talented voice cast from the series: Sean Astin (Raphael), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), and Eric Bauza (Tiger Claw).  The panel will be moderated by Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy).

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-kini Bottom 

Saturday, July 22: Celebrate Halloween in July as Vincent Waller (supervising producer), Marc Ceccarelli (supervising producer) and Mr. Lawrence (story editor, voice of Plankton) are joined by Chris Finnegan, Seamus Walsh, and Mark Caballero (Screen Novelties) to share behind-the-scenes footage from the upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants stop-motion special. Plus, see panelists Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy) do a live table read of a fan-picked classic Halloween episode and also be on the lookout for a special appearance by one of Bikini Bottom’s spookiest citizens. The panel will be moderated by Claudia Spinelli (Executive in Charge, SpongeBob SquarePants, Nickelodeon).

DAILY BOOTH ACTIVITY

  • SpongeBob Pineapple Experience: Attendees can step inside this 23-foot, larger-than-life pineapple straight from Bikini Bottom and immerse themselves inside the world of SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or The Loud House for an interactive game and video capture experience.
  • Customized T-Shirt Station: Set against a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New York cityscape, fans can purchase a t-shirt from the retail shop and customize it on the spot with characters and art from their choice of seven fan-favorite Nick shows: SpongeBob SquarePants, TMNT, Hey Arnold!, Rocko’s Modern Life, The Loud House, Rugrats and Danny Phantom. 
  • Hey Arnold! Photo Opp. featuring Helga’s Shrine: Fans can take photos with Arnold and Gerald, plus visit a replica of Helga’s shrine and have the opportunity to see their Hey Arnold! social media content appear in the shrine’s real-time feed.  
  • Autograph Signings: Signing opportunities with Nickelodeon talent include: SpongeBob SquarePants voice talent; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesvoice talent and executive producers; Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie voice talent and creator; Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling voice talent and creator; and Nick’s current series creators and executive producers Butch Hartman (Bunsen is a Beast), Chris Savino (The Loud House) and Billy Lopez (Welcome to the Wayne).
  • Costumed-Character Appearances: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; SpongeBob SquarePants and friends Patrick Star, Sandy Cheeks, Squidward Tentacles; and Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Power Rangers Ninja Steel will make appearances at Nick’s booth at select times during the convention.  
  • Retail: Attendees can purchase Comic-Con exclusive figures and collectibles, the summer edition of the Nick Box, t-shirts and more.
  • Giveaways:  Enter for a chance to win special prizes over the course of the convention.

Dine with Walt Simonson at SDCC 2017

Press Release:

IDW Publishing is hosting a very special evening with Walter Simonson during Comic-Con. Limited to just 25 attendees, the event will take place in a private room at a swank restaurant in the San Diego Gaslamp district, a short walk from the convention center on Thursday, July 20th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Each guest will receive the following:

  • A COPY OF WALTER SIMONSON’S THOR  THE RETURN OF BETA RAY BILL ARTIST’S EDITION VARIANT EDITION (limited to 125 copies)
  • A SKETCH OF YOUR CHOICE BY SIMONSON (SEE ACCOMPANYING EXAMPLE)
  • A COPY OF THE RAGNAROK BOOK TWO RETAILER INCENTIVE HARDCOVER, COMPLETE WITH BOUND IN SKETCH BY SIMONSON (limited to 100 copies)
  • THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE BOTH BOOKS INSCRIBED TO YOU BY WALTER
  • BOTH BOOKS EMBOSSED WITH A UNIQUE SEAL CREATED FOR THIS EVENT ONLY
  • A WONDERFUL DINNER WITH WALTER SIMONSON
  • MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME

“Looking forward to having dinner with old friends,” said Simonson, “and making new ones at San Diego. Should be a fun night for all!”

Featuring fine dining in an intimate atmosphere, this very special evening is available on a first come first served basis. Space is extremely limited. Tickets are $500 per person and can be purchased here.

Don’t delay in reserving your spot for this one-of-a-kind event!

Gabe Eltaeb’s 4th Annual Comic Kickoff Fundraiser

Head to Gabe Eltaeb’s Fourth Annual Comic Kickoff Fundraiser and Party at Basic Bar and Pizza located in downtown San Diego on Wednesday July 19, 2017 from 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM! Entry is free, but a donation is suggested.

Celebrate the beginning of Comic Con on Preview Night just a few blocks from the San Diego Convention Center. Enjoy Pizza, drinks, music, and a chance to meet comic book professionals including Todd Nauck, Carlos D’Anda, Eddie Nunez, and Jim Calafiore plus other passionate pop culture fans.

This this event features the opportunity to meet and greet some great comic book artists and buy one of a kind sketches. Additionally we will have unique items from Blizzard, Funko, and Dark Horse Comics that you can enter to win.

All proceeds go to the Hero Initiative, the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Basic Bar/Pizza
410 10th Ave San Diego, CA 92101
619-531-8869

Lee Bermejo & Jock Appear at Splash Page Comic Art Booth for SDCC 2017

Like every year, Splash Page Comic Art will be setting up at San Diego Comic Con in Booth #4400. This is near the Hall G Entrance.

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON ARTIST COMMISSIONS

Lee Bermejo, artist of Suiciders, Batman: Noel, The Joker Graphic Novel, Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, and much more, is offering a rare opportunity to receive a hand drawn, one of a kind, convention style commission to be picked up at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con, by July 23rd.

We are taking three (3) – One Character Convention Style Commissions on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis.

They are drawn in pencils, inks and inkwash on a piece of 11 x 17″ comic art board with most of the fills being inks and wash with a simple but cool background design (Wonder Woman Example shown below).

These are NOT Lee’s cover quality super tight detailed pencil cover like commissions as those are considerably more expensive and take a lot more time. These are still amazing examples of Lee’s work and great values.

They MUST be picked up at San Diego Comic Con 2017 (July 19th – 23rd) by the person paying for the commission or a representative for them (that they have provided the name & phone number).

The Price is $1500 and must be paid using Personal Paypal sent to (Friends/family).

Please Email Mark (Mark@[at]splashpageart.com) if you are ready to purchase a Lee Bermejo Convention Commission.

JOCK SIGNING & SKETCH OPPORTUNITY

Jock will be offering a FREE sketch (limit 1 per person) when you buy a minimum of $500 worth his original art (available at the link). This includes covers, splashes, individual and multiple page purchases as long as it meets or exceeds the $500 amount.

The art may be purchased prior to the show or at the San Diego Comic Con. The sketch MUST be asked for and waited for at his SDCC signing at the Splash Page Art Booth 4400. You may have a representative pickup your art & sketch, but they must wait the entire time of the signing and pickup the art. We will not accept sketch ideas ahead of time.

A date and time will be posted in the near future. Jock will only be able to take on 5-10 sketches total so we’ll take five guaranteed sketches ahead of time on a first come, first serve basis. If you are not one of the first five to purchase pages, we’ll take the next five first come, first serve purchases at SDCC.

Please go through the checkout process to purchase Jock’s art and mention that you are wanting to qualify for your free SDCC sketch.

Win Tickets To SDCC And Party With The Cast of Wynonna Earp

Press Release:

Imagine winning the ultimate San Diego Comic-Con experience where you and a friend will party with the cast of the hit Syfy series Wynonna Earp, take a selfie with Kevin Eastman, and you’ll bring home a curated collection of IDW Publishing comic books! Plus, the winner will also get round trip airfares for 2 and hotel accommodations in beautiful San Diego.

The sweepstakes takes place online through the platform TapKat and will run until 11am on June 14, 2017. Anyone in the world can bid on the sweepstakes prize for as little as $10. Each bid is a donation to Traveling Stories, a 501c3 nonprofit organization in San Diego that helps kids fall in love with reading by the 4th grade.

Traveling Stories is shooting for a goal of $30,000 – and in the event they raise less than that amount, they’ll instead split the money they do receive with the grand prize winner.

The sweepstakes grand prize includes:

  • Round trip airfare for 2 within the continental United States
  • Hotel accommodations for 2
  • 2 tickets to the Wynonna Earp Cast Party
  • Meet-n-Greet with Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • A collection of comic books curated by IDW’s CEO & Publisher, Ted Adams 

To learn more and to enter the sweepstakes, please visit online here…

CA – The Best We Could Do Signing

Thi Bui appear at on Saturday May 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM to sign The Best We Could Do.

An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam from debut author Thi Bui. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

Barnes & Noble – Mira Mesa MarketCenter
10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego, CA 92126
858-684-3166

NC – FCBD: Acme Comics Signing

Acme Comics hosts several comic creators on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

  • Jacob Chabot
  • Mike Henderson
  • Stephen Green
  • Dan Dos Santos
  • Chris Giarrusso
  • Amanda Rachels
  • Gregg Schigiel
  • Brian Smith
  • Randall Trang
  • Warren Wucinich

As always, sketches and signatures are FREE, just like the official FCBD titles, but we encourage you to check out the procedures listed at AcmeComics.com!

Other on-site events will include photo opportunities with costumed heroes, face-painting provided my Munchie & Me, exclusive apparel and much, much more!

Acme Comics
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
336-574-2263

MD – FCBD: Cards Comics & Collectibles Signing

Press Release:

Free Comic Book Day 2017 is this Saturday at Cards, Comics & Collectibles – Baltimore County’s Premiere Comic Book Store and the Official News Source of the Baltimore Comic-Con! You don’t want to miss our amazing guests, giveaways, events, and FREE COMICS!

The full-day event kicks off with an awesome line-up of creators appearing at the store! Craig Rousseau, Todd Dezago, Steve Conley, and Rich Woodall will be all signing autographs at the store throughout the day. In addition, Cards, Comics & Collectibles is featuring a store-exclusive cover for DC’s FCBD SuperHero Girls issue!

Craig Rousseau has spent his career as an artist working on numerous noteworthy titles and runs. He has spent time on DC Comics’ Batman Beyond, Harley Quinn, and Impulse, Marvel’s Captain America & the Korvac Saga, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Season 2, and Iron Man & the Iron Wars, and he can be seen lately working on DC Comics’ Batman ’66, Image Comics’ Perhapanauts: Danger Down Under, and Dynamite Entertainment’s Pathfinder: Goblins!

Comics writer Todd Dezago has been a noteworthy contributor to Image, DC, and Marvel Comics. In addition to working on such titles as Sensational Spider-Man, Super Hero Squad, and Marvel Adventures at Marvel Comics and Impulse, Teen Titans, and Young Justice at DC Comics, Dezago’s creator-owned titles Tellos and Perhapanauts, both published through Image Comics, have garnered much attention and kudos.

Long-time friend of the show, 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.

Rich Woodall, also an Artist Alley Comics contributor, is known for his creator-owned titles, Johnny Raygun, the Zombie Bomb! Comic Anthology, and Kyrra Alien Jungle Girl. He has also worked on Image Comics’ Savage Dragon, The Perhapanauts, and more recently worked on a variant cover for IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“Free Comic Book Day is a wonderful event,” said Marc Nathan, owner of Cards, Comics & Collectibles. “We get to see old friends, make new ones, and show people new to the hobby why comics is such a fantastic medium for storytelling.”

Besides giving away free comic books, the store will have free Baltimore Comic-Con t-shirts to give away (while supplies last!), and will offer 50% off modern back issue bins, trade paperbacks, hardcovers, and manga*.

Join us on Saturday, May 6, 2017 as events kick off at 10:00am with store signings and, of course, FREE COMICS!

RSVP on Facebook!

Cards Comics and Collectibles
100 A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136
410-526-7410

NH – FCBD: Merrymac Games & Comics Signing

Sean Gordon Murphy, Corin Howell, Andrew MacLean, Elias Chatzoudis, Chris Campana, Chris Uminga, and Chrissie Zullo sign at Merrymac Games & Comics on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

RSVP on Facebook!

Merrymac Games and Comics
550 DW Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 420-8161

OH – FCBD: Up Up & Away Comics Signing

Comic creators Chris Sprouse (Black Panther, Tom Strong) and Craig Boldman (Archie Comics, Looney Tunes) appear at Up Up & Away Comics on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in honor of Free Comic Book Day!

RSVP on Facebook!

Up Up & Away Comics
5885 Pfeiffer Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242
513-936-6300

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