A Personal Update and Plea

February 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Florida, Site News

Hi, everyone.

Many of our advertisers and promoters have been trying to get ahold of me the last couple of weeks. I don’t normally share a lof of personal information with the Convention Scene audience, but I need to offer an explanation.

Two weeks ago, my mother, Betty Pate, who has been declining health for several years, slipped into a coma. I have been out-of-town and at her beside for much of the past two weeks. My brother and I had her moved to a hospice on Thursday, where again I stayed with her around the clock, and yesterday afternoon she passed away, with my brother and I at her side.

This week we will be making funeral arrangements so things won’t get anywhere close to normal until next week.

If you have ever had to bury a loved one, you know that funerals are quite expensive, and, unfortunately, we were not fully prepared for this. Therefore, I am accepting donations towards my mother’s funeral costs. If we raise more money than we need for the funeral, the rest will be reinvested into the site towards some new features I want to add this year.

So that I can transfer the funds into my back account quickly, I am including a PayPal donation button below. So if you like the site or have ever found it beneficial to you, please contribute. If you can’t at this time, I understand and would love to your prayers as well.

Thank you.

Brian Pate, Owner
Convention Scene





HeroesCon 2018 Updates Guest List

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 2018 show including Jae Lee, Darryl Banks, Chris Brunner, Francesco Francavilla,  Michel Fiffe, Andrew MacLean, Dan Parent, Dexter Vines, Chris Visions and more! HeroesCon 2018 takes place June 15-17, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

GUEST ADDITIONS:

BOB ALMOND | Stan Lee’s Guardian Project, Black Panther, Heroes For Hire, Warlock
ROGÊ ANTONIO Batman & Robin Eternal, Grayson
DARRYL BANKS Green Lantern, Legion of Super Heroes, JLA
THOMAS BOATWRIGHT | Zeke Deadwood, The Halloween Legion, Cemetery Blues
CHRIS BRUNNER Loose Ends, Southern Bastards, Batman: LOTD
JOEY ELLIS Leaky Timbers
MARIE ENGER Fhtagn and Loathing, Regression
MICHEL FIFFE Copra, Zegas, Bloodstrike
CHARLES FORSMAN Slasher, Revenger, TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer
FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA | Afterlife with Archie, The Black Beetle, Detective Comics
CASEY JONES | Nightwing, Fantastic Four, Exiles, Excalibur, New Warriors
JAE LEE | Batman/Superman, Inhumans, Dark Tower, Fantastic Four
NATE LOVETT | Champions of Odd Lake, Kyraa: Alien Jungle Girl, Paw Patrol, Rusty Rivets
ANDREW MACLEAN | Head Lopper, Apocalyptigirl, Laser Wolf Attack
DREW MOSS Copperhead, Terrible Lizard, The Colonized, The Crow: Pestilence, In the Dark
DAN PARENT | Archie, Die Kitty Die, Betty & Veronica, Kevin Keller, Life with Kevin
BENJAMIN SCHIPPER Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Fairies, Joe Death and the Graven Image
KYLE STARKS | Rock Candy Mountain, Rick and Morty, Sexcastle, Legend of Ricky Thunder
BRENO TAMURA | Pigs, 12 reasons to die, Cupid, Doctor Fate
JEREMY TREECE | Fearsome as the Night, the Misadventures of Clawberry & Friends, I’m So Goth!
DEXTER VINES | X-Men, Nova, Avengers: X- Sanction, Buffy, Hulk
CHRIS VISIONS | Dead Letters, Spider-Gwen, Scarlet Witch, Devils on the Levee
ALEXIS ZIRITT | Space Riders, Tarantula, The Package

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For the most up-to-date information, check our blog, or sign up for the weekly Heroes Hotline newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER, FREE!

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.

Ringo Awards 2018 Dates Announced

February 23, 2018 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Press Release: 

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill, and fun of comics. The awards return for their second year on Saturday, September 29, 2018 as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con.

Unlike other professional industry awards, the Ringo Awards include fan participation in the nomination process along with an esteemed jury of comics professionals.

More than 20 categories will be celebrated with top honors being given at an awards ceremony.

Fan and pro-jury voting are tallied independently , and the combined nomination ballot is compiled by the Ringo Awards Committee. The top two fan choices become nominees, and the jury’s selections fill the remaining three slots for five total nominees per category. Ties may result in more than five nominees in a single category. Nominees will be listed on the ballot alphabetically. Nomination ballot voting will be open to the public (fans and pros) starting March 15, 2018 and will close May 30, 2018.

New in 2018, we have added two categories based on juror feedback from our inaugural year:

Open to Fans and Pros, we are now including “Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel”. This category recognizes publications that are tailored to the evolving generation of comic readers, and one that Mike Wieringo would have been behind 100%.

In Fan-Only Favorites, we have added “Favorite Publisher” to the list, allowing readers to nominate the publisher they thought created the best works in the previous year. Will it be one of the big comics houses? An online company? Perhaps a book publisher? Did an indie publisher knock it out of the park? Your vote counts!

Fan and Pro Nomination Categories

  • Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)
  • Best Writer
  • Best Artist or Penciller
  • Best Inker
  • Best Letterer
  • Best Colorist
  • Best Cover Artist
  • Best Series
  • Best Single Issue or Story
  • Best Original Graphic Novel
  • Best Anthology
  • Best Humor Comic
  • Best Comic Strip or Panel
  • Best Webcomic
  • Best Non-fiction Comic Work
  • Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel
  • Best Presentation in Design

Jury-Only Nomination (with three bonus jurors)

  • The Mike Wieringo Spirit Award

Fan-Only Favorite Categories

  • Favorite Hero
  • Favorite Villain
  • Favorite New Series
  • Favorite New Talent
  • Favorite Publisher

Hero Initiative Award (selected by the Hero Initiative)

  • The Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award

Publisher Submissions

New to the Ringo Awards nomination process in 2018, we are enabling publishers to submit works for consideration to the Ringo Jurors. Publishers can submit up to five submissions per “Fan and Pro Nomination” and “Jury-Only Nomination” category that they feel are worthy of consideration. To participate in this process, publishers are asked to have a single representative send an email to contact@ringoawards.com for further information.

About Mike Wieringo:
Michael Lance “Mike” Wieringo was known to fans and friends as “Ringo”, which is how he signed his artwork. His comics artist graced the pages of DC Comics’ The Flash, Adventures of Superman, Batman, and Robin, Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Sensational Spider-Man, and Rogue, and his co-creation Tellos. He passed away on August 12, 2007 at the young age of 44 from an apparent heart attack.

About the Ringo Awards:
The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The Ringo Awards recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories, and are the only industry awards nominated by fans and pros alike, with final voting by the comic professional community. Launched in 2017, the awards ceremony is held annually at the Baltimore Comic-Con. Further details are available at www.ringoawards.com.

About the Baltimore Comic-Con:
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com

DC – Why Art? Signing

Press Release:

Big Planet Comics is excited to welcome Eleanor Davis for a reading from her new book, “Why Art?” on Saturday March 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. She will give a reading from the book at 6 followed by a discussion and signing of her works. Her books will be for sale.

What is “Art”? It’s widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change? In Why Art?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis (How To Be Happy) unpacks some of these concepts in ways both critical and positive, in an attempt to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve. A work of art unto itself, Davis leavens her exploration with a sense of humor and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worthy of Magritte, instantly drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest.

Eleanor Davis has been honored by the Eisner Awards and has won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Her works include How to Be Happy (Fantagraphics Books, 2014), Libby’s Dad (Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics, 2016), You & a Bike & a Road (Koyama Press, 2017), and she contributed a short piece to the acclaimed comics anthology NOW (Fantagraphics, 2017). She lives in Athens, GA with fellow cartoonist Drew Weing. You can check out her work at www.doing-fine.com, and buy her mini-comics at www.littlehousecomics.com.

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Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St. NW Washington, DC 20009
202-342-1961

NYC – Labryinth #1 Variant Signing

Artist Rebekah Isaacs (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel & Faith, Iron Age) appears at Royal Collectibles on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 6:00 -8:00 PM to sign her variant cover of LABYRINTH #1 from Boom Studios!

Royal Collectibles
96-01 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375
718-793-0542

SF – Smile! The Comics of Raina Telgemeier Art Exhibition

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes Raina Telgemeier for a special meet and greet event with her fans on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Advance tickets are available at the link…

Raina will discuss the Cartoon Art Museum’s retrospective exhibition Smile! The Comics of Raina Telgemeier at 4:00pm, and following her presentation, she will conduct a Q&A session with attendees. An informal meet and greet session will follow, and Raina will be available to chat with fans, pose for photographs, and answer questions about her exhibition and her comics.

Pre-signed copies of Raina’s books, including Smile, Drama, Sisters, Ghosts, and The Baby-sitters Club will be available for purchase in advance at the Cartoon Art Museum on March 10. Please note that Raina will not be signing or personalizing books during this event.

Raina’s visit is part of the Cartoon Art Museum’s celebration of Will Eisner Week, an annual series of events dedicated to promoting graphic novel literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of the late cartoonist and graphic novelist Will Eisner. Eisner was recognized internationally as one of the giants in the field of sequential art.

Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, Sisters, and Ghosts, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-sitters Club series, and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina’s accolades include three Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best-of and Notables lists. Raina lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

NYC – An Evening with the Jedi Masters

Mark Hamill appears in conversation with Frank Oz at the 92nd Street Y on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 8:00 PM!

Press Release:

Star Wars fans, rejoice: Luke Skywalker is here! Fresh off his return to the screen in the massive critical and box-office smash Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill lands at 92Y for a conversation with the man behind Yoda, legendary puppeteer and filmmaker Frank Oz. Hear from Hamill as he looks back on four decades of Star Wars and his iconic role as the Jedi Master — just in time for the latest film’s release on digital (March 13) and Blu-ray (March 27).

About Mark Hamill:
Mark Hamill’s career has encompassed all aspects of entertainment including stage, screen, television and new media. He is best known as Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy. He returned to the role in J.J Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue in Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Other films include: Corvette Summer, Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One, Slipstream, Walking Across Egypt, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Sushi Girl, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and most recently playing Kyle Mooney’s father in Brisby Bear. Hamill directed and starred in the cult mockumentary Comic Book: The Movie.

Broadway credits include The Elephant Man, Amadeus (also First National Tour), Michael Stewart’s Harrigan n’ Hart, The Nerd, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks and the Roundabout Theatre production of Room Service. A prolific voice-over artist, he has performed in countless television cartoons, feature films and video games. Hamill first played the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. He returned to the role in the Arkham Aslyum video game series for which he received a BAFTA award and in last year’s groundbreaking R-rated animated film, The Killing Joke. This trend continued when he returned as The Trickster on CW’s The Flash, a role he first played in the original CBS series. Hamill has re-teamed with Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts for Star Citizen: Squadron 42 with Gary Oldman, Gillian Anderson and Ben Mendelsohn.

About Frank Oz:
Frank Oz worked with Jim Henson for 35 years. He and his fellow original Muppet performers have created hundreds of Muppet Characters performing them for Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Saturday Night Live and on dozens of other shows. Frank also performs Yoda in the Star Wars movies and he has directed a dozen feature films.

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92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

UK – Hail To The Chin Signing

Movie legend Bruce Campbell will be appearing at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore at 6:00 PM on Tuesday 13th March, signing copies of Hail To The Chin: The Official UK & Ireland Tour Edition.

Still living the dream as a B movie king in an A movie world, Bruce Campbell makes his triumphant return with further hilarious, gut-wrenchingly honest confessions. Bruce brings us through his life in the period since his first memoir, If Chins Could Kill, and his roles as varied as they are numerous: from the Spider-Man movies to his self referential My Name is Bruce through TV success in Burn Notice and his new hit series Ash vs Evil Dead.

Hail To The Chin: The Official UK & Ireland Tour Edition. features a new cover and a brand new twenty two page interview bringing Bruce’s story right up to date.

To enure that all customers meet Bruce – and have a groovy time – please note the following:

For each customer Bruce will sign any number of copies of Hail To The Chin: The Official UK & Ireland Tour Edition (available in store on the day) plus ONE other item of authorised merchandise.

There will be no opportunity for posed photos but have your phones and cameras ready – Forbidden Planet staff will be on hand to grab a picture of Bruce as he signs your book.

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

SF – My Summer with the Hawaiian Fire Goddess Signing

Kent Silveira appears at Comix Experience on Sunday, March 18, 2018 to sign his first all-ages graphic novel MY SUMMER WITH THE HAWAIIAN FIRE GODDESS (Alternative Comics)! The signing, which will be open to the public, will take place at 11am, following the Graphic Novel of the Month Kids Club meeting, which is open only to Kids Club members.

About MY SUMMER WITH THE HAWAIIAN FIRE GODDESS: On the island of Oahu two estranged step-siblings find a mysterious white dog who belongs to Pele, the Hawaiian Fire Goddess. Ancient rivalries are re-kindled, throwing Tamino and Timera into a race to save all of Honolulu from the elemental furies of wave, lava and frost. It’s a good thing they have kui kui nuts, a dog, and a Thesaurus.

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Comix Experience
305 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-9258

CA – Yakuza 6: The Song of Life Art Exhibition

Press Release:

Gallery Nucleus and SEGA have teamed up to celebrate the release of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. With handpicked tribute art, exclusive print releases, giveaways, and special art installations, our teams have collaborated to bring the world of Yakuza straight to the fans.

Join us Saturday March 17, 2018 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM as we celebrate the fans and the final entry of Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima.

OPENING RECEPTION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Daisuke Sato the General Producer of the Yakuza series and HORITOMO the renowned tattoo artist behind the series will be signing limited copies of the art book for those who pre-purchase the game at the event
  • Game artwork from the Yakuza franchise on display
  • Debut of exclusive Yakuza themed prints for sale
  • HORITOMO will be doing a live art demonstration at the event
  • Lifesize Kamurocho Gate installation
  • Special announcement and Q&A during opening night
  • FREE exclusive Ono Michio-kun Pin to our first 200 attendees, refreshments, raffles, exclusive Yakuza 6 shirt for sale, and more!
  • Gallery Nucleus will have the premium and launch edition copies of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life for pre-purchase. With the purchase, you will receive the collector art books to be signed at the event. Game will be shipped on April 17th 2018
  • Open to the public, FREE admission, no RSVP necessary

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

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