Meet the creators of Doctor Who Comics and the 2000AD Droids on Free Comic Book Day at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore!
The celebrate Free Comic Book Day, we are hosting two great signing events!
12:00 to 1:00 – Doctor Who Comics: Two brilliant writers, Al Ewing and Rob Williams will be signing the FREE* Titan Comics Doctor Who comics – featuring the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors – as well as the new Doctor Who Graphic Novel, Afterlife. Also the fantastic Cavan Scott will be on hand to sign copies of the brand new series of comics featuring the adventures of the Ninth Doctor!
3:00 to 4:00 – 2000AD Droids: A zarjaz line up of talent comes together to sign the FREE* 2000AD sampler. Editor and writer Matt Smith is joined by artists Pye Parr and Ben Willsher – plus a rare London appearance by legendary Judge Dredd artist Mike McMahon.
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
Gail Simone, the fan favorite writer of Red Sonja, Secret Six, Birds of Prey, Batgirl, The Movement, the upcoming Swords of Sorrow, and many more, appears at Fantastic Comics on Saturday May 2nd for Free Comic Book Day!. Gail will be signing comics as well as selling limited edition, original scripts! The signing will begin at noon so come by the store to take advantage of all-day, store-wide sales (details TBA), get your picture taken with members of the 501st Legion, and pick up a bag of specially produced FREE COMICS!
2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Jeff Parker, the writer behind the upcoming Convergence: Shazam! and Convergence: Hawkman mini-series from DC Comics, appears for a signing at Things From Another World. Be sure to visit Portland TFAW on Wednesday, April 29 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. to purchase the debut issues of this exciting new series and get them signed by Jeff Parker.
Copies of Convergence: Shazam! #1, Convergence: Hawkman #1 and the latest issue of Batman ’66 will be available for purchase at the event.
Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
Books Inc. proudly present New York Times-bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey in celebration of his latest romantic adventure One Night on Thursday, April 23rd from 7:00 – 9:00 pm!
For one night, a couple checks in to an upscale hotel. The pair seem unlikely companions, from opposing strata of society, but their attraction is palpable to all who observe them–or overhear their cries of passion. In the course of twelve hours, con games, erotic interludes, jealousy, violence, and murder swirl around them. Will they part ways in bliss, in sorrow, or in death?
1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA 94501
Bridge City Comics is excited to announce our Girlfiend graphic novel signing party, with Jacob and Arnold Pander!
With Girlfiend, The Pander Bros return to the comics medium in what is being lauded as their best work yet! On Saturday April 25th come pick up your copy of this new 280-page vampire crime thriller and have it signed by the creators; reviewers have said it’s “pretty awesome in a really bloody kind of way.” We’ll also have t-shirts available for purchase, free refreshments, and the Girlfiend herself will be on hand!
Jacob and Arnold Pander are a multi-disciplinary creative team whose work in comics has included publication under Marvel, DC Comics (Batman: City of Light), and Dark Horse (Grendel: Devil’s Legacy). For the past 10 years they’ve been focused on making movies, and can usually be found working on multiple projects simultaneously—from directing and producing music videos and commercials to penning scripts… and recently, getting back to their roots: comics.
Bridge City Comics
3725 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Authors Tim and Steve Seeley appear at Toy de Jour on Saturday April 18th from 2:00-5:00 pm for a signing to celebrate the release of Dark Horse’s The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
Toy de Jour
2064 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
As geek culture continues to expand the market sees new conventions cropping up regularly. In New England one of the largest, and longest running, is Anime Boston which has been going since 2003 and growing each year. With a dedicated volunteer staff, they fill the Hynes Convention Center year after year with fans of anime, manga, cosplay, and virtually any other stripes of geek. While their guests and programming stick closely to the New England Anime Society’s mandate of concentrating on Japanese pop culture, attendees still represent their individual tastes. Guests such as voice over artists bridge this gap well. This year Anime Boston hosted Cherami Leigh, Mona Marshall, Richard Epcar, Michael Sinterniklaas, and more who have worked dubbing anime television shows and movies into English such as Sword Art Online, Naruto, Robotech, Ghost in the Shell, Mobile Suit Gundam but are equally as well known for their American projects like South Park, Venture Brothers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Several guest were direct from Japan including Godzilla actors Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima (see photo at left) who graciously signed for fans and posed for photos on the convention floor all weekend long. Mr. Takarada also offered hand written calligraphy of Godzilla’s name in kanji as a memento. Furthermore, J-Pop star LiSA played to a sold out audience on Friday night.
The annual charity auction, the proceeds from which benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, saw some records broken when an original watercolor painting of Aang and Appa by Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko sold for $2,500. Ultimately, the auction raised $23,485.84, its highest amount ever.
Next year’s Anime Boston has been scheduled for March 25-27, 2016!
George O’Connor (Olympians) and Matt Dursin (Robin Hood: Outlaw of the 21st Century) appear at New England Comics’s Coolidge Corner store on Saturday May 2, 2015 for Free Comic Book Day!
New England Comics
316 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
Jupiter’s Legacy: The children of the world’s greatest superheroes may never be able to fill their parents’ shoes. When the family becomes embattled by infighting, one branch stages an uprising and another goes into hiding. How long can the world survive when one family’s super-powered problems explode onto the global stage?
Mark Millar is the award-winning writer/ creator of Wanted and Kick-Ass and worked as an executive producer on their subsequent movie adaptations. He is also the Creative Consultant for Twentieth Century Fox in Los Angeles, overseeing their upcoming Marvel movies. His ten years at Marvel produced Civil War, the biggest-selling series of the decade, and The Ultimates, credited by screenwriter Zak Penn as his inspiration for The Avengers movie. His Millarworld company has expanded in the last few years to include Kick-Ass 2, Hit-Girl, The Secret Service, Nemesis, War Heroes, American Jesus, Supercrooks and Superior. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Glasgow Caledonia University for his services to film and literature.
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
74 Bull Street Birmingham B4 6AD
0121 236 3026
After taking a brief hiatus from cons, I attended the 2015 Wondercon in Anaheim! With the lack of a big entertainment presence, as well as only a few big name artists and writers, I didn’t expect this show to be a successful one. But I was wrong.
Driving up to the con, I saw a long line of cars just waiting for parking! Walking on to the show floor, the con was packed for Friday at noon, and the crowds were packed all weekend long. Con season was in full swing, and Wondercon was a great warmup to Comic Con in a few months! Adding to the excitement was the news that Wondercon will be moving to Los Angeles next year. Hopefully, LA can accommodate and handle the eager fans I saw in Anaheim, and Comikaze provides an excellent indicator that LA can handle a great comic show. I guess we’ll see next year if the move was the correct one. And now, onto some of cool things I saw last weekend:
And now, onto some awesome cosplay!