Valiant Announces Exclusives & Panels at Phoenix Comic Fest 2018

Press Release:

Phoenix Comic Fest is just a few short days away, and Valiant is ready to take the Valley of the Sun’s hottest pop culture convention by storm with a sensational slate of surprises!

From Thursday, May 24th to Sunday, May 27th, join Valiant at the Phoenix Convention Center at Booth 758-760 for a complete selection of trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers from the largest independent superhero universe in comics today, including such critically acclaimed and award-winning titles as X-O MANOWAR, SECRET WEAPONS, BLOODSHOT SALVATION, HARBINGER, BRITANNIA, DIVINITY, FAITH, and many more!

Also, don’t miss the HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 Phoenix Comic Fest Exclusive Variant, featuring a limited-edition cover by fan-favorite artist Jeff Piña! From New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), the most powerful Valiant event ever attempted erupts in full force as X-O Manowar, Livewire, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, the Secret Weapons, Ninjak, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines in HARBINGER WARS 2! This cover is EXCLUSIVELY LIMITED to Phoenix Comic Fest and only 250 copies will be printed!

But that’s not all! Gear up for the release of VALIANT HIGH #1 on May 30th and show off your superhero school pride with the debut of the VALIANT HIGH Con Exclusive T-shirt! Mark yourself as a member of the most elite athletic department around with this limited-edition offering, featuring Valiant High’s prestigious school mascot – the X-O Manowar!

Then: Do you have friends who are new to the Valiant Universe – or do you need a refresher yourself? On Friday, May 25th at 3 p.m. in North 231C, jump on board with Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here!, a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes – from BLOODSHOT and SHADOWMAN to FAITH and HARBINGER RENEGADE to NINJAK and X-O MANOWAR! From The A.V. Club to Buzzfeed and Entertainment Weekly and dozens more, Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today. Now, look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!

The fun continues on Saturday, May 26th at 12 p.m. in North 225AB with the Valiant Presents: HARBINGER WARS 2 and Beyond panel presentation! Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and most impactful comic book event of all time is finally upon us – and in the aftermath of HARBINGER WARS 2, the Valiant Universe will never be the same! As X-O Manowar, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, Secret Weapons, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines, find out what awaits this Fall and beyond as Valiant’s next major leap forward begins here – first at Phoenix Comic Fest with exclusive announcements and artwork!

Finally, join some of the talented editors in Valiant’s bullpen on Sunday, May 27th at 1:30 p.m. in North 222C for Valiant Presents: The Craft of Comics – a candid, behind-the-scenes panel discussion about the critically acclaimed comic series that make Valiant the best-reviewed publisher in the business! Find out just what it takes to put together a compelling story from start to finish, how to make your series stand apart, and how the editorial process functions at the highest levels – from the award-winning industry veterans behind the Valiant Universe’s greatest hits and a host of fan-favorite titles, including X-O MANOWAR, SHADOWMAN, HARBINGER WARS 2, and more!

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblr, Instagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com.

AZ – Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan Screening + Q&A

William Shatner appears at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, June 23rd at 6:00 PM.

Set your phasers to stun! Prepare to be beamed up for an unforgettable night with William Shatner, live on stage. In this unique evening you’ll enjoy a screening of the classic film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” on the big screen. Following the movie, one of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures, William Shatner, will take to the stage to share fascinating and humorous behind the scenes stories from portraying the original “Captain James T. Kirk” in the Star Trek television series and movies as well as his career spanning over 50 years as an award winning actor, producer, director and writer. Fans will also have a chance to ask William their question during the audience-led Q&A.

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Orpheum Theatre – Phoenix
203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 262-6225

Hero Initiative Brings Tom Raney & Rick Maygar to Phoenix Comic Fest 2018

Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic book creators in need, is spending its Memorial Day weekend at Phoenix Comic Fest on May 24 thru 27 at the Phoenix Convention Center!

Hero will have TWO great artists exclusively at its booth #1485 – 1487AvengersCaptain America, and Star Wars artist Rick Maygar will be joined by X-MenSuperman, and Incredible Hulk artist Tom Raney! Both will be signing and doing sketches all weekend, so make sure you bring your books and boards!

And Hero Initiative Ambassadors on the floor will be collecting for Hero when you get your books signed as well. Please swing by on Arthur Adams, Jim Calafiore, Joyce Chin, Katie Cook, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Scott Godlewski, Brian and Kristy Miller of Hi-Fi Design, Scott Kolins, Andy Kuhn, John Layman, Albert Morales, Marat Mychaels, Dan Panosian, Tony Parker, Brian Pulido, and Stuart Sayger!

About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is 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 yesterday’s 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.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $1 million to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

AZ – 2018 Elevengeddon Signing

The Poisoned Pen Bookstore hosts a signing event with sci-fi authors Myke Cole, Emily Devenport, Cory Doctorow, Jason Fry, Aaron Mahnke, Sylvain Neuvel, K. Arsenault Rivera, John Scalzi, Victoria (V.E.) Schwab, Scott Sigler, Charles Soule, and Chuck Wendig on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:00 PM for the 2018 Elevengeddon.

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The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd STE 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-947-2974

AZ – Action Comics #1000 Signing

Artist Steve Rude appears at Samurai Comics on Saturday, April 21 from noon till 5:00 PM to sign the 1930s variant cover of Action Comics #1000! Steve will also have his original painting of the cover of Action Comics #1000 on display at the store. Steve will be doing sketches while time permits. Sketches will be $50 per sketch, but Steve will be doing FREE sketches for active Military members as a part of our Salute to Service Day.

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Samurai Comics
6808 N. Dysart Rd. #148, Glendale, AZ 85307
(623) 872-8886

AZ – An Evening with Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith appears at the Mesa Arts Center on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:30 PMTickets available at the link…

A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State, Tusk, and Yoga Hosers; Creator of AMC’s Comic Book Men; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, My Boring-Ass Life and most recently Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat,Lazy Slob Who Did Good. He can be heard daily at smodcast.com, a vast network of podcasts.

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Mesa Arts Center
1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 644-6500

AZ – The Escape Artist Signing

Author Brad Meltzer (Justice League of America, Identity Crisis, Green Arrow) appears at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6:30 PM to present and sign his new thriller, The Escape Artist!

Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and several other top selling political thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad has been on the bestseller list for his nonfiction, advice, children’s books, and graphic books. He is the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2. He earned his law degree from Columbia University, where he was on the Columbia Law Review.

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The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd STE 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-947-2974

AZ – Tempests and Slaughter Signing

Author Tamora Pierce appears at Changing Hands Bookstore to present and sign new novel Tempests and Slaughter on Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 PM.

Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting trouble. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram realizes that one day –soon–he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalin came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

TAMORA PIERCE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She first captured the imagination of readers with her debut novel, Alanna: The First Adventure. Since then, her bestselling and award-winning titles have pushed the boundaries of fantasy and young adult novels to introduce readers to a rich world populated by strong, believable heroines. She has been the guest of honor at numerous conventions, and her books have been translated into many languages and are available on audio. She is the winner of the Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, the Skylark Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” Pierce lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, and their cats, birds, and occasional rescued wildlife. Visit her at TamoraPierce.com and follow her on Twitter at @TamoraPierce.

Changing Hands Bookstore
300 W Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013
602.274.0067

Arizona Comic Mini Expo 2018 Charity Drink & Draw

January 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Arizona, Comic Books, Convention News

 

Comic Creators Mike Norton, Tim Seeley, Mitch Gerads, Scott Godlewski, Ryan Cody, Ryan Quackenbush, J. Gonzo, and more appear at the Bonus Round in Phoenix, AZ on Friday, May 5th for the 2018 Arizona Comic Mini Expo’s Drink and Draw launch party from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. Professional artists will be doing sketches for fans and collecting money for the Hero Initiative and the Arizona ACLU.

Bonus Round
24 W Camelback Rd, Ste DE, Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 374-6936

AZ – Hellbent Signing

Writer Gregg Hurwitz appears at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM!

Evan Smoak–government assassin gone rogue–returns in Hellbent, an engrossing, unputdownable thriller from Gregg Hurwitz, the latest in his #1 international bestselling Orphan X series.

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate. This time though, the voice on the other end is Jack Johns, the man who raised and trained him, the only father Evan has ever known. Secret government forces are busy trying to scrub the remaining assets and traces of the Orphan Program and they have finally tracked down Jack. With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: find and protect his last protege and recruit for the program, but Evan isn’t the only one after this last Orphan. The new head of the Orphan Program, Van Sciver, is mustering all the assets at his disposal to take out both Evan (Orphan X) and the target he is trying to protect.

Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifteen novels, including The Nowhere Man. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages. He is also a New York Times bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel and DC. Additionally, he’s written screenplays for many of the major studios, and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. Gregg resides in Los Angeles.

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The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd STE 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-947-2974

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