DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES PHOENIX COMICON 2014 SCHEDULE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | MILWAUKIE, OR – Join Dark Horse Comics for our first visit to Phoenix Comicon! We’ll be at booth #535—handing out giveaways and offering free signings with comics creators! Come check out our comics, books, and products for sale—including an exclusive Phoenix Comicon comic!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Certain restrictions may apply. All events are subject to change.
Thursday, June 5
Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1 Phoenix Comicon Exclusive Adam Hughes Cover Variant goes on sale!
Total quantity available for sale at the show: 1,000
Limit: 10 copies per person, per day
Note: Most copies will be released for sale on Thursday, but a set quantity will be set aside for sale on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.
Below are featured comics and the writers and/or artists who will be signing them. Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing while supplies last. Comics will also be available for sale, availability pending.
Friday, June 6
11:00 a.m. ELFQUEST Richard Pini (writer) and Wendy Pini (writer/artist)
12:00 p.m. CRIMINAL MACABRE Christopher Mitten (artist)
1:00 p.m. MASS EFFECT: FOUNDATION, X Tony Parker (artist)
STAR WARS: REBEL HEIST, STAR WARS: DAWN OF THE JEDI, GHOST Dan Parsons (artist)
2:00 p.m. BAD BLOOD, WITCHFINDER, B.P.R.D. Tyler Crook (artist)/GRINDHOUSE Alex de Campi (writer)
3:00 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Amber Benson (writer/actress)
4:00 p.m. THE FIFTH BEATLE Vivek J. Tiwary (writer)
5:30 p.m. CONAN THE AVENGER, BRAIN BOY, THE COMPLETE SILENCERS, ACTION PHILOSOPHERS! Fred Van Lente (writer)
6:00 p.m. THE STRAIN Mike Huddleston (artist)
Saturday, June 7
11:00 a.m. ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE Chris Roberson (writer)
*Free print! Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 on sale September 2014.
12:00 p.m. GRINDHOUSE Alex de Campi (writer)
1:00 p.m. THE STRAIN Mike Huddleston (artist)
2:00 p.m. NEXUS Mike Baron (writer)
3:00 p.m. CONAN THE AVENGER, BRAIN BOY, THE COMPLETE SILENCERS, ACTION PHILOSOPHERS! Fred Van Lente (writer)
4:30 p.m. THE FIFTH BEATLE Vivek J. Tiwary (writer)
6:00 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Christopher Golden (writer) and Amber Benson (writer/actress)
Sunday, June 8
11:00 a.m. GRINDHOUSE Alex de Campi (writer)
12:00 p.m. BAD BLOOD, WITCHFINDER, B.P.R.D. Tyler Crook (artist)
1:00 p.m. BALTIMORE Christopher Golden (writer)
2:00 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Amber Benson (writer/actress)
Friday, June 6
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Spotlight Panel: Fred Van Lente (North 128b)
Fred Van Lente has done it all. With work ranging from semieducational funnies to superhero reboots, he is widely regarded as one of the most unique voices in modern comics. Did we mention zombies? He’s done that too. Now, join us for a look back at his storied career so far, as well as a glimpse into what’s next for comics’ rising star, with announcements and more!
Saturday, June 7
12:00–1:00 p.m. ElfQuest: The Final Quest (North 129a)
For the last 35 years, Wendy and Richard Pini have delighted fans with one of alternative comics’ most rich and storied worlds. Now, in partnership with Dark Horse, the Wolfriders embark on the “Final Quest,” to fulfill a destiny over three decades in the making!
3:00–4:00 p.m. Drawing on Your Nightmares: Modern Horror in Comics!
One of the cornerstones of the Dark Horse publishing line since the early years has been an original take on the horror genre. Now, join us for a look at what’s to come in this year’s lineup with a cast of writers and artists who are poised to thrill you and chill you. Christopher Golden (Baltimore), Chris Roberson (Aliens), Alex de Campi (Grindhouse), Tyler Crook (Witchfinder), Mike Huddleston (The Strain), and Christopher Mitten (Criminal Macabre) are joined by Dark Horse’s own Aub Driver for a discussion on “bringing scary back.”
3:00–4:00 p.m. The Fifth Beatle (West 211)
The Fifth Beatle is a graphic novel about the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, written by Vivek Tiwary. Vivek talks about the graphic novel (a 2014 Eisner Award nominee) and the upcoming movie based upon it.
Sunday, June 8
12:00–1:00 p.m. 30 Years and Counting: Comics Classics in the Modern Age (ElfQuest: 1978; Nexus: 1981, Groo: 1982) (North 128b)
In the late 1970s and early ’80s, some of the most inventive and inspired alternative comics found a place on shelves. ElfQuest offered a unique vision of black and white fantasy, while Nexus gave readers a version of the superhero idea more rooted in science fiction than capes and cowls. Meanwhile, Groo the Wanderer took a humorous take on the sword and sorcery genre, popularized by the likes of Conan the Barbarian in the previous decade. Over 30 years later, we pay tribute to some of comics’ longest-running ongoing collaborations for a discussion with the creators themselves! Join Richard and Wendy Pini (ElfQuest), Mike Baron (Nexus), and Mark Evanier (Groo) as they share the secrets to the success of a few of comics’ most revered story lines!
Artists Zach Howard, Jolyon Yates, Tim Champion, and Eric Schock appear at Fantasy Comics on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!
2595 N. 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719
Jay Fotos signs at Samurai Comics on Wednesday, April 2nd from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm!
Run on down (or zombie stumble!) to the Samurai Comics Superstore on Camelback on Wednesday April 2nd at 4pm for a signing session with Jay Fotos for his new book ‘68: RULE OF WAR #1! This book features three covers, including a blank sketch cover!
Jay will be bringing in some super awesome local talent to do sketches on the blank covers, so make sure you stop on by and see some of the freshest and coolest takes on Zombies from some of the very best talent that Arizona has to offer!
In addition to Jay signing, anyone that purchases a copy of ’68: Rule of War #1 during the signing (so from 4pm to 9pm) will be able to get 10% off any one item of Zombie related awesomeness!
Not enough for you? Well how about Samurai Comics having a Zombie Make-Up Artist #LinzyPoo offering zombie makeup ($10 a head) come in and making you all crazy and creepy zombies?! Well that is happening too!
‘68: RULE OF WAR #1 from Image Comics
Writer: Mark Kidwell • Artist: Jeff Zornow, Jay Fotos
In a doom-shadowed Cambodia infested with the living dead, CIA Special Agent Declan Rule and his canine companion Nero stalk a human monster, a neurosurgeon bent on carrying out grisly experiments that turn P.O.W.s into vicious instruments of war. In Vietnam, Private Kuen Yam and his ragtag band of survivors battle their way across a murderous no-man’s-land in a desperate search for a ticket to the skies. The war is over, but the battle for humanity’s survival has just begun. Courage will be tested, sanity will be pushed to the breaking point and the rules of war… will be broken.
1051 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014
January 28, 2014 by Michael Pate
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Hero Initiative Announces 2014 Convention Schedule—20 dates in all!
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 22, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that raises money for comic veterans in medical and financial need, will be attending 20 comic conventions in 2014!
Yes! The Hero crew will be busy bees this year bringing you special guests, parties, and much more from San Diego to Calgary to New York City! We may be attending a convention near you, so make sure you stop by and help us help others who have paved the way for many others and have brought us years of joy! JUST DO IT!
Schedule is as follows:
Wizard World Sacramento
Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO
Orlando MegaCon With special guest Herb Trimpe appearing EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth, #733
Emerald City Seattle
Wizard World St. Louis
Awesome Con Washington DC
Reed Chicago C2E2
Calgary Comic Expo
Wizard World Minneapolis
Big Wow San Jose
May 31-June 1
Long Beach Comic Expo
Phoenix Comic Con
San Diego With Hero Board of Directors member Dennis O’Neil in attendance!
Wizard World Chicago
Baltimore Comic Con
Long Beach Comic Con
Wizard World Austin
Reed New York Comic Con
October 31-November 2
Wizard World Ohio
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 $500,000 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.
For more information, please visit us at www.heroinitiative.org.
BOOM! Studios announces Booth, Talent, and Giveaways for Amazing Arizona Comic Con
January 17, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios announced today it will exhibit at the Amazing Arizona Comic Con, to be held during the weekend of Jan. 24-26 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
BOOM! can be found at booths 501, 503, 600, and 602, and will host creators Paul Jenkins (DEATHMATCH, FAIRY QUEST, REVELATIONS) and Eric M. Esquivel (FREELANCERS, the upcoming LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL), plus sketch artists Wook Jin Clark (ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE) and Missy Pena (BRAVEST WARRIORS). In addition, a special Get-A-Sketch blank variant for ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #1 will be available for purchase.
BOOM! Signature Series Pre-Order
New for 2014 at conventions, BOOM! announces the creation of the BOOM! Signature Series. The publisher understands it’s impossible for even its most die-hard fans to attend every convention the company exhibits at. In an effort to bring the con experience to their front door, BOOM!’s webstore will offer a new line of autographed merchandise for 2014 called the BOOM! Signature Series. The Signature Series section of the store offers product signed by talent attending conventions where BOOM! is exhibiting. Pre-orders are limited to just 30 quantities of each item and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Amazing Arizona Comic Con’s Signature Series items include: REVELATIONS #1 signed by writer Paul Jenkins ($14), BRAVEST WARRIORS #13 BOOM! Exclusive Variant signed by writer Eric M. Esquivel ($20), and ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #1A ($14) and ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #1 BOOM! Exclusive Variant ($20), both signed by series interior artist, Wook Jin Clark. Please allow up to one month after the convention’s end for order fulfillment. Click here to order your copies now!
BOOM! Studios invites you to enter our raffle for a chance to win a pair of IMAX ® tickets* to see MGM’s “RoboCop” in participating IMAX theaters. The raffle is free to enter, one entry per person, and will run all weekend with a drawing held on Sunday, Jan. 26th. Additional entries will be given out to those who purchase select ROBOCOP titles from the booth. “RoboCop” is in theaters February 12th.
BOOM! will also hold three comic raffles throughout the weekend, with a winner being announced every day an hour before the show floor closes. Winners have that final hour to come by the BOOM! booth and claim their prize. PRIZES: HIT #1 signed by writer Bryce Carlson (Friday), DAY MEN #1 (1st print) signed by co-creator Matt Gagnon (Saturday), and an original sketch cover featuring characters from either ADVENTURE TIME, REGULAR SHOW or BRAVEST WARRIORS (Sunday—actual sketch revealed at the show). Requirements for Friday and Saturday’s raffle: every $25 spent on either Studio, Archaia and/or BOOM! Box product earns one raffle entry. Requirements for Sunday’s raffle: every $50 spent on KaBOOM! product earns one raffle entry.
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COWBOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.
*Each Hollywood Movie Money Certificate is redeemable for one (1) IMAX movie admission with a maximum value of ($21 total) to see RoboCop (or any IMAX film) at participating theaters. Winners will be directed to the website www.activaterewards.com/imax where they will use the provided reward code to activate and print their Hollywood Movie Money Certificate. The reward code will expire on 12/31/2014. The Hollywood Movie Money Certificate will expire one month from online code activation and winner must comply with all terms and conditions specified by the issuer. Hollywood Movie Money Certificate not used by the date noted on the certificate will be void. Any amount remaining of any certificate after initial use will be forfeited. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $21 USD. Hollywood Movie Money® Certificates valid in the US only.
© 2013, IMAX Corporation. IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation.
Todd McFarlane, Spawn creator and McFarlane Toys Founder, appears for a rare public autograph signing at his signature store in Westgate City Center on Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 from noon till 3:00PM!
The store will have the newest and hottest McFarlane Toys figures including figures from the hit TV show AMC’s The Walking Dead, the incredible Daryl Dixon 10-inch deluxe figure, figures from this year’s hit video game Assassin’s Creed along with the life-size, role-playing accessory, the Hidden Blade and Gauntlet, the signature weapon of the heroic Assassins, HALO 4 figures and the latest McFarlane’s Sports Picks officially league-licensed NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL sports figures.
Spawn comics, trade paperbacks and graphic novels will be heavily stocked as well.
The store also carries the season’s most recent collectible toys, including Star Wars, Marvel select , DC Universe, Funko Pop Vinyl, Nightmare before Christmas, Living Dead Dolls, Mini mates, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Hello Kitty, Monster High, My Little Pony, Lalaloopsy Dolls and huge selections of blind box figures, bobbleheads, travel mugs, reusable totes, lunchboxes, glassware and assorted plush from mainstream to urban.
There will be some super cool prizes to give away. And if you are one of the first 100 people lined up at the door, here’s what you will walk away with:
The first person in line receives a McFarlane Toys Prize Package (valued at more than $200) that includes:
– Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Golden Age Of Piracy 3-Pack
– AMC’s The Walking Dead TV 10-Inch Daryl Dixon Deluxe Figure
– Halo 4 Didact Deluxe Figure
– Cowboys NFL 2-Pack: Jason Witten & Michael Irvin
– The Art of Todd McFarlane Book
– Halo and Assassin’s Creed Limited Edition Lithographs Handed Signed By Todd McFarlane
The first 50 people in line receives McFarlane Toys Halo Limited Edition Poster
The first 100 people in line receives Halo Avatar or NFL Small Pro Blind Bag Figure
The McFarlane toy store is located within the Westgate City Center, next to the AMC Theater and adjacent to the Jobing.com arena. For more information on the signing, or any of the products available, call the McFarlane toy store (623) 670-5601. Autographs are limited to two items person.
McFarlane Toys Store
9410 W. Hanna Drive Suite A-109 Glendale, AZ 85305
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August 22nd, 7:00 pm: Brentwood, CA – Diesel – LA Book Launch Party
August 26th, 6:30 pm: Chicago, IL – Tuscan Market Book Club – Featured Author
August 28th, 7:00 pm: Strongsville, OH – Cuyahoga Public Library – Talk and Signing
September 7th, 10:00am: Orange, CA – Book Carnival – Signing
September 7th, 11:00am: Huntington Beach, CA – Mystery Ink – Signing
September 7th at 3:00pm: San Diego, CA – Mysterious Galaxy – Talk and Signing
September 11th, 7:00 pm: Berkeley, CA – Janet Rudolph’s Literary Salon – Featured Author
September 12th, 7:00pm: Palo Alto, CA – Books Inc. – Talk and Signing
September 14th, 2:00pm: San Jose, CA – Barnes and Noble – Talk and Signing
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1051 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014
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