Hero Initiative at Phoenix Comic Con 2012

May 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Arizona, Comic Books, Convention News

 

Artist/writer Stuart Immonen (New Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man) will raffle off four sketches each day of the Phoenix Comicon (Phoenix AZ, May 24 – 27, 2012) to benefit the Hero Initiative. This is a rare opportunity to commission a sketch as Immonen famously declines requests as outlined in his book 50 Reasons to Stop Sketching at Conventions.

Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the non profit organization that helps comic creators in need, is spending its Memorial Day weekend at Phoenix Comic Con, May 24th thru 27th at the Phoenix Convention Center Hyatt Regency, booth #1048-1050.

Artist Stuart Immonen will be helping Hero out at the con! The artist of Marvel Comics’ X-Men and Fear Itself will be at his own artist alley table, but sketching ONLY for Hero! Stuart will do four full-size 11-by-17-commission sketches per day. To get in in, you MUST purchase raffle tickets at $1 each. Four tickets per day will be drawn, and winners will pay $200 for a single-character, full-figure grey marker wash drawing. Drawings take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at noon!

In addition, you MUST buy the Spawn/Lady Death Phoenix Con print with art by Andy Arias and inked by Todd McFarlane! Both McFarlane and Lady Death creator Brian Pulido will sign each print, limited to 250 serial-numbered pieces. All proceeds benefit Hero Initiative.

And go see John Layman! Layman, writer of the Image Comics hit Chew, has sat on both sides of the pitching process as an editor and as a creator. He’ll be putting on a special panel Sunday, May 27 at 130 p.m. to tell you what it takes to develop a winning pitch for your comics and graphic novels! Tickets to this in-depth workshop and Q&A are available ONLY with a $25 donation to Hero Initiative. Seating is limited!

And Hero’s booth schedule at the con is as follows:
Thursday (May 24) con hours 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
4:00-6:00: Mike Stewart
5:00-6:00: Denae Frazier
6:00-7:00: Ben Glendenning
7:00-8:00: Jason Gonzalez

Friday (May 25) con hours 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
12:30-1:30: Mike Stewart
1:30-2:30: Marat Mychaels
2:30-4:00: Jason Gonzalez

Saturday (May 26) con hours 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
12:30-1:30: Mike Stewart
3:00-3:45: JLA 100 signing: Andy Kuhn, Bill Tucci, Chris Moreno, Francis Manapul, George Perez, Marat Mychaels, Mark dos Santos, Ryan Cody, Scott Koblish, Scott Kolins, Stuart Sayger, Tony Parker

Sunday (May 27) con hours 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
11:30-12:30: Jim Hanna
1:230-1:30: Mike Stewart
1:30-2:30: Jay Fotos
2:30-4:00: Jason Gonzalez
4:00-5:00: Jim Hanna

AZ – Alpha Signing

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Author Greg Rucka signs at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on Wednesday May 30, 2012 at 7:00pm!

About Alpha
For the visitors to Wilsonville, the largest theme park in the world, the day began with a smile. By the end, they wonder-will they be able to escape with their lives?

Retired Delta Force operator, Master Sergeant Jonathan “Jad” Bell, is Wilsonville’s lead undercover security officer. The threat begins with the announcement of a hidden dirty bomb, but quickly becomes something far, far worse.

Trained since the age of seventeen to save innocent victims from impossible hostage situations, Jad scrambles to assess the threat and protect the visitors. He will come face to face with a villain whose training matches his in every way-and presents a threat Jad may not be able to stop.

Author Bio

Greg Rucka was born in San Francisco and raised on the Central Coast of California, in what is commonly referred to as ‘Steinbeck Country.’ He began his writing career in earnest at the age of 10 by winning a county-wide short-story contest, and hasn’t let up since. He graduated from Vassar College with an A.B. in English, and from the University of Southern California’s Master of Professional Writing program with an M.F.A.

He is the author of nearly a dozen novels, six featuring bodyguard Atticus Kodiak, and two featuring Tara Chace, the protagonist of his Queen & Country series. Additionally, he has penned several short-stories, countless comics, and the occasional non-fiction essay. In comics, he has had the opportunity to write stories featuring some of the world’s best-known characters—Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman—as well as penning several creator-owned properties himself, such as Whiteout and Queen & Country, both published by Oni Press. His work has been optioned several times over, and his services are in high-demand in a variety of creative fields as a story-doctor and creative consultant.

Greg resides in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, author Jennifer Van Meter, and his two children. He thinks the biggest problem with the world is that people aren’t paying enough attention.

The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd STE 101, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251

AZ – Free Comic Book Day 2012

Cory Walker, Scott Kolins, Patrick Scherberger, and many more sign at Samurai Comics on Saturday May 5th for Free Comic Book Day!

Artists appearing:

Cory Walker – Invinicible, Destroyer Max, Science Dog

Scott Kolins – The Flash, DC and Marvel artist

Patrick Scherberger – Spider-Man, Marvel and DC artist

Tony Parker – Dead Man’s Run, Aspen & Boom Studios artist

Scott Godlewski – Dracula: The Company of Monsters, Boom Studios artist

Armand Villavert – Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors, Image and Tokyopop artist

Hi-Fi Color – Marvel and DC Comics colorist

Jay Fotos – 30 Days of Night, Frazetta Comics creator & Image Comics colorist

Steam Crow – Monster Commute, book illustrator, designer

Ben Glendenning – Tin Star Tex, Zombies Vs. Robots, Moonstone & Image artist

Ryan Cody – Villains, Icarus, Red 5 & Image artist

Jim Hanna – Philly, Jack Rabbit, Arcana Comics artist

Val Hochberg – Kick Girl, Mystery Babylon

John “Dadicus” West – Spazdog Press artist

Ernie Najera – Spazdog Press artist

Samurai Comics East 
1120 S. Country Club Drive #107, Mesa, AZ 85210
480-962-1123

AZ – FCBD: Batman Beyond Unlimited Signing

Writer Adam Beechen and artist Dustin Nguyen sign at All About Books and Comics on Saturday May 5th from:

•11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

•2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The 11th Annual FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is fast approaching and All About Books and Comics is having a huge party!  Mark your calendars now, for Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Of course there will be lots and lots of FREE Comics, free refreshments and free balloons for the kids.

Events include an autograph signing by two of DC Comics hottest creators, DC writer, Adam Beechen and DC Artist, Dustin Nguyen.  Adam and Dustin will be at All About from 11:30 am  to 1:30 pm  and 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  AABC will have plenty of comics available that Adam and Dustin have worked on. See below for more information on the works of Adam Beechen* and Dustin Nguyen*

Bring the kids between 1pm and 4pm and they can get their faces painted like a super-hero!  A Balloon twister will be on hand to entertain and hand out fun Twisted Balloons as well.

This year’s Charity Fundraiser is for Hospice of the Valley in memory of a good friend of Alan and Marsha’s that just lost her battle with cancer. Donations will be taken in any amount, but donations of $5.00 or more will get you 15% off your purchase. Help us raise money for Hospice of the Valley while enjoying a day of fun at All About Books and Comics.

* Adam Beechen
Currently writer of the New York Times Best-Selling DC Comic Batman Beyond, Adam Beechen has been one of the most sought-after writers of comics and animation of the last decade. He has also served as regular writer on such popular titles as Teen Titans, Robin, Batgirl, W.I.L.D.C.A.T.S., Justice League Unlimited, Countdown to Adventure, his creator-owned Killapalooza miniseries, and DC’s major “event” comic, Countdown to Final Crisis. In animation, Adam currently serves as Executive Producer for the Hub’s hit pre-school series, The Adventures of Chuck and Friends, and has worked as Story Editor on such series as The Pink Panther, Edgar and Ellen and Hi Hi Puffy Amiyumi. Adam has also written multiple episodes for such acclaimed series as Ben Ten, Ben Ten: Alien Force, Teen Titans, Secret Saturdays, The Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Batman (for which he received an Emmy nomination) Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys, X-Men: Evolution, , Little Bill, Jackie Chan Adventures, Static Shock and Mucha Lucha, as well as the live-action kids’ series Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, Out There, and The Famous Jett Jackson..

* Dustin Nguyen
Dustin Nguyen is an American comic artist whose body of work, for the past 10 years, includes flagship titles for both DC Comics and Wildstorm. His past projects include Wildcats v3.o, The Authority Revolution, Batman, Superman/Batman, Detective Comics, his creator owned project- Manifest Eternity, Batgirl, and Batman: Streets of Gotham. He is currently exclusive to DC Comics, writing as well as illustrating Justice League Beyond .  Aside from providing cover illustrations for the majority of his own books, his cover art can also be found on titles from Batman Beyond , Batgirl, Justice League: Generation Lost,  Supernatural, and Friday the 13th, to numerous other DC/WS titles.

All About Books and Comics
5060 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ 85012
602-277-0757

AZ – Crucible of Gold Signing

Naomi Novik signs at on Changing Hands on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:00pm!

Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283

The Hunger Games Tour

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and the cast of The Hunger Games go on a coast-to-coast tour from March 3rd till March 10th to promote the upcoming film. Each stop will include a Q&A event where fans will have a chance to ask questions of their favorite cast members, and additional entertainment and giveaways. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Saturday, March 3, 2012
6:00pm until 7:00pm

Talent: Gary Ross, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067

RSVP on Facebook!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
6:00pm until 7:00pm

Talent: Josh Hutcherson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jacqueline Emerson

Westfield Fox Valley
195 Fox Valley Center, Aurora, IL 60504

RSVP on Facebook!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
5:30pm until 6:30pm

Talent: Liam Hemsworth, Leven Rambin, Dayo Okeniyi, Jack Quaid

Fashion Square Mall, Scottsdale AZ
7014 East Camelback, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

RSVP on Facebook!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
6:00pm until 7:00pm

Talent: Jennifer Lawrence, Alexander Ludwig, Amandla Stenberg

Westfield Broward
8000 West Broward Boulevard, Plantation, FL 33388

RSVP on Facebook!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
6:00pm until 7:00pm

Talent: Josh Hutcherson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jacqueline Emerson

Galleria Dallas
13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75240

RSVP on Facebook!
Friday, March 9, 2012
5:00pm until 6:00pm

Talent: Jennifer Lawrence, Alexander Ludwig and Amandla Stenberg, Josh Hutcherson, Isabelle Fuhrman, and Jacqueline Emerson

Mall of America
60 East Brodway, Minneapolis, MN 55425

RSVP on Facebook!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
3:30pm until 4:30pm

Talent: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson

University Village
2623 NE University Village Street, Seattle, WA 98105

RSVP on Facebook!

 

 

Kingdoms of Amalur Release Parties

Todd McFarlane, Curt Schilling, R. A. Salvatore, Ken Rolston, and more celebrate the release of 38 Studios new game at GameStops across the country on February 6, 2012.

Press Release:

The lore of Kingdoms of Amalur spans an epic course of over 10,000 years, with Reckoning capturing a moment in this history and the tale of a singular hero capable of reshaping the fate of the world of Amalur. Every building, tree, and creature has a clear and defined history within this immersive world filled with extraordinary landscapes, mysterious cities, colorful characters, and fantastic creatures.

This mysterious and magical new fantasy world is created by New York Times bestselling author R. A. Salvatore brought to life visually through the trademark style of renowned artist and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane and developed under the leadership of Ken Rolston, lead designer of the critically acclaimed RPGs Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Beginning at 11:30 p.m. on February 6, three GameStop stores will open their doors for eager fans who will among the first to get their copies of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning upon its release at midnight on February 7. To mark this occasion the game’s creators will make special appearances and mingle with fans as they count down to the release of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning at the following GameStop locations:

1.Bellingham, MA: Curt Schilling, Founder and Chairman of 38 Studios, three-time World Series champion and life-long videogame fanatic and R.A. Salvatore, Executive Creator of Worlds and 24-time New York Times best-selling author, who crafted the rich lore and stories of the world of Amalur. Curt and R.A. will join fans at the GameStop located in the Stallbrook Marketplace, 258 Hartford Ave, Bellingham, MA 02019

2.Tempe, AZ: Todd McFarlane, Spawn creator and McFarlane Toys founder, who has driven the artistic vision of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Todd will meet fans at the GameStop at the Tempe Marketplace located at 2040 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, Suite 110, Tempe, AZ 85281

3.Cockeysville, MD: Ken Rolston, Internationally Celebrated Game Designer at Big Huge Games will be joined by members of the Big Huge Games development team including Lead Designer Ian Frazier, Art Director Tim Coman, Lead Combat Designer Joe Quadara, and Audio Director Grant Kirkhope. The team from Big Huge Games will join fans at the GameStop located at 10015 York Road, Suite A7, Cockeysville, MD 21030

AZ – Simpsons Comics Signing

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Emmy Winner and Simpsons Comic Artist Phil Ortiz appears at All About Books and Comics signing autographs and sketching personalized Simpsonized Caricatures on Saturday January 21, 2012 from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Mr. Ortiz is currently the lead pencil animator for the majority of Simpsons Comics from Bongo Comics and has worked for Bongo since 1993.

He has done character art and concept illustrations for the Disney Store and Hanna Barbera and worked for Disney Publishing.

Mr. Ortiz is a cartoon originator and 5 time Emmy winner and we are honored to have him at All About Books and Comics. He will sign autographs (we’ll have plenty of Simpsons Comics on hand) and do personalized Simpsons sketches for $25.00.

All About Books & Comics
5060 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 277-0757

AZ – Spawn on Campus

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Todd McFarlane speaks at Arizona State University in a roundtable discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility on Sunday, December 11 from 3-6pm! The event is free and open to the public.

Details at the link.

Arizona State University – West Campus
4701 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ

AZ – Spawn Signing

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Todd McFarlane appears at his McFarlane store for an exclusive signing on Saturday, December 17th from 1 – 3 PM.

Press Release:

What could be better than a stocking full of Spawn and Haunt comics or Walking Dead, sports, and Halo figures? How about one with legendary Todd McFarlane’s signature on it? Stop by and meet the Spawn creator and McFarlane Toys CEO, Todd McFarlane, at his McFarlane store for an exclusive signing on Saturday, December 17th from 1 – 3 PM.

And if getting to meet McFarlane wasn’t awesome enough, the first 100 fans lined up at the door will receive a FREE Halo action figure! So be sure to arrive early for all the fun! Signing will be limited to two items per person.

While you are at the store, don’t forget to take a look around. You’ll find all the latest products from McFarlane Toys, from league-licensed NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL sports figures to the latest Halo series. You can also pick up the new Walking Dead TV Series 1 action figures inspired by the highly-acclaimed AMC television show, The Walking Dead!

The store also carries the season’s most recent collectible toys including Star Wars, Marvel, DC Universe, Justice League, Kill Bill, Dexter, Gears of War, Predator, Nintendo characters, Gremlins, Nightmare before Christmas, Pac Man, Bruce Lee, Lego Mini’s, urban vinyl and blind box figures, bobbleheads, and assorted plush from mainstream to urban.

There are plenty of items for ladies as well, including Rainbow Brite glasses, Wonder Woman Pop! Vinyl, My Little Pony collector edition ponies, Littlest Pet Shop, Hello Kitty and collector Barbies.

You’ll also find a variety comic books such as Spawn and Haunt, along with novelties items such as retro lunch boxes, mugs, shirts, totes, t-shirts and coffee mugs featuring The Beatles, Elvis, Betty Page, Marilyn Monroe and Wizard of Oz.

The McFarlane toy store is located within the Westgate City Center adjacent to Jobing.com arena. For more information on the signing, or any of the products available, call the McFarlane toy store at (623) 670-5601.

McFarlane Store
9410 W Hanna Dr # A109, Glendale, AZ 85305-3149

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