Dark Horse Announces Exclusive WonderCon 2014 Variants

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Press Release:

DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE WONDERCON 2014 VARIANTS!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR —As the pop culture world gears up for this year’s WonderCon in Anaheim, CA, Dark Horse announces two special variant covers for this year’s show!

First up, Dark Horse brings an all-new variant cover for a critical hit and fan favorite, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with an exclusive Season Ten first-issue cover by Tomb Raider art director Brian Horton! Limited to 1,000 copies, these are sure to be scarce!

Second is a variant for Angel & Faith Season Ten #1, by Buffy cover artist Steve Morris! Again, with only 1,000 copies produced, these will go fast!

These two special WonderCon exclusives will retail for $5 and are limited to five per person.

Dark Horse also has three other convention exclusives, produced in limited editions and available while supplies last!

Legendary artist Stan Sakai has done a special cover for the upcoming The Witcher, a canonical tie-in series in the world of the Witcher video games, which have collectively won over 250 awards and sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide! All proceeds from the sale of this limited-edition variant will benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai.

Art Baltazar and Franco bring you the characters that sprung from Mike Mignola’s imagination, with an AW YEAH twist, in Itty Bitty Hellboy! A limited-edition hardcover is available at WonderCon for $20, while supplies last!

The Last of Us: American Dreams, from Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl) and Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, collects the comics that are the official lead-in to the game. This limited-edition hardcover will first be available at PAX East this weekend, and then in very limited quantities at WonderCon for $24.99.

About Dark Horse

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Soars Into WonderCon 2014

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20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation bring How to Train Your Dragon 2 director Dean DeBlois and Jay Baruchel, the voice of Hiccup, to WonderCon this weekend for an exclusive sneak peek of the movie and a signing at Booth #1468!

SCHEDULE:
Friday, April 18th
11:30 a.m.: Booth opens, sales and giveaways begin
12:00 noon: Demonstration of new How to Train Your Dragon apps begins
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Airbrush artist on-site to create Dragons tattoos
7:00 p.m.: Booth closes

Saturday, April 19th
9:30 a.m.: Booth opens, sales and giveaways begin
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Airbrush artist on-site to create Dragons tattoos
12:45 p.m. (tentative): Fox panel presentation begins at the Arena
2:00 p.m.: Jay Baruchel and Dean DeBlois arrive at booth #1468 for fan signing
2:30 p.m.: Fan signing ends
3:00 p.m.: Demonstration of new How to Train Your Dragon apps begins
7:00 p.m.: Booth closes

Sunday, April 20th
10:30 a.m.: Booth opens, sales and giveaways begin
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Airbrush artist on site to create Dragons tattoos
1:00 p.m.: Demonstration of new How to Train Your Dragon apps begins
5:00 p.m.: Booth closes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Cast Appears at WonderCon 2014

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Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes cast members Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight) and Keri Russell (The Americans, Felicity), along with film director Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Felicity), will make an exclusive signing appearance at the BOOM! Studios booth during WonderCon in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, April 19. BOOM! Studios is the official publisher of Planet of the Apes comics.

Limited-edition WonderCon exclusive Dawn of the Planet of the Apes prints illustrated by Garry Brown (The Massive, Sons of Anarchy) will be available for purchase for $20, and the cast will be available to sign them from 2:30-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the BOOM! Studios booth, #319, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The signing will be ticketed and a print purchase is required for the signing.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is about a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar that is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Twentieth Century Fox will release Dawn of the Planet of the Apes worldwide July 11th, 2014. For more information, visit dawnofapes.com.

For tickets and information for WonderCon, visit comic-con.org/wca.

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, COW BOY, 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.

SF – This One Summer Release Party

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Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki appear at Mission: Comics & Art on Tuesday, May 6th at 6:00 pm to celebrate the release of their new project THIS ONE SUMMER!

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Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-1545

DC Comics Panel & Signing Schedule for WonderCon 2014

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WonderCon officially kicks off in Anaheim, CA tomorrow!

If you’re heading to the pop culture event this weekend, stop by the DC Entertainment Booth (#401) to say hello! Be sure to attend the fantastic panels and creator signings we’ll be hosting  throughout the weekend. And don’t forget to pick up some exclusives.

Take a look at the panel and signing schedule* below, so you don’t miss a thing. Or download the DC Entertainment Events App on Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store to stay up to speed on all DC Entertainment happenings.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 18TH

12:30-1:30pm – Creator Signing 
Talent: TEEN TITANS GO! (Cast Signing)

1:00-2:00pm DC Entertainment – ALL ACCESS
Panelist(s): Mike Cotton, Shelly Bond, Jim Chadwick
Moderator(s): John Cunningham
Talent: Jim Lee

At DC Entertainment, there’s never been a better time to be a fan!  Come by for unfiltered access to all things DC Entertainment!  Find out what some of DC’s biggest names have to share from behind-the-scenes!  Joining the All-Media party will be some of the industry’s top talents, so don’t miss out!
Room 300AB

3:30-4:30pm – Creator Signing 
Talent: SON OF BATMAN (Cast Signing)

4:00-5:00pm DC COMICS – Batman
Moderator(s): Larry Ganem
Talent: Marc Andreyko, Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul, Gail Simone

Batman’s crusade against the corrupt and evil has permeated across the DC Universe and beyond! Join some of the hottest creators who are behind the Dark Knight for an exclusive look at what’s in store for the World’s Greatest Detective! There has never been a better time to walk the streets of Gotham City!
Room 300AB

5:00-6:00pm – Creator Signing
Talent: Tony Daniel, Cliff Chiang, Gail Simone

6:00-7:00pm – Creator Signing
Talent: Robert Venditti, Brett Booth

6:00-8:00pm World Premiere: SON OF BATMAN

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation present the World Premiere of Son of Batman, the landmark 20th entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. In the film, Batman learns he has a son, Damian-and to further complicate matters, the mother is Talia al Ghul, daughter of one of Batman’s most dreaded enemies, Ra’s al Ghul. When the odds quickly turn against Batman and Damian, Batman must become both father and mentor to the aggressive, agile new Robin. Together they form an uneasy alliance to try and thwart the criminal enterprise of Deathstroke and his army of ninja man-bats before there are international consequences. Be among the first to see this new film, then stay for a star-studded panel led by the voice of Batman, Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Life on Mars), producer James Tucker (Justice League: War), director Ethan Spaulding (The Simpsons, Avatar: The Last Airbender), dialogue director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), character designer Phil Bourassa (Justice League: War), and some special guests. Based on Grant Morrison’s famed DC storyline, Son of Batman arrives May 6 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.

Saturday, April 19th

10:30-11:30am – Creator Signing
Talent: Bernard Chang, Brett Booth

12:00-1:00pm – Creator Signing 
Talent: Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato

1:30-2:30pm – Creator Signing
Talent: Cliff Chiang, Kyle Higgins

3:00-4:00pm – Creator Signing
Talent: Marv Wolfman, Yanick Paquette

3:00-4:00pm DC COMICS – THE NEW 52
Panelist(s): Mike Cotton
Moderator(s): John Cunningham
Talent: Brett Booth, Bernard Chang, Cliff Chiang, Tony Daniel, Francis Manapul, Robert Venditti

New and veteran fans alike are welcomed to be a part of history as the DC team and top-notch talent discuss the books that are shaping this new era of DC Comics! Don’t miss this exclusive look inside the hottest comic line in decades!
Room 300AB

4:00-5:00pm – Creator Signing
Talent: Gail Simone

4:00-5:00pm Batman 75th Anniversary
Moderator(s): John Cunningham
Talent: Kevin Conroy, Ralph Garman, Peter Girardi, Jim Lee, Kevin Smith, Bruce Timm

Throughout his 75 year history, the Dark Knight has become one of the most popular and widely recognized super heroes in the world. From comics to TV to movies to video games, the World’s Greatest Detective has permeated all entertainment mediums and beyond. Come by for a look at Batman’s rich history and what the future holds this pop culture icon!
Room 300AB

5:00-6:00pm DC Comics – Green Lantern: A Universe at War!
Moderator(s): Larry Ganem
Talent: Bernard Chang, Robert Venditti

The cosmic uprising has begun and it is the Green Lantern Corps vs the entire universe! Come by as the creators behind the Corps shed light on the events that have sent shock waves across the different Lantern Corps and beyond!
Room 207

5:30-6:30pm – Creator Signing
Talent: Jim Lee, Chris Conroy

Sunday, April 20th

11:30am-12:30pm – Creator Signing
Talent: Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul

2:00-3:00pm DC ENTERTAINMENT 101Essentials
Panelist(s): Mike Cotton
Moderator(s): John Cunningham

DC Comics’ backlist is full of the most exciting stories ever told! New fans and veteran fans alike are welcome for an in-depth tutorial on the essential stories and products that make up DC Entertainment’s rich history. Room 300AB

2:30-3:30pm – Creator Signing
Talent: Robert Venditti, Bernard Chang

3:30-4:30pm ART MASTERS: DRAWING DC
Moderator(s): Larry Ganem
Talent: Tony Daniel, Francis Manapul, Yanick Paquette

DC Entertainment is proud to have some of the most immensely talented artists working in comics today. Join us for a unique look into their visual approach in shaping some of your favorite books!
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WonderCon takes place April 18-20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

*Signing schedule and panelists are subject to change.

CA – Adventure Time Art Day

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Press Release:

Nothing says “fun” like drawing, and the smash cartoon hit Adventure Time! So Hero Initiative and the West Valley Family YMCA are teaming up for a kid-centric Adventure Time Art Day, sponsored by KaBOOM!, publishers of the Adventure Time comic book! The event takes place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from noon till 2:00 p.m. at Collector’s Paradise!

For $25, kids will get:

• Art lessons from REAL comic book artists!

• Your OWN real mini-comic book drawing board and crayons!

• An Adventure Time issue wrapped in a Get-a-Sketch cover with an original sketch from one of our artists!

• One piece of pizza and drink!

This special event is for the under-18 crowd, but parents are CERTAINLY invited to hang out and watch their kids have a great time as well! Space is limited, so we strongly suggest getting your tickets in advance, available right now and ONLY at Collector’s Paradise.

Artists in attendance will include Hannah Nance Partlow (Adventure Time: Candy Capers) and Kassandra Heller (Adventure Time), and MORE! Don’t miss it!

Collector’s Paradise
7131 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka, CA 91306
818-999-9455

CA – FCBD: Todd The Ugliest Kid on Earth Signing

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Writer Ken Kristensen, creator of Todd The Ugliest Kid on Earth, signs at Hypno Comics on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!

RSVP on Facebook!

Hypno Comics & Games
1803 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 651-9767

CA – Escape From Alcatraz Signing

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Wren Nowan and Michel Reardon, co-creators of Escape from Alcatraz: The Final Breakout, the fourth in a series of comics printed by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, will be signing at the Escapist Comic Bookstore on Sunday, April 27th at 3:00 pm. The comic features the daring escape attempt of Alcatraz inmates John Paul Scott, and Darl Dee Parker. The other issues in the series will be available for purchase without having to be sent to Alcatraz.

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Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
510-652-6642

CA – Comic Creator Meet Up

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Artist Scott Koblish appears at The Comic Bug on Saturday, April 26th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for their monthly comic creator meet up!

RSVP on Facebook!

The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

CA – FCBD: Scattered Comics Signing

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Scattered Comics is going all out this year for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. Several of the Scattered Comics creators were invited to attend the event being held at Sacramento’s River City Comics comic shop on May 3rd, 2014. This was a huge honor to the Scattered creators of whom will be the first time coming to this location.  The owner of the store, Joe, was kind enough to invite a whole group of some of our top talents to be a part of this free comic book celebration. Not only will Scattered creators be on hand but they will have free “Scattered Sampler #3″ and “Nighxa #1″ comics to give out to the fans. (As long as supplies last of course).  Also, Jay Wheeler of the podcast show “COMICS AND COFFEE“ will be attending the event as well. Here is the run down of which Scattered creators will be attending…

Frederick Allison Jr. (Hybrid Earth): Signing copies of “Hybrid Earth” as well as doing live commissions.

Jasmine Ellis & Calvin Ellis Jr. (Sworn): This will be a landmark celebration for this creative sibling team as they premiere the re-launch issue of “SWORN #1″ under the new Scattered Comics banner. Be the first to get this first issue and have signed by both writer and artist of the book!

So if you are ready to get your hands on some free comic books, meet the creators, and just have a great time celebrating this cool holiday, come on down to River City Comics!

RSVP on Facebook!!

River City Comics + Games
4740 Natomas Blvd, Suite 130 Sacramento, CA 95835
916-285-9808

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