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  • Comic-Con International Announces 4th Set of Guests for SDCC 2015

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    Press Release:

    FOURTH SET OF COMIC-CON GUESTS ANNOUNCED 

    SAN DIEGO- Comic-Con International, the nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and popular artforms continued this year’s practice of announcing a selection of new guests for their summer show. Comic-Con takes place in San Diego beginning on Thursday, July 9, and running through Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center.

    Guests announced today include:

    Writer/artist Michael Cho: Shoplifter

    Artist Tom Grummett: Fantastic Four, X-Men Forever, Teen Titans

    Designer/author Chip Kidd: Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, Batman: Death by Design

    Editorial cartoonist Jen Sorenson

    Artist Bernie Wrightson: Swamp Thing, Frankenstein

    Be sure to visit www.comic-con.org and check out the Toucan Blog, the only OFFICIAL blog of Comic-Con International, for additional information on guests and up to date information on all aspects of the eagerly awaited summer show!

    About Comic-Con International:
    Comic-Con International (CCI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.  In addition to its San Diego convention each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind), CCI organizes WonderCon Anaheim each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.

    CA – Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra Retrospective Panel

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    Creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino appear on a panel at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday March 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM for the closing of the Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra retrospective exhibit.

    Press Release:

    Back for the closing reception, creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino will be in the gallery for a short moderated Q and A panel and talking a bit about their creative process. Bryan and Mike will be available for signing after the panel for guests only.

    2 – 3 new tribute pieces will be on display in the main gallery. In our atrium gallery, will be original Avatar the Last Airbender development artwork by Bryan Konietzko, not previously exhibited.

    Aang statues and new exclusive prints of select works in the exhibition will be released for the first time to attendees of the panel.

    Signing / Ticket Details
    *1 item person. No outside items.
    *Tickets will go on sale on this page starting March 18th. $10 a seat, limit 2 seats per person. Orders of more than 2 will be voided and refunded.
    *Print or show us from your smart phone, your order confirmation to the event.
    *Limited to 100 seats and standing room for 50 people, 150 attendees total. Seats are first come first serve

    Gallery Nucleus
    210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
    626.458.7477

    CA – Mind of Mirrors Signing

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    Dan and Leland, the creators of the graphic novel Mind of Mirrors Book 1, appear at Sky High Comics on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM! Dan and Leland will be on hand to play songs from the rock soundtrack they created for their story, as well sign copies of the comic.

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    Sky High Comics
    625 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078
    (760) 471-0649

    CA – Invisible Republic Signing

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    Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko appear at Beach Ball Comics on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm to sign the INVISIBLE REPUBLIC!

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    Beach Ball Comics
    3024 W Ball Rd Ste G, Anaheim, CA 92804
    (714) 826-6127

    CA – Fathom: Kiani Signing

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    Vince Hernandez, writer and creator of such comics as Damsels in Distress, Fathom: Kiani, Trish Out of Water, Dellec, Executive Assistant: Assassins, and more will be on hand at SoCal Games and Comics for a signing on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from noon till 2:00 pm!

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    SoCal Games and Comics
    40466 Winchester Rd, Temecula, CA 92591
    (951) 389-4263

    CA – Rachel Rising Signing

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    Terry Moore, creator of Strangers in Paradise, Echo, and Rachel Rising, appears at Comic Book Box for a signing on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from noon till 3:00 pm!

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    Comic Book Box
    189 Southwest Blvd, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
    (707) 792-0100

    Finalists for Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Announced; Ceremony Set for Long Beach Comic Expo 2015

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    Press Release:

    Announcing the Finalists for the First Ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity

    (February 18, Long Beach, CA) The finalists for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award were announced today. The five nominated titles are:

    HEX11 by Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComics)
    M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder (www.mfkcomic.com)
    MS. MARVEL by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel Entertainment)
    THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books)
    SHAFT by David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely (Dynamite Entertainment)

    The winner will be announced at the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity ceremony event to be held later this month at Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday February 28 at 2 PM PT. The Award is named in honor of Dwayne McDuffie, the legendary writer and producer who co-founded and created Milestone Media. As a writer, Dwayne created or co-created more than a dozen series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE.

    “The nominees for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award reflect the best of what a comic book can be,” said Matt Wayne, the Director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. “These five titles, as different as they are, reflect Dwayne’s aspirations for the comic book industry. They are diverse, inclusive and forward looking.”

    “I am so proud that my husband’s personal mission to include a more diverse array of voices–both in content and creators–is able to continue now through this Award in his name, by encouraging others who share his vision of comics, characters, and the industry itself better mirroring society,” said Charlotte McDuffie.

    The Dwayne McDuffie Award Selection Committee consists of eight prominent comics and animation professionals who knew McDuffie and have demonstrated a commitment to inclusiveness:

    • Neo Edmund – Novelist, animation and comics writer;
    • Joan Hilty – Nickelodeon Comics Editor; Creator of Bitter Girl;
    • Joseph Illidge – Former Editor, Milestone and DC Comics; Columnist, Comic Book Resources; Writer, First Second Books;
    • Heidi MacDonald – Editor in Chief, The Beat;
    • Glen Murakami – Producer/Supervising Director, DC animated properties and Ben 10: Alien Force/Ultimate Alien;
    • Eugene Son – Comics writer/Story Editor, Ultimate Spider-Man Animated;
    • William J. Watkins – Writer; Former owner, Chicago’s first Black-owned comics store;
    • Len Wein – Co-creator Swamp Thing, Wolverine, New X-Men; Former Editor-in-Chief- of Marvel Comics and Senior Editor, DC Comics.

    “The Long Beach shows are committed to diversity,” said Martha Donato, Executive Director of Long Beach Comic Expo. “It’s our great pleasure to host the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award ceremony and to celebrate the legacy of a wonderful man and writer who inspired so many people with his words, his action and his creations.”

    Reginald Hudlin, an innovator of the modern black film movement (House Party, Boomerang and BeBe’s Kids), will be the Keynote Speaker at the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award ceremony later this month.

    Tickets for Long Beach Comic Expo are available now at www.longbeachcomicexpo.com. Follow Long Beach Comic Expo on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information about the McDuffie Award.

    ABOUT THE CREATORS OF HEX11:
    Kelly Sue Milano was introduced to comics the way most five-year-old girls are: by getting taken to the Fullerton AMC Theaters to see Batman with her Dad in the summer of 1989. Though she wasn’t stoked at first, what followed was total and complete love. Not just with superheroes and comics – but with stories. She has been published in the Orange County Register, has written award-winning short stories, monologues, and comedy sketches, and has contributed to the development of several film projects for Periscope Entertainment. She also curates the blog for A.WAKE; a movement dedicated to celebrating female artists. Kelly Sue is a sucker for Nabakov and fancy coffee and currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Louie.

    Lisa K. Weber makes art for comics, kid’s books, and cartoons. She also enjoys satire, white wine, and classic rock hits. She has created artwork for comic adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s Hop-Frog, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla, and Saki’s Tobermory, all featured in Graphic Classics. Her illustrations have appeared in publications from Penguin Books, Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, Scholastic Inc, and Capstone Press. She has also contributed character designs and storyboards for Nickelodeon, Curious Pictures, and PBS Kids. Lisa currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

    ABOUT THE CREATORS OF M.F.K.:
    Nilah Magruder is a storyboard and concept artist artist in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Maryland, from a young age she developed an eternal love for three things: nature, books, and animation. Naturally, all of her school notebooks were full of doodles of animals and cartoon characters.

    Nilah received a B.A. in communication arts from Hood College and B.F.A. in computer animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. She has illustrated for comics, children’s books, film and commercial television. Interested in exploring diversity in storytelling, she launched the action-adventure webcomic M.F.K. She believes that everyone should have characters with whom they can relate in their chosen entertainment, be it comic book, novel, film, TV, or video game.

    ABOUT THE WRITER & ARTIST OF MS. MARVEL:
    G. Willow Wilson is a novelist and comic book writer based in Seattle. Her works include the novel Alif the Unseen, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. She is the creator, with artist Adrian Alphona, of the bestselling All-New Ms. Marvel series from Marvel Comics. Her series Air (DC/Vertigo) and Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice (Marvel) were both nominated for Eisner Awards. In what spare time she has, Willow enjoys playing MMOs, watching British television, cooking, and maintaining the proud tradition of the Oxford comma. She lives with her husband and their two children.

    Adrian Alphona is the artist of MS. MARVEL. He illustrated an acclaimed run of RUNAWAYS written by Brian K Vaughan for Marvel Entertainment.

    ABOUT THE CREATORS OF THE SHADOW HERO
    Gene Luen Yang’s 2006 book American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award. His 2013 two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints was also nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. Gene currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and children.

    Sonny Liew is a comic artist, painter and illustrator whose work includes titles for DC Vertigo, Marvel Comics and First Second Books. He has received Eisner nominations for his art on Wonderland (Disney), as well as for spearheading Liquid City (Image Comics), a multi-volume comics anthology featuring creators from Southeast Asia. His Malinky Robot series was a Xeric grant recipient and winner of the Best Science Fiction Comic Album Award at the Utopiales SF Festival in Nantes (2009).

    His latest work is The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, which will be published by Pantheon Books in 2016.

    ABOUT THE WRITER & ARTIST OF SHAFT:
    David F. Walker is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and author of the YA series The Adventures of Darius Logan. His publication BadAzz MoFo became internationally known as the indispensable resource guide to black films of the 1970s. His work in comics includes the series Shaft (Dynamite Entertainment), Doc Savage (Dynamite Entertainment), Number 13 (Dark Horse Comics), The Army of Dr. Moreau (IDW/Monkeybrain Comics), and The Supernals Experiment (Canon Comics).

    Bilquis Evely is a 24-year-old Brazilian comic book artist. She started her professional life in 2010 as the penceiller of the Brazilian comic book, Luluzinha Teen e Sua Turma” Her recent work includes The Shadow and Doc Savage for Dynamite. She is currently working on Shaft, which is written by David F. Walker.

    ABOUT DWAYNE MCDUFFIE:
    Dwayne McDuffie is best known as the co-founder and creator of Milestone Media. He was a Story Editor on the KIDS WB’s Emmy Award-winning animated series STATIC SHOCK, which he co-created. He was also a Producer and Story Editor on Cartoon Network’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. He was Editor-In-Chief of Milestone Media’s award-winning line of comic books, managing an editorial operation which boasted the best on-time delivery record in the industry for nearly four years running and has also worked as an editor for Marvel Comics and Harvey Entertainment. As a writer, Dwayne created or co-created more than a dozen series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE. He wrote stories for dozens of other comics, including, SPIDER-MAN, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, THE TICK, CAPTAIN MARVEL, AVENGERS SPOTLIGHT, BACK TO THE FUTURE, HELLRAISER, ULTRAMAN, (The Artist Formerly Known As) PRINCE and X-O MANOWAR.

    Dwayne won the 2003 HUMANITAS PRIZE for “Jimmy,” a STATIC SHOCK script about gun violence in schools. He was nominated for two EMMY AWARDS for the TV series STATIC SHOCK, a WRITERS GUILD AWARD for the TV series JUSTICE LEAGUE and three EISNER AWARDS for his work in comic books. His comic book work won eleven PARENTS’ CHOICE AWARDS, six “Best Editor” awards, and a GOLDEN APPLE AWARD for his “use of popular art to promote and enhance human dignity.”

    Dwayne was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and attended The Roeper School. Before entering comics, he studied in undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of Michigan, then attended film school at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also co-hosted a radio comedy program, while moonlighting pseudonymously as a freelance writer for stand-up comedians and late-night television comedy programs. He wrote scripts for an animated feature, episodes of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE, STATIC SHOCK!, JUSTICE LEAGUE, WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO? and TEEN TITANS.

    ABOUT LONG BEACH EXPO:
    Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Expo, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Expo is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomicexpo.com.

    IDW Announces New HQ & Comic Art Gallery

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    Press Release:

    IDW Publishing is pleased to announce the relocation of their headquarters due to business expansion, in June 2015, as well as the opening of a groundbreaking new comic art gallery. The new offices and gallery will be located in former Navy barracks within the historic NTC in Liberty Station, which is nestled in the Point Loma community of San Diego.

    The San Diego Comic Art Gallery will be a unique, new and dynamic space located within the IDW offices, designed to educate and engage the local San Diego community and the region of Southern California with the sequential comic book and graphic arts. The SDCAG will create a permanent home in San Diego as a showcase for this celebrated art form; already so pervasive in pop culture, thanks to the meteoric success of comic-based films, television and entertainment, and already so associated with the San Diego area, thanks to Comic-Con International. With a retail space, a gallery of original art from comics and animation, and actual working artists on the premises, the SDCAG is an entirely new kind of venture. Harry L. Katz, former Head Curator in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress, has been named the curator of SDCAG.

    Through events, author and artist appearances, art installations and celebrations, the SDCAG will become a destination to worldwide fans of the medium, and cement San Diego’s status as a Capital of the comic arts, while becoming an integral part of the immediate community. The first installation will be an extensive showcase of the work of Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and local San Diego resident.

    “We’ve been looking to make a move for a while. We’ve been expanding rapidly, and simply have run out of room. At the same time, we’ve been looking for a space that more accurately reflects who we are as a company. When we started talking with the NTC, it became evident immediately that this would be a perfect fit. And with the gallery, we’re going to be able to show the community, and the world, just who IDW is. This move is the perfect next step in the evolution of our company.” – Ted Adams, CEO & Publisher of IDW

    “The NTC Foundation welcomes IDW Publishing and their creative team to the NTC Arts & Culture District at Liberty Station. Their new San Diego Comic Art Gallery will be a great addition to the numerous art galleries and museums already at NTC and we look forward to the creative collaborations ahead. We anticipate it will be a San Diego landmark destination for comic and animation art lovers from all over the world.” – Alan Ziter, NTC Foundation Executive Director

    Moving into a historic building has its unique challenges and is being made possible with the assistance of San Diego local area businesses such as Good & Roberts LLC and obrARCHITECTURE inc. Taking 18,344 square feet, IDW will now be the largest tenant in the already vibrant arts district.

    After 15 years as a prominent part of the local business community, IDW Publishing is sure to be a more public presence with the move to NTC. The Grand Opening is scheduled for June 1, 2015.

    CA – Once Upon A Cloud Launch Party

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    Join renowned animation artist Claire Keane (Frozen, Tangled) at Vroman’s Books on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 4:00 PM for a reading, discussion and signing of her first children’s book, Once Upon A Cloud. There will be refreshments, artwork and of course, books!

    Meet the Author
    Claire Keane is known for her past work as a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she made significant contributions to recent hits Frozen and Tangled. Her father, Glen Keane, was a renowned Disney artist who oversaw the design and character development on many classic Disney films, and her grandfather, Bil Keane, was the creator of The Family Circus comics. Claire lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and kids. This is her debut picture book.

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    Vroman’s Bookstore
    695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
    (626) 449-5320

    CA – The Flash/Arrow PaleyFest Panel

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    The Flash cast members Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, and Carlos Valdes plus Executive Producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg appear at the Dolby Theatre on Saturday March 14, 2015 at 4:00 PM as part of PaleyFest 2015!

    Arrow Panel To Be Announced

    Get tickets at the link…

    Dolby Theatre
    6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
    323-308-6300

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