Writer/artist Gene Ha (Mae, Justice League of America, Top 10) appears at the La Grange Public Library from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and Chimera’s Comics from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!
La Grange Public Library
10 W Cossitt Ave, La Grange, Illinois 60525
19 S La Grange Road, La Grange, IL 60525
FRIDAY APRIL 21st
- 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Marc Guggenheim, Jody Houser
- 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Jason Aaron, Chris Sprouse
- 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Jordie Bellaire, Jenny Frison, Brian Level, Declan Shalvey
- 4:00 – 5:00 PM: Rod Reis, Brent Schoonover, Nick Spencer
- 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Jonathan Hickman, Luke Ross
SATURDAY APRIL 22nd
- 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Michael Garland, Margaret Stohl, Ramon Villalobos, Michael Walsh
- 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Mike Perkins, Khary Randolph
- 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Nick Spencer, Ryan Stegman
- 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Marc Guggenheim, Ken Lashley
- 4:00 – 5:00 PM: Jordie Bellaire, Matt Horak, Declan Shalvey
SUNDAY APRIL 23rd
- 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Marc Guggenheim, Ken Lashley
- 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Jason Aaron, Mike McKone
- 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Alex Maleev, Todd Nauck
- 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Tana Ford, Marc Laming, Matthew Rosenberg, Robbie Thompson
*Schedule is subject to change
From Friday, April 21st through Sunday, April 23rd, Valiant is bringing its cross-country convention road show to Chicago, IL for C2E2 2017 – and we’re unleashing a non-stop line-up of exclusives, programming, panels, and parties to celebrate!
All weekend long, join Valiant inside Chicago’s McCormick Place at Booth #317 to find out why Valiant is forging the 21st century’s most acclaimed superhero universe with a complete selection of paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for critically acclaimed and award-winning titles including BLOODSHOT REBORN, BRITANNIA, FAITH, HARBINGER RENEGADE, QUANTUM & WOODY, SAVAGE and many more! And don’t miss the convention debut of brand-new finely sculpted ceramic mugs from Surreal Entertainment, featuring two of the Valiant Universe’s biggest icons, X-O Manowar and Bloodshot! [$40 per set]
Then: explore the future of Valiant’s leading icon on Friday, April 21st at 5:30 p.m. CT in room S405A for the VALIANT: 25 YEARS OF X-O MANOWAR panel presentation! This spring, Valiant marks 25 years of its most enduring comic book icon as best-selling writer Matt Kindt and a rotating cast of powerhouse interior artists launch a stunning new beginning in the all-new X-O MANOWAR #1! Now, right here at C2E2, join a blockbuster roundtable of Valiant staff and creators for an in-depth discussion of X-O Manowar’s landmark place in comics history…and a special look forward at what awaits the must-read new series of 2017!
Next: the Valiant Universe leaps off of the comics page and onto the cutting edge of superhero storytelling on Saturday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. CT in room S405B for the VALIANT DIGITAL: NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE AND BEYOND panel presentation! Join star Jason David Frank and Valiant’s own Josh Johns and Dinesh Shamdasani as they collide MI-6’s deadly assassin against a gauntlet of Valiant’s most formidable heroes with new footage from NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE – the bone-shattering, live-action series coming in 2017 – and more news and announcements about all-new VALIANT DIGITAL projects! And stick around for a free exclusive print at the end of the panel!
Finally: the road to Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and most impactful comic book event of all time starts right here at C2E2 with a superstar cast of Valiant creators and staff on Sunday, April 23rd at 12:15 p.m. in room S405B at the VALIANT: THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 panel presentation! Jump on board here to find out what the future holds for HARBINGER RENEGADE, X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, FAITH, DIVINITY, NINJAK, and the rest of Valiant’s most powerful heroes…and how the coming of HARBINGER WARS 2 will soon be felt across the entire Valiant Universe with never-before-seen artwork and announcements!
Plus: don you strongest armor and blast into the biggest party of the weekend on Friday, April 21st as Valiant and Pipeworks Brewing Co. kick off the C2E2 2017: X-O MANOWAR GALACTIC GOLDEN ALE RELEASE PARTY! From 7 pm CT onward at Chicago’s Cobra Lounge (235 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607), Valiant is celebrating its all-new collaboration with Chicago’s own Pipeworks Brewing Co. – a new limited-edition brew created in honor of the all-new X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1, the sold-out, epic new ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and Valiant-exclusive rising star Tomas Giorello!
Co-sponsored by Valiant Entertainment, Pipeworks Brewing Co., and Hope for the Day, the first 75 party-goers will receive a strictly limited X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 cover flat – a rare, unbound comic cover pulled directly from the printing press and signed by Valiant staff and creators! Portions of the proceeds from the party’s $5 door charge and all pints of X-O MANOWAR GALACTIC GOLDEN ALE poured will be donated to Hope for the Day, supporting their suicide prevention outreach and mental health education projects. RSVP online at Facebook or Eventbrite.
We’ll see you in the Windy City! And don’t miss a moment of the excitement as Valiant’s one-of-a-kind convention road show marches on through Los Angeles, Kansas City, Houston, and more throughout the spring!
Friday, April 21st – Sunday, April 23rd
Saturday, April 22nd – Sunday, April 23rd
L.A. Times Festival of Books
University of Southern California Campus
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, April 28th – Sunday, April 30th
Planet Comic Con
Kansas City, MO
Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th
George R. Brown Convention Center
Saturday, May 13th – Sunday, May 14th
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Virginia Beach, VA
Saturday, May 20th – Sunday, May 21st
Five Points Festival
New York, NY
Thursday, May 25th – Sunday, May 28th
Phoenix Convention Center
Saturday, June 24th – Sunday, June 25th
ID10T Music Festival and Comic Conival
San Francisco, CA
Friday, June 30th – Sunday, July 2nd
Denver Comic Con
Colorado Convention Center
* Stay tuned for more dates to be announced all year long!*
The legendary Jim Steranko will be the Guest of Honor at the upcoming Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, taking place at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center from Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23, 2017. Steranko is a legend not only in the comics field – for his groundbreaking work as an artist and a historian – but in the pulp field as well, with his depictions of several classic pulp heroes, from The Shadow to Doc Savage to Sherlock Holmes to G-8 and many more. Steranko will be present throughout the show, and will also be speaking Friday night at 7:00 p.m. As this year’s show is the same weekend as C2E2 (also in the Chicagoland area), C2E2 attendees may want to head to Lombard to complete their weekend.
This year’s event also celebrates the Red Circle line of pulps. These were the first publications put out by Martin Goodman, who later would launch the Timely line of comics that eventually became Marvel. The program book is packed with material on Steranko, the Red Circle line, gangster pulps, and more!
The convention also features over 150 tables of pulps, vintage paperbacks, comics, original comic and illustration art, and other related goodies for sale in its massive dealer room. Movies based on pulp stories will be playing throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, while the New Pulp movement will host a variety of panels on Sunday. And Friday and Saturday nights will feature two incredible estate auctions, featuring thousands of pulps, including nearly 200 issues of The Shadow, as well as many other rare pulps.
Admission is $35 for all three days, $25 for Friday only, $25 for Saturday only, and $10 for Sunday only. Ages 13 and under admitted free with parent.
Hours are Friday 11:00 a.m. to midnight, Saturday 10:00 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The convention is being held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard IL 60148.
For more information, visit the Windy City Pulp site: www.windycitypulpandpaper.com
Headed to the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) this year? AfterShock Comics will be there in full force to celebrate the comic book and pop culture convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and videogames.
• Friday, April 21: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
• Saturday, April 22: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
• Sunday, April 23: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Our Booth: 417
Our C2E2 Exclusives (available at our booth):
• Eleanor & Egret #1 (C2E2 exclusive cover)
• World Reader #1 (C2E2 exclusive cover)
• Jimmy’s Bastards poster – Dave Johnson art (Series written by Garth Ennis with interiors by Russ Braun)
• Babyteeth poster – Garry Brown art (Signed by creator + writer Donny Cates)
Signings (at our booth):
• Marguerite Bennett – Friday, April 21: 2:30-3:30 PM
• Donny Cates – Sunday, April 23: 1:00-2:00 PM
• Sunday, April 23: 10:45am
• Room: S403
• Description: Join Donny Cates (BABYTEETH), Adam Glass (ROUGH RIDERS, THE NORMALS), Brian Azzarello (AMERICAN MONSTER), Phil Hester (SHIPWRECK, BLOOD BLISTER), Justin Jordan (STRAYER), Joe Pruett (AfterShock Publisher/CCO & BLACK-EYED KIDS), Mike Zagari (Aftershock SVP Digital/Creative) and more of the AfterShock Comics creative team as they discuss their current titles and future plans! (NOTE: Guests are subject to change)
Our Creators & Staff at the Show:
• Brian Azzarello (AMERICAN MONSTER)
• Marguerite Bennett (ANIMOSITY, INSEXTS)
• Donny Cates (BABYTEETH)
• Adam Glass (ROUGH RIDERS, THE NORMALS)
• Phil Hester (SHIPWRECK, BLOOD BLISTER)
• Justin Jordan (STRAYER)
• Lee Kramer (AfterShock President)
• Stephan Nilson (AfterShock Publishing Operations Manager)
• Joe Pruett (AfterShock Publisher/CCO & BLACK-EYED KIDS)
• Lisa Wu (AfterShock Retailers/Fan Relations Manager)
• Mike Zagari (Aftershock SVP Digital/Creative)
• + more!
*Note: Guests are subject to change
This weekend from April 21st to April 23rd join IDW Publishing at McCormick Place in Chicago for the annual fan-favorite convention, C2E2! Marking the first year of exhibiting at the show IDW is bringing big names and special surprises to the fans in Chicago including cast and crew from the hit SyFy TV show Wynonna Earp. Located at Booth #609, IDW can be found all weekend long stocked with must-have books and signings that you won’t want to miss!
Make the IDW booth your first stop on the show floor and get our newest convention variants and a deluxe Wynonna Earp pack including signed comics, digital download codes, and more!
- My Little Pony #53 Sara Richard Variant – $5 each
- Wynonna Earp “Deluxe Pack” of comics – $25 each
Mark your calendars with our signing schedule now so you don’t miss any of the action!
Saturday April 22nd
11:00 – 12:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe – Paul Allor
12:00 – 1:00 Wynonna Earp – Tim Rozon, Varun Saranga (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
1:00 – 2:00 Aw Yeah Revolution – Art Baltazar
1:00 – 2:00 Micronauts – Cullen Bunn
2:00 – 3:00 Ghostbusters – Erik Burnham
3:00 – 4:00 Atomic Robo – Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener
4:00 – 5:00 Jem and the Holograms – Gisele Lagace, Jason Millet, Sara Richard
5:00 – 6:00 Star Trek – Donny Cates, Marc Laming
6:00 – 7:00 Helena Crash – Fabian Rangel Jr.
Sunday April 23rd
11:00 – 12:00 My Little Pony – Sara Richard (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
12:00 – 1:00 Ghostbusters – Erik Burnham
1:00 – 2:00 Jem and the Holograms – Gisele Lagace, Jason Millet
2:00 – 3:00 Edward Scissorhands – Kate Leth, Drew Rausch
3:00 – 4:00 Love is Love – Jason Aaron, Steve Orlando
Additionally, we’ve teamed up with the CBLDF to host two special signings for the very special anthology collection, Love is Love on Friday, April 21st. Head to booth #409 to grab a copy and get it signed!
Friday 3pm – 4pm, featuring Jason Aaron, Jonathan Hickman, Jason Latour
Friday 4pm – 5pm, featuring Matt Wagner
All that, and be sure to come by our panels throughout the weekend to hear all of the biggest news first!
Title: IDW Entertainment Spotlight On: Wynonna Earp
Description: Find out the what’s in store for the acclaimed SyFy series’ second season straight from the cast and crew!
Time: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Title: The Latest and Greatest from IDW
Description: Join IDW’s Greg Goldstein and Dirk Wood to be among the first to find out about IDW’s next big event! Surprise guests, prizes, and an open Q&A make this one panel you won’t want to miss!
Time: 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Title: Jaws Will Drop, Sides Will Ache… SUPER WEIRD HEROES!
Description: A hilarious multimedia show of the kookiest, kraziest most bizarro leotard-clad bad-guy bashers of the Golden Age! The Hand (a giant hand!), Madam Fatale (an old lady cross dresser!), Kangaroo Man (yes!) and tons more are held up to reverence and ridicule. Based on the best selling book, “Super Weird Heroes”, the stand-up comedy presentation is by the former Creative Director of the Muppets and now editor of IDW/Yoe Books, Craig Yoe.
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OCTQX: IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.
IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Wormwood, Ragnarök, V-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.
IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints; Top Shelf, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.
IDW Games’ diverse line-up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X-Files, Back to the Future, The Godfather, and TMNT.
IDW Entertainment serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based on the bestseller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett.
Friday April 21st
- 10:30am: Scratch & Win: reveal your YA book prize
- 11:30am: Giveaway: Game On! book + bookmark
- 2:30pm: Giveaway: Thornhill advance book + print
- 3:30pm: PublishINK Temporary Tattoo Parlor
- 5:00pm: Giveaway: Shattered Warrior advance book
Saturday April 22nd
- 10:30am: Scratch & Win: reveal your YA book prize
- 11:30am: Signing: Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
- 12:30pm: Giveaway: Rebel Genius book + poster
- 2:15pm: Signing: Science Comics: Bats by Falynn Koch
- 3:15pm: Signing: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
- 4:30pm: PublishINK Temporary Tattoo Parlor
- 5:30pm: Giveaway: Heartless bookmark + tumbler
- 6:00pm: Giveaway: Pigs Might Fly advance book
Sunday April 23rd
- 10:30am: Scratch & Win: reveal your YA book prize
- 12:00pm: Signing: Something New by Lucy Knisley
- 1:00pm: PublishINK Temporary Tattoo Parlor
- 2:00pm: Giveaway: Real Friends advance book + poster
- 3:00pm: Giveaway: Sticker Girl book
- 4:00pm: Signing: Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld
All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.
Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.
All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.
FRIDAY, APRIL 21
11:00–11:45 a.m. MAE: Gene Ha
12:00–12:45 p.m. CALL OF DUTY: ZOMBIES, EERIE: Justin Jordan
1:00–1:45 p.m. SPACE-MULLET!, ALABASTER, THE GHOST FLEET: Daniel Warren Johnson
2:00–2:45 p.m. DARK HORSE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HENCHGIRL HC: Kristen Gudsnuk
3:00–3:45 p.m. HOUSE OF PENANCE, THE MIGHTY, LIGHT BRIGADE: Peter Tomasi
4:00–4:45 p.m. CHIMICHANGA, THE GOON: Eric Powell
5:00–5:45 p.m. LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones
6:00–6:45 p.m. THE PAYBACKS: Eliot Rahal
SATURDAY, APRIL 22
10:00–10:45 a.m. DARK HORSE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HENCHGIRL HC: Kristen Gudsnuk
11:00–11:45 a.m. TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES, SUNDOWNERS: Tim Seeley
12:00–12:45 p.m. BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire
1:00–1:45 p.m. BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald
2:00–2:45 p.m. LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: Jim Calafiore
3:00–3:45 p.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY, THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT: Geof Darrow
4:00–4:45 p.m. KABUKI, AMERICAN GODS, FIGHT CLUB 2: David Mack
5:00–5:45 p.m. SPELL ON WHEELS: Kate Leth
6:00–6:45 p.m. DRAGON AGE: MAGEKILLER, VEIL: Greg Rucka
SUNDAY, APRIL 23
10:10–11:45 a.m. DARK HORSE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HENCHGIRL HC: Kristen Gudsnuk
12:00–12:45 p.m. BATTLEPUG, B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: Mike Norton
2:00–2:45 p.m. APOCALYPTIGIRL, THE TOMORROWS: Andrew MacLean
Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit http://www.c2e2.com/Events/Panels-And-Screenings/Panels for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.
SATURDAY, APRIL 22
3:00–4:00 p.m. Panel Room S403 The Millennial’s Guide to Keeping Comics Alive
The integration of social media into society has completely changed how people communicate with each other, and the comics industry is not invulnerable to this change. Join Dark Horse creators Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl) and Kel McDonald (Buffy: The High School Years, Misfits of Avalon) to discuss the implications of social media on the industry and how creators use social media to engage with fans.
SUNDAY, APRIL 23
1:15–2:15 p.m. Panel Room S403 The Un-CONventional Superheroes
For decades, popular culture has been dominated by stories from superhero comic books. Most people can’t think of either superheroes or comics without thinking of the other. In recent years, Dark Horse creators have sought to pay homage to superheroes while also putting a modern spin on the idea of heroics. Join Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalopolis), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), and Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) for a lively conversation about superheroes and antiheroes in the modern era and how their characters seek to challenge society’s perceptions of the superhero.
Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic book creators in medical and financial need, breezes into Chicago for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, also known as C2E2, located at McCormick Place April 21-23.
And we have an amazing crew anchoring our booth, #1459! Writer/artist Bill Willingham, the man behind Fables and a NEW First Comics series to be announced at C2E2, will be EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth all weekend! He’ll be joined by Punisher and Batman artist Bill Reinhold, and Incredible Hulk writer Sean McKeever. Check them all out at booth #1459!
While at the booth, make sure you get in on our raffle for an amazing helicopter trip for two over downtown Chicago from Chicago Helicopter Experience, a $456 value! Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Hero booth all weekend, just $2 each!
And you can now DRINK your comics! Hero is hosting the WORLD PREMIERE of Ten Pin Creep, a Revival mystery story told across six beer labels! The party is Friday, April 21 from 7-10 pm at the Motor Row Gallery and Lofts 2345 S. Michigan Ave. (mere STEPS from the convention center!). Price is $4 per beer or $20 for the whole 6-pack! Non-alcoholic drinks will also be served, and creators Mike Norton and Tim Seeley WILL be in attendance autographing bottles! Many of your other fave creators such as Franco Aureliani, Amy Chu, Jenny Frison, Jody Houser, Ken Lashley, Sean McKeever, Dustin Nguyen, Steve Orlando, Mike Perkins, Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, and James Tynion IV will also be there, so don’t miss out on the party!
And as always Hero Initiative’s creative ambassadors are on the floor collecting for Hero at their own tables. Please swing by and say “hi” to Jason Aaron, Chris Burnham, Stephan Franck, Eric Gapstur, Patrick Gleason, Jonathan Hickman, Phil Hester, Jody Houser, Ken Lashley, Mike Norton, Steve Orlando, Ande Parks, Tim Seeley, Liam Sharp, Ryan Stegman, Jill Thompson, James Tynion IV, and Chip Zdarsky.
About The Hero Initiative:
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative 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 $950,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
Writer David Pepose signs Spencer & Locke at Graham Crackers Comics on Thursday, April 20th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.
Graham Crackers Comics – CHICAGO LOOP
77 E. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602