Animator Robert Pope to Appear at the 2013 Grand Rapids Comic-Con

February 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Animation, Comic Books, Convention News, Michigan

Press Release:

Well Known DC Comics, Cartoon Network Animator Robert Pope to Appear at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Robert PopeWe are pleased to announce that well known animator Robert Pope will be a guest at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con on October 12.

Atlanta-based Robert Pope is the go-to guy for DC Comics when it comes to their comics based on animated properties. Robert has been the lead artist for Scooby-Doo for well over a decade and has also worked on comics for the Looney Tunes and Cartoon Network franchises, including “Daffy Duck”, “The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy”, “Space Ghost”, “Batman: The Brave And The Bold”, and “Johnny Bravo”.

Robert is also the lead artist for Toyfare magazine and has contributed many memorable covers and interior spreads.

Robert also was an artist for the “Animaniacs” franchise back in the 1990′s under Steven Spielberg.

“This is an ultra rare appearance,” said event coordinator Mark Hodges, “as Robert attends only shows in his general area. From what we understand this will be Robert’s first Midwest appearance, and we are thrilled that he has decided to join us.”

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on October 12, 2013, at the Home School Building, 5625 Burlingame Ave. SW, in Wyoming, Michigan. The show will feature appearances from several nationally known comic book artists as well as seminars, programming for families, and lots of fun. Tickets for the show will be $5 at the door only. For more information please go to www.grcomcicon.com or www.facebook.com/grandrapidscomiccon.

Golden Age Artist Allen Bellman to Appear at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con 2013

February 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Michigan

Allen Bellman

Press Release:

Golden Age Artist Allen Bellman to Appear at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con

We are pleased to announce that Golden Age animator Allen Bellman will be a guest at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con on October 12.

Allen is best known for his background artwork during the Golden Age of comic books, particularly around World War II. Allen eventually became a staff artist at Timely Comics (later renamed Marvel) during the Golden Age of comics. While still a teenager, Allen did the backgrounds for Syd Shores’ Captain America in 1942, and eventually worked on titles such as The Patriot, The Destroyer, The Human Torch, Jap Buster Johnson and Jet Dixon of the Space Squadron, All Winners Comics, Marvel Mystery, Sub Mariner Comics, Young Allies and so much more. Allen also contributed to pre-Code horror, crime, war and western tales for Atlas Comics.

He won the Inkpot Award for lifetime achievements at the 2007 Comic-Con show in San Diego, California, as well as the Shel Dorf Award at Detroit Fanfare in 2012.

Allen will be giving a seminar at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con while working in the comics industry during World War II as well as working with Stan Lee at Marvel in the early days.

“Allen is one of the very few Golden Age comic artists left, and it is a pleasure to have him as a guest at the show,” said event coordinator Mark Hodges. “I feel that his seminar at the show will be one of the ‘must attend’ events at the show, plus meeting these guys who were there in the beginning are getting harder and harder as time passes. We welcome the opportunity to bring Allen into the show to give the fans an opportunity to meet a literal living legend in the field.”

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on October 12, 2013, at the Home School Building, 5625 Burlingame Ave. SW, in Wyoming, Michigan. The show will feature appearances from several nationally known comic book artists as well as seminars, programming for families, and lots of fun. Tickets for the show will be $5 at the door only. For more information please go to www.grcomcicon.com or www.facebook.com/grandrapidscomiccon.

MI – Star Wars Reads Day

Chris Trevas, John Ostrander, and Chris Scalf sign on Saturday October 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM for Star Wars Reads Day!

Book Group
Authors, artists and storm troopers — WOW! This day is packed full of fun for Star Wars enthusiasts, young and old. Art on display, panel presentation of authors and more. Do not miss this event.

Barnes & Noble – Ann Arbor
Huron Village, 3235 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734-973-0846

MI – Green Lantern Presentation

Geoff Johns appears at the Arab American National Museum on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Press Release:

When the identity of the latest person to wear the Green Lantern ring is officially unveiled Sept. 5, comic book fans will meet Baz, their first major Arab American comic book superhero.

On Sept. 7-8, fans may meet Baz’s creator, Geoff Johns (left) – a Lebanese American who grew up in metro Detroit, studied at Michigan State University, and is now chief creative officer of DC Entertainment – at a pair of public events in Dearborn. The events are presented by the Arab American National Museum (AANM) in partnership with its East Downtown Dearborn neighbor, Green Brain Comics.

On Saturday, Sept. 8, Johns will meet with area youth to discuss the creation of superhero characters during an invitation-only workshop being held at the AANM, 13624 Michigan Ave. Then, from 4-6 p.m. Johns delivers a presentation on his career and characters in the Lower Level Auditorium at the AANM.

The presentation is free; seating is first come, first served. There will be no opportunity for autographs at this event.

From 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, Johns will appear at Green Brain Comics, 13210 Michigan Ave., for a special signing to commemorate the release of Green Lantern #0 featuring Baz, who is expected to be a key figure in the upcoming Green Lantern crossover Rise of the Third Army.

Purchase of Green Lantern #0 from Green Brain Comics is required for attendance at the Green Brain event. There is a limit of two items signed per person.

Geoff Johns is one of the most prolific and popular contemporary comic book writers. He has written highly acclaimed stories starring Superman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Teen Titans, and Justice Society of America. He is the author of The New York Times best-selling graphic novels Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns, Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War, Justice Society of America: Thy Kingdom Come, Superman: Brainiac, and Blackest Night.

Johns was born in Detroit, raised in Grosse Pointe and studied media arts, screenwriting, film production and film theory at Michigan State University. After moving to Los Angeles, he worked as an intern and later an assistant for film director Richard Donner, whose credits include Superman: The Movie, Lethal Weapon 4, and Conspiracy Theory.

Johns began his comics career writing Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. and creating Stargirl for DC Comics. He received the Wizard Fan Award for Breakout Talent of 2002 and Writer of the Year for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as the CBG Writer of the Year 2003 through 2005 and 2007 and 2008, and CBG Best Comic Book Series for JSA 2001 through 2005.

After acclaimed runs on The Flash, Teen Titans, and the best-selling Infinite Crisis miniseries, Johns co-wrote a run on Action Comics with his mentor Donner. In 2006, he co-wrote 52, an ambitious weekly comic book series set in real time, with Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid. Johns has also written for various other media, including the acclaimed “Legion” episode of Smallville and the fourth season of Robot Chicken. He is writing the story of the DC Universe Online massive multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment LLC and joined DC Entertainment as its Chief Creative Officer in 2010.

Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126

MI – Green Lantern Signing

Writer Geoff Johns signs at Green Brain Comics on Friday, September 7, 2012 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm!

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Press Release:

In conjunction with the Arab American National Museum, Green Brain Comics is proud to welcome DC’s top writer, Geoff Johns, for a special comic book signing to celebrate the first Arab American Green Lantern, featured in Green Lantern #0 on sale Sept. 5.

Purchase of Green Lantern #0 from Green Brain Comics is required for attendance. There will be a limit of two items to be signed, per person. 

Green Brain Comics
13210 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
313-582-9444

MI – Detroit Pop Art Exhibit

Bill Morrison opens an art exhibition on Saturday, June 23 from 6:00 PM—10:00 PM.

River’s Edge Gallery
3024 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte, MI 48192
Phone: 734-246-9880

MI – My Friend Dahmer Signing

Derf Backderf signs at Green Brain Comics on Saturday June 16, 2012 at 2:00pm.

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Green Brain Comics
13210 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126

Comic-Con: A Fan’s Hope Tour Already Cancelled

Fan's Hope Poster

Well, that didn’t take long. Just days after announcing 10 tour dates (and little details) about a series of mini-cons in support of the release “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope,” the documentary about the San Diego Comic Con directed by Morgan Spurlock, word comes via The Beat that the whole tour has been cancelled  due to the typical “circumstances” beyond their control. They also say that Director Morgan Spurlock will be making in-person appearances at many of the theaters.

 

UPDATED: Comic-Con: A Fan’s Hope Tour Promises “The San Diego Experience in Your Home Town”

Comic Con Tour

UPDATE: The tour has been cancelled.

While details are somewhat scarce, a “live pop-culture movie and tour” is being launched in support of “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope,” the documentary about the San Diego Comic Con directed by Morgan Spurlock and produced by the likes of Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, and Harry Knowles. Whether any of them will actually be in attendance at these events remains to be seen, but the promotional material promises “live superstar panels, exclusive footage from upcoming blockbusters, previews of the coolest new toys and collectibles” and “the incredible goodie bag.”

Ten tour dates have been announced so far with more to come:

  • Thu Apr 5 - Atlanta, GA – Cobb Energy PAC
  • Fri Apr 6 - Orlando, FL – UCF Arena
  • Sat Apr 7 - Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami
  • Thu Apr 12 – Rochester, NY – Dome Arena
  • Fri Apr 13 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
  • Sat Apr 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Girard College
  • Sun Apr 15 – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale
  • Thu Apr 19 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
  • Fri Apr 20 – Rosemont, IL – Akoo Theatre
  • Sun Apr 22 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore Detroit

And here is the just released trailer for the film:

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MI – Dagon Signing

Mark Rudolph signs his adaptation of the classic Lovecraft short story on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 4-7pm.

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Green Brain Comics
13210 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126

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