NC – Alters #1 Signing

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Press Release:

Celebrate the release of Alters #1 from Aftershock Comics with a special signing with writer Paul Jenkins at Ssalefish Comics on Saturday September 17th from noon till 3:00 PM. Paul is also the writer of Wolverine Origin, Inhumans, Spider-Man, Hellblazer and so much more. Publisher/Writer Joe Pruett will also be here to sign the super rare Black Eyed Kids #6 variant exclusive to this event. Richard Case, cover artist of the Ssalefish Comics exclusive Alters #1, has a prior obligation but will be NC Comicon in November to sign copies.

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Ssalefish Comics
3242 Silas Creek Parkway STE 20, Winston Salem, NC 27103
(336) 760-9851

Valiant Expands 2016 Convention Tour with Eight New Dates

Valiant 2016 Tour

Press Release:

Valiant’s 2016 Convention Tour Expands with Eight New Dates Across the Country – Beginning at Fan Expo Canada!

Valiant is kicking its coast-to-coast road show into high gear…and getting ready to bring the most critically acclaimed superhero universe in comics today to hundreds of thousands of new fans throughout the US and Canada!

Valiant is proud to announce a new slate of additional dates for the Valiant 2016 Convention Tour – a months-long, nationwide celebration coming soon to a town near you! Continuing at Toronto’s Fan Expo Canada, Valiant’s one-of-a-kind convention set-up is getting ready to roll into Baltimore;Portland; New York City; San Antonio; and more:

Thursday, September 1st – Sunday, September 4th
Fan Expo Canada

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, CA

Friday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 4th
Baltimore Comic-Con 2016

Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

Saturday, September 10th – Sunday, September 11th
Rose City Comic Con

Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 14th
GameStop Expo 2016

Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

Saturday, September 17th  – Sunday, September 18th
Buffalo Comicon

Buffalo Niagra Convention Center
Buffalo, NY

Thursday, October 6th – Sunday, October 9th:
New York City Comic-Con

Jacob Javits Center
New York, NY

Friday, October 28th – Sunday, October 30th
Alamo City Comic Con

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

Friday, November 11th – Sunday, November 13th
NC Comic Con

North Carolina Convention Center
Durham, NC

The year’s industry-leading celebration of your favorite superheroes takes flight in Toronto, CA at Fan Expo Canada 2016! From Thursday, September 1st through Sunday, September 4th, join Valiant at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for a weekend packed with programming, merchandise, and the best-reviewed comics in the industry!

Visit Booth #838 all weekend long to find out why Valiant has captured the nation’s biggest headlines and highest praise – including an unprecedented 50 Harvey Award nominations – with a complete collection of trade paperbacks and hardcovers featuring Valiant’s world-class roster of superheroes and villains, including X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT REBORN, FAITH, DIVINITY, NINJAK, RAI,ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, HARBINGER and more! Then stick around for a universe of high-flying merchandise, including t-shirts and collectibles featuring X-O Manowar, Faith, Bloodshot, and more!

Plus: Get the inside scoop on the most celebrated superhero universe in comics on FridaySeptember 2nd at 3:45 PM in Room #717 with Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here ­– a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters! You’ve seen the reviews, you’ve heard the buzz… Now find out why Valiant Entertainment has taken fans and critics by storm as the most acclaimed comic book publisher! Join us here for a one-of-a-kind introduction to the largest and most acclaimed independent superhero universe in comics! From X-O MANOWAR and FAITH to BLOODSHOT REBORN and DIVINITY, get the stories behind Valiant’s biggest heroes and find out where to jump on board right here with an in-depth tutorial that’s perfect for new fans!

Then, peek into the unbelievable stories charging towards your favorite superheroes on Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00 AM in Room #713 for Valiant: The Future of Valiant and Beyond! Valiant Entertainment is the most acclaimed publisher anywhere in comics today… Now, find out what’s next for powerhouse series like FAITH, GENERATION ZERO, BRITANNIA, BLOODSHOT U.S.A., HARBINGER RENEGADES, SAVAGE, and DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE right here as the future of Valiant starts here with an exclusive round of news and announcements – only at Fan Expo Canada!

As Valiant continues to skyrocket towards the top of the charts, the road to this year’s most exciting announcements, exclusives, and can’t-miss comics begins right here with one of the biggest shows of the year, only at Fan Expo Canada!

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblrInstagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com

NC – ROM Signing Tour

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Writer Christos N. Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Netflix’s Daredevil) tours several stores to sign the NC Comicon variant cover featuring art by Tommy Lee Edwards!

Saturday July 30th 10am-12pm

Ultimate Comics Cary
1301 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 377-8778

Saturday July 30th 1:30pm-3:30pm RSVP on Facebook!

Chapel Hill Comics
316 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
919-967-4439

Saturday July 30th 5pm-6pm

Ultimate Comics
6120-A Farrington Road, Durham, NC 27517
919-960-8107

Sunday July 31st 11am-1pm RSVP on Facebook!

Arkham Comix
3010 Sunset Ave, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
(252) 316-8046

Sunday July 31st 11am-1pm RSVP on Facebook!

Fight or Flight Comics
6675 Falls of Neuse Rd, Ste 015, Raleigh, NC 27615
(984) 242-0039

Morganton Comic Con (December 2016)

Convention Name
Morganton Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.timmymacs.com/
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
12/03/2016
About This Convention
Artist include Matari Bain, Stacey Fleming, Brian Monroe and dozens more of artist that will be attending. Come by and check out their work.You can get your very own sketch from any of these guys!
We will have the 501 Star Wars Brigade, Star Trek Fleet and the Klingon Assault Group as well. Bring your camera!
We will have a huge selection of comics to choose from, Several toy dealers, and lots of other collectibles to choose from as well.
Costume Contest starts at 2pm.
Adult and kids categories !!!!!!!!!!!
Admission to the show is $3.00 entry for adults and $2.00 for children 13 and under at the door. 3 and under are free.a fun filled day for all. Hope to see you there
Venue Name and Address
Collett Street Recreation Center
300 Collett Street
Morganton, NC 28655
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
65
Projected Attendance
800
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Collectibles

NC – Princeless Signing

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Writer Jeremy Whitley (My Little Pony, GlobWorld) appears at Barnes & Noble on Friday July 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign his newest graphic novel: Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 2: Free Women. Go, Girl Power! Who needs a prince? Not this princess!

Barnes & Noble
5400 New Hope Commons, Durham, NC 27707
919-489-3012

Hickory Comic Con (September 2016)

Convention Name
Hickory Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.hickorycon.com/
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
09/24/2016
About This Convention
Artist include Matari Bain, Stacey Fleming, Brian Monroe and dozens more of artist that will be attending. Come by and check out their work.You can get your very own sketch from any of these guys!
We will have the 501 Star Wars Brigade, Star Trek Fleet and the Klingon Assault Group as well. Bring your camera!
We will have alot of the best Comic Book Dealers in the South east attending so you will have alot of comics to choose from, Several toy dealers, and lots of other collectibles to choose from as well.
Costume Contest starts at 2pm.
Adult and kids categories !!!!!!!!!!!
Admission to the show is $5.00 entry for adults and $3.00 for children 13 and under at the door. 3 and under are free.a fun filled day for all. Hope to see you there
Venue Name and Address
Hickory Metro Convention and Visitors’ Bureau
1960 13th Avenue Dr SE
Hickory, NC 28602
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
100
Projected Attendance
1,600
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles

Hickory

NC – Arkham Comix Signing

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Meet Richard Case (Sandman, Preacher, Doom Patrol, Dr. Strange, Black Panther) and Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance, video game artist and cartoonist) at Arkham Comix on Saturday July 9th between 2:00 and 6:00 PM!

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Arkham Comix
3010 Sunset Ave, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
(252) 316-8046

NC – Millarworld Annual 2016 Release Signing

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Press Release:

Chapel Hill Comics welcomes Talent Search Winners Steve Beach and Cliff Bumgardner to the store for a signing of the new Millarworld Annual 2016 on Wednesday, July 13 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM! Get it on the day it comes out! All Proceeds for the comic benefit the Hero Initiative.

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Chapel Hill Comics
316 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
919-967-4439

NC – Yoga Hosers Screening

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Writer/Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) appears at The Carolina Theatre of Durham on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 8:00 PM for a screening of his latest film YOGA HOSERS!

Press Release:

In this pre-release screening of Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers, 15 year old-yoga-nuts Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie love their smartphones and hate their after school job at Manitoban convenience store Eh-2-Zed. But when an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with the legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe to fight for their lives with all seven Chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time. Johnny Depp, Depp the younger and Smith the younger are returning in the roles they created for TUSK.

After the movie is your chance to talk to/yell at director Kevin Smith LIVE in person!

Exclusive Kevin Smith meet & greet packages are available, for details please click here…

**Kevin Smith’s ‘Yoga Hosers’ is rated PG-13. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.

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The Carolina Theatre of Durham
309 W Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-3030

Inkwell Awards 2016 Winners Announced at HeroesCon

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Inkwell Awards 2016 Winners Announced

Inkwell Awards(New Bedford, MA/USA—June 22, 2016) The Inkwell Awards has released the names of the winners of its ninth annual awards for excellence in the art form of comic book inking. As before, nominees were chosen by a separate and independent nomination committee. Voting via live ballot at the non-profit advocacy’s website ran from April 15-30. One winner was chosen in each of five categories based on American-based interior comic-book work cover-dated 2015.

Separately, the Inkwells selected internally the two recipients of the annual Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award and the Special Recognition Award (SRA) category. Winners were contacted and some invited guests were present to receive their trophies at North Carolina’s Heroes Con, the host show for the Inkwells, for the sixth live ceremony on Friday, June 17. Winners and nominees are listed below, along with the percentage of vote received, where applicable.

FAVORITE INKER: Joe Prado (24.5%)
(Batman ’66 The Lost Episode; Cyborg [DC Comics]). Other nominees: Wade von Grawbadger (23.7), Scott Hanna (22%), Danny Miki (20.4%) and Karl Kesel (9.4%).

MOST-ADAPTABLE INKER: Walden Wong (26.8%)
(Earth 2: World’s End; Justice League Dark [DC]; Wolverines; A-Force [Marvel]).Other nominees: Norm Rapmund (20.2%), Scott Hanna (18.3%), Jonathan Glapion (14.4%), Wade von Grawbadger (12.8%) and Jay Leisten (7.5%).

PROPS (inker deserving of more attention): Wade Von Grawbadger (22.6%)
(All-New Captain America; Spider-Man [Marvel]; Justice League of America; Legends of the Dark Knight [DC]; Astro City [Vertigo/DC]).
Other nominees: Eber Ferreira (20.5%), Danny Miki (13.5%), Juan Vlasco (10.8%), Mark Irwin (9.8%), Jonathan Glapion (9.4%), Stefano Gaudiano (8.4%) and Sean Parsons (5.1%).

S.P.A.M.I. (Small Press and Mainstream Independent): Stefano Gaudiano (37%)
(The Walking Dead, Manifest Destiny [Image]). Other nominees: Jordi Tarragona (17.6%), Cliff Rathburn (16.6%), Ryan Winn (16.6%) and Rich Koslowski (12.2%).

ALL-IN-ONE (pencilling and inking together): Jason Fabok (37%)
(Justice League[DC]). Other nominees: Fiona Staples (17.7%), Erik Larsen (13.7%), Franchesco Francavilla (9.6%), Terry Moore (8.2%), Paul Gulacy (8.0%) and Ben Dewey (5.8%).

THE SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD: Vince Colletta. Other nominees: Allen Milgrom, Jack Abel (tie for runner-up), Violet Barclay (aka Valerie Smith), Gary Martin and Dave Simons.

THE JOE SINNOTT HALL OF FAME: Frank Giacoia and Josef Rubenstein. Other nominees: Bob McLeod and Jerry Ordway (tie for runner-up), Dan Adkins, John Beatty and Ernie Chan (aka Chua).

Joe Sinnott, the award’s namesake and first recipient, made a statement in April regarding this year’s inductees:

“I was quite pleased to hear that the Inkwell Awards has selected two very deserving inkers into the Hall of Fame class of 2016: Frank Giacoia and Jose Rubinstein.

Frank was a fabulous inker and a good friend of mine, who left us much too soon. It was always a pleasure meeting up with Frank at shows and spending time with him. Frank’s smooth, thick line graced the pages of virtually every Marvel title. I really enjoyed Frank’s inking over Jack Kirby on Captain America. Like myself, we pretty much inked the Marvel Universe.

Joe is an outstanding inker and portrait artist as well.
I absolutely am honored by the great job he did in capturing my likeness for the cover of the 2nd Annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge. I once pencilled a piece that Joe inked for The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Index collection. At that time Joe was doing all these Marvel Universe books and he told me that he had actually worked on more Marvel characters than I had. Joe also did some great background inks on the Superman Vs. Spider-Man Treasury Edition that I inked over John Buscema.

It is wonderful that Frank and Joe are the recipients of the 2016 Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award. These two superb artists make the already great list of Hall of Famers even more elite.

Thank you to the Inkwell’s committee for electing them, and thanks to everyone for their continued support of the Inkwell Awards.

Joe Sinnott

In cooperation with Special Inkwell Ambassador and award-winning author J. David Spurlock, the ceremony kicked off with a special appearance by industry legend Jim Steranko who discussed the artform of comic-book inking, his related experiences in the medium, and its artists, including Joe Sinnott and Frank Giacoia. Inkwell Awards founder and director Bob Almond acted as both ceremony host and presenter, joined by hostess “Ms. Inkwell,” as portrayed by Holly Black. Artist Breno Tamura accepted Joe Prado’s award as a pre-recorded video of Prado’s acceptance speech was played. Guest speaker, artist-writer Mike Grell, spoke for Rubinstein. Writer Todd Dezago spoke for Giacoia, and statements from their respective families, including for Vince Colletta, were read. Silver Inkwell trophies were presented to three nomination committee members who served five years: Michele Witchipoo, Bob Bretall and Johnny B. Gerardy. All acceptance statements from the winners can be found in the “Results” section of the Inkwell Awards’ website in the near future.

The Inkwell Awards is the only existing, official 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize and award the best ink artists and their work. The organization is overseen by a committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

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