OH – Cartoon Crossroads Signing

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Laughing Ogre Comics hosts a benefit signing in conjunction with Cartoon Crossroads Columbus on Saturday August 27, 2016!

Jeff Smith will be signing the new Bone: Coda from Noon until 2:00 PM.

Ken Eppstein, Rich Trask, and Steve Hamaker will be signing from Noon until 3:00 PM.

Lauren McCallister, Tom Williams, Dara Naraghi, and Noah Van Sciver will be signing from 3:00 until 6:00 PM. That’s a lot of talent for just one day! An exclusive print and other items will be available to support Cartoon Crossroads Columbus!

RSVP on Facebook!

Laughing Ogre Comics
4258 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 267-6473

Planet Comicon Kansas City 2017 Dates Announced

Planet Comicon, Kansas City logoPress Release:

Planet Comicon Kansas City will return to Bartle Hall on April 28-30, 2017. The event is one of the nation’s largest comic book and pop culture expos. The 2016 show drew more than 70,000 attendees to downtown Kansas City, MO. Fans of superheroes, science fiction, and fantasy gathered to collect celebrity autographs, meet comic book creators, explore vendor tables, participate in cosplay events, attend hundreds of hours of programming, and connect with fellow fan

Guest announcements and ticketing details for 2017 will be announced in the coming weeks. “Planet Comicon Kansas City is all about the fans, and we’re planning the biggest, most exciting show ever for 2017,” said Planet Comicon CEO and Founder, Chris Jackson. “The challenge is always to top the previous year.”

Highlights from the 2016 show included a salute to Marvel pioneer Stan Lee during which Kansas City Mayor Sly James issued a proclamation designating “Stan Lee Day in Kansas City.” In addition, the world’s best pop culture writers and artists filled Bartle Hall with their diverse and impressive work; celebrities and special guests spent hours signing autographs and taking photos with their dedicated fans; and a couple celebrated their love for Planet Comicon Kansas City by getting married at the event to kickoff the convention weekend.

For more information about the 2017 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

Spooky Empire gets Strange!

MBB_spookyIf you haven’t heard of the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, you must be living in the Upside Down. 

We are excited to announce that MILLIE BOBBY BROWN will be appearing at Spooky Empire, October 8 & 9th, 2 days only!

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN currently stars as “Eleven” on “Stranger Things”. She’s also appeared as “Young Alice” in the ABC Once Upon A time spin off, “Once Upon A Time in Wonderland”, plus “Intruders”, “Modern Family” and “NCIS”.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet MILLIE BOBBY BROWN at Spooky Empire in Orlando, FL, October 8-9, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center.

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available but moving fast! Get ’em while you can. WE WILL HAVE A PRE SALE FOR AUTOGRAPHS AND PHOTO OPS in the next week or two.

For more info visit us at www.spookyempire.com

Spooky Empire gets Weird!

Weird Al Spooky Empire“WEIRD AL” Yankovic is coming to Spooky Empire, October 7-9, 2016 in Orlando, FL.

Not that he needs much of an introduction, but you probably remember him for his pop culture parody songs and polka medleys such as “Eat It”, “White & Nerdy”, “Smells Like Nirvana”, “My Bologna”, “Like A Surgeon” and so many more.
“WEIRD AL” also has countless TV and film appearances including “UHF”, “The Simpsons”, “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy”, “The Goldbergs”, “Adventure Time”, “Gravity Falls” and don’t forget he was in Rob Zombie’s “Halloween 2”!

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet “WEIRD AL” at Spooky Empire in Orlando, FL, October 7-9, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center.

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available but moving fast! Get ’em while you can.

For more info visit us at www.spookyempire.com

Panel Schedule for Baltimore Comic Con 2016

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The 17th annual Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of September 2-4, 2016. Tickets are available now for General Admission, VIP, and Harvey Awards! As is the case every year, we have received a steady stream of requests for our Panel schedule — details are now ready for release, and we’re really excited to share them with you!

Friday will feature a panel on our 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook featuring the cast of Archie Comics, a spotlight on J.M. DeMatteis, and numerous panels featuring some of the industry’s largest publishers including DC, IDW, and Valiant Entertainment!

Saturday, publisher panels include Marvel, BOOM! Studios, and Archie, spotlight panels on Joe Giella, Al Jaffee, John McCrea, Guest of Honor Kevin Eastman, and media guests Candice Patton, Kristian Nairn, and Sean Astin, and a drawing demonstration from Adam Hughes.

Sunday, learn about the connection between music and comics, world building, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and attend spotlights on Steve Englehart, Howard Chaykin, Soman Chainani, and media guest Hayley Atwell!

We also continue our series of cosplay-oriented panels throughout the weekend, featuring topics of interest to both participants and spectators alike.

And, of course, don’t let your children miss the excitement scheduled for the Kids Love Comics Pavilion!

FRIDAY SEPT. 2ND

(Please note, all times and panels shown are subject to change.)

 Room 339-342

2:30-3:30 – Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here!

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!

3:45-4:45 – DC Comics: Rebirth

Moderator: Dan DiDio

Talent: Keith Giffen, Tom King, Hope Larson, Paul Levitz, Yanick Paquette, James Tynion IV

DC Comics is the talk of fandom, thanks to Rebirth, Hanna Barbera, and overall, great storytelling! Find out what’s new and upcoming from some of your favorite key DC Comics contributors whose unique voices add to the DC Comics experience!

5:00-6:00 – IDW Publishing: The Big Panel!

Come experience the latest from IDW! Join VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, along with the legendary Walter Simonson and other surprise guests as they detail current plans, awesome futuristic plans, and much more. Prizes, announcements, and Q & A! More than that too, but what else do you need?

Room 343-344

2:30-3:30 – J.M. DeMatteis Spotlight

Award-winning writer J.M. DeMatteis began his career in the late-’70s working on DC Comics’ horror line of books. In 1980, he moved over to Marvel, where he worked onThe Defenders and Captain America. He is currently working with long-time collaborator, Keith Giffen on DC’s Scooby Apocalypse, as well as The Adventures of the Augusta Wind Vol. 2: The Last Story and The Last One from IDW Publishing. Join DeMatteis, along with moderator Robert Greenberger, for a look back at his amazing career!

3:45-4:45 – Power Pack Panel

The Power children – Alex, Julie, Jack, and Katie -have an encounter with a spaceship and become the super team, Power Pack! Power Pack was a surprise hit for Marvel in the 1980s and the characters remain popular today. Join creators Louise Simonson and June Brigman for a fond look back at the early days of Power Pack!

5:00-6:30 – Drawing with Allison Sohn

Join Allison Sohn as she takes a penciled drawing all the way through to a finished color portrait using Copic Markers and other tools. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions while Allison works, and have some fun while picking up some pointers and new tricks!

Room 345-346

2:30-3:30 – Cosplay 101

Who should you cosplay? How do you put a costume together? What about props? What should you know your first time out on the con floor as a cosplayer? Come learn from cosplay veterans about how to get started, how to put your costume together, and some great tips for strutting your stuff.

3:45-4:45 – Ray VS. Rob Presents: Crucial Crisis Comics!

Ray and Rob are back and CRAZIER than ever! They will fight…we mean debate comics and movies 2016, and they will be introducing CRUCIAL CRISIS COMICS! The upstart independent comic company! What are they about? What do they offer? Find out with Ray VS. Rob!

5:00-6:00 – Sewing Patterns

Ever have trouble finding a pattern for a costume you’re making? Do you break out into a cold sweat when you pull pattern pieces out of an envelope? Does the idea of modifying a pattern overwhelm you? Put a stop to the fear–Han is here to teach you about sewing patterns, how to read and use them, and tips and tricks for modifying your patterns.

Room 347-348

2:30-3:30 – Making Comics: Behind the Scenes

Ever wonder how your favorite monthly comics are made? It’s a team effort with plenty of challenges. Learn what everyone does and why, from editor to writer, penciller, inker, and colorist. A panel of pros will walk you through how a book is made, what the challenges are, and where the magic happens. Panelists include: writer Amy Chu (DC Comics/Vertigo), artist Dominike Stanton, inker Mark Morales (Spider-Man, Thor), and writer/editor Louise Simonson.

3:45-4:45 – The Archie Comics: Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook Panel!

Artists from across the industry have come together to put their spin on the Archie characters for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook! Learn about how Archie and the gang have impacted their lives and why everyone’s favorite teens are flexible enough to be drawn in any style! Join designer Thom Zahler and artists Andrew Pepoy, Brandon Peterson, Steve Conley, Barry Kitson, and Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito for this Archie art showcase panel!

5:00-6:00 – The Pulp Roots of Comics

Before Bruce Wayne saw his first bat, millionaire playboys, scientists, detectives, and athletes fought against the forces of evil in the dime pulp magazines. Reading these inspired the first generation of comic book creators, so join Howard Chaykin, Paul Levitz, and Ron Marz in a lively discussion of what made them tick and why those heroes endure today. Moderated by Robert Greenberger.

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

4:00-5:00 –  Drawing Cartoon Werewolves with Chris Flick

Vampires seem to be the “cool” monsters these days. Werewolves never get any love. But Chris Flick will show you step-by-step how to create a lovable, cute cartoon werewolf using suggestions from the crowd!

5:00-6:00 – Cosplay Crafts with Gina Super Sox

Gina makes clothing for superheroes to wear! Okay, they are everyday folks dressed as superheroes, but she makes them look super. The seamstress of Super Sox Shop will discuss making clothing and fabric crafts. She’ll also help you design your own felt superhero symbol to take home and attach to a shirt or cape

SATURDAY SEPT. 3RD

(Please note, all times and panels shown are subject to change.)

Room 339-342

11:00-12:00 – Archie Comics: 75 Years of Storytelling

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Archie and the gang in this must-see panel featuring writers and artists from your favorite Archie Comics! Join Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito, Archie writer Mark Waid, Betty & Veronica writer/artist Adam Hughes, and Afterlife With Archie artist Francesco Francavilla for a look back on what has made Archie great for 75 years and a look ahead at what’s coming next!

12:15-1:15 – Tom King and Jamie S. Rich in Conversation

The Sheriff of Babylon is the amazing tale of mystery and intrigue set in Baghdad in 2003. Drawing on his personal experiences, writer Tom King spins an engrossing tale. King sits down with Vertigo Group Editor Jamie S. Rich to discuss the series, making comics, and their respective careers.

1:30-2:30 – Kevin Eastman Spotlight

Kevin Eastman is the co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a publisher, a supporter of creator rights, and so much more. Join our Guest of Honor for a revealing look at his amazing career!

2:45-3:45 – Al Jaffee Spotlight

For decades, Al Jaffee got readers to crease the back cover of Mad Magazine to find the secret behind his Mad Fold-Ins, gave readers “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions”, is the subject of the biography Al Jaffee’s Mad Life, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Learn more about the man and his work as we turn the spotlight on the Reuben Award-winning cartoonist!

4:00-5:00 – The Marvel Panel

Civil War II has ended and it’s a new era of Marvel NOW! What’s next for some of your favorite Marvel characters and team? Join Greg Pak, Charles Soule, Ed McGuinness, and Mark Waid for an exciting look at the Marvel Universe!

5:15-6:45 – Monetize YOUR Comics – LINE WEBTOON Discover

Making comics and you can too! LINE Webtoon’s Tom Akel will walk you through how to publish and monetize your own IP on the Discover platform and Patreon’s Heather Wilder will provide details on a new partnership between LINE Webtoon and Patreon and how creators can take advantage of a new Webtoon creator investment program. Hear from creators who have published their work through Discover while building huge audiences, including Kaitlyn Narvaza (Siren’s Lament, Where Tangents Meet), Boredman (Apocalyptic Horseplay/UndeadEd) and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook).

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00 – Drawing Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs remain fascinating in popular culture from films (King Kong, Jurassic Park) to novels (The Lost World, Jurassic Park) to comics (Xenozoic Tales, Devil Dinosaur). Join artists Mark Schultz, Eric Powell, Walter Simonson, and Frank Cho as they discuss bringing these prehistoric beasts to life on the page! Moderated by Robert Greenberger.

12:15-1:15 – The Process of Writing

One of the big questions asked of writers is “how do you do it?” That’s difficult to answer because there are many ways to write. Join writers J.M. DeMatteis, Paul Storrie, Amy Chu, Mark Waid, and Hope Larson as they discuss how they write. Moderated by Robert Greenberger.

1:30-2:30 – Valiant: The Future of Valiant and Beyond

With a record-setting 50 Harvey Award nominations, Valiant Entertainment is the most acclaimed publisher anywhere in comics today. Now, find out what’s next for powerhouse series like Faith, Generation Zero, BritanniaBloodshot U.S.A.Harbinger Renegades, Savage, and Divinity III: Stalinverse right here with an all-star cast of panelists including Fred Van Lente (Generation Zero) and B. Clay Moore (Savage)! The future of Valiant starts here with an exclusive round of news and announcements – only at Baltimore Comic-Con!

2:45-3:45 – BOOM! Studios: Discover New Worlds

Love reading compelling, forward-thinking comics? Interested in finding out how multiple-award-winning top 10 publisher, BOOM! Studios, has spent over a decade committed to telling great stories and nurturing talent? Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing) discusses with creators Hope Larson (Goldie Vance), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), James Asmus (Kong of Skull Island), and Frank Cho (Skybourne) how they explore the ever-changing comics landscape, their newest stories, and the types of projects needed in the industry.

4:00-5:00 – John McCrea Spotlight

You know John McCrea from his work on The Demon, Hitman, Mars Attacks!, and much more. This is his only convention appearance in the U.S. this year, so don’t miss this opportunity to hear this fantastic artist talk about art and comics!

5:15-6:15 – Draw with Adam Hughes

Join Adam Hughes while his wife Allison Sohn helps narrate his process of going from a blank sheet of paper to a completed grayscale sketch using Warm and Cool Gray Copic markers and other tools. Adam and Allison will endeavor to answer your questions and share tips and tricks while Adam draws.

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00 – Cosplay on a Budget

You know you want to cosplay, but how can you do it without draining your wallet? Come check out some simple and creative tips and tricks for maintaining a budget while making epic cosplay.

12:15-1:15 – Building Foam Armor

Join us as we discuss how to use EVA and craft foam to enhance your costume fabrication! This lightweight and inexpensive material is a perfect resource for the beginning cosplayer. In this introductory level panel, learn the steps to creating your own cosplay armor as we discuss patterns, sealing, and strapping.

1:30-2:30 – DIY Cosplay

As cosplay has grown, many have seen very elaborate cosplay that may cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Many do not realize however that sometimes, many of the tools and props needed to cosplay we either have right at home or can be made on our own. In this panel, we will talk about how some cosplays that we want to make may be right under our nose. Hosted by Harry Crosland.

2:45-3:45 – Visionary Panel: Super-Powers Gone Wild!!

Visionary announces its first Kickstarter MEGA Project – a huge anthology collection of stories of super-powers gone wild, by a dream list of top creators! What happens when a superhuman plague sweeps the planet, thousands of people gaining powers but those powers are out of control? Is it the dawn of a Golden Age, or the final day of life as we know it? Get an epic comics event in one volume! Join a select group of these top creators for the first glimpse of this event and get in on the adventure!

EXCLUSIVE: Attend and get an exclusive chance to be involved in this project in a way no one else will! Can you help shape a world? 

Confirmed: C. Edward Sellner, Gary Cohn, Ron Marz, Steve Ellis, Lee Moder

4:00-5:00 – Changing Roles of Editors

Editing is one of the least understood aspects of comics. Now’s your opportunity to learn more as well as how comic editing has changed over the years! Join past and current editors Paul Levitz, Louise Simonson, John Workman, Archie’s Mike Pellerito, and BOOM!’s Dafna Pleban as they look at the role of the editor.

5:15-6:15 – Darwyn Cooke Tribute

This past year, comics lost one of its modern greats and the Baltimore Comic-Con lost a friend. Join Frank Tieri, Billy Tucci, Dirk Wood, J.G. Jones, and more for this tribute to Darwyn Cooke.

Room 347-348

11:00-12:00 – New Mutants Panel

You couldn’t go wrong with Marvel’s Merry Mutants in the ’80s and ’90s, and one of the most popular teams was the New Mutants! Join writer Louise Simonson and artist Bret Blevins as they share stories of their time together on the book!

12:15-1:15 – The PERHAPANAUTS

Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau, John and Cat Rousseau talk with famous chupacabra adventurer CHOOPIE about his life as a member of the secret team, The Perhapanauts, and about their recent journeys INTO HOLLOW EARTH!

1:30-2:30 – Joe Giella Spotlight

Joe Giella is one of the grand masters of comics and is known to his fans for his classic work on The Flash, Green Lantern, Batman, and more, including drawing the Mary Worth comic strip! Don’t pass up the opportunity to hear about Giella’s life and work from the man himself! Moderated by Robert Greenberger. Sponsored by The Hero Initiative, booth 1501.

2:45-3:45 – The Fifth Beatle: Exclusive TV Pilot Reading

A reading of scenes from The Fifth Beatle TV pilot script, adapted from the award-winning graphic novel based on the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and shooting in 2017. This will be followed by a discussion of the process of adaptation, using the selected readings to highlight and explore how the TV series will be both similar and different to the hit graphic novel. Additionally, exclusive new Kyle Baker art from the The Fifth Beatle: Expanded Edition graphic novel (Dark Horse / in stores Oct 25) will be revealed. Moderated by Patrick Reed.

4:00-5:00 – The Chaykin & Cho Show

Howard Chaykin (Midnight of the Soul, American Flagg!) and Frank Cho (Skybourne,Totally Awesome Hulk) sit down to talk about anything and everything! Join them for what is sure to be an amazing hour of outrageous conversation!

5:15-6:15 – Comics Creators Consuming Coffee: Baltimore Edition

Coffee keeps creators running. Popular comics creators discuss their work was they sample the world’s strongest coffee while chatting about their favorite foods and comics. With Amy Chu (writer Poison Ivy, KISS), Christy Blanch, Ron Marz, and Laura Martin.

Ballroom (4th Floor)

11:30 – Candice Patton Spotlight

Candice Patton can be seen as investigative reporter Iris West on The CW series The Flash! Don’t miss this spotlight panel as we look at Ms. Patton’s journey from The Young and The Restless to Central City!

12:30 – Kristian Nairn Spotlight

Kristian Nairn is best known for fan favorite Hodor on HBO’s Game of Thrones, but he’s also an accomplished DJ! Join Mr. Nairn for this look at his work in acting and music.

1:30 – Sean Astin Spotlight

Sean Astin is an actor well known for his work in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, and the title character of Rudy. He also voices Raphael on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And that’s just scratching the surface of his remarkable career! We turn the spotlight on this accomplished actor.

3:00 – Costume Contest (Adults)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

11:00-12:00 – Create Your Own Superhero Symbol with Carolyn Belefski

Every hero needs a logo! Many superheroes have personal branding on their outfits and My Little Pony characters even have cutie marks! Join artist and designer Carolyn Belefski and learn how to incorporate graphic design elements to create an icon and establish your own powerful visual identity.

12:00-1:00 – Mark Mariano Presents Scribble Scramble!

Eight artists chosen from the crowd compete in a series of quick-thinking drawing quests for the ultimate prize: The Scribble Scramble Championship belt. Your doodling destiny awaits.

1:00-2:00 – Illustrating The School for Good and Evil: the Ever Never Handbook with Michael Blank

Draw your favorite fairy tales! Meet Michael Blank, the illustrator of The School for Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook, and learn how to draw a beloved character from Soman Chainani’s series. One lucky child artist who participates will win a copy of The Ever Never Handbook!

2:00-3:00 – A Cat Named Haiku Papermask Workshop with Mark Poulton

Create your own A Cat Named Haiku papermask with series creator, Mark Poulton. Kids will be able to create, color, and cut out their own papermasks of the lovable haiku loving feline, who is soon to star in his own animated series of shorts on Hooplakidz. A Cat Named Haiku masks will be provided for all kids, as well as crayons, markers, scissors, tape and popsiclesticks.

3:00-4:00 – Superhero University with Chris O>Matic and Franco (OPEN TO FIRST 50 KIDS)

You won’t be able to fly and it won’t give you super powers, but you will learn all the ins and outs of superheroics from the industry’s top professors. PLUS you’ll have fun making your own cape and superhero mask! Come to this workshop as a kid, leave as a superhero!

4:00-5:00 –  Let’s go Lego! With John Gallagher

Cartoonist, John Gallagher, teaches you how to draw Lego versions of your favorite characters.

5:00-6:00 – Alien Art with Dawn Griffin

The Kids Love Comics Pavilion will be transformed into an alien factory when cartoonist, Dawn Griffin, shows you easy ways to draw wacky aliens

SUNDAY SEPT. 4TH

(Please note, all times and panels shown are subject to change)

Room 339-342

10:45-11:45 – American Mythology Panel

American Mythology is proud to have our first convention panel right here in our home town of Baltimore! Join an incredible list of creators, including Mark Wheatley, S.L. Gallant, Mike Wolfer, Matt Slay, Pat Shand, and S.A. Check as they discuss all the awesome new comics coming up this fall and winter! From The Pink Panther to Stargate Atlantis to The Three Stooges, the characters and creations we are publishing are made by fans for fans! Come find out what our next classic properties and new original comics will be right here at Baltimore Comic-Con!

12:00-1:00 – Fairy Tales And Fantasy: Spotlight On Soman Chainani

Calling all fans of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and other thrilling fantasy! Can’t get enough of Hogwarts or magic? Interested in the real stories behind famous fairy tales? Join Soman as he delves into the world of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series, a deep adventure into the darker side of fairy tales for ALL ages. You’ll also learn about student life and find out whether you’re Good or Evil with our special entrance test. Giveaways and prizes included!

1:30-2:30 – AfterShock Panel

Come meet the creative forces behind AfterShock Comics as they unveil new secrets about their exciting new creator-owned publishing line!

2:45-3:45 – The Baltimore Academy of Illustration

The Baltimore Academy of Illustration is a small, independent school that focuses on all things illustration and kicks ass while doing it. Helmed by Alex Fine, Scott Fuqua, and Greg Houston– three working illustrators with a combined 75 years in the profession– and staffed by amazing new faculty members, Erica Ostrowski, Julianna Brion, Taylor Callery, Meredith Burke, and the amazing ladies of paperBase (Emily and Sarah), BAI offers a comprehensive illustration education by focusing on images that communicate– whether individual or sequential– and putting our students first. Our faculty discusses the ins and outs of the illustration industry. From editorial to comics and everything in between.

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00 – Stranger Comics: How to Take an Idea from Concept to Comic Creation (Without Selling Your Soul)!

Stranger Comics CEO Sebastian A. Jones offers insight on how to take an idea from concept to creation. Using sneak peeks from upcoming comic release Vampire Hunter D, alongside acclaimed NIOBE: She is Life and TV show The Untamed, and firsthand experience, he will share tips and tools.

12:15-1:15 – Worlds to Build

Building a new world for comic characters to inhabit takes skill and planning. J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, Walter Simonson, and Fabian Nicieza along with moderator Paul Levitz talk about the power of world building.

1:30-2:30 – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: It’s Morphin Time!

In January, BOOM! Studios launched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a new comic book series based on Saban Brands’ hit ’90s live-action children’s TV series about a group of ordinary teenagers who “morphed” into superheroes to save the world from evil. Join Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing), cover artist Goñi Montes, and Editor Dafna Pleban as they talk about the series, the spinoff Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual, and the everlasting popularity of these “teenagers with attitude.”

2:45-3:45 – Visionary Panel: The Weird West

Take a ride on the WEIRD side of the Old West, with this star-studded creator panel hosted by Visionary! From Deadlands to Jonah Hex to The Sixth Gun, the weird west has been a place of Cowboys, Indians, Mad Scientists, and supernatural creatures of the night! There’s no place quite like the open desert and isolated towns of the wild west to set dark tales of gunfights and horror. Get the lowdown on great projects out, and more to come from the creators behind them!

Confirmed: C. Edward Sellner, Ron Marz, Steve Ellis, Lee Moder

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00 – Black Mask Comics: Debuting Tomorrow’s Legends

Fresh off a dazzling 2015 with breakout books Space Riders, We Can Never Go Home, and Young Terrorists, Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Join Black Mask co-founder Matt Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller) and creators Kwanza Osajyefo (upcoming Black), Tini Howard (upcoming The Skeptics), Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank), Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk Into A Bank), and more special guests for a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics and how YOU can be a part of it.

12:15-1:15 – Howard Chaykin Spotlight

Howard Chaykin (The Shadow, Blackhawk, Dominic Fortune, and lots more) and a microphone. That’s the recipe for a great panel. This is sure to be a fascinating panel as Chaykin talks about whatever the heck he wants to!

1:30-2:30 – Steve Englehart Spotlight

He’s written character defining runs of Detective Comics and Doctor Strange. He created Star Lord and Mantis. He’s written about Coyotes and Foozles. The character’s he’s written read like a who’s who of superheroes. And he’s also a novelist! Join us for this amazing look at the career of Steve Englehart!

2:45-3:45 – Diversity in Comics

For thousands of years, people of all races and backgrounds were depicted in artwork, whether it’s on cave walls, folding screens, maps, or paintings. People wanting to see themselves reflected in their art and comics are no exception and in this panel, we’ll be speaking on why showing the real world in comics, good, bad, and ugly, is so important. Hosted by Belle Burr.

Room 347-348

11:00-12:00 – Media Comics

There are many comics published that originated in other forms of media. Join Bob Greenberger, Louise Simonson, John Layman, Joe Harris, Thom Zahler, and Amy Chu as they discuss the trials and tribulations of moving other media into comics. Moderated by Christina Blanch.

12:15-1:15 – Ominous Press Returns!

In the 1990s, Ominous Press made a splash as Bart Sears and his collaborators created a universe of heroic adventure. Now, Ominous Press is reborn and releasing new material. Learn what’s coming up with creators Bart Sears, Ron Marz, Andy Smith, Tom Raney, and Publisher Sean HusVar, and receive a free preview comic!

1:30-2:30 – Music and Comic Books

Comic books are silent – no music. But what about comic book creators? Join Charles Soule, J. M. DeMatteis, Amy Chu, and karaoke king James Tynion as they discuss how music influences them and their creativity. Moderated by Christina Blanch.

2:45-3:45 – Animation Panel

You may not know it, but some of your favorite comic artists have also worked in animation! Join Bret Blevins and Mike Manley as they discuss their animation work and how it connects to their work in comics.

Ballroom (4th Floor)

12:00-1:00 – Michael Rowe Spotlight

Michael Rowe is probably best known as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot in the CW’s Arrow and The Flash. He has also appeared in Tomorrowland and is an accomplished musician. We turn the spotlight on this hot, young actor in a can’t-miss panel.

1:00-2:00 – Hayley Atwell Spotlight

Hayley Atwell first appeared as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, and reprised the role in other films and for two seasons on ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter. This fall she can be seen in the new ABC series Conviction. Join us for this lively look at Ms. Atwell’s career!

2:30 – Costume Contest (Kids)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

11:00-12:00 – Making Comics With A Dog’s Life with Chris Otto and Ben Taylor

Do you have a funny idea for a comic strip? Chris Otto and Ben Taylor are the minds behind the popular webcomic, A Dog’s Life. They’ll share their insight on creating comic strips and the audience will work with them to create a comic strip.

12:00-1:00 – Draw a Little Dream hosted by Chris O>Matic with Kurt Wood and Justin Castaneda

Chris O>Matic interviews kids and parents about their strangest dreams. Professional artists bring their dreams to life on the drawing board.

1:00-2:00 – The School for Good and Evil Book Signing Event with author Soman Chainani and illustrator Michael Blank

2:30-3:30 – A Piggy’s Tale Comic Reading and Drawing! with Piggy and Tod Emko

Join Tod Emko for a live reading of A Piggy’s Tale, the universally loved all-ages comic. Piggy the Three-Legged Super Pup will be present to greet his public and model as the audience draws the heroic canine. If Piggy likes the drawing, the child will receive the first issue of A Piggy’s Tale! All participants will have their photos taken with their drawings for the piggytale.com website.

3:30-4:30 – The Imagination Aquarium with Jamar Nicholas

Ever find yourself stuck for cartoon ideas? Put on your wetsuit and dive into the IMAGINATION AQUARIUM, where cartoonist Jamar Nicholas will help you catch ideas in your net and create awesome cartoons!

As an added feature this year, in support of our hearing-impaired fans and attendees, the Baltimore Comic-Con will have ASL interpreters available at the 2016 panels.

KS – TMNT Co-Creator Signings

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Kevin Eastman, the legendary co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, comes to Lawrence for a day filled with fun activities for the whole family on Saturday August 27, 2016!

It all kicks off at 10:00am at the Lawrence Public Library for a FREE, kids only workshop. He’ll talk about how to create your own comic, finding inspiration, character creation and tips on how to draw in your own style. Kids are welcome to come in costume and bring their own drawing pads.

Later he will be at Boom Comics celebrating their one year anniversary. Starting at 2:30 Kevin will be signing autographs and memorabilia. Tickets for this event are $30 and include three signatures per person. Tickets are limited, and will go on sale August 15th at Boom.

Also appearing at Boom are comic creators Ande Parks, Jai Nitz, Chris Grine, Greg Smallwood, Kyle Strahm, and Buster Moody!

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BOOM Comics
2429 Iowa Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66046
(785) 856-2709

Lawrence Public Library
707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS 66044
(785)843-3833

MICE 2016 Celebrates Indie Comics on Halloween Weekend

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Press Release:

MICE is back! On October 29th and 30th independent graphic novelists and cartoonists will converge on University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge’s Porter Square. The event is free, family friendly, and offers a weekend of activities as the Boston area’s only show dedicated to independent and alternative comics.

MICE attendees are invited to discover their new favorite comic books from over 150 local comic creators. The exhibition area at MICE will present a wide range of art and books: hand-made mini-comics and zines, anthologies, graphic novels, art prints, and sketches. Panel discussions will provide insightful conversations about the world of contemporary comics and graphic novels. Artists will share techniques, tips, and tricks for creating your own comics in a variety of workshops for all ages and skill levels. Sunday’s “Kids Comics Day” workshops are especially geared toward younger readers and budding cartoonists.

000000000000000-faith-erin-hicksMICE has announced its first guest creator: FAITH ERIN HICKS! Faith is a prolific Canadian cartoonist who started making comics “for fun” in 1999 with her webcomic Demonology 101. The first book in her new fantasy graphic novel trilogy The Nameless City was published by First Second Books earlier this year. Faith was initially inspired to create comics by the real world situations and identifiable characters of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Although she majored in animation, Faith loves comics because she can do all aspects of the production. She has a great enthusiasm for manga, which inspires the action scenes she draws.

Since her start Faith has created an large collection of graphic novels both as a sole creator and collaborating illustrator, including Zombies Calling, The War at Ellsmere, Brain Camp, Friends with Boys, and Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. The Adventures of Superhero Girl won her an Eisner Award in 2014 for Best Publication for Kids. Currently she is working on the second book from The Nameless City series along with an original prose novel for Roaring Books called Comics Will Break Your Heart.

MICE will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 29th, 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, October 30th, 11 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. Details at the website: www.micexpo.org

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Valiant Expands 2016 Convention Tour with Eight New Dates

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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

Sean Maher to Attend Grand Rapids Comic-Con 2016

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Press Release:

“Firefly”, “Arrow” Veteran Sean Maher To Attend Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Sean Maher is well known to television and film audiences for his role as ‘Dr. Simon Tam’ in Joss Whedon’s feature Serenity. The film was based on the critically acclaimed TV series “Firefly”.

He moved to Los Angeles after landing the coveted title role in the FOX drama “Ryan Caufield: Year One.” Upon the cancellation of that series Maher secured a holding deal with FOX and collaborated with the network on the well loved series “Party Of Five” as well as Darren Star’s “The $treet”. Additional TV credits include “The Mentalist”, “Human Target,” and “Warehouse 13”.

In 2011 while playing closeted gay man Sean Beasely in 1960s Chicago on NBC’s provocative “The Playboy Club” Maher used the role as a platform to come out publicly as a gay man himself. Entertainment Weekly graciously covered the story and Maher regards that decision as one of the highlights of his professional career.

Sean most recently appeared in the season two finale of “Looking” for HBO, directed by Andrew Haigh. Additionally, he was seen recurring as Mark Scheffer (aka Shrapnel) on the hit series “Arrow” for The CW. Maher won praise for his portrayal of ‘Don John’ in Joss Whedon’s feature film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and can be seen starring in the upcoming indie sci-fi feature ISRA-88. He is also the voice of ‘Nightwing’ for the Warner Bros / DC Comics animated universe, including Batman Vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood, and Justice League Vs. The Teen Titans.

Maher can also be found on the internet playing himself in the web series “Con Man” starring fellow “Firefly” alumni Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion.

“We are pretty thrilled that Sean is coming to the show,” said event director Mark Hodges. “Guests from ‘Firefly’ are requested by the fan base all the time, and it is great that we are able to help fill that need this year. In addition, his roles in ‘Arrow’ and the DC Comics animated films also fit in quite well with the Grand Rapids Comic-Con so we are really looking forward to his appearance.”

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on October 21-23, 2016, at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Other TV and movie celebrities attending include “Game Of Thrones” veteran Julian Glover, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” alumni Denise Crosby, and Hellboy sidekick Doug Jones.

More information: www.grcomiccon.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/grandrapidscomiccon
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/249963528708213/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/grcomiccon
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/grcomiccon

Ladies of Comicazi Debut LadiesCon 2016

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The Ladies of Comicazi are pleased to invite you to our very first convention: LadiesCon 2016!

LadiesCon is a one-day celebration of women of all kinds and their work in comic books, science fiction, fantasy, cosplay, and many other realms of pop culture. Special guests include Linda Medley (Castle Waiting), Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead), and Ming Doyle (Girl Over Paris, Constantine: The Hellblazer). More guests and vendors will be announced as the event approaches.

Admission is FREE! All are welcome!

LadiesCon 2016 will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 on the third floor of 212 Elm Street in Somerville, MA. It’s an easy walk from the Davis Square Red Line stop and mere steps away from Comicazi.

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