HeroesCon 2018 Updates Guest List

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 2018 show including Jae Lee, Darryl Banks, Chris Brunner, Francesco Francavilla,  Michel Fiffe, Andrew MacLean, Dan Parent, Dexter Vines, Chris Visions and more! HeroesCon 2018 takes place June 15-17, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

GUEST ADDITIONS:

BOB ALMOND | Stan Lee’s Guardian Project, Black Panther, Heroes For Hire, Warlock
ROGÊ ANTONIO Batman & Robin Eternal, Grayson
DARRYL BANKS Green Lantern, Legion of Super Heroes, JLA
THOMAS BOATWRIGHT | Zeke Deadwood, The Halloween Legion, Cemetery Blues
CHRIS BRUNNER Loose Ends, Southern Bastards, Batman: LOTD
JOEY ELLIS Leaky Timbers
MARIE ENGER Fhtagn and Loathing, Regression
MICHEL FIFFE Copra, Zegas, Bloodstrike
CHARLES FORSMAN Slasher, Revenger, TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer
FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA | Afterlife with Archie, The Black Beetle, Detective Comics
CASEY JONES | Nightwing, Fantastic Four, Exiles, Excalibur, New Warriors
JAE LEE | Batman/Superman, Inhumans, Dark Tower, Fantastic Four
NATE LOVETT | Champions of Odd Lake, Kyraa: Alien Jungle Girl, Paw Patrol, Rusty Rivets
ANDREW MACLEAN | Head Lopper, Apocalyptigirl, Laser Wolf Attack
DREW MOSS Copperhead, Terrible Lizard, The Colonized, The Crow: Pestilence, In the Dark
DAN PARENT | Archie, Die Kitty Die, Betty & Veronica, Kevin Keller, Life with Kevin
BENJAMIN SCHIPPER Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Fairies, Joe Death and the Graven Image
KYLE STARKS | Rock Candy Mountain, Rick and Morty, Sexcastle, Legend of Ricky Thunder
BRENO TAMURA | Pigs, 12 reasons to die, Cupid, Doctor Fate
JEREMY TREECE | Fearsome as the Night, the Misadventures of Clawberry & Friends, I’m So Goth!
DEXTER VINES | X-Men, Nova, Avengers: X- Sanction, Buffy, Hulk
CHRIS VISIONS | Dead Letters, Spider-Gwen, Scarlet Witch, Devils on the Levee
ALEXIS ZIRITT | Space Riders, Tarantula, The Package

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HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

Ringo Awards 2018 Dates Announced

February 23, 2018 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Press Release: 

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill, and fun of comics. The awards return for their second year on Saturday, September 29, 2018 as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con.

Unlike other professional industry awards, the Ringo Awards include fan participation in the nomination process along with an esteemed jury of comics professionals.

More than 20 categories will be celebrated with top honors being given at an awards ceremony.

Fan and pro-jury voting are tallied independently , and the combined nomination ballot is compiled by the Ringo Awards Committee. The top two fan choices become nominees, and the jury’s selections fill the remaining three slots for five total nominees per category. Ties may result in more than five nominees in a single category. Nominees will be listed on the ballot alphabetically. Nomination ballot voting will be open to the public (fans and pros) starting March 15, 2018 and will close May 30, 2018.

New in 2018, we have added two categories based on juror feedback from our inaugural year:

Open to Fans and Pros, we are now including “Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel”. This category recognizes publications that are tailored to the evolving generation of comic readers, and one that Mike Wieringo would have been behind 100%.

In Fan-Only Favorites, we have added “Favorite Publisher” to the list, allowing readers to nominate the publisher they thought created the best works in the previous year. Will it be one of the big comics houses? An online company? Perhaps a book publisher? Did an indie publisher knock it out of the park? Your vote counts!

Fan and Pro Nomination Categories

  • Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)
  • Best Writer
  • Best Artist or Penciller
  • Best Inker
  • Best Letterer
  • Best Colorist
  • Best Cover Artist
  • Best Series
  • Best Single Issue or Story
  • Best Original Graphic Novel
  • Best Anthology
  • Best Humor Comic
  • Best Comic Strip or Panel
  • Best Webcomic
  • Best Non-fiction Comic Work
  • Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel
  • Best Presentation in Design

Jury-Only Nomination (with three bonus jurors)

  • The Mike Wieringo Spirit Award

Fan-Only Favorite Categories

  • Favorite Hero
  • Favorite Villain
  • Favorite New Series
  • Favorite New Talent
  • Favorite Publisher

Hero Initiative Award (selected by the Hero Initiative)

  • The Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award

Publisher Submissions

New to the Ringo Awards nomination process in 2018, we are enabling publishers to submit works for consideration to the Ringo Jurors. Publishers can submit up to five submissions per “Fan and Pro Nomination” and “Jury-Only Nomination” category that they feel are worthy of consideration. To participate in this process, publishers are asked to have a single representative send an email to contact@ringoawards.com for further information.

About Mike Wieringo:
Michael Lance “Mike” Wieringo was known to fans and friends as “Ringo”, which is how he signed his artwork. His comics artist graced the pages of DC Comics’ The Flash, Adventures of Superman, Batman, and Robin, Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Sensational Spider-Man, and Rogue, and his co-creation Tellos. He passed away on August 12, 2007 at the young age of 44 from an apparent heart attack.

About the Ringo Awards:
The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The Ringo Awards recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories, and are the only industry awards nominated by fans and pros alike, with final voting by the comic professional community. Launched in 2017, the awards ceremony is held annually at the Baltimore Comic-Con. Further details are available at www.ringoawards.com.

About the Baltimore Comic-Con:
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com

Cincinnati Comic Expo 2018 Announces 1st Guests

Cincinnati Comic Expo has announced their first guests for this year’s show, to be held on September 14-16, 2018! Tickets are on sale now.

The Kingslayer is Coming to the Queen City

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, best known for his role as Jaime Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones, will be making a rare U.S. convention appearance and attending all three days of the 2018 Cincinnati Comic Expo! Nikolaj’s many film credits in numerous genre include Gods of Egypt, The Other Woman, Oblivion, Mama, and Black Hawk Down.

Get your admission passes to meet Nikolaj, who will be on hand for autographs and photo-ops will the fans throughout the weekend.

Cobie Smulders Makes Her First Trip to Cincinnati

Fans can now tell their family and friends “How I Met Cobie Smulders” when they see her at the upcoming Cincinnati Comic Expo! Following her big break of nine seasons on How I Met Your Mother, Cobie is currently cast as Agent Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Between portraying Agent Hill in The Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cobie has appeared in other projects, such as The Lego Movie, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Meet Cobie on Saturday and Sunday to get an autograph and photo-op at the Expo this September.

Guest Thomas Grummett Kickoffs the Artist Lineup

Comic artist Tom Grummett will be attending the 2018 Cincinnati Comic Expo. Grummett’s work with both DC and Marvel is recognized in The New Titans, The Adventures of Superman, Superboy, The Power Company, Robin, and Thunderbolts. Following those projects, Grummett was an artist working with writer Chris Claremont on 2009’s and 2010’s X-Men Forever comic series.

Cincinnati Comic Expo Welcomes Guest Artist Rick Leonardi

The lineup of comic guests at the Expo continues to grow with the addition of Rick Leonardi. Rick has a long career with Dark Horse, DC, and Marvel working on numerous titles including Cloak and Dagger, The Uncanny X-Men, The New Mutants, Nightwing, Batgirl, Superman, and others. In addition, Rick is known for his work on Star Wars: General Grievous and Superman Returns Prequel, which tied in with the featured films.

Follow us on social media so you can be one of the first to hear the fresh line up of close to 20 NEW comic artists to Cincinnati Comic Expo and other guest film and TV stars that will join us in 2018.

For further information please go to the website: cincinnaticomicexpo.com

MoCCA Arts Festival Announces the 2018 Awards of Excellence Jury

Press Release:

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce that Felipe Galindo, Ananth Hirsh, Anne Ishii, Kate Lacour, and Alitha Martinez will form the jury for the 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence. These awards will recognize the most outstanding work on view at the festival. Categories include Short Form and Long Form books, Single Image cartoons and comics, and Special Format works. The 2018 Awards of Excellence is Chaired by Jason Little, and Co-Chaired by Maëlle Doliveux.

The competition is open to artists tabling at the 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival. Judging of the Awards of Excellence will happen on Saturday, April 7th. Judges will convene and discuss each of their favorites based on submissions they will have received in February, ultimately deciding on a gold medal and two silver medals per category. Artists winning this award will be acknowledged with a special medal and financial award, The M. Prize, given in memory of Timothy Patrick Moynihan. This award has been made possible through the generosity of friends and family of Timothy Patrick Moynihan.

About the Judges:

Felipe Galindo
Galindo (aka Feggo) creates humorous art in a variety of media, including cartoons, illustrations, animations, fine art and public art. Galindo has received awards for his cartoons in Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Mexico and the United Nations. He designed four public artworks fabricated in glass at the 231 St. subway station for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. His the creator of the celebrated project Manhatitlan (Pinto Books, 2010), a story about the intertwining of Mexican and American cultures in New York, and he is the author of the cartoon collection No Man Is a Desert Island (Pinto Books, 2012). His client list includes The New Yorker, Nickelodeon,The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Mad, Manhattan Times, among others.

Ananth Hirsh
Writer Hirsh is best known for his collaboration with illustrator Yuko Ota on the webcomic Johnny Wander, a sometimes autobiographical series detailing the lives of the creators and friends. Johnny Wander Vol. 1: Don’t Burn the House Down was published in 2010, with follow-up titles Johnny Wander Vol. 2: Escape to New York and Johnny Wander Vol. 3: Ballad of Laundry Cat published shortly thereafter. A collection of the webcomics titled Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us was released by Oni Press in April, 2017. The duo’s other titles include Lucky Penny, another Oni Press publication. Hirsh’s client list includes work for BOOM!, Dark Horse, Lerner Publishing, Red5, and more. The duo’s latest project, Barbarous, can be viewed on their website.

Anne Ishii
Ishii is a writer, translator, editor, and founder of Massive Goods (purveyors of gay manga and apparel). She produced the book The Passion of Gengorah Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Fiction (Picturebox Inc.), as well as Massive: Gay Japanese Manga and the Men Who Make It (Fantagraphics), edited alongside Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd. She is also the editor of various web projects. She has worked on over fifty books and writes regularly for major publications including The Comics Journal, Racked, The Japan Times, Publishers Weekly, Village Voice, among others

Kate Lacour
Lacour is a comic artist and art therapist based in New Orleans. Her comics and art focus on anatomy, science and transcendence. Her work Vivisectionary won a MoCCA Arts Festival Award of Excellence in 2016. Vivisectionary and her other work, The Disciple, are published by Study Group, a publisher of mini-comics and periodicals as well as host to a selection of webcomics. Lacour is the co-founder of NOLArts Learning Center, a not-for-profit organization helping to create a space for young people with autism and other special needs within the community through creative projects.

Alitha Martinez
Comic book artist Martinez has created art for industry companies like Marvel, DC, Archie and Papercutz. She created the art for the comic series World of Wakanda, a spin-off from Marvel’s Black Panther. She is also widely known for her work drawing Marvel’s Iron Man, NBC’s Heroes, and DC’s Batgirl. In addition, Martinez has created the art for younger reader and teens for Graphic Universe including Kung Fu Masters, The Quest for Dragon Mountain, and My Boyfriend is a Monster #3:My Boyfriend Bites. In 2007, Martinez established Ariotstorm Productions and began producing her own titles including Yume and Ever, and Foreign.

About the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators and its Museum of Illustration together comprise America’s longest-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration. The mission of SI/MI is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration and its history and evolving nature through exhibitions and educational programs.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education. The 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 7-8th, 2018 at Metropolitan West in New York City with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).

 

Skybound Announces ECCC 2018 Signings & Exclusives

Skybound Entertainment will appear at Emerald City Comic Con next week on March 1st – 4th. Swing by booth #316 to meet several creators and pick up convention exclusives such as the Atom Eve action figure (both with and without battle damage) and a Funko Pop of Saga’s Lying Cat with glow in the dark head. Further details on their website….

SIGNINGS
Thursday March 1:
11:00am – 11:45am – Tony Akins
2:00pm – 2:45pm – Stefano Gaudiano

Friday March 2:
12:00pm – 12:45pm – Joseph Keatinge, James Asmus & Christopher Sebela
2:00pm – 2:45pm – Lukas Ketner
3:00pm – 3:45pm – Sean Mackiewicz

Saturday March 3:
3:00pm – 3:45pm – Joseph Keatinge, James Asmus & Christopher Sebela

3rd Towson Black Comic Book Mini Fest

February 23, 2018 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Join us at Towson University in Towson, MD as The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, Incorporated (ECBACC, Inc.), the region’s premiere “Black Comic Book Convention”, facilitates the third Towson Black Comic Book Mini-Fest. ECBACC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) literacy, arts and education organization, hosts a late winter Black comic book mini-festival celebrating positive and innovative images of Black super-powered characters in comic books, graphic novels, and sci-fi. The organization has effectively served as a regional and national connector of comic book industry professionals and emerging artists from sketchbook artists to graphic novelists. A select few of those professionals have been invited to Towson University.

All are welcome to join Towson University and ECBACC, Inc. free of charge to experience the acclaimed ECBACC STARS Workshops, the innovative and seminal Comic Book and Superhero-Creation Workshops, panels of comic book professionals, and superhero costume play (cosplay).

The 3rd Towson Black Comic Book Mini-Fest will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Towson University’s College of Liberal Arts Building. Free admission for all ages!

Pee Wee at MegaCon!

Get Set for a Big Adventure!

Paul Reubens created the iconic character, Pee-wee Herman, while a member of the famed Los Angeles improv group The Groundlings. The Pee-wee Herman Show premiered at The Groundlings Theatre in 1981. It moved to the Roxy on Sunset Strip, and HBO’s production of the show introduced Pee-wee Herman to a national audience.

Pee-wee was brought to the big screen in the hit 1985 comedy Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, which Paul Reubens co-wrote and marked Tim Burton’s directorial debut. Reubens went on to create, co-write and co-direct Pee-wee’s Playhouse on CBS where the series earned 22 Emmy® Awards during its five year run. Reubens has personally been nominated for 14 Emmy® Awards, winning twice.

Paul Reubens has also starred in many diverse, non-Pee-wee film and television roles. He recently appeared as Oswald Cobblepot, The Penguin’s father on Gotham. Other TV credits include: The Blacklist, Portlandia, 30 Rock, Pushing Daisies, Reno 911 and Everybody Loves Raymond.

For more information on MegaCon visit HERE!

TERRIFICON welcomes artist RYAN STEGMAN!

TERRIFICON welcomes artist RYAN STEGMAN to its Terrific Comic Con at Mohegan Sun in the all-new, giant-sized EXPO CENTER on August 17-19, 2018!

Ryan’s credits include The Amazing Spider-Man (comic book), The Superior Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Wolverine, Avengers and Inhumans. He is providing art for Marvel Comics’s Venom Inc! And beginning in May, Ryan and writer Donny Cates will be taking on Venom.

Tickets and Exhibitor Spaces on sale NOW: http://www.terrificon.com/comic-con-tickets.html

ZOINKS!! You’re going to “Scream” for this next guest announcement from Spooky Empire!

MATTHEW LILLARD will appear at Spooky Empire this April 6-8, 2018 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort!

MATTHEW LILLARD has an amazing lineup of films including of course “Scream”, “Serial Mom”, “Thir13en Ghosts”, “Hackers”, “SLC Punk!”, “Wicker Park”, “Without a Paddle”, “She’s All That” and of course as the iconic character and voice of SHAGGY in the the “Scooby Doo” movies. He has continued on as the voice of Shaggy in “Scooby Doo Mystery Inc” series and all movies and videos, including “Scooby Doo Meets Kiss” and “Lego Scooby Doo”.

This is one event you don’t want to miss! Reserve your rooms, VIP Packages, and advance tickets today at www.spookyempire.com!

MomoCon Costume Contest Sponsored by Dragon Con

February 21, 2018 by  
Filed under Convention News, Cosplay, Georgia

Press Release:

Get your sewing machine ready! MomoCon’s awesome partner convention Dragon Con will sponsor the MomoCon Craftsmanship Costume contest, with the Best Masters (Overall) winner receiving a prize pack including two Dragon Con weekend memberships and a weekend stay (Friday-Monday) at the Marriott Marquis during the Labor Day event!

This prize is in addition to current prizing, and we will have many more announcements coming your way about contests, guests, prizing, tournaments, and so much more!

Full rules and requirements for the Craftsmanship and Closet Costume contests are available at: momocon.com/contests, entries are limited and signups are on site only, starting 2pm Friday.

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Have you registered for MomoCon 2018 yet?  Register as soon as possible to get the best rate on your 4-day membership for MomoCon 2018. Right now it is the early bird rate of $55, before the rate increase on January 1st. Be sure to register today and save!

About MomoCon   

Founded in 2004 by Jessica Merriman and Chris Stuckey, then students at Georgia Tech, MomoCon has grown from a 700 person on campus event to the largest event in the southeast United States for fans of video games, animation, cosplay, comics and tabletop games.

With 28,300 unique and over 71,000 turnstile attendance in 2016, MomoCon is one of the fastest growing all ages conventions in the country. Fans of Japanese Anime, American Animation, Comics, Video Games, and Tabletop Games come together to celebrate their passion by costuming / cosplay, browsing the huge exhibitors hall, meeting celebrity voice talent, designers, and writers behind their favorite shows, games, and comics and much much more over this 4 day event.

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