ECCC EXCLUSIVES SOLD AT THE IMAGE BOOTH (#312):
- LOW, VOL. 1 hardcover by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini, $35
- THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #9 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, $5 (also available at creator table #II-06)
- DESCENDER #1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, $5 (also available at creator table #Y-05)
ECCC EXCLUSIVES SOLD AT CREATORS’ TABLES:
- SEX CRIMINALS, VOL. 2 hardcover by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, $40 (Table #II-04)
- WAYWARD, VOL. 1 hardcover by Jim Zub and Steven Cummings, $30 (Table #HH-11)
- DESCENDER #1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, $5 (#Y-05, also available at Image booth #312)
- INVISIBLE REPUBLIC #1 by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, $10 (#HH-05)
- WAYWARD #6 variants by Jim Zub and Steven Cummings, starting at $5, blank sketch covers for $10 or $25 with sketch (Table #HH-11)
- THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #9 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, $5 (also available at Image booth #312)
PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS:
Friday 3/27, Image Comics Presents: ART!
3:30 – 4:20 PM, Hall D (TCC 302)
Image Comics is proud to publish some of the best and brightest artists in comics. Join Benjamin Dewey (TOOTH & CLAW), Jamie McKelvie (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE), Leila Del Duca (SHUTTER), Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), Wes Craig (DEADLY CLASS), Dustin Nguyen (DESCENDER), and James Harren (RUMBLE) as they discuss creating, influences, learning, and finding your voice.
Saturday 3/28, Image Comics Presents: Your New Favorite Comics
11 – 11:50 AM, Hall C (TCC 301)
Creator-owned comics work because YOU support them. Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS), Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS), Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE), Brandon Graham (PROPHET), Joshua Williamson (BIRTHRIGHT), Kurtis Wiebe (RAT QUEENS), Rick Remender (BLACK SCIENCE), and Greg Rucka (LAZARUS) create some of your favorite comics. How? Why? There’s only one way to find out.
Sunday 3/29, Image Comics Presents: Something For Everybody
2:30 – 3:20 PM, Hall D (TCC 302)
Whether you like crime, westerns, sci-fi, fantasy, or genre mash-ups, Ivan Brandon (DRIFTER), Kelly Sue DeConnick (BITCH PLANET), Jay Faerber (COPPERHEAD), Megan Levens (MADAME FRANKENSTEIN), Joe Keatinge (SHUTTER), Jeff Lemire (DESCENDER), Kurt Busiek (THE AUTUMNLANDS: TOOTH & CLAW), and Landry Walker (DANGER CLUB) know that genre is just a starting point for endless storytelling possibilities. Come pick their brains.
SIGNINGS HOSTED AT IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#312):
FRIDAY, MARCH 27
12 – 12: 45 PM: Landry Walker
1 – 1:45 PM: Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen
1 – 1:45 PM: Paul Maybury
1 – 1:45 PM: Matt Fraction
2 – 2:45 PM: Brian Joines
2 – 2:45 PM: Justin Jordan
2 – 2:45 PM: Ryan Ottley
3 – 3:45 PM: Steve Orlando
3 – 3:45 PM: Kyle Higgins
3 – 3:45 PM: Kelly Sue DeConnick
4 – 4:45 PM: Jacob Semahn
4 – 4:45 PM: Megan Levens
4 – 4:45 PM: Joshua Williamson
5 – 5:45 PM: Otis Frampton
5 – 5:45 PM: Ed Brisson & Johnnie Christmas
5 – 5:45 PM: Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
11 – 11:45 AM: Michael Moreci
11 – 11:45 AM: Chris Burnham
12 – 12:45 PM: John Layman
12 – 12:45 PM: Greg Rucka
12 – 12:45 PM: Landry Walker
1 – 1:45 PM: Nick Dragotta & Tom Fowler
1 – 1:45 PM: Anthony Johnston & Justin Greenwood
1 – 1:45 PM: Ryan Ottley
2 – 2:45 PM: Frank Barbiere & Chris Mooneyham
2 – 2:45 PM: Matt Fraction
2 – 2:45 PM: Joe Eisma
3 – 3:45 PM: Joshua Williamson
3 – 3:45 PM: Rick Remender & Wes Craig
4 – 4:45 PM: Joe Keatinge & Leila del Duca
4 – 4:45 PM: Jay Faerber & Brian Joines
5 – 5:45 PM: Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen
5 – 5:45 PM: Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman
6 – 6:45 PM: Ken Kristensen
6 – 6:45 PM: Riley Rossmo
SUNDAY, MARCH 29
11 – 11:45 AM: Kelly Sue DeConnick
11 – 11:45 AM: Landry Walker
11 – 11:45 AM: Joe Keatinge & Leila del Duca
12 – 12:45 PM: Kurtis Wiebe & Tyler Jenkins
12 – 12:45 PM: Brandon Graham & Simon Roy
1 – 1:45 PM: Kurt Busiek & Benjamin Dewey
1 – 1:45 PM: Ivan Brandon
1 – 1:45 PM: Matt Fraction
2 – 2:45 PM: Tim Seeley
2 – 2:45 PM: Stuart Moore & Gus Storms
3 – 3:45 PM: Nick Pitarra
IMAGE CREATORS IN ARTIST ALLEY:
Barbiere, Frank O-09
Bechko, Corinna HH-05
Brandon, Ivan H-05
Brisson, Ed HH-07
Burnham, Chris T-01
Busiek, Kurt HH-02
Canete, Eric Q-12
Christmas, Johnnie P-06
Craig, Wes CC-06
DeConnick, Kelly Sue II-03
Del Duca, Leila DD-11
Dewey, Benjamin 1214
Dodson, Terry C-19
Dragotta, Nick O-06
Eisma, Joe HH-06
Faerber, Jay GG-02
Fawkes, Ray W-06
Fowler, Tom HH-04
Fraction, Matt II-04
Gillen, Kieron II-06
Glass, Bryan J.L. Z-01
Graham, Brandon DD-12
Greenwood, Justin G-14
Hardman, Gabriel HH-05
Harren, James O-07
Jenkins, Tyler P-07
Joines, Brian GG-02
Jordan, Justin Q-09
Keatinge, Joe DD-11
Layman, John GG-01
Lemire, Jeff Y-05
Lenox, Emi Y-06
Levens, Megan E-12
Maybury, Paul A-13
McKelvie, Jamie II-05
McNeil, Carla Speed F-14
Mooneyham, Chris O-08
Moore, Stuart P-11
Moreci, Michael HH-06
Nguyen, Dustin Y-04
Ottley, Ryan Q-08
Pitarra, Nick O-05
Remender, Rick CC-05
Robertson, Darick R-03
Rossmo, Riley O-05
Roy, Simon DD-12
Rucka, Greg F-09
Scalera, Matteo Q-10
Seifert, Brandon II-11
Stewart, Dave A-10
Templesmith, Ben W-07
Wiebe, Kurtis J. P-06
Williamson, Joshua U-09
Wilson, Matt II-07
Zub, Jim HH-11
Attendants of Seattle’s renowned Emerald City Comicon are in for surprise announcements, exceptional signings and a weekend full of fun from IDW! Taking place this weekend from March 27th – March 29th at the Washington State Convention Center, come by the IDW booth (#1802) to stock up on your collection, meet your favorite creators, and score a truly outrageous exclusive. Additionally, Top Shelf can be found at booth #1225, where you can meet the creative team behind the hit satire God Is Disappointed in You, Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler!
Available exclusively at the IDW booth, grab yourself a copy of the book that’s got everyone talking, Jem & The Holograms, with a variant cover by Agnes Garbowska! The cover can be purchased for $5, limit 3 per customer.
The IDW booth will be packed all weekend long with talent from across the industry signing their acclaimed work:
Friday March 27th
- 11:00 – 12:00 Orphan Black – Jody Houser
- 12:00 – 1:00 Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls – Andy Suriano, Derek Charm
- 1:00 – 2:00 D4VE, The Bigger Bang – Ryan Ferrier, D.J. Kirkbride
- 2:00 – 3:00 Jem & The Holograms – Agnes Garbowska, Sara Richard *Check out the show exclusive variant!
- 3:00 – 4:00 Dirk Gently – Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
- 4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla: Cataclysm – Cullen Bunn
- 5:00 – 6:00 Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery
- 6:00 – 7:00 Nelvana of the Northern Lights – Hope Nicholson
Saturday March 28th
- 10:00 – 11:00 Skylanders – David A. Rodriguez
- 11:00 – 12:00 Edward Scissorhands – Kate Leth, Drew Rausch
- 12:00 – 1:00 Dirk Gently – Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
- 1: 00 – 2:00 The Fly: Outbreak – Brandon Seifert
- 2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony, Jem & The Holograms – Sara Richard
- 3:00 – 4:00 Wild Blue Yonder – Zach Howard
- 4:00 – 5:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & More! – Erik Burnham, Paul Allor
- 5:00 – 6:00 Judge Dredd – Darick Robertson
- 6:00 – 7:00 Transformers – Mairghread Scott, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli
Sunday March 29th
- 10:00 – 11:00 My Little Pony – Amy Mebberson, Georgia Ball, Ted Anderson, Agnes Garbowska
- 11:00 – 12:00 Powerpuff Girls – Derek Charm
- 12:00 – 1:00 G.I. Joe Cover Art – Jeffrey Veregge, Drew Johnson
- 1:00 – 2:00 Amelia Cole, Artful Daggers – D.J. Kirkbride, Adam P. Knave, Sean E. Williams
- 3:00 – 4:00 Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate – Max Dunbar
And don’t miss out on the panels that are sure to be a highlight of your weekend!
IDW: 2015 and Beyond
Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
IDW invites you to join in their first big panel of 2015! Join VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, Editor-in-Chief/Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall, alongside editor Sarah Gaydos, Erik Burnham of Ghostbusters fame, and Jody Houser, writer of the hit Orphan Black comic for a spirited chat filled with announcements, hijinks and Q&A!
God is Disappointed in You (The Sequel), with Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler
3:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
Last year’s standing-room-only hot ticket returns — now with even more Biblical bewilderment! God Is Disappointed in You, published by Top Shelf, is the tongue-in-cheek “condensed” version of the Bible you never knew you needed — hilariously modern, but surprisingly authentic — packed with cartoons by Eisner-award-winner Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man). Join him and author Mark Russell (writer of DC Comics’ upcoming Prez) for an hour of unforgettable irreverence, including Q&A, audience sketches, and the hilarious-yet-accurate “ten-minute Bible.” PLUS: a taste of the Audie-nominated audiobook, read by Dr. Venture himself, James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros), and an exclusive announcement about the upcoming sequel!
Kevin Eastman: A Life With Turtles
Sunday, 3:30 – 4:20 Hall F (TCC 304)
Join the legendary co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and he talks about his long career in both comics and Hollywood, and how he brings his beloved Turtles to the world in a variety of media!
IDW Presents: The New Class of Licensed Comics
Sunday, 4:00 – 5:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
Transformers, Adventure Time, Star Trek, Orphan Black, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic… What do these comics all have in common? They’re all licensed comics, and although some may STILL look down on them, they’re also home to some of the best talent telling the best stories around. Come hear about the good (and the sometimes challenging) aspects of working on books like these, from host Editor Sarah Gaydos (Star Trek, Disney, Edward Scissorhands), with special guests Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors, Edward Scissorhands), Corinna Bechko (Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Once Upon a Time), Jody Houser (Orphan Black), Editor Shannon Waters (of BOOM!), Chris Roberson (Aliens, Star Trek), and Gabriel Hardman (Planet of the Apes, Star Wars).
The annual Big Wow! ComicFest Art Auction will be held on Saturday April 18th, 2015. The blind auction will run throughout the day in the art gallery in the back of the hall, and will wrap up at 5:30 PM Interested parties must sign up for a bidder/paddle number and then can begin placing blind bids on the art they are interested in.
Art that does not receive three bids will sell for the highest offer at 5:30 PM, and ones that do get at least three bids will be placed in the live auction that begins at 6:30 PM in Panel Room B. There will be a cash bar in the room, and hopefully a number artists that submitted their works to the auction in attendance. Pictured is Stan Sakai’s submission, additional pieces contributed by Neal Adams, Joe Linsner, Brandon Peterson, and many more can be seen at the link…
Guests include: Brent Anderson, Sanya Anwar, Stephen Bissette, Mark Bode, Nick Bradshaw, Tim Bradstreet, Dan Brereton, Danny Bulanadi, Frank Cho, Frank Cirocco, Lela Dowling, Tom Felton, Stephen E. Gordon, Adi Granov, Mick Gray, Rich Koslowski, Jake Lloyd, Ron Lim, Toshio Maeda, Steve Mannion, Chris Marrinan, Bill Morrison, Darick Robertson, Tone Rodriguez, Don Rosa, Stuart Sayger, Liam Sharp, Scott Shaw, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Totleben, Herb Trimpe, Rick Veitch, Tim Vigil, Ben Wolstenholme, Thomas Yeates, and more.
Comic Book Divas Publishing is very excited to announce that Nora Tarr, creator and writer of “Deidre Dark’s Delightful Dolls” and the upcoming second issue of the series Deidre Dark’s Delightful Dolls: Coup De Grace” will be appearing at the Boston Comic Con 2015.
This will be Nora’s very first comic book convention appearance and she is excited to bring her comic book to the Boston Comic Con 2015; she will be there to draw fans into her comic book world featuring her character Deidre Dark. Nora Tarr has created one of the most unusual comic book series we have read, it’s not only a fun read but also it will challenge everyone’s perspective.
This will not only be Nora’s first appearance at a convention, but she will be debuting both her first issue “Deidre Dark’s Delightful Dolls” and the second issue “Deidre Dark’s Delightful Dolls: Coup De Grace” first time at the Boston Comic Con on July 31st-August 2nd 2015; she will be located at the artist/small press area of the convention at the Comic Book Divas Publishing table.
Dolls have been part of human life since the beginning of recorded time. Some were created in resemblance of religious or revered likenesses, others simple shapes used in rituals and spells. Most as playthings or make-believe friends or confidants for children. You will have to follow the story of Deidre and her Dolls to see what happens and who it happens to.
Everyone always has wonderful things to say about her. Humans are duplicitous in nature, Deidre no different, and is more than what meets the eye. She creates handmade dolls out of all sorts of items, cloth, wood, wax, a little twine or maybe hair, animal or bird feathers.
What is the evil-born power that Deidre has and is it used for treacherous deeds or just to set things right? Whatever it is, this power has something to do with the dolls. Dolls created in human form, some showing the beauty, some showing the more ugly side of humanity. Imagine, with a just a sprig of herb, a splash of spice, some ash and a strong touch of black or maybe white Magic, if you could change someone’s mind, alter a course, or even more…
You will have to follow the story of Deidre and her Dolls to see what happens and who it happens to.
Every evil needs to be witnessed, loved and adored, and everyone adores Deidre.
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce TCAF KIDS DAY 2015, which will see the addition of TCAF Featured Guests Matt Holm & Jenni Holm, and an exclusive promotional poster by Gurihiru!
Featuring some of the best and brightest kids-comic creators in the industry, TCAF KIDS DAY is a stand-alone event that takes place on Saturday, May 9th, from 10am to 4:30pm. It takes place just down the street from TCAF, about 10 minutes walk, at St. Paul’s on Bloor, 227 Bloor Street East. TCAF Kids Day is a great place to view large-format presentations by favourite TCAF Guests, and take part in crafts, activities, and storytimes, and purchase books from your favourite authors! Owlkids, Toronto Public Library, and Little Island Comics will be on hand all day to take part in the fun!
Welcoming Jenni Hom & Matt Holm!
We’re thrilled to announce that Jenni Holm & Matt Holm, the amazing sister & brother team behind the bestselling Babymouse and Squish book series’ will be returning to TCAF to kick off our day with their popular presentation! Jenni and Matt last visited TCAF in 2012, and they were just so awesome we had to have them back! Our thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for supporting their trip!
Their presentation will be followed throughout the day by a who’s who of great kid, tween, and teen creators, including Kean Soo (Jellaby), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Sisters) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), George O’Connor (Zeus: King of the Gods), and all the way from Japan, Gurihiru (Avatar: The Last Airbender comics).
TCAF Kids Day Schedule:
10am-4:30pm: Event opens! Drop-in crafts, projects, and presentations all day!
10:30am-11:30am: Jenni Holm & Matt Holm present: Get Graphic with Babymouse & Squish!
11:45am-12:45pm: Kean Soo presents: Making Comics with Kean!
1pm-2:15pm: Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman present: Comics Dance Party!
2:30pm-3:15pm: George O’Connor presents: Getting Mythological!
3:30pm-4:15pm: Gurihiru will be drawing and chatting, live!
TCAF Kids Day Poster by Gurihiru!
We have a special treat for everyone too! The amazing creative team Gurihiru (two awesome ladies from Japan, working under one name) have produced a special poster celebrating TCAF Kids Day programming, and really everything that’s fantastic about comic books! We are seriously blown away by this image, and we thank Gurihiru for doing such an amazing job on it! This image will be printed as a poster and made available for purchase at TCAF and TCAF Kids Day.
March 23, 2015 by Colin Solan
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EMERALD CITY COMICON EXCLUSIVES
A set quantity will be available at opening each day of the show. Limit of 5 per person per day while supplies last. Each comic is $5.00.
Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Mike Mignola (1,000 copies)
Prometheus: Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC exclusive variant cover by Patric Reynolds (500 copies)
Lady Killer #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Joelle Jones (500 copies)
Past Aways #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Scott Kolins (500 copies)
Conan/Red Sonja #1 limited-edition black-and-white variant cover by Dan Panosian (1,000 copies)
We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.
All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.
Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.
All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND: Mike Mignola
Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Mike Mignola available for sale
1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. THE WHITE SUITS: Frank Barbiere
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. MURDER BOOK: Ed Brisson, Simon Roy
TIGER LUNG: Simon Roy
HIGH CRIMES: Christopher Sebela, Ibrahim Moustafa
2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. THE MASSIVE: Garry Brown
EMPOWERED: Adam Warren
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. ABE SAPIEN: Max Fiumara
GRINDHOUSE: Chris Peterson
4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. CONAN RED SONJA, LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, TOMB RAIDER: Gail Simone
LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: Jim Calafiore
CONAN RED SONJA: Jim Zub
Conan Red Sonja #1 limited-edition black-and-white variant cover by Dan Panosian available for sale
5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. FINDER: Carla Speed McNeil
NEVERBOY: Tyler Jenkins, Kelly Fitzpatrick
6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE: Christopher Sebela
ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE: Chris Roberson, Patric Reynolds
PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE: Christopher Mooneyham
PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE: Paul Tobin
PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE—OMEGA: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Prometheus: Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC exclusive variant cover by Patric Reynolds available for sale
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. SERENITY, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Georges Jeanty
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Megan Levens
GIRLFIEND: Pander Brothers
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones
Lady Killer #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Joëlle Jones available for sale
BUZZKILL, THE GHOST FLEET, THE PAYBACKS: Donny Cates
THE GHOST FLEET: Daniel Warren Johnson
THE PAYBACKS: Eliot Rahal
2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. HARROW COUNTY: Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook
BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
THE WITCHER, COLDER, PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE, PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES:
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, David Mack, Dave Stewart (Ticketed Event)*
4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*
5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*
6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*
Fight Club 2 artists Cameron Stewart, David Mack, and Dave Stewart will be present for part of the 3:00 p.m. signing, depending on their schedules.
*WRISTBAND REQUIRED: Wristbands will be distributed in the Dark Horse booth at show opening on Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28. One wristband per person. Separate wristbands will be assigned for each 50-minute signing and may only be used during that time period. Fight Club 2 #1 is on sale May 27. One free print and one sampler minicomic per wristband will be provided for the signing. No other items allowed. Other restrictions may apply.
SUNDAY, MARCH 29
10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. PAST AWAYS: Matt Kindt, Scott Kolins, Bill Crabtree
Past Aways #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Scott Kolins available for sale
BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ITTY BITTY COMICS, AW YEAH COMICS!: Art Baltazar, Franco
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan, Jeremy Vanhoozer
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HALO: Duffy Boudreau
THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow
2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. DEEP GRAVITY: Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko
POP: Curt Pires
APOCALYPTIGIRL: Andrew MacLean
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald
EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Cat Farris
Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visithttp://emeraldcitycomicon.com/programming/ for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. Hall C Behind the Scenes: Making Comics
Comics professionals come together to discuss their unique contributions to this beloved medium. Topics include creating engaging characters with Gail Simone (Leaving Megalopolis), transitioning from artist to writer/artist with Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), business management with Christine Mignola (Hellboy), going from self-publishing to book deal with Colleen Coover (Bandette), breaking into coloring with Kelly Fitzpatrick (Neverboy), and fostering a fan base with online content with Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon). Sure to be a great panel for the budding cartoonist eager to explore the craft of making comics!
6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Hall D Dark Horse Comics Builds Characters!
Join Dark Horse Comics and a panel of their incredibly talented artists, writers, and creators to discuss independent comics, creators’ rights, and brand-new projects and hear what’s coming up for the powerhouse publisher for the remainder of 2015. Moderated by Dark Horse publicist Aub Driver and featuring Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook (Harrow County), Curt Pires (POP), the Pander Brothers (Girlfiend), Tyler Jenkins (Neverboy), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Matt Kindt and Scott Kolins (Past Aways), and Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks), this is a panel you won’t want to miss!
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Hall D Fight Club 2
Acclaimed novelist Chuck Palahniuk continues one of his most beloved works with Fight Club 2! Join Dark Horse for a discussion of the creation of this story with Chuck Palahniuk, editor Scott Allie, artist David Mack, artist Cameron Stewart, and colorist Dave Stewart.
7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Hall C The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and Beyond
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola returns to Emerald City Comicon! With recent launches like Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. andFrankenstein Underground, there’s never been more ways to get into Mignola’s world. Join Mignola for news on Hellboy in Hell and a Q&A with some of the writers and artists who help him bring his characters to life—Max Fiumara, Scott Allie, Dave Stewart, and Tyler Crook.
SUNDAY, MARCH 29
11:00 a.m.–11:50 p.m. Hall C Dark Horse Presents Kids and Comics: Plants vs. Zombies, Itty Bitty Hellboy,
Avatar: The Last Airbender, and More!
Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Steve Sunu (publicity coordinator, Dark Horse Comics), Paul Tobin and Ron Chan (Plants vs. Zombies), Jeremy Vanhoozer (Plants vs. Zombies creative director, PopCap), Art Baltazar and Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy), and Joan Hilty (comics editor, Nickelodeon) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!
Manami Matsumae is best known for composing the legendary music for the original Mega Man (1987), including its iconic “Game Start” jingle. Following her departure from Capcom in 1991, she became a freelance video game music composer. The soundtracks she worked on afterwards include the Derby Stallion series, several Game Boy titles developed by Sunsoft, and other games such as The Adventures of Lolo, Another Bible, Jade Cocoon 2, and Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and The Tower of Mirrors.
In more recent years, Matsumae has returned to the Mega Man series via Inti Creates, serving as a regular guest arranger for its album releases and joining several other former Mega Man composers in creating the Robot Master themes for Mega Man 10 (2010).
Matsumae joined Brave Wave when it was founded in early 2014 and has released several original standalone tracks under the label, such as “One Shot, One Kill” (2013) and “Blue Star” (2014, featuring Tim McCord of Evanescence). She has collaborated on tracks with other video game composers such as Chipzel (Super Hexagon) and Keiji Yamagishi (Ninja Gaiden). Through Brave Wave she has also contributed to the soundtracks of Western indie releases, including Shovel Knight (2014), Mighty No. 9 (2015), Heart Forth Alicia (2016) and Starr Mazer (TBA).
View all of our Guests of Honor here.
About Anime Boston:
With nearly 25,500 attendees in 2013, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.
About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.
Big Wow Comic Fest arrives to the San Jose Convention Center on April 18-19, 2015, bringing two days of comic books, art, collectable toys, sci-fi, fantasy, and celebrity FUN! Many of the nation’s best vendors of all things cool and collectible will tempt your wallets with the perfect gifts for geeks, nerds, fans and true collectors, everywhere!
As the original comic-friendly show, we have fantastic comic book creator guests spanning all decades and genres! This year we are pleased to welcome as our Featured Guests:
Jim Steranko (Legendary artist of Captain America & Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD)
Neal Adams (Legendary Illustrator of Superman, Batman, Avengers, X-Men, and lots more)
Dave Gibbons (Co-Creator of the classic comic “Watchman” made into a major Motion Picture)
Fan-Favorites: Art Adams (X-Men, Godzilla, and more), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama, Disney Poster Artist), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Herb Trimpe (Co-Creator of Wolverine) and over 75 more confirmed and added to our website!
Meet, get autographs, and learn the secrets of Show Biz from our spectacular CELEBRITY GUESTS:
Tom Felton (Harry Potter’s “Draco Malfoy” and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
Daniel Cudmore (X-Men’s “Colossus”, and Twilight’s “Felix”)
Jake Lloyd (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’s “Anakin Skywalker” and Jingle All The Way)
Also appearing will be Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Gary Graham (Alien Nation, Star Trek: Enterprise), George “The Giant” (Big Fish), John Stanley (Creature Features) and more.
Admission is only:
• 1 Day Adult (15 and older) $25.00 and 2 Day Adult $35.00
• 1 Day Child (8-14) $10.00 and 2 Day Child $15.00 Children under 8 are Free!
Save $5.00 off tickets by purchasing them online at www.bigwowcomicfest.com or at participating comic book retailers.
Artists including Andrew MacLean (Apocalyptigirl, Head Lopper), Paul Hornschemeier (Forlorn Funnies, Marvel Comics) Robert Gill (Batgirl, Valiant Comics), Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, Midas Flesh) and more appear at the second Beverly Comic Con will be on Saturday, March 21st for hosted at Porter Mills Studio!
Free to the public and jam packed with local comic creators and unique vendors. Original art, posters, prints, handmade collectibles, t-shirts, graphic novels and of course comic books, will all be on hand for this one of a kind event.
DJ Noel Snow will be in the house teaming up with our featured live artist Brett Mason.
Guests of honor include Andrew MacLean (Apocalyptigirl, Head Lopper), Paul Hornschemeier (Forlorn Funnies, Marvel Comics) and Robert Gill (Batgirl, Valiant Comics).
FULL LIST of artists & vendors include: Amanda Beard, Andy Driscoll, Ben Donahue, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Chris Letarte, Christian Miller, Daniel Kern, David LeBlanc, Eric Boeker, EyeFormation, Omega Level, Jacob Carignan, Jason Casey, Dennis Burke, Joe DellaGatta, Jon Paddol, Joe Haley, Josh Morrissette, Adam Miller, Montserrat Illustration, Robert Van Wagner, Keith Gleason, Matt Mcguirk, Michael Doherty, Patt Kelley, Randy House, Tom Torrey, Harrison’s Comics, Andrew Houle, Jesse Danger, PressBound, Michael Crockett, & John Cardinal.
Alongside our new friends at Wicked Art Bar, our old friends at Montserrat College of Art and the gang at Tryptic Press, we hope to put on a killer event of comics, art, and pop culture!
Plenty of parking across the street & super kid friendly.
Doors open at 10am
Studios at Porter Mill
95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915
Wizard World Reports 2014 Year End Financials
106% Increase from 2013
El Segundo, CA, March 16, 2015 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) (the “Company”), a leading provider of Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across the world, announced that the Company has released its 2014 audited financial results in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 (the “YE 2014”).
The Company hosted seventeen events in 2014: sixteen comic cons and one social con, bringing fans together with their favorite celebrities, artists, exhibitors in a pop culture and multimedia experience. This was an increase of nine events from the Company’s 2013 tour.
Convention revenue for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $23,060,178, an increase of $11,874,044 (or 106%) from $11,186,134 reported in the comparable year ended December 31, 2013. The significant increase in revenue in 2014 is primarily accredited to the increased number of events, better advertised and marketed events including more programming, an exciting list of celebrities and artists, and an increasing fan base, which all translates to higher revenue growth. Average revenue per event was $1,356,481.
Operating expenses were $6,823,253 in YE 2014, as compared to $3,921,585 for the same period in 2013, which was the result of increases in staffing and employment costs due to the increased number and size of the events, however the Company’s operating margins have improved year-over-year due to operating the events more efficiently.
Income from operations was $1,468,162 in YE 2014, as compared to $343,506 for the comparable period in 2013. The increase is primarily attributable to running more events and more profitable events during 2014, as compared to 2013.
The Company reported a net income of $995,617 or income per share of $0.02 for YE 2014, as compared to a net loss of $(3,637,735) or loss per share of ($0.09), in the comparable period in 2013. Income in 2014 was primarily generated from convention revenue and stronger profit margin versus the loss in 2013, which was non-cash generated from a loss on the fair value of the Company’s derivative liabilities. By the end of 2013, the Company successfully extinguished all derivative instruments.
As of December 31, 2014, the Company had working capital of $3,838,096 and as of March 16, 2015, there were 51,358,386 shares of common stock issued and outstanding.
On March 3, 2015, the Company launched CONtv, a new digital network devoted to passionate fans of pop culture entertainment, providing consumers access to thousands of hours of exclusive content showcasing an original slate of programming as well as a vast digital catalog of over 1,200 must-watch titles, included, but not limited to, original series, cult television shows and genre movies encompassing sci-fi, horror, fantasy, anime, grindhouse, martial arts action, and more, to live coverage of events at the cons– all available on-demand either in a free, ad-supported format or a low cost, subscription-based model of $6.99/month for premium content. CONtv is a partnership with Cinedigm Corp., one the nation’s largest independent distributor’s of digital entertainment.
The digital service brings fans their favorite films, television series, comics, behind the scenes access to the Company’s conventions and more. CONtv is offered as a free ad-supported platform as well as a subscription which includes content exclusives, audience rewards, dynamic social viewing experiences, and ticketing bundle opportunities for fans planning to attend the Company’s conventions. CONtv currently provides over 1600 hours of programming available across a wide spectrum of devices including Roku, Apple iOS, Android, and other digital media.
The Company’s 2015 Wizard World tour consists of 27 events in 25 cities, including debut cities Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Ft. Lauderdale, and San Jose. The Company also announced its first international comic con outside of North America in China, to be held on May 30 through June 1, 2015. The Company will continue to expand its footprint across the world as the Wizard World brand becomes a household brand name. To find a Wizard World Comic Con in a city near you, please go to: http://www.wizardworld.com/.
“As I reflect and look back at the year, it gives me great pleasure to know we are building a brand presence among the pop culture world and the comic con circuit. I cannot be more proud of our management team and staff for delivering an amazing 2014 tour,” commented John Macaluso, CEO of Wizard World, Inc. “2015 will also be an exciting year for us all, fans and shareholders included, as we continue to strive to increase revenues by expanding into other markets and other endeavors such as CONtv.”
The Company encourages shareholders to not rely on this press release and to refer to the Company’s financial statements included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for full disclosure relating to the year-end financial report, filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on March 16, 2015, which can be found at www.sec.gov.
About Wizard World, Inc.
Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) is a leading provider of Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across the world that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, celebrities, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.
For more information and full event schedule, visit: www.wizardworld.com.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve certain risks and uncertainties. The actual results or outcomes of Wizard World, Inc. may differ materially from those anticipated. Although Wizard World, Inc. believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, any such assumptions could prove to be inaccurate. Therefore, Wizard World, Inc. can provide no assurance that any of the forward-looking statements contained in this letter will prove to be accurate.
In light of the significant uncertainties and risks inherent in the forward-looking statements included in this letter, such information should not be regarded as a representation by Wizard World, Inc. that its objectives or plans will be achieved. Included in these uncertainties and risks are, among other things, fluctuations in operating results, general economic conditions, uncertainty regarding the results of certain legal proceedings and competition. Forward-looking statements consist of statements other than a recitation of historical fact and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “intend,” “expect,” “will,” “anticipate,” “estimate” or “continue” or the negatives thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. Because they are forward-looking, such statements should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties are more fully described in Wizard World, Inc.’s most recent Annual and Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the heading entitled “Risk Factors.” Wizard World, Inc. does not undertake an obligation to update publicly any of its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.