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  • Boom! Studios Announces Schedule for WonderCon 2015

    Press Release:

    Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting at WonderCon Anaheim 2015, which will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, during the weekend of April 3-5, 2015.

    BOOM! can be found at booth #611 on the show floor and will host the following creators:

    Boom-StudiosAppearing and signing all weekend will be:

    • Bryce Carlson (Hit)

     

    Sketching at the booth all weekend will be:

    • Kassandra Heller (Adventure Time)

    • Stephanie Gonzaga (Adventure Time)

     

    Appearing for one-hour signings throughout the weekend:

    Friday, April 3

    • 3-4 PMMarc Andreyko (Clive Barker’s Nightbreed)

     

    Saturday, April 4

    • 11AM-12 PMYehudi Mercado (Rocket Salvage)

    • 12-1 PMMatt Gagnon (Day Men)

    • 1-2 PM - Mike Johnson (Sleepy Hollow: Origins)

    • 4-5 PM - Brian Lynch (Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return), Amy Stoch (Missy from the Bill & Ted ), Scott Kroopf (Bill & Ted films producer)

     

    Sunday, April 5

    • 1-2 PMNoelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes)

     

    BOOM! will also present and participate in the following panels at WonderCon:

    BOOM! Studios: From Page to Screen

    Friday, April 3, 5:30-6:30 PM, Room 208

    Comics publisher BOOM! Studios is actively developing several of its original titles for film and television. Have you ever wondered what that process is like? Hear from BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie, President of Development Stephen Christy; screenwriter Arash Amel (Butterfly); and entertainment attorney Matt Sugarman as they talk about the process of shopping a comic book property in Hollywood. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit.

     

    Push Comics Forward: BOOM! Studios Celebrates 10 Years and Looks Ahead to the Next 10

    Saturday, April 4, 2:00-3:00 PM, Room 211

    10 years ago, Ross Richie started BOOM! Studios from a spare bedroom in his house. Today, BOOM! is a multiple award-winning top 10 publisher. But rather than look back at what we’ve achieved the past 10 years, join us as we look ahead to the next 10 years and talk about Push Comics Forward, a movement to inspire publishers, creators, press, and fans to join the conversation on what is helping to improve the industry, and what more can be done. Join Ross Richie, President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik, and Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon as they host creators Bryce Carlson (Hit); Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes); Trevor Crafts & Matt Daley (Lantern City), and more to talk about how BOOM! is helping to Push Comics Forward. Plus, each attendee will receive an exclusive Lantern City pin!

     

    Push “Excellence” Forward: New “Bill & Ted” Comics Come to BOOM! Studios

    Saturday, April 4, 5:30-6:30 PM, Room 208

    As part of its ongoing desire to Push Comics Forward, BOOM! Studios carefully selects key licensed properties to help bring new readers to comics. In March, the publisher launches Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return, a new comic series based on the classic films about two, excellent high school buddies who go on to bring about world peace through their music. Join the comic’s writer, Brian Lynch; editors Ian Brill and Alex Galer; star of the films, Amy Stoch, PhD (Missy); and producer of the films Scott Kroopf as they talk about the new series and the everlasting popularity of Bill & Ted. Moderated by BuzzFeed’s Kirk Damato.

     

    Push Fun Forward: The Importance of All-Ages Comics

    Sunday, April 5, 11:30-12:30 PM, Room 213

    All-ages comics are important now more than ever in helping to bring in new and lapsed readers, from practically every demographic. Join us as BOOM! Studios Associate Editor Whitney Leopard leads a discussion of the significance of all-ages comics—from what it has achieved thus far to what lies ahead—with creators Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time), Derek Fridolfs (Batman: Li’l Gotham), Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade), and more.

     

    BOOM! Studios editor Shannon Watters will participate in an hourlong portfolio review on Saturday of WonderCon:

    Saturday, April 4

    BOOM! Studios Portfolio Review

    Saturday, April 4, 12:301:30 PM, Room 206B

    Shannon Watters, the Editor of BOOM! Studios’ all-ages imprint KaBOOM! and experimental imprint BOOM! Box, is conducting portfolio reviews at WonderCon Anaheim. Please bring sequential work relating to all-ages content as well as out-of-the-box ideas, plus cover art, color art, and materials showing off your personal style. No story pitches, please.

     

    And finally, BOOM! will have the following exclusive variants available for purchase at the booth:

    • Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 – Cover by Braden Lamb (Adventure Time)

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    • Sleepy Hollow: Origins #1 – Cover designed by Michelle Ankley (Photo credit: Brownie Harris and John Lopez)

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    For tickets and more information on WonderCon Anaheim 2015, visit their site at comic-con.org/wca.

    ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS

    Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV’s The Woods; Mark Waid’s Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!’s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.

    Agent Carter Reports for Duty at Boston Comic Con 2015

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    Press Release:

    Boston Comic Con has received clearance from S.H.I.E.L.D. to announce that Hayley Atwell, star of Agent Carter, is our latest guest addition for 2015! A fan favorite since her debut in Captain America: The First Avenger, Peggy Carter is slated to make appearances in both this year’s Marvel movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man! Haley will meet fans for autographs and photos on Saturday August 1st and Sunday August 2nd ONLY at Boston Comic Con!

    Previously announced guests include: Stan Lee, Eduardo Risso, Humberto Ramos, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tony Moore, Jason Latour, Joelle Jones, Steve Lieber, Annie Wu, Franco Aureliani, J. Bone, Frank Brunner, Michael Cho, Jeff Dekal, Evan Dorkin, Sara Dyer, Gerry Duggan, Mike Henderson, Mike Kunkel, John Layman, Laura Martin, Jeff Parker, Kurtis J. Wiebe, Joshua Williamson, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Stephane Roux, Frank Cho, Brian Azzarello, Amy Reeder, Don Rosa, Frank Tieri, Andy Belanger, Stephanie Buscema, CB Cebulski, Joe Prado, Dave Johnson, and more!

    Tickets are now available for purchase. Please note that this year tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY, there will not be any on-site ticket sales.

    If you are coming in from out of town, the official Boston Comic Con hotel is the Seaport Hotel which is attached to the show venue (The Seaport World Trade Center).

    About Boston Comic Con:
    The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday July 31st, Saturday August 1st, and Sunday August 2nd at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

    Image Comics Schedule at Emerald City Comicon 2015

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    Press Release:

    Image Comics is pleased to return to Seattle this year for Emerald City Comicon on Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29.

    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

    IDW Announces Signings & Panels for Emerald City Comicon 2015

    idwPress Release:

    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: OutbreakBrandon 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 AndersonAgnes 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. KnaveSean 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 GaydosErik 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 YorkerToo 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).

    Big Wow! ComicFest Previews Art Auction

    vampi-sakaiPress Release:

    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…

    Get tickets 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.

    For more information on Big WOW! Comicfest please check the website (www.bigwowcomicfest.com) and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

    Deidre Dark’s Delightful Dolls Debuts at Boston Comic Con 2015

    DEIDRE-DARKSPress Release:

    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.

    TCAF Kids Day 2015 Guests & Schedule Announced

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    Press Release:

    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.

    Dark Horse Announces ECCC 2015 Schedule

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    Press Release:

    Visit Dark Horse Comics at Emerald City Comicon Booth #802 for free swag such as comics, buttons, posters, and more!  Check out our show exclusives, signings, and panels, too!  

    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.

     

    SIGNING SCHEDULE

    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:

                                              Paul Tobin

     

    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

     

     

    PANEL SCHEDULE

    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 FiumaraScott AllieDave 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!

    Mega Man Composer Appears at Anime Boston 2015

    ManamiAnime Boston welcomes video game composer Manami Matsumae to their 2015 convention!

    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! ComicFest Returns to San Jose

    bigwow2015Press Release:

    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.

     

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