IDW Announces Panel & Signing Schedule for SDCC 2017

Press Release:

The countdown to San Diego Comic Con International 2017 is on, and IDW and Top Shelf have revealed their massive slate of signings and panels for the week! Featuring influential and fan-favorite creators, alongside the cast and creative teams from some of the most buzzed about television shows, on top of can’t-miss programming, this year’s convention is primed to be the biggest yet!

Booth #2743 will be your essential destination for non-stop excitement throughout the convention including appearances by Ivan ReitmanBerkeley BreathedKevin EastmanBob GaleWalter Simonson, the cast of Wynonna Earp and many, many more!

Wednesday July 19th Preview Night 

6:00 – 8:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Bobby Curnow (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 8:00 Bloom County Launch Party!  – Berkeley Breathed    (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
8:00 – 9:00 Sword of Ages Sneak Preview – Gabriel Rodriguez  (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
8:00 – 9:00 Sh*t My President Says – Shannon Wheeler (*Book debut!)

Thursday July 20th

10:00 – 11:00 Love is Love – Marc AndreykoChris RyallCat Staggs
10:00 – 11:00 Schick Hydrobot and The Transformers – John Barber
11:00 – 12:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
11:00 – 12:00 Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition – Walter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive!)
12:00 – 1:00 Ghostbusters – Ivan Reitman, Erik BurnhamDan Schoening, Tom Waltz                 (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
12:00 – 1:00 Locke & Key – Gabriel RodriguezChris RyallDavid Petersen (*Check out the show exclusives!)
1:00 – 2:00 Top Shelf Soiree – Campbell WhyteKim DwinellJanet LeeJim McCannShannon Wheeler
1:00 – 2:00 Animal Noir – Izar Lunaček
1:00 – 2:00 Black Crown – Tess Fowler  (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
1:00 – 2:00 Helena Crash – Fabian Rangel Jr.
2:00 – 4:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles– Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Bobby CurnowChris Mowry  (*Check out the show exclusives!)
2:00 – 3:15 Usagi Yojimbo – Stan Sakai
2:00 – 3:00 Judge Dredd – Ulises FariñasErick Freitas
3:00 – 4:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
4:00 – 5:00 First Strike: A HASBRO Comic Book Event – Mairghread Scott, David RodriguezJohn BarberAubrey SittersonBrandon EastonJimmy Johnston, Fico OssioAndrew Griffith (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
4:00 – 5:00 Darkness Visible, Dirk Gently – Arvind Ethan David, Livio Ramondelli (*Check out the show exclusive!)
5:00 – 6:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek CharmLandry Walker  (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
5:00 – 5:00 Korgi – Christian Slade
5:00 – 6:00 Surfside Girls – Kim Dwinell
                   (*Book debut!)
5:00 – 6:00 MARCH – Andrew AydinNate Powell
6:00 – 7:00 Jem and the Holograms – M. Victoria Robado 
   (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 7:00 Dread Gods – Ron Marz
6:00 – 7:00 Tom Whalen 

Friday July 21st

10:00 – 11:00 Archangel – Michael Benedetto
10:00 – 11:00 Home Time – Campbell Whyte
                      (*Book debut!)
10:00 – 12:00 MARCH – Andrew AydinNate Powell
11:00 – 12:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed 
                       (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
11:00 – 12:00 Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition – Walter Simonson  
                       (*Check out the show exclusive!)
11:00 – 12:00 Star Trek: The Mirror Broken – Scott TiptonDavid Tipton,
                       J.K. Woodward
12:00 – 1:00 Back To The Future – Bob GaleJohn BarberAlan Robinson
12:00 – 1:00 Tom Whalen
12:00 – 1:00 Judge Dredd – Ulises FariñasErick Freitas
12:00 – 1:00 HASBRO Comic Universe – Brandon EastonFico Ossio
1:00 – 2:00 Animal Noir – Izar Lunaček
1:00 – 2:00 Behaving Madly – Craig YoeGer Apeldoorne
1:00 – 2:00 Gumballs – Erin Nations
1:00 – 2:00 Home Time – Campbell Whyte
1:00 – 2:00 Surfside Girls – Kim Dwinell
2:00 – 3:00 Black Crown – Tess Fowler
                   (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
2:00 – 3:00 Helena Crash  – Fabian Rangel Jr.
2:00 – 3:00 Sh*t My President Says – Shannon Wheeler
2:00 – 3:00 Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken – Ray Friesen
3:00 – 4:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed
                   (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
3:00 – 4:00 Wynonna Earp – Melanie ScrofanoTim RozonShamier Anderson,
                   Dominique Provost-ChalkleyKatherine BarrellVaruna SarangaTamara Duarte,                            Emily AndrasBeau Smith 
                  (*Check out the show exclusives!)
                  (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
4:00 – 5:00 Sword of Ages, Little Nemo – Gabriel RodriguezEric Shanower
                  (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
4:00 – 5:00 My Little Pony – Agnes GarbowskaTony FleecsSara Richard,
                   Thom Zahler
                   (*Check out the show exclusives!)
5:00 – 6:00 Love is Love – Marc AndreykoTyler BossSina Grace,
                   Marc GuggenheimAmancay NahuelpanMatthew Rosenberg
5:00 – 6:00 Saucer State – Paul Cornell
5:00 – 6:00 Ghostbusters –Erik BurnhamDan SchoeningTom Waltz
6:00 – 7:00 Star Trek – Mike JohnsonRyan Parrott
                  (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 7:00 Dread Gods – Ron Marz
6:00 – 7:00 The X-Files – Mister Sam Shearon 

Saturday July 22nd

10:00 – 11:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek CharmLandry Walker  
                       (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
10:00 – 11:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated – Caleb Goellner  
10:30 – 11:30 DuckTales – Francisco AngonesSean JimenezMatt Youngberg
                       (*Meet the Executive Producer, story editor, and art director of the new television show!)
11:00 – 12:00 Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition – Walter Simonson  
                       (*Check out the show exclusive!)
11:30 – 1:30 March– Congressman John LewisAndrew AydinNate Powell
1:00 – 2:00 Tom Whalen
1:00 – 2:00 Cosmic Scoundrels – Andy Suriano
2:00 – 3:30 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Freddie E. Williams,
                   Bobby Curnow  
                   (*Check out the show exclusives!)
                   (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
2:00 – 3:00 Top Shelf Soiree – Campbell WhyteKim DwinellJanet LeeJim McCann,
                   Shannon Wheeler
3:00 – 4:00 V-Wars – Jonathan MaberryRyan BrownAlan Robinson,
                   Mister Sam Shearon
4:00 – 5:00 Black Crown – TOP SECRET GUESTS
4:00 – 5:00 Wynonna Earp – Melanie ScrofanoShamier AndersonTim Rozon,
                   Dominique Provost-ChalkleyKatherine BarrellVarun SarangaTamara Duarte,
                   Emily AndrasBeau Smith
                   (*Check out the show exclusives!)
                   (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
5:00 – 6:00 Love is Love – Marc AndreykoCecil CastellucciMatthew Rosenberg,
                   Gail Simone
5:00 – 6:00 DuckTales – Jeff Smith
                   (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 7:00 First Strike: A HASBRO Comic Book Event – Mairghread Scott,
                    David RodriguezJohn BarberAubrey SittersonFico OssioAndrew Griffith
                    (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
6:00 – 7:00 Sword of Ages, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez
                    (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)

Sunday July 23rd

10:00 – 11:00 Mickey Mouse Shorts – Scott TiptonAndy Suriano
10:00 – 11:00 Sword of Ages, Little Nemo – Gabriel RodriguezEric Shanower
                       (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
11:00 – 12:00 Top Shelf Soiree – Campbell WhyteShannon WheelerErin Nations
11:00 – 12:00 Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition – Walter Simonson  
                       (*Check out the show exclusive!)
12:00 – 1:00 Powerpuff Girls – Haley ManciniJake Goldman
12:00 – 1:00 Hana Zuki – David Mariotte
12:00 – 1:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated – Caleb Goellner  
12:00 – 1:00 Yo-Kai Watch Eric Esquivel
12:00 – 1:00 First Strike: A HASBRO Comic Book Event – Mairghread Scott,
                     David RodriguezJohn Barber,
1:00 – 2:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek CharmLandry Walker  
                   (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
1:00 – 2:00 Home Time – Campbell Whyte  
1:00 – 2:00 Korgi – Christian Slade
2:00 – 3:00 Animal Noir – Izar Lunaček
2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs, Sara Richard
                   (*Check out the show exclusive!)
3:00 – 4:00 Archangel Michael Benedetto
3:00 – 4:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe – Chris MowryTom WaltzFreddie E. Williams

The Top Shelf section of the booth will be filled all weekend with more great creators, too! 

IDW will be hosting panels all weekend long with show-stopping announcements, surprise guests, and giveaways that you won’t want to miss.

JAWS WILL DROP, SIDES WILL ACHE… SUPER WEIRD HEROES!
Thursday , 7/20/17, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 28DE
A way-fun LOL multimedia show of the kookiest, kraziest, most bizarro leotard-clad bad-guy bashers of the Golden Age of comic books! SEE The Hand: a giant hand!. SEE Madam Fatale: the first cross dressing superhero! SEE Kangaroo Man (Batman was taken!)  SEE tons more nutty-cool heroes held up to reverence and ridicule! Based on the best selling book, “Super Weird Heroes” (and its upcoming sequel) the stand-up comedy presentation is by the former Creative Director of the Muppets and now the Eisner-winning editor of IDW/Yoe Books, Craig Yoe. 20 laugh-riot cosplay changes in all! DON’T MISS THIS!

Ghostbusters 101 — A Ghostbusters Panel of Biblical Proportions!
Thursday , 7/20/17, 10:15a.m. – 11:15a.m., Room: 6DE
Join Ghostbusters co-creator Ivan Reitman and the IDW Ghostbusters brain trust of Erik BurnhamDan Schoening, and Tom Waltz, as they discuss the long-running, critically acclaimed, and fan-adored Ghostbusters franchise, including everything from the classic original movies to the long-running comic book history at IDW Publishing… as well as future plans for major events from Ghost Corps that will add to the beloved brand’s canon, bringing the different Ghostbusters worlds together like never before! Be there… or be slimed!

IDW Publishing: Focus on Graphic Novels
Thursday, 7/20/17, 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., Room: 28DE
IDW Senior Editor Justin Eisinger and Top Shelf Productions’ Leigh Walton host a discussion of the stunning graphic albums, art books, and translated editions coming from IDW this year. Joined by creators such as Izar Lunaček (Animal Noir), Jim McCann & Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men), and Campbell Whyte (Home Time), we’ll dive into details on their work and beyond, including R. Crumb: From Underground to GENESIS, Pearl Jam Art of Do The EvolutionSh*t My President SaysI Am a Number, and much more.

Spotlight on Walter Simonson
Thursday, 7/20/17, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 9
Living legend Walter Simonson is joined by the person most qualified to interview him on a spotlight panel—his wife, the noted comics writer and editor, Louise Simonson. If you’ve never heard Simonson on a panel before this will be a true treat because Walter is not only a master of sequential stories, he is also a brilliant raconteur who will enthrall you with stories spanning his nearly 50 year career!

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe! IDW and Hasbro Present First Strike
Thursday, 7/20/17, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 9
The Transformers, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, Rom, and the Micronauts—some of your favorite childhood toys—now all inhabit one shared universe! Learn how the creators behind the books work together to create a new world filled with giant robots, magical menaces, and lots and lots of laser guns! This panel will also feature a special sneak preview of the Hasbro comic book event—FIRST STRIKE! Join panel guests Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Till All Are One), John Barber (Optimus Prime), Aubrey Sitterson (G.I. JOE), Chris Ryall (Rom), David A. Rodriguez (First Strike), and Brandon Easton (M.A.S.K.) for an in-depth look at the Hasbro line of comic books!
The Bernie Wrightson Memorial Panel—Celebrating the life of a legend
Thursday, 7/20/17, 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., Room: 4
Bernie Wrightson
 was one of the most influential artists in comic book history. His work on Swamp Thing, his Frankenstein illustrations, and myriads of classic covers, stories and illustrations were lovingly rendered by an artist who truly made each project a labor of love. Join IDW’s Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall and Director of Special Projects Scott Dunbier as they welcome a host of guests to pay tribute and celebrate the life and art of the Great Bernie Wrightson!
The Trump Presidential Library Panel
Thursday, 7/20/17, 6:30:00p.m. – 7:30:00p.m., Room: 26AB
Celebrants and detractors alike are chewing on the fact that Donald Trump was elected president. Shannon Wheeler and Robert Sikoryak will help you swallow. In their books Sh*t My President Saysand The Unquotable Trump (respectively), these two cartoonists illustrate Trump’s words for comedic effect and insight. There will be slides, a brief history of political satire, and laughter through the tears as they wrestle with an understanding of our current dystopia. Can satire keep up with reality? Shannon Wheeler is the two-time Eisner winning creator of Too Much Coffee Man and a New Yorker cartoonist. Robert Sikoryak started at Raw magazine, is a New Yorker contributor, and a Comic-Con special guest.

BLACK CROWN: At The Cross Street Of Comics & Chaos
Friday, 7/21/17, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 32AB 
Attention readers who need to be transfixed or transformed: IDW’s BLACK CROWN is a fully-functioning curation operation.  Get in on the ground floor of the new imprint that’s at the cross street of comics and chaos.  Join editor Shelly Bond, IDW CCO Chris RyallTess Fowler (Rat Queens), co-creator/artist of debut title KID LOBOTOMY, Tini Howard (The Skeptics, Magdalena) and Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets, The Twilight Children) who can’t wait to share the details of their new BLACK CROWN series with you.  Warning: Not for the faint-hearted. A fever pitch of enthusiasm will ensue.

Drawing the Sword: A Spotlight on Gabriel Rodriguez
Friday, 7/21/17, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 23ABC
Locke & Key artist/co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez is launching his first-ever fully creator-owned, written and drawn series, Sword of Ages, this fall. Come hear all about the new series, future Locke & Key plans in print and TV, discussion about Gabriel’s decade-pus at IDW and a special announcement or two. All that and a free Sword of Ages preview comic for all in attendance! Moderated by IDW CCO Chris Ryall.

Pop Culture Shark Tank 
Friday, 7/21/17, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m., Room 32AB
Who will be the next breakout pop culture entrepreneur? Come hear startups make their best 90-second pitches to our panel of industry experts Ted Adams (IDW Entertainment), Suzy Ryoo (Atom Factory), and David Steinberger (Amazon comiXology) for valuable feedback, exposure, and maybe their big break. Pitch your own business idea if you dare! Moderated by Rob Salkowitz (Forbes).

IDW Publishing: The Rise of Fall
Friday, 7/21/17, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Room: 4
IDW goes galactic this fall with the launch of Star Wars, an entirely new Star Trek, and much more! Come hear their massive plans and many special announcements, courtesy of IDW CCO Chris Ryall, IDW Group Editor Sarah Gaydos and a cast of thousands! Well, dozens. Or at least a good handful of smart and interesting creators, anyway…

Spotlight on March creators Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
Saturday, 7/22/17, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room 23ABC
The record-breaking success of the March trilogy, by civil rights icon John LewisAndrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, has pushed the comics medium to incredible new heights. March is the first graphic novel to win the National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Book Award, or Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the first graphic novel since Maus to reach the New York Times’ Nonfiction Best Seller list, and the first book in history to receive four simultaneous awards from the American Library Association. Now, join the authors for an emotional look back at their stunning accomplishment — and the way it’s inspiring new generations to speak up, speak out, and move our feet.

TMNT: Summer of the Turtles IDW panel
Saturday, 7/22/17, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 24ABC
Join TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, writers Tom WaltzErik BurnhamAubrey SittersonUlises FarinasErick Freitas, and special guest Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai as they discuss the events of IDW’s biggest summer of TMNT publishing ever! Moderated by Editor Bobby Curnow.

Jack Kirby’s 100th Birthday Celebration with IDW! 
Saturday, 7/22/17, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 25ABC
Featuring an impressive library of more than 1,300 pages of Kirby original DC and Marvel artwork — the largest showing ever! IDW President Greg Goldstein hosts this stellar birthday tribute with a groundbreaking slide show, featuring art from eight different Artist’s Editions plus some surprises. The panel features superstar creators Walter Simonson and Kevin Eastman, who will share their Kirby remembrances and influences, along with Senior Editor Scott Dunbier and Creative Director, IDW PDX, Dirk Wood. Everyone who attends will receive a “birthday” gift! One lucky fan will go home with an Artist’s Edition!

IDW Entertainment & SyFy Present: Wynonna Earp
Saturday, 7/22/17, 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m., Room: 5AB
Join the cast and creators of the breakout SyFy series Wynonna Earp! Join Melanie ScrofanoTim RozonShamier AndersonDomonique Provost-ChalkleyKatherine BarrellVarun Saranga, and Tamara Duarte along with show runner Emily Andras, and comic creator Beau Smith as they reveal behind-the-scenes antics, show off exclusive footage, and answer your biggest questions about season 2!

Comics Entrepreneur Secrets Panel 
Saturday, 7/22/17, 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m., Room 28DE 
You love comic books, right? Do you love them enough to start your own publishing company? Hear what it takes to make it in comics from publishers who have paved their own paths. Author and business expert Rob Salkowitz (Forbes) talks to trail-blazing comics professionals including comiXology CEO and co-founder David Steinberger, CEO of IDW media holdings Ted Adams, Valiant Entertainment CEO and chief creative officer Dinesh Shamdasani, and founder and CEO of Emet Comics Maytal Gilboa about their wins, their setbacks, and everything you need to know on how break in and stay in the comics biz.

IDW’S ULTIMATE KID’S COMICS PANEL!
Sunday, 7/23/17, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 23ABC 
Star WarsPowerpuff GirlsDuckTalesTangledMy Little Pony! Did we get your attention, kids? Come learn about these awesome comic books, and more importantly, how to make your own! Hosted by IDW Group Editor Sarah Gaydos and Editor Bobby Curnow, hear from a panel of “grown ups” including Derek CharmHaley ManciniJake Goldman, and Agnes Garbowska about how they make some of your favorite kids comics. Plus: Free comics for all the kids!

Introducing Nickelodeon Splat Attack From IDW Games
Sunday, 7/23/17, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 4 
IDW Games invites fans of tabletop games and the classic 90s Nickelodeon cartoon line-up to join them in an in-depth discussion of the just announced board game, Nickelodeon Splat Attack. Nickelodeon Splat Attack is an action-packed, all out food-fight featuring many of your favorite Nickelodeon characters from the 90s. Attendees will not only get an inside look of how board games come to fruition, but also get a sneak peek at the roster of characters that will make up Nickelodeon Splat Attack!

Plus, don’t miss the CBLDF auction, benefitting the non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium on Saturday night at the Hilton Bayfront, Sapphire Room AB at 8PM. Featuring a Keynote speech by Scott Snyder, and live-sketching from Jeff Smith!

Long Beach Comic Con 2017 Announces First Guests and Show Features

Press Release:

Long Beach Comic Con 2017 Announces First Guests & Show Features

Annual Southern California Pop Culture Convention Returns This September!

Long Beach, California (June 27, 2017) – Looking to get a little more comic in your comic con? Yearning to photograph your favorite Cosplayers without fear of being trampled by roving gangs of exclusives hunters?? Have we got the show for you! Long Beach Comic Con returns to the Long Beach Convention Center this September 2nd and 3rd for a weekend long celebration of pop culture in all the colors of your geeky rainbow! Visit with comic industry icons, discover new comic titles, shop aisles packed with sought after collectibles and superbly talented artists, get a picture with your favorite TV and Movie stars and sit in on inspiring panels with today’s most influential entertainment industry professionals… all in one day!

“It’s an amazing time to be a fan of all things geek right now” remarked Martha Donato, President of MAD Event Management, the producers of Long Beach Comic Con and several more pop culture events across the globe. “With our favorite comic characters crossing over into TV and film at an ever accelerating rate, we are more than happy to continue to provide a safe space for fans new and old to come together and celebrate where imagination, creativity and drive can take us.”

Our first round of Long Beach Comic Con guests includes:

Dave Gibbons (Artist on Watchmen, Captain America, Batman)
Pia Guerra ( Co-Creator of Y The Last Man / Penciler on Hellblazer, Black Canary)
Tony Harris (Co-Creator of Starman, Ex Machina / Artist on Doctor Strange, JSA: The Unholy Three)
Sandy King Carpenter (Co-Creator and Editor at Storm King Comics)
Camilla d’Errico (Comic Artist and Painter)
Tyler Kirkham (Artist on Green Lantern, Amazing Spider-Man, Superman)
Whilce Portacio (Artist on Uncanny X-Men, Batman, Spawn)
Barbara Randall Kesel (Writer on Hawk and Dove, Ultragirl, Meridian, The First)
Scott Koblish (Artist on Deadpool)
Noel G. (Actor on The Fast and the Furious 1-7, The Purge, Walking Dead)
Neil Ross (Voice Actor on The Transformers, Voltron, Spider-Man, Metal Gear Solid, Call of Duty)
Rikki Simons (Voice Actor on Invader Zim / Co-Creator & Writer on Robotech: Clone)
BJ Ward (Voice Actress on G.I.Joe, The Incredible Hulk, Voltron)
Will Ryan (Voice Actor on G.I.Joe, Land Before Time, The Little Mermaid)

Appearing in Cosplay Corner:

Ali Williams
Angi Viper
Amber Brite
Bernie Bregman
Alkali Layke
Molecular Agatha
GemGem Cosplay
Zabracus Cosplay
Lisa Pinelli

The McDuffie Awards for Diversity in Comics:

Five creators will be awarded for their contributions and commitment to diversity, both on the page and behind the scenes in the comic book industry. The award’s namesake, Dwayne McDuffie, is well known among fans and entertainment professionals alike with work on Warner Bros. Justice League Unlimited, Ben 10 and Static Shock animated TV series — the latter of which he co-created, based on the Milestone Media property he was partially responsible for. He also worked on projects for Marvel, DC and other publishers. In 1993, he became one of the founding partners of Milestone Media, a studio created to promote diversity in mainstream comic books and other media. He died in 2011, aged 49. We celebrate his life, his work, and the commitment of creators following in his footsteps.

Judges for this year’s award include a number of comic book industry luminaries, including celebrated Black Panther writer Don McGregor, Batgirl and Birds of Prey writer Gail Simone, Green Lantern and Iron Man artist Mark D. Bright, and Milestone Media’s Matt Wayne, among many others. The winner of the award will be announced at a special ceremony on Saturday at the Long Beach Comic Expo in February of 2018. Nominations will be opened at Long Beach Comic Con in early September 2017.

Space Expo:

For those who’d like a little nerding-out along with their geektastic adventures! MAD Events is dedicated to providing high-quality educational and often, interactive attractions made accessible through a pop culture atmosphere. Space Expo brings together the Space and Entertainment industries to strengthen them by fostering interest and creating future scientists and engineers. Hear from leading scientists, conduct experiments, check out authentic tools of space exploration and even see how you’d look as an astronaut!

In the coming months, we’ll be rolling out news on special guests, show features, panels and more than a few surprises, so keep an eye on LongBeachComicCon.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter and you won’t miss a beat!

Long Beach Comic Con tickets are on sale NOW at LongBeachComicCon.com
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NEO Comic Con Returns in August 2017

The 3rd NEO Comic Con is coming up on Sunday, August 20, in North Olmsted, Ohio. Guests include Kevin Nowlan, Bob Hall, Tony Isabella, Marc Sumerak, Jeremy Freeman, Matt Horak, Don Simpson, Darryl Banks, Aaron Archer, and lot more.

Check out the graphic below for the who, what, where, when, and why. You can also visit their website.

More Guests & Events Announced for HasCon 2017

Just Announced: Panels, Meet & Greets and Autograph Sessions with Entertainment Icons James Gunn, Stan Bush and Special Performance from Multi-Platinum Singer-Songwriter Daya to join already announced line up of Stan Lee, Dude Perfect, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Peter Cullen and Frank Welker.

New Ticket VIP Packages available offering exclusive access and opportunities

Press Release:

Hasbro, a global play and entertainment company, has unveiled additional programming details and VIP ticket packages for the first-ever HASCON FANmily event. Happening September 8 – 10, 2017 at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, HASCON will bring Hasbro’s most iconic brands to life.

Joining the previously announced all-star line-up is James Gunn (writer and director, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1 and 2) and musician Stan Bush (singer, “The Touch” from TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE). HASCON will also feature a headlining performance and meet and greet from Multi-Platinum GRAMMY® Award-Winning singer-songwriter Daya and an interactive sing-along with Sesame Street’s beloved Muppets Elmo and Abby Cadabby.

Previously announced talent includes appearances by Dude Perfect, Stan Lee (Marvel Comics Legend), Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Producer of all the TRANSFORMERS films, as well as G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. JOE: Retaliation); Peter Cullen and Frank Welker (original TRANSFORMERS voice talent); Andrea Libman and Cathy Weseluck (voice talent of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC and MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE); and “Chewbacca Mom,” Candace Payne.

This unique event will bring Hasbro’s most iconic brands to life like never before, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY and G.I. JOE and exceptional partner brands such as BEYBLADE, DREAMWORKS TROLLS and SESAME STREET. Fans will get a peek behind the Hasbro curtain during the three days filled with exciting first-look previews and panels from Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series, including Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC as seen on Hasbro’s joint-venture television network Discovery Family.

In addition, there will be activities inspired by several iconic Disney properties, including Disney Princess, Frozen, Elena of Avalor, Moana and Descendants 2, as well as Star Wars and Marvel’s Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. From movie props and costumes on display, to hands-on fun through art tutorials and more, these areas will be can’t-miss destinations during the show.

IDW Publishing’s Artist Alley will feature appearances from some of the industry’s most recognized comic illustrators, artists, and designers plus unique HASCON merchandise available for purchase. Ultra PRO, the leading brand of accessories for tabletop gaming, sports memorabilia and pop culture collectibles is the supporting provider of Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons activities, providing HASCON guests exclusive access to custom Magic: The Gathering event prizes and HASCON exclusive playmats, plush dice, deck boxes and learn-to-play participation gifts.

General Admission ticket holders will be treated to an exciting array of activities including: interactive brand experiences, panel discussions, meet and greets, musical guest performances, cosplay activities, a Hasbro passport tour and scavenger hunt, larger-than-life Hasbro games, a HASCON commemorative program and an opportunity to audition for Hasbro television commercials.

Just unveiled HASCON VIP packages will offer fans access to all General Admission activities, as well as special VIP 1 hour early access to the show floor to shop for a chance to buy HASCON exclusive product from My Little Pony, Transformers, Dungeons and Dragons as well as multi-convention exclusives from Star Wars, Marvel and Magic The Gathering.* VIP’s will also receive a Hasbro goodie bag, access to the VIP lounge and an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Hasbro headquarters, in addition to one of the following exclusive events:

  • Transformers Hall of Fame Dinner– Friday Sept. 8th 6:30 pm
    • Be part of the first ever HASCON Transformers Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony with a surprise guest. Enjoy a sit-down dinner and experience an exclusive live performance from Stan Bush, a welcome with Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, and a sneak preview of select 2018 Transformers toys shared by the Transformers design and brand teams.
  • My Little Pony Mane Event: Hall of Our FANmily Dinner– Friday Sept. 8th 6:30 pm
    • Enter the world of Equestria at the first-ever My Little Pony HOOF (Hall of Our FANmily) Dinner and Induction Ceremony. The HOOF inductees will include special guests and surprise honorees who have left their hoofprint on the brand.
  • G.I. Joe Legends Dinner– Friday Sept. 8th 6:30 pm
    • Join co-emcees and G.I. Joe authors Derryl DePriest and Dan Klingensmith for an intimate and entertaining evening event featuring one of the greatest gatherings of G.I. Joe Legends ever assembled! As we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the launch of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line, enjoy a sit-down dinner, meet and mingle with Legends and listen to them discuss their experiences on G.I. Joe.
  • Stories with Stan–Saturday Sept. 9th 11:30 am
    • This is your chance to sit down with Stan Lee, a true comic book legend! As one of this generation’s greatest storytellers, Stan will share his tales to astonish about the creation of pop culture icons including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, Black Panther, and many more – EXCELSIOR! Stories with Stan attendees are guaranteed to receive a pre-signed autograph poster from Stan Lee commemorating his HASCON visit and a surprise gift. Lunch will be served.
  • Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Event
    • Join celebrities and producers, including Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from Transformers: The Last Knight to celebrate the home entertainment release and view special Bonus Footage. Enjoy light refreshments and a special video message from a surprise celebrity.
  • My Little Pony: The Movie Sneak Peek– Saturday Sept. 9th 6:15 pm
    • Be one of the first to catch a sneak peek of the upcoming My Little Pony: The Movie. Listen to film discussions with Head Storyteller Megan McCarthy and participate in a Q&A session with surprise celebrity talent, enjoy light refreshments, and enter a raffle for a chance to win My Little Pony merchandise.

General Admission ticketholders can also purchase special access to select HASCON VIP events as “ticket add-ons” through the HASCON website. These “add ons” include the above events as well as a special meet and greet with the Dudes, which includes an exclusive sneak peek of the Dude Perfect signature Bow video before it’s revealed, an autographed NERF Dude Perfect football, selfies and more!

To purchase General Admission and VIP tickets, view complete package details and stay up to date on all the latest information on HASCON 2017, please visit hascon.hasbro.com

The inaugural HASCON FANmily™ event is presented in part by IDW Publishing, Ultra PRO and Discovery Family.

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Live From SDCC, It’s DC All Access

DC Booth to Host First-Ever “DC All Access” Live Broadcast Segments, A Countdown to DOOMSDAY CLOCK, A Tour of METAL and the Dark Multiverse, and the World’s Greatest Super Heroes 

 Justice League Movie Cast Signing, Costumes and Props; the Biggest Stars in Comics, an Injustice 2 Game Tournament, and 25th Anniversary Celebrations for Harley Quinn and WildStorm also on tap for San Diego

Press Release:

DC Entertainment brings an expansive program of panels, signings, celebrations and activities to fans attending this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego. From July 19-23, the DC Booth (#1915) will be the place to see the most iconic characters in pop culture, the biggest Hollywood stars and the most groundbreaking titles in comics.

For the first time ever, DC All Access will broadcast live, straight from the DC booth. Once an hour on Thursday and Friday during the show, DC All Access Live will interview some of the biggest names in comics, cover breaking news, and highlight all the excitement of pop culture’s biggest event of the year, as it happens.

On Thursday at Comic-Con, the countdown to DOOMSDAY CLOCK continues with a spotlight panel featuring superstar writer and producer, and DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. Moderated by DC Publisher Dan DiDio, this panel promises to reveal among other things never-before-released details on the highly anticipated comic book series that for the first-time ever brings the greatest heroes and villains from the DC Universe together with the mysterious forces from the Watchmen Universe this November. Johns will also appear in the DC booth for an exclusive fan signing Friday at 1:30pm.

Also on Friday, get the inside scoop on the publishing event that will rock comic book fans to the core when DARK NIGHTS: METAL, written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo, makes its debut in August, setting the stage for the upcoming DARK MATTER line of comic books in 2018. The best-selling talent team of Snyder and Capullo will join the top names in comics – including some surprise guests – to share more details about summer’s must-read Batman event and this new, artist-driven line of comic books at Friday’s DC Dark Metal/Dark Matter Panel. Snyder and Capullo will also greet fans during a signing in the DC booth Saturday at 3pm.

As anticipation builds for November’s Justice League movie, DC’s booth will feature a spectacular display of new costumes and props from the highly-anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures film. The booth will also host one of the biggest events of Con weekend: a can’t-miss cast signing featuring Justice League stars on Saturday.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most beloved Super-Villain/Anti-Heroes in history – Harley Quinn! First making her appearance in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, the hilarious, terrifying and iconic Dr. Harleen Quinzel has gone from sidekick of The Joker to a full-fledged comic book and pop culture superstar. Harley will be celebrated by her co-creator Paul Dini, and a line-up of top artists and writers who have helped keep Harley in our hearts for a quarter of a century, including artists Amanda Conner, Frank Cho, and Chad Hardin.

The enduring legacy of WildStorm will be the subject of an in-depth, 25th anniversary panel in which WildStorm founder, DC Publisher, and acclaimed artist Jim Lee joins Adam Archer, Ryan Benjamin, Lee Bermejo, J. Scott Campbell, Carlos D’Anda, Sandra Hope, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair and Scott Williams to honor the groundbreaking stories and characters from WildStorm. With the impending release of WILDSTORM: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS on August 23, this panel of celebrated creators takes a look back at some of the biggest moments in WildStorm’s history, alongside its revival in the ongoing DC pop-up imprint curated by Warren Ellis.

At the Vertigo panel, join Academy Award® winning screenwriter John Ridley as he discusses the first issue debut of THE AMERICAN WAY: THOSE ABOVE AND THOSE BELOW. As R­­­­­­idley returns to the epic series and to hero Jason Fisher ten years later, the critically-acclaimed writer of 12 Years A Slave dives into how the sequel explores historically significant sociopolitical and racial themes still relevant today. Vertigo fan-favorite writers Paul Dini (DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY) and Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE) will also be on hand to discuss their successful tenures with this genre-defying imprint.

The DC booth will also feature an incredible array of never-before-seen items from Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Collectibles, including the latter’s new series of quirky and offbeat vinyl statues, DC Artists Alley. And for the selfie takers, the DC booth will host an array of appearances and autograph sessions with some of the best artists and writers in comics nearly every hour of the Con.

DC’s booth will once again feature the popular interactive green screen where Con fans pose in backgrounds featuring their favorite DC characters from comics, films and games, including Harley Quinn from DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, Batman: The Animated SeriesDC Super Hero GirlsJustice League movie cast and a surprise reveal on Friday. The booth will also be the place to be to witness the most jaw-dropping cosplay at the Con! Be there for awesome cosplay meet ups every day of the convention.

Always the most hilarious hour at the Con, the MAD Magazine panel led by longtime editor John Ficarra and his “Usual Gang Of Idiots” will offer a ridiculous peek at what’s happening at the magazine.

For gamers at SDCC, the DC booth will host a tournament for Injustice 2, the bestselling and critically acclaimed new game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, NetherRealm Studios and DC. Tournament on stage action will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Graphitti Designs (Booth #2314) will once again carry highly collectible, exclusive variant comic books available for SDCC attendees only. All titles will be on sale beginning on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 19, in limited quantities.

Check out the DC All Access mobile app for a complete list of panels, a schedule of signings, behind-the-scenes coverage and in-depth interviews directly from DC’s web series, “DC All Access.” The app is available as a free download at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Skybound Panel & Signing Schedule for SDCC 2017

Skybound has announced their panel and signing schedule for next week at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

PANELS

THURSDAY JULY 20TH:

Robert Kirkman: In Conversation
3:00PM – Room 6A

Join the creative mind behind The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Outcast, Robert Kirkman, as he discusses his prolific body of work within comics, television, and now film with the feature adaptation of his long-running superhero comic Invincible.

 

FRIDAY JULY 21ST:

AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead
11:15am – Hall H

Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Mercedes Mason, Colman Domingo, Dayton Callie, Sam Underwood, Daniel Sharman, and Michael Greyeyes join executive producer and showrunner Dave Erickson, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). They will talk about where the series left off in the midseason finale and what to look forward to when it picks up in September.

 

AMC’s The Walking Dead
12:15pm – Hall H

Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Chandler Riggs, Seth Gilliam, Alanna Masterson, and Khary Payton join executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the past season and filming the 100th episode and will share some hints of what’s to come with a sneak peek into season 8, debuting in October on AMC.

Skybound Entertainment: Creators, Fans, and Franchises
4:30PM – Room 6BCF

Join Skybound Entertainment’s Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise, Invincible) and the company’s CEO and fellow producer David Alpert (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast) as they discuss their upcoming slate of television and film projects including the film adaptation of Kirkman’s long-running comic book series Invincible, their AMC comic book docuseries, Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, and more. Kirkman and Alpert will be joined by Skybound Entertainment’s Catherine Winder (The Angry Birds Movie, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Sean Furst (Star-Crossed, Dice) and TQ Jefferson (Telltale’s The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: Michonne) who will deep dive into what’s next for the company in virtual reality, gaming, and the animation space. The panel will be moderated by Steve Zaragoza.

 

SATURDAY JULY 22ND:

Skybound Entertainment: Comics and Creators
10:00AM – Room 29AB

Join Skybound Entertainment editor Jon Moisan as he discusses Skybound’s latest comic book slate with some of their own top creators, including: Skybound’s own Sean Mackiewicz (Skybound Entertainment Editorial Director, Gasolina), Donny Cates (Redneck, God Country), Chris Pasetto (Kill the Minotaur), Christian Cantemessa (Kill the Minotaur), and Brandon Thomas (Horizon).

Robert Kirkman & Todd McFarlane in Coversation
3:30pm – Room 6DE

Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn, and Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, sit down for an intimate one-on-one chat. These two titans have forever changed the comics industry in addition to breaking new ground in everything from toys to television to film. What tips do they have for their fellow creators? How did they rise so high? They’ll discuss these topics and more.

AMC’s Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics
4:45pm – Room 6DE
Executive producers Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead), Daniel Junge (Saving Face, Being Evel), and Rory Karpf (The Book of Manning, Dale) introduce their new unscripted series AMC’s Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret World of Comics, a six-part one-hour documentary series that explores the stories, people, and events that have transformed the world of comic books. Using a distinctive filmmaker approach, the series takes a deep dive into the most accessible and often subversive modern popular art form and will cover topics ranging from origin stories to the untold history behind iconic characters. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of this new series.

SIGNINGS

Thursday July 20th
*Robert Kirkman: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Friday July 21st
Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Lukas Ketner: 12:00 -12:45 p.m.
Brandon Thomas + Juan Gedeon: 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Joshua Williamson: 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Saturday July 22nd
*Robert Kirkman: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Lukas Ketner: 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Sunday July 23rd
Chris Dingess: 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Donny Cates: 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

 

*Wristbands for the Robert Kirkman signings will be given away to attendee badge holders first thing on the morning of each respective signing in the Sails Pavillion.

Chandler Riggs added to FLORIDA SUPERCON

Chandler Riggs, best known for his role as Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead, has just been added to the guest list for FLORIDA SUPERCON www.floridasupercon.com JULY 27-30, 2017 @ The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.

FLORIDA SUPERCON is 4 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more!

Over 150 TV and Movie Stars, Comic Book Creators, Entertainment Guests, and Cosplay Guests will be at Supercon! Keep an eye on http://floridasupercon.com/all-guests-florida-supercon/to stay up to date on who is coming! Some of the guests already confirmed include:

TV & MOVIE STARS
Peter Capaldi: Doctor Who
John Barrowman: Arrow, Doctor Who, Torchwood
Karen Gillan: Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Who
Lee Majors: The Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels: Darryl Makes Comics, RUN-DMC
Ricky Whittle: American Gods, The 100
Levar Burton: Star Trek: Next Generation, Reading Rainbow
Armin Shimerman: Star Trek: DS9, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
John de Lancie: Star Trek: The Next Generation, My Little Pony
Chandler Riggs: The Walking Dead
Michael Cudlitz: The Walking Dead, Southland
Josh McDermitt: The Walking Dead
Jason David Frank: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Amy Jo Johnson: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Felicity
Ralph Macchio: The Karate Kid, The Outsiders
William Zabka: The Karate Kid, The Equilizer, Back to School
Martin Kove: The Karate Kid, Death Race 2000
Jason Mewes: Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Brian O’Halloran: Clerks, Clerks II
Randy “The Cowboy” Jones: The Village People
Chris Sarandon: Nightmare Before Christmas, Princess Bride
Ken Page: The Nightmare Before Christmas
David Newell: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
Lloyd Kaufman & Troma Entertainment: Toxic Avenger
Randy “The Cowboy” Jones: The Village People
Linda Blair, star of The Exorcist, Repossessed
Lindsey McKeon: One Tree Hill, Supernatural
Cindy Morgan: Caddyshack, TRON
Tony Todd: Candyman, The Flash, Transformers
Taimak: The Last Dragon
Jeremy Palko: The Walking Dead, Bloodline
Tate Steinsiek: Face Off, Puppet Master
Justin Nimmo: Power Rangers In Space
Roger Velasco: Power Rangers In Space, Power Rangers Turbo
Scotty Schwartz: The Toy, A Christmas Story
Mica Burton: Achievement Hunter
with more to come!

COMIC BOOK CREATORS
Sara Pichelli, David Finch, Jim Shooter, Keith Giffen, Aaron Kuder, Ed McGuinness, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Mike Zeck, Jose Delbo, Neal Adams, Rafael Albuquerque, David Lloyd, Kevin Nowlan, Peter J. Tomasi, Allen Bellman, John Beatty, Jeff Dekal, Jeremy Clark, Greg Horn, Andy Belanger, Kevin Maguire, Jeremy Whitley, Vanesa R. Del Rey, Georges Jeanty, David Messina, Marat Mychaels, Mostafa Moussa, Mindy Wheeler, Michael Kingston, Larry Elmore, Tyler Crook, Michelle Delecki, Terry Cronin, Rich Bonk, Adelso Corona, Greg Kirkpatrick, Danielle Otrakji, Ralph Cabrera, Mervyn McKoy, Alexis Ziritt, Vinnie Tartamella, Rafael Scavone, Clayton Henry, Buzz, Jude Millien, Jose Varese, Eric Bonhomme, Zenescope Entertainment, Creature Entertainment, Joel Adams, Dick Kulpa, and more to come!

ANIMATION & ANIME STARS
Tony Anselmo: Donald Duck
Zach Callison: Steven Universe, Sofia the First
Vic Mignogna: Fullmetal Alchemist, Ouran High School, RWBY
Colleen Clinkenbeard: Fairy Tail, One Piece, Yuri on Ice
Charlet Chung: Overwatch, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Jonny Cruz: Overwatch
Josh Petersdorf: Overwatch, League of Legends, Warcraft
Lindsay Jones: RWBY, Rooster Teeth, Achievement Hunter
Barbara Dunkelman: RWBY, Fairy Tail, Rooster Teeth
Kellen Goff: Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location
Josh Grelle: Attack on Titan, Date A Live, Free!, Yuri on Ice
B.J. Ward: G.I. Joe, Scooby Doo
Michael Bell: G.I. Joe, The Transformers
Shanon Farnon: Superfriends, Valley of the Dinosaurs
Dana Snyder: Aqua Teen, Justice League Action, Lego Star Wars
Chuck Huber: Soul Eater, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece
with more to come!

WRESTLING STARS
Ric Flair, Sting, Mick Foley, Amy “Lita” Dumas, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Leva “Blue Pants” Bates, Alex Chamberlain, Gangrel, Teddy Long, with more to come!

COSPLAY GUESTS
Bindi Smalls, Mica Burton, Martin Wong Photography, Danielle Beaulieu, Danielle DeNicola, Haiden Hazard, Jean WanWan, Alyson Tabbitha, Antonina Anime, Celissi Cosplay, Amy Nicole Cosplay, Gothic Sushi, AKrCos, Allen Ryde, Chasis Photos, Kiki Kannon, Handsome Jordan, Harley’s Love Shack, Sandmuffin Makeup, MiaAckerman Cosplay, SkyCosplays, ZipperTan, Brianna Blackfire, Hanari Solomon, and more to come!

LITERARY GUESTS
Kevin J. Anderson, Josh Vogt, Lt. Col. Keith Ikenberry, Keith R.A. DeCandido, J Scott Savage, P.L. McCall II, Bold Venture Press, Jeff Sass, Chris Berman, E. Robert Dunn, Elyse Reyes, and more to come!

ENTERTAINMENT GUESTS
FSCW (Florida Super Championship Wrestling), Lisa Corrao, Pineapple-Shaped Lamps, Revenge of the Nerds Comics, Cupcake Burlesque, Halo Kitty, Combat Robots, MyGeekGoddess, Gamemaster Nick, Guy Hutchinson, Kyle Marlett, Nerds Know, Noise Complaint, Mew World Order, Orange Anime, Patty Hawkins, Hips of Destruction, Robot Costumes USA, Screech Dragon Studios, DJ Anim8ted, SaberCraft, and more to come!

Planning to come? Join us on our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1297731703585276/?

BOOM! Unveils War for the Planet of the Apes SDCC Exclusive Covers

Press Release:

BOOM! Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Film are excited to unveil two exclusive WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES #1 interconnecting variant covers, available exclusively at Comic-Con International in San Diego (also known as San Diego Comic-Con, or SDCC), beginning Wednesday, July 19th, at the companies’ booths.

The first exclusive cover, limited to a print run of 2,000 copies, will be available for FREE at the Fox booth (#4229) at SDCC, featuring Caesar, as played by Andy Serkis in the film. The second chase cover, strictly limited to only 500 copies, will be available for $10 at the BOOM! Studios booth (#2229), featuring The Colonel, as played by Woody Harrelson. The covers, which connect to form one image, are illustrated by Robert Sammelin (Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern).

“War for the Planet of the Apes is one of the most anticipated films of the year and we’re excited to have our official prequel series launch alongside it,” said Filip Sablik, President of Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios. “It’s even more exciting to team up with Fox at Comic-Con to deliver two limited-edition covers for the inaugural issue, forming one incredible image that no fan of these damn dirty apes will want to miss!”

Written by David F. Walker (Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes) and illustrated by Jonas Scharf (Warlords of Appalachia), BOOM! Studios’ War for the Planet of the Apes comic series is an original story set between 20th Century Fox’s films, 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming eponymous film. As Caesar and his apes recoup and recover after the Kubo-led attack on the human compound in San Francisco, the military begins moving in, setting the stage for the momentous war to come.

War for the Planet of the Apes is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a diverse group of original and licensed comic book series, including The Woods by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas, Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora, Grass Kings by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, WWE, Sons of Anarchy, and Big Trouble in Little China.

Print copies of War for the Planet of the Apes #1 are available for sale starting July 12th at local comic book shops (to find a shop near you, visit comicshoplocator.com) or through the BOOM! Studios webstore, and digital copies can be purchased from content providers including comiXology, Kindle, iTunes, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on Friday, July 14th, starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer, and Terry Notary.

Mile High Comics Withdraws From San Diego Comic-Con After 44 Years

After a LONG history Mile High Comics is withdrawing from this years San Diego Comic Con

Online comic shop staple Mile High Comics is ending it’s 44 year relationship with San Diego Comic Con citing a shift on the conventions main focus as well as the cost if setting up at the convention. Read the full story HERE from Mile High’s website!

Introducing the RINGO Awards Jury at Baltimore Comic Con

July 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Introducing the 2017 Ringo Awards Jury

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – July 7, 2017 – The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill, and fun of comics. The awards will be presented on Saturday, September 23, 2017 as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con. The Ringo Awards is currently in the midst of the 2017 nomination process, which is inclusive of fans and comic book professionals alike. Please submit your nominations before voting closes at midnight on July 18, 2017.

The Jury

An esteemed jury of comics professionals will participate in the nomination process, selecting favorite works in over 20 categories. The 2017 jury was chosen as a representative cross-section of the comic book industry, with members representing seasoned and venerated educators, retailers, press, and creators across numerous genres.

John Haines entered the hobby in 1964 via a ratty dog-eared copy of the Incredible Hulk #3 that he was given in an effort to keep still at the local barber shop. From that point on, he was hooked for life. A comic historian specializing in Timely, Atlas, and Centaur comics from the Golden Age, Haines contributed to various small fanzines and eventually became an advisor to the Overstreet Price Guide in the late 1990’s. Also a long-time fixture at east-coast conventions as a silver and golden age dealer, John opened his first brick-and-mortar shop, Comics and Fiends, in 2008. A year later, he began the annual Lake Effect Comic Book Convention which just celebrated its 8th anniversary. His passion for comic books is well-known, and he continues to read both new and old comics to this day.

Hanna Means-Shannon received her undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in Medieval Languages and Literature, from Oxford University and worked as an English Professor for a number of years. During this time, she discovered both comics scholarship and comics journalism. Starting out on TripCity.net, a Brooklyn-based literary arts salon, and then continuing to write about comics as a Contributing Editor at The Comics Beat, she focused on in-depth interviews, reviews, and convention reporting. Named the New York area representative for BleedingCool.com, she was later hired to be the site’s Editor-in-Chief as well as their magazine editor, a position she held for two years. Stepping down to pursue other opportunities in comics, she moved to the West Coast to become an Associate Editor for Dark Horse Comics. Due to family needs, she later returned to the East Coast and was hired to re-launch the pop culture news website Comicon.com as Executive Editor in January 2017. She also continues to edit creator-owned comics on a limited basis.

Jamar Nicholas is a multi-time GLYPHS Comic Award-winning, Philadelphia-based cartoonist and educator. He has taught and lectured on the topic of comics creation at numerous institutions, dedicating his career to empowering young people to create their own cartoons and comics, helping them realize the power of visual narrative. Some of his works include adapting and illustrating Geoffrey Canada’s Fist Stick Knife Gun, the full-color comic strip Detective Boogaloo: Hip-Hop Cop that was serialized in the US Metro newspapers (Philadelphia, NYC, and Boston), and his upcoming original graphic novel Leon: Protector of the Playground. He is also a writer and columnist for DRAW! Magazine, the how-to source for comic book and animation professionals, and was a host of the Comic Book Diner podcast, focusing on the business of comics.

Chris Powell serves as Vice President of Retailer Services at Diamond Comic Distributors, supervising their Customer Service and Retail Technology departments while maintaining his business development role. He has spearheaded Diamond’s rollout of publisher-supported incentive programs to encourage comic shops to add point-of-sale systems, expand their locations, and open new stores, and was instrumental in the launch of Diamond Digital, a program which gives comic shops an opportunity to benefit from digital comic sales. An industry veteran, Powell previously held the General Manager and Chief Relationship Officer position at Lone Star Comics and mycomicshop.com, based in Arlington, Texas. During his 20+ year career in comics, he not only helped manage the very successful Lone Star business, but also served as a Founding Board Member of ComicsPro, and is a Board Member and past President of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Born in Madrid, Spain and now living in Baltimore, Maryland, José Villarrubia is best known for his collaborations with author Alan Moore: his illustrations for his books Voice of the Fire and The Mirror of Love and his graphic novel Promethea. He has worked extensively for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, Wildstorm, Vertigo, Valiant, Archie, Legendary, and other publishers, doing digitally painted colors. He has been nominated several times for the Eisner Award, and won the Harvey Award for Cuba: My Revolution.

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 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
Hero Initiative Award (selected by the Hero Initiative)

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

“We were fortunate to be able to start with a green field project with the Ringo Awards,” said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter. “We knew there was demand for an award at the show, we knew we wanted to honor Ringo, and we had the advantage of knowing how other awards function, both in our industry and out. The best way for us to balance the votes of the masses was to recruit a jury that would be able to apply their experiences in the industry and submit an impartial, informed ballot.We ended up with representatives from each segment of the comics supply chain, from creator to distributor to retailer to consumer. We were very happy with the selections, and that everyone asked was avid to participate. We’re excited to see the final ballot!”

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 18th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com

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