The Locust Moon Comics Festival, Philadelphia’s premiere celebration of comics, illustration, and the graphic arts, returns to the historic Rotunda, just off UPenn’s campus, on Saturday October 31st from 11:00 AM till 6:00 PM. This year’s guests include Craig Thompson (Space Dumplins, Blankets), Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine), Noah Van Sciver (Fante Bukowski, Blammo), David Mack (Fight Club 2, Kabuki), Bill Sienkiewicz (Moon Knight, New Mutants), Dean Haspiel (The Quitter, The Fox), Alexa Kitchen and Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press), and more to be announced throughout September.
ATTENDEES: Pay at the door! No advance purchase required. KIDS 13 AND UNDER ARE INVITED IN FOR FREE!
Todd McFarlane and McFarlane Toys are planning their trip to the Big Apple for New York Comic Con 2015! Last year, McFarlane Toys debuted their AMC’s The Walking Dead construction sets and this year, for the first time, McFarlane Toys is showing off their HBO’s Game of Thrones Construction Sets slated to hit stores this November!
Visit the McFarlane Toys booth #1526 for a chance to meet Todd McFarlane and see the latest construction sets, action figures and statues from brands including: AMC’s The Walking Dead, HBO’s Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead Comic, Halo, Assassin’s Creed and more.
Here’s an overview of McFarlane’s schedule at NYCC:
PANEL: Toddfather Talks Toys, Comics, Spawn and Insight to Being an Independent Creator
- Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Location: Room 1A06
This is a can’t-miss panel featuring the man, Todd McFarlane! The toy company giant gives a sneak peek at McFarlane Toys’ upcoming AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones construction sets. Todd also talks exciting Spawn and Savior news that will make any comic fan eager for new issues! A Todd McFarlane panel wouldn’t be complete without words of wisdom on persevering and obtaining your dream job.
SIGNING: Todd McFarlane VIP Signing
- Date: Friday, October 9, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: VIP Lounge in the 4th floor Galleria
If you’re a VIP ticket holder, this is for you… Bring your two favorite Todd McFarlane items for a free autograph!
PANEL: Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel
- Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Time: 4 PM – 5 PM
Already a legend for his creation of The Spirit in 1940, Will Eisner – with the 1978 publication of his A Contract With God – would be instrumental in popularizing the graphic novel format, changing the world of comics forever. Join us and find out how and why Eisner did it, with moderator Paul Levitz (author of the upcoming Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel) and Panelists Todd McFarlane (Spawn Creator & Image Comics President), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Dennis O’Neil (Batman) and Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book).
NYCC BUILD OFF: In-Booth Construction Set Challenge
McFarlane Toys is challenging New York Comic Con fans to a construction challenge featuring our McFarlane Construction Sets. Fans can test their construction skills as we pit them against one another in a no-holds barred construction throw-down! The contest is free and open to all NYCC attendee badge holders and will be held in McFarlane Toys booth (1526) Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10th.
Can’t make it to NYCC? Upload a photo of your McFarlane Construction Sets to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #McFarlaneBuilds for a chance to win a McFarlane Construction Set prize package!
CONTESTS, GIVEAWAYS and MORE!
Stop by the McFarlane Toys booth #1526 for several different chances to win some awesome prizes!
- Win McFarlane Toys for a Year: Sign up for the McFarlane Toys newsletter on an iPad in our booth to be entered in our ‘Win McFarlane Toys for a Year’ sweepstakes. Not going to NYCC? Don’t worry… You can enter the contest by clicking here.
- Daily Lanyard Pin Giveaways: Each day of NYCC, we’ll be giving away NYCC EXCLUSIVE lanyard pins. Limited quantities available.
- Daily Blind Bag Giveaways: Be one of the first to our booth (#1526) to grab a blind bag from AMC’s The Walking Dead. Check the front and back of your blind bag for a neon sticker, because you could be an INSTANT winner winning comics, action figures or construction sets. Limited quantities available.
FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS
More Todd McFarlane autograph sessions times to be announced! Check back here and on Todd’s Twitter for more details!
Stop by the McFarlane Toys booth for life-size photo opportunities from AMC’s The Walking Dead hit TV series. Upload a photo of you in our booth to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #McFarlaneBuilds for a chance to win a McFarlane Construction Set prize package!
September 22, 2015 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Anime, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Television, United States, Video Games, Webcomics
Announcing MegaCon Fan Days!! Join us November 21-22 for a FANtastic fall show!
Mega Fan Days brings you more of the MegaCon fandom, fun, & geekery you love – just in time before we ramp up for our MEGA show in May!
1st Guest announced Samwise Gamgee brings the shire to Orlando! Meet fan fave Sean Astin!
For more information visit http://megaconfandays.com
September 22, 2015 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Anime, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Television, United States, Video Games, Webcomics
Come out to the Palm Beach County Convention Center – September 26th & 27th for Palm Beach’s Original Comic-Con!
Meet Special Guest Matthew Wood – General Grievous in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: The Clone Wars!
Meet Special Guest Carlos Castellanos! Carlos is the illustrator of the nationally syndicated comic strip Baldo!
Meet Special Guest the one and only Captain Cartoon – Dick Kulpa! He is an accomplished artist, who worked on the Star Trek and Bruce Lee comic strips and headed up Cracked Magazine. He is also the creator of (the still on the loose) Bat-Boy for the Weekly World News!
PalmCon: The Palm Beach County Comic Book and Collectibles Show is Palm Beach County’s biggest comic and pop culture convention. Now celebrating their fifth year, PalmCon continues to hold true to it’s mission statement to bring Palm Beach County the best in comics, animation, and pop-culture while providing a fun and safe family friendly atmosphere.
More information and tickets can be found on our site! http://www.palmcon.net
Includes a SCREAM and WILLY WONKA Reunion plus legend BURT REYNOLDS!
For more info and ticket information check out the website!
Long Beach Comic Con Announces Highlights From Its Guest List, Full Programming Slate & Key Initiatives for September 12 & 13th, 2015
Long Beach, CA (September 2, 2015) – In advance of the seventh annual Long Beach Comic Con, MAD Event Management announced today highlights from its guest list, the full slate of programming for the convention and several major initiatives. All told, the convention will play host to more than 175 guests, 100 panels, and 300 artist alley exhibitors and more than 475 exhibitors. The convention will be held September 12th and 13th in the main exhibition hall at the Long Beach Comic Convention Center.
This year’s Long Beach Comic Con guest list is amazingly diverse with over 175 guests, including:
- Popular TV, Film & gaming stars:
- John Barrowman (Merlin from ARROW);
- Chloe Bennet (Skye on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD);
- Peter Shinkoda and Tommy Walker (Marvel’s DAREDEVIL)
- Maitland Ward Baxter (BOY MEETS GIRL).
- Acclaimed TV & Film writers:
- Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (Marvel Entertainment’s AGENT CARTER);
- Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage (Marvel’s DAREDEVIL);
- Marc Guggenheim (ARROW);
- Jeff King (WHITE COLLAR);
- Man of Action’s Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle), the creators of BEN 10 and the team/characters in BIG HERO 6
- More than 150 comic book writers and artists:
- Legendary artist Art Adams (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TEAM UP);
- Kris Anka (Marvel’s CAPTAIN MARVEL)
- Joe Casey (SEX)
- Adam Kubert and the Joe Kubert School, making their first appearance at a Long Beach Show;
- Joshua Hale Fialkov (THE LIFE AFTER);
- Kyle Higgins (C.O.W.L.)
- Joe Kelly (I KILL GIANTS)
- Dustin Nguyen (DESCENDER);
- David Petersen, celebrating the 10th anniversary of MOUSE GUARD;
- Duncan Rouleau (THE GREAT UNKNOWN)
- Stan Sakai, the legendary creator of USAGI YOJIMBO;
- Steven T. Seagle (It’s a bird …)
- Marc Silvestri, popular artist and CEO of Top Cow Productions;
- STAR WARS artists Stuart and Kathryn Immonen;
- Legendary writers Len Wein (SWAMP THING) and Marv Wolfman (NEW TEEN TITANS).
- Cosplay fan favorites:
- Nicole Marie Jean
- Miss Chrissy Lynn;
- Raychul Moore;
- Destiny Nickelsen;
- International Cosplayer Giada Robin;
- Vampy Bit Me;
- Vegas Power Girl.
“Long Beach Comic Con is a celebration of the creative arts,” said Long Beach Comic Con Executive Director and Co-Founder Martha Donato. “In addition to panels devoted to DC Entertainment, Marvel Entertainment, Aspen Comics, Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics, we have amazing, family-friendly programming dedicated to animation, tv, film and novels and exhibitors and sponsors such as Columbia Memorial Space Center, Lionsgate Films, and T-Mobile and sponsors like Bernina and Kettle.
Programming highlights include:
- Anniversary panels for 30 Years of ROBOTECH animation and 10 years of MOUSE GUARD graphic novels;
- Breaking Into Hollywood A conversation with Ralph Garman (BATMAN ‘66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET), Joshua Fialkov (AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION), Marc Guggenheim (ARROW) and Kyle Higgins (THE LEAGUE), moderated by Aaron Couch, LA Digital News Editor of People Magazine;
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer panel;
- “Couples Therapy”, in which KROQ ‘s Ralph Garman talks with Hollywood power couple Tara Butters (MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD) and Marc Guggenheim (ARROW);
- The Devastator Presents: Funny Book Fest;
- Dwayne McDuffie Awards Announcements of nominees for the award, to be presented at Long Beach Comic Expo next spring;
- GeekFest Film Fest, including three full length feature films, short films, web series and fan films including a “Star Wars Musical”;
- How to Conquer the Animation World with James Ganiere (CEO at Rio Vista Universal), Dean DeBlois (writer and director of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3), Mike Morris (Animator for THE SIMPSONS), Terran Gregory (Project Director at Blizzard Entertainment) and Forrest Whaley (ForrestFire101 – Maker Studio/YouTube).
- #PerformanceMatters. Creating your Character in Video Games. Troy Baker (BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM), Crispin Freeman (WORLD OF WARCRAFT), Phil LaMarr (MWETAL GEAR SOLID 2), Liam O’Brien (WORLD OF WARCRAFT), America Young (HALO 5) and Thom Willams (MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR)
- Psychology of Daredevil. Join Dr. Andrea Letamendi, who has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage, writers on Netflix’s original DAREDEVIL series, and actors Tommy Walker (Francis) and Peter Shinkoda (Nobu) as they discuss the intersection of psychology and comic books, specifically focusing on the characters they write and play on DAREDEVIL.
- A Q &A with John Barrowman;
- Shades & Shadows Reading Series including a live show;
- A STAR WARS panel with Brian Miller , illustrator for Topps, novelist Cecil Castellucci (STAR WARS: MOVING TARGET), and Stuart Immonen, artist for Marvel’s best selling STAR WARS comic books.
- 2 days of #MakeComics panels devoted to teaching aspiring writers and artists how to make comics.
New initiatives and exclusives include:
- Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
Due to generous donations and grants, 200 greater Los Angeles girls—including 100 girls from underserved communities—will take part in a program that includes meeting comic professionals, playing laser tag and attending a workshop where they can earn their Comic Book Artist and Novelist badges. This year actress Chloe Bennet, who plays Skye on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, will be presenting the girls with their Comic Artist badges.
“At the Long Beach Comic Con, middle school and high school Girl Scouts will be able to work one-on-one with professional comic book artists, writers, editors, and young adult novelists to create a comic book page from start to finish,” said Lise L. Luttgens, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles’ Chief Executive Officer. “Girl Scouts is all about giving girls access to hands-on experiences that empower them to discover and pursue their passions, and this unique collaboration with the Long Beach Comic Con is a perfect example of that.”
- Golden Apple LBCC-Exclusive STAR WARS variant cover
Exhibitor Golden Apple Comics will sell a Long Beach Comic Con exclusive edition of STAR WARS: SHATTERED EMPIRE issue 1 with a cover by artist Phil Noto. The comic is an exclusive available through Golden Apple and GameFly. Golden Apple will be exhibiting at LBCC at booth # 1024.
- The Hero Initiative Limited Edition Beer designed by artist Clayton Crain
The Hero Initiative, a charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in financial need, has partnered with Los Angeles brewery MacLeod Ale for a limited-edition label for The King’s Taxes Scottish Ale, designed by GHOST RIDER and CARNAGE artist Clayton Crain. The art will appear on a limited run of bottles, signed prints and commemorative glasses. Hero Initiative will host a special tasting from 6 PM to 9 PM Saturday, and have a full selection of The King’s Taxes merchandise available.
- LifeStream Blood Bank, a not-for-profit blood bank with host a blood drive on site
- A MAGIC: THE GATHERING tournament
CoastCardsAndCollectibles.com will host a Magic the Gathering tournament, which will include on-demand Origins Drafts and Standard Constructed as well as running Standard Constructed and Modern Main Events. Kids(12 and under) will also have exclusive Pokemon and MtG events on both days!”
- The Inaugural Long Beach Space Expo
The Columbia Memorial Space Center is partnering with Long Beach Comic Con for Space Expo 2015, an innovative and one-of-a-kind program that will connect comic book convention attendees directly with the world of scientific discovery. Panels will be held featuring top aerospace industry notables discussing hot button scientific topics and there will be interactive exhibits featuring robotics, 3D printing, and even a spacesuit – all curated by Columbia Memorial Space Center, the prestigious CA-based learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
“The Space Expo is an innovative way to connect the public to space and science,” said Columbia Memorial Space Center President Ben Dickow. “Instead of making people come to us, we’re taking science and technology to them with two full days of activities and speakers who are at the top of the space field. The Expo will give the public the opportunity to interact directly with NASA professionals and space explorers. We’ve put together the largest collection of JPL scientists we know of, outside of an academic conference, all ready to share their love of space with you!”
Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 13 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. The show opens to advance ticket holders both days at 9:30 AM. Tickets are available now through the website: www.longbeachcomiccon.com.
Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Con is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.
BERNINA International AG has been one of the world’s leading sewing and embroidery machine manufacturers for more than 120 years. The Swiss family-owned company’s products are synonymous with innovation and precision. Above all, they are known for their durability. BERNINA sewing machines are used worldwide by people with a passion for sewing. BERNINA is a byword not only for excellent sewing and embroidery machines and overlockers, but also for a comprehensive range of accessories and creative software solutions. There are no limits to your creativity with BERNINA.
The Columbia Memorial Space Center, located in Downey, California, is a hands-on learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science and innovation to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Through world-class programs and engaging exhibits, the Space Center strives to ignite a community of critical and creative thinkers.
Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles serves more than 40,000 girls in partnership with more than 20,000 volunteers throughout the diverse communities of Los Angeles County and parts of Kern, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. The council engages girls through programs in Leadership, Business and Financial Literacy, Outdoor Adventure, STE[A]M (science, technology, engineering, art, math), and Healthy Living. To join, volunteer, reconnect, or support, visit www.girlscoutsla.org or call 213-213-0123.
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $700,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
Kettle Brand® has been making great-tasting, all-natural chips since 1982. They’re made from only the most natural, real food ingredients, finest potatoes, best oils and craft cooking methods. That’s why they taste so great. Plus, they’re backed by a company commitment to sustainability, which includes wind power, solar power, green building and biodiesel initiatives. Kettle Brand® Potato Chips: simply great tasting, all-natural potato chips made by a company that cares. Learn more at www.KettleBrand.com
Horror and Suspense authors from New England – and all around the Northeast U.S. – will be selling and signing books throughout the event, and participating in panel discussions in the theater about New England Horror Tradition, what makes something scary, new fears, and childhood terrors. The event will conclude with a quintet of authors doing a live reading of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Authors signing and speaking that day include:
Toni L.P. Kelner
Jack M. Haringa
John M. McIlveen
Holly Newstein Hautala
Errick Danger Nunnally
ACT Theater Company
1632 Osgood Street, North Andover, MA 01845
MICE is back! On October 17th and 18th independent graphic novelists and cartoonists will converge on University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge’s Porter Square. The event is free, family friendly, and offers a weekend of activities as the Boston area’s only show dedicated to independent and alternative comics.
MICE attendees are invited to discover their new favorite comic books from over 150 local comic creators. The exhibition area at MICE will present a wide range of art and books: hand-made mini-comics and zines, anthologies, graphic novels, art prints, and sketches. Panel discussions will provide insightful conversations about the world of contemporary comics and graphic novels. Artists will share techniques, tips, and tricks for creating your own comics in a variety of workshops for all ages and skill levels. Sunday’s “Kids Comics Day” workshops are especially geared toward younger readers and budding cartoonists.
This year’s show will also welcome a number of guests — professionals from the world of independent comics and graphic novels — and MICE is pleased to welcome Ryan North, Sam Bosma, Lucy Knisley, Jennifer Hayden, and Dustin Harbin to this year’s line-up.
MICE will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 17th, 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, October 18th, 11 am – 5 pm. Admission is free.
The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo was established in 2010 to create a showcase space for artists and writers in the greater-Boston area working in the field of comics. The event is a joint project between the Boston Comics Roundtable, an independent arts collective, and Lesley University College of Art and Design. Unlike traditional comics shows, which emphasize commerce and memorabilia, MICE puts a focus on the art of making comics. We connect local creators with local audience. We also run a number of workshops for children and adults, as well as panel discussions on the craft and relevance of the comics form. We’ll be featuring several special guest creators, along with an expanded line-up of programming.
Visit www.micexpo.org for more information
Tidewater Comicon has announced their first guests for the 2016 convention on May 21st-22nd: Chris Claremont (Writer of Uncanny X-Men, Nightcrawler, New Mutants, Excalibur), John Wesley Shipp (star of The Flash, Dawson’s Creek), John De Lancie (Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Discord from My Little Pony, Breaking Bad) and Steve Blum (voice actor on Star Wars Rebels, The Legend of Korra, Wolverine and the X-Men, Cowboy Bebop, Transformers, and many more). For those seeking tables or more information please visit www.tidewatercomicon.com
Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th St, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
September 2, 2015 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Comic Books, Convention News, Horror, Movies, New York, New York Comic Con, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games
Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman appear at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM for Hollywood Babble-On LIVE as part of New York Super Week!
Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take a twisted look at showbiz news and bite the Hollywood hand that feeds them. Sometimes, they feel bad and give Hollywood a tetanus shot and some Neosporin, but, even then, they usually just turn around and bite Hollywood’s other hand. They can’t help it. It’s their nature. It’s like that “scorpion and frog” story. But, deep down, they’re just two nice East Coast boys… who happen to have a heavy dependence on drugs and alcohol, respectively.
Ticket prices: $60 VIP Opera Boxes with autographed pic (limit 15), $40 floor, $30 first balcony, $20 top balcony
Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom
311 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001