Stranger Things 2 To Be Featured At Halloween ComicFest 2017

July 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Everything Else

Press Release:

Diamond Comic Distributors, the leader in the distribution of comic books, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise to comic book shops, is excited to announce that the Netflix original series Stranger Things 2 will partner with Halloween ComicFest 2017 bringing participants in-store activations, branded merchandise and more.

An annual event held on the Saturday on or before Halloween, Halloween ComicFest celebrates its 6th year in 2017, with participating local comic shops around the world giving away free comics to all who go to participating shops. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, October 28th, with nearly 2,000 comic shops expected to participate and give away over two million free comics to 500,000 fans.

As Halloween ComicFest’s title sponsor, store bags and printed promotional materials distributed by local comic shops in advance of the event will include Stranger Things 2 branding. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements regarding in-store activations on Halloween ComicFest, Saturday, October 28th.

“The overlap between comic book fans and Stranger Things fans is incredible,” said Michael Moccio, Advertising Partnerships Marketing Manager for Diamond. “We’re thrilled to have Netflix and one of its premiere original series participate in Halloween ComicFest, which will serve as a great platform to drive one of the largest and most influential fan communities to local comic shops and to tune in this Halloween for the premiere of Stranger Things 2.”

Netflix and Stranger Things 2 join other Halloween ComicFest sponsors including Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, and Marvel Comics.

With full-size comics that range from action-packed superhero fare to adaptations of widely beloved films and novels and all-ages mini comics with recognizable characters from companies like Disney and DreamWorks, Halloween ComicFest 2017 is poised to attract readers and fans of all tastes to participating local comic shops on October 28th.

Celebrate Harley Quinn’s 25th Anniversary on Sept. 23rd

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In celebration of Harley Quinn’s 25th Anniversary, this year the bubbly Super-Villain will take over DC’s annual Batman Day celebration on September 23, 2017. The announcement was made on the DC Harley Quinn: Celebrating 25 Years panel at SDCC. The panel included moderator and current HARLEY QUINN writer Jimmy Palmiotti, and panelists Amanda Conner, Paul Dini, Chad Hardin, Alex Sinclair, Tara Strong and more!

Harley Quinn debuted on Batman: The Animated Series in the episode “Joker’s Favor,” which originally aired in September 1992. Co-created by the acclaimed Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY) and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated SeriesBatman Beyond) Harley Quinn spawned the now popular and plentiful comic series and is one of the fastest growing characters in DC history, becoming a top ten character in only the last 25 years.

DC will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Harley Quinn in a big way, with key new releases in the coming months including, HARLEY QUINN: A ROGUES GALLERY—THE DELUXE COVER ART COLLECTION, HARLEY QUINN 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1, and an oversized anniversary issue featuring Harley’s entire cast of crazy characters, HARLEY QUINN #25.

Stay tuned for more details on Harley Quinn’s takeover of Batman Day on September 23.

Jay & Silent Bob’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Kevin Smith is inviting Jay & Silent Bob cosplayers to hang with him to celebrate both his 47th birthday and the Secret Stash’s 20 anniversary in Red Bank, NJ on AUGUST 5th!

He’s trying to break into the most famous records book of all time with the largest gathering of Jay and Silent Bob cosplayers ever assembled! Come dressed in your best Jay or Silent Bob costume and get ready to mingle with the luminaries of the Secret Stash – Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Ming Chen, and Mike Zapcic (aka the Comic Book Men) before you take a giant group photo with all the cosplayers and the REAL Jay and Bob – JASON MEWES and KEVIN SMITH!

PLEASE NOTE:

  • This event will take place on Saturday August 5th, 2017 at Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Red Bank, New Jersey.
  • All participants are to report to Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash by 7:00am.
  • ALL attendees MUST be in a Jay or Silent Bob costume in order to participate.

Register at the link…

RSVP on Facebook!

Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash
35 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 758-0508

DC Announces Plans for Wonder Woman Day 2017

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DC Entertainment (DCE) announced today the first-ever celebration of iconic DC Super Hero and pop culture icon, Wonder Woman. “Wonder Woman Day” will take place on June 3, during the opening weekend for the theatrical release of the highly anticipated film, Wonder Woman. The celebration will honor the 75-year legacy of the Amazon Princess with wondrous festivities across the country and around the world.

More than 2,000 comic retailers, bookstores, libraries and other partners around the world will host “Wonder Woman Day” activations, including distributing free copies of two special edition issues. WONDER WOMAN DAY SPECIAL EDITION #1 reprints WONDER WOMAN #1 by bestselling writer Greg Rucka and artist Liam Sharp. For young readers, DC SUPER HERO GIRLS WONDER WOMAN DAY SPECIAL EDITION #1 features a chapter from the upcoming DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 3: SUMMER OLYMPUS, written by Shea Fontana with art by Yancey Labat.

DC has teamed up with an array of retail partners including, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Walmart, Costco and Amazon for exclusive in-store and digital promotions to create the ultimate “Wonder Woman Day” experience. Cross-divisional activations will also include Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, alongside key partners including Six Flags Theme Parks, to further spotlight the groundbreaking DC Super Hero.

Marquee comic writers and artists will also participate in special events to mark “Wonder Woman Day,” including Greg Rucka, Phil Jimenez, Cliff Chiang, Shea Fontana, Marc Andreyko, and Cat Staggs. Plus, exclusive Wonder Woman tiaras and bracelets will be available at select retailers.

Counting down to “Wonder Woman Day,” DC’s award-winning original digital series DC All Access will host a can’t-miss Wonder Woman Week series of segments from May 29-June 3. The six-day Wonder Woman takeover will spotlight essential books, sit down with key talent from the “Wonder Woman” feature film, and also discuss the iconic character’s legacy with acclaimed comic writers and artists.

Fans can download the official “Wonder Woman Day” activity kit, including comic book activity sheets, coloring pages, trivia, and games. Readers can also take advantage of great discounts on digital comics at readdcentertainment.com and in the DC Comics app, where 100 digital comics and eBooks will be on sale starting May 30.

Visit DCAllAccess.com and download the DC All Access mobile app for more details on “Wonder Woman Day” festivities, participating stores, and in-depth coverage directly from original digital series DC All Access. Fans can journey through Wonder Woman’s illustrious history and share their favorite Super Hero moments, social media activations on Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram.

Join the celebration on June 3 and share on social media using #WonderWomanDay.

Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: A 25th Anniversary Tribute A Fundraising Auction for the Cartoon Art Museum

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum is thrilled to announce its first themed original art fundraising auction, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: A 25th Anniversary Tribute. Proceeds from the auction will support the Cartoon Art Museum’s operations and public programming as the board and staff prepare for CAM’s grand reopening at 781 Beach Street in San Francisco later this summer.

Since Mike Mignola’s Hellboy first hit the stands in 1993, it has become a cultural sensation, racking up a dozen Eisner Awards and inspiring numerous spinoffs, from a novel line, to video games, to feature films. The Cartoon Art Museum’s fundraising auction, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: A 25th Anniversary Tribute will feature original artwork from dozens of top graphic novelists, animators, and cartoonists who have drawn inspiration from the master storyteller’s signature creation. Featured artists include Sergio Aragonés (MAD), Harry Bliss (The New Yorker), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Sam Kieth (Sandman, The Maxx), Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Steve Purcell (Sam and Max), Kent Williams (The Fountain), and more to be announced.

“We’re thrilled to pay tribute to one of the comic world’s greatest creator-owned properties, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, as the series celebrates its 25th anniversary,” said CAM Executive Director Summerlea Kashar. “The staff and board of the Cartoon Art Museum are very grateful for Mike’s assistance with this fundraiser, and we’re overwhelmed by the talent and generosity of the participating artists.”

The online auction will launch on May 15 on eBay, under the user account “cartoonartmuseum” and will continue with new pieces added biweekly throughout the summer. Preview pieces for the auction at our Comic Art Fans page. The Cartoon Art Museum will publish a full color catalog collecting all of the artwork created for this auction as well as an exhibition featuring this material alongside a selection of Mike Mignola’s own Hellboy artwork, tentatively planned for display at the Cartoon Art Museum in fall 2017.

Cartoon Art Museum Expands Summer Cartoon Camp

Cartoon Art MuseumPress Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum’s yearly Boot Camps have now grown into a brand new half-day summer Cartoon Camp! Tween and teen students are invited to take part in weeklong workshops dedicated to the comic book creation process from start to a finished project.

This year’s Cartoon Camp will be held on site at the American Bookbinders Museum on 355 Clementina Street in San Francisco, CA while the Cartoon Art Museum continues renovations for its new location in Fisherman’s Wharf.

Cartoon Camp also has scholarship funding available sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, a nonprofit organization working every day to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. The link to apply for scholarship funding can be found on the direct registration link on Guestlist: http://guestli.st/454494

Three sessions will be held from June to August 2017:

Week 1: June 19th – 23rd

Week 2: June 26th – 30th

Week 3: July 31st – August 4th

 

Ages: 10-15

Level: Young Intermediate (enjoy drawing and looking to build skills).

Time: 1pm- 5 pm (four hours) M-F (Dates listed by class)

Location: American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street

(near Fifth Street), San Francisco, CA 94103

Cost: $300 (CAM Members can recieve $50 off, sign up and save!)*

Register: cartoonart.org/programs

 

Each week will provide a new twist on learning cartooning basics, from designing and developing a cast of cartoon characters, to developing, writing and drawing a complete comic story to making physical mini-comics. Campers can attend any week alone or build up their skills in new ways over multiple weeks.

All camp sessions will be taught by cartoonist and illustrator Ellis Kim (TimeFiddler.com).

Supplies: Required Materials will be provided. Students are welcome to bring in their personal sketchbooks and materials to add to their learning experience.

These are intermediate courses recommended for students from 10-15 years old. Students under the age of 10 or over the age of 15 will not be admitted into the class. Each session is also limited to 15 students each to allow for more in depth work and dialog with one of our working cartoonist teachers.

If a child has a special need or needs the parent or guardian can inform the Cartoon Art Museum along with their Registration so that we can better serve the child. Also, parents are not generally admitted into these classes without special need. We recommend inquiring about our private classes to attend class with your child.

Each session meets four hours each day for a 5-day week, Monday through Friday at the American Bookbinders Museum in SOMA at 355 Clementina Street.

The attendance fee for each student is $300 for non-members and $250 for members and is collected through the online registration payment*. The attendance fee covers the cost of art supplies and staff.

Up to 5 underserved students per week may attend free of charge thanks to a grant from YBCBD’s Yerba Buena Community Benefit Fund. See below for more information. ***

Each session meets four hours each day for a 5-day week, Monday through Friday at the American Bookbinders Museum in SOMA at 355 Clementina Street.

The attendance fee for each student is $300 for non-members and $250 for members and is collected through the online registration payment.* The attendance fee covers the cost of art supplies and staff.

Up to 5 students from underserved communities may attend free of charge per week thanks to a grant from YBCBD’s Yerba Buena Community Benefit Fund. See below for more information. ***

*See cancellation policy at online registration.

***For the most up to date scheduling information, member discount codes, scholarship information, or general questions, please contact education@cartoonart.org.

About Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum’s key function is to preserve, document, and exhibit this unique and accessible art form. Through traveling exhibitions and other related activities—such as artists-in-residence, lectures, and outreach—the museum has taken cartoon art and used it to communicate cultural diversity in the community, as well as the importance of self-expression.

About American Bookbinders Museum

The American Bookbinders Museum is the only museum of its kind in North America, celebrating and exploring the culture and tools of bookbinding, from its earliest forms to the changes and innovations of the industrial revolution. In addition to the craft and artistry of binding, we focus on the stories of the men, women, and children who worked in binderies.

IDW Publishing In The News at WonderCon

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Everything Else

Press Release:

That’s a wrap on WonderCon 2017! IDW Publishing exhibited this weekend in Anaheim and made its presence known with multiple panels, round-the-clock booth signings, and some big announcements.

Here’s a rundown of the major highlights and what you may have missed:

Gabriel Rodriguez’s next project, Sword of Ages, a creator-owned comic series that he will both write and illustrate. It will be a 5-issue series that will reimagine the Excalibur story and what Rodriguez describes as his love letter to fantasy/sci-fi adventures.

A forthcoming graphic novel focusing on Star Trek’s George Takei will explore his upbringing in a Japanese American internment camp during WWII and how that impacted his activism today.

Black Crown editor Shelly Bond dropped some news revealing the title and creative team of the debut series from her upcoming imprint – Kid Lobotomy by Peter Milligan and Tess Fowler.

Announced during the TMNT panel, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Usagi Yojimbo will once again cross paths with Usagi Yojimbo creator, Stan Sakai, both writing and drawing. More than two decades since their last crossover, IDW is excited to partner with Dark Horse Comics on this special one-shot.

Ominous Press is joining forces with IDW to publish their line of comics, beginning with Dread Gods. Ominous is a collaboration by industry veterans Bart Sears, Ron Marz, Sean HusVar, and Andy Smith, bringing their unique brand of comics to a wider audience in collaboration with IDW.

News that IDW would become the first comics publisher to have a comics app on the XBOX was made public. Download the app now and get ten graphic novels free for trying it out.

A new trailer for the hit Syfy series Wynonna Earp dropped over the weekend and it was also recently announced that Season Two will begin airing on June 9. The entire first season is now available to stream on Netflix.

The Infinite Loop is set to return from the creative team of Pierrick Colinet and Elsa Charretier revealing the first piece of art from the new arc, “Nothing But The Truth,” an interview with the creative team about the next chapter in their story, and some new character designs from Daniele DiNicuolo.

The upcoming Rom vs Transformers: Shining Armor series announced at the show will be hitting in July from the writing team of John Barber (Optimus Prime) and Christos Gage (Rom) with art from Alex Milne (Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye).

During IDW’s Archival Artbook Panel, several upcoming archival collections were spotlighted, including an authorized two-book set celebrating the 50th anniversary of Steve Ditko’s Mr. A.; a 25th anniversary IDW Limited Artist’s Select collection of Michael Allred’s Madman; and a second round of Marvel Artist’s Select editions, including John Byrne’s Fantastic Four, Rob Liefeld’s Deadpool, Bob Layton’s Iron Man, and Bill Sienkiewicz’s Moon Knight. On the Artist’s Edition front, IDW announced P. Craig Russell’s Strange Dreams and a collection of Bernie Wrightson’s DC work.

The just announced R. Crumb book ‘R. Crumb: From the Underground to GENESIS’ will take the recent Crumb retrospective exhibit from Paris’s Modern Art Museum and present it in this upcoming book.

It was also revealed that July is Tom Whalen Covers Month which will see the artist create cover art of iconic characters using his distinctive pop art style.

Head to www.idwpublishing.com for more details and art for these exciting announcements and stay tuned for more upcoming news when IDW heads to C2E2 on April 21-23!

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses 2017 Tour

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses returns in 2017 with an updated orchestral adventure! The show will feature an all new movement from Skyward Sword, a much-anticipated Breath of the Wild arrangement, and the return of a classic that might just make some wishes come true!

Celebrating 30 years of stirring virtual adventure and memorable soundtracks with live orchestral renditions directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, The Symphony of the Goddesses is now in its fourth season. The two-hour concert comes to life with a 66-piece orchestra, 24-person choir, and a reimagined score that draws from recent and requested Zelda games, including A Link Between Worlds, Twilight Princess, and the remake of Majora’s Mask, while still paying homage to such classics as Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past.

The concert’s five-movement symphony regales ears with Nintendo composer Koji Kondo’s original music, recalling moments of Link conquering dungeons, running through forests, and struggling to decide what color tunic to wear.

Throughout the evening, a video collage syncs up with the adventurous tunes to spotlight exciting moments from the venerable franchise.

Tour schedule is below. Get your tickets today, available through the symphony’s website.

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina — March 17, Theatre Coliseo
  • Santiago, Chile — March 18, Cariola Theater
  • Birmingham UK – April 16, The NEC
  • Minneapolis, MN – May 20, Orpheum Theater
  • Mexico City, Mexico – June 11, Auditorio Nacional
  • Denver, CO – June 30 and July 1, Boettcher Concert Hall
  • Austin, TX – July 7, Long Center
  • San Diego, CA – July 21, San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Vienna, VA – July 22, Wolf Trap
  • San Francisco, CA – Aug. 4, Davies Symphony Hall
  • Quebec City, Quebec – Sept. 9, Grand Théâtre de Québec
  • Toronto, Ontario – Sept. 15, Sony Centre
  • Seattle, WA – Sept. 22, Paramount Theatre
  • Portland, OR – Sept. 23, Keller Auditorium
  • Los Angeles, CA – Sept. 30, Dolby Theater
  • Kansas City, MO – Oct. 6, Kansas City Music Hall
  • Memphis, TN – Oct. 7, The Orpheum Theatre
  • Des Moines, IA – Oct. 8, Des Moines Civic Center
  • New York, NY – Oct. 20, United Palace Theatre
  • Boston, MA – Oct. 21, Wang Theater
  • San Antonio, TX – Oct. 27, Majestic Theatre
  • Baltimore, MD – Nov. 3, Lyric Theatre
  • Cleveland, OH – Nov. 4, State Theatre
  • Columbus, OH – Nov. 5, Ohio Theater
  • Phoenix, AZ – Nov. 6, Phoenix Symphony Hall
  • Jacksonville, FL – Nov. 9, Times Union Center
  • Durham, NC – Nov. 10, Durham PAC
  • Norfolk, VA – Nov. 11, Chrysler Hall
  • Atlanta, GA – Nov. 16, Cobb Energy PAC
  • Knoxville, TN – Nov. 17, Knoxville Civic Auditorium
  • Chicago, IL – Nov. 18, Chicago Auditorium Theatre
  • London, England – Nov. 21, Eventim Apollo
  • Dusseldorf, Germany – Nov. 24, Mitsubishi Electric Hall
  • Barcelona, Spain – Nov. 25, Auditori Forum
  • Florence, Italy – Nov. 26, Mandela Forum
  • Vancouver, BC – Nov. 30, Queen Elizabeth Theater
  • Edmonton, AB – Dec. 1, Northern Jubilee Auditorium
  • Calgary, AB – Dec. 2, Southern Jubilee Auditorium
  • Milwaukee, WI – Dec. 3, Riverside Theater
  • Montreal, QB – Dec. 8, Place des Arts
  • San Jose, CA – Dec. 9, City National Civic
  • Pittsburgh, PA – Dec. 14, Heinz Hall
  • New Orleans, LA – Dec. 15, Saenger Theater
  • Miami, FL – Dec. 16, The Arsht Center
  • Oklahoma City, OK – Dec. 29, Civic Center Music Hall
  • Salt Lake City, UT – Dec. 30, Abravenal Hall

The Secret Friends of Mike Wieringo Unveil TELLOS Tribute

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The Mike Wieringo TELLOS Tribute is a 500 page, original graphic novel presented in two oversized, hardcover volumes. It features the artwork of over 200 of the comics industry’s most popular and talented artists and is dedicated to the memory of late artist, Mike Wieringo, with all proceeds from this project being donated to the ASPCA in Mike’s name.

Three years in the making, the Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute continues the adventures of characters made popular in the original Tellos series created by Mike and writer Todd Dezago and published by Image Comics. They are; Jarek—a young hero with magical abilities he does not yet understand, Koj—a tiger-warrior who is both Jarek’s partner and protector, Serra—the young pirate queen who finds herself somehow linked to these two reluctant heroes and, Rikk—the fox-thief bent on finding his fortune but, more often than not, finds trouble instead.

In this tale, they are reunited to stop the dread Sur-Azal, the ruthless leader of the denizens of Nether, slithering, scuttling creatures that dwell far beneath the lands of Tellos. As Sur-Azal and his minions move to make Tellos habitable once more for his primordial brethren, other dark creatures called The Baden sweep across the many kingdoms, terrorizing and possessing the bodies of the population.

Produced by a dazzling array of Mike’s friends, fans, and colleagues, the Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute is dedicated to the memory of this kind, caring, and talented artist and friend.

PLEASE NOTE: In an attempt to insure that all monies go to the ASPCA, we have made this a very limited offer; The two volumes — shipping in June and September of this year — are unique in that they will only be offered in this format ONE TIME and ONE TIME ONLY. These exclusive books WILL NOT be available in any stores. The only way to order the Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute is here, on this website. Once initial ordering is done, it’s done. This means ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Purchase the book and get more details at the website: www.MikeWieringoTellosTribute.com

National Cartoonists Society Foundation Charity Auctions Live on Ebay

Press Release:

The National Cartoonists Society Foundation (NCSF) is pleased to announce that it has begun conducting its 2017 original art auction fundraiser using the Ebay platform.

There are over eighty items from the world of pop culture created by over seventy of the nation’s top cartoonists, illustrators, and animators past and present. While primarily featuring original hand-drawn artwork, also available will be limited edition prints, posters, sculptures, books, and other collectibles featuring your favorite characters from comic books, comic strips, and movies.

Some of the artists represented in the sale include Bruce Timm, Sergio Aragonès, Stan Sakai, Jack Davis, Jerry Robinson, Hilary Barta, Drew Johnson, Charlie Adlard, J.G. Jones, Patrick McDonnell, Lynn Johnston, Kazu Kibuishi, C.F. Payne, Jan Eliot, Jim Borgman, Rick Kirkman, Nico Marlet, Mo Willems, Paul Coker, Jr., Bill Morrison, Dean Yeagle, Mort Walker, Dan DeCarlo, Dan Piraro, Stephen Silver, and Oscar-winning Pete Docter to name a few.

All the money raised will go to the NCSF, a fully licensed 501(c)(3) charity, to help them continue their work in assisting cartoonists in need, providing scholarships to students, and further promoting the cartoon arts which has been the hallmark of the National Cartoonists Society since its inception in 1946.

Listings began posting on Ebay.com under seller name NCSFoundation on February 2nd, and auctions will last for ten days, ending on Sunday, February 12.

All the art may be viewed immediately on a special website from the NCSF found at ncsfoundation.blogspot.com

In addition, the NCS Foundation is a member of PayPal Giving Works, which means that anyone who sells items on Ebay may select the NCSF as a recipient of a portion of their sales. Please consider donating to the NCSF when you list your items.

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