Paige comes to Spooky

Paige Spooky EmpireGET READY TO RUMBLE!! 

Wrestling Superstar Paige will be joining us at Spooky Empire on Saturday October 8, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center.

We will be having Pre-Sale Autographs and Photo Ops on sale soon!

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available but moving fast! Get ’em while you can.

For more info visit us at www.spookyempire.com

Valiant Unveils Panels and Screenings for NYCC 2016

Press Release:

NYCC 2016: Valiant Unveils Action-Packed Panels and Screenings for New York Comic Con 2016!

New York Comic Con 2016 is coming…and it’s going to be Valiant Entertainment’s biggest NYCC yet!

For the first time anywhere, Valiant is proud to reveal its staggering line-up of NYCC 2016 panels and presentations that will be taking over the Javits Center in the heart of New York City from Thursday, October 6th to Sunday, October 9th! Don’t miss a moment as the best-reviewed publisher in comics steps to the fore for a weekend packed with exclusive news announcements – including first word on Valiant’s TOP-SECRET, LIVE-ACTION PROJECT with Bat in the Sun, the producers of the smash-hit YouTube series Super Power Beat Down!

Plus: Valiant is taking over the city that never sleeps with a massive round of breaking news and in-depth discussions about some of the most talked-about series in comics today, includingBLOODSHOT U.S.A., BRITANNIA, DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE, FAITH, GENERATION ZEROHARBINGER RENEGADES, NINJAK, SAVAGE, X-O MANOWAR, and many more!

Also coming soon: Stay tuned for the first word on a host of NYCC 2016 convention-only exclusives – including the debut of an all-new vinyl figurine and a slate of never-before-seen merchandise benefiting Valiant’s newest charitable partner!

We’ll see you in the Big Apple!

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblr, Instagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.


Faith

VALIANT: SPOTLIGHT ON FAITH
Thursday, October 6th at 6:45 p.m.
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From worldwide media attention to the best-selling independent superhero debut of 2016, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert has stolen the spotlight around the globe! Now find out what makes Valiant’s high-flying heroine tick as writers Jody Houser, Louise Simonson, Rafer Roberts, editor Tom Brennan, Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons, and CEO & CCO Dinesh Shamdasani dig deep to reveal the truth about Faith’s secret origin, her breakout solo debut and her future adventures! Get ready to #FlyLikeFaith!

Guests: Jody Houser, Rafer Roberts, Louise Simonson, Tom Brennan, Warren Simons, Dinesh Shamdasani, and Special Guests!


Future

VALIANT: THE FUTURE OF VALIANT AND BEYOND
Friday, October 7th at 1:45 p.m.
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With a record-setting 50 Harvey Award nominations, Valiant Entertainment is the most acclaimed publisher anywhere in comics today. Now, find out what’s next for powerhouse series like FAITH, GENERATION ZERO, BRITANNIA, BLOODSHOT U.S.A., HARBINGER RENEGADES, SAVAGE and DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE right here with an all-star cast of Panelists including Lewis LaRosa, Rafer Roberts, Fred Van Lente, Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons and CEO & CCO Dinesh Shamdasani! The future of Valiant starts here!

Guests: Lewis LaRosa, Rafer Roberts, Fred Van Lente, Warren Simons, Dinesh Shamdasani, and Special Guests!


Bat in the Sun

VALIANT x BAT IN THE SUN: TOP-SECRET ANNOUNCEMENT
Saturday, October 8th at 2:45 p.m.
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Valiant Entertainment, the most acclaimed publisher in comics today, and Bat in the Sun Productions, the team behind the YouTube sensation Super Power Beat Down, join forces for a feature-length live-action series! Join directors Aaron & Sean Schoenke, stars Michael Rowe (CW’s Arrow/Flash), Jason David Frank (Power Rangers), Derek Theler (Baby Daddy), Valiant’s top executives and more for a first look at footage from the top-secret project! Exclusive giveaway and signing to follow!!

Guests: Michael Rowe, Jason David Frank, John Morrison, Derek Theler, Chantelle Barry, Aaron & Sean Schoenke, Josh Johns, Dinesh Shamdasani, and Special Guests!

NY – Silver Age Legend Signing

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Press Release:

Legendary Silver Age comic book artist Joe Giella appears at Best Comics in New Hyde Park on Saturday September 24th from 11AM – 4PM. Joe will be meeting fans and signing books as well as selling prints and original art.

Joe Giella began his career in comics during the Golden Age but he is best known for his inking work during the Silver Age of comics. During the Silver Age he worked on stories featuring Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, The Atom and Adam Strange. Joe worked with other giants in the comic field at this time including Carmine Infantino and Gil Kane! He made contributions to legendary issues such as Flash #123 (“The Flash of Two Worlds”) and Brave and the Bold #28 (the first appearance of the Justice League)! Joe also worked on key issues that introduced some of comics’ greatest characters including Batman #181, the first appearance of Poison Ivy and Flash issues #112 and # 117 the first appearances of Elongated Man and Captain Boomerang! Joe would go on to be the artist on the Mary Worth comic strip, which he worked on until 2016.

RSVP on Facebook!

Best Comics
1300 Jericho Tpke, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
(516) 328-1900

Kent State’s Wonder Woman Symposium

September 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Ohio, Top Stories

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Press Release:

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the comic book super heroine Wonder Woman in 2016, Kent State University and the Cleveland Public Library will partner to celebrate the intersections of public literacy, comics, and feminism in a jointly sponsored symposium. The 2016 Wonder Woman Symposium partners two powerful public institutions in Northeast Ohio, taking up the historical trends that have changed the world of comics, American popular culture, and feminism. Centering on the figure of Wonder Woman and her heirs, this symposium will feature plenary addresses by major creators in the industry and historians of the comics world, and workshops by comics creators on creating graphic narratives and comics. This forum seeks to highlight both regional and national talent. Our celebration of Wonder Woman’s anniversary pays respect to “herstory” while recognizing her perpetual relevance to our present day, and beyond.

This conference is made possible, in part, by the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this conference do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

FULL SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2016

Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 325 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44114

6:00-7:30pm

  • Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (via skype), Creative team of Harley Quinn, Starfire, and Harley Quinn and Power Girl
  • Phil Jimenez, Writer/Artist of Wonder Woman and Superwoman, and artist of Astonishing X-Men, New X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man and The Invisibles

Carol & John’s Comic Book Shop, 17462 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111

8:00-10:00pm- Artist and Author Book Signing with Phil Jimenez, Cameron Stewart and other comics creators

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2016

Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 325 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44114

3:00-4:45pm

  • Joan Ormrod, Co-editor of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and co-editor of Superheroes and Identities
  • Cameron Stewart, Writer/Artist of Batgirl, Motor Crush and artist of Batman and Robin and Fight Club 2

5:00-6:00pm- Trina Robbins,  Author of The Great Women Superheroes, Wonder Woman, and editor of Babes in Arms and The Complete Wimmen’s Comix

6:00-6:45pm- Roundtable Discussion with Presenters

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 2016

Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 325 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44114

9:00-9:30am- Coffee provided by Rising Star

9:30-10:45am- Genevieve Valentine, Author of Catwoman, Xena: Warrior Princess and the novels The Girls at the Kingfisher Club and Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti

11:00am-12:15pm- Carol Tilley, Author of “Seducing the Innocent: Fredric Wertham and the Falsifications That Helped Condemn Comics” and a Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards Judge

12:15-2:00pm- Lunch and Wonder Woman Record Breaking Event (at the Eastman Garden)

2:00-3:15pm- Laura Siegel, Daughter of Jerry Siegel, co-creator of Superman. A former correspondent for CNN, she has won over 100 awards including 13 Emmys and 8 New York Festival Awards

3:30-4:45pm- Peter Coogan, Director of the Institute for Comics Studies and author of Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre and co-editor of What is a Superhero?

5:00-5:45pm- Roundtable Discussion with Presenters

6:00-6:45pm- Meet and Greet with Presenters

Splash Page Comic Art Brings Artists to NYCC 2016

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Press Release:

Splash Page Comic Art will be setup in ARTIST ALLEY this year for New York Comic Con 2016 with the following artists: Roland Boschi, Max Fiumara, Paolo Rivera, Goran Sudzuka, and Dalibor Talajic.

Roland Boschi has worked on Ghost Rider with Jason Aaron, Wolverine MAX, Punisher including Frankencastle, Magneto, and X-Men titles. He has also done work on Secret Wars, Hail Hydra, and Winter Soldier: The Bitter March.

Max Fiumara has worked on several titles including Amazing Spider-Man, Namor, and Hulk Smash Avengers, along with Four Eyes, his creator-owned series through Image with writer Joe Kelly, and worked on a long run of Abe Sapien for Dark Horse.

Paolo Rivera became a household name with Marvel on their Mythos series as well as Amazing Spider-Man. Paolo transitioned primarily to pencil and ink work on covers and pencils on interiors with his father Joe doing inks, on his Daredevil run. He also worked for Valiant and most recently on Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953.

Goran Sudzuka broke through with Outlaw Nation, and went on to do Hellblazer projects, Y the Last Man, Ghosted, Wolverine, Thors, and most recently Daredevil.

Dalabor Talajic has worked on a number of Marvel titles including several Deadpool projects including Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Dexter, Hit Monkey, and recently Red Wolf.

We have opened pre-signup lists on a first come first serve basis for Roland, Max, Goran, and Dalibor and the pieces must be picked up at NYCC. Artist Alley Table locations will be posted closer to the show date.

While Lee Bermejo will not have his own table, he’ll be at the show for a limited time so he’s taking TWO pre-order convention sketches.

The details for all of these opportunities can be seen here at the link…

I will be bringing a limited amount of art with me, primarily for artists that will be with me at the show. If you want to purchase something and have us bring it to NYCC for pickup, we’d be happy to do so!

San Francisco Comics Fest Returns on November 2-5

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Press Release:

Announcing the second annual San Francisco Comics Fest organized by members of the Bay Area comics community in association with Comic-Con, International.

This year’s celebration will kick off Wednesday, November 2nd with satellite events held throughout the city culminating in the Comic-Con sponsored Storytelling Across Media (SAM) event on Saturday, November 5th. As plans are still being developed, more detailed information will be forthcoming.

The origin of San Francisco Comics Fest began in late 2014 at a Town Hall meeting of retailers, artists, writers and other industry professionals and has grown into a region-wide celebration of the comics medium. Last year’s festival included over twenty events held at Bay Area comics shops, the Cartoon Art Museum, and the San Francisco Public Library.

“This year, with the help of Comic-Con, we’re launching an exciting new culminating event,” Committee Organizer Matt Silady, Chair of MFA in Comics Program at California College of the Arts.  “Our hope is to bring together future storytellers from comics, video games, and animation, it’s going to be a very special day for Bay Area writers, artists, and anyone looking to stretch their imaginations.”

SAM, Comic-Con’s Storytelling Across Media one-day event will cap off the festival by offering a line-up of in-depth panels and workshops for everyone from aspiring cartoonists to professional storytellers. ”We’re very excited to return to the Bay Area,” said David Glanzer, spokesperson for SAM. “And we are delighted to support San Francisco’s creative community.”

Along with its new relationship  with Comic-Con International, San Francisco Comics Fest continues with the support of Independent Arts and Media as they work together to further its mission to bring a long-lasting, fun, diverse comics festival to San Francisco.

SF COMICS FEST MISSION STATEMENT: San Francisco Comics Fest is a celebration of comics culture – past, present and future – with festival events highlighting four core aspects of the vibrant community:

  • Rich history of artistic rebellion and comics innovation
  • Unique intersection of cultural influences shared among creators
  • Commitment to comics education
  • Responsibility to shape the future of comics through technology in a positive, equitable way

Scheduled events include workshops, signings, and talks at sponsored by the Cartoon Art Museum, SF Public Library, and comics retailers on both sides of the Bay. San Francisco Comics Fest will be accepting applications for official SFCF events from its local community through the month of July. All event participants will be promoted through official SFCF channels and promotional materials.

To get involved, we’re currently accepting applications from volunteers and offers to host an event.

ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO COMICS FEST:  San Francisco Comics Fest is a celebration of comics culture past, present and future with a commitment to its community’s history, influence and education.

ABOUT INDEPENDENT ARTS & MEDIA: Independent Arts & Media offers fiscal sponsorship to projects that advance IAM’s charitable purpose: to raise the educational and social levels of the residents of the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding regional and national communities, through the development of non-commercial, educational and cultural media, news and arts projects for the benefit of the general public.

ABOUT COMIC-CON, INTERNATIONAL: Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

Florida SuperCon moves 2017 show to Fort Lauderdale

Supercon_2017Florida Supercon is the LARGEST Comic Con in South Florida. Supercon takes place JULY 27-30, 2017 at THE GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE CONVENTION CENTER!

Find the best in Comic Books, Anime, Animation, Video Games, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Pop Culture in South Florida. 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!

Tickets are ON SALE now at http://floridasupercon.com/florida-supercon-tickets/! SAVE an extra 10% OFF until Labor Day 9/5/16 UNTIL LABOR DAY 9/5/16 with PROMO CODE: EARLYBIRD
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The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Boulevard • Fort Lauderdale FL • 954.765.5900
SUPERCON PHONE: 954.399.1330 info@floridasupercon.com

Florida Supercon is MOVING to The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center!

Why Fort Lauderdale?

Construction at The Miami Beach Convention Center and the surrounding area will be in high gear next year and would have prevented us from putting on the quality of show that you deserve.
Fort Lauderdale is welcoming us with wide open arms. They have a gorgeous facility with room to accommodate all of the attendees from Supercon 2016. We will sell out again like we did this year, but there’s room for all returning fans who buy tickets in advance.

We will be taking over the entire Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center on all 3 floors! It is approx. 29 miles from the Miami Beach Convention Center, and will be closer for some, and further away for others. We hope that the quality of convention that we put on will bring everyone back in 2017.

**Please note that Fort Lauderdale has removed the security checkpoint from Eisenhower Blvd so that attendees can drive up to the parking garage and Convention Center from the 17th Street entrance without stopping to show ID.**

There are thousands of parking spots on site, and we will run shuttles between the official hotels and parking garages in the area.
This will be our best year yet!

For more information on Florida SuperCon visit the website!

Planet Comicon Kansas City 2017 Dates Announced

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Planet Comicon Kansas City will return to Bartle Hall on April 28-30, 2017. The event is one of the nation’s largest comic book and pop culture expos. The 2016 show drew more than 70,000 attendees to downtown Kansas City, MO. Fans of superheroes, science fiction, and fantasy gathered to collect celebrity autographs, meet comic book creators, explore vendor tables, participate in cosplay events, attend hundreds of hours of programming, and connect with fellow fan

Guest announcements and ticketing details for 2017 will be announced in the coming weeks. “Planet Comicon Kansas City is all about the fans, and we’re planning the biggest, most exciting show ever for 2017,” said Planet Comicon CEO and Founder, Chris Jackson. “The challenge is always to top the previous year.”

Highlights from the 2016 show included a salute to Marvel pioneer Stan Lee during which Kansas City Mayor Sly James issued a proclamation designating “Stan Lee Day in Kansas City.” In addition, the world’s best pop culture writers and artists filled Bartle Hall with their diverse and impressive work; celebrities and special guests spent hours signing autographs and taking photos with their dedicated fans; and a couple celebrated their love for Planet Comicon Kansas City by getting married at the event to kickoff the convention weekend.

For more information about the 2017 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

Spooky Empire gets Strange!

MBB_spookyIf you haven’t heard of the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, you must be living in the Upside Down. 

We are excited to announce that MILLIE BOBBY BROWN will be appearing at Spooky Empire, October 8 & 9th, 2 days only!

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN currently stars as “Eleven” on “Stranger Things”. She’s also appeared as “Young Alice” in the ABC Once Upon A time spin off, “Once Upon A Time in Wonderland”, plus “Intruders”, “Modern Family” and “NCIS”.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet MILLIE BOBBY BROWN at Spooky Empire in Orlando, FL, October 8-9, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center.

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available but moving fast! Get ’em while you can. WE WILL HAVE A PRE SALE FOR AUTOGRAPHS AND PHOTO OPS in the next week or two.

For more info visit us at www.spookyempire.com

Spooky Empire gets Weird!

Weird Al Spooky Empire“WEIRD AL” Yankovic is coming to Spooky Empire, October 7-9, 2016 in Orlando, FL.

Not that he needs much of an introduction, but you probably remember him for his pop culture parody songs and polka medleys such as “Eat It”, “White & Nerdy”, “Smells Like Nirvana”, “My Bologna”, “Like A Surgeon” and so many more.
“WEIRD AL” also has countless TV and film appearances including “UHF”, “The Simpsons”, “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy”, “The Goldbergs”, “Adventure Time”, “Gravity Falls” and don’t forget he was in Rob Zombie’s “Halloween 2”!

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet “WEIRD AL” at Spooky Empire in Orlando, FL, October 7-9, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center.

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available but moving fast! Get ’em while you can.

For more info visit us at www.spookyempire.com

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