Free Comic Book Day 2017 Titles Announced

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Press Release:

This year, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) features a whole new selection of 38 Silver Sponsor comic book titles for the comic book industry’s most anticipated annual event taking place Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at participating comic book shops worldwide.

Retailers on the FCBD Selection Committee chose 50 titles overall–12 Gold Sponsor comics and 38 Silver Sponsor comics–to provide fans a wide range of stories from which to choose and discover new genres and publishers. This year’s Silver Sponsor comics include Fresh off the Boat, Buffy: The High School Years, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob, Barbie, and more.

“We’re thrilled to see the range of titles with this year’s Free Comic Book Day,” said Free Comic Book Day spokesperson Michael Moccio. “Free Comic Book Day is one of the most celebrated days in the industry. When so many people introduce family and friends to comics and their local comic shop for the first time, it’s important the titles reflect that varied interests of people coming to stores. We believe this is going to be one of the best Free Comic Book Days yet and we’re excited for everyone to experience it!”

A complete listing of all fifty FCBD titles, including the 12 Gold Sponsor comic books and 38 Sponsor comic books, can be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all comic book shops December 28th, 2016. They can also be viewed online at www.freecomicbookday.com.

For more FCBD news and updates, visit www.freecomicbookday.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/freecomicbook, follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/freecomicbook, or Instagram at freecomicbookday.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2017: SILVER COMICS
ACTION LAB | MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADY BUG AND CAT NOIR FCBD 2017 EDITION
AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY | UNDERDOG FCBD 2017 EDITION
ANTARCTIC PRESS | STEAM WARS: STRIKE LEADER FCBD 2017 EDITION
ARCHIE COMICS | SONIC: GENSIS OF A HERO FCBD 2017 EDITION
AUTOMATIC PUBLISHING | LOOKING GLASS WARS: CROSSFIRE FCBD 2017 EDITION
BENITEZ PRODUCTIONS | LADY MECHANIKA FCBD 2017 EDITION
BOOM! STUDIOS | FRESH OFF THE BOAT FCBD 2017 EDITION
CHAPTERHOUSE | CAPTAIN CANUCK YEAR ONE FCBD 2017 EDITION
DARK HORSE COMICS | BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS/PLANTS VS ZOMBIES FCBD 2017 EDITION
DC COMICS | DC COMICS SILVER BOOK FCBD 2017 EDITION
DRAWN & QUARTERLY | GUY DESLISLE & FINDAKLY/TRONDHEIM PREVIEWS FCBD 2017 EDITION
DRAWN & QUARTERLY | COLORFUL MONSTERS FCBD 2017 EDITION
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT | ANIMAL JAM FCBD 2017 EDITION
EPICENTER COMICS | TEX: PATAGONIA FCBD 2017 EDITION
FANTAGRAPHIC BOOKS | WORLD’S GREATEST FCBD 2017 EDITION
HUMANOIDS | THE INCAL FCBD 2017 EDITION
IDW PUBLISHING | TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES FCBD 2017 EDITION
IMAGE COMICS | KID SAVAGE, CHAPTER ONE FCBD 2017 EDITION
KODANSHA | ATTACK ON TITAN FCBD 2017 EDITION
LION FORGE COMICS | CATALYST PRIME: THE EVENT FCBD 2017 EDITION
MARVEL COMICS | FCBD CLASSIFIED 2017 EDITION
NEW ENGLAND COMICS PRESS | THE TICK FCBD 2017 EDITION
NOBROW | HILDA’S BACK! FCBD 2017 EDITION
ONI PRESS | BAD MACHINERY FCBD 2017 EDITION
PAPERCUTZ | BARBIE FCBD 2017 EDITION
PAPERCUTZ | THE LOUD HOUSE FCBD 2017 EDITION
REBELLION | 2000 AD 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL FCBD 2017 EDITION
RED 5 COMICS | KEYZER SOZE/THE RIFT FCBD 2017 EDITION
SCHOLASTIC | GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT: TIME SHIFTERS FCBD 2017 EDITION
TITAN COMICS | MONSTER HIGH FCBD 2017 EDITION
TOKYOPOP | DISNEY DESCENDENTS FCBD 2017 EDITION
UDON ENTERTAINMENT | STREET FIGHTERS V: WRESTLERS SPECIAL #1 FCBD 2017 EDITION
UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES | SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES FCBD 2017 EDITION
VIZ MEDIA | DRAGON BALL SUPER/BORUTO FCBD 2017 EDITION
YOUNEEK STUDIOS | MALIKA: WARRIOR QUEEN CHAPTER ONE FCBD 2017 EDITION
Z2 COMICS | THE BALLAD OF FRANKLIN BONNIESTEEL FCBD 2017 EDITION
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT | GRIMM FAIRY TALES FCBD 2017 EDITION

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2017: GOLD COMICS
ARCHIE COMICS | BETTY & VERONICA #1 FCBD 2017 EDITION
BONGO COMICS | BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL FCBD 2017 EDITION
BOOM! STUDIOS | BOOM! STUDIOS SUMMER BLAST FCBD 2017 EDITION
DARK HORSE COMICS | JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR/BRIGGSLAND FCBD 2017 EDITION
DC COMICS | DC COMICS GOLD BOOK FCBD 2017 EDITION
IDW PUBLISHING | STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION: MIRROR BROKEN FCBD 2017 EDITION
IMAGE COMICS | I HATE IMAGE COMICS FCBD 2017 EDITION
MARVEL COMICS | FCBD SECRET 2017 EDITION
ONI PRESS | RICK AND MORTY #1 FCBD 2017 EDITION
TITAN COMICS | DOCTOR WHO: FOUR DOCTORS SPECIAL FCBD 2017 EDITION
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT | X-O MANOWAR FCBD 2017 EDITION
VIZ MEDIA | THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS & OCARINA OF TIME FCBD 2017 EDITION

Ground Zero Animation Expo: Feb. 18-19th

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Ground Zero Animation Expo returns for two full days on February 18th & 19th in Anaheim, CA.  Tickets available at the link…

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Attend this one of a kind animation event. We have professionals to share tips & tricks on breaking into the industry, notes on portfolio composition, 2D animation discussions, and more! Our panelists range from artists in major studios, freelance, stop motion, gaming studios and more.

Looking to get your foot in the door, make your own animation, freelance with character design, dive into storyboarding, layout, production, etc? Interested in meeting professionals to ask your questions and purchase amazing art from them? Then this is the event for you!

The Animation Alley room will be filled with the panelists selling their own work, sharing about future projects and meeting with you one on one. Outdoors you will find the Up & Coming Animation Alley area to see new talent & those about to be discovered!

Panels are exclusive to those who purchase the specialty tickets. Limited space for panels, so make sure you get your tickets and in line for each panel early. Make sure you keep an eye on our website to get updates and find out what panels/workshops you want to attend.

Since we have extended our event to two days, we will be offering a few workshops as well. These tickets will go on sale a bit later in this year and will be an additional ticket you must purchase. We will be posting updates once we know our workshops. You can find updates on our social media and website: @fanalley on Instagram and Facebook.

Select the ticket to have your portfolio reviewed. Only 10 portfolio reviews on each day. Meet 1 on 1 with a professional who will look through your work to give you advice and answer questions you may have.

This event caters to ages 16 and up, but is open to all ages.

INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS & PANELISTS

STEPHEN SILVER
I was born in London, England on August 30, 1972. Aspiring to be a professional artist my whole life and knowing drawing would be my vocation, I got my professional start in 1992 drawing caricatures at SeaWorld in San Diego.

I have designed characters for Disney Television Animation, Sony Feature Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, designing the style of the shows such as “Kim Possible”, “Danny Phantom” Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” the animated series, and many more.

I am the author and artist of 7 self-published books on the art of sketching, character design, caricature and life drawing. In addition to working freelance, and doing lectures, I am the owner of Silver Drawing Academy, an art school, located in Los Angeles, CA. I also teach two character design courses online @ schoolism.com.

CHRIS AYERS
Chris Ayers has been working in the entertainment field as a character designer and concept artist for the past sixteen years. In addition to his freelance work, he is also the author and illustrator of The Daily Zoo, a series of books containing his animal-of-the-day sketches that were done in response to his battle with cancer.

MIKE KUNKEL
Since he was a kid, Mike Kunkel dreamed of being a cartoonist. And he’s followed that dream for nearly 25 years as a Director, Story Artist, Character Designer, Animator, Writer and Illustrator for such studios as Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Sony Entertainment, Universal Pictures, DC Comics, Marvel Comics and Walt Disney Studios.

Mike’s published work has been nominated three times for the prestigious Eisner Awards and four Ignatz awards, and he is the creator of the two-time Eisner Award-winning comic book series “Herobear and the Kid.” His designs in television have also won the Annie Award for Best Character Design in an Animated Television Production.

PETER PAUL
I’ve worked primarily in animation for 20 years at Walt Disney, DreamWorks, Universal, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. I’ve worked in many feature films and television series. I am also teaching Storyboarding at the Society of Illustrators L.A.

KRIS WIMBERLY
Industry professional, Kris Wimberly, reaches out to his animation network to discuss the ins and outs, tips and tricks, broad strokes and nuances of network (TV) animation. For anyone feeling there is a missing ingredient to their art education, The Animation Network is where they come to find it. By obtaining real-world, industry experience, subscribers to The Animation Network get a sense of working knowledge of a multitude of careers in animation simply by listening to the free podcast and signing up for the free newsletter.

SEAN GANTKA
Sean Gantka has worked at Nickelodeon for the past 7 years. He began as an intern in Development and has since worked on “The Legend of Korra” as a Production Assistant, Production Coordinator, Script Coordinator, and finally as the Production Manager. Sean currently works as the Production Manager on “The Loud House.”

He’s also passionate about creating and having co-created a series with Kris Wimberly that they are currently developing at Nickelodeon. Sean is a nerd for medieval literature and all things King Arthur.

LAUREN PATTERSON
Lauren Patterson is currently a background painter at Nickelodeon Animation Studio on the show “The Loud House.” She also freelances as an illustrator for children’s books, and likes tabling at various animation and comic conventions with merchandise she designs such as pins, stickers, and cards. In her free time she likes to scroll through cute dog accounts on instagram for hours on end.

JORDAN KOCH
Jordan Koch is a storyboard artist on “The Loud House” at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. He has also worked extensively as a freelance artist for clients in and around the Los Angeles area, including Animation Magazine.

MORGHAN GILL
Character designer working in the Animation and video game industry.

CHELSEA KENNA
Chelsea Kenna graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2008 with a BFA in Illustration. She spent several years working in social and mobile gaming as a Lead Artist and concept artist, and currently works as a freelance illustrator doing illustration for picture books, greeting cards, apparel, comics, and a variety of other projects. Clients and licensed properties include Disney, Tiltworks, Topps, The Hamilton Collection, Precious Moments, and Stan Lee’s Kids Universe.

STEPH LABERIS
Though my background is in illustration and games, I have been doing character design for TV and feature animation over the course of the last 10 years. I have worked on Word Girl, Paw Patrol, Puppy Dog Tails, several TV pilots and the feature film Blazing Samurai. Currently I split my time between animation development and children’s book illustration; there is a surprising amount of overlap between the two! I have illustrated five Little Golden Books in the last year, (three of which are in the Grumpy Cat series) and am illustrating eight additional picture books over the course of the next year.

MEGAN PHONESAVANH
Megan Phonesavanh is a Character Designer at OddBot Inc. where she’s worked on a wide range of projects, including Disney’s Star Darlings and upcoming content for Disney Jr and Nick Jr. In addition to characters, she has designed props and fx, color scripted, and developed an animated series pitch. Prior to working at OddBot, Megan worked in mobile gaming, and got her first break in animation drawing bizarre special poses for FoxADHD shows Stone Quakers and Lucas Bros. Moving Co.
In her own time, Megan loves nothing more than to sketch and paint, take classes to improve her work, and dedicate time to crafting personal projects. She is developing an adventure webcomic called Isara, and advocates for more female voices in the animation industry.

CHUCK GRIEB
Chuck Grieb is a highly experienced, award winning animation artist and filmmaker having worked for Disney TV Animation, Nickelodeon, and various others and drawn noted characters such as Disney’s Genie, Timon and Pumbaa, Buzz Lightyear, Hercules, Winnie the Pooh, Stitch, Big Idea’s LarryBoy, Nickelodeon’s XJ9, and many more. Chuck has worked professionally as a storyboard artist and animator and is experienced working with traditional media, 2D Digital media, and 3D Digital media; he has also worked as a development artist, director, character designer, and has partnered in running a small studio. Chuck’s animated short films have screened in over 90 film festivals all around the world, including the Columbus Intern. Film + Video Festival, The Newport Intern. Film Festival, The San Diego Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, The Filmstock Intern. Film Festival, Temecula Valley Intern. Film Festival, Chicago Intern. Children’s Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Rhode Island Intern. Film Festival, and many others. Illustrations Chuck created have been featured in international publications such as, Spectrum, Infected by Art, Exposé and The Painter Book. Chuck’s ongoing projects continue his exploration of various digital and traditional toolsets in the creation of animated and illustrated art. Chuck is currently the Coordinator of the Animation Concentration and professor of Entertainment Art/Animation at Cal State Fullerton.

Puffy AmiYumi to Perform at Anime Boston 2017

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its first guest of honor today. J-pop/rock duo Puffy AmiYumi will be performing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Puffy AmiYumi are one of the most famous music icons in Japan, where they are a household name synonymous with all things pop and fun. Featuring dual vocalists Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura, the group has reached enormous success with their pop/rock songs, but are also loved for their effortlessly cool and nonchalant fashion styles. Debuted in 1996, the duo are still in high demand after 20 colorful years, glittered with dozens of commercial endorsements, sold-out tours, and a total of 20 million CDs sold to date.

“We are incredibly proud to able to host musical superstars, Puffy AmiYumi. For many of us, Puffy AmiYumi was our introduction to Japanese rock music through their appearances on American television. Now, Anime Boston can show them how much they mean to us!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Over the course of their 20-year career, Puffy AmiYumi have released 11 full-length albums, 37 singles, 3 greatest hits albums, 5 special project albums, and 5 North American albums. Puffy AmiYumi have won numerous prestigious awards in Japan including: “Best Newcomer” at the Japan Record Awards (equivalent of the Grammys) and “Pop Album of the Year” at the Japan Gold Disc Awards. Most recently, Puffy AmiYumi have been scheduled to participate in the 67th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen taking place on New Year’s Eve 2016.

Their fame also extends to the US, where they are well known for performing the theme song to “Teen Titans” and also launching their namesake series, “Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi” in 2004 on Cartoon Network, which aired in over 110 countries worldwide.

Still at the forefront of pop culture in Japan, Puffy AmiYumi are now celebrating their 20th anniversary with more surprises up their fashionable sleeves.

For more information about Puffy AmiYumi, visit puffy.jp (Japanese) and puffyamiyumi.com (English)

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

MA – Deck the Halls III Signing

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Artist Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts, Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl, Batman Beyond) appears at The Hall of Comics on Saturday December 17, 2016 Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 11:00 AM till 3:00 PM!

Craig will generously be doing sketches on request in exchange for $25 worth of new, unopened domestic items that will benefit Pathways Family Shelter. Suggested items are diapers, pots & pans, non-perishable foods, personal hygiene products, gift certificates to grocery stores, department stores and gas stations. (Sketches are on a first-come, first-served basis. One character per sketch, one sketch per household. We don’t want Craig’s hand to fall off). The shop will also offer an original, limited edition STAR WARS themed holiday print by Craig – available that day only!

RSVP on Facebook!

The Hall of Comics
3 Turnpike Rd, Southborough, MA 01772
(508) 485-1300

Guests of Honor Announced for MoCCA Arts Festival 2017

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The Society of Illustrators is proud to share this year’s stellar list of Guests of Honor for the MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 1-2 at Metropolitan West in New York City. This year’s featured Guests of Honor are:

  • Acclaimed French cartoonist Blutch, whose graphic novel Peplum marks his second English- language translation, makes his first ever appearance at a North American comics festival.
  • Cliff Chiang, known for his “fluid and confident storytelling” in work on comics including Human Target, Beware the Creeper, Wonder Woman, and Paper Girls.
  • Artist Becky Cloonan, whose best-selling comics include Demo, East Coast Rising, American Virgin, Gotham Academy, The Punisher, and many others.
  • Illustrator Drew Friedman, recognized for his body of comics work as well as his unforgettable caricatures of celebrities and legends, political figures and performers.
  • British comics artist David Lloyd, best known as the artist of V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore, and the designer of the iconic Guy Fawkes mask since adopted by Anonymous.
  • American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints author Gene Luen Yang, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellow, who will appear on Saturday only.

This diverse group of artists exemplifies the limitless aesthetic and social power of comics and cartooning. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 1 – 2nd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th St.) with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).

Price of admission is $5 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under twelve are free. Further scheduling information regarding our Guests of Honor’s visits will be available in future announcements.

Applications to table at the Fest are now available online, and will close on December 31st.

ABOUT THE GUESTS OF HONOR

Blutch
Born Christian Hincker in Strasbourg, France, comic artist and writer Blutch is widely recognized for his incredible draftsmanship and his affectionate, outsider’s take on American culture including cinema and jazz. His comics debuted in the magazine Fluide Glacial in the 1980s. Since then he has published many books with publishers including L’Association, Cornelius, and Dargaud. His books So Long, Silver Screen (Picturebox) and Peplum (New York Review Comics) have been translated into English, and his illustrations have appeared in publications including Libération and The New Yorker. In 2009, he won the prestigious Grand Prix at the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France. His visit to North America is supported by Europe Comics

Cliff Chiang
Comic artist Cliff Chiang began his career as an illustrator for Disney Adventures Magazine and Vertigo/DC before moving on to freelance. His client list includes DC Comics, GQ Magazine, Lucasfilm, Warner Animation, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamics Forces Entertainment, and the ACLU. His artwork was used in the comics Human Target, Beware the Creeper and Crisis Aftermath: The Spectre, Green Arrow/Black Canary and Wonder Woman. He is currently working on the series Paper Girls with writer Brian K. Vaughan.

Becky Cloonan
At only 36, New York’s School of Visual Arts alum Becky Cloonan has already paved the way for women in comics. Her breakout hit, Demo (2004), a collaboration with Brian Wood, received numerous accolades and recognitions. Her first solo project,
East Coast Rising, released by Tokyopop in 2006, earned her a third Eisner nomination for Best New Series. In 2012 she became the first woman to draw a main Batman title. Following Batman, she did the art for The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and later created cover art and stories for Gotham Academy for DC Comics.

Drew Friedman
Award winning artist Drew Friedman’s comics and illustrations have appeared in Raw, Weirdo, American Splendor, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, SPY, MAD, The New Yorker, BLAB!, Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, among many others. His work has been collected in several volumes, and The New York Times called his three volumes of Old Jewish Comedians “A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces.” His books of portraits, Heroes of the Comic Books and More Heroes of The Comics, published by Fantagraphics, have received high praise and recognition from the comics community. He is the subject of the upcoming documentary Drew Friedman: Vermeer of the Borscht Belt.

David Lloyd
British comic art David Lloyd’s career began in the 1970s creating art for Marvel UK titles. In 1982, author and editor Dez Skinn started production on Warrior magazine, and invited Lloyd to create a new pulp character. With the help of writer Alan Moore, the two conceived V for Vendetta, a dark comic featuring an anarchist anti-hero who battles with a fascist government while donning a Guy-Fawkes mask. DC Comics would later pick up the comic and transform it into a full graphic novel. In 2006, V for Vendetta became a full-length feature film, while the Guy-Fawkes mask illustrated by Lloyd has been used widely in protests throughout the world. Since the widespread popularity of V, Lloyd has worked on numerous other titles including Wasteland, Espers, War Story, The Territory, Kickback, among others. In 2012, Lloyd launched an online comics anthology called Aces Weekly.

Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang found early recognition in 2006 through his young adult (YA) book American Born Chinese (First Second Books), which became the first graphic novel to be a finalist for the National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award, as well as an Eisner Award. His next title, the diptych Boxers & Saints (also published by First Second Books), continued his winning streak, receiving the L.A. Times Book Prize. In January of 2016, Yang was appointed as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council; then later that year, he was named a MacArthur Genius.

About the Society of Illustrators and the MoCCA Arts Festival
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others. Our Museum of Illustration was established in 1981. We offer year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Our Permanent Collection houses 3,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, we created the MoCCA Gallery with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

Boston Comic Con Celebrates their 10th Anniversary!

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2017 is an exciting year for Boston Comic Con as we celebrate our 10th anniversary! The show has established a strong reputation for delivering the ultimate fan experience in New England and we look forward to continuing this tradition with some exciting announcements! Stay tuned for more news about our amazing lineup for 2017.

Tickets on Sale March 1st 2017

For more on Boston Comic Con check out the website HERE!

South Shore Comic Con Debuts This Weekend

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South Shore Art Center presents the first South Shore Comic Con on Saturday December 3rd from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM with over twenty comic artists who will be at tables, signing and selling their zines, original art, and talking about the craft of comic book storytelling. Panels and workshops will be in the art Studios throughout the day. The event was initiated by the Art Center’s cartoon instructor Tak Toyoshima, who discovered many of his students had never set foot in a comic book store. Tak is the artist behind the syndicated daily cartoon Secret Asian Man, and is a Hanover resident and his day job is the Creative Director for Rustic Marlin.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. The first 20 kids get a free South Shore Comic Con tee shirt thanks to Goodwin Graphics, the perfect item to get autographed by artists at the show.

000-sshorecc-2016Confirmed artists are:

  • Barrington Edwards and Cagan Luse
  • Jesse Lonergan
  • Dan Mazur, The Boston Comics Roundtable
  • John Carvajal and Brittney Sargent
  • Tony Sedani
  • Jimmy Curtis and Joe Daxberger
  • Brian Connolly
  • Mike Doherty
  • Kat Klockow
  • Brendan Tobin
  • Patt Kelley
  • Joey Peters
  • Jerel Dye and Jesse Lonergan
  • Jon Dorn
  • E. J. Barnes
  • Kyri Lorenz and Daniel Welch
  • Frankie B Washington
  • Jessica L Metcalf and Joshua Falkenburg, Books By Bella

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Workshops & Panels In the Studios

11am to noon (Workshop)

Drawing from Reality for Fantasy

Barrington Edwards

Studio tips and techniques as well as hands on workshop drawing models, sculptures, and objects and how to use them to shape a more fantastical comics world.

 

noon to 12:30pm (Panel)

The Boston Comics Roundtable

Dan Mazur, E.J. Barnes, John Carvajal, Jesse Lonergan, Jerel Dye

Discussion on the importance of community and collaboration.

 

2pm to 3pm (Workshop)

Intro to Manga Drawing!

Kat Klockaw

Fun hands on drawing lesson on the basics of one of the most popular comic styles in the world: Japanese manga.

 

3pm to 3:30pm (Demo)

How to Make Comics … Not Just Draw Them

Kyri Lorenz and Mike Doherty. Demo on how to expand your comics beyond the traditional stapled together booklet.

 

South Shore Art Center
119 Ripley Rd, Cohasset, Massachusetts 02025
(781) 383-2787

Exclusive Spooky Empire poster revealed

se_vip_exclusiveVIP Attendees, here’s a sneak peek at the exclusive Spooky Empire poster that you will be receiving this weekend when you check in! 

Poster art by an amazing artist and Spooky friend Andrew Cremeans Poster is 18×24

Not a VIP, but need to get your hands on one? You’re in luck..a limited run of these lithograph art prints will be available for sale at our Spooky Empire merch booth all weekend for $20 (or until they sell out!)

For more info on Spooky Empire visit HERE!

 

Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 Tickets Now On-Sale

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Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to present our fans with an early holiday gift — tickets will be on sale from Black Friday to Christmas at a discount rate for next year’s show, taking place the weekend of September 22-24, 2017 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore.

Tickets that are now on sale include:
  • Weekend
  • Friday only
  • Saturday only
  • Sunday only
  • VIP*

As always, children 10 and under are free for general admission with a paid adult general admission!

* VIP packages are a separate purchase from General Admission tickets (which will be required to participate in any VIP offerings). VIP ticket holders receive exclusive early admission to all three days of the show, as well as a gift package that includes a show t-shirt, the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con yearbook, and more!

“Every year, we get asked if we can provide tickets early enough for holiday gifts or Valentine’s Day gifts or birthday gifts, but we have been unable to make that happen… until now!” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We’re thrilled to announce that, through the holiday weekend, tickets are available for our 2017 event at a discounted rate and, if you’ve peeked at our website, you know our our guest list is already growing with some great new and returning guests, CGC is with us again to do on-site grading, and we began selling our 2017 show floor space to exhibitors and retailers before last year’s show even ended.”

First guests include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Reilly Brown (Slapstick), Mark Buckingham (Everafter: From the Pages of Fables), Dave Bullock (The Rocketeer at War), Jim Calafiore (Surviving Megalopolis), Howard Chaykin (Midnight of the Soul); Frank Cho (Skybourne), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), David Finch (Batman), Meredith Finch (Catwoman: Election Night), Ramona Fradon (Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman), Michael Golden (Doctor Strange), Scott Hanna (Wonder Woman), Dean Haspiel (Dark Horse Presents), Klaus Janson (Dark Knight III: The Master Race), Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter covers), Matt Kindt (Ninjak), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (Avengers), Hope Larson (Batgirl), David Marquez (Civil War II), Mike McKone (Old Man Logan), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Mark Morales (Deathstroke), Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Paul Pelletier (Cyborg), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Revolution), Tom Raney (Invincible Iron Man), Don Rosa (Donald Duck), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Andy Runton (Owly), Julie Fujii Sakai (Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Stuart Sayger (Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas), Louise Simonson (Faith); Walter Simonson (Ragnarok); Rob Stull (Executive Assistant: Orchid), Peter Tomasi (Superman), Billy Tucci (Shi), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Ethan Van Sciver (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Mark Waid (Avengers), Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom), and Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl).

Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets!

Stan Lee & Joe Sinnott Receive Military Honors at RICC 2016

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Press Release:

United States Military Honors Comic Book Legends Stan Lee And Joe Sinnott At Rhode Island Comic Con

Providence, Rhode Island – On Veterans Day, representatives of the United States Army and Navy, along with chapters of the American Legion, the Marine Corps League, and Texas State Guard, surprised comic book icons Stan Lee and Joe Sinnott with military accolades.

Awards of appreciation and recognition were presented to Mr. Lee, 93, who served as a Sergeant in the US Army Signal Corps during World War II, at his VIP panel Friday night. Army Captain James R. Whitney, Navy Chief Petty Officer Kurt Anderson, their respective staffs and several former US Service members, imparted the honors.

Army Staff Sergeant Joshua Mitchell tendered an American flag to Mr. Lee at the request of Major General Anthony C. Funkhouser. The flag was flown in his honor on the occasion of Veterans Day “for his faithful service to our Nation as a United States Soldier during World War II.” MG Funkhouser is the Commanding General, Center for Initial Military Training, US Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, VA.

“Next to my marriage and the birth of my daughter. This is the most sensational moment in my life. I will never forget this…” Stated a very emotional Mr. Lee, “It is such an honor which I’m sure I don’t deserve.”

000_ricc-sinnott-tucciMr. Sinnott’s awards were handed out at a dinner attended by his family, friends and fans later on that evening. His flag was presented on behalf of MG Funkhouser who bestowed the title of “SEABEE For Life” to the sailor, 90.

After his older brother Sgt. Jack Sinnott, was tragically killed in action in France, Mr. Sinnott joined the US Navy Seabees shortly after his 18th birthday. He served in the bloody World War II Battle of Okinawa rising to the rank of Machinist Mate 3rd Class.

As restaurant patrons applauded with a standing ovation, the legendary artist who created thousands of comics for over sixty years, humbly confessed, “I’m speechless, I really am. This is just unbelievable. One of the greatest honors I’ve ever had. Thank You!”

In addition to the flags, certificates, challenge coins, plaques and “swagger sticks” of appreciation were also awarded to both veterans. “They got me mixed up with someone else” Mr. Lee said in disbelief. “But I can’t thank you enough and I will never forget this moment… We have the greatest military in the whole world.”

As uniformed service members past and present presented arms to a saluting Mr. Lee, he exclaimed to the teary-eyed audience, “If someone isn’t filming this, I’ll never talk to you again!”

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