All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.
Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.
All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.
FRIDAY, APRIL 21
11:00–11:45 a.m. MAE: Gene Ha
12:00–12:45 p.m. CALL OF DUTY: ZOMBIES, EERIE: Justin Jordan
1:00–1:45 p.m. SPACE-MULLET!, ALABASTER, THE GHOST FLEET: Daniel Warren Johnson
2:00–2:45 p.m. DARK HORSE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HENCHGIRL HC: Kristen Gudsnuk
3:00–3:45 p.m. HOUSE OF PENANCE, THE MIGHTY, LIGHT BRIGADE: Peter Tomasi
4:00–4:45 p.m. CHIMICHANGA, THE GOON: Eric Powell
5:00–5:45 p.m. LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones
6:00–6:45 p.m. THE PAYBACKS: Eliot Rahal
SATURDAY, APRIL 22
10:00–10:45 a.m. DARK HORSE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HENCHGIRL HC: Kristen Gudsnuk
11:00–11:45 a.m. TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES, SUNDOWNERS: Tim Seeley
12:00–12:45 p.m. BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire
1:00–1:45 p.m. BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald
2:00–2:45 p.m. LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: Jim Calafiore
3:00–3:45 p.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY, THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT: Geof Darrow
4:00–4:45 p.m. KABUKI, AMERICAN GODS, FIGHT CLUB 2: David Mack
5:00–5:45 p.m. SPELL ON WHEELS: Kate Leth
6:00–6:45 p.m. DRAGON AGE: MAGEKILLER, VEIL: Greg Rucka
SUNDAY, APRIL 23
10:10–11:45 a.m. DARK HORSE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HENCHGIRL HC: Kristen Gudsnuk
12:00–12:45 p.m. BATTLEPUG, B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: Mike Norton
2:00–2:45 p.m. APOCALYPTIGIRL, THE TOMORROWS: Andrew MacLean
Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit http://www.c2e2.com/Events/Panels-And-Screenings/Panels for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.
SATURDAY, APRIL 22
3:00–4:00 p.m. Panel Room S403 The Millennial’s Guide to Keeping Comics Alive
The integration of social media into society has completely changed how people communicate with each other, and the comics industry is not invulnerable to this change. Join Dark Horse creators Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl) and Kel McDonald (Buffy: The High School Years, Misfits of Avalon) to discuss the implications of social media on the industry and how creators use social media to engage with fans.
SUNDAY, APRIL 23
1:15–2:15 p.m. Panel Room S403 The Un-CONventional Superheroes
For decades, popular culture has been dominated by stories from superhero comic books. Most people can’t think of either superheroes or comics without thinking of the other. In recent years, Dark Horse creators have sought to pay homage to superheroes while also putting a modern spin on the idea of heroics. Join Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalopolis), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), and Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) for a lively conversation about superheroes and antiheroes in the modern era and how their characters seek to challenge society’s perceptions of the superhero.
This year Rose City Comic Con, Portland’s best comic and pop-culture convention, is expanding to a 3-day event and will now run September 8-10, 2017. Tickets are currently on sale and guests announcements have begun. The current guest list includes: “Weird” Al Yankovic, Felicia Day, Michael Rosenbaum, Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Grey Delisle, Neal Adams, Katie Cook, Mike Zeck, James O’Barr, and more.
For further information and tickets, please go to the convention website: rosecitycomiccon.com
Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic book creators in medical and financial need, breezes into Chicago for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, also known as C2E2, located at McCormick Place April 21-23.
And we have an amazing crew anchoring our booth, #1459! Writer/artist Bill Willingham, the man behind Fables and a NEW First Comics series to be announced at C2E2, will be EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth all weekend! He’ll be joined by Punisher and Batman artist Bill Reinhold, and Incredible Hulk writer Sean McKeever. Check them all out at booth #1459!
While at the booth, make sure you get in on our raffle for an amazing helicopter trip for two over downtown Chicago from Chicago Helicopter Experience, a $456 value! Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Hero booth all weekend, just $2 each!
And you can now DRINK your comics! Hero is hosting the WORLD PREMIERE of Ten Pin Creep, a Revival mystery story told across six beer labels! The party is Friday, April 21 from 7-10 pm at the Motor Row Gallery and Lofts 2345 S. Michigan Ave. (mere STEPS from the convention center!). Price is $4 per beer or $20 for the whole 6-pack! Non-alcoholic drinks will also be served, and creators Mike Norton and Tim Seeley WILL be in attendance autographing bottles! Many of your other fave creators such as Franco Aureliani, Amy Chu, Jenny Frison, Jody Houser, Ken Lashley, Sean McKeever, Dustin Nguyen, Steve Orlando, Mike Perkins, Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, and James Tynion IV will also be there, so don’t miss out on the party!
And as always Hero Initiative’s creative ambassadors are on the floor collecting for Hero at their own tables. Please swing by and say “hi” to Jason Aaron, Chris Burnham, Stephan Franck, Eric Gapstur, Patrick Gleason, Jonathan Hickman, Phil Hester, Jody Houser, Ken Lashley, Mike Norton, Steve Orlando, Ande Parks, Tim Seeley, Liam Sharp, Ryan Stegman, Jill Thompson, James Tynion IV, and Chip Zdarsky.
About The Hero Initiative:
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative 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 $950,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
Superhero, animation and gaming fans will soon converge on Utopia Parkway for a four-day celebration in a park-like setting.
St. John’s University will host BoroughCon, a new pop culture convention, over Memorial Day Weekend 2017, May 26-May 29. The event, which is expected to draw up to 20,000 attendees, will appeal to enthusiasts of heroic stories in film, television, gaming and graphic formats, as well as to those who enjoy anime and manga –animation and comics, respectively, in the Japanese tradition.
BoroughCon programming will include panels and autograph sessions with celebrities, gaming tournaments, screenings of both classic and as-yet unreleased films and TV shows, a vendors’ room and an artists’ alley. In addition to special programming for youth and children as well as their parents and grandparents, there will also be a cosplay competition.
“Cosplay is the performance art of creating costumes based on your favorite media characters, then embodying those characters for the audience,” BoroughCon CEO Matthew Goodison-Orr explains. “It has become a staple of these conventions, and cosplay is always one of the most popular draws.”
Media guests are currently being announced on BoroughCon.com and Goodison-Orr says, “BoroughCon will be able to deliver at least a couple of household names, as well as several actors well-known to everyone from all walks of life within the nerd community.”
Current guests include:
• Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, The Goonies)
• Khary Payton (The Walking Dead, Young Justice, Teen Titans)
• Dante Basco (Hook, American Dragon: Jake Long)
• Steven Blum (animated voice of Wolverine, record holder for most video game credits)
• Cree Summer (Codename: Kids Next Door, Inspector Gadget)
• Jess Harnell (Crash Bandicoot, Animaniacs)
• Grey DeLisle (Scooby-Doo, Avatar: The Last Airbender)
• Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Star Wars: Rebels, Ghost in the Shell)
• Chester Rushing (Stranger Things)
• Johnny Brennan (Jerky Boys, Family Guy)
• Grizz Chapman (30 Rock, The Lair)
The nerd community, he said, includes fans of comic books, manga, gaming, and science fiction/fantasy movies and television shows—and a great many self-professed nerds live in underserved neighborhoods of Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island. Comic creators appearing include Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans), Mike Grell (Green Arrow, Jon Sable), Tony Bedard (Supergirl, Birds of Prey) Mark McKenna (Combat Jacks, Exiles).
“Surprisingly, New York City and the surrounding area runs short of adequate event space despite the world-class sports and concert venues,” says Goodison-Orr, who, when he served three years as CEO of Orlando’s KnightroKon, catered to up to 40,000 fans a year. “None of the hotels have anywhere enough meeting space for a convention of BoroughCon’s size, and the Javits Center is already home to New York Comic Con, with which we have no desire to invite comparison. So my partners and I chose to focus on the Four Boroughs, and St. John’s became the clear choice.”
The decision to embrace the outer boroughs required very little persuasion.
“Queens has roughly the same population as Houston, and Brooklyn is almost the size of Chicago. Both those middle-American cities host multiple ‘cons’ annually. So why would we want to be the second-biggest-by-a-mile in Manhattan when we can build something new and different here?”
What will set BoroughCon apart, according to Goodison-Orr, is the degree to which fans will enjoy direct access to well-known guests.
“If you come to BoroughCon, you’ll get a chance to meet, shake hands with or get an autograph from someone whose work you admire,” he said. “BoroughCon will be for regular fans – the con for the rest of us.”
For up-to-date information, visit boroughcon.com.
Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC), Steve Wozniak’s pop culture and technology expo, today revealed its initial list of more than 25 iconic comic book authors and artist who will be in attendance for photo opportunities and special signings during the 2017 show. The second annual SVCC will be hosted at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA the weekend of April 21-23.
Among the comic book talent highlights at this year’s event include:
- Art Adams – Legendary Marvel comic book artist behind such comics as Longshot and X-Men
- Michael Golden – Former editor for Marvel and one of the most prolific comic book artists of the 1980s and 1990s
- Russ Heath – Legendary DC Comics War artist
- Bill Morrison – Eisner Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator best known for his work on Simpsons, Futurama and as a Disney illustrator
- Tony Parker – Eisner nominated comic book artist and illustrator
- Brian Pulido – Creator of cult comics “Lady Death” and “Evil Ernie”
- Scott Shaw! – Hanna Barbera cartoonist and Convention Legend
- Ryan Sook – Best known for his work on “Seven Soldiers: Zatanna,” “X-Factor” and “The Spectre”
- Joe Weems – Illustrator and Harvey Award nominated inker
- Mike Zeck – One of the most prolific comic book artists of the 1980s and creator of the famous black Spider-Man costume
Additional confirmed comic book talent include: Eric “Ebas” Basaldua, Ethan Castillo, Joyce Chin, Parnaz Gharah, Scott Koblish, Casey Leonard, Dawn McTeigue, James C. Mulligan, Mike Pascale, JP Roth, Tim Vigil, Bob Wiacek, Ron Wilson, Renee Witterstaetter, Thomas Yeates.
Additionally, Vincent Van Dahl, Tom Wyrsch and John Stanley (the team behind the Bay Area favorite, KTVU Fox Show “Creature Features”) will appear at SVCC.
A full list of SVCC guests can be found at www.svcomiccon.com/guests. To purchase tickets, visit www.svcomiccon.com/tickets and to become an exhibitor or for sponsorship opportunities, visit http://svcomiccon.com/sponsors/want-to-exhibit.
For the latest news and updates on additional celebrity guests, exhibitors, panels and events, follow @SVComicCon on Twitter.
ABOUT SILICON VALLEY COMIC CON
Silicon Valley Comic Con celebrates the Age of the Geek by bringing together America’s two greatest superheroes: pop culture and technology. Featuring top celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video game creators, consumer electronics, music and apps, Silicon Valley Comic Con is where entertainment and our electronic worlds intersect. The inaugural Silicon Valley Comic Con will be hosted at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA the weekend of April 21-23, 2017.
Bruce Timm will be a guest artist at the San Francisco Comic Con on September 1-3, 2017 at Moscone West!
Bruce is best known for building the artistic foundation & style of the DC Comics animated universe, with Batman: The Animated Series, being an everlasting hallmark of his design, and co-creating the popular villain Harley Quinn.
There will be a San Francisco Comic Con print created by Bruce Timm, made available exclusively to attendees that reserve a hotel room in the SFCC room block.
Other guests include Nichelle Nichols, Ray Park, Arthur Adams, Bob Camp, Michael Golden, Alex Nino, Ariel Olivetti, and more!
To pre-order tickets for the September 1-3, San Francisco Comic Con, and to book your hotel room in the discounted room block, please visit: www.sanfrancomiccon.com
April 12, 2017 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, Video Games, Webcomics
C. THOMAS HOWELL and RALPH MACCHIO will be at Spooky Empire next weekend, and this is your chance to meet them both in person, to celebrate the upcoming 35th anniversary of the classic film “The Outsiders”
C. THOMAS HOWELL kicked off his career with a small part (Tyler) in the classic “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”, but after his memorable performance as “Ponyboy Curtis” in “The Outsiders” he became one of the most popular young actors of the 80’s. He went on to star in many films and TV series including (for you horror fans) “The Hitcher” (1 & 2), “Red Dawn”, “Tank”, “Secret Admirer”, “Soulman”, “The Hillside Strangler”, and more recently “Mutant Vampire Zombies from the Hood”, “The Amazing Spiderman”, “Southland”, “Torchwood” “24” and “Grimm”.
RALPH MACCHIO started out in commercials before his regular appearance on “Eight is Enough”. His career also took a jump after his appearance as “Johnny Cade” in the film “The Outsiders”. He went on to star in his most memorable role as “Daniel” in “The Karate Kid” series of films. He also starred in “Teachers”, “Crossroads”, “My Cousin Vinny”, and more recently had a recurring role on “Ugly Betty. He also joined the hit reality show “Dancing with the Stars” in 2011.
Don’t miss out on this amazing appearance, and be sure to check out their Q&A for a special surprise.
Advance tickets and VIP are still available, and hotel reservations are limited but available. www.spookyempire.com
Nickel City Con and Buffalo’s historic North Park Theatre are proud to announce an exclusive screening of FLASH GORDON, with a Q&A following the film with Flash Gordon himself SAM JONES. Experience the Sci-Fi Cult Classic and the epic QUEEN soundtrack on the big screen in Buffalo’s finest theater.
You’ll get exclusive insight and background information from the filming of the movie as Sam recalls his days on set and his life in Hollywood after Flash and his recent resurgence in the Ted & Ted 2 movies.
Join us for this great Pre-Con event Thursday May 18th at the North Park Theatre. Get your tickets now, don’t wait- the first 150 tickets come with a free pass to opening night at Nickel City Con, Friday May 19!
Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC), Steve Wozniak’s pop culture and technology expo, has announced that Grant Gustin, star of the hit television series “The Flash,”and Tom Felton, Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter films and supervillain Doctor Alchemy on “The Flash,” have been added to the show’s guest lineup. This marks Grant’s first ever appearance at any Comic Con. Fans will get a chance to meet Grant and Tom for photos, autographs and a special Q&A session. The second annual SVCC will be hosted at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA the weekend of April 21-23.
As Barry Allen / The Flash in the CW network television hit series “The Flash,” Grant has also appeared in crossover episodes with “Arrow,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow.” Grant is also known for his role as Sebastian Smythe on the FOX network television series “Glee” and for playing Campbell Price on “90210” (CW TV show). This month, he will join former “Glee” castmates Melissa Benoist and Darren Criss for a special musical crossover of “The Flash” and “Supergirl.”
Best known as Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter films, Tom Felton left the magical world to go on to star in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Belle,” “The Disappeared, “Night Wolf,” “The Apparition,” “In Secret” and more. He is now a series regular on “The Flash,” where he plays Julian Dorn, a CSI at the Central City Police Department with suspicions about Barry Allen – otherwise known as Doctor Alchemy, the acolyte of speed god Savitar, this season’s super villains.
Grant will appear Sunday, April 23. Tom will be at SVCC on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22. They will appear on-stage together for a fan Q&A on Sunday.
Grant and Tom join an already star-studded lineup of high-profile guests at SVCC 2017, including recently announced guests John Cusack of “Being John Malkovich,” “High Fidelity” and “Sixteen Candles;” Gina Torres of “Suits” and “Firefly;” and Billy Boyd, who played Peregrin “Pippin” Took in Peter Jackson’s epic film trilogy “The Lord of the Rings.” Additional guest highlights who were previously announced include:
● The 30th anniversary cast reunion of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”
● William Shatner of “Star Trek” and “Boston Legal”
● Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut and one of the first people to walk on the moon
● Steven Yeun of “The Walking Dead”
● Robert Englund of “Nightmare on Elm Street”
● Pam Grier “Foxy Brown”
A full list of SVCC guests can be found at www.svcomiccon.com/guests. To purchase tickets, visit www.svcomiccon.com/tickets. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, visit http://svcomiccon.com/sponsors/want-to-exhibit.
For the latest news and updates on additional celebrity guests, exhibitors, panels and events, follow @SVComicCon on Twitter.
ABOUT SILICON VALLEY COMIC CON
Silicon Valley Comic Con celebrates the Age of the Geek by bringing together America’s two greatest superheroes: pop culture and technology. Featuring top celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video game creators, consumer electronics, music and apps, Silicon Valley Comic Con is where entertainment and our electronic worlds intersect. The second annual Silicon Valley Comic Con will be hosted at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA the weekend of April 21-23, 2017.
Jason Latour, co-creator and artist of the Eisner and Harvey Award winning series Southern Bastards at Image Comics, will be joining our 2017 guest line up!
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Jason Latour is a writer and artist. He is the co-creator and artist of the Eisner and Harvey Award winning series Southern Bastards at Image Comics, as well as the co-creator & writer of Spider-Gwen at Marvel. In 2015 he won the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award for Comic Book Art.
Other featured creators include Kevin Eastman (TMNT), Dan Didio (DC Comics Publisher), Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men, New Mutants) Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Joseph Michael Linsner (Harley Quinn), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD), Neal Adams (Batman), Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!), Frank Brunner (Doctor Strange), Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men) and many, many more!
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