NEAL ADAMS TO ATTEND STEEL CITY CON
Pittsburgh — Orangestone Promotions, Inc., promoters of the Pittsburgh based convention called the Steel City Con (http://www.steelcitycon.com) is celebrating 25 years as Pennsylvania’s largest toy, comic book and pop culture show on April 11-13, 2014 at the Monroeville Convention Center with special appearances from classic TV and movie celebrity guests. The Steel City Con is known for bringing rare celebrity signing appearances and photo opportunities into the Pittsburgh market.
Steel City Con attendees will be excited to know that a major talent in the comic book industry will be attending the upcoming Steel City Con. Neal Adams is a comic book and commercial artist known for helping to create some of the definitive modern imagery of the DC Comics characters Superman, Batman and Green Arrow. As the co-founder of the graphic design studio Continuity Associates, and as creators-rights advocate who helped secure a pension and recognition for Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Jore Shuster. Adams was inducted into the Eisner Award’s, Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Harvey Awards and Jack Kirby Hall of Fame. In addition to Neal Adams’ appearance fan will also have a chance to meet celebrity guests like Lee Majors. Mr. Majors will be headlining the upcoming show. Lee Majors is best known for his roles as “Heath Barkley” in the TV series The Big Valley and as “Colonel Steve Austin” in The Six Million Dollar Man. Majors will be autographing photos and items for fans as well as providing photo opportunities. Fans will be especially excited to participate in a Celebrity Q & A sessions and have a chance to ask Lee Majors and other celebrities attending the show questions of their careers. Joining Mr. Majors will be Cindy Williams (“Shirley” from Laverne & Shirley); Brent Spiner (“Data” from Star Trek: The Next Generation); Lou Ferrigno (TV and film actor from roles in the TV series King of Queens and especially The Incredible Hulk); Dermot Crowley (“General Madine” from Star Wars); Femi Taylor (“Jabba the Hutt’s slave dancer Oola” from Star Wars); Parker Stevenson (TV and film actor known for his roles in Baywatch and The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries); Mackenzie Lintz (“Norrie” from Under The Dome and the “Tribute Girl District 8” from the Hunger Games). Bruno Sammartino and George “The Animal” Steele (WWE Legendary Hall of fame wrestlers). Many more guests to be added.
Attendees can also expect to participate in many planned activities. An official costume contest, celebrity Q & A sessions, panels, charity auctions and official sanction tournament gaming. Get your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters with special participation from the official Star Wars costuming organization. Fans can also meet and talk comics with many comic book artists, illustrators and writers.
Attendees can expect to see hundreds of vendor tables selling millions of toys, comic books, diecast, Anime, action figures, dolls, statues, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, Star Trek, posters, artwork and much more. The Steel City Con offers attendees one of the biggest shows in the United States at an affordable price. With vendor space offered at a low cost dealers are able to sell their items to attendees for much less than conventions that charge a huge amount of money for dealer space. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Steel City Con can go to http://www.steelcitycon.com
Elite Comics is bringing in a special guest for Planet Comicon: Darryl McDaniels of RUN DMC!
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, a founding member of iconic rap group, RUN DMC is embarking on his next project that is aiming to change the face of pop culture forever! Combining two of his first loves, hip hop culture and comic books, DMC is ready to throw his hat into the ring as an independent publisher with an original comic DMC.
Elite Comics will have an Elite Comics Exclusive cover of the #0 issue of DMC for sale at Planet Comcon 2014! Check out the awesome work they are doing over at www.dmc-comics.com!
Planet Comicon is Kansas City’s largest comic book and pop culture convention. Now in its thirteenth year! The convention will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center on March 14-16th. Please visit their website for the full guestlist, ticket information, and more!
Anime Boston is proud two announce two Japanese Guests of Honor today: Screenwriter Dai Sato and seiyuu Yuu Asagawa!
Dai Sato started his career as a TV script writer/program planner and a lyricist at the age of 19, and later ventured into the video game and music industries. Today, he is first and foremost an animation scriptwriter, with side projects creating scripts and concepts for various media. In 2007 he created Storyriders Inc., Ltd. of which he is the president and CEO.
As scriptwriter, his credits include Eternal Family, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell -Stand Alone Complex, Eternal Family, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell -Eureka Seven, Ergo Proxy, Freedom, Eden of the East, and Space?Dandy
Yuu Asakawa is a Japanese seiyuu (or voice actress). Yuu is the voice of Crypton Future Media’s Vocaloid, Megurine Luka, providing all her vocal samples. Yuu is also the co-host of the Internet web show Otaku Verse Zero, alongside Otaku USA editor-in-chief Patrick Macias.
A talented veteran voice actress, Yuu has been performing for over seventeen years for some of the most popular anime and video games. Among her many roles in anime are Motoko Aoyama from Love Hina, Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh, Rider from Fate/stay night, Yuuki Mitani from Hikaru no Go, and Jura Basil Elden from Vandread. Yuu’s video games roles include Lebreau from the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, Eime in Baten Kaitos, Nel Zelpher in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, and various characters for the Super Robot Wars franchise of games.
About Anime Boston:
Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2014 is scheduled for Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 23 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:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is an organization 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.
Superstar artist Ed McGuinness appears at Friendly Neighborhood Comics on Saturday March 8, 2014 from noon till 4:00 pm to sign Amazing X-Men, featuring the return of the swashbuckling mutant Nightcrawler! Ed is a prolific artist with credits on Deadpool, Incredible Hulk, Nova, Thundercats, Superman/Batman, and many more!
Friendly Neighborhood Comics
191 Mechanic Street (Route 140), Bellingham, MA 02019
Columbia University celebrates the life and career of cartoonist AL JAFFEE, creator of the MAD Magazine Fold-in, with a panel discussion in honor his donation of his papers to their Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Former DC Comics president (and sometime Columbia lecturer) Paul Levitz will moderate, and joining him will be cartoonist Peter Kuper, Mad magazine art director Sam Viviano, and–of course!–Al himself at the Butler Library on Tuesday March 4 at 7:00 PM in room 523.
A reception will follow the event. As always, Comics@Columbia events are free and open to the public.
Butler Library | Columbia University
535 W 114th St, New York, NY 10027
Illustrator Chris Samnee debuts the relaunch of his Daredevil series with Mark Waid at Star Clipper on Wednesday, March 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm!
BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! Join Marvel’s fearless hero as he begins his most awe-inspiring adventure yet in the sunny city of San Francisco! Gifted with an imperceptible radar sense and a passion for justice, blind lawyer Matt Murdock-a.k.a. DAREDEVIL-protects the Golden City’s streets from all manner of evil. But big changes are in store for Matt Murdock as old haunts and familiar faces rise to give the devil his due. Hold on tight, because here comes Daredevil…the Man Without Fear!
Don’t miss this chance to meet one of the most talented artist in the comic industry.
Star Clipper Comics
6392 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 725-9110
The Crow Creator James O’Barr To Appear at Grand Rapids Comic-Con on November 21-23, 2014
James O’Barr, the artist who is best known as the creator of the comic book series The Crow and the 1994 film of the same name, will be appearing at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con on November 21-23.
In 1978, O’Barr’s fiancée, Beverly, was killed by a drunk driver, and he joined the Marines in an effort to cope with the loss. He was stationed in Germany and illustrated combat manuals for the military. While living in Berlin in 1981, O’Barr began work on The Crow as a means of dealing with his personal tragedy. O’Barr was further inspired by a Detroit newspaper account of the murder of a young couple over a $20 engagement ring. After his discharge from the Marines, O’Barr continued his painting and illustration as well as doing lots of odd jobs, including working for a Detroit body shop. The Crow sat on a shelf for seven years, but at last someone wanted to publish it: Gary Reed of Caliber Press. In The Crow, the protagonist and his fiancée are murdered by a gang of criminals. He then returns from the dead to hunt their killers.
O’Barr’s own hope that his project would result in a personal catharsis went unfulfilled, he told an interviewer in 1994, saying, “[A]s I drew each page, it made me more self-destructive, if anything….There is pure anger on each page”. The Crow has sold more than 750,000 copies worldwide.
The book was adapted into a successful film in 1994, but it resulted in further tragedy. Brandon Lee, who played the main character, was accidentally shot and killed during filming.
The Crow is currently being rebooted by Hollywood, which will be directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (Before The Fall) and star Chris Evans (Fast And Furious 6, The Immortals). James has been named as a consultant on the reboot.
“It is great to have James at our little shindig,” said co-event coordinator Mark Hodges. “James has created a truly revolutionary series that has touched many kids and is embraced by certain cultures in society. He has created a work that has touched people in a way that is rare, and we are pleased to bring him to Grand Rapids.”
The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is a popular arts and comic book convention that will be held at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center on November 21-23. For more information check out www.grcomiccon.com.
WWE® Superstar Randy Orton® To Attend Wizard World Louisville Comic Con on Saturday, March 29
WWE’s ‘Apex Predator’ Joins Top Celebrities Matt Smith, Michael Rooker, Summer Glau, Sean Astin At Inaugural Pop Culture Festival At Kentucky International Convention Center
LOUISVILLE, Ky., February 26, 2014 – WWE® Superstar Randy Orton® makes a triumphant return to Wizard World when he appears at the inaugural Louisville Comic Con on Saturday, March 29, at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Orton will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photo-ops in a three-hour appearance from 1-4 p.m.
From the moment he was hatched, “The Viper” walked among the ring’s most revered figures, even calling one of them “dad.” His father is WWE Hall of Famer “Cowboy” Bob Orton, his uncle Barry “Barry O” Orton and his grandfather, the late “The Big O,” Bob Orton Sr., all among the most fierce and rugged grapplers of their generations.
The voices coiling through Orton’s head today have not misguided him. And neither did Triple H and Ric Flair, who groomed Orton early on, welcoming him into their elite faction, Evolution. Under their tutelage, the 24-year-old Orton became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history at SummerSlam 2004. The next night on Raw, however, an envious Triple H, who coveted Orton’s championship, attacked his stablemate and jettisoned him from the faction.
WWE’s Apex Predator’s next move as the Face of WWE and Champions of Champions remains unknown; all that is certain is that when The Viper next strikes, it will be without warning.
“I greatly enjoyed my first Wizard World show last year, and I can’t wait to meet a whole new set of fans in Louisville, a real hotbed for wrestling,” said Orton.
Wizard World CEO John Macaluso adds, “Randy has a great following, which fans experienced first-hand in St. Louis last year. He adds a great new dimension to our stellar guest list for our first event in Louisville next month.”
Orton joins popular Wizard World celebrity guests Matt Smith, Michael Rooker, Summer Glau, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd and many others among the celebrity roster headliners at Wizard World Louisville Comic Con. They will be joined by a top-drawer collection of well-known artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions in the fourth event on Wizard World’s 16-show 2014 calendar.
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, cosplay, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Louisville Comic Con show hours are Friday, March 28, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more on the 2014 Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-louisville.html.
About Wizard World:
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.
The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.
Wizard World 2014-15 Schedule
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con
January 9-11, 2015 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
January 23-25, 2015 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
Mike Mignola appears at Meltdown Comics on Saturday March 22nd at 2:00 pm to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of HELLBOY!
March 2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of Mike Mignola’s career-defining release of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1. After the character’s somewhat humble beginnings as an eight-page feature in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic Con Comics special, Seed of Destruction would begin the long life of the beloved “beast of the apocalypse.”
To celebrate, Dark Horse Comics is proclaiming March 22, 2014 as “Hellboy Day,” with events happening in comic shops around the country! Dark Horse is inviting our retail partners to celebrate with us, by offering up exclusive promotional materials, as well as ordering discounts on all Hellboy and BPRD backlist titles.
Additionally, Dark Horse will produce an all-new sampler comic featuring two classic Mignola tales: “The Ghoul” and “Another Day at The Office,” as well as two new stories by Mignola, Fabio Moon, and R. Sikoryak!
Dark Horse is also pleased to announce that Meltdown Comics and Collectibles in West Hollywood, CA will be hosting Mike Mignola on March 22! Look for more details to come on the event.
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Director Gareth Edwards signs at Forbidden Planet on Friday 28th February at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore from 6:00 till 7:00 pm!
Forbidden Planet in association with Empire Magazine are delighted to welcome Godzilla director GARETH EDWARDS, signing copies of Empire to celebrate the magazine’s exclusive cover reveal of Godzilla, on Friday 28th February at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore from 6-7pm.
In Summer 2014, the world’s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure Godzilla.
From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenceless. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche and Sally Hawkins, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. Edwards directs from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, story by David Callaham, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Patricia Whitcher and Alex Garcia are serving as executive producers, alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR