PalmCon 2014 Photos from WPTV News

PalmCon 2014

Here are some photos as posted by West Palm Beach’s Channel 5 News WPTV.

For more about PalmCon check out their website HERE!

Long Beach Comic Con Announces Full Slate of Programming for 2014

Press Release:

Long Beach Comic Con Announces Full Slate of Programming

LBCC14_FullProgram LBCCLong Beach, CA (September 25, 2014) – Long Beach Comic Con will present more than 80 panels over two days this weekend, September 27 and 28, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The panels run the gamut of a wide array of pop culture topics, including:

  • Celebrations of comic book icons Archie, Batman, The Crow and Hellboy.

  • Conversations about pop culture phenomenon The Katniss Chronicles: Hear the Girl on Fire; Honest Trailers; Robot Chicken.

  • Topical and timely discussions about diversity in the comic book industry: Prism Comics panel, It’s a Queer, Queer World!; Race & Comics; She Makes Comics: A Documentary Celebration of Women in Comics; and more. And the details for the Dwayne McDuffie Award will be formally  announced Saturday, September 27 at 10:30 AM.

  • Animation panels dedicated to popular cartoons and appearances by Greg Weisman and Man of Action’s Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle.

  • Kids programming including interactive panels where kids can learn how to draw the Simpsons and Futurama characters and “how to draw your dragon.”

  • Cosplay panels.

  • Horror programming, with a panel moderated by Horror Writers Associated and a panel sponsored by the films VHS Viral and ABCs of Death 2 with new trailers for both films.

  • A Young Adult panel featuring best-selling novelists Leigh Bardugo, Robin Benway, Cecil Castellucci, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston, and Margaret Stohl

  • A Banned Books Week discussion led by the Newport Beach Branch Library with bestselling writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and SALON contributor Samuel Sattin

  • #MakeComics workshops where aspiring writers and artists can learn from comic book professionals. Over two days, workshops will walk through the entire #makecomics process: from writing and drawing to running a Kickstarter and publicizing your work.

“We’re so excited for fans to experience the robust programming slate for Long Beach Comic Con,” said  Phil Lawrence, Co-founder and Sales Director of Long Beach Comic Con. “It’s our most ambitious year to date for programing and we’re thrilled to offer panels that speak to the diverse interests and passions of comic book fans.”

Earlier this month, Long Beach Comic Con announced the Guests of Honor for show:

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Archie Comics’ AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE)

Mike Allred (Marvel Comics’ SILVER SURFER)

Laura Allred (Marvel Comics’ SILVER SURFER

Sandy King Carpenter (Storm King Production’s ASYLUM)

Joe Casey (Man of Action, BEN 10)

Amanda Conner (DC Entertainment’s HARLEY QUINN)

Chris Dingess (Skybound Entertainment’s MANIFEST DESTINY)

David Gallaher (Bottled Lightning’s THE ONLY LIVING BOY)

Joe Kelly (Man of Action, BEN 10)

JT Krul (Aspen’s JIRNI)

Mike Mignola (Dark Horse Comics’ HELLBOY)

James O’Barr (THE CROW)

Jimmy Palmiotti (PaperFilms’ SEX & VIOLENCE)

Jamie S. Rich (Oni Press’ Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks)

Duncan Rouleau (Man of Action, BIG HERO 6)

Steven T. Seagle (Man of Action, BIG HERO 6)

Marc Silvestri (Top Cow)

Richard Starking (Image Comic’s ELEPHANTMEN)

Babs Tarr (DC Entertainment’s BATGIRL)

“In addition to the panels, fans will be able to talk to exhibiting publishers including Archie Comics, Aspen Comics, Bottled Lightning, Man of Action/Image Comics, PaperFilms, Skybound Entertainment, Storm King Productions, Top Cow, and Valiant Entertainment,” said Martha Donato, Long Beach Comic Con Executive Director and Co-Founder. “Early online buzz, social media chatter and advance ticket sales all point to this being a terrific weekend. I strongly urge fans to buy their tickets in advance and arrive early both days before the show opens.”

Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 28 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets are available now through the website: www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

Follow Long Beach Comic Con on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information.

You can download the LBCC programming schedule as a PDF.

About Long Beach Comic Con

Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Con is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

UK – Bone Signing

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Jeff Smith appears for an exclusive London signing at Orbital Comics on Monday, October 20th at 5:00 pm! This is the perfect opportunity to meet and get your books signed by the genius behind BoneRasl, and the recent-released Tuki: Save The Humans. Presented in part with  The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

Boom! Studios Returns to the Big Apple for NYCC 2014

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Press Release:

Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to announce it will be exhibiting at the 2014 New York Comic Con, which will take place at the Javits Center in New York City, during the weekend of October 9-12.

BOOM! and its imprints KaBOOM!, Archaia, and BOOM! Box can be found at booth number 1344 and will host the following creators at varying times all weekend (please check at the booth for signing times):

  • Bryce Carlson (Hit)

  • Chris Miskiewicz (Thomas Alsop)

  • Collin Kelly (Hacktivist)

  • David Petersen (Mouse Guard)

  • Dan Fogler (Moon Lake)

  • Jackson Lanzing (Hacktivist)

  • Jake Lawrence (Teen Dog)

  • James Tynion IV (The Woods, Memetic)

  • Jason Starr (The Returning)

  • Josh Hechinger (The Grave Doug Freshley)

  • Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors, Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring)

  • Matt Gagnon (Day Men)

  • Marguerite Bennett (Butterfly, Sleepy Hollow)

  • Natasha Allegri (Bee and PuppyCat, Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake)

  • Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Sleepy Hollow)

  • Paul Jenkins (Fairy Quest, Fiction Squad)

  • Shane-Michael Vidaurri (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches, Iron: Or, the War After)

  • Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes)

Additionally, throughout the weekend, fans can buy original customized sketches on BOOM!’s “Get-A-Sketch” covers from several different artists, including:

  • Allison Strejlau (Regular Show)

  • Ian McGinty (Bravest Warriors)

  • Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors)

  • Travis Hill (Adventure Time)

 

Other BOOM! Studios creators also appearing at New York Comic Con include Humberto Ramos (Fairy Quest), Charles Soule (Strange Attractors), Chris Eliopoulos (Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse), Ed Brisson (Sons of Anarchy), Frank J. Barbiere (Black Market), Michael Moreci (Curse), Elena Casagrande (Suicide Risk), Josh Williamson (RoboCop), Michael Dialynas (The Woods), Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (Translucid), Brent Schoonover (Mr. Murder Is Dead), Camilla d’Errico (Tanpopo), Chandra Free (The God Machine), Andrew E.C. Gaska (Space: 1999), Durwin Talon and Guin Thompson (Beautiful Scars), Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko (Planet of the Apes), Garry Brown (Sons of Anarchy), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Justin Jordan (Deep State), Rafael Albuquerque (Savage Brothers), Marcus To (Cyborg 009, Hacktivist), Deron Bennett (Hacktivist), Missy Pena (The Amazing World of Gumball), Vanesa R. Del Rey (Hit), Stephanie Hans (Suicide Risk), and Tessa Stone (Regular Show: Hydration).

BOOM! Studios will also host a number of panels and debut numerous exclusive convention variant covers and limited edition items during the convention. Further details will be released next week. For tickets and more information on New York Comic Con, visit their site at www.newyorkcomiccon.com.

Final Hellbound Volume Debuts at MICE 2014

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The Boston Comics Roundtable, in conjunction with River Bird Comics, is pleased to announce the publication of Hellbound V: End of Comics. Aptly themed, this will be the final installment in a series of original horror comics anthologies from some of Boston’s most celebrated creators. No fear or phobia will be left unprovoked. 

Debuting on October 4th at the fifth annual Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), Hellbound V will also be available at select local comics shops and conventions. This limited edition, 9 by 5 inch, two-tone Risograph printed run, geared toward “Mature Readers”, will feature seven stories and two fold-out pages, boasting a roster of familiar names and new contributors, alike. 

Hellbound series creator Roho will resume his role as designer and publisher. Stephen Cartisano, who has had a hand in every Hellbound release since the New England Art Award nominated Volume II: Box of Evil, returns as Editor. Returning contributors include Dan Mazur (Comics: A Global History), Ellen T. Crenshaw (Nobodies Volume II, Womanthology), Alison Burke and Tara Harris (A.R.R.O.), Patrick FlahertyE.J. Barnes (Tales of the Ling, An Invitation to the World of Luisa Felix), and Clayton McCormack (Dead Meat, Heavy Metal Magazine). Joining them for the first time on this volume are Gary Bonesteel (Killer Ink Comics), Ben Doane (Subcultures), and Brenton Barnes (Bartkira, Mister Reusch’s Black and White Illustration Book).

The Hellbound series has received much critical acclaim, having grown “increasingly stylish in presentation,” according to Rob Clough of High-Low. Katy England, of The Maine Edge, deemed Volume IV: GULP! to be “well worth adding to any collection,” while Brigid Alverson of Robot 6 marveled at the “impressive craftsmanship” contained within its pages. 

Featuring illustrations by Dan Moynihan (Nickelodeon Magazine, Heeby Jeeby Comix), and up and comer Jerel Dye (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, Pigs Might Fly), Hellbound V: End of Comics promises to end the series with a bang… and perhaps some whimpering, too.

Easy Street Signing Tour

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Ron Perlman, star of Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim, and Hellboy, goes on tour to sign his new memoir:  Easy Street!

Tuesday, September 30th at 6:00 PM

Bookends
211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-445-0726

Wednesday, October 1st at 7:00 pm

Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(at 12th St.)

Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm

Book Revue
313 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-271-1442

Tuesday, October 7th at 6:00 PM

Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069
310.659.3110

 
Wednesday October 8th at 7:00 PM
 
Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-253-0810

Comic Art House Takes NYCC 2014 By Storm

Press Release:

Comic Art House takes New York Comic Con by storm! All artists will have original art for sale and prints! Most artists will be accepting commissions on site! You can find our very talented artists all in one place!

NYCC 2014 Artist Locations:comic-art-house

Agnes Garbowska C15
Autumn Frederickson P15
Ben Templesmith M1
Billy Fowler I15
Buzz E9
Cat Staggs I8
Chrissie Zullo I18
Christian DiBari J14
Christopher Uminga I17
Daniel Govar A3
Jim Calafiore V1
Jay P Fosgitt D12
Jeff Dekal A2
Jessica Cox (h-eri) V16
Joe Eisma W15
Edwin Huang W16
Katie Cook C10
Keron Grant BB11
Leo Leibelman S3
Mark Dos Santos B17
Mark Texeira F4
Matthew J Fletcher I16
Mike Lilly E18
Nen P10
Norman Lee O9
Pat Davidson B7A
Sara Richard A4
Scott Wegener I12
Stephane Roux E10

Secure your order!
In addition to these artists, Mike Henderson, Steve Scott, and Brent Peeples will be appearing at their publisher’s booths throughout the weekend!

Several artists, but not all, are accepting pre-orders for commissions, some for pick-up and some to be completed at the show. Commission slots are limited, so please contact me at bob@comicarthouse.com or text me at 603-657-0480.

We look forward to seeing you at NYCC and thank you for your patronage!

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2014 Report! (Including an Interview with Lou Ferrigno)

It is a truth universally acknowledged . . . No. Let me rephrase. Waiting sucks.

I was in line at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Shoulders smarting, back stiff as a statute, legs wobbly like a wooden easel, I was waiting for Josh Peck, a guest at this year’s (August 21-24) Chicago Wizard World Con. Josh is best known for starring opposite Drake Bell in the Nicklodeon show Drake & Josh. My daughter loved that show, and I was standing in line for her.

Josh finally arrived, and a great cheer went up–until he realized neither he nor his handler had any photos for him to sign. So we waited another 20 minutes. Chatted him up (his take on appearing in the remake of Red Dawn: “Awesome.”). Someone asked if he would yell “Megan!”, his signature line from Drake & Josh; he politely declined. Oh, and I got a selfie.

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(OK, it wasn’t a selfie; I asked someone to take the pic. Shows you how superannuated I am.)

Josh was friendly but ill-at-ease. You could tell he was a convention novice, as opposed to, say, Lou Ferrigno. A regular at Wizard World cons, Lou is best known for his role as the Hulk in the 1978 CBS television series. I got a chance to talk to him for a few minutes.

Me: How did you get started doing conventions?

Lou: I was out with a friend of mine one time, and I went to a place in Hollywood where they had a convention. I walked around, and they kept telling me I ought to do a convention because the fans really want my autograph. I’m so used to giving autographs, and I thought, why not have a table? That’s how it started. It’s a good living.

Me: How long have you been doing conventions?

Lou: About 15 years.

Me: What are some crazy fan stories you can share?

Lou: I had a woman one time who came to me about a year ago, and she had a Hulk tattoo on her leg, and she had my signature tattooed on her leg. She had both legs done, and she wanted to take a picture, and her husband is standing there looking like, every morning I have to get up and look at my wife’s legs with your signature and the Hulk’s picture.

Me: I guess we saw where her loyalties lie. How did you get into character to play the Hulk?

Lou: It came naturally to me. I use pantomiming, acting without speaking, and they just loved it. I used the sensitive part of me to become the character.

Me: You have talked a lot about an actual actor playing the Hulk versus CGI. You’ve said people have told you they preferred your version.

Lou: Over 90% of the people have said that.

Me: Why do you think that is?

Lou: CGI cannot compete with a human Hulk. There is no sensitivity. The Hulk, the character I created, with his vulnerability and sensitivity—it can never be replaced.

Me: When I was growing up, my mother didn’t let me watch the Hulk because she said he was “vulgar.” Did you ever get negative comments from people who didn’t like the character?

Lou: The only negative was a lot of mothers hated me because their sons ripped their shirts and walked around the house that way.

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Another headliner was Stan Lee, whose first autograph session was scheduled for 5:00pm on Friday. I had paid online for an autograph ($80!), and though the ticket was good all weekend, I thought going the first day would help me eschew half-day lines. At 4:00, I strolled to his booth, saw about 20 people standing there, and got in line. Wonderful! I thought. Then: this doesn’t seem right. Next, I noticed three things in the span of 10 seconds:

  1. The Stan Lee VIP badges around the necks of the people in front of me;
  2. To my left, a separate line of proletariat-looking people, where I clearly belonged; and
  3. A con staffer walking toward me.

Once I was moved to the correct line, I waited about an hour, which isn’t bad. At one point, someone said Stan Lee was somewhere in the exhibit hall posing for pictures FREE. I found him, took this picture, and noticed something strange. Do you see it too?

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Five points to Gryffindor if you recognize that this person isn’t Stan Lee. I don’t know whether he was a cosplayer, a doppleganger, or something else, but I later got a candid (read: surreptitious) pic of the real deal.

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Stan was terrific, charming and humble, and his line managers took a bend-but-don’t-break approach that I appreciated. In fact, all the crowds were well managed. One helpful feature was a signing schedule at every celebrity’s booth, like this one at Josh Peck’s.

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Despite being the biggest event in the Wizard World portfolio, Chicago was a delight. I did a lot of waiting, but that is unavoidable, and I passed the time gawking at some world-class cosplayers. The rooms were laid out well, prices were clearly advertised, most things happened on time, and I saw little tension among staff or attendees. CGC was doing comic book grading on site, and that also went well, probably because Stan Lee had his own booth.

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If you go to only one Wizard World con ever, make it Chicago. You’ll have a ball. Here are a few more pics to show you why.

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No, this isn’t security removing an unruly attendee; it’s just a cadre of cosplayers.

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The long and short of it.

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Doin’ the Cybertron shuffle.

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Looking forward to the Ant Man movie in 2015.

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Even the queen had a good time hanging with a few (dis)loyal subjects.

CHANDLER RIGGS at Ultimate Horror Weekend!

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“Where’s Carl?” He’ll be at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend, Saturday, Oct 25th (ONE DAY ONLY) in Orlando, FL.

CHANDLER RIGGS has just been added to our guest list along with cast members of The Walking Dead.

Visit our website www.spookyempire.com for advance discount tickets and VIP Packages!

MICE Returns for 2014

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Press Release:

MICE is back! On October 4th and 5th independent graphic novelists and cartoonists will converge on University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge’s Porter Square. The event is free, family friendly, and offers a weekend of activities as the Boston area’s only show dedicated to independent and alternative comics.

MICE attendees are invited to discover their new favorite comic books from over 150 local comic creators. The exhibition area at MICE will present a wide range of art and books: hand-made mini-comics and zines, anthologies, graphic novels, art prints, and sketches. Panel discussions will provide insightful conversations about the world of contemporary comics and graphic novels. Artists will share techniques, tips, and tricks for creating your own comics in a variety of workshops for all ages and skill levels. Sunday’s “Kids Comics Day” workshops are especially geared toward younger readers and budding cartoonists.

This year’s show will also welcome a number of special guests — professionals from the world of independent comics and graphic novels — including James Kochalka, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Emily Carroll, Paul Hornschemeier, and Box Brown.

MICE will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 4th, 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, October 5th, 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. More details at the website: www.micexpo.org

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