The Cast of Beauty and the Beast…25 Years Later

September 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Animation, Everything Else

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“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ” returned to Alice Tully Hall this evening, 25 years after it made its much acclaimed debut with a “work in progress’ screening, when Walt Disney Studios and the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented an exclusive screening in celebration of the “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION” release [which comes out today].


Richard White (voice of Gaston), Angela Lansbury (voice of Mrs. Potts), Paige O’Hara (voice of Belle) and Robbie Benson (voice of Beast).

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Walt Disney Pictures’ magical animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” captures the magical journey of Belle (voice of Paige O’Hara), an independent and intelligent, modern-day heroine who’s taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff—a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others—and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast’s exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince. In honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, this tale as old as time joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Sept. 6 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, and on Sept. 20 on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

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Phoenix FearCON Becomes FANGORIA FearCON with 2016 Show

September 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Arizona, Convention News, Horror


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Phoenix FearCON Celebrates 10th Anniversary as FANGORIA FearCON

TEMPE, Ariz. – SUN STUDIOS of Arizona presents FANGORIA FearCON, the state’s largest, independent horror event from Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9 at the studio.

“Phoenix FearCON is now FANGORIA FearCON,” said festival director Chris McLennan. She and her husband Jim are preparing for their seventh convention since 2006. “We’ve come a long way by partnering with FANGORIA Magazine and SUN STUDIOS.”

FANGORIA FearCON will screen features and shorts, including the Phoenix debut of MODEL HUNGER which stars horror film icons Lynn Lowry (SHIVERS) and Tiffany Shepis (TALES OF HALLOWEEN). Both actresses will participate in a question and answer session after the screening.

“As usual, we will have celebrity autograph sessions and photo ops,” added McLennan. Among the other terror film favorites scheduled to appear are Eugene Clark (LAND OF THE DEAD), J. LaRose (SAW III), Robert Mukes (HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES) and Monique Parent (BLOODTHIRSTY).

On Friday night, VIP ticket holders will enjoy a private bar and live performances by Romantasy Cabaret, Agents of Lust and The Gaslight Circus. VIP tickets cost $150, include a “horrorific” swag bag filled with goodies, and are good for all three days of FANGORIA FearCON.

Friday-only tickets are $30, good from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and do not include the VIP party. Saturday or Sunday tickets are $40 each and good from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. All tickets are subject to availability, but may be purchased online now at

There is no entry fee to purchase food and drink at the Halloween Festival outside or to access vendors inside the studio.

A portion of the proceeds from FANGORIA FearCON benefits the Phoenix Shanti Group which provides housing, education and support to HIV/AIDS patients and their families.

With two sound stages and a 225-seat theater featuring digital projection and surround sound, SUN STUDIOS of Arizona was the ideal location for FANGORIA FearCON. “I used to stand in line for Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors in L.A.,” said SUN STUDIOS CEO Darrin Ramage, who has produced and distributed horror movies for more than 20 years. “The last one was in 2009, so imagine how excited I am to be hosting FANGORIA FearCON 2016!”

SUN STUDIOS is conveniently located at 1425 W. 14th Street; just minutes away from ASU, Tempe Campus and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Festival parking will be within walking distance.

The first Phoenix FearCON Film Festival was held at the Paper Heart Gallery in 2006. As attendance grew, PFC moved to the Fear Farm Haunted House and is celebrating its 10th anniversary as FANGORIA FearCON at SUN STUDIOS of Arizona in Tempe. For the latest news, visit

About SUN STUDIOS of Arizona
SUN STUDIOS of Arizona in Tempe officially opened on May 1, 2016. The multimillion dollar production facility, event venue/theater and recording studio offers two sound stages, a massive green-screen cyclorama, plus a complete array of professional grade production and recording equipment. See more at

About FANGORIA Entertainment
FANGORIA Magazine first published in 1979 as the brainchild of Ed Naha, Ric Meyers and Robert Martin. In 1985, Martin hosted the first FANGORIA’s Weekend of Horrors convention, followed six years later by the inaugural CHAINSAW AWARDS for horror films. Today, loyal fans flock to

About Phoenix Shanti Group
Founded in 1987, the Phoenix Shanti Group provides housing, education and support to individuals infected with, and families or loved ones affected by, HIV/AIDS. “Shanti” is Sanskrit for “Inner Peace” and reflects PSG’s approach of promoting personal empowerment and maintaining independence and dignity. See more at

2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Nominations Now Open

Dwayne McDuffie Award

Press Release:

Nominations for the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics Are Open

Announcing Will J. Watkins As Director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics & New Selection Committee Members Mark D. Bright, Don McGregor, Kevin Rubio, Cassandra Pelham and Gail Simone

Dwayne McDuffieSeptember 16, 2016: Mad Event Entertainment and Long Beach Comic Con announced today that nominations for the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics are now open. This McDuffie Award has a new director, Will J. Watkins, and several new Selection Committee Members: Mark D. Bright, Don McGregor, Kevin Rubio, Cassandra Pelham and Gail Simone. The third annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics reception will be held February 18, 2017, in Long Beach, CA during the Long Beach Comic Expo.

The motto of The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics comes from Dwayne’s own words, “From invisible to inevitable.”

“The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics is the very first award ever established in my husband’s name,” said Dwayne’s widow, Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie, “and we are tremendously proud that in just its third year, both the comic book and animation industries are already beginning to see some evidence of the DMAD’s powerful mission statement demonstrably influencing reality by helping a more diverse range of outstanding creative voices finally find some inclusion in the media, with the careers of our first two winners and finalists starting to take off at major entertainment companies. To paraphrase Dwayne: Everyone deserves to see themselves represented in the media. And everyone deserves to participate in telling their own story.”

To commemorate his vision and contributions, the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, grand opening September 24th, has invited Dwayne McDuffie to be included for posterity.

“Everyone has heroes, but most people never get the chance to ensure that their hero’s legacy will endure,” said Watkins. “Dwayne McDuffie was my hero, and for the last two years I’ve been honored to be on the selection committee for an award in his name that promotes diversity and inclusion in the comic book industry. This year I’m doubly honored to be the award’s director, and my efforts to ensure Dwayne’s legacy endures will be nothing short of heroic.”

The deadline for completed submissions for the third annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics is December 31, 2016.

“Long Beach Comic Con and Long Beach Comic Expo are committed to celebrating diversity in comics,” said Martha Donato, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Long Beach Comic Expo, on the eve of Long Beach Comic Con. “This is not a fad, this is not an isolated moment. We are committed to diversity in storytelling. Last year, the number of submissions were three times that of the first award last year–and a third of those were from women. This is the future.”

The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics Selection Committee consists of twelve prominent comics and animation professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to McDuffie’s vision of inclusiveness:

  • Mark D. Bright is a storyboard artist for commercials, television and feature films. Prior to his career as a storyboard artist, he was an artist for Marvel, DC, Acclaim and Milestone Media working on titles including Iron Man, Green Lantern, G.I. Joe, Power Man and Iron Fist and Icon. He is also the co-creator of Quantum and Woody.
  • Neo Edmund – is a former child actor turned bestselling author, screenwriter, comic book writer, story development exec, and Virtual Reality director. He is the author of The Red Riding Alpha Huntress series published by WordFire Press. He is currently writing numerous books including a Predator anthology and the reboot of Colt The Outlander.
  • Joan Hilty is Comics Editor at Nickelodeon and editor-in-chief of Pageturner, a boutique comics/graphic novel production house. She was formerly a Senior Editor at DC/Vertigo and syndicated cartoonist. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and the Maryland Institute College of Art.
  • Joseph Illidge is a Senior Editor for Lion Forge Comics, a columnist for Comic Book Resources and The Shadow League, and the co-writer of Solarman for Scout Comics. His editorial career began at Milestone Media, Inc. He then joined the Batman Editorial Group at DC Comics, and later worked for Archaia, now a division of BOOM! Studios. His graphic novel, The Ren will be published by First Second Books, a division of Macmillan.
  • Heidi MacDonald is the editor-in-chief of and a former editor for Disney and DC Comics. She also edits the graphic novel review section for Publishers Weekly and can be heard on PW’s weekly podcast More To Come.
  • Don McGregor is a writer whose notable comic books for Marvel Comics include Jungle Action, where he did the seminal work on Black Panther and Amazing Adventures Featuring Killraven, which contained the first interracial kiss in a color comic book. He also created Sabre, one of the first modern graphic novels. Don’s groundbreaking career garnered him the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing last year.
  • Kevin Rubio is a writer/producer who has contributed to Justice League Action, Avengers Assemble, Thunderbirds Are Go!, Green Lantern: The Animated Series and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. He is also the creator and writer of the Star Wars graphic novel Tag & Bink Were Here and Red 5 Publication’s Abyss Vol. I & II. He is an inaugural recipient of the George Lucas Film Award for his Star Wars short film, TROOPS, a Promax Award winner and Emmy nominee.
  • Cassandra Pelham is a senior editor for the Graphix and Scholastic Press imprints at Scholastic, where she has edited award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling, and USA Today bestselling graphic novels.
  • Gail Simone is a writer known for the DC titles Birds of Prey, Secret Six (for which she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award), Batgirl, Wonder Woman and The All-New Atom. She recently wrote Dark Horse’s Tomb Raider, Dynamite’s Red Sonja and is currently working on DC/Vertigo’s Clean Room.
  • Will J. Watkins is a film and animation writer who is also comic book story/world-building consultant on The Protectors graphic novel published this year by Athlita Comics. He had a stint as an assistant editor at DC Comics and before moving to L.A. he owned Chicago’s first African American-owned comics store and is currently writing a novel about the experience.
  • Matt Wayne has written on many highly-regarded animation projects including Niko and the Sword of Light, Cannon Busters, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Avengers: Ultron Revolution, Thunderbirds Are Go! and the 2006 Biker Mice from Mars revival. He wrote the Emmy-nominated Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms and was also a writer and Managing Editor at Milestone Media. was the Managing Editor of Milestone Media, and is currently a Primetime Emmy®-nominated animation writer. His credits include Static Shock!, Justice League Unlimited, Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Ben 10: Omniverse, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Avengers: Ultron Revolution, Thunderbirds are Go!, Niko and the Sword of Light, and Cannon Busters.
  • Len Wein is the legendary animation and comic book writer who co-created Swamp Thing, Wolverine, and the wildly successful diverse new team of X-Men that debuted in 1975; He’s had the distinction of serving both as Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics and Senior Editor at DC Comics. The Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Famer’s most recent comic book Batman “66: The Lost Episode was released last year.

About Dwayne McDuffie:
Dwayne Glenn McDuffie was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. The middle son of Leroy McDuffie and Edna (Hawkins) McDuffie (now Gardner), Dwayne attended the prestigious Roeper School for gifted children before going on to earn undergraduate degrees in both English & Physics as well as a graduate degree in Physics, all at the University of Michigan. (Go, Blue!) He later also studied filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Dwayne first entered the comic book industry as an Editor at Marvel Comics, thanks to his NYU friend Greg Wright with whom he recreated the Deathlok character into the one in use today. With artist Ernie Colón, Dwayne also co-created the comedic Marvel team book, Damage Control.

Frustrated by the lack of diversity of both characters and creators in comics, Dwayne—together with Derek Dingle, Denys Cowan, and Michael Davis–co-founded MILESTONE COMICS (later MILESTONE MEDIA), the first African-American owned comic book company in history, with a mission to provide a wide array of characters, content, and creators that more accurately represent the racial, ethnic, religious, and gender diversity of real life. (Also? They were just outstandingly good books. Seriously. If you haven’t read them, seek them out. Now. You won’t believe what you’ve been missing!)

Static, Icon, Hardware, Xombi—to name just a few. Throughout his career in the comic book industry, Dwayne created or co-created these and more than a dozen other series, in addition to writing stories for too many other titles to list but here are some highlights: Justice League of America, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Captain marvel, Avengers Spotlight, Hellraiser, Ultraman, even The Tick, and Back to The Future. Dwayne also co-created The Road To Hell with fellow writer and Milestone editor, Matt Wayne, the inaugural Director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics, established posthumously by Dwayne’s widow, Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie.

Dwayne transitioned into the animation industry as a Story Editor and Writer on the Emmy-winning Kids WB series, Static Shock, which he co-created and for which he won the 2003 HUMANITAS PRIZE.

Dwayne was also a Producer, Story Editor, and Writer on Cartoon Network’s JUSTICE LEAGUE and JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED animated series, for which he received a 2004 WRITERS GUILD nomination.

With artist Glen Murakami, Dwayne redeveloped Man of Action’s BEN 10 animated series into BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE then BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN—98 episodes of what became and continues to be an on-going, blockbuster, 230-episodes-and-counting franchise for Cartoon Network.

Dwayne also wrote the animated features JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, and JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM, as well as episodes of WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO? and TEEN TITANS, all for Warner Bros.

For his indelible work in animation, Dwayne was posthumously presented with the WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA’s 2011 ANIMATION WRITING AWARD, the first African-American in history to be so honored.

The winner of 3 EISNER AWARDS for his work in comic books, 11 PARENTS’ CHOICE AWARDS, 6 “BEST EDITOR” awards, the 2009 INKPOT AWARD presented by Comic-Con International, and a GOLDEN APPLE AWARD from his alma mater for his “use of popular art to promote and enhance human dignity,” Dwayne McDuffie’s life’s work exemplified both diversity and excellence.

He led by example while presciently stating, “From invisible to inevitable”–now the motto of the “Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics.” The man may be gone, but his mission lives on.

About Charlotte McDuffie:
Dwayne’s widow, Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie, is a twice Emmy-nominated animation writer, best known for her work on Hasbro’s My Little Pony and Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 franchise. She is currently the first female chairperson in history of the Animation Writers Caucus at the Writers Guild of America.

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

The 6th Annual PalmCon Costume Contest ​will be bigger and better than ever before!

palmcon_costumeThe sixth annual PalmCon Costume Contest ​will be bigger and better than ever before!

Taking place Saturday September 24th on the main stage at 4:30 PM, this will be the best one yet.

You must pre-register and fully complete a PalmCon 2016 Costume Contest registration form in order to participate in the contest. Forms will be available at the PalmCon booths (01-03) at the front of the hall, starting Saturday September 24th at 10:00 AM.

This contest will be open to all ages (kids, teens and adults) and will be a runway style show. There will be no pre-judging. Contestants CAN enter in store bought or home made costumes (this will be taken into consideration during the judging process).
Limited to 50 entries.

PalmCon is Palm Beach County’s Largest Comic/Pop Culture Event! #PalmCon2016 will take place September 24 & 25 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center! Guests this year include Michael Bell​​ (The Transformers), Chris Harrelson​​ (The Walking Dead), Walter Jones (Power Rangers), Nalini Krishan​​ (Star Wars), Samantha Newark (Jem and the Holograms), Ron Schneider​​ (Dreamfinder), Michael Duron (Archie), Georges Jeanty (Serenity), Dick Kulpa (Cracked Magazine), Kevin LaPorte​​ (Inverse Press), Mervyn McKoy​​ (Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew), Karl Moline​​ (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Vinnie Tartamella​​ (Hack/Slash), Jeh Howell​​ (Zombieland), RoadRunner (Cosplayer), ZipperTan (Cosplayer) and many many more. There will be panels, discussions, costume contests, vendors, games and so much more to see and do.
#Cosplay #WestPalmBeach
Advance Tickets NOW Available!

Valiant Heads North for Buffalo Comicon 2016

September 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, New York, Top Stories


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Valiant Heads North for Buffalo Comicon 2016 with Panels, Merchandise, and More!

From Saturday, September 17th to Sunday, September 18th, Valiant is bringing its hard-hitting cross-country road show to Buffalo Comicon for a weekend packed with award-winning comic books, merchandise, programming, and panels!

All weekend long, join Valiant inside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center at Booth Section S and see why Valiant is the leading independent superhero universe to beat with a complete selection of trade paperbacks, deluxe hardcovers, and t-shirts and merchandise for critically acclaimed and award winning titles including BLOODSHOT REBORN, BOOK OF DEATH, DIVINITY, FAITH, NINJAK, THE VALIANT, A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR, X-O MANOWAR, and many more!

Then, the action hits with the force of the Niagara on Saturday, September 17th at 1:00 p.m. in Panel Room 106 CV with VALIANT 101: NEW FANS START HERE – a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters! You’ve seen the reviews, you’ve heard the buzz… Now find out why Valiant Entertainment has taken fans and critics by storm as the most acclaimed comic book publisher! Join us here for a one-of-a-kind introduction to the largest and most acclaimed independent superhero universe in comics! From X-O MANOWAR and FAITH to BLOODSHOT REBORN and DIVINITY, get the stories behind Valiant’s biggest heroes and find out where to jump on board right here with an in-depth tutorial that’s perfect for new fans!

We’ll see you in the Queen City! And don’t miss a moment of the action as Valiant’s one-of-a-kind convention road show storms on through Buffalo, New York City, San Antonio, and more all year long!

Saturday, September 17th – Sunday, September 18th
Buffalo Comicon

Buffalo Niagra Convention Center
Buffalo, NY

Thursday, October 6th – Sunday, October 9th:
New York Comic Con

Jacob Javits Center
New York, NY

Friday, October 28th – Sunday, October 30th
Alamo City Comic Con

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

Friday, November 11th – Sunday, November 13th
NC Comic Con

North Carolina Convention Center
Durham, NC

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblr, Instagram, and

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit

Spooky Empire has Strange Guests

David Harbour Spooky EmpireSpooky is getting Stranger every day!

DAVID HARBOUR joins the cast of “Stranger Things” at Spooky Empire for a very rare appearance for ONE DAY ONLY! Saturday, October 8th in Orlando, FL.

This is the largest gathering for Stranger Things in one convention, and you can meet them all here at Spooky Empire!

DAVID HARBOUR currently plays “Chief Jim Hopper” in the Netflix hit series, “Stranger Things”. This is not the only role for David. He can also currently be seen as “Dexter Tolliver” in the hit film “Suicide Squad”, plus his roles as “John Morris” in “Black Mass” (with Johnny Depp), and “Scanlon” in “The Green Hornet”. Other TV series include “State of Affairs”, “The News Room” and “Pan Am”.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet DAVID HARBOUR at Spooky Empire in Orlando, FL, October 8, 2016 (one Day Only) at the Orange County Convention Center.

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

For more info visit us at

Paige comes to Spooky

Paige Spooky EmpireGET READY TO RUMBLE!! 

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

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

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

For more info visit us at

Valiant Unveils Panels and Screenings for NYCC 2016

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

We’ll see you in the Big Apple!

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblr, Instagram, and

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Thursday, October 6th at 6:45 p.m.
Panel Room 1A05

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

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


Friday, October 7th at 1:45 p.m.
Panel Room 1A05

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

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

Bat in the Sun

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

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

NY – Silver Age Legend Signing


Press Release:

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

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

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(516) 328-1900

Kent State’s Wonder Woman Symposium

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



Press Release:

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

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


THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2016

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


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

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

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

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2016

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


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

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

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

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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