Southern Maryland Comic-Con Announces DiMaggio and Cummings
November 5, 2013, WALDORF, MD
The Southern Maryland Comic-Con is proud to announce two very special guests. John DiMaggio and Jim Cummings will both be in attendance on Saturday, November 9, at the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf, Maryland. These late additions were announced after Olivia Olson regrettably had to cancel her appearance due to acting commitments.
“We didn’t want our attendees to be disappointed, so we went after two of the most legendary voice actors of all time, and they were both able to make it to the show on short notice,” said Debbie Lee, Event Coordinator.
John DiMaggio is an actor, best known for voicing Bender on Futurama and Jake the Dog on Adventure Time. DiMaggio has also appeared in numerous TV shows, films, and video games. Jim Cummings is also a voice actor, best known for voicing Tigger, Winnie the Pooh, Darkwing Duck, and many other Disney roles. Cummings has voiced hundreds of characters on film, television, and video games.
Both special guests will sign one autograph per attendee at no charge. Event Promoter Ben Penrod added, “We were able to work out a special one-time-only deal with both voice actors. This is unusual for celebrity autograph signings, but we are really psyched to be able to do this for fans in Southern Maryland and the DC area.”
The Southern Maryland Comic-Con will also feature comic creator Jim Zub and his new Samurai Jack comic book, as well as an exclusive cover variant of My Little Pony #11, both published by IDW Comics. The Southern Maryland Comic-Con is produced by Awesome Conventions, which also produces the Annapolis Comic-Con in Maryland, and Awesome Con in Washington, DC. For more information and to buy tickets, check out www.somdcon.com.
VALIANT Heads to NC COMICON with JAMES ASMUS, CHRISTOS GAGE, CARY NORD, FRED VAN LENTE and More!
This weekend, Valiant is making its debut appearance at NC Comicon – and we’re bringing along a boatload of surprises to celebrate!
And that’s only the beginning!
Visit Valiant all weekend long to shop a complete selection of Valiant comics, trade paperbacks, t-shirts and merchandise, including convention-exclusive, signed editions of the X-O Manowar and Harbinger Deluxe Edition oversized hardcover collections. And look for signings and appearances throughout the show by a who’s who of Valiant’s acclaimed creators, including James Asmus (Quantum and Woody), Christos Gage(Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps), Cary Nord (X-O Manowar), and Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong)!
Lots of cosplay, Bleeding Cool reports on Jack O’Con – the con that wasn’t, and Nick Cardy passes away. Get the latest in this week’s Scene on the Web.
On November 1st-3rd, 2013, the Los Angeles Convention Center was home to Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo! After an extremely successful first year, the guest list was even better, the show moved from the parking lot to the main floor, and even added an extra day to maximize the con! Although it was primed to be better than ever, the show this year was a bit flat compared to the previous year.
The show floor seemed a bit out of sorts, with artist alley scattered all over the place, and it lacked the charm of the first show. Friday also didn’t seem to work out for the expo, as it was mostly empty. The crowds were definitely better during the weekend, but still lacked the excitement of the inaugural show. It was still a good show, with some cool panels and some great guests, but I think the appeal with the groupon deal last year was a huge part in why families flocked to the show. And I think Friday isn’t necessary in LA, especially when people have to battle Friday and Laker game traffic. I’m looking forward to next year’s Comikaze to get better as they adjust to the growing pains of a new show, and know that the best is yet to come!
Now, on to some photos!
Welcome to Comikaze 2013!
What good is Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, without the man himself? Here he is signing autographs!
A shot of the special stage reserved for the main panel!
Have you seen Eee vah?
An awesome Masters of the Universe display!
The Aspen booth set up and ready to go!
Nerd Machine representing at Comikaze!
One of the best exhibits at Comikaze. Old school arcades and video games!
Fan favorite artist Marc Silvestri interacting and signing for fans.
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Spiderman artist Humberto Ramos drawing one of his many commissions during the show!
Who you gonna call He-Man?
Ecto 1 was the coolest car on display….
… Or was it???
Thor and Iron Man 2 exhibits!
Along with Iron Man armors from all 3 movies!
If you’re tired, take a seat next to Iron Man!
Artist Noa drawing live at Comikaze!
Comic Book Men strike a pose! A never ending line all show!
John Romita Jr. greeting his long line of fans!
But not long as the line for Bruce Campbell!
And now, onto some cosplay pics!
WHERE IS THE PRINCESS???
Awesome dark helmet.
Battle of the Planets!
Amazing Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn!
Go go Power Rangers!
April O’Neill posing with the TMNT book from IDW!
You have failed this city!
Got a light?
Are we in the new movies?
Pretty awesome Wolverine and Rogue!
Cutest cosplayers of the show!
The best costumes of Comikaze!
Stay classy Los Angeles! See you next year!
The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a mini-series programming event.
Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.
Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.
“This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment. “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”
“Marvel’s movies, such as ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Marvel’s The Avengers,’ are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “With ‘House of Cards’ and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.”
This new original TV deal follows last year’s landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm. Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC TV and Disney Channel films and shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.
About The Walt Disney Company
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Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 40 million members in more than 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For one low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
Are you an aspiring artist and/or student interested in pursuing a career in TV animation production? Curious to know some of the inner workings of some of your favorite animated TV shows? Then look no further than ” Drawing The Line: Breaking into TV Animation.”
This highly informative panel will feature discussions, tips and information on breaking into the industry as told by artists and directors from some of today’s hottest animated TV shows.
The panel features Emmy Award-winning Character Designer Phil Bourassa (FlashPoint: Paradox/Young Justice), Storyboard Artist Chris Copeland (Marvel’s Avengers: Assemble), Director/storyboard artist Jay Oliva ( FlashPoint: Paradox/Dark Knight Returns Parts 1 and 2/ Man of Steel) Creative Producer/Director LeSean Thomas (Black Dynamite: The Animated Series/The Boondocks) Director Alan Wan ( Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Producer Tim Yoon (The Legend of Korra Books 1 and 2), moderated by Will Feng (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Thundercats).
A staggering collection of talent you will not want to miss. The panel will be held at Long Beach Comic Con on Saturday November 23rd at 5:00pm in Room 104A!
The first ever, and hopefully annual, Walker Stalker Convention was held this weekend (Nov. 1-3, 2013) at the Atlanta Convention Center at Americasmart in Atlanta, Georgia. The convention was the brain child of Walker Stalker podcast hosts, Eric Nordhoff and James Frazier. The WSC brought in around 10,000 visitors. Not too shabby for their first at-bat.
I would like to give a big round of applause to everyone who had a hand in this event. There were a few minor hiccups, as can be expected at any convention. I heard a few grumblings about the lack of limitations at autograph tables (apparently, a guest at Andrew Lincoln’s table had an obscene amount of items to be signed. A limit was later enforced as a result), and also some comments about the celebrity panels being conducted in a different building. Celebrity schedule conflicts are unpredictable and not the fault of any convention personnel. It’s all in how they handle such surprises. Guests like Emma Bell and Lauren Cohan, unfortunately had to cancel. Norman Reedus had to cut his Sunday appearance in half. And Andrew Lincoln could only appear for one day. However, Lincoln and Reedus stayed long after they were supposed to on Saturday evening, and didn’t leave until all fans in their queue had received and autograph. Class acts! Personal con experience and all things considered, those were indeed minor hiccups.
From the creators to the volunteers, you did a fantastic job this weekend, and I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of it. On behalf of Convention Scene and Walker Bait Productions, job very well done! Thank you!
The WSC featured more than 40 celebrity guests, including almost every member of The Walking Dead cast, as well as nearly 100 vendor booths. The vendors ranged from comic and toy collectibles to an on-site tattoo shop. A special VIP Meet & Greet and Zombie Bash were held on Saturday evening, along with a private concert featuring Emily Kinney, “Beth” on The Walking Dead. The WSC even provided a “Virtual Queue” for those who did not want to spend all day standing in line for autographs. You simply checked in at the Virtual Queue booth and when it was time for you to actually get into a celebrity line, a member of the volunteer staff would send you a text message. The concept reminded me of the “Fast Pass” access at Walt Disney World. Still, I chose to get the full experience, replete with eavesdropping and people watching, by standing in every line I could. Even with the wait time, the volunteers kept everything moving smoothly and efficiently. No complaints here.
Each celebrity guest that I spoke to had very positive things to say about WSC. “This Con is unique because of the focus on The Walking Dead and zombie culture,” said actor Daniel Thomas May ["Allen" on The Walking Dead]. “There are just so many cast members and spectacular fans. You know, we use the hashtag on Twitter #TWDFamily for the The Walking Dead Family, and that’s what this whole weekend has felt like. We’re all just a bunch of family and it’s so great.”
Andrew “Drone” Cossan, who has done illustrations for LUCASFILM and TOPPS, was on hand at Marc Draven’s Ink-Fusion Tattoo booth creating custom designs for guests looking for a permanent WSC souvenir. “I can crank out some pieces very quickly,” he said. “It’s easy to make con fans happy because you are giving them a character that they like and want.” When asked about his WSC experience, Drone said, “It’s been quite a trip. Compared to other cons, I am very impressed with the overall organization. They’ve been very accommodating and good about checking in on vendors and talent to make sure that everything is going smoothly and our needs are being met. And that’s a good sign.”
While I did have an opportunity to meet Greg Nicotero, one of my personal highlights was speaking with a different member of zombie culture royalty, the lovely Judith O’Dea. For the uninitiated, O’Dea portrayed the iconic “Barbara” in the film that started it all, George Romero’s 1968 classic The Night of the Living Dead. “I have had an absolute ball,” she gushed. “At the time, none of us who were a part of the film had any idea the effect it would have [on pop culture] and I am just in awe that we really were, and are a part of what has become The Walking Dead. And I would like to say how grateful I am to the fans for their long time support. It’s hard to believe, but it is all so exciting.”
Crissy Thomas, founder of fan site BitchinDixons.com met up with other Bitchin Dixon members who had traveled from near and far to meet Norman Reedus, “Daryl” on The Walking Dead. And for those members who couldn’t make the journey, Crissy collected gifts, cards, and letters that they had shipped to her and presented them to Reedus on their behalf. Thomas hopes to have even more Bitchin Dixons attend next year.
Did you hear that, Walker Stalkers? The fans and guests have spoken. It’s time to start preparing for next fall! Congratulations.
WARREN ELLIS appears at Forbidden Planet for a signing on Friday November 22nd at 6:00 p.m.
Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His GRAVEL books are in development for film at Legendary Pictures, with Tim Miller attached to direct. IRON MAN 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel IRON MAN: EXTREMIS. He’s also written extensively for VICE, WIRED UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters, and is co-writing a video project called WASTELANDERS with Joss Whedon. Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus. His newest publication is the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, from FSG Originals.
A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012.
Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society’s President’s Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.
Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire gets a great poster, The Private Eye gets a mini-fan film, and you get some con reports and more in this week’s Scene on the Web.
Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. In the graphic novel March, Lewis offers a vivid, first-hand memoir of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. From his experience growing up on an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the medal of freedom from the first African-American president. Congressman Lewis tells his remarkable story in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times bestselling artist Nate Powell.
Book One spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.
John Lewis has been an icon of the civil rights movement since his days as a Nashville college student, organizing sit-ins and participating in the first Freedom Rides. As chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), he was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington and a leader of the 1965 Selma–Montgomery March (known as “Bloody Sunday”), where police brutality spurred national outrage and hastened passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He has represented Georgia in Congress for over 25 years and recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Following his previous award-winning books Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement and Across that Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, he has joined co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell for the new graphic novel March: Book One, a #1 New York Times Bestseller.
Andrew Aydin, an Atlanta native, currently serves in Rep. John Lewis’ congressional office handling telecommunications and technology policy as well as new media. Previously, he served as communications director and press secretary during Rep. Lewis’ 2008 and 2010 re-election campaigns, as District Aide to Rep. John Larson (D-CT), and as Special Assistant to Connecticut Lt. Governor Kevin Sullivan. Andrew is a graduate of the Lovett School in Atlanta, Trinity College in Hartford, and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where his graduate thesis “The Comic Book That Changed the World” examined the history of the 1957 comic book “Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story.”
Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling comic book artist/writer born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2000. His work includes the critically acclaimed Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole (winner of the Eisner Award and Ignatz Award, finalist for the LA Times Book Prize), The Year of the Beasts, The Silence of Our Friends, and Sounds of Your Name. In addition to March, Powell is also currently drawing the graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan’s #1 international bestseller Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero, while writing and drawing his own projects.
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