IL – Rayven Choi Signing

Writer/director Shequeta Smith appears at Graham Crackers Comics on Friday May 26th from 3-6pm to sign RAYVEN CHOI from Shero Comics.

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Graham Crackers Comics – CHICAGO LOOP
77 E. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602
312-629-1810

IL – Wonder Woman Day Signing

Jenny FrisonStephanie Mided, and Ali Cantarella appear at Challengers Comics on Saturday, June 3, 2017 to celebrate WONDER WOMAN DAY 2017!

Wonder Woman turns 75 this year so it’s more than time to give the Amazing Amazon her due! Wonder Woman Day will feature a host of fun stuff for Wonder Woman fans of all ages! We’ll have a costume contest! We’ll have Wonder Woman themed treats! We’ll have a coloring contest with artwork provided by Wonder Woman cover artist Jenny Frison!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Mae Signing

Writer/artist Gene Ha (Top Ten, JLA, Forty-Niners) appears at Comix Revolution on Wednesday, May 25, 2017 at 4:00 PM to sign the first collection of his Dark Horse series MAE!

About MAE:
Once upon a time in Indiana… a 13 year-old girl named Abbie Fortell disappeared. Her younger sister, Mae was left behind to finish school, take care of her ailing father, and build a life without her sister. Eight years later Abbie has returned, claiming she’s found a doorway to a world of adventure and monsters. These tales are hard to believe — at least until the monsters show up too…

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Comix Revolution
606 Davis Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201
(847) 866-8659

IL – The Amory Wars Signing

Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria will be signing comics at Graham Cracker Comics on Friday May 19th from 2:00pm – 3:00pm.

The signing is free, and at the request of our guests there will be a two item limit, of only Claudio’s comic work. He will not be available for photos in order to keep the line moving. You’re welcome to bring comics from home to have signed, but we will have issues #1 and #2 of the newest chapter in the AMORY WARS while supplies last. In addition to those two issues, we’ll also have some variant covers and the previous trade paperbacks in the series all available for purchase.

Graham Cracker Comics – Lakeview
5443 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 561-5010

IL – Imagine Wanting Only This Signing

Press Release:

Women & Children First Bookstore welcomes Kristen Radtke and Lucy Knisley on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM for a conversation about Kristen’s new graphic memoir, IMAGINE WANTING ONLY THIS.

When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and the sight of an abandoned mining town after his funeral marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted cities in the American Midwest, an Icelandic town buried in volcanic ash, islands in the Philippines, New York City, and the delicate passageways of the human heart. A narrative that is at once factual, historical, and personal, Radtke’s words and images ask why are we here, and what will we leave behind?

Kristen Radtke is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and the film and video editor of TriQuarterly magazine. She lives in New York.

Lucy Knisley is the author and illustrator of beloved graphic novels about memory, identity, food, and family. Her Alex Award-winning graphic novel, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen is a New York Times bestseller, and her travelogues (French Milk, An Age of License, and Displacement) have been lauded by critics and fans. Her most recent graphic memoir is Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride. She lives and works in Chicago.

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Women & Children First Bookstore
5233 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60640
(773) 769-9299

IL – FCBD: Gene Ha Signings

Writer/artist Gene Ha (Mae, Justice League of America, Top 10) appears at the La Grange Public Library from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and Chimera’s Comics from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

La Grange Public Library
10 W Cossitt Ave, La Grange, Illinois 60525
(708) 215-3200

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Chimera’s Comics
19 S La Grange Road, La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-1230

Marvel Announces Signings & Panels for C2E2 2017

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Marvel has announced their signings at booth #327 and panel schedule for this weekend’s C2E2!

FRIDAY APRIL 21st

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Marc Guggenheim, Jody Houser
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Jason Aaron, Chris Sprouse
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Jordie Bellaire, Jenny Frison, Brian Level, Declan Shalvey
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM: Rod Reis, Brent Schoonover, Nick Spencer
  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Jonathan Hickman, Luke Ross

SATURDAY APRIL 22nd

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Michael Garland, Margaret Stohl, Ramon Villalobos, Michael Walsh
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Mike Perkins, Khary Randolph
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Nick Spencer, Ryan Stegman
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Marc Guggenheim, Ken Lashley 
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM: Jordie Bellaire, Matt Horak, Declan Shalvey

SUNDAY APRIL 23rd

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Marc Guggenheim, Ken Lashley 
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Jason Aaron, Mike McKone
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Alex Maleev, Todd Nauck
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Tana Ford, Marc Laming, Matthew Rosenberg, Robbie Thompson

*Schedule is subject to change

Valiant Heads to C2E2 with Parties, Panels, and Exclusives

Press Release:

From Friday, April 21st through Sunday, April 23rd, Valiant is bringing its cross-country convention road show to Chicago, IL for C2E2 2017 – and we’re unleashing a non-stop line-up of exclusives, programming, panels, and parties to celebrate!

All weekend long, join Valiant inside Chicago’s McCormick Place at Booth #317 to find out why Valiant is forging the 21st century’s most acclaimed superhero universe with a complete selection of paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for critically acclaimed and award-winning titles including BLOODSHOT REBORN, BRITANNIA, FAITH, HARBINGER RENEGADE, QUANTUM & WOODY, SAVAGE and many more! And don’t miss the convention debut of brand-new finely sculpted ceramic mugs from Surreal Entertainment, featuring two of the Valiant Universe’s biggest icons, X-O Manowar and Bloodshot! [$40 per set]

Then: explore the future of Valiant’s leading icon on Friday, April 21st at 5:30 p.m. CT in room S405A for the VALIANT: 25 YEARS OF X-O MANOWAR panel presentation! This spring, Valiant marks 25 years of its most enduring comic book icon as best-selling writer Matt Kindt and a rotating cast of powerhouse interior artists launch a stunning new beginning in the all-new X-O MANOWAR #1! Now, right here at C2E2, join a blockbuster roundtable of Valiant staff and creators for an in-depth discussion of X-O Manowar’s landmark place in comics history…and a special look forward at what awaits the must-read new series of 2017!

Next: the Valiant Universe leaps off of the comics page and onto the cutting edge of superhero storytelling on Saturday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. CT in room S405B for the VALIANT DIGITAL: NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE AND BEYOND panel presentation! Join star Jason David Frank and Valiant’s own Josh Johns and Dinesh Shamdasani as they collide MI-6’s deadly assassin against a gauntlet of Valiant’s most formidable heroes with new footage from NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE – the bone-shattering, live-action series coming in 2017 – and more news and announcements about all-new VALIANT DIGITAL projects! And stick around for a free exclusive print at the end of the panel!

Finally: the road to Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and most impactful comic book event of all time starts right here at C2E2 with a superstar cast of Valiant creators and staff on Sunday, April 23rd at 12:15 p.m. in room S405B at the VALIANT: THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 panel presentation! Jump on board here to find out what the future holds for HARBINGER RENEGADE, X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, FAITH, DIVINITY, NINJAK, and the rest of Valiant’s most powerful heroes…and how the coming of HARBINGER WARS 2 will soon be felt across the entire Valiant Universe with never-before-seen artwork and announcements!

Plus: don you strongest armor and blast into the biggest party of the weekend on Friday, April 21st as Valiant and Pipeworks Brewing Co. kick off the C2E2 2017: X-O MANOWAR GALACTIC GOLDEN ALE RELEASE PARTY! From 7 pm CT onward at Chicago’s Cobra Lounge (235 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607), Valiant is celebrating its all-new collaboration with Chicago’s own Pipeworks Brewing Co. – a new limited-edition brew created in honor of the all-new X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1, the sold-out, epic new ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and Valiant-exclusive rising star Tomas Giorello!

Co-sponsored by Valiant Entertainment, Pipeworks Brewing Co., and Hope for the Day, the first 75 party-goers will receive a strictly limited X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 cover flat – a rare, unbound comic cover pulled directly from the printing press and signed by Valiant staff and creators! Portions of the proceeds from the party’s $5 door charge and all pints of X-O MANOWAR GALACTIC GOLDEN ALE poured will be donated to Hope for the Day, supporting their suicide prevention outreach and mental health education projects. RSVP online at Facebook or Eventbrite.

We’ll see you in the Windy City! And don’t miss a moment of the excitement as Valiant’s one-of-a-kind convention road show marches on through Los Angeles, Kansas City, Houston, and more throughout the spring!

Friday, April 21st – Sunday, April 23rd
C2E2
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

Saturday, April 22nd – Sunday, April 23rd
L.A. Times Festival of Books
University of Southern California Campus
Los Angeles, CA

Friday, April 28th – Sunday, April 30th
Planet Comic Con
Bartle Hall
Kansas City, MO

Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th
Comicpalooza
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

Saturday, May 13th – Sunday, May 14th
Tidewater Comicon
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Virginia Beach, VA

Saturday, May 20th – Sunday, May 21st
Five Points Festival
Pier 36
New York, NY

Thursday, May 25th – Sunday, May 28th
Phoenix Comicon
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, AZ

Saturday, June 24th – Sunday, June 25th
ID10T Music Festival and Comic Conival
Shoreline Amphitheater
San Francisco, CA

Friday, June 30th – Sunday, July 2nd
Denver Comic Con
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

* Stay tuned for more dates to be announced all year long!*

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblr, Instagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

Steranko Headlines Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention 2017

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Press Release:

The legendary Jim Steranko will be the Guest of Honor at the upcoming Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, taking place at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center from Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23, 2017. Steranko is a legend not only in the comics field – for his groundbreaking work as an artist and a historian – but in the pulp field as well, with his depictions of several classic pulp heroes, from The Shadow to Doc Savage to Sherlock Holmes to G-8 and many more. Steranko will be present throughout the show, and will also be speaking Friday night at 7:00 p.m. As this year’s show is the same weekend as C2E2 (also in the Chicagoland area), C2E2 attendees may want to head to Lombard to complete their weekend.

This year’s event also celebrates the Red Circle line of pulps. These were the first publications put out by Martin Goodman, who later would launch the Timely line of comics that eventually became Marvel. The program book is packed with material on Steranko, the Red Circle line, gangster pulps, and more!

The convention also features over 150 tables of pulps, vintage paperbacks, comics, original comic and illustration art, and other related goodies for sale in its massive dealer room. Movies based on pulp stories will be playing throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, while the New Pulp movement will host a variety of panels on Sunday. And Friday and Saturday nights will feature two incredible estate auctions, featuring thousands of pulps, including nearly 200 issues of The Shadow, as well as many other rare pulps.

Admission is $35 for all three days, $25 for Friday only, $25 for Saturday only, and $10 for Sunday only. Ages 13 and under admitted free with parent.

Hours are Friday 11:00 a.m. to midnight, Saturday 10:00 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The convention is being held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard IL 60148.

For more information, visit the Windy City Pulp site: www.windycitypulpandpaper.com

AfterShock Comics Schedule for C2E2 2017

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Press Release:

Headed to the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) this year? AfterShock Comics will be there in full force to celebrate the comic book and pop culture convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and videogames.

Convention Days/Hours:
• Friday, April 21: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
• Saturday, April 22: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
• Sunday, April 23: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Our Booth: 417

Our C2E2 Exclusives (available at our booth):
Eleanor & Egret #1 (C2E2 exclusive cover)
World Reader #1 (C2E2 exclusive cover)
Jimmy’s Bastards poster – Dave Johnson art (Series written by Garth Ennis with interiors by Russ Braun)
Babyteeth poster – Garry Brown art (Signed by creator + writer Donny Cates)

Signings (at our booth):
• Marguerite Bennett – Friday, April 21: 2:30-3:30 PM
• Donny Cates – Sunday, April 23: 1:00-2:00 PM

Our Panel:
• Sunday, April 23: 10:45am
• Room: S403
• Description: Join Donny Cates (BABYTEETH), Adam Glass (ROUGH RIDERS, THE NORMALS), Brian Azzarello (AMERICAN MONSTER), Phil Hester (SHIPWRECK, BLOOD BLISTER), Justin Jordan (STRAYER), Joe Pruett (AfterShock Publisher/CCO & BLACK-EYED KIDS), Mike Zagari (Aftershock SVP Digital/Creative) and more of the AfterShock Comics creative team as they discuss their current titles and future plans! (NOTE: Guests are subject to change)

Our Creators & Staff at the Show:
• Brian Azzarello (AMERICAN MONSTER)
• Marguerite Bennett (ANIMOSITY, INSEXTS)
• Donny Cates (BABYTEETH)
• Adam Glass (ROUGH RIDERS, THE NORMALS)
• Phil Hester (SHIPWRECK, BLOOD BLISTER)
• Justin Jordan (STRAYER)
• Lee Kramer (AfterShock President)
• Stephan Nilson (AfterShock Publishing Operations Manager)
• Joe Pruett (AfterShock Publisher/CCO & BLACK-EYED KIDS)
• Lisa Wu (AfterShock Retailers/Fan Relations Manager)
• Mike Zagari (Aftershock SVP Digital/Creative)
• + more!
*Note: Guests are subject to change

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