Dine with Joe Jusko at San Diego Comic-Con 2018

IDW Welcomes Fans to a Memorable Evening with a Comic Book Legend, Featuring a Marvel Masterpieces Exclusive to Commemorate the Event

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IDW Publishing is hosting a very special evening with artist Joe Jusko during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Strictly limited to just 25 attendees, the event will take place in a private room at an upscale restaurant in the San Diego Gaslamp district, a short walk from the convention center on Friday, July 20th, from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM.

Each guest will receive an extremely rare Captain America variant cover edition of Joe Jusko’s Marvel Masterpieces, the highly-anticipated complete collection of painted trading card art from the 2016 Upper Deck set. Featuring a unique embossed gold foil stamp created especially for the dinner event, the 336-page hardcover collectible will be autographed by Joe Jusko, and expressly limited to the number of attendees.

Additionally, each attendee will receive an original 11” x 14” piece of original artwork featuring the character of their choice, drawn by Jusko in advance of the dinner event. The character must be selected by each confirmed guest within 24 hours of purchase to ensure readiness. Representative examples of Jusko’s original illustrations can be found at the official Eventbrite site.

“I’m very much looking forward to schmoozing with friends and fans at this event, away from the distracting madness of the con,” says Joe Jusko. “A collectible and rare version of my new book will only be available there, as well as great food and drink — what could make this any more special? Well, tigers. Tigers would do it.”

Featuring fine dining in an intimate atmosphere, this very special evening is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is extremely limited to 25 attendees. Tickets are $500 per person and can be purchased here.

Join one of the comic industry’s true luminaries for a memorable and insightful evening, and enjoy two keepsakes to commemorate the event. Don’t delay!

Creator Bio: Joe Jusko is one of the best-known fantasy, pin-up, and comic book artists in the world today. His career has spanned more than 40 years, starting with the sale of his very first cover to Heavy Metal Magazine in 1977 at the age of 17. Since graduating that year from New York City’s High School of Art & Design, Joe has worked for nearly every major comic book publisher, producing hundreds of covers and story pages. His work has appeared on paperback book covers, calendars, posters, T-shirts, toy packaging and innumerable trading cards, most memorably the multi-award-winning 1992 Marvel Masterpieces trading cards. His work has earned him myriad awards and honors, including two “Favorite Painter” Wizard Fan Awards, multiple trading card awards, a Golden Lion Award from the Burroughs Bibliophiles, and a Chesley Award nomination for best cover in 2001. He was awarded an Inkpot Award at the 2012 Comic-Con International for his contributions to the comic industry

NS – Garth Ennis Signing

Writer Garth Ennis appears in Halifax on Saturday, July 7th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Strange Adventures! Best known for his critically acclaimed runs on Hellblazer, Punisher and Preacher, Garth has also written The Boys, Jimmy’s Bastards, War Stories, Battlefields, Hitman, and many more!

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Strange Adventures
5110 Prince Street, Halifax, NS B3J 1L3
(902) 425-2140

Star Wars Celebration 2019 Ticket Details Released

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Star Wars Celebration tickets are scheduled to go on sale Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at noon CDT. The ultimate Star Wars fan festival is slated as a 5-Day show taking place April 11-15, 2019 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

Celebration is the place for Star Wars fans to gather with their global community, make memories with friends old and new, and revel in the past, present and future of the greatest galactic saga ever told. Spend a weekend immersed in a Star Wars experience featuring cast and crew appearances, Star Wars cosplay at its finest, exclusive merchandise, live entertainment, screenings, behind-the-scenes panels, select exhibits, and never-before-seen glimpses into the future of Star Wars!

Get more details at the link…

MomoCon Announces Dates & First Guests for 2019

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MomoCon 2019 is already on the way and getting ready to go on May 23-26, 2019! Happy to announce our first guests for the 2019 event, the Crystal Gems from Steven Universe!

Deedee Magno Hall is currently the voice of “Pearl” on Cartoon Network’s Emmy nominated series, Steven Universe & “Snuggs” the hedgehog in Doc McStuffins on the Disney Channel. Her theater credits include: “Kim” Miss Saigon, “Nessarose” Wicked , “Diana” Next To Normal, If/Then, “Mrs. Walker” The Who’s Tommy, and more! Her TV & Film includes: Original cast of Disney Channel’s “New Mickey Mouse Club”, Third Watch, Dellaventura, Rear Window, Face, Sister Act 2. Recordings: 4 albums with Hollywood Record’s pop group, “The Party” & co-founder of mommy singing group, “Mama Bares”.

Grammy award winner singer/songwriter Estelle achieved mainstream success in the U.S. with her single “American Boy” featuring Kanye West. However, fans of Cartoon Network recognize her as the voice of Garnet, the leader of the Crystal Gems in the insanely popular Steven Universe series. Estelle’s influence on pop culture doesn’t stop there, though, with a long list of film and television credits including We Bear Bears (that’s her singing the theme song!) and Empire on FOX playing the character Delphine.

Zach Callison is an American music artist, actor, voice actor and content creator from Los Angeles, CA best known for his work as Steven in Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe as well as Chuck in Amazon Studios’ Just Add Magic.

Michaela Dietz is a Korean-American performer and voice over actress whose credits include: Steven Universe (Amethyst), Mighty Magiswords (Danelda), Barney & Friends (Riff), Grand Theft Auto V, Lego Dimensions (Chunk), and Krampus (Cherub).

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For tickets and further information please go to the website: www.momocon.com

 

A2CAF 2018 Announces Guests

The 2018 Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival has announced three of this year’s headline guests, each making their very first appearance at the show on Saturday, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th.

Maris Wicks, author of Science Comics: Coral Reefs and Human Body Theater, and artist of Primates and SpongeBob Comics!

Judd Winick, author of the Hilo series, Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned, and writer of DC Comics superheroes!

Mark Siegel, author of Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson, artist of various children’s books including Long Night Moon and Oskar and the Eight Blessings, and creative and editorial director of First Second Books.

Maris, Mark, and Judd will be joined by over 50 additional guests–some of them old friends, some new to A2CAF; longtime comics creators and kids just starting to get their nibs wet; and all of them eager to greet you in our bustling, bubbly and bursting Artists Alley on the first floor of the Ann Arbor District Library!

So whatever kinds of comics you’re in the mood for: heroic adventure or slice of life, fantasy or funny animals, scary stories or science fiction, history or humor–and yes, once again, four different varieties of Shakespeare comics!–you’ll find them in Artists Alley at this year’s Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival!

Check out our amazing guest list right here!

Zac Gorman, author of Thisby Thestoop and the Black MountainRick and Morty (comic series), Over the Garden Wall (Emmy award winning animated series, Magical Game Time(webcomic), Costume Quest (writer and artist Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers, as well as writer for new Costume Quest animated series on Amazon Prime in 2018).

Rafael Rosado, Artist of Giants Beware!, Dragons Beware! and Monsters Beware!

Zack Giallongo, Author of BroxoEwoks: Shadows of Endor, artist of the Stratford Zooseries, and author of Star Wars Doodles. Co-host of the Galaxy of Super Adventure show.

Hannah O’Neal, Animator at FableVision Studios in Boston, MA.

Joamette Gil, creator and editor of the award-winning POWER & MAGIC: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology Series.

Lucy Bellwood, creator of Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea100 Demon Dialogues.

Meggie Ramm, creator of Stick WorldI Have No Idea What I’m Doing, and Olympic Adventures.

Steve Hamaker (SATURDAY ONLY), Eisner-winning colorist of BoneRASL, and Table Titans. Author of PLOX.

Kean Soo, Creator of the Jellaby and March Grand Prix series of graphic novels.

Pranas T. Naujokaitis, writer of the Adventure Time: Ice King miniseries, writer/illustrator of Uncle Grandpa in Uncle Grandpaland, and creator of many mini-comics including the Monster Town series and the Ignatz Award nominated Laffy Meal.

Gregg Schigiel, author/illustrator of the Pix graphic novels, regular contributor to SpongeBob Comics, and host of the “Stuff Said” podcast.

Kiel Phegley, Author of Gumball’s Guide to ScienceSonic The Hedgehog, and Halo: Spartan-IV Field Manual.

Scoot McMahon, cartoonist of Sami the Samurai SquirrelWrapped UpSpot on AdventureThe Mighty Super KingzTales from the Con, and Aw Yeah Comics!

John Martin, illustrator and co-creator of Sci-Fi Junior High and Vordak book series.

Himashi Hewagama, author of the webcomic Celestial Princess Sierra.

Jonathan Griffith, author and illustrator of 19643031: An Ongoing Exploration of the Familiarly Unknown webcomic, and August & Patterson.

Sarah Bollinger, Co-creator of featured WEBTOON Girls Have A Blogand the Knight & Beard webcomic.

Tara Kurtzhals, Co-creator of featured WEBTOON Girls Have A Blogand the Knight & Beardwebcomic.

Chad Sell, creator of The Cardboard Kingdom from Knopf and Random House.

Dani Jones,  creator of children’s book Monsters vs Kittens and webcomic My Sister the Freak, and illustrator of the graphic novel PopularMMOs Presents a Hole New World.

Rob Stenzinger, co-host of the Lean Into Art Podcast, Creator of the video game This Panda Needs You, and a new comic called Two Pizza Team.

SRSLY Coalition, creators of the CPTN SRSLY Comic Anthology Volumes 1-4.

Emily Zelasko, writer and Illustrator of SnowOld Man, Dog, and the OceanPhantom in the SnowSomething Something Adam, and the Piece of Cake webcomic. Illustrator for Rainbow Sprinkle Slime, Vostokapolis. Colorist for Corpse Corp.

Mya Gosling, artist and author of Good Tickle Brain, the world’s foremost (and possibly only) Shakespeare stick figure webcomic..

Conor McCreery, author of Kill ShakespeareAssassin’s CreedRegular Show/Adventure Time, and Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini.

Matt Feazell, author of ZOT! in Dimension 10-½Understanding MinicomicsDizzy AdventuresStick Figure Presidents and The Amazing Cynicalman comic strip.

Andrea Bell, creator of Fair VoyageStill Waiting, and Tracks.

Dave Scheidt, writer of rad comics like Adventure TimeAw Yeah ComicsDreamworks’ TrollsMunchkin, Nickelodeon’s Harvey BeaksWrapped Up and more!

Shaun Manning, Writer and co-creator of Macbeth: The Red KingInteresting Drug, and Hell, Nebraska, as well as short stories for Dark Horse Presents, Thought Bubble, and more.

Brian E. Lau, creator of Staunch Ambition.

Joe Foo, creator of Camp Pencilpoint.

Joshua Buchanan, illustrator of The RocketScratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds, and Factor Five.

Chris & Gin (Chris Ludden and Ginger Dee), creators of Dexter’s DigsPresidents of the United Space, and The Brothers Grant.

Merrill Rainey, illustrator for Highlights Magazine, artist in Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty Magazine, illustrator of Frog. Frog? Frog! for Capstone Publishing, illustrator in Cricket and Spider Magazine, and artist for educational publishers including McGraw Hill, Scholastic Education, and RAZ Kids (Learning A-Z).

Sean Dove, co-creator of BroBots at Oni Press, Colorist on Wrapped Up, and Madballs.

Zachary Lehner, artist of Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, contributing author and artist to the anthology I Want to Pet Your Werewolf.

Madeline Zuluaga, one of the Illustrators on When the Rules Aren’t Right: 7 Time Travel Tales of Activism Graphic Novel; contributor to Mine!: A Comics Collection to Benefit Planned Parenthood anthology and New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei anthology; creator of a capybara-focused illustration book called Capybara Parade.

Bruce Worden, author/illustrator of Goodnight Keith MoonWoodstalk: 3 Days of Peace, Music, and Zombies; and the weekly pictoblog Shoppers Unknown where he finds discarded shopping lists and draw the people he imagines wrote them.

Peter Sickman-Garner, creator of the Harvey- and Eisner-nominated comic series Hey, Mister, published by Top Shelf Productions.

Jessi Zabarsky, creator of Witchlight, an all-ages shojo adventure comic.

Terry Eisele, author of the three-volume graphic novel With Only Five Plums and the forthcoming Far Tune.

Courtney M Hahn, artist of Podunk, Space for Everyone, and Uni-Puppy.

James Anderson, creator of Ellie on Planet X.

Ellie Moody, creator of The MeltingHow to Make ToastBad Guys, and more.

Bruno Hohn, creator of the comics series The Misadventures of Spenser the Ghost & Larry the Muffin.

Rocket Neiburger, creator of Happy Monster, original mini comic series!

Dana Atnip, Creator, artist, and writer for the webcomic Galactic Dragons.

Giselle Sarmiento, creator of short form comics Limon, delay and creator of fanart illustrations..

Theresa Dunn, author/illustrator of The Tale of Sir Stinky and Not All Pirates Have Hook Hands.

Jay Fosgitt, artist for IDW (My Little PonyAw Yeah Revolution), Marvel (Rocket Raccoon and GrootDeadpoolGwenpoolJessica JonesAvengersWeb Warriors), and Source Point Press (Dead Duck and Zombie Chick).

Matthew New, writer/artist for Billy Johnson and his Duck are Explorers.

Ali Cantarella, creator of The Hasty Pastry graphic novel, illustrator on Monkey and Dragon in the Golden Hour children’s book.

Charles Brubaker, creator of Ask a Cat and The Fuzzy Princess.

Brett R. Pinson, creator of Boomtown ScabsThe Adventures of Carl, The Expendables.

 

 

SNH Comic Bash 2018 Now Accepting Vendors

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It has begun! The inaugural Southern New Hampshire Comic Bash in Nashua, NH is now accepting applications for vendor table space. If you’re interested in setting up at the SNH COMIC BASH on Saturday, October 20th, simply visit our website at the link below for the devilish details!

VENDORS CLICK HERE

SNH COMIC BASH: SMALL WITH BIG FUN IN MIND!

The folks behind the Southern New Hampshire Comic Bash are fans first, and we’re going to put our best feet forward to bring you a super fun filled one day comic book-centric shindig!

We’ll be hosting some of Northern New England’s best comic book dealers and they’ll be bringing a huge selection of comics, toys, original comic book art, and other comic related goodies!

You’ll have the opportunity to meet a few creators who help bring the wonderful world of comics to life, so bring your comics and sketchbooks!

THE THING IN NASHUA is bringing you all the above, with a twist of October and the Halloween spirit!  If you have a passion for the funny books, and you love this time of year you’re going to want to make a dash to THE BASH!

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For further details about the SNH Comic Bash, please visit the website at the link: snhcomicbash.com

Venue: Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Nashua, 9 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua, NH 03062

 

 

Agent Phil Coulson Infiltrates Cincinnati Comic Expo 2018

Clark Gregg, who currently portrays S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phillip J “Phil” Coulson, is the newest addition to the lineup of guests for the 2018 Cincinnati Comic Expo!

Clark will be appearing SATURDAY ONLY at the Expo! In the Marvel franchise alone, Clark has appeared in Iron Man and Iron Man 2, as well as Thor, The Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Heroes, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, and more. He can be currently seen on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Coulson is expected to be shown in next year’s Captain Marvel. Clark is also recognized as FBI Special Agent Casper from The West Wing drama series and starring in the sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. In film, Clark’s credits also include The Usual Suspects, 500 Days of Summer, The To Do List, and numerous other features and programs.

Get your admission tickets to the 2018 Cincinnati Comic Expo for an opportunity to get an autograph and photo with Clark Gregg: goo.gl/R4ZeWa. Watch for details coming about Cobie Smulders and Clark Gregg duo photo ops!

Previously announced guests include: Levar Burton, Nikolaj Coster-Walda, Cobie Smulders, Karl Urban, Summer Glau, Tom Grummett, Amy Chu, John Bolton, Rick Leonardi, Alex Saviuk, Michael Zeck, and more

Established in 2010, the Cincinnati Comic Expo is an annual event celebrating the best in comic books, fantasy, gaming, collectibles, cosplay, steampunk and pop culture in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. Now in it’s 9th year, The Cincinnati Comic Expo, has grown to become the Queen City’s premier comic convention, bringing together great artists, publishers, actors, writers, cosplayers, and fans from across the world.

Follow us on social media so you can be one of the first to hear the fresh line up of close to 20 NEW comic artists to Cincinnati Comic Expo and other guest film and TV stars that will join us in 2018.

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For further information please go to the website: cincinnaticomicexpo.com

CO – FCBD 2018: Elfquest Signing

Elfquest creators Wendy Pini and Richard Pini appear at Mile High Comics on Saturday, May 5th for Free Comic Book Day!!

Also appearing are local comic creators including:

  • Lonnie Allen
  • Sean Benner, West of Oz
  • Michael Blickley, The Erinyes Project
  • R. Alan Brooks, The Burning Metronome
  • Dan Conner, My Gal the Zombie
  • Daniel Crosier, Show Devils & The Enigma
  • R.C. Harvey
  • Moriah Hummer, Flat Track Furies
  • Gerhard Ka’aihue, Stella Noir
  • J. James McFarland
  • Josh Mills, artist of Rock Slingers comic
  • Shana Moura, The Erinyes Project
  • Colton Muheim and his team Red Team Go
  • Jeff Slemons
  • Amanda Whipp, Kostaa

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Mile High Comics
4600 Jason Street, Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-2659

Fandemic Tour Brings Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Milo Ventimiglia, and More to Sacramento in June 2018

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FANDEMIC TOUR BRINGS CELEBS LIKE NORMAN REEDUS, JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN, MILO VENTIMIGLIA, MICHAEL ROOKER, DAVE BAUTISTA AND MORE TO SACRAMENTO JUNE 22-24 AT SACRAMENTO CONVENTION CENTER

Tickets on sale now for a weekend of fun with major celebrities, artists and cosplayers

(Los Angeles, Calif. – January 24, 2018) – Fandemic Tour, a new type of comic con, will bring their new tour to Sacramento this June. Brought to you by the same people who originally created Wizard World Comic Con, Sacramento will be their very first official city stop, followed up by Houston, Sept. 14-16, 2018 as a make-up due to Hurricane Harvey. Fandemic Tour will feature celebrities including: Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”, “The Boondock Saints”), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”, “Magic City”), Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy”, “The Walking Dead”, “Tombstone”, “Cliffhanger”, “Days of Thunder”), Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Gilmore Girls”), Milo Ventimiglia (“This is Us”, “Heroes”, “Gilmore Girls”), Dave Bautista (“Guardians of the Galaxy”, “WWE Raw”, Sean Patrick Flanery (“The Boondock Saints”, “Powder”) and Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”). Fandemic Tour is a brand new experiential convention weekend that will bring together celebrities, well-known and emerging comic artists, cosplayers of all shapes and sizes, and exhibitors with merchandise designed to offer something for every type of pop culture fan. All confirmed talent will make appearances on at least two days of the weekend, and many will appear on all three days. All guest appearance dates are listed at www.FandemicTour.com.

Fandemic Tour will offer attendees the opportunity to purchase autographs and photo opportunities with their favorite celebrity talent and artists. Photos come in the form of 8×10” printouts.

In addition to celebrity acting talent, Fandemic Tour will boast a host of exciting guest artists such as Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men), Phil Ortiz, animator from The Simpsons and Muppet Babies, Michael Golden of Marvel and DC Studios fame, Rob Prior, amazingly talented two-handed live pop artist with notable credits (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and Arthur Suydam (Deadpool, The Walking Dead). Other notable artists including: Renee Witterstaetter, Mike DeCarlo, John Beatty, Rodney Ramos, Ric Meyers, Clinton Hobart, Rags Morales and Jim Salicrup.

During the weekend, Fandemic Tour bring back the fan favorite Friday night “Drink and Draw”, a festival component that will allow fans to mingle, receive drawing instructions from an expert artist, and have an all-around fantastic evening of revelry while imbibing their favorite adult beverage. Saturday night will showcase one of the highlights of the weekend in the form of a Costume Contest, which will begin at 7:00 PM when the show floor closes. Guest judges will critique the best of the best in the cosplay world. The Costume Contest is open to all who are interested in participating.

“Fandemic Tour is something I’ve been thinking about for some time now, and it represents everything I think fans will want from a comic con event,” said Fandemic Tour CEO John Macaluso. Macaluso added, “We pledge to present an event that brings the highest tier celebrities, artists, and exhibitors and to create immersive programming that is both fun and educational. Our mission is simple: take care of the fans.”

Fandemic Tour is Macaluso’s first foray into the comic con space as an entrepreneur. Formerly the CEO of Wizard World, Macaluso is anxious to bring his unique brand of fan experience to Sacramento for the first time through Fandemic Tour. Macaluso noted, “Sacramento has a great comic con fan base and we are excited to share this new experiential event with them. Fandemic Tour is poised to bring the utmost in fan engagement to the Sacramento Convention Center for an interactive, fun-filled weekend.”

Fandemic Tour will continue to announce additional big-name guests in the coming weeks leading up to its inaugural event, June 22-24th at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, Calif.

General Admission tickets are available at the following price points:
$35 — Friday Pass
$45 — Saturday Pass
$40 — Sunday Pass
$75 — Full Weekend Pass
$150 — Fandemic Fanatic VIP
Tickets, celebrity packages and Photo Ops are available now at www.FandemicTour.com for each day of the weekend.

Sponsorship and booth space are still available. To apply, please contact Joe Avino at Sales@caconventions.com or Joe@caconventions.com or go to www.fandemictour.com and download the forms.

ABOUT FANDEMIC TOUR
Fandemic Tour is a three-day extravaganza of all things Geek! Fandemic will gather pop culture celebrities, well known and emerging comic artists, professional and amateur cosplayers, and exhibitors that sell socks, t-shirts, hats, and everything in-between. In addition, Fandemic Tour will provide programming open to all who attend throughout the weekend. Throughout the weekend, attendees have the opportunity to purchase autographs and photo ops with Fandemic Tour guests. Photo opportunities come in the form of a photo of you and the celebrity guest taken on a professional camera under ideal lighting conditions. Photos are printed on 8×10” paper on dye-sublimation photo printers. Most guests are available for at least two of the three days of the event, and all appearance dates are spelled out on the Fandemic Tour website, www.FandemicTour.com.

Team Voltron Speaks at Emerald City Comic Con 2018

One of the biggest highlights of Emerald City Comic Con this year had to be the premiere of Voltron: Legendary Defender’s fifth season. The convention center was adorned with a giant banner featuring the Paladins of Voltron as well as the fan favorite villain/anti-hero Prince Lotor and volunteers’ shirts were branded with show’s logo. Convention Scene was fortunate enough to be invited to a roundtable discussion with Executive Produce Joaquim Dos Santos, Co-Executive Producer Lauren Montgomery, designer Christine Bian, and actor Josh Keaton who provides the voice of Shiro. Bian, a Seattle native, also produced the exclusive ECCC poster which was given away to fans attending the premiere.

Naturally, as Legendary Defender is a reboot of the original Voltron series, Defender of the Universe, which in turn was an English-language adaptation of a Japanese anime GoLion, the first questions asked had to do with the challenge of updating a 35 year property and how to keep it fresh while still recognizable to fans. “Initially we had these pillars of the original show we wanted to make sure that we adhere to and we had these meetings where they, for lack of a better term, wanted to “HALO-ify” Voltron and make it very gritty and serious and we’re like, we need it to be fun,” said Dos Santos, “We need to be campy but also dramatic. We need to have comedy, and then beyond that we want them to have a life of its own and become its own thing. And we’ve been lucky to have that.”

From a design aspect Bian noted, “Joaquim had this thing he called the squint test, which means like when you look at the original Voltron, even if you’re squinting, he has such an iconic silhouette, that it’s unmistakable that it’s him. And so that was the key element that we wanted to make sure our Voltron also had.”

Montgomery continued, “The thing that we loved about the old Voltron was he was kind of boxy. He had like these edges on it and so we want to update the lines and make them feel really cool, but we don’t want to lose that element. So you’ll notice they have kind of like a boxier muzzle and then the Yellow and the Blue Lions will have a slightly chunkier look because they’re legs. But then the Green and the Red Lions will be a little softer and sleeker and rounder because they’re arms.”

One aspect of the show which the crew cited in need of updating was the overtly evil archness of its villains. “The quality with the villains being kind of a little goofier here in the older series, like Haggar was very much just like the witchy witch and Zarkon was kind of like “I’ll get you next time, Voltron!” sort of a villain. We knew we had to raise the stakes a little bit with those guys and make them a little more serious,” said Montgomery, “And probably the biggest thing was that Lotor was a little on the pervy side and that’s just, it’s a trope that was really big when I was young, it was in a lot of content and it’s something that we can’t keep doing. I don’t even think an audience today would accept it if you tried to put that out there.” Bian also mentioned the original series’ Galra ships as another update that needed to happen. “I actually love this design because it was so outrageous,” she said “But the Galra and flew around in ships that were literally a coffin flying off into space and had a skull and crossbones and like spider webs on it.”

A huge character shift from the original Voltron was changing Pidge is to be biologically female but originally presenting as a male character, which has been interpreted from some fans to be representative of the transgender or gender fluid community. “Immediately I wanted to bring in more of a female presence so it wasn’t necessarily like we gotta make one of these characters a girl, but I think if none of the characters had really lent themselves to it and we may have thought differently, but Pidge was a character that when watching it as a kid was always a little confusing because he had a very feminine hairdo and he had some fringe and like I was never quite sure what was the deal with Pidge and so it just seemed kind of like a natural transition and in a way that we can just include more females,” said Montgomery, “changing Pidge to a girl really doesn’t change dynamic of the team, doesn’t change who Pidge is as a person and it’s a little bit of a statement of it’s not that hard to just put a female character in the show.”

But more than anything else, the team emphasized that the characters and their development as a team is the single most important aspect of the show. Season 5 will see the Paladins’ growth continue as they wrestle with the issue of whether or not trust new ally Prince Lotor. Dos Santos mentioned that the bayards, the weapons the Paladins carry and use in conjunction with their Lions, originally came from a very marketing-driven place of establishing the Voltron version of a lightsaber, but ended up being an extension of each character, saying “It’s their personal growth sort of representative manifested in this weapon.”

In addressing physical changes to the characters themselves over time, Montgomery noted that subtle differences rarely happen in 2D animation because with several artists working on project the models need to remain consistent. “You think that happens design wise, that would be a thing, but it actually ends up being more of an animation, storyboard thing where our directors and our storyboard artists are staging these characters in the scene, how do they react? And so we try to instill that a little bit in the script from script phase. But luckily a lot of our artists have been with us through like the whole run of the show,” said Montgomery, “They get it and they’ve seen their whole arc.”

Josh Keaton has become a fan-favorite as Shiro, to the point that Dos Santos joked Dreamworks would ask for “30% more Shiro” for episodes in which they felt his presence was lacking. The majority of cosplayers in Voltron outfits during the convention were dressed as Shiro. “It’s been crazy. I knew the show just from reading your early scripts, just at the very beginning. I knew the show was something special, but the extent to which it’s taken off, just the size of the fandom and creativity of the fandom just continues to blow me away,” said Keaton “Every time I go to a con and I’ll see, I’ll see huge cosplay and these are people in full on armor, that lights up and then they’ll even have more obscure cosplays. I saw Galaxy Garrison trio with Lance and Hunk and Pidge they were all in their Garrison stuff. It’s amazing.”

In speaking about his influences, Keaton spoke about how he prepares for voice roles the same as he would a role in a play or movie or live action television show by trying to put himself in the mindset of the character and finding a relatable memory or experience from his own life. He also said that he draws on previous roles such as Spider-Man or Green Lantern. “Some of that found its way into Shiro as well, not the cocky aspect of Hal Jordan, but a lot of the military bearing. I’d say a lot of the parts that I play end up pulling from those in some way in future doesn’t really because that’s just, it adds to my frame of reference.”

Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 5 is now streaming on Netflix.

 

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