WI – Garth Ennis Signing

Writer Garth Ennis (Jimmy’s Bastards, Preacher, Punisher MAX, The Boys, War Stories) will be signing at Kowabunga Comics on Saturday, October 28th! In addition to Garth will be Black Eyed Kids creator and Aftershock Comics Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett.

Garth Ennis is a multi-award winning comic book writer  known for his love of graphic violence and black comedy. After taking over the reins of Judge Dredd, British Comics’ most recognizable character, from legendary Judge Dredd creator John Wagner, he exploded upon the American comic book market with credits that include HellblazerHitmanPunisherFuryCrossedBattlefieldsWar Stories, and The Boys. His legendary and hugely-influential DC Comics’ series PREACHER, which he co-created with artist Steve Dillon, has recently been given a pilot treatment by AMC. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he now lives in New York City with his wife, Ruth.

Joe Pruett is the COO and Publisher at Aftershock. Joe is an Eisner and Harvey nominated writer and editor for his work on Negative Burn. He is known for his turn at Marvel on X-Men Unlimited, Wolverine, and Cable. Currently, Joe writes Black Eyed Kids at Aftershock.

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Kowabunga Comics
102 N Main St, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
(262) 569-9999

Shamus Brothers Return With Ace Universe Comic Con Starting in December 2017

Press Release:

ACE Universe Transforms “Comic Con” Business With Ground-Breaking Approach That Will Shake Up The Industry

World’s Most Experienced Comic Con Producers Launch New Media Company, Unveil Innovative Business Model, Announce Star-Studded Shows

NEW YORKSept. 19, 2017 — Brothers Stephen and Gareb Shamus, the world’s most experienced producers of the wildly popular Comic Con conventions, today announced the launch of their new groundbreaking experiential company – ACE Universe.  With 20 years of experience and 175 Comic Con shows to their name, the Shamus brothers have smashed the old model, which they pioneered, and developed a new immersive approach that will redefine the industry going forward.

ACE Universe is also announcing the dates and locations for its first events: December 8-10, 2017 at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island (New York), and January 13-15 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. VIP tickets for the Long Island event are on sale now, and General Admission tickets for NYCB LIVE will go on sale Friday, September 22, all via www.aceuniverse.com on Ticketmaster.com, nycblive.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office located at the Coliseum.

Tickets for the Glendale, AZ, event will be on sale soon. Stay tuned to the website for more details!

Confirmed guests for the Long Island event include:  Henry Cavill (SupermanJustice League), Gal Gadot (Wonder WomanJustice League), Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Justice League), Ray Fisher (Cyborg, Justice League), Ezra Miller(The Flash, Justice League), and Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf, Justice League), with more guests to be announced.

ACE Universe has secured partnerships across key sectors including Technology, Media, Entertainment, Gaming, Publishers, Manufacturers, Licensors, and Retailers to help create a robust experience for fans.  The Comic Cons will be hosted in world-class Arenas, which bring a completely new set of aesthetics and benefits for attendees, including programming shown on the JumboTron, which means the fans will never miss a panel, regardless of where they are.

ACE Universe will be the first to provide free global live streaming to fans with wall-to-wall coverage of the entire Comic Con. Now, all fans can enjoy access to top-tier talent, breaking news and on-site programming as every aspect of the show will be fully streamed, social media friendly and available on mobile devices.

“We revolutionized the Comic Con industry in the 90’s, and we’re thrilled to do it all over again in 2017,” says Gareb Shamus, ACE Universe Chairman & CEO. “We believe this is the optimal time to shake up the industry and recalibrate with a complete and total emphasis on the fan experience. Our new platform is centered on creating an unforgettable experience for fans by featuring meet-and-greets with stars from the latest hit superhero movies, quality vendors, professional creators, superior venues and immersive programming.”

“We can’t wait for seasoned Comic Con fans to experience our events, and we’re excited to introduce all new types of fans into this incredible world, many of whom have never enjoyed a Comic Con before,” says Stephen Shamus, President of ACE Universe. “Families can now enjoy a curated experience with access to top name Film and TV talent, artists, writers and other creative professionals.”

In addition to the upcoming show in Long Island, ACE Universe will be announcing the full 2018 schedule, including dates, cities, tickets and VIP Admissions on www.aceuniverse.com. Stay tuned! Connect with ACE Comic Con at Facebook.com/acecomiccon & @acecomiccon on Instagram and Twitter.

ACE Universe
ACE Universe (www.aceuniverse.com) is a New York-based media and experiential events company founded by Gareb and Stephen Shamus, who are the world’s most experienced producers of Comic Con conventions.  Stephen has personally produced over 175 Comic Con events, booked thousands of celebrity guests, and played host to millions of happy fans.  Gareb is a leading pop-culture expert, founder of the largest Comic Con tour in the world, an original producer of national Comic Cons, and publisher of multiple award-winning magazines published in 75 countries worldwide.  ACE Universe produces premium events in world-class venues that feature the best of Film, TV, Gaming, Virtual Reality, Collectibles, Comics, Original Art, Toys, Action Figures, Graphic Novels, Illustrators, Writers, Creators, and Entertainment Programming.  Fans can live stream all ACE Universe events at www.aceuniverse.com and engage with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

HasCon Is More Than Meets the Eye

This year Hasbro debuted the inaugural HasCon, a “FANmily” event in which the popular toy and gaming company invited fans to get an in-depth look at their latest products, purchase exclusive collectibles, rub elbows with celebrities, and indulge in their passion for the many brands represented.

The initial impression that HasCon was very different from most public conventions in that most of the main exhibition hall was not devoted to vendors and retailers, aside from the Hasbro booths selling convention exclusives. Instead, there were large pavilions dedicated to the variety of Hasbro brands such as Transformers, My Little Pony, GI Joe, Nerf, and Magic: The Gathering as well license partners like Star Wars and Marvel. Each area was filled with latest toys and games which staff members encouraged attendees to play with. Additionally, they showcased movie props, original design and packaging artwork, and interactive displays.

Located at the Rhode Island Convention Center, directly across the street from Hasbro’s global headquarters, many (if not all) of the staff on hand were employees of the company who were friendly, engaging, and enthusiastic to talk about their work with attendees and show off their latest projects. “We know that we have such a vested audience and so many brands so why don’t we open up our doors and let in everybody in who would love a peek behind the curtain,” said Tyla Bucher (Vice President of Global Brand Strategy & Marketing, My Little Pony), “It’s not so much driving the brand forward as much as it is about creating another point of connection with consumers and fans.”

John Warden (Design Manager, Transformers) echoed this sentiment, “Any chance to actually meet the not just the designers the marketing team like we normally would get at a San Diego Comic Con but also the engineering team, the packaging team, copywriters… We’re all part of the big Hasbro family and really fans have an opportunity to see everything that makes the brand work.”

Another marked difference is that HasCon was incredibly family-friendly with games and activities geared toward children as well as adult fans. There were stylists on hand to give attendees My Little Pony and Troll-themed makeovers, a Nerf shooting gallery to demo their entire collection, several cosplayers in costume to interact with fans and pose for photos, and, naturally, the latest toys. While it may seem obvious to the layperson, the fact of the matter is that most large conventions are geared toward adult fans with kid-oriented events and exhibits being an afterthought, if they are included at all.

“Obviously the big idea around HasCon,” said Ben Montano (Director of Brand Marketing, Transformers), “is to bring all families together, not just the super fan or a collector but also fans who want to bring their kids into a property or they’re already sharing a love of. For Hasbro to be able to do that, not just for fans of Transformers but My Little Pony, Magic the Gathering, that’s absolutely insane and mind blowing and we’ve seen in the last day and a half now fans and families coming in and their kids split off one way and they go another and everyone has something to appreciate and enjoy.”

Shane Wilhelmsen, a local fan and veteran of many comic conventions across the United States, attended HasCon on Friday accompanied by his two-year old daughter. “Honestly, when I bought our passes a few months ago I didn’t have a very clear idea what to expect or how well she would handle the whole experience,” said Wilhelmsen via email, “I had a general sense of what brands were going to be there based on the information on their website, but wasn’t sure what was going to have its own booth, or what sort of experiences were going to be there beyond panels (which I knew she wasn’t going to want to sit through).” However, his fears were soon alleviated as his daughter enjoyed playing with Mr. Potato Head toys, participating in a singalong with Sesame Street’s Elmo and Abby Cadabby, and meeting the Trolls cosplayers at their booth which Wilhelmsen cited as her favorite part of the convention. “She had an amazing time! She was well-behaved and totally engaged from the time we got there to pick up our badges in the morning until we had to leave at 5:00 PM.”

Overall, the first HasCon was a rousing success. There were certainly some organizational hiccups but those occur at any show, and certainly for an initial launch it’s to be expected. But the level of fan-engagement and excitement was clearly evident from top to bottom and fans are sure to want to come back next year to see what new excitement Hasbro has in store.

ME – Batman: White Knight #1 Signing

Sean Gordon Murphy, the two time Eisner award winning artist behind such critically acclaimed comics as Punk Rock Jesus, Joe the Barbarian, The Wake, and Tokyo Ghost, is putting his own spin on the Batman mythos with Batman: White Knight. He will be at Coast City on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 signing.

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Coast City Comics
634 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 899-1505

NYC – An Evening with Tom Hanks

Actor Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Toy Story, Philadelphia) appears in conversation with NYT writer Jennifer Senior on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Tickets available at the link…

Press Release:

Please join us for an exciting opportunity to hear actor, screenwriter, director and writer Tom Hanks discuss his love of writing, the creative process, and his debut collection of short stories, “Uncommon Type: Some Stories.” Described as surprising, intelligent and heartwarming, his latest literary endeavor is must-read not only for the millions of Tom Hanks fans, but for anyone who loves good writing . According to Steve Martin ““It turns out that Tom Hanks is also a wise and hilarious writer with an endlessly surprising mind. Damn it.” The conversation will be moderated by The New York Times daily book critic, Jennifer Senior.

Signed copy of “Uncommon Type: Some Stories” included with ticket purchase.

This program is brought to you by our live conversation series, The New York Times – TimesTalks.

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers St, New York, New York 10007
(212) 220-1460

MICE 2017 Celebrates Independent Comics and Graphic Novels on October 21 – 22

Press Release:

MICE is back! On October 21 – 22, 2017 independent graphic novelists and cartoonists will converge on University Hall in Cambridge’s Porter Square. The event is free, family friendly, and offers a weekend of activities as the Boston area’s only show dedicated to independent and alternative comics. This year’s show will also welcome a full line-up of special guests — professionals from the world of independent comics and graphic novels including: Michael DeForge, Kazu Kibuishi, Liz Prince, Jason Shiga, Mark Siegel, and Isabel Greenberg!

MICE attendees are invited to discover their new favorite comic books from over 200 comic creators from the Boston area and beyond. The exhibition area at MICE will present a wide range of art and books: hand-made mini-comics and zines, anthologies, graphic novels, art prints, and sketches. Panel discussions will provide insightful conversations about the world of contemporary comics and graphic novels. Artists will share techniques, tips, and tricks for creating your own comics in a variety of workshops for all ages and skill levels.

MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 21st, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and Sunday, October 22nd, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Admission is free. Further information available on the website: www.micexpo.org

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Sponsors for MICE 2017 include Lesley University and The Million Year Picnic.

NYC – Nightwing: New Order Signing

Trevor McCarthy (artist on Nightwing New Order, Batman Gates of Gotham, Klarion, Batwoman, etc) appears at Comic Book Jones from Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM!

Trevor is currently doing art duties on the highly acclaimed new miniseries Nightwing New Order. He will be signing copies of the first two issues on Wednesday September 27th, the day issue #2 drops. He will also be doing commissions for a fee.

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Comic Book Jones
2220 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10303-1700
781-448-1234

 

Original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Join BOOM! Studios at NYCC 2017

Press Release:

BOOM! Studios, in association with Saban Brands, is excited to announce that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers icons Walter Jones (“Zack Taylor,” the Black Ranger) and David Yost (“Billy Cranston,” the Blue Ranger) will join them at New York Comic Con (NYCC). Appearing exclusively at the BOOM! Studios booth (#1828) from October 5-8, Jones and Yost will be signing comics along with other memorabilia all weekend.

Additionally, Jones and Yost will join Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic book writer Kyle Higgins for the “Go Go Power Rangers Comics” panel on Thursday, October 5 at 4:15pm in Room 1A24 of the Javits Center, along with other special guests. The panel will be moderated by journalist James Viscardi (ComicBook.com).

“2018 will be the biggest year of Power Rangers comics ever, so it’s only appropriate to have legends like David and Walter join us to help reveal BOOM Studios’ plans,”  says BOOM! Studios Managing Editor Bryce Carlson, who will also appear on the “Go Go Power Rangers Comics” panel. “We’re thrilled fans can join us to meet David, Walter, and comic series writer Kyle Higgins all weekend long at our booth, along with getting the first crack at some morphinominal exclusive merchandise!”

New products available at the BOOM! Studios booth at NYCC will be the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Year One Limited Slipcase Edition (strictly limited to 250 copies), which will debut at the show; two exclusive NYCC covers for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #19; and two enamel pins featuring Lord Drakkon and his Zord, Black Dragon. Lord Drakkon is the first new Mighty Morphin Power Ranger since the debut of the television series nearly 25 years ago and is featured in nWay’s Saban’s Power Rangers: Legacy War mobile game.

SF – Stan Lee’s Hands of Respect Signing

Stan Lee, co-creator of the Marvel Universe including Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, Daredevil, Black Panther, and Fantastic Four, appears at Amazing Fantasy on Friday, September 15, 2017 from noon till 2:00 PM for an afternoon of autographs and photos to support his Hands of Respect initiative, which encourages us to learn, listen and respect all mankind. $120 for an autograph/ $150 for an autograph and picture.

Also appearing will be Stan’s daughter JC Lee signing her memoir of growing up with the Marvel legend, Stan Lee’s Love Story.

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Amazing Fantasy
650 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 681-4344

Comic Con Revolution Expands to West Palm Beach in 2018

Press Release:

ATOMIC CRUSH EVENTS ANNOUNCES COMIC CON REVOLUTION EXPANSION IN WEST PALM BEACH

The 1-Day Inaugural Event To Take Place At The Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida On Saturday, February 24, 2018

Comic Con Revolution West Palm Beach Will Feature Top Comic Talent In Addition To A Full Day of Programming Capped Off With Our Cosplay Revolution Costume Contest

New York, NY September 6, 2017 – Atomic Crush Events (ACE) is pleased to announce Comic Con Revolution West Palm Beach (CCR WPB).  The inaugural 1-day event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018.  CCR WPB will feature a guest list of top industry talent and a full day of programming including our Cosplay Revolution Costume Contest, exhibitors and vendors.

Our initial guest list includes Chris Claremont, Sandy King Carpenter, Jeff Dekal, Joe Eisma, Travis Hanson, Hope Larson, Shawn Martinbrough, Ron Marz, Richard Starkings and hosting our Cosplay Revolution Costume Contest is Ming Chen (AMC’s Comic Book Men). Expect several additional announcements to be made as guests continue to confirm their appearances.

“When we launched our first Comic Con Revolution last May in Ontario, California we built the show with the focus on creators and the work they create,” said ACE Co-Founder Mike Scigliano.  “The concept was received incredibly well.  Fans are excited about comic cons that feature great comic book and creative arts talent.  Our inaugural show in West Palm Beach will be built around that same core concept.”

“We are excited to bring the Revolution to West Palm Beach,” added ACE Co-founder Gabe Fieramosco.  “We have a great deal of family and friends in the area so it will be very personal for us.”

For more information as well tickets head to www.comicconrevolution.com/westpalmbeach/

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About Comic Con Revolution

Comic Con Revolution was founded on very simple principles.  We are excited to celebrate comics and the creative arts.  At the absolute core of what we do are the creators themselves.  The people who create the comics, games, toys, film, movies and more that we all love.  Without their tireless dedication to creating the fantastic worlds we all get lost in, events like Comic Con Revolution would not be possible.  We strive to create the best possible experience for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike.  Our team of event industry veterans are dedicated to working hard to create that experience for each of you.

About Atomic Crush Events

Atomic Crush Events is an event consultation and management company that was founded on experience and innovation.  Bringing together expertise in event management, marketing, sales and business development to create a unique team that can analyze and identify the best course of action when developing a live event.  Our philosophy is simple – create the best experience possible for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike.

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