SC – Power Man & Iron Fist #1 Signing

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Artist Sanford Greene, whose work has graced the pages of comic book series including Runaways, Shaft, Wonder Girl, and more, appears at Borderlands Comics & Games on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 11:00 AM till 3:00 PM to celebrate the release of Marvel’s all-new, all-different POWER MAN & IRON FIST #1! The original Heroes For Hire are back!

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Borderlands Comics & Games
1434 Laurens Road, Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 235-3488

Rhode Island Comic-Con 2015 Report (with an interview with Chris Claremont)!

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I went to Rhode Island to see John and Chris. John is my best friend of 25 years. We have been through it all: four divorces (two each), five marriages (he can make it six), new careers, new houses, and the almost-death of his first son, Jonathan, back in 2000. John and I have been to a number of conventions together (see here, for example), and it was time to add the Rhode Island Comic-Con to our roll.

Chris is Chris Claremont. I love John like a brother, but let’s be clear: Chris is what drew me, a lifelong Southerner, to New England on the cusp of winter (November 5-8). I have been a fan of Chris since high school, when my friend Margot introduced me to a pretty cool comic called The Uncanny X-Men. The first issue I bought was #216. I read it, was hooked, and started buying it each month. My father noticed my zeal, and realizing he could teach investment skills while doing something fun with his soon-to-be-too-old-for-him son, he started advancing me allowances to buy back issues. I learned to grade comics and spot value, and within a year, I owned issues as far back as #12, the first appearance of Juggernaut.

I just realized: that was when Stan Lee was still writing the series.

Eventually, I let my collection stagnate, and then I sold it in 1999 for a couple thousand bucks so I could marry wife #2. (Now I don’t have her or the comics, and guess which I miss more?) But I never forgot my adoration of Chris Claremont. Then I saw he would be in Rhode Island, and I called John, with whom I hadn’t planned a trip all year. John said, “I’m in,” and I thought, You better be.

Rhode Island Comic-Con isn’t as large as San Diego or C2E2, and it isn’t as venerable as, say, DragonCon. But it is on the rise. I had this brought home to me when I talked to Susan Soares, the director of media. She told me she was expecting 60,000 attendees. In 2012, there were 16,000. This is an increase of 275%—in only three years! It is the “largest and most income-generating event in the state,” according to Susan, who expects the convention to keep growing because (1) Rhode Island is not a saturated market, (2) the staff is professional and easy-going, and (3) they advertise the heck out of it.

The growth hasn’t been easy to manage, however. In 2014, the convention made headlines for the wrong reasons, overselling and getting shut down for half a day by the Providence fire marshal (see this link for the full story). I asked Susan how that contretemps would be avoided this year, and she outlined a three-part strategy:

Expansion. Last year’s event was confined to the convention center in downtown Providence. This year, they planned to situate some elements (like the dealer room) in the adjacent Dunkin Donuts Center.

Day 3. Instead of being Saturday and Sunday only, this year’s convention would start on Friday.

Scanned badges. Using the New York Comic-Con model, convention employees would scan badges as people enter and exit. This would allow them to track how many people are in the convention center at any time, thereby not exceeding capacity and getting shut down.

Overall, the strategy was a success. They had sold out of Saturday one-day tickets by 11:00am on Saturday, but I heard no other accounts of people being turned away. There were, however, navigation problems. In a convention spread across two buildings, I was surprised by the dearth of directional signs. Plus there were no printed maps—the only map was on the mobile app—so all weekend, I heard people murmuring “Where is the dealer room?” or “I can’t find Vic Mignogna’s table!”

After two circumnavigations of artist alley, I found Chris Claremont, who had been gracious enough to agree to an interview.

Me: Chris, I want you to know: you are the reason I am at this convention. I wanted to see you. Princess Leia? Pssssh. Besides, she cancelled.

Chris: Oh, really? She cancelled?

Me: Yeah. [And she wasn’t the only one. Nearly a dozen celebrities were quietly flensed from the web site as of Friday morning. I’m used to one or two no-shows, but double digits?]

Chris: The funniest thing I’ve heard is the projected opening weekend gross for that film global is one billion. I saw the very first show of Star Wars at the Astor Plaza in New York, and it was empty. It gradually filled up, but there were empty seats, and we figured, nice movie when it started, but when it finished, it was like, holy shit. We walked out the door, and the line was four-deep around the block, and it didn’t go away for about three months.

Me: Speaking of movies, what do you think about Marvel’s movies, especially X-Men?

Chris: So far, Marvel has done very, very well. Kevin Feige is a brilliant film exec. Lauren Shuler-Donner is a brilliant film exec. Between the two of them, they have nailed the Marvel pantheon. The X-Men movies maybe aren’t as financially lucrative as The Avengers. On the other hand, the casting of them is breathtaking, from the first X-Men to Days of Future Past—and, from all accounts, Apocalypse. Kevin, by the same token, starting with Iron Man, it’s been an incredible ride. I mean, Ant-Man? Who would have thought Ant-Man?

Me: Ant-Man was good.

Chris: That’s the point. It was good. And, more importantly, the actors playing the roles seem to enjoy the experience. They want to come back for more.

Me: Did you have any involvement in the X-Men movies?

Chris: Well, I helped crystallize the deal that got it all started back in the beginning, when I was briefly an executive at Marvel. I provided north of 80 percent of the source material for the characters. I mean, they’re all my guys and gals. And two-thirds of them are pretty much straight adaptations of my work. I suppose you could honestly say it was all my fault.

Me: And we’re very grateful.

Chris: Actually, the funny part is, every so often I sneak into the Marvel movies. Scarlett Johannson’s secret identity in Iron Man 2, when she walks into Tony’s house and is introduced as Natalie Rushman . . . well, Natalie Rushman is a secret identity that I invented for the Black Widow when she did a four-part team-up where she had lost her memory as the Black Widow and thought she was a schoolteacher from Boston named Natalie Rushman [this takes place in Marvel Team-Up #82-85, and the alias is actually Nancy Rushman].

Me: Cool. Switching gears a little, you’ve written comic books, and you’ve written prose novels. What’s the difference in writing the two?

Chris: When you’re writing comics, the writer’s job is to tell the story to the visual artist. All the work that goes into writing a novel goes into describing the scene. [He opens a copy of Marada the She-Wolf. A Red Sonja-like character, Marada was created by Chris and the English artist John Bolton.] So it’s describing this scene so that John Bolton could bring it to life brilliantly. Which he does. It’s giving him the sequence of events and allowing him to do what he does best, which is draw a picture that makes you go, wow! When I first drafted this scene, there was going to be lots of dialogue about how she lost her father, lost her mother, yadda yadda yadda, blah blah blah. But when I got to the scene, when you see the images, when you get to this image, you don’t need any words. I mean, if you can’t figure out what’s going on, if you can’t figure out the emotional relationships just from looking at it, then neither of us is doing our job. John did his job brilliantly, unlike me talking now. The key to being a writer in comics is to know when to shut the hell up and let the artist do the work.

Me: So would your instructions for that panel be “Have someone lying on the bed,” or would you describe exactly how it should look?

Chris: Well, depends on the scene. Marvel did a 9/11 remembrance book [Heroes, released December 2001] where a writer and an artist would team up to do a poster commemorating what happened and how they felt about it, and when my page came around, I spent about 2,000 words describing the scene, and Salvador [Larocca] just drew this brilliant, brilliant picture, and as far as I was concerned, it didn’t need anything more from me. I had done my work, he had done his work, and the end result was brilliant.

Me: Very good. So you were inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame earlier this year. What was that like?

Chris: A lot of fun. One of the more unexpected things in my life. It’s way too cool for the likes of me.

Me: It doesn’t surprise me at all.

Chris: Well, you can think that. I’m not supposed to because I’m supposed to be shy and modest. But it’s way cool.

Me: When did you start doing conventions?

Chris: When they started asking me. How else can you meet the fans? In the old days, it was more fun because people would write letters, and the nice thing about them is it tells you what they were thinking of and how they were reacting to specific issues. Now it’s all posted online, and you seriously have to go looking for it. There aren’t that many hours in a day. But conventions are a really nice way of putting a face on the readership.

Me: What are a couple of your more memorable convention experiences?

Chris: Just meeting people. It’s a weird sensation when you run into creators, actors, people you’ve respected, and they tell you how cool you are, and you go, “No no no, that’s my line.”

Me: Do fans ever just go to pieces meeting you? Do they cry? Hyperventilate?

Chris: Oh yeah. But the cool thing is that now I’m starting to see a lot more young kids coming, which leads one to believe there’s hope.

Me: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Chris: Get a day job [laughs]. Being a writer is like being an artist: if you’ve got the bug, you do it. You don’t argue. You can’t argue. Then it’s just a matter of kicking at the wall until something sells. And then, once you make the first sell, you go for the second, then the third, then the fourth, and so on. There’s no real secret to being a writer. There’s just having an idea and then having the madcap determination to see it through to fruition.

You might assume this is an excerpt from the interview. It is not. This short conversation lasted over 20 minutes because we were sitting at Chris’s table in artist alley, and he was signing books all the while. My recording of the interview is peppered with crowd noise, his sidebars with other fans, and announcements blasted over the PA system. Chris had trouble getting into the convention—apparently, his vendor badge could not be located—and the interview started late, when he already had more people waiting for him than a Soviet bread line. Yet it was one of my best interviews ever. Chris is articulate and witty, and he cares a lot for his fans. Though I didn’t hyperventilate, meeting Chris Claremont is one of the highlights of my life. And it happened at Rhode Island Comic-Con.

The rest of the convention was as you might expect. Dunkin Donuts Center is a basketball arena, which makes it an odd venue for a convention. The dealer room was on the court, which was roomy, but some of the celebrities were tucked away in what looked like janitor closets. Know who had the longest signing lines that I saw? Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke—you know, SpongeBob and Patrick, which confirms my theory that the next growth market for collectors is 1990s memorabilia.

There were few fan-led panels, which disappointed John. Such panels were the seed of conventions back in the 1970s, but they are in danger of disappearing in this bigger-is-better era. John likes the panels. He considers himself a fan but not a super-fan. The super-fan award goes to the girl I saw at Jim Beaver’s table. Tears streaked her teenaged face, and after she and her mother walked away, they stopped and hugged as though a dog had died.

Friends, that is fandom. That is love. Wil Wheaton says that the defining characteristic of being a nerd is that “we love things. Some of us love Firefly and some of us love Game of Thrones, or Star Trek, or Star Wars, or anime, or games, or fantasy, or science fiction. Some of us love completely different things. But we all love those things SO much that we travel for thousands of miles … we come from all over the world, so that we can be around people who love the things the way that we love them.”

Rhode Island was a great place to go for love. The convention is young, so I have no doubt they will work out the problems of limited space and no maps and unreliable celebs. Every staff member I saw, every volunteer I talked to, was a delight, which confirms what Susan Soares told me in the beginning.

So if you have the chance, go to Rhode Island Comic-Con next November. Buy your badge early. Study the schedule. Stay hydrated. It will be one of your best shows all year.

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John and I weren’t the only attendees.

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This guy was also there. Wait, he’s at every convention!

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Due to the no-weapons policy, this guy wasn’t allowed to be armed.

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Chris Claremont signs my comic.

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The Fonz tells me to leave the convention.

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Whoops! This isn’t the way to the men’s room.

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An angel just below my shoulder.

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Various winners from Saturday night’s costume contest, which had 70-80 total entries.

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“You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.”

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Jim Beaver asked me where I am from. “North Carolina,” I said. He nodded and said, “That explains it.” I wanted to say, “Right. Like Bobby Singer doesn’t have a rural accent!”

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John and Groot, not seeing eye-to-eye.

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“Uh, Doctor? I think you regenerated a little too far back.”

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This gal is a great little Kidder.

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Not something you see at most conventions, but a good idea.

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This guy also shows up at every convention. It’s like he has a time machine or something.

Steel City Con 2016 Announces Guests

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Steel City Con returns to the Monroeville Convention Center on April 15 – April 17, 2016 with guests including Scott Wilson, Drea de Matteo, Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Barbara Eden, Kristanna Loken, David Prowse, Jon Heder, Julie Benz, Tony Todd, Dee Wallace, Shirley Jones, Erik Estrada, Mick Foley, Sandahl Bergman, Terry Kiser, Eddie Deezen, and many more!

The Steel City Con is the exclusive comic con of the Monroeville Convention Center.  It is one of the largest comic cons in the United States with over 100,000 square feet of convention space and filled with 750 vendor tables,  artist alley, and celebrity guests.  At the Steel City Con you can meet TV and film celebrities along with experience celebrity Q&As, panels, celebrity photo ops, and the Artist Charity Quick Sketch. You can also take part in the Steel City Con’s cosplay, trivia contest and costume contests!

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Single day tickets or 3 day pass available now: www.steelcitycon.com/buy-tickets
Show Info: www.steelcitycon.com

Make Way for Huge Group of ECCC Comic Guests

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Emerald City Comicon makes a big announcement with several new comic creator guests added for the 2016 convention including Klaus Janson (DARK KNIGHT III), Ming Doyle (CONSTANTINE), Todd Nauck (NIGHTCRAWLER), Mairghread Scott (POWER RANGERS), Pierrick Colinet (INFINITE LOOP), Francis Manapul (JUSTICE LEAGUE), Joshua Williamson (BIRTHRIGHT), Annie Wu (BLACK CANARY), Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS), Don Rosa (UNCLE SCROOGE), Shannon Watters (LUMBERJANES), Elsa Charretier (C.O.W.L.), Cully Hamner (RED), Drew Johnson (WONDER WOMAN), and more! Plus voice actors Linda Ballantyne (SAILOR MOON), Nolan North (UNCHARTED), and Susan Roman (SAILOR MOON).

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Previously announced celebrity guests include:
Christy Carlson Romano (KIM POSSIBLE, EVEN STEVENS), Chyler Leigh (SUPERGIRL), Dameon Clarke (DRAGON BALL Z, BORDERLANDS 2), Danielle Panabaker (THE FLASH, JUSTIFIED), Dante Basco (HOOK, AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER), David Anders (IZOMBIE, ONCE UPON A TIME), Jenna Coleman (DOCTOR WHO, LEGO DIMENSIONS), Keiynan Lonsdale (THE FLASH), Ksenia Solo (LOST GIRL), Lana Parrilla (ONCE UPON A TIME, 24), Melissa Benoist (SUPERGIRL), Nathan Fillion (FIREFLY, CASTLE), Robbie Amell (THE FLASH, X-FILES), Rose McIver (IZOMBIE, ONCE UPON A TIME), Sean Astin (GOONIES, LORD OF THE RINGS), Sean Maguire (ONCE UPON A TIME, SCOTT & BAILEY), Will Friedle (BATMAN BEYOND, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, BOY MEETS WORLD)

Comic guests include:
Aaron Conley (SABERTOOTH SWORDSMAN), Aaron Kuder (ACTION COMICS), Adam Gorham (DEAD DROP), Alé Garza (GET JIRO: BLOOD & SUSHI), Alex de Campi (NO MERCY), Amy Chu (POISON IVY), Babs Tarr (BATGIRL), Brittney Williams (PATSY WALKER aka HELLCAT), Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR), Chad Hardin (HARLEY QUINN), Chris Burnham (BATMAN INC.), Chris Mooneyham (FIVE GHOSTS), Chris Moreno (ZOMBIE DICKHEADS ), Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE), Clay Mann (POISON IVY), Dan Parent (KEVIN KELLER), Daniel Warren Johnson (THE GHOST FLEET), Dice Tsutsumi (ICE AGE), Dustin Nguyen (DESCENDER), Ed Brisson (SHELTERED), Ed Luce (WUVABLE OAF), Emi Lenox (PLUTONA), Emanuela Lupacchino (SUPERGIRL), Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner (GREEN LANTERN), Faith Erin Hicks (THE NAMELESS CITY), Fiona Staples (SAGA), Hope Larson (A WRINKLE IN TIME), Jake Wyatt (MS. MARVEL), James Harren (RUMBLE), Jason Howard (TREES), Jim Mahfood (EVERYBODY LOVES TANK GIRL), Jody Houser (FAITH), Joe Keatinge (SHUTTER), Kei Acedera (ALICE IN WONDERLAND), Kevin Wada (CATWOMAN), Kris Anka (CAPTAIN MARVEL), Lee Weeks (DAREDEVIL), Leila del Duca (SHUTTER), Liz Prince (WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME IF I WET THE BED?), Marcus To (RED ROBIN), Marguerite Bennett (A-FORCE), Matthew Southworth (STUMPTOWN), Mitch Gerads (THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON), Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), Nick Pitarra (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS), Noelle Stevenson (NIMONA), Philip Tan (GREEN LANTERN), Raina Telgemeier (SISTERS), Sean Gordon Murphy (TOKYO GHOST), Shawn Crystal (ARKHAM MANOR), Terry Moore (RACHEL RISING), Tim Sale (CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE), and many more!

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Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) is the premier comic book & pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Join us April 7-10, 2016. For tickets and more information please go to the website: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

HeroesCon 2016 Tickets Now On-Sale

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Tickets for HeroesCon 2016, which will be held on Friday, June 17th – Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the Charlotte Convention Center, are now available for sale online! HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center. Get tickets at the link!

Guests include:
KRIS ANKA | Captain Marvel, X-Men, X-Force, Wolverine
JOHN BEATTYSecret Wars, Punisher, Batman, Thanos Quest
REILLY BROWN Lobo, Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet, Incredible Hercules
RYAN BROWNE | God Hates Astronauts, Manhattan Projects, Bedlam
RICHARD CASE | Spider-Man, Doom Patrol, Hunter: The Age of Magic, Annie Ammo
RYAN CODY |Doc Unknown, Monstrous, The Phantom
JAMIE COSLEY | Cody the Cavalier
KELLY SUE DECONNICK | Bitch Planet, Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel
MARC DEERING | Supergirl, Legion
DARRYL “DMC” MCDANIEL (Presented by Pros For Life) | DMC
MICHEL FIFFE Copra, Zegas, Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies
CHARLES FORSMAN | Revenger, TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer
MATT FRACTION | Sex Criminals, Casanova, ODY-C, Hawkguy
RAMONA FRADONAquaman, Metamorpho
SANFORD GREENEPower Man & Iron Fist, Runaways, Rotten Apple, Deadpool
GENE GONZALES | DC Comics Licensing Artist, Iron Man 2 Cards, Diary of Night
JASON GONZALEZ La Mano Del Destino
PAUL GULACYMaster of Kung Fu, Sabre, Batman, Slash Maraud, Catwoman
KEENAN MARSHALL KELLER | The Humans, Galactic Breakdown, Force Majeure
JASON LATOUR | Southern Bastards, Spider-Gwen, Loose Ends, Winter Soldier
DREW MOSS | Terrible Lizard, The Colonized, The Crow: Pestilence, In the Dark
TOM NEELY | The Humans, Henry & Glenn Forever, The Blot
JOE PEKAR | Grimm Fairy Tales, Brandi Bare, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
MATTHEW ROBERTS Manifest Destiny, Battle Pope: Mayhem
ROBBI RODRIGUEZ | Spider-Gwen, Frankie Get Your Gun, FBP, Uncanny X-Force
MARK SCHULTZXenozoic Tales, Carbon, SubHuman
BEN SEARS | Double+, Pressure/Sensitivity, As You Were
CHRISTOPHER SEBELA | High Crimes, Ghost, Dead Letters, Alien Vs. Predator
BRIAN STELFREEZEBlack Panther, Day Men, Wednesday Comics
WILLIAM STOUTHeavy Metal, Wizards, Alien Worlds, Hallucinations
BABS TARR | Batgirl, Bosozoku Sailor Scouts, Lady Knights//Women Warriors
RICH TOMMASO | Dark Corridor, The Horror Of Collier County, 8 1/2 Ghosts
CHRIS VISIONS | Dead Letters, Spider-Gwen, Scarlet Witch, Devils on the Levee
KEVIN WADA | She-Hulk, Catwoman, X-Men, Adventure Time
JAKE WYATT | Necropolis, Ms Marvel, Hulk
SKOTTIE YOUNG | I Hate Fairyland, Rocket Racoon, Fortunately the Milk, Oz
& MANY MORE!

HeroesCon 2016 Artists Alley tables are on sale NOW! Reserve your table at America’s Favorite COMIC Convention today! Click the link for prices and further details.

Heroes Convention is not only one of the most recognizable names on the comics convention circuit, but has a well-deserved reputation as a convention that puts comics first, meaning aisles packed with fans looking for new comics and comic-related merchandise to check out. Our 2016 HeroesCon will be one of our biggest yet, and booth space is fully expected to sell out well in advance of the show. No space is reserved without payment in full: act now to reserve your 6′ table, 2 chairs and 2 badges!

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Planet Comicon 2016 Welcomes Stan Lee

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Press Release:

Stan Lee, the guy who created and co-created hundreds of iconic superheroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, and Thor, is coming to Planet Comicon Kansas City at Bartle Hall May 20, 21 and 22. The legendary former publisher of Marvel Comics is scheduled to sign autographs, pose with fans for photo opportunities, and appear on stage for a Q&A session.

“Every year the show gets better,” said Planet Comicon Kansas City founder and CEO Christopher Jackson. “We are incredibly excited and truly honored to have Stan Lee coming to Kansas City. He is a visionary who has brought a whole pantheon of modern mythology to life. The incredible imagination of Stan Lee fills our theaters, toy stores, and television screens.”

Planet Comicon Kansas City has exploded in popularity and attendance since moving to the monster space at Bartle Hall in 2012. The annual show draws legions of fans of superheroes, science fiction, animation, television, movies, fantasy, and gaming, with acres of interactive exhibits, live art, costumes, performances and collectibles.

Other celebrity guests already announced for Planet Comicon in 2016 include Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica, Miami Vice), Eve Myles (Doctor Who, Torchwood), Sean Maher (Firefly), and Jason Mewes (Clerks, Mallrats). Other comic creator guests include Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin), Jason Aaron (Star Wars, Thor), Joe Staton (Green Lantern, Dick Tracy), Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, The Sixth Gun), Brian Hurtt (The Sixth Gun, Queen & Country), Matt Kindt (Rai, Ninjak), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Freddie E. Williams II (Batman/TMNT), Dennis Hopeless (Spider-Woman), Phil Hester (Green Arrow, The Flash: Season Zero), Rick Burchett (Lady Sabre, Batman Adventures), and more!

Enter to Win a Stan Lee V.I.P. Package“We will continue to announce celebrity guests over the next few months,” Jackson said. “The final roster will include more than 25 celebrities who will be available to meet with their fans. Planet Comicon is designed for every fan in the family. We work for a great balance of comic book creators, celebrity guests, cosplay events, vendors, gaming, children’s activities, performances, and panel programming. That’s what has kept our event growing year after year.”

Last year’s Planet Comicon Kansas City drew a record-setting 54,000 fans to Bartle Hall, but Jackson expects the 2016 show to be the biggest yet.

Jackson noted that, “For the past two years, Planet Comicon has been on the same weekend as the Big 12 basketball tournament, which strained the limits of hotel rooms, parking, and other downtown accommodations. Our event has now moved to May, and we expect that to allow us to grow our show and improve the experience for fans even more.”

Tickets for Planet Comicon Kansas City will be available at the door. In addition, advance memberships that include admission to the event can be purchased at the Planet Comicon Kansas City website, www.planetcomicon.com. A limited number of Stan Lee autograph and photo packages will be available and can be pre-purchased on the website.

“This will be Mr. Lee’s first such appearance in Kansas City and we are extremely excited to welcome him as our guest of honor at Planet Comicon,” Jackson said. “We expect the Stan Lee packages to sell out in advance of the show, so fans who want to meet him should book their packages well ahead of time.”

Lee has appeared in more than 30 movies, including cameos in nearly every Marvel movie. He was recently named the most successful filmmaker of all time, as his legendary creations have grossed $15 billion worldwide.

FOUNDED IN 1999, PLANET COMICON KANSAS CITY is Kansas City’s largest and longest-running comic book convention and pop culture expo, featuring the best in comic books, fantasy, science fiction television and movies. Past Planet Comicon guests have included William Shatner, Stephen Amell, Lou Ferrigno, Adam West, Kenny Baker, Cary Elwes, Karen Gillan and many more. Memberships that include admission can be purchased on the event website, www.planetcomicon.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

IL – New Suicide Squad #17 Signing

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Tim Seeley signs at Graham Cracker Comics on Wednesday February 10th from noon till 3:00 PM to! Tim is the writer of the hit GRAYSON and now NEW SUICIDE SQUAD series for DC Comics and creator/writer on the Image series REVIVAL as well as the writer/artist/creator of the cult favorite HACK/SLASH comic series!

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

William Shatner Beams Down to Boston Comic Con 2016

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Iconic actor WILLIAM SHATNER beams down to Boston Comic Con to celebrate the 50th anniversary of STAR TREK, the most beloved sci-fi franchise in history! As Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Shatner led the intrepid crew of the starship Enterprise through the eponymous television series, an animated show, and seven feature films as well as participating in the creation of comic books, video games, novels, and more. This is the exclusive New England convention appearance by Starfleet’s most venerated hero in 2016!

William Shatner has cultivated a career spanning over 50 years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, and recording artist. In addition to Star Trek he has played the title character in the cop drama TJ Hooker, hosted the reality show Rescue 911, and memorably starred as attorney Denny Crane in both The Practice and its spinoff Boston Legal, a role which earned him two Emmys and a Golden Globe award. He is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures with many other notable appearances including The Twilight Zone, The Man from UNCLE, Mission: Impossible, Miss Congeniality, and numerous commercials as a celebrity pitchman. He has also written the TekWar series of science fiction novels which was adapted for television.

William Shatner will appear at Boston Comic Con on Friday August 12th and Saturday August 13th ONLY. Further details including signing times, photo ops, and VIP packages will be forthcoming as the show draws closer. Please follow our social media for updates and more guest announcements.

Tickets for Boston Comic Con will go on-sale on Friday February 12th.

About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 12th, Saturday August 13th, and Sunday August 14th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

WI – Walking Dead Co-Creator Signing

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Tony Moore, co-creator and original artist of THE WALKING DEAD and artist of DEADPOOL, VENOM, FEAR AGENT, GHOST RIDER, PUNISHER, and so many more, appears at House of Heroes Comics on Monday, February 8, 2016 from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Bring your own books, buy some at House of Heroes, and/or pick up some rad merch and art prints from the wide variety he’ll have available – including a signed and numbered limited edition screen-printed tour poster (only 10 available per shop!) Walking Dead #150 cover prints, and a chance to win a super-rare painted Sketch Variant Walking Dead #1 Artist Proof Edition (only 1 per shop!).

There will also be hosting a Walking Deadpool costume contest with Tony Moore being the judge! Interpret “Walking Deadpool” anyway you want to and come in for your chance to win super cool prizes!

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House of Heroes Comics + Games
407 N Main St, Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 231-5500

Orlando Toy & Comic Con Returns

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Orlando Toy and Comic Con returns on Sunday January 31st, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at a new location, the Holiday Inn in Orlando, FL! Guests include Darwyn Cooke (The Twilight Children, Catwoman), Amanda Conner (Starfire, Harley Quinn), Jimmy Palmiotti (Power Girl, Jonah Hex), Tony S. Daniel (Batman & Robin Eternal, Teen Titans), Billy Tucci (Shi, Sgt. Rock), Tim Townsend (Doctor Strange, Uncanny X-Men), John Layman (Chew, Batman Eternal), and more!

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