Artist Nick Bradshaw (Spidey, Guardians of the Galaxy, Wolverine and the X-Men) appears at The Comic Book Shoppe on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM! Sketches may be available for donations as well, depending on turnout and demand. Kids under 12 get sketches for FREE!
The Comic Book Shoppe
228 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 1X1
The next Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on October 21-23, 2016, at the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Friday, October 21: 2-8 pm with after-hours programming until 11 pm
Saturday, October 22: 10 am-7 pm with after hours programming until 11 pm
Sunday, October 23: 10 am until 5 pm
3-day pass: $40 advance, $50 at door
Friday only: $15 advance, $20 door
Saturday only: $20 advance, $25 door
Sunday only: $17 advance, $22 door
VIP pass: $149 advance only
Link to tickets is here.
Celebrity Guest List:
Wil Traval: “Jessica Jones”, “Arrow”, “Once Upon A Time”
Denise Crosby: Lt. Tasha Yar in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the leader of Terminus in “The Walking Dead”
Bruno Gunn: Brutus in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Sean Maher: Dr. Simon Tam in “Firefly”, Nightwing in several DC Comics animed Batman movies
Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios in “Star Wars Rebels”, Spike Spiegel in “Cowboy Bebop”, Wolverine in numerous X-Men animated features
Bryce Papnebrook: Eren Jaeger in “Attack On Titan”, Rin in “Blue Exorcist”
Austin St. John: The original Red Ranger in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”
Steve Cardenas: Rocky DeSantos/Red Ranger in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”
Robin Shelby: Slimer in Ghostbusters 2 and Lady Slimer in Ghostbusters (2016)
Russell Hodgkinson: Doc in “Z-Nation”
Felix Silla: “Buck Rogers In The 25th Century”, “The Addams Family”, Star Wars: Episode VI–Return Of The Jedi
Rob Miller: “Face Off”
Dr. Mortose: local horror host
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) Cast Reunion!
Michelan Sisti * Leif Tilden * Josh Pais
Comic Guest List:
Kevin Eastman: co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Jae Lee: Batman/Superman, Before Watchmen: Ozymandias
Bob Camp: creatiuve writer/director of Ren and Stimpy
Joe Rubinstein: Wolverine, Micronauts, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
Stuart Sayger: The Walking Dead, Bionicle
Tony Kordos: Batman and Robin Eternal
Rodney Ramos: Transmetropolitan
Steve Lieber: Whiteout, The Spectacular Foes Of Spider-Man
Jeff Balke: Deadpooh, Fantastic Four
Allen Bellman: Golden Age artist for Captain America
Greg Weisman: Gargoyles, Star Wars Rebels
Vince Locke: Sandman, Deadworld
J. David Spurlock: publisher on Vanguard Publishing
Tony Isabella: Black Lightning, 1000 Comic Books You Must Read
K. Lynn Smith: Plume, Cards Against Humanity
Jeff Carlisle: The Guild, Star Wars, Doctor Who
William Messner-Loebs: The Flash, Wonder Woman
Dirk Manning: Legends Of Oz, Nightmare World
Jason Moore: Batman: Haunted Gotham, The Crusades
Arvell Jones: All-Star Squadron, The Avengers
Jeff Balke: Fantastic Four, Deadpooh
Comfort and Adam: The Uniques, Rainbows In The Dark
Jon Alderink: Superman, Justice League: Generation Lost
Dan Monroe: children’s book illustrator
Tyler and Sara Sowles: Durontus: The Lost Serpent, G-Fan magazine
…plus an extensive artist alley!
Best Selling Authors:
Anne Bishop: The Others, Black Jewels
Susan Dennard: Truthwitch, Something Strange and Deadly
Adam Bray: Marvel, Star Wars technical manuals
Eric Telchin: Black and White Factory
Courtney Allison Moulton: Angelfire
MarcyKate Connolly: Monstrous, Ravenous
New! Kids Area in Exhibit Hall C, including a huge LEGOs display, Hot Wheels track, Star wars coloring area, two science exhibits, and a ton more. Check it out!
100,000 square foot vending hall
Film festival (link here)
Electronic and board/card gaming rooms
Comic and 1950’s sci-fi displays
100-plus hours of programming
More information: www.grcomiccon.com
Writer MARJORIE LIU (Han Solo, Black Widow, Astonishing X-Men) appears at Harvard COOP on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM!
New York Times-bestselling author Marjorie Liu shares the first installment in her new gripping graphic novel series, Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening. Described as “a delight” by Neil Gaiman, Marjorie and illustrator Sana Takeda have created a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk that will have readers highly anticipating the next book in the series. Monstress tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.
1400 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02238
Via Steel City Con:
DANA DeLORENZO – JUST ANNOUNCED!
The Steel City Comic Con is very pleased to announce that actress and former radio personality and producer, Dana DeLorenzo will be attending the upcoming show! She currently stars as Kelly Maxwell in Ash vs Evil Dead. Dana will be joining Ray Santiago and Jill Marie Jones for an amazing reunion of 3 main cast members of Ash vs, Evil Dead TV series!
ticket availability at www.steelcitycon.com
Dana DeLorenzo will be available for signings and professional photo ops. Don’t miss this rare opportunity.
JILL MARIE JONES – JUST ANNOUNCED!
The Steel City Comic Con is pleased to announce that Jill Marie Jones will be attending the upcoming Steel City Comic Con!
Jones is best known for her role as Antoinette “Toni” Childs-Garrett on the UPN comedy series, Girlfriends (2000-2006). Jones later has appeared in a number of films, and had the recurring role as Cynthia Irving on the Fox supernatural series, Sleepy Hollow. From 2015 to 2016, she starred as Amanda Fisher in the Starz horror-comedy series, Ash vs Evil Dead.
ticket availability at www.steelcitycon.com
Jill Marie Jones will be available for signings and professional photo ops. Don’t miss this rare opportunity.
Overheard on an Atlanta street corner:
“Look at that person with blue hair.”
“No, over there.”
“Oh, I see.”
“Cool, isn’t it?”
“Yeah. What other place can you say, ‘No, the other person with blue hair.”
The “place,” of course, was DragonCon. September 2-5. I have been for the last six years, but this year was special: the 30th anniversary. It started in two downtown hotels, Hyatt and Marriott. The Hilton was added later, then the Sheraton and Westin. When five hotels were not enough space, the vendors were moved into the AmericasMart, a four-building, seven-million-square-foot trade show monolith. This year, AmericasMart became the new home of two other DragonCon mainstays, tabletop gaming (formerly in the Hilton) and Comic and Pop Artist Alley (neé the Hyatt)—evidence that DragonCon, despite its venerability, is still figuring things out. Perhaps that is how it became venerable: refusing to be complacent.
And more growth is on the way. Some programming was held on Thursday this year, and according to media director Dan Carroll, we will see Thursday “full-time real soon.” My colleague Michaela McPherson has written about shifts in the Saturday morning parade. This was the inaugural year for the Dragon Awards, a fan-driven awards program to “recognize the creators of science fiction and fantasy in books, comic books, games and filmed entertainment,” according to a press release. (Awards results are located here.) Attendance grew this year as it does every year, with over 77,000 showing up–and, in some cases, suiting up–for the weekend. These attendees walked (Walk to End Lupus Now), gave blood (about 6,000 units), raised money ($98,000 for the Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency through auctions, karaoke, a lip-synch battle, and other events), and enjoyed the 400+ actors, artists, writers, and other guests who formed the convention’s foundation.
I was excited about one guest I had never seen at DragonCon, or any convention: Christopher Paolini, author of the four-volume Inheritance Cycle. Paolini wrote the first volume, Eragon, the story of a farm boy who protects a dragon egg from an evil king, when he was a teenager. His parents self-published the book, and for a year, Paolini promoted it himself at libraries, book shows, and other events. In 2002, the book came to the attention of the publisher Alfred A. Knopf, which re-released the book a year later. This led to three other books, the last one appearing in 2011.
On Friday night, Paolini was one of several panelists for a discussion of self-publishing. The other panelists were freelance writer/editor Jaym Gates, editor Dayna Linton, Baen Books publisher Toni Weisskopf, writer Chris Kennedy, and Todd McCaffrey, son of Anne McCaffrey and custodian of her Pern universe, to which he has contributed several volumes. Some highlights from the panel:
- McCaffrey: The biggest mistake in self-publishing is to “think you can do everything yourself.”
- Eragon was a family project. Paolini’s father, who had press experience, designed the book. Paolini drew the cover and the maps. They borrowed money to finance the printing (the first 50 copies were cut wrong). He dressed in medieval costume and made presentations to schools, libraries, and bookstores. Sold maybe 15 books at a time. Two chain bookstores rejected him, saying the novel was “not commercially viable.”
- Gates: “Readers and writers have different ideas of what works.” This led to a vigorous discussion of the value of editing. It’s the biggest difference between professional publishing and self-publishing (a view echoed by this Slate article). Writers know their own story, but editors are storehouses of stories. They understand the market, and what will appeal to readers. Thus, they can guide the author, helping to bring out his/her voice. As Gates said, “it is the editor’s job to help the writer say what he/she wants to say in the best way.”
- Paolini was skeptical of the wisdom of a beginning writer paying for editorial services, but the other panelists–I won’t say they shouted him down, but they were unified in saying that it would be money well spent. Paolini did agree on the worth of an editor, saying an editor “can fix bad writing. They can’t fix a bad story.” Bottom line: the author has a job, and the editor has a job. Good books result when each person does their job.
- McCaffrey talked about “hybrid authors”–authors who write for traditional publishers and do some self-publishing. Here is a good discussion of this type of writer. The panel agreed that the hybrid approach is the best, blending the advantages of self-publishing (speed; flexibility; more profit per sale) with the comfort of traditional publishing (editorial, design, and marketing services; bulk sales; multi-book deals; advances against royalties). More authors are taking this approach, which is new in the history of publishing. According to Weisskopf, the “received wisdom” used to be that, if you self-publish, you’ve “tainted the waters and will never get a traditional contract.” The panel agreed that this is no longer the case.
- On traditional contracts: beware the predators. Gates brought up two blog posts by John Scalzi (here and here), who has always been an advocate of authorial self-interest, about Hydra, an imprint of Random House with shockingly bad contract terms. The panel’s message: don’t be so desperate to publish that you’ll sign anything.
All the growth in DragonCon has brought some irritation. At 2:30 on Friday afternoon, the vendor room in the AmericasMart reached capacity and was shut down. I have never experienced that at a convention (I read about it happening a couple of years ago at the Rhode Island Comic-Con). The room was open an hour or so later, I think–I didn’t wait around to find out–so it wasn’t a disastrous inconvenience. But I did find myself wondering, is there no building in Atlanta large enough to handle DragonCon?
The lines in the hotels were certainly longer than ever. I waited nearly two hours to buy Saturday-only badges for members of my party. (It is useless to buy these in advance because DragonCon mails you a card that you have to redeem on-site for a badge.) There may be no space to do this, but I would love to see registration expanded. Or split into two buildings. Why do one-day badges have to be claimed on site? Why can’t they be mailed? One thing is for sure: a single ballroom in the basement of the Sheraton is inadequate for the thousands upon thousands of people who opt for one-day badges.
DragonCon is a study in lines. Walking around the sidewalks, you’ll often see a line with no discernible beginning snaking into an unmarked side door. It’s like a speakeasy line. If you ask someone what they’re waiting for, they respond without confusion, but what if they’re wrong? What if the real purpose of the queue has been miscommunicated all the way down, so that someone who thinks they’re waiting for William Shatner’s photo op is actually in line for the blood bank?
It isn’t that hard to form a line, after all. My wife and I did it for Chris Paolini’s Sunday autograph session, which was scheduled for 2:30. Jim Butcher had started signing in the same room at 1:00. His line was capped at 1:30, and we knew that people looking for Paolini would start showing up soon. So we stood a few feet behind the last person for Jim Butcher and declared it the Start of the Line. Within minutes, a hundred people were standing behind us, and when a DragonCon staffer came along and legitimized us, I felt like Saul Alinsky.
If you have never been to DragonCon, you need to go. It is not the largest convention in the U.S., but it is unique, being spread across five Atlanta hotels. I have often wondered why it doesn’t move to the Georgia International Convention Center or the Georgia World Congress Center. It may need to, especially when attendance reaches 100,000, as I believe it will. But I hope DragonCon doesn’t move. I love the atmosphere of hotel-based conventions. There are other hotels in downtown Atlanta, and maybe DragonCon will incorporate those. Whatever happens, I look forward to many more years of attending this convention, which was my first and will always be one of the best.
Cinderella, Wonder Woman, and an assassin walked into a bar. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. Actually, it was the first day of DragonCon 2016.
DragonCon is one of the largest conventions in the Southeast. This was my third year, but my first as a journalist. Even as a veteran convention goer, you really never know what to expect, especially for a place such as this. With over 75,000 attendees, it’s hard to find the same cosplayer twice, and it’s easy to lose your companions, like the Doctor loses Rose in every episode.
This is especially true of the Saturday morning parade. Several streets in downtown Atlanta are blocked off, and the sidewalks are covered in Disney Princesses, Deadpools, and Batmans (Batmen?) all converging together. It’s one of the few places you can see the Punisher pull Bullseye out of the street to prevent him from being run over by Doc Brown’s DeLorean. Until recently, people could register to be in the parade up until the day before. It has grown so popular, however, that last year registration for the 3,200 slots closed in August. This year, registration closed on March 1st. Also, for the first time, the parade was broadcasted on the CW Network. One of the best things about this parade is the fact that they have a specific place for just the Deadpools to roam, and it’s certainly one of the most popular cosplays done in any convention I have been to.
And then of course, due to the new movie that came out recently, Suicide Squad, my colleague, Anthony Aycock, and I were curious to see just how many Harley Quinns and Jokers there were, but only from that movie. We counted a total of ninety-one Margot Robbie Harley Quinns and nineteen Jared Leto Jokers. Most of the Harleys were in her usual outfit, complete with the shirt that says “Daddy’s Lil’ Monster,” but we noticed some variations. One Harley was wearing the prison uniform from the beginning of the movie, a few were wearing the “stripper” Harley outfit, and then there were a couple that had dressed as Harleen Quinzel, the pre-Harley Quinn – long white lab coat, no nonsense blond bun, and leading a prisoner Joker with a makeshift leash. I also saw one Charlie Quinn, a male Harley with “Mommy’s Lil’ Monster” scrawled on his pecs. I suppose one reason that there were more Harleys than Jokers is because most people seemed to have had a distaste for Leto’s portrayal of him. It might be because I was a fan of 30 Seconds to Mars far before the movie was even thought of, but I actually quite enjoyed it. One criticism I have though is that we didn’t see much into the abusive relationship, and now most couples who are unfamiliar with the characters are thinking “OMG hashtag relationship goals!”
One of the most popular areas of DragonCon is the Walk of Fame, which is overflowing with beloved actors of the traditional and voice kind. A few of my favorites were Carlos Valdes (Cisco from the CW TV show The Flash), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy, Commander Zhao, and Captain Hook), Nolan North (voice of Deadpool in the Deadpool video game, Nathan Drake from Uncharted, and Desmond Miles from the Assassin’s Creed series), and of course William Shatner (you already know who this is).
We stood in line for Nolan North (who was tardy to the party), and ended up talking to his agent for a while. She told us that voice actors usually make around $900 per four hours of work plus residuals (i.e., they get paid each time the episode they were in is broadcast). Anime voice actors make a lot less, roughly $65 per hour. Most conventions guarantee their celebrities a certain amount of money. For example Lana Parrilla of Once Upon a Time gets $10,000 per convention. If her autograph sales fall short of that, the convention makes up the difference. DragonCon, however, does not make guarantees like that. Not even for ol’ Bill Shatner. I found this fascinating, especially how undervalued anime voice actors are. I expect that to change, however, as anime becomes more mainstream.
Finally, Nolan arrived, and I managed to speak to him as he was signing a Deadpool Pop figure for me (I am not a nerd, I swear). Interviews are not allowed in the Walk of Fame, but I wanted to ask him a couple of questions out of my own curiosity. He was so friendly and engaging that it might as well have been an interview.
My first question was what he thought of Ryan Reynolds stealing the spotlight for Deadpool. He said, “There is no spotlight. Ryan does a terrific job, but I do have an idea for a cameo for the next movie. Deadpool is chasing someone, fires a gun, blows a hole in the wall, and behind the wall, I’m standing there wearing headphones, recording Deadpool’s voice for a video game. And Ryan looks at me and says, ‘You sound nothing like me’ and shoots me.” Nolan went on to say how funny Ryan is on Twitter, and I second that since I stalk him too.
My second question was how Nolan felt about the Assassin’s Creed movie coming out in December. He replied, “I’m a big fan of Michael Fassbender [co-producer and star of the movie]. What I like about it is that it will be an original take on the story. It won’t just be the game translated into the movie. The game is the inspiration for a unique movie.”
I stood there with Nolan so long that his agent started clearing her throat—thank goodness I didn’t have a third question—but it was interesting getting his perspective. As a fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, I was a bit tentative to see the movie, but after hearing Mister Desmond Miles himself praise it, I have a bit more hope for how it will turn out. Oh, and when I got his autograph on Friday, it was only $20, but two days later, he was charging $40. Way to up your game, North.
Are you thinking about going to DragonCon? Here are five morsels of advice:
- Bring all the money you have plus what you can bum from your parents and what you can earn by selling a kidney. I’m not saying stuff is overpriced; you’ll just want to buy it all.
- Prepare to stand in line for an hour and a half, feet tired, arms dragging the floor, just to be told to come back later after the actor’s friggin’ panel (I’m looking at you, Carlos Valdes).
- The hotels in downtown Atlanta fill up fast, but don’t worry: you can stay outside the city and just take the MARTA in. It’s quick and cheap. But don’t let the homeless guys take your money—you need it for the autographs and the plushies and the posters and . . . you get the idea.
- Prepare to walk. I know a lot of you like to wear heels everywhere. Don’t. You will not be able to feel anything beyond the blisters that will begin to appear after just the first day.
- Have fun, but not so much it’ll land you in Erewhon.
Now have a look at these pix from DragonCon 2016 . . .
Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world. Congressman Lewis will appear for a signing at the Norcross Cultural Arts Center on Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM! Copies of all three volumes of MARCH will be available from Eagle Eye Books.
Norcross Cultural Arts & Community Center
10 College Street, Norcross, GA 30071
The MASSive Comic Con returns to the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on Saturday June 24th & Sunday 25th in 2017 for more comic book and pop culture fun! The first featured guests to be announced are Harley Quinn co-writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti!
Amanda Conner’s body of work as both an artist and writer includes Power Girl, The Pro, Red Sonja, Starfire, and Painkiller Jane to name just a few!
Jimmy Palmiotti is a writer, penciler, inker, and editor. Pretty much an all around guy! Notable works include Jonah Hex, Harley Quinn, Star Spangled War Stories, Daredevil, and Power Girl.
Attendees can expect a wide assortment of comic book and collectible vendors and artists, special guest artists and celebrities, interactive panels, kids con, after hours events, cosplay groups, movie cars and much more!
September 26, 2016 by Joe Fauvel
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STAR WARS COMES TO PARADISE CITY COMIC CON
December 9-10-11, 2016 at THE GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE CONVENTION CENTER!
Meet David Prowse “DARTH VADER”, Billy Dee Williams “LANDO CALRISSIAN”, Paul Blake “GREEDO”, and Brian Herring “BB-8”.
Paradise City Comic Con is 3 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more!
The guest list is growing weekly, and some of the highlights include:
* Star Wars Cast Members: David Prowse “DARTH VADER”, Billy Dee Williams “LANDO CALRISSIAN”, Paul Blake “GREEDO”, and Brian Herring “BB-8”.
* TV and Movie Stars: Terry Jones (Monty Python), James Marsters (Spike in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Brainiac in Smallville, Captain John Hart in Torchwood), Aaron Stanford (James Cole in 12 Monkeys, Pyro in X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand), Tara Reid (Sharknado, American Pie), Manu Bennett (Crixus in Spartacus, Slade Wilson / Deathstroke in Arrow, Azog, king of the Orcs in The Hobbit trilogy, Allanon in The Shannara Chronicles), Sam Jones (Flash Gordon).
*RWBY Stars: Arryn Zech (Blake Belladonna), Kara Eberle (Weiss Schnee), and Elizabeth Maxwell (Winter Schnee).
Comic Book Creators: Bob Layton, Mark Bagley, Allen Bellman, Jeff Dekal, Jose Delbo, Mike Grell, Pia Guerra, Amy Mebberson, Moritat, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley, James Silvani, Ryan Stegman, Roy Thomas, and more!
* Animation Stars: Tad Stones (Creator of Darkwing Duck), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Lego Star Wars, Squidbillies), Lori Alan (Family Guy), Rikki Simons (Invader Zim), Rodger Bumpass (SpongeBob Squarepants, Invader Zim), and Melissa Fahn (Invader Zim).
* Anime Stars: Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z, Ouran High School Host Club, Attack on Titan, Free! Eternal Summer), Beau Billingslea (Cowboy Bebop, Naruto), Leah Clark (Negima, Suzuka, Toriko, Sgt Frog, Soul Eater), Melissa Fahn (Cowboy Bebop, Digimon Tamers, FLCL), Brittney Karbowski (Soul Eater, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, High School of the Dead), and Elizabeth Maxwell (Attack on Titan, Noragami, Fairy Tail).
* Power Ranger Cast Members: Cerina Vincent, Nakia Burrise, and Catherine Sutherland.
* Star Trek Continues Cast Members: Vic Mignogna (Captain Kirk), Chris Doohan (Scotty), and Michele Spect (Dr. Elise McKennah).
* Lloyd Kaufman: Troma Films founder and creator of The Toxic Avenger.
* Pete & Pete Stars: Mike Maronna and Danny Tamberelli.
For more info visit the website HERE!