IDW Panel & Signing Schedule for NYCC 2014

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IDW has released their highly anticipated convention panel and signing schedules for this year’s New York Comic Con! Clear your own schedule, because you won’t want to miss any of this!

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Thursday October 9th

1:00 – 2:00 America’s Army – M. Zachary Sherman (*Check out the exclusive giveaways!)
2:00 – 3:00 Transformers – John Barber, Sarah Stone, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott
3:00 – 4:00 Star Trek – Scott Tipton, David Messina (*Check out the free Star Trek/Planet of the Apes Ashcan!)
4:00 – 5:00 Manhunter Artist’s Edition Launch Party! – Walter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
4:00 – 5:00 Zombies vs Robots, Mars Attacks: First Born – Chris Ryall
5:00 – 6:00 Cartoon Network Presents: Super Secret Crisis War! & More! – Louise Simonson, Derek Charm
6:00 – 7:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs, Agnes Garbowska, Sara Richard, Andy Price

Friday October 10th

11:00 – 12:00 Dungeons & Dragons – Jim Zub, Max Dunbar  (*Check out the free D&D Ashcan!)
12:00 – 1:00 V-Wars, Rot & Ruin – Jonathan Maberry (*Check out the show exclusive V-Wars TPB!)
1:00 – 2:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry, Jeff Zornow
1:00 – 2:00 Cartoon Network Presents: Super Secret Crisis War! & More! – Derek Charm, Derek Fridolfs
2:00 – 3:00 Manhunter Artist’s Edition, Ragnarök – Walter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
3:30 – 5:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated TV Blowout! – Ciro Nieli (Director), Brandon Auman (writer), Rob Paulsen (voice of Donatello), Greg Cipes (voice of Michelangelo) (*Check out the free poster from Nickelodeon!) (*ticketed signing – See employee for Details)
5:00 – 6:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Paul Allor, Dario Brizuela, Cory Smith, Charles P. Wilson III
6:00 – 7:00 Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 7:00 Kill Shakespeare – Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery, Andy Belanger

Saturday October 11th

10:00 – 11:00 Skylanders – David A. Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
11:00 – 12:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs, Sara Richard
12:00 – 1:00 X-Files – Joe Harris, Sam “Mister-Sam” Shearon, Joe Corroney, Greg Scott
12:00 – 1:00 Killogy Halloween Special – Alan Robert
1:00 – 2:00 G.I. JOE – Mike Costa, Robert Atkins
1:00 – 2:00 America’s Army – M. Zachary Sherman (*Check out the exclusive giveaways!)
2:00 – 3:00 Star Trek – Scott Tipton, David Messina, Mike Johnson (*Check out the free Star Trek/Planet of the Apes Ashcan!)
3:00 – 4:00 Cartoon Network Presents: Super Secret Crisis War! & More! – Louise Simonson, Derek Charm
4:00 – 5:00 Manhunter Artist’s Edition, Ragnarök – Walter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
4:00 – 5:00 Garbage Pail Kids – Dean Haspiel, Vito Delsante (*Check out the free Garbage Pail Kids Ashcan!)
5:00 – 6:00 Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusives!)
5:00 – 6:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry
6:00 – 7:00 Transformers – John Barber, Sarah Stone, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott

Sunday October 12th

11:00 – 12:00 America’s Army – M. Zachary Sherman (*Check out the exclusive giveaways!)
12:00 – 1:00 Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez  (*Check out the show exclusives!)
1:00 – 2:00 The Illegitimates – Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Marc Andreyko
2:00 – 3:00 Garbage Pail Kids – Dean Haspiel, Vito Delsante (*Check out the free Garbage Pail Kids Ashcan!)
3:00 – 4:00 Skylanders – David A. Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

And check out all of IDW’s amazing panels this year!
*We have added links that take you directly to these panels on the official New York Comic Con website schedule so you can add them to “My Show Planner” and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Banned Horror Comics Walking Back from the Dead! Thursday, October 9th 4:15PM–5:00PM, Room 1A05
A fearful look at 1950s HORROR COMICS criticized by Dr. Fredric Wertham, reviled in Senate investigations, destroyed in public book burnings! These Pre-Code comics like dead zombies are again walking to get U! Craig “Haunted Horror/IDW/Yoe Books” Yoe, Greg “ IDW President” Goldstein, Mike “Dark Horse” Richardson, Mike “The ‘Worst’ of Eerie Publications” Howlett, Carol “Wertham Debunker” Tilley explore EC + other publishers, the censoring Comics Code, the Golden Age of Horror Reprints, the TV + movies inspired by these scary comics!

IDW & Hasbro: Transformers, Ponies & More! Thursday, October 9th, 6:15PM-7:00PM, Room 1A14
2014 has been a huge year for IDW and Hasbro! Join Senior Editor & Writer John Barber, with very special guests Amy Mebberson, Katie Cook, Sarah Stone, Mairghread Scott and Jim Zub for inside information on what’s happening with My Little Pony, Transformers, G.I. JOE, Dungeons & Dragons and more! Announcements, excitement, gossip, prizes and Q&A!

IDW Publishing: The Big One Friday, October 10th 4:15PM–5:00PM, Room 1A14
Want to find out what IDW’s top-secret announcements are for NYCC? This is the panel to hit! Join Editor-in-Chief and CCO Chris Ryall, President Greg Goldstein, Editor Sarah Gaydos and VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, with very special guests Gabriel Rodriguez, Kate Leth, Jonathan Maberry, Joe Harris, and Scott Tipton for inside information on everything your favorite publisher has in the works! Plus…Prizes! Q&A!

IDW Publishing: The Writers Saturday, October 11th 12:15PM–1:00PM, Room 1A14
Meet the writers behind the best scripts in comics! Join IDW’s VP of Marketing Dirk Wood and an all-star cast of writers for a spirited discussion about what it takes to write a great comic! Featuring Louise Simonson, Mairghread Scott, Chris Ryall, John Barber, Scott Tipton, M. Zachary Sherman, Andy Schmidt and Jeff Kline!

IDW Publishing: The Artists Saturday, October 11th 2:15PM–3:00PM, Room 1A14
Want to find out just what it takes to be a working artist in the comic industry? Or, want to find out a little more about a few artists that are already there? This is the panel for you! Join Editor Sarah Gaydos, with very special guests Gabriel Rodriguez, Alan Robert, menton3, Sarah Stone, Andy Price and Derek Charm, for an illuminating discussion on sequential art, and upcoming IDW projects! Plus, prizes and Q&A!
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.

 

 

NYC – Batman: Zero Year Panel

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Comic book artist and Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment Jim Lee (Superman: Unchained, All-Star Batman & Robin) joins writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire, The Wake) at the Apple SoHo store on Wednesday October 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to speak about the last volume in Batman’s original story.

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Commemorate Batman’s return to Gotham on Wednesday, October 8th at 7pm, when critically-acclaimed writer Scott Snyder and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and artist Jim Lee visit the Apple Store, SoHo to celebrate the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary, as well as the publication of the new graphic novel collection BATMAN VOL. 5: ZERO YEAR – DARK CITY. Beginning at 7pm, the Meet the Authors event will include a must-see discussion on the lasting cultural influence of The Dark Knight moderated by Grantland writer David Shoemaker.

Taking place the evening before New York Comic-Con 2014, the event will not only mark the release of Snyder’s BATMAN #35, but also the highly anticipated BATMAN VOL. 5: ZERO YEAR – DARK CITY. This graphic novel, the newest collection from the #1 New York Times best-selling creative team of Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, finishes the epic ZERO YEAR storyline, a bold new take on the Dark Knight’s origin. 

Apple Store
103 Prince Street, New York City, NY 10012
(212) 226-3126

Manga Creator Takeshi Obata Appears at NYCC 2014

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VIZ Media the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, and ReedPOP, the largest producer of pop culture events in the world, are proud to welcome one of Japan’s preeminent manga artists – Takeshi Obata – for his first-ever U.S. personal appearance. His visit is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

The acclaimed artist of smash hit manga (graphic novel) series such as DEATH NOTE, BAKUMAN。, HIKARU NO GO, RALΩGRAD and ALL YOU NEED IS KILL will appear at several events during the 2014 New York Comic Con. Taking place October 9th- 12th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention. Full details on the show are available.

During the convention, Takeshi Obata will appear in person on two panels, on Thursday October 9th as part of VIZ Media’s WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP panel and on Friday October 10th with an overview of his incredible catalog of works. He will make an exclusive signing appearance at the Javits Convention Center on Thursday Takeshi Obata will also make a pair of additional appearances around New York as part of ReedPOP’s New York Super Week on Friday October 10th at Kinokuniya Book Store and Saturday October 11th at Barnes & Noble.

Fans are invited to stop by the VIZ Media Booth (#1944) on Thursday October 9th for details and to secure advance tickets for the exclusive New York Comic Con Takeshi Obata signing, taking place the same day at 7:30pm at the Javits Center. Signing tickets will be distributed on a first come/first served basis promptly at 1:00 pm and again at 4:30pm. (There will be no advance line-up until 15 minutes before ticket time). Each attendee that secures a ticket will receive an exclusive shikishi signing board that Obata will autograph.

Fans may also select from a wide array of Obata manga titles available for purchase at the VIZ Media booth, including special advance copies of his newest work, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, a deluxe omnibus manga treatment of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s hit sci-fi novel that inspired the action blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise. It will debut under VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Advanced imprint on November 4th. Other acclaimed Obata manga titles including DEATH NOTE, BAKUMAN。, HIKARU NO GO and RALΩGRAD will also be available for purchase.

1dnoteVIZ Media, ReedPOP and The Japan Foundation welcome Takeshi Obata at the following NYCC panels:

THE FUTURE OF WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Panel Featuring Takeshi Obata
Thursday, October 9th; 6:00pm – 6:45 pm; Javits Center – Room 1A10

Join the staff of VIZ Media’s WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP as well as editors from Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine to welcome Takeshi Obata for an enlightening personal discussion on what’s new and what’s next for the long-running manga anthology which launched best-selling titles such as NARUTO, BLEACH, ONE PIECE, DRAGON BALL as well as Obata’s BAKUMAN。and DEATH NOTE series.

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS: Manga Artist Takeshi Obata
Friday, October 10th; 5:00pm – 5:45pm; Javits Center – Room 1A10

Join special guest Takeshi Obata along with his editor, Koji Yoshida, for an insightful conversation about Obata’s beginnings as an artist, his extensive history working in the manga industry, and the creative process behind his works. Don’t miss this!

Takeshi Obata also will participate in a pair of special off-site signings as part of New York Super Week takes place October 3rd – 12th immediately preceding New York Comic Con and is a unique immersive pop culture event where the entire island of Manhattan becomes a playground for a colorful array of superheroes, villains, cosplayers, artists, celebrities and passionate fans of from all over the world that gather to take part in a variety of themed events all over the City including concerts, comedy shows, gaming events, lectures, podcasts, storytelling, Information & tickets to New York Super Week events are available now at:

Kinokuniya Book Store, 1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018

Attend a special free evening event with Takeshi Obata, a pivotal figure from Japan’s vibrant manga industry, on Friday October 10th from 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM at Kinokuniya. All participants must secure a Super Week event ticket and will receive a free autographed Shikishi signboard with the on-site purchase of one of Obata’s works. (*Note: Obata will only sign the provided shikishi
Free tickets for this event can be secured at the link….

Takeshi Obata Barnes & Noble Signing Event

Barnes & Noble – Tribeca, 97 Warren St, New York, NY 10007

Barnes & Noble and VIZ Media welcome Takeshi Obata for another free exclusive appearance as part of New York Super Week on Saturday October 11th from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. All participants must secure a free Super Week event ticket in advance and will receive an autographed Shikishi signboard with the on-site purchase of one of Obata’s works. (*Note: Obata will only sign the provided shikishi and on-site purchased book)

More information on this event may be viewed at the link…

“We’re very honored to welcome Takeshi Obata, creator of some of the most popular and beloved manga worldwide, for these very special live events as part of the 2014 New York Comic Con,” says Leyla Aker, Vice President, Publishing, VIZ Media. “From the paranormal suspense of DEATH NOTE, to an insider’s story of the manga industry in BAKUMAN。, to the sci-fi thriller ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, Obata’s work has consistently drawn wide acclaim and captivated millions of readers around the world. Please join us to celebrate his first-ever U.S. appearance!”

Takeshi Obata was born in 1969 in Niigata, Japan and is the artist of the wildly popular SHONEN JUMP manga series DEATH NOTE, BAKUMAN。 and HIKARU NO
GO (all published by VIZ Media). He is the winner of the 2003 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize’s Shinsei “New Hope” Award and the 2000 Shogakukan Manga Award.

Obata is also the artist of Arabian Majin Bokentan Lamp Lamp, Ayatsuri Sakon, Cyborg Jichan G., and his newest manga work, the sci-fi action series ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, which is based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s best-selling novel.

For more information on Takeshi Obata’s manga titles or other manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

Long Beach Comic Con Announces Full Slate of Programming for 2014

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Long Beach Comic Con Announces Full Slate of Programming

LBCC14_FullProgram LBCCLong Beach, CA (September 25, 2014) – Long Beach Comic Con will present more than 80 panels over two days this weekend, September 27 and 28, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The panels run the gamut of a wide array of pop culture topics, including:

  • Celebrations of comic book icons Archie, Batman, The Crow and Hellboy.

  • Conversations about pop culture phenomenon The Katniss Chronicles: Hear the Girl on Fire; Honest Trailers; Robot Chicken.

  • Topical and timely discussions about diversity in the comic book industry: Prism Comics panel, It’s a Queer, Queer World!; Race & Comics; She Makes Comics: A Documentary Celebration of Women in Comics; and more. And the details for the Dwayne McDuffie Award will be formally  announced Saturday, September 27 at 10:30 AM.

  • Animation panels dedicated to popular cartoons and appearances by Greg Weisman and Man of Action’s Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle.

  • Kids programming including interactive panels where kids can learn how to draw the Simpsons and Futurama characters and “how to draw your dragon.”

  • Cosplay panels.

  • Horror programming, with a panel moderated by Horror Writers Associated and a panel sponsored by the films VHS Viral and ABCs of Death 2 with new trailers for both films.

  • A Young Adult panel featuring best-selling novelists Leigh Bardugo, Robin Benway, Cecil Castellucci, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston, and Margaret Stohl

  • A Banned Books Week discussion led by the Newport Beach Branch Library with bestselling writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and SALON contributor Samuel Sattin

  • #MakeComics workshops where aspiring writers and artists can learn from comic book professionals. Over two days, workshops will walk through the entire #makecomics process: from writing and drawing to running a Kickstarter and publicizing your work.

“We’re so excited for fans to experience the robust programming slate for Long Beach Comic Con,” said  Phil Lawrence, Co-founder and Sales Director of Long Beach Comic Con. “It’s our most ambitious year to date for programing and we’re thrilled to offer panels that speak to the diverse interests and passions of comic book fans.”

Earlier this month, Long Beach Comic Con announced the Guests of Honor for show:

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Archie Comics’ AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE)

Mike Allred (Marvel Comics’ SILVER SURFER)

Laura Allred (Marvel Comics’ SILVER SURFER

Sandy King Carpenter (Storm King Production’s ASYLUM)

Joe Casey (Man of Action, BEN 10)

Amanda Conner (DC Entertainment’s HARLEY QUINN)

Chris Dingess (Skybound Entertainment’s MANIFEST DESTINY)

David Gallaher (Bottled Lightning’s THE ONLY LIVING BOY)

Joe Kelly (Man of Action, BEN 10)

JT Krul (Aspen’s JIRNI)

Mike Mignola (Dark Horse Comics’ HELLBOY)

James O’Barr (THE CROW)

Jimmy Palmiotti (PaperFilms’ SEX & VIOLENCE)

Jamie S. Rich (Oni Press’ Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks)

Duncan Rouleau (Man of Action, BIG HERO 6)

Steven T. Seagle (Man of Action, BIG HERO 6)

Marc Silvestri (Top Cow)

Richard Starking (Image Comic’s ELEPHANTMEN)

Babs Tarr (DC Entertainment’s BATGIRL)

“In addition to the panels, fans will be able to talk to exhibiting publishers including Archie Comics, Aspen Comics, Bottled Lightning, Man of Action/Image Comics, PaperFilms, Skybound Entertainment, Storm King Productions, Top Cow, and Valiant Entertainment,” said Martha Donato, Long Beach Comic Con Executive Director and Co-Founder. “Early online buzz, social media chatter and advance ticket sales all point to this being a terrific weekend. I strongly urge fans to buy their tickets in advance and arrive early both days before the show opens.”

Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 28 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets are available now through the website: www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

Follow Long Beach Comic Con on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information.

You can download the LBCC programming schedule as a PDF.

About Long Beach Comic Con

Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Con is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

UK – Bone Signing

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Jeff Smith appears for an exclusive London signing at Orbital Comics on Monday, October 20th at 5:00 pm! This is the perfect opportunity to meet and get your books signed by the genius behind BoneRasl, and the recent-released Tuki: Save The Humans. Presented in part with  The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

Easy Street Signing Tour

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Ron Perlman, star of Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim, and Hellboy, goes on tour to sign his new memoir:  Easy Street!

Tuesday, September 30th at 6:00 PM

Bookends
211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-445-0726

Wednesday, October 1st at 7:00 pm

Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(at 12th St.)

Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm

Book Revue
313 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-271-1442

Tuesday, October 7th at 6:00 PM

Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069
310.659.3110

 
Wednesday October 8th at 7:00 PM
 
Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-253-0810

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2014 Report! (Including an Interview with Lou Ferrigno)

It is a truth universally acknowledged . . . No. Let me rephrase. Waiting sucks.

I was in line at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Shoulders smarting, back stiff as a statute, legs wobbly like a wooden easel, I was waiting for Josh Peck, a guest at this year’s (August 21-24) Chicago Wizard World Con. Josh is best known for starring opposite Drake Bell in the Nicklodeon show Drake & Josh. My daughter loved that show, and I was standing in line for her.

Josh finally arrived, and a great cheer went up–until he realized neither he nor his handler had any photos for him to sign. So we waited another 20 minutes. Chatted him up (his take on appearing in the remake of Red Dawn: “Awesome.”). Someone asked if he would yell “Megan!”, his signature line from Drake & Josh; he politely declined. Oh, and I got a selfie.

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(OK, it wasn’t a selfie; I asked someone to take the pic. Shows you how superannuated I am.)

Josh was friendly but ill-at-ease. You could tell he was a convention novice, as opposed to, say, Lou Ferrigno. A regular at Wizard World cons, Lou is best known for his role as the Hulk in the 1978 CBS television series. I got a chance to talk to him for a few minutes.

Me: How did you get started doing conventions?

Lou: I was out with a friend of mine one time, and I went to a place in Hollywood where they had a convention. I walked around, and they kept telling me I ought to do a convention because the fans really want my autograph. I’m so used to giving autographs, and I thought, why not have a table? That’s how it started. It’s a good living.

Me: How long have you been doing conventions?

Lou: About 15 years.

Me: What are some crazy fan stories you can share?

Lou: I had a woman one time who came to me about a year ago, and she had a Hulk tattoo on her leg, and she had my signature tattooed on her leg. She had both legs done, and she wanted to take a picture, and her husband is standing there looking like, every morning I have to get up and look at my wife’s legs with your signature and the Hulk’s picture.

Me: I guess we saw where her loyalties lie. How did you get into character to play the Hulk?

Lou: It came naturally to me. I use pantomiming, acting without speaking, and they just loved it. I used the sensitive part of me to become the character.

Me: You have talked a lot about an actual actor playing the Hulk versus CGI. You’ve said people have told you they preferred your version.

Lou: Over 90% of the people have said that.

Me: Why do you think that is?

Lou: CGI cannot compete with a human Hulk. There is no sensitivity. The Hulk, the character I created, with his vulnerability and sensitivity—it can never be replaced.

Me: When I was growing up, my mother didn’t let me watch the Hulk because she said he was “vulgar.” Did you ever get negative comments from people who didn’t like the character?

Lou: The only negative was a lot of mothers hated me because their sons ripped their shirts and walked around the house that way.

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Another headliner was Stan Lee, whose first autograph session was scheduled for 5:00pm on Friday. I had paid online for an autograph ($80!), and though the ticket was good all weekend, I thought going the first day would help me eschew half-day lines. At 4:00, I strolled to his booth, saw about 20 people standing there, and got in line. Wonderful! I thought. Then: this doesn’t seem right. Next, I noticed three things in the span of 10 seconds:

  1. The Stan Lee VIP badges around the necks of the people in front of me;
  2. To my left, a separate line of proletariat-looking people, where I clearly belonged; and
  3. A con staffer walking toward me.

Once I was moved to the correct line, I waited about an hour, which isn’t bad. At one point, someone said Stan Lee was somewhere in the exhibit hall posing for pictures FREE. I found him, took this picture, and noticed something strange. Do you see it too?

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Five points to Gryffindor if you recognize that this person isn’t Stan Lee. I don’t know whether he was a cosplayer, a doppleganger, or something else, but I later got a candid (read: surreptitious) pic of the real deal.

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Stan was terrific, charming and humble, and his line managers took a bend-but-don’t-break approach that I appreciated. In fact, all the crowds were well managed. One helpful feature was a signing schedule at every celebrity’s booth, like this one at Josh Peck’s.

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Despite being the biggest event in the Wizard World portfolio, Chicago was a delight. I did a lot of waiting, but that is unavoidable, and I passed the time gawking at some world-class cosplayers. The rooms were laid out well, prices were clearly advertised, most things happened on time, and I saw little tension among staff or attendees. CGC was doing comic book grading on site, and that also went well, probably because Stan Lee had his own booth.

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If you go to only one Wizard World con ever, make it Chicago. You’ll have a ball. Here are a few more pics to show you why.

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No, this isn’t security removing an unruly attendee; it’s just a cadre of cosplayers.

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The long and short of it.

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Doin’ the Cybertron shuffle.

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Looking forward to the Ant Man movie in 2015.

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Even the queen had a good time hanging with a few (dis)loyal subjects.

MICE Returns for 2014

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MICE is back! On October 4th and 5th independent graphic novelists and cartoonists will converge on University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Ave. 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.

MICE attendees are invited to discover their new favorite comic books from over 150 local comic creators. 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. Sunday’s “Kids Comics Day” workshops are especially geared toward younger readers and budding cartoonists.

This year’s show will also welcome a number of special guests — professionals from the world of independent comics and graphic novels — including James Kochalka, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Emily Carroll, Paul Hornschemeier, and Box Brown.

MICE will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 4th, 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, October 5th, 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. More details at the website: www.micexpo.org

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Marvel and Netflix to Debut Daredevil Cast at NYCC 2015

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MARVEL TELEVISION AND NETFLIX DEBUT THE CAST OF MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL, AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel Animation Come to NYCC

NORWALK, CT – September 11, 2014 – Marvel Television and New York Comic Con (NYCC) announced today that fans at this year’s NYCC will get to experience the first cast appearance of the upcoming Netflix original series, Marvel’s Daredevil. In addition, fans will get an inside look at Marvel’sAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and what’s next for Marvel Animation, with a spotlight on Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

Set and filmed in New York City, it is only fitting that Marvel’s Daredevil, which debuts exclusively on Netflix in 2015, be unveiled at NYCC. Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, will lead a panel at NYCC on Saturday, October 11 with Marvel’s Daredevil show-runner Steve S. DeKnight and the series’ star-studded cast, including Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock / Daredevil). This will be the first time Marvel’s Daredevil cast will be assembled publicly to answer your burning questions about the series!

Marvel’s Daredevil is part of a partnership between Marvel Television, Netflix and the State of New York with all of the new television series being filmed in the streets of New York City. Filming kicked off with Marvel’s Daredevil and will continue to include series featuring Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, andMarvel’s The Defenders. The alliance marks the largest film or television production project commitment in the history of New York State and will create 3,000 jobs and produce nearly 60 hours of television.

On Friday, October 10, Marvel Television will present a first look at the second season of its popular animated series Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. before its exciting season premiere onSunday, October 12 (9:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.

Then, fans will experience the world premiere of an all-new episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,before it debuts on ABC on Tuesday, October 14th, in a panel moderated by Loeb.

“New York City is home to Marvel and some of the greatest fans in the world, so we ensured that Marvel Television brought its biggest panels ever to this NYCC!,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Not only will fans get to experience our incredible partnership with Netflix as we introduce the cast ofMarvel’s Daredevil for the first time, but they’ll get to see the world premiere of a new Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode and their first look at the future of all their favorite super heroes courtesy of Marvel Animation.”

“New York Comic Con shines a spotlight across pop culture and we’re excited this year for a great many things, but there’s a special place in the show for pop culture made right here in New York City,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP. “We’re honored by Marvel Television’s overall commitment and humbled to play host to the cast of Marvel”s Daredevil. This is an important day for New York Comic Con and New York City.”

Specific details on Marvel Television’s New York Comic Con events…

Marvel Animation Presents
(Friday, October 10 – 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM)
Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, brings you the biggest animation panel in this universe – or any other. Get an exclusive first look at content from Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. season two and the future of Marvel Animation.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
(Friday, October 10 – 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM)
Jeph Loeb returns with exciting news and the world premiere of all new episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before it debuts on ABC!

Marvel’s Daredevil, Exclusively on Netflix
(Saturday, October 11 – 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM)
Join the cast of Marvel’s Daredevil in their first-ever appearance with show-runner Steve DeKnight and moderator Jeph Loeb to answer questions and reveal secrets from the hotly-anticipated show debuting on Netflix in 2015.

New York Comic Con, taking place on October 9-12 at the Javits Center in New York City, is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention with the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television. New York Comic Con’s panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, while screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media and licensing capital of the world. Marvel’s Daredevil,Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. join additional film and television projects coming to New York Comic Con including The Walking DeadElementaryBIG HERO 6, and TOMORROWLAND.

More exciting details about New York Comic Con events, talent and sponsors will be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.NewYorkComicCon.comor and New York Comic Con’s social media pages (FacebookTwitter and Instagram).

ABOUT MARVEL:
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com © MARVEL

About ReedPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions, which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime, East and South, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013, ReedPOP added Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Asia/Pacific. (www.reedpop.com)

FL – Sirens Signing

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George Pérez appears at Coliseum of Comics on Wednesday, October 1st from 4:00 – 6:00 pm for the final signing on his national tour to promote his new series from Boom! Studios, SIRENS! Joining him will be Phoenicia Flynn (Fanisha) and April Hunter (Agony)! The exclusive cover for the Coliseum of Comics stop on the tour will feature the Sirens mystic Fanisha, modeled after George’s lovely wife Phoenicia!

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Coliseum of Comics
Seminole Towne Center
177 Towne Center Circle, Sanford, FL 32771
407-324-1800

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