- Circuit Breaker #1 WonderCon Variant by Kevin McCarthy and Kyle Baker, cover by Kyle Baker ($10)
- Tokyo Ghost HC Convention Variant by Rick Remender and Sean Gordon Murphy, cover by Sean Gordon Murphy ($35)
PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS:
Image Comics: Where Creators Own Creativity, Friday, 3/25/16, 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m., Room: 403AB
The sky’s the limit with comics, as Joe Harris (SNOWFALL), Keenan Marshall Keller (THE HUMANS), Brian Schirmer (BLACK JACK KETCHUM), Jimmie Robinson (POWER LINES), and Brian Haberlin (FASTER THAN LIGHT) know very well. New creativity has been crucial to the success of comics and drives the most compelling stories out there. In this panel, we’ll discuss the importance of creativity and resonant ideas when creating comics. There’s no story that comics can’t handle, so don’t be afraid to go deep or weird or both.
Top Cow Productions: From Then to Now, Saturday, 3/26/16, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 515B
Founded by Marc Silvestri in 1992, Top Cow Productions soon made its name as the publisher of hit comics like Witchblade, The Darkness, and Cyberforce. The series stood the test of time, spawning a whole multimedia empire. Sit down with Marc Silvestri, Matt Hawkins (COO of Top Cow Productions), and Bryan Hill (Story Editor) for an exclusive look at where Top Cow has been and where it’s going next.
Image Comics: Where Creators Own Craft, Saturday, 3/26/16, 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m., Room: 403AB
Ed Brubaker (THE FADE OUT), Kurtis Wiebe (RAT QUEENS), Tom Neely (THE HUMANS), Greg Hinkle (AIRBOY), and Malachi Ward (ISLAND) all bring one important thing to their work: a very, very high level of craft. Craft is what makes comics go—it makes for beautiful art, clever writing, and amazing storytelling. Craft is a product of talent, hard work, and experience—if you want to know what it takes, come listen to the best.
SIGNINGS HOSTED AT IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#1802):
FRIDAY, MARCH 25TH
12:00 – 12:45 PM Greg Hinkle
1:00 – 1:45 PM Ed Brubaker, ticketed
2:00 – 2:45 PM Jimmie Robinson
3:00 – 3:45 PM Brian Haberlin
4:00 – 4:45 PM Kyle Baker & Kevin McCarthy
5:00 – 5:45 PM Dustin Nguyen
6:00 – 6:45 PM Joe Harris
SATURDAY, MARCH 26TH
10:00 – 10:45 AM Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel
11:00 – 11:45 AM Joe Harris
12:00 – 12:45 PM Malachi Ward
1:00 – 1:45 PM Kurtis Wiebe, ticketed
2:00 – 2:45 PM Kyle Baker & Kevin McCarthy
3:00 – 3:45 PM Sina Grace
4:00 – 4:45 PM Ed Brubaker, ticketed
5:00 – 5:45 PM Brian Schirmer
6:00 – 6:45 PM Tom Neely and Keenan Marshall Keller
SUNDAY, MARCH 27TH
11:00 – 11:45 AM Kurtis Wiebe, ticketed
12:00 – 12:45 PM Brian Schirmer
1:00 – 1:45 PM Tom Neely and Keenan Marshall Keller
2:00 – 2:45 PM Sina Grace, Amber Benson, Daniel Freedman, ticketed
3:00 – 3:45 PM Kyle Baker & Kevin McCarthy
March 9, 2016 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, Art Show, Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News, Cosplay, Gaming, Horror, Massachusetts, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games
Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, has announced its guest lineup for their March 25 – 27 show! Coming all the way from Japan are Director Kyohei Ishiguro, Character Designer Yukiko Aikei, Producer Masao Maruyama, and Voice actors Toshio Furukawa and Shino Kakinuma. Their work encompasses many of the most popular anime movies and television shows including Mobile Suit Gundam, Sailor Moon, Fist of the North Star, Dragon Ball Z, Death Note, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, and many more. This a rare opportunity for North American fans to meet these artists as they make few US appearances, some are even making the trip for the first time!
Also appearing are several of the voice actors who dub Japanese anime into English including Tony Oliver (Robotech, Lupin the III), Eric Vale (Dragon Ball Z, One Piece), Carrie Keranen (Your lie in April, Kill la Kill), Erica Lindbeck (The Seven Deadly Sins, Your lie in April), Max Mittelman (Transformers: Rescue Bots, The Seven Deadly Sins) Patrick Seitz (Naruto: Shippûden, Sailor Moon Crystal), Monica Rial (Dragon Ball Z Kai, Soul Eater), Todd Haberkorn (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, The Legend of Korra) and Greg Ayres (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Samurai 7). Guests will be available for autographs and photos with fans but in order to maximize everyone’s experience Anime Boston has laid out a set of guidelines on their website.
Anime Boston additionally features an art track where artists sell commissions, manga, zines, and prints with Featured Artists who conduct panels and workshops. This year’s Featured Artists are Eric Proctor, Nightengale Needles, Kel McDonald, Trevor Mueller, and Rich Pellegrino.
As in past years, Anime Boston 2016 will present many popular events including a masquerade, an anime music video contest, video programming rooms, an artists’ alley and art show, karaoke, game shows, video games, manga library, formal and informal dances, and much more. Dealers’ room will be located in the cavernous Halls A and B of the Hynes Convention Center selling manga, anime DVDs, t-shirts, prints, and collectibles.
About Anime Boston:
Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2016 is scheduled for Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.
About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.
Singer Chris Daughtry (American Idol) and Batman inker Danny Miki appear at Golden Apple Comics on Thursday March 24th at 5:00 PM to sign Daughtry’s variant cover of BATMAN #50 (inked by Jim Lee) from DC Comics!
Purchase of the comic from Golden Apple Comics is required to obtain a line pass. Limit of one comic and one personal item to be signed.
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Megastar Batman artist GREG CAPULLO appears once again at Boston Comic Con on August 12-14th!
Capullo is an American illustrator and the wildly popular artist on the best-selling and highly acclaimed Batman series for DC Comics. His collaboration with writer Scott Snyder has produced legendary story arcs such as The Court of Owls, Death of the Family, and Zero Year. A comic industry veteran, he spent many years at Image Comics penciling Spawn, Angela, Haunt, and his creator-owned book The Creech. Other credits include Marvel’s X-Force, Quasar, and many other titles.
Plus we have a fantastic list of more comic creators including Jae Lee, Erik Larsen, Terry Dodson, Mike Allred, Arthur Adams, Amanda Conner, Jim Cheung, Darwyn Cooke, Jimmy Palmiotti, Phil Jimenez and many more! Media guests include William Shatner (Star Trek), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who). Check the website for full details on exciting events!
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!
Cartoonist Bill Griffith appears at the Toonseum on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM!
Underground comics legend Bill Griffith is the creator of the counterculture icon Zippy the Pinhead, who has appeared in print for more than four decades. During this visit to the ToonSeum, Griffith discusses all things Zippy!
From the creation of the character to how Zippy has become a pop culture fixture “Are we having fun yet?” This non sequitur utterance by the clown-suited philosopher/media star Zippy the has become so oft-quoted that it is now in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. Zippy has in fact become an international icon, even appearing on the (former) Berlin Wall.
Griffith began his comics career in New York City in 1969. His first strips were published in the East Village Other and Screw Magazine and featured an angry amphibian named Mr. The Toad.
He ventured to San Francisco in 1970 to join the burgeoning underground comics movement and made his home there until 1998. His first major comic book titles included Tales of Toad and Young Lust, a best-selling series parodying romance comics of the time. The first Zippy strip appeared in Real Pulp #1 (Print Mint) in 1970. The strip went weekly in 1976, first in the Berkeley Barb and then syndicated nationally through Rip Off Press. In 1980 weekly syndication was taken over by Zipsynd (later Pinhead Productions), owned and operated by the artist.
Zippy also appeared in the pages of the National Lampoon and High Times from 1977 to 1984. In 1985 the San Francisco Examiner asked Griffith to do Zippy six days a week, and in 1986 he was approached by King Features Syndicate to take the daily strip to a national audience.Sunday color strips began running in 1990.
Today Zippy appears in over 200 newspapers worldwide. There have been over a dozen paperback collections of Griffith’s work and numerous comic book and magazine appearances, both here and abroad. Griffith’s Zippy strip is the only Alt Weekly comic to have migrated to daily newspaper syndication and has been running in papers for more than 30 years.
Meet & Greet / Signing
Mr. Griffith will have books to sell and sign after his presentation. To allow everyone get some time with Bill, we need to limit the number of signed items to two (2) items per person. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Award-winning cartoonist Stan Sakai, creator of the Eisner-winning graphic novel series Usagi Yojimbo, appears at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM to speak about his work and sign books.
Sakai has received five Eisner awards for Usagi Yojimbo, first published in 1984 and still continuing today. In addition, Sakai has received the 2014 Inkwell Award, 2007 Harvey Award, 2002 National Cartoonists Society Comic Book Division Awards, and the Cultural Ambassador Award from the Japanese American Museum, among many others. Sakai has also worked on projects including Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #7, Star Wars, and Marvel’s Strange Tales. He is also an award-winning letterer for his work on the Spider-Man comic strip and Sergio Aragones’ Groo the Wanderer.
Sakai will appear alongside Julie Fujii with whom he recently collaborated on a piece about Charlie Brown in Japan for the new Peanuts Tribute book.
Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Fremont Brewing and Emerald City Comicon launch the Dark Heron – an exclusive IPA specifically created as the Official Beer of Emerald City Comicon 2016, featuring a female superhero lead – Dark Heron.
Dark Heron, both the name of the beer and the heroine created to represent the beer, is an expressive IPA with experimental, unreleased hops that blend with Mosaic and Chinook hops and lock arms with malted barley and a bit of oats to create the perfect flavor. The beer will be available for tasting at a debut party sponsored by Emerald City Comicon and Fremont Brewing on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM (8:30 PM Last Call) at the Fremont Brewing Urban Beer Garden.
Come dressed to conquer all evil and take part in the Dark Heron Costume Contest for a chance to win tickets to ECCC. There may even be some exciting giveaways! You don’t want to miss this. Cosplay Contest starts at 8:00 PM. Contestants must arrive by 7:15 PM to register. Winners will be announced at 8:15 PM. Winners must be present to receive prize.
In celebration of the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most heroic pop culture festival (as well as Seattle’s official bird and Fremont Brewing’s logo), comic book artist Justin “Moritat” Norman (The Spirit, Elephantmen and DC’s All Star Western) adapted Fremont Brewing’s heron logo and crafted the bold spirit of Dark Heron to embody the modern heroine. Dark Heron will be available on tap at the Show and in bars and restaurants throughout Seattle as well as in 22 oz. bottles in regional grocery stores.
All are welcome! (21+ to drink)
RSVP is required. Please note RSVP does not guarantee entry. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Use this link to RSVP.
Fremont Brewing Company
1050 N 34th St, Seattle, Washington 98103
Writer Eliot Rahal appears at Graham Crackers Comics on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from noon till 3:00 PM to sign his new Heavy Metal comic series THE DOORMAN as well as the collected trade of the series he co-wrote for Dark Horse, THE PAYBACKS!
Graham Crackers Comics – CHICAGO LOOP
77 E. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602
NYC’s Big Apple Con Returns, Celebrating Over 20 Super Years!
Comic Books, Celebs, Cosplay & More!
Saturday, March 5th 10am~6pm Penn Plaza Pavilion, NYC
MIKE CARBONARO’s BIG APPLE CON, New York City’s longest-running Pop Culture convention, returns to PENN PLAZA PAVILION (401 7th Ave @ 33rd Street -opposite Madison Square Garden) on SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016 from 10am to 6pm. This amazing explosion of Comic Books, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, & Cosplay will bring together top comic book creators, media celebrities, dealers, panel discussions, a costume contest & more in one incredible day! There will be hundreds of tables of comics, toys, posters, videos, original art, t-shirts & other collectibles, with everything from the world’s rarest comics as well as the newest and coolest books for sale! Advance tickets are now available at www.nycbm.com
BIG APPLE CON proudly hosts a full “Artists Alley” of comic book and trading card creators, illustrators & writers, including: Neal Adams (Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow), Jim Steranko (Captain America, Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD), Ramona Fradon (Super Friends, Aquaman), Mark Texeira (Ghost Rider, Wolverine), Rich Buckler (Deathlok, Fantastic Four), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon, Spider-Man), David Lloyd (V For Vendetta, Aces Weekly), Tom Palmer (Star Wars, Avengers),Reilly Brown (Deadpool, Daredevil), Joseph Michael Linsner (Cry For Dawn, Vampirella), Sean Chen (Iron Man, Valiant Comics), Mike Lilly (Punisher, Nightwing), John Cebollero (Batman, Captain America), and Brian Kong (Cryptozoic Entertainment, Leaf Trading Cards).
The headlining media celebrity guests include: Lori Petty (Orange is the New Black, Tank Girl), Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Sweet Valley High), Kathy Garver (Family Affair, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends), Laurence Mason (The Crow, Gotham), Karyn Parsons (Static Shock, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Johnny Brennan (Jerky Boys, Family Guy), Debbie Rochon (Tromeo & Juliet, Santa Claws), and (from 3pm on) Pro Wrestlers The Nasty Boys, Scott Steiner, & Ryan Shamrock of the WWE and WCW.
BIG APPLE CON always provides a jam-packed programming schedule, and this year is no exception! Our over 7 hours of scholarly and fun discussions cover everything from Star Wars, Batman, the Black Panther, Charlton Comics, and Power Rangers, with a special presentation of animated shorts and the return of the NY Jedi!
Captain Zorikh’s Costume Contest will once again bring the most amazing costumers and Cosplayers together for a fast-paced, exciting show of creative excellence! Come as any character in comics, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, cartoons, anime/manga, video games, or make up your own! You can also participate in special themed group Cosplay photoshoots! Valuable prizes to be awarded by audience applause!
DATE: Saturday, March 5th ~ 10am -6pm PLACE: Penn Plaza Pavilion ~ 401 7th Ave. @ 33rd St. NYC
TICKETS: $20 (adult) $10 (children 5-12, 4 and under free!) VIP Package/Early Admission: $50
TICKET PURCHASE & INFORMATION: www.nycbm.com
New England Super Megafest Comic Con is New England’s Super-Fun Comic & Celebrity Pop Culture Fanfest celebrating Comics, TV, Movie, Sci-Fi, Wrestling and Rock & Roll! NESMFCC features incredible celebrity autograph signings and photo ops with guests including James Marsters, Lee Meriwether, Dina Meyer, Mick Foley, Casper Van Dien, Kevin Sorbo, Corbin Bernsen, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Michael Beck, Dorsey Wright, Thomas G. Waites, Terry Michos, David Harris, Butch Patrick, and more! Scheduled celebrity Q & A Sessions and photo ops will be held throughout the weekend of April 8-10, 2016.
Marvel and DC writers and artists such as Hannibal King, Joe St. Pierre, Greg LaRocque, Mark McKenna, Mike Grell, Jack Purcell, Alex Saviuk, Bob Budiansky, John Hebert, Kevin Liell, and Bill Anderson will give panel discussions and mingle with celebrities and costumed fans!
The Super Megafest presents the best exhibitors on the East Coast with one of the largest selections of comics, toys, videos, non-sports cards and memorabilia from TV, Movies, and Rock & Roll that you will ever find!
Other attractions include an amazing Costume Contest (including a children’s category), stunning Movie Cars, mischievous Pirates and much more! After hours, enjoy a multitude of shadowcast movie performances and parties, including the COME TOGETHER MUSIC FEST and CosCLUB Dance Party, ensuring the event has something for all ages.
Royal Plaza Trade Center
181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752