CA – Stan Lee Launches The Zodiac Legacy

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Legendary comic creator Stan Lee appears at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm, to discuss CONVERGENCE. In his first prose novel, factions, each comprised of people who harness animal power from the Chinese zodiac, fight to control the fate of the world.

(This is a wristbanded event. Please note that B&N will have pre-signed copies of CONVERGENCE for sale on the day of the event. Stan Lee will not be signing book on-site.)

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-525-0270

MA – Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 Signing

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Artist Erica Henderson appears at Hub Comics in Union Square on Saturday January 17, 2015 from noon till 4:00 PM to sign the first issue of Marvel’s new series UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL! And while you’re in the shop take the opportunity to check out their annual Batman-themed art show “Dark Knight on a Dark Night” featuring pieces by several local artists.

Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 718-0987

UK – DMC #1 Signing

dmc-ukHip-hop legend Darryl McDaniels signs DMC #1 at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Tuesday 20th January from 6:00 – 7:00 PM!

It’s 1985 in New York City. Wildstyle graffiti covers subway cars as B-boys break and spin in playgrounds and on street corners. Koch is mayor. Drugs and crime rule the streets. A terrifying plague is brewing in the shadows. And as the populace loses faith in the police, a man named Bernard Goetz is being hailed as a hero for shooting four teenagers in a subway car. In this 1985, however, the city’s brand new guardian angels wear spandex and capes, wielding their gadgets and their superpowers to clean up the City – even if their methods hurt more people than they help. There’s the deluded ‘graffiti king’ Mr. Marx patrolling the tunnels; the dark moral crusader The Puritan who stalks the shadows of the Lower East Side; and above it all, the godlike Helios, darling of the Upper East Side and the NYPD. It seems like only some of New York’s residents are benefitting from these vigilantes’ protection. The rest whisper the name of another hero: DMC.

You see, in this 1985, Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC) never rocks the mic to become one of hip-hop’s most enduring icons. Instead, he dons his tracksuit and Adidas sneakers to defend the city’s marginalized citizens against super villain and hero alike, leaving no traces besides the imprint of his knuckle rings on his opponents’ faces. (By day, though, he teaches junior high school English.) With the help of reporter Charlie Cooper and a band of graffiti artists led by the spunky Lak6, DMC must confront the new ‘heroes,’ and investigate whether there’s anything behind their sudden appearance.

DMC, the inaugural title from Darryl Makes Comics, imagines an alternate history that blends traditional comic book storytelling with the pressures and anxieties of 1980’s NYC, and explores how we got to where we are now. DMC is a superhero for those who need one most.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

MD – Wytches Signing

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Superstar writer Scott Snyder (Batman, American Vampire, The Wake) appears at Third Eye Comics on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm to sign WYTCHES!

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Press Release:

The one and only Scott Snyder, the uber-talented superstar writer behind Batman: Court of Owls, Batman the Black Mirror, American Vampire, and most recently, the red-hot new IMAGE series WYTCHES, will be making a very special visit to Third Eye!

We are beyond stoked to be hosting Scott at the shop, and we know when many of you guys heard our first announcement of this, you echoed the same excitement in a major way!

And, you guys know why this signing is happening? It’s because of YOU and your enthusiasm for these awesome events we have. Third Eye has a reputation far and wide for providing some of the most fun in-store events in the country, and we could not do it without you guys and the genuine love of the medium each and everyone of you brings with you.

So, we’re going to be pulling out all the stops to make this one extra-special, as we celebrate the SEASON OF THE WYTCH at Third Eye with Scott Snyder.

WHAT’S WYTCHES ABOUT?
This incredible new IMAGE COMICS series is one of the coolest things we’ve seen to come down the pike in quite sometime. Not since the release of SAGA #1 have we had this kind of anticipation and excitement for a new ongoing series, and folks, while we’re only one issue in at this point, I have to tell you: that one issue totally delivered on all the high hopes we had for it!

In WYTCHES, we’re shown how across hte globe, century after century, men and women were burned, drowned, hanged, tortured, imprisoned, persecuted, and murdered for the crime of witchcraft.

Guess what? None of them were witches. In fact, they died protecting a terrible and hidden truth: witches, real witches, DO exist.

They are ancient, elusive, and deadly creatures that are rarely seen and even more rarely survived.

And, in Snyder & Jock’s WYTCHES, we’re taking a very dark trip into their world.

We can practically hear Dario Argento’s Suspiria theme playing in the background as we type this, Third Eye Faithful, that’s how darn creepy and awesome WYTCHES is.

Winter is the Season of the Wytch!
Subscribe to WYTCHES at Third Eye & Be Entered to Win an ultra-rare CBLDF Variant of WYTCHES #1!
In celebration of Wytches, and the huge, historic signing event that we’ll be having with Scott in January, we’re proclaiming this Winter the Season of the Wytch!

What does this mean? If you’ve already subscribed to WYTCHES, or if you subscribe to WYTCHES between 10/27 – 1/1/15, you’ll be entered into a special prize drawing to win one of the ULTRA-RARE WYTCHES #1 Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Variants.

These are super difficult to come by, and this is your chance to win one of these high dollar books for free!

And, it’ll be in time to get it signed by Scott at our signing on 1/17!

How to Enter? New Subscribers, go here and fill out the subscription form with WYTCHES in the add titles field. Existing Subscribers, go here, and put WYTCHES in the add titles field.

How to Win? On New Year’s Eve 12/31, we’ll be running all of the names subscribed at all Third Eye locations through a randomizer, and we’ll announce the winning name via our website, Facebook, Twitter, and more at 12:01AM New Year’s Day.

The winner will then have up to 72 hours to follow-up with us via e-mail, phone or store visit to claim their item!

GET THE THIRD EYE WYTCHES VARIANTS!
We’re so excited about WYTCHES that we did not just one, but two awesome Third Eye variants, one for issue #2, and one for issue #3!

These are both by the incredibly talented DECLAN SHALVEY, and the two covers when placed side by side make one, awesome large connecting image.

These are being printed in very limited quantities, and are exclusively available via Third Eye Comics.

Issue #2 (pictured right), will go on sale on Wednesday 11/12/14, and issue #3 will be on sale 12/3/14.

Make sure you snag one of each, so you can get them signed by Scott on Saturday 1/17/15!

GET THE WYTCHES PHANTOM VARIANTS!
In addition to the totally rad Third Eye variants, we’ll also have the totally awesome, totally rare PHANTOM edition of WYTCHES #2 available, featuring cover art by the very talented RILEY ROSSMO.

PHANTOM VARIANTS are available in less than 30 comic book stores worldwide, and are the ultimate way to celebrate your favorite series, as they wed high concept cover art to cutting edge new titles.

OTHER PROJECTS BY SCOTT SNYDER
We’re super big fans of Snyder’s other projects, and past works as well as his new series WYTCHES, so we wanted to take a moment to spotlight some of the other great stuff he’s done that you can get signed on 1/17/15!

First off, in the series AMERICAN VAMPIRE, Scott Snyder totally reimagined the mythology of vampires in a way that was so fresh, and so exciting, that it still has us hooked to this day with the most recent incarnation: AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE.

In AMERICAN VAMPIRE, we begin by following Pearl, a young woman living in 1920s Los Angeles, who is brutally turned into a vampire and sets out on a path of righteous revenge against the European monsters who tortured and abused her.

Meanwhile, the background to American Vampire is laid in the Old West, as the origin of Skinner Sweet, the original American vampire, shows us a stronger, faster creature than any vampire ever seen before.

Imagine Sergio Leone’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA by way of FROM DUSK TIL DAWN or NEAR DARK, as Snyder follows his cast through the various generations and decades, and delivers one of the best takes on horror comics we’ve seen in quite some time.

We’ve got all the graphic novels of AMERICAN VAMPIRE in stock, as well as all of the issues of the new series, SECOND CYCLE, to get you on board.

And, of course, many of you may already know Scott Snyder from his incredible work on BATMAN, but just in case you don’t, we’ve got to take a second to spotlight his work on BATMAN: COURT OF OWLS, BATMAN: CITY OF OWLS, BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY, and most recently BATMAN: ZERO YEAR.

As the man who brought BATMAN back to prominence with the launch of the NEW 52 Batman run, starting with COURT OF OWLS, then continuing into the later stories, Snyder has redefined BATMAN more than any other creator in recent memory.

Along with GREG CAPULLO, he has done an incredible job of giving us exactly what we want out of Gotham City, and then some.

Folks, if you’ve never read BATMAN, or if it’s been a long time since you’ve read BATMAN, we highly recommend picking up BATMAN: COURT OF OWLS, and finding out why Snyder’s run is spoken of so highly.

And, don’t forget, BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR, which features Snyder’s WYTCHES collaborator, JOCK, and delivers one of the most interesting Batman stories we’ve ever read.

In BATMAN, the BLACK MIRROR, Snyder & Jock, showcase the dark origins of Jim Gordon’s long-lost son… James Gordon Jr. And, it’s a truly harrowing read, from start to finish. By far, one of the darkest, and most compelling BATMAN stories we’ve read since ARKHAM ASYLUM, Batman: the BLACK MIRROR is an incredible read, and a must-have to get signed by Scott on Saturday 1/17/15.

Finally, a must-read for you WYTCHES fans, as it really captures the same kind of sheer creepiness, and dread that WYTCHES does, is SEVERED. In this IMAGE COMICS sleeper hit, we’re introduced to 12-year old Jack Garron, who’s ran away from home to find his biological father, a wayward musician.

Along the way he meets up with a traveling salesman whose winning smile is fake, beneath which hide his real teeth — jagged spikes that he uses to eat his prey.

This was an incredible read, and if you dig the cerebral, eerie horror of WYTCHES, then you’ll love SEVERED. Make sure you scoop a copy to get signed by Scott on 1/17!

Cosplay & Be Entered to Win a WYTCHES #1
Phantom Black & White Sketch Variant

Scott Snyder has written some great stories with some fantastic characters for Cosplay material; be it the mysterious Wytches you could put your own interpretation on, a member of the Court of Owls, ol’ Skinner Sweet, or the Clown Prince of Crime.

So, we figured: hey, we’re Third Eye, we have a TON of uber-talented Cosplayers who are a part of the Third Eye fam, and shop at our stores — why not make this even more fun?

So, here it is, Third Eye Faithful: you come in Cosplay as any character from ANY project Snyder has worked on (from Batman to Wytches to American Vampire and beyond) — and you’ll be entered to win a WYTCHES #1 Phantom Black & White Sketch variant before the doors open for the signing!

BE ONE OF THE FIRST 50 IN LINE & RECEIVE A FREE GIFT!

You guys know us by now, right? You know we love it when you make these events into a real experience, and with how big of a signing this is — we know you guys are going to be down to make it a true Third Eye extravaganza.

It’s seeing you guys building a community while having fun, and waiting in line for these events that really motivates us to keep making stuff like this happen. We love it, and as such, we’ve decided to put together a very cool surprise gift for the first 50 of you who are lined up for the big signing!

Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-0322

CA – Star Wars #1 Signing

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Comics legend Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo, appears at Beach Ball Comics on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM! Stan drew the Beach Ball Comics EXCLUSIVE variant cover the first issue of Marvel’s new Star Wars series.

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Beach Ball Comics
3024 W Ball Rd Ste G, Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 826-6127

NYC – Star Wars #1 Signing

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Writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday appear at Midtown Comics Downtown on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to sign Star Wars #1, one of the most anticipated books of 2015!

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Star Wars #1 – 01/14/14
Writer: Jason Aaron • Artist: John Cassaday
Luke Skywalker and the ragtag band of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet-the destruction of the massive battle station known as the Death Star. But the Empire’s not toppled yet! Join Luke along with Princess Leia, smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, droids C-3PO and R2-D2, and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor. Written by Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and with art by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), this is the Star Wars saga as only Marvel Comics could make it!

-Purchase of Star Wars #1 required to attend event.

-Limit of two items signed per person.

Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038

UK – Abigail and the Snowman Signing

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Roger Langridge (The Muppet Show, Snarked, Thor: The Might Avenger) appears at Gosh Comics on Wednesday, December 31st from noon till 1:00 PM to sign his new comic from Boom! Studios ABIGAIL AND THE SNOWMAN!

Press Release:

Roger Langridge and Boom! are teaming up for a seasonal mini series: Abigail and the Snowman and we’re going to end 2014 with a seasonal signing!

Abigail, a nine year old girl with a huge imagination, moves to a small town where she’s the new kid at school, struggling to make friends. All that changes when she meets a Yeti named Claude who has escaped from a top secret government facility. Abigail and Claude become the best of friends, but to make sure he can truly be free from the “Shadow Men” chasing him, they must go on an adventure to find Claude’s real home

Over the years, Roger has given his own spin to household names such as The Muppets, Thor, and Doctor Who, as well as working on original books like Fred the Clown & the Eisner Award winning Snarked!

Roger will be joining us between 12pm and 1pm on the 31st of December, the perfect excuse to get out of the house/office on New Year’s Eve and come collect the new releases! Issue #1 of Abigail and the Snowman retails at £2.85. If you’d like a copy put aside or signed on your behalf then send an email to info@goshlondon.com, otherwise see you there!

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

Spooky Empire Con Report!

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“Why do you think horror movies are so popular?” asked my friend John. It was Friday evening, October 24, and we were standing in Tobin Bell’s autograph line at Spooky Empire, the semiannual fright fest held in sunny Orlando. I have known John since 1990, when he, a transfer student from Massachusetts, walked into my high school Spanish class and took the only available seat–the one next to me. After high school, we worked together at McDonald’s, and when he moved to Tennessee for college, and then Florida to work in the nursing home industry, we remained friends. He was with me at the Minneapolis Wizard World, as a matter of fact.

And this is what our friendship is like: deep thoughts. Why are horror movies popular? “Fear is primal,” I answered. “We like being scared because it is a release, especially when the object scaring us is revealed to be harmless, like a man in a mask.” (The Atlantic magazine ran a great article on exactly this topic; I’ll recommend it here.) We talked about it more, stepping forward every so often as the incredibly slow-moving line moved forward (with incredible slowness). This is not because the line was mismanaged; there were simply a lot of people in it.

I have seen all the Saw movies, and Tobin Bell was the one person I wanted to see at my inaugural Spooky Empire, which calls itself “one of the largest horror cons in the US.” Horror cons tend to be peopled by B- and C-list celebs, but this one had some moneymakers: Tara Reid, David Guintoli and Bitsie Tulloch (from TV’s Grimm), Derek Mears, Chris Sarandon, some of The Walking Dead cast, most of Rob Zombie’s Halloween cast, and, of course, Tobin Bell. He was very gracious with his time, talking and laughing with attendees. The person in front of me had a Tobin Bell mask for him to sign, and I wanted to ask Tobin how it felt to hold his own face in his hands, but I was afraid it’d be weird. Instead, I handed him my still-in-the-box figure of Billy, Jigsaw’s creepy puppet (which I had already had Cary Elwes sign at DragonCon). Below is the result.

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Want a close-up of Billy? Here it is.

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Sadly, the household-name-ness did not extend to the authors. I am a writer, an English professor, and a sometime bookseller. In other words, I know literature. As a 25-year fan of horror fiction, I know horror literature. But I did not know a single writer in attendance. (Full disclosure: Carrie Harris was there. She seems pretty big in YA circles, and she got the big-author-convention treatment, meaning she got a panel of her own and her picture was the biggest in the program.) I seem to remember Clive Barker attending a couple of years ago, so I know Spooky Empire can attract true literary stars. I was disappointed that they hadn’t done so this year.

The good thing is that the writers who were there stayed paneled-up. They led not just author talks but actual seminars on writing and publishing, some of which were tailored to specific interests, such as Friday night’s “Writing for Screen and Other Mediums.” Though the name should have been “media” (sorry, writerly tic), it was a good seminar.

Halloween is a cold weather holiday, so it seemed strange to attend a horror convention in a T-shirt and no jacket. Yet I enjoyed the experience. The dealer room seemed small for “one of the largest horror cons in the US,” but some cool merchandise was available. I talked to one dealer who had a collection of vintage costumes, most still in the boxes. Had he had those costumes for 40 years, or did he buy them like that? “I assemble them,” he said, buying a mask here, pants there, the box from some other source. How long does it take him to put together a costume? Over 10 years, for some. He also had an assortment of stuff like we used to order from the ad pages in 70s-era comics and magazines–stuff like X-ray glasses, monster teeth, fake blood, all still in packages, most in mint condition.

These are the dealers I like. Others had mostly new stuff, some of which I see over and over at conventions. This, however, I had never seen.

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One suggestion I have for Spooky Empire: better signage. John and I went through the hotel main entrance (Doubletree at Universal), followed the crowd of ghouls and zombies and normal-looking people (who could be homicidal maniacs because, as Wednesday Addams reminds us, “they look like everyone else”), and got all the way to what turned out to be a side entrance to the convention, where a guard pointed back the way we had come and said, “The convention entrance is that way.” A sign to that effect would have kept us from going in the wrong way. Also, a hotel employee was standing out front, directing drivers to the convention parking lot, up the street from the hotel parking lot. I think a sign could have done that job as well.

These complaints are trifles, though. Spooky Empire is as well-run as it is well-known, and I look forward to going again. I won’t get another weekend pass–there isn’t enough for multiple days–but the one-day pass is worth the money. John, who isn’t a horror guy, concurs, saying he enjoyed seeing the celebs and cosplayers. Where will we go next? Dunno. But when we figure it out, you–or, since I’m from North Carolina, y’all–will be the first to know.

See below for a few more Spooky Empire pics.

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Look at that disgusting blob! And Slimer, too.

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With guests like this, who needs security?

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“There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.”

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Word to the wise: don’t photo bomb guys who have actual bombs.

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Abraham Lincoln, convention goer

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Chris Sarandon (Jack Skellington) signs a Nightmare Before Christmas picture for my daughter.

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Ken Page (Oogie Boogie) signs the same picture.

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Fans chat up Tara Reid.

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I’m guessing this is a teacher from the Black Lagoon.

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I wonder what Tobin Bell thought of HER.

 

NC – Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Launch Party

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Artist Erica Henderson and colorist Rico Renzi appear at Acme Comics on Saturday January 10, 2015 for the launch party of UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL from Marvel Comics!

The festivities will kick off with an early afternoon signing at Acme from noon until 2:00 PM, then Erica & Rico will break for lunch before hosting the very first meeting of the Squirrel Scouts down at Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema (contact Joe Scott for details on how to participate)! At 4:00 PM it’s back up to Acme for the evening shift until 6:00 PM, then a dinner break before a live recording of Acmecast back down at Geeksboro at 8:30 PM!

Acme Comics
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
336-574-2263

Big Wow! ComicFest 2015 Tickets Available Now

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Big WOW! Comicfest returns on April 18th & 19th, 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center! Admission tickets are now available! Along with the standard Weekend and Single Day passes for Adults and Children, Big WOW! Comicfest also has the following VIP and Lifetime Admission Options available.

VIP Big WOW! Package includes a special VIP Lanyard, Weekend Pass to Big WOW! Comicfest, 1/2 hour early entry into the show both Saturday and Sunday, Big WOW! VIP bag, Big WOW! Comicfest 2015 T-Shirt, front row seating to any panel except the Swamp Thing panel, and more Big WOW! ComicFest exclusive items!

VIP Swamp Thing Package includes a Limited Edition Print signed by John Totleben, Stephen Bissette, Rich Veitch, and Tom Yeates, a special VIP Lanyard, Weekend Pass to Big WOW! Comicfest, 1/2 hour early entry into the show both Saturday and Sunday, Big WOW! VIP bag, Big WOW! Comicfest 2015 T-Shirt, and front row seating to the Swamp Thing panel.

Lifetime Admission to Big WOW! ComicFest, as well as the East Bay Comic Con and the Bakersfield Comic Con! Lifetime Admission comes with a complimentary Big WOW! ComicFest VIP package for the 2015 Con. You’ll be able to upgrade to VIP status for future shows. We are limiting sales to only 100 so you’ll want to scoop these up while you have the chance!

Get tickets at the link!

Guests include: Brent Anderson, Sanya Anwar, Stephen Bissette, Mark Bode, Nick Bradshaw, Tim Bradstreet, Dan Brereton, Danny Bulanadi, Frank Cho, Frank Cirocco, Lela Dowling, Stephen E. Gordon, Adi Granov, Mick Gray, Rich Koslowski, Ron Lim, Toshio Maeda, Steve Mannion, Chris Marrinan, Bill Morrison, Darick Robertson, Tone Rodriguez, Don Rosa, Stuart Sayger, Liam Sharp, Scott Shaw, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Totleben, Herb Trimpe, Rick Veitch, Tim Vigil, Ben Wolstenholme, Thomas Yeates, and more to be announced.

For more information on Big WOW! Comicfest please check their website (www.bigwowcomicfest.com) and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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