Silver Age Icon Joins Boston Comic Con 2011 Roster

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Boston Comic Con is honored to announce that comic book icon Neal Adams is the latest addition to an already extraordinary guest list for 2011! A Silver Age legend, Adams has been one of the most influential artists in the industry both on the page and behind the scenes. From returning Batman to his dark and gritty roots to campaigning for creators’ rights, Adams holds the highest position of respect. His photorealistic art has graced the pages of The Brave and the Bold, Deadman, Uncanny X-Men, Avengers, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and most recently Batman: Odyssey. Be sure to come to Boston Comic Con on April 30 – May 1, 2011 to welcome Neal Adams to New England!

Other recent additions include Spawn artist Greg Capullo, Playboy cartoonist Gahan Wilson, Marvel artist Stephanie Buscema, and returning guests Daixong Guo and Mark McKenna. Check out the convention website for full profiles of our guests and all the latest updates!

Previously announced guests include Frank Quitely, Joe Kubert, Adam Hughes, Darwyn Cooke, Arthur Adams, Frank Cho, Tim Sale, Dave Johnson,  J.G. Jones, Mark Brooks, Mark Chiarello, Matt Wagner, Ryan Ottley, Sean Galloway, Stan Sakai, Stephane Roux, Terry Moore, Tony Harris, Khoi Pham, Howard Chaykin, David Mack, and many more! Be sure to tell your friends! This is the largest and most talented collection of comic creators in New England ever!

Tickets are now available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids get in free with a paid adult!

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 40,000 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. The convention will be held Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm each day. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

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WonderCon 2011 Registration Opening

December 1, 2010 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News, Top Stories

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25th WonderCon Opens for Registration On December 1

Impressive list of special guests includes Kirkman, Levitz, Quesada and Speed McNeil

San Francisco – WonderCon, one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, will open its 2011 attendee registration at 9:00 AM PST on Wednesday, December 1 at www.comic-con.org/wc. Additionally, WonderCon has announced its first slate of special guests for its 25th anniversary show. Robert Kirkman (writer, The Walking Dead, Haunt), Paul Levitz (past president and publisher of DC Comics), Joe Quesada (editor-in-chief, Marvel Comics), Carla Speed McNeil (writer/artist, Finder), are among the 20-plus newly announced special guests from the worlds of comics, fantasy, and horror to appear at the 2011 show.

Part of the Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) family of conventions, WonderCon is a three-day event that has experienced yearly growth both in size and stature since moving to San Francisco in 2003, culminating in welcoming over 39,500 attendees to the 2010 show. The 2011 event will be held April 1–3 at the Moscone Center South in the heart of San Francisco.

“Because of the caliber of guests, exhibitors, and programming, WonderCon has been a ‘must attend’ show on the convention calendar,” said David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for WonderCon. “The level of guests announced for our 25th anniversary certainly reflects that continuing practice.”

WonderCon offers attendees, professionals, and exhibitors the complete convention experience, with a giant exhibit hall, exclusive programming from the top comics publishers in the country, movie and television panels, anime, autographs, games, the masquerade, and portfolio review all under one roof, it’s easy to see why WonderCon has become one of the best conventions in the country.

For a complete rundown of the growing list of special guests at WonderCon, as well as future announcements, please visit www.comic-con.org/wc. The guests confirmed thus far for the 2011 event include:

Jason Aaron (writer, Scalped, Wolverine)

Jason Aaron is an Eisner and Harvey nominated comic book writer whose work includes the critically acclaimed crime series Scalped for Vertigo and celebrated stints on Black Panther, Ghost Rider, and Wolverine: Weapon X for Marvel. He currently writes Wolverine, Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine, and Punisher Max, all for Marvel. Jason lives in Kansas with his wife and two sons.

Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, Groo, MAD magazine)

One of MAD magazine’s longest-running cartoonists (Al Jaffee holds the record) and the creator of that popular dim-witted barbarian Groo, Sergio Aragonés recently ventured into the popular world of The Simpsons, becoming a featured writer/artist in Bart Simpson Comics. A new book, MAD’s Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragonés: Five Decades of His Finest Works, celebrates Sergio’s long history with the humor magazine.

Berkeley Breathed (syndicated cartoonist, Bloom County, Opus)

Berkeley Breathed began drawing Bloom County, a political satire, for college newspapers in the early 1980s. Nationwide recognition came to Breathed with his creation of Opus, an insecure penguin who reflected the political conscience of America. When Bloom County ended, Breathed created Outland, which had a successful four-year run, after which Breathed started Opus, which ran until 2008. Bloom County Complete Library is currently being published by IDW.

Mark Evanier (writer, comics historian, Kirby: King of Comics)

Mark Evanier has been writing professionally since 1969, when he apprenticed with the legendary Jack Kirby and also began writing comic book scripts for Disney. Over the years, he has worked on preexisting characters including Superman, Blackhawk, The New Gods, Tarzan, Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Yogi Bear, and dozens of others. He’s also handled his own co-creations, The DNAgents, Crossfire, Boogeyman, Hollywood Superstars, and The Mighty Magnor, along with collaborating since 1983 with cartoonist Sergio Aragonés on Groo the Wanderer, for which he won a couple of the industry’s coveted Eisner Awards. He is the author of several collections of columns as well as MAD Art, a history of MAD magazine and Kirby: King of Comics, a book about his mentor that won both two prestigious Harvey awards and one more Eisner. He has received three Emmy nominations and an award from the Writers Guild of America for lifetime achievement in animation writing. Mark is currently writing two screenplays for a major studio and writing, producing, and voice-directing the third season of The Garfield Show, which is seen in more than 150 countries.

Adam Hughes (artist, Wonder Woman, Catwoman)

Born on Cinco de Mayo during the Summer of Love, in Riverside, NJ, Adam escaped to Atlanta, Georgia in the early ’90s, when such things were possible. Starting his comics career in 1987, Adam has drawn for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Sideshow Collectibles, and many other companies. He has also done work for Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Joss Whedon’s Mutant Enemy Productions.

Robert Kirkman (writer, The Walking Dead, Haunt)

Robert Kirkman is a New York Times bestselling author who maintains one prerogative in every undertaking: quality. It is Kirkman’s belief that good people who produce good writing and good ideas make comics people love. Kirkman was recently made partner at Image Comics and continues to enliven the industry with refreshing new characters. His bestselling series The Walking Dead has been adapted into a hit TV series by AMC, and his books are among the most popular on the iPhone and iPad’s ”Comics” app. Kirkman recently launched Skybound, an all-new imprint of Image Comics that provides a new generation of comic book creators with the opportunity to publish their original works.

Hope Larson (writer/artist, Mercury, Chiggers)

Hope Larson is the author of four graphic novels, including Mercury and Chiggers. Her short comics have been featured on the op-ed page of the New York Times and in several anthologies, notably Flight and Comic Book Tattoo. She’s currently hard at work on a graphic novel adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, which will be published in fall 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Larson has been nominated for cartooning awards in the U.S., Canada, and Europe and is the recipient of a 2006 Ignatz Award and a 2007 Eisner Award.

Paul Levitz (former president and publisher, DC Comics; writer, Legion of Super-Heroes)

Paul Levitz has been a comics fan (The Comic Reader, winner of two Best Fanzine Comic Art Fan Awards), editor (Batman), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes), and executive (38 years at DC, ending as president & publisher). He has received the Inkpot, Clampett Humanitarian, and ComicsPro Industry Appreciation Awards and serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. His new book, 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, has just been published by Taschen, and his recent comics writing appears in Legion of Super-Heroes and Adventure Comics, as well as collected editions.

Jeremy Love (writer/artist, Bayou)

Jeremy Love is an award-winning writer, illustrator, and animator. His critically acclaimed serialized graphic novel Bayou, from DC/Zuda, was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic and won five Glyph Awards. Making his debut over a decade ago, Love has also worked on creator-owned projects for Dark Horse (Fierce, Shadow Rock), on established properties such as G.I. Joe, Batman, and Fraggle Rock, and on various animated projects.

Francis Manapul (artist, The Flash, Superboy)

Francis Manapul is the current artist on The Flash. His previous work for DC Comics included books such as Adventure Comics, Superman/Batman, and The Legion of Super-Heroes. His work has appeared in various publications from the likes of Aspen Comics, Editions Delcourt, Top Cow Productions, and Devils Due, just to name a few. Francis is also a TV presenter on SyFy’s Beast Legends, in which he and a team of scientists and adventurers travel the globe in search of scientific data to create mythical beasts. Francis was born in Manila, Philippines, and currently calls Toronto, Canada his home.

Carla Speed McNeil (writer/artist, Finder)

Writer/artist Carla Speed McNeil is best known for her award-winning science fiction series Finder. McNeil self-published Finder starting in 1996 and continues the series today on the web, where she moved it in 2005. In 2009, Finder won the Eisner Award for Best Webcomic. The series is currently being reissued by Dark Horse Comics in a series of graphic novels. McNeil’s other work includes illustrating a story arc for Greg Rucka’s Queen & Country. In addition to her Eisner Award, McNeil is also the recipient of the Friends of Lulu Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent in 1997 and the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent in 1998.

Terry Moore (writer/artist, Echo, Strangers in Paradise)

Terry Moore has been writing and drawing critically acclaimed comic books since 1993, beginning with his award-winning classic series Strangers in Paradise. Garnering numerous industry awards and published in 14 languages, Strangers in Paradise remains a fan favorite. Moore’s current ongoing series, Echo, has been widely acclaimed by both fans and professionals. Echo won the Harvey Award for best new series of 2009. Terry has recently enjoyed successful runs writing for Marvel’s Spiderman Loves Mary Jane and Runaways.

Ryan Ottley (artist, Invincible)

Ryan Ottley currently draws Invincible for Image Comics and has done so for the past seven years. Staying completely busy on a monthly book for that length of time doesn’t often allow for other work, but he finds time here and there for the occasional side project. On his list are Superman/Batman Annual #1 for DC and such other Image books as Haunt 1–5 and the one-shots Death Grub and Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark, which doubtfully could ever be topped by another project, so he is considering quitting comics entirely and living off of Grizzly Shark money for the rest of his days. He currently lives in Bountiful, Utah with his wife and son, who would also love the idea of him quitting comics so they could see him once in a while.

Joe Quesada (editor-in-chief, chief creative officer, Marvel Comics; writer/artist, Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil)

Joe Quesada wears many creative hats, as both an acclaimed writer/artist and the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. Joe also serves as chief creative officer for Marvel Entertainment. In this role, he is steward of such legendary characters as Spider-Man, X-Men, Incredible Hulk, and the Fantastic Four. Even with an entire publishing company to run, Quesada keeps his creative hand moving. During his tenure, he’s completed Daredevil: Father, a story dedicated to his father, and illustrated Spider-Man: One More Day, changing the popular web-slinging hero forever. He’s recently completed the bookend to One More Day, One Moment in Time.

Frank Quitely (artist, All Star Superman, Batman and Robin)

Frank Quitely spent the first three years of his career in the independently published anthology Electric Soup. He spent a further two years painting sci-fi strips for the popular UK anthology Judge Dredd Megazine. The next five years were mostly spent at DC, producing work for Paradox Press, Vertigo, DCU and WildStorm, including Flex Mentallo, Batman, JLA, and The Authority. After two years on New-X-Men at Marvel, he headed back to Vertigo for the creator-owned mini-series We3, followed by All Star Superman and Batman and Robin. He currently has several creator-owned projects in the pipeline.

Amy Reeder (artist, Madame Xanadu, Batwoman)

Amy Reeder is best known for her work on Vertigo’s Madame Xanadu, and she is currently drawing covers for Supergirl and interiors alongside J. H. Williams for DC Comics’ Batwoman series. Having gotten her start writing and drawing the graphic novel series Fool’s Gold for Tokyopop, Amy’s art is a fusion between Japanese and American comicking sensibilities. Amy was nominated for three Eisner Awards in 2009 for her work on Madame Xanadu: Best New Series, Best Artist, and Best Cover Artist.

Seth (cartoonist/designer, Palookaville, John Stanley Library)

Seth is the cartoonist behind the painfully infrequent comic book series Palookaville, which in 2010 ceased being a pamphlet and became an annual hardcover. His novels, which have been translated into eight languages, include It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken, Wimbledon Green, and the serialized story George Sprott (1894-1975), which appeared in the New York Times Magazine in 25 installments and has been expanded as a standalone book. As a book designer, Seth has worked on a variety of projects, including The Complete Peanuts, The John Stanley Library, and the two-volume series on Canadian master cartoonist Doug Wright. As an illustrator, Seth has produced commercial works for virtually all of the major Canadian and American magazines. His work frequently appears inside and on the cover of the New Yorker. He lives in Guelph, Ontario with his wife and two cats and rarely leaves his basement.

Bill Sienkiewicz (artist, Elektra: Assassin, Stray Toasters)

Boleslav (William) Bill Felix Robert Sienkiewicz (pronounced sin-KEV-itch) is an Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated artist best known for his innovative redefinition of comic and graphic novel illustration and storytelling from 1980 onward, most notably with Marvel Comic’s Elektra: Assassin and his acclaimed graphic novel Stray Toasters, earning him an international reputation and cult status across media industries. A classically trained painter, Sienkiewicz’s renderings incorporate abstract and expressionist influences and any combination of oil painting, acrylics, watercolor, mixed-media, collage, and even electrical wiring. His work has garnered numerous accolades, most notably a 2004 Eisner Award for DC Comics’ The Sandman: Endless Nights, and 1995 and 1996 Emmy Award nominations for production and character design on the PBS children’s TV series Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego?

Kevin Smith (writer/director/actor, Chasing Amy; writer, Batman: Widening Gyre)

The popular writer/director of such films as Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Kevin Smith is back at WonderCon! In addition to his movie work, Smith has returned to comics with a pair of Batman miniseries: Batman: Cacophony, and Batman: Widening Gyre). Smith’s Q&A sessions always pack them in wherever he appears; look for another rollicking panel at WonderCon!

Len Wein (writer/editor, Fantastic Four, DC Universe Legacies; creator, Swamp Thing, Wolverine)

Best known as the co-creator of Swamp Thing, Human Target, Wolverine, and the New X-Men, Len Wein has been editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, Disney Comics, and Top Cow Comics and was senior editor at DC Comics. He is noted for long runs writing almost every major character in the business. In TV, Len developed and story-edited the award-winning War Planets: Shadow Raiders, and has scripted more than 60 animated shows, including an Emmy Award for Batman: The Animated Series. In 2008, Len was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. Len currently writes DC Universe: Legacies, which celebrates DC’s 75th anniversary.

F. Paul Wilson (author, Repairman Jack series)

F. Paul Wilson is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of 40-plus books and over 100 short stories spanning horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything between. More than 9 million copies of his books are in print in the U.S., and his work has been translated into 24 languages. He also has written for the stage, screen, and interactive media. His most recent novels are Ground Zero, Jack: Secret Vengeance, and the latest Repairman Jack thriller, Fatal Error. He currently resides at the Jersey Shore; he can be found on the web at www.repairmanjack.com.

Marv Wolfman (writer/editor, Tomb of Dracula, New Teen Titans)

Marv Wolfman has created more characters that have gone on to television, animation, movies and toys than any other comics creator since Stan Lee. Marv is the writer-creator of Blade, the Vampire Hunter, Bullseye (the prime villain in the 2003 movie Daredevil), and the New Teen Titans, which was a runaway hit show on the Cartoon Network. Marv also writes novels; his adaptation of Superman Returns won the industry’s “Scribe” award. His nonfiction book Homeland, The Illustrated History of The State of Israel won the National Jewish Book Award among others.

About WonderCon:

WonderCon, one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to San Francisco-based WonderCon each spring, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) each fall. On the web: WonderCon.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/wondercon.

Boston Comic Con 2011 Doubles in Size and Moves to New Venue

 

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This spring the Boston Comic Con doubles in size and moves to a much larger venue, the Hynes Convention Center! In light of the massive crowds at the previous convention, the move was essential to accommodate the growing popularity of the show. And with this line up of comic creators, every extra foot of space is absolutely needed.

Boston Comic Con is thrilled to announce that the April 30-May 1, 2011 show features the best guest list New England has ever seen. Comic fans and collectors will not want to miss this amazing opportunity to meet superstar creators including Frank Quitely, Adam Hughes, Darwyn Cooke, Arthur Adams, Frank Cho,  Tim Sale, Dave Johnson, and Golden Age legend Joe Kubert! Check out the full guest list below!

Joe Kubert is indisputably one of the most impressive craftsmen in the field’s history. During his time in the business, Kubert has drawn everything from horror to Westerns to superheroes: DC Comics’ Hawkman, Tarzan, Sgt. Rock, Batman, and The Flash. Kubert is also the creator and artist of characters The Heroic Caveman, Tor, and Abraham Stone. Kubert will be appearing Sunday only at the 2011 Boston Comic Con.

Scottish artist Frank Quitely most frequently collaborates with writer Grant Morrison on series including Batman & Robin, All-Star Superman, New X-Men, We3, and many more. This is a rare US appearance of one of the most influential and innovative artists in comics.

Adam Hughes is one of the most in-demand artists in the industry. A fan favorite for his covers on Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Star Wars, and more, Adam’s convention sketches are highly coveted by discerning collectors.

Darwyn Cooke is the creator of New Frontier from DC Comics. He formerly worked in animation where he created the title sequence of Batman Beyond. He is currently adapting Richard Stark’s Parker novels for IDW Publishing.

Frank Cho made a big splash with his comic strip Liberty Meadows while still in college. Entirely self-taught, he is regarded as one of the best Good Girl artists in the business; his sexy ladies have grace the pages of Mighty Avengers, The Ultimates, and Shanna the She-Devil.

Arthur Adams is one of the most influential comic book artists of his generation. Adams has a very detailed and realistic style that is a fan favorite. He has drawn everything from X-Men and The Fantastic Four to Batman and Superman Adams is also creator of Monkeyman and O’Brien.

Tim Sale is best known for working on iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, Daredevil, Hulk, and Spider-Man. He is currently drawing the highly anticipated continuation of his Spectrum series, Captain America: White.  Tim’s art is also known worldwide to fans of the NBC hit drama Heroes, as he created the television show’s prophetic visions of the future.

“Reverend” Dave Johnson’s highly design-based covers have been featured on The Punisher and most famously on 100 Bullets. Dave is also the founder of The Drink & Draw Social Club.

J.G. Jones is the co-creator of Wanted. He also created every cover for DC’s year-long weekly series 52 and drew the Final Crisis series. Most recently, he is working on the covers for First Wave.

Matt Wagner is well-known for his character-driven, creator-owned series Grendel and Mage. He has also worked on comics featuring The Demon and Batman. Wagner’s recent projects include Madame Xanadu for Vertigo and a Green Hornet spin-off for Dynamite Entertainment.

Ryan Ottley came to fame when he took over the penciling duties for Invincible from original artist Cory Walker. Since then, he has co-created the series Haunt and Sea Bear & Land Shark.

Tony Harris is most famous for co-creating the Eisner-winning series Starman and Ex Machina. An artist of wide acclaim, he is the founder of Jolly Roger Studios.

Stan Sakai began his career by lettering comic books, notably Groo the Wanderer by Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier and Stan Lee’s Spider-Man daily comic strip. He became famous with the creation of the epic saga Usagi Yojimbo, first published in 1984, which he still continues as the sole creator, doing almost all the artwork himself.

Terry Moore created the long running indie hit Strangers in Paradise. SIP is published under Moore’s own imprint, Abstract Studio, and is one of the most successful independently published books in the comics industry.

Sean “Cheeks” Galloway is a cartoonist whose fun, lively style was directly adapted to the Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon series. He drew the Teen Titans feature for DC’s Wednesday Comics.

Howard Chaykin influenced the comic book industry by creating titles aimed at mature audiences most notably American Flagg! He also earned early fame by adapting the original Star Wars movie for Marvel Comics.

Stephane Roux is a French comic book artist who is known mostly for his cover work for Marvel, DC, and Semic Comics. He has worked on such titles as Witchblade and Birds of Prey. Roux is currently working on the ongoing DC Comics series Zatanna.

Khoi Pham is a graduate of Northeastern who went to become a trial attorney till he decided to live his dream of becoming a comic artist. One of the Young Guns of Marvel Comics with art on titles such as Mighty Avengers and The Incredible Hercules, he is currently drawing the series Chaos War.

David Mack is the creator of the independent comic book sensation Kabuki. A talented artist who often experiments with media, his works has been seen in many comic series including Daredevil, White Tiger, and Avengers.

Finally, Mark Chiarello is the Art Director of DC Comics, he edited the high profile and critically acclaimed series Batman: Black & White, Solo, and this past summer’s Wednesday Comics. A graduate of Pratt Institute, he worked on Batman/Houdini, countless covers for both Marvel and DC as a painter, and published a book of portraits of baseball players from the Negro Leagues.

Boston Comic Con is happy to announce that Chiarello will once again conduct a limited number of portfolio reviews. This is a rare opportunity for artists to show their work to the man in charge of the look of the DC Universe.  Last year he met with dozens of local artists and found at least one to bring into the DC fold.

Tickets are now available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass.

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 40,000 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. The convention will be held Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm each day. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

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Hero Initiative Appearing at Mid-Ohio-Con 2010

November 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News, Ohio

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Hero Initiative celebrates Mid-Ohio Con’s 30th year!

Archie Comics, New Fragrance from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and more!

For Immediate Release: (November 2, 2010) Hero Initiative will celebrate Mid-Ohio Con’s 30th year as one of America’s longest-running and most successful comic book and pop-culture conventions! It’s happening this weekend, November 6-7 in Exhibit Hall E of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High Street, Columbus, OH For tickets visit http://midohiocon.blogspot.com/. In celebration, Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in medical and financial need, will have signings and live sketching by special guests at its booth.

We have excellent news for the BPAL fans out there! Heroine, the new scent from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab featuring the great new Adam Hughes label, will be available at the con! Heroine is the first scent created specifically for The Hero Initiative, and features Nepalese amber, East African patchouli, dark musk, apple blossom, petit grain, aged leather, skin musk, and rhubarb. Heroine will be available for $25 at the con, and will be $26 when it goes live on the BPAL site in late November.

While getting a sketch, a couple of signatures and smelling amazing, you can browse the next six highly anticipated Hero Initiative original Archie #600 covers that are for sale! The next six available—from artists Norm Breyfogle, Agnes Garbowska, Leonard Kirk, Joseph Linsner, Al Milgrom and Aaron Sowd—will be on display at Hero’s Mid-Ohio booth as they’re simultaneously up for auction on eBay! Check out: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZheroinitiativeQQhtZ-1

Archie 600 Agnes GarbowskaSketching and signing schedule as follows:

SAT, Nov. 6 10-6

1130-1230: Kurt Busiek

130-230: Herb Trimpe

SUN, Nov. 7

1030-1130: Matt Wagner

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Hero Initiative to Haunt Long Beach Comic Con

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Hero Initiative gets ready to Haunt Long Beach Comic Con

Booze and Banter party, Official LBCC Costume party

New BPAL Perfume Release and much more!

For Immediate Release: (October 25, 2010) Hero Initiative, the first federally recognized, non-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, is planning to spend its Halloween weekend partying it up with special guests and artists at Long Beach Comic Con, October 29-31 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com for additional information or go to www.heroinitiative.org for tickets.

Friday evening, October 29 from 5 -7 p.m., we have few limited spaces left to join funny man, writer, and creator Jimmy Palmiotti along with Amanda Connor, Tom Jane, Tim Bradstreet, and the Reverend Dave Johnson for Booze and Banter at Long Beach’s Gladstone’s Restaurant. Click here to reserve your spot. All proceeds will benefit Hero.

Saturday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m., the Hero Initiative is hosting a The LBCC Official Costume Party at the Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 Pine Avenue, Long Beach. Prizes will be awarded in different categories: best superhero, best villain, best IDW character, best BOOM! Character, most creative, best Zombie and more! It’s going to be incredible fun, and your $10 admission benefits the Hero Initiative. Admission ticket also gets you one free beer and helps out our great cause. Tickets will be sold at the Hero Initiative booth, #300 and at Rock Bottom Saturday evening.

In addition, premiering this weekend is Heroine, a scent created specifically for The Hero Initiative by Black Phoenix Alchemy Laboratory with label art is by the fabulous Adam Hughes! Proceeds from every bottle sold go to The Hero Initiative. We will be selling Heroine, as well as the Dawn, Witchblade, Sachs and Violens, and Unknown scents at the booth as Wicked Goddess herself from BPAL will be at the Hero booth Saturday and Sunday to help you with your scent needs. Heroine will be available for $25 at the booth and will be $26 when it goes live on the Black site in late November.

Also available is a limited edition exclusive print for Long Beach Comic Con by legendary artist Arthur Suydam. Prints will be available at our booth for $15 and you can get it signed by the artist himself all weekend in Artist Alley! (see attached)

And you can save on a great Hero product: The Ultimate Spider-Man #100 Project! It’s half off when you bring a coupon from our website at www. Heroinitiatve.org. Print it and bring it to our booth, #300. Limit two per person while supplies last!

At our booth, J. Scott Campbell will be sketching Saturday from 2-3 p.m. But be advised! He’ll only be doing three sketches! In order to get one of his coveted creations, raffle tickets will be sold all day Friday and Saturday until 1 p.m. at $1 each. Three winners will then be selected who will then be able to purchase a Campbell sketch for $250. There is no limit on how many tickets you can purchase, but purchasers must be present at the Hero booth Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to redeem sketch. All proceeds will go to The Hero Initiative. Booth Schedule is as follows:

Friday Oct. 28 (Show hours 1-8pm)

3-4pm Joe Benitez

530-630 Whilce Portacio

Saturday Oct. 29 (Show hours: 10am-7pm)

10-11:30 Tim Sale

12-2 Danny Miki

2-3 J. Scott Campbell

Sunday Oct. 31 (Show Hours 10-4)

1030-1130 Howard Chaykin

1130-1230 Trent Kanigua

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

DC Heads to NYCC 2010 with DiDio, Lee, Johns, and More

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DC COMICS HEADS TO NEW YORK COMIC CON

Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns and J. Michael Straczynski Are Guests of Honor

Other Top Guests Headline Panels and In-Booth Signings!

Norwalk, CT, September 15, 2010: DC Comics has revealed some of the top guests who will be on hand to meet and greet fans at the annual New York Comic Con (NYCC) which will take place October 8 – 10, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Acclaimed writer J. Michael Straczynski will join DC executive talent including co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee as well as superstar writer and Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns as Guests of Honor. Other all-star DC creators who will be participating in various panels and activities at NYCC include John Arcudi, Art Baltazar, Matthew Clark, Amanda Conner, Tony Daniel, Shane Davis, David Finch, Franco, Derek Fridolfs, Adam Hughes, JT Krul, Francis Manapul, Sean Murphy, Dustin Nguyen, Jimmy Palmiotti, Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, Nicola Scott, Peter Snejbjerg, Scott Snyder, Peter J. Tomasi and Freddie Williams II.

Officials at DC note that many of the panels featuring their creators will include announcements and other “behind-the-scenes” information about DC Comics, Vertigo and WildStorm comics and graphic novels. In addition, DC staff members will welcome thousands of fans to DC’s 3000 square foot booth centrally located on the convention floor which will feature talent signings, free giveaways and early peeks at the newest action figures, statues, busts and other amazing collectibles on display from DC Direct.

“We have worked closely with DC since our very first show and we are always eager and grateful to host the enormous talent that they bring to our show,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for both NYCC and NYAF. “NYCC is only one of a handful of conventions where DC has a significant booth presence and so we want to make their participation as beneficial as possible. DC represents the total convergence of comics, movies and books into the pop culture mainstream and this is what NYCC is all about. We look forward to providing ample opportunity for our thousands of fans to meet, greet and interact with the biggest and most famous artists, writers and creators in the world today.”

NYCC convention organizers note that movie and TV studio participation at NYCC is expected to be very strong this year, with announcements about guest appearances and previews coming very soon. Tickets for NYCC and NYAF may be purchased at www.nycomiccon.com. Other information about the shows, as well as news about ReedPOP, which also organizes Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), is available at Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.mediumatlarge.net.

DAN DIDIO was named Co-Publisher of DC Comics with Jim Lee in February 2010. Prior to his new role, he served as the Senior VP-Executive Editor, DC Universe for DC Comics. Since 2003, he has spearheaded such bestselling titles as Identity Crisis, Infinite Crisis, 52, and Final Crisis. Prior to joining DC, Dan worked in television for CBS and ABC public relations and program development. His writing can also be seen in The Outsiders.

JIM LEE is Co-Publisher of DC Comics. Prior to his current post, Lee served as Editorial Director, where he oversaw WildStorm Studios and was also the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER, BATMAN: HUSH, and SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW. He also serves as the Executive Creative Director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE).

GEOFF JOHNS is the Chief Creative Officer for DC Entertainment as well as one of the most the most prolific and popular of contemporary comic book writers. He has written highly acclaimed stories starring Green Lantern, Superman, the Flash, Teen Titans, and the Justice Society of America, as well as the bestselling graphic novels BLACKEST NIGHT and INFINITE CRISIS. Johns has also written for various other media, including the acclaimed “Legion” episode of SMALLVILLE and the fourth season of ROBOT CHICKEN. He is writing the story of the DC Universe™ Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) and co-producing the upcoming Green Lantern feature film.

J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI is the only comics writer in history to win the Eisner Award, the Hugo Award (twice), the Inkpot Lifetime Achievement Award, SFWA’s Ray Bradbury Award and be nominated for a British Academy Award for Screenwriting (for Changeling). As a comics writer he has written The Amazing Spider-Man, Superman, Wonder Woman and Thor, among others; as a writer for TV and film, his credits include Ninja Assassin, Babylon 5, Jeremiah and Twilight Zone. He’s worked with Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Paul Greengrass and others. His current in-development credits include Forbidden Planet (for Warners), Shattered Union (for Disney/Bruckheimer), and Lensman (for Universal) More projects will be announced at NYCC. He never sleeps.

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 and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo. 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, Asia and Europe.

MCBA FallCon 2010 to Feature Hughes, Jurgens, Etc.

October 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Minnesota, Top Stories

Press Release:

MCBA FALLCON COMIC BOOK PARTY
THE ONE DAY WONDER!

Saint Paul, MN (October 5, 2010) – The Midwest Comic Book Association (MCBA) is pleased to announce that the 23rd Annual MCBA FallCon Comic Book Party (aka “The One Day Wonder!”) will take place at the Progress Center located on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Saturday October 16, 2010.

Time Masters by Dan Jurgens

FallCon, one of the premiere comic book events in the midwest with a growing national reputation, is a celebration of the extraordinary marriage between the written word and graphic arts. A fascinating and focused acclaimation of an American born, truly unique, dynamic, ever growing and evolving medium that comic books represent.

“FallCon is a 360 minute nexus of all of the things that make the world of comic books so very compelling and relevant!” said Nick Postiglione, Co-Director of the all volunteer MCBA, “Over the years, FallCon has been built around the concept of developing community and providing opportunity for all aspects of our growing community to interface in a welcoming and energetic enviroment. The midwest has a long standing reputation of being a breeder reactor for comic creators of all types and given the recent appropriation of cutting edge comic book culture by the much larger mainstream media, it’s a great spotlight for the wildly diverse aspects of our exponentially growing creative community. Including superstar creators, working professionals, up and comers, Independent & Alternative creators, webcomicers, self-publishers, mini-comic folks, small press, and all creative and format points in between!”

Of course no FallCon could possibly be complete without the hucksters! Offering a super gigantic comic book marketplace with comic book stores and dealers buying, selling and trading all things comic books. There will be literally tons of comic books (Around 500,000 golden age, silver age, bronze age, current and collectible comic books), trade paperbacks, graphic novels, original comic book art, manga, action figures, statues, Star Wars & Trek, unexplicable trinkets, collectibles and the list goes on into a reasonable approximation of infinity.

At FallCon, expectation of the unexpected is generally expected! Costumed characters, hundreds of door prizes, surprise guests, portfolio reviews, attendees of all shapes, sizes, colors, ages, sexes, characters and mundane’s from all walks of life will converge to join the party. A One Day Wonder of pure comic book action! Now is the time and FallCon is the place where there’s something for everyone and everyone is welcome!
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Event Name: FallCon Comic Book Party

Event Description: Comic Book Party

Date of Event: Saturday – October 16 – 2010

Open to Public: 10AM to 4PM

Location of Event: MN. State Fairgrounds – Progress Center
1621 Randall Ave – St. Paul, MN. 55108

Featured Guests:

Adam Hughes – Legendary Cover & Pin Up Artist
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Barb Schulz – World class inker – Istructr
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Herb Trimpe – Bronze Age Superstar Artist & Co-Creator of Wolverine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herb_Trimpe

Dan Jurgens – Local Superstar & The Man Who Killed Superman

http://danjurgens.com/

Mike Hoffman – World Reknowned Fantasy Illustrator
www.mikehoffman.com

Joel Seibel

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0796744/

And Many More TBA – Complete List On Website

Event Features: * Free Creator Autographs * Free Parking * Free Portfolio Review * Hundreds of Door
Prizes * Costumed Characters * Prize Drawings *Over 100 Comic Book Creators *
Dealers from all Over the USA *

Tickets at the Door. Admission: $7.00 per adult. Children 9 & Under Free. Get $1.00 off w/a canned
foodshelf donation.

Event Website: www.Midwestcomicbook.com – under construction

Charities: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund – www.cbldf.org
Minnesota Lupus Foundation – www.lupus.org
Minnesota Foodshelves

NJ – NYCC Preview Party

Press Release:

Adam Hughes and Allison Sohn sign on Thursday, October 7th from 5:30 – 7:30!

We’re really excited to welcome renowned comic artist Adam Hughes to Dewey’s Comic City on Thursday evening, October 7th from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. Adam, who will be appearing during our special New York Comic-Con Preview Party will be meeting fans and signing copies of the recently released COVER RUN: THE DC COMIC ART OF ADAM HUGHES as well as other work.

Adam’s stunning and elegantly drawn “good girl” style cover illustrations have graced the covers of Wonder Woman, Catwoman and many other DC Comics characters. He is the winner of multiple Harvey and Eisner comic awards and his recently released COVER RUN art book collects the best of his work for DC Comics including commentary from the artist, rarely seen preliminary material and much more! Haven’t picked up your copy yet? Don’t worry we’ll have plenty of copies of COVER RUN on sale at the store this with a special offer for those who purchase a copy and attend the signing)!

Besides his award winning work for DC Comics, Adam has drawn or done work for Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros., Joss Whedon’s Mutant Enemy Productions and many others. He has illustrated everything from Star Wars to Star Trek and Indiana Jones to Tomb Raider. His run of covers on Wonder Woman won multiple Harvey Awards and an Eisner.

BONUS GUEST APPEARANCE! Star Wars fans take note! Also appearing at our NYCC PREVIEW PARTY will be Allison Sohn, an illustrator who works primarily in the trading card industry. Allison has worked on such licensed card sets as The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Heroes, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Red Sonja to name but a few. We were able to convince Allison, also a guest at Comic Con who just happens to be married to Adam, to spend some time with us as well!

So join on us Thursday evening, Oct 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 to meet Adam Hughes AND celebrate the start of that weekend’s NEW YORK COMIC CON with a special NYCC PREVIEW PARTY (ps – tickets to the convention are on sale at our store)! You don’t have to going to the con to come to the Preview Party! Everyone is invited! So even if you can make it to the convention you can still enjoy the festivities!

Dewey’s Comic City
13 Park Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940

NJ – Cover Run Signing

ADAM HUGHES signs on Thursday, October 7th from 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Our special guest for our NEW YORK COMIC CON PREVIEW PARTY is none other then the highly acclaimed artist ADAM HUGHES!  Adam’s cover work is legendary and that work has recently been celebrated in COVER RUN: THE DC ART OF ADAM HUGHES. One of the most popular and in demand artist working in comics today, Adam will be here signing copies of COVER RUN and all his work in this special appearance!  The NEW YORK COMIC CON takes place that weekend (Dewey’s will be carrying NYCC tickets so make sure you avoid the long lines at the con and buy your tickets in advance here) and we’ll kick off the convention festivities with a special PREVIEW NIGHT with Adam’s appearance here at Dewey’s!  It’s going to be amazing!

Dewey’s Comic City
13 Park Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940

Adam Hughes Announced as Guest for Mid-Ohio-Con 2010

August 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Ohio, Top Stories

Press Release:

Mid-Ohio-Con announced that Adam Hughes has joined the guest roster for Mid-Ohio-Con 2010.  “Adam is one of the most influential and successful creators in comics today with a body of work that spans from comics and graphic novels to cards and gaming and has inspired work in countless other mediums.  We’re thrilled to welcome him as a guest of honor for our 30th anniversary show,” said James Henry, Managing Director of Mid-Ohio-Con.
 
The Eisner Award-winning creator is most commonly known for his stylized renderings of women – super heroines, damsels in distress, and figures in fantasy – as seen in Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes which features the best of Hughes’ work for DC Comics, along with commentary from the artist, rarely seen preliminary material and much more.  Cover Run debuted in July 2010 at the number 2 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List and promptly sold out its first print run.

Adam began working in comics in 1985 at the age of 19 and in 1989 he started on his first mainstream comic title with DC’s Justice League. He worked on the book for almost 2 years, doing covers and interiors until 1990, then switching to just supplying artwork for the covers. In 1998 he began a highly successful five-year run as cover artist on DC’s Wonder Woman, bringing him critical acclaim and commercial success while solidifying his status as an all-star creator with legions of fans.

During the course of his career, Adam has brought his unique style to a broad array of titles for indie and mainstream publishers alike, including Star Wars for Dark Horse, Catwoman, Justice League, Legion of Superheroes, Power Girl, and Wonder Woman for DC, Gen13, Savage Dragon and Tomb Raider for Image, and Sensational She-Hulk and X-Men for Marvel, among many other titles. With the highly successful release of Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes, Adam’s work is in high demand and we look forward to seeing new projects from the creator in the future.
 
Now entering its 30th year, Mid-Ohio-Con is one of America’s longest-running and most successful comic book and pop culture conventions. Each year, Mid-Ohio-Con brings fans of all ages together with leading comic book writers and artists, film and television creators and stars, as well as publishers and retailers from across the nation. Mid-Ohio-Con 2010 will be held on November 6-7 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Visit us online at www.midohiocon.com.

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