Hero Initiative at San Diego Comic Con
With Overstreet exclusive and CGC Signings plus two great parties: Stone Brewing’s Hop-con and LA Times Hero Complex!
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 16, 2013) – The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is travelling into Comic-Con International in San Diego July 23-27 at the San Diego Convention center. We have exclusives, parties and special guests throughout the weekend at booth #5003 that you will not want to miss!
It’s an anniversary for the Hero Initiative and The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. This year marks the fifth consecutive year Gemstone Publishing and Hero have teamed up to raise money for comic creators in need. Harkening back to the character’s earliest appearances, Wolverine is featured with the Hulk and Wendigo on the cover for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 Hero Initiative Edition. Returning even further to Wolverine’s roots, the Hero-exclusive cover is illustrated by Herb Trimpe, who teamed with a pair of superstars, inker Tom Palmer and colorist Laura Martin, for the piece. Gemstone Publishing’s Creative Director Mark Huesman designed the logo and trade dress.
This exclusive, 500-copy, limited hardcover edition will go on sale at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Wednesday, July 23, at our booth. An extremely limited number of copies will be available from Hero’s website and through a select group of participating retailers. There will be no softcover edition of this version, and it will retail for $35.
We hope to see you to kick things off Wednesday night—if you already have your ticket for Hop-Con 2.0: The w00tstout Launch Festival! The great event put on by Stone Brewing Co. is sold out, and features an amazing exclusive w00tstout beer with label drawn by the legendary Dave Gibbons! Make sure and get your tickets early for NEXT year!
Fans who like to get their books signed and authenticated by CGC for Signature Series will definitely want to check out Hero’s exclusive signing with 17 top creators! Hero is the exclusive CGC Signature Series facilitator at the con for Amanda Conner, Chuck Dixon, Kevin Eastman, Dave Gibbons, Sina Grace, Brian Haberlin, Dan Jurgens, Andy Lanning, Ken Lashley, David Lloyd, Ron Marz, Danny Miki, Denny O’Neil, Jimmy Palmiotti, Louis Simonson, Walt Simonson and Chip Zdarsky!
Bring your books to the CGC booth, #901, NO later than Friday, July 25 at 5 p.m. Cost is $38 plus return shipping, and you don’t have to wait in lines!
And some great friends of Hero will be appearing at our booth, #5003, as well. Check out Ken Lashley on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., and Dan Jurgens on Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and Denny O’Neil Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative 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 $500,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.HeroInitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
Via Marvel.com, we get our first look at Marvel’s signing schedule for New York Comic Con 2011, including signings by Stan Lee and Joe Quesada as well as Chris Evans (Captain America), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and more from The Avengers.
In addition, Marvel has made their Panel and Booth Schedule available:
Friday, October 14
DC: Talent Search
Join DCE’s Editorial Art Director, Mark Chiarello, for an informative orientation session that will explain how DCE’s Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of the DC Comics, Vertigo, and MAD Magazine brands. If you want to learn what DCE looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional, then this is the panel for you! In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 1B01
DC ALL ACCESS: Batman
Find out everything you need to know about the Dark Knight Detective and his cohorts in the new DC universe—from Batwoman to Batgirl to Robin, the Boy Wonder! Explore the streets of Gotham City with all-star creators such as Lee Bermejo (Batman: Noel), Chris Burnham (Batman Inc.), Tony Daniel (Detective Comics), Greg Capullo (Batman), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Kyle Higgins (Nightwing), Amy Reeder (Batwoman), Scott Snyder (Batman), and Peter J. Tomasi (Batman and Robin)! Room 1A10
Join the writers and artists behind the acclaimed and award-winning brand for a panel about the weird, the wild and the always unexpected with all-star talent including Jason Aaron (Scalped), Brian Azzarello (Spaceman, 100 Bullets), Rebecca Guay (A Flight of Angels), Phil Jimenez (Fairest), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE), Douglas Rushkoff (A.D.D.), Marzena Sowa (Marzi), Sylvain Savoia (Marzi) and Scott Snyder (American Vampire)! And introducing some new Vertigo blood! Room 1A22
DC ALL ACCESS: Green Lantern
In Brightest Day, in Blackest Night, the minds behind the Green Lantern franchise take flight—onto the stage to shed some light on the Emerald Warriors! Join the Corps with DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer and Green Lantern writer Geoff Johns, along with Tony Bedard (Green Lantern: New Guardians), Doug Mahnke (Green Lantern), Ivan Reis (Blackest Night), writer Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps) and more! Room 1A10
Saturday, October 15
DC: Talent Search
Join DCE’s Editorial Art Director, Mark Chiarello, for an informative orientation session that will explain how DCE’s Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of the DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD Magazine brands. If you want to learn what DCE looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional, then this is the panel for you! In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 1A15
VERTIGO: Scary S**T!
Join Vertigo’s monthly writers as they discuss vampires, zombies, the apocalypse and more, with top creators including Brian Azzarello (Spaceman), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE) and Scott Snyder (American Vampire)! And introducing some new Vertigo blood! Room 1A22
DC ALL ACCESS: Justice League
Before they were the World’s Greatest Superheroes, they were considered the world’s most feared vigilantes. Join some of the creators of the new DC universe in a panel discussion headlined by the creative team behind the flagship title of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 — DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee. Including all-star creators such as Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman), Brian Buccellato (The Flash), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Yildiray Cinar (The Fury of Firestorm), Tony Daniel (Detective Comics, The Savage Hawkman), Francis Manapul (The Flash), Joe Prado (Aquaman), Ivan Reis (Aquaman), Philip Tan (The Savage Hawkman), and Eric Wallace (Mr. Terrific). Room 1A10
DC ALL ACCESS: Superman
With the launch of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52, a new era for Superman begins! Find out what’s in the works for the Man of Tomorrow as we look at his upcoming exploits in ACTION COMICS, SUPERMAN and more! Don’t miss this panel featuring Mahmud Asrar (Supergirl), Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One) and others! Room 1A10
DC ALL ACCESS: The Edge/ The Dark
The DC universe is home to all kinds of heroes – including some who barely fit that name! Hear what’s coming up in the pages of titles like JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, SWAMP THING, O.M.A.C., ALL-STAR WESTERN and more, with top talent including Ivan Brandon (Men of War), Paul Cornell (Stormwatch, Demon Knights), Josh Fialkov (I, Vampire), Keith Giffen (O.M.A.C.), Adam Glass (Suicide Squad), Viktor Kalvachev (Men of War), Andy Lanning (Resurrection Man), Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E.), Justin Norman (All-Star Western), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), and Scott Snyder (Swamp Thing)! Room 1A22
Sunday, October 16
12:15pm – 1:15pm
MAD is more than just the best-selling humor magazine in the nation – it’s also the inspiration for the hit animated series on Cartoon Network, now in its second season! Find out what’s happening with the Usual Gang of Idiots in this panel featuring MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra, art director Sam Viviano and TV producer Kevin Schinick! Room 1A24
DC ALL ACCESS: Meet the Publishers
As Co-Publishers of DC Entertainment, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio are the driving forces behind DC COMICS – THE NEW 52, DC’s digital initiative, and much more, as well as being the artist of JUSTICE LEAGUE and writer of O.M.A.C.! This up-close-and-personal panel gives you a chance to step up and ask questions! Room 1A06
DC ALL ACCESS: Young Justice
They may be young – but they’re still heroes! Find out what’s happening for THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, TEEN TITANS and more as DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 unfolds in this panel featuring Franco Aureliani (Tiny Titans), Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans), Tony Bedard (Blue Beetle), Sterling Gates (Hawk and Dove), Jonathan Glapion (Static Shock), Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes), and Francis Portela (Legion of Super-Heroes)! Room 1A22
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning sign the Titan Books hardcover edition of Legion Lost at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Thursday 22nd September from 6 – 7pm.
The Legion of Super-Heroes finds itself stranded in a distant galaxy, on the home planet of the vicious alien race known as the Progeny, in this new hardcover collecting the cult favourite 12-issue epic. While some of our heroes struggle to repair their damaged spaceship, the rest attempt to forge an alliance with the peaceful Kwai. But can the Legion help the Kwai defeat their oppressors and still make their way back home to Earth?
Dan lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. He has laudable pile of comic titles to his credit, including work for both Marvel and DC; he’s also been one of 2000AD’s most prolific writers. He’s the Black Library’s leading author, and writes standalone novels for Angry Robot Books.
Andy work has included inks for Marvel and DC and pencils for his own creation, The Sleeze Brothers. His writing has included his and Dan’s relaunch of The Legion of Super-Heroes. He and Dan have also worked together on an ongoing Nova series for Marvel and the latest incarnation of The Authority, as part of the World’s End relaunch of the core Wildstorm titles.
New York Comic Con is almost here and we know you’re going to be spending a lot of time at the Marvel Booth (#1843). And why wouldn’t you be? You’ll have the chance to meet the legendary Stan Lee your favorite superstar Marvel creators like Joe Quesada, Jeph Loeb and Brian Michael Bendis and so many more!
Marvel always brings the best talent and the biggest announcements to New York and this year is no different. So clear those calendars True Believers because Marvel plans on keeping you busy! Between the star-studded appearances in the Marvel booth and the Earth-shattering announcements at all the Marvel panels, you won’t have time for anything else!
Todd McFarlane, Blair Butler, Garth Ennis, Paul Levitz, and many more sign at the Midtown Comics Booth #2143 this weekend at New York Comic Con.
Marvel has released their panel schedule for Comic-Con International: San Diego. They will be live blogging all their panels for everyone following along at home. For the full details, go here.
Thursday, July 22
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Pacific, Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
Welcome to the House of Ideas, where the doors have never been more open to new talent than today! Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski is joined by special guests Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Skottie Young, Humberto Ramos & more to talk about what it takes to make yours Marvel as a profession, from writer to artist to editor and more! Do you have what it takes? Come find out!! Room 6DE
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Pacific, Mondo Marvel
It’s the panel about all things Marvel! We’ve got the top talent on hand to talk about all of your favorite heroes and villains as well as make a few surprise announcements! Panelists include everyone from Jeph Loeb (HULK), Brian Michael Bendis (AVENGERS), Marvel’s Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski, Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (THE THANOS IMPERATIVE), Jim McCann (HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD) Senior Editor Mark Paniccia and more as they take on all questions! Room 6DE
5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Pacific, What’s Next – Welcome to the Digital House of Ideas
Get the inside scoop on the all-new, all-improved, all-awesome Marvel.com, Marvel Digital Comics, Marvel Motion Comics and so much more! With the launch of the groundbreaking Marvel Comics app in the iTunes App Store, this has been a historic year for the Digital House of Ideas. Now, find out what’s next! Meet fellow fans of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited and find out which of the hundreds of completed series in the service everyone’s talking about. Plus, get caught up on Marvel.com’s free streaming animated shows, how to “Create Your Own Comic” and “Super Hero,” original video productions, the Marvel Audience Network including our very own social network and so much more. Join members of the Marvel Digital Media Group for all the digital dynamite! Room 6DC
Friday, July 23
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific, X-Men
Following SECOND COMING, Marvel’s merry mutants are unable to catch a quick breather. As CURSE OF THE MUTANTS begins, there’s no telling what the vampires have in store for the X-Men…or is there? You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Vice President, Executive Editor Axel Alonso is joined by a host of creators to lay out what’s going on with the X-Men. Panelists include Matt Fraction (UNCANNY X-MEN), Victor Gischler (X-MEN), Marjorie Liu (DARK WOLVERINE), Daniel Way (DEADPOOL), Editor Nick Lowe and more for this all-new, all-DEADLY panel! Room 6DE
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific, Marvel Video Games
“Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions,” “Super Hero Squad Online,” “Marvel vs. Capcom 3,” “Thor” and more. Join us for exclusive trailers, surprise reveals, and Q & A with the game creators as well as the Marvel writers working on the next wave of Marvel Games from some of the industries top publishers. Room 6DE
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Pacific, Marvel Animation
Hosted by an all-star cast of Marvel Animation talent, and featuring a special guest of legendary proportions, this interactive game-show panel will get you more than excited about Marvel’s new and continuing animated series. Here’s your chance to snag some sweet Marvel merchandise! Come be a part of the action, with all new seasons of “The Super Hero Squad Show” and “Iron Man Armored Adventures” as well as Marvel Knights, Marvel Anime, and other upcoming Marvel Animation properties! Room 6BCF
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific, “Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds”
The wait is over! After a decade of demand, Capcom delivers with “Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds”! Learn all you need to know about the characters, levels, storyline, fight moves and combos from Producer, Ryota Niitsuma and Special Advisor Seth Killian of Capcom, along with TQ Jefferson, Director of Games at Marvel Entertainment and Frank Tieri, writer for Marvel Comics. Then show off your fighting game skills as we pull audience members for some spontaneous challenge matches to win exclusive MVC3 prizes! Followed by a Q&A session. Room 24ABC
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific, “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions”
Four Spider-Man worlds collide at San Diego Comic-Con in Activision’s “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.” For the first time, creative talent from all four Spider-Man universes featured in the game (Amazing, Noir, 2099 and a to-be-revealed universe) come together to discuss all of the aspects that go into creating a dynamic and explosive videogame experience from four unique settings. Get an insider’s look at the creative thinking and collaborative effort between comic books and videogames with Spider-Man legend Stan Lee, acclaimed Marvel writer Dan Slott (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), familiar Spider-Man voiceover talent from the game and members from Marvel and game developer Beenox, as they dive into the rich lore of past and present Spider-Man, discuss bringing Spider-Man to life in four distinct ways and unveil new content and gameplay from the upcoming game. Room 5AB
5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Pacific, Heroic Age – The Avengers
THE HEROIC AGE IS HERE! Heeding the call, Earth’s Greatest have assembled once for the most anticipated comic’s event in a decade! With Steve Rogers back leading the charge – what kind of threats can his teams expect to face? Find out here as the creators behind your favorite Marvel heroes answer your questions and let you in on what happens next! Join Editor In Chief and CCO, Joe Quesada, Marvel’s Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski, Brian Michael Bendis (AVENGERS), Matt Fraction (INVINCIBLE IRON MAN), Jim McCann (HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD) and more as they shed some light on the HEROIC AGE! Room 6BCF
Join the liveblog here.
8:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Pacific, Iron Man Anime Screening
Witness the dawn of Marvel Anime as we WORLD PREMIERE the highly anticipated, full-length, pilot episode of Iron Man! In addition to the screening, we will be featuring an exclusive first look at upcoming designs, produced by the world-renowned Japanese animation studio, Madhouse–whose notable films (to name a few) include hits such as: “Ninja Scroll” and “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.” Room 6DE
Saturday, July 24
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific, Marvel Comics Writers Unite!
The third in Comic-Con’s series of “Year of the Writer/Comics Writers Unite!” panels focuses on Marvel Comics and includes Comic-Con special guests Brian Michael Bendis (AVENGERS, NEW AVENGERS, ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN), Matt Fraction (INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, THOR) and Chris Claremont (X-MEN FOREVER, X-WOMEN) in a discussion with writer Mark Waid (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN). Room 6DE
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific, Cup O’ Joe
This is it, Mighty Marvel fans- the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full of surprises panel you wait all year for, and it’s here! Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief and CCO, Joe Quesada, takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing with surprise guests. You never know who will show up, but you better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about! Room 6BCF
1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Hasbro Marvel Toys
Jerry Jivoin and Julien Lee (Hasbro Marketing) and Joshua Lamb, Dave Vonner and Dwight Stall (Hasbro Design) present the latest toys from the Iron Man, Spider-Man, Marvel Universe and Super Hero Squad toy lines for 2010. Also, get a sneak peek at the 2011 lines! Includes Q&A time.
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Pacific, Marvel Animation: Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
Enter the Avengers Mansion and become a part of the team! Celebrity voice talent will introduce you to top-secret Avengers files, including never before seen footage, imagery, and the WORLD PREMIERE of two full-length episodes from the all-new “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” animated series premiering on Disney XD this fall! The road to the Avengers starts here! Room 6DE
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Pacific, Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios presents “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Join Producer Kevin Feige and special guests as they give you an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hall H
Sunday, July 25
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific, “Super Hero Squad Online”
Join The Amazing Society–aka the “Super Hero Squad Online” development team–as they discuss what it’s like to be working with Marvel Entertainment to create a family-friendly MMO that will appeal to Marvel fans old and young alike. Come along to see some amazing gameplay footage, get an exclusive first look at some unique features of “SHSO,” and get up close and personal with the developers of the first Marvel MMO for all ages! Room 7AB
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific, Sideshow Toys
The Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team present an in-depth look at some of Sideshow’s most popular product lines and licenses, including Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Marvel Comics, The Lord of the Rings and many more, offering insight into the design process, sneak peeks of upcoming products, a Q&A session and giveaways.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific, The Women of Marvel
One of the most talked about panels from last year is back! Forget Storm & She-Hulk; meet the real Ms. Marvels of the comic world! Join women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel to hear what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and how you can join them. Say goodbye to the so-called “Boy’s Club,” these ladies are busting down the four-color ceiling! Guests include Marjorie Liu (BLACK WIDOW), Kathryn Immonen (HERALDS), Christina Strain (SHADOWLAND) and more! Room 7AB
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Pacific, Spider-Man
The hunt has begun and the moment in time that everyone’s been clamoring about is almost here! How much more can everyone’s favorite web-slinger take? You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Join Dan Slott (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), Marvel’s Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Assistant Editor Tom Brennan as they talk about what’s on the horizon for Peter Parker and just what is Origin of the Species? There’s only one way to find out True Believers – come on over and find out! Room 6A