BIG WOW! ComicFest Returns this Weekend…May 17-18, 2014

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Big Wow! Comic Fest Returns to San Jose on May 17th & 18th, 2014, bringing two great days of Comic Book, Art, Anime, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Cosplay FUN! Many of the country’s best vendors of all things cool and collectible will tempt your wallets with the perfect gifts for Geek, Nerds, Fans and True Collectors, everywhere!

Founded in 1979 as “Super-Con”, Big Wow! Comic Fest is not only Northern California’s Longest-Running Comic-Con, but is this year’s Only Major Comics Event in the San Francisco Bay Area!

As the Original Artist-Friendly Show, we have Fantastic Comic Book Creator Guests spanning all decades and genres! This year we are pleased to welcome as our Featured Guests: Charlie Adlard (Artist for the popular “Walking Dead” series), Legendary Illustrator Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men, Avengers), Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola, Fan-Favorites… Travis Charest (Weapons of the Metabarons), Art Adams (X-Men, Godzilla), and more Special Guests including: Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Mike Zeck (Punisher, Spider-Man, Secret Wars), Joe Linsner (Dawn), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama, Disney Poster Artist), Alex Nino (Dead Ahead), Sergio Aragones (Mad Magazine, Groo the Wanderer), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), and many more confirmed and added to our website! Over 200 Comic Creators!

Meet, get autographs, and learn the secrets of Show Biz from our spectacular CELEBRITY GUESTS:

GODZILLA is in the House…Meet Kenpachiro Satsuma, in 1984’s RETURN OF GODZILLA, he would land the title role of Godzilla and continue as the King of Monsters for the next 11 years. This is first time to America in over 20 years.

Also from Japan, meet Satoshi Furuya he enthralled generations of children with his portrayal of the original Ultraman.

Jane Wiedlin is the sexy and charismatic guitar player for The GoGos! One of the best known Rock/Pop groups to emerge from the 1980’s, Jane is back at work, creating a stage production for her self published comic series “Lady Robotica”.

Also Appearing will be: Kevin Bernard Grevioux (Co-Writer, Producer and actor in “Underworld”, “I, Frankenstein” and comic book writer), Damion Poitier (Avengers (in the last 2 minutes, he was the surprise Villian), Star Trek, Hunter Prey…and the son of Sidney Poitier). Also, C. Andrew Nelson (Darth Vader), Parker Stevenson (Hardy Boys), Richard Kiel (007 “Jaws”), William Katt (Greatest American Hero, House)…and more

COSPLAY Guests Jessica Nigri, Riddle (star of “Heroes of Cosplay”), Ivy Doomkitty, Anthony Misano… and many more will all be on site. Along with hundreds and hundreds of amazing fans all in costume.

Super-Star Cartoonist and Big Wow! Bigwig Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, 50 Girls 50), will teach a 90-minute Figure Drawing Workshop with a live model, demonstrating fundamentals of technique and style. Any aspiring artist is welcome to sit in the audience and work along with Frank, who will provide priceless tips and critiques! And Inker Extraordinaire Mick Gray (Starman, Promethea) will once again provide a weekend-long inking demonstration as he works on his current comic book assignment at his booth! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see professional comic artists at work!

In conjunction with San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, Big Wow! Comic Fest proudly presents “BATMAN!, 75 years a Hero” Featuring Seven Decades of Original Art and Memorabilia from the DC Comics world-famous Super Hero. Also, there will be 2 additional shows, “The Art of MIKE ZECK!” And “The ART of FAMOUS MONSTERS”.

And Speaking of Famous Monsters… We are hosting the 1st Annual “Horror/Fantasy/Sci-Fi Film Festival” with the legendary Famous Monsters Magazine… who are also hosting our Japanese guest, and presenting the “Famous Monsters of Filmland” Pavilion with guests, props, make-up and costume designers and more.

And no Big Wow! ComicFest is complete without our:

Live Art Auction, Costume/Cosplay Contest (Saturday night directly after the show), Gaming, Card & Role-Playing Games, “Creature Features Live” with host: John Stanley, showing the original “Night of the Living Dead.”

Panel Discussions, including: Creating Comics, The Art of Self-Publishing, and how to Design and Create Your Own Costumes! There will be 5 rooms of programming going on, throughout the show.

Tickets are available on the website. And we have tickets available at over 30 participating comic book stores around Northern California.

Admission is only:

1 Day Adult $25.00 (at the door)

2 Day Adult $35.00 (at the door)

1 Day Child (8-14) $10.00 (at the door)

2 Day Child $15.00 (at the door)

CHILDREN UNDER 8 ARE FREE!

*Save $5.00 Off Admission! Buy tickets online, or at many local Comic Book Stores!

FOR MORE INFORMATION we will always have guest and programming updates for the show at: www.bigwowcomicfest.com. Also, most of our Guests will be available before the show for online, phone and in some cases, personal appearance Interviews.

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WonderCon 2012 Guest List Adds Jim Lee, Mark Waid, Art Adams, Etc.

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WonderCon Guest List Continues to Grow

Southern California comics convention attracts wide array of talented guests

Anaheim, CA – WonderCon, part of Comic-Con International’s (CCI) family of nonprofit comics conventions, today announced another talented group of special guests, adding to its already impressive line-up. The newly announced guests include award-winning writers and artists from the world of comics as well as screenwriters and novelists. Fan favorite and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee appears on the list of additions, as well as award-winning comics scribes Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Irredeemable, Daredevil) and Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans, Tomb of Dracula).

Attracting 49,000 people in 2011, WonderCon has been an annual event in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1987. Because of renovations at its usual venue, WonderCon will relocate to Southern California for 2012. The three-day celebration of comics and popular art forms will be held in the spacious Anaheim Convention Center March 16-18, 2012, allowing many Southern California fans who might otherwise not make the trip to San Francisco to experience the wildly popular show.

Among the other recently added special guests are Arthur Adams (artist, Monkeyman and O’Brian, Ultimate Comics: X), Ernest Cline (author/screenwriter, Fanboys, Ready Player One), Joe Hill (author, Locke and Key, Heart-Shaped Box), Richard Kadrey (author, Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead), and Richard Starkings (writer/letterer/designer, Elephantmen). For a complete list of special guests and bios, visit http://www.comic-con.org/wc/wc_guests.php.

Because WonderCon is produced by the same organization that hold the annual Comic-Con in San Diego and because of its similar format—sprawling exhibit floor, numerous educational panels, exciting Hollywood appearances, and an extraordinary slate of special guests—some fans are calling the new version of WonderCon “Anaheim Comic-Con.”

“We are hoping Southern California fans will embrace WonderCon for 2012,” said David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for parent company Comic-Con International. “And by all indications that may be the case, as online registration opened only a few days ago to an unprecedented start!” Badges for the popular convention went on sale last week and are available for purchase at http://www.comic-con.org/wc/wc_reg.shtml.

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 WonderCon in Anaheim this 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.orgFacebook.com/comiccon,Twitter.com/wondercon

WonderCon Announces First Slate of Special Guests for 2012

November 1, 2011 by  
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WonderCon Announces First Slate of Special Guests

Popular Comics Convention Relocates to Anaheim, California for 2012

The Goon by Eric Powell and Mike MignolaANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 27, 2011 — WonderCon, part of the Comic-Con International (CCI) family of nonprofit comics conventions, today announced its first group of special guests. Sergio Aragones (cartoonist, Groo, MAD, Sergio Aragones Funnies), Matt Fraction (writer, Invincible Iron Man, Casanova, Fear Itself, Mighty Thor), Mike Mignola (writer/artist/creator, Hellboy, B.P.R.D.), and J. Michael Straczynski (writer, Superman: Earth One) are among the 11 newly announced special guests to appear at the 2012 event held in Anaheim, California, March 16-18.

Coming off its most successful year in 2011, WonderCon, traditionally held in San Francisco, is relocating to a new venue next year. Due to ongoing renovations at the event’s usual location, WonderCon organizers were forced to search for an alternate site for 2012.

“Because of its consistently stellar list of special guests, schedule of programs, and exhibitors WonderCon continues to be one of the most popular comics conventions in the country for fans of comic books, sci-fi, and fantasy,” commented David Glanzer, WonderCon spokesperson and director of marketing and public relations for parent company CCI. “We are confident the move to Anaheim will bring the same level of excitement, if not more enthusiasm, for one of the biggest and best genre-related shows in the country.”

Originally considered a regional show for Northern California, in recent years WonderCon has so closely resembled its sister show in San Diego in terms of guests and programming that it has become a full-fledged national show attracting attendees and media from all over the country and across the globe, so much so that this year some are calling it “Anaheim Comic-Con.”

Additional guests announced today include Art Adams (artist, Longshot, Monkeyman & O’Brien, Tom Strong, Hulk); Mark Evanier  (comics and TV writer, Blackhawk, The DNAgents, Crossfire the animated Garfield); Michael Golden (artist, The ‘Nam, Micronauts, Bucky O’Hare); Steve Niles (writer/creator, 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Mystery Society); Eric Powell (writer/artist/creator, The Goon); Bob Schreck (editor-in-chief, Legendary Comics); and Fiona Staples (artist, Mystery Society, SAGA).

For a complete and up-to-date list of WonderCon special guests and additional information, visit www.comic-con.org/wc/.

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 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/comicconTwitter.com/wondercon.

Boston Comic Con 2011 – THIS COMING WEEKEND!

April 25, 2011 by  
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Stop on by the Hynes Convention Center in Boston this weekend, April 30 – May 1! Stop and chat with me, Convention Scene’s News Editor Joe Fauvel, in Artist Alley 415. I’ll also be selling Knightshift Entertainment’s titles CRY and Assassins’ Guild.

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Boston Comic Con 2011 – THIS COMING WEEKEND!

It’s here! The wait is over! The Boston Comic Con is back – bigger and better than ever. The convention will be held this weekend: Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 7pm Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sunday.

Tickets are available at the door or online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids 10 and under get in free with paid adult admission!

The BCC guest list is best and most talked about guest list in the country this year. This is the largest and most talented collection of comic creators in New England ever! Check it out:

Neal Adams, Frank Quitely, Joe Kubert, Adam Hughes, J Scott Campbell, 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, Greg Capullo, Gahan Wilson, Ryan Benjamin, Stephanie Buscema, Daixong Guo, Mark McKenna, and many more!

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.

For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

Win an Art Adams Sketch at WonderCon 2011

March 24, 2011 by  
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The Hero Initiative is auctioning the chance to get a convention sketch from master artist Arthur Adams at San Francisco’s WonderCon, April 1-3! The winning bidder will get a single-character drawing of their choosing done in ink. Any background elements will be at the artist’s discretion. The drawing will be full-body, with a maximum size of 11-by-17 inches. The winning bidder MUST be paid in full by April 1st and bring their PayPal receipt with photo ID to the Hero Initiative booth, #702.

Click here to bid!!

(note: artwork attached is for example purposes only)

Marvel Announces SDCC Signing Schedule

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Marvel has announced their booth signings schedule for Comic-Con and have included a nice, printable version as well which you can find below:

Find out when your favorite creators are signing at San Diego Comic-Con (Booth #2429).

For all the latest news, announcements and interviews, plus live panel blogging, video features and much more, visit Marvel.com’s San Diego Comic-Con 2009 Hub Page!

WEDNESDAY

7:00 – 8:00 PM
7:30 – 8:30 PM
MATT FRACTION

“IRON MAN 2″ VIDEO GAME SIGNING

C.B. CEBULSKI
CHRISTINA STRAIN
MARK BROOKS

SPECIAL PREVIEW NIGHT SIGNING

THURSDAY

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
1:00 – 2:00 PM
JIM MCCANN
KIERON GILLEN
PATRICK SCHERBERGER
REILLY BROWN
JOE QUESADA BRIAN REBER
DANIEL WAY
JEROMY COX
MARJORIE LIU
PETER DAVID
2:00 – 3:00 PM 3:00 – 4:00 PM 4:00 – 5:00 PM
DENNIS CALERO
LAURA MARTIN
LEINIL FRANCIS YU
MARK TEXEIRA
CHRIS GAGE
EDGAR DELGADO
MATT FRACTION
PHIL JIMENEZ
FRANK TIERI
HOWARD CHAYKIN
HUMBERTO RAMOS
MIKE BENSON
5:00 – 6:00 PM 5:00 – 6:00 PM 6:00 – 7:00 PM
C.B. CEBULSKI
J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
OLIVIER COIPEL
SANA KEDA
ART ADAMS
JEPH LOEB
JEPH LOEB

FRIDAY

9:00 – 10:00 AM 10:00 – 11:00 AM 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PATRICK SCHERBERGER
REILLY BROWN
TODD NAUCK
VICTOR OLAZABA
ADAM GLASS
DANIEL WAY
MIKE BENSON
VICTOR GISCHLER

SPECIAL DEADPOOL
SIGNING

JOE QUESADA
12:00 – 1:00 PM 1:00 – 2:00 PM 1:30 – 2:00 PM
CHRIS BACHALO
MARK BROOKS
PAUL JENKINS
TIM TOWNSEND
JASON AARON
JOE CASEY
MARIO ALBERTI
NATHAN FOX
*STAN LEE*
2:00 – 3:00 PM 3:00 – 4:00 PM 4:00 – 5:00 PM
BOB LAYTON
GREGG HUWIT Z
MATT BANING
SEAN MCKEEVER
CHRIS YOST
CRAIG KYLE
GREG JOHNSON
JAMIE SIMONE
STEVE BLUM
STEVE GORDON
FRED TATASCIORE
NOLAN NORTH

SPECIAL MARVEL ANIMATION/
NICKTOONS SIGNING

DENYS COWAN
JOHN ROMITA JR.
KEN LASHLEY
REGGIE HUDLIN
5:00 – 6:00 PM 6:00 – 7:00 PM 6:00 – 7:00 PM
JEPH LOEB
MATT FRACTION
SIMONE BIANCHI
TERRY DODSON
JEPH LOEB MASAO MARUYAMA
WARREN ELLIS

SATURDAY

9:00 – 10:00 AM 10:00 – 11:00 AM 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
CHRISTINA STRAIN
EMILY WARREN
RON LIM
TODD NAUCK
JOE KELLY
MARC GUGGENHEIM
PHIL JIMENEZ
STEPHANIE BUSCEMA
*SPECIAL IRON MAN 2
SIGNING*
12:00 – 1:00 PM 1:00 – 2:00 PM 1:00 – 2:00 PM
AUDREY LOEB
DEXTER VINES
JEPH LOEB
JOE QUESADA
JEROME OPEÑA
RICK REMENDER
JEPH LOEB
1:30 – 2:30 PM 2:30 – 3:30 PM 4:00 – 5:00 PM
MATT FRACTION
“IRON MAN 2″ VIDEO
GAME SIGNING
TOM KENNY
DAVE BOAT
TRAVIS WILLINGHAM
MIKEY KELLEY
CHARLIE ADLER
STEVE BLUM
TED BIASELLI
ALIMI BALLARD

SPECIAL SUPER HERO
SQUAD SIGNING

FRANK TIERI
LEINIL FRANCIS YU
PETER DAVID
SEAN CHEN
5:00 – 6:00 PM 6:00 – 7:00 PM
ED BRUBAKER
JOHN ROMITA JR.
PAUL JENKINS
STEVE EPTING
CHRIS YOST
CRAIG KYLE
MIKE CHOI
SONIA OBACK

SUNDAY

10:00 – 11:00 AM 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 12:00 – 1:00 PM
ALEXANDER IRVINE
DENNIS CALERO
JOHN ROMITA JR.
MIKE MCKONE
OLIVIER COIPEL
PAUL TOBIN
RAYMOND FEIST
RON LIM
DAVID YARDIN
STEVE EPTING
STUART MOORE
TRAVIS CHAREST
1:00 – 2:00 PM 2:00 – 3:00 PM 3:00 – 4:00 PM
CHRISTINA STRAIN
COLLEEN COOVER
LAURA MARTIN
MARJORIE LIU
BILL REINHOLD
JASON AARON
JIM MCCAN
MATT FRACTION
C.B. CEBULSKI
DAVID FINCH
GURIHIRU

*Ticketed Event

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Hero Initiative at SDCC with Stan Lee, Jim Lee, & More

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Hero Initiative heads to San Diego to Celebrate Comic-Con’s 40th year!

Highlights include parties with Stan Lee, Jim Lee, Darwyn Cooke, and the premiere release of Hero Comics
Los Angeles, CA (July 14, 2009) – Hero Initiative travels to the 40th annual San Diego Comic-Con July 22-26 at the San Diego Convention center! Come celebrate with us and help us raise money for our cause. Hero will be at booth #907 all weekend with a great variety of guests, and the weekend is highlighted by three great parties featuring the top names in comics, and the premiere release of Hero Comics!

World-famous storyteller Jim Lee (All-Star Batman and Robin) has graciously agreed to host a cocktail party for five lucky fans benefiting Hero Initiative on Thursday July 23 at 4:15 pm at a four-star hotel located near the convention center.

In addition, the wildly talented Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier) has also agreed to

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have a few cocktails with five adoring fans on Thursday at 5:45 pm. And each winner gets a brand-new copy of Cooke’s latest work, Parker: The Hunter from IDW Publishing!

And last but most certainly not least, the godfather of comics and co-creator of Spider-Man, the X-Man, The Fantastic Four and so many more returns! That’s right-Stan Lee will board the ComicBookResources.com yacht on Friday July 24 at 5pm. Five lucky fans will be personally escorted to the yacht to enjoy drinks and chat with the legend himself. In addition, each guest will have the opportunity to participate in a video interview on the yacht broadcast on ComicBookResources.com

To check out and bid on ALL the auctions for admittance to these parties, please visit Hero’s eBay store at: http://qurls.com?i=47916

Hero Comics

Hero Comics

And in collaboration with IDW Publishing, Hero Initiative also proudly premieres the highly anticipated Hero Comics at San Diego! This 32-page, no ads extravaganza features a bevy of great comic talent, and will be supported by a mega-signing with seven of its creators on Thursday, July 23rd from 3:30-5:30. Hero Comics will be on sale all weekend at the Hero booth, while supplies last.

As always, our amazing line up of guests will be on hand at Hero’s booth, #907:

WED., 22 JUL (CON HOURS 600-900 PM)
630-900 PM: Scott “Kaiser” Koblish

THUR., 23 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-700 PM)
1000-1130: Tim Seeley
1130-130: Dan Jurgens
130-330: Daniel Way
330-530: Hero Comics mega-signing w/Gene Colan, JG Roshell/Richard Starkings, David Lloyd, Bill Willingham, Art Adams, Laura Martin
530-700: Phil Hester

FRI., 24 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-700 PM)
1000-1130: Tony Parker
1100-1200: Chris Bachalo
130-330: Ron Marz + Stjepan Sejic
230-330: Mark Waid

SAT., 25 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-700 PM)
1130-130: Josh Middleton
130-330: Kaare Andrews (of Hero Comics)
330-530: Jim Valentino
530-700: Ken Lashley

SUN., 26 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-500 PM)
1000-1130: Kaare Andrews (of Hero Comics)
1130-130: Josh Middleton
130-230: Jimmy Palmiotti

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.