Dark Horse Announces Exclusive WonderCon 2014 Variants

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Press Release:

DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE WONDERCON 2014 VARIANTS!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR —As the pop culture world gears up for this year’s WonderCon in Anaheim, CA, Dark Horse announces two special variant covers for this year’s show!

First up, Dark Horse brings an all-new variant cover for a critical hit and fan favorite, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with an exclusive Season Ten first-issue cover by Tomb Raider art director Brian Horton! Limited to 1,000 copies, these are sure to be scarce!

Second is a variant for Angel & Faith Season Ten #1, by Buffy cover artist Steve Morris! Again, with only 1,000 copies produced, these will go fast!

These two special WonderCon exclusives will retail for $5 and are limited to five per person.

Dark Horse also has three other convention exclusives, produced in limited editions and available while supplies last!

Legendary artist Stan Sakai has done a special cover for the upcoming The Witcher, a canonical tie-in series in the world of the Witcher video games, which have collectively won over 250 awards and sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide! All proceeds from the sale of this limited-edition variant will benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai.

Art Baltazar and Franco bring you the characters that sprung from Mike Mignola’s imagination, with an AW YEAH twist, in Itty Bitty Hellboy! A limited-edition hardcover is available at WonderCon for $20, while supplies last!

The Last of Us: American Dreams, from Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl) and Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, collects the comics that are the official lead-in to the game. This limited-edition hardcover will first be available at PAX East this weekend, and then in very limited quantities at WonderCon for $24.99.

About Dark Horse

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

IL – Titans of Talent Signing

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Christopher Daniels and Art Baltazar appear at Challengers Comics on Wednesday April 23rd from 5:00 till 7:00 pm to sign their new comic ”Christopher Daniels and Kazarian Wrestling Aw Yeah Comics!”

RSVP on Facebook!

Challengers Comics 
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

IL – Itty Bitty Hellboy Day

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Dark Horse and Mike Mignola have declared Saturday, March 22nd HELLBOY DAY! Art Baltazar will be on hand signing copies of Itty Bitty Hellboy and sketching from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will be running 25% Off all Hellboy and related trades and merchandise. The first ten people to buy HELLBOY VOL. 1 SEED OF DESTRUCTION at normal cover price will receive the first B.P.R.D. trade for FREE! Dark Horse sent us a bunch of awesome giveaway swag for Hellboy Day. No purchase necessary.

RSVP on Facebook!

Aw Yeah Comics 
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-423-2916

IN – Alter Ego Comics Re-Opening Party

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Mark Waid, Art Baltazar, and Mike Norton sign at Alter Ego Comics on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 11:00am!

RSVP on Facebook!

Alter Ego Comics
111 E. Adams Street, Muncie, IN 47305
765-282-5297

GraniteCon 2013 Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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Press Release:

Granitecon 2013 is just over five weeks away! Join us September 28th and 29th at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire! To celebrate ten years of Granitecon we’re expanding to two days, moving to the larger Expo Center and assembling our largest guest list ever! Expect all sorts of fun events, signings and more!

graniteconGuests include:
Chris Giarrusso – Mini Marvels
Ben Templesmith – Ten Grand, 30 Days of Night
Ethan Van Sciver – Green Lantern, Batman
Arthur Suydam – Marvel Zombies
Katie Cook – My Little Pony
Art Baltazar – Tiny Titans
Ron Marz – Witchblade, Green Lantern
Mark Texiera – Ghost Rider
David Petersen – Mouse Guard
Dan Parent – Archie Comics
Craig Rousseau – The Perhapanauts

Plus Voice Actors Including:
Jess Harnell – Animaniacs, The Cleveland Show
Rob Paulsen – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Animaniacs
Jim Cummings – Winnie the Pooh, Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Grey Delisle – Avatar: The Last Airbender, Scooby-Doo, Fairly OddParents

See the full guest list and buy tickets at www.granitecon.com!

Make sure to follow Granitecon on Twitter @granitecon and Like us on Facebook!

IL – Dark Horse Day

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Press Release:

To coincide with the release of Art & Franco’s new book, ITTY BITTY HELLBOY from Dark Horse, we are hosting a day full of giveaways, signings, and charity raffles. There will also be a 21 & Up party after 6pm.

Signing times will be announced, but our guests include ART & FRANCO will be signing and sketching all day. We’re also welcoming TIM SEELEY (THE OCCULTIST), MIKE NORTON (BATTLEPUG), JOHN ARCUDI (B.P.R.D.), STEVE HORTON (AMALA’S BLADE), and SCOTT ALLIE (Editor-In-Chief of Dark Horse).

RSVP on Facebook!

Aw Yeah Comics 
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-423-2916

Dark Horse Announces Signings and Panels Schedule for SDCC 2013

Press Release:

DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2013 SCHEDULE!

Dark Horse ComicsJuly 10, MILWAUKIE, OR— It’s here! San Diego Comic-Con 2013 is upon us, and Dark Horse Comics is delivering a full slate of signings from your favorite creators!

 

DARK HORSE SIGNINGS

IMPORTANT:  All giveaway, limited edition, and exclusive items are available while supplies last.  Free prints, comics, or posters are provided for each signing while supplies last. You may bring items to sign or purchase them at the Dark Horse Store or Dark Horse Exclusives Store. We reserve the right to restrict the nature and/or limit the number of items to be signed, at our discretion.  Signing lines will be closed as needed.

Ticketed signings are noted below. Drawings for these events will begin at show opening the day before and day of each signing.  Come to the Dark Horse booth early for your best chance to get a ticket.

Events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse staff for details.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17

Special Preview Night Signings for Exclusives and Limited Editions

6:00 p.m.            LAST MAN STANDING: KILLBOOK OF A BOUNTY HUNTER: Daniel LuVisi

Free print. Limited edition hardcover for sale at Dark Horse Exclusives Store.

7:00 p.m.            PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin

Free print. San Diego Comic-Con International Exclusive Plants vs. Zombies comic for sale at show opening at Dark Horse Exclusives Store (two per person limit).

8:00 p.m.            MASS EFFECT: Cosplayer Holly Conrad as Commander Shepherd

Free double-sided Mass Effect/Dragon Age poster. Limited edition Mass Effect Bronze Alliance Normandy SR-1 Ship Replica on sale at show opening at Dark Horse Exclusives Store (two per person limit).

THURSDAY, JULY 18

 10:00 a.m.            LAST MAN STANDING: KILLBOOK OF A BOUNTY HUNTER: Daniel LuVisi

10:00 a.m.            THE STRAIN: Mike Huddleston, E.M. Gist

11:00 a.m.            LONE WOLF AND CUB: Kazuo Koike

11:00 a.m.            DRAGON RESURRECTION: Lin Zhang

12:00 p.m.            X: Duane Swierczynski, Eric Nguyen, Dave Wilkins

12:00 p.m.            DRAGON AGE: THE WORLD OF THEDAS: Ben Gelinas, Nick Thornborrow

1:00 p.m.            BLOOD BROTHERS: Andrew Waller, Mike Gagerman

2:00 p.m.            HALO: INITIATION: Terry and Rachel Dodson

2:00 p.m.            LONE WOLF AND CUB: Kazuo Koike

3:00 p.m.             CATALYST COMIX: Joe Casey, Ulises Farinas

3:00 p.m.            BEANWORLD: Larry Marder

4:00 p.m.             BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH: Georges Jeanty, Christos Gage

5:00 p.m.            PICTURES THAT TICK: Dave McKean

5:00 p.m.            DYNAMICS PRESENTS CONAN: THE PHANTOMS OF THE BLACK COAST: Attila Futaki

6:00 p.m.             THE BLACK BEETLE: Francesco Francavilla

                                   DREAM THIEF: Jai Nitz

BUZZKILL: Donny Cates

6:00 p.m.            CREEPY, EERIE: Dan Braun, Jason Shawn Alexander, Chris Zephro, Justin Mabry

 

FRIDAY, JULY 19

10:00 a.m.            CREEPY, EERIE: Dan Braun, Glenn Hetrick, Chris Zephro, Justin Mabry

10:00 a.m.            THE MONKEY KING: Katsuya Terada

11:00 a.m.            LONE WOLF AND CUB: Kazuo Koike

11:00 a.m.            SACRIFICE: Sam Humphries

12:00 p.m.            THE GUILD: Felicia Day *Ticketed event

12:00 p.m.            MIND MGMT: Matt Kindt

1:00 p.m.            STAR WARS: LEGACY: Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman

1:00 p.m.            BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover

2:00 p.m.            THE LAST OF US: Neil Druckmann, Faith Erin Hicks *Ticketed event

2:00 p.m.            LONE WOLF AND CUB: Kazuo Koike

2:00 p.m.            MASS EFFECT: Courtenay Taylor (voice actor of Jack), Mike Gamble

3:00 p.m.            THE FIFTH BEATLE: Vivek Tiwary, Andrew Robinson

3:00 p.m.            NUMBER 13: David Walker, Robert Love

4:00 p.m.            DRAGON AGE: Claudia Black (voice actor of Morrigan), Ben Gelinas, Nick Thornborrow *Ticketed event

4:00 p.m.            THE MONKEY KING: Katsuya Terada

5:00 p.m.            DARK HORSE PRESENTS: Shannon Wheeler (Villain House), Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas (Gamma), Geoffrey Thorne and Todd Harris  (Genre 19)

5:00 p.m.            STAR WARS: Carlos d’Anda and Gabe Eltaeb (Star Wars), Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley (Dark Times), Dan Parsons and Wes Dzioba (Dawn of the Jedi), Mark Irwin (Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin), Dave Wilkins (Legacy), Zack Giallongo (Ewoks: Shadows of Endor)

6:00 p.m.            TNT PRESENTS FALLING SKIES: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, and  Falling Skies cast *Ticketed event

6:00 p.m.            CONCRETE PARK: Tony Puryear, Erika Alexander

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20

9:00 a.m.            LAST MAN STANDING: KILLBOOK OF A BOUNTY HUNTER: Daniel LuVisi

10:00 a.m.            EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Rob Reger, Jessica Gruner

11:00 a.m.            ELFQUEST: Wendy and Richard Pini

11:00 a.m.            VALVE PRESENTS:  Jay Pinkerton, Erik Wolpaw, Heather Campbell, Tristan Reidford

12:00 p.m.            CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT: Josh Williamson, Raymond Swanland

BLACKOUT: Frank Barbiere, Micah Kaneshiro

THE OCCULTIST: Tim Seeley, Mike Norton

1:00 p.m.            AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, LEGEND OF KORRA: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ki-Hyun Ryu, Gene Luen Yang, Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano from Gurihiru Studio

2:00 p.m.            THE GOON KICKSTARTER TEAM: Eric Powell, Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler from Blur Studio

3:00 p.m.            UNDERGROUND: Andrew Vachss

3:00 p.m.            BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH: Georges Jeanty, Andrew Chambliss

4:00 p.m.            HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES: Corey Taylor *Ticketed event

5:00 p.m.            HELLBOY, B.P.R.D., ABE SAPIEN, BALTIMORE: Mike Mignola

5:00 p.m.            ITTY BITTY HELLBOY: Art Baltazar

6:00 p.m.            THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow

6:00 p.m.            THE TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS: Becky Cloonan

 

SUNDAY, JULY 21

10:00 a.m.            BUNNY IN THE MOON: THE ART OF TARA MCPHERSON: Tara McPherson

10:00 a.m.            LAST MAN STANDING: KILLBOOK OF A BOUNTY HUNTER: Daniel LuVisi

11:00 a.m.            Joss Whedon *Ticketed event

12:00 p.m.            R.I.P.D.: Peter Lenkov

1:00 p.m.            ALIENS: INHUMAN CONDITION: John Layman

1:00 p.m.            47 RONIN: Mike Richardson, Stan Sakai

2:00 p.m.             EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Rob Reger, Jessica Gruner, Buzz Parker

2:00 p.m.            HUSBANDS: Jane Espenson, Brad Bell, Sean Hemeon

*Events are subject to change.  Some restrictions apply.

 

DARK HORSE/PARTNER PANELS

 

Thursday, July 18 

11:45am – 12:45pm - Inside the Looking Glass: Building Halo Worlds and Wonders, Past, Present…and Future

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Spartans Unite! Frank O’Connor (franchise development director), Dan Ayoub (executive producer), and other 343 Industries personnel celebrate and discuss the exciting new addition to the Halo universe Halo: Spartan Assault, the new comic book series from Dark Horse Comics, Halo: Initiation, and with some “Mega” surprises. Panelists include Nick McWhorter (director of custom programs, Dark Horse Comics), Graeme Jennings (senior producer, 343 Industries),Martin de la Ronde (creative director, Vanguard), and Brian Reed (franchise writer, Halo).

 1:00pm – 2:00pm - Dark Horse: (Super)Powered by Creators

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The latter half of 2012 saw the return of two of Dark Horse’s classic characters, Ghost and X, the appearance of new faces like Michael Avon Oeming’s The Victories and Francesco Francavilla’s The Black Beetle, and the reimagination a hero from yesteryear, Captain Midnight! Join Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, PR director Jeremy Atkins, and a cast of the industry’s top talent, including Joe Casey (Catalyst, Sex), Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle), Duane Swierczynski (X, Two Past Midnight), Joshua Williamson (Captain MidnightMasks and Mobsters), Tim Seeley and Mike Norton (Revival, The Occultist), along with comics newcomer Donny Cates (Buzzkill), for a look at an exciting new cast of characters!

2:00pm – 3:00pm - The Writer’s Journey: Breaking into Hollywood and Comic Scriptwriting

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As we move from the Insight to Indies panel, we’ll address the question every aspiring writer wants answered: “How do I break into the business?” If you are an unpublished writer with dreams of making it in the transmedia marketplace and you don’t know how or where to begin, this is the panel for you. Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel producers Brandon M. Easton (ThunderCats (2011), Transformers: Rescue Bots), Geoffrey Thorne (TNT’s Leverage, Ben 10), Jonathan Callan (Ben 10Generator Rex), veteran screenwriter Tony Puryear (the Schwarzenegger film Eraser), and actress/writer Erika Alexander (Maxine Shaw from Living Single and Concrete Park graphic novel from Dark Horse) share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable comics proposal. Topics include how to hire artists and build a strong contract, how to seek out a publisher, and how to navigate the tough new world of intellectual property management in the digital frontier.

4:30pm – 5:30pm - Creepy and Eerie REBORN and UNDEAD

Room 24ABC

Are you ready to experience the Creepiest of the Creepy? An evil assemblage of ghoulish creators discuss all things Creepy and Eerie. Artist Jason Shawn Alexander (House of Gold and Bones), Creepy writer and editor Dan Braun, producer Josh Braun (Button Man), and moderator J. C. Vaughn (Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide) discuss the influence of the original Warren Creepy and Eerie magazines relaunched at Dark Horse in hardcover archival editions, new comic books, and artist compilation formats. They’ll also divulge details about the upcoming Creepy feature film. With very special guests and extra-spooky giveaways!

6:00pm – 7:00pm - The Goon Kickstarter and Beyond with Eric Powell and Blur Studios

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Back in November, legions of fans rallied together to raise over $400,000 to put together a story reel for the David Fincher-produced feature film based on Eric Powell’s hit comic book series The Goon! Now, Kickstarter supporters and Comic-Con attendees alike will have a chance to catch an exclusive glimpse of this work in progress! Creator Eric Powell, Blur Studios owner Tim Miller, and veteran visual effects guru Jeff Fowler present an update on this crowdfunded full-length motion picture.

 

Friday, July 19

 10:00am – 11:00am - Star Wars Comics: Here and Now

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What is the current state of Star Wars comics? Join Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley and Star Wars creators Carlos D’AndaCorinna BechkoGabriel HardmanDoug WheatleyGabe EltaebTom TaylorZack Giallongo, and others for the lowdown on what’s up, what’s coming up, and why you should be reading!

2:00pm – 3:00pm - A Tribute to Kim Thompson of Fantagraphics Books

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Gary GrothEric Reynolds, and Mike Catron of Fantagraphics Books are joined by Dark Horse’s Diana Schutz and Love and Rockets co-creator Gilbert Hernandez to celebrate the life and career of Kim Thompson, whose legacy as co-publisher of Fantagraphics and bande dessinée‘s greatest ambassador in America spanned five decades.

3:00pm – 4:00pm - Four Colors of Fear: Horror in Comics Past and Present

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Throughout comics’ storied history, horror has been an important part of the medium. In 2012 Dark Horse released its most ambitious horror publishing slate to date. Now, Dark Horse unveils a whole slate of new titles guaranteed to have you running for the covers! Join Dark Horse horror line editor Scott Allie, along with Eric Powell (The Goon), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash/Ex Sanguine),Paul Tobin (Colder), Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko (Station to Station), and others, for an exciting look at this year’s most promising thrills and chills!

4:00pm – 5:00pm - The Art of Video Games

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Quite a bit has changed since Dark Horse first published Mass Effect in 2010, as the publisher has grown this line of books to include franchises like Last of Us, Dragon Age, Bioshock, The Legend of Zelda, and most recently, HALO and Tomb Raider! From canonical comics to beautiful hardcover art books, Dark Horse has firmly established that there is life for popular gaming franchises far beyond the games themselves. Dark Horse PR director Jeremy Atkins, creators Faith Erin Hicks and Neil Druckmann (The Last of Us),PopCap Games- Plants vs. Zombies Franchise Art Director Jeremy Vanhoozer343 Studios- Halo Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor and some surprise guest writers and artists offer a look at what’s to come.

5:00pm – 6:00pm - Breaking into Comics Right Now

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If you’re an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! Some of comic book publishing’s top decision makers, including BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie, IDW Publishing chief creative officer and editor- in-chief Chris Ryall, and Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy, give you up-to-date practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry.

6:00pm – 7:00pm - Rise of the Independents

Room 32AB

Word Balloon host John Suintres moderates a conversation with some of the brightest minds in independent comic publishing, including Image Comic’s director of business development Ron Richards, Dark Horse’s director of publicity Jeremy Atkins, BOOM! Studios’ VP of publishing and marketing Filip Sablik, and IDW’s VP of marketing Dirk Wood, discussing what they are doing to expand the marketplace.

6:15pm – 7:15pm - Dark Horse: Joss Whedon

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Joss Whedon has rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plotlines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here’s your chance to find out what he has in store next, and get exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire SlayerSerenity, and much more!

6:45pm – 7:45pm - Animation Domination High-Def

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Nick Weidenfeld, head of FOX’s all-new Saturday late-night animation programming block, Animation Domination High-Def, will show an exclusive advance preview of two new animated series, Axe Cop and High School USA!, premiering July 27 on FOX. Joining Weidenfeld on the panel Q&A will be Axe Cop executive producers Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser (Drawn Together), High School USA! creator Dino Stamatopoulos (Community), Axe Cop comic creator Ethan Nicolle, and special surprise appearances by the series’ voice talent.

8:00pm – 9:00pm - Axe Cop

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Join brothers Ethan Nicolle and Malachai Nicolle, the 32-year-old and 9-year-old creators of the Dark Horse comic series Axe Cop, with surprise guests to celebrate the premiere of the new Axe Cop TV series as part of Animation Domination Hi-Def, beginning Saturday, July 27 on FOX. Panel events will include a live Ask Axe Cop Q&A, a series of staged battles between cosplayers choreographed by Malachai, and a screening of the premiere episode of Axe Cop.

8:00pm – 9:00pm - Husbands: The New Marriage

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The hit series Husbands has just completed filming its first new content under its exciting new relationship with the CW, and has already had a big year with the release of the hardcover Husbands comic book. Hear about the bouquet of new plans, new stories from the set, and the show’s ring of bigger-than-big guest stars. Creators Jane Espenson and Brad Bell are joined by Husbands’ co-stars Alessandra Torresani and Sean Hemeon, director Jeff Greenstein, and upcoming guest star Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, Much Ado About Nothing)to discuss the much-anticipated future happiness of the comedy. Moderated by Jeff Jensen (Entertainment Weekly).

8:00pm – 10:00pm - Syfy Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

The 25th annual Eisner Awards (the “Oscars” of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 30 categories. Presenters will include British talk show host/comics writer Jonathan Ross, bestselling author Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neverwhere), actor John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow), TV host Chris Hardwick (The Talking Dead, The Nerdist), nominee artist Becky Cloonan (Conan the Barbarian), Hall of Fame cartoonist Sergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD), writer/artist Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics), and voice actors Maurice LaMarche (Pinky and the Brain, Futurama), Lauren Tom (Futurama, King of the Hill), and David Herman (Office Space, Futurama), plus some special surprises! Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.

 

Saturday, July 20

11:00am – 12:00pm - Avatar the Last Airbender: Beginning and Beyond
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This panel is for fans who can’t get enough of the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe. Moderator Avatar_MomKevin Coppa (Puppetbenders), Alisa Christopher (FatCat Gameworks), Gene Luen Yang (writer, The Promise/The Search), Gurihiru (artist team Sasaki and Kawano, The Promise/The Search), Sifu Kisu (martial arts coordinator), and Dante Basco (voice of Zuko/General Iroh) will be on hand to share their experiences and answer questions. Who knows, perhaps a surprise guest or two might stop in! Finally, the panel will end with a show of talented cosplay contestants.

1:30pm – 2:30pm - Star Wars vs. Serenity
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Without question, Serenity fans and Star Wars devotees are two of most passionate groups in fandom. From the ongoing charity work of the Browncoats and the 501st/Rebel Legion alike, fans have taken these two massive science fiction franchises far beyond the screen. Now, Dark Horse is set to bring these two groups together for exclusive announcements, games, prizes, and more. Join Dark Horse PR director Jeremy Atkins, editor-in- chief Scott Allie, and Dark Horse resident Jedi Randy Stradley, a cast of writers and artists, and even a few surprise guests, for what is sure to be one of these year’s most memorable programs!

3:00pm – 4:00pm - Hellboy 20th Anniversary Panel
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This year’s Comic-Con marks the 20th anniversary of Mike Mignola’s best-loved beast. Hellboy has achieved the status in the industry typically reserved for characters created 40 years before him. Following up on the first arc on one of his most popular miniseries to date, the all-new Abe Sapien ongoing series, and the continuing adventures of the supporting cast of the BPRD, this will be one of the biggest Hellboy panels to date! Join creator Mike Mignola and Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie, for an open forum on your favorite cast of characters.

Sunday, July 21

10:00am – 11:00am - Emily the Strange Panel Experience
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Join Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and special guests to see the premiere of the Emily and the Strangers FIRST animated music video and single. See and hear private, behind-the-scenes footage in the recording studio and “making of” the animation. Take a sneak peek at the new comic book Emily and the Strangers #3 by Dark Horse Comics and hear more about the making of this new series and how it comes to life with Emily’s new band. There will be time for Q&A, including updates on the development of the motion picture with Universal Pictures and Dark Horse Entertainment. Reger will be encouraging “audience participation” to get giveaways, so bring on your strange and show him what you’ve got!

IL – Aw Yeah First Anniversary

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Aw Yeah Comics celebrates their first year of business with two days of signings with co-founders Art Baltazar & Franco plus special guests Jason Latour, Jeff Zwirek, Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley, and more! Join them on March 23rd and 24th! RSVP on Facebook!

Aw Yeah Comics 
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-423-2916

IL – FCBD: Superman Family Adventures Signing

Art Baltazar & Franco from DC’s Tiny Titans and Superman Family Adventures (which launches that day) appear at Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday May 5, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day! Free signing and sketching from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also, it’s the store’s Grand Opening! Free comics, hot dogs, beverages, and cake will be served while supplies last.

Aw Yeah Comics
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-423-2916; Fax: 847-423-2917

DC Taking Top Talent To C2E2 2012

March 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois, Top Stories

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Press Release:

DC ENTERTAINMENT TO BRING TOP TALENT TO CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2) 

Renowned Comic Book Publisher will Participate in Nine Panels at Convention; Executives and Creators to Meet with Fans

Norwalk, CT, March 23, 2012:  DC Entertainment has revealed that it will bring an extensive line up of top talent and creators to Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2).  The renowned comic book publisher is slated to participate in nine panels providing thousands of fans the opportunity to hear from some of the most famous artists and creators in the DC universe.  Many of these creators, as well as executives from the company, will also be on hand to meet with fans in the DC Entertainment booth, which will occupy 2500 square feet in a central location on the convention floor. The talent that is (so far) scheduled to appear at C2E2 includes: Franco Aureliani, Art Baltazar, Chris Burnham, David Finch, Patrick Gleason, Kevin Maguire, Sean Murphy, Jimmy Palmiotti, Gail Simone and Scott Snyder.  This does not include a number of top creators that DC will be bringing to the convention for BEFORE WATCHMEN, which has been announced in a separate release.

This year’s C2E2, which is produced by the organizers of New York Comic Con (NYCC), is expected to attract thousands of loyal fans making this convention the largest pop culture extravaganza in the Midwest.  It will take place April 13 – 15, 2012 in the North Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

“DC Entertainment has been a tremendous supporter of C2E2 ever since we launched the show in 2010,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2.  “We are honored that they bring such high caliber talent to our convention and this year is no exception.  I think their participation is a strong statement about how much they believe in our event, and how much they believe in Chicago and the Midwest as a center for pop culture activity and commerce.  DC is a pre-eminent publisher and they elevate dialogue and entertainment simply by being present and being involved.  We are pleased that they have elected to be so present and involved in C2E2.”

FRANCO AURELIANI has been drawing comics since he could hold a crayon in his little fingers. His credits for DC Comics include the Eisner Award-winning TINY TITANS, YOUNG JUSTICE and the upcoming SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES. In 1995, he founded Blindwolf Studios, an independent art studio where he and fellow creators like his superstar cartoonist buddy Art Baltazar create wonderful comics for all the kids. Franco is also the creator, artist and writer of WEIRDSVILLE, LIL CREEPS and EAGLE ALL STAR and the co-creator and writer of PATRICK THE WOLF BOY. Franco is also very tall.

ART BALTAZAR is a super-cartoonist from Chicago! His credits for DC Comics include the Eisner Award-winning TINY TITANS, YOUNG JUSTICE and the upcoming SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES. Additional credits include GORILLA GORILLA comics for Disney Adventures and PATRICK THE WOLF BOY comics from BlindWolf Studios. Aw Yeah Man!

CHRIS BURNHAM derives from Chicago. His credits include BATMAN INCORPORATED and BATMAN AND ROBIN for DC Comics, X-MEN: DIVIDED WE STAND and X-MEN: MANIFEST DESTINY for Marvel Comics, FEAR AGENT for Dark Horse, THE ELEPHANTMENT, NIXON’S PALS and OFFICER DOWNE for Image Comics, and much more.

DAVID FINCH launched his comics career on Top Cow Productions’ Cyberforce, where he started out assisting creator Marc Silvestri before graduating to full-time penciller in 1996. After co-creating the title Ascension and pencilling the first four issues of Aphrodite IX for Image, Finch went on to illustrate acclaimed runs on Ultimate X-MenThe New AvengersMoon Knight and Ultimatum for Marvel before being lured to DC by its siren Bat-song. A contributor to BATMAN #700 and penciller for the one-shot BATMAN: THE RETURN, Finch is currently writing and drawing the ongoing series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT as well as crafting exquisite cover art for a host of DC titles. A proud Canadian, he makes his home on the snowy steppes of Ontario.

PATRICK GLEASON loves to create fantastic characters and the worlds they inhabit. His focus on character development and powerful storytelling can be found within the stories of many iconic characters including DC’s Batman and Robin, Green Lantern Corps, Aquaman, The Jusctie League, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, and The JSA. His ground-laying work, alongside Geoff Johns, and Dave Gibbons on Green Lantern Corps mini-series RECHARGE made way for the acclaimed ongoing series. The Sinestro Corps War followed, and then culminated in the explosive Blackest Night with Peter J Tomasi. Along with DC Comics’ wildly successful New 52, Patrick continues to lend his artistic vision and work to the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin.

KEVIN MAGUIRE resents being known as the guy who draws “funny faces.” He draws expressive faces (thank you very much) on titles such as the various Justice League books of the 1980s, The Adventures of Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, TEAM TITANS, Strike Back!, JLA: CREATED EQUAL, X-Men Forever, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE, and The Defenders. OK… he draws funny faces too.

After breaking into the industry at a young age, SEAN MURPHY made a name for himself in the world of indie comics before joining up with DC for such titles as BATMAN/SCARECROW: YEAR ONE, TEEN TITANS, HELLBLAZER and the miniseries AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. He also wrote and illustrated the original graphic novel Off Road.

JIMMY PALMIOTTI is a multi-award-winning creator and co-founder of Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights, and Paperfilms, where he currently partners with Amanda Conner and Justin Gray. Together they have created and co-created: The New West, MONOLITH, 21 DOWN, THE RESISTANCE, The ProGatecrasherBeautiful KillerAshCloudburstTrigger Girl 6SplattermanThrill SeekerTrailblazer,Ballerina, THE TWILIGHT EXPERIMENT and the TV series, Painkiller Jane.

He has worked on POWERGIRL and JONAH HEX for DC COMICS, The Last Resort for IDW, Back to Brooklyn for Image Comics, Spartacusfor Devils Due, and Time Bomb for Radical Comics. He is currently writing ALL-STAR WESTERN and THE RAY for DC COMICS the New 52.

GAIL SIMONE first caught the attention of the comics world on the world wide web, where her popular humor column “You’ll All Be Sorry!” was featured on Comic Book Resources.  It wasn’t long before she was tapped to write The Simpsons for Bongo Comics, which led to working in the mainstream for Marvel Comics as the writer on Deadpool.

Following her Marvel work, Simone began working for DC, where she is most known for her much-beloved run on BIRDS OF PREY.  She has continued to write for DC and its many imprints on titles that include ROSE AND THORN, ACTION COMICS, TEEN TITANS, SECRET SIX, THE LEGION, VILLAINS UNITED, JLA CLASSIFIED, THE ALL-NEW ATOM, GEN13, and her creator-owned title WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY. Simone is currently writing BATGIRL in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.

SCOTT SNYDER has written comics for both DC and Marvel, including the bestselling series AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS and SWAMP THING, and is the author of the story collection Voodoo Heart (The Dial Press). He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYC and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett. He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.

For further information about guests and activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com.  For more information about DC Entertainment and their guests please contact ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­David Hyde at david.hyde@dccomics.com.

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