Steel City Con Returns April 7-9th

Steel City Con returns to the Monroeville Convention Center on April 7 – April 9, 2017 with guests including Jason Isaacs, Adam West, Burt Ward, Katrina Law, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Mena Suvari, William B. Davis, Caroll Spinney, Brian O’Halloran, Walt Flanagan, Michael Zapcic, Bryan Johnson, Ming Chen,  and many more!

The Steel City Con is the exclusive comic con of the Monroeville Convention Center. It is one of the largest comic cons in the United States with over 100,000 square feet of convention space and filled with 750 vendor tables, artist alley, and celebrity guests. At the Steel City Con you can meet TV and film celebrities along with experience celebrity Q&As, panels, celebrity photo ops, and the Artist Charity Quick Sketch. You can also take part in the Steel City Con’s cosplay, trivia contest and costume contests!

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Single day tickets or 3 day pass available now: www.steelcitycon.com/buy-tickets

Show Info: www.steelcitycon.com

NY – The Stone Heart Launch Party

Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks and bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce appear at Barnes & Noble on Monday April 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM for a conversation that is sure to thrill fans of both authors. The talk is in support of The Stone Heart the second book in the Nameless City Series.

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Barnes & Noble
3454 Erie Boulevard East, Dewitt, NY 13214
315-449-2948

Voltron Team Roars Into WonderCon 2017

Join Kyle Anderson of Nerdist as he leads a conversation on April 1st at 5:30 PM at WonderCon with DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender Executive Producer Joaquim Dos Santos, Co-Executive Producer Lauren Montgomery, Story Editor Tim Hedrick, cast members Jeremy Shada (Lance), Josh Keaton (Shiro), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Pidge), Tyler Labine (Hunk), and Kimberly Brooks (Allura) who will be highlighting their favorite season 2 moments and will take part in an extended Q&A! Fans in attendance will each receive a limited edition lithograph (pictured).

Details here…

 

MA – Reading Without Walls Signing

Gene Luen Yang appears at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Thursday April 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM!

Celebrated graphic novelist and National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang discusses Reading Without Walls, a new reading initiative for kids that encourages kids to get out of their comfort zone and explore the world through books. Signing will follow at the Brookline Booksmith.  This event is co-hosted by the Brookline Booksmith and the Public Library of Brookline.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Event Guidelines:

  • Tickets are $5
  • Tickets may be purchased online, in-store, or over the phone
  • The line at the theatre will form promptly at 5:30pm
  • Gene’s presentation at the theatre will last an hour
  • He will follow with a signing, to take place at Brookline Booksmith
  • Several of Gene’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the Booksmith
  • You are not required to purchase a book in order to join the signing line

Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446-2908
617-566-6660

MA – Reading Without Walls Lecture

Gene Luen Yang appears at the Eric Carle Museum  on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM!

Graphic Novelist. Educator. Cartoonist. MacArthur Fellow. As the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang is traveling across the country to discuss Reading Without Walls, challenging readers to read diverse books outside of their comfort zones. In this divided world, Yang asks people to come together and learn to understand each other better through books. A bestselling, award-winning comics creator, Gene Luen Yang is pushing his own boundaries in storytelling — and asking you to do the same in your reading.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002

Planet Comicon Announces Amazing Array of Fan Favorites

Press Release:
The stars of your favorite shows are shining at Planet Comicon Kansas City! Top talent from Doctor Who, Arrow, and the upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery have recently been announced. Tickets are available for sale now at the link…
  • Have you heard the news? Jason Isaacs is the captain in the new Star Trek series!
  • Stephen Amell, star of the hit CW show Arrow, returns to Kansas City to meet his fans.
  • Doctor Who’s Rose Tyler, Billie Piper, makes her first Planet Comicon appearance.
These are only a few of the celebrity headliners who are slated for the show. Get your chance to meet Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Summer Glau (Firefly), John Barrowman (Arrow), Wil Wheaton (Star Trek, Big Bang Theory), John DiMaggio (Futurama), Jim Beaver (Supernatural), Ric Flair (wrestling legend), and dozens more. Check out the ever-growing media guest roster at www.planetcomicon.com.
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ON – Reading Without Walls

Press Release:

Award winning graphic novelist and literacy advocate Gene Luen Yang will appear at the Toronto Reference Library on Wednesday, April 5th at 6:30 PM. On January 4, 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and The Children’s Book Council, appointed Gene the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2016-2017).

Throughout his career, Gene has advocated for the role of comics and graphic novels in promoting literacy and learning. On April 5, Gene will speak about his Reading Without Walls platform in this Toronto Public Library and Toronto Comic Arts Festival co-presentation.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Toronto Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8
416-395-5577

Hellboy’s Ron Perlman Heads to Planet Comicon 2017

Ron Perlman joins Planet Comicon’s guest list for the 2017 convention! Tickets are available for sale now at the link…

Press Release:

Ron Perlman is one of the most beloved and prolific fantasy and science fiction performers. He is best known as Clay Morrow in Sons of Anarchy, Vincent in the TV series Beauty and the Beast, and as Hellboy in both 2004’s Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Currently he stars on the Amazon Prime series Hand of God.

Perlman is a frequent collaborator of Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro, with roles in Cronos, Blade II, and Pacific Rim. He is also acclaimed for his voice-over work as the narrator of Fallout, Clayface in Batman: The Animated Series, Killer Croc in The Batman, Slade in the animated series Teen Titans, The Lich in Adventure Time, and the Stabbington Brothers in Tangled.

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Previously announced guests include Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, Summer Glau, Kevin Eastman, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Jason Aaron, Bill Amend, Don Rosa, Rick Burchett, Phil Hester, Dennis Hopeless, Matt Kindt, and many more.

WA – First Second Panel

Comic creators Gene Luen Yang, Scott Westerfeld, Matthew Loux, Penelope Bagieu, and Box Brown appear on a panel moderated by Jen Vaughan at the Seattle Public Library on Friday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM.

Press Release:

First Second Books publishes great graphic novels for every type of reader. We’ll be celebrating their work with a panel of their most talented creators: Gene Yang, Scott Westerfeld, Matthew Loux, Penelope Bagieu, and Box Brown, moderated by Jen Vaughn. Learn about their books and their backgrounds, and join in a rousing game of Pictionary, where the audience and artists compete for bragging rights!

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. His graphic novel set Boxers and Saints won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has also written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman.

Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His book Andre the Giant: Life and Legend was released in 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. His second graphic novel with publisher First Second is Tetris: The Games People Play. Brown launched the independent comics publishing house Retrofit Comics in 2011.

Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982, to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. She blogs, drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. Exquisite Corpse was her first graphic novel to be published in the United States. California Dreamin’, a graphic novel biography of Mama Cass of “The Mamas and the Papas” will publish on March 7th for International Women’s Day.

Matthew Loux is the author and artist of Sidescrollers and the five-volume Salt Water Taffy series published by Oni Press. Sidescrollers was placed on the 2008 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, and in 2009 Salt Water Taffy was placed on the Texas Library Association’s prestigious Maverick list. Matthew also illustrated the graphic novel F-Stop and the board book Good Night, Gabbaland based on the Nick Jr. television show Yo Gabba Gabba. He resides in Brooklyn.

Scott Westerfeld is the author of the worldwide bestselling Uglies series and the Locus Award–winning Leviathan series, and is co-author of the Zeroes trilogy. His other novels include the New York Times bestseller Afterworlds, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy.

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Seattle Public Library
Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 386-4636

Dark Horse Comics Schedule for Emerald City Comicon 2017

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Washington

Press Release:
Visit Dark Horse Comics at Emerald City Comicon for free swag, such as comics, buttons, posters, and more! Check out our signings and panels, too!
Special appearance in the Dark Horse booth from our friends at Happymatic Photo Booth! Come by with your friends or in cosplay and get your picture taken as a souvenir – for FREE!
We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.
SIGNING SCHEDULE
 
All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.
Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.
All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.
THURSDAY, MARCH 2
3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald
BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS: Yishan Li
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. DARK HORSE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HENCHGIRL HC: Kristen Gudsnuk
THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEK GIRLS: Hope Nicholson, Tini Howard, Megan Lavey-Heaton, Kristen Gudsnuk, Fionna Adams, Meaghan Carter
5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. EMPOWERED: Adam Warren
6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. HARROW COUNTY: Tyler Crook
NEGATIVE SPACE: Ryan K. Lindsay, Owen Gieni
FRIDAY, MARCH 3
10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m. THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN: Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. ANGEL SEASON 11,  LARA CROFT AND THE FROZEN OMEN, DEEP GRAVITY: Corinna Bechko
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. THE FIFTH BEATLE: Andrew Robinson
HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D: 1954, JOE GOLEM, ALIENS: Patric Reynolds
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH: Christos Gage
BOUNTY: Kurtis Wiebe
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. BATTLEPUG: Mike Norton
SPACE-MULLET!, THE GHOST FLEET: Daniel Warren Johnson
3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY, THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT: Geof Darrow
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. ETHER, DEPT. H, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt
DEPT. H: Sharlene Kindt
5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, WONDERFALL, CONAN RED SONJA: Gail Simone
6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. DARK HORSE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HENCHGIRL HC, THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEK GIRLS: Kristen Gudsnuk
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m. BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL, COLDER: Paul Tobin
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. ALEISTER AND ADOLF, THE VICTORIES: Michael Avon Oeming
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE SERPENT’S HEIR: Richard Hamilton
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES, NUMBER 13: David Walker
FIGHT CLUB 2, SIN TITULO, B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: Cameron Stewart
AMERICAN GODS, FIGHT CLUB 2, KABUKI: David Mack
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. ANGEL CATBIRD: Johnnie Christmas
FINDER, HARROW COUNTY: Carla Speed McNeil
3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: LIFE AND DEATH: Brian Albert Thies
EI8HT: Mike Johnson
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. THE VISITOR: HOW AND WHY HE STAYED, RISE OF THE BLACK FLAME,  HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1954, SERENITY: NO POWER IN THE ’VERSE: Chris Roberson
5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. HELLBOY IN HELL, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D., BALTIMORE: Mike Mignola
6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Gene Luen Yang

THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Irene Koh

SUNDAY, MARCH 5

10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m. SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Jose Pimienta
MAE: Gene Ha
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. TREKKER: Ron Randall
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Ron Chan
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. TOMB RAIDER: Phillip Sevy

2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Irene Koh

PANEL SCHEDULE
 
Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/Events/Panels-And-Screenings/Panels/# for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.
THURSDAY, MARCH 2
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. TCC 305 Spotlight on Matt Kindt
One of the most lauded creative minds in comics, Matt Kindt sits down for a no-holds-barred spotlight panel to discuss his upcoming projects, from Grass Kings (Boom! Studios) to X-O Manowar (Valiant Entertainment) to Dept. H (Dark Horse) and more, with special guests and some surprises for every panel attendee!
4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m. WSCC 611 The Comic Elements of Avatar and Korra
Dark Horse and Nickelodeon are excited to treat fans to a panel worthy of Aang himself! Join Avatar: The Last Airbender writer Gene Luen Yang and The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars artist Irene Koh as they explore this treasured world. Fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes!
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. TCC 303 Throughout the Whedonverse: 20 Years in the Making
Dark Horse is thrilled to celebrate twenty years of Buffy and fifteen years of Firefly! Dark Horse’s continuations of Joss Whedon’s cult favorites in the series Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel remain some of the most talked-about comics in the industry. Join Whedonverse writers Chris Roberson (Serenity: No Power in the ’Verse), Christos Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seasons 10 and 11, Angel & Faith), Kel McDonald (Buffy: The High School Years), and Corinna Bechko (Angel Season 11) for an in-depth look at what it’s like to work on franchises with a cult-like following. WhedonCon’s Marisa Powers will impress fans with her knowledge of the Whedonverse as moderator of the panel!

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 3
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. WSCC 604 Dark Horse Manga

Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Lone Wolf and Cub, Berserk, and many more! Dark Horse continues to publish some of the industry’s best-selling titles, like Unofficial Hatsune Mix, I Am a Hero, Danganronpa, and the works of the creative powerhouse CLAMP. Join translator Zack Davisson and Dark Horse editor Carl Horn for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!SATURDAY, MARCH 4

11:10 a.m.–12:00 p.m. TCC 302 From the Printed Page to the Silver Screen:  An Overview of Licensing Comic Book Properties  to the Film and Television Industries
From Arrow to X-Men; The Walking Dead to Deadpool; comic book properties dominate the film and television screens. It’s no secret that comic books are the new hot properties; the entertainment industry is scrambling to acquire the latest graphic novels. Are you ready to represent the creator of the next superhero smash hit? This CLE will help introduce lawyers and law students to the key issues involved in licensing comic book properties to the film and television industries.
12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. TCC 305 Seriously, What’s Up with Editors?
Haven’t you always wondered what a comic book editor does? Do you think you have what it takes to be one? Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, and IDW want to give you insight on breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher! Join iZombie creator and Mignolaverse contributor Chris Roberson, Dark Horse’s VP of publishing Randy Stradley, Boom! Studios’ Eric Harburn, and IDW’s Sarah Gaydos for a rare behind-the-panels look at the secrets to building successful comic and graphic novel programs.
1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m. TCC 304 The Mignolaverse: Life after Hell
It’s been a tough few years for Hellboy fans following the death of our titular hero in 2011. But fear not: Hellboy’s spirit lives on in the other titles of the immaculately crafted Mignolaverse. Join Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Mignolaverse writer Chris Roberson (Witchfinder: City of the Dead, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954), as they delve into what the future holds for the Mignolaverse.
4:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ECCC Live Stage  Level 4 Skybridge Lobby How To Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir
Join Richard Hamilton, writer on How To Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir, at the Emerald City Comicon Live Stage for a conversation about writing the comics based on the beloved How To Train Your Dragon film and TV series. You can also catch it streaming live on Twitch at http://www.twitch.tv/twitch.
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. WSCC 3A The Millennial’s Guide to Keeping Comics Alive
In recent years, Dark Horse has expanded its publishing line to reach more young and young adult comic readers. Join Irene Koh (The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), and Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics and the role social media plays in engaging with fans!
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. TCC 303 Artists Who Write: The Craft and Creation of Comics
Whether it’s an underwater murder mystery or a scantily clad superhero, there’s a lot of thought put into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join some of the industry’s most talented artists—Matt Kindt (Dept. H, Ether), Adam Warren (Empowered), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), and Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer)—who can tell you a thing or two about comic creation.

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