Hero Initiative at Baltimore Comic Con 2014

September 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

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Press Release:

The Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is hitting the Baltimore Comic Con in a massive way. Hero will be at booth #1601 September 5-7, 2014 with exclusive creators, signings, and more!

Hero will be the only place to find legendary writer Dennis O’Neil (Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow) and longtime fabled Marvel artist and editor Al Milgrom (Avengers, Spectacular Spider-Man). Look for them all weekend long at booth #1601.

Hero’s exclusive Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 will also be on sale at Baltimore, and ALL three artists who created the cover will be on hand for a special signing! Penciler Herb Trimpe, inker Tom Palmer, and colorist Laura Martin will be at the Hero booth Saturday from 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. It’s your PERFECT chance to get this great limited edition signed by three comic greats!

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 11 top creators. Hero is the exclusive CGC Signature Series facilitator at the con for Cliff Chiang, Alan Davis, Dan Jurgens, Ron Marz, Bob McLeod, Al Milgrom, Mark Morales, Denny O’Neil, Tom Palmer, Brian Pulido, and Herb Trimpe! Bring your books to the CGC booth, #707, no later than 5 p.m. Friday, September 5. Cost is $38 plus return shipping, and you don’t have to wait in lines!

And Marvel Comics SVP-Executive Editor Tom Brevoort is dropping the knowledge for Hero! Tom’s Marvel Boot Camp panel at the con will be a special, ticketed-only seminar in which Tom gives the same training lecture he gives the Marvel editorial staff. Find out the real Marvel method of storytelling and important tricks of the trade! Tickets are available ONLY at the Hero booth, and the seminar lasts a whopping two hours, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, September 7.

Finally, make sure your evening is covered with a trip to the Harvey Awards! Hero Initiative is awarding its Lifetime Achievement Award and Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award as part of the festivities. Be on hand to see who’s earned the hardware!

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 granted more than $700,000 to the comic-book veterans who have paved the way. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

George Pérez’s Sirens Signing Tour

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Press Release:

Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to announce that comics’ legend George Pérez will be embarking on his first nationwide signing tour to promote his new original series, George Pérez’s Sirens. Pérez will be visiting six different comic shops and three conventions in seven states across the country to meet fans and sign copies of his first original comic book series in over a decade. Appearing alongside the luminary creator at several of the events will be the real-life friends and fans who inspired the Sirens themselves.

As an intergalactic force enslaves planets across the galaxy, the legendary team known only as the Sirens must reunite to save the galaxy—but is that even possible when the Sirens themselves don’t even remember who they are? And the rest of the universe only remembers them as…villains? A six-issue bi-monthly miniseries featuring your new favorite comic book team, written and drawn by the master himself, George Pérez (Wonder Woman, JLA Vs. Avengers) begins his greatest story yet.

“This is gonna be so much fun,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “George has never gone on a signing tour before, so this a really unique opportunity for his fan base. Spanning the course of two full weeks, George will be visiting numerous comic shops and conventions, meeting fans from all over the country, and introducing them to his newest work, Sirens. A huge thanks goes out to all the retailers and convention organizers that made this possible. And of course, the biggest thanks of all goes out to George for agreeing to pack up and travel all over the U.S.!”

George Pérez will appear at the following locations and dates:

September 5-7Baltimore Comic-Con, Baltimore, Md.

September 17, 6-8pmCollector’s Paradise, Winnetka, Calif.

September 18,  6-8pm, Keith’s Comics, Dallas, Texas

September 19-21Cincinnati Comic Expo, Cincinnati, Ohio

September 22, 6-8pm, Larry’s Comics, Lowell, Mass.

September 25, 11am-1pmThird Eye Comics, Annapolis, Md.

September 27-28Pittsburgh Comicon, Pittsburgh, Pa.

September 30, 5-7pmTate’s Comics, Lauderhill, Fla.

October 1, 4-6pmColiseum of Comics, Sanford, Fla.

George Perez’s Sirens #1 comes out in comic shops on September 17.

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV’s The Woods; Mark Waid’s IrredeemableSons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure TimeRegular ShowThe Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!’s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse GuardCow BoyGunnerkrigg CourtRust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.

MD – Sirens #1 Signing

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Comics icon George Perez appears at Third Eye Comics on Thursday, September 25th from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM to celebrate the launch of Sirens #1 from Boom! Studios!

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Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-0322

VA – Neal Adams Signing

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Meet Comics Legend Neal Adams at Velocity Comics on Wednesday September 10th from 5:00 to 8:00pm! First autograph is FREE! (Additional autographs are $10 each)

Portfolios, Art Prints, Books and Sketches will be available for purchase! We are also taking on commissions so now is the time to get a piece of art drawn up by Neal Adams. Email Jason at adams@nealadams.com Jason will work out characters and prices with you. Maybe get a Batman: Black & White Variant blank with a Batman head sketch drawn on it. You can also call Jason at 212-869-4170.

Who is Neal Adams? Neal Adams is a towering figure in the world of comic book creation and art. Neal has had legendary ‘runs’ on Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and Deadman. Adams rescued Batman from the campy nostalgia of the television show, and re-fitted him in his present incarnation as an “Avenger of the Night.” When people say ‘modern Batman,’ they mean Neal Adams’ Batman. His run on Batman led directly to the new, more realistic incarnation in “Batman Begins” movie, which featured the character he created, Ra’s Al Ghul. Neal just did an 8 page story in Batman Black & White #1. Don’t miss out on picking one up at the store and having Neal sign it.

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Velocity Comics
904 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220-3809

MA – George Pérez Signing

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Comic legend George Pérez appears at Larry’s Comics on Monday September 22nd from 6:00-8:00 PM to promote his new Boom Studios series: Sirens! Larry’s will have an exclusive variant cover of the first issue available at the signing! This is a rare New England store signing by one of the biggest creators in the industry so mark your calendars now!

George will sign as many things as possible and take as many pictures as the fans wish. Due to the short signing times he will not be sketching or selling his own items.

Signing details: to get a signature, purchase the Sirens #1 Tour book at $10 each. This gets you the tour book signed plus two additional signatures. In the interest of being as fair as possible, if you want more than one, you have to get back in line.

One of the most popular artists working in comics over the last 30 years, George Pérez’s resume contains a who’s-who of the most popular characters in comics. From his co-creation, with Marv Wolfman, of THE NEW TEEN TITANS in the 80s and his work on CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS and WONDER WOMAN to his mega-successful JLA/AVENGERS, George’s work has thrilled comics fans for over three decades.

Larry’s Comics
68 Lakeview Avenue, Lowell, MA 01850
(978) 459-5323

IL – Neal Adams Signing

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Comic Legend Neal Adams appears for a signing at Graham Crackers Comics’ CHICAGO LOOP location on Wednesday August 20th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm (hopefully hours that will allow everyone a chance to meet him!)

First autograph is FREE! (Additional autographs are $10 each (costs $20 at WW Chicago!) Portfolios, Art Prints, Books and Sketches will be available for purchase!

Who is Neal Adams? Neal Adams is a towering figure in the world of comic book creation and art. Neal has had legendary runs on Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and Deadman. Adams rescued Batman from the campy nostalgia of the television show, and re-fitted him in his present incarnation as an Avenger of the Night. When people say “modern Batman” they mean Neal Adams’ Batman. His run on Batman led directly to the new, more realistic incarnation in the Batman Returns movie, which featured the character he created, Ra’s Al Ghul.

Graham Crackers Comics – CHICAGO LOOP
77 E. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602
312-629-1810

NYC – Neal Adams Signing

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Comic book legend Neal Adams signs at The Lair on Wednesday August 13th from 5:00-8:00 PM!

The Lair
1808 Colden Avenue Bronx, NY 10462
347.680.7934

San Diego Comic Con 2014 Con Report!

On July 23-27th, San Diego was host to the 2014 San Diego Comic Con! After 10 years of attending this show, I was definitely looking forward to seeing what sort of amazing spectacles Comic Con had in store for me this year. After a week of recovery from the show, I had to admit, compared to all the other Comic Cons, this one was a bit more low key. There weren’t many major announcements on the movie front, and while there were some exciting TV shows on hand, I definitely didn’t feel the major buzz I typically do at SDCC.

However, like all previous Comic Cons, it’s a great time to mingle with artists, writers, and friends you never get to mingle with anywhere else outside of SDCC. It was fun watching the stars come on the show floor, watching artists draw some amazing commissions, and seeing the amazing exhibits some of the booths displayed, including all of the Batman cowls celebrating the Caped Crusader’s 75th birthday, as well as some very cool props from the latest movies. While it lacked that extra spark that San Diego usually brings to the table, it still was, is and always will be THE place to be. And now, on to some of the sights I saw during the weekend.

The line on preview night to get inside the show floor!

 

The con was generous enough to provide free wifi for those waiting upstairs!

 

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Hall H line is thrilled to go inside!

 

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The awesome Constantine display out by the Gaslamp District!

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The awesome Batman statue in the middle of the DC booth.

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The Christian Bale and George Clooney Batman costumes.

 

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The Batfleck cowl.

 

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The Batcycle at the Lego booth!

 

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Groot and Rocket staring me down from the Lego booth.

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An amazing Rocket Raccoon statue!

More GotG props at the Marvel booth!

What a bunch of A-holes…

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Don’t touch Lola!

 

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Alex Ross’ booth had this beautiful painting available for sale.

 

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Heritage Auctions brought this historic page to display. Jaw dropping!

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Star Wars toy set up in amazing fashion!

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Adam West greeting the crowds of SDCC!

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Kelley Jones doing a live Batman drawing demo!

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Arthur Adams doing what he does best: drawing masterpieces!

Amazing Hulk cover for sale!

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Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr., and Klaus Janson, the Superman team signing at the DC booth!

Jock and Guillermo Del Toro signing Jock’s Pan Labyrinth print at Mondo booth!

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Mondo displayed their latest foray into pop culture: toys!

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Speaking of toys, here’s Todd McFarlane with his new Walking Dead line!

Lee Bermejo talking to a customer about his Joker pages!

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Bruce Timm drawing some amazing head sketches!

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Loki’s scepter makes an appearance at the Marvel booth!

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The amazing reveal for Avengers 2!

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The Avengers cast signing at the Marvel booth was insane!

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The biggest news of the weekend: WW’s costume! (photo credit to WB studios)

I didn’t take a lot of cosplay pics this year, but here’s a few that stood out!

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In all my years of Comic Con, I’ve never seen this: Live action karaoke!

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Gwen Stacy lugging around a Spidey backpack!

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An elaborate Vanellope costume complete with car!

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Batman better look out for Superman…

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Great Shrek costumes!

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There’s Waldo!

By far the coolest: Raven with glowing eyes!

By far the coolest: Raven with glowing eyes!

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My happiest moment at SDCC!

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A beautiful sunset caps another year of SDCC! See you all next year!

MA – Neal Adams Signing

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Comics legend Neal Adams appears at Comicazi in Davis Square for a signing on Wednesday August 6th at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm!  First autograph is FREE! (Additional autographs are $10 each) Portfolios, Art Prints, Books and Sketches will be available for purchase!  He is also taking on commissions so now is the time to get a piece of art drawn up by Neal Adams. Email Jason at adams@nealadams.com and Jason will work out characters and prices with you.You can also call Jason at 212-869-4170.

Neal is in town for Boston Comic Con at the Seaport World Trade Center on August 8-10th!

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Comicazi 
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
617-666-2664

OR – 40th Anniversary Signing

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Kurt Busiek, Justin Zimmerman, Mike Lawrence, Mike Russell, and Bill Mudron sign at Excalibur Books & Comics on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 from 6:00 till 8:00 pm as part of Excalibur’s 40th anniversary celebration!

Excalibur Books & Comics
2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214-3969
(503) 231-7351

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