NYC – Visualizing the Words: Comics as Collaboration

000-soi-12315Comics pros Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves) and Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man) appear at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday  December 3, 2015 at 6:30 PM show you how a comic book or graphic novel—what Will Eisner called “sequential art”—proceeds from idea to script to finished art. They will then discuss how Martinbrough has approached storytelling challenges from his creative collaborators, top comics writers including Robert Kirkman, Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka and others. Fingeroth will weigh in on Martinbrough’s storytelling choices, explaining how an editor impacts the content of a comics story. Shawn and Danny will then expand the discussion/demonstration to worlds beyond comics to discuss how Shawn applies his visual storytelling approach to projects beyond the comics industry.

For two decades, Martinbrough has worked for the top publishers in the comic book industry. His DC Comics work includes a two year collaboration with novelist Greg Rucka on Batman: Detective Comics. In it, Shawn co-created characters that were featured in the Batman: Gotham Knights animated DVD and currently appear on the FOX television series, GOTHAM. Shawn’s graphic novel projects for Marvel Entertainment include Luke Cage Noir, Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive, and a Captain America graphic novel for the U.S. Army & Air Force Exchange Service that had a million copy print run. It was distributed exclusively on military bases across the country in connection with the release of the feature film, Captain America: The First Avenger.

Shawn is currently illustrating Thief of Thieves, the bestselling Image Comics graphic novel series written by Robert Kirkman, the creator of the hit AMC television series, The Walking Dead. Thief of Thieves is in development for a live action television series.

Martinbrough is also the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling,published by Random House and reprinted in several languages.

A native of the Bronx, Martinbrough majored in art at New York’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and obtained his BFA in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts. His website is:

A longtime editor and writer for Marvel Comics, best known for his work on Spider-Man, Danny Fingeroth is an historian, writer and teacher of comics and graphic novels. Danny has spoken on comics at venues including The Smithsonian Institution, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University. His books includeSuperman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society, The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels and (with Mike Manley) How to Create Comics From Script to Print. Among other projects, Danny currently serves as a programming consultant to Wizard World Conventions, organizing and moderating panels with comics creators and pop culture experts at the company’s nationwide shows. Find out more about Danny at

Tickets available at the link… $15 Non-members | $10 Members | $7 seniors/students (Undergrad with valid ID)

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

1st Annual Great American Comic Con on Dec. 5-6th


Great American Comic Con is the newest addition to the comic book convention scene and what better place to have its first show but Las Vegas, Nevada. So December 5-6th, 2015 will be the inaugural event taking place at the Sports Center of Las Vegas. Joining us this year are some of the best comic book writers, artists and professionals in the business including Tim Bradstreet, Tommy Castillo, Howard Chaykin, Darwyn Cooke, Tony Harris, Bob McLeod, Tony Moore, Graham Nolan, James Robinson, Joe Rubinstein, Mike Zeck, Frank Tieri, Billy Tucci, Len Wein, and Bernie Wrightson.

What makes GACC different from any other comic book convention in Las Vegas is the guests will have worked on titles ranging from the Silver Age of comics all the way to today’s newest and hottest comic book titles. This show is all about comics and nothing else. You will find major comic book dealers from across the US as well as Las Vegas’ own dealers offering you the widest selection of comic book memorabilia available anywhere. Keep checking back for new guest and exhibitor announcements. We are proud and excited to be able to bring you a great show to enjoy. So make sure to register today and be ready to enjoy a good ole fashion comic book show. It’s about comics!

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Special Guests Appear at NJCE 2015


New Jersey Comic Expo (#NJCE) makes its debut this weekend on November 21st and 22nd with several special guests!

Best-selling and fan favorite superstar comic book artist Jim Lee will be making a rare appearance at NJCE on Sunday, November 22nd. Jim’s appearance at NJCE is his final U.S. convention appearance of the year! Attendees will have the chance to line up for a special TWO HOUR hour signing with a two-item limit! The signing will begin at 10AM and will be first come, first served.

Writer Garth Ennis, best known as the co-creator of the Vertigo comic Preacher with Steve Dillon, which is coming soon to AMC, and his fan beloved nine-year run on Marvel’s Punisher. So if you have a stack of the plethora of comics authored by Mr. Ennis, you may want to bring them to the 2015 NJCE, because this will be his ONLY appearance in the great state of New Jersey.

Superstar Comic Book artist John Cassaday will be making a rare appearance this weekend at the New Jersey Comic Expo! Appearing both Saturday & Sunday, John who most recently handled the art on the first six issues of Marvel’s flagship Star Wars book, will be signing books for fans and will also be available for meet & greet session via our VIP packages.

Angel and Person of Interest’s Amy Acker will be joining us on Saturday and Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy) and from Marvel’s Daredevil on NetFlix Peter Shinkoda and Tommy Walker will be there all weekend. In addition to signing autographs for fans (Additional fees apply) at their tables in our Celeb Signing Area we will also be offering the opportunity to have a professional photo with your favorite celeb taken by Epic Photo-Ops, the convention photo pros.

Other guests include: Mark Bagley, Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Batista, Ryan Bodenheim, Ivan Brandon, June Brigman, Jim Calafiore, Dennis Calero, Joe Caramagna, Paul Castiglia, Chris Claremont, Toby Cypress, Vito Delsante, Todd Dezago, Steve Ellis, The Fraim Bros, Bryan J.L. Glass, Justin Gray, Scott Hanna, Joe Harris, Edwin Huang, Jamal Igle, Jeff King, Joseph Michael Linsner, Shawn Martinbrough, Ben McCool, Mark Morales, Rags Morales, Rudy Nebres, Fabian Nicieza, Cary Nord, Carl Potts, Rodney Ramos, Tom Raney, Ivan Reis, Rod Reis, Dave Roman, Craig Rousseau, Fernando Ruiz, Buddy Scalera, Bob Schreck, Jeffery Shultz, Alex Simmons, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Frank Tieri, Peter J. Tomasi, Ethan Van Sciver, Charles Paul Wilson III, and more! For the full guest list, tickets, and further details please check the website:

ON – Dark Knight III Variant Signing


Francis Manapul (The Flash, Convergence: Justice League) appears at Silver Snail Comics on Saturday November 28, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 PM  and 5:00-7:00 PM to sign his variant cover of Dark Knight III!

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Silver Snail Comics
329 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1R7

OH – Hero Hourly #1 Signing


James Patrick, writer of Batman, Harley Quinn, Green Arrow, Star Trek, Angel, will be signing copies of Hero Hourly #1 at Asylum Comics on Wednesday November 18, 2015 from 3:30 till 6:00 PM!

Asylum Comics
266 Muskingum Drive, Marietta, OH 45750
(740) 373-9710

IL – Dark Knight III Signings


Press Release:

Writer Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman, 100 Bullets) will be signing copies of DARK KNIGHT III: The Master Race #1 when it’s released on Wednesday November 25th at a special tour of three Graham Crackers Comics Chicagoland locations! LOOP from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM; LAKEVIEW from 1:30 – 3:30PM; and EDGEWATER from 4:00 – 6:00 PM!

Dark Knight III #1 variant cover artist Jill Thompson (Beasts of Burden, Scary Godmother) will also be on hand to sign copies of her 1 in 10 incentive copy (of which we will have copies available).

Signing begins at 10:30 am and ends at 6pm, working their way through 3 locations.  There’s an open time that should fit everyone’s schedule for this special occasion!

Graham Crackers Comics – CHICAGO LOOP
77 E. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602

5443 N Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 665-2010

5443 N Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 561-5010

CA – Ceremony to Honor Bob Kane

BATMAN - "Bob Kane, Creator of Batman" - Shoot Date November 19, 1965. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BOB KANE

Director Zack Snyder and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee will appear on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday October 21, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. PST in a ceremony to grant Batman co-creator Bob Kane with a posthumous star and commemorate Batman as the Guinness World Record holder for “Most Film Adaptations of a Comic Book Character.” The Batmobile from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be on display and unique fan giveaways are planned. Fans are encouraged to come dressed as Batman characters. Event will be live-streamed exclusively on Details at the link…

Press Release: 

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the late Bob Kane will be honored posthumously with the 2,562nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, October 21st, at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star in the category of Motion Pictures will be dedicated at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in front of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Museum. “Kane’s creation of American cultural icon Batman is every child’s dream Super Hero. We are excited to honor the man who gave life to this great character,” stated Walk of Fame Producer Ana Martinez. “Fans from all over the world have been waiting for this monumental day and we hope Kane’s shiny star forever inspires generations of creative minds.”

Helping emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be filmmaker Zack Snyder and DC Entertainment Co-publisher and acclaimed artist Jim Lee. Snyder is at the helm of the upcoming action adventure Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice due in theaters March 25, 2016, and will next direct the long-awaited Justice League feature film. Lee, who had the pleasure of meeting Bob Kane, will speak to the character’s enduring appeal and how Batman has captured the imagination of the entire world.

In 1939 in a New York art studio, Bob Kane created one of the most popular characters of the twentieth century – The Batman. Kane’s creation has become the star of comic books, Saturday afternoon movie serials, newspaper comic strips, a live-action TV series, several animated TV series, and several of the largest-grossing feature films of all time.

“I suppose I must have had printer’s ink in my blood,” Kane said of his childhood, “for as far back as I can recall, I’ve had a pencil in my hand. When I was ten, my dad was a printer for the New York Daily News. He’d bring home all the paper’s comics, and I copied them constantly. It got so eventually I could do them as well as the cartoonists themselves.” This informal training led the young Kane to create his own comics. By 1938, he was selling humorous stories to DC Comics, including the features “Professor Doolittle” and “Ginger Snapp.”

In 1939, one year after Superman’s debut, DC Comics editor Vincent Sullivan decided that he wanted another costumed hero. He asked 22-year-old Bob Kane for his ideas. “I went home that weekend,” Kane recalled, “traced some sketches of Superman, and started penciling different costume ideas. It was then that I got my first brainstorm: I remembered one of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches – a drawing of a flying machine with bat wings. That’s what germinated the idea for Batman. The second influence on me was the hero with the dual identity in The Mark Of Zorro. And then I thought about ‘The Bat Whispers,’ a mystery movie written by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

“I realized I was getting closer. I drew a character with bird wings and called him Bird Man, but that wasn’t quite right. So I changed the wings, made them bat-like, and called him Batman. Almost every famous character ever created had a kind of simplistic, definitive design that was easily recognizable, and that’s what I was striving for with Batman.”

The first published appearance of The Bat-Man, as he was then known, was in the May 1939 issue of Detective Comics #27. Batman’s first adventure was called “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” and was written by Kane’s frequent collaborator, Bill Finger, who over the years would make many significant contributions to the Batman universe. The character was so successful that one year later the first comic book devoted exclusively to the popular caped crusader’s adventures, BATMAN #1, hit the newsstands. In that issue, Batman battled The Joker and Catwoman for the first time.

Bob Kane continued to illustrate Batman’s comic book adventures until his retirement in 1968. His work covered not only countless comic book adventures, but also three years of the “Batman and Robin” newspaper comic strip, which ran from 1943 to 1946.

The success of the Batman television show in 1966 brought Kane and his art back into the public eye. Kane was subsequently featured in various one-man art shows at galleries and museums nationwide. He served as a consultant on the 1989 Batman feature film and its three sequels. Kane’s autobiography, Batman And Me, was published in 1989. Seven years later, Kane was inducted into the Eisner Awards Hall of Fame in 1996. Bob Kane, the American cartoonist, died on November 3, 1998.

Bob Kane was generous with his time and resources. He often visited children’s hospitals and donated funds to such organizations as Feed the Children, Make a Wish Foundation, the Westside Children’s Center, the Bay Area Youth Center and many other agencies providing services to the hungry, homeless, abused or abandoned children. The creative philanthropist donated a portion of proceeds from his one-man exhibit of original Batman oil paintings at the Carlton House’s Paul Stooshnoff Gallery to the American Cancer Fund. He also wrote and illustrated numerous comic strips, cartoons and comic books in tribute to Batman with all proceeds to benefit the Child Welfare League of America.

IN – An Evening with Kevin Smith


Writer/director Kevin Smith appears at The Comedy Attic on both Monday October 26th and Tuesday October 27th at 7:00 and 10:00 PM!

A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State, and Tusk; Creator of AMC’s Comic Book Men; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, My Boring-Ass Life and Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good. He can be heard daily at, a vast network of podcasts.

An Evening with Kevin Smith is a chance to get up close and personal with the man who brought the world these films.

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The Comedy Attic
123 S Walnut St, Bloomington, Indiana 47404
(812) 336-5233

CA – Steve Leialoha Signing


Eisner Award-winning artist Steve Leialoha appears at the Millbrae Library on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm for an intimate gathering to share his techniques, skills, and stories from a forty-year career in comics. Leialoha is best known for his inking and penciling on Fables from the first issue to the last. Some drawing credits include Iron Man, X-Men, New Mutants, Spider-Man, Star Trek, and he inked Howard the Duck, Daredevil, Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel, Captain America, Secret Wars II, the original Star Wars movie adaptation, and much more.

Millbrae Library
1 Library Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030

DC Announces NYCC 2015 Panel Schedule


Press Release:

DC Entertainment (DCE) returns to New York Comic Con with an expansive booth featuring must-see costumes, props and collectibles alongside signings with leading writers and artists, special reveals and exclusive giveaways every day of the Con. In addition, DCE will also feature a robust schedule of fan-favorite panel programming. spanning every day of New York Comic from Thursday, October 8th to Sunday, October 11th at the Javits Convention Center.

Decades in the making, pop culture fans will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to honor one of the comic industry’s most influential works:
“DC Comics – The Dark Knight 30th Anniversary.” Get an inside look at the legacy of the series that defined a generation with DCE Co-Publisher and Batman artist Jim Lee and the talent behind the forthcoming series THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE, writer Brian Azzarello, and artists Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert. A must-attend for all Batman fans, the panel will also feature surprise guests, exclusive reveals and revelations. Friday, 11:00 am, Room 1D

As the first collection of groundbreaking new titles from DCE’s creator-driven imprint Vertigo begin to debut next month, get a behind-the-scenes look at some of these thrilling new series at “VERTIGO: The New #1s.” Join Vertigo Executive Editor Shelly Bond and the minds behind some of these groundbreaking stories including Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen (SURVIVORS’ CLUB), Holly Black (LUCIFER), Tom King (SHERIFF OF BABYLON), and Shaun Simon (ART OPS). Thursday, 4:00 pm, Room 1A21

DCE boasts the most iconic collection of Super Heroes in the world, and “DC Comics – Heroes To The Core” will enable fans to get closer to some of their favorite heroes with the minds that bring them all to life. Get a first look at all the explosive adventures that await these icons on the page with
DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (HARLEY QUINN), Jeff King (CONVERGENCE), Trevor McCarthy (AQUAMAN), Greg Pak (ACTION COMICS), John Romita Jr. (SUPERMAN), Riley Rossmo (CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER), Pete Tomasi (SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN), Van Jensen (THE FLASH), and David Walker (CYBORG). Saturday, 12:15 pm, Room 1A06

A veritable who’s who of Bat-talent will gather together in Gotham for “DC Comics – Batman: The Bat-Universe.” Explore the latest adventures of the World’s Greatest Detective with Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (BATMAN), Amy Chu (POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH), Khary Randolph (WE ARE ROBIN), Tom King and Tim Seeley (GRAYSON), Peter Tomasi (BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT), and James Tynion IV (BATMAN ETERNAL), and be the first to witness never-before-seen art and breaking Batman news. Saturday, 1:30 pm, Empire Stage 1E

Dive into the most exciting and diverse stories ever told with a comic for every fan and every genre. “DC Comics – All Access” will include panelists Jimmy Palmiotti (HARLEY QUINN), Heath Corson and Gustavo Duarte (BIZARRO), Brenden Fletcher (BLACK CANARY, GOTHAM ACADEMY), Karl Kerschl (GOTHAM ACADEMY), Steve Orlando (MIDNIGHTER), Babs Tarr (BATGIRL), and Annie Wu (BLACK CANARY), who will all serve as guides to the expansive DC Universe. Sunday, 12:15 pm, Room 1A06

“Mad About MAD” – The country’s #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of 1), MAD Magazine is dumber than ever! Join Editor John Ficarra, Art Director Sam Viviano, Peter Kuper, Tom Richmond and Jonathan Bresman for a ridiculous peek at what’s happening at the magazine, and an epically, moronic Q&A. Sunday 2:30pm Room 1A21


Thursday, October 8th

1:30-2:30pm DC Entertainment – Master Class: Art History
Panelists: Gustavo Duarte, Ivan Reis, Riley Rossmo, Babs Tarr
Location: Room 1A21

4:00-5:00pm VERTIGO: The New #1s
Panelists: Shelly Bond, Lauren Beukes, Holly Black, Dale Halvorsen, Tom King, Shaun Simon
Location: Room 1A21

Friday, October 9th

11:00am-12:00pm DC Comics – The Dark Knight 30th Anniversary
Panelists: Jim Lee, Brian Azzarello, Klaus Janson, Andy Kubert
Location: Room 1D

2:45-3:45pm DC Entertainment Spotlight on Scott Snyder
Panelist: Scott Snyder
Location: Room 1A21

Saturday, October 10th

12:15-1:15pm DC Comics – Heroes to the Core
Panelists: Dan DiDio, Jeff King, Trevor McCarthy, Greg Pak, John Romita Jr, Riley Rossmo, Pete Tomasi, Van Jensen, David Walker, Jimmy Palmiotti
Location: Room 1A06

1:30-2:30pm DC Comics – Batman: The Bat-Universe
Panelists: Greg Capullo, Amy Chu, Tom King, Khary Randolph, Tim Seeley, Scott Snyder, Peter Tomasi, James Tynion IV
Location: Empire Stage 1E

Sunday, October 11th

12:15-1:15pm DC Comics – All Access
Panelists: Heath Corson, Gustavo Duarte, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, Steve Orlando, Jimmy Palmiotti, Babs Tarr, Annie Wu
Location: Room 1A06

2:30-3:30pm Mad about MAD
Panelists: John Ficarra, Ryan Flanders, Sam Viviano, Jonathan Bresman, Peter Kuper, Tom Richmond
Location: Room 1A21


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