DC in D.C. Debuts Black Lightning

Press Release:

Get ready for “DC in D.C.” During the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, Warner Bros. Television Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will team up for “DC in D.C.” a landmark pop culture event that brings together the worlds of entertainment and public service to illuminate the story of America and current issues through the lens of comics and Super Heroes. Events will take place Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Newseum, and will culminate with the world premiere screening of the upcoming DC series Black Lightning — based on the first African-American DC Superhero to have his own stand-alone comic title — in the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, with a party to follow at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“DC in D.C.” brings together stars and producers from Warner Bros. Television’s DCTV series, as well as comic book writers and artists from DC Entertainment, who will join invited guests from politics, government service, entertainment, business, academia and more. The event will explore the intersection of comic books, culture, entertainment and enlightenment through a series of panel discussions open to the public. Additionally, “DC in D.C.” will present the premiere screening of the DC Universe animated movie Batman: Gotham By Gaslight (for ages 18+) at the Newseum.

Scheduled participants include:

  • The stars of Black Lightning — Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, Damon Gupton and James Remar — along with executive producers Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil
  • Executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, upcoming Titans) plus television series stars Caity Lotz (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Candice Patton (The Flash), Danielle Panabaker (The Flash), J.W. Cortes (Gotham), Russell Tovey (Freedom Fighters: The Ray) and others to be announced.
  • DC comic book writers and artists such as DC Entertainment’s Jim LeeJulie Benson, Shawna Benson, Shea Fontana, Agnes Garbowska, Tom King, Steve Orlando, Alice Randall, Oscar®-winning screenwriter John Ridley, Mark RussellMariko Tamaki and DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns, the best-selling author of Rebirth and Doomsday Clock.
  • Luminaries from media, politics and government service

Highlights of the “DC in D.C.” event schedule include:

  • Stars and producers from WBTV’s DC series Arrow, Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Gotham, Supergirl and Freedom Fighters: The Ray join comic book authors and artists from DC Entertainment for panel discussions and appearances that are open to the general public. Additional information about tickets for the five public panels will be released at www.DCinDC2018.com.
  • Private, invitation-only world premiere of upcoming DCTV drama series Black Lightning, which debuts Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 9/8c on The CW.
  • Public sneak peek screening of Black Lightning, as well as the premiere screening of DC Universe animated movie Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, coming to Digital on January 23, 2018, and Blu-ray™/DVD on February 6, 2018, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 — NEWSEUM

BATMAN: GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT PREMIERE SCREENING (18+)

6:30–9:15 p.m. Batman: Gotham By Gaslight Premiere Screening (For Mature Audiences 18+ Years of Age) — Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment provide a new take on Batman as a steampunk Dark Knight hunts Jack the Ripper through the shadows of turn of the century Gotham City in this all-new animated feature available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment January 23, 2018, on Digital and February 6, 2018, on Blu-ray and DVD. The premiere event is for mature audiences 18 years of age or older, will kick off with a cocktail reception and will be followed with a Q&A session with the film’s voice cast and producers.  Newseum Theatre

Inspired by the landmark one-shot Elseworlds tale by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola, Batman: Gotham By Gaslight takes place at the turn of the century as America’s continued industrial revolution is to be showcased at a World’s Fair hosted by Gotham City. But while the world prepares to witness the glittery glory of Gotham’s technological advances, there is a killer loose in the city’s darkest shadows. Preying on the city’s women, this killer is as precise as he is cruel. As Police Commissioner James Gordon (Scott Patterson – Gilmore Girls) tries to calm the fears of Gotham’s citizens regarding the butcher called Jack the Ripper, the masked vigilante Batman (Bruce Greenwood – American Crime Story) indulges in his own detective work — with the help of confident, capable Selina Kyle (Jennifer Carpenter – Dexter) — to stop the Ripper’s murderous spree. Witness a world in flames as the notorious serial killer’s controlled savagery meets the calculated stealth of the Dark Knight. Sam Register, Bruce Timm (Batman: The Killing Joke), Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are executive producers.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 — NEWSEUM

10:00–10:45 a.m. The Art of the Matter: From Sketch to Screen  Just how do our favorite DC Super Heroes fly from the page to the screen? This behind-the-scenes look at the creative process provides an “origin story” of how some of DC’s greatest Super Heroes on the page have evolved into some of TV’s hottest Super Heroes on screens all over the world. Join executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, upcoming Titans), DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns (Arrow, The Flash, Titans) and others as they trace the explosion of DC’s heroes — from ink panels to television and film screens worldwide. Additional panelists to be announced.  Newseum

11:00–11:45 a.m. The Many Shades of Heroism: DC Heroes Through the African-American Lens  2018 will not only bring Black Lightning, a new African-American DC Superhero to television screens (40 years after the electrifying hero was created), but also a new DC comic book from Oscar®-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and more exciting storytelling featuring African-American characters. In this panel, Black Lightning star Cress Williams and executive producers Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil will join the acclaimed John Ridley, author and comic book writer Alice Randall (The Wind Done Gone, Earth M), and Black Girl Nerds Editor-in-Chief Jamie Broadnax as they look beyond the super suit to the African-American men and women who are heroes to their community. Black Lightning premieres Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 9/8c on The CW. Follow Black Lightning on Twitter at @blacklightning.Additional panelists to be announced.  Newseum

12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. Wonder Women  DC and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman took charge of screens in an unprecedented way last summer, toppling the cinematic patriarchy and paving the way for even more super women. DC has been flexing its power with female heroes on television screens for years, including kickass characters on Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Join DC’s Legends of Tomorrow star Caity LotzThe Flash stars Candice Patton and Danielle Panabaker, Berlanti Productions President Sarah Schechter (Arrow, Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, upcoming Titans) plus DC writers and artists Julie Benson (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey), Shawna Benson(Batgirl and the Birds of Prey), Shea Fontana (Wonder Woman, DC Super Heroes), Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls) and Mariko Tamaki (Supergirl: Being Super) for this super-powered panel. Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will rotate through The CW’s Monday 8/7c time period in 2018, offering fans 23 consecutive weeks of original episodes. Supergirl returns January 15 for four original episodes, after which DC’s Legends of Tomorrow runs from February 12–April 9. Supergirl then resumes April 16–June 18. Additional panelists to be announced.  Newseum

2:00–2:45 p.m. The Pride of DC: The Art of LGBTQ Inclusion — On December 8, history was made with the debut of Freedom Fighters: The Ray, a new animated series on CW Seed, the digital channel of The CW Network, that features the first gay Superhero to lead a show. The series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content, the digital studio of the Warner Bros. Television Group. Join The Ray executive producer Greg Berlanti and voice star Russell Tovey for a wide-ranging discussion with DC writers Marguerite Bennett (Batwoman), Steve Orlando (Midnighter and Apollo) and Mark Russell (Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles) about inclusion for LGBTQ characters. Watch Freedom Fighters: The Ray here: www.cwseed.com/freedom-fighters-the-ray. Additional panelists to be announced.  Newseum

3:003:45 p.m. The Aftermath: Battle & Trauma in Comics — DC’s Batman author and former CIA counter-terrorism operations officer Tom King takes on Jack Kirby’s Mister Miracle in a new monthly comic book which focuses on a Superhero who grapples with post-traumatic stress disorder, an issue not often seen in comics and tragically overlooked in the real world. King will be joined by Gotham recurring guest star J.W. Cortes (a 13-year Marine combat veteran and a police officer with New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority), additional comic book writer/artists and thought leaders for a candid conversation about the lasting effects of battlefield trauma. Additional panelists to be announced.  Newseum

6:30–8:15 p.m. Black Lightning Sneak Peek Screening — Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie, Friday Night Lights) stars as the title character in Black Lightning, a new television series based on the first African-American DC Superhero to have his own stand-alone comic title. The series debuts Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 9/8c on The CW, but fans can get a sneak peek during this public screening at the Newseum, preceded by a reception. In addition to Williams, China Anne McClain (House of Payne), Nafessa Williams (Twin Peaks), Christine Adams (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Marvin “Krondon” Jones III (Harry’s Law), Damon Gupton (Bates Motel, Criminal Minds) and James Remar (Gotham, Sex and the City) star. Based on the characters from DC,Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Salim & Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, The Game, Girlfriends), and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.  Newseum

CA – Batman: Nightwalker Signing

Press Release:

A Great Good Place is excited to welcome Marie Lu, author of the best-selling Legend series, back to Montclair to read from her new book, Batman: Nightwalker, on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

Kathleen’s always been a HUGE Batman fan and now Marie Lu brings his story into the new millennium!

The new, eagerly anticipated BATMAN YA novel is an action-packed thrill ride that could only be penned by #1 New York Times bestselling author MARIE LU.

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.
The city’s elites are being taken out one by one as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is about to become eighteen and inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Industries and all the tech gadgetry that he loves. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice and is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most nefarious criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope. The most intriguing inmate in Arkham is Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. A girl who will only speak to Bruce. She is the mystery he must unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?

In this second DC Icons book–following Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer–Bruce Wayne is proof that you don’t need superpowers to be a superhero, but can he survive this game of tense intrigue, pulse-pounding action, and masterful deception?

Marie Lu is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Legend, Prodigy, and Champion, as well as The Young Elites. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

A Great Good Place for Books
6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 339-8210

CA – Batman: Nightwalker/Unearthed Signing

Authors Marie Lu, Amie Kaufman, and Meagan Spooner appear at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

How to order books & tickets: This is a ticketed event. Priority tickets to the signing line are given only with the purchase of Unearthed from Mysterious Galaxy. Tickets are numbered, indicating your place in the signing line, and are sold on a first-come basis. You may purchase your book online, in-store, or over the phone, but all books must be paid in full in order to receive a ticket.

Mysterious Galaxy Books
5943 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

CA – Batman: Nightwalker Launch Signing

Author Marie Lu and a special guest appear at the Grove’s Barnes & Noble on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of the novel BATMAN: Nightwalker!

The new, eagerly anticipated Batman YA novel is an action-packed thrill ride that could only be penned by #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu. Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne, a reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy. The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

This is a wristbanded event. A wristband will be issued on a first come, first serve basis to customers who purchase BATMAN: Nightwalker from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning January 8th at 9am. Limit 1 wristband per book

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 525-0270

AZ – The Flash Co-Writers Signing

Writers Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn appear at Fantastic Worlds Comics on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from noon till 5:00 PM for a signing. All back issues and graphic novels written by either author will be 20% off during the signing!

Mark Waid has written for every major comic publisher, including DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Archie, Dark Horse, Image and Top Cow. He is best known for his long run as writer on the monthly adventures of The Flash and for his work with artist Alex Ross on the best-selling Kingdom Come. His credits also include JLA, 52, The Brave and the Bold, and Legion of Super-Heroes for DC Comics as well as Black Widow, Daredevil, X-Men, and Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics. He is currently writing for Captain America, The Avengers, and Champions.

Brian Augustyn has spent 33 years in the business. At DC Comics he was an editor of Flash, Justice League, and Wonder Woman. Some of Brian’s notable works include Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (which has been made into an animated film to be released this winter), Batman: Master of the Future, Crimson, and Out There. Brian currently hosts a weekly podcast, Sort of a Big Show.

As co-writers, Brian and Mark scripted The Crusaders for DC/Impact in 1992, Painkiller Jane and Ash: Cinder & Smoke for Event Comics in 1997, X-O Manowar for Valiant Comics in 1997–1998, and JLA: Year One for DC in 1998–1999. In addition, after leaving as editor in 1996, Augustyn teamed with Waid to co-write The Flash for two stretches, from 1996–1997 and then again from 1998–2000. They collaborated on The Life Story of the Flash graphic novel and co-wrote the story in The Flash #142.

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Fantastic Worlds Comics
9393 N 90th St suite 119, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 256-1454

NYC – Bill Finger Way Dedication Ceremony

The city of New York dedicates a street to Batman co-creator Bill Finger this Friday, December 8th at 10:00 AM. On hand will be Bill’s granddaughter Athena Finger, NYC Councilman Ritchie Torres, Bill The Boy Wonder author Marc Tyler Nobleman, and actor Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series).

East 192nd Street and the Grand Concourse, NE corner (adjacent to Poe Park) in the Bronx.

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NJ – Dark Knight III Artist Signing

Artist Andy Kubert (Batman, X-Men, Dark Knight III, Flashpoint) appears at Dewey’s Comic City on Saturday, December 9th at 3:00 PM for a rare signing appearance. Make sure to come in early to get your spot to meet Andy and have him sign your books, statues, toys, etc! Signatures will be limited to 3 items and he’ll also have original art and prints available!

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Dewey’s Comic City
13 Park Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
(973) 593-0042

NV – Torpedo Comics Signings

Torpedo Comics hosts two signings this weekend. The first is with writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo on Saturday, December 2nd from noon till 5:00 PM. Then artist Mark Brooks and writer Donny Cates appear on Sunday, December 3rd from noon till 2:00 PM. Check their page for the multiple signing prices and policies.

Torpedo Comics
8775 S. Lindell Road #150, Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 444-4432

FL – Punisher Day Signing

Artist John Beatty (The Punisher, Secret Wars, Batman, Captain America & more) appears at Emerald City Comics on Saturday, Dec. 2nd signing books & prints from 11:00 AM till 3:00 PM! Signatures are FREE on EC purchases; $5 each for carry-in items!

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Emerald City Comics
4902 113th Ave N, Clearwater, FL 33760
(727) 398-2665

NYC – John Wick #1 Signing

Writer Greg Pak (Totally Awesome Hulk, Mech Cadet Yu, Code Monkey Save World) appears at Midtown Comics Downtown on Friday December 1st at 6:00 PM to sign John Wick #1! This is an OPEN signing and we recommend showing up early, just to be safe. Purchase of John Wick #1 is mandatory; you may get up to 3 items signed. Choose wisely!

John Wick #1:

When a young John Wick emerges from prison and embarks upon his first, epic vendetta, he comes up against a strange, powerful community of assassins and must learn how to master the Book of Rules that guide their lethal business. What are the Three Bills? Who is Calamity? And who was John Wick before he became the Baba Yaga? Here for the first time, read the thrilling origin story of John Wick, from ‘Planet Hulk’ writer Greg Pak and ‘Dark Horse Presents’ artist Giovanni Valletta.

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
(212) 302-8192

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