CA – Comic Book People Signing


Longtime comics industry insider Jackie Estrada appears at Meltdown Comics on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM to sign her two hardcover books of photographs she took at Comic-Cons in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Join Jackie and dozens of other Comic Book People for a celebration of comics’ “olden day,” and get your books autographed by everyone!

Special Guests include:
Scott & Ivy McCloud, Wendy Pini, Mimi Pond, Batton Lash, Tony Millionaire, Lea Seidman Hernandez, David Seidman, Dawn Brown, Bill Morrison, Craig Miller, Michal Davis, Randy Reynaldo, Paul Power, Ruth Clampett, William O’Neill, Charles Hatfield, Brinke Stevens and many more!

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

So Cal Comic Con (October 2015)

August 14, 2015 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention Profiles

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Come out to the 6th annual So Cal Comic Con on Sunday, October 18th, from 10am-5pm, at the QLN Conference Center in Oceanside! Kids 13 and under, and any member of the military, get in for FREE! Our Guest of Honor for this year’s show is Rob Liefeld, who is the creator of Cable, X-Force, and Deadpool, as well as the creator and publisher of titles like Youngblood and Bloodstrike.

The 1st 100 people in line get a FREE gift bag STUFFED with cool comics. There are raffles throughout the day where you can win prizes like signed comics, original artwork, and toy packages! Dozens of comic and toy vendors are on hand to sell your favorite Golden, Silver, Bronze, or Modern Age comics and toys. Check out our 1st annual Costume Contest and panel discussions throughout the day. IDW Publishing and Darby Pop will be in attendance, along with numerous comic creators, including:

George Perez (Avengers, New Teen Titans, Infinity Gauntlet)
Tim Bradstreet (Punisher, Star Trek)
Howard Chaykin (Star Wars, Black Kiss, G.I. Joe)
Tony Fleecs (My Little Pony)
Richard Friend (Forever Evil, Batman Dark Knight)
Joel Gomez (Batman, Lost Boys: The Thirst)
Drew Johnson (Wonder Woman, Supergirl, The Authority)
Batton Lash (Supernatural Law, Wolff & Byrd)
Danny Miki (Batman, Spawn)
Chris Moreno (Toy Story, Sidekick)
Marat Mychaels (Deadpool, Blindside, Notti & Nyce)
Rafael Navarro (Guns A’Blazin, Sonambulo)
Tone Rodriguez (Violent Messiahs, Simpsons, Mayhem)
Mike Wellman (Guns A’Blazin, Mac Afro)

Admission is only $10 for adults, or $9 with a flyer which can be found at many Southern California comic book stores. Parking is free. Bring the family!

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QLN Conference Center; 1938 Avenida del Oro
Oceanside, CA 92056
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Rob Liefeld, George Perez, Tim Bradstreet, Howard Chaykin, Tony Fleecs, Richard Friend, Joel Gomez, Drew Johnson, Batton Lash, Danny Miki, Chris Moreno, Marat Mychaels, Rafael Navarro, Tone Rodriguez, Mike Wellman

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CAPS Launches Stan & Sharon Sakai Benefit Auction on March 6th


**UPDATE** Auctions begin TODAY on eBay starting at 5PM PST/8PM EST at the link!!

Press Release:


On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Southern California’s CAPS, the Comic Art Professional Society, will launch an ongoing series of eBay auctions of original comic art. Its goal is to raise funds for medical care for Sharon Sakai, the wife of respected cartoonist and longtime CAPS member Stan Sakai, creator of the samurai rabbit USAGI YOJIMBO. Sharon has been battling a debilitating brain tumor for some time; after an extended hospital stay and convalescence, she is currently at home, but her condition requires 24-hour care and medicine that costs more than the Sakai’s insurance covers. 100% of the proceeds of these auctions will go directly to Stan and Sharon Sakai to help pay their ongoing medical expenses.

Known for his exquisite work with female characters, J. Scott Campbell created this wonderful ink drawing to benefit Sharon & Stan Sakai in the CAPS auction.

Known for his exquisite work with female characters, J. Scott Campbell created this wonderful ink drawing to benefit Sharon & Stan Sakai in the CAPS auction.

The CAPS auctions will be conducted through beginning on Thursday, March 6, with a new set of auctions every following Thursday. Each auction, sold under the seller name of “CAPSauction”, will be ten days in length with twenty to forty items in each set of auctions. The donations of original artwork and collectibles (including newly created art unique to this event, vintage comic book pages, comic strips, illustrations, animation art, limited edition statues, and IDW Artist’s editions books) number over three hundred with new items arriving every day.

Contributors include: Adam Hughes, Alex Maleev, Arthur Adams, Batton Lash, Eric Powell, Jan Duursema, Jerry Ordway, Jordi Bernet, Matt Groening, Michael Allred, Mike Mignola, Paul Gulacy, Sanjuliàn, Scott Shaw!, Jim Steranko, Tim Sale, William Stout, Bill Sienkiewicz, Cameron Stewart, Dan Brereton, Daniel Parsons, Dave Gibbons, Dean Yeagle, Doug Sneyd, Dustin Nguyen, Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, Sergio Aragonés, Fabio Moon, Francisco Francavilla, Gene Ha, Geof Darrow, Gilbert Hernandez, Jack Davis, James O’Barr, Kevin Eastman, Jeff Lemire, Jeff Smith, Kazu Kibuishi, Liam Sharp, Tom Richmond, Michael Jantze, Olivia, Oscar Martin, Paul Chadwick, Richard Corben, Tom Mandrake, Walter Simonson, Charles Vess, Dan Spiegle, J. Scott Campbell and many more.

Many of the pieces featuring Usagi Yojimbo will appear in a new oversized hardcover book from Dark Horse, THE SAKAI PROJECT: ARTISTS CELEBRATE THIRTY YEARS OF USAGI YOJIMBO, which will be released on July 23, 2014. All proceeds from this book will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai. Much of the custom Usagi Yojimbo art created for this book will also be sold as a part of CAPS’ online auctions.

These fund-raising auctions will be promoted through, and the CAPS – COMIC ART PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY Facebook page where you will be able to see updated information such as when certain pieces will be auctioned.

Dark Horse Announces The Sakai Project

January 31, 2014 by  
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Press Release:

The most amazing artists in the world have come together to celebrate thirty years of Stan Sakai’s marvelous samurai rabbit saga, Usagi Yojimbo, in a new oversized hardcover benefit book: The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of “Usagi Yojimbo”!

“It has been an absolute pleasure publishing Stan’s work over the years, and recently collaborating with him directly on 47 Ronin,” said Dark Horse’s president and founder, Mike Richardson. “With the thirtieth anniversary of his most beloved creation, Usagi, and in a time of need for Stan and his family, we are honored to publish this tribute to Stan and his work. We are donating all of the proceeds to Stan and his wife, Sharon. We hope you will join us in honoring one of the comics industry’s shining lights.”

The participating artists bring their own interpretations and their own styles to the subject, making this book a one-of-a-kind treasure.

The Sakai Project is produced in association with the Comic Art Professional Society (CAPS). All proceeds from this book will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai.


Industry professionals, Dark Horse encourages your participation! The deadline for art submissions is February 20, 2014. For technical specifications and other information, e-mail Dark Horse at

The Sakai Project will be released on July 23. Pre-order with your local comics retailer.

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.


CA – Joe Phillips Comic Sketch Benefit

joephillipsPress Release:

San Diego based artist and all-around great guy, Joe Phillips (Silver Surfer, Wonder Woman, Star Trek) received the shocking and very unfortunate news last November that due to complications from undiagnosed diabetes he would have to undergo surgery to amputate his right foot.

Many freelance artists struggle with the high costs of health insurance and sadly Phillips is no different. Therefore, IDW Publishing and Comickaze Comics, Books and More are joining forces to raise funds to help Phillips with the financial burden resulting from this unexpected and tragic event. We invite you to join Joe’s friends, family, and fans for an evening of art, local craft beer, and loving support.

Attendees will have an opportunity to get sketches and signatures from local artists, including Joe, and mingle with IDW staff, including Ted Adams, CEO & Publisher, who will be available for portfolio reviews and conversation about the comic business.

Date: Saturday, January 25
Place: Modern Times’ Lomaland Fermentorium
Time: 5PM – 9PM
Food: Stuffed! Food Truck (for purchase)
RSVP on Facebook!

Our goal is to raise a total of $15,000 (or more) and there will be many different options available so attendees can contribute to this very worthy cause and get some truly unique items in return. 100% of all proceeds will go to Joe Phillips and IDW Publishing will match total donations up to $5,000.

Raffle ($5.00 each)

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before – Red Label from IDW Limited. $125 retail value, limited to 175 hand-numbered copies, mounted signature page signed by Mike Johnson, Joe Phillips & Tim Bradstreet, with a set of EIGHT exclusive lithographs in a hardcover portfolio (

Enter for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE (1) copy of Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before – Black Label from IDW Limited. $300 retail value, limited to 50 hand-numbered copies, features original artwork from Joe Phillips secured in a hardcover portfolio, mounted signature page signed by Mike Johnson, Joe Phillips & Tim Bradstreet, with a set of EIGHT exclusive lithographs. (

Comic Sketches ($10.00 – $55.00)

Your choice of sketch cards or IDW blank cover comics (minimum 1, maximum 11). These will be the only items eligible to receive sketches/signatures at this event.

If pre-ordered at you will receive one (1) extra card for free. Pre-order sketch cards available for pick up at the event with a copy of your PayPal receipt. Limit one (1) free sketch card per person.

Artists scheduled to appear: Carlos D’Anda, Jeromy Cox, Lance Hutto, Batton Lash, Gabe Eltaeb, Alex Sinclair (Alex has also donated a limited edition print to raffle at the event) and more to come!


$10.00: For every $10 donated, receive one (1) IDW graphic novel.
$25.00: For every $25 donated, receive three (3) IDW graphic novels.
$100.00: Get Your Book Lettered by Robbie Robbins (Locke & Key). Maximum 3, up to 32 pages each.


Bidding will start at $50.00 for a chance to have a tour of IDW Publishing headquarters guided by Ted Adams, which will culminate in a trip to the IDW warehouse where he’ll give you the chance to stock up your IDW library.

For those of you who cannot make this event and would still like to contribute, there is a “Donate” button at

About Comickaze Comics, Books and More
Comickaze is San Diego’s multi award winning retailer of comics, books and pop culture items. Widely recognized for offering one of the largest and most diverse selections of comics and graphic novels in the state, Comickaze is celebrating its 21st year of serving San Diego readers in it’s Clairemont location.

Comic-Con International Announces 20 More Guests for SDCC 2014

Via the Toucan Blog:


20 More Guests Announced for Comic-Con International 2014!

Comic-Con International introduces twenty more guests for the 2014 event, to be held July 24-27 at the San Diego Convention Center. This second wave of guests for 2014 includes creators from mainstream and alternative comics, graphic novels, manga, and mystery/thriller books, plus a pair of comics historians. For complete bios and larger photos of these guests, please click here to visit our CCI 2014 Special Guests page!

Confirmed for Comic-Con International 2014 are these additional special guests:

CCI Wave 2 #1

June Brigman, artist, co-creator, Power Pack

Mark Brooks, cover artist, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers

Colleen Coover, artist, co-creator, Bandette

Chuck Dixon, writer, Batman, Airboy

Francesco Francavilla, writer/artist, The Black Beetle, Afterlife with Archie

Brian Haberlin, artist, Witchblade, Anomaly

Gregg Hurwitz, author, Tell No Lies, Batman: The Dark Knight

Batton Lash, writer/cartoonist, Supernatural Law, The First Gentleman of the Apocalypse

Jim Lee, co-publisher, DC Entertainment; artist, Justice League, Superman Unchained

Paul Levitz, editor, former publisher, DC Comics; writer, World’s Finest

CCI Wave 2 #2

Sara Mayhew, writer/artist, Legend of the Ztarr

Michelle Nolan, comics/pop culture historian, Love on the Racks, Ball Tales

Denny O’Neil, writer/editor, Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow

John Picacio, artist, A Song of Ice and Fire, Elric of Melnibone

Mimi Pond, cartoonist, Over Easy

Stan Sakai, creator, writer, cartoonist, Usagi Yojimbo

Jeff Smith, creator, writer/artist, Bone, RASL, Little Mouse Gets Ready

J. Michael Straczynski, creator, writer, Ten Grand, Sidekick, The Adventures of Apocalypse Al

Maggie Thompson, writer/editor/comics historian, Comics Buyer’s Guide

Paul Tobin, writer, co-creator, Bandette, Colder

Stay tuned for more special guest announcements for Comic-Con International 2014, coming soon!

Will Eisner Week Celebrates Graphic Novels


Press Release:

The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation is proud to announce Will Eisner Week 2013, a ten-day series of events in more than a dozen cities nationwide that celebrates graphic novels, free speech awareness, and the career and legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative figures in the history of comics and graphic novels.

Will Eisner Week’s theme this year is, “Read a Graphic Novel,” which will be the underlying message of all the events. Cities holding celebrations include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, and Minneapolis.

Will Eisner Week 2013 has added significance, as it marks 35 years since the 1978 publication of Eisner’s groundbreaking graphic novel, “A Contract With God.”

“This year, we will be having Will Eisner Week celebrations in more places than ever before,” said Will Eisner Week Organizing Committee Chair Danny Fingeroth. “The people doing the events are planning some amazing happenings that will spread the word about how cool graphic novels are, and that celebrate Will Eisner’s astonishing body of work done over a career that spanned seven decades.”

Will Eisner Week 2013 events include:

March 1-15, SAVANNAH, GA: Savannah College of Art and Design will hold several events run by Professor David Duncan, including a March 2 screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” and various Eisner-themed art sessions.

March 2, 4:00-4:55 PM, SEATTLE, WA: Emerald City Comicon panel: Eisner’s “A Contract With God—Reflections on the 35th Anniversary,” featuring Dennis O’Neil, Batton Lash, Matt Fraction, Jackie Estrada, and Ben Saunders.

March 3-10, PITTSBURGH, PA: Various events at the Toonseum, including a screening of the documentary “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” by Andrew & Jon Cooke on March 6.

March 4-8, ARKADELPHIA, AR: The Comics Arts Club of Henderson State University, under the direction of Professor Randy Duncan, will study Eisner’s work in the context of Immigrant Experience Focus Week.

March 6: 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Art Institute of Portland: Lecture on Eisner by Dark Horse Editor Diana Schutz.

March 7, 6:30-9:30 PM, NEW YORK, NY: The Society of Illustrators hosts a Will Eisner Sketch Night.

March 7, 7:00-9:00 PM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum. An Evening With Mario Hernandez, including a discussion of Eisner’s influence.

March 7, 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Jack London Bar. A reading of Eisner’s “Last Day in Vietnam,” with Brian Bendis, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Michael Oeming, and Dylan Meconis.

March 7, 7:00-9:30 PM, BOSTON, MA: Tufts University. Screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist,” followed by a panel discussion including A. David Lewis, Chuck Henebry, and Stephen Weiner.

March 10, 1:00-4:00 PM, MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Minneapolis College of Art and Design hosts a Graphic Novel Read-In, featuring a screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist.”

March 11, 7:00-9:00 PM, NEW YORK, NY: Parsons/The New School, Comics & Picture-Story Symposium. Jeremy Dauber and Danny Fingeroth discuss Eisner’s work in the context of Jewish-American literature.

March 12, WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT: Center for Cartoon Studies. Lecture on Eisner by Stephen Bissette. (For CCS students only.)

March 14, 7:30 PM, BURBANK, CA: The Animation Guild will hold a special Comic Art Professional Society meeting devoted to Eisner, hosted by Scott Shaw!.

Celebrations are also being planned for Amherst, MA and Washington, DC. Check for updates on all events.

Archie Comics Signing Schedule at NYCC 2012

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Press Release:

Archie Comics isn’t just about the FREE SWAG at New York Comic Con! Okay, so you’ve been to one of our awesome panels and you got your FREE gift bag filled with Archie goodies, but what’s the next step? Get those comics signed by your favorite Archie creators, of course! This year’s signing schedule is packed with so much talent that we can barely believe it ourselves, so be sure to work some Archie signings into your busy NYCC schedule. Stop by the Archie Booth, BOOTH #1720, and meet the talented individuals who make Archie Comics possible. We’ll see you at the show!

All signings will take place at the Archie Comics Booth #1720 unless otherwise noted
Thursday, October 11th

5:00 – 6:00: Fiona Staples (Life with Archie)

6:00 – 7:00: Mike Norton (Life with Archie, New Crusaders)
Friday, October 12th

1:00 – 2:00: Pat & Tim Kennedy (Life with Archie)

2:00 – 3:00: Fernando Ruiz, Andrew Pepoy, Janice Chiang (Life with Archie)

3:00 – 4:00: Ian Flynn, Alitha Martinez, Mike Norton, Ryan Jampole (New Crusaders)

4:00 – 5:00: Dan Parent, Alex Simmons (Archie: Clash of the New Kids)

5:00 – 6:00: Ian Flynn, Jamal Peppers (Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man)


Saturday, October 13th

10:00 – 11:00: Paul Kupperberg, Pat & Tim Kennedy (Life with Archie)

11:00 – 12:00: Michael Uslan, Janice Chiang, Jack Morelli (Life with Archie)

12:00 – 1:00: Tom DeFalco, Fernando Ruiz, Tom Chu, Jack Morelli (Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.)

12:00 – 1:00: Ian Flynn, Spaz, Jamal Peppers (Sonic the Hedgehog /Mega Man) – CAPCOM Booth #2120

1:00 – 2:00: Ian Flynn, Spaz, Jamal Peppers (Sonic the Hedgehog /Mega Man)

2:00 – 3:00: Craig Yoe, Victor Gorelick (Art of Betty & Veronica)

3:00 – 4:00: Ian Flynn, Alitha Martinez, Ryan Jampole (New Crusaders)

4:00 – 5:00: Batton Lash, Paul Castiglia (Best of Archie 1 & 2)

5:00 – 6:00: Dan Parent, Alex Simmons (Archie: Clash of the New Kids)
Sunday, October 14th

11:00 – 12:00: Michael Uslan, Fernando Ruiz, Jack Morelli (Life with Archie)

12:00 – 1:00: Dan Parent (Kevin Keller/Archie Meets KISS)

12:00 – 1:00: Ian Flynn, Jamal Peppers (Sonic the Hedgehog /Mega Man) – CAPCOM Booth #2120

1:00 – 2:00: Ian Flynn, Jamal Peppers (Sonic the Hedgehog /Mega Man)

3:00 – 4:00: Ian Flynn, John Workman (Sonic the Hedgehog)

CA – Free Donut Day

Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez & Batton Lash sign at Metropolis.

Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez & Batton Lash sign at Metropolis.

Wednesday, July 1 (that’s next week, y’all), it’s Free Donut Day at Metropolis – we’re celebrating in style with Bongo Comics’ Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, and Batton Lash in to sign and sketch Simpsons books for you from 5pm till 8pm!    Be with us – oh, and did we mention… free donut with purchase of any Simpsons comic book!  Not cheap ones, either – Krispy Kremes!  Mmmmmm!
Metropolis Comics
16509 Bellflower Blvd.
Bellflower, CA 90706