CA – Harley Quinn Signing

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Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti appear at Phat Collectibles on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 4:00pm!

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Press Release:

The bombastically talented Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti are bringing Harley Quinn back to monthly comics and they’re debuting it here at Phat Collectibles! This bombastic debut issue features art by award-winning illustrators including Darwyn Cooke, Sam Kieth, Tony S. Daniel, Paul Pope, Walter Simonson, Art Baltazar and others—but will any of them measure up to the exacting standards of the Clown Princess of Crime? Don’t miss the thrilling return of Harley Quinn in her own monthly series!

That’s just the begining! Jane Vasko, the nearly unbreakable vigilante best known as Painkiller Jane, stalks her prey to Marvel’s Icon imprint. Guided by writer and co-creator Jimmy Palmiotti and a team of talented artists, including Juan Santacruz, Asam Lofti, and Paul Mounts, the four issue PAINKILLER JANE limited series finds Vasko in New York defending the life of a Saudi Arabian princess against scores of lethal hired killer sand looking back on the times before she received her powers.

Phat Collectibles
1201 S. Euclid Street, Anaheim, CA 92804

CA – Image Writers Sign

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J. Michael Straczynski and Kurtis Wiebe, in town for Image Expo on July 2nd at the Yerba Buena Center, are signing at the Escapist Comic Bookstore on Wednesday, July 3rd.

Straczynski is a comics icon. His 7 year run on Spider-Man was hailed for being both great and controversial, His other comics work includes Thor, Wonder Woman, Superman, Teen Titans, Brave and the Bold, Before Watchmen (Night Owl and Dr. Manhattan) and Superman Earth One. His own line of Joe’s Comics published by Top Cow and now Image include Rising Stars, Midnight Nation and his current title Ten Grand (with artist Ben Templesmith). There is more to come from Joe’s Comics in the coming months. In his TV career he was executive producer and writer for Babylon 5, its spin-off Crusade, and Jeremiah.

Kurtis Wiebe has written many comics for Image. His credits include the Intrepids, Green Wake (for which he won a Shuster award), and Debris. His current comic, Peter Panzerfaust is also printed by Image. It is being made into a motion comic with voices supplied by Elijah Wood and Ron Perlman. There is also a TV show in the works. His new comic, Rat Queens has been announced.

signing schedule:
  • Wiebe – 3:30 pm to (aprox.) 5 pm
  • Straczynski – 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Don’t come late. Mr. Straczynski has to be whisked off to catch a plane after the event. If traffic is bad, he could be a whirlwind.

Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

CA – Ten Grand Signing

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Writer J. Michael Straczynski (Rising Stars, Midnight Nation, Babylon 5) signs at Yesteryear Comics on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 3:00 until 6:00pm!

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Yesteryear Comics
9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd D-2, San Diego, CA 92123

Wolverine Co-Creator Appears at GraniteCon 2013

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GraniteCon is pleased to announce legendary writer and co-creator of dozens of major characters including the Canucklehead himself, Wolverine, Len Wein!

Attending his first Granitecon this September (which will be the 50th anniversary of X-Men), Len has co-created a variety of big comic characters, including Swamp Thing, Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, Thunderbird, and Lucius Fox (amongst tons upon tons of other characters), as well as having written several episodes of hit TV shows like X-Men, Batman: TAS, Spider-Man, Ben 10, and Super Hero Squad! Len has also worked on virtually every major title for DC and Marvel in his career, with the latest having written the “Before Watchman: Ozymandias” mini series for DC!

We’re pleased to have Len added to our growing list of guests for this year’s show! To celebrate their 10 year anniversary Granitecon expands to a two day show next September 28-29th and moving into the much larger Expo Hall of the Manchester Radisson! Rest assured more announcements will be coming as we prepare for this epic show! Check out our Facebook page and website for more updates.

NC – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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Adam Hughes, Brian Stelfreeze, Tony Harris, Jason Latour, Cully Hamner, Francesco Francavilla, and many more sign at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day 2013 @ Heroes is going to be our biggest and best yet! Come out on May 4th to meet more great comic creators than we have ever had at this fun annual event! Also, it says it right there in the name but in case you missed it, there will be lots of FREE COMICS to choose from too! Check out our awesome guest list and save the date!

  • CHRIS BRUNNER – Artist: Loose Ends, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, The Ride
  • IAN FLYNN – Writer: Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man
  • FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA – Writer/Artist: Black Beetle Artist: Captain America & Black Widow, Detective Comics
  • SANFORD GREENE – Artist: Rotten Apple, Deadpool, Wonder Girl, Method Man GN
  • CULLY HAMNER – Artist: Red, The Question, Detective Comics, Black Lightning
  • JOHN HAIRSTON JR. – Painter
  • DUSTIN HARBIN – Writer/Artist: DIARY COMICS, Nutted!, DHARBIN!
  • TONY HARRIS – Artist: JSA: Whistling Skull, Ex Machina, Starman, War Heroes
  • ADAM HUGHES – Artist: Before Watchmen: Doctor Manhattan, Fairest, Wonder Woman, Catwoman
  • JUSTIN JORDAN – Writer: Legend of Luther Strode, Superboy, Deathstroke, Green Lantern: New Guardians
  • JASON LATOUR – Writer: Winter Soldier, Loose Ends,Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted Artist: B.P.R.D., Django Unchained
  • JACKIE LEWIS – Artist: Play Ball
  • TRADD MOORE – Artist: Legend of Luther Strode, Legends of the Dark Knight
  • ERAKLIS PETMEZAS – Writer/Artist: Last Cigarette
  • JAY POTTS – Writer/Artist: World of Hurt
  • RIDDLE – Cosplayer
  • BUDD ROOT – Writer/Artist: Cavewoman
  • ANDY SMITH – Artist: The First, Weapon X, Green Lantern, WWE Heroes, Flex and Tone
  • BRIAN STELFREEZE – Artist: Domino, Matador, Batman: Shadow of the Bat

NOTE that free sketches are at the discretion of the artists, and are not guaranteed. So, mark that date on your calendar folks! Get here early on Saturday, May 4th at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find will be a great time and you won’t want to miss it!

Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find 
1957 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204

CA – Before Watchmen Signing

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Comic legend Len Wein (co-creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and more) signs at Phat Collectibles on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm!

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Phat Collectibles
1201 S. Euclid Street, Anaheim, CA 92804

Charlotte MiniCon Kicks Off 2013

December 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, North Carolina

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Charlotte MiniCon is going to kick off 2013 with a bang! Along with the great guests we’ve already announced, artists Brian Stelfreeze (Before Watchmen, Shadow of the Bat, Domino, Wednesday Comics) and Chris Brunner (Loose Ends, Legends of the Dark Knight, Hellblazer) will also be joining us on Sunday January 20th!

Like our Facebook page and register at Eventbrite for FREE admission to the show! We are lending our support to two great charities, The American Red Cross and Second Harvest Food Bank and encourage you to donate to them on the day of the show. We plan to have MiniCon exclusive gifts to encourage and reward your generosity.

Costume Contest: Come in costume for a chance to win prizes. Register on site to compete!

Door Prizes each hour!

This year’s MiniCon will be held at the Grady Cole Center (310 North Kings Drive  Charlotte, NC 28204), there is plenty of parking but it isn’t free. Save money by carpooling! A voucher will be given to anyone paying to park for 20 free comics from Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find!

Baltimore Comic-Con 2013 Adds More Guests

**UPDATE: Dave Gibbons will not be able to take part in this year’s event.**

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The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the next group of confirmed guest for the 2013 show, taking place the weekend of September 7-8, 2013. Mark Buckingham, Dave Gibbons, Adam Hughes, Paul Levitz, George Perez, Walter Simonson, Louise Simonson, and Allison Sohn will all be attending our 14th Annual show !

Mark Buckingham, who is best-known and most-celebrated for his work on the long-running Vertigo title Fables, began his career in 1990 working with Neil Gaiman on Miracleman from Eclipse Comics. Working on such titles as 2000 ADHellblazer, and Shade, the Changing Man, he became a mainstay at DC Comics after taking over art duties on Fables with issue #6. His run on the popular imprint title has earned him four Eisner Awards, including Best New Series in 2003, Best Serialized Story in 2005 and 2006, and Best Artist/Penciler/Inker in 2007.Gibbons Watchmen 1

 

Legendary artist Dave Gibbons is best known for his collaboration with Alan Moore on the seminal mini-series,Watchmen. With a career that spans more than four decades, Gibbons has provided artowrk for 2000 AD, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dark Horse Comics, and has worked with such characters as Judge Dredd, Captain America, Superman and Batman. He is currently working on The Secret Service with Mark Millar though Marvel’s Icon imprint.Hughes Fairest

 

As far as cover artists working in comics today, Adam Hughes is among the very best. A 12-year veteran of Gaijin Studios, Hughes is most widely recognized for his pin-up style renditions of female characters, especially over the course of his long runs as cover artist on Wonder Woman and Catwoman. His most recent work includes the Before Watchmen mini-series, Dr. Manhattan. Hughes won the Harvey Award for Best Cover Artist in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

 

Paul Levitz has been a mainstay at DCPerez Levitz World's FinestComics since 1972, serving as a writer, editor, and President (2002 – 2009) over the tenure of his career. His name is synonymous with the Legion of Super-Heroes, which he wrote from 1977-1979 and 1981-1989, and he created such notable characters as the Stalker, the Earth-2 Huntress, and Lucien the Librarian. Levitz has since returned to writing the Legion of Super-Heroes for the New 52, as well as the Earth-2 centric book, World’s Finest.

 

Writer/artist George Perez established himself as a fan-favorite creator during his lengthy runs on Marvel Comics’ Avengers, and DC Comics’ Teen Titans and Wonder Woman. Over the course of his 40-year career, Perez has drawn nearly every character in both the Marvel and DC Universes, and has worked on such ground breaking events as the Infinity GauntletJLA/Avengers, and Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds. In 2011, he reunited with long-time collaborator Marv Wolfman to publish the long-awaited New Teen Titans: Games graphic novel. Currently, he is working as the artist for DC’s World’s Finest with Paul Levitz. Walt Simonson swsor_cv4_r1

 

Walter Simonson is best known for his run on The Mighty Thor throughout the 1980s. His classic run was recently collected by Marvel in The Mighty Thor Omnibus by Walter Simonson, a massive tome which featured issues #337-355, #357-369, and #371-382, as well as the mini-series, Balder the Brave #1-4. In addition to his work on Thor, Simonson has worked on such titles as Detective ComicsAvengers, and Marvel’s Star Wars comics. In 2010, Simonson received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented at the Harvey Awards.

Louise Simonson began her career in as an editor in 1974 before moving on to writing for Marvel Comics in 1984. She is best known for her work on Power PackX-FactorNSohn sketch cardew Mutants, and Superman: The Man of Steel. In addition to comics, Simonson is an accomplished novelist, having published 14 books between 1993 and 2009.

 

Sketch card artist Allison Sohn’s work has been showcased in several trading card sets, including: Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 and 5 and the Star Wars 30th Anniversary CollectionWomen of MarvelIndiana Jones HeritageLord of the Rings Masterpieces, Series 1 and 2; and the Red Sonja 35th Anniversary. In addition, she provided the exclusive artwork for both Star Wars Celebration IV and V. In 2011, Sohn was the feature of a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International called Comic-Con How-To: Sketching with Allison Sohn, in which she demonstrated her craft using Copic markers.

“We are so excited to able to announce these great guests for next year’s show,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “It’s not even 2013 yet, and with Mark, Dave, Adam, Paul, George, Walter, Louise, and Allison joining the list of guests, the level of top-tier talent for the show is just getting better and better!”

Buckingham, Gibbons, Hughes, Levitz, Perez, the Simonsons and Sohn join already announced guests: Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine); Barry Kitson (Empire); Mike Mignola (Hellboy In Hell); Chris Samnee (Daredevil); and Mark Waid (Indestructible Hulk).

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitter, and Facebook pages.

CA – Ozymandias Signing

Eisner Award-Winner LEN WEIN, creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, editor of the original Watchmen, and writer of Batman: The Animated Series) signs Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1 at Galaxy of Comics on Wednesday July 4th, 2012, from 3 PM to 6 PM!

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Galaxy of Comics
17306 Saticoy Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406

 

 

Scene and Heard: Jim Lee and Dan Didio Talk “Before Watchmen”

Dan Didio, Geoff Boucher, and Jim Lee at the Before Watchmen Panel.

Dan Didio and Jim Lee, co-publishers of DC Comics, spoke at a panel discussing “Before Watchmen” at the LA Times Festival of Books, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.

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