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    FCBD13Erik Larsen, Eric Canete, Brian Augustyn, Cassandra Poulson, and many more appear at Samurai Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

    Erik Larsen 
    Eric Canete 
    Cory Walker
    Brian Augustyn 
    Cassandra Poulson
    Tony Parker
    Eric M. Esquivel 
    Jay Fotos 
    Hi-Fi Color
    Ben Glendenning 
    Scott Godlewski 
    Ryan Cody
    Val Hochberg 
    Jon Goff
    Jim Hanna
    Armand Villavert
    Daniel Bradford 
    Rob Osborne
    John Derrick West
    Jason Gonzalez 
    Ernie Najera

    Samurai Comics
    1051 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014
    602-265-8886

    Hero Initiative at Phoenix Comic Con 2012

    May 22, 2012 by  
    Filed under Arizona, Comic Books, Convention News

     

    Artist/writer Stuart Immonen (New Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man) will raffle off four sketches each day of the Phoenix Comicon (Phoenix AZ, May 24 – 27, 2012) to benefit the Hero Initiative. This is a rare opportunity to commission a sketch as Immonen famously declines requests as outlined in his book 50 Reasons to Stop Sketching at Conventions.

    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative, the non profit organization that helps comic creators in need, is spending its Memorial Day weekend at Phoenix Comic Con, May 24th thru 27th at the Phoenix Convention Center Hyatt Regency, booth #1048-1050.

    Artist Stuart Immonen will be helping Hero out at the con! The artist of Marvel Comics’ X-Men and Fear Itself will be at his own artist alley table, but sketching ONLY for Hero! Stuart will do four full-size 11-by-17-commission sketches per day. To get in in, you MUST purchase raffle tickets at $1 each. Four tickets per day will be drawn, and winners will pay $200 for a single-character, full-figure grey marker wash drawing. Drawings take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at noon!

    In addition, you MUST buy the Spawn/Lady Death Phoenix Con print with art by Andy Arias and inked by Todd McFarlane! Both McFarlane and Lady Death creator Brian Pulido will sign each print, limited to 250 serial-numbered pieces. All proceeds benefit Hero Initiative.

    And go see John Layman! Layman, writer of the Image Comics hit Chew, has sat on both sides of the pitching process as an editor and as a creator. He’ll be putting on a special panel Sunday, May 27 at 130 p.m. to tell you what it takes to develop a winning pitch for your comics and graphic novels! Tickets to this in-depth workshop and Q&A are available ONLY with a $25 donation to Hero Initiative. Seating is limited!

    And Hero’s booth schedule at the con is as follows:
    Thursday (May 24) con hours 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    4:00-6:00: Mike Stewart
    5:00-6:00: Denae Frazier
    6:00-7:00: Ben Glendenning
    7:00-8:00: Jason Gonzalez

    Friday (May 25) con hours 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    12:30-1:30: Mike Stewart
    1:30-2:30: Marat Mychaels
    2:30-4:00: Jason Gonzalez

    Saturday (May 26) con hours 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    12:30-1:30: Mike Stewart
    3:00-3:45: JLA 100 signing: Andy Kuhn, Bill Tucci, Chris Moreno, Francis Manapul, George Perez, Marat Mychaels, Mark dos Santos, Ryan Cody, Scott Koblish, Scott Kolins, Stuart Sayger, Tony Parker

    Sunday (May 27) con hours 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    11:30-12:30: Jim Hanna
    1:230-1:30: Mike Stewart
    1:30-2:30: Jay Fotos
    2:30-4:00: Jason Gonzalez
    4:00-5:00: Jim Hanna

    AZ – Free Comic Book Day 2012

    Cory Walker, Scott Kolins, Patrick Scherberger, and many more sign at Samurai Comics on Saturday May 5th for Free Comic Book Day!

    Artists appearing:

    Cory Walker – Invinicible, Destroyer Max, Science Dog

    Scott Kolins – The Flash, DC and Marvel artist

    Patrick Scherberger – Spider-Man, Marvel and DC artist

    Tony Parker – Dead Man’s Run, Aspen & Boom Studios artist

    Scott Godlewski – Dracula: The Company of Monsters, Boom Studios artist

    Armand Villavert – Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors, Image and Tokyopop artist

    Hi-Fi Color – Marvel and DC Comics colorist

    Jay Fotos – 30 Days of Night, Frazetta Comics creator & Image Comics colorist

    Steam Crow – Monster Commute, book illustrator, designer

    Ben Glendenning – Tin Star Tex, Zombies Vs. Robots, Moonstone & Image artist

    Ryan Cody – Villains, Icarus, Red 5 & Image artist

    Jim Hanna – Philly, Jack Rabbit, Arcana Comics artist

    Val Hochberg – Kick Girl, Mystery Babylon

    John “Dadicus” West – Spazdog Press artist

    Ernie Najera – Spazdog Press artist

    Samurai Comics East 
    1120 S. Country Club Drive #107, Mesa, AZ 85210
    480-962-1123

    AZ – Not-at-Comic Con Party

    Ben Glendenning, Daniel Bradford, Brandon James and others stop by to do sketches at Atomic Comics Mesa from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, July 24th for their Not-at-Comic Con Party. Dark Horse Comics is pulling out all the stops to provide a party for comic fans who were unable to attend San Diego Comic-Con. The Red Bull Wing Team will be present with cars, girls and all sorts of stuff and RED BULL! There will be special live cell-phone feeds and online chats with the Dark Horse team at the San Diego Comic Con. We’ll have prize packages throughout the day and have local artists such as

    Atomic Mesa Superstore
    1120 South Country Club #105, Mesa, AZ 85210

    AZ – Indy Comic Book Week Signing

    December 21, 2009 by  
    Filed under Arizona, Comic Books, Signing and Appearance Profiles

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    SpazDog Comics Hosts 27 Comic Creators For Indy Comic Book Week Signing

    Every year comic book fans have the holiday blues. Due to the UPS holiday shipping schedule, comics get delayed. For the first time in recent history, new comic books won’t ship on the last week of the year. While some comic book shops threw their hands up in outrage, local comic book shop, SpazDog Comics, saw it as an opportunity to spotlight all of the local comic book creators who get lost in the shuffle the other 51 weeks of the year.

    On December 30th from 11am to 5pm, they will be hosting an Indy Comic Book Week signing (www.indycomicbookweek.com). 27 comic book creators from all over Arizona will be signing and selling their latest comic book creations.

    For Eric Esquivel and Dave Baker, it’s the first signing that they are doing for their new graphic novel, Horrible Little People outside their homebase of Tucson. They aren’t the only Tucson residents who are making the trip to participate in our Indy Comic Book Week Signing. Jonnie Allen, Ken Wright, Maggie Wright, Eric Schock and Taylor Garrity are all making the trip. Other Arizona out of town guests includes DC freelance artist Dave Beaty and Micah Stewart from Prescott. They are joined by 20 other Phoenix area comic book creators who want readers to set down Superman and Spider-man for a day and read one of their comics.

    SpazDog Comics owner, Shawn Demumbrum, even got into the spirit of Indy Comic Book Week. One of my customer’s who is an artist asked me to take his idea and write a story said Shawn. The 8 page mini comic that he and artists, Ernie Najera and Derrick West, created will be available on December 30th. In addition to the local artist’s comic books, SpazDog Comics will have a huge assortment of independent comic books for sale from across the country and Canada created by participants in Indy Comic Book Week.

    SpazDog Comics located at 21610 N. 35th Avenue on the southwest corner of 35th Avenue and Deer Valley Road near the junction of I-17 and Loop 101. SpazDog Comics will be open from 11am until 8pm! With creators appearing until 5pm.

    For information about SpazDog Comics, go to http://www.spazdogcomics.com, email shawn@spazdogcomics.com or phone 623-582-3240.

    Current Confirmed Creator Line-up:
    Jonnie Allan
    Dave Baker
    Dave Beaty
    Daniel Bradford
    Daniel Davis
    Eric M. Esquivel
    Jay Fotos
    Evil Robo Productions
    Taylor Garrity
    Ben Glendenning
    Scott Godlewski
    Jolene Houser
    Eric Mengel
    Christy Moeller
    Albert Morales
    Ernie Najera
    Tony Parker
    Denny Riccelli
    Eric Schock
    Micah Stewart
    Christian Vilaire
    Rianna Vilaire
    Derrick West
    World Wide Villains
    Ken Wright
    Maggie Wright

    AZ – Weapon X 100 Signing

    November 18, 2009 by  
    Filed under Arizona, Comic Books, Signing and Appearance Profiles

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    Patrick Scherberger, Tone Rodriguez & more sign on Dec 12th

    Patrick Scherberger, Tone Rodriguez & more sign on Dec 12th

    Hero Initiative’s  Wolverine: Weapon X 100 Project hits stores December 2nd!

    Celebrate with Multi-creator Signing events all over the continent!

    (Los Angeles, CA): If you can’t cough up tens of thousands for the Hero Initiative’s Wolverine: Weapon X 100 Project original covers, don’t fret! You can own the whole collection! On December 2nd, the massive 152-page collected book will be released, including artwork from legends such as Neal Adams, J. Scott Campbell, David Finch, Arthur Adams, and Tim Sale. The Wolverine: Weapon X 100 Project is available in Limited edition hardcover for $25 and soft cover for $12.99.

    And to kick things off, we’re celebrating with multi-creator signing events in Toronto, Los Angeles, and Phoenix! Check out a store and date near you, and visit the wonderful talent we have lined up! As a special bonus, limited edition hardcover copies of The Wolverine: Weapon X 100 Project will be available ONLY at the following stores or online at http://www.atomiccomicsstore.com/wolv100hcpp.html .
     

    December 12, 12:00pm-3:00pm

    *Ryan Cody
    *Ben Glendenning
    *Scott Godlewski
    *Albert Morales
    *Marat Mychaels
    *Tony Parker
    *Tone Rodriguez
    *Patrick Scherberger

    About The Hero Initiative
     
    The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict 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 had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

    Atomic Comics, 1120 Country Club Drive #103, Mesa, AZ 85210

    480.649.0807

    www.atomiccomics.com