IDW/Top Shelf Announces SDCC 2016 Signings & Panels

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Press Release:

With just a week left until San Diego Comic-Con, IDW Publishing and Top Shelf Productions are officially unveiling their schedule for the weekend; including incredible signings, and must-see panels. Take note, because you won’t want to miss any of the fun at the booth, or your first look at exciting new projects on the panels!

Come meet a bevy of incredible creators at booth #2743 throughout the weekend, and be one of the first to get your hands on Berkeley Breathed’s new book, Bloom County: Episode XI A New Hope and the exciting prelude chapter to IDW’s huge September event, REVOLUTION!

Signing Schedule

Wednesday July 20th Preview Night

6:00 – 8:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Freddie E. Williams II, Mateus Santolouco, Bobby Curnow (*Check out the show exclusives!)

6:00 – 8:00 Bloom County Launch Party! – Berkeley Breathed (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

8:00 – 9:00 Revolution – John Barber, Cullen Bunn, Fico Ossio (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)

8:00 – 9:00 The Electric Sublime Sneak Preview – W. Maxwell Prince (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)

Thursday July 21st

10:00 – 11:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed (*Check out the show exclusives!)

10:00 – 11:00 Strawberry Shortcake – Amy Mebberson (*Check out the show exclusives!)

11:00 – 12:00 Jem and the Holograms – Samantha Newark (original Jem voice talent!), Sara Richard, M. Victoria Robado (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

11:00 – 1:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Freddie E. Williams II, Mateus Santolouco, Bobby Curnow (*Check out the show exclusives!)

12:00 – 1:00 Dirk Gently – Arvind Ethan David

1:00 – 2:00 The Fun Family – Benjamin Frisch

1:00 – 2:00 The Amazing Screw-On Head Artist’s Edition – Mike Mignola (*Check out the show exclusive!)

1:00 – 2:00 Godzilla – Chris Mowry, Priscilla Tramontano

2:00 – 2:30 The X-Files – Joe Harris, Sam “Mister Sam” Shearon

2:00 – 3:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed

3:00 – 4:00 3A Presents – Ashley Wood, William Wray, Phil Hale

3:00 – 4:00 My Little Pony – Agnes Garbowska, Tony Fleecs, Thom Zahler (*Check out the show exclusive!)

4:00 – 5:00 ROM – Christos Gage, David Messina, Chris Ryall (*Check out the show exclusive!)

4:00 – 5:00 Revolution – John Barber, Fico Ossio, Brandon Easton, Mairghread Scott, Aubrey Sitterson (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)

4:00 – 5:00 Love Addict – Koren Shadmi

4:00 – 5:00 The Electric Sublime– W. Maxwell Prince (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)

5:00 – 6:00 Locke & Key, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Onyx – Gabriel Rodriguez, Chris Ryall, Eric Shanower (*Check out the show exclusives!)

5:00 – 6:30 Archangel – William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith, Michael Benedetto (*Check out the show exclusives!)

6:00 – 7:00 Back to the Future – John Barber, Erik Burnham

6:00 – 7:00 Samurai Jack, Mickey Mouse Shorts – Andy Suriano

Friday July 22nd

10:00 – 11:00 Orphan Black – John Fawcett, Graeme Manson

10:00 – 11:00 The Electric Sublime – W. Maxwell Prince (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)

10:00 – 11:00 Insufferable – Peter Krause

11:00 – 12:00 ROM – Christos Gage, David Messina, Chris Ryall (*Check out the show exclusive!)

11:00 – 12:00 Revolution – John Barber, Fico Ossio (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)

11:00 – 12:00 Dirk Gently – Arvind Ethan David

12:00 – 1:00 Archangel – William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith, Michael Benedetto (*Check out the show exclusives!)

12:00 – 1:00 Judge Dredd – Ulises Fariñas, Erick Freitas, Ryan Hill

12:00 – 1:00 Little Nemo, Onyx, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez, Chris Ryall, Eric Shanower, Jay Fotos (*Check out the show exclusives!)

1:00 – 2:00 Jem and the Holograms – Samantha Newark (original Jem voice talent!), Sara Richard, M. Victoria Robado (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

1:00 – 2:00 Street Fighter X G.I. Joe – Aubrey Sitterson

1:00 – 2:00 Yellow Heat: Artist’s Edition Portfolio – Russ Heath

1:00 – 2:00 Strawberry Shortcake – Greg Ham (*Check out the show exclusive!)

2:00 – 3:00 Wynonna Earp – Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Beau Smith (*Check out the show exclusives!)

2:00 – 3:00 Apocrypha Now – Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler

3:00 – 4:00 March Book Three Debut Signing! – Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

3:00 – 4:30 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

4:00 – 6:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Bobby Curnow, Mateus Santolouco (*Check out the show exclusives!)

5:00 – 6:00 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Troy Little (*Check out the show exclusive!)

5:00 – 6:00 Disney Comics – Derek Charm, Andy Suriano (*Check out the show exclusive!)

6:00 – 7:00 Transformers – John Barber, Brendan Cahill, Marcelo Matere, Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott, Priscilla Tramontano, Dheeraj Verma, (*Check out the show exclusives!)

6:00 – 7:00 The Jekyll Island Chronicles – Steve Nedvidek, Ed Crowell, Jack Lowe, Moses Nester, S.J. Miller,

Saturday July 23rd

10:00 – 12:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz,
Freddie E. Williams II, Mateus Santolouco (*Check out the show exclusives!)

10:00 – 11:00 X-Files Prose, V-Wars – Jonathan Maberry, Jay Fotos, Sam “Mister Sam” Shearon

10:00 – 11:00 Godzilla – Joshua Fialkov, Chris Mowry, Priscilla Tramontano

11:15 – 12:30 March– Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

12:00 – 1:30 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

1:00 – 2:00 ROM – Christos Gage, David Messina, Chris Ryall (*Check out the show exclusive!)

1:30 – 3:00 Archangel – William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith, Michael Benedetto (*Check out the show exclusives!)

2:00 – 3:00 Powerpuff Girls – Haley Mancini, Jake Goldman, Derek Charm, (*Check out the show exclusives!)

3:00 – 4:00 March – Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

3:00 – 4:00 Locke & Key, Onyx, Tales From The Darkside – Gabriel Rodriguez, Chris Ryall, Jay Fotos (*Check out the show exclusives!)

4:00 – 5:00 Wynonna Earp – Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Beau Smith (*Check out the show exclusives!)

4:00 – 5:00 Bacchus – Eddie Campbell (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

4:00 – 5:00 Street Fighter X G.I. Joe – Aubrey Sitterson

5:00 – 6:00 Star Trek – Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrott, Derek Charm, David Tipton, Scott Tipton, J.K. Woodward

5:00 – 6:00 The Story of My Tits – Jennifer Hayden

6:00 – 7:00 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Troy Little (*Check out the show exclusive!)

6:00 – 7:00 Ghostbusters – Erik Burnham

Sunday July 24th

10:00 – 11:00 The Rocketeer at War! – Marc Guggenheim

10:00 – 11:00 Amazing Forest – Ulises Fariñas, Erick Frietas, Melody Often

11:00 – 12:00 ROM – Chris Ryall, David Messina (*Check out the show exclusive!)

11:00 – 12:00 Archangel – William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith, Michael Benedetto (*Check out the show exclusives!)

12:00 – 2:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Bobby Curnow, Mateus Santolouco (*Check out the show exclusives!)

12:00 – 1:00 Bacchus – Eddie Campbell(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

12:00 – 1:00 V-Wars – Jonathan Maberry

1:00 – 2:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed

2:00 – 3:00 Revolution – John Barber, Fico Ossio (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)

2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony – Christina Rice, Sara Richard, Thom Zahler (*Check out the show exclusive!)

3:00 – 4:00 Tales From The Darkside – Gabriel Rodriguez, Michael Benedetto (*Check out the show exclusives!)

3:00 – 4:00 The Electric Sublime – W. Maxwell Prince (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)

The Top Shelf section of the booth will be filled all weekend with more great creators, too!

Panel Schedule

IDW Publishing, IDW Entertainment, and Top Shelf will be busy all week long with exciting panels that you simply can’t afford to miss! Before it all kicks off though, don’t miss the cast of Wynonna Earp (Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon,Dominique Provost-Chalkely) at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery in Liberty Station from 7 – 9 PM.

 

The Dynamic World of Disney Comics
Thursday, 7/21/16, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 28DE
Disney Publishing Worldwide has long been turning Disney’s popular films and TV series into comic books, including notable series’ Uncle Scrooge, Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, and Donald Duck. Join Disney comics experts as they discuss the highly anticipated release of several new comic books series based on a variety of hit Disney movies and animated TV shows, including Finding Dory,Zootopia, Star Wars, Frozen, Mickey Mouse, and Disney XD’s Star vs the Forces of Evil. This panel will focus on the creative process behind taking Disney’s beloved stories and characters from the film and TV screen to the printed page, as well as Disney Publishing Worldwide’s history of creating comics that resonate with fans of all ages and demographics, setting Disney apart as a comics publisher.

Top Shelf Productions: Live!
Thursday, 7/21/16, 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., Room: 28DE
Now an imprint of IDW Publishing, the tastemakers at Top Shelf are busier than ever bringing you their trademark blend of gorgeous art, storytelling charm, and literary sophistication. Join marketing director Leigh Walton and design director Chris Ross for a tour of Top Shelf’s latest and greatest. Benjamin Frisch makes a head-spinning debut with The Fun Family, the Lost Mountain Mechanicals blend history with dieselpunk action-adventure in The Jekyll Island Chronicles, Koren Shadmi explores the dark side of digital dating in Love Addict, and much more! Plus: the latest on March, and great news for Alan Moore fans and Korgi lovers…

IDW & The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Present Crossover: Where Comics & Science Meet
Thursday, 7/21/16, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 9
Diehard fans know comics aren’t just picture books for children and geeky adults. Comics have a long history of addressing complex issues, from science lab accidents to ethics, moral issues and social justice. This panel will look at the art, science and technology featured in some of our favorite comics and answer questions like: How do writers develop the stories? Are they communicating realistic scientific concepts? Could comic writers be predicting in the future of science and technology? Join a distinguished panel of scientists, entrepreneurs and artists and writers from IDW Publishing to discuss the true science behind comics and science fiction.

IDW & Hasbro: The Revolution is Now!
Thursday, 7/21/16, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 9
This fall, the Transformers, G.I. JOE, ROM, Micronauts and M.A.S.K. are drawn together and nothing at IDW will ever be the same again! Take a stand with universe-builders Cullen Bunn, Christos Gage, Mairghread Scott, Brandon EastonChris Ryall, John Barber, Aubrey SittersonDavid Hedgecock, and Hasbro’s Michael Kelly—and get a free REVOLUTION preview comic, just for showing up!

What Was Old is New — Again: IDW’s New Formats for Classic Comics
Thursday, 7/21/16, 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., Room: 4
Join President of IDW Publishing Greg Goldstein as he brings together the stalwarts (or culprits) of the boom in archival publishing for details and announcements about the latest classic comic book collections! Joining Greg will be renowned comic book historian and editor Craig Yoe, IDW Senior Books Editor Justin Eisinger and IDW Artist Edition Editor Scott Dunbier and one or two amazing surprise guests. IDW is home to some of the most beloved (and award-winning) collections in comics history — with more on the way — so if you love the classics, this a must see. Free book for every attendee — PLUS other giveaways and prizes.

God is Disappointed in You 2: Apocrypha Now
Friday, 7/22/16, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 32AB
It’s the second coming! Their first book, God Is Disappointed in You, was an irreverent-yet-faithful adaptation of the Bible that got everyone talking. Now, Mark Russell (Prez, The Flintstones) & Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man) are back with a follow-up book, Apocrypha Now, about the stories that DIDN’T make it into the Bible. Some of these stories were forgotten, some suppressed, others were just too freaking weird for the Bible (and that’s saying something). Join these two holy heathens for a funny and fascinating tour of what the Bible DIDN’T tell you.

Pop Culture Shark Tank
Friday, 7/22/16, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 32AB
Do you have what it takes to be the next pop culture startup success? Pitch your best 90-second business plan and you might spark the interest you need from investors, media and fans to take your idea to the next level – or come to watch aspiring entrepreneurs learn from the best. Judges Ted Adams (founder/CEO & Publisher, IDW Entertainment), Suzy Ryoo (Venture Partner/VP Technology, Atom Factory), David Steinberger (co-founder, comiXology) and Maureen Fan (founder/CEO, Baobob Studios VR) will offer feedback, coaching and special prizes. Rob Salkowitz (Forbes) moderates.
*All participants who pitch at this event will receive a free copy of the Raphael TMNT Sketchbook signed by Kevin Eastman!

Star Trek: Five Decades of Comics
Friday, 7/22/16, 1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m., Room: 8
A celebration of all the 4-color Star Trek worlds, featuring a look at all past iterations and a chat with many who’ve chronicled the Enterprise crews’ comic-book adventures, including Len WeinScott Tipton, Mike Johnson, John Van Citters, and JK Woodward. Moderated by Star Trek editor/supreme commander Sarah Gaydos!

Spotlight on Berkeley Breathed: Bloom County & Beyond
Friday, 7/22/16, 1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m., Room: 5AB
In 2015, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed began (without warning!) producing ALL-NEW Bloom County strips—for the first time in more than 25 years! Now, join Berkeley for one of his infamous presentations, focusing on what it’s like to be the last strip cartoonist standing! Presentation followed by Q & A!

IDW Publishing: The Main Event
Friday, 7/22/16, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Room: 4
Come experience the latest from IDW! Join artists Gabriel Rodriguez and David Messina, writers Christos Gage, Arvind Ethan David, and Paul Cornell, editor Sarah Gaydos and other surprise guests as they detail current plans, awesome futuristic plans, and much more. Co-moderated by the two-headed monster that is Dirk Wood & Chris Ryall! Prizes, announcements, and Q & A!

MARCH with Congressman John Lewis
Saturday, 7/23/16, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 23ABC
At last… the final chapter is here. Meet the man they call “a real-life superhero” and witness history in the making, as the legendary civil rights icon, US congressman, and #1 bestselling graphic novel author John Lewis returns! Together with award-winning collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, Congressman Lewis has brought his incredible story to new life with the graphic novel trilogy March. Now, join all three creators to celebrate the completion of the saga in March: Book Three — a must-read account of the Mississippi Freedom Summer and the Selma-Montgomery March, and so much more — available exclusively here at Comic-Con for a limited time. Learn how March is transforming our understanding of the civil rights movement, and the powerfully urgent lessons that it brings to new generations today… and get ready to move your feet!

Spotlight on William Gibson
Saturday, 7/23/16, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 24ABC
William Gibson is the novelist and screenwriter credited with pioneering cyberpunk science fiction. His Blue Ant trilogy, Patterson Recognition, Spook Country and Zero History, were New York Times bestsellers, as was his most recent, The Peripheral. Archangel, co-written with his friend, Michael St. John Smith, is now being published by IDW. Please join Gibson, Smith, and some of their IDW collaborators for a discussion in Archangel!

The Ultimate TMNT Panel: Shell Games with the IDW Team!
Saturday, 7/23/16, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 25ABC
As we blaze toward the longest-running TMNT comic ever, come chat with the creators about the ongoing comic, the new Universe ongoing, the first-ever TMNT boardgame, past and future(?) crossovers and more! Featuring the ongoing TMNT braintrust of Tom Waltz, Kevin EastmanBobby Curnow, and Mateus Santoluoco, plus Freddie Williams III, Nick Pitarra and more!

IDW & SyFy Present: Wynonna Earp
Saturday, 7/23/16, 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m., Room: 24ABC
By now, the word is out, Wynonna Earp was the TV hit of the Spring! Now, get an exclusive look at the action packed series with the cast and crew! Who is Wynonna Earp? A smoking hot, bad ass demon killer, that’s who. Join stars Melanie Scrofano (Supernatural, Haven), Tim Rozon (Lost Girl, Being Human), Shamier Anderson(Constantine, Defiance), Dominique Provost-Chalkley (The Avengers: Age of Ultron), Katherine Barrell (Saving Hope) and Wynonna Earp comic creator Beau Smith as they share exclusive footage, behind the scenes peeks, and participate in a Q&A!

Spotlight on Jennifer Hayden
Saturday, 7/23/16, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m., Room: 9
From Underwire to the webcomics S’Crapbook and Rushes to her Eisner-nominated masterwork The Story of My Tits, Jennifer Hayden has embraced a comics narrative that goes beyond the personal to the visceral. An artist, a musician, a wife and mother, a goddess: Hayden synthesizes many roles into a single, distinctive style. Join her in a discussion of how these roles transmute into art. Moderated by Karen Green.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Panel
Saturday, 7/23/16, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Room: 6BCF
Join stars Elijah Wood (Wilfred), Samuel Barnett (Penny Dreadful), Hannah Marks (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jade Eshete (Dead Beat), lead writer and executive producer Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) and showrunner Robert Cooper (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe) for a first look at BBC AMERICA’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, a new original series from the producers of The Walking Dead, premiering October 22. An adaptation from famed author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas AdamsDirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric detective Dirk Gently (Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Wood), as they wend their way through an insane mystery; crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth. @DirkGently #DirkGently

Weird Love: Vintage Romance Comics Come Alive!
Saturday, 7/23/16, 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m., Room: 26AB
Join Weird Comics Live! Set a date with the Golden Age’s romance genre, how it reflected the strange morals of its time and its relationship to today’s comics creators and audiences. Craig Yoe (editor of Weird Love comics) leads a juicy discussion with Ben Dickow (guest lecturer, Otis College of Art), Adriana Yugovich (LA Zine Fest) and Kristen Simon (former editor at Image Comics) looking at the role of women in these stories while LA performance group Captured Aural Phantasy Theater dramatically reads from prime examples of this crazy genre.

IDW: KIDS Rule!
Sunday, 7/24/16, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 4
From My Little Pony to Strawberry Shortcake, Skylanders to TMNT Animated and X-Files: Origins to Disney, IDW loves kids’ comics and loves even more the kids who read them! Come hear from the writers and editors of our all-ages fare and then stay for the best Q&A at SDCC, since every question is only open to non-adults! Hosted by Editors Supreme Sarah Gaydos and Bobby Curnow, with Derek Charm,Jake Goldman, and Haley Mancini (Powerpuff Girls), Jodie Houser (X-Files: Origins), Caleb Goellner (TMNT: Animated), Sara Richard (MLP), Tony Fleece (MLP)! Plus prizes for all kids in attendance, too!

Plus, don’t miss the CBLDF auction, benefitting the non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium on Saturday night at the Hilton Bayfront, Sapphire Room AB at 8PM. Featuring a Keynote speech from William Gibson, and live-sketching from Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodriguez!

IDW Announces Schedule for SDCC 2013

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Press Release:

IDW has fans clamoring for their highly anticipated exclusives at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and now it’s time to crank the excitement up even higher (you didn’t think that was possible, did you?) and reveal IDW’s panel and signing schedules for the convention! Clear your own schedule, because you won’t want to miss any of this!

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Wednesday July 17th

Preview Night

6:00 – 7:30  Berkeleyworks: From Bloom County and Beyond – Berkeley Breathed
 (*Check out the debut of the Berkeley’s new art book!)
6:00 – 7:30  Worlds of Sam Kieth  –  Sam Kieth 
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
6:00 – 7:00  Celebrating The Best of EC: Artist’s Edition – Cathy Gaines-Misfud
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

Thursday July 18th

11:00 – 12:00  ThreeA Presents – Ashley Wood, Kent Williams
(*Check out the show exclusives!)
11:00 – 12:00  Kiss – Chris Ryall, Tom Waltz, Jamal Igle
12:00 – 1:00  Eternal Descent – Llexi Leon, Misha Mansoor
12:00 – 1:00  Jinnrise – Sohaib Awan 
1:00 – 2:00  Worlds of Sam Kieth  –  Sam Kieth 
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
1:00 – 2:00  America’s Army – M. Zachary Sherman, Scott R. Brooks
2:00 – 3:00  The Crow – James O’Barr, Director Javier Gutierrez
3:00 – 4:00  My Little Pony – Amy Mebberson, Tony Fleecs, Katie Cook, Heather Nuhfer (*Check out the show exclusives!)
4:00 – 5:00  True Blood – Michael McMillian
5:00 – 6:00  Visual Funk: The Art of Jim Mahfood – Jim Mahfood
5:00 – 6:00  Celebrating Gil Kane’s Spider-Man: Artist’s Edition – Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway
5:00 – 6:00  Celebrating Al Feldstein: Mad Life & Fantastic Art – Grant Geissman
(*Check out the show exclusives, and Al Feldstein pre-signed sheets!)
6:00 – 7:00  Transformers – Chris Metzen, Livio Ramondelli, John Barber, Flint Dille, Joana LaFuente, Mike Johnson, Brendan Cahill

Friday July 19th

10:00 – 11:00 Jericho – Dan Shotz, Kalinda Vasquez, Jon Steinberg, Robert Levine
11:00 – 12:00 The Rocketeer – Mark Waid, Chris Samnee
11:00 – 12:00 The Hollows – Chris Ryall, Sam Kieth
12:00 – 1:00  My Little Pony – Amy Mebberson, Sara Richard, Brenda Hickey, Heather Nuhfer (*Check out the show exclusives!)
1:00 – 2:00  Cartoon Network Power Hour! Powerpuff Girls – Troy Little
Samurai Jack – Jim Zub, Andy Suriano 
1:00 – 2:00  Ghostbusters – Erik Burnham, Luis Antonio Delgado
2:00 – 3:00  Xenozoic Tales: Artist’s Edition – Mark Schultz (*Check out the SDCC-exclusive hardcover!)
2:00 – 3:00  ThreeA Presents – Kent Williams, Phil Hale, William Wray
(*Check out the show exclusives!)
2:00 – 3:00  Zombies vs Robots Prose – Jeff Conner, Mike Dubisch
3:30 – 4:30  X-Files 20th Anniversary! – Chris Carter, Gillian Anderson, Dean Haglund, Joe Harris, Joe Corroney (*ticketed signing – See employee for details; also, check out the Chris Carter exclusive cover!)
5:00 – 6:00  Top Secret Project Reveal!  – Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Marc Andreyko (*Check out the exclusive ashcan!)
5:00 – 6:00  Berkeleyworks: From Bloom County and Beyond – Berkeley Breathed
 (*Check out the debut of the Berkeley’s new art book!)
6:00 – 7:00  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  – Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, Andy Kuhn

Saturday July 20th

10:00 – 11:00 Worlds of Sam Kieth  –  Sam Kieth 
(*Check out the show-exclusive hardcover!)
10:00 – 11:00 Judge Dredd  – Duane Swierczynski
11:00 – 12:00 ThreeA Presents – Ashley Wood, Kent Williams
(*Check out the show exclusives!)
11:00 – 12:00  Superman:The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies – Dean Mullaney, Sid Friedfertig  (*Check out the debut of the book!)
12:00 – 1:00  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, Andy Kuhn
1:00 – 2:00  My Little Pony Tony Fleecs, Brenda Hickey, Heather Nuhfer, Andy Price (*Check out the show exclusives!)
2:00 – 3:00  The Crow – James O’Barr
2:00 – 3:00  Berkeleyworks: From Bloom County and Beyond – Berkeley Breathed
 (*Check out the debut of the Berkeley’s new art book!)
3:00 – 4:00  Doctor Who – Tony Lee, Andy Kuhn, Josh Fialkov, Kelly Yates, Scott Tipton, David Tipton
4:00 – 5:00  G.I. JOE: Cobra Files – Mike Costa
4:00 – 5:00 Top Secret Project Reveal!  – Walter Simonson (*And check out his exclusive Rocketeer hardcover!)
5:00 – 6:00 Xenozoic Tales: Artist’s Edition – Mark Schultz (*Check out the show-exclusive hardcover!)
5:00 – 6:00  Edison Rex – Chris Roberson, Dennis Culver 
5:00 – 6:00  Vitriol The Hunter – Billy Martin (Good Charlotte)
6:00 – 7:00  Star Trek – Mike Johnson, David Messina, Scott Tipton, David Tipton, Joe Corroney, J.K. Woodward

Sunday July 21st

10:00 – 11:00  Celebrating Al Feldstein: Mad Life & Fantastic Art – Grant Geissman
(*Check out the show exclusives, and Al Feldstein pre-signed sheets!)
11:00 – 12:00  Godzilla – Chris Mowry
11:00 – 12:00 Worlds of Sam Kieth  –  Sam Kieth (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

12:00 – 2:00  INDEPENDENTS DAY!! IDW Creator-Owned Projects! A murderer’s
Row of talent in one place, all signing together!
Killogy – Alan Robert
Fever Ridge – Michael Heimos 
The Other Dead – Joshua Ortega, Digger Mesch
Angora Napkin – Troy Little 
Kill Shakespeare – Andy Belanger
Independent Artist – Sam Shearon
Jinnrise – Andrew Huerta

2:00 – 3:00  YOE! Books: Haunted Horror and More – Craig Yoe, Steve Banes
2:00 – 3:00  Top Secret Project Reveal!  – Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Marc Andreyko (*Check out the exclusive ashcan!)
3:00 – 4:00  Transformers Livio Ramondelli, John Barber, Joana LaFuente, Mike Johnson, Mairghread Scott
4:00 – 5:00  America’s Army – M. Zachary Sherman, Scott R. Brooks

And check out all of IDW’s amazing panels this year!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Featuring Kevin Eastman, Thursday, 7/18/13, 10:00a.m. -11:00a.m., Room: 9
<<10:00–11:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Featuring Kevin Eastman—A special discussion about all things TMNT featuring TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman!  Join Eastman and other members of the IDW Publishing TMNT creative brain-trust, including editor Bobby Curnow and writer Tom Waltz, for what promises to be one shell of a fun and informative time! First 100 guests get a free TMNT comic signed by Tom WaltzRoom 9>>

Spotlight on Dean Mullaney, Thursday, 7/18/13, 1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m., Room: 4 
<<1:30–2:30 Spotlight on Dean Mullaney—Join Comic-Con special guest, Eisner and Harvey Award-winner and Overstreet Hall of Famer Dean Mullaney (Creative Director, Library of American Comics and founder of Eclipse Comics) for this Q&A session moderated by Ted Adams (CEO/Publisher IDW Publishing). The subjects range from publishing the first graphic novel for the comics shop market in 1978 to preserving the great legacy of America’s greatest newspaper cartoonists. Room 4>>

IDW: Focus on Artist’s Editions, Thursday, 7/18/13, 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., Room: 4 
<<3:30–4:30 IDW: Focus on Artist’s Editions—Join Artist’s Edition editor Scott Dunbier with Moderator Greg Goldstein, IDW President (with a surprise guest or two) as they give attendees a guided tour of what will be happening in the coming year—including some really incredible announcements, and at least one that will have people saying, “didn’t see that one coming!” Plus special giveaways, trivia contests, and more! Original art fans, this is the one panel you MUST attend! Room 4>>

Hasbro & IDW: Transformers, My Little Pony, G.I. JOE & More, Friday, 7/19/13, 1:30p.m. -2:30p.m., Room: 8 
<<1:30–2:30 Hasbro & IDW: Transformers, My Little Pony, G.I. JOE & More—Secrets will be revealed and hints will be dropped, courtesy the IDW editorial team of John Barber, Bobby Curnow, and Carlos Guzman, plus Hasbro’s Director, Global Publishing Michael Kelly! They’ll be joined by a powerhouse lineup of fan-favorite creators, ready to answer your questions! Room 8>>

The X-Files with Creator Chris Carter, Friday, 7/19/13, 1:45p.m. – 2:45p.m., Room: 5AB
<<1:45–2:45 The X-Files with Creator Chris Carter—Trust No One… but IDW to bring back The X-Files in a big way. This special panel will feature series creator Chris Carter and “Scully” herself, actress Gillian Anderson, discussing 20 years of the X-Files, the new Season 10 comic, and more! Along for the ride will be moderator and Lone Gunman Dean Haglund, IDW’s Chris Ryall and Denton Tipton, and XFiles: Season 10 writer Joe Harris! Room 5AB>>

IDW: The Panel to End All Panels, Friday, 7/19/13, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Room: 4
<<4:00–5:00 IDW: The Panel to End All Panels— IDW’s annual panel extravaganza is back! Come hear what Marketing guy Dirk Wood, CCO Chris Ryall, editors Scott Dunbier and Sarah Gaydos, along writer/comedian/actor Taran Killam (SNL), writer Marc Andreyko, comic legends Sam Kieth, Eric Shanower and Walter Simonson, and writer/editor David Wohl have coming your way next year! Room 4>>

Global Comics – Jinnrise and Beyond, Friday, 7/19/13, 10:30 – 11:30a.m., Room 8
<<10:30-11:30 Global Comics – Jinnrise and Beyond Moderator Sohaib Awan lead a discussion centered on the challenges and potential stories global myths offer comic fans here and overseas.  Joining Sohaib will be Andrew Huerta (Artist on IDW Publishing’s Jinnrise), Tom Taylor (Creator of Gestalt Comics’ The Deep and lead writer on DC Comics’ Injustice), Alexis Kirsch (Editor of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump), Wolfgang Bylsma (Editor-in-Chief of Gestalt Comics) and Greg Broadmore (WETA Workshop Lead Concept Designer).  Each attendee with receive a signed copy of IDW Publishing’s Jinnrise and other items from our panelists’ publishers. Room 8>>

Breaking in to Comics with IDW’s Editorial Team, Saturday, 7/20/13, 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., Room: 28DE 
<<11:00–12:00 Breaking in to Comics with IDW’s Editorial Team— Aspiring creators, this is for you! Come listen to a team of IDW editors, including Chris RyallJohn BarberTom Waltz and Jeff Webber, as well as some current IDW creators like Heather Nuhfer and Livio Ramondelli, on what they did, what to do and what not to do, and other arcane bits of information and tips on carving out some creative space in the comic industry! Room 28DE>>

Judge Dredd Comics: IDW & Rebellion, Saturday, 7/20/13, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 9 
20 years in an Iso-Cube if you miss this one! Join moderator Douglas Wolk, IDW’s Chris RyallJudge Dredd writer Duane Swierczynski, artist Ulises Farinas, and 2000AD’s Ben Smith, Michael Molcher and Keith Richardson, along with creator Henry Flint, and more for a drokkin’ good time discussing everyone’s favorite Mega-City One judge.

Spotlight on Sam Kieth, Saturday, 7/20/13, 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m., Room: 9
<<5:00–6:00 Spotlight on Sam Kieth—Sam Kieth is one of the quirkiest and most eccentric artist’s in comics. His unique art style and incredible drawing ability have won him legions of fans worldwide. Now, in an extremely rare appearance at Comic-Con, you can join Sam, along with his long-time friend and editor Scott Dunbier, as they have an informal gabfest covering the wild spectrum that is Sam’s career (Sandman, Wolverine, The Maxx and much more)—trust us, you will not see another panel like this one all weekend! Room 9>>

YOE! Books Presents: Dr. Fredric Wertham & The Politics of Pre-Code Horror! Saturday, 7/20/13, 7:30p.m. – 8:30p.m., Room: 26AB
<<7:30–8:30 YOE! Books Presents: Pre-Code Comics’ Worst Horror: Dr. Fredric Wertham!—Join the award-winning comics historian Craig Yoe, his pal Steve Banes from “The Horrors of It All” blog, and special guests, for a lively discussion and Q&A session about the comics that gave you night terrors, before the U.S. Senate and Dr. Frederic Wertham shut them down during THEIR OWN reign of terror! Hi-jinx, fun, and thoughtful discourse will abound! Room 26AB>>

IDW Kids Comics: A Panel for All Ages! Ponies, Turtles & More!, Sunday, 7/21/13, 11:00a.m. -12:00p.m., Room: 4 

<<11:00–12:00 IDW Kids Comics: A Panel for All Ages! Ponies, Turtles & More!—Editors Chris RyallSarah GaydosBobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz, and a host of amazing creators like Erik BurnhamHeather NuhferAmy MebbersonBrenda Hickey, and Sara Richard, discuss the growing slate of all-ages titles at IDW — including My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures, Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Ghostbusters, Popeye, KISS Kids, and more.
Plus, free comics for attendees! Room 4>>

And! Join the IDW All-Stars at these other panels around the show:

Digital First Comics: The New Trend, Friday 2:30 – 3:30, Room 8 – VP Digital Publishing, Jeff Webber
Digital & Print: Friends or Foes? Friday 6:00 – 7:00, Room 9 – VP Digital Publishing, Jeff Webber
Rise of the Independents, Friday 6:00 – 7:00, Room 32AB – VP of Marketing Dirk Wood
Comic Book Entrepeneurs, Saturday 12:00 – 1:00, Room 28DE – CEO/Publisher Ted Adams
The Power of Geek: Brands & Media, Saturday 4:00 – 5:00, Room 28DE – CEO/Publisher Ted Adams
Beautiful Books: Graphic Design Saturday 5:00 – 6:00, Room 4 – SVP/Graphic Designer Robbie Robbins

Whew! This is shaping up to be one heck of a convention, and one of the busiest for IDW; we can’t wait to see you there!

Berkeley Breathed to Appear at SDCC 2013

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BerkeleyWorks

Via his Facebook page:

Berkeleyworks, the Art of Berkeley Breathed is coming soon… 300 plus pages of imagery, much of it never seen before, paired with my cutting commentary. Debuting on July 17th at the IDW booth at San Diego Comic-Con. I’ll be on hand to autograph copies.

UK – Bloom County Signing

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Berkeley Breathed signs on Saturday 23 July 2011 from 16:00 – 17:00 at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

Forbidden Planet is pleased to announce a signing by Bloom County cartoonist BERKELEY BREATHED at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 23rd July from 4 – 5pm.

Berkeley Breathed is an American cartoonist, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s strip which dealt with socio-political issues as seen through the eyes of highly exaggerated characters and humorous analogies.

His first regularly published strip, Academia Waltz, attracted notice from the editors of the Washington Post who recruited him to do a nationally syndicated strip. On December 8, 1980, Bloom County made its debut and featured some of the characters from Academia Waltz, including former frat-boy Steve Dallas and the paraplegic Vietnam war veteran Cutter John.

Bloom County earned Berkeley the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1987. The strip eventually appeared in over 1,200 newspapers around the world until he retired the daily strip in 1989, stating, “A good comic strip is no more eternal than a ripe melon. The ugly truth is that in most cases, comics age less gracefully than their creators”.

In addition to his cartoon work, he has also produced seven children’s books, two of which, A Wish for Wings That Work and Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big, were made into animated films. Berkeley’s writing has also been featured in numerous publications, including Life, Boating, and Travel and Leisure, and he produced the cartoon art in the film, Secondhand Lions, which featured a strip called Walter and Jasmine. The panels he drew for Secondhand Lions appear in Opus: 25 Years of His Sunday Best, and he refers to them as “the comic strip that never was”.

WonderCon 2011 Program Schedule Released

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WonderCon 2011 Guests

Press Release:

WonderCon Schedule Released, Comics and Hollywood Stars Headline

Event’s 25th Anniversary Promises to Be Most Spectacular to Date

SAN FRANCISCO, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), the parent company of WonderCon, today released the much anticipated program schedule for the event, which will be held Friday through Sunday, April 1–3, at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The popular convention features every major comic book publisher, as well as major Hollywood movie studios and stars of comics, movies, and television.

“This year’s lineup is pretty spectacular,” commented David Glanzer, WonderCon’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “Programming is always at the heart of our shows, and I think this year’s slate will prove to be among the most exciting yet.”

Originally considered a regional show for Northern California, in recent years WonderCon has followed her sister event, the San Diego Comic-Con, in becoming a full-fledged national show attracting attendees and media from all over the country.

WonderCon 2011 features some of the premier stars of the comics world including Jason Aaron, Sergio Aragones, Berkeley Breathed, Tony Daniel, Mark Evanier, Adam Hughes, Robert Kirkman, Hope Larson, Bob Layton, Paul Levitz, Jeremy Love, Francis Manapul, Carla Speed McNeil, Terry Moore, Ryan Ottley, Joe Quesada, Frank Quitely, Amy Reeder, James Robinson, Seth, Bill Sienkiewicz, Len Wein, F. Paul Wison, Judd Winick, and Marv Wolfman.

Hollywood has a major presence at WonderCon this year as well, joining the action with an exclusive peek at Green Lantern with stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard; a Cowboys & Aliens discussion with director Jon Favreau; a special presentation on the movie Immortals featuring Henry Cavill (the new Superman) and Kellan Lutz; and appearances by V’s Elizabeth Mitchell, Priest’s Paul Bettany, Super’s Rainn Wilson, Human Target’s Mark Valley, and Breaking In’s Christian Slater.

The complete WonderCon programming schedule can be found at http://www.comic-con.org/wc/wc_prog.php. WonderCon ticketing details and additional information about the Comic-Con family of conventions can be found at www.comic-con.org.

About WonderCon:

WonderCon, one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to San Francisco–based WonderCon each spring, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) each fall. On the web: WonderCon.org, Facebook.com/wondercon, Twitter.com/wondercon.

SF – From Bloom County to Mars Exhibition

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The Cartoon Art Museum and The Hero Initiative proudly present the museum’s Annual WonderCon Weekend Party and Silent Auction, which will be held on Saturday, April 2, from 8pm to 11pm.  Tickets for this event will be sold on a sliding scale from $10 to $100. Special incentives will be given for higher-level donations including membership, signed catalogs, and special limited edition prints. Advance tickets may be purchased through this link.  Capacity for this special event is limited, and advance reservations are recommended.

Please visit The CAM and Hero Initiative booths at WonderCon on Friday and Saturday to get a sneak preview of the featured original artworks for Saturday night’s auction.

Many top comic book creators will be in attendance as special guests of the Cartoon Art Museum and the Hero Initiative.  We are pleased to announce that our featured guest will be Berkeley Breathed, creator of Bloom County, Flawed Dogs and Mars Needs Moms, courtesy of WonderCon and IDW Publishing.

Sponsorship for this fundraiser has been generously provided by IDW Publishing, the publishers of Bloom County:  The Complete Collection, a five-volume series that reprints Berkeley Breathed’s classic comic strip in its entirety.  Please visit www.idwpublishing.com for more information on this and other collections in IDW Publishing’s Library of American Comics series.

Additional sponsorship has been provided by Guestlist Ticketing, which is facilitating advance ticket sales for this event.  For more information about Guestlist, please visit guestlistapp.com

Ticket Pricing:

$10:  General Admission for Saturday night’s party featuring Berkeley Breathed and other special guests

$25:  General Admission plus a copy of From Bloom County to Mars, CAM’s new exhibition catalog featuring the original artwork of Berkeley Breathed; $5 from this ticket goes to The Hero Initiative

$50:  General Admission, catalog, merchandise, plus exclusive CAM merchandise; $10 from this ticket goes to The Hero Initiative

$75:  General Admission, catalog, merchandise,  plus your choice of a CAM membership or a Hero Initiative membership; $25 from this ticket goes to The Hero Initiative

$100:  General Admission, catalog, merchandise, Cartoon Art Museum membership and a Hero Initiative membership; $40 from this ticket goes to The Hero Initiative

About the Exhibit:

The Cartoon Art Museum is pleased to present From Bloom County to Mars: The Imagination of Berkeley Breathed, a retrospective exhibition covering the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist’s career from his beloved comic strip Bloom County to the upcoming Disney film Mars Needs Moms, based on his children’s book of the same name. The exhibition features a comprehensive look back at Bloom County as well as Berkeley Breathed’s children’s books and movie projects, including material from Secondhand Lions and Flawed Dogs.

Celebrating the cultural impact of this remarkable comic strip, IDW Publishing has teamed up with Breathed for the first complete and chronological collection of Bloom County. The first three volumes of Bloom County: The Complete Library are currently available at fine bookstores everywhere, with release of the fourth volume coinciding with Breathed’s appearance at San Francisco’s WonderCon, one of the nation’s largest comic book and pop culture conventions. Each volume features the many quirky citizens of Bloom County—such as Opus, Bill the Cat, and Milo Bloom—while projecting Breathed’s uncanny ability to be both cynical and naïve, often at the same time.

IDW Publishing and the Cartoon Art Museum are producing a limited edition catalog to accompany the exhibition. The From Bloom County to Mars exhibition catalog will debut at WonderCon in April.

About Berkeley Breathed
Berkeley Breathed (born June 21, 1957) is an American cartoonist, children’s book author/illustrator, novelist, director, and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s cartoon-comic strip which dealt with socio-political issues as seen through the eyes of highly exaggerated characters (e.g. Bill the Cat and Opus the Penguin) and humorous analogies.

His first regularly published strip, Academia Waltz, appeared in the Daily Texan in 1978. The strip attracted notice from the editors of the Washington Post who recruited him to do a nationally syndicated strip. On December 8, 1980, Bloom County made its debut and featured some of the characters from Academia Waltz, including former frat-boy Steve Dallas and the paraplegic Vietnam war veteran Cutter John.

Bloom County earned Berkeley the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1987. The strip eventually appeared in over 1,200 newspapers around the world until he retired the daily strip in 1989, stating, “A good comic strip is no more eternal than a ripe melon. The ugly truth is that in most cases, comics age less gracefully than their creators.”

He replaced this strip with the surreal Sunday-only cartoon, Outland in 1989, which featured some of the Bloom County characters, including Opus the Penguin and Bill the Cat. He ended Outland in 1995.

Eight years later, Berkeley began producing the comic strip, Opus, a Sunday-only strip featuring Opus the Penguin, who was one of the iconic characters from Bloom County. He colors the cartoon himself with Adobe Photoshop.

In addition to his syndicated cartoon work, which has produced eleven best-selling cartoon collections, he has also produced seven children’s books, two of which, A Wish for Wings That Work and Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big, were made into animated films. Berkeley’s writing has also been featured in numerous publications, including Life, Boating, and Travel and Leisure, and he produced the cartoon art in the film, Secondhand Lions, which featured a strip called Walter and Jasmine. The panels he drew for Secondhand Lions appear in Opus: 25 Years of His Sunday Best, and he refers to them as “the comic strip that never was.”

Berkeley is a fan of outdoor activities such as power-boating and motorcycling. In 1986, he broke his back in an ultralight plane crash, later incorporated into a “Bloom County” storyline in which Steve Dallas breaks his back after being attacked by an angry Sean Penn. Berkeley also nearly lost his right arm a few years later after a boat propeller severed his humerus bone.

Berkeley, his wife and their two children live in Southern California. Although a private person, he has given interviews to on-line magazines such as The Onion and Salon – but only rarely face-to-face or telephone interviews. He and his wife support animal rights, and his book, Flawed Dogs: The Year-End Leftovers at the Piddleton ‘Last Chance’ Dog Pound, promotes adopting pets from shelters.

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WonderCon 2011 Registration Opening

December 1, 2010 by  
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Press Release:

25th WonderCon Opens for Registration On December 1

Impressive list of special guests includes Kirkman, Levitz, Quesada and Speed McNeil

San Francisco – WonderCon, one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, will open its 2011 attendee registration at 9:00 AM PST on Wednesday, December 1 at www.comic-con.org/wc. Additionally, WonderCon has announced its first slate of special guests for its 25th anniversary show. Robert Kirkman (writer, The Walking Dead, Haunt), Paul Levitz (past president and publisher of DC Comics), Joe Quesada (editor-in-chief, Marvel Comics), Carla Speed McNeil (writer/artist, Finder), are among the 20-plus newly announced special guests from the worlds of comics, fantasy, and horror to appear at the 2011 show.

Part of the Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) family of conventions, WonderCon is a three-day event that has experienced yearly growth both in size and stature since moving to San Francisco in 2003, culminating in welcoming over 39,500 attendees to the 2010 show. The 2011 event will be held April 1–3 at the Moscone Center South in the heart of San Francisco.

“Because of the caliber of guests, exhibitors, and programming, WonderCon has been a ‘must attend’ show on the convention calendar,” said David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for WonderCon. “The level of guests announced for our 25th anniversary certainly reflects that continuing practice.”

WonderCon offers attendees, professionals, and exhibitors the complete convention experience, with a giant exhibit hall, exclusive programming from the top comics publishers in the country, movie and television panels, anime, autographs, games, the masquerade, and portfolio review all under one roof, it’s easy to see why WonderCon has become one of the best conventions in the country.

For a complete rundown of the growing list of special guests at WonderCon, as well as future announcements, please visit www.comic-con.org/wc. The guests confirmed thus far for the 2011 event include:

Jason Aaron (writer, Scalped, Wolverine)

Jason Aaron is an Eisner and Harvey nominated comic book writer whose work includes the critically acclaimed crime series Scalped for Vertigo and celebrated stints on Black Panther, Ghost Rider, and Wolverine: Weapon X for Marvel. He currently writes Wolverine, Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine, and Punisher Max, all for Marvel. Jason lives in Kansas with his wife and two sons.

Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, Groo, MAD magazine)

One of MAD magazine’s longest-running cartoonists (Al Jaffee holds the record) and the creator of that popular dim-witted barbarian Groo, Sergio Aragonés recently ventured into the popular world of The Simpsons, becoming a featured writer/artist in Bart Simpson Comics. A new book, MAD’s Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragonés: Five Decades of His Finest Works, celebrates Sergio’s long history with the humor magazine.

Berkeley Breathed (syndicated cartoonist, Bloom County, Opus)

Berkeley Breathed began drawing Bloom County, a political satire, for college newspapers in the early 1980s. Nationwide recognition came to Breathed with his creation of Opus, an insecure penguin who reflected the political conscience of America. When Bloom County ended, Breathed created Outland, which had a successful four-year run, after which Breathed started Opus, which ran until 2008. Bloom County Complete Library is currently being published by IDW.

Mark Evanier (writer, comics historian, Kirby: King of Comics)

Mark Evanier has been writing professionally since 1969, when he apprenticed with the legendary Jack Kirby and also began writing comic book scripts for Disney. Over the years, he has worked on preexisting characters including Superman, Blackhawk, The New Gods, Tarzan, Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Yogi Bear, and dozens of others. He’s also handled his own co-creations, The DNAgents, Crossfire, Boogeyman, Hollywood Superstars, and The Mighty Magnor, along with collaborating since 1983 with cartoonist Sergio Aragonés on Groo the Wanderer, for which he won a couple of the industry’s coveted Eisner Awards. He is the author of several collections of columns as well as MAD Art, a history of MAD magazine and Kirby: King of Comics, a book about his mentor that won both two prestigious Harvey awards and one more Eisner. He has received three Emmy nominations and an award from the Writers Guild of America for lifetime achievement in animation writing. Mark is currently writing two screenplays for a major studio and writing, producing, and voice-directing the third season of The Garfield Show, which is seen in more than 150 countries.

Adam Hughes (artist, Wonder Woman, Catwoman)

Born on Cinco de Mayo during the Summer of Love, in Riverside, NJ, Adam escaped to Atlanta, Georgia in the early ’90s, when such things were possible. Starting his comics career in 1987, Adam has drawn for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Sideshow Collectibles, and many other companies. He has also done work for Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Joss Whedon’s Mutant Enemy Productions.

Robert Kirkman (writer, The Walking Dead, Haunt)

Robert Kirkman is a New York Times bestselling author who maintains one prerogative in every undertaking: quality. It is Kirkman’s belief that good people who produce good writing and good ideas make comics people love. Kirkman was recently made partner at Image Comics and continues to enliven the industry with refreshing new characters. His bestselling series The Walking Dead has been adapted into a hit TV series by AMC, and his books are among the most popular on the iPhone and iPad’s ”Comics” app. Kirkman recently launched Skybound, an all-new imprint of Image Comics that provides a new generation of comic book creators with the opportunity to publish their original works.

Hope Larson (writer/artist, Mercury, Chiggers)

Hope Larson is the author of four graphic novels, including Mercury and Chiggers. Her short comics have been featured on the op-ed page of the New York Times and in several anthologies, notably Flight and Comic Book Tattoo. She’s currently hard at work on a graphic novel adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, which will be published in fall 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Larson has been nominated for cartooning awards in the U.S., Canada, and Europe and is the recipient of a 2006 Ignatz Award and a 2007 Eisner Award.

Paul Levitz (former president and publisher, DC Comics; writer, Legion of Super-Heroes)

Paul Levitz has been a comics fan (The Comic Reader, winner of two Best Fanzine Comic Art Fan Awards), editor (Batman), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes), and executive (38 years at DC, ending as president & publisher). He has received the Inkpot, Clampett Humanitarian, and ComicsPro Industry Appreciation Awards and serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. His new book, 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, has just been published by Taschen, and his recent comics writing appears in Legion of Super-Heroes and Adventure Comics, as well as collected editions.

Jeremy Love (writer/artist, Bayou)

Jeremy Love is an award-winning writer, illustrator, and animator. His critically acclaimed serialized graphic novel Bayou, from DC/Zuda, was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic and won five Glyph Awards. Making his debut over a decade ago, Love has also worked on creator-owned projects for Dark Horse (Fierce, Shadow Rock), on established properties such as G.I. Joe, Batman, and Fraggle Rock, and on various animated projects.

Francis Manapul (artist, The Flash, Superboy)

Francis Manapul is the current artist on The Flash. His previous work for DC Comics included books such as Adventure Comics, Superman/Batman, and The Legion of Super-Heroes. His work has appeared in various publications from the likes of Aspen Comics, Editions Delcourt, Top Cow Productions, and Devils Due, just to name a few. Francis is also a TV presenter on SyFy’s Beast Legends, in which he and a team of scientists and adventurers travel the globe in search of scientific data to create mythical beasts. Francis was born in Manila, Philippines, and currently calls Toronto, Canada his home.

Carla Speed McNeil (writer/artist, Finder)

Writer/artist Carla Speed McNeil is best known for her award-winning science fiction series Finder. McNeil self-published Finder starting in 1996 and continues the series today on the web, where she moved it in 2005. In 2009, Finder won the Eisner Award for Best Webcomic. The series is currently being reissued by Dark Horse Comics in a series of graphic novels. McNeil’s other work includes illustrating a story arc for Greg Rucka’s Queen & Country. In addition to her Eisner Award, McNeil is also the recipient of the Friends of Lulu Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent in 1997 and the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent in 1998.

Terry Moore (writer/artist, Echo, Strangers in Paradise)

Terry Moore has been writing and drawing critically acclaimed comic books since 1993, beginning with his award-winning classic series Strangers in Paradise. Garnering numerous industry awards and published in 14 languages, Strangers in Paradise remains a fan favorite. Moore’s current ongoing series, Echo, has been widely acclaimed by both fans and professionals. Echo won the Harvey Award for best new series of 2009. Terry has recently enjoyed successful runs writing for Marvel’s Spiderman Loves Mary Jane and Runaways.

Ryan Ottley (artist, Invincible)

Ryan Ottley currently draws Invincible for Image Comics and has done so for the past seven years. Staying completely busy on a monthly book for that length of time doesn’t often allow for other work, but he finds time here and there for the occasional side project. On his list are Superman/Batman Annual #1 for DC and such other Image books as Haunt 1–5 and the one-shots Death Grub and Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark, which doubtfully could ever be topped by another project, so he is considering quitting comics entirely and living off of Grizzly Shark money for the rest of his days. He currently lives in Bountiful, Utah with his wife and son, who would also love the idea of him quitting comics so they could see him once in a while.

Joe Quesada (editor-in-chief, chief creative officer, Marvel Comics; writer/artist, Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil)

Joe Quesada wears many creative hats, as both an acclaimed writer/artist and the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. Joe also serves as chief creative officer for Marvel Entertainment. In this role, he is steward of such legendary characters as Spider-Man, X-Men, Incredible Hulk, and the Fantastic Four. Even with an entire publishing company to run, Quesada keeps his creative hand moving. During his tenure, he’s completed Daredevil: Father, a story dedicated to his father, and illustrated Spider-Man: One More Day, changing the popular web-slinging hero forever. He’s recently completed the bookend to One More Day, One Moment in Time.

Frank Quitely (artist, All Star Superman, Batman and Robin)

Frank Quitely spent the first three years of his career in the independently published anthology Electric Soup. He spent a further two years painting sci-fi strips for the popular UK anthology Judge Dredd Megazine. The next five years were mostly spent at DC, producing work for Paradox Press, Vertigo, DCU and WildStorm, including Flex Mentallo, Batman, JLA, and The Authority. After two years on New-X-Men at Marvel, he headed back to Vertigo for the creator-owned mini-series We3, followed by All Star Superman and Batman and Robin. He currently has several creator-owned projects in the pipeline.

Amy Reeder (artist, Madame Xanadu, Batwoman)

Amy Reeder is best known for her work on Vertigo’s Madame Xanadu, and she is currently drawing covers for Supergirl and interiors alongside J. H. Williams for DC Comics’ Batwoman series. Having gotten her start writing and drawing the graphic novel series Fool’s Gold for Tokyopop, Amy’s art is a fusion between Japanese and American comicking sensibilities. Amy was nominated for three Eisner Awards in 2009 for her work on Madame Xanadu: Best New Series, Best Artist, and Best Cover Artist.

Seth (cartoonist/designer, Palookaville, John Stanley Library)

Seth is the cartoonist behind the painfully infrequent comic book series Palookaville, which in 2010 ceased being a pamphlet and became an annual hardcover. His novels, which have been translated into eight languages, include It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken, Wimbledon Green, and the serialized story George Sprott (1894-1975), which appeared in the New York Times Magazine in 25 installments and has been expanded as a standalone book. As a book designer, Seth has worked on a variety of projects, including The Complete Peanuts, The John Stanley Library, and the two-volume series on Canadian master cartoonist Doug Wright. As an illustrator, Seth has produced commercial works for virtually all of the major Canadian and American magazines. His work frequently appears inside and on the cover of the New Yorker. He lives in Guelph, Ontario with his wife and two cats and rarely leaves his basement.

Bill Sienkiewicz (artist, Elektra: Assassin, Stray Toasters)

Boleslav (William) Bill Felix Robert Sienkiewicz (pronounced sin-KEV-itch) is an Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated artist best known for his innovative redefinition of comic and graphic novel illustration and storytelling from 1980 onward, most notably with Marvel Comic’s Elektra: Assassin and his acclaimed graphic novel Stray Toasters, earning him an international reputation and cult status across media industries. A classically trained painter, Sienkiewicz’s renderings incorporate abstract and expressionist influences and any combination of oil painting, acrylics, watercolor, mixed-media, collage, and even electrical wiring. His work has garnered numerous accolades, most notably a 2004 Eisner Award for DC Comics’ The Sandman: Endless Nights, and 1995 and 1996 Emmy Award nominations for production and character design on the PBS children’s TV series Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego?

Kevin Smith (writer/director/actor, Chasing Amy; writer, Batman: Widening Gyre)

The popular writer/director of such films as Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Kevin Smith is back at WonderCon! In addition to his movie work, Smith has returned to comics with a pair of Batman miniseries: Batman: Cacophony, and Batman: Widening Gyre). Smith’s Q&A sessions always pack them in wherever he appears; look for another rollicking panel at WonderCon!

Len Wein (writer/editor, Fantastic Four, DC Universe Legacies; creator, Swamp Thing, Wolverine)

Best known as the co-creator of Swamp Thing, Human Target, Wolverine, and the New X-Men, Len Wein has been editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, Disney Comics, and Top Cow Comics and was senior editor at DC Comics. He is noted for long runs writing almost every major character in the business. In TV, Len developed and story-edited the award-winning War Planets: Shadow Raiders, and has scripted more than 60 animated shows, including an Emmy Award for Batman: The Animated Series. In 2008, Len was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. Len currently writes DC Universe: Legacies, which celebrates DC’s 75th anniversary.

F. Paul Wilson (author, Repairman Jack series)

F. Paul Wilson is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of 40-plus books and over 100 short stories spanning horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything between. More than 9 million copies of his books are in print in the U.S., and his work has been translated into 24 languages. He also has written for the stage, screen, and interactive media. His most recent novels are Ground Zero, Jack: Secret Vengeance, and the latest Repairman Jack thriller, Fatal Error. He currently resides at the Jersey Shore; he can be found on the web at www.repairmanjack.com.

Marv Wolfman (writer/editor, Tomb of Dracula, New Teen Titans)

Marv Wolfman has created more characters that have gone on to television, animation, movies and toys than any other comics creator since Stan Lee. Marv is the writer-creator of Blade, the Vampire Hunter, Bullseye (the prime villain in the 2003 movie Daredevil), and the New Teen Titans, which was a runaway hit show on the Cartoon Network. Marv also writes novels; his adaptation of Superman Returns won the industry’s “Scribe” award. His nonfiction book Homeland, The Illustrated History of The State of Israel won the National Jewish Book Award among others.

About WonderCon:

WonderCon, one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to San Francisco-based WonderCon each spring, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) each fall. On the web: WonderCon.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/wondercon.

Thomas Jane and Berkeley Breathed to Appear at Long Beach Comic Con

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THOMAS JANE AND BERKELEY BREATHED TO MAKE APPEARANCES AT LONG BEACH COMIC CON

Jane Hosting Premiere Screening Of His Latest Film “Give ‘Em Hell Malone”

Bloom County Creator, Berkeley Breathed Making First Ever Convention Guest Appearance

Baltimore, MD September 8, 2009 – Long Beach Comic Con is proud to announce two special additions to its already formidable lineup of stars making appearances, Thomas Jane, the lead actor on HBO’s latest hit Hung as well as the star of The Punisher and Berkeley Breathed, the legendary creator of Bloom County, one of the most popular comic strip series of all time. The inaugural Long Beach Comic Con is October 2-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.

Jane will host the premiere screening of his latest film Give’Em Hell Malone, an action flick starring co-starring Ving Rhames (Mission Impossible, Surrogates, Pulp Fiction). The feature is the story of a tough as nails private eye squaring off against the mob. Breathed, making his first ever convention appearance as a convention guest, will be introducing The Bloom County Library Volume One, the first chronological collection of the first two years of Bloom County comic strips in their entirety. Breathed will be hosting a discussion of Bloom County and signing copies of the book on Saturday only.

In addition to the Give‘Em Hell Malone premiere, Jane and his Raw Entertainment partner, Tim Bradstreet, will be on hand to promote their new comic properties Bad Planet and Alien Pig Farm. Bad Planet, a twelve issue mini-series that ended it’s first arc late last year, tells the story of a mysterious freighter that crashes to earth, unleashing horrible creeping alien spiders, and unlocking a hideous intergalactic secret. The first six issues have been collected as a limited edition black and white hard cover, available exclusively through LBCC. Alien Pig Farm, a completed four issue mini-series, set in Horton County, Kentucky, is about moonshine running brothers Johnny, Ray, and Elvis who run afoul of the law and encounter a spaceship full of pig eating aliens. The Trade Paper Back will also be exclusive to the Con at this time.

In making his first ever comic convention guest appearance, Breathed will be supporting IDW Publishing’s release of the first archival collection of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Bloom County. The Bloom County Library Volume One contains a series of “Context Pages” sprinkled throughout the volumes, providing perspective for the reader and presenting a variety of real-life events and personalities that were contemporary at the time of original publication. Breathed has also added his own commentary at points throughout the book.

Bloom County is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed newspaper strips of modern times. Created by Breathed, the strip premiered on December 8th, 1980 and featured the beloved and quirky denizens of Bloom County including Opus, Steve Dallas, Bill the Cat, Milo Bloom, Michael Binkley, and Cutter John. The strip was published in over 1,200 newspapers. The street date for the book is October 6, however, convention attendees will get chance to own it before anyone else.

“When we envisioned our inaugural Long Beach Comic Convention we saw an event that was going to be a crowd pleasing event for fans of all things pop culture. With Thomas Jane and an iconic creator like Berkeley Breathed, we continue to build on our vision for the show,” said event planner Martha Donato, President of MAD Event Management. “Having these popular, talented artists at our show, lets fans know that Long Beach Comic Con is here to stay.”

For a complete list of events, guests, activities, ticket prices and times, visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

Tickets will also be available at select comic book and hobby shops in the area, including Golden Apple, Crazy Cat, Amazing Comics and Cards, Comic Bug, Southern California Comics, Comics Unlimited, San Diego Comics, House of Secrets and Atomic Comics in the Phoenix area.

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