Hero Initiative with Matt Wagner at San Jose’s BIG WOW! Comic-Fest 2011

May 20, 2011 by  
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San Jose Big Wow! Matt Wagner Hero Initiative
Press Release:

Hero Initiative with Special Guest Matt Wagner at San Jose’s BIG WOW! Comic-Fest

Special guest signings and free print!

LOS ANGELES (May 13, 2011) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in medical and financial need, will be attending San Jose’s BIG WOW! Comic-Fest on May 21-22 at the San Jose Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos St. in Hall 3. And making the trip with Hero is our very special guest, Matt Wagner! The 25-year veteran is one of comicdom’s most respected creators, and the creator of the mastermind assassin, GRENDEL. In fact, it is GRENDEL’S 25th anniversary this year and we are proud to be celebrating this milestone with Matt. Matt also wrote and drew the DC Comic series Trinity, and was the cover artist on the Kevin Smith-penned re-launch of Green Arrow. Matt will be sketching and signing throughout the weekend at Hero’s booth, #605/607, so make sure you come by! As Matt is also a nice guy, a portion of proceeds of ALL Matt’s sales will also be donated to Hero!

Hero Initiative Members alert! Flash your Hero membership card and get a FREE print at the con! Choose from Frank Cho’s Howard the Duck, Dan Brereton’s Iron Fist, or the Terry Moore/Matt Wagner Strangers in Paradise/Grendel! Get it signed by the artists RIGHT at the show! Both Dan Brereton and Terry Moore will also be at Hero’s booth, so check the schedule!

If you’re not already a Hero Initiative member, NO problem! You can join right at the booth to receive one of these precious prints for FREE while helping one of the comic industry’s great causes.

• Hero booth schedule:

Saturday May 21 (convention hours 10-6)San Jose Big Wow! Hero Initiative

1000-600: Matt Wagner
1030-1130 Bill Morrison
1130-1230 Terry Moore

Sunday, May 22 (convention hours 10-5)
1000-500: Matt Wagner
100-200: Dan Brereton
230-330: Bill Morrison

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, visitwww.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

 

Detroit Fanfare (October 2010)

August 6, 2010 by  
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Convention Detroit Fan Fare
Convention Website http://detroitfanfare.com/
Start Date 10/30/2010
End Date 10/31/2010
About This Convention: Detroit has a very strong connection with comic conventions and fandom. Some of the earliest fandom magazines came out of the Detroit area in the late 1960′s and the Detroit Triple Fan Fair was the first convention of its kind. The “triple” stood for movies, comics, and science fiction. Detroit Fanfare is both proud and excited to bring back home some of the major participants that helped to grow the comic industry into the behemoth it is today. There will panels and discussions where the people who started so much will have a chance to discuss the early days, and reflect on their memories of the great stars that attended the convention. They will provide rare pictures and original drawings of some of the masters of the medium.
There will also be a Zombie Walk – “Pre-Show” the Morning of October 30th , and a Blood 4 Comics – October 30th & 31st for the American Red Cross Detroit Chapter plus many other exciting events for the Comic Book lover in you. Be sure to go to www.detroitfanfare.com for the most up to date information Regarding Detroit’s Hottest Comic Book show.
Convention Guests Guest of Honor Stan Lee, with Featured Special Guest Jim Starlin. We also have Comic Book Creators Greg Thekston, Carl Lungren, Guy Davis, Keith Pollard, Matt Busch, Gary Reed, Rich Buckler, Michael Netzer, Joe Pruitt, Vince Locke, Patrick Zircher, Bill Morrison, James O’Barr, Sean Mckeever, Tony Meillo, Mark Crilley, Arvell Jones, William Messner-Loebs, Raphael Nieves, Dan Dougherty, Rob Worley, Mark Bloodworth, Paul Storrie and many more to come.
Venue Name Hyatt Reagency Dearborn
Venue Address 600 Town Center Dr.
Dearborn, Michigan 48126
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 125
Projected Attendance 5000
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Gaming



Image Comics Signings and Panel Schedules for SDCC 2010

Press Release

You’ll find something exciting during Comic-Con International 2010 with Image Comics, booth #2729, whether you’re looking for your favorite Image creators, exclusive announcements or convention exclusives!

CREATORS

You’ll find a surplus of Image creators on hand at booth #2729. The stupendous talents joining Image include GLEN BRUNSWICK, KODY CHAMBERLAIN, KIERON GILLEN, BRYAN JL GLASS, ROB GUILLORY, PHIL HESTER, GREG HORN, JASON HOWARD, ANDY KUHN, ERIK LARSEN, JOHN LAYMAN, ROB LIEFELD, DAVID MACK, DEREK MCCULLOCH, JAMIE MCKELVIE, MINK, RYAN OTTLEY, PAOLO PARENTE, CLIFF RATHBURN, JIMMIE ROBINSON, STEPHEN SCOTT, KRIS SIMON, BEN TEMPLESMITH, JIM VALENTINO and CORY WALKER. WE’LL ALSO HAVE SIGNINGS WITH JANE WIEDLIN, BILL MORRISON, JONATHAN ROSS, TOMMY LEE EDWARDS, TIM SEELEY, JOE KELLY, KEN NIIMURA, NICK SPENCER and more!

Robert Kirkman will also join Image Comics at booth #2729, bringing all new THE WALKING DEAD t-shirts, books and more. Visit The Walking Dead section of the booth for exclusive merchandise and signings!

CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES

Comic-Con is all about exclusives, from announcements to variant editions, and Image Comics will have an assortment of convention exclusive variants! You’ll find the convention variant of LADY ROBOTIKA #1, with an all-new cover by JIM SILKE, at the Shadowline table. You’ll also be able to pick up the convention variant of CHEW #12, featuring a five-color cover of Poyo, and SWEETS #1 from the creators themselves!

Finally, you can get the Comic-Con variant of THE WALKING DEAD #75 — featuring the first full-color Walking Dead story and photos of the cast of the upcoming AMC show — from various retailers and at the Diamond booth, #2401.

PANELS

THURSDAY, July 22, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

SPOTLIGHT ON ROBERT KIRKMAN (Room 5AB)

He examines survival among THE WALKING DEAD. He makes superheroes relatable in INVINCIBLE. He made lycanthropy dramatic in THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN. Join Image Comics for an in-depth discussion and Q&A with writing juggernaut Robert Kirkman. Moderated by Sina Grace.

FRIDAY, July 23, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

THE IMAGE COMICS SHOW (Room 3)

Join Image Comics for a slew of exclusive announcements about upcoming projects, updates about ongoing projects, and a Q&A session with some of Image Comics’ best writers. Don’t miss your chance to find out about what we’re up to before anyone else does, get exclusive give-aways, and ask questions of your favorite creators! Panelists include Marc Guggenheim (RESURRECTION, WEB OF SPIDER-MAN), Joe Kelly (I KILL GIANTS), Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE), John Layman (CHEW), Ben McCool (CHOKER, MEMOIR), and Nick Spencer (EXISTENCE, MORNING GLORIES).

SATURDAY, July 24, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

PARTNERS IN IMAGE COMICS (Room 9)

Image Comics partners Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE), Erik Larsen (SAVAGE DRAGON), Todd McFarlane (SPAWN), Marc Silvestri (WITCHBLADE), and Jim Valentino (SHADOWHAWK) get together for a boisterous discussion of all things Image Comics. Join the Image partners as they talk about ongoing and future projects, and become part of the discussion during a Q&A session.

SIGNINGS

You’ll find many of your favorite Image creators at booth #2729 throughout the convention. In addition to the creators who will have tables with us, we’ll have the following signings. We’ll be scheduling more signings throughout the week, so please check at the booth for updates.

WEDNESDAY, July 21

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Ivan Brandon (VIKING)

6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Robert Kirkman (INVINCIBLE, HAUNT, THE WALKING DEAD)**

THURSDAY, July 22

9:30 – 12:00 a.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. John Layman and Rob Guillory (CHEW)

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Nick Spencer (EXISTENCE, SHUDDERTOWN, MORNING GLORIES)*

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards (TURF)

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Jimmie Robinson (BOMB QUEEN, T. RUNT!)*

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Joe Casey and Chris Burnham (OFFICER DOWNE)

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. FRACTURED FABLES: Camilla D’Errico, Phil Hester, Derek McCulloch, Bill Morrison, Ted McKeever, Anthony Peruzzo, Ben Templesmith, Doug TenNapel

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Jim Valentino, Tone Rodriguez, Dan Wickline (SHADOWHAWK)

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner (WITCH DOCTOR)**

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

FRIDAY, July 23

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Ben Templesmith and Ben McCool (CHOKER)

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Jane Wiedlin, Bill Morrison, Jim Silke (LADY ROBOTIKA)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura (I KILL GIANTS)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Jeff Mariotte (FADE TO BLACK)*

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. THE WALKING DEAD: Robert Kirkman, Frank Darabont, and cast members from the upcoming AMC television series**

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards (TURF)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko (HEATHENTOWN)*

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Ted McKeever (META 4)*

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane (HAUNT)**

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Jane Wiedlin, Bill Morrison, Jim Silke (LADY ROBOTIKA)

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Tim Seeley (HACK/SLASH)

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Nick Spencer (EXISTENCE, SHUDDERTOWN, MORNING GLORIES)*

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Robert Kirkman (INVINCIBLE, HAUNT, THE WALKING DEAD)**

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

SATURDAY, July 24

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura (I KILL GIANTS)

11:00 – 12:30 p.m. Ziggy Marley, Jim Mahfood, Joe Casey (MARIJUANAMAN)

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Robert Kirkman (INVINCIBLE, HAUNT, THE WALKING DEAD)**

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. FRACTURED FABLES: Brian Haberlin, Royden Lepp, Larry Marder, Whilce Portacio, Nick Spencer, Shannon Wheeler, Jill Thompson, Josh Williamson

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Jeff Mariotte (FADE TO BLACK)*

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Jane Wiedlin, Bill Morrison, Jim Silke (LADY ROBOTIKA)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. IMAGE PARTNERS: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Jimmie Robinson (BOMB QUEEN, T. RUNT!)*

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Jim Valentino, Tone Rodriguez, Dan Wickline (SHADOWHAWK)

SUNDAY, July 25

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. David Hine (THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN, STRANGE EMBRACE)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Jimmie Robinson (BOMB QUEEN, T. RUNT!)*

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Kristen Simon (ALL GIRL COMICS, FRACTURED FABLES)*

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (THE WALKING DEAD)**

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. David Hine (THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN, STRANGE EMBRACE)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tim Seeley (HACK/SLASH)

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Nick Spencer (EXISTENCE, SHUDDERTOWN, MORNING GLORIES)*

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

(*Shadowline signings; **The Walking Dead signings)

PARTIES

THURSDAY, July 22

THE CBLDF COMIC-CON WELCOME PARTY

Sponsored by Image Comics, in association with SeenAllOver.com, Soulcraft Comics and IHEARTCOMIX! Festivities include THE WALKING DEAD Live Art Stage, featuring the book’s co-creator Charlie Adlard and models presented by Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School! PSYCHENAUT, multimedia sound and vision by Paul Pope! DJ set by Franki Chan of IHEARTCOMIX! Plus, a photo booth provided by seenallover.com! All this, and a CBLDF auction preview gallery, featuring ETNIES/SEEN custom designed sneakers, the TFAW art auction, and a gift bag for the first 300 contributors! Come dressed in your zombie finest and party down! Free for CBLDF Members, $10 to $20 suggested donation for non-members. The Westgate Hotel is at 1055 2nd Ave in downtown San Diego. RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid4933566541001

SATURDAY, July 24

SCENES OF A GRAPHIC NATURE

Presented by Nerd City and sponsored by Image Comics and TFAW. This open party features live art by Jim Mahfood, Mike Huddleston, Scott Morse, King Gum AKA Dave Crosland, Jason Shawn Alexander, and more! Includes DJ sets by Major Taylor and Red Sonya, PLUS a performance by San Diego rockers The Burning of Rome. SCENES kicks off at the Soda Bar at 3614 El Cajon Blvd. $15 door. Presale tickets are available for $12 at http://tickets.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?c=amp;lidE223&eidR134

Come celebrate Comic-Con International 2010 with Image Comics by visiting us at booth #2729, joining us at our panels and partying with us in San Diego!

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

CA – Lady Robotika Release Party

JANE WIEDLIN AND BILL MORRISON APPEAR AT MELTDOWN COMICS’ LADY ROBOTIKA RELEASE PARTY

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON ATTENDEES ESCAPE TO L.A. FOR MELTDOWN’S ANNUAL BASH

July 14, 2010 (LOS ANGELES, CA): Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, CA will host the official launch party for the debut of the new savior of the universe Lady Robotika, the comic book creation of Jane Wiedlin, guitarist for the legendary Go-Go’s, and Bill Morrison, Eisner Award-winning creative behind The Simpsons Comics, Futurama Comics, Roswell, Little Green Man, and Heroes Anonymous.

Lady Robotika will take center stage as the premier event during Meltdown Comics’ highly anticipated annual after-party for San Diego Comic-Con, attended by celebrities, entertainment VIPs and fans alike. Jane Wiedlin, Bill Morrison and pencilist Tone Rodriguez (Shadowhawk) will be on hand to autograph copies of Lady Robotika’s issue #1: Slaveship to the Stars! Wiedlin will also perform several Lady Robotika songs, while seated as she is still recovering from a recent knee surgery.

When:           July 26, 2010
Time:           7:00pm – 10:00pm
Where:          Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90046

The party is free and open to the public. In celebration of sexy cyborg revolutionist Lady Robotika, attendees are encouraged to dress for the party in their favorite metallic and spacey regalia. C-3POs welcome.

About LADY ROBOTIKA
Lady Robotika is a full-color 32-page comic published by Shadowline and Image Comics. The brainchild of Jane Wiedlin and Bill Morrison, with an art assist from Tone Rodriquez and Jeffrey Moy, Lady Robotika hits comic stores nationwide on July 14. Earthly rock star Jane Wiedlin is abducted by a rock ‘n roll-loving evil alien emperor and implanted with nanobots meant to enslave her.  His plans backfire as our guitar-slinging heroine learns to control the nanites and transforms into the super-powered cyborg galactic liberator Lady Robotika! With sexy sci-fi rock and roll space adventures to ensue…

About MELTDOWN COMICS
Meltdown Comics (www.meltcomics.com, @meltdowncomics) is the largest comic book shop on the West Coast, located in the heart of Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. Meltdown opened in 1993 and has since become one the most respected comic book stores in the world. With a sophisticated approach to merchandise and operations – and a reputation for hosting successful events in their Melt Gallery – Meltdown is a must-see pop culture destination in Los Angeles.

SF – Lady Robotika Signing

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Jane Wiedlin and Bill Morrison sign their new comic book Lady Robotika at Whatever… in San Francisco on July 17th from 5-7pm!

Whatever
548 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

CA – FCBD Together!

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Marv Wolfman, Marc Silvestri, Bill Morrison, Joe Benitez and more sign at Collector’s Paradise on FCBD (From 12 noon to 3 PM):

Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, San Fernando Valley’s Premiere pop culture store, is excited to announce a big Celebration for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, featuring some of the best talent in comics and many great giveaways for all attendees.
 
Collector’s Paradise has a long history of working closely with comic book industry creators. The store holds monthly events with artists and writers from all corners of the industry, and the full time gallery hosts art events and gallery shows.  “We want to do more than just sell comics, we want to create a Destination for comic book fans, a place where they can interact with the people who create the product they love”, says Edward Greenberg, the owner of Collector’s Paradise.  Comic book industry has been very supportive of Collector’s Paradise’ efforts in this endeavor, working with them to organize numerous events to promote their new releases and special projects.
 
This year Collector’s Paradise is presenting their best line-up of comic book creators to date, including:
 
Marc Silvestri – Founder, Top Cow Productions, Creator and Artist – Cyberforce, Witchblade, Darkness, Hunter/Killer

Marv Wolfman – creator – Teen Titans, Blade, Bullseye, Tim Drake, Black Cat, Nightwing, Deathstroke, Anti-Monitor and many more…

Bill Morrison – co-creator Bongo Comics, artist – Simpson Comics and more

Michael Broussard – artist – Darkness, FCBD 2010 Top Cow Artifacts comic, Artifacts 1-6

Joe Benitez – artist – Teen Titans, Soulfire, creator – Weapon Zero, Magdalena, Wraithborne

Peter Steigerwald – colorist, artist – Soulfire, Fathom, and more from Aspen Comics

Ray Friesen – kids graphic novel author – Another Dirt Sandwich, Cupcakes of Doom…

Rick Loverd – writer – Milo Ventimiglia Presents Berserker
 
In addition to the great creator line up, the event will feature the annual “Sketches for HERO Initiative” fundraiser, where most of the artists featured will do $10 sketches for the fans, with 100% of the proceeds directly going to HERO Initiative, a wonderful charity that helps comic book creators in need.  Collector’s Paradise has been working with HERO for the last four years to make sure that those creators who need financial and medical help are taken care of.
 
Kids are a big focus of Collector’s Paradise’ effort on FCBD.  The event will feature an excellent Spider-Man in costume, a fantastic Balloon Artist, and several thousand kid-friendly comic books given away to all fans in attendance.
 
The event will be held at Collector’s Paradise Comics & Cards from Noon to 7:00pm, with creator signings, Spider-Man and Balloon Artist from noon to 3:00pm.
 
Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave, on the corner of Winnetka Ave and Sherman Way, in Canoga Park.

Hero Intitiative at WonderCon

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative at San Francisco’s Wonder-Con

Party at The Comic Art Museum benefiting Ed Hannigan Sponsored by Comic Outpost

(For Immediate Release): March 29, 2010: Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in need, is hoppin’ up to San Francisco’s WonderCon at the Moscone Center South Easter weekend April 2-4. Original art from a variety of artists will be for sale at the booth, and a huge party benefitting Ed Hannigan will take place the Cartoon Art Museum, sponsored by San Francisco’s own Comic Outpost!

The Cartoon Art Museum, The Hero Initiative and The Comic Outpost proudly present the museum’s Annual Wonder-Con Weekend Party, which will be held on Friday, April 2, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from this special event will go to comic book artist Ed Hannigan, whose work is featured in the Cartoon Art Museum’s current exhibition Ed Hannigan: Covered.

Tickets for this event will be sold at the Cartoon Art Museum booth on the floor at WonderCon, and at the door at the museum, 655 Mission St., just three blocks from WonderCon. Ed Hannigan, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis, will receive a portion of the proceeds. Tickets are available for $20-$35, with those who donate $35 or more receiving a special gift bag courtesy of the Cartoon Art Museum. A silent auction will be held at the party, and all proceeds from the auction will go directly Hannigan.

Many of the top talents from DC Comics, Marvel Comics and more will be in attendance at the party as special guests of the Cartoon Art Museum and the Hero Initiative. Confirmed guests include Arthur Adams, Amanda Conner, Sergio Aragones, Joyce Chin, Jimmy Palmiotti, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Jen Van Meter, and more to be announced. Food and beverages will be provided. Please visit www.cartoonart.org for a list of additional sponsors as they are announced.

Hero Initiative president Jim McLauchlin and Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago preview the Gallery’s Ed Hannigan: Covered exhibit Friday, from 2p.m.-3p.m. at a WonderCon panel. See some of the great art that will be up for auction at the party, and catch the world debut of the Ed Hannigan video, celebrating the works of the great artist. Room 232/234.

Come by Hero’s booth, #637, and check out original art available for sale by Tim Sale, Darwyn Cooke and more. Adam Kubert will be at the booth and will draw four, only four sketches the whole weekend, exclusively for Hero! And last but not least, Hero is proud to offer an exclusive, limited edition print of Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #64, one of Ed Hannigan’s most famous covers. The print is a limited edition of only 150 pieces, and each one will be hand-signed by Ed. Prints are available at $25 each, and are sure to go quickly, go get to the booth fast!

Hero Initiative booth schedule as Follows:

Friday April 2:

1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Gail Simone

2 p.m.-3 p.m.: Ed Hannigan Panel room 233-234

2:30 p.m.-4 p.m: Bill Morrison

Saturday, April 3:

11 a.m.-12noon: Matt Wagner

1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Rev. Dave Johnson

Sunday April 4:

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Bill Morrison

1-2 Rev. Dave Johnson

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.

CA – Hero Initiative Fundraiser

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

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Len Wein, Chris Moreno (art pictured), Joe Benitez and more sign on Dec 5th

Len Wein, Chris Moreno (art pictured), Joe Benitez and more sign on Dec 5th

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 5, 7:00pm-10:00pm

*Special guest Wolverine Creator Len Wein
*Joe Benitez,
*David Bullock
*Christian Gossett
*Danny Miki
*Bill Morrison
*Scott Koblish
*Chris Moreno
*Aaron Sowd

Collectors Paradise Comics and Gallery, 7131 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka, CA 91306

818.999.9455

http://www.comicsandcards.net

Animation Supercon Announces Final Guests and Events

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ANIMATION SUPERCON 2009 announced for Oct. 2-4, 2009
Featuring cast reunions from Futurama & Pinky & The Brain
Plus, stars of Ren and Stimpy, Looney Tunes, Gears of War, Final Fantasy, Transformers, Family Guy, G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons and more!

FINAL GUEST LIST & EVENTS ANNOUNCED
Miami, FL – Animation Supercon replaces Anime Supercon as it returns for a 4th year to an all new, bigger & better location; the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center. Animation Supercon will replace Anime Supercon as the shows focus shifts to encompass the entire animation world, and not just Japanese anime. Set for October 2-4, Animation Supercon is a three day festival and convention dedicated to Animation, Cartoons, Anime, Comic Books and Video Games.

Pinky and the Brain

Pinky and the Brain

Animation Supercon will feature celebrity guests, artists, animators, writers, vendors, Q&A’s, parties, costume contests, anime programming, cosplay, panels, photo shoots, live music, video games and more as it takes over 100,000+ square feet of the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center. The event kicks off at 3:30PM, Friday, October 2 and the fun continues almost around the clock until 6:00PM, Sunday, October 4.
Over the weekend-long event, attendees will have a chance to meet and converse with celebrity guests and artists from all corners of the industry. Our guest list includes two very special cast reunions from Futurama and Pinky & The Brain. The line up for this years event includes:

Billy West: Star of Futurama (Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan, Dr. Zoidberg), Ren and Stimpy (Ren and Stimpy), Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd), Doug (Doug) and TheWoody Woodpecker Show (Woody Woodpecker).

David X. Cohen: Co-Creator, Head Writer and Executive Producer of Futurama. Writer, Editor and Producer of the Simpsons and Writer for Beevis and Butthead.

John DiMaggio: Star of Futurama (Bender, Flexo, Elzar), Gears of War (Marcus Fenix), Chowder (Shnitzel), Final Fantasy XII (Gilgamesh, Migelo), Samurai Jack (The Scotsman) and Princess Mononoke (Gonza).

Phil LaMarr: Star of Futurama (Hermes Conrad, Rev. Lionel Preacherbot), Samurai Jack (Samurai Jack), Family Guy (Ollie Williams, The Judge), Transformers: Animated (Jazz, Omega Supreme, Jetstorm), Mad TV, Justice League (Green Lantern), Static Shock (Static) and Final Fantasy XII (Reddas).

Maurice LaMarche: Star of Futurama (Kif, Morbo, Calculon, Lrr, Donbot, Hedonist Bot), Pinky and The Brain (The Brain), Tripping the Rift (Gus), Xiaolin Showdown (Master Fung), Inspector Gadget(Inspector Gadget), Tiny Toon Adventures (Dizzy Devil), Transformers (Six Gun) and The Critic (Jeremy Hawke).

Rob Paulsen: Star of Pinky and The Brain (Pinky), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Raphael), The Tick (Arthur), Animaniacs (Yakko), Transformers (Air Raid, Slingshot), GI Joe (Snowjob, Tripwire) andFraggle Rock (Boober, Sprocket).

Bill Morrison: Concept Artist of Futurama and Co-Founder / Creative Director for Bongo Comics. Bill’s artist credits, as artist/writer/editor for Bongo Comics include Futurama Comics, Bartman Comics, Bongo Comics, Radioactive Man, Itchy and Scratchy, Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson and Treehouse of Horror. In addition, Bill was the writer/artist for Captain Carrot and The Final Ark (DC Comics) and poster artist for Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

Mike Kazaleh: Animator and Comic Book Artist. Animation credits include: The Simpsons, Cool World, Mighty Mouse, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Tiny Toon Adv., Filmmation and Bashki Animation. Comic Book credits include: Futurama Comics, The Simpsons, Ren and Stimpy, Usagi Yojimbo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mighty Mouse and Superfriends.

Allen Bellman: Golden Age Comic Book artist for Timely / Marvel and Lev Gleason. Mr. Bellman’s credits include Captain America, The Patriot, Let’s Play Detective, The Human Torch, The Sub-Mariner, All Select Comics, Marvel Mystery Comics and All Winners Comics.

Richard Green: Richard is and artist and animator, who has extensive animation credits with Disney Studios. His work can be seen in Beauty and the Beast (asst. animator for Lumiere), Rescuers Down Under, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Goofy and Mickey Mouse.

Pat Broderick: Animator and Comic Book Artist. Artist for Green Lantern, Batman, Captain Marvel, Firestorm, Spider-Man and Superman. Animation designer and concept artist on Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.

Select Start: Musical guests, Select Start is the fusion of six musicians who combine their mutual love for video games, music and their instruments (two violins, a cello, guitar, piano and flute) to create a musical experience and sound unique to the video game music world.

Terry Cronin and Pat Martin: Representing 3Boys Productions, Terry and Pat are the creators of independent comic book Students of The Unusual.
Goatslacker: Musical guest Goatslacker is a chip music composer armed with dual 1989 Nintendo Game Boys and and his custom keyboard.

Austin Janowsky: Austin is a veteran artist and inker, whose credits include Iron Man: The End, Stanley The Snowman, Judo Girl, Cracked Magazine, X-Men Unlimited, Witch Girl Tales, Tomb Raiderand Bubba The Redneck Werewolf.

Nakia Mann: Comic Book Artist of Zoom Suit and Codename: Power.

Additional guests can be found at on the Animation Supercon website at www.animationsupercon.com

Some of the featured events at Animation Supercon include:

The Futurama Cast Reunion Q&A: Meet the cast of Futurama, together on one stage. All our celebrity guests will have individual 1 hour Q&A sessions over the course of the weekend, but the main event is on Sunday, when Billy West, John DiMaggio, Phil LaMarr, David X. Cohen and Maurice LaMarche take the stage to speak with fans about all things Futurama. (Sunday 2pm-3:15pm)

The Pinky and the Brain Cast Reunion Q&A: Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche are Pinky and the Brain… and on Saturday afternoon, they’ll be together again on stage to speak with fans about one of the most popular cartoons of all time. (Saturday 12pm-1pm)

Supercon Mania Revenge!: Supercon Championship Wrestling returns! It’s been 4 months since Supercon Mania 1 and Carl still retains the SCW World Heavyweight Championship…. but how long can he hang on to it? Supercon Mania is back for 2 nights at ASC as Carl, Cobra Commander, The Joker, Luigi, Wolverine, The Baroness, The Monopoly Man, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Elektra, Jason Vorhees, Afro Samurai, The Geico Caveman, Harley Quinn, The Ghostbusters and more descend on Miami in search of glory and gold. It’s day two of Supercon Mania: Revenge! What happened on Friday night? Did Carl hold on to the title or lose to the #1 contender? Will he be back to defend??? And will Cobra Commander ever get his REVENGE? (Friday 10pm-11:30pm and Saturday 9:45pm-11:15pm)

Animation Supercon Costume Competition: Cosplayers from around the state will compete in South Florida’s premiere costume competition, where they will battle it out for over $3,000 in cash and prizes. (Saturday 8:30pm – 9:45pm)

Select Start in Concert: One of the most unique bands around, Select Start will perform many video game favorites via classical music instruments. (Saturday 5:15pm-6:15pm and Sunday 12pm-1pm)

Animation Supercon Cosplay Contest: Supercon’s famous Cosplay Contest is back, where cosplayers of all ages get a chance to compete and show off their acting skills as they perform skits as their favorite animation or anime character. (Sunday 12pm-1pm)

The Bongo Comics Q&A: The creators and editors of Futurama and Simpsons comics will be on hand to meet with fans and discuss the world of comics and how they relate to Futurama and The Simpsons. Bill Morrison (Creative Director, Writer, Artist and Editor) and Mike Kazaleh (Artist) will be hosting the panel. (Saturday 5:45pm-6:45pm)

Video Gaming: Animation Supercon will have around the clock video gaming events, tournaments and free play hosted by Infinite Bits Gaming, Noobie Games and VG Party Games.

Exhibition Room: Animation Supercon will have a 50,000 square feet exhibition room with over 150 vendor, guest and artist booths and tables. (Friday 3:30pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm)

Complete information on these and dozens of more events taking place all weekend can be found at www.animationsupercon.com

The convention hours of operation are:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2: 3:30PM – 2:00AM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3: 11:00AM – 2:00AM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4: 11:00AM – 6:00PM

Tickets are currently available online and at select vendors.

General Admission (3) Day Weekend Pass:

$35 if reserved in advance online
General Admission at the door is $40 for a weekend pass. Single day passes will be $20 for Friday or Sunday and $25 for Saturday. Children under 10 receive free admission. Parents, Police officers, Fire Fighters and Military receive a $10 discount.

Special V.I.P. tickets are available as well.

The Double Tree Miami Airport Hotel & convention center is located at 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126. The Double Tree has over 100,000 square feet of total convention space to accommodate the growing attendance of Animation Supercon. Discounted room rates for convention are available. See our website www.animationsupercon.com for details.

CA – Free Donut Day

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

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

Wednesday, July 1 (that’s next week, y’all), it’s Free Donut Day at Metropolis – we’re celebrating in style with Bongo Comics’ Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, and Batton Lash in to sign and sketch Simpsons books for you from 5pm till 8pm!    Be with us – oh, and did we mention… free donut with purchase of any Simpsons comic book!  Not cheap ones, either – Krispy Kremes!  Mmmmmm!
 
Metropolis Comics
16509 Bellflower Blvd.
Bellflower, CA 90706
562.263.0277
www.metrohero.com

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