Wait a moment, on second thought, “for immediate release” makes this sound awfully urgent, and it’s not. Yes, it does happen to be time-sensitive material and we’d like it released soon, or at least soonish, but it needn’t be immediate. Save “immediate” for medical emergencies, positioning yourself under a pop-up fly, and disarming bombs. At best, this falls more under the heading of, “as quickly as you can reasonably get to it.” Please, finish your coffee and that last bite of sandwich, visit the facilities (if you need to), relax a bit and settle yourself. Then, please, if you’d be so kind, release this puppy.
Fabletown and Beyond, our convention celebrating the Mythic Fiction movement in comics, is just around the corner.
A personal note from Bill Willingham, inviting you to think about attending:
I’m Bill Willingham, the writer of the long-running comic series Fables. In just over a month I’ll also be hosting a small comic convention in Rochester, Minnesota called Fabletown and Beyond. It’s a convention about Fables and books like it.
If you go to our website you can find out all sorts of good things like who else is coming, what sorts of programming we’re planning to have (although it’s far from a comprehensive list yet). Please visit fablescon.com for the full tour.
Since it was designed from the beginning to be a small convention, with more time and opportunity to interact with the guests of your choice, we’re limited on how many folks can attend, and we’re beginning to close in on our hotel room and attendance limits.
So then, now seems the time to act. If you’re interested in attending, a month and a half away is nearly no time at all. Perhaps it’s time to pounce, to strike boldly, to do some other thing that is metaphorically equivalent to deciding to attend.
Also, you may not know this but it’s going to be the perfect show to which you’ll want bring the special love of your life. We’ve done extensive made-up scientific research on this. Think of Fabletown and Beyond as a romantic couples retreat, but with comics too.
We’re planning on a fine time to be had for all, including (but not limited to) game shows, a phone-photo scavenger hunt, with amazing prizes, and even opportunities for one-on-once conversations with your favorite artist and/or writer.
Pretty cool, huh?
Speaking for vast multitudes, I do hope we’ll see you there.
Also, for those in the greater Minneapolis and Saint Paul area, and its surroundings, you should know that The Crossings art studio in Zumbrota, as a lead in to Fabletown and Beyond, is hosting an all comic art gallery show, throughout the entire month of February.
It’s going on right now and will continue throughout the rest of the month. It features the comic art of myself, Gene Ha, Adam Hughes, Mark Buckingham, and Chrissie Zullo, all of whom will also be attending the convention in March.
Many original pieces have already sold. It’s on track to being the best gallery show the venue has ever had. But we’ve stocked the art in deep. Many more pages and comic art covers are still available and will be throughout the month.
For more information you can visit The Crossings website at: crossingsatcarnegie.com or by calling them at 507 732 7616.
Of course any unsold covers and pages will be available again at Fabletown and Beyond.
Bill Willingham appears at the Crossings Gallery to teach two writing workshops.
Writing to be Drawn
Saturday, February 9, 10am-1pm.
Cost: $50. Age 12 to adult.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Comic Books are big. They rule Hollywood now, and before they’re drawn, they need to be written.
It can be tough to write for the specific medium of comics, unless you can think like an artist. Bill Willingham, a thirty year veteran of comic book writing, and winner of comics’ most prestigious award for comic writing, will take you through the ins and outs and how to write when it’s going to be drawn.
Writing Prose Stories
Saturday, February 23, 10am-1pm.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This is a one-day class on some of the special considerations one should have in writing prose to sell, including how to keep it short and lively. We’ll also discuss some of the special considerations for writing to specific markets, like Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and other genres.
Bill Willingham is a novelist, short story writer and comic book writer, winner of many industry awards and four time Hugo nominee. His work has been translated into far too many languages, none of which he can read.
320 East Avenue, Zumbrota, MN 55992
Bill Willingham appears at the Crossings Gallery for a cocktail reception on February 23, 2013 to celebrate the opening of the Fabletown & Beyond art show!
To kick off the New Year and help prepare you for the wonderous event that will be Fablescon, Crossings Art Center (in Zumbrota, MN) will be holding an exhibit featuring several artists who will be a part of Fabletown and Beyond.
The exhibit will be on at the art center throughout the month of February and will feature art from Bill Willingham, Gene Ha, Mark Buckingham, Adam Hughes, Chrissie Zullo, and Peter Gross.
Here’s a brief summary of some of the art that will be present and for sale:
Gene Ha has most of the art from Fables #122 and #123… 27 out of the 40 pages will be available.
Chrissie Zullo will have original Cinderella covers for sale.
Mark Buckingham will have a plethora of Fables pages.
Peter Gross will have lots of The Unwritten pages.
Adam Hughes will have Fairest covers on display and for sale.
And Bill Willingham will have pages from Shadowpact, art from an original and unpublished Richard Nixon JLQ story and other assorted comic pages.
320 East Avenue, Zumbrota, MN 55992
artwork by Gene Ha
Boston Comic Con is happy to announce that Bill Willingham, Mike Choi, Steve Niles, Eric Basaldua, and Joe Quinones are the latest additions for the 2013 show which will be held on April 20-21! Previously announced guests include George Pérez, Mike Mignola, Sergio Aragones, Amanda Conner, Mark Bagley, Don Rosa, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amy Reeder, and many more!
Eric Basaldua broke into comics in 2000 working for Top Cow Productions with founder Marc Silvestri. He has drawn many fan favorite titles including Hunter-Killer, Tomb Raider, The Darkness, Witchblade, and Grimm Fairy Tales. Most recently his sexy women have graced covers for Image, Marvel, Zenescope, and more.
Mike Choi is a comic book artist known for his work on books such as Witchblade, X-23, Uncanny X-Men, and X-Force. He has worked for Top Cow, Marvel, and DC Comics producing covers for many top selling titles, including Dark Avengers, Cloak and Dagger, Dark Wolverine, Green Lantern, Vampirella, Cyberforce / Hunter-Killer, and War of Kings.
Joe Quinones is a Boston local artist who is on the rise in comics. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he worked on Teen Titans Go! before being hand-picked to draw the Green Lantern strip in Wednesday Comics. Recently his covers have graced titles for all the major companies including Hack/Slash, Star Wars: Knight Errant, and Amazing Spider-Man.
Steve Niles is a writer of comics, novels and films. Best known for works such as 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Simon Dark, Mystery Society, and Batman: Gotham County Line, he is credited among other contemporary writers as bringing horror comics back to prominence. His currently working on Frankenstein: Alive! Alive! with Bernie Wrightson.
Bill Willingham is the creator of the immensely popular title Fables, a re-imagining of fairy tales characters in the modern world, as well as its spin-offs Jack of Fables and Fairest. His career began in the 80s writing and drawing Elementals for Comico. He has also written for several other titles including Robin, Shadowpact, Angel, Proposition Player, and Justice Society of America.
Tickets are $25 per day or $40 for the weekend and available through Eventbrite at the link!
Artist alley and vendor table registration is also open. Forms can be found on the Boston Comic Con website.
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. Next year’s convention will be held Saturday April 20th and Sunday April 21st opening at 10:00 am each day at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
Stumptown Comics Fest Opens Exhibitor Registration for 2013; Bill Willingham Appearing as Special Guest
Stumptown Comics Festival Announces Exhibitor Registration for 10th Annual Event
Portland, Oregon – October 30, 2012 – Registration for booth and table space for the 10th Annual Stumptown Comics Festival is now open to artists and publishers looking to exhibit at the creator-focused event running April 27-28, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center.
As previously announced, Fables creator Bill Willingham will be a special guest of the festival. Also joining as guests are artist of War Is Boring and political cartoonist Matt Bors, Nobrow Press illustrator and Birchfield Close creator Jon McNaught, Boilerplate and Frank Reade creators Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, Mara artist Ming Doyle, Wild Children writer Ales Kot, and many more creators to be revealed soon.
The 10th anniversary of the Stumptown Comics Festival marks a notable shift for the independent event with the selection of several new chairpersons to the organizing board, but continues to embrace the strong tradition of creator-focused programming that volunteers have cultivated over the last decade.
Stumptown Comics Festival will also begin the curated selection process soon and provide feedback to any creators who may want tips for how to be selected to exhibit in the limited space. Similarly, the yet-to-be-released convention floor will be laid-out in a more equitable fashion than standard conventions to be more accommodating to creators of all types.
Pricing for the 2013 Stumptown Comics Festival is as follows:
-$170 for an Artist’s Table
-$350 for an Exhibitor Booth ($60 option for addition table)
Additional Exhibitor Badges that allow entry to the convention hall before and after public hours are available for $30 (limit of 2), and Two Day Attendee Passes are available for $15 each.
To see the complete exhibitor form, please visit: http://www.stumptowncomics.com/registration_2013.php
More details about guests, awards, and special events will be release in the coming weeks in order for creators and publishers to better prepare for their 2013 exhibition plans.
About Stumptown Comics, Inc
Entering its tenth year as an organization, the annual Stumptown Comics Festival has been a staple of Portland, Oregon’s vibrant comics community that’s home to artist collective like Periscope Studios and Tranquility Base, along with publishers such as Dark Horse Comics, Top Shelf Productions, and Oni Press. Overseen by a board of professionals in the industry, Stumptown Comics, Inc. has progressed thanks to the valuable time of efforts of its volunteers.
Bill Willingham (Fables) and Daniel Way (Deadpool) appear on the Comic Book Club podcast with hosts Pete LePage, Justin Tyler, and Alex Zalben on Tuesday October 9, 2012 at 7:00pm! Admission is free!
105 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Bill Willingham signs at The Silver Snail on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 from noon – 7:00pm! Spend Halloween with the creator of Fables!
Bring all your Bill Willingham goodies to the store to have him sign and/or personalize a few of your favourite things. Depending on the size of the line, there will be a few signing restrictions made, so just keep that in mind when picking out what you want to bring to the store.
The Silver Snail
329 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1R7
Hero Initiative hits Chicago for C2E2
With special guest Bill Willingham!
Los Angeles CA, April 9, 2012 Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in need, will be breezing into the windy city of Chicago with the legendary Bill Willingham to attend Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo April 13-15th. Also known as C2E2, the convention will be held at the North Building at McCormick Place located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois.
Willingham, perhaps best known for his work on Fables and Fairest for DC Comics, will be signing and sketching all weekend at booth #704. Proceeds will go directly to Hero Initiative, a win for all! And while you’re waiting for your sketch, check out Hero’s special $2 sale, with prices on select items at savings up to 87% off! Don’t miss out!
Also make sure and swing by on artist Peter Krause (Irredeemable) in artist alley booth D-21. On Saturday only, Peter will be donating all of his proceeds from sketches to Hero Initiative! On your way there, grab your Mark Waid comics for signatures, too. Mark will be hanging with Peter at booth D-21 on Saturday!
Hero Initiative’s booth schedule for booth #704 is as follows:
Friday, April 13 (con hours 10-7)
1100-100: Bill Willingham
100-200: Gordon Purcell
200-300: Tim Sale
300-500: Bill Willingham
Saturday, April 14 (con hours 10-7)
1030-1230: Bill Willingham
1230-130: Bill Reinhold
230-430: Bill Willingham
Sunday, April 15 (con hours 10-5)
1030-1230: Bill Willingham
1230-200: Gene Ha
230-430: Bill Willingham
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly 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. Hero is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charity.
Via DC Comics:
Emerald City Comicon officially kicks off tomorrow in Seattle, Washington, and there will be several DC Entertainment panels, with plenty of DC Entertainment editors and creators in attendance. Friday’s DC COMICS ALL ACCESS and Sunday’s DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 panels will be moderated by editors Mike Marts, Ben Abernathy, Brian Cunningham and Rachel Gluckstern – with special guests from the DC Comics creative teams. And Saturday’s VERTIGO: NEW BLOOD panel will be moderated by editor Shelly Bond, who will also be joined by notable Vertigo creators.
But that’s not all. Stop by the DC Entertainment booth to say hello to some of your favorite writers and artists from both Vertigo and DC Comics, including Mike Allred (IZOMBIE), Brian Buccellato (THE FLASH), Chris Burnham (BATMAN INCORPORATED), Greg Capullo (BATMAN), Aaron Lopresti (JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL), Francis Manapul (THE FLASH), Dustin Nguyen (JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND UNLIMITED), Chris Roberson (IZOMBIE), Gail Simone (BATGIRL), Marcus To (BATWING), Joshua Williamson (VOODOO) and Bill Willingham (FABLES).
Visit the Emerald City Comicon website for the full panel and signing schedule. See ya there!
Dark Horse Comics Panels noted in red.
Friday • March 30th
ECCC Spotlight Series: Brian Wood Room: 211 Time: 3:00 – 4:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, join creator Brian Wood as he talks about his work on Conan, DMZ, Northlanders and many others.
Falling Skies Screening and Q&A Room: 4C1-2 Time: 3:00 – 4:00
TNT’s epic drama Falling Skies makes its debut appearance at Emerald City Comicon this year. Watch a never-before-seen clip from the season 2 premiere episode and hear from the show’s actors and producers about the new season. Falling Skies, basic cable’s #1 new series of 2011, is set to return this June to continue its extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle (ER) stars as Tom Mason, a former college professor and father of three, who has become an unlikely leader for the 2nd Massachusetts civilian resistance group. The series chronicles the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. Falling Skies comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Remi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman also serve as executive producers.
Drawing Inspiration: The Art of the Whedonverse Room: 4C1-2 Time: 5:00 – 6:00
Join us for an exclusive behind-the-panels look at the dynamic artwork of Dark Horses Joss Whedon titles, from pencils to inks to colors to print. Dark Horses public relations director, Jeremy Atkins, will lead a discussion with artists Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Phil Noto (Angel & Faith, Dollhouse), Chris Samnee (Serenity), and inker Andy Owens (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) for an inside look at the artists processes. We’ll be showcasing a variety of art from past and future issues of these best-loved titles, including exclusive reveals and first looks!
ECCC Spotlight Series: Camilla d’Errico Room: 211 Time: 6:00 – 7:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, Camilla d’Errico talks about how she made her dreams reality by giving up on the 9 to 5 grind and becoming a full time artist.
EXPANDING THE EXPERIENCE: VIDEO GAMES TO COMICS AND BACK AGAIN Room: TCC 102 Time: 6:00 – 7:00
When Dark Horse partnered with BioWare to expand the Mass Effect story line into comics, video-game tie-in comics were finally legitimized. Now, Dark Horse is widely recognized as the leading publisher of video-game comics, with launches throughout 2012 digitally and in print. Join us for an hour long preview of what’s to come this year, with exclusive news and announcements on current and upcoming projects with BioWare, Valve, and Activision!
Saturday • March 31st
ECCC Spotlight Series: Rick Remender Room: 211 Time: 11:00 – 12:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour Uncanny X-Force writer Rick Remender joins us. Rick is also the writer/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, The End League, Strange Girl, Black Heart Billy, Last Days of American Crime, Sea of Red, Sorrow, Night Mary, XXXombies and Doll and Creature.
Dark Horse Comics: Powered By Creators Room: 4C1-2 Time: 4:00 – 5:00
Just over twenty-five years ago, Dark Horse stepped into the comics-publishing arena with a different agenda. While the publisher has gained much notoriety for its popular licensed titles, like Buffy and Star Wars, one mission remains the same: to give comics top creators a venue for showcasing their work and retaining their ownership of it. Join Dark Horse’s public relations director, Jeremy Atkins, along with a cast of premier talent, for news on all of Dark Horse’s 2012 publishing launches and new Dark Horse Presents stories. Guests include Steve Niles(Criminal Macabre), Steve Lieber (Alabaster), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Sanford Greene (Rotten Apple), Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop), Adam Warren (Empowered), Paul Tobin (Falling Skies), and Brian Wood (The Massive), and a few surprise drop-ins!
Sunday • April 1st
ECCC Spotlight Series: Steve Niles Room: 211 Time: 12:00 – 1:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, modern master of horror, Steve Niles, talks about what it takes to craft a good horror story, working with artists like Sam Kieth and Ben Templesmith and how his creation of 30 Days of Night changed the face of horror comics.
Axe Cop Room: 3AB Time: 1:00 – 2:00
Ethan and Malachai Nicolle, creators of Axe Cop, will do a live Q&A, show images and videos of new Axe Cop material, etc. Always a fun and highly interactive panel.
Mythic Fiction Comics: The Next Mega-Genre? Room: 3AB Time: 12:00 – 1:00
From Mage, Sandman and Bone to Fables, Castle Waiting, Hellboy and more, mythic fiction has been a fascinating — and growing — presence in comics. What is mythic fiction? Why is it so popular? And could it really become the next big thing in the comics field? Join moderator Kurt Busiek (Arrowsmith), Matt Wagner (Mage), Rachel Edidin (Dark Horse Comics), Bill Willingham (Fables) and Chris Roberson (Memorial) for a lively discussion about mythic fiction in comics, from its roots to it future.
ECCC Spotlight Series: Brandon Graham and Adam Warren in Conversation Room: 211 Time: 1:00 – 2:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators.Brandon Graham and Adam Warren join you this hour for a conversation talking about finer points of their work. Their western takes on manga have delighted readers locally and abroad. Expect a vivid and lively discussion.