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  • CA – CBLDF’s Comic-Con Welcome Party 2015

    cbldf_logoPress Release:

    Kick-off Comic-Con with comics’ greatest creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics and comiXology with a special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. PDT on Thursday, July 9, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a night of amazing creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives. RSVP here.

    Meet great creators: Every year the greatest creators in comics drop in at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Confirmed attendees so far this year include Scott Snyder, Jock, Jeff Lemire, Kieron Gillen, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Tim Seeley, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Jonathan Hickman, Joshua Williamson, and more are expected to drop in over the course of the night.

    Get the exclusive goods: The first 200 attendees will receive a free gift bag, with exclusive items from Image Comics, McFarlane Toys, comiXology, and CBLDF. RSVP here.

    Smell awesome at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/Trading Post: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be debuting their Profanities series, with a selection of limited edition Expletives that will only be available at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Proceeds from every sale at the CBLDF Welcome Party benefit CBLDF.

    Get first dibs on CBLDF exclusives: CBLDF has been working hard to put together an exclusive assortment for Comic-Con attendees. We have an all-new tote bag featuring art by the terrific Vanesa R. Del Rey (Hit); an embroidered Comic-Con souvenir patch and new CBLDF t-shirt, both designed by Brian Wood (Starve); and the CBLDF-exclusive variant of Star Trek/Green Lantern from IDW Publishing and DC Comics.

    Preview the incredible items in CBLDF’s Comic-Con auction: Get a first look at the amazing original art up for grabs at Saturday’s CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, including pieces by Jim Lee, Kelley Jones, Jeff Smith, Matt Kindt, Gilbert Hernandez, J. Scott Campbell, Herb Trimpe, Jeffrey Brown, Greg Ruth, Ray Fawkes, Tyler Crook, and many more.

    Get new Neil Gaiman art from Neverwear: Neverwear has an ever-growing line of items based on the works of author Neil Gaiman and is an ardent supporter of CBLDF. Neverwear will support the Fund at the SDCC Welcome Party by premiering “Hope,” a new print by Chris Ridell, along with classic designs by David Mack, Jim Lee, Olivia, and Jouni Koponen. Proceeds from sales at the CBLDF Welcome Party benefit CBLDF.

    Come support free speech and experience the best of Comic-Con at the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party, Thursday, July 9, at the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101), from 8:00 – 11:00 PM! This party is FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-members: Suggested $10 – $20 donation at the door, please. You can RSVP here.

    Image-LogoABOUT IMAGE COMICS
    Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling 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, fantasy, 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.

    COMIXOLOGYABOUT COMIXOLOGY
    ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers—and independent creators as well—comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Los Angeles and Paris.

    BLACK PHOENIX ALCHEMY LABABOUT BLACK PHOENIX ALCHEMY LAB
    We specialize in formulating body and household blends with a dark, romantic Gothic tone. Our scents run the aesthetic gamut of magickal, pagan and mythological blends, Renaissance, Medieval and Victorian formulas, and horror/Gothic-themed scents. By utilizing our knowledge of homeopathy and aromatherapy, the conceptual theories of hermetic alchemy, and the aesthetic artistry of perfumery, we have mastered the art of encapsulating allegorical ideas into singular olfactory experiences. We are the first of our kind, and have over fifteen years of practical experience in the field. Our expertise shows. We pride ourselves on the artistry of our products, and our skill in their creation. All of our products are hand-blended here in our laboratory. Integrity and dedication is vitally important to us, and we do our best to provide the best possible product and slavishly good service to all our clients.

    ABOUT COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
    Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Our work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators who face the threat of censorship. We monitor legislation and challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. We create resources that promote understanding of comics and the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day we publish news and information about censorship events as they happen. We are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week. Our expert legal team is available at a moment’s notice to respond to First Amendment emergencies. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights that our community depends on. For more information, visit www.cbldf.org

    The Westgate Hotel
    1055 Second Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

    CA – Girls & Goddesses Signing

    Joseph Michael Linsner and Rahsan Ekedal sign at Dark Delicacies on Thursday March 15, 2012 at 7 p.m.

    Press Release:

    Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL) is proud to present three limited edition scents in partnership with Hero Initiative:

    • Dawn: Mourning Victory, part of BPAL’s Dawn line
    • Cyborg, part of the Grendel line
    • Magdalena, part of the Witchblade line.

    The three scents will make their debut at a special party Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at Dark Delicacies.

    All three perfume oils will retail for $26 each for a 5 ml bottle, and a portion of all proceeds will benefit Hero Initiative, the first federally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators in medical and financial need.

    Best of all, Dawn creator Joseph Michael Linsner and Top Cow Productions’ Echoes artist Rahsan Ekedal will be in attendance at the party! Don’t miss this exclusive evening to get your scents, sketches and signatures!

    And fans of Matt Wagner’s Grendel will be able to pick up a copy of Hero Comics featuring a Grendel cover for a mere $1, a $4 value!

    All three scents will be available to the general public starting April 4th, 2012 at www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com

    “As an artist, I’ve spent the last 20 years trying to animate the world that Dawn lives in. I am thankful to BPAL for bringing another rich dimension of that reality to life,” said Joseph Michael Linsner, who will also be Hero Initiative’s guest all weekend at WonderCon in Anaheim, CA March 16-18.

    “We love working with the Hero Initiative,” said Kathy Flynn of Black Phoenix. “All of us at BPAL are huge comic fans, so we really enjoy working with such fabulous creators, and introducing our customers to great comics they may have overlooked. And the cause is so worthwhile; it’s something we all can get behind.”

    Dark Delicacies 
    3512 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA 91505

    Hero Initiative’s Dragon*Con Schedule

    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative is spending the long Labor Day weekend at Dragon*Con, the multi-media and pop culture convention at the Atlanta Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia September 3rd -6th.

    Joining Hero is special guest George Pérez, known for his work on The Avengers, Justice League America and New Teen Titans. Pérez will be doing quick head sketches for $20 each to raise money for Hero Initiative, the first federally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book writers and artists in need, at booth #BT-20 all weekend. Don’t miss out! 

    Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will debut limited edition scents based on the groundbreaking comic book series Dawn by Joseph Michael Linsner. These four scents, Dawn: Maiden, Dawn: Mother, Dawn: Crone and Dawn: Cernunnos, will debut at Dragon*Con’s Pop Art Reception Exclusives Release Party on Friday September 3 at 8:30 p.m. at Regency V in the Atlanta Hyatt Regency. Following the reception, the fragrances will be available at Hero Initiative booth and the Linsner booth, BT-18 and 19, in the Grand Hall East of the Hyatt Regency. They will also be available starting Tuesday, Sept. 7th at the website.

    Proceeds from every $25 bottle sold go to the Hero Initiative. Joseph Michael Linsner will be on hand at Dragon*Con, which also hosts The Dawn Look-a-Like contest, which will be held this year on Saturday, September 4 at 8 p.m.

    And as George Pérez is at Dragon*Con, we’ll ALSO have a limited supply Black Phoenix’ Sachs and Violens perfume based on the Peter David/George Pérez comic. For more information, check out the website

    Hero Initiative’s booth schedule for booth #BT-20 is as follows: 

    FRI, September 3 (event hours 1-6 p.m.)
    2:30-3:30: Mike McKone

    4:00-6:00: George Perez

    SAT, September 4 (event hours 10 a.m-6 p.m.)
    12:30-4:30: George Perez 

    SUN, September 5 (event hours 10 a.m-6 p.m.)
    12:30-2:30: Mike McKone 

    MON, September 6 (event hours 10 a.m-3 p.m.)
    10:30am-12:30pm: George Perez

    Witchblade Fragrance to Benefit Hero Initiative at C2E2 2010

    April 16, 2010 by  
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    Press Release:

    PUBLISHER TO DEBUT FRAGRANCE LINE AT C2E2

    TOP COW, HERO INITIATIVE AND BLACK PHOENIX ALCHEMY LABS TEAM UP FOR SIGNATURE WITCHBLADE FRAGRANCE LINE

    LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 12, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. is proud to announce the publisher has partnered up with Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs to launch the WITCHBLADE Fragrance line, with a portion of each purchase to be donated to Hero Initiative. The WITCHBLADE Fragrance line will debut at this month’s C2E2 convention in Chicago.

    The WITCHBLADE Fragrance line features 5ml perfume oil blends based on the characters from Top Cow’s Witchblade series, including Witchblade (Antediluvian, sacred metal, glowing red musk, blessed frankincense, antiqued amber), Witchblade-bearer Sara Pezzini (Hint of leather and an understated vintage musk layered over the scent of lightly perspiring, honey-dusted skin), Detective Patrick Gleason (A classic men’s cologne splashed over a leather trench coat with a hint of gunshot residue) and the Curator (Mysterious herbs and ancient resins). The Sara Pezzini and Witchblade scents are meant to be layered together, but can be worn alone.

    The WITCHBLADE Fragrance line retails at $26 a bottle, and will be available for purchase at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs booth at C2E2 (#951). For every purchase, five dollars will be donated to the Hero Initiative. Following the show, the WITCHBLADE Fragrance line will be available online at www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com.

    The C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) convention will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois for the weekend of April 16-18, 2010.

    About Top Cow Productions Inc.

    Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. A feature film, co-produced by Platinum Studios, Inc. and Arclight Films, is slated to begin production in Australia with director Michael Rymer. WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.

    About Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

    Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com) is a cult perfume house that crafts hand-blended body and household scents. They have over two decades of experience in the field, and specialize in eliciting emotional responses through perfume while creating unique scent environments that capture legends and folklore, poetry, and the stuff of dreams and nightmares.

    Black Phoenix has several literature-based fragrance lines, including Alice in Wonderland, and the works of Neil Gaiman, and H.P. Lovecraft. With the success of scent lines created to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Hero Initiative, they have found themselves in demand as a creator of fragrances based on comic properties.

    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.

    IL – Irredeemable Party

    Mark Waid appears at Challengers Comics on April 16 at 8:00pm for a party celebrating Irredeemable’s one year anniversary. 

    Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab debuts the brand-new Irredeemable FRAGRANCES!  Several of these fragrances are  super-limited, including one you can ONLY get at this party!

    Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

    773-278-0155

    Catch the Scent of Sachs and Violens at the Chicago Comic-Con

    August 1, 2009 by  
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    Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab releases limited edition scents based on Peter David and George Pérez’s “Sachs and Violens” Comic Book Series

    JULY 31, 2009 Los Angeles, Ca.- Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL) is proud to present limited edition scents based on the groundbreaking comic book series Sachs and Violens, written by Peter David with art by George Pérez. The series is currently available in graphic novel form from DC Comics.

    Sachs & Violens Perfume Oil

    Sachs & Violens Perfume Oil

    These two scents, based on characters J.J. Sachs and Ernie “Violens” Schulz, will debut at the Chicago Comic-Con, August 6-9, at the Hero Initiative booth. They will be available concurrently at www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com.

    Proceeds from every bottle sold go to the Hero Initiative, the first federally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book writers and artists in need. The 501(c)(3) charity aims to assist comic creators with health, medical, and quality-of-life assistance.

    George Pérez will be on hand at the Chicago Comic-Con, and is one of the most popular and influential comic book artists currently working. He is best known for his work on Crisis on Infinite Earths, New Teen Titans, Wonder Woman, and Avengers.

    Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is a cult perfume house that crafts hand-blended body and household scents. They have over two decades of experience in the field, and specialize in eliciting emotional responses through perfume while creating unique scent environments that capture legends and folklore, poetry, and the stuff of dreams and nightmares.

    A special kickoff party with a speed dating theme will be held Thursday night, August 6, to launch the perfume oils. For a mere $35, participants will get either Sachs or Violens perfume oil (a $25 value!), a velveteen bag, a postcard with exclusive George Pérez art, and one complimentary drink, along with the chance to meet 20 like-minded fans in a fun speed-dating event. Tickets are available at: http://qurls.com?i=47916

    “My career has taken me to some amazing places, but I’ve never had a scent based on characters I’ve had a hand in creating, nor have I ever played host to a massive speed dating party,” said George Pérez. “I’m looking forward to both. It should be a great weekend in Chicago!”

    Chicago Comic-Con will be held August 6 – 9th, 2009 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemount, IL. The Hero Initiative can be found at booth #1340-#1342. For more information, please go to: http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ch.html

    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.

    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.