FL – Redlands Signing

Artist Vanesa Del Rey signs at Tate’s Comics on Saturday, August 12th at 5:00 PM.

Vanesa’s newest comic series, REDLANDS (available 8/9/17) introduces readers to the sleepy, sunny town of Redlands, Florida where the police are failing to maintain control of their old-fashioned community and a coven of killer witches plan to take everything from them.

The world of Redlands was brewed in darkness, it is murky waters, it is a gloomy day in the humidity of the mangroves. There is ferocity in this land, it is savagery that goes deep noir.

Vanesa Del Rey is best known for her artwork on All-New Wolverine, Armor Wars, Black Widow, Constantine: The Hellblazer, Creepy, Daredevil, Hit: 1957, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Scarlet Witch, Secret Wars Journal, Spider-Women, The Eighth Seal, The Empty Man, The Punisher, Wolverine and The X-Men, Zero and more!

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Tate’s Comics
4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, FL 33351
954-748-0181

OR – Monstress Vol. 2 Signing

Writer Marjorie Liu (Han Solo, Astonishing X-Men) and artist Sana Takeda  (Ms. Marvel, X-23) appear at Powell’s City of Books on Saturday July 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM to sign the second volume of MONSTRESS from Image Comics!

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114
503-228-4651

NYC – Monstress Vol. 2 Signing

Writer Marjorie Liu (Han Solo, X-23, Black Widow, Astonishing X-Men) appears at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday July 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM to sign the second volume of MONSTRESS from Image Comics!

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Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-5389

2017 ALA Conference Announces Graphic Novel & Comics Programming

Learn about the art of graphic novels, comics, illustration and how games and gaming inspire creativity and social interaction at the American Library Association’s annual conference on June 23-26, 2017! RSVP on Facebook!

Friday, June 23

5:45pm-6:35pm

DC’s Young Animal

DC’s Young Animal is a new publishing imprint spearheaded by Gerard Way, the acclaimed author of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY and best-selling musician. This new line of graphic novels is something different, inspired by the visionary work of DC’s experimental past, but shaped and focused by the absurdity of today. Join Way and some of today’s most innovative creators including Cecil Castellucci, Jody Houser, Jon Rivera, and Nick Derington, as they discuss their works DOOM PATROL VOL. 1: BRICK BY BRICK, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL VOL. 1: EARTH GIRL MADE EASY, CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE VOL. 1: GOING UNDER and MOTHER PANIC VOL. 1: WORK IN PROGRESS. This panel will discuss how the themes, characters and plot devices in these graphic novels from DC’s Young Animal will engage with readers and patrons like few other works in the industry can today.

Saturday, June 24

9:30am-10:20am

The Rise of Graphic Novels for Kids in Europe and the USA

European and American publishers and authors discuss the emergence of the format and its phenomenal rise internationally in the past decade. They will also look at the differences and similarities of working in comics in Europe and the USA.

10:30am-11:20am

Hazardous Tales and Science Fiction with Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel series NATHAN HALE’S HAZARDOUS TALES have exploded in classrooms and libraries around the country. With a seventh book on the way for Fall 2017, the craze that gets kids excited about history shows no signs of slowing. In this presentation, Nathan Hale will give the audience a sneak peek of the next Hazardous Tales book as well as discuss his recent science fiction graphic novel, ONE TRICK PONY.

11:30am-12:20pm

Spotlight on Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation with adapter Damian Duffy and illustrator John Jennings

More than 35 years after its release, Octavia Butler’s celebrated science fiction masterpiece, Kindred, continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings have adapted this iconic work into the graphic novel format, which instantly became a #1 New York Times bestseller. They will discuss the process of working with this mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century.
12:30pm-1:20pm

What Does An Idea Look Like? A Conversation About Creativity with Grant Snider, author of The Shape of Ideas

What does an idea look like? And where do they come from? An orthodontist by day and artist by night, Grant Snider, author of ’The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity’, had had comics featured in the Kansas City Star, the New York Times Book Review, as well as The Best American Comics in 2013. On this panel, he will share the secrets to his own creative process and share tips on how to keep ideas flowing. ’The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity’, is a collection of one- and two-page comics that provide insight into the joys and frustrations of creativity, inspiration, and process—no matter your age or creative background.

1:30pm-2:20pm

VIZ Media Presents – Manga!!

VIZ Media, the premier publisher of manga in the English speaking world, has released several hit series such as Naruto, Pokemon, and Ouran High School Host Club. Join us as we talk about which manga are currently the most popular on the scene as well as exciting new series coming soon!

2:30pm-3:20pm

Creator Spotlight: Jessica Abel

Writer/artist Jessica Abel has always been known for work outside the graphic novel mainstream. From her breakout work LA PERDIDA to her comics textbooks, Abel has displayed not only the ability to craft compelling stories but also a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the medium. Her latest series, TRISH TRASH: ROLLERGIRL OF MARS is the story of a mixed race teenager on Mars, struggling to escape economic oppression through a futuristic version of roller derby. Super Genius publisher Terry Nantier speaks with Abel about her long career and why TRISH TRASH is the heroine America needs right now.

3:30pm-4:20pm

Category or Genre: What’s Next for Graphic Novels?

With books aimed at everyone from young children to the most mature adults, there literally is a graphic novel for every reader. But does all this diversity mean we should rethink graphic novel sections in libraries? Should they take their place alongside more traditional books in sections ranging from biography to science fiction. Or does the unique nature of the medium (and its readers) drive a need for graphic novels to always have their own special place on the shelves?

4:30pm-5:00pm

DC Super Hero Girls Original Graphic Novels

Join DC Comics and writer Shea Fontana for a discussion on the DC SUPER HERO GIRLS original graphic novel line! With books such as FINALS CRISIS, HITS AND MYTHS and the new SUMMER OLYMPUS, these graphic novels developed for girls 6-12 have been a smash-hit success across libraries and bookstores alike. Shea will discuss how these new works from DC are relating to young girls everywhere, with themes of empowerment, friendship and teamwork prevalent throughout. Q&A to follow!

Sunday, June 25

9:30am-10:20am

How to write for children

An overview of graphic novels for kids, from classics (like “Tintin”, “Boule & Bill”, etc), right up to the present day. How do you think up a story for a three-year-old, an eight-year-old or a young-adult?

10:30am-11:20am

Comics at the frontier of a new literary movement

Comics are at a new height of popularity and cultural acceptance, but can artists and publishers ensure that this isn’t just a passing trend? Does the popularity of superhero comics help or hinder the consideration of the art form as a whole? Artists like Sam Bosma, Jen Lee & Elise Gravel are at the vanguard of taking comics beyond the public’s popular preconceptions, and they’ll discuss the shape of comics as a genre, a medium, and an art form. Learn how artists can use genre conventions to ease readers into a completely different side of the comics scene, and see what’s possible when artists are able to take you beyond your assumptions. The popularity of genre has given fans an introduction to the art of comics, and these panelists are using that to show the world that the future of the medium goes beyond any one category!

11:30am-12:20pm

Image Comics 25th Anniversary Celebration

Comic creators Ryan Browne, Marjorie Liu, Jim Rugg, Gregg Schigiel, Tim Seeley, and Skottie Young speak about their experience of Image Comics throughout the years & reflect on how the company’s history has impacted their own career trajectory. Discussion will touch on both specifics about Image and also how comics as a whole have evolved. Creators will talk about their inspirations, tell stories about times they were directly or indirectly affected by their industry role models, talk about upcoming titles, and discuss how they are carrying the torch forward! A raffle and short signing will take place at the close of the event.

12:30pm-1:20pm

Comics for Teens: Discovery in the Library

Librarians, authors and publishers discussing and sharing thoughts about aiding teens and YA readers in discovering comics/ YA Graphic novels. A look at what has worked in the past as well as what tools can be used to grow readership in this category.

1:30pm-2:20pm

A Monstress Discussion with Author Marjorie Liu

Marjorie Liu discusses the upcoming new volume in her critically acclaimed series, Monstress. The author will describe her creative process, including inspirations and research methods, and will take questions from the audience. A raffle and short signing will take place at the close of the event.

2:30pm-3:20pm

Check out Dynamite in 2017

A discussion of Dynamite’s exciting current and future releases.

3:30pm-4:20pm

Liberties at work and Creator’s ownership

Artists come together to discuss the different creative methods in France and the USA: liberty of choices, schedules, production, printing, etc. What does it means to be a French Artist?

Authors will also discuss the concept of ownership in France and in the USA : To whom does the work belong? What are the rights of an artist over their work?

Monday, June 26

9:30am-10:20am

Champion of the Graphic Novel: Will Eisner at 100 Years

Will Eisner was, and still is, one of the most influential forces in the comics and graphic novels publishing industry. This year we celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday with a conversation about his contribution and commitment to the idea of graphic novels as a true form of literature. The discussion will also cover the relationship between the library world and the growth of the comics industry and more specifically how librarians helped to define and grow the graphic novel category.

10:30am-11:20am

Tabletop Games 101

Playing Tabletop games in libraries is growing. As libraries expand their breadth, more and more library members are enjoying table-top games, played with real people, face-to-face, in libraries. But, what exactly are tabletop games? How do I tell board games from role-playing games, from card games? Which games are suitable for young people, and which will be enjoyed by an older crowd? This panel of gaming veterans including game publishers and distributors will cut the red tape so each library knows which games to bring in. At ALA Annual, Friday Games Night will give everyone an opportunity to play a variety of games and talk to publishers and distributors. Open gaming on the floor, during the day offers more opportunities to learn and have fun doing it.

11:30am-12:20pm

Disney Manga: family friendly fun!

With the explosion in popularity of manga, parents and librarians have rightfully been concerned about child-friendly titles. With TOKYOPOP’s Disney Manga line, we bring the magic of Disney to this popular form of graphic novels, providing families with a way to enjoy their favorite Disney characters and stories in manga style! With titles brought directly from Japan and our own original titles made in collaboration with Disney’s team, we want to break down the misconception that all manga is inappropriate for little ones and encourage young readers with this fun line of graphic novels.

CA – FCBD 2017: Blastoff Comics

Mark Waid, Cecil Castellucci, Jody Houser, JK Woodward, David & Scott Tipton, and more appear at Blastoff Comics on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Blastoff Comics
5118 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 980-2665

Marvel Announces Signings & Panels for C2E2 2017

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Marvel has announced their signings at booth #327 and panel schedule for this weekend’s C2E2!

FRIDAY APRIL 21st

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Marc Guggenheim, Jody Houser
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Jason Aaron, Chris Sprouse
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Jordie Bellaire, Jenny Frison, Brian Level, Declan Shalvey
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM: Rod Reis, Brent Schoonover, Nick Spencer
  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Jonathan Hickman, Luke Ross

SATURDAY APRIL 22nd

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Michael Garland, Margaret Stohl, Ramon Villalobos, Michael Walsh
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Mike Perkins, Khary Randolph
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Nick Spencer, Ryan Stegman
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Marc Guggenheim, Ken Lashley 
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM: Jordie Bellaire, Matt Horak, Declan Shalvey

SUNDAY APRIL 23rd

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Marc Guggenheim, Ken Lashley 
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Jason Aaron, Mike McKone
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Alex Maleev, Todd Nauck
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Tana Ford, Marc Laming, Matthew Rosenberg, Robbie Thompson

*Schedule is subject to change

NE – Mark Waid Signings

Eisner Award winning comic book writer Mark Waid will be in town for a lecture, Q & A and short signing session at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Milo Bail Ballroom Monday, March 27th at 6:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public.

While in town, he has kindly agreed to make an appearance at Legend Comics & Coffee on Tuesday, March 28th for a free book signing from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM! We’ll have plenty of his work on hand at the UNO event and at the shop so stop in and pick up something to have signed. We hope to see all of the Legend Legion out for these special events!

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Legend Comics & Coffee
5207 Leavenworth St, Omaha, NE 68106
(402) 391-2377

HeroesCon 2017 Announces Another Round of Guests

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Jason Aaron, Todd Dezago, Francesco Francavilla, Tommy Lee Edwards, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

JASON AARON | Southern Bastards, Star Wars, Scalped, Thor, Dr Strange
JEN BARTEL | Jem and the Holograms, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy
JOHN BEATTYSecret Wars, Punisher, Batman, Thanos Quest
ALLEN BELLMANGolden Age artist for Timely, Marvel, Atlas
DANICA BRINESurvivorland
ED BRISSONIron Fist, Bullseye, The Violent
RYAN CODY Doc Unknown, Monstrous, The Phantom
JAMIE COSLEY | Cody the Cavalier
PATRICK DEAN | FLUKE, Big Deal Comics & Stories
JEFF DEKAL | Hulk, Journey Into Mystery, Avengers World, Shadowman
TODD DEZAGO | Tellos, Perhapanauts, Spider-Man
MICHAEL DOONEY | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Grimm Fairy Tales, Gizmo
TOMMY LEE EDWARDS | Mother Panic, Marvel 1985, The Question, Star Wars, Wolverine
JOEY ELLIS | Leaky Timbers
LOGAN FAERBER | Namwolf, Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors
FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA | Afterlife with Archie, The Black Beetle, Detective Comics
JOE GIELLABatman, Green Lantern, Marvel’s Strength & Fitness & Superhero Cook Book
ADAM GORHAM The Violent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
STEPHEN GREEN | BPRD, The Legacy of Luther Strode, Dark Horse Presents
JEREMY HAUN | The Beauty, Batwoman, Bad Karma, The Darkness
MATT HORAKPunisher, Octo Skull
GEOF ISHERWOOD | Conan, Dr. Strange, Suicide Squad, Namor
SANDY JARRELL | Reggie and Me, DC Bombshells, Black Canary
CASEY JONESFantastic Four, Exiles, Excalibur, New Warriors
ERIC LAYTON | Blood Blister, the Remaining, Grim Ghost
BRIAN LEVEL | The Mantle, Constantine
KEVIN MELLON | Archer, Suicide Sisters, Heart, Lovestruck
ROBERT NEWSOME | Atomic Elbow, FLUKE
GEOFF SHAW | God Country, Buzzkill, The Paybacks
JOE STATON | Green Lantern, E-Man, Dick Tracy, Scooby Doo
JIM TOWE | Youngblood
DAVE WACHTER | Breath of Bones, The Guns of Shadow Valley, Godzilla: Cataclysm
MATT WILSON | The Wicked + The Divine, Daredevil, Paper Girls, Black Widow
ROBERT WILSON IV | Bitch Planet, Laser Joan, Knuckleheads
RENEE WITTERSTAETTER | Excess: The Art of Michael Golden, Joe Jusko: Savage Beauty

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HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

HI – Monstress/This is How You Lose Her Signing

Meet Pulitzer Prize fiction writer Junot Diaz and New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu on Thursday, March 9th at 6:30pm. Junot Diaz will be signing his book This Is How You Lose Her. Marjorie Liu will be signing her book Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening. Come early and get a wristband with purchase of the book for the signing event. Please call for more information.

Barnes & Noble – Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd. STE 1272 Honolulu, HI 96814
808-949-7307

Stan Lee Headlines Big Apple Con March 11-12

Press Release:

MIKE CARBONARO’s BIG APPLE CON, New York City’s longest-running Comic Book Convention, returns to PENN PLAZA PAVILION (401 7th Ave @ 33rd Street -opposite Madison Square Garden) on SATURDAY, MARCH 11th, from 10am to 7pm and SUNDAY MARCH 12th 10am~5pm, 2017. This amazing explosion of Comic Books, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, & Cosplay will bring together top comic book creators, media celebrities, retailers, panel discussions, multiple costume contests & more in two incredible days! There will be hundreds of tables of comics, toys, posters, videos, original art, t-shirts & other collectibles, with everything from the world’s rarest comics as well as the newest and coolest books for sale!

BIG APPLE CON is thrilled to announce the triumphant return to NYC of Comic Book Legend STAN LEE! Stan is the most famous comic book creator in the known universe; a title well earned for his many contributions to pop culture. Along with his top artists including Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Don Heck, Stan “The Man” co-created many modern myths as Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics such as: Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Hulk, the X-Men, Black Panther, the Inhumans, Thor, Iron Man, the Avengers, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Black Widow, Hawkeye, S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Silver Surfer!

Stan is joined in our star-studded ARTIST ALLEY by many top creators of comic books and related cool media including: JIM STERANKO (Captain America), ROY THOMAS (Star Wars; Saturday only), HOWARD CHAYKIN (Star Wars), RAMONA FRADON (Aquaman), BILLY TUCCI (Shi), AARON LOPRESTI (Ms. Marvel), NANCY SILBERKLEIT (Co-CEO of Archie Comics), REILLY BROWN (Deadpool), ARTHUR SUYDAM (Walking Dead), MICHAEL GOLDEN (Dr. Strange), RENEE WITTERSTAETTER (Guardians of the Galaxy), RICH BUCKLER (Deathlok), MIKE McKONE (Avengers), SOO LEE (Strange Attractors), JIM SIMON (ShieldMaster), J.C. VAUGHN (Gemstone Publishing), GUY DORIAN (New Warriors), J. DAVID SPURLOCK (Vanguard), KRISTEN GUDSNUK (Henchgirl), and BRIAN KONG (Cryptozoic Entertainment). BIG APPLE CON and HIPPY COMIX present UNDERGROUND ALLEY, featuring cutting edge creators of Indy/Alternative Comix: FRANK “Foolbert Sturgeon” STACK (Adventures of Jesus), MARK BODE (Cobalt 60), MIKE DIANA (Boiled Angel), FLY-O (Punk Magazine), JOHN ORLANDO (Humans), CHELLE MAYER (Peacefulshades), and DAN FOGEL (Underground Price & Grading Guide).

Our Media Guest list this year is our finest ever, bringing you a star-studded­ experience unique to BIG APPLE CON! Meet: the PUNISHER himself JON BERNTHAL (Sunday only) from The Walking Dead and the upcoming Defenders, alongside his Daredevil co-stars ELDEN HENSON, PETER SHINKODA, and GEOFFREY CANTOR. We have SPENCER WILDING, Darth Vader from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, BARBARA EDEN (I Dream of Jeannie), KRISTANNA LOKEN (T3), JACKSON BOSTWICK (Captain Marvel on Shazam!), KATHY GARVER (Family Affair, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends), THE AMAZING KRESKIN, NEIL KAPLAN (Transformers, Voltron), JOHNNY BRENNAN (Jerky Boys, Family Guy), ROBB DEMAREST (Ghost Hunters International), Special Effects and Prop Master ROY WOOLEY (Zombieland, Hunger Games), TAIMAK (The Last Dragon), and from The Warriors DAVID HARRIS and TERRY MICHOS.

Join us for a special screening on Sunday of Michael Valentine’s COMIX: BEYOND THE COMIC BOOK PAGES, an exciting new feature film documentary about the world of comic books told through the thoughts and images of the creators, artists, writers, collectors, store owners, independent publishers, and especially the passionate fans who have made it the phenomenon that it is today!

BIG APPLE CON will once again bring the most amazing Cosplayers and costumers together for a fast-paced, exciting weekend of creative excellence! This year will be our largest ever, with multiple contests across different genres, professional judges, and over $15,000 in incredible prizes awarded! Our Super Sponsors include: Mood Designer Fabrics, Squishable, Five and Diamond SF, Bernina, Cosplay by McCall’s, Rickey’s NYC, and Prop Store. Come as any character in Comic Books, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Cartoons, Anime/Manga, Video Games, or make up your own! You can also participate in special themed group Cosplay photoshoots! On Sunday there will be a 12 and under Kids Costume Showcase where everyone gets a prize, as well as other fun activities for your younglings!

DATE: Saturday, March 11th ~ 10am -7pm & Sunday, March 12th ~ 10am -5pm 2017

PLACE: Penn Plaza Pavilion ~ 401 7th Ave. @ 33rd St. NYC

TICKETS: Adults: $30 Saturday, $25 Sunday, both days $50. Children: $10 per day (ages 6-12, 5 and under free!). Please check our website frequently for the latest information on our special VIP and Early Admission Packages!

TICKET PURCHASE & INFORMATION: www.bigapplecc.com

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