Gene Luen Yang, James Robinson, Matt Hawkins, Alexis Fajardo, Vicki Scott, and Justin Thompson appear on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!
Vicki Scott, penciller (Boom Studios’ PEANUTS)
Alexis Fajardo, writer/editor (Boom Studios’ PEANUTS)
Justin Thompson, inker/storyteller (Boom Studios’ PEANUTS)
Gene Luen Yang (Avatar: The Last Airbender, American Born Chinese)
James Robinson (DC Comics Earth-2, Starman)
Matt Hawkins (Top Cow Studios’ Aphrodite IX, Think Tank)
Flying Colors Comics
2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518
C2E2 WELCOMES NEW COMICS PUBLISHERS TO ANNUAL POP CULTURE EVENT
First Time Exhibitors to Bring Brand-New Artists, Writers and Stories to Show!
Norwalk, CT, March 26, 2013: Officials at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have announced that there will be many new and fresh faces at the annual pop culture extravaganza this year. Several notable comics publishers will be exhibiting at the show for the first time. They will be joining other leading publishers, such as Marvel and DC Entertainment, who have helped to make C2E2 the preeminent pop culture event in the Midwest since its debut in 2010. Officials are projecting that exhibitor space at C2E2 will be approximately 25 percent larger than last year! A few of the creative and innovative new companies on hand this year will be Action Lab Entertainment, Athleta Comics and Lion Forge Comics. In addition, Reload Comics and 2000 AD/Rebellion will be at C2E2 for the first time promoting their widely popular properties and titles.
In addition to Marvel and DC, some other returning publishers include Anomaly Productions, Archaia, Avatar Press, Big Dog Ink, Boom! Studios, Dark Horse, Medallion Press, Quirk Books, Valiant Entertainment, Xigency Studios and Zenescope Entertainment. All these publishers will have new comic books and stories to reveal at C2E2 and they will have fresh, original artwork to display in their booths. DC Entertainment has provided the original poster art for this year’s show which features Superman in an iconic Chicago setting. The Marvel booth will be centrally located on the show floor where fans will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with creators and staff. Many of the publishers will also be participating in panels, providing show exclusives, and will be bringing their top talent to meet the thousands of fans on hand at C2E2.
As noted, C2E2 has quickly become the largest and most influential pop culture event in the Midwest. It attracted just over 27,000 fans when it was launched in 2010 and grew to over 41,000 fans last year. While it is impossible to project attendance for 2013, convention officials note that ticket sales are running between 85% – 95% ahead of the same time last year, virtually guaranteeing that this will be the most widely attended C2E2 to date. This year’s C2E2 will take place April 26 – 28 in the West Building at McCormick Place Convention Center.
“The fact that we have so many really cool first time publishers signing up for our show is the best news I could possibly be sharing,” notes Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “Presenting new original content and being able to provide fans an opportunity to meet artists and creators who they have never met before is the lifeblood of what we do! We want to provide a home where our new customers feel instantly happy and productive and where our fans come away feeling like they have ‘discovered’ something. I am hugely grateful to all the publishers who have decided to join us for the first time this year and I know our fans will do everything they can to make C2E2 a great experience for them.”
Examples of the various projects that some of these publishers will be promoting at C2E2 include:
- Action Lab Entertainment, publisher of the 2012 two-time Eisner nominated Princeless,will be at C2E2 to introduce their lineup of creator-owned comics. They will be presenting at the Diamond Retailer Summit and will talk about Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger, NFL Rush Zone, Jeremy Dale’s Skyward, Princeless, Vamplets: Nightmare Nursery, Pirate Eye and their new Mature Readers line called Action Lab: Danger Zone.
- Athleta Comics is owned by Israel Idonije, the longtime defensive player for the Chicago Bears. Mr. Idonije will be coming to C2E2 to promote his first comic project The Protectors. Idonije was inspired to create The Protectors when he had an idea for a superhero who would appeal to both comic book enthusiasts and die-hard sports fans. He has teamed up with the creative team of writer Ron Marz and artist Bart Sears and Idonije, Marz and Sears will be at the Athleta booth throughout the show and will participate in a panel!
- Lion Forge Comics will unveil its two latest publications on Saturday, April 27 at C2E2. Former Playboy 2011 Playmate of the Year has partnered with Lion Forge on the use of her image and story line for Wonderous: The Aventures of Claire Sinclair. Actor Flex Alexander has collaborated with Lion Forge on a cyber-thriller comic called The Joshua Run. Alexander notes: “I am very excited to be a part of C2E2 this year. This is big for me because I grew up a comic book fan and collector. I can’t wait for everyone to get into the world of The Joshua Run. It is going to be an amazing ride!”
- United Kingdom publisher Reload will be making their first U.S. convention appearance at C2E2. They will promote their flagship title, Jericho, which was created by Fwah Storm, self-described as a “musician, magician, poet, illustrator, a proud member of Reload Comics and so much more!” Storm notes that Reload will be bringing their books, merchandise and promotional material (along with some other goodies!) to C2E2.
- The staff at 2000 AD/Rebellion note: “After hearing such good things about C2E2, we knew exactly where we’d be spreading the 2000 AD Thrill-power! We’ll be promoting our North American line of collections – from classics such as Judge Dredd and Sláine the Barbarian, to more modern titles like Leviathan and Zombo – as well as bringing a few little British treats across for fans new and old! We’ll also have a great panel on the Friday evening at 7:45pm with several top names that will be very familiar to US audiences! We can’t wait to get to Chicago and introduce new readers to the amazing galaxy of characters from 2000 AD!”
Tickets for C2E2 are currently on sale at www.C2E2.com. Anyone interested in exhibiting at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo should contact Larry Settembrini, Larry@ReedPOP.com. As noted, more guests and activities will be announced in the month ahead and fans should keep their eyes on C2E2’s website for additional comics and entertainment announcements.
ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP will add Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
Artist Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man, Legion of Super-Heroes) signs at Cards Comics and Collectibles on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 from 2:00 until 7:00pm. He will be signing the exclusive variant cover to Steed & Mrs. Peel #4 from Boom! Studios.
Cards Comics and Collectibles
100 A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136
Grace Randolph and Jerry Gaylord sign at Third Eye Comics on Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 11:00am until 1:00pm.
One of our favorite BOOM! series from last year was the SUPURBIA limited series, and we are totally pumped to see this super fun series that reads like the HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY with SUPERPOWERS get kicked into high gear as an ongoing series!
We’re really pumped to have special guests GRACE RANDOLPH (SUPURBIA writer) and JERRY GAYLORD (the artist of our THIRD EYE variant of SUPURBIA) on hand to kick off the release of the book!
Be one of the first to snag the Third Eye variant of SUPURBIA #1, and get it signed by Grace and Jerry! This book is set to be a huge hit, and from what we’ve seen, you guys are going to really dig it!
Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Chris Roberson and Georgia Roberson sign at TFAW on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 from 1:00PM – 3:00PM.
Boom! Studios’ Adventure Time comics have been a huge hit, selling out nationwide, and Things From Another World (TFAW) is excited to host a signing at their Portland location this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., featuring Chris Roberson (Memorial, I, Zombie) and his Adventure Time co-writer, his eight-year-old-daughter Georgia! Come out to pick up your copy of Adventure Time #5 and get it signed. Free soda and juice provided.
“Chris isn’t just an excellent comics writer, but he’s one of our favorite people,” said TFAW Senior Director of Retail Operations Andrew McIntire. “When we heard he and his family were moving to Portland, we wanted to be the first comic shop to welcome them to their new home, and we’re excited to host this signing for Chris and Georgia.”
The Adventure Time comics are based on Cartoon Network’s insanely popular animated show! The series follows the adventures of Finn, a 14-year old boy in the Land of Oo whose best friend is Jake, a dog with magical powers such as growing and shrinking or stretching into many shapes. Finn is a silly kid who wants to become a great hero one day. He might not look too tough, but if there’s evil around, he’ll slay it!
“When we created our new store, one of our top priorities was making it kid-friendly,” said McIntire. “We invite families to come out, meet Chris and Georgia, and check out our kids’ play area and expanded all-ages section.”
Chris Roberson is a critically acclaimed writer who’s written for a wide range of comics, including Cinderella: Fables Are Forever, Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes, and his creator-owned title, Memorial. He collaborated with his daughter, Georgia, on a hilarious tale in Adventure Time #5–make sure to stop by the Portland TFAW June 23 to get your copy!
Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
On Saturday, June 30th, Rogues Gallery hosts their second annual all-ages events, featuring a whole bunch of creators who will sketch, sign and talk with kids about making comics! And, for the first time this year, kids will participate in making a comic in the store!
Our guests this year are:
Ty Templeton – Ultimate Spider-Man, Batman Adventures, Superman Adventures, lots more!
Shane & Chris Houghton – Creators of Reed Gunther, Bear-Riding Cowboy, have also worked on Boom! Studios’ Peanuts and Adventure Time books!
Chad Thomas – Worked on Archie’s Young Salem and Megaman, plus lots more!
Evan Bryce – Wide variety of comics work, art teacher and some of the wildest, coolest color prints in the universe!
Mike Bullock – Writer of hit indy all-ages book Lions, Tigers & Bears!
Yehudi Mercado – Creator of Buffalo Speedway, promoting next year’s all-ages Archaia graphic novel Pantalones, TX!
The event will run from 10 AM – 6 PM! Kids will help creators create a comic in store starting at 1 PM! Tell your friends!
1601 S IH-35 #360, Round Rock, TX 78664
Artist Jerry Gaylord signs at Big Planet Comics on Saturday May 26, 2012 from 1:00 – 3:00pm.
Jerry Gaylord, artist on the new Boom comic Fanboys vs. Zombies (written by Sam Humphries), will be appearing at our College Park store from 1 pm to 3 pm to sign copies of the first two issues. In Fanboys vs. Zombies, a group of former friends at San Diego Comic Con run into each other again just as a zombie outbreak occurs! Can they put aside their differences to use their fan knowledge to survive?
Jerry is a local Maryland comic artist, so be sure to come out and meet him!
Big Planet Comics – College Park
7315 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
Sam Humphries signs at Third Eye Comics on Saturday May 12, 2012 at 11:ooam.
SAM HUMPHRIES WILL BE SIGNING 11AM-1PM
FIRST 15 IN LINE GET A VERY SPECIAL FREE GIFT!
Meet one of this year’s hottest new comic writers at THIRD EYE COMICS in ANNAPOLIS in MAY!
GET THE EXCLUSIVE THIRD EYE COMICS Variant of HIGHER EARTH #1!
Last year, writer SAM HUMPHRIES, took the world of comics by storm with his completely self-published and self-distributed indie gem SACRIFICE. We were pumped to offer that very limited, exclusive title to you guys then, and have been keeping an eye on Sam’s future projects ever since. Now, six months later, Sam is co-writing THE ULTIMATES with Jonathan Hickman, delivering a ground-breaking take on JOHN CARTER OF MARS, feeding Fanboys to Zombies in FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES, and unleashing his biggest project of the summer: HIGHER EARTH.
We’re honored to say that Sam has made Third Eye Comics his official launch site for HIGHER EARTH #1, and in collabortion with him and BOOM! Studios, we’ll be flying Sam in for a special signing. We’re also going to be offering a very special THIRD EYE COMICS-exclusive variant cover of HIGHER EARTH #1 at this event, which (if judging by Sam’s past hits) is guaranteed to be one of the hottest variants of the Summer.
What’s HIGHER EARTH? When I first heard the concept of HIGHER EARTH, I knew that this was a book that was going to be big. A sci-fi fantasy epic that follows in the same vein as Brian K. Vaughan’s SAGA, delivering believable characters in an unbelievable world, HIGHER EARTH is incredible.
You know that Final Frontier we’re always seeking in most science fiction? Well, mankind found it.. and it sucks. A desolate wasteland.
So, instead of searching space, mankind sets it’s sight on exploring, and conquering new territory: alternate Earths.
Higher Earth follows the adventures of Heidi, a girl born in garbage, and Rex, a soldier gone rogue, as they look to bridge the gap between their destiny and them… but that gap consists of an empire of a hundred different Earths, across a hundred alternate timelines.
And, at the top? HIGHER EARTH. Only the most elite and powerful are allowed here.
Folks, we LOVE this one, as it has everything that makes a good down-to-Earth sci-fi story good: strong characters, good dialogue, great artwork, and big ideas. Just like FIREFLY/SERENITY, or BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, there’s a very cool relevance of HIGHER EARTH to the here and now, and that makes great sci-fi.
Welcome to the future. Space is dead. Welcome to Higher Earth.
HIGHER EARTH #1 releases in-store on Wednesday 5/9/12, and Sam Humphries (writer of SACRIFICE, ULTIMATES, OUR LOVE IS REAL) will be in-store on Saturday 5/12/12.
In collaboration with BOOM!, we’re having a special THIRD EYE COMICS variant of HIGHER EARTH put together, which will be available for sale at the Launch party event.
Third Eye Comics
2027-A West St., Annapolis, MD 21401
Ed Brubaker, Josh Fialkov, Kyle Higgins, Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, and Sonia Oback sign in Canoga Park from noon to 3pm and Steve Niles, Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, Matt Whitlock, and Shane & Chris Houghton sign from 2:00 – 5:00pm in Pasadena on Saturday May 5, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day!
319 S. Arroyo Parkway #4, Pasadena, CA 91105
7131 Winnetka Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91306
Writer Mark Waid signs at Downtown Comics on April 25th from 4pm to 8pm signing copies of Avenging Spider-Man and Daredevil as part of The Omega Effect Crossover. Stop by meet the man and get some books signed!
5767 E 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46250