OH – The Brian Michael Bendis Experience

bendis2Brian Michael Bendis appears at the Cleveland Institute of Art on Thursday April 3, 2014 from 5:00PM – 6:30PM!

Press Release:

Brian Michael Bendis (CIA Class of 1991) is an award-winning comics creator, New York Times bestseller and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. He’ll share his wit and wisdom – and maybe even a little career advice – with aspiring graphic novelists and comics lovers in this visiting artist lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Bendis is most recently the writer of All New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, bringing about a new Renaissance for the X-Men franchise. He also launched a brand-new Guardians Of The Galaxy series as Marvel Comics gears up for the Disney motion picture of the same name. All three books debuted at number one on national sales charts.

Bendis completed nine years at the helm of Marvel’s popular Avengers franchise by writing every issue of the New Avengers, plus debuting the hit books Avengers, Mighty Avengers and Dark Avengers, along with the wildly successful ‘event’ projects Avengers vs X-Men, House of M, Secret War, Secret Invasion, Age of Ultron, and Siege.

Cinematheque presents Checefsky
Make an evening of it: stick around after Bendis’s talk for The Cinematheque’s presentation of The Films of Bruce Checefsky, starting at 6:45pm. Learn about the other side of CIA’s mild-mannered gallery director who, for the past 13 years has moonlighted as a maker of short, independent films that have shown widely around the world. For more information, including ticket prices, click here.

Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-7000

OH – Guardians of the Galaxy Signing

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Superstar writer (and native Clevelandite) Brian Michael Bendis appears at Comic Heaven on Saturday April 5th!! Mr. Bendis will sign from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm! He is a prolific writer with credits including Powers, Daredevil, Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers, All-New X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy, soon to be a major motion picture. As one of Marvel Comics’ architects Bendis has worked on company-wide crossovers such as Age of Ultron, Avengers vs X-Men, Siege, Civil War, House of M, and more.

Comic Heaven
4847 Robinhood Drive, Willoughby, OH 44094
(440) 942-6960

NYC – The United States of Murder INC Signing

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Press Release:

This is your chance to attend a special invite only Q&A and signing with writer Brian Michael Bendis on Tuesday April 8th for his upcoming book The United States of Murder INC. at Midtown Comics!

Sign up at the link for your chance to attend. All attendees will be chosen randomly and will be contacted via email with further details of the event.

The United States of Murder INC.

by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming

From the creators of the Eisner Award-winning, best-selling POWERS comes a brand-new world of crime fiction like you’ve never seen before. In this oversized first issue, you will discover a world in which the families of organized crime never lost their stranglehold on the United States. Today is the day that Valentine Gallo becomes a made man, and it’s also the day he learns the secrets behind the organization he has served since he was old enough to walk. But it is mysterious hitwoman Jagger Rose that will forever turn his life upside down. Be there when shocking secrets of this new world spill out onto the very past page. This bold new vision of crime fiction harkens back to Bendis’ earliest work in crime comics, while also giving you everything you expect from the creators of POWERS, one of the most successful and longest-lasting independent comics in history.

This will be an extremely limited capacity event and each attendee will be checked-in at the door. Due to limited space, we can not offer +1.

OH – TEDxCLE Event

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Writer Brian Michael Bendis appears at The Cleveland Museum of Art to as part of  TEDxCLE on Friday, April 4, 2014!

Tickets On-sale: Mon., March 3, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
Gartner Museum: $43
Simulcast Rooms: $33

Purchase Tickets:
Online: www.TEDxCLE.com/tickets SOLD OUT
Phone: 888-CMA-0033

Biography

Brian Michael Bendis is an American comic book writer and former artist. He has won critical acclaim, including five Eisner Awards for both his creator-owned work and his work on various Marvel Comics books.

Starting out with crime and noir comics, Bendis eventually moved to mainstream superhero work. With Bill Jemas and Mark Millar, Bendis was the primary architect of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, launching Ultimate Spider-Man in 2000, on which he continues as writer to the present day. He relaunched the Avengers franchise with New Avengers in 2004, and has also written the Marvel “event” storylines “House of M”, “Secret War”, 2008′s “Secret Invasion” and 2010′s “Siege”.

Though Bendis has cited comic book writers such as Frank Miller and Alan Moore, his own writing influences are less rooted in comics, drawing on the work of David Mamet, Richard Price, and Aaron Sorkin, whose dialogue Bendis feels are “the best in any medium.”

In addition to writing comics, he has also worked in television, video games and film, and taught writing at Portland State University. He will begin teaching at University of Oregon starting in Fall 2013, and his book Words for Pictures will be out in Spring 2014 from Random House.

The Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Dark Horse Announces The Sakai Project

January 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Everything Else, Top Stories

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Press Release:

The most amazing artists in the world have come together to celebrate thirty years of Stan Sakai’s marvelous samurai rabbit saga, Usagi Yojimbo, in a new oversized hardcover benefit book: The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of “Usagi Yojimbo”!

“It has been an absolute pleasure publishing Stan’s work over the years, and recently collaborating with him directly on 47 Ronin,” said Dark Horse’s president and founder, Mike Richardson. “With the thirtieth anniversary of his most beloved creation, Usagi, and in a time of need for Stan and his family, we are honored to publish this tribute to Stan and his work. We are donating all of the proceeds to Stan and his wife, Sharon. We hope you will join us in honoring one of the comics industry’s shining lights.”

The participating artists bring their own interpretations and their own styles to the subject, making this book a one-of-a-kind treasure.

The Sakai Project is produced in association with the Comic Art Professional Society (CAPS). All proceeds from this book will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai.

ADAM HUGHES | ALAIN MAURICET | ALEX MALEEV | ALLISON SOHN | ANDY GRENEN | ARTHUR ADAMS | BATTON LASH | BILL MORRISON | BRIAN CHING & MICHAEL ATIYEH | BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS | CARLOS D’ANDA & GABE ELTAEB | CHRIS SCALF | DAN PANOSIAN | DAVE GIBBONS | DAVID MACK | DOUG WHEATLEY | EDGAR DELGADO | ERIC POWELL | GABRIEL HARDMAN | GEOF DARROW | HOWARD CHAYKIN | JAN DUURSEMA | JEFF SMITH | JOYCE CHIN | MARK CRILLEY | MATT GROENING | MATT WAGNER | MICHAEL ALLRED | MICHAEL AVON OEMING | MICHAEL GOLDEN | MIKE KUNKEL | MIKE MIGNOLA | OSCAR MARTIN | PAUL GULACY | PAUL RENAUD | PHIL YEH | RICHARD CORBEN | SCOTT SHAW | SERGIO ARAGONÉS | STEPHANIE GLADDEN | TIM SALE | TOM MANDRAKE | TOM RICHMOND | WALTER SIMONSON | WILLIAM STOUT | & MORE!

Industry professionals, Dark Horse encourages your participation! The deadline for art submissions is February 20, 2014. For technical specifications and other information, e-mail Dark Horse at sakaiproject@darkhorse.com.

The Sakai Project will be released on July 23. Pre-order with your local comics retailer.

About Dark Horse

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

 

OR – Battle of the Atom Signing

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Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming, and David Marquez appear at TFAW on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 from 7:00PM till 10:00PM!

Press Release:

Things From Another World is proud to announce an X-Men: Battle of the Atom signing and Q&A with Marvel Architect Brian Michael Bendis (All-New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, Powers) September 4 at the Portland TFAW from 7 to 10 p.m. Joining him are special guests Michael Avon Oeming (Powers, Mice Templar, Michael Avon Oeming’s The Victories) and artist David Marquez (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, All-New X-Men). This is Bendis’s only store appearance this year! Come pick up X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1 and All-New X-Men #16, the first two chapters of this fall’s major X-Men crossover, get exclusive giveaways from Marvel Comics (while supplies last), and enjoy complimentary food and beverages!

Brian Michael Bendis, a multiple Eisner Award-winning creator, has been one of Marvel’s most prolific and popular writers for more than a decade, and is the pen behind such landmark events as House of M, Secret Invasion, and Siege. He co-created the acclaimed superhero police/noir detective series Powers with Michael Avon Oeming in 2000, the same year he launched Ultimate Spider-Man, which currently features the incredible art of David Marquez. In addition to his work for Marvel, Bendis has taught classes on how to write graphic novels at Portland State University, which he will continue at the University of Oregon this fall.

“Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming, and David Marquez are three of the most exciting creators in comics today,” said TFAW Vice President Andrew McIntire. “We’re thrilled to host this signing and Q&A at the Portland TFAW.”

After breaking into comics at the age of 14 as an inker, Michael Avon Oeming has enjoyed a long and fruitful career in comics, working as an artist and writer. His latest series is Michael Avon Oeming’s The Victories. David Marquez began his career as an animator for Warner Independent Pictures’ A Scanner Darkly, later releasing his graphic novel Syndrome through Archaia. He’s currently under an exclusive contract with Marvel Comics and recently moved to Portland.

Don’t miss Brian Michael Bendis’s only store appearance this year, September 4 at the Portland TFAW. The Q&A will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. There will be a limited number of exclusive giveaways from Marvel Comics, so get there early!

RSVP on Facebook!

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

Marvel Panel & Signing Schedule for SDCC 2013

Marvel Entertainment has released their panel and booth signing schedule for Comic Con International in San Diego. Highlights include Stan Lee, director Joss Whedon, Hayley Atwell, the cast and crew of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Agent Coulson himself, Clark Gregg! Plus many writers and artists from the House of Ideas such as Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Quesada, John Romita Jr, Sara Pichelli, Mark Brooks, Jeph Loeb, and more!

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OR – Skinner Signing

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Charlie Huston appears at Powell’s Books on Monday, July 15th at 7:30pm. He will be joined in conversation by comic book writers Matt Fraction, Brian Michael Bendis, and Kelly Sue DeConnick.

Powell’s Books
1005 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209

ICAF 2013 Guests & Schedule Announced

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The International Comic Arts Forum is an annual academic conference dedicated to promoting the scholarly study and appreciation of comic art, including comic strips, comic books, comics albums and graphic novels, magazine and newspaper cartooning, caricature, and comics in electronic media. This year’s speakers included Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon, Mike Allred, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Greg Rucka, Megan Kelso, Brian Michael Bendis, Diana Schutz, Dmitry Yakovlev, and many more! RSVP on Facebook!

THURSDAY, MAY 23

9:00 AM: Opening Remarks: José Alaniz, ICAF ExCom Chair

9:30 – 10:30 AM: Plenary Speaker: Douglas Wolk

10:30 AM: Coffee Break 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Panel Session One

1A. THE DEVELOPMENT OF FORM
      Moderator: Toph Marshall

  • Robert W. Lovejoy “Amusing Victorians: Nineteenth-Century Print Culture and the Rise of Respectable Comic Journalism.”
  • Martha Kennedy, “Cover Art by Women Cartoonists and Illustrators for American Magazines: A Window into Women’s Professional Advancement and Gender Representation.”
  • Walter Lai, “The Comic Book as a Work of Art – A Case of David Mack’s Kabuki: The Alchemy.”

1B. GLOBAL COMICS
Moderator: Carl Horn, Dark Horse Comics

  • Jeremy Stoll, “Arguing the Auteur in New Delhi.”
  • Azisa Noor Koesoema, “Alternative institutions in emerging national comic book industries: The case of Indonesia.”
  • Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste, “On Historical Revisionism and The Chilean Experience: The Case of Historia de Chile en comic.”

12:30 PM: Lunch Break

2:00 – 3:30 PM: Panel Discussion: Contemporary Russian Comics. With Dmitry Yakovlev.
Moderated by Jose Alaniz.

3:30 PM: Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Roundtable: On the Theory and Practice of Comics Pedagogy. With Brian Michael BendisDiana Schutz, and affiliated teaching faculty within the UO Minor in Comics and Cartoon Studies. Moderated by Ben Saunders.

5:30 PM: Dinner Break

7:30 – 9:00 PM: A Celebration of Finnish Comics at Floating World Comics. With Ville Hänninen and Tommi Musturi at Floating World Comics (400 NW Couch Street). Pre-talk reception at 6:30pm. *Off-site venue*


FRIDAY, MAY 249:00 – 10:30AM: Panel Session Two

2A. THE DISCIPLINE IN THEORY AND PRACTICE      
Moderator: Toph Marshall

  • Colin Beineke, “Disciplining Comics: A Case for the Institutionalization of Comics Studies.”
  • Corey Creekmur, “Freud and the Funnies: The Psychoanalysis of Comics.”
  • Franny Howes, “Drawing Comics in the Writing Classroom: A Decolonial-Disability Studies Approach.”

2B. PRESENTING GIRLHOOD
Moderator: Mark Heimermann

  • Susan Kirtley, “Drawing Conclusions: Focalization in the Works of Lynda Barry.”
  • Brittany Tullis, “The Angel in the House: A Critical Examination of the Feminine Ideal in Quino’s Mafalda (1964-1973).”
  • Devon Kerslake, “Adolescence and Erasure in Mariko + Jillian Tamaki’s Skim and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home.”

10:30AM: Coffee Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Panel Session Three

3A. CHALLENGING FORM
Moderator: Mark Heimermann

  • Bruce Mutard, “Out Of The Gutter And Into The Panel: Comics closure as qualia of art imitating life.”
  • Jayms Clifford Nichols, “Scrolls, Codexs and Flippy-throughiness in (digital) Comics.”
  • David Brame, “Personal Poetics: A comic book and spoken word community development.”

3B. WOMEN AND POLITICS
Moderator: Qiana Whitted

  • Alisia Chase, “Matrixial Graphics:  Motherhood and Politics in Megan Kelso’s Watergate Sue.”
  • Marni Stanley, “Where Do You Draw the (Front) Line: Women in War and Revolution.”
  • Annabelle Cone, “Something to Laugh About(?): A Gendered Reading of Sexual Satire in the French Post-war Bande Dessinée.”

12:30 PM: Lunch Break

2:00 – 3:15PM: Roundtable: Beyond Auteurism - Creativity and Collaboration in Comics. With Gabriel BaKelly Sue DeConnickMatt Fraction, Charles Hatfield, Ben Saunders, Qiana Whitted.

3:15 PM: Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:30 PM: The John Lent Award Lecture: “How to Think About Comics as Social Objects,” 
Benjamin Woo, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities.

Abstract: Comics can be defined in many ways. They are art works that create aesthetic experiences for their readers, cultural objects reflecting the time and place where they are produced, and commodities with a value on the market. But they are also social objects. They are made, read, and talked about by people who exist in a relatively stable set of institutions and relationships. This lecture addresses some of the possibilities and problems of a social-scientific approach to comics, placing them in the context not only of the “comics world” but also of a wider social world of geeks, nerds, and fans.

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Documentary Film Screening: “Comic Book City: Portland, OR”5:30 PM: Dinner Break

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM: An Evening With Gabriel Ba and Fabio MoonModerated by Matt Fraction.


SATURDAY, MAY 259:00-10:30 AM: Panel Session Four

4A. COMICS AND THE AMERICAN SOUTH
      Moderator: Qiana Whitted

  • Robert Loss, “Profluent Lingering, Trauma and the Individual in Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece’s Incognegro.”
  • Jennifer Glaser, “Seeing Race in Comics: Photography, Drawing, and the Gaze in King and Incognegro.”
  • Margaret Bostrom, “Graphic Narrative, Catastrophic Homelessness, and Stories from a Storm: Reading A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.”

4B. GENDER AND SEXUALITY: EAST AND WEST      
Moderator: Stanford Carpenter

  • Tiffany Pascal, “Girl Power Gone Sour:  Issues in Discussing Romantic Love Between Girls in Japanese Comics.”
  • Nicholas Theisen, “Where the boys are[n’t]: the suspect gendering of shōnen manga (boys’ manga).”
  • Amanda Murphyao, “From “I am gay!” in 1992 to “I’m gay!” in 2010: The Comics Code and Coming Out in Alpha Flight #106 and Veronica #202.”

10:30 AM: Coffee break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Panel Session Five

5A. SUPERHEROES AND EXTREMES
Moderator: Jose Alaniz

  • Joshua Plencner, “Scopophilia and Sixties Marvel: Lensing the Self as Losing the Self.”
  • Brannon Costello, “Superbodies and Fascist Aesthetics in the Comics of Howard Chaykin.”
  • Andrea Gilroy, “Queer Sexuality and the Superhero in Batwoman: Elegy.”
  • Hend Alawadhi, “Reclaiming the narrative: Muslims in comic books and The 99.”

5B. SELF, MEMORY, PERCEPTION
      Moderator: Stanford Carpenter

  • Jennifer Anderson Bliss, “Real Memories, Surreal Experiences: Autobiographical Tensions in David B.’s L’ascension du haut mal.”
  • Christophe Dony, “The Rewriting Ethos of Vertigo Comics, or, Critical Perspectives on Memory-Making, Canonization, and the Logic of Fields.”
  • Josina Robb, “The Spatiality of Voice: How Joe Sacco’s Palestine Takes Up the Ethos of New Journalism.”

12:30 PM: Lunch Break

2:00 – 3:30 PM: Roundtable: Comics and the Pacific Northwest. With comics creators Megan KelsoGreg Rucka, and T. Edward BakModerated by Ben Saunders.

3:30 PM: Coffee Break with Documentary Film, “The Comic King of Guatemala” 

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Plenary Speaker: Scott Bukatman, “Sculpture, Stasis, the Comics and (oh yeah) Hellboy.”

5:30 PM: Closing Remarks: Ben Saunders, University of Oregon

Small scheduling adjustments are sometimes necessary. Please check in before the event to catch any last minute updates.

The ICAF conference welcomes interested members of the public – but please note that any beverages and snack foods supplied on the premises are for speakers and panel participants only. Panel participants and speakers should further note that lunch and dinner will not be supplied. However, the UO in Portland building is conveniently located with access to several restaurants and diners within short walking distance.

Dark Horse Announces Powers Collectibles, Will Debut Prototypes at SDCC 2013

Press Release:

DARK HORSE DELUXE PROUDLY ANNOUNCES A NEW LINE OF COLLECTIBLES BASED ON BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS AND MICHAEL AVON OEMING’S POWERS!

PowersAPRIL 27, CHICAGO, IL–Dark Horse Deluxe, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics, has licensed rights to create figures based on Powers, a long-running creator-owned series of comics and graphic novels by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming.

Projects include a limited-edition statue of Retro Girl, a central figure in the first Powers story arc, and a boxed set of vinyl figures of the series’ ongoing principal characters.

Combining the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir, and police procedural, Powers follows the lives and cases of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, assigned to investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, who are referred to as “powers.”

“We have been very particular about merchandising Powers over the years, because I wanted to make sure it was the highest-quality merchandise we could offer,” said Brian Michael Bendis. “I am a giant fan of Dark Horse and the care they give their merchandising. I am very excited about this partnership.”

“We feel that Powers is one of the best graphic-story treatments of the modern era,” Dark Horse Product Development Vice President David Scroggy remarked. “We are delighted to bring these characters forward. Brian Bendis is a master of story construction and dialogue, making him one of today’s most widely read comics writers, and Michael Oeming’s unique art style is one of the most individual in the field. Capturing their creative vision is a challenge we appreciate, and we couldn’t be more excited to work directly with these two talents in making that happen.”

The Retro Girl statue will be sculpted by Tony Cipriano, who has created many popular superhero-themed collectible statues for a variety of companies. Michael Avon Oeming, working in concert with Bendis and Dark Horse, created special art for the statue, which will be used as control art during sculpting. The statue will capture the stylized nature of the graphic art, while anchoring the figure in realism.

“To see your work translated into sculpture is always scary, but I’m very excited to be working with the amazing Tony,” Oeming stated.

Dark Horse also plans a boxed set of four-to-five-inch vinyl figures, which will include protagonists Walker and Pilgrim as centerpieces of the ensemble.

Both projects are slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2013. The prototypes will be shown to the trade and the public for the first time as part of the product display in the Dark Horse booth at San Diego Comic-Con in July.

Retail prices and edition sizes are to be determined.

For more information, check out design sketches and an exclusive interview with Brian Michael Bendis & Mike Oeming on Nerdist News!

Powers is © Jinxworld, Inc. Dark Horse Deluxe, a division of Dark Horse Comics, produces high-quality collectible merchandise.

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