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

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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.

NV – Marvel Architect Signing

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Writer Brian Michael Bendis signs at MaximuM Comics 3.0 on Wednesday, March 27th!

MaximuM Comics
7950 W. Tropical Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89149

Will Eisner Week Celebrates Graphic Novels

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Press Release:

The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation is proud to announce Will Eisner Week 2013, a ten-day series of events in more than a dozen cities nationwide that celebrates graphic novels, free speech awareness, and the career and legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative figures in the history of comics and graphic novels.

Will Eisner Week’s theme this year is, “Read a Graphic Novel,” which will be the underlying message of all the events. Cities holding celebrations include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, and Minneapolis.

Will Eisner Week 2013 has added significance, as it marks 35 years since the 1978 publication of Eisner’s groundbreaking graphic novel, “A Contract With God.”

“This year, we will be having Will Eisner Week celebrations in more places than ever before,” said Will Eisner Week Organizing Committee Chair Danny Fingeroth. “The people doing the events are planning some amazing happenings that will spread the word about how cool graphic novels are, and that celebrate Will Eisner’s astonishing body of work done over a career that spanned seven decades.”

Will Eisner Week 2013 events include:

March 1-15, SAVANNAH, GA: Savannah College of Art and Design will hold several events run by Professor David Duncan, including a March 2 screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” and various Eisner-themed art sessions.

March 2, 4:00-4:55 PM, SEATTLE, WA: Emerald City Comicon panel: Eisner’s “A Contract With God—Reflections on the 35th Anniversary,” featuring Dennis O’Neil, Batton Lash, Matt Fraction, Jackie Estrada, and Ben Saunders.

March 3-10, PITTSBURGH, PA: Various events at the Toonseum, including a screening of the documentary “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” by Andrew & Jon Cooke on March 6.

March 4-8, ARKADELPHIA, AR: The Comics Arts Club of Henderson State University, under the direction of Professor Randy Duncan, will study Eisner’s work in the context of Immigrant Experience Focus Week.

March 6: 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Art Institute of Portland: Lecture on Eisner by Dark Horse Editor Diana Schutz.

March 7, 6:30-9:30 PM, NEW YORK, NY: The Society of Illustrators hosts a Will Eisner Sketch Night.

March 7, 7:00-9:00 PM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum. An Evening With Mario Hernandez, including a discussion of Eisner’s influence.

March 7, 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Jack London Bar. A reading of Eisner’s “Last Day in Vietnam,” with Brian Bendis, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Michael Oeming, and Dylan Meconis.

March 7, 7:00-9:30 PM, BOSTON, MA: Tufts University. Screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist,” followed by a panel discussion including A. David Lewis, Chuck Henebry, and Stephen Weiner.

March 10, 1:00-4:00 PM, MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Minneapolis College of Art and Design hosts a Graphic Novel Read-In, featuring a screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist.”

March 11, 7:00-9:00 PM, NEW YORK, NY: Parsons/The New School, Comics & Picture-Story Symposium. Jeremy Dauber and Danny Fingeroth discuss Eisner’s work in the context of Jewish-American literature.

March 12, WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT: Center for Cartoon Studies. Lecture on Eisner by Stephen Bissette. (For CCS students only.)

March 14, 7:30 PM, BURBANK, CA: The Animation Guild will hold a special Comic Art Professional Society meeting devoted to Eisner, hosted by Scott Shaw!.

Celebrations are also being planned for Amherst, MA and Washington, DC. Check www.willeisnerweek.com for updates on all events.

OR – Last Day in Vietnam Reading

ldvMatt Fraction, Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming, Dylan Meconis, and Kelly Sue DeConnick appear at the Jack London Bar on Thursday, March 7th at 8:00 pm!

Press Release:

ON THURSDAY, MARCH 7, Comics Underground is teaming up with Dark Horse Comics for a Very Special Episode of our comics reading series.

In honor of Will Eisner Week, Dark Horse Editor Diana Schutz hand-picked a lineup of some of the best comics creators in the country to share stories from Will Eisner’s Last Day in Vietnam.

Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Michael Avon Oeming, Dylan Meconis, and Kelly Sue DeConnick will be reading, and Erik Nebel will be accompanying a wordless story on violin. Basically, it’s a lineup that shouldn’t be allowed to get on an airplane together, because if that plane crashed, so would like 80 percent of the comics industry.

Here’s a bit more info on the participants. LIKE YOU NEED MORE INFO, C’MON.

• MATT FRACTION, architect of the Marvel Universe, writer of The Invincible Iron Man, and creator of the beloved high-concept spy comic Casanova.

• BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, yet another architect of the Marvel Universe, writer of Ultimate Spider-Man and creator of the beloved superhero noir comic Alias.

• MICHAEL AVON OEMING, a creator and artist on numerous projects including the Eisner-winning series Powers.

• DYLAN MECONIS, creator of the brainy historical graphic novel Family Man and the vampire-themed spoof Bite Me.

• KELLY SUE DECONNICK, writer of a number of Marvel Comics titles, including the well-received Osborn miniseries and Avengers Assemble.

• ERIK NEBEL, creator of War and Peace: The Comic, which is just what it says it is.

It all goes down at 8 pm on Thursday, March 7, at the Jack London (529 SW 4th, Portland, Oregon). Admission’s $3-5. Yes, it’s going to be as good as it sounds. See you there.

OR – Castle Signing

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Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick sign on Friday, October 21st at 7:30PM!

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Fans of the TV show Castle rejoice! For the first time anywhere, Castle’s titular hero, Derrick Storm, comes to life in the pages of Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s all-new, wall-to-wall, gritty, witty, globe-hopping, detective-thrill-ride of a graphic novel, Castle: Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm (Marvel).

Powell’s Books
1005 W Burnside, Portland, OR

Marvel Reveals New Ultimate Spider-Man

April 18, 2011 by  
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Peter Parker No Longer Spider-Man After “Death of Spider-Man” Story

New York, NY—April 18, 2011—Marvel has announced that after the shocking events of Death of Spider-Man, the sold out storyline currently running through Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and Ultimate Comics Avengers Vs Ultimates, there will be a new Spider-Man and a new character under the mask. Something’s happened to Peter Parker and here comes an all-new Spider-Man…in an all-new costume!

“We called this story Death of Spider-Man for a reason,” said Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor In Chief. “This is a huge story that’ll have fans around the world talking for a long time as we set the stage for the debut of our new Spider-Man.”

The Ultimate Universe is irrevocably changed with the conclusion to Death of Spider-Man in June’s polybagged Ultimate Spider-Man #160, but right now you can get in on the red-hot story that leads to the birth of an all-new Spider-Man, including new printings of the sold out issues: And to make sure you don’t miss a single chapter, pick up all the acclaimed issues below:

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #153 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (DEC108349)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by SARA PICHELLI & DAVID LAFUENTE
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC 4/18/11, ON SALE 5/11/11

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #154 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (FEB118263)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by SARA PICHELLI & DAVID LAFUENTE
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC 4/18/11, ON SALE 5/11/11

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #155 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (FEB118264)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by CHRIS SAMNEE
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC 4/18/11, ON SALE 5/11/11

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #156 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (FEB118265)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by MARK BAGLEY
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC 4/18/11, ON SALE 5/11/11

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #157 (FEB110524)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Rated T+ …$3.99
ON SALE NOW

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #158 (MAR110641)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC 4/25/11, ON SALE 5/18/11

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES #1 (of 6) SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (DEC108350)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Parental Advisory …$3.99
FOC 4/25/11, ON SALE 5/18/11

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES #2 (of 6) SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (MAR118134)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Parental Advisory …$3.99
FOC 4/25/11, ON SALE 5/18/11

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES #3 (of 6) SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (MAR118135)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Parental Advisory …$3.99
FOC 4/25/11, ON SALE 5/18/11

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES #4 (of 6) (MAR110639)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils & Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Parental Advisory …$3.99
FOC 4/25/11, ON SALE 5/18/11

Marvel Signing Schedule for C2E2 2011 Revealed

March 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois, Top Stories

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On Medium at Large, the official blog for C2E2 promoters ReedPop, the Marvel signing schedule has been revealed:

FRIDAY, MARCH 18TH

2 to 3 PM
REILLY BROWN
TIM SEELEY
FRANK TIERI
FRED VAN LENTE

3 to 4 PM
BRYAN J.L. GLASS
JIM MCCANN
CHRIS SAMNEE
NICK SPENCER

4 to 5 PM
MATT FRACTION
DAVID LISS
STUART MOORE

5 to 6 PM
JEPH LOEB

5 to 6 PM
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

6 to 7 PM
JOE QUESADA

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SATURDAY, MARCH 19TH

11 AM to 12 PM
C.B. CEBULSKI
TONY MOORE
NICK SPENCER
ALESSANDRO VITTI

12 to 1 PM
JOE QUESADA

1 to 2 PM
STUART MOORE
RYAN STEGMAN
FRANK TIERI
DEXTER VINES

2 to 3 PM
JEPH LOEB

3 to 4 PM
REILLY BROWN
FRED VAN LENTE
DAVID LISS
CLAY MANN

4 to 5 PM
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
MATT FRACTION

5 to 6 PM
ERIC CANETE
JANET LEE
JIM MCCANN
CHRIS SAMNEE

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SUNDAY, MARCH 20TH

11 AM to 12 PM
C.B. CEBULSKI
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
CLAY MANN
SKOTTIE YOUNG

12 PM to 1 PM
MATT FRACTION
RYAN STEGMAN
FRED VAN LENTE
ALESSANDRO VITTI

1 PM to 2 PM
JEPH LOEB

Brian Michael Bendis Announces His C2E2 2011 Schedule

March 14, 2011 by  
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Brian Michael Bendis

Brian Michael Bendis has announced his C2E2 schedule on his message board, promising a “big icon announcement and some fun tidbits along the way.” He goes on to say that this will be his final convention this year and that, in fact, due to so many projects in the works, it might actually be years before he appears at another one.

Friday March 18
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Signing @ Marvel Booth (#411)

Saturday March 19
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM MARVEL: Fear Itself (Room 471)
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM MARVEL: Avengers Assemble! (Room 470b)
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Signing @ Marvel Booth (#411)
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM MARVEL: Cup O’Joe (Room 471)

Sunday March 20
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Signing @ Marvel Booth (#411)
2:30 PM –3:30 PM MARVEL TV: Next Big Thing (Room 471)

ECCC 2011 Con Report

March 4th-6th marked the first time ever in it’s 9 year history that Emerald City Comic Con kicked off on a Friday. Although it was my first time at this show, I’ve been told wonderful things, about the myriad of artists that flooded artist alley, the mobs of fans trying to meet creators, and how this show was truly a “comic centric” type of con, and not bombarded with Hollywood studios. I am happy to report that all of those things were true. With one of the biggest artist alley’s I’ve seen, along with truly knowledgeable fans who lined up for commissions and autographs, Emerald City Comic Con is one of the best shows I’ve attended. It also doesn’t hurt that Seattle had gorgeous weather that weekend, and had plenty of great restaurants within walking distance to the convention center. Here’s a few photos from the show:

Welcome to ECCC!

DC Booth.

"Minions" getting ready to help artists and to control the flow of the show.

Cosplayers were rampant throughout the show.

A small portion of Artist Alley. Great guest list!

Frank Quitely signing for his legion of fans.

Steve Epting holding up one of the most infamous pages in recent history, the death of the Human Torch.

Erik Larsen drawing commissions.

Adam Hughes working on another one of his masterpieces.

Ed Brubaker and Brian Michael Bendis talking shop prior to their signing.

Jim Cheung sketching for fans. Huges lines all weekend long!

JG Jones drawing Wonder Woman.

Mark Brooks interacting with fans while working on commissions.

Eisner Award winning artist Skottie Young being interviewed at the show.

Bruce Timm drawing the Flaming C!

Aquaman, King of the 7 Seas!

Kid posing with some friendly cosplayers.

Taking a pitstop at the show.

Giant Ewok stalks the floor.

Does this remind anyone of Spaceballs?

Great Gambit costume!

Kaboom Studios and their huge booth at the front of the show.

Image booth had fans stopping by all weekend long.

The couple that cosplays together...

Huge group of cosplayers pose at the entrance to the show.

Seriously?

Old School.

Very cool Tron Legacy costume.

Wardrobe malfunction.

Come to ECCC next year! Comic fans won't be disappointed.

AZ – Bendispalooza

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On Friday, December 10th, Brian Michael Bendis will be conducting a unique and informative writing seminar at the Atomic Comics Mesa Superstore at 9pm. Be part of this incredible opportunity by purchasing a seat for the seminar through this link or by stopping by at any Atomic Comics location.

On Saturday, December 11th, Atomic Comics Mesa Superstore will be hosting a Q and A session with Bendis with a signing and meet and greet following the session. The event starts off at 12 noon so come down and meet one of the comic book industry’s great creators.

Bid on lunch with award-winning and acclaimed writer, Brian Michael Bendis! Click on this link to place your bid on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Atomic Comics
1120 South Country Club #105, Mesa, AZ 85210

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