January 22, 2016 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Kansas, Manga, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
Stan Lee, the guy who created and co-created hundreds of iconic superheroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, and Thor, is coming to Planet Comicon Kansas City at Bartle Hall May 20, 21 and 22. The legendary former publisher of Marvel Comics is scheduled to sign autographs, pose with fans for photo opportunities, and appear on stage for a Q&A session.
“Every year the show gets better,” said Planet Comicon Kansas City founder and CEO Christopher Jackson. “We are incredibly excited and truly honored to have Stan Lee coming to Kansas City. He is a visionary who has brought a whole pantheon of modern mythology to life. The incredible imagination of Stan Lee fills our theaters, toy stores, and television screens.”
Planet Comicon Kansas City has exploded in popularity and attendance since moving to the monster space at Bartle Hall in 2012. The annual show draws legions of fans of superheroes, science fiction, animation, television, movies, fantasy, and gaming, with acres of interactive exhibits, live art, costumes, performances and collectibles.
Other celebrity guests already announced for Planet Comicon in 2016 include Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica, Miami Vice), Eve Myles (Doctor Who, Torchwood), Sean Maher (Firefly), and Jason Mewes (Clerks, Mallrats). Other comic creator guests include Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin), Jason Aaron (Star Wars, Thor), Joe Staton (Green Lantern, Dick Tracy), Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, The Sixth Gun), Brian Hurtt (The Sixth Gun, Queen & Country), Matt Kindt (Rai, Ninjak), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Freddie E. Williams II (Batman/TMNT), Dennis Hopeless (Spider-Woman), Phil Hester (Green Arrow, The Flash: Season Zero), Rick Burchett (Lady Sabre, Batman Adventures), and more!
“We will continue to announce celebrity guests over the next few months,” Jackson said. “The final roster will include more than 25 celebrities who will be available to meet with their fans. Planet Comicon is designed for every fan in the family. We work for a great balance of comic book creators, celebrity guests, cosplay events, vendors, gaming, children’s activities, performances, and panel programming. That’s what has kept our event growing year after year.”
Last year’s Planet Comicon Kansas City drew a record-setting 54,000 fans to Bartle Hall, but Jackson expects the 2016 show to be the biggest yet.
Jackson noted that, “For the past two years, Planet Comicon has been on the same weekend as the Big 12 basketball tournament, which strained the limits of hotel rooms, parking, and other downtown accommodations. Our event has now moved to May, and we expect that to allow us to grow our show and improve the experience for fans even more.”
Tickets for Planet Comicon Kansas City will be available at the door. In addition, advance memberships that include admission to the event can be purchased at the Planet Comicon Kansas City website, www.planetcomicon.com. A limited number of Stan Lee autograph and photo packages will be available and can be pre-purchased on the website.
“This will be Mr. Lee’s first such appearance in Kansas City and we are extremely excited to welcome him as our guest of honor at Planet Comicon,” Jackson said. “We expect the Stan Lee packages to sell out in advance of the show, so fans who want to meet him should book their packages well ahead of time.”
Lee has appeared in more than 30 movies, including cameos in nearly every Marvel movie. He was recently named the most successful filmmaker of all time, as his legendary creations have grossed $15 billion worldwide.
FOUNDED IN 1999, PLANET COMICON KANSAS CITY is Kansas City’s largest and longest-running comic book convention and pop culture expo, featuring the best in comic books, fantasy, science fiction television and movies. Past Planet Comicon guests have included William Shatner, Stephen Amell, Lou Ferrigno, Adam West, Kenny Baker, Cary Elwes, Karen Gillan and many more. Memberships that include admission can be purchased on the event website, www.planetcomicon.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Sean Astin is coming to Emerald City Comicon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! You probably recognize him from Lord of the Rings, The Goonies, Rudy, The Strain and as the voice of Raphael on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Additionally several new comic creator guests have been added including: Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), Tim Sale (CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE), Kei Acedera (ALICE IN WONDERLAND), Ed Luce (WUVABLE OAF), Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR), Marcus To (RED ROBIN), Jody Houser (FAITH), Hope Larson (A WRINKLE IN TIME), and Lee Weeks (DAREDEVIL).
Previously announced celebrity guests include:
Christy Carlson Romano (KIM POSSIBLE, EVEN STEVENS), Chyler Leigh (SUPERGIRL), Dameon Clarke (DRAGON BALL Z, BORDERLANDS 2), Danielle Panabaker (THE FLASH, JUSTIFIED), Dante Basco (HOOK, AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER), David Anders (IZOMBIE, ONCE UPON A TIME), Jenna Coleman (DOCTOR WHO, LEGO DIMENSIONS), Keiynan Lonsdale (THE FLASH), Ksenia Solo (LOST GIRL), Lana Parrilla (ONCE UPON A TIME, 24), Melissa Benoist (SUPERGIRL), Nathan Fillion (FIREFLY, CASTLE), Robbie Amell (THE FLASH, X-FILES), Rose McIver (IZOMBIE, ONCE UPON A TIME), Sean Maguire (ONCE UPON A TIME, SCOTT & BAILEY), Will Friedle (BATMAN BEYOND, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, BOY MEETS WORLD)
Comic guests include:
Aaron Conley (SABERTOOTH SWORDSMAN), Aaron Kuder (ACTION COMICS), Adam Gorham (DEAD DROP), Alé Garza (GET JIRO: BLOOD & SUSHI), Alex de Campi (NO MERCY), Amy Chu (POISON IVY), Babs Tarr (BATGIRL), Brittney Williams (PATSY WALKER aka HELLCAT), Chad Hardin (HARLEY QUINN), Chris Burnham (BATMAN INC.), Chris Mooneyham (FIVE GHOSTS), Chris Moreno (ZOMBIE DICKHEADS ), Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE), Clay Mann (POISON IVY), Dan Parent (KEVIN KELLER), Daniel Warren Johnson (THE GHOST FLEET), Dice Tsutsumi (ICE AGE), Dustin Nguyen (DESCENDER), Ed Brisson (SHELTERED), Emi Lenox (PLUTONA), Emanuela Lupacchino (SUPERGIRL), Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner (GREEN LANTERN), Faith Erin Hicks (THE NAMELESS CITY), Fiona Staples (SAGA), Jake Wyatt (MS. MARVEL), James Harren (RUMBLE), Jason Howard (TREES), Jim Mahfood (EVERYBODY LOVES TANK GIRL), Joe Keatinge (SHUTTER), Kevin Wada (CATWOMAN), Kris Anka (CAPTAIN MARVEL), Leila del Duca (SHUTTER), Liz Prince (WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME IF I WET THE BED?), Marguerite Bennett (A-FORCE), Matthew Southworth (STUMPTOWN), Mitch Gerads (THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON), Nick Pitarra (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS), Noelle Stevenson (NIMONA), Philip Tan (GREEN LANTERN), Raina Telgemeier (SISTERS), Sean Gordon Murphy (TOKYO GHOST), Shawn Crystal (ARKHAM MANOR), Terry Moore (RACHEL RISING) and many more!
Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) is the premier comic book & pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Join us April 7-10, 2016. For tickets and more information please go to the website: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com
Comics legend Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and more, appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM to celebrate the release of “The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return.” In this second illustrated novel of The Zodiac Legacy series, the dangerous dragon power only grows stronger within Jasmine, and Steven struggles to hold their ragtag team together. But as alliances become strained, the line between the “good guys” and the “bad guys” becomes blurrier and blurrier. And it all culminates in a major cliffhanger that readers won’t see coming!
Stan Lee will be here to hand out pre-signed copies of “The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return.”
This is a wristbanded event
-1 book per person/ 1 wristband per person – no exceptions
-Wristbands and books are limited to 300
-Wristbands will be issued to customers who purchase the book from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning at 9am on January 30
-the wristband will allow you into the event area where Stan Lee will hand you a pre-signed book
-personalization will not be available
-photos will not be permitted
-No memorabilia please
Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Joshua Middleton, Mitch Breitweiser, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Rick Hoberg appear at Madness Games and Comics for three days worth of events!
Wednesday December 16, 5 pm to 9 pm
Come meet artists Joshua Middleton, Mitch Breitweiser, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Rick Hoberg!
Art Workshop with Q&A and Portfolio Review
Thursday December 17, 5 pm to 9 pm
Join artists Joshua Middleton, Mitch Breitweiser, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Rick Hoberg for a workshop, Q&A, and portfolio review. They’ll discuss their processes, share behind-the-scenes stories, offer insight into tools and techniques, tips on working in comics, film, and animation industries, and answer questions along the way. Following the workshop, they’ll be offering personalized critiques and advice in a portfolio review session. Portfolio reviews will be $50 for 15 minutes each with Mr. Middleton, Mr. & Mrs. Breitweiser, and Mr. Hoberg. There will be limited availability and preregistration is available in the store.
Saturday December 19, 10 am to 1 pm & 2 pm to 5 pm
Come meet artists Joshua Middleton, Mitch Breitweiser, and Elizabeth Breitweiser for autograph signings!
About the artists:
Come meet artist JOSHUA MIDDLETON and get your books signed! In addition to providing the cover for the exclusive Madness Games & Comics DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE variant, Josh has illustrated covers for dozens of comics as well as interiors on books like NYX, SUPERMAN/SHAZAM: FIRST THUNDER, SUPERGIRL, and WONDER WOMAN. In addition to his comics work, Josh has been an art director and designer in feature film and television animation, with credits including Joss Whedon’s SERENITY, GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, and season two of THE LEGEND OF KORRA.
Mitch Breitweiser has been penciling, inking, and painting his way through dozens of Marvel and Independent books and covers. His numerous works on CAPTAIN AMERICA have made him a fan favorite, not to be missed. Elizabeth Breitweiser is a colorist and cover artist. Some of her work includes OUTCAST by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, FATALE, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE FADE OUT, HULK, LEGENDS of the DARK KNIGHT, and WOLVERINE.
Rick Hoberg began working in the comic industry in the mid 1970’s. He’s drawn IRON MAN, INVADERS, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, CHECKMATE, BATMAN, GREEN ARROW, and JUSTICE LEAGUE. He’s done production art/merchandise work for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars films. In addition to comic work, he’s worked at Hanna-Barbera as a storyman and animator.
All of the artists will have exclusive prints to offer.
Madness Games and Comics
3000 Custer Rd, # 310, Plano, TX 75075
Get ready for an all-star signing event! To celebrate DC’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race, Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson will sign comics from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Midtown Comics Downtown on Saturday, December 19, 2015.
Since this is such a high-profile signing, tickets will be limited! However, Midtown Comics is running a contest for line tickets through Rafflecopter. Winners will be randomly selected and fans can enter here at the link… ENTRY IS NOW CLOSED!
Fans without line tickets will unfortunately not be permitted at the event. Purchase of Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 is required to attend; limit of 2 items signed per person.
“Three years after the death of Lex Luthor, Batman has not been seen since, until a thief being chased by police sees Batman attack the police cars. While Wonder Woman protects the Amazons’ new city, her daughter Lara visits her father, Superman, who is now frozen in his Fortress of Solitude. Back in Gotham, Commissioner Ellen Yindel manages to set a trap for Batman, who is soon unmasked as Carrie Kelly, the former Robin/Catgirl, in a Batman suit, who claims that Bruce Wayne is now dead.”
Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
Comics pros Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves) and Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man) appear at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday December 3, 2015 at 6:30 PM show you how a comic book or graphic novel—what Will Eisner called “sequential art”—proceeds from idea to script to finished art. They will then discuss how Martinbrough has approached storytelling challenges from his creative collaborators, top comics writers including Robert Kirkman, Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka and others. Fingeroth will weigh in on Martinbrough’s storytelling choices, explaining how an editor impacts the content of a comics story. Shawn and Danny will then expand the discussion/demonstration to worlds beyond comics to discuss how Shawn applies his visual storytelling approach to projects beyond the comics industry.
ABOUT SHAWN MARTINBROUGH:
For two decades, Martinbrough has worked for the top publishers in the comic book industry. His DC Comics work includes a two year collaboration with novelist Greg Rucka on Batman: Detective Comics. In it, Shawn co-created characters that were featured in the Batman: Gotham Knights animated DVD and currently appear on the FOX television series, GOTHAM. Shawn’s graphic novel projects for Marvel Entertainment include Luke Cage Noir, Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive, and a Captain America graphic novel for the U.S. Army & Air Force Exchange Service that had a million copy print run. It was distributed exclusively on military bases across the country in connection with the release of the feature film, Captain America: The First Avenger.
Shawn is currently illustrating Thief of Thieves, the bestselling Image Comics graphic novel series written by Robert Kirkman, the creator of the hit AMC television series, The Walking Dead. Thief of Thieves is in development for a live action television series.
Martinbrough is also the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling,published by Random House and reprinted in several languages.
A native of the Bronx, Martinbrough majored in art at New York’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and obtained his BFA in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts. His website is: www.shawnmartinbrough.com.
ABOUT DANNY FINGEROTH:
A longtime editor and writer for Marvel Comics, best known for his work on Spider-Man, Danny Fingeroth is an historian, writer and teacher of comics and graphic novels. Danny has spoken on comics at venues including The Smithsonian Institution, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University. His books includeSuperman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society, The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels and (with Mike Manley) How to Create Comics From Script to Print. Among other projects, Danny currently serves as a programming consultant to Wizard World Conventions, organizing and moderating panels with comics creators and pop culture experts at the company’s nationwide shows. Find out more about Danny at www.dannyfingeroth.com.
Tickets available at the link… $15 Non-members | $10 Members | $7 seniors/students (Undergrad with valid ID)
Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
Great American Comic Con is the newest addition to the comic book convention scene and what better place to have its first show but Las Vegas, Nevada. So December 5-6th, 2015 will be the inaugural event taking place at the Sports Center of Las Vegas. Joining us this year are some of the best comic book writers, artists and professionals in the business including Tim Bradstreet, Tommy Castillo, Howard Chaykin, Darwyn Cooke, Tony Harris, Bob McLeod, Tony Moore, Graham Nolan, James Robinson, Joe Rubinstein, Mike Zeck, Frank Tieri, Billy Tucci, Len Wein, and Bernie Wrightson.
What makes GACC different from any other comic book convention in Las Vegas is the guests will have worked on titles ranging from the Silver Age of comics all the way to today’s newest and hottest comic book titles. This show is all about comics and nothing else. You will find major comic book dealers from across the US as well as Las Vegas’ own dealers offering you the widest selection of comic book memorabilia available anywhere. Keep checking back for new guest and exhibitor announcements. We are proud and excited to be able to bring you a great show to enjoy. So make sure to register today and be ready to enjoy a good ole fashion comic book show. It’s about comics!
For tickets and further information please visit their website: greatamericancomicconvention.com
Watch The Man himself Stan Lee speak to a captivated audience at Boston Comic Con 2015 in a panel moderated by comic creator Jimmy Palmiotti and Stan’s manager Max Anderson. The event featured a special appearance by Stan’s best friend Ken Bald, Guinness World Record holder as the oldest living comic artist, and a phone call from Stan’s wife Joanie.
Artist John Cassaday appears at the Metropolis Gallery on Friday, November 13th from 6:00 to 10:00 PM to open an exhibition of his original art from Marvel’s Star Wars series.
While the much-anticipated Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, won’t arrive in theaters until December 18, The Force in all its legendary glory will descend on Manhattan on Friday, November 13. That’s the day Metropolis Gallery, the first New York gallery dedicated to comic art, opens its new Star Wars: The Art of John Cassaday exhibit.
“We couldn’t think of a better time to unleash this amazing art than just before the new highly anticipated movie premieres,” says curator Rob Pistella.
“This comic art makes one harken back to 1977 when the original movie first opened.”
The exhibit will feature the work of Cassaday, the acclaimed artist behind Marvel’s new hit Star Wars comic book series, plus other famed Star Wars illustrators as well as original vintage toys, comics and limited edition prints.
John Cassaday will attend the Friday night opening (6-10 pm), which is open to the public. Signed copies of Cassaday’s Star Wars #1 comic will be available for purchase.
A life size R2-D2 and Boba Fett will circulate among the opening night crowd along with possible guests from a galaxy far, far away.
“Come, and feel like a kid again!” invites COO and curator Vincent Zurzolo.
“We’re thrilled to contribute to the Star Wars film’s opening excitement by presenting this breathtaking array of Star Wars art for display and sale.”
Opening weekend continues on Saturday and Sunday, November 14-15 from noon-5pm. Thereafter, the exhibit is open Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5pm through December 23. The exhibit/sale is a joint venture between Metropolis Gallery and Albert Moy Original Art of New York. The art will go on sale simultaneously at Metropolis Gallery, on its website, Metropoliscomics.com, and on eBay, which is promoting the event. With prices ranging from $30-$10,000, collectors can expect to find treasures at every level.
Metropolis Gallery is the creation of Metropolis Collectibles, the world’s largest vintage comic collectibles dealer. Together with its online auction house, www.ComicConnect.com, it has an evolving inventory of more than 150,000 collectibles and holds five Guinness World Records.
36 W 37th St, New York, New York 10018
Farel Dalrymple (The Wrenchies), Jerome Opeña (Uncanny X-Force, Avengers) and Rick Remender (Deadly Class, Black Science) appear at Gosh! Comics for signing on Friday 13 November from 6:00 – 7:00 PM prior to their appearance at the Thought Bubble Festival.
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR