NYC – Jacked Kirby Art Show

Press Release:

CCD.NYC & Artist Plexus Present: JACKED KIRBY: An Art Show Inspired by The King’s Works For His 100th Birthday!!!

Come on down Saturday July 15th and let’s celebrate Jack “The King” Kirby for his 100th Birthday with a group art show featuring works inspired by Jack Kirby’s greatness! Over 20 pieces of original art will be on display, each of them influenced by The King!

We’ll also be recording a LIVE edition of the Jacked Kirby Podcast during the event. Hosts Mike D & Tommy Lombardozzi will be leading a panel discussion featuring comic industry all-stars:

Nelson DeCastro – artist, Marvel, DC, Dark Horse Comics

Frank Tieri – writer, Marvel, DC, Top Cow, Archie Comics, Dynamite Entertainment

Vincent Ferrante – creator & publisher of Monarch Comics and Witch Hunter

Plus, members of the CCD family guesting as well, all celebrating the greatness of Jack Kirby on his 100th Birthday!

There will be over 25 pieces of artwork displayed by these talented artists:
Tommy Lombardozzi
Alfred Accettura
Mike DeVito
Joey Armao
Chris Clarke
Danielle Barbaro
Lokey Man Lee
Arlen Schumer
Adam Lordi
Aaron Wade
Kieran X Quinn
Erle Tompkins
Hunter McFalls
Mike Bailey
Matthew T. Perry
Mike Monge
Donny David
and more…

Doors open for the reception at 5:00 PM.
Podcast will record around 7:00 – 7:30 PM

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St. Francis College
180 Remsen St, Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 489-5200

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2017 Report!

Chicago. I had been there before. It was 2014, and the occasion was Wizard World. April 2017 was my second trip to the city that the poet Carl Sandburg called “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, / Stacker of Wheat, / Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; / Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders.” Railroads are no longer America’s arteries, and big shoulders are now an 80s fashion relic, but I, like Sandburg, “have seen painted women / under the gas lamps / luring the farm boys.”

   

Such women in Chi-Town can mean only one thing: the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2. I went with my convention buddy John, whom you will remember from Spooky Empire, Minneapolis Wizard World, and Florida Supercon. We stayed at the Congress Plaza Hotel. Opened in 1893 in anticipation of the World’s Columbian Exposition–i.e., the Chicago World’s Fair–the place was a blend of grand and shabby. John likened it to “the Stanley Hotel meets Super 8.”

We grabbed some dinner and walked around downtown, which was eerily empty for a Thursday evening. I saw a few people with the telltale Pokémon shirts, beanies, and/or Barbossa beads and thought: convention goers. Things would heat up the next day and be full-bore by Saturday. John was looking forward to panel discussions and stellar cosplays. I had my usual assortment of books to be signed.

One thing going to conventions with John has taught me is the value of the convention app (if there is one). I still like the printed program of course–great for signatures. But John always downloads the app because it is (1) updated in real time, (2) doesn’t require him to keep up with something else, and (3) makes him feel tech wizard-y. And the C2E2 app is sweet! It has autograph schedules, prices, and locations for every celebrity. The prices were an especially nice feature. Most conventions don’t post these in advance, which makes budgeting for the weekend Mulvaney-esque.

Another innovation was getting my badge in the mail. If you read my first DragonCon report, then you know my acrimony regarding registration lines. John agrees: “Just charge an extra 40 cents and mail everyone’s badge.” How satisfying it was to open an envelope in February, slide out my shiny badge, and reflect on at least one queue not in my future.

Of course, it is impossible to avoid lines altogether. It is an axiom that, no matter which line I choose–supermarket, toll road, ATM, wherever–it will the line with problems: a technical malfunction, say, or a non-English-speaking customer, or an employee who skipped training. At conventions, I am similarly thwarted. Steve Blum was scheduled to sign at 11:00am on Friday, which was great. Fridays are the least crowded days, making them best for autographs–except this Friday. All around me, guests were meeting fans, posing for pictures, translating Celtic texts, building additions onto homes. Meanwhile, I waited. And waited. Blum’s line grew longer than the Santa Fe Trail, and still I waited. The con staff began setting up his booth at 11:50, suggesting he would arrive at 12:00 rather than the advertised 11:00. In fact, it was almost 1:00 when he got there.

Autograph lines. Look closely, and you’ll see me with a floor-length beard.

Rob Liefeld was also late, though not as egregiously. His line would have been long anyway–everbody loves Robert–but there was a new thing complicating it: VIP clients. For $125 in advance ($160 on-site), you would get two signed exclusive comics, one signed Deadpool print, one autograph ticket for your own item, and a picture with Liefeld. He is a quick signer, and friendly without being effusive, which moves the line along. But it is a gut punch to get aaaaaaalmost to the table and be superseded by a group of VIPs. I said there should be VIP signing times and non-VIP signing times, but John argued that would dilute the perks of being a VIP, one of which is the freedom not to have to visit the booth at a specific time.

Those who eschewed the VIP ticket could choose from Liefeld’s a la carte menu.

The growing practice of comic creators charging for autographs has been discussed a lot lately. I don’t mind a blanket charge because, as Dan Seitz argues, “sign your name a hundred times in a row. It’s simple work, but it’s work. You pay people for work.” I do mind creators charging more for a CGC-witnessed signature. Is it more work to write your name when a third party is watching? And charging more to sign a more valuable book like New Mutants #98 is merely a money grab. After all, a number of market forces affect secondary value that have little to do with the quality of the product.

But I care less about cost than about time, the latter of which is more precious and fleeting at a convention. Memo, then, to all creators and celebrities: don’t be late to your signings! The convention is your job for a particular weekend. Do your job. I cannot conceive of any legitimate reason for a guest who is in a city where they have no other business and is staying at a hotel across the street to be unable to make an 11:00am appointment. I am at this convention to meet you, be enthralled by you, and then carry your name across the land. Hard to do that when you’re a no-show Jones.

As for the rest of the convention, it was a delight. C2E2 is big–70,000+ attendees–but the open floor plan gives plenty of space, so I never felt pinioned. The dealer room had all the comics dealers together, all the anime dealers together, all the T-shirt dealers together, etc., which made shopping go smoother. The family area had games, a play space, chairs for adults to rest, and circus performers. The selection of comic creators was spectacular–Stan Lee, Frank Miller (too bad he was there Saturday only and sold-out), Greg Rucka, Rob Liefeld, Matt Wagner, and some who don’t do many conventions anymore, like Dan Jurgens. There were fewer actors than I expected, but this reinforces the focus of C2E2–comic and entertainment, not the other way around. John said there weren’t enough panels and seminars for a convention this size, but the ones he attended were good. His favorite dealt with using comics to boost literacy and teach science. Finally, there was a larger selection of (over-priced) food vendors than I find at most conventions.

If you’ve never been to Chicago, go. And if you’ve never been to C2E2, go. Most conventions are run by small nonprofits, who are exposed as amateurs in a number of ways, but the power of ReedPOP ups the professionalism. Despite three different volunteers being unable to tell me where Frank Miller’s autograph sessions would be held, I found C2E2 to be well-managed, well-marketed, and an all-around pleasure.

Want to see more images from C2E2? Here you go!

“Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse / and strong and cunning.”

 

Must. Catch. Train.

 

I always wanted to be an Ivy League graduate.

 

Look at that chicken . . . and the two cosplayers beside him.

 

At least I didn’t have to queue to see Q.

 

Strangely enough, John lost his voice after this picture with the Sea Witch.

 

“Wait’ll they get a load of me.”

 

“Sure, honey, I’ll go get your purse from the car. Be right back.”

 

Some people put a lot of thought into their cosplays. Others just wing it.

 

Two big reasons to go to C2E2 are . . . um . . .

 

C2E2 just goes on . . .

 

and on . . .

 

and on.

 

Cosplay Central: the heroes behind the heroes

 

Chicago is cold enough without this guy being in town.

 

CA – Motor Crush Release Party

Press Release:

Fantastic Comics is thrilled to welcome back BABS TARR, BRENDEN FLETCHER, and CAMERON STEWART on Friday June 23rd!

We’ll be hosting a Q&A with Team Motor Crush, followed by a signing. Come ask them your questions about the hot new series from Image Comics. Get your brand new copy of the trade paperback signed. Pick up fantastic prints and merch from the team!

The team behind the critically acclaimed revamp of BATGIRL returns with an exciting sci-fi action-adventure series! By day, Domino Swift competes for fame & fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as Crush.

The Q&A will start at 5PM, followed by a signing starting around 6PM.

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Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
510-848-2988

CA – Motor Crush Signing

Writers Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart and artist Babs Tarr appear at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday June 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM to sign the first collection of MOTOR CRUSH.

Barnes & Noble
313 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, CA 94925
415-927-9016

HeroesCon 2017 Adds More Guests

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Ben Caldwell, Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Craig Hamilton, Dave Dorman, Ivan Brandon, Paulina Ganucheau, Sean Galloway, Thomas Yeates, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

JOSH BLAYLOCKDevil’s Due, Mercy Sparx
IVAN BRANDON | Black Cloud, Drifter, Viking
CHUCK BROWN | Choosing Sides, BitterRoot, Femme Magnifique
BEN CALDWELL | Prez, A-Force, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Dare Detectives
CHRIS CAMPANA | First World
ADELSO CORONA | Deadpool Corps, Hawk & Dove, Brigade
DAVE DORMAN | Star Wars, Aliens, The Wasted Lands
NICK FILARDI | Powers, Heartthrob, Cave Carson, Helheim
BRENDEN FLETCHER | Motor Crush, Batgirl, Gotham Academy, Power Rangers: Pink
NATHAN FOXVertigo SFX, Captain Victory, Dogs of War, Haunt, DMZ
SEAN GALLOWAY | Spectacular Spider-Man: Lead Character Designer, Teen Titans Go!, Superman
PAULINA GANUCHEAU | Zodiac Starforce, Another Castle, Gwenpool
KENDALL GOODE | The Doorman
CRAIG HAMILTON | Aquaman, Starman, Fables, The Spectre
SHERARD JACKSONGalaxies For Hire, Empty Zone, Minirauders
AUSTIN JANOWSKY | Iron Man: The End, Satellite Falling, Red Sonja, Divine Retribution
ARVELL JONESAll-Star Squadron, Iron Fist, Deathlok, Thor, Iron Man, Luke Cage
NATE LOVETT | Champions of Odd Lake, Kyraa: Alien Jungle Girl, Paw Patrol, Rusty Rivets
JAMES LYLE | Grimm Fairy Tales, Game of Horror, Abraham’s Journey
TOM LYLE | Spider-Man, Robin, Punisher, Batman
CHRISTOPHER MOELLER | Lucifer, Iron Empires, Magic: The Gathering
JAMES PATRICK | Batman, Harley Quinn, Green Arrow
JOHN ROSE | Snuffy Smith
NIKKI RYAN | The Family Trade
K LYNN SMITH | Plume
J. DAVID SPURLOCK | Vanguard Publishing
CAMERON STEWARTMotor Crush, Batgirl, Fight Club 2, Seaguy, The Other Side
JUSTIN STEWARTKentucky Kaiju, Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks, Howard the Human
KEVIN STOKES | Pathfinder, Deadman, Tiger Style, Jimmy Olsen, Splitsville
JOHN VAN FLEET | Batman, Typhoid, The X-Files
GUS VASQUEZ | Big Hero 6, Suicide Squad, The Flash
CHRIS WALKER | Publisher Arena Comics, Tiger Style, Splitsville, Raptor
MATT WEBB | Flesh and Blood, Next Men, Hawkman, Star Trek
MARCUS WILLIAMS | Tuskegee Heirs: Flames of Destiny
THOMAS YEATES | Tarzan, Prince Valiant, Zorro, Conan

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For the most up-to-date information, check our blog, or sign up for the weekly Heroes Hotline newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

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.

GA – Free Comic Book Day 2017

Adam Hughes, Afua Richardson, Omaka Schultz, Jenevieve Broomall, Josh Hood, Dimitri Walker, and more appear at Galactic Quest on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Galactic Quest
116 E Crogan Street SE, Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Cincinnati Comic Expo Welcomes Comic Guests on Sept. 22-24th

Cincinnati’s First & Original Premier Comic Convention and Pop Culture Expo returns to the Duke Energy Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017!

What would a comic con be without the creators that imagine and conceive our favorite comics? At Cincinnati Comic Expo you can see creators of Marvel, DC, and independent comics. From Spider-Man to Wonder Woman; meet the creators, discover your new favorite series, and enjoy the heart of comic con.

That’s not all! As the region’s leading comicon, Cincinnati Comic Expo is staying true to the heritage of the event by bringing attendees the chance to meet the best and brightest from local industry talent. Coupled with rare and sought after signing events, it is an event that will leave you feeling satisfied.

Comic Creator Guests include:

  • Greg Capullo: Batman, Reborn, Spawn
  • Adam Hughes: Betty & Veronica, Wonder Woman, Batgirl
  • Chad Hardin: Harley Quinn, Spider-Man
  • William Stout: Jurassic Park, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
  • Darryl Banks: Green Lantern, Superman
  • David Michael Beck: Star Wars, G.I. Joe
  • Dave Aikins: Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Comics
  • Scott Beaderstadt: Trollords, The Mummy
  • Andy Bennett: Sherlock Holmes, Negative Burn
  • Craig Boldman: Archie, Action Comics
  • Johnny Desjardins: Vampirella, Grimm Fairy Tales
  • Corbyn Kern: Orphan Black, Back to the Future
  • Mark Kidwell: ’68, Battle Pope
  • Gavin Smith: The Accelerators, Human City
  • More to be announced in the future

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For further information please go to the website: cincinnaticomicexpo.com

NC – FCBD: Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find Signing

Jason LatourBrian StelfreezeSanford GreeneChris BrunnerJohn BurginJohn Hairston JrHoyt SilvaGlenn Urieta, and Chris Visions appear at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find
1957 E 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 375-7462

Massive Comic Con 2017 Artist Alley is Stacked With Talent

The MASSive Comic Con returns to the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on Saturday June 24th & Sunday 25th for more comic book and pop culture fun!

Artist Alley is packed with the some of the best talent in the comics industry, including Writers, Artists and Publishers. Our guests will be available for sketches, commissions and autographs, as well as participating on panel discussions and workshops! Guests include:

  • Amanda Conner; artist/writer Harley Quinn, SuperZero
  • Jimmy Palmiotti: writer Harley Quinn, SuperZero
  • Stephane Roux; artist Zatanna
  • Megan Hutchison; artist Rockstars
  • Tim Townsend; artist/inker Doctor Strange
  • Dave Johnson; artist DC, Marvel
  • Paul Mounts; artist/colorist DC, Marvel, Image
  • Cully Hamner; artist Blue Beetle, Red
  • Billy Tucci; artist/writer Crusade Fine Arts, Shi
  • Nelson Faro DeCastro; artist DC, Marvel
  • Frank Tieri; writer DC, Marvel
  • Ming Doyle; artist DC, Marvel
  • Jonathan Glapion; artist/inker Reborn
  • John Gallagher; artist The Flash
  • Robert Pope; artist Peanuts
  • Robert Atkins; artist GI Joe
  • Alex Saviuk; artist Spider-Man
  • Agnes Garbowska; artist DC Super Hero Girls
  • Amanda Deibert; writer Wonder Woman ’77
  • Cat Staggs; artist Adventures of Supergirl, Crosswind
  • John Timms; artist Harley Quinn
  • Kenneth Rocafort; artist Superman
  • Mark McKenna; artist Combat Jacks
  • Christy Blanch; writer Aw Yeah Comics
  • Franco; artist Tiny Titans
  • Scoot; artist Aw Yeah Comics
  • Brian Atkins; artist Family Graves
  • Ed Smith; artist Tellos tribute book
  • Ben Bishop; artist The Aggregate
  • Sal Otero; artist TMNT, Until We Sleep
  • Ron Leary; artist Heavy Metal
  • Hyunsung “Creees” Lee; artist Freelance art & Design
  • Scott Hamilton; artist Custom Caricatures
  • Chris Campana; writer/artist First World
  • Bill Walko; artist The Hero Business
  • Bob Salley; writer/creator Salvagers
  • Jeff Kline; writer/producer/publisher Darby Pop Publishing

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Watch the Facebook Page and www.massivecomiccon.com for updates!

Even More HeroesCon 2017 Guests Announced

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Lee Weeks, Vanesa Del Rey, Justin Jordan, Laura Martin, Mike McKone, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

JIM AMASH | Alter Ego magazine, Jughead, Sonic Universe, Archie and Friends
ALEAH BAKER Sonic Universe, Mega Man
THOMAS BOATWRIGHTZeke Deadwood, The Halloween Legion, Cemetery Blues
GARRY BROWNBlack Road, Daredevil, Catwoman, Batman, The Massive, Iron Patriot
BRENDAN CAHILL | Sable & Fortune, Transformers
BRIDGIT CONNELL | Brother Nash
SHAWN CRYSTAL | Mother Panic, Arkham Manor, Scarlet Witch
TERESA R DAVIDSON | Sonic the Hedgehog, Archie
VANESA DEL REY Scarlet Witch, Spider-Women Alpha, Hit 1957
IAN FLYNN | Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
GENE GONZALES | DC Comics Licensing Artist, Iron Man 2 Cards, Diary of Night
CLAY & SUSAN GRIFFITH | The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen, Arrow: A Generation of Vipers
JOHN HAIRSTON JR. | 1962: The Age of Marvels
MARCUS HAMILTON | FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY Dennis the Menace
SCOTT HAMPTON | American Gods, Hellboy: Sleeping and the Dead, Batman, Sandman
DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON | Extremity, The Ghost Fleet, Space-Mullet, Quake
JUSTIN JORDAN | Luther Strode, Spread, The Family Trade, Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern
LAURA MARTIN | Black Panther, A-Force, Ragnarök
MIKE MCKONE | Justice League United, Avengers: Endless Wartime
DREW MOSS | Copperhead, Terrible Lizard, The Colonized, The Crow: Pestilence, In the Dark
JOE PEKAR | Grimm Fairy Tales, Brandi Bare, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
PAT QUINN | The Phantom, GI Joe: Declassified, Necrotic
M VICTORIA ROBADO | Fragile, Jem & the Holograms, Barbie
MATTHEW ROBERTS |Manifest Destiny, Battle Pope: Mayhem
HOYT SILVA | Adventures in Crime, Operation: Nemesis, Quatermain: Ghosts of the Nzadi
KARL STORY | Thors, Ocean, Tom Strong, Terra Obscura, Nightwing
KYLE STRAHM | Spread, Haunt, Hack/Slash
RIAN SYGH | The Backstagers, Steven Universe, Adventure Time
ADAM BRYCE THOMAS | Sonic Universe
RICH TOMMASO | She Wolf, Dark Corridor, The Horror Of Collier County, Clover Honey
LEE WEEKS | Superman, Daredevil, Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man
DAVID ANTOINE WILLIAMSX-Men: First Class, GI Joe, Incredible Hercules, Hulk & Power Pack
RICH WOODALL | Kyrra, Johnny Raygun
NOLAN WOODARD | Uncanny X-Men, Future Imperfect

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For the most up-to-date information, check our blog, or sign up for the weekly Heroes Hotline newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER, FREE!

ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

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.

 

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