Hero Initiative Breezes into C2E2 2014 with Brian Azzarello, Israel Idonije…

Protectors

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Hero Initiative breezes into the Windy city of Chicago for C2E2 With special Guest Brian Azzarello

Los Angeles (April 10, 2014) - Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need, breezes into the windy of Chicago to attend the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, also known as C2E2, located at McCormick Place April 25-27. Joining us is the well-known writer of 100 Bullets and Wonder Woman, Brian Azzarello! Hero’s booth, #836, will be the ONLY place Azzarello is doing signings. Brian will be at the Hero booth:

Friday, April 25, 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 27, 12:30 p.m-1:30 p.m. and again 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

On Sunday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., make sure you head to the Sharp Comics booth, #1317. Artist Bob Layton will be signing Gold Key/Dynamite Comics variant covers for Hero at the booth!

And you can celebrate the return of defensive end Israel Idonije to the Chicago Bears with signed Protectors prints for $25! The prints are signed by Idonije, plus Ron Marz and Bart Sears, the writer and artist of Protectors from Athleta Comics.

While at the booth, check out Hero’s AMAZING $1 specials—you can get the Marvel Apes #1 Hero Initiative variant or the 152-page ACTOR Comics Presents for just $1 each! Supplies are limited, and one of each per customer, please!

And check out the many Hero Initiative ambassadors throughout the floor who will be raising money for Hero at their own booths: Mark Bagley, Hillary Barta, Chris Burnham, Amanda Conner, Jenny Frison, Chris Giarrusso, Bryan JL Glass, Gene Ha, Phil Hester, Dan Jurgens, Scott Kolins, Paul Mounts, Mike Norton, Greg Pak, Ande Parks, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mike Perkins, Brian Pulido, Gordon Purcell, Chris Samnee, Alex Saviuk, Tim Seeley, Nicola Scott, Billy Tucci, Skottie Young, and Chrissie Zullo!

See you THERE!

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

 

BOOM! Studios Headed to Calgary Expo and C2E2 2014

TRANSLUCID #1 C2E2 Exclusive Cover by Khary Randolph

TRANSLUCID #1 C2E2 Exclusive Cover by Khary Randolph

 

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BOOM! STUDIOS HEADED TO CALGARY EXPO AND C2E2 TO MEET WITH FANS IN TWO COUNTRIES!

April 16, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Well on its way to earning elite status for its frequent flier miles, publisher BOOM! Studios announced today it will exhibit both at Calgary Expo in Alberta, Canada, from April 24-27, and Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) in Chicago, Illinois, from April 25-27.

BOOM! can be found at Calgary Expo, held at the BMO Center in the city of Calgary, Alberta, at booth number 119. They will host the following creators all weekend:
Ed Brisson (SONS OF ANARCHY, ROBOCOP)
Megan Hutchison (WILL O’ THE WISP)
Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID)

In addition, the BOOM! Studios booth will host sketch artists all weekend, including:

Brooke Allen (LUMBERJANES)
Ian McGinty (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS)
Kate Leth (ADVENTURE TIME OGN VOL. 3: SEEING RED, LUMBERJANES)
Wook-Jin Clark (ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE)
Zack Sterling (ADVENTURE TIME OGN VOLS. 1, 2, and 3)

BOOM! will also have two Calgary Expo Exclusive Variants:
LUMBERJANES #1 cover illustrated by Megan Hutchison (available for purchase at the BOOM! booth)
ADVENTURE TIME #27 cover illustrated by Tait Howard (available for purchase only through the Convention). Starring baby versions of Fionna and Cake, this is the first-ever horizontal ADVENTURE TIME issue!

For tickets and more information on Calgary Expo, visit calgaryexpo.com.

At C2E2, which will be held in the South Building at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, BOOM! Studios can be found at booth number 616. They will host the following creators at the booth all weekend:

Caleb Monroe (PEANUTS, STEED AND MRS. PEEL)
Jeff Dyer (PEANUTS)
Michael Alan Nelson (DAY MEN, 28 DAYS LATER, PROTOCOL: ORPHANS)
Paul Jenkins (FAIRY QUEST, DEATHMATCH, REVELATIONS)

In addition, the following signings at the booth are scheduled:

FRIDAY, April 25

4-5 p.m. James Tynion IV (THE WOODS) (Note: This signing takes place after the We Are BOOM! Panel)

SATURDAY, April 26

12-1 p.m. James Tynion IV (THE WOODS)
4-5 p.m. Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Marc Evan Jackson (THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR)
5:15-6:15 p.m. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, AMORY WARS, KEY OF Z, KILL AUDIO)

This is a ticketed signing. Tickets are available only at the BOOM! Studios booth while supplies last starting Saturday when the show opens.

SUNDAY, April 27

1-2 p.m. James Tynion IV (THE WOODS)

In addition, the BOOM! Studios booth will host sketch artists all weekend, including:

Mad Rupert (REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS)
Coleman Engle (STEVEN UNIVERSE)
For $20, fans can request and purchase custom sketches to be drawn on blank ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW Get-A-Sketch covers.

Special C2E2 exclusive variants will be available for purchase for:
THE WOODS #1 cover illustrated by Tyler Jenkins
TRANSLUCID #1 cover illustrated by Khary Randolph
ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 cover illustrated by Mad Rupert
BOOM! will also present the following panel at C2E2:

We Are BOOM!
Fri., April 25, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., Room S402
Last year was a banner year for BOOM! highlighted by the release of our first feature 2 GUNS (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! lineup, and launched our newest imprint, BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon and VP of Development Stephen Christy as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.

For tickets and information for C2E2, visit c2e2.com.

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

ADVENTURE TIME #27 Calgary Expo Exclusive Cover by Tait Howard

ADVENTURE TIME #27 Calgary Expo Exclusive Cover by Tait Howard

LUMBERJANES #1 Calgary Expo Exclusive Cover by Megan Hutchison

LUMBERJANES #1 Calgary Expo Exclusive Cover by Megan Hutchison

ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 C2E2 Exclusive Cover by Mad Rupert

ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 C2E2 Exclusive Cover by Mad Rupert

Dark Horse brings Top Talent to ReedPOP’S C2E2 2014

Itty Bitty Hellboy

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DARK HORSE BRINGS TOP TALENT TO REEDPOP’S C2E2 2014 IN CHICAGO APRIL 25 – 27

Acclaimed Comics Publisher Hosts Gail Simone and Other Famous Artists and Writers in Panels, Booth Appearances and Signings

Scott Allie to Lead Discussion in Three Panel Presentations

Norwalk, CT, April 15, 2014: Dark Horse Comics, the renowned comics publisher, will have a major presence at the upcoming C2E2 which is organized by ReedPOP, the leading producer of pop culture events. ReedPOP officials note that in addition to a large booth centrally located on the show floor, Dark Horse plans to host three panels featuring Gail Simone, Art Baltazar, and Geoff Darrow, among other top talent who will also be appearing on panels and in the Dark Horse booth to greet fans. In addition, the publisher notes that it will have many giveaways, lots of free comics, and back to back free signings all day every day. Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie will host the panels and will lead discussion on a range of subjects sure to please the thousands of fans who annually attend the leading pop culture event. C2E2 will take place in Chicago, April 25 – 27 in the South Building at McCormick Place Convention Center.

“It is fantastic that Dark Horse is bringing so much talent and creative energy to our show,” notes Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President for ReedPOP. “C2E2 has grown enormously since our first show five years ago and while it’s cool to know that we have built an event where top artists, writers and other creative talent in the comics world can mingle comfortably with so many fans, none of it would have been possible without the support of leading publishers like Dark Horse. I am grateful to them for all the talent and entertainment they provide. This year is their best ever!”

The Dark Horse panel presentations include:

Title: Dark Horse Presents: Gail Simone
Date: Friday, April 25th
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Gail Simone has been making waves since her arrival on the comics scene with a column on Comic Book Resources. Since then, she has written some of the most iconic runs on such titles as Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Red Sonja, and most recently Tomb Raider for Dark Horse. In honor of this new ongoing, and the collection of her Kickstarter-funded Leaving Megalopolis series, Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief, Scott Allie leads a career-spanning discussion on one of comics’ most accomplished writers.

Speakers:

Scott Allie
Gail Simone

Title: Aw Yeah, Dark Horse!
Date: Saturday, April 26th
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Art & Franco have taken some of comics’ most well-known characters and reimagined them for fans of all ages. To celebrate the anniversary last year’s announcement of the recently collected Itty Bitty Hellboy at C2E2, as well as the upcoming collection of this dynamic duo’s Kickstarter-funded Aw Yeah Comics!, we have put together an hour of fun, announcements, and much more! Bring your big ideas for a chance to woo Dark Horse EIC Scott Allie in the “one minute pitch!” Find out which Dark Horse characters the two will tack next, and much much more! This one is guaranteed to be fun for the whole fan family!

Speakers:

Art Baltazar
Franco Aureliani
Scott Allie
Jeremy Atkins

Title: Dark Horse Builds Characters
Date: Saturday, April 26th
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

In 2014, comics are more diverse than ever, and Dark Horse continues to pride itself on producing the greatest serialized storytelling from some of the biggest names in the industry! From Hellboy to Buffy to Luke and Leia, some of the most iconic characters in comics and beyond call Dark Horse home. Join us as we talk character development with writers who tell their tales! Editor in Chief, Scott Allie is joined by Project Black Sky scribes Josh Williamson (Captain Midnight) and Joshua Hale-Fialkov (Skyman), as well comics legend, Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy), Eric Powell (The Goon), Tim Seeley (Sundowners, The Occultist) and newcomer Donny Cates (Buzzkill) for insight, announcements, and much much more!

Speakers:

Scott Allie
Joshua Williamson
Joshua Hale-Fialkov
Geof Darrow
Eric Powell
Tim Seeley
Donny Cates

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 and Australia, Star Wars Celebration, Special Edition: NYC, Oz Comic-Con and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP (has) added 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, Europe, and Asia/Pacific (including Australia). (www.reedpop.com)

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, Geof Darrow, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, including 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, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Halo, Serenity, The Legend of Zelda, 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.

Valiant Announces VALIANT FIRST Exclusives and Programming for C2E2 2014

RAI_001_VARIANT_C2E2

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VALIANT Announces VALIANT FIRST Exclusives and Programming for C2E2 2014 – With RAI, ARMOR HUNTERS, and More!

From April 25th-27th, Valiant will be unleashing a calvacade of VALIANT FIRST news and exclusives direct from C2E2 2014 – Chicago’s premier comics and pop culture convention!Join Valiant at Booth #317 for a weekend packed with signings from Valiant creators, including artist Clayton Henry (Harbinger, Archer & Armstrong), writer Justin Jordan (Shadowman, X-O Manowar #25), colorist Brian Reber (Unity, X-O Manowar), and more surprise guests! Plus, look for a ton of free giveaways and con-exclusive products, including the RAI #1 Graham Crackers Shared Exclusive Variant by fan favorite artist Kalman Andrasofszky (X-23)!

Limited to 750 copies, get the jump on the hotly anticipated debut title of the VALIANT FIRST publishing initiative with this exclusive, limited edition run of RAI #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s next ongoing series from superstar creators Matt Kindt (Unity, Mind MGMT) and Clayton Crain (Carnage, X-Force)! Arriving in comic shops everywhere on April 30th, discover the astonishing world of the 41st century with the all-new series unlike anything else in comics today! In the far future of 4001 A.D., Japan is a single endless city-state, governed by a benevolent artificial intelligence and policed by one lone enforcer – the mysterious Rai, spirit guardian of the rising sun. But, soon, a single bullet will shatter the peace it has taken 2,000 years to secure…Then, join us on Sunday, April 27th at 2:30 PM in Room #S403 for the VALIANT FIRST: RAI, ARMOR HUNTERS, AND BEYOND panel presentation! The coming of VALIANT FIRST begins at C2E2 with an all-new round of news, announcements, artwork and Q&A about the most in-demand publishing company in comics today. What do you read FIRST? All summer long, Valiant will be rocketing to the top of your read pile with VALIANT FIRST – an all-new initiative unleashing a major #1 issue by some of the most talented creators in comics each month from May onward. With the earth-shaking events of ARMOR HUNTERS – Valiant’s colossal summer crossover event – just weeks away, get the inside track on what happens next for X-O MANOWAR, UNITY, BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER, and more from an all-star panel of Valiant creators and staff, including writer Joe Harris (Armor Hunters: Bloodshot), artist Clayton Henry (Harbinger, Archer & Armstrong), colorist Brian Reber (Unity, X-O Manowar), Executive Editor Warren Simons, and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, on Tumblr, and at ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

For more information on C2E2, visit C2E2.com.

Valiant to Erect World’s Largest Freestanding Goat for World Record Title at C2E2 2014

Valiant Goat

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VALIANT to Erect WORLD’S LARGEST FREESTANDING GOAT for World Record Title at C2E2 2014!

This April, get ready to see Quantum and Woody‘s world famous sidekick, Vincent Van Goat, like you’ve never seen him before – 45 feet tall and straddling the entrance to Chicago’s McCormick Place!

Valiant is proud to announce that it has partnered with ReedPOP to attempt a new world record on site at C2E2 2014 – Chicago’s premier comics and pop culture convention – to claim the title of “world’s largest freestanding goat” just as the convention opens it doors to the public on April 25th, 2014.

“The Goat has been the MVP of Quantum and Woody – and maybe all of Valiant – when it comes to piquing interest and curiosity in new readers,” said James Asmus, writer of Quantum and Woody. “I have no doubt that having to enter the convention by walking beneath the realistic under-side of a giant goat will have lots of new comic fans asking ‘What the [expletive of choice] is this about?‘”

“For whatever reason, the fans just can’t get enough Goat. We finally gave in and gave them the Goat #0 origin issue, but that just made it worse. We’ve got dozens of people showing up to our offices each day. They’re getting tattoos. They’re legally changing their names to ‘Vincent Van Goat,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce.

“We’re mystified, but we figured, hey, bigger is better right? Hence, the world’s largest freestanding goat was born. Or, rather, will be built. At minimal risk to the surrounding populace. We hope,” added Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

“Valiant is doing what?” said Jennifer Martin, Sales Executive for ReedPOP. “Not only do they not have permission to build whatever this thing is, it sounds incredibly reckless. This is ill-advised on multiple levels, not to mention unsafe.”

Under the strict observation of Valiant interns, the volunteer G.O.A.T. squad (the Giant Organizational Assembly Team) will begin work today on the 45 foot tall by 25 foot wide effigy dedicated to the greatness of the world’s worst superhero team and their square-pupiled partner-in-crime. A standard size representation of Quantum and Woody, with accompanying banana, will also be provided for scale.

But Quantum and Woody fans rejoice – Valiant isn’t stopping there! Not only will the sculpture qualify as the largest goat ever erected in the history of human civilization, but it will also double as a fully functioning piñata to be stuffed with comics, candy, fireworks…and even smaller goat piñatas.

To be constructed with materials including discount-quality chicken wire, pipefittings, and kerosene-soaked human hair, Valiant’s project managers expect the project to be completed in just under three weeks with a minimal loss of human life. The record-setting goat will be displayed for all three days of C2E2, culminating with Sunday’s “Valiant First Piñata Party,” during which attending fans will be equipped with official Goat bludgeoning rods. The first fan to successfully penetrate the artificial beast’s incredibly flammable hide and unearth the goodies inside will be offered up in tribute to the gods of retailer ordering practices.

Parking is expected to be difficult. In the event of lightning, maintain a minimum safe distance and shelter in place.

Reading the complete text of this announcement qualifies as a legal waiver for any and all immediate and/or longterm bodily harm and/or property damage that may result from contact with said sculpture. Enjoy the show!

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, on Tumblr, and at ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

ReedPOP and Wikia to Launch International Cosplay Competition at C2E2 2014

February 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Convention News, Cosplay, Illinois, Top Stories

Crown Championship of CosPlay

Press Release:

REEDPOP AND WIKIA TO LAUNCH INTERNATIONAL COSPLAY COMPETITION AT C2E2

Inaugural C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay! Judged by Leading Cosplay Figures Opens for Registration Today

New York– February 14, 2014 – Today, ReedPOP, the world’s leading purveyor of pop culture events, and Wikia, the social universe of fandom and the ultimate source for powerful and relevant game expertise, announce the debut of a new cosplay championship at this year’s C2E2 in Chicago. The inaugural C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay will be the biggest and most prestigious costume contest in the United States, where veterans of the cosplay circuit and amateurs alike will battle it out for a shot at seizing the Crown and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. RedEye, part of Chicago’s Tribune Media Group, will serve as media sponsor for the inaugural event.

For the first time ever, C2E2 will invite cosplayers from across the U.S. to travel to the Windy City and have their creations critiqued by celebrity judges with established backgrounds in costume design and pop culture entertainment. This year’s judges include Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Her Universe fashion line), Yaya Han (Heroes of Cosplay) and Nan Cibula-Jenkins (costume designer and head of costume design at The Theatre School at DePaul University). Fans will witness the spectacle and pageantry of a fun-filled competition celebrating the best cosplayers from around the country. This will not only be a celebration of pop culture, but a craftsmanship award show, with a pre-judging session and a stage display. All entries must represent a character or element from Comic Books, Movies & Television, Video Games, Anime or Fantasy.

“With some of the amazing costumes we’ve seen at our other shows, we thought it would make for a great showdown between the best of the best in cosplay,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President of ReedPOP. “We’re thrilled to have teamed up with Wikia for the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay to truly celebrate pop culture and the creativity of its Fans.”

“While cosplay has always been a passion of Wikia’s community of super-fans, the rise of ReedPOP’s events and our partnership around C2E2 allows us to engage even the most casual of enthusiasts,” said Eric Moro, Director of Programming, Entertainment at Wikia. “Starting on wikia.com and leading up to C2E2, the Cosplay Championships will put popular cultural on full display in all its glory. We’re excited to have our community play a central role.”

The debut of the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay rides a surge in popularity for the cosplay culture and artistry most evident in Syfy channel’s docu-series “Heroes of Cosplay.” The C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay will be streamed live to a global audience on the C2E2 website.

Fans can register here for the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay starting February 14. Each entrant will submit an application to be reviewed by the C2E2 team (one costume per entrant) and the top entrants will compete for top prize in Chicago. Visit our website for more information on rules and conditions.

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 and Australia, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP (has) added 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, Europe, and Asia/Pacific (including Australia).

About C2E2
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – also known as C2E2 – is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. Bringing the best of popular culture to Downtown Chicago, C2E2’s show floor is packed with hundreds of exhibitors, panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen!

About Wikia
Wikia, the social universe for fans, by fans, is the home for social fandom and the ultimate source for powerful and relevant entertainment expertise. It is the definitive place for people to contribute to original sources of multi-media information around subjects they know and love. Using Wikia, anyone can form new communities around any subject or participate in over 300,000 existing communities by reading or contributing new content. With over 30 million pages of rich content, Wikia’s communities are the most authoritative about any pop culture topic on the Internet. Wikia’s game vertical (www.wikia.com/videogames) is a leading video-game focused network on the Web. Its movies, TV and books verticals (www.wikia.com/entertainment) are the fastest growing source of U.S. entertainment content around the world. Launched in 2006 by founders Jimmy Wales and AngelaBeesley, Wikia attracts more than 100 million global unique visitors per month and is ranked a Quantcast Top 30 and comScore Top 100 Internet site, as well as a Nielsen Top 10 social network. www.wikia.com or @wikia

Hero Initiative Announces 20 Convention Stops in 2014

Herb Trimpe
Press Release:

Hero Initiative Announces 2014 Convention Schedule—20 dates in all!

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 22, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that raises money for comic veterans in medical and financial need, will be attending 20 comic conventions in 2014!

Yes! The Hero crew will be busy bees this year bringing you special guests, parties, and much more from San Diego to Calgary to New York City! We may be attending a convention near you, so make sure you stop by and help us help others who have paved the way for many others and have brought us years of joy! JUST DO IT!

Schedule is as follows:

March 7-9
Wizard World Sacramento
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-sacramento.html

March 14-16
Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO
http://planetcomicon.wordpress.com/

March 21-23
Orlando MegaCon With special guest Herb Trimpe appearing EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth, #733
http://www.MegaConvention.com/

March 28-30
Emerald City Seattle
http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/

April 4-6
Wizard World St. Louis
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-stlouis.html

April 18-20
Awesome Con Washington DC
http://awesomecondc.com/

April 25-27
Reed Chicago C2E2
http://www.c2e2.com/

April 24-27
Calgary Comic Expo
http://calgaryexpo.com/

May 2-4
Wizard World Minneapolis
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-minneapolis.html

May 17-18
Big Wow San Jose
http://www.bigwowcomicfest.com/

May 31-June 1
Long Beach Comic Expo
http://longbeachcomiccon.com/

June 5-8
Phoenix Comic Con
http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/

June 20-22
Charlotte HeroesCon
http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/

July 23-27
San Diego With Hero Board of Directors member Dennis O’Neil in attendance!
http://comic-con.org/cci

August 21-24
Wizard World Chicago
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ch.html

September 5-7
Baltimore Comic Con
http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

September 27-28
Long Beach Comic Con
http://longbeachcomiccon.com/

October 2-4
Wizard World Austin
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-tx.html

October 9-12
Reed New York Comic Con
http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

October 31-November 2
Wizard World Ohio
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ohio.html

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

For more information, please visit us at www.heroinitiative.org.

Twitch Teams with ReedPop to Provide Live Broadcasts from PAX Prime, PAX East, NYCC, and C2E2

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Twitch Announces Exclusive Broadcasting Partnership With ReedPOP

PAX Prime, PAX East, New York Comic Con and C2E2 among initial pop culture conventions streaming live content exclusively on Twitch

June 05, 2013 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

twitchSAN FRANCISCO–()–Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, today announced it has teamed up with ReedPOP, the largest producer of pop culture events in the world, as their exclusive streaming partner. Twitch will be the live broadcasting home for some of their largest pop culture conventions, including PAX Prime, PAX East, New York Comic Con and the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2).

“Given the growing popularity of pop culture conventions, many of them are selling out, leaving a lot of fans out in the dark and having to trawl the internet for bits and pieces of news that relate to these events,” said Emmett Shear, Twitch CEO. “With our new partnership with ReedPOP, the ability to enjoy compelling convention content from the comfort of home is now a reality.”

Twitch and ReedPOP have a long standing relationship which have involved partnerships surrounding their biggest pop culture events, such as PAX, C2E2 and New York Comic Con. This new partnership bundles all of these events and more on the horizon into a cohesive package for greater synergy between brands and offerings.

“We are all about reaching as many fans as possible and anything we can do to connect our fans with the incredible talent that comes to our shows is awesome,” notes Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President, ReedPOP. “This partnership with Twitch ensures that everyone interested in our shows will have a consistent destination for some of the best pop culture content in the world whenever they want!”

The partnership with ReedPOP is a significant milestone for Twitch as the company approaches its two-year anniversary. With a growing number of broadcasting partners and visitors—which have both more than quadrupled since its launch in June 2011—having secured a large scale exclusive with an industry leader like ReedPOP is indicative of Twitch’s preeminent role in the live streaming movement.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jason Scorrano at jscorrano@ReedPOP.com.

About Twitch

Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. More than 35 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast, watch and chat about gaming. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for leading video game broadcasters including casual gamers, pro players, tournaments, leagues, developers and gaming media organizations. Twitch is leading a revolution in the gaming community, working to create a participatory experience that transcends gameplay. Learn more at http://twitch.tv.

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 has addedStar 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.

Scene on the Web: C2E2 2013

Con sketches, cosplay, and everything else you love about conventions at C2E2. More to be added in the days ahead.


Scene on the Web: C2E2 2013

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C2E2 2013 selected sketches by @AndyPriceArt : Batgirl & Luna twitpic.com/cmc87tAlice Price
Here’s @TheBurnham at C2E2. Why’d you do it, man? What did Robin ever do to you? pic.twitter.com/dPshMc1nJJReilly Brown
He’s about to explode with excitement #C2E2 #MMPR instagram.com/p/YnNYmBO6q-/Grim-X
Some #C2E2 Day 1 #cosplay featuring the always awesome @Spaced4SimonPeg and myself. pic.twitter.com/2nKa8YbxwrGENOthaDRAGON
Amazing Thor drawing! “@Bouletcorp Dédicace au c2e2 hier: #Thor instagram.com/p/YnNk8VFNCu/”Ben Towle
At @c2e2 #Cosplay is a real passion! Check out The #Joker & #HarleyQuinn #WikiaLive pic.twitter.com/GiXhZPdQhrWikia Lifestyle
Awesome #C2E2 goodness. @ Chicago instagram.com/p/YuIrCTRUQc/Keely Damara
Sketch from #C2E2 … DAREDEVIL pic.twitter.com/ZtDDzy0HBiDeclan Shalvey
666 Damian and Alfred the cat C2E2 sketch pic.twitter.com/5XaNDHySY6Chris Burnham
#C2E2 #DoctorWho pic 5: I got to be a part of an AMAZING @DrWhoOnline crossplay group! Great job, ladies! <3 twitpic.com/cn117tNicole
C2E2 sketch #14: Thor: The Mighty Avenger crushing Superman instagram.com/p/YqXWubQD7g/Chris Samnee
Doctor Who sketch #c2e2 instagram.com/p/YsF6oZnvc_/skottie young
More C2E2 pics!philosophyfetish.tumblr.com
When C2E2 Didn’t Just Charge For A Table, They Charged For A Table… – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and RumorsI have to admit Reed Pop puts on amazing conventions. They provide adequate seating for fans to rest instead of maximizing booths; they offer press an extremely nice lounge to write, rest, and a place to put your coat. They even have computers set up in there for use.
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The Marvel Booth at C2E2 played host to…marvelentertainment.tumblr.com
Okay, Internet. My Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre costume from #C2E2 in case you missed it. http://twitpic.com/cmx3bmEmily Zanotti
Photos: Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)Photos from the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) at McCormick Place in Chicago. C2E2 celebrates comics, movies, TV and pop culture.
C2E2 Photo Parade: the Good The Bad and the CosplayI try and try to be organized about taking pictures at shows, but I just can’t do it any more. Despite having nearly 200 pictures from the show, this is the best I could do. Next time, I’m getting a PRO!
Peter J. Tomasi On Batman Family Grief & Green Lanternvideofromnewsarama
The Booze, Pony Art And Bomb Sniffing Dogs Of C2E2 – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and RumorsWell, here we are back home, with me soaking in a hot bath to get the muscles in my legs to uncoil (I ain’t gonna be dancing the polka anytime soon). It was a busy busy busy weekend at C2E2 in Chicago, and full of lots of amazing stuff.
C2E2 2013: Pictures From The Show Floor | MovieViralAnother C2E2 has come and gone for thousands of comic book and entertainment aficionados in Chicago. Like the San Diego Comic Con, there is so much going on, between the panels, shows, signings, and exhibits, it is impossible to be able to see and do everything that is offered.
C2E2 2013: The Hunger Games Costume Exhibition and Auction | MovieViralThe Windy City is once again the focus of the geek world as this weekend celebrates the fourth annual Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) at McCormick Place. While not near the scope or impact of the San-Diego Comic Con or the New York Comic Con, C2E2 has solidified itself as the biggest convention in the Midwest and a summit for all things comics, television, movies, and pop culture.
Iron Man Cosplay At C2E2 | Florida Geek SceneJust when you thought you couldn’t cram anymore Iron Man into your day FGS receives another link to a great Iron Man costume. Let us know in the comments what you think of this cool costume. Author: geekadmin View all posts by geekadmin I’m a native Floridian, I grew up on stuff like Star Wars, Micronauts, and Damnation Alley.
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Nova! #C2E2instagram.com
Deadpool and Domino #c2e2 http://pic.twitter.com/1VqXV09v5Htwitter.com
KENNETH ROCAFORT laying down the watercolorsfacebook.com
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Scene on Video: Live Coverage of C2E2 (With Live Chat Room, Too!)

Twitch is providing live, streaming video from the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo 2013. Here is the schedule, and you can watch the live coverage below:

C2E2 Streaming Schedule

 

Watch live video from c2e2 on www.twitch.tv

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