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.
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).
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!
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
January 28, 2014 by Michael Pate
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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:
Wizard World Sacramento
Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO
Orlando MegaCon With special guest Herb Trimpe appearing EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth, #733
Emerald City Seattle
Wizard World St. Louis
Awesome Con Washington DC
Reed Chicago C2E2
Calgary Comic Expo
Wizard World Minneapolis
Big Wow San Jose
May 31-June 1
Long Beach Comic Expo
Phoenix Comic Con
San Diego With Hero Board of Directors member Dennis O’Neil in attendance!
Wizard World Chicago
Baltimore Comic Con
Long Beach Comic Con
Wizard World Austin
Reed New York Comic Con
October 31-November 2
Wizard World Ohio
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 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
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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.
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.
Con sketches, cosplay, and everything else you love about conventions at C2E2. More to be added in the days ahead.
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:
ARCHAIA EXHIBITING AT C2E2 THIS WEEKEND!
New Titles! A panel on 3D comics! And, contests to win great Archaia Books at our booth through Twitter, Instagram, FourSquare, and more!
CHICAGO, IL (April 25, 2013) – Award-winning graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment is excited to announce it will exhibit at booth #1019 at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) for a fourth straight year since the event’s inception! C2E2 is one of the Midwest’s biggest celebrations of comics and pop culture, taking place during the weekend of April 26-28, 2013 in the West Hall of McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Archaia’s corporate headquarters is based in Chicago.
“We love making C2E2 one of our biggest events of the year. Nearly our entire management team is from Chicago, the Chicago fans are great, and our creators really make it a special show for us,” raved Chicago native, Jack Cummins, President & COO of Archaia. “We have great new titles like Strange Attractors, Mumbai Confidential, and HAWKEN: GENESIS, as well as Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 2, and Pantalones, TX: Don’t Chicken Out. We are excited for our fans to see these new books and find out about the new upcoming Mouse Guard books directly from Eisner Award winner David Petersen.”
Creators and contributors scheduled to appear at the Archaia booth include:
Andrew E. C. Gaska (writer: Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, Critical Millennium: The Dark Frontier, the upcoming Classic Space: 1999)
Andrew Rostan (writer; An Elegy for Amelia Johnson)
Brent Schoonover (artist, Mr. Murder Is Dead)
Chandra Free (writer/artist: The God Machine, Fraggle Rock)
Charles Soule (writer: Strange Attractors)
Cory Godbey (artist: Fraggle Rock, the upcoming Jim Henson’s Labyrinth and Spera Vol. 3)
David Marquez (artist: Syndrome, the upcoming The Joyners in 3D)
David Petersen (writer/artist: Mouse Guard)
Janet Lee (artist: Return of the Dapper Men)
Jeremy Bastian (writer/artist: Cursed Pirate Girl)
Jim McCann (writer: Return of the Dapper Men)
Ramón Pérez (artist: Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand)
R. J. Ryan (writer: Syndrome, the upcoming The Joyners in 3D)
Royden Lepp (writer/artist: The Rust)
Tom Pinchuk (writer: Hybrid Bastards!)
Yehudi Mercado (writer/artist: Pantalones, TX: Don’t Chicken Out)
Check the signing schedule at Archaia.com for your favorite creator’s availability. Here’s what else is going on at the Archaia booth during C2E2 weekend:
• We will present a panel on Sunday! Archaia Entertainment Presents: Comics Storytelling and the Lost Art of 3D, 1:30-2:30pm, Room W471. Join us for an uncensored discussion of the medium’s benefits and drawbacks, as well as a wide-ranging survey of the highs and lows of 60 years of 3D comics, only at C2E2 2013! We will preview the 2013 release of the ambitious, all-3D graphic novel The Joyners in 3D from Archaia, writer R.J. Ryan (Syndrome), New York Times best-selling illustrator David Marquez (All-New X-Men, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Syndrome), and Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy have invited a panel of creatives from across comics to dig deep into both the highs and lows of using 3D as a storytelling tool. The multimedia presentation will include big-screen glimpses of comics’ most famous—and most forgettable—3D projects, as well as a brief, exclusive sneak peek at Ryan & Marquez’s epic 3D melodrama, The Joyners in 3D. Moderated by Word Balloon podcast host John Siuntres, every panel attendee receives a free pair of 3D glasses and a coupon to receive a copy of the 2012 Free Comic Book Day hardcover at the Archaia booth (while supplies last)!
• Mouse Guard creator David Petersen and Rust creator Royden Lepp are among the guests on the Imaginative Sci-Fi Authors of C2E2panel! Saturday, 12:45-1:45pm, Room W475B. They will join other science fiction and fantasy authors like E.B. Hudspeth (The Resurrectionist, published by Quirk), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son, Top Shelf), Brandon Easton (Roboy, Lion Forge), and Rachel Rawlings (The Maurin Kincaide Series) to talk about their imaginative Sci-Fi and Fantasy graphic novels!
• Meteor Entertainment is bringing the experience of their smash hit, online, free-to-play, giant-mech video game HAWKEN to C2E2 with two play-test kiosks set up at the Archaia booth! Copies of the accompanying graphic novel, HAWKEN: GENESIS, will be on hand for purchase, and each copy comes with a scratch-off card with a code that can be redeemed for 10,000 HAWKEN Credits for use in the game!
• Charles Soule, the new writer of DC’s Swamp Thing, will be on hand to autograph advance copies of his new Archaia graphic novel, Strange Attractors, which is the fascinating sci-fi story of how a professor uses mathematics to help keep New York City from destroying itself! Check for his signing schedule at the booth (#1019) or on Archaia.com.
• Fans who purchase copies of Hopeless, Maine will receive a free, handmade postcard created by authors Tom and Nimue Brown. Quantities are limited!
• Using Foursquare, fans have a chance to win an all-ages prize pack containing copies of: Mouse Guard Vol. 1: Fall 1152; Rust Vol. 1; Pantalones, TX; and Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse. To enter, simply check in to “Archaia Entertainment: Booth #1019” (http://4sq.com/12FDU7y) through the Foursquare app on your iOS or Android phone and tweet your check-in using #ArchaiaC2E2. Winners will be contacted to receive their prize. More info: http://on.fb.me/12G8IFk .
• Using Instagram, fans have a chance to win a Henson/Archaia graphic novel prize pack containing copies of: Fraggle Rock Vol. 1, Fraggle Rock Vol. 2: Tails and Tales, The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1, and The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 2. To enter, take creative photos of the Archaia booth at C2E2 (#1019), upload it using the Instagram app on your iOS or Android phone, and use the hashtag #ArchaiaC2E2. Archaia will choose the best photo and contact the winner to receive their prize! Photos will be posted on the Archaia Facebook page! More info: http://on.fb.me/11idRR2.
• Archaia Entertainment will be hosting a Retweet to Win contest through Twitter for fans who can’t make it to C2E2! Retweeting starts Friday, April 26th at 10am CST! This contest will run thru Sunday, April 28th. To enter, you must follow Archaia on Twitter, look for the special “RT to Win” tweet from our account (@Archaia) which will be sent out several times each day throughout C2E2 weekend (April 26-28). Multiple winners will be selected each day. Prizes include copies of: Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse; The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1; Fraggle Rock Vol. 1; Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 1; HAWKEN: GENESIS; Mouse Guard Vol. 1: Fall 1152; Pantalones, TX; Return of the Dapper Men; andRust Vol. 1. More info: https://www.facebook.com/
See you at C2E2! Visit c2e2.com for information on how to buy tickets!
About Archaia Entertainment, LLC
Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 75 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Rust, Cow Boy, Cursed Pirate Girl, Gunnerkrigg Court, and Artesia. Archaia has also published an entire line of graphic novels in partnership with The Jim Henson Company, including the multiple award-winning Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand and such beloved tales as The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Fraggle Rock. Alongside these celebrated titles, Archaia has released English translations of numerous renowned foreign titles to much fanfare, including The Killer, Sergio Toppi’s Sharaz-De, and The Secret History.
This year, Archaia was honored with two Eisner nominations, and in 2012, Archaia was honored with six Harvey Award nominations, two Harvey Awards, six Eisner nominations, and three Eisner Awards (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand won for Best Graphic Album–New, Best Penciller/Inker, and Best Publication Design). Also in 2012, Archaia earned both Gold and Silver awards from ForeWord Reviews. Archaia was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations and two Eisner Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Anthology.
In addition to its partnership with The Jim Henson Company, Archaia has forged creative partnerships with storytellers in all facets of the entertainment industry, resulting in print and digital expansions of such noted properties as Bleedout and HAWKEN (video games), Immortalsand Planet of the Apes (film), and Space: 1999 (television).
Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation within the creator community for producing meaningful, transformative content, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels.
WIKIA PARTNERS WITH THE CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)
Wikia [LIVE] Interactive Series To Be Featured At Annual Pop Culture Event
San Francisco – April 19, 2013 - www.Wikia.com, the world’s leading collaborative media company and home to many of the Web’s largest social communities, announced today that it has partnered with C2E2, the annual comic and entertainment extravaganza which takes place every Spring in Chicago and is organized by ReedPOP, the leading producer of pop culture events around the world. The partnership is designed to integrate Wikia’s powerful community of entertainment experts into the industry’s leading events through Wikia [LIVE]. The live, interactive series will consist of a variety of programs that weave in the site’s popular hubs: Video Games, Entertainment and Lifestyle.
“It is with great excitement that we announce this partnership with C2E2,” said Eric Moro, Director of Entertainment Programming, Wikia. “We feel it is yet further recognition of Wikia as one of the largest communities of pop culture experts, and we look forward to working with C2E2 and the ReedPOP team to bring these voices to par with other industry experts.”
“Through this partnership, there is great opportunity for all parties involved,” notes Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “I’m looking forward to working with Wikia to our mutual benefit, for C2E2 and throughout the year, and I know that we will be able to do some awesomely creative things together and make this the best C2E2 yet.”
At C2E2, Wikia will produce a live version of its “Expert Showcase.” The Wikia video series invites its most active and robust communities to join in a rapid-fire discussion on fun pop culture topics; at C2E2, the group will discuss “The Walking Dead.” Jake Trusheim of the Walking Dead Wikia community will serve as the voice of the fans for the panel. The “Expert Showcase” panel begins Friday, April 26 at 12:15 PM in Room W471. Past episodes include the “Marvel NOW! comic book imprint” and “The ongoing depiction of Iron Man on the big screen.”
“Wikia Heroes and Villains Cosplay Contest” will tie the community’s passion for pop culture topics to the lifestyle topics that dominate their world. Wikia invites fans to come dressed on Saturday, April 27 to the Variant Stage as their favorite character or asks contestants to create a hero or villain of their very own. Members of the Wikia community will serve as the panel of judges. All contestants must individually compete and provide one form of character reference. Prizes will be awarded by Wikia to the winners. The contest is full but further details about the event area vailable here.
“Wikia Qwizards” is a two day live-action quiz show beginning Friday, April 26 (2:00 – 3:00 PM) in Room W470b that will feature a special “Sci-Fi” theme. Qwizard contestants will be tasked with answering the host’s questions related to movies, TV, and video games, but in a twist, aspiring Qwizards get to write and ask questions for each other. Qwizards with the highest scores at the end will be invited to the center stage on Sunday, April 28 (3:15 – 4:14 PM) in Room W474 to determine the smartest C2E2 attendee. Prizes to be awarded by Wikia to the winners.
Additionally, Wikia will be sponsoring the official C2E2 after-hours hangout and watering hole known as the Wikia Bar at C2E2 for the entire weekend. All are welcome.
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 will add 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, Asia and Europe.
Wikia is a trusted collaborative media platform. It is the definitive place for people to contribute to the assembly of original bodies of multi-media content 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 20 million pages of rich content, Wikia’s communities are the most authoritative information about any topic on the Internet. Wikia’s video game vertical (www.wikia.com/videogames) is a leading video-game focused network on the Web. Its entertainment vertical (www.wikia.com/entertainment) is the fastest growing US entertainment destination around the world.
Launched in 2006 by founders Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley, Wikia attracts more than 70 million global unique visitors per month and is ranked a Quantcast Top 35 Internet site.www.wikia.com or @wikia
Marvel’s Agent M joins Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, talent scout C.B. Cebulski and editors Ellie Pyle and Jordan D. White in Chicago, from April 26-28, for C2E2 2013! Will you be at the convention as well?
What are you most looking forward to seeing from Marvel at C2E2? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter by tweeting @Marvel or using the hashtag #MarvelC2E2!
Hero Initiative at Chicago’s C2E2
With special guests John McCrea, Gene Ha and longtime Chicago Bear Israel Idonije
Los Angeles (April 9, 2013) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need, is breezing into the windy of Chicago to attend the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, also known as C2E2, located at McCormick Place.
Hero will have an all-star lineup of guests including John McCrea, the artist on IDW Publishing’s Mars Attacks!series and Gene Ha, the acclaimed artist of Top 10.
In addition, Hero Initiative is proud to have longtime Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije as he launches his new comic, The Protectors, from Athleta Comics. Idonije will be on hand with Protectors writer Ron Marz and artist Bart Sears for one hour on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. Fans will need to purchase an autograph ticket at the Hero booth, #829 on the floor, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The $25 ticket gets you a limited edition, exclusive color image of Idonije in his trademark #71 jersey by Bart Sears. Idonije, Marz and Sears will be there to sign it, PLUS you can bring one additional item of your own to be signed by Idonije. There is a strict limit of ONE ticket per person. Don’t miss out!
And Hero encourages fans to seek out the many creators on the show floor asking for donations to Hero Initiative for their signatures. Please check out Amanda Conner, Paul Cornell, Chris Giarrusso, Phil Hester, John Layman, Jay Leisten, Ron Marz, Paul Mounts, Mike Norton, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brandon Peterson, Norm Rapmund, Chris Samnee, Alex Saviuk, Tim Seeley, Joe Staton, Jill Thompson, Skottie Young, and Chrissie Zullo.
Hero’s booth schedule at booth #829 is as follows:
Friday, April 26 (con hours 1100-700):
1130-130: John McCrea
130-230: Peter Krause
230-330: Gordon Purcell
330-530: John McCrea
530-700: Jim Brozman
Saturday, April 27 (con hours 1000-700):
1030-1200: Gene Ha
1200-200: John McCrea
200-300: Ron Marz, Bart Sears and Israel Idonije
300-400: Gene Ha
400-600: John McCrea
600-700: Jim Brozman
Sunday, April 28 (con hours 1000-500):
1030-1230: John McCrea
1230-200: Gene Ha
200-400: John McCrea
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 call626-676-6354.
DARK HORSE COMICS ANNOUNCES C2E2 2013 SCHEDULE!
APRIL 19, MILWAUKIE, OR— Dark Horse Comics is headed to Chicago’s fastest growing pop culture event - Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo!
Join us for signings at booth #801! Free comics and/or prints with each signing while supplies last.
Please note that lines may be capped or tickets issued for any signing as needed. Inquire about your favorite signings as early as possible. Some restrictions apply. All events are subject to change.
Comics, books, and collectibles will be available for purchase from Dark Horse or your favorite retailer.
DARK HORSE SIGNINGS
FRIDAY, APRIL 26
12:00 p.m. AMALA’S BLADE signing with Steve Horton
Free 8” x 10” print featuring art by Michael Dialynas
1:00 p.m. BATTLEPUG and THE ANSWER! signing with Mike Norton
Free copy of The Answer! #1
2:00 p.m. HUSBANDS signing with Jane Espenson and Brad Bell
Free 5.5” x 8.5” print featuring art by Ron Chan
3:00 p.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY signing with Geof Darrow
Free 11” x 17” print featuring art by Geof Darrow
5:00 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SPIKE signing with Jenny Frison
Free copy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike #1
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
10:00 a.m. AMALA’S BLADE signing with Steve Horton
Free 8” x 10” print featuring art by Michael Dialynas
11:00 a.m. CRIMINAL MACABRE signing with Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten
Free 5.5” x 8.5” print featuring art by Christopher Mitten
12:00 p.m. BEASTS OF BURDEN and SCARY GODMOTHER signing with Jill Thompson
Free copy of Beasts of Burden: Neighborhood Watch
1:00 p.m. DREAM THIEF signing with Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood
Free 5.5” x 8.5” print featuring art by Alex Ross
Free limited edition Dream Thief paper in action figures
2:00 p.m. THE MASSIVE, STAR WARS, and CONAN signing with Brian Wood
Free 11” x 17” print featuring art from The Massive by J. P. Leon
3:30 p.m. THE GOON signing with Eric Powell
Free copy of The Goon #38
5:00 p.m. THE FIFTH BEATLE signing with Vivek J. Tiwary
Free 8” x 10” print featuring art by Andrew C. Robinson
Enter to win an exclusive print signed by writer Vivek J. Tiwary and artist Andrew C. Robinson and The Beatles Stereo CD Box Set
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
10:00 a.m. AMALA’S BLADE signing with Steve Horton
Free 8” x 10” print featuring art by Michael Dialynas
11:00 a.m. DARK HORSE SUPERHERO and BRAIN BOY signing with Freddie Williams II
Free 11” x 17” print featuring art by Freddie Williams II, as depicted on the Dark Horse booth superhero mural
12:00 p.m. EX SANGUINE and THE OCCULTIST signing with Tim Seeley
Free copy of Ex Sanguine #1 and The Occultist #1
1:00 p.m. BATTLEPUG and THE ANSWER! signing with Mike Norton
Free copy of The Answer! #1
2:00 p.m. TO BE ANNOUNCED! Come to the Dark Horse Spring Fever Panel on Saturday, April 27, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in room W471 to meet two special guests and find out about an exciting new project featuring one of your favorite Dark Horse characters.
DARK HORSE PANELS
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. SPOTLIGHT ON BRIAN WOOD, Room W471
3:15 p.m.–4:15 p.m. MUSIC AND POP CULTURE featuring various artists and creators, including Vivek J. Tiwary, writer of the upcoming Dark Horse graphic novel The Fifth Beatle, Room W475b
5:15 p.m.–6:15 p.m. DARK HORSE SPRING FEVER with Scott Allie, Jeremy Atkins, Eric Powell, Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Steve Horton, and surprise guests! Room W471
7:45 p.m.–8:45 p.m. HUSBANDS: TELEVISION AND BEYOND with Brad Bell, Jane Espenson, Sean Hemeon, and moderator Matthew Aaron, Room W471