Archaia Exhibiting at C2E2 2013

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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!

Strange AttractorsCHICAGO, 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 AttractorsMumbai Confidential, and HAWKEN: GENESIS, as well as Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the CellJim 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 AweConspiracy of the Planet of the ApesCritical 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 MachineFraggle 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/events/434507266642329/.

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 BoyCursed 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 Partnering with C2E2 2013

April 24, 2013 by  
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WIKIA PARTNERS WITH THE CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)

Wikia [LIVE] Interactive Series To Be Featured At Annual Pop Culture Event

Wikia logoSan 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.

ABOUT WIKIA:
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

Scene on Video: Marvel Editors Get Ready for C2E2 2013

April 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois, Top Stories

AgentM C2E2

Via Marvel:

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!

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Hero Initiative to Breeze Into C2E2 2013 with John McCrea, Gene Ha, and Israel Idonije

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Hero Initiative at Chicago’s C2E2

With special guests John McCrea, Gene Ha and longtime Chicago Bear Israel Idonije

HI C2E2 2013 Booth ScheduleLos 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 Announces Signings and Panels for C2E2 2013

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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 MASSIVESTAR 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

Valiant Heads to C2E2 2013 with Robert Venditti, Clayton Henry, Mico Suayan, and More

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VALIANT Heads to C2E2 with ROBERT VENDITTI, CLAYTON HENRY, MICO SUAYAN and More!

From April 26th to April 28th, Valiant Entertainment will be joining the festivities at C2E2, Chicago’s premier comics and pop culture convention, and we’re bringing along a ton of special guests and exclusive giveaways to celebrate!

Visit Valiant at booth #1029 all weekend long to get a sneak peek at the next big things to rock the Valiant Universe inside the pages of the Valiant Summer 2013 Preview Edition – a FREE C2E2-exclusive convention giveaway, featuring a look inside Quantum & Woody #1 by James Asmus and Tom Fowler and an extended preview of Harbinger Wars #1, the debut issue of Valiant’s first crossover event.

Stop by for signings and appearances throughout the show by some of the Valiant Universe’s greatest talents, including New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, Demon Knights, The Surrogates), New York Times best-selling artist Clayton Henry (Harbinger Wars, Archer & Armstrong, Incredible Hercules), and acclaimed artist Mico Suayan (Harbinger, Batman: The Dark Knight).

As always, Valiant will also have a complete selection of Valiant comics, trade paperbacks, hardcovers, and t-shirts on hand, alongside a brand new convention-exclusive Harbinger Wars #1/Shadowman #1 blank flip book – debuting for the very first time at C2E2!

Then, find out everything you need to know about the Valiant Universe in 2013 on Saturday, April 27th at 4pm in room W471 for the Valiant 2013: Harbinger Wars and Beyond panel presentation! With the landmark events of Harbinger Wars and Planet Death currently underway, find out what’s next for Valiant’s greatest heroes directly from a panel of Valiant insiders, including X-O Manowar writer Robert Venditti, Harbinger Wars artist Clayton Henry, Executive Editor Warren Simons, Publisher Fred Pierce, and CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

And rounding out the weekend, join Valiant’s Executive Editor and a special slate of surprise guests on Sunday, April 28th at 11:30 AM W474 for Valiant 2013: The Craft of Comics with Warren Simons. In this candid, behind-the-scenes panel discussion, find out just what it takes to put together a compelling story from start to finish, how to make your series stand apart, and how the editorial process functions at the highest levels – from the award-winning industry veteran behind the Valiant relaunch and a host of fan favorite titles, including Thor, Immortal Iron Fist, Invincible Iron Man, and many more!

For more information, please visit C2E2.com and ValiantUniverse.com.

We’ll see you at C2E2!

ABOUT VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 1,500 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, Harbinger, Eternal Warrior, and many more. Established in 1989, Valiant has sold over 80 million comic books, and today its characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. In 2012, Valiant was named Publisher of the Year by numerous press and industry sources, including Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.

Scene on the Web Weekly: April 15-21, 2013

Man of Steel gets a new trailer, Agent Smith reenters the Matrix, and Diamond Select Toys prepares for C2E2…all in this week’s Scene on the Web Weekly…in progress.


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C2E2 Welcomes New Comics Publishers to 2013 Convention

Protectors

Press Release:

C2E2 WELCOMES NEW COMICS PUBLISHERS TO ANNUAL POP CULTURE EVENT

First Time Exhibitors to Bring Brand-New Artists, Writers and Stories to Show!

Norwalk, CT, March 26, 2013: Officials at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have announced that there will be many new and fresh faces at the annual pop culture extravaganza this year. Several notable comics publishers will be exhibiting at the show for the first time. They will be joining other leading publishers, such as Marvel and DC Entertainment, who have helped to make C2E2 the preeminent pop culture event in the Midwest since its debut in 2010. Officials are projecting that exhibitor space at C2E2 will be approximately 25 percent larger than last year! A few of the creative and innovative new companies on hand this year will be Action Lab Entertainment, Athleta Comics and Lion Forge Comics. In addition, Reload Comics and 2000 AD/Rebellion will be at C2E2 for the first time promoting their widely popular properties and titles.

In addition to Marvel and DC, some other returning publishers include Anomaly Productions, Archaia, Avatar Press, Big Dog Ink, Boom! Studios, Dark Horse, Medallion Press, Quirk Books, Valiant Entertainment, Xigency Studios and Zenescope Entertainment. All these publishers will have new comic books and stories to reveal at C2E2 and they will have fresh, original artwork to display in their booths. DC Entertainment has provided the original poster art for this year’s show which features Superman in an iconic Chicago setting. The Marvel booth will be centrally located on the show floor where fans will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with creators and staff. Many of the publishers will also be participating in panels, providing show exclusives, and will be bringing their top talent to meet the thousands of fans on hand at C2E2.

As noted, C2E2 has quickly become the largest and most influential pop culture event in the Midwest. It attracted just over 27,000 fans when it was launched in 2010 and grew to over 41,000 fans last year. While it is impossible to project attendance for 2013, convention officials note that ticket sales are running between 85% – 95% ahead of the same time last year, virtually guaranteeing that this will be the most widely attended C2E2 to date. This year’s C2E2 will take place April 26 – 28 in the West Building at McCormick Place Convention Center.

“The fact that we have so many really cool first time publishers signing up for our show is the best news I could possibly be sharing,” notes Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “Presenting new original content and being able to provide fans an opportunity to meet artists and creators who they have never met before is the lifeblood of what we do! We want to provide a home where our new customers feel instantly happy and productive and where our fans come away feeling like they have ‘discovered’ something. I am hugely grateful to all the publishers who have decided to join us for the first time this year and I know our fans will do everything they can to make C2E2 a great experience for them.”

Examples of the various projects that some of these publishers will be promoting at C2E2 include:

  • Action Lab Entertainment, publisher of the 2012 two-time Eisner nominated Princeless,will be at C2E2 to introduce their lineup of creator-owned comics. They will be presenting at the Diamond Retailer Summit and will talk about Jamal Igle’s Molly DangerNFL Rush Zone, Jeremy Dale’s SkywardPrinceless, Vamplets: Nightmare Nursery, Pirate Eye and their new Mature Readers line called Action Lab: Danger Zone.
  • Athleta Comics is owned by Israel Idonije, the longtime defensive player for the Chicago Bears. Mr. Idonije will be coming to C2E2 to promote his first comic project The Protectors. Idonije was inspired to create The Protectors when he had an idea for a superhero who would appeal to both comic book enthusiasts and die-hard sports fans.  He has teamed up with the creative team of writer Ron Marz and artist Bart Sears and Idonije, Marz and Sears will be at the Athleta booth throughout the show and will participate in a panel!
  • Lion Forge Comics will unveil its two latest publications on Saturday, April 27 at C2E2.  Former Playboy 2011 Playmate of the Year has partnered with Lion Forge on the use of her image and story line for Wonderous: The Aventures of Claire Sinclair. Actor Flex Alexander has collaborated with Lion Forge on a cyber-thriller comic called The Joshua Run.  Alexander notes: “I am very excited to be a part of C2E2 this year. This is big for me because I grew up a comic book fan and collector. I can’t wait for everyone to get into the world of The Joshua Run. It is going to be an amazing ride!”
  • United Kingdom publisher Reload will be making their first U.S. convention appearance at C2E2. They will promote their flagship title, Jericho, which was created by Fwah Storm, self-described as a “musician, magician, poet, illustrator, a proud member of Reload Comics and so much more!” Storm notes that Reload will be bringing their books, merchandise and promotional material (along with some other goodies!) to C2E2.
  • The staff at 2000 AD/Rebellion note: “After hearing such good things about C2E2, we knew exactly where we’d be spreading the 2000 AD Thrill-power! We’ll be promoting our North American line of collections – from classics such as Judge Dredd and Sláine the Barbarian, to more modern titles like Leviathan and Zombo – as well as bringing a few little British treats across for fans new and old! We’ll also have a great panel on the Friday evening at 7:45pm with several top names that will be very familiar to US audiences! We can’t wait to get to Chicago and introduce new readers to the amazing galaxy of characters from 2000 AD!”

Tickets for C2E2 are currently on sale at www.C2E2.com. Anyone interested in exhibiting at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo should contact Larry Settembrini, Larry@ReedPOP.com.  As noted, more guests and activities will be announced in the month ahead and fans should keep their eyes on C2E2’s website for additional comics and entertainment announcements.

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.

C2E2 Getting Exclusive “Galaxy Hero” Beer in 2013

Press Release:

REVOLUTION BREWING TO CREATE BEER EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)

“Galaxy Hero” Beer to be Launched at Tap Room Party on April 4!

Galaxy HeroNorwalk, CT, March 14, 2013: The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) has today announced that Chicago’s Revolution Brewing will create a beer exclusively for C2E2′s audience of pop culture enthusiasts and comic book fans. “Galaxy Hero”, which is described by Revolution Brewing as a beer which “shoots a raygun blast of Galaxy and Zythos hops into your mouth and leaves a crisp, dry finish” is a superhero’s beer for a superhero-loving audience. The new, exclusive IPA beer will be available for tasting at a debut party sponsored by C2E2 and Revolution Brewing on April 4 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Revolution Brewery Tap Room, located at 3340 N. Kedzie Avenue. Everyone who RSVPs will get at least one drink ticket for a complimentary Galaxy Hero! The beer will also be available in several locations throughout Chicago in the weeks leading up to C2E2 and at the bar in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel during C2E2.

Launched in 2010, C2E2 has quickly become the largest and most influential pop culture event in the Midwest attracting top comics, entertainment and literary guests and artists. This year’s convention will be no exception. Ticket sales are currently running 75% ahead of this time last year and just a few of the guests who have already been announced include Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, J. Michael Straczynski, R.L. Stine, Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Peter Davison and Felicia Day. Many more high profile guest announcements will be made in the next month.

C2E2 will take place April 26 – 28 in the West Building at McCormick Place Convention Center.

“I love beer. I love comics. I love Chicago. This is the greatest thing we’ve ever done!” notes Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “This tasty partnership only proves what I have always believed to be true – that pop culture influences are everywhere in our lives. Thanks to the folks at Revolution Brewing, artists in their own right for creating this hoppy masterpiece just for C2E2, our fans and yes, the staff. Cheers!”

Josh Deth, Owner of Revolution Brewing and “Chairman of the Party,” comments: “I took my kids to C2E2 last year and it was a blast, so it is super cool to be brewing up Galaxy IPA for this year’s show!”

Tickets for C2E2 are currently on sale at www.C2E2.com. Anyone interested in exhibiting at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo should contact Larry Settembrini, Larry@ReedPOP.com. As noted, more guests and activities will be announced in the month ahead and fans should keep their eyes on C2E2′s website for additional comics and entertainment announcements.

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.

ABOUT REVOLUTION BREWING: Revolution Brewing is Chicago’s new hometown craft brewery. Our brewpub in Logan Square is a bustling, neighborhood institution where friends and families meet to enjoy the freshest beer in town. Opening our brewery has been a labor of love. We think you can see that in everything we do ranging from the details of our carved fists holding up our mahogany bar to the pungent hop aroma of our Anti-Hero IPA to our creative dishes like our bacon-fat popcorn.

The growth of craft breweries in the U.S. has been nothing short of a revolution and we’re proud to be standing tall in this new crowd. The changing tastes of beer drinkers demand bigger flavors and more variety. That’s exactly what we give you at Revolution Brewing. Our brewpub produces about 50 different beer styles each year. We’ve got session beers like Workingman Mild, hop-bombs like Double Fist and more bourbon barrel aged beers than you can shake a stave at. We have fun doing what we do and invite you to come in and join us.

DC and Tony Daniel Provide Superman Poster for C2E2 2013

Superman C2E2

Press Release:

DC ENTERTAINMENT REVEALS POSTER ART FOR THE CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)

Superstar artist Tony S. Daniel Creates Original Drawing Featuring Superman!

Norwalk, CT, Friday, January 18: DC Entertainment – the renowned comic book publisher and media entertainment company – has today revealed that they will provide the original poster art for the 2013 edition of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The exclusive art will feature Superman in an iconic Chicago setting. The poster will figure prominently in C2E2′s advertising and promotion and will be featured at the convention as well as in Chicago area retailers and on transit trains and buses throughout Chicago leading up to the show. Famed DC artist Tony S. Daniel (ACTION COMICS) has drawn the powerful new image of Superman flying over the Chicago skyline. Daniel will also be a Spotlight Guest at C2E2 in 2013.

This year’s C2E2, which is produced by the organizers of New York Comic Con (NYCC), is expected to attract thousands of loyal fans making this convention the largest pop culture extravaganza in the Midwest. It will take place April 26 – 28, 2013 in the West Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

“Each year I am always encouraged by the tremendous support that DC Entertainment provides at our shows,” notes Lance Fensterman¸ Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “This year is obviously no exception and this early announcement is a great way to be setting the stage for C2E2. The poster art is a key element of our show and a critical part of our marketing strategy. This year’s image reflects the strength and dynamism of C2E2 and I am incredibly grateful to Tony Daniel for contributing his time and effort on our behalf. He is a brilliant artist and he has created what will be a lasting image for C2E2 in 2013.”

Once again, DC Entertainment will have a presence at C2E2 with an interactive booth where fans will have room and opportunity to meet with creators and staff.

ABOUT TONY S. DANIEL: A life long Chicagoan residing now in the Northern Suburbs, Tony has dedicated himself to the creation of comic books. Tony started his career at indie publisher, Comico, drawing the cult classic , “Elementals.” Soon after, Tony moved over to Marvel Comics’ “X-Force” and “Gambit and the X-ternals.” Tony then worked with the legendary Alan Moore at Image’s “Spawn: Bloodfued” before going on to create his own indie books, such as “The Tenth,” “Adrenalynn,” “F5″ and “Silke” for Image and Dark Horse Comics. Going back to the mainstream, Tony has worked at DC comics since 2004 on books like “Teen Titans” and, most notably, “Batman” with superstar writer Grant Morrison, before writing and drawing his own run on “Batman” following the “Battle For the Cowl” event. Tony relaunched the New 52 “Detective Comics” which he both worked on as writer and artist. Tony’s most recent assignment involves Superman in the pages of Action Comics with writer Andy Diggle.

Tickets for C2E2 are currently on sale at www.C2E2.com. Anyone interested in exhibiting at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo should contact Larry Settembrini, Larry@ReedPOP.com. Organizers note that many more guests and activities will be announced in the months ahead and fans should keep their eyes on C2E2′s website for additional comics and entertainment announcements.

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 WarsCelebration 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.

ABOUT DC ENTERTAINMENT: DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes-a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes-to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

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