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

Valiant C2E2

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Holy Reunion, Batman! Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar to Appear at C2E2 2013

C2E2 Batman

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ADAM WEST, BURT WARD AND JULIE NEWMAR TO REUNITE AT THE CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO

Catwoman Will Join Batman and Robin for Autographing and Panel Appearance!

Norwalk, CT, January 9, 2013: Noted actors Adam West and Burt Ward, who created the roles of Batman and Robin in the 1960′s Batman TV series, will appear at this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) along with legendary actress Julie Newmar who famously appeared as Catwoman in the same series. The three actors will be reunited at C2E2 where they will be Spotlight Entertainment Guests appearing together on a panel as well as signing in the Autographing Area for all three days of the show. C2E2, which is organized by the producers of New York Comic Con (NYCC), is a celebration of pop culture embracing timeless products and creations and attracting famous and successful artists, creators, writers, actors and musicians from every walk of life. Organizers recently announced that the multi-talented artist Kevin Smith will be making a special appearance at C2E2 this year where he will appear in an exclusive engagement at the show.

C2E2 is the largest pop culture event to take place annually in the Midwest and show officials are anticipating that this year’s event will be the biggest since it was launched in 2010. C2E2 will be held April 26 – 28 in the West Building at McCormick Place Convention Center.

In addition to his role as Batman, Mr. West has made nearly 50 other movies and has had starring roles in several TV series including The DetectivesThe Last Precinct, and The Clinic. Notably, he is currently recognized for his voice work playing the fictionalized character Mayor Adam West on the animated series Family Guy. Burt Ward has had numerous acting jobs and has appeared in several reunions with co-star Adam West through the years. Ward is also tirelessly devoted to rescuing dogs and both he and his wife operate the largest giant breed dog rescue in the world, Gentle Giants Rescue. Ms. Newmar is a Tony Award-winning stage actress widely known to a generation of TV viewers for her guest-starring appearances in many iconic TV programs in the 1960′s and 70′s including The MonkeesColumboGet SmartStar TrekF Troop and The Beverly Hillbillies, among many others. She is widely credited for creating the quintessential Catwoman in the Batman TV Series.

“Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar enjoy an immense following in the pop culture community and we are proud to be making this early announcement about their appearance at C2E2,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “We will be revealing many more guests in the coming months all of whom will reflect the range and diversity of our audience and the depth of our programming. Our goal is to bring together top talent from many fields who have one thing in common – they are loved and respected by the pop culture community. Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar certainly meet this criteria and I am grateful to them for agreeing to be at our show for three full days.”

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. 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.

ADAM WEST: Adam West is a true American icon. From his humble beginning on a wheat ranch in Walla Walla, Washington, Adam skyrocketed to fame in Hollywood, pursuing an extraordinary career in entertainment that has spanned half a century. His role as Batman in the classic television series and feature of the same name continues to be seen throughout the world more than 40 years after its debut. While Batman, and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, remains his signature role, Adam has a multitude of motion picture, theater, and TV credits to his name.

He has made nearly 50 movies, including starring or co-starring roles in Drop Dead GorgeousThe New AgeThe Young PhiladelphiansAn American Vampire StorySoldier in the RainRobinson Crusoe on Mars, and Nevada Smith.

He has had starring roles in several TV series other than Batman, including The DetectivesThe Last Precinct, and The Clinic. His theater credits include Volpone at the Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center.

Adam West has also lent his voice to animated characters in such well-known series as Family GuyThe SimpsonsRugratsBatmanAnimaniacsJonny BravoSpydogsThe Super Adventure Team, and many others. His voice-over work in animated film includes the roles of “Ace, Hollywood Chicken Little” in Disney’s Chicken Little, and “Uncle Art” in Disney’s Meet the Robinsons. In 2000, he also contributed the voice of “Leonard Fox” to the animated short, Redux Riding Hood, which went on to win an Academy Award nomination.

Adam West is the author of two books, Back to the Batcave and Climbing the Walls. He lends his support to numerous charities and won $250,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, on behalf of an organization supporting underprivileged women and children in Idaho. Adam splits his time between homes in Palm Springs, California, and Ketchum, Idaho.

More than 50 years after starting his career in Hollywood, Adam West continues to work consistently in TV and film. His most recent work includes a guest starring role on the hit series 30 Rock and a viral video for Funny or Die. His undeniable talent and unique brand of humor have become truly iconic in entertainment and he continues to entertain fans around the world.

BURT WARD: At the age of 20, Ward auditioned for the part of Robin. After beating out over 1,100 other kids for the part, Ward was cast alongside Adam West in the title role, and the two would go on to become pop culture icons. First airing as a mid-season replacement, Batman took the ratings – and world – by storm with its vivid colors and larger than life villains, played by some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

The series went on to produce 120 episodes and a full length feature film. The multi-level appeal of the show made it a life-long favorite for fans young and old. The show still airs today in 50 countries worldwide. Burt Ward and Adam West quickly became household names and remain that way today.

Today, Burt and his wife operate the largest giant breed dog rescue in the world, Gentle Giants Rescue. Over the past 18 years, they have rescued over 14,000 dogs. Having dedicated his life to saving the lives of thousands of dogs, it really shows that Burt Ward has gone from the “Caped Crusader” to the “Canine Crusader”.

JULIE NEWMAR: Born in Hollywood … known for being the quintessential Catwoman. Julie Newmar dropped out of college to become a choreographer/ dance director for Universal Studios. Her early appearances are often seen on YouTube, including her role as the golden statue-come to-life in the film Serpent of the Nile. She was next cast as one of the brides in the classic MGM musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Like her mother, a former Ziegfeld girl, Julie made the New York stage her next horizon at age 19.

She soon became an overnight sensation as the one and only Stupefyin’ Jones in Li’l Abner. Julie would recreate the same role on Broadway 42 years later, in the same costume. Subsequent to the original performance, her legs were insured for 10 million dollars (not however, in the event of theft).

Julie won a Tony for her acting role on Broadway in the hit comedy Marriage-Go-Round, and she was immediately accepted by the prestigious Actors Studio. Loving dance, she continued to star in Bob Fosse’s musicals on and off Broadway. She toured nationally with Joel Grey in Stop the World I Want to Get Off.

She guest-starred in many now-favorite TV episodes, on shows such as The MonkeesColumbo,Love American StyleGet SmartStar TrekF TroopThe Beverly HillbilliesTwilight Zone andRoute 66. The part she’s most fondly remembered for is Catwoman, in the original Batmantelevision series.

In 1995, Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment produced a movie named after her, To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar. In the film, Julie appeared as herself.

With cutting-edge sensibility, Julie retrained herself into the Internet world of social media. Active on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jnewmar, Julie is currently working on four books, and various videos to be seen on the media section of her website, www.JulieNewmar.com.

An avid gardener, Julie’s gardens are renowned. There is a rose, daylily and begonia named after her. See: http://JulieNewmar.com/videos/julie_newmar_garden/ 

Julie has a handicapped son who “sparks love and a high level of creativity” in her life.

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.

The Hunger Games Costumes Tour to Visit The Hollywood Show, ECCC, C2E2, NYCC, and More in 2013

Hunger Games Costumes

Press Release:

HUNGER GAMES COSTUMES COUNTRYWIDE TOUR BEGINS MARCH 1

Exhibit Showcases the Original Screen-Worn Costumes from Record-Breaking Blockbuster

Los Angeles, January 7, 2013

Haxbee, Inc. announces the Hunger Games Costumes Exhibit & Auction. The exhibit encompasses original screen-worn costumes worn by Jennifer Lawrence as “Katniss,” Josh Hutcherson as “Peeta,” Elizabeth Banks as “Effie,” Stanley Tucci as “Caesar,” Liam Hemsworth as “Gale,” Woody Harrelson as “Haymitch,” Lenny Kravtiz as “Cinna,” Donald Sutherland as “President Snow,” Wes Bentley as “Seneca,” and many, many more.

To kick off the tour, Haxbee and its subsidiary, Blacksparrow Auctions, will be providing a special sneak preview at The Hollywood Show in Los Angeles from January 11 to 13. The Hollywood Show, a popular movie and television memorabilia convention that features over a hundred celebrities at each of its four annual shows, will be held at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

Following the Hollywood Show, the Hunger Games Costumes Exhibit will begin its tour and be seen at the following locations:

  • March 1-3 Emerald City Comicon, Seattle, WA
  • April 26-28 Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Chicago, IL
  • October 10-13 New York Comic Con, New York, NY

Additional dates and locations will be announced in the future. The exhibit winds up in New York City, where ReedPOP–the largest producer of pop culture events in the world—will host a live auction at New York Comic Con. Over 200+ costumes will be on the auction block. Interested bidders will be able to bid live in-person, by telephone, via absentee, and on the Internet as facilitated by iCollector. A print catalog will be available for purchase in April.

Haxbee, Inc. and its Blacksparrow Auctions subsidiary have a collective number of 80 years’ experience dealing with Hollywood memorabilia and collectibles. For more information about the company and the Hunger Games Costumes Exhibit & Auction, visit haxbee.com.

Kevin Smith to be a Spotlight Guest at C2E2 2013; 3-Day Tickets Go on Sale Friday, October 26

Kevin Smith

Press Release:

KEVIN SMITH TO BE SPOTLIGHT GUEST AT THE CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)

Midwest Pop Culture Extravaganza Will Play Host To Top Talent

Tickets go on sale Friday, October 26!

Norwalk, CT, October 22, 2012: Show organizers for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have today announced that noted filmmaker, comic book writer and internet radio personality, Kevin Smith, will be a Spotlight Guest at the annual Midwest pop culture extravaganza. This news about Mr. Smith, a popular celebrity who regularly attracts huge audiences to his performances and appearances, is the first in a long line of significant guest announcements that show officials will be making in the coming months. Organizers anticipate that this year’s C2E2, which will take place April 26 – 28, 2013 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, will be by far the biggest and most anticipated event since the show was launched in 2010.

In announcing the news about Mr. Smith, show officials are also pleased to reveal that 3-Day tickets for C2E2 will go on sale Friday, October 26 at 12 noon Central Time and will be available for purchase at www.C2E2.com. Single day tickets will go on sale at a later date. Fans are encouraged to purchase their 3-Day tickets early.

“An Evening with Kevin Smith” will mark Mr. Smith’s first appearance at C2E2. A multi-talented artist, his distinct brand of humor has earned him a wide following wherever he goes. Kevin Smith’s several appearances at New York Comic Con (NYCC) have been marquee events where he has spoken in front of standing room audiences. His special appearance at C2E2 will take place on Saturday, April 27 and tickets to the event will be available onlyto C2E2 ticket-holders. Tickets for “An Evening with Kevin Smith” will be: Prime Seating, $35; Mid-tier Seating, $20; and General Seating, $10.

“This is an awesome way to kick off our guest announcements for C2E2,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “Kevin sets the bar very high and his commitment to C2E2 is a sure sign that our programming will be first rate. I know that we have some great guests in the pipeline, all of whom will be revealed in the near future. Kevin Smith is insanely funny and I feel extremely fortunate whenever he agrees to appear at any of our shows … there will be thousands of very eager fans to see him in Chicago. This is a huge announcement and a very auspicious way to get our guest announcements for C2E2 ‘13 underway.”

As noted, tickets for C2E2 and “An Evening with Kevin Smith” will be on sale at www.C2E2.com beginning on October 26. 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 KEVIN SMITH:
Smith has spent nearly twenty years as a writer/director making “Clerks”, “Mallrats”, “Chasing Amy”, “Dogma”, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”, “Jersey Girl”, “Clerks II”, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”, “Cop Out” and his newest film “Red State”, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Mystifyingly, Smith also sports three DVD releases of his various college Q&As (“An Evening with Kevin Smith”; “An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder”; “A Threevening with Kevin Smith”) as well as an EPIX Original Q&A special “Kevin Smith: Too Fat For 40″.

He’s published two books full of essays and blog postings (“Silent Bob Speaks and The New York Times bestselling My Boring-Ass Life), as well as “Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith” – a collection of the best material from SModcast, Smith and producer Scott Mosier’s weekly podcast.

Aside from the films he’s directed, Smith has served as a producer on indie efforts including Bryan Johnson’s Lionsgate release “Vulgar”, multiple Academy Award winner “Good Will Hunting”, and a pair of Sundance-selected documentaries, including “Reel Paradise” and “Small Town Gay Bar”.

One of the first filmmakers to venture into cyberspace, Smith has built his fan base primarily on the web, via the thirteen year old binary village at www.viewaskew.com. Smith took the cyberworld by storm when, in February 2007, SModcast debuted online. The back-and-forth banter of Smith and Mosier has kept on for over four years paving the way for the SModcast Podcast Network.

From its January 2010, launch, smodcast.com has grown into a full-fledged network, hosting a full week of original programming featuring SMonsters of Talk, who regularly claim the top slots on iTunes as the Best Podcasts of 2007 and 2010. Audiences around the world have created a following for many other weekly shows which have also gone on to enormous success. In September 2010, SModcast officially began playing on SiriusXM’s “The Virus” channel, alongside Opie & Anthony and Ron & Fez.

The success of SModcast brought to life Smith’s idea of a black box theater in Los Angeles where he and his team could perform live podcasts whenever they wanted. In July 2010 SModcastle – the world’s first live podcast theater – opened. SModcastle quickly became the house that ‘Babble-On’ built. Garman and Smith packed audiences in weekly, routinely selling out the 50 seat venue – a feat matched only by Mewes and Smith when they launched Jay & Silent Bob Get Old.

Smith’s podcasting success did not end with SModcastle. In May 2011 S.I.R.: SModcast Internet Radio, premiered with 24 hour a day, seven days a week programming featuring live and archived Smodcast Network programs. The S.I.R. suite of shows is available through www.smodcast.com and Stitcher’s free mobile and iPad™ apps.

And if film and digital domination aren’t enough, there’s always retail: Smith owns a comic book store named Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Red Bank, New Jersey.

As for the hood ornaments he’s collected, there’s plenty of tin on display: the Filmmaker’s Trophy at Sundance for “Clerks”; the Prix de la Jeunesse and the International Critic’s Week Awards at the Cannes Film Festival, also for “Clerks”. He also has an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for Chasing Amy, and a Humanitas Award for “Good Will Hunting”. Smith also received the Defender of Democracy Award from Norman Lear’s People for the American Way organization for his production of “Dogma”. “Clerks II” won both the prestigious Audience Award at the Edinburgh Film Festvial as well as the Orbit Dirtiest Mouth Moment at the MTV Movie Awards. For his writing in the comics field, Smith has received a Harvey Award, a Wizard Fan Award, an Eagle Award and saw hisGreen Arrow: Quiver named as one of 2003’s Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Service. In the fall of 2002, the town of Paulsboro in New Jersey named a street after him: Kevin Smith Way. In 2004, the Video Software Dealers Association gave Smith the DVD Visionary Award, and in 2005, he collected the Independent Spirit Award from Britain’s Empire Magazine. In April of 2006, this award-whore was given UCLA’s Jack Benny Award for Comedy, and in 2008, Smith was given the Maverick Award by the Woodstock Film Festival, as well as the Vision Award from the DGA-affiliated Filmmaker’s Alliance.

But he’d chuck it all for his wife and kid. Smith married wife Jennifer in April ’99 and celebrated the birth of their daughter, Harley Quinn, in June of that same year. The wedding was not white, to say the least.

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, Fantasy Football Fest and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReePOP 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.

Walking Dead Stars Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan to do Panel and 3-Hour Signing at C2E2 2012

Walking Dead

Press Release:

LAUREN COHAN TO JOIN STEVEN YEUN FOR PANEL & SIGNING AT CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)

Stars of The Walking Dead To Participate in Q & A with Fans; Followed by 3-Hour Signing! 

Norwalk, CT, April 2, 2012:  Lauren Cohan, who plays the popular character Maggie Greene, the principal love interest of Glenn (Steven Yeun) in AMC’s The Walking Dead, will appear along with Yeun at this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2).  Yeun’s appearance at C2E2 was recently announced (3/28) and Ms. Cohan’s appearance has just been confirmed by show organizers.  The two stars of the hit television series will appear at the pop culture convention on Saturday, April 14 where they will conduct a Q & A with fans followed by a free 3-hour signing.

C2E2, which is organized by the creators of New York Comic Con (NYCC), will be held April 13 – 15 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.  For further information about activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com.  Other recently announced guests who will be appearing at the pop culture extravaganza include John Barrowman, John Cusack, Anthony Daniels, Josh Gates, Chris Hardwick, Charlaine Harris, Adam Hughes, Joe Kubert, Tom Morello, Chad Michael Murray, Anne Rice, Scott Snyder, and J Michael Straczynski among many others!

“We were already pleased to announce Steven Yeun’s appearance on our Walking Dead panel at C2E2 last week, so this new addition is the icing on the cake,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2.  “Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan have enormous on-screen chemistry and I am sure this will translate into a great panel appearance for both of them.  On top of this, they are also making themselves available for an extended 3-hour signing which virtually assures that anyone who wants to get an autograph and to meet them personally will have the opportunity.  I know I can speak on behalf of thousands of fans when I say that we are enormously grateful to Steven and Lauren for giving us so much of their time!”

ABOUT LAUREN COHAN:  In addition to her role as Maggie on The Walking Dead, Lauren is most recognized for her roles as Bela Talbot on Supernatural, Vivian Volkoff on Chuck, and Rose on The Vampire Diaries.

Lauren was born in Philadelphia and lived in New Jersey during her childhood before moving to the United Kingdom.  She graduated from the University of Winchester / King Alfred’s College where she studied Drama and English Literature, before touring with a theatre company she co-founded at the University.

Lauren then split her time and work between London and LA, working on several films as well as some non-commercial projects.

ABOUT STEVEN YEUN:  In addition to his starring role in The Walking Dead, Mr. Yeun has also recently starred in an episode of the television series Law & Order: Los Angeles and an episode of Warehouse 13.  Steven Yeun lived in Chicago where he performed with the Second City Theatre and understudied for the Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Kafka on the Shore.  In addition, he was part of several improvisational/sketch comedy groups including Stir Friday NightHands and Detective Detective.  Additional credits include The Big Bang Theory and the role of Chaz in the independent film My Name is Jerry.    Mr. Yeun currently lives in Los Angeles.

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 and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration VI, Fantasy Football Fest, and UFC Fan Expo.  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.

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