Hero Initiative Breezing into C2E2 2012 with Bill Willingham

April 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

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Hero Initiative hits Chicago for C2E2

With special guest Bill Willingham!

Los Angeles CA, April 9, 2012 Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in need, will be breezing into the windy city of Chicago with the legendary Bill Willingham to attend Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo April 13-15th. Also known as C2E2, the convention will be held at the North Building at McCormick Place located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois.

Willingham, perhaps best known for his work on Fables and Fairest for DC Comics, will be signing and sketching all weekend at booth #704. Proceeds will go directly to Hero Initiative, a win for all! And while you’re waiting for your sketch, check out Hero’s special $2 sale, with prices on select items at savings up to 87% off! Don’t miss out!

Also make sure and swing by on artist Peter Krause (Irredeemable) in artist alley booth D-21. On Saturday only, Peter will be donating all of his proceeds from sketches to Hero Initiative! On your way there, grab your Mark Waid comics for signatures, too. Mark will be hanging with Peter at booth D-21 on Saturday!

Hero Initiative’s booth schedule for booth #704 is as follows:

Friday, April 13 (con hours 10-7)

1100-100: Bill Willingham

100-200: Gordon Purcell

200-300: Tim Sale

300-500: Bill Willingham

Saturday, April 14 (con hours 10-7)

1030-1230: Bill Willingham

1230-130: Bill Reinhold

230-430: Bill Willingham

Sunday, April 15 (con hours 10-5)

1030-1230: Bill Willingham

1230-200: Gene Ha

230-430: Bill Willingham

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Hero is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charity.

DC Taking Top Talent To C2E2 2012

March 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois, Top Stories

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DC ENTERTAINMENT TO BRING TOP TALENT TO CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2) 

Renowned Comic Book Publisher will Participate in Nine Panels at Convention; Executives and Creators to Meet with Fans

Norwalk, CT, March 23, 2012:  DC Entertainment has revealed that it will bring an extensive line up of top talent and creators to Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2).  The renowned comic book publisher is slated to participate in nine panels providing thousands of fans the opportunity to hear from some of the most famous artists and creators in the DC universe.  Many of these creators, as well as executives from the company, will also be on hand to meet with fans in the DC Entertainment booth, which will occupy 2500 square feet in a central location on the convention floor. The talent that is (so far) scheduled to appear at C2E2 includes: Franco Aureliani, Art Baltazar, Chris Burnham, David Finch, Patrick Gleason, Kevin Maguire, Sean Murphy, Jimmy Palmiotti, Gail Simone and Scott Snyder.  This does not include a number of top creators that DC will be bringing to the convention for BEFORE WATCHMEN, which has been announced in a separate release.

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 13 – 15, 2012 in the North Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

“DC Entertainment has been a tremendous supporter of C2E2 ever since we launched the show in 2010,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2.  “We are honored that they bring such high caliber talent to our convention and this year is no exception.  I think their participation is a strong statement about how much they believe in our event, and how much they believe in Chicago and the Midwest as a center for pop culture activity and commerce.  DC is a pre-eminent publisher and they elevate dialogue and entertainment simply by being present and being involved.  We are pleased that they have elected to be so present and involved in C2E2.”

FRANCO AURELIANI has been drawing comics since he could hold a crayon in his little fingers. His credits for DC Comics include the Eisner Award-winning TINY TITANS, YOUNG JUSTICE and the upcoming SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES. In 1995, he founded Blindwolf Studios, an independent art studio where he and fellow creators like his superstar cartoonist buddy Art Baltazar create wonderful comics for all the kids. Franco is also the creator, artist and writer of WEIRDSVILLE, LIL CREEPS and EAGLE ALL STAR and the co-creator and writer of PATRICK THE WOLF BOY. Franco is also very tall.

ART BALTAZAR is a super-cartoonist from Chicago! His credits for DC Comics include the Eisner Award-winning TINY TITANS, YOUNG JUSTICE and the upcoming SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES. Additional credits include GORILLA GORILLA comics for Disney Adventures and PATRICK THE WOLF BOY comics from BlindWolf Studios. Aw Yeah Man!

CHRIS BURNHAM derives from Chicago. His credits include BATMAN INCORPORATED and BATMAN AND ROBIN for DC Comics, X-MEN: DIVIDED WE STAND and X-MEN: MANIFEST DESTINY for Marvel Comics, FEAR AGENT for Dark Horse, THE ELEPHANTMENT, NIXON’S PALS and OFFICER DOWNE for Image Comics, and much more.

DAVID FINCH launched his comics career on Top Cow Productions’ Cyberforce, where he started out assisting creator Marc Silvestri before graduating to full-time penciller in 1996. After co-creating the title Ascension and pencilling the first four issues of Aphrodite IX for Image, Finch went on to illustrate acclaimed runs on Ultimate X-MenThe New AvengersMoon Knight and Ultimatum for Marvel before being lured to DC by its siren Bat-song. A contributor to BATMAN #700 and penciller for the one-shot BATMAN: THE RETURN, Finch is currently writing and drawing the ongoing series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT as well as crafting exquisite cover art for a host of DC titles. A proud Canadian, he makes his home on the snowy steppes of Ontario.

PATRICK GLEASON loves to create fantastic characters and the worlds they inhabit. His focus on character development and powerful storytelling can be found within the stories of many iconic characters including DC’s Batman and Robin, Green Lantern Corps, Aquaman, The Jusctie League, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, and The JSA. His ground-laying work, alongside Geoff Johns, and Dave Gibbons on Green Lantern Corps mini-series RECHARGE made way for the acclaimed ongoing series. The Sinestro Corps War followed, and then culminated in the explosive Blackest Night with Peter J Tomasi. Along with DC Comics’ wildly successful New 52, Patrick continues to lend his artistic vision and work to the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin.

KEVIN MAGUIRE resents being known as the guy who draws “funny faces.” He draws expressive faces (thank you very much) on titles such as the various Justice League books of the 1980s, The Adventures of Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, TEAM TITANS, Strike Back!, JLA: CREATED EQUAL, X-Men Forever, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE, and The Defenders. OK… he draws funny faces too.

After breaking into the industry at a young age, SEAN MURPHY made a name for himself in the world of indie comics before joining up with DC for such titles as BATMAN/SCARECROW: YEAR ONE, TEEN TITANS, HELLBLAZER and the miniseries AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. He also wrote and illustrated the original graphic novel Off Road.

JIMMY PALMIOTTI is a multi-award-winning creator and co-founder of Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights, and Paperfilms, where he currently partners with Amanda Conner and Justin Gray. Together they have created and co-created: The New West, MONOLITH, 21 DOWN, THE RESISTANCE, The ProGatecrasherBeautiful KillerAshCloudburstTrigger Girl 6SplattermanThrill SeekerTrailblazer,Ballerina, THE TWILIGHT EXPERIMENT and the TV series, Painkiller Jane.

He has worked on POWERGIRL and JONAH HEX for DC COMICS, The Last Resort for IDW, Back to Brooklyn for Image Comics, Spartacusfor Devils Due, and Time Bomb for Radical Comics. He is currently writing ALL-STAR WESTERN and THE RAY for DC COMICS the New 52.

GAIL SIMONE first caught the attention of the comics world on the world wide web, where her popular humor column “You’ll All Be Sorry!” was featured on Comic Book Resources.  It wasn’t long before she was tapped to write The Simpsons for Bongo Comics, which led to working in the mainstream for Marvel Comics as the writer on Deadpool.

Following her Marvel work, Simone began working for DC, where she is most known for her much-beloved run on BIRDS OF PREY.  She has continued to write for DC and its many imprints on titles that include ROSE AND THORN, ACTION COMICS, TEEN TITANS, SECRET SIX, THE LEGION, VILLAINS UNITED, JLA CLASSIFIED, THE ALL-NEW ATOM, GEN13, and her creator-owned title WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY. Simone is currently writing BATGIRL in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.

SCOTT SNYDER has written comics for both DC and Marvel, including the bestselling series AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS and SWAMP THING, and is the author of the story collection Voodoo Heart (The Dial Press). He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYC and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett. He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.

For further information about guests and activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com.  For more information about DC Entertainment and their guests please contact ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­David Hyde at david.hyde@dccomics.com.

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.

Tom Morello and Claudio Sanchez to Appear at C2E2 2012 to Promote Their Latest Comics

Morello Sanchez

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GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING GUITARIST TOM MORELLO AND MUSICIAN/WRITER CLAUDIO SANCHEZ TO APPEAR AT CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)

Noted Musicians Will Promote Their Latest Comic Books!

Norwalk, CT, March 21, 2012:  Chicago native and Grammy Award-winning guitarist Tom Morello and noted musician Claudio Sanchez will be appearing at this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2).  In addition to their significant music credits, both Morello and Sanchez are well-recognized in the comic community for their writing talent.  Best known for his tenure with the bands Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and his acoustic solo act The Nightwatchman, Morello will conduct a panel on Friday, April 13, 6:15pm – 7:15pm and will also do a signing. Sanchez, an American writer and musician best known for being the lead singer and guitarist for the alternative/progressive rock group Coheed and Cambria, will be at C2E2 throughout the weekend and will promote his latest work and greet fans in the Evil Ink booth.

C2E2, which is organized by the producers of New York Comic Con (NYCC), will take place April 13 – 15, 2012 in the North Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

Tom Morello’s Orchid, which tells the tale of a sixteen-year-old street prostitute in a dystopian future, is currently being released in twelve issues through Dark Horse Comics.  Notes Morello: “Orchid is part SuicideGirl, part Joan of Arc, who becomes the Spartacus of Whores in a story that merges the epic scope of Lord of the Rings with the politics of street terrorism.”  Meanwhile, Claudio Sanchez has created and co-written Key of Zwith his wife Chondra Echert which has recently been published by Evil Ink Comics.  Sanchez has noted that music occupies a central theme in the series which takes a new look at zombies in a post-apocalyptic New York City through the eyes of a security guard to an up-and-coming politician before the zombie outbreak.  Sanchez is also the creator of the comic book series The Amory Wars and Kill Audio.

“Tom Morello and Claudio Sanchez are hugely influential musicians and so it’s cool to have them at C2E2 under any circumstance,” notes Lance Fensterman, Event Director for C2E2.  “But what makes their appearance especially great is that they are coming to our show as comic artists, notmusicians.  Both Tom and Claudio are accomplished comic creators and they have thousands of fans who will be eager to meet and greet them. They are typical of the range of talent at C2E2 and their appearance only underscores how the pop culture world embraces all the arts.   We’re very proud and honored to welcome them to C2E2.”

ABOUT TOM MORELLO:  A guitar superhero best known for Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and his acoustic solo work as folk balladeer the Nightwatchman, Morello also writes a comic series for Dark Horse Comics called Orchid, about a teenage prostitute struggling for justice in a dystopian future. In addition to echoing his present-day social concerns, the comic series has a score written by Morello, with a free song available with each issue.

ABOUT CLAUDIO SANCHEZ:  Claudio Sanchez is creator of the hit comic series’ Key of Z; The Amory WarsThe Second Stage Turbine Blade and In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3; and Kill Audio. He is also the co-author of Year of the Black Rainbow, a novel written with Peter David and founder of Evil Ink Comics.

For further information about other guests and activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com.

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.

John Barrowman to Appear at C2E2 2012

John Barrowman

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JOHN BARROWMAN TO APPEAR AT C2E2

Captain Jack Harkness From Doctor Who And Torchwood Coming To Chicago

Norwalk, CT, March 20, 2012:  The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) has announced actor John Barrowman — best known as Captain Jack Harkness in the BBC’s Torchwood and Doctor Who – will be appearing at this year’s event as a Spotlight Guest.  C2E2, from the creators of New York Comic Con, is April 13-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.  The event is a popular culture convention spanning the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga, and games, and John Barrowman is the latest addition to the show’s roster of guests.  Previously announced comic talent appearing at C2E2 include Adam Hughes, Joe Kubert, Marc Silvestri, Rick Remender, and Scott Snyder.  Previously announced entertainment names include Anthony Daniels, Chad Michael Murray, Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, Chris Hardwick, and Josh Gates.

Barrowman’s body of work spans both the UK and US, appearing on British series including HustleHotel Babylon, and his entertainment show,Tonight’s The Night, and in the US on programs ranging from Desperate Housewives to Central Park West.  He is most known — and has become a pop culture icon — for his portrayal of Captain Jack Harkness.  First appearing in 2005 in Doctor Who, Harkness was a rogue anti-hero both equal and opposite Who‘s altruistic Doctor.  Captain Jack proved extremely popular with fans and critics alike, leading to further adventures with The Doctor in subsequent years and the starring role in Doctor Who‘s adult-oriented spin-off, Torchwood.  Torchwood‘s fourth season, Miracle Day, was a UK and US co-production, airing this past summer on Starz in the USA.

“We’re very excited to welcome John Barrowman this year to C2E2,” Show Organizer Lance Fensterman said.  “Doctor Who has grown into a global phenomenon, and John Barrowman is an actor with a following on both sides of the Atlantic.  There’s tremendous excitement from the fanboys and fangirls within C2E2′s own office, and we know our audience in Chicago will be overjoyed to meet him.”

“I’m so excited about C2E2 because it involves two of my favorite things — my US fans and the city of Chicago. We’re going to have a great time!” Barrowman said.  ”C2E2 will be a special kind of homecoming for me. I’m thrilled to be back in one of my favorite cities in the world, and I’m so happy at long last to be able to spend some time with my US fans.”

John Barrowman will be appearing at C2E2 on Saturday and Sunday.  He’ll be signing autographs and be participating in a panel discussion.  For more on John Barrowman, please visit www.johnbarrowman.com.  Tickets to C2E2 are available now.  For tickets and further show guests and information, visit www.C2E2.com.  For the latest news, follow @C2E2 on Twitter.

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.

John Cusack to Appear at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2012

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JOHN CUSACK TO APPEAR AT CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)

Critically Acclaimed Actor to Preview Trailer for The Raven 

Norwalk, CT, March 19, 2012:  John Cusack, a Chicago native and one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and respected actors of his generation, will appear at this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2).  Mr. Cusack will participate in a Q&A session on Sunday, April 15th and show a trailer for The Raven, his new movie from Relativity starring Mr. Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe.  The independent period thriller, which will be released on April 27th, is directed by James McTiegue and tells the fictionalized account of the last days of Poe’s life in which the poet teams up with a young Baltimore detective to hunt down a serial killer who uses Poe’s works as the basis for his murders.  Mr. Cusack will also do a limited signing for 100 fans at C2E2.

“I am enormously pleased to share this news about John Cusack’s appearance at C2E2,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2.  “I count myself as a major fan and the fact that he is now coming to C2E2 where he will meet and greet thousands of fans, many of whom share my enthusiasm and admiration for his films, is a perfect highlight.  His participation at C2E2 reinforces how great our event has become and I know his appearance will be a huge attraction.”

Some other guests who will be participating in signings or panels at C2E2 include: Neal Adams, Axel Alonso, John Barrowman, Anthony Daniels, Chris Hardwick, Charlaine Harris, Adam Hughes, Stephanie Izard, Tom Morello, and Joe Quesada, to name just a few!

C2E2 will take place April 13 – 15, 2012 in the North Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center.  For further information about other guests and activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com.

ABOUT JOHN CUSACK:  With an impressive body of work spanning the course of two decades, John Cusack has evolved into one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and respected actors of his generation, garnering both critical acclaim as well as prestigious accolades for his dramatic and comedic roles.

Cusack first gained the attention of audiences by starring in a number of 1980s film classics such as The Sure ThingSay Anything and Sixteen Candles.  Following these roles, Cusack successfully shed his teen-heartthrob image by demonstrating his ability to expand his film repertoire by starring in a wide range of dramas, thrillers and comedies including The GriftersEight Men Out, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank.

This fall, we will see Cusack in Lee Daniels’ highly anticipated drama, The Paperboy. Cusack will star opposite Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey as Hillary Van Wetter, an inmate on death row.

Most recently, Cusack reunited with Nicolas Cage to film psychological thriller, Frozen Ground, which is scheduled to release in December 2012. In this film, which is based on true events, Cusack takes on the role of serial killer, Robert Hansen.

On April 27th, Cusack will be seen in the independent thriller The Raven where he portrays the infamous author, Edgar Allen Poe. The film, directed by James McTiegue and produced by Marc D. Evans, tells fictionalized account of the last days of Poe’s life, in which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer’s stories.

Cusack divides his time between Los Angeles and Chicago.

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.

Charlaine Harris (True Blood) and Other Authors Featured Guests at C2E2 2012

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CHARLAINE HARRIS AND OTHER WRITERS TO APPEAR AT CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)

#1 Bestselling Novelist Provides Literary Luster at Annual Pop Culture Event

Norwalk, CT, February 28, 2012:  Charlaine Harris, the #1 New York Times bestselling author best known for her Southern Vampire Mysteries featuring Sookie Stackhouse, will be a Spotlight Guest at this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2).  Ms. Harris’s enormously popular series is also the basis of True Blood, the HBO series produced by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and starring Golden Globe winner Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie.  Providing literary luster at a convention that is brimming with artists, creators and other talent from all segments of the pop culture universe, Ms. Harris will be joined by other Featured Guest writers appearing at C2E2 including: Rachel Caine, Christina Henry, Mari Mancusi, Chloe Neill, and Veronica Wolff.  All of these authors, including Charlaine Harris, will be participating in panels and will do a signing at C2E2 where they will meet and greet thousands of fans.

C2E2 will take place April 13 – 15, 2012 in the North Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center.  For further information about guests and activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com.

“Charlaine Harris and all these literary guests are a fantastic addition to our developing list of major talent who will be appearing at C2E2,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2.  “Their participation is further evidence that the pop culture world cuts across all entertainment boundaries and includes artists from every walk of life.  I know these writers will be well-received at our show and will find legions of fans anxious to hear them speak and meet them in person.”

ABOUT SPOTLIGHT GUEST CHARLAINE HARRIS:  #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for thirty years. Charlaine began writing mystery series—the Aurora Teagarden series and the much darker Lily Bard series—but then went on to write Dead Until Dark which broke genre boundaries to appeal to a wide audience of people who just enjoy a good adventure. Each subsequent book about Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic barmaid and friend to vampires, werewolves, and various other odd creatures, has drawn more readers.The Southern Vampire books are published in twenty languages. They are also the basis of True Blood, the HBO series produced by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and starring Golden Globe winner Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie.  Charlaine also writes the Harper Connelly series.

ABOUT LITERARY FEATURED GUESTS:

RACHEL CAINE is The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires, Weather Warden, and Outcast Seasonnovels, among many others. She grew up in the badlands outside of El Paso, Texas. General Sheridan famously said, “If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell.” Rachel’s trying her best, with the Morganville series, to prove him right. (But still, she does lives in Fort Worth, Texas. Not Hell.)

CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the Black Wings series and enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with subtitles in her spare time. Henry used to work in a comic book store and as a result, has boxes of bagged and boarded comics in her attic.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and son, and can be found on the web at www.christinahenry.net.

MARI MANCUSI used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession—journalism—instead. Today she writes books for teens and adults. When not writing about creatures of the night, Mari enjoys traveling, cooking, goth clubbing, watching cheesy horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure—videogames. A graduate of Boston University and a two time Emmy Award winner, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon and dog Mesquite. You can find Mari online at www.bloodcovenvampires.com.

CHLOE NEILL was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. Chloe is the author of the fan-favorite and The New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series. She watches entirely too much television, roots for her favorite college football team, and believes, however unlikely, that she’ll one day finish a half-marathon. You can learn about Chloe Neill and Chicago’s vampires at www.chloeneill.com.

VERONICA WOLFF, once an aspiring art historian, is an award-winning, bestselling author with a soft spot for kilts and vampires. Known for her Scottish historical romances, she now writes a young adult series called The Watchers as well as an adult contemporary romance series called Sierra Falls. She has lived everywhere from Texas, to Hawaii, to India, finally settling in Northern California where she lives with her husband, two kids, and a houseful of pets.  Her unmarketable skills include snowboarding, speaking Hindi, gardening, and knowing an alarming amount of pop-culture trivia.

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.

Marvel Reveals Plans for C2E2 2012

February 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois, Top Stories

Marvel at C2E2 2012

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MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT REVEALS PLANS FOR CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)

Joe Quesada and Axel Alonso to Join Leading Marvel Talent Including Jason Aaron, Rick Remender and Dan Slott

Official C2E2 Poster to Feature Avengers VS. X-Men in Battle at Chicago Landmark

Norwalk, CT, February 21, 2012:  Many top writers and creators will be joining Marvel Entertainment at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) as the renowned comic books and media entertainment company announces plans for the annual pop culture gathering which will take place April 13 – 15, 2012 in the North Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center.  Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment, and Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, will be joined by other notable Marvel creators including Jason Aaron, Rick Remender and Dan Slott.

In addition to bringing these leading guests and talent to C2E2, Marvel has also provided original artwork by Olivier Coipel for this year’s official C2E2 poster which will feature The Avengers and X-Men in battle at Buckingham Fountain, a Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park. This April, The Avengers and the X-Men go to war in a landmark 12-issue pop culture publishing event, Avengers VS X-Men, which will bring together the world’s greatest super heroes  including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Magneto and more.  To learn more about Avengers VS X-Men go to www.marvel.com/avx.  The specially created 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 other areas throughout Chicago leading up to the show.  Marvel will have a massive booth presence at C2E2 where it will occupy 2500 square feet in a central location on the convention floor where fans will be able to meet top Marvel talent as well as learn about the latest Marvel products, promotions and recent news.  Once again, ReedPOP will also entertain 12 fans at a dinner which will include selected executives and creators from the Marvel team.  This year the exclusive dinner will take place at the award-winning Chicago restaurant Girl & the Goat.  Further details about the dinner will be announced soon and will be posted on the C2E2 website.

“Marvel always brings tremendous energy and excitement to our show and this year is certainly no exception,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2.  “The Marvel presence is felt on so many levels, not just at their booth and with all the talented guests they bring, but also through the poster, the dinner that ReedPOP is hosting, the panels and all the other Marvel activity which involves thousands of our fans and which is so fully integrated with our show.  We are grateful to Marvel for their energy and commitment to C2E2 and we look forward to making this a great show!”

For further information about guests and activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com.

JOE QUESADA:  Joe Quesada wears many creative hats, as both an acclaimed writer-artist and the Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment – the world’s largest and most dynamic comics publisher. In this role, Joe is steward of such legendary characters as Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor.

His tenure as Editor-in-Chief recently drew to a close after 10 successful years – the longest term since Stan Lee himself. Under Quesada’s guidance, Marvel underwent a creative boom and became home to the comic industry’s greatest talents, which continues to hold true today. He brings this same vision to his role in the whole of Marvel Entertainment across the worlds of publishing, film, and television.

AXEL ALONSO:  A 17-year comics industry veteran, Axel Alonso got his start at DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, where he edited such seminal series such as Preacher, Hellblazer and 100 Bullets, before leaping to Marvel Comics in 2001.   Since that time, he has overseen many of the publisher’s biggest franchises – including Spider-Man, Hulk and the X-Men – and edited some of its most talked-about series – including Truth,Rawhide Kid and X-Statix.  In 2011 Axel was promoted to Editor In Chief, a tenure during which he has overseen major events such as the Death of Ultimate Spider-Man and the chart-topping Fear Itself.  Besides comics, Alonso’s passions include basketball, hip-hop, 8-year-old shooting guard Tito “Mr. T” Alonso, Asian food and preparing for the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse.

JASON AARON:  Jason Aaron is an Eisner and Harvey Award nominated comic book writer whose work includes the critically acclaimed crime series Scalped for Vertigo and stints on Black Panther, Ghost Rider and Wolverine: Weapon X for Marvel. Current and upcoming projects includeWolverine, Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine, PunisherMAX X-Men Schism and Wolverine & the X-Men, all for Marvel. He was born in Alabama but currently resides in Kansas City.

RICK REMENDER:  Rick Remender is the writer/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, The End League, Strange Girl, Black Heart Billy, Last Days of American Crime, Sea of Red, Sorrow, Night Mary, XXXombies and Doll and Creature. He is also the writer of Marvel’s Uncanny X-Force, Secret Avengers, and Venom.

Outside of comics he has served as lead writer on EA/EPIC/PCF’s Bulletstorm game and was a writer on the Electronic Arts hit game Dead Space . Prior to this, Remender served as an animator on films such as The Iron Giant, Anastasia, Titan A.E., and Rocky and Bullwinkle.

During his time wrist grinding as an artist Rick penciled books such as The Last Christmas, Bruce Campbell’s Man with the Screaming Brain and numerous issues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while also inking books such as The Avengers and The Terminator . He has provided album covers and art for bands such as NOFX, 3 Inches of Blood, Lagwagon and No Use for a Name. He also taught storyboarding, animation and comic art at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University for many years. He and his tea-sipping wife, Danni, currently reside in California with their two kids, and a monster known only as Lester Magoo.

DAN SLOTT: Dan is someone who isn’t comfortable typing up his own bio and/or talking about himself in the third person. That said, I hear he is extremely modest and would never mention the multiple times he swam the English Channel, piloted clandestine moon missions, or wrestled nuclear-powered mastodons. He is a riddle wrapped in an enigma… and then dipped in a tangy chipotle sauce. You might know him from his work as a writer on Amazing Spider-Man, Mighty Avengers, Avengers: The Initiative, She-Hulk, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, Batman Adventures, Looney Tunes, or Ren & Stimpy.  Or if comics ain’t your bag, he’s the guy who wrote the Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions game for XBox 360, PS3, and PC. Don’t worry about bringing too many comics for him to sign. He’ll sign all of ‘em. Because, well, it’s really no trouble, he has a monosyllabic name, and, seriously, it’s the least he can do– when you bought all that stuff, you paid his rent.

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.

Marvel Announces 2012 Convention Plans

Marvel

Marvel has announced plans to attend 4 conventions in 2012, hitting the usual high spots with 2 stops in California plus Chicago and New York:

Mar 16-18 - Wondercon in Anaheim, CA.
Apr 13-15 - C2E2 in Chicago, IL
Jul 11-15 - San Diego Comic-Con in San Diego, CA
Oct 11-14 - New York Comic Con in New York, NY

DC Announces Panel and Signing Schedules for C2E2 2011

DC C2E2 Poster

Via The Source, DC has announced their panel and signing schedule for C2E2 2011:

FRIDAY

GREEN LANTERN
4:30-5:30pm, Room 474
What’s in store for Green Lantern’s comics adventures in 2011? War! Join DC Executive Editor Eddie Berganza, Doug Mahnke, Tyler Kirkham, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and others to get a sneak peak into the future of GL in the DCU!

DC NATION
6:30-7:30pm, Room 470b
The DC NATION returns to Chicago! Co-Publisher Dan DiDio and some of comics’ top talents give you the inside scoop on what’s new from DC Entertainment. DCU, VERTIGO and MAD will all be discussed, so come on by and join the nation!

Creator Signings  for Friday, 3/18:

2:30-3:30 PM
Christian Alamy, Doug Mahnke, Ivan Reis, Tyler Kirkham, Joe Prado, Rod Reis

3:30-4:30 PM
Tony Daniel, Scott Snyder, Ryan Benjamin, Gail Simone

3:30-4:30 PM
Yildiray Cinar, Kevin Maguire

4:30-5:30 PM
Paul Cornell, Don Kramer, Phil Hester

4:30-5:30 PM
Art Baltazar, Mike Norton, Franco

4:30-5:30 PM
Brian Azzarello, Bill Willingham

SATURDAY

DC UNIVERSE
11:30-12:30pm, Room 474
What will happen to your favorite DCU characters during this year’s major events? Join DC Executive Editor Eddie Berganza and SVP – Sales Bob Wayne, along with Yildiray Cinar, Art Baltazar, Franco, Mike Norton, Kevin Maguire and others to hear about upcoming highlights from the DCU.

VERTIGO
1:30-2:30pm, Room 470b
Find out what compelling tales comics’ edgiest imprint has in store for you in the months to come! Join Senior Group Editor Shelly Bond, Scott Snyder, Bill Willingham, and others for a discussion of your favorite VERTIGO titles.

DC ICONS
2:30-3:30pm, Room 474
DC’s top heroes are the topic of this panel spotlight. Executive Editor Eddie Berganza, Tony Daniel, Paul Cornell, Scott Snyder, and Phil Hester lead the discussion on the latest Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman news.

DRAWING DC
5:30-6:30pm, Room 474
Superstar artists Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke and Tyler Kirkham show off their distinctive styles while drawing on a machine that projects their work on a giant screen. Check out this unique presentation that will give you an inside glimpse into the artistic process!

Creator Signing  for Saturday, 3/19:

12-1 PM
Bill Willingham

1-2 PM
Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, Rod Reis, Christian Alamy, Tyler Kirkham, Doug Mahnke

2-3PM
Brian Azzarello, Gene Ha

2-3 PM
Franco, Mike Norton

3-4 PM
Yildray Cinar, Kevin Maguire

4-5 PM
Tony Daniel, Scott Snyder, Ryan Benjamin, Gail Simone

4-5 PM
Paul Cornell, Don Kramer

SUNDAY

BRIGHTEST DAY
1:00-2:00pm, Room 474
Executive Editor Eddie Berganza, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and others will reveal insights and hints about the epic Brightest Day story – and where the event will lead next!

FABLES: THE FIRST 100 – ONE-ON-ONE WITH BILL WILLINGHAM
4:00-5:00pm, Room 470a
The mind behind Vertigo’s mega-popular series comes to Chicago! Bill Willingham is joined by VP – Marketing, John Cunningham, for an in-depth look back at the first 100 issues of Fables – as well as a glimpse at what’s to come!

Creator Signings for Sunday, 3/20:

12-1 PM
Jill Thompson, Bill Wilingham

12-1
Brian Azzarello, Gene Ha

1-2 PM
Ryan Benjamin, Tony Daniel, Gail Simone

1-2 PM
Paul Cornell, Don Kramer, Jamal Igle

2-3 PM
Joe Prado, Rod Reis, Christian Alamy, Tyler Kirkham, Doug Mahnke, Ivan Reis

2-3 PM
Franco, Mike Norton

Marvel Signing Schedule for C2E2 2011 Revealed

Joe Quesada Venom Cover

On Medium at Large, the official blog for C2E2 promoters ReedPop, the Marvel signing schedule has been revealed:

FRIDAY, MARCH 18TH

2 to 3 PM
REILLY BROWN
TIM SEELEY
FRANK TIERI
FRED VAN LENTE

3 to 4 PM
BRYAN J.L. GLASS
JIM MCCANN
CHRIS SAMNEE
NICK SPENCER

4 to 5 PM
MATT FRACTION
DAVID LISS
STUART MOORE

5 to 6 PM
JEPH LOEB

5 to 6 PM
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

6 to 7 PM
JOE QUESADA

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SATURDAY, MARCH 19TH

11 AM to 12 PM
C.B. CEBULSKI
TONY MOORE
NICK SPENCER
ALESSANDRO VITTI

12 to 1 PM
JOE QUESADA

1 to 2 PM
STUART MOORE
RYAN STEGMAN
FRANK TIERI
DEXTER VINES

2 to 3 PM
JEPH LOEB

3 to 4 PM
REILLY BROWN
FRED VAN LENTE
DAVID LISS
CLAY MANN

4 to 5 PM
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
MATT FRACTION

5 to 6 PM
ERIC CANETE
JANET LEE
JIM MCCANN
CHRIS SAMNEE

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SUNDAY, MARCH 20TH

11 AM to 12 PM
C.B. CEBULSKI
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
CLAY MANN
SKOTTIE YOUNG

12 PM to 1 PM
MATT FRACTION
RYAN STEGMAN
FRED VAN LENTE
ALESSANDRO VITTI

1 PM to 2 PM
JEPH LOEB

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