Image Comics Announces Panels & Signing for TCAF 2017

May 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Canada, Convention News

Press Release:

Image Comics is pleased to announce that the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) 2017 will celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary with a slew of cannot-miss panels and events.

For two days in May, Image Comics creators, staff, and friends, will take over TCAF’s newest venue The Masonic Temple (introduced in 2016), located at 888 Yonge Street, a block north of TCAF’s main location Toronto Reference Library. The Image 25th Anniversary Party at The Masonic Temple will be a fully accessible venue which will feature both all-day exhibitors and timed creator signings, as well as panel discussions, live drawing, special ‘talk show’ segment, and more.

The Image 25th Anniversary Party at The Masonic Temple runs Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, May 14, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and as with almost every TCAF event, admission will be FREE.

Image 25th Panels:

SATURDAY, MAY 13th

TIME: 11 a.m.
LOCATION: Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville
Image 25th: THE WALKING DEAD artist Charlie Adlard and KILL OR BE KILLED artist Sean Phillips in Conversation

Charlie Adlard (THE WALKING DEAD) and Sean Phillips (KILL OR BE KILLED) are giants of not only Image Comics, but also of the great wide world of British comics! Come and see these two titans in conversation, as Sean interviews Charlie about his career, being part of such a huge cultural phenomenon, and his new role as the UK’s Comics Laureate.

TIME: 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Image 25th: Drawing Action
Lights? No. Camera? No. Action? Yes! Action! Comics are full of them! But how do you draw something with enough POW that it jumps off the page? Join Brandon Graham, Emma Ríos, Adam Warren, Jason Latour, and Cameron Stewart as they discuss everything from fight choreography to epic chase sequences and beyond.

TIME: 2:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Image 25th: Designing New Worlds
Magical Monsters! Terrific Technologies! Alien Alternatives! When the real world isn’t big enough for your ideas, sometimes you’ve got to build your own! Join Jamie McKelvie, Sloane Leong, Simon Roy, and Andrew MacLean as they discuss what it takes to design a whole new world to contain your stories.

TIME: 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Image 25th: Glitterbomb vs. Monstress—Terrifically Terrifying Comics
Few things are as horrific as real horror! Few things are as felt as true feelings! So how do you convey both of those things in comics? Join the teams behind the terrific and terrifying MONSTRESS (Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda) and GLITTERBOMB (Jim Zub and Djibril Morrissette-Phan) on how they go about imbuing their stories and characters with real emotion, while also scaring your pants off.

SUNDAY, MAY 14th

TIME: 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville
Image 25th: SNOTGIRL vs. KAPTARA—they’re funny, off-the-wall, and always enGROSSing
Snotgirl. Gross. KAPTARA. Also gross. But these books are also both very funny and very stylish! Come hang out with Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung as they talk with hometown heroes Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod about comics, collaboration, and jokes.

TIME: 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Image 25th: Finding a Balance
Day jobs. Everybody’s got one. But how do you go about paying the bills while creating hit creator-owned comics? How do you make sure you have enough creative energy for both? Marjorie Liu, Jim Zub, Ivan Brandon, and Jason Latour are no strangers to balancing projects they do for others and projects the do for themselves. Come and hear how they try to make it work.

TIME: 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Image 25th: From MOTOR CRUSH to ISOLA, Fletcher, Stewart, Tarr, and Kerschl talk collaboration of the years
The teams behind MOTOR CRUSH and the upcoming Isola have been working together for quite a while. Come and hear Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, and Karl Kerschl talk about their comic book making pasts, jumping to creator-owned comics as a team, and if there’s any friendly competition when both of their books are on the racks.

TIME: 2:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Image 25th: Cartooning On The Edges of Reality
Drawing things you can see is hard enough. But how do you go about drawing things that aren’t what they seem? How do you draw the surreal and the supernatural? Join masters of the unreal Farel Dalrymple, Vanesa Del Rey, Wes Craig, and Ray Fawkes as they talk about creating visuals for the unknown.

TIME: 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Image 25th: Island: Experimental Storytelling and Beyond
Island was an exciting experiment in creating a Heavy Metal-style anthology for North America. Having recently wrapped with issue #15, come and join series editors Emma Ríos and Brandon Graham, along with contributors Simon Roy and Farel Dalrymple, as they discuss the goals and achievements of Island, and what’s coming next for North American sci-fi.

CREATORS ATTENDING:

  • Charlie Adlard (THE WALKING DEAD)
  • Ivan Brandon (BLACK CLOUD)
  • Wes Craig (DEADLY CLASS)
  • Farel Dalrymple (POP GUN WAR)
  • Valentine de Landro (BITCH PLANET)
  • Brenden Fletcher (MOTOR CRUSH)
  • Brandon Graham (ISLAND)
  • Meredith Gran (OCTOPUS PIE)
  • Leslie Hung (SNOTGIRL)
  • Karl Kerschl (ISOLA)
  • Jason Latour (LOOSE ENDS, SOUTHERN BASTARDS)
  • Bryan Lee O’Malley (SNOTGIRL)
  • Jeff Lemire (ROYAL CITY, AD: AFTER DEATH, DESCENDER, PLUTONA)
  • Sloane Leong (FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS)
  • Marjorie Liu (MONSTRESS)
  • Andrew MacLean (HEADLOPPER) (Andrew MacLean will be exhibiting in Toronto Reference Library.)
  • Jamie McKelvie (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE)
  • Kagan McLeod (KAPTARA)
  • Djibril Morrissette-Phan (GLITTERBOMB
  • Sean Phillips (KILL OR BE KILLED)
  • Emma Ríos (ISLAND, PRETTY DEADLY)
  • Simon Roy (ISLAND)
  • Cameron Stewart (MOTOR CRUSH, THE OTHER SIDE)
  • Sana Takeda (MONSTRESS)
  • Babs Tarr (MOTOR CRUSH)
  • Chip Zdarsky (KAPTARA)
  • Jim Zub (GLITTERBOMB, WAYWARD)

 

TCAF Celebrates 25 Years of Image Comics

Press Release:

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival returns for it’s 9th year to Toronto Reference Library, with a star-studded kick-off event! Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of premiere U.S. comic book publisher Image Comics, the event will see an amazing panel discussion about the history, impact, and future of Image by some of their most famous cartoonists. Featuring:

  • Governor General’s Award nominee Jeff Lemire (Secret Path, Royal City)
  • Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead)
  • Sana Takeda (Monstress)
  • Emma Rios (Island)
  • Brandon Graham (Island, King City)
  • Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Kaptara)

A rollicking discussion of where Image Comics has come from and where it’s going in the future! A signing will follow.

Tickets are required to attend. Tickets will be made available for FREE on Eventbrite starting Monday, April 17th, at 11:00am. Ticket link: tcaf2017.eventbrite.com. Limit 2 per person.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2017, Saturday May 13, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 14, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Full details on the TCAF website: www.torontocomics.com

IN – Free Comic Book Day 2017 Signing

Chip Zdarsky (Star Lord, Sex Criminals), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes), Scott Bachmann (27 Anthology, Super Mom), and Kyle Starks (Sexcastle, Rick and Morty) appear at Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

RSVP on Facebook!

Aw Yeah Comics
107 N High St, Muncie, IN 47305
(765) 282-5297

HeroesCon 2017 Welcomes New Guests

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Chip Zdarsky, Caleb Goellner, Rob Guillory, Jody LeHeup, Jason Moore, Gregg Schigiel, Chris Sims, Tim Vigil, Thom Zahler, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

CHAD BOWERS | Youngblood, X-Men ’92, Down Set Fight!
CASEY COLLER | Transformers
SEAN DOVE | Brobots and the Kaiju Kerfuffle!, The Last Days of Danger, Madballs
SCOTT FOGG | Phileas Reid Knows We Are Not Alone, Action Lab: Dog of Wonder
CALEB GOELLNER | Task Force Rad Squad, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mermaid: Evolution
ROB GUILLORY Chew, Thor
JODY LEHEUP | Shirtless Bear-Fighter
JASON MOORE | Spook House, Batman Haunted Gotham, The Crusades, Evil Ernie Destroyer
GREGG SCHIGIEL | Pix, SpongeBob Comics, Stuff Said Podcast
CHRIS SIMS | X-Men ’92, Down Set Fight!, Swordquest
TIM VIGIL | Faust, EO, Webwitch, Frank Frazetta’s Dark Kingdom
DOUG WAGNER | Plastic, The Hard Place, Legends of the Dark Knight, The Ride
MICHAEL WATKINS | Villains Supreme, Femme Noir, Transformers, Sonic The Hedgehog
THOM ZAHLER | Love and Capes, My Little Pony
CHIP ZDARSKY | Sex Criminals, Star Lord, Howard The Duck, Jughead, Spider-Man

RSVP on the Facebook event page!

For the most up-to-date information, check our blog, or sign up for the weekly Heroes Hotline newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER, FREE!

ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

ON – Hairy Tarantula 25th Anniversary Signing

Hairy Tarantula celebrates their 25th anniversary by hosting comic creators Chip Zdarsky (Star-Lord, Howard the Duck, Sex Criminals) on Saturday April 8th and J. Torres (The Mighty Zodiac, Teen Titans Go!) on Sunday April 9th for live podcast recordings and signings.

RSVP on Facebook!

Hairy Tarantula
6979 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M2M 3X9
+1 647-430-1263

C2E2 Reveals 2017 Poster with Art by Declan Shalvey

March 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Press Release:

The exclusive official C2E2 poster has been unveiled featuring the ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY leaping into action against a view of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue at night. The image, created for C2E2 by Declan Shalvey, will be given away at C2E2 events leading up to the Show and local comic book stores in the Midwest area. A signed poster will be included in the VIP packages this year.

The Guardians’ time grounded on Earth has ended, and it’s time for them to head back to the stars! Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot have reunited to keep the galaxy safe from all kinds of extraterrestrial threats. Follow their adventures in ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 by all-stars Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder and Ive Svorcina, available in May!

Don’t miss Declan Shalvey at C2E2 2017 on April 21-23! He’ll be hanging out in Artist Alley all weekend long. Other guests include: Alex Maleev, Ale Garza, Amy Chu, Ande Parks, Andy Price, Art Baltazar, Ben Templesmith, Bill Willingham, Bo Hampton, Brian Churilla, Brian Stelfreeze, Brittney Williams, Chip Zdarsky, Chris Sprouse, Dan Jurgens, David Petersen, Dustin Nguyen, Eric Canete, Eric Powell, Erica Henderson, Franco, Frank Miller, Greg Rucka, Ivan Brandon, James Tynion IV, Jamie McKelvie, Jason Aaron, Jason Latour, Jeff Lemire, Jen Bartel, Jenny Frison, Jill Thompson, Jim Cheung, Jody Houser, Joe Eisma, Jordie Bellaire, Joelle Jones, Julie Benson, Katie Cook, Kel McDonald, Kieron Gillen, Larry Stroman, Liam Sharp, Luke Ross, Marcio Takara, Matt Wagner, Mike Perkins, Mirka Andolfo, Neal Adams, Ramon Perez, Rob Liefeld, Ryan Stegman, Scott Hepburn, Scott McDaniel, Shawna Benson, Skottie Young, Steve Orlando, Terry Moore, Tim Seeley, Yanick Paquette, Bill Sienkiewicz, Rick Remender, and more.

For further information go to the website: www.c2e2.com

CA – Sex Criminals Signing

Chip Zdarsky signs at Fantastic Comics on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

*UPDATE! – Unfortunately Matt can no longer make it to the event, but Chip Zdarsky is still going to be right here with us at Fantastic Comics!

Press Release:

Come meet Matt Fraction (ODY-C, CASANOVA, HAWKEYE) and Chip Zdarsky (STAR-LORD, HOWARD THE DUCK, KAPTARA, MONSTER COPS)!

Ask them about their sexy criminals book at the Q&A. Get them to deface your belongings. Purchase more belongings for them to deface, including the new issues of the continuing SEX CRIMINALS, returning in February. It will be fun!

SEX CRIMINALS is the award-winning series published by Image Comics. It tells the story of Suzie and Jon, a couple who use their orgasmic time freezing powers to rob banks and save Suzie’s library.

Matt and Chip rarely do shop signings together, so make sure you don’t miss this opportunity! We do not recommend this event for children, but grown ups are very welcome!

RSVP on Facebook!

Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
510-848-2988

ON – Image Day 2017 Signing

Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Kaptara) and J. Bone (The Saviors) sign at The Beguiling on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics!

RSVP on Facebook!

The Beguiling
319 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1S2
416-533-9168

ON – Dinosaur Comics Holiday Party 2016

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Press Release:

The Beguiling is proud to once again welcome one and all to our annual Dinosaur Comics Holiday Party! Things might be tough right now, but that makes getting together with friends, comics, and some secret Santa-ing. This year Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics and writer of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl will be joined by Chip Zdarsky, writer of the to-be-released-that-day Star Lord from Marvel Comics. We’re also lining up a few other very special guests, but we wanted to let you know to Save The Date first and we’ll update this post with info as it comes in!

If you’ve never been before, Ryan, Chip, and pals will be getting together and signing/mingling with folks, we’ll ask them some fun questions in front of an audience, and there’ll be books there for you to buy and get signed too (courtesy of The Beguiling). Plus, returning for another year is the popular SECRET SANTA trade at the event! Read on for details!

All of this is happening Thursday, December 17th, at Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor St. W., near Bathurst TTC), on the second floor. We hope we’ll see you there!

We’re holding a SECRET SANTA at this event! Everyone is welcome to participate, but no one has to if they don’t want to because choice is important!

If you would like to participate:
– Please bring a wrapped gift with a monetary value of about $5-$10. Don’t go nuts, but find something cool.
– Go to the book sales table and trade your gift for a numbered ticket.
– At 8:30pm, we’ll call out the numbers, and when your number is called you’ll have your choice of the available gifts!
– Please mark on the outside of the gift if your item contains food and especially if it contains common allergens including peanuts, gluten, etc., so that people with allergies will be able to make an informed Secret Santa Selection.

ON – ZdarsCon 2016

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Press Release:

The Beguiling features on Saturday, September 3rd, 11am-6pm Marguerite Bennett, Chester Brown, Valentine DeLandro, Ray Fawkes, Sam Maggs, Ryan North, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Ryan Stegman! And also Chip Zdarsky. Secret Location TBA

Press Release:

It’s happening again! #ZDARSCON is the official comic book event of Chip Zdarsky, but this time he’s bringing some special pals to the event! You have no idea what to expect, even if you went last time, because this is nothing like last time or anytime for that matter.

Details will be announced in the #ZDARSCON tag on Twitter on Saturday morning (Follow @zdarsky @thebeguiling & #zdarscon on Twitter for deets), and on the Facebook event page.

#ZDARSCON Facts:

  • #ZDARSCON is an experience. But, sadly, it will be an experience which lasts for roughly 5-10 minutes per person. Do not travel to Toronto JUST for #ZDARSCON. Just trust Chip on this one.
  • #ZDARSCON will be located within 5-10 minutes walking of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where we presume nothing related is going on this weekend. Maybe the gift show? Anyway.
  • #ZDARSCON will announce the MYSTERY LOCATION the morning of! And the signing schedule the night before!
  • #ZDARSCON will have a selection of books and products from all participating creators available for purchase at the event itself, on the off chance you didn’t get up Saturday morning and lug a box of books downtown.
  • #ZDARSCON will be a very nice time.

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