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  • Hero Initiative Parties with Multiversity Comics and Dark Horse at Seattle Emerald City Comic Con 2014

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    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative Parties with Multiversity Comics and Dark Horse At Seattle Emerald City Comic Con

    Hero is celebrating 30 years of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo

    LOS ANGELES, CA (March 14, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, hits the Emerald City Comic con in Seattle, Wa. March 28-30 at the Washington State Convention center.

    And we’re bringing our party hats! Hero is celebrating 30 years of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo at a party sponsored by Multiversity Comics and Dark Horse Comics! The party takes place at Rock Bottom Brewery, 1333 5th Avenue in Seattle, just four blocks from the convention center! Be there Friday March 28 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10 at the door for this 21-and-over event. You can take party pics there at Seattle’s Facebooth (a photobooth worthy of your face!) and enter a raffle with great prizes to benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai!

    Make sure you hit the Hero booth at the con, #t’k, and visit these Hero Ambassadors on the con floor who will be collecting donations throughout the weekend for our cause at their own tables: Arthur Adams, Chris Burnham, Kurt Busiek, Jonathan Case, Amanda Conner, Ryan Dunlavey, Chris Giarrusso, Brian Haberlin, Karl Kesel, Jai Nitz, Michael Oeming, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brandon Peterson, Darick Robertson, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Ben Templesmith, and Fred van Lente.

    See you there!

    About The Hero Initiative

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

    Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

    NYC – Sixth Anniversary Signings

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    Comic Book Jones celebrates their sixth anniversary this weekend with Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey, and Charles Soule on Saturday December 14, 2013 and then Evan Dorkin, Jacob Chabot, Chris Giarrusso, and Frank Tieri on Sunday December 15, 2013! Plus 25% off sale both days!

    Comic Book Jones
    2220 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10303-1700

    GraniteCon 2013 Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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    Press Release:

    Granitecon 2013 is just over five weeks away! Join us September 28th and 29th at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire! To celebrate ten years of Granitecon we’re expanding to two days, moving to the larger Expo Center and assembling our largest guest list ever! Expect all sorts of fun events, signings and more!

    graniteconGuests include:
    Chris Giarrusso – Mini Marvels
    Ben Templesmith – Ten Grand, 30 Days of Night
    Ethan Van Sciver – Green Lantern, Batman
    Arthur Suydam – Marvel Zombies
    Katie Cook – My Little Pony
    Art Baltazar – Tiny Titans
    Ron Marz – Witchblade, Green Lantern
    Mark Texiera – Ghost Rider
    David Petersen – Mouse Guard
    Dan Parent – Archie Comics
    Craig Rousseau – The Perhapanauts

    Plus Voice Actors Including:
    Jess Harnell – Animaniacs, The Cleveland Show
    Rob Paulsen – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Animaniacs
    Jim Cummings – Winnie the Pooh, Star Wars: The Clone Wars
    Grey Delisle – Avatar: The Last Airbender, Scooby-Doo, Fairly OddParents

    See the full guest list and buy tickets at www.granitecon.com!

    Make sure to follow Granitecon on Twitter @granitecon and Like us on Facebook!

    NYC – Learn to Draw with G-Man

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    Chris Giarrusso leads a Kids Comics Workshop at Bergen St. Comics on SUNDAY, July 14th, 2013 at 11:00AM!

    It’s a morning of fun on Sunday, July 14th, as Chris Giarrusso joins us for a special kids’ event! Come and see how Chris bring G-Man to life, and get some tips on how to create super-heroes of their very own. Not to be missed!

    Bergen Street Comics
    470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    IL – G-Man/Mighty Skullboy Army Signing

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    Chris Giarrusso and Jacob Chabot sign at Challengers Comics on Monday, July 1, 2013 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Challengers Comics 
    1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

    NC – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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    Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, Jacob Chabot, Annie Wu, Chrissie Zullo, and many more sign at Acme Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

    Press Release:

    Come out an help us celebrate our 30th anniversary serving the Triad as the area’s original and largest comic specialty store! Now in its 11th year, FCBD 2013 at Acme will give you the opportunity to try out 52 different titles, meet with more than a dozen comic creators, take photos with your favorite costumed heroes, and try your hand at trivia contests with the biggest door prizes in town!

    You might wonder how we can improve on our internationally recognized festivities, but we’ve got a few ideas and partners to strive and top ourselves!

    2013 IMPROVEMENTS
    *We’ve ordered in excess of 32,000 books this year, over 5,000 more than 2012, all to be given away for FREE!

    *Learning from last year’s temporary rain-out, we’ve waterproofed and cooled off the Sketch Cave by housing it in the brand new Acme Comics Presents location next to the main store, so you can duck in and get a break from the elements while getting your books signed and commissioning a personalized sketch from your favorite artist for FREE!

    *Swap stories and get your picture taken with Spider-man, Green Lantern, Cheetara, Lion-O, the Joker, members of the Star Wars 501st Stormtrooper Legion and MORE for FREE!

    *Hang out all night and all day and all night again at Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema as our pals down the sidewalk will be open straight through on Friday for the food, beverage, and facility conveniences of anyone camping out over night, all day Saturday to provide refreshments and entertainment to event-goers, and until 2 AM Saturday night for the after-party to beat all after-parties!

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    *Get down with the band provided by Don’s Music City! It’s a superhero dance party!

    Creators appearing at Acme Comics will include:

    THOMAS BOATWRIGHT
    Long-time Acme ally Thomas Boatwright will be returning to Free Comic Book Day in 2013! Acme subscribers will instantly recognize T.A.’s style as the look of Geeksboro’s Mixed Tape Film Series, and its that same unmistakable sense of left-of-center humor and unadulterated purity that you’ll find in his series Cemetery Blues from Image Comics and Zeke Deadwood: Zombie Lawman from SLG, , co-created by Acmecast guest Ryan Rubio as well as the original Image graphic novel The Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo!

    Thomas’s most recent book is Orc Girl, written by Paul Allor, he garnered a rave review from recent Acme guest Gail Simone! He can be found online at Boatwright Artwork.com!

    JACOB CHABOT
    Jacob will be making his third Free Comic Book Day appearance at Acme, and his fifth in Greensboro overall! Since his last visit in 2012, Jacob released the second collection of his Eisner-nominated comic the Mighty Skullboy Army from Dark Horse as well as knocking out volume six of the Voltron Force original graphic novels for Viz Media and contributing to Avengers vs. X-Men Versus #6 from Marvel.

    Find out more about Jacob the Mad Scientist at Beetle Bug Comics.com!
    JEREMY DALE
    Jeremy Dale is a comic book artist best known for his work on G.I. Joe comics for Hasbro with creator Larry Hama as well as the Harvey Award-winning Popgun v.1 from Image Comics and Miserable Dastards (recently optioned as a feature film). He is currently working on several projects, including the creator-owned Skyward series. He is a featured guest at several shows, conventions, and signings every year.

    Skyward will be officially debuting the NFL Rush Zone Season of the Guardians Free Comic Book Day offering from Action Lab Entertainment! Jeremy will be coming up from Atlanta for his fifth(!) Free Comic Book Day appearance, along with his lovely wife Kelly, the anchor of our FCBD book line!

    CHRIS GIARRUSSO
    A master of his style and craft, Chris first burst onto the comic industry’s radar with Bullpen Bits for the Marvel Comics letters pages, which evolved into the beloved Mini Marvels, running in the back of Marvel event books, specials and all-ages titles for most of this century’s first decade. Have you seen the Hawkeye cartoon intro?

    In January 2003, Giarrusso debuted his signature creation, G-Man, in the back of Savage Dragon #104 for Image Comics during a feature called Comic Bits! Since finding their family’s magical heirloom cape in the linen closet, Mikey G and his brother Dave have completed two adventures, “Learning to Fly” and “Cape Crisis”!

    Since his last visit to Acme for Free Comic Book Day 2012, Chris has been diligently working on the next installment in the saga of G-Man & Great Man, “Coming Home”, the first chapter of which has been made available via Comixology and to legions of new Chris G. fans for FREE through the Read 2 Succeed program, sponsored by Acme and WFMY News 2! Chris can also be found drawing weekly strips for Tales from the Con, written by Brad Guiger for Seattle’s premiere convention, Emerald City!

    Chris makes his internet home at Chris G. Comics.com!

    JOE QUINONES
    Joe Quinones is a relative newcomer to the industry, having first been published by DC comics for their now defunct Teen Titans GO series in 2007. He is probably best known for his collaboration with writer Kurt Busiek on the Green Lantern serial for Mark Chiarello’s Eisner Award-winning Wednesday Comics. Since then, Joe has illustrated a number of covers and short stories for DC, Marvel and Dark Horse, with a current cover run on Captain Marvel. Joe also has some unannounced interior work on the horizon, as well as a Zatanna/ Black Canary graphic novel, written by Paul Dini, due out at the end of 2013.

    AMANDA RACHELS
    As the breakout star of the Free Comic Book Day 2012 festivities and a stalwart companion to Jermaine, Stephen and Riley during Comic Con International this past summer, it’s no wonder Amanda Rachels has quickly become a part of the Acme Comics family and Free Comic Book Day wouldn’t be the same without her!

    Amanda’s star continues to rise in the comic industry with projects like the self-published Clown Town and her web comic the Blind Eye, written by her frequent collaborator Kevin LaPorte. She just celebrated the release of The Book original graphic novel from Arcana!

    ANDY RUNTON
    Hey there! My name is Andy. I’ve always loved to draw and always loved comics. After college and a career in corporate America, I finally followed my heart, started drawing comics, graphic novels, and books and I haven’t looked back since.

    In 2001 I created the breakout all-ages series of graphic novels, Owly, which features a kind-hearted little owl who’s always searching for new friends and adventure. The Owly series has earned praise from fans and critics alike, winning multiple awards including the Howard E. Day Memorial Prize, the Harvey Award, two Ignatz Awards, and the 2006 Eisner Award for “Best Publication for a Younger Audience.”

    I rely on a mixture of symbols, icons, and expressions to tell my silent stories, and my work showcases my love of wildlife and the outdoors. I currently reside in the greater-Atlanta area where I work full-time on my Owly comics, books, and graphic novels.

    Andy has made one previous trip to Acme back in 2011, and we’re psyched to have one of the most-travelled creators in comics with us for FCBD!

    GREGG SCHIGIEL
    Gregg Schigiel is a regular Acme partner in crime, as well as a frequent contributor to SpongeBob Comics from Bongo and United Plankton Press, having drawn the cover and Merman and Barnacle Boy story for this year’s FCBD SpongeBob Comics Freestyle Funnies and. For over a year now, he’s produced Stuff Said with Gregg Schigiel, his cartoonist conversation podcast and a member show in the Acme Wave Projector podcast network. He continues to work on his creator-owned series Pix, Teenage American Fairy from his home in NYC and he blogs at Hatter Entertainment.com.

    BRIAN SMITH
    Smitty’s been a part the comic industry since the late ’90s, spending several years as an associate editor at Marvel Comics. After going to work for himself, Brian began illustrating the Adventures of Daniel Boom, a.k.a. Loud Boy for Grosset & Dunlap and penning the adventures of the Voltron Force and Max Steel for Viz Media, as well as debuting his own creations, like the aforementioned Stuff of Legend from Th3rd World Studios, co-created by Mike Raicht and drawn by fan-favorite Charles Paul Wilson III!

    Over the last year, Brian has edited various titles at DC Comics, including New 52 runs on Batgirl and Savage Hawkman, but he’s recently gone back to the life he was meant to lead, freelance creation of the adventures of Thomas Fleet and humor strips like the Basics!

    MARIS WICKS
    Maris Wicks lives with fellow primate Joe Quinones and their cat Biggs, in Somerville, Massachusetts. She has used her opposable thumbs to draw comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and “Spongebob Comics”, and written stories for Image and DC Comics. When she’s not making comics, Maris works as a program educator at the New England Aquarium. She is also an avid tool user and is particularly fond of bananas. Maris will have a story in the FCBD SpongeBob Comics Freestyle Funnies and her new graphic novel Primates is due out in June from First Second!

    ANNIE WU
    Grew up in central Florida, studied Illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, moved to New York City. Enjoys improv, Buster Keaton’s early films, and making things.

    Work has been recognized by the likes of SPECTRUM 17 and 18, Society of Illustrators 2009 Student Competition, American Illustration TRIBUTE, and Adult Swim for a few weird seconds. Clients include Vertigo, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, WIRED Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine, ELLE Magazine, M-Edge, Coca-Cola Brazil, Titmouse Inc. and others.

    Currently working on projects of the comic book variety and doing character/prop color design for the upcoming fifth season of The Venture Bros.

    KELLY YATES
    In addition to being a Wednesday Acme Comics customers just like many of you, Kelly has worked closely with fellow creators Craig Rousseau and Rich Woodall throughout 2012 to launch Artist Alley Comics as a viable, creator-focused alternative to digital distribution! Yates debuted his newest project, MonstHer, via Artist Alley in June, alongside new stories from guys like Richard Case, Chris Kemple and Tim Sale.

    Even though he’s a life-long Star Wars fan, Kelly has gained worldwide notoriety as a favorite artist on IDW Publishing’s Doctor Who books, having tag-teamed with Y the Last Man artist Pia Guerra on the 10th Doctor Forgotten storyline and knocking out the entirety of the 11th Doctor’s A Fairytale Life himself. In 2008, he launched his creator-owned, sci-fi, female-lead adventure series from Image Comics, >Amber Atoms>, which was met with much critical acclaim and very warm fan reception!

    CHRISSIE ZULLO
    Since breaking into comics via San Diego Comic Con International 2009, Chrissie has been putting together some of the most well-designed and beautiful covers of the century for Fables spin-offs Cinderella From Fabletown with Love andFables are Forever! She’s shown off her sequential narrative chops on books like Madame Xanadu, written by Matt Wagner, and Heroic: A Womanthology. She also draws a mean Samus Aran from Metroid! This will be her second visit to Acme as a creator, the first being the Heroic: A Womanthology Summit!

    Acme Comics
    2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
    336-574-2263

    GraniteCon Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    January 25, 2013 by  
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    graniteconSave the date!  Granitecon 2013 is September 28th and 29th! To celebrate 10 years of Granitecon we’re expanding to 2 days and moving to the larger Expo Center!  Expect all sorts of fun events, signings and more!  Check out the recently relaunched granitecon.com for some of the early details including our first round of guests!!!

    So far our guests include:

    • Katie Cook – My Little Pony
    • Chris Giarrusso – Mighty Marvels, G-Man
    • JK Woodward – Star Trek/Doctor Who
    • Ale Garza – Deadpool, Teen Titans
    • Craig Rousseau – Marvel Adventures, Perhapanauts
    • Chrissie Zullo – Fables
    • Amy Mebberson – My Little Pony, Sesame Street
    • Edwin Huang – Skullkickers
    • Mike Raicht – Stuff of Legend Writer
    • Erik Burnham – Ghostbusters, TMNT Writer
    • Blair Shedd – Doctor Who, Dorothy of Oz
    With more to be announced soon!

    Make sure to follow Granitecon on Twitter @granitecon and Like us on Facebook!

    MA – Hero Envy Signing

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    Press Release:

    Join “Hero Envy” and the following creators at Comicazi on Saturday, February 2nd from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm!

    Special Guest Star — Chris Giarusso From Mini Marvels and G-Man

    ALSO FEATURING…

    *Alan and Chris Hebert from HB Comics

    *Jason May creator of Robot Dreams

    *Matt Herring author of “Pow Bam Sell – The Guide to Comic Book Marketing” and co-host of the Secret Identity Podcast

    *Brian LeTendre (tentative) from the Secret Identity as well as author and webcomic creator 

    *With other tentative guests to appear

    This is an amazing group of creators as well as some of our best friends so this event is guaranteed to be a literal ton of fun!

    The signing will take place from 11 AM to 2 PM and we hope to see some old friends there as well as meet some new ones. Come and celebrate comics with us!!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Comicazi 
    407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144

    The Great Allentown Comic Con! Summer Splash Mega Show (August 2012)

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    Convention Name
    The Great Allentown Comic Con! – Summer Splash Mega Show!
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.AllentownComicCon.com
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    08/04/2012
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    08/05/2012
    About This Convention

    The Great Allentown Comic Con! Summer Splash Mega 2-day Show!
    Saturday August 4th 2011 10am-6pm
    Sunday August 5th 2011 10am-4pm
    Admission only $10/Day or $15/Weekend
    kids 12 and under FREE!Merchants Square Mall – 1901 S. 12th St Allentown, PA 18103

    10,000+ sqft of Vintage – Current Comic books, Toys, Guests, Memorabilia and more! Door Prizes Both Days!

    Guests Include:
    MEDIA GUESTS:

    From Star Wars:
    Boba Fett and Luke Sywalker Stuntman – Dicky Beer!

    Tron and Caddyshack Actress – Cindy Morgan!

    Enter the Dragon star – Jim Kelly

    Writer and Kung Fu expert – Ric Meyers

    Disney Studios Animator – Terry Naughton!

    ARTISTS:
    Chris Giarrusso!
    Rob Hunter!
    Tom Smith!
    JK Woodward!
    Charles Dowd!
    And Many More to be announced!

    PUBLISHERS:
    Hound Comics!
    Ultimate Comics Group!

    Venue Name and Address
    Merchants Sq Mall
    1901 S. 12th St
    Allentown, PA 18103
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    100
    Projected Attendance
    2500
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Gaming
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    JK Woodward, Tom Smith, Chris Giarrusso, Rob Hunter, Scott Barnett, Terry Naughton, Brimstone, Hound Comics, Cindy Morgan, Jim Kelly, Ric Meyers, Dickey Beer

    Emerald City Comicon Debuts “Tales from the Con” Webcomic

    November 17, 2011 by  
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    Seattle, WA – November 17, 2011 – The Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) is proud to announce TALES FROM THE CON, an all-new original webcomic created exclusively for the show’s website by cartoonists BRAD GUIGAR (Evil, Inc, webcomics.com) and CHRIS GIARRUSSO (G-Man, Mini Marvels).

    TALES FROM THE CON is a humorous look at life in and around a comic convention, not specific to any one show, but celebrating the culture surrounding these meccas of pop culture.

    “Anyone who has exhibited at a comic convention has a great story about the experience — some funny, some frustrating, some bizarre — and that makes for great comics,” said Brad Guigar. “Combined, Chris and I probably have 20 years of conventions under our belts. Not only is this a terrific chance to share some of that, but it’s a unique way to connect it to one of the premiere comic conventions in America, the Emerald City Comicon”

    “I’m really excited to be working on TALES FROM THE CON,” said Chris Giarrusso. “I got my start in comics doing short strips, and it’s fun to work in that format once again. Plus, the opportunity to collaborate with Brad is icing on the cake!”

    Creating unique and original content for its attendees has been always been one of ECCC’s hallmarks, like their acclaimed Monsters & Dames charity book, which has raised over $20,000.00 for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Guigar explains:

    “This summer, I gave an interview with GammaSquad in which I proposed exactly this sort of project — using a webcomic as an anchor to a publisher’s website. Although Jim (Demonakos, Convention Director) had never read that article when he approached me to be involved in this, it’s not going to stop me from claiming full credit when everybody starts copying what ECCC is launching with their new site.”

    You can read an all-new TALES FROM THE CON every Thursday at the ECCC’s website (http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com) and both creators will be appearing at the 2012 Emerald City Comicon, taking place March 30, 31 and April 1 in beautiful downtown Seattle, WA.

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