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!
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!
*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!
*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 - Cemetery Blues, Zeke Deadwood
- Jacob Chabot - Mighty Skullboy Army, Voltron Force
- Jeremy Dale - Skyward, G.I. Joe
- Chris Giarrusso - G-Man, Tales from the Con
- Joe Quinones - Wednesday Comics, Joker’s Asylum Harley Quinn
- Amanda Rachels - Clown Town, the Book
- Andy Runton - Owly, FCBD Owly & Friends
- Gregg Schigiel - SpongeBob Comics, Pix Teenage America Fairy
- Brian Smith - the Stuff of Legend, the Intrepid EscapeGoat
- Maris Wicks - Primates, SpongeBob Comics
- Annie Wu - Venture Bros., Wired
- Kelly Yates - MonstHer, Doctor Who
- Chrissie Zullo - Fables: Cinderella, Womanthology
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 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 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!
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 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.
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!
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 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.
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 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!
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.
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!
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!
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
Save 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
Make sure to follow Granitecon on Twitter @granitecon and Like us on Facebook!
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
*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!!
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
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Saturday August 4th 2011 10am-6pm
Sunday August 5th 2011 10am-4pmAdmission 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!
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Tron and Caddyshack Actress – Cindy Morgan!
Enter the Dragon star – Jim Kelly
Writer and Kung Fu expert – Ric Meyers
Disney Studios Animator – Terry Naughton!
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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.
Acme Comics welcomes Chris Samnee (FCBD Captain America/Thor, Reilly Brown (Incredible Hercules), Jacob Chabot (Mighty Skullboy Army), Jeremy Dale (G.I. Joe), Ryan Dunlavey (Comic Book Comics), Matt Frank (Godzilla), Chris Giarrusso (G-Man), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Lyle Pollard (The Dead Don’t Sleep), Gregg Schigiel (SpongeBob Comics), Nick Spencer (Morning Glories), Brian Smith (Intrepid Escapegoat), Fred Van Lente (Incredible Hercules) and Michael Watkins (Sonic the Hedgehog) on Saturday May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day.
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
A new arts festival for illustrators debuts in Northampton, MA, on April 16! Celebrating illustration online and in print, Paint & Pixel Festival is a new show featuring talented, regional book illustrators, comic artists, and cartoonists and their work ranging from indie comics to award-winning picture books to nationally syndicated comic strips.
With over 45+ exhibiting artists, attendees will have the rare opportunity to talk with creators, learn about the creative process, and purchase signed books, prints, commissioned sketches, and other artwork.
Howard Cruse, renowned comic creator whose graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby has been awarded some of the highest accolades in the industry, including Eisner and Harvey Awards, and was recently re-released for its 15th anniversary from DC Vertigo
Diane deGroat, a New York Times-bestseller and celebrated picture book illustrator with over 120 books to her credit, including Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink and Dogs Don’t Brush Their Teeth
Chris Giarrusso, whose popular kid-friendly titles G-Man and Mini Marvels have been published by Marvel and Image Comics
Jeph Jacques, creator of one of the most popular webcomics, Questionable Content
Hilary Price, author and illustrator of nationally syndicated comic strip, Rhymes with Orange
Ruth Sanderson, an award-winning picture book illustrator, including The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Papa Gatto, whose works have also been exhibited in museums such as The Norman Rockwell Museum
Rich Woodall is best know for his short lived indy hit Johnny Raygun. He is also the co-creator of the ZombieBomb! comic anthology.
The Center for Cartoon Studies will present a workshop that will introduce the finer points of the self-publishing process. A number of DIY production and design methods will be discussed, an inking and lettering demo will be done, and participants will get to create a minicomic on the spot!
Ruth Sanderson will give picture book and fantasy art portfolio reviews on a limited, sign-up basis (details here)
Instructor Jon Chad from The Center for Cartoon Studies will give reviews to aspiring cartoonists and prospective students (details here)
Additionally, The Eric Carle Museum, Modern Myths, and The Center for Cartoon Studies will be at the show to offer an even greater selection of comics, picture books, and graphic novels.
Paint & Pixel would like to extend a hearty thanks to our sponsors: GoBerry, Hitpoint Studios, Modern Myths, and The Center for Cartoon Studies!
Visit www.PaintandPixelFestival.com for more information on exhibiting artists, featured guests, and programming updates.
ECCC PR: EMERALD CITY COMICONS’ MONSTERS & DAMES CHARITY ART BOOK RETURNS, BIGGER & BETTER THAN EVER!
Seattle, WA – December 20, 2010 – Debuting again at the upcoming Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) will be the 2011 edition of the shows popular MONSTERS & DAMES art book. The 2011 book not only features an amazing cover by acclaimed illustrator Adam Hughes, but has expanded to a whopping SIXTY (60) pages of brand new illustrations by some of the top illustrators in comics and animation!
Since its inception in 2009, the MONSTERS & DAMES art books and auctions have raised over $10,000.00 for Seattle Children’s Hospital, a premier child health care & pediatric center, recognized as one of the leading hospitals for children. The art book has sold out each year at the convention.
“Helping bring this book to life each year is an incredible experience,” says ECCC Convention Director Jim Demonakos. “Being able to not only create a fun, collectible art book that fans love and at the same time raise a huge amount of money to benefit local children is very rewarding.”
The full-color, 9″x12″, 60-page MONSTERS & DAMES hardcover is limited to 1000 individually numbered copies. The 2011 book features contributions from some of the top creators in the industry, including JG Jones, Geof Darrow, Cully Hamner, Bruce Timm, Humberto Ramos, Guy Davis, Todd Nauck, Frank Cho, Yanick Paquette, Skottie Young, Aaron Lopresti, Cliff Chiang, Mike McKone, Cameron Stewart, Erik Larsen, Chris Giarrusso, Pete Woods, Jonathan Hickman, Sean “Cheeks” Galloway and dozens more! For the complete list of creators involved in this amazing art book, visit http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/monstersndames.php
The Ninth Annual EMERALD CITY COMICON, newly expanded to three days, will be taking place March 4th-6th, 2011 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in beautiful downtown Seattle, WA.
Mid-Ohio Comic Con Launches 2010 Charity Auction on eBay
Columbus, OH – December 2, 2010 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con is pleased to announce the launch of its 2010 charity auction on eBay. The auction features original art and other creative work from the guests at this year’s 30th anniversary show, many of whom made incredibly generous contributions. Of particular note, the auction includes all the giant sketches (19″ x 24″) done by artists on the Main Stage easel during the show as well as other contributed work, including sketchbooks, posters, and comics.
Proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization that creates a financial safety net for comic creators who need emergency medical aid, financial support for the essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. “We are big believers in the Hero Initiative and are very pleased to see such strong support of its cause from the comic creators who donated their work to this year’s auction,” said James Henry, Managing Director of Mid-Ohio Comic Con.
Creators whose work is featured in the auction include Sergio Aragonés (Groo), Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans), Andy Bennett (Phantom), Pat Block (Scrooge), George Broderick (Christmas Eve), David Finch (Green Lantern), Chris Giarrusso (Mini Marvels), Michael Golden (Sketchbook), Lora Innes (Harley Quinn), Arvell Jones (Iron Fist), Todd Nauck (Impulse), Doug Paszkiewicz (Arsenic Lullaby), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Steve Scott (Hulk), Arthur Suydam (Zombie King Kong), Mark Texeira (Ghost Rider), Billy Tucci (Wonder Woman), and Matt Wagner (Batman).
Mid-Ohio-Con 2010 was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH on the weekend of November 6-7, 2010 and featured a who’s who of creators from the worlds of comics, film, literature, and television, including featured comic guests David Finch, Adam Hughes, Frank Cho and Barry Kitson as well as featured media guests Michael Berryman Lou Ferrigno and many more. Visit Mid-Ohio-Con on Blogger for a recap of the incredible 30th anniversary show and for further information on the 2010 charity auction.
Mid-Ohio Comic Con 2011 will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH on the weekend of October 22-23, 2011. The event will showcase headline media guests Adam West and Burt Ward (Batman, natch!) along with featured comic guests Rob Liefeld (Deadpool, Youngblood, X-Force), Mike Grell (Warlord, Green Arrow), Greg Horn (Green Lantern, Emma Frost) and many more. Visit Wizard World’s Mid-Ohio Comic Con web site for more information on the 2011 show and stay tuned for regular announcements and updates.
Jim McCann and Janet Lee sign on Saturday November 20th from 11am – 5pm at Acme Comics in Greensboro NC for the release of Return of the Dapper Men! Also appearing are Jacob Chabot (Mighty Skullboy Army), Brian Smith (Stuff of Legend), and Chris Giarrusso (G Man).
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408