Dark Horse Announces Phoenix Comicon 2014 Schedule

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DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES PHOENIX COMICON 2014 SCHEDULE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | MILWAUKIE, OR - Join Dark Horse Comics for our first visit to Phoenix Comicon! We’ll be at booth #535—handing out giveaways and offering free signings with comics creators! Come check out our comics, books, and products for sale—including an exclusive Phoenix Comicon comic!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Certain restrictions may apply. All events are subject to change.

Thursday, June 5 

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1 Phoenix Comicon Exclusive Adam Hughes Cover Variant goes on sale!

Price: $5.00

Total quantity available for sale at the show: 1,000

Limit: 10 copies per person, per day

Note: Most copies will be released for sale on Thursday, but a set quantity will be set aside for sale on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.

 

SIGNINGS

Below are featured comics and the writers and/or artists who will be signing them. Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing while supplies last. Comics will also be available for sale, availability pending.

 

Friday, June 6

11:00 a.m.            ELFQUEST Richard Pini (writer) and Wendy Pini (writer/artist)

 

12:00 p.m.            CRIMINAL MACABRE Christopher Mitten (artist)

 

1:00 p.m.            MASS EFFECT: FOUNDATION, X Tony Parker (artist)

 

STAR WARS: REBEL HEIST, STAR WARS: DAWN OF THE JEDI, GHOST Dan Parsons (artist)

 

2:00 p.m.            BAD BLOOD, WITCHFINDER, B.P.R.D. Tyler Crook (artist)/GRINDHOUSE Alex de Campi (writer)

 

3:00 p.m.            BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Amber Benson (writer/actress)

 

4:00 p.m.            THE FIFTH BEATLE Vivek J. Tiwary (writer)

 

5:30 p.m.            CONAN THE AVENGER, BRAIN BOY, THE COMPLETE SILENCERS, ACTION PHILOSOPHERS! Fred Van Lente (writer)

 

6:00 p.m.            THE STRAIN Mike Huddleston (artist)

 

Saturday, June 7

11:00 a.m.            ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE Chris Roberson (writer)

*Free print! Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 on sale September 2014.

 

12:00 p.m.            GRINDHOUSE Alex de Campi (writer)

 

1:00 p.m.            THE STRAIN Mike Huddleston (artist)

 

2:00 p.m.            NEXUS Mike Baron (writer)

 

3:00 p.m.            CONAN THE AVENGER, BRAIN BOY, THE COMPLETE SILENCERS, ACTION PHILOSOPHERS! Fred Van Lente (writer)

 

4:30 p.m.            THE FIFTH BEATLE Vivek J. Tiwary (writer)

 

6:00 p.m.            BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Christopher Golden (writer) and Amber Benson (writer/actress)

 

Sunday, June 8 

11:00 a.m.            GRINDHOUSE Alex de Campi (writer)

 

12:00 p.m.         BAD BLOOD, WITCHFINDER, B.P.R.D. Tyler Crook (artist)

 

1:00 p.m.            BALTIMORE Christopher Golden (writer)

 

2:00 p.m.            BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Amber Benson (writer/actress)

 

PANELS

 

Friday, June 6

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.                         Spotlight Panel: Fred Van Lente (North 128b)

 

Fred Van Lente has done it all. With work ranging from semieducational funnies to superhero reboots, he is widely regarded as one of the most unique voices in modern comics. Did we mention zombies? He’s done that too. Now, join us for a look back at his storied career so far, as well as a glimpse into what’s next for comics’ rising star, with announcements and more!

 

Saturday, June 7

12:00–1:00 p.m.            ElfQuest: The Final Quest (North 129a)

 

For the last 35 years, Wendy and Richard Pini have delighted fans with one of alternative comics’ most rich and storied worlds. Now, in partnership with Dark Horse, the Wolfriders embark on the “Final Quest,” to fulfill a destiny over three decades in the making!

 

 

3:00–4:00 p.m. Drawing on Your Nightmares: Modern Horror in Comics!

 (North 129b)

 

One of the cornerstones of the Dark Horse publishing line since the early years has been an original take on the horror genre. Now, join us for a look at what’s to come in this year’s lineup with a cast of writers and artists who are poised to thrill you and chill you. Christopher Golden (Baltimore), Chris Roberson (Aliens), Alex de Campi (Grindhouse), Tyler Crook (Witchfinder), Mike Huddleston (The Strain), and Christopher Mitten (Criminal Macabre) are joined by Dark Horse’s own Aub Driver for a discussion on “bringing scary back.”

 

3:00–4:00 p.m.            The Fifth Beatle (West 211)

 

The Fifth Beatle is a graphic novel about the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, written by Vivek Tiwary. Vivek talks about the graphic novel (a 2014 Eisner Award nominee) and the upcoming movie based upon it.

 

Sunday, June 8

12:00–1:00 p.m.            30 Years and Counting: Comics Classics in the Modern Age (ElfQuest: 1978; Nexus: 1981, Groo: 1982) (North 128b)

 

In the late 1970s and early ’80s, some of the most inventive and inspired alternative comics found a place on shelves. ElfQuest offered a unique vision of black and white fantasy, while Nexus gave readers a version of the superhero idea more rooted in science fiction than capes and cowls. Meanwhile, Groo the Wanderer took a humorous take on the sword and sorcery genre, popularized by the likes of Conan the Barbarian in the previous decade. Over 30 years later, we pay tribute to some of comics’ longest-running ongoing collaborations for a discussion with the creators themselves! Join Richard and Wendy Pini (ElfQuest), Mike Baron (Nexus), and Mark Evanier (Groo) as they share the secrets to the success of a few of comics’ most revered story lines!

OR – Image Comics Mega Signing

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Jim Valentino, Joe Keatinge, Michael Avon Oeming, Chris Roberson, and Joshua Williamson appear on Wednesday June 18th from 7-10pm at the Portland TFAW’sfor a signing and Q&A!

Press Release:

Things From Another World (TFAW) is proud to welcome local comic book creators Jim Valentino (co-founder of Image Comics), Joe Keatinge (Glory), Michael Avon Oeming (Mice Templar), Chris Roberson (Sovereign), and Joshua Williamson (Ghosted) to the Portland TFAW June 18 for an Image Mega Signing and Q&A from 7 to 10 pm! Attendees can purchase the latest releases from Image Comics and enjoy free food and beer (for those 21+ with valid ID).

Interested in breaking into comics? Meet the creators behind some of today’s hottest books, and learn what it’s like to work for Image Comics! Bring your questions: the Q&A is from 7 to 8 pm, with a signing afterward for Ghosted Volume 2, the Glory Complete Saga hardcover, Mice Templar IV Legend #8, Shutter #3, and Sovereign!

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Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-4693

OR – Free Comic Book Day 2014

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Press Release:

Things From Another World will open early at 9 am Saturday, May 3 for Free Comic Book Day, an incredibly popular, family-friendly event! Choose up to 10 special free comics from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and more (while supplies last), shop $2 and $5 doorbusters, and get autographs from your favorite comic book creators.

Plus: get 20% off almost everything in the store*, and save an additional 5% if you’re a TFAW box customer! Later, come back for the Free Comic Book Day After Party at the Portland TFAW from 7 to 10 pm, featuring free burgers and dogs (including veggie options), complimentary beer (for those 21+), prizes, music, and more.

Signing Schedule:
10:00 am-12:00 pm
* Greg Rucka (Lazarus, Veil, Punisher)
* Terry Dodson (X-Men, Catwoman)

12:00-2:00 pm
* Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Whiteout)
* Jim Valentino (Co-Founder of Image Comics)

2:00-4:00 pm:
* Chris Roberson (Sovereign), Chris Sebela (Ghost), Adam P. Knave (Never Ending), and Ibrahim Moustafa (The Pound)
2:30-4:30 pm:
* David Marquez (Ultimate Spider-Man)

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Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

Jock, Brom, Kurt Busiek & More Added to Emerald City Comicon 2014

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Emerald City Comicon has added Jock, Brom, CB Cebulski, Kurt Busiek, Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, Sina Grace, and many more more comic creators to their special guests roster in the new year! This year’s ECCC will be held on March 28-30, 2014 Check out their website to find the latest on everything ECCC, including lists of guests, exhibitors, artists, schedules, gaming and events! www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

Brom
Gothic fantasy artist Brom is most well-known for his work on role-playing games. His recent works are Krampus: the Yule Lord, The Child Thief, The Plucker, The Devil’s Rose.

CB Cebulski
Writer of such books as Wolverine: In The Flesh, Strange Tales, X-Infernus, Runaways, War of Kings: Darkhawk, Astonishing Tales, various What If? titles and Avengers Fairy Tales for Marvel Comics, for whom he is also a talent scout and editor.

Brad Guigar
Writer of Tales from the Con, creator/writer/artist of Evil Inc., Courting Disaster, and How to Make Webcomics.

Alvin Lee
A video game and game promotional artist, who has worked on League of Legends, Masters of the Universe, Marvel vs. Capcom.

Eddie Nunez
Cover artist for comics such as Ben 10, Ame-Comi Girls, Jinnrise, Fanboys vs. Zombies, Valen the Outcast.

Stephen Silver
Character designer for Disney TV Animation, Sony Feature Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, designing characters for shows such as Kim Possible, Danny Phantom, Kevin Smith’s Clerks The Animated Series and many more.

Ryan Browne
Artist of Bedlam and The Manhattan Projects, co-creator of Smoke and Mirrors, creator of God Hates Astronauts and Blast Furnace.

Kurt Busiek
Eisner Award-winning writer/creator of Astro City, writer of Marvels, Superman, Conan, Trinity, JLA/Avengers, Marvels: Eye Of The Camera, Spider-Man/Mary Jane, Wednesday Comics, The Brave and the Bold, Iron Man, I Am An Avenger, Age Of Heroes, Kirby: Genesis and many more.

Shannon Denton
Writer of Pilot Season: Fleshdigger, Graveslinger, and Outlaw Territory, artist on Deadpool, Fantastic Four and Star Wars, character designer on X-Men:TAS and Spider-Man Unlimited, storyboard artist on TMNT & Avengers: EMH.

Sina Grace
Artist and writer for Regular Show, Adventure Time, The Walking Dead, The Li’l Depressed Boy comics, as well as Burn the Orphanage, Not My Bag.

B. Clay Moore
Writer of The Vampire Diaries, A+X, Ben 10, JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull, Legends of the Dark Knight.

Jose Delbo
Recent recipient of the Inkpot Award for Achievement in Comic Arts, Delbo has been an artist in the comics industry for over fifty years, including runs on The Transformers, Thundercats, Detective Comics, and The Superman Family.

Dennis Hopeless
Writer of Cable And X-Force, Avengers Arena, The Answer!, Legion Of Monsters and X-Men: Season One.

Todd Nauck
Artist of Invincible Universe, DC Nation Super Spectacular, Spider-Man, and Teen Titans. Cover artist for FF, Guarding the Globe, and more.

Peter Nguyen
Artist on Batman Beyond, Batman Beyond: Unlimited, and Batman: Arkham Unhinged.

Joe Quinones
Artist on the upcoming Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell graphic novel, as well as issues of FF, Batman ’66, Batman Black and White. Cover artist for Captain Marvel, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, Robocop: Last Stand, The Amazing Spider-Man.

Maris Wicks
New York Times bestselling illustrator of Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birutė Galdikas. Writer on Batman Black and White, colorist on Batman ’66, and cover artist for Adventure Time.

Brian Buccellato
Co-writer on an upcoming run on Detective Comics, writer of Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion, All New Executive Assistant: Iris, The Black Bat, and previously a co-writer and colorist on The Flash.

Jim Calafiore
Artist of Leaving Megalopolis, Red Lanterns, Green Lantern, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Secret Six, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Batgirl, Exiles, New Excalibur and Aquaman.

Jon Goff
Writer for Spawn, Jack Rabbit, and Bungie’s new video game Destiny.

Marat Mychaels
Cover artist for Grimm Fairy Tales, Joe Palooka, Army of Darkness, and penciller for Grifter.

Chris Roberson
Writer for numerous titles, including Codename: Action, Doc Savage, The Shadow, Edison Rex, The Mysterious Strangers, Masks.

Kyle Higgins
Writer of Batman Beyond 2.0, Nightwing, Masters of the Universe, Deathstroke, Supreme Power, Batman, Detective Comics and Captain America.

Jason Latour
Writer of Wolverine and the X-Men, Winter Soldier, Infinity: Against the Tide and Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted, artist of Sledgehammer 44, Django Unchained and the upcoming Southern Bastards with fellow ECCC guest Jason Aaron.

Carlo Pagulayan
Artist of Iron Man, Red She-Hulk and Hulk, as well as cover artist of Alpha Flight, Uncanny X-Force, Guardians of the Galaxy, Incredible Hulks, Herc and Silver Surfer.

Stephen Segovia
Artist of Adventures of Superman, Superior Carnage, X-Treme X-Men and Silver Surfer. Cover artist of Red Hood and The Outlaws, Green Lantern: New Guardians and Red Lanterns.

OR – Book of Secrets Book Club

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Author Chris Roberson joins the Powell’s science fiction book club to discuss his book, Book of Secrets, on Tuesday December 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm!

Powell’s Books
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005

CA – FCBD: The Strangers Signing

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Writer Chris Roberson signs at Beach Ball Comics at 11:00 am on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!!

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Beach Ball Comics
3024 W Ball Rd Ste G, Anaheim, CA 92804

OR – Holiday Signing

Greg Rucka, Erika Moen, Jonathan Case, Aron Steinke, Brandon Seifert, and Chris Roberson sign at Cosmic Monkey Comics on December 22, 2012 from noon until 2:00pm.

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Cosmic Monkey Comics
5335 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

Monkeybrain to Donate November 2012 Profits to Hero Initiative

October 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Everything Else

Press Release:

Monkeybrain “Giving Back” through the Hero Initiative

An open letter from Chris Roberson, co-founder of Monkeybrain Comics 

Monkeybrain Comics(October 30, 2012): Over the decades, countless comic creators have given us excitement and inspiration, entertained and educated us. And we need to give back.

For most of the history of American comic books, the only income that creators received were the page rates for the work they did. Writers, artists, letterers, and colorists would be paid a flat rate for the pages they turned in, without any royalties for sales or equity for their creations. If a comic was to be reprinted, the creators would not receive any additional payment, nor would they be compensated if characters and concepts from their work were used elsewhere, whether in other comics, in other media, or in merchandising. And since the overwhelming majority of comic creators were freelance employees, there were no pensions or retirement funds for them to look forward to.

In more recent decades, comic book publishers have instituted new policies for comic creators. Some began to offer royalties and bonus incentives for creators, so that if their work sold well or was reprinted, they would participate in those profits. Some publishers instituted creator equity deals, so that if a creator’s concepts and characters were to generate profits in other media, the creator would reap some of the benefit. But few if any of these policies have been made retroactive, and as much as later generations of creators have benefited from the improved financial arrangements, generations of creators who came before them have not.

There are far too many stories of well-respected, talented writers and artists who created successful and beloved comics in previous decades, and who now are living in reduced means—unable to afford health care, unable to find paying work, some even homeless. At the same time, characters created and co-created by many of these same creators have gone on to appear in major motion pictures, on television, and in toy aisles.

The American comic book industry was built on selling morality tales to young readers, stories of men and women who fought for justice and stood up for what was right. And the writers, artists, and others who created those stories deserve better than they have received.

Thankfully, they have the Hero Initiative in their corner.

For more than a decade, the Hero Initiative has provided a safety net for comic book veterans who need assistance, whether in the form of financial support, emergency medical aid, or an avenue back to paying work. In that time, the Hero Initiative has granted more than $500,000 to over 50 comic book veterans. But as a not-for-profit corporation, the Hero Initiative relies on donations and contributions to continue its work.

Throughout the month of November, Monkeybrain Comics will be donating all of its income to the Hero Initiative. Our creators will still receive their cut of the profits, but the portion of each sale that we retain as publisher’s profits will be donated in its entirety to the Hero Initiative. http://www.monkeybraincomics.com/

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.

For more information, please visit us at www.heroinitiative.org.  

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   As we in the United States prepare to celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving, please consider giving thanks to the veteran creators who have given us so much over the years by donating to the Hero Initiative. And we encourage other publishers to join us in supporting the Hero Initiative through direct donations. Unless and until creator royalties and equity participation policies are made retroactive, charities like the Hero Initiative are the only support many veteran creators have available to them.

About Monkeybrain Books and Comics

Owned and operated by Chris Roberson and Allison Baker since 2001, Monkeybrain Books was originally founded as an independent press specializing in science fiction & fantasy and nonfiction genre studies. Print titles from Monkeybrain Books are distributed to the book trade by National Book Network, and are available from wholesalers like Diamond Comic Distributors, Baker & Taylor, and Ingram, and from finer booksellers everywhere. In 2012, Monkeybrain launched a new creator-owned digital comics line, Monkeybrain Comics, which is distributed by comiXology.

About Chris Roberson and Allison Baker
New York Times Bestselling writer Chris Roberson is best known for his Eisner-nominated ongoing comic book series iZombie (co-created with artist Mike Allred), his modern fantasy series Memorial (co-created with artist Rich Ellis), the Fables spinoff Cinderella mini-series, and his work on Superman, Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes, and Elric: The Balance Lost, all of which are available for digital download at http://cmxl.gy/CRoberson. His favorite food is meat, he’s allergic to wheat, and his favorite cocktail is a caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil.

Allison Baker has worked in feature film and political media production for over 13 years, while also managing the day to day operations of Chris Roberson and Monkeybrain Books. She likes the color pink, enjoys a challenge, fixing things, mixes a tasty cocktail and is allergic to being bored.

Chris and Allison met at a Ben Folds Five show in 1997, got married in 2000, started their own business in 2001 and had a baby girl in 2004. All three currently live in Portland, Oregon with a lot of books and their two cats, Bubbles and Blue.

OR – Masks Signing

Writer Chris Roberson signs at Things From Another World on November 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm. 

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Press Release:

Classic pulp heroes collide at the Portland Things From Another World November 28 at 7:00 pm! Green Hornet, Kato, Zorro, The Spider, and The Shadow team up in Masks, a new ongoing series from Dynamite Entertainment, written by Chris Roberson (iZombie, Memorial), with fully painted interiors by Alex Ross (Marvels, Kingdom Come). Meet writer Chris Roberson and pick up your copy of our exclusive Heroic Cover Variant of Masks #1! Free food and beer (21+ with valid ID) provided.

Before superheroes, there were M

asks! It’s 1938, and the Justice Party has swept into office in New York State. But the newly elected officials are in the control of powerful criminals, who quickly corrupt the law to their own advantage. When a fascist police state is instituted, the only ones who stand in defense of the innocent are masked vigilantes like The Shadow, the Green Hornet, Kato, Zorro and The Spider.”We’re longtime fans of Chris Roberson, and we’re thrilled to be hosting a release party for this incredible book,” said TFAW Senior Director of Retail Operations Andrew McIntire. “We can’t wait to see him and Alex Ross bring these pulp icons to life!”Alex Ross returns to full interiors for the first time since 2003 in Masks #1! The Portland TFAW will have copies of Masks #1 for sale for $3.99, including their exclusive variant and standard covers by Alex Ross, Jae Lee, Francesco Francavilla, and Ardian Syaf. They’ll also have rare editions available, including the Sean Phillips Wrap Variant, Alex Ross Sketch Variant, and more. Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be a memorable event for a landmark book by one of the most talented writers in comics!

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

OR – Memorial HC Release Party

Chris Roberson, Rich Ellis, and Grace Allison sign at Bridge City Comics on Friday, September 14 at 6:00pm!

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Press Release: 

Bridge City Comics is proud to announce our Memorial HC Release Party on Friday, September 14, 2012 from 6pm Ð 9pm! This event is free to the public. In attendance to sign autographs will be Memorial writer Chris Roberson, artist Rich Ellis and colorist Grace Allison. Copies of the book will be available for sale ($24.99) during the event.

This event is 21+ and free to the public.

Memorial is the story of Em, a young woman who arrives at a hospital in Portland, Oregon, with no memory of her past. A year later, she has rebuilt her life, only to find her existence thrown into turmoil after she inherits a magical shop. Em is drawn into a supernatural conflict between beings that not only represent, but are fundamental elements of the universe itself.

About the Authors:
New York Times Bestselling author Chris Roberson is best known for his Eisner nominated ongoing comic book series iZombie, co-created with artist Mike Allred, and multiple Cinderella mini-series set in the world of Bill Willingham’s Fables. He has written more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories, as well as many other comic projects. He has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award four times; twice a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; and has won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History in both the Short Form and Novel categories. Chris lives with his wife and daughter in Portland, Oregon.

Rich Ellis is a cartoonist living and working in Portland, Oregon. He earned a bachelors degree in sequential art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His clients include Marvel Comics, Th3rd World publishing, Microsoft/MNML, The Oregonian, Comic Foundry, Michael Curry Design, Harper, Walker/Bloomsbury UK, Red5Publishing, and the Willamette Week. Rich is a member of Periscope Studio, the largest studio of comic book artists in North America.

Bridge City Comics
3725 N Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227

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