CA – Sweetness Signing

Christina Strain signs her new art book at Collector’s Paradise on Saturday May 26, 2012 at noon! Plus the first hard copy of Christina’s webcomic The Fox Sister will be out that week!

Please note Adrian Alphona will not be appearing as previously reported.

Collector’s Paradise
7131 Winnetka Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91306

Marvel Panel Schedule for SDCC 2011

Press Release:

Marvel takes San Diego by storm this July during Comic Con International! Marvel will be in full force to provide an exclusive look into all things Marvel (Booth #2329)! No one can compare to what Marvel has planned because we’re running a veritable cornucopia of panels that will span the four daylong event. If you’re a True Believer (and we know you are) you can’t afford to miss out on these exclusive Marvel panels! Trust us no fan will be disappointed because whether you’re a lifelong Marvelite, or a casual fan there will be something for you to enjoy.

Thursday, July 21st

10:15 – 11:15 AM MARVEL: BREAKING INTO COMICS THE MARVEL WAY – You have the talent. You have the imagination. You have the “Go get ‘em Tiger” determination that would make the Bullpen proud. But where do you go from there? Discover the next step in your budding comics career with world-renowned talent scout C.B. Cebulski, Skottie Young (Ozma of Oz), Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), and Marvel SVP of Brand Planning & Communications Mike Pasciullo, as they give you all the right pointers towards getting a foot in the door at Marvel Comics. Discussing all entry points across every department, this can’t miss panel is must for all Marvel hopefuls! Room 6DE

1:00 – 2:00 PM MARVEL DIGITAL: WHAT’S NEXT?! COMICS…AND BEYOND! – Join members of the Marvel Digital Media Group for the first word on Marvel digital comics, casual games, original streaming video productions, social media outreach and the future of Marvel’s ever-expanding digital endeavors.  Room 7AB

4:30 – 5:30 PM MARVEL: NEXT BIG THING – The Marvel Universe is where the biggest comic stories happen—so wouldn’t you like to be the first to know what we’ve got planned? Get the latest news on Marvel’s plan for their biggest heroes and villains, with some surprises along the way! Join panelists Greg Pak (Incredible Hulks), Jonathan Hickman (FF), Jim McCann (Marvel Zombies Christmas Carol), Nick Spencer (Ultimate Comics X-Men), Editor in Chief Axel Alonso and more as they answer all your burning questions while giving you a sneak-peek at the future of Marvel! Room 6DE

Friday, July 22nd

12:30 – 1:30 PM MARVEL: YEAR OF THE X-MEN – The bonds of brotherhood have been broken between Cyclops and Wolverine, as their feud reaches its boiling point – tearing the X-Men apart in X-Men: Schism. But after the dust settles, what’s next for the X-Men and their allies? Enter X-Men Regenesis, where we answer all your questions and reveal exclusive details about what’s next! You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Writers Marjorie Liu (X-23), Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force), Chris Yost (X-Men: First to Last) and Editor in Chief Axel Alonso are on hand to lay out what’s going on with the X-Men for this all-new, all-DEADLY panel! Room 6DE

1:45 – 2:45 PM MARVEL: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AVENGING FRIENDS – Spider-Man’s riding high after hitting the Big Time, but it’ll all come crashing down this summer in Spider-Island! It’s the fight of his life and we’ve got an in depth look inside the event that changes the course of Peter Parker’s life. But ol’ Web-Head isn’t the only New Yorker with a major storyline this summer! Daredevil makes his return, Punisher wages a new war, Venom explores the dark side of saving the world and more of your favorite heroes are back with a vengeance! Sit down with our spectacular panel of creators, including Zeb Wells (Avenging Spider-Man), Rick Remender (Venom), Mark Waid (Daredevil), Greg Rucka (Punisher), Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), Senior Editor Steve Wacker, Editor in Chief Axel Alonso and more as they lay the groundwork for New York City’s greatest heroes. And don’t forget to grab your exclusive Daredevil pin – only at this panel! Room 6DE

4:30 – 5:30 PM MARVEL TELEVISION PRESENTS: ANIME ON G4 – Marvel Television and G4 take your favorite characters – Iron Man, Wolverine, The X-Men and Blade –  to Japan to tell their stories in a whole new way, beautifully animated by the anime masters at Madhouse. Also, watch a never-before-seen episode with Marvel’s Head of TV, Jeph Loeb and surprise guests! Plus, get a sneak peek at The X-Men’s explosive first episode. Room 6BCF

Saturday, July 23rd

10:30 – 11:30 AM MARVEL TELEVISION PRESENTS – Marvel’s Head of TV, Jeph Loeb, brings the inside scoop on Marvel’s latest series that take your favorite heroes from page to screen. Get a first look at the premiere of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes season 2, a sneak peek at a certain ULTIMATE webslinger, and a few other surprises from Marvel Television. Room 6BCF

12:30 – 1:30 PM MARVEL INTERACTIVE: MARVEL VIDEO GAMES – Learn all about Spider-Man: Edge of Time, X-Men Destiny, Captain America: Super Soldier, Super Hero Squad Online, Super Hero Squad 3DS and uDraw, Marvel Pinball and the Marvel Universe MMO. Also, find out some exciting new details about the future of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and other Marvel games via exclusive trailers, surprise reveals, and Q&A with the game creators from some of the industry’s top publishers. Room 6A

2:45 – 3:45 PM MARVEL: CUP O’ JOE – This is it, Mighty Marvel fans- the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full of surprises panel you wait all year for, and it’s here!  Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing with surprise guests.  You never know who will show up, but you better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about! Room 6BCF

Sunday, July 24th

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM MARVEL: WOMEN OF MARVEL PRESENTED BY OXYGEN
Forget Spider-Woman & Emma Frost, meet the real Ms. Marvels of the comic world!  Join women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel to hear what it’s like working as a woman in comics today. These ladies are busting through the four-color ceiling! Guests include host Grace Randolph (The Weekly Watcher), writer Marjorie Liu (X-23), artist Christina Strain (Runaways) and more, brought to you by Oxygen. Room 5AB

12:30  – 1:30 PM MARVEL: FEAR ITSELF – The biggest comic book event of the year has everyone talking—but just want comes after it concludes? We’ve got the exclusive news here, with the big announcements that’ll change the future of the Marvel Universe—and set your favorite characters in exciting new directions. Be the first to know the biggest news of the weekend as the creators behind the comic blockbuster event answer your questions and leave you cheering! Join Senior Editor Steve Wacker, Senior Vice President C.B. CebulskiNick Spencer (Iron Man 2.0), and more for the news you can’t miss. Room 6DE

And to learn more about the Amazing Spider-Man and Ghost Rider, Spirit of Vengeance films, check out Sony’s panel on Friday, July 22nd at 2pm in Hall H!

Do yourself a favor True Believers, head on over to the San Diego Convention Center July 21st to the 24th. No fan can miss out on the fantastic line up of superstar talent, exciting panels, and loads of top secret information that Marvel will be dishing up in San Diego!

Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on the Marvel Events App and events.marvel.com, the best way to get exclusive videos, real-time announcements from the convention floor and up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, and signing schedules of all your favorite Marvel creators!

Marvel Announces SDCC 2010 Panel Schedule

Marvel has released their panel schedule for Comic-Con International: San Diego. They will be live blogging all their panels for everyone following along at home. For the full details, go here.

Thursday, July 22

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Pacific, Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
Welcome to the House of Ideas, where the doors have never been more open to new talent than today! Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski is joined by special guests Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Skottie Young, Humberto Ramos & more to talk about what it takes to make yours Marvel as a profession, from writer to artist to editor and more! Do you have what it takes? Come find out!! Room 6DE

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Pacific, Mondo Marvel
It’s the panel about all things Marvel! We’ve got the top talent on hand to talk about all of your favorite heroes and villains as well as make a few surprise announcements! Panelists include everyone from Jeph Loeb (HULK), Brian Michael Bendis (AVENGERS), Marvel’s Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski, Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (THE THANOS IMPERATIVE), Jim McCann (HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD) Senior Editor Mark Paniccia and more as they take on all questions! Room 6DE

5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Pacific, What’s Next – Welcome to the Digital House of Ideas
Get the inside scoop on the all-new, all-improved, all-awesome Marvel.com, Marvel Digital Comics, Marvel Motion Comics and so much more! With the launch of the groundbreaking Marvel Comics app in the iTunes App Store, this has been a historic year for the Digital House of Ideas. Now, find out what’s next! Meet fellow fans of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited and find out which of the hundreds of completed series in the service everyone’s talking about. Plus, get caught up on Marvel.com’s free streaming animated shows, how to “Create Your Own Comic” and “Super Hero,” original video productions, the Marvel Audience Network including our very own social network and so much more. Join members of the Marvel Digital Media Group for all the digital dynamite! Room 6DC

Friday, July 23

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific, X-Men
Following SECOND COMING, Marvel’s merry mutants are unable to catch a quick breather. As CURSE OF THE MUTANTS begins, there’s no telling what the vampires have in store for the X-Men…or is there? You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Vice President, Executive Editor Axel Alonso is joined by a host of creators to lay out what’s going on with the X-Men. Panelists include Matt Fraction (UNCANNY X-MEN), Victor Gischler (X-MEN), Marjorie Liu (DARK WOLVERINE), Daniel Way (DEADPOOL), Editor Nick Lowe and more for this all-new, all-DEADLY panel! Room 6DE

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific, Marvel Video Games
“Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions,” “Super Hero Squad Online,” “Marvel vs. Capcom 3,” “Thor” and more. Join us for exclusive trailers, surprise reveals, and Q & A with the game creators as well as the Marvel writers working on the next wave of Marvel Games from some of the industries top publishers. Room 6DE

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Pacific, Marvel Animation
Hosted by an all-star cast of Marvel Animation talent, and featuring a special guest of legendary proportions, this interactive game-show panel will get you more than excited about Marvel’s new and continuing animated series. Here’s your chance to snag some sweet Marvel merchandise! Come be a part of the action, with all new seasons of “The Super Hero Squad Show” and “Iron Man Armored Adventures” as well as Marvel Knights, Marvel Anime, and other upcoming Marvel Animation properties! Room 6BCF

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific, “Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds”
The wait is over! After a decade of demand, Capcom delivers with “Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds”! Learn all you need to know about the characters, levels, storyline, fight moves and combos from Producer, Ryota Niitsuma and Special Advisor Seth Killian of Capcom, along with TQ Jefferson, Director of Games at Marvel Entertainment and Frank Tieri, writer for Marvel Comics. Then show off your fighting game skills as we pull audience members for some spontaneous challenge matches to win exclusive MVC3 prizes! Followed by a Q&A session. Room 24ABC

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific, “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions”
Four Spider-Man worlds collide at San Diego Comic-Con in Activision’s “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.” For the first time, creative talent from all four Spider-Man universes featured in the game (Amazing, Noir, 2099 and a to-be-revealed universe) come together to discuss all of the aspects that go into creating a dynamic and explosive videogame experience from four unique settings. Get an insider’s look at the creative thinking and collaborative effort between comic books and videogames with Spider-Man legend Stan Lee, acclaimed Marvel writer Dan Slott (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), familiar Spider-Man voiceover talent from the game and members from Marvel and game developer Beenox, as they dive into the rich lore of past and present Spider-Man, discuss bringing Spider-Man to life in four distinct ways and unveil new content and gameplay from the upcoming game. Room 5AB

5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Pacific, Heroic Age – The Avengers
THE HEROIC AGE IS HERE! Heeding the call, Earth’s Greatest have assembled once for the most anticipated comic’s event in a decade! With Steve Rogers back leading the charge – what kind of threats can his teams expect to face? Find out here as the creators behind your favorite Marvel heroes answer your questions and let you in on what happens next! Join Editor In Chief and CCO, Joe Quesada, Marvel’s Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski, Brian Michael Bendis (AVENGERS), Matt Fraction (INVINCIBLE IRON MAN), Jim McCann (HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD) and more as they shed some light on the HEROIC AGE! Room 6BCF
Join the liveblog here.

8:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Pacific, Iron Man Anime Screening
Witness the dawn of Marvel Anime as we WORLD PREMIERE the highly anticipated, full-length, pilot episode of Iron Man! In addition to the screening, we will be featuring an exclusive first look at upcoming designs, produced by the world-renowned Japanese animation studio, Madhouse–whose notable films (to name a few) include hits such as: “Ninja Scroll” and “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.” Room 6DE

Saturday, July 24

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific, Marvel Comics Writers Unite!
The third in Comic-Con’s series of “Year of the Writer/Comics Writers Unite!” panels focuses on Marvel Comics and includes Comic-Con special guests Brian Michael Bendis (AVENGERS, NEW AVENGERS, ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN), Matt Fraction (INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, THOR) and Chris Claremont (X-MEN FOREVER, X-WOMEN) in a discussion with writer Mark Waid (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN). Room 6DE

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific, Cup O’ Joe
This is it, Mighty Marvel fans- the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full of surprises panel you wait all year for, and it’s here! Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief and CCO, Joe Quesada, takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing with surprise guests. You never know who will show up, but you better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about! Room 6BCF

1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Hasbro Marvel Toys
Jerry Jivoin and Julien Lee (Hasbro Marketing) and Joshua Lamb, Dave Vonner and Dwight Stall (Hasbro Design) present the latest toys from the Iron Man, Spider-Man, Marvel Universe and Super Hero Squad toy lines for 2010. Also, get a sneak peek at the 2011 lines! Includes Q&A time.
Room 25ABC

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Pacific, Marvel Animation: Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
Enter the Avengers Mansion and become a part of the team! Celebrity voice talent will introduce you to top-secret Avengers files, including never before seen footage, imagery, and the WORLD PREMIERE of two full-length episodes from the all-new “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” animated series premiering on Disney XD this fall! The road to the Avengers starts here! Room 6DE

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Pacific, Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios presents “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Join Producer Kevin Feige and special guests as they give you an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hall H

Sunday, July 25

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific, “Super Hero Squad Online”
Join The Amazing Society–aka the “Super Hero Squad Online” development team–as they discuss what it’s like to be working with Marvel Entertainment to create a family-friendly MMO that will appeal to Marvel fans old and young alike. Come along to see some amazing gameplay footage, get an exclusive first look at some unique features of “SHSO,” and get up close and personal with the developers of the first Marvel MMO for all ages! Room 7AB

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific, Sideshow Toys
The Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team present an in-depth look at some of Sideshow’s most popular product lines and licenses, including Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Marvel Comics, The Lord of the Rings and many more, offering insight into the design process, sneak peeks of upcoming products, a Q&A session and giveaways.
Room 32AB

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific, The Women of Marvel
One of the most talked about panels from last year is back! Forget Storm & She-Hulk; meet the real Ms. Marvels of the comic world! Join women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel to hear what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and how you can join them. Say goodbye to the so-called “Boy’s Club,” these ladies are busting down the four-color ceiling! Guests include Marjorie Liu (BLACK WIDOW), Kathryn Immonen (HERALDS), Christina Strain (SHADOWLAND) and more! Room 7AB

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Pacific, Spider-Man
The hunt has begun and the moment in time that everyone’s been clamoring about is almost here! How much more can everyone’s favorite web-slinger take? You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Join Dan Slott (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), Marvel’s Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Assistant Editor Tom Brennan as they talk about what’s on the horizon for Peter Parker and just what is Origin of the Species? There’s only one way to find out True Believers – come on over and find out! Room 6A

Hero Initiative Brings the Heat to Long Beach Comic Con

Hero Initiative: Bringing back the HEAT to Southern California at first Long Beach Comic Con

100 Wolverines at The Danger Room, Stan Lee, Rev. Dave Johnson, J. Scott Campbell and more set it off!

Los Angeles, CA. September 29, 2009, ( for immediate release): Southern Cal may be cooling off, but Hero Initiative is on fire and bringing back the heat at the first Long Beach’s Comic Con, October 2-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Wolverine Print

Wolverine Print

First up: It’s been a labor of love and shipping, but we have at long last assembled our 100 original Wolverine: Weapon X #1 covers and invite you to…The Danger Room! This first and ONLY viewing of 100+ original covers happens Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 PM at the con, room 204. Admission is a mere $5, $3 if you come in an X-Men costume or FREE if you show up dressed as Wolverine himself. Admission gets you one free raffle ticket to win a KICKASS (but empty!) wine bottle crafted by the amazing Karlton Hahn of Xena Etched Graphics. You can increase your chances by buying more raffle tickets on site. Our friends from The Comic Bug will be on hand as well to spoil you with coupons and stuff. This will be your ONLY chance to see all 100+ covers in living color and all their glory. ‘Til the book comes out in November, that is. And when will the covers be up for auction? Check eBay.com in late October!

Next up, Hero Initiative is proud to feature an exclusive Wolverine print by amazing artist J. Scott Campbell and the talented colorist Christina Strain. There are only 100 made, and they’ll be available for $20 each only at the Hero Initiative booth, #349, while supplies last. You can even get your print signed by BOTH Campbell and Strain, as they’ll be appearing at the Hero booth on Saturday between 11am-12pm.

In addition, Stan Lee has graciously agreed to do a limited meet-and-greet session with a few select fans. There are only TEN availabilities to this session available via Hero Initiative. Five more guest of the Long Beach Comic Con will also be in attendance. You can get a picture with Stan, and you’ll also be able to get TWO Stan Lee autographs at this event on YOUR items of YOUR choice! Go to:

http://shop.ebay.com/heroinitiative/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=

Wolverine Wine Bottle

Wolverine Wine Bottle

Lastly, while you are at the Hero Booth you can renew your Hero Initiative membership! 2009 marked the first year ever for Hero Initiative memberships, and for 2010, we’ve revamped with more and better premiums! You can get full information at the booth or order today at www.heroinitiative.org or www.heroinitiative.org/2010members. Old Members, remember to bring your membership card to claim a 10% discount!

And the first 50 members to sign up will also get a bonus gift card from Sideshow Collectibles worth a random amount from $10 to $50 at SideshowCollectibles.com. Check it out!!

And of course, to really set the house on fire, our amazing line up:

FRI., 02 OCT (HOURS 300 AM-700 PM)
330-500: Scott Koblish
[500-730: 100 Wolverines party, room 204]

SAT., 03 OCT (HOURS 1000 AM-600 PM)
1000-1100: Brian Haberlin + Philip Tan
1100-1200: J. Scott Campbell + Christina Strain
1230-230: The Rev. Dave Johnson
430-530: Whilce Portacio

SUN., 04 OCT (HOURS 1000 AM-500 PM)
1030-1200: Norm Rapmund
1200-130: The Rev. Dave Johnson
200-300: Joe Benitez
300-430: Derek Fridolfs

For more information on the Long Beach Comic Con, visit www.longbeachcomiccon.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 $400,000 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.

Asian American ComiCon Announces Final Guests/Schedule

Press Release:

The organizers of the First Annual Asian American ComiCon (AACC) have announced the complete Featured Guest list and final Schedule of Events for this celebration of the unique contemporary role and historical legacy of Asians and Asian Americans in the world of graphic fiction, which will take place Saturday, July 11, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street in New York).

Confirmed Special Guests Include:
• Larry Hama (writer, G.I. Joe)
• Bernard Chang (artist, Wonder Woman)
• Cliff Chiang (artist, Green Arrow)
• Derek Kirk Kim (artist, The Eternal Smile)
• Greg Pak (writer, Incredible Hulk)
• Khoi Pham (artist, Mighty Avengers)
• Sean Chen (artist, Iron Man)
• Christina Strain (colorist, Runaways)
• Fred Chao (writer/artist, Johnny Hiro)
• Christine Norrie (artist, Breaking Up)
• Tak Toyoshima (writer/artist, Secret Asian Man)
• Misako Rocks! (writer/artist, Biker Girl)
• Kuo-Yu Liang (VP Sales & Marketing, Diamond Book Distributors)
• Sharad Devarajan (CEO, Liquid Comics)
• William F. Wu (writer, Hong on the Range)
• The Editors of Secret Identities (www.secretidentities.org)

Other special guests of the con will include: Ben Nugent, author, American Nerd; Hua Hsu, professor, Vassar College; Ed Lin, author of Waylaid and This Is a Bust; Monica Ferrell, author, The Answer Is Always Yes; Monica Youn, author, Ignatz (forthcoming); Vyshali Manivannan, author, Invictus; Paolo Javier, author, 60 lv Bo(e)mbs; Jennifer Lee, former editor, Marvel Comics and DC Comics; Kai-Ming Cha, comics and manga reporter, Publishers Weekly; Aimee Bahng, assistant professor, English, Dartmouth College; Ken Okabayashi, founder of Piggy Back Studios; Tyler Chin-Tanner, artist/writer, American Terrorist; Daniel Ketchum, editor, Marvel Comics; Karl Taro Greenfield, author, Speed Tribes; and Arune Singh, sales coordinator, Marvel Comics.

In addition, the following creators will be participating in the AACC’s Artists Alley, and will conduct signing and sketch sessions throughout the day. Each artist will also donate an original sketch for AACC’s silent auction, proceeds to benefit the nonprofit Museum of Chinese in America.

• Jimmy J. Aquino (writer, “Sampler,” SECRET IDENTITIES)

• Jeremy Arambulo (writer/artist, ROGUE SOUP & BUG)

• Bernard Chang (artist, WONDER WOMAN)

• Sean Chen (artist, IRON MAN)

• Tyler Chin-Tanner (writer/artist, AMERICAN TERRORIST)

• Robin Ha (writer/artist, THE MAGIC 8-BALL)

• Dongyun Lee (writer/artist, ZOOM)

• Yali Lin (writer/artist, SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO & JULIET)

• Jerry Ma (art director, SECRET IDENTITIES)

• Allan Norico (writer/artist, THINGS I’VE SEEN AT SHOWS)

• Khoi Pham (artist, MIGHTY AVENGERS)

• Misako Rocks! (writer/artist, BIKER GIRL)

• Sarah Sapang (artist, “16 Miles,” SECRET IDENTITIES)

• Christina Strain (colorist, RUNAWAYS)

• Alex Tarampi (artist, “Gaman,” SECRET IDENTITIES)

• Tak Toyoshima (writer/artist, SECRET ASIAN MAN)

• Paul Wei (writer/artist, THE ADVENTURES OF MAXWELL & GRANDMA)

• Ken Wong (writer/artist, SCHRODINGER’S CAT)

COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The event will be divided into three tracks: Reading Comics, Making Comics, and Creator Spotlight. Each track includes a diverse range of interactive and immersive panels and workshops, featuring leading Asian and Asian American figures from comics, literature and academia.

Reading Comics

How do we read comic books today? This track answers this question by putting comic book artists at the same table with novelists, professors and industry professionals. A mash-up of fan convention, Asian American studies conference and literary festival, this one-of-a-kind series of panels and readings confronts pressing issues, such as the globalization of pop culture, the representation of Asian Americans in comics, and, of course, the nature of nerdiness.

Sessions Include:

· Nerdpop: The Rise of the Nerds!: Asian Americans have long been stereotyped as “nerds,” but nerdiness has become something to celebrate. With the rise of digital culture and the mainstreaming of comic books and other once nerdy genres, nerds have gone from persecuted minority to masters of the universe. This panel examines the historical development of nerd identity, particularly among Asian Americans, and the aesthetics of nerd pride. Moderated by Hua Hsu, professor, English, Vassar College, featuring panelists Ben Nugent, author, American Nerd; Derek Kirk Kim, artist/writer, Same Difference & Other Stories; and Keith Chow, senior editor, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology

· Every Comic Is Asian American: The most prominent Asian American comic characters have typically been slanty-eyed sidekicks and supervillains, speaking in broken English and colored the shade of school buses. This panel starts with an all-star line-up of novelists and poets re-imagining their favorite comic book characters as Asian American and continues with a panel of professors, artists, and journalists discussing how Asian Americans have been represented in graphic novels. Moderated by Ken Chen, executive director of The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, featuring panelists like Ed Lin, author, Waylaid and This Is a Bust; Monica Ferrell, author, The Answer Is Always Yes; Monica Youn, author, Ignatz (forthcoming); Vyshali Manivannan, author, Invictus; Paolo Javier, author, 60 lv Bo(e)mbs; and Karl Taro Greenfeld, author, Speed Tribes

· The Asianization of Pop Culture: The rise of the graphic novel could really be described as the Asianization of American pop culture. In fact, the graphic novel renaissance has in many ways been powered by the popularity of manga, Japanese comics that still account for half of the new comics released in the America today. Panelists discuss the influence of manga, manhwa, and anime on American comics and American pop culture more generally. Moderated by Kai-Ming Cha, comics and manga reporter, Publishers Weekly, featuring panelists Aimee Bahng, assistant professor, English, Dartmouth College; Kuo-Yu Liang, VP, Sales & Marketing, Diamond Book Distributors; Ken Okabayashi, founder of Piggy Back Studios; and Misako Rocks!, artist/writer, Biker Girl

· The New Villains: Muslim insurgents. Chinese spies. North Korean dictators. Is it just us, or are Asians increasingly being cast in the role of the global evildoer? What’s the history of the portrayal of villainous Asians in comics and cartoon art, how does that history shape what we’re seeing in those fields today, and what does this mean for Asians and Asian Americans in the real world? Moderated by Jeff Yang, editor-in-chief, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, featuring panelists Larry Hama, creator, G.I. Joe mythology; William F. Wu, author, Hong on the Range and The Yellow Peril; Tyler Chin-Tanner, artist/writer, American Terrorist; and Sharad Devarajan, CEO, Liquid Comics

Track Two: Making Comics
This track focuses on the art and business of making comics- from alt-comics and literary graphic fiction to mainstream superhero books and syndicated strips. Featured workshops will include a hands-on demonstration by leading creators; explorations of the business side of comics; and other sessions highlighting comics as a profession, a discipline, an art form and a commercial landscape.

Sessions include:

· Writers’ Bloc: Writers of indie and superhero comics and a syndicated comic strip discuss the craft of scripting sequential art and their strategies for tackling everyday creative challenges. Moderated by Greg Pak, writer, The Incredible Hulk and War Machine, featuring panelists Fred Chao, artist/writer, Johnny Hiro; Larry Hama, creator, G.I. Joe mythology; Christine Norrie, artist/writer, Cheat; and Tak Toyoshima, artist/writer, Secret Asian Man

· Visual Storytelling-The Art of Collaboration: Top graphical storytellers share their experiences and tips for making the most of the challenges and opportunities of collaboration between pencillers, inkers, colorists, and writers. Moderated by Greg Pak, writer, The Incredible Hulk and War Machine, featuring panelists Sean Chen, artist, Iron Man; Daniel Ketchum, editor, Marvel Comics; Derek Kirk Kim, artist/writer, Same Difference & Other Stories; Khoi Pham, artist, Mighty Avengers; and Christina Strain, colorist, Runaways

· Visual Storytelling-Hands On: A diverse group of acclaimed artists sketch in real time as they discuss their different approaches in making creative choices. Moderated by Greg Pak, writer, The Incredible Hulk and War Machine, featuring panelists Bernard Chang, artist, Wonder Woman; Fred Chao, artist/writer, Johnny Hiro; Cliff Chiang, artist, Green Arrow/Black Canary; and Misako Rocks!, artist/writer, Biker Girl

· The Business of Comics: For anyone who’s ever dreamed of joining the comics world, here’s your chance to get an insider’s look at the commercial side of graphical storytelling. Comic book pros from every corner of the biz introduce their fields and discuss breaking in, maintaining a career, and keeping up with what the future has in store. Moderated by Jennifer Lee, former editor, Marvel and DC Comics, featuring panelists Bernard Chang, artist, Wonder Woman; Fletcher Chu-Fong, manager, Events & Retail, DC Comics; Kuo-Yu Liang, VP, Sales & Marketing, Diamond Book Distributors; Arune Singh, sales coordinator, Marvel Comics; Tak Toyoshima, artist/writer, Secret Asian Man; and Sharad Devarajan, CEO, Liquid Comics

Track Three: CREATOR SPOTLIGHT Sessions
In this track top comics creators paired with interesting counterparts (outside of comics) for one-on-one discussions covering craft, inspirations and influences, shared themes and future collaborations.

Sessions Include:

· Similar Differences-SPOTLIGHT on Derek Kirk Kim: A candid discussion with the brilliant author and artist of Same Difference and Other Stories and co-creator, with Gene Yang, of the new graphic novel The Eternal Smile. Moderated by Jeff Yang, editor-in-chief, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology

· From Chop-Chop to Silver Samurai-SPOTLIGHT ON: William F. Wu: A guided tour with science fiction legend William F. Wu, as he shares samples from his collection of thousands of comics depicting Asian images…good, bad, and definitely ugly. Moderated by Jeff Yang, editor-in-chief, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology

· Hama Time!-SPOTLIGHT on Larry Hama: Catching up with comics pioneer Larry Hama, creator of the G.I. Joe universe and winner of this year’s KIYAMA AWARD! Moderated by Keith Chow, senior editor, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology

All tracks are open to all AACC registrants; however, to manage traffic flow and seating, we will ask registrants to tentatively identify which sessions they intend to join upon receiving confirmation of their attendance. Space for some sessions is limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, with VIP Pass holders receiving priority.

Tickets for the nonprofit Asian American ComiCon are $15 for students, $25 for adults (18 and older), and $75 for a special VIP Pass, entitling the bearer to priority reserved seating at all panels and workshops, a complimentary Asian American graphic novel, signed by its creators, and an original sketch from one of the artists participating in the event’s Artists Alley. Registration will be limited to 250 attendees, and is available in advance through the following link: https://www.nycharities.org/event/event.asp?CE_ID=4187

In addition, DISCOUNTED ADMISSIONS are available through the following sponsoring organizations. TO REGISTER AT DISCOUNTED RATES, CALL BEATRICE CHEN at the Museum of Chinese in America, 212.619.4785 x104 and provide an authorized discount code. Note: All passes may sell out before the day of the event.