NYC – Wonder Woman Release Party

August 28, 2011 by  
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Artist Cliff Chiang signs at Bergen Street Comics on Saturday, September 24th at 8pm!

Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

DC Comics Announces More Creators from The New 52 to Attend NYCC 2011

August 16, 2011 by  
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Aquaman 1 by Ivan Reis

Press Release:

DC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES TOP TALENT FROM DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 TO ATTEND NEW YORK COMIC CON

Norwalk, CT, August 15, 2011: Top talent from DC Comics-The New 52 will be attending this year’s New York Comic Con (NYCC). The annual pop culture extravaganza will include guests Mahmud Asrar, Brian Azzarello, Greg Capullo, Cliff Chiang, Tony Daniel, Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen, Paul Levitz, Francis Manapul, Fabian Nicieza, Joe Prado, Amy Reeder, Ivan Reis, Ardian Syaf, Scott Snyder, Peter Tomasi, and more.

Previously announced Guests of Honor, Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, and Jim Lee, Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment, the creative team for JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (August 31, 2011), will also be in attendance.

DC Entertainment will once again occupy a 3000 square foot booth on the show floor where fans will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with creators and staff.  The preeminent publisher will be participating in several panels over the course of the weekend and officials at DC note that “behind-the-scenes” information about DC Entertainment will be revealed over the course of the weekend.  The centrally located booth will feature talent signings, free giveaways and early peeks at the newest action figures, statues, busts and other amazing collectibles on display from DC Direct.  The official New York Comic Con poster celebrates DC Comic’s JUSTICE LEAGUE in all their glory set against the iconic NYC backdrop of the Statue of Liberty. The poster is designed by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis. The posters are not for sale, but signed copies are included in the NYCC VIP packages.

New York Comic Con, which will occupy the entire Javits Center in New York City, has quickly grown to be an industry leading event, attracting close to 100,000 fans eager to see the latest in comics, movies, TV, games, toys, fashion and a range of other product and trends which define the pop culture universe.  New York Comic Con will take place October 13 – 16, 2011.

ABOUT THE GUESTS

MAHMUD ASRAR: Mahmud Asrar, an artist hailing from Turkey, has drawn BRIGHTEST DAY: THE ATOM, DYNAMO 5, SHADOWLAND: POWER MAN, and NOVA, among others. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Asrar is drawing SUPERGIRL.

BRIAN AZZARELLO: Brian Azzarello is the Eisner Award winning writer of 100 BULLETS. The New York Times Best Seller’s other notable DC Comics work include JOKER, LUTHOR, HELLBLAZER, FILTHY RICH, DOCTOR 13, SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW, BATMAN: BROKEN CITY, KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE and the upcoming series SPACEMAN to be published by Vertigo. As part of DC Comics- The New 52, Azzarello is writing WONDER WOMAN.

GREG CAPULLO:  Greg Capullo is the artist on BATMAN as part of DC Comics-The New 52. He’s best known for his comic book work, as the quintessential penciler of Todd McFarlane’s SPAWN. He has also worked on Robert Kirkman’s HAUNT.   Other credits include Marvel’s X-FORCE, QUASAR and his own creation, The CREECH, as well as many other titles. Capullo is a regular contributor to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft and is responsible for designing and painting the wrap around CD cover art for Disturbed’s “Ten Thousand Fists,” and  penciling the CD cover art for Korn’s “Follow the Leader.”

TONY DANIEL:  Born and raised in the streets of South Chicago, a love for comics, and drawing them, kept young Tony Daniel out of trouble.  By the age of 20 he was already a working professional in the comic’s community.  His list of penciling credits include such hits as X-FORCE, THE TENTH, TEEN TITANS, and BATMAN. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Daniel is the writer and artist on DETECTIVE COMICS and he’s the writer of THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN.

CLIFF CHIANG: Cliff Chiang’s artwork has been hailed for its “fluid and confident storytelling” and “sweeping linework and nuanced style.” Graduating from Harvard University with a joint degree in English Literature and Visual Arts, he worked in editorial at Disney Adventures Magazine and Vertigo/DC Comics before making the leap into freelance illustration.  His work for DC Comics includes GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY, HUMAN TARGET, DOCTOR 13, and the original graphic novel NEIL YOUNG’S GREENDALE published by Vertigo. As part of DC Comics-The New 52 Chiang is illustrating WONDER WOMAN. He lives in New York City.

DAN DIDIO: Dan DiDio is the Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment. He was formerly the VP Executive Editor of DC Comics. DiDio’s writing credits include SUPERBOY and THE OUTSIDERS. As part of DC Comics-The New 52 he is writing OMAC.

KEITH GIFFEN: Keith Giffen is an American comic book artist and writer. His credits include LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, LOBO, JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL, AMBUSH BUG, BLUE BEETLE and DOOM PATROL. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Giffen will be illustrating and co-writing OMAC.

PAUL LEVITZ: Paul Levitz, served as President of DC Comics from 2002 to 2009. He is currently a Senior Advisor and Contributing Editor at DC Entertainment. Levitz has written many DC Comics classic characters and series including the JUSTICE SOCIETY, SUPERMAN (in both comics and the newspaper strip), and an acclaimed run on THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, a series he is returning to as part of DC Comics-The New 52. He is also the author of the Eisner Award nominated 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, published by Taschen.

FRANCIS MANAPUL:  Francis Manapul is the artist and co-writer of THE FLASH, which is part of DC Comics-The New 52.  His previous work for DC Comics includes books such as ADVENTURE COMICS, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, and THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES.  His work has been published in various publications from the likes of Aspen Comics, Editions Delcourt, Top Cow Productions, and Devils Due just to name a few. Manapul was a TV Presenter on SyFy’s Beast Legends, in which he and a team of scientists and adventurers traveled the globe in search of scientific data to create mythical beasts. Manapul was born in Manila, Philippines and currently calls Toronto, Canada his home.

FABIAN NICIEZA: Fabian Nicieza is CCO for the FunGoPlay virtual world and Lead Writer for intellectual property managers, Starlight Runner Entertainment, but is best known as a comic book writer whose work includes Marvel titles such as X-MEN, NEW WARRIORS, CABLE & DEADPOOL. His DC Comics writing includes ROBIN, ACTION COMICS, TRINITY and RED
ROBIN. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Nicieza is writing LEGION LOST.

JOE PRADO: Joe Prado is a Brazilian artist whose work for DC Comics includes ACTION COMICS, BIRDS OF PREY, SUPERMAN, TEEN TITANS, BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY. He co-designed this year’s NYCC poster and as part of DC Comics-The New 52 he will be working on AQUAMAN.

AMY REEDER: Amy Reeder got her start at Tokyopop where she wrote and drew the original English language manga FOOL’S GOLD. She went on to become the ongoing series artist on Vertigo’s MADAME XANADU and her other work for DC Comics includes SUPERGIRL covers. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Reeder will be drawing BATWOMAN, beginning with the second arc.

IVAN REIS: Ivan Reis is a Brazilian comic book artist who is best known for his work on GREEN LANTERN: SECRET ORIGIN, which was used as reference for the recent Warner Bros Pictures film Green Lantern. Other credits include GHOST published by Dark Horse, CAPTAIN MARVEL, IRON MAN, DEFENDERS and AVENGERS published by Marvel Comics as well as the DC Comics titles TEEN TITANS, SUPERMAN, INFINITE CRISIS and the mini-series BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY. Reis co-designed this year’s NYCC JUSTICE LEAGUE poster and as part of DC Comics-The New 52 he’s drawing AQUAMAN.

SCOTT SNYDER:   Scott Snyder is the writer and co-creator of the New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award winning comic book series AMERICAN VAMPIRE published by Vertigo, which he launched with Stephen King in October 2010. Snyder began his writing career with a collection of stories, VOODOO HEART (Dial Press) and is currently writing DETECTIVE COMICS and GATES OF GOTHAM for DC.  Snyder teaches writing at Columbia University, NYU and Sarah Lawrence College and is working on a novel called THE GOODBYE SUIT, to be published by Dial. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Snyder will be writing SWAMP THING and BATMAN. He lives in the New York City area.

ARDIAN SYAF: Ardian Syaf is an Indonesian artist, whose work for DC Comics includes GREEN LANTERN CORPS and BRIGHTEST DAY. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Syaf is drawing BATGIRL. NYCC marks the first time he will be attending an American comic convention.

PETER J. TOMASI:  Peter J.  Tomasi proudly helped usher in new eras for GREEN LANTERN, BATMAN, and JSA during his tenure as a DC Comics Senior Editor. He is now  writing comics and screenplays, with his recent work including such DC titles  as BRIGHTEST DAY, GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS, NIGHTWING, THE OUTSIDERS, BATMAN: BLACKEST NIGHT, BLACK ADAM and the critically acclaimed creator-owned projects LIGHT BRIGADE and THE MIGHTY.  As part of DC Comics -The New 52 Tomasi will begin anew with BATMAN AND ROBIN and THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS.

Customers interested in signing up for New York Comic Con should contact Larry Settembrini at lsettembrini@reedexpo.com.  Tickets for NYCC are now on sale via the websitewww.NewYorkComicCon.com.  Limited 4-Day tickets are available.  For further information about all ReedPOP shows and activity, please visit Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.MediumAtLarge.net.  Convention organizers note that many more guests will be announced over the next few weeks and months and fans should keep their eyes on NYCC’s website and blog for additional comics, entertainment and anime announcements.

ABOUT REEDPOP:  ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena.  ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans.  The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo.  The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion.  ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

ABOUT DC ENTERTAINMENT: DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games.  Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes the Creators of the New DCU in 2011

July 26, 2011 by  
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Press Release:

With September’s relaunch of 52 titles from DC Comics, the Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the addition of three creators heading up those titles – Scott Snyder, Paul Levitz, and Ron Marz - to the line-up for this year’s show.

Scott Snyder, who will be writing DC’s Batman and Swamp Thing, made a huge impact on the comic industry of the last year with his work on the New York Times bestselling series, American Vampire and his critically-acclaimed run on Detective Comics. Snyder is currently writing the Flashpoint tie-in miniseries, Project Superman. Snyder has been nominated for two Harvey Award this year in the categories of Best New Series and Most Promising New Talent for his work on American Vampire.

Paul Levitz, who will continue his run as writer on Legion of Super-Heroes in September, is a mainstay in the comic industry. For over 35 years, Levitz has served as a writer, editor, and executive at DC Comics. His work on the Legion throughout the late-’70s and ’80s is widely-regarded as some of the most quintessential stories in the DCU. In addition to writing Legion, it has just been announced that Levitz will be writing the 6-issue mini-series, The Huntress, beginning in October. This year, he received a Harvey Award nomination in the category of Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation for his work on 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Myth-Making.

Ron Marz, who will usher Wildstorm’s Voodoo into the DCU in September, has been writing comics professionally since the early-’90s, having worked for such companies as Marvel, Dark Horse, CrossGen, Devil’s Due, Valiant, and DC. Well-known as one the creators who helped to revitalize both the Green Lantern franchise in the late-’90s and Top Cow’s Witchblade in 2004, Marz is currently working on the Top Cow series, Artifacts.

“DC’s announcement about the relaunch of their entire super-hero line rocked the comic industry and will redefined their characters for years to come,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We’re so excited to have some of the A-crop creators behind this momentous move join us for this year’s show!”

Confirmed guests for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con include: Guest of Honor, Stan “The Man” Lee; Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Nick Cardy (Aquaman, Teen Titans); Greg Capullo (Spawn, Batman); Cliff Chiang (Greendale); Frank Cho (50 Girl 50, X-Men: Schism, New Ultimates); Todd Dezago (Super Hero Squad, The Perhapanauts); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics, Batman Confidential); Michael Golden (creator of Bucky O’Hare); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc., Courting Disaster); Steve Hamaker (Bone); Cully Hamner (Red, Red: Eyes Only); Dean Haspiel (The Alcoholic, Act-i-Vate); Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Zatanna); J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, DC Universe Legacies); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); Laura Martin (New Avengers, Thor); Mark Morales (Fear Itself cover artist); Kevin Nowlan (Wednesday Comics); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Walter Simonson (Thor); Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL); Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0); Brian Stelfreeze (Wednesday Comics); Karl Story (DC Universe Legacies); Tim Truman (Conan the Cimmerian); Neil Vokes (Flesh & Blood, Eagle: The Original Adventures); and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).

HeroesCon 2011 Event Schedule

HeroesCon has released the full schedule for next week’s convention! HeroesCon takes place on June 3 – 5, 2011 at the Charlotte Convention Center (501 S. College St, Charlotte, NC 28202). For the full guest list and more details about the convention, please check out their website at the link!

Press Release:

THURSDAY, JUNE 2nd

12:00 PM

PRE-REGISTRATION BOOTH OPENS
Attendees who have purchased advance 3-day passes may pick up their wristbands, badges, and other incentive materials at this time at the Pre-Registration booth located on the College St. Concourse in the convention center.

GUEST, SMALL PRESS, & EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION OPEN
Invited guests, persons who have purchased space in Artists Alley, and exhibitors may pick up their registration materials, including the badges they will need to get on the convention floor for setup, at the Pre-Registration booth located on the College St. Concourse in the convention center.

GUESTS, SMALL PRESS, & EXHIBITOR SETUP OPEN
The convention floor will be open until 8pm for SETUP ONLY. Only persons with the appropriate badges will be allowed onto the convention floor.

8:00 PM

SETUP CLOSES
All persons must be done with their setup and OUT OF THE HALL by 8.00pm. NO EXCEPTIONS. All night security will be provided, but we strongly suggest that you make sure your booth is secure before you leave for the night.

REGISTRATION CLOSES
Registration for advance ticket holders, guests, exhibitors, etc., will reopen at 7.00am in the morning.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd

7:00 AM

SETUP OPENS
Guests, Small Press, & Exhibitors will be allowed onto the floor for setup at this time. Only persons with the appropriate badges will be allowed onto the convention floor, and only once a member of the convention’s upper management is on-hand to open the doors, for security purposes. NOTE: All items MUST be out of the aisles before the hall opens to the public at 11.00 am. No exceptions!

10:30 AM

HEROESCON DAY ONE OPENS TO ADVANCE 3-DAY PASS HOLDERS ONLY
Note this is ONLY for those who purchased a 3-day pass on or before May 31.

11:00 AM

HEROESCON 2011 DAY ONE OPENS TO GENERAL PUBLIC
All ticket holders will be allowed onto the floor at this time.

12:00 PM

SCAD-Visualizing Dynamic Anatomy
Room 201

SCAD Professor Dove McHargue and artist for the Oni Press book “All Saints Day” will be offering a workshop on Drawing Dynamic Anatomy. Dove will demonstrate how to use real world anatomy to make figures kinetic, and how to use anatomy to be able to create realistic figures that are unique and dynamic. Dove will also examine how to use those dynamic figures to effectively act in sequential art. Bring supplies to draw with and on and prepare to have fun!

12:00 PM

Green Lantern Panel
Room 207BCD

Green Lantern has been around since 1940 and after thousands of comic books, Hollywood has finally come calling. Please join Joe Staton, Joe Quinones, Shane Davis, and Neal Adams as they discuss their various takes on the character and how he has remained popular over the years. NOTE: Anyone wearing yellow or wooden clothing will not be allowed to enter the auditorium for obvious security reasons. Nice try Sinestro.

12:00 PM

Teaching Comics
Room 203A

In the past decade or so, Graphic Novels have invaded the syllabi of many colleges and Universities throughout the country. Join moderator Shawn Daughhetee and Professors Craig Fisher, Mike Kobre and Alan Rauch as they discuss what is involved in teaching comics at the college level. We will be taking attendance

12:30 PM

Art of Akira
Room 209

Join Joe Peacock as he presents some exciting pieces from his massive collection of still art, storyboards and animation cells from the ground-breaking Anime masterpiece Akira.

1:00 PM

Comic Twart
Room 206

Every monday one of the members of Comictwart picks a subject for the group to draw over the course of the week.  In the last year and and a half, using that very simple formula, Comictwart.com has become one of comics’ most popular art blogs.  Join “twartists” Dan Panosian, Francesco Francavilla, Ron Salas, Tom Fowler, Declan Shalvey, and Dave Johnson, with moderator Chris Sims of Comics Alliance, for an entertaining Q&A while the group sketches a subject taken from you the audience! All sketches to be donated to the HeroesCon Annual Art Auction!

1:30 PM

Storytelling with Michael Golden
Room 208AB

Plan to spend an hour with one of the best storytellers in the business Michael Golden as he is interviewed by his biographer Renee Witterstaetter (Excess: The Art of Michael Golden)

1:30 PM

QuickDraw
Room 203B

A HeroesCon tradition. We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the following age categories 0-10, 11-15 and 16 to 99. Any participant over the age of 100 is an automatic winner! The Quickdraw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! Be there!

2:00 PM

Nick Cardy- A Golden Artist in a Silver Age
Room 207BCD

Come celebrate with us as we look back on the fabulous 60 plus year career of one of the great comic artist as we delve into an hour of all things Nick Cardy. Please join us as we say thanks and examine why his fabulous art endures! Join Moderator John Coates along with Nick himself, Todd Dezago, Tony Harris, Adam Hughes, Cully Hamner and others.

2:00 PM

Taking over the Property- The Comic Books
Room 203A

Well, we can’t take a topic this juicy and just leave it for the comic strippers. So we are going to discuss the challenges involved in taking over and re-imagining existing comic book characters. Our list of creators is so exciting this panel requires no other descriptions : Richard Case (Doom Patrol), Tony Harris (Starman) and Jim Starlin (Warlock, Captain Marvel)

2:30 PM

Everything ARCHIE
Room 206

HeroesCon All Ages Celebration continues on as Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino brings together Paul Kaminski, Jon Gray, Ian Flynn and Jim Amash to discuss the creative process from the folks who bring us all things Riverdale as well as all things SONIC!!!!

2:30 PM

Comics Goes to Movies: Working for the Movies and Television
Room 209

Hoo-ray for Hollywood! What’s it like working for the movies? Find out by joining The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald as she talks Tinseltown with Tommy Lee Edwards (Batman Begins) Nick Derington (Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly), Peter Krause (storyboarding) and Geof Darrow (The MATRIX)

2:30 PM

SCAD-Composition & Clarity
Room 201

For a comic to succeed, artistically or commercially, it needs to read clearly, and at the heart of clarity in comics is strong composition. Chris Schweizer will teach you about clarity in composition, from using value to define planes and visually invest your reader in a scene, to identifying and avoiding any of the six types of compositional tangents that can pop up in even the best artist’s work to ruin a panel

3:00 PM

Project: Rooftop –Superhero Fashion
Room 203B

Project: Rooftop is where cartoonists and illustrators bring their costume design skills to task in tribute to the superheroes and villains we’ve grown up with. P:R is intended to promote the idea of superhero costume redesigning as a skill, specific to superhero media.  Join Dean Trippe, Joel Carroll and Ming Doyle as they discuss why there’s more to looking super than wearing your underwear on the outside of your pants.
ALSO: Look to 4:00 PM for a special Project: Rooftop feature!

3:30 PM

COVER ART: The ART of the First Impressions
Room 207BCD

What sells a comic? How do you incorporate 22 pages of story
and art into one single illustration? Dollar Bin’s Adam Daughhetee will ask a group of masters: Adam Hughes, Cliff Chiang, Chrissie Zullo, Skottie Young and Frank Cho. Looking at the HeroesCon Guest list, this particular panel topic became top priority for all. Be there.

4:00 PM

Project: Rooftop-QUICKDRAW SPECIAL
Room 203B

Plan on joining us for a first time ever Project: Rooftop/Quickdraw where we civilians can try our hand at redesigning specific character. The winner will get their drawing posted on the Project: Rooftop web site.

4:00 PM

Kickstarter: A New Way To Fund Personal Projects
Room 206

Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of comics, music, film, art, design and other creative fields. Join Dustin Harbin, Tony Harris, Jay Potts, and Jeremy Bastian as they discuss their experiences using this new resource to publish comic projects.  www.kickstarter.com

4:00 PM

Taking over the Property-The Comic Strips
Room 203A

The Comic Strips—As always, this is another great year for the classic comic strips at HeroesCon. How do you follow a cartooning legend and take those already established characters and work to make them your own? Mike Rhode will ask veteran cartoonists Jim Scancarelli (Gasoline Alley), Marcus Hamilton (Dennis the Menace), Alex Saviuk (Spider-man) and we will be joined by welcome veteran newbie: Joe Staton (Dick Tracy)

4:30 PM

Heroes Discussion Group #30 Superman Earth One
Room 209

This was one of the best selling graphic novels of the past twelve months. Join the Heroes Discussion Group as we take the opportunity to pose as many questions as we can to the GN’s super-star artist Shane Davis! Copies of the book will be available after the discusion for brief signing.

5:00 PM

SCAD-Mini-Comics: The Whole Package
Room 201

David Allan Duncan, cartoonist and professor of Sequential Art at SCAD-Savannah, offers insight, tips and instruction in the creation of one of the most popular stepping stones into the comics industry: mini-comics. David’s workshop focuses on the medium, production and distribution of mini-comics as well as the planning, storytelling, and drawing that goes into their creation. Materials will be provided, so come join the fun!

5:00 PM

A Tribute to Joe Simon
Room 208AB

Join Titan Books Editor and special friend of HeroesCon Steve Saffel (Spiderman: The Icon, The Best of Simon & Kirby, Simon & Kirby Superheroes) as he discusses the career of Joe Simon. In addition to a ton of fun stories about Mr. Simon, Steve will present three short films about the life of this pioneer comic artist.

6:00 PM

Drink & Draw Social Club Preview
Room 203B

The Drink and Draw Social Club will convene tonight at 7:30 PM at FUEL Pizza (right across the street from the convention center). Meet D.D.S.C. founders Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian and Jeff Johnson as they give a brief history of the club. Nobody is going to be driving, however drawing is a different thing altogether! Please draw responsibly.

7.00 PM

HEROESCON DAY ONE CLOSES TO PUBLIC
At this time all ticket-holders must leave the hall for the evening. Hall will reopen to the public Saturday at 10.00 am.

7:30 PM

HALL A LOCKED DOWN
All persons, including exhibitors, guests, and staff, must be off the hall floor at this time. Please be sure your booth is secured. We cannot be held responsible for your items, although we will provide overnight security for the hall.

7:30 PM

DRINK AND DRAW SOCIAL CLUB
@ Fuel Pizza
Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian, and Jeff Johnson, the founders of D.D.S.C. invite everyone to join us across the street at Fuel Pizza for a night of drinking, drawing and who knows what else!

SATURDAY, JUNE 4th

10:30 AM

SCAD-Visualizing Writing
Room 201

There is a lot of information on how to structure story, but how do you get a reader to invest in your story? Good storytelling in sequential art starts with a written story that utilizes visualization and pacing, and results in writing to draw. Anthony Fisher will walk you through the steps of visualizing story in writing by using emotion, action and design of characters, as well as scene staging to visually pace story.

10:30 AM

Richard Thompson: A Celebration
Room 209

Is Cul-De Sac the best comic strip being published today? Perhaps, but one thing is for certain, it is the best drawn and the funniest. Okay, that’s two things. Please join Mike Rhode and some fellow strip creators as we sit down and examine the art of Mr. Thompson. In addition to discussing craft and daily deadlines, we will see if Richard can provide any insight as to whether poor Petey will make it through the entire soccer season without having a psychotic breakdown. Ahhh, total Bliss (haven).

10:30 AM

Heroes Discussion Group #31: Wednesday Comics
Room 208

The break-away hit from last year is being featured at HeroesCon 2011. Plan to join guest moderator Swain Hunt and creators Joe Quinones, Ryan Sook, Shawn “Cheeks” Galloway, John Arcudi and Brian Stelfreeze as they discuss the challenges of a unique page size, the pressure of a weekly deadline and how they approached their particular characters. Don’t miss this! Copies of the book will be available after the discusion for brief signing.

10:30 AM

C’mon People: There’s a War Comic On
Room 203A

Pull up a bunk us and join the platoon as we examine War Comics in their myriad of forms. Joining moderator extraordinaire John Coates will be Nick Cardy (The Artist at War), Michael Golden (the NAM), Matt Kindt (Superspy) and Becky Cloonan (Northlanders)

12:00 PM

Approaches to Humor
Room 209

Sure the convention is HeroesCon, but let’s never forget the funny side of the comic book world. Join The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald as she sits down with three of the very best cartoonists in the business. They are able to me us smile and even laugh out loud: Richard Thompson (Cul De Sac), Roger Langridge (The Muppets, Fred the Clown) and Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese, Yo Gabba Gabba!) are three of the wizards who put the comic in comic.

12:00 PM

Matt Fraction: FEAR Itself
Room 207BCD

Join us for a scintillating conversation between HeroesCon’s very own Doug Merkle and the master-mind behind Marvel’s summer Magnum Opus Fear Itself, Matt Fraction. This will be a panel you’ll look back upon often as the summer wears on.

12:00 PM

Color Me Talented
Room 203A

Join Dollar Bin’s Adam Daughhetee as he sits down with Laura Martin (Planetary, Astonishing X-Men), Rachelle Rosenberg (Captain America), Charlie Kirchoff (Hellraiser, Doctor Who), Matt Wilson (Thor), Brian Reber (X-Men) discuss this integral aspect of comic art—the coloring.

12:00 PM

Frank Cho Draws Sexy Women
Room 208AB

Don’t be misled by the Title! This presentation is all about Frank Cho drawing sexy women. The audience selects a character for Frank to draw. Then Frank spends the hour drawing it and you the lucky audience gets to watch the creative process unfold through the miracle of A/V technology. The session ends with a live auction of the finished piece. Frank has done this in several other cities and it has always been a big hit. Charlotte will be no exception

1:30 PM

Designing Comics
Room 203A

What is it that draws your wandering eye to one particular book on a shelf that is brimming with loud, look-at-me, multi-colored covers? It is the design of the book that makes that first impression count. Join cartoonist Rich Barrett (Nathan Sorry) as he dissects the art and function of Design with some of the most important and innovative names in the business: Jonathan Hickman (FF, The Nightly News), Chris Pitzer (all things Adhouse) Matt Kindt (Superspy) Drew Weing (Set to Sea) and Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac)

1:30 PM

4th Annual Inkwell Awards        1st live awards ceremony
Room 209

Host: Bob Almond presents this year’s winners of the coveted Inkwell Awards. After the live presentation, there will be a special Q & A with the winners. Ethan Van Sciver will be our auctioneer for the previously mentioned small, live auction following the ceremony.

1:30 PM

Heroes Discussion Group #32—Cinderella-From Fabletown with Love
Room 207BCD

Please schedule your weekend properly
so you will have time to join writer Chris Roberson and cover artist, Charlotte’s own Chrissie Zullo as they discuss everyone’s favorite secret agent and shoe provocateur. At last year’s HeroesCon we discussed Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall. This will be the perfect follow-up.
Copies of the book will be available after the discusion for brief signing.

1:30 PM

SCAD-Creating Maquettes
Room 201

Maquettes are a large part of the entertainment industry in film, animation, video games, sequential art, toys, and toy design for all of these markets. Professor John Larison will talk about and show you the different media applicable to sculpting maquettes, and go over the basics of maquette building during his workshop. Sculpting is not easy, but it is definitely fun. John will let those who come to his workshop play with the material and tools and learn about the cost involved for each material.

2:30 PM

Comics Alliance
Room 206

Comics Alliance is a comic website owned by AOL. If you’re not familiar with us, we’re currently the #1 most visited comics site in America and were awesomely nominated for an Eisner this year! Come see why this is one of the most popular site on the web.

3:00pm

The Master of Screaming Metal: A Tribute to Moebius
Room 209

He’s one of the greatest comics’ artists of all time, a man who’s given us vistas of the Old West and of science-fiction planets unsurpassed in their beauty and elegance. He’s Jean Giraud—pseudonym “Moebius”—and for this year’s Heroes Con, cartoonist Ben Towle and blogger Craig Fischer have teamed up to celebrate Moebius’ art and 50-year career. This “mega-panel” will include a number of events. First is a screening of Moebius Redux (Hasko Baumann, 2007, 70 minutes), a documentary chronicle of Moebius’ life that covers his role in Les Humanoïdes Associés and the radical revitalization of French comics in the 1970s and his contributions to such films as Alien (1979), Tron (1982), and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unproduced adaptation of Dune. The panel will continue with Craig’s playful analysis of a scene from Moebius and Jean-Michel Charlier’s Blueberry—simply the best comic-book Western ever—and conclude with Ben interviewing stellar writer and artist Geof Darrow (Hard Boiled, Shaolin Cowboy), himself a friend and admirer of Moebius. Join us for a wild ride on an alien pterodactyl, won’t you?

3:00 PM

FF: Retooling the Flagship
Room 208AB

Pull up a pew and join Heroes’ own Doug Merkle as he sits down with the dynamic creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting and they describe the challenges of retooling a legend: The Marvel Universe flagship the Fantastic Four or should we say, the Future Foundation? (Yes, yes we should)

3:00 PM

Comics Goes to Movies–Adapted Work
Room 203A

Big Budget movies developed from comic properties is a cottage industry unto itself. But what do the comic creators really think about the adaptations of their concepts? Please join The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald as she questions Cully Hamner (Red), Roy Thomas (Conan), Jeff Parker (X-Men: First Class) and John Arcudi (The Mask) during this exciting hour.

3:30 PM

QuickDraw
Room 203 B

A HeroesCon tradition. We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an art instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the following age categories 0-10, 11-15 and 16 to 99. Any participant over the age of 100 is an automatic winner! The Quickdraw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! Be there!

4:00 PM

SCAD-Manga Studio
Room 201

From panel layout to finished inks, Manga Studio is the most powerful software there is that specifically caters to the needs of comic book artists. It has amazing tools to layout panels, its drawing and inking tools are extremely natural using a tablet or Cintiq, and you can create and manage entire projects with astounding ease. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Follow along with SCAD professor, Pat Bollin, as he demos his digital drawing techniques using Manga Studio, and discusses the pros and cons of using digital techniques vs. good old-fashioned ink on paper.

4:00 PM

Costuming: How To Make It Work
Room 208AB

Open discussion about costuming; from character selection to reference to supplies to fabric choices to construction, and now that you have the costumes: storage, cleaning and maintenance. Chris Donio and Riki Riddle LeCotey will give a general  overview on how they approach costuming.

4:00 PM

Portfolio Review
Room 203B

Bob Scheck is the Editor-in-Chief of Legendary Pictures’ new line of comics & graphic novels, Legendary Comics. Bob and Greg Tumbarello his Assistant Editor will sit down and take the time to look at your art
portfolios.

4:30 PM

Taking on the Property—ICONOGRAPHY
Room 207BCD

Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino sits down with Tim Sale, Ed McGuinness, Darwyn Cooke and Don Rosa as they discuss the challenges of taking a comics icon and putting their own original stamp on the characters yet still remaining true to the original vision. What a way to end HeroesCon Day Two!

6:00 PM

HEROESCON DAY TWO CLOSES TO PUBLIC
At this time all ticket-holders must leave the hall for the evening. Hall will reopen to the public Sunday at 11:00 AM.

6:30 PM

HALL A LOCKED DOWN
All persons, including exhibitors, guests, and staff, must be off the hall floor at this time. Please be sure your booth is secured. We cannot be held responsible for your items, although we will provide overnight security for the hall.

8:00 PM

HEROESCON ANNUAL ART AUCTION
Westin Ballroom

The HeroesCon Annual Art Auction is one of the most well-known and enduring traditions on the convention circuit. Fans come from all over the country for the chance to bid pieces of original art not available anywhere else, donated by our guests to help defray the incredible cost of putting on the convention!
And best of all, the Art Auction is a great chance to hobnob with pros in a relaxed, fun environment–it’s just one of the things that have made us so popular with fans and pros alike! Event scheduled to begin close to 8.00–seriously!

The number of donations we get is so immense, this year we’re going to try and pick a representative group of pieces to take to the “live” Art Auction. But if you can’t make it to the Art Auction, you can bid on the other pieces in our new Silent Auction all weekend long! Check at the Info Booth or at the Art Auction stage for more details!

SUNDAY, JUNE 5th

10:00 AM

SETUP OPENS
Guests, Small Press, & Exhibitors will be allowed onto the floor for setup at this time. Only persons with the appropriate badges will be allowed onto the convention floor, and only once a member of the convention’s upper management is on-hand to open the doors, for security purposes. NOTE: All items MUST be out of the aisles before the hall opens to the public at 11.00 am. No exceptions!

10:30 AM

HEROESCON DAY ONE OPENS TO ADVANCE 3-DAY PASS HOLDERS ONLY
Note this is ONLY for those who purchased 3-day passes on or before May 31.

11.00 AM

HEROESCON DAY THREE OPENS TO PUBLIC
All ticket holders will be allowed onto the floor at this time.

11:00 AM

Historical Comics
Room 203A

Blending real historical facts and humor based comics into something provocative and highly entertaining is no feat. Join Chris Schweizer (Crogan’s )as he leads the discussion with Ben Towle (Amelia Earhart), Matt Kindt (Superspy) and Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge) as they explain the intricacies of the creative juggling act.

11:00 AM

SCAD–Story-Driven Character Design
Room 201

Well thought out character creation is essential to the comic making process. In this workshop SCAD Community Education Instructor, Rashad Doucet, will examine a variety of popular characters and show just how much strong, original story concepts are visually expressed in our favorite heroes and villains. Participants will also be given the fundamental processes needed to form and/or enhance their own creations.

11:30 AM

WEB COMICS–Group Effort
Room 206

Meet the Small Press groups who have developed their own multi-strip brand: Curt Franklin, Chris Haley, Mike Maihack, Kevin Church, and Benjamin Birdie will sit down and talk to Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino about creativity in the Small Press World.

11:30 AM

HAMMER TIME (or more specifically it’s Mjolnir Time)
Room 207BCD

Did you hear there is a mega budget movie about The Mighty Thor featuring Oscar-winners Hannibal Lecter, Padme Amidala and directed by Professor Lockhart (on Amnesia leave from Hogwarts). Well, let’s remember that Thor started as a comic book long before the Nordic folk were offering tithes to the Nordic Thunder God. So plan to join Dollar Bin’s Adam Daughhetee as he sits down with Matt Fraction, Roger Langridge, and Jonathan Hickman to discuss their various takes on the superhero that is so popular they named Thursday after him.

11:30 AM

Heroes Discussion #29–The Outfit
Room 209

A few years ago, the Heroes Discussion group covered Darwyn Cooke’s The Hunter and we had so much fun, we thought we should discuss The Outfit next. Join us as we discuss this fabulous graphic novel with its creator Darwyn Cooke! Copies of the book will be available after the discusion for brief signing.

11:30 AM

Inking Panel
Room 208AB

The inker is the true MVP of any comic book creative team. They make the finished product look finished and professional. They need to add their own individual touch to the art but still maintain the flavor of the original pencil work. How do they accomplish this? Join Big Dog Studio’s Brandon Padgett along with Tim Townsend, Art Thibert, Mark Morales, Bob McLeod and Bob Almond as they discuss the fine art of the fine line; the tools they use, the challenges they encounter; the variety of penciling styles they need to negotiate. This panel will be a must see before…

12:30 PM

Portfolio Review Portfolio Review
Room 203A

Bob Scheck is the Editor-in-Chief of Legendary Pictures’ new line of comics & graphic novels, Legendary Comics. Bob and Greg Tumbarello his Assistant Editor will sit down and take the time to look at your art portfolios.

1:00 PM

Adam Hughes & Kevin Nowlan: One on One
Room 208AB

Let’s take two great artists, both known for their draftsmanship, their design and their pure drawing talent, put them in the same room and talk for an hour about their art. This will be one enlightening and entertaining conversation.

1:00 PM

Family Friendly Comics
Room 209

This panel has become a yearly tradition at HeroesCon. We take pride in this convention being for the entire family and what better way to celebrate Shelton Drum’s vision than by spotlighting comics the entire family can read. Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino will interview Andy Runton (Owly), Chris Schweizer (Crogan’s Vengeance), Chris Giarusso (Mini Marvels), Jamie Cosely (Cody the Cavalier) and come see what all the
buzz is about

1:00 PM

Horror Comics
Room 207BCD

Horror comics are more popular today than practically any other genre (okay besides the spandex crowd). We are having a group of specialists sit down and explain to us why horror endures and what makes a great horror product. Join Dollar Bin’s Adam Daughhetee as he discusses with Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) what is under the bed and why we should fear it.

1:30 PM

SCAD-Comics in PaintTool SAI
Room 201

Sarah ‘Pickles’ Dill, a sequential art graduate student at SCAD, will be demonstrating the advantages of PaintTool SAI, a comprehensive and affordable alternative for beginning comic artists. Using SAI, an artist can create comics of all sizes, styles, and colors. Coloring, sketching, inking, vector demos and instruction will be included.

2:00 PM

QuickDraw
Room 203B

A HeroesCon tradition. We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the following age categories 0-10, 11-15 and 16 to 99. Any participant over the age of 100 is an automatic winner! Last day—but we still need those pencils back!

2:30 PM

THE WEB COMICS: Solo Shocker
Room 207BCD

Join Rich Barrett, Tom Scioli, Jay Potts and Drew Weing as they tell Dollar Bin’s Adam Daughhetee what it’s like go it alone making some of the most exciting Web comics out there in the ether.

2:30 PM

ANIMATION NATION
Room 209

We have an unusually large amount of professional animators lurking in our artist alley. It is only fitting we ask them to join us to discuss the Animation Industry and what it’s like to earn a living in this fast paced exciting world. Plan to join Eric Canete, Sean Galloway, Jeff Johnson and Dave Johnson for a spirited (and animated—sorry) hour of conversation

3:00 PM

SKETCH CHARLOTTE
Room 203B

Who are SKETCH Charlotte and what are they doing loitering in Showmars every Thursday evening? Find out as we wind down on Sunday afternoon as we are invited to eaves drop on a special meeting of the Queen City artists as they discuss Comics in general and HeroesCon 2011 in the specific. What a great way to end a memorable weekend.

4:00 PM

SCAD: Breaking down Breakdowns
Room 201

The most important stage in the creation of sequential art is the development of breakdowns, where the visual planning of sequential art originates. To have successful breakdowns, a structured philosophical approach is necessary. Through this approach, Doug Dabbs wills show you how to create sequential art that is successful in telling a clear story that emotionally engages the reader.

4:00 PM

Adapting Licensed Properties to Comics
Room 209

Since the era when the great EC Segar produced the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Capers comic strip for the Chicago Herald, licensed properties have been joined at the hip with comic books. Working with already existing characters and concepts create their own set of artistic challenges. Please join Roger Langridge (The Muppets), Amy Mebberson (Disney) and James Silvani (Darkwing Duck) Georges Jeanty (Buffy) as they enlighten us on the internal workings of this important comic niche. Moderated by Heroes’ in-house counsel Heather McKinney, we may have saved the best for last!

6:00 PM

HEROESCON CLOSES TO PUBLIC
At this time all ticket-holders must leave the hall. Thanks for attending HeroesCon 2010. Before you leave, please be sure to pick up your advance tickets for Heroes Convention 2012 (Our 30th Anniversary Extravaganza!). You will be first in line for any incentives or other special offers we feature throughout the year!

LOADING DOCK OPENS
At this time the door to the Loading Dock (located on Stonewall between Brevard and College) will open for persons possessing dock passes. ACCESS TO THE DOCK WILL NOT BE ALLOWED DURING THE DAY! We strongly suggest that you begin queuing for the dock well before this time.

Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Top Talent for 2011

April 20, 2011 by  
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Baltimore Comic-Con 2011 Guests

Press Release:

Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Top Talent to Growing Guest List

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – April 15, 2011 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to announce the addition of four new red-hot guests to this year’s list of creators. Nick Spencer, Jamal Igle, J.G. Jones, and Cliff Chiang have confirmed that they will be attending the 12th annual show, taking place the weekend of August 20-21, 2011.

Nick Spencer, who recently signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Comics, has been one of the rising-star writers in comics over the last year. With the announcement of the upcoming Cloak & Dagger series from Marvel, his current work on Iron Man 2.0 and Secret Avengers for the publisher, wrapping up his arc on DC’s T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and his creator-owned properties, Morning Glories and Infinite Vacation from Image, Spencer is really making his mark on the industry!

After wrapping his 22-issue run on Supergirl with writer Sterling Gates, artist Jamal Igle recently took over the art duties for Zatanna, DC’s Mistress of Magic, with March’s issue #9. Returning for another year, Igle is a fan-favorite in Baltimore!

“Baltimore Comic-Con has quickly become one of my favorite shows to attend,” said Igle. “The fans are fantastic and the show crew really goes out of their way to create a friendly, family-oriented, fun and accessible convention.”

J.G. Jones, best known for the artwork that has graced the covers of such books as Wanted, 52, and Final Crisis, began taking over writing duties this month for DC Comics’ Doc Savage. In addition to the writing, Jones continues to provide stunning cover art for the pulp hero’s monthly adventures, as well as art of the backup features in DC Universe Legacies.

Artist Cliff Chiang also joins us for this year’s show! Recently, Cliff has worked with musician Neil Young on the original graphic novel Greendale for DC’s Vertigo imprint, and his previous work includes runs on Batman, Green Arrow & Black Canary and Wonder Woman.

“We’re very excited to be announcing new guests for this year’s show,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “These creators are among the hottest talent working in comics today and each one of them adds a diversity of style to our growing guest list.”

Spencer, Igle, Jones, and Chiang join the list of confirmed guests including: Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl, Hulk); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); and Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo).

In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21th.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

NYC – The Return of Dino

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Emmy Award winner (you read that right) and old friend of JHU, DEAN HASPIEL, stops by on March 30th to sign his new book, X-MEN: CYCLOPS (among other things). We love Dino and we’re excited to have him back in the store after so long…so make sure you stop by!  But we’re going to sweeten the pot!  Joining Dino will be JAMAL IGLE, the new penciller on ZATANNA and CLIFF CHIANG, who just finished a stint on Zatanna and did the incredible graphic novel, GREENDALE! Join them on Wednesday, March 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Jim Hanley’s Universe
4 West 33rd St, New York, NY

John McCrea Makes Rare Appearance at C2E2 2011 with Hero Initiative

March 15, 2011 by  
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Avengers 100 John McCrea

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Hero Initiative with Special Guest John McCrea at Chicago’s C2E2

With 100 Avengers Unveiling Party sponsored by Graham Crackers Comics

March 14, 2011: C2E2 – short for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – is the latest convention spanning the greatest in the worlds of comics and pop entertainment. Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization raising money for comic creators in need, will be joining in the fun March 18-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Hero will be joined by our special guest, artist John McCrea, making his first North American appearance in eight years. John is best known for Hitman, Spider-Man and Hulk Smash!, and will be signing and sketching all weekend at Hero’s booth, #457.

You can purchase your tickets to C2E2 using Hero Initiative’s special link online at:

http://www.c2e2.com/en/home/?campaignid=61619341&iusercampaignid=65576889.

Use this link, and C2E2 will donate a portion of each ticket purchase to Hero at NO extra cost to you—a true win/win!

In addition, Hero is displaying all 100 of its original New Avengers #1 covers for the first and only time at C2E2 in a gala event sponsored by Chicago’s own Graham Crackers Comics. The special unveiling will take place from 6 PM to 8 PM on Saturday, March 19 in Room 185bc of the West Building of McCormick Place. Admission is a mere $5, or $3 if you show up wearing any Avengers costume. Tickets will be on-sale at the door starting at 5 PM. And, be advised, only 200 tickets will be sold! Your admission also gets you a free raffle ticket to win a special New Avengers #1 wine bottle, covered in sketches from a variety of Avengers artists! Additional raffle tickets will be available for sale at the party. This star-studded event will be attended by Phil Hester, Jamal Igle, John McCrea, Andrew Pepoy, Gordon Purcell, Joe Quesada, Alex Saviuk, Tim Seeley, Mark Waid, and more. Spend your Saturday evening with some amazing people for an astonishing cause!

It’s arrived! Archie: 50 Times an American Icon, the collection of Hero’s original Archie #600 covers, will be available for the first time ever at C2E2 in both hardcover and softcover editions! Grab your copy and get it signed by contributors Dave Hillman, Andrew Pepoy, Cliff Chiang, Jill Thompson and Dan Parent, Friday at 6:15 at booth #457!

And if getting inked is your thing, check out the eBay auction to win BOTH custom Cliff Chiang art and a tattoo based on the art by tattoo artist Brian Stringer at: http://qurls.com?i=50010

Hero Initiative’s booth schedule for C2E2 at booth #457:

Friday, March 18 (hours 10-7)
1130-130: John McCrea
130-230: Jamal Igle
230-330: Gene Ha
330-530: John McCrea
530-615: Gordon Purcell
615-700, Archie book signing: Dave Hillman, Andrew Pepoy, Cliff Chiang, Jill Thompson, Dan Parent

Saturday, March 19 (hours 10-7)
1030-1230: John McCrea
1230-130: Jamal Igle
130-230: Tim Seeley
230-430: John McCrea
430-600: Gene Ha
600-800: 100 Avengers event, attended by Phil Hester, Jamal Igle, John McCrea, Andrew Pepoy, Gordon Purcell, Joe Quesada, Alex Saviuk, Tim Seeley, Mark Waid

Sunday, March 20 (hours 10-5)
1030-1230: John McCrea
1230-130: Bill Reinhold
130-230: Gordon Purcell
230-430: John McCrea

About The Hero Initiative:

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict 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.

Get Inked for the Hero Initiative at C2E2 2011

March 10, 2011 by  
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Up for auction is a one of a kind, custom TATTOO, drawn by fan-favorite comics artist CLIFF CHIANG and tattoo artist extraordinaire BRIAN STRINGER. 100% of the winning bid goes directly to THE HERO INITIATIVE, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators in need.

Click here to bid (ends March 16, 2011 16:42:43 PDT)

The winning bidder will be tattooed at the C2E2 comics convention in Chicago on the convention floor, Saturday, March 19th, 2011.  The winner will have the unique opportunity to have Chiang draw, in advance of the show, any character of their choice or any other subject matter that can be agreed upon, as an 8″x10″ illustration. Then, this artwork will be tattooed by Brian Stringer at C2E2. The winner of this auction will win the ORIGINAL art, as well as a TATTOO.

The winner must have valid state issued ID, and be at least 18 years old. The tattoo will be black and gray, any color work at tattooer’s discretion. No cover-ups, text, or logos. Any character head shot, bust, or action pose, up to 8″x10″. Up to 4 hours of tattooing.  No neck or face tattoos.

More art can be found at http://www.cliffchiang.com and http://www.fuzionink.com. You can learn more about the Hero Initiative at http://www.heroinitiative.org.

Art shown here is representative art from Cliff Chaing and Brian Stringer, and is used for illustrative purposes only. Not necessarily actual auction objects.

This auction is a benefit for The Hero Initiative, the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and entrée back into paying work.

For more information, call 626-676-6354.

Monsters & Dames Returns for Emerald City Comicon 2011

December 20, 2010 by  
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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.

William Shatner Comes to Emerald City Comicon 2011

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To begin with, we have our first media guest, none other than the original Captain James T. Kirk – WILLIAM SHATNER! Mr. Shatner will be appearing Saturday only, with a possible Sunday appearance depending on his schedule. Our media announcements are just beginning, but what better way to kick it off than with a bang!

In terms of comic guests, we have a number of guests who are making their very first appearance at ECCC, including: GEOF DARROW (The Matrix), MIKE MCKONE (Avengers), JONATHAN HICKMAN (Fantastic Four), GUY DAVIS & JOHN ARCUDI (B.P.R.D.), DAN SLOTT (Amazing Spider-Man), YANICK PAQUETTE (Batman), CLIFF CHIANG (Detective Comics) and returning favorites like STEVE MCNIVEN (Old Man Logan), J.G. JONES (Wanted), JIM CHEUNG (Young Avengers), FRANK CHO (Ultimates), MIKE CHOI (X-Force), MARK BROOKS (X-Men), ERIK LARSEN (Savage Dragon) and many more. You can view the complete list here…

Lots more announcements coming soon, as always, stay tuned here and also check us out on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/emeraldcitycon and the ECCC website for the latest updates!

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