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  • Dark Horse Comics Schedule for SDCC 2012

    Dark Horse Comics announces their booth signings and panel schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2012:

    Dark Horse Comics Signings (Booth #2615)

    Wednesday, July 11

    5:30 p.m. — Dragon Age Signing with David Gaider

    6:30 p.m. — Orchid Q&A and Signing with Tom Morello and Scott Hepburn *Ticketed by drawing

    8:00 p.m. — Mass Effect Signing with John Jackson Miller

     

    Thursday, July 12

    11:00 a.m.— Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

    1:00 p.m. — Angel & Faith Signing with Christos Gage

    2:00 p.m. — Fatima Signing with Gilbert Hernandez

    3:00 p.m. — Creator-Owned Signing with Eric Powell (The Goon), Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle), Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander (Concrete Park), and Sanford Greene (Rotten Apple)

    4:00 p.m. — Tarzan 100th Anniversary Event with Thomas Yeates, Ron Ely, Joe Jusko, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. President and Archivist

    5:00-7:00 p.m. — Whedonverse Meet-up and Costume Contest with Shawna Trpcic, main costume designer on Joss Whedon’s Firefly, Angel, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, and Cabin in the Woods.

     

    Friday, July 13

    10:00 a.m. — Usagi Yojimbo Signing with Stan Sakai

    See a preview of the upcoming Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin game for smartphones, tablets, and desktops.

    11:00 a.m. — Star Wars Signing with Mike Richardson (Crimson Empire), Dave Dorman (Crimson Empire, Darth Maul), Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley (Dark Times), Dave Wilkins (Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison), Dan Parsons (Dawn of the Jedi), John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant), Michael Atiyeh (colorist), Michael Heisler (letterer) and Tom Taylor (Darth Maul)

    12:00 pm. — Valve Signing with Bill Fletcher (“Cave Johnson”), Laura Dubuk (“Caroline”), Andrew Wilson, Wade Schin, and Arsenio Navarro

    12:00 p.m. — Axe Cop Signing with Ethan Nicolle

    1:00 p.m. — Hellboy, B.P.R.D., and Baltimore Signing with Mike Mignola, Cameron Stewart, and Tyler Crook

    1:00 p.m. — Age of Reptiles Signing with Ricardo Delgado

    2:00 p.m. — Berserk Signing with Eiko Tanaka (Studio 4C CEO)

    2:30 p.m. – Green River Killer Signing with Jeff Jensen

    3:00 p.m. – Domo Signing with Domo creator Tsuneo Goda *Ticketed by drawing

    3:00 p.m. – Dragon Age Signing with David Gaider

    4:00 p.m. – Empowered Signing with Adam Warren

    4:00 p.m. – De:Tales Signing with Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon

    5:00 p.m. — Creepy and Eerie Signing with Dan Braun, Angelo Torres, and Christopher A. Taylor

    5:00 p.m. — Dark Horse Horror Signing with Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre), Eric Powell (The Goon), and Paul Tobin (Colder)

    6:00 p.m. – TNT’s Falling Skies Signing with series stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Carter, executive producer Remi Aubuchon and more! *Ticketed by drawing

     

    Saturday, July 14

    10:00 a.m. — Darksiders Signing with David Slagle and Roger Robinson

    10:00 a.m. — Aliens Colonial Marines Signing with Josh Williams

    11:00 a.m. — Domo Signing with Domo creator Tsuneo Goda *Ticketed by drawing

    12:00 p.m. — Joss Whedon Signing *Ticketed by drawing

    1:00 p.m. — Whedonverse Signing with Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty, Christos Gage, Jane Espenson, and Drew Greenberg

    2:00 p.m – Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra Signing with Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ki Hyun Ryu, and Gurihiru Studios artists Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano *Ticketed by drawing

    3:00 p.m. – Valve Signing with Bill Fletcher (“Cave Johnson”), Laura Dubuk (“Caroline”), Andrew Wilson, and Wade Schin

    3:00 p.m. — Concrete Park Signing with Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander

    4:00 p.m. — Dark Matter Signing with Joseph Mallozzi

    4:00 p.m. — Exile to Babylon Signing with Domagoj Mazuran, Matt Savelloni, and Helen Darras

    5:00 p.m. – Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

    6:00 p.m. — The Goon Signing with creator Eric Powell

     

    Sunday, July 15

    10:00 a.m. — Beanworld Signing with Larry Marder

    11:00 a.m. — Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

    12:00 p.m. — The Guild Signing with Felicia Day *Ticketed by drawing

    1:00 p.m. — The Strain Signing with Guillermo del Toro *Ticketed by drawing

    2:00 p.m. — Emily the Strange Signing with Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner

    3:00 p.m. — Doug Sneyd Signing

     

    *Events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply.

     

    Dark Horse/Partner PANELS

     

    Thursday, July 12

    10:30-11:30 Books and Hollywood: Literary Franchises in Television and Film— Room 24ABC

    Authors discuss their work transitioning across various mediums, from screenwriters to novelists turning popular books into hit TV series and Hollywood films. How does the creative process differ when writing a screenplay as compared to a novel? Authors describing the process of adapting novels for the big screen include Rebecca Serle (When You Were Mine), Margaret Stohl (co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series), Scott Speer (Immortal City), Tony DiTerlizzi (The Search for WondLa series), Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Colin Fischer), Mike Richardson (president of Dark Horse), and Mark Frost (The Paladin Prophecy). Moderated by Geoff Boucher (Los Angeles Times).

     

    11:00-12:00 Spotlight on Becky Cloonan— Room 32AB

    Comic-Con special guest Becky Cloonan, one of the most versatile artists in comics today, talks to Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast host) about her career in comics and illustration, collaborating with writers, artists, and musicians, and the dark secrets she learned through 15 years of self-publishing.

     

    11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Geof Darrow— Room 8

    Comic-Con special guest Geof Darrow is known for his wildly imaginative and intricately detailed artwork. Geof talks about his comics career, including his current work for Dark Horse, Shaolin Cowboy, in this special spotlight presentaton.

     

    12:00-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Once More, with Comics: How the Whedon Universes Continue in Comic Book Form— Room 26AB

    Authors Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak, GeekNation.com), Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-StainedAmazon, GeekGirlCon), and Traci Cohen (CSU-Sacramento) examine how comic books and graphic novels provide a new form of media adaptation in which the graphic novel form furthers the canon or official continuity of television series as sequels to the original material. Creator Joss Whedon’s television universes enjoy new life in print (e.g. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9). Sharing their own thoughts on these Whedon comic book follow-ups are comic book writer/actress Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow and Tara), editors Scott Allie (Dark House) and Mariah Huehner (IDW), and actors Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bring It On) and Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cabin in the Woods).

     

    1:00-2:00 100th Anniversary of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars— Room 8

    He wrestled lions, poachers and ran through fire barefoot without a stunt-double or CGI. Actor Ron Ely will discuss filming Tarzan in the jungles of Latin America with writer Mark Evanier and Burroughs illustrator Tom Yeates. Also featuring David Lemmo, co-author of the new book, Tarzan: His First 100 Years. How Ancient Literature Became Modern Mythology and Created an Ape-Man Mecca in Southern California, coming from Angel City Press in 2013. Plus a 100-years of Tarzan and John Carter slide show included.

     

    1:00-2:00 Dark Horse: Powered by Creators- Room 23ABC

    An In-Depth Look at the Best in Creator-Owned Comics— Just over 25 years ago, Dark Horse arrived with a different agenda than any other publisher in comics. The young company was founded on the belief that comics creators should have the option to retain the rights to their own work, and today it continues to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters and concepts. Self-publishing sensation Sam Humphries introduces Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, along with a cast of top talent from around the industry. Expect exclusive announcements, and much, much more!

     

    2:00-3:00 The Sergio and Mark Show— Room 8

    An annual Comic-Con tradition! The folks who give you Groo the Wanderer on occasion will tell what’s up with Groo and their other projects and will entertain you with glorious anecdotes and silly stories. Those folks are celebrated cartoonist Sergio Aragonés, his co-conspirator Mark Evanier, Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai, and the hardest-working man in comics, Tom Luth.

     

    5:00-6:00 Uncle Creepy Presents— Room 9A stellar panel of ghoulish creators discuss Warren’s Creepy and Eerie, which have been relaunched at Dark Horse in hardcover archival editions, new comic books, and artist compilation formats. Discover all the exciting things coming up in the Creepy universe. Moderated by Overstreet’s J. C. Vaughn and featuring New Comic Company’s twin engines Dan Braun (Creepy) and Josh Braun (Button Man) and super special guest MAD and Creepy artist Angelo Torres (Mad), plus writer Christopher A. Taylor and some very special unannounced guests. Plus, there will be Creepy trivia questions with tons of giveaways, swag and prizes.

     

    7:00-8:00 Indie Comics Marketing and PR 101— Room 8

    Need tips on how to market your comic? Have questions about doing PR? This is the panel for you! Some of the best and brightest in comics today present a roundtable discussion, revealing all the secrets of doing marketing and PR for your comics. comiXology marketing and PR maven Chip Mosher is joined by Dark Horse’s director of PR Jeremy Atkins, Image Comics’ PR and marketing director Jennifer de Guzman, IDW Publishing’s VP of marketing Dirk Wood, Archaia’s Marketing Manager Mel Caylo and comics writer David Gallaher (Box 13, the Harvey Award-winning High Moon, and Marvel’s Darkstar and The Winter Guard) for a wide-ranging discussion you will not want to miss!

     

    Friday, July 13

    11:00-12:00 Mike Mignola and Friends— Room 4

    As we watch the world collapse in the pages of B.P.R.D.-Hell on Earth and gear up for the most-anticipated series in Hellboy’s history later this year, this may be the most important panel in the history of one of modern comics’ most storied series. Join creator Mike Mignola, editor Scott Allie, Cameron Stewart, James Harren, B.P.R.D. artist Tyler Crook and others, for exclusive news and insight into why the world of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. is truly “going to hell in 2012″!

     

    11:15-12:15 Join the Revolution! Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra— Ballroom 20

    The cast and crew of Legend of Korra offer an in-depth discussion of Nickelodeon’s hottest new series. Executive producer and creator team Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) are joined by co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender) as they discuss the creative process that brought the first book in the Korra series to life. You’ll also get to hear from your favorite characters as talented voice actors Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P. J. Byrne (Bolin) and Seychelle Gabriel (Asami) will be featured on the panel and renowned voice director Andrea Romano (Avatar: The Last Airbender) will direct the actors in a live performance from the series. And if you’re extra nice, Mike and Bryan may even drop a hint or two about Book 2. So don’t miss out! Moderated by Rich Magallanes, senior VP of current series for Nickelodeon.

     

    12:00-1:00 Lenore Turns 20— Room 23ABC

    Celebrations are in order! Lenore is 20 years old in 2012. Roman Dirge discusses his new Lenore collection Swirlies, upcoming comics, merchandise, and more. Join the artist/magician himself for this exclusive journey into the unique world of Roman Dirge, with a one-on-one interview with moderator Andrew Sumner plus a Q&A session.

     

    12:30-1:30 Firefly 10-Year Anniversary Reunion— Ballroom 20

    Calling all Browncoats to unite! It has been 10 years since the crew of the Serenity took flight in the now infamous show Firefly. Science Channel will reunite, for the first time ever, Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew from the ship. Join Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and many more for a trip down memory lane, some special surprises, and exclusive Science Channel giveaways. SHINY.

     

    1:30-2:30 Comic Book Entrepreneurs— Room 8

    Get a rare look behind the scenes as the comic book industry’s leading entrepreneurs share their secrets of building successful businesses around the love of comic books. Author and futurist Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture), CEO and co-founder David Steinberger of comiXology, Dark Horse Comics publisher Mike Richardson, Peter Levin of Nerdist Industries, and comics retailer Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics (who also founded Free Comic Book Day and helped run WonderCon for 15 years), offer a unique view of the business side of comics.

     

    2:30-4:00 Eisner Spirit Award Video Viewing— Room 18

    The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award is the industry’s “Hall of Fame” for progressive retailers. Spirit Award facilitator and award recipient Joe Ferrara (Atlantis Fantasyworld, CA) presents the videos for this year’s award finalists, with discussion about each nominated retailer, the store’s display techniques, and other unique features every attending retailer can learn from. Hey, retailers: this is a great place for getting new ideas!

     

    3:00-4:00 The Future of Star Wars Publishing: Dark Horse & Del Rey— Room 7AB Find out what’s coming up in the Expanded Universe of Star Wars publishing. Editors Randy Stradley and Dave Marshall from Dark Horse Comics discuss what’s next for Agent of the Empire, Dawn of the Jedi, Lost Tribe of the Sith, and Darth Maul, as well as reveal a new secret title that’s on the horizon. From Del Rey Books editors Frank Parisi and Erich Schoeneweiss, along with author Troy Denning (Apocalypse), look at new novels coming later this year from fan-favorite authors Timothy Zahn and Aaron Allston, as well as give a peek into 2013. Also on the panel is Jennifer Heddle, senior editor at LucasBooks. Moderated by author Pablo Hidalgo (Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion).

     

    3:00-4:00 Drawing on Your Nightmares: Horror in Comics— Room 23ABC Throughout comics’ storied history, horror has been an important part of the medium. In the fall of 2012, Dark Horse unveils a whole slate of new titles guaranteed to have you running for the covers. Dark Horse horror line editor Scott Allie is joined by actor-turned-comics writer Lance Henrikson and creators Eric Powell (The Goon), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), Paul Tobin (Colder), and others for an exciting look at this year’s most promising four-color thrills and chills!

     

    3:30-4:30 The Art of Death and Darksiders II— Room 5AB

    A lively demonstration on bringing 2D comic art to 3D graphics and back again-Joe Madureira (Vigil Games Darksiders creator; artist for Avenging Spider-Man, Ultimates, X-Men), and Han Randhawa (Vigil Games, Darksiders I and II creative director) use exclusive examples from the creative development process to show how they bring a unique comic inspired vision to 3D life in the new Darksiders II video game from THQ, where you become Death, the most feared rider from the legendary Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. In part two, representatives from Dark Horse Comics demonstrates how they took this highly stylized universe in 3D, converted it back to a 2D comic book series, and expanded on the mythos, revealing scenes and storyline threads that complement the events of the video game. Working closely with the Darksiders team at Vigil Games, Dark Horse Comics is creating an important component to complete Joe Mad’s original vision.

     

    4:30-5:30 Falling Skies: The Battle Is Just Getting Started— Room 6BCF

    Continuing the fight against alien invaders, TNT’s Falling Skies follows a band of human survivors on their quest to outrun and outwit the powerful alien force that invaded Earth. Join stars Noah Wyle (ER), Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation), Will Patton (Armageddon), Drew Roy (Secretariat), Colin Cunningham (Living in Your Car), Sarah Carter (The Vow), and Connor Jessup (The Saddle Club), and show runner Remi Aubuchon (Caprica), with Q&A hosted by Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory). Watch never-before-seen clips and be treated to an in-depth discussion on Falling Skies season 2.

     

    5:00-6:00 Breaking into Comics Right Now!— Room 9

    If you’re an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! Some of comic book publishing’s top decision makers, including IDW chief creative officer Chris Ryall, BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, Dark Horse managing editor Scott Allie, and Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik, give you up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry. Learn what you need to do to make your comic book dreams come true in a world where the Internet and social media have changed everything. This won’t be your grandfather’s “breaking into comics” panel.

     

    5:30-6:30 Dark Horse: Joss Whedon— Ballroom 20

    Long before directing the biggest superhero film in history, Joss Whedon rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plotlines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here’s your chance to find out what he has in store for us next, and hear exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the ever-expanding number of titles in Dark Horse’s line of Season 9 comics.

     

    5:30-6:30 Berserk— Room 32AB

    At long last, the dark fantasy epic Berserk, by creator Kentaro Muira, comes to the silver screen! Join Dark Horse Comics and VIZ Media in a rare interview with Eiko Tanaka, founder and CEO of Studio 4°C (Tekkonkinkreet, Animatrix, Batman). Find out what it really takes to transform this stark manga into an animated feature.

     

    6:00-7:00 Are Digital Comics Expanding the Market?— Room 9

    Digital comics are the hottest trend in publishing today, exploding onto the screens of iPads, tablets, and phones everywhere. How is digital distribution transforming the industry and the market? Is digital opening the medium to a vast new global audience, or is it the death knell of comics as we know them? Author and futurist Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture) leads a provocative, no-holds-barred discussion with the leaders of the digital comics revolution: comiXology co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts, Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, and IDW publisher Ted Adams.

     

    7:30-8:30 Making a Living in Manga— Room 8

    Now that Japanese comics have been available in English for over 30 years, several generations of artists inspired by manga are trying to live the Bakuman dream of being full-time comics creators. But in the superhero-centric North American comics market, are they fighting the odds? Comics creators Adam Warren (Empowered), Becky Cloonan (Demo, Conan the Barbarian), Fred Gallagher (Megatokyo), and Audra Furuichi (Nemu-Nemu), along with industry pros Christopher Butcher (blogger, Comics212.net; director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival), JuYoun Lee (senior editor, Yen Press), Erik Ko (editor-in-chief, UDON Entertainment), and moderator Deb Aoki (Manga editor, About.com), explain the ins and outs and ups and downs of making a living as a manga creator in North America.

     

    8:00-10:30 Syfy Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards— Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

    The 24th annual Eisner Awards (the “Oscars” of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 28 categories. Presenters will include British talk show host/comics writer Jonathan Ross, actor Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Family Guy, Pee Wee’s Playhouse), and special guests Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Lynn Johnston (cartoonist, For Better or For Worse), Eric Powell (The Goon), Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, MAD), Bill Morrison (creative director, Bongo Comics), Michael Uslan (movie producer, Batman films), plus some special surprises! Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.

     

    Saturday, July 14

    10:30-11:30 Dark Horse: Bioware— Room 24ABC

    Dark Horse and Bioware have come together once again to provide fans with exclusive news on Dragon Age, and the ever-expanding Mass Effect universe. Join Dark Horse director of public relations Jeremy Atkins and editor Dave Marshall, along with Dragon Age writers David Gaider and Sylvia Feketekuty, BioWare art director Derek Watts, moderator “Evil Chris” Priestly, and a cast of other celebrity geeks and surprise guests for an exciting look into the Dark Horse/BioWare universe. Attendees can be sure to expect a spirited discussion on the ongoing link between comics and gaming, with exclusive news and more!

     

    11:00-12:00 Avatar the Last Airbender: Beginning and Beyond— Room 28E

    For over 5 years, the organizers of this fan panel have been bringing together both fans and professionals. Moderated by Avatar_Mom, this year’s panel will include Bobby Rubio (Avatar the Last Airbender, Pixar, Alcatraz High), freelance concept artist DJ Welch (Dark Kenjie), Kevin Coppa (Puppet Benders), and actor/voice actor Dante Basco (Avatar the Last Airbender), and a few more surprise guests. If that isn’t enough, there will be a cosplay contest to showcase the fandom’s talented “fabric benders.”

     

    11:00-12:00 Geek & Sundry— Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

    Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Wil Wheaton (Big Bang Theory, Eureka), director Daniel Strange (Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis), and the cast of The Guild — Vince Caso, Jeff Lewis, Amy Okuda, Sandeep Parkih, and Robin Thorsen — make some big announcements and offer an exclusive sneak peek at what’s to come. Moderated by Kim Evey (producer, Geek & Sundry).

     

    12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Gary Gianni— Room 4

    Comic-Con special guest Gary Gianni discusses his work illustrating one of Ray Bradbury’s last published books, painting the Game of Thrones 2014 calendar, and the future of illustrated storytelling in the digital realm.

     

    2:00-3:00 Will Eisner and the Graphic Novel— Room 23ABC

    Moderator Paul Levitz (writer, 75 Years of DC Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, former Eisner publisher), Klaus Janson (artist/inker, Daredevil, The Dark Knight Return, comics educator, SVA), Denis Kitchen (artist, author, publisher; Eisner’s agent and longtime friend), Charles Kochman (editorial director, Abrams ComicArts), and Diana Schutz (comics educator; executive editor, Dark Horse Comics; Eisner’s editor) explore the pivotal role Will Eisner’s evangelism of the comics artform plays in the evolution of the American graphic novel, followed by a short Q&A period.

     

    5:00-6:00 Mass Effect: Past, Present, and Future— Room 25ABC

    Developers from Mass Effect offer an exciting look at the evolution of the Mass Effect franchise. Mike Gamble (producer), Corey Gaspur (senior combat designer), Parrish Ley (lead cinematic animator), Sylvia Feketekuty (writer), Chris Helper (writer), Jessica Merizan (community manager) and Chris Priestly (community specialist) discuss the history of the series, beloved characters, multiplayer gaming and hints at upcoming DLC. Don’t forget to bring your emergency induction port!

     

    8:00-9:00 Occupy Comics: Activism, Kickstarter, and Comics— Room 4

    Get the story behind the historic Occupy Comics project that inspired dozens of top comics pros to take a stand, bummed out Frank Miller, and brought Alan Moore and David Lloyd back together in the same book for the first time since the Occupy-inspiring V for Vendetta. With a star-studded roster featuring Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Art Spiegelman (Maus), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), and many more, Occupy Comics raised nearly three times its Kickstarter fundraising goal, with all revenue beyond hard costs being donated to Occupy protesters. Organizational spearhead Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller, president Halo-8) will be joined by contributors Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Tyler Crook (Petrograd, B.P.R.D.), Brea Grant and Zane Grant (We Will Bury You, Suicide Girls), Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing, The Unknown Soldier), Zoetica Ebb (Biorequiem), Mark L. Miller (The Jungle Book), and others special guests to discuss counterculture art, creating activist comics without being annoying, and tips on how to fundraise for your own comics.

     

    Sunday, July 15

    10:00-11:00 Emily the Strange— Room 23ABC

    Be a part of the Emily the Strange panel experience, where you have the chance to prove your knowledge of Strange and win prizes, learn what’s new in Emily’s oddball universe (including a sneak peek at the new Emily and the Strangers comic book series), and Q&A with Emily’s creator Rob Reger and writer Jessica Gruner. Did we mention you will get some cool stuff just for showing up and being Strange?

     

    11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Tom Yeates— Room 8

    Seasoned comics, fantasy, and book illustrator and Comic-Con special guest Tom Yeates will discuss his 35-year career, from attending the first year of Joe Kubert’s school with Steve Bissette and Rick Veitch to Swamp Thing, Tarzan, Zorro, and Prince Valiant. Writer, journalist, editor, and Thomas’s longtime friend Steven Ringgenberg will moderate. A slide show of Yeates’s art career and influences will be included.

     

    12:45-1:45 CBLDF Rock Art Jam— Room 5AB

    Explore the creative process of top cartoonists who’ve made their mark on the worlds of comics and music! Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, and Nate Powell talk about the influence of music in their work and draw live art showcasing their love of sound and vision! Get a chance to watch live art made before your eyes, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

     

    2:15-3:15 Buffy Turns 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer— Room 6BCF

    Once upon a time, Buffy Summers became the Slayer, the Chosen One who proved a young heroine could battle the forces of darkness instead of playing damsel in distress. Stars from the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer) join forces with Dark Horse editor Scott Allie, writer/producer Jane Espenson, illustrator Georges Jentry, and the original Buffy herself (Kristy Swanson, star of the 1992 motion picture), not to mention a surprise guest or two, to celebrate 20 years of slayage.

     

    3:00-4:00 Axe Cop— Room 6DE

    Ethan Nicolle (Bearmageddon, Chumble Spuzz) discusses the growing world of Axe Cop, including the new President of the World miniseries from Dark Horse comics and his involvement the TV show in production at FOX. With a possible appearance in person or digitally from his brother/co-creator Malachai Nicolle plus possible surprise guests.

    Tor Books Booth Schedule for SDCC 2012

    Tor Books has announced its programming for San Diego Comic-Con 2012 featuring Brandon Sanderson and John Scalzi with Steve Englehart and more doing in-booth signings and panel discussions.

    The Tor Books booth is #2707. Check below for a day by day schedule of author signings and panels.

     

    Thursday, July 12th

    12pm – 1pm Tor Booth #2707: ROBIN MAXWELL, will sign advanced copies of Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan, coming from Tor in September.

    3pm – 4pm Tor Booth #2707: New York Times bestselling author and Comic-Con Special Guest, BRANDON SANDERSON, will sign copies of The Way of Kings.

    2:30pm – 3:30pm Panel: Room 26AB: The Dark Knight Rises: Is Batman Broken? Strong, smart, and heroic, he’s the Dark Knight we want on our side. But is Batman also out of his mind? Comic-con Special Guest, STEVE ENGLEHART joins Catwoman herself, Lee Meriwether, to discuss Bruce Wayne’s relationships, strengths and weaknesses. Does the Dark Knight have bats in his belfry?

    4:45pm – 5:45pm Panel Room 6BCF: The Fiction of Halo 4. Halo 4 heralds the return of one of gaming’s most iconic heroes, the Master Chief, in a new, epic sci-fi saga.Expanding and enriching the narrative, 343 Industries, panelists share how the development of stories across the GREG BEAR Forerunner saga, the KAREN TRAVISS Kilo-Five trilogy, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Halo 4 Campaign and Halo Infinity Multiplayer have become connective tissue for Halo 4.

    5pm – 6pm Tor Booth (#2707) Bestselling, award-winning futurist DAVID BRIN, will sign copies of his new high concept novel Existence, his first major work in over a decade.

     

    Friday, July 13th

    10am – 11am Panel: Room 24AB Art of the Thrill Kill: From psycho killers and sociopaths to the vast unknowable emptiness of deep space, these authors know that it takes more than just blood and gore to keep their readers awake at night. DAN WELLS joins other top horror and thriller novelists to discuss how they balance ratcheting suspense with perfectly paced creepiness to create stories that are both psychologically and atmospherically disturbing.

    12pm – 1pm Signing in the autographing area, AA09

    12pm – 1pm Tor Booth (#2707) Legendary science fiction author ORSON SCOTT CARD & co-author AARON JOHNSTON sign Invasive Procedures a taut science fiction medical thriller. Five lucky people will get a chance to receive a signed copy of Earth Unaware: The First Formic War set in the popular Ender’s series, on-sale July 17th!

    12pm – 1pm Room 25ABC: Spotlight on BRANDON SANDERSON, Author, educator, and Comic-Con Special Guest BRANDON SANDERSON talks about his growth from a nonreader in his youth to becoming one of the most popular fantasy writers working today. Sanderson’s books include his own Mistborn trilogy and his continuation of the late Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, which wraps up this year.

    2:30pm Tor Booth #2707: Duo Paul & Storm join us in the to serenade fans as they wait in line to meet New York Times bestselling author and Comic-Con
    Special Guest JOHN SCALZI! Then at 3pm, John signs copies of Old Man’s War, the book that launched his career!

    3:30pm– 4:30pm Panel: Room 6A: Epic Fantasy War, Brandon Sanderson (The Way of Kings), joins the top names in fantasy fiction to discuss how the key to writing a real epic fantasy novel lies in the word epic-which doesn’t just mean ambitious in scale, scope, and size.

    5:00pm – 6:00pm Signing in the autographing area, AA09

    5pm – 6pm Tor Booth #2707: DAN WELLS will sign copies of his the book that started it all, I Am Not A Serial Killer.

     

    Saturday, July 14th

    10pm – 11am That 70s Panel, Room 23ABC. STEVE ENGLEHART makes a Comic-con Special Guest Spotlight appearance on this panel. Get out your pet rocks!

    12pm – 1pm Comics Arts Conference Focus on STEVE ENGLEHART, Room 26AB Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) moderates a discussion of Englehart’s stellar career writing the adventures of Captain America, Silver Surfer, Doctor Strange, Coyote, Night Man, the Justice League, and dozens of other characters.

    2pm – 3pm Tor Booth (#2707) Iconic science fiction author GREG BEAR signs copies of Halo: Primordium, Book Two of the Forerunner Saga.

    12pm – 1pm Tor Booth (#2707) Father/daughter duo ORSON SCOTT CARD & EMILY SCOTT CARD sign copies of their first writing collaboration, Laddertop, Volume 1.

    3pm – 4pm Panel: Room 23ABC A Wrinkle in Time, From the far-flung reaches of the Milky Way to the mind-bending possibilities of time travel, let the authors of speculative fiction tell you what they see when they venture to other dimensions. With DAVID BRIN & ORSON SCOTT CARD.

    4:30pm – 5:30pm Signing in the Autographing area, AA09

    4:30pm – 5:30pm Solo Autographing with BRANDON SANDERSON, Room Table AA18

    5pm – 6pm Tor Booth (#2707) STEVE ENGLEHART will sign copies of The Long Man.

    5:30pm – 6:30pm Spotlight Panel Room 7AB with JOHN SCALZI, Comic-Con special guest JOHN SCALZI (Redshirts) talks about his latest work, his upcoming novel, video game, and film projects, takes questions and generally tries to amuse the hell out of you for an hour. With him as moderator/interviewer/conspirator: Wil Wheaton (Tabletop). It’ll be the most fun you can have while respirating.

    3:30pm – 4:30pm Solo Autographing, AA18

     

    Sunday, July 15th

    10pm – 11am Panel: Stunted: Fools and Scary-Ass Clowns: Humor in Science Fiction and Fantasy Room 25ABC. Join in for an irreverent hour celebrating sly wit and unholy humor with some of the most devilish quipsters, wisecrackers, and satirists writing today. JOHN SCALZI (Redshirts) plays ringmaster to some of the best SFF humor writers in the field.

    11:30am – 12:30pm Signing in the autographing area, AA04

    2:45pm – 3:45pm Panel: Room 5AB: Heroes for the Middle Grade Reader: Books That Will Rock Your Socks Off, EMILY JANICE CARD (yes, daughter of THAT Card) teamed up with her famous father to write a science fiction manga, Laddertop, Volume 1 aimed at middle grade readers, and will join a panel discussing adventurers and unexpected champions that we can all cheer for.

    4pm – 5pm Signing in the Autographing area, AA09

    12pm Tor Booth #2707 giveaway, The Omen Machine by New York Times bestselling author, Terry Goodkind.

    2pm – 3pm Tor Booth #2707: giveaway, Dark Companion. The YA debut of Marta Acosta.

    Make sure to follow @Torbooks on Twitter for up to date information and last minute events!

    All Tor Booth signings are on a first come first serve basis and while supplies lasts. Limit one book per person.

    Comic-Concert: The 2012 After Party

    Press Release:

    Comic-Concert: The 2012 After Party, a fan created event that focuses on the musical aspect of pop culture, returns for its Fourth Annual installment, now being held at the Whiskey Girl (located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and G Street in Downtown San Diego) on Sunday, July 15th at 6pm. Over the past few years, the “Geek Rock” genre has grown significantly in size, and this special event allows Comic-Con and local San Diegans the opportunity to experience a different side of the Popular Arts. Sponsored in part by Youmacon and ComicsOnline.com, the evening will feature a special performance by San Diego’s Musical Comedy Band: Random Gibberish!

    Attendees are encouraged to arrive in costume from Comic-Con for our annual Costume Contest! For the 2012 event, Shout! Factory has been kind enough to provide several prizes for best costume! Contest will be judged by ComicsOnline’s Editor-In-Chief, Kevin Gaussoin, and some special guests.

    There is no cover charge to enter this event, but attendees are kindly requested to make a $5 donation at the door to support this program. You do not need to have a Comic-Con pass to attend this performance. Must be 21+ to enter.

    Random Gibberish has been channeling their love of pop culture and general insanity into music since 2003. In 2009, they won ABC’s “Official LOST Theme Competition” at Comic-Con. They rock out and make people laugh with songs inspired by comic books, video games, movies and TV. In addition to their musical comedy, they will be performing selections from their upcoming musical project: “And Then The Zombies Came… A Musical Apocalypse!”, as well as a special musical tribute to Power Rangers in honor of the upcoming 20th Anniversary, and a sing-along to classic television themes.

    About the Venue Whiskey Girl is located on the busiest corner in the Gaslamp Quarter (corner of Fifth Avenue and G Street) and is the perfect place for a pre or post game lunch or dinner. Topped with over 20 Flat Screen TVs to watch any of your favorite game, this place is the best for any sports fan. Watch one of our live bands on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Nights. We are open every day at 11am and have great lunch specials! $3 Wells and Drafts 11am-8pm Monday-Friday, and are open on Sundays at 9am for Brunch Time Bingo. With, $10 “Bottomless Pink Lady” Cocktails, Jumbo Cinnamon Buns with Whiskey Glaze frosting, and chances to win awesome prizes! Check out www.WhiskeyGirl.com to see all of the events happening during Comic-Con 2012!

    About Youmacon
    Youmacon is not only Detroit’s first and only Anime Convention, it’s also one of the fastest growing fan conventions in the country! With over 10,000 people last year coming to enjoy our 24 hour programming, great industry guests, video game tournaments, and cosplay contests, we’ve had to expand this year yet again. Youmacon 2012 will be held at both the Renaissance Center, and at Cobo Hall, November 1-4, 2012. Please go to www.Youmacon.com for more information.

    About ComicsOnline
    Established in San Diego in 2001, ComicsOnline.com is your home for coverage at San Diego Comic-Con! More than just comics news, ComicsOnline has since branched out to cover everything geek pop culture including TV, movies, anime/manga, and all manner of games and technology, as well as the events that showcase them. Now with our ComicsOnline Podcast, numerous convention appearances, and special Sneak Preview Screenings of upcoming Theatrical Releases in cities across the country, ComicsOnline is more than ever everything geek pop culture. Check out www.ComicsOnline.com and like us on Facebook!

    For more information about Comic-Concert: The 2012 After Party check out www.Comic-Concert, and follow us on Facebook!

    Avatar Legacy Fan Panel Scheduled for SDCC 2012

    Avatar Legacy Fan Panels returns to San Diego Comic Con for the fifth year with an event dedicated to the fans of the Nickelodeon cartoons  Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra! Moderated by superfan Avatar_Mom, this year’s panel includes special guests Bobby Rubio (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Pixar Studios, Alcatraz High), Freelance Concept Artist DJ Welch (Dark Kenjie), Kevin Coppa (Puppet Benders), and Actor/Voice Actor Dante Basco (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Legend of Korra), and perhaps a few more surprise guests.  If that isn’t enough, there will be a cosplay contest to showcase the fandom’s talented “fabric benders.” The action takes place in Room 28E on Saturday July 14, 2012 from 11:00am – 12:00pm!

    JUST ADDED: Gurihiru Studios artists Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano (artists of the Dark Horse comic series ATLA: The Promise) have been added to the panel!

    Legend of Korra Panel Details for SDCC 2012

    Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko announced exciting news on his tumblr about the panel he, fellow co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino, and several cast and crew members will host at Comic Con this year:

    Hello, everyone! I wish I had some time to draw something new for the blog, but I’ve been buried in all sorts of work. So in an effort to post something related to the Book 1 finale this Saturday, here is the rough concept for the press art I posted last week. It might be interesting to those of you who like to see this sort of process work.

    I have some more specifics on our San Diego Comic Con activities to share:

    WHAT:  The Legend of Korra Comic-Con Panel WHEN: Friday, July 13 from 11:15a – 12:15p WHERE: Ballroom 20 WHO:  Co-creators and executive producers Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos (co-executive producer), Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P.J. Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami), and Andrea Romano (voice director).  The panel will include an in-depth discussion of Book 1 and a live performance by the voice actors.

    WHAT:  The Legend of Korra Comic-Con Signing WHEN: Friday, July 13 beginning at 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Nickelodeon booth

    I’ve been told that Ballroom 20 holds 4300 people, so just get 4300 people to hold your places in the Game of Thrones line for Hall H, and pop over to Ballroom 20 for a spell. Among other things, Andrea is going to lead the actors in a live table read of some key scenes from Book 1. We’ve never done that sort of thing at a panel, so it should be really fun.

    ***Remember: The actors are not the characters, so be nice to David. He isn’t Mako. He just plays one on TV.

    Rob Zombie to Act as Host for VH1 Classic’s Comic-Con Attendee Welcome Party “Dawn Of The Con” for SDCC 2012

    VH1 Classic



    VH1 Classic To Present First-Ever Official Comic-Con Attendee Welcome Party “Dawn Of The Con” (via PR Newswire)

    NEW YORK, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — VH1 Classic will present the first-ever official Comic-Con Opening Night Attendee Welcome Party, “Dawn of the Con,” on Thursday, July 12, 5:30 – 11PM PT. VH1 Classic will take over San Diego’s Petco Park to ring in Comic-Con in true rocker fashion. The night…

    CAM Sketch-a-thon Artists at SDCC 2012 to Include Adlard, Janson, and Many More

    Press Release:

    Sixth Annual CAM Sketch-a-thon at San Diego Comic-Con International

    Cartoon Art Museum Event:  Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 15, 2012

    $10 Suggested donation per sketch

    Cartoon Art MuseumSan Francisco, CA:  The Cartoon Art Museum is pleased to announce its programming for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International, to be held at the San Diego Convention Center from July 12-15, 2012.  This year marks the sixth annual CAM Sketch-a-thon, which features a host of artists donating their time and talents to support the museum in its fundraising efforts.  This year’s roster includes professional animators, graphic novelists, newspaper strip cartoonists, political cartoonists, comic book illustrators, webcartoonists, underground cartoonists and self-publishers, providing the Cartoon Art Museum’s booth with one of the most diverse artistic populations at Comic-Con.  The National Cartoonist Society’s 2012 Reuben Award Winner Tom Richmond and Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard are among the artists supporting the Cartoon Art Museum at this year’s event.

    Artists will draw for visitors during one-hour sessions at the Cartoon Art Museum’s booth, #1930 on the convention floor.  In exchange for a donation of $10 or more to the Cartoon Art Museum, supporters will receive a customized convention sketch from a professional cartoonist.  Featured artists include  Charlie Adlard, Michael Aushenker, Elijah Brubaker, Carolyn Watson Dubisch, Mike Dubisch, Phil Foglio, Shaenon K. Garrity, Zack Giallongo, Sina Grace, Mike Gray, Klaus Janson, Keith Knight, Jon Macy, Larry Marder, Kraig Rasmussen, Denny Riccelli, Tom Richmond, Dave Roman, Scott Shaw!, Seamus Smith, Raina Telgemeier, Jen Vaughn, Kimo Yancey and Ron Yavnieli, with many more to be announced as the convention approaches.  Please stay tuned to our website for an updated list and schedule as additional artists confirm.

    Artists who are interested in participating in the CAM Sketch-a-thon should contact Andrew Farago at gallery@cartoonart.org for more information.

    White Room:02B3 Film to Make Its U.S. Debut in San Diego During SDCC 2012

    White Room poster

    Press Release:

    ‘White Room:02B3’ Makes US Premier Comic-Con Weekend

    Film joins ‘Trek Nation’ screening for sold-out Roddenberry Entertainment event

    SAN DIEGO; June 19, 2012 — Roddenberry Entertainment, the successor of the science fiction pioneer that brought television and film audiences Star Trek, announced today that its innovative film, White Room: 02B3, will make its stateside debut when it accompanies Trek Nation at Roddenberry’s exclusive event at San Diego’s Birch North Park Theatre on July 12. This will mark the first time American audiences will be able to see White Room:02B3 and Trek Nation in theater.

    Starring Breckin Meyer, Tamlyn Tomita, David Blue and Rachel True, as well as Internet icons Tony Janning and Milynn Sarley, White Room:02B3 is about six strangers who wake up in a white room to find out they are part of a bizarre experiment that could help change the face of humanity forever.

    With over 100,000 sci-fi fans planning to flood San Diego during Comic-Con weekend, this event is already sold out. Luckily for those who weren’t able to grab a spot for the double feature screening, fans can see White Room:02B3 at the San Diego Film Festival in late September where it’s been accepted as an official selection.

    The July debut of White Room:02B3 in a traditional theater format will tease the upcoming 360-degree version of the film to debut in dome theaters later this year. The 360-dgree version will project the film around audiences to create an engaging, interactive experience unlike anything before. Filmed on a set constructed with pieces of science fiction history, including props from Blade Runner and Reel SteelWhite Room: 02B3 is a genuine Roddenberry endeavor which examines humanity from, literally, every angle.

    “San Diego Comic-Con weekend is the perfect setting for Roddenberry Entertainment to bring our newest films to fans in an exciting cinematic environment,” said White Room:02B3 executive producer and Roddenberry Entertainment COO Trevor Roth. “We’re eager to personally engage with our fans and introduce them to two films that approach science fiction and explore the human condition in such unique ways.”

    For more information visit www.whiteroom02b3.com or www.Roddenberry.com.


    About Roddenberry Entertainment

    Roddenberry Entertainment is a science-fiction leader with a tradition of revolutionary entertainment. Originally founded in 1967 by Gene Roddenberry, the company has since led a steady stable of science-fiction successes including Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda and, most notably, Star Trek. Roddenberry Entertainment has continued to bring the Roddenberry philosophy to a new generation and has evolved its groundbreaking science fiction into an innovative, multimedia portfolio of graphic novels, comics, television and film projects, while continuing its unique tradition in quality merchandising. With insightful explorations of humanity, Roddenberry Entertainment has set itself apart by creating smart and provocative science fiction that challenges its audiences to think, question and explore the world, as well as those beyond. For more information on Roddenberry Entertainment please visit www.Roddenberry.com. Roddenberry Entertainment can also be found onFacebook and Twitter.

    Creators Appearing in the Image Booth During SDCC 2012 Include Kirkman, Adlard, Brubaker, Etc.

    Image SDCC

    Via their Facebook page, Image has provided an early look at the creators set to appear at their booth (#2729) during Comic-Con International 2012 in San Diego.

    As you can see above, featured guests would appear to include:

    • Ryan Ottley
    • Nick Spencer
    • Robert Kirkman
    • John Layman
    • Charlie Adlard
    • Ed Brubaker

     

    The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego Partners with KNB EFX and Greg Nicotero for SDCC 2012



    The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego Partners with Make-Up Effects Company KNB EFX Group, Inc. Lead by Co-Executive Producer of AMC’s The Walking Dead Greg Nicotero (via PR Newswire)

    SAN DIEGO, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego announced its partnership with KNB EFX Group, Inc. and its founder Greg Nicotero, the force behind Special Effects Make-up for TV shows and movies such as AMC’s The Walking Dead, Kill Bill, Predators, Transformers 1-3, Pulp…

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