BoroughCon 2017 Announced for Memorial Day Weekend

Press Release:

Superhero, animation and gaming fans will soon converge on Utopia Parkway for a four-day celebration in a park-like setting.

St. John’s University will host BoroughCon, a new pop culture convention, over Memorial Day Weekend 2017, May 26-May 29. The event, which is expected to draw up to 20,000 attendees, will appeal to enthusiasts of heroic stories in film, television, gaming and graphic formats, as well as to those who enjoy anime and manga –animation and comics, respectively, in the Japanese tradition.

BoroughCon programming will include panels and autograph sessions with celebrities, gaming tournaments, screenings of both classic and as-yet unreleased films and TV shows, a vendors’ room and an artists’ alley. In addition to special programming for youth and children as well as their parents and grandparents, there will also be a cosplay competition.

“Cosplay is the performance art of creating costumes based on your favorite media characters, then embodying those characters for the audience,” BoroughCon CEO Matthew Goodison-Orr explains. “It has become a staple of these conventions, and cosplay is always one of the most popular draws.”

Media guests are currently being announced on BoroughCon.com and Goodison-Orr says, “BoroughCon will be able to deliver at least a couple of household names, as well as several actors well-known to everyone from all walks of life within the nerd community.”

Current guests include:
•    Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, The Goonies)
•    Khary Payton (The Walking Dead, Young Justice, Teen Titans)
•    Dante Basco (Hook, American Dragon: Jake Long)
•    Steven Blum (animated voice of Wolverine, record holder for most video game credits)
•    Cree Summer (Codename: Kids Next Door, Inspector Gadget)
•    Jess Harnell (Crash Bandicoot, Animaniacs)
•    Grey DeLisle (Scooby-Doo, Avatar: The Last Airbender)
•    Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Star Wars: Rebels, Ghost in the Shell)
•    Chester Rushing (Stranger Things)
•    Johnny Brennan (Jerky Boys, Family Guy)
•    Grizz Chapman (30 Rock, The Lair)

The nerd community, he said, includes fans of comic books, manga, gaming, and science fiction/fantasy movies and television shows—and a great many self-professed nerds live in underserved neighborhoods of Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island. Comic creators appearing include Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans), Mike Grell (Green Arrow, Jon Sable), Tony Bedard (Supergirl, Birds of Prey)  Mark McKenna (Combat Jacks, Exiles).

“Surprisingly, New York City and the surrounding area runs short of adequate event space despite the world-class sports and concert venues,” says Goodison-Orr, who, when he served three years as CEO of Orlando’s KnightroKon, catered to up to 40,000 fans a year. “None of the hotels have anywhere enough meeting space for a convention of BoroughCon’s size, and the Javits Center is already home to New York Comic Con, with which we have no desire to invite comparison. So my partners and I chose to focus on the Four Boroughs, and St. John’s became the clear choice.”

The decision to embrace the outer boroughs required very little persuasion.

“Queens has roughly the same population as Houston, and Brooklyn is almost the size of Chicago. Both those middle-American cities host multiple ‘cons’ annually. So why would we want to be the second-biggest-by-a-mile in Manhattan when we can build something new and different here?”

What will set BoroughCon apart, according to Goodison-Orr, is the degree to which fans will enjoy direct access to well-known guests.

“If you come to BoroughCon, you’ll get a chance to meet, shake hands with or get an autograph from someone whose work you admire,” he said. “BoroughCon will be for regular fans – the con for the rest of us.”

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For up-to-date information, visit boroughcon.com.

From Wildstorm To Wonder Woman, DC Entertainment Presents Stellar Lineup of Guests & Panels at WonderCon 2017

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DC Entertainment descends on WonderCon with an expansive weekend schedule of talent appearances and panels. Beginning Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, at the Anaheim Convention Center, DC’s activities will include news on upcoming DC Universe Rebirth and DC’s Young Animal storylines, a 25th anniversary celebration of WildStorm, along with a can’t-miss signing appearance from Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins!

Revisit the WildStorm Universe with DC Publisher Jim Lee, along with fellow artists and writers, as they honor the seminal legacy with this retrospective celebration. Attendees will be treated to behind-the-scenes photos, stories, drawing demonstrations and a first look at new stories and art from THE WILDSTORM 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL out in August. The panel will also share news about the latest generation of WildStorm storytelling from the new pop-up imprint curated by Warren Ellis, placing these beloved characters into reimagined stories.

Saturday will be a celebration of all things Wonder Woman with exclusive booth giveaways, a Wonder Woman cosplay meet-up and photo opportunity in the DC booth at 2:30 pm, followed by a fan signing with Wonder Woman film director Patty Jenkins. The Warner Bros. Pictures action adventure film hits theaters June 2.

The booth will also host an ongoing schedule of signings featuring some of the best writers and artists in comics, including Jim Lee, Mariko Tamaki, James Tynion IV, and Gerard Way, alongside voice talent from the new animated original movie Teen Titans: The Judas Contract and popular series DC Super Hero Girls, Teen Titans Go!, and Justice League Action. Fans can also preview brand-new offerings from DC Collectibles, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and an up-close look at Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman costume.

Available for purchase at the Graphitti Designs booth (#1001) are WonderCon exclusive items including ALL-STAR BATMAN #8, BATWOMAN #1, HARLEY QUINN #16, BATMAN #19, DOOM PATROL #5, DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #8 and a t-shirt designed by Michael Cho.

DC’s WonderCon programming features must-attend panels showcasing bestselling series, iconic characters and DC Collectibles.  Panels include:

DC’S YOUNG ANIMAL
Friday, March 31, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Room: 300DE 

Featuring Eisner Award-winning writer and My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way (DOOM PATROL, CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE) and the writers and artists behind the groundbreaking series from the pop-up imprint DC’s Young Animal, the panel will feature Jon Rivera (CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE), Jody Houser (MOTHER PANIC), Cecil Castellucci (SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL) and more.

DC COLLECTIBLES
Friday, March 31, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Room: 207

Join the DC Collectibles crew, including the group’s Executive Director Jim Fletcher and super fan and DC All Access co-host Jason Inman, along with a few surprise guests, to get the latest news about the must-have action figures, statues, prop replicas, busts and more. Find out how they create and develop so many incredible products, and what’s coming up from DC Collectibles.

WILDSTORM 25th ANNIVERSARY
Saturday, April 1, 11:30 – 12:30 pm, Room: 300DE

Twenty-five years in the making and hosted by Jim Lee, this must-see panel will gather together WildStorm writers and artists, including Ryan Benjamin, Carlos D’Anda, Richard Friend, Mark Irwin, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair, and Scott Williams to discuss the imprint’s ongoing legacy.

DC ESSENTIAL
Saturday, April 1, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Room: 300DE

Moderated by DC All Access co-host Jason Inman, DC Essential celebrates the world of DC and its iconic characters. With its in-depth discussion about the most beloved Super Heroes in pop culture, the panel features Marv Wolfman, Phil Jimenez, Shawna Benson, Julie Benson, Marc Andreyko, and Sterling Gates.

DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH
Saturday, April 1, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Room: 300DE

Filled with hope and optimism, engaging storylines and dynamic characters, fans can dive into DC’s blockbuster Rebirth line from the talented writers and artists bringing these stories to life, including Chad Hardin, Phil Jimenez, Danny Miki, Shawna Benson, Julie Benson, Sam Humphries, James Tynion IV, and John Semper, Jr.

ART MASTERS: DRAWING DC
Sunday, April 2, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Room: 210

Home to some of the most talented artists working in comics today, panelists including Bernard Chang, Tyler Kirkham, and Chad Hardin will offer a unique look into their visual approach in shaping some of DC’s most celebrated series.

DC’s booth (#1101) at WonderCon will also host an ongoing schedule of talent signings including:

Friday, March 31, 2017

Alex Sinclair (DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE)

Cecil Castellucci (SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL)

*Gerard Way (YOUNG ANIMAL)

*Jim Lee (SUICIDE SQUAD)

Jody Houser (MOTHER PANIC)

John Semper, Jr. (CYBORG)

Jon Rivera (CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE)

Julie and Shawna Benson (BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY)

Mariko Tamaki (SUPERGIRL BEING SUPER)

Mark Russell (THE FLINTSTONES)

Phil Jimenez (SUPERWOMAN)

Sam Humphries (GREEN LANTERNS)

*Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Voice Actors

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Alex Sinclair (DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE)

Bernard Chang (NEW SUPER-MAN, BATMAN BEYOND)

Cecil Castellucci (SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL)

Chad Hardin (HARLEY QUINN)

Danny Miki (BATMAN)

*Gerard Way (YOUNG ANIMAL)

James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS)

*Jim Lee (SUICIDE SQUAD)

Jody Houser (MOTHER PANIC)

John Semper, Jr. (CYBORG)

Jon Rivera (CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE)

Julie and Shawna Benson (BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY)

Marguerite Sauvage (DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS)

*Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman Director)

Phil Jimenez (SUPERWOMAN)

Sam Humphries (GREEN LANTERNS)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Chad Hardin (HARLEY QUINN)

*DC Super Hero Girls Voice Actors

*Justice League Action Voice Actors

Mark Russell (THE FLINTSTONES)

Marv Wolfman (THE NEW TEEN TITANS)

Sam Humphries (GREEN LANTERNS)

*Teen Titans Go! Voice Actors

* denotes a wristband is required

Wristbands will be required for select signings in the DC booth. Fans must visit Hall D each morning for more details on how to participate in the ticket drawing.

Download the new DC All Access mobile app for a complete list of panels, behind-the-scenes coverage and in-depth interviews directly from DC’s web series, DC All Access. The app is available for free at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

CA – Scales & Tales Signing

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Marv Wolfman, Peggy Wu, John Palisano, Del Howison, Lisa Morton, Tim Powers, Dennis Etchison, Larry Niven, William F. Nolan, Jason V. Brock, Sunni K. Brock, Wes Pollock, and more appear at Dark Delicacies on Sunday, August 28th at 2:00 pm to sign Scales & Tales, a charity anthology for The Southwestern Herpetologists Society, Star Paws Rescue, and Kit Crusaders.

Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 556-6660

UK – Marv Wolfman Signing

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Legendary comic writer Marv Wolfman will be signing at the Forbidden Planet Megastore on Sunday 8th February at 4:00 PM as part of a rare visit to the UK.

Marv Wolfman has created more characters that have gone on to television, animation, movies and toys than any other comics creator since Stan Lee. Marv is the writer-creator of Blade, the Vampire Hunter, Bullseye, the prime villain in the 2003 movie, Daredevil, Deathstroke, the main villain in the first two seasons of the hit Arrow TV show, which he created for DC’s best-selling comic, New Teen Titans which was also adapted into two runaway hit shows on the Cartoon Network and is now being done as a live-action pilot for Fox. Some of his other characters have been seen in Man of Steel as well as The Guardians of The Galaxy. His Titan character Cyborg will be seen in four upcoming DC movies, starting with 2015’s Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice.

Marv writes video games. His script for his most recent published game: Epic Mickey 2, was nominated for a WGA writing award for Outstanding Video-game Script. He has also written the video games for Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, Superman Returns, DCU-MMO, Flash and Dark Knight among others. He also writes animation and has story-edited many shows including Transformers, Adventures of Superman, Monster Force and more.

Marv also writes novels; his adaptation of Superman Returns won the industry’s “Scribe” award. He is currently writing a novelization for Titan Books in London. His first non-fiction book, Homeland, The Illustrated History of The State of Israel won the National Jewish Book Award among others. Marv is also a recipient of the Will Eisner Hall of Fame Award.

Marv was Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics, senior editor at DC Comics and founding editor of Disney Adventures magazine and created many characters for these companies and others. Marv was also Editorial Director for 15 graphic albums for the educational market, targeting high school students who read with a 3rd -5th grade level. He was given a special commendation by the White House for his work on three anti-drug comics for the “Just Say No” program.

Marv is married to his lovely wife, Noel, a Director of Production at Blizzard Entertainment, and has a wonderful daughter, Jessica, from his first marriage. Marv & Noel also have an obstreperous Keeshond dog named Elle Dee Deux (L.D.) who is currently chewing on everything that is and isn’t nailed down.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

FL – Sirens Signing

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Comics superstar George Perez, whose long list of credits includes Avengers, New Teen Titans, The Infinity Gauntlet, Wonder Woman, Action Comics, and more, appears at Coliseum of Comics on Wednesday December 10, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM to sign SIRENS, his new series from Boom! Studios.

Coliseum of Comics
4672 Millenia Plaza Way, Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 363-7676

George Pérez’s Sirens Signing Tour

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Press Release:

Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to announce that comics’ legend George Pérez will be embarking on his first nationwide signing tour to promote his new original series, George Pérez’s Sirens. Pérez will be visiting six different comic shops and three conventions in seven states across the country to meet fans and sign copies of his first original comic book series in over a decade. Appearing alongside the luminary creator at several of the events will be the real-life friends and fans who inspired the Sirens themselves.

As an intergalactic force enslaves planets across the galaxy, the legendary team known only as the Sirens must reunite to save the galaxy—but is that even possible when the Sirens themselves don’t even remember who they are? And the rest of the universe only remembers them as…villains? A six-issue bi-monthly miniseries featuring your new favorite comic book team, written and drawn by the master himself, George Pérez (Wonder Woman, JLA Vs. Avengers) begins his greatest story yet.

“This is gonna be so much fun,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “George has never gone on a signing tour before, so this a really unique opportunity for his fan base. Spanning the course of two full weeks, George will be visiting numerous comic shops and conventions, meeting fans from all over the country, and introducing them to his newest work, Sirens. A huge thanks goes out to all the retailers and convention organizers that made this possible. And of course, the biggest thanks of all goes out to George for agreeing to pack up and travel all over the U.S.!”

George Pérez will appear at the following locations and dates:

September 5-7Baltimore Comic-Con, Baltimore, Md.

September 17, 6-8pmCollector’s Paradise, Winnetka, Calif.

September 18,  6-8pm, Keith’s Comics, Dallas, Texas

September 19-21Cincinnati Comic Expo, Cincinnati, Ohio

September 22, 6-8pm, Larry’s Comics, Lowell, Mass.

September 25, 11am-1pmThird Eye Comics, Annapolis, Md.

September 27-28Pittsburgh Comicon, Pittsburgh, Pa.

September 30, 5-7pmTate’s Comics, Lauderhill, Fla.

October 1, 4-6pmColiseum of Comics, Sanford, Fla.

George Perez’s Sirens #1 comes out in comic shops on September 17.

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV’s The Woods; Mark Waid’s IrredeemableSons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure TimeRegular ShowThe Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!’s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse GuardCow BoyGunnerkrigg CourtRust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.

MD – Sirens #1 Signing

August 29, 2014 by  
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Comics icon George Perez appears at Third Eye Comics on Thursday, September 25th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM to celebrate the launch of Sirens #1 from Boom! Studios!

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Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-0322

MA – George Pérez Signing

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Comic legend George Pérez appears at Larry’s Comics on Monday September 22nd from 6:00-8:00 PM to promote his new Boom Studios series: Sirens! Larry’s will have an exclusive variant cover of the first issue available at the signing! This is a rare New England store signing by one of the biggest creators in the industry so mark your calendars now!

George will sign as many things as possible and take as many pictures as the fans wish. Due to the short signing times he will not be sketching or selling his own items.

Signing details: to get a signature, purchase the Sirens #1 Tour book at $10 each. This gets you the tour book signed plus two additional signatures. In the interest of being as fair as possible, if you want more than one, you have to get back in line.

One of the most popular artists working in comics over the last 30 years, George Pérez’s resume contains a who’s-who of the most popular characters in comics. From his co-creation, with Marv Wolfman, of THE NEW TEEN TITANS in the 80s and his work on CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS and WONDER WOMAN to his mega-successful JLA/AVENGERS, George’s work has thrilled comics fans for over three decades.

Larry’s Comics
68 Lakeview Avenue, Lowell, MA 01850
(978) 459-5323

FL – Free Comic Book Day

George Pérez and Clay Mann sign at Coliseum of Comics on Saturday May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day.

George Pérez – Legendary Artist on such books as New Teen Titans, Wonder Woman, Justice League of America, Avengers, Fantastic Four, JLA/Avengers, and Crisis on Infinite Earths. George will be on hand to sign for fans.

Clay Mann – Artist on Age of X, X-Men Legacy, Daredevil, Thor: Art of War, Heroes for Hire and Dark Reign Elektra. Clay will be on hand to sign for fans.

Coliseum of Comics Sanford
Seminole Towne Center Mall
177 Towne Center Circle, Sanford, FL 32771

CA – DCU Legends Signing

January 31, 2011 by  
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Marv Wolfman signs on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 from 5:00-7:00PM.

Press Release:

Collector’s Paradise would like to invite you (and your friends, you know you want to tell them all, so go ahead and SHARE this event with them RIGHT NOW!!!) to attend our release signing for DCU Legends #1 with series writer and amazing creator, Marv Wolfman.

If you don’t know who Marv is (which means you hate comics, u know that right?) here is a short list of everyone’s favorite characters he created, along with many others: … Black Cat, Blade, Bullseye, Cyborg, Deathstroke, Nightwing, The Monitor, Nova, Raven, Tim Drake, Starfire, Terra, The Anti-Monitor, Trigon, Vigilante. He also wrote a couple of little unknown series that you may have heard of called CRISIS OF INFINITE EARTHS and NEW TEEN TITANS, both with amazing George Perez!

The comic book we are promoting is connected to the awesome new video game, which Marv wrote the storyline for. There is an awesome trailer out for the game (and thus the comic, too) which I really recommend you watch, I will attach it below.

Stop by on Wednesday, February 2nd, between 5 and 7 pm and meet the Comic Book LEGEND, and a swell guy, Marv Wolfman as we celebrate release of DCU Online Legends #1.

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