C2E2 Adds Writers Including Didio, David, Levitz, Pak, and Way

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C2E2 ANNOUNCES LINE UP OF WRITERS!

Massive Guest List Keeps Growing as Pop Culture Event Focuses on All Areas of Artistic and Creative Talent

Norwalk, CT, February 10, 2010:  Officials at C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo), which is set to debut in April 2010, have announced another round of guest appearances, further adding to a burgeoning guest list that now includes top talent from all areas of artistic and creative expression in the pop culture world.  The most recent guest announcement focuses on preeminent writers including Peter David, Dan DiDio, Michael Easton, Seth Grahame-Smith, Paul Levitz, Greg Pak, and Daniel Way.  Many of these notable writers have had stellar careers which have extended well beyond their talent as writers and which have impacted all areas of the comic and pop culture world.  C2E2 will take place at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, April 16 – 18, 2010.

“This latest announcement includes guests who are in a class by themselves,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President for the Reed Pop Culture Group and Show Manager for C2E2.  “These are people who have enormous talent, they are great writers, and they have made a huge contribution to defining our pop culture world.  Of course, they are joining other incredible creators and artists who have already been announced and there is still much more to come.  I am incredibly impressed by the strength, depth and scope of the talent that is coming to C2E2 and – as always – I am hugely grateful to all our guests for making a commitment to our show.”

Some of the other guests who have already been announced for C2E2 include Alex Ross, who will be a Keystone Guest of Honor, Jackson Guice, Steve McNiven, Mike Mignola, Gail Simone, Jeff Smith, Ben Templesmith and Ethan Van Sciver, among many, many others.  Convention officials note that they will be announcing Artist Alley appearances at C2E2 in the next few days.

The new guests include:

Peter David: Peter David, self-proclaimed “writer of stuff,” is probably best known for his award-winning twelve year run on “The Incredible Hulk.” He currently writes “X-Factor” and “Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.”

Dan DiDio: Dan DiDio is the Senior VP-Executive Editor, DC Universe for DC Comics. Since 2003, he has spearheaded such bestselling titles as Identity Crisis, Infinite Crisis, 52, and Final Crisis. Prior to joining DC, Dan worked in television for CBS on creative affairs and development and at ABC on publicity, development and programming.  His writing can also be seen in The Outsiders.

Michael Easton: Michael Easton is the author of the critically acclaimed Soul Stealer trilogy. Featuring the art of Christopher Shy, the final chapter in the series will be released in April. Bestselling author Peter Straub collaborated with Michael on the graphic novel The Green Woman for Vertigo.  Easton’s face is perhaps best known for his role as John McBain on the daytime drama One Life to Live, as well as Ally McBeal, VR5, and the Philip K. Dick inspired Total Recall 2070. He lives in New York City.

Seth Grahame-Smith: Seth Grahame-Smith is a film and television writer/producer, semi-frequent blogger, and New York Times bestselling author.  He grew up in the wilds of Connecticut, eschewing the outdoors in favor of Stephen King novels and a worn-out VHS copy of Aliens.  After college, he moved to California, where he wrote everything from narration scripts for History Channel documentaries to lyrics for Flava Flav.  No, really.  He also wrote several non-fiction humor books, including How to Survive a Horror Movie and the much-funnier-than-it-sounds Big Book of Porn.  In 2007, he produced the innovative CBS internet series Clark and Michael, starring Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno).  In 2009, his Jane Austen-meets-the-undead mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list.  It has sold over half a million copies to date.  Seth is also the Co-Creator/Executive Producer of the MTV comedy series, The Hard Times of RJ Berger.  He received a B.S. in Film from Emerson College.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

Paul Levitz: Paul Levitz was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1956 and entered the comics industry in 1971 as editor/publisher of The Comic Reader, the first mass-circulation fanzine devoted to comics news.  He continued to publish TCR for three years, winning two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine.  His other fan activities included editing the program books for several of Phil Seuling’s legendary New York Comic Art Conventions, running the dealers’ room of the first Creation Cons, and organizing the programming for DC’s one and only comic convention, in 1976.  He received Comic-Con International’s Inkpot Award in 2002 and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award in 2008.  Levitz also serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  Levitz is primarily known for his work for DC Comics, where he has written most of their classic characters including the Justice Society, Superman, and The Legion of Super-Heroes, a series he’s recently returned to write.  Readers of The Buyers’ Guide voted his Legion: The Great Darkness Saga one of the 20 best comic stories of the last century.  As a staffer from 1973, Levitz was an assistant editor, the company’s youngest editor ever, and in a series of business capacities, became Executive Vice President & Publisher in 1989 and then served as President & Publisher from 2002-2009.  He is now concentrating on his writing, including a new run on Legion.

Greg Pak: Greg Pak is a filmmaker and comic book writer best known for directing the award-winning feature film Robot Stories, writing the epic Planet Hulk and World War Hulk comic book storylines, and co-writing (with Fred Van Lente) the fan favorite Incredible Hercules series for Marvel Comics.  He was named one of 25 Filmmakers to Watch by Filmmaker Magazine and described as “a talent with a future” by the New York Times.  Pak’s numerous Marvel mini-series include Magneto Testament, which IGN named the Best Mini-Series of 2008.  Pak’s feature film, Robot Stories, won 35 awards, played in 75 film festivals, and is now available on DVD from Kino.com.  Pak’s latest short film is Mister Green, a science fiction tale starring Tim Kang and funded by ITVS as part of its FutureStates series.  Pak studied political science at Yale University, history at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and film production at the NYU graduate film program.  For the latest about Greg Pak’s work, visit PakBuzz.com.

Daniel Way: After being hired immediately following publication of his Xeric award-winning miniseries, Violent Lifestyle, in 2000, Daniel Way has gone on to write some of Marvel’s most well-known characters. Known for re-inventing characters for a new generation, he has launched such successful series as Ghost Rider, Wolverine: Origins, Dark Wolverine and the current sales juggernaut, Deadpool.

For more information on guests, tickets, or C2E2 in general, visit www.C2E2 or check out the show’s official blog, MediumAtLarge at www.mediumatlarge.net, or follow C2E2 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/c2e2.

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS POP CULTURE GROUP:

The Pop Culture Group at Reed Exhibitions owns and operates the New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and the New York Anime Festival (NYAF).  New York Comic Con was launched in 2006 and quickly became a dominant presence in the pop culture world of public events.  In 2009, 452 companies exhibited at NYCC for a total of 84,000 square feet of paid exhibit space, and it has been ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC.  C2E2, which will debut April 16 – 18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, is modeled after NYCC and will provide fans the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite writers, creators, and artists, as well as to see, hear and learn about the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. The Pop Culture Group also operates the recently-launched Star Wars Celebration in partnership with the Lucasfilm Ltd. and UFC Fan Expo.  Additionally, it holds a strategic partnership with Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2008 and will work closely with PAX on the launch of PAX East in Boston in 2010.

Marvel Celebrates 70 Years

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On August 11, 2009, comic fans all over will celebrate Marvel’s 70th Anniversary at their local comic shops and we’ve got the complete list of participating retailers.

Click here to download a full list of retailers participating in Marvel 70th Anniversary parties, offering exclusive limited edition variants, early on sale release of THE MARVELS PROJECT #1, special sales, and more!

All retailer parties begin at 9 p.m. local time. As a special thank you to retailers, Marvel is sending a limited edition CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN #2 70TH ANNIVERSARY FRAME VARIANT to all participating stores!

Plus, at select Barnes & Noble STORES across the country, you can meet Marvel’s most popular creators, sit in on Q&A sessions and get your favorite comics autographed. All events begin at 7 p.m. local time. As a special added bonus, all participating Barnes and Noble locations will feature guest appearances by major Marvel Characters!

New York City
SPECIAL GUESTS IRON MAN AND SPIDER-MAN

150 E 86TH Street
New York, NY

Joe Quesada
Chris Claremont
Greg Pak
Klaus Janson
Fred Van Lente

ATLANTA
SPECIAL GUEST WOLVERINE

2900 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Daniel Way
Paul Jenkins
Mark Bagley

Los Angeles
SPECIAL GUEST HULK

The Grove at Farmer’s Market
189 Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Jeph Loeb
Craig Kyle
Chris Yost
Mark Waid

PORTLAND
SPECIAL GUEST ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN

Clackamas Towne Center
12000 SE 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97266

Brian Michael Bendis
Jeff Parker
Rick Remender

SEATTLE
SPECIAL GUEST CAPTAIN AMERICA

2675 NE University Village Street
Seattle, WA 98105

Ed Brubaker
Clayton Crain

For more information on Marvel’s 70th Anniversary, head over to marvel.com/70. And remember-Make Mine ’39!

Marvel Announces SDCC Signing Schedule

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Marvel has announced their booth signings schedule for Comic-Con and have included a nice, printable version as well which you can find below:

Find out when your favorite creators are signing at San Diego Comic-Con (Booth #2429).

For all the latest news, announcements and interviews, plus live panel blogging, video features and much more, visit Marvel.com’s San Diego Comic-Con 2009 Hub Page!

WEDNESDAY

7:00 – 8:00 PM
7:30 – 8:30 PM
MATT FRACTION

“IRON MAN 2” VIDEO GAME SIGNING

C.B. CEBULSKI
CHRISTINA STRAIN
MARK BROOKS

SPECIAL PREVIEW NIGHT SIGNING

THURSDAY

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
1:00 – 2:00 PM
JIM MCCANN
KIERON GILLEN
PATRICK SCHERBERGER
REILLY BROWN
JOE QUESADA BRIAN REBER
DANIEL WAY
JEROMY COX
MARJORIE LIU
PETER DAVID
2:00 – 3:00 PM 3:00 – 4:00 PM 4:00 – 5:00 PM
DENNIS CALERO
LAURA MARTIN
LEINIL FRANCIS YU
MARK TEXEIRA
CHRIS GAGE
EDGAR DELGADO
MATT FRACTION
PHIL JIMENEZ
FRANK TIERI
HOWARD CHAYKIN
HUMBERTO RAMOS
MIKE BENSON
5:00 – 6:00 PM 5:00 – 6:00 PM 6:00 – 7:00 PM
C.B. CEBULSKI
J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
OLIVIER COIPEL
SANA KEDA
ART ADAMS
JEPH LOEB
JEPH LOEB

FRIDAY

9:00 – 10:00 AM 10:00 – 11:00 AM 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PATRICK SCHERBERGER
REILLY BROWN
TODD NAUCK
VICTOR OLAZABA
ADAM GLASS
DANIEL WAY
MIKE BENSON
VICTOR GISCHLER

SPECIAL DEADPOOL
SIGNING

JOE QUESADA
12:00 – 1:00 PM 1:00 – 2:00 PM 1:30 – 2:00 PM
CHRIS BACHALO
MARK BROOKS
PAUL JENKINS
TIM TOWNSEND
JASON AARON
JOE CASEY
MARIO ALBERTI
NATHAN FOX
*STAN LEE*
2:00 – 3:00 PM 3:00 – 4:00 PM 4:00 – 5:00 PM
BOB LAYTON
GREGG HUWIT Z
MATT BANING
SEAN MCKEEVER
CHRIS YOST
CRAIG KYLE
GREG JOHNSON
JAMIE SIMONE
STEVE BLUM
STEVE GORDON
FRED TATASCIORE
NOLAN NORTH

SPECIAL MARVEL ANIMATION/
NICKTOONS SIGNING

DENYS COWAN
JOHN ROMITA JR.
KEN LASHLEY
REGGIE HUDLIN
5:00 – 6:00 PM 6:00 – 7:00 PM 6:00 – 7:00 PM
JEPH LOEB
MATT FRACTION
SIMONE BIANCHI
TERRY DODSON
JEPH LOEB MASAO MARUYAMA
WARREN ELLIS

SATURDAY

9:00 – 10:00 AM 10:00 – 11:00 AM 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
CHRISTINA STRAIN
EMILY WARREN
RON LIM
TODD NAUCK
JOE KELLY
MARC GUGGENHEIM
PHIL JIMENEZ
STEPHANIE BUSCEMA
*SPECIAL IRON MAN 2
SIGNING*
12:00 – 1:00 PM 1:00 – 2:00 PM 1:00 – 2:00 PM
AUDREY LOEB
DEXTER VINES
JEPH LOEB
JOE QUESADA
JEROME OPEÑA
RICK REMENDER
JEPH LOEB
1:30 – 2:30 PM 2:30 – 3:30 PM 4:00 – 5:00 PM
MATT FRACTION
“IRON MAN 2” VIDEO
GAME SIGNING
TOM KENNY
DAVE BOAT
TRAVIS WILLINGHAM
MIKEY KELLEY
CHARLIE ADLER
STEVE BLUM
TED BIASELLI
ALIMI BALLARD

SPECIAL SUPER HERO
SQUAD SIGNING

FRANK TIERI
LEINIL FRANCIS YU
PETER DAVID
SEAN CHEN
5:00 – 6:00 PM 6:00 – 7:00 PM
ED BRUBAKER
JOHN ROMITA JR.
PAUL JENKINS
STEVE EPTING
CHRIS YOST
CRAIG KYLE
MIKE CHOI
SONIA OBACK

SUNDAY

10:00 – 11:00 AM 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 12:00 – 1:00 PM
ALEXANDER IRVINE
DENNIS CALERO
JOHN ROMITA JR.
MIKE MCKONE
OLIVIER COIPEL
PAUL TOBIN
RAYMOND FEIST
RON LIM
DAVID YARDIN
STEVE EPTING
STUART MOORE
TRAVIS CHAREST
1:00 – 2:00 PM 2:00 – 3:00 PM 3:00 – 4:00 PM
CHRISTINA STRAIN
COLLEEN COOVER
LAURA MARTIN
MARJORIE LIU
BILL REINHOLD
JASON AARON
JIM MCCAN
MATT FRACTION
C.B. CEBULSKI
DAVID FINCH
GURIHIRU

*Ticketed Event

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Hero Initiative at SDCC with Stan Lee, Jim Lee, & More

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative heads to San Diego to Celebrate Comic-Con’s 40th year!

Highlights include parties with Stan Lee, Jim Lee, Darwyn Cooke, and the premiere release of Hero Comics
Los Angeles, CA (July 14, 2009) – Hero Initiative travels to the 40th annual San Diego Comic-Con July 22-26 at the San Diego Convention center! Come celebrate with us and help us raise money for our cause. Hero will be at booth #907 all weekend with a great variety of guests, and the weekend is highlighted by three great parties featuring the top names in comics, and the premiere release of Hero Comics!

World-famous storyteller Jim Lee (All-Star Batman and Robin) has graciously agreed to host a cocktail party for five lucky fans benefiting Hero Initiative on Thursday July 23 at 4:15 pm at a four-star hotel located near the convention center.

In addition, the wildly talented Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier) has also agreed to

The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke

The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke

have a few cocktails with five adoring fans on Thursday at 5:45 pm. And each winner gets a brand-new copy of Cooke’s latest work, Parker: The Hunter from IDW Publishing!

And last but most certainly not least, the godfather of comics and co-creator of Spider-Man, the X-Man, The Fantastic Four and so many more returns! That’s right-Stan Lee will board the ComicBookResources.com yacht on Friday July 24 at 5pm. Five lucky fans will be personally escorted to the yacht to enjoy drinks and chat with the legend himself. In addition, each guest will have the opportunity to participate in a video interview on the yacht broadcast on ComicBookResources.com

To check out and bid on ALL the auctions for admittance to these parties, please visit Hero’s eBay store at: http://qurls.com?i=47916

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And in collaboration with IDW Publishing, Hero Initiative also proudly premieres the highly anticipated Hero Comics at San Diego! This 32-page, no ads extravaganza features a bevy of great comic talent, and will be supported by a mega-signing with seven of its creators on Thursday, July 23rd from 3:30-5:30. Hero Comics will be on sale all weekend at the Hero booth, while supplies last.

As always, our amazing line up of guests will be on hand at Hero’s booth, #907:

WED., 22 JUL (CON HOURS 600-900 PM)
630-900 PM: Scott “Kaiser” Koblish

THUR., 23 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-700 PM)
1000-1130: Tim Seeley
1130-130: Dan Jurgens
130-330: Daniel Way
330-530: Hero Comics mega-signing w/Gene Colan, JG Roshell/Richard Starkings, David Lloyd, Bill Willingham, Art Adams, Laura Martin
530-700: Phil Hester

FRI., 24 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-700 PM)
1000-1130: Tony Parker
1100-1200: Chris Bachalo
130-330: Ron Marz + Stjepan Sejic
230-330: Mark Waid

SAT., 25 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-700 PM)
1130-130: Josh Middleton
130-330: Kaare Andrews (of Hero Comics)
330-530: Jim Valentino
530-700: Ken Lashley

SUN., 26 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-500 PM)
1000-1130: Kaare Andrews (of Hero Comics)
1130-130: Josh Middleton
130-230: Jimmy Palmiotti

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

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