November 25, 2012 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Horror, Massachusetts, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories
New England’s biggest and best comic book convention returns on April 20-21, 2013 to the Hynes Convention Center! Joining us this year is a veritable who’s who of amazing comic creators. The growing list of special guests includes Sergio Aragones, Mark Bagley, Nick Bradshaw, Mark Brooks, Amanda Conner, Tony Daniel, Colleen Doran, David Finch, Joseph Michael Linsner, David Mack, Ed McGuinness, Mike Mignola, Dustin Nguyen, Jimmy Palmiotti, George Perez, Amy Reeder, Don Rosa, Tim Seeley, William Stout, and more to be announced! Tell your friends!
Tickets are $25 per day or $40 for the weekend and available through Eventbrite at the link!
Artist alley and vendor table registration is also open. Forms can be found on the Boston Comic Con website.
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. Next year’s convention will be held Saturday April 20th and Sunday April 21st opening at 10:00 am each day at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
DC Announces Booth Signing Schedule for SDCC 2012: Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Scott Snyder, David Finch, JMS, and Lots More
Via DC Comics:
As a special treat, Jim Lee and Chris Daughtry will be doing a signing together on Friday at 7:30 at the Michael J. Wolf Gallery! And what’s more, the first 50 people in line for this signing will get a free autographed lithograph, drawn by Daughtry and inked by Lee!
Please note that the Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Scott Snyder and Anthony Bourdain signings will require wristbands. Wristbands will be available at the beginning of each day at the DCE booth for that day’s signing.
Wednesday, July 11
Art and Franco
Thursday, July 12
James Tynion IV
Paul Levitz (tentative)
Joshua Hale Fialkov
Bryan Q. Miller
Friday, July 13
Dan Abnett (tentative)
J. Michael Straczynski
Nicola Scott (tentative)
*Please note this signing is taking place at the Michael J. Wolf gallery instead of at the DCE booth.
Saturday, July 14
Bryan Q. Miller
Dan Abnett (tentative)
James Tynion IV
Sunday, July 15
Paul Levitz (tentative)
Joshua Hale Fialkov (tentative)
*Please note that signings are subject to change; please come by the DCE booth for any updates.
The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce that all tickets are now on sale at baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets for this year’s show, taking place September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore.
Tickets that are now on sale include: General Admission for Saturday and Sunday, as well as Single-Day admission for both days; Stan Lee VIP Experience Tickets for Saturday only; and tickets for photo and autograph sessions with Stan Lee for Saturday only.
“Last year was our biggest year ever in terms of attendance and guest appearances,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “This year, we want to offer the opportunity for those who missed out on Stan Lee last year their chance to get in on the action early.”
With Stan Lee returning as Guest of Honor this year, tickets are sure to sell fast, so please visit baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets for more information about our VIP packages and to purchase your tickets online!
This year’s confirmed guests for the show including: Guest of Honor, Stan “The Man” Lee (Saturday only!); Laura & Michael Allred (Madman, iZombie); Ken Bald (Golden Age Timely/Marvel artist); Brian Bolland (Dial H, Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland); Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn); Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows); Steve Conley (Bloop webcomic www.bloopstree.com); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre); Lar deSouza (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.); Garth Ennis (The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys); Rich Faber (Roboy Red); David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman); Keith Giffen (Superman, O.M.A.C., Green Arrow); Gene Ha (Justice League); Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam); Cully Hamner (Action Comics); Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City); Jamal Igle (KISS, Supergirl, The Ray); J.G. Jones (Wanted, Doc Savage); Barry Kitson (Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four); Joe Kubert (Before Watchmen: Nightowl); Scott Kurtz (PvPonline.com); David Mack (Kabuki); Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo); Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman); Mark Morales (Avengers vs. X-Men); Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin); John Romita, Jr. (Avengers Vs. X-Men); Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge); Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot); Walter Simonson (Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers); Ryan Sohmer (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Scott Snyder (Batman, Severed, Swamp Thing); Brian Stelfreeze (ICE); Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin); Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born, Shi); Matt Wagner (Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel); Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredeemable); Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein).
In the 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 on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.
This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. 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, September 8th.
DC ENTERTAINMENT TO BRING TOP TALENT TO CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)
Renowned Comic Book Publisher will Participate in Nine Panels at Convention; Executives and Creators to Meet with Fans
Norwalk, CT, March 23, 2012: DC Entertainment has revealed that it will bring an extensive line up of top talent and creators to Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The renowned comic book publisher is slated to participate in nine panels providing thousands of fans the opportunity to hear from some of the most famous artists and creators in the DC universe. Many of these creators, as well as executives from the company, will also be on hand to meet with fans in the DC Entertainment booth, which will occupy 2500 square feet in a central location on the convention floor. The talent that is (so far) scheduled to appear at C2E2 includes: Franco Aureliani, Art Baltazar, Chris Burnham, David Finch, Patrick Gleason, Kevin Maguire, Sean Murphy, Jimmy Palmiotti, Gail Simone and Scott Snyder. This does not include a number of top creators that DC will be bringing to the convention for BEFORE WATCHMEN, which has been announced in a separate release.
This year’s C2E2, which is produced by the organizers of New York Comic Con (NYCC), is expected to attract thousands of loyal fans making this convention the largest pop culture extravaganza in the Midwest. It will take place April 13 – 15, 2012 in the North Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center.
“DC Entertainment has been a tremendous supporter of C2E2 ever since we launched the show in 2010,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “We are honored that they bring such high caliber talent to our convention and this year is no exception. I think their participation is a strong statement about how much they believe in our event, and how much they believe in Chicago and the Midwest as a center for pop culture activity and commerce. DC is a pre-eminent publisher and they elevate dialogue and entertainment simply by being present and being involved. We are pleased that they have elected to be so present and involved in C2E2.”
FRANCO AURELIANI has been drawing comics since he could hold a crayon in his little fingers. His credits for DC Comics include the Eisner Award-winning TINY TITANS, YOUNG JUSTICE and the upcoming SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES. In 1995, he founded Blindwolf Studios, an independent art studio where he and fellow creators like his superstar cartoonist buddy Art Baltazar create wonderful comics for all the kids. Franco is also the creator, artist and writer of WEIRDSVILLE, LIL CREEPS and EAGLE ALL STAR and the co-creator and writer of PATRICK THE WOLF BOY. Franco is also very tall.
ART BALTAZAR is a super-cartoonist from Chicago! His credits for DC Comics include the Eisner Award-winning TINY TITANS, YOUNG JUSTICE and the upcoming SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES. Additional credits include GORILLA GORILLA comics for Disney Adventures and PATRICK THE WOLF BOY comics from BlindWolf Studios. Aw Yeah Man!
CHRIS BURNHAM derives from Chicago. His credits include BATMAN INCORPORATED and BATMAN AND ROBIN for DC Comics, X-MEN: DIVIDED WE STAND and X-MEN: MANIFEST DESTINY for Marvel Comics, FEAR AGENT for Dark Horse, THE ELEPHANTMENT, NIXON’S PALS and OFFICER DOWNE for Image Comics, and much more.
DAVID FINCH launched his comics career on Top Cow Productions’ Cyberforce, where he started out assisting creator Marc Silvestri before graduating to full-time penciller in 1996. After co-creating the title Ascension and pencilling the first four issues of Aphrodite IX for Image, Finch went on to illustrate acclaimed runs on Ultimate X-Men, The New Avengers, Moon Knight and Ultimatum for Marvel before being lured to DC by its siren Bat-song. A contributor to BATMAN #700 and penciller for the one-shot BATMAN: THE RETURN, Finch is currently writing and drawing the ongoing series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT as well as crafting exquisite cover art for a host of DC titles. A proud Canadian, he makes his home on the snowy steppes of Ontario.
PATRICK GLEASON loves to create fantastic characters and the worlds they inhabit. His focus on character development and powerful storytelling can be found within the stories of many iconic characters including DC’s Batman and Robin, Green Lantern Corps, Aquaman, The Jusctie League, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, and The JSA. His ground-laying work, alongside Geoff Johns, and Dave Gibbons on Green Lantern Corps mini-series RECHARGE made way for the acclaimed ongoing series. The Sinestro Corps War followed, and then culminated in the explosive Blackest Night with Peter J Tomasi. Along with DC Comics’ wildly successful New 52, Patrick continues to lend his artistic vision and work to the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin.
KEVIN MAGUIRE resents being known as the guy who draws “funny faces.” He draws expressive faces (thank you very much) on titles such as the various Justice League books of the 1980s, The Adventures of Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, TEAM TITANS, Strike Back!, JLA: CREATED EQUAL, X-Men Forever, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE, and The Defenders. OK… he draws funny faces too.
After breaking into the industry at a young age, SEAN MURPHY made a name for himself in the world of indie comics before joining up with DC for such titles as BATMAN/SCARECROW: YEAR ONE, TEEN TITANS, HELLBLAZER and the miniseries AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. He also wrote and illustrated the original graphic novel Off Road.
JIMMY PALMIOTTI is a multi-award-winning creator and co-founder of Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights, and Paperfilms, where he currently partners with Amanda Conner and Justin Gray. Together they have created and co-created: The New West, MONOLITH, 21 DOWN, THE RESISTANCE, The Pro, Gatecrasher, Beautiful Killer, Ash, Cloudburst, Trigger Girl 6, Splatterman, Thrill Seeker, Trailblazer,Ballerina, THE TWILIGHT EXPERIMENT and the TV series, Painkiller Jane.
He has worked on POWERGIRL and JONAH HEX for DC COMICS, The Last Resort for IDW, Back to Brooklyn for Image Comics, Spartacusfor Devils Due, and Time Bomb for Radical Comics. He is currently writing ALL-STAR WESTERN and THE RAY for DC COMICS the New 52.
GAIL SIMONE first caught the attention of the comics world on the world wide web, where her popular humor column “You’ll All Be Sorry!” was featured on Comic Book Resources. It wasn’t long before she was tapped to write The Simpsons for Bongo Comics, which led to working in the mainstream for Marvel Comics as the writer on Deadpool.
Following her Marvel work, Simone began working for DC, where she is most known for her much-beloved run on BIRDS OF PREY. She has continued to write for DC and its many imprints on titles that include ROSE AND THORN, ACTION COMICS, TEEN TITANS, SECRET SIX, THE LEGION, VILLAINS UNITED, JLA CLASSIFIED, THE ALL-NEW ATOM, GEN13, and her creator-owned title WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY. Simone is currently writing BATGIRL in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.
SCOTT SNYDER has written comics for both DC and Marvel, including the bestselling series AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS and SWAMP THING, and is the author of the story collection Voodoo Heart (The Dial Press). He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYC and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett. He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.
For further information about guests and activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com. For more information about DC Entertainment and their guests please contact David Hyde at email@example.com.
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 VI, Fantasy Football Fest, 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.
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ORLANDO MEGACON ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL GUESTS & EVENTS
MegaCon, the largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi media event in the Southeast, is pleased to announce the addition of guests and events to its February 17th – 19th, 2012 show. MegaCon will take place at the Orange County Convention Center at 9800 International Drive in Orlando, FL.
We are pleased to announce that Stan Lee will be returning for the 2012 show. We are also pleased to announce that Greg Capullo the popular Spawn artist will be joining MegaCon for the first time.
Other new comic book guests include: David Finch, Tim Sale, Karl Moline and Nathan Edmondson
New Media guests include: Charisma Carpenter from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Mark Meers the voice of Commander Shepard on Mass Effect 1-3
For the first time ever Megacon will host a Zombie Walk. Arthur Suydam the Zombie King will also be attending.
Friday night DJ reception at the Doubletree International open for MegaCon hotel guests at all of our participating hotels
Lightning Fast Speed Dating will return with more seats available.
Live Music on all three days by popular Celtic Band: Emerald Rose, Frenchy and the Punk, and a Friday night performance by anime favorite Vic Mignogna
MegaCon sponsors: I AM 3D, Funimation, Comics Guaranty Corporation and Students of the Unusual
The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.
Orange County Convention Center
February 17th – 19th, 2012
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.megaconvention.com
On Halloween weekend, 2011, Long Beach Comic Con held it’s 3rd annual show. With the first year being a rousing success, and the 2nd year drawing in weaker crowds, I didn’t know what to expect. Would the drop in attendance continue, or would the show find its niche and thrive once more?
When I first arrived to the show, I noticed the sparse crowds and feared the worst. Luckily, my fears were assuaged, as the once small line suddenly grew massive closer to the opening of the show. Saturday was packed, with the show floor showcasing lots of merchandise, great artists ready to draw for fans at Artist Alley, and some celebrities scattered throughout the show floor.
With the show embracing the Halloween spirit, LBCC encouraged fans to dress up as their favorite comic heroes, and I saw a lot of people in costume. It was great to see young children coming with their parents and picking up some books. Sunday wasn’t as bad of a decrease as I expected either, and my hopes for the show grew exponentially especially given the lack of people from last year’s show.
LBCC has found a niche targeting fans and families and encouraging some great cosplay during the Halloween weekend.
Martha, Phil, and Mike have put together a great show, and I look forward to seeing this show grow even more in the following years to come. And now, onto the photos!
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Friday, October 14
DC: Talent Search
Join DCE’s Editorial Art Director, Mark Chiarello, for an informative orientation session that will explain how DCE’s Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of the DC Comics, Vertigo, and MAD Magazine brands. If you want to learn what DCE looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional, then this is the panel for you! In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 1B01
DC ALL ACCESS: Batman
Find out everything you need to know about the Dark Knight Detective and his cohorts in the new DC universe—from Batwoman to Batgirl to Robin, the Boy Wonder! Explore the streets of Gotham City with all-star creators such as Lee Bermejo (Batman: Noel), Chris Burnham (Batman Inc.), Tony Daniel (Detective Comics), Greg Capullo (Batman), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Kyle Higgins (Nightwing), Amy Reeder (Batwoman), Scott Snyder (Batman), and Peter J. Tomasi (Batman and Robin)! Room 1A10
Join the writers and artists behind the acclaimed and award-winning brand for a panel about the weird, the wild and the always unexpected with all-star talent including Jason Aaron (Scalped), Brian Azzarello (Spaceman, 100 Bullets), Rebecca Guay (A Flight of Angels), Phil Jimenez (Fairest), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE), Douglas Rushkoff (A.D.D.), Marzena Sowa (Marzi), Sylvain Savoia (Marzi) and Scott Snyder (American Vampire)! And introducing some new Vertigo blood! Room 1A22
DC ALL ACCESS: Green Lantern
In Brightest Day, in Blackest Night, the minds behind the Green Lantern franchise take flight—onto the stage to shed some light on the Emerald Warriors! Join the Corps with DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer and Green Lantern writer Geoff Johns, along with Tony Bedard (Green Lantern: New Guardians), Doug Mahnke (Green Lantern), Ivan Reis (Blackest Night), writer Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps) and more! Room 1A10
Saturday, October 15
DC: Talent Search
Join DCE’s Editorial Art Director, Mark Chiarello, for an informative orientation session that will explain how DCE’s Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of the DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD Magazine brands. If you want to learn what DCE looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional, then this is the panel for you! In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 1A15
VERTIGO: Scary S**T!
Join Vertigo’s monthly writers as they discuss vampires, zombies, the apocalypse and more, with top creators including Brian Azzarello (Spaceman), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE) and Scott Snyder (American Vampire)! And introducing some new Vertigo blood! Room 1A22
DC ALL ACCESS: Justice League
Before they were the World’s Greatest Superheroes, they were considered the world’s most feared vigilantes. Join some of the creators of the new DC universe in a panel discussion headlined by the creative team behind the flagship title of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 — DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee. Including all-star creators such as Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman), Brian Buccellato (The Flash), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Yildiray Cinar (The Fury of Firestorm), Tony Daniel (Detective Comics, The Savage Hawkman), Francis Manapul (The Flash), Joe Prado (Aquaman), Ivan Reis (Aquaman), Philip Tan (The Savage Hawkman), and Eric Wallace (Mr. Terrific). Room 1A10
DC ALL ACCESS: Superman
With the launch of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52, a new era for Superman begins! Find out what’s in the works for the Man of Tomorrow as we look at his upcoming exploits in ACTION COMICS, SUPERMAN and more! Don’t miss this panel featuring Mahmud Asrar (Supergirl), Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One) and others! Room 1A10
DC ALL ACCESS: The Edge/ The Dark
The DC universe is home to all kinds of heroes – including some who barely fit that name! Hear what’s coming up in the pages of titles like JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, SWAMP THING, O.M.A.C., ALL-STAR WESTERN and more, with top talent including Ivan Brandon (Men of War), Paul Cornell (Stormwatch, Demon Knights), Josh Fialkov (I, Vampire), Keith Giffen (O.M.A.C.), Adam Glass (Suicide Squad), Viktor Kalvachev (Men of War), Andy Lanning (Resurrection Man), Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E.), Justin Norman (All-Star Western), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), and Scott Snyder (Swamp Thing)! Room 1A22
Sunday, October 16
12:15pm – 1:15pm
MAD is more than just the best-selling humor magazine in the nation – it’s also the inspiration for the hit animated series on Cartoon Network, now in its second season! Find out what’s happening with the Usual Gang of Idiots in this panel featuring MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra, art director Sam Viviano and TV producer Kevin Schinick! Room 1A24
DC ALL ACCESS: Meet the Publishers
As Co-Publishers of DC Entertainment, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio are the driving forces behind DC COMICS – THE NEW 52, DC’s digital initiative, and much more, as well as being the artist of JUSTICE LEAGUE and writer of O.M.A.C.! This up-close-and-personal panel gives you a chance to step up and ask questions! Room 1A06
DC ALL ACCESS: Young Justice
They may be young – but they’re still heroes! Find out what’s happening for THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, TEEN TITANS and more as DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 unfolds in this panel featuring Franco Aureliani (Tiny Titans), Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans), Tony Bedard (Blue Beetle), Sterling Gates (Hawk and Dove), Jonathan Glapion (Static Shock), Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes), and Francis Portela (Legion of Super-Heroes)! Room 1A22
This year’s Baltimore Comic Con was an unparalleled success with a huge upswing in attendance. This may have been partly due to the appearance of comic book superstar Stan Lee, who looked spry and excited to be meeting the long lines of fans who came out for photos and autographs, but every table from artist alley to dealers had fans looking for art and comics. Baltimore continues to be one of the best conventions in the country dedicated to comic books.
Artists like David Finch, Amanda Conner, Cliff Chiang, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, and more had full sketch lists within the first hour of the show on Saturday and popular writers including Mark Waid, Scott Snyder, and Jason Aaron faced throngs of fans looking for signatures every time they sat down. Indie comic stars Jeff Smith and Stan Sakai held a fun panel about their long history in comics working on their titles Bone and Usagi Yojimbo and the trial and tribulations of adapting their story to the big screen. The Harvey Awards were held on Saturday night with the comic eite rubbed elbows (check out The Beat for more coverage).
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TOP 10 MUST SEES AT FAN EXPO CANADA™
The ultimate four-day fan experience adds Heroes star HAYDEN PANETTIERE and the one and only WILLIAM SHATNER to line-up!
TORONTO, ON (August 17, 2011) – Only eight more days until FAN EXPO CANADA™ arrives in Toronto! Canada’s premier combined gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event – the third largest in the world – is celebrating 17 years of Comic-Con North! This year’s expanded four-day festival takes place August 25-28, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre showcasing more than 600 exhibitors and retailers covering over 250,000 square feet.
Tickets to FAN EXPO CANADA™ are on sale in advance until August 21st and available at the door. Prices range from $79 (DELUXE Fan Expo Pass); and SINGLE Fan Expo Passes from $40, $30 and $25. All prices include HST and are available through the FAN EXPO CANADA™ website, www.fanexpocanada.com.
In addition to NEW features and events including Nerd Speed Dating, fans can also expect returning popular favourites such as Canada’s largest costume Masquerade, Artist Alley, Sketching Duels, National Gaming Tournaments and, of course, celebrity autograph and Q&A panels. For the complete programming schedule, visit www.fanexpocanada.com.
TOP 10 MUST SEES AT FAN EXPO CANADA
CANADA’S LARGEST COSTUME MASQUERADE – SATURDAY NIGHT ONLY! 8PM (All genres) If you’ve never been to a masquerade or costume play, THIS is the one to attend! This annual event features creative fans showcasing their original costumes derived from the comic, sci-fi, horror, anime and fantasy worlds – all on stage for a chance to win bragging rights. Master of Ceremonies, Gordon Rose, brings you the most popular event of the weekend and the largest show of its kind in Canada!
(Saturday, Aug. 27, 8 pm, Hall G)
NERD SPEED DATING (All genres)
For the first time ever, speed dating is coming to FAN EXPO CANADA™! Come and enjoy good music, great company, and the thrilling potential to meet your soul mate! Each genre will have its own session and is free for all attendees! This is the perfect opportunity to seek out like-hearted individuals at the biggest fan party of the year! This event is for adults 18 years of age or older.
(Thursday-Saturday, various times, Room 803)
TELETOON CANADA PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “STAR WARS: CLONE WARS”
Season Four, Episode One (Sci-Fi)
The season will be an exciting one where viewers will see the heroic Jedi Knights and their clone army fight to preserve order. Season four will show efforts met with strong resistance from the massive Separatist droid army. Escalating and expanding into uncharted corners of the galaxy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars grows with exotic adventures and enhanced animation. Within the galactic battle, fearsome foes from the past return to settle the score, including lethal adversaries such as bounty hunter Cad Bane and the monstrous Savage Opress. Hosted by TELETOON at Night’s Fred Kennedy, fans in attendance will get the chance to win one of three mystery prize packs to be revealed onsite.
(Saturday, Aug. 27, 5 pm, Room 718)
SKETCHING DUELS (Comic)
Check out your favourite comic artists as they go pen to pen! The original art they produce goes up for grabs once they’re done! An amazing experience to witness, these friendly competitions show who’s got the edge in comic book illustration!
(Thursday-Sunday, various times, Room 716)
STAR WARS – JEDI SCHOOL (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
Lightsaber Dueling Demo & Workshop. How do Jedis do it? It looks so cool! Find out here.
(Saturday, Aug. 27, 4 pm, Room 715B)
501ST GRAND MARCH
Have your cameras ready as the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers march the floor en masse as they travel to the location of their much looked forward to Grand Assembly photo opportunity. When they get rolling they can’t stop, so get your shot and then get yourself to the Gallery on 800 for the Assembly.
(Saturday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m., 800 Level)
Join VICTORIA PRICE and producer/co-star MITCH MARKOWITZ as we take a walk down memory lane of The Hilarious House of Frightenstein, Canada’s legendary monster kid’s show starring Vincent Price and Billy Van. Moderated by Rue Morgue’s Paul Corupe!
(Friday, Aug. 26, 5 pm, Room 715B)
ANIMOTION J POP DANCE (Anime)
Coming to you from the heart of downtown Toronto, Fan Expo is proud to present our annual J-Pop dance. Featuring a mix of the hottest hits from the hottest shows, to classics everyone remembers and loves, ANIMOTION promises to give you the beats to unleash your inner dance machine!
LOLITA FASHION 101 (Anime)
Lolita,a Japanese street fashion know for its intricate and delicate doll-like look, has become one of the most recognized street stylesin Japan, and is now a popular movement in North America. Members of ‘The Southern Ontario Lolita Community’ will give you an opportunity to find out all about this growing fashion style and how to get involved in it! Check out the fashion show too!
(Sunday, Aug. 28, 1 pm, Room 707; Fashion Show, Sunday, Aug. 28, 1:30 pm, Room 718)
VIDEO GAME TOURNAMENTS and CARD TOURNAMENTS (Gaming)
GX offers the largest destination for live competitive console and PC gaming tournaments featuring all the latest and hot titles. GX has been the site of the Canadian National Championships for Magic: the Gathering, Pokemon, and UFS Universal Fighting System, and is hosting the national championship for the Great Canadian Board Game Blitz. FAN EXPO CANADA™ is home to the largest gathering of gamers in the country!
(Daily, various times and locations)
FAN EXPO CANADA™ recently announced its stellar line up of celebrity guests comprising of the world’s most legendary names in pop culture, many of today’s hottest film and television stars, as well as industry luminaries including:
Sci-Fi / Fantasy:
- ANTHONY DANIELS (Star Wars)
- ELIZA DUSHKU (Dollhouse)
- TOM FELTON (Harry Potter)
- LARRY HAGMAN and BARBARA EDEN (I Dream of Jeannie)
- LEE MAJORS (The Six Million Dollar Man)
- HAYDEN PANETTIERE (Heroes) – NEW
- KATEE SACKHOFF (Battlestar Galactica)
- ROBERT J. SAWYER (Bestselling author of Flashforward)
- WILLIAM SHATNER (Star Trek) – NEW
- KEVIN SORBO (Hercules)
- SAM TRAMMELL (True Blood)
- ROBERT ENGLUND (A Nightmare On Elm Street)
- JOHN WATERS (Legendary director of Pink Flamingos, Multiple Maniacs, Serial Mom)
- MARTIN LANDAU (Ed Wood) – NEW
- JOHN ASTIN (The Addams Family)
- DOUG BRADLEY (Hellraiser)
- HEATHER BREWER (NY Times bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod)
- LANCE HENRIKSEN (Aliens)
- VICTORIA PRICE (Daughter of Vincent Price and author of A Daughter’s Biography)
- STEVEN SEVERIN (London Punk pioneer and founder of Siouxsie And the Banshees)
- CHRIS CLAREMONT (Legendary Comic Writer) – NEW
- DAVID FINCH (Batman:The Dark Knight Artist) – NEW
- JOE KUBERT (Legendary Comic Book Artist)
- ADAM KUBERT (Artist of ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN & WOLVERINE)
- ANDY KUBERT (Artist of BATMAN & FLASHPOINT)
- JEFF SMITH (Cartoonist Guest of Honour – Creator of BONE)
- DOUG SNEYD (Legendary Playboy cartoonist)
- CLAY MANN (Artist — X-Men: Legacy) – NEW
- JASON DELINE, SHAWN MEUNIER (Stars of Bakugan)
- MIKE MCFARLAND, CHRIS SABAT (Stars of Dragonball Z)
- JUNKO MIZUNO (Acclaimed manga artist)
- VIC MIGNOGNA (Star of Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood)
- VERONICA TAYLOR (Star of Pokemon)
- JARETT CALE, GEOFF LAPAIRE (Pure Pwnage)
- ROBIN D. LAWS (Author – Dungeons & Dragons, Heroquest)
- ED GREENWOOD (Author of Forgotten Realms)
- VICTOR LUCAS, SHAUN HATTON (The Electric Playground)
For the complete list of celebrity guests, go to www.fanexpocanada.com.
TICKET DETAILS: All advance ticket sales are available August 21st through the Fan Expo Canada
website: www.fanexpocanada.com. (All prices include HST)
DELUXE Fan Expo Pass: $79 — BEST VALUE, LIMITED QUANTITIES
· Includes unlimited access to Fan Expo Canada for up to 4 days
· Access to Special Expo Preview on Thursday, August 25 at 2:00 pm
· (Excludes special ticketed events and anything otherwise noted)
SINGLE Fan Expo Pass:
· Includes unlimited access Fan Expo Canada on specified date
· (Excludes special ticketed events and anything otherwise noted)
|Thursday, August 25, 2011
(starting at 4pm)
Friday, August, 26, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
WHEN: AUGUST 25- 28, 2011
|Thursday, August 25Friday, August 26
Saturday, August 27
Sunday, August 28
|2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Special Preview for Deluxe Pass holders)
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
10:00 am – 6:00 pmMetro Toronto Convention Centre South Building
222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
For more information visit, www.fanexpocanada.com
At last it can be revealed! After months of planning and plotting – here it is. It’s the panel schedule for the 2011 Baltimore Comic-Con!
Update: We’ve listened to our fans and the costume contest has been rescheduled. It will now be held at 3:00pm on Saturday. Registration forms can be handed in near table #2403 in the main convention hall. With $1,000 up for grabs for the best overall costume and prizes for each of the 10 categories, this is one event all of you cosplayers don’t want to miss! For more information and a complete list of categories, visit our website’s Costume Contest page.
ROOM 301-303 (Saturday)
11:00-12:00 – Creating Your Comic/Manga from Concept to Publication – Husband and wife creators (and Harvey Award Nominees) Comfort Love and Adam Withers teach you how to create your own comic. The entire process – concepting, scripting, thumbnails, pencils, color, PDF’s and CBZ’s, printing, distribution, the web, and even maximizing your convention experience will be covered in this seminar. You will walk away with an understanding of the tools you will need to create and sell your own book.
12:00-1:00 – Spotlight on Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis & Kevin Maguire – Giffen, DeMatteis, and Maguire are the fan-favorite creative team behind Defenders, Metal Men, and Justice League. With stories that blend adventure and humor, their books are like no other. Join the men who put the “Bwah” in “Bwah-ha-ha” as they take a look at their work together.
1:00-2:00 – Spotlight on Charles Vess – The work of award-winning artist Charles Vess can be seen in such books as Sandman, Stardust, Rose, Book of Ballads and Sagas, and many others. Join Charles and moderator Terry Moore as they look at his art, his career, and what he’s working on now.
2:00 – 3:00 – A Conversation with Jeff Smith & Stan Sakai – Jeff Smith’s Bone celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year. Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo will soon reach its 200th issue. Now, these two talented creators sit down to discuss their work; from their beginnings to future plans. Join Jeff & Stan for what is sure to be a lively and fun look at the world of comics.
3:00-4:00 – Spotlight on the Legion of Super-Heroes – Travel with us to the 31st Century as we take a look at DC’s futuristic super team, The Legion of Super-Heroes! Join creators Keith Giffen, Mike Grell, Mark Waid, Barry Kitson, and Chris Roberson as they talk about the tales they’ve told in the Legion’s long and storied history. Long Live the Legion!
4:00-5:00 – Spotlight on Shannon Wheeler – From stapling 21,000 mini-comics to shooting a comic book to writing an opera to doing cartoons for The New Yorker – Shannon Wheeler has just gotten started in his career in comics. Recently his collection of rejected New Yorker cartoon I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER won the Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication and is up for a Harvey this weekend. Join Shannon Wheeler and his trusty sidekick BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher as they look back on Shannon’s meteoric rise and fall in comic books. Oh, yeah! Wheeler also created TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN.
ROOM 307 (Saturday)
11:00-12:00 – Visionary Enters the Deadlands – Join Visionary Comics and their all-star roster of creators who launched Deadlands from Image this summer. Join Ron Marz, David Gallaher, Steve Ellis, Jimmy Palmiotti, Lee Moder, and Visionary’s own C. Edward Sellner as they reflect on the weird west revival in comics and Deadlands. Look for exclusive announcements on Deadlands: Year 2.
12:00-1:00 – Top Cow: We Create… – Join Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik along with Top Cow architect Ron Marz and Echoes writer Joshua Hale Fialkov for a colorful & lively look at the last year of Top Cow releases and what the coming year has in store for Artifacts, Pilot Season, Witchblade, The Darkness, Magdalena and much more! Plus every attendee will receive a FREE gift just for attending!
1:00-2:00 – BOOM! 6th Anniversary panel – Join BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie as he pulls the curtain back on BOOM! Studios. From an upstart one-book-a-month publisher debuting in 2005 to 2011’s powerhouse comic publisher, BOOM! Studios has had one of the most meteoric rises of any comic publisher in the last twenty years. Find out what makes this company tick as Ross reminisces about the early days at BOOM! and its current success. A one-of-a-kind panel for all those that want to know the real story behind the success of BOOM! Studios.
2:00-3:00 – Marvel Universe – Wondering what’s up with the X-Men? Thinking of visiting Spider Island? Curious about the future of Daredevil? Just plain want to know what’s up with the Marvel Universe? Then this is the place for you! Join Marvel Architect Jason Aaron, Mark Waid, Barry Kitson, Paul Tobin, and Tom Raney as they explore the wonders of all things Marvel!
3:00-4:00 – Meet Legendary Comics! – Join Legendary Comics’ Editor-in-Chief, Bob Schreck and Assistant Editor, Greg Tumbarello, for a lively discussion and digital presentation showcasing the company’s exciting upcoming comics releases for 2011 and beyond, including, Frank Miller’s HOLY TERROR, Paul Pope’s PULPHOPE, and Matt Wagner and Simon Bisley’s THE TOWER CHRONICLES. Be prepared with some good questions for the Q&A to follow! If they’re really good, you may win a free Legendary T-shirt!
4:00-5:00 – DC: The New 52 – DC shocked comic fandom when they announced they were relaunching the DC Universe with 52 new #1 titles. Wondering what’s on the way? Want to know more about those books? Join creators Greg Capullo, Scott Snyder, Jimmy Palmiotti, Cully Hamner, David Finch, and Francesco Francavilla as they take a look at DC’s New 52.
ROOM 301-303 (Sunday)
11:00-12:00 – Comics Jukebox: All-Ages Comics in the Digital Age – Digital, web, & downloadable comics are a growing trend in the medium, but where do kids comics stand in this arena? Creators John Gallagher and Steve Conley moderate over a panel of experts, including Dan Parent (Archie), Steve Hamaker (Bone, Fish & Chips), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space!), Rich Faber (Roboy Red!) and Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts, Superhero Squad). Those in attendance will get a special card allowing them to download a FREE Exclusive BUZZBOY story from John Gallagher, and one person will win the opportunity to make a cameo appearance in “Leon, Protector of the Playground,” the new all-ages graphic novel by Jamar Nicholas.
Anyone wanting more info can go to the Comic Book Diner All-Ages Pavilion
12:00-1:00 – Spotlight on Ron Frenz – Ron Frenz’s art is well known to fans of Spider-Man, Thor, Spider-Girl (whom he co-created), Superman, and many, many others. We shine the spotlight on Ron in this panel that takes a look at his impressive body of work and where he’s headed in the future.
1:00-2:00 – Going Digital: Day and Date, and what you need to know – With Marvel announcing their same-day-strategy and DC distributing their entire line starting August 31st to provide you with their acclaimed line of comics the same day digitally as they come out in print, you need to make sure you are prepared. With almost everything you want on demand or deliverable to your door, why should your comics be any different? Marvel and DC, with the help of comiXology have created a digital comics experience that puts the power back in your hands to enjoy your favorite comics on demand. Your comics, when you want them, where you want them.
Come join John D. Roberts, Co-founder of comiXology, who will lead our panel as we explore the new digital horizons together.
2:00-3:00 – CBLDF: Censorship Then & Now – Earlier this year the Comics Code Authority closed its doors forever, ending an era of self-censorship where comics were stigmatized in the general culture. Though the threats that brought about the Comics Code are the stuff of history books, real threats to comics are still present in the courts in the United States and abroad. CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein delivers a gripping history of comics censorship from the 50s to today, and talks about life after the Code.
3:00-4:00 – Avatar Press: News and Q&A – Here’s your chance to meet the creative minds behind Avatar Press, the industry’s most ground-breaking, risk-taking publisher! Hosted by marketing director, Keith Davidsen, this panel features Mike Wolfer, whose creepy storytelling terrified readers of books like Night of the Living Dead, Lady Death, and War Goddess, and whose visceral illustrations brought to life Garth Ennis’ highly anticipated Stitched comic book series. Find out what new terrors this rogue publisher will unleash in the months ahead, and get your questions answered!
ROOM 307-308 (Sunday)
11:00-12:00 – DC Sunday Conversation – All are welcome to join in a relaxed Sunday morning discussion. Share your thoughts, or be enthralled, as the group shares their stories and love for this medium.
12:00-1:00 – Insight Studios – Meet Baltimore’s very own legendary creators of some of comic-dom’s most explosive stories and art with this amazing retrospective – and new announcements of projects! Focusing on Marc Hempel, Robert Tinnell, and Mark Wheatley, get an insider’s perspective on their inner-workings as artists and writers. Moderator, Mike Gold highlights the diversity and originality of these very different creators.
1:00-2:30 – Frank Cho Live Drawing Demonstration – Watch and be amazed as Frank Cho creates a drawing masterpiece right before your eyes. Audience will suggest one character, one action, one setting and Frank Cho will draw it in one hour on stage. The original art created by Frank Cho will be raffled off at the end of the drawing demonstration. Raffle tickets available at Frank Cho’s booth.
2:30 – Stan Lee VIP ticket-holders may queue up for the Stan Lee Spotlight.
2:45 – General public will be admitted to the Stan Lee Spotlight.
3:00-4:00 – Stan Lee Spotlight – Face Front, True Believers! This is a panel no comics fan will want to miss as Jimmy Palmiotti sits down with the one and only Stan “The Man” Lee! He is a Founding Father of the Marvel Universe and the face of Marvel Comics to legions of fans. Join the writer, editor, actor, and legend as he discusses his illustrious career. Excelsior!