The Society of Illustrators is proud to share this year’s stellar list of Guests of Honor for the MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 1-2 at Metropolitan West in New York City. This year’s featured Guests of Honor are:
- Acclaimed French cartoonist Blutch, whose graphic novel Peplum marks his second English- language translation, makes his first ever appearance at a North American comics festival.
- Cliff Chiang, known for his “fluid and confident storytelling” in work on comics including Human Target, Beware the Creeper, Wonder Woman, and Paper Girls.
- Artist Becky Cloonan, whose best-selling comics include Demo, East Coast Rising, American Virgin, Gotham Academy, The Punisher, and many others.
- Illustrator Drew Friedman, recognized for his body of comics work as well as his unforgettable caricatures of celebrities and legends, political figures and performers.
- British comics artist David Lloyd, best known as the artist of V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore, and the designer of the iconic Guy Fawkes mask since adopted by Anonymous.
- American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints author Gene Luen Yang, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellow, who will appear on Saturday only.
This diverse group of artists exemplifies the limitless aesthetic and social power of comics and cartooning. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 1 – 2nd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th St.) with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).
Price of admission is $5 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under twelve are free. Further scheduling information regarding our Guests of Honor’s visits will be available in future announcements.
Applications to table at the Fest are now available online, and will close on December 31st.
ABOUT THE GUESTS OF HONOR
Born Christian Hincker in Strasbourg, France, comic artist and writer Blutch is widely recognized for his incredible draftsmanship and his affectionate, outsider’s take on American culture including cinema and jazz. His comics debuted in the magazine Fluide Glacial in the 1980s. Since then he has published many books with publishers including L’Association, Cornelius, and Dargaud. His books So Long, Silver Screen (Picturebox) and Peplum (New York Review Comics) have been translated into English, and his illustrations have appeared in publications including Libération and The New Yorker. In 2009, he won the prestigious Grand Prix at the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France. His visit to North America is supported by Europe Comics
Comic artist Cliff Chiang began his career as an illustrator for Disney Adventures Magazine and Vertigo/DC before moving on to freelance. His client list includes DC Comics, GQ Magazine, Lucasfilm, Warner Animation, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamics Forces Entertainment, and the ACLU. His artwork was used in the comics Human Target, Beware the Creeper and Crisis Aftermath: The Spectre, Green Arrow/Black Canary and Wonder Woman. He is currently working on the series Paper Girls with writer Brian K. Vaughan.
At only 36, New York’s School of Visual Arts alum Becky Cloonan has already paved the way for women in comics. Her breakout hit, Demo (2004), a collaboration with Brian Wood, received numerous accolades and recognitions. Her first solo project,
East Coast Rising, released by Tokyopop in 2006, earned her a third Eisner nomination for Best New Series. In 2012 she became the first woman to draw a main Batman title. Following Batman, she did the art for The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and later created cover art and stories for Gotham Academy for DC Comics.
Award winning artist Drew Friedman’s comics and illustrations have appeared in Raw, Weirdo, American Splendor, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, SPY, MAD, The New Yorker, BLAB!, Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, among many others. His work has been collected in several volumes, and The New York Times called his three volumes of Old Jewish Comedians “A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces.” His books of portraits, Heroes of the Comic Books and More Heroes of The Comics, published by Fantagraphics, have received high praise and recognition from the comics community. He is the subject of the upcoming documentary Drew Friedman: Vermeer of the Borscht Belt.
British comic art David Lloyd’s career began in the 1970s creating art for Marvel UK titles. In 1982, author and editor Dez Skinn started production on Warrior magazine, and invited Lloyd to create a new pulp character. With the help of writer Alan Moore, the two conceived V for Vendetta, a dark comic featuring an anarchist anti-hero who battles with a fascist government while donning a Guy-Fawkes mask. DC Comics would later pick up the comic and transform it into a full graphic novel. In 2006, V for Vendetta became a full-length feature film, while the Guy-Fawkes mask illustrated by Lloyd has been used widely in protests throughout the world. Since the widespread popularity of V, Lloyd has worked on numerous other titles including Wasteland, Espers, War Story, The Territory, Kickback, among others. In 2012, Lloyd launched an online comics anthology called Aces Weekly.
Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang found early recognition in 2006 through his young adult (YA) book American Born Chinese (First Second Books), which became the first graphic novel to be a finalist for the National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award, as well as an Eisner Award. His next title, the diptych Boxers & Saints (also published by First Second Books), continued his winning streak, receiving the L.A. Times Book Prize. In January of 2016, Yang was appointed as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council; then later that year, he was named a MacArthur Genius.
About the Society of Illustrators and the MoCCA Arts Festival
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others. Our Museum of Illustration was established in 1981. We offer year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Our Permanent Collection houses 3,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, we created the MoCCA Gallery with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art.
The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.
Doctor Who fans, rejoice! Because you’ve demanded them, we’re bringing to Boston Comic Con 2016 two of the most popular companions in the Doctor’s history: KAREN GILLAN and JENNA COLEMAN! This is sure to be an event that no Whovian will want to miss. They will each appear on Saturday August 13th and Sunday August 14th to sit on Q&A panels, sign autographs, and pose for photos with fans.
Jenna Coleman is an English actress best known for her role as Clara Oswald in television series Doctor Who. Marvel comics fans will also recall Jenna as Bucky’s girlfriend in the hit film Captain America: The First Avenger. She can next be seen in the upcoming television drama Victoria as Queen Victoria and the film Me Before You.
Karen Gillan is a Scottish actress best known for her roles as Amy Pond in the popular BBC series Doctor Who and as the female villain Nebula in the Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy. Her other credits include the lead role in the horror film Oculus, lead character in the ABC TV series Selfie, Not Another Happy Ending, and The Big Short.
Plus we’ve got a fantastic list of comic creators including Sam Kieth, Jae Lee, John Cassaday, Erik Larsen, Terry Dodson, Mike Allred, Greg Capullo, Adam Hughes, Arthur Adams, Amanda Conner, David Lloyd, Jimmy Palmiotti, Phil Jimenez, Scott Snyder, Mark Waid, Bernie Wrightson, Stan Sakai, and many more! Check the website for full details on exciting events!
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 120,000 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. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 12th, Saturday August 13th, and Sunday August 14th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
New York Comic Con hosts their Fifth Annual Charity Art Auction to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday, October 10th at 7:00 PM in Room 1A18! For more details and to see a preview of the art, click here…
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Included in that vision is that no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
The auctioneer for the charity event will be Steve Borock! Steve is the president of CBCS (Comic Book Certification Service), an expert, impartial third party grading service; He also serves on the board of the Hero Initiative, a charity helping comic book creators in financial need. He believes in charity for all in need and is proud to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with our original art auction!
Your participation in this event will help support lifesaving research and treatment for the children of St. Jude. Come down and bid with other art enthusiasts for the chance to own a piece of original art from some of your favorite creators, all for a good cause!
Over 100 creators attending NYCC 2015 are generously donating original art for the auction including: Rafael Albuquerque, Jason Shawn Alexander, Jay Anacleto, Mahmud Asrar, Robert Atkins, Raymund Bermudez, Scott Blair, Geraldo Borges, Russ Braun, Mark Brooks, Garry Brown, Jim Calafiore, Ben Caldwell, Eric Canete, Kate Carleton, Elena Casagrande, Jim Cheung, Olivier Coipel, Will Conrad, Ace Continuado, Katie Cook, Joe Corroney, Shawn Crystal, Geof Darrow, Shane Davis, Jeff Dekal, Michelle Delecki, Guy Dorian, Mark Dos Santos, Michael Locoduck Duron, Jan Duursema, Josh Dykstra, Gary Erskine, Elliot Fernandez, Tony Fleecs, Matthew Fletcher, Franco, Agnes Garbowska, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Jerry TheFranchize Gaylord, Penelope Peng-Peng Gaylord, Juan Gedeon, Mitch Gerads, Daniel Govar, Adi Granov, Dijana Granov, Keron Grant, Sanford Greene, Andre Griffith, Karen Hallion, Chris Hamer, Cully Hamner, Gabriel Hardman, James Harren, Daniel HDR, Greg Horn, Adam Hughes, Rebekah Isaacs, Christopher Ivy, Klaus Janson, Arielle Jovellanos, Tyler Kirkham, Brian Kong, Tony KO! Kordos, Aaron Kuder, Peter Kuper, Ken Lashley, Stanley Artgerm Lau, Stacey Lee, John Paul Leon, David Lloyd, Ant Lucia, Jessica Lynn, Andy MacDonald, David Mack, Jim Mahfood, Alex Maleev, Clay Mann, Ed McGuinness, Mike McKone, Scoot McMahon, Amy Mebberson, David Messina, Jason Metcalf, Chris Mooneyham, Terry Moore, Mark Morales, Todd Nauck, NEN, Dustin Nguyen, Jerome Opena, David Petersen, Whitney Pollett, Whilce Portacio, Joe Prado, Andy Price, Livio Ramondelli, Khary Randolph, Tom Raney, Amy Reeder, Ivan Reis, Rod Reis, Sara Richard, Tom Richmond, Eduardo Risso, Robson Rocha, Robbi Rodriguez, Mike Rooth, Riley Rossmo, Fernando Ruiz, Tim Sale, Alex Saviuk, Matteo Scalera, Valerio Schiti, Tim Seeley, Sajad Shah, Declan Shalvey, Thony Silas, James Silvani, Walt Simonson, Cory Smith, Allison Sohn, Joe Staton, Janet Sung, Andre Szymanowicz, Breno Tamura, Des Taylor, Ben Templesmith, Jim Terry, Mark Texeira, Billy Tucci, Bryan Flash Turner, Christopher Uminga, Kevin Wada, Lee Weeks, Annie Wu, David Yardin, Sasha Yossilini, Thomas Zahler, Chrissie Zullo.
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Hero Initiative at San Diego Comic Con
With Overstreet exclusive and CGC Signings plus two great parties: Stone Brewing’s Hop-con and LA Times Hero Complex!
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 16, 2013) – The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is travelling into Comic-Con International in San Diego July 23-27 at the San Diego Convention center. We have exclusives, parties and special guests throughout the weekend at booth #5003 that you will not want to miss!
It’s an anniversary for the Hero Initiative and The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. This year marks the fifth consecutive year Gemstone Publishing and Hero have teamed up to raise money for comic creators in need. Harkening back to the character’s earliest appearances, Wolverine is featured with the Hulk and Wendigo on the cover for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 Hero Initiative Edition. Returning even further to Wolverine’s roots, the Hero-exclusive cover is illustrated by Herb Trimpe, who teamed with a pair of superstars, inker Tom Palmer and colorist Laura Martin, for the piece. Gemstone Publishing’s Creative Director Mark Huesman designed the logo and trade dress.
This exclusive, 500-copy, limited hardcover edition will go on sale at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Wednesday, July 23, at our booth. An extremely limited number of copies will be available from Hero’s website and through a select group of participating retailers. There will be no softcover edition of this version, and it will retail for $35.
We hope to see you to kick things off Wednesday night—if you already have your ticket for Hop-Con 2.0: The w00tstout Launch Festival! The great event put on by Stone Brewing Co. is sold out, and features an amazing exclusive w00tstout beer with label drawn by the legendary Dave Gibbons! Make sure and get your tickets early for NEXT year!
Fans who like to get their books signed and authenticated by CGC for Signature Series will definitely want to check out Hero’s exclusive signing with 17 top creators! Hero is the exclusive CGC Signature Series facilitator at the con for Amanda Conner, Chuck Dixon, Kevin Eastman, Dave Gibbons, Sina Grace, Brian Haberlin, Dan Jurgens, Andy Lanning, Ken Lashley, David Lloyd, Ron Marz, Danny Miki, Denny O’Neil, Jimmy Palmiotti, Louis Simonson, Walt Simonson and Chip Zdarsky!
Bring your books to the CGC booth, #901, NO later than Friday, July 25 at 5 p.m. Cost is $38 plus return shipping, and you don’t have to wait in lines!
And some great friends of Hero will be appearing at our booth, #5003, as well. Check out Ken Lashley on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., and Dan Jurgens on Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and Denny O’Neil Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative 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 $500,000 to the comics 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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The 4th Annual Indian Comic Con is back and this time it’s bigger than ever! February, 2014 will witness a never before seen celebration of comics in India, which will feature the some of the most exciting names in International and Indian comic book industry including Mark Waid, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Ba, John Layman, and David Lloyd! Spread over an area of 50,000 sq.ft of awesomeness at Thyagaraj Indoor Stadium, Delhi is gearing up to host the coolest & most exciting comics and pop culture event of the country.
Mark Waid has written a wider variety of well-known characters than any other American comics author, from Flash to Superman to the Justice League to Spider-Man to Archie and hundreds of others. His award-winning graphic novel with artist Alex Ross, KINGDOM COME, is one of the best-selling comics of all time.mark weid
FÁBIO MOON & GABRIEL BÁ
Multiple Eisner Award winners Fábio and Gabriel were born in São Paulo in June 5th, 1976 and have, in one way or another, been telling stories ever since. They are best known for their works, The Umbrella Academy and Casanova & are both Eisner Award winners. Ba & Moon have collaborated on numerous projects like 5, PIXU, Daytripper, among many others.
Once an editor for Wildstorm, a branch of DC Comics, Layman turned to writing comics full-time in 2002 and mainly writes for Marvel Comics. He has also worked on several comic books based on pre-existing licenses such as Xena: Warrior Princess, ThunderCats, as well as crossovers like Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness and Army of Darkness/Xena: Why Not? He is best known for his creator-owned title, CHEW, with artist Rob Guillory for Image Comics. He is currently writing Batman for DC Comics.
David Lloyd (born 1950) is a British comics artist best known as the illustrator of the story V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore. He was one of the artists on the graphic horror anthology Wasteland for DC Comics with writers John Ostrander and Del Close. Lloyd has also worked on Hellblazer, with writers Grant Morrison and Jamie Delano, and War Story, with Garth Ennis, for DC; and Global Frequency, with Warren Ellis, for Wildstorm. With Delano he drew The Territory for Dark Horse Comics, where he also worked on some of their licensed properties such as Aliens and James Bond.
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4th Annual Indian Comics Convention all set for a Grand show
Mark Waid, an Eisner Award-winning American comic book writer, known for his work on Marvel Comics’ Captain America and David Lloyd, a British comics artist best known as the illustrator of the story V for Vendetta along with other renowned International personalities are coming to attend 4th Annual Indian Comics Convention
4th Annual Indian Comics Convention taking place at Capital’s Thyagraj Stadium (INA), from February 7–9, 2014 is going to be ticketed this year onwards; plans to expand the scope and size of events across India
Comic Con India has partnered with the Charles M Schulz Museum to bring a special Inside Peanuts: The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz exhibit to India for the 4th Annual Indian Comic Con
Other Highlights –
International Pavilion: Some of the best International comics publishers are coming this year especially for Delhi’s 4th Annual Indian Comic Con.
Costume Play: Kids and adults can come dressed as their favourite comic, superhero and gaming characters. WIN A GOLDEN TICKET TO NEW YORK COMIC CONVENTION 2014!!!
Workshops: With creators, artists and writers of popular comics and graphic novels.
Book launches: Over 5 New titles to be launched!
Over 100 Participants: Featuring major Indian and International brands.
Merchandise from across the world: Lots and lots of merchandise! Pick up some awesome Merchandise, T-shirts, Mugs, Toys, Posters, Cushions etc, the list is endless!!
Sessions: With Leading Artists, Writers & Publishers from India & Abroad
India, January 9, 2014 – An action packed 4th Annual Indian Comics Convention is all set to entertain Indian audience at Capital’s Thyagraj Stadium (INA), from February 7– 9, 2014 between 11am-7pm. With the aim to expand the scope and size of the events and make it sustainable across India, Comic Con India has decided to introduce nominal ticketing at all the events starting with the 4th Annual Indian Comics Convention.
For the 4th Annual Indian Comic Con, the Tickets would be Priced at Rs.100 per day; 3 Day Pass – Rs.300 and the Super Fan (VIP) Ticket – Rs.350 (Limited Number Available Only) – ONLY SOLD ONLINE. Tickets are now available online at www.BookMyShow.com. Tickets would also be available at box office at the venue. Super Fan ticket offer is only online, will not be available at the venue.
There will be Shuttle services provided from INA & Delhi Haat Metro station for visitors. Spread across 50000 Sq foot of area, this year the comics convention will be divided into 3 zones – (i) Experience zone (ii) Exhibitor zone and (iii) Food court.
Famous International personalities like Mark Waid, an Eisner Award-winning American comic book writer, known for his work on Marvel Comics’ Captain America; Gabriel Bá, a Brazilian comic book artist best known for his work on The Umbrella Academy and Casanova; David Lloyd, a British comics artist, best known as the illustrator of the story V for Vendetta; John Steele Layman, an American comic book writer and Fábio Moon, a Brazilian comic book artist best known for his work on Casanova; will be attending and taking special sessions at 4th Comic Con India.
Comic Con India has partnered with the Charles M Schulz Museum to bring a special Inside Peanuts: The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz exhibit to India for the 4th Annual Indian Comic Con – Delhi. This is going to be one of the major highlights of this convention. The exhibit shipped in exclusively for visitors at the convention takes the visitors through the journey of Peanuts & Charles M Schulz over the years. The exhibit starts off with Schulz’s life from his Minnesota roots and illuminates his creative process and work environment. It tracks the development of twelve main characters that make up the unique world of Peanuts. It also takes the visitor on a journey from the 1950’s to present day popularity and resonance of the Peanuts comic strip and the legacy of Charles M Schulz.
Cosplay (Costume Contest), one of the major attractions at Comic Con India, will continue to give assured prizes to everyone in costume. Under the 5 categories created to increase one’s chances of winning gifts. Each day, one winner will be chosen from each of five categories:
- Comic book/graphic novel
- Animated Series/Movie
All 3 days, One lucky winner out of the chosen 5 will get the awesome chance to win A GOLDEN TICKET TO NEW YORK COMICS CONVENTION 2014, with a VIP ticket to the event!!
From this convention onwards, Comic Con India Awards which is an initiative of Comic Con India are going to take place during the main convention itself. CCI aims to recognize the work of all the professionals of India’s Comics Industry. It’s an attempt to bring into focus the novelty of this art form and acknowledge the efforts of numerous writers, artists & publishers in this field. The 3rd annual CCI Awards ceremony will be held at the venue on the first day of the convention, i.e. Friday 7th February 2014.
More than 5 new titles will be launched at the convention. The main participants for the 4th Annual Indian Comic Con are Amar Chitra Katha, Orange Radius, Abhijeet Kini, Pop Culture Publishing, Random House, Campfire Graphic Novel, Holy Cow Entertainment, HarperCollins Publishers,Vimanika Comics, iComics, Manta Ray Comics, DC, Vertigo & Kodansha Comics By Random House India, Viz Media by Simon & Schuster India, Blaft Publications, Chariot Comics, Scholastic India, Meta Desi Comics and more!!
There will be International Exhibitors like 2000AD, British comics publisher best known for its Judge Dredd series; Toynk.com; Marvel & Image Comics By Diamond Book Distributors; Cyanide & Happiness, a famous webcomic; Knockabout; Fanfare; Comixology, World’s largest digital platform for comics bringing international content from all across the globe.
At the convention, there will also be some Awesome Anime & Manga Merch from Japanese Merchandiser IINE Toys, along with the best and most exclusive International merchandise at the convention from across the globe. Also, there will be exclusive Indian merchandisers including Kook N Keech by Myntra, Wacom, Collectors Heritage, Hysteria, Firki, Purple Sack, I Wear Me, Chimp, Chumbak, Keep Chilling, Superhero Toy Store, Funko, Super Hero Toy Store, Planet Superheroes and lots more!!
Comic Con India is dedicated to creating unique events and giving the fans, exhibitors and partners a platform to celebrate their undying love and passion for comics & pop culture. Comic Con India is dedicated to expanding India’s popular culture by creating high profile events that cater to fans of not only comics, but also, gaming, movies, television, merchandise, toys & more.
Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India, shared, “We are kickstarting our 4th year in a big way by revamping our entire event, adding more exhibitors and content. There will be a lot more for the visitors to do at the event. We aim to take the fan experience up a notch and bring it closer to International standards. With the introduction of nominal ticketing, we hope to provide a lot many more amenities to visitors and our participants.”
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David Lloyd signs at Saturday, July 16, 2011 from 2-4pm!
Free Event! DAVID LLOYD is the illustrator and co-creator of V For Vendetta. He’s also worked on the Hellblazer and Aliens series, drawn for Global Frequency, War Stories, and created the acclaimed crime thriller, Kickback.
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More guests for the 42nd annual Comic-Con International, to be held July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center, have been announced:
- Gerry Alanguilan
- Garth Ennis
- Tsuneo Goda
- Mell Lazarus
- Jim Lee
- David Lloyd
- Ethan and Malachai Nicolle
- Anders Nilsen
- Scott Shaw!
- Louise Simonson
- Walter Simonson
STGCC 2010 opens with a galaxy of pop culture icons
Crème de la crème of personalities, products, entertainment and collectibles from West and East in a three-day, action-packed extravaganza
Singapore, 10 December 2010 – This year’s Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention (STGCC) is power-packed with top-line content from both East and West, bringing together personalities, entertainment and products in a three-day, unique east meets west extravaganza. The show, which is into its third year, will showcase first-time participation from world-class names in pop culture, with something for everyone in comics, anime, manga, toys and games. Top gamers from around the region will participate in the Online SEA Games 2010, a battle-to-the-death series of thrilling gaming tournaments organised by Asiasoft Online.
West Meets East
STGCC 2010 organisers, Reed Exhibitions, has taken “the best of our US show ‘New York Comic Con’ and infused it with an eastern flavour.” STGCC features a strong line-up of panels showcasing 26 guests from 12 countries. Marvel will make its first appearance in Asia and will be reviewing artists’ portfolios. Lucasfilm Singapore will helm two exciting panels on the art of the Clone Wars and divulge secrets on the making of Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 2. In addition, Lucasfilm will be recruiting during the first two days of STGCC at designated times.
The Marvel entourage comprises celebrated writers and famed illustrators known for their work on Marvel’s most beloved super heroes like Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, The Avengers, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Thor.
From the East, personalities will include top-notch toy designers, including Gloomy Bear’s Mori Chack, Devilrobots’ Koto Nishiyama and Shinichiro Kitai from Japan, and Asterialand’s Alice Chan, Monkey Playground’s Jason Siu and Da TeamBronx’s Tim Tsui from Hong Kong.
A total of 50 budding artists will showcase their creations at Artist Alley from Southeast Asia. Product launches will include manga Karneval (world’s first English version), Naruto, toys like the special 7” Domo Qee and The Winged Tiger in Singapore, a comics collaboration between the ‘Godfather of the American Graphic Novel’, Phil Yeh and Singaporean artist and co-author, He Shuxin.
Fans can expect a line-up of activities that will immerse them in a total pop culture experience at STGCC. They can get the thrills with action professionals in live stunts, watch artists at work, get tips from writers and illustrators on the finer points of their art, buy gifts and souvenirs based on their favourite characters (yes, it’s Christmas!) or even get talent-spotted!
Adding to the live action buzz is a special performance by Japanese all-girl pop sensation AKB48. 12 of the girls will also be performing their latest song, Chance no Junban, which debuted in Japan on 8 December 2010 and meeting their fans at a special closed-door session. Be thrilled by “live” stunt performances by Team J Phillips, re-enacting iconic scenes from The Matrix and Kung-Fu Panda without wires or rigging and be absorbed in cosplay fashion shows by Merveilleux Boutique and Haru House.
Be among the first to preview screenings including the Scream Awards 2010 (ahead of the Sony Pictures Entertainment network-wide simultaneous broadcast on 19 December 2010) and one of 2010’s most anticipated anime, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan presented by Animax. There will be two other sneak peeks – Cartoon Network’s Asian premiere of Generator Rex and Iconix Korea’s Pororo, which are popular hits with children.
Collectibles and Limited Editions!
Exclusive collectibles will also be up for grabs at STGCC. Some of the biggest toy designers and comic houses will be launching new-fangled toys and limited-edition memorabilia. In addition, be sure to get a complimentary souvenir of Marvel Comics’ full-colour poster of its iconic superheroes namely Spider-Man, Thor, Captain America and Iron Man.
Graphic novel enthusiasts are also in for a treat with the limited-edition V for Vendetta Absolute Edition Hardcover Graphic Novel (presented by G&B Comics) while toy lovers can get their hands on special-design Trexis and Dooodolls Costume Party 10’’ Special Edition.
Fans will have the incredible chance to have their toys and comics autographed by the creators themselves. Besides comics writers and illustrators from Marvel Comics, and DC Comics’ Ivan Brandon and Gail Simone, V for Vendetta’s David Lloyd, Tokidoki’s Simone Legno, Da TeamBronx’s Tim Tsui and DevilRobots’ Koto Nishiyama and Shinichiro Kitai will be present and signing their works at the Walk of Fame, which is a special section of scheduled meetings for fans to meet and interact with their favourite pop culture authors, illustrators and creators.
Industry big names like Alex Maleev, Esad Ribic, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Harvey Tolibao, Leinil Yu, Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca, Sonny Liew and Tan Eng Huat will be signing autographs, doing live sketching and talking to fans about their latest works.
Get spotted by talent scouts!
Aspiring artists looking for their big break will not want to miss a meeting with Marvel Comics’ international talent scout, C.B. Cebulski. Renowned worldwide for his ability to discover top talent, he will be reviewing portfolios and dishing out tips on catching the discerning eye of talent scouts. Cebulski will also be giving an inside look into the world of Marvel and what it takes to the next comics superstar at his panel, Marvel’s Hunt for Talent.
Get tips from world-class experts!
Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm Singapore will also be presenting panels for the first time in Asia at STGCC. Comics buffs will hear first-hand from Marvel writers and artists their inspirations, latest projects in panels and intimate conversations over the first two days of STGCC.
Lucasfilm Singapore will present two panels – from Industrial Light & Magic Singapore – Iron Man 2: An insider’s treat on the movie’s visual effects and from Lucasfilm Animation – The Clone Wars: Pushing the envelope for TV. They will be delivered by an international suite of Lucasfilm artists who will give a rare insight into the highly-regarded expertise and artistry synonymous with Lucasfilm Singapore.
This year’s STGCC will have a total of 37 product launches, including comics, limited-edition toys and merchandise, and features over 100 exhibitors and 50 upcoming artists from 12 countries.
“Putting together a convention like STGCC which brings artists, writers, illustrators, and designers of such high calibre to Asia has been an exceptional experience. And I believe our fans will feel the same way over the next three days as they come up close and personal with the very people who breathe life into our favourite comics and toys. We also made sure there are lots of coveted collectibles for our fans to take home and enjoy,” says Project Director of STGCC 2010 Ms Yeow Hui Leng.
The first-time ticketed event is expected to draw 45,000 visitors including toy designers, comic creators, illustrators, game developers, publishers and fans from Asia. STGCC 2010 is co-produced by Reed Exhibitions Singapore and US-based ReedPOP, the team behind international events including the New York Comic Con, New York Anime Festival, and Star Wars Celebration.
The show is open to the public from Friday, 10 Dec to Sunday, 12 Dec. (Please refer to fact sheet for opening hours) Tickets are priced at $15.00 for a 1-Day pass and $25.00 for a 3-Day pass (inclusive of 7% GST and handling fees). For more information on STGCC, visit www.singaporetgcc.com.
ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 440 events in 36 countries. In 2009 Reed brought together over six million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 35 fully staffed offices.
Reed organizes a wide range of events, including trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and meetings. Its portfolio of over 440 events serves 44 industry sectors, including:
Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, beauty & cosmetics, broadcasting, building & construction, electronics, energy, oil & gas, engineering & manufacturing, food service & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, interior design, IT & telecoms, jewellery, life science & pharmaceuticals, machinery, marketing, business services & training, medical education, printing & graphics, security & safety, sports & recreation, travel.
Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.
Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2009, Reed Elsevier made an adjusted profit before taxation of £1,279 million on turnover of £6,071 million.
ABOUT SINGAPORE TOY, GAMES & COMIC CONVENTION
The Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention combines the best of pop culture from East and West to Asia, uniting the worlds of comics, anime, toys, collectibles and games. It is the pre-eminent event in the Asian market that fits with other shows in the Reed pop culture portfolio, including New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Star Wars Celebration and New York Anime Festival.
STGCC will reach out to a whole new world of fans in Asia and opens a vast market with exciting opportunities for companies to break into the Asian market and/or reinforce a growing presence. Fans will experience a showcase of pop culture’s coolest and latest products, and be thrilled by personalities and characters from the worlds of superheroes, villains and realms of fantasy.
STGCC takes place alongside the Asia Television Forum (ATF) which runs from December 8 to 10. ATF is Asia’s leading content market, where international TV content sellers meet Asia’s broadcasting industry. This pairing presents unprecedented business opportunities for trade and consumer audiences.
STGCC’s vision is to deliver quality content and spread the currency of cool in Asia and aims to be the leading catalyst for the pop culture industry.
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Comics writer Mark Millar has announced by video the launch of Kapow! Comic Con, “an event dedicated to the comicbooks and the films, TV shows and games they inspire.” The convention will take place in London, England, April 19th and 20th and already features a great lineup including John Romita Jr., Leinil Yu, Dave Gibbons, Frank Quitely, Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch, Olivier Coipel, Brian Bolland, Andy Diggle, Jock, David Lloyd, Kieron Gillen, Liam Sharp, John McCrea, Sean Phillips, Adi Granov, Chris Weston, and lots more.
KAPOW! COMIC CON is also hosting the first ever annual STAN LEE AWARDS and with categories including Best Comic, Best Superhero or SciFi Movie and Best Comic Book Hero.