Live From SDCC, It’s DC All Access

DC Booth to Host First-Ever “DC All Access” Live Broadcast Segments, A Countdown to DOOMSDAY CLOCK, A Tour of METAL and the Dark Multiverse, and the World’s Greatest Super Heroes 

 Justice League Movie Cast Signing, Costumes and Props; the Biggest Stars in Comics, an Injustice 2 Game Tournament, and 25th Anniversary Celebrations for Harley Quinn and WildStorm also on tap for San Diego

Press Release:

DC Entertainment brings an expansive program of panels, signings, celebrations and activities to fans attending this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego. From July 19-23, the DC Booth (#1915) will be the place to see the most iconic characters in pop culture, the biggest Hollywood stars and the most groundbreaking titles in comics.

For the first time ever, DC All Access will broadcast live, straight from the DC booth. Once an hour on Thursday and Friday during the show, DC All Access Live will interview some of the biggest names in comics, cover breaking news, and highlight all the excitement of pop culture’s biggest event of the year, as it happens.

On Thursday at Comic-Con, the countdown to DOOMSDAY CLOCK continues with a spotlight panel featuring superstar writer and producer, and DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. Moderated by DC Publisher Dan DiDio, this panel promises to reveal among other things never-before-released details on the highly anticipated comic book series that for the first-time ever brings the greatest heroes and villains from the DC Universe together with the mysterious forces from the Watchmen Universe this November. Johns will also appear in the DC booth for an exclusive fan signing Friday at 1:30pm.

Also on Friday, get the inside scoop on the publishing event that will rock comic book fans to the core when DARK NIGHTS: METAL, written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo, makes its debut in August, setting the stage for the upcoming DARK MATTER line of comic books in 2018. The best-selling talent team of Snyder and Capullo will join the top names in comics – including some surprise guests – to share more details about summer’s must-read Batman event and this new, artist-driven line of comic books at Friday’s DC Dark Metal/Dark Matter Panel. Snyder and Capullo will also greet fans during a signing in the DC booth Saturday at 3pm.

As anticipation builds for November’s Justice League movie, DC’s booth will feature a spectacular display of new costumes and props from the highly-anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures film. The booth will also host one of the biggest events of Con weekend: a can’t-miss cast signing featuring Justice League stars on Saturday.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most beloved Super-Villain/Anti-Heroes in history – Harley Quinn! First making her appearance in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, the hilarious, terrifying and iconic Dr. Harleen Quinzel has gone from sidekick of The Joker to a full-fledged comic book and pop culture superstar. Harley will be celebrated by her co-creator Paul Dini, and a line-up of top artists and writers who have helped keep Harley in our hearts for a quarter of a century, including artists Amanda Conner, Frank Cho, and Chad Hardin.

The enduring legacy of WildStorm will be the subject of an in-depth, 25th anniversary panel in which WildStorm founder, DC Publisher, and acclaimed artist Jim Lee joins Adam Archer, Ryan Benjamin, Lee Bermejo, J. Scott Campbell, Carlos D’Anda, Sandra Hope, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair and Scott Williams to honor the groundbreaking stories and characters from WildStorm. With the impending release of WILDSTORM: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS on August 23, this panel of celebrated creators takes a look back at some of the biggest moments in WildStorm’s history, alongside its revival in the ongoing DC pop-up imprint curated by Warren Ellis.

At the Vertigo panel, join Academy Award® winning screenwriter John Ridley as he discusses the first issue debut of THE AMERICAN WAY: THOSE ABOVE AND THOSE BELOW. As R­­­­­­idley returns to the epic series and to hero Jason Fisher ten years later, the critically-acclaimed writer of 12 Years A Slave dives into how the sequel explores historically significant sociopolitical and racial themes still relevant today. Vertigo fan-favorite writers Paul Dini (DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY) and Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE) will also be on hand to discuss their successful tenures with this genre-defying imprint.

The DC booth will also feature an incredible array of never-before-seen items from Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Collectibles, including the latter’s new series of quirky and offbeat vinyl statues, DC Artists Alley. And for the selfie takers, the DC booth will host an array of appearances and autograph sessions with some of the best artists and writers in comics nearly every hour of the Con.

DC’s booth will once again feature the popular interactive green screen where Con fans pose in backgrounds featuring their favorite DC characters from comics, films and games, including Harley Quinn from DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, Batman: The Animated SeriesDC Super Hero GirlsJustice League movie cast and a surprise reveal on Friday. The booth will also be the place to be to witness the most jaw-dropping cosplay at the Con! Be there for awesome cosplay meet ups every day of the convention.

Always the most hilarious hour at the Con, the MAD Magazine panel led by longtime editor John Ficarra and his “Usual Gang Of Idiots” will offer a ridiculous peek at what’s happening at the magazine.

For gamers at SDCC, the DC booth will host a tournament for Injustice 2, the bestselling and critically acclaimed new game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, NetherRealm Studios and DC. Tournament on stage action will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Graphitti Designs (Booth #2314) will once again carry highly collectible, exclusive variant comic books available for SDCC attendees only. All titles will be on sale beginning on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 19, in limited quantities.

Check out the DC All Access mobile app for a complete list of panels, a schedule of signings, behind-the-scenes coverage and in-depth interviews directly from DC’s web series, “DC All Access.” The app is available as a free download at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

CA – DC Super Hero Girls Signing

Join The Perky Nerd for the release of DC SUPER HERO GIRLS TP VOL 03 SUMMER OLYMPUS with guests Shea Fontana and Monica Kubina, the writer & colorist of the hit series. We will start with a Q&A at noon for 30 minutes. After the Q&A panel, the ladies will be signing til 2pm. We will have the book for sale for you to buy and have Shea & Monica sign it during the event. Come dressed as your favorite character from the books. Celebrate the release of Volume 3 in the series with us and the SUPER team involved with this girl power book.

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The Perky Nerd
1606 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, California 91506
(818) 823-7511

IL – Wonder Woman #26 Signing

Writer Shea Fontana (DC Super Hero Girls) appears at Graham Crackers Comics’ Loop location on Thursday July 20th from noon till 3:00 PM!

Shea Fontana takes over writing duties on Wonder Woman beginning with issue #26 and she’ll be signing and talking comics with you and fellow fans!

ABOUT SHEA FONTANA:
Shea Fontana is a writer for film, television and graphic novels. Her credits include DC Super Hero Girls animated shorts, TV specials and movies, Justice League #22, Doc McStuffins, The 7D, Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets, Disney on Ice, and the feature film, Crowning Jules. She is currently writing an upcoming five issue arc for the Wonder Woman Rebirth comic.

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Graham Crackers Comics – CHICAGO LOOP
77 E. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602
312-629-1810

CA – Doom Patrol: Brick by Brick Signing

Writer Gerard Way appears at the Grove’s Barnes & Noble on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 2:00 PM4:00 PM to sign Doom Patrol: Brick by Brick.

Gerard Way is the Eisner Award-winning writer of The Umbrella Academy and True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys as well as the former vocalist/co-founder of the rock band My Chemical Romance. He currently curates DC’s Young Animal, a new mature reader pop-up imprint of DC Comics that consists of four series and feature his creative direction.

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 525-0270

2017 ALA Conference Announces Graphic Novel & Comics Programming

Learn about the art of graphic novels, comics, illustration and how games and gaming inspire creativity and social interaction at the American Library Association’s annual conference on June 23-26, 2017! RSVP on Facebook!

Friday, June 23

5:45pm-6:35pm

DC’s Young Animal

DC’s Young Animal is a new publishing imprint spearheaded by Gerard Way, the acclaimed author of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY and best-selling musician. This new line of graphic novels is something different, inspired by the visionary work of DC’s experimental past, but shaped and focused by the absurdity of today. Join Way and some of today’s most innovative creators including Cecil Castellucci, Jody Houser, Jon Rivera, and Nick Derington, as they discuss their works DOOM PATROL VOL. 1: BRICK BY BRICK, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL VOL. 1: EARTH GIRL MADE EASY, CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE VOL. 1: GOING UNDER and MOTHER PANIC VOL. 1: WORK IN PROGRESS. This panel will discuss how the themes, characters and plot devices in these graphic novels from DC’s Young Animal will engage with readers and patrons like few other works in the industry can today.

Saturday, June 24

9:30am-10:20am

The Rise of Graphic Novels for Kids in Europe and the USA

European and American publishers and authors discuss the emergence of the format and its phenomenal rise internationally in the past decade. They will also look at the differences and similarities of working in comics in Europe and the USA.

10:30am-11:20am

Hazardous Tales and Science Fiction with Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel series NATHAN HALE’S HAZARDOUS TALES have exploded in classrooms and libraries around the country. With a seventh book on the way for Fall 2017, the craze that gets kids excited about history shows no signs of slowing. In this presentation, Nathan Hale will give the audience a sneak peek of the next Hazardous Tales book as well as discuss his recent science fiction graphic novel, ONE TRICK PONY.

11:30am-12:20pm

Spotlight on Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation with adapter Damian Duffy and illustrator John Jennings

More than 35 years after its release, Octavia Butler’s celebrated science fiction masterpiece, Kindred, continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings have adapted this iconic work into the graphic novel format, which instantly became a #1 New York Times bestseller. They will discuss the process of working with this mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century.
12:30pm-1:20pm

What Does An Idea Look Like? A Conversation About Creativity with Grant Snider, author of The Shape of Ideas

What does an idea look like? And where do they come from? An orthodontist by day and artist by night, Grant Snider, author of ’The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity’, had had comics featured in the Kansas City Star, the New York Times Book Review, as well as The Best American Comics in 2013. On this panel, he will share the secrets to his own creative process and share tips on how to keep ideas flowing. ’The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity’, is a collection of one- and two-page comics that provide insight into the joys and frustrations of creativity, inspiration, and process—no matter your age or creative background.

1:30pm-2:20pm

VIZ Media Presents – Manga!!

VIZ Media, the premier publisher of manga in the English speaking world, has released several hit series such as Naruto, Pokemon, and Ouran High School Host Club. Join us as we talk about which manga are currently the most popular on the scene as well as exciting new series coming soon!

2:30pm-3:20pm

Creator Spotlight: Jessica Abel

Writer/artist Jessica Abel has always been known for work outside the graphic novel mainstream. From her breakout work LA PERDIDA to her comics textbooks, Abel has displayed not only the ability to craft compelling stories but also a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the medium. Her latest series, TRISH TRASH: ROLLERGIRL OF MARS is the story of a mixed race teenager on Mars, struggling to escape economic oppression through a futuristic version of roller derby. Super Genius publisher Terry Nantier speaks with Abel about her long career and why TRISH TRASH is the heroine America needs right now.

3:30pm-4:20pm

Category or Genre: What’s Next for Graphic Novels?

With books aimed at everyone from young children to the most mature adults, there literally is a graphic novel for every reader. But does all this diversity mean we should rethink graphic novel sections in libraries? Should they take their place alongside more traditional books in sections ranging from biography to science fiction. Or does the unique nature of the medium (and its readers) drive a need for graphic novels to always have their own special place on the shelves?

4:30pm-5:00pm

DC Super Hero Girls Original Graphic Novels

Join DC Comics and writer Shea Fontana for a discussion on the DC SUPER HERO GIRLS original graphic novel line! With books such as FINALS CRISIS, HITS AND MYTHS and the new SUMMER OLYMPUS, these graphic novels developed for girls 6-12 have been a smash-hit success across libraries and bookstores alike. Shea will discuss how these new works from DC are relating to young girls everywhere, with themes of empowerment, friendship and teamwork prevalent throughout. Q&A to follow!

Sunday, June 25

9:30am-10:20am

How to write for children

An overview of graphic novels for kids, from classics (like “Tintin”, “Boule & Bill”, etc), right up to the present day. How do you think up a story for a three-year-old, an eight-year-old or a young-adult?

10:30am-11:20am

Comics at the frontier of a new literary movement

Comics are at a new height of popularity and cultural acceptance, but can artists and publishers ensure that this isn’t just a passing trend? Does the popularity of superhero comics help or hinder the consideration of the art form as a whole? Artists like Sam Bosma, Jen Lee & Elise Gravel are at the vanguard of taking comics beyond the public’s popular preconceptions, and they’ll discuss the shape of comics as a genre, a medium, and an art form. Learn how artists can use genre conventions to ease readers into a completely different side of the comics scene, and see what’s possible when artists are able to take you beyond your assumptions. The popularity of genre has given fans an introduction to the art of comics, and these panelists are using that to show the world that the future of the medium goes beyond any one category!

11:30am-12:20pm

Image Comics 25th Anniversary Celebration

Comic creators Ryan Browne, Marjorie Liu, Jim Rugg, Gregg Schigiel, Tim Seeley, and Skottie Young speak about their experience of Image Comics throughout the years & reflect on how the company’s history has impacted their own career trajectory. Discussion will touch on both specifics about Image and also how comics as a whole have evolved. Creators will talk about their inspirations, tell stories about times they were directly or indirectly affected by their industry role models, talk about upcoming titles, and discuss how they are carrying the torch forward! A raffle and short signing will take place at the close of the event.

12:30pm-1:20pm

Comics for Teens: Discovery in the Library

Librarians, authors and publishers discussing and sharing thoughts about aiding teens and YA readers in discovering comics/ YA Graphic novels. A look at what has worked in the past as well as what tools can be used to grow readership in this category.

1:30pm-2:20pm

A Monstress Discussion with Author Marjorie Liu

Marjorie Liu discusses the upcoming new volume in her critically acclaimed series, Monstress. The author will describe her creative process, including inspirations and research methods, and will take questions from the audience. A raffle and short signing will take place at the close of the event.

2:30pm-3:20pm

Check out Dynamite in 2017

A discussion of Dynamite’s exciting current and future releases.

3:30pm-4:20pm

Liberties at work and Creator’s ownership

Artists come together to discuss the different creative methods in France and the USA: liberty of choices, schedules, production, printing, etc. What does it means to be a French Artist?

Authors will also discuss the concept of ownership in France and in the USA : To whom does the work belong? What are the rights of an artist over their work?

Monday, June 26

9:30am-10:20am

Champion of the Graphic Novel: Will Eisner at 100 Years

Will Eisner was, and still is, one of the most influential forces in the comics and graphic novels publishing industry. This year we celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday with a conversation about his contribution and commitment to the idea of graphic novels as a true form of literature. The discussion will also cover the relationship between the library world and the growth of the comics industry and more specifically how librarians helped to define and grow the graphic novel category.

10:30am-11:20am

Tabletop Games 101

Playing Tabletop games in libraries is growing. As libraries expand their breadth, more and more library members are enjoying table-top games, played with real people, face-to-face, in libraries. But, what exactly are tabletop games? How do I tell board games from role-playing games, from card games? Which games are suitable for young people, and which will be enjoyed by an older crowd? This panel of gaming veterans including game publishers and distributors will cut the red tape so each library knows which games to bring in. At ALA Annual, Friday Games Night will give everyone an opportunity to play a variety of games and talk to publishers and distributors. Open gaming on the floor, during the day offers more opportunities to learn and have fun doing it.

11:30am-12:20pm

Disney Manga: family friendly fun!

With the explosion in popularity of manga, parents and librarians have rightfully been concerned about child-friendly titles. With TOKYOPOP’s Disney Manga line, we bring the magic of Disney to this popular form of graphic novels, providing families with a way to enjoy their favorite Disney characters and stories in manga style! With titles brought directly from Japan and our own original titles made in collaboration with Disney’s team, we want to break down the misconception that all manga is inappropriate for little ones and encourage young readers with this fun line of graphic novels.

CA – Wonder Woman Day Signing

Join Golden Apple Comics on Saturday June 3rd for Wonder Woman Day!
Sponsored by DC Comics
-Free Admission & WW giveaways (Tiaras, bracelets & comics)
-Free Raffle to win some Wonder-Ful stuff!
-Free Photos with top cosplayer Valerie Perez 1:00 – 3:00 PM
-Free Autographs 1:00 – 3:00 PM from WW Artist Cat Staggs & Writer Marc Andreyko

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Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-658-6047

IL – Young Animal Signing

Gerard Way, Nick Derington, Cecil Castellucci, Jody Houser, and Jon Rivera appear at Barnes & Noble on Saturday June 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Gerard Way is the Eisner Award-winning writer of The Umbrella Academy and former vocalist and co-founder of the rock band My Chemical Romance. He will be curating DC’s Young Animal, a new mature reader pop-up imprint of DC Comics that will consist of four series and feature his creative direction. Gerard Way will be joined by Cecil Castellucci (Shade the Changing Girl), Nick Derington (Doom Patrol), Jody Houser (Mother Panic), and Jon Rivera (Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye).

Special Instructions
This will be an amazing panel discussion and signing, early release comics and more, available only at Barnes & Noble Old Orchard on June 24th. Authors will only sign comics purchased at Barnes & Noble Old Orchard.

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Barnes & Noble – Old Orchard
55 Center Street, Skokie, Illinois 60077
(847) 676-2230

SF – Doom Patrol: Brick by Brick Signing

Writer Gerard Way (frontman of My Chemical Romance) and artist Nick Derrington sign DOOM PATROL: BRICK BY BRICK at Comix Experience on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM! To be followed by private Q&A event exclusively for Graphic Novel Club members (There are still a VERY limited number of spaces for NEW GN Club members by joining at www.graphicnovelclub.com)

You MUST purchase a copy of DOOM PATROL: BRICK BY BRICK from Comix Experience in order to attend the public signing; only 250 people may attend. Pre-sales and details are available immediately at http://www.comixexperience.com/way.html

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Comix Experience
305 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-9258

OR – Wonder Woman Rebirth Signing

Writer Greg Rucka (The Old Guard, Lazarus, Gotham Central) appears at Powell’s City of Books on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM to celebrate WONDER WOMAN DAY!

Greg Rucka continues his return to Wonder Woman! In Wonder Woman, Vol 2. Year One (Rebirth) (DC Comics), Rucka (and artist Nicola Scott) weave the definitive and shocking tale of Diana’s first year as Earth’s protector. Wonder Woman’s journey begins in this epic origin story!

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114
503-228-4651

NYC – Wonder Woman Day Signing

Cliff Chiang, Phil Jimenez, and Brian Azzarello celebrate Wonder Woman Day at Midtown Comics Downtown on Saturday, June 3rd from 1:00 – 4:00 PM! Plus, there will be freebies and prizes – while supplies last.

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
(212) 302-8192

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