Art Portfolio Reviews at Boston Comic Con 2013

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Boston Comic Con is happy to welcome back Mark Chiarello, Art Director for DC Comics, to our 2013 convention! Mark will sit for a limited number of portfolio reviews on a first-come, first-serve basis on Saturday August 3 from 11am-12pm, 2-3pm, and 4-5pm; and on Sunday August 4 from 11am-1pm.

Additionally, Chris Ryall, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing, has also offered to sit for a one-hour art portfolio review each day of the show, on a first-come first-serve basis on Saturday August 3 from 1-2pm, and on Sunday August 4 from 1-2pm.

Other Boston Comic Con 2013 Guests include: Neal Adams, Brian Azzarello, Mark Bagley, Mark Chiarello, Tony Daniel, Dan Didio, Colleen Doran, Ming Doyle, Joe Hill, Phil Jimenez, Barry Kitson, Ed McGuinness, Mike Mignola, Terry Moore, Steve Niles, Shelli Paroline, George Perez, James O’Barr, Amy Reeder, Gabriel Rodriguez, Don Rosa, Craig Rousseau, Tim Sale, Scott Snyder, William Stout, Bill Willingham, and many, many more!

MEDIA guests include Kristin Bauer, Laurie Holden, Dean O’Gorman, Adrian Turner, and Billy West!

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Tickets are $25 per day or $40 for the weekend and available through Eventbrite at the link!

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 rescheduled convention will be held Saturday August 3rd and Sunday August 4th opening at 10:00 am each day 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!

Robot Chicken Skewers DC Comics (But Mostly Aquaman)

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This week Adult Swim and DC Entertainment release the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special on Blu-ray and DVD! Like a medieval jester speaking truth to power, Robot Chicken’s spoofs and irreverent humor allow them to point out the inconsistencies and flaws of the DC Universe. For instance, they bring Superman’s power to erase memories with a kiss to it’s obvious conclusion and what real nerds would do with the power of a Green Lantern ring. The show also makes several deep pulls from the DC mythology citing characters like B’dg and Mister Banjo (I had to look them up too).

While everybody gets lampooned at some point, the overarching theme of the special would be how much of a tool is Aquaman. All the hard work writer and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has done in the comics to establish robotchicken_dccover_finalAquaman as a cool character is wiped away within the first ten seconds of the show. Which is especially perplexing since Johns is also a writer and executive producer of Robot Chicken.

The Blu-ray/DVD contains over two hours of bonus features including commentaries by the cast and crew, footage of the Robot Chicken team cosplaying for the special’s premiere, and a tour of DC Entertainment’s west coast office. Fun fact: Robot Chicken co-creator has an Arashikage ninja clan tattoo on the inside of his right arm.

Press Release:

This July, the Robot Chicken television series heads back to Blu-ray™ and DVD – and this time, the DC Comics universe is at the center of its Emmy® Award-winning stop-motion lampooning. Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, in partnership with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, continues to build its repertoire of dishing out hilarious sketch comedy parodies in the all-new Adult Swim Blu-ray and DVD release, Robot Chicken DC Comics Special. The special, which boasts an all-star cast as well as characters Robot Chicken fans have grown to love, provides a unique take on some of the most iconic superheroes from the DC Comics universe – along with others whose powers can’t really be called “super.” It will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 9, 2013 for the suggested retail price of $19.98 and $14.98, respectively.

With more than two hours of bonus content created by the special’s producers, including deleted scenes, commentaries, outtakes and more, the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Blu-ray and DVD is a must-own addition for fans of Robot Chicken and DC Comics alike. The special’s all-star cast includes series co-creator and executive producer Seth Green as Batman, Robin and the put-upon Aquaman; Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face; Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor; Nathan Fillion as the Green Lantern; Megan Fox as Lois Lane; series and special writer/voice talent Breckin Meyer as Superman, plus Abe Benrubi, Alex Borstein, Clare Grant, Tara Strong, series co-creator and executive producer Matthew Senreich, series co-head writer/co-executive producer Tom Root, series director Zeb Wells and Kevin Shinick as co-producer, writer and narrator.

The list of special features included on the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Blu-ray and DVD include:

· The Making of Robot Chicken DC Comics Special
· Robot Chicken DC Comics Special’s Aquaman Origin Story
· Chicken Nuggets
· Writers’ Commentary
· Actors’ Commentary
· DC Entertainment Tour
· Stoopid Alter Egos
· Outtakes
· Deleted Sketches
· 5.2 Questions

Executive producers for the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special include Green, Senreich, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, Warner Bros. Animation’s Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs Sam Register, and Stoopid Buddies Stoodios’ John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner. Green directs the 23-minute special with a script by co-head writers/co-executive producers Douglas Goldstein and Root along with Robot Chicken series writers Green, Senreich, Mike Fasolo, Zeb Wells, Matthew Beans, DC Entertainment’s Johns, Men at Work and Franklin & Bash’s Meyer and MAD’s Shinick. Janet Dimon is supervising producer and Ethan Marak is co-producer.

CA – Action Comics/Vibe Launch Party

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Writers Scott Lobdell and Sterling Gates sign at Phat Collectibles on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

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Press Release:

Join us in celebrating Scott Lobdell’s take over of the entire Superman Universe. Scott will be here to sign your copy of Action Comics #22 and discuss all things Superman! Plus Sterling Gates has taken the reigns of JLA Vibe and he’ll tell you why Vibe may end up being the most important character in the new 52!

Phat Collectibles
1201 S. Euclid Street, Anaheim, CA 92804

CA – Red Hood Signing

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Special Guest Scott Lobdell signs autographs on Saturday June 8th from 7-8pm at Hypno Comics.

Meet the Writer of Teen Titans, Red Hood & the Outlaws, and Superman!

(Maximum of 2 items to get signed, since it’s only one hour)

Hypno Comics & Games
1803 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 651-9767

NYC – Superman/Batman Signing

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Writer Greg Pak signs at Midtown Comics Downtown on Wednesday, June 26th from 7:00-8:00 pm! Greg meets with fans and signs copies of the all new Batman/Superman #1 from DC Comics! A new epic begins with the debut of this new, ongoing series! Don’t miss the first fateful meeting of Batman and Superman in The New 52!

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Midtown Comics
64 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038

OR – Adventures of Superman All Out Benefit

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Join writer Jeff Parker on Wednesday May 29 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm to celebrate the release of ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #1, featuring work by Jeff Parker and Chris Samnee, plus stories by Jeff Lemire and the team of Justin Jordan and Riley Rossmo. 100% of the proceeds from this issue will be donated to Allout.org to support their fight for LGBT equality.

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Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

NYC – The Wake Launch Party

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Writer Scott Snyder and artist Sean Murphy celebrate the release of the all new Vertigo Comics series The Wake on Friday May 31st at Midtown Comics Downtown! Scott and Sean will be signing copies of The Wake #1 for fans from 7:00 till 9:00 pm. Don’t miss it!

“THERE’S SOMETHING DOWN THERE…”

When Marine Biologist Lee Archer is approached by the Department of Homeland Security for help with a new threat, she declines, but quickly realizes they won’t take no for an answer. Soon she is plunging to the depths of the Arctic Circle to a secret, underwater oil rig where they have discovered something miraculous and terrifying…

Writer Scott Snyder (BATMAN, AMERICAN VAMPIRE) and artist Sean Murphy (PUNK ROCK JESUS) bring their acclaimed talents to this sci-fi/horror epic that explores the horrors of the deep, probes the origins of human history, and leaps far beyond to a frightening future.

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Midtown Comics
64 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038

IL – Justice League Signing

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Aw Yeah Comics welcomes superstar artist GENE HA on Wednesday, May 22nd from 5pm to 7pm! Among many other things, he is the artist on next week’s JUSTICE LEAGUE #20. He will be signing and doing quick sketches for patrons who pick up a copy.

Aw Yeah Comics 
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-423-2916

CA – Greenest Night Benefit

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Geoff Johns, Jeph Loeb, and more appear at a CBLDF fundraiser in Los Angeles on Friday, May 24th! Get tickets at the link!

Press Release:

On Friday, May 24, come celebrate the creativity of Geoff Johns at Greenest Night: A Celebration of Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern benefiting Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! Join Johns’ at the Avalon Bardot Theater in Hollywood, CA for an intimate look back on his Green Lantern run with a revealing Q&A session kicked off with a keynote appreciation presented by Jeph Loeb. Geoff will also take center stage at a star-studded VIP opening reception, where all guests will receive special and extremely limited commemorative merchandise created by Graphitti Designs! Only 100 seats are available for this exclusive evening celebrating Geoff’s once-in-a-generation accomplishment – get yours now!

Greenest Night: A Celebration of Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern toasts Johns’ unique accomplishment with an upscale and intimate celebration at the Avalon Bardot theater in Hollywood, CA. There are two levels of admission for this limited event:

Regular admission tickets are available for a $100 donation to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and includes:

Admission to the exclusive Q&A
A signed & numbered commemorative print from Graphitti Designs
A signed copy of Green Lantern #20 with a commemorative Certificate of Authenticity, and other gifts.

$80 of this contribution is tax deductible.

VIP Admission tickets are available for a $250 donation to CBLDF, and includes:

Admission to the star-studded VIP opening reception and premiere seating at exclusive Q&A,
A copy of Absolute Green Lantern: Rebirth, with an exclusive, commemorative bookplate
An exclusive, commemorative t-shirt from Graphitti Designs
A signed & numbered commemorative print from Graphitti Designs
A signed copy of Green Lantern #20 with a commemorative Certificate of Authenticity, and other gifts.

$126 of this contribution is tax deductible.

Greenest Night: A Celebration of Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern is sponsored by DC Entertainment and is produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Comic Book Resources, with merchandise provided by Graphitti Designs. The event happens on Friday, May 24 at 8:00 PM, with a VIP opening reception at 7:00.

Avalon Bardot Theater
1735 Vine Street Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-8900

NYC – Dare2Draw w/ Mark Chiarello

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DC Art Director/Illustrator Mark Chiarello appears for a Dare2Draw lecture and Q & A at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm!

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About Mark Chiarello:
Mark Chiarello was born on Halloween, in 1960. His book “Heroes of the Negro Leagues” (Abrams Publishing) was named the second best sports book of 2007, by Amazon.com.

A graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, Mark was fortunate enough to have as roommates, Kent Williams, John Van Fleet, and George Pratt. He worked as an illustrator for Disney World for a short time in the 1980s, then went on to work for Marvel Comics and ultimately DC Comics, where he is currently Art Director.

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

 

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