Writer John Layman, co-creator of CHEW, appears at Illusive Comics and Games on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 from 4:30 – 8:30 PM to sign the series’ final issue! John has also worked on dozens of other comics, including Batman Eternal, Cyclops, Detective Comics, and Deadpool.
Illusive Comics and Games
1270 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara, CA, 95050
Dragon’s Lair San Antonio is proud to announce an appearance by Empowered‘s Adam Warren! on Monday October 31st, from 2:00 to 6:00 PM, meet the creator of the manga-style graphic novel series!
About Adam Warren:
Adam Warren trailblazed American manga-influenced art, from Dirty Pair in the 90s to Empowered today! He has also worked for Marvel, DC, and Image Comics, with projects ranging from the just-released Deadpool Annual #1 to Elseworlds: Justice League Volume 1‘s Titans: Scissors, Paper, Stone. Writing and drawing his own projects, Warren’s work features a mixture of high-octane action, science fiction world-building, and cynical humor unlike any artist working in comics!
A sexy superhero comedy (except when it isn’t), Empowered stars a young heroine struggling with bondage-loving villains, a hostile workplace, and low self-esteem. With the support of her boyfriend (formerly a villain’s henchman) and her best friend (an alcoholic ninja princess from New Jersey), Emp sets out to prove to the world she has the skills and courage to become a great superhero!
Dragon’s Lair San Antonio
7959 Fredericksburg Rd, Ste 129, San Antonio, Texas 78229
Comedian/Comic Writer Brian Posehn (Deadpool, The Last Christmas) appears at Excalibur Comics on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM for a signing!
Excalibur Books & Comics
2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214-3969
Comedian/Comic Writer Brian Posehn (Deadpool, The Last Christmas) appears at Star Clipper on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM for a free signing!
1319 Washington Ave, St. Louis MO 63103
Artist Georges Jeanty appears at at Tate’s Comics HQ on Wednesday, October 26th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM to sign his latest creation in the Whedonverse! Georges artwork on Buffy and Serenity from Dark Horse Comics has always been exceptional. He has also worked on X-Men, Batman, Deadpool, and other big names, as well. This is something you do not want to miss!
New Serenity title releasing the day of the signing!
SERENITY: NO POWER IN THE ‘VERSE #1 from Dark Horse Comics
Chris Roberson Writer / Georges Jeanty Artist & Variant Cover
Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse is a spin-off from Joss Whedon’s beloved cult classic sci-fi series, Firefly. “No Power in the “Verse” takes place a year and a half after the last Serenity comic series, “Leaves on the Wind. For any Joss Whedon fan this is a must read!
4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, FL 33351
Writer Vivek Tiwary and artist Kyle Baker (Deadpool, Nat Turner, Why I Hate Saturn) appear at Forbidden Planet on Wednesday October 12th from 6-8pm in celebration of the paperback release of their NY Times best-selling graphic novel The Fifth Beatle!
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Writers Gerry Duggan and Geoffrey Thorne at Golden Apple Comics on Wednesday October 12, 2016!
10AM: Meet the creator of the newest anti-hero: MOSAIC
Geoff Thorne signs copies of the new issue #1… and all the variants!
6pm: Gerry Duggan joins Geoff to launch a new series for Marvel NOW: SOLO #1. He’s like the Jason Bourne of the Marvel Universe.
Gerry is also the acclaimed writer of many Deadpool series & other marvel & Image comics and will sign copies as well.
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Cinderella, Wonder Woman, and an assassin walked into a bar. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. Actually, it was the first day of DragonCon 2016.
DragonCon is one of the largest conventions in the Southeast. This was my third year, but my first as a journalist. Even as a veteran convention goer, you really never know what to expect, especially for a place such as this. With over 75,000 attendees, it’s hard to find the same cosplayer twice, and it’s easy to lose your companions, like the Doctor loses Rose in every episode.
This is especially true of the Saturday morning parade. Several streets in downtown Atlanta are blocked off, and the sidewalks are covered in Disney Princesses, Deadpools, and Batmans (Batmen?) all converging together. It’s one of the few places you can see the Punisher pull Bullseye out of the street to prevent him from being run over by Doc Brown’s DeLorean. Until recently, people could register to be in the parade up until the day before. It has grown so popular, however, that last year registration for the 3,200 slots closed in August. This year, registration closed on March 1st. Also, for the first time, the parade was broadcasted on the CW Network. One of the best things about this parade is the fact that they have a specific place for just the Deadpools to roam, and it’s certainly one of the most popular cosplays done in any convention I have been to.
And then of course, due to the new movie that came out recently, Suicide Squad, my colleague, Anthony Aycock, and I were curious to see just how many Harley Quinns and Jokers there were, but only from that movie. We counted a total of ninety-one Margot Robbie Harley Quinns and nineteen Jared Leto Jokers. Most of the Harleys were in her usual outfit, complete with the shirt that says “Daddy’s Lil’ Monster,” but we noticed some variations. One Harley was wearing the prison uniform from the beginning of the movie, a few were wearing the “stripper” Harley outfit, and then there were a couple that had dressed as Harleen Quinzel, the pre-Harley Quinn – long white lab coat, no nonsense blond bun, and leading a prisoner Joker with a makeshift leash. I also saw one Charlie Quinn, a male Harley with “Mommy’s Lil’ Monster” scrawled on his pecs. I suppose one reason that there were more Harleys than Jokers is because most people seemed to have had a distaste for Leto’s portrayal of him. It might be because I was a fan of 30 Seconds to Mars far before the movie was even thought of, but I actually quite enjoyed it. One criticism I have though is that we didn’t see much into the abusive relationship, and now most couples who are unfamiliar with the characters are thinking “OMG hashtag relationship goals!”
One of the most popular areas of DragonCon is the Walk of Fame, which is overflowing with beloved actors of the traditional and voice kind. A few of my favorites were Carlos Valdes (Cisco from the CW TV show The Flash), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy, Commander Zhao, and Captain Hook), Nolan North (voice of Deadpool in the Deadpool video game, Nathan Drake from Uncharted, and Desmond Miles from the Assassin’s Creed series), and of course William Shatner (you already know who this is).
We stood in line for Nolan North (who was tardy to the party), and ended up talking to his agent for a while. She told us that voice actors usually make around $900 per four hours of work plus residuals (i.e., they get paid each time the episode they were in is broadcast). Anime voice actors make a lot less, roughly $65 per hour. Most conventions guarantee their celebrities a certain amount of money. For example Lana Parrilla of Once Upon a Time gets $10,000 per convention. If her autograph sales fall short of that, the convention makes up the difference. DragonCon, however, does not make guarantees like that. Not even for ol’ Bill Shatner. I found this fascinating, especially how undervalued anime voice actors are. I expect that to change, however, as anime becomes more mainstream.
Finally, Nolan arrived, and I managed to speak to him as he was signing a Deadpool Pop figure for me (I am not a nerd, I swear). Interviews are not allowed in the Walk of Fame, but I wanted to ask him a couple of questions out of my own curiosity. He was so friendly and engaging that it might as well have been an interview.
My first question was what he thought of Ryan Reynolds stealing the spotlight for Deadpool. He said, “There is no spotlight. Ryan does a terrific job, but I do have an idea for a cameo for the next movie. Deadpool is chasing someone, fires a gun, blows a hole in the wall, and behind the wall, I’m standing there wearing headphones, recording Deadpool’s voice for a video game. And Ryan looks at me and says, ‘You sound nothing like me’ and shoots me.” Nolan went on to say how funny Ryan is on Twitter, and I second that since I stalk him too.
My second question was how Nolan felt about the Assassin’s Creed movie coming out in December. He replied, “I’m a big fan of Michael Fassbender [co-producer and star of the movie]. What I like about it is that it will be an original take on the story. It won’t just be the game translated into the movie. The game is the inspiration for a unique movie.”
I stood there with Nolan so long that his agent started clearing her throat—thank goodness I didn’t have a third question—but it was interesting getting his perspective. As a fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, I was a bit tentative to see the movie, but after hearing Mister Desmond Miles himself praise it, I have a bit more hope for how it will turn out. Oh, and when I got his autograph on Friday, it was only $20, but two days later, he was charging $40. Way to up your game, North.
Are you thinking about going to DragonCon? Here are five morsels of advice:
- Bring all the money you have plus what you can bum from your parents and what you can earn by selling a kidney. I’m not saying stuff is overpriced; you’ll just want to buy it all.
- Prepare to stand in line for an hour and a half, feet tired, arms dragging the floor, just to be told to come back later after the actor’s friggin’ panel (I’m looking at you, Carlos Valdes).
- The hotels in downtown Atlanta fill up fast, but don’t worry: you can stay outside the city and just take the MARTA in. It’s quick and cheap. But don’t let the homeless guys take your money—you need it for the autographs and the plushies and the posters and . . . you get the idea.
- Prepare to walk. I know a lot of you like to wear heels everywhere. Don’t. You will not be able to feel anything beyond the blisters that will begin to appear after just the first day.
- Have fun, but not so much it’ll land you in Erewhon.
Now have a look at these pix from DragonCon 2016 . . .
Writer Joe Kelly appears at Orbital Comics for a London exclusive signing on Monday, October 17, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, in conjunction with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Joe has worked on various comics titles over the years – including Action Comics, Deadpool, JLA, Steampunk, X-Men, and the current smash hit Spider-Man/Deadpool – in addition to being co-creator of cartoon sensation, Ben 10.
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591
Artist Andy Smith appears at Borderlands Comics on Saturday October 1st from noon till 5:00 PM! Andy’s art can be seen on X-O Manowar, Batman, Earth-2, Justice League, Red Sonja, Claw, Deadpool, Thanos, Thanos/Hulk, Blade, and Crossgen just to name a few.
He also has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and co-host of The Not So Better Half Show on the radio in Charlotte.
Andy will be signing copies of his Borderlands Exclusive cover to X-O Manowar 50. He also will have prints and art for sale.
Borderlands Comics & Games
1434 Laurens Road, Greenville, SC 29607