NYC – Visualizing the Words: Comics as Collaboration

000-soi-12315Comics pros Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves) and Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man) appear at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday  December 3, 2015 at 6:30 PM show you how a comic book or graphic novel—what Will Eisner called “sequential art”—proceeds from idea to script to finished art. They will then discuss how Martinbrough has approached storytelling challenges from his creative collaborators, top comics writers including Robert Kirkman, Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka and others. Fingeroth will weigh in on Martinbrough’s storytelling choices, explaining how an editor impacts the content of a comics story. Shawn and Danny will then expand the discussion/demonstration to worlds beyond comics to discuss how Shawn applies his visual storytelling approach to projects beyond the comics industry.

For two decades, Martinbrough has worked for the top publishers in the comic book industry. His DC Comics work includes a two year collaboration with novelist Greg Rucka on Batman: Detective Comics. In it, Shawn co-created characters that were featured in the Batman: Gotham Knights animated DVD and currently appear on the FOX television series, GOTHAM. Shawn’s graphic novel projects for Marvel Entertainment include Luke Cage Noir, Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive, and a Captain America graphic novel for the U.S. Army & Air Force Exchange Service that had a million copy print run. It was distributed exclusively on military bases across the country in connection with the release of the feature film, Captain America: The First Avenger.

Shawn is currently illustrating Thief of Thieves, the bestselling Image Comics graphic novel series written by Robert Kirkman, the creator of the hit AMC television series, The Walking Dead. Thief of Thieves is in development for a live action television series.

Martinbrough is also the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling,published by Random House and reprinted in several languages.

A native of the Bronx, Martinbrough majored in art at New York’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and obtained his BFA in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts. His website is:

A longtime editor and writer for Marvel Comics, best known for his work on Spider-Man, Danny Fingeroth is an historian, writer and teacher of comics and graphic novels. Danny has spoken on comics at venues including The Smithsonian Institution, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University. His books includeSuperman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society, The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels and (with Mike Manley) How to Create Comics From Script to Print. Among other projects, Danny currently serves as a programming consultant to Wizard World Conventions, organizing and moderating panels with comics creators and pop culture experts at the company’s nationwide shows. Find out more about Danny at

Tickets available at the link… $15 Non-members | $10 Members | $7 seniors/students (Undergrad with valid ID)

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

1st Annual Great American Comic Con on Dec. 5-6th


Great American Comic Con is the newest addition to the comic book convention scene and what better place to have its first show but Las Vegas, Nevada. So December 5-6th, 2015 will be the inaugural event taking place at the Sports Center of Las Vegas. Joining us this year are some of the best comic book writers, artists and professionals in the business including Tim Bradstreet, Tommy Castillo, Howard Chaykin, Darwyn Cooke, Tony Harris, Bob McLeod, Tony Moore, Graham Nolan, James Robinson, Joe Rubinstein, Mike Zeck, Frank Tieri, Billy Tucci, Len Wein, and Bernie Wrightson.

What makes GACC different from any other comic book convention in Las Vegas is the guests will have worked on titles ranging from the Silver Age of comics all the way to today’s newest and hottest comic book titles. This show is all about comics and nothing else. You will find major comic book dealers from across the US as well as Las Vegas’ own dealers offering you the widest selection of comic book memorabilia available anywhere. Keep checking back for new guest and exhibitor announcements. We are proud and excited to be able to bring you a great show to enjoy. So make sure to register today and be ready to enjoy a good ole fashion comic book show. It’s about comics!

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ON – Dark Knight III Variant Signing


Francis Manapul (The Flash, Convergence: Justice League) appears at Silver Snail Comics on Saturday November 28, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 PM  and 5:00-7:00 PM to sign his variant cover of Dark Knight III!

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Silver Snail Comics
329 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1R7

CA – Ceremony to Honor Bob Kane

BATMAN - "Bob Kane, Creator of Batman" - Shoot Date November 19, 1965. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BOB KANE

Director Zack Snyder and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee will appear on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday October 21, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. PST in a ceremony to grant Batman co-creator Bob Kane with a posthumous star and commemorate Batman as the Guinness World Record holder for “Most Film Adaptations of a Comic Book Character.” The Batmobile from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be on display and unique fan giveaways are planned. Fans are encouraged to come dressed as Batman characters. Event will be live-streamed exclusively on Details at the link…

Press Release: 

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the late Bob Kane will be honored posthumously with the 2,562nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, October 21st, at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star in the category of Motion Pictures will be dedicated at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in front of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Museum. “Kane’s creation of American cultural icon Batman is every child’s dream Super Hero. We are excited to honor the man who gave life to this great character,” stated Walk of Fame Producer Ana Martinez. “Fans from all over the world have been waiting for this monumental day and we hope Kane’s shiny star forever inspires generations of creative minds.”

Helping emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be filmmaker Zack Snyder and DC Entertainment Co-publisher and acclaimed artist Jim Lee. Snyder is at the helm of the upcoming action adventure Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice due in theaters March 25, 2016, and will next direct the long-awaited Justice League feature film. Lee, who had the pleasure of meeting Bob Kane, will speak to the character’s enduring appeal and how Batman has captured the imagination of the entire world.

In 1939 in a New York art studio, Bob Kane created one of the most popular characters of the twentieth century – The Batman. Kane’s creation has become the star of comic books, Saturday afternoon movie serials, newspaper comic strips, a live-action TV series, several animated TV series, and several of the largest-grossing feature films of all time.

“I suppose I must have had printer’s ink in my blood,” Kane said of his childhood, “for as far back as I can recall, I’ve had a pencil in my hand. When I was ten, my dad was a printer for the New York Daily News. He’d bring home all the paper’s comics, and I copied them constantly. It got so eventually I could do them as well as the cartoonists themselves.” This informal training led the young Kane to create his own comics. By 1938, he was selling humorous stories to DC Comics, including the features “Professor Doolittle” and “Ginger Snapp.”

In 1939, one year after Superman’s debut, DC Comics editor Vincent Sullivan decided that he wanted another costumed hero. He asked 22-year-old Bob Kane for his ideas. “I went home that weekend,” Kane recalled, “traced some sketches of Superman, and started penciling different costume ideas. It was then that I got my first brainstorm: I remembered one of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches – a drawing of a flying machine with bat wings. That’s what germinated the idea for Batman. The second influence on me was the hero with the dual identity in The Mark Of Zorro. And then I thought about ‘The Bat Whispers,’ a mystery movie written by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

“I realized I was getting closer. I drew a character with bird wings and called him Bird Man, but that wasn’t quite right. So I changed the wings, made them bat-like, and called him Batman. Almost every famous character ever created had a kind of simplistic, definitive design that was easily recognizable, and that’s what I was striving for with Batman.”

The first published appearance of The Bat-Man, as he was then known, was in the May 1939 issue of Detective Comics #27. Batman’s first adventure was called “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” and was written by Kane’s frequent collaborator, Bill Finger, who over the years would make many significant contributions to the Batman universe. The character was so successful that one year later the first comic book devoted exclusively to the popular caped crusader’s adventures, BATMAN #1, hit the newsstands. In that issue, Batman battled The Joker and Catwoman for the first time.

Bob Kane continued to illustrate Batman’s comic book adventures until his retirement in 1968. His work covered not only countless comic book adventures, but also three years of the “Batman and Robin” newspaper comic strip, which ran from 1943 to 1946.

The success of the Batman television show in 1966 brought Kane and his art back into the public eye. Kane was subsequently featured in various one-man art shows at galleries and museums nationwide. He served as a consultant on the 1989 Batman feature film and its three sequels. Kane’s autobiography, Batman And Me, was published in 1989. Seven years later, Kane was inducted into the Eisner Awards Hall of Fame in 1996. Bob Kane, the American cartoonist, died on November 3, 1998.

Bob Kane was generous with his time and resources. He often visited children’s hospitals and donated funds to such organizations as Feed the Children, Make a Wish Foundation, the Westside Children’s Center, the Bay Area Youth Center and many other agencies providing services to the hungry, homeless, abused or abandoned children. The creative philanthropist donated a portion of proceeds from his one-man exhibit of original Batman oil paintings at the Carlton House’s Paul Stooshnoff Gallery to the American Cancer Fund. He also wrote and illustrated numerous comic strips, cartoons and comic books in tribute to Batman with all proceeds to benefit the Child Welfare League of America.

CA – Batman Day 2015 Signing


Writers Brian Buccellato and Kyle Higgins will be signing at Meltdown Comics and Collectibles on September 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM to celebrate Batman Day! Free DC swag while supplies last.

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

CA – All-Ages Comics Signing


Comic creators Jennifer Holm (Sunny Side Up), Craig Thompson (Space Dumplins) and Judd Winick (Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth) sign at Once Upon a Time Bookstore on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:00pm!

Once Upon a Time Bookstore
Montrose Shopping Park
2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020

NYC – Paper Girls Release Signing


Writer Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, We Stand on Guard) and artist Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman) appear at on Thursday, October 8th from 8-10pm for a special signing for their new comic PAPER GIRLS.

Forbidden Planet
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

SF – Hilo Signing


Cartoonist Judd Winick, creator of Pedro & Me, Barry Ween: Boy Genius, and more, appears at Comix Experience on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM to sign his new children’s book, Hilo: The Boy who Crashed To Earth.

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

WA – Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1 Signing


Writer Greg Rucka (Star Wars: Smuggler’s Run, Lazarus, Queen & Country) signs at Gabi’s Olympic Cards & Comics on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM to sign STAR WARS: SHATTERED EMPIRE #1! The comic does not release until September 9th, so you can come in and meet Greg, get your book signed, but you have to wait until Wednesday to pick it up!

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Gabi’s Olympic Cards & Comics
4230 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503
(360) 459-7721

FL – All-Ages Comics Signing


Brad Meltzer and Judd Winick appear at Books & Books on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

A joint evening with #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer and Award winning cartoonist and critically acclaimed comic book writer Judd Winick discussing their new releases.


We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times Bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer

I am Helen Keller: When Helen Keller was very young, she got a rare disease that made her deaf and blind. Suddenly, she couldn’t see or hear at all, and it was hard for her to communicate with anyone. But when she was six years old, she met someone who change her life forever: her teacher, Annie Sullivan. With Miss Sullivan’s help, Helen learned how to speak sign language and read Braille. Armed with the ability to express herself, Helen grew up to be come a social activist, leading the fight for people with disabilities and so many other causes.

Introducing HILO—a funny, action-packed, full-color new middle-grade graphic novel series that Bone creator Jeff Smith calls “delightful.”

Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth: D.J. and his friend Gina are totally normal kids. But that was before a mysterious boy came crashing down from the sky! Hilo doesn’t know where he came from, or what he’s doing on Earth. (Or why going to school in only your underwear is a bad idea!) . . . But what if Hilo wasn’t the only thing to fall to our planet? Can the trio unlock the secrets of his past? Can Hilo survive a day at school? And are D.J. and Gina ready to save the world? HILO is Calvin and Hobbes meets Big Nate and is just right for fans of Bone and comic books as well as laugh-out-loud school adventures like Jedi Academy and Wimpy Kid!


Brad Meltzer is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and six other bestselling thrillers. His nonfiction books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter, were also New York Times bestsellers. He is the host of the History Channel series Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and the Eisner Award-winning writer of Justice League of America. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School, he currently lives in Florida. You can find much more about him at You can also see what he’s doing right now at and

Judd Winick grew up on Long Island, where he spent countless hours doodling, reading X-Men comics and the newspaper strip Bloom County, and watching Loony Tunes. Today, Judd lives in San Francisco with his wife, Pam Ling; their two kids; and their cats, Chaka and Sleestak. When Judd isn’t collecting far more action figures and vinyl toys than a normal adult, he is a screenwriter and an award-winning cartoonist. Judd has scripted issues of the bestselling comic series, including Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Justice League, and Star Wars, and has also been head writer on the Hulu network’s animated series, The Awesomes. Judd also appeared as a cast member of MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco and is the author of the highly acclaimed graphic novel Pedro and Me, about his Real World roommate and friend, AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. Visit Judd and Hilo online at

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Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

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