Join Borderlands Comics & Games for Doctor Who Comics Day and meet artists Kelly Yates and Tony Shasteen Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM!
Kelly is the artist on the Borderlands Comics and Games exclusive variant cover for issue #1 of Titan Comics’ Four Doctors mini-series (featuring the Liberty Bridge in Greenville); as well as the 2016 Free Comic Book Day exclusive cover for Four Doctors.
Tony is the artist on the Titan Comics Doctor Who: Fourth Doctor #1 SC Comicon variant!
Come get your copies signed or pick them up if you don’t have them!!
Borderlands Comics & Games
1434 Laurens Road, Greenville, SC 29607
STEVE LYONS and ANDY LANE will be signing DOCTOR WHO: THE LEGENDS OF RIVER SONG at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 11th June from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.
With those words, the indomitable River Song crashed into the Doctor’s life, and has stayed there ever since. Archaeologist, time-traveller, thief, and murderer, River Song has had more adventures (and got into much more trouble) than most other people in the universe. And she’s written a lot of it down. Well, when you’re (possibly) married to a Time Lord, it’s important to keep track of what you’ve done and when. Especially as it may not have happened to both of you yet. Sometimes she’s with the Doctor, and sometimes she’s on her own. But wherever and whenever she may be, she’s never far from danger… and excitement!
Steve Lyons has written nearly twenty novels, several audio dramas and many short stories, starring characters from the X-Men and Spider-Man to the Tomorrow People and Sapphire & Steel. He has also co-written a number of books about TV shows, including Cunning: The Blackadder Programme Guide and the bestselling Red Dwarf Programme Guide. His previous Doctor Who work includes the novels Conundrum, The Witch Hunters and The Crooked World, audio dramas The Fires of Vulcan and Colditz, and work for the official Doctor Who Magazine.
Andrew Lane has written more than 30 books in various genres – fiction and non-fiction, adult and Young Adult, crime and science fiction. Most recently he has been responsible for the internationally successful Young Sherlock Holmes series of novels, while the first book in his new Crusoe series will be published this year. His first novel was a licensed Doctor Who book – the Seventh Doctor novel Lucifer Rising – and he also writes Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions.
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666
5632 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, Maryland 2170
Boston Comic Con is excited to welcome back one of our most popular guests JOHN BARROWMAN on August 13-14th!
He currently appears as the villainous Malcolm Merlyn on CW’s megahit series Arrow. And Doctor Who fans will best know John as Captain Jack Harkness, a companion to the Ninth Doctor who proved so popular he received his own spinoff series, Torchwood! Additionally he has appeared on television in Scandal and Desperate Housewives as well as films including Zero Dark Thirty, De-Lovely, and The Producers. Titan Comics has just announced John will be the co-writer of the new Torchwood comic series debuting in July!
John joins our other stars from CW’s DC Universe shows – Caity Lotz and Ciara Renee from Legends of Tomorrow and Robbie Amell from The Flash. John will be appearing on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14. Full media guest list 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 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!
The Photo Op schedule with celebrities including Stan Lee, William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, Ming-Na Wen, Hayley Atwell, John Barrowman, and many more at MegaCon 2016 is now available. Tickets are now on sale via the website: www.MegaConvention.com/photo-ops
|Individual Photo Ops||Thursday||Friday||Saturday||Sunday|
|Jason David Frank||5:15pm||3:15pm||6:00pm||–|
|Vivica A. Fox||–||6:15pm||4:15pm||3:30pm|
|Team Up Photo Ops||Thursday||Friday||Saturday||Sunday|
|Batman, Robin, & Batmobile (West & Ward)||5:45pm||12:45pm||2:45pm||12:30pm|
|Boba Fetts (Bulloch & Logan)||–||–||11:45am||4:15pm|
|Christopher Lloyd & Delorean (with Car)||–||–||12:30pm||4:00pm|
|Daredevil (Bernthal & Henson)||–||2:00pm||–||–|
|Jay & Silent Bob (Mewes & Smith)||–||–||5:00pm||–|
|Karate Kid (Macchio & Zabka)||5:15pm||3:15pm||3:00pm||11:30am|
|Weasley Twins (Phelps & Phelps)||–||–||12:30pm||3:30pm|
A few years ago, when I was still in high school, a person who liked anime was made fun of for it. My school had a manga/book club, and the entire group was often ridiculed by jocks who wouldn’t know good writing if it were mixed in their protein shakes. Despite this, I grew to love the art form, and when I learned that there were whole conventions devoted to it, I begged my dad to take me to one. Surprisingly, he agreed.
Anime conventions were smaller then, including my first, Ichibancon 2012, which was held at a tiny hotel in Charlotte, NC. I originally went with two friends to meet none other than Vic Mignogna, who was–and remains to this day–my favorite voice actor. We stood in his autograph line for about 30 minutes, and when I finally got to his table, I said “Hi” in a talking-to-your-crush-for-the-first-time voice.
Now, five years later, I’m still going to that same convention. It was held this year over New Year’s Day weekend at Embassy Suites Hotel in Concord. Comparing this year’s Ichibancon to the one in 2012 is like comparing the inside of the TARDIS to the inside of my closet. Over 5,000 attendees pre-registered this year, which doesn’t include those who bought a badge on-site. I don’t think 5,000 people even knew about it in in 2012. The cosplayers were awesome. I saw anime, Marvel, and DC characters, plus assorted Pokemon and pop culture figures (the guy dressed as John Cena was meme-tastic). One group of cosplayers was from Undertale, a video game that just came out, which was impressive in its immediacy and quality. Dozens of panels were scheduled on just about any nerdy topic you could imagine, even for Homestuck, the webcomic created in 2009 by Andrew Hussie. The gamers had their own room: dozens of PlayStations and Nintendos (and I don’t mean Nintendogs) projected onto the walls. There was even a TARDIS bouncy house for all the children. I didn’t see the cosplay contest, but I’m sure it was fabulous, especially since, for the first year, a $500 prize was available for first place (this would probably cover the cost of half an automail leg).
Speaking of automail, I got a chance to talk to my five-years-ago idol, Vic Mignogna. Vic is the Johnny Depp of anime. Other voice actors were there, including several members of the cast of Durarara!! (Saki Mikajima, Kasuka Heiwajima, Seiji Yagiri, and Saburo Togusa), whom you don’t see often. But Vic was clearly the biggest draw: one girl came all the way from New Jersey to meet him.
After seeing him a dozen or more times over the years, I felt more relaxed than that initial time. Here is what we discussed.
Me: As Edward Elric, you’re very emotional and over the top. Then you recently switched to playing Kasuka on Durarara!! who is emotionless with a very emotional brother. What was that like?
Vic: You know, I have to tell you, I’m kind of naturally emotional and expressive with my voice. Then, when I was doing Durarara!!, started, and they asked me, can you take the emotion out of it? Can you make it flatter? I’m thinking, it’s pretty flat already. So, yeah, that was a big change.
Me: How long have you been doing conventions?
Vic: Wow. Honestly, maybe a total of thirteen years.
Me: How did you get started?
Vic: Well, I got started in voice acting sixteen or seventeen years ago, and I didn’t know anything about conventions. In fact, there weren’t any at the time. Then, a few years into my career, I saw Monica Rial, and she said to me, “Hey, do you want to go to an anime convention?” I was like, “A what? They have conventions?” I went to Star Trek conventions when I was a little boy, but I had never been to an anime convention. So I went as a guest to one in Ohio, in Columbus, and I was just blown away. I couldn’t believe that there were these wall scrolls with my characters on it and pencil boards and plushies. I had no idea this stuff existed. That was the first one I went to, and of course it ramped up since then.
Me: I’ve also seen you at conventions like DragonCon that are not strictly anime conventions. Talk about the difference between those.
Vic: Anime conventions are very special in and of themselves. There is a real strong sense of community because everybody is there because they love this one specific genre of entertainment. Multicultural, pop culture conventions are more of something for everyone. It’s nice to have an anime presence there, but they don’t typically have the same feeling, a sense of family that you get at an anime convention. I suppose it would probably be the same for any convention that pertains to one thing. If you went to a Supernatural convention, it’s a little more focused. But I enjoy pop culture conventions, mostly because I’m a big sci-fi fan myself, so it’s a real pleasure to get to meet other sci-fi actors that I’m a fan of.
Me: Who is your favorite celebrity you’ve ever met?
Vic: Oh, Bill Shatner, of course. I’ve loved Captain Kirk since I was a little boy. [Want to see Vic as a little boy? Click here.] And you know, when I was young, I used to go to Star Trek conventions, and he is the only one of the original cast I never got to meet. Now, to literally be represented by the same manager who represents Bill, we get booked into conventions together, and we’ve gotten to have dinner together and travel a little bit and hang out, so it’s a real privilege.
Me: Have you had to suppress the urge to squeal like a fangirl?
Vic: All the time. All the time. [Laughs.] I want to respect him and not turn into one of those fanboys he’s dealt with for forty years.
Me: I read on your Wikipedia page that you were once a law enforcement officer.
Vic: I was. Right after college, my mom, who lives on the eastern shore of Maryland, was very good friends with the chief of police in the city where she lived. She always used to brag to him about her son who was a moral, ethical, upstanding member of the community. And so he said, well, I’d like to have someone like that on the police force. I didn’t have any plans right after college, so I went back there and went through the police training and became a cop for two years. It was never a career move. I enjoyed it a lot, but it isn’t something I want to do forever.
Me: It takes a special person to do that job.
Vic: It does. And to deal with the darker side of humanity so much of your life, always having to enforce the laws and deal with people breaking the rules can make a person very cynical and depressed.
Me: I have a copy of your Gospel of John CD. What was the genesis [see what I did there?] of that project?
Vic: Actually, it’s kind of interesting. I was at a convention, and a mother came up to me and said, “My daughter loves your work. She could sit and listen to you for hours. She loves your voice. You could read the phone book and she would listen to it.” I thought, what a nice thing to say. Then I thought, maybe not the phone book, but what if I were to record something of more importance and give it away. So I went home and recorded the Gospel of John and used a contemporary translation and played the piano underneath it to make it easy to listen to. I put a lot of money into it myself to get all the discs pressed, and now I give it away at conventions because what better thing to give to fans of my work than something that is very precious to me?
Me: Do you have plans to do more books?
Vic: I would love to, but it takes a lot of time, and to be honest, I don’t know what book I would do. There aren’t a lot of books of the Bible that stand by themselves, that tell the whole story. If you’re gonna get one chance to tell someone the story of Jesus, why he came, what he did, his ministry, his rising again, all of that, it’s all pretty self-contained in the Gospel of John. So I don’t know what book I would do, and it’s very time-consuming. I don’t have a lot of time, especially now with the Star Trek series I’m doing.
Me: So the Star Trek series is still going well?
Vic: Oh yeah. Bigger than ever. We just finished shooting episode six. Popularity is growing, and viewership is growing. At the risk of sounding partial, it’s fantastic. It looks and feels and sounds exactly like the original series. We have managed to continue the original series in every way, so you feel like you’re watching episodes that were never broadcast.
Me: But they’re all original stories.
Vic: Oh yes. From the recreation of the sets to the lighting, costumes, make-up, story, music, editing, characters—everything. No amount of description can prepare you for the quality. And it’s free. Just go to startrekcontinues.com. The first episode is wonderful, and the second is better than the first, and the third is better than the second. They just get better and better
Me: Last question. What is it like dealing with all the fangirls who are much younger than you?
Vic: Well, it’s kind of funny because, if I were half my age, I would be flattered. But I really look at it more like a father looking at younger people and going, Man, if I can give some joy to this person, if I can make them feel special about themselves, because so many of these kids are struggling with who they are and their place in the world and their security and self-esteem. I feel as if I have been given an opportunity to be an encouragement, somebody that they look up to and notices them and compliments them and puts his arms around them and gives them a big hug and engages with them. I think that’s very important. I didn’t used to realize how important that is, and over the years, with all the emails and letters I’ve gotten and interactions I’ve had at conventions, I’ve come to realize that God has put me here for a very specific purpose, and that is to bring encouragement and love and kindness and support to a lot of people who are at a very sensitive crossroads in their lives.
Of course, everyone has their criticisms no matter how much they enjoy something, and Ichibancon was not without flaws. For one thing, it needs a larger venue. There were lines to get into the dealer room and artist alley, and some of the panels were standing room only. Parking was ridiculous. I squeezed my car in next to a dumpster, and I saw people walking over from car dealerships and other hotels. According to one staff member, however, the only place large enough to expand to is the Charlotte Convention Center, whose surrounding hotels are much more expensive–$240 a night or more. Anime conventions are largely attended by teenagers, who don’t have much money (and spend what they do have on Call of Duty).
It was clear from artist alley and the dealer room that neither of them was “juried.” Some conventions judge vendors’ merchandise ahead of time and then make decisions on who gets a slot. This is done to make sure there is enough variety and quality in the room. Ichibancon, it seems, didn’t do this because there was a lot of repetition in both areas. Merchandise was mostly plushies, posters, and wall scrolls. There was no manga, and I saw only one dealer selling comic-related stuff (usually, there are more).
Even with all these negative things going on in the convention, that is no reason for the muggles to boycott this convention (I saw a picketer in the parking lot). In fact, I believe that this convention is the perfect one for any anime convention newbies.
John Barrowman (Arrow, Doctor Who, Torchwood) and his sister and co-author Carole Barrowman will be touring the UK from 6 to 13 May to sign copies of their new novel CONJUROR. Confirmed venues for the tour are:
Friday, 6 May, 5.00pm:
Waterstones Cardiff, 2a The Hayes, CF10 1WB
Saturday, 7 May, 1.00pm:
Waterstones Bluewater Shopping Centre, West Village, Greenhithe, Bluewater, Kent DA9 9SE
Sunday, 8 May, 1.00pm:
Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DT
Monday, 9 May, 5.00pm:
Waterstones Reading, Broad Street United Reform Building, 89a Broad Street, Reading, RG1 2AP
Tuesday, 10 May, 4.15pm:
Waterstones Newton Mearns, 38 Avenue Centre, Newton Mearns, G77 6EY
Wednesday, 11 May, 5.00pm:
Waterstones Edinburgh West End, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD
Thursday, 12 May, 5.30pm:
Waterstones Manchester Arndale Centre, Manchester, M4 3AQ
Friday, 13 May, 5.00pm:
Waterstones Birmingham, 24-26 HIgh Street, Birmingham B4 7SL
There is no pre-booking for the Waterstones’ events – just come along and join the queue. For Foyles, you may register for a Priority Queue ticket, which will also enter you into a draw for some fun prizes. Visit the Foyles site for details of their event and how to register for the competition:
As well as Conjuror, you may also bring John and Carole’s other books for signing at these events. They will not sign other items, such as DVDs, CDs or action figures. You may take photos while in the queue but please do not ask John and Carole to pose for photos with you as time at the events is limited, and this would mean that some fans would not be able to have their books signed.
Seventeen-year-old Rémy Dupree Rush is the last of his kind. He’s a Conjuror, a descendant of an ancient African bloodline that can change reality with music. Seventeen-year-old twins, Matt and Em Calder, are the most powerful of their kind. They are Animare, descendants of an ancient order of artists whose imaginations can bring art to life and travel through paintings. Malevolent forces that only a Conjuror can stop are rising in the world. Rémy must enlist the Calder twins’ help to battle them.
Reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and the Atlantic slave trade, this supernatural thriller sprints from the streets of Chicago across the rooftops of central London to the art galleries of Glasgow and the highlands of Scotland, ending in a mind-blowing clash in southern Spain where (with help from the artist, Caravaggio) Rémy, Matt and Em confront an evil conceived in chaos at the beginning of time.
Conjuror will be published in the UK by Head of Zeus on 5 May and is now available for pre-order from Waterstones, Amazon and other booksellers.
PAUL CORNELL will be signing WHO KILLED SHERLOCK HOLMES and THIS DAMNED BAND (TP) at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Thursday 19th May from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.
Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? is a great genre crossover injecting life into the crime procedural. Thrilling and gripping, and with a clever new twist on a much-loved character, this will appeal to a host of fans ranging from police procedurals to gothic, urban fantasy, to straight-up lovers of Sherlock and beyond. Quill and his team pursue a criminal genius, who lures them into a Sherlockian maze of too many clues and too much evidence, while also battling their own, and all too real, demons. It looks like the game is afoot…
And in This Damned Band, the biggest rock band in the world thought they were only pretending to worship Satan. As they record the documentary of what might be their final world tour, they discover the horrifying truth!
Paul Cornell has been Hugo-nominated for his work in TV, comics and prose, and is a BSFA award-winner for short fiction. He has also written some of Doctor Who’s best-loved episodes for the BBC, and has more recently written for the Sherlock-inspired TV show Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu.
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666
Awesome Con, the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington, DC, expects to attract its most dynamic crowd yet in 2016. This June 3rd-5th, fans will experience an impressive line-up of celebrity guests from the worlds of television, movies, and comic books and specialized pavilions focused on science and technology, family activities, and larger-than-life props. Panel discussions bring together noted experts from comic creators to scientists at NASA; costume contests, sci-fi speed dating, and gaming tournaments celebrate all things geeky; and the show floor will feature exhibits dedicated to comics, collectibles, toys, cosplay, and original art. Fun for fans of all ages, Awesome Con continues its commitment to creating an inclusive atmosphere for diehard fans, casual fans, and families. And this year is Awesome Con’s first year in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organizer created by the founder of New York Comic Con.
Special guest headliners include: Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, The Musketeers, The Fifth Estate, Torchwood), Adam West (Batman, Family Guy, The Simpsons), Burt Ward (Batman) Kevin Smith (Comic Book Men, Jay and Silent Bob, Clerks), and John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who).
Daily and full weekend passes available now on the website. VIP passes & experiences range from $150 to $465 and offer access to various celebrity appearances and special events. Click here for further details.
Awesome Con is DC’s comic-con! Awesome Con embraces all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and more. Special events include discussion panels, costume contests, trivia contests, gaming tournaments, and tons of activities for kids. It is strongly advised to buy tickets in advance! For further details please go to the website: www.awesome-con.com
Legendary comic artist Steve Dillon will be signing the first issue of the new Punisher series at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore at 6:00pm on Wednesday 4th May.
FRANK CASTLE LOSES CONTROL! A by-the-numbers drug bust is about to take Frank Castle by surprise and he HATES surprises. The horrible fallout threatens to send The Punisher into the heart of darkness, but Castle won’t make that journey alone: A DEA agent is on his trail and attempting to get into his head but what horrors will she find there, and will she survive the experience?
Becky Cloonan and Steve Dillon are forcing Frank Castle out of his comfort zone and taking him to the edge of the world he thought he knew!
Steve Dillon began his career as an artist at the age of sixteen, contributing to Marvel UK titles. His credits include numerous stints on 2000AD and Doctor Who Comics as well as The Punisher, Animal Man, and Hellblazer and his work with Garth Ennis on the groundbreaking Preacher.
Please Note: Due to time restraints, Steve Dillon will not be sketching at this event.
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666