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Win VIP tickets to Emerald City Comicon, find out why Nancy A. Collins has called for a boycott of Dragon*Con, and check out reports from the Amazing Arizona Comic Con.
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The Atlanta area art collectors are once again thrilled to bring a stellar display of comic and fantasy art your way at Dragon*Con 2012. This year our theme is the art of science fiction in books, magazines, comic strips, and comic books and we have a vast array of work from across all four mediums from the likes of Jeffrey Jones, Roy Krenkel, John Berkey, Gil Kane, Kelly Freas, Tim Truman, Frank Frazetta, Al McWilliams, Al Williamson, and many many more. The gallery will be set up in artists alley all day in Grand Hall East of the Hyatt Regency on Saturday September 1, 2012 and it’s a great opportunity for original art collectors to meet, greet, and see some great art!
HER UNIVERSE FOUNDER ASHLEY ECKSTEIN BRINGS GEEK CHIC TO DRAGON*CON
ATLANTA, GA, August 23, 2011 — Almost half of all sci fi fans (and Dragon*Con attendees) are women, and they’re just as eager as the guys to show their devotion to their favorites. Actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein, who provides the voice of Ahsoka Tano in the hit animated series, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” has met the challenge with her new “geek chic” clothing line, Her Universe (www.heruniverse.com). Ashley will be offering her new line of female-focused apparel and accessories (including “Star Wars” and “Battlestar Galactica” convention exclusives), and meet the fans, at this year’s Dragon*Con.
Married to former Major League Baseball player, two-time World Series Champion and World Series MVP, David Eckstein, Ashley grew frustrated with the lack of merchandise made for the growing number of female Sci-Fi fans. When she couldn’t find Star Wars clothing for herself, as a fan, she made the decision to create her own line called Her Universe. As someone who always expressed herself through her sense of style, she now shares her love of all things sci fi with other geek girls. Ashley has made it her mission in fighting for the underdog, of spearheading the call to create a place for female fans in a pop culture community typically dominated by men.
Her stylish line of “geek chic” apparel and accessories features fashionable, female–focused products from such powerhouses as the Star Wars brand, and Syfy properties Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13 and “Syfy’s Original Movies,” among others. It may be a “man’s world,” but Ashley is quickly proving that there’s more than enough room in Her Universe for everyone.
Dragon*Con is the largest fan-driven science fiction, fantasy and pop culture convention in North America. Celebrating its 25th year, Dragon*Con brings over 40,000 fans to downtown Atlanta each Labor Day weekend to enjoy appearances by celebrity guests, musical performances, panel discussions, costume contests, and more.
Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that raises money for comic creators in need, is proud to announce its attendance at Dragon*Con over labor day weekend, September 2nd through 5th in Atlanta, Georgia. Hero will be located at Booth #BT23.
Hero’s special guests include world-renown artists Steve Dillon and George Pérez. Dillon is the artist of the critically acclaimed Preacher and Wolverine: Origin. Pérez, the longtime artist of New Teen Titans and Avengers, is also writing the relaunched Superman for DC Comics, which starts in September. Both have generously committed their time to raise money for Hero Initiative at Dragon*Con, so stop by booth BT23 and be the lucky recipient of a sketch or signature while contributing to a wonderful cause.
Captain America writer/artist Karl Kesel will also be at the Hero booth on Sunday. While you are getting a coveted sketch ask our helpful volunteers about becoming a Hero Initiative member! Do It!
Schedule is as follows:
FRIDAY, SEP. 2 (con hours 1-8)
130-330: Steve Dillon
330-530: George Pérez
530-730: Steve Dillon
SATURDAY, SEP. 3 (con hours 10-8)
1030-1230: George Pérez and Roz Friday
1230-230: Steve Dillon
430-630: Steve Dillon
SUNDAY, SEP. 4 (con hours 10-8)
1030-1230: Steve Dillon
1230-230: Karl Kesel
230-430: George Pérez
430-630: Steve Dillon
630-800: George Pérez
MONDAY, SEP. 5 (con hours 10-4)
1030-1230: Steve Dillon
1230-230: George Pérez
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Via Vanguard Productions:
STAN LEE and J. DAVID SPURLOCK
ENCORE for Atlanta DRAGON*CON SEPT 2-5, 2011
Stan and Dave to reunite for an encore of last year’s hit Dragon Con panel
Title: Stan ‘The Man’ Lee
Description: Interview and Q&A with a living legend.
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: Atrium Ballroom – Marriott
Moderator / MC for panel : J. David Spurlock
Title: Stan Lee – Man of Marvel
Description: What was it like creating the world’s most iconic superheroes? Get answers when Stan Lee takes the stage.
Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: Atrium Ballroom – Marriott
Moderator / MC for panel : J. David Spurlock
UPDATE: George has announced that the $20 price for head sketches was incorrect and will instead be $25; these are to benefit the Hero Initiative.
Via Facebook, George Perez, writer and cover artist for Superman in the New DC 52, has announced his schedule for Dragon*Con:
My Dragon*Con schedule is now set. I will be doing sketches and autographing books to raise money for the Hero Initiative at the following times: Friday: 3:30-5:30 (with Rosalind Friday); Saturday: 10:30-12:30; Sunday 12:30-2:30 & 6:30-8 and Monday from 12:30-2:30.
Due to limited booth time, I will only be drawing quickie head sketches at $25 apiece instead of my usual lottery method for more finished sketches. This will be on a first come, first served basis, so get to me as soon as possible. I will be limiting my sketches to one per customer in line. You can, however get back on the line if you want to try to get another. (Autographs are free, although I will request a donation if you have more than five books to sign. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of my fans there.
Dragon*Con is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year Labor Day weekend, September 2-5, in Atlanta. As usual, they have a stellar line up of guests including stars from Firefly, Babylon 5, True Blood, The Walking Dead, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, Smallville, Stargate SG-1, and Star Trek including William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. For comic book fans, they have the likes of Stan Lee, George Perez, Cully Hamner, and lots more.
We have their latest commercial for you as well their Progress Report below:
Hero Initiative is spending the long Labor Day weekend at Dragon*Con, the multi-media and pop culture convention at the Atlanta Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia September 3rd -6th.
Joining Hero is special guest George Pérez, known for his work on The Avengers, Justice League America and New Teen Titans. Pérez will be doing quick head sketches for $20 each to raise money for Hero Initiative, the first federally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book writers and artists in need, at booth #BT-20 all weekend. Don’t miss out!
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will debut limited edition scents based on the groundbreaking comic book series Dawn by Joseph Michael Linsner. These four scents, Dawn: Maiden, Dawn: Mother, Dawn: Crone and Dawn: Cernunnos, will debut at Dragon*Con’s Pop Art Reception Exclusives Release Party on Friday September 3 at 8:30 p.m. at Regency V in the Atlanta Hyatt Regency. Following the reception, the fragrances will be available at Hero Initiative booth and the Linsner booth, BT-18 and 19, in the Grand Hall East of the Hyatt Regency. They will also be available starting Tuesday, Sept. 7th at the website.
Proceeds from every $25 bottle sold go to the Hero Initiative. Joseph Michael Linsner will be on hand at Dragon*Con, which also hosts The Dawn Look-a-Like contest, which will be held this year on Saturday, September 4 at 8 p.m.
And as George Pérez is at Dragon*Con, we’ll ALSO have a limited supply Black Phoenix’ Sachs and Violens perfume based on the Peter David/George Pérez comic. For more information, check out the website.
Hero Initiative’s booth schedule for booth #BT-20 is as follows:
FRI, September 3 (event hours 1-6 p.m.)
2:30-3:30: Mike McKone
4:00-6:00: George Perez
SAT, September 4 (event hours 10 a.m-6 p.m.)
12:30-4:30: George Perez
SUN, September 5 (event hours 10 a.m-6 p.m.)
12:30-2:30: Mike McKone
MON, September 6 (event hours 10 a.m-3 p.m.)
10:30am-12:30pm: George Perez