Dwayne McDuffie Has Died

February 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Animation, Comic Books, Everything Else

I was shocked and saddened to hear that writer Dwayne McDuffie has died, according to a report at Comic Book Resources. Our condolences to his friends and family.

I never had the opportunity to meet Dwayne in person but was a Milestone Comics fan from the start with Static and Icon my absolute favorite titles being published at the time.

The biography on his website reads:

Dwayne McDuffieDwayne McDuffie is best known as the co-founder and creator of Milestone Media. He is a Story Editor on the KIDS WB’s Emmy Award-winning animated series STATIC SHOCK, which he co-created. He is also a Producer and Story Editor on Cartoon Network’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. He is Editor-In-Chief of Milestone Media’s award-winning line of comic books, managing an editorial operation which boasted the best on-time delivery record in the industry for nearly four years running and has also worked as an editor for Marvel Comics and Harvey Entertainment. As a writer, Dwayne has created or co-created more than a dozen series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE. He has written stories for dozens of other comics, including, SPIDER-MAN, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, THE TICK, CAPTAIN MARVEL, AVENGERS SPOTLIGHT, BACK TO THE FUTURE, HELLRAISER, ULTRAMAN, (The Artist Formerly Known As) PRINCE and X-O MANOWAR.

Dwayne won the 2003 HUMANITAS PRIZE for “Jimmy,” a STATIC SHOCK script about gun violence in schools. He has been nominated for two EMMY AWARDS for the TV series STATIC SHOCK, a WRITERS GUILD AWARD for the TV series JUSTICE LEAGUE and three EISNER AWARDS for his work in comic books. His comic book work has won eleven PARENTS’ CHOICE AWARDS, six “Best Editor” awards, and a GOLDEN APPLE AWARD for his “use of popular art to promote and enhance human dignity.”

Dwayne was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and attended The Roeper School. Before entering comics, he studied in undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of Michigan, then attended film school at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also co-hosted a radio comedy program, while moonlighting pseudonymously as a freelance writer for stand-up comedians and late-night television comedy programs. He has written scripts for an animated feature, episodes of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE, STATIC SHOCK!, JUSTICE LEAGUE, WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO? and TEEN TITANS.

CA – Reggiesworld.com Goes Live

Reggie Hudlin, Ziggy Marley, Rashida Jones, Eriq LaSalle, Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan and more appear on February 23, 2011 from 6-9pm.

Golden Apple & Hudlin Entertainment have partnered on a new website: www.Reggiesworld.com – Join us on Wednesday Night, February 23 from 6-9pm for the Launch Party. In person will be the famous faces behind the products for sale on the site!!!

Free Admission, Drinks & Autographs!

RSVP on Facebook!

Golden Apple Comics
7108 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

NYC – Mad Men Star Appears at All-Star Superman Premiere

Press Release

Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, who provides the voice of Lois Lane in the highly-anticipated All-Star Superman, will attend the film’s World Premiere Monday, February 14 at The Paley Center for Media in New York. Hosted by Warner Home Video and ComicBookResources.com, the evening will include red carpet interviews and a post-premiere panel discussion surrounding the first public screening of All-Star Superman, the exciting 10th entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies.

Red carpet interviews will begin at the Paley Center in New York City (25 West 52nd Street) at 5:00 p.m. with the screening commencing at 6:30 p.m. Following the screening, Hendricks will be joined by noted comics & screenwriter Dwayne McDuffie and casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano for a panel discussion.

A limited number of free tickets were initially available for the general public, but this event is now completely sold out.

On Thursday, February 17, All-Star Superman will also screen at the Paley Center in Los Angeles (465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills) with media interviews starting at 5:30 p.m. and screening commencing at 7:00 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring Desperate Housewives’ James Denton (the voice of Superman), executive producer Bruce Timm, director Sam Liu, writer Dwayne McDuffie and dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano. Additional participants, including voice cast members, will be announced as confirmed.

In All-Star Superman, the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) and, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation – which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms – finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthor’s perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earth’s safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act.

Based on the Eisner Award-winning DC Comics series/graphic novel of the same name by Grant Morrison with illustration by Frank Quitely, All-Star Superman is executive produced by animation guru Bruce Timm and directed by Sam Liu (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by acclaimed comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths).

The celebrity-packed voice cast is headed by James Denton (Desperate Housewives) as Superman, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Lois Lane, and Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as Lex Luthor. The stellar cast includes seven-time Emmy® Award winner Ed Asner (Up) as Perry White, Golden Globe® winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Ma Kent, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Jimmy Olsen and Linda Cardellini (ER) as Nasty.

ComicBookResources.com will act as media partner for the events, providing updates and special prizing opportunities throughout its many multimedia outlets.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, All-Star Superman will be distributed February 22, 2011 by Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, as well as single disc DVD. The film will also be available On Demand and for Download.

SUPERMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. (s11)

CA – All-Star Superman Premiere

Bruce Timm, James Denton, Sam Liu, Dwayne McDuffie, Andrea Romano and more appear at the Paley Center on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm.

In Person
James Denton, Voice of Superman
Bruce Timm, Executive Producer
Sam Liu, Director
Dwayne McDuffie, Writer
Andrea Romano, Dialogue/Casting Director

Warner Home Video and The Paley Center for Media present the west coast premiere of All-Star Superman, the highly anticipated tenth entry in the popular series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation. Grant Morrison’s Eisner Award–winning vision of Superman’s heroic final days on Earth is brought to exquisite animated life by executive producer Bruce Timm, director Sam Liu, screenwriter Dwayne McDuffie, and a star-studded cast guided by renowned dialogue director Andrea Romano. In the film, Superman rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) and, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation—which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms—finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthor’s perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earth’s safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act. The cast includes James Denton (Desperate Housewives) as Superman, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Lois Lane, and Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as Lex Luthor, as well as seven-time Emmy Award–winner Ed Asner (Up), Golden Globe–winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under), Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), and Linda Cardellini (ER).

A limited number of tickets will be available to Paley Center Members starting Wednesday, January 19. Check this link for updates.

NYC – All-Star Superman Screening

Dwayne McDuffie, Andrea Romano and more appear at the Paley Center on Monday, February 14th (updated), 2011 at 6:30pm for a screening of All-Star Superman.

**Just Added** Christina Hendricks, Voice of Lois Lane 

Dwayne McDuffie, Screenwriter/Award-winning Comic Book Writer
Andrea Romano, Casting/Dialogue Director
Additional guests to be announced.
 
Warner Home Video and The Paley Center for Media present the east coast premiere of All-Star Superman, the highly anticipated tenth entry in the popular series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation. Grant Morrison’s Eisner Award–winning vision of Superman’s heroic final days on Earth is brought to exquisite animated life by executive producer Bruce Timm, director Sam Liu, screenwriter Dwayne McDuffie, and a star-studded cast guided by renowned dialogue director Andrea Romano. In the film, Superman rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) and, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation—which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms—finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthor’s perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earth’s safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act. The cast includes James Denton (Desperate Housewives) as Superman, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Lois Lane, and Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as Lex Luthor, as well as seven-time Emmy Award–winner Ed Asner (Up), Golden Globe–winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under), Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), and Linda Cardellini (ER).

Paley Center Members: A limited number of free tickets are available for Members Only on a first-come, first serve basis. SOLD OUT

Paley Center
25 West 52 Street, New York, NY 10019

Cartoon Network and Adult Swim Panel Schedule at SDCC 2010

Cartoon Network and Adult Swim announces a number of panels, fan events and signings at 2010 Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., Thursday, July 22 – Sunday, July 25, 2010.  All times, dates and locations subject to change.

CARTOON NETWORK & ADULT SWIM PANELS

THURSDAY, JULY 22

ADULT SWIM: Childrens Hospital
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Room 25ABC
Talent: Jon Stern, Rob Corddry, David Wain, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino

Check out the Childrens Hospital panel and hear from the show’s creative team led by Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Jon Stern (producer of The Ten and Scotland, PA). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights including Lake Bell (How to Make It in America, It’s Complicated), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood, Worst Week), Rob Huebel (I Love You Man, Human Giant) and Ken Marino (Party Down, Reaper). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos. Their dedication to their personal lives is relentless, interrupted only by the occasional need to treat sick children.  The complete Childrens Hospital – including both the newly produced episodes as well as the original Webisodes – premieres Sunday, July 11 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim.

BBC PANEL: Look Around You
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: 6A
Talent: Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz

As their BAFTA-nominated show comes to BBC DVD, creators-stars Robert Popper (Peep Show, Hot Fuzz) and Peter Serafinowicz (Couples Retreat, Shaun of the Dead), are on stage to take questions from the fans.

FRIDAY, JULY 23

WB PANEL: Batman: The Brave And The Bold
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: 6A
Talent: Diedrich Bader, James Tucker, Michael Jelenic and Andrea Romano
Moderator: Sam Register

The Caped Crusader swings back into San Diego as Batman: The Brave and the Bold returns to Comic-Con for its third consecutive year with an advance screening of an upcoming episode, as well as a lively discussion with voice of Batman Diedrich Bader (Surf’s Up), executive producer Sam Register (Teen Titans), producers James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited) and Michael Jelenic (The Batman), and voice director Andrea Romano (Superman Doomsday). As a special bonus for fans, the panel will also screen the world-premiere trailer for the upcoming and highly anticipated Cartoon Network/Warner Bros. Animation series Young Justice. Don’t miss this Comic-Con exclusive.  From Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Brave and the Bold airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season 1, Part 1 will be released on DVD August 17. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/batmanbraveandbold.

CARTOON NETWORK: Comedy Animation: Adventure Time and Regular Show
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: 6A
Talent: Pendleton Ward, Pat McHale, Jeremy Shada, John Dimaggio, Tom Kenny, J.G. Quintel

Come join us for a panel celebrating our latest comedies from Cartoon Network Studios. What time is it? It’s Adventure Time with special guests Pendleton Ward (creator), Jeremy Shada (voice of Finn), John DiMaggio (voice of Jake) and Tom Kenny (voice of Ice King).  Adventure Time airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. Fans will also get an exclusive look at what’s coming this Fall including a sneak peak at Regular Show with creator J.G. Quintel.

LUCAS PANEL: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 7AB
Talent: Dave Filoni, Joel Aron, Kilian Plunkett

ADULT SWIM: Robot Chicken, Venture Bros, Metalocalypse, and Mongo Wrestling
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: 6BCF
Talent: Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Tom Root, Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer and Brendon Small
Moderator: Keith Crofford, vice president of production, Adult Swim

Adult Swim panel featuring show creators from Robot Chicken, Venture Bros and Metalocalypse—show creators Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Matt Senreich (Robot Chicken), Tom Root (Robot Chicken), Jackson Publick (Venture Bros), Doc Hammer (Venture Bros), and Brendon Small (Metalocalypse) will discuss their original series, screen sneak peeks, and answer questions.
SATURDAY, JULY 24

DC PANEL: Mad about MAD Magazine!
10:00 –  11:00 a.m.
Location:  7AB
Talent: John Ficarra, Sam Viviano, Sergio Aragones, Tom Richmond, Kevin Shinick
Moderator: Peter Girardi

MAD Magazine has established itself as the original and most imitated and influential satirical publication across generations.  This fall, MAD Magazine returns to TV screens with a new show for the next generation!  Come join MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra, MAD Magazine Art Director Sam Viviano, legendary MAD Magazine artist Sergio Aragones, contemporary MAD artist Tom Richmond, MAD Story Editor/Producer Kevin Shinick and your host, MAD Creative Exec Peter Girardi, for a light-hearted look at the future of an American institution. MAD Magazine will premiere on Cartoon Network September 2010.

AS PANEL: The Venture Bros.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Indigo Ballroom at the Bayfront Hilton (across from the convention center)
Talent: Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer, Patrick Warburton and James Urbaniak

Creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer host a laissez-faire chat about – what else? – The Venture Bros. They’ll be joined by Patrick Warburton (voice of Brock Samson) and James Urbaniak (voice of Dr. Venture) as they screen sneak preview clips from the upcoming season, shamelessly plug their new DVD and line of action figures, and take questions from the audience.

CARTOON NETWORK: Action-Adventure Animation: Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Generator Rex and Sym-Bionic Titan
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Location: 6DE
Talent: Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Steven T. Seagle, Glen Murakami, Dwayne McDuffie, Yuri Lowenthal, Greg Cipes, John Fang, Rob Hoegee, Daryl Sabara, Wally Kurth, Genndy Tartakovsky
Moderator: Tramm Wigzell, vice president, original series, action adventure for Cartoon Network

Come meet the creators, producers and voice actors behind some of Cartoon Network’s biggest boy heroes Ben 10 and Generator Rex. From Man of Action meet Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle along with the Ben 10: Ultimate Alien team members Glenn Murakami (supervising producer), Dwayne McDuffie (co-producer/story editor), Yuri Lowenthal (voice of Ben) and Greg Cipes (voice of Kevin). Generator Rex panelists include John Fang (supervising producer), Rob Hoegee (story editor), Daryl Sabara (voice of Rex) and Wally Kurth (voice of Six).  Also make sure not to miss a first look at Sym-Bionic Titan with Genndy Tartakovsky.

ADULT SWIM: Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job! and Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location:  6DE
Talent: Dave Willis, Jim Fortier, Matt Maiellaro, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and Dino Stamatopoulos
Moderator: Keith Crofford, vice president of production, Adult Swim

Adult Swim panel featuring show creators from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job! and Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole—show creators Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies), Jim Fortier (Squidbillies), Matt Maiellaro (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!), Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!) and Dino Stamatopoulos (Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole) will discuss their original series, screen sneak peeks, and answer questions. Keith Crofford, vice president of production at Adult Swim will moderate.

SUNDAY, JULY 25

CARTOON NETWORK: Live-Action/ CG: Tower Prep and Firebreather
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: 6DE
Talent: Paul Dini, Drew Van Acker, Elise Gatien, Ryan Pinkston, Dyana Liu, Phil Hester, Andy Kuhn and Peter Chung
Moderator: Harry Knowles

Join executive producer and series creator Paul Dini (Lost, Batman Beyond) as he offers fans an exclusive first look at Cartoon Network’s newest live action mystery series Tower Prep. Meet the series stars Drew Van Acker (The Lake), Elise Gatien (Bionic Woman), Ryan Pinkston (Punk’d) and Dyana Liu (Parenthood). Fans will also get an exclusive look at Firebreather, Cartoon Network’s first world premiere original CGI movie event based on the comic book series with creator and co-executive producer Phil Hester (The Wretch), co-executive producer Andy Kuhn (Freedom Ring) and writer/director Peter Chung (Aeon Flux).

WB PANEL: Unnatural History Episode Screening and Q&A
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Room 6BCF
Talent: Kevin G. Schmidt, Jordan Gavaris, Italia Ricci, Mike Werb
Moderator: Rich Sands

Join the adventure!  Cartoon Network’s first live-action mystery series, Unnatural History, journeys to San Diego for its Comic-Con debut. Unnatural History chronicles the adventures of Henry Griffin, a teenager with extraordinary skills acquired while traveling the world with his anthropologist parents. His unique abilities come in handy when he moves to Washington D.C. – and begins exploring the mysteries of a charter high school within the National Museum Complex. Fans will be treated to a premiere screening of a never-before-seen episode, as well as a Q&A with series stars Kevin G. Schmidt (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel), Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Italia Ricci (Greek) and Martin Donovan (Weeds) as well as creator/executive producer Mike Werb (The Mask, Face/Off).  From Warner Horizon Television, Unnatural History airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. Become a fan of the show at  www.facebook.com/UnnaturalHistory.

WB PANEL: Scooby-Doo Screening and Q&A
2:15 –  3:15 p.m.
Location: 6BCF
Talent: Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone, Mitch Watson, Dan Krall, Matthew Lillard

Those meddling teens are at it again!  Find out what Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and, of course, Scooby-Doo are up to with a sneak peek at upcoming titles from this beloved family franchise. Join supervising producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (both Duck Dodgers), producer Mitch Watson (Ben 10: Race Against Time) and art director Dan Krall (Coraline) as they screen a never-before-seen episode of the new Cartoon Network/Warner Bros. Animation series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (airing Mondays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network) and take fan questions. Additionally, they will unveil the trailer to Warner Home Video’s upcoming all-new original animated movie Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (release date: September 14) and will provide fans with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s forthcoming Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp videogame, coming September 14. Panel attendees will be served a full course of all things Scooby-Doo, as they will also hear about additional upcoming Scooby-related projects from Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

ADULT SWIM SIGNINGS

Thursday, July 22

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Look Around You Signing
BBC America Booth #3629
Talent: Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Childrens Hospital Signing
WB Booth #4545
Talent: Jon Stern, Rob Corddry, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino

Friday, July 23

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Venture Bros Signing
Adult Swim Booth #3351
Talent: Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Robot Chicken Signing
Adult Swim Booth #3351
Talent: Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Tom Root

Saturday, July 24

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Metalocalypse Signing
Adult Swim Booth #3351
Talent: Brendon Small, Tommy Blacha

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force & Squidbillies Signing
Adult Swim Booth #3351
Talent: Dave Willis, Jim Fortier, Matt Maiellaro

ADULT SWIM FAN EVENTS
TIM AND ERIC AWESOME-CON 2010
Saturday, July 24, 12 – 3 p.m.
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North

Picnic in the park hosted by Tim and Eric and other characters from the show with fan challenges (costume contest, karaoke contest, etc).

ADULT SWIM ICE CREAM TRUCKS
The Adult Swim ice cream trucks will be cruising around San Diego, keeping fans cool by rewarding them with free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.  Adult Swim show talent will be along for the ride to pass out ice cream, interact with fans, and sign autographs.  Follow www.twitter.com/AdultSwim as we live-tweet our locations.

CARTOON NETWORK SIGNINGS

Friday, July 23

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold Signing
WB Booth #4545
Talent: Diedrich Bader, James Tucker, Michael Jelenic and Andrea Romano

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Adventure Time & Regular Show Signing
Autograph Alley
Talent: Pen Ward, Pat McHale, Jeremy Shada (Finn) John DiMaggio (Jake),
Tom Kenny (Ice King), JG Quintel

Saturday, July 24

11:15 a.m. –  12:15p.m.
Mad about MAD Magazine!
DC Booth
Talent: John Ficarra, Sam Viviano, Sergio Aragones, Tom Richmond, Kevin Shinick

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Generator Rex Signing
Autograph Alley
Man of Action: Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Steven T. Seagle
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: Glen Murakami, Dwayne McDuffie, Yuri Lowenthal (Ben)  Greg Cipes (Kevin)
Generator Rex: John Fang, Rob Hoegee, Daryl Sabara (Rex), Wally Kurth (Six)

Sunday, July 25

11:45  – 12:30 p.m.
WB: Scooby Doo Mystery Inc Signing
WB Booth #4545
Talent: Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone, Mitch Watson, Dan Krall, Matthew Lillard

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Firebreather Signing
Autograph Alley
Talent: Peter Chung, Phil Hester, Andy Kuhn

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
WB: Unnatural History Signing
WB Booth #4545
Talent: Kevin G. Schmidt, Jordan Gavaris, Italia Ricci, Mike Web
CARTOON NETWORK -  THE CARTOON NETWORK PIZZERIA at CIRO’S
(Ciro’s Pizzeria, 536 Market Street, Between 5th and 6th in the Gaslamp Quarter)

Cartoon Network goes beyond the San Diego Convention Center this year with a fully immersive restaurant take-over!  Come visit the The Cartoon Network Pizzeria from Wednesday, July 21 – Sunday, July 25 and experience Cartoon Network in way you’ve never seen before at the con. The Cartoon Network Pizzeria will feature sneak previews of new and returning Cartoon Network shows, opportunities for special Happy Hour free food and drink and free Cartoon Network cup  with purchase throughout the entire convention (while supplies last).
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families.  Nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

CA – 4 Color FCBD

Whilce Portacio, Mark Waid, Philip Tan, Dwayne McDuffie and many more sign on Free Comic Book Day (May 1st):

  • MARK WAID – BOOM! Studios Editor.  Creator of Irredeemable, Incorruptible.  Writer of Kingdom Come, Superman: Birthright, The Flash, Spider-Man and Many others. Courtesy of BOOM! Studios (1pm-4pm)
  • WHILCE PORTACIO – Co-Founder of Image Comics. Artist on Punisher, X-Factor, Hulk, Image United, X-Men (11am-3pm)
  • PHILIP TAN – Artist on DC’s Outsiders, Green Lantern, Batman & Robin.  Cover artist for Spawn, Uncanny X-Men (11am-2pm)
  • THOMAS ZAHLER – Creator & Artist of LOVE & CAPES
  • DWAYNE MCDUFFIE – Writer for TV & Comics including Static Shock, Justice League Unlimited, Justice League; Crisis on Two Worlds
  • ADAM BEECHEN – Writer for TV & Comics including The Batman, Teen Titans Go!.  Current project Batman Beyond 6 part mini series
  • NORM RAPMUND – Artist for Booster Gold and various DC Comics
  • DANNY MIKI – Comic inker extraordinaire!! Projects include Ultimate Comics Avengers, Incredible Hulk
  • ALLEN MARTINEZNew Avengers, Iron Man Legacies
  • AMY WOLFRAMTeen Titans Year One, Cartoon Network’s Ben-10
  • TC CARSON – Voice of Kratos from God of War and Mace Windu in Star Wars Clone Wars
  • JOHN NARCOMEY – High Tower Comics and Draw Hard Studios
  • AJ HERRERA – Forbidden Panel and Zombie Kill Squad
  • JUSTIN WHITE – Forbidden Panel and Zombie Kill Squad
  • JULIAN AGUILERA – Marvel and Zenoscope Comics
  • DANI DIXON – Tumble Creek Press “13″ the Comic
  • BRANDI AUSET – Author

 501st Legion with Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, Droids, Boba Fett, Batman, Superman, Robin, Flash, Raven, KICK ASS, Scorpion and many others.  Free EMAIL PICTURES.

Coloring Contest open for ages 3 and up!!!

Charity Raffle for Hero Initiative

Free FOOD for all

AND OF COURSE FREE COMICS!!!

4 Color Fantasies, 7172 Archibald Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701

909-563-8751

Secret Identities Booth Schedule for SDCC

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SECRET IDENTITIES: THE ASIAN AMERICAN SUPERHERO ANTHOLOGY COMES TO SAN DIEGO WITH AN ALL-STAR LINEUP AT BOOTH #1735

Scheduled Appearances by Kelly Hu, Keiko Agena, Sonny Liew, Ming Doyle, Bernard Chang, Dustin Nguyen, and More; also Offering an Exclusive, Limited Edition Litho by Cliff Chiang; and Jeff Yang Moderates a Panel featuring Dwayne McDuffie, Gail Simone, Jai Nitz, Stuart Moore, and Gene Yang.

July 15, 2009—With Comic-Con International: San Diego just around the corner, the editors of Secret Identities, the groundbreaking Asian American superhero anthology, have announced a full schedule of signings at Epic Proportions’ Booth #1735.

Secret Identities hosts signings with Kelly Hu, Cliff Chian, Keiko Aquino, Dustin Nguyen, and many more at SDCC!

Secret Identities hosts signings with Kelly Hu, Cliff Chiang, Keiko Agena, Dustin Nguyen, and many more at SDCC!

Featuring some of the creative talent behind the stories in Secret Identities, these appearances give fans the opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in comics, television and film!

Leading off the signing schedule at 12:30pm on Thursday, July 23 is the team behind “The Blue Scorpion & Chung,” Gene Yang (The Eternal Smile) and Sonny Liew (Liquid City). On Friday, July 24, the “Learn to Share” creative team of actress Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls) and artist Ming Doyle (Comic Book Tattoo) will be signing from 2pm to 4pm. Superstar actress Kelly Hu (X2: X-Men United) and superstar artist Cliff Chiang (Green Arrow & Black Canary) are scheduled for Saturday, July 25 at 2pm. In addition, SIUniverse Media will be offering a convention exclusive lithograph of the Kelly Hu-created character JIA, featuring art by Cliff Chiang. Finally, “The Citizen” artist extraordinaire Bernard Chang (Wonder Woman) and Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Streets of Gotham) wrap up the show on Sunday, July 26 at 2pm.

The editors of Secret IdentitiesJeff Yang, Parry Shen, Keith Chow and Jerry Ma will also be available at Booth #1735 for the duration of the convention. However, the Secret Identities presence at Comic-Con extends well beyond a single booth. The following SI-affiliated artists and creators will be at their own booths throughout the convention center:
Bernard Chang (#1823)
Cliff Chiang (#1322)
Martin Hsu (#G-02)
Benton Jew (#EE-02)
Kazu Kibuishi (#2329)
Sonny Liew (#2329)
Jerry Ma (#1735)
Dustin Nguyen (#FF-04)
Anthony Wu (#2329)
Gene Yang (#AA-4)

To celebrate the gathering of so many contributors in one place, fans can participate in a special Secret Identities Scavenger Hunt! Anyone who has purchased a copy of Secret Identities and is able to collect verifiable signatures/sketches from each of the listed contributors will be entitled to a special prize at the Secret Identities booth!

In addition to celebrity signings and scavenger hunts, Secret Identities Editor-in-Chief Jeff Yang will be moderating a unique panel titled Four Color Reality: Making Comics Relevant to Readers Across Cultures in Room 3 on Friday, July 24 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Panelists include Dwayne McDuffie (Milestone Comics, Justice League), Gail Simone (Wonder Woman), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese), Stuart Moore (Wolverine: Noir, The 99) and Jai Nitz (Blue Beetle, El Diablo).

Panel Description:

Four Color Reality: Making Comics Relevant to Readers Across Cultures. Comic book stories have become the core of American pop culture—is there a big-budget spectacular that doesn’t in some fashion owe its existence to comic book roots these days? But sales of traditional-format comic books themselves have been in decline for years. This panel explores one reason for this shrinking market: the divergence between the identities of mainstream comic icons—who are typically straight, white, male and American—and the demographic makeup of a new generation of readers. How can the comic book industry connect with changing audiences—not just of diverse races and backgrounds, but of different cultural and national origins as well?

http://www.secretidentities.org/

Where to Find the “Special Guests” at Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International has updated their Special Guest List page with appearance information:

We’ve poured through our various schedules and listings to pull together the listed appearances of our guests throughout the convention. This information now follows the guest’s bio. These listings may not reflect all of their potential appearances. Some guests may also appear at company booths in the Exhibit Hall and other locations as well.

The Special Guest List for this year’s 40th Anniversary of the convention includes:

» Michael “Doc” Allred
» Kevin J. Anderson
» Sergio Aragonés
» Ray Bradbury
» Brom
» Gene Colan
» Nicola Cuti
» Kevin Eastman
» Steve Epting
» Mark Evanier
» June Foray
» Ramona Fradon
» Hunter Freberg
» Stan Freberg
» Gary Gianni
» Jimmy Gownley
» Russ Heath
» Brian Herbert
» James Jean
» Geoff Johns
» Eric Jones
» Kazu Kibuishi
» Dennis Kitchen
» John Kricfalusi
» Hope Larson
» Jim Lee
» Francis Manapul
» Dwayne McDuffie
» Doug Moench
» Sheldon “Shelly” Moldoff
» Fabio Moon
» Patrick Oliphant
» Bryan Lee O’Malley
» Stephan Pastis
» David Petersen
» Darick Robertson
» Jerry Robinson
» Mike Royer
» Stan Sakai
» Lew Sayre Schwartz
» Seth
» Bill Sienkiewicz
» Gail Simone
» Leonard Starr
» J. Michael Straczynski
» Richard Thompson
» Lewis Trondheim
» Ramón Valdiosera Berman
» Jerry Vanderstelt
» Charles Vess
» Landry Walker
» Bill Willingham
» Gene Yang
» Leinil Yu

Cartoon Network & Adult Swim Events at SDCC 2009

Cartoon Network and Adult Swim announce a number of panels, fan events, and signings at 2009 Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., Thursday, July 23 – Sunday, July 26, 2009. All times, dates and locations subject to change.

CARTOON NETWORK AND ADULT SWIM PANELS

THURSDAY, JULY 23

ADULT SWIM: Robot Chicken w/ Titan Maximum
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: 6A
Moderator: Keith Crofford, vice president of production Adult Swim

Seth Green (co-creator, Robot Chicken and Titan Maximum), Matthew Senreich (co-creator, Robot Chicken and Titan Maximum), Tom Root (head writer, Robot Chicken/co-creator, Titan Maximum) and Doug Goldstein (head writer, Robot Chicken) with Chris McKay, Breckin Meyer, Kevin Shinick, Mike Fasolo and Dan Milano discuss the popular Adult Swim series Robot Chicken. They also discuss the upcoming new stop-motion animated series Titan Maximum, slated to premiere on Adult Swim this fall.

CARTOON NETWORK COMEDY – ORIGINAL ANIMATION
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Location: 6A
Moderator: Brian Miller, senior vice president and general manager Cartoon Network Studios

Come join us for a panel celebrating three of the best comedies from Cartoon Network Studios. First up is a sweet treat with Chowder, including special guests C.H. Greenblatt (creator), Tara Strong (voice of Truffles) and Dana Snyder (voice of Gazpacho). Then set sail with The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and creator Thurop Van Orman (voice of Flapjack) and Steve Little (writer, voice of fan favorite Dr. Barber). Finally, hold on to your seats for a sneak peak of the new series, Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, with creator Pendelton Ward.

FRIDAY, JULY 24

WB PANEL: BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: 6B
Moderator: Sam Register, executive producer

Gotham takes over San Diego as Diedrich Bader (Surf’s Up), the voice of Batman, returns to headline a panel alongside John DiMaggio (Futurama), the voice of Aquaman, executive producer Sam Register (Teen Titans), producer James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited), producer and story editor Michael Jelenic (The Batman) and voice director Andrea Romano (Superman Doomsday). Fans will enjoy a discussion and lively Q&A as this dynamic and creative team look back upon the show’s incredible first season and provide an exclusive look at what season two holds for the Caped Crusader. From Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Brave and the Bold airs on Cartoon Network.

LUCASFILM PANEL: Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Building the Universe
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 7 AB

The Clone Wars expanded the scope of Star Wars beyond anything seen in the feature films – but Season One was just the beginning. Get a rare glimpse into the epic scale of the ongoing galactic conflict with supervising director Dave Filoni and key production staff from the series. Find out insider secrets about building the Star Wars galaxy, making the first season of the groundbreaking series and what’s to come in Season Two!

LUCASFILM PANEL: Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Behind the mic
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: 7 AB

Season Two of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming in hot, and you can believe that the talented voice cast has something to say about it! Join supervising director Dave Filoni as he talks with the actors behind your favorite Clone Wars characters, and get an intimate look at the animated antics inside the recording studio – as well as some unique and exclusive insights into what’s coming this Fall!

The BBC PANEL: THE MIGHTY BOOSH
4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Location: 6A

Cult comedy favorite and BAFTA-nominated, The Mighty Boosh, comes to Comic-Con for the first time to celebrate the airing of all three seasons on Adult Swim, and the BBC’s DVD release, just two days before the convention begins. Inspired by the Perrier Comedy Award-winning live comedy show, creators-stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding, along with actors Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher and Dave Brown. The hit UK comedy series follows crazy zookeepers Howard Moon and Vince Noir and was described by The San Jose Mercury News as “an acid-trip fantasy-comedy [that] is seriously deranged and seriously funny.”

LUCASFILM PANEL: The Star Wars Spectacular
5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Location: Hall H

Get all the latest news from the Star Wars universe – including some of Lucasfilm’s most tightly-guarded secrets! Join our galaxy of guests from The Clone Wars and beyond, including supervising director Dave Filoni, voice talent from the show and more!

SATURDAY, JULY 25

CARTOON NETWORK ACTION ADVENTURE ANIMATION: BEN 10
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: 6DE
Moderator: Tramm Wigzell director of development, original series Cartoon Network

It’s all about Ben 10 at this panel featuring director Alex Winter and cast members Ryan Kelley (Ben), Galadriel Stineman (Gwen), Nathan Keyes (Kevin) and Alyssa Diaz (Elena) from the live-action movie Ben 10: Alien Swarm coming this fall on Cartoon Network. Also appearing are Ben 10 Alien Force producer Glenn Murakami, story editor Dwayne McDuffie and Yuri Lowenthal (voice of Ben). Make sure not to miss an exclusive look at what’s coming next with a sneak peak of Generator Rex and the first images from the upcoming series, Sym-Bionic Titan, by creator Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory).

ADULT SWIM: Series Development and The Venture Bros.
6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Location: 6DE
Moderator: Keith Crofford, vice president of production Adult Swim

Fans will get the chance to hear from the Adult Swim development team and get a first look at upcoming Adult Swim programming. Nick Weidenfeld, director of development for Adult Swim and Matt Harrigan, executive producer/series writer for Adult Swim will give highlights of what’s in the tube for fall 2009. Then, Jackson Publick (co-creator), Doc Hammer (co-creator), Jon Schnepp (co-director), James Urbaniak (voice of Dr. Venture) and Mike Sinterniklaas (voice of Dean Venture) discuss the hit animated Adult Swim series The Venture Bros. and give fans insight into the future of the series.

SUNDAY, JULY 26

MATTEL PANEL: Hot Wheels Battle Force 5
12:00-1:00
Location: 7AB

Hot Wheels Battle Force 5: World Premiere! – Be the first to see an episode of the all new CG-animated series, Hot Wheels Battle Force 5! The series starts this August on Cartoon Network and tells the story of a group of teen drivers and their 5 ultra-cool, ultra-fast vehicles. Their mission is to protect the Earth from The Sark, an army of evil robots, and The Vandals, a species of super-predators. After the screening, join producer Audu Paden (Spider-Man: The New Animated Series), director Johnny Darrell (Storm Hawks) and real-life Hot Wheels car designers for a behind-the-scenes peek at how the series was created. There will also be plenty of fun activities, trivia, and lots and lots of great prizes!

WB PANEL: Zoinks! Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: 6DE
Moderator: TBA

Come join everyone’s favorite Great Dane as Warner Premiere & Cartoon Network present Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins. The all-new, live-action/CGI film reveals the origins of the Mystery Inc. gang on their first mission together. Be the first to witness the film, then stay for a fun-filled panel featuring director Brian Levant (Beethoven, Snow Dogs), producer Brian Gilbert (Wrong Turn, Skinwalkers) and introducing the all-new live-action cast: Robbie Amell (Life With Derek, True Jackson VP) as Fred, Kate Melton as Daphne, Hayley Kiyoko as Velma and Nick Palatas as Shaggy. Also expected to attend is Frank Welker, a member of the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! voice-cast, who provides the voice of Scooby-Doo for Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins – which will premiere on Cartoon Network and be distributed by Warner Home Video in Fall 2009.
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ADULT SWIM SIGNINGS
Adult Swim Booth: 3351

Friday, July 24
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Mighty Boosh Signing – Adult Swim Booth #3351
Noel Fielding, Julian Barrett, Michael Fielding, Dave Brown, Richard Fulcher

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Robot Chicken Signing – Adult Swim Booth #3351
Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Chris McKay

Saturday, July 25
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Robot Chicken Signing – Adult Swim Booth #3351
Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Doug Goldstein, Tom Root

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Venture Bros. Signing – Adult Swim Booth #3351
Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer

ADULT SWIM FAN EVENTS

TIM & ERIC AWESOME SHOW PERFORMANCE
Friday, July 24, 7 p.m.
Location: 4th and B, 345 B Street

Enjoy a live performance featuring Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. Much like the television series on Adult Swim, the live show is a fast-paced, variety show, complete with short films, parodies, pranks and musical numbers.

The BBC AND ADULT SWIM PRESENT: THE MIGHTY BOOSH BASH (A full cast DJ Set)
Friday, July 24, 11 p.m.
Location: 4th and B, 345 B Street

A multi-media DJ set house party featuring the full cast of The Mighty Boosh, including Noel Fielding and Julian Barrett. The cast will spin records and perform bits. For more information, go to www.themightyboosh.co.uk

TIM AND ERIC AWESOME-CON 2009
Saturday, July 25, 12 -3 p.m.
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North

Picnic in the park hosted by Tim and Eric and other characters from the show with fan challenges (costume contest, karaoke contest, etc).

ROBOT CHICKEN FAN EVENT
Saturday, July 25, 8 – 11p.m.
Location: Skate San Diego, 700 East 24th Street, National City, CA 91950

Join Robot Chicken creators and executive producers Seth Green and Matt Senreich for a special preview party – Comic Con Style – kicking off their two week roller skating tour to promote the release of the Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II DVD. The free, all ages party is open to the public and will feature a guest DJ, special Robot Chicken guests, including the show’s writers and producers, celebrity guest stars, Robot Chicken-themed activities and games, and exclusive Adult Swim merchandise.

CARTOON NETWORK SIGNINGS

Thursday, July 23
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Chowder & The Misadventures of Flapjack Signing – Autograph Alley
Chowder: C.H. Greenblatt, Tara Strong, Dana Snyder
The Misadventures of Flapjack: Thurop Van Orman, Steve Little

Saturday, July 25
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Ben 10 Alien Force Signing – Autograph Alley
Glen Murakami, Yuri Lowenthal, Dwight McDuffie

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Ben 10: Alien Swarm Cast Signing – Autograph Alley
Ryan Kelley (Ben), Galadriel Stineman (Gwen), Nathan Keyes (Kevin)
Alyssa Diaz (Elena)
Sunday, July 26
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins Signing – WB Booth
Robbie Amell (Fred), Kate Melton (Daphne), Hayley Kiyoko (Velma),
Nick Palatas (Shaggy)

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families. Nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.