Excelsior! Stan Lee Attends Big WOW! ComicFest 2013

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Press Release:

Big WOW! ComicFest is extremely excited and proud to welcome comic book legend STAN LEE for his first ever appearance at the Bay Area’s Premier Comic Book and Pop Culture Convention!

The legendary architect of the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee will spend the entire day on Sunday May 19, 2013, meeting with fans, signing autographs, posing for pictures, and answering questions in an exclusive panel presentation. Stan “The Man” Lee, whose legendary comic book career has spanned over 60 years, is the creative mind behind many of the biggest names in the comic book universe, including co-creating Iron Man, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, Thor and numerous others, and his body of work is far and away the most extensive in the history of comic books.

“It’s a dream to have Stan attend our show” said Big WOW! co-organizer Steven Morger. “There is no one who exemplifies the creative spirit that Big WOW! brings to the fans more than Stan Lee. He truly is a legend in the comic book industry.”

Advance Autograph, Photograph, or Combo Packages with Stan Lee can be Purchased Here.

Stan Lee headlines an impressive guest list at this years Big WOW! ComicFest. Joining Stan are some of today’s top comic industry professionals including Neal Adams (Superman, Batman), Tony Daniel (Batman), Adam Hughes (Fairest, Wonder Woman), Writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Joker), Toshio Maeda (Urotsukidoji & La Blue Girl), Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets), Lee Bermejo (Rorschach, Joker), Sanjulian (Vampirella), Brian Stelfreeze (Batman), Sergio Aragones (MAD, Groo), Herb Trimpe (Hulk), Terry & Rachel Dodson (X-Men, Wonder Woman), and Arthur Adams (Classic Avengers).

Fan-Favorites: Travis Charest (Weapons of the Metabarons), Kevin Nowlan (Superman Vs. Aliens), James O’Barr (Crow), Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Keu Cha (Rising Stars), Joe Linsner (Dawn), Michael Golden (The ‘Nam), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama), Humberto Ramos(Wolverine), Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine, Liberty Meadows), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra Assassin), Jason Palmer (Serenity), Aaron Lopresti (Spider-Man), Ryan Sook (Zatanna), and so many more confirmed guests added to our website!

Advance Ticket Sales and Hotel Information

Advance Attendee Ticket sales are now available both online and at many local comic shops in the Bay area. Tickets will also be sold from the box office at the convention hall both days of the show.Advance ticket sales are discounted!

If you’re in need of a place to stay during the show our Hotels page is up-to-date with hotels that have special rates for Big WOW! ComicFest Attendees.

Be sure to follow us on both Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming announcements!

CreaturesCon 2

CreaturesCon, the official Creature Features Convention dedicated to the classic San Francisco Bay Area TV Show, will join forces with Big Wow Comicfest this May 2013 in San Jose. John Stanley, Ernie Fosselius, Lord Blood-Rah, Strephon Taylor, Tom Wyrsch and a gang of special guests will be on hand.

Creature Features Props & Memorabilia
Creature Features Panel dedicated to Bob Wilkins
Creature Features items for sale
Creature Features shows on giant monitor ran continuously

And for the first time ever, Creature Features Live. A complete Creature Features show done live on stage with John Stanley as host, guests, and feature length movie with breaks. Guaranteed to be the largest Creature Features event ever. All part of CreaturesCon 2 at Big WOW! ComicFest.

And no Big Wow! ComicFest is complete without our:

Art Auction, Costume/Cosplay Contest (Saturday night directly after the show), Gaming, Card & Role-Playing Games with Sanctioned Tournaments and Live Demonstrations of Magic the Gathering, World of Warcraft, Hero Clix, and more!

Tickets are available on the website. And we have tickets available at over 30 participating comic book stores around Northern California.

Admission is only:
1 Day Adult $20.00
2 Day Adult $30.00
1 Day Child (8-14) $10.00
2 Day Child  $15.00
CHILDREN UNDER 8 ARE FREE!

FOR MORE INFORMATION we will always have guest and programming updates for the show at:   www.bigwowcomicfest.com . Also, most of our Guests will be available before the show for online, phone and in some cases, personal appearance Interviews.

Early Bird Exhibitor Discount for Big Wow 2013 Ends Soon

January 29, 2013 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News, Top Stories

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Big Wow! ComicFest Returns to San Jose May 18th & 19th, 2013, bringing two great days of Comic Book, Anime/Manga, Art, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Cosplay FUN! Many of the country’s best vendors of all things cool and collectible will tempt your wallets with the perfect gifts for Geek, Fans and True Collectors, everywhere! Big Wow! ComicFest is the Only Major Comics Event in the San Francisco Bay Area this Year.

SPECIAL NOTICE: The early bird $75 Discount for Exhibitor Booths, Small Press and Artist Alley Tables ends Thursday, January 31st at midnight PST. Click Here to Register Today before you miss this opportunity!

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Be sure to follow us on both Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming announcements!

Amazing Creators!

As the Original Artist-Friendly Show, we are bringing in a lineup of Fantastic Comic Book Creator Guests spanning all decades and genres! This year we are pleased to have as guests at the show Neal Adams (Superman, Batman), Tony Daniel (Batman), Adam Hughes (Fables, Wonder Woman), Writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Joker), Toshio Maeda (Urotsukidoji & La Blue Girl), Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets), Lee Bermejo (Rorschach, Joker), Sanjulian (Vampirella), Brian Stelfreeze (Batman), Sergio Aragones (MAD, Groo), Herb Trimpe (Hulk), Terry & Rachel Dodson (X-Men, Wonder Woman), and Arthur Adams (Classic Avengers).

Fan-Favorites… Travis Charest (Weapons of the Metabarons), Kevin Nowlan (Superman Vs. Aliens), James O’Barr (Crow), Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Keu Cha (Rising Stars), Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher), Joe Linsner (Dawn), Michael Golden (The ‘Nam), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama), Humberto Ramos (Wolverine), Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine, Liberty Meadows), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra Assassin), Jason Palmer (Serenity), Aaron Lopresti (Spider-Man), Ryan Sook (Zatanna), and so many more confirmed guests added to our website!

Hero Initiative Captures Matt Wagner’s Scent at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2011

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Hero Initiative at Wizard’s Chicago Comic Con With Guest Star Matt Wagner!

WORLD PREMIERE

FOUR Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab “Grendel” scents

August 3, 2011, (Los Angeles, CA) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that provides a financial safety net for comic creators in need, will head to the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 11th thru the 14th, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, in Rosemont Illinois.

We are proud to announce that special guest and Grendel creator Matt Wagner will be heading up the Hero booth, #1341-1343, all day Saturday and Sunday to be on hand for the WORLD PREMIERE of FOUR Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab “GRENDEL” scents! The scents include:

MASTERMIND

Grendel Mastermind

Based on Hunter Rose, the first of the Grendel legacy, a stylish, best-selling author who leads a double life as a relentless assassin and all-powerful mob overlord.

Fragrance notes: An elegant cologne of olibanum, opoponax, leather accord, black amber, bois de jasmine, cade wood, pale balsam, orange blossom, oudh, black plum, bourbon vanilla, and sandalwood.

AVENGER

Grendel Avenger 

Based on Christine Spar, a fashionable and fiery journalist who adopts the Grendel persona to avenge the death of her only child and is consumed by the dark identity.

Fragrance notes: Plush vanilla bourbon and rum accord with pink pepper, patchouli, clove, pikaki, golden amber, caraway, tuberose, and jacarandá-da-bahia.

EXORCIST

Grendel Exorcist 

Based on Brian Li Sung, Christine’s lover who, in the aftermath of her violent death, becomes haunted and possessed by what he sees as the “entity” of Grendel.

Fragrance notes: A refined lilac fougère with frankincense, labdanum, styrax, and dark musk.

HARLEQUIN

Grendel Harlequin 

Based on Eppy Thatcher, a futuristic, gothic harlequin, addicted to a heinous hallucinogen with the street name “Grendel,” who leads chaotic attacks against the corrupt Catholic Church.

Fragrance notes: Psychotomimetic: pink grapefruit, white honey, orange blossom, saffron, champagne grape, elemi, guaiac, blonde tobacco, and olibanum.

Each 5 ml bottle is $26, with proceeds benefitting Hero Initiative. Try ’em all!

Matt’s fans can also pick up a copy of the Wagner-covered Hero Comics, regularly $4, now only $2 at the con, and get it signed by Matt himself! And BPAL fans can also pick up on the very few “The Unknown” book/scent combos left. Fewer than 20 combos are left, which consist of a hardcover edition of The Unknownwith an original bookplate illustrated by artist Minck Oosterveer and signed by Oosterveer and Mark Waid, AND a 5 ml bottle of Cat Allingham from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. the fragrance features distilled shadows, a bleak desert landscape at midnight: Myroswelia balsam, gaïac wood, obsidian musk, green cumin, patchouli, myrrh, Siamese benzoin, frankincense, champaca, and sand.

And of course, Hero’s new and exclusive Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #41 will also be available for the mighty Chicago crowd. The limited edition of 500 copies features a GREAT new cover by Marvel Comics legend John Romita Sr. at $35 the copy.

Our booth schedule for the con as follows:

THUR., AUG. 11 (con hours 5-9)

530-730: Ariel Olivetti

630-730: Mike Grell

730-900: Mike Deodato Jr.

 

FRI., AUG 12 (con hours noon-8)

230-430: Tim Seeley

430-630: Ariel Olivetti

 

SAT., AUG. 13 (con hours 10-7)

ALL DAY: Matt Wagner

1200-100: Brian Azzarello, Dave Johnson and Eduardo Risso

230-430: Ariel Olivetti

 

SUN, AUG. 14 (con hours 10-5)

ALL DAY: Matt Wagner

1130-1230: Andy Brase

1230-130: Bill Reinhold

 

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.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

IL – Batman Gallery Event

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Eduardo Risso, Brian Azzarello, and Dave Johnson appear on August 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm for a gallery opening of Risso’s artwork on 100 Bullets, Johnny Double, and Batman.

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Super-Con 2009

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Super-Con 2009 was the first Super-Con show that I’ve been to, and it was an extremely enjoyable experience. If there was one word to describe the show, it would be “intimate”. Where shows such as San Diego Comic Con and Wizard World shows might be more formal and commercialized, Super-Con was stripped to the basics where it was just the artists and the fans. People walked up to artists such as Adam Hughes, drawing commissions all weekend long, and Frank Cho, who was working on The Ultimate Avengers # 1′s 2 triple gatefold covers, and just conversed with them while watching them work their magic. The air conditioning was magnificent, cooling everyone inside while temperatures reached in the 90′s outside. The booths set up had some great deals, and Artist Alley had long lines for artists such as Humberto Ramos, Eduardo Risso, Sean “Cheeks” Galloway and the always cool Talent Caldwell.

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Of course, fan favorite artist Adam Hughes had his hands full with a full commission list in the first 15 minutes of the con. While he could only get to 6 commissions, those 6 fans were treated to some of the most delightful pieces of art that had to be seen in person to truly appreciate their awesomeness. The auction table was full of gorgeous pieces, drawn by the likes of Hughes, Cho, and Travis Charest.

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The anime section of the con was eager to see their stars, especially Vic Mignogna, Full Metal Alchemist’s Edward Elric, and one could hear their cheers from one end of the hall to the other. Media guests for the show included the lovely Marina Sirtis, John Wesley Shipp of TV’s Flash series, Superman’s Margot Kidder, and Bruce Dern. There were a few people dressed up for cosplay, and the best costume had to be Kirby. This show had a little something for everyone, and I can say with certainty that I will definitely be coming back next year.

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Hero Initiative at Super-Con in San Jose

May 12, 2009 by  
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Press Release:

Hero Initiative at Super-Con in San Jose California

Saturday, May 16th, 10:00am- 6:00pm
Sunday, May 17th 10:00am-5:00pm

Los Angeles, CA (May 11, 2009): Hero Initiative will be travelling to the Super-Con in San Jose California in the south hall of the San Jose Convention Center. The con is proud to announce the biggest line up ever!! Check out the website at http://www.super-con.com. Stop by the Hero Initiative booth for signings or art from Eduardo Risso, Mike Mayhew, Bill Morrison and Dan Brereton. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, May 16
10:30-12:00 – Mike Mayhew
3:30-5:00 – Edwardo Risso

Sunday, May 17
11:30-12:30 – Bill Morrison
1:30-2:30 – Dan Brereton


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.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

4th Annual Super-Con Set for Downtown San Jose in May

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SUPER-CON IN DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE MAY 16 & 17!
Strong Guest List and Size Place Super-Con Among Top U.S. Comics Conventions

THE EVENT:
On Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, the fourth annual Super-Con will bring the biggest and brightest stars of comics, sci-fi, and pop culture to the San Jose Convention Center’s South Hall.

SUPER GUESTS
(Visit www.super-con.com for a complete, up-to-the-minute list):
Super-Con’s impressive guest list of comics professionals places it among the top fan-friendly conventions in the U.S.:
Anime Guests, voice artists for anime’s popular Full Metal Alchemist and Hellsing.
Travis Charest, cover artist; WildC.A.T.s, Metabarons, Star Wars art.
Frank Cho, Liberty Meadows, Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil.
Bruce Dern, Oscar-nominated actor, star of film and TV, including Silent Running, Great Gatsby, and Big Love. First comic book convention appearance.
Michael Golden, Doctor Strange, Micronauts, Nightwing.
Adam Hughes, cover artist; Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Tomb Raider.
Joe Jusko, painter of Tomb Raider, Tarzan, Vampirella, numerous trading cards series.
Bill Morrison, co-founder of Bongo Comics, publisher of The Simpsons comic books.
Eduardo Risso, 100 Bullets, Batman: Broken City.
John Wesley Shipp, The Flash, Emmy-winning actor.
Marina Sirtis, Star Trek’s Deanna Troi.
Arthur Suydam, Marvel Zombies, Conan, Batman, Death Dealer.
Jane Weidlin, the Go-Go’s, VH1′s The Surreal Life.
And many, many more!

HIGHLIGHTS:

Super-Con 2009 features panels, Q&A discussions with special guests, displays, and presentations by icons and industry leaders. The 4th annual Super-Con Cosplay Contest allows those daring souls to roam the convention hall in costume (providing photo opportunities galore) before the formal costume contest pits hero vs. hero. The Art Auction allows conventioneers to bid on one-of-a-kind pieces of art created especially for the auction by our super guests. In all, Super-Con has over 80,000 square feet of space to play with this year, so expect more excitement than ever, plus a great array of comic book, anime, and specialty toy vendors! Full convention programming info is at www.super-con.com.

WHEN:
Saturday, May 16: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 17: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:

San Jose Convention Center, South Hall, 435 S. Market St., San Jose.
I-880 and I-101 are less than a five-minute drive from the Center, which also has free weekend parking in the rear and nearby underground lots. Special rates at the San Jose Marriott are available to Super-Con guests (a limited block of rooms have been set aside for Super-Con).

ADMISSION:
Tickets for Super-Con are $20 for a one-day pass or $30 for a two-day pass. Tickets may be purchased three ways: 1) at the door on event day; 2) online at www.super-con.com; and 3) in advance at your local comic book retailer. Advance tickets purchased online or from your local comic book retailer will receive a $5 discount. Additionally, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform, and other attendees in costume are eligible for a discount.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Visit www.super-con.com, or email supercon@super-con.com.

ABOUT US:

The fourth annual Super-Con is brought to Bay Area fans by a group of local comics professionals and fans.