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  • TX – Fables Encyclopedia Signing

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    Noted academic scholar Jess Nevins appears at Austin Books & Comics on Saturday, October 25th from noon to 4pm for the release of his latest book, the Fables Encyclopedia!

    This book will be an essential for all of you Fables fans, because Nevins details the historical information of every character that’s appeared in the hit Vertigo series. If you’ve read his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen companions, you know how in-depth his studies take him. Plus, there’s art from cover artists James Jean, Joao Ruas and series regulars Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha fun facts and anecdotes from series writer Bill Willingham and a cover by Adam Hughes.

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    Austin Books & Comics
    5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

    Boston Comic Con 2013 Schedule

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    Boston Comic Con has announced their schedule for the 2013 convention! This year’s show includes gaming, trivia contests, cosplay tutorials, concerts, and of course Q&A panels with some of the most talented comic creators in the industry plus media guests Jason David Frank (Power Rangers) and The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan! Panels are free with paid admission. Get tickets either at the door or online at the link!

    SATURDAY APRIL 20TH

    Main Lobby Panel Room

    All Age Comics
    12:00pm-12:45pm
    Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Andy Price

    Power Ranger Q&A
    1:00pm–1:45pm
    Jason David Frank

    How To Draw Like A Bad Ass
    2:00pm–2:45pm
    Frank Cho

    DC Artists
    3:00pm-3:45pm
    Tony Daniel, Tom Raney, Aaron Lopresti

    Marvel Artists
    4:00pm-4:45pm
    Carlos Pacheco, Mark Bagley, Mike Choi, Nick Bradshaw, Lauren Sankovitch

    Writing Comics
    5:00pm-5:45pm
    Bill Willingham, Steve Niles, Tim Seeley

    Female Creators
    6:00pm-6:45pm
    Amy Reeder, Colleen Doran, Ming Doyle, Lauren Sankovitch

     

    Panel Room 109

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
    12:00pm-12:45pm
    Trivia game about comics, sci-fi, TV, movies, etc.

    Comics and Comics
    2:00pm–2:45pm
    Popular stand up comedy team showcases their Geek based humor

    Nashville Superman
    3:00pm–3:45pm
    Country music singer, Allen Shervelle, sings songs about Superman

    Panel Room 109

    Meet The Legions
    4:00pm-4:45pm
    Star Wars 501st cosplay organization

    Anime Trivia
    5:00pm-5:45pm
    Hosted by Isis Kain, The Anime Trivia Mistress

     

    Panel Room 110

    How to Create Suspense in Comics
    12:00pm-12:45pm
    Hosted by Neil Gibson, creator of the best selling UK based comic series Twisted Dark

    So You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist
    1:00pm–1:45pm
    Former Dark Horse Comics editor, Phil Amara, as well as creators Jack Purcell, Erik Carlson, and more

    Stop Waiting and Make Your Comic!
    2:00pm–2:45pm
    How to turn your ideas into reality with George Homeless

    How to Pitch Your Comic to Publishers
    3:00pm–3:45pm
    Hosted by Anthony Del Col, co-creator of Kill Shakespeare

    Star Wars Origami
    4:00pm-4:45pm
    Learn how to make Star Wars origami

    Sell Your Comic To UnCreate Comics
    5:00pm-5:45pm
    Sell your comic to on-line publisher UnCreate Comics

    Yaya Han: Costumes & Cosplay
    6:00pm-6:45pm
    Yaya shows you how to take cosplay to a whole new level

     

    SUNDAY APRIL 21ST 

    Main Lobby Panel Room

    Kicking Monkeys
    11:00am-11:45am
    Bill Willingham and Frank Cho unveil their new project

    Spotlight: Mike Mignola
    12:00pm–12:45pm
    Hellboy creator Mike Mignola

    Spotlight: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
    1:00pm–1:45pm
    DC artists and writer Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

    Costume Contest
    2:00pm-3:45pm
    Hosted by cosplay favorite Yaya Han

    Walking Dead Q&A
    4:00pm-5:00pm
    Lauren Cohan

    **UPDATE: Jon Bernthal has cancelled his appearance at Boston Comic Con**

    Panel Room 109

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
    12:00pm-12:45pm
    Trivia game about comics, sci-fi, TV, movies, etc.

    Comics and Comics
    2:00pm–2:45pm
    Popular stand up comedy team showcases their Geek based humor

    Nashville Superman
    3:00pm–3:45pm
    Country music singer, Allen Shervelle, sings songs about Superman

    Meet The Legions
    4:00pm-4:45pm
    Star Wars 501st cosplay organization

    Panel Room 110

    Comic Art Auction
    1:00pm-3:00pm

     

    2013 GAMING SCHEDULE

    Magic: the Gathering
    Star City Games Invitational Qualifier

    • Date: Saturday April 20, 11am
    • Registration: April 20, 10am-11am
    • Entry: $25
    • Prize: Based on attendance

    Magic: the Gathering
    Gatecrash Sealed Deck Tournament

    • Date: Sunday April 21, 11am
    • Registration: April 21, 10am-11am
    • Entry: $25
    • Prize: Based on attendance

    Magic: the Gathering
    8-Player Side Events: Booster Draft

    • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 20 & 21, as filled
    • Entry: $15
    • Format: 8-player, single elimination
    • Prizes: 8-4 pack prizes

    Magic: the Gathering
    8-Player Side Events: Win-a-box

    • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 20 & 21, as filled
    • Entry: $15
    • Format: 8-player, single elimination
    • Prize: Booster box for winner

    Magic: the Gathering
    8-Player Side Events: Standard and Modern

    • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 20 & 21, as filled
    • Entry: $15
    • Format: 8-player, single elimination
    • Prize: TBD

    Magic: the Gathering
    4-Player Commander

    • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 21 & 22, as filled
    • Entry: $5
    • Prize: 2 booster packs each time you eliminate another player

    Yu-Gi-Oh
    16 Man Booster Box

    • Hours, Saturday April 21: 11am, 2pm, 5pm
    • Hours, Sunday April 22: 11am, 2pm
    • Entry: $5

    OR – Fables Signing

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    Bill Willingham signs at Things From Another World on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 5:00 till 7:00 pm!

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    Press Release:

    It’s no fantasy: writer Bill Willingham visits the Portland TFAW April 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. to sign his multiple Eisner Award-winning series, Fables! Meet the man behind Vertigo’s long-running, legendary series: copies of Fables comics, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers will be available for purchase.

    SIGNING POLICY: Get anything purchased at TFAW (with receipt) signed! Outside items (not purchased at TFAW) limited to three per customer.

    Immediately after the signing, segue into the Stumptown Comics Fest Kickoff Party from 7 p.m. until ??? Stumptown Comics Fest, the Northwest’s most respected independent comic book convention, takes place April 27 and 28, and TFAW is proud to start things off in style. Meet and mingle with special guests from the Fest, enjoy free food and beer (21+ with ID), and enjoy a night of conversation, nerdery, and music!

    Starring classic characters like Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, and Pinocchio, Fables is a darker, dramatic reinterpretation of a wide variety of figures from fairy tales and folklore. The winner of 14 Eisner Awards (and counting), millions of readers can’t get enough of Bill Willingham’s vivid imagination and masterful storytelling. Don’t miss this special event at the Portland TFAW April 26!

    Things From Another World
    2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

    SC – Chrissie Zullo Signing

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    Artist Chrissie Zullo appears at Richard’s Comics on Saturday March 30th from 2:00 till 5:00 pm signing her multitude of books! Some of the books she has worked on are: Cinderella: Fabletown w/Love (Covers), Cinderella: Fables are Forever, Fables #100, Madame Xanadu #26, Womanthology HC, Creepy #11, Womanthology #5, and Hack/Slash Ann. and more coming!

    She will be happy to sign your copies, or on the off chance you might not have these, the store will have some on hand available for purchase.

    If we are real lucky she may even be willing do draw brief head sketches. If you wish anything larger/more detailed please check with her for pricing. She is happy to accept commission requests and you can discuss it with her at the store. She may also bring some of her awesome prints for sale.

    Be sure to mark the date on your calendar and come and meet her!

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    Richard’s Comics and Collectables
    1214A Laurens Road, Greenville, SC 29607

    IL – Helheim Signing

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    Artist Joëlle Jones signs at Challengers Comics on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm!

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    Press Release:

    HELHEIM artist Joëlle Jones (Troublemaker, Spell Checkers, Fables) comes to Challengers for a signing and one-night-only art show! Joëlle will be signing copies of Helheim #1, along with an exclusive Helheim print, from 6pm to 7pm, and mingling with fans at a Helheim art show from 7pm to 10pm. Beer and wine will be served.

    A NEW SERIES FROM SIXTH GUN WRITER CULLEN BUNN AND FAN FAVORITE ARTIST JOËLLE JONES! “Once the threshold of Helheim is crossed, not even gods can escape.” During the age of the Vikings, savage wild men and dark creatures beset a small settlement. A brave war party stands as guardians of the helpless villagers, but they are no match for the horrors rising up around them. One of the warriors, a young hero named Rikard, will pay the ultimate price in battle… but his fight is far from over. A gothic horror story of witchcraft, night creatures, and the undead.

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

    A Note From Bill Willingham About Fabletown & Beyond

    February 8, 2013 by  
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    fables_mbFor immediate release

    Wait a moment, on second thought, “for immediate release” makes this sound awfully urgent, and it’s not. Yes, it does happen to be time-sensitive material and we’d like it released soon, or at least soonish, but it needn’t be immediate. Save “immediate” for medical emergencies, positioning yourself under a pop-up fly, and disarming bombs. At best, this falls more under the heading of, “as quickly as you can reasonably get to it.” Please, finish your coffee and that last bite of sandwich, visit the facilities (if you need to), relax a bit and settle yourself. Then, please, if you’d be so kind, release this puppy.

    Thanks.

    Fabletown and Beyond, our convention celebrating the Mythic Fiction movement in comics, is just around the corner.

    A personal note from Bill Willingham, inviting you to think about attending:

    Hi,

    I’m Bill Willingham, the writer of the long-running comic series Fables. In just over a month I’ll also be hosting a small comic convention in Rochester, Minnesota called Fabletown and Beyond. It’s a convention about Fables and books like it.

    If you go to our website you can find out all sorts of good things like who else is coming, what sorts of programming we’re planning to have (although it’s far from a comprehensive list yet). Please visit fablescon.com for the full tour.

    Since it was designed from the beginning to be a small convention, with more time and opportunity to interact with the guests of your choice, we’re limited on how many folks can attend, and we’re beginning to close in on our hotel room and attendance limits.

    So then, now seems the time to act. If you’re interested in attending, a month and a half away is nearly no time at all. Perhaps it’s time to pounce, to strike boldly, to do some other thing that is metaphorically equivalent to deciding to attend.

    Also, you may not know this but it’s going to be the perfect show to which you’ll want bring the special love of your life. We’ve done extensive made-up scientific research on this. Think of Fabletown and Beyond as a romantic couples retreat, but with comics too.

    We’re planning on a fine time to be had for all, including (but not limited to) game shows, a phone-photo scavenger hunt, with amazing prizes, and even opportunities for one-on-once conversations with your favorite artist and/or writer.

    Pretty cool, huh?

    Speaking for vast multitudes, I do hope we’ll see you there.

    Also, for those in the greater Minneapolis and Saint Paul area, and its surroundings, you should know that The Crossings art studio in Zumbrota, as a lead in to Fabletown and Beyond, is hosting an all comic art gallery show, throughout the entire month of February.

    It’s going on right now and will continue throughout the rest of the month. It features the comic art of myself, Gene Ha, Adam Hughes, Mark Buckingham, and Chrissie Zullo, all of whom will also be attending the convention in March.

    Many original pieces have already sold. It’s on track to being the best gallery show the venue has ever had. But we’ve stocked the art in deep. Many more pages and comic art covers are still available and will be throughout the month.

    For more information you can visit The Crossings website at: crossingsatcarnegie.com or by calling them at 507 732 7616.

    Of course any unsold covers and pages will be available again at Fabletown and Beyond.

    MN – Fables Writing Workshops

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    Bill Willingham appears at the Crossings Gallery to teach two writing workshops.

    Writing to be Drawn

    Saturday, February 9, 10am-1pm.
    Cost: $50. Age 12 to adult.
    Level: Beginner to Intermediate

    Comic Books are big. They rule Hollywood now, and before they’re drawn, they need to be written.

    It can be tough to write for the specific medium of comics, unless you can think like an artist. Bill Willingham, a thirty year veteran of comic book writing, and winner of comics’ most prestigious award for comic writing, will take you through the ins and outs and how to write when it’s going to be drawn.

    Writing Prose Stories

    Saturday, February 23, 10am-1pm.
    Cost: $50
    Level: Beginner to Intermediate

    This is a one-day class on some of the special considerations one should have in writing prose to sell, including how to keep it short and lively. We’ll also discuss some of the special considerations for writing to specific markets, like Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and other genres.

    Bill Willingham is a novelist, short story writer and comic book writer, winner of many industry awards and four time Hugo nominee. His work has been translated into far too many languages, none of which he can read.

    Crossings Gallery
    320 East Avenue, Zumbrota, MN 55992
    507-732-7616

    GraniteCon Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    January 25, 2013 by  
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    graniteconSave the date!  Granitecon 2013 is September 28th and 29th! To celebrate 10 years of Granitecon we’re expanding to 2 days and moving to the larger Expo Center!  Expect all sorts of fun events, signings and more!  Check out the recently relaunched granitecon.com for some of the early details including our first round of guests!!!

    So far our guests include:

    • Katie Cook – My Little Pony
    • Chris Giarrusso – Mighty Marvels, G-Man
    • JK Woodward – Star Trek/Doctor Who
    • Ale Garza – Deadpool, Teen Titans
    • Craig Rousseau – Marvel Adventures, Perhapanauts
    • Chrissie Zullo – Fables
    • Amy Mebberson – My Little Pony, Sesame Street
    • Edwin Huang – Skullkickers
    • Mike Raicht – Stuff of Legend Writer
    • Erik Burnham – Ghostbusters, TMNT Writer
    • Blair Shedd – Doctor Who, Dorothy of Oz
    With more to be announced soon!

    Make sure to follow Granitecon on Twitter @granitecon and Like us on Facebook!

    MN – FablesCon Art Show

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    Bill Willingham appears at the Crossings Gallery for a cocktail reception on February 23, 2013 to celebrate the opening of the Fabletown & Beyond art show!

    Press Release:

    To kick off the New Year and help prepare you for the wonderous event that will be Fablescon, Crossings Art Center (in Zumbrota, MN) will be holding an exhibit featuring several artists who will be a part of Fabletown and Beyond.

    The exhibit will be on at the art center throughout the month of February and will feature art from Bill Willingham, Gene Ha, Mark Buckingham, Adam Hughes, Chrissie Zullo, and Peter Gross.

    Here’s a brief summary of some of the art that will be present and for sale:

    Gene Ha has most of the art from Fables #122 and #123… 27 out of the 40 pages will be available.

    Chrissie Zullo will have original Cinderella covers for sale.

    Mark Buckingham will have a plethora of Fables pages.

    Peter Gross will have lots of The Unwritten pages.

    Adam Hughes will have Fairest covers on display and for sale.

    And Bill Willingham will have pages from Shadowpact, art from an original and unpublished Richard Nixon JLQ story and other assorted comic pages.

    Crossings Gallery
    320 East Avenue, Zumbrota, MN 55992
    507-732-7616

    artwork by Gene Ha

    Baltimore Comic-Con 2013 Adds More Guests

    November 20, 2012 by  
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    **UPDATE: Dave Gibbons will not be able to take part in this year’s event.**

    Press Release:

    The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the next group of confirmed guest for the 2013 show, taking place the weekend of September 7-8, 2013. Mark Buckingham, Dave Gibbons, Adam Hughes, Paul Levitz, George Perez, Walter Simonson, Louise Simonson, and Allison Sohn will all be attending our 14th Annual show !

    Mark Buckingham, who is best-known and most-celebrated for his work on the long-running Vertigo title Fables, began his career in 1990 working with Neil Gaiman on Miracleman from Eclipse Comics. Working on such titles as 2000 ADHellblazer, and Shade, the Changing Man, he became a mainstay at DC Comics after taking over art duties on Fables with issue #6. His run on the popular imprint title has earned him four Eisner Awards, including Best New Series in 2003, Best Serialized Story in 2005 and 2006, and Best Artist/Penciler/Inker in 2007.Gibbons Watchmen 1

     

    Legendary artist Dave Gibbons is best known for his collaboration with Alan Moore on the seminal mini-series,Watchmen. With a career that spans more than four decades, Gibbons has provided artowrk for 2000 AD, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dark Horse Comics, and has worked with such characters as Judge Dredd, Captain America, Superman and Batman. He is currently working on The Secret Service with Mark Millar though Marvel’s Icon imprint.Hughes Fairest

     

    As far as cover artists working in comics today, Adam Hughes is among the very best. A 12-year veteran of Gaijin Studios, Hughes is most widely recognized for his pin-up style renditions of female characters, especially over the course of his long runs as cover artist on Wonder Woman and Catwoman. His most recent work includes the Before Watchmen mini-series, Dr. Manhattan. Hughes won the Harvey Award for Best Cover Artist in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

     

    Paul Levitz has been a mainstay at DCPerez Levitz World's FinestComics since 1972, serving as a writer, editor, and President (2002 – 2009) over the tenure of his career. His name is synonymous with the Legion of Super-Heroes, which he wrote from 1977-1979 and 1981-1989, and he created such notable characters as the Stalker, the Earth-2 Huntress, and Lucien the Librarian. Levitz has since returned to writing the Legion of Super-Heroes for the New 52, as well as the Earth-2 centric book, World’s Finest.

     

    Writer/artist George Perez established himself as a fan-favorite creator during his lengthy runs on Marvel Comics’ Avengers, and DC Comics’ Teen Titans and Wonder Woman. Over the course of his 40-year career, Perez has drawn nearly every character in both the Marvel and DC Universes, and has worked on such ground breaking events as the Infinity GauntletJLA/Avengers, and Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds. In 2011, he reunited with long-time collaborator Marv Wolfman to publish the long-awaited New Teen Titans: Games graphic novel. Currently, he is working as the artist for DC’s World’s Finest with Paul Levitz. Walt Simonson swsor_cv4_r1

     

    Walter Simonson is best known for his run on The Mighty Thor throughout the 1980s. His classic run was recently collected by Marvel in The Mighty Thor Omnibus by Walter Simonson, a massive tome which featured issues #337-355, #357-369, and #371-382, as well as the mini-series, Balder the Brave #1-4. In addition to his work on Thor, Simonson has worked on such titles as Detective ComicsAvengers, and Marvel’s Star Wars comics. In 2010, Simonson received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented at the Harvey Awards.

    Louise Simonson began her career in as an editor in 1974 before moving on to writing for Marvel Comics in 1984. She is best known for her work on Power PackX-FactorNSohn sketch cardew Mutants, and Superman: The Man of Steel. In addition to comics, Simonson is an accomplished novelist, having published 14 books between 1993 and 2009.

     

    Sketch card artist Allison Sohn’s work has been showcased in several trading card sets, including: Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 and 5 and the Star Wars 30th Anniversary CollectionWomen of MarvelIndiana Jones HeritageLord of the Rings Masterpieces, Series 1 and 2; and the Red Sonja 35th Anniversary. In addition, she provided the exclusive artwork for both Star Wars Celebration IV and V. In 2011, Sohn was the feature of a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International called Comic-Con How-To: Sketching with Allison Sohn, in which she demonstrated her craft using Copic markers.

    “We are so excited to able to announce these great guests for next year’s show,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “It’s not even 2013 yet, and with Mark, Dave, Adam, Paul, George, Walter, Louise, and Allison joining the list of guests, the level of top-tier talent for the show is just getting better and better!”

    Buckingham, Gibbons, Hughes, Levitz, Perez, the Simonsons and Sohn join already announced guests: Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine); Barry Kitson (Empire); Mike Mignola (Hellboy In Hell); Chris Samnee (Daredevil); and Mark Waid (Indestructible Hulk).

    In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitter, and Facebook pages.

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