AB – Alpha Comics 3rd Anniversary Signing

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Fiona Staples (Saga) and Riley Rossmo (Drumhellar) appear on Saturday, August 2nd from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm to celebrate Alpha Comics’ third year of business.

Alpha Comics 
Lynnwood Shopping Centre #9
7005 18th Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 1Y1, Canada

Hero Initiative Stampedes to Calgary Comic Expo 2014

Hero Initiative Calgary Specials

Press Release:

Hero Initiative Stampedes to Calgary Comic Expo!

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 9, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need, travels to Calgary Comic Expo for the first time ever, April 24-27! (www.calgaryexpo.com).

Stop on by our creative ambassadors located all over the con floor who will be collecting donations for Hero: Reilly Brown, Brian Haberlin, Mark McKenna, Michael Oeming, Riley Rossmo, Greg Rucka, Fiona Staples, Arthur Suydam, and Jim Zub are all on the job. So do the right thing and DONATE!

And check out our con specials at our booth, Y-19 and Y-20! We’re blowing out Violent Messiahs #1 and Cyberforce #2 for$1 each! Ultimate Spider-Man 100 Project and ACTOR Comics Presents are $2 each! What a deal!

See you there!

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 $500,000 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.

 

MoCCA Arts Festival Presents the Wacom Lounge

April 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, New York

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Press Release:

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce Wacom as a sponsor at this year’s MoCCA Arts Festival. Wacom specializes in pen tablets, interactive pen displays and other types of input devices, and will be exhibiting the Cintiq 22HD, Cintiq Companion, Cintiq Companion Hybrid, Intuos Pro, Intuos and Intuos Creative Stylus in the Wacom Lounge, a dedicated space next to the Exhibitor Hall. The general public is invited to play and experiment with Wacom products along side artists. Tim Hamilton, James Yang, and Guest of Honor Fiona Staples will be giving demos throughout the day on Saturday. Kris Mukai, Nick Illuzada, and CollegeHumor.com and Dorkly.com illustrators Julia Lepetit, Caldwell Tanner, and Nathan Yaffe will be at the Lounge on Sunday.

Schedule:
Tim Hamilton: Sat, April 5 12-1pm
James Yang: Sat, April 5 2-3pm
Fiona Staples: Sat, April 5 4-5pm
Kris Mukai and Nick Illuzada: Sun, April 6 12-1pm
College Humor: Sun, April 6 3-4pm

About Wacom
The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world. Millions of hobbyist and professional customers are using Wacom’s pen technology to explore digital content creation and express their creativity.

Tim Hamilton
Tim Hamilton lives in Brooklyn, NY, and has produced work for The New York Times, Cicada Magazine, King Features, Marvel, IDW, BOOM, DC Comics, Mad Magazine, Nickelodeon Magazine, Dow Jones, Lifetime, ABC Television, Holiday House, Fast Company Magazine and PublicAffairs. He adapted “Treasure Island” into a graphic novel for Puffin Graphics. In 2010 he adapted Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 into a graphic novel for Hill & Wang with Mr. Bradbury’s blessing. The resulting book was nominated for an Eisner award in the “Best Adaptation of Another Work” category. His first children’s book The Big Fib was just published by Holiday House, and he’s currently working his third picture book for them. Tim was once a clue on the quiz show Jeopardy.

James Yang
Born and raised in Oklahoma, James Yang graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. Within a few years of entering the illustration marketplace, prestigious trade publications began to show or feature his work: Communication Arts Design & Illustration Annuals, 3×3 Magazine, Graphis, HOW, Print’s Regional Design Annual, Step x Step, and The Art Directors Club of New York Annual. Since 1983, James has won over 200 awards for design and illustration, including best of show in 2010 from 3×3. Mr. Yang most recently taught at Parsons School of Design in New York City. He continues to be in constant demand as a guest lecturer around the world. Yang moved to NYC in 1994 and now lives in Brooklyn where he lives happily married to acclaimed choreographer and dancer Abby Chan.

Fiona Staples
Fiona Staples is a comic book artist living in Calgary, Canada. She has illustrated numerous comics including Mystery Society, Done to Death, Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor, Jonah Hex, and Northlanders. She has contributed cover art to DV8, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Criminal Macabre, Superman/Batman, Archie, and more. In March of 2012, Image Comics published the first issue of Saga, an ongoing series by Brian K. Vaughan, which received critical acclaim and for which she received two Eisner Awards, a Hugo Award, and several Harvey Awards.

Kris Mukai
Kris Mukai is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Brooklyn, NY. Kris writes comics about traveling and feeling uncomfortable. Find Kris at krismukai.com and krismukai.tumblr.com

Nick Illuzada
Nick is an illustrator and designer from Brooklyn. He makes zines, pets puppies and watches far too much soccer. His clients include AT&T, EA Games, ESPN, Google, GQ, Microsoft, Nobrow, The NY Times, and Wired. www.nickiluzada.com

About CollegeHumor.com
Founded in 1999, CollegeHumor.com offers daily comedic content through videos, pictures, articles and jokes, both created and curated by the CollegeHumor staff. CollegeHumor’s popular sketches and series have generated more than 3 billion views, and earned CollegeHumor 11 Webby Awards and an ECNY Award, among others. In addition to online content, hllustrated Dorkly’s most-viewed piece of all time, “Pick Your Starter!: A Choose-Your-Own-Pokemon-Adventure,” which has been viewed more than 5 million times. Julia has voiced characters in many successful Dorkly Originals, Dorkly Bits, and CollegeHumor Originals. A freelance artist and illustrator in her spare time, Julia’s work has been published in magazines and comics. She graduated magna cum laude from FIT with a degree in Illustration.

About Dorkly.com
Founded in 2010, Dorkly.com is the fastest-growing website dedicated to fandom culture. Generating more than 40 million views each month, the site offers daily original content covering all things geek in comics, movies, television, boardgames, videogames, and more, for the fanboy or fangirl in everyone.

Julia Lepetit
Julia Lepetit is a New york-based artist and the Head Illustrator for Dorkly.com, where she has worked since 2010. In this role she illustrates and oversees all illustrated content for the site. She illustrated Dorkly’s most-viewed piece of all time, “Pick Your Starter!: A Choose-Your-Own-Pokemon-Adventure,” which has been viewed more than 5 million times. Julia has voiced characters in many successful Dorkly Originals, Dorkly Bits, and CollegeHumor Originals. A freelance artist and illustrator in her spare time, Julia’s work has been published in magazines and comics. She graduated magna cum laude from FIT with a degree in Illustration.

Caldwell Tanner
Caldwell Tanner is a New York-based writer and artist, currently working working as the Head Illustrator for CollegeHumor.com. In addition to overseeing all illustration on CollegeHumor, he has produced several of the site’s most popular articles and helped write, storyboard and voice a number of successful video series including CollegeHumor’s Dinosaur Office and Bear Shark, and Dorkly’s Pokemon Rusty. Caldwell’s work has also been featured in Nintendo Video, The New Yorker, CollegeHumor: The Website: The Book, and The Dumb Book (an upcoming Reader’s Digest publication). His personal website and comic portfolio can be found at Loldwell.com.

Nathan Yaffe
Nathan Yaffe is a New York-based Illustrator in the editorial department of CollegeHumor.com, where he has worked since 2012. When he isn’t drawing or photoshopping, Nathan performs improvisational comedy and makes funny videos with his friends. Together with CollegeHumor’s Caldwell Tanner, Nathan hosts the daily drawing show Morning Drawfee, which can be seen on CollegeHumor’s Facebook page and on the new YouTube channel Drawcast.

About the Society of Illustrators
The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the Society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building in mid-town Manhattan. In 2012 the Society acquired the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. It’s mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art along with the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world’s most popular art form. The MoCCA Arts Festival, begun in 2002 and continued by the Society, features a selection of independent comic and cartoon artists and includes programming, gallery space, and an Exhibition Hall. The Society is open to the public Tuesday, 10 am-8 pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; and Saturday, 12-4pm. To learn more about visiting the Museum, Admission and the Society go to www.societyillustrators.org.

2014 MoCCA Arts Festival Schedule Announced

staples-moccaPress Release:

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce a robust and distinguished programming schedule for the 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 5-6 at the 69th Regiment Armory and featuring more than 50 artists, designers, critics and scholars. Highlights of the program will include individual Q+A sessions with honored guests Robert Williams and Fiona Staples, honored guests Howard Cruse and Alison Bechdel in conversation, Art Spiegelman and Joost Swarte in conversation, a presentation by Drew Friedman, and a discussion about comics and design with Chip Kidd and Françoise Mouly.

In a special site-appropriate presentation, scholar Tad Suiter will trace the participation of cartoonists in the 1913 Armory Show that established Modernism in America at the very site of the MoCCA Arts Festival just over a century ago.

Performative reading of comics for children and a panel on comics and education will address the growing significance of children’s comics. International participants in this year’s programming include Marion Fayolle (France), Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium), Frederic Coché (Belgium), Nimrod Reshef (Israel), Ville Ranta (Finland) and more. North American artists including Sam Alden, Mike Dawson, Michael DeForge, Edie Fake, Drew Friedman, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper, Sophie Yanow, and many more will all discuss their work.

Admission to all programming events is included with MoCCA Arts Festival admission. To manage anticipated demand, first priority seating for the Bechdel/Cruse and Spiegelman/Swarte events will be given to registrants who have reserved free tickets for these events via the Society of Illustrators’ website, with any remaining seating to be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for these two events can be reserved at the Society of Illustrators website.

This year’s programming schedule was curated and organized by MoCCA Arts Festival Programming Director Bill Kartalopoulos. The full programming schedule can be accessed online here.

The 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival will be held on the weekend of April 5 - 6, 2014 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan, running from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. Tickets for the Festival will be available to purchase at the door for a flat fee of $5 per day.

About the Society of Illustrators

The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the Society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building in mid-town Manhattan.  In 2012 the Society acquired the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. It’s mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art along with the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world’s most popular art form. The MoCCA Arts Festival, begun in 2002 and continued by the Society, features a selection of independent comic and cartoon artists and includes programming, gallery space, and an Exhibition Hall.  The Society is open to the public Tuesday, 10 am-8 pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; and Saturday, 12-4pm.  To learn more about visiting the Museum, Admission and the Society go to www.societyillustrators.org. 

AB – Saga Vol. 3 Signing

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Artist Fiona Staples appears at Happy Harbor Comics on Saturday, March 22nd from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and will be doing a limited number of sketches (first come, first served). Join us as one of the comics’ industry’s biggest stars returns to the Harbor to sign copies of the latest collection of her ongoing series, SAGA!

RSVP on Facebook!

Happy Harbor Comics
12226 Jasper Ave Northwest, Edmonton, AB T5J 3K1
Phone Number: 780-452-8211

NYC – Saga Signing

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Welcome SAGA artist Fiona Staples at Midtown Comics Downtown on Friday, April 4th at 6:30 pm for a special signing presented by the 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival.

The MoCCA Arts Festival 2014 will be held April 5th & 6th in Manhattan at: The 69th Regiment Armory located at 68 Lexington Avenue between E. 25th & E. 26th Street

Admission to the 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival is $5 per day. Tickets are available to purchase at the door. Cash and credit cards accepted.

RSVP on Facebook!

Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038

First 20 Guests Announced for SDCC 2014

Via Toucan Blog:

First 20 Guests Announced for Comic-Con International 2014!

Comic-Con International features one of the most diverse guest lists of any convention. The first wave of guests for 2014 includes creators from mainstream and alternative comics, graphic novels, comic strips, animation, and science fiction and fantasy books. Confirmed for Comic-Con International 2014 are these special guests:

SDCC 2014 Special Guests
Amanda Conner, artist, Power Girl, Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre

Brian Crane, cartoonist, Pickles

Eleanor Davis, cartoonist/illustrator, Stinky, How to Be Happy

Jane Espenson, writer/producer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Husbands

Raymond E. Feist, author, Riftwar Saga

Drew Friedman, illustrator, RAW, Old Jewish Comedians, Heroes of the Comic Books

Michael T. Gilbert, writer/artist, Mr. Monster

Willie Ito, animator/cartoonist, Disney, WB, Hanna-Barbera

Caitlin R. Kiernan, author, The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, Alabaster: Wolves

Lucy Knisley, writer/artist, Relish, French Milk

SDCC 2014 Special Guests
David Lasky, artist, The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song

Graham Nolan, artist, Detective Comics, The Phantom, Joe Frankenstein

Jimmy Palmiotti, writer, All-Star Western, Painkiller Jane

Benoît Peeters, writer, The Obscure Cities, The Leaning Girl

Don Rosa, cartoonist, Uncle $crooge, Donald Duck

Jim Rugg, artist/illustrator, Supermag, Afrodisiac

François Schuiten, artist, The Obscure Cities, The Leaning Girl

Scott Snyder, writer, Batman, Superman Unchained

Fiona Staples, artist, Saga

Gene Luen Yang, writer/artist, Boxers & Saints, American Born Chinese

For more info on these special guests for Comic-Con International 2014, please click here.

More guests will be announced soon … check back for details!

UK – Triple Image Signing

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Brandon Graham, Fiona Staples, and Eric Stephenson sign at Gosh! Comics on Friday, the 22nd of November from 5pm till 7pm! They will also appear at the Thought Bubble Festival.

Brandon Graham started out as a graffiti artist and was one of the co-founders of the indie comics collective Meathaus, and to this day draws some of the most vivid and offbeat comics on our shelves – if you haven’t read the Eisner-award-nominated King City or his series Multiple Warheads yet, then you have surely heard of the amazing work he’s done on the Prophet relaunch.

Fiona Staples, having worked on Mystery Society with Steve Niles in the past, has recently risen to comics super stardom with her work on the immensely popular Saga (written by Brian K. Vaughan). She’s designed all the costumes, creatures, settings, and space ships in the epic space opera, as well as doing all the heavily computer game and anime-influenced colouring herself, topping each issue of with beautiful painted covers. If you’re not reading Saga yet, you’ve got to sort that out ASAP – it’s one of the best series on the shelves at the moment.

Eric Stephenson is the Publisher at Image comics, where he has been a mainstay since the early days, and is currently writing the science fiction series Nowhere Men (tagline: “Science is the new Rock and Roll”) with Nate Bellegarde on art duties and Jordie Bellaire as colourist. iFanboy had this to say about issue one: “Through the stellar design and art, Nowhere Men #1 becomes a complete experience that’s unlike anything else on the stands and it off to a great start.” The first collection of Nowhere Men should be out in time for the signing, so we highly recommend picking it up and getting it scribbled in by Stephenson.

Thought Bubble runs from the 17th to the 24th of November in Leeds, with the comic convention itself taking place on the 23rd and the 24th.

Gosh Comics 
1 Berwick Street, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

AB – Rat Queens Signing

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Writer/creator Kurtis J. Wiebe appears at Alpha Comics Saturday October 26th between 3:00 and 8:00 pm. This is the Saturday following the release of Rat Queens #2. Alpha Comics will have plenty of copies of Rat Queens #1 & 2 on hand for you to have signed. Fiona Staples, who did the variant cover for issue #1, will also be there between 6:00-8:00pm.

Don’t miss your chance to meet the writer of great books like Peter Panzerfaust, Green Wake, Debris, Intrepids, and Grim Leaper.

Alpha Comics 
Lynnwood Shopping Centre #9, 7005
18th Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 1Y1, Canada

AB – Saga Signing

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Saga superstar artist Fiona Staples returns to Alpha Comics on Saturday June 29th, 2013 from noon till 3:00pm! Drop in and meet one of the most celebrated comic artists of today. Lots of copies of Saga Volume 1 and 2 will be available.

We expect Fiona to be very busy that day so she will likely be unable to create sketches and there will be a maximum of 5 items per person to be signed.

Alpha Comics 
Lynnwood Shopping Centre #9, 7005
18th Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 1Y1, Canada

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