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  • Hero Initiative Heads to NYCC 2010

    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative travels to New York Comic Con

    First public display of Archie and New Avengers covers, Dawn Perfume, lunch with Joe Quesada and a great donation from Ford Motor Company!

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Los Angeles, CA (October 4, 2010) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in need, will attend the New York Comic Con October 8th thru 10th at the Javits Center located at 655 West 34th Street in the heart of Manhattan.

    Hero will be making its first public display of original Archie #600 and New Avengers #1 covers! Swing by the Hero Initiative booth, #333, to see these beauties up close and personal!

    In addition, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL) will be selling the limited edition scents based on the groundbreaking comic book series Dawn by Joseph Michael Linsner. These four scents, Dawn: Maiden, Dawn: Mother, Dawn: Crone and Dawn: Cernunnos based on the Dawn characters will be available at the BPAL booth, #2851. Proceeds benefit Hero Initiative, so grab them while supplies last! You can also order online at:

    http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com/dawn.html

    Hero Initiative is proud to announce The Ford Motor Company will generously donate another $5000 to Hero at New York Comic Con, making its contribution $10,000 in total this year to Hero Initiative. With its recent release to customers and dealerships across the country, Ford will feature its all-new 2011 Fiesta at New York Comic Con throughout the weekend. Conference goers will have the opportunity to test drive the vehicle throughout the conference, as well as take part in Ford-related activities at the event. Convention goers will also have the opportunity to enter a raffle for the chance to win one of two copies of the final issue of Ex Machina signed by creator Brian K. Vaughn after participating in Ford activities.

    And you cannot make your New York Comic Con experiences complete without having “Lunch with Joe Quesada!” One lucky fan with the high eBay bid will win lunch and an original sketchcard from Joe, so check out the auction now at: http://qurls.com?i=49467

    And the great talent at Hero’s booth, #333, is as follows:

    Friday, October 8
    1030-1130: Francis Manapul
    1230-130: Cully Hamner
    130-230: Bob Hall
    400-530: Miguel Sepulveda + Fernando Dagnino

    Saturday, October 9
    130-230: Greg Capullo
    230-400: John Romita Sr.
    430-530: Miguel Sepulveda + Fernando Dagnino

    Sunday, October 10
    1030-1230: Mike Perkins
    100-230: Mike McKone

    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.

    ON – Wolverine 100 Project Signing

    November 16, 2009 by  
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    Dale Keown, Leonard Kirk, and Ken Lashley sign on Dec 2nd

    Wednesday December 2nd – 3-7 pm

    Paradise Comics hosts a special charity event to benefit the Hero Initiative. We are happy to announce that Dale Keown, Leonard Kirk, and Ken Lashley (art pictured above) will be signing copies of the Wolverine: Weapon X 100 Project Collection.

    *JUST ADDED* Agnes Garbowska, Francis Manapul, Marcus To

    In the tradition of the über-successful Ultimate Spider-Man #100 Project, the Hero Initiative pops its claws! All of Hero’s 100+ original covers to Marvel Comics’ Wolverine: Weapon X #1 are on display in this great book, with art by J. Scott Campbell, John Cassaday, Ken Lashley,  Ron Garney, Dale Keown, John Romita Sr. and more!

    Through special arrangement with Marvel Comics, there will be only one printing of this book; get it now so you don’t blow your chance!

    Paradise Comics, 3278 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

    (416) 487-9807

    www.paradisecomics.com

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

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    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

    DC Comics Announces Panels for Comic-Con International

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    DC Panels at San Diego Comic Con

    July 26, 2009 – July 27, 2009

    THURSDAY, JULY 23

    10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search 1 Room 4
    11:45-12:45 Superman: Two Worlds Room 6DE
    2:15-3:15 Spotlight on Geoff Johns Room 6DE
    5:00-6:00 JSA: The Great Society Room 5AB
    6:00-7:00 Vertigo New Ongoing Series/Crime Line Room 5AB


    FRIDAY, JULY 24

    10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search 2 Room 4
    11:00-12:00 Spotlight on Darick Robertson Room 4
    12:30-1:30 Batman: New Dynamic Room 6DE
    3:00-4:00 DC Nation Room 6DE
    4:30-5:30 Wednesday Comics Room 5AB
    5:30-6:30 Vertigo: View of the Future Room 5AB
    SATURDAY, JULY 25

    10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search 3 Room 4
    11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Francis Manapul Room 4
    12:45-2:00 DCU Editorial Presentation Room 6B
    2:15-3:15 Green Lantern: Blackest Night Room 6quad
    3:30-4:30 Wildstorm: This is WildStorm! Room 4
    4:45-5:45 Vertigo Voices: The Fables Forum Room 6DE


    SUNDAY, JULY 26

    11:00-12:00 CMX: Bringing Manga to You! Room 4
    12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Bill Willingham Room 2
    2:00-3:00 Sunday Conversation with Dan DiDio Room 2
    3:00-4:00 Making Webcomics Room 4


    SAN DIEGO 2009 PANEL DESCRIPTIONS

    Thursday, July 23rd

    10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search 1
    Come learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional! We’ll discuss the different needs of the DC Universe, Vertigo, WildStorm, Mad Magazine and Zuda. This extremely informative orientation session will explain how DC’s Talent Search works and provide numerous tips and tricks on how to improve your work and explore opportunities. In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 4

    11:45-12:45 Superman: Two Worlds
    Torn between New Krypton and Earth, The Man of Steel has only just begun his latest adventure. You’ve seen the stories. A new planet of Kryptonians. Scores of super-powered beings. The people behind Superman’s future are here to face the most trying times in his life. Meet the talented folks behind Superman as they give you a glimpse of what is in store for our favorite Super-family. Featuring Superman Group Editor Matt Idelson, Geoff Johns (Adventure Comics, Superman: Secret Origins), Greg Rucka (Action Comics), James Robinson (Superman), Sterling Gates (Supergirl), Renato Guedes (Superman), and more! Room 6DE

    2:15-3:15 Spotlight on Geoff Johns
    He is the mastermind behind the smash-hit, critically acclaimed Flash: Rebirth and DC’s most anticipated book of the year, Green Lantern: Blackest Night. Wondering what makes Geoff Johns tick? Don’t miss this panel hosted by Eddie Berganza, Group Editor-DCU, interviewing one of the most exciting talents in the DCU. Room 6DE

    5:00 -6:00 JSA: The Great Society
    DC’s legendary super-team enters a new era with top talent and explosive storylines in the second half of 2009! Get the inside scoop on everything JSA right here including info on the exciting spin-off title Magog and the main series Justice Society of America from the creative minds behind the franchise. Hosted by DC’s Senior Group Editor, Mike Carlin, with top talents Bill Willingham (JSA), Matt Sturges (JSA), Freddie Williams (Final Crisis Aftermath: Run), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Jimmy Palmiotti (Power Girl) and more! Room 5AB

    6:00 -7:00 Vertigo New Ongoing Series/Crime Line
    It’s a new beginning for Vertigo with the launch of new ongoing titles such as The Unwritten, Greek Street & Sweet Tooth. In addition to these titles we will be launching the highly anticipated Vertigo Crime Line with some of the top talents in the industry. Hosted by Senior VP – Executive Editor, Vertigo, Karen Berger and Senior Editor Will Dennis, this panel is not to be missed, especially considering the talent present: Peter Gross (Unwritten), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, The Nobody), Jason Starr, Chris Gage, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon and others! Room 5AB

    Friday, July 24th

    10:30-11:30 Talent Search 2
    Come learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional! We’ll discuss the different needs of the DCUniverse, Vertigo, WildStorm, Mad Magazine and Zuda. This extremely informative orientation session will explain how DC’s Talent Search works and provide numerous tips and tricks on how to improve your work and explore opportunities. In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 4

    11:00-12:00 Spotlight on Darick Robertson
    Whether he’s illustrating Leatherface or reigniting super-teams like The Authority or launching videogame adaptations like Prototype, artist Darick Robertson has become synonymous with gritty, exhilarating artwork. Now’s your chance to hear the fan-favorite creator talk about his process and career alongside WildStorm Senior Editor Ben Abernathy. There’s no telling what these two might say! Room 4

    12:30-1:30 Batman: New Dynamic
    Now that the Battle for the Cowl has ended, what adventures lie ahead for the new Dark Knight? Join Group Editor Michael Marts, Paul Dini (Detective Comics), Dustin Nguyen (Detective Comics), Greg Rucka (Detective Comics), and more as they discuss the legend of Batman and what the future holds for the newest man behind the bat. Room 6DE

    3:00-4:00 DC NATION
    Calling all NATION recruits! Bring your friends and hear top talent discuss where the DC NATION is heading from 2009 and beyond. Sr. VP – Executive Editor Dan DiDio hosts this exciting discussion with Ian Sattler, James Robinson, Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, and more! Join them for a VIP look into the most talked about stories and events of the summer! Room 6DE

    4:30-5:30 Wednesday Comics
    Wednesday Comics gives a fresh twist to a grand comics tradition by reinventing the classic newspaper comics section and filling it to the brim with today’s top talent and characters! Learn all you need to know about DC’s excitingly innovative weekly 12-issue series from the title’s mastermind, DCU Editorial Art Director Mark Chiarello, and an all-star list of panelists! Believe us; you’ve never seen a panel or a project like this! Room 5AB

    5:30-6:30 Vertigo: View of the Future
    Vertigo, DC’s edgiest and most provocative imprint, returns to San Diego! Come and discover what’s going on at the imprint that birthed The Sandman, Preacher, Y: The Last Man, Fables and more? Wait ’til you hear about what new projects the Vertigo team is going to thrill us with next! Hosted by Senior VP – Executive Editor, Vertigo, Karen Berger, Group Editor Shelly Bond, and Senior Editor Will Dennis, with Jason Aaron (Scalped), Mike Allred, Mark Buckingham (Fables), Josh Dysart (Unknown Soldier), Peter Gross (Unwritten), Amy Hadley (Madame Xanadu), Jeff Lemire (The Nobody), Chris Roberson, Matt Sturges (House of Mystery), Matt Wagner (Madame Xanadu), Bill Willingham (Fables, House of Mystery), G. Willow Wilson (Air), Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders), and others! Room 5AB

    Saturday, July 25th

    10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search 3
    Come learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional! We’ll discuss the different needs of the DCUniverse, Vertigo, WildStorm, Mad Magazine and Zuda. This extremely informative orientation session will explain how DC’s Talent Search works and provide numerous tips and tricks on how to improve your work and explore opportunities. In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 4

    11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Francis Manapul
    The hot up-and-coming artist Francis Manapul takes the stage to discuss his kinetic art on one of the most anticipated projects of the year: Adventure Comics with Geoff Johns! Hosted by Group Editor Matt Idelson see what’s it like illustrating the return of Superboy. Come find out from one of the freshest artists in the biz! Room 4

    12:45-2:00 DCU Editorial Presentation
    Dan DiDio, Senior VP / Executive Editor DCU, Ian Sattler, Senior Story Editor-DCU, and countless DCU talent are gathering for a discussion that’s not to be missed. Now that Blackest Night is upon us, what lies ahead for your favorite heroes? Got a question for your favorite DCU creator? Come on by! There’s no greater gathering of top-tier creative talent! Room 6B

    2:15-3:15 Green Lantern: Blackest Night
    The dead are rising in the DCU – who will survive when the Blank Lantern Corps attacks? This is your only chance to hear what’s coming up in Blackest Night, the most anticipated comic event of the year! Featuring all the key figures behind the biggest, coolest threat to the DCU in years! Hosted by Group Editor Eddie Berganza with Geoff Johns (Green Lantern), Pat Gleason (Green Lantern Corps) and others! Room 6QUAD

    3:30-4:30 Wildstorm: This is WildStorm!
    Get the inside scoop on what’s upcoming from DC’s wildest imprint from WS-VP Hank Kanalz, Senior Editor Ben Abernathy, Fiona Staples (North 40, Trick ‘r Treat), Kurt Busiek (Astro City), Adam Beechen (Killapalooza), Christos Gage (Wildcats, Dante’s Inferno), Darrick Robertson (Prototype), David Tischman (Red Herring), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), Jason Craig (Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash), Brian Wood, Rebecca Isaacs, and more! Find out about what’s new in the WildStorm Universe! There will be tons of info and sneak peaks for Wildcats, The Authority, Gears of War, World of Warcraft, Ex Machina, and much, much more! Room 4

    4:45-5:45 Vertigo Voices: The Fables Forum
    It’s the Fables Forum – San Diego style! Come armed with your best questions and find out everything you want to know about Fables. Featuring the creators behind Fables, Jack of Fables, and House of Mystery: Vertigo Group Editor Shelly Bond is joined by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Matthew Sturges, Steve Leialoha, Lee Loughridge, Shawn McManus, Andrew Pepoy, Chris Roberson, Chrissie Zullo and Todd Klein. Room 6DE

    Sunday, July 26th

    11:00-12:00 CMX: Bringing Manga to You!
    Manga remains one of the hottest areas in literature and CMX, the manga imprint of DC Comics, is right in the thick of it. Join Director of Manga Asako Suzuki and Editor Jim Chadwick as they discuss the latest releases from one of the most diverse lines on the market today. We are excited to talk about upcoming new series and the ongoing series such books as Crayon Shinchan, Broken Blade, Fire Investigator Nanase, Ballad of a Shinigami, The Lapis Lazuli Crown, Emma, and much, much more! Room 4

    12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Bill Willingham
    Both a master storyteller and an incredible artist, Bill Willingham has created a huge following for his best-selling books. His credits range from the DCU’s Justice Society of America, Salvation Run and Robin- to the already- classic Vertigo titles Fables and Jack of Fables and the new House of Mystery. Hosted by Vertigo Group Editor, Shelly Bond with Fables co-horts Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha. Room 2

    2:00-3:00 Sunday Conversation with Dan DiDio
    As the con comes to a close, sit back and unwind as Dan DiDio and friends invite you to a relaxed Sunday afternoon comics discussion. Share your opinions and listen to others as some of comics’ biggest names talk about their love of all things comics. All are welcome, no RSVP required. Room 2

    3:00-4:00 Making Webcomics
    Join Ron Perazza (ZUDA COMICS), Kwanza Johnson (ZUDA COMICS), Kevin Colden (Fishtown, I RULE THE NIGHT), Cameron Stewart (Transmission X, VERTIGO), Molly Crabapple (Act-i-vate, Dr. Sketchys Anti-Art School) and others for an inclusive, roundtable discussion about the advantages, challenges, questions, solutions, costs and benefits of making webcomics for fun and profit. Topics include working with a publisher, self-publishing, promoting yourself, best practices, style and moving from web to print (or vice-versa)! Room 4

    Source: DC Comics.com

    Fan Expo Canada Announces Comic Pros

    May 29, 2009 by  
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    FAN EXPO CANADA – AUGUST 28-30, 2009

    Visitors from across Ontario and around the world have the opportunity to experience the very best of pop culture first-hand at the upcoming 15th annual Fan Expo Canada. The return of the country’s largest combined event which includes The Canadian National Comic Book Expo, CNAnime, SFX Science Fiction Expo, Festival of Fear Horror Expo and GX Gaming Expo – the Canadian National Gaming Expo is the perfect family outing and offers something for all ages and interests!

    The Comic Book Expo, CANADA’S BIGGEST COMIC BOOK EVENT has an amazing array of comic book superstar guests. Visitors to the Comic Book Expo will have the opportunity to meet many renowned artists and writers and participate in autograph and Q & A sessions with their favourite creators and industry experts alike.

    The Comic Book Expo Guests include Featured Guests:

    JOE QUESADA – Editor In Chief, MARVEL COMICS

    MIKE DEODATO JR. – Artist, DARK AVENGERS

    ETHAN VAN SCIVER – Artist, FLASH REBIRTH

    STEVE MCNIVEN – Artist, WOLVERINE

    IVAN REIS – Artist, THE BLACKEST NIGHT

    TERRY DODSON – Artist, UNCANNY X-MEN

    DAVID FINCH – Artist, ULTIMATUM

    OLIVIER COIPEL – Artist, THOR

    MATT FRACTION – Writer, UNCANNY X-MEN & INVINCIBLE IRON MAN

    MARKO DJURDJEVIC – Cover artist, MARVEL COMICS

    LEN WEIN – Legendary Creator, SWAMP THING & WOLVERINE

    DARWYN COOKE – Writer/Artist, DC THE NEW FRONTIER, HUNTER

    DALE EAGLESHAM – Artist, Upcoming FANTASTIC FOUR

    BILL SIENKIEWICZ – Legendary Artist

    STUART IMMONEN – Artist, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, NEW AVENGERS

    KATHRYN IMMONEN – Writer, RUNAWAYS

    ALEX MALEEV – Artist, SPIDER-WOMAN

    YANICK PAQUETTE – Artist, MARVEL

    FRANCIS MANAPUL – Artist, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, ADVENTURE COMICS

    C.B. CEBULSKI – Writer and Editor, MARVEL COMICS

    Special Appearance by:

    DOUG SNEYD – Legendary Playboy cartoonist

    Plus a HUGE list of creators and studios will be appearing at the 2009 Comic Book Expo – click here and take a look!

    http://www.hobbystar.com/fanexpo/index.php?/comicbook/guests/category/featured_guests/#FEATURED%20GUESTS

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    CANADA – Mash Up Signing

    May 18, 2009 by  
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    Name: Francis Manapul, Agnes Garbowska

    Superman/Batman #60

    Superman/Batman #60

    Date(s): May 20, 2009

    Description: WEDNESDAY MAY 20TH 3-7 PM

    PARADISE COMICS is happy to help celebrate the release of SUPERMAN/BATMAN #60
    Written by Michael Green & Mike Johnson Art and cover by Francis Manapul

    Rising star artist Francis Manapul joins Michael Green and Mike Johnson for a special 2-part story we could only call ‘Mash-Up’! When the going gets tough in the city of Gothamopolis, there’s only one thing to do: call in the Justice Titans to save the day! Wait, what? On sale May 20.

    We are also hoping the latest and greatest stuff from Agnes Garbowska will be ready here’s a small sample

    YOU, ME AND ZOMBIE stars Olive and her little Shih Tzu Otis. They wake up one morning to find their whole town over run with Zombies. The two of them want to try to find out what happened and want find a cure to make everyone all better. They set off on the adventure of a life time to find Olive’s father who is a scientist and can maybe help them. But the problem is Olive’s father has vanished and she has no idea where to find him.

    The first release of You, Me, and Zombie will be issue 0. This issue takes place a few months after Olive and Otis discovered their town over run by zombies. They found a journal that holds clues to what might have caused everyone to get sick and turn into Zombies.

    PARADISE COMICS
    3278 YONGE STREET
    TORONTO,ONTARIO
    416 487 9807

    Location: Paradise Comics, 3278 YONGE STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

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