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  • Finalists for Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Announced; Ceremony Set for Long Beach Comic Expo 2015

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    Press Release:

    Announcing the Finalists for the First Ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity

    (February 18, Long Beach, CA) The finalists for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award were announced today. The five nominated titles are:

    HEX11 by Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComics)
    M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder (www.mfkcomic.com)
    MS. MARVEL by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel Entertainment)
    THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books)
    SHAFT by David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely (Dynamite Entertainment)

    The winner will be announced at the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity ceremony event to be held later this month at Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday February 28 at 2 PM PT. The Award is named in honor of Dwayne McDuffie, the legendary writer and producer who co-founded and created Milestone Media. As a writer, Dwayne created or co-created more than a dozen series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE.

    “The nominees for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award reflect the best of what a comic book can be,” said Matt Wayne, the Director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. “These five titles, as different as they are, reflect Dwayne’s aspirations for the comic book industry. They are diverse, inclusive and forward looking.”

    “I am so proud that my husband’s personal mission to include a more diverse array of voices–both in content and creators–is able to continue now through this Award in his name, by encouraging others who share his vision of comics, characters, and the industry itself better mirroring society,” said Charlotte McDuffie.

    The Dwayne McDuffie Award Selection Committee consists of eight prominent comics and animation professionals who knew McDuffie and have demonstrated a commitment to inclusiveness:

    • Neo Edmund – Novelist, animation and comics writer;
    • Joan Hilty – Nickelodeon Comics Editor; Creator of Bitter Girl;
    • Joseph Illidge – Former Editor, Milestone and DC Comics; Columnist, Comic Book Resources; Writer, First Second Books;
    • Heidi MacDonald – Editor in Chief, The Beat;
    • Glen Murakami – Producer/Supervising Director, DC animated properties and Ben 10: Alien Force/Ultimate Alien;
    • Eugene Son – Comics writer/Story Editor, Ultimate Spider-Man Animated;
    • William J. Watkins – Writer; Former owner, Chicago’s first Black-owned comics store;
    • Len Wein – Co-creator Swamp Thing, Wolverine, New X-Men; Former Editor-in-Chief- of Marvel Comics and Senior Editor, DC Comics.

    “The Long Beach shows are committed to diversity,” said Martha Donato, Executive Director of Long Beach Comic Expo. “It’s our great pleasure to host the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award ceremony and to celebrate the legacy of a wonderful man and writer who inspired so many people with his words, his action and his creations.”

    Reginald Hudlin, an innovator of the modern black film movement (House Party, Boomerang and BeBe’s Kids), will be the Keynote Speaker at the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award ceremony later this month.

    Tickets for Long Beach Comic Expo are available now at www.longbeachcomicexpo.com. Follow Long Beach Comic Expo on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information about the McDuffie Award.

    ABOUT THE CREATORS OF HEX11:
    Kelly Sue Milano was introduced to comics the way most five-year-old girls are: by getting taken to the Fullerton AMC Theaters to see Batman with her Dad in the summer of 1989. Though she wasn’t stoked at first, what followed was total and complete love. Not just with superheroes and comics – but with stories. She has been published in the Orange County Register, has written award-winning short stories, monologues, and comedy sketches, and has contributed to the development of several film projects for Periscope Entertainment. She also curates the blog for A.WAKE; a movement dedicated to celebrating female artists. Kelly Sue is a sucker for Nabakov and fancy coffee and currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Louie.

    Lisa K. Weber makes art for comics, kid’s books, and cartoons. She also enjoys satire, white wine, and classic rock hits. She has created artwork for comic adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s Hop-Frog, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla, and Saki’s Tobermory, all featured in Graphic Classics. Her illustrations have appeared in publications from Penguin Books, Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, Scholastic Inc, and Capstone Press. She has also contributed character designs and storyboards for Nickelodeon, Curious Pictures, and PBS Kids. Lisa currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

    ABOUT THE CREATORS OF M.F.K.:
    Nilah Magruder is a storyboard and concept artist artist in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Maryland, from a young age she developed an eternal love for three things: nature, books, and animation. Naturally, all of her school notebooks were full of doodles of animals and cartoon characters.

    Nilah received a B.A. in communication arts from Hood College and B.F.A. in computer animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. She has illustrated for comics, children’s books, film and commercial television. Interested in exploring diversity in storytelling, she launched the action-adventure webcomic M.F.K. She believes that everyone should have characters with whom they can relate in their chosen entertainment, be it comic book, novel, film, TV, or video game.

    ABOUT THE WRITER & ARTIST OF MS. MARVEL:
    G. Willow Wilson is a novelist and comic book writer based in Seattle. Her works include the novel Alif the Unseen, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. She is the creator, with artist Adrian Alphona, of the bestselling All-New Ms. Marvel series from Marvel Comics. Her series Air (DC/Vertigo) and Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice (Marvel) were both nominated for Eisner Awards. In what spare time she has, Willow enjoys playing MMOs, watching British television, cooking, and maintaining the proud tradition of the Oxford comma. She lives with her husband and their two children.

    Adrian Alphona is the artist of MS. MARVEL. He illustrated an acclaimed run of RUNAWAYS written by Brian K Vaughan for Marvel Entertainment.

    ABOUT THE CREATORS OF THE SHADOW HERO
    Gene Luen Yang’s 2006 book American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award. His 2013 two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints was also nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. Gene currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and children.

    Sonny Liew is a comic artist, painter and illustrator whose work includes titles for DC Vertigo, Marvel Comics and First Second Books. He has received Eisner nominations for his art on Wonderland (Disney), as well as for spearheading Liquid City (Image Comics), a multi-volume comics anthology featuring creators from Southeast Asia. His Malinky Robot series was a Xeric grant recipient and winner of the Best Science Fiction Comic Album Award at the Utopiales SF Festival in Nantes (2009).

    His latest work is The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, which will be published by Pantheon Books in 2016.

    ABOUT THE WRITER & ARTIST OF SHAFT:
    David F. Walker is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and author of the YA series The Adventures of Darius Logan. His publication BadAzz MoFo became internationally known as the indispensable resource guide to black films of the 1970s. His work in comics includes the series Shaft (Dynamite Entertainment), Doc Savage (Dynamite Entertainment), Number 13 (Dark Horse Comics), The Army of Dr. Moreau (IDW/Monkeybrain Comics), and The Supernals Experiment (Canon Comics).

    Bilquis Evely is a 24-year-old Brazilian comic book artist. She started her professional life in 2010 as the penceiller of the Brazilian comic book, Luluzinha Teen e Sua Turma” Her recent work includes The Shadow and Doc Savage for Dynamite. She is currently working on Shaft, which is written by David F. Walker.

    ABOUT DWAYNE MCDUFFIE:
    Dwayne McDuffie is best known as the co-founder and creator of Milestone Media. He was a Story Editor on the KIDS WB’s Emmy Award-winning animated series STATIC SHOCK, which he co-created. He was also a Producer and Story Editor on Cartoon Network’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. He was 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 created or co-created more than a dozen series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE. He wrote 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 was 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 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 wrote scripts for an animated feature, episodes of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE, STATIC SHOCK!, JUSTICE LEAGUE, WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO? and TEEN TITANS.

    ABOUT LONG BEACH EXPO:
    Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Expo, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Expo is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomicexpo.com.

    Marvel Panel Schedule for NYCC 2014

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    Face front, True Believers! Marvel has released their panel schedule for New York Comic Con 2014! They will also live blog the convention so fans can follow along at home. Details at the link!

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10

    Marvel 75th Anniversary:
    X-Men- The Shifting Face of Mutantkind
    Time: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EDT
    Room: 1A18
    Join X-Editor Michael Marts as he sits down with the renowned X-Men creators who have shaped the mythos of mutantkind! This retrospective panel takes fans through the X-Men’s publication history and gives them an inside look into the creative process behind fan-favorite characters and books! A can’t-miss-panel for any mutant-lover! Panelists include Fabian Nicieza (CLASSIC X-MEN), Chris Claremont (UNCANNY X-MEN), Len Wein (WOLVERINE), and other special guests!


    MARVEL: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
    Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT
    Room: 1A06
    Have a passion for the inner workings of the comics industry? Curious about breaking into the field as a writer or artist? Sit down with a group of Marvel professionals from every corner of the business, and get insider tips, advice, and first-hand accounts of what it takes to start a career in comics today! Panelists include Talent Scout Jeanine Schaefer, Russell Dauterman (THOR), Kelly Sue DeConnick (CAPTAIN MARVEL), Gerry Duggan (NOVA), Sam Humphries (LEGENDARY STAR-LORD), and Charles Soule (DEATH OF WOLVERINE)!

    Marvel 75th Anniversary:
    Crafting the Marvel Event
    Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. EDT
    Room: 1A18
    Sit down with Executive Editor Tom Brevoort for an inside look into how a major Marvel event is constructed, from the perspective of writers, artists, and editors. Hear first-hand accounts about the creative collaborations that brought you Marvel’s biggest stories! Panelists include Brian Michael Bendis (ALL-NEW X-MEN), Kurt Busiek (AVENGERS), Tom DeFalco (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), J.M. DeMatteis (CAPTAIN AMERICA), Al Milgrom (WEST COAST AVENGERS), Fabian Nicieza (X-MEN), and Jim Starlin (INFINITY GAUNTLET).

    Marvel 75th Anniversary:
    World Outside Your Window – Diversity in Marvel Comics 
    Time: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EDT 
    Room: 1A18
    Take a look inside Marvel’s ground-breaking history, as we shine the spotlight on the creators who challenged, re-defined, and shaped Marvel’s perception as an innovative publisher of comics. Join Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and a mighty gathering of Marvel creators as they discuss the importance of diversity in comics and how Marvel upholds the tradition of presenting the world outside your window. Panelists will include Kurt Busiek (MARVELS), Kelly Sue DeConnick (CAPTAIN MARVEL), Kieron Gillen (YOUNG AVENGERS), Ann Nocenti (DAREDEVIL), and other Mighty Marvel Guests!

    Marvel 75th Anniversary:
    Guardians of the Galaxy- Then and Now
    The Evolution of the Marvel Cosmic Universe
    Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EDT
    Room: 1A18
    Following the smashing success of Guardians of the Galaxy, we decided to take fans through the history of one of Marvel’s quirkiest teams, as well as Marvel’s cosmic universe at large! This 75th Anniversary panel will feature current “cosmic” creators, as well as the writers and editors who shaped Marvel’s cosmic universe! Join us as we go back in time, and get an exclusive look inside the creation of some of your favorite space-facing characters! Panelists will include Gerry Duggan (NOVA), Al Milgrom (CAPTAIN MARVEL), Doug Moench (INHUMAN), and Jim Starlin (INFINITY GAUNTLET).

    MARVEL: House of Ideas Digital Panel                                
    Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
    Room: 1A06
    Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology while bringing you what you love? Want to learn more about Infinite Comics? Well, this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news from Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos and other guests including Talent Scout C.B. Cebulski, VP CRM Daniele Campbell and others! Find out what’s happening with the Marvel Comics App, Marvel AR, new digital games, Marvel’s vast social media presence and more in this can’t-miss panel!

    Marvel 75th Anniversary:
    Friendly Neighborhood Marvel

    Time: 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EDT
    Room: 1A18
    Join Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada as he sits down with creators of past and present to shine the spotlight on Marvel’s street-level characters. This panel will include Spider-Man and Daredevil creators, as well as writers and artists who have contributed to the mythos of heroes like Spider-Man, Daredevil, Moon Knight, Luke Cage, and more! Panelists include Mark Bagley (ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN), Gerry Conway (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), Tom DeFalco (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), J.M. DeMatteis (SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN), Ralph Macchio (DAREDEVIL), Doug Moench (MOON KNIGHT), and Ann Nocenti (DAREDEVIL).

    Marvel Animation Presents                                        
    Time: 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Room: 1A06
    Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Head of Television) brings you the biggest animation panel in this universe – or any other. Get an exclusive first look at content from “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” season two and the future of Marvel Animation.
     
    Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.        
    Time: 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. EDT
    Main Stage 1D
    Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Head of Television) returns with exciting news and the world premiere of an all new episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before it debuts on ABC!
                                   
     
    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11
     
    MARVEL: Death of Wolverine – The Logan Legacy
    Time: 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Room: 1A06
    Get ready, X-Fans, for the biggest mutant on mutant showdown of the year in the pages of DEATH OF WOLVERINE! Join a star-studded lineup of X-writers as they discuss the future of Logan and the impact his death will have on the rest of the X-Men titles! Plus, get the scoop on other titles starring Marvel’s merry mutants! This panel will be jam-packed with X-Men creators, so no fan should miss out! Panelists will include Executive Editor Mike Marts, Brian Michael Bendis (ALL-NEW X-MEN), Peter David (ALL-NEW X-FACTOR), Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL), Greg Pak (STORM), Charles Soule (DEATH OF WOLVERINE), Len Wein (INCREDIBLE HULK) and other Mighty Marvel Guests!
     
    MARVEL: Cup O’Joe
    Time: 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EDT
    Empire Stage 1-E
    Join us for this Convention favorite! Here is your chance to Q&A with Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, for this no-holds-barred exposéon everything Marvel. Got a question about a favorite hero? Want to hear groundbreaking news straight from the source? Need a rundown on breaking developments in Marvel comics, film, and T.V? This panel is for you! With special announcements galore! Featuring Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, writers Brian Michael Bendis (ALL-NEW X-MEN), Kelly Sue DeConnick (CAPTAIN MARVEL), Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL), Sam Humphries (LEGENDARY STAR-LORD), Dan Slott (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), and other Mighty Marvel guests!
     
    Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Behind the Scenes
    Time: 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Room:1A06
    Join the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes team for a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at the story behind what it was like to bring the Marvel Super Heroes to Disney’s expanding video game platform! The development team from Marvel, Avalanche Studios and Disney Interactive will dive into how the game has evolved, how the stories developed, and various other aspects of the creative process. This unprecedented all-access look at this momentous game release is not to be missed!
     
    Marvel’s Daredevil, Exclusively on Netflix
    Time: 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. EDT
    Main Stage 1D
    Join the cast of “Marvel’s Daredevil” in their first-ever appearance with show-runner Steve DeKnight and moderator Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Head of Television) to answer questions and reveal secrets from the hotly-anticipated show debuting on Netflix in 2015.


    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12
     
    Marvel Unlimited Plus Members Only Panel
    Time: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EDT
    Room:1A21

    This exclusive panel is just for Marvel Unlimited Plus members! Join Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos and top Marvel creators for a private panel discussion of what’s happening inside the Marvel Universe. Get FREE merchandise*, sneak peeks of upcoming Marvel comics, a Q&A session to answer all your burning questions, and more surprises to be announced. Not to be missed! Panelists will include Brian Bendis (ALL-NEW X-MEN), Gerry Duggan (NOVA), Dan Slott (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), Nick Spencer (AVENGERS WORLD), and Ryan Stegman (INHUMAN)! Marvel Unlimited Plus Members ONLY – show your Member Card or confirmation email at the door for access to the event!
    *Merchandise available while supplies last.

    MARVEL: Axel-In-Charge
    12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT
    Room: 1A06
    Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, is taking the stage! Don’t miss inside looks at Marvel’s most creatively diverse titles, plus some major announcements including the future of everyone’s favorite avenging archer! And of course, you the fans will get to ask Axel the hard-hitting questions! Other panelists will include Gerry Duggan (NOVA), Kieron Gillen (ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN), Ales Kot (BUCKY BARNES: THE WINTER SOLDIER), Phil Noto (BLACK WIDOW), James Robinson (FANTASTIC FOUR), Charles Soule (DEATH OF WOLVERINE), Nick Spencer (AVENGERS WORLD), G. Willow Wilson (MS. MARVEL), and other Mighty Marvel guests!

     
    Women of Marvel
    Time: 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
    Room:1A06
    From Ms. Marvel to Black Widow, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in the industry recently. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry! Plus, plenty of special announcements! Panelists will include Talent Scout Jeanine Schaefer, Editors Sana Amanat, Katie Kubert, Ellie Pyle, and Emily Shaw, Associate Producer Judy Stephens, writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (CAPTAIN MARVEL), Erica Henderson, Margi Stohl, and G. Willow Wilson (MS. MARVEL), and artists Marguerite Bennett (ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN), Sara Pichelli (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY), and Stephanie Hans (ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN)!
     
    MARVEL: Spider-Verse
    Time: 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. EDT
    Room:1A10
    This is your panel for all things Spider-Man! Join us as we discuss the most epic Spidey event of all time as every Spider-Man EVER comes together to face a world-ending threat! Plus, get the low-down on Silk, the mysterious new character who has everybody talking! Panelists will include Senior Editor Nick Lowe, writers Peter David (SPIDER-MAN 2099), Christos Gage (SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN), Jason Latour (WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN), Dan Slott (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), and Robbie Thompson (SPIDER-VERSE), and artists Stacey Lee (NEW WARRIORS), Humberto Ramos (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), Robbi Rodriguez (EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE)and more special guests!

    More on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/news/comics/23387/nycc_2014_panel_and_liveblog_schedule#ixzz3FZviIixo

    Carol Corps Celebration to Take Place at Emerald City Comicon 2014

    ccorps-eccc14Press Release:

    Emerald City Comicon is proud to present an official Carol Corps Celebration event with Kelly Sue DeConnickG. Willow Wilson, and Christopher Sebela at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Thursday, March 27th from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

    Ticket holders will have the opportunity to meet awesome featured guests, mingle with them and each other, socialize, and enjoy the main exhibits in the Museum of Flight. Light hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages will be provided. Tickets also guarantee all-day access to the Museum of Flight (during regular business hours of 10am to 5pm).

    This event is designed to celebrate Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel and connect fans of those comics with their creators. Cosplay, demonstrations of creativity, and enthusiasm are highly encouraged.

    Kelly Sue DeConnick is the writer behind the current Captain Marvel comic, as well as Pretty DeadlyAvengers Assemble, and Ghost. G. Willow Wilson is the writer for the new Ms. Marvel comic, in addition to work on All New Marvel Now! Point OneThe Unexpected, and Mystic. Christopher Sebela has also written for Captain Marvel, as well as High CrimesGhost, and Fantastic Four.

    Special guests also include Captain Marvel cover artist Dexter Vines, and Captain Marvel co-writer Jen Van MeterMs. Marvel guests include colorist Ian Herring and legendary comic artist Arthur Adams!

    ECCC has partnered with We Love Fine to produce an exclusive “Captain Marvel at the Museum of Flight” t-shirt, available for purchase at the event or during ticket purchase. ECCC has also partnered with TopatoCo to provide an exclusive Carol Corps patch with art by Kate Leth (Kate or Die!, Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake) only available to the Carol Corps Celebration event attendees.

    We are proud to partner with Optimystical Studios on an exclusive Captain Marvel pendant, available only at this event. We will also have Espionage Cosmetics and their ECCC Exclusive make up pack, with a table set up to provide manicures for those who buy nail wraps!

    We have also invited local charity Comic Book Characters for Causes to attend, and they will be accepting donations. They will be bringing Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman, Black Widow, and Captain America. You’re welcome to get photos taken with them, or just talk cosplay and comics!

    All proceeds for this event will be donated to the Girls Leadership Institute.

    This event is open to people aged 16 and over. Tickets to Emerald City Comicon are NOT REQUIRED in order to attend this event. Tickets to the Carol Corps Celebration do not allow access in to Emerald City Comicon. This is separately ticketed event from the convention itself. Alcoholic beverages will be available at a cash bar for attendees 21+.

    Purchase tickets here…

    Comic-Con International Announces 3rd Wave of Special Guests for SDCC 2014

    Via Toucan Blog:

    SPECIAL GUESTS WAVE 3 IS HERE!

    20 More Guests Announced for Comic-Con International 2014!

    Comic-Con International introduces 20 more guests for the 2014 event, to be held July 24-27 at the San Diego Convention Center. This brings our 2014 list to 60 amazing guests! This third wave of guests for 2014 includes a pair of bona fide comics legends, creators from mainstream and alternative comics, graphic novels, and comic strips, plus one of the most popular Young Adult series authors. For complete bios and larger photos of these guests, please click here to visit our CCI 2014 Special Guests page!

    SDCC guests

    Neal Adams, artist, Batman, X-Men, Ms Mystic

    Sergio Aragonés, cartoonist, Groo, MAD, Sergio Aragonés Funnies

    Ray Billingsley, cartoonist, Curtis

    Greg Capullo, artist, Batman, Spawn

    Mark Evanier, writer/producer, Garfield; Kirby: King of Comics

    Athena Finger, granddaughter of Bill Finger, co-creator of Batman

    Kelley Jones, artist, Batman, Deadman

    Michael Lark, artist, Daredevil, Gotham Central, Lazarus

    Jae Lee, artist, Batman/Superman, The Inhumans

    Mike Mignola, creator/writer/artist, Hellboy

    SDCC Guests

    Bryan Lee O’Malley, writer/artist, Scott Pilgrim series, Seconds

    Rina Piccolo, cartoonist, Tina’s Groove, Six Chix

    Joe Quesada, chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment

    Veronica Roth, author, Divergent series

    Scott Shaw!, artist, Captain Carrot; comics historian, Oddball Comics

    Dan Slott, writer, Superior Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man

    Brian Stelfreeze, artist, Shadow of the Bat, Daymen

    Jim Steranko, writer/artist, S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America

    Brian K. Vaughan, writer, Y, The Last Man, Saga; executive producer, Under the Dome

    G. Willow Wilson, writer, Ms. Marvel, Air, Alif the Unseen

    – See more at: http://www.comic-con.org/toucan/20-more-guests-announced-comic-con-international-2014-0#sthash.N30SGPp9.dpuf

    OR – Alif the Unseen Signing

    Author G. Willow Wilson signs at Powell’s Books on Monday, July 9th at 7:30PM.

    In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, Alif, a young Arab-Indian hacker, protects watched groups from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. As the book opens, Alif’s computer has been breached by the Hand, the state’s electronic security force, and the woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince. When it turns out that the prince is the Hand, and the state security forces come after Alif, he must go underground, all while trying to fight back against a piece of code the Hand is using to create the most sophisticated state surveillance ever developed. Reminiscent of the novels of Neal Stephenson, Philip Pullman, and Neil Gaiman, Alif the Unseen (Grove) is a sophisticated blend of philosophy, technology, and spirituality disguised as an irresistible page-turner.

    Powell’s Books
    1005 W Burnside, Portland, OR

    MA – Alif the Unseen Signing

    Writer G. Willow Wilson signs at Harvard Book Store on Wednesday July 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

    Press Release:

    Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome graphic novelist and memoirist G. WILLOW WILSON for a reading of her new book, Alif the Unseen.

    In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients—dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups—from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif—the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the State’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover’s new fiancé is the head of State security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground.

    When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen. With shades of Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and The Thousand and One Nights, Alif the Unseen is a tour de force—a sophisticated melting pot of ideas, philosophy, religion, technology and spirituality smuggled inside an irresistible page-turner.

    Harvard Book Store
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    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

    MA – ‘Cairo’ Signing

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    Name: G. Willow Wilson

    Date(s): June 24, 2009

    Description: G. Willow Wilson, writer of Air and Cairo, signs at Comicopia on Wednesday, June 24, 5-8pm.

    Location: Comicopia, Kenmore Square, 464 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

    Website: http://www.comicopia.com

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