November 25, 2013 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Gaming, Horror, Massachusetts, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
Boston Comic Con has announced its initial details for next year’s convention! Following the phenomenal success of the 2013 show, the 2014 convention will again be held in August at the Seaport World Trade Center on Boston’s historic waterfront. The promoters have added an additional day to the convention which is scheduled to run Friday August 8th till Sunday August 10th. Joining the festivities this year is an all-star list of comic creators including: Rafael Albuquerque, Tim Bradstreet, Amanda Conner, Mike Kunkel, Jorge Molina, Dustin Nguyen, Jimmy Palmiotti, Carlos Pacheco, Ramón Pérez, Esad Ribic, Gail Simone, Cat Staggs, and many more! Additionally, the first media guests have been announced: Torchwood’s Eve Myles and Spike himself, James Marsters! More will be added over the coming months so be sure to follow Boston Comic Con on Facebook and Twitter!
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. Next year’s convention will be held Friday August 8th, Saturday August 9th and Sunday August 10th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
Claremont, Simone, Pacheco, and Deodato Jr., Among Creators Attending Wizard World Portland Comic Con 2013
Chris Claremont, Gail Simone, Carlos Pacheco, Mike Deodato Jr., Kurt Busiek Among Top Creators To Attend 2013 Wizard World Portland Comic Con, Feb. 22-23-24
Scott Lobdell, Arthur Suydam, Mike Grell, Greg Horn Among Nearly 100 In Artist Alley At Oregon Convention Center
NEW YORK and PORTLAND, Ore., February 11, 2013 – Chris Claremont (“Uncanny X-Men,” “Spider-Man”), Gail Simone (“Batgirl,” “Firestorm”), Carlos Pacheco (“Green Lantern,” “Wolverine”), Mike Deodato Jr. (“Wonder Woman,” “Batman”) and Kurt Busiek (“Astro City,” “Superman”) are a few the top comics creators scheduled to attend next weekend’s inaugural Wizard World Portland Comic Con, Feb. 22-24 at the Oregon Convention Center. The Artist Alley of nearly 100 talented writers and artists complements a strong celebrity roster which includes comics legend Stan Lee, “Happy Days” star Henry Winkler and Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell.
The standout creator roster also includes notables such as Scott Lobdell (“Superman,” “Teen Titans”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “X-Force”) and many others.
A total of 12 Eisner Award winners and/or nominees will be on hand, including Hall of Famer Lee and winners Busiek, Joe Keatinge (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Morbius: The Living Vampire”) and Shannon Wheeler (“Too Much Coffee Man,” “Oil and Water”). Nominated creators include Pacheco, Bill Crabtree (“The Sixth Gun,” “Invincible”), Barry Deutsch (“Hereville”), Nathan Edmonson (“Who is Jake Ellis?”, “Ultimate Iron Man”), Paul Gulacy (“Valkyrie,” “Batman”), Arnold and Jacob Pander (“Grendel,” “Batman: City of Light”) and Brett Weldele (“The Surrogates,” “Pariah”).
Wizard World Portland Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Admission is free for kids 10 and under, and Sunday, February 24, is “Kids Day,” an array of programming specially designed for children.
Event hours are Friday, Feb. 22, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more on the 2013 Wizard World Portland Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-portland.html.
About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.
The 2013 event schedule to date can be found at www.wizardworld.com.
***** SAVE THE 2013-14 DATES *****
February 22-24 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
March 22-24 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 30 – June 2 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
June 28-30 – Wizard World New York City Experience
August 8-11 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
February 7-9, 2014 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
This has been a long time coming, as she’s one of THE most requested creators that you fans have consistently asked to see at Acme, and we’re very pleased to announce that on Saturday, February 9th from 11 AM – 3 PM, we’ll be hosting a signing with comics writer Gail Simone!
Gail will be happy to sign your copies of Birds of Prey, Welcome to Tranquility, the All-New Atom, New 52 Batgirl, or anything else she’s written! However, due to other commitments, the signing will begin at 11 AM and Gail will be on the road promptly at 3 PM! Show up early and have your comics ready to be signed!
Today Gail Simone is easily the most prolific female writer in comics, as well as one of the most respected opinions in the industry! She broke through in the early aughts with her blog Women in Refrigerators, commenting on the treatment of women via comic content, and she continued to opine on the world of comics up through 2003 via her Comic Book Resources column You’ll Be Sorry.
Though she’s most well-known for her work at DC, Simone actually started creating comic content for The Simpsons from Bongo and Deadpool and Agent X from Marvel! Then, in August 2003, she crossed the street and began making her mark on the DCU, taking over Birds of Prey with issue #56, beginning a stewardship of Barbara Gordan that has now spanned a decade!
Other runs and series for DC have included Acme favorite Secret Six (with Earth 2′s Nicola Scott), Wonder Woman (with Terry Dodson, Aaron Lopresti and Scott), Action Comics (with John Byrne), and Rose & Thorn!
Since September 2011 and the New 52, she’s been running Barbara Gordon, once again with the use of her legs, through a gauntlet of new villains in Batgirl, while launching the Fury of Firestorm, the Nuclear Men with co-writer Ethan Van Sciver!
We have to stress what a truly rare event this is, so plan accordingly so that you can be here to join us in thanking Gail for all the great stories she has given us!
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
Jim Cheung, Gail Simone, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Tommy Castillo, Chuck Dixon, Will Quintana, Morry Hollowell, Fierce Comics, Scott Harper, Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc, Dave Myers, and more sign on Saturday May 5, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day!
Yancy Street Comics
9409 US 19 (inside Gulfview Square Mall), Port Richey, FL 34668
Via DC Comics:
Emerald City Comicon officially kicks off tomorrow in Seattle, Washington, and there will be several DC Entertainment panels, with plenty of DC Entertainment editors and creators in attendance. Friday’s DC COMICS ALL ACCESS and Sunday’s DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 panels will be moderated by editors Mike Marts, Ben Abernathy, Brian Cunningham and Rachel Gluckstern – with special guests from the DC Comics creative teams. And Saturday’s VERTIGO: NEW BLOOD panel will be moderated by editor Shelly Bond, who will also be joined by notable Vertigo creators.
But that’s not all. Stop by the DC Entertainment booth to say hello to some of your favorite writers and artists from both Vertigo and DC Comics, including Mike Allred (IZOMBIE), Brian Buccellato (THE FLASH), Chris Burnham (BATMAN INCORPORATED), Greg Capullo (BATMAN), Aaron Lopresti (JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL), Francis Manapul (THE FLASH), Dustin Nguyen (JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND UNLIMITED), Chris Roberson (IZOMBIE), Gail Simone (BATGIRL), Marcus To (BATWING), Joshua Williamson (VOODOO) and Bill Willingham (FABLES).
Visit the Emerald City Comicon website for the full panel and signing schedule. See ya there!
DC ENTERTAINMENT TO BRING TOP TALENT TO CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)
Renowned Comic Book Publisher will Participate in Nine Panels at Convention; Executives and Creators to Meet with Fans
Norwalk, CT, March 23, 2012: DC Entertainment has revealed that it will bring an extensive line up of top talent and creators to Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The renowned comic book publisher is slated to participate in nine panels providing thousands of fans the opportunity to hear from some of the most famous artists and creators in the DC universe. Many of these creators, as well as executives from the company, will also be on hand to meet with fans in the DC Entertainment booth, which will occupy 2500 square feet in a central location on the convention floor. The talent that is (so far) scheduled to appear at C2E2 includes: Franco Aureliani, Art Baltazar, Chris Burnham, David Finch, Patrick Gleason, Kevin Maguire, Sean Murphy, Jimmy Palmiotti, Gail Simone and Scott Snyder. This does not include a number of top creators that DC will be bringing to the convention for BEFORE WATCHMEN, which has been announced in a separate release.
This year’s C2E2, which is produced by the organizers of New York Comic Con (NYCC), is expected to attract thousands of loyal fans making this convention the largest pop culture extravaganza in the Midwest. It will take place April 13 – 15, 2012 in the North Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center.
“DC Entertainment has been a tremendous supporter of C2E2 ever since we launched the show in 2010,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “We are honored that they bring such high caliber talent to our convention and this year is no exception. I think their participation is a strong statement about how much they believe in our event, and how much they believe in Chicago and the Midwest as a center for pop culture activity and commerce. DC is a pre-eminent publisher and they elevate dialogue and entertainment simply by being present and being involved. We are pleased that they have elected to be so present and involved in C2E2.”
FRANCO AURELIANI has been drawing comics since he could hold a crayon in his little fingers. His credits for DC Comics include the Eisner Award-winning TINY TITANS, YOUNG JUSTICE and the upcoming SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES. In 1995, he founded Blindwolf Studios, an independent art studio where he and fellow creators like his superstar cartoonist buddy Art Baltazar create wonderful comics for all the kids. Franco is also the creator, artist and writer of WEIRDSVILLE, LIL CREEPS and EAGLE ALL STAR and the co-creator and writer of PATRICK THE WOLF BOY. Franco is also very tall.
ART BALTAZAR is a super-cartoonist from Chicago! His credits for DC Comics include the Eisner Award-winning TINY TITANS, YOUNG JUSTICE and the upcoming SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES. Additional credits include GORILLA GORILLA comics for Disney Adventures and PATRICK THE WOLF BOY comics from BlindWolf Studios. Aw Yeah Man!
CHRIS BURNHAM derives from Chicago. His credits include BATMAN INCORPORATED and BATMAN AND ROBIN for DC Comics, X-MEN: DIVIDED WE STAND and X-MEN: MANIFEST DESTINY for Marvel Comics, FEAR AGENT for Dark Horse, THE ELEPHANTMENT, NIXON’S PALS and OFFICER DOWNE for Image Comics, and much more.
DAVID FINCH launched his comics career on Top Cow Productions’ Cyberforce, where he started out assisting creator Marc Silvestri before graduating to full-time penciller in 1996. After co-creating the title Ascension and pencilling the first four issues of Aphrodite IX for Image, Finch went on to illustrate acclaimed runs on Ultimate X-Men, The New Avengers, Moon Knight and Ultimatum for Marvel before being lured to DC by its siren Bat-song. A contributor to BATMAN #700 and penciller for the one-shot BATMAN: THE RETURN, Finch is currently writing and drawing the ongoing series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT as well as crafting exquisite cover art for a host of DC titles. A proud Canadian, he makes his home on the snowy steppes of Ontario.
PATRICK GLEASON loves to create fantastic characters and the worlds they inhabit. His focus on character development and powerful storytelling can be found within the stories of many iconic characters including DC’s Batman and Robin, Green Lantern Corps, Aquaman, The Jusctie League, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, and The JSA. His ground-laying work, alongside Geoff Johns, and Dave Gibbons on Green Lantern Corps mini-series RECHARGE made way for the acclaimed ongoing series. The Sinestro Corps War followed, and then culminated in the explosive Blackest Night with Peter J Tomasi. Along with DC Comics’ wildly successful New 52, Patrick continues to lend his artistic vision and work to the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin.
KEVIN MAGUIRE resents being known as the guy who draws “funny faces.” He draws expressive faces (thank you very much) on titles such as the various Justice League books of the 1980s, The Adventures of Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, TEAM TITANS, Strike Back!, JLA: CREATED EQUAL, X-Men Forever, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE, and The Defenders. OK… he draws funny faces too.
After breaking into the industry at a young age, SEAN MURPHY made a name for himself in the world of indie comics before joining up with DC for such titles as BATMAN/SCARECROW: YEAR ONE, TEEN TITANS, HELLBLAZER and the miniseries AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. He also wrote and illustrated the original graphic novel Off Road.
JIMMY PALMIOTTI is a multi-award-winning creator and co-founder of Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights, and Paperfilms, where he currently partners with Amanda Conner and Justin Gray. Together they have created and co-created: The New West, MONOLITH, 21 DOWN, THE RESISTANCE, The Pro, Gatecrasher, Beautiful Killer, Ash, Cloudburst, Trigger Girl 6, Splatterman, Thrill Seeker, Trailblazer,Ballerina, THE TWILIGHT EXPERIMENT and the TV series, Painkiller Jane.
He has worked on POWERGIRL and JONAH HEX for DC COMICS, The Last Resort for IDW, Back to Brooklyn for Image Comics, Spartacusfor Devils Due, and Time Bomb for Radical Comics. He is currently writing ALL-STAR WESTERN and THE RAY for DC COMICS the New 52.
GAIL SIMONE first caught the attention of the comics world on the world wide web, where her popular humor column “You’ll All Be Sorry!” was featured on Comic Book Resources. It wasn’t long before she was tapped to write The Simpsons for Bongo Comics, which led to working in the mainstream for Marvel Comics as the writer on Deadpool.
Following her Marvel work, Simone began working for DC, where she is most known for her much-beloved run on BIRDS OF PREY. She has continued to write for DC and its many imprints on titles that include ROSE AND THORN, ACTION COMICS, TEEN TITANS, SECRET SIX, THE LEGION, VILLAINS UNITED, JLA CLASSIFIED, THE ALL-NEW ATOM, GEN13, and her creator-owned title WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY. Simone is currently writing BATGIRL in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.
SCOTT SNYDER has written comics for both DC and Marvel, including the bestselling series AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS and SWAMP THING, and is the author of the story collection Voodoo Heart (The Dial Press). He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYC and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett. He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.
For further information about guests and activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com. For more information about DC Entertainment and their guests please contact David Hyde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration VI, Fantasy Football Fest, and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
Gail Simone, Austin Janowsky, and Derrick Fish sign at Heroes Landing on Saturday May 5, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day!
Comic book writer – Gail Simone (Batgirl, Fury of Firestorm, Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey) (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Comic artist – Austin Janowsky (Iron Man: The End, Stanley the Snowman) (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Comic artist – Derrick Fish (The Wellkeeper, Dandy & Company) (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Cosplayer and 501st Legion appearances throughout the day. Plus FREE facepainting for the kids!
12348 Roper Blvd, Clermont, FL 34711
Gail Simone, Mike Mayhew, Mark Andreyko, Adam Beechen & more sign at 4 Color Fantasies on May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day!
Gail Simone - DC exclusive writer. Works include Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Wonder Woman and Welcome to Tranquility. Gail will be on hand to sign for fans.
JT Krul - DC writer currently working on Green Arrow, Teen Titans and, for Aspen Studios, Fathom and Soulfire. JT will be on hand to sign for fans.
Mike Mayhew - Artist who works with both DC and Marvel. Works include Spawn, X-Men Origins: Jean Grey (first fully painted issue) and Fear Itself Homefront. Mike will be on hand to sign for fans.
Adam Beechen - Writer on DC and other animated shows, including The Batman, X-Men: Evolutions, and Static Shock. His comic credits include Batman Beyond, Batgirl and Teen Titans Go! Adam will be on hand to sign for fans.
Mark Andreyko - Writer on Let Me In and Manhunter Co-Features and will soon be working on an upcoming Birds of Prey and the new Captain and Bucky series. Mark will be on hand to sign for fans.
Norm Rapmund - DC exclusive inker best know for his work on Supergirl. Currently working on Booster Gold and Justice League of America. Norm will be on hand to sign for fans.
Danny Miki - Inker whose current works include Incredible Hulk, Hulk, Silver Surfer (covers) and Fear Itself (covers). The exclusive inker for all of Joe Quesada’s art work and the creator of Eduskaters. Danny will be on hand to sign for fans.
Allen Martinez - Artist/inker whose works include Secret Invasion: Requiem, Uncanny X-Men and most recently New Mutants and Iron Man Legacy. Allen will be on hand to sign for fans.
Amy Wolfram - TV and comic writer whose works include 15 episodes of Teen Titans, and some episodes of Legion of Superheros and Ben 10. Her comics foray includes Teen Titans: Year One and several issues of Cartoon Network’s Ben 10. Amy will be on hand to sign for fans.
John C. Narkomey, Jr. - Head of Draw Hard Studios. Currently providing art for Semantink Publishing’s summer release of Dust, a 6-part mini-series written and created by James Ninness. He is also working on creator owned projects Die Demon Die and Cholo Libre: Rise of the Luchador. John will be on hand to sign for fans.
AJ Herrera - Founder of Forbidden Panel website. Creator of ZKS (Zombie Kill Squad) published under Forbidden Panel. AJ will be on hand to sign for fans.
Justin White - Artist on ZKS (Zombie Kill Squad). Co-creator and artist on an upcoming comic called The Graves. Justin will be on hand to sign for fans.
Dani Dixon - Comic book creator/writer and publisher Dani Dixon speaks at events throughout the year on a number of topics related to writing, publishing and art. Her newest book 13 has been published by Tumblecreek Press. Dani will be on hand to sign for fans.
Julian Aguilera - Julian has worked on Zenoscope’s Grimm Fairy Tales and, with Joe Quesada and Danny Miki, on Wolverine and with Jim Lee for DC Comics. Julian will be on hand to sign for fans.
And more to be announced!
4 Color Fantasies
7172 Archibald Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
Via The Source, DC has announced their panel and signing schedule for C2E2 2011:
4:30-5:30pm, Room 474
What’s in store for Green Lantern’s comics adventures in 2011? War! Join DC Executive Editor Eddie Berganza, Doug Mahnke, Tyler Kirkham, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and others to get a sneak peak into the future of GL in the DCU!
6:30-7:30pm, Room 470b
The DC NATION returns to Chicago! Co-Publisher Dan DiDio and some of comics’ top talents give you the inside scoop on what’s new from DC Entertainment. DCU, VERTIGO and MAD will all be discussed, so come on by and join the nation!
Creator Signings for Friday, 3/18:
Christian Alamy, Doug Mahnke, Ivan Reis, Tyler Kirkham, Joe Prado, Rod Reis
Tony Daniel, Scott Snyder, Ryan Benjamin, Gail Simone
Yildiray Cinar, Kevin Maguire
Paul Cornell, Don Kramer, Phil Hester
Art Baltazar, Mike Norton, Franco
Brian Azzarello, Bill Willingham
11:30-12:30pm, Room 474
What will happen to your favorite DCU characters during this year’s major events? Join DC Executive Editor Eddie Berganza and SVP – Sales Bob Wayne, along with Yildiray Cinar, Art Baltazar, Franco, Mike Norton, Kevin Maguire and others to hear about upcoming highlights from the DCU.
1:30-2:30pm, Room 470b
Find out what compelling tales comics’ edgiest imprint has in store for you in the months to come! Join Senior Group Editor Shelly Bond, Scott Snyder, Bill Willingham, and others for a discussion of your favorite VERTIGO titles.
2:30-3:30pm, Room 474
DC’s top heroes are the topic of this panel spotlight. Executive Editor Eddie Berganza, Tony Daniel, Paul Cornell, Scott Snyder, and Phil Hester lead the discussion on the latest Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman news.
5:30-6:30pm, Room 474
Superstar artists Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke and Tyler Kirkham show off their distinctive styles while drawing on a machine that projects their work on a giant screen. Check out this unique presentation that will give you an inside glimpse into the artistic process!
Creator Signing for Saturday, 3/19:
Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, Rod Reis, Christian Alamy, Tyler Kirkham, Doug Mahnke
Brian Azzarello, Gene Ha
Franco, Mike Norton
Yildray Cinar, Kevin Maguire
Tony Daniel, Scott Snyder, Ryan Benjamin, Gail Simone
Paul Cornell, Don Kramer
1:00-2:00pm, Room 474
Executive Editor Eddie Berganza, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and others will reveal insights and hints about the epic Brightest Day story – and where the event will lead next!
FABLES: THE FIRST 100 – ONE-ON-ONE WITH BILL WILLINGHAM
4:00-5:00pm, Room 470a
The mind behind Vertigo’s mega-popular series comes to Chicago! Bill Willingham is joined by VP – Marketing, John Cunningham, for an in-depth look back at the first 100 issues of Fables – as well as a glimpse at what’s to come!
Creator Signings for Sunday, 3/20:
Jill Thompson, Bill Wilingham
Brian Azzarello, Gene Ha
Ryan Benjamin, Tony Daniel, Gail Simone
Paul Cornell, Don Kramer, Jamal Igle
Joe Prado, Rod Reis, Christian Alamy, Tyler Kirkham, Doug Mahnke, Ivan Reis
Franco, Mike Norton
STGCC 2010 opens with a galaxy of pop culture icons
Crème de la crème of personalities, products, entertainment and collectibles from West and East in a three-day, action-packed extravaganza
Singapore, 10 December 2010 – This year’s Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention (STGCC) is power-packed with top-line content from both East and West, bringing together personalities, entertainment and products in a three-day, unique east meets west extravaganza. The show, which is into its third year, will showcase first-time participation from world-class names in pop culture, with something for everyone in comics, anime, manga, toys and games. Top gamers from around the region will participate in the Online SEA Games 2010, a battle-to-the-death series of thrilling gaming tournaments organised by Asiasoft Online.
West Meets East
STGCC 2010 organisers, Reed Exhibitions, has taken “the best of our US show ‘New York Comic Con’ and infused it with an eastern flavour.” STGCC features a strong line-up of panels showcasing 26 guests from 12 countries. Marvel will make its first appearance in Asia and will be reviewing artists’ portfolios. Lucasfilm Singapore will helm two exciting panels on the art of the Clone Wars and divulge secrets on the making of Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 2. In addition, Lucasfilm will be recruiting during the first two days of STGCC at designated times.
The Marvel entourage comprises celebrated writers and famed illustrators known for their work on Marvel’s most beloved super heroes like Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, The Avengers, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Thor.
From the East, personalities will include top-notch toy designers, including Gloomy Bear’s Mori Chack, Devilrobots’ Koto Nishiyama and Shinichiro Kitai from Japan, and Asterialand’s Alice Chan, Monkey Playground’s Jason Siu and Da TeamBronx’s Tim Tsui from Hong Kong.
A total of 50 budding artists will showcase their creations at Artist Alley from Southeast Asia. Product launches will include manga Karneval (world’s first English version), Naruto, toys like the special 7” Domo Qee and The Winged Tiger in Singapore, a comics collaboration between the ‘Godfather of the American Graphic Novel’, Phil Yeh and Singaporean artist and co-author, He Shuxin.
Fans can expect a line-up of activities that will immerse them in a total pop culture experience at STGCC. They can get the thrills with action professionals in live stunts, watch artists at work, get tips from writers and illustrators on the finer points of their art, buy gifts and souvenirs based on their favourite characters (yes, it’s Christmas!) or even get talent-spotted!
Adding to the live action buzz is a special performance by Japanese all-girl pop sensation AKB48. 12 of the girls will also be performing their latest song, Chance no Junban, which debuted in Japan on 8 December 2010 and meeting their fans at a special closed-door session. Be thrilled by “live” stunt performances by Team J Phillips, re-enacting iconic scenes from The Matrix and Kung-Fu Panda without wires or rigging and be absorbed in cosplay fashion shows by Merveilleux Boutique and Haru House.
Be among the first to preview screenings including the Scream Awards 2010 (ahead of the Sony Pictures Entertainment network-wide simultaneous broadcast on 19 December 2010) and one of 2010’s most anticipated anime, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan presented by Animax. There will be two other sneak peeks – Cartoon Network’s Asian premiere of Generator Rex and Iconix Korea’s Pororo, which are popular hits with children.
Collectibles and Limited Editions!
Exclusive collectibles will also be up for grabs at STGCC. Some of the biggest toy designers and comic houses will be launching new-fangled toys and limited-edition memorabilia. In addition, be sure to get a complimentary souvenir of Marvel Comics’ full-colour poster of its iconic superheroes namely Spider-Man, Thor, Captain America and Iron Man.
Graphic novel enthusiasts are also in for a treat with the limited-edition V for Vendetta Absolute Edition Hardcover Graphic Novel (presented by G&B Comics) while toy lovers can get their hands on special-design Trexis and Dooodolls Costume Party 10’’ Special Edition.
Fans will have the incredible chance to have their toys and comics autographed by the creators themselves. Besides comics writers and illustrators from Marvel Comics, and DC Comics’ Ivan Brandon and Gail Simone, V for Vendetta’s David Lloyd, Tokidoki’s Simone Legno, Da TeamBronx’s Tim Tsui and DevilRobots’ Koto Nishiyama and Shinichiro Kitai will be present and signing their works at the Walk of Fame, which is a special section of scheduled meetings for fans to meet and interact with their favourite pop culture authors, illustrators and creators.
Industry big names like Alex Maleev, Esad Ribic, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Harvey Tolibao, Leinil Yu, Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca, Sonny Liew and Tan Eng Huat will be signing autographs, doing live sketching and talking to fans about their latest works.
Get spotted by talent scouts!
Aspiring artists looking for their big break will not want to miss a meeting with Marvel Comics’ international talent scout, C.B. Cebulski. Renowned worldwide for his ability to discover top talent, he will be reviewing portfolios and dishing out tips on catching the discerning eye of talent scouts. Cebulski will also be giving an inside look into the world of Marvel and what it takes to the next comics superstar at his panel, Marvel’s Hunt for Talent.
Get tips from world-class experts!
Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm Singapore will also be presenting panels for the first time in Asia at STGCC. Comics buffs will hear first-hand from Marvel writers and artists their inspirations, latest projects in panels and intimate conversations over the first two days of STGCC.
Lucasfilm Singapore will present two panels – from Industrial Light & Magic Singapore – Iron Man 2: An insider’s treat on the movie’s visual effects and from Lucasfilm Animation – The Clone Wars: Pushing the envelope for TV. They will be delivered by an international suite of Lucasfilm artists who will give a rare insight into the highly-regarded expertise and artistry synonymous with Lucasfilm Singapore.
This year’s STGCC will have a total of 37 product launches, including comics, limited-edition toys and merchandise, and features over 100 exhibitors and 50 upcoming artists from 12 countries.
“Putting together a convention like STGCC which brings artists, writers, illustrators, and designers of such high calibre to Asia has been an exceptional experience. And I believe our fans will feel the same way over the next three days as they come up close and personal with the very people who breathe life into our favourite comics and toys. We also made sure there are lots of coveted collectibles for our fans to take home and enjoy,” says Project Director of STGCC 2010 Ms Yeow Hui Leng.
The first-time ticketed event is expected to draw 45,000 visitors including toy designers, comic creators, illustrators, game developers, publishers and fans from Asia. STGCC 2010 is co-produced by Reed Exhibitions Singapore and US-based ReedPOP, the team behind international events including the New York Comic Con, New York Anime Festival, and Star Wars Celebration.
The show is open to the public from Friday, 10 Dec to Sunday, 12 Dec. (Please refer to fact sheet for opening hours) Tickets are priced at $15.00 for a 1-Day pass and $25.00 for a 3-Day pass (inclusive of 7% GST and handling fees). For more information on STGCC, visit www.singaporetgcc.com.
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Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 440 events in 36 countries. In 2009 Reed brought together over six million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 35 fully staffed offices.
Reed organizes a wide range of events, including trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and meetings. Its portfolio of over 440 events serves 44 industry sectors, including:
Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, beauty & cosmetics, broadcasting, building & construction, electronics, energy, oil & gas, engineering & manufacturing, food service & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, interior design, IT & telecoms, jewellery, life science & pharmaceuticals, machinery, marketing, business services & training, medical education, printing & graphics, security & safety, sports & recreation, travel.
Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.
Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2009, Reed Elsevier made an adjusted profit before taxation of £1,279 million on turnover of £6,071 million.
ABOUT SINGAPORE TOY, GAMES & COMIC CONVENTION
The Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention combines the best of pop culture from East and West to Asia, uniting the worlds of comics, anime, toys, collectibles and games. It is the pre-eminent event in the Asian market that fits with other shows in the Reed pop culture portfolio, including New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Star Wars Celebration and New York Anime Festival.
STGCC will reach out to a whole new world of fans in Asia and opens a vast market with exciting opportunities for companies to break into the Asian market and/or reinforce a growing presence. Fans will experience a showcase of pop culture’s coolest and latest products, and be thrilled by personalities and characters from the worlds of superheroes, villains and realms of fantasy.
STGCC takes place alongside the Asia Television Forum (ATF) which runs from December 8 to 10. ATF is Asia’s leading content market, where international TV content sellers meet Asia’s broadcasting industry. This pairing presents unprecedented business opportunities for trade and consumer audiences.
STGCC’s vision is to deliver quality content and spread the currency of cool in Asia and aims to be the leading catalyst for the pop culture industry.