Planet Comicon 2018 Hosts Game of Thrones-Themed Adventure Pub Crawl

Press Release:

Winter is coming to Kansas City! Planet Comicon is teaming up with Boulevard Brewing Company and Brewery Ommegang (the official brewery of the Game of Thrones Beers) to bring Westeros to downtown KC creating a fun off-site activation.

The game will consist of four large teams of 50 (Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens, and the Night King’s Army) competing to take the Iron Throne. Each smaller team (1-5 players) will work together to conquer the seven kingdoms for their house by earning points after completing tasks and challenges at each participating location along the streetcar route. Costumed characters and quests await you!

The game will end  at 9:30 PM with an after-party at Magnolia Venue & Urban Garden, where the winning team will be revealed and the prizes distributed.

Space is VERY limited, You will need to act faster than Gendry running back to Eastwatch to guarantee your team a spot.

To ensure a balanced game, houses will be randomized. If you are wanting to play with a specific group of people you must buy tickets at the same time to guarantee the same team. Requests will be taken into consideration.

This event is 21+ ONLY, You must have valid I.D. on the day of the event in order to participate.

Click here for tickets…

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NM – Quillifer Signing

Press Release:

The Jean Cocteau Cinema is pleased to present New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Walter Jon Williams with his latest fantasy book Quillifer on Sunday, January 14, 2018. George R.R. Martin will host an intimate discussion with Walter Jon Williams followed by audience Q&A and book signing in the lobby. The discussion begins at 3:00 pm, book signing starts at 4:00 pm. Tickets available at the link…

About Quillifer: An adventurous epic fantasy about a man who is forced to leave his comfortable life and find his fortune among goddesses, pirates, war, and dragons. Quillifer is a young man, serially in love and studying law, when a family tragedy throws him into the world to seek his fortune. While he struggles to establish himself in the capital, the country finds itself pitched into a civil war, and Quillifer, an unwilling soldier at best, finds himself caught up in the action, and able to tip the scales of fortune.

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Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

Aquaman Star Splash-lands at Planet Comicon Kansas City 2018

Planet Comicon Kansas City, the Midwest’s biggest fan extravaganza, has announced that Jason Momoa will join the lineup of special guests and comic creators set to sign autographs and take pictures at the popular fan event, February 16-18, 2018 at Bartle Hall.

Momoa, who portrays the iconic superhero Aquaman in the recently-released Justice League movie, has held featured roles in Game of Thrones as well as Netflix’ action/adventure series Frontier.

Other guests include Danny Trejo (Machete), Alex Kingston (Doctor Who), Amy Jo Johnson (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Zach Callison (Steven Universe), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter series) Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy), and more.

For more information about the 2018 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 Announces Panel Programming

Press Release:

The 18th annual Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of September 22-24, 2017Tickets are available now for General Admission, VIP, and Ringo Awards! As is the case every year, we have received a steady stream of requests for our Panel schedule — details are now ready for release, and we’re really excited to share them with you!

Friday will feature a spotlight on one of the most popular creators in modern comics, Frank Miller. Also, a spotlight on Matt Kindt, the Jimmy and Amanda panel, numerous panels featuring some of the industry’s largest publishers including Archie and Dynamite, a look at the Kirby Museum, and a game show!

Saturday, publisher panels include DC Comics, Marvel Comics, BOOM! Studios, Image Comics, Valiant, and Dynamite, a spotlight panel on Bob Fujitani, a seminar from Carl Potts, and media guests Stefan KapicicDMCFinn Jones, Jessica Henwick, David Mazouz, and Sean Pertwee. Plus, celebrate Batman Day and The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute.

Of course, don’t let your children miss the excitement scheduled for the Kids Love Comics Pavilion!

Friday 

(Please note, all times and panels shown are subject to change.)

Room 339-342

2:00 – 3:00– Valiant Spotlight: Matt Kindt

One of the most-lauded creative minds in the industry today, Matt Kindt is a true visionary of the comics medium. From his creator-owned series – like Mind MgmtDept. HGrass KingsEther, and dozens more – to his work at the forefront of the Valiant comics line – including X-O ManowarDivinityNinjak, and the upcoming Harbinger Wars 2 – join the New York Times best-selling and Eisner Award-nominated writer/artist for a wide-ranging discussion of his work, present and future.

3:30-4:15 – Frank Miller Spotlight

From Daredevil to Ronin to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns to Sin City to Dark Knight III: The Master Race, creator Frank Miller has left an indelible mark on modern comics. Join Frank, frequent collaborator Klaus Janson, and moderator Dan DiDio for an engaging panel. You’ll kick yourself if you miss it.

4:30-5:30 – Archie Comics: Riverdale Revealed

Celebrate the new era of Archie Comics as we take a look at the next wave of exciting Archie Comics titles and look ahead to the second season of The CW’s hit new show Riverdale! Featuring a panel of all-star writers and artists including Mark WaidDan ParentAlex Segura, and Joe Eisma!

Room 343-344

2:00-3:00 – How to Kill Zombies

The RIGHT way to kill a zombie! From chainsaws to helicopter blades, novelist Peter Meredith hosts a light-hearted panel discussion on the many ways found in literature and film to slay the undead.

3:15-4:15 – The Power of Magic and the Magic of Memory

Learn about magic in comics, its roots in reality, and the magic of memory. Chris Miskiewicz (Thomas Alsop) will talk about the magical mythology of New York City, and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook) will preview his upcoming webcomic War Cry, showing how transfiguration can deliver powerful moments in storytelling. Sarah Trustman (The Memory Arts) will discuss using comics to teach real-world magic and give a demonstration of the same memory techniques that appear so fantastic that using them got people burned as witches. And, David Trustman (The Rise) will discuss his controversial graphic novel God Slap and its modern take on religious magic.

4:30-5:30 – The Jimmy & Amanda Panel

Get to know Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti in an interactive panel where the audience gets to talk to the guests about their work and lives, in an intimate getting-to-know-you setting. Listen to them talk about their current work on Harley Quinn and what the future has in store for them both.

Room 345-346

2:00-3:00 – Writing Across Genres

Ever wonder how a comic book writer can write so many different types of stories all seemingly at the same time? Join Charles Soule (Darth VaderCurse WordsAstonishing X-Men), James Tynion IV (The WoodsDetective ComicsThe Eighth Seal), Amy Chu (KISSRed SonjaPoison Ivy), and Tom King (BatmanThe Sheriff of BabylonVision) as they talk about how they manage to write so many types of genres at the same time. Moderated by Christy Blanch.

3:15-4:15 – #DARETOBEHEROIC With Dynamite

Villains don’t stand a chance this fall as Dynamite unleashes our team of all-star creators and unites some of comics’ most iconic heroes in what’s certain to be some of the hottest releases of the season. Join us as we discuss the anatomy of crafting a true hero!

4:30-5:30 – Shared Universes

Ever since the Human Torch met the Sub-Mariner, comics have had shared universes for better or worse. A panel of experienced veterans – Mark BuckinghamTerry MoorePeter J. Tomasi, and Meredith Finch — who have worked in and out of these universes discuss the pros and cons with moderator Robert Greenberger.

Room 347-348

2:00-3:00 – Super-Blank: The Game Show

Get ready to match the comics stars! Strikingly similar to the classic TV game show, The Match Game, a panel of comics “celebrities” will fill in the blanks as contestants from the audience try to match them for points and prizes! With: Lora Innes (The DreamerWynonna Earp), Brian “Smitty” Smith (Stuff of LegendTree Mail), Brian Joines (Bill & TedImaginary AgentsKrampus), and more! Hosted by Gregg Schigiel (PixSpongeBob ComicsStuff Said podcast).

3:15-4:15 – What is the Kirby Museum

Join founding trustee Rand Hoppe as he shows what the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center has been up to for the last 12 years. See photos of some of our accomplishments, as well as what we are planning for the future!

4:30-5:30 – Creating Kickass Characters

Popular comics creators share their insights on character development in comics and how they work to make heroes and villains extraordinary and memorable. Featuring: Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja), Tom King (BatmanVision), and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder, No Mercy, Love is Love).

Kids Love Comics Programming

4:00-5:00 –  Drawing with Drouin: Nickelodeon Characters with Emily Drouin

Learn to draw popular characters from Nickelodeon shows using basic shapes in this fun drawing activity!

5:00-6:00 – Alien Art with Dawn Griffin

The Kids Love Comics Workshop Area will be transformed into an alien factory when cartoonist Dawn Griffin shows you easy ways to draw wacky aliens.

Saturday

Room 339-342

11:00-12:00 – Story Structure

Where do you begin? With the plot, the theme, a conflict or all of the above? An all-star line-up featuring Marv WolfmanJames Tynion IVMark WaidLouise Simonson, and Elliot S! Maggin chat with moderator Robert Greenberger about how they write their four-color stories.

12:15-1:15 – DC Comics: My Secret Origin: How I Broke Into Comics

Moderator: Dan DiDio

Talent: Cully HamnerAlisa KwitneyJustin Jordan

They say breaking up is hard to do…but breaking into comics may be tougher! Come by for an inside look at how some of DC’s top-notch talent broke in, crafting the tales of your favorite DC Super Heroes!

1:30-2:30 – Marvel Legacy

A new era of Marvel storytelling is about to begin! Mysteries, returns, and infinite possibilities await in the pages of each Marvel Legacy title. SVP & Executive Editor Tom Brevoort and Ken Lashley (X-Men Gold), David Marquez (Defenders), Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk), and Mark Waid (AvengersCaptain AmericaChampions) will be in attendance to give fans the latest info about their first thrilling story arcs in their Marvel Legacy series.

2:45-3:45 – Baltimore Celebrates Batman Day!

Moderator: Jimmy Palmiotti

Talent: Amanda ConnerDavid FinchPeter J. TomasiJames Tynion IVJohn Timms 

It’s Batman Day but Harley Quinn is taking over! Celebrate Harley’s 25th Anniversary and all things Batman in this can’t miss panel.

4:00-5:00 – Kirby: King of Comics

Jack Kirby created or co-created some of comic books’ most popular super heroes. Take a look at Kirby’s career in comics as writer Mark Evanier and Abrams Books’ Charlie Kochman discuss Evanier’s book, Kirby: King of Comics.

5:15-6:15 – Image Comics: Your New Favorite Series

Image Comics is home to some of the best storytellers in the comics business constantly reinventing the medium with fresh and new exciting titles. Meredith Finch (Rose), Charles Soule (Curse Words), Justin Jordan (The Family Trade), Nikki Ryan (The Family Trade), and Andrew MacLean (Head Lopper) lead the latest wave of Image classics and are here to tell how they’re about to become your new favorite books!

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00 – The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute

Join Todd DezagoThom ZahlerVal StaplesRob StullPaul Mounts, and many more as they discuss the creation of the most impressive and ambitious graphic novel project ever as well as the creation of the original Tellos series and memories of Ringo.

12:15-1:15 – Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute Signing

An exclusive signing, for the first time, of both Ringo Tellos Tribute Volumes 1 and 2, featuring a collection of many of the contributing artists.

1:30-2:30 – Valiant Presents Icons: X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Faith and Beyond

With record-setting series like X-O ManowarFaith, and SECRET WEAPONS, Valiant Entertainment is the most celebrated publisher anywhere in comics today! Now, right here at BCC, find out what’s coming for Valiant’s next blockbuster series like Bloodshot SalvationEternityNinja-K, and Quantum and Woody! with an all-star cast of guests! Valiant’s next major leap forward starts here with exclusive announcements and artwork – first at BCC!

2:45-3:45 – Dynamite: Igniting Imaginations

Discover where some of comics’ most acclaimed writers find the inspiration behind their creations, and how they translate the first creative spark to the final printed page. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the real-life origin stories of some of your most beloved comic creations!

4:00-5:00 – BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours

There’s a comic at BOOM! Studios for everyone, from longtime fans to brand-new readers, and this is the panel to discover YOUR favorite new series! Join BOOM! Studios staff and creators as they explore the diverse imprints of the main BOOM! Studios line, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession. Featuring James Tynion IV (EugenicThe Backstagers), Hope Larson (Goldie Vance), Sean Rubin(Bolivar), Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu), Matt Kindt (Grass Kings), Anthony Burch (Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack), and Clay McLeod Chapman(Lazaretto). Moderated by Filip Sablik (President, Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios).

5:15-6:15 – Bob Fujitani Spotlight

Bob Fujitani began his career in comics in the 1940s and may be best known for the original artist of Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. He’s drawn characters including The Hangman, Flying Dutchman, SkyWolf, Sherlock Holmes, and books including LassieCrime & Punishment, and Turok, Son of Stone. Join Bob Fujitani and moderator Mark Evanier as they look back at his amazing career.

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00 – Comics Creators Consuming Coffee: Baltimore Edition

Back by popular demand! Sample the world’s strongest coffee with your favorite comics creators while we chat about all things coffee and comics. Amy Chu (writer Poison IvyRed SonjaKISS) and Sean Von Gorman (BatfreakToe Tag Riot) host this interactive panel featuring special guests including Terry Moore (Motor GirlStrangers in Paradise).

12:15-1:15 – A Crash Course in Online Reviewing

Fans of pop culture often have a lot to say and share. The writing and editing crew at Pop Culture Uncovered talk about getting started writing reviews, editorials, and columns. How to find your voice, find and keep an audience, and how to find the motivation when writer’s block gets in the way.

1:30-2:30 – Lettering with Todd Klein & John Workman

The letterer’s job is usual an invisible one unless the letterer becomes an integral part of the printed page. Two of the premier practitioners of the unheralded art form, Todd Klein and John Workman, talk about their work and their careers with moderator Robert Greenberger.

2:45-3:45 – Amulet Graphic Novel: Behind-the-Scenes

Presentation and Q&A with author Kazu Kibuishi on the creation of the Amulet graphic novel series for Scholastic Graphix. Explore the process of creating adventures for all ages!

4:00-5:00 – Fandom and Representation: A Conversation on Why Diversity Matters to Fans

The subject of character diversity and representation in pop-culture seems to always be accompanied by controversy. But at the heart is a simple notion: people wanting to see themselves reflected in their art. Fantasy, sci-fi, and comics are no exception. In this panel, we’ll be speaking on why showing the real world in comics, good, bad, and ugly, is so important. And why it’s good for everyone.

5:15-6:15 – Creator-Owned vs. Company-Owned

A company-owned property usually means a good paycheck, guaranteed audience, and a chance to reach a wider readership than creator-owned works. But the latter offers great freedom and satisfaction. Walter SimonsonDean Haspiel, and Thom Zahler talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly with moderator Robert Greenberger.

Room 347-348

12:15-1:45 – Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling

Carl Potts, former Marvel Entertainment Executive Editor, screenwriter, and author of The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling, discusses how to combine instinct with knowledge to arrive at the best visual narrative solutions for your story.

2:45-3:45 – Women Creators Discuss the Evolving Comic Book Industry

Join this panel of talented comic book creators with a wide range of experience in the industry for a discussion on the evolving comic book industry. Discover panelists’ perspectives on how comics has evolved over the years. How do panelists measure success? What unique challenges exist for women creators? What impact does social media have on panelists’ interaction with fans? How has the comic book store and convention experience for women creators changed? What might the future hold? Discussion on all these questions and more! Moderated by Creator Talks podcast host Christopher Calloway, panelists include: Meredith Finch (creator/writer of Rose/Image Comics), Alitha Martinez (artist for Iron ManX-Men/Marvel Comics), Erica Schultz (writer of Charmed/Dynamite Entertainment).

4:00-5:00 – LICENSED!: Overstreet Looks at Licensed Comics

From the Disney work of Carl Barks to Zorro by Alex Toth, from Planet of the Apes to Star Wars, and from The Micronauts to G.I. Joe, licensed titles have been an exciting part of the fabric of comics. Join The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide for a lively discussion of licensed comics with Mark Wheatley (Doctor WhoJonny QuestTarzan), James Kuhoric (Freddy vs. Jason vs. AshHatchet), Joseph Rybandt (Editor – Dynamite Entertainment) and Overstreet’s own J.C. Vaughn (24Stargate AtlantisStargate Universe).

Ballroom (4th Floor)

11:00-12:00 – Stefan Kapicic Panel

In the movie DeadpoolStefan Kapicic left his mark as the stoic X-Man, Colossus. Discover more about this amazing actor and his work, and maybe even learn a bit about the next Deadpool movie, with this spotlight panel.

12:00-1:00 – Darryl Makes Comics

You know Darryl “DMC” McDaniels from his legendary music career. But do you know he also makes comics? Join DMCGreg PakKhoi PhamDomo Stanton, and moderator Amy Chu as they explore the world of Darryl Makes Comics. Sponsored by The Hero Initiative.

1:30-2:30 – David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee Panel

Join David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne) and Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth) for a trip to Gotham. If you’re a fan of the FOX TV show, you know this is the panel for you.

3:00 – Costume Contest (Adults)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

12:00-1:00 – The AaaaWoooooo Werewolf Workshop with Chris Flick

Have a howling good time as cartoonist Chris Flick shows you how to draw werewolves of all shapes and sizes.

1:00-2:00 – Panel Party with Mark Mariano and Kazu Kibuishi

You are cordially invited you to the Panel Party, where your imagination, storytelling ability, and art skills will be welcomed and celebrated. Simply put, we are going to have a blast making comics together! Warning: attending this party may result in you throwing your own Panel Party at home!

2:00-3:00 – Cosplay Crafts with Gina Super Sox

Gina makes clothing for superheroes to wear! The seamstress of Super Sox Shop will discuss making clothing, toys, soft swords and shields, and other fabric crafts.

3:00-4:00 – Pixel Portraits with Tim Fielder

Pixel Portraits: A Digital Storytelling Workshop by the creator of Matty’s Rocket, showcases his storyboarding process of panel to panel techniques for comics, animation, and film.

4:00-5:00 –  Building a Better Batcave! with John Gallagher

You are part of Batman’s trusted team of engineers and interior designers. He has just tasked you with a very important job. Working together, you must design and draw the blueprints for a new Batcave!

5:00-6:00 – A Piggy’s Tale Comic Reading and Drawing! with Piggy and Tod Emko

Join Tod Emko for a live reading of A Piggy’s Tale, the universally loved all-ages comic. Piggy the Three-Legged Super Pup will be present to greet his public and model as the audience draws the heroic canine. If Piggy likes the drawing, the child will receive the first issue of A Piggy’s Tale! All participants will have their photos taken with their drawings for the piggytale.com website.

Sunday

Room 339-342

11:00-12:00 – Black Panther

Before you see Black Panther on the big screen in 2018, you want to make sure you know his comic book roots and this panel is a perfect way to start. Travel to Wakanda with Afua RichardsonAlitha Martinez, and moderator Tom Brevoort.

12:15-1:15 – DC Universe

Moderator: Dan DiDio

Talent: Amanda ConnerTom KingSteve Orlando, Jimmy PalmiottiJames Tynion IV

The DC Universe is what everyone who’s anyone is talking about. The universe has been restored with hope and optimism, engaging storylines and dynamic characters. Come discover more about your favorite DC super heroes, plus hear from the talented teams bringing these stories to life!

1:30-2:30 – Jack Kirby at 100

This past month, the comics world celebrated what would have been the 100th birthday of legendary creator Jack Kirby. Tom KingWalter SimonsonMark BuckinghamJerry OrdwayDean HaspielJohn K. Snyder III, the Kirby Museum’s Rand Hoppe, and moderator Mark Evanier discuss Kirby’s work and it’s lasting influence in comics today.

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00 – CosLove Presents: #icanbaHERO

Cosplay promotes creativity, camaraderie, and can even evolve into community service and philanthropic pursuits. Meet members of CosLove, DC Heroes, East Coast Avengers, Justice League Alliance Mid-Atlantic, Hope for Henry, and The 501st Legion as they provide tips on how to combine your passion for cosplay along with giving back to your local community and other charity efforts. Find out how you can reach out to local organizations and other cosplayers/costumers to organize events, as well as how to use cosplay to reach new patrons or engage students. #TeamCosLove is a group of cosplayers and creatives that support local communities through school and hospital visits within the DC/MD/VA Mid-Atlantic Region, assisting organizations with similar events across the United States, and which promotes the overall love for cosplay and cos-positivity within the community. With Brian KorzecAlice IrvinLiam StillmanShemika Demouchet Berry, and Patrick Michael Strange.

12:15-1:15 – The Plotmasters Project

David Petersen (Mouse Guard) & Jesse Glenn (Odd 13 Brewing) have started a new video podcast series, The Plotmasters Project, in the spirit of looking back at their earliest characters and stories, sharing old embarrassing artwork and ideas, discussing what worked and what didn’t with them, and then creating new art and ideas as though they were working on that project today. Join The Plotmasters as they talk about concept editing, character design, and artistic evolution.

1:30-2:30 – Valiant 101: Jump on Board Here!

New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes – from Bloodshot and Divinity to Faith and Harbinger to Ninjak and X-O Manowar! From Buzzfeed and Entertainment Weekly to The Guardian and dozens more, Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today… Now, look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!

2:45-3:45 – Historical Fiction Comics

Like history? Love comics? Come travel through time with comics! Join Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood), Lora Innes (The Dreamer), and Thom Zahler (Time and Vine) as they talk about writing and drawing historical fiction.

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00 – Marv Wolfman and Mark Evanier in Conversation

Marv Wolfman (New Teen TitansDeathstroke the TerminatorTomb of Dracula) and Mark Evanier (Darkseid SpecialGroo the WandererDNAgents) discuss writing. Don’t miss this chance to see two legendary creators sharing stories about their time in comics and more.

12:15-1:15 – The Return of Classic Cartoon Comics – Underdog, Casper, Rocky & Bullwinkle, and Pink Panther

American Mythology is proud to bring back some of the most beloved all-ages cartoons to introduce to new generations of comic fans. Parents remember the animated antics of UnderdogCasperRocky & Bullwinkle, and The Pink Panther as staples of Saturday morning cartoons. Join S.A. CheckPat ShandJohn Gallagher, and Mike Wolfer as they share their memories of these cereal and milk classics and discuss new all ages fun coming your way from American Mythology next year!

1:30-2:30 – Comics for Everyone

An all-star panel of writers and artists talk about the magical power of comics, how they work to reach new readers, and make stories for all audiences. With Amy Chu(Poison Ivy, Red SonjaKISS), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder, No Mercy, Love is Love) and Franco (Aw Yeah ComicsTiny Titans).

2:45-3:45 – From Idea to the Page: Making Comics the Comicker Way

Comicker Press co-founder and New York Times best-selling writer Sean E. Williams takes you step-by-step through what goes into taking your comics ideas and making them a reality. From finding collaborators to building a proposal, from self-publishing to pitching to publishers, and from writing a script to coloring the final page, Williams shows what goes into making comics from beginning to end.

Room 347-348

11:00-12:00 – Writing for Young Readers

How is writing for young readers unique? What are the rewards and challenges? Are any themes off limits? Join Kazu KibuishiBarry LygaAndy RuntonHope LarsonLouise Simonson, and moderator Charlie Kochman as they explore writing for young readers.

12:15-1:15 – Comics in the 1970s

The Comics Code was revised, the direct sales market was born, and the first hints of independent publishing highlighted a decade that saw a new generation of creators make their debut, including Elliot S! MagginKeith PollardJoe StatonRon Wilson, and John Workman. They reminisce with moderator Robert Greenberger about those transitional years. Sponsored by The Hero Initiative.

1:30-2:30 – Ominous Press Panel

Join Bart Sears and Andy Smith for a panel discussing all things Ominous Press and more! They will discuss their careers from the beginning to now! And why they felt now was the right time to bring Ominous Press back.

2:45-3:45 – Creative Community: Finding It, Building It, and Growing With It

Making comics can sometimes feel like a lonely pursuit — but having a team of colleagues, supporters, and friends can encourage, support, and promote independent creators, no matter where they are in their careers. Come chat with Kata Kane (Ana and the Cosmic Race, Altar Girl), David Crispino (Taft Sturgeon), Colin Byrd (The Crimson Fly), and Jordan Clark (Bitch PlanetTriple Feature) from local creators’ group Bmore Into Comics about how to find and participate in comics communities. Moderated by Parker Hicks (Vengeful Ghost).

Ballroom (4th Floor)

11:00-12:00 – Down with the King 

A one on one retrospect with DMC as we talk about about his journey from Run-DMC to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to DMC the superhero. Moderated by Eddie #ebonyhero Newsome.

12:00-1:00 – Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick Panel

You know them from The DefendersIron Fist, and Game of Thrones. They’re Finn Jones (Danny Rand) and Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing). Join us for a fascinating and engaging panel exploring these two talented actors and their work.

2:30 – Costume Contest (Kids)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

11:00-12:00 – Drawing With Drouin: Disney Characters with Emily Drouin

Learn to draw Disney characters using basic shapes in this fun drawing activity!

 

12:00-1:00 – Cosmic Character Creations with Kata Kane and Amy Chu

In this interactive all ages workshop, color and draw alongside artist Kata Kane (Altar GirlGFFs: Ghost Friends Forever) and dream up your character with writer Amy Chu (Poison IvyRed Sonja) as they talk about their new graphic novel Ana and the Cosmic Race. Color pictures of Ana, Zyx, Keio, and Ekene, or create your own character to compete in the Cosmic Race!

 

1:00-2:00 – Superhero University with Chris Mariano and Brian Smith (OPEN TO FIRST 30 KIDS)

You won’t be able to fly and it won’t give you superpowers, but you will learn all the ins and outs of superheroics from the industry’s top professors. PLUS, you’ll have fun making your own cape and superhero mask! Come to this workshop as a kid, leave as a superhero!

2:00-3:00 – Once Upon a Superhero with Gregg Schigiel

What happens when the worlds of Fairy Tales collide with Superhero Comics? Join Pix and SpongeBob Squarepants cartoonist Gregg Schigiel for this genre-mashing creative workshop.

3:00-4:00 – Imagination Aquarium with Jamar Nicholas

Ever find yourself stuck for cartoon ideas? Put on your wetsuit and dive into the IMAGINATION AQUARIUM, where cartoonist Jamar Nicholas will help you catch ideas in your net and create awesome cartoons!

In support of our hearing-impaired fans and attendees, the Baltimore Comic-Con will have ASL interpreters available at select 2016 panels.

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The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017. In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages.

Iron Fist Cast Punches into Baltimore Comic-Con 2017

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The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased announce the additions of the stars of Marvel/Netflix’s Iron Fist and The DefendersFinn Jones and Jessica Henwick as a guests of the show on September 22-24, 2017 at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center. Both Finn and Jessica will be joining us all three days of the convention. You can purchase your tickets are on-line now.

Finn Jones is an English actor, best known for playing the lead role of Danny Rand ‘Iron Fist’ in Marvel/Netflix’s Iron Fist and The Defenders series. He played the role of skilled warrior and popular tournament champion Ser Loras Tyrell, The Knight of Flowers, in six seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

In 2010 Finn appeared alongside eleventh doctor Matt Smith as Santiago Jones in the Dr. Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. More recently, he has featured as the Bloomsbury Group poet/artist Julian Bell in BBC2’s Life in Squares (2015). Finn has also had a number of film roles, including The Last Showing alongside horror legend Robert Englund (2014) and Leatherface, the 2017 reboot of the Texas Chainsaw franchise.

Jessica Henwick is an English actress, who became the first actress of East Asian descent to play a lead role in a British Television series, playing Bo in the BBC’s Spirit Warriors (2009).

In 2015, Jessica joined season five of HBO’s series Game of Thrones as Nymeria Sand, one of the Sand Snake sisters, and continued to play her up until season seven. In 2017, she played the female lead Colleen Wing, a martial arts expert in Marvel/Netflix’s Iron Fist series, and reprised her role in The Defenders. Her other television credits include British psychological thriller Fortitude (2017) as Bianca Mankyo, Amy Lang in the BBC’s Silk (2014), The Thick of It (2012), and Lewis (2014).

Jessica’s film appearances include J.J. Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) playing X-Wing pilot Jessika Pava, Rice on White (2017), and has recently completed 20th Century Fox’s Underwater alongside Kristen Stewart and T.J. Miller, which is scheduled to be released in 2018.

“We felt really lucky to see these two wonderful actors jump from our Netflix screens to the Baltimore Comic-Con. Coming off of the success of The Defenders, we think our fans will enjoy the opportunity to meet and hear from the latest and greatest Marvel Netflix Stars,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “And that is even before we get to talk to them about Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Game of Thrones! We’re thrilled to be able to add them to our guest list, we know our fans are going to be over the moon.”

The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017. In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages.

Terrificon Returns to Mohegan Sun This Weekend

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TERRIFICON is HERE this weekend at Mohegan Sun Convention Center in Uncasville, CT!

Big Fedora Marketing continues to produce the Nutmeg State’s #1 comic con with a THREE day celebration of comic books, artists, writers, actors from superhero TV/movies and of course cosplay. Last August, 20,000 fans had a terrific time at TERRIFICON for a great price and even FREE PARKING!

TICKETS are $27 for Friday, $30 for Saturday and $27 for Sunday

TERRIFICON welcomes fans young and old – with kids 10 and under getting in FREE with a paying adult! Click here for more info…

HOLY BATMAN GATHERING!

TERRIFICON is will be celebrating Batman in all his forms from TV, animation, film and of course comics.

BURT WARD and LEE MERIWETHER will be on hand celebrating their work with the late great ADAM WEST.  Plus to make things even more BATACULAR – we will be bringing all the vehicles from the classic 1966 “Batman” movie together with the stars – for the FIRST TIME EVER!

Come out to Mohegan Sun and see The 66′ Batmobile, the 66′ Batcycle, the ’66 Batboat and the BATCOPTER!

Plus Batman Beyond star WILL FRIEDLE, from Gotham the Mad Hatter himself, in his first ever comic con appearance – actor BENEDICT SAMUEL!

Join them along with SEAN GUNN, CHRIS SULLIVAN, ECHO KELLUM, VIOLETT BEANE, SHANNON PURSER, FINN JONES, JESSICA HENWICK and making his 1st ever con appearance – CHAZZ PALMINTERI!

HONORING THE KING

TERRIFICON celebrates the 100th birthday of JACK KIRBY with the traveling displays from the JACK KIRBY MUSEUM. Located on the 2nd floor of the convention center, it will have beautiful and mind-blowing limited edition prints, posters, books, magazines and t-shirts for sale, as well as an awesome display of Kirby works printed from our incredible digital archive. Also a video display of scans of original art and pencil photocopies! AND videos of Kirby to view.

This will be at TERRIFICON on Saturday ONLY. #JackKirby

AFTER CON FUN!

When the dealer room closes at TERRIFICON the fun is just beginning! We take full advantage of what Mohegan Sun has to offer with cool after con activities! From Poker with Guardians of the Galaxy star SEAN GUNN to our famed Rooftop after party! See more here…

Dark Horse Announces SDCC 2017 Exclusives

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Dark Horse Announces San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Exclusives

SDCC 2017
BOOTH #2615

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (June 28, 2017)—Dark Horse is proud to announce its selection of exclusive merchandise available at San Diego Comic-Con International 2017. From amazing collectibles to variant covers by some of the most talented artists in the comics industry, Dark Horse has fans covered!

All exclusive merchandise will be available at the Dark Horse booth (#2615) for all of SDCC 2017. Please note, there will be a fixed number of exclusives set aside for each day of the convention.

Check out the full roster of Dark Horse’s convention exclusives, along with quantity and price, below!

Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 Dark Horse Convention Exclusive (Rafael Albuquerque)
$5.00
Limited Edition of 1,000
5 per Person per Day

American Gods: Shadows #1 Convention Exclusive (Skottie Young)
$10.00
Limited Edition of 1,400
5 per person per day

Black Hammer #1 Convention Exclusive (Fábio Moon)
$10.00
Limited Edition of 1,400
5 per person per day

Game of Thrones: Faceless Man Coin Replica Pin Convention Exclusive
$13.00
Limited Edition of 1,000
10 per person per day

Halo: UNSC Vulture Ship Replica Convention Exclusive Team Red Edition
$50.00
Limited Edition of 300
2 per person per day

Henchgirl Dark Horse Convention Exclusive Hardcover (Kristen Gudsnuk)
$25.00
Limited Edition of 250
1 per person per day

Mass Effect: Andromeda Tempest Ship Replica Convention Exclusive Bronze Edition
$50.00
Limited Edition of 300
2 per person per day

The Witcher: Wolf Wall Sculpture Light Up Convention Exclusive
$60.00
Limited Edition of 500
2 per person per day

CA – Dan Parsons Signing

Artist DAN PARSONS signs at Knowhere Games and Comics on Thursday, March 30th at 5:00 PM.

Dan Parsons is perhaps known best for his work on Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. He was the inker on countless classic Star Wars tales like Star Wars, Star Wars: Republic, Star Wars: Legacy, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Rebel Heist, and more!

If you own Game of Thrones on Blu-ray or DVD you’ve also likely seen his artwork as part of the Histories of Westeros, so don’t forget to bring your copy of Season1 to get it signed!

Dan also provided the artwork for Avatar Legacy, the amazing autobiography of Avatar Aang that continues the tale of his reign as Avatar after the Last Airbender cartoon series ended.

If you’re a fan of DC’s Hawkman, Dick Grayson, or Barbara Gordon then you’ll hopefully have picked up DC’s Convergence: Nightwing & Oracle which featured the marriage of two iconic DC characters as inked by Dan!

But that isn’t all Dan has done in the way of art, having pencilled, written, and worked on Harpy, Savage Planet, Sexy Angel, Cthulhu Tales, Strange Kisses, Razor, First Wave, and Empire of the Wolf!

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Knowhere Games and Comics
744 Grand Ave. suite 102, San Marcos, California 92078
(760) 891-8333

Aquaman Dives Into LBCE 2017

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Actor Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, The Red Road) will be joining us at Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday February 18, 2017 only! SAVE THE DATE! Barbarian, Dothraki and soon to be Fish Whisperer in DC’s JUSTICE LEAGUE movie and an AQUAMAN stand-alone spinoff, Jason Momoa is also headed to Netflix to star in the action/adventure series FRONTIER.

Other guests include Tim Bradstreet, Jim Cheung, Agnes Garbowska, Keron Grant, Mike Kunkel, Todd Nauck, Amy Reeder, Frank Tieri, and Mark Waid.

Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center each spring. It’s a celebration of comic books and pop culture that 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, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. For more specific information about the show, please use the FAQ button on the website (www.longbeachcomicexpo.com). Long Beach Comic Expo is a production of MAD Event Management, LLC.

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Tickets available at the link: http://lbce2017.eventbrite.com

DragonCon 2016 Con Report!

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Overheard on an Atlanta street corner:

 

“Look at that person with blue hair.”

“Over there?”

“No, over there.”

“Oh, I see.”

“Cool, isn’t it?”

“Yeah. What other place can you say, ‘No, the other person with blue hair.”

The “place,” of course, was DragonCon. September 2-5. I have been for the last six years, but this year was special: the 30th anniversary. It started in two downtown hotels, Hyatt and Marriott. The Hilton was added later, then the Sheraton and Westin. When five hotels were not enough space, the vendors were moved into the AmericasMart, a four-building, seven-million-square-foot trade show monolith. This year, AmericasMart became the new home of two other DragonCon mainstays, tabletop gaming (formerly in the Hilton) and Comic and Pop Artist Alley (neé the Hyatt)—evidence that DragonCon, despite its venerability, is still figuring things out. Perhaps that is how it became venerable: refusing to be complacent.

And more growth is on the way. Some programming was held on Thursday this year, and according to media director Dan Carroll, we will see Thursday “full-time real soon.” My colleague Michaela McPherson has written about shifts in the Saturday morning parade. This was the inaugural year for the Dragon Awards, a fan-driven awards program to “recognize the creators of science fiction and fantasy in books, comic books, games and filmed entertainment,” according to a press release. (Awards results are located here.) Attendance grew this year as it does every year, with over 77,000 showing up–and, in some cases, suiting up–for the weekend. These attendees walked (Walk to End Lupus Now), gave blood (about 6,000 units), raised money ($98,000 for the Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency through auctions, karaoke, a lip-synch battle, and other events), and enjoyed the 400+ actors, artists, writers, and other guests who formed the convention’s foundation.

I was excited about one guest I had never seen at DragonCon, or any convention: Christopher Paolini, author of the four-volume Inheritance Cycle. Paolini wrote the first volume, Eragon, the story of a farm boy who protects a dragon egg from an evil king, when he was a teenager. His parents self-published the book, and for a year, Paolini promoted it himself at libraries, book shows, and other events. In 2002, the book came to the attention of the publisher Alfred A. Knopf, which re-released the book a year later. This led to three other books, the last one appearing in 2011.

On Friday night, Paolini was one of several panelists for a discussion of self-publishing. The other panelists were freelance writer/editor Jaym Gates, editor Dayna Linton, Baen Books publisher Toni Weisskopf, writer Chris Kennedy, and Todd McCaffrey, son of Anne McCaffrey and custodian of her Pern universe, to which he has contributed several volumes. Some highlights from the panel:

  • McCaffrey: The biggest mistake in self-publishing is to “think you can do everything yourself.”
  • Eragon was a family project. Paolini’s father, who had press experience, designed the book. Paolini drew the cover and the maps. They borrowed money to finance the printing (the first 50 copies were cut wrong). He dressed in medieval costume and made presentations to schools, libraries, and bookstores. Sold maybe 15 books at a time. Two chain bookstores rejected him, saying the novel was “not commercially viable.”
  • Gates: “Readers and writers have different ideas of what works.” This led to a vigorous discussion of the value of editing. It’s the biggest difference between professional publishing and self-publishing (a view echoed by this Slate article). Writers know their own story, but editors are storehouses of stories. They understand the market, and what will appeal to readers. Thus, they can guide the author, helping to bring out his/her voice. As Gates said, “it is the editor’s job to help the writer say what he/she wants to say in the best way.”
  • Paolini was skeptical of the wisdom of a beginning writer paying for editorial services, but the other panelists–I won’t say they shouted him down, but they were unified in saying that it would be money well spent. Paolini did agree on the worth of an editor, saying an editor “can fix bad writing. They can’t fix a bad story.” Bottom line: the author has a job, and the editor has a job. Good books result when each person does their job.
  • McCaffrey talked about “hybrid authors”–authors who write for traditional publishers and do some self-publishing. Here is a good discussion of this type of writer. The panel agreed that the hybrid approach is the best, blending the advantages of self-publishing (speed; flexibility; more profit per sale) with the comfort of traditional publishing (editorial, design, and marketing services; bulk sales; multi-book deals; advances against royalties). More authors are taking this approach, which is new in the history of publishing. According to Weisskopf, the “received wisdom” used to be that, if you self-publish, you’ve “tainted the waters and will never get a traditional contract.” The panel agreed that this is no longer the case.
  • On traditional contracts: beware the predators. Gates brought up two blog posts by John Scalzi (here and here), who has always been an advocate of authorial self-interest, about Hydra, an imprint of Random House with shockingly bad contract terms. The panel’s message: don’t be so desperate to publish that you’ll sign anything.

All the growth in DragonCon has brought some irritation. At 2:30 on Friday afternoon, the vendor room in the AmericasMart reached capacity and was shut down. I have never experienced that at a convention (I read about it happening a couple of years ago at the Rhode Island Comic-Con). The room was open an hour or so later, I think–I didn’t wait around to find out–so it wasn’t a disastrous inconvenience. But I did find myself wondering, is there no building in Atlanta large enough to handle DragonCon?

The lines in the hotels were certainly longer than ever. I waited nearly two hours to buy Saturday-only badges for members of my party. (It is useless to buy these in advance because DragonCon mails you a card that you have to redeem on-site for a badge.) There may be no space to do this, but I would love to see registration expanded. Or split into two buildings. Why do one-day badges have to be claimed on site? Why can’t they be mailed? One thing is for sure: a single ballroom in the basement of the Sheraton is inadequate for the thousands upon thousands of people who opt for one-day badges.

DragonCon is a study in lines. Walking around the sidewalks, you’ll often see a line with no discernible beginning snaking into an unmarked side door. It’s like a speakeasy line. If you ask someone what they’re waiting for, they respond without confusion, but what if they’re wrong? What if the real purpose of the queue has been miscommunicated all the way down, so that someone who thinks they’re waiting for William Shatner’s photo op is actually in line for the blood bank?

It isn’t that hard to form a line, after all. My wife and I did it for Chris Paolini’s Sunday autograph session, which was scheduled for 2:30. Jim Butcher had started signing in the same room at 1:00. His line was capped at 1:30, and we knew that people looking for Paolini would start showing up soon. So we stood a few feet behind the last person for Jim Butcher and declared it the Start of the Line. Within minutes, a hundred people were standing behind us, and when a DragonCon staffer came along and legitimized us, I felt like Saul Alinsky.

If you have never been to DragonCon, you need to go. It is not the largest convention in the U.S., but it is unique, being spread across five Atlanta hotels. I have often wondered why it doesn’t move to the Georgia International Convention Center or the Georgia World Congress Center. It may need to, especially when attendance reaches 100,000, as I believe it will. But I hope DragonCon doesn’t move. I love the atmosphere of hotel-based conventions. There are other hotels in downtown Atlanta, and maybe DragonCon will incorporate those. Whatever happens, I look forward to many more years of attending this convention, which was my first and will always be one of the best.

 

So THIS is the horse of a different color I've heard tell of.

So THIS is the horse of a different color I’ve heard tell of.

The official store is the place to get your swag on.

The official store is the place to get your swag on.

No, Storm Shadow isn't wearing a hat. Some pirate photo bombed us.

No, Storm Shadow isn’t wearing a hat. Some pirate photo bombed us.

Pikachu takes some pictures with fans.

Pikachu takes some pictures with fans.

Recognize the guy in the middle? Here's a hint: it rhymes with Bash Jordan.

Recognize the guy in the middle? Here’s a hint: it rhymes with Bash Jordan.

Christopher Paolini pauses for a pic during his (only!) book signing of the weekend.

Christopher Paolini pauses for a pic during his (only!) book signing of the weekend.

I want a suit like that, but my wife probably wouldn't let me wear it.

I want a suit like that, but my wife probably wouldn’t let me wear it.

The dealer room was closed on Friday afternoon due to overcrowding. I can't imagine why.

The dealer room was closed on Friday afternoon due to overcrowding. I can’t imagine why.

Peter, meet Victor. Victor, Peter.

Peter, meet Victor. Victor, Peter.

This guy had been to 44 Weird Al concerts in 2016, with plans to attend several more. Check him out on Facebook at Mandatory Fun Al.

This guy had been to 44 Weird Al concerts in 2016, with plans to attend several more. Check him out on Facebook at Mandatory Fun Al.

Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia . . . or a George R.R. Martin autograph, whichever.

Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia . . . or a George R.R. Martin autograph, whichever.

This cosplay (yes, a person is inside) was made using 318 ballons!

This cosplay (yes, a person is inside) was made using 318 ballons!

Ran into this couple at the convention. They're crazy for each other.

Ran into this couple at the convention. They’re crazy for each other.

DragonCon is a place to spare no expense.

DragonCon is a place to spare no expense.

Mr. Roper doesn't know how good he has it.

Mr. Roper doesn’t know how good he has it.

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