Avatar Press Schedule for Phoenix Comic Con 2012

May 24, 2012 by  
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Press Release:

Coming to Phoenix Comic Con? Eager to meet the likes of Garth Ennis, Jacen Burrows, Rich Johnston, and David Lapham? Want to meet the deranged minds behind such hit comics and graphic novels as Crossed: Badlands, Neonomicon, and Ferals? Of course you do! We proudly present our confirmed signing schedule for this weekend’s exciting convention below. Watch for more updates to come!

Signing All Weekend Along:
Jacen Burrows (Crossed, Neonomicon)
Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool Magazine)

Friday Schedule
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Garth Ennis Signing (Booth #501)
3:00pm – 4:00pm: Get Crossed Panel with Garth Ennis (Room 126B)
4:00pm – 6:00pm: Garth Ennis Signing (Booth #501)
6:00pm: Bleeding Cool Fan Awards (Room 132BC)
7:00pm: Stitched Screening and Panel with Garth Ennis & Cast (Hyatt Regency Phoenix Ballroom – 2nd Floor)

Saturday Schedule
12:00pm – 2:00pm: Garth Ennis Signing
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Avatar Press Panel (Room 126B)
3:30pm – 7:00pm: Garth Ennis Signing
7:30 – 8:30pm – Bleeding Cool Panel with Rich Johnston (Room 126B)

NYC – The Shadow Returns

Writer Garth Ennis signs at Midtown Comics on Thursday April 19, 2012 from 6-8pm!

Purchase of The Shadow #1 is required to attend the signing.

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Midtown Comics
64 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038

Garth Ennis & Dynamite Entertainment Cast Their Shadow on Baltimore Comic-Con 2012

April 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Press Release:

The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to add prolific writer Garth Ennis and publisher Dynamite Entertainment to the growing list of talent and exhibitors attending this year’s show. The show will take place September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Ennis, who is probably best known for his work on the Vertigo series, Preacher, as well as the creator-owned series, The Boys from Dynamite Entertainment, began his career in 1989. After several critically acclaimed works in England, he broke into the American comic scene in 1991.

Building a following on such titles as Hellblazer (Vertigo), The Demon (DC Comics), Hitman (DC Comics), Preacher (Vertigo), and PunisherMAX (Marvel Comics), Ennis is renowned as one of the best writers to come out of the “British Invasion” of the early-’90s and received and Eisner Award for Best Writer in 1998 and an Eagle Award in 1999 for Best Color Comic Book (for Preacher).

Currently, Ennis is wrapping up his final story arc for The Boys, as well as handling writing duties for the relaunch of The Shadow for Dynamite Entertainment. Ennis will be working with artist Aaron Campbell (Green Hornet: Year One, Dark Shadows) to bring the classic pulp franchise back to the printed page for a whole new generation of fans.

“The Shadow is probably the last established character I like that I haven’t gotten around to writing yet, certainly on this side of the Atlantic,” said Ennis in a recent press release. “It makes a kind of bloody, bullet-riddled sense: I always had a feeling our paths would cross sooner or later.”

Dynamite Entertainment, whose publishing works includes both licensed properties and creator-owned work, will also be exhibiting at this year’s show. Founded in 2004, Dynamite won the Diamond Gem Award for Best Publisher Under 4% of Market Share in 2011.

Other confirmed guests for the show including:
Laura & Michael Allred – Madman, iZombie
Greg Capullo – Batman, Spawn
Tommy Castillo – Grimm Fairy Tales
Cliff Chiang – Wonder Woman
Frank Cho – Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows
Steve Conley – Bloop
Amanda Conner – Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre
Dan Didio – O.M.A.C.
Rich Faber – Roboy Red
David Finch – Batman: The Dark Knight
John Gallagher – Buzzboy
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman
Keith Giffen – Superman, OMAC, Green Arrow
Gene Ha – Justice League
Larry Hama – G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam
Cully Hamner – Action Comics
Dean Haspiel – Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City
J.G. Jones – Wanted, Doc Savage
Scott Kurtz – PvPonline.com
David Mack – Kabuki
Ron Marz – Artifacts, Voodoo
Bob McLeod – DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman
Jimmy Palmiotti – All-Star Western
David Petersen – Mouse Guard
Brian Pulido – Lady Death
Frank Quitely – All Star Superman, Batman & Robin
Don Rosa – Uncle Scrooge
Stuart Sayger – Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot
Walter Simonson – Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers
Scott Snyder – Batman , Severed, Swamp Thing
Brian Stelfreeze – ICE
Karl Story – Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9
Peter Tomasi – Batman and Robin
Billy Tucci – A Child Is Born, Shi
Matt Wagner – Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel
Mark Waid – Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredemable

…With more on the way! Stay tuned to our website or use the “Sign up” link at the bottom of our website to receive update announcements as we make them!

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 7 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

Garth Ennis Premiering Short Film at SDCC 2011

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Stitched movie poster | Garth Ennis

Press Release:

San Diego Comic-Con Hosts World Premiere Of Stitched Film Written And Directed By Garth Ennis

Avatar Press and Mischief Maker Studios proudly announce that legendary comic book writer Garth Ennis will be premiering his short film, Stitched, at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday evening, July 21, at 8:15 pm in the convention’s Room 6DE. Featuring Ennis’s debut as a filmmaker, Stitched blends supernatural horror with a contemporary war story, creating a terrifying landscape which will be explored further in an ongoing monthly comic book series.

The fifteen-minute long film is written and directed by Garth Ennis, best known as the writer of such best-selling comic books as Preacher, The Punisher, The Boys, and Crossed. A Mischief Maker Studios production, Stitched was produced by Brian Pulido, Francisca Pulido, and Ed Polgardy. Adam Goldfine served as Director of Photography,while both Garth Ennis and William Christensen, the founder of Avatar Press, served as Executive Producers.

In Stitched, three survivors of an American helicopter crash (played by actors Tank Jones, Lauren Alonzo, and Kate Kugler) struggle across the high mountains of Afghanistan. They’re injured, without food, water, or medicine, and moving through Taliban-controlled territory. Among the sun-bleached rocks, they discover something worse than enemy fighters: an ancient supernatural power – murderous, unstoppable, and serving a twenty-first century evil.

“I’ve been thinking about (directing films) for a number of years now,” says Ennis. “Ever since the interest in a Preacher film became more solid, and the options on it and The Boys were picked up. I’ve written screenplays and treatments for things like Crossed, but I haven’t really devoted myself to a film project before, not the way I have with Stitched. I’ve always loved movies; my comics are much more heavily influenced by film and TV than they are by other comics. So having a go at this seems quite natural.”

Regarding the concept, Ennis says, “Stitched began as little more than a series of images, really – three little figures stumbling across a barren landscape, exhausted people struggling to survive, blood on the rocks of the mountains,and lots of frantic, close-in combat.” As production got underway, “you’re watching Taliban fighters, SAS troopers,and a U.S. helicopter crew wandering around in full uniform and equipment, AKs and M4s slung, Berettas holstered. It all started as words on the page and then translated to so much hard work and commitment.”

Hosting the premiere of Stitched at San Diego Comic-Con marks a first for the convention; although it regularly host panels featuring actors or sneak peak footage of upcoming films, SDCC has never previously premiered a film on-site. San Diego Comic-Con is the largest convention in the western hemisphere, drawing 130,000 attendees annually. With Ennis being a name brand in the comic book community, the convention anticipates that his one-evening-only film premiere will draw a maximum capacity crowd. San Diego Comic-Con attendees will also have an opportunity to purchase exclusive early release DVDs on site for an autographing opportunity with creator Garth Ennis.

The footage filmed for Stitched comprises the opening conflict of a script intended as a full-length feature film.The full Ennis-penned script will be the basis of the first story arc in the upcoming, ongoing comic book series.From the behind-the-scenes footage available on the DVD release, Ennis says, “Stitched is going to have legs beyond just this 15-minute short. Most immediately, we’re going to launch a new comic drawn by the always-excellent Mike Wolfer. The first series will tell the complete story that the film only begins.” The first issue of the comic book series will be released in November alongside the nationwide Stitched DVD release.

Garth Ennis, a critically acclaimed writer from Northern Ireland, has been working in the comic book industry for over 20 years. He is most easily recognized as the creator of Preacher from DC/Vertigo, as well as a long-time contributor to Marvel Comics’ The Punisher. His previous comic book work published by Avatar Press includes Dicks, 303, Chronicles of Wormwood, Streets of Glory, and the increasingly popular Crossed franchise, a horror survival series set in a world overrun by sadistic homicidal maniacs.

Avatar Press is a ground breaking independent publishing company which produces a wide variety of cutting-edge comic books, graphic novels, and original web content. Their high-quality publications include the work ofsuch industry luminaries as Garth Ennis (Crossed, Chronicles of Wormwood), Warren Ellis (Freakangels), DavidLapham (Caligula, Crossed: Psychopath), and Alan Moore (Neonomicon). They also produce a diverse range oflicensed projects including the classic zombie epic Night of the Living Dead and George RR Martin’s Fevre Dream.Their action-oriented Boundless Comics imprint publishes Brian Pulido’s original Lady Death and Mike Wolfer’s reimagining of the classic femme fatales Pandora, Hellina, and Widow in the series War Goddess. For more information about Avatar Press, their publications, and creators, please visit www.avatarpress.com.

Mischief Maker Studios, owned by Brian Pulido and Francisca Pulido, is a multi-media entertainment company that develops, produces, and controls a library of properties and storylines, and partners with world renowned creatorsand clients to realize their full sales potential across all media platforms including film, television, print, online,mobile, gaming, and merchandising. Their first feature film, The Graves, sold to After Dark Films, Lionsgate, Syfy and a dozen international distributors. For more info, visit: www.MischiefMakerStudios.com.

For more information on the Stitched film, its DVD release, the film premiere at San Diego Comic-Con, and the comic book series, please visit the website www.FearTheStitched.com, or contact Keith Davidsen, Avatar Press’Director of Sales and Marketing, via e-mail at keith@avatarpress.net.

 

UK – The Boys Signing

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Garth Ennis signs at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Sunday 21st August 1 – 2pm for HIGHLAND LADDIE, THE BOYS VOL. 8.

Mind reeling from recent events in The Boys, Wee Hughie heads home to Auchterladle – the semi-idyllic Scottish seaside town where he grew up. All Hughie wants is some time to himself, to return to the bosom of family and friends, and get his head together after two years of unimaginable chaos. But our hero’s luck has always been more cloud than silver lining, and the familiar surroundings he craves are not all they might be. You can go home again – but with old pals warped beyond recognition and strangers in town up to no good, whether or not you should is another matter entirely…

Collecting the origin story of everyone’s favourite pint-sized Scotsman, this edition features art by Herogasm artist John McCrea and a special cover gallery from artist Darick Robertson.

GARTH ENNIS is the award-winning writer of Hellblazer, Hitman, Punisher, Preacher, Pride and Joy, and War Stories. He is much in demand for his hard-edged, wickedly humorous style.

Comic-Con Announces 11 More Special Guests for SDCC 2011

May 18, 2011 by  
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Icons by Jim Lee

More guests for the 42nd annual Comic-Con International, to be held July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center, have been announced:

 

NYC – The Boys Are Back

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Garth Ennis signs on Tuesday April 26, 2011 at 7:00 PM
The Boys, Volume 8: Highland Laddie

Following the adventures of Garth Ennis’ Scotsman Hughie, this latest installment in ‘The Boys’ series features a cover by Darick Robertson and art by John McCrea. Garth Ennis discusses this latest work and signs copies.

Barnes & Noble – 86th & Lexington Ave
150 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028

IL – The Boys Signing

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Garth Ennis signs on Sunday March 20th from 3-4pm.

Graham Crackers Comics
77 E. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60602

Midtown Comics Booth Schedule for NYCC 2010


Todd McFarlane, Blair Butler, Garth Ennis, Paul Levitz, and many more sign at the Midtown Comics Booth #2143 this weekend at New York Comic Con.

Comics Invasion at BookExpo America

UPDATED:

Todd McFarlane, Garth Ennis, Eric Shanower, Skottie Young, and more comics creators appear next week at BookExpo America in Manhattan. BEA takes place at New York City’s Jacob Javits Convention Center from May 25-27.

Signings include:

Wednesday May 26th
Tony DiTerlizzi (Spiderwick Chronicles) – Booth 3940  from 10:00AM – 11:00AM

Eric Shanower & Skottie Young (Wonderful Wizard of Oz) – Booth 4564 from 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis) – Booth 3740 from 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Tom Wilson (Ziggy) – Booth 3559 @ 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury) – Booth 3559 @ 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Todd McFarlane (Haunt, Spawn) – Booth 4558 from 2:00PM-4:00PM

Thursday, May 27, 2010
James Gurney (Dinotopia) – Booth 2951 @ 1:00PM – 1:30PM

Jonathan Maberry (Black Panther) – Booth 2951 @ 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Garth Ennis (The Boys)- Booth 4571 @ 2:00PM – 4:00PM

For more details please visit the BEA website…

Press Release:

Image Comics is proud to announce that SPAWN creator and Image Partner TODD MCFARLANE will appear at Book Expo America (BEA) on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at the Javits Center in New York City.

Image Comics will be exhibiting with Diamond Book Distributors, booth #4558. McFarlane will be at the booth for an exclusive signing from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Complimentary copies of the first HAUNT trade will be available during the signing. Image will also distribute copies of various Image Firsts titles throughout BEA.

“As the comic book culture continues to outgrow its historic roots of the comic book store, a big movement has been made towards book stores,” says McFarlane. “Book stores have now become fertile ground for people like myself, and I need to make sure I get out there, put my best foot forward, in terms of making presentations to the stores and letting retailers know what’s coming out. Now, there’re arguably just as many consumers coming to bookstores for comic product as comic book stores. They’re an extremely important part of our business.”

From budding baseball player to comic book artist extraordinaire to family man, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has a wealth of experience in the world of entertainment. McFarlane’s road trip to creative autonomy began when he accepted an assignment penciling for Marvel/Epic Comics in March 1984. From there, he worked his way to the top of the talent roster before leaving Marvel to help found Image Comics with six other artists. It was then that Todd introduced his own character, Spawn. In 1994, Todd founded McFarlane Toys. Over the years, the company has become one of the largest, most renowned toy manufacturers in the world.

Don’t miss Todd McFarlane during his one-day-only appearance at BEA on Wednesday, May 26, 2010.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

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