Wait a moment, on second thought, “for immediate release” makes this sound awfully urgent, and it’s not. Yes, it does happen to be time-sensitive material and we’d like it released soon, or at least soonish, but it needn’t be immediate. Save “immediate” for medical emergencies, positioning yourself under a pop-up fly, and disarming bombs. At best, this falls more under the heading of, “as quickly as you can reasonably get to it.” Please, finish your coffee and that last bite of sandwich, visit the facilities (if you need to), relax a bit and settle yourself. Then, please, if you’d be so kind, release this puppy.
Fabletown and Beyond, our convention celebrating the Mythic Fiction movement in comics, is just around the corner.
A personal note from Bill Willingham, inviting you to think about attending:
I’m Bill Willingham, the writer of the long-running comic series Fables. In just over a month I’ll also be hosting a small comic convention in Rochester, Minnesota called Fabletown and Beyond. It’s a convention about Fables and books like it.
If you go to our website you can find out all sorts of good things like who else is coming, what sorts of programming we’re planning to have (although it’s far from a comprehensive list yet). Please visit fablescon.com for the full tour.
Since it was designed from the beginning to be a small convention, with more time and opportunity to interact with the guests of your choice, we’re limited on how many folks can attend, and we’re beginning to close in on our hotel room and attendance limits.
So then, now seems the time to act. If you’re interested in attending, a month and a half away is nearly no time at all. Perhaps it’s time to pounce, to strike boldly, to do some other thing that is metaphorically equivalent to deciding to attend.
Also, you may not know this but it’s going to be the perfect show to which you’ll want bring the special love of your life. We’ve done extensive made-up scientific research on this. Think of Fabletown and Beyond as a romantic couples retreat, but with comics too.
We’re planning on a fine time to be had for all, including (but not limited to) game shows, a phone-photo scavenger hunt, with amazing prizes, and even opportunities for one-on-once conversations with your favorite artist and/or writer.
Pretty cool, huh?
Speaking for vast multitudes, I do hope we’ll see you there.
Also, for those in the greater Minneapolis and Saint Paul area, and its surroundings, you should know that The Crossings art studio in Zumbrota, as a lead in to Fabletown and Beyond, is hosting an all comic art gallery show, throughout the entire month of February.
It’s going on right now and will continue throughout the rest of the month. It features the comic art of myself, Gene Ha, Adam Hughes, Mark Buckingham, and Chrissie Zullo, all of whom will also be attending the convention in March.
Many original pieces have already sold. It’s on track to being the best gallery show the venue has ever had. But we’ve stocked the art in deep. Many more pages and comic art covers are still available and will be throughout the month.
For more information you can visit The Crossings website at: crossingsatcarnegie.com or by calling them at 507 732 7616.
Of course any unsold covers and pages will be available again at Fabletown and Beyond.
Bill Willingham appears at the Crossings Gallery for a cocktail reception on February 23, 2013 to celebrate the opening of the Fabletown & Beyond art show!
To kick off the New Year and help prepare you for the wonderous event that will be Fablescon, Crossings Art Center (in Zumbrota, MN) will be holding an exhibit featuring several artists who will be a part of Fabletown and Beyond.
The exhibit will be on at the art center throughout the month of February and will feature art from Bill Willingham, Gene Ha, Mark Buckingham, Adam Hughes, Chrissie Zullo, and Peter Gross.
Here’s a brief summary of some of the art that will be present and for sale:
Gene Ha has most of the art from Fables #122 and #123… 27 out of the 40 pages will be available.
Chrissie Zullo will have original Cinderella covers for sale.
Mark Buckingham will have a plethora of Fables pages.
Peter Gross will have lots of The Unwritten pages.
Adam Hughes will have Fairest covers on display and for sale.
And Bill Willingham will have pages from Shadowpact, art from an original and unpublished Richard Nixon JLQ story and other assorted comic pages.
320 East Avenue, Zumbrota, MN 55992
artwork by Gene Ha
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|The 5th annual Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival, held in Las Vegas, is part of the annual Vegas Valley Book Festival – the largest literary event in Southern Nevada. This year we’re so chock full of geeky goodness that we decided to expand our programming by another hour to showcase panel discussions and signings, artist alley, portfolio reviews, film screenings, an artist jam, food trucks, music and the ever popular mini-market.
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1401 E. Flamingo Road
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|Gene Ha, Aaron Alexovich, Drew Rausch, Spencer Brinkerhoff III, Tommy Kovac, Deryl Skelton, Dan Parsons, Chris Staros|
Hero Initiative hits Chicago for C2E2
With special guest Bill Willingham!
Los Angeles CA, April 9, 2012 Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in need, will be breezing into the windy city of Chicago with the legendary Bill Willingham to attend Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo April 13-15th. Also known as C2E2, the convention will be held at the North Building at McCormick Place located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois.
Willingham, perhaps best known for his work on Fables and Fairest for DC Comics, will be signing and sketching all weekend at booth #704. Proceeds will go directly to Hero Initiative, a win for all! And while you’re waiting for your sketch, check out Hero’s special $2 sale, with prices on select items at savings up to 87% off! Don’t miss out!
Also make sure and swing by on artist Peter Krause (Irredeemable) in artist alley booth D-21. On Saturday only, Peter will be donating all of his proceeds from sketches to Hero Initiative! On your way there, grab your Mark Waid comics for signatures, too. Mark will be hanging with Peter at booth D-21 on Saturday!
Hero Initiative’s booth schedule for booth #704 is as follows:
Friday, April 13 (con hours 10-7)
1100-100: Bill Willingham
100-200: Gordon Purcell
200-300: Tim Sale
300-500: Bill Willingham
Saturday, April 14 (con hours 10-7)
1030-1230: Bill Willingham
1230-130: Bill Reinhold
230-430: Bill Willingham
Sunday, April 15 (con hours 10-5)
1030-1230: Bill Willingham
1230-200: Gene Ha
230-430: Bill Willingham
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Hero is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charity.
The Baltimore Comic-Con continues working to establish an amazing guest list, and is proud to announce the addition of even more guests!
In addition to previously announced guests, the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con, to be held September 8th and 9th at the Baltimore Convention Center, will feature comic superstars Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre), Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Gene Ha (Justice League), Cully Hamner (Action Comics), Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot), Brian Stelfreeze (ICE), Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9), and Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin).
The 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con will feature the following previously announced guests:
Laura & Michael Allred – Madman, iZombie
Greg Capullo – Batman, Spawn
Frank Cho – Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows
Steve Conley – Bloop
Rich Faber – Roboy Red
John Gallagher – Buzzboy
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman
Keith Giffen – Superman, OMAC, Green Arrow
Larry Hama – G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam
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
David Petersen – Mouse Guard
Frank Quitely – All Star Superman, Batman & Robin
Walter Simonson – Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers
Scott Snyder – Batman , Severed, Swamp Thing
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!
Baltimore Comic-Con Road Show Continues
Continuing his 2012 road show, this weekend, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter Marc Nathan brings the Baltimore Comic-Con back to his neighbors to the south — Northern Virginia! Marc will be attending the Shoff Baseball & Sports Card Shows & Comic Book & Nonsports Card Show this Sunday, March 11th. Stop by to chat with Marc about the show, and pick up some comics and cards while you’re there! Marc will also have Exhibitor and Artist Alley forms for this years convention on September 8th and 9th.
For more information about Shoff show, please go to their website, http://shoffpromotions.com/. The March 11th event will be held at the Tysons Corner, VA Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn), 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102 from 10am-3:30pm, and admission is only $3/person. Be sure to stop by!
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
firstname.lastname@example.org – for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
email@example.com – for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
firstname.lastname@example.org – for inquiries about submitted registrations
email@example.com – for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
firstname.lastname@example.org – for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries
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.
Gene Ha signs at Graham Crackers Comics on Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 5:00pm – 7:30pm.
Meet Artist Gene Ha (Top Ten, Flashpoint: Project Superman, the upcoming Justice League #7) and help support the HERO INITIATIVE!
There will be snacks, refreshments, and pizza provided to all participants. There are two levels of participation for this event:
For $29 you get a HERO Initiative one-year membership plus the meet and greet with Gene
For $99, a Silver HERO one-year membership, a FREE New Avengers 100 Project book, discounts on HERO merchandise, and a sketch (of any one character of your choice) from Gene!
Graham Crackers Comics
16030 S. Lincoln Highway, Plainfield, IL 60586
Artist Gene Ha appears at the River Forest Public Library on October 15, 2011 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm!
Teens are invited to spend an hour with comic book artist Gene Ha at the RFPL. Gene Ha is a comic book artist mainly known for his superhero stories and covers. He started off drawing books such as Cyclops and Phoenix for Marvel and Starman for DC Comics. He is best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, Top 10 and its prequel The Forty-Niners. Both projects won Eisners, the highest award in American comics. In 2008 he won his third Eisner for Justice League of America #11 with writer Brad Meltzer. Gene Ha’s work has been reprinted in countries as far flung as Poland, France, Brazil and Japan. This program is part of Teen Read Week 2011 “Picture It @ Your Library.”
River Forest Public Library
735 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest, IL
Gene Ha appears at Third Coast Comics on Wednesday, September 28 from 7pm – 10pm!
Third Coast Comics
6234 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
HERO INITIATIVE TRAVELS TO ALBUQUERQUE COMIC EXPO “ACE” WITH GUEST BERNIE WRIGHTSON
June 16, 2011 (Los Angeles, CA) Hero initiative, the non-profit organization that provides a financial safety net for comic creators in need, is making it’s first appearance at Albuquerque Comic Expo, June 24th-26th, at the Albuquerque Convention Center, located in historic downtown Albuquerque at 401 2nd Street NW Albuquerque NM. Joining us at ACE is artist Bernie Wrightson, known for Swamp Thing, and artist of Punisher and Batman: The Cult. Bernie will be at our booth, #615, all day Saturday and Sunday, right next to Hero Board member Brian Pulido, so make sure you drop and give him a shout while you purchase your goods at the Hero booth!
In addition, Mr. Wrightson has generously agreed to do two sketches for lucky winning fans of Hero’s eBay auctions. Go to: http://qurls.com?i=50388 or http://qurls.com?i=50389 to bid on one of these treasures!
To the con, make sure you purchase you tickets at http://abqcomicexpo.com/purchase-tickets/ and click on the “cart” page to make a donation to Hero, the easiest way to help our cause!
SIGNING SCHEDULE AS FOLLOWS, HERO INITIATIVE BOOTH #615:
FRI, 24 JUN (con hours 10-7)
1230-230: Ryan Cody
330-430: Daniel Campos
430-630: Gene Ha
SAT, 25 JUN (con hours 10-7)
ALL DAY: Bernie Wrightson
1030-1230: Andy Kuhn
230-430: James O’Barr
SUN, 26 JUN (con hours 10-6)
ALL DAY: Bernie Wrightson
1130-1230: Gene Ha
1230-130: James O’Barr
130-230: Daniel Campos
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354
Gene Ha and Russell Lissau sign at Dreamland Comics on Saturday May 7, 2011 from 1-4pm for Free Comic Book Day!
Gene Ha – Artist on Top 10, Fortunate Son, The Adventures of Cyclops and Pheonix, and Global Frequency.
Russell Lissau – Writer on Batman Allies Secret Files and Origins and The Batman Strikes!
105 W. Rockland Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048