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  • First Second Schedule for SDCC 2015

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    Press Release:

    First Second Books will be exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con at booth #1323! We’ve got lots of books and authors and programs at the show – and please stop by the booth and say hi.

    (And for more details about these panels, check out the SDCC website.)

    THURSDAY, JULY 9th

    Panel: From Fan to Creator: Making the Dream a Reality
    Time: 10:00am – 11:00am / Room 23ABC
    With :01 Author: Gene Luen Yang

    Signing
    Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
    Asaf Hanuka and Boaz Lavie Signing in the :01 Booth #1323

    Panel: Breaking Into Comics Right Now
    Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm / Room 28DE
    With :01 Staff: Gina Gagliano

    Signing
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Gene Luen Yang Signing in the :01 Booth #1323

    Panel: First Second Presents, ‘What’s In a Page?’
    Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm / Room 4
    With :01 Authors: Scott McCloud, Asaf Hanuka, Aron Steinke, Gene Luen Yang

    Panel: Eisner vs. Eisner: The Spirit at 75
    Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm / Comics Arts Conference Room #4
    With :01 Author: Scott McCloud

    Signing
    Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
    Aron Steinke in the :01 Booth #1323

    Panel: Banned Books
    Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm / San Diego Central Public Library / The Auditorium
    With :01 Author: Mariko Tamaki

    Panel: The Nerd in the Classroom: Sci-Fi as an Educational Tool
    Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm / Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Public Library
    :01 Author: Gene Luen Yang

    Signing
    Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
    Jen Wang in the :01 Booth #1323

    Panel: Capturing Teen Angst in Comics
    Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm / Room 8
    With :01 Author: Jillian Tamaki

    Event: B&N Pop Culture Month Spotlight
    Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm / Location: B&N Mira Mesa / 10775 Westview Parkway / San Diego, CA 92126
    With :01 Author: Mariko Tamaki

    FRIDAY, JULY 10th

    Panel: Spotlight on Scott McCloud
    Time: 10:00 – 11:00am / Room 9
    :01 Authors: Scott McCloud; moderated by Gene Luen Yang

    Panel: 21st Century Creators
    Time: 10:00am – 11:00am / Room 28DE
    With :01 Author: Jillian Tamaki

    Panel: Publishers Weekly Presents: The French Comics Invasion
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm / Room 29AB
    With :01 Staff: Mark Siegel

    Panel: Spotlight on Dave Roman
    Time: 11am – 12:00pm/ Room 4

    Signing
    Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
    Scott McCloud at the First Second Booth #1323

    Panel: Hopey, Israel, Skim, Oafs, and Beyond
    Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm / Room 28DE
    With :01 Authors: Mariko Tamaki

    Panel: Comics and the Real World: Using Graphic Novels as Tools of Tolerance
    Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm / Room: 30 CDE
    With :01 Authors: Aron Steinke, Cecil Castellucci

    Signing
    Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
    Dave Roman signing at the :01 Booth #1323

    Panel: Creative Storytelling: Choose Your Own Adventure
    Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm / Room 8
    With :01 Author: Aron Steinke

    Panel: Spotlight on Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
    Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm / Room 29AB

    Panel: Spotlight on Asaf Hanuka and Boaz Lavie
    Time: 5:00 – 6:00pm / Room 9

    Signing
    Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm / Location: AA09
    With :01 Author Aron Steinke

    Signing
    Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
    Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki in the :01 Booth #1323

    SATURDAY, JULY 11th

    Galley Give-Away
    Time: 11:00am / at the :01 Booth #1323
    We’ll be giving away copies of Faith Erin Hicks’ The Nameless City!

    Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day
    Kids Comics Summit
    Time: 11:00 – 12:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
    With :01 Staff: Calista Brill

    Panel: Working Together: Writers and Artists
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm / Room 28DE
    With :01 Authors: Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki, Asaf Hanuka, Boaz Lavie

    Panel: Comics in the Classroom – Real-World Ideas for Engaging Your Students with Comics!
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm / Room 30CDE
    With :01 Authors: Dave Roman, Cecil Castellucci

    Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day: Age Categories
    Time: 12:00 – 1:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
    With :01 Staff: Calista Brill

    Signing
    Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
    Scott McCloud Signing in the :01 Booth #1323

    Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day: Librarian/Educator Fall 2015 Graphic Novel Buzz
    Time: 1:00 – 2:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
    With :01 Staff: Gina Gagliano

    Panel: Diversity
    Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm / Room 28DE
    :01 Author: Mariko Tamaki

    Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day: Contemporary Issues in Graphic Novel Publishing for Educators and Librarians
    Time: 2:00 – 3:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
    With :01 Staff: Gina Gagliano

    Signing
    Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
    Asaf Hanuka and Boaz Lavie Signing at the :01 Booth #1323

    Signing
    Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm / Location: Autographing Area 09
    With :01 Author Mariko Tamaki

    Panel: Kids Comics
    Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm / Room 23ABC
    With :01 Author: Dave Roman

    Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day: Events for Community Engagement
    Time: 3:00 – 4:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
    With :01 Staff: Gina Gagliano

    Signing
    Time: 4:30 – 5:30pm
    Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki Signing in the :01 Booth #1323

    Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day: Librarian Talkbalk
    Time: 5:00 – 6:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
    With :01 Staff: Mark Siegel

    Panel: Storytelling
    Time: 5:30pm / Room 8
    With :01 Staff: Calista Brill

    SUNDAY, JULY 12th 

    Panel: The Girls Are Alright!
    Time: 10:00am – 11:00am / Room 30CDE
    With :01 Authors: Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki, Cecil Castellucci

    Signing
    Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
    Cecil Castellucci Signing in the :01 Booth #1323

    Panel: Push Fun Forward: All-Ages Comics Have Arrived
    Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm / Room 24 ABC
    With :01 Authors: Dave Roman, Cecil Castellucci

    Dark Horse Comics Announces Schedule for SDCC 2015

    Dark Horse ComicsPress Release:

    It’s here! San Diego Comic-Con 2015 is upon us, and Dark Horse Comics is delivering a full slate of signings from your favorite creators!

    DARK HORSE COMICS | SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2015 | BOOTH #2615

    SIGNING SCHEDULE

    All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.

    Some signings require a wristband for entry, as noted on the schedule. Drawings for wristbands for these events will begin at show opening the day before and day of each signing. Come to the Dark Horse booth early for the best chance to join these events.

    Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

    We have two signing stages. One features art by Dave Palumbo for our Prometheus/Aliens/AVP/Predator: Fire and Stone crossover comic event. The other features art by E. M. Gist for Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain. The location of each signing is indicated by the following abbreviations:

    FS = Fire and Stone Signing Stage ST = The Strain Signing Stage

    All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

    THURSDAY, JULY 9

    11:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m. ST WEB COMICS: TARZAN, JOHN CARTER AND MORE: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. FS THE ART OF HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, SUNDOWNERS: Tim Seeley

    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. FS REXODUS: James Farr, Eric Lee, Paul Wizikowski, Mark Steele, Kevin Anderson

    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. ST MAE: Gene Ha

    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. FS BARB WIRE: Chris Warner, Adam Hughes, Gabe Eltaeb, Michael Heisler

    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. ST BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Christos Gage

    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. FS TBA!

    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. ST PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Jeremy Vanhoozer, Paul Tobin

    4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. FS THIS DAMNED BAND: Paul Cornell, Tony Parker

    4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. ST THE TOMORROWS: Curt Pires

    5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. FS DARK MATTER CAST SIGNING: Melissa O’Neil (Two), Anthony Lemke (Three), Jodelle Ferland (Five), Roger Cross (Six)

    5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. ST BANDETTE, COLDER: Paul Tobin, BANDETTE: Colleen Coover

    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FS FIRE AND STONE (PROMETHEUS, ALIENS, ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, PREDATOR, PROMETHEUS: OMEGA): Paul Tobin, Chris Roberson, Joshua Williamson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Dave Palumbo

    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. ST THE LAST OF US, THE ART OF THE LAST OF US, THE ART OF UNCHARTED TRILOGY: Neil Druckmann

    FRIDAY, JULY 10

    10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. FS USAGI YOJIMBO, 47 RONIN: Stan Sakai

    10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. ST ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

    11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. FS THE SHAOLIN COWBOY, THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT: Geof Darrow

    11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. ST THE WITCHER: Paul Tobin, Rafal Jaki, Damien Monnier

    12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. FS AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Gene Luen Yang (WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ST THE COURAGEOUS PRINCESS: Rod Espinosa
    AGE OF REPTILES: Ricardo Delgado

    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. ST THE PAYBACKS: Donny Cates, Eliot Rahal

    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. FS HELLBOY IN HELL, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D., BALTIMORE: Mike Mignola

    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. ST EI8HT: Rafael Albuquerque, Mike Johnson

    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. FS DARK MATTER CAST SIGNING: Melissa O’Neil (Two), Anthony Lemke (Three), Jodelle Ferland (Five), Roger Cross (Six)

    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. ST ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR: Alex de Campi, Colleen Coover

    4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. FS THE STRAIN: Guillermo del Toro, Mike Huddleston, E. M. Gist (WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

    4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. ST CONCRETE PARK: Erika Alexander, Tony Puryear

    5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. FS GRENDEL VS. THE SHADOW: Matt Wagner, Brennan Wagner

    5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. ST LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones

    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FS KING TIGER: Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley, Michael Heisler

    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. ST TOMB RAIDER: Corinna Bechko

    SATURDAY, JULY 11

    10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. ST JUNGLE TALES OF TARZAN: Sergio Cariello, Steven E. Gordon, Diana Leto, Carlos Argüello-Süllow, Mark Wheatley, Daren Bader, Thomas Yeates

    11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. FS ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

    11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. ST COLONUS: Ken Pisani

    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. FS THE GOON, CHIMICHANGA: Eric Powell

    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ST DEATH HEAD: Nick Keller, Zack Keller

    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. ST TBA!

    1:30 p.m.–2:50 p.m. FS SERENITY, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH: Joss Whedon (WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. ST MASS EFFECT: Mike Gamble, Chris Wynn, Ian Frazier, Reid Buckmaster

    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. FS MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. ST MIRROR’S EDGE: Christofer Emgård

    4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. FS CREEPY, EERIE: Dan Braun

    4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. ST DRAGON AGE: Mike Laidlaw, Ben Gelinas, Nick Thornborrow

    5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. FS GIRLFIEND: Jacob Pander, Arnold Pander

    5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. ST HARROW COUNTY: Cullen Bunn

    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FS MULAN: REVELATIONS: Marc Andreyko, Robert Alter

    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. ST MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, 2 SISTERS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt
    SUNDAY, JULY 12

    10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. FS ITTY BITTY HELLBOY, AW YEAH COMICS!, GRIMMISS ISLAND: Art Baltazar, Franco

    10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. ST EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

    11:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m. FS FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, David Mack (WRISTBAND REQUIRED. One minicomic per wristband will be provided, or you may bring a Fight Club 2 comic. No other items allowed. Other restrictions may apply.)

    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ST EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Rob Reger, Buzz Parker

    1:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m. FS LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, TOMB RAIDER: Gail Simone

    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. FS TWO BROTHERS, DE:TALES: Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon

    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. ST MASS EFFECT: Mike Gamble, Chris Wynn, Ian Frazier, Reid Buckmaster

    DARK HORSE PANEL SCHEDULE

    Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and our partners! Please visit http://www.comic-con.org/cci/programming-schedule for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.

    THURSDAY, JULY 9

    12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. DARK HORSE PRESENTS (Room 23ABC)

    For years, Dark Horse has brought the creations of the most talented creators in the comics industry to stands—and now’s your chance to jump onboard! Join Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson as he heads up a panel of Dark Horse’s incredible creative talent, including Rafael Albuquerque (EI8HT), Cullen Bunn (Harrow County), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Paul Tobin (Colder), Gene Ha (Mae), and more!
    3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. DARK HORSE ORIGINALS: THE NEW MAINSTREAM (Room 23ABC)

    Comics literature is the new mainstream, and Dark Horse Originals covers it all—from post–Depression era America in The New Deal to the return of Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon with Two Brothers. Join panelistsGabriel Bá and Fábio Moon, Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), and Colleen Coover (Bandette) as they discuss pushing the boundaries of what comics can accomplish in literature.

    6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. DARK HORSE MANGA! (Room 9)

    Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Oh My Goddess!, Lone Wolf & Cub, Blood Blockade Battlefront, and many more! Now Dark Horse continues to publish some of the industry’s best-selling titles, like Neon Genesis Evangelion, Oreimo: Kuroneko, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Satoshi Kon’s Opus, Unofficial Hatsune Mix(as seen on David Letterman), and the works of the creative powerhouse CLAMP. Join us for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

    Dark Horse Partner Panels
    4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. SPOTLIGHT ON ART BALTAZAR AND FRANCO AURELIANI (Room 4)

    7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. MONKEYBRAIN COMICS (Room 28DE)

    7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. DARK MATTER (Room 6BCF)

    FRIDAY, JULY 10
    10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. NICKELODEON AND DARK HORSE COMICS PRESENT: AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER AND THE LEGEND OF KORRA (Room 25ABC)

    Please come celebrate Nickelodeon’s Avatar universe with the brilliant minds who created it all: cocreators and executive producers Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Mike and Bryan will discuss past story lines and tease the future at a panel full of surprises and behind-the-scenes stories!
    12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. BEHIND THE SCENES: MAKING COMICS (Room 23ABC)

    Comics professionals come together to discuss their unique contributions to this beloved medium. In this panel moderated by Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly), topics include creating engaging characters with Alex de Campi (Grindhouse), transitioning from artist to writer/artist with Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), and going from self-publishing to book deal with Colleen Coover (Bandette). Sure to be a great panel for the budding cartoonist eager to explore the craft of making comics!

    4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. FROM CONSOLE TO COMICS: THE ART OF VIDEO GAMES (Room 7AB)

    Your favorite video games have expanded beyond your screen and into comics! Join Dark Horse editor Dave Marshall and special guests Nick Thornborrow (BioWare’s Dragon Age), Rafa? Jaki (CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher), Paul Tobin (The Witcher, PopCap’s Plants vs. Zombies), Corinna Bechko (Tomb Raider),Christofer Emgård (DICE’s Mirror’s Edge), and others as they discuss bringing some of gaming’s most popular titles—including World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, Halo, and more—to comics and art books.

    Dark Horse Partner Panels
    10:30 a.m.–11:20 a.m. EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS’ WORLDS OF ADVENTURE (Room 8)

    11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. THE REVENGE OF CLASSIC COMIC COLLECTIONS PANEL (Room 32AB)

    3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. BREAKING INTO COMICS AND STAYING IN (Room 30CDE)

    4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. WHAT DOES AN EDITOR DO? (Room 32AB)

    5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. MANGA PUBLISHING INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLE (Room 4)

    5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. THE POWER OF SUPERFANDOM (Room 14A)
    SATURDAY, JULY 11

    3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. DARK HORSE TAKES OVER THE WORLD (Room 7AB)

    From Hellboy to Fight Club 2, there are a lot of reasons for Dark Horse fans to get excited for the coming year in comics. Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson and Dark Horse creators Mike Mignola, Chuck Palahniuk, Jeff Lemire, Eric Powell, and Matt Kindt bring fans a sneak peek of what to pick up at Comic-Con and beyond.
    4:45 p.m.–5:30 p.m. DARK HORSE PRESENTS: AN AFTERNOON WITH JOSS WHEDON (Hall H)

    Joss Whedon has rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plot lines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here’s your chance to find out what he has in store for us next and get exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and much, much more!

    7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2 (Room 5AB)

    Acclaimed novelist Chuck Palahniuk continues one of his most beloved works with Fight Club 2! Join Dark Horse for a discussion of the creation of this story with Chuck Palahniuk, editor Scott Allie, artist David Mack, and artist Cameron Stewart.
    Dark Horse Partner Panels
    12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. AGE CATEGORIES (San Diego Central Library)

    1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. LIBRARIAN/EDUCATOR FALL 2015 KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL BUZZ (San Diego Central Library)

    4:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. CHILDHOOD DREAMS COME TRUE: WRITING LICENSED CHARACTERS (30CDE)

    5:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. LIBRARIAN TALKBACK (San Diego Central Library)

    5:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. SPOTLIGHT ON CRAIG YOE (Room 4)

    8:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m. CREEPY AND EERIE UNLEASHED (Room 25ABC)
    SUNDAY, JULY 12
    12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. KIDS & COMICS: DARK HORSE COMICS FOR ALL AGES (Room 24ABC)

    Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Steve Sunu (publicity coordinator, Dark Horse Comics), Art Baltazar and Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy), Rod Espinosa (The Courageous Princess), and Jeremy Vanhoozer (PopCap, Plants vs. Zombies) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics—including Avatar: The Last Airbender, Plants vs. Zombies, and more!

    Dark Horse Partner Panels
    10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m. EMILY THE STRANGE PANEL EXPERIENCE (Room 32AB)

     

    DC Entertainment Announces SDCC 2015 Plans

    Harley SDCC 2015

    Press Release:

    DC Entertainment Takes Center Stage at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2015

    Something for Everyone: Top Industry Talent Showcases DC Comics’ Newly-Expanded Line 

    Vertigo and MAD Magazine to Make Big News at the Con

    Special edition, exclusive variant comic books available only to fans at SDCC!

    DC Entertainment (DCE), one of the world’s largest English language comic book publishers, will roll out the red carpet for its fans at Comic-Con International: San Diego. An impressive 19 panels will put the spotlight squarely on DC Comics’ broad range of titles and tonalities, Vertigo’s creator-driven, genre storytelling, and MAD’s comedic take on all things pop culture.  Additionally, fans attending the show can purchase DCE’s highly-collectible, exclusive variant comic books.

    Fans will get to hear directly from the best comic talent in the industry at a slate of panels over the four-day pop culture celebration.  DCE panels include:

    • From iconic characters to emerging heroes, the expansive DC Universe allows for a wide range of tonalities and a rich universe of stories, enabling readers of all ages and interests to find their favorite series. Meet the top talent behind some of the most celebrated series including SUPERMAN’s new, award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang, BATGIRL artist Babs Tarr and writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher, and BIZARRO writer Heath Corson, among others. Plus, get an advanced look at the highly-anticipated series CYBORG with writer David Walker ahead of its debut in July. Get ready for the New DC Universe with these panels: “Mysteries in Space” on Thursday, “Superman,” “Justice for All,” and “The Bad Guys” all on Friday, and on Saturday “The Lighter Side,” “Batman” featuring all-star creative team Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, and “The Upstarts” featuring the most cutting-edge writers and artists in the industry.
    • Following the release of bestselling and Eisner-nominated mini-series THE MULTIVERSITY, writer Grant Morrison will explain how he redefined the DC Universe, giving fans a look back (and forward) to where the far-reaching effects of The Multiversity will be felt most. Don’t miss “DC Entertainment – Grant Morrison: The Multiversity.” DC Entertainment – Grant Morrison: The Multiversity and Beyond – Saturday
    • Join superstar JUSTICE LEAGUE writer Geoff Johns for an all-access and in-depth discussion. From Earth One to Darkseid War to all things in between, be here for this exclusive panel that will give you insight into one of the genre’s most influential contributors.  DC Entertainment – One-on-One with Geoff Johns – Friday
    • Dive into DC Entertainment – Page to Screen, a can’t miss panel celebrating DCE’s film, TV, game, and animation slates. Join talent behind the inner-workings, including moderator and TV GUIDE reporter Damian Holbrook, DCE Chief Creative Office Geoff Johns, Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow, The Flash) Heath Corson (Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis), and more! DC Entertainment – Page to Screen  – Friday
    • Find out where some of your favorite Vertigo titles are heading, and also be the first to hear about the new series on deck for the fall from comics’ most innovative imprint. Vertigo: What’s the Story – Thursday
    • See what “The Usual Gang Of Idiots” at MAD Magazine are up to at the side-splitting, must-attend annual panel helmed by SVP and Executive Editor John Ficarra and a hilarious cast of characters. Mad about MAD – Thursday
    • Check out the latest action figures, statues, props and more from the creative minds of DC Collectibles and get an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming releases. DC Collectibles –Thursday

    Make sure to stop by DCE’s 4,500 square foot booth (#1915) – the hub for DCE talent signings, hands-on video gameplay, and artist demos, where attendees will have a chance to mingle with some of the best writers and artists in the business. Fans will also get a chance to take photos with their favorite characters with the DCE green screen.

    Also checkout highly collectible, exclusive variant comic books available for SDCC attendees only through the Graphitti Designs booth #2314.  Certain variants will only be available on specific days while others will be available throughout the convention. Variants include BLACK CANARY #1 (available Thursday, 7/9), BATMAN BEYOND #1 (available Friday, 7/10),  MIDNIGHTER #1 (available Saturday, 7/11), BIZARRO #1 (available Sunday, 7/12), and variants available on all days include ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN #1, HARLEY QUINN #17, SUPERMAN #41, BATMAN #41, and JUSTICE LEAGUE #41.  A special, rare, oversized gate-fold cover variant of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 will only be available Saturday, 7/11.

    Visit DCComics.com for a complete list of panels, and behind-the-scenes coverage and in-depth interviews directly from DCE’s popular web series, DC ALL ACCESS. Download the DC Entertainment Events App on Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store to stay up to speed on all DC Entertainment signings, panels and stage events at San Diego Comic-Con.

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    CA – Superman Signing

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    Writer/artist Gene Luen Yang (Avatar:The Last Airbender, The Shadow Hero, American Born Chinese) appears at Flying Color Comics on Wednesday June 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm to sign his debut issue as the writer of SUPERMAN!

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    Flying Colors Comics
    2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518
    (925) 825-5410

    CA – FCBD: Avatar: The Last Airbender Signing

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    Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, who is the writer for the Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman FCBD comics, and Long Vo (Street Fighter, ThunderCats, Robotech, X-Men Evolution) plus Mike Hampton and Olympia Maxenchs appear at Illusive Comics on Saturday May 2nd at 3:00 PM for Free Comic Book Day!

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    Illusive Comics and Games
    2725 El Camino Real, Suite 105, Santa Clara, CA 95051
    408-985-7481

    CA – How We Hero Panel

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    Bryan Konietzko Michael Dante DiMartino (creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra) and Gene Luen Yang (writer of the ATLA comics as well as Superman, American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and many more) speak on a panel moderated by novelist Leigh Bardugo where they will break down the components of mythic storytelling on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at noon. A book signing will follow at 1:00 PM. Present as part of the Yallwest book festival in Santa Monica, CA.

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    Santa Monica High School – Barnum Hall
    601 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405

     

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

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    Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ABOUT DWAYNE MCDUFFIE:
    Dwayne McDuffie is best known as the co-founder and creator of Milestone Media. He was a Story Editor on the KIDS WB’s Emmy Award-winning animated series STATIC SHOCK, which he co-created. He was also a Producer and Story Editor on Cartoon Network’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. He was Editor-In-Chief of Milestone Media’s award-winning line of comic books, managing an editorial operation which boasted the best on-time delivery record in the industry for nearly four years running and has also worked as an editor for Marvel Comics and Harvey Entertainment. As a writer, Dwayne created or co-created more than a dozen series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE. He wrote stories for dozens of other comics, including, SPIDER-MAN, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, THE TICK, CAPTAIN MARVEL, AVENGERS SPOTLIGHT, BACK TO THE FUTURE, HELLRAISER, ULTRAMAN, (The Artist Formerly Known As) PRINCE and X-O MANOWAR.

    Dwayne won the 2003 HUMANITAS PRIZE for “Jimmy,” a STATIC SHOCK script about gun violence in schools. He was nominated for two EMMY AWARDS for the TV series STATIC SHOCK, a WRITERS GUILD AWARD for the TV series JUSTICE LEAGUE and three EISNER AWARDS for his work in comic books. His comic book work won eleven PARENTS’ CHOICE AWARDS, six “Best Editor” awards, and a GOLDEN APPLE AWARD for his “use of popular art to promote and enhance human dignity.”

    Dwayne was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and attended The Roeper School. Before entering comics, he studied in undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of Michigan, then attended film school at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also co-hosted a radio comedy program, while moonlighting pseudonymously as a freelance writer for stand-up comedians and late-night television comedy programs. He wrote scripts for an animated feature, episodes of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE, STATIC SHOCK!, JUSTICE LEAGUE, WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO? and TEEN TITANS.

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

    IL – Boxers & Saints Signing

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    Meet Gene Luen Yang, award–winning author and nominee for the National Book Award, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 7:00–8:30 p.m. He will discuss Boxers and Saints and describe the genesis of the two-volume graphic novel project about the Boxer Rebellion. He’ll talk about why historical events intrigue him and what he learned while researching. Lang’s talk will be followed by questions from the audience and a book signing. Open to all ages.

    Arlington Heights Memorial Library
    500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004-5910
    847-392-0100

    CA – Avatar: The Last Airbender Signing

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    Gene Luen Yang appears at Fantastic Comics to speak about writing comics and sign the latest Avatar: The Last Airbender comic, The Rift part 3, on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm!

    Gene Yang is the award winning creator of American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, The Shadow Hero, Level Up, and writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender series.

    The event will begin with a talk from Gene about creating comics, followed by a signing. Join us this Saturday, November 8th, starting at 3PM. Hope to see you all there!

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    Fantastic Comics
    2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
    510-848-2988

    UT – Boxers & Saints Signing

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    Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, author of Boxers & Saints, appears at the Main Library to speak and sign books on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

    ABOUT GENE LUEN YANG Yang began publishing comic books under the name Humble Comics in 1996. In 1997, he published the comic Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks and won the Xeric Grant, a self-publishing grant for comic book creators. Since then, Yang has created and collaborated on a number of works, including American Born Chinese, The Eternal Smile, and the two-volume Boxers & Saints.

    Salt Lake City Public Library
    210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    801-524-8200

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