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  • Image Comics Schedule at Emerald City Comicon 2015

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    Press Release:

    Image Comics is pleased to return to Seattle this year for Emerald City Comicon on Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29.

    ECCC EXCLUSIVES SOLD AT THE IMAGE BOOTH (#312):

    • LOW, VOL. 1 hardcover by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini, $35
    • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #9 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, $5 (also available at creator table #II-06)
    • DESCENDER #1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, $5 (also available at creator table #Y-05)

    ECCC EXCLUSIVES SOLD AT CREATORS’ TABLES:

    • SEX CRIMINALS, VOL. 2 hardcover by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, $40 (Table #II-04)
    • WAYWARD, VOL. 1 hardcover by Jim Zub and Steven Cummings, $30 (Table #HH-11)
    • DESCENDER #1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, $5 (#Y-05, also available at Image booth #312)
    • INVISIBLE REPUBLIC #1 by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, $10 (#HH-05)
    • WAYWARD #6 variants by Jim Zub and Steven Cummings, starting at $5, blank sketch covers for $10 or $25 with sketch (Table #HH-11)
    • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #9 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, $5 (also available at Image booth #312)

    PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS:

    Friday 3/27, Image Comics Presents: ART!
    3:30 – 4:20 PM, Hall D (TCC 302)

    Image Comics is proud to publish some of the best and brightest artists in comics. Join Benjamin Dewey (TOOTH & CLAW), Jamie McKelvie (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE), Leila Del Duca (SHUTTER), Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), Wes Craig (DEADLY CLASS), Dustin Nguyen (DESCENDER), and James Harren (RUMBLE) as they discuss creating, influences, learning, and finding your voice.

    Saturday 3/28, Image Comics Presents: Your New Favorite Comics
    11 – 11:50 AM, Hall C (TCC 301)

    Creator-owned comics work because YOU support them. Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS), Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS), Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE), Brandon Graham (PROPHET), Joshua Williamson (BIRTHRIGHT), Kurtis Wiebe (RAT QUEENS), Rick Remender (BLACK SCIENCE), and Greg Rucka (LAZARUS) create some of your favorite comics. How? Why? There’s only one way to find out.

    Sunday 3/29, Image Comics Presents: Something For Everybody
    2:30 – 3:20 PM, Hall D (TCC 302)

    Whether you like crime, westerns, sci-fi, fantasy, or genre mash-ups, Ivan Brandon (DRIFTER), Kelly Sue DeConnick (BITCH PLANET), Jay Faerber (COPPERHEAD), Megan Levens (MADAME FRANKENSTEIN), Joe Keatinge (SHUTTER), Jeff Lemire (DESCENDER), Kurt Busiek (THE AUTUMNLANDS: TOOTH & CLAW), and Landry Walker (DANGER CLUB) know that genre is just a starting point for endless storytelling possibilities. Come pick their brains.

    SIGNINGS HOSTED AT IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#312):

    FRIDAY, MARCH 27
    12  – 12: 45 PM: Landry Walker

    1 – 1:45 PM: Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen
    1 – 1:45 PM: Paul Maybury
    1 – 1:45 PM: Matt Fraction

    2 – 2:45 PM: Brian Joines
    2 – 2:45 PM: Justin Jordan
    2 – 2:45 PM: Ryan Ottley

    3 – 3:45 PM: Steve Orlando
    3 – 3:45 PM: Kyle Higgins
    3 – 3:45 PM: Kelly Sue DeConnick

    4 – 4:45 PM: Jacob Semahn
    4 – 4:45 PM: Megan Levens
    4 – 4:45 PM: Joshua Williamson

    5 – 5:45 PM: Otis Frampton
    5 – 5:45 PM: Ed Brisson & Johnnie Christmas
    5 – 5:45 PM: Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera

    SATURDAY, MARCH 28
    11 – 11:45 AM: Michael Moreci
    11 – 11:45 AM: Chris Burnham

    12  – 12:45 PM: John Layman
    12  – 12:45 PM: Greg Rucka
    12  – 12:45 PM: Landry Walker

    1 – 1:45 PM: Nick Dragotta & Tom Fowler
    1 – 1:45 PM: Anthony Johnston & Justin Greenwood
    1 – 1:45 PM: Ryan Ottley

    2 – 2:45 PM: Frank Barbiere & Chris Mooneyham
    2 – 2:45 PM: Matt Fraction
    2 – 2:45 PM: Joe Eisma

    3 – 3:45 PM: Joshua Williamson
    3 – 3:45 PM: Rick Remender & Wes Craig

    4 – 4:45 PM: Joe Keatinge & Leila del Duca
    4 – 4:45 PM: Jay Faerber & Brian Joines

    5 – 5:45 PM: Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen
    5 – 5:45 PM: Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman

    6 – 6:45 PM: Ken Kristensen
    6 – 6:45 PM: Riley Rossmo

    SUNDAY, MARCH 29
    11 – 11:45 AM: Kelly Sue DeConnick
    11 – 11:45 AM: Landry Walker
    11 – 11:45 AM: Joe Keatinge & Leila del Duca

    12  – 12:45 PM: Kurtis Wiebe & Tyler Jenkins
    12  – 12:45 PM: Brandon Graham & Simon Roy

    1 – 1:45 PM: Kurt Busiek & Benjamin Dewey
    1 – 1:45 PM: Ivan Brandon
    1 – 1:45 PM: Matt Fraction

    2 – 2:45 PM: Tim Seeley
    2 – 2:45 PM: Stuart Moore & Gus Storms

    3 – 3:45 PM: Nick Pitarra

    IMAGE CREATORS IN ARTIST ALLEY:
    Barbiere, Frank O-09
    Bechko, Corinna HH-05
    Brandon, Ivan H-05
    Brisson, Ed HH-07
    Burnham, Chris T-01
    Busiek, Kurt HH-02
    Canete, Eric Q-12
    Christmas, Johnnie P-06
    Craig, Wes CC-06
    DeConnick, Kelly Sue II-03
    Del Duca, Leila DD-11
    Dewey, Benjamin 1214
    Dodson, Terry C-19
    Dragotta, Nick O-06
    Eisma, Joe HH-06
    Faerber, Jay GG-02
    Fawkes, Ray W-06
    Fowler, Tom HH-04
    Fraction, Matt II-04
    Gillen, Kieron II-06
    Glass, Bryan J.L. Z-01
    Graham, Brandon DD-12
    Greenwood, Justin G-14
    Hardman, Gabriel HH-05
    Harren, James O-07
    Jenkins, Tyler P-07
    Joines, Brian GG-02
    Jordan, Justin Q-09
    Keatinge, Joe DD-11
    Layman, John GG-01
    Lemire, Jeff Y-05
    Lenox, Emi Y-06
    Levens, Megan E-12
    Maybury, Paul A-13
    McKelvie, Jamie II-05
    McNeil, Carla Speed F-14
    Mooneyham, Chris O-08
    Moore, Stuart P-11
    Moreci, Michael HH-06
    Nguyen, Dustin Y-04
    Ottley, Ryan Q-08
    Pitarra, Nick O-05
    Remender, Rick CC-05
    Robertson, Darick R-03
    Rossmo, Riley O-05
    Roy, Simon DD-12
    Rucka, Greg F-09
    Scalera, Matteo Q-10
    Seifert, Brandon II-11
    Stewart, Dave A-10
    Templesmith, Ben W-07
    Wiebe, Kurtis J. P-06
    Williamson, Joshua U-09
    Wilson, Matt II-07
    Zub, Jim HH-11

    Dark Horse Announces ECCC 2015 Schedule

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    Press Release:

    Visit Dark Horse Comics at Emerald City Comicon Booth #802 for free swag such as comics, buttons, posters, and more!  Check out our show exclusives, signings, and panels, too!  

    EMERALD CITY COMICON EXCLUSIVES

    A set quantity will be available at opening each day of the show. Limit of 5 per person per day while supplies last. Each comic is $5.00.

    Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Mike Mignola (1,000 copies)

    Prometheus: Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC exclusive variant cover by Patric Reynolds (500 copies)

    Lady Killer #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Joelle Jones (500 copies)

    Past Aways #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Scott Kolins (500 copies)

    Conan/Red Sonja #1 limited-edition black-and-white variant cover by Dan Panosian (1,000 copies) 

    We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.

     

    SIGNING SCHEDULE

    All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for 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. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.

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

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

     

    FRIDAY, MARCH 27

    11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.        MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

     

    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.        FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND: Mike Mignola

    Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Mike Mignola available for sale

     

    1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.            THE WHITE SUITS: Frank Barbiere

     

    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.             MURDER BOOK: Ed Brisson, Simon Roy

    TIGER LUNG: Simon Roy

    HIGH CRIMES: Christopher Sebela, Ibrahim Moustafa

     

    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.             THE MASSIVE: Garry Brown

    EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

     

    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.           ABE SAPIEN: Max Fiumara

    GRINDHOUSE: Chris Peterson

     

    4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m.            CONAN RED SONJA, LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, TOMB RAIDER: Gail Simone

                                                LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: Jim Calafiore

                                                CONAN RED SONJA: Jim Zub

    Conan Red Sonja #1 limited-edition black-and-white variant cover by Dan Panosian available for sale

     

    5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.          FINDER: Carla Speed McNeil

    NEVERBOY: Tyler Jenkins, Kelly Fitzpatrick

     

    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m.           ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE: Christopher Sebela

    ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE: Chris Roberson, Patric Reynolds

    PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE: Christopher Mooneyham

    PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE: Paul Tobin

       PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE—OMEGA: Kelly Sue DeConnick

    Prometheus: Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC exclusive variant cover by Patric Reynolds available for sale

     

    SATURDAY, MARCH 28

    11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.         THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow

     

    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.         SERENITY, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Georges Jeanty

    BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Megan Levens

    GIRLFIEND: Pander Brothers

     

    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.             LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones

    Lady Killer #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Joëlle Jones available for sale

    BUZZKILL, THE GHOST FLEET, THE PAYBACKS: Donny Cates

    THE GHOST FLEET: Daniel Warren Johnson

    THE PAYBACKS: Eliot Rahal

     

    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.         HARROW COUNTY: Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook

    BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover

    THE WITCHER, COLDER, PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE, PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES:

                                              Paul Tobin

     

    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.          FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, David Mack, Dave Stewart (Ticketed Event)*

    4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m.          FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*

    5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.          FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*

    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m.          FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*

    Fight Club 2 artists Cameron Stewart, David Mack, and Dave Stewart will be present for part of the 3:00 p.m. signing, depending on their schedules.

    *WRISTBAND REQUIRED: Wristbands will be distributed in the Dark Horse booth at show opening on Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28. One wristband per person. Separate wristbands will be assigned for each 50-minute signing and may only be used during that time period. Fight Club 2 #1 is on sale May 27. One free print and one sampler minicomic per wristband will be provided for the signing. No other items allowed. Other restrictions may apply.

     

    SUNDAY, MARCH 29

    10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.         MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

     

    11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.        PAST AWAYS: Matt Kindt, Scott Kolins, Bill Crabtree

    Past Aways #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Scott Kolins available for sale

    BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire

     

    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.      ITTY BITTY COMICS, AW YEAH COMICS!: Art Baltazar, Franco

    PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES:  Paul Tobin, Ron Chan, Jeremy Vanhoozer

     

    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.           HALO: Duffy Boudreau

    THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow

     

    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.           DEEP GRAVITY: Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko

    POP: Curt Pires

    APOCALYPTIGIRL: Andrew MacLean

    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.           MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald

    EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Cat Farris

     

     

    PANEL SCHEDULE

    Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visithttp://emeraldcitycomicon.com/programming/ for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.

     

    FRIDAY, MARCH 27

    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.            Hall C                         Behind the Scenes: Making Comics 

    Comics professionals come together to discuss their unique contributions to this beloved medium. Topics include creating engaging characters with Gail Simone (Leaving Megalopolis), transitioning from artist to writer/artist with Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), business management with Christine Mignola (Hellboy), going from self-publishing to book deal with Colleen Coover (Bandette), breaking into coloring with Kelly Fitzpatrick (Neverboy), and fostering a fan base with online content with Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon). Sure to be a great panel for the budding cartoonist eager to explore the craft of making comics!

     

    6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.            Hall D                         Dark Horse Comics Builds Characters! 

    Join Dark Horse Comics and a panel of their incredibly talented artists, writers, and creators to discuss independent comics, creators’ rights, and brand-new projects and hear what’s coming up for the powerhouse publisher for the remainder of 2015. Moderated by Dark Horse publicist Aub Driver and featuring Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook (Harrow County), Curt Pires (POP), the Pander Brothers (Girlfiend), Tyler Jenkins (Neverboy), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Matt Kindt and Scott Kolins (Past Aways), and Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks), this is a panel you won’t want to miss!

     

    SATURDAY, MARCH 28

    10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.   Hall D                          Fight Club 2 

    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, artist Cameron Stewart, and colorist Dave Stewart.

    7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.    Hall C                           The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and Beyond 

    Hellboy creator Mike Mignola returns to Emerald City Comicon! With recent launches like Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. andFrankenstein Underground, there’s never been more ways to get into Mignola’s world. Join Mignola for news on Hellboy in Hell and a Q&A with some of the writers and artists who help him bring his characters to life—Max FiumaraScott AllieDave Stewart, and Tyler Crook.

     

    SUNDAY, MARCH 29

    11:00 a.m.–11:50 p.m.                  Hall C        Dark Horse Presents Kids and Comics: Plants vs. Zombies, Itty Bitty Hellboy,

                                                                           Avatar: The Last Airbender, and More! 

    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), Paul Tobin and Ron Chan (Plants vs. Zombies), Jeremy Vanhoozer (Plants vs. Zombies creative director, PopCap), Art Baltazar and Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy), and Joan Hilty (comics editor, Nickelodeon) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!

    WA – Dark Horse ECCC Party

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    Dark Horse Comics hosts an Emerald City Comicon afterparty on Saturday March 28th at 9:00 PM!

    Special Guests scheduled to appear include: Mike Mignola, Gail Simone, Greg Rucka, Adam Warren, Joelle Jones, Geof Darrow, Jason Latour, Jeff Lemire, Joshua Williamson, Colleen Coover, and many more (see flyer)!

    FREE ENTRY TO EMERALD CITY 2015 BADGE HOLDERS (21+ w/ ID)

    Finely crafted Northwest beers and Hellboy Right Hand of Doom Red Ale available!

    Comics and Collectibles Raffles to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Elysian Bar
    1516 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

    CA – Lazarus Signing & Art Show

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    Writer Greg Rucka and artist Michael Lark appear at Fantastic Comics for a Q&A and signing on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 3:30 – 6:00 PM! RSVP on Facebook!

    After the signing, fans are invited to head on over to TR!CKSTER for an art show of Michael’s work and a reception with both creators from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. RSVP on Facebook!

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

    Tr!ckster
    2631 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
    510-665-8900

    Splash Page Brings Artists to Big WOW! Comic Fest 2014

    Press Release:

    Splash Page Comic Art will be set up with artists Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Michael Lark as well as writers Greg Rucka and Ken Kristensen at the Big Wow Comic Fest in San Jose, CA on May 17th and 18th.

    Charlie Adlard, artist of the Walking Dead, will be taking a very limited number of convention sketches at Big Wow. Both Saturday and Sunday we will pass out raffle tickets to people wanting to commission a $300 sketch from Charlie, and we will choose a handful each day randomly. Payment will be requested and those selected may wait for Charlie to draw their chosen character or zombie for them.

    These are 1 character 11 x 14″ pieces on bristol board or blank sketch cover comics (you must provide your own comic).

    Stefano Gaudiano will be accepting 11 x 17″ convention commissions at the show for $150. We will take a first come first serve list each day at opening.

    Get your guest information & tickets here: www.bigwowcomicfest.com

    Lark Frankenstein

     

    Big Wow Original Art Auction Details:

    I will be running the blind and live original art auction on Saturday night, May 17th. The blind auction will run throughout the day in the art gallery in the back of the hall, and will wrap up at 5:30PM Interested parties must sign up for a bidder/paddle number and then can begin placing blind bids on the art they are interested in.

    Art that does not receive three bids will sell for the highest offer at 5:30 PM, and ones that do get at least three bids will be placed in the live auction that begins at 6:30 PM in convention hall room B. Writer Ken Kristensen will be helping emcee the auction so if you are a Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth fan, this will be a fun chance to hang out with Ken and hopefully buy some art! Attached is Michael Lark’s Frankenstein piece that he’ll be submitting into the auction. It is a giant 19 x 24 inches. Bidding on this should be reason enough to fly in for the show! There will be a cash bar in the room, and hopefully a number artists that submitted their works to the auction in attendance. Check out scans of some of the pieces in the auction on the Big Wow website

    Thanks

    Mark Hay

    Splash Page Comic Art & Big Wow Comic Fest

    www.splashpageart.com

    www.bigwowcomicfest.com

    Hero Initiative Heads to San Jose’s BIG WOW! Comic-Fest in May 2014

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    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in medical and financial need, will be attending San Jose’s BIG WOW! Comic-Fest on May 17-18 at the San Jose Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos Street.

    Make sure you grab the amazing Walking Dead 100 book at out booth, #915-#917 and be sure to get it signed by the many contributors in attendance! Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard will be at the con, as will eight other artists who participated in the project. Proceeds of your purchase will help someone in need!

    And you can put your Walking Dead book in your NEW Hero tote bag! Hero’s new totes make their debut at BIG WOW! and are available at a mere $5!

    In addition, check out the ambassadors for Hero who will be raising money for our charity at their own booths: Arthur Adams, Brent Anderson, Dan Brereton, Joyce Chin, Mick Gray, Drew Johnson, Rich Koslowski, Michael Lark, John Livesay, Laura Martin, Terry Moore, Norm Rapmund, Darick Robertson, Greg Rucka, and David Williams will all have donation jars for Hero!

    Panel Schedule for BIG WOW! ComicFest 2014

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    Press Release:

    Big Wow Comic Fest’s 2014 Programs & Panels schedule will be jam packed with Artist Demonstrations, Cosplay Instruction and fun, Creator Interviews and Presentations, and so many more exciting opportunities to interact with today’s most talented creators! Also, don’t forget the Live Art, Superman Museum Show, Kid’s Corner and so much more going on at the show.
    BIGWOW


    SATURDAY MAY 17, 2014

    Famous Monsters Film Fest Day One (Program)
    10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
    Schedule to be posted soon.

    Getting Started with Copic Pens (Panel)
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Want to buy some Copic pens but are intimidated by the sheer number of colors? Have some and don’t know what to do with them? A Certified Copic Designer will give a bare-bones introduction, explain how the color system works, how to find discount prices and hints on how to start building up your studio collection. Note: This is NOT a certification class or hands-on workshop and is best suited for people with absolutely no experience with Copics. – Room D

    Top Cow (Panel)
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Meet with Matt Hawkins, President and C.O.O of Top Cow Productions and writer of Aphrodite IX, Think Tank, and other highly acclaimed series, for a discussion on the future of Top Cow as well as what’s on all of your minds: how to break into comics! With information on Top Cow’s annual Talent Hunt, the tricks of the trade, and just what it takes to make your pitch pop, this is one panel you won’t want to miss. – Room A

    Working with Greg Rucka… (Panel)
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Guest artists Michael Lark and Justin Greenwood will discuss their takes on working with writer Greg Rucka, and he with them. Michael Lark has worked with Greg on multiple occasions including Gotham Central, Punisher and their creator owned Image title Lazarus. Justin Greenwood is currently working with Greg on Stumptown. Hear from both an artist’s and writer’s perspective as to when they know there is a good creative match on a project and why. These creators will discuss their projects and the creative process. Moderated by David Brothers, Editor of Lazarus & Content Manager for Image Comics – Room B
    Attending Guests: Justin Greenwood, Michael Lark, Greg Rucka

    LOLA

    Aspen LOLA #2 Big WOW! Variant Limited to only 250 copies at $15 each. Available at Booth 301


    Collecting Batman! (Panel)

    1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Holy Grails, Batman! Celebrate the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary and Big Wow! Comicfest’s exclusive Batman Museum with Bill Morrison and a panel of Batman collectors! Panelists will discuss their Caped Crusader Collections, swap stories about great finds, lament the items that got away, compare notes about where they draw the line, and reveal their most sought-after, yet-to-be-collected bat-baubles! – Room B
    Attending Guests: Bill Morrison

    Remembering the Ackermansion (Panel)
    1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Filmmakers Tom Wyrsch and Strephon Taylor (Remembering Playland at the Beach”, Sutros: The Palace at Lands End”) will present highlights from their brand new feature length film, “Uncle Forry’s Ackermansions” The film is a vast tour of Forrest J Ackerman’s, now gone, Los Angeles mansion-museum starting with the original Ackermansion and ending with the Acker-mini-mansion. Archival footage with hundreds photographs make up a fascinating video tour. Joining the panel will be Tom Khamis (LASFS Historian), Audience Q&A inlcuded. – Room D
    Attending Guests: Strephon Taylor, Tom Wyrsch

    Cultural Diversity in Comics (Panel)
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Positives and negative strides towards Cultural Diversity in the comics genre and film. Have there been enough strides not only in the books and films but behind the scenes? What can be done to make it better for everyone or is it fine where it is at? – Room D
    Attending Guests: Kevin Bernard Grevioux, Damion Poitier, David Williams

    Punchdrunk Mustache! (Panel)
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Join nine current and former Lucasfilm Animation Artists as they discuss the creation of the art book Punchdrunk Mustache, published last summer to great acclaim by Design Studio Press. Featuring stories and concepts created by Star Wars: The Force Unleashed artists Amy Beth Christenson, Chris Voy and Jeff Sangalli, as well as artists who contributed to Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Detours, Punchdrunk Mustache is a visual thrill ride! Spend time with theses talented artists. – Room C
    Attending Guests: John-Paul Balmet, Will Nichols, Sean Pando, Amy Beth Christenson Smith, Chris Voy, Nate Watson

    The Art of Kaiju & Master of Monster (Panel)
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Kaiju expert, FM guest editor, and author of the newly reprinted Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monster, August Ragone will be joined by Hugo Award-winning and FM cover artist Bob Eggleton to talk about how Japanese monsters have shaped Wester pop culture, influenced their personal and professional lives, and why character like Godzilla and Ultraman continue to be worldwide sensations. – Room B
    Attending Guests: Bob Eggleton, August Ragone

     

    Top Cow Aphrodite IX Big WOW! Variant by Pop Mhan Limited to only 500 copies at $10 each. Available at Booth 201/300

    Top Cow Aphrodite IX Big WOW! Variant by Pop Mhan
    Limited to only 500 copies at $10 each. Available at Booth 201/300

    Comics University (Panel)
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    “Comics University”, a discussion co-moderated by panelists Ed Luce (Professor in the Comics MFA Program at California College of the Arts and creator of Wuvable Oaf Comics) and Maia Kobabe (CCA Comics MFA student and creator of “The Thief’s Tale” comics). Ed and Maia, along with both undergraduate and Comics MFA grads, will discuss how comics fit into the diverse undergraduate program at CCA, the myriad of professional reasons one might pursue a Master’s Degree in comics. – Room D

    Doug Sneyd – 50 Years of Playboy (Panel)
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Doug has worked for Playboy magazine since the early 1964, many remember lovely scantily (and even non-) clad “Sneyd” girls and the one-line jokes he did thru the years. Though many may not know the man behind all the great art and humour. Come hear Doug talk about his career drawing for Playboy. – Room C
    Attending Guests: Doug Sneyd

    Japan’s Heroes and Monsters (Panel)
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    August Ragone and his Kaiju crew will be hosting FM’s panel that will feature Kenpachiro Satsuma (Godzilla, ’84-’95), Bin Furuya (Ultraman), and Daisuke Ban (Kikaida, Inazuman). Each actor will tell their stories of how they came to embody these incredible roles, as well as take questions from the audience. – Room A
    Attending Guests: Daisuke Ban, Satoshi Furuya, August Ragone, Kenpachiro Satsuma

    Madefire (Panel)
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Charlie Adlard, Liam Sharp, Ben Wolstenholme and the good folk of Madefire host a talk and Q & A about opportunities for old and new creators in the digital realm, and how comics and motion books can be good for each other. A must for anybody interested in new ways of getting their work seen! – Room B
    Attending Guests: Charlie Adlard, Daniel Presedo, Liam Sharp

    Dan Brereton Portfolio Review (Panel)

    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    It isn’t your impressive artwork alone that will land you a job or the position you’re seeking, but the presentation of your artwork in your portfolio. Veteran illustrator and painter Dan Brereton will be on hand to discuss your artwork in a friendly and constructive group critique, as well as the presentation of your work. All age, skill and experience levels are welcome. – Room D
    Attending Guests: Dan Brereton

    CBLDF Comic Code (Panel)
    5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    60 years ago, comics were put on trial in a nationally televised Senate subcommittee hearing that had shattering repercussions for this great American art form. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund presents the shocking history of moral panic that led to this historic hearing and the birth of the Comics Code Authority, which regulated the medium’s content for more than 50 years. CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein tells the tale at this CBLDF presentation. – Room D

    BigWOW ComicFest Art Auction (Panel)
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    This will be your opportunity to bid on and win pieces of original collectible art, hand drawn, by numerous guests who are attending the show. All of the art will be on display in the exhibitor hall, museum gallery, throughout the day Saturday and will be available to be bid on in a blind auction format.

    Come to the live auction portion of the event to bid on various pieces of art created specifically for the auction by the likes of Frank Cho, Michael Lark, Alfonso Azpiri, Frank Cirocco, Rich Koslowski and some published pieces contributed by Charlie Adlard, Justin Greenwood and many others! A number of the convention’s guests will be on-hand to mingle at this social event and to encourage fans to bid high on their works of art! – Room B

    There will be a cash bar setup in the auction room for those interested. This should be a lively and entertaining event for all. Both cash and credit cards will be accepted for your art auction purchases.

    Creature Features Live! (Panel)
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Back by popular demand is Creature Features Live! Hosted by John Stanley and Lord Blood-Rah. Presented just as Creature Features was back in the early eighties, but on stage rather than on television. Opening dialog, feature length movie “Night of the Living Dead” a Creature Features classic, TV commercials, guest interviews, special announcements, and Living Dead in the audience. – Room A
    Attending Guests: Lord Blood-Rah, John Stanley

    SUNDAY MAY 18, 2014

    Famous Monsters Film Fest Day Two (Program)
    10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Schedule to be posted soon.

    CreaturesCon 3 (Panel)
    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Join the CreaturesCon gang, John Stanley (Creature Features 1971 to 1984), Ernie Fosselius (Hardware Wars), Lord Blood-Rah (Movie Host), Tom Wyrsch (Writer / Director) and Strephon Taylor (November Fire) for an information-packed journey through Creature Features, TV Horror Hosting, classic Sci-Fi and Horror films, Bob Wilkins and much more. The panel will share personal memories, show rare video clips and review Creature Features favorite films. Audience Q&A included. – Room B
    Attending Guests: Lord Blood-Rah, Ernie Fosselius, John Stanley, Strephon Taylor, Tom Wyrsch
    Drawing The Walking Dead (Panel)
    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Artist, Charlie Adlard, and inker Stefano Gaudiano discuss what it is like to create the images behind the hugely successful comic and tv series The Walking Dead. Charlie will explain how his art style has evolved during his tenure on the book and how having an inker allows him to work differently now. Stefano, being the newest addition to the team, shares his experiences of inking Charlie and how this project differs from his vast number of other previous collaborations. They’ll discuss the controversial “All Out War” storyline and how working on a near bi-weekly schedule for a year affected how they worked. Moderated by Mark Hay, owner of Splash Page Comic Art, art dealer for Charlie & Stefano – Room A
    Attending Guests: Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano
    Drawing Who (Panel)
    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Josh Adams (DOCTOR WHO, EUREKA, WAREHOUSE 13, GARDEN OF STEVEN) and Blair Shedd (DOCTOR WHO, LEGENDS OF OZ, GHOSTBUSTERS, THE RAPTOR) have both had the honor of being chosen to draw official Doctor Who comics for IDW Publishing. Josh and Blair will talk about how they got the job (and other behind the scenes stories), meeting Doctor Who cast and crew, chat about Who-fandom in general, and do a Q and A if the audience wishes. – Room C
    Attending Guests: Josh Adams, Blair Shedd

     

    Joel Adams - Big WOW! Doomkitty Print 11" x 17" print. Limited to 100, signed and numbered at $20/each. Available at Artist Table 611O

    Joel Adams – Big WOW! Doomkitty Print
    11″ x 17″ print. Limited to 100, signed and numbered at $20/each. Available at Artist Table 611O

    Figure Drawing with Frank Cho (Panel)
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Free figure drawing class open to public, headed by Marvel Comics artist, Frank Cho. Cosplayer, Ivy Doomkitty, will model for this drawing class. All the audience members are encoraged to draw along
    with Frank Cho, who will critique the drawings by the audience members at the end of class. – Room A
    Attending Guests: Frank Cho, Ivy Doomkitty
    Jack Kirby Museum (Panel)
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Jack Kirby is the creator or co-creator of The X-Men, Hulk Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, The Avengers, Darkseid, Mister Miracle and hundreds more. He was probably the most prolific comics artist ever and almost every artist is inspired by him. Artists will discuss which comics led them to follow Jack, what panels they have learned from, and how hard it is to make that Kirby Krackle look right. – Room C
    Attending Guests: Mark Badger, Bruce Simon
    Native Americans in Comics (Panel)
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Ever since Native American people began drawing on rock walls, they’ve been part of the comic book universe. However, stereotypes persist due to the lack of Native artists or writers employed by the mainstream comics industry. Now, these artists have taken initiative and formed The Indigenous Narratives Collective and INC Comics. INC’s Arigon Starr (“Super Indian”) and Lee Francis IV (“Pueblo Jones”) will discuss the state of Native American comics. Moderated by UC Santa Cruz’s writer/poet/playwright Dr. Carolyn Dunn. – Room D
    Attending Guests: Arigon Starr
    Marvel Masterpiece Theatre (Panel)
    1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    MARVEL MASTERPIECE THEATER ! presents a dramatic table read of the 1968 Marvel Comics classic tale unfolded in AVENGERS 59 & 60, “The Wedding of Yellowjacket & Wasp”, by Roy Thomas and John Buscema. Both issues feature a number of cameos from the Marvel universe of the late Sixties, fun pop culture references of the day, amazing superhero action and sizzling dialogue ! Pages of Big John Buscema’s fantastic art and storytelling will follow on the screen as our cast reads the text. – Room B
    Attending Guests: Mark Badger, Dan Brereton, Damion Poitier, Liam Sharp, Jane Wiedlin
    Collecting Comic Art (Panel)
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Have you ever wanted something from your favorite comic book? Brian Peck and fellow collectors guide you through the world of collecting comic art – from what it all means, to where to find the art. Discussing a wide range of topics from History of how this hobby started to grow and what use to happen to all the art in the old days? How computers have changed the look of (or non-existance of in some cases) original art? How the internet has changed and expanded the art hobby? How ebay has altered the collectors market? How the auction houses have impacted the hobby? Comparison of values between cover/splashes/interiors? Conservation and preservation? – Room D

     

    Japan’s Heroes and Monsters (Panel)
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    August Ragone and his Kaiju crew will be hosting FM’s panel that will feature Kenpachiro Satsuma (Godzilla, ’84-’95), Bin Furuya (Ultraman), and Daisuke Ban (Kikaida, Inazuman). Each actor will tell their stories of how they came to embody these incredible roles, as well as take questions from the audience. – Room C
    Attending Guests: Daisuke Ban, Satoshi Furuya, August Ragone, Kenpachiro Satsuma
    CBLDF Auction (Panel)
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Top creators Terry Moore, along with some guests to be announced will create live art before your eyes. The only rule is that it would have been forbidden by the Comics Code! Join the CBLDF and these great creators as they talk censorship and make once-in-a-lifetime art! Get a chance to watch live art made before your eyes, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. – Room B
    Attending Guests: Terry Moore
    Comics And Comics (Panel)
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Geeks Assemble! “Comics and Comics” is all-fanboy stand-up comedy, presented by the nerdiest comedians in the multiverse. From comic books to video games, from anime to Dr. Who, from Star Wars to Star Trek, from Dungeons and Dragons to that one episode of Thundarr the Barbarian where the evil wizards have this race to determine who gets the Helmet of Power, you can rest assured that all geek bases will be covered! – Room C

    The Batman Chronicles: Special Screening & Discussion (Panel)
    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    A three part short film following a young Bruce Wayne as he struggles with a corrupt justice department & faces off against a maniacal new menace hell bent on taking over Gotham. All three parts of the film will be shown, followed by a Q&A with Actor, Producer & Editor Anthony Misiano. – Room C
    Attending Guests: Anthony Misiano
    The Science and Fiction of Alternate Realities (Panel)
    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    The idea that there may be universes other than our own has long been a staple of fantasy and science fiction. Now physicists are telling us that there may be some truth in this idea. How much is fact and how much is fiction? Are there other universe? If there are, how similar are they to our own? Do universes “split,” and if so, how? Would it be possible to travel between them. What are some of the ways these ideas have been explored in fiction — and what avenues are still ripe. – Room D

    Big Wow! ComicFest – The Original Artist Friendly Convention – returns to San Jose May 17th & 18th, 2014, bringing two great days of Comic Book, Anime/Manga, Art, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Cosplay FUN! Many of the country’s best vendors of all things cool and collectible will tempt your wallets with the perfect gifts for Geek, Fans and True Collectors, everywhere! Big Wow! ComicFest is the only major comics event in the San Francisco Bay Area this year.

    Be sure to follow us on both Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming announcements!

     

    Hero Initiative Stampedes to Calgary Comic Expo 2014

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    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative Stampedes to Calgary Comic Expo!

    LOS ANGELES, CA (April 9, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need, travels to Calgary Comic Expo for the first time ever, April 24-27! (www.calgaryexpo.com).

    Stop on by our creative ambassadors located all over the con floor who will be collecting donations for Hero: Reilly Brown, Brian Haberlin, Mark McKenna, Michael Oeming, Riley Rossmo, Greg Rucka, Fiona Staples, Arthur Suydam, and Jim Zub are all on the job. So do the right thing and DONATE!

    And check out our con specials at our booth, Y-19 and Y-20! We’re blowing out Violent Messiahs #1 and Cyberforce #2 for$1 each! Ultimate Spider-Man 100 Project and ACTOR Comics Presents are $2 each! What a deal!

    See you there!

    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 $500,000 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.

     

    OR – Free Comic Book Day 2014

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    Press Release:

    Things From Another World will open early at 9 am Saturday, May 3 for Free Comic Book Day, an incredibly popular, family-friendly event! Choose up to 10 special free comics from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and more (while supplies last), shop $2 and $5 doorbusters, and get autographs from your favorite comic book creators.

    Plus: get 20% off almost everything in the store*, and save an additional 5% if you’re a TFAW box customer! Later, come back for the Free Comic Book Day After Party at the Portland TFAW from 7 to 10 pm, featuring free burgers and dogs (including veggie options), complimentary beer (for those 21+), prizes, music, and more.

    Signing Schedule:
    10:00 am-12:00 pm
    * Greg Rucka (Lazarus, Veil, Punisher)
    * Terry Dodson (X-Men, Catwoman)

    12:00-2:00 pm
    * Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Whiteout)
    * Jim Valentino (Co-Founder of Image Comics)

    2:00-4:00 pm:
    * Chris Roberson (Sovereign), Chris Sebela (Ghost), Adam P. Knave (Never Ending), and Ibrahim Moustafa (The Pound)
    2:30-4:30 pm:
    * David Marquez (Ultimate Spider-Man)

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Things From Another World
    2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

    OR – Lady Sabre Signing

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    Greg Rucka, Rick Burchett, and Eric Newsom sign at Bridge City Comics on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 5:00 till 8:00 pm!

    Press Release:

    Bridge City Comics is proud to announce our Lady Sabre Kickstarter Release Party with Greg Rucka, Rick Burchett and Eric Newsom on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 5pm – 8pm! This event is free to the public.

    If you live in the Pacific Northwest, this is your opportunity to pick up your Lady Sabre Kickstarter rewards directly from the creative team! If you are a backer and want to pick up your book in person, maybe hang out and chat for a while or simply point and stare, you are cordially — even eagerly — invited to come and do so. Greg, Rick and Eric will be on hand to hand out the backer rewards, sign any rewards you want and hang out and talk lady Sabre (among other things).

    Depending on the final inventory count, and presuming that they have enough extra to justify it, there may be additional copies for sale, prices TBD.

    Refreshments will be served free of charge. Sketches will be at the discretion of the artist.

    About LADY SABRE:
    Swords are cool. People fighting with swords are cool. Airships are cool. Cowboys are cool. Pirates are cool. Clockwork men are cool. Smart, savvy, witty women are very cool. Laconic gunslingers? Totally cool. Steampunk? Frosty. That’s what Lady Sabre & the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether is, that’s what it’s about. The adventures of the Lady Seneca Sabre and those she meets along the way as she travels the Sphere. Who she fights, who she foils, who she befriends. It’s about adventure and romance and excitement and, to paraphrase the great Zaphod Beeblebrox, “really wild things.” And most of all, what it’s supposed to be? It’s supposed to be fun. Read more at www.ineffableaether.com

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Bridge City Comics
    3725 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

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