MA – Becky Cloonan Signing

Press Release:

Acclaimed comic book creator Becky Cloonan will appear for a reception and signing event at That’s Entertainment in Worcester on Saturday, September 2nd from 1:00 till 4:00 PM. Cloonan will be signing comics and other memorabilia. She will be selling prints and pins at her table. The event is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome.

The reception celebrates the installation of an original 16-foot x 24-foot mural which Cloonan will paint on the Lois Lane side of That’s Entertainment’s building throughout the week prior to the signing event. Cloonan’s mural is part of the Pow! Wow! Worcester art event, and That’s Entertainment is one of the sponsors. Visitors will be able to see the mural taking shape beginning August 25th.

Becky Cloonan is a versatile and well-known comic book artist and writer, whose output has ranged from self-published mini-comics to work for the major publishers over the past fifteen years. In naming her one of the top female comic creators of all time, Comic Book Resources called Cloonan “a fast rising star [who] as a result… has a shocking list of credits for one so young” and added that “she has especially become known for her ability with horror, subtle or unsubtle. The ability to create real mood and atmosphere and emotional resonance through her imagery.”

For Vertigo, she worked with writer Brian Wood on Demo and Northlanders, and drew the American Virgin series. For DC Comics, Cloonan’s most notable work was as writer and artist on Gotham Academy, and she also drew issues of Swamp Thing and Harley Quinn. She became the first female artist in history to draw the main Batman title. Cloonan also wrote Southern Cross for Image Comics, and has also collaborated with Wood on Conan the Barbarian for Dark Horse Comics.

That’s Entertainment Manager Ken Carson says, “Cloonan’s Conan the Barbarian art was especially impressive and memorable for me. Conan has appeared in comics for almost 50 years, and actually goes back to the 1930s in pulp magazine stories. But Becky somehow gives the character a completely fresh take, so it all seems brand new again.”

By Chance or Providence: Stories by Becky Cloonan, just released in a trade paperback edition by Image Comics, collects in one volume her trilogy of award-winning short stories: “Wolves”, “The Mire” and “Demeter”.

“This volume is a showcase for Becky’s storytelling talent,” says That’s Entertainment’s Marketer Sorana Gatej.

“The best comic books blend words and pictures seamlessly, and her stories of sword and sorcery are haunting and lovely.”

“Anytime would be a fine time to host Becky Cloonan, and to have her create a giant, wonderful mural on our building,” adds Carson. “But since we are in the midst of celebrating our 25th year on Park Avenue, this all seems especially well-timed.”

Located at the corner of Lois Lane and Park Ave. in Worcester, MA, That’s Entertainment is a pop culture emporium which specializes in everyone’s “geek.” Checkout their wide variety of comics, vinyl records, vintage and modern video games and systems, anime, collectible card games, roleplaying games, board games, sports cards, memorabilia, toys, posters, and so much more!

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That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 755-4207

Celebrate Harley Quinn’s 25th Anniversary on Sept. 23rd

Press Release:

In celebration of Harley Quinn’s 25th Anniversary, this year the bubbly Super-Villain will take over DC’s annual Batman Day celebration on September 23, 2017. The announcement was made on the DC Harley Quinn: Celebrating 25 Years panel at SDCC. The panel included moderator and current HARLEY QUINN writer Jimmy Palmiotti, and panelists Amanda Conner, Paul Dini, Chad Hardin, Alex Sinclair, Tara Strong and more!

Harley Quinn debuted on Batman: The Animated Series in the episode “Joker’s Favor,” which originally aired in September 1992. Co-created by the acclaimed Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY) and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated SeriesBatman Beyond) Harley Quinn spawned the now popular and plentiful comic series and is one of the fastest growing characters in DC history, becoming a top ten character in only the last 25 years.

DC will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Harley Quinn in a big way, with key new releases in the coming months including, HARLEY QUINN: A ROGUES GALLERY—THE DELUXE COVER ART COLLECTION, HARLEY QUINN 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1, and an oversized anniversary issue featuring Harley’s entire cast of crazy characters, HARLEY QUINN #25.

Stay tuned for more details on Harley Quinn’s takeover of Batman Day on September 23.

Plastic City Comic Con Returns on July 29th

Plastic City Comic Con holds their second annual event for comics, toys and pop culture fans in North Central Massachusetts on Saturday July 29, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM at the Wallace Civic Center. Jam packed with comic artists, writers, creators, and vendors! Admission is only $2.00! Kids 12 and under are FREE! Guests include:

  • Jerry Ordway ​(Superman, Power of Shazam, Crisis on Infinite Earth)
  • Joe Caramagna (Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers, ​Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Craig Rousseau (Harley Quinn, Batman Beyond, ​Perhapanauts)
  • Joe St. Pierre ​(Spider-Man, Venom, New Zodiax)
  • Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl, ​Johnny Raygun, Sgt. Werewolf)
  • Sean Wang (The Tick, Meltdown, ​Runners)

For the complete list of writers, artists, and exhibitors please refer to the convention’s website…

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Wallace Civic Center
1000 John Fitch Hwy, Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420
(978) 665-4938

 

DC Announces Panel & Signing Schedule for SDCC 2017

Press Release:

Over the next four days, there will be hundreds of panels taking place at San Diego Comic-Con. If you’re interested, you can find a complete listing on their website. But if you’re here, there’s a pretty good chance you’re a DC fan and wondering which of those panels are being presented by DC and our friends at Warner Bros.

Below you’ll find the complete list. If you want the official scoop on your favorite DC comics, movies, TV, games and collectibles, these are the panels to check out. Please note, however, that while we don’t anticipate it, things change constantly at SDCC. Please consult the Comic-Con website, the DC All Access app, or the printed room schedules at SDCC for the most up-to-date information.

If you’re interested in DC signings, the DC All Access app is your best resource. Please note that wristbands for select events/signings will be distributed first thing every morning, as early as 6:00 am, at the Sails Pavilion on the day of the signing. There will be no access to wristband lines prior to 6:00 am. For more information on the wristband procedure, please visit the Toucan Blog, SDCC’s official blog which includes helpful maps.

Thursday July 20, 2017

DC Collectibles 
10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.
Room: 9

  • Limited edition statues, action figures, prop replicas, busts, vinyl…DC Collectibles has them all – and more! Join the DC Collectibles crew, including Executive Director, DC Collectibles Jim Fletcher, Senior Art Director, DC Collectibles Shawn Knapp, Art Director, DC Collectibles Brian Walters and artists Katherine Brannock, Sho Murase, HaiNaNu “Nooligan” Saulique and Chris Uminga, to hear how they come up with so many great products, and what’s coming up from the award-winning maker of awesome collectibles!

DC All Access 
11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • Meet the folks behind the hit program that is all about your favorite topic: DC! Tiffany Smith, Jason Inman, Whitney Moore, Hector Navarro…the names you’ve come to know and love will be here sharing behind-the-scenes tidbits and all out DC fun.

DC Meet the Publishers 
2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • DC’s Publishers are back in San Diego and better than ever! Dan DiDio and Jim Lee are the driving forces behind DC Universe Rebirth, Vertigo, MAD, DC’s YOUNG ANIMAL, DARK MATTER and much more. This up-close-and-personal panel gives you unique access to the leaders of your favorite comic book line!

Spotlight on Geoff Johns
3:15p.m. – 4:15p.m.
Room: 6DE 

  • The superstar DC writer, President & Chief Creative Officer returns to San Diego for an all-access and in-depth discussion. Be here for this exclusive panel that will give you insight to one of the genre’s most influential people. With the upcoming Doomsday Clock, there will be much to cover!

Mad about MAD
4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m.
Room: 8

  • MAD, the country’s #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of 1), is dumber than ever! Join MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano for a ridiculous peek at what’s happening at the magazine, and an epically, moronic Q&A that’s bound to be, well, MAD! (Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions!)

DC Art Masters: Drawing DC
5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.
Room: 11

  • Class is in session as some of the greatest artists in the industry take this panel to school with an in-depth look at their creative process! DC Entertainment is proud to spotlight these talented individuals for this exclusive, all-access look at what it’s like drawing DC!

DC – Too Tough Trivia or Stump the Writers
6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Room: 5AB

  • Think you know everything from Crisis on Infinite Earths to Flashpoint to Rebirth? Come by and test your knowledge of the DC Universe from its inception all the way to Dark Days against DC’s finest minds to win some exclusive prizes!

Friday July 21, 2017

DC Universe Rebirth
11:15a.m. – 12:15p.m.
Room: 6DE  

  • DC Universe Rebirth has taken the industry by storm.  The universe has been restored with hope and optimism, engaging storylines and dynamic characters. Come discover more about your favorite DC super heroes, plus hear from the talented teams bringing these stories to life!

DC Metal/ Dark Matter
1:45p.m. – 2:45p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • The team behind DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, are here to talk about comic’s hottest event!  They are joined by DARK MATTER contributors Steve Orlando, Phillip Tan, James Tynion IVRobert Venditti and others in this revealing hour of comics!

Vertigo: Creator Spotlight
3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Room: 6DE 

  • Comics’ most innovative imprint puts the creator in the spotlight!  Come witness the evolution of Vertigo, as we glimpse back at the rich history, and peek forward to some of the incredible things to come. The star-studded lineup features Academy Award winner John Ridley with a few huge surprise guests!

DC From Page to Screen
4:15p.m. – 5:15p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • Never before has DC been more popular in TV, video games, home videos, and movie theaters. And with an impressive film slate and countless shows in series and production, it has never been a better time to be a DC fan! Join the people behind the scenes that translate the page to the screen on this must see panel that sees your favorite stories and characters come to life!

DC’s Young Animal
5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m.
Room: 5AB  

  • Be here as we delve further into the world of DC’s YOUNG ANIMAL, the DC imprint led by MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE frontman and best selling comic writer, Gerard Way (Doom Patrol), with many of his top notch collaborators including Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone (Shade, the Changing Girl), Jody Houser (Mother Panic), Jon Rivera (Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye) and others.

Saturday July 22, 2017

DC Justice For All
10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.
Room: 6DE

  • Be here as the creative folks behind your favorite Justice League characters take center stage. Tony Daniel (JLA), Dan Jurgens (Action Comics), Tom King (Batman), Steve Orlando (Justice League of America), John Semper Jr (Cyborg), Nicola Scott (Wonder Woman), Liam Sharp (Wonder Woman), Brad Walker (Aquaman) and Joshua Williamson (Flash) have a lot to share about your favorite DC super heroes and their fight for justice!

DC Essentials
11:15a.m. – 12:15p.m.
Room: 6DE 

  • New to comics? Are you at the convention because you’re a fan of great DC TV, movies, video games, or other media? Bingeing a season of The Flash leave you wanting to know more about the source material?  Well, look no further; this is the panel for you!  Our panel of experts is here to help you along your journey through the wonderful world of comics! Come one, come all!

DC Harley Quinn: Celebrating 25 Years
12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • Twenty five years ago, Dr. Harleen Quinzel made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series and what a debut it was!  An instant fan favorite and her popularity has been meteoric ever since! Come celebrate her first appearance anniversary with some of the key contributors to this modern icon.

DC Celebrates WildStorm 25th Anniversary
1:45p.m. – 3:15p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • It’s has been 25 years since Jim Lee’s WildStorm first made its mark on the comics landscape with such memorable and innovative titles like WildC.A.T.S., Gen13Stormwatch, and Deathblow, to name a few.  Join Jim Lee and former WildStorm staffers and talented contributors including Ryan Benjamin, Lee Bermejo, J. Scott Campbell, Carlos D’Anda, Sandra Hope, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair and others for a fun trip down memory lane!

DC Master Class
6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Room: 6DE  

  • The DC MASTER CLASS is in session!  Comics’ elite, cream-of-the-crop artists Amanda Conner, Tony Daniel, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, John Romita Jr and a huge surprise guest are here to share details on their new projects.  This panel has the MASTER CLASS seal of approval!

Sunday July 23, 2017

DC My Secret Origin or How I Broke Into Comics
1:45p.m. – 2:45p.m.
Room: 6DE

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

DC Kids – Sunday Art School
4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • It’s Sunday Funday!  Bring your kids along as some of the best young adult/kids artists DC has to offer are here to share with you their drawing tips and tools for the trade.  Fan favorites Art & Franco (DC Super-Friends), Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls), Dustin Nguyen (Batman: L’il Gotham, Super Hero Society) are your tutors for today’s class.

SIGNINGS

Thursday, July 20

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Freddie Williams II
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Shane Davis
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Joelle Jones
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Julie Benson and Shawna Benson
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Jock and Scott Snyder ** Wristband Required
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mauricet, Frank Tieri
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Marguerite Bennett and Steve Orlando
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Tom Richmond and Justin Norman (Moritat)
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Greg Capullo** and Marc Andreyko
    ** Wristband Required
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tom King and Joshua Williamson
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Robert Venditti and Paolo Pantalena
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Andy Kubert* and John Romita, Jr.**
    ** Wristband Required
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Eduardo Risso, Paul Dini, and Tony Daniel
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM DC Collectibles ARTISTS ALLEY: Sho Murase, Nooligan, and Chris Uminga

Friday, July 21

  • 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Marv Wolfman
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM John Semper, Jr.
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tony Daniel and Steve Orlando
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Scott Snyder* and Greg Capullo** Wristband Required
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Jim Lee**, Alex Sinclair**, Scott Williams**, Sandra Hope  ** Wristband Required
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Geoff Johns** and Phil Jimenez
    ** Wristband Required
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Tim Seeley and Gail Simone*
    * Signing ends at 2:45
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Julie Benson, Shauna Benson, and Mike Grell
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Tom King and Josh Williamson
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM DC’s Young Animal: Gerard Way**, Jody Houser**, Jon Rivera**, and Marley Zarcone ** Wristband Required
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Mauricet
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Andy Kubert** and John Romita, Jr.** Wristband Required
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Robert Venditti and Paul Levitz
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dan Jurgens, Bernard Chang, and Tyler Kirkham

Saturday, July 22

  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Marv Wolfman
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Lee Bermejo and Tony Daniel
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Paul Dini and Mike Grell
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM John Semper, Jr., Cecil Castellucci, and Marley Zarcone
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Robert Venditti and Agnes Garbowska
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Scott Snyder** and Greg Capullo** Wristband Required
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Jim Lee**, Alex Sinclair**, Scott Williams** Wristband Required
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Josh Williamson and Joelle Jones
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Andy Kubert** and John Romita, Jr.** Wristband Required
  • 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM Justin Norman (Moritat)
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Julie Benson, Shauna Benson, and Clay Mann
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dan Jurgens, Bernard Chang, Sonny Liew, and Paul Levitz

Sunday, July 23

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Art and Franco
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Andy Kubert** Wristband Required
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Steve Orlando and Brad Walker
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Monica Kubina and Shane Davis
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM John Romita, Jr.** and Mark Andreyko
    ** Wristband Required
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Jill Thompson, Kurt Busiek, and Brent Anderson
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, and Frank Tieri
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Jock
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Cat Staggs
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Philip Tan and Gail Simone
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Scott Snyder**, Greg Capullo**, and James Tynion IV
    ** Wristband Required
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tom King and Josh Williamson

Cartoon Art Museum Presents Panels at SDCC 2017

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to announce a full slate of programming at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International! Please join us Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23 for these fun and informative programs at the San Diego Convention Center.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

2:00 – 3:00 PM, Room 2:  Cartoon Art Museum Workshop: Mastering the Art of Jack Kirby

Ever wondered how the legendary Jack Kirby created his signature style? Now you can learn the tricks of his trade and those he collaborated with to draw Captain America, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men among many other iconic characters. Celebrate Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday with Kirby fan and cartoonist Mark Badger (Batman, Just Draw) leading this workshop, with guidance from the Jack Kirby Museum. Supplies provided by Sakura.

Friday July 21, 2017

1:00 – 2:00 PM, Room 25ABC: Condemned to Repeat? 

Everyone’s heard the George Santayana quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” But what can comics help us to remember? As it turns out, quite a lot. Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) delves into the past with Comic-Con special guests Box Brown (Tetris), Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales), Sarah Glidden (Rolling Blackouts), John Holmstrom (The Best of Punk Magazine), Lewis Trondheim (Poppies of Iraq), and Brigitte Findakly (Poppies of Iraq).

Saturday July 22, 2017

12:30 – 1:30 PM, Room 6DE: DC’s Harley Quinn: Celebrating 25 Years

Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Harleen Quinzel made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, and what a debut it was! An instant fan favorite-and her popularity has been meteoric ever since! Come celebrate her first appearance anniversary with some of the key contributors to this modern icon. Featuring Paul Dini, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, and Andrew Farago.

 

1:30 – 2:30 PM, Room 8: Unconventional Comics

Comics are all about super powers and saving the world, right? Discover the rich and growing market for comics that may lack super-powered heroes but are super all the same. Moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) discusses with panelists R. Sikoryak (Terms and Conditions), Simon Hanselmann (Megg & Mogg), Gemma Correll (The Worrier’s Guide to Life), and Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) how they were inspired to write their unconventional books and why the comics format was right for their work.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 11: Cartoon Art Museum Workshop: Manga Stardom for Beginners

Love reading manga like Yotsuba&!, Tokyo Ghoul, The Legend of Zelda, Death Note, Attack on Titan, One-Punch Man, or Chi’s Sweet Home? Learn how to draw your own manga with the Cartoon Art Museum in this beginner workshop based on Sakura of America’s how-to series, Manga Start! Try drawing cartoons for the first time or practice basic skills. Supplies provided by Sakura. Plus, win Sakura Manga Start booklets and starter kits giveaways for active participants! Kids and adults welcome!

 

NV – Harley Quinn Signing

Chad Hardin, artist of DC Comics’ Harley Quinn, signs at Velvet Underground Comics & Collectibles on Saturday, August 12th (*new date*) from noon till 4:00 PM.

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Velvet Underground Comics & Collectibles
825 South Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89107
(702) 258-2689

Live From SDCC, It’s DC All Access

DC Booth to Host First-Ever “DC All Access” Live Broadcast Segments, A Countdown to DOOMSDAY CLOCK, A Tour of METAL and the Dark Multiverse, and the World’s Greatest Super Heroes 

 Justice League Movie Cast Signing, Costumes and Props; the Biggest Stars in Comics, an Injustice 2 Game Tournament, and 25th Anniversary Celebrations for Harley Quinn and WildStorm also on tap for San Diego

Press Release:

DC Entertainment brings an expansive program of panels, signings, celebrations and activities to fans attending this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego. From July 19-23, the DC Booth (#1915) will be the place to see the most iconic characters in pop culture, the biggest Hollywood stars and the most groundbreaking titles in comics.

For the first time ever, DC All Access will broadcast live, straight from the DC booth. Once an hour on Thursday and Friday during the show, DC All Access Live will interview some of the biggest names in comics, cover breaking news, and highlight all the excitement of pop culture’s biggest event of the year, as it happens.

On Thursday at Comic-Con, the countdown to DOOMSDAY CLOCK continues with a spotlight panel featuring superstar writer and producer, and DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. Moderated by DC Publisher Dan DiDio, this panel promises to reveal among other things never-before-released details on the highly anticipated comic book series that for the first-time ever brings the greatest heroes and villains from the DC Universe together with the mysterious forces from the Watchmen Universe this November. Johns will also appear in the DC booth for an exclusive fan signing Friday at 1:30pm.

Also on Friday, get the inside scoop on the publishing event that will rock comic book fans to the core when DARK NIGHTS: METAL, written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo, makes its debut in August, setting the stage for the upcoming DARK MATTER line of comic books in 2018. The best-selling talent team of Snyder and Capullo will join the top names in comics – including some surprise guests – to share more details about summer’s must-read Batman event and this new, artist-driven line of comic books at Friday’s DC Dark Metal/Dark Matter Panel. Snyder and Capullo will also greet fans during a signing in the DC booth Saturday at 3pm.

As anticipation builds for November’s Justice League movie, DC’s booth will feature a spectacular display of new costumes and props from the highly-anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures film. The booth will also host one of the biggest events of Con weekend: a can’t-miss cast signing featuring Justice League stars on Saturday.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most beloved Super-Villain/Anti-Heroes in history – Harley Quinn! First making her appearance in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, the hilarious, terrifying and iconic Dr. Harleen Quinzel has gone from sidekick of The Joker to a full-fledged comic book and pop culture superstar. Harley will be celebrated by her co-creator Paul Dini, and a line-up of top artists and writers who have helped keep Harley in our hearts for a quarter of a century, including artists Amanda Conner, Frank Cho, and Chad Hardin.

The enduring legacy of WildStorm will be the subject of an in-depth, 25th anniversary panel in which WildStorm founder, DC Publisher, and acclaimed artist Jim Lee joins Adam Archer, Ryan Benjamin, Lee Bermejo, J. Scott Campbell, Carlos D’Anda, Sandra Hope, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair and Scott Williams to honor the groundbreaking stories and characters from WildStorm. With the impending release of WILDSTORM: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS on August 23, this panel of celebrated creators takes a look back at some of the biggest moments in WildStorm’s history, alongside its revival in the ongoing DC pop-up imprint curated by Warren Ellis.

At the Vertigo panel, join Academy Award® winning screenwriter John Ridley as he discusses the first issue debut of THE AMERICAN WAY: THOSE ABOVE AND THOSE BELOW. As R­­­­­­idley returns to the epic series and to hero Jason Fisher ten years later, the critically-acclaimed writer of 12 Years A Slave dives into how the sequel explores historically significant sociopolitical and racial themes still relevant today. Vertigo fan-favorite writers Paul Dini (DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY) and Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE) will also be on hand to discuss their successful tenures with this genre-defying imprint.

The DC booth will also feature an incredible array of never-before-seen items from Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Collectibles, including the latter’s new series of quirky and offbeat vinyl statues, DC Artists Alley. And for the selfie takers, the DC booth will host an array of appearances and autograph sessions with some of the best artists and writers in comics nearly every hour of the Con.

DC’s booth will once again feature the popular interactive green screen where Con fans pose in backgrounds featuring their favorite DC characters from comics, films and games, including Harley Quinn from DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, Batman: The Animated SeriesDC Super Hero GirlsJustice League movie cast and a surprise reveal on Friday. The booth will also be the place to be to witness the most jaw-dropping cosplay at the Con! Be there for awesome cosplay meet ups every day of the convention.

Always the most hilarious hour at the Con, the MAD Magazine panel led by longtime editor John Ficarra and his “Usual Gang Of Idiots” will offer a ridiculous peek at what’s happening at the magazine.

For gamers at SDCC, the DC booth will host a tournament for Injustice 2, the bestselling and critically acclaimed new game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, NetherRealm Studios and DC. Tournament on stage action will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Graphitti Designs (Booth #2314) will once again carry highly collectible, exclusive variant comic books available for SDCC attendees only. All titles will be on sale beginning on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 19, in limited quantities.

Check out the DC All Access mobile app for a complete list of panels, a schedule of signings, behind-the-scenes coverage and in-depth interviews directly from DC’s web series, “DC All Access.” The app is available as a free download at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

MA – Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl Signing

Guest comic book artists and creators Craig Rousseau and Rich Woodall appear at That’s Entertainment on Saturday, July 15th, 1:00 – 5:00 PM to sign purchased copies of their co-created comic book Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl. Trade paperback copies of the book will be available for sale at the artists’ table, along with prints and other merchandise. Guests are welcome to ask for signatures on other works by the artists as well. Guests are also encouraged to ask for one free head sketch from each artist.

Craig Rousseau has been a comic book artist and writer for over twenty years. During his career, Rousseau has worked for various comic book publishers, but is best known for his work on DC Comic titles, such as Harley Quinn, Batman Beyond and Impulse. He also worked on Disney Adventures (Kim Possible), Beckett (Ruule: Kiss and Tell, Ronin Hood of the 47 Samurai, The Cobbler’s Monster), Image Comics (Tellos: The Last Heist, Tales of Tellos, Invincible Handbook, Monster Pile-up) and Marvel Comics’ Creative Services.

Rich Woodall has been writing and drawing comics for the past twenty-five years, working on Creator Owned Projects like Johnny Raygun, Zombie Bomb, and his Patreon site featuring Sgt. Werewolf. He’s also contributed to Image, Dark Horse, and IDW comics, on titles such as Tellos, The Perhapanauts, Savage Dragon, Invincible, TMNT, and Madman.

Manager Pete Beaudoin says, “Some of my favorite comic books are creator-owned because they expose the full range of talent behind the creator. It’s a more intimate look into their process and ideas.”

That’s Entertainment, located at the corner of Lois Lane and Park Ave. in Worcester, MA, is a pop culture emporium which specializes in everyone’s “geek.” Checkout their wide variety of comics, vinyl records, vintage and modern video games and systems, anime, collectible card games, role-playing games, board games, sports cards, memorabilia, toys, posters, and so much more!

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244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 755-4207

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2017 Report!

Chicago. I had been there before. It was 2014, and the occasion was Wizard World. April 2017 was my second trip to the city that the poet Carl Sandburg called “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, / Stacker of Wheat, / Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; / Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders.” Railroads are no longer America’s arteries, and big shoulders are now an 80s fashion relic, but I, like Sandburg, “have seen painted women / under the gas lamps / luring the farm boys.”

   

Such women in Chi-Town can mean only one thing: the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2. I went with my convention buddy John, whom you will remember from Spooky Empire, Minneapolis Wizard World, and Florida Supercon. We stayed at the Congress Plaza Hotel. Opened in 1893 in anticipation of the World’s Columbian Exposition–i.e., the Chicago World’s Fair–the place was a blend of grand and shabby. John likened it to “the Stanley Hotel meets Super 8.”

We grabbed some dinner and walked around downtown, which was eerily empty for a Thursday evening. I saw a few people with the telltale Pokémon shirts, beanies, and/or Barbossa beads and thought: convention goers. Things would heat up the next day and be full-bore by Saturday. John was looking forward to panel discussions and stellar cosplays. I had my usual assortment of books to be signed.

One thing going to conventions with John has taught me is the value of the convention app (if there is one). I still like the printed program of course–great for signatures. But John always downloads the app because it is (1) updated in real time, (2) doesn’t require him to keep up with something else, and (3) makes him feel tech wizard-y. And the C2E2 app is sweet! It has autograph schedules, prices, and locations for every celebrity. The prices were an especially nice feature. Most conventions don’t post these in advance, which makes budgeting for the weekend Mulvaney-esque.

Another innovation was getting my badge in the mail. If you read my first DragonCon report, then you know my acrimony regarding registration lines. John agrees: “Just charge an extra 40 cents and mail everyone’s badge.” How satisfying it was to open an envelope in February, slide out my shiny badge, and reflect on at least one queue not in my future.

Of course, it is impossible to avoid lines altogether. It is an axiom that, no matter which line I choose–supermarket, toll road, ATM, wherever–it will the line with problems: a technical malfunction, say, or a non-English-speaking customer, or an employee who skipped training. At conventions, I am similarly thwarted. Steve Blum was scheduled to sign at 11:00am on Friday, which was great. Fridays are the least crowded days, making them best for autographs–except this Friday. All around me, guests were meeting fans, posing for pictures, translating Celtic texts, building additions onto homes. Meanwhile, I waited. And waited. Blum’s line grew longer than the Santa Fe Trail, and still I waited. The con staff began setting up his booth at 11:50, suggesting he would arrive at 12:00 rather than the advertised 11:00. In fact, it was almost 1:00 when he got there.

Autograph lines. Look closely, and you’ll see me with a floor-length beard.

Rob Liefeld was also late, though not as egregiously. His line would have been long anyway–everbody loves Robert–but there was a new thing complicating it: VIP clients. For $125 in advance ($160 on-site), you would get two signed exclusive comics, one signed Deadpool print, one autograph ticket for your own item, and a picture with Liefeld. He is a quick signer, and friendly without being effusive, which moves the line along. But it is a gut punch to get aaaaaaalmost to the table and be superseded by a group of VIPs. I said there should be VIP signing times and non-VIP signing times, but John argued that would dilute the perks of being a VIP, one of which is the freedom not to have to visit the booth at a specific time.

Those who eschewed the VIP ticket could choose from Liefeld’s a la carte menu.

The growing practice of comic creators charging for autographs has been discussed a lot lately. I don’t mind a blanket charge because, as Dan Seitz argues, “sign your name a hundred times in a row. It’s simple work, but it’s work. You pay people for work.” I do mind creators charging more for a CGC-witnessed signature. Is it more work to write your name when a third party is watching? And charging more to sign a more valuable book like New Mutants #98 is merely a money grab. After all, a number of market forces affect secondary value that have little to do with the quality of the product.

But I care less about cost than about time, the latter of which is more precious and fleeting at a convention. Memo, then, to all creators and celebrities: don’t be late to your signings! The convention is your job for a particular weekend. Do your job. I cannot conceive of any legitimate reason for a guest who is in a city where they have no other business and is staying at a hotel across the street to be unable to make an 11:00am appointment. I am at this convention to meet you, be enthralled by you, and then carry your name across the land. Hard to do that when you’re a no-show Jones.

As for the rest of the convention, it was a delight. C2E2 is big–70,000+ attendees–but the open floor plan gives plenty of space, so I never felt pinioned. The dealer room had all the comics dealers together, all the anime dealers together, all the T-shirt dealers together, etc., which made shopping go smoother. The family area had games, a play space, chairs for adults to rest, and circus performers. The selection of comic creators was spectacular–Stan Lee, Frank Miller (too bad he was there Saturday only and sold-out), Greg Rucka, Rob Liefeld, Matt Wagner, and some who don’t do many conventions anymore, like Dan Jurgens. There were fewer actors than I expected, but this reinforces the focus of C2E2–comic and entertainment, not the other way around. John said there weren’t enough panels and seminars for a convention this size, but the ones he attended were good. His favorite dealt with using comics to boost literacy and teach science. Finally, there was a larger selection of (over-priced) food vendors than I find at most conventions.

If you’ve never been to Chicago, go. And if you’ve never been to C2E2, go. Most conventions are run by small nonprofits, who are exposed as amateurs in a number of ways, but the power of ReedPOP ups the professionalism. Despite three different volunteers being unable to tell me where Frank Miller’s autograph sessions would be held, I found C2E2 to be well-managed, well-marketed, and an all-around pleasure.

Want to see more images from C2E2? Here you go!

“Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse / and strong and cunning.”

 

Must. Catch. Train.

 

I always wanted to be an Ivy League graduate.

 

Look at that chicken . . . and the two cosplayers beside him.

 

At least I didn’t have to queue to see Q.

 

Strangely enough, John lost his voice after this picture with the Sea Witch.

 

“Wait’ll they get a load of me.”

 

“Sure, honey, I’ll go get your purse from the car. Be right back.”

 

Some people put a lot of thought into their cosplays. Others just wing it.

 

Two big reasons to go to C2E2 are . . . um . . .

 

C2E2 just goes on . . .

 

and on . . .

 

and on.

 

Cosplay Central: the heroes behind the heroes

 

Chicago is cold enough without this guy being in town.

 

MA – Billy Tucci Signing

Writer/artist Billy Tucci (SHI, Sgt. Rock, Heroes for Hire) appears at That’s Entertainment on Friday June 23rd from 4:30 – 7:30 PM to sign comics and prints as well as drawing sketches.

Billy will also appear that weekend at Massive Comic Con at the DCU Center. Discounted tickets are available at the link.

Press Release:

That’s Entertainment of 244 Park Ave., Worcester, MA invites comic books fans to meet widely revered comic book artist and creator Billy Tucci on Friday, June 23rd, 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Best known for his creator-owned comic book Shi, Tucci will be welcoming fans to his table for friendly chat as he signs purchased copies of comics and prints. Attendees may bring items to be signed by the artist, or purchase prints directly from his table. He will also be drawing free head-sketches for kids twelve and under, and taking commissions from adults. This is a free all-ages event; however, some art prints and books may be for mature audiences only.

Working from a one-bedroom apartment in 1994, Billy Tucci self-published the comic property Shi. Shi is a female Japanese warrior character, who also made several crossover appearances in Daredevil, Wolverine, Witchblade, and other popular comic titles. According to Tucci, over 4 million Shi comics have been sold worldwide, along with a vast array of related merchandise, resulting in gross revenues of over 25 million dollars to date. Some may have seen Tucci’s artwork in notable comic book titles such as Marvel’s Heroes for Hire and DC’s Sgt. Rock.

Tucci will be selling prints for $20.00 each (buy two get one free), and Suicide Squad #1 with limited edition variant Tucci covers ($20.00 each). Head shot sketches will be drawn upon request. Head shots are in full color, and can be drawn on sketch covers or art board ($60.00 each).

Marketer Sorana Gatej says, “I remember Tucci’s Shi comic book from when I was just getting into comics back in the 90s. The artwork was beautiful and the character was intriguing. It’s no wonder why the comic is still talked about to this day.”

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244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 755-4207

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