Dark Horse Comics Announces SDCC 2018 Signing & Panel Schedule

Press Release: 

Visit Dark Horse Comics at San Diego Comic-Con to meet some of your favorite creators and get your hands on some free swag, such as comics, pins, posters, and more! Get colorin’ on our communal coloring wall and purchase your favorite coloring book! The wall will feature pages from the #DHColors Coloring Book line. Canvases will vary throughout the weekend, but will include pages from The Legend of Korra Coloring Book, Avatar: The Last Airbender Coloring Book, The Witcher Adult Coloring Book, Steven Universe Adult Coloring Book, Adventure Time Coloring Book, HALO Adult Coloring Book, and others. Check out our signings and panels, too!

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

DARK HORSE SDCC SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREEFREE 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, unless otherwise noted. 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 Mike Mignola for Hellboy; the other showcases art from Stranger Things by Aleksi Briclot, Kyle Lambert and Rafael Albuquerque. The following abbreviations indicate the location of each signing:
    HB = Hellboy Signing Stage ST = Stranger Things Signing Stage
  • All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

THURSDAY, JULY 19

11:00-11:45 AM:  HB  FEMINA AND FAUNA, HELMETGIRLS: Camilla d’Errico

12:00-12:45 PM:  HB  FINAL FANTASY, VAMPIRE HUNTER D, THE SKY: Yoshitaka Amano***

12:00-12:45 PM:  ST  ROME WEST: Justin Giampaoli, Matthew Taylor

2:00-2:45 PM:  HB  BLACKWOOD: Veronica Fish, Andy Fish

2:00-2:45 PM:  ST  STRANGER THINGS, STARCRAFT: SCAVENGERS: Jody Houser

3:00-3:45 PM:  HB  THE SHAOLIN COWBOY, LEAD POISONING, THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT: Geof Darrow

3:00-3:45 PM:  ST  CALL OF DUTY: Jason Blundell, Craig Houston, E.M. Gist

4:00-4:45 PM:  HB  LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones

5:00-5:45 PM:  HB  ELFQUEST: Wendy Pini, Richard Pini

5:00-5:45 PM:  ST  SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Cecil Castellucci

6:00-6:45 PM:  HB  MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: Todd Nauck, Felicia Day, Michael Heisler***

6:00-6:45 PM:  ST  EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Rob Reger, Buzz Parker

FRIDAY, JULY 20

10:00-10:45 AM:  HB  USAGI YOJIMBO: Stan Sakai

11:00-11:45 AM:  ST  BANDETTE, COLDER, THE WITCHER, PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin
BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover

12:00-1:30 PM:  HB  DR. HORRIBLE’S SING-ALONG BLOG REUNION: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day***

12:00-12:45 PM:  ST  EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: Jim Sullos

2:00-2:45 PM:  HB  DISNEY / PIXAR THE INCREDIBLES 2 #1: CRISIS IN MID-LIFE! & OTHER STORIES: Landry Q. Walker

2:00-2:45 PM:  ST  BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire

3:00-3:45 PM:  ST  HALO: Alex Irvine, Tyler Jeffers, Jody Houser, Jonathan Wayshak

3:30-4:30 PM:  HB  BERGER BOOKS: Karen Berger, Richard Bruning, Ann Nocenti, Christopher Cantwell, Dave Gibbons, Dean Haspiel, G. Willow Wilson

4:00-4:45 PM:  ST  AMERICAN GODS: MY AINSEL: Scott Hampton, David Mack, Jennifer T. Lange

4:30-5:15 PM:  HB  HELLBOY: Mike Mignola

5:00-5:45 PM:  ST  BIOWARE: Matthew Goldman (Creative Director, Dragon Age), Mike Gamble (Lead Producer, Anthem)

6:00-6:45 PM:  HB  GOD OF WAR: Tony Parker, E.M. Gist, Corey Barlog

SATURDAY, JULY 21

10:00-10:45 AM:  HB  PROJECT TBA: G. Willow Wilson

11:00-11:45 AM:  HB  THE SEEDS: Ann Nocenti

12:00-12:45 PM:  ST  STRANGER THINGS, STARCRAFT: SCAVENGERS: Jody Houser

1:00-1:45 PM:  HB  THE ALCOHOLIC: Dean Haspiel

1:00-1:45 PM:  ST  NEIL GAIMAN’S A STUDY IN EMERALD: Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone

2:00-2:45 PM:  HB  SHE COULD FLY: Christopher Cantwell

3:00-3:45 PM:  ST  GO TEAM VENTURE! THE ART AND MAKING OF THE VENTURE BROS.: Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick, Ken Plume***

4:00-4:45 PM:  ST  HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE SERPENT’S HEIR: Richard Hamilton

4:30-6:00 PM:  HB  XERXES: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DARIUS AND THE RISE OF ALEXANDER, SIN CITY, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARTHA WASHINGTON IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Frank Miller, Alex Sinclair***

SUNDAY, JULY 22

11:00-11:45 AM:  HB  ELFQUEST: Wendy Pini, Richard Pini

11:00-11:45 AM:  ST  EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

12:00-12:45 PM:  ST  TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN: Shannon Wheeler

12:30-1:15 PM:  HB  THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS: Hope Nicholson, Maia Kobabe, Dylan Edwards, Megan Kearney

2:00-2:45 PM:  ST  BIOWARE: Matthew Goldman (Creative Director, Dragon Age), Mike Gamble (Lead Producer, Anthem)

2:00-3:30 PM:  HB  FINAL FANTASY, VAMPIRE HUNTER D, THE SKY: Yoshitaka Amano***

DARK HORSE SDCC PANEL SCHEDULE

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

THURSDAY, JULY 19

11:00 AM-12:00 PM:  Growing Up with Comics: Introducing Younger Readers to Graphic Storytelling (Room: 23ABC)

Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Sergio Aragonés (Groo), Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), and Landry Q. Walker (Disney / Pixar The Incredibles 2: Crisis in Mid-Life! & Other Stories) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!

3:00-4:00 PM:  Spotlight on Jeff Lemire (Room: 25ABC)

Comic-Con special guest Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Descender, Gideon Falls) and veteran comic book editor Will Dennis discuss Lemire’s various creator-owned projects and for the first time preview both the upcoming Family Tree and Ascender! Panel will feature Dustin Nguyen (Batman, Descender) and a Q&A session.

5:00-6:00 PM:  Across the Editor’s Desk: A Day in the Life of Comics Unsung Heroes (Room: 23ABC)

Have you always wondered what a comic book editor does? Do you think you have what it takes to become a comics industry professional? Dark Horse wants to give you insight on breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher! Join Dark Horse editors for a rare behind the panels look at the secrets to breaking into the industry and building successful comic and graphic novel programs.

FRIDAY, JULY 20

10:00-11:00 AM:  Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Reunion (Room: Hall H)

In 2008, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog became a beloved web-series. The show tells the story of Dr. Horrible (played by Neil Patrick Harris), an aspiring supervillain; Moist (Simon Helberg), Dr. Horrible’s minion; Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion), his nemesis; and Penny (Felicia Day), their shared love interest. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this popular show by joining creator Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, and Maurissa Tancharoen for a lively discussion and celebration!

11:00 AM-12:00 PM:  Thirty Years of Dark Horse Manga (Room: 23ABC)

Come celebrate Dark Horse’s 30 years of manga with special panel guest Yoshitaka Amano! One of the most honored Japanese fantasy, science fiction, and video game illustrators, Dark Horse has released more works in English by Amano than any other publisher. We’ll have previews of our forthcoming illustrated biography of Yoshitaka Amano—and of course, a discussion of his life and career with the book’s subject, the artist himself!

2:30-3:30 PM:  Spotlight on Mike Mignola (Room: 24ABC)

Comic-Con special guest Mike Mignola discusses Hellboy and anything else the audience wants to talk about regarding his career.

5:00-6:00 PM:  Berger Books: The Second Wave (Room: 25ABC)

Berger Books keeps great comics coming in its second wave of new and unusual genre-bending series! Editor Karen Berger (Vertigo founder) is joined by Christopher Cantwell, co-creator of AMC’s acclaimed Halt and Catch Fire (She Could Fly), Dean Haspiel, Emmy Award-winning artist of HBO’s Bored to Death (The Alcoholic), legendary comics writer Ann Nocenti (The Seeds), art director Richard Bruning, and the one and only Dave Gibbons (The Originals) plus a special surprise guest and announcement!

SATURDAY, JULY 21

2:30-3:30 PM:  Spotlight on Yoshitaka Amano (Room 24ABC)

Join Comic-Con International in honoring one of the most recognized Japanese artists of the last half-century, Yoshitaka Amano. Amano’s storied career spans decades with thousands of works including Final Fantasy, Vampire Hunter D, and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: The Dream Hunters. Amano will delight fans by live drawing some of his original characters and will participate in a brief Q&A.

3:00-4:00 PM:  Artists Who Write: The Craft and Creation of Comics (Room: 7AB)

Whether it’s a superhero adventure, a colorful fantasy world, an ultra-violent crime noir, or a new take on an old classic, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join an all-star lineup of Dark Horse creators including Frank Miller (Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, Sin City), Dave Gibbons (The Originals, The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Wendy Pini (ElfQuest), and Rafael Albuquerque (EI8HT) as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh.

6:00-7:00 PM:  ElfQuest – 40 Years of Pointed Ears (Room 23ABC)

2018 wraps up 40 years of ElfQuest with the biggest bang ever. Celebrate the longest-running indie fantasy comic with Wendy Pini (ElfQuest, Masque of the Red Death), and Richard Pini (ElfQuest, Line of Beauty), co-creators, writers and artist. Learn behind-the-scenes secrets that have been hidden since 1978 and see the clues that were placed decades ago. Take an emotional journey down memory lane. The conclusion of the Final Quest series has taken fandom by storm, and you’ll be able to bombard Wendy and Richard with all the questions you’ve been saving up for years!

SUNDAY, JULY 22

11:00 AM-12:00 PM:  The Secret Loves of Geeks (Room: 32AB)

Vita Ayala (comics writer, The Wilds), Ivan Salazar (PR, comiXology), Maia Kobabe (cartoonist, Genderqueer), Hope Nicholson (editor, The Secret Loves of Geeks) and Dylan Edwards (cartoonist, Transposes) discuss the genesis behind The Secret Loves of Geeks anthology, how vulnerable writing and comics are needed, and the new projects they are working on next. Moderated by Dustin Nelson.

10:00-11:00 AM:  Spotlight on Rafael Albuquerque (Room: 24 ABC)

3:00-4:00 PM:  Spotlight on Ann Nocenti (Room: 4) 

MoCCA Arts Festival Announces 2018 Programming

Press Release:

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce a robust and distinguished programming schedule for the 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 7-8. This year’s programming will take place at the beautiful Ink48 Hotel (653 11th Avenue at 48th street), steps away from our primary venue, Metropolitan West at 639 West 46th Street.

Organized by Best American Comics Series Editor Bill Kartalopoulos, this year’s programming includes spotlight sessions with all of this year’s MoCCA Guests of Honor: New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, Argentine cartoonist LiniersMARCH co-creators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, and Hellboy comics artist Mike Mignola.

Featured guest Jaime Hernandez will also take the stage in a spotlight session, alongside a pair of focused conversations among our distinguished international guests. Max de Radiguès and Anna Haifisch will discuss the international comics scene, and Yvan Alagbé and Dominique Goblet will trace points of connection in their recent work.

Focused panel discussions will address topics including a conversation about comics, community and career hosted by Nicole J. Georges with Jennifer Camper, Kat Fajardo,and Ariel Schrag, as well as a discussion of political cartooning and current events hosted by Marymount Manhattan College professor Kent Worcester with artists Steve Brodner, Mr. Fish, Ann Telnaes, and Eli Valley. Other panels will feature luminaries including Patrick McDonnell, Françoise Mouly, Gary Panter, Mark Siegel, Lauren Weinstein and more.

A programming schedule can be found online for Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, or may be downloaded here. Each programming event will last one hour, with a half hour break between programming events. Admission to programming is included with MoCCA Arts Festival admission. All seating is available on a first come-first served basis. Price of admission is $7 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under ten are free. More information about the Fest can be found here.

About the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators and its Museum of Illustration together comprise America’s longest-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration. The mission of SI/MI is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration and its history and evolving nature through exhibitions and educational programs.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education. The 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 7-8th, 2018 at Metropolitan West in New York City with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).

Rose City Comic Con 2018 Tickets Go On Sale March 15th

Press Release:

With guests Felicia Day (The GuildSupernaturalDr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), John Barrowman (ArrowTorchwoodDoctor WhoLegends of Tomorrow), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), and Jody Houser (Mother Panic) already announced, you know 2018’s Rose City Comic Con is going to be amazing. Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 15th to get your passes as soon as they’re available. We’ll be announcing more special guests after tickets are on sale, so be sure to check our social media channels in the coming weeks.

For further details, please visit the Rose City Comic Con website: www.rosecitycomiccon.com

NYC – The Art of Mike Mignola: Hellboy and Other Curious Objects

Press Release:

The Museum of Illustration at The Society of Illustrators presents THE ART OF MIKE MIGNOLA: Hellboy and Other Curious Objects, a selection of works from Mike Mignola, comic artist and writer behind the award-winning Dark Horse Comics series Hellboy, on display March 6 – April 21.

In this specialized exhibit, Mignola reveals some of his best pieces, providing viewer a look into his dark, spectral perspective. With his easily recognizable style of thin lines, unwieldy shapes, and heavy use of black forms, Mignola has amassed a large following of avid readers of his best-selling graphic novels.

In 1982, hoping to find a way to draw monsters for a living, he moved to New York City and began working for Marvel Comics. During the 1990’s, after developing his iconic technique, Mignola moved to Dark Horse Comics, where he created his signature Hellboy series, a collection of comic books and graphic novels that chronicles the fate of a half-demon occult detective who may or may not be the Beast of the Apocalypse.

In this exhibit, the Society will feature highlights from his fan-favorite Hellboy series, as well as other spin-off titles including work from B.P.R.D., Abe Sapien, and Witchfinder. The Society is also pleased to feature samples from his award-winning comic books including the Eisner Award winner The Amazing Screw-On Head
(Dark Horse Comics) as well as Baltimore, or,The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire (Bantam Spectra), co-written by best-selling author Christopher Golden. This special exhibit will include an array of comic pages, covers, and rarely seen original paintings by Mignola.

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Tuesday, March 6th, beginning at 6:30 PM.

In addition, Mike Mignola will be a Guest of Honor at this year’s MoCCA Arts Festival. This 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, draws over 8,000 attendees each year. Held on April 7 and 8, the Fest will include speaking engagements, book signings, and parties. Further scheduling for Mignola’s appearances including a panel talk and book signings will be available in future announcements.

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
212-838-2560

Hillsboro Library Comics Fest 2018

February 13, 2018 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Oregon

Press Release:

Join the Hillsboro Public Library for two afternoons of graphic novel and comic presentations and events. Dark Horse Comics’ Chris Roberson (Hellboy, Serenity, iZombie) and Patric Reynolds (Hellboy, Aliens) will be keynote speakers. Costumes are welcome! Check out the two-day schedule below.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24TH

10:00 – 11:45 AM
Come mingle and get your merch signed!

11:00 – 11:45 AM
Collaboratory – Create your own superhero power bands

12:00 PM
Event Room – Creating Comics for Children
Community Room – Cosplay: What is it, and how can I get involved?

1:00 PM
Event Room – Latinx Voices in Comics with Terry Blas
Community Room – Crowdfunding and Marketing Your Comic with Justin Reuff

2:00 – 3:30 PM
Event Room – Chris Roberson, Keynote

3:30 PM
Event Room – Creating Comics for Teens with John Dover, Justin Reuff

4:30 PM
Event Room – Superheroes: Creating a Hero’s World with John Dover
Community Room – Artist Renderings: From Concept to Published Pages with Patric Reynolds

5:30 PM
Show off your costumes, play board games, and meet like-minded comic aficionados!

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 25TH

10:00 – 11:45 AM
Come mingle and get your merch signed!

11:00 – 11:45 AM
Community Room – Comics and Higher Education

12:00 PM
Event Room – Evolution: Creating a New Series with Joe Keatinge, Joshua Williamson, Chris Sebela, and James Asmus (Image Comics)
Community Room – Villians: Creating a Nemesis for Your Hero! with Patric Reynolds, Jon Dover

1:00 – 2:30 PM
Event Room – Patric Reynolds, Keynote

2:30 PM
Event Room – Working for the Big Publishers: What It’s Like to Work with DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse with Patric Reynolds, Alin Silverman
Collaboratory – Cosplay and the Collaboratory

3:30 PM
Event Room – Do You See Yourself in Comics?
Community Room – Comics and the Power of Intellectual Freedom with Charles Brownstein, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

4:30 PM
Event Room – Digital Comics: How to Create Online Comics with Kel McDonald
Community Room – Building a Comic Book from the Ground Up with Jon Dover, Dan Schaefer

5:30 PM
Show off your costumes, play board games, and meet like-minded comic aficionados!

RSVP on Facebook!

Hillsboro Public Library
2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 615-6500

CA – Mike Mignola Appearance

Mike Mignola, veteran and critically acclaimed comic book artist/writer and creator of Hellboy, will be visiting LMU in room 310 of the Com Arts building on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 PM. So in case you want to learn more about character design/world building/etc from a veteran of the industry, feel free to check it out!

RSVP on Facebook!

Loyola Marymount University
1 Lmu Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 338-2700

 

Long Beach Comic Expo 2018 Programming Schedule

Long Beach Comic Expo 2018 has announced their programming schedule for next weekend’s convention on February 17-18th! Highlights include a spotlight on Don McGregor, Strangers Things’ Joe Keery, a trivia showdown with Mark Waid, animation legend Andrea Romano, and an examination of the Black Panther’s big screen debut.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH

COMICS, COMICS, COMICS! (ROOM 103AB)

11:00am – 12:00pm
Geeks Got Your Back

Anti-harassment has become a hot topic within the geek community over the last several years. Whether it is anti-harassment policies or grassroots awareness (such as Cosplay Is Not Consent), more and more geeks are looking for ways to make the geek community a better place to everyone. Come join us as we discuss ways in which we can all just be a little more excellent to each other.

12:00pm – 1:00pm
King of the Jungle: Don McGregor Spotlight

Acclaimed writer Don McGregor, whose groundbreaking work on Black Panther including titles such as JUNGLE ACTION lead to him be one of the inspirations for the current hit Marvel movie. McGregor makes a rare West Coast appearance as LBCE’s first ever Guest of Honor. This spotlight panel explores more than just his Panther work, including SABRE (one of the first-ever graphic novels), RAGAMUFFINS, DETECTIVES, INC., ZORRO, JAMES BOND, and NATHANIEL DUSK!

1:00pm- 2:00pm
Fanbase Press Presents: The Impact of Latinx Creators and Readers on Comics

QUINCE is a 15-issue comics series (being released in English and Spanish) about a teenager who discovers she has superpowers at her quinceañera. COMADRES Y COMICS is a podcast hosted by three Latina women hoping to highlight the role that Latinos have in the comic book industry as creators, consumers, and fans. Join QUINCE creator Sebastian Kadlecik and COMADRES Y COMICS hosts Kristen Parraz, Sara Bazan, and Jennifer Lopez; and journalist/creator Jennifer de Guzman for a discussion and Q&A session moderated by Barbra Dillon (Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief).

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Juicy Ink: Tori Gedvillas Spotlight

An independent illustrator who loves to spread happiness and inspire future artists through her work, Tori Gedvillas has published over 150 videos to YouTube, and amassed a following of over 240,000 on Instagram and 160,000 on YouTube. Working across a wide variety of mediums, Tori uses YouTube and Instagram to share her work and the joy her art-school education has brought her. Discover this unique talent in Tori’s first Long Beach appearance.

3:00pm – 4:00pm
We Are HUMANOIDS: A 20th Anniversary Celebration

Legendary publisher Humanoids comes to Long Beach Comic Expo for the first time ever! Kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of Humanoids’ first publication in the U.S. and learn about the exciting plans we have for the future. New imprints! New creators! New Year! All attendees will be entered into an exclusive raffle for a chance to win free Limited Hardcover editions of some of the hottest Humanoids titles. Moebius? Jodorowsky? How can you resist? The panel will also feature a portfolio review for aspiring creators. Ask yourself… are you a “Humanoid”?

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Shelfing Yourself – Adventures in Self-publishing

Join comics entrepreneurs Buddy Scalera, Dean Haspiel, Barbara Randall Kesel and Neo Edmund for an insider’s view of the joys and perils of making your own books!

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Fanbase Press Presents: Swords, Sandals, Sorcery, and Other Worlds in Comics

A look at the “sword and sandal” genre of stories (once called “peplums”) that was a huge part of popular culture in the 1950s and ’60s – inspired by Ancient Greek and Roman mythologies – and has been reinvigorated in the modern day by the addition of sorcery and other-worldly settings. Fanbase Press Editorials Manager Michele Brittany is joined by creators and experts to discuss the history of the genre and explore its legacy in stories that entertain comic book readers today.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Modern Horror: Stories that Go Bump in the Night

For over half a century, horror comics have told smart, scary, darkly witty stories by some of the best creators in the business. Now some of those creators – including Guest of Honor Don McGregor, HIGH MOON’s David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, and writer Shannon Eric Denton (THE X-FILES)– take part in a ghastly discussion of a genre that includes ATTACK ON TITAN, THE WALKING DEAD, HELLBOY, and more! It might just give you nightmares! Parental discretion is advised.

MAIN STAGE (ROOM 104A)

10:00am – 11:00am
STRANGER THINGS’ Joe Keery VIP Event

An exclusive Q&A event with Long Beach Comic Expo special guest Joe Keery (STRANGER THINGS). *VIP ticket required*

11:00am – 12:00pm
Cosplay Comedy

Cosplay Comedy is a unique comedy show where stand-ups perform their sets in costume and in-character! See your favorite heroes and villains say all the hilarious things you WISH they’d say in pulp and on the screen. Quite possibly the nerdiest and most distinctive comedy show in LA! Featuring some of the geekiest comics from the Los Angeles comedy scene!

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Bat in the Sun Presents!

Take part in a live Q&A with the cast and crew of Bat in the Sun as they talk about upcoming projects including SUPER POWER BEAT DOWN and NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE!

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Plus-Size Cosplay: Helpful Do’s and Don’ts

Learn about proper costume fitting, design, and styles for plus-sized cosplayers, including poses that better work for plus-size people and how to flash up designs and costumes to hide embarrassing areas. We’ll be talking about the overall cosplay designs for all types of larger-sized cosplayers.

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Rise of the On-Screen Black Superhero

Are BLACK PANTHER and BLACK LIGHTNING the new normal or just a momentary trend? And what about other races and ethnicities and the “white washing” seen in recent superhero and science-fiction movies? Join writers Matt Wayne (CANNON BUSTERS), Evan Narcisse (RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER, io9), and Marc Bernardin (CASTLE ROCK, co-host of FATMAN ON BATMAN) in a thought-provoking panel led by journalist Jennifer de Guzman.

3:00pm- 4:00pm
Andrea Romano: Director of a Thousand Voices

An interactive panel with legendary voice and casting director Andrea Romano, an eight-time Emmy Award winner whose decades-long career includes BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, THE LEGEND OF KORRA, JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED, TEEN TITANS, PINKY AND THE BRAIN, and more!

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Ask Mark Waid EVERYTHING

More than just a trivia panel, more than just a spotlight… or is it both? Award-winning comics writer Mark Waid (ARCHIE, AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA, KINGDOM COME, THE FLASH, SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT, and more) will answer any question, from obscure Silver Age Superman trivia to “where do you get your ideas?”

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Am I Allowed To Like ANYTHING? Loving What You Love in the Golden Age of Geek

For fans of superheroes, science fiction, animation, and cosplay, it’s a golden age. But hand-in-hand with geek domination of the popular arts has come a very hostile environment for being openly enthusiastic about your favorite things. You thought JUSTICE LEAGUE was better than THOR: RAGNAROK? Can’t wait to see a Quentin Tarantino STAR TREK? Like Superman better without the red shorts? Join writers and artists (and fellow fans) Mark Waid, Marc Bernardin, Ramon Gil, and Logan Lubera for a guilt-free celebration of the things LBCE and its attendees love most.

7:00pm
Cosplay Contest!

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH

COMICS, COMICS, COMICS! (ROOM 103AB)

11:00am – 12:00pm
Hey! Kids’ Comics!

The creators of some of today’s best-known comics for kids (of all ages) take part in a memorable LBCE panel. MY LITTLE PONY’s Tony Fleecs, recent Eisner Award nominee Norm Harper (RIKKI), and Director of Programming Ivan Cohen (TEEN TITANS GO!) talk about telling stories for some of comics’ most hard-to-please readers.

12:00pm – 1:00pm
BLACK PANTHER: The Writers’ Room

With the release of BLACK PANTHER the week before Long Beach Comic Expo bringing the King of Wakanda to new prominence, we’ve gathered some of the character’s top writers – Expo Guest of Honor Don McGregor (JUNGLE ACTION and the new BLACK PANTHER ANNUAL), CREED co-screenwriter Aaron Covington (BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING), and Evan Narcisse (RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER) – to talk about the excitement and challenges of telling stories of a character whose prominence and presence have gone beyond comics alone.

1:00pm- 2:00pm
To the Stars! Science Fiction

Creators with one foot in both worlds discuss the differences between creating science fiction for comic book projects and other media. With Barbara Randall Kesel, Marc Bernardin, Jennifer DeGuzman, Cecil Castellucci, and David Gallaher.

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Storytelling on the Page

The breakthrough panel from last year’s New Jersey Comic Expo makes its Long Beach debut! Top comic artists work from the same script to demonstrate – in real time – how to break down a comic book story. Gain new insights into how to both write and draw a page from beginning to end. Artists Scott Koblish (DEADPOOL), Drew Johnson (WONDER WOMAN, MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: THE BLACK LAKE), and Steve Ellis (THE ONLY LIVING BOY) work from a script by Frank Tieri (HARLEY QUINN). Hosted by Buddy Scalera (DEADPOOL) of Comic Book School. Sponsored by Marvy/Uchida markers.

MAIN STAGE (ROOM 104A)

11:30am – 12:30pm
How to Get Started in Cosplay at 30, 40, or 50 Years Old

How do I get started in this great hobby? How do I find my character? Where do I find supplies? Steve Gonzales is a 60-year-old cosplayer who has won many awards for his cosplay and wants to share his experience as an older adult starting and creating cosplays and having fun!

12:30pm – 1:30pm
The Webcomics Advocates Present: The Webcomics Gathering

Join a group of experienced web-comics creators – including Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK, WAR CRY) – as they celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics! Any webcomic creators in the audience will get thirty seconds to promote their comic to the crowd. All creators and fans are welcome!

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Politics and Pop Culture

How do politics and popular culture depend on each other? An in-depth discussion explores political satire, comedy sketches, and the world of politics and explores what the interconnections mean for government and pop culture going forward.

2:30pm- 3:30pm
Fanbase Press Presents: STAR WARS: Themes of Legacy

Long ago on a desert planet far, far away, audiences were first introduced to Luke Skywalker and the Jedi legacy that had been passed down through generations. This hero’s journey and its long-lasting impact have resonated with audiences on a grand scale over the past forty years in movies, television, books, comics, and more. Writers from the STAR WARS universe – among them Cecil Castellucci (MOVING TARGET: A PRINCESS LEIA ADVENTURE), legendary artist Michael Golden (who also wrote the recent STAR WARS #38), Chris Thorne (TOPPS’ STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI TRADING CARDS) and Kevin Wetmore (EMPIRE TRIUMPHANT: RACE, RELIGION AND REBELLION IN THE STAR WARS FILMS) – join Fanbase Press Editorials Manager Michelle Brittany for a wide-ranging discussion.

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Cosplay Is not Consent

A panel led by sex-educator Michelle LaBelle featuring burlesque performer Tas Deville, cosplayer The Lady Kaylah, and cosplayer and fashion designer Arilith. This panel will discuss proper personal etiquette while at a convention interacting with cosplayers as well as covering consent awareness/protocol and understanding for all humans out in their personal lives. The world is changing: learn how to support your friends and be part of the solution and not the problem. *Trigger Warning* topics covered will be thorough and potentially graphic.

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Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center each spring. It’s a celebration of comic books and pop culture that 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, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. For more specific information about the show, please check out the FAQ. Long Beach Comic Expo is a MAD Event Management, LLC production.

Visit our website for more information: longbeachcomicexpo.com

HeroesCon 2018 Announces Initial Guest List

Press Release:

HeroesCon 2018 will be held on June 15-17, 2018! We are still confirming guests and updating our website! New guests are added to the list semi-weekly! Get your tickets for the America’s Favorite COMIC Convention today!

2018 Guest List includes:

DAVE AIKINS | SpongeBob, Dora and Friends, Zombies!!!
MATTHEW ALLISON | Cankor Comics
ALEAH BAKER Sonic Universe, Mega Man
ANDY BELANGER Southern Cross, Vampirella, WWE
ANDY BENNETT | Vampire: the Masquerade, The Phantom, Kolchak the Night Stalker 
TAMRA BONVILLAIN | Doom Patrol, Wayward, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
CHUCK BROWN Choosing Sides, BitterRoot, Femme Magnifique
ERIC CANETE | New Avengers: Luke Cage, Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man
BRYCE CARLSON | Editor at Boom Studios, Hit 1955,1957
RICHARD CASE | Spider-Man, Doom Patrol, Hunter: The Age of Magic, Annie Ammo
MICHAEL CHO | Batwoman, Shoplifter, DC/Marvel Cover Artist
RYAN CODY | Doc Unknown, Monstrous, The Phantom 
AARON CONLEY | Sabertooth Swordsman, Rocket Raccoon and Groot, GI JOE 
JAMIE COSLEY Cody the Cavalier, Star Wars Insider
CREATUREBOX | Ratchet & Clank, 9 lives (Spider Kitty), The MONSTER VOLUME
SHAWN CRYSTAL | Mother Panic, Arkham Manor, Scarlet Witch
MARC DEERING | Mother Panic, Arkham Manor, Scarlet Witch
VANESA DEL REY Redlands, Scarlet Witch, Hit 1955, 1957 
ERYK DONOVAN Memetic, Cognetic, Eugenic, Quantum Teens Are Go 
EVAN DORKIN Blackwood, The Eltingville Club, Beasts of Burden, Milk & Cheese, Dork!
SARAH DYER Calla Cthulhu, DC Nation, Beasts of Burden, Action Girl Comics, MAD
IAN FLYNN | Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cosmo
JOSÉ LUÍS GARCIA-LÓPEZ | Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Deadman, Twilight, Atari Force
SCOTT GODLEWSKI | Superman, Batwoman, Copperhead
GENE GONZALES | DC Comics Licensing Artist, Iron Man 2 Cards, Diary of Night
J GONZO La Mano Del Destino
SANFORD GREENE | Power Man & Iron Fist, Runaways, Rotten Apple, Deadpool
ADAM GUZOWSKI | Nailbiter, TMNT Color Classics, Great Divide
JOHN HAIRSTON JR. | 1962: The Age of Marvels
MARCUS HAMILTON | FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY Dennis the Menace
CULLY HAMNER | The Question, Red, Batman
BO HAMPTON | The Once And Future Tarzan, Batman, 3 Devils?
SCOTT HAMPTON | American Gods, Hellboy: Sleeping and the Dead, Batman, Sandman
DUSTIN HARBIN | BEHOLD! The Dinosaurs, DIARY COMICS, DHARBIN!
TONY HARRIS | Blood Blister, Starman, JSA, Ex Machina
ANDY HIRSCH | The Baker Street Peculiars, Varmints, Garfield
NEAL HOLMAN | Archer, Frisky Dingo, Science!, Redline, Sealab2021 
JASON HORN | Aw Yeah Comics, Ninjasaur, Gruff
TINI HOWARD | Assassinistas, Hack/Slash, Rick and Morty
BRIAN HURTT | The Damned, The Sixth Gun, Table Titans
KLAUS JANSON | Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil, Spider-Man
JUSTIN JORDAN Luther Strode, Spread, The Family Trade, Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern
MATT KINDT | Dept. H, Mind MGMT, X-O Manowar
HOPE LARSON | Batgirl, Goldie Vance, Compass South & Knife’s Edge, A Wrinkle in Time
JASON LATOUR | Southern Bastards, Spider-Gwen, Loose Ends, Black Cloud
MINDY LEE | Bounty 
MEGAN LEVENS Angel City, Spell on Wheels, Star Trek
BILL MCKAY Zombie Tramp, Dollface, Vampblade
BOB MCLEOD | New Mutants, Spider-Man, Kraven’s Last Hunt
KEVIN MELLON Archer, Suicide Sisters, Heart, Lovestruck
DAN MENDOZA Zombie Tramp, Dollface, Sad Girl Psycho Baby
JASON MOORE Spook House, Batman Haunted Gotham, The Crusades, Evil Ernie Destroyer
MARK MORALES Avengers, Spider-Man/Deadpool, Invincible
CARY NORD | Conan, X-O Manowar, Eternal Warrior, Mutant X, Daredevil
KEVIN NOWLAN | Dr Strange, Batman, Hellboy, Man-Thing
DAN PANOSIAN | Slots, John Tiffany, Batwing, All Star Western
BRITTANY PEER | TMNTU Karai’s Path, Misfit City, Jonesy
JOE PEKAR | Grimm Fairy Tales, Brandi Bare, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
RAMÓN PÉREZ | Hawkeye, Tale of Sand, Spider-Man
ED PISKOR | Hip Hop Family Tree, X-Men: Grand Designs, Wizzywig, American Splendor: Our Movie Year
JOE PRADO | Blackest Night, Brightest Day, Aquaman, Justice League, Superman
ROD REIS | Damnation, Secret Empire, C.O.W.L., Hadrian’s Wall
MATTHEW ROBERTS Manifest Destiny, Battle Pope: Mayhem
ANDREW ROBINSON | The Fifth Beatle, Dusty Star, Batman, Winter Soldier
ROBSON ROCHA | Green Lanterns, Justice League vs Suicide Squad, Supergirl
ROBBI RODRIGUEZ Spider-Gwen, Frankie Get Your Gun, FBP, Uncanny X-Force 
DON ROSA | The Life and Times of Uncle Scrooge, Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories
MATT SANTORELLI | DC Rebirth, Superwoman, New Super-Man
MATTEO SCALERA | Black Science, Dead Body Road, Ghosted, Hulk, Avengers
DECLAN SHALVEY | Injection, Moon Knight, Deadpool vs Old Man Logan
EVAN “DOC” SHANER | Superman, Future Quest, Flash Gordon, Shazam
HOYT SILVA | Adventures in Crime, Operation: Nemesis, Quatermain: Ghosts of the Nzadi 
KATIE SKELLY | My Pretty Vampire, Twisted Romance, Nurse Nurse, Operation Margarine
ANDY SMITH | Demi-God, Thanos, X-Men, Stormwatch, Wolverine, Superman, Batman
DOMO STANTON | Starbrand & Nightmask, Prez, Deadpool, Chozen
BRIAN STELFREEZE | Black Panther, Day Men, Wednesday Comics, Batman
SARAH STERN | Zodiac Starforce, Goldie Vance, Cindersong
MARCIO TAKARA | All-New Wolverine, Captain Marvel, Armor Wars, Batman
JOHN TIMMS | Harley Quinn
WILFREDO TORRES | Legion, Jupiter’s Circle, The Shadow: Year One, Lobster Johnson, Aliens
LEE WEEKS Batman, Superman, Daredevil, Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man
JOEY WEISER | Mermin, Spongebob Squarepants
KELLY WILLIAMS | Metaphase, Creepy, This Nightmare Kills Fascists
ROBERT WILSON IV Heartthrob, Bitch Planet, Laser Joan, Knuckleheads
TRACY YARDLEY Sonic the Hedgehog, Cosmo, The Adventures of Galaxy Man and Cosmic Girl

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HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

UK – Guillermo Del Toro Signing

Director Guillermo Del Toro (Crimson Peak, Trollhunters, Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth) will be signing copies of The Shape Of Water: Creating A Fairy Tale For Troubled Times at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 17th February from 3:00 to 4:00pm.

Starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon and Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water is an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

CA – The Shape of Water Signing

Actor Doug Jones (Star Trek: Discovery, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) and author Daniel Kraus sign The Shape of Water DVD, soundtrack CD, and novelization at Dark Delicacies on Tuesday, MARCH 13th at 7:00 PM.

Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 556-6660

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