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L.A.’s reputation for attracting “self-makers” isn’t always complimentary. However, in the comics and graphic novels world positives definitely apply. And taking a look at the current Angelenos behind Meltdown University, Uncanny X-Force, and A Wrinkle in Time illustrates who’s coming to L.A. and what they’re making here.
On Tuesday, April 2nd, join The Crawford Family Forum at Hollywood’s NerdMelt Showroom for “Comics, DIY, and the L.A. Effect.” KPCC’s Mike Roe and guest panelists will discuss what place DIY has taken in the comics industry and their own careers, how living in a city with such social, cultural, and even geographical quirks has affected their work; and where they see the L.A. comics/graphic novels scene going in the future.
Sam Humphries is a comic book writer living in Los Angeles. His work includes Uncanny X-Force and The Ultimates (Marvel Comics), and the self-published Sacrifice and Our Love Is Real.
Hope Larson is a cartoonist and comics writer who got her start making mini-comics and selling them at conventions, and posting comics online. Her first graphic novels include Salamander Dream, A Wrinkle in Time, and Who Is AC? (forthcoming).
Jim Higgins is Meltdown University’s founding director/principal instructor, a CalArts and Otis College of Art and Design instructor, and editor/publisher of New Thing (an international short comic stories anthology). He was a DC Comics editor, and worked on the graphic novels A History of Violence, Road to Perdition, and Stuck Rubber Baby.
Mike Roe, KPCC’s pop culture blogger for “Without A Net,” is our resident comics (and comedy) aficionado. He also hosts the Geek Pilgrims podcast and spends most of his free time either performing improv or tweeting.
7:30pm – Doors Open
8:00pm – Program
Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
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Bryan Lee O’Malley and Hope Larson sign at Gosh! Comics on Friday December 7, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm!
The last time we had Bryan Lee O’Malley in our shop was just before he got all gussied up for the red carpet premiere of Scott Pilgrim. That was two years ago so it’s about time we had him back — he still hasn’t seen our fancy new shop! This time he’s joined at the signing table by his phenomenally talented wife, Hope Larson, so you’re getting two great creators for the price of one signing line. It’s all happening on Friday the 7th of December, from 5pm to 7pm and you are invited. Find out who borrowed your Scott Pilgrims, ring them up and demand them back. You need to bring these tea-spattered and much-loved volumes along to Gosh! Comics and you can tell them we said so. But! If you’re new to the world of Larson and O’Malley and have no need to make demanding phonecalls, perhaps you would like to purchase some of these on the day instead:
From the Larson shelf you can have Gray Horses, her first book after the web-syndicated Salamander Dream (which is sadly unavailable), Chiggers, and it’s spiritual successor Mercury. Her latest book is a comics adaptaion of Madeline L’Engle‘s 1962 science-fiction novel, A Wrinkle in Time.
And from O’Malley you can have Lost at Sea, a road trip story from 2003, and all six Scott Pilgrim volumes. And! If you already own all the Scott Pilgrim volumes you might also be tempted at the last minute when you see the new colour hardcover editions — volumes 1 and 2 for £18.99 a pop.
If you can’t make it on the day and would like to request a signed book then send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll sort it out for you.
1 Berwick Street, SoHo, London W1F0DR
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Hope Larson signs at Desert Island on Friday November 30th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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Bryan Lee O’Malley and Hope Larson sign at Page 45 on Sunday 9th December from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm! Details at the link!
9 Market Street, Nottingham NG1 6HY
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Hope Larson signs at Secret Headquarters on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 7:00pm.
3817 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Hope Larson signs at Chapel Hill Comics on Sunday October 7, 2012 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm.
Chapel Hill Comics is proud to announce our next big signing event: On Sunday, October 7, from 2pm until 4pm, cartoonist Hope Larson will sign her new graphic novel adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time!
The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O’Keefe, and the three Mrs-Who, Whatsit, and Which-the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery award-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated. Now, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for old fans and winning over new ones, this graphic novel adaptation is a must-read.
Hope Larson is the author of four graphic novels, including Mercury and Chiggers. Her short comics have been featured on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times and in several anthologies, notably the Flight series and Image Comics’ Tori Amos-inspired Comic Book Tattoo.
Hope has been nominated for cartooning awards in the US, Canada and Europe, and is the recipient of a 2006 Ignatz Award and a 2007 Eisner Award. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Come meet Hope and pick up a copy of the graphic novel! It should be a blast!
Note: This signing takes place during Chapel Hill’s annual downtown festival, Festifall. There will be a lot going on, and it’ll be tons of fun, but you should plan your visit to the store accordingly!
Chapel Hill Comics
316 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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WonderCon Schedule Released, Comics and Hollywood Stars Headline
Event’s 25th Anniversary Promises to Be Most Spectacular to Date
SAN FRANCISCO, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), the parent company of WonderCon, today released the much anticipated program schedule for the event, which will be held Friday through Sunday, April 1–3, at Moscone Center in San Francisco.
The popular convention features every major comic book publisher, as well as major Hollywood movie studios and stars of comics, movies, and television.
“This year’s lineup is pretty spectacular,” commented David Glanzer, WonderCon’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “Programming is always at the heart of our shows, and I think this year’s slate will prove to be among the most exciting yet.”
Originally considered a regional show for Northern California, in recent years WonderCon has followed her sister event, the San Diego Comic-Con, in becoming a full-fledged national show attracting attendees and media from all over the country.
WonderCon 2011 features some of the premier stars of the comics world including Jason Aaron, Sergio Aragones, Berkeley Breathed, Tony Daniel, Mark Evanier, Adam Hughes, Robert Kirkman, Hope Larson, Bob Layton, Paul Levitz, Jeremy Love, Francis Manapul, Carla Speed McNeil, Terry Moore, Ryan Ottley, Joe Quesada, Frank Quitely, Amy Reeder, James Robinson, Seth, Bill Sienkiewicz, Len Wein, F. Paul Wison, Judd Winick, and Marv Wolfman.
Hollywood has a major presence at WonderCon this year as well, joining the action with an exclusive peek at Green Lantern with stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard; a Cowboys & Aliens discussion with director Jon Favreau; a special presentation on the movie Immortals featuring Henry Cavill (the new Superman) and Kellan Lutz; and appearances by V’s Elizabeth Mitchell, Priest’s Paul Bettany, Super’s Rainn Wilson, Human Target’s Mark Valley, and Breaking In’s Christian Slater.
The complete WonderCon programming schedule can be found at http://www.comic-con.org/wc/wc_prog.php. WonderCon ticketing details and additional information about the Comic-Con family of conventions can be found at www.comic-con.org.
WonderCon, one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to San Francisco–based WonderCon each spring, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) each fall. On the web: WonderCon.org, Facebook.com/wondercon, Twitter.com/wondercon.
25th WonderCon Opens for Registration On December 1
Impressive list of special guests includes Kirkman, Levitz, Quesada and Speed McNeil
San Francisco – WonderCon, one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, will open its 2011 attendee registration at 9:00 AM PST on Wednesday, December 1 at www.comic-con.org/wc. Additionally, WonderCon has announced its first slate of special guests for its 25th anniversary show. Robert Kirkman (writer, The Walking Dead, Haunt), Paul Levitz (past president and publisher of DC Comics), Joe Quesada (editor-in-chief, Marvel Comics), Carla Speed McNeil (writer/artist, Finder), are among the 20-plus newly announced special guests from the worlds of comics, fantasy, and horror to appear at the 2011 show.
Part of the Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) family of conventions, WonderCon is a three-day event that has experienced yearly growth both in size and stature since moving to San Francisco in 2003, culminating in welcoming over 39,500 attendees to the 2010 show. The 2011 event will be held April 1–3 at the Moscone Center South in the heart of San Francisco.
“Because of the caliber of guests, exhibitors, and programming, WonderCon has been a ‘must attend’ show on the convention calendar,” said David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for WonderCon. “The level of guests announced for our 25th anniversary certainly reflects that continuing practice.”
WonderCon offers attendees, professionals, and exhibitors the complete convention experience, with a giant exhibit hall, exclusive programming from the top comics publishers in the country, movie and television panels, anime, autographs, games, the masquerade, and portfolio review all under one roof, it’s easy to see why WonderCon has become one of the best conventions in the country.
For a complete rundown of the growing list of special guests at WonderCon, as well as future announcements, please visit www.comic-con.org/wc. The guests confirmed thus far for the 2011 event include:
Jason Aaron (writer, Scalped, Wolverine)
Jason Aaron is an Eisner and Harvey nominated comic book writer whose work includes the critically acclaimed crime series Scalped for Vertigo and celebrated stints on Black Panther, Ghost Rider, and Wolverine: Weapon X for Marvel. He currently writes Wolverine, Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine, and Punisher Max, all for Marvel. Jason lives in Kansas with his wife and two sons.
Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, Groo, MAD magazine)
One of MAD magazine’s longest-running cartoonists (Al Jaffee holds the record) and the creator of that popular dim-witted barbarian Groo, Sergio Aragonés recently ventured into the popular world of The Simpsons, becoming a featured writer/artist in Bart Simpson Comics. A new book, MAD’s Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragonés: Five Decades of His Finest Works, celebrates Sergio’s long history with the humor magazine.
Berkeley Breathed (syndicated cartoonist, Bloom County, Opus)
Berkeley Breathed began drawing Bloom County, a political satire, for college newspapers in the early 1980s. Nationwide recognition came to Breathed with his creation of Opus, an insecure penguin who reflected the political conscience of America. When Bloom County ended, Breathed created Outland, which had a successful four-year run, after which Breathed started Opus, which ran until 2008. Bloom County Complete Library is currently being published by IDW.
Mark Evanier (writer, comics historian, Kirby: King of Comics)
Mark Evanier has been writing professionally since 1969, when he apprenticed with the legendary Jack Kirby and also began writing comic book scripts for Disney. Over the years, he has worked on preexisting characters including Superman, Blackhawk, The New Gods, Tarzan, Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Yogi Bear, and dozens of others. He’s also handled his own co-creations, The DNAgents, Crossfire, Boogeyman, Hollywood Superstars, and The Mighty Magnor, along with collaborating since 1983 with cartoonist Sergio Aragonés on Groo the Wanderer, for which he won a couple of the industry’s coveted Eisner Awards. He is the author of several collections of columns as well as MAD Art, a history of MAD magazine and Kirby: King of Comics, a book about his mentor that won both two prestigious Harvey awards and one more Eisner. He has received three Emmy nominations and an award from the Writers Guild of America for lifetime achievement in animation writing. Mark is currently writing two screenplays for a major studio and writing, producing, and voice-directing the third season of The Garfield Show, which is seen in more than 150 countries.
Adam Hughes (artist, Wonder Woman, Catwoman)
Born on Cinco de Mayo during the Summer of Love, in Riverside, NJ, Adam escaped to Atlanta, Georgia in the early ’90s, when such things were possible. Starting his comics career in 1987, Adam has drawn for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Sideshow Collectibles, and many other companies. He has also done work for Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Joss Whedon’s Mutant Enemy Productions.
Robert Kirkman (writer, The Walking Dead, Haunt)
Robert Kirkman is a New York Times bestselling author who maintains one prerogative in every undertaking: quality. It is Kirkman’s belief that good people who produce good writing and good ideas make comics people love. Kirkman was recently made partner at Image Comics and continues to enliven the industry with refreshing new characters. His bestselling series The Walking Dead has been adapted into a hit TV series by AMC, and his books are among the most popular on the iPhone and iPad’s ”Comics” app. Kirkman recently launched Skybound, an all-new imprint of Image Comics that provides a new generation of comic book creators with the opportunity to publish their original works.
Hope Larson (writer/artist, Mercury, Chiggers)
Hope Larson is the author of four graphic novels, including Mercury and Chiggers. Her short comics have been featured on the op-ed page of the New York Times and in several anthologies, notably Flight and Comic Book Tattoo. She’s currently hard at work on a graphic novel adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, which will be published in fall 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Larson has been nominated for cartooning awards in the U.S., Canada, and Europe and is the recipient of a 2006 Ignatz Award and a 2007 Eisner Award.
Paul Levitz (former president and publisher, DC Comics; writer, Legion of Super-Heroes)
Paul Levitz has been a comics fan (The Comic Reader, winner of two Best Fanzine Comic Art Fan Awards), editor (Batman), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes), and executive (38 years at DC, ending as president & publisher). He has received the Inkpot, Clampett Humanitarian, and ComicsPro Industry Appreciation Awards and serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. His new book, 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, has just been published by Taschen, and his recent comics writing appears in Legion of Super-Heroes and Adventure Comics, as well as collected editions.
Jeremy Love (writer/artist, Bayou)
Jeremy Love is an award-winning writer, illustrator, and animator. His critically acclaimed serialized graphic novel Bayou, from DC/Zuda, was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic and won five Glyph Awards. Making his debut over a decade ago, Love has also worked on creator-owned projects for Dark Horse (Fierce, Shadow Rock), on established properties such as G.I. Joe, Batman, and Fraggle Rock, and on various animated projects.
Francis Manapul (artist, The Flash, Superboy)
Francis Manapul is the current artist on The Flash. His previous work for DC Comics included books such as Adventure Comics, Superman/Batman, and The Legion of Super-Heroes. His work has appeared in various publications from the likes of Aspen Comics, Editions Delcourt, Top Cow Productions, and Devils Due, just to name a few. Francis is also a TV presenter on SyFy’s Beast Legends, in which he and a team of scientists and adventurers travel the globe in search of scientific data to create mythical beasts. Francis was born in Manila, Philippines, and currently calls Toronto, Canada his home.
Carla Speed McNeil (writer/artist, Finder)
Writer/artist Carla Speed McNeil is best known for her award-winning science fiction series Finder. McNeil self-published Finder starting in 1996 and continues the series today on the web, where she moved it in 2005. In 2009, Finder won the Eisner Award for Best Webcomic. The series is currently being reissued by Dark Horse Comics in a series of graphic novels. McNeil’s other work includes illustrating a story arc for Greg Rucka’s Queen & Country. In addition to her Eisner Award, McNeil is also the recipient of the Friends of Lulu Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent in 1997 and the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent in 1998.
Terry Moore (writer/artist, Echo, Strangers in Paradise)
Terry Moore has been writing and drawing critically acclaimed comic books since 1993, beginning with his award-winning classic series Strangers in Paradise. Garnering numerous industry awards and published in 14 languages, Strangers in Paradise remains a fan favorite. Moore’s current ongoing series, Echo, has been widely acclaimed by both fans and professionals. Echo won the Harvey Award for best new series of 2009. Terry has recently enjoyed successful runs writing for Marvel’s Spiderman Loves Mary Jane and Runaways.
Ryan Ottley (artist, Invincible)
Ryan Ottley currently draws Invincible for Image Comics and has done so for the past seven years. Staying completely busy on a monthly book for that length of time doesn’t often allow for other work, but he finds time here and there for the occasional side project. On his list are Superman/Batman Annual #1 for DC and such other Image books as Haunt 1–5 and the one-shots Death Grub and Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark, which doubtfully could ever be topped by another project, so he is considering quitting comics entirely and living off of Grizzly Shark money for the rest of his days. He currently lives in Bountiful, Utah with his wife and son, who would also love the idea of him quitting comics so they could see him once in a while.
Joe Quesada (editor-in-chief, chief creative officer, Marvel Comics; writer/artist, Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil)
Joe Quesada wears many creative hats, as both an acclaimed writer/artist and the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. Joe also serves as chief creative officer for Marvel Entertainment. In this role, he is steward of such legendary characters as Spider-Man, X-Men, Incredible Hulk, and the Fantastic Four. Even with an entire publishing company to run, Quesada keeps his creative hand moving. During his tenure, he’s completed Daredevil: Father, a story dedicated to his father, and illustrated Spider-Man: One More Day, changing the popular web-slinging hero forever. He’s recently completed the bookend to One More Day, One Moment in Time.
Frank Quitely (artist, All Star Superman, Batman and Robin)
Frank Quitely spent the first three years of his career in the independently published anthology Electric Soup. He spent a further two years painting sci-fi strips for the popular UK anthology Judge Dredd Megazine. The next five years were mostly spent at DC, producing work for Paradox Press, Vertigo, DCU and WildStorm, including Flex Mentallo, Batman, JLA, and The Authority. After two years on New-X-Men at Marvel, he headed back to Vertigo for the creator-owned mini-series We3, followed by All Star Superman and Batman and Robin. He currently has several creator-owned projects in the pipeline.
Amy Reeder (artist, Madame Xanadu, Batwoman)
Amy Reeder is best known for her work on Vertigo’s Madame Xanadu, and she is currently drawing covers for Supergirl and interiors alongside J. H. Williams for DC Comics’ Batwoman series. Having gotten her start writing and drawing the graphic novel series Fool’s Gold for Tokyopop, Amy’s art is a fusion between Japanese and American comicking sensibilities. Amy was nominated for three Eisner Awards in 2009 for her work on Madame Xanadu: Best New Series, Best Artist, and Best Cover Artist.
Seth (cartoonist/designer, Palookaville, John Stanley Library)
Seth is the cartoonist behind the painfully infrequent comic book series Palookaville, which in 2010 ceased being a pamphlet and became an annual hardcover. His novels, which have been translated into eight languages, include It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken, Wimbledon Green, and the serialized story George Sprott (1894-1975), which appeared in the New York Times Magazine in 25 installments and has been expanded as a standalone book. As a book designer, Seth has worked on a variety of projects, including The Complete Peanuts, The John Stanley Library, and the two-volume series on Canadian master cartoonist Doug Wright. As an illustrator, Seth has produced commercial works for virtually all of the major Canadian and American magazines. His work frequently appears inside and on the cover of the New Yorker. He lives in Guelph, Ontario with his wife and two cats and rarely leaves his basement.
Bill Sienkiewicz (artist, Elektra: Assassin, Stray Toasters)
Boleslav (William) Bill Felix Robert Sienkiewicz (pronounced sin-KEV-itch) is an Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated artist best known for his innovative redefinition of comic and graphic novel illustration and storytelling from 1980 onward, most notably with Marvel Comic’s Elektra: Assassin and his acclaimed graphic novel Stray Toasters, earning him an international reputation and cult status across media industries. A classically trained painter, Sienkiewicz’s renderings incorporate abstract and expressionist influences and any combination of oil painting, acrylics, watercolor, mixed-media, collage, and even electrical wiring. His work has garnered numerous accolades, most notably a 2004 Eisner Award for DC Comics’ The Sandman: Endless Nights, and 1995 and 1996 Emmy Award nominations for production and character design on the PBS children’s TV series Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
Kevin Smith (writer/director/actor, Chasing Amy; writer, Batman: Widening Gyre)
The popular writer/director of such films as Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Kevin Smith is back at WonderCon! In addition to his movie work, Smith has returned to comics with a pair of Batman miniseries: Batman: Cacophony, and Batman: Widening Gyre). Smith’s Q&A sessions always pack them in wherever he appears; look for another rollicking panel at WonderCon!
Len Wein (writer/editor, Fantastic Four, DC Universe Legacies; creator, Swamp Thing, Wolverine)
Best known as the co-creator of Swamp Thing, Human Target, Wolverine, and the New X-Men, Len Wein has been editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, Disney Comics, and Top Cow Comics and was senior editor at DC Comics. He is noted for long runs writing almost every major character in the business. In TV, Len developed and story-edited the award-winning War Planets: Shadow Raiders, and has scripted more than 60 animated shows, including an Emmy Award for Batman: The Animated Series. In 2008, Len was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. Len currently writes DC Universe: Legacies, which celebrates DC’s 75th anniversary.
F. Paul Wilson (author, Repairman Jack series)
F. Paul Wilson is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of 40-plus books and over 100 short stories spanning horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything between. More than 9 million copies of his books are in print in the U.S., and his work has been translated into 24 languages. He also has written for the stage, screen, and interactive media. His most recent novels are Ground Zero, Jack: Secret Vengeance, and the latest Repairman Jack thriller, Fatal Error. He currently resides at the Jersey Shore; he can be found on the web at www.repairmanjack.com.
Marv Wolfman (writer/editor, Tomb of Dracula, New Teen Titans)
Marv Wolfman has created more characters that have gone on to television, animation, movies and toys than any other comics creator since Stan Lee. Marv is the writer-creator of Blade, the Vampire Hunter, Bullseye (the prime villain in the 2003 movie Daredevil), and the New Teen Titans, which was a runaway hit show on the Cartoon Network. Marv also writes novels; his adaptation of Superman Returns won the industry’s “Scribe” award. His nonfiction book Homeland, The Illustrated History of The State of Israel won the National Jewish Book Award among others.
WonderCon, one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to San Francisco-based WonderCon each spring, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) each fall. On the web: WonderCon.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/wondercon.
Bernie Wrightson, Richard Starkings, David Petersen, Hope Larson and many more comic creators and sci-fi icons sign at the 9th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair on Sept. 26th. See below for more featured guest or the website for more details.
PANEL: “Love Bites” with Adrienne Barbeau–In Conversation with Del Howison
STAGE: SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Pavilion
Movie fans know Adrienne Barbeau best for her performances in “The Fog”, “Escape From New York”, “Creepshow”, “Swamp Thing”, “Back to School”, and “Cannonball Run”. She has a Golden Globe nomination and over 450 screen performances to her credit. Drew Carey fans know her as Oswald’s mom and she starred as Ruthie, the Snake Dancer, on HBO’s fascinating series, “Carnivale”. Adrienne began her writing career with the best-selling memoir “There Are Worse Things I Could Do”. She followed that with “Vampyres of Hollywood” and, now, “Love Bites.”
Among the Ghosts
PANEL: Food For Thought: Vampires, Werewolves & Why We Love to Be Bitten!
STAGE: SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Pavilion
Amber Benson co-wrote and directed the animated web-series Ghosts of Albion with Christopher Golden for the BBC. The duo then novelized the series in two books for Random House. Her first solo novel, “Death’s Daughter,” was published by Penguin in 2009, with a children’s book for Simon and Schuster called “The New Newbridge Academy” to follow in the fall of 2010. As an actress, Benson spent three seasons as Tara Maclay on the cult show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also written, produced, and directed three feature films.
The Unknown Soldier
WHEN: 11:00AM-12:00PM (Panel), 1:40PM-2:00PM (Story Telling), 2:45PM-3:30PM (In Conversation)
PANEL: The Future of Web Comics (Panel), “The Stain” by Joshua Dysart (Story Telling), “Mouse Guard” Creator David Petersen (In Conversation)
STAGE: Comics & Graphic Novels Pavilion (Panel / In Conversation) & The Ghost Story Telling Tent (Story Telling)
Joshua Dysart is an Eisner Award nominated, New York Times Best Selling American comic book writer known for dark themes, humanist horror and a fascination with the roots of violence. He has done work for DC Comics, Vertigo Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Penny-Farthing Press, Virgin Comics and Random House Books.
Shift: A Novel
PANEL: Drug Trade Stories: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
STAGE: Fiction Pavilion
Tim Kring is the creator, an executive producer, and a writer for Heroes. Kring has worked as an executive producer for all four seasons of the show. He began his writing career for the hit TV show Knight Rider in the early 1980s. In 1987 Kring penned Teen Wolf Too alongside Jeph Loeb. He created the hit television shows Crossing Jordan, and Strange World.
PANEL: Femme Fantastic: Cutting Edge Women Writing the YA Graphic Novel
STAGE: Comics & Graphic Novels Pavilion
Hope Larson is the Eisner and Ignatz award-winning author of several graphic novels for young adults. Her most recent book, Mercury, was published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers in April 2010. Upcoming projects include a graphic novel adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time (FSG), and Whois AC (Atheneum), an original graphic novel to be illustrated by cartoonist Tintin Pantoja.
WHERE: H.P. Lovecraft & the Horror of Comics
STAGE: Comics & Graphic Novels Pavilion
Steve Niles is a writer. He writes comics, novels and films. He is one of the writers responsible for bringing horror comics back to prominence. Niles is currently working for the four top American comic publishers – Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse. Currently ongoing at Image is the creator-owned series BAD PLANET with co-writer Thomas Jane and THE CRYPTICS with artist Ben Roman. Everyone’s favorite monster hunter Cal McDonald returns in the monthly CRIMINAL MACABRE series from Dark Horse. And later this year, continuing 30 DAYS OF NIGHT spin-offs and AMERICAN FREAKSHOW return to IDW Publishing.
PANEL: “Mouse Guard” Creator David Petersen In Conversation with Joshua Dysart
STAGE: Comics & Graphic Novels Pavilion
David Petersen was born in 1977. His artistic career soon followed. A steady diet of cartoons, comics, and tree climbing fed his imagination and is what still inspires his work today. David won the 2007 Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 2008, David won the Eisners for Best Publication for Kids (Mouse Guard Fall 1152 & Winter 1152) and Best Graphic Album – Reprint (Mouse Guard Fall 1152 Hardcover). He is the creator of the Mouse Guard series and is excited to be working on projects he dearly loves doing.
Elephantmen Volume 2: Fatal Diseases
PANEL: Down & Dirty Comics: Comics Outside of “The Big Three”
STAGE: Comics & Graphic Novels Pavilion
In 1992 Starkings founded Comicraft, a studio which trains and employs letterers and designers and provides “Unique Design and Fine Lettering” services for comic books from many different publishers. Originally Starkings had intended that the advertisements for these fonts would feature Marvel and DC Comics’ characters, however when he failed to receive the authorisation to do that, Starkings created his own character to illustrate the ads – Hip Flask an anthropomorphic hippopotamus “Information Agent”. Hip Flask has since graduated to his own series of one-shot comic books, published by Active Images. In 2006 Image Comics launched an ongoing prequel series to Hip Flask, Elephantmen, written by Starkings.
Bernie Wrightson is an American artist known for his horror illustrations and comic books. He co-created (with writer Len Wein) the comic character Swamp Thing, and definitively illustrated Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Bernie has also collaborated regularly with author Stephen King, having illustrated The Stand, Cycle of the Werewolf, and Dark Tower V. He’s worked on Spiderman, Batman, and the Punisher, and provided countless covers for all of the major comics publishers. He wrote and drew his own scifi miniseries: Captain Sternn. Recent works include City of Others (Dark Horse), and Dead She Said and The Ghoul (IDW), both co-created with author Steve Niles. As a conceptual artist, Bernie has worked on several well-known films, including Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, Spider-Man, Land of the Dead, and Frank Darabont’s latest Stephen King film The Mist.
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Hope Larson (Salamander Dreams, Chiggers), Abby Denson (Tough Love, Dolltopia), Paige Pumphrey, Monica Gallagher (Gods and Undergrads), Katie Skelly (Nurse Nurse!!), Colleen Frakes (Tragic Relief, Woman King), Lucy Kinsley (Radiator Days, French Milk) and Rachel Freire sign on THURSDAY, APRIL 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM hosted by Jim Hanley’s Universe! More information on their blog.
Jim Hanley’s Universe, 4 West 33rd St, New York, NY 10001