CA – West Hollywood Book Fair

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.

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Adrienne Barbeau

Love Bites
WHEN: 12:00PM-12:45PM
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.”
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Amber Benson

Among the Ghosts
WHEN: 2:00PM-2:55PM
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.
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Joshua Dysart

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.
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Tim Kring

Shift: A Novel
WHEN: 2:15PM-3:15PM
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.

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Hope Larson

Mercury
WHEN: 1:30PM-2:30PM
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.

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Steve Niles

The Ghoul
WHEN: 3:45PM-4:45PM
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.

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David Petersen

Mouse Guard
WHEN: 2:45PM-3:30PM
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.

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Richard Starkings

Elephantmen Volume 2: Fatal Diseases
WHEN: 12:15PM-1:15PM
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.

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Bernie Wrightson

The Ghoul
WHEN: TBD
WHERE: TBD

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.

NYC – Women in Comics Signing

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

Oni Press at SDCC with Bryan Lee O’Malley and More

Oni Press has released their panel and signings schedule for Comic-Con:

Oni Press on Panels!

THUR

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Bryan Lee O’Malley- Comic-Con special guest Bryan Lee O’Malley (winner of the Doug Wright, Joe Shuster, and Harvey Awards) talks with legendary comics scholar Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, Zot!) about Bryan’s groundbreaking slice-of-life graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim. From its genesis to the production of the upcoming film version, O’Malley speaks frankly about where Scott Pilgrim came from and where the series is going from here. With a fan Q&A to close the discussion, this is the must attend event of Comic-Con 2009! Room 5AB

3:00-4:00 Oni Press: Panelmonium 2009- Get up close and personal with trend setting indie comic powerhouse Oni Press. Join in the Q&A with your favorite Oni creators, including Ross Campbell (Wet Moon), Jamie S. Rich (You Have Killed Me), Greg Rucka (Whiteout), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), and Chris Schweizer (The Crogan Adventures). Get sneak peeks at upcoming Oni projects, news on Oni Press fan initiatives, free Oni comics, prizes, and more! Guaranteed by Oni Press’s totally biased employees to be “the most fun you’ll ever have at a panel.” Room 10

3:45-4:45 USA Network’s Psych- James Roday (Shawn Spencer), Dulé Hill (Burton “Gus” Guster), Maggie Lawson (Juliet O’Hara), Tim Omundson (Carlton Lassiter), Corbin Bernsen (Henry Spencer), Steve Franks (creator and executive producer), and the entire creative team give you an all-access behind-the-scenes pass to the USA Network hit original series Psych. Stars and producers will share personal stories and answer questions about the show’s genesis, episodic development, and production process. Video presentations created exclusively for Comic-Con will feature never-before-seen outtakes, a Season 4 exclusive preview, and a special video-diary segment that will take panel attendees inside the daily production process via the perspective of a staff writer, the Vancouver production team, and series star James Roday as he prepares to shoot a scene for the upcoming season. Plus, two lucky fans will find fame and fortune when they win the honor of having a guest character in a future episode named after them! You can also expect giveaways, exclusive merchandise, and a first-run preview copy of the upcoming Psych graphic novel from Oni Press! Ballroom 20

SUN

2:00-3:00 Kids Write!- Kids, join creators Chris Giarrusso (G-Man), Chris Schweizer (Crogan’s Vengeance), Eric Wight (Frankie Pickle), and Gene Yang (American Born Chinese) as they draw the story you tell! Moderated by Cory Casoni (Oni Press). Room 30CDE


Oni Press is pleased to announce the following signings at their booth #1833
Thurs

10:00 – 11:20 Hope Larson, Brian Hurtt, Cullen Bunn
11:30 – 12:50 Chuck BB, Rick Spears, Phil Gelatt, Rick Lacy, Chris Schweizer
1:00 – 2:20 Robbi Rodriguez, John Layman, Cameron Stewart, Ray Fawkes
3:00 – 4:00 ONI PRESS PANELMONIUM 2009
4:00 – 5:20 Ross Campbell, Renee Lott, Joelle Jones, Jamie S. Rich, Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir
5:30 – 6:50 Bryan Lee O’Malley, Antony Johnston, Chris Mitten

Fri
10:00 – 11:20 Justin Greenwood, Marc Guggenheim, Ray Fawkes

11:30 – 12:50 Antony Johnston, Chris Mitten, Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Brian Hurtt, Cullen Bunn, Ande Parks, Chris Samnee
1:00 – 2:20 Robbi Rodriguez, John Layman, Phil Gelatt, Rick Lacy, Vasilis Lolos
2:30 – 3:50 Bryan Lee O’Malley, Judd Winick, Chris Schweizer, Ted Naifeh, Renee Lott
4:00 – 5:20 Joelle Jones, Jamie S. Rich, Hope Larson, Greg Rucka, Matt Southworth
5:30 – 6:50 Lars Brown, Chuck BB, Rick Spears, Ross Campbell

Sat
10:00 – 11:20 Phil Gelatt, Rick Lacy, Brian Hurtt, Cullen Bunn, Ande Parks, Chris Samnee
11:30 – 12:50 Antony Johnston, Chris Mitten, Joelle Jones, Jamie S. Rich, Renee Lott
1:00 – 2:20 Bryan Lee O’Malley, Chris Schweizer, Lars Brown
2:30 – 3:50 Justin Greenwood, Marc Guggenheim, Greg Rucka, Matt Southworth
4:00 – 5:20 Robbi Rodriguez, John Layman, Judd Winick, Chuck BB, Rick Spears, Ross Campbell
5:30 – 6:50 Bryan Lee O’Malley, Cameron Stewart, Ray Fawkes, Ted Naifeh

Sun
10:00 – 11:20 Robbi Rodriguez, John Layman, Renee Lott, Cameron Stewart, Ray Fawkes
11:30 – 12:50 Antony Johnston, Chris Mitten, Lars Brown, Chuck BB, Rick Spears
1:00 – 2:20 Chris Schweizer, Ted Naifeh, Phil Gelatt, Rick Lacy, Vasilis Lolos
2:30 – 3:50 Joelle Jones, Jamie S. Rich, Brian Hurtt, Cullen Bunn, Ross Campbell
And of course the Oni Press Staff will be on hand at the Oni Booth #1833: Joe Nozemack, James Lucas Jones, Randal C. Jarrell, Jill Beaton, Keith Wood, Douglas E. Sherwood, & Cory Casoni.

For more on Oni merchandise and premieres at SDCC, follow the link.

Where to Find the “Special Guests” at Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International has updated their Special Guest List page with appearance information:

We’ve poured through our various schedules and listings to pull together the listed appearances of our guests throughout the convention. This information now follows the guest’s bio. These listings may not reflect all of their potential appearances. Some guests may also appear at company booths in the Exhibit Hall and other locations as well.

The Special Guest List for this year’s 40th Anniversary of the convention includes:

» Michael “Doc” Allred
» Kevin J. Anderson
» Sergio Aragonés
» Ray Bradbury
» Brom
» Gene Colan
» Nicola Cuti
» Kevin Eastman
» Steve Epting
» Mark Evanier
» June Foray
» Ramona Fradon
» Hunter Freberg
» Stan Freberg
» Gary Gianni
» Jimmy Gownley
» Russ Heath
» Brian Herbert
» James Jean
» Geoff Johns
» Eric Jones
» Kazu Kibuishi
» Dennis Kitchen
» John Kricfalusi
» Hope Larson
» Jim Lee
» Francis Manapul
» Dwayne McDuffie
» Doug Moench
» Sheldon “Shelly” Moldoff
» Fabio Moon
» Patrick Oliphant
» Bryan Lee O’Malley
» Stephan Pastis
» David Petersen
» Darick Robertson
» Jerry Robinson
» Mike Royer
» Stan Sakai
» Lew Sayre Schwartz
» Seth
» Bill Sienkiewicz
» Gail Simone
» Leonard Starr
» J. Michael Straczynski
» Richard Thompson
» Lewis Trondheim
» Ramón Valdiosera Berman
» Jerry Vanderstelt
» Charles Vess
» Landry Walker
» Bill Willingham
» Gene Yang
» Leinil Yu

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