April 13, 2016 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Gaming, Horror, Michigan, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games
“C’mon Batman – There’s not a moment to lose…”. The excitement has been building and Motor City Comic Con 2016 is announcing a new cast of comic and media guests for its 27th
annual, three-day comic con and has opened ticket sales online. Michigan’s number one pop culture event will toast the 50th anniversary of Batman with stars from the original cast in their last year of appearances before they hang up their capes. The weekend event will feature stars from popular television series and films like Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Gotham, The X-Files, Monty Python, The Hobbit, and many more. “Holy smokes, Batman.” This year’s Motor City Comic Con will take place Friday, May 13 (12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.), Saturday, May 14 (10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Sunday, May 15 (10:30 a.m. to 5
p.m.) at the Suburban Showplace, located at 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi. Complete information about the event, tickets, panels and VIP passes is available at www.motorcitycomiccon.com
The weekend event features more than 300 creators, writers, illustrators and actors who will greet the fans, sign autographs, take pictures, and provide panels and Q & A discussions, while many super fans are dressed in their pop culture best. A popular event is Saturday’s cosplay contest where a mix of celebrity judges determine the best costume winners, presenting prizes and gift packages. Motor City Comic Con’s annual Saturday night bash celebrates comic con weekend with entertainment, refreshments, and light hors devours for the public. Sunday is Kid’s Day featuring kid-friendly activities.
Hot off the Gotham Globe press, some of this year’s Motor City Comic Con guest announcements include:
Lena Headey: The English actress is best known for her role as Cersei Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Other appearances include: The Purge, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dredd, 300, and more.
Adam West: Known as the original Batman from the classic television series, his film, television, character, voice, and stage actor career spans over six decades, making nearly 50 movies. West is the author of Back to the Batcave, and Climbing the Walls.
Burt Ward: Known as the original Robin from the classic television series and Batman: The Movie (1966). Ward wrote tell-all autobiography Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights, and continues to appear in numerous reunions with co-star Adam West.
Billie Piper: The UK singer, dancer and television star is best known for her role as Rose Tyler in Doctor Who. Piper can also be seen on Penny Dreadful. Other television film roles include: The Ruby in the Smoke, and The Shadow in the North, and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
Holland Roden: Known as Lydia Martin on MTV’s Teen Wolf and as Emily Locke on Lost. Other appearances include: Weeds, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Cold Case, Community, and Criminal Minds.
Tara Reid: Best known for her roles in American Pie, The Big Lebowski, Josie and the Pussycats, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, My Boss’s Daughter, and SyFy’s Sharknado.
Elden Henson: Actor best known for playing Matt Murdock’s partner and best friend, Foggy Nelson in Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix series, Fulton Reed in the Mighty Ducks trilogy, and Pollux in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2.
The Four Horsemen: A rare reunion after 15 years of the greatest wrestling faction of all time. Professional wrestlers Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham and manager JJ Dillion were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.
Michael Nesmith: An American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist, Nesmith is best known as a member of the pop rock band The Monkees and co-star of the TV series The Monkees (1966-1968). This year marks the 50th anniversary of the show.
Michael Cudlitz: Known as Abraham Ford on AMC’s The Walking Dead. He played John Cooper in series Southland, and has appeared in more than 20 films and television series such as Prison Break, Lost, The Dark Tourist, Surrogates, Tenure, Six Feet Under, and more.
Robin Lord Taylor: Dubbed as “favorite breakout star of television,” Taylor is best known as Oswald Cobblepot or The Penguin on Gotham. Known for his role as Sam on The Walking Dead, and as Abernathy Darwin Dunlap in Accepted.
Dean O’Gorman: A New Zealand actor, artist and photographer, he is best known as Fili in The Hobbit trilogy, and as Kirk Douglas in Trumbo. Other appearances include: Shortland Street, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Young Hercules, Xena: Warrior Princess, and McLeod’s Daughters.
Josh McDermitt: Comedian and star of AMC’s The Walking Dead made his television debut on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2006. He was casted in TV movie Rehab for Rejects and as Brandon on Retired at 35. McDermitt can also be seen in Middle Man and Odious.
Sonequa Martin-Green: An actress and producer, known for her role as Sasha in The Walking Dead, and as Tamara in Once Upon a Time.
Mitch Pileggi: An Italian-American actor best known for his role as Walter Skinner on The X-Files. He later reprised the role in the show’s feature film The X-Files (1998) and The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008).
Michael Trevino: Known as Tyler Lockwood in the CW series The Vampire Diaries, Lockwood also appeared in spin-off series The Originals.
Alan Davis: UK artist known for drawing the revamped Captain Britain story in The Mighty World of Marvel, he has also created D.R. and Quinch for 2000AD. Other recognizable works include: The Uncanny X- Men, Excalibur, JLA: The Nail, and JLA: Another Nail.
Kevin O’Neill: British comic artist is best known for his work on 2000AD, Marshal Law, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Other works include: Omega Men, Tales of the Green Lantern Corp., Metalzoic, and Avatar’s Cinema Purgatorio.
Neal Adams: Known for transforming Batman’s realistic incarnation seen in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Other legendary comic book work includes: X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and Deadman. Adams is preparing to release his graphic novel Blood, and a Harley Quinn book.
Bob Layton: A comic visionary, creator, writer, artist, designer, and entrepreneur, known for reinventing Iron Man in the 70s, turning it into an all-time best selling comic series. Layton launched the first mini- series in comics’ history Hercules: Prince of Power.
Terry Jones: Best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, Jones co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Other directing credits include: Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, Personal Services, Erik the Viking, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and Absolutely Everything.
Ian Ziering: Known for his array of acting including Beverly Hills 90210, No Way Back, What I Like About You, Melrose Place, and Happily Divorced. Ziering became the most in-demand actor for various animated films and television shows Spider-Man, Mighty Ducks, Batman Beyond, and Biker Mice from Mars.
Additional media and comic guest announcements are coming soon. For more information regarding Motor City Comic Con guests and events, visit www.motorcitycomiccon.com.
About Motor City Comic Con
Michigan’s largest pop-culture event since 1989, Motor City Comic Con gathers comic book and multimedia dealers from across the country, offering a vast variety of pop-culture merchandise, including comics, art, t-shirts, movie memorabilia, posters and much more. Over 300 comic book creators, writers and artists are on site at Motor City Comic Con each year, as well as more than 50 actors from the television and movie industry. Motor City Comic Con offers big fun for kids young and old.
Comic creators Amy Chu, Alitha Martinez, and David Walker sign at Bedrock City Comic Co. on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 5:00 PM!
Chu writes comics for DC, Marvel, IDW, Valiant, Alpha Girl Comics. (Poison Ivy, Deadpool, Infinite Ant-Man, and X-Files)
Walker is best known for his work on Cyborg, Shaft and Power Man & Iron Fist.
Martinez has drawn for Marvel, DC, & Vertigo. (Batgirl & Iron Man)
Bedrock City Comic Co.
6516 Westheimer, Suite D, Houston, TX 77057
Actor/director Don Cheadle (House of Lies, Captain America: Civil War) appears to discuss his new film, Miles Ahead, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 8:00 PM!
Join Live Talks Los Angeles for an hour long conversation with Don Cheadle including clips from the movie, Miles Ahead.
Miles Ahead marks the directorial debut of Academy Award® nominee Don Cheadle. His credits include Bogie Nights, Traffic, Hotel Rwanda, Crash, Ironman 2 and 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Cheadle also stars in, executive produces, and occasionally directs Showtime’s House of Lies, for which he has earned a Golden Globe.
Miles Ahead is an entertaining and moving exploration of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle’s directorial debut is not a conventional bio-pic but rather a unique, no-holds barred portrait of a singular artist in crisis.
In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past. A wily music reporter, Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) forces his way into Davis’ house and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician’s latest compositions. Davis’ mercurial behavior is fueled by memories of his failed marriage to the talented and beautiful dancer Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). During their romance and subsequent marriage, Frances served as Davis’ muse. It was during this period that he released several of his signature recordings including the groundbreaking “Sketches of Spain” and “Someday My Prince Will Come.”
The idyll however, was short lived. The eight-year marriage was marked by infidelity and abuse, and Frances was forced to flee for her own safety as Miles’ mental and physical health deteriorated. By the late ‘70s, plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.
$20 General Admission Seat
$30 Reserved Section Seat
$95 Reception (6:30-7:30pm) Reserved Section seat
Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre – New Roads School
Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man, Shakespeare in Love) appears at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday April 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM to sign her new cookbook It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook.
Purchase It’s All Easy at the cashier starting at 9:00 AM on April 12 and join the signing line outside the front of the store. No memorabilia and no posed photography.
Barnes & Noble
555 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017
Andrew C. Robinson (Grayson, Fifth Beatle, The Wake), Bob Layton (Iron Man, Secret Wars, Valiant Comics), Darrell May (The Untamed, Niobe), and Sebastian Jones (Dusu, Erathune, I am Awesome) appear at Hypno Comics on Saturday, February 13, 2015 for the store’s fourth anniversary celebration!
Hypno Comics & Games
1803 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Ilene Chaiken, and Brian Grazer appear at PaleyFest on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM to talk about EMPIRE!
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
January 22, 2016 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Kansas, Manga, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
Stan Lee, the guy who created and co-created hundreds of iconic superheroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, and Thor, is coming to Planet Comicon Kansas City at Bartle Hall May 20, 21 and 22. The legendary former publisher of Marvel Comics is scheduled to sign autographs, pose with fans for photo opportunities, and appear on stage for a Q&A session.
“Every year the show gets better,” said Planet Comicon Kansas City founder and CEO Christopher Jackson. “We are incredibly excited and truly honored to have Stan Lee coming to Kansas City. He is a visionary who has brought a whole pantheon of modern mythology to life. The incredible imagination of Stan Lee fills our theaters, toy stores, and television screens.”
Planet Comicon Kansas City has exploded in popularity and attendance since moving to the monster space at Bartle Hall in 2012. The annual show draws legions of fans of superheroes, science fiction, animation, television, movies, fantasy, and gaming, with acres of interactive exhibits, live art, costumes, performances and collectibles.
Other celebrity guests already announced for Planet Comicon in 2016 include Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica, Miami Vice), Eve Myles (Doctor Who, Torchwood), Sean Maher (Firefly), and Jason Mewes (Clerks, Mallrats). Other comic creator guests include Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin), Jason Aaron (Star Wars, Thor), Joe Staton (Green Lantern, Dick Tracy), Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, The Sixth Gun), Brian Hurtt (The Sixth Gun, Queen & Country), Matt Kindt (Rai, Ninjak), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Freddie E. Williams II (Batman/TMNT), Dennis Hopeless (Spider-Woman), Phil Hester (Green Arrow, The Flash: Season Zero), Rick Burchett (Lady Sabre, Batman Adventures), and more!
“We will continue to announce celebrity guests over the next few months,” Jackson said. “The final roster will include more than 25 celebrities who will be available to meet with their fans. Planet Comicon is designed for every fan in the family. We work for a great balance of comic book creators, celebrity guests, cosplay events, vendors, gaming, children’s activities, performances, and panel programming. That’s what has kept our event growing year after year.”
Last year’s Planet Comicon Kansas City drew a record-setting 54,000 fans to Bartle Hall, but Jackson expects the 2016 show to be the biggest yet.
Jackson noted that, “For the past two years, Planet Comicon has been on the same weekend as the Big 12 basketball tournament, which strained the limits of hotel rooms, parking, and other downtown accommodations. Our event has now moved to May, and we expect that to allow us to grow our show and improve the experience for fans even more.”
Tickets for Planet Comicon Kansas City will be available at the door. In addition, advance memberships that include admission to the event can be purchased at the Planet Comicon Kansas City website, www.planetcomicon.com. A limited number of Stan Lee autograph and photo packages will be available and can be pre-purchased on the website.
“This will be Mr. Lee’s first such appearance in Kansas City and we are extremely excited to welcome him as our guest of honor at Planet Comicon,” Jackson said. “We expect the Stan Lee packages to sell out in advance of the show, so fans who want to meet him should book their packages well ahead of time.”
Lee has appeared in more than 30 movies, including cameos in nearly every Marvel movie. He was recently named the most successful filmmaker of all time, as his legendary creations have grossed $15 billion worldwide.
FOUNDED IN 1999, PLANET COMICON KANSAS CITY is Kansas City’s largest and longest-running comic book convention and pop culture expo, featuring the best in comic books, fantasy, science fiction television and movies. Past Planet Comicon guests have included William Shatner, Stephen Amell, Lou Ferrigno, Adam West, Kenny Baker, Cary Elwes, Karen Gillan and many more. Memberships that include admission can be purchased on the event website, www.planetcomicon.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Comics legend Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and more, appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM to celebrate the release of “The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return.” In this second illustrated novel of The Zodiac Legacy series, the dangerous dragon power only grows stronger within Jasmine, and Steven struggles to hold their ragtag team together. But as alliances become strained, the line between the “good guys” and the “bad guys” becomes blurrier and blurrier. And it all culminates in a major cliffhanger that readers won’t see coming!
Stan Lee will be here to hand out pre-signed copies of “The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return.”
This is a wristbanded event
-1 book per person/ 1 wristband per person – no exceptions
-Wristbands and books are limited to 300
-Wristbands will be issued to customers who purchase the book from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning at 9am on January 30
-the wristband will allow you into the event area where Stan Lee will hand you a pre-signed book
-personalization will not be available
-photos will not be permitted
-No memorabilia please
Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Joshua Middleton, Mitch Breitweiser, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Rick Hoberg appear at Madness Games and Comics for three days worth of events!
Wednesday December 16, 5 pm to 9 pm
Come meet artists Joshua Middleton, Mitch Breitweiser, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Rick Hoberg!
Art Workshop with Q&A and Portfolio Review
Thursday December 17, 5 pm to 9 pm
Join artists Joshua Middleton, Mitch Breitweiser, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Rick Hoberg for a workshop, Q&A, and portfolio review. They’ll discuss their processes, share behind-the-scenes stories, offer insight into tools and techniques, tips on working in comics, film, and animation industries, and answer questions along the way. Following the workshop, they’ll be offering personalized critiques and advice in a portfolio review session. Portfolio reviews will be $50 for 15 minutes each with Mr. Middleton, Mr. & Mrs. Breitweiser, and Mr. Hoberg. There will be limited availability and preregistration is available in the store.
Saturday December 19, 10 am to 1 pm & 2 pm to 5 pm
Come meet artists Joshua Middleton, Mitch Breitweiser, and Elizabeth Breitweiser for autograph signings!
About the artists:
Come meet artist JOSHUA MIDDLETON and get your books signed! In addition to providing the cover for the exclusive Madness Games & Comics DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE variant, Josh has illustrated covers for dozens of comics as well as interiors on books like NYX, SUPERMAN/SHAZAM: FIRST THUNDER, SUPERGIRL, and WONDER WOMAN. In addition to his comics work, Josh has been an art director and designer in feature film and television animation, with credits including Joss Whedon’s SERENITY, GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, and season two of THE LEGEND OF KORRA.
Mitch Breitweiser has been penciling, inking, and painting his way through dozens of Marvel and Independent books and covers. His numerous works on CAPTAIN AMERICA have made him a fan favorite, not to be missed. Elizabeth Breitweiser is a colorist and cover artist. Some of her work includes OUTCAST by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, FATALE, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE FADE OUT, HULK, LEGENDS of the DARK KNIGHT, and WOLVERINE.
Rick Hoberg began working in the comic industry in the mid 1970’s. He’s drawn IRON MAN, INVADERS, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, CHECKMATE, BATMAN, GREEN ARROW, and JUSTICE LEAGUE. He’s done production art/merchandise work for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars films. In addition to comic work, he’s worked at Hanna-Barbera as a storyman and animator.
All of the artists will have exclusive prints to offer.
Madness Games and Comics
3000 Custer Rd, # 310, Plano, TX 75075
Denny O’Neil and Carl Potts appear at JHU Comic Books on Wednesday December 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to unveil the new collected edition of LAST OF THE DRAGONS from Dover Comics & Graphic Novels!
JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016