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  • WonderCon 2012 Registration Open

    December 5, 2011 by  
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    WonderCon 2012

    Press Release:

    WonderCon Registration To Open December 2

    New City, New Convention Facility and Impressive List of Special Guests Mark Event

    ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec. 2, 2011 — WonderCon, part of the Comic-Con International (CCI) family of nonprofit comics conventions, today announced the opening of attendee registration for the increasingly popular comic book and pop culture convention. Attendees can register online at http://www.comic-con.org/wc/wc_reg.shtml.

    WonderCon is a three-day event that has continued to grow in size and stature throughout its 25-year history. Because of renovations at its usual venue in San Francisco, WonderCon will be held in Anaheim for the first time, at the beautiful AnaheimConvention Center March 16-18, 2012. Featuring a large exhibit hall and programs and panels on all aspects of comics and popular art, WonderCon in Anaheim promises to be a must-attend event on the comics convention circuit.

    The format so closely resembles Comic-Con in San Diego that many are referring to the relocated show as Anaheim Comic-Con. “Moving the convention was not something we wanted to do, and to be honest we were a bit concerned,” said David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for parent company Comic-Con International. “However, exhibitor interest has been so overwhelming, as has interest in programming, that we are convinced WonderCon 2012 will be among the best yet.”

    Registration prices are as follows:

                                        3-DAY BADGE (Best Value!):
    Adult 3-Day: $40.00 Advance/$50.00 Onsite
    Junior/Senior 3-Day: $20.00 Advance/$25.00 Onsite

                                        1-DAY BADGE: 
                                        Friday OR Saturday Only:

    Adult 1-Day: $20.00 Advance/$25.00 Onsite
    Junior/Senior 1-Day: $10.00 Advance/$13.00 Onsite

    Adult: $10.00 Advance/$15.00 Onsite
    Junior/Senior: $5.00 Advance/$7.00 Onsite

    WonderCon’s special guests include Sergio Aragones (cartoonist, Groo, MAD, Sergio Aragones Funnies), Mark Evanier(writer/comics historian, Kirby: King of Comics), Matt Fraction (writer, Invincible Iron Man, Casanova, Fear Itself, Mighty Thor), Michael Golden (artist, The ‘Nam, Micronauts, Bucky O’Hare), Mike Mignola (writer/artist/creator, Hellboy, B.P.R.D.), Steve Niles (writer/creator, 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Mystery Society), Eric Powell (writer/artist/creator, The Goon), Bob Schreck(editor-in-chief, Legendary Comics), Fiona Staples (artist, Mystery Society, SAGA), and J. Michael Straczynski (writer, Superman: Earth One). Information and biographies for these guests can be found on www.comic-con.org/wc/wc_guests.php. More guests will be announced soon.

    WonderCon offers the best in comics programming, Hollywood and television panels, a huge exhibit hall, anime, games, portfolio review, autographs, and a masquerade all in one location. Now in its largest venue, WonderCon promises to be a show to remember for fans of any age.

    About WonderCon:
    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 WonderCon, 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.orgFacebook.com/comicconTwitter.com/wondercon.

    WonderCon Announces First Slate of Special Guests for 2012

    November 1, 2011 by  
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    WonderCon Announces First Slate of Special Guests

    Popular Comics Convention Relocates to Anaheim, California for 2012

    The Goon by Eric Powell and Mike MignolaANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 27, 2011 — WonderCon, part of the Comic-Con International (CCI) family of nonprofit comics conventions, today announced its first group of special guests. Sergio Aragones (cartoonist, Groo, MAD, Sergio Aragones Funnies), Matt Fraction (writer, Invincible Iron Man, Casanova, Fear Itself, Mighty Thor), Mike Mignola (writer/artist/creator, Hellboy, B.P.R.D.), and J. Michael Straczynski (writer, Superman: Earth One) are among the 11 newly announced special guests to appear at the 2012 event held in Anaheim, California, March 16-18.

    Coming off its most successful year in 2011, WonderCon, traditionally held in San Francisco, is relocating to a new venue next year. Due to ongoing renovations at the event’s usual location, WonderCon organizers were forced to search for an alternate site for 2012.

    “Because of its consistently stellar list of special guests, schedule of programs, and exhibitors WonderCon continues to be one of the most popular comics conventions in the country for fans of comic books, sci-fi, and fantasy,” commented David Glanzer, WonderCon spokesperson and director of marketing and public relations for parent company CCI. “We are confident the move to Anaheim will bring the same level of excitement, if not more enthusiasm, for one of the biggest and best genre-related shows in the country.”

    Originally considered a regional show for Northern California, in recent years WonderCon has so closely resembled its sister show in San Diego in terms of guests and programming that it has become a full-fledged national show attracting attendees and media from all over the country and across the globe, so much so that this year some are calling it “Anaheim Comic-Con.”

    Additional guests announced today include Art Adams (artist, Longshot, Monkeyman & O’Brien, Tom Strong, Hulk); Mark Evanier  (comics and TV writer, Blackhawk, The DNAgents, Crossfire the animated Garfield); Michael Golden (artist, The ‘Nam, Micronauts, Bucky O’Hare); Steve Niles (writer/creator, 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Mystery Society); Eric Powell (writer/artist/creator, The Goon); Bob Schreck (editor-in-chief, Legendary Comics); and Fiona Staples (artist, Mystery Society, SAGA).

    For a complete and up-to-date list of WonderCon special guests and additional information, visit www.comic-con.org/wc/.

    About WonderCon:

    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 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/comicconTwitter.com/wondercon.

    SDCC 2011 Adds 8 More Special Guests

    SDCC 2011 Special Guests

    Comic-Con International has announced the addition of 8 more guests to their Special Guest List for the 2011 convention:

    • Joyce Brabner
    • Peter Kuper
    • Paul Levitz
    • Jerry Robinson
    • Jeff Smith
    • J. Michael Straczynski
    • Peter J. Tomasi
    • Ashley Wood.

    For more information, visit their site.

    CA – Superman: Earth One Signing

    J. Michael Straczynski celebrates the release of his all-new graphic novel SUPERMAN: EARTH-ONE at Earth-2 Comics! The much-anticipated new work by Straczynski and artist Shane Davis is expected to be one of the biggest books of the year!

    JMS will be signing books and talking with fans on Wednesday October 27th at the Sherman Oaks location from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Refreshments will be served!

    RSVP on Facebook

    Earth-2 Comics
    15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

    DC Heads to NYCC 2010 with DiDio, Lee, Johns, and More

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    Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns and J. Michael Straczynski Are Guests of Honor

    Other Top Guests Headline Panels and In-Booth Signings!

    Norwalk, CT, September 15, 2010: DC Comics has revealed some of the top guests who will be on hand to meet and greet fans at the annual New York Comic Con (NYCC) which will take place October 8 – 10, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Acclaimed writer J. Michael Straczynski will join DC executive talent including co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee as well as superstar writer and Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns as Guests of Honor. Other all-star DC creators who will be participating in various panels and activities at NYCC include John Arcudi, Art Baltazar, Matthew Clark, Amanda Conner, Tony Daniel, Shane Davis, David Finch, Franco, Derek Fridolfs, Adam Hughes, JT Krul, Francis Manapul, Sean Murphy, Dustin Nguyen, Jimmy Palmiotti, Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, Nicola Scott, Peter Snejbjerg, Scott Snyder, Peter J. Tomasi and Freddie Williams II.

    Officials at DC note that many of the panels featuring their creators will include announcements and other “behind-the-scenes” information about DC Comics, Vertigo and WildStorm comics and graphic novels. In addition, DC staff members will welcome thousands of fans to DC’s 3000 square foot booth centrally located on the convention floor which will feature talent signings, free giveaways and early peeks at the newest action figures, statues, busts and other amazing collectibles on display from DC Direct.

    “We have worked closely with DC since our very first show and we are always eager and grateful to host the enormous talent that they bring to our show,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for both NYCC and NYAF. “NYCC is only one of a handful of conventions where DC has a significant booth presence and so we want to make their participation as beneficial as possible. DC represents the total convergence of comics, movies and books into the pop culture mainstream and this is what NYCC is all about. We look forward to providing ample opportunity for our thousands of fans to meet, greet and interact with the biggest and most famous artists, writers and creators in the world today.”

    NYCC convention organizers note that movie and TV studio participation at NYCC is expected to be very strong this year, with announcements about guest appearances and previews coming very soon. Tickets for NYCC and NYAF may be purchased at www.nycomiccon.com. Other information about the shows, as well as news about ReedPOP, which also organizes Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), is available at Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.mediumatlarge.net.

    DAN DIDIO was named Co-Publisher of DC Comics with Jim Lee in February 2010. Prior to his new role, he served as the Senior VP-Executive Editor, DC Universe for DC Comics. Since 2003, he has spearheaded such bestselling titles as Identity Crisis, Infinite Crisis, 52, and Final Crisis. Prior to joining DC, Dan worked in television for CBS and ABC public relations and program development. His writing can also be seen in The Outsiders.

    JIM LEE is Co-Publisher of DC Comics. Prior to his current post, Lee served as Editorial Director, where he oversaw WildStorm Studios and was also the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER, BATMAN: HUSH, and SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW. He also serves as the Executive Creative Director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE).

    GEOFF JOHNS is the Chief Creative Officer for DC Entertainment as well as one of the most the most prolific and popular of contemporary comic book writers. He has written highly acclaimed stories starring Green Lantern, Superman, the Flash, Teen Titans, and the Justice Society of America, as well as the bestselling graphic novels BLACKEST NIGHT and INFINITE CRISIS. Johns has also written for various other media, including the acclaimed “Legion” episode of SMALLVILLE and the fourth season of ROBOT CHICKEN. He is writing the story of the DC Universe™ Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) and co-producing the upcoming Green Lantern feature film.

    J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI is the only comics writer in history to win the Eisner Award, the Hugo Award (twice), the Inkpot Lifetime Achievement Award, SFWA’s Ray Bradbury Award and be nominated for a British Academy Award for Screenwriting (for Changeling). As a comics writer he has written The Amazing Spider-Man, Superman, Wonder Woman and Thor, among others; as a writer for TV and film, his credits include Ninja Assassin, Babylon 5, Jeremiah and Twilight Zone. He’s worked with Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Paul Greengrass and others. His current in-development credits include Forbidden Planet (for Warners), Shattered Union (for Disney/Bruckheimer), and Lensman (for Universal) More projects will be announced at NYCC. He never sleeps.

    ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

    SDCC 2010 Thursday Program Schedule Now Online

    How does this partial list of guests for the first day grab you?

    Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, J. Michael Straczynski, Danny Elfman, Rick Riordan, Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, Bruce Boxleitner, Patton Oswalt, Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, The Miz, Brian Michael Bendis, Charlaine Harris, Bruce Campbell, Michelle Rodriguez, Aaron Eckhart, Todd McFarlane, Geoff Johns, Bruce Willis, Warren Ellis, Helen Mirren, Mike Mignola, J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Robert Kirkman, Michael C. Hall, David Duchovny, Sylvester Stallone, Steve “Stone Cold” Austin, Michael Cera, Michael Elizabeth Winstead, and Penn & Teller.

    Oh, and the panel announcement everyone’s been waiting for:

    3:30-4:30 Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries— A discussion with geek gods J. J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) on the future of pop culture. EW presents an in-depth conversation with these two creative geniuses about how technology, gaming, and global culture are reshaping how we tell and consume stories on television, film and the web. Plus: Is the superhero movie waning, or is it on the cusp of reinvention? And what do they think the pop culture universe will look like a decade from now? Moderated by Jeff “Doc” Jensen. Hall H

    Follow the link to see the whole schedule.

    Straczynski and Crain Guests at November LA Comic Book and Sci-Fi Con

    Writer J. Michael Straczynski and Artist Clayton Crain are featured Guest Speakers at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention taking place Sunday, November 8, 2009. A 40th Anniversary Film Screening of the 1969 Science Fiction cult classic The Green Slime with stars Robert Horton and Luciana Paluzzi is another highlight of the show.

    Brave and the Bold

    Brave and the Bold

    J. Michael Straczynski appears on stage at 2:00 P.M. to discuss his writing the Marvel Comic Book titles Thor, Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and The Twelve during the past few years, as well as his recent move to DC Comics to write The Brave and The Bold starting with issue#27. Joe is also a very busy screenwriter for Movies, writing last year’s The Changeling starring Angelina Jolie for which he received critical acclaim. Joe’s latest screenplay is for Ninja Assassin produced by the Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix, V for Vendetta) and opens in theaters in November. Joe is also known for creating the Babylon 5 TV Series. Find out what’s in development from one of Comic Books most popular Writers.

    Clayton Crain is the Artist for the new Marvel Comic Book X-Force/New Mutants: Necrosha which starts an important storyline. Clayton’s popular painted style of art has been featured in Sensational Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, and X-Force (regular series). Clayton is flying into Los Angeles for this Special Exclusive West Coast appearance to sign autographs all day.

    X-Force/New Mutants: Necrosha

    X-Force/New Mutants: Necrosha

    The Green Slime

    The Green Slime

    The 40th Anniversary Film Screening of The Green Slime with stars Robert Horton and Luciana Paluzzi appearing in person. A space station is invaded by tentacled green alien creatures, The Green Slime, that multiply when hit with laser guns. This all leads to the grand Outer Space battle as the crew suits up with flying jet packs to blow up the Space Station and The Green Slime. The Green Slime is considered a Science Fiction cult classic for it’s low budget Special Effects and wacky theme song, and it’s not to be confused with a Michael Bay production. Directed by Kinji Fukasaku who went on to critical acclaim for another cult Movie, Battle Royale. Luciana Paluzzi is also known for starring as Fiona Volpe, the henchwoman to Largo in the James Bond Movie Thunderball. The Green Slime screens on Film, not DVD, at 12:00 P.M. and Robert and Luciana will sign autographs from 11:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. (there is a charge for the autograph but it includes a photo). A stage interview takes place at 1:30 P.M. with the stars to discuss the making of The Green Slime. There’s no charge for The Green Slime screening, it’s part of the regular admission.

    The Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention also features a Dealers Room that puts to shame some shows that charge three times the admission, and it’s full of Old and New Comic Books, Toys, Action Figures, Trading Cards, DVD’s, Movie Memorabilia, and much more. Located at the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, 700 West 32nd Street, across from USC College. Admission is only $8.00, five years and under are free. A full size Ninja Assassin Movie Poster will be given away free, check www.comicbookscifi.com for more information.

    Ninja Assassin

    Ninja Assassin

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    Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention (November 2009)

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    Comic-Con International Autograph Schedule is Up

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    The Autograph Schedule for SDCC is now available.

    Scheduled signers, just to name a few, include Olivia Munn, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, John Kricfalusi, James Jean, Jim Caviezel, Jamie Campbell-Bower, Robert Carlyle, Alaina Huffman, Ming-Na, Adam West, Alan Dean Foster, Jim Valentino, Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington, Yaphet Kotto, Elvira, Thomas Jane, Kathy Najimy, Adrian Paul, Brande Roderick, J. Michael Straczynski, and Jane Wiedlin.

    Located upstairs in the Sails Pavilion, the Autograph Area is the place to go for a special memento from a variety of artists, authors and actors from every era of popular culture. Some are signing right after their spotlight panel, so check the program grid daily.

    The Autograph Area is open from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Thursday through Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. No autograph sessions will be held before or after these times, but fans are welcome to come on up and get in line when the convention hall opens.

    Due to high demand and the limited time available from notables appearing to sign autographs, the Autograph Area Coordinator may at any time shut down a line, even if people are still waiting for an autograph. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment.

    Changes and surprise additions will occur throughout the show, so be sure to check the daily newsletter and the information boards located throughout the center. Schedules will be posted at the Autograph Area Information Desk, staffed 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM Thursday through Saturday, and 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday.

    Most autograph signings are of a limited nature. Your badge does not guarantee autographs at any event.

    All guests (that are at tables, booths, etc.) are required to sign one Program Book for free.

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

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    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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