February 28, 2011 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Horror, Massachusetts, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Webcomics
J. Scott Campbell, one of the most popular artists in comics, has graciously accepted an invitation to Boston Comic Con 2011! One of the most requested guests for any convention, we are ecstatic to have the opportunity to bring him to meet his New England fans. Campbell first exploded on the scene in the 90s with his first book, Gen 13. His dynamic storytelling and reputation for illustrating some of the most attractive women in the industry continued with his follow-up project, Danger Girl. His covers currently grace titles including Spider-Man, Wolverine, GI Joe, and many more! Be sure to catch his panel with fellow cover artists JG Jones, Adam Hughes, and Dave Johnson!
Joining Campbell at Boston Comic Con are local writers Christos Gage, Christopher Golden, and Tom Sniegoski, The Walking Dead’s Cliff Rathburn, pencillers Sanford Greene, Keu Cha, Leo Leibelman, Mike Lilly, and a legion of inkers including Dexter Vines, Jack Purcell, and Mark Morales. Finally we are happy to welcome back stalwart supporters Craig Rousseau, Scott Wegener, Norman Lee, and Sara Richard. Check the website for full bios!
Previously announced guests include Neal Adams, Frank Quitely, Joe Kubert, Adam Hughes, Darwyn Cooke, Arthur Adams, Frank Cho, Tim Sale, Dave Johnson, J.G. Jones, Mark Chiarello, Matt Wagner, Ryan Ottley, Sean Galloway, Stan Sakai, Stephane Roux, Terry Moore, Tony Harris, Khoi Pham, Howard Chaykin, David Mack, Greg Capullo, Gahan Wilson, Stephanie Buscema, Daixong Guo, Mark McKenna, and many more! Be sure to tell your friends! This is the largest and most talented collection of comic creators in New England ever!
Tickets are currently available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids get in free with paid adult admission!
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently-run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. The convention will be held from 10am to 7pm on Saturday April 30th and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
ORLANDO MEGACON ANNOUNCES 2011 GUEST UPDATES
MegaCon, the largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi media event in the Southeast, will take place March 25th – 27th, 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
MegaCon Guests of Honor
Comic Book Legend Stan Lee and Star Trek Icon William Shatner
New guests added: Matt Senreich & Zeb Wells from Robot Chicken, J. Scott Campbell (Spider-Man, GEN 13), Mark Bagley (Trinity, Spider-Man), Frank Tieri (Iron Man, New Excalibur), Tim Townsend (Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men)
Advance guaranteed autograph tickets and VIP Package for Stan Lee now available
Stan Lee advance autograph tickets: These tickets guarantee an autograph with Stan Lee. (Autographs will also be available at a first come first serve basis at the show but these autographs will be limited.)
Stan Lee VIP Package includes: an advance autograph, professional photo op that includes 8 X 10 photo with Stan, Stan Lee VIP badge and lanyard, preferred seating at Stan’s panel, and an exclusive commemorative item TBA
William Shatner Captain’s Reception VIP special evening event
Meet William Shatner personally at a small limited attendance reception, signed 18 X 24 limited edition (timeless) print, professional photo op that includes 8 X 10 photo with William Shatner, (one additional person may join you for the photo op and reception) Light refreshments will be served
Other events include: children events provided by the Skiffytown Heroes, paint and take room, RPG & LARP gaming events, Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic the Gathering card games, anime events, speed dating, LAN room, belly dancing, Indy Film Festival, movie trailers screening room, special showing of The Room on Saturday evening, Saturday dance, and professional panel rooms.
MegaCon has negotiated special rates at several hotels in the Convention center area. Order online through www.megaconvention.com or call (888) 538-3922 Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm Eastern
Anyone making a reservation through the Megacon block will be entered into a drawing to win one free night hotel stay. Winners will be determined on March 18th. All winners will be contacted by March 20th
The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.
Orange County Convention Center
March 25th – 27th, 2010
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.megaconvention.com
MegaCon adds both comic superstars Mark Bagley and J.Scott Campbell as special guests.
For more information check out the MegaCon website here!
CTN (Creative Talent Network) Animation Expo is an annual expo designed to celebrate as well as develop networks within the animation industry. With heavyweights such as Disney, Dreamworks Animation, and Sony Picture Animation, along with big name artists such as Peter De Seve, J. Scott Campbell, Tim Sale, Humberto Ramos, and Moebius in attendance, CTN was a great expo for fans as well as potential applicants in the animation field.
With panels showing the magic of some of the recent animated films, as well as watching artists draw live on stage, and even portfolio reviews, CTN is definitely a great show for those looking to break into the animation field. Here’s some photos from the show!
Long Beach Comic Con held it’s 2nd annual convention at the Long Beach Convention Center on Halloween weekend this year. With the success of the inaugural show, I was a bit disappointed to see a smaller crowd this year. The show did have some strong guests, featuring fan favorites J. Scott Campbell, Amanda Conner, Tim Sale, and Mike Mignola. However, it seemed that Halloween weekend proved that it’s the kids and family aspect that drive people to come, and can really dictate the success of a show. The people that did attend had a wonderful time, meeting their favorite creators, buying some show exclusives, and enjoying the Halloween festivities with costumes galore.
Now onto some pictures from LBCC!
And what’s a con without costumes? Thanks to Halloween, it was a treat to see some really awesome costumes. Here’s a few:
And who can forget the kids?
Hero Initiative gets ready to Haunt Long Beach Comic Con
Booze and Banter party, Official LBCC Costume party
New BPAL Perfume Release and much more!
For Immediate Release: (October 25, 2010) Hero Initiative, the first federally recognized, non-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, is planning to spend its Halloween weekend partying it up with special guests and artists at Long Beach Comic Con, October 29-31 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com for additional information or go to www.heroinitiative.org for tickets.
Friday evening, October 29 from 5 -7 p.m., we have few limited spaces left to join funny man, writer, and creator Jimmy Palmiotti along with Amanda Connor, Tom Jane, Tim Bradstreet, and the Reverend Dave Johnson for Booze and Banter at Long Beach’s Gladstone’s Restaurant. Click here to reserve your spot. All proceeds will benefit Hero.
Saturday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m., the Hero Initiative is hosting a The LBCC Official Costume Party at the Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 Pine Avenue, Long Beach. Prizes will be awarded in different categories: best superhero, best villain, best IDW character, best BOOM! Character, most creative, best Zombie and more! It’s going to be incredible fun, and your $10 admission benefits the Hero Initiative. Admission ticket also gets you one free beer and helps out our great cause. Tickets will be sold at the Hero Initiative booth, #300 and at Rock Bottom Saturday evening.
In addition, premiering this weekend is Heroine, a scent created specifically for The Hero Initiative by Black Phoenix Alchemy Laboratory with label art is by the fabulous Adam Hughes! Proceeds from every bottle sold go to The Hero Initiative. We will be selling Heroine, as well as the Dawn, Witchblade, Sachs and Violens, and Unknown scents at the booth as Wicked Goddess herself from BPAL will be at the Hero booth Saturday and Sunday to help you with your scent needs. Heroine will be available for $25 at the booth and will be $26 when it goes live on the Black site in late November.
Also available is a limited edition exclusive print for Long Beach Comic Con by legendary artist Arthur Suydam. Prints will be available at our booth for $15 and you can get it signed by the artist himself all weekend in Artist Alley! (see attached)
And you can save on a great Hero product: The Ultimate Spider-Man #100 Project! It’s half off when you bring a coupon from our website at www. Heroinitiatve.org. Print it and bring it to our booth, #300. Limit two per person while supplies last!
At our booth, J. Scott Campbell will be sketching Saturday from 2-3 p.m. But be advised! He’ll only be doing three sketches! In order to get one of his coveted creations, raffle tickets will be sold all day Friday and Saturday until 1 p.m. at $1 each. Three winners will then be selected who will then be able to purchase a Campbell sketch for $250. There is no limit on how many tickets you can purchase, but purchasers must be present at the Hero booth Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to redeem sketch. All proceeds will go to The Hero Initiative. Booth Schedule is as follows:
Friday Oct. 28 (Show hours 1-8pm)
3-4pm Joe Benitez
530-630 Whilce Portacio
Saturday Oct. 29 (Show hours: 10am-7pm)
10-11:30 Tim Sale
12-2 Danny Miki
2-3 J. Scott Campbell
Sunday Oct. 31 (Show Hours 10-4)
1030-1130 Howard Chaykin
1130-1230 Trent Kanigua
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
Exclusives Abound at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con! And for the first time EVER, Michael Golden’s artwork will be featured as part of the VIP Package for the premiere upcoming pop-culture event!
Wizard World Chicago Comic Con is the place to be to collect exclusive prints, books, die cast cars, toys and other items, as more than 30 different pieces will be available only at the event, August 19-22 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.
But this eye-catching Power Girl piece by the co-creator of X-Men’s Rogue, is available ONLY as part of the VIP exclusives. And it’s certainly no mystery why Mr. G. was picked as part of this special promotion for the show.
During his career, Golden has been an editor at DC Comics as well as senior art director at Marvel Comics, and has worked on numerous movie production projects, including some currently in development. His art has been the focus of gallery shows in places as diverse as New York, Gijon and Barcelona, Antwerp and Brussels, and his class on storytelling has been conducted in Spain, Brussels, Canada, and the United States.
In addition to his groundbreaking art on titles such as “The ‘Nam,” “Micronauts,” “G.I. Joe Yearbook,” “The Avengers,” “Batman,” and “Dr. Strange,” Golden’s recent work can be seen on the covers of “Heroes for Hire,” “Exiles,” “Nightwing,” “Uncanny X-Men,” “Hulk Team-Up,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Spiderman 1602,” among much more! Books on his work include the recent publications “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” “Modern Masters: Michael Golden,” “Heroes and Villains,” and “MORE Heroes and Villains,” most of which will be available from Michael in artist’s alley while supplies last.
Chicago Comic Con will easily be one of the top conventions of the year. And joining Golden at the event will be Eva Ink Artist Group contemporaries Mark Texeira and Steve Scott.
Currently Texeira is finishing up a Punisher limited series for Marvel Comics, and you no doubt know him from his stunning work on Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Black Panther, Conan, and much more. Mark will have copies of his books “Babes and Brawn,” and “Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira,” at the show.
Artist Steve Scott recently completed stints X-Men Forever, a Green Lantern special project and is currently working on a Batman story at DC Comics as well. At Wizard Chicago, Steve will be offering copies of his new sketchbook, “Steve Scott Sketches,” while supplies last, as well as some exclusive prints!
This year’s WWC also includes an impressive line-up from Hollywood including William Shatner, Linda Hamilton, James Marsters, Adam West, the Final Five Cylons from Battlestar Galactica, Linda Blair, Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer, Claudia Christian, Richard Roundtree, Julia Jones and many many more!
The line-up from the world of illustration and comics is also pretty amazing, and includes, along with Golden, Texeira, and Scott: Joe Madureira, Arthur Suydam, Brian Pulido, J. Scott Campbell, Jim Calafiore, William Christensen, Bill Sienkiewicz, Greg Horn, Stuart Sayger, Jill Thompson, Billy Tucci, Ethan Van Sciver, Leo Leibelman, James O’Barr, Mike McKone, Geof Darrow, Gary Friedrich, David Mack, Renee Witterstaetter, Mike Grell, and tons more! It can certainly be said that Chicago Comic Con boasts one of the largest Artist Alley in the country!
In fact, this amazing event features over 500 special guests and celebrities from the world of comic books, film & television, wrestling, pop culture and more will be in attendance, and you will not want to miss out! And don’t forget to sign up for the VIP package featuring that fantastic Michael Golden Power Girl print as well!
Chicago Comic Con runs from August 19-22, 2010 at the Rosemont Convention Center. For more information, go to: http://www.wizardworld.com
For more information on commissions, and appearances of artists Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Steve Scott and Eva Ink Artist Group, contact Renee at: email@example.com
J. Scott Campbell appears at the Westheimer location of Bedrock City Comic Co on Saturday, August 14th from 12-4 pm. He will be signing and taking commissions for original artwork. He will also have prints and sketchbooks available for sale. CGC will be on hand as well for submissions for their CGC Signature Series.
Bedrock City Comic Co.
6517 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77057
J. Scott Campbell appears at All Star Comics on Friday, August 13th from 3:30-7 pm as part of the official Grand Opening of their new location! Free autographs for your comics, posters, or prints. He will have prints and sketchbooks available for sale..
3520 FM 365, Nederland, TX, 77627
July 29, 2010 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, Comic Books, Convention News, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Movies, New York, New York Comic Con, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
NEW YORK COMIC CON ANNOUNCES 300 GUESTS IN ARTIST ALLEY AND THE LIST IS GROWING!
New York Comic Con’s Newly Added Artists Include J. Scott Campbell, Tom DeFalco, Steve Scott, Mark Morales, among many others â€¦
Norwalk, CT, July 29, 2010: New York Comic Con (NYCC) has announced the preliminary line up of artists who will be appearing in Artist Alley this year. More than 300 guests have already signed up and show officials note that the list will continue to grow as the annual pop culture convention gets closer. This compares with 250 artists who appeared in Artist Alley last year. NYCC, which will be co-located with the New York Anime Festival (NYAF) in 2010, will take place October 8 – 10 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Among the artists who have joined the top headliners in Artist Alley include: J. Scott Campbell, Jimmy Cheung, Chris Claremont, Geof Darrow, Tom DeFalco, Leo Leibelman, Mark Morales, Steve Scott, and Leinil Francis Yu.
“This is an awesome Artist Alley and it’s only going to get better,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for both NYCC and NYAF. “It certainly underscores how popular the venue is, and how much the fans want to see and talk to these incredible artists. Artist Alley is an unparalleled opportunity since it offers a unique chance to get up close to some of the best artists working today. We are incredibly pleased to be able to facilitate this kind of â€˜up close’ communication and interaction. Across the board, this is going to be New York Comic Con’s best year ever!”
For more information about the complete line up of artists participating in Artist Alley please go to their website. As noted, the 2010 New York Comic Con be co-located with the New York Anime Festival (NYAF) and will occupy the entire Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. 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.
J. SCOTT CAMPBELL: J. Scott Campbell is a renowned illustrator and a world famous comic book artist with over a decade and a half in the business. Best known for his landmark series Danger Girl, where he served as both creator and artist, Scott has also created a huge fan-base over the years from his work on such titles as Gen 13, Spider-Man, Wildsiderz and most recently his very first pin-up calendar FairyTale Fantasies, featuring his very recognizable, sexy and playful girly art. An all around talent, Campbell has also dabbled in the fields of film design, video games, toys, animation, commercial art, and self publishing. His current projects include upcoming interiors on Spider-Man in addition to many high profile covers for Marvel Comics.
JIM CHEUNG: Originally hailing from the UK, Jim now resides in Florida, pencilling exclusively for Marvel Comics. He is currently working on a new Young Avengers project with Allan Heinberg as well as providing covers for the Secret Warriors series. His past projects for Marvel have included Iron Man, X-Force, Uncanny X-Men, Illuminati and New Avengers, and he is responsible for co-creating the Young Avengers and Scion for Crossgen Comics.
CHRIS CLAREMONT: Writer Chris Claremont’s stories have achieved best-seller status, won numerous awards, and are trend-setters for the industry. Although best known for his work on Marvel Comic’s X-Men series, he has written other seminal characters such as Batman and Superman; originated several creator-owned series; is published throughout the world in many different languages; authored nine novels; and has had his first video game premier in Spring 2006. In total, Chris has sold approximately 500,000,000 comics, world wide. Chris is also known for his progressive treatment of women in a genre that oftentimes relies on stereotype. Active, intelligent, courageous women characters such as Jean Grey, Kitty Pryde, and Storm have made Chris’s X-Men as popular with women readers as men. The Summer of 2000 saw the release of the feature film, X-Men, based largely on material created by Chris. The sequel, X-2, contains characters and key story elements from Chris’s best-selling graphic novel, God Loves, Man Kills. X-Men: The Last Stand, released in May 2006, is grounded in the Dark Phoenix saga. The forthcoming second Wolverine movie is based largely on the graphic novel, Wolverine, by Chris and Frank Miller. Current projects include the on-going Marvel series X-Men Forever, the one-shot X-Women, drawn by renowned Italian artist Milo Manara, and several exciting, soon-to-be announced prose projects.
GEOF DARROW: Geof Darrow was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and studied drawing at the Chicago Acadamy of Fine Arts and Hanna-Barbera School of Frustration. He has lived and worked in four countries: U.S.A., France, Japan, and California. His credits include the comics work HardBpiled, Big Guy (with Frank Miller) and Shaolin Cowboy (with his split personality The Chubby Johnson). He has done concept work with film directors Wachoswki Brothers, Ridley Scott, and JJ Abrams amongst others. He has met President Frederick Mitterand of France and has never met either Bush Presidents. He continues to work in comics, film, animal husbandry, and never intends to meet either Bush’ or maverick media vampire Sarah Palin.
TOM DEFALCO: A former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics with over thirty books currently in print, Tom DeFalco has written comic books, graphic novels, short stories, prose novels and books like Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide and Comic Creators on Fantastic Four. He was also a major contributor to The Marvel Encyclopedia and The Marvel Chronology. DeFalco has recently worked on Star Wars: The Clone Wars for Titan Comics, The Man From RIVERDALE for Archie Comics, Flash Gordon for Ardden Entertainment, The Flying Fool for Moonstone Books and, of course, The Spectacular Spider-Girl for Marvel Comics. He is currently writing a new Thunderstrike limited series with co-creator Ron Frenz.
LEO LEIBELMAN: Leo Leibelman went to the HS of Music and Art and took a How to Draw Comic Books class under Carlos Infantino. Those classes paid off because a few years later in 1994 he began working for Marvel Comics on Savage Sword of Conan. From there, Leo worked for Acclaim Comics on Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Majick: the Gathering and Topps on Hercules. Leo eventually moved to the Great White North and found himself in the film industry while still keeping his hand in the comics business. Besides comics and film, Leo has painted covers for romance novels and has illustrated for educational CD roms. Currently, Leo is working on films and TV shows full time and has produced some covers for magazines like Heavy Metal.
MARK MORALES: A graduate of New York’s famed School of Visual Arts, Mark Morales is a longtime comics veteran. Over the course of his 15 year career, he has worked for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics and various others, mostly as an inker. Through the years, Mark has worked on such titles as Uncanny X-men, Secret Invasion, Justice League, New Avengers, Thor, Daredevil and many others. Currently he is hard at work on ‘Siege’ from Marvel Comics.
STEVE SCOTT: Comic artist Steve Scott’s work recently graced the X-Men Forever series with writer Chris Claremont as well as a current Green Lantern special project at DC Comics. He is also the only artist tapped by DC Comics to do any work relating to Batman Forever, depicting the now legendary turn of Heath Ledger as The Joker. Steve’s work has also often been seen on the television show Smallville and in other special projects for DC Comics. He began his comics career at Malibu Comics and enjoyed immediate success but continued to lead a dual life as firefighter by day and artist by night– for more than sixteen years, in fact! After 9/11, Steve was selected among the few to contribute to DC Comics’ The Worlds Finest Comic Book Writers & Artists Tell Stories to Remember. Recent and current projects at Marvel Comics, and DC Comics include working with industry legends Louise Simonson and Chris Claremont on the titles Magik and Exiles, the Marvel Adventures line featuring Fantastic Four, Avengers, and the Hulk, work on She-Hulk, and a Kyle XY one shot for Disney/ABC with writer Jeff Parker.
LENIEL FRANCIS YU: Leinil Yu’s first interest in Comics was sparked by a copy of How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way when he was 11. It was later reinforced by positive responses from talent scouts from Wildstorn/Homage and Darkhorse, published fan art in Wizard Magazine and first professional work on Entity Comics’ Aster. The major break was Whilce Portacio’s tutelage where the training landed him his first mainstream comics gig: Wolverine in 1997. After a lengthy run, he later took on the Uncanny X-men, X-men, Highroads, Superman: Birthright, Silent Dragon, Ult, Hulk/Wolverine, New Avengers, Marvel’s 2008 Epic: Secret Invasion, and a series of projects with writer Mark Millar, Ultimate Avengers and their creator-owned project: Superior. He lives in Manila, Philippines.
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.