Frank Cho Plans for Big Wow 2012

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Artist Frank Cho posted about his plans for Big Wow Comic Fest on his blog:

The great Big Wow Comic Fest in San Jose is just around the corner. Again this year, I’ll be holding one of my very rare art classes where I’ll teach drawing the female figure- veeeery sexy female figures. (This is a felony in some southern states, I believe.) Again this year, the lovely and culo-rrific Ivy Doomkitty will model for me at the live figure drawing class. She’ll be dressed as Dejah Thoris and belly dance for us. (She’s a professional belly-dancer. I kid you not.)

The wonderful thing about Big Wow Comic Fest is that it focuses on the art of drawing and painting comic books. There will be various free art workshops at the convention for the fans, including a costume making workshop for cos-players and acrylic/oil painting classes for fine art lovers. The fans can just watch or draw along with the artists, or just get your comic books autographed – because Big Wow Comic Fest is still a comic book convention.

Don’t forget, This year’s stellar guest list includes the great Jim Lee, Juanjo “Blacksad” Guarnido, Bernie Wrightson, Travis Charest, Kevin Nowlan, Joe Jusko, Bill Morrison, Tim Sale, Brandon Peterson, James O’Barr, Michael Golden, Mike Choi, Tim Vigil, and many many more.

www.bigwowcomicfest.com

TX – The Crow Screening

Creator James O’Barr appears at the Alamo Drafthouse to sign copies of The Crow: Special Edition on April 15, 2012 at 5:00pm with a free screening of the film adaptation of to follow at 6:00pm. O’Barr will also be on a Q&A panel after the screening.

RSVP on Facebook or Meetup!

Hosted by ComicBreak.com

Alamo Drafthouse – Stone Oak
22806 US Hwy 281 North, San Antonio, TX 78258

Sienkiewicz and Wrightson Join Some of Sci-Fi’s Hottest at the February 2012 DFW Sci-Fi Expo

Sci-Fi Expo

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Bill Sienkiewicz and Bernie Wrightson join some of Sci-Fi’s hottest at the DFW SCI-FI EXPO, Feb 11-12

Two comic book legends, Bill Sienkiewicz (ELEKTRA ASSASSIN) and Bernie Wrightson (SWAMP THING), headline the impressive artist lineup at the February 11-12 Sci-Fi Expo.  Produced by the men behind the Dallas Comic Con, this year’s Sci-Fi Expo brings in a wide variety of television and movie actors, along with several comic book luminaries including Joe Jusko and Marvel artist Mark Brooks.  This is Sienkiewicz’s first trip back to the Big D area after previously appearing at the 2009 Dallas Comic Con – his art recently graced the packaging of the new GODZILLA Blu-ray.  Bernie Wrightson has become a favorite guest of the Dallas-based shows, and will be making one of his first major 2012 convention appearances there.  Mark Brooks is making time from his busy Marvel schedule to return to Dallas for the first time in many years as well, and Joe Jusko is coming straight to the show from a big trip to Paris!  Other comic book personalities attending include James O’Barr (creator of THE CROW), Joe Eisma (artist of MORNING GLORIES), Kerry Gammill (former SUPERMAN artist) and Ben Dunn (creator and artist of NINJA HIGH SCHOOL).

Sci-Fi fans will be thrilled to meet the sexy star of BUFFY and DOLLHOUSE, Eliza Dushku, who is attending the show on Saturday only.  FIREFLY and SERENITY fans will be treated to appearances by cast members Adam Baldwin (also Saturday only), Jewel Staite, Sean Maher and Ron Glass. Other media personalities include Alexis Cruz (STARGATE), Noah Hathaway (THE NEVERENDING STORY), Angie Bolling (all three ROBOCOP movies) and James Hampton (TEEN WOLF).  Event Manager Mark Walters notes, “We pride ourselves in putting together conventions that feature something for everyone, and all with a family-friendly atmosphere.  This particular Sci-Fi Expo is our most-ambitious yet, with an incredible mix of talent… we expect the fans will be thrilled.”

General Admission is $15 (discounted tickets for children), with Priority and VIP passes available.  You can find more information on the show, which runs Saturday (11am to 6pm) and Sunday (11am to 4pm) at http://scifiexpo.com

Big Wow Adds Overseas Talent

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Joining the line up for the 2012 Big Wow ComicFest are Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad), from France and Liam Sharp (Gears of War) from England. Two Award Winning artists, both traveling to San Jose to meet their fans at the Big Wow! ComicFest.

Juanjo Guarnido, best known here is the US for his work on Blacksad published by Dark Horse Comics will be make a rare appearance at this years Big Wow! He will be traveling from Spain to greet his fans. Dark Horse themselves are very excited about his appearance, since they have never had the chance to meet this talented artist.

Also coming from overseas to join the talented lineup at Big Wow! ComicFest is award winning Heavy Metal and DC Comics artist, Liam Sharp. A friend of the show, Liam is pleased to return to Northern California to greet his fans.

Visit the Big Wow! Convention site today and sign up for their Newsletter!

Three of the greatest painters have joined the guest list of this 2012′s Big Wow! ComicFest. Along with other great talents at this years show in the art of painting (like Dan Brereton, Bernie Wrightson, Tim Bradstreet, Joe Linsner and more), Joe Jusko, James O’Barr and Mark Texeira have al agreed to make the West Coast trip and join the fans for the 2012 Big Wow! ComicFest.

James O’Barr (Best known for his creating “The Crow”) is looking forward to joining the live art showcase and plans on challenging all the other artists to pick up a brush and just try to out do the creation he has in store for the fans, he wants to “raise the bar” on the quality of convention art.

Other amazing guests attending the Big Wow! ComicFest include Jim Lee (Sunday Only), Frank Cho, Bernie Wrightson, Travis Charest, Kevin Nowlan, Tim Bradstreet, Sergio Aragones, Joe Linsner, Michael Golden, Bob Layton, and many, many more top industry professionals! For a complete list of Guests click here.

The VA Comicon (November 2012)

January 11, 2012 by  
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Convention Name
The VA Comicon
Convention Website Address
http://www.vacomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date
11/18/2012
About This Convention
Virginia’s largest and longest running Comic Book and Pop-culture convention. Now in it’s 26th year. 2012 will be FREE to all guests who register in advance at www.VAcomicon.com! We will have all-star talent at every show!
Venue Name and Address
The Crowne Plaza West
6531 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
62
Projected Attendance
500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Horror
Guests
James O’Barr

Albuquerque Comic Expo (June 2012)

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Convention Name
Albuquerque Comic Expo
Convention Website Address
http://www.abqcomicexpo.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date
06/08/2012
End Date
06/10/2012
About This Convention
The Albuquerque Comic Expo is the southwest’s premier comic book, pop culture, and entertainment convention! Taking place June 8th-10th 2012, ACE will feature the very best in comic books, movie, television, gaming, and more!

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes headline the show with a live performance of Jay and Silent Bob Get Old! We have several guests returning from our awesome inaugural 2011 show, as well as a bunch of new comic book professionals and celebrities!

Venue Name and Address
Albuquerque Convention Center
401 2nd Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
220
Projected Attendance
10000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
Guests
Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Andy Kuhn, Ben Templesmith, Stan Lee, Arthur Suydam, James O’Barr, Joe Jusko, Michael Golden, Steve Scott, Rodney Ramos

Steel City Con Adds James O’Barr for December 2011

November 23, 2011 by  
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The Crow

Press Release:

The Steel City Con is very proud to announce that the following guests will be appearing at the upcoming Steel City Con. This is a rare opportunity for you to meet American Icons!

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!

The Steel City Con is proud to announce that James O’Barr will be attending the upcoming show. Many of you know that James is the creator of THE CROW!
He is the Writer & Artist of the comic series on which four movies, several comics, a television show, and several novels were later based. Don’t miss this very rare appearance!

CELEBRITY GUEST LIST:

HENRY WINKLER – The Steel City Con is VERY pleased to announce that HENRY WINKLER will be attending the December Show! Mr. Winkler is a very accomplished Author, Actor & Director. He has acted on many TV programs as well as many major hit films. Many of you know him as “THE FONZ” from HAPPY DAYS! Mr. Winkler has also appeared in many classic films such as Wes Craven’s SCREAM (1996), Adam Sandler’s THE WATERBOY, LITTLE NICKY and CLICK. He currently stars i the TV series ROYAL PAINS.

Mr. Winkler will be signing on ALL 3 DAYS of the show!
Friday 4-8pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 11am – 2pm

SPECIAL SIGNING PRICE: STEEL CITY CON EXCLUSIVE
Steel City Con Special price of ONLY $25. ( Many were expecting $40 – $60 )

Pre-purchase your 3 Day Pass online now so that you can meet Mr. Winkler before the general public gets in the show! (3 Day Pass holders get in 1/2 hour early on Sat & Sun)
Go To http://www.steelcitycon.com for all the details!

MARGOT KIDDER- Most of you know Margot from her role as “Lois Lane” of the SUPERMAN Films with Christopher Reeves. Margot also starred in The Amityville Horror. Don’t miss this special signing appearance!

Special Note: Margot Kidder’s Signing Appearance is being Sponsored by IN PERSON PRODUCTIONS. Visit their web site at http://www.inpersonpro.com/

LINDA BLAIR – This is an EXTREMELY RARE Signing Appearance and we encourage everyone to make plans now to attend the December Steel City Con! LINDA BLAIR is a GOLDEN GLOBE & PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD winner. She has also been nominated for an ACADEMY AWARD. Many of you know Linda Blair from her role in the horror film THE EXORCIST.

Special Note: Linda Blair’s Signing Appearance is being Sponsored by The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Visit their web site at http://www.artinstitutes.edu/pittsburgh/

DOUG JONES – Ready to meet THE SILVER SURFER? Doug Jones has appeared as The Silver Surfer in the recent file THE FANTASTIC FOUR: THE RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER.

Special Note: Mr. Jones signing appearance is being sponsored by the Comic Book Ink.
Visit their web site at http://www.thecomicbookink.com

ERIKA ELENIAK – Yes, that’s right …. it’s ” Shauni McCain from the hit TV series BAYWATCH! Many of you also remember Erika as the high-school girlfriend of Jesse (John Stamos) in FULL HOUSE. Erika’s film credits also include UNDER SIEGE, E.T., and THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES.

BONNIE PIESSE – Australian actress and singer/songwriter. Star Wars fans will be happy to meet the “YOUNG AUNT BERU” from STAR WARS! In particular, she appeared in Star Wars Episode II: Attack OF THE CLONES and STAR WARS Episode iii: REVENGE OF THE SITH.

MARK DODSON – The voice for STAR WARS’ “SALACIOUS CRUMB” / The Voice of STAR WARS’ Ewok’s / The Voice for many of your favorite GREMLINS. Mark has also been involved in DAY OF THE DEAD, WISHMAN and NATURAL BORN KILLERS.

“HACKSAW” JIM DUGGAN – Former WWE Wrestler. His best known character is that of an American patriot, which sees him use a 2×4 length of wood as a weapon, the battle cry “Hooo!” and the USA Cheer! During his time in WWE he was the oldest active wrestler after Ric Flair retired in 2008.”Hacksaw” Jim Duggan is also the second inductee in the WWE HALL OF FAME Class of 2011.

Special note: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan’s appearance is being sponsored by COLLECTORS REALM
visit their web site at http://www.collectorsrealm.iwarp.com/

MARIA KANELLIS – Former WWE DIVA! Maria Kanellis is an actress, singer, TV hostess/personality, former WWE Diva and aspiring fashion designer. She is currently appearing on THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE on NBC. She is releasing her first music album, a 4 song EP, on April 13th, 2010. She is most well-known as a former professional wrestler and personality within World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) for the past 5 years !

For details go to http://www.steelcitycon.com

VA Comicon 25th Anniversary Show October 29-30, 2011 Featuring O’Barr, Suydam, Etc.

October 24, 2011 by  
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The Crow

Press Release:

The 25th Anniversary show is THIS WEEKEND, Oct 29-30 in Richmond
Dear Brett,

This is Brett from the VA Comicon…Man-o-man am I excited about the show coming up this wekend in Richmond, VA on Oct 29-30!
So many exciting things to announce…from a Female Super-hero figure modeling course on Saturday, to MORE exclusive comics you can ONLY get at the show (like the TMNT Variant with the LEE Momument on the Christmas themed cover, to the Sexiest Witchblade cover EVER)!
It all happens THIS weekend in Richmond, VA! Don’t miss the Charity Art auction on Saturday to Benefit the Hero Initiative, and the $500 Cash Costume contest on Sunday…$250 for best group, and $250 best overall. Scope the links below!
Stories Comics in Richmond has been kind enough to donate two $50 Gift Cards for the youth prices (12 and under)…one for best group, and one for best overall!
We have an awesome lineup of lectures this year, including a frank conversation about Hollywood with James O Barr (the creator of the Crow), and a round-table GI Joe talk with Larry Hama, Herb Trimpe and SL Gallant! Check out all of the links! The show will be GREAT! Go to our website for the schedule!
Finally, a reminder Children 12 and under are FREE, and everyone else is $10 for the entire weekend! SKIP THE LINES! Pick up your advance ticket today at the website, and get in 1 hour earlier on Saturday to boot!
Children of advance ticket holders get in early for FREE!
Check out the headlines below for more fun at our upcoming show! THIS WEEKEND. All info and tickets are at our website. WHEW!
-Brett

Check out these quick links for more info!Many updates to exclusives!We added Arthur “Zombie King” Suydam to the guest list! 

Hero Initiative Original Art Auction info!

Lecture Schedule! SMALL PRESS updates!

 

Become a fan of us on Facebook to be in the KNOW, here are the most recent posts our fans were lucky enough to be in the know:
Please remember, this show is being self-financed by me, Brett Carreras, and is being operated completely as not-for-profit. We do have a VERY limited number of tables still available both days…if your company would like to be a part of Virginia’s BEST comic book show EVER in 25 years, we would love to hear from you!
I look forward to seeing everyone at the show!
Sincerely,

Brett Carreras
VA Comicon

A reminder, we are at the CROWNE PLAZA WEST in Richmond, VA, which is NOT the same location as last-year’s show…We have sold the room to capacity the last two years…the best way to not have to WAIT in in line is to pick up an advance ticket for only $10, the same price as at the front door. Thanks!

Kids 12 and under areFREE!
We LOVE having families come to the VA Comicon! In fact, we want WHOLE GROUP participation…That’s why we have a GROUP cash prize on Sunday for our costume contest!
Remember…Kids 12 and under are FREE the whole weekend with paid parent admission! Getting an ADVANCE Ticket? Your child can get in 1 hour early with you FREE of charge as well! Online sales will stop on Thursday, so you only have DAYS to take advantage! Get one NOW!
OFFER GOOD ALL DAY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY OCT 29-30 

Steranko, Linsner, and Horn Added to Fan Days October 2011 Event

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Jim Steranko

Press Release:

Jim Steranko, Joe Linsner, Greg Horn and more added to FAN DAYS
October 8-9, 2011

Hot off the heels of the highly successful Dallas Comic Con this past May, the same promoters have assembled another impressive guest list for the October 8-9 event called FAN DAYS.

Comic book legend Jim Steranko will make a rare appearance at the event, his first visit to the Dallas area in almost two decades.  Steranko is praised by comic book fans and creators for his surrealistic style incorporated in the Silver and Bronze Age with Marvel flagship characters like Nick Fury and Captain America.  He would later enter the publishing field with movie magazines like Prevue, and even designed characters and concepts for major films like RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (yes, Jim designed Indiana Jones) and Francis Ford Coppola’s BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA.  This is a rare opportunity for fans to meet the groundbreaking creator in person.  He’s been added along with recent comic book creators Joe Linsner (creator and artist of DAWN) and Greg Horn (Marvel cover artist).

Other guests for the multi-faceted event already include media names like Billy Dee Williams (STAR WARS), George Takei (STAR TREK), Julie Benz (DEXTER), and Jaime King (SIN CITY), along with comic creators like Herb Trimpe, Michael Golden, Dave Dorman, Terry Moore, James O’Barr, Kerry Gammill and more.

FAN DAYS Event Manager Mark Walters was quoted to say “The Dallas Comic Con earlier this year was a way of getting our feet wet with the brand new Irving Convention Center, but Fan Days is going to be a somewhat definitively diverse event for the fan community – offering a wider selection of guests and events during and after the show, this will be one of the most incredible fan functions the DFW area has ever seen.”

All guests are attending both days (unless otherwise noted on the website), and some guests do charge fees for autographs. General Admission, Priority and VIP admission passes will be available.  For all the latest info check out http://fandays.com

Hero Initiative Travels To Albuquerque Comic Expo 2011 with Bernie Wrightson

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Nightmaster cover by Bernie Wrightson

Press Release:

HERO INITIATIVE TRAVELS TO ALBUQUERQUE COMIC EXPO “ACE” WITH GUEST BERNIE WRIGHTSON

June 16, 2011 (Los Angeles, CA)  Hero initiative, the non-profit organization that provides a financial safety net for comic creators in need, is making it’s first appearance at Albuquerque Comic Expo, June 24th-26th, at the Albuquerque Convention Center, located in historic downtown Albuquerque at 401 2nd Street NW Albuquerque NM. Joining us at ACE is artist Bernie Wrightson, known for Swamp Thing, and artist of Punisher and Batman: The Cult.  Bernie will be at our booth, #615, all day Saturday and Sunday, right next to Hero Board member Brian Pulido, so make sure you drop and give him a shout while you purchase your goods at the Hero booth!

In addition, Mr. Wrightson has generously agreed to do two sketches for lucky winning fans of Hero’s eBay auctions. Go to: http://qurls.com?i=50388 or http://qurls.com?i=50389 to bid on one of these treasures!

To the con, make sure you purchase you tickets at http://abqcomicexpo.com/purchase-tickets/ and click on the “cart” page to make a donation to Hero, the easiest way to help our cause!

 

SIGNING SCHEDULE AS FOLLOWS, HERO INITIATIVE BOOTH #615:

FRI, 24 JUN (con hours 10-7)

1230-230: Ryan Cody

330-430: Daniel Campos

430-630: Gene Ha

SAT, 25 JUN (con hours 10-7)

ALL DAY: Bernie Wrightson

1030-1230: Andy Kuhn

230-430: James O’Barr

SUN, 26 JUN (con hours 10-6)

ALL DAY: Bernie Wrightson

1130-1230: Gene Ha

1230-130: James O’Barr

130-230: Daniel Campos

 

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

 

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