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

 

TX – Free Comic Book Day 2011

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Wendy Pini (Elfquest), James O’Barr (The Crow), Kristian Donaldson (DMZ, Supermarket, The Guild), Brent Peeples (Grimm Fairy Tales), and Michael Hawkins (Jim Corn) sign on Saturday May, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day!

Zeus Comics
411 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

TX – Tsunami Relief Fundraiser

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Press Release:

To help those in need in Japan, Zeus Comics, in conjunction with the Web series The Variants and Billiard Bar will be putting on a LIVE ART SHOW and AUCTION to benefit the American Red Cross. Several comic artists will be on hand making art in front of the crowd while DJ CeePee from Good Records spins LIVE!

There’ll be drinks, pool tables and a hell of a lot of fantastic art being made before your eyes.

The starting artist line-up includes James O’Barr (The Crow), Joe Eisma (Morning Glories), Kristian Donaldson (DMZ, Supermarket, The Guild), the entire Space Gun Studios crew, Curt Franklin and Chris Haley (letsbefriendsagain.com), and RK Milholland (somethingpositive.net).

All art pieces will be silent auctioned off over the course of the evening! Plus prizes from Zeus Comics, writer Greg Pak and more!

Friday April 22nd at 9pm

Billiard Bar
1920 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX

Albuquerque Comic Expo (June 2011)

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Albuquerque Comic Expo Logo

Convention Name
Albuquerque Comic Expo
Convention Website Address
http://www.abqcomicexpo.com
This convention will take place:

  • over multiple days.

 

 

Start Date
06/24/2011
End Date
04/26/2011
About This Convention
The Albuquerque Comic Expo is the southwest’s newest and most exciting comic book, pop culture, and entertainment convention! Taking place June 24th-26th, 2011, ACE features an impressive guest list of over 40 comic book, celebrity, and media guests.

Featuring a special appearance by comic book legend Stan Lee!

 

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
200
Projected Attendance
10000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories

  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy

 

 

Guests
Stan Lee, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Ben Templesmith, Doug Jones, Ernie Hudson, Michael Golden, Lloyd Kaufman, Jeremy Bulloch, Peter Mayhew, Jim Kelly, Richard Hatch, Arthur Suydam, Aaron Campbell, Ale Garza, Gene Ha, Andy Kuhn,James O’Barr, Joe Jusko, Mitch Brietweiser, Whilce Portacio, Tony Harris, Jill Thompson, Tim Seeley

Albuquerque Comic Expo Flyer

Dallas Comic Con (May 2011)

Dallas Comic Con May 21-22

Convention Name
Dallas Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.dallascomiccon.com
This convention will take place:

  • over multiple days.
Start Date
05/21/2011
End Date
05/22/2011
About This Convention
Dallas’ number one comic convention returns May 21-22 with guests of honor STAN LEE and LEONARD NIMOY!
Venue Name and Address
500 W Las Colinas Blvd
2000 E Spring Creek Parkway
Irving, TX 75039
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
270
Projected Attendance
6000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories

  • Anime
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
Guests
Stan Lee, Leonard Nimoy, Tim Bradstreet, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Mitch Breitweiser, Jaime Mendoza, James O’Barr

Wizard Announces New Orleans Comic Con 2011 Programming

James Marsters playing guitar

Press Release:

James Marsters Concert, “Buffyfest,” Billy Dee Williams, “Batman” Panels, Lou Gossett Jr. Spotlight, Live Art Show/After Party Highlight New Orleans Comic Con Programming

Julie Benz, Ray Park, “Walking Dead” Q&A’s, Artist Schools Also On Tap This Weekend

NEW ORLEANS, January 19, 2011 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con today announced its diverse programming schedule, featuring a James Marsters concert, unique celebrity Q&A’s, artist schools, costume contests and more for the event, set for Saturday and Sunday at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Some of the highlights include:

* A live concert featuring singer-songwriter-actor James Marsters
* “Wizard Spotlight” with legendary actor Louis Gossett Jr.
* Rare Q&A panels with Marsters, Julie Benz and Ray Park, as well as popular Comic Con guests Billy Dee Williams, Walter Koenig, Adam West and Burt Ward
* Two “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” panels, featuring twins Nicholas Brendon and Kelly Donovon, and Clare Kramer and James Charles Leary
* ‘Walking Dead’ Q&A with stars Chandler Riggs, Keisha Tillis and Adrian Kali Turner
* Wizard Art School and Q&A’s featuring leading artists like David Mack, Bill Sinkiewicz, Cameron Stewart, Kevin Maguire, Yanick Paquette, Phil Jimenez and others
* Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con Live Art Show and After Party with Kody Chamberlain and Rob Guillory at Hey! Cafe (4332 Magazine St.)
* The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

Standard New Orleans Comic Con programming will take place in Room A and Room B at Hall H of the Morial Convention Center. All programming is included with admission to the event, with the exception of the James Marsters Concert, which requires an additional ticket. Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels. The full schedule is below:

Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
WHO WANTS TO BE ON A REALITY SHOW? W/ JARRETT CRIPPEN ‘THE DEFUSER’

Have you ever wanted to be on a reality show? Are you curious as to what the producers are looking for? Come get inside tips about reality shows and what it takes to win from the winner of Stan Lee’s “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” Season II. The Defuser (Jarrett Crippen) will talk about and answer questions regarding the audition process, competition, living conditions and other topics related to his show and reality shows in general. (Room B)

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
JAMES MARSTERS Q&A

Best known for his role as Spike, the platinum blonde vampire on hit shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” James Marsters answers questions about everything from his evolution from acting to music and back, and the projects he plans to conquer in the next few years. (Room A)

WIZARD ART SCHOOL W/ DAVID MACK AND BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Legendary artists and long-time friends David Mack (Kabuki) and Bill Sienkiewicz (Batman: The Widening Gyre covers) unite for this insider look at their art processes, and give advice and their personal dos and don’ts of the trade to new creators interested in sequential storytelling. (Room B)

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
BILLY DEE WILLIAMS Q&A

Lando lands at New Orleans Comic Con, as the coolest man in Star Wars history sits down to take fan questions. (Room A)

THE ART OF ‘CHEW’ AND ‘SWEETS’
Indie art sensations Kody Chamberlain (Sweets) and Rob Guillory (Chew) join the Wizard World Comic Con Tour and discuss their breakout Image hits. (Room B)

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
BUFFYFEST Q&A W/ NICHOLAS BRENDON AND KELLY DONOVAN

Buffy’s “Xander Harris” sits down with his sinister twin brother to take fan questions about life during and after the pop culture phenomenon. (Room A)

WIZARD ART SCHOOL W/ CAMERON STEWART, KEVIN MAGUIRE AND YANICK PAQUETTE
Three of comics most renowned storytellers—Cameron Stewart (Batman & Robin), Kevin Maguire (Justice League International) and Yanick Paquette (Batman, Inc.)—discuss art, storytelling and working with collaborators in the digital age. (Room B)

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
BUFFYFEST Q&A W/ CLARE KRAMER AND JAMES CHARLES LEARY

Join “Buffy” stars Clare Kramer (Glory) and James Charles Leary (Clem) as the duo discuss the behind the scenes shenanigans and fun of shooting one of pop culture’s biggest hits. (Room A)

VICTOR GISCHLER Q&A
Famed novelist (Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse) and comic book scribe Victor Gischler (X-Men: Curse of the Mutants) talks about his recent runs on X-Men and Deadpool as well as his novel background and his rise in comics. (Room B)

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
BATMAN AND ROBIN Q&A W/ ADAM WEST AND BURT WARD

The original ’60s “Dynamic Duo” re-teams for this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where Batman and Robin drop their masks and talk about their lady co-stars, the villains they faced and the wild nights after the show! (Room A)

SUPERSTARS OF WRESTLING
W/ KEVIN NASH

Professional grappler Kevin Nash pile drives and body slams your questions into the mat! (Room B)

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
AARON DOUGLAS Q&A

Best known for his role on “Battlestar Galactica” as Chief Galen Tyrol, Aaron Douglas can now be seen on “Hellcats” on The CW, and here he answers all your questions during this exclusive Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con session. (Room A)

THE SOUND OF MUSICAL INTERLUDE W/ ETHAN VAN SCIVER
The halls are alive with the sound of…“music.” Ethan Van Sciver (Flash: Rebirth) invites you to spend the hour trapped in a small room discussing cannibalism, Wolverine, deviancy and all manner of filth and disease through the art of song. Not since Liberace has anyone tickled the ivories with such aplomb. Well, Richard Marx was good. But Ethan is good, too! Come and see! (Room 3)

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
KIDS’ COSTUME CONTEST

Bring any kids 10 and under for this special event with great prizes just for families and the youngsters. (Room A)

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
ADULT COSTUME CONTEST

Get your best costume together and come on down to the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con costume contest for huge prizes and some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend. (Room A)

9:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
JAMES MARSTERS CONCERT

After enjoying sell-out crowds across the nation, singer/songwriter James Marsters performs a rare and intimate concert up close and personal with Wizard World fans. NOTE: ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED. (Room A)

9:00 p.m.
THE WIZARD WORLD NEW ORLEANS COMIC CON LIVE ART SHOW AND AFTER PARTY W/ KODY CHAMBERLAIN AND ROB GUILLORY

Music by DJ Rüs with Jeff Hebert on drums Join us for this special after-hours event hosted by Kody Chamberlain (Sweets, 30 Days of Night) and Rob Guillory (Chew), and watch some of your favorite comic artists create original work from start to finish right before your eyes. This is a rare opportunity to hang out, network, and get to know some of the top artists in the business. Who knows, you may even get to own an original masterpiece! This is a free event; must be 18 to enter.
LOCATION: Hey! Café, 4332 Magazine St. (Corner of Magazine & Napoleon Ave.)

Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
JULIE BENZ Q&A

The star of hit shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dexter” and “No Ordinary Family,” Julie Benz talks to fans about her extensive career, ups and downs in the industry and her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television. (Room A)

TERRY MOORE Q&A
The Strangers in Paradise and Echo creator takes fan questions on his plethora of critically acclaimed and fan-favorite comics as well as talks about his upcoming plans. (Room B)

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN Q&A PANEL W/ ‘LOOK’ PREVIEW

“Babylon 5” beauty Claudia Christian shares the secrets to her multi-faceted success, and previews a sneak peek of her new Showtime series “Look.” (Room A)

WIZARD ART SCHOOL W/ PHIL JIMENEZ AND JASON PEARSON
Superstar artists Phil Jimenez (Adventure Comics) and Jason Pearson (upcoming Astonishing X-Men) assemble to give out their tips on refining your art, pitching to Marvel and DC, and any other sound advice they can think of about working in comics (Room B)

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
RAY PARK Q&A

The “X-Men” and “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” star engages fans in this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where he discusses his extensive film biography and his evolution to genre icon. (Room A)

STORYTELLING W/ MICHAEL GOLDEN
No matter if you’re a writer, artist or a reader of comics, come for this sit-down with one of the most renowned storytellers in the business, Michael Golden, as he tells you a few tricks of the trade that will help you no matter what type of story you tell or enjoy, in whatever medium. It’s a rare opportunity to talk with the co-creator of X-Men’s Rogue, and groundbreaking penciler on such projects as Bucky O’Hare, The ‘Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe, and much more. (Room B)

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WIZARD SPOTLIGHT: LOUIS GOSSETT JR.

Screen legend and Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. (“Officer and a Gentleman,” “The Punisher,” “Iron Eagle,” “Enemy Mine”) joins the Wizard World Comic Con Tour and sits down for this exciting Q&A, telling the behind-the-scenes stories from the set and answering the questions you’ve always wanted to ask. (Room A)

MIKE GRELL AND MARK RYAN
The legendary comics icon behind classic Legion of Super-Heroes Tales and Warlord, Mike Grell, teams up with Transformers voice actor Mark Ryan (the voice of Bumblebee) to answer fan questions. (Room B)

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
WALTER KOENIG Q&A

The original “Star Trek” series’ Pavel Chekov, Walter Koenig beams into this Q&A, where he’ll answer any and all questions from the elite Trek fans at New Orleans Comic Con. (Room A)

JAMES O’BARR Q&A
The Crow creator talks about his dark creation, new comics and the plans for a new Crow franchise in the movies. (Room B)

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
‘WALKING DEAD’ Q&A W/ CHANDLER RIGGS, KEISHA TILLIS AND ADRIAN KALI TURNER

AMC’s ambitious horror series, based on Robert Kirkman’s ultra-hot zombie series from Image, now comes to life from director Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile”)! Check out amazing behind-the-scenes footage and extended clips along with a Q&A with stars from AMC’s show. (Room A)

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is located at 900 Convention Center Blvd. in New Orleans. New Orleans Comic Con is the first stop on Wizard’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled. Hours are Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Tickets are available in advance or by calling 1-866-882-5860 and online at www.wizardworld.com/neworleans.html at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($30 on site); two-day weekend tickets are $40 ($45 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

The freshly renovated New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is an essential component of what makes the city’s major business events so successful. With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, the Convention Center is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation, and it consistently ranks in the country’s top ten of facilities that hold the most conventions and trade shows annually.

About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces a North American Comic Con tour. Wizard World Comic Con – The Pop-Culture Capital of the World!

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a New Orleans Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

Michael Golden Print Exclusive at Wizard World Chicago

Press Release:

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: evaink@aol.com

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