2011 Fan Expo Canada™ Reveals Powerhouse Lineup of Comic Guests!
Rare appearance by legendary Kubert comic book family and Bone creator Jeff Smith headline the massive four-day Comic Book Expo
Toronto, ON (May 5, 2011) – Fan Expo Canada™ Canada’s premier and largest gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event, today announced its highly anticipated lineup of celebrity guests in the comic medium including industry leaders Adam, Andy and Joe Kubert and Cartoonist Guest of Honour Jeff Smith! The creative masterminds behind such iconic brands as Batman, Fantastic Four, Captain America, The Flash, Thor and Spider-Man will all be participating in Fan Expo’s ever-popular Comic Book Expo, August 25 – 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
For four jam-packed days, Comic Book Expo offers fans autograph sessions with celebrity comic guests and programming highlights that include: hundreds of industry experts on-hand for Q&As, portfolio reviews, advice and live instruction; meet and greet with popular artists, inkers and writers in Artist Alley; industry previews of upcoming comic news and projects; and more than 600 comic retailers offering the country’s largest variety of genres, collectibles, independent publications and Expo exclusive offers all under one roof! Not to mention, Canada’s largest Comic Masquerade Night on Saturday, August 27th – where hundreds of fans dress up as popular comic book characters.
The Comic Book Expo Celebrity Guests include:
· JASON AARON (Writer of ULTIMATE CAPTAIN AMERICA, WOLVERINE)
· BRIAN AZZARELLO (Writer of FIRST WAVE & 100 BULLETS)
· MARK BROOKS (Artist of UNCANNY X-FORCE)
· JIMMY CHEUNG (Artist of AVENGERS)
· OLIVIER COIPEL (Artist of THOR)
· SHANE DAVIS (Artist of SUPERMAN EARTH ONE)
· MARKO DJURDJEVIC (Artist of THOR, FANTASTIC FOUR, SPIDER-MAN)
· DALE EAGLESHAM (Artist of ALPHA FLIGHT)
· STEVE EPTING (Artist of FANTASTIC FOUR, CAPTAIN AMERICA)
· MATT FRACTION (Artist of THOR, IRONMAN, UNCANNY X-MEN)
· RON GARNEY (Artist of ULTIMATE CAPTAIN AMERICA)
· JONATHAN HICKMAN (Writer of FANTASTIC FOUR)
· KATHRYN IMMONEN (Writer of WOLVERINE & JUBILEE)
· STUART IMMONEN (Artist of FEAR ITSELF)
· DALE KEOWN (Artist of HULK)
· ADAM KUBERT (Artist of ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN & WOLVERINE)
· ANDY KUBERT (Artist of BATMAN & FLASHPOINT)
· JOE KUBERT (Legendary Comic Book Artist)
· JEFF LEMIRE (Artist of SUPERBOY)
· ALEX MALEEV (Artist of MOON KNIGHT & SCARLET)
· FRANCIS MANAPUL (Artist of THE FLASH)
· STEVE McNIVEN (Artist of CAPTAIN AMERICA)
· TONY MOORE (Artist of THE WALKING DEAD & VENOM)
· JAMES ROBINSON (Writer of SUPERMAN)
· DAN SLOTT (Writer of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN)
· DOUG SNEYD (Legendary Playboy cartoonist)
· JEFF SMITH (Cartoonist Guest of Honour – Creator of BONE)
· ETHAN VAN SCIVER (Artist of THE FLASH REBIRTH)
For more information and the complete programming line-up for Comic Book Expo, go to www.fanexpocanada.com.
For the 17th consecutive year, visitors from across Ontario and around the world will have the opportunity to experience the very best in pop culture first-hand at the upcoming 2011 Fan Expo Canada™. In addition to the Comic Book Expo, the country’s largest combined event will include Anime, Science Fiction, Festival of Fear Horror Expo and GX – Gaming Expo. Stay tuned for more announcements in the upcoming weeks.
WHEN: AUGUST 25- 28, 2011
Thursday, August 25 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Special Preview)
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, August 26 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 27 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, August 28 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building
222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
For more information visit, www.fanexpocanada.com
Jeff Smith Returns to the Baltimore Comic-Con!
Bone 20th Anniversary Collection Makes Its East Coast Debut in Baltimore
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – April 26, 2011 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to announce the addition of renowned cartoonist Jeff Smith to the growing line-up of creators for this year’s show, taking place August 20-21, 2011. As a pioneer of self-publishing, the Harvey and Eisner Awards-winning Smith is best know for his classic all-ages fantasy epic, Bone, an award-winning adventure about three cartoon cousins lost in a world of myth and ancient mysteries, as well as his current science-fiction series, RASL.
Debuting in July 1991, Bone is now a New York Times bestselling series published by Scholastic Books. July 2011 marks the 20th Anniversary of Bone #1 and to celebrate this momentous achievement, Smith’s own Cartoon Books is releasing a limited edition slipcase collection. The Bone: 20th Anniversary Full Color One Volume Collector’s Box Set will make it’s East Coast debut right here in Baltimore.
In 2009, Smith was the subject of the Emmy Award-winning documentary, The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone, and the Changing Face of Comics, and he is currently working on his creator-owned series, RASL, a sci-fi noir tale about an inter-dimensional art thief.
In addition, the Baltimore Comic-Con also welcomes Steve Hamaker, the artist responsible for supplying Smith’s 1344-page masterpiece with vibrant color. Hamaker joined Smith at Cartoon Books in 2000 and was tasked with the mission of bringing Bone from black and white to full-color for Scholastic Books. His work on the series has been nominated for the Harvey and Eisner Awards for Best Coloring.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Jeff Smith and Steve Hamaker here in Baltimore,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Jeff paved the way for self-publishing and practically conceived the modern American graphic novel. His work was made that much better by Steve’s amazing coloring.”
Other confirmed guests for the show including: Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Cliff Chiang (Greendale); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl, Hulk); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Zatanna); J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, DC Universe Legacies); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); and Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0).
In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace
This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21th.
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
email@example.com – for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
firstname.lastname@example.org – for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
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About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.
About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.
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.
Via Twitter, Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola is the latest named Guest of Honor for next year’s C2E2, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo.
Previously announced guests include Alex Ross, Ben Templesmith, Ethan Van Sciver, Jackson “Butch” Guice, Jeff Smith, and Steve McNiven.
UPDATE – The official press release:
MIKE MIGNOLA TO APPEAR AT C2E2 AS GUEST OF HONOR
Noted Creator of Hellboy is Latest Guest Announcement … Many More Guests to be Revealed in Coming Weeks
Norwalk, CT, October 29, 2009: Organizers of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have today announced that Mike Mignola will be a Guest of Honor at the new pop culture convention which is being launched April 16 – 18, 2010 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. Mr. Mignola joins other previously announced high profile guests such as Alex Ross, who will be a Keystone Guest of Honor at the show, as well as Jackson Guice, Steve McNiven, Jeff Smith, and Ethan Van Sciver, all of whom will be Guests of Honor at C2E2. Show organizers are making it a priority to announce guests early and often to keep all fans fully informed of the dynamic talent from comics, graphic literature, and all corners of pop culture that will be on hand when the show debuts in April.
“Mike Mignola is a brilliant artist, creator, and writer, and I know that there are many fans in and around Chicago who are very eager to see him,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President and Show Manager for C2E2. “Mike’s been a big hit at New York Comic Con and the subject of a lot of fan requests for C2E2. We’re very happy to now reveal – as a Halloween treat – he’ll be joining us at McCormick Place!”
In commenting on his appearance at C2E2, Mike Mignola said: “I’m happy to return to the Midwest and I’m especially looking forward to being in the fantastic city of Chicago!”
Mike Mignola is best known as the award-winning creator/writer/artist of Hellboy, a comic series following an eponymous demon, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and their fight against various supernatural forces around the globe. The Hellboy saga, beginning publication in 1993, has crossed across comic books, animation, toys, video games, and – in 2004 – a live-action film starring Ron Perlman. Mignola served as a Visual Consultant for both the 2004 Hellboy motion picture as well as its 2008 sequel, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. Outside of Hellboy, Mignola co-authored (with Christopher Golden) the novel BALTIMORE, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire. Mignola lives in southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.
As noted, Mignola is the latest of several major guests who have already been announced for C2E2. Convention organizers will be announcing many more guests in the coming weeks and months in order to keep fans fully informed of the top tier talent which will be participating in the new show. For more information about C2E2, visit the web site at www.C2E2.com. For the latest announcements and news about C2E2 as well as news about all of Reed’s Pop Culture activity, please visit the group’s official blog, www.mediumatlarge.net, or follow C2E2 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/C2E2.
ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS POP CULTURE GROUP:
The Pop Culture Group at Reed Exhibitions owns and operates the New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and the New York Anime Festival (NYAF). New York Comic Con was launched in 2006 and quickly became a dominant presence in the pop culture world of public events. In 2009, 452 companies exhibited at NYCC for a total of 84,000 square feet of paid exhibit space, and it has been ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC. C2E2, which will debut April 16 – 18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, is modeled after NYCC and will provide fans the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite writers, creators, and artists, as well as to see, hear and learn about the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. The Pop Culture Group also operates the recently-launched UFC Fan Expo in partnership with the UFC – the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization – and it formed a strategic partnership with Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2008 and will work closely with PAX on the launch of PAX East in Boston in 2010.
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JEFF SMITH TO APPEAR IN CHICAGO AT C2E2
Noted Cartoonist, Graphic Novelist and Creator of BONE Joins Alex Ross as Guest of Honor
Norwalk, CT, July 9, 2009: Organizers of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have today announced that Jeff Smith will appear as a Guest of Honor at the new pop culture convention which is being launched April 16 – 18, 2010 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. This will be Mr. Smith’s first appearance in Chicago in ten years and C2E2 officials are pleased to confirm his participation just as the annual American Library Association (ALA) Conference, which is also taking place in Chicago, is set to begin on July 9th. Mr. Smith is highly regarded by the librarian community as graphic novels are an important and growing category for librarians as well as bookstores throughout the country. His BONE series, which has won 41 awards worldwide, including numerous Eisner Awards and Harvey Awards, was recognized by the ALA and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in 2002. The new color editions of BONE, which have recently been published by Scholastic, Inc., have sold more than 3 millions copies.
Mr. Smith is the second Guest of Honor to be announced by C2E2. Celebrated comic book painter and Chicago area resident Alex Ross will also appear at the show as its Keystone Guest of Honor. Show officials note that many more guests will be announced in the near future.
“We are incredibly happy that Jeff Smith has agreed to be a Guest of Honor at our show and this is a perfect moment to make this announcement,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President and Show Manager for C2E2. “One of our major objectives at ALA this year is to point out the significance of graphic novels in the world of books as well as the pop culture community. Jeff Smith is a standout in this regard. He is an American cartoonist who represents the quality and substance of the graphic novel medium. He has had an enormous influence in encouraging kids and teens to read books and we are very grateful that he’ll be joining us as a Guest of Honor in April.”
“I always have a great time whenever I visit Chicago,” said Smith. I’ve been away for a while, so I look forward to seeing old comics friends and readers, as well as the new generation that’s currently reading the color Scholastic edition of the stories.”
C2E2 is operated by the organizers of BookExpo America (BEA) and both events are sharing a booth (#2030) at ALA. Convention officials recently announced (July 2, 2009) that they are joining with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) to organize a high profile panel and a “meet and greet” brewery party at this year’s ALA Conference. The activities are designed to call attention to free speech and to celebrate graphic novels and their importance in developing young readers. The panel, Ban those @#$*%! Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Censorship, will take place on Monday, July 13, 1:30pm – 3:30pm (McCormick Convention Center, W-184). The brewery party, open to librarians and ALA attendees, will take place at the Piece Brewery (1927 W. North Ave.) on Monday, July 13, from 6pm – 8pm and will be directly followed by a fan meet up from 8pm – 9pm.
ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS:
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer. In 2007 Reed brought together over six million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 39 fully staffed offices.
Reed organizes a wide range of events, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses and meetings. Its portfolio of over 500 events serves 47 industry sectors, including:
Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, building & construction, electronics, energy, engineering, entertainment, environment, food & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, IT, jewellery, life sciences & pharmaceuticals, property, manufacturing, medical education, packaging & converting, printing & visual communication, security, sports & recreation, travel.
Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.
Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2006, Reed Elsevier made adjusted profit before taxation of £1,052 million on turnover of £5,398 million.
Saturday August 8th, Jeff Smith will be doing a signing at the Indigo Book Store in Toronto.
Indigo is Canada’s largest bookstore with locations across the country.
Jeff’s appearance will be at the Indigo Books in the Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The address is 3401 Dufferin Street, Unit #29, Toronto and the phone number is 416-781-6660.
The signing begins at 2pm.
This event could fill up quickly and you should contact Indigo for more information as the event gets closer.
Jeff Smith, Robert Venditti Added to ICv2 Comics and Media Conference Roster
Conference Tickets Still Available
SAN DIEGO- Pop culture publishing and consulting company ICv2 has announced that Bone creator Jeff Smith and The Surrogates writer Robert Venditti have been added as speakers for the ICv2 Comics and Media Conference. The Conference will be held on Wednesday, July 22nd, in conjunction with San Diego Comic-Con International.
In “The Surrogates: A Writer’s Debut that Went Hollywood,” The Surrogates writer Robert Venditti and Top Shelf Publisher Chris Staros will reveal how a debut Top Shelf miniseries turned into a major film starring Bruce Willis (out in September).
And in “When to Say No: The True Adventures of Bone in Hollywood,” Bone creator Jeff Smith talks about his experiences with the Bone property (over three million graphic novels sold) in Hollywood.
“These are two very different stories, and they’re only part of the range of experience we’re bringing to the Conference,” ICv2 President Milton Griepp said. “With voices from production and management, creators, publishers, retail, and libraries, we’re going to be able to explore the relationship between comics and film, TV, and videogames from all directions.”
The panelists and speakers at the Comics and Media Conference have created, published, produced, or worked on some of the hottest transmedia properties in the business, including:
* Battlestar Galactica
* Buck Rogers
* The Darkness
* Scott Pilgrim
* Star Trek
* X-Men Origins: Wolverine
For more information (including press info), click here http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/14929.html .
For full panelist info, click here http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/15222.html .
To register, click here http://www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=736158 .
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