MorrisonCon Con Report!

October 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Con Reports and Photos, L.A. Sequential, Nevada

Enter a world full of comics, chaos, wonder, and Grant Morrison.

The Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas was home to the inaugural MorrisonCon on September 29-30, 2012. Going in, I had no idea what to expect from this show. I knew that 10 of the biggest names were special guests, including Grant Morrison, frequent collaborators Frank Quitely, Darick Robertson, and Chris Burnham, along with comic superstars Robert Kirkman, Jim Lee, Jason Aaron, Jonathan Hickman, and Gerard Way. Also invited were Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Chronicle writer Max Landis, and musical guests Jimmy Urine and Akira the Don.

The crowd waiting for the start of MorrisonCon.

James Sime greeting the crowd for the “Inaugural Awakening”.

The energy of the crowd was palpable the minute I set foot in the main room. James Sime, the founder of Isotope Comics, stirred up the crowd with frenetic energy, setting up an introduction to Grant Morrison, who immediately proceeded to introduce Chris Burnham and Frank Quitely, and went straight into talking about upcoming artwork with their respective projects. It was fascinating to see the thought processes of the artists, and how they each interpreted Grant’s scripts and how it translated on to a page. Shortly after, Darick Robertson also joined the trio, and gave his take on working with Grant.

Darick Robertson, Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham, and Frank Quitely discussing comics.

The next panel involved Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four), JH Williams (Batwoman), Jason Aaron (Wolverine and the X-Men, Avengers vs. X-Men), Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible), and Grant Morrison talking about the comic book writing process. From talking about approach to plotting out storylines, to being aware of page turns for reader shock value, to working with different artists and how they might interact with different story tellers, it was a fantastic panel to gain insight from 5 of the biggest writers in comics today.

Jonathan Hickman, JH Williams III, Jason Aaron, Robert Kirkman and Grant Morrison talking about what they do best: writing.

And since you can’t have comics without art, the following panel featured Chris Burnham, Frank Quitely, JH Williams III, Darick Robertson, and Jim Lee. The artists talked about influences, how they go about laying out pages, to new artists in comics that they personally enjoy. And of course, you can’t have an artist panel without art. Each artist chose a random guest’s sketchbook to draw in, and it was awesome to see them sketch away.

Chris Burnham, JH Williams III, Darick Robertson, and Jim Lee enjoying Frank Quitely drawing Supersize Man.

After an hour lunch break, the show continued with a musical based panel, featuring Akira the Don, Gerard Way, Darick Robertson, Grant Morrison, JH Williams III, and Jimmy Urine. It was awesome to see the panelists talk about how music was so intertwined in to their comics, from Gerard Way talking about listening to Tarantula by the Smashing Pumpkins while scripting an entire issue of Umbrella Academy, to the first concerts they’ve all attended, to an improptu performance of I Wanna Hold Your Hand by Darick, Grant and Akira which brought the crowd to their feet.

Gerard Way: I think I got into music, because… the sex that I already wasn’t having, I wanted to intensify that… Did you guys take a look at me when the band started? I was trying to get as far away from sexual activity.

The last panel of the show for me was the movie panel, featuring Max Landis, James Gunn, Darick Robertson, and Grant Morrison. Although the panel did get sidetracked at times, it was awesome to see James Gunn and Max Landis debating whether Chronicle was a superhero film and what defines a super hero, as well as Landis arguing with Darick Robertson on what he felt was a huge flaw of The Boys.

Grant Morrison: Superheroes aren’t a genre, which is mistake people often make… They’re an ingredient, not a genre. That’s why they’ll last forever.

On top of these amazing panels, there was also creator signings, where you actually had a reserved spot for a specific writer or artist, and you actually got to talk with them for more than the 10 seconds you’re usually alotted at usual cons. That to me was one THE highlight of the show, and I felt it was completely awesome that the artists and writers would embrace the idea, and enjoyed interacting with fans in a more intimate setting.

Grant Morrison chatting with a fan, while the line awaits with anticipation.

This show was definitely a one of a kind experience, and I believe is something all comic fans should definitely try attending once in their lifetime. If you ever wanted an comics show that was purely comics based, this is it. With rumors that this show could come back in the future, I’d definitely keep my eye out when tickets go on sale.

CA – Batwoman Signing

JH Williams III signs at Red Sky Comics on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 3:00 – 6:00pm.

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Press Release:

Come celebrate the release of “Batwoman Vol. 1: Hydrology” with award winning local author and artist, J.H. Williams III (Chase, Promethea, Desolation Jones, Detective Comics). Williams will be available for signing, previewing material, and selling original artwork from 3 pm. till 6 pm. Keep watching here for further details of this event!

To celebrate we are having a sale on all J.H. Williams III titles: Hardcover copies of “Batwoman Vol. 1: Hydrology” on sale for $19.99. This deluxe volume includes Batwoman issues #0-#5 and chimes in at a 160 beautifully illustrated and written pages.
20% off all J.H. Williams III trade paperbacks. Finally your choice of three J.H. Williams III comics for $10.

Attendees showing up in full costumes will receive a special item!

The store will be open from noon till 6 pm that day, so come in early and get your copies of J.H. Williams III works. Williams will be signing from 3 pm till 6 pm (limit 5 items per person per place in line).

Red Sky Comics
617 W Main Street, Merced, CA 95340

CA – Batwoman Signing

JH Williams III and Haden Blackman sign at Blue Moon Comics on Saturday March 24, 2012 from 2-5pm!

Press Release:

Blue Moon Comics is happy to announce the return of “Batwoman” dynamic duo, artist/writer JH Williams III and writer, Haden Blackman to Blue Moon Comics.

The signing event is an all ages free event. So come on down and meet this amazing team.

Just after the signing event anyone over 21 can come to the after party if they purchased an after party ticket.

Meet and Greet After Party

After Party 7:30 -11pm, Live music starts at 8pm
The band ABATIS play an acoustic set starting around 8 pm. The after party starts at 7:30 and runs till 11pm. You must be 21 the attend the after party because alcohol will be served. Tickets can be purchased at the shop for $5 each, ID will have to be presented at time of purchase. There will only be 40 tickets sold so get your tickets before they sell out.

Support ABATIS by the purchasing their CD after they play.

Here is the website for the band, and Facebook.

Blue Moon Comics
1555 South Novato Blvd, Novato, CA 94947

SF – Batwoman Signing

JH Williams III & W. Haden Blackman sign at Isotope on Saturday, December 3rd 2011!

Press Release:

December brings an entire month-long celebration of the most gorgeous comic being produced today, BATWOMAN, at the Isotope! With a gallery of JH Williams III’s original artwork from issue #3 on display, and two amazing creator in-store events that will rock your world!

DC Comics – The New 52 Art Tour
Featuring BATWOMAN @ Isotope
w/ JH Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
Saturday, December 3rd 2011

DC Comics celebrates the incredible creativity behind The New 52 with superstars, artwork and events at a store near you with The New 52 Art Tour!

In honor of this historical event the Isotope and DC Comics proudly present JH Williams III and W. Haden Blackman for a BATWOMAN signing, celebration, and original art installation.  Meet the creators behind this gorgeous and critically acclaimed new series for a duo of once-in-a-lifetime events. Take an uncommon look at The New 52 Art Tour Portfolio, including six 11×17 sets of artwork (from script to inks to the final full-color production pages), including a three piece BATWOMAN collection. And on display for the entire month of December in the Isotope’s legendary original art gallery will be every page of JH Williams III’s hand-drawn artwork for BATWOMAN issue #3. These pages will only be displayed together for the public this one time, and nowhere else on the planet.

And for those of you who want to add some original BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA, DESOLATION JONES, SEVEN SOLDIERS or BATMAN artwork to your collections, JH Williams III will have portfolios available all day long, jam packed with some of the most gorgeous original art pages you will ever see. As always, we’re happy to do our part to help you skip scummy art dealers and overpriced galleries and to buy directly from the industry’s best artists. All proceeds go to Mister Williams.

All-Ages Autographing Session
w/ JH Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
Saturday, December 3rd 2011
3pm – 6pm

An all-ages autographing session with the creative team behind BATWOMAN! Isotope’s personal, intimate signings provide a unique fan experience by eliminating the uncomfortableness of long lines and the awkward moments of meeting your favorite creators. While you wait for your signing reservation, hang out with fellow fans in the Isotope’s posh lounge and indulge your eyes in gorgeous BATWOMAN original artwork hanging in the gallery. For those who want to peek even further behind the wizard’s curtain at the process that goes into actually creating this comic, guests will also get a rare glimpse at Williams and Blackman’s original scriptwork.

In an effort to make this as personal of an experience for everybody (and also we’ve promised Jim and Haden we wouldn’t kill them!) we do ask that you bring no more than 5 items to get signed, please. But don’t forget your camera – the Isotope staff will be on hand to help ensure you get great documentation of your meeting!

Batwoman Afterparty
w/ JH Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
Saturday, December 3rd 2011
8pm – Midnight

An after-hours 21+ celebration of BATWOMAN with JH Williams III and W. Haden Blackman… Isotope’s parties are the stuff of legend and this is one of our most anticipated in a year of amazing events! Come hang out, get personal introductions to the creators in a stylishly casual afterparty atmosphere, celebrate comics with people who love them as much as you do, and enjoy Kirsten’s array of custom designed BATWOMAN cocktails.

This event also features the Isotope’s exclusive, original JH Williams III Pirate Girl Pin-Up Highball glass made just for attendees of this event… free with every pass! See it here.

Get your afterparty tickets here. Your ticket will include a copy of the ultra-limited edition JH Williams III’s Pirate Girl Pin-Up Highball glass absolutely free of charge.

Don’t delay… we want to keep our events as intimate and personal as we can and can only accommodate so many folks. With the popularity of these two amazing creators, the awesomeness that is BATWOMAN, and the legendary reputation of Isotope’s afterparties, this event is sure to fill up quickly.

Isotope Lounge
326 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

CA – Batwoman Signing

JH Williams III signs at Comics Plus on Saturday October 8, 2011 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Comics Plus
1305 Center Ave #B, Los Banos, CA 93635-4658

Boston Comic Con a Phenomenal Success

When you have a guest roster that boasts comic book icons like Jim Lee, Sergio Aragones, and Mike Mignola, one would assume a good turnout. The Boston Comic Con anticipated more attendees by moving to a bigger venue. But no one could have predicted the crush of people who lined up for hours outside the Westin Waterfront on Saturday April 10th. With a record attendance 60% larger than any of the previous shows, the Boston Comic Con was clearly the place to be.

Jim Lee

There was an excitement in the air that was felt by fans, artists, and vendors alike. Many observations were made to this show quickly becoming the northeast equivalent of homegrown, comic book central conventions in the vein of Emerald City Comicon, Baltimore Comic Con, and the venerable HeroesCon. “This is the show that put us on the map,” said co-founder Nick Kanieff

Newly anointed DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee was on hand to sign for hundreds of fans, many of whom walked away with a rare and coveted head sketch. He also spoke on a spotlight panel, as did Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and Eric Powell, creator of The Goon. Eisner Award-nominees JH Williams III, Skottie Young, and Cameron Stewart were all besieged by comic art enthusiasts looking to add sketches and commissions to their collection. And legends like Bill Sienkiewicz, Jim Starlin, and Sergio Aragones met with both fans that have been following their work for decades and those first discovering their work. 

Artist alley was a showcase of the phenomenal talent that New England has to offer. ZombieBomB! co-creator Adam Miller said “The response we received at the Boston Comic Con was amazing! We sold out of our book on the first day of the convention; it was more than we could have hoped for.” Mark Chiarello, Art Director of DC Comics, conducted many portfolio reviews giving advice and encouragement to dozens of artists. He also may have found DC’s next superstar in Jeff Wamester, a local who piqued Chiarello’s interest. 

Sergio Aragones

Overall the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. In response to the detractors, many of whom got stuck outside on Saturday when the Boston Police Department was concerned about the capacity of the venue, Boston Comic Con assures them that next year’s show will utilize a larger space and feature more programming. As a young show there are always growing pains, particularly when it is a fan-run operation without corporate financial backing. However, most attendees recognize and appreciate the intimacy of the show and the access it gives them to creators. 

This past weekend was a turning point for the Boston Comic Con. After four years of quietly building a convention that New England fans can be proud of, they have established themselves as a destination event. With this kind of momentum built up the next show on April 2-3, 2011 is sure to be one that comic fans absolutely cannot miss. Tell your friends!

(all photos courtesy of Alan Wong. see more photos from Boston Comic Con at the link)

ZombieBomb! Drops at Boston Comic Con

 Boston Comic Con is happy to host the launch of ZombieBomb! from Terminal Press. Series creators Adam Miller and Rich Woodall will be on hand with the first copies available anywhere. Be sure to stop by their booth and pick up the exclusive blank cover edition, ready for sketches.

About ZombieBomb!:
The reanimated brainchild of Adam Miller and Rich Woodall, ZombieBomb!: Dead Not Dead is the first in a series of ZombieBomb! anthologies featuring top creators putting their spin on the cranium-chomping, lumbering legends. Each creative team involved has crafted their own unique interpretation of the subject matter, ensuring fans a diverse and original experience. From classic horror to offbeat alternative to whimsical comedy, the stories and artwork manage to breathe life into the undead and keep the rotting corpses fresh.
 
 
ZombieBomb!: Dead Not Dead features the talents of Shawn McManus (Sandman, Swamp Thing), Tomm Coker (Marvel, DC, Image), Neil Vokes (Marvel, DC, Image), Jack Herman (Terminator, Elementals), Paul Maybury (Image),  Matt Roberts (Image), Jason Copland (Image), Joe Haley (The Underburbs), Narek Gevorgian (Terminal Press, Elite Gudz), Matty Field, Jerry Morrissette, Tony Donley, Tom Whalen, Josh Morrissette, Veronica Hebard, Anthony Schiavino and Steve Jones.
 
 ZombieBomb! Dead Not Dead is available right now at TerminalPress.com
 
 Visit the Terminal Press Fan Page 
 
 Visit the ZombieBomb! Fan Page 

About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is in its fourth year of producing independent comic book shows and is committed to bringing the biggest and best comic book show to New England. Previously announced guests include Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Eric Powell, JH Williams III, Joseph M. Linsner, Sergio Aragones, Amber Benson, Ben Templesmith, Bill Sienkiewicz, Billy Tan, Cameron Stewart, Christopher Golden, Craig Rousseau, Eva Hopkins, Jim Mahfood, Jim Starlin, Joe Jusko, Joe Quinones, Mark Chiarello, Michael Golden, Norman Lee, Skottie Young, Steve Rude, Pat Broderick, and many more!

The Boston Comic Con hosts over 22,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia. The event will be held Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th at the Westin Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $15 each day. For more information please go to the website.

Sergio Aragonés & Amber Benson Come to Boston Comic Con

With less than a month to go before the convention, Boston Comic Con is happy to announce more guest appearances! It is our privilege to bring to New England a legend of comics, the fastest cartoonist alive, Sergio Aragonés! A mainstay of MAD Magazine for nearly 50 years Sergio’s cartoons have appeared in almost every issue. He is also the creator of Groo the Wanderer, one of the longest-running creator-owned comic book properties, which has outlasted many of the companies that published it. 

We are also excited to welcome our very first media guest Amber Benson. Best known for her role as Tara Maclay, Willow’s ill-fated girlfriend on the hit television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Amber also co-wrote the Willow & Tara limited series with fellow guest Christopher Golden for Dark Horse Comics. Currently Amber is directing, producing, and starring in the upcoming film Drones and recently published Cat’s Claw, her second novel in the Calliope Reaper-Jones series. 

Previously announced guests include Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Eric Powell, JH Williams III, Joseph M. Linsner, Ben Templesmith, Bill Sienkiewicz, Billy Tan, Cameron Stewart, Christopher Golden, Craig Rousseau, Eva Hopkins, Jim Mahfood, Jim Starlin, Joe Jusko, Joe Quinones, Mark Chiarello, Michael Golden, Norman Lee, Skottie Young, Steve Rude, Pat Broderick, and many more! Tell your friends!! 

The Boston Comic Con is in its fourth year of producing independent comic book shows and is committed to bringing the biggest and best comic book show to New England. The Boston Comic Con hosts over 22,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia. The event will be held Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th at the Westin Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $15 each day. For more information please go to our website.

DC Comics at Emerald City ComiCon

Via The Source:

In addition to Ian Sattler and Group Editor Eddie Berganza, DC guests for the Emerald City ComiCon include: Brian Azzarello, Kurt Busiek, Sterling Gates, Patrick Gleason, Brandon Jerwa, Geoff Johns, Aaron Lopresti, Kevin Maguire, Doug Mahnke, Dustin Nguyen, Mike Norton, James Robinson, Greg Rucka, Philip Tan, Pete Tomasi, Eric Trautmann, Jen Van Meter, Len Wein, JH Williams III and Pete Woods.

DC Panels:

DC NATION!
Saturday, 1-2pm

GREEN LANTERN: THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
Saturday, 3-4pm

SUNDAY CONVERSATION
Sunday, 12-1pm

SUPERMAN GOES TO WAR
Sunday, 2-3pm

NYC – Detective Comics Signing

JH Williams III signs on February 28th at 3pm at Forbidden Planet.

Forbidden Planet, 804 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

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