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    Jill Thompson signs at Challengers Comics on July 10th from 1-4pm.

    Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R, Chicago, IL 60647

    IL – Beasts of Burden Release Party

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    Jill Thompson signs at Challengers Comics on June 19th from 1-4pm.

    Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R, Chicago, IL 60647

    Heroes Con Welcomes New Guests & Old Friends

    Press Release: Heroes Convention is preparing for one of the LARGEST Guest Lists in it’s 28 year history this June 4-6!  Pack your bags and gas up the car, because this will be one of our greatest shows of all time!  Making their First Appearance at Heroes Con this year are J. Scott Campbell, Brian Bolland, Humberto Ramos, Jimmy Cheung, and Rob Liefeld!  They’ll be joining the Heroes Con Family of regular All-Stars like Adam Hughes, Tony Harris, Frank Cho, Brandon Peterson, Mark Brooks, Tommy Lee Edwards, Phil Noto, Cully Hamner, and tons more!!

    Long-time favorites like Ron Garney, Rick Leonardi, and Michael Golden are returning, as well as West Coast heavy-hitters like Mike Mignola, Tim Sale, Dustin Nguyen, Eric Canete, and Sean “Cheeks” Galloway.  It’s insane!!  Now we just have to figure out where to put everybody!  One thing is for sure, this all points to a stellar Art Auction on Saturday night!!

    Also in 2010, Indie Island is stronger than ever with Jill Thompson, Evan Dorkin, Scott Morse, Jim Mahfood, and Kate Beaton onboard!  Like in previous years, there will be lots of exclusive artwork for Indie Island and always the coolest t-shirts!  In addition to the new wave of Indie folks, we’ll also host some of the all-time greats of the Independent Creators like James O’Barr, David Mack, Brian Pulido, and Joseph Michael Linsner!  It’s a powerhouse lineup this year!!
    And, yes, even with EVERY artist in the comics industry in attendance (nearly!), we also get to have some of the most awesome writers in the world at Heroes Con, like Bill Willingham, Mark Waid, Christos Gage, Steve Niles, Jeff Parker, and the legendary Roy Thomas!
    One thing we always try to do is to bring in the Artists and Writers that we get the most requests for, and this year we’re REALLY excited to have lined up several of the MOST requested of all time!  In addition to Campbell, Bolland, and Willingham, we can also confirm Kevin Maguire is finally making his first appearance at Heroes Con!  Joining Kevin in making their much-desired first appearance is Ben Templesmith, Todd Nauck, and Talent Caldwell!  It’s great to have these guys at Heroes Con!
    As always, we could stage a major Battle Royal between all the Heavy Hitters from DC and Marvel at the show!  This year, from Marvel Comics we have Steve Epting, Mike McKone, Tom Raney, Mike Choi, and Skrappy Skottie Young!  From DC Comics, we have the Ever-Lovin’ Ethan Van Sciver, Mark Bagley, Billy Tucci, and Stephane Roux!  Lucky for us, if a Pier-Six Brawl should break out, we’ll have grappler Mick Foley in the house to keep things under control!  Mick (better known to some as Cactus Jack or Mankind) will be here on Saturday to make a big announcement at the 12 Gauge Comics booth!
    For the full run down on the Guest List, just visit us here…
    And, always keep up to date with the Heroes Convention news here…
    There’ll be information and previews of exclusive art by J. Scott Campbell, Mike Mignola, and Skottie Young coming within the next few days!  There’s also 2-3 surprise guests in the works that we can’t announce just yet, so keep checking in!
    See you at HEROES CONVENTION 2010, June 4-6!!!

    IL – Beasts of Burden Signing

    Jill Thompson signs and sketches for you on Saturday May 15th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

    Jill has done such works as: Sandman by Neil Gaiman (Fables and Reflections and Brief Lives), Beasts of Burden with Evan Dorkin, The Invisibles by Grant Morrison nnd lots of other books. She’s the writer and illustrator of the Scary Godmother and Magic Trixie series. She’s also the illustrator of Mick Foley’s Halloween Hijinx.

    Chicago has an immense amount of homegrown talent and Jill Thompson is one of the best. Come by and say hello! 

    Third Coast Comics, 6234 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660

    Dark Horse Anounces C2E2 Signing Schedule

    April 14, 2010 by  
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    Press Release:

    Dark Horse C2E2 Signing Schedule Announced! 04/08/10

    Dark Horse Comics — Booth #459 2010 Signing & Event Schedule!

    FRIDAY, APRIL 16th:

    12:00 – 1:00 Solomon Kane – Writer Scott Allie
    2:00 – 3:00 Mass Effect / Star Wars – Writer John Jackson Miller
    3:00 – 4:00 Beanworld – Writer/Artist/Creator Larry Marder

    *Dark Horse Gold Key Comics Panel! 3:00 – 4:00 Room E353. Featuring Mike Richardson, Jim Shooter, Chris Warner, Dennis Calero & Bill Reinhold.

    4:00 – 5:00 Beasts of Burden – Artist Jill Thompson
    4:30 – 6:00 Gold Key Signing – Writer Jim Shooter (Doctor Solar / Magnus), Artist Bill Reinhold (Magnus), Artist Dennis Calero (Doctor Solar), Editor Chris Warner


    *12:00 – 12:30 B.P.R.D. Members Only – B.P.R.D. Membership Kits! Come pick up your exclusive pack!

    1:00 – 2:00 Shinjuku – Writer Mink
    2:00 – 3:00 Finder – Writer/Artist/Creator Carla Speed McNeil
    3:00 – 4:00 Mass Effect / Star Wars – Writer John Jackson Miller
    4:00 – 4:30 B.P.R.D. Members Only – B.P.R.D. Meet and Greet with Mike Mignola, Guy Davis, and Scott Allie
    4:30 – 5:30 B.P.R.D. – Writer/Artist/Creator Mike Mignola, Artist Guy Davis

    *B.P.R.D. Panel! 5:45 – 6:45 Room E450. Featuring Mike Mignola, Guy Davis, and Scott Allie.

    6:00 – 7:00 Kickback – Writer/Artist/Creator David Lloyd


    11:00 – 12:00 Shinjuku – Writer Mink
    12:00 – 1:00 Wondermark – Writer/Artist/Creator David Malki
    1:00 – 2:00 Serenity – Artist Chris Samnee

    C2E2 Adds Several Plus Geoff Johns as a Guest of Honor

    November 12, 2009 by  
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    Mike Norton, Mike Perkins and Jill Thompson Are Featured Guests!
    Norwalk, CT, November 12, 2009: Organizers of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have revealed more guest appearances for the new pop culture convention which is being launched April 16 – 18, 2010 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. Geoff Johns, the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling comic book author, and a writer and producer for television and film, will be a Guest of Honor. Other Featured Guests who will be joining Mr. Johns for appearances at C2E2 will be Mike Norton, Mike Perkins and Jill Thompson. Ms. Thompson, a multiple Eisner award-winning comic book creator, is a Chicago area resident and hometown celebrity; both Mike Perkins and Mike Norton are accomplished and popular artists who have wide and loyal audiences.

    “Geoff Johns is one of the biggest, greatest, most impressive names in comics today,” notes Lance Fensterman, who oversees C2E2 and is Vice President of the Reed Exhibitions Pop Culture Group. “We are enormously pleased to have him joining us, to say nothing of Jill Thompson, Mike Norton and Mike Perkins. All these guests are at the top of their game and reflect the strength and depth of the programming and appearances that we are putting together for C2E2. We have already announced some significant guests for our show and we plan to announce even more before the first of the year. Of course, we wouldn’t be able to do this without the support and consideration of our incredibly talented guests, many of whom have been willing to make a commitment to us very early on. We are hugely grateful and honored to have their participation at C2E2.”

    Show organizers have been eager to announce guests and other programming features of the convention as early as possible so that fans may make plans accordingly. Officials also note that while guests will be coming from all over the country, there will be an added focus on artists and creators who live in the Chicago area. Other notable guests who have already been announced for C2E2 include: Jackson Guice, Steve McNiven, Mike Mignola, Alex Ross, Jeff Smith, and Ben Templesmith.


    Geoff Johns originally hails from Michigan, where he attended Michigan State University, earning a degree in Media Arts and Film. Geoff has quickly become one of the most popular and prolific comic book writers today. His current re-imagining of Green Lantern has pushed the character to the height of its popularity in its decades-long publishing history, rivaling Spider-Man and Superman. He has also worked on such titles as The Flash, Teen Titans, Action Comics, Justice Society of America, Infinite Crisis, and the experimental breakout hit series 52 for DC with writers Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid. In television, Geoff developed Blade: The Series with David S. Goyer, and penned the acclaimed “Legion” episode of Smallville. He also wrote for the fourth season of the Emmy Award-Winning Robot Chicken, and co-produced the first season of Titan Maximum. In film, Geoff is currently working with Warner Brothers on development within their DC Comics library. Geoff has also written the story for Sony’s unprecedented DC Universe MMO. Geoff recently won the 2009 Spike Scream Award for Best Comic Book Writer, and is currently writing DC Comics’ 2009 blockbuster event, Blackest Night.
    Mike Norton has been working in comics for over 10 years now, gaining recognition on early projects such as The Waiting Place and Jason and the Argobots. After becoming Art Director for Devil’s Due Publishing in 2001, he drew the first Voltron mini-series and worked on several G.I.Joe related projects. He’s been working on his own since 2005 making a name for himself working on books like Queen and Country, Gravity, Teen Titans Go!, Runaways, and All-New Atom. Most recently is the penciler for Blue Beetle and Green Arrow/Black Canary.


    Beginning his comic career in the esteemed pages of 2000 AD, Mike went on to illustrate sequential storytelling – in both pencil and ink – for Caliber Comics, Marvel UK, DC Comics and Dark Horse. In 2001 Mike moved to Florida to work in the studio environs of CrossGen relinquishing his pencil for inking opportunities on the multi award-nominated Ruse alongside Mark Waid and Scott Beatty, Butch Guice and Laura Martin. After a while his penciling fingers started itching again and he created Archard’s Agents and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang to showcase his abilities. After CrossGen, Mike moved to Marvel, illustrating District X, Spider-Man Unlimited and the Elektra movie adaptation. This work lead to the co-creation of Spellbinders, collaborating with the magnificent Mike Carey. Whilst penciling this project Mr. Perkins was also inking Captain America and went on to pencil and ink alternate arcs on the highly acclaimed run alongside Steve Epting, Ed Brubaker and Frank D’Armata – resulting in multiple Eisner nominations, Harvey and Eagle awards. Alongside his work on Captain America Mike also illustrated mini series runs on Union Jack, X-Men: Endangered Species, House of M: Avengers and Annihilation: Conquest as well as contributing to the Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust? One-shot. His most recent work has been illustrating Marvel’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand.


    Jill Thompson has been drawing comics for well over half her life and is proud to have collaborated with many of this industry’s great talents. She has garnered acclaim for her work on titles such as Classics Illustrated, Wonder Woman, Sandman, Finals, the Badger, Death: At Death’s Door, The Little Endless Storybook and Beasts of Burden. She is best known for creating and illustrating The Scary Godmother Series of books which not only have been adapted for the stage, but for television as well. The Scary Godmother and The Revenge of Jimmy have enjoyed yearly places on The Cartoon Network’s Halloween holiday rotation. In 2008-2009 Harper Collins released Magic Trixie, Jill’s latest all ages series chronicling the tales of the little witch Magic Trixie, her cat Scratches and the pupils at the Spectral Park Monstersorri School. Jill loves being an ambassador of comics to libraries and schools across the country and often conducts workshops and participates as a guest speaker whenever her schedule allows. Jill has won numerous Eisner Awards.
    As noted, 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.


    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.

    IL – Halloween Spooktacular

    September 26, 2009 by  
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    Jill Thompson signs on Oct 24th

    Jill Thompson signs on Oct 24th

    Oct. 24 12:00 pm

    Jill Thompson has been a very busy girl this year!  Not only has she released 3 volumes of Magic Trixie, but she’s also paining the new Dark Horse comic Beasts of Burden.  And, of course, both are spooky, all-ages fun!

    To celebrate her love for Halloween and our love for her, we’re throwing a Halloween Party at Challengers!  We’ll have a special edition ChallengeJuniors hosted by Ms. Thompson, featuring Magic Trixie vol.1, and then Jill will be doing full-color sketches to benefit PAWS Chicago. There will also be treats, candy and other Halloween goodness!  Bring the whole family.  And we’ll be in costumes, so you can be, too!

    Challengers Comics, 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R, Chicago, IL 60647


    MA/NY – Beasts of Burden Tour

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    Jill Thompson & Evan Dorkin's new book tour

    Jill Thompson & Evan Dorkin's new book tour

    From the Beat:

    Crumb’s Genesis. Asterios Polyp. Joe Sacco’s Notes from Gaza. The ALEC collection. 2009 has seen more than its share of graphic novels that change how we look at the medium. But none of those books are a beautiful painted mini series about a kitty and some puppies that fight supernatural menaces. No, that book is BEASTS OF BURDEN by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson. , and WE NEED THIS BOOK. These two fine creators will be making various appearances to promote this book over the next few days, starting TONIGHT! Here’s the schedule:

    Friday Sept 11th
    Evan Dorkin
    Modern Myths 7th Anniversay Party
    Northampton, MA


    Saturday Sept 12th
    Evan Dorkin
    Modern Myths
    Northampton, MA


    Wednesday Sept 16th
    Jill Thompson and Evan Dorkin/Beasts of Burden #1 release party
    Comic Book Jones
    Staten Island, NY
    6-9 pm


    Saturday Sept 19th
    Jill Thompson and Evan Dorkin/Beasts of Burden #1 release party
    Bergen Street Comics
    Brooklyn, NY


    Dark Horse Schedule at SDCC 2009


    WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 (Preview Night):
    Domo raffle! Come to our booth to win one of our San Diego Exclusive Domo Figures!
    6:00 – 7:00 Charles Vess: Drawing Down The Moon
    7:00 – 8:00 Bryan Talbot: Grandville

    *11:00 – 12:00 Sergio Aragones: Groo
    12:00 – 1:00 Dean Motter: Mister X, Electropolis
    1:00 – 2:00 Steven Daily: It Ate Billy On Christmas
    1:00 – 2:00 Scott Allie: Solomon Kane, Exurbia
    2:00 – 3:00 Eric Powell: The Goon
    2:00 – 3:00 Jill Thompson: Beasts of Burden
    3:00 – 4:00 The Cleaners: Mark Wheaton & Rahsan Ekedal
    3:00 – 4:00 Aliens & Predator: Raymond Swanland, Mark Irwin & Chris Warner
    4:00 – 5:00 Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon: Umbrella Academy, Pixu, MySpace Dark Horse Presents, B.P.R.D.
    4:00 – 5:00 Joshua Dysart: B.P.R.D., Conan
    5:00 – 6:00 Dave Gibbons: Martha Washington
    5:00 – 6:00 Rick Remender: Fear Agent, End League, Gigantic
    6:00 – 7:00 David Lloyd: Kickback

    dark-horse-comicsFRIDAY, JULY 24:
    10:00 – 1:00 Stan Sakai: Usagi Yojimbo
    11:00 – 12:00 Applegeeks: Ananth Panagariya & Mohammad F. Haque
    11:00 – 12:00 Ricardo Delgado: Age of Reptiles
    12:00 – 1:00 Adam Warren: Empowered
    1:00 – 2:00 Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Jane Espenson & Georges Jeanty
    1:00 – 2:00 Thomas E. Sniegoski: Lobster Johnson – The Satan Factory
    2:00 – 3:00 Steve Niles: Criminal Macabre
    2:00 – 3:00 Matt Wagner: Grendel
    3:00 – 4:00 Yasuhiro Nightow: Trigun (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)
    4:00 – 5:00 Mass Effect: Omar Francia & Mac Walters
    5:00 – 6:00 Creepy: Mike Woods, Joe Harris, Neil Kleid, Jason Shawn Alexander,
    Eric Powell, Dan Braun & Hilary Barta
    5:00 – 6:00 Unbound Saga: Joe Linsner, Leinil Yu & Mike Kennedy
    6:00 – 7:00 Umbrella Academy: Gerard Way & Gabriel Ba
    (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)
    11:00 – 12:00 Jeremy Barlow, Rick Lacy & Michael Atiyeh: Star Wars Adventures
    12:00 – 1:00 Rob Chestney & Alex Sanchez: Star Wars – Old Republic
    3:00 – 4:00 Colin Wilson & Tom Taylor: Star Wars – Invasion
    4:00 – 5:00 Matt & Shawn Fillbach: Star Wars – Clone Wars Adventures

    10:00 – 11:00 John Landis: Ground breaking filmmaker
    11:00 – 12:00 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Jane Espenson & Georges Jeanty
    11:00 – 12:00 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy & Steven Melching
    12:00 – 1:00 Bryan Talbot: Grandville
    12:00 – 1:00 Star Wars: Old Republic – Rob Chestney & Alex Sanchez
    1:00 – 2:00 Ricardo Delgado: Age of Reptiles
    2:00 – 3:00 Dethklok Vs. The Goon: Eric Powell & Metalocaplypse Director
    Jon Schnepp
    Saturday afternoon celebrates Dark Horse Originals!
    2:00 – 3:00 Citzen Rex: Mario & Gilbert Hernandez
    3:00 Р4:00 Insomnia Caf̩: M.K. Perker
    3:00 – 4:00 3 Story: Matt Kindt
    3:00 – 4:00 Rick Geary: The Adventures of Blanche

    3:00 – 4:00 Mike Mignola: Hellboy
    (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)
    4:00 – 5:00 SUPER SECRET ANNOUNCEMENT PANEL (see Dark Horse Panel for details!) Gerard Way, Shaun Simon & Becky Cloonan
    (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)
    4:00 – 5:00 Larry Marder: Beanworld
    5:00 – 6:00 365 Samurai: J.P. Kalonji
    5:30 – 7:00 Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Joelle Jones
    (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)
    6:00 – 7:00 Matt & Shawn Fillbach: Werewolves on the Moon: Versus Vampires

    SUNDAY, JULY 26:
    11:00 – 12:00 Bryan Talbot: Grandville
    11:00 – 12:00 Star Wars: Invasion: Colin Wilson & Tom Taylor
    12:00 – 1:00 Pixu: Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, Becky Cloonan & Vasilis Lolos
    12:00 – 1:00 Furry Water: Rafael Grampa & Daniel Pellizzari
    1:00 – 2:00 Emily the Strange: Creator Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner
    1:00 – 2:00 David Lloyd: Kickback
    2:00 – 3:00 Tara McPherson: Lost Constellations
    2:00 – 3:00 Nathan Fox: Pigeons From Hell
    3:00 – 4:00 Dean Motter: Mister X, Electropolis
    3:00 – 4:00 Unbound Saga: Joe Linsner, Leinil Yu, Mike Kennedy

    And Check out these Dark Horse Related Panels and Events!


    Action Figure Times present the Toy Maker Q&A
    (featuring Dark Horse’s David Scroggy)
    11:00 – 12:00 Room 32B

    Free Screening: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog with Musical Commentary!
    8:00pm – 10:00pm Room 6A


    Comic-Con in the 80’s (featuring Dark Horse’s David Scroggy)
    12:00 – 1:00 Room 2

    Creepy Panel
    3:30 – 4:30 Room 3

    Joss Whedon Panel
    4:00 – 6:00 Ballroom 20

    Eric Powell’s Goon Panel
    6:00 – 7:00 Room 8


    Dark Horse Panel!
    Dark Horse: We Love Comics, Too! Join Publisher Mike Richardson, Director of Public Relations Jeremy Atkins and Senior Managing Editor Scott Allie, along with a cast of top creators, for an exclusive preview of all that Dark Horse has to offer in the coming year. THIS IS THE BIG ONE. Dark Horse breaks the mold with a format you’ve never seen. Make sure you’re able to say you were there when a new era in panels was ushered in. With breaking news on all of your favorite Dark Horse titles, major announcements and surprise guests, be the first to know about heroes, horror and more!
    11:00 – 12:00 Room 2

    Gerard Way Panel
    2:15 – 3:15 Room 6DE

    Hellboy Panel
    4:30 – 5:30 Room 4

    El Cortez Memories (Featuring Moderator David Scroggy, of Dark Horse)
    5:00 – 6:00 Room 2


    Emily the Strange Panel
    11:00 – 12:00 Room 2

    Usagi Yojimbo 25th Anniversary Panel
    1:30 – 2:30 Room 8

    “Grandville and the Art of Anthropomorphic Comic Tradition”
    A presentation by Bryan Talbot
    3:30 – 4:30 Room 3


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