Via Toucan Blog:
Nine More Guests for WonderCon Anaheim 2014!
We’re finalizing our guest list for WonderCon Anaheim and these 9 additional great pros have signed on for the show, which will be held April 18-20 (Easter weekend!) at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Kiera Cass, author, The Selection Series (The Selection, The Elite, The One)
Tommy Lee Edwards, artist, The Question, Wolverine, Turf
Cully Hamner, artist, co-creator, RED; artist, The Shade, Blue Beetle
Georges Jeanty, artist, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Majestic
Jim Lee, co-publisher, DC Entertainment; artist, Justice League, Superman Unchained
Jim Pascoe, writer, Undertown, Hellboy Animated
James Robinson, writer, Starman, Invaders, Fantastic Four
Gail Simone, writer, Batgirl, Red Sonja, Tomb Raider
Mark Waid, writer, Daredevil, The Indestructible Hulk
Via the Toucan Blog:
SPECIAL GUESTS WAVE 2 IS HERE!
20 More Guests Announced for Comic-Con International 2014!
Comic-Con International introduces twenty more guests for the 2014 event, to be held July 24-27 at the San Diego Convention Center. This second wave of guests for 2014 includes creators from mainstream and alternative comics, graphic novels, manga, and mystery/thriller books, plus a pair of comics historians. For complete bios and larger photos of these guests, please click here to visit our CCI 2014 Special Guests page!
Confirmed for Comic-Con International 2014 are these additional special guests:
June Brigman, artist, co-creator, Power Pack
Mark Brooks, cover artist, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers
Colleen Coover, artist, co-creator, Bandette
Chuck Dixon, writer, Batman, Airboy
Francesco Francavilla, writer/artist, The Black Beetle, Afterlife with Archie
Brian Haberlin, artist, Witchblade, Anomaly
Gregg Hurwitz, author, Tell No Lies, Batman: The Dark Knight
Batton Lash, writer/cartoonist, Supernatural Law, The First Gentleman of the Apocalypse
Jim Lee, co-publisher, DC Entertainment; artist, Justice League, Superman Unchained
Paul Levitz, editor, former publisher, DC Comics; writer, World’s Finest
Sara Mayhew, writer/artist, Legend of the Ztarr
Michelle Nolan, comics/pop culture historian, Love on the Racks, Ball Tales
Denny O’Neil, writer/editor, Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow
John Picacio, artist, A Song of Ice and Fire, Elric of Melnibone
Mimi Pond, cartoonist, Over Easy
Stan Sakai, creator, writer, cartoonist, Usagi Yojimbo
Jeff Smith, creator, writer/artist, Bone, RASL, Little Mouse Gets Ready
J. Michael Straczynski, creator, writer, Ten Grand, Sidekick, The Adventures of Apocalypse Al
Maggie Thompson, writer/editor/comics historian, Comics Buyer’s Guide
Paul Tobin, writer, co-creator, Bandette, Colder
Stay tuned for more special guest announcements for Comic-Con International 2014, coming soon!
Superstar artist JIM LEE makes a special in-store appearance at Flying Colors Comics on Saturday September 14 to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Flying Colors!
Jim was the very first professional guest at Flying Colors’ Grand opening event in October 1988. That was also Jim’s first professional store signing!
Flying Colors Comics
2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518
You ready for another SDCC digest? Of course you are!
Industry legend and Superman Unchained artist Jim Lee will make a special appearance at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con on June 15th, 2013, along with other industry legend Stan Lee!
Other comic creators attending Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con include Batman artist Greg Capullo, Skottie Young, Humberto Ramos, Ryan Stegman, Rick Remender, Gerry Duggan, and many more! You can find out more info about the show as well as purchase tickets at their website listed below.
Jim Lee, Scott Snyder, Nate Cosby, and Chris Eliopoulos sign at Midtown Comics Downtown on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!
Free Comic Book Day is bigger than ever this year at our Downtown store! Join us as we welcome Jim Lee, Scott Snyder, Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos for an awesome day of free comics and signings!
*Please note: Free Comic Book Day will be taking place at ALL Midtown Comics locations, but these signings will only be at our Downtown store.
The creators of the hit Archaia graphic novel, Cow Boy Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos, will be signing the Free Comic Book Day Archaia sampler featuring an all new Cow Boy story at Midtown Comics Downtown on Free Comic Book Day 1:00pm-2:00pm!
Jim Lee and Scott Snyder will be at Midtown Comics Downtown for Free Comic Book Day signing Superman: The Last Son of Krypton from 7:00pm-9:00pm. This will be a very popular event, and we recommend early arrival.
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On March 29-31, 2013, Anaheim was home to Wondercon 2013! With the decision to keep Wondercon in Anaheim this year, I couldn’t help but wonder if this was a permanent move. The numbers seem to support that decision, with record numbers attending the show, backing with CCI’s reputation of entertaining fans with celebrities, comic book superstars, and amazing vendors! In addition, it’s proximity to Disneyland is always a big plus for any guy wanting to entertain the whole family.
The show floor was bigger this year, almost replicating the 2 show floor model that ECCC used this year. Also, the huge convention center dome was used to house movie and TV stars to promote their latest works. It was definitely a well run show, and this reporter definitely had a great time talking to fans, artists, and celebrities. Wondercon definitely put on a great show, and whether it’s in Anaheim or San Francisco, and I can’t wait for next year!
Now, on to the amazing things I got to see at the show:
Welcome to Wondercon 2013!
My first stop: joining the long line of fans for the Wondercon exclusives of Mondo!
Ron Lim signing some Thanos related books in Artist Alley.
Jim Steranko signing some Nick Fury books at his booth.
Admiring the beautiful Arrow statue on display at the DC booth…
And then bumping into some fans on the show floor.
The awesome display at the Oblivion booth.
And a Rocketeer behind the banner posing for fans.
Shredder and Deadpool yelling and random people on the floor. Instant comedy.
Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld sketching for fans all weekend.
Kristin Kreuk posing for photographers at Wondercon for Beauty and the Beast!
A Superman fan dressed up for the premiere for Superman Unbound.
Batman rogues running amuck at Wondercon.
Scott Snyder, Jim Lee, and Alex Sinclair, signing at the DC booth at the end of the day.
Marc Silvestri sketching for fans all weekend on his birthday!
Stan Lee came by and wishing Marc a happy birthday!
An amazing Witchblade cosplayer delighting Marc and his fans!
Excited fans waiting in line for Pac Rim.
I got to meet the talented artist Ethan Castillo in the Dan Slott line! Here’s a piece that was inspired by Humberto Ramos.
Dan Slott showing Scott Snyder some love at his signing.
The cast of Revolution sharing a laugh at Wondercon.
Mark Waid talking to the Boom Studios crew.
Humberto Ramos working on a commission at Wondercon.
The crowd waiting for Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing panel.
Joss Whedon and the Much Ado about Nothing cast at their Sunday morning panel.
Olly Moss and Mike Mitchell signing at the Mondo booth!
The Arrow cast pose for pictures at Wondercon!
Packed house, even on Easter Sunday!
Speaking of Easter, only Wondercon can get zombie Jesus and PSY together.
And now, onto some more cosplay pictures.
Cute dogs get so much love.
Ghost Rider judging attendees.
C is for cookie (and comics)!
Yoshi and Mario hanging out on the show floor.
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!
An awesome paper Mario.
The best Guy Gardner costume I’ve ever seen.
The coolest spot at Wonder Con.
The couples that cosplay together, stay together.
He-Man and She-Ra!
Cyclops and Jean Grey!
Spidey and Deadpool teamup!
Don’t get on the list! Don’t miss out on Wondercon next year!
Lots more NYCC goodness coming your way.
It has begun! The 2012 edition of the New York Comic Con got underway yesterday. We’ll be adding lots of links, photos, videos, etc. here so keep checking back.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.