Via Toucan Blog:
First 20 Guests Announced for Comic-Con International 2014!
Comic-Con International features one of the most diverse guest lists of any convention. The first wave of guests for 2014 includes creators from mainstream and alternative comics, graphic novels, comic strips, animation, and science fiction and fantasy books. Confirmed for Comic-Con International 2014 are these special guests:
Brian Crane, cartoonist, Pickles
Eleanor Davis, cartoonist/illustrator, Stinky, How to Be Happy
Jane Espenson, writer/producer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Husbands
Raymond E. Feist, author, Riftwar Saga
Drew Friedman, illustrator, RAW, Old Jewish Comedians, Heroes of the Comic Books
Michael T. Gilbert, writer/artist, Mr. Monster
Willie Ito, animator/cartoonist, Disney, WB, Hanna-Barbera
Caitlin R. Kiernan, author, The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, Alabaster: Wolves
Lucy Knisley, writer/artist, Relish, French Milk
Graham Nolan, artist, Detective Comics, The Phantom, Joe Frankenstein
Jimmy Palmiotti, writer, All-Star Western, Painkiller Jane
Benoît Peeters, writer, The Obscure Cities, The Leaning Girl
Don Rosa, cartoonist, Uncle $crooge, Donald Duck
Jim Rugg, artist/illustrator, Supermag, Afrodisiac
François Schuiten, artist, The Obscure Cities, The Leaning Girl
Scott Snyder, writer, Batman, Superman Unchained
Fiona Staples, artist, Saga
Gene Luen Yang, writer/artist, Boxers & Saints, American Born Chinese
For more info on these special guests for Comic-Con International 2014, please click here.
More guests will be announced soon … check back for details!
Jim Rugg signs at Beach Ball Comics from 5:00 till 7:00 pm on Wednesday May 29, 2013!! The artist responsible for AFRODISIAC and the incredible Michonne Ghost Variant cover on The Walking Dead #101 will be making his way out here from Pittsburgh to launch his very own SUPERMAG at Beach Ball Comics!
Beach Ball Comics
3024 W Ball Rd Ste G, Anaheim, CA 92804
This event includes three panels and three presentations by local, national and international comics artists. Topics include self-publishing versus small press and large publishers, gender roles and comics, graphic novels versus panel comics, and more.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 – 10:00am until 5:00pm
Program participants are Andy Scott, Nate McDonough, Lizzee Solomon, Paulette Poullet, Ramsey Beyer, John Porcellino, Bill Boichel from Copacetic Comics, Rachel Masilamani, Jim Rugg, Ed Piskor, Frank Santoro, Dash Shaw, French comics artist Boulet, Joan Reilly from The Big Feminist But, and Caitlin McGurk from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.
Event fee: Free
Sponsor: The event is sponsored by the Sprout Fund.
Carnegie Museum of Art Theatre
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Jim Rugg opens an exhibit of artwork at the Toonseum on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:00pm.
Order tickets via Eventbrite.
This #*?! Isn’t Very Funny: Recent comics and drawings by Jim Rugg
The ToonSeum is delighted to present This #*?! Isn’t Very Funny an exhibition of art by comic book artist Jim Rugg.
Self-taught as a cartoonist, the comic and cartoon arts were instrumental in his development. Jims early influences are as wide and varied as his style. Ranging from R. Crumb to Looney Tunes!
His own work reflects that diversity in his ability to transition between a variety of styles and techniques with creative and inspired results.
Jim considers comics a vital artform and has been a proponent of introducing the comic medium to new audiences. His contributions to the vitality of the comic scene has included mini-comics, self-publishing, as well as creator-owned work with independent publishers such as SLG, Image Comics, and Adhouse Books. He has also created work for corporate comic book publishers such as Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics, and Dark Horse Comics. He has created comics-influenced illustrations for a wide variety of clients including Vh1, Circus, New York magazine, Converse, McSweeneys, Capcom, and Smirnoff.
His comics have been translated into four different languages worldwide.
This #*?! Isn’t Very Funny features Jims well-known work on Street Angel and Afrodisiac as well new and seldom seen pieces. This is Jims first solo exhibition and a first for the ToonSeum as well, as the exhibition reflects the more adult sensibilities of the comic world and parental discretion is advised.
“Jim is a remarkable artist and his work possesses a quality of loving satire that seems to pay tribute and poke fun at the same time. He is one of the most creative artists I know. We didnt want to limit that creativity in any way’, said ToonSeum, Executive Director Joe Wos. So what you see on the walls is uncensored unfiltered artistic brilliance at its best.
This #*?! Isn’t Very Funny will run at the ToonSeum from March 29th-May 6th.
An Opening reception with the artist will take place on March 29th from 7pm-9:30pm.
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
TR!CKSTER and The Criterion Collection have joined forces to curate a one-night-only celebration of the works of legendary director Akira Kurosawa on Friday, July 22, 2011. Cited as an inspiration to generations of storytellers, Kurosawa’s films resonate with a singular clarity of vision, and his images last in our minds long after the last frame has played.
This intimate show will feature original pieces by artists from the worlds of comics, animation, and illustration, including: Mike Allred, Scott C., Josh Cochran, Francesco Francavilla, Robert Goodin, Victor Kerlow, Ted Mathot, Scott Morse, Sho Murase, Bill Presing, Jim Rugg, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Connor Willumsen. Though the gallery show will be free to enter and enjoy for the general public, all proceeds from sales of these works will be donated to the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund.
This is a special engagement gallery event, existing for one night only, with all proceeds to benefit the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund.
(art by Scott Morse. This piece will not be featured in the exhibition)
On March 4th, Jim Rugg talks about his experience in comics at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit as part of their annual Comic Jam (presented by MOCAD and Green Brain Comics)!
The Comic Jam begins at 4:00, and my talk begins at 7:00. Both the talk and jam are FREE and ALL AGES.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
The 2010 Baltimore Comic-Con Announces More Publishers, Guests!
Baltimore, Maryland – March 19, 2010 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to announce the most recent set of publishers and guests for the 2010 convention. This August, we will welcome Dark Horse Comics, IDW, and Top Shelf Comix to Baltimore, joining already-announced publishers Image Comics, Boom! Studios, and Top Cow Productions.
Additionally, come and meet new and returning guests Tom Brevoort (Executive Editor, Marvel Comics), Bernard Chang (Prince of Persia), Sean Chen (Nova), Mark Chiarello (Editor, DC Comics), Mike Choi (X-Force), Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One), Francesco Francavilla (The Green Hornet: Year One), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics), Sterling Gates (Supergirl), Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar), Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four), Greg Horn (Green Lantern), Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Denis Kitchen (Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen), Barry Kitson (Iron Man 2 Prequel), Greg LaRocque (The Exiled), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Steve Lieber (Underground), Luna Brothers (The Sword), David Mack (Kabuki), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Mike McKone (Avengers Academy), Bob McLeod (New Mutants Forever), Mark Morales (Siege), Chris Moreno (Toy Story), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts), Lauren Perry (Blank-ees), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Extinction), Chris Pitzer (Publisher, Adhouse Books), Paul Pope (Wednesday Comics), Jack Purcell (Gotham City Sirens), Mike Raicht (The Stuff of Legend), Tom Raney (Black Widow: Deadly Origin), Chris Roberson (I, Zombi), Budd Root (Cavewoman), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes), Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac), Tim Sale courtesy of Hero Initiative (Captain America White), Ian Sattler (Editor, DC Comics), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker’s Death Ship), Bob Schreck (Jurassic Park), Jim Shooter (Magnus, Robot Fighter), Andy Smith (WildC.A.T.S.), John K. Snyder III (The A-Team: Shotgun Wedding), Allison Sohn (Star Wars sketchcard artist), Billy Tan (Shadowland), Ben Templesmith sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics (Choker), Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), Dexter Vines (Ultimate Avengers), Neil Vokes (Superman Adventures), Matt Wagner (The Green Hornet: Year One), Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), and Chrissie Zullo (Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love).
“Our guest list is really picking up momentum now,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We’re happy to be adding guests from past years and welcoming new ones this year too. We are especially proud to welcome new guests Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Jonathan Hickman this year, since we know that they will fit in with our great group of returning guests. If you are a comic book fan, you will want to be in Baltimore in August! Needless to say, we’re thrilled to welcome the Adhouse, Dark Horse, IDW, and Top Shelf crews back, and look forward to hearing what all of their latest and greatest projects will be.”
Guests previously announced include: Mike and Laura Allred (Madman), Sergio Aragones (Groo), Ivan Brandon (Nemesis: The Imposters), Jim Calafiore (Secret Six), Eric Canete (New Avengers: Luke Cage), Howard Chaykin (Black Kiss), Cliff Chiang (Greendale), Frank Cho (Ultimate Comics New Ultimates), Steve Conley (Star Trek Omnibus: The Original Series), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Dan DiDio (The Outsiders, Co-Publisher, DC Comics), Al Feldstein (MAD Magazine), Ron Garney (Wolverine: Weapon X), Michael Golden (Marvel 1602: Spider-Man), Cully Hamner (Detective Comics), Dean Haspiel (ACT-I-VATE), Geoff Johns (Blackest Night, Chief Creative Officer, DC Comics), J.G. Jones (DC Universe Legacies), Rich Koslowski (BB Wolf and the 3 LPs), Laura Martin (Girl Comics), Todd McFarlane (Spawn), Mark McKenna (Banana Tail), Terry Moore (Echo, SiP), Phil Noto (Avengers: The Origin), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex), Eric Powell (The Goon), James Robinson (Justice League of America), Stephane Roux (Zatanna), Louise Simonson (X-Factor Forever), Walter Simonson (Thor), Jim Starlin (Dreadstar), Brian Stelfreeze (The Authority: The Lost Year), Karl Story (Zatanna), Mark Texeira (X-Men: Origins), Billy Tucci (Shi), Doug Wagner (World of Warcraft: Horde), Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Editor-in-Chief, Boom! Studios), Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans), and John Workman (Heavy Metal).
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 (http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/baltimorecomics), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/baltimorecomiccon), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/baltimorecomics), and ComicSpace (http://www.comicspace.com/baltimorecomicon) pages.
This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 28-29, 2010. 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 28th.
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
email@example.com – for inquiries about submitted registrations
firstname.lastname@example.org – for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
email@example.com – for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries
About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 11th 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 28-29, 2010. 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 5 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.
Via Image Comics:
EVERYTHING COMES UP EMERALDS FOR IMAGE IN SEATTLE
Image Comics announces its lineup for Emerald City ComiCon 2010
You can join Image Comics at Emerald City ComiCon, March 13-14, 2010! We’ll have creators galore, convention exclusives and more at booth #306!
In addition to the abundance of artists and writers appearing at booth #306, Image is offering a convention exclusive version of the currently sold out CHOKER #1 by superstar Ben Templesmith and writer Ben McCool. On Saturday, Image will be making some big announcements during our ever-popular panel, THE IMAGE COMICS SHOW.
The following talented folks will be appearing at the Image Booth throughout the weekend: Nathan Edmondson (Olympus, The Light), Rob Liefeld (Image United, Youngblood), Jay Faerber (Dynamo 5), Kieron Gillen (Phonogram), Brandon Graham (King City), John Layman (Chew), Ben McCool (Choker), Jamie McKelvie (Phonogram), B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Nick Spencer (Forgetless,Shuddertown), Brett Weldele (The Light).
Other Image creators exhibiting at ECCC include: Mike & Laura Allred (Madman, Red Rocket 7), Eric Basaldua (The Darkness, Witchblade), Michael Broussard (The Darkness), Joe Casey (Godland), Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants), Scott Kurtz (PVP), Moritat (Elephantmen), Ron Marz (Angelus, Magdalena, Witchblade), Mike Oeming (Mice Templar, God Complex), Whilce Portacio (Image United, Spawn), Duncan Rouleau (Great Unknown), Jim Rugg (One Model Nation), Steven T. Seagle (Soul Kiss), Tim Seeley (Loaded Bible), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), Jim Valentino (ShadowHawk).
Saturday, at 2:00 PM in the Arcane Comics Panel Room (4C3-4):
THE IMAGE COMICS SHOW: The world’s greatest creator-owned comics publisher returns to Seattle with a flurry of announcements and a discussion on creating creator owned comics with panelists Ben Templesmith (Choker, Fell), John Layman (Chew), Jim Valentino (Shadowhawk) and Brandon Graham (King City). PLUS: You cannot miss the huge announcement coming from Loaded Bible’s Tim Seeley! Will this be your chance to win some free exclusive comics? Oh, yes; it will!
Don’t miss Image Comics at Emerald City ComiCon, booth #306!
Seattle, WA – January 26, 2010 – The Emerald City ComiCon (ECCC) is once again bringing back its popular MONSTERS & DAMES art book for 2010. It features almost fifty brand new pieces of art by some of the top illustrators in comics, as well as an amazing cover by Jo Chen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8).
“We sold out of our entire run of the 2009 Monsters & Dames art book,” said ECCC organizer Jim Demonakos. “Thanks to that, and overwhelming feedback from our attendees, we’ve created another fantastic collection of monsters, dames, lady monsters and everything in between!”
This full-color, 9″x12″, 48-page hardcover is limited to only 850 individually numbered copies and features contributions from artists such as Tim Sale, Mike Allred, Darick Robertson, Whilce Portacio, Eric Basaldua, Aaron Lopresti, Philip Tan, Michael Golden, Carlos D’Anda, Brian Churilla, Gabriel Hardman, Jamie McKelvie, Jim Rugg, Timothy Green, Steve Rolston, Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Mark Texeira and dozens more!
Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from this book benefits the Seattle Children’s Hospital, a premier child health care and pediatric center and recognized as one of the leading US hospitals for children.
The Eighth Annual Emerald City ComiCon will be taking place March 13-14, 2010 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in beautiful downtown Seattle, WA.
Jim Rugg and Chris Pitzer hit the road to talk about their latest creation: AFRODISIAC. Each stop will include a signing, talking and LOVE! Plan your Valentine gift giving and pick up an autographed copy of the book!
Jim Rugg, with Brian Maruca, is the artist and co-creator of Afrodisiac. They also worked together on Street Angel, the saga of a thirteen year-old skateboarding homeless ninja girl. He also provided the art for PLAIN Janes and Janes in Love, which were written by YA Novelist Cecil Castellucci, as well as the brand new One Model Nation, which was written by Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor.
Chris Pitzer is the man in charge at Adhouse Books. He’s responsible for putting out a wide range of accessible yet unique books, many of which have been best sellers here. Some of the finest Adhouse books include: Pulphope by Paul Pope, Process Recess I, II, and III by James Jean, Mesmo Delivery by Raphael Grampa, and many more.
6pm – 9pm
Velocity Comics, 904 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220-3809
6pm – 9pm
Chapel Hill Comics, 316 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
3pm – 6pm
Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find, 1957 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC