Image Comics Schedule at Rose City Comic Con 2017

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Oregon

Press Release:

Image Comics is pleased to exhibit for the first time at Rose City Comic Con on Friday, September 8th through Sunday, September 10th. Please note: updates to the schedule may appear online during the show. Please refer to the www.imagecomics.com post for the most up-to-date information.

LIMITED* RCCC VARIANTS SOLD AT THE IMAGE BOOTH (#747):

* Quantities will be limited by customer and per day on a first come, first served basis. Please ask at the Image booth about availability

  • MOTOR CRUSH #6 by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr blank sketch cover
  • MAGE #1 by Matt Wagner, cover by Wagner

LIMITED RCCC VARIANTS SOLD AT THE RCCC merch booth: 

  • THE REALM #1 by Seth M. Peck, Jeremy Haun, Nick Filardi & Thomas Maur

CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES:

  • A.D.: AFTER DEATH hardcover by Scott Snyder & Jeff Lemire, cover by Lemire, $40
  • GOD COUNTRY hardcover by Donny Cates & Geoff Shaw, cover by Shaw, $35
  • KILL OR BE KILLED, VOL. 1 hardcover by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser, $35
  • SEVEN TO ETERNITY, VOL. 1 hardcover by Rick Remender & Jerome Opeña, $35
  • MONSTRESS, VOL. 2 hardcover by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, cover by Takeda, $35

LIMITED MERCHANDISE:

  • BLACK SCIENCE statue, $150 Limited quantity available for sale at the Image booth.

PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS:

Image Comics: The Future of Adventure
Friday, 6:30 pm, Room 6
Decades ago, comics captured the hearts of millions thanks to the creative and never-before-seen adventures on the printed page. Now, the tradition continues, thanks to creators like Steve Lieber (THE FIX), Meredith Finch (ROSE), Valentine de Landro (BITCH PLANET), Kelly Sue DeConnick (BITCH PLANET), and two very special and unexpected guests. Join these creators as they discuss the art of the thrill, and balancing free-wheeling adventure tales against their real life counterparts.

Image Comics: The Future of Storytelling
Saturday, 2:30 pm, Room 6
Image Comics is home to some of the best storytellers in the comics business. The trick isn’t using the same pencil or ink as your hero—it’s thinking about comics in new and exciting ways. Emma Ríos (PRETTY DEADLY), Daniel Warren Johnson (EXTREMITY), Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), Leila del Duca (AFAR), and Matt Wilson (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE) co-create some of the most beautiful comics on the shelves, and are going to give you the most valuable art lesson you’ll get all year.

Image Comics: The Future of Genre
Sunday, 10:30 am, Room 6
The Future of Comics is in stories for everyone. In comics, any genre can be a smash hit or connect with readers. Do you like romance, horror, autobio, action, comedy, slice-of-life, or something else entirely? Greg Rucka (BLACK MAGICK), Michael Lark (LAZARUS), Megan Hutchison (ROCKSTARS), Joe Harris (ROCKSTARS), Brenden Fletcher (MOTOR CRUSH), and Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS) create works that run the gamut and may just capture your heart.

SIGNINGS* HOSTED AT IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#747):

*wristbands will be available for fans to pick as soon as doors open, first come, first served, at the Image booth on the day of the desired ticketed signing.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

  • 2:00 – 2:45 PM Skottie Young (wristbands req.)
  • 3:00 – 3:45 PM Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine de Landro (wristbands req.)
  • 4:00 – 4:45 PM Surprise Guest Creators
  • 5:00 – 5:45 PM Greg Rucka (wristbands req.)
  • 6:00 – 6:45 PM Matt Wagner

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

  • 11:00 – 11:45 AM Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr & Cameron Stewart (wristbands req.)
  • 12:00 – 12:45 PM Greg Rucka & Michael Lark (wristbands req.)
  • 1:00 – 1:45 PM Jim Valentino
  • 2:00 – 2:45 PM Matt Wagner
  • 3:00 – 3:45 PM Donny Cates (wristbands req.)
  • 4:00 – 4:45 PM Kelly Sue DeConnick & Emma Ríos (wristbands req.)
  • 5:00 – 5:45 PM Jeremy Haun

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

  • 12:00 – 12:45 PM Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky (wristbands req.)
  • 1:00 – 1:45 PM Nick Dragotta
  • 2:00 – 2:45 PM Doug Wagner

IMAGE CREATORS IN ARTIST ALLEY:

Beem, Morgan II-05
Bivens, John M-05
Brandon, Ivan C-06
Brisson, Ed CC-06
Brown, Garry L-11
Cates, Donny II-10
Dalrymple, Farel AA-02
Davisson, Zack DD-06
DeConnick, Kelly Sue U-09
De Landro, Valentine U-08
Del Duca, Leila 611
Dewey, Benjamin 611
Dragotta, Nick L-07
Finch, Meredith D-07
Fitzpatrick, Kelly Q-12
Fletcher, Brenden U-07
Fraction, Matt U-10
Gibbons, Dave 718
Graham, Brandon AA-02
Harren, James L-03
Harris, Joe F-01
Haun, Jeremy N-06
Humphries, Sam E-02
Hutchison, Megan F-02
Johnson, Daniel Warren L-09
Kaplan, Zack G-07
Keatinge, Joseph AA-01
Ketner, Lukas 611
Lark, Michael B-02
Larsen, Erik E-07
Lenox, Emi T-01
Lieber, Steve 611
Mahfood, Jim R-01
Mooneyham, Chris L-10
Nguyen, Dustin U-01
Parker, Tony N-09
Pitarra, Nick L-08
Ríos, Emma T-12
Roberson, Chris Y-01
Rossmo, Riley L-12
Rucka, Greg B-01
Schirmer, Brian U-05
Sebela, Christopher M-07

OR – Will Eisner Week 2017 Events at PSU

Press Release

Portland State University and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund are joining forces with a week of special events to celebrate the hundredth birthday of Will Eisner, the legendary cartoonist whose influence defined the contours and possibilities of American comics in his lifetime and beyond!

Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration around the week of March 6th. It celebrates “graphic novels, literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner.” Eisner is best known for championing the development of the graphic novel as a literary form, and for creating The Spirit, the iconic 1940s hero that redefined newspaper comics. However, Eisner’s achievements stretch even further.  In celebration of Eisner’s centennial, Will Eisner Week engages with his legacy for a week of thought-provoking events on the PSU campus.

Will Eisner Week 2017 Events at PSU

Race, Religion, & Stereotypes in Will Eisner’s Comics
Like Disney, Tezuka, Hergé, and other 20th Century masters, Will Eisner’s influential body of work is marred by the use of stereotypes in his images and writing, most notably through the Spirit character Ebony White. In his later career, Eisner acknowledged Ebony’s problematic characteristics and created work that fought stereotypes, most especially as applied to Judaism in The Plot. Join panelists Barry Deutsch, Jemiah Jefferson, and David Walker for a discussion of how to engage with 20th Century images, stereotypes, and storytelling for 21st Century audiences. Moderated by CBLDF Executive Director and Eisner/Miller author Charles Brownstein.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
12 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union room #238
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Documentary Screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist”
This award-winning full-length feature film is the definitive documentary on the life and art of Will Eisner, father of the graphic novel, and includes interviews with Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Jules Feiffer, and Frank Miller, among others. The documentary will be followed by a discussion between Marvel Comics best-selling writer Brian Michael Bendis and Eisner’s former Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz.

Friday, March 3, 2017
12 noon – 3:30 p.m.
Cramer Hall room #150
1721 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

The Spirit of Rebellion: How Will Eisner’s The Spirit Changed the Art & Commerce of Comics
Will Eisner lived a life of constant innovation. At the age of 22, with war on the horizon, he walked away from a lucrative partnership at the Eisner and Iger studio to develop a new kind of comic book—the newspaper comic book supplement—and the first creator-owned business model in comics. In the 1950s and ’60s, when comics were vilified in mass culture, he used the medium to create educational tools for military and industrial clients. In late life, he championed the graphic novel at a time when the idea of serious adult fiction in comics was laughably unlikely. Panelists Jim Valentino, Diana Schutz, and Dan Schkade are joined by moderator Charles Brownstein to discuss Eisner’s rebellious creativity and consider how his example is relevant today.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Cramer Hall room #53
Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

About the Panelists

Brian Michael Bendis is an award-winning comics creator, New York Times bestseller, and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last fifteen years, Brian’s books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts. Brian has won five Eisner awards, including “Best Writer of the Year” two years in a row and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot award for comic art excellence. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press “Excellence in Journalism” Award and was named “Best Writer of the Year” by Wizard Magazine and Comics Buyer’s Guide for three consecutive years.

Charles Brownstein has served as the Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund since 2002. During his tenure the organization has achieved numerous legal victories, been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and has become the leading source of education and advocacy for combating the rising tide of comics censorship in libraries and schools. Brownstein is a prolific and sought-out lecturer on the history of comics and censorship who has addressed audiences across the United States, as well as in Canada, Japan, Lebanon, Norway, and the United Kingdom.  In addition to his work at CBLDF, he also writes extensively about comics; his publications include Eisner/Miller, The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, and Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy Art on Tour.

Barry Deutsch’s best-known creation is the Oregon Book Award-winning Hereville series of graphic novels, about “yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl.” With co-creator Becky Hawkins, he also creates the webcomic SuperButch, about a lesbian superhero in the 1940s. His political cartoons, which can be read at leftycartoons.com, have appeared in dozens of publications and won the Charles Schulz Award. Barry had the good fortune to study under Will Eisner at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He currently lives in Portland, in a bright blue house with bubble-gum pink trim.

Jemiah Jefferson is an editor at Dark Horse Comics where she works mostly on European and manga titles as well as archival reprints of classic comics including Flash Gordon, Herbie, Captain Midnight, and Creepy. She is also a multiply published fiction writer whose titles include Voice of the Blood, Wounds, Fiend, and A Drop of Scarlet. She is an avid fan of genre movies and television, especially anything having to do with superheroes. Find her work at www.jemiah.com.

Dan Schkade is a freelance comic book writer and artist from Austin, Texas. His credits include Will Eisner’s The Spirit, Battlestar Galactica: Gods and Monsters, San Hannibal, and The Fowl. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is a member of the comics creator collective Helioscope.

Diana Schutz’s efforts as editor, writer, educator, and staunch supporter of creators’ rights have made her a venerable icon in the industry. She made immense strides not only in opening the mainstream comics world to independent, creator-owned works, but also opening the doors for women to work in positions of power. From her editorial work on acclaimed series like Sin City, Grendel, and Usagi Yojimbo, to her close relationships with other icons like Will Eisner, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Schutz has helped shape the modern era of comics for almost four decades and has laid the foundation for its future.

Jim Valentino started his career in the late 1970s creating small-press, self-published comics, graduating to small-press acclaim with the superhero parody normalman and the autobiographical series Valentino. After a stint as a storyboard artist for various animation features, he returned to comics in the late 1980s, creating the era-defining run on Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel. Valentino is best known as a founding partner of Image Comics, where he created the series ShadowHawk, served as publisher from 1999-2004, and continues to publish innovative creators under his Shadowline imprint.

David F. Walker is an award-winning comic book writer, author, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. His work in comic books includes Shaft (Dynamite Entertainment)—winner of the 2015 Glyph Award for Story of the Year—Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Luke Cage, Occupy Avengers, Deadpool (Marvel Comics), Cyborg (DC Comics), The Army of Dr. Moreau (IDW/Monkeybrain Comics), and Number 13 (Dark Horse Comics). He is also the creator of the critically acclaimed YA series The Adventures of Darius Logan. He teaches part-time at Portland State University.

ECCC 2017: Image 25th Anniversary Panel

Emerald City Comicon hosts a reunion of the Image Comics founders for their 25th anniversary on FRIDAY MARCH 3rd at 1:00 PM with an exclusive signing to follow (details at the link)!

Twenty-five years ago, a group of comics artists looked at the difference between what they were capable of and what they were being given, and left the promise of steady work for new pastures. The result was Image Comics, which has grown from an upstart group to a comics publisher that has changed the course of the industry. Image’s 25th anniversary year begins with this special event, a very rare gathering of original founders Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino, Marc Silvestri, and Whilce Portacio, moderated by Robert Kirkman.

RSVP on Facebook!

Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) is the premier comic book & pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Join us March 2-5, 2017. For tickets and more information please go to the website: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

Image Comics Celebrates 25 Years on February 1st

000_Image_25thannv

Press Release:

On February 1, 1992 seven comics superstars Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino came together to form their own company that would ultimately change the landscape of comics forever. Current partners McFarlane, Valentino, Kirkman, Larsen, and Silvestri collectively have brought creator-owned comics to the forefront of industry change and, after 25 years of amazing storytelling freedom, Image is pleased to celebrate the milestone anniversary with Image Day—Feb. 1, 2017.

Image Comics wouldn’t have succeeded without the tremendous creativity and passion of its creators, the unwavering support of retailers, bookstores, and libraries, or the unbridled and unrelenting enthusiasm of the fans who show up each and every Wednesday to purchase Image titles. On Image Comics Day we celebrate together, nationwide, the exciting legacy that Image’s creator-owned publishing model has cultivated as we prepare for the next 25 years of amazing creator-owned comics to come.

There will be Image Comics promotions, giveaways, creator signings, social media events, and more—don’t miss out on all the festivities and check back to the events pages on imagecomics.com for more information and announcements about Image Comics Day celebrations near you.

Comics retailers are encouraged to jump on board this Image Day, February 1 and will be contacted by Jeff Stang, Director of Specialty Sales, with more information on how to participate.

Join us for the single most anticipated day of the year, as we come together and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics—but more importantly, the 25 years of true creative freedom and history-making storytelling from the best writers and artists in the world.

OR – Image Comics Mega Signing

Comments Off on OR – Image Comics Mega Signing

tfaw

Jim Valentino, Joe Keatinge, Michael Avon Oeming, Chris Roberson, and Joshua Williamson appear on Wednesday June 18th from 7-10pm at the Portland TFAW’sfor a signing and Q&A!

Press Release:

Things From Another World (TFAW) is proud to welcome local comic book creators Jim Valentino (co-founder of Image Comics), Joe Keatinge (Glory), Michael Avon Oeming (Mice Templar), Chris Roberson (Sovereign), and Joshua Williamson (Ghosted) to the Portland TFAW June 18 for an Image Mega Signing and Q&A from 7 to 10 pm! Attendees can purchase the latest releases from Image Comics and enjoy free food and beer (for those 21+ with valid ID).

Interested in breaking into comics? Meet the creators behind some of today’s hottest books, and learn what it’s like to work for Image Comics! Bring your questions: the Q&A is from 7 to 8 pm, with a signing afterward for Ghosted Volume 2, the Glory Complete Saga hardcover, Mice Templar IV Legend #8, Shutter #3, and Sovereign!

RSVP on Facebook!

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-4693

OR – Free Comic Book Day 2014

Comments Off on OR – Free Comic Book Day 2014

fcbd-tfaw

Press Release:

Things From Another World will open early at 9 am Saturday, May 3 for Free Comic Book Day, an incredibly popular, family-friendly event! Choose up to 10 special free comics from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and more (while supplies last), shop $2 and $5 doorbusters, and get autographs from your favorite comic book creators.

Plus: get 20% off almost everything in the store*, and save an additional 5% if you’re a TFAW box customer! Later, come back for the Free Comic Book Day After Party at the Portland TFAW from 7 to 10 pm, featuring free burgers and dogs (including veggie options), complimentary beer (for those 21+), prizes, music, and more.

Signing Schedule:
10:00 am-12:00 pm
* Greg Rucka (Lazarus, Veil, Punisher)
* Terry Dodson (X-Men, Catwoman)

12:00-2:00 pm
* Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Whiteout)
* Jim Valentino (Co-Founder of Image Comics)

2:00-4:00 pm:
* Chris Roberson (Sovereign), Chris Sebela (Ghost), Adam P. Knave (Never Ending), and Ibrahim Moustafa (The Pound)
2:30-4:30 pm:
* David Marquez (Ultimate Spider-Man)

RSVP on Facebook!

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

Creators Appearing in the Image Booth During SDCC 2012 Include Kirkman, Adlard, Brubaker, Etc.

Image SDCC

Via their Facebook page, Image has provided an early look at the creators set to appear at their booth (#2729) during Comic-Con International 2012 in San Diego.

As you can see above, featured guests would appear to include:

  • Ryan Ottley
  • Nick Spencer
  • Robert Kirkman
  • John Layman
  • Charlie Adlard
  • Ed Brubaker

 

Hero Initiative Invites ECCC 2012 Attendees to Go Bowling

Hero Initiative Bowling

Press Release:

Hero Initiative at Emerald City Comic Con

Bowling Party at Garage Billiards With Very Special guests

All to raise money for Hero Initiative!

Los Angeles, CA (March 26, 2012) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need is heading to Emerald City Comic Con March 30 through April 1 in Seattle, Wash. at the Washington State Convention Center. We have many special guests, and we are going BOWLING!

That’s right! We’re bowling to raise money for our cause on Friday March 30 at 8pm! There are 24 spots to bowl with a special guest including Jim Valentino, Francis Manapul, Barry Kitson, Tony Parker and more at Garage Billiards at 1130 Broadway in downtown Seattle! (http://www.garagebilliards.com) For $40 you get 2 games with a special guest, shoe rental, a drink ticket and five raffle tickets to win a bowling pin designed by artists such as Joe Linsner or Matt Wagner!

You never know who will show up! Go to http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290689940957 to secure your spot!

And if you don’t want to bowl, come and have some fun! The custom bowling pins can be won by ANYONE who shows up! Raffle tickets are $5 each, and tickets will be sold all day Friday at booth number #807 and all evening at the event. Winners MUST BE present.

And of course our special guests at the booth will be signing and sketching for us. Check it out!

Friday, March 30 (hours 2-8)

200-300: Keu Cha

300-400: Scott Morse

400-500: Mike Oeming

500-700: Bill Willingham

Saturday, March 31 (hours 10-7)

1230-130: Jim Valentino

130-230: Adi Granov

430-630: Chrissie Zullo

Sunday, April 1 (hours 10-5)

1030-1130: Steve Lieber

1130-1230: Matt Fraction


About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Hero Initiative Attends ImageExpo 2012 with Special Guest Matt Wagner

February 22, 2012 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News, Top Stories

Hero Initiative at ImageExpo

Press Release:

Hero Initiative attends ImageExpo With Special guest Matt Wagner

Guest appearances Brian K. Vaughn and Rob Guillory;

Panel with Board member Jim Valentino

Los Angeles, February 20, 2012:  Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in need, is attending ImageExpo, the premier comic con experience of Northern California in 2012. The three-day event takes place at the Oakland Convention Center, February 24th-26th, located at 550 10th street in Oakland, Calif.

Making the trip with Hero is our very special guest, Matt Wagner!  The 25-year veteran is one of comicdom’s most respected creators, and the creator of the mastermind assassin, Grendel. Matt also wrote and drew the DC Comic series Trinity, and was the cover artist on the Kevin Smith-penned re-launch of Green Arrow. Matt will be sketching and signing throughout the weekend at Hero’s booth, #64, so make sure you come by! As Matt is also a nice guy, a portion of proceeds of ALL Matt’s sales will also be donated to Hero!

In addition, Brian K. Vaughan, writer of Y: The Last Man and Saga will be at our booth Friday, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and Rob Guillory, artist of Chew, will be at our booth Sunday from 1:30-230 p.m. Don’t miss out!

Hero Initiative board member and Shadowline publisher Jim Valentino will be discussing what he looks for in new projects, the founding of Image, and more at his panel on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 1:00 p.m. in room A. Jim will also be doing portfolio review for a donation to Hero, so don’t miss it!

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

SDCC Announces Their Special Guests List is Complete for 2012 with 28 New Additions

January 30, 2012 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News, Top Stories

Silvestri Hulk

While they have yet to remove George Perez from the list (who announced via his Facebook page that he is cancelling his appearance this year), Comic-Con International has announced that their Special Guests list for 2012 is complete. The latest update contains 28 new names:

 

Next Page »