Spawn Creator at Baltimore Comic-Con

Press Release:

Todd McFarlane to appear at the 11th annual Baltimore Comic-Con on Saturday, August 28, 2010.

Berkeley, CA – 10 May 2010 – Image Comics Founder and Partner Todd McFarlane is set to appear at Baltimore Comic-Con 2010 on Saturday, August 28, 2010. The creator of the groundbreaking comic book SPAWN will take part in signings and other events during the show.

“I’m thrilled to be able to participate in this year’s Baltimore Comic Con,” says McFarlane. “It’s good to know events still exist where comics are the main focus, instead of being swallowed up by competing entertainment such as movies and video games. I appreciate all the support Baltimore Comic Con has provided Image with in the past, and am looking forward to attending and meeting with fans.”

Marc Nathan, organizer of the Baltimore Comic-Con, adds, “The Baltimore Comic-Con could not be more thrilled about hosting Todd McFarlane at this year’s convention. Image Comics continues to be at the top of all our publishing partners. We all know how popular Todd is and look forward to a great time!”

From budding baseball player to comic book artist extraordinaire to family man, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has a wealth of experience in the world of entertainment. McFarlane’s road trip to creative autonomy began when he accepted an assignment penciling for Marvel/Epic Comics in March 1984. From there, he worked his way to the top of the talent roster before leaving Marvel to help found Image Comics with six other artists. It was then that Todd introduced his own character, Spawn. In 1994, Todd founded McFarlane Toys. Over the years, the company has become one of the largest, most renowned toy manufacturers in the world.

Don’t miss SPAWN creator Todd McFarlane at this year’s 11th annual Baltimore Comic-Con. He will appear one day only, on Saturday, August 28, 2010.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor, and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit the Image Comics website.

OR – Cosmic FCBD

Jim Valentino, Mike Allred, David Hahn, and more appear on Saturday, May 1st, Cosmic Monkey Comics to participate in Free Comic Book Day. They will hand out free comic books to anyone who stops by the store (limit three per person)!

Comics will include special issues of Iron Man, Sonic The Hedgehog, The Simpsons, Fractured Fables, G.I. Joe, Shrek, Archie and Superman

From 12 noon – 2 PM there will also be a signing for special guests including:

Jim Valentino (Shadow Hawk)
Mike and Laura Allred (Madman)
David Hahn ( Bite Club, Red Herring)
Zack Baldus (New Mutants)
Joshua Williams (JLA, Necessary Evil)
Vicente Navarrete (Dear Dracula)

Our hours are 11 AM to 7 PM. Guests are encouraged to visit earlier in the day for their free comics, as supplies are limited.

Cosmic Monkey Comics, 5335 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR

503-517-9050

Image Comics Announces C2E2 2010 Lineup

Via Image Comics:

Image Comics announces its C2E2 2010 lineup

It’s hot in the Windy City of Chicago as Image Comics gets ready for the inaugural edition of C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo). It’ll only get hotter at the Image Comics booth, #651, when the show gets started Friday, April 16th!

Don’t miss RYAN OTTLEY (INVINCIBLE) and JASON HOWARD (THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN), who will be with us at the Image Comics booth, #651. You’ll also be able to find RICHARD STARKINGS (ELEPHANTMEN), and a slew of other Image creators will be stopping by for signings!

PANELS

Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark Stickers

SATURDAY, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., E353 – The Image Comics Show
The world’s greatest creator-owned comics publisher makes their C2E2 debut with a flurry of announcements and guest stars galore! Be there to find out the next word on what Image has in store for 2010 including never-before-revealed news and art! Panelists include JIM VALENTINO (SHADOWHAWK), NICK SPENCER (EXISTENCE, SHUDDERTOWN), TIM SEELEY (HACK/SLASH), RICHARD STARKINGS (ELEPHANTMEN), and BEN McCOOL (CHOKER).

SUNDAY, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., E353 – Creating Creator Owned Comics the Image Comics Way
Want to bring your own vision to comics? Learn how from the people who do it best! Join a selection of some of Image’s finest for a roundtable discussion on the creative process and tips on perfecting your pitch. This will also include a question and answer session, giving you the chance to talk to the pros who have made their dreams their reality! Panelists include FRANK CHO (LIBERTY MEADOWS), BEN TEMPLESMITH (CHOKER), TIM SEELEY (HACK/SLASH), and JIMMY PALMIOTTI (BACK TO BROOKLYN).

AUTOGRAPHS

FRIDAY
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. BEN TEMPLESMITH and BEN McCOOL

SATURDAY
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. JIMMY PALMIOTTI

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. TIM SEELEY

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. NICK SPENCER and JIM VALENTINO

Come by the Image Comics booth for the best in creator owned comics, updates on signing schedules, and a chance to meet some of your favorite creators! Don’t miss Image Comics at C2E2 2010, booth #651!

Image Comics Announces Its Lineup for Emerald City ComiCon 2010

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.

Choker #1 ECCC Variant

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!

ECCC Tickets on Sale…Lineup Includes Quesada, Johns, Bendis

Tickets for next March’s Emerald City ComiCon are now on sale.

The line up for next year’s convention is quite amazing and includes Mike Allred, Brian Azzarello, Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Geoff Johns, Ryan Ottley, Joe Quesada, James Robinson, Gail Simone, Peter Tomasi, Jim Valentino, Len Wein, and countless others.

For more, visit: http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/

Image Comics Returns to Baltimore Comic-Con with Massive Lineup

IMAGE COMICS RETURNS TO BALTIMORE COMIC CON WITH THEIR MOST MASSIVE LINEUP YET!

Image Comics makes it way back to Baltimore with its largest lineup of creators ever!

Baltimore, Maryland – October 6, 2009 – This upcoming weekend, the world’s greatest creator-owned and operated publisher, Image Comics, makes a big return to the Baltimore Comic-Con including their biggest guest list yet and a very special IMAGE UNITED preview book variant available only at the show!

Image United Baltimore Comic-Con Variant

Image United Baltimore Comic-Con Variant

“It’s good to be back in Baltimore,” Image Comics Chief Operating Officer and IMAGE UNITED writer Robert Kirkman said. “It’s one of the biggest conventions out there with a sole focus on comic books. Everybody here at Image Comics is proud to partner up with Baltimore for our biggest convention presence outside of San Diego Comic Con.”

Kirkman will take part in two panels at the show including The Image Comics Show on Saturday at 1 PM in the Avengers Mansion room. He will be joined by LIBERTY MEADOWS & 50-GIRLS-50′s Frank Cho, GOD COMPLEX & MICE TEMPLAR’s Michael Avon Oeming, ELEPHANTMEN’s Richard Starkings, UNDERGROUND’s Jeff Parker and COWBOY NINJA VIKING’s AJ Lieberman. In addition to everyone giving the first look at upcoming comics, Cho will be announcing the finalists to his 50-GIRLS-50 Talent Search.

Sunday brings a very special look at IMAGE UNITED at 1 PM in the Avengers Mansion room with the crossover artists’ Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino and writer Robert Kirkman. The panel will make the final exclusive look at the series before its release this November!

Both days will feature IMAGE UNITED signing events from 3-4 PM at the Image Comics booth with all creators in attendance signing copies of the Baltimore Comic-Con’s IMAGE UNITED PREVIEW variant edition, available at Baltimore Comic-Con’s Exclusives booth, #1201.

In addition, the Baltimore Image Island will feature a massive guest list, including Mike and Laura Allred (MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS), Ryan Bodeheim (RED MASS FOR MARS), Frank Cho (LIBERTY MEADOWS, 50-GIRLS-50), Jay Faerber (DYNAMO 5), Bryan J.L. Glass (THE MICE TEMPLAR), Greg Horn (THE ART GREG HORN), Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE), Cory Walker (INVINCIBLE), Jason Howard (THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN), Scott Kurtz (PvP), Luna Brothers (THE SWORD), Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN), Tom Scioli (GØDLAND), Ben McCool (CHOKER) and the teams behind the POPGUN anthology and Shadowline.

Image Comics can be found at booth #1501 during The Baltimore Comic-Con, Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th, at the Baltimore Convention Center. For more information, please see http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/.

Baltimore Comic-Con Announces Guests for 2009

Baltimore, Maryland – August 12, 2009 – The Baltimore Comic-Con staff have been busily working on arranging the Harvey Awards, accommodations, promotions, partnerships, exhibitors, and guests, and we’re behind announcing much of it! While there are a number of things still in the development stages, here’s some information we can share now.

Hotel Accommodations
A new feature of our on-line presence this year, the Baltimore Comic-Con is now providing a gateway to hotel accommodations around the Baltimore Convention Center! From our main webpage, click on the “Hotels” link (http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/hotels.htm). This helpful tool enables you to request rooms on-line, compare prices, and review descriptions, amenities, and locations. We encourage those of you traveling from outside of the region to take advantage of this added convenience.

Guests
Last month, we announced a number of today’s top Marvel creators attending the show, including Jason Aaron (Wolverine), Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers), Frank Cho (Ultimates 4), David Finch (Ultimatum), Matt Fraction (Uncanny X-Men), and Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man). We’re bringing in an amazing slate of first-time guests this year for you to meet, including Mike and Laura Allred (Madman), Doug Braithwaite (Wolverine: Origins), Pat Broderick (Vincent Price Presents), Jo Chen (New Avengers: The Reunion), Jimmy Cheung (New Avengers: Illuminati), J.M. DeMatteis (Daredevil), Evan Dorkin (Beasts of Burden), Jan Duursema (Star Wars: Legacy), Sarah Dyer (Superman Adventures), Steve Englehart (Avengers), Bob Fingerman (Recess Pieces), Kathryn Immonen (Runaways), Scott Koblish (Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds), Tom Mandrake (The Outsiders), Larry Marder (Beanworld), Laura Martin (Thor), Kevin Nowlan (The Spirit), Whilce Portacio (Spawn), Buddy Prince (Night), Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Ian Sattler (Final Crisis: Aftermath), Marc Silvestri (Witchblade), Peter Tomasi (Blackest Night: Batman), Jim Valentino (Shadowline Comics), Rob Venditti (The Surrogates), Len Wein (Justice League of America), and Brian Wood (sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics, Northlanders).

You’ll also see many returning guests, such as Dick Ayers (Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos), Jim Calafiore (Batgirl), Nick Cardy (Aquaman), Bernard Chang (Wonder Woman), Sean Chen (Dark Reign: Fantastic Four), Cliff Chiang (Green Arrow & Black Canary), Chris Claremont (X-Men Forever), Steve Conley (Star Trek: Year Four), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Todd Dezago (Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man), Al Feldstein (Mad), John Gallagher (Buzzboy), Ron Garney (Wolverine: Weapon X), Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules), Cully Hamner (Detective Comics), Tony Harris (Ex Machina), Dean Haspiel (The Alcoholic), Adam Hughes (Power Girl), Stuart Immonen (New Avengers), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), Joe Jusko (Kolchak: Tales of the Night Stalker), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Scott Kurtz (PvP), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Greg LaRocque (Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man), Steve Lieber (Underground), Luna Brothers (The Sword), David Mack (Kabuki), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Sean McKeever (Teen Titans), Mark McKenna (BananaTail), Mike McKone (Amazing Spider-Man), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Mark Morales (Secret Invasion), Doug Murray (Jungle Girl Season 2), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Phil Noto (Batgirl), Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex), Jeff Parker (Agents of ATLAS), Dan Parsons (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Comics Armor Wars), Eric Powell (The Goon), Tom Raney (Dark Reign: Hawkeye), Alex Robinson (Too Cool to be Forgotten), James Robinson (Superman), Budd Root (Cavewoman), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Iron Man & The Armor Wars), Stephane Roux (Amazing Spider-Man), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Tim Sale (Heroes), Scott Christian Sava (Dreamland Chronicles), Walt Simonson (Thor), Andy Smith (Dean Koontz’s Nevermore), Jim Starlin (Strange Adventures), Brian Stelfreeze (Final Crisis Aftermath: Ink), Karl Story (Batman: Streets of Gotham), Herb Trimpe (Hulk), Billy Tucci (Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion), Dexter Vines (Wolverine), Neil Vokes (The Black Forest), Doug Wagner (The Ride), Matt Wagner (Grendel), Mark Waid (The Incredibles), and Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing).

Guest of Honor
We’re proud and ecstatic to announce that our tenth anniversary headliner is George Perez (Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds)! George was one of our guests in our first year, and has returned numerous times over the past 10 years. In addition to headlining the show, George will be providing the artwork for our program in 2009!

“What an incredible line-up we’ve arranged for our 10th anniversary show,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We have been chugging along, building the guest list, working with the city of Baltimore on the hotel program, coordinating the Harvey Awards, and a million other little things involved with getting things ready for October.”

In coming weeks, look for ongoing announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting added guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and ComicSpace pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held October 10-11, 2009. 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, October 10th.

As we continue to get ready for this year’s show, we would like to remind you to mark your calendar for next year’s Baltimore Comic-Con dates: August 28-29, 2010.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 10th 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 Oct 10-11, 2009. 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 4 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.

Hero Initiative and George Perez at Chicago Comic-Con

Hero Initiative tags along with George Pérez to the Wizard Chicago Comic-Con!

Speed Dating event, Hero Comics, Hero Initiative panel and an amazing lineup at the booth!

Los Angeles, CA (August 3, 2009) – Hero Initiative travels with one of America’s most influential and popular comic book artists, George Pérez, to the Chicago Comic-Con August 6th-9th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Known for his amazing work on The Avengers, New Teen Titans and more, George will be the anchor at the Hero Initiative booth, #1340-#1342.

George Perez

George Perez

George will also be the congenial host at the best (or possibily first!) speed dating event in comics history! Who’da thunk it? There’s now (J.J.) Sachs and (Ernie “Violens”) Schulz perfume oil for ladies and men, based on the great Sachs and Violens comic by Peter David and George Pérez! To kick off this sweet-smellin’ product, we’re having a speed dating event limited to only 40 lucky fans! Really! You could meet the geek of your dreams!

The event is strictly limited to 20 men and 20 women only! Admission is $35.00 and gets you:
• Access to the speed dating party
• Corresponding ladies or men’s Sachs and Violens perfume oil or cologne oil (a $25 value all by itself!)
• A velveteen bag for the scent with foil-stamped logo
• This great, exclusive postcard featuring NEW George Pérez art
• One drink ticket to lubricate the gears of conversation (ID required for alcohol; non-alcoholic drinks also available; further drinks cash bar)

Think about it: You’ll get to meet 20 like-minded, comic-lovin’ members of the opposite sex in a relaxed, cool environment—and smell great, too! This could be the night that changes your life! Get your tickets NOW at http://qurls.com?i=47988 and http://qurls.com?i=47989.

Hero Initiative’s exclusive Hero Comics is now available and not in stores until August 12th! You can purchase the gem at the Hero Initiative Booth ( #1340-#1342) and have it signed by both cover artists Matt Wagner and J. Scott Campbell starting at 5pm, Friday, August 7th!

Don’t forget to attend the Hero Initiative panel with special guests Chris Klamer, Jim McLauchlin, George Pérez, Brian Pulido and Jim Valentino , Saturday, August 8th at 2pm in Room C, the Jack Kirby Room.
And Hero’s booth signing schedule is as follows:

THUR., 06 AUG (HOURS 400-800 PM)
430-630: George Pérez
630-800: Skottie Young
[830-1000: Sachs and Violens Speed Dating with George Perez]

FRI., 07 AUG (HOURS 1000 AM-700 PM)
1030-1230: Gordon Purcell
1230-230: George Pérez
230-430: Chris Samnee
500-600: J. Scott Campbell + Matt Wagner in a special Hero Comics signing

SAT., 08 AUG (HOURS 1000 AM-700 PM)
1030-1230: George Pérez
1230-230: Bill Reinhold
[200-300: Hero panel in Room E, the Mike Wieringo Room]
230-430: Gene Ha
330-430: George Pérez
430-630: Tim Seeley

SUN., 09 AUG (HOURS 1000 AM-500 PM)
1030-1230: George Pérez

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero 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 $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

My SDCC 2009 Recap!

My SDCC was unlike any other. My previous 5 years were focused mainly on getting as much sketches as possible. After 5 years of doing this though, I have finally delved into the realm of commissions. In addition to getting commissions, I spent my time behind the table of the biggest artist centric booth of the con, the Naked Fat Rave booth (or as I like to call it, The Rat Pack). This booth had some of the biggest name of the industry: Arthur Adams, Joyce Chin, Bruce Timm, Phil Noto, Amanda Conner, Matt Wagner, J. Scott Campbell, David Finch, and Jim Lee. While watching the lines pile up for various sketches and sketchbooks, I managed to also soak in the sights of Comic Con, as well as having the privilege of attending one of the bigger parties this year, Tyrese Gibson’s Mayhem party! Without further ado, let me take you on my journey through SDCC 2009.

It started off with a tour of Wildstorm and lunch at Karl Strauss with Jim Lee himself, along with artists from Wildstorm.

Jim Lee happily drawing the cover to Mayhem's TPB during lunch.

Richard Friend, Livio Ramondelli, Oliver Nome, and twitter contest winners look on.

Richard Friend, Livio Ramondelli, Oliver Nome, and twitter contest winners look on.

MAYHEM!

MAYHEM!

After the wonderful lunch paid for by Jim himself, I trudged on over to Comic Con to pick up my pass. After the show floor opened, I wandered about the floor, and came across the man himself, Tyrese Gibson. He was promoting his comic Mayhem all weekend long. Never have I met a man so determined to get the word out and sell his books. I saw him and his entourage at the tables, walking around selling the books, and basically popping his head around all over the place to make his name known.

Me and Tyrese, creator of Mayhem!

Me and Tyrese, creator of Mayhem!

After meeting Tyrese, and getting a feel for the show floor, I went back to my room to figure out my game plan for the following day.

Day 2 of the con made me excited, and I got to the show at 6 AM. However, what was before me boggled my mind, and I actually had to walk around and make sure that what I was seeing was true. There was a line of thousands all for Hall H at 6 AM! I had never seen anything like it.

The start of the line of Hall H. This went way back and looped back around and started another line.

The start of the line of Hall H. This went way back and looped back around and started another line.

Start of the 2nd line.

Start of the 2nd line.

The 2nd line continued...

The 2nd line continued...

It just keeps going and going and going...

It just keeps going and going and going...

Camera crews covering the madness known as Comic Con.

Camera crews covering the madness known as Comic Con.

A reporter being captured by a storm trooper. Only at Comic Con...

Head of Comic Con himself, David Glanzer.

Head of Comic Con himself, David Glanzer.

My day started off getting on some commission lists for Terry Dodson, David Finch, and Steve Epting. Most of my time for Day 2 was also spent at the Naked Fat Rave booth.

Naked Fat Rave booth aka The Rat Pack.

Naked Fat Rave booth aka The Rat Pack.

Jim Lee sketching for the first 8 fans in line.

Jim Lee sketching for the first 8 fans in line.

King of Artist Alley, J. Scott Campbell, aka Frank Sinatra.

King of Artist Alley, J. Scott Campbell, aka Frank Sinatra.

His line went around the tables of Matt Wagner...

His line went around the tables of Matt Wagner...

... by David Finch's table...

... by David Finch's table...

... and by Jim Lee's table.

... and by Jim Lee's table.

After the show, The Chuck Jones gallery at the Gas Lamp District put on a special gallery for Jim Lee.

Chuck Jones Gallery for Jim Lee.

Chuck Jones Gallery for Jim Lee.

Jim Lee signing for people buying art from the gallery.

Jim Lee signing for people buying art from the gallery.

Day 3′s major goal was to check out Image United’s signing, and to explore more of the show floor.

Todd McFarlane and Marc Silvestri at the Image United signing.

Todd McFarlane and Marc Silvestri at the Image United signing.

Robert Kirkman and Robert Liefeld goofing around at the Image booth.

Robert Kirkman and Robert Liefeld goofing around at the Image booth.

Jim Valentino, Erik Larsen, and Whilce Portacio rounding out the Image United table.

Jim Valentino, Erik Larsen, and Whilce Portacio rounding out the Image United table.

The Image 7.

The Image 7.

Buzz Lightyear from the land of Legos.

Buzz Lightyear from the land of Legos.

Ugly Dolls coming at you!

Ugly Dolls coming at you!

Catwoman posing with 3 of her favorite artists: J. Scott Campbell, Adam Hughes, and Bruce Timm.

Catwoman posing with 3 of her favorite artists: J. Scott Campbell, Adam Hughes, and Bruce Timm.

Day 4 rolled around and after a day of more commissions and sketches, I was looking forward to Tyrese’s party at Stingaree, and I was not disappointed.

Cage match! Tyrese vs. the crowd.

Cage match! Tyrese vs. the crowd.

Put your hands up!

Put your hands up!

Don't make me come out there! Raise your hands up!

Don't make me come out there! Raise your hands up!

Who likes me most?

Who likes me most?

Dancers dancing in the cage. In the words of Paris Hilton, "That's hot."

Dancers dancing in the cage. In the words of Paris Hilton, "That's hot."

Love lifts me up where I belong!

Love lifts me up where I belong!

Tyrese and Todd share a laugh with Jim.

Tyrese and Todd share a laugh with Jim.

Tyrese posing with sexy women in body paint.

Tyrese posing with sexy women in body paint.

Me doing my best Tyrese impersonation.

Me doing my best Tyrese impersonation.

The last day of the con was a bit hellish, but I trucked on forward. I still had to get some great pics of what was considered the best booth presentation of the show, the Marvel booth.

Mark 1.

Mark 1.

Mark 2.

Mark 2.

Mark 3.

Mark 3.

Mark 4. New armor debuting in Iron Man 2!

Mark 4. New armor debuting in Iron Man 2!

Best booth presentation for SDCC 2009.

Best booth presentation for SDCC 2009.

Jim Lee's Google image straight from the web and into the hands of art dealer extraordinaire, Albert Moy.

Jim Lee's Google image straight from the web and into the hands of art dealer extraordinaire, Albert Moy.

My last commission of the con, by the beautiful and talented Amanda Conner!

My last commission of the con, by the beautiful and talented Amanda Conner!

My con was fun filled, and definitely one of the best times of my entire SDCC experience. I can’t believe it’s already over! If anyone has any other cool stories or experiences they’d like to share, please post below!

From me and Hayden to you, Excelsior!

From me and Hayden to you, Excelsior!

Image is United for Comic-Con International

IMAGE COMICS TOTALLY BRINGS IT TO SAN DIEGO COMIC CON 2009!
The world’s greatest creator owned comic book publisher announces their full lineup for San Diego Comic Con International 2009!

Image Comics, the world’s greatest creator owned comic book publisher, returns to San Diego with a bigger guest list than ever before and exclusives galore, all available at booth #2729!

In addition to a slate of panels including an unprecedented Image Comics workshop on creating creator owned comics, spotlights on Mike Allred & Robert Kirkman and their annual Image Comics Show featuring the company’s most massive announcements of the year, Image will also feature a very special Image United signing event on Saturday at 10 AM, the only signing featuring all seven members of the crossover’s creative team including Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Rob Liefeld (Youngblood), Todd McFarlane (Haunt), Marc Silvestri (Top Cow Pilot Season 2009), Whilce Portacio (Fortress) and Jim Valentino (ShadowHawk).

Throughout the weekend the Image Island will include booths showcasing Image Central, Todd McFarlane Productions and Shadowline with a pantheon of creators including Mike Allred (Madman Atomic Comics), Glen Brunswick (Jersey Gods), Camilla d’Errico (Sky Pirates of Neo Terra), Greg Epinoza (Pug), Tyrese Gibson (Mayhem!), Kieron Gillen (Phonogram), Rob Guillory (Chew), Phil Hester (Firebreather, Darkness), Greg Horn (The Art of Greg Horn), Jason Howard (The Astounding Wolf-Man), Andy Kuhn (Firebreather), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), John Layman (Chew), Mike Le (Mayhem!), Rob Liefeld (Youngblood), David Mack (Kabuki), Derek McCulloch (Pug, Stagger Lee), Jamie McKelvie (Phonogram, Suburban Glamour), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), the crew behind Image’s Harvey award-winning anthology PopGun, Cliff Rathburn (Invincible, Walking Dead), Jimmie Robinson (Bomb Queen), Tone Rodriguez (Mayhem!), Jon Sommariva (Gemini), Kris Simon (Bruce The Little Blue Spurce), Andy Suriano (Charlatan Ball), Josh Wagner (Sky Pirates of Neo Terra) Will Wilson (Mayhem!) and Jim Valentino (ShadowHawk). In addition, there will also be an exclusive first look at Todd McFarlane and Robert Kirkman’s long-awaited collaboration, Haunt, available from Todd McFarlane Productions!

There will also be special signing appearances by Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows), Marco Cinello (Soul Kiss), Alex Grecian (Proof), Sonny Liew (Liquid City), Ted McKeever(Transmet, Eddy Current, Metropol), Whilce Portacio (Fortress), Nick Spencer (Existence 2.0), Christian Ward (Olympus), Christopher Yost (Killer of Demons) and Man of Action Studios members Joe Casey (Gødland), Duncan Rouleau (The Great Unknown), Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants) & Steven T. Seagle (Soul Kiss) with many, many more!
Image will also once again be teaming up with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for their annual San Diego Comic Con Welcome Party, 7:30 – 11:00 PM at the Westgate Hotel on 1055 Second Avenue. For even more fun stop by Top Cow Productions, Booth #2629, featuring a full lineup presented by the Image Comics’ partner studio run by Marc Silvestri!

Image Comics will be at booth #2729 during Comic Con International at the San Diego Convention Center, July 22nd-26th, 2009.

IMAGE COMICS

SAN DIEGO 2009 SCHEDULE

IMAGE UNITED

SPECIAL SIGNING EVENT

SATURDAY, JULY 25th

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Featuring the entire creative team of the upcoming blockbuster crossover in their only signing together!

Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino

Image United Cover #2

Image United Cover #2

PANELS

Thursday, July 23

4:30-5:30 PM Workshop – Creating Creator Owned Comics The Image Comics Way: Want to bring your own vision to comics? Learn how from the people who do it best! Join Image Founder Jim Valentino (Shadowhawk) with Image luminaries Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants), John Layman (Chew), Jimmie Robinson (Bomb Queen) Steven T. Seagle (Soul Kiss), and Richard Starkings (Elephantmen) for a very special, unprecedented workshop with an insider look at the creative process and tips on perfecting your pitch. This will also include a question and answer session giving you the chance to directly talk to many pros who have made their dreams their reality! Room 7AB

Friday, July 24

10:00-11:00 AM Spotlight on Mike Allred: Comic Con Special Guest Mike Allred (Madman) makes an extremely rare San Diego Comic Con appearance to discuss his entire body of work from Dead Air to Madman, Red Rocket 7 to X-Statix and his recent Image Comics series, Madman Atomic Comics. The discussion will give fans a rare look into Allred’s creative process, including never-before-seen art and a unique chance to pick the brain of one of comics’ most creative minds! Moderated by Stardust the Super Wizard collaborator Joe Keatinge (PopGun) and featuring a number of surprise guests! Room 8

11:30AM – 12:30 PM The Image Comics Show: The world’s greatest creator-owned comics publisher returns to San Diego with a flurry of announcements including an exclusive look including the biggest crossover event of the year, Image United by creators Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead), Todd McFarlane (Spawn), and Rob Liefeld (Youngblood). In addition, Image superstars Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows), Tyrese Gibson (Mayhem) and Ben Templesmith (Fell) will give the first word on many of their upcoming projects. The Image Comics Show will be the first place to get your first sneak peek at Whilce Portacio’s superhero series emerging from Image United, Fortress! Room 5AB

4:00 – 5:00 PM KIRKAMANIA! The Robert Kirkman Panel: Join Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible) for a lively discussion on his many projects and a look forward into the future with more than a few exclusive announcements! All this plus a surprise special guest appearance by Todd McFarlane (Haunt) as super secret free comics will be given away during a very special question and answer session! Room 7AB

SIGNING SCHEDULE

IMAGE UNITED

SPECIAL SIGNING EVENT

SATURDAY, JULY 25th

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Featuring the entire creative team of the upcoming blockbuster crossover in their only signing together!

Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino

Wednesday, July 22nd

6:00 – 9:00 PM: Jim Valentino & Kris Simon (Bruce The Little Blue Spruce) – Shadowline

Thursday, July 23rd

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Jim Valentino & Kris Simon (Bruce the Little Blue Spruce) – Shadowline

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Dave Elliot (Fallout Toy Works, Sharkman) & Steve Pugh (Sharkman) – Table 1

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Steven Grant & Victor Riches (The Safest Place) – Table 2

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Jimmie Robinson (Bomb Queen, Evil & Malice, T. Runt!) – Shadowline

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows) – Table 1

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Kat Cahill (I Hate Gallant Girl, All Girl Comics) – Shadowline

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Sean Lapacek, Ian Keiser & Joseph Weisman (Lillim) – Table 1

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Nat Jones (Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer) – Table 2

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Joshua Williamson & Vinny Navarrete (Dear Dracula, Overlook, Johnny Monster) – Shadowline

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Joe Casey & Andy Suriano (Charlatan Ball) — Table 1

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible) – Table 2

3:00 – 4:30 PM: Sonny Liew (Liquid City) – Table 1

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Alex Grecian (Proof) – Table 2

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Jeff Mariotte (Zombie Cop, Graveslinger) – Shadowline

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Nick Spencer & Kris Simon (Existence 2.0) – Shadowline

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Viktor Kalvachev & Philo Northrup (Pherone) – Table 1

5:00 – 6:00 PM: Joshua Williamson & Vinny Navarrete (Dear Dracula, Overlook, Johnny Monster) – Shadowline

5:30 – 6:30 PM: Kelly Yates (Amber Atoms) – Table 1

6:00 – 7:00 PM – Lisa Chase & S. Struble (Lil Depressed Boy, Existence 2.0) – Shadowline

Friday, July 24th

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Dave Elliot & Steve Pugh (Sharkman) – Table 1

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Alex Grecian (Proof) – Table 2

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Jimmie Robinson (Bomb Queen, Evil & Malice, T. Runt!) – Shadowline

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Viktor Kalvachev & Philo Northrup (Pherone) – Table 1

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Kelly Yates (Amber Atoms) – Table 2

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Mike Dolce & Marcus Perry (Descendant) – Shadowline

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Nat Jones (Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer) – Table 1

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Steven Grant & Victor Riches (The Safest Place) – Table 2

12:30 – 2:00 PM: Nick Spencer (Existence 2.0) – Shadowline

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Todd McFarlane (Spawn) – Table 1

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants, Bad Dog) – Table 1

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Ted McKeever (Transit, Metropol, Eddy Current) – Shadowline

2:30 – 4:30 PM: Sonny Liew (Liquid City) – Table 2

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows) – Table 1

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Pander Brothers (Tasty Bullet, Accelerate) – Shadowline

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Sean Lapacek, Ian Keiser & Joseph Weisman (Lillim) – Table 1

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Jimmie Robinson & Derek McCulloch (T. Runt!) – Shadowline

5:00 – 6:00 PM: Christian Ward (Olympus) – Table 1

5:00 – 6:00 PM: Gabriel Hardman & Corrina Bechko (Heathentown) – Shadowline

6:00 – 7:00 PM: KIRKAMANIA!: Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Jason Howard (Astounding Wolf-Man), Cliff Rathburn (The Walking Dead), Cory Walker (Invincible) – Table 1

6:00 – 7:00 PM: Joshua Williamson & Vinny Navarrete (Dear Dracula) – Shadowline

Saturday, July 25th

10:00 – 11:30 AM: Image United Special Event: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri & Jim Valentino

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Kat Cahill (I Hate Gallant Girl)

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Nat Jones (Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer) – Table 1

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Kelly Yates (Amber Atoms) – Table 2

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Jimmie Robinson (Bomb Queen, Evil & Malice, T. Runt!) – Shadowline

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Chris Yost (Killer of Demons) – Table 1

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Christian Ward (Olympus) – Table 2

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Nick Spencer (Existence 2.0), Mike Dolce & Marcus Perry (Descendant) – Shadowline

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Steven T. Seagle & Marco Cinello (Soul Kiss) – Table 1

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Josh Williamson & Vinny Navarrete (Dear Dracula) – Shadowline

2:30 – 4:30 PM: Sonny Liew (Liquid City) – Table 2

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Justin & Bethany Shady (The Roberts, Missing the Boat, Lava is a Floor, I Beg Your Pardon) – Shadowline

3:30 – 5:00 PM: Todd McFarlane, Ryan Ottley, Robert Kirkman (Haunt) – Table 1

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko (Heathentown) – Shadowline

5:00 – 6:00 PM: Alex Grecian (Proof) – Table 1

5:00 – 6:00 PM: Steven Grant & Victor Riches (The Safest Place) – Table 2

6:00 – 7:00 PM: Viktor Kalvachev & Philo Northrup (Pherone) – Table 1

6:00 – 7:00 PM: Jim Valentino & Kris Simon (Bruce the Little Blue Spruce) – Shadowline

Sunday, July 26th

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Jeff Mariotte (Zombie Cop, Graveslinger) – Shadowline

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Kelly Yates (Amber Atoms) – Table 1

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Justin Shady (The Roberts, Missing the Boat, Lava is a Floor, I Beg Your Pardon) – Shadowline

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Mike Dolce & Marcus Perry (Descendant) – Shadowline

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Steven Grant & Victor Riches (The Safest Place) – Table 1

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Josh Williamson & Vinny Navarrete (Dear Dracula) – Shadowline

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Duncan Rouleau (The Great Unknown) – Table 1

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Nick Spencer (Existence 2.0) – Shadowline

2:30 – 4:30 PM: Sonny Liew (Liquid City) – Table 2

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Christian Ward (Olympus) – Table 1

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Derek McCulloch & Jimmie Robinson (T. Runt!) – Shadowline

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Jim Valentino & Kris Simon (Bruce the Little Blue Spruce) – Shadowline

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