Mike Mignola, Steve Niles, Richard Starkings, Joe Benitez, and many more sign on Saturday, 7 May 2011 is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!
Mike Mignola - Hellboy, Baltimore. Mike will be on hand to sign for fans.
Steve Niles - Criminal Macabre. Steve will be on hand to sign for fans.
Richard Starkings - Elephantmen. Richard will be on hand to sign for fans.
Joe Benitez - Lady Mechanika. Joe will be on hand to sign for fans.
David Wohl - Executive Assistant: Iris. David will be on hand to sign for fans.
Vince Hernandez - Charismagic. Vince will be on hand to sign for fans.
Chris Yost - TV’s The Mighty Avengers. Chris will be on hand to sign for fans.
Phil Ortiz - The Simpsons. Phil will be on hand to sign for fans.
Joshua Williamson - Sketch Monsters. Joshua will be on hand to sign for fans.
Jeff Stokely - Fraggle Rock. Jeff will be on hand to sign for fans.
Robbi Rodriguez - Tek Jansen. Robbi will be on hand to sign for fans.
Frank Mastromauro - Artist on Aspen Comics’ Soulfire and Shrugged. Frank will be on hand to sign for fans.
David Schwartz - Writer on Aspen Comics’ Fathom. David will be on hand to sign for fans.
Peter Steigerwald - Artist on Witchblade and Fathom. Peter will be on hand to sign for fans.
Mark Roslan - Artist on Tomb Raider and The Darkness. Mark will be on hand to sign for fans.
First look at Mattel’s exclusive releases for Comic-Con 2011!
Character Appearances: Wonder Woman (Confession of a Superhero’s Jenn Wengar) and Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion will be on hand for photo opportunities.
The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
On May 28-30, 2010, the Rock’n Comic Con took place at the Pasadena Convention Center. I admit I had my trepidations about this con, as there was a lack of communication going in, and I could tell that it wasn’t as organized as any other show I’ve attended.
After getting my wrist band to the show, I saw a couple of vendors, but very few. A lot of them were booths promoting smaller artists, and in the middle of the show floor was a big set up by Desert Wind Comics, which set up the autograph sessions for Stan Lee, and also features artists J. Scott Campbell and Bob Layton. Bill Sienkiewicz was also near the booth as well, and while it was great for the few attendees that did show up, it was a bit disappointing to see a potentially great show not live up to its potential. Whether it was due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend or because of a lack of other big name comic writers and artists who might have been attending Phoenix Con, it was definitely a show that could have been a lot better. With a great venue in a great city, I think it definitely deserves another shot at redemption.
Now onto some photos:
GREAT GUESTS: Roy Thomas, Joe Sinnott, Jo Chen, David Mack, Jim Balent, Ernie Chan, Georges Jeanty, Scott McDaniel, Billy Tucci, Herb Trimpe, Tom Mandrake, Joe Benitez and 100′s More!!!! (plus publishers: Aspen, Top Cow, Broadsword and others)
Check www.pittsburghcomicon.com for a full guest list;
GREAT MEDIA GUESTS: Superman’s Margot Kidder, Buffy’s Camden Toy, Star Wars’ Nalini Krishan & Dermot Crowley and more!!!
GREAT EVENTS: Quick Sketch, Charity Auction, Costume Contest, Casino Night, Legends of Marvel Panel, Belly Dancing and a host of other great comic, movie and genre related panels.
Check www.pittsburghcomicon.com/events.html for a full list of events.
GREAT PROMOTIONS: Pittsburgh Comicon Edition of Aspen’s Soulfire #4; Special Make-A-Wish Print by Ed Beard Jr.; The Nerd Herding Contest and more.
Check www.pittsburghcomicon.com/promotion.html for more convention promotions.
KIDZ DAY is SUNDAY and ALL KIDS Twelve and Under Get into the show, FREE!!!
(Bring your kids, your little brother, your neighbors kids, your nieces, your nephews, any and all kids get in FREE!!!)
There are great KIDZ EVENTZ planned, including:
SCI-FI KIDS CRAFTS WITH The Science Fiction Alliance of Pittsburgh (All Day Sunday)
DRAWING THE DISNEY DUCKS w/ DONALD DUCK ARTISTS PATRICK & SHELLY BLOCK (11:00 AM)
BELLY DANCING LESSONS w/ DISNEY’S PRINCESS JASMINE (Noon)
Plus there are great displays like the FULL SIZED LEGO DARTH VADER at the TOY & PLASTIC BRICK MUSEUM BOOTH that you can get your picture taken with and of course enough comics and costumes to impress any kid!!!
There are also great KIDZ GIVEAWAYZ, including:
ASSORTED ALL AGE COMICS from CHRIS YAMBAR
SPIDER-MAN PRINTS from G.W. FISHER
FANTASY ART TRADING CARD PACKS from ED BEARD, JR.
MY PAL MARK COLORING BOOKS and BOOKMARKS from MARK MARIANO
PITTSBURGH COMICON YETZ TRADING CARDS from MIKE BOCIANOWSKI
HANDTOM OF THE OPERA & CXCX CURTAIN PRINTS from ANDREW HARMON
MY LITTLE DEMON COLORING BOOKS from HEATHER KREITER
Plusâ€¦. A drawing for a DRAGON, A HAIRFALL and more from PRINCESS JASMINE AND THE GARMENT GODDESS
(some giveaways are limited in quantities so get there early!!!!!)
A full map of kidz day events and giveaways will be handed out at admission!!!
Thank you to everyone involved in KIDZ DAY.
If even one child finds a home in comics, it will have been worth it!!!
In mere days I hope to see all of you at the 2010 Pittsburgh Comicon,
Patrick A. Thomas
Marketing Director of the Pittsburgh Comicon
APRIL 23, 24, 25, 2010
Monroeville Convention Center
Marv Wolfman, Marc Silvestri, Bill Morrison, Joe Benitez and more sign at Collector’s Paradise on FCBD (From 12 noon to 3 PM):
Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, San Fernando Valley’s Premiere pop culture store, is excited to announce a big Celebration for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, featuring some of the best talent in comics and many great giveaways for all attendees.
Collector’s Paradise has a long history of working closely with comic book industry creators. The store holds monthly events with artists and writers from all corners of the industry, and the full time gallery hosts art events and gallery shows. “We want to do more than just sell comics, we want to create a Destination for comic book fans, a place where they can interact with the people who create the product they love”, says Edward Greenberg, the owner of Collector’s Paradise. Comic book industry has been very supportive of Collector’s Paradise’ efforts in this endeavor, working with them to organize numerous events to promote their new releases and special projects.
This year Collector’s Paradise is presenting their best line-up of comic book creators to date, including:
Marc Silvestri – Founder, Top Cow Productions, Creator and Artist – Cyberforce, Witchblade, Darkness, Hunter/Killer
Marv Wolfman – creator – Teen Titans, Blade, Bullseye, Tim Drake, Black Cat, Nightwing, Deathstroke, Anti-Monitor and many more…
Bill Morrison – co-creator Bongo Comics, artist – Simpson Comics and more
Michael Broussard – artist – Darkness, FCBD 2010 Top Cow Artifacts comic, Artifacts 1-6
Joe Benitez – artist – Teen Titans, Soulfire, creator – Weapon Zero, Magdalena, Wraithborne
Peter Steigerwald – colorist, artist – Soulfire, Fathom, and more from Aspen Comics
Ray Friesen – kids graphic novel author – Another Dirt Sandwich, Cupcakes of Doom…
Rick Loverd – writer – Milo Ventimiglia Presents Berserker
In addition to the great creator line up, the event will feature the annual “Sketches for HERO Initiative” fundraiser, where most of the artists featured will do $10 sketches for the fans, with 100% of the proceeds directly going to HERO Initiative, a wonderful charity that helps comic book creators in need. Collector’s Paradise has been working with HERO for the last four years to make sure that those creators who need financial and medical help are taken care of.
Kids are a big focus of Collector’s Paradise’ effort on FCBD. The event will feature an excellent Spider-Man in costume, a fantastic Balloon Artist, and several thousand kid-friendly comic books given away to all fans in attendance.
The event will be held at Collector’s Paradise Comics & Cards from Noon to 7:00pm, with creator signings, Spider-Man and Balloon Artist from noon to 3:00pm.
Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave, on the corner of Winnetka Ave and Sherman Way, in Canoga Park.
Hero Initiative travels to MegaCon, the southeast’s largest comic book, science fiction/fantasy, anime, toys and gaming convention. The event takes place March 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. You can purchase tickets directly by clicking here!
First up, traveling along with us from Los Angeles is artist Joe Benitez, known for The Darkness, Batman, and Justice League of America! Stop by the booth and pick up an original sketch by Benitez. All proceeds benefit Hero Initiative.
Make sure you come back, because George Pérez, one of the most influential artists of all time, will be at the Hero booth. He’ll be sketching as well, and this is one you don’t want to pass up.
On Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., a special 11-man signing of Hero’s The Wolverine 100 Project will take place! Contributors Joe Benitez, Jim Calafiore, Mike Choi, Darwyn Cooke, Joe Jusko, Andy Smith, Bill Tucci, Mike McKone, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mike Perkins, and Brandon Peterson will be at the booth exclusively signing Hero’s recent release. Get them while they are available, and get them signed by our team!
And that’s not all! Florida resident and acclaimed writer Steve Perry will be visiting the Hero booth as well. Perry is best known as one of the original writers of the Thundercats and Silverhawks TV shows, and Timespirits comics. Perry was diagnosed with cancer in February, 2009, and being the single father of a 9-year-old son, he struggled to make ends meet while battling his severe illness. After being homeless, having no work, and living in his car with his son, Hero Initiative is proud to help Perry pull him through this difficult time. He wants to say “thanks” by stopping by. Thank you, Steve!
Lastly, Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia has generously donated approximately 40 items that will be available through a silent auction. Items include a Hugh Jackman autographed Wolverine 8×10 Photo, Johnny Depp autographed 8×10 Photo, Elijah Wood autographed Frodo 8×10 Photo, Robert Downey Jr. & Jeff Bridges Dual Signed Iron Man 8×10 Photo and a Spider-Man limited edition lithograph with actual film cel, to name a few. The items will be on display in the lobby and at the Hero booth. Part of the proceeds will go to Hero Initiative.
Our Schedule is as follows:
Fri., 12 MAR, con hours 1-7
1:30-3:30: George Pérez
2:00-3:00: 100 Wolverines: Joe Benitez, Jim Calafiore, Mike Choi, Darwyn Cooke, Joe Jusko, Andy Smith, Bill Tucci, Mike McKone, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mike Perkins, Brandon Peterson
4:00-5:30: Joe Benitez
5:30-7:00: George Pérez
Sat., 13 MAR; con hours 10-6
10:00-12:00: George Pérez
12:00-2:00: Joe Benitez
2:00-4:00: George Pérez
4:00-6:00: Joe Benitez
Sun., 14 MAR; con hours 10-5
10:00-12:00: George Pérez
12:00-1:00: Joe Benitez
1:00-3:00: George Pérez
3:00-5:00: Joe Benitez
About Grandstand Sports and Memorabilia:
Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia Inc. is a domestic and international provider of hand signed authentic sports memorabilia. Since it’s inception the company has held a domestic and international presence in both retail and wholesale markets. The corporate office is located in New York City. Aside from our charity and retail presence, Grandstand works with numerous corporations including: top sports internet sites such as espn.com and major financial companies. Grandstand also provides exclusive memorabilia to both Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s by mail catalogs. Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia, 148 Madison Ave14th Floor New York, NY 10016, 212-532-8900, 888-78-GRAND
About The Hero Initiative:
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict 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 the website or call 626-676-6354.
LONG BEACH COMIC CON PRESENTS: COMIC EXPO 2010 FEBRUARY 20, 2010 AT THE LONG BEACH CONVENTION CENTER
A Full Day of Comics for Comic Lovers
(Long Beach, CA, January 25, 2010) MAD Event Management and Long Beach Comic Con are proud to announce Comic Expo 2010 to be held Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center (LBCC) in downtown Long Beach. The one day event will be held in the Promenade Ballroom from 10am – 7pm and entrance to the floor for the day is $10.
An exceptional show of support from notable comic artists, writers and creators for the Long Beach Comic Expo include Mike Mignola, Bernie Wrightson, Steve Niles, Tim Bradstreet, Stan Sakai, Dustin Nguyen, Todd Nauck, Whilce Portacio, Tone Rodriguez, Joe Benitez, Peter Steigerwald, Trent Kaniuga, J.T. Krul, Brian Haberlin, Lou Ferrigno, JJ Kirby, Michael Lopez, Eddie NuÃ±ez, Livio Ramondelli, Amanda Dawn Wolf, Rick Basaldua, Eric Basaldua, Rob Levin, Joshua Hale Fialkov, David Wohl, Beth Sotelo, Frank Mastromauro, Mark Roslan, Vince Hernandez and Steve Sievers.
Lionsgate, Aspen, Top Cow, Com.X, High Tower, Comic Madness, Graphitti Designs, Freedonia Funnyworks and Metropolis Comics Scott Hudlow Comics and Terry’s Comics are all setting up booths on the Expo floor. Aspiring artists can meet with writer & editor Barbara Kesel for a one-on-one portfolio review. And an Artist Alley loaded with talent will be on hand to meet and greet fans.
“After the tremendous amount of support we received from the community for Long Beach Comic Con we didn’t want to wait a full year before returning,” said event planner Martha Donato, President of MAD Event Management. “We decided to create a one-day event that is a great place for fans to come to celebrate their love of comics.”
For a complete list of events, guests, activities, ticket prices and times, visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com/comic-expo-2010.php.
Tickets will also be available at the following comic book and hobby shops: Amazing Comics, Comic Bug, Comic Madness, Geoffrey’s Comics, Golden Apple, Jay Company, Metropolis Comics, Pulp Fiction and Terry’s Comics.
About MAD Event Management
MAD Event Management is an all-purpose event planning facilitator whose principal owner has over 12 years of experience producing annual large-scale consumer conventions around the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas. MAD’s capabilities include: Site Selection, Exhibit Staffing, Marketing Plans, Vendor Selection, Floor Plan Development, On-Site Execution, Sponsor Exhibitor Sales, Travel Management, Contract Development, Setup & Disassembly and Contract Coordination. Visit www.madeventmanagement.com for additional information.
Megacon 2010 – Press release 12/28/09
Orange County Convention Center – 9800 International Drive, Orlando Florida – March 12th – March 14th
The southeast’s premier Comic Book, Science Fiction, Anime, multi-media event!!!
Comic book artists attending MegaCon for the first time: Olivier Coipel, Stephane Roux, Mike McKone, Justin Gray, Joe Benitez, Don Rosa, Nelson DeCastro, Alvin Lee, Mike Choi & Sonia Oback, Jim Calafiore and Graham Nolan
Special Media Guests: Many Star Wars guests including – Ray Park (Saturday & Sunday only), Billy Dee Williams, Dave Barclay, Jeremy Bulloch, Maria de Aragon, Peter Mayhew, Star Trek – Nichelle Nichols, Levar Burton, Jonathan Frakes, Hercules – Kevin Sorbo, Back to the Future – Lea Thompson, Claudia Wells, Big Trouble in Little China – James Hong, Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines/Painkiller Jane – Kristanna Loken, Lexx – Ellen Dubin, Farscape – Virginia Hey, Battlestar Galactica – Richard Hatch, Ghost Hunters International – Rob Demarest, Voice Actors – Neil Kaplan, Sonny Strait, Chuck Huber, Darrel Guilbeau and Cherami Leigh
Two huge Costume Contests – Robot Battles and displays – Indie Film Festival– Lego Pit & Mattel Car Racing Track for the young and old – gaming events including LAN room – continuous anime viewing rooms – performances by Willies Wenches & Oklahoma Ghostbusters
After hour events include: Indie Film Festival, LARP, RPG, and Video gaming events – and the very popular Cyberia Dance on Saturday night
Tickets are available In Advance
Online until February 26th until midnight
By Phone (386-364-1826): until February 26th until 6 pm
By Mail (5757 74th Trace, Live Oak, FL 32060): Postmarked by February 25th
$21.00 one-day pass(plus 6.5% tax) $49.00 three-day pass(plus 6.5% tax)
Ticket Prices at the door available all three days
$24.00 one-day pass $55.00 three-day pass
Hero Initiative’s Wolverine: Weapon X 100 Project hits stores December 2nd!
Celebrate with Multi-creator Signing events all over the continent!
(Los Angeles, CA): If you can’t cough up tens of thousands for the Hero Initiative’s Wolverine: Weapon X 100 Project original covers, don’t fret! You can own the whole collection! On December 2nd, the massive 152-page collected book will be released, including artwork from legends such as Neal Adams, J. Scott Campbell, David Finch, Arthur Adams and Tim Sale. The Wolverine: Weapon X 100 Project is available in Limited edition hardcover for $25 and soft cover for $12.99.
And to kick things off, we’re celebrating with multi-creator signing events in Toronto, Los Angeles, and Phoenix! Check out a store and date near you, and visit the wonderful talent we have lined up! As a special bonus, limited edition hardcover copies of The Wolverine: Weapon X 100 Project will be available ONLY at the following stores or online at http://www.atomiccomicsstore.com/wolv100hcpp.html .
December 5, 7:00pm-10:00pm
*Special guest Wolverine Creator Len Wein
Collectors Paradise Comics and Gallery, 7131 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka, CA 91306
Hero Initiative: Bringing back the HEAT to Southern California at first Long Beach Comic Con
100 Wolverines at The Danger Room, Stan Lee, Rev. Dave Johnson, J. Scott Campbell and more set it off!
Los Angeles, CA. September 29, 2009, ( for immediate release): Southern Cal may be cooling off, but Hero Initiative is on fire and bringing back the heat at the first Long Beach’s Comic Con, October 2-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center.
First up: It’s been a labor of love and shipping, but we have at long last assembled our 100 original Wolverine: Weapon X #1 covers and invite you to…The Danger Room! This first and ONLY viewing of 100+ original covers happens Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 PM at the con, room 204. Admission is a mere $5, $3 if you come in an X-Men costume or FREE if you show up dressed as Wolverine himself. Admission gets you one free raffle ticket to win a KICKASS (but empty!) wine bottle crafted by the amazing Karlton Hahn of Xena Etched Graphics. You can increase your chances by buying more raffle tickets on site. Our friends from The Comic Bug will be on hand as well to spoil you with coupons and stuff. This will be your ONLY chance to see all 100+ covers in living color and all their glory. ‘Til the book comes out in November, that is. And when will the covers be up for auction? Check eBay.com in late October!
Next up, Hero Initiative is proud to feature an exclusive Wolverine print by amazing artist J. Scott Campbell and the talented colorist Christina Strain. There are only 100 made, and they’ll be available for $20 each only at the Hero Initiative booth, #349, while supplies last. You can even get your print signed by BOTH Campbell and Strain, as they’ll be appearing at the Hero booth on Saturday between 11am-12pm.
In addition, Stan Lee has graciously agreed to do a limited meet-and-greet session with a few select fans. There are only TEN availabilities to this session available via Hero Initiative. Five more guest of the Long Beach Comic Con will also be in attendance. You can get a picture with Stan, and you’ll also be able to get TWO Stan Lee autographs at this event on YOUR items of YOUR choice! Go to:
Lastly, while you are at the Hero Booth you can renew your Hero Initiative membership! 2009 marked the first year ever for Hero Initiative memberships, and for 2010, we’ve revamped with more and better premiums! You can get full information at the booth or order today at www.heroinitiative.org or www.heroinitiative.org/2010members. Old Members, remember to bring your membership card to claim a 10% discount!
And the first 50 members to sign up will also get a bonus gift card from Sideshow Collectibles worth a random amount from $10 to $50 at SideshowCollectibles.com. Check it out!!
And of course, to really set the house on fire, our amazing line up:
FRI., 02 OCT (HOURS 300 AM-700 PM)
330-500: Scott Koblish
[500-730: 100 Wolverines party, room 204]
SAT., 03 OCT (HOURS 1000 AM-600 PM)
1000-1100: Brian Haberlin + Philip Tan
1100-1200: J. Scott Campbell + Christina Strain
1230-230: The Rev. Dave Johnson
430-530: Whilce Portacio
SUN., 04 OCT (HOURS 1000 AM-500 PM)
1030-1200: Norm Rapmund
1200-130: The Rev. Dave Johnson
200-300: Joe Benitez
300-430: Derek Fridolfs
For more information on the Long Beach Comic Con, visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com
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.