Stan Lee Returns to Silicon Valley Comic Con 2018

The man, the myth, the legend. Making his grand return to Silicon Valley Comic Con we are very excited to announce our first guest… STAN LEE!

Stan Lee is an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was formerly executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics.

Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Avengers, Black Panther,  the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters, introducing a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. In addition, he challenged the comics’ industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, indirectly leading to it updating its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

He has had cameo appearances in many Marvel film and television projects. A few of these appearances are self-aware and sometimes reference Lee’s involvement in the creation of certain characters.

On 16 July 2017, Lee was named a Disney Legend, a hall of fame program that recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.

Other guests for the 2018 convention include: Sean Astin, Jewel Staite, Matthew Lewis, Jim Shooter, Simon Bisley, Coop, Glenn Fabry, Andy Weir

For tickets and information go to SVComicCon.com

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CA – Excelsior! Art Show

Marvel legend STAN LEE appears at the Hero Complex Gallery on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM for the EXCELSIOR! art show celebrating over 75 years in the comics industry.

Hero Complex Gallery
2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D, Los Angeles, CA 90034
323-334-0035

CO – Bombshells: United! Signing

Artist Stéphanie Hans appears at Hall of Justice Comics on Saturday October 21st from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM!

Stéphanie is a cover/sequential artist living in France, who works for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Boom, IDW, and Image. She brings a dark and vibrant touch to the characters she’s working on, and is well known for her work on Asgardian universes with her runs on Journey into Mystery and Angela. Stéphanie also recently worked on DC’s Batwoman with Marguerite Bennett. Her works include Storm, Batman, Lucifer, The Wicked and The Divine, and Fearless Defenders.

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Hall of Justice Comics & Collectibles
10336 Dransfeldt Road, Unit 8, Parker, CO 80134
(303) 484-9103

CA – Stan Lee Celebration

Join comics legend Stan Lee on Tuesday, July 18th at 11:00 AM at the TCL Chinese Theatre to celebrate his life and career. 

Press Release:

On July 18, and on the eve of San Diego Comic-Con, the iconic creator and force behind Marvel Comics, STAN LEE, will put his handprints and footprints in cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®. Presented by Legion M, ICON: Celebrating Stan Lee, is the first ever handprint-footprints ceremony in TCL history to be organized and hosted by the fans.

“Stan Lee gave us the heroes that fueled our imagination and aspirations” said Kevin Smith, Filmmaker, Actor, Writer, Comedian and Stan Lee Fan.

”Now, WE, the fans, are coming together to give this permanent monument and tribute to the man that gave us so much.”

Stan Lee, the chief creative force behind the rise of Marvel Comics, brought to life some of the world’s most famous heroes and infamous villains, including Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, The Avengers, Loki, and Dr. Doom. His stories featured heroes and villains that were more psychologically complex than had ever been seen previously, inspiring legions of fans.

According to his autobiography, Excelsior, “Lee put the human in the superhuman.”

Lee’s connection to fans immediately led him to Legion M’s unique model of being the first fan-owned entertainment company, and he has been supportive of Legion M since its launch in 2016. Legion M embodies the fan culture that Lee’s work launched, perpetuating a legacy that has impacted generations. By organizing and rallying the fans, celebrities, companies and anyone who has been positively impacted by Lee’s work, Legion M is paying a heartfelt, historic and overdue tribute to one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

“On behalf of Stan Lee and Stan Lee Collectibles, we’re deeply moved and appreciative of the groundswell of fan support Stan has always enjoyed, and we’re grateful that his fans have united together with Legion M to give him this great honor,” says Stan Lee Collectibles CEO Max Anderson.

As a producer, writer, editor, publisher, actor, host and executive, and idol to many, Stan ‘the Man’ Lee has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry having created or co-created 90% of Marvel’s most recognized characters. These creations have spawned books, films, television series, video games, web series, Broadway shows and more offering a steady stream of box office.

In 2017, Stan will celebrate his 95th birthday and 70th wedding anniversary, along with the 78th anniversary of the day he first started as an assistant filling inkwells at Timely Comics – now Marvel Comics – which over a lifetime of work he helped turn into one of the biggest media brands in the world.

Fans are invited to get involved, attend the event (and after party), pay tribute to Stan, take home a piece of history and more by visiting the link…

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TCL Chinese Theatres
6925 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
(323) 461-3331

UK – James Bond: Service Signing

Writer Kieron Gillen signs JAMES BOND: SERVICE: SPECIAL one-shot at Forbidden Planet’s London Megastore on Wednesday 24th May from 6:00 – 7:00pm.

Please note change of date.

A stand-alone, oversized special written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Antonio Fuso, with a thrilling take on the icon of espionage!

In contemporary politics, where Britain’s world standing is often more zero than 007, an assassin plans to exterminate the ‘special relationship,’ and lead Britain and the United States into a very dark place…especially when he does so by aiming down the sights of an ancient Enfield rifle! It’ll test Bond’s deadly talents to their limits, in order to defeat the assassin and avert certain geopolitical disaster…

Kieron Gillen’s writing career has includes comics titles Phonogram, Young Avengers, and The Wicked + The Divine. He’s been writing for Marvel since 2008, on titles including Thor, Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, and Iron Man. His Marvel work from 2015 also includes Darth Vader, Angela, and the much acclaimed Star Wars: Doctor Aphra. For Avatar Press, he’s written WW2 superhero book Uber, and Mercury Heat. His other works for Image include the Spartan Slave Hunt story, Three.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

CA – Cup o’ Joe with Stan Lee

Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Stan Lee and Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada will have a special chat to benefit Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need! This event will take place at the Paley Center on Friday, April 14th at 11:00 AM. Tickets are on sale NOW at EventBrite.

A mere 125 tickets for this limited and prestigious event are available at $125 each. All ticket holders will ALSO get a commemorative print created specifically for the event TRIPLE-signed by Stan, Joe, and artist Mike Mayhew! And there’s even MORE:

One winner of a special eBay auction will get to be Stan’s “Sidekick” for the event! Meet Stan before the show, get a picture, walk over to the venue, AND get front-and-center seating for the event!

And you’ve worked up an appetite, right? The winner of a second auction will be Joe’s lunch date after the event! You’ll get guaranteed front-and-center seating for Cup o’ Joe, and a private lunch with Joe Quesada after!

Tickets are extremely limited, so hop on this NOW! You’ll hear fascinating tales of Stan’s life and times and the current Marvel Universe in a small, intimate gathering at “Cup o’ Joe with Stan ‘The Man’ Lee”!

Just Added: Film writer/director Kevin Smith will be a Special Guest at “Cup o’ Joe with Stan Lee” and will introduce the event live from the stage!

The Paley Center for Media
465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

CA – Excelsior Grand Opening

Comics legend STAN LEE , co-creator of Marvel’s pantheon of characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, and more, appears at the grand opening of Excelsior Collectibles for a FREE LIMITED signing on Saturday April 15th and Sunday April 16th from 11:00 AM till 3:00 PM. Stan will sign 1 item for free, you may purchase extra signatures on-site.

Please contact the store for further details. 

Excelsior Collectibles
797 W. Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821
(714) 784-6892

HeroesCon 2017 Announces Another Round of Guests

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Jason Aaron, Todd Dezago, Francesco Francavilla, Tommy Lee Edwards, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

JASON AARON | Southern Bastards, Star Wars, Scalped, Thor, Dr Strange
JEN BARTEL | Jem and the Holograms, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy
JOHN BEATTYSecret Wars, Punisher, Batman, Thanos Quest
ALLEN BELLMANGolden Age artist for Timely, Marvel, Atlas
DANICA BRINESurvivorland
ED BRISSONIron Fist, Bullseye, The Violent
RYAN CODY Doc Unknown, Monstrous, The Phantom
JAMIE COSLEY | Cody the Cavalier
PATRICK DEAN | FLUKE, Big Deal Comics & Stories
JEFF DEKAL | Hulk, Journey Into Mystery, Avengers World, Shadowman
TODD DEZAGO | Tellos, Perhapanauts, Spider-Man
MICHAEL DOONEY | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Grimm Fairy Tales, Gizmo
TOMMY LEE EDWARDS | Mother Panic, Marvel 1985, The Question, Star Wars, Wolverine
JOEY ELLIS | Leaky Timbers
LOGAN FAERBER | Namwolf, Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors
FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA | Afterlife with Archie, The Black Beetle, Detective Comics
JOE GIELLABatman, Green Lantern, Marvel’s Strength & Fitness & Superhero Cook Book
ADAM GORHAM The Violent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
STEPHEN GREEN | BPRD, The Legacy of Luther Strode, Dark Horse Presents
JEREMY HAUN | The Beauty, Batwoman, Bad Karma, The Darkness
MATT HORAKPunisher, Octo Skull
GEOF ISHERWOOD | Conan, Dr. Strange, Suicide Squad, Namor
SANDY JARRELL | Reggie and Me, DC Bombshells, Black Canary
CASEY JONESFantastic Four, Exiles, Excalibur, New Warriors
ERIC LAYTON | Blood Blister, the Remaining, Grim Ghost
BRIAN LEVEL | The Mantle, Constantine
KEVIN MELLON | Archer, Suicide Sisters, Heart, Lovestruck
ROBERT NEWSOME | Atomic Elbow, FLUKE
GEOFF SHAW | God Country, Buzzkill, The Paybacks
JOE STATON | Green Lantern, E-Man, Dick Tracy, Scooby Doo
JIM TOWE | Youngblood
DAVE WACHTER | Breath of Bones, The Guns of Shadow Valley, Godzilla: Cataclysm
MATT WILSON | The Wicked + The Divine, Daredevil, Paper Girls, Black Widow
ROBERT WILSON IV | Bitch Planet, Laser Joan, Knuckleheads
RENEE WITTERSTAETTER | Excess: The Art of Michael Golden, Joe Jusko: Savage Beauty

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ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

UK – Image Comics 25th Anniversary Panel

Jordie Bellaire, Warren Ellis, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Declan Shalvey, and Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson appear at Gosh! Comics from 7.30-9pm on Friday the 17th March.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a signing event. There will not be a signing session before or after the talk. Jordie & Declan will be part of a signing event occurring on Saturday the 18th March.

ABOUT THE CREATORS

Jordie Bellaire is probably the most lauded (and certainly most prolific) colourist working today. You’d be lucky to find a week without one of her books shipping, and even luckier to experience her mastery of palette. Always pushing the boundaries of colour as an integral part of storytelling, her versatility is astounding. Equally impressive has been her outspoken advocacy for inclusiveness in the industry, including initiating the “Comics are for everybody” movement.

Warren Ellis hardly needs an introduction, a man who has repeatedly kicked the stool out from under a complacent industry to bring it standing to attention. He has a masterful hand for reinvention, a keen futurists eye, and an authorial voice that can bring laughter, tears, excitement and horror all with deceptive ease. His current Image titles, Injection and Trees, rank among the best comics work he’s done.

Kieron Gillen is one of the brightest stars in the British comics firmament. Gaining prominence for his work on Phonogram, he has gone from strength to strength through his subsequent work on titles such as Young Avengers (where one could argue he and creative partner Jamie McKelvie set the tone for the increased progressiveness and inclusiveness in the Marvel universe that was to follow), Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, Generation Hope, Darth Vader and of course The Wicked + The Divine.

Jamie McKelvie, often in partnership with Kieron, has brought a slick new visual vocabulary to mainstream comics, bringing in influences from the worlds of music and fashion. As well as outstanding artistic stints on Phonogram, Suburban Glamour, Young Avengers and The Wicked + The Divine, Jamie has been a key designer for Marvel, including two of its most iconic modern costume designs: Captain Marvel and Ms Marvel (now, as an icon of the Resist movement, a cultural phenomenon in her own right).

Declan Shalvey brings a weighty, graphic eye to his art, wowing everyone with his striking work on Warren Ellis’ superb Moon Knight run. Starting out in the world of self-publishing, he first caught our eye in the pages of Thunderbolts and has since become a draw in his own right. As well as ongoing work on Ellis’ Injection, he has recently popped up in the pages of All Star Batman, and his covers have been gracing Becky Cloonan’s current Punisher run.

Eric Stephenson has been with Image since its earliest days. Working as Extreme Studios’ editor, he also wrote and co-wrote a number of those early Extreme titles. Continuing to work on in a publishing capacity, he was a key member of the Image team for both Jim Valentino and Erik Larsen’s respective runs as Publisher, before taking the position himself in 2008. Under his directorship, Image has found a new place within the market, positioning itself as the premiere publisher for creator owned work and changing the face of graphic novel sales throughout all channels with titles such as The Walking Dead and Saga. A passionate believer in positive change for the comics business, his annual Image Expo addresses are a must for industry-watchers. He’s also returned to writing, with Nowhere Men and They’re Not Like Us both proving that he’s still more than capable of considerable creative output alongside his publishing duties.

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

UK – Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 Signing

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Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Kev Walker will be signing the first issue of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 7th December at 6:00pm.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra – Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If he ever learns of her survival, he’ll hunt her to the ends of the galaxy. But for now, it’s time for a return to what she does best.

With the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 in tow, she’s off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim and everywhere in between. Aphra’s got debts to pay after all. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some Bounty Hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy!

Kieron Gillen came to attention as a comic writer with his collaboration with Jamie McKelvie, Phonogram. In 2014 the same partnership managed to find a way to make their brand of pop-comics sell, with the critical and commercial smash, The Wicked + The Divine. He’s worked for publishers including Marvel, Image and Avatar, on books as varied as Iron Man, Uber, THREE, Thor, Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men and many more. His acclaimed work on Marvel’s Darth Vader introduced the character of Doctor Aphra.

Kev Walker began his career on 2000 AD and Warhammer comics as well as a number of DC and Marvel titles. He is also noted for his illustrations for the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

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