LadiesCon is a one-day celebration of women of all kinds and their work in comic books, science fiction, fantasy, cosplay, and many other realms of pop culture. Special guests include Linda Medley (Castle Waiting), Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead), and Ming Doyle (Girl Over Paris, Constantine: The Hellblazer). More guests and vendors will be announced as the event approaches.
Admission is FREE! All are welcome!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: We have added tickets for LadiesCon – due to the huge response to the event, we think this will help us keep the day a safe and fun one for all. The event is still free, but we will be able to better track attendance; get tickets at the link…
LadiesCon 2016 will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 on the third floor of 212 Elm Street in Somerville, MA. It’s an easy walk from the Davis Square Red Line stop and mere steps away from Comicazi.
Archie Comics, the acclaimed and bestselling comic book publisher that is home to some of the best-known pop culture creations in the world, including Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Josie & The Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and the hit AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE series, today unveiled plans for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego – timed to the launch of an all-new BETTY & VERONICA #1 from comic book legend Adam Hughes.
BETTY & VERONICA #1, hitting comic book shops and digital storefronts on Wednesday, July 20 – the same day doors open on Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016 – continues the stellar ‘New Riverdale’ relaunch of the beloved Archie Comics properties that began last year with the now-historic ARCHIE #1 by writer Mark Waid and artist Fiona Staples.
“We treat every New Riverdale launch like a special, monumental event – as these amazing characters deserve,” said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics Publisher/CEO. “Adam Hughes is the perfect person to welcome a new BETTY & VERONICA #1 into the world with a story that’s beautifully illustrated, witty and about the most important friendship in comics. What better place to pull back the curtain on this book than Comic-Con? It’s going to be an epic show for Archie. As always, we come in strong and ready to engage with our fans and community.”
This year’s Comic-Con will also feature the first public screenings of the pilot episode of the new Archie Comics-based drama ‘Riverdale’, from Warner Brothers Productions, set to debut on The CW in early 2017. A special ‘Riverdale’ panel will take place on Saturday featuring appearances by cast members including key cast members and crew. Fans will be able to get their first look at the subversive and modern take on the Archie Comics characters.
The relaunch of BETTY & VERONICA sets the stage for an amazing week of panels, giveaways, exclusives, and announcements at the biggest pop culture event in the world, Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016 – including a convention-exclusive cover to BETTY & VERONICA #1 by Adam Hughes and a special throwback cover for the fan-favorite SONIC: MEGA DRIVE one-shot.
Archie Comics will have three must-see panels this year including a spotlight on Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer, Archie Horror writer, and ‘Riverdale’ Executive Producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a 75th anniversary panel featuring top Archie Comics talent, and a special ‘Riverdale’ panel featuring the cast of the new live-action drama series debuting on The CW in 2017.
Spotlight on Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in Room 29AB
Join moderator Alex Segura (crime novelist and Archie writer) for an in-depth and memorable discussion with acclaimed comic book writer, playwright, and screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, spotlighting his time at Archie Comics – including the creation of the hit Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics – and writing other beloved comic book properties like the Fantastic Four, his prolific television (Glee, Supergirl), theatrical (American Psycho, Spider-Man on Broadway) and movie (Carrie and Town that Dreaded Sundown remake) work — including the upcoming RIVERDALE TV series from the CW in a frank, engaging and free-wheeling format that will keep fans buzzing.
Archie Comics Forever: 75 Years of Storytelling
Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in Room 4
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Archie Comics in this must-see panel with exclusive news and announcements about your favorite characters including ARCHIE, JUGHEAD, BETTY & VERONICA and more! Featuring your favorite Archie Comics talent and perhaps a special ‘Riverdale’ surprise appearance or two.
Saturday, July 23, 6:30 p.m. – approx. 10 p.m. in Room 6BCF
Don’t miss the first ever panel for ‘Riverdale,’ the next hit television show coming to The CW in early 2017! Join the cast and crew of the Archie Comics-based drama for a special screening of the pilot episode!
Get your favorite comics signed by all-star talent at the Archie Comics Booth (#1829) at San Diego Comic-Con!
*ALL TIMES/SIGNINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE*
Thursday, July 21
1pm-2pm BETTY & VERONICA: Adam Hughes
3pm-4pm NEW RIVERDALE: Adam Hughes & Derek Charm
4pm-5pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent
5pm-6pm DARK CIRCLE COMICS: Duane Swierczynski, Adam Christopher, Frank Tieri
Friday, July 22
12pm-1pm BETTY & VERONICA: Tula Lotay, Tom Bancroft, Colleen Coover, Adam Hughes
1pm-2pm NEW RIVERDALE: Adam Hughes & Derek Charm
3pm-4pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent
4pm-5pm ARCHIE ACTION: Tyson Hesse
5pm-6pm ARCHIE HORROR: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Saturday, July 23
10am-11am JUGHEAD: Derek Charm
11am-12pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent
2pm-3pm BETTY & VERONICA: Adam Hughes
Sunday, July 24
SHOW HOURS: 9:30am-5:00pm
10:30am-11am RIVERDALE: Cast TBA
11:30am-12:30pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent
12:30pm-1:00pm ARCHIE HORROR: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
1pm-2pm BETTY & VERONICA: Adam Hughes
SDCC 2016 EXCLUSIVES
BETTY & VERONICA #1 SDCC Exclusive Variant
IT’S BETTY VS. VERONICA! The most highly-anticipated debut in comics history is here with an exclusive convention cover by comics legend Adam Hughes! Betty and Veronica are America’s sweethearts… until they turn on each other! “Pops’ Chocklit Shoppe is being taken over by a huge coffee company. When Betty and Veronica go head-to-head over the issue, all bets are off! Friendships will shatter. Cities will burn. Nails will be broken. Betty and Veronica are back in this ALL-NEW #1! (see above)
Sonic spins into a brand new, Classic-styled, SUPER SPECIAL one-shot “Mega Drive”! Join Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy Rose on a brand new adventure—set after the fall of the Death Egg! The nefarious Dr. Eggman is trying to build a new engine of destruction: the MEGADRIVE, and it’s up to Sonic and his whole crew to stop the mad doctor and save the day! Join Sonic and his friends in this special commemorative issue celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Blue Blur by Ian Flynn, Tyson Hesse and Matt Herms featuring an exclusive convention cover by SEGA!
Acme Comics hosts several comic creators on Saturday May 7, 2016 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!
–Thomas Boatwright – Cemetery Blues, Zeke Deadwood
–Jacob Chabot – Mighty Skullboy Army, Plants vs. Zombies
–Stephen Green – Cafe Racer, Rumble
–Erica Henderson – Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead
–Cassie Hart Kelly – Invader Zim, Cluster
–Andrew MacLean – Head Lopper, Apocalyptigirl
–Tradd Moore – Strange Talent/ Legend/ Legacy of Luther Strode
–Sara Richard – My Little Pony, Jem & the Holograms
–Dave Roman – Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat
–Chris Schweizer – The Creeps, Crogan Adventures
–Brian “Smitty” Smith – Madballs, The Stuff of Legend
As always, sketches and signatures are FREE, just like the official FCBD titles, but we encourage you to check out the procedures listed at AcmeComics.com!
Other on-site events will include photo opportunities with costumed heroes, face-painting provided my Munchie & Me, exclusive apparel and much, much more!
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is thrilled to announce our initial Featured Guests and Events for TCAF 2016, taking place May 14th and 15th in Toronto, Canada! With over 400 cartoonists scheduled to attend from more than a dozen countries on their way to Toronto this May, we’re getting ready celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! Prepare yourself for a week of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition at Toronto Reference Library, May 14 and 15, 2016!
Every year the Toronto Comic Arts Festival showcases Canada’s incredible comics talent on a world stage by promoting some of our best and brightest creators and publishers, and inviting the attention of the global cartooning community. The 2016 programme builds on our previous successes, with a continued commitment to offer more engaging programming, in multiple formats, focusing on compelling and challenging work being made across the world. Art sales and exhibition, increased programming, and gallery shows are at the core of the 2016 programme, as highlighted by these talented Featured Guests:
And these are just the first eight featured guests among the more than 400 Canadian and International cartoonists participating in the 2016 Festival.
Featured guests will continue to be announced through January, February, and March, with special guests from Germany, Italy, USA, France, Japan, and Canada still to be revealed!
In addition to the programmes mentioned above, TCAF 2016 will also feature several programming spotlights including a special tribute to the wonderful and hardworking Canadian publisher Conundrum Press, on the occasion of their 20th Anniversary, and First Second Books on their 10th Anniversary.
Additional Programs will be announced in February and March, including the CSSC-SCEBD Academic Conference, Library & Educator Day, Word Balloon Academy, Comics Vs. Games 5, Gallery Showings, Screenings, and much more. Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates.
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016, Saturday May 14, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 15, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Full details on the TCAF website: www.torontocomics.com
A holiday tradition returns, as The Beguiling is once again thrilled to welcome one and all to our almost-annual Dinosaur Comics Holiday Party & Book Launch, featuring our good friend Ryan North! This year Ryan will be joined by a star-studded list of good pals and collaborators on his projects, including Erica Henderson (artist on Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Jughead), Chip Zdarsky (writer on Jughead and Kaptara), Kagan McLeod (artist on Kaptara), and Emily Horne, of the recently-completed comic strip A Softer World! Plus, who knows, a few special guests and a few special books might make an appearance as well! Who knows!?
All of our guests will be getting together for some holiday cheer, with a fun on-stage interview, and a book signing too! Get your comics signed, or buy comics there (courtesy of The Beguiling) to get signed for yourself or for gifts! There’s nothing better than signed comics for Christmas gifts!
Plus, returning for another year is the popular SECRET SANTA event!
If you would like to participate:
– Please bring a wrapped gift with a monetary value of about $5-$10.
– Go to the book sales table and trade your gift for a numbered ticket.
– At 8:30pm, we’ll call out the numbers, and when your number is called you’ll have your choice of the available gifts!
– Please mark on the outside of the gift if your item contains food and especially if it contains common allergens including peanuts, gluten, etc., so that people with allergies will be able to make an informed Secret Santa Selection.
539 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y5, Canada
Artists Anthony Marques, Fernando Ruiz, Dan Parent, and Soo Lee appear at East Side Mags for a signing on Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 1:00 till 5:00 PM!
East Side Mags
7 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
Chip Zdarsky, writer of the newly relaunched JUGHEAD comic series, will make a special visit to Little Island Comics to sign the very first issue on its release day, Wednesday, October 7th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm!
Little Island Comics
742 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2R6
Jeff Shultz, Richard Maurizio, and Bob Noberini appear at That’s Entertainment on Saturday May 2nd to celebrate Free Comic Book Day from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
As is tradition, the store will be giving away five free comics from a wide array of special releases made specifically to help celebrate the day. Over the years companies like Marvel and DC have used this event to launch their next big so be sure to check out this years selections! Customers are encouraged to come in early as some quantities of free comics are limited.
Special Guest Artists
Jeff Shultz – Artist of Archie, Betty and Veronica, and Jughead
Richard Maurizio – Artist of Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, Thunder Agents, and more.
Bob Noberini – well known for his dynamic superhero style
Artists will be showing their work offering signatures and drawing one free sketch for our customers.
56 John Fitch Hwy, Fitchburg, MA 01420
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Victor Gorelick and Craig Yoe sign at Barnes & Noble on Thursday November 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM!
Celebrate 70 years of comic book covers featuring America’s high school icons: Archie, Betty, Veronica and friends. Victor Gorelick and Craig Yoe, the team behind critically-acclaimed The Art of Betty and Veronica, bring another stunning collection.
Barnes & Noble
Gardiner Manor Mall, 842 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore, NY 11706
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Victor Gorelick, Craig Yoe, Dan Parent, and Fernando Ruiz appear at Strand Book Store on Thursday November 7 from 7:00PM – 8:00PM!
From the same folks who brought you The Art of Betty and Veronica last year, comes another fascinating look at the world of Archie Comics! The characters of Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends have been icons of the American cultural world for more than half a century. Now, The Art of Archie: The Covers presents an overview of the full history of Archie with gorgeous illustrations of full-color artwork by fan-favorite artists Dan DeCarlo, Harry Lucey, Bob Montana, Dan Parent and many more. To celebrate the release of this retrospective, a special panel of artists and experts will be joining us here at the Strand!
Victor Gorelick is the co-president of Archie Comics, and a fifty-five year veteran of the comics industry. He’ll be joined by Eisner-award winning editor and comic book historian Craig Yoe, and artists Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz. Dan Parent mentored under the legendary Dan DeCarlo and has a long list of Archie credits from Archie Meets KISS to the creation of Kevin Keller, Riverdale’s first gay teen. Fernando Ruiz’s work is featured in the critically hailed Life with Archie series, and is an instructor at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.
Visit us in the rare book room to hear what these experts have to say about over seven decades of the world of Archie! Dan and Fernando will sign books—and do exclusive, personal sketches!
Buy a copy of The Art of Archie: The Covers or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the timeof checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(at 12th St.)