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  • Indy PopCon (May 2014)

    Indy PopCon

    Convention Name
    Indy PopCon
    Convention Website Address
    http://indypopcon.com
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    05/30/2014
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    06/01/2014
    About This Convention
    Indy PopCon is a popular culture convention that will be coming to downtown Indianapolis in late May of 2014. Formed by a group of (mostly) Hoosiers with over 50 years of con experience, PopCon was created to give the Midwest a new kind of convention. Many popular conventions are hyper-focused and specific to certain genres. To get the most out of those conventions, you are likely already embedded within those specific cultures.

    We’re a little bit different. Our goals for Indy PopCon are two-fold:

    1. Make a Convention Accessible to All

    Rather than specialize in one form of pop culture or another, we are dedicating resources to bringing in all aspects of popular culture. Our hope is that those who attend for one or two of our themes will discover new geeky, nerdy, and interesting hobbies and fun that they otherwise may not have been exposed to.

    2. Make a Convention About YOU!

    The landscape of popular culture is changing. Previously, one would need to be discovered in order to make a career in comics, art, entertainment, movies, and gaming. But with the success of funding platforms like Kickstarter and self-publishing platforms like YouTube, you are in control. You can choose what you want to publish, and what you like. You have the power to shape our popular culture!

    We will invite the trail-blazers of this new pop culture phenomenon. YouTube stars, podcasters, web comic artists, webmasters, and more will be invited to share and grow their craft and also to help guide and train the next generation. Panels and workshops will be made available for those who have a dream and the passion to create, but just need a little guidance. Our hope is that Indy PopCon 2015 will feature new internet superstars who attended PopCon 2014!

    Venue Name and Address
    Indiana Convention Center
    100 South Capitol Avenue
    Indianapolis, IN 46225
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    300
    Projected Attendance
    10000
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Other
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Comic Books
    • Gaming
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    Joel Hodgson, Kristian Nairn, John DiMaggio, Esme Bianco, Kevin Eastman, Guy Gilchrist, Tom Bancroft, Norm Breyfogle, Greg Horn

    PopCon Flyer

    DLux Entertainment Expo (March 2014)

    Convention Name
    DLux Entertainment Expo
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.dluxexpo.com
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    03/28/2014
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    03/30/2014
    About This Convention
    Comic Con and Martial Arts Expo. 30th year anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the pinnacle of this years Dlux Expo. Come help us break the World Record for most Ninja Turtles!!

    March 28-30, 2013, the D-Lux Entertainment Expo seeks to be a pop culture celebration like no other!

    We will play host to comic book creators, TV and Movie actors, musicians, martial artists, professional wrestlers, and sport fighting practitioners.

    The space will be filled with celebrities, comic book vendors, comic book professionals, jewelers, cosplay vendors, action figures, and cosplay enthusiasts of all types.

    Like for updates!

    This event will be for fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Super Heroes, comic books, video games, action films, martial arts, UFC, Strikeforce, cosplay, role playing, pop culture, and more.

    The entertainment expo will coincide with a martial arts tournament. Michigantournaments.com will hold a state championship tournament the same weekend and location as the MichiganTournaments.com.

    Michigantournaments.com is on facebook too, please add us.

    Currently Confirmed Guests:

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Co-Creator -KEVIN EASTMAN-
    Owner, editor, and publisher of Heavy Metal Magazine.

    Ernie Reyes Jr. – Martial Arts Master, Star of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 and 2. Surf Ninja’s, and Last Dragon – just to name a few.

    Master Ken – Star of YouTube sensation “Enter the Dojo”.

    Taimak – Bruce Leeroy from Barry Gordy’s The Last Dragon.

    Hanshi Frank Dux – World famous martial artist, and inspiration for the movie Bloodsport, starring Jean Claude Van Damme.

    Ernest “The Cat” Miller – World Champion martial artist, professional wrestler, and actor, starring as “The Ayatollah” in the Academy Award winning film The Wrestler.

    Leif Tilden – American actor and director who played Robbie Sinclair in the sitcom Dinosaurs, and gorillas in various films including George of the Jungle, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, and Buddy. He is probably most famous for playing Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its sequel, being the costume actor for both.

    We are continually looking for more vendors and talent, please contact me with interest or suggestions – adam@adamlux.com – Use header “D-Lux Entrainment Expo”.

    Venue Name and Address
    Gibraltar Trade Center
    327 N. River Rd
    Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    200
    Projected Attendance
    7000
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Gaming
    • Horror
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Sports
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    Kevin Eastman, Ernie Reyes Jr., Master Ken, Leif Tilden, Taimak, Hanshi Frank Dux, Ernest “The Cat” Miller

    Dlux Entertainment Expo

    Long Beach Comic and Horror Con (November 2013)

    Long Beach Comic Con Logo

    Convention Name
    Long Beach Comic & Horror Con
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    11/23/2013
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    11/24/2013
    About This Convention
    Long Beach Comic & Horror Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center each fall. It’s a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic & Horror Con you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. For more specific information about the show, please use the LBCHC FAQ button on this website. Long Beach Comic & Horror Con is a production of MAD Event Management, LLC.
    Venue Name and Address
    Long Beach Convention Center
    300 E. Ocean Blvd.
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    200
    Projected Attendance
    20000
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Horror
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    Tim Bradstreet, Brian Buccellato, Keu Cha, Amanda Conner, Kevin Eastman, Gene Ha, Lance Henriksen, Thomas Jane, Georges Jeanty, John Kricfalusi, Bill Moseley, Jimmy Palmiotti

    Jim Mahfood Poster

    IDW Joins The Party At Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo

    MA_DREDD03_CoverREPress Release:

    Over the weekend of November 1st – 3rd downtown Los Angeles will be taken over by one of the fastest growing conventions: Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. For IDW’s first appearance at the show, the publisher is bringing along some very special guests and exclusives.

    On Saturday November 2nd at 10:30 AM in room 308AB join Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall, Special Projects Editor Scott Dunbier, and IDW President Greg Goldstein as they set the stage for IDW’s upcoming 15th year anniversary. Bring some questions, and come prepared for a lively discussion in a unique town hall format. You just might walk away with a free book! With sneak peeks, and a few tricks up their sleeves, this will not be a panel to miss!

    Be sure to stop by the IDW booth (712) to pick up the Comikaze exclusive variant of Mars Attacks/Judge Dredd #3 by John McCrea featuring Stan (The Man) Lee! Along with this special $10 variant, IDW will have a library’s worth of your favorite books to stock up on! And watch the IDW Facebook and Twitter feeds for special deals on books throughout the show!

    Throughout the convention the IDW booth will also host a number of great signings:

    Friday November 1st

    3:00 – 4:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry

    5:00 – 6:00 Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery

    Saturday November 2nd

    12:00 – 1:00 Transformers – Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott

    1:00 – 2:30 The Other Dead – Joshua Ortega, Digger T. Mesch, and Special Guest Kevin Eastman (of TMNT fame!)

    3:00 – 4:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs

    4:00 – 5:00 Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery

    5:00 – 6:00 Amelia Cole & The Unknown World – D.J. Kirkbride

    Sunday November 3rd

    12:00 – 1:00 Transformers – Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott

    1:00 – 2:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs

    5:00 – 6:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry

    Stan Lee’s Comikaze is set to have its biggest year yet, and IDW is excited to be a part of it!

    About IDW

    IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.

    IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

    Scene on the Web Weekly: May 27 – June 2, 2013

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    Kevin Smith and Bryan Johnson are heading to the Florida Supercon, Kevin Eastman will be at NYCC, Rags Morales headlines a new con in Jacksonville, FL, and more.

    Hero Initiative Heading to Phoenix Comicon 2013 with 30 Creators for Memorial Day Weekend

    May 21, 2013 by  
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    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative hits the ground with 30 creators at Phoenix Comicon on Memorial Day weekend!

    Hero Initiative Phoenix 2013Los Angeles, CA (May 14, 2013) Hero Initiative, the charity that comic creators in medical and financial need, will hit the Phoenix Comicon (www.PhoenixComicon.com) Memorial Day weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center from Friday May 23 through Sunday, May 26. Hero will have 30 comic creators all over the floor collecting at their own tables to help raise money for fellow comic creators in need, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, who will be doing sketches at booth #2422 and donating the proceeds to Hero. Make sure you check him out!

    Other creators taking donations for Hero include: Mike and Laura Allred, Ryan Cody, Jen Davidson, Mark dos Santos, Ben Glendenning, Brian Haberlin, Kyle Higgins, Dan Jurgens, Scott Kolins, Andy Kuhn, John Layman, Jeff Mariotte, Mike McKone, Brian and Kristy Miller, Mike Norton, Tony Parker, Brandon Peterson, Whilce Portacio, Brian Pulido, Norm Rapmund, Stuart Sayger, J. Michael Straczynski, Arthur Suydam, Ben Templesmith, Jim Valentino, Matt Wagner, Cory Walker and Dan Wickline.

    On Friday, make sure to stop by Majerle’s Sports Grill located at 24 North 2nd St., a mere three-minute walk from the convention center. Show your Phoenix Comicon program, and Majerle’s will donate 15% of your bill back to Hero Initiative. So eat and drink up!

    And on Saturday at 8 p.m., Copper Blues Rock Pub at 50 West Jefferson St. is hosting a drink-and-draw event benefiting Hero. Swing by and see talenttalenttalent!

    Hero Initiative will be at booth #2243 all weekend. Stop by to say hello, or grab something to add to your collection! See you there!

    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 Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

    Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comics’ veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call626-676-6354.

    NH – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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    eastman_fcbdKevin Eastman, Rich Woodall, Tyler James, Christopher Golden, Tom Sniegoski, and more appear at Jetpack Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

    Kevin Eastman – Co Creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Writer / Artist IDW TMNT. Owner Heavy Metal

    and so much more awesome stuff.

    Tyler James – Comix Tribes Red Ten FCBD

    Matt Talbot – Cover Artist KABOOM SUMMER BLAST Phantom Variant Edition & Cover Artist Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #22 Phantom Variant Edition

    Rich Woodall – Cover Artist Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #22 Phantom Variant

    Christopher Golden – Writer the Baltimore series from Dark Horse Comics.

    Thomas Sniegoski – Writer Vampirella Strikes from Dynamite Entertainment.

    Rich Brunelle & Josh Belanger – Creators & Artists Red Claw & The Fat Squad

    The Poison Pixies Roller Derby Team – Come and meet NH’s premiere roller derby team in the convention hall!

    The Barrington Middle School Comic Book Club

    Bob Raymond

    Bill Mitchell & Kimball Thorpe – Beanman.

    Heidi Brunelle – Debuting a new hand crafted sensation this year at FCBD!

    Jennifer Omand – Creator & artist Square Cat Comics!

    Jetpack Comics
    37 North Main Street, Rochester, NH 03867

    Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con 2012 Loses Stewart and Anderson, Gains de Lancie and Eastman

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    John de Lancie Q

    Press Release:

    John De Lancie of ‘Star Trek’ and Kevin Eastman, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Co-Creator, Added To Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con Celebrity Lineup, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

    De Lancie Seventh ‘TNG’ Star For 25th Reunion At New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center; Stewart, Anderson Will Not Attend

    NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, November 13, 2012 – John de Lancie, who portrayed “Q” on several iterations of the legendary “Star Trek” franchise, and Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the wildly popular “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” have been added to the roster of guests attending Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2012, at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  De Lancie joins six other “Star Trek: The Next Generation” cast members in the 25th reunion of the iconic TV series.

    Both are scheduled to attend all three days, will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photo ops.  De Lancie will be part of the Star Trek: TNG special programming, and Eastman will discuss ‘TMNT’ in an interactive Q&A session.

    Additionally, Wizard World has announced that Patrick Stewart has canceled his New Orleans Comic Con appearance due to filming in Winnipeg, and that Gillian Anderson will also no longer be attending.

    Along with de Lancie and Eastman, comics legend Stan Lee, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” starEliza DushkuReservoir Dogs headliner Michael Madsen and WWE® Superstar CM Punk® top the standout lineup of celebrities scheduled to attend the event.  They will be joined by an All-Star collection of well-known artists and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions in the final event on Wizard World’s 2012 calendar.

    In addition to de Lancie, members of the ‘TNG’ cast reuniting in New Orleans include Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data) and Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher).

    De Lancie has been active in screen and television roles since 1977.  Although he is best known for his recurring role as “Q,” de Lancie has an impressive background within the entertainment industry. Among his many acclaimed stunts are the production and acting in several audio dramas based on classic science fiction stories for the production company Alien Voices, which he founded with Leonard Nimoy.

    Eastman, who also owns, edits and publishes the magazine “Heavy Metal,” created what began as a self-published comic and would go on to be a huge, worldwide phenomenon in the 1980s along with Peter Laird.  It wasn’t long until “TMNT” was everywhere, spawning numerous TV series, a set of live-action movies and innumerable toys, games and other merchandise, even a concert tour.

    Eastman adds to a standout lineup of superstar comic creators which includes Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Eisner nominees Ethan Van Sciver(“Firestorm,” “Green Lantern”), David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”), Jesus Saiz(“Resurrection Man,” “Birds of Prey”) and Ron Garney (“Captain America,” “Wolverine”), “Zombie King” Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”) and Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Daredevil”) leading the way.

    Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  Admission is free for kids 10 and under, and Sunday, December 2, is “Kids Day,” an array of programming specially designed for children.

    Event hours are Friday, Nov. 30, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    For more on the 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-neworleans.html.

    About Wizard World:
    Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

    The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

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    UK – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Signing

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    KEVIN EASTMAN signs at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 17th October from 1:30 – 2:30pm.

    Kevin Eastman is an American comic book artist and writer, best known as the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. TMNT started as a parody of 1980s comic books and exploded into a globally popular range of toys, cartoon series, video games, two feature films [with a third planned for 2014!], and masses of other merchandise. The Heroes In A Half Shell return to TV this month with a new animated series on Nickelodeon.

    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ IDW relaunch in an oversized, hardcover edition that includes extras that were not included in the comics or the previously released paperback edition.

    Due to time restraints, there may be limits on the number of items to be signed.

    Forbidden Planet London Megastore
    179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

    DeviantART Empowering Artists at SDCC 2012

    Press Release:

    DeviantART Empowers Artists at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012

    DeviantART Focuses on Comic Art Community – Increases Presence with Hosted Panels, Artists’ Alley Sponsorship and Scholarships, Cosplay Options, Benefit Auction and More

    San Diego, CA – July 09, 2012

    DeviantART at SDCCDeviantART, the world’s largest online art community, with 22 million registered members, today shared details surrounding its involvement with Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012. This marks the second year the company has played a significant role in the show as the official sponsor of Artists’ Alley, the heart and soul of Comic-Con and the comic arts. Additionally, deviantART will contribute to this year’s conference programming, hosting multiple panels featuring accomplished artists and “deviants” like Kevin Eastman (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, Heavy Metal Magazine), Chris Sanders (“Lilo & Stitch”, “How to Train Your Dragon”) as well as key deviantART executives, including Co-founder and CEO, Angelo Sotira. Ongoing updates about deviantART at Comic-Con 2012 are available atcomic-con.deviantart.com.

    In an effort to support emerging artists, deviantART has also invited six artists from all over the world to attend Comic-Con as guests of dA. Also dedicated to spreading love throughout the comic art ecosystem, deviantART is hosting a cosplay charity art show and silent auction to take place on Friday, July 13 at 4pm. As part of the sponsorship, deviantART will feature the work of the artists in the alley on oversized digital screen displays that float high above Artists’ Alley, which spans a massive section of the convention room floor.

    “Comic art is a major part of deviantART’s culture and DNA,” said Angelo Sotira, co-founder and CEO of deviantART. “For this reason we’re taking our involvement at Comic-Con International: San Diego to the next level with a range of panel discussions, enhanced presence in Artists’ Alley, and a cosplay exhibit and silent auction to benefit charity. DeviantART is a community of pop-culture creators across a multitude of genres, and having a physical presence at Comic-Con allows us to stay tuned in to the needs of our massive comics-focused audience in a huge way.”

    Comic-Con 2012 Panels
    Keeping artists at the forefront of Comic-Con, deviantART is hosting a number of panels, each offering newcomers and professionals alike the chance to learn about the industry and expand their careers. A full lineup of panel events with descriptions follows:

    Thursday, July 12 @ 12 p.m. (Room 2) – “How to Better Understand the Sociology Behind Cosplay”
    Join veteran cosplayer Yaya Han for a stimulating discussion about the many social aspects of cosplay such as: why do we cosplay? What does cosplay mean to each of us? Why is there cosplay drama? How has cosplay progressed in the last 10 years and what are the positive and negative aspects? What is the proper etiquette when cosplaying, photographing cosplayers, and socializing with regular attendees?
    Presenter: For the past 11 years, Yaya Han has been creating full costumes and fashion pieces in the U.S. What began as a passionate hobby for Yaya has evolved into a loving craft and career. More information can be found athttp://yayacosplay.deviantart.com.

    Thursday, July 12 @ 3 p.m. (Room 2) – “Living and Creating in the deviantART World”
    With the rise of the digital age and social networking, sharing art is possible like never before. Artists are no longer tied to the will of a publisher or gallery to have their work seen. However, finding their way in this brave new world can be a daunting task. This panel will show artists easy ways to get started, find inspiration, make new discoveries, and establish themselves in the world of deviantART.
    Presenter: Wenqing Yan is better known as “Yuumei,” a digital artist and activist. She has been a part of the deviantART community for more than 9 years and has attracted more than 7.6 million visitors to her profile on the site. More information can be found at Yuumei.deviantart.com

    Thursday, July 12 @ 4 p.m. (Room 2) – “Don’t Break In, Break Out!”
    DeviantART offers the world of content creators a new and different publishing perspective, one filled with endless potential and possibilities. Well-known deviants Chris CopelandJeff Wamester, Dave Elliott, Bob Self and Yuumei will discuss the future for editorial creators and publishers with presenter Ron Martino, a.k.a. $techgnotic.
    Presenter: Ron Martino is the producer and director the deviantART Network and an expert in transmedia publishing. Ron regularly develops editorial content for deviantART to raise the level of conversation within the creative deviantART community. From selecting members to spotlight on the blog, to leading discussions on art trends, Ron engages the community to recognize real world accomplishments of deviantART users.

    Friday, July 13 @ 12 p.m. (Room 2) – “Fan Art Law – A Counter-Cultural Disconnect?”
    Is fan art a secret obsession or an acceptable thing to share in public? This presentation lays down the law and includes a review of the impact of new technologies on the genre, commentary on the fantastic fan art event of the century in “50 Shades of Grey,” as well as the confessions of a fan-art enthusiast.
    Presenter: Joshua S. Wattles is the former acting general counsel at Paramount Pictures, a past president of the Los Angeles Copyright Society, and an adjunct law professor at Loyola Marymount University and Southwestern University law schools in Los Angeles. He is currently advisor in chief to deviantART. A mystery guest fan artist will join his panel to give his perspective on this genre of creativity.

    Saturday, July 14 @ 12 p.m. (Room 2) – “How to Supercharge Your deviantART Profile Like the Masters”
    This superstar lineup of artists in comics, manga, and animation all have another thing in common, besides ridiculous amounts of talent: they are all part of the deviantART community. Over the years, they have learned a thing or two about getting the most out of the website, and in this panel they will share their tips and tricks about ways to get the most out of your deviantART experience.
    Presenters:
    o    Adam Warren – Creator of “The Dirty Pair” (Dark Horse), and “Empowered” (Dark Horse)
    o    Chris Sanders – Writer/Director of “Lilo & Stitch” (Disney), and “How to Train Your Dragon” (DreamWorks)
    o    Dave Elliott – Comic industry veteran, writer and editor
    o    Jim Zubkavich – Project Manager, Creative Services, UDON Entertainment
    o    Kevin Eastman – Co-creator of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and Publisher of Heavy Metal Magazine
    o    Mark Brooks – Marvel Comics
    o    Yuumei (Wenqing Yan) – Digital Artist and Cyber-Activist
    o    Angelo Sotira (panel moderator) – Co-founder and CEO, deviantART.com

    Artists’ Alley
    DeviantART continues to support and showcase the vast pool of talented comic-book artists, writers and publishers that make up Comic-Con and, more specifically, Artists’ Alley. As a part of the sponsorship, artists’ ability to promote their work has been elevated even further with options to display their work on digital screens throughout the hall to pique interest. Through deviantART’s scholarships, six budding artists have been awarded the opportunity to be a part of the creative show floor at Artists’ Alley. Handpicked by industry veteran and comic book creator Dave Elliott, these recipients will have a platform to showcase their material, interact with event-goers, and continue to develop their reputation within the industry.

    “DeviantART is really stepping up to the plate and putting the spotlight on the creators in Artists’ Alley, who are the pulse, beat and heart of San Diego Comic-Con,” said comic-industry pro, Dave Elliott. “It’s so good to see acknowledgement of the type of talent that started the convention and the subsequent pop-culture phenomenon that Comic-Con is today. This level of support will help artists draw even bigger crowds than last year.”

    Cosplay at Comic-Con
    Through its online community, deviantART is collecting standout cosplay photographs to be framed and mounted as Fine Art Prints and included in the deviantART Benefit Art Show. These exceptional works will be displayed and made available for sale via a silent auction. All pieces start at $10 and proceeds will benefit the Shriner’s Burn Hospital, which routinely invites cosplayers to join in their fundraising events and encourages them to interact with the hospital’s young burn victims as part of their therapy.

    Cosplayers will also have the chance to be a part of a group photo with deviantART representatives. The snapshot will be showcased in front of millions on the site and possibly included in other upcoming deviantART initiatives.

    For the latest from deviantART at San Diego Comic-Con 2012, please stay tuned to http://comic-con.deviantart.com.

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