CAPS Launches Stan & Sharon Sakai Benefit Auction on March 6th

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**UPDATE** Auctions begin TODAY on eBay starting at 5PM PST/8PM EST at the link!!

Press Release:

CAPS TO LAUNCH ART AUCTION FEATURING ORIGINAL WORKS BY MATT GROENING, JACK DAVIS, MIKE MIGNOLA, J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, ADAM HUGHES AND HUNDREDS MORE TO BENEFIT FELLOW CARTOONIST STAN SAKAI AND FAMILY

On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Southern California’s CAPS, the Comic Art Professional Society, will launch an ongoing series of eBay auctions of original comic art. Its goal is to raise funds for medical care for Sharon Sakai, the wife of respected cartoonist and longtime CAPS member Stan Sakai, creator of the samurai rabbit USAGI YOJIMBO. Sharon has been battling a debilitating brain tumor for some time; after an extended hospital stay and convalescence, she is currently at home, but her condition requires 24-hour care and medicine that costs more than the Sakai’s insurance covers. 100% of the proceeds of these auctions will go directly to Stan and Sharon Sakai to help pay their ongoing medical expenses.

Known for his exquisite work with female characters, J. Scott Campbell created this wonderful ink drawing to benefit Sharon & Stan Sakai in the CAPS auction.

Known for his exquisite work with female characters, J. Scott Campbell created this wonderful ink drawing to benefit Sharon & Stan Sakai in the CAPS auction.

The CAPS auctions will be conducted through eBay.com beginning on Thursday, March 6, with a new set of auctions every following Thursday. Each auction, sold under the seller name of “CAPSauction”, will be ten days in length with twenty to forty items in each set of auctions. The donations of original artwork and collectibles (including newly created art unique to this event, vintage comic book pages, comic strips, illustrations, animation art, limited edition statues, and IDW Artist’s editions books) number over three hundred with new items arriving every day.

Contributors include: Adam Hughes, Alex Maleev, Arthur Adams, Batton Lash, Eric Powell, Jan Duursema, Jerry Ordway, Jordi Bernet, Matt Groening, Michael Allred, Mike Mignola, Paul Gulacy, Sanjuliàn, Scott Shaw!, Jim Steranko, Tim Sale, William Stout, Bill Sienkiewicz, Cameron Stewart, Dan Brereton, Daniel Parsons, Dave Gibbons, Dean Yeagle, Doug Sneyd, Dustin Nguyen, Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, Sergio Aragonés, Fabio Moon, Francisco Francavilla, Gene Ha, Geof Darrow, Gilbert Hernandez, Jack Davis, James O’Barr, Kevin Eastman, Jeff Lemire, Jeff Smith, Kazu Kibuishi, Liam Sharp, Tom Richmond, Michael Jantze, Olivia, Oscar Martin, Paul Chadwick, Richard Corben, Tom Mandrake, Walter Simonson, Charles Vess, Dan Spiegle, J. Scott Campbell and many more.

Many of the pieces featuring Usagi Yojimbo will appear in a new oversized hardcover book from Dark Horse, THE SAKAI PROJECT: ARTISTS CELEBRATE THIRTY YEARS OF USAGI YOJIMBO, which will be released on July 23, 2014. All proceeds from this book will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai. Much of the custom Usagi Yojimbo art created for this book will also be sold as a part of CAPS’ online auctions.

These fund-raising auctions will be promoted through ComicArtFans.com, and the CAPS – COMIC ART PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY Facebook page where you will be able to see updated information such as when certain pieces will be auctioned.

Excelsior! Stan Lee Attends Big WOW! ComicFest 2013

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Press Release:

Big WOW! ComicFest is extremely excited and proud to welcome comic book legend STAN LEE for his first ever appearance at the Bay Area’s Premier Comic Book and Pop Culture Convention!

The legendary architect of the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee will spend the entire day on Sunday May 19, 2013, meeting with fans, signing autographs, posing for pictures, and answering questions in an exclusive panel presentation. Stan “The Man” Lee, whose legendary comic book career has spanned over 60 years, is the creative mind behind many of the biggest names in the comic book universe, including co-creating Iron Man, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, Thor and numerous others, and his body of work is far and away the most extensive in the history of comic books.

“It’s a dream to have Stan attend our show” said Big WOW! co-organizer Steven Morger. “There is no one who exemplifies the creative spirit that Big WOW! brings to the fans more than Stan Lee. He truly is a legend in the comic book industry.”

Advance Autograph, Photograph, or Combo Packages with Stan Lee can be Purchased Here.

Stan Lee headlines an impressive guest list at this years Big WOW! ComicFest. Joining Stan are some of today’s top comic industry professionals including Neal Adams (Superman, Batman), Tony Daniel (Batman), Adam Hughes (Fairest, Wonder Woman), Writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Joker), Toshio Maeda (Urotsukidoji & La Blue Girl), Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets), Lee Bermejo (Rorschach, Joker), Sanjulian (Vampirella), Brian Stelfreeze (Batman), Sergio Aragones (MAD, Groo), Herb Trimpe (Hulk), Terry & Rachel Dodson (X-Men, Wonder Woman), and Arthur Adams (Classic Avengers).

Fan-Favorites: Travis Charest (Weapons of the Metabarons), Kevin Nowlan (Superman Vs. Aliens), James O’Barr (Crow), Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Keu Cha (Rising Stars), Joe Linsner (Dawn), Michael Golden (The ‘Nam), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama), Humberto Ramos(Wolverine), Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine, Liberty Meadows), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra Assassin), Jason Palmer (Serenity), Aaron Lopresti (Spider-Man), Ryan Sook (Zatanna), and so many more confirmed guests added to our website!

Advance Ticket Sales and Hotel Information

Advance Attendee Ticket sales are now available both online and at many local comic shops in the Bay area. Tickets will also be sold from the box office at the convention hall both days of the show.Advance ticket sales are discounted!

If you’re in need of a place to stay during the show our Hotels page is up-to-date with hotels that have special rates for Big WOW! ComicFest Attendees.

Be sure to follow us on both Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming announcements!

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CreaturesCon, the official Creature Features Convention dedicated to the classic San Francisco Bay Area TV Show, will join forces with Big Wow Comicfest this May 2013 in San Jose. John Stanley, Ernie Fosselius, Lord Blood-Rah, Strephon Taylor, Tom Wyrsch and a gang of special guests will be on hand.

Creature Features Props & Memorabilia
Creature Features Panel dedicated to Bob Wilkins
Creature Features items for sale
Creature Features shows on giant monitor ran continuously

And for the first time ever, Creature Features Live. A complete Creature Features show done live on stage with John Stanley as host, guests, and feature length movie with breaks. Guaranteed to be the largest Creature Features event ever. All part of CreaturesCon 2 at Big WOW! ComicFest.

And no Big Wow! ComicFest is complete without our:

Art Auction, Costume/Cosplay Contest (Saturday night directly after the show), Gaming, Card & Role-Playing Games with Sanctioned Tournaments and Live Demonstrations of Magic the Gathering, World of Warcraft, Hero Clix, and more!

Tickets are available on the website. And we have tickets available at over 30 participating comic book stores around Northern California.

Admission is only:
1 Day Adult $20.00
2 Day Adult $30.00
1 Day Child (8-14) $10.00
2 Day Child  $15.00
CHILDREN UNDER 8 ARE FREE!

FOR MORE INFORMATION we will always have guest and programming updates for the show at:   www.bigwowcomicfest.com . Also, most of our Guests will be available before the show for online, phone and in some cases, personal appearance Interviews.

Early Bird Exhibitor Discount for Big Wow 2013 Ends Soon

January 29, 2013 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News, Top Stories

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Press Release:

Big Wow! ComicFest Returns to San Jose May 18th & 19th, 2013, bringing two great days of Comic Book, Anime/Manga, Art, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Cosplay FUN! Many of the country’s best vendors of all things cool and collectible will tempt your wallets with the perfect gifts for Geek, Fans and True Collectors, everywhere! Big Wow! ComicFest is the Only Major Comics Event in the San Francisco Bay Area this Year.

SPECIAL NOTICE: The early bird $75 Discount for Exhibitor Booths, Small Press and Artist Alley Tables ends Thursday, January 31st at midnight PST. Click Here to Register Today before you miss this opportunity!

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Be sure to follow us on both Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming announcements!

Amazing Creators!

As the Original Artist-Friendly Show, we are bringing in a lineup of Fantastic Comic Book Creator Guests spanning all decades and genres! This year we are pleased to have as guests at the show Neal Adams (Superman, Batman), Tony Daniel (Batman), Adam Hughes (Fables, Wonder Woman), Writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Joker), Toshio Maeda (Urotsukidoji & La Blue Girl), Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets), Lee Bermejo (Rorschach, Joker), Sanjulian (Vampirella), Brian Stelfreeze (Batman), Sergio Aragones (MAD, Groo), Herb Trimpe (Hulk), Terry & Rachel Dodson (X-Men, Wonder Woman), and Arthur Adams (Classic Avengers).

Fan-Favorites… Travis Charest (Weapons of the Metabarons), Kevin Nowlan (Superman Vs. Aliens), James O’Barr (Crow), Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Keu Cha (Rising Stars), Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher), Joe Linsner (Dawn), Michael Golden (The ‘Nam), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama), Humberto Ramos (Wolverine), Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine, Liberty Meadows), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra Assassin), Jason Palmer (Serenity), Aaron Lopresti (Spider-Man), Ryan Sook (Zatanna), and so many more confirmed guests added to our website!

Big Wow Adds Overseas Talent

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Joining the line up for the 2012 Big Wow ComicFest are Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad), from France and Liam Sharp (Gears of War) from England. Two Award Winning artists, both traveling to San Jose to meet their fans at the Big Wow! ComicFest.

Juanjo Guarnido, best known here is the US for his work on Blacksad published by Dark Horse Comics will be make a rare appearance at this years Big Wow! He will be traveling from Spain to greet his fans. Dark Horse themselves are very excited about his appearance, since they have never had the chance to meet this talented artist.

Also coming from overseas to join the talented lineup at Big Wow! ComicFest is award winning Heavy Metal and DC Comics artist, Liam Sharp. A friend of the show, Liam is pleased to return to Northern California to greet his fans.

Visit the Big Wow! Convention site today and sign up for their Newsletter!

Three of the greatest painters have joined the guest list of this 2012′s Big Wow! ComicFest. Along with other great talents at this years show in the art of painting (like Dan Brereton, Bernie Wrightson, Tim Bradstreet, Joe Linsner and more), Joe Jusko, James O’Barr and Mark Texeira have al agreed to make the West Coast trip and join the fans for the 2012 Big Wow! ComicFest.

James O’Barr (Best known for his creating “The Crow”) is looking forward to joining the live art showcase and plans on challenging all the other artists to pick up a brush and just try to out do the creation he has in store for the fans, he wants to “raise the bar” on the quality of convention art.

Other amazing guests attending the Big Wow! ComicFest include Jim Lee (Sunday Only), Frank Cho, Bernie Wrightson, Travis Charest, Kevin Nowlan, Tim Bradstreet, Sergio Aragones, Joe Linsner, Michael Golden, Bob Layton, and many, many more top industry professionals! For a complete list of Guests click here.

New Digital And POD Platform at SDCC 2011 with Liam Sharp and Dave Gibbons

Captain Stone by Liam Sharp

Press Release:

Madefire And Liam Sharp Announces New Digital And PoD Platform At SDCC 2011

UNITED KINGDOM — 13 July 2011

A new company called MADEFIRE, has been formed by Liam Sharp and Ben Wolstenholme, founding member and CEO of Moving Brands, and they’ll be debuting at the San Diego Comic Convention next week. Madefire was initially almost a digital and PoD version of Mam Tor Publishing, with new work created by top names at the highest level.

What Sharp found with Mam Tor was that the costs were prohibitive when it came to small runs printed traditionally. Unfortunately for small companies there are no concessions and you don’t get the same benefits. Print runs, advertising, distribution, etc. cost the full amount. Bigger companies with huge runs get all the discounts as incentives. It’s the way of the world that wealth and success is rewarded with gifts, discounts and free promotion – you can see and clearly understand the economical model and thinking behind that but it makes it extremely hard for start-ups. So Mam Tor lost a lot of money, but Sharp still felt it mattered and remained an important platform.

When Wolstenholme and Sharp reconnected they talked a lot about this kind of thing. “Ben went to the same school as me but was about six years my junior,” says Sharp. “He lived a few doors down from where I lived, and his parents were friends of my godfather – whom I lodged with at the time. Ben was a terrifically talented young artist – he and I were both Art Scholars at St. Andrews prep school and Eastbourne College – and he used to come around and see what I was working on back when I was Don Lawrence’s apprentice. I used to give him bits of art and a few tips, and for a while we stayed in touch.”

Wolstenholme went to see Sharp in Teddington while he was working on Frazetta’s Death Dealer for Verotik – “(Ben) was at St. Martin’s college in London then,” Sharp continues, “and was now taller and better looking than me!” Again Sharp gave him some art and a few tips, and off he went.

The next time Sharp saw him was by pure chance on Tomorrow’s World – a famous old British TV series about future innovation that ran for decades. Wolstenholme was in the middle of the Gobi Desert broadcasting via a satellite hook-up and a live streaming feed from a device built by his brother Guy, who was also there. It could broadcast live from anywhere in the world and was way ahead of it’s time.

After that it was some years before Sharp caught him on another TV show about branding a progressive new high-end tailors in London. “At the same time Ben was looking me up too,” says Sharp “and had ordered all the Mam Tor publications. When I looked into this bulk order from Moving Brands I found that their CEO was none other than Ben!”

Before long they were sitting in a pub together putting the world to rights.

Sharp continues, “Ben was desperate to exercise his creative side again and showed me some brilliant developmental work he had been doing on various characters – for films, books and comics. I told him his experience with Mam Tor, he told me his at Moving Brands, and we started throwing ideas around for projects we could jointly be involved with.” At that time Sharp was starting to get some advertising work and they thrashed around an idea for a collective hub – a base that could showcase the best of the UK’s comic talent to a more above the line marketplace. “It seemed to both of us that comic artists had a hell of a lot to offer the advertising industry. Ben set up the deals on the Rubberduckzilla advertising campaign for the Oasis drink – which was a TV ad, a free comic in various magazines and a huge poster campaign with art done by myself. But ultimately there’s not really enough work out there to make this concept work either, and advertising in general is going through a transitional period.”

Ultimately they realised what they wanted out of a collaboration was simple – the chance to publish their own work under their own terms. So then it became a question about how they should go about doing that.

“The answer was – create a digital comic. Create an app.” Says Sharp.

“The great thing about the current situation of digital publishing is that it’s wide open. There are no rules yet, and nothing is truly dominating in the same way the big companies dominate printed matter. They can get their work out to anybody. And it can also be collated and printed to order for anybody who loves printed matter. For me the internet is the new corner shop – the more comics are seen in digital format the more people will get interested in them and find their way back to the stores. At the moment kids no longer see comics in the shops. In day-to-day life you barely see them at all! When I was young you saw them in every newsagent and street corner store. On holiday they were bagged in multiple copies and sold cheep. That was the thing – it was cheep, accessible entertainment. I didn’t even know there were specialist outlets until I was about 19! So for me it was the wider visibility of the material that hooked me in, and later took me to the stores where you could really indulge your interest. One led to the other. So after that it was about building a fantastic platform and getting some great talent on board – and that’s where we’re at now.”

The stories should be emerging towards the end of 2011 and will be ‘Captain Stone is Missing…’ by Liam Sharp and Christina McCormack. Dave Gibbons is writing and drawing a story featuring his creator-owned characters called ‘Treatment’. Ben Wolstenholme is debuting in comics and showcasing his character ‘Mono’. “We have other stories in development too from Mike Carey and Dave Kendall, called ‘Houses of the Holy’, and Edmund Bagwell, called ‘Ricky the Boy Machine’. And there will be opportunities for established talent and new creators to get involved as we progress.” Sharp explains.

Sharp and Wolstenholme have reportedly been working on this for over two years now. Sharp says “San Diego Comic Con just seems the perfect place to raise our heads above the parapets and announce our arrival!” – which they’re celebrating with Liam’s books ‘Dead Apes in the Snow’ and ‘The Shed’, as well as Ben’s ‘Mono’ sketchbook, all published traditionally by Madefire.

Dave Gibbons, Ben Wolstenholme and Liam Sharp will be signing and answering questions on the Madefire stand (4902 in SDCC) on Saturday afternoon at 4.00pm.

ShedmonoTreatment by Dave Gibbons

Mark Millar Announces Kapow! Comic Con for 2011

November 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, England, Top Stories

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Comics writer Mark Millar has announced by video the launch of Kapow! Comic Con, “an event dedicated to the comicbooks and the films, TV shows and games they inspire.” The convention will take place in London, England, April 19th and 20th and already features a great lineup including John Romita Jr., Leinil Yu, Dave Gibbons, Frank Quitely, Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch, Olivier Coipel, Brian Bolland, Andy Diggle, Jock, David Lloyd, Kieron Gillen, Liam Sharp, John McCrea, Sean Phillips, Adi Granov, Chris Weston, and lots more.

KAPOW! COMIC CON is also hosting the first ever annual STAN LEE AWARDS and with categories including Best Comic, Best Superhero or SciFi Movie and Best Comic Book Hero.

DC Comics Announces Panels for Comic-Con International

DC Panels at San Diego Comic Con

July 26, 2009 – July 27, 2009

THURSDAY, JULY 23

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search 1 Room 4
11:45-12:45 Superman: Two Worlds Room 6DE
2:15-3:15 Spotlight on Geoff Johns Room 6DE
5:00-6:00 JSA: The Great Society Room 5AB
6:00-7:00 Vertigo New Ongoing Series/Crime Line Room 5AB


FRIDAY, JULY 24

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search 2 Room 4
11:00-12:00 Spotlight on Darick Robertson Room 4
12:30-1:30 Batman: New Dynamic Room 6DE
3:00-4:00 DC Nation Room 6DE
4:30-5:30 Wednesday Comics Room 5AB
5:30-6:30 Vertigo: View of the Future Room 5AB
SATURDAY, JULY 25

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search 3 Room 4
11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Francis Manapul Room 4
12:45-2:00 DCU Editorial Presentation Room 6B
2:15-3:15 Green Lantern: Blackest Night Room 6quad
3:30-4:30 Wildstorm: This is WildStorm! Room 4
4:45-5:45 Vertigo Voices: The Fables Forum Room 6DE


SUNDAY, JULY 26

11:00-12:00 CMX: Bringing Manga to You! Room 4
12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Bill Willingham Room 2
2:00-3:00 Sunday Conversation with Dan DiDio Room 2
3:00-4:00 Making Webcomics Room 4


SAN DIEGO 2009 PANEL DESCRIPTIONS

Thursday, July 23rd

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search 1
Come learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional! We’ll discuss the different needs of the DC Universe, Vertigo, WildStorm, Mad Magazine and Zuda. This extremely informative orientation session will explain how DC’s Talent Search works and provide numerous tips and tricks on how to improve your work and explore opportunities. In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 4

11:45-12:45 Superman: Two Worlds
Torn between New Krypton and Earth, The Man of Steel has only just begun his latest adventure. You’ve seen the stories. A new planet of Kryptonians. Scores of super-powered beings. The people behind Superman’s future are here to face the most trying times in his life. Meet the talented folks behind Superman as they give you a glimpse of what is in store for our favorite Super-family. Featuring Superman Group Editor Matt Idelson, Geoff Johns (Adventure Comics, Superman: Secret Origins), Greg Rucka (Action Comics), James Robinson (Superman), Sterling Gates (Supergirl), Renato Guedes (Superman), and more! Room 6DE

2:15-3:15 Spotlight on Geoff Johns
He is the mastermind behind the smash-hit, critically acclaimed Flash: Rebirth and DC’s most anticipated book of the year, Green Lantern: Blackest Night. Wondering what makes Geoff Johns tick? Don’t miss this panel hosted by Eddie Berganza, Group Editor-DCU, interviewing one of the most exciting talents in the DCU. Room 6DE

5:00 -6:00 JSA: The Great Society
DC’s legendary super-team enters a new era with top talent and explosive storylines in the second half of 2009! Get the inside scoop on everything JSA right here including info on the exciting spin-off title Magog and the main series Justice Society of America from the creative minds behind the franchise. Hosted by DC’s Senior Group Editor, Mike Carlin, with top talents Bill Willingham (JSA), Matt Sturges (JSA), Freddie Williams (Final Crisis Aftermath: Run), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Jimmy Palmiotti (Power Girl) and more! Room 5AB

6:00 -7:00 Vertigo New Ongoing Series/Crime Line
It’s a new beginning for Vertigo with the launch of new ongoing titles such as The Unwritten, Greek Street & Sweet Tooth. In addition to these titles we will be launching the highly anticipated Vertigo Crime Line with some of the top talents in the industry. Hosted by Senior VP – Executive Editor, Vertigo, Karen Berger and Senior Editor Will Dennis, this panel is not to be missed, especially considering the talent present: Peter Gross (Unwritten), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, The Nobody), Jason Starr, Chris Gage, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon and others! Room 5AB

Friday, July 24th

10:30-11:30 Talent Search 2
Come learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional! We’ll discuss the different needs of the DCUniverse, Vertigo, WildStorm, Mad Magazine and Zuda. This extremely informative orientation session will explain how DC’s Talent Search works and provide numerous tips and tricks on how to improve your work and explore opportunities. In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 4

11:00-12:00 Spotlight on Darick Robertson
Whether he’s illustrating Leatherface or reigniting super-teams like The Authority or launching videogame adaptations like Prototype, artist Darick Robertson has become synonymous with gritty, exhilarating artwork. Now’s your chance to hear the fan-favorite creator talk about his process and career alongside WildStorm Senior Editor Ben Abernathy. There’s no telling what these two might say! Room 4

12:30-1:30 Batman: New Dynamic
Now that the Battle for the Cowl has ended, what adventures lie ahead for the new Dark Knight? Join Group Editor Michael Marts, Paul Dini (Detective Comics), Dustin Nguyen (Detective Comics), Greg Rucka (Detective Comics), and more as they discuss the legend of Batman and what the future holds for the newest man behind the bat. Room 6DE

3:00-4:00 DC NATION
Calling all NATION recruits! Bring your friends and hear top talent discuss where the DC NATION is heading from 2009 and beyond. Sr. VP – Executive Editor Dan DiDio hosts this exciting discussion with Ian Sattler, James Robinson, Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, and more! Join them for a VIP look into the most talked about stories and events of the summer! Room 6DE

4:30-5:30 Wednesday Comics
Wednesday Comics gives a fresh twist to a grand comics tradition by reinventing the classic newspaper comics section and filling it to the brim with today’s top talent and characters! Learn all you need to know about DC’s excitingly innovative weekly 12-issue series from the title’s mastermind, DCU Editorial Art Director Mark Chiarello, and an all-star list of panelists! Believe us; you’ve never seen a panel or a project like this! Room 5AB

5:30-6:30 Vertigo: View of the Future
Vertigo, DC’s edgiest and most provocative imprint, returns to San Diego! Come and discover what’s going on at the imprint that birthed The Sandman, Preacher, Y: The Last Man, Fables and more? Wait ’til you hear about what new projects the Vertigo team is going to thrill us with next! Hosted by Senior VP – Executive Editor, Vertigo, Karen Berger, Group Editor Shelly Bond, and Senior Editor Will Dennis, with Jason Aaron (Scalped), Mike Allred, Mark Buckingham (Fables), Josh Dysart (Unknown Soldier), Peter Gross (Unwritten), Amy Hadley (Madame Xanadu), Jeff Lemire (The Nobody), Chris Roberson, Matt Sturges (House of Mystery), Matt Wagner (Madame Xanadu), Bill Willingham (Fables, House of Mystery), G. Willow Wilson (Air), Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders), and others! Room 5AB

Saturday, July 25th

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search 3
Come learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional! We’ll discuss the different needs of the DCUniverse, Vertigo, WildStorm, Mad Magazine and Zuda. This extremely informative orientation session will explain how DC’s Talent Search works and provide numerous tips and tricks on how to improve your work and explore opportunities. In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 4

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Francis Manapul
The hot up-and-coming artist Francis Manapul takes the stage to discuss his kinetic art on one of the most anticipated projects of the year: Adventure Comics with Geoff Johns! Hosted by Group Editor Matt Idelson see what’s it like illustrating the return of Superboy. Come find out from one of the freshest artists in the biz! Room 4

12:45-2:00 DCU Editorial Presentation
Dan DiDio, Senior VP / Executive Editor DCU, Ian Sattler, Senior Story Editor-DCU, and countless DCU talent are gathering for a discussion that’s not to be missed. Now that Blackest Night is upon us, what lies ahead for your favorite heroes? Got a question for your favorite DCU creator? Come on by! There’s no greater gathering of top-tier creative talent! Room 6B

2:15-3:15 Green Lantern: Blackest Night
The dead are rising in the DCU – who will survive when the Blank Lantern Corps attacks? This is your only chance to hear what’s coming up in Blackest Night, the most anticipated comic event of the year! Featuring all the key figures behind the biggest, coolest threat to the DCU in years! Hosted by Group Editor Eddie Berganza with Geoff Johns (Green Lantern), Pat Gleason (Green Lantern Corps) and others! Room 6QUAD

3:30-4:30 Wildstorm: This is WildStorm!
Get the inside scoop on what’s upcoming from DC’s wildest imprint from WS-VP Hank Kanalz, Senior Editor Ben Abernathy, Fiona Staples (North 40, Trick ‘r Treat), Kurt Busiek (Astro City), Adam Beechen (Killapalooza), Christos Gage (Wildcats, Dante’s Inferno), Darrick Robertson (Prototype), David Tischman (Red Herring), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), Jason Craig (Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash), Brian Wood, Rebecca Isaacs, and more! Find out about what’s new in the WildStorm Universe! There will be tons of info and sneak peaks for Wildcats, The Authority, Gears of War, World of Warcraft, Ex Machina, and much, much more! Room 4

4:45-5:45 Vertigo Voices: The Fables Forum
It’s the Fables Forum – San Diego style! Come armed with your best questions and find out everything you want to know about Fables. Featuring the creators behind Fables, Jack of Fables, and House of Mystery: Vertigo Group Editor Shelly Bond is joined by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Matthew Sturges, Steve Leialoha, Lee Loughridge, Shawn McManus, Andrew Pepoy, Chris Roberson, Chrissie Zullo and Todd Klein. Room 6DE

Sunday, July 26th

11:00-12:00 CMX: Bringing Manga to You!
Manga remains one of the hottest areas in literature and CMX, the manga imprint of DC Comics, is right in the thick of it. Join Director of Manga Asako Suzuki and Editor Jim Chadwick as they discuss the latest releases from one of the most diverse lines on the market today. We are excited to talk about upcoming new series and the ongoing series such books as Crayon Shinchan, Broken Blade, Fire Investigator Nanase, Ballad of a Shinigami, The Lapis Lazuli Crown, Emma, and much, much more! Room 4

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Bill Willingham
Both a master storyteller and an incredible artist, Bill Willingham has created a huge following for his best-selling books. His credits range from the DCU’s Justice Society of America, Salvation Run and Robin- to the already- classic Vertigo titles Fables and Jack of Fables and the new House of Mystery. Hosted by Vertigo Group Editor, Shelly Bond with Fables co-horts Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha. Room 2

2:00-3:00 Sunday Conversation with Dan DiDio
As the con comes to a close, sit back and unwind as Dan DiDio and friends invite you to a relaxed Sunday afternoon comics discussion. Share your opinions and listen to others as some of comics’ biggest names talk about their love of all things comics. All are welcome, no RSVP required. Room 2

3:00-4:00 Making Webcomics
Join Ron Perazza (ZUDA COMICS), Kwanza Johnson (ZUDA COMICS), Kevin Colden (Fishtown, I RULE THE NIGHT), Cameron Stewart (Transmission X, VERTIGO), Molly Crabapple (Act-i-vate, Dr. Sketchys Anti-Art School) and others for an inclusive, roundtable discussion about the advantages, challenges, questions, solutions, costs and benefits of making webcomics for fun and profit. Topics include working with a publisher, self-publishing, promoting yourself, best practices, style and moving from web to print (or vice-versa)! Room 4

Source: DC Comics.com