There are some very exciting events going on in the comic book world, and I’ll be attending a few events to close out this year strong! Please let me know if you guys are attending any of these events!
September 19: LA Comic Book and SciFi Convention
September 21: Superman/Batman Apocalypse Screening @ Paley Center
September 24: Guillermo Del Toro signing @ Dark Delicacies (tentative)
September 26: West Hollywood Book Fair
October 29-31: Long Beach Comic Con
November 19-22: CTN
And to start the 2011 year off right, I will be attending the first big con of the year, The Amazing Arizona Comic Con! This con (Jan. 8-9) is chock full of big name guests, with some of the hottest writers in comics, including Robert Kirkman, Jeph Loeb, Victor Gischler, and John Layman! Don’t miss out!
Come out and say hello to me at any of these events! For those interested in CTN as well, I am including this discount code! Receive 10% off just by inputting this code in prior to purchasing your ticket!
The code is: CONSCNX10
Hope to see you guys there!
ARCHAIA KICKS OFF THE â€˜ARCHAIA ALL ACCESS CONVENTION TOUR’ WITH A VISIT TO WONDERCON IN SAN FRANCISCO
LOS ANGELES-BASED PUBLISHER HEADS NORTH TO MINGLE WITH BAY AREA FANS
Los Angeles, CA (April 1, 2010) – Eager to start its 2010 Archaia All Access Convention Tour, Archaia Entertainment announced it is exhibiting at Comic-Con International’s WonderCon, Northern California’s premiere comics and popular arts event, to be held at Moscone Center South in San Francisco April 2-4, 2010.
The publisher will set up shop at Booth #813 where it will offer for sale copies of its latest hardcover offerings, including The Killer Vol. 2, Days Missing Vol. 1, Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 2 and Robotika Vol. 2: For a Few Rubles More. There will also be many free giveaways and the opportunity to meet with several Archaia creators, including Chandra Free (The God Machine), Patrick McEvoy (Starkweather), Tom Pinchuk (Hybrid Bastards!), Josh Finney and Kat Rocha (Titanium Rain), and a bevy of writers and artists who are working on the upcoming Fraggle Rock comic series, including Heather White, Jeff Stokely, Leigh Dragoon and Adrianne Ambrose.
“This is what we live for! It’s fantastic to be able to come out and meet our fans, reward them with some cool giveaways and tease them with some subtle hints of what exciting projects are coming next from Archaia,” said Archaia Marketing Manager Mel Caylo. “This is the first time at WonderCon for many of our staff, and we’re looking forward to the Comic-Con International group putting on a phenomenal show!”
The Archaia booth will be open on Friday, April 2 from 12-7 p.m.; Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 4 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. In addition, the publisher will present a panel in Room 236/238 on Sunday, April 4 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. to speak about some exciting new developments, including the announcement of several new titles. In addition to the creators listed above, on hand to speak about their projects will be Michael McMillian (Lucid) and Joshua Hale Fialkov (Tumor), plus there’s always the potential of a surprise “speaker”!
Archaia is always interested in publishing creator-owned comic books in the adventure, fantasy, horror, pulp noir and science fiction genres that contain idiosyncratic and atypical writing and art, so submissions will be accepted at the booth all weekend. If you would like to leave behind a submission, please consult the “Submissions” section on the Archaia website (www.Archaia.com) for criteria.
After WonderCon, the Archaia All Access Convention Tour will make stops at C2E2 (April 16-18 in Chicago, Ill.), The LA Times Festival of Books (April 24-25 in Los Angeles, Calif.), San Diego Comic-Con (July 21-25 in San Diego, Calif.), Baltimore Comic-Con (August 27-28 in Baltimore, Md.), New York Comic Con (Oct. 8-10 in New York, N.Y.) and Long Beach Comic Con (Oct. 29-31 in Long Beach, Calif.).
Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful material that perpetually transforms minds. With a slate including the popular Eisner Award-winning title Mouse Guard, as well as Gunnerkrigg Court, Roddenberry Productions’ Days Missing, Robotika, Awakening, The Killer, Killing Pickman, Artesia and the Publisher’s latest additions of Titanium Rain; Tumor; The God Machine; The Jim Henson Company library; and Mr. Murder Is Dead and Lucid with Before the Door Pictures, Archaia has become synonymous with quality content.
For more information on Archaia or any Archaia titles please visit www.Archaia.com. Archaia can also be found on Facebook (facebook.com/archaiacomics), MySpace (myspace.com/archaiacomics) and Twitter (twitter.com/archaiacomics).
Long Beach Comic Con had a one day show to celebrate the success of it’s inaugural show. For a one day show, and a smaller venue, I was very shocked by the amount of creators that came to the show. Mike Mignola, Phillip Tan, Tim Bradstreet, Dustin Nguyen, Stan Sakai, Joe Benitez, Todd Nauck, Ebas, and many more artists and writers came out for this surprising busy show. With strong retailer presence and the star power with many comics creators, this show was a huge success.
A nice compilation video of the recent one-day Long Beach Comic Expo 2010, featuring Mike Mignola, Dustin Nguyen and Livio Ramondelli sketching.
TOP COW AT SPRING FAN EXPO
LOS ANGELES, Calif., February 16, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that they will be exhibiting at Long Beach Comic Con’s Spring Fan Expo. The one-day event will open to the public at 10am on Saturday, February 20th, with festivities lasting until 7pm. Fans are encouraged to stop by the Top Cow booth (#302) to meet their favorite creators and shop for limited edition convention exclusives as well as their favorite Top Cow comics.
Among the creators appearing at the Top Cow booth will be penciler Eric Basaldua (Witchblade Annual, Hunter-Killer), writers Rob Levin (Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box, The Darkness: Shadows & Flame) and Rick Loverd (Berserker) and inker Rick Basaldua (Witchblade Annual). Fans are encouraged to check the Top Cow booth for signing times.
Fans who stop by the Top Cow booth will be treated to an exclusive first look at the lead-in series to this summer’s Artifacts, Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #1 by Levin, Bryan Edward Hill and Alessandro Vitti. Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #1 will arrive in stores on Wednesday, February 24th. Fans will also be able to pick up numerous free promotional items, posters and comics at the booth.
The Spring Fan Expo will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center is located at 300 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90802.
On October 2, 2009, the Long Beach Comic Con opened its doors to the public. With an extremely successful weekend highlighted by the appearance of Stan “The Man” Lee, LBCC decided to do a one day show for this coming Saturday, February 20th, 2010. With artists such as Tim Bradstreet, Mike Mignola and Eric Basaldua, expect this show to be an affordable experience for comic fans in the Southern California area!
Here’s a look back to the inaugural Long Beach Comic Con!
LONG BEACH COMIC CON PRESENTS: COMIC EXPO 2010 FEBRUARY 20, 2010 AT THE LONG BEACH CONVENTION CENTER
A Full Day of Comics for Comic Lovers
(Long Beach, CA, January 25, 2010) MAD Event Management and Long Beach Comic Con are proud to announce Comic Expo 2010 to be held Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center (LBCC) in downtown Long Beach. The one day event will be held in the Promenade Ballroom from 10am – 7pm and entrance to the floor for the day is $10.
An exceptional show of support from notable comic artists, writers and creators for the Long Beach Comic Expo include Mike Mignola, Bernie Wrightson, Steve Niles, Tim Bradstreet, Stan Sakai, Dustin Nguyen, Todd Nauck, Whilce Portacio, Tone Rodriguez, Joe Benitez, Peter Steigerwald, Trent Kaniuga, J.T. Krul, Brian Haberlin, Lou Ferrigno, JJ Kirby, Michael Lopez, Eddie NuÃ±ez, Livio Ramondelli, Amanda Dawn Wolf, Rick Basaldua, Eric Basaldua, Rob Levin, Joshua Hale Fialkov, David Wohl, Beth Sotelo, Frank Mastromauro, Mark Roslan, Vince Hernandez and Steve Sievers.
Lionsgate, Aspen, Top Cow, Com.X, High Tower, Comic Madness, Graphitti Designs, Freedonia Funnyworks and Metropolis Comics Scott Hudlow Comics and Terry’s Comics are all setting up booths on the Expo floor. Aspiring artists can meet with writer & editor Barbara Kesel for a one-on-one portfolio review. And an Artist Alley loaded with talent will be on hand to meet and greet fans.
“After the tremendous amount of support we received from the community for Long Beach Comic Con we didn’t want to wait a full year before returning,” said event planner Martha Donato, President of MAD Event Management. “We decided to create a one-day event that is a great place for fans to come to celebrate their love of comics.”
For a complete list of events, guests, activities, ticket prices and times, visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com/comic-expo-2010.php.
Tickets will also be available at the following comic book and hobby shops: Amazing Comics, Comic Bug, Comic Madness, Geoffrey’s Comics, Golden Apple, Jay Company, Metropolis Comics, Pulp Fiction and Terry’s Comics.
About MAD Event Management
MAD Event Management is an all-purpose event planning facilitator whose principal owner has over 12 years of experience producing annual large-scale consumer conventions around the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas. MAD’s capabilities include: Site Selection, Exhibit Staffing, Marketing Plans, Vendor Selection, Floor Plan Development, On-Site Execution, Sponsor Exhibitor Sales, Travel Management, Contract Development, Setup & Disassembly and Contract Coordination. Visit www.madeventmanagement.com for additional information.
The Long Beach Post gets the scoop from Martha Donato, the director of the inaugural Long Beach Comic Con, as to how the whole thing got started and the potential for next year.
During the second day of the three-day LB Comic-Con, she spoke with reporter Mark Edward Nero about how she managed to go from being a laid-off worker to being a self-employed entrepreneur – in less than a year – who’s the guiding force behind an event attracting thousands of people.
They also declare the con “A Soaring Success.”
Hero Initiative: Bringing back the HEAT to Southern California at first Long Beach Comic Con
100 Wolverines at The Danger Room, Stan Lee, Rev. Dave Johnson, J. Scott Campbell and more set it off!
Los Angeles, CA. September 29, 2009, ( for immediate release): Southern Cal may be cooling off, but Hero Initiative is on fire and bringing back the heat at the first Long Beach’s Comic Con, October 2-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center.
First up: It’s been a labor of love and shipping, but we have at long last assembled our 100 original Wolverine: Weapon X #1 covers and invite you to…The Danger Room! This first and ONLY viewing of 100+ original covers happens Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 PM at the con, room 204. Admission is a mere $5, $3 if you come in an X-Men costume or FREE if you show up dressed as Wolverine himself. Admission gets you one free raffle ticket to win a KICKASS (but empty!) wine bottle crafted by the amazing Karlton Hahn of Xena Etched Graphics. You can increase your chances by buying more raffle tickets on site. Our friends from The Comic Bug will be on hand as well to spoil you with coupons and stuff. This will be your ONLY chance to see all 100+ covers in living color and all their glory. ‘Til the book comes out in November, that is. And when will the covers be up for auction? Check eBay.com in late October!
Next up, Hero Initiative is proud to feature an exclusive Wolverine print by amazing artist J. Scott Campbell and the talented colorist Christina Strain. There are only 100 made, and they’ll be available for $20 each only at the Hero Initiative booth, #349, while supplies last. You can even get your print signed by BOTH Campbell and Strain, as they’ll be appearing at the Hero booth on Saturday between 11am-12pm.
In addition, Stan Lee has graciously agreed to do a limited meet-and-greet session with a few select fans. There are only TEN availabilities to this session available via Hero Initiative. Five more guest of the Long Beach Comic Con will also be in attendance. You can get a picture with Stan, and you’ll also be able to get TWO Stan Lee autographs at this event on YOUR items of YOUR choice! Go to:
Lastly, while you are at the Hero Booth you can renew your Hero Initiative membership! 2009 marked the first year ever for Hero Initiative memberships, and for 2010, we’ve revamped with more and better premiums! You can get full information at the booth or order today at www.heroinitiative.org or www.heroinitiative.org/2010members. Old Members, remember to bring your membership card to claim a 10% discount!
And the first 50 members to sign up will also get a bonus gift card from Sideshow Collectibles worth a random amount from $10 to $50 at SideshowCollectibles.com. Check it out!!
And of course, to really set the house on fire, our amazing line up:
FRI., 02 OCT (HOURS 300 AM-700 PM)
330-500: Scott Koblish
[500-730: 100 Wolverines party, room 204]
SAT., 03 OCT (HOURS 1000 AM-600 PM)
1000-1100: Brian Haberlin + Philip Tan
1100-1200: J. Scott Campbell + Christina Strain
1230-230: The Rev. Dave Johnson
430-530: Whilce Portacio
SUN., 04 OCT (HOURS 1000 AM-500 PM)
1030-1200: Norm Rapmund
1200-130: The Rev. Dave Johnson
200-300: Joe Benitez
300-430: Derek Fridolfs
For more information on the Long Beach Comic Con, visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
ARCHAIA SAILS INTO FIRST ANNUAL LONG BEACH COMIC CON
TWO PANELS, BOOTH SIGNINGS, AN EXCLUSIVE PRINT AND LIVE-ART PARTY HIGHLIGHT THE PUBLISHER’S ATTENDANCE
Los Angeles, CA (September 30, 2009) – In a continuing effort to interact with its fans and earn new ones, Archaia announced today it will be exhibiting at the first annual Long Beach Comic Con 2009, to be held October 2-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
The publisher can be found at Booth #265 where it will offer for sale copies of its latest publications, including Mouse Guard: Winter 1152, Awakening, Some New Kind of Slaughter and Days Missing. Plus, through retailer Atomic Apple (a partnership between Arizona’s Atomic Comics chain and L.A.’s Golden Apple), Archaia will also offer a limited edition Mouse Guard print created exclusively for Long beach Comic Con by David Petersen. The print is limited to a run of 75, with only 25 offered each of the three convention days. Petersen is appearing as a special guest of Long Beach Comic Con and will be available to sign the prints at the Atomic Apple booth (#549).
Other Archaia creators who will be appearing throughout the weekend for signings at the Archaia booth include Joshua Hale Fialkov (writer of Tumor), Josh Finney and Kat Rocha (writer and artist of Titanium Rain), Trevor Roth (creator of Days Missing and COO of Roddenberry Productions), Tom Pinchuk (writer of Hybrid Bastards!) and Michael McMillian (writer of the upcoming Lucid).
Additionally, Archaia will present two panels at Long Beach Comic Con:
Saturday, October 3rd, Room B, 12:00-12:45 p.m.
ARCHAIA: THE MOUSE THAT ROARED – With special guest David Petersen’s Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 now a bonafide New York Times bestseller, Archaia is an independent publisher on the rise. Come celebrate with creators Joshua Hale Fialkov (Tumor), Josh Finney (Titanium Rain), Joe LeFavi (Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth), Michael McMillian (Lucid), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Tom Pinchuk (Hybrid Bastards!), Kat Rocha (Titanium Rain), Trevor Roth (Days Missing) and Ryan Schifrin (The Devil’s Handshake) as they share exclusive news, showcase fantastic art and shower a few, lucky attendees with free Archaia t-shirts and other great prizes!
Sunday, October 4th, Room B, 1:00-1:45 p.m.
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION: THE FUTURE OF COMICS, PRESENTED BY ARCHAIA – More and more comic book publishers are turning to digital distribution as a way to get their product into more people’s hands. From Amazon’s Kindle to the iPhone to the PSP to various Web portals, will digital comics replace its printed counterparts, or is it simply a means to expand readership? And if you’re a self-publisher, are digital comics the cheapest route for you to get your project seen by as many people as possible? Join Archaia’s Joshua Hale Fialkov, writer of Tumor on the Kindle, Archaia’s Stephen Christy and Longbox Digital’s Rantz Hosely for a spirited discussion and question-and-answer forum.
Archaia personnel will make appearances at three other panels during the convention. Archaia Director of Development Stephen Christy will sit on the Selling to Hollywood: The Insider’s Guide panel (Saturday, 11-11:45 a.m., Room A); Days Missing editor Rob Levin will appear on Editing in Comics (Saturday, 2-2:45 p.m., Room C); and Tumor writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and Mouse Guard creator David Petersen will be on the Story Structure and Character Development panel (Sunday, 12-12:45 p.m., Room A).
Archaia has also teamed up with Atomic Apple and ComicVine.com to host a Live Art party at the convention. The event, which is open to all convention attendees, will take place on Friday evening, Oct. 2nd at 8:30 p.m. in Room 204. Mouse Guard creator David Petersen will join Jim Mahfood (Grrl Scouts, 40oz Comics) and other artists to create live art on wall-sized canvases as a live band performs.
Founded in 2002, Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds. With a slate including such popular Eisner-Award winning titles as Mouse Guard and The Killer, as well as Awakening, Gunnerkrigg Court, Robotika, Killing Pickman, Artesia and the Publisher’s latest additions of Titanium Rain, God Machine, Roddenberry Productions’ Days Missing, The Jim Henson Company library and Mr. Murder Is Dead and Lucid with Zachary Quinto’s production company, Before the Door Pictures, Archaia has become synonymous with quality content. For more information on Archaia or any Archaia titles please visit www.Archaia.com. Archaia can also be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/archaiacomics), MySpace (www.myspace.com/archaiacomics) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/archaiacomics).