Long Beach Comic Con 2013 Con Report!

On November 23-24th, 2013, the Long Beach Convention Center was home to the 5th annual Long Beach Comic and Horror Con! Usually held around Halloween, this show was pushed back to late November, making this one of the final comic cons of 2013! In addition to the date change, they also got rid of the Friday evening show and I believe it was the right call. Saturday was booming, with lines going out the door and a steady flow of patrons all day long! Sunday slowed down quite a bit and while still a lot of foot traffic, not enough spending.

With the usual talent of comic creators attending Long Beach, including mainstays of LBCC Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Whilce Portacio, Tim Bradstreet, and Todd Nauck, joined by special guests Gene Ha, Carlos D’Anda, Marc Silvestri, Mark Texeira, Art Thibert, Andrew Robinson, Mark Waid, and several other awesome comic talent, LBCC did close out the 2013 con year nicely.

While Comic Cons seem to be growing every year, it seems harder and harder for each show to bring something new. I did love the fact that there was an awesome car display in the front of some of the most famous cars in pop culture, along with a lot of retailers in prominent display at the show. One thing also appreciated was that comics were far more emphasized than pop culture stars, and that’s one thing I always do appreciate at LBCC. Hopefully next year, they’ll bring over the bigger hitters in comics to really close the year with a bang. Star power does draw more crowds, and I for one would love to see LBCC thrive and succeed for the next 5 years and beyond. And now, onto some photos!

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A line forms inside the convention hall on Saturday morning.

 

 

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Artist Alley is bustling in the morning.

 

 

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An awesome array of pop culture cars. But it’s not complete without…

 

 

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The Batmobile. Chicks dig the Batmobile.

 

 

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Gene Ha and his awesome banner graces LBCC.

 

 

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Amanda Conner signs her Harley Quinn for eager fans.

 

 

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Mark Waid signing for eager fans.

 

 

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Mark Texeira signing comics for fans.

 

 

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Todd Nauck’s list is currently closed.

 

 

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Richard Friend showing off his portfolio to customers.

 

 

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Alex Sinclair working on a commission at LBCC!

 

 

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Tim Bradstreet sketching for fans.

 

 

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Andrew Robinson selling the graphic novel of 2013, The Fifth Beatle!

 

 

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Carlos D’Anda wants you to buy his art!

 

And now, onto some cosplayers!

 

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A new meaning to the term robot chicken.

 

 

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Iron Man and Tony Stark gracing the hall floor.

 

 

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Why so serious?

 

 

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Black Cat crosses your path!

 

 

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I asked why they were at LBCC, but they said I needed level 7 clearance.

 

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Power Girl flexing her muscles!

 

 

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This kid is making me go crazy!

 

 

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I am worthy of Mjolnir!

 

 

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Kid cosplayers are so darned cute!

 

 

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Pull my finger.

 

 

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Best costume of the show!

 

 

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Lance Henriksen is greeted by a friendly alien. Don’t miss more incredible moments at LBCC 2014!

Boston Comic Con Returns in August 2014

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Boston Comic Con has announced its initial details for next year’s convention! Following the phenomenal success of the 2013 show, the 2014 convention will again be held in August at the Seaport World Trade Center on Boston’s historic waterfront. The promoters have added an additional day to the convention which is scheduled to run Friday August 8th till Sunday August 10th. Joining the festivities this year is an all-star list of comic creators including: Rafael Albuquerque, Tim Bradstreet, Amanda Conner, Mike Kunkel, Jorge Molina, Dustin Nguyen, Jimmy Palmiotti, Carlos Pacheco, Ramón Pérez, Esad Ribic, Gail Simone, Cat Staggs, and many more! Additionally, the first media guests have been announced: Torchwood’s Eve Myles and Spike himself, James Marsters! More will be added over the coming months so be sure to follow Boston Comic Con on Facebook and Twitter!

For the full guest list plus artist alley, exhibitor, and film fest registration please check out the Boston Comic Con website! Online ticket purchases are available at the link! Tell your friends!

RSVP on Facebook!

About Boston Comic Con:

The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. Next year’s convention will be held Friday August 8th, Saturday August 9th and Sunday August 10th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

FL – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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Mark Brooks, Ron Garney, Sergio Cariello, Mark Texeira, Billy Tucci, Chuck Dixon, Morry Hollowell, Wil Quintana, Tony Kordos, Dani Raschel Jimenez, Dave Myers, and more appear at Yancy Street Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

Yancy Street Comics
9409 US 19 (inside Gulfview Square Mall), Port Richey, FL 34668
727-817-0888

Lauren Cohan from The Walking Dead to Headline the April 2013 Tampa Bay Comic Con

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Press Release:

Tampa Bay Comic Con Starts 2013 by Announcing a “Walking Dead” Star!

January 2nd, 2013 – The Tampa Bay Comic Con has confirmed actress Lauren Cohan as a headlining guest for the April 6-7, 2013 convention. Lauren Cohan is famed for her role as Maggie Greene in AMC’s massively popular series, The Walking Dead and as Bela Talbot in CW’s series Supernatural. Tampa Bay Comic Con attendees will be able to meet and greet Lauren Cohan as well as get autographs and photo-ops at the convention.

In addition, the Tampa Bay Comic Con’s guest list is set to include a talented array of professional comic book creators. Among them are: Jenny Frison (Hack & Slash artist), Michael Golden (Punisher, Transfomers artist), Bob Layton (Iron Man artist), Luke McDonnell (Iron Man artist), Mark Texeira (Ghost Rider, Punisher artist) and Renee Witterstaetter (writer, editor).

The Tampa Bay Comic Con will feature over 100 exhibitor/vendor tables where convention attendees can browse through a large selection of inventory including: comic books, cards, toys, t-shirts, magazines, artwork, Star Wars merchandise, jewelry and much more. All attendees are also welcome to attend all convention panels (which will include Lauren Cohan’s panel) as well as participate in the “Costume Contest” and the “Artist Throwdown”.

The Tampa Bay Comic Con will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa, FL from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. Convention admission is $10.00 for adults and FREE for children (12 and under). Parking is FREE. Reserve hotel rooms at the Doubletree Hotel through the Tampa Bay Comic Con’s online “Travel/Hotel” section for special discounted room rates. The address is:

4500 West Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607

Please e-mail: inquiries@tampabaycomiccon.com

http://www.TampaBayComicCon.com

Comicpalooza, the Texas International Comic Con, Announces 2013 Expansion, Guests, and Plans to Share Space with GalactiCon

Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell

Press Release:

Comicpalooza the Texas International Comic Con Announces Expansion Plans & 2013 Guest Lineup

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Comicpalooza once again posted high growth for their 2012 event, with over 10,600 attendees and an 88.5% increase in paid registration over 2011, which was up from a 55% growth rate the previous year. The high growth makes Comicpalooza one of the fastest growing comic & pop-culture conventions in the south. Attendance for 2013 is expected to top 20,000. Comicpalooza has begun attracting high-profile sponsors including McDonald’s, Best Buy, TimeGate Studios, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Houston Community College, and Bedrock City Comic Co. (7th largest comics retailer in the US) and has led to ambitious expansion plans. These are among their plans for next year:

  • It’s so BIG! - Exhibit and event space will increase from the 380,000 square feet available in 2012 to over 500,000 square feet for 2013. This increase will allow more programming, including educational seminars, workshops, and panel discussions as well as entertainment such as concerts, film screenings, and other events.
  • Level up! - Comicpalooza 2013 will double the amount of vendor and exhibit space that was available in 2012, including adding a large number of booths for tech and video gaming companies. The tech and video gaming area in Comicpalooza 2012 was very successful and demonstrated the vibrant interest Texas has in those fields.
  • Comicpalooza & GalactiCon III – GalactiCon III is the once-every-five-year Battlestar Galactica anniversary celebration. It is the largest BSG fan event in the world and already features almost a dozen celebrity guests from the BSG universe. In 2013 Comicpalooza and GalactiCon will be sharing space and guests to create the largest sci-fi fan event in the Texas/Louisiana region.
  • Austin Spotlight – In 2013 Comicpalooza will be spotlighting Austin and its amazing selection of artists, writers, and innovative companies in the fields of comics, film, animation, and video gaming. Companies like Samantha Inoue-Harte’s Austin-based animation studio Animetropolis will be working with Comicpalooza to show off some of the awesome projects brewing in the Texas capitol.
  • Guests - Comicpalooza’s initial guest list includes more than one legendary artist: Boris VallejoJulie BellMichael GoldenMark Texeira, and Joe Jusko. It also features actor Peter Mayhew (Star Wars), voice actor & animator Samantha Inoue-Harte, and Tesla-powered musical group ArcAttack! The current list of participating GalactiCon III guests is Edward James OlmosMichael HoganAlessandra TorresaniRichard HatchDirk Benedict,Herbert Jefferson Jr., Anne LockhartAaron DouglasLeah CairnsLuciano Carro, and Jack Stauffer.

The Comicpalooza 2013 website goes live on Aug. 3, 2013!

For the most up to date information on events, guests, admission prices and schedules, visit www.comicpalooza.com. For information on GalactiCon, visit www.galacticon3.com.

Big Wow Adds Overseas Talent

Press Release:

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.

Boston Comic Con Returns in 2012 with Reis, Chiang, McGuinness, and More

BOSTON COMIC CON 2012 – TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

BCC 2012: April 21st & 22nd. Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

Featuring the Legends of Mad Magazine Reunion starring Sergio Aragones, Al Jaffee, Al Feldstein, and Paul Coker.

And a rock star guest list that includes (among others)…

Simon Bisley, Ivan Reis, Skottie Young, Ed McGuinness, Tim Sale, Steve Epting, David Petersen, Clay Mann, Greg Horn, Joe Prado, Jill Thompson, Jim Cheung, Phil Noto, Cliff Chiang, Joe Benitez, Ken Kelly, Alex Maleev, Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Steve Scott, Geof Darrow, Bob Layton, Bill Sienkiewicz, Ben Templesmith, Herb Trimpe, Paolo Rivera, Bernie Wrightson and…

That’s just the beginning. More guests to follow!

Also, keep your eyes peeled for information coming at ya at a later date about panels, the costume contest, gaming, and our first annual art auction!! Follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and RSVP on Facebook!

Tickets are on sale now at www.bostoncomiccon.com or eventbrite.com or at the door the days of the show. $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Children 10 and under free.

Thanks to all the BCC fans who have made Boston a national comic con hot spot!

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Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con 2011 to Feature Stars of Buffy, Star Wars, Batman, Etc.

Mid-Ohio Comic Con 2011

Press Release:

James Marsters, Billy Dee Williams, Adam West, Burt Ward, Claudia Christian, Walter Koenig Among Headliners At Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con, October 22-23 At Greater Columbus Convention Center

Superstar Artists Jeff Smith, Mike Grell, Rob Liefeld, Greg Horn, Phil Jimenez, Bill Sienkiewicz, Arthur Suydam And Many Others Scheduled To Appear

NEW YORK and COLUMBUS, Ohio, August 23, 2011 – North America’s largest pop-culture tour continues at Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, October 22-23, with standout guests James Marsters, Billy Dee Williams, Adam West, Burt Ward, Claudia Christian and Walter Koenig headlining the list of celebrity attendees. The event will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals 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.

Williams (STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, BRIAN’S SONG) will appear on Saturday, while Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Caprica”), West (“Batman,” “Family Guy”), Ward (“Batman”), Christian (“Look,” “Babylon 5”) and Koenig (“Star Trek,” “Babylon 5”) are scheduled for both days.

The lineup of superstar artists at Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con is impressive, with Jeff Smith (“BONE,” “RASL”), Pasqual Ferry (“Thor; Ultimate Fantastic Four,” “Ultimate X-Men vs Fantastic Four”), Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), Rob Liefeld(“Deadpool,” “Youngblood”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “Hero For Hire”),Phil Jimenez (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Astonishing X-Men”), Bill Sienkiewicz (“Elektra: Assassin,” “Moon Knight”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Arthur Suydam(“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Mark Texeira (“Wolverine,” “Spider-Man”) and Ryan Ottley (“Invincible,” “The Walking Dead”) at the head.

“We are excited to be adding the Wizard touch – and slew of celebrity guests and comics creators – to what has been a successful, well-attended event in Columbus,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO.

Other popular celebrity guests scheduled to be on hand at the event include Gil Gerard(“Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”), Robyn Griggs (“Another World,” “One Life to Live”),David Harris (THE WARRIORS, “NYPD Blue”), William Holman (“Bachelor Pad,” “The Bachelorette”), and Doug Jones (FANTASTIC FOUR, HELLBOY).

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests. Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at scores of dealer booths.

Mid-Ohio Comic Con is the eighth stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour. Hours are Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, October 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworld.com/midohio.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($35 on site); weekend all-session tickets are $40 ($50 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.

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. Wizard World also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, and is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

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

***** SAVE THE 2011/12 DATES *****

October 22-23 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con

November 11-13 – Austin Comic Con

January 28-29, 2012 – New Orleans Comic Con

March 24-25, 2012 – Toronto Comic Con

May 19-20, 2012 – Big Apple Comic Con

June 1-3, 2012 – Philadelphia Comic Con

August 9-12, 2012 – Chicago Comic Con

TBD – Los Angeles Comic Con

Mark Texeira Creates BuffyFest Lithograph for Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2011

Press Release:

Texeira “Buffy” Litho Gives Fans Something to Bite Into at Wizard Chicago

Buffy LithographChicago– Buffy fans are sure to be chomping at the bit for the limited edition Buffy VIP lithograph that will be featured at Wizard World Chicago next weekend, this time, featuring the fine watercolor work of artist Mark Texeira.

Featuring an array of “Buffy” characters, Wizard commissioned Texeira to do this print that will be available to all Buffy VIP’s at the convention.

It is limited to 500 copies and measures 11×17.

A great collectible from fine art painter and comic illustrator, Mark Texeira, who has long been associated with a conflagration of characters ranging from Ghost Rider to Black Panther to Wolverine to Sabertooth to Moonknight to Punisher to….it goes on and on…

Not new to media tie-ins, Mark’s work has been explored and highlighted on the DVD of the “Ghost Rider” movie, the look of which he influenced. And, Mark was also tapped to do the movie tie-in for “Wolverine Origins,” which also seemed to be a natural, considering his long association with that character in all his forms!

You can find Texeira’s interiors currently on Ghost Rider, MoonKnight, Wolverine Origins and two upcoming, highly anticipated Punisher mini-series, and right now, “Thor: Heaven and Earth,” all showcasing the signature Texeira style.

And here’s some more good news: The Buffy Fest limited edition litho will also be available to non-VIP’s at Mark’s table in artist alley while supplies last. Priced at just $20. each, they are sure to go fast.

“It’s wonderful to have Mark involved with the Buffy Fest at Wizard Chicago,” said his agent, Renee Witterstaetter. “It’s a strong and ever growing group. The piece that Mark created is beautiful as well, and will be a nice collectible for fans of Buffy and collectors of Mark’s work as well.”

Mark will be in artist alley all days of the show with additional limited prints of various subjects, as well as his new hardcover sketchbook, “Mark Texeira: Nightmares and Daydreams.” These books are available for $20 signed or $40 with a sketch. Other commissions are also available.

Wizard World Chicago takes place August 11-14th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

For more information on this Buffy exclusive, go to: http://www.wizardworld.com/buchcoconvip.html

For more information on Mark Texeira, his availability and commissions, go to:
www.evainkartitgroup.com

NYC – Red Spike Signing

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MARK TEXEIRA, artist of the new comic RED SPIKE, and NAM KIM, artist of the new book Samurai’s Blood sign next Wednesday, June 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM!

Jim Hanley’s Universe
4 West 33rd St, New York, NY 10001

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