Matt Wagner, Max Brooks, and Shane Davis are dropping by Forbidden Planet for an all-star signing on Friday, October 11 from 6:00 till 8:00 pm!
Forbidden Planet is giving away free copies of The Tower Chronicles: GeistHawk Vol. 1 for the first 20 people in line. If you don’t make it early enough for that, additional copies will be sold at 30% off. All attendees are entered to win a free piece of original art from Rodney Ramos, The Tower Chronicles inker.
Max Brooks and Shane Davis will be signing free posters and preview copies of the Shadow Walk. Additionally, all who pre-order the graphic novel at the event will receive 30% off cover price.
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
October 3, 2013 by Colin Solan
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SIGNINGS IN DARK HORSE BOOTH #1636
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
3:30 p.m. ELFQUEST: Richard and Wendy Pini
5:00 p.m. HALO: Frank O’Connor, Christopher Schlerf
6:00 p.m. MASS EFFECT: Mac Walters
7:00 p.m. EVE ONLINE: B. Börkur Eiríksson
8:00 p.m. Tommy Lee Edwards: Project TBA
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
10:00 a.m. SCIENCE FICTION COMICS: Ron Randall (Trekker), Michael Dialynas (Amala’s Blade), Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas (Gamma)
11:00 a.m. MASS EFFECT: Mac Walters
12:00 p.m. THE FIFTH BEATLE: Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson
1:00 p.m. NEW SUPERHEROES FROM GREAT CREATORS: Mike Norton and Dennis Hopeless (The Answer!), Bryan J. L. Glass (Furious), Donny Cates (Buzzkill, Hunter Quaid), Eliot Rahal (Hunter Quaid)
2:00 p.m. HORROR COMICS: Alex de Campi (Grindhouse, Smoke/Ashes), Chris Peterson (Grindhouse), Tim Seeley (Ex Sanguine), Tom Mandrake (To Hell You Ride), Jonathan Maberry (Project TBA)
3:00 p.m. HUSBANDS: Brad Bell, Jane Espenson, Sean Hemeon
4:00 p.m. ELFQUEST: Richard and Wendy Pini
4:00 p.m. CONAN, STAR WARS, THE MASSIVE: Brian Wood
5:00 p.m. THE STAR WARS, STAR WARS: DAWN OF THE JEDI: Jonathan Rinzler, Jan Duursema
6:00 p.m. DARK HORSE SUPERHEROES: Frank Barbiere (Blackout), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Skyman), Fred Van Lente and Freddie Williams II (Brain Boy), Josh Williamson (Captain Midnight)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
10:00 a.m. LONE WOLF & CUB: Kazuo Koike (Courtesy of Wikia: Masters of Animanga)
11:00 a.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow
12:00 p.m. WHEDONVERSE COMICS: Dan Dos Santos, Jane Espenson, Scott Fischer, Victor Gischler, Rebekah Isaacs, Georges Jeanty, Steve Morris (Angel & Faith, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity)
1:00 p.m. GRENDEL 30TH ANNIVERSARY: Matt Wagner
1:00 p.m. Greg Rucka: Project TBA
1:00 p.m. BUZZKILL: Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw
2:00 p.m. THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, P.J. Byrne (voice actor for Bolin)
*Ticketed event. Come to the Dark Horse booth when NYCC opens on Friday and Saturday mornings for the chance to draw a signing ticket while supplies last. Learn the latest about The Legend of Korra by signing up for Korra Nation at the link!
3:30 p.m. THE TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS: Becky Cloonan, Shaun Simon
4:30 p.m. HORROR COMICS: Victor Gischler (Kiss Me, Satan!, Clown Fatale), James Harren (Abe Sapien, B.P.R.D.), Cameron Stewart (Sin Titulo, B.P.R.D.), Evan Dorkin (Beasts of Burden)
5:30 p.m. THE MASSIVE: Brian Wood, Garry Brown
5:30 p.m. MIND MGMT: Matt Kindt
6:30 p.m. ELFQUEST: Richard and Wendy Pini
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
10:00 a.m. BLOODHOUND: Dan Jolley, Robin Riggs
10:00 a.m. THE WHITE SUITS: Frank Barbiere, Toby Cypress
10:00 a.m. AMALA’S BLADE: Michael Dialynas
11:00 a.m. ITTY BITTY HELLBOY: Art Baltazar, Franco
12:00 p.m. MASS EFFECT: Mac Walters
12:00 p.m. Tommy Lee Edwards: Project TBA
12:00 p.m. S.H.O.O.T. FIRST: Justin Aclin, Nicolás Daniel Selma
1:00 p.m. ELFQUEST: Richard and Wendy Pini
2:00 p.m. MONSTERS! & OTHER STORIES: Gustavo Duarte
2:00 p.m. HALLOWEEN LEGION: Diana Leto
3:00 p.m. STAR WARS: SHADOWS OF ENDOR: Zack Giallongo
IMPORTANT: All giveaway, limited edition, and exclusive items are available while supplies last. Free prints, comics, or posters are provided for each signing while supplies last. You may bring items to sign or purchase them at the Dark Horse Store. We reserve the right to restrict the nature and/or limit the number of items to be signed, at our discretion.
Please note that lines may be capped or tickets issued for any signing as needed. Inquire about your favorite signings as early as possible. Some restrictions apply. All events are subject to change.
Matt Wagner signs at Floating World Comics on Thursday, August 2, 2012 from 6:00pm until 10:00pm!
Matt Wagner’s masterpiece celebrates its thirtieth anniversary with the first-ever comprehensive collection of the complete Grendel saga! Grendel Omnibus Vol. 1: Hunter Rose is the first of four volumes presenting the entire series and following the chronology of the stories. This August, Floating World is proud to host an art exhibit and book release signing with Portland artist, Matt Wagner.
Volume 1 reprints Grendel: Devil by the Deed; the short story collections Grendel: Black, White & Red and Grendel: Red, White & Black, featuring a host of legendary guest artists; and the epic Grendel: Behold the Devil. This edition introduces millionaire Hunter Rose and his alter ego, the criminal mastermind Grendel!
Matt Wagner has enjoyed a career in comics for almost thirty years. Born and educated in Pennsylvania, his first published work was a short story that would introduce one of comicdom’s most respected creator-owned characters–the mastermind assassin, GRENDEL. Best known for this epic, Eisner Award-winning creation and his other, more personal, allegory, MAGE, Matt has also worked on a variety of established characters. These include his ground-breaking work on the character of Batman villain, Two-Face, in the graphic novel, FACES, a five-year stint authoring the fan-favorite Vertigo title, SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE, as well as the DR. MID-NITE mini-series for DC Comics and serving as the regular cover artist on the Kevin Smith-penned relaunch of GREEN ARROW.
Known for his character-driven stories and his obvious love of world history and mythologies, Matt has also enjoyed the distinction of being one of the only writer/artists allowed to team his own creation with one of DC’s flagship characters in two successive BATMAN/GRENDEL cross-overs.
In the past few years, Matt has also written and drawn several high profile projects for DC; a highly successful, three-issue, prestige series starring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman; titled TRINITY and a well received, year-long, project which comprised two mini-series that chronicled some of the earliest aspects of Batman’s career, collectively titled DARK MOON RISING.
His latest efforts have focused mainly on writing; MADAME XANADU for Vertigo and the all-new re-launch of the ZORRO franchise for Dynamite Entertainmen, both of which earned him an Eisner Award nomination as Best Writer in 2009. He also penned the origin arc for Dynamite’s GREEN HORNET; YEAR ONE.
He is currently developing and writing an original epic storyline, THE TOWER CHRONICLES for the newly formed Legendary Comics, a division of Hollywood powerhouse, Legendary Pictures.
Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
Grendel & Batman on Hero Exclusive Overstreet #42
Matt Wagner illustrates limited edition fundraiser hardcover edition of the Guide
Los Angeles, CA. April 5, 2012-Gemstone Publishing and The Hero Initiative have once again teamed up to raise money for comic creators in need. Toward that end, they will release an exclusive, 500-copy, limited hardcover edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #42 at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.
The Hero Initiative cover features Batman and Grendel illustrated by Grendel creator Matt Wagner and colorist Ryan Brown. It will be available exclusively from Hero with all money raised going to 501 (c)(3) charity. An extremely limited number of copies will be available from Hero’s website and through a select group of participating retailers. There will be no soft cover edition of this version, and it will retail for $35.
“I’m very happy to once again join forces with Hero for such a worthy cause. Helping out creators who have brought happiness to so many should be something on which everyone who has ever enjoyed their work can get behind. Matt Wagner and Ryan Brown have made an incredible contribution to these efforts with their stunning cover for this limited edition,” said Steve Geppi, President and CEO of Gemstone Publishing.
“In addition to Steve Geppi and everyone at Gemstone, we’d like to thank the folks at DC Comics for giving the ‘okay’ for this cover crossover. Matt Wagner has been a very active Hero supporter for a long time, and his two Batman – Grendel mini-series have remained popular with fans over the years. Bringing these two great characters together on this exclusive Overstreet edition helps us raise much-needed money for the creators we serve,” said Jim McLauchlin, President of The Hero Initiative.
“Hero does great work. Overstreet has been a benchmark of the comics industry since 1970. Their two previous collaborations were great, but this one’s a real team-up,” said Matt Wagner. “I’m pleased to join the ranks of the Guide cover artists that include Joe Kubert, Will Eisner, Carl Barks, and Alex Schomburg, as well as the likes of modern greats John Romita, John Romita, Jr., Mark Chiarello, Amanda Conner and my frequent collaborator John K. Snyder III, and particularly to do it for such a great cause.”
The winner of multiple Eisner Awards, writer-artist Matt Wagner first broke on the comic book scene with Grendel in pages of Primer #2 from Comico The Comic Company 30 years ago this year. Since the relatively humble debut, he has on his own and in collaboration with other artists built the character into a powerhouse presence in the world of creator-owned comics. Along the way, he also created, wrote and illustrated another indy sensation, Mage. Among his work for other companies, for DC Comics he was written and illustrated The Demon, Batman and The Monster Men, Batman and The Mad Monk, and Trinity, He also wroteDoctor Mid-Nite, and for DC’s Vertigo imprint he wrote Sandman Mystery Theatre and most recently Madame Xanadu. For Dynamite, he wrote and provided covers for Green Hornet: Year One, Zorro and he currently is doing the same for Zorro Rides Again,
Digital painter Ryan Brown, who colored Wagner’s cover art for this project, was born in Belfast and grew up interested in comics, particularly the horror genre. After studying art at university, he and one of his brothers ran a graphic design business before they joined with another brother and established Berserker Comics. Brown has worked with Simon Bisley, Glenn Fabry, and Wayne Nicholls, and for such publishers as Markosia and Zenescope, among others. He is presently working with Matt Wagner and Simon Bisley on The Tower Chronicles, a new project scheduled to debut in September 2012 from Legendary Comics.
This marks the third consecutive year that Gemstone and Hero have worked together to create a special limited fundraiser edition of the Guide. For The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40, John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson and Dean White provided a 40th anniversary recreation of Conan The Barbarian #1. For The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #41, John Romita, Sr., Tom Palmer and Dean White presented a selection of top Marvel heroes. As is the case with this new edition, all funds from the sales of these volumes went to The Hero Initiative.
The standard editions of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #42 feature a striking original Catwoman by Adam Hughes and a powerful recreation of John Buscema’s cover for The Avengers #58 by Joe Jusko. In both hardcover and soft cover, those editions are scheduled to go on sale in comic shops and at Comic-Con the same day, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Retailers can still place reorders with Diamond Comic Distributors for those editions, while the limited edition will only be available from Hero.
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. Hero is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charity. The Hero Initiative Limited Edition Hardcover version of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #42 is scheduled to go on sale at The Hero Initiative booth at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 11, 2012 and afterward through a limited number of Hero affiliates. This version will be available in hardcover only and is limited to 500 copies. The retail price is $35. Information on special signings during the show will be released at a later date.
About Gemstone Publishing
Best known as the home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Gemstone Publishing was formed by Diamond Comic Distributors President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen A. Geppi as a conduit for his efforts to preserve and promote the history of the comics medium. Since 1970,The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide has been the Bible of comic book collectors and dealers alike. With updated pricing data on the approximately 300,000 comics listed spanning time from the 1500s to the present, market reports from advisors including retailers, fans and historians, and other insights, the Guide has been an annual tradition for more than four decades. In addition to the Guide, upcoming Gemstone projects include the Free Comic Book Day 2012 edition of Comic Book Marketplace, a new book entitled The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics, and the weekly Scoop email newsletter.
Dark Horse Comics Panels noted in red.
Friday • March 30th
ECCC Spotlight Series: Brian Wood Room: 211 Time: 3:00 – 4:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, join creator Brian Wood as he talks about his work on Conan, DMZ, Northlanders and many others.
Falling Skies Screening and Q&A Room: 4C1-2 Time: 3:00 – 4:00
TNT’s epic drama Falling Skies makes its debut appearance at Emerald City Comicon this year. Watch a never-before-seen clip from the season 2 premiere episode and hear from the show’s actors and producers about the new season. Falling Skies, basic cable’s #1 new series of 2011, is set to return this June to continue its extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle (ER) stars as Tom Mason, a former college professor and father of three, who has become an unlikely leader for the 2nd Massachusetts civilian resistance group. The series chronicles the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. Falling Skies comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Remi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman also serve as executive producers.
Drawing Inspiration: The Art of the Whedonverse Room: 4C1-2 Time: 5:00 – 6:00
Join us for an exclusive behind-the-panels look at the dynamic artwork of Dark Horses Joss Whedon titles, from pencils to inks to colors to print. Dark Horses public relations director, Jeremy Atkins, will lead a discussion with artists Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Phil Noto (Angel & Faith, Dollhouse), Chris Samnee (Serenity), and inker Andy Owens (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) for an inside look at the artists processes. We’ll be showcasing a variety of art from past and future issues of these best-loved titles, including exclusive reveals and first looks!
ECCC Spotlight Series: Camilla d’Errico Room: 211 Time: 6:00 – 7:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, Camilla d’Errico talks about how she made her dreams reality by giving up on the 9 to 5 grind and becoming a full time artist.
EXPANDING THE EXPERIENCE: VIDEO GAMES TO COMICS AND BACK AGAIN Room: TCC 102 Time: 6:00 – 7:00
When Dark Horse partnered with BioWare to expand the Mass Effect story line into comics, video-game tie-in comics were finally legitimized. Now, Dark Horse is widely recognized as the leading publisher of video-game comics, with launches throughout 2012 digitally and in print. Join us for an hour long preview of what’s to come this year, with exclusive news and announcements on current and upcoming projects with BioWare, Valve, and Activision!
Saturday • March 31st
ECCC Spotlight Series: Rick Remender Room: 211 Time: 11:00 – 12:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour Uncanny X-Force writer Rick Remender joins us. Rick is also the writer/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, The End League, Strange Girl, Black Heart Billy, Last Days of American Crime, Sea of Red, Sorrow, Night Mary, XXXombies and Doll and Creature.
Dark Horse Comics: Powered By Creators Room: 4C1-2 Time: 4:00 – 5:00
Just over twenty-five years ago, Dark Horse stepped into the comics-publishing arena with a different agenda. While the publisher has gained much notoriety for its popular licensed titles, like Buffy and Star Wars, one mission remains the same: to give comics top creators a venue for showcasing their work and retaining their ownership of it. Join Dark Horse’s public relations director, Jeremy Atkins, along with a cast of premier talent, for news on all of Dark Horse’s 2012 publishing launches and new Dark Horse Presents stories. Guests include Steve Niles(Criminal Macabre), Steve Lieber (Alabaster), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Sanford Greene (Rotten Apple), Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop), Adam Warren (Empowered), Paul Tobin (Falling Skies), and Brian Wood (The Massive), and a few surprise drop-ins!
Sunday • April 1st
ECCC Spotlight Series: Steve Niles Room: 211 Time: 12:00 – 1:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, modern master of horror, Steve Niles, talks about what it takes to craft a good horror story, working with artists like Sam Kieth and Ben Templesmith and how his creation of 30 Days of Night changed the face of horror comics.
Axe Cop Room: 3AB Time: 1:00 – 2:00
Ethan and Malachai Nicolle, creators of Axe Cop, will do a live Q&A, show images and videos of new Axe Cop material, etc. Always a fun and highly interactive panel.
Mythic Fiction Comics: The Next Mega-Genre? Room: 3AB Time: 12:00 – 1:00
From Mage, Sandman and Bone to Fables, Castle Waiting, Hellboy and more, mythic fiction has been a fascinating — and growing — presence in comics. What is mythic fiction? Why is it so popular? And could it really become the next big thing in the comics field? Join moderator Kurt Busiek (Arrowsmith), Matt Wagner (Mage), Rachel Edidin (Dark Horse Comics), Bill Willingham (Fables) and Chris Roberson (Memorial) for a lively discussion about mythic fiction in comics, from its roots to it future.
ECCC Spotlight Series: Brandon Graham and Adam Warren in Conversation Room: 211 Time: 1:00 – 2:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators.Brandon Graham and Adam Warren join you this hour for a conversation talking about finer points of their work. Their western takes on manga have delighted readers locally and abroad. Expect a vivid and lively discussion.
Hero Initiative attends ImageExpo With Special guest Matt Wagner
Guest appearances Brian K. Vaughn and Rob Guillory;
Panel with Board member Jim Valentino
Los Angeles, February 20, 2012: Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in need, is attending ImageExpo, the premier comic con experience of Northern California in 2012. The three-day event takes place at the Oakland Convention Center, February 24th-26th, located at 550 10th street in Oakland, Calif.
Making the trip with Hero is our very special guest, Matt Wagner! The 25-year veteran is one of comicdom’s most respected creators, and the creator of the mastermind assassin, Grendel. Matt also wrote and drew the DC Comic series Trinity, and was the cover artist on the Kevin Smith-penned re-launch of Green Arrow. Matt will be sketching and signing throughout the weekend at Hero’s booth, #64, so make sure you come by! As Matt is also a nice guy, a portion of proceeds of ALL Matt’s sales will also be donated to Hero!
In addition, Brian K. Vaughan, writer of Y: The Last Man and Saga will be at our booth Friday, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and Rob Guillory, artist of Chew, will be at our booth Sunday from 1:30-230 p.m. Don’t miss out!
Hero Initiative board member and Shadowline publisher Jim Valentino will be discussing what he looks for in new projects, the founding of Image, and more at his panel on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 1:00 p.m. in room A. Jim will also be doing portfolio review for a donation to Hero, so don’t miss it!
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen 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 call 626-676-6354.
Hero Initiative at Wizard’s Chicago Comic Con With Guest Star Matt Wagner!
FOUR Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab “Grendel” scents
August 3, 2011, (Los Angeles, CA) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that provides a financial safety net for comic creators in need, will head to the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 11th thru the 14th, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, in Rosemont Illinois.
We are proud to announce that special guest and Grendel creator Matt Wagner will be heading up the Hero booth, #1341-1343, all day Saturday and Sunday to be on hand for the WORLD PREMIERE of FOUR Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab “GRENDEL” scents! The scents include:
Based on Hunter Rose, the first of the Grendel legacy, a stylish, best-selling author who leads a double life as a relentless assassin and all-powerful mob overlord.
Fragrance notes: An elegant cologne of olibanum, opoponax, leather accord, black amber, bois de jasmine, cade wood, pale balsam, orange blossom, oudh, black plum, bourbon vanilla, and sandalwood.
Based on Christine Spar, a fashionable and fiery journalist who adopts the Grendel persona to avenge the death of her only child and is consumed by the dark identity.
Fragrance notes: Plush vanilla bourbon and rum accord with pink pepper, patchouli, clove, pikaki, golden amber, caraway, tuberose, and jacarandá-da-bahia.
Based on Brian Li Sung, Christine’s lover who, in the aftermath of her violent death, becomes haunted and possessed by what he sees as the “entity” of Grendel.
Fragrance notes: A refined lilac fougère with frankincense, labdanum, styrax, and dark musk.
Based on Eppy Thatcher, a futuristic, gothic harlequin, addicted to a heinous hallucinogen with the street name “Grendel,” who leads chaotic attacks against the corrupt Catholic Church.
Fragrance notes: Psychotomimetic: pink grapefruit, white honey, orange blossom, saffron, champagne grape, elemi, guaiac, blonde tobacco, and olibanum.
Each 5 ml bottle is $26, with proceeds benefitting Hero Initiative. Try ’em all!
Matt’s fans can also pick up a copy of the Wagner-covered Hero Comics, regularly $4, now only $2 at the con, and get it signed by Matt himself! And BPAL fans can also pick up on the very few “The Unknown” book/scent combos left. Fewer than 20 combos are left, which consist of a hardcover edition of The Unknownwith an original bookplate illustrated by artist Minck Oosterveer and signed by Oosterveer and Mark Waid, AND a 5 ml bottle of Cat Allingham from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. the fragrance features distilled shadows, a bleak desert landscape at midnight: Myroswelia balsam, gaïac wood, obsidian musk, green cumin, patchouli, myrrh, Siamese benzoin, frankincense, champaca, and sand.
And of course, Hero’s new and exclusive Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #41 will also be available for the mighty Chicago crowd. The limited edition of 500 copies features a GREAT new cover by Marvel Comics legend John Romita Sr. at $35 the copy.
Our booth schedule for the con as follows:
THUR., AUG. 11 (con hours 5-9)
530-730: Ariel Olivetti
630-730: Mike Grell
730-900: Mike Deodato Jr.
FRI., AUG 12 (con hours noon-8)
230-430: Tim Seeley
430-630: Ariel Olivetti
SAT., AUG. 13 (con hours 10-7)
ALL DAY: Matt Wagner
1200-100: Brian Azzarello, Dave Johnson and Eduardo Risso
230-430: Ariel Olivetti
SUN, AUG. 14 (con hours 10-5)
ALL DAY: Matt Wagner
1130-1230: Andy Brase
1230-130: Bill Reinhold
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.
Hero Initiative with Special Guest Matt Wagner at San Jose’s BIG WOW! Comic-Fest
Special guest signings and free print!
LOS ANGELES (May 13, 2011) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in medical and financial need, will be attending San Jose’s BIG WOW! Comic-Fest on May 21-22 at the San Jose Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos St. in Hall 3. And making the trip with Hero is our very special guest, Matt Wagner! The 25-year veteran is one of comicdom’s most respected creators, and the creator of the mastermind assassin, GRENDEL. In fact, it is GRENDEL’S 25th anniversary this year and we are proud to be celebrating this milestone with Matt. Matt also wrote and drew the DC Comic series Trinity, and was the cover artist on the Kevin Smith-penned re-launch of Green Arrow. Matt will be sketching and signing throughout the weekend at Hero’s booth, #605/607, so make sure you come by! As Matt is also a nice guy, a portion of proceeds of ALL Matt’s sales will also be donated to Hero!
Hero Initiative Members alert! Flash your Hero membership card and get a FREE print at the con! Choose from Frank Cho’s Howard the Duck, Dan Brereton’s Iron Fist, or the Terry Moore/Matt Wagner Strangers in Paradise/Grendel! Get it signed by the artists RIGHT at the show! Both Dan Brereton and Terry Moore will also be at Hero’s booth, so check the schedule!
If you’re not already a Hero Initiative member, NO problem! You can join right at the booth to receive one of these precious prints for FREE while helping one of the comic industry’s great causes.
• Hero booth schedule:
1000-600: Matt Wagner
1030-1130 Bill Morrison
1130-1230 Terry Moore
Sunday, May 22 (convention hours 10-5)
1000-500: Matt Wagner
100-200: Dan Brereton
230-330: Bill Morrison
About The Hero Initiative:
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict 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, visitwww.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
May 18, 2011 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Con Reports and Photos, Horror, Massachusetts, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Webcomics
Boston Comic Con 2011 was an unparalleled success!! With an enormous guest list and a new location it was a sink-or-swim moment for the growing convention. Thankfully, they came through and saw a 50% increase in attendance from the previous year and have received rave reviews from guests, fans, and retailers alike. The move to the Hynes Convention Center proved to be an invaluable decision as the venue is far more suited to the convention’s needs than previous sites and its central location in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay made access to food, drink, lodgings, and public transportation much easier.
A flurry of activity went on inside the Hynes that weekend between sketches drawn, comics signed, cosplay photographed, and panel questions asked. Highlights include:
Word is the “Women in Comics” panel held a fiesty debate about gender issues in the comics industry between panelists Stephanie Buscema, Allison Sohn, Ming Doyle (pictured at left), Sara Richard, and Marsha Cooke.
Another fun panel was Frank Cho’s “How to Draw Like a Bad-Ass” in which he solicited ideas from the audience and then raffled off tickets to win the piece drawn. Ultimately he drew a picture of the Avengers’ Tigra fighting off a horde of ninja on a subway train.
The biggest announcement of the convention was the unveiling of Teenage Satan, a multimedia enterprise created by Stephanie Buscema, Marsha Cooke, and Candis Cooke. It’s a webcomic, app, and video game all in one. They also held a swanky after-hours party with burlesque performances provided by the Boston Babydolls which were both titillating and haunting. Check out TeenageSatan.com for more information!
This year’s costume contest was big hit with cosplayers breaking out their best capes and masks. The winner was a B.A. Baracus who pitied the fool who broke character. Another standout was the giant, working mecha suit built by a team of MIT students.
Tim Sale’s birthday was on the Sunday of the convention and he was surprised at his panel with a cake provided by the Riot Grrls.
DC Comics Editorial Director Mark Chiarello and Legendary Comics Editor-in-Chief Bob Schreck were both on-hand to review artists portfolio and give advice and tips to the aspiring comic book creators of tomorrow.
Golden Age legend Joe Kubert was only scheduled to appear Sunday but decided to make a surprise appearance on Saturday to the delight of fans and organizers alike. He represented the Kubert School which is the finest institution teaching the craft of creating comics.
Several of the big name artists were much in demand for sketches and signatures including J. Scott Campbell, Frank Quitely, Arthur Adams, Dave Johnson, Matt Wagner, Tony Harris, and more. Sadly, this convention marked the last that superstar artist Adam Hughes will take a sketch request list as he found one of the three he finished in Boston already being sold on ebay mere hours after the show ended. In the future he will auction off sketch requests on ebay beforehand, one per each day of the convention he’s attending.
Finally Boston Comic Con has announced the dates of next year’s show will be April 21-22, 2012! After such a phenomenal convention this year they are also happy to say that they will be returning once again to the Hynes Convention Center! Some big name guests are already lined up and will be announced in the months to come. Follow their website (www.bostoncomiccon.com) as well as the Facebook page and Twitter feed to stay up-to-date on the latest information as it is released! RSVP on Facebook!
Photos marked with an asterisk (*) are property of Andy Ihnatko. Check more of his photos from Boston Comic Con 2011 at the link!
Stop on by the Hynes Convention Center in Boston this weekend, April 30 – May 1! Stop and chat with me, Convention Scene’s News Editor Joe Fauvel, in Artist Alley 415. I’ll also be selling Knightshift Entertainment’s titles CRY and Assassins’ Guild.
Boston Comic Con 2011 – THIS COMING WEEKEND!
It’s here! The wait is over! The Boston Comic Con is back – bigger and better than ever. The convention will be held this weekend: Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 7pm Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sunday.
Tickets are available at the door or online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids 10 and under get in free with paid adult admission!
The BCC guest list is best and most talked about guest list in the country this year. This is the largest and most talented collection of comic creators in New England ever! Check it out:
Neal Adams, Frank Quitely, Joe Kubert, Adam Hughes, J Scott Campbell, Darwyn Cooke, Arthur Adams, Frank Cho, Tim Sale, Dave Johnson, J.G. Jones, Mark Brooks, Mark Chiarello, Matt Wagner, Ryan Ottley, Sean Galloway, Stan Sakai, Stephane Roux, Terry Moore, Tony Harris, Khoi Pham, Howard Chaykin, David Mack, Greg Capullo, Gahan Wilson, Ryan Benjamin, Stephanie Buscema, Daixong Guo, Mark McKenna, and many more!
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 40,000 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.