RETCon Hosts Inaugural Convention This Weekend

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

The inaugural RetCon will be held this weekend on August 12 and 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the Bailey Auditorium in Chicago.

RetCon is a new Chicago comic book convention devoted to fantastic comics. While other comic conventions have shifted to focus on pop culture, RetCon brings the comic book back to the forefront. The comic book community is filled with diverse, up-and- coming writers and artists who are not currently featured in the mainstream comic industry. RetCon is committed to representing diverse creators.

This convention is perfect for comic book lovers who are interested in having meaningful conversations about the classics and want to learn more about the diverse voices entering the comic book space. The event will feature insightful panels, live entertainment, and a plethora of talented creators showcasing their latest work.

Guests include: Ashley A Woods, Daniel Warren Johnson, Reginald Gale, Ali Cantarella, David Knight, Megan Hutchinson, Gene Ha, Kitty Curran, Larissa Zageris, Jessica Lynn, Victoria Perez-Segovia, Jonathan La Mantia, Menton3, Mark L Miller, Leo Perez, Geannina C. Gutierrez, Dale Lazarov, Dimitri Fisher, Rebecca Rothschild, Jim McClain, Serena Guerra, Marcus Muller, Alejandro Rosado, Kevin Sheller, Angel Medina, Keith Carmack, Rafael Nieves, Jessi Adrignola, Chris Prunckle, Max Bare, Don Cardenas, Metal Hand, Scott J Larson, Rachel Young, Seraph Manifesto, Tom Stillwell, Sun Bros Studios, Justin Castaneda, Tyrell Cannon, Tony Moy, Paul Axel, Joel Siegel, George Gant, Jamie Primack, Caleb Thusat, Markisan Naso, Gavin Smith, Eric Basir, Andrew Taam, Brian Wyrick, Ben Miller, Kimberly Moseberry, and many more.

SCHEDULE

Saturday August 12th

New To Comics?
12:00PM – 1:30PM: Join us for a panel discussion on which comics are great reads for those new to comics and finding the best ways to dive in.

The State of Things
1:30PM – 3:00PM: Join DOOMROCKET founder Jarrod Jones, Molly Jane Kremer along with guests Gene Ha, Megan Hutchinson, Ashley A. Woods, and Oliver Sava as they discuss the current state of comics.

Acrobatica Infiniti
4:00PM – 4:30PM: Imagine if you will, a world where circus meets fandom; Cosplay meets acrobatics; and world-class performing artists bring to life your wildest fantasies. At AI Circus, entertainment and fantasy collide in mid-air.

Comic Book Trivia
4:30PM – 5:30PM: Are you ready to test your knowledge of comic books? We’ll see about that.

Sunday August 13th

Telling History Through Sequential Art
12:00PM – 1:15PM: Telling history through sequential requires multiple skillsets—all of which can be easily expressed in a fun environment.

Telling History Through Sequential Art 
1:15PM – 2:30pm: An epic journey through the history of comic book movies with your hosts James Thompson and Ruben Rosario, as they discuss Superman II.

Comic Book Trivia
2:30PM – 3:30PM: Are you ready to test your knowledge of comic books? We’ll see about that.

Acrobatica Infiniti
4:00PM – 4:30PM: Imagine if you will, a world where circus meets fandom; Cosplay meets acrobatics; and world-class performing artists bring to life your wildest fantasies. At AI Circus, entertainment and fantasy collide in mid-air.

RETCon is a Chicago-based comic book convention dedicated to bringing comics back to comic con. RETCon aims to bring diverse voices within the comic book industry to the forefront and encourage thoughtful consideration of work within the comic book community. For more information and tickets please go to the website: www.chicagoretcon.com

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Image Announces Panel & Signing Schedule for SDCC 2017

Press Release:

Image Comics is pleased to return to San Diego this year for San Diego Comic-Con on Wednesday, July 19th through Sunday, July 23rd. Please note: updates to the schedule may appear online during the show. Please refer to the www.imagecomics.com post for the most up-to-date information.

LIMITED* CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES SOLD AT THE IMAGE BOOTH (#2729):
* Quantities will be limited by customer and per day on a first come, first served basis. Please ask at the Image booth about availability.

  • CROSSWIND #1 by Gail Simone & Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs, $10 (+tax)
  • MOONSTRUCK #1 by Grace Ellis & Shae Beagle, cover by Kate Leth, $10 (+tax)

CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES:

  • AD: AFTER DEATH hardcover by Scott Snyder & Jeff Lemire, cover by Lemire, $40 (+tax)
  • GOD COUNTRY hardcover by Donny Cates & Geoff Shaw, cover by Shaw, $35 (+tax)
  • KILL OR BE KILLED, VOL. 1 hardcover by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser, cover by Phillips, $35 (+tax)
  • MONSTRESS, VOL. 2 hardcover by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, cover by Takeda, $35 (+tax)
  • SEVEN TO ETERNITY, VOL. 1 hardcover by Rick Remender & Jerome Opeña, cover by Opeña, $35 (+tax)

LIMITED* MERCHANDISE:
* Limited quantity available for sale at the Image booth.

  • BLACK SCIENCE statue, $150 (+tax)
  • IMAGE ICON t-shirt, $25 (+tax)
  • IMAGE 25TH ANNIVERSARY tote, $12 (+tax)
  • IMAGE 25TH ANNIVERSARY t-shirt, $25 (+tax)
  • IMAGE 25TH ANNIVERSARY lapel pin, $10 (+tax)

PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS:

Image Comics: Creating The Future of Comics
Thursday, July 20 @ 2-3 p.m.
Location: 23ABC

How do you make comics the Image Comics way? Doug Wagner (PLASTIC), Skottie Young (I HATE FAIRYLAND), Cat Staggs (CROSSWIND), and Gail Simone (CROSSWIND) are going to discuss collaboration, planning, drawing, and how to make sure that what you’re creating is something you can believe in.

Image Comics: Excellence in Storytelling
Friday, July 21 @ 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: 23ABC

Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), Marjorie Liu (MONSTRESS), Dustin Nguyen (DESCENDER), Marc Bernardin (GENIUS), Amy Reeder (ROCKET GIRL), and Greg Hinkle (BLACK CLOUD) are some of the best storytellers around. Their stories are hilarious, wrenching, exciting, and heart-breaking in equal measure. These creators make the kinds of comics you love to read, and they’ll share their tips and techniques in this can’t-miss panel.

The Official Image Comics Panel
Saturday, July 22 @ 1-2 p.m.
Location: 7AB

What’s new at Image Comics? What’s going on in the comics industry? How do you break into comics? Come listen to Ed Brubaker (KILL OR BE KILLED), Tini Howard (MAGDALENA), Donny Cates (GOD COUNTRY), Sina Grace (NOTHING LASTS FOREVER), and Nicola Scott (BLACK MAGICK) discuss their work, the industry, and even more in this packed panel.

Robert Kirkman & Todd McFarlane in Conversation
Saturday, July 22 @ 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: 6DE

Todd McFarlane, the creator of SPAWN, and Robert Kirkman, the creator of THE WALKING DEAD, sit down for a one-on-one chat that absolutely cannot be missed! These two titans have forever changed the comics industry, in addition to breaking new ground in everything from toys to television to film. What tips do they have for their fellow creators? How did they rise so high? This intimate panel has all the answers and more.

Image Comics: Your New Favorite Series
Sunday, July 23 @ 1:45-2:45 p.m.
Location: 5AB

What’s your favorite book from Image Comics? Are you ready to meet your next favorite series? Drop in on this panel and listen to Cullen Bunn (REGRESSION), Jim Mahfood (GRRL SCOUTS), Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK), and Shae Beagle (MOONSTRUCK) tell you about their new projects, discuss creating, and recommend favorite comics of their own.

SIGNINGS* HOSTED AT IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#2729):
*wristbands will be available for fans to pick as soon as doors open, first come, first served, at the Image booth on the day of the desired ticketed signing. No CGC, CBCS or other witnessing/grading services in line.

THURSDAY, JULY 20

11 – 11:45 AM, Joshua Williamson (wristband req.)
11 – 11:45 AM, Jason Edmiston

12 – 1 PM, Robert Kirkman (wristband req., 3-item limit.)

2-2:45 PM, Sina Grace

3-3:45 PM, Nick Dragotta

4-4:45 PM, Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen (wristband req.)
4-4:45 PM, Brenden Fletcher & Babs Tarr

FRIDAY, JULY 21

10-10:45 AM, Grace Ellis & Shae Beagle

11-11:45 AM, Skottie Young (wristband req.)

12-12:45 PM, Eduardo Risso
12-12:45 PM, Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Lukas Ketner

1-1:45 PM, Tony Parker
1-1:45 PM, Ed Brubaker (wristband req.)

2-2:45 PM, Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw & John J. Hill (wristband req.)
2-2:45 PM, Brenden Fletcher & Babs Tarr
2-2:45 PM, Brandon Thomas & Juan Gedeon

3-3:45 PM, Gail Simone & Cat Staggs (wristband req.)
3-3:45 PM, Tim Seeley
3-3:45 PM, Joshua Williamson

4-4:45 PM, Scott Snyder & Jock (wristband req., 3-item limit.)
4-4:45 PM, Jeff Lemire (wristband req.)
4-4:45 PM, Bryan Lee O’Malley & Leslie Hung (wristband req.)

5-7 PM, Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo & Jason Shawn Alexander (wristband req., limited 1 item per person & must be over 13 years. Free Limited Edition Poster for all wristband holders. No sketches.)

SATURDAY, JULY 22

10-10:45 AM, Matt Wagner (wristband req.)

11-11:45 AM, Scott Snyder & Jeff Lemire (wristband req., 3-item limit.)

12-2 PM, Todd McFarlane (wristband req., limited 1 item per person & must be over 13 years. No sketches.)

2-3 PM, Robert Kirkman (wristbands req., 3-item limit)

3-3:45 PM, Ed Brubaker (wristbands req.)
3-3:45 PM, Jason Latour (wristbands req., 3-item limit)
3-3:45 PM, Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Lukas Ketner

4-4:45 PM, Joe Harris, Megan Hutchinson, Kelly Fitzpatrick
4-4:45 PM, Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda (wristbands req.)

5-5:45 PM, Chynna Clugston-Flores

SUNDAY, JULY 23

10-10:45 AM, Chris Dingess

11-11:45 AM, Grace Ellis & Shae Beagle

12-12:45 PM, Skottie Young (wristbands req.)

1-1:45 PM, Meredith Gran
1-1:45 PM, Ivan Brandon

2-2:45 PM, Bryan Lee O’Malley & Leslie Hung
2-2:45 PM, Donny Cates (wristbands req.)

IMAGE CREATORS IN ARTIST ALLEY:

Buccellato, Brian: BB-20
Burnham, Chris: HH-18
Davis, Shane: EE-17
Dos Santos, Mark: GG-21
Greenwood, Justin: BB-21
Harris, Joe: EE-20
Howard, Tini: AA-06
Lee, Janet: EE-05
Neely, Tom: FF-05
Nguyen, Dustin: CC-01
Portacio, Whilce: HH-01

THE CBLDF WELCOME PARTY:

Kick-off Comic-Con with comics’ greatest creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics and comiXology, with a special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a night of amazing creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives! RSVP now: https://cbldf-sdcc2017.eventbrite.com

CBLDF’s Comic-Con 2017 Welcome Party

Press Release:

Kick-off Comic-Con with comics’ greatest creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics and comiXology, with a special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! The fun starts at 8:00 PM on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a night of amazing creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives! Get tickets here now.

Meet Great Creators! Every year the greatest creators in comics drop in at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Dozens of creators are expected to stop by over the course of the night, with Marc Bernardin, Nick Dragotta, Brenden Fletcher, Sina Grace, Megan Hutchinson, Jock, Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen, Amy Reeder, Nicola Scott, Gail Simone, Joshua Williamson, and more already confirmed!

Get Amazing Gifts! The first hundred attendees will get an amazing gift bag, that includes a t-shirt courtesy of Image Comics, two surprise items courtesy of comiXology, and more!

Celebrate ComiXology’s 10th Anniversary! ComiXology is celebrating ten years! Join us in toasting the creators and readers who made this milestone happen, with a free drink ticket to the first hundred folks to arrive courtesy of comiXology!

Smell Awesome at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/Trading Post! Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be introducing F#@K — a censored scent, reminiscent of sugar crust with a hint of cherry meringue — which will only be available at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Also debuting that night: Neil Gaiman’s 15 Painted Cards From a Vampire Tarot, plus BPAL’s full series of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods fragrances. Proceeds from every sale at the CBLDF Welcome Party benefit CBLDF!

Get First Dibs on CBLDF Exclusives! CBLDF has an exclusive assortment of great items promoting intellectual freedom for Comic-Con attendees! We have all-new stickers, patches, and pins that you can get at the party!

Preview the Incredible Items in CBLDF’s Comic-Con Auction! Get a first look at the amazing original art up for grabs at Saturday’s CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, sponsored by IDW Publishing, Splash Page Comic Art, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery! Items include original art by Frank Miller, Charlie Adlard, John Cassaday, Jeff Lemire, Jock, Sean Philips, and many, many more!

Come support free speech and experience the best party at Com-Con during the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party, Thursday, July 20, at the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101), from 8:00 – 11:00 PM! This party is FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-members: Suggested $10 – $20 donation at the door, please. You can get tickets here now.

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