Previewing the Dragon*Con 2010 Guest List

The guest list for Atlanta’s Dragon*Con is always long (and this year’s is no exception) with someone interesting for fans of any genre. While everyone will have their favorites, I just thought that in addition to the recent addition of comics legend Stan Lee, I would highlight a few of the names that stand out to me for 2010:

  • Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings)
  • Morena Baccarin (Firefly/Serenity, V)
  • Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
  • LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • Erica Cerra (Eureka)
  • Daniel Cudmore (Twilight, X-Men)
  • Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • Larry Hagman (Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie)
  • Linda Hamilton (Terminator, Beauty & The Beast)
  • Stan Lee – comic book legend
  • Kellan Lutz (Twilight)
  • James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville)
  • Mike McKone (Teen Titans, Avengers Academy)
  • Mike Mignola (Hellboy)
  • Jason Momoa (Conan)
  • Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica)
  • Adrian Pasdar (Heroes)
  • George Perez – comics legend
  • Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes)
  • Elisabeth Rohm (Angel, Law & Order, Heroes)
  • Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1)
  • Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • Shawnee Smith (SAW)
  • Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda)
  • Chaske Spencer (Twilight)
  • Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • Jewel Staite (Firefly/Serenity, Stargate: Atlantis)
  • Sam Trammel (True Blood)
  • Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V)

Who else do you think is a highlight?

Heroes Con Welcomes New Guests & Old Friends

Press Release: Heroes Convention is preparing for one of the LARGEST Guest Lists in it’s 28 year history this June 4-6!  Pack your bags and gas up the car, because this will be one of our greatest shows of all time!  Making their First Appearance at Heroes Con this year are J. Scott Campbell, Brian Bolland, Humberto Ramos, Jimmy Cheung, and Rob Liefeld!  They’ll be joining the Heroes Con Family of regular All-Stars like Adam Hughes, Tony Harris, Frank Cho, Brandon Peterson, Mark Brooks, Tommy Lee Edwards, Phil Noto, Cully Hamner, and tons more!!

Long-time favorites like Ron Garney, Rick Leonardi, and Michael Golden are returning, as well as West Coast heavy-hitters like Mike Mignola, Tim Sale, Dustin Nguyen, Eric Canete, and Sean “Cheeks” Galloway.  It’s insane!!  Now we just have to figure out where to put everybody!  One thing is for sure, this all points to a stellar Art Auction on Saturday night!!

Also in 2010, Indie Island is stronger than ever with Jill Thompson, Evan Dorkin, Scott Morse, Jim Mahfood, and Kate Beaton onboard!  Like in previous years, there will be lots of exclusive artwork for Indie Island and always the coolest t-shirts!  In addition to the new wave of Indie folks, we’ll also host some of the all-time greats of the Independent Creators like James O’Barr, David Mack, Brian Pulido, and Joseph Michael Linsner!  It’s a powerhouse lineup this year!!
And, yes, even with EVERY artist in the comics industry in attendance (nearly!), we also get to have some of the most awesome writers in the world at Heroes Con, like Bill Willingham, Mark Waid, Christos Gage, Steve Niles, Jeff Parker, and the legendary Roy Thomas!
One thing we always try to do is to bring in the Artists and Writers that we get the most requests for, and this year we’re REALLY excited to have lined up several of the MOST requested of all time!  In addition to Campbell, Bolland, and Willingham, we can also confirm Kevin Maguire is finally making his first appearance at Heroes Con!  Joining Kevin in making their much-desired first appearance is Ben Templesmith, Todd Nauck, and Talent Caldwell!  It’s great to have these guys at Heroes Con!
As always, we could stage a major Battle Royal between all the Heavy Hitters from DC and Marvel at the show!  This year, from Marvel Comics we have Steve Epting, Mike McKone, Tom Raney, Mike Choi, and Skrappy Skottie Young!  From DC Comics, we have the Ever-Lovin’ Ethan Van Sciver, Mark Bagley, Billy Tucci, and Stephane Roux!  Lucky for us, if a Pier-Six Brawl should break out, we’ll have grappler Mick Foley in the house to keep things under control!  Mick (better known to some as Cactus Jack or Mankind) will be here on Saturday to make a big announcement at the 12 Gauge Comics booth!
For the full run down on the Guest List, just visit us here…
And, always keep up to date with the Heroes Convention news here…
There’ll be information and previews of exclusive art by J. Scott Campbell, Mike Mignola, and Skottie Young coming within the next few days!  There’s also 2-3 surprise guests in the works that we can’t announce just yet, so keep checking in!
See you at HEROES CONVENTION 2010, June 4-6!!!

NYC – Heroic Age Signing

May 2010 marks the beginning of a new age in the Marvel Universe, the Heroic Age! In celebration of this momentous event (and in celebration of our 25th Anniversary!) Jim Hanley’s Universe and Marvel Comics presents the JHU Heroic Age signing on Wednesday, May 19!

Joining us will be our good friends writers Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Dan Slott, and Marc Bernardin, and illustrators Paolo Rivera, Mark Morales, Reilly Brown, and Mike McKone! These are some of the biggest names in comics shaping the future of the Marvel Universe and they will be signing EXCLUSIVELY at Jim Hanley’s Universe in Manhattan on Wednesday, May 19 beginning at 6:00pm! We’re working on more names for this huge signing, so stay tuned to the JHU blog and our twitter for updates as they become available!

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

Hero Initiative’s MegaCon Schedule

March 7, 2010 by  
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Hero Initiative travels to MegaCon, the southeast’s largest comic book, science fiction/fantasy, anime, toys and gaming convention. The event takes place March 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. You can purchase tickets directly by clicking here!

First up, traveling along with us from Los Angeles is artist Joe Benitez, known for The Darkness, Batman, and Justice League of America! Stop by the booth and pick up an original sketch by Benitez. All proceeds benefit Hero Initiative.

Make sure you come back, because George Pérez, one of the most influential artists of all time, will be at the Hero booth. He’ll be sketching as well, and this is one you don’t want to pass up.

On Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., a special 11-man signing of Hero’s The Wolverine 100 Project will take place! Contributors Joe Benitez, Jim Calafiore, Mike Choi, Darwyn Cooke, Joe Jusko, Andy Smith, Bill Tucci, Mike McKone, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mike Perkins, and Brandon Peterson will be at the booth exclusively signing Hero’s recent release. Get them while they are available, and get them signed by our team!

And that’s not all! Florida resident and acclaimed writer Steve Perry will be visiting the Hero booth as well. Perry is best known as one of the original writers of the Thundercats and Silverhawks TV shows, and Timespirits comics. Perry was diagnosed with cancer in February, 2009, and being the single father of a 9-year-old son, he struggled to make ends meet while battling his severe illness. After being homeless, having no work, and living in his car with his son, Hero Initiative is proud to help Perry pull him through this difficult time. He wants to say “thanks” by stopping by. Thank you, Steve!

Lastly, Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia has generously donated approximately 40 items that will be available through a silent auction. Items include a Hugh Jackman autographed Wolverine 8×10 Photo, Johnny Depp autographed 8×10 Photo, Elijah Wood autographed Frodo 8×10 Photo, Robert Downey Jr. & Jeff Bridges Dual Signed Iron Man 8×10 Photo and a Spider-Man limited edition lithograph with actual film cel, to name a few. The items will be on display in the lobby and at the Hero booth. Part of the proceeds will go to Hero Initiative.

Our Schedule is as follows:

Fri., 12 MAR, con hours 1-7
1:30-3:30: George Pérez
2:00-3:00: 100 Wolverines: Joe Benitez, Jim Calafiore, Mike Choi, Darwyn Cooke, Joe Jusko, Andy Smith, Bill Tucci, Mike McKone, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mike Perkins, Brandon Peterson
4:00-5:30: Joe Benitez
5:30-7:00: George Pérez

Sat., 13 MAR; con hours 10-6
10:00-12:00: George Pérez
12:00-2:00: Joe Benitez
2:00-4:00: George Pérez
4:00-6:00: Joe Benitez

Sun., 14 MAR; con hours 10-5
10:00-12:00: George Pérez
12:00-1:00: Joe Benitez
1:00-3:00: George Pérez
3:00-5:00: Joe Benitez

About Grandstand Sports and Memorabilia:

Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia Inc. is a domestic and international provider of hand signed authentic sports memorabilia. Since it’s inception the company has held a domestic and international presence in both retail and wholesale markets. The corporate office is located in New York City. Aside from our charity and retail presence, Grandstand works with numerous corporations including: top sports internet sites such as espn.com and major financial companies. Grandstand also provides exclusive memorabilia to both Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s by mail catalogs. Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia, 148 Madison Ave14th Floor New York, NY 10016, 212-532-8900, 888-78-GRAND

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, visit the website or call 626-676-6354.

MegaCon Prepares for 2010

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Megacon 2010 – Press release 12/28/09

Orange County Convention Center – 9800 International Drive, Orlando Florida – March 12th – March 14th

The southeast’s premier Comic Book, Science Fiction, Anime, multi-media event!!!

Comic book artists attending MegaCon for the first time: Olivier Coipel, Stephane Roux, Mike McKone, Justin Gray, Joe Benitez, Don Rosa,  Nelson DeCastro, Alvin Lee,  Mike Choi & Sonia Oback, Jim Calafiore and Graham Nolan

MegaConMany  other comic book creators including: Joe Jusko, Marv Wolfman, Darwyn Cooke, Ethan Van Sciver, Adam Hughes, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jimmy Cheung, Dave Dorman, and many more…

Special Media Guests: Many Star Wars guests including – Ray Park (Saturday & Sunday only), Billy Dee Williams, Dave Barclay, Jeremy Bulloch, Maria de Aragon, Peter Mayhew, Star Trek – Nichelle Nichols, Levar Burton, Jonathan Frakes, Hercules – Kevin Sorbo, Back to the Future – Lea Thompson, Claudia Wells, Big Trouble in Little China – James Hong, Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines/Painkiller Jane – Kristanna Loken, Lexx – Ellen Dubin, Farscape – Virginia Hey, Battlestar Galactica – Richard Hatch, Ghost Hunters International – Rob Demarest,  Voice Actors – Neil Kaplan, Sonny Strait, Chuck Huber, Darrel Guilbeau and Cherami Leigh

Two huge Costume Contests – Robot Battles and displays – Indie Film Festival– Lego Pit & Mattel Car Racing Track for the young and old – gaming events including LAN room – continuous anime viewing rooms – performances by Willies Wenches & Oklahoma Ghostbusters

After hour events include: Indie Film Festival, LARP, RPG, and Video gaming events – and the very popular Cyberia Dance on Saturday night

Tickets are available In Advance

Online until February 26th until midnight

By Phone (386-364-1826): until February 26th until 6 pm

By Mail (5757 74th Trace, Live Oak, FL 32060): Postmarked by February 25th

Ticket Prices:

$21.00 one-day pass(plus 6.5% tax)                      $49.00 three-day pass(plus 6.5% tax)

Ticket Prices at the door available all three days

$24.00 one-day pass                      $55.00 three-day pass

www.megaconvention.com

Houston Comic Con (December 2009)

November 24, 2009 by  
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Convention Houston Comic Con
Convention Website http://houston-comiccon.com
Start Date 12/12/2009
End Date 12/13/2009
About This Convention: Houston – Comic Con, Holiday Edition!! DEC. 12 & 13!
Houston’s newest Comic Convention features Awesome Comic Book Creators and Artists! The show will also have many great exhibitors and dealers. Many of the dealers will be available to appraise your comic books and other collectibles(e.g., toys, books, posters, and original comic art). Enjoy family friendly fun and hourly door prizes!
Show Hours Sat. 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sun. 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Admission: $5.00 a day
$8.00 for 2 day pass
Children under 12 free w/ paid adult
$1.00 off admission price w/ valid Student i.D.

Convention Guests Rob Liefeld – Creator of Deadpool, Cable, and Youngblood!
Mike McKone – Amazing Spider-man, Punisher artist
Marat Mychaels – Brigade and Youngblood artist
Mike Hoffman – Painter, Artist, and Publisher
Doug Hazlewood – DC Comic Book Inker, Secret Six
Frank D’Armata – Marvel Comics Color Artist
Venue Name The Stafford Centre
Venue Address 10505 Cash Road
Stafford, Texas 77477
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 50
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Collectibles

Houston Comic Con flyer

VA Comicon Salutes GI Joe at This Weekend’s Show

November 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Top Stories, Virginia

Press Release:

The VA Comicon Hits Richmond, VA THIS weekend!

For the first time in over 25 years, there will be a 2-day comic book show in Virginia, and what a show it is! With seven creators who have worked on GI JOE, including Larry Hama, Chuck Dixon, Michael Golden, Robert Atkins and more, the VA Comicon is THE place to be for GI JOE fans! Featuring an exclusive 1 hour Q and A panel with Hama, Dixon, Atkins and others, this one isn’t to be missed!

The VA Comicon will include 7 GI Joe creators

The VA Comicon will include 7 GI Joe creators

Other guests include Chris Claremont, Mike McKone, Jim Calafiore, James Kuhoric, Billy Tucci, Budd Root, Reilly Brown, Randy Green, Alex Saviuk and DOZENS more! Also featuring a special lecture by Mile High Comics owner Chuck Rozanski about Mr. Edgar Church, the original owner of the most famous comic book collection ever discovered!

With a costume Contest on Sunday, participation by the Rebel Legion, and the 501st, Hourly doorprizes and more, the VA Comicon is truly a premiere comic book event…all this right before Thanksgiving weekend! Additional exhibitors are CGC grading company, Regal Cinemas, BRICK WEEKLY, Crusade Fine Arts, Tsunami Studios and more, why not join us! As a special bonus, we are giving away for FREE 750 copies of the VA COMICON exclusive Witchblade #132 with cover by guest Randy Green! Cool!

VA Comicon Witchblade Variant

VA Comicon Witchblade Variant

FREE for children 12 and under, FREE with a Military ID, FREE with a Student ID, and FREE if you come in Full Costume! Members of the Press are FREE, and there will be a FREE pod-cast area setup with FREE Wi-Fi! Also, there will be a FREE bowling party across the street in the sci-fi themed Sunset Lanes!

VIP tickets are only $9.95 for the entire weekend, and allow you to get in 30 minutes early each day! More information is at the newly updated website http://www.vacomicon.com! Check us out!

The VA Comicon is on Saturday November 21 from 12-7pm and Sunday November 22 from 10A-4pm.
It is located at the Crowne Plaza West at:

6531 West Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230

Advanced tickets are available online at our website, and allow you to get in 30 minutes early both days. Check us out at http://www.vacomicon.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,
Brett Carreras
Promoter of the VA Comicon in Richmond, VA

VA Comicon

Uncle Walt & Weezie Come to Boston Comic Con

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Walt & Louise Simonson appear at Boston Comic Con on October 24-25, 2009

Today the Boston Comic Con is happy to announce that WALT & LOUISE SIMONSON are joining us at the Back Bay Events Center on October 24-25, 2009! Walt is no stranger to New England having studied geology at Amherst College and then transferred to the Rhode Island School of Design where he created the comic Star Slammers as his senior thesis. Walt is best known for his groundbreaking work on The Mighty Thor where he created the alien warrior Beta Ray Bill. His artwork has also graced the pages of Star Wars, Fantastic Four, Detective Comics, and X-Factor which he co-created with Louise. Walt is well-renowned for his writing and participated in this summer’s Wednesday Comics project in which he penned the Catwoman strip.

Louise “Weezie” Simonson began her career in comics on the editorial side at Warren Publishing and later Marvel where she made the switch to writing full-time. She has scripted many titles including New Mutants, Superman: Man of Steel, and Magnus Robot Fighter, and co-created popular characters like Steel, Cable, and Apocalypse. Louise also has to her credit the creation of the superhero teams Power Pack with artist June Brigman and X-Factor with her husband Walt.

Boston Comic Con is very proud to bring these icons of the comic book world to meet their New England fans. Tell your friends!!

Also appearing are Tim Sale, Cliff Chiang, Herb Trimpe, Geof Darrow, Stephane Roux, Eric Canete, David Mack, Mike McKone, Khoi Pham, Craig Rousseau, Scott Wegener, Jim Calafiore, Sean Wang, Tak Toyoshima, Rob Stull, Bob Almond, and many more!!

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control Bill Sienkiewicz has had to postpone his appearance until the next Boston Comic Con.

The Boston Comic Con is in its third year of producing comic book shows and is committed to bringing the biggest and best comic book show to New England. The Boston Comic Con hosts over 13,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, and other pop culture memorabilia. The event will be held Saturday October 24th and Sunday October 25th at the Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $10 each day. Children 10 and under are free. For more information please go to www.bostoncomiccon.com.

CGC and More at November 2009 VA COMICON

September 29, 2009 by  
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Press Release:

Greetings, fellow comic fans!

We are proud to make a few of several upcoming announcements regarding Virginia’s first 2-day show in over 25 years!

First off, we have a slew of swell artists and writers lined up for the show including:

Larry Hama
Chuck Dixon
Chris Claremont
Mike McKone
Billy Tucci
Randy Green
Robert Atkins

and DOZENS more! Additionally, we have some top exhibitors signed up to display including:

CGC (their final scheduled event of 2009!)
The Hero Initiative
the Mike Wieringo Scholarship
Regal Cinemas
Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find
Cards Comics and Collectibles
Brett’s Comic Pile

and DOZENS more!

We will have many comic panels scheduled all day long, including:

A discussion on Edgar Church by Chuck Rozanski
a GI Joe panel with Larry Hama, Chuck Dixon and Robert Atkins!

Witchblade Cover by Randy Green

Witchblade Cover by Randy Green

We will have an exclusive Top Cow comic book: Witchblade #132 with a VERY special sketch holiday cover by guest Randy Green!

Also, we are looking for folks wishing to moderate discussion panels, as well as volunteers and CGC witnesses. E-mail me at info@vacomicon.com if you are interested.

Finally, and this is very special, Adam Lucas, the current #1 competitor in DC Comics’ ZUDA COMPETITION with his entry “Goldilock” has agreed to come to the show if we help him to win! The voting ends in less than 24 hours. He is in a dead heat for #1, and if you could kindly visit http://www.zudacomics.com/node/1261 and login and vote him in as your favorite, he will come to our show! What a cool deal! YOU can help us get an additional hot young artist to come to the show. Interactive convention-going!

Well…That is about it…oh yeah…there is a FREE sci-fi themed bowling party on Saturday night…and two-day passes start at $9.95, with children, folks with student IDs or Military IDs getting in FREE both days!

You have nothing to lose…visit http://www.VAcomicon.com for more information!

Go ahead and vote for Adam so he will come to the show! Visit our site, and help to make a difference in the first 2-day show in Virginia in over 25 years! Awesome!

Regards,

Brett Carreras
owner Brett’s Comic Pile in Richmond, VA
Sponsor of the 2008 and 2009 Harvey Awards
Promoter of the VA Comicon on November 21-22

NYC – Amazing Spider-Man Signing

August 24, 2009 by  
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Mike McKone signs on Sept. 3rd

Mike McKone signs on Sept. 23rd

One of the hottest artists in comics, Mike McKone (Exiles, Teen Titans, Fantastic Four) will be signing exclusively at our Manhattan location on Thursday, September 23 starting at 6:00pm! (You can see more of Mike’s upcoming work starting in the top secret Amazing Spider-Man #606 out September 23!) This all goes down EXCLUSIVELY at Jim Hanley’s Universe, where creators and fans meet!

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

www.JHUniverse.com

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