IL – Publish First, Ask Questions Later

Jenny Frison, Mike Norton, and Josh Emmons speak at the Apple Store on Wednesday April 11th at 7pm.

Four Star Studios got its start when four Chicago comic book creators decided they were tired of working from home and rented an office together. Learn how they embraced the web, iPad, and social technologies to ship quickly, fail fast, and challenge entrenched publishers. Hear them discuss their creative process, publishing strategies, technology, and the oddities of the comic book scene.

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Apple Store
679 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

IL – Free Comic Book Day 2012

  

Free Comic Book Day returns to Challengers and it’s bringing with it TIM SEELEY (writer of the Witchblade free comic and contributor to the Image free comic), CHRIS MITTEN (artist of the Bad Medicine free comic) and MIKE NORTON (contributor to the Image free comic)! If three talented creators signing and sketching isn’t enough for you, we’ll also have THOUSANDS of free comics to give away from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Archaia, IDW and more! Free Comic Book Day at Challengers is an all-day celebration of comics, starting at 11am, so bring family, friends, foes, fans and Fantomex: everyone gets free comics!

Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

WI – Batman Inc. Signing

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Mike Norton and Chris Burnham sign at Neptune Comics on June 29, 2011 from 3:00 PM- 6PM.

Two of comics biggest artists are coming to Neptune Comics for a afternoon of fun, debauchery, and of course to meet all the fans.  Be sure to mark your calendars now you will not want to miss these guys.

Chris just became an exclusive artist for DC Comics, and Mike was a exclusive artist for DC for the past few years.  Besides the latest Batman books Chris has done you might know his work from Image Comics Nixon’s Pals, and Boom!’s Amory’s Wars.  Mike had done work for DC of course, such as Young Justice and Blue Beetle, and Marvel as recently as Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt.

You can follow Chris on Twitter, and Mike has a website,  also check out Mike’s independent weekly comic Battlepug.

Neptune Comics
2120 E. Moreland Blvd, Waukesha, WI 53186

DC Announces Panel and Signing Schedules for C2E2 2011

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Via The Source, DC has announced their panel and signing schedule for C2E2 2011:

FRIDAY

GREEN LANTERN
4:30-5:30pm, Room 474
What’s in store for Green Lantern’s comics adventures in 2011? War! Join DC Executive Editor Eddie Berganza, Doug Mahnke, Tyler Kirkham, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and others to get a sneak peak into the future of GL in the DCU!

DC NATION
6:30-7:30pm, Room 470b
The DC NATION returns to Chicago! Co-Publisher Dan DiDio and some of comics’ top talents give you the inside scoop on what’s new from DC Entertainment. DCU, VERTIGO and MAD will all be discussed, so come on by and join the nation!

Creator Signings  for Friday, 3/18:

2:30-3:30 PM
Christian Alamy, Doug Mahnke, Ivan Reis, Tyler Kirkham, Joe Prado, Rod Reis

3:30-4:30 PM
Tony Daniel, Scott Snyder, Ryan Benjamin, Gail Simone

3:30-4:30 PM
Yildiray Cinar, Kevin Maguire

4:30-5:30 PM
Paul Cornell, Don Kramer, Phil Hester

4:30-5:30 PM
Art Baltazar, Mike Norton, Franco

4:30-5:30 PM
Brian Azzarello, Bill Willingham

SATURDAY

DC UNIVERSE
11:30-12:30pm, Room 474
What will happen to your favorite DCU characters during this year’s major events? Join DC Executive Editor Eddie Berganza and SVP – Sales Bob Wayne, along with Yildiray Cinar, Art Baltazar, Franco, Mike Norton, Kevin Maguire and others to hear about upcoming highlights from the DCU.

VERTIGO
1:30-2:30pm, Room 470b
Find out what compelling tales comics’ edgiest imprint has in store for you in the months to come! Join Senior Group Editor Shelly Bond, Scott Snyder, Bill Willingham, and others for a discussion of your favorite VERTIGO titles.

DC ICONS
2:30-3:30pm, Room 474
DC’s top heroes are the topic of this panel spotlight. Executive Editor Eddie Berganza, Tony Daniel, Paul Cornell, Scott Snyder, and Phil Hester lead the discussion on the latest Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman news.

DRAWING DC
5:30-6:30pm, Room 474
Superstar artists Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke and Tyler Kirkham show off their distinctive styles while drawing on a machine that projects their work on a giant screen. Check out this unique presentation that will give you an inside glimpse into the artistic process!

Creator Signing  for Saturday, 3/19:

12-1 PM
Bill Willingham

1-2 PM
Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, Rod Reis, Christian Alamy, Tyler Kirkham, Doug Mahnke

2-3PM
Brian Azzarello, Gene Ha

2-3 PM
Franco, Mike Norton

3-4 PM
Yildray Cinar, Kevin Maguire

4-5 PM
Tony Daniel, Scott Snyder, Ryan Benjamin, Gail Simone

4-5 PM
Paul Cornell, Don Kramer

SUNDAY

BRIGHTEST DAY
1:00-2:00pm, Room 474
Executive Editor Eddie Berganza, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and others will reveal insights and hints about the epic Brightest Day story – and where the event will lead next!

FABLES: THE FIRST 100 – ONE-ON-ONE WITH BILL WILLINGHAM
4:00-5:00pm, Room 470a
The mind behind Vertigo’s mega-popular series comes to Chicago! Bill Willingham is joined by VP – Marketing, John Cunningham, for an in-depth look back at the first 100 issues of Fables – as well as a glimpse at what’s to come!

Creator Signings for Sunday, 3/20:

12-1 PM
Jill Thompson, Bill Wilingham

12-1
Brian Azzarello, Gene Ha

1-2 PM
Ryan Benjamin, Tony Daniel, Gail Simone

1-2 PM
Paul Cornell, Don Kramer, Jamal Igle

2-3 PM
Joe Prado, Rod Reis, Christian Alamy, Tyler Kirkham, Doug Mahnke, Ivan Reis

2-3 PM
Franco, Mike Norton

IL – Free Comic Book Day

 

Mike Norton and Christopher Mitten sign on May 7, 2011 from 11:00 am – 05:00 pm for Free Comic Book Day.

Mike Norton – Artist on Runaways, Gravity and the comic book adaptation of the Young Justice animated series will be on hand.  Mike’s work is also featured in the FCBD 2011 Young Justice and Batman: The Brave and the Bold Super Sampler comic that will be available on FCBD. (Supplies limited).

Christopher Mitten – Christopher is known for his work on Oni Press’ Wasteland. Christopher will be on hand for signing and conversation for fans. Christopher’s work is also featured in the FCBD 2011 Baltimore and Criminal Macabre comic that will be available for FREE on FCBD. (Supplies limited).

Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago IL 60647

C2E2 2011 Announces Comics Guests

January 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois, Top Stories

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Press Release:

CHICAGO COMIC AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2) ANNOUNCES GUESTS FROM WORLD OF COMICS!!

Paul Cornell and Scott Snyder are among Headliners

Norwalk, CT, December 29, 2010: Paul Cornell (DC’s Action Comics and Batman and Robin), Scott Snyder (Vertigo’s American Vampire) and Doug Mahnke (artist for DC’s bestselling Green Lantern series) are among the early guests from the world of comics to be announced for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). They will appear at the new annual pop culture convention as Guests of Honor and will be joined by other comic creators and artists including Tony Moore, Mike Norton, and Jill Thompson. This announcement follows two other recent announcements about leading guests who will be appearing at C2E2. Convention officials note that there will be many more significant guest appearances announced in the coming weeks and months as the show approaches. The next C2E2, which had its debut in Chicago last year, will take place March 18 – 20, 2011 at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

“While the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo will include guests from all parts of the pop culture universe, we will never stray too far from our primary objective, which is to provide thousands of fans with the opportunity to meet the absolute best and most respected comic book talent,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “Comics are what we are all about and I am very grateful to these leading comic creators and artists for participating in our show. We are going to have a huge event in Chicago in March and these great guests are getting us off to a tremendous start!”

PAUL CORNELL: Paul Cornell is a writer of prose, comics and television, the only person to be Hugo Award nominated for all three. He writes Action Comics, Batman and Robin and Knight and Squire for DC Comics.

DOUG MAHNKE: Born in the Year of the Rabbit, Doug Mahnke embarked on a love affair with comics at the age of five, having received a pile of Spider-Man issues from a rugby-playing college student named Mike who lived in his basement. A consistent interest in the medium, coupled with some art skill, landed Doug a job of drawing comics for Dark Horse at the age of 24 (the date is known precisely, as it occurred just two weeks before he wed his lovely bride). His first gig was illustrating the moody detective story entitled Homicide, written by John Arcudi. The two went on to collaborate on Dark Horse’s The Mask and their creator-owned series Major Bummber, originally published by DC. Since then, Doug has worked on a variety of titles (including Superman: The Man of Steel, JLA, Batman, Team Zero, Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein, Black Adam: The Dark Age, Stormwarch: P.H.D. and currently Green Lantern) with such writers as Joe Kelly, Judd Winick, Chuck Dixon, Grant Morrison, Christos Gage, Ed Brubaker, and Geoff Johns. He resides in the Midwest with his wife and seven kids, one dog, and a bunny named Suzie.

TONY MOORE: Tony Moore is a cosmic cowboy and comic creator from a small Kentucky town, where he was raised on a steady diet of fried game, cathode rays, and funnybooks. Moore’s notable illustration work launching The Walking Dead was nominated for two Eisner Awards (2004: Best New Series, and 2005: Best Cover Artist), and The Walking Dead has since become cable’s highest-rated drama, airing on AMC. Moore went on to co-create the booze-fueled space western Fear Agent with Rick Remender at Dark Horse, and the creepy gonzo thriller The Exterminators with Simon Oliver at DC/Vertigo. His recent work includes wild runs on Marvel Comics’ Ghost Rider and Punisher. He spends his days shooting at things in the woods, and helping his wife chase their squealing baby daughter.

MIKE NORTON: Mike Norton has been working in comics for over 10 years now, gaining recognition for projects such as The Waiting Place and Jason and the Argobots. Since 2005, he has made a name for himself working on books like Queen and Country, Gravity, Runaways, All-New Atom, Green Arrow/Black Canary, Trinity, and Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam. He is currently the artist of DC’s Young Justice series.

SCOTT SNYDER: Scott Snyder is best known for his first collection of stories, Voodoo Heart (Dial Press). Stephen King picked two of the included stories—“Wreck” and “Dumpster Tuesday”—for the 2007 Best American Short Stories anthology shortlist. Snyder teaches writing at Columbia University, NYU and Sarah Lawrence College and is working on a novel called The Goodbye Suit, to be published by Dial in 2011. He lives in New York City. This is his first comic book series and his first NEW YORK TIMES bestselling book.

JILL THOMPSON: A multiple Eisner award winning comic book creator, Jill Thompson has been drawing comics for well over half her life and is proud to have collaborated with many of this industry’s great talents. She has garnered acclaim for her work on titles such as Classics Illustrated, Wonder Woman, Sandman, Finals, The Badger, Death: At Death’s Door, The Little Endless Storybook and Beasts of Burden. She is best known for creating and illustrating The Scary Godmother series of books which not only have been adapted for the stage, but for television as well. The Scary Godmother and The Revenge of Jimmy have enjoyed yearly places on The Cartoon Network’s Halloween holiday rotation. In 2008-2009 Harper Collins released Magic Trixie, Jill’s latest all ages series chronicling the tales of the little witch Magic Trixie, her cat Scratches and the pupils at the Spectral Park Monstersorri School. Jill loves being an ambassador of comics to libraries and schools across the country and often conducts workshops and participates as a guest speaker whenever her schedule allows. One day she will have a large art studio where she can conduct workshops…well, she will if that Lotto ticket comes through! When she’s not writing and illustrating comics, Jill enjoys painting landscapes and city scenes. She also enjoys creating all manner of things, cooking, sewing, knitting, gardening, studying languages, building things and riding her bike. She wishes she had learned how to ride a motorcycle when she had one! More information about Jill can be found at http://www.jillthompsonart.com/ www.jillthompson.blogspot.com or you can follow her on Facebook or on Twitter as thejillthompson.

Customers interested in signing up for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo should contact Larry Settembrini at lsettembrini@reedexpo.com. Tickets for C2E2 may be purchased at www.c2e2.com. Other information about the show, as well as news about ReedPOP, which also organizes New York Comic Con (NYCC) is available at Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.mediumatlarge.net.

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

IL – Young Justice Signing

Mike Norton signs on January 22nd from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave. 2R, Chicago, IL 60647

Hero Initiative Schedule at Wizard World Chicago 2010

August 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois, Other

Press Release:

 The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is rolling into the Windy City in a BIG way.
 
Hero will be at booth #1421 at Wizard World Chicago Aug. 19-22 at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, IL with a variety of great activities for attendees.
 
• Hero’s exclusive hardcover edition of the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40 will be available at Wizard World Chicago. The limited edition of only 500 copies, with a great recreation of Conan #1′s cover by John Romita, Jr., was a near-sellout at San Diego, but we’ve managed to reserve 30 copies for Chicagoans. They’ll be available for sale at $35 per, with a strict limit of ONE per customer. So get to booth #1421 QUICKLY!
 
• Longtime (read: long-suffering) Cubs fan Brian Azzarello will be taking THREE lucky raffle winners to an upcoming Cubs game! Two dollars buys a chance at snaring a box seat alongside one of comics’ hottest writers! Swing by the Hero booth to get your two-dollar raffle ticket, and you could find yourself in the Friendly Confines with Azzarello!
 
• Hero’s famous Prize Patrol will be rewarding Hero Initiative members who are convention attendees! We’ll stop random members we spot wearing Hero Initiative T-shirts (Dawn, Hero H or Hero Hand) and hand out great prizes, including a signed-and-numbered limited-edition Stan’s Soapbox: The Collection autographed by BOTH Stan Lee and John Romita (a $100 value). Wear your colors, and you could win BIG!
 
• And of course, no convention is complete without a bountiful bevy of talented writers and artists parked at the Hero booth to sign autographs and do sketches. Check out your faves at these times:
 
Thursday, August 19 (convention hours 5-9 p.m.)
530-630: Tim Seeley
630-730: Brian Azzarello
 
Friday, August 20 (convention hours 12-8 p.m.)
1230-130: Mike McKone
230-430: Mike Grell
430-530: Brian Azzarello
 
Saturday, August 21 (convention hours 10 a.m7 p.m.)
1030-1130: Mike Norton
1230-130: Brian Azzarello
530-630: Mike McKone
 
Sunday, August 22 (convention hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
1230-130: Mike McKone
130-230: Mike Norton
 
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.

DC Announces Talent and Panels for C2E2 2010

April 16, 2010 by  
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Via DC Universe: The Source:

Get ready for C2E2 in Chicago this weekend, DC NATION

What’s up DC Nation? This week we’re on our way to the first ever C2E2 show in Chicago and our levels of anticipation are running very high. Not only is this a new show but we have a certifiably awesome list of talent making an appearance as well. Take a look:

Franco Aureliani, Mark Bagley, Art Baltazar, Ivan Brandon, Cliff Chiang, Amanda Conner, Tony Daniel, David Finch, Patrick Gleason, Geoff Johns, Andy Kubert, Paul Levitz, Doug Mahnke, Mike Norton, Jimmy Palmiotti, James Robinson, Stephane Roux, Ethan Van Sciver, Gail Simone, Peter Tomasi, Bill Willingham and many more!

You’ll also notice that we’re introducing some new panels at this show. There’s a new “Drawing Batman” presentation with real live drawing, DC Nation will be a little different and this show will feature the first ever DC Nation Town Hall meeting with Dan Didio and Jim Lee. And because you demanded it C2E2 will be host to a DC talent search (information can be found at the DC booth).

Did I mention that we’ll be giving away tons of great stuff at the panels and at the booth? Well we will be so make sure to come and see us as soon as you get to the show. And just so you know I am very, very excited to be just hours away from eating Chicago-style deep dish pizza. I will also totally not be bummed by whatever you guys decide to bring to the panels.

Our friends with the doughnuts in Seattle are still in the lead for this year’s convention season but I’m thinking Chicago might have something up their sleeves…

So use this handy panel guide to start planning your C2E2 experience and we can’t wait to see you there!

FRIDAY

DC NATION!
4:45-5:45 (Room E451)

SATURDAY

BRIGHTEST DAY
1:45-2:45 (Room E451)

DC UNIVERSE EDITORIAL PRESENTATION
3:15-4:15 (Room E451)

BATMAN: THE RETURN
4:45-5:45 (Room E451)

SUNDAY

DC NATION TOWN HALL MEETING
11:15-12:15 (Room E351)

FLASH / GREEN LANTERN: REVELATIONS
1:45-2:45 (Room E451)

DC KIDS: AWW YEAH!
3:00-4:00 (Room E351)

DRAWING BATMAN
3:15-4:15 (Room E451)

IL – FCBD: Challengers

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Mike Norton and Katie Cook sign at Challengers on May 1st from 11:00 am – 5:00pm for Free Comic Book Day:

We’ve got a TON planned for Free Comic Book Day 2010! First and foremost, you know we always like having an artist that has a Free Comic Book out that day, so we’re proud to have DC Comics Superstar artist (and former Nortongers owner) MIKE NORTON!! He has art in the Free Comic Day comic DC Kids Mega-Sampler!

Also, coming all the way from Michigan, we finally get to have an event with one of our favorite comic-industry people and ultra Star Wars fan KATIE COOK who will be here for almost the whole day doing awesome sketches and talking about Fraggle Rock to anyone who will listen!

And you know how we love music at this event, too, right? Well we’ll also have WEDNESDAY HEROES in-store all day. Not only will they play a set of super-hero themed music around 3pm, but they’ll also be selling ‘Sonic Sketches’ where they’ll write and record a short original song on the spot for you and you’ll get a CD of your song!

*WHEW* And don’t forget the FREE COMICS!!

Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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