Mike Norton signs on January 22nd from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
1845 N. Western Ave. 2R, Chicago, IL 60647
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.
â€¢ 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!
â€¢ 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!
â€¢ 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!
â€¢ 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.
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 sleevesâ€¦
So use this handy panel guide to start planning your C2E2 experience and we can’t wait to see you there!
4:45-5:45 (Room E451)
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)
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)
3:15-4:15 (Room E451)
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!!
Via The Source:
In addition to Ian Sattler and Group Editor Eddie Berganza, DC guests for the Emerald City ComiCon include: Brian Azzarello, Kurt Busiek, Sterling Gates, Patrick Gleason, Brandon Jerwa, Geoff Johns, Aaron Lopresti, Kevin Maguire, Doug Mahnke, Dustin Nguyen, Mike Norton, James Robinson, Greg Rucka, Philip Tan, Pete Tomasi, Eric Trautmann, Jen Van Meter, Len Wein, JH Williams III and Pete Woods.
GREEN LANTERN: THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
SUPERMAN GOES TO WAR
Boston Comic Con is pleased to announce yet another round of guest additions for their April 2010 show. New England’s largest comic book conventions bring even more stellar creators to meet their fans! More details about Q & A panels, art portfolio reviews, and costume contests to be announced soon!
Read more about our guests!
Joseph Michael Linsner is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of creating Dawn with a stop at the Boston Comic Con! To commemorate the occasion he is offering a limited edition print that is sure to sell out. His pinup style is a huge hit with fans and collectors worldwide. Linsner has also worked on Wolverine/Black Cat: Claws and is the current cover artist for Dark Horse’s Conan series.
JH Williams III is an amazing illustrator known for his work on Promethea, Desolation Jones, Seven Soldiers of Victory, and many, many covers. With an art style that is constantly evolving, Williams continually pushes the boundaries of storytelling and design. His recent work on Detective Comics featuring Batwoman has garnered a heap of critical praise. Don’t miss this rare talent!
Eva Hopkins collaborates with fellow guest Joseph Michael Linsner as the co-colorist on Dawn and co-creator of Dark Ivory. Additionally, Eva has self-published Fear of Flight, an anthology of indie comics, and established Luna Muse Studios.
Mike Norton is one of the hardest working artists in the business. He is currently penciling both Green Arrow/Black Canary and Booster Gold. And when he finds the time, he does the occasional issue on titles such as Queen & Country, The Power of Shazam, and many more.
Franco Aureliani is the writer of the popular kid-friendly DC Comics title Tiny Titans. He is also the co-creator of Patrick the Wolf Boy. Make sure to bring the kids!
Mike Huddleston is the co-creator and artist of ONI’s Coffin. Huddleston’s work has been featured in Image’s Deep Sleeper, DC’s Harley Quinn, and Vertigo’s Mnemeovore. Mike’s most recent books include Gen 13 and When Zombies Attack!
Boston Comic Con is working diligently to bring the very best comic book show to New England fans. Previously announced guests include Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Eric Powell, Ben Templesmith, Bill Sienkiewicz, Billy Tan, Cameron Stewart, Christopher Golden, Craig Rousseau, Jim Mahfood, Jim Starlin, Joe Jusko, Joe Quinones, Mark Chiarello, Michael Golden, Norman Lee, Skottie Young, Steve Rude, Pat Broderick, and many more! Tell your friends!!
The Boston Comic Con is in its fourth year of producing independent comic book shows and is committed to bringing the biggest and best comic book show to New England. The Boston Comic Con hosts over 22,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia. The event will be held Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th at the Westin Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $15 each day. For more information please go to our website.
Mike Norton signs on Dec. 30 11:00 am – 07:00 pm
Well, I think we had a good run.
Unfortunately, Mike Norton has decided otherwise. As a result of behind-the-scenes chicanery (I’m pretty sure there aren’t five aces in a standard poker deck) MIKE NORTON has usurped control of Challengers. As of December 30th, you’ll be able to buy whatever comics Mike feels like selling you at NORTONGERS.
Patrick and Dal will still be around on the 30th in a reduced capacity, at least until Mike fires them both. Which he will probably do several times throughout the day. What WON’T be here are most new comics, owing to a nationwide skip week from comic distributor Diamond. Well, okay, Blackest Night #6 will be here, but only because Mike demanded it.
Also demanded by Mike: the print debut of his 24-hour comic THE CURSE! You’ve heard the internet buzzing about since October, but once NORTONGERS opens its doors, you can pick up a copy of your very own!
I’m certain Mike’s got a ton more planned, but he won’t tell me because “only the owner needs to know.” Then he laughed. He laughed SO hard.
Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R , Chicago, IL 60647
GEOFF JOHNS TO BE GUEST OF HONOR AT C2E2
Mike Norton, Mike Perkins and Jill Thompson Are Featured Guests!
Norwalk, CT, November 12, 2009: Organizers of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have revealed more guest appearances for the new pop culture convention which is being launched April 16 – 18, 2010 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. Geoff Johns, the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling comic book author, and a writer and producer for television and film, will be a Guest of Honor. Other Featured Guests who will be joining Mr. Johns for appearances at C2E2 will be Mike Norton, Mike Perkins and Jill Thompson. Ms. Thompson, a multiple Eisner award-winning comic book creator, is a Chicago area resident and hometown celebrity; both Mike Perkins and Mike Norton are accomplished and popular artists who have wide and loyal audiences.
“Geoff Johns is one of the biggest, greatest, most impressive names in comics today,” notes Lance Fensterman, who oversees C2E2 and is Vice President of the Reed Exhibitions Pop Culture Group. “We are enormously pleased to have him joining us, to say nothing of Jill Thompson, Mike Norton and Mike Perkins. All these guests are at the top of their game and reflect the strength and depth of the programming and appearances that we are putting together for C2E2. We have already announced some significant guests for our show and we plan to announce even more before the first of the year. Of course, we wouldn’t be able to do this without the support and consideration of our incredibly talented guests, many of whom have been willing to make a commitment to us very early on. We are hugely grateful and honored to have their participation at C2E2.”
Show organizers have been eager to announce guests and other programming features of the convention as early as possible so that fans may make plans accordingly. Officials also note that while guests will be coming from all over the country, there will be an added focus on artists and creators who live in the Chicago area. Other notable guests who have already been announced for C2E2 include: Jackson Guice, Steve McNiven, Mike Mignola, Alex Ross, Jeff Smith, and Ben Templesmith.
Geoff Johns originally hails from Michigan, where he attended Michigan State University, earning a degree in Media Arts and Film. Geoff has quickly become one of the most popular and prolific comic book writers today. His current re-imagining of Green Lantern has pushed the character to the height of its popularity in its decades-long publishing history, rivaling Spider-Man and Superman. He has also worked on such titles as The Flash, Teen Titans, Action Comics, Justice Society of America, Infinite Crisis, and the experimental breakout hit series 52 for DC with writers Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid. In television, Geoff developed Blade: The Series with David S. Goyer, and penned the acclaimed “Legion” episode of Smallville. He also wrote for the fourth season of the Emmy Award-Winning Robot Chicken, and co-produced the first season of Titan Maximum. In film, Geoff is currently working with Warner Brothers on development within their DC Comics library. Geoff has also written the story for Sony’s unprecedented DC Universe MMO. Geoff recently won the 2009 Spike Scream Award for Best Comic Book Writer, and is currently writing DC Comics’ 2009 blockbuster event, Blackest Night.
Mike Norton has been working in comics for over 10 years now, gaining recognition on early projects such as The Waiting Place and Jason and the Argobots. After becoming Art Director for Devil’s Due Publishing in 2001, he drew the first Voltron mini-series and worked on several G.I.Joe related projects. He’s been working on his own since 2005 making a name for himself working on books like Queen and Country, Gravity, Teen Titans Go!, Runaways, and All-New Atom. Most recently is the penciler for Blue Beetle and Green Arrow/Black Canary.
Beginning his comic career in the esteemed pages of 2000 AD, Mike went on to illustrate sequential storytelling – in both pencil and ink – for Caliber Comics, Marvel UK, DC Comics and Dark Horse. In 2001 Mike moved to Florida to work in the studio environs of CrossGen relinquishing his pencil for inking opportunities on the multi award-nominated Ruse alongside Mark Waid and Scott Beatty, Butch Guice and Laura Martin. After a while his penciling fingers started itching again and he created Archard’s Agents and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang to showcase his abilities. After CrossGen, Mike moved to Marvel, illustrating District X, Spider-Man Unlimited and the Elektra movie adaptation. This work lead to the co-creation of Spellbinders, collaborating with the magnificent Mike Carey. Whilst penciling this project Mr. Perkins was also inking Captain America and went on to pencil and ink alternate arcs on the highly acclaimed run alongside Steve Epting, Ed Brubaker and Frank D’Armata – resulting in multiple Eisner nominations, Harvey and Eagle awards. Alongside his work on Captain America Mike also illustrated mini series runs on Union Jack, X-Men: Endangered Species, House of M: Avengers and Annihilation: Conquest as well as contributing to the Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust? One-shot. His most recent work has been illustrating Marvel’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand.
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. Jill has won numerous Eisner Awards.
As noted, convention organizers will be announcing many more guests in the coming weeks and months in order to keep fans fully informed of the top tier talent which will be participating in the new show. For more information about C2E2, visit the web site at www.C2E2.com. For the latest announcements and news about C2E2 as well as news about all of Reed’s Pop Culture activity, please visit the group’s official blog, www.mediumatlarge.net, or follow C2E2 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/C2E2.
ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS POP CULTURE GROUP:
The Pop Culture Group at Reed Exhibitions owns and operates the New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and the New York Anime Festival (NYAF). New York Comic Con was launched in 2006 and quickly became a dominant presence in the pop culture world of public events. In 2009, 452 companies exhibited at NYCC for a total of 84,000 square feet of paid exhibit space, and it has been ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC. C2E2, which will debut April 16 – 18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, is modeled after NYCC and will provide fans the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite writers, creators, and artists, as well as to see, hear and learn about the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. The Pop Culture Group also operates the recently-launched UFC Fan Expo in partnership with the UFC – the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization – and it formed a strategic partnership with Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2008 and will work closely with PAX on the launch of PAX East in Boston in 2010.