Boston Comic Con 2014 is Next Week

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Press Release:

Celebrity appearances, artist meet-and-greets, a film festival, a Cosplay costume contest, the first official after party and Cosplay Harbor Cruise are among many activities lined up for this year’s Boston Comic Con. Boston Comic Con will bring its first three-day convention to the Seaport World Trade Center Friday August 8 through Sunday August 10, 2014. In the seven years since its founding, Boston Comic Con has grown from a one-day show that attracted an estimated 900 comic book enthusiasts to last year’s record turnout of more than 23,000, which organizers expect to top this year.

“The community in Greater Boston that loves comic books and related television and film is tremendous and growing,” said Nick Kanieff, a founder of Boston Comic Con. “We are home to some of the industry’s most talented artists and devoted fans, all of which will join us in great numbers this August. Boston Comic Con has just enough of a celebrity touch to bring in ardent fans while still honoring the artists and writers who are the backbone of the industry.”

The 2014 Boston Comic Con will feature celebrity appearances by Jason Momoa of “Game of Thrones”; John Barrowman of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and “Arrow”; Sean Astin of “The Goonies” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy; James Marsters of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”; Katie Cassidy of “Arrow”; Eve Myles of “Torchwood”; Jewel Staite of “Firefly”; Sam Witwer of “Being Human”; and Darryl McDaniels, aka DMC, of Run-DMC, one of the founding fathers of the hip hop and rap movement, who is producing his own comic about a rap superhero. Celebrities will also participate in panel discussions, Q&As, photo ops, and signing autographs throughout the three-day convention.

Among the 200+ comic book creators taking part in the convention are well known artists such as artist Greg Capullo and writer Scott Snyder, who together produced legendary Batman story arcs as The Court of Owls, Death of the Family and Zero Year for DC Comics. Indie sensation Jeff Smith, creator of the fantasy epic Bone, makes rare appearance at this year’s convention. Also featured is artist Adam Kubert, best known for his work with Marvel Comics on Wolverine, Incredible Hulk, Ultimate Fantastic Four, and X-Men. He is both a graduate of and an instructor at the famed Kubert School, founded by his father, legendary artist Joe Kubert. Other creators include Skottie Young, whose current project, Rocket Raccoon ties in with Marvel’s summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, fan-favorite Gail Simone, writer of Batgirl, Birds of Prey, and Wonder Woman, and Mark Waid who is the most prolific writer of popular characters such as Superman, Spider-Man, and Daredevil.

Participating Boston-area artists include husband and wife team Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, Ming Doyle, Norman Lee, Sara Richard, and several others.

Boston Comic Con is especially proud of its showcase of 14 top women creators including: Christy Blanch, Danica Brine, Katie Cook, Danielle Corsetto, Ming Doyle, Dawn Griffin, Rebekah Isaacs, Shelli Paroline, Sara Richard, Gail Simone, Cat Staggs, Babs Tarr, Maris Wicks, and Chrissie Zullo.

“Boston Comic Con is at the forefront of supporting local artists, especially women creators. It is truly an organic, home-grown event that has gained popularity over the past few years,” said Kanieff, a Framingham resident who is also an avid collector. “We welcome everyone, from families with young children, to college students, to older comic book fans. There is something for everyone at Boston Comic Con.”

New This Year
The first Boston Comic Con Cosplay Harbor Cruise will take place on Saturday, August 9 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cruise will be hosted by Ivy Doomkitty, international costume designer and cosplayer, and features noted cosplayers including Nicole Marie Jean, Destiny Nickelsen, and Bethany Maddock. After the harbor cruise, Boston Comic Con will host the official “after party” at Laugh Boston, at the Westin Waterfront Hotel. Also new this year, a limited number of tickets will be sold to allow early entry on the first day of Boston Comic Con, Friday, August 8 at 1 p.m., one hour before the general admission at 2 p.m.

Additionally, Marvel editor C.B. Cebulski will be on hand to provide portfolio reviews for aspiring comic artists. And this year’s exclusive t-shirt features Rocket Raccoon drawn by Guardians of the Galaxy artist Nick Bradshaw with colors by Rich Woodall.

“Not only is Boston Comic Con drawing interest from the area’s extensive comic book community, but it’s becoming a destination event that brings tourists to Boston,” said Kanieff. “The growing excitement around this convention demonstrates the strength and vibrancy of the creative community we have here in Boston and in the surrounding region.”

More information about events, artists and celebrity guests can be found on www.bostoncomiccon.com. General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now, as are tickets for celebrity photo ops. Boston Comic Con is also accepting entries for this year’s film festival.

For information on ticket sales please visit: www.bostoncomiccon.com.

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MA – Girls Night Out Signing

 

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Writer Amy Chu and local artist Ming Doyle sign at Million Year Picnic in Harvard Square on Saturday, June 7th from 4:00 till 6:00 pm!

MYP will have some of their books on hand, but if you’ve got previously purchased books, bring them in!

Both Amy & Ming have stories in Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology AND Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology edited by Jeff Yang

Amy Chu’s publications:
- “So Blue” in the CMYK Anthology Vertigo/DC Comics
- Girls Night Out and Other Stories anthology
- Girls Night Out: Tales of New York anthology
- The VIP Room with Anderson Cabral
- A Visit to the Museum of Chinese in America with Louie Chin
- Scam Fairy Tales with C.P. Wilson III

Ming Doyle’s publications:

-Quantum & Woody by James Asmus
-Mara by Brian Wood
-Guardians of the Galaxy by Brian Bendis
- Comic Book Tattoo (Anthology)
- Fantastic Four #600 by Jonathan Hickman
- Womanthology: Heroic (Anthology)
- Tantalize: Kieren’s Story by Cynthia Leitich Smith
- Girl Comics (Women of Marvel) by Trina Robbins
- How to Defeat Your Own Clone: And Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution by Kyle Kurpinski
- Jennifer’s Body by Rick Spears
- Outlaw Territory vol 01 TP by Michael Woods

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Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-6763

Boston Comic Con 2014 Adds Several More Guests

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoston Comic Con has added several new guests to an already huge list of creators! Marvel Editor and talent scout C.B. Cebulski, who has worked on titles including X-Men, Avengers, and Spider-Man, will appear to conduct a limited number of portfolio reviews. This is a rare opportunity to sit down with Marvel’s top talent scout and show off your talents. More information on the portfolio reviews and the schedule will be announced closer to the convention.

neal-adamsAdditionally, Silver Age legend Neal Adams appears at Boston’s biggest comic conventions once again! Neal has been one of the most influential artists in the industry both on the page and behind the scenes. From returning Batman to his dark and gritty roots to campaigning for creators’ rights, Adams and his photo-realistic art have graced the pages of The Brave and the Bold, Deadman, Uncanny X-Men, Avengers, Green Lantern / Green Arrow, and most recently Batman: Odyssey.

Local artist Ming Doyle, whose credits include Guardians of the Galaxy, Jennifer’s Body, Fantastic Four, and Tantalize, is a frequent guest of artist alley. She also co-created the webcomics The Loneliest Astronauts, Boldly Gone, and Mara from Image Comics. She recently drew Quantum & Woody for Valiant!

Artist Alex Saviuk appears once again at Boston Comic Con 2014. Alex began his career in the 1970s on Green Lantern, Flash, Hawkman, and Superman. He became well-known as a Spider-artist with a seven year run on Web of Spider-Man, and has drawn the Spider-Man newspaper strip since 1997. Other recent work includes penciling Stan Lee’s The Mighty Seven for Archie Comics, and another daily comic, The Phantom.

The most beloved man in comics Frank Tieri is a writer whose credits include Wolverine, Deadpool, Iron Man, and Infinity Heist for Marvel Comics; and Savage Hawkman, JSA: Classified, Gotham Underground, and Outsiders for DC Comics. He also worked on the popular Marvel vs. Capcom video game series and the cartoon Ultimate Spider-Man!

Previously announced guests include Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, Sam Witwer, Simon Bisley, Greg Capullo, Amanda Conner, Danielle Corsetto, Ivy Doomkitty, Adam Kubert, Carlos Pacheco, Jimmy Palmiotti, Eric Powell, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, Jeff Smith, Scott Snyder, Skottie Young, and many more! For the full guest list plus artist alley, exhibitor, and film fest registration please check out the Boston Comic Con website!

Online ticket purchases are available at the link!

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About Boston Comic Con:
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 120,000 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. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 8th, Saturday August 9th and Sunday August 10th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

IE – American Artists in Dublin

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MING DOYLE, JOE QUINONES, and MARIS WICKS appear at The Big Bang on Friday, November 29, 2013 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm for a rare Irish signing!

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MING DOYLE
Probably better known for her work on Brian Wood’s MARA and the artist in the new story arc of QUANTUM & WOODY, Ming also has done a ton of covers and a short story recently with Kelly Sue DeConnick for the WITCHING HOUR Vertigo anthology. (stil in stock, true believers!)

JOE QUINONES
Joe has been around for the last couple of years, starting with TEEN TITANS GO and then GREEN LANTERN with Kurt Busiek and is of late a popular cover artist for DARK HORSE, DC and MARVEL (the last thing you’ll have seen him lately on would be the recent CAPTAIN MARVEL covers). He also has a BLACK CANARY/ZATANNA project coming out with Paul Dini soon, the lucky bastard.

MARIS WICKS
Maris is the artist of (the really, really good) PRIMATES, which is currently sold out but due back in stock soon!
She is also a writer AND a colourist, so we’ll be seeing much more of her in the future.

The Big Bang
Pembroke District, Dundrum, Dublin Dublin 16, Ireland

MICE 2013 Returns With 2-Day Show

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Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo hosts its first two-day show on September 28-29, 2013 at in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA! The event is a joint project between the Boston Comics Roundtable, an independent arts collective, and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; MICE puts a focus on the art of making comics and connects local creators with local audience. They will also run a number of workshops for children and adults, as well as panel discussions on the craft and relevance of the comics form. MICE is for anyone of any age who wants to discover new comics, learn more about the medium of comics, or is interested in making their own. Sunday is Kids Day, featuring workshops for the young cartoonist.

MICE 2013 is pleased to welcome eight comic creators to our show as our special guests: Chris Duffy, George O’Connor, Josh Neufeld, Lucy Knisley, Maris Wicks, Mike Cavallaro, Nick Abadzis, and R. Sikoryak. They will appear at their tables in the exhibition area, as well as at various panels and workshops over the weekend.

Plus MICE features 150 exhibitors including Alison Wilgus, Bob Flynn, Braden Lamb, Cathy Leamy, Colleen AF Venable, David Marshall, E. J. Barnes, Ellen Crenshaw, Emmy Cicierega, Jennie Wood, Ming Doyle, Nate Bellegarde, Renee Kurilla, Sean Wang, Shelli Paroline, Stephanie Yue, Tim Finn, Zack Giallongo, and many more!

View the exhibitor list and full schedule (TBA) at the website: www.micexpo.org

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MA – Comicazi ArtBeat

comicaziMing Doyle, Erica Henderson, EJ Barnes, Max Wolman, and more appear at Comicazi on Saturday July 20th!

Press Release:

Next Saturday is July 20 and it’s a BIG day at Comicazi! Not only is it ArtBeat - the annual fair that celebrates local artisans and businesses – but we here at the shop are having our local artist/creator friends in-store to hawk their wares and press your flesh!!
In person at the shop are all great folks who have been mentioned here before and are good good friends. Let me present:

Ming Doyle

Erica Henderson

EJ Barnes

Max Wolman of the upcoming Red Menace comic

Ben of Sette Tredici

Tonya of Make Me A Dragon

These ladies and gentlemen will be at the store from 12 to 4 on Saturday 7/20 so be sure to get here early. And remember that ArtBeat actually closes off all driving traffic in Davis Square. You’ll have to take the into Davis or walk in.

These appearances will be followed up later in the evening by the Comicazi Couples Game at 8pm. You’ve heard me talk about it in last week’s issue, well now is your chance to get tickets to the event before they sell out!

Couples Game Tickets

You can also check it out on the Facebook page

And if all of that isn’t enough for you, well then let me just tell you about the salegoing on that day!! And surrounding days!!
Starting on Wednesday July 17 and going until Sunday July 21 Comicazi is having a 50% off sale. Bam!!
On those days you get 50% off your purchase of new comics excluding that week’s new delivery of books and what’s in subscription boxes. But the new books from the past several months that are up on the wall, yes.
All back issues, $2 and premium both
All used gaming:
Heroclix
Magic
board games
PokemonGet your shekels ready my friends! It’s going to be a bigger blast than Krypton!

Comicazi 
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
617-666-2664

True Blood Star Bites Into Boston Comic Con 2013

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Press Release:

Boston Comic Con is excited to welcome Kristin Bauer of the hit HBO TV series True Blood to the rescheduled show on August 3-4, 2013 at the Seaport World Trade Center! Kristin, a main cast member of the show, plays the part of the vampire Pam. Kristin is also known for her role as Maleficent in the hit ABC TV series Once Upon a Time. She will be on hand both days of the convention to sign autographs and meet her fans! Details on signing schedule, prices, etc to be announced.

Other Boston Comic Con 2013 Guests include: Neal Adams, Brian Azzarello, Mark Bagley, Mark Chiarello, Tony Daniel, Colleen Doran, Ming Doyle, Joe Hill, Laurie Holden, Phil Jimenez, Ed McGuinness, Mike Mignola, Terry Moore, Steve Niles, Shelli Paroline, George Perez, Amy Reeder, Gabriel Rodriguez, Don Rosa, Craig Rousseau, Tim Sale, Scott Snyder, William Stout, Bill Willingham, and many, many more!

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Tickets are $25 per day or $40 for the weekend and available through Eventbrite at the link!

About Boston Comic Con:

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 120,000 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. This year’s rescheduled convention will be held Saturday August 3rd and Sunday August 4th opening at 10:00 am each day at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

MeCAF 2013 Announces Schedule

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The Maine Comics Arts Festival (MeCAF) has announced the schedule for their 2013 show! Guests include Jeff Smith, Raina Telgemeier, Sean Murphy, Brian Wood, Ming Doyle, Dave Roman, Rick Parker, Colleen AF Venable, John Green, Zack Giallongo, Jeff Pert, Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, and many more!

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Press Release:

MeCAF will have panels and workshops on Saturday May 18th at the Portland Public Library and Sunday at the festival site at Ocean Gateway.

Saturday, May 18th
Portland Public Library – Rines Auditorium

1:00- A conversation with Jeff Smith, creator of Bone and RASL- We will be discussing Jeff’s past work and upcoming projects. (Please note that there will not be any book signings at the library. Jeff will be signing books on Sunday at the festival).

2:00- Rick Parker cartooning workshop: Join Cartoonist Rick Parker (artist of Beavis and Butthead, Harry Potty, Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid and many others) as he shares tips and techniques for drawing comics. This will be a demonstration where members of the audience will be encouraged to draw.

3:00- Raina Telgemeier! Raina Telgemeier, creator of Smile and Drama, and artist of the Babysitter’s Club series, discusses her current projects and gives a peek at her work process.

Sunday, May 19th
Ocean Gateway Terminal Maine Comics Arts Festival programming (please check back for updates as we finalize the schedule)

10:30- Jeff Pert Kid’s Cartooning Class

11:30- Colleen Venable, John Green, and Zack Giallongo

1:00- Lake Region High School Comic Class Project

2:00-TBA

3:00- TBA

 

MA – FCBD: Mara Signing

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Ming Doyle (artist on Mara) signs and sketches from 11:00 am till 3:00 pm at Newbury Comics in the Independence Mall on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!!

Newbury Comics
Independence Mall
101 Independence Mall Way, Kingston, MA 02364
781-422-0119

 

Boston Comic Con 2013 Schedule

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Boston Comic Con has announced their schedule for the 2013 convention! This year’s show includes gaming, trivia contests, cosplay tutorials, concerts, and of course Q&A panels with some of the most talented comic creators in the industry plus media guests Jason David Frank (Power Rangers) and The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan! Panels are free with paid admission. Get tickets either at the door or online at the link!

SATURDAY APRIL 20TH

Main Lobby Panel Room

All Age Comics
12:00pm-12:45pm
Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Andy Price

Power Ranger Q&A
1:00pm–1:45pm
Jason David Frank

How To Draw Like A Bad Ass
2:00pm–2:45pm
Frank Cho

DC Artists
3:00pm-3:45pm
Tony Daniel, Tom Raney, Aaron Lopresti

Marvel Artists
4:00pm-4:45pm
Carlos Pacheco, Mark Bagley, Mike Choi, Nick Bradshaw, Lauren Sankovitch

Writing Comics
5:00pm-5:45pm
Bill Willingham, Steve Niles, Tim Seeley

Female Creators
6:00pm-6:45pm
Amy Reeder, Colleen Doran, Ming Doyle, Lauren Sankovitch

 

Panel Room 109

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
12:00pm-12:45pm
Trivia game about comics, sci-fi, TV, movies, etc.

Comics and Comics
2:00pm–2:45pm
Popular stand up comedy team showcases their Geek based humor

Nashville Superman
3:00pm–3:45pm
Country music singer, Allen Shervelle, sings songs about Superman

Panel Room 109

Meet The Legions
4:00pm-4:45pm
Star Wars 501st cosplay organization

Anime Trivia
5:00pm-5:45pm
Hosted by Isis Kain, The Anime Trivia Mistress

 

Panel Room 110

How to Create Suspense in Comics
12:00pm-12:45pm
Hosted by Neil Gibson, creator of the best selling UK based comic series Twisted Dark

So You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist
1:00pm–1:45pm
Former Dark Horse Comics editor, Phil Amara, as well as creators Jack Purcell, Erik Carlson, and more

Stop Waiting and Make Your Comic!
2:00pm–2:45pm
How to turn your ideas into reality with George Homeless

How to Pitch Your Comic to Publishers
3:00pm–3:45pm
Hosted by Anthony Del Col, co-creator of Kill Shakespeare

Star Wars Origami
4:00pm-4:45pm
Learn how to make Star Wars origami

Sell Your Comic To UnCreate Comics
5:00pm-5:45pm
Sell your comic to on-line publisher UnCreate Comics

Yaya Han: Costumes & Cosplay
6:00pm-6:45pm
Yaya shows you how to take cosplay to a whole new level

 

SUNDAY APRIL 21ST 

Main Lobby Panel Room

Kicking Monkeys
11:00am-11:45am
Bill Willingham and Frank Cho unveil their new project

Spotlight: Mike Mignola
12:00pm–12:45pm
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola

Spotlight: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
1:00pm–1:45pm
DC artists and writer Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Costume Contest
2:00pm-3:45pm
Hosted by cosplay favorite Yaya Han

Walking Dead Q&A
4:00pm-5:00pm
Lauren Cohan

**UPDATE: Jon Bernthal has cancelled his appearance at Boston Comic Con**

Panel Room 109

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
12:00pm-12:45pm
Trivia game about comics, sci-fi, TV, movies, etc.

Comics and Comics
2:00pm–2:45pm
Popular stand up comedy team showcases their Geek based humor

Nashville Superman
3:00pm–3:45pm
Country music singer, Allen Shervelle, sings songs about Superman

Meet The Legions
4:00pm-4:45pm
Star Wars 501st cosplay organization

Panel Room 110

Comic Art Auction
1:00pm-3:00pm

 

2013 GAMING SCHEDULE

Magic: the Gathering
Star City Games Invitational Qualifier

  • Date: Saturday April 20, 11am
  • Registration: April 20, 10am-11am
  • Entry: $25
  • Prize: Based on attendance

Magic: the Gathering
Gatecrash Sealed Deck Tournament

  • Date: Sunday April 21, 11am
  • Registration: April 21, 10am-11am
  • Entry: $25
  • Prize: Based on attendance

Magic: the Gathering
8-Player Side Events: Booster Draft

  • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 20 & 21, as filled
  • Entry: $15
  • Format: 8-player, single elimination
  • Prizes: 8-4 pack prizes

Magic: the Gathering
8-Player Side Events: Win-a-box

  • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 20 & 21, as filled
  • Entry: $15
  • Format: 8-player, single elimination
  • Prize: Booster box for winner

Magic: the Gathering
8-Player Side Events: Standard and Modern

  • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 20 & 21, as filled
  • Entry: $15
  • Format: 8-player, single elimination
  • Prize: TBD

Magic: the Gathering
4-Player Commander

  • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 21 & 22, as filled
  • Entry: $5
  • Prize: 2 booster packs each time you eliminate another player

Yu-Gi-Oh
16 Man Booster Box

  • Hours, Saturday April 21: 11am, 2pm, 5pm
  • Hours, Sunday April 22: 11am, 2pm
  • Entry: $5

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