Chris Claremont Added to HeroesCon 2018

Comics legend Chris Claremont is coming to HeroesCon! Don’t miss this chance to meet him June 15-17 in Charlotte, NC!

Claremont is one of the most influential writers of superhero comics, renowned for his 17-year run on Uncanny X-Men. During that period, the X-Men became one of the most popular comic book franchises in history. Claremont is credited with the creation of legendary characters including Legion, The New Mutants, Rogue, Gambit, Sabretooth, Kitty Pryde, and the White Queen amongst many others. It is a conservative estimate that Claremont has sold in excess of 750,000,000 comics worldwide.

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HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

NY – Deadpool Co-Creator Signing

Writer Fabian Nicieza co-creator of Deadpool, Domino, X-Force, and a host of other comic characters, appears at Sleeping Giant Collectibles on Saturday, June 9th from 11:00 AM till 5:00 PM for his first-ever appearance in the Buffalo area. All attendees will receive a free Deadpool comic while supplies last.

A fee will apply for Nicieza signatures, which can also be ordered online. Certificates of Authenticity will be available, as will CGC witnessing.

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Sleeping Giant Collectibles
80 Clinton Street Tonawanda, NY 14150

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Welcome Iconic Creators of Creative Icons

Press Release:

Come to the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor this September 28-30 for the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con! Purchase your tickets now and avoid lines at the ticket counter. The Baltimore Comic-Con will feature some of the industry’s most impactful talent, including Batman’s Harvey Bullock creator Howard Chaykin, Blue Devil creator Paris Cullins, Preacher creator Garth Ennis, Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella, New Mutants creator Bob McLeod, Power Pack creator Louise Simonson, Beta Ray Bill creator Walter Simonson, Thanos creator Jim Starlin, Big Hero 6 creator Gus Vazquez, and John Constantine creator Rick Veitch, just to name a few.

Howard Victor Chaykin is a longtime veteran of the comic book business. As a cartoonist — both writing and drawing — he has been a major influence on the direction of comics, referred to frequently as one of the principle architects of the modern comic book. His signature creation, American Flagg!, introduced a new level of narrative complexity, depth of character, and point of view in its text, not to mention a previously unseen level of design and craft to the visual nature of an all-too-frequently staid and timid medium. Chaykin continues to produce work that pushes the envelope of concept, context, and content in comics. Last year’s The Divided States of Hysteria, thanks to social media, enraged an entirely new generation of the willfully ignorant who might have had a better case if they’d actually read the damned book. Chaykin’s new series, Hey Kids! Comics!, is a fictionalized history of the comic book business, a love letter written with just a frisson of acid in the ink, to the field he’s loved and called home for over four decades.

Paris Cullins landed in DC Comics’ intern program after repeatedly bringing in samples of his work in the 1970s. His first work was featured in Secrets of Haunted House #42, and he went onto work on other DC horror titles like Ghosts, The Unexpected, and Weird War Tales. Cullins transitioned to super-hero titles, doing back-up or assistant work on Green Lantern, Justice League of America, The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl, and The Fury of Firestorm before taking on his first work on a title for his co-creation, Blue Devil. While he spent much of his career working at DC on titles such as Batman, The Forever People, and The New Gods, Cullins has drawn Richie Rich and Hot Stuff at Harvey Comics, Hyperkind for Marvel’s Razorline imprint, and Shi for Crusade Comics. In addition to his work in comics, Cullins has spent time at advertisement agencies doing storyboards for TV commercials, and has provided full-color storyboards and designs for video games.

Garth Ennis broke into the American Comic scene in 1991, taking over the writing reins on Hellblazer. After a successful four-year run, Ennis moved on to create Preacher, a 66-issue epic that ran from 1995 -2000, which has now been adopted to a hit television series on AMC. In addition to these two ground-breaking series, he also had lengthy runs on DC’s The Demon and Hitman. More recently, Ennis wrapped up The Boys, a 72-issue story which began at DC’s Wildstorm imprint before moving to Dynamite Entertainment with issue #7. He has had numerous stints on Marvel’s The Punisher for Marvel Knights and MAX, as well as Fury for Marvel MAX. His recent work includes Dastardly and Muttley for DC Comics and Jimmy’s Bastards for AfterShock Comics.

Tony Isabella is creator/writer of Black Lightning, co-creator of Misty Knight and Tigra, and writer of Captain America, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Star Trek, and many more. He was an editor and writer at Marvel Comics. At DC, he created Black Lightning, the company’s first prominent African-American super-hero. He co-wrote the prose novels Captain America: Liberty’s Torch and Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist’s Corpse. He’s the author of 1000 Comic Books You Must Read and the odd-but-wondrous July 1963: A Pivotal Month in the Comic-Book Life of Tony Isabella. He’s received an Inkpot Award from Comic-Con International in San Diego and a Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award from ECBACC. Cleveland Magazine named him one of that city’s most interesting people of 2018. His most recent comics work is the six-issue Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands, marking his return to his creation. He writes the daily “Tony Isabella’s Bloggy Thing” and the weekly “Tony’s Tips” review column. He lectures on comics history, comics writing, and diversity in comics.

Beginning his career in Marvel Comics’ production department, Bob McLeod got his early credits penciling and inking for Crazy magazine. He was a member of The Crusty Bunkers inkers while working at Adams’ Continuity Studios, became a top inker on titles like Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Conan the Barbarian, and Star Wars, and DC Comics’ Detective Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, Wonder Woman, and The New Titans. He also drew the graphic novel and the first three issues of Marvel’s New Mutants, as well as inking a number of subsequent issues, and helped launch DC’s Superman: The Man of Steel. He also wrote and illustrated Superhero ABC from HarperCollins, and edited Rough Stuff magazine for TwoMorrows Publishing. McLeod currently teaches part-time at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design.

Louise Simonson has, like her husband Walter, contributed significantly to the comic book industry. “Weezie”, as she is known, began her comics career as an editor at Warren Publishing before leaving for Marvel to edit titles including X-Men, New Mutants, and Star Wars. Departing the editorial role in favor of writing, Weezie has contributed to storylines in Marvel’s Marvel Team-Up, Web of Spider-Man, and Red Sonja, and was responsible for the introduction of Apocalypse in X-Factor as well as the launch of Power Pack. At DC Comics, she worked on Superman: The Man of Steel and The Adventures of Superman.

Walter Simonson has made vast contributions to comics publishing, as a writer, an artist, and even in founding publishing imprints. He was recognized in 2012 at the Harvey Awards in Special Award for Excellence in Production/Presentation and Best Domestic Reprint Project for Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor, Artist’s Edition from IDW, and in 2013 for Alien: The Illustrated Story from Titan Books for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work. He also received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 at the Harvey Awards. Walt’s career began in the 1970s at DC Comics, where he worked on titles such as Weird War Tales, Manhunter, Metal Men, Orion, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Vigilante, and Hercules Unbound. Over at Marvel Comics, Simonson has had numerous noteworthy runs, including The Rampaging Hulk magazine, X-Factor, Fantastic Four, and Thor, on which he was responsible for the introduction of Beta Ray Bill and Thor as a frog.

The multi-talented Jim Starlin has worked on both writing and creating art for some of the most noteworthy creations since his entry into the field of comics in the 1970s. The mind behind the Marvel character Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, he is also responsible for a number of noteworthy cosmic characters in the Marvel Universe, including Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and the villainous Thanos, all of whom are featured in this year’s major motion picture, Avengers: Infinity War.He developed noteworthy runs on Marvel’s Captain Marvel, Warlock, and Silver Surfer, Marvel mini-series Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity War, and Infinity Crusade, and DC Comics’ Batman, The Weird, and Cosmic Odyssey. His Death of Captain Marvel was the first Marvel graphic novel to be published. More recently, he has provided writing and art for DC’s Stormwatch and writing on Green Lantern: Mongul #23.2, and he returned to his classic villain in April 2014 with Marvel’s Thanos: The Infinity Revelation and 2018’s Thanos: The Infinity Siblings.

Gus Vazquez is an illustrator who has worked in nearly every field, including comic books, trading cards, storyboarding for music videos, commercials, animation and film, logo design, character and toy design, and more. He started his career in comic books working as an assistant to comic book artists Adam Pollina on X-Force, and Kevin McGuire on Trinity Angels. He got his first solo gig at Marvel Comics drawing the covers and interiors for Sunfire and Big Hero 6, the series that introduced the characters featured in Disney’s Oscar winning Big Hero 6. He has worked on such Marvel titles as Deadpool, X-Force, Spider-Man, What If? Civil War, What If? Back in Black, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and more. For DC, he has worked on such titles as Green Lantern, JLA, Blue Beetle, and most recently on The Flash, Suicide Squad, and Green Arrow. Gus was the artist on several issues of Claudio Sanchez’s (of rock music group Coheed and Cambria) The Amory Wars, and was instrumental in helping bring together the creative team of his friends, David Atchison (writer) and Tony Shasteen (illustrator), and his niece, film and TV actress Rosario Dawson on 12 Gauge’s The O.C.T. Currently, Gus has been working for DC Comics on The Sasquatch Detective, a backup story which can be found in the pages of Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, as well as DMC (Daryl Makes Comics) and on La Borinqueña. He is also working on his creator-owned book, Fang.

A member of The Kubert School’s first graduating class, Rick Veitch made a name early in his career as a fantasy artist and writer for Marvel’s Epic line of titles, where he worked on Epic Illustrated, Heartburst, and The One. He went on to work on the critically acclaimed Swamp Thing from DC Comics, as well as Miracleman from Eclipse Comics, for which he both wrote and provided art. Veitch then moved into the indie comics scene, working initially on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Mirage Studios and then launching his own King Hell publishing house, with titles like Bratpack and The Maximortal. Returning to larger publishers, Veitch has worked on Image’s 1963 and Supreme, and DC’s Tomorrow Stories, America’s Best Comics, The Question, and Aquaman. More recently, he wrote the Vertigo title Army@Love and The Big Lie from Image. You can find his Miracleman work reprinted these days from Marvel Comics and Rick Veitch’s The One from IDW Publishing.

“We were looking through our guest list and came to the realization that a tremendous amount of significant comics characters were created by guests in the room this year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Without the contributions of these guests, the comics tapestry would be far less ornate in each publisher’s respective universe. We know our fans are going to be excited to pull out issues of their favorite or first appearances of these characters to get signed by these great guests!”

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

NYC – Rob Liefeld Pop Up Shop

Rob Liefeld, co-creator of Deadpool, Cable, Domino, Shatterstar, X-Force, appears at a pop up shop on Tuesday, May 15th from 2:00 – 7:00 PM. Details and VIP tickets available at the link…

CA – Deadpool Day

Rob Liefeld has announced he will celebrate the release of Deadpool 2 at the Frank and Son Collectables Show on Saturday, May 19, 2018 alongside special guests including Colossus actor Stefan Kapicic, artist Art Thibert, artist Marat Mychaels, and more! Anyone who purchases the VIP package will also receive a ticket to accompany Rob Liefeld to a screening of the film on Thursday, May 17th at a theater and showing in Orange, CA. Times TBA.

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Frank & Son Collectible Show
19649 E. San Jose Ave. City of Industry, CA. 91748
(909) 444-7955

HeroesCon 2018 Adds More Guests

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 2018 show including Steve Epting, Matt Fraction, Geof Isherwood, Georges Jeanty, Ariela Kristantina, Paul Maybury, Ramon Villalobos, David Antoine Williams, and more! HeroesCon 2018 takes place June 15-17, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

GUEST ADDITIONS:

NATALIE ANDREWSON | Mamuna, Meanwhile
PAT BRODERICK | Green Lantern, Micronauts, Nibiru and the Legend of the Anunnaki
BUZZ | JSA, Vampirella, Atomika
JACOB CHABOT Spongebob Comics, Plants Vs. Zombies, The Mighty Skullboy Army
KELLY DALE Jeremy Dale Skyward Omnibus
STEVE EPTING | Velvet, Captain America, Avengers
MATT FRACTION | Sex Criminals, Casanova, ODY-C, Hawkeye
MICHAEL GARLAND | New Mutants, Black Monday Murders, Leviathan
STEPHEN GREEN BPRD, The Legacy of Luther Strode, Dark Horse Presents
LAURA LEE GULLEDGE Page by Paige, Will & Whit, Sketchbook Dares
SCOTT HEPBURN Spider-Man/Deadpool, Orchid, Star Wars
GEOF ISHERWOOD Conan, Dr. Strange, Suicide Squad, Namor
GEORGES JEANTY | The American Way, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, 24 Legacy
ARIELA KRISTANTINA | Insexts, Mata Hari
MIKE LILLY | The Tick, Grimm Fairy Tales, Nightwing, Vampirella
PAUL MAYBURY | Hunters, Cave Carson, Bloodstrike
PAT QUINN | The Phantom, GI Joe: Declassified, Necrotic
SCOTT ROSEMA | Space Ghost, Batman Animated, X-Men Adventures
K LYNN SMITH | Plume
RAMON VILLALOBOS Nighthawk, E Is For Extinction
DAVID ANTOINE WILLIAMS X-Men: First Class, GI Joe, Incredible Hercules, Hulk & Power Pack

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BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER, FREE!

ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

NYC – True Story: Non-Fiction Graphic Novels Presentation

Join moderator Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor of Publishers Weekly, and a dynamic panel featuring cartoonists that includes Julia Alekseyeva, Kyle Baker, and Josh Neufeld at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday, April 26th at 7:30 PM. The panelists will discuss their respective graphic works, and the ways in which each artist combine the formal elements of visual art, the investigative tools of journalism, oral history and scholarship in their efforts to create complex perspectives on the human experience.

The panel will take place in the SoI gallery, surrounded the current exhibition, March, a show of original artwork done by cartoonist Nate Powell for the MARCH Trilogy, the acclaimed graphic memoir of the life story of Congressman John Lewis and his experiences in the fight for civil rights.

About the Speakers:

Julia Alekseyeva is an author-illustrator and academic. Her debut graphic novel Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution was published by Microcosm in 2017, and has been featured on NPR, Tablet, Lilith, and The Rumpus. She has published shorter works of graphic journalism, on topics ranging from Soviet New Years Trees to Walter Benjamin, in Lilith and The Paper Brigade, and her art has been featured in exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Lesley University, and the Boston Arts Academy. Alongside her art, Julia holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Film and Visual Studies from Harvard, and currently teaches film studies courses at Brooklyn College. Next year, she will be a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard.

Kyle Baker is a cartoonist, comic book writer-artist, and animator known for his graphic novels. He has won 8 Eisner Awards and 7 Harvey Awards for his work in the comics field. The New York Times called his book SPECIAL FORCES “the harshest, most serrated satire of the Iraq war yet published.” Baker drew writer Robert Morales’ Marvel Comics miniseries Truth #1-7, a Captain America storyline with parallels to the Tuskegee experiment, and contributed to the Dark Horse Comics series The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, a spin-off of Michael Chabon’s novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. In 2006, his company, Kyle Baker Publishing, serialized a four-part comic book series about Nat Turner, and published the series The Bakers, based on his family life, in two anthologies. Nat Turner is currently published by Harry Abrams. In 2008, Watson-Guptill published How to Draw Stupid and Other Essentials of Cartooning, Baker’s art instruction book. That same year, Baker hosted the comics industry’s Harvey Awards. In 2010, he became regular artist on Marvel Comic’ mature-audience MAX-imprint series, Deadpool Max. His company Quality Jollity continues to publish graphic novels and produce animation. He is currently working on an installation for Josiah Henson Park, depicting the life of the instrumental figure of the underground railroad.

Josh Neufeld creates nonfiction, journalistic comics to offer a new perspective on political and social upheaval, and to give voice to stories that wouldn’t otherwise be heard. He is the writer/artist of the bestselling nonfiction graphic novel A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge (Pantheon). In addition, he is the illustrator of the bestseller The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media (W.W. Norton). His journalistic pieces have been published by Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy magazine, The Boston Globe, Medium, Al Jazeera America, Fusion, and The Atavist, among others. He received his BA from Oberlin College, and was a Knight-Wallace fellow in journalism at the University of Michigan.

Calvin Reid is a senior news editor at Publishers Weekly and co-editor of PW Comics World, PW’s online coverage of the comics and graphic novel marketplace. Reid was instrumental in encouraging Publishers Weekly to regularly review book format comics in the late 1980s, in addition to launching regular news coverage of graphic novel publishing at Publishers Weekly in the early 1990s, making Publishers Weekly instrumental in the rapid growth of the graphic novel category in the general book trade during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2006 at the annual Will Eisner Comics industry Awards, Reid was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award by the San Diego Comic-Con International for his longtime efforts working to raise both the understanding and the business profile of graphic novel publishing in the general book trade. He has been a member of the Brooklyn Book Festival graphic novel committee since 2012.

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Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
212-838-2560

NY – Rick Leonardi Signing

Artist Rick Leonardi appears at Best Comics on Saturday April 21st, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM!

Rick Leonardi has been working in comics since the 1980’s. He began his career at Marvel Comics working on titles like Uncanny X-Men, New Mutants, Vision and Scarlet Witch, Rampaging Hulk, Cloak and Dagger, Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099 and more! He is credited, along with fellow illustrator Mike Zeck, for designing Spider-Man’s black costume which Spidey wore during the original Secret Wars series and would eventually become the villain Venom! The costume began as a design by Zeck that Leonardi embellished. Rick’s work hasn’t been limited to Marvel Comics; he has worked for DC Comics and many other publishers. Rick has had notable runs on DC Comics titles like Nightwing, Batgirl, Vigilante, Birds of Prey and the intercompany crossover Green Lantern vs. Aliens! Leonardi’s work for other publishers includes drawing the Star Wars: General Grievous and Star Wars Darth Vader and the Lost Command mini-series as well as working on characters like Witchblade, Predator, and Painkiller Jain! Rick continues to work in comics with his art appearing on covers, in back up stories and most recently drawing the Booster Gold/Flintstones one shot and the Jack Kirby 100th Anniversary Sandman Special!

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Best Comics
1300 Jericho Tpke, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
(516) 328-1900

NY – Aw Yeah Comics Presents: Legends

Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Jerry Ordway, and Peter Tomasi sign at Aw Yeah Comics, on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from noon till 2:00 PM.

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Aw Yeah Comics
313 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY 10528
(914) 732-3600

Chris Claremont & More Appear at CCR Ontario 2018

Press Release:

Comics Legend Chris Claremont appears at CCR Ontario for a rare Southern California appearance!

Chris Claremont, famous for his unparalleled 17-year unbroken run writing The Uncanny X-Men for Marvel comics from 1976 to 1991 amongst other works, will be joining a guest list featuring some of the comic industry’s most talented artists and writers this May 19th and 20th at the Ontario Convention Center.

“So looking forward to spending time with fans in Southern California,” said Chris Claremont. “Haven’t been in the LA area for quite some time. See you at Comic Con Revolution!”

He will be signing autographs, taking with fans and participating in panels all weekend long.

Joining Claremont will be fellow comic creators Whilce Portacio (Uncanny X-Men, Wetworks, Image Comics co-founder), Fabian Nicieza (Deadpool co-creator, Black Panther, New Warriors), and Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards, Mighty Thor, Star Wars).

About Comic Con Revolution:
Comic Con Revolution was founded on very simple principles. We are excited to celebrate comics and the creative arts. At the absolute core of what we do are the creators themselves. The people who create the comics, games, toys, film, movies and more that we all love. Without their tireless dedication to creating the fantastic worlds we all get lost in, events like Comic Con Revolution would not be possible. We strive to create the best possible experience for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike. Our team of event industry veterans are dedicated to working hard to create that experience for each of you.

For the most up to date information about the show, including our latest guest list additions, head over to www.ComicConRevolution.com

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