Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Adds Comic Luminaries Steranko, Joe Giella, Paul Levitz & Denny O’Neil

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Baltimore’s Inner Harbor comes to life this September 28-30 as the Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets are now on sale. The Baltimore Comic-Con is thrilled announce the return of Jim Steranko to the Baltimore Comic-Con! Jim is joined by comic luminaries Joe Giella, Paul Levitz, and Hero Initiative guest Denny O’Neil.

Jim Steranko has cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts, with a dozen successful careers to his credit: author, magician, illustrator, escape artist, historian. He is cited as one of the prime architects of Marvel Comics and the co-creator of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. He also wrote and drew Captain America, The Hulk, Superman, and The X-Men (for which he designed the classic title logo); generated more than 150 original storytelling devices and techniques that changed the direction of the comics medium; and evolved a devoted cult of followers who have nicknamed him The Innovator. Wizard magazine credits Steranko as the 5th Most Influential Artist in the history of the form. He has painted a multitude of movie posters, record albums, and book covers; and in 1975, created Red Tide, the First Modern Graphic Novel. As the editor-publisher of the international newsstand entertainment magazine Prevue, he conducted hundreds of superstar interviews and penned more than three million words. He numbers among his friends and associates writers Mickey Spillane, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury; the animation giants Ralph Bakshi and Shamus Culhane; and directors Federico Fellini, John Huston, and Orson Welles. As a musician, he gigged with Bill Haley in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll; as a pop-culture icon, he has appeared at more than 350 international events and exhibited his work worldwide, including at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and the Louvre in Paris; his two volumes of The History of Comics have sold more than 100,000 copies each; as an escape artist, his death-defying performances inspired the character Mister Miracle and, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, he was the man upon which the protagonist of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay was based; and more-photographer, ad agency art director, sideshow fire-eater, male model, typographer, designer…the list goes on. As a filmmaker, he collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas – for whom he created the look of Indiana Jones – and Francis Ford Coppola on some of their most popular films. He served as Creative Consultant for the History Channel’s two-hour documentary Comic-Book Superheroes-Unmasked; shook up Twitter with his innovative TNT technique (visit his live Sunday-night sessions by typing in iamsteranko); and is currently prepping An Evening with Steranko for theatrical venues across the country.

His recent Captain America covers topped Marvel sales charts; the IDW SHIELD Artist’s Edition sold out before publication (and won an Eisner Award); and the 2017 Overstreet Price Guide – with his Batman cover – had record-breaking sales. His covers on the record-setting Action 1000 and Captain America 700 have polled as fan favorites. Over the past several decades, he has amassed more than 100 highly-commercial Intellectual Properties, his Theatre of Concepts, which range from children’s interactive-learning entertainments to high-action adult digital gaming, from science fiction to superheroes. His vision is to shape, structure, and synthesize character-driven projects with state-of- the-art technology for the World of Tomorrow. And he’s still the best-dressed man in comics.

Joe Giella returns to the Baltimore Comic-Con for a rare appearance. The oldest living artist to have worked on Batman, this Golden and Silver Age creator worked at Timely, Marvel, and DC Comics as a penciller and inker. In addition to working on the comic, Giella provided pencils and inks on the Batman syndicated strip, as well as the syndicated Flash Gordon, The Phamtom, Mary Worth, and Sherlock Holmes comic strips. The United States Postal Service honored Giella by using two of his pieces of art for their 2006 “DC Super Heroes” collection of postage stamps. He has been honored with an Ink Pot Award, as well as being presented with the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement award at the 2016 Harvey Awards ceremony.

Paul Levitz has been a mainstay at DC Comics since 1972, serving as a writer, editor, and President (2002 – 2009) over the tenure of his career. His name is synonymous with the Legion of Super-Heroes, which he wrote from 1977-1979 and 1981-1989, and he created such notable characters as the Stalker, the Earth-2 Huntress, and Lucien the Librarian. Levitz has since returned to writing the Legion of Super-Heroes for the New 52, as well as the Earth-2 centric book, World’s Finest. After ending his career as DC Comics employee, Levitz moved onto the next phase of his career, accepting a Board of Directors position with BOOM! Studios. He has recently contributed Brooklyn Blood to Dark Horse Presents from Dark Horse Comics and guest edited and contributed an essay to DC’s Action Comics #1000.

A board member of Hero Initiative, retired writer and editor Denny O’Neil spent much of his career making an indelible mark at Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Initially brought on as a writer at Marvel, he had a hand in writing or scripting diverse titles including Strange Tales, X-Men, Millie the Model, and Rawhide Kid. After a year at Charlton Comics, he followed editor Dick Giordano to DC Comics, where he assumed writing duties for Beware the Creeper, Wonder Woman, Justice League of America, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and, perhaps most notably, Batman. On that title, he embraced the dark roots of the character, creating and defining the tone for numerous characters from the series. He returned to Marvel in the 1980s, assuming writing chores on Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Iron Man where he once again created numerous recurring characters in the respective titles’ mythos. He also served as an editor during his Marvel stint on numerous titles and runs before returning as Batman Group editor at DC, where he also wrote The Question, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, and Batman: Sword of Azrael.

“We’re still months away from the show, and our guest list is already incredible,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “These four guys are amazing — we haven’t had Jim to the show since 2001, so we’re excited to have him rejoin us in 2018, and adding Joe, Paul, and Denny to the mix just knocks the ouevre of the room out of the park.”

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.

HeroesCon 2018 Add Legends Mike Royer, Steranko & more

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 2018 show including Mike Royer, Jim Steranko, Ben Caldwell, Shane Davis, Nathan Fox, Rudy Nebres, Jerry Ordway, Tim Sale, Dean Trippe and more! HeroesCon 2018 takes place June 15-17, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

BEN CALDWELL Prez, A-Force, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Dare Detectives
SHANE DAVIS Axcend, Superman Earth One, Superman Batman, Green Lantern
JEFF DEKAL Iron Fist, Kingpin, Hulk
MICHAEL EURY | FRI & SAT ONLY Editor-in-Chief of Back Issue Magazine
JOHN FLOYD | Wonder Woman & Tasmanian Devil, Django Unchained, Batman, Rune
NATHAN FOX | The Weatherman, Vertigo SFX, Captain Victory, Dogs of War, Haunt, DMZ
JODY LEHEUP | The Weatherman, Shirtless Bear-Fighter
DANIEL LEISTER Lord of Gore, Werewolf Run, Hack/Slash
RUDY NEBRES Dr Strange, Conan, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Eerie, Creepy
JERRY ORDWAY | Superman , Captain Marvel, Infinity Inc., WildStar
MIKE ROYER | Mister Miracle, Kamandi, Superman, The Demon, Disney, Tarzan, New Gods
TIM SALE | Captain America, Batman, Spider-Man, Catwoman
CHRIS SCHWEIZER The Creeps, The Crogan Adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean
KEVIN SHARPE | Thor, He-Man, X-Men
BRIAN SHEARER | GI Joe, Transformers, Doctor Who, William the Last
JIM STERANKO | Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., History of Comics, Prevue Magazine
DEAN TRIPPE | Something Terrible, Power Lunch, Butterfly, Project: Rooftop

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TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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.

Special Events at Niagara Falls Comic Con 2018

Niagara Falls Comic Con offers fans a special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend some social time with comics industry legend Jim SterankoDonald Gibb (Revenge of the Nerds’ Ogre), and Cheers’ John RatzenbergerGeorge Wendt.

Tickets available at the link!

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Beers With Cliff & Norm

Join us for a rare experience to have a frosty cold one with Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger) & Norm Peterson (George Wendt) from Cheers on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 5:00 PM in Room 201!

This once-in-a-lifetime experience includes:

  • One beer with collectible mug.
  • One 8×10 photo op with John Ratzenberger and George Wendt printed on site.
  • Limited to 50.
  • Must be 19 years of age or older with valid government ID.
  • You MUST have a ticket to Niagara Falls Comic Con to attend this event.
  • Please note this is a separate ticketed event and does not include admission into Niagara Falls Comic Con.
  • No refunds or exchanges unless Beers With Cliff and Norm is cancelled.

*Please note that John Ratzenberger shall not, under any circumstances, hold any prop (this includes a beer mug filled or not filled with liquid) during the photo ops. Any attendee requesting the guest to hold a prop of any sort will be told this is not allowed. If the ticket holder persists on the guest holding a prop they will be removed from the photo op session and forfeit their photo op with the guest, without a refund.

Please bring your ticket to the NFCC Merchandise Booth located on the show floor prior to the event to pick up your Beers with Cliff and Norm lanyard.

Beers With Cliff & Norm: $115.95 + Taxes and Fees

Beers With Ogre

NERDS! Ever wondered what it would be like to have a beer with Revenge of the Nerds’ Ogre (Donald Gibb)? Now you can find out!

 

Join us on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 3:00 PM in Room 201 for this once in a lifetime experience that includes:

  • One beer with collectible mug.
  • One 8×10 photo op with Don Gibb printed on site.
  • Must be 19 years of age or older with valid government ID.
  • You MUST have a ticket to Niagara Falls Comic Con to attend this event.
  • Please note this is a separate ticketed event and does not include admission into Niagara Falls Comic Con.
  • No refunds or exchanges unless Beers With Ogre is cancelled.

Please bring your ticket to the NFCC Merchandise Booth located on the show floor prior to the event to pick up your Beers with Ogre lanyard.

Beers With Ogre: $74.95 + Taxes and Fees

Dinner with Steranko

Join us for a rare intimate and interactive experience with comics legend Jim Steranko! Jim will be in attendance and take part in an after-dinner conversation about the creator’s life and career with plenty of time for intimate conversational exchange. Presented by Sketchbook Comics.

This once-in-a-lifetime experience includes:

  • One three course dinner including choice of appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage.
  • Three autographs (bring your own items)

Please note this is a separate ticketed event and does not include admission into Niagara Falls Comic Con.

Dinner location will be disclosed upon attendee on-site registration. Registration takes place at the Niagara Falls Comic Con Merch Booth Friday, June 1st. Registration closes at 7:45pm.

Dinner with Steranko: $124.95 + Taxes and Fees

 

Stan Lee Returns to Silicon Valley Comic Con 2018

The man, the myth, the legend. Making his grand return to Silicon Valley Comic Con we are very excited to announce our first guest… STAN LEE!

Stan Lee is an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was formerly executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics.

Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Avengers, Black Panther,  the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters, introducing a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. In addition, he challenged the comics’ industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, indirectly leading to it updating its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

He has had cameo appearances in many Marvel film and television projects. A few of these appearances are self-aware and sometimes reference Lee’s involvement in the creation of certain characters.

On 16 July 2017, Lee was named a Disney Legend, a hall of fame program that recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.

Other guests for the 2018 convention include: Sean Astin, Jewel Staite, Matthew Lewis, Jim Shooter, Simon Bisley, Coop, Glenn Fabry, Andy Weir

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ABOUT SILICON VALLEY COMIC CON

Steve Wozniak presents Silicon Valley’s first-ever Comic Con, where two of America’s greatest superheroes—pop culture and technology—will unite! Join forces with top celebrities and independent artists as we explore the new frontiers of cosplay, comics, video games, consumer electronics, music and apps in the world’s tech capital. SVCC 2018 will take place at the San Jose Convention Center April 6-8. Learn more at www.svcomiccon.com

SF – Marvel Super Heroes Night

Comics legend Stan Lee and Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics Axel Alonso appear at AT&T Park on Friday, September 15, 2017 for the second annual MARVEL SUPER HEROES NIGHT! Tickets available at the link…

Press Release:

The Giants are proud to invite all Giants and MARVEL fans to AT&T Park to celebrate the upcoming release of the highly anticipated film, Thor: Ragnarok, the third film in the Thor series. Your Special Event ticket package includes a ticket to the Friday evening game versus the Diamondbacks, as well as a collector’s-edition Giants-themed bobblehead of Thor, only available with the purchase of this Special Event ticket. We encourage all fans to dress up as their favorite MARVEL character and enjoy a day centered around Stan Lee’s Marvel empire

Each VIP-ticket holder will receive admission to Triples Alley from 4:45 – 6:45 PM, access to the Q&A panel featuring Stan Lee AND Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, Axel Alonso, complimentary food and beverage (including beer and wine), a collector’s-edition Giants-themed bobblehead of Thor, as limited-edition collectable of Thor’s Hammer, only available to ticketholders of this VIP offer!

Unlike any other ballpark setting, this on-field space is the perfect place to enjoy all of the pre-game excitement at the ballpark. Triples Alley, the Giants newest premium location, has it all, including on-field access from which to watch batting practice, early access to the ballpark, and at the conclusion of the pre-game event, a walk along the warning track on the field to get to your seats for the game.

AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plz, San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 972-2000

 

CA – Stan Lee Celebration

Join comics legend Stan Lee on Tuesday, July 18th at 11:00 AM at the TCL Chinese Theatre to celebrate his life and career. 

Press Release:

On July 18, and on the eve of San Diego Comic-Con, the iconic creator and force behind Marvel Comics, STAN LEE, will put his handprints and footprints in cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®. Presented by Legion M, ICON: Celebrating Stan Lee, is the first ever handprint-footprints ceremony in TCL history to be organized and hosted by the fans.

“Stan Lee gave us the heroes that fueled our imagination and aspirations” said Kevin Smith, Filmmaker, Actor, Writer, Comedian and Stan Lee Fan.

”Now, WE, the fans, are coming together to give this permanent monument and tribute to the man that gave us so much.”

Stan Lee, the chief creative force behind the rise of Marvel Comics, brought to life some of the world’s most famous heroes and infamous villains, including Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, The Avengers, Loki, and Dr. Doom. His stories featured heroes and villains that were more psychologically complex than had ever been seen previously, inspiring legions of fans.

According to his autobiography, Excelsior, “Lee put the human in the superhuman.”

Lee’s connection to fans immediately led him to Legion M’s unique model of being the first fan-owned entertainment company, and he has been supportive of Legion M since its launch in 2016. Legion M embodies the fan culture that Lee’s work launched, perpetuating a legacy that has impacted generations. By organizing and rallying the fans, celebrities, companies and anyone who has been positively impacted by Lee’s work, Legion M is paying a heartfelt, historic and overdue tribute to one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

“On behalf of Stan Lee and Stan Lee Collectibles, we’re deeply moved and appreciative of the groundswell of fan support Stan has always enjoyed, and we’re grateful that his fans have united together with Legion M to give him this great honor,” says Stan Lee Collectibles CEO Max Anderson.

As a producer, writer, editor, publisher, actor, host and executive, and idol to many, Stan ‘the Man’ Lee has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry having created or co-created 90% of Marvel’s most recognized characters. These creations have spawned books, films, television series, video games, web series, Broadway shows and more offering a steady stream of box office.

In 2017, Stan will celebrate his 95th birthday and 70th wedding anniversary, along with the 78th anniversary of the day he first started as an assistant filling inkwells at Timely Comics – now Marvel Comics – which over a lifetime of work he helped turn into one of the biggest media brands in the world.

Fans are invited to get involved, attend the event (and after party), pay tribute to Stan, take home a piece of history and more by visiting the link…

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TCL Chinese Theatres
6925 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
(323) 461-3331

HeroesCon 2017 Welcomes Back Jim Steranko

Comics legend Jim Steranko returns to Charlotte on June 16-18, 2017 to help HeroesCon celebrate its 35th Anniversary!

Steranko is praised by comic book fans and creators for his surrealistic style incorporated in the Silver and Bronze Age with Marvel flagship characters like Nick Fury, the X-Men, and Captain America.  He would later enter the publishing field with movie magazines like Prevue, and even designed characters and concepts for major films like RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and Francis Ford Coppola’s BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA.

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TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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.

CA – Cup o’ Joe with Stan Lee

Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Stan Lee and Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada will have a special chat to benefit Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need! This event will take place at the Paley Center on Friday, April 14th at 11:00 AM. Tickets are on sale NOW at EventBrite.

A mere 125 tickets for this limited and prestigious event are available at $125 each. All ticket holders will ALSO get a commemorative print created specifically for the event TRIPLE-signed by Stan, Joe, and artist Mike Mayhew! And there’s even MORE:

One winner of a special eBay auction will get to be Stan’s “Sidekick” for the event! Meet Stan before the show, get a picture, walk over to the venue, AND get front-and-center seating for the event!

And you’ve worked up an appetite, right? The winner of a second auction will be Joe’s lunch date after the event! You’ll get guaranteed front-and-center seating for Cup o’ Joe, and a private lunch with Joe Quesada after!

Tickets are extremely limited, so hop on this NOW! You’ll hear fascinating tales of Stan’s life and times and the current Marvel Universe in a small, intimate gathering at “Cup o’ Joe with Stan ‘The Man’ Lee”!

Just Added: Film writer/director Kevin Smith will be a Special Guest at “Cup o’ Joe with Stan Lee” and will introduce the event live from the stage!

The Paley Center for Media
465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Top Comics Creators Assemble at Planet Comicon 2017

Press Release:

Once again, we couldn’t be more excited about the hundreds of writers and artists that will be appearing at Planet Comicon Kansas City in 2017. They include fan favorites of current and classic comics, up-and-coming new talents, syndicated cartoonists, best-selling novelists, small press publishers, and alternative and indie voices.

Our featured creators include Kevin Eastman (TMNT), Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Joseph Michael Linsner (Harley Quinn), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD), Neal Adams (Batman), Frank Brunner (Doctor Strange), Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men) and many, many more!

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For more information about the 2017 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

CA – Excelsior Grand Opening

Comics legend STAN LEE , co-creator of Marvel’s pantheon of characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, and more, appears at the grand opening of Excelsior Collectibles for a FREE LIMITED signing on Saturday April 15th and Sunday April 16th from 11:00 AM till 3:00 PM. Stan will sign 1 item for free, you may purchase extra signatures on-site.

Please contact the store for further details. 

Excelsior Collectibles
797 W. Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821
(714) 784-6892

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