FL – Marvel Legacy Incredible Hulk #709 Signing

Artist Greg Land appears at Yancy Street Comics on Saturday, October 21st from noon till 2:00 PM to sign Marvel Legacy Incredible Hulk #709.

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Yancy Street Comics
9636 US 19 (inside Embassy Crossing Shopping Center), Port Richey, FL 34668
727-817-0888

WI – Garth Ennis Signing

Writer Garth Ennis (Jimmy’s Bastards, Preacher, Punisher MAX, The Boys, War Stories) will be signing at Kowabunga Comics on Saturday, October 28th! In addition to Garth will be Black Eyed Kids creator and Aftershock Comics Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett and writer/artist Phil Hester.

Garth Ennis is a multi-award winning comic book writer  known for his love of graphic violence and black comedy. After taking over the reins of Judge Dredd, British Comics’ most recognizable character, from legendary Judge Dredd creator John Wagner, he exploded upon the American comic book market with credits that include HellblazerHitmanPunisherFuryCrossedBattlefieldsWar Stories, and The Boys. His legendary and hugely-influential DC Comics’ series PREACHER, which he co-created with artist Steve Dillon, has recently been given a pilot treatment by AMC. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he now lives in New York City with his wife, Ruth.

Joe Pruett is the COO and Publisher at Aftershock. Joe is an Eisner and Harvey nominated writer and editor for his work on Negative Burn. He is known for his turn at Marvel on X-Men Unlimited, Wolverine, and Cable. Currently, Joe writes Black Eyed Kids at Aftershock.

Phillip Hester has been writing and drawing comics for nearly three decades, beginning while still a student at the University of Iowa. After a period of toiling in the burgeoning world of black and white indie comics, he broke into the mainstream with a long run as artist of DC’s Swamp Thing with writer Mark Millar. At nearly the same time, he wrote and drew the Eisner Award nominated series The Wretch. In 2001, Phil drew Kevin Smith’s revival of DC’s Green Arrow. He wrote the original graphic novel The Coffin with artist Mike Huddleston, which was optioned for a feature film by James Cameron. At Image Comics, he created Firebreather with artist Andy Kuhn, which became an Emmy-winning television feature for Cartoon Network. His work, as both artist and writer, has been featured in hundreds of comics from nearly every major American publisher, and includes runs on such titles as The DarknessWonder WomanAnt-ManUltimate Marvel Team-UpNightwingInvincible UniverseBatman BeyondThe Flash: Season Zero, and his current Image project Mythic with artist John McCrea. Phil lives in rural Iowa with his family.

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Kowabunga Comics
102 N Main St, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
(262) 569-9999

NYC – Nightwing: New Order Signing

Trevor McCarthy (artist on Nightwing New Order, Batman Gates of Gotham, Klarion, Batwoman, etc) appears at Comic Book Jones from Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM!

Trevor is currently doing art duties on the highly acclaimed new miniseries Nightwing New Order. He will be signing copies of the first two issues on Wednesday September 27th, the day issue #2 drops. He will also be doing commissions for a fee.

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Comic Book Jones
2220 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10303-1700
781-448-1234

 

IL – Harley Quinn Day 2017 Signing

Tim Seeley, Sheika Lugtu, and Andrea Bell appear at Challengers Comics on Saturday, September 23rd at 11:00 AM to celebrate HARLEY QUINN DAY!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

PA – Aftershock Comics Signing

Joe Pruett and Phil Hester sign at Fourcorners Comics on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM.

Aftershock Comics launched in 2015 and since then has introduced acclaimed comics like Animosity, Rough Riders, Shipwreck, Unholy Grail and Black Eyed Kids. Aftershock Comics is “a comic book company that combines the creative edge of an independent comic book publisher with the strengths and experience of a traditional powerhouse.”

Joe Pruett is the COO and Publisher at Aftershock. Joe is an Eisner and Harvey nominated writer and editor for his work on Negative Burn. He is known for his turn at Marvel on X-Men Unlimited, Wolverine, and Cable. Currently, Joe writes Black Eyed Kids at Aftershock.

Phil Hester started working on indie comics. Phil is best known as the artist for DC’s Swamp Thing and Kevin Smith’s Green Arrow. Over his long career, he has worked as both writer and artist on The Darkness, Wonder Woman, Ant-Man, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Nightwing, Invincible Universe, Batman Beyond, and The Flash: Season Zero. At Aftershock, Phil writes Blood Blister and is the artist for Shipwreck. A Phil Hester variant of Dark Ark #1 debuts on September 20th and will be available for the signing.

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Fourcorners Comics
42 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 334-2336

NE – Jack Kirby Centennial Celebration

Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, Ande Parks, Bruce McCorkindale, and Fredd Gorham appear at Krypton Comics to celebrate Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday!

Press Release:

Come out to witness Phil Hester and friends complete 100 original illustrations commemorating Jack Kirby on what would be his 100th birthday.

Each year Phil Hester holds a marathon to raise money for the Hero Initiative, a nonprofit organization that creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for life essentials and an avenue back into paying work.

This year OmahaBound and Krypton Comics team-up to host Phil Hester and friends in Omaha for the final Kirby marathon.

Phil Hester will begin drawing Saturday, August 26th at Krypton Comics and will finish on Monday, August 28th. Come out to visit Krypton, support Phil on his marathon, and enter a raffle for a bonus illustration.

Phil Hester will also complete an OmahaBound Exclusive Kirby Illustration while in Omaha. Starting August 21st, purchase $1 raffle tickets at Krypton Comics for the FINAL Kirby Fundraiser Illustration by Phil Hester. Drawing to be held Monday August 28th at Krypton Comics. And there’s no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase!

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Krypton Comics
2819 South 125th Avenue #261, Omaha, NE 68144-3873
(402) 391-4131

CA – Nightwing: New Order Signing

KYLE HIGGINS (writer of Batman: Gates of Gotham, New 52 Nightwing, Power Rangers, Hadrian’s Wall, and many more) appears at Collector’s Paradise on Wednesday, August 23rd at 5:00 PM.

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Collector’s Paradise
319 S Arroyo Pkwy, Ste 4, Pasadena, California 91105
(626) 577-6694

DC Announces Panel & Signing Schedule for SDCC 2017

Press Release:

Over the next four days, there will be hundreds of panels taking place at San Diego Comic-Con. If you’re interested, you can find a complete listing on their website. But if you’re here, there’s a pretty good chance you’re a DC fan and wondering which of those panels are being presented by DC and our friends at Warner Bros.

Below you’ll find the complete list. If you want the official scoop on your favorite DC comics, movies, TV, games and collectibles, these are the panels to check out. Please note, however, that while we don’t anticipate it, things change constantly at SDCC. Please consult the Comic-Con website, the DC All Access app, or the printed room schedules at SDCC for the most up-to-date information.

If you’re interested in DC signings, the DC All Access app is your best resource. Please note that wristbands for select events/signings will be distributed first thing every morning, as early as 6:00 am, at the Sails Pavilion on the day of the signing. There will be no access to wristband lines prior to 6:00 am. For more information on the wristband procedure, please visit the Toucan Blog, SDCC’s official blog which includes helpful maps.

Thursday July 20, 2017

DC Collectibles 
10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.
Room: 9

  • Limited edition statues, action figures, prop replicas, busts, vinyl…DC Collectibles has them all – and more! Join the DC Collectibles crew, including Executive Director, DC Collectibles Jim Fletcher, Senior Art Director, DC Collectibles Shawn Knapp, Art Director, DC Collectibles Brian Walters and artists Katherine Brannock, Sho Murase, HaiNaNu “Nooligan” Saulique and Chris Uminga, to hear how they come up with so many great products, and what’s coming up from the award-winning maker of awesome collectibles!

DC All Access 
11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • Meet the folks behind the hit program that is all about your favorite topic: DC! Tiffany Smith, Jason Inman, Whitney Moore, Hector Navarro…the names you’ve come to know and love will be here sharing behind-the-scenes tidbits and all out DC fun.

DC Meet the Publishers 
2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • DC’s Publishers are back in San Diego and better than ever! Dan DiDio and Jim Lee are the driving forces behind DC Universe Rebirth, Vertigo, MAD, DC’s YOUNG ANIMAL, DARK MATTER and much more. This up-close-and-personal panel gives you unique access to the leaders of your favorite comic book line!

Spotlight on Geoff Johns
3:15p.m. – 4:15p.m.
Room: 6DE 

  • The superstar DC writer, President & Chief Creative Officer returns to San Diego for an all-access and in-depth discussion. Be here for this exclusive panel that will give you insight to one of the genre’s most influential people. With the upcoming Doomsday Clock, there will be much to cover!

Mad about MAD
4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m.
Room: 8

  • MAD, the country’s #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of 1), is dumber than ever! Join MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano for a ridiculous peek at what’s happening at the magazine, and an epically, moronic Q&A that’s bound to be, well, MAD! (Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions!)

DC Art Masters: Drawing DC
5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.
Room: 11

  • Class is in session as some of the greatest artists in the industry take this panel to school with an in-depth look at their creative process! DC Entertainment is proud to spotlight these talented individuals for this exclusive, all-access look at what it’s like drawing DC!

DC – Too Tough Trivia or Stump the Writers
6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Room: 5AB

  • Think you know everything from Crisis on Infinite Earths to Flashpoint to Rebirth? Come by and test your knowledge of the DC Universe from its inception all the way to Dark Days against DC’s finest minds to win some exclusive prizes!

Friday July 21, 2017

DC Universe Rebirth
11:15a.m. – 12:15p.m.
Room: 6DE  

  • DC Universe Rebirth has taken the industry by storm.  The universe has been restored with hope and optimism, engaging storylines and dynamic characters. Come discover more about your favorite DC super heroes, plus hear from the talented teams bringing these stories to life!

DC Metal/ Dark Matter
1:45p.m. – 2:45p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • The team behind DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, are here to talk about comic’s hottest event!  They are joined by DARK MATTER contributors Steve Orlando, Phillip Tan, James Tynion IVRobert Venditti and others in this revealing hour of comics!

Vertigo: Creator Spotlight
3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Room: 6DE 

  • Comics’ most innovative imprint puts the creator in the spotlight!  Come witness the evolution of Vertigo, as we glimpse back at the rich history, and peek forward to some of the incredible things to come. The star-studded lineup features Academy Award winner John Ridley with a few huge surprise guests!

DC From Page to Screen
4:15p.m. – 5:15p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • Never before has DC been more popular in TV, video games, home videos, and movie theaters. And with an impressive film slate and countless shows in series and production, it has never been a better time to be a DC fan! Join the people behind the scenes that translate the page to the screen on this must see panel that sees your favorite stories and characters come to life!

DC’s Young Animal
5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m.
Room: 5AB  

  • Be here as we delve further into the world of DC’s YOUNG ANIMAL, the DC imprint led by MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE frontman and best selling comic writer, Gerard Way (Doom Patrol), with many of his top notch collaborators including Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone (Shade, the Changing Girl), Jody Houser (Mother Panic), Jon Rivera (Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye) and others.

Saturday July 22, 2017

DC Justice For All
10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.
Room: 6DE

  • Be here as the creative folks behind your favorite Justice League characters take center stage. Tony Daniel (JLA), Dan Jurgens (Action Comics), Tom King (Batman), Steve Orlando (Justice League of America), John Semper Jr (Cyborg), Nicola Scott (Wonder Woman), Liam Sharp (Wonder Woman), Brad Walker (Aquaman) and Joshua Williamson (Flash) have a lot to share about your favorite DC super heroes and their fight for justice!

DC Essentials
11:15a.m. – 12:15p.m.
Room: 6DE 

  • New to comics? Are you at the convention because you’re a fan of great DC TV, movies, video games, or other media? Bingeing a season of The Flash leave you wanting to know more about the source material?  Well, look no further; this is the panel for you!  Our panel of experts is here to help you along your journey through the wonderful world of comics! Come one, come all!

DC Harley Quinn: Celebrating 25 Years
12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • Twenty five years ago, Dr. Harleen Quinzel made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series and what a debut it was!  An instant fan favorite and her popularity has been meteoric ever since! Come celebrate her first appearance anniversary with some of the key contributors to this modern icon.

DC Celebrates WildStorm 25th Anniversary
1:45p.m. – 3:15p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • It’s has been 25 years since Jim Lee’s WildStorm first made its mark on the comics landscape with such memorable and innovative titles like WildC.A.T.S., Gen13Stormwatch, and Deathblow, to name a few.  Join Jim Lee and former WildStorm staffers and talented contributors including Ryan Benjamin, Lee Bermejo, J. Scott Campbell, Carlos D’Anda, Sandra Hope, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair and others for a fun trip down memory lane!

DC Master Class
6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Room: 6DE  

  • The DC MASTER CLASS is in session!  Comics’ elite, cream-of-the-crop artists Amanda Conner, Tony Daniel, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, John Romita Jr and a huge surprise guest are here to share details on their new projects.  This panel has the MASTER CLASS seal of approval!

Sunday July 23, 2017

DC My Secret Origin or How I Broke Into Comics
1:45p.m. – 2:45p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • They say breaking up is hard to do…but breaking into comics may be tougher! Come by for an inside look at how some of DC’s topnotch talent broke in, crafting the tales of your favorite DC Super Heroes!

DC Kids – Sunday Art School
4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • It’s Sunday Funday!  Bring your kids along as some of the best young adult/kids artists DC has to offer are here to share with you their drawing tips and tools for the trade.  Fan favorites Art & Franco (DC Super-Friends), Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls), Dustin Nguyen (Batman: L’il Gotham, Super Hero Society) are your tutors for today’s class.

SIGNINGS

Thursday, July 20

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Freddie Williams II
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Shane Davis
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Joelle Jones
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Julie Benson and Shawna Benson
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Jock and Scott Snyder ** Wristband Required
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mauricet, Frank Tieri
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Marguerite Bennett and Steve Orlando
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Tom Richmond and Justin Norman (Moritat)
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Greg Capullo** and Marc Andreyko
    ** Wristband Required
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tom King and Joshua Williamson
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Robert Venditti and Paolo Pantalena
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Andy Kubert* and John Romita, Jr.**
    ** Wristband Required
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Eduardo Risso, Paul Dini, and Tony Daniel
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM DC Collectibles ARTISTS ALLEY: Sho Murase, Nooligan, and Chris Uminga

Friday, July 21

  • 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Marv Wolfman
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM John Semper, Jr.
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tony Daniel and Steve Orlando
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Scott Snyder* and Greg Capullo** Wristband Required
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Jim Lee**, Alex Sinclair**, Scott Williams**, Sandra Hope  ** Wristband Required
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Geoff Johns** and Phil Jimenez
    ** Wristband Required
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Tim Seeley and Gail Simone*
    * Signing ends at 2:45
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Julie Benson, Shauna Benson, and Mike Grell
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Tom King and Josh Williamson
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM DC’s Young Animal: Gerard Way**, Jody Houser**, Jon Rivera**, and Marley Zarcone ** Wristband Required
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Mauricet
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Andy Kubert** and John Romita, Jr.** Wristband Required
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Robert Venditti and Paul Levitz
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dan Jurgens, Bernard Chang, and Tyler Kirkham

Saturday, July 22

  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Marv Wolfman
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Lee Bermejo and Tony Daniel
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Paul Dini and Mike Grell
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM John Semper, Jr., Cecil Castellucci, and Marley Zarcone
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Robert Venditti and Agnes Garbowska
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Scott Snyder** and Greg Capullo** Wristband Required
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Jim Lee**, Alex Sinclair**, Scott Williams** Wristband Required
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Josh Williamson and Joelle Jones
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Andy Kubert** and John Romita, Jr.** Wristband Required
  • 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM Justin Norman (Moritat)
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Julie Benson, Shauna Benson, and Clay Mann
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dan Jurgens, Bernard Chang, Sonny Liew, and Paul Levitz

Sunday, July 23

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Art and Franco
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Andy Kubert** Wristband Required
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Steve Orlando and Brad Walker
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Monica Kubina and Shane Davis
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM John Romita, Jr.** and Mark Andreyko
    ** Wristband Required
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Jill Thompson, Kurt Busiek, and Brent Anderson
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, and Frank Tieri
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Jock
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Cat Staggs
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Philip Tan and Gail Simone
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Scott Snyder**, Greg Capullo**, and James Tynion IV
    ** Wristband Required
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tom King and Josh Williamson

Essential Sequential Signings & Exclusives at SDCC 2017

July 13, 2017 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News, Other

Press Release:

Come visit Essential Sequential and Comic Sketch Art at Booths #4507-4606 at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 19th – 23rd at the San Diego Convention Center.

It’s that time again! We’ll be set up at San Diego Comic-Con at booths #4507-4606 with our friends from Comic Sketch Art. We’ll have a ton of new art, books, prints as well as creator appearances.

Creators Attending:

  • Dan Panosian – Taking Commissions
  • Andrew C. Robinson – Taking Commissions
  • Jason Shawn Alexander – Taking Commissions
  • Scott Snyder
  • Greg Capullo
  • Andy Kubert
  • Mark Brooks
  • Clay Mann
  • Tom King
  • James Tynion IV
  • Steve Orlando
  • Marguerite Bennett
  • Mindy Lee – Taking Commissions

Signings:

Wednesday July 19th:
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Joshua Williamson, Tom King, Andrew Robinson
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Andy Kubert

Thursday July 20th:
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: James Tynion IV, Marguerite Bennett
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Tom King, Jason Shawn Alexander
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Steve Orlando, Jason Shawn Alexander
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Andy Kubert, Dan Panosian, Andrew Robinson
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Andy Kubert

Friday July 21st:
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Dan Panosian
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM: Steve Orlando, Dan Panosian
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Andy Kubert, Andrew Robinson, Jason Shawn Alexander
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Marguerite Bennett
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM: Jason Shawn Alexander
4:45 PM – 6:00 PM: Josh Williamson, Tom King
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: James Tynion IV, Marguerite Bennett
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Greg Capullo and Jason Shawn Alexander @ Image booth

Saturday July 22nd:
10:00 AM –  12:00 PM: Andy Kubert, Dan Panosian, Andrew Robinson
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Josh Williamson, Tom KingMark Brooks
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM:  Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jason Shawn Alexander
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM: James Tynion IV, Marguerite Bennett, Jason Shawn Alexander
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Steve Orlando, Andrew Robinson
4:15 PM – 5:45 PM: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jock, Dan Panosian

Sunday July 23rd:
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Steve Orlando, Jason Shawn Alexander, Andrew Robinson
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: James Tynion IV, Marguerite BennettDan Panosian
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Scott Snyder, Jock, Dan Panosian
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Josh Williamson, Tom King, Jason Shawn Alexander, Andrew Robinson

SDCC Exclusives:

  • Spawn #267 Limited Edition giclee signed by Jason Alexander & # to 25 pieces. 16×20 on Velvet Rag paper. $100. Remarqued edition $250.

 

  • Seven to Eternity Limited Edition Giclee signed by Andrew Robinson, # to 25 pieces. 16×20 on Velvet Rag paper. $100. Remarqued edition $250.

 

  • Batman #51 Limited Edition Giclee signed by Greg Capullo. #’d to 25 pieces. 16×20 on Velvet Rag paper. $100. Remarqued edition will be available. We’ll have a few more Capullo exclusives as well!

 

  • Mark Brooks Astonishing X-Men #1 Variant. Limited quantities. Standard edition $10, Virgin edition $30.

 

  • Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Joe Kubert/Adam Kubert Variant. $10 Standard, $30 Virgin Edition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 ALA Conference Announces Graphic Novel & Comics Programming

Learn about the art of graphic novels, comics, illustration and how games and gaming inspire creativity and social interaction at the American Library Association’s annual conference on June 23-26, 2017! RSVP on Facebook!

Friday, June 23

5:45pm-6:35pm

DC’s Young Animal

DC’s Young Animal is a new publishing imprint spearheaded by Gerard Way, the acclaimed author of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY and best-selling musician. This new line of graphic novels is something different, inspired by the visionary work of DC’s experimental past, but shaped and focused by the absurdity of today. Join Way and some of today’s most innovative creators including Cecil Castellucci, Jody Houser, Jon Rivera, and Nick Derington, as they discuss their works DOOM PATROL VOL. 1: BRICK BY BRICK, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL VOL. 1: EARTH GIRL MADE EASY, CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE VOL. 1: GOING UNDER and MOTHER PANIC VOL. 1: WORK IN PROGRESS. This panel will discuss how the themes, characters and plot devices in these graphic novels from DC’s Young Animal will engage with readers and patrons like few other works in the industry can today.

Saturday, June 24

9:30am-10:20am

The Rise of Graphic Novels for Kids in Europe and the USA

European and American publishers and authors discuss the emergence of the format and its phenomenal rise internationally in the past decade. They will also look at the differences and similarities of working in comics in Europe and the USA.

10:30am-11:20am

Hazardous Tales and Science Fiction with Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel series NATHAN HALE’S HAZARDOUS TALES have exploded in classrooms and libraries around the country. With a seventh book on the way for Fall 2017, the craze that gets kids excited about history shows no signs of slowing. In this presentation, Nathan Hale will give the audience a sneak peek of the next Hazardous Tales book as well as discuss his recent science fiction graphic novel, ONE TRICK PONY.

11:30am-12:20pm

Spotlight on Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation with adapter Damian Duffy and illustrator John Jennings

More than 35 years after its release, Octavia Butler’s celebrated science fiction masterpiece, Kindred, continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings have adapted this iconic work into the graphic novel format, which instantly became a #1 New York Times bestseller. They will discuss the process of working with this mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century.
12:30pm-1:20pm

What Does An Idea Look Like? A Conversation About Creativity with Grant Snider, author of The Shape of Ideas

What does an idea look like? And where do they come from? An orthodontist by day and artist by night, Grant Snider, author of ’The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity’, had had comics featured in the Kansas City Star, the New York Times Book Review, as well as The Best American Comics in 2013. On this panel, he will share the secrets to his own creative process and share tips on how to keep ideas flowing. ’The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity’, is a collection of one- and two-page comics that provide insight into the joys and frustrations of creativity, inspiration, and process—no matter your age or creative background.

1:30pm-2:20pm

VIZ Media Presents – Manga!!

VIZ Media, the premier publisher of manga in the English speaking world, has released several hit series such as Naruto, Pokemon, and Ouran High School Host Club. Join us as we talk about which manga are currently the most popular on the scene as well as exciting new series coming soon!

2:30pm-3:20pm

Creator Spotlight: Jessica Abel

Writer/artist Jessica Abel has always been known for work outside the graphic novel mainstream. From her breakout work LA PERDIDA to her comics textbooks, Abel has displayed not only the ability to craft compelling stories but also a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the medium. Her latest series, TRISH TRASH: ROLLERGIRL OF MARS is the story of a mixed race teenager on Mars, struggling to escape economic oppression through a futuristic version of roller derby. Super Genius publisher Terry Nantier speaks with Abel about her long career and why TRISH TRASH is the heroine America needs right now.

3:30pm-4:20pm

Category or Genre: What’s Next for Graphic Novels?

With books aimed at everyone from young children to the most mature adults, there literally is a graphic novel for every reader. But does all this diversity mean we should rethink graphic novel sections in libraries? Should they take their place alongside more traditional books in sections ranging from biography to science fiction. Or does the unique nature of the medium (and its readers) drive a need for graphic novels to always have their own special place on the shelves?

4:30pm-5:00pm

DC Super Hero Girls Original Graphic Novels

Join DC Comics and writer Shea Fontana for a discussion on the DC SUPER HERO GIRLS original graphic novel line! With books such as FINALS CRISIS, HITS AND MYTHS and the new SUMMER OLYMPUS, these graphic novels developed for girls 6-12 have been a smash-hit success across libraries and bookstores alike. Shea will discuss how these new works from DC are relating to young girls everywhere, with themes of empowerment, friendship and teamwork prevalent throughout. Q&A to follow!

Sunday, June 25

9:30am-10:20am

How to write for children

An overview of graphic novels for kids, from classics (like “Tintin”, “Boule & Bill”, etc), right up to the present day. How do you think up a story for a three-year-old, an eight-year-old or a young-adult?

10:30am-11:20am

Comics at the frontier of a new literary movement

Comics are at a new height of popularity and cultural acceptance, but can artists and publishers ensure that this isn’t just a passing trend? Does the popularity of superhero comics help or hinder the consideration of the art form as a whole? Artists like Sam Bosma, Jen Lee & Elise Gravel are at the vanguard of taking comics beyond the public’s popular preconceptions, and they’ll discuss the shape of comics as a genre, a medium, and an art form. Learn how artists can use genre conventions to ease readers into a completely different side of the comics scene, and see what’s possible when artists are able to take you beyond your assumptions. The popularity of genre has given fans an introduction to the art of comics, and these panelists are using that to show the world that the future of the medium goes beyond any one category!

11:30am-12:20pm

Image Comics 25th Anniversary Celebration

Comic creators Ryan Browne, Marjorie Liu, Jim Rugg, Gregg Schigiel, Tim Seeley, and Skottie Young speak about their experience of Image Comics throughout the years & reflect on how the company’s history has impacted their own career trajectory. Discussion will touch on both specifics about Image and also how comics as a whole have evolved. Creators will talk about their inspirations, tell stories about times they were directly or indirectly affected by their industry role models, talk about upcoming titles, and discuss how they are carrying the torch forward! A raffle and short signing will take place at the close of the event.

12:30pm-1:20pm

Comics for Teens: Discovery in the Library

Librarians, authors and publishers discussing and sharing thoughts about aiding teens and YA readers in discovering comics/ YA Graphic novels. A look at what has worked in the past as well as what tools can be used to grow readership in this category.

1:30pm-2:20pm

A Monstress Discussion with Author Marjorie Liu

Marjorie Liu discusses the upcoming new volume in her critically acclaimed series, Monstress. The author will describe her creative process, including inspirations and research methods, and will take questions from the audience. A raffle and short signing will take place at the close of the event.

2:30pm-3:20pm

Check out Dynamite in 2017

A discussion of Dynamite’s exciting current and future releases.

3:30pm-4:20pm

Liberties at work and Creator’s ownership

Artists come together to discuss the different creative methods in France and the USA: liberty of choices, schedules, production, printing, etc. What does it means to be a French Artist?

Authors will also discuss the concept of ownership in France and in the USA : To whom does the work belong? What are the rights of an artist over their work?

Monday, June 26

9:30am-10:20am

Champion of the Graphic Novel: Will Eisner at 100 Years

Will Eisner was, and still is, one of the most influential forces in the comics and graphic novels publishing industry. This year we celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday with a conversation about his contribution and commitment to the idea of graphic novels as a true form of literature. The discussion will also cover the relationship between the library world and the growth of the comics industry and more specifically how librarians helped to define and grow the graphic novel category.

10:30am-11:20am

Tabletop Games 101

Playing Tabletop games in libraries is growing. As libraries expand their breadth, more and more library members are enjoying table-top games, played with real people, face-to-face, in libraries. But, what exactly are tabletop games? How do I tell board games from role-playing games, from card games? Which games are suitable for young people, and which will be enjoyed by an older crowd? This panel of gaming veterans including game publishers and distributors will cut the red tape so each library knows which games to bring in. At ALA Annual, Friday Games Night will give everyone an opportunity to play a variety of games and talk to publishers and distributors. Open gaming on the floor, during the day offers more opportunities to learn and have fun doing it.

11:30am-12:20pm

Disney Manga: family friendly fun!

With the explosion in popularity of manga, parents and librarians have rightfully been concerned about child-friendly titles. With TOKYOPOP’s Disney Manga line, we bring the magic of Disney to this popular form of graphic novels, providing families with a way to enjoy their favorite Disney characters and stories in manga style! With titles brought directly from Japan and our own original titles made in collaboration with Disney’s team, we want to break down the misconception that all manga is inappropriate for little ones and encourage young readers with this fun line of graphic novels.

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