CANCELLED: Darryl Makes Comics Comic Con-cert



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No one epitomizes classic New York hip-hop like Darryl “DMC” McDaniels. On the heels of his new comic book imprint, Darryl Makes Comics, he’ll discuss his career, his influence on the music industry, and his new career making comics. And best of all, he wraps up the evening by giving a rare performance! Run – don’t walk – this way with DMC from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to the Hard Rock Café! Tickets are $40 and available online now. Presented as part of New York Super Week.

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Hard Rock Cafe Time Square
New York, New York 10025

Star Wars Rebels Previews Season 2 at NYCC 2015


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The Force is everywhere, but it may be heavily concentrated at this year’s New York Comic Con. On October 8, attendees will receive an exclusive sneak peek of what’s to come in the second season of Star Wars Rebels, along with a panel featuring special guests and a preview of two new episodes from the series.

As the second season of Star Wars Rebels opens, the crew of the Ghost is now a very real threat to the Empire. That’s bad news, because Darth Vader’s been assigned with the task of mopping them up. Undeterred, the rebels seek out old friends and new allies, hoping to rally the formidable alliance which began to crystallize at the end of Season One. Vader will dispatch new agents to counter their growing coalition, but the Sith Lord’s battle with the Rebels could be more personal than anyone realized.

The Star Wars Rebels panel will take place on the Empire Stage from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and be followed by an exclusive screening of two new episodes on the same stage from 5:30-6:30 p.m. These episodes will feature the series debut of Captain Rex, Captain Gregor, and Commander Wolffe — three clones from the hit animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. They join another fan favorite from the show, Ahsoka Tano, who made her Star Wars Rebels debut in the final episode of Season One.

Star Wars Rebels returns with new episodes this fall on Disney XD.

Valiant Announces New Series of Dates for Their 25th Anniversary Convention Tour

Valiant 2015

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The Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour Adds New Dates for Summer and Beyond – Beginning at StocktonCon 2015!

After smash-hit appearances at more than a dozen conventions across North America, Valiant’s silver anniversary celebration is about to get even bigger with an all-new wave of dates coming soon to a city near you!

Valiant is proud to announce an all-new series of dates for the Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour – extending Valiant’s year-long celebration of 25 years of the largest independent universe in comics with new appearances in cities across the country! Kicking off at StocktonCon 2015 in Stockton, CA on August 8th, the next leg of Valiant’s comic book roadshow will be coming soon to fans at Alamo City Comic Con 2015 in San Antonio, TX, Rose City Comic Con 2015 in Portland,OR, Baltimore Comic Con 2015 in Baltimore, MD, and New York Comic Con 2015 in New York,NY…with many more major appearances anywhere and everywhere in between!

With exclusive convention-only swag and giveaways, creator signings, panels and programming, and more, get the inside track on what’s next for Valiant’s award-winning superhero universe at a convention near you! From DIVINITY to BOOK OF DEATH and BLOODSHOT REBORN to WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR, Valiant is bringing its biggest, best and brightest to fans across the country, beginning this August:

Saturday, August 8th – Sunday, August 9th:

Stockton Arena
Stockton, CA

Friday, September 11th – Sunday, September 13th:
Alamo City Comic Con

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

Saturday, September 19th – Sunday, September 20th:
Rose City Comic Con

Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

Friday, September 25th – Sunday, September 27th:
Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

Saturday, October 3rd – Sunday, October 4th:
Alternative Press Expo

San Jose Convention Center
San Jose, CA

Thursday, October 8th – Sunday, October 11th:
New York Comic Con

Javits Convention Center
New York, NY

Saturday, October 17th – Sunday, October 18th:
Buffalo Comicon

The Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Buffalo, NY

Saturday, October 24th
Pittsburgh Comic & Collectibles Show

New Dimension Comics
Pittsburgh, PA

Friday, November 13th – Sunday, November 15th:
NC Comicon
Durham Convention Center
Durham, NC

Saturday, November 21st – Sunday, November 22nd:
New Jersey Comic Expo

New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
New Jersey, NJ

The second leg of the Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour officially kicks off next week at StocktonCon 2015 in Stockton, CA – and we’re bringing a boatload of giveaways and merchandise to kick things off! From Saturday, August 8th through Sunday, August 9th, join Valiant at Booth #45/46 inside the Stockton Arena and find out why Valiant is the best reviewed publisher in comics today with a complete collection of volume one trade paperbacks – each intro-priced at just $9.99!

Check out Valiant’s acclaimed ongoing and limited series with trade paperback collections from the most nominated publisher of the 2015 Harvey Awards with nominated titles including THE VALIANTand THE DEATH-DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE. Plus, jump on board Valiant’s latest sold-out series with BOOK OF DEATH, DIVINITY, BLOODSHOT REBORN, and more – available at the Valiant booth all weekend long.

The Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour rides again this August at StocktonCon 2015! Visit for more details and dates as Valiant’s silver anniversary celebration continues!

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblr, and at

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit

Garden State Comic Fest 2015 Announces Contests and Prizes

GSCF Cosplay Showdown

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Garden State Comic Fest Announces Contests and Prizes

The Garden State Comic Fest will be giving away (as contest prizes) tickets to this fall’s New York Comic Con! Promoter, Sal Zurzolo says, “In addition to traditional cash prizes we are giving away something much more VALUABLE and you can you get one of these much sought after items the old fashioned way, by earning it when you win one of four contests.”

“We heard about how quickly the NYCC tickets sold and wanted to show some appreciation to our fans so in addition to winning them in a contest, we will be giving away as door prizes 2 NYCC Passes.” added Dave O’Hare, the show’s founder.

Dave said, “Those with a talent for drawing, can enter the Art Contest which will be judged by some of our very own guest artists.”

“If you can’t draw a stick figure, then our attendees can put their knowledge of super powered beings (and Batman) to good use by entering the Trivia Contest and prove that your intellect is superior to all challengers,” said Sal.

“If you like costumes, then put on your best cape, cowl and body paint and enter the GSCF Garden State Cosplay Showdown costume contest,” Dave said.

In addition, Dave said, “We are ecstatic to announce several panels including the first ever WDHA radio led Rocks and Comic panel, art historian Arlen Schumer’s presentation on ‘The Silver Age of Comic Book Art,’ and many more.”

The GSCF will crown a costume contest champion at the newly named Garden State Cosplay Showdown. A single admission starts at $13 (pre-show). Tickets are available on-line and at the door. For more information, including contests and panel schedules, contact the GSCF at or

NYC – The Last Unicorn on Stage


Author Peter S. Beagle and Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Las Vegas) appear at the 92nd Street Y to discuss The Last Unicorn on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm!

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Actor-Producer Josh Duhamel and co-producers Fergie, Connor Cochran and Lauren Sands are launching a Broadway-bound immersive musical of Peter S. Beagle’s classic fantasy The Last Unicorn.

The original novel has sold six million copies worldwide in 25 languages, the animated film has tens of millions of fans and the graphic novel was a New York Times Bestseller. Now the unicorn is coming to life on stage in a new and uniquely imaginative way. Come join Josh and Peter (along with other members of the team) for the first public discussion of this project, plus other amazing Last Unicorn news!

If you would like to receive more information, please visit:

Get tickets at the link!

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128

Manga Creator Takeshi Obata Appears at NYCC 2014


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VIZ Media the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, and ReedPOP, the largest producer of pop culture events in the world, are proud to welcome one of Japan’s preeminent manga artists – Takeshi Obata – for his first-ever U.S. personal appearance. His visit is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

The acclaimed artist of smash hit manga (graphic novel) series such as DEATH NOTE, BAKUMAN。, HIKARU NO GO, RALΩGRAD and ALL YOU NEED IS KILL will appear at several events during the 2014 New York Comic Con. Taking place October 9th- 12th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention. Full details on the show are available.

During the convention, Takeshi Obata will appear in person on two panels, on Thursday October 9th as part of VIZ Media’s WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP panel and on Friday October 10th with an overview of his incredible catalog of works. He will make an exclusive signing appearance at the Javits Convention Center on Thursday Takeshi Obata will also make a pair of additional appearances around New York as part of ReedPOP’s New York Super Week on Friday October 10th at Kinokuniya Book Store and Saturday October 11th at Barnes & Noble.

Fans are invited to stop by the VIZ Media Booth (#1944) on Thursday October 9th for details and to secure advance tickets for the exclusive New York Comic Con Takeshi Obata signing, taking place the same day at 7:30pm at the Javits Center. Signing tickets will be distributed on a first come/first served basis promptly at 1:00 pm and again at 4:30pm. (There will be no advance line-up until 15 minutes before ticket time). Each attendee that secures a ticket will receive an exclusive shikishi signing board that Obata will autograph.

Fans may also select from a wide array of Obata manga titles available for purchase at the VIZ Media booth, including special advance copies of his newest work, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, a deluxe omnibus manga treatment of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s hit sci-fi novel that inspired the action blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise. It will debut under VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Advanced imprint on November 4th. Other acclaimed Obata manga titles including DEATH NOTE, BAKUMAN。, HIKARU NO GO and RALΩGRAD will also be available for purchase.

1dnoteVIZ Media, ReedPOP and The Japan Foundation welcome Takeshi Obata at the following NYCC panels:

THE FUTURE OF WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Panel Featuring Takeshi Obata
Thursday, October 9th; 6:00pm – 6:45 pm; Javits Center – Room 1A10

Join the staff of VIZ Media’s WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP as well as editors from Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine to welcome Takeshi Obata for an enlightening personal discussion on what’s new and what’s next for the long-running manga anthology which launched best-selling titles such as NARUTO, BLEACH, ONE PIECE, DRAGON BALL as well as Obata’s BAKUMAN。and DEATH NOTE series.

Friday, October 10th; 5:00pm – 5:45pm; Javits Center – Room 1A10

Join special guest Takeshi Obata along with his editor, Koji Yoshida, for an insightful conversation about Obata’s beginnings as an artist, his extensive history working in the manga industry, and the creative process behind his works. Don’t miss this!

Takeshi Obata also will participate in a pair of special off-site signings as part of New York Super Week takes place October 3rd – 12th immediately preceding New York Comic Con and is a unique immersive pop culture event where the entire island of Manhattan becomes a playground for a colorful array of superheroes, villains, cosplayers, artists, celebrities and passionate fans of from all over the world that gather to take part in a variety of themed events all over the City including concerts, comedy shows, gaming events, lectures, podcasts, storytelling, Information & tickets to New York Super Week events are available now at:

Kinokuniya Book Store, 1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018

Attend a special free evening event with Takeshi Obata, a pivotal figure from Japan’s vibrant manga industry, on Friday October 10th from 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM at Kinokuniya. All participants must secure a Super Week event ticket and will receive a free autographed Shikishi signboard with the on-site purchase of one of Obata’s works. (*Note: Obata will only sign the provided shikishi
Free tickets for this event can be secured at the link….

Takeshi Obata Barnes & Noble Signing Event

Barnes & Noble – Tribeca, 97 Warren St, New York, NY 10007

Barnes & Noble and VIZ Media welcome Takeshi Obata for another free exclusive appearance as part of New York Super Week on Saturday October 11th from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. All participants must secure a free Super Week event ticket in advance and will receive an autographed Shikishi signboard with the on-site purchase of one of Obata’s works. (*Note: Obata will only sign the provided shikishi and on-site purchased book)

More information on this event may be viewed at the link…

“We’re very honored to welcome Takeshi Obata, creator of some of the most popular and beloved manga worldwide, for these very special live events as part of the 2014 New York Comic Con,” says Leyla Aker, Vice President, Publishing, VIZ Media. “From the paranormal suspense of DEATH NOTE, to an insider’s story of the manga industry in BAKUMAN。, to the sci-fi thriller ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, Obata’s work has consistently drawn wide acclaim and captivated millions of readers around the world. Please join us to celebrate his first-ever U.S. appearance!”

Takeshi Obata was born in 1969 in Niigata, Japan and is the artist of the wildly popular SHONEN JUMP manga series DEATH NOTE, BAKUMAN。 and HIKARU NO
GO (all published by VIZ Media). He is the winner of the 2003 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize’s Shinsei “New Hope” Award and the 2000 Shogakukan Manga Award.

Obata is also the artist of Arabian Majin Bokentan Lamp Lamp, Ayatsuri Sakon, Cyborg Jichan G., and his newest manga work, the sci-fi action series ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, which is based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s best-selling novel.

For more information on Takeshi Obata’s manga titles or other manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit

NYC – Nerdist Comics Panel

nerdist comics panel

Super-star writers Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine; She-Hulk; Letter 44; Superman & Wonder Woman; more!) and Gerry Duggan (Deadpool; Nova; Hulk) join hosts Ben Blacker (Thunderbolts; Thrilling Adventure Hour) and Heath Corson (Batman: Assault on Arkham) for a special NYCC edition of Nerdist Comics Panel in which will be discussed the process and business of writing comic books, writing for Marvel and DC, and ways to kill Wolverine.

For more info click the linkHear past episodes! Proceeds from this and all nerdist Comics Panels benefit 826, the national nonprofit program to encourage creative writing in students. This one in particular benefits local 826 NYC.

Get tickets ($10) at the link!

Rock Bar
185 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014
(212) 675-1864

Comic Art House Takes NYCC 2014 By Storm

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Comic Art House takes New York Comic Con by storm! All artists will have original art for sale and prints! Most artists will be accepting commissions on site! You can find our very talented artists all in one place!

NYCC 2014 Artist Locations:comic-art-house

Agnes Garbowska C15
Autumn Frederickson P15
Ben Templesmith M1
Billy Fowler I15
Buzz E9
Cat Staggs I8
Chrissie Zullo I18
Christian DiBari J14
Christopher Uminga I17
Daniel Govar A3
Jim Calafiore V1
Jay P Fosgitt D12
Jeff Dekal A2
Jessica Cox (h-eri) V16
Joe Eisma W15
Edwin Huang W16
Katie Cook C10
Keron Grant BB11
Leo Leibelman S3
Mark Dos Santos B17
Mark Texeira F4
Matthew J Fletcher I16
Mike Lilly E18
Nen P10
Norman Lee O9
Pat Davidson B7A
Sara Richard A4
Scott Wegener I12
Stephane Roux E10

Secure your order!
In addition to these artists, Mike Henderson, Steve Scott, and Brent Peeples will be appearing at their publisher’s booths throughout the weekend!

Several artists, but not all, are accepting pre-orders for commissions, some for pick-up and some to be completed at the show. Commission slots are limited, so please contact me at or text me at 603-657-0480.

We look forward to seeing you at NYCC and thank you for your patronage!

NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay to Debut at New York Comic Con 2014

NYCC cosplay

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NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay to Debut at New York Comic Con 2014

First Stop in “Quest for the Crown” Cosplay Competition Circuit to Play Out at NYCC and Lay Foundation for Search to Find Best Cosplayer on the Planet.

New York – August 25, 2014 – Today, ReedPOP, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events, announces the debut of a new Cosplay championship at this year’s New York Comic Con (NYCC). The inaugural NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay will be the biggest and most prestigious costume contest on the East Coast and will serve as the first stop in the “Quest for the Crown,” a new Cosplay competition circuit that celebrates the very best in Cosplay design from all over the world.

Cosplay veterans, former champions and amateurs alike will battle it out for a shot at the NYCC Eastern Championship Crown and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. The Eastern Champion of Cosplay will represent the East Coast in the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay in Chicago in April 2015, the final round in the Quest for the Crown competition. Thousands of NYCC fans will watch in person and millions of people around the world will tune in via the New York Comic Con live stream to witness the spectacle and pageantry of this fun-filled competition celebrating the best Cosplayers the East Coast has to offer — entries spanning the worlds of comics, movies, television, video games, anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy!

“The Crown Championships of Cosplay began in Chicago last year, and we’re excited to now introduce this new leg of our Cosplay tournament here,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP.  “We love the evolution and growth of our contests — we’ve seen the best Chicago has to offer, and we look forward to expanding this now to reward the passion, dedication and craftsmanship of Cosplayers around America… and ultimately the planet.”

The Crown Championships of Cosplay debuted at ReedPOP’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo earlier this year, and New York Comic Con represents the kick-off of a larger Quest for the Crown competition that will span multiple events, all leading up to a final again set in ReedPOP’s C2E2.  ReedPOP, with over 15 events around the globe, looks forward to setting up additional stops in the Quest for the Crown from the US to Australia, creating a new, worldwide platform to showcase the Cosplay community.

NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay Prizes will include:

First Place/Best in Show

  • Two VIP Tickets for C2E2 2015
  • $1,500 Cash
  • Airfare – within the continental US to C2E2 2015
  • Hotel for two nights in Chicago for C2E2 2015
  • Automatic Entry into the final round of the Crown Championships of Cosplay at C2E2
  • $100 Gift Card to ReedPOP Supply Co.

Second Place

  • Two VIP Tickets for NYCC 2015
  • $1,000 Cash
  • $50 Gift Card for ReedPOP Supply Co.

Third Place

  • Two 4-Day Tickets for NYCC 2015
  • $500 Cash
  • $25 Gift Card to ReedPOP Supply Co.

Fans can register here for the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay, starting today. All submissions must be in by 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, September 19.

About ReedPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions, which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime, East and South, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013, ReedPOP added Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion.  ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Asia/Pacific. (

Scene on the Web Weekly: October 14-20, 2013

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Animate Miami and The Walking Dead get documentaries, SDCC gets a convention expansion, Superman gets a 75th anniversary short, and what do you get? A whole lot more in this week’s Scene on the Web. 

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