Hero Initiative Brings Tom Raney & Rick Maygar to Phoenix Comic Fest 2018

Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic book creators in need, is spending its Memorial Day weekend at Phoenix Comic Fest on May 24 thru 27 at the Phoenix Convention Center!

Hero will have TWO great artists exclusively at its booth #1485 – 1487AvengersCaptain America, and Star Wars artist Rick Maygar will be joined by X-MenSuperman, and Incredible Hulk artist Tom Raney! Both will be signing and doing sketches all weekend, so make sure you bring your books and boards!

And Hero Initiative Ambassadors on the floor will be collecting for Hero when you get your books signed as well. Please swing by on Arthur Adams, Jim Calafiore, Joyce Chin, Katie Cook, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Scott Godlewski, Brian and Kristy Miller of Hi-Fi Design, Scott Kolins, Andy Kuhn, John Layman, Albert Morales, Marat Mychaels, Dan Panosian, Tony Parker, Brian Pulido, and Stuart Sayger!

About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $1 million to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

UK – Action Comics/Skyward Signing

Two great artists, Lee Garbett and Jock, will be signing at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 18th April from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

Lee Garbett has worked on a range of DC Comics, including Batman, Batgirl, Lucifer, Outsiders and Wonder Woman. He’s also worked for Marvel on Original Sin and Loki: Agent of Asgard.

In Skyward, gravity on earth suddenly became a fraction of what it is now. Twenty years later, humanity has adapted to its new low-gravity reality. And to Willa Fowler, a woman born just after G-day, it’s well, it’s pretty awesome, actually. You can fly through the air! I mean, sure, you can also die if you jump too high. So you just don’t jump too high. And maybe don’t stumble into a dangerous plan to bring gravity back, which could get you killed.

Jock has created storyboards and concept art for films including Hancock, Children of Men, Batman Begins, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. His comics work includes Green Arrow, Scalped, Batman, Wolverine, Constantine and Judge Dredd.

He will be there to celebrate the milestone issue of Action Comics #1000, signing the Forbidden Planet Exclusive Variant covers and Giclee Prints.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

FL – Free Comic Book Day 2018 Signing

Tom Raney, Graham Nolan, Adelso Corona, Dawn McTeigue, Sammy Castillo, James Pruett, Richard Bonk, Chuck Dixon, Sergio Cariello, Tony Kordos, Kate Carleton, Josh Dykstra, and EighJay Mauro appear at Yancy Street Comics on Saturday May 5, 2018 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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

Early Bird Rates Extended for Planet Comicon Kansas City 2017

Press Release:

Early bird pricing EXTENDED for Planet Comicon Kansas City! Purchase NOW for the best price of the year!

This year, Planet Comicon Kansas City promises to deliver an incredible list of comic creators, special guests, and an entire universe of cosplay, collectibles, and interactive fun…not to mention a full slate of panels and demos for adoring aficionados, aspiring artists, and curious collectors of all ages. Planet Comicon Kansas City has grown to be one of the top 25 pop culture and comic book events in the country by attendance and you do not want to miss one minute.

ACT NOW to take advantage of early bird pricing for a 20% discount on Friday and Sunday single day, adult and youth admissions.

Deadline for purchase at this special pricing has been EXTENDED to November 20, 2017. You will not see a better deal. And don’t forget that Planet Comicon Kansas City is your best value for the entire family – children 7 years old and under are free!

Special guests! Comic creators! The excitement is building!

We’re thrilled to announce the addition of celebrated comic creators Megan Levens (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, Spell on Wheels), Jai Nitz (Co-Creator Suicide Squad’s El Diablo, Co-Creator Dream Thief), Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy, The Big Guy and Rusty the Robot Boy, Hard Boiled), and Kyle Strahm (Spread, Downfall, Octane Bloodstain). They will be joining an ever-growing list of celebrities, fellow comic creators, and cosplayers coming to Planet Comicon Kansas City in 2018!

Currently scheduled to appear include:

  • Jason Aaron Scalped, Star Wars, Southern Bastards, Thor
  • CW Cooke Solitary, Stillwater
  • Abby Darkstar Cosplayer & Gamer
  • Amy “Lita” Dumas WWE Hall of Fame
  • Chad Hardin Harley Quinn, Temerity
  • Ryan Hurst Sons of Anarchy, Outsiders, Bates Motel
  • Amy Jo Johnson Power Rangers, Felicity
  • Jae Lee Inhumans, Dark Tower, Batman/Superman
  • Charles Martinet Voice of Mario and Luigi
  • B. Clay Moore Hawaiian Dick, the Whistling Skull, Savage, Endless Summer
  • Michael Rooker The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Sean Schemmel Dragon Ball Z
  • Mark Sheppard Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13, Firefly
  • Sting WWE Hall of Fame
  • Trish Stratus WWE Hall of Fame
  • Freddie E. Williams II Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, He-Man/Thundercats Series

Many more creator and celebrity guests will be attending the show. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or stay tuned to our website each week for more guest announcements.

NJ – Dread Gods Signing

Artist Tom Raney appears at Dewey’s Comic City on Saturday, August 12th 1:00 – 3:00 PM to sign DREAD GODS from IDW Publishing!

Press Release:

Veteran comic book artist Tom Raney will be on hand sketching, meeting fans and signing copies of his current project DREAD GODS from Ominous Press! In addition Tom will be selling prints and original art as well as accepting commissions.

Tom’s most recent work is on DREAD GODS, the first limited series from Ominous Press (published through IDW), a series set in a science-fiction/fantasy universe of epic heroes and insidious villains. In DREAD GODS, gods in a fantasy world discover they’re actually monsters in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Issue #1 is currently in stock and available for purchase and issue #2 should be out by his appearance.

Tom’s long list of credits include work on Annihilation Conquest, Alpha Flight, Avengers Academy, Ultimate X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men for Marvel Comics, DV8, and Stormwatch for Image Comics, and Outsiders for DC Comics. Raney’s first paid work was Forgotten Realms for DC Comics. He is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School in Dover, NJ.

Blank sketch covers will available for sale during the appearance!

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Dewey’s Comic City
13 Park Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
(973) 593-0042

Gabe Eltaeb’s 4th Annual Comic Kickoff Fundraiser

Head to Gabe Eltaeb’s Fourth Annual Comic Kickoff Fundraiser and Party at Basic Bar and Pizza located in downtown San Diego on Wednesday July 19, 2017 from 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM! Entry is free, but a donation is suggested.

Celebrate the beginning of Comic Con on Preview Night just a few blocks from the San Diego Convention Center. Enjoy Pizza, drinks, music, and a chance to meet comic book professionals including Todd Nauck, Carlos D’Anda, Eddie Nunez, and Jim Calafiore plus other passionate pop culture fans.

This this event features the opportunity to meet and greet some great comic book artists and buy one of a kind sketches. Additionally we will have unique items from Blizzard, Funko, and Dark Horse Comics that you can enter to win.

All proceeds go to the Hero Initiative, the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Basic Bar/Pizza
410 10th Ave San Diego, CA 92101
619-531-8869

Albany Comic Con Returns on June 4th

The Albany Comic Con is back on Sunday, June 4th with more guests, more comics, more toys and more fun. Save the date; SUNDAY, June 4th. The Radisson Hotel 205 Wolf Rd, in Albany, NY. VIP and General Admission Tickets and info are available now at: www.albanycomicbookshow.com

Guests include: Ron Marz, Steve Orlando, Paul Harding, Joe Sinnott, Tom Raney, Mike Raicht, Rich Clark, Joe Staton, Fred Hembeck, and many more.

CA – FCBD: Carlos D’Anda Signing

Artist Carlos D’Anda (Cyborg, Deathblow, Star Wars) signs and sketches at Comickaze on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Comickaze
2750 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 363-0004

The Outsiders invades Spooky Empire


We’re very excited to add these two guests to our lineup! When PonyBoy and The Karate Kid want to come out to Spooky Empire, we can’t say no.

C. THOMAS HOWELL and RALPH MACCHIO will be at Spooky Empire next weekend, and this is your chance to meet them both in person, to celebrate the upcoming 35th anniversary of the classic film “The Outsiders”

C. THOMAS HOWELL kicked off his career with a small part (Tyler) in the classic “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”, but after his memorable performance as “Ponyboy Curtis” in “The Outsiders” he became one of the most popular young actors of the 80’s. He went on to star in many films and TV series including (for you horror fans) “The Hitcher” (1 & 2), “Red Dawn”, “Tank”, “Secret Admirer”, “Soulman”, “The Hillside Strangler”, and more recently “Mutant Vampire Zombies from the Hood”, “The Amazing Spiderman”, “Southland”, “Torchwood” “24” and “Grimm”.

RALPH MACCHIO started out in commercials before his regular appearance on “Eight is Enough”. His career also took a jump after his appearance as “Johnny Cade” in the film “The Outsiders”. He went on to star in his most memorable role as “Daniel” in “The Karate Kid” series of films. He also starred in “Teachers”, “Crossroads”, “My Cousin Vinny”, and more recently had a recurring role on “Ugly Betty. He also joined the hit reality show “Dancing with the Stars” in 2011.

Don’t miss out on this amazing appearance, and be sure to check out their Q&A for a special surprise.

Advance tickets and VIP are still available, and hotel reservations are limited but available. www.spookyempire.com

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DC’s Dan DiDio Appears at Planet Comicon 2017

Dan DiDio, Publisher of DC Entertainment, joins the Planet Comicon 2017 guest lineup on April 28-30! Tickets are available for sale now at the link…

As Publisher, DiDio directs and oversees DC Entertainment’s (DCE) publishing business under its key three imprints – DC, Vertigo, and MAD – in both print and digital formats, working alongside DCE’s editorial, art and design, production, business development and sales groups. The Publishers also work in concert with DCE’s Creative Affairs and Franchise Management teams to ensure that publishing continues to create content and help drive the media businesses that use comics as their source of inspiration.

Dan DiDio was named Publisher of DC Entertainment, alongside Jim Lee, in February 2010.

DiDio works closely with DCE editorial and creative teams to develop compelling storylines and characters that ring true to the iconic DC, Vertigo and MAD brands. During his tenure, DiDio has spearheaded many of the comic industry’s most successful publishing events, including the widely acclaimed relaunch of DC Comics Rebirth, The New 52, and the hugely successful DC annual September publishing events such as 2013’s villains lenticular variant covers. DiDio has also overseen many of the comic industry’s bestselling titles and events including DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, BLACKEST NIGHT, IDENTITY CRISIS, SUPERMAN, BATMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE and WONDER WOMAN.

DiDio is also charged with leading the company’s unparalleled efforts to attract and develop upcoming talent. With the implementation of annual creator summits and various network opportunities throughout the years, DC Entertainment has become the premier destination for the comic book industry’s top tier writers and artists.

Prior to his current post, DiDio served as Senior Vice President and Executive Editor, overseeing the editorial department for the DC line of comic book titles. DiDio charted the ongoing adventures of SUPERMAN, BATMAN, GREEN LANTERN, WONDER WOMAN, THE FLASH and scores of other heroes and villains.

Before joining DCE in January 2002, DiDio served as Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs for the computer animation company, Mainframe Entertainment. In this position, DiDio was charged with overseeing the development, distribution, marketing, promotion, merchandising and licensing of all Mainframe’s television properties. Among the television projects he developed were Weird-Ohs, Beast Machines, Black Bull’s Gatecrasher and Jill Thompson’s Scary Godmother. He also served as a Story Editor for Reboot and War Planets.

Prior to Mainframe Entertainment, DiDio worked in a variety of positions in the television industry, including Capital Cities/ABC where he served as an Executive Director of ABC Children’s Programming and Public Relations Manager for three New York based daytime dramas.

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Previously announced guests include: Neal Adams, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Cullen Bunn, Phil Hester, Ant Lucia, Jai Nitz, Frank Tieri, Freddie E. Williams II, and more.

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.

 

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