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.

 

TX – Shipwreck #1 Signings

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Artist PHIL HESTER (Green Arrow, Firebreather) will be signing his latest comic SHIPWRECK #1 on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the Clear Lake store from 1:30 – 3:30 PM and the Westheimer store from 5:00 – 8:00 PM!

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Bedrock City Comic Co.
102 W. Bay Area Blvd, Webster, TX 77598
(281) 557-2748

6516 Westheimer, Suite D, Houston, TX 77057
(713) 780-0675

WI – Deathstroke Annual #2 Signing

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Writer/artist Phil Hester appears at Kowabunga Comics on Saturday, July 2nd at 1:00 PM to celebrate the release of Deathstroke Annual #2!

Phillip Hester has been writing and drawing comics for nearly three decades, beginning while still a student at the University of Iowa. After a toiling in the 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 Green Arrow with long time inker Ande Parks, also for DC. 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 animated 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 Darkness, Wonder Woman, Ant-Man, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Nightwing, Invincible Universe, Batman Beyond, The Flash: Season Zero, The Thrilling Adventure Hour: Beyond Belief, Deathstroke, 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

North Texas Comic Book Show (April 2016)

North Texas Comic Book Show

Convention Name
North Texas Comic Book Show w/ Hester, Nitz, Kramer, Lee & Peeples
Convention Website Address
http://www.comicbooksdallas.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
04/30/2016
About This Convention
The next North Texas Comic Book Show will be held in Dallas on Saturday April 30th, 2016. Special guests for this event include Green Arrow artist PHIL HESTER, Deadpool artist ALVIN LEE, Wonder Woman artist DON KRAMER, El Diablo co-creator JAI NITZ, and Gold Key Alliance artist BRENT PEEPLES. There will also be a special appearance by students from the Booker T. Washington School for the Visual & Performing Arts who will be rolling out the first high school produced comic book. Featured cosplay guest at the event will be SCHMALL COSPLAY. Tickets are just $10 at the door with kids 11 and under getting in free. Show hours 9:30 – 5 with a special after hours event from 5 pm – 10 pm. More info on our website.
Venue Name and Address
Doubletree Hotel Dallas Market Center
2015 Market Center Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75207
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
78
Projected Attendance
700
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Gaming
  • Collectibles
Guests
Jai Nitz, Alvin Lee, Don Kramer, Phil Hester, Brent Peeples, Schmall Cosplay, Booker T students

River City Comic Expo (June 2016)

River City Comic Expo

Convention Name
River City Comic Expo
Convention Website Address
http://rivercitycomicexpo.com/
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/11/2016
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/12/2016
Venue Name and Address
State House Convention Center
101 East Markham St
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
250
Projected Attendance
8,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Neal Adams, Gil Gerard, Felix Silla, Chloe Neill, Mike Zeck, Phil Hester, James O’Barr, Larry Hama, Michael Golden, Frazetta Girls, Eva Renee Witterstaetter, Jeffery Nodelman, Tom Feister, John “joltin’ Johnny” Lucas, JohnBeattyArt, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Mitch Breitweiser Haus, Pat Broderick, Brian Steward, Artist, Writer & Photographer, Mike Norton, Alexa Heart – Heart & Soul Cosplay, Bela a great thief, Dusty Higgins’ comics and illustration, Joel Adams, Buzz, MCubed Cosplay & Modeling and the Little Rock Picture Show, Nichelle Nichols

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The Midwest Comicon (November 2015)

Midwest Comicon

Convention Name
The Midwest Comicon
Convention Website Address
http://www.themidwestcomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/07/2015
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/08/2015
About This Convention
Built to be a family friendly event! This con is the new face of Iowa’s longest running comicon which was Comic Book I-CON. It is the first 2-day comicon put on by local interests in the Capital City in 20 years.

Over 100 creators/guests not including vendors. Many FREE photo ops for the family. FREE costume contest for 16 + on Saturday and kids costume contest on Sunday.

Venue Name and Address
IOWA EVENT CENTER / Hall B
833
Des Moines, Ia 50309
United States
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Projected Attendance
7,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Jim Steranko, Bernard Chang, Paul Ryan, Phil Hester, Erik Burnham, Christian J. Simpson, Nalini Krishan, Jeff Parazzo, Kevin Duhaney, Roxy the Rancor

Midwest Comicon

Planet Comicon 2016 Announces First Guests

Planet Comicon, Kansas City logoPress Release:

Planet Comicon – Kansas City will be bigger than ever in 2016. It’s scheduled for May 20, 21, and 22 in Bartle Hall. The annual event is Kansas City’s largest comic book and pop culture convention.

As always, Planet Comicon 2016 will feature an array of fandom favorites. “We work for a great balance of comic book creators, media guests, cosplay events, vendors, gaming, children’s activities, performances, and panel programming,” Planet Comicon CEO Christopher Jackson said. “That’s what has kept our event growing year after year.”

Be sure to add Planet Comicon – Kansas City 2016 to your calendar now for May 20 – 22, 2016. You can also keep up on the latest events by liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter. Join fandom’s finest for a weekend of fantastic fun!

First guests announcements

Over the next few weeks, Planet Comicon will begin announcing guests on our website and social media. But as a subscriber to our email updates, you get a sneak peek at the first confirmed creator guests right now!
*Jason Aaron: writer of Marvel’s Star Wars, Thor, and Image Comics’ Southern Bastards.
*Terry Beatty: Syndicated cartoonist of The Phantom and Rex Morgan M.D.; co-creator of Wild Dog and Ms Tree.
*Rick Burchett: Eisner-winning artist of The Batman and Robin Adventures and Batman: The Gotham Adventures.
*Kevin Dilmore: Star Trek novelist whose works include co-writing Star Trek: Seekers: Point of Divergence.
*Chris Grine: Cartoonist of Dark Horse’s Chickenhare and the web comic Wicked Crispy.
*Jeremy Haun: Artist and writer known for Detective Comics, Berserker, Battle Hymn, and the new Image Comics series The Beauty.
*Phil Hester: Artist and writer known for Green Arrow, Firebreather, Ant-Man, and The Flash: Season Zero.
*Dennis Hopeless: Writer of Marvel’s Spider-Woman and Inferno.
*Kevin Mellon: Storyboard artist on FX’s Archer and artist of the comic books Suicide Sisters and Heart.
*B. Clay Moore: Comics writer whose work includes The Whistling Skull, Adventures of Superman, and The Vampire Diaries.
*Jai Nitz: Writer of Dream Thief: Escape, The Green Hornet, and The Amazing Spider-Man Annual.
*Seth Peck: Comics writer of X-Men and Fear Itself: Wolverine.
*Steven Sanders: Artist of Wolverine and the X-Men, Infinity: the Hunt, and Our Love is Real.
*Rob Schamberger: Painter known for portraits of WWE wrestling superstars.
*Dan Scott: Cover artist for Conan The Avenger and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
*Greg Smallwood: Artist of Dream Thief: Escape and Moon Knight. 2015 recipient of the Russ Manning Award for most promising new talent.
*Rick Stasi: Artist, instructor, and voice performer who has drawn Action Comics, Bugs Bunny, and Charlton Arrow.
*Kyle Strahm: Artist whose work includes Image Comics’ Haunt and the new series Spread.
*Dayton Ward: Star Trek novelist whose work includes co-writing Star Trek: Seekers: Point of Divergence.
*Freddie E. Williams II: Comics and cover artist known for JSA: All-Stars, Legendary Star-Lord, and Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse.
*Mike Worley: Artist whose work includes Big Bang Comics and Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson.

We’ll announce many more comics creators, novelists, cosplay celebrities, and media guests in the next two months. And as an email subscriber, you’ll find out first about popular media guest announcements.

Planet Comicon 2015 Opens Registration

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Press Release:

Planet Comicon will be better and bigger than ever this year. We have expanded the exhibit hall for even more dealers, artists, celebrities, cosplay, and special attractions. Planet Comicon will be held March 13-15, 2015 at Kansas City’s Bartle Hall. Admission packages are now available for purchase at the link…

We’ve announced great guests with many more announcements to come. You’ll meet Hollywood stars including Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Stephen Amell (Arrow), John Barrowman ( Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who), Laura Vandervoort (Smallville), Sam Witwer (Being Human), Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People, The Flash), Eve Myles (Doctor Who, Torchwood) and many others.

We also have a great array of top comics creators on the slate. So far, we’ve confirmed Tim Bradstreet (Punisher), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Katie Cook (My Little Pony), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Dan Parent (Archie) and local favorites including Jason Aaron (Thor), Phil Hester (Green Arrow), Rick Burchett (Lady Sabre).

Check out our new website for more information our guests and attractions: www.planetcomicon.com

 

Comic Book I-CON (October 2014)

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Comic Book I-Con

Convention Name
Comic Book I-CON
Convention Website Address
http://www.iowacomicbookclub.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
10/25/2014
About This Convention
Put on by the Iowa Comic Book Club for the 14th year. Our largest group of vendors of comic books/related merchandise, artist area filled with talent, 2 gaming areas, discussion panels, trivia contest, cosplay contest, and MORE. Admission is only $10 for fans 11 and up. Kids 10 and under FREE with paid adult.
Venue Name and Address
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
833 5th Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
100
Projected Attendance
1000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Anime
Additional Categories
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Fabian Nicieza, Paul Pelletier, Kevin Maguire, Jeff Parker, Phil Hester

IA – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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Jason Aaron, Phil Hester, and Eric Gapstur sign at Daydreams Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!!

Press Release:

Free Comic Book Day 2013 is upon us! Come join us all day long for special sales, prizes, and of course, FREE COMICS!

After a successful 2012 event, we will once again be doing a fund raiser for the Iowa City Animal Center this year! Make a donation during FCBD and get free graphic novels – and the more you donate the more free stuff you get!

We will also be hosting the following comic book creators throughout the day. They will be available to sign autographs, do sketches and talk with fans!

Jason Aaron: Acclaimed writer for Marvel Comics and owner of an amazing beard! Jason is currently writing Wolverine & The X-Men, Thor God of Thunder and Thanos Rising. Previous works include Scalped and The Other Side (Vertigo Comics), Wolverine Weapon X, Incredible Hulk, Ghost Rider, Punishermax, Ultimate Captain America and more!

Phil Hester: Professional comic writer & artist for two decades! Phil has worked for various companies over the years and has also created his own characters! Credits include Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, The Wretch, Firebreather, Godzilla, Green Hornet, The Darkness, Invincible Universe, Gen 13, Ant-Man, and many more!

Eric Gapstur: Finalist in Amazon’s Comic Strip Superstar contest! He currently working on his own strip comic Belle Plaine as well as honing his comic inking skills. He has a couple Green Hornet covers to his credit, and recently completed a Batman Legends of the Dark Knight story with Phil Hester. Be on the lookout for an upcoming Adventures of Superman story in the near future!

So come out to the shop, and bring your family and friends!

Daydreams Comics
21 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 354-6632

www.daydreamscomics.com

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