CA – Free Comic Book Day 2014

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Richard Starkings, Rafael Navarro, Phil Ortiz, and many more sign at The Comic Bug on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!

Press Release: 

Here it is, folks! THOUSANDS of FREE COMICS! A dozen FANTASTIC comic creators! Costumed heroes! Food trucks! Deep discounts! And, did we mention, FREE COMICS?!

Get ready for this summer’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY blockbuster with FREE Guardians of the Galaxy and Rocket Raccoon comics! Dive into the future of the DC UNIVERSE with a FREE “Future’s End” comic! Sample some of the best independent comics past and present with OVER 55 FREE COMIC PUBLICATIONS! Of course, supplies are limited, so check out the full line-up HERE and make your “wish list.”

In addition to FREE COMICS, we have some of the finest comic book creators in the industry on-hand to say “hello” and show off their terrific work:

Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN)
Rafael Navarro (SONAMBULO, GUNS A’BLAZIN’)
Jeff Stokely (THE REASON FOR DRAGONS, SIX GUN GORILLA)
Michael O’Hare (MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE)
Phil Ortiz (THE SIMPSONS)
Ray Anthony Height (MIDNIGHT TIGER)
Ralph Miranda (MAN FIGHTING STREET)
Chris Kawagiwa (THE TELL)
Lord Mesa (CHIBI HERO PRINTS)
Axel Ortiz (G.E.E.K.)
…and more to be announced!

Hungry? We’ve got FOOD TRUCKS!
STREET KINGS
A ROCKIN’ ICE

Thirsty? Our friends at JARRITOS have provided HUNDREDS of bottles of FREE, delicious soda!

Lonely? Both WONDER WOMAN and SPIDER-MAN will be here to take PHOTOS with you!

We’ll have big discounts on everything in the store (TBA) and 20% of all purchases on Free Comic Book Day will be going to the Bill Mantlo Support Fund. Mr. Mantlo is the creator of ROCKET RACCOON along with lots of other great characters from the bronze age and has been under care for over 20 years after being struck by a car while riding his bike. You can read more about Bill here.

This is going to be a FREE COMIC BOOK DAY like none other! Sorry for all the links, but they’re portals to all the goodness that we have in store for you, right here on May 3rd!

RSVP on Facebook!

The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 372-6704

CA – Free Comic Book Day 2013

Layout 1Rick Remender, Richard Starkings, James Asmus, Phil Ortiz, Scott Koblish, Chuck BB, and more sign at The Comic Bug on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!!

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Press Release:

The Comic Bug is launching its most ambitious FREE COMIC BOOK DAY event to date. The store has doubled orders for FREE COMICS from previous years, stocking over 20,000 free comic books to give away to attendees.

Over two dozen comic creators will be on-hand to meet comic fans, including UNCANNY AVENGERS/CAPTAIN AMERICA writer RICK REMENDER, SIMPSONS artist PHIL ORTIZ, DEADPOOL artist SCOTT KOBLISH and ELEPHANTMEN creator RICHARD STARKINGS.

In addition to comic book creator talent, some of Los Angeles most renowned COSPLAYERS will be available to take pictures with fans and family members. Attendees can expect to see the likes of WONDER WOMAN, BATMAN, SCARLETT WITCH and G.I. JOE’s THE BARONESS. The BEACH CITY ROLLER DERBY GIRLS will also be on-hand to help distribute free comics and perform stunts for onlookers.

The Comic Bug is also publishing the first-ever comic book store EXCLUSIVE free comic, GUNS A’BLAZIN /MOUSTACHETRONAUTS TEASER PLEASER EDITION, limited to 500 copies. The creators will be attending to sign and draw sketches for attendees.

The day will wrap up with an after-party for the creators featuring live music by The Do-Its and a DJ set by DJ C-DIDDY.

The full list of creators scheduled to appear at The Comic Bug are:

Rick (Uncanny Avengers) Remender 
Richard (Elephantmen) Starkings 
Phil (The Simpsons) Ortiz
Scott (Deadpool) Koblish
James (Gambit) Asmus
Chuck (Black Metal) B.B.
Jeff (The Truth About Dragons) Stokely
Vince (Charismagic) Hernandez
Rafael (Sonambulo) Navarro
Neal (The Moustachetronauts) Von Flue
Stevan (The Moustachetronauts) Casares
Kevin (Batman Animated Series) Altieri
Chris (Independents) Brandt
JustJenn Designs (O.G. Original Grandma)
Omar (Xenoglyphs) Spahi
Michael (Cartoon Flophouse) Aushenker
Ralph (Man Fighting Street) Miranda
Chris (Sunless Circus) Kawagiwa
Don (SteamFunk) Schmidt
Lord Mesa (Chibi Heroes)

Check www.thecomicbug.com for further announcements.
In addition to free comics and special guests, The Comic Bug promises fun activities and giveaways for the whole family.
The day’s festivities will kick off at 11 a.m. and will run to 4:00 p.m. or as long as supplies last.
Email info@thecomicbug.com for more information or call (310) 372-6704

FACEBOOK BONUS EXCLUSIVE! RSVP here AND SHARE this page with your friends to receive an EXTRA FREE COMIC BOOK in addition to your Free Comic Book Day haul!

The Comic Bug 
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

AZ – Simpsons Comics Signing

Emmy Winner and Simpsons Comic Artist Phil Ortiz appears at All About Books and Comics signing autographs and sketching personalized Simpsonized Caricatures on Saturday January 21, 2012 from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Mr. Ortiz is currently the lead pencil animator for the majority of Simpsons Comics from Bongo Comics and has worked for Bongo since 1993.

He has done character art and concept illustrations for the Disney Store and Hanna Barbera and worked for Disney Publishing.

Mr. Ortiz is a cartoon originator and 5 time Emmy winner and we are honored to have him at All About Books and Comics. He will sign autographs (we’ll have plenty of Simpsons Comics on hand) and do personalized Simpsons sketches for $25.00.

All About Books & Comics
5060 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 277-0757

Marsters, Felton, Baccarin, and Loken Headline Big Apple Comic Con 2011

James Marsters

Press Release:

James Marsters, Tom Felton, Morena Baccarin, Kristanna Loken Among Headliners At Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition,’ May 21-22 At Manhattan’s Penn Plaza Pavilion

Mike Grell, Arthur Suydam, Jerry Robinson, Greg Horn, Jim Cheung, Kaare Andrews, Christos Gage, Phil Ortiz, Ryan Ottley Among Leading Comics Creators To Attend

NEW YORK, April 2011 – Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition,’ part of North America’s largest pop-culture tour, is set for Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, at the Penn Plaza Pavilion in Manhattan. The event, the largest and longest-running Comic Con in New York, will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and plenty of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

James Marsters, who played “Spike” on “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” Tom Felton, best known for playing the role of “Draco Malfoy” in the HARRY POTTER film series, Morena Baccarin, who starred as “Inara Serra” in the sci-fi television series “Firefly,” “Adria” in “Stargate SG-1,” and as “Anna” in “V,” and Kristanna Loken, whose credits include TERMINATOR 3, “Painkiller Jane,” and “The L Word,” are the headline celebrities scheduled to attend. “Response to the Big Apple Comic Con shows the past two years was so strong that we had to add the Spring event,” said Gareb Shamus, CEO, Wizard World. “Everyone – the celebrities, the fans, the dealers, manufacturers, artists, and the entire community we deal with was begging us to bring a huge Spring Comic Con to New York.”

Fans can also meet their favorite comic creators and artists, including Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Batman”), Greg Horn (“Blackest Night,” “Elektra,” “Ms. Marvel”), Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), Jerry Robinson (“The Joker,” “Robin”), Matt Kindt (“Revolver,” “Pistolwhip”), Jim Cheung (“Avengers,” “Uncanny X-Men”), Kaare Andrews (Astonishing XMen,” “Iron Man”), Christos Gage (“X-Men,” “Spider-Man”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”), Ryan Ottley (“Invincible,” “The Walking Dead”) and many other national and local creators. There will also be a special appearance all the way from Brazil, making a rare U.S. appearance, by Luke Ross (“Captain America,” “Amazing Spider-Man”).

Other celebrities set to be on hand include Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“Balls of Fury,” “Good Luck Chuck”), Bonnie Piesse (STAR WARS: EPISODE III – REVENGE OF THE SITH, STAR WARS: EPISODE II – ATTACK OF THE CLONES) and Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead”).

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests. Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at more than 200 dealer booths.

Special events at Big Apple Comic Con include the TCG Gaming tournament, professional photo opportunities (Photo Ops) with celebrities and others to be announced.

The Penn Plaza Pavilion is located at 401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd St., in the historic Hotel Pennsylvania. Big Apple Comic Con Spring Edition is the fifth stop on Wizard World’s 13-city 2011 North American tour. Hours are Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets are available in advance or by calling 1-866-882-5860 and online at http://www.wizardworld.com/newyorkcity.html at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door; two-day weekend tickets are $35, $45 at the door. Tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

About Wizard World: Wizard World is a producer of pop culture and multimedia conventions across North America that markets movies, TV shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. It has the rights to the names, marks, domains, customer lists and production rights for a portfolio of pop culture and multimedia conventions.
For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become Big Apple Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

***** SAVE THE 2011/12 DATES *****
April 29 – May 1 – Anaheim Comic Con
May 21-22 – Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition’
June 17-19 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 11-14 – Chicago Comic Con
September 17-18 – New England Comic Con
September 24-25 – Big Apple Comic Con
October 22-23 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
October 28-30 – Central Canada Comic Con (C4)
November 11-13 – Austin Comic Con
December 3-4 – Atlanta Comic Con
January 28-29, 2012 – New Orleans Comic Con
March 23-25, 2012 – Toronto Comic Con
December 8-9, 2012 – Miami Comic Con
TBA – New Jersey Comic Con
TBA – Cincinnati Comic Con
TBA – Cleveland Comic Con
TBA – Nashville Comic Con

CA – Free Comic Book Day 2011

 

Mike Mignola, Steve Niles, Richard Starkings, Joe Benitez, and many more sign on Saturday, 7 May 2011 is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

Mike Mignola - Hellboy, Baltimore. Mike will be on hand to sign for fans.

Steve Niles - Criminal Macabre. Steve will be on hand to sign for fans.

Richard Starkings - Elephantmen. Richard will be on hand to sign for fans.

Joe Benitez - Lady Mechanika. Joe will be on hand to sign for fans.

David Wohl - Executive Assistant: Iris. David will be on hand to sign for fans.

Vince Hernandez - Charismagic. Vince will be on hand to sign for fans.

Chris Yost - TV’s The Mighty Avengers. Chris will be on hand to sign for fans.

Phil Ortiz - The Simpsons. Phil will be on hand to sign for fans.

Joshua Williamson - Sketch Monsters. Joshua will be on hand to sign for fans.

Jeff Stokely - Fraggle Rock. Jeff will be on hand to sign for fans.

Robbi Rodriguez - Tek Jansen. Robbi will be on hand to sign for fans.

Frank Mastromauro - Artist on Aspen Comics’ Soulfire and Shrugged. Frank will be on hand to sign for fans.

David Schwartz - Writer on Aspen Comics’ Fathom. David will be on hand to sign for fans.

Peter Steigerwald - Artist on Witchblade and Fathom. Peter will be on hand to sign for fans.

Mark Roslan - Artist on Tomb Raider and The Darkness. Mark will be on hand to sign for fans.

First look at Mattel’s exclusive releases for Comic-Con 2011!

Character Appearances: Wonder Woman (Confession of a Superhero’s Jenn Wengar) and Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion will be on hand for photo opportunities. 

The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Singapore’s STGCC 2010 Announces First Guests and Partners

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SINGAPORE TOY, GAMES & COMIC CONVENTION ANNOUNCES FIRST GUESTS AND PARTNERS

STGCC provides fans access to East and West pop culture icons through content, buzz and partnerships

Singapore, July 20, 2010: Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading organizer of trade and consumer events, confirmed today the first guests and partners for the 2010 Singapore Toy Games, & Comic Convention (STGCC). The event, taking place December 10-12 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, is being co-produced by Reed’s Singapore office as well as ReedPOP in the USA — the team behind events including the New York Comic Con, New York Anime Festival, and Star Wars Celebration. STGCC’s inaugural guests include comic book illustrators Salvador Larroca and Giuseppe Camuncoli, cartoonists Phil Ortiz and Phil Yeh, and apparel, toy, and art designers Simone Legno. Additionally, Animax will serve as a key partner, not only promoting and featuring highlights of this event with over 40+ million Animax viewers across Asia but also presenting screenings and premieres at the convention as well as a unique opportunity for youths in Southeast Asia to become famous.

Sal Larroca on Invincible Iron Man

Illustrators Salvador Larroca and Giuseppe Camuncoli will be sketching and speaking about their works for Marvel Comics at STGCC. Larroca has worked on many popular characters including Captain America, Iron Man and Fantastic Four in Heroes Return. He has also worked on titles including Uncanny X-Men, Spider-Man and Elektra. Larroca is collaborating with Matt Fraction on The Invincible Iron Man. Camuncoli, also known as Cammo, has worked on titles including The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man’s Tangled Web and X-Infernus among others. Currently, he is now at work on the Marvel hit Dark Wolverine, written by Daniel Way and Marjorie Liu. Larroca comes to STGCC from Spain, and Cammo will be traveling from Italy, both through the assistance of Marvel Comics.

“This announcement kicks-off an exciting string of guests we are lining-up for STGCC 2010. Fans will be able to meet and engage with the creators of their heroes and villains on a personal level through autographing opportunities and panels, including interview sessions at STGCC,” said Ms Huileng Yeow, Project Director. “Through partnerships with publishers, associations and the community that we have been cultivating in the past few months, we are confident of delivering a broad range of content for Asian fans.”

In addition to Larroca and Cammo, cartoonists Phil Ortiz and Phil Yeh will be attending STGCC with the charitable organization Cartoonists Across America & the World. And Animax will serve as STGCC’s official media broadcast partner for the region.

Vice President and General Manager of Animax Asia Gregory Ho shared, “We are delighted to be involved with STGCC for the 3rd year running and with the involvement of Reed Exhibitions, we have no doubt that this year will be even bigger and more exciting that ever before as there is tremendous effort and investment by Reed Exhibitions to curate a meaningful and interesting coterie of guests and personalities. Not only will Animax be offering fans sneak peeks and premiere screenings including the highly anticipated anime Nurahiyon no Mago, Animax will also be collaborating with Reed to offer Southeast Asian youths a very unique opportunity to become TV host presenters on the channel in a regional competition that culminates in a grand finale at STGCC. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!”

Toy collectibles and exclusives from Tokidoki, Devil Robots, Uglydolls, Bearbricks and Blythe among others will be available at STGCC, and toy fans will also be able to meet designers including Tokidoki’s Simone Legno.

“The level of interest has certainly picked up on the back of a strong economic recovery in Asia, especially in Singapore. STGCC will be a wonderful opportunity for toy designers, game developers and comic publishers from the US, North Asia and Europe to meet and build a whole new world of fans in Asia. We will continue to carefully create a fusion of East meets West pop culture elements in close collaboration with our partners to develop a new currency of cool for Asia,” concluded Ms Yeow.

STGCC will take place from December 10-12, 2010 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (www.suntecsingapore.com). Advanced ticket sales will be available starting in August 2010. To reserve tickets now, please email iwantstgcc@reedexpo.com.sg. For more information about STGCC, please visit www.singaporetgcc.com.

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 440 events in 36 countries. In 2009 Reed brought together over six million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 35 fully staffed offices.

Reed organizes a wide range of events, including trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and meetings. Its portfolio of over 440 events serves 44 industry sectors, including:

Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, beauty & cosmetics, broadcasting, building & construction, electronics, energy, oil & gas, engineering & manufacturing, food service & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, interior design, IT & telecoms, jewellery, life science & pharmaceuticals, machinery, marketing, business services & training, medical education, printing & graphics, security & safety, sports & recreation, travel.

Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.

Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2009, Reed Elsevier made an adjusted profit before taxation of £1,279 million on turnover of £6,071 million.

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) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo. 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, Asia, and Europe. (www.reedpop.com)

ABOUT SINGAPORE TOY, GAMES & COMIC CONVENTION

The Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention combines the best of pop culture from East and West to Asia, uniting the worlds of comics, anime, toys, collectibles and games. It is the pre-eminent event in the Asian market that fits with other shows in the Reed pop culture portfolio, including New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Star Wars Celebration and New York Anime Festival.

STGCC will reach out to a whole new world of fans in Asia and opens a vast market with exciting opportunities for companies to break into the Asian market and/or reinforce a growing presence. Fans will experience a showcase of pop culture’s coolest and latest products, and be thrilled by personalities and characters from the worlds of superheroes, villains and realms of fantasy.

STGCC takes place alongside the Asia Television Forum (ATF) which runs from December 8 to 10. ATF is Asia’s leading content market, where international TV content sellers meet Asia’s broadcasting industry. This pairing presents unprecedented business opportunities for trade and consumer audiences.

STGCC’s vision is to deliver quality content and spread the currency of cool in Asia and aims to be the leading catalyst for the pop culture industry.

ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON

New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City. (www.newyorkcomiccon.com)

CA – FCBD: The Comic Bug

THE COMIC BUG AND LOS ANGELES’ BIGGEST COMIC COMPANIES TEAM UP FOR FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 
 
LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 13, 2010 – The Comic Bug is participating in FREE COMIC BOOK DAY on Saturday, May 1st.  In addition to handing out thousands of comic books, this year, the Manhattan Beach store is hosting creators from every major L.A. based publisher.
 
“We’re fortunate to be based in a city that’s overflowing with talented comic book writers and artists,” said store owner Jun Goeku.  “What better time for the creators to introduce potential new readers to the fantastic tales they weave than Free Comic Book Day?”
 
Among the participating creators and publishers are:  BOOM! STUDIOS’ Michael Alan Nelson (Dingo, Hexed, 28 Days Later), ARCHAIA’S Jeff Stokely (Fraggle Rock), TOP COW’S Rob Levin (Broken Trinity, Witchblade, Darkness) and Rahsan Ekedal (The Crazies, The Cleaners, Warhammer 40,000), Ninth Circle’s Rafael Navarro (Sonambulo, The Batman, Marvel Super Hero Squad), Marvel and DC’s Scott Koblish (Marvel Adventures: Iron Man, Final Crisis Legion of Super-Heroes), Bongo’s Phil Ortiz (The Simpsons), and Aspen Comics Vince Hernandez (Dellec, Soulfire, Fathom), David Wohl (Executive Assistant Iris, Witchblade and many more) and Peter Steigerwald (Soulfire, NBC’s Heroes and many more).
 
“Judging by the line-up, we’re looking at a team of individuals who have cut quite a swath through the comics industry,” co-owner/promotions director Mike Wellman stated.  “A world without Witchblade, Fraggle Rock comics and Batman cartoons would be a very sad place indeed.  That said, I’d like to thank them all not only for taking time out of their schedules to meet with fans, but for doing what they do in the first place!  They are today’s myth-makers.” 
 
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY will be held at The Comic Bug on Saturday, May 1st from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  However, many of the artists and writers will be taking shifts throughout the day.  Check The Comic Bug’s website for a particular creator’s schedule. The Comic Bug is located at 1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
 
For more information about The Comic Bug, go to www.thecomicbug.com.  For more information on Free Comic Book Day, visit www.freecomicbookday.com .