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  • Jo Chen Covers ECCC’s Monsters & Dames

    January 27, 2010 by  
    Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Washington

    Seattle, WA – January 26, 2010 – The Emerald City ComiCon (ECCC) is once again bringing back its popular MONSTERS & DAMES art book for 2010. It features almost fifty brand new pieces of art by some of the top illustrators in comics, as well as an amazing cover by Jo Chen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8).

    “We sold out of our entire run of the 2009 Monsters & Dames art book,” said ECCC organizer Jim Demonakos. “Thanks to that, and overwhelming feedback from our attendees, we’ve created another fantastic collection of monsters, dames, lady monsters and everything in between!”

    This full-color, 9″x12″, 48-page hardcover is limited to only 850 individually numbered copies and features contributions from artists such as Tim Sale, Mike Allred, Darick Robertson, Whilce Portacio, Eric Basaldua, Aaron Lopresti, Philip Tan, Michael Golden, Carlos D’Anda, Brian Churilla, Gabriel Hardman, Jamie McKelvie, Jim Rugg, Timothy Green, Steve Rolston, Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Mark Texeira and dozens more!

    Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from this book benefits the Seattle Children’s Hospital, a premier child health care and pediatric center and recognized as one of the leading US hospitals for children.

    The Eighth Annual Emerald City ComiCon will be taking place March 13-14, 2010 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in beautiful downtown Seattle, WA.


    Hero Initiative Brings the Heat to Long Beach Comic Con

    October 2, 2009 by  
    Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News, Top Stories

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    Hero Initiative: Bringing back the HEAT to Southern California at first Long Beach Comic Con

    100 Wolverines at The Danger Room, Stan Lee, Rev. Dave Johnson, J. Scott Campbell and more set it off!

    Los Angeles, CA. September 29, 2009, ( for immediate release): Southern Cal may be cooling off, but Hero Initiative is on fire and bringing back the heat at the first Long Beach’s Comic Con, October 2-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

    Wolverine Print

    Wolverine Print

    First up: It’s been a labor of love and shipping, but we have at long last assembled our 100 original Wolverine: Weapon X #1 covers and invite you to…The Danger Room! This first and ONLY viewing of 100+ original covers happens Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 PM at the con, room 204. Admission is a mere $5, $3 if you come in an X-Men costume or FREE if you show up dressed as Wolverine himself. Admission gets you one free raffle ticket to win a KICKASS (but empty!) wine bottle crafted by the amazing Karlton Hahn of Xena Etched Graphics. You can increase your chances by buying more raffle tickets on site. Our friends from The Comic Bug will be on hand as well to spoil you with coupons and stuff. This will be your ONLY chance to see all 100+ covers in living color and all their glory. ‘Til the book comes out in November, that is. And when will the covers be up for auction? Check eBay.com in late October!

    Next up, Hero Initiative is proud to feature an exclusive Wolverine print by amazing artist J. Scott Campbell and the talented colorist Christina Strain. There are only 100 made, and they’ll be available for $20 each only at the Hero Initiative booth, #349, while supplies last. You can even get your print signed by BOTH Campbell and Strain, as they’ll be appearing at the Hero booth on Saturday between 11am-12pm.

    In addition, Stan Lee has graciously agreed to do a limited meet-and-greet session with a few select fans. There are only TEN availabilities to this session available via Hero Initiative. Five more guest of the Long Beach Comic Con will also be in attendance. You can get a picture with Stan, and you’ll also be able to get TWO Stan Lee autographs at this event on YOUR items of YOUR choice! Go to:


    Wolverine Wine Bottle

    Wolverine Wine Bottle

    Lastly, while you are at the Hero Booth you can renew your Hero Initiative membership! 2009 marked the first year ever for Hero Initiative memberships, and for 2010, we’ve revamped with more and better premiums! You can get full information at the booth or order today at www.heroinitiative.org or www.heroinitiative.org/2010members. Old Members, remember to bring your membership card to claim a 10% discount!

    And the first 50 members to sign up will also get a bonus gift card from Sideshow Collectibles worth a random amount from $10 to $50 at SideshowCollectibles.com. Check it out!!

    And of course, to really set the house on fire, our amazing line up:

    FRI., 02 OCT (HOURS 300 AM-700 PM)
    330-500: Scott Koblish
    [500-730: 100 Wolverines party, room 204]

    SAT., 03 OCT (HOURS 1000 AM-600 PM)
    1000-1100: Brian Haberlin + Philip Tan
    1100-1200: J. Scott Campbell + Christina Strain
    1230-230: The Rev. Dave Johnson
    430-530: Whilce Portacio

    SUN., 04 OCT (HOURS 1000 AM-500 PM)
    1030-1200: Norm Rapmund
    1200-130: The Rev. Dave Johnson
    200-300: Joe Benitez
    300-430: Derek Fridolfs

    For more information on the Long Beach Comic Con, visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com

    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 $400,000 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.

    CA – Johns Opens Earth-2

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    Geoff Johns & Jeph Loeb at Earth-2 Comics

    Geoff Johns & Jeph Loeb at Earth-2 Comics

    Press Release


    May 29, 2009, Northridge, CA — Comic-book superstar Geoff Johns and Eisner Award-winning comic-book retailers Earth-2 Comics are excited to announce their new partnership, commencing with the opening of Earth-2 Comics’ new second location in Northridge, California! The new store is co-owned by Johns and Earth-2 Comics principals Carr D’Angelo and Jud Meyers and has been open for business since April 29.

    “When Earth-2 Comics first opened their doors and I stepped in, I knew this store was something special,” said Johns. “Since then, I’ve been amazed by what Carr and Jud have built. I’ve wanted to get into the retailing side of the industry for years, to learn about and support the backbone of comics. And there are no better partners I can do that with than Carr, Jud and Earth-2. Plus, now I can harass Bob Wayne. A lot.”

    “As a writer, Geoff’s talent has been to build a new audience of readers and that fits in with our philosophy at Earth-2 Comics,” said D’Angelo. “Geoff understands the customer base and that makes him a great partner.”

    Meyers added, “A brilliant creator who’s spent the last five years redefining the Multiverse decides to join forces with a comic-book store named “Earth-2″? Tell me that isn’t a match made in heaven!”

    To celebrate Geoff Johns’ joining the Earth-2 family, Johns will be hosting the official grand-opening celebration of the new Northridge store on Saturday, June 13th, 2009, meeting the fans and working the register (so make sure you’re buying plenty of copies of Green Lantern and Flash: Rebirth)! And he won’t be there alone! Also appearing will be Green Lantern artist Philip Tan, Jeph Loeb (Hulk, Ultimates 3), James Robinson (Superman, Justice League), Sterling Gates (Supergirl), Zeb Wells (New Mutants) and quite a few other comics creators making surprise appearances throughout the day.

    Earth-2 Comics was established by entertainment industry veterans Carr D’Angelo and Jud Meyers in 2003 and has since become one of Southern California’s most popular destinations for enthusiasts of comic books and graphic novels. Earth-2 Comics was the 2007 winner of the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award, presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International: San Diego, which is given to an individual retailer who has done an outstanding job of supporting the comics art medium both in the community and within the industry at large.

    Earth-2 Comics,  8967 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, CA 91324


    FCBD 2009

    May 13, 2009 by  
    Filed under California, Comic Books, L.A. Sequential

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    Free Comic Book Day is the day when the industry tries to draw in new fans with the lure of free comics, along with the appearances of many comic book creators at a local comic book store. This year, a few stores in Los Angeles and its neighboring cities held some very high profile events, and I went on a 100 mile trek to see what FCBD had in store this year.

    First off was Golden Apple in Melrose, Hollywood’s Comic Store to the stars. Although the store brought in a myriad of comic creators such as Marc Andreyko and Kevin Eastman, the star of the day was William Shatner. The line outside went around the block and people continued to trickle in after the event had started.



    While the people waited, Mr. Shatner had arrived and got himself ready to sign his FCBD comic!

    Mr. Shatner was a consummate professional. He signed about 300 books in about 40 minutes! Warp speed ahead!

    After about an hour, Mr. Shatner took a break, and I went along my way to see Tim Sale at Meltdown Comics. Unfortunately, I caught him at the tail end of his FCBD appearance, but did snag a picture of a great commission piece he did while he was there:

    A little disappointed, I carried on my little excursion to the next destination: Comic Odyssey in Pasadena, where Philip Tan was there signing and sketching for the fans. There was a line of about 10 people when I showed up, and Philip took the time to sketch for every fan in line. And not only were these simple head sketches, but he was pounding out 3/4 body pieces. It’s amazing to watch an artist go to work and be in a zone where he’s cranking out sketches every 10 minutes.

    After getting a sketch from Phillip, I drove out to Westminster, where Comics Unlimited was hosting a signing by comic legend Jim Lee! The line went out the door and around the store:

    The signing was supposed to end by 7, but Jim kept cranking out some great sketches. Finally, I drove back to Sunset to go back to Meltdown. They had a gallery showing of 80’s cartoon characters taking on the LA art scene. One of the featured artists was David Finch, who painted a beautiful Strawberry Shortcake. I was extremely exhausted by the end of the day, but the 100 mile trip gave me hundreds of new memories. I can’t wait till next year.

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