Top Cow at Phoenix Comicon 2010

May 28, 2010 by  
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JOIN THE HERD AT FOUR DAY POP CULTURE EVENT IN PHOENIX

TOP COW AT PHOENIX COMICON

LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 26, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that they will be exhibiting at Phoenix ComiCon in Phoenix, Arizona over the Memorial Day weekend. The four-day event will open to the public on Thursday afternoon, May 27 and run though Sunday, May 30, 2010, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Fans are encouraged to stop by the Top Cow booth (#200-201) to meet their favorite creators, receive free samples comics, and shop for limited edition convention exclusives as well as their favorite Top Cow comics.

Among the creators appearing at the booth will be pencilers Nelson Blake II (Pilot Season: Murderer, Magdalena), Sheldon Mitchell (Pilot Season: Stealth, The Darkness), Eric Basaldua (Witchblade: Annual, Hunter-Killer) and inker Ryan Winn (The Darkness). Stop by the Top Cow booth (#200-201) for signing times.

Phoenix ComiCon kicks off at 6PM on Thursday, May 27th and runs to 9PM. The convention will open Friday, May 28th from 12PM to 8PM, Saturday, May 29th from 10AM to 7PM, and Sunday, May 30th from 10AM to 5PM.

For more information, you can visit http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/ or follow Top Cow on Twitter at @topcow.

About Top Cow Productions Inc.

Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. A feature film, co-produced by Platinum Studios, Inc. and Arclight Films, is slated to begin production in Australia with director Michael Rymer. WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.

Phoenix Comicon 2010 Adds More Guests

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Our favorite demon turned mortal – Anya is coming!
Actress Emma Caulfield will be at Phoenix Comicon, Sunday, May 30th 2010.

PHOENIX, AZ MAY 18TH 2010: Actress Emma Caulfield will be appearing at Phoenix Comicon later this month, joining editor Christian Beranek for a talk about Emma’s Contropussy webcomic and then speaking at a Q&A session where the floor will be open for questions about all of her work. Emma Caufield is best known for her role as Anya, on the critically acclaimed hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

“I absolutely loved her in Buffy,” said Jared Arthur, Phoenix Comicon’s Operations Director.

After spending time on TV, Emma landed the starring role as “Caitlin Green” in the Revolution Studios thriller Darkness Falls. Caulfield then went on to produce and star in the film Bandwagon. Some of Caulfield’s other work includes numerous television movies and the short film Hollow, an official selection in over 30 festival. She won the best actress award at the Beverly Hills Film Festival and the Sydney International Film Festival (A Night of Horrors). Most recently Caulfield starred in the romantic comedy/sci-fi hybrid film Timer. Emma has also re-teamed with Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) recurring on her new television series Gigantic.

“Emma is great, so many fans will be very excited she’s coming!” said Convention Center Director Matt Solberg.

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists and fans by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries.  Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000+ attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency located in downtown Phoenix.

For more information, please go to http://www.phoenixcomicon.com
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Eureka! We’ve Got Him!

Eureka co-creator Jaime Paglia will be at Phoenix Comicon over Memorial Day Weekend

PHOENIX, AZ MAY 19TH: Eureka co-creator Jaime Paglia will join Kevin Grazier, John Scalzi (consultants for Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, and Stargate Universe) and science fiction movie consultant Seth Shostak to discuss science fiction in TV & Film. Jaime Paglia will also talk about his hit series, Eureka. The series has become a science fiction centerpiece hit for the SyFy channel and will air its 4th season in July. Fans of Eureka are encouraged to mark Paglia’s appearances in the Conquest Scheduler at www.phoenixcomicon.com.

“I can’t wait to hear Jaime speak!” Said Anabel Martinez, Director of Marketing for Phoenix Comicon.

Jaime Paglia is the co-creator and Executive Producer of the Syfy Channel record-setting series, Eureka, which is currently in production on its fourth season of 20 episodes. Paglia started his career in feature films before creating Eureka with Andrew Cosby for the SyFy Channel and NBC Universal Television Studios. Eureka is not just a fan favorite, but also a critical success. Eureka was nominated in 2007 for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects for a Series. The series did win the Leo Award for Best Visual Effects in a Dramatic Series.

Convention Center Director Matt Solberg commented, “Maybe we’ll get some clues on what to expect in the 4th season.”

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists and fans by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries.  Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000+ attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency located in downtown Phoenix.

For more information, please go to http://www.phoenixcomicon.com
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The Green Lantern and The Flash and A Keyboard, Oh My!

Ethan Van Scriver talks about life, theories and plans at Phoenix Comicon

MAY 5th 2010, PHOENIX, AZ: Ethan Van Sciver will be back at Phoenix Comicon this May for numerous events, discussing his life, music, and of course comic books! Van Sciver is an American comic book artist, best known for illustrating a number of titles including Green Lantern, Superman/Batman, New X-Men, and currently, The Flash: Rebirth. His work is noted for its consistently detailed rendering.

“This guy does it all!” Said Anabel Martinez, Director of Marketing for Phoenix Comicon.

Many of Van Sciver’s most notable works have been produced in collaboration with writer Geoff Johns on the superhero-horror one-shot The Flash: Iron Heights. In 2008, Van Sciver was the guest artist on an issue of Justice League of America(#20). Van Sciver has also done the six-issue mini-series The Flash: Rebirth, and variant covers for the Green Lantern and DC Comics event, The Blackest Night.

Fans of Ethan Van Scriver who are attending Phoenix Comicon this year are now able mark on their personal calendars where Ethan will be at the convention by using the new ConQuest Convention Scheduler at PhoenixComicon.com.

“Can’t wait to have him back, it’s always a fun time when Ethan is here.” Said Matt Solberg, Convention Center Director.

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists and fans by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries.  Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000+ attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency located in downtown Phoenix.

For more information, please go to http://www.phoenixcomicon.com
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It’s the Mastermind of Sci-Fi Himself!
Michael A. Stackpole shares his wisdom at Phoenix Comicon

Phoenix, AZ May 12th 2010: New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will be at Phoenix Comicon, to describe digital publishing and writing. The spotlight will also be on Stackpole when he presents his three week program on preparing future writers on writing novels. Of course, Michael Stackpole will also discuss Star Wars, Star Trek, and other fictional universes he has written in. Specific days of Michael A. Stackpole’s events at Phoenix Comicon are listed in the new Conquest Scheduler at phoenixcomicon.com.

Convention Center Director Matt Solberg commented, “We’re very excited to have such a natural share his wisdom.”

Michael A. Stackpole is a science fiction and fantasy author best known for his Star Wars ( Several from the Star Wars: X-wing series and two from The New Jedi Order series) and Battletech books. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1979 with a BA in History. He sold his first gaming project to Flying Buffalo Inc. in 1977, and then headed for Arizona.

Stackpole’s Writing Workshop, “21 Days to a Novel,” is a three week program for preparing future writers to write a novel. This set of 21 exercises is broken down to give everything from character creation to world building, practical plotting devices, dialogue development and character voice creation tools. Additional cost is $20.

“It’s exciting to hear such a master speak!” said Anabel Martinez, Phoenix Comicon’s Marketing Director.

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists and fans by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries.  Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000+ attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency located in downtown Phoenix.

For more information, please go to http://www.phoenixcomicon.com

Kidwell, Jones, and Fotos with Limited ’68 Print at Phoenix Comicon

May 11, 2010 by  
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It’s 1968 and the End of the World at Phoenix Comicon

Kidwell, Jones and Fotos will Relaunch ’68 at the Phoenix Comicon

Phoenix, AZ April 28th 2010: The creators of Vietnam- zombie war ridden comic ’68 recently announced its relaunch and will be promoting it with a limited edition print at Phoenix Comicon. ’68 is published by Image Comics with Mark Kidwell ( Bump, Frazetta’s Dark Kingdom), Nat Jones (Frazetta’s Death Dealer, Rob Zombie’s The Nail) and Jay Fotos (Frazetta’s Death Dealer, Locke & Key).

“I’m so excited!” said Andrea Beasely-Brown, Horror Programming Manager for the Phoenix Comicon, “Zombies just make everything better.”

The ’68 miniseries picks up right where the original tale left off and broadens its scope, encompassing not only the gore-soaked horrors of the war in Vietnam, but fixing a bloodshot eye on the politically torn USA as the dead rise, heralding the apocalypse and devouring anything with a pulse.

To celebrate the continuation of ’68, Kidwell, Jones and Fotos will be attending the 2010 Phoenix Comicon, May 27-30, 2010. The creators are proud to present an exclusive, limited edition print — a gruesome, full-color 11″ x 17″ depiction of Napalm Charlie — signed by Kidwell, Jones and Fotos.

“The Phoenix Comicon is hot!” said local creator Jay Fotos, “I’m so happy that Mark, Nat and I will be here to unleash the plague of the ’68 re-launch, the fans have been dying for it and so have we!”

“The zombies will be moaning for more than just brains this year,” says Matt Solberg, Phoenix Comicon Convention Director, “They’ll be wanting these limited edition prints!”

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com .

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists and fans by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries. Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000+ attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency located in downtown Phoenix.

For more information, please go to http://www.phoenixcomicon.com

Noel Neill to Attend Phoenix Comicon in May 2010

April 28, 2010 by  
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SUPERMAN LEGEND FLIES INTO PHOENIX COMICON

Noel Neill to Attend Phoenix Comicon in May

Phoenix, Ariz.—Noel Neill, star of The Adventures of Superman, will attend Phoenix Comicon in May. The star portrayed Lois Lane against Kirk Alyn’s Clark Kent/Superman in Sam Katzman’s Superman serials, and later on played against George Reeves in the television series.

Photo of Noel Neill by loresjoberg (CC)

“Noel Neill is a living legend,” said Matt Solberg, Convention Director. “Anyone who loves Superman knows who Lois Lane is, and Noel Neill is Lois Lane.”

Neill played the role of Lois Lane for over ten years. Later on, she would continue to appear in Superman productions, playing roles such as Lois Lane’s mother in the 1978 Superman, and had a cameo as of dying widow Gertrude Vanderworth in the more recent Superman Returns.

“Phoenix Comicon can’t wait to present Noel Neill,” said Kate Davids, Communication Manager. “She’s an integral part of Superman’s history, and it will be fantastic to see her in Phoenix.”

More info can be found at Phoenix Comicon’s website, http://www.phoenixcomicon.com.

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries. Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, downtown Phoenix.

Phoenix Comicon 2010 Welcomes Todd McFarlane

April 20, 2010 by  
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LEGENDARY CREATOR OF SPAWN TO HAUNT THE CON

Todd McFarlane to attend Phoenix ComiCon

Phoenix, AZ March 28, 2010: Todd McFarlane is a comic book superstar due to his work on Marvel Comic’s Spider-Man franchise in the late 1980’s and early 90’s. His reputation soared when, in 1992, McFarlane helped form Image Comics and published Issue #1 of Spawn, which sold 1.7 million copies, a record for an independent comic book.

McFarlane’s first published work was a 1984 backup story in Epic Comics’ Coyote. He soon began drawing for both DC Comics and Marvel, adding his flair to Batman: Year Two and Incredible Hulk. In 1990, McFarlane wrote, penciled, and inked Spider-Man. Spider-Man #1 became the best-selling comic book of all time, topping over 2.5 million copies.

“There aren’t enough words to express the level of excitement making its way through the volunteer grapevine about the addition of Todd McFarlane to the lineup,” Matt Solberg, Convention Director stated, “He has a lot of admirers here.”

In recent years, McFarlane has illustrated comic books less often, focusing on entrepreneurial efforts, such as McFarlane Toys, which has licensed the right to produce action figures of athletes in all four major North American sports, and successful film franchises, including The Terminator, The Matrix and Shrek. He has also created Todd McFarlane Entertainment, a film and animation studio which produced the animated series Todd McFarlane’s Spawn, and received two Primetime Emmy awards for his efforts. Several other film projects are in the works, including a collaboration with horror/fantasy icon Clive Barker, based on the Clive Barker’s Tortured Souls series of action figures released by McFarlane Toys.

In October 2009 Image Comics debuted the comic book series Haunt, created by Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane. The series focuses on a pair of brothers, one living and one not, who unite in one corporeal form for a series of supernatural James Bond-inspired adventures.

“Todd McFarlane never stops coming up with great things for us, his fans,” said Joe Boudrie, Phoenix Comicon Programming Director, “I mean, look at his action figures. They’re the best!”

Phoenix ComiCon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists and fans by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries. Entering its ninth year, Phoenix ComiCon is expected to draw over 10,000+ attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency located in downtown Phoenix.

For more information, please go to http://www.phoenixcomicon.com.

Stan Lee to Attend Phoenix Comicon

April 6, 2010 by  
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Stan Lee Is Legendary at Phoenix Comicon

Comic Artist Stan Lee to Attend Phoenix Comicon

March 31st 2010: Stan Lee, the co-creator of many of America’s favorite comic book heroes, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, and the Hulk, will be attending this year’s Phoenix Comicon, May 27-30th.

“This is why we are the signature pop-culture event of the southwest,” said Matt Solberg, Phoenix Comicon Convention Director, “Our attendees get to meet the best of the best.”

Lee’s amazing career began with Marvel Comics before the publishing company was even called “Marvel.” From a very young age, Lee showed a knack for the comics industry, becoming an editor at 18-years-old in 1941. It wasn’t until the late 1950’s, however that Lee’s true genius showed through. At that time DC Comics, Marvel’s main competition, was seeing significant success with superheroes. Marvel needed a similar success. Lee was assigned the task. He took a chance and invented heroes that had human problems, from vanity to a bad temper. His first such group of heroes, the Fantastic Four, were amazingly popular and led on to the creation of the Hulk, Iron Man, the X-Men, and eventually Marvel’s most successful super hero, Spider-Man.

“Stan is something of a superhero himself,” said Anabel Martinez, Phoenix Comicon Marketing Director, “Where he goes, success follows. Understandably, we’re happy to have him!”

Since then, Lee has become at various times the face of Marvel and its leader. He has appeared in cameo parts in the motion pictures based on his characters, and in celebration of 65 years with the Company, Marvel immortalized Lee in a series of one-shot comics in 2006 where he met many of the superheroes he helped create.

“Pardon me while I just freak out a little,” said Ed Harris, Comics Programming Director for the Phoenix Comicon, “I’m just so excited to meet Stan!”

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists and fans by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries.  Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000+ attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency located in downtown Phoenix.

For more information, please go to http://www.phoenixcomicon.com

Phoenix Comicon Hosts Kirby Krackle

March 29, 2010 by  
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Rocking with Jim & Kyle

KIRBY KRACKLE TO ROCK PHOENIX COMICON

Seattle Nerd Band to attend in May

Phoenix, Ariz. March 20, 2010—Kirby Krackle, a rock band with
pop-culture and geek flavor is set to appear and perform at Phoenix
Comicon. Their song titles include “Naked Wii,” “The Villain Song,”
and “Zombie Apocalypse.”

“I love music and I love being a geek, and when I can combine the two
I’m never happier,” said Joe Boudrie, programming director. “Plus,
Kirby Krackle is hilarious. They’re going to rock Phoenix Comicon.”

Kirby Krackle consists of Jim Demonakos and Kyle Stevens, who write
their songs about topics ranging from comic books, video games,
zombies, girls and much more.

“We have some great bands lining up to play at the Hyatt Regency, our
host hotel for our evening and nighttime programming,” said Matt
Solberg, Convention Director. “A lot of people don’t know how great
the music scene is going to be at Phoenix Comicon.”

Jim Demonakos is no stranger to the Comicon scene. Organizer of the
largest comic book & pop culture show in the Pacific Northwest,
Emerald City Comic Con, he also co-owns the largest chain of comic
book stores in the state of Washington, the Comic Stop. Stevens, a
professional songwriter and producer, has been writing and recording
since he was 15. His current solo debut, “Songs from the Orange Room”
is now available on iTunes.

Additional bands performing at the Phoenix Comicon include Calabrese,
an international horror rock band; Bad Cactus Brass Band, a New
Orleans Second Live Street band; Kitsune Robot, an anime song cover
band; and Spawn Atomic, a horror band with zombie and werewolf infused
lyrics.

More info can be found at Phoenix Comicon’s website,
http://www.phoenixcomicon.com.

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest,
presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top
segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, tv, and gaming
industries.  Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to
draw over 10,000 attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at
the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, downtown Phoenix.

James A. Owen to Attend Phoenix Comicon

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Phoenix Comicon Goes Off the Map! “Here There Be Authors”

James A. Owen to Attend the Phoenix Comicon

Phoenix, AZ March 14, 2010: Acclaimed children’s author James A. Owen will be attending the Phoenix Comicon. Writer and illustrator, Owen has to his credit the popular Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica book series, the Starchild graphic novels, and the award winning Mythworld series.

“Being imaginative is one thing, but Mr. Owen is working to reinvent mythology,” said Anabel Martinez, Phoenix Comicon Marketing Manager, “I can’t wait to hear about where his ideas come from.”

Owen has been working professionally as an illustrator and storyteller for more than two decades, which is notable mostly because he’s still comfortably in his thirties. Owen’s first great success came with the self-publication of his graphic novel series Starchild. He burst onto the prose scene with the publication of Mythworld, which achieved great success in Germany, won the 2003 Al award for Best Novel, and was nominated for the prestigious Phantastik Preis for Best International Novel, alongside books by Stephen King and Michael Crichton. The movie adaptation of his book Here, There Be Dragons, part of his latest work, the children’s series Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, is being produced by Warner Brothers and will debut in 2011.

“Children love Here There Be Dragons,” says Joe Boudrie, Phoenix Comicon Programming Director, “It’ll be great to shake the hand of the man who helps so many parents like me get their kids in bed!”

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists and fans by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries. Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000+ attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency located in downtown Phoenix.

For more information, please go to http://www.phoenixcomicon.com.

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Phoenix Comicon Rally Draws 300

February 1, 2010 by  
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Phoenix Comicon Rally Draws 300

Phoenix, Ariz – Over three hundred attendees, volunteers, and staff attended the Phoenix Comicon Kickoff Rally Thursday night, a result that impressed even the Convention organizer, “This crowd for our Kickoff Rally is about as big as our very first Phoenix Comicon,” said Matt Solberg, Convention Director.  “And the room we are in is the same size as our very first exhibitor hall!”

The Phoenix Comicon Kickoff Rally was an evening presentation and walk through of the Phoenix Convention Center, the new home for the Phoenix Comicon.  “We’re talking about needing more space than we had at last year’s facility.  If you took all the exhibit and programming space from last year’s convention, you could fit it in this year’s exhibitor hall alone with room to spare,” continued Matt Solberg.

Convention staffers discussed the reasons for the move, the expansion of the exhibitor hall, and new programming they added, including evening programming at the Hyatt Regency, the host hotel for the convention.  “For the first time at our convention we can now run events past midnight and into the early hours of the morning,” expressed Joe Boudrie, Director of Programming.

Waiting for the Kickoff to Begin

Those who attended were divided among previous attendees of Phoenix Comicon, and new participants who have never attended.  “[That] is most impressive.  You all have never attended our convention before, but are interested enough to take time out of your evening to come and meet us and hear what we have to say,” said Matt Solberg.

Among the highlights:

The biggest applause came during the guest announcements of Comic book Legend Jim Steranko as a featured guest at the Phoenix Comicon.   Steranko is best known for his run in the 1960’s on “Strange Tales” and “Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

One staffer shared her reaction to volunteering the year before: “I can never express what the convention has meant to my family and me.  Having working in a dead end job for so many years, to be recognized for a job well done is truly balm for my soul.”

Matt Solberg, Convention Director

At the conclusion of the event, prizes donated by McFarlane Toys, Bookmans, and Frazetta Comics were given to over fifty attendees.

“We broke a new record in distributing 15,000 fliers promoting our convention to those in attendance,” a visibly excited Marketing Director, Anabel Martinez, said. “The support and love of this convention was truly on display tonight, and it makes all of our efforts so worthwhile.”

More info can be found at Phoenix Comicon’s website, http://www.phoenixcomicon.com.

Brandy Kuschel, Director of Volunteers

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries.  Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, downtown Phoenix.

Phoenix Comicon Rally Draws 300

Phoenix, Ariz – Over three hundred attendees, volunteers, and staff attended the Phoenix Comicon Kickoff Rally Thursday night, a result that impressed even the Convention organizer, “This crowd for our Kickoff Rally is about as big as our very first Phoenix Comicon,” said Matt Solberg, Convention Director.  “And the room we are in is the same size as our very first exhibitor hall!”


The Phoenix Comicon Kickoff Rally was an evening presentation and walk through of the Phoenix Convention Center, the new home for the Phoenix Comicon.  “We’re talking about needing more space than we had at last year’s facility.  If you took all the exhibit and programming space from last year’s convention, you could fit it in this year’s exhibitor hall alone with room to spare,” continued Matt Solberg.


Convention staffers discussed the reasons for the move, the expansion of the exhibitor hall, and new programming they added, including evening programming at the Hyatt Regency, the host hotel for the convention.  “For the first time at our convention we can now run events past midnight and into the early hours of the morning,” expressed Joe Boudrie, Director of Programming.


Those who attended were divided among previous attendees of Phoenix Comicon, and new participants who have never attended.  “[That] is most impressive.  You all have never attended our convention before, but are interested enough to take time out of your evening to come and meet us and hear what we have to say,” said Matt Solberg.


Among the highlights:


The biggest applause came during the guest announcements of Comic book Legend Jim Steranko as a featured guest at the Phoenix Comicon.   Steranko is best known for his run in the 1960’s on “Strange Tales” and “Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

One staffer shared her reaction to volunteering the year before: “I can never express what the convention has meant to my family and me.  Having working in a dead end job for so many years, to be recognized for a job well done is truly balm for my soul.”


At the conclusion of the event, prizes donated by McFarlane Toys, Bookmans, and Frazetta Comics were given to over fifty attendees.


“We broke a new record in distributing 15,000 fliers promoting our convention to those in attendance,” a visibly excited Marketing Director, Anabel Martinez, said. “The support and love of this convention was truly on display tonight, and it makes all of our efforts so worthwhile.”

More info can be found at Phoenix Comicon’s website, http://www.phoenixcomicon.com.

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries. Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, downtown Phoenix.

Phoenix Comicon Rally Draws 300

Phoenix, Ariz – Over three hundred attendees, volunteers, and staff attended the Phoenix Comicon Kickoff Rally Thursday night, a result that impressed even the Convention organizer, “This crowd for our Kickoff Rally is about as big as our very first Phoenix Comicon,” said Matt Solberg, Convention Director.  “And the room we are in is the same size as our very first exhibitor hall!”

The Phoenix Comicon Kickoff Rally was an evening presentation and walk through of the Phoenix Convention Center, the new home for the Phoenix Comicon.  “We’re talking about needing more space than we had at last year’s facility.  If you took all the exhibit and programming space from last year’s convention, you could fit it in this year’s exhibitor hall alone with room to spare,” continued Matt Solberg.

Convention staffers discussed the reasons for the move, the expansion of the exhibitor hall, and new programming they added, including evening programming at the Hyatt Regency, the host hotel for the convention.  “For the first time at our convention we can now run events past midnight and into the early hours of the morning,” expressed Joe Boudrie, Director of Programming.

Those who attended were divided among previous attendees of Phoenix Comicon, and new participants who have never attended.  “[That] is most impressive.  You all have never attended our convention before, but are interested enough to take time out of your evening to come and meet us and hear what we have to say,” said Matt Solberg.

Among the highlights:

The biggest applause came during the guest announcements of Comic book Legend Jim Steranko as a featured guest at the Phoenix Comicon.   Steranko is best known for his run in the 1960’s on “Strange Tales” and “Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

One staffer shared her reaction to volunteering the year before: “I can never express what the convention has meant to my family and me.  Having working in a dead end job for so many years, to be recognized for a job well done is truly balm for my soul.”

At the conclusion of the event, prizes donated by McFarlane Toys, Bookmans, and Frazetta Comics were given to over fifty attendees.

“We broke a new record in distributing 15,000 fliers promoting our convention to those in attendance,” a visibly excited Marketing Director, Anabel Martinez, said. “The support and love of this convention was truly on display tonight, and it makes all of our efforts so worthwhile.”
More info can be found at Phoenix Comicon’s website, http://www.phoenixcomicon.com.

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries.  Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, downtown Phoenix.

Comic Creators Heat Up Phoenix Comicon

January 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Arizona, Comic Books, Convention News, Top Stories

Comic Creators Heat up Phoenix Comicon

Jim Steranko, Tony Harris, Philip Tan, Dexter Vines and more attend

Phoenix, AZ  – Jim Steranko, Tony Harris, Philip Tan and more creators heat up the guest list at Phoenix Comicon’s upcoming Memorial Day convention.

“Great artists like these illustrate just what makes Phoenix Comicon so special,” said Programming Director Joe Boudrie. “These creators have been on the ground floor of comic culture and it’s so exciting they’ll be here to talk to their fans and other comic enthusiasts.”

Jim Steranko

Legendary comic book artist Jim Steranko, most notable for his work on Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., leads the all-star lineup.

Steranko began his career working for Harvey Comics, before moving on to Marvel Comics under Editor Stan Lee. He was assigned to the 1960s super-spy comic Nick Fury, which was developed into a series after its debut in Marvel Comic’s Strange Tales.

“Nick Fury was a defining point of the Silver Age of comics,” said Convention Director Matt Solberg. “We’re thrilled to have a comic artist whose influence has reached even to today.”

Tony Harris

Tony Harris, American comic book artist most famous for his work on Ex Machina, Starman, and Iron Man, will attend Phoenix Comicon.  “Ex Machina won an Eisner for best new series in 2007,” said Boudrie. “That’s like winning an Oscar in the comic world.”

Additional creators include:

Philip Tan

Philip Tan, best known artist for his work on Spawn, Uncanny X-Men and Iron Man. Artist of Final Crisis: Revelations as well as the “Agent Orange” Green Lantern story arc.  Tan will be penciling the second three-issue arc of Grant Morrison’s Batman and Robin series.

Dexter Vines, well known for being one half of team “EDex” along with artist Ed McGuiness. He is one of the comic industries’ most respected inkers, having worked on a multitude of titles for both Marvel and DC. Some titles include Marvel’s big 2007 summer event Civil War, Superman/Batman, JLA Classified (all done with McGuiness), and Wolverine.

Jamal Igle, Exclusive Talent artist for DC Comics Currently working on Supergirl with Sterling Gates.

Todd Nauck

Todd Nauck, most notable for his work on Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Young Justice and his own creation, Wildguard.  Nauck was the artist of the much-publicized five-page back-up story that appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #538, which was published in January 2009, and featured a cameo appearance by then-President-elect Barack Obama.

Tony Parker,  an award winning artist who is currently working on the critically acclaimed graphic novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” (a direct adaptation of the classic Philip K Dick novel).

Eric Basaldua, better known as EBAS, whose early credits include Magdalena, Witchblade/Wolverine, and Tomb Raider.

More info can be found at Phoenix Comicon’s website, http://www.phoenixcomicon.com.

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries.  Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, downtown Phoenix.

Phoenix Comicon 2010

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