The Toronto Comic Arts Festival returns for it’s 9th year to Toronto Reference Library, with a star-studded kick-off event! Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of premiere U.S. comic book publisher Image Comics, the event will see an amazing panel discussion about the history, impact, and future of Image by some of their most famous cartoonists. Featuring:
- Governor General’s Award nominee Jeff Lemire (Secret Path, Royal City)
- Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead)
- Sana Takeda (Monstress)
- Emma Rios (Island)
- Brandon Graham (Island, King City)
- Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Kaptara)
A rollicking discussion of where Image Comics has come from and where it’s going in the future! A signing will follow.
Tickets are required to attend. Tickets will be made available for FREE on Eventbrite starting Monday, April 17th, at 11:00am. Ticket link: tcaf2017.
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2017, Saturday May 13, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 14, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Full details on the TCAF website: www.torontocomics.com
Gosh Comics marks Image Comics‘ 25th anniversary with a number of creator signings throughout the afternoon of Saturday the 18th March, so come on down! Big thanks to all the great folks at Image Comics for giving us the opportunity to help celebrate their 25th Anniversary with this and our terrific Friday night talk. Happy birthday, and here’s to many, many more!
Comic Creators Jordie Bellaire, Simon Gane, Emi Lenox, John McCrea, Tradd Moore, Sean Phillips, Alison Sampson, Declan Shalvey, Si Spurrier, Eric Stephenson, Christian Ward, Caspar Wijngaard & Dan Watters will appear to meet fans and sign comics.
These talented folks will be signing together in small groups through the afternoon, with the roster as follows:
1pm – 2pm
2pm – 3pm
3pm – 4pm
4pm – 5pm
There will be a limit of 6 items per customer per signing session, excluding anything you buy in store on the day. So if there are 3 creators signing, you could bring 2 items for each creator, or 3 each for two of them, or 6 for one of them, plus anything you buy in store on the day.
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Based in Ireland, Jordie Bellaire is an Eisner award winning colourist for her contributions to such titles as The Manhattan Projects, Nowhere Men, Pretty Deadly, Zero, The Massive, Tom Strong, X-Files Season 10, Captain Marvel, Journey into Mystery, and Numbercruncher, among numerous other books.
Simon Gane lives and works in Bristol, UK. Previous projects include Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story and Northlanders for DC/Vertigo, Paris for SLG Publishing and Godzilla: History’s Greatest Monster for IDW. Simon is currently working on Image title They’re Not Like Us with writer Eric Stephenson.
Emi Lenox is based out of Portland, Oregon, and is a comic creator widely known for Emitown, a web-based diary comic that was later published by Image as two printed volumes, and her excellent collaboration with Jeff Lemire, Plutona.
John McCrea is an Irish comics creator currently collaborating with Phil Hester on the supernatural science series Mythic. His past work includes such titles as Troubled Souls, Hitman, and many, many more.
Tradd Moore burst on the scene with his eye-popping (sometimes quite literally) visuals on The Strange Talent of Luther Strode (with writer Justin Jordan). He was quickly snapped up by Marvel for their Ghost Rider relaunch, as well as ongoing cover work on top titles. As well as working on Ales Kot’s Image series Zero, he collaborated with Jordan again to complete the Luther Strode trilogy with The Legend and The Legacy.
Drawing comics professionally since the age of fifteen, Sean Phillips has in recent years concentrated on creator-owned books including Criminal, Incognito, Seven Psychopaths, Fatale & The Fade Out. He’s currently drawing Kill or be Killed, written by his frequent collaborator Ed Brubaker.
Alison Sampson brings her architectural background to her art, creating living, breathing worlds that her characters inhabit. Her work can be found in Nathan Edmonson collaboration Genesis, and the upcoming Winnebago Graveyard with writer Steve Niles.
Declan Shalvey is an award-winning cartoonist based in Ireland, known for his many collaborations with creators like Warren Ellis and Jordie Bellaire.
Si Spurrier writes novels and comics, with his recent work in the sequential sphere including Cry Havoc, Doctor Who, and Eisner award nominated science-fantasy series, The Spire. His latest prose novels are Contract and A Serpent Uncoiled, while his first digital-only project is the “absurdist-noir” novella Unusual Concentrations.
As Publisher for Image Comics, Eric Stephenson has helped foster the creator-owned projects of numerous bestselling writers and artists, including Robert Kirkman, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Brandon Graham, as well as a well-known pair of award magnets whose names rhyme with Frian and Biona. He is also the Eisner-nominated writer and co-creator of Nowhere Men and They’re Not Like US.
After 10 years of encouraging London teenagers to draw anything other than comics, Christian Ward is now a full-time comic book artist, illustrator and writer. Alongside being an artist at Marvel (Iron Man, New Avengers, The Ultimates, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), he is also the co-creator of ODY-C with Matt Fraction for Image Comics.
Dan Watters is a London-based writer whose first creator owned graphic novel Limbo, created with Caspar Wijngaard, was released in 2016 through Image Comics. He is currently working on Assassin’s Creed and Dark Souls: Legends of the Flame, both for Titan Comics.
Caspar Wijngaard’s work has been published by Image Comics, BOOM! and Titan. His most recent work includes the Image series Limbo which he drew, coloured and co-created with writer Dan Watters, and Assassin’s Creed and Dark Souls comics for Titan.
Be sure to come along and help us celebrate with this heapin’ helpin’ of Image talent! If you can’t make it on the day but would like to arrange a reservation or mail order, drop us an email to email@example.com. Keep an eye on the Facebook event for any updates.
And to help celebrate all the Image goings-on, we’ll be doing 10% off of all Image Comics TPs on the day! It’s the perfect chance to try out that new series you’ve had your eye on…
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
The biggest names in comics join ECCC’s Autographing Area. Meet your favorite comic artists and authors including Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Brian Stelfreeze, Scott Snyder, and Gail Simone. Also check out Artist Alley, where you can peruse original art based on your favorite comic book, television and movie characters. Grab a commission or shop prints all four days of Emerald City Comicon!
Kelly Sue DeConnick (writer): BITCH PLANET (Image), PRETTY DEADLY (Image), CAPTAIN MARVEL (Marvel), OSBORN (Marvel) got her start in the comic industry adapting Japanese and Korean comics into English. Five years and more than ten thousand pages of adaptation later, she transitioned to American comics with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: EBEN AND STELLA, for Steve Niles and IDW. Work for Image, Boom, Oni, Humanoids, Dark Horse, DC, Vertigo and Marvel soon followed. Today, DeConnick is best known for surprise hits like Carol Danvers’ rebranding as Captain Marvel and the Eisner-nominated mythological western, PRETTY DEADLY; the latter was co-created with artist Emma Ríos. DeConnick’s most recent venture, the sci-fi kidney-punch called BITCH PLANET, co-created with Valentine De Landro, launched to rave reviews in December 2014. DeConnick lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Matt Fraction, and their two children.
Matt Fraction (writer): SEX CRIMINALS (Image), ODY-C (Image), CASANOVA (Image), SATELLITE SAM (Image), HAWKEYE (Marvel) writes comic books out in the woods and lives with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, his two children, two dogs, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a yard full of coyotes and stags. Surely there is a metaphor there. He won the first-ever PEN USA Literary Award for Graphic Novels; he, or comics he’s a part of, have won Eisners, Harveys, and Eagles, which are like the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes of comic books and all seem about as likely. He’s a New York Times best-selling donkus of comics like SEX CRIMINALS (winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best New Series, the 2014 Harvey Award for Best New Series, and named TIME Magazine’s Best Comic of 2013), SATELLITE SAM, ODY-C, HAWKEYE (winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best Single Issue), and, oh, lordy, so many more.
Brian Stelfreeze is an American comic book artist. Stelfreeze is a painter, penciller, inker and colorist and has worked for nearly every major American comic book publisher. He is one of the original members of Atlanta’s Gaijin Studios. Stelfreeze began his career as the artist of the sci-fi miniseries CyCops in the mid-1980s. While Stelfreeze has been known throughout his career primarily as a cover artist, painting more than fifty cover illustrations for DC Comics’ Shadow of the Bat, he’s also produced a significant amount of sequential work, most notably of late with the miniseries Domino for Marvel Comics and Matador for DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint. Currently, Stelfreeze acts as art director for 12 Gauge Comics and occasionally has provided artwork for their series The Ride, and its prequel, Gun Candy. His latest work can be seen on the Walt Simonson-written Demon/Catwoman feature in DC Comics’ Wednesday Comics. Stelfreeze is the artist on the 2016 revival of Marvel’s Black Panther with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Scott Snyder has written comics for both DC and Marvel, including the bestselling series AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN and SWAMP THING, and is the author of the story collection Voodoo Heart (The Dial Press). He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYC and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett. He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.
Gail Simone first caught the attention of the comics world on the world wide web, where her popular humor column “You’ll All Be Sorry!” was featured on Comic Book Resources. It wasn’t long before she was tapped to write The Simpsons for Bongo Comics, which led to working in the mainstream for Marvel Comics as the writer on Deadpool. Following her Marvel work, Simone began working for DC, where she is most known for her much-beloved run on BIRDS OF PREY. She has continued to write for DC and its many imprints on titles that include ROSE AND THORN, ACTION COMICS, TEEN TITANS, THE LEGION, VILLAINS UNITED, JLA CLASSIFIED, THE ALL-NEW ATOM, GEN13 and WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY. Her most recent projects include BATGIRL and THE MOVEMENT.
Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) is the premier comic book & pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Join us March 2-5, 2017. For tickets and more information please go to the website: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com
Writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Bitch Planet) and Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals, ODY-C) sign at Books with Pictures on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics!
Books with Pictures
1100 SE Division Street, Portland, Oregon 97202
Cloud 9 Comics
2621 SE Clinton Street, Portland, OR 97202
Emma Ríos appears at Gosh Comics for a signing on Friday, June 24th, 6-7pm, and will be launching the trade of her latest series I.D.
Emma Ríos will be debuting her newest book, I.D., published by Image Comics. originally serialised in the pages of Brandon Graham’s comic anthology Island Magazine, this is a collection of the dystopian mini series written and drawn by Emma is set in the near future following three people dealing with unhappiness over their physical appearance. They all decide undergo “body transplant” as a solution to their discontent. The series is a beautiful narration of identity and self-perception, from gender dysphoria to needing to escape from one’s past.
Emma, a Spanish artist, originally worked in architecture and produced self published comics work. She made her debut on the American comics scene with the series Hexed, about a thief working in the occult underground, and at Marvel comics with mini-series under Doctor Strange and Amazing Spider Man. Her most critically acclaimed series has been Pretty Deadly, from Image Comics, a collaboration with writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick.
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel, Bitch Planet) appears at Books with Pictures on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM!
Books with Pictures
1100 SE Division Street, Portland, Oregon 97202
Tickets for HeroesCon 2016, which will be held on Friday, June 17th – Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the Charlotte Convention Center, are now available for sale online! HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center. Get tickets at the link!
KRIS ANKA | Captain Marvel, X-Men, X-Force, Wolverine
JOHN BEATTY | Secret Wars, Punisher, Batman, Thanos Quest
REILLY BROWN | Lobo, Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet, Incredible Hercules
RYAN BROWNE | God Hates Astronauts, Manhattan Projects, Bedlam
RICHARD CASE | Spider-Man, Doom Patrol, Hunter: The Age of Magic, Annie Ammo
RYAN CODY |Doc Unknown, Monstrous, The Phantom
JAMIE COSLEY | Cody the Cavalier
KELLY SUE DECONNICK | Bitch Planet, Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel
MARC DEERING | Supergirl, Legion
DARRYL “DMC” MCDANIEL (Presented by Pros For Life) | DMC
MICHEL FIFFE | Copra, Zegas, Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies
CHARLES FORSMAN | Revenger, TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer
MATT FRACTION | Sex Criminals, Casanova, ODY-C, Hawkguy
RAMONA FRADON | Aquaman, Metamorpho
SANFORD GREENE | Power Man & Iron Fist, Runaways, Rotten Apple, Deadpool
GENE GONZALES | DC Comics Licensing Artist, Iron Man 2 Cards, Diary of Night
JASON GONZALEZ | La Mano Del Destino
PAUL GULACY | Master of Kung Fu, Sabre, Batman, Slash Maraud, Catwoman
KEENAN MARSHALL KELLER | The Humans, Galactic Breakdown, Force Majeure
JASON LATOUR | Southern Bastards, Spider-Gwen, Loose Ends, Winter Soldier
DREW MOSS | Terrible Lizard, The Colonized, The Crow: Pestilence, In the Dark
TOM NEELY | The Humans, Henry & Glenn Forever, The Blot
JOE PEKAR | Grimm Fairy Tales, Brandi Bare, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
MATTHEW ROBERTS | Manifest Destiny, Battle Pope: Mayhem
ROBBI RODRIGUEZ | Spider-Gwen, Frankie Get Your Gun, FBP, Uncanny X-Force
MARK SCHULTZ | Xenozoic Tales, Carbon, SubHuman
BEN SEARS | Double+, Pressure/Sensitivity, As You Were
CHRISTOPHER SEBELA | High Crimes, Ghost, Dead Letters, Alien Vs. Predator
BRIAN STELFREEZE | Black Panther, Day Men, Wednesday Comics
WILLIAM STOUT | Heavy Metal, Wizards, Alien Worlds, Hallucinations
BABS TARR | Batgirl, Bosozoku Sailor Scouts, Lady Knights//Women Warriors
RICH TOMMASO | Dark Corridor, The Horror Of Collier County, 8 1/2 Ghosts
CHRIS VISIONS | Dead Letters, Spider-Gwen, Scarlet Witch, Devils on the Levee
KEVIN WADA | She-Hulk, Catwoman, X-Men, Adventure Time
JAKE WYATT | Necropolis, Ms Marvel, Hulk
SKOTTIE YOUNG | I Hate Fairyland, Rocket Racoon, Fortunately the Milk, Oz
& MANY MORE!
Heroes Convention is not only one of the most recognizable names on the comics convention circuit, but has a well-deserved reputation as a convention that puts comics first, meaning aisles packed with fans looking for new comics and comic-related merchandise to check out. Our 2016 HeroesCon will be one of our biggest yet, and booth space is fully expected to sell out well in advance of the show. No space is reserved without payment in full: act now to reserve your 6′ table, 2 chairs and 2 badges!
Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kurt Busiek, Joe Keatinge, and Leila del Duca appear at Powell’s City of Books on Saturday, November 21st at 4:00 PM!
Four comic book writers and artists from Image Comics join us for a special afternoon panel discussion: writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, author of Bitch Planet; writer Joe Keatinge, author of Tech Jacket, Shutter, and the upcoming Ringside; Leila del Duca, Shutter artist; and writer Kurt Busiek, author of Autumnlands.
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114
Emma Rios and Isabel Greenberg appear at Gosh! Comics for a signing on Monday 16th November at 6:00 PM! They will also be joining in for a Drink and Draw, co-hosted by Broken Frontier.
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR