Boom! Studios Announces NYCC 2015 Events


Press Release:

Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce a pre-show event, panels, exclusives, and list of talent for the 2015 New York Comic Con, which will take place at the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side during the weekend of October 8-11.

Anchoring the publisher’s presence at New York Comic-Con, BOOM! has partnered with several comics retailers for New York Comic Con exclusives and a pre-show signing event.

Midtown Comics will offer for purchase at its booth (#2036) a New York Comic Con exclusive cover by Jamie McKelvie (The Wicked + The Divine) to Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely’s The Spire #1, while Newbury Comics will offer for purchase at its booth (#2945) a New York Comic Con exclusive cover by Katy Farina (The Amazing World of Gumball) to The Amazing World of Gumball 2015 Grab Bag Special.

BOOM! has partnered with Forbidden Planet in Manhattan’s East Village for a pre-New York Comic Con signing event on Thursday, October 7 from 7-9pm (NYCC badge NOT required), featuring the following creators (additional creators may be announced):

Brooke Allen (Lumberjanes)
Frank Barbiere (Broken World, Black Market)
Matthew Daley (Lantern City)
Michael Dialynas (The Woods)
Eryk Donovan (Cognetic, Memetic)
Brian Joines (Imagine Agents)
Simon Spurrier (The Spire, Six-Gun Gorilla)
S.M. Vidaurri (Iscariot, Iron: Or, the War After)
Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes)

Forbidden Planet (212-473-1576, is located at 832 Broadway, between 12th and 13th St.

BOOM! will host the following panels at New York Comic Con:

BOOM! Studios Celebrates 10 Years and Push Comics Forward

Thursday, October 8, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., Room 1A06

2015 marks the 10th year of publishing for BOOM! Studios, a multiple Eisner award-winning top 10 comic publisher. Rather than look back at what we achieved the past 10 years, join us as we look ahead to the next 10 years and how we can all push comics forward. Moderated by BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik, join Shannon Watters, Brooke Allen, Si Spurrier, James Tynion IV, Matthew Daley, and Kyle Higgins as they highlight the changes in the industry and what they want to see in comics.

Push Boundaries Forward: Gender, Diversity, and Representation in Comic Books

Friday, October 9, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m., Room 1A24

The face of comics is changing. Join a diverse Panel examining what indie/web publishing have been doing right, how mainstream comics can catch up, and what Creators and Fans can do to be heard. Join Moderator David Brothers and Panelists Marjorie Liu, Shannon Watters, Jeremy Whitley, Amber Garza, Joey Stern and Darryl Ayo in a sincere, thoughtful discussion on the topic of gender, diversity and representation in mainstream comics.

Camp Out with Lumberjanes!

Friday, October 9, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Room 1A24

Pack your bags, bring your s’mores kit and get your badges ready! Join the brilliant minds and collaborators behind the breakout hit Lumberjanes, from the BOOM! Studios imprint, BOOM! Box! Shannon Watters, Brooke Allen, and Special Guests discuss what’s down the pipeline for Mal, Molly, April, Jo, and Ripley and the importance of hardcore lady types! Moderated by Raina Telgemeier (Drama).

The following BOOM! creators can be found in Artist Alley at New York Comic Con:

Brooke Allen (Lumberjanes) – AA9
Frank Barbiere (Broken World, Black Market) – Q14
Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl) – J2
Marguerite Bennett (Butterfly, Sleepy Hollow) – G3
Elena Casagrande (Suicide Risk) – J12
Jorge Coelho (John Flood, Sleepy Hollow) – K15
Tim Daniel (Burning Fields, Curse) – U16
Camilla d’Errico (Tanpopo) – 215
Vanesa R. Del Rey (Hit, The Empty Man) – K12
Eryk Donovan (Cognetic, Memetic) – H3
Joe Eisma (Big Trouble in Little China) – X4
Jerry Gaylord (Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return) – N14
Penelope Gaylord (Adventure Time) – N15
Gabriel Hardman (Planet of the Apes) – Q9
Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) – CC19
Brian Joines (Imagine Agents) – W10
Justin Jordan (John Flood) – R6
Janet Lee (The Wonderland Alphabet) – K13
Michael Moreci (Burning Fields, Curse) – U17
Jimmy Palmiotti (Palmiotti & Brady’s The Con Job)
Missy Pena (The Amazing World of Gumball) – U8
David Petersen (Mouse Guard) – J1
Joe Quinones (Big Trouble in Little China, Sleepy Hollow) – G4
Humberto Ramos (Crimson) – L9
Stephane Roux (Protocol: Orphans) – B10
Felipe Smith (Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return, Freelancers) – R4
Simon Spurrier (The Spire, Six-Gun Gorilla)
Dominike “Domo” Stanton (Palmiotti & Brady’s The Con Job) – Z9
Durwin Talon & Guin Thompson (Beautiful Scars) – V12
James Tynion IV (Cognetic, The Woods, UFOlogy, Memetic) – H3
Charles Soule (Strange Attractors) – W15
Allison Strejlau (Regular Show) – AA15
Fred Van Lente (Big Trouble in Little China) – W13
Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes) – AA9
Jim Zub (Munchkin) – X3

For more information on New York Comic Con, visit their site at


Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios ( generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to titles like Suicide Risk, The Woods, Irredeemable, Sons of Anarchy, and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!’s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment. Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.

CA – Peanuts Tribute & Sketch-a-thon


Celebrate 65 years of Peanuts at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM with cartoonists Paige Braddock of Jane’s World, Frank Cammuso, creator of Knights of the Lunch Table, Terry Moore, of Strangers in ParadisePaul Pope of Battling Boy, and Raina Telgemeier, creator of Smile, as they discuss the enduring influence of Peanuts, their own work, and the new Peanuts tribute book released by BOOM! comics. Followed by a Sketch-a-thon featuring a variety of today’s cartoonists including Lucas Turnbloom, Brian Fies, Jonathan Lemon, Shaenon Garrity, Derek Charm, and many more.

Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

McFarlane Toys Brings Brick Toys & more to NYCC 2015

00mcfarlane-NYCC15Press Release:

Todd McFarlane and McFarlane Toys are planning their trip to the Big Apple for New York Comic Con 2015! Last year, McFarlane Toys debuted their AMC’s The Walking Dead construction sets and this year, for the first time, McFarlane Toys is showing off their HBO’s Game of Thrones Construction Sets slated to hit stores this November!

Visit the McFarlane Toys booth #1526 for a chance to meet Todd McFarlane and see the latest construction sets, action figures and statues from brands including: AMC’s The Walking Dead, HBO’s Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead Comic, Halo, Assassin’s Creed and more.

Here’s an overview of McFarlane’s schedule at NYCC:

PANEL: Toddfather Talks Toys, Comics, Spawn and Insight to Being an Independent Creator

  • Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
    Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
    Location: Room 1A06

This is a can’t-miss panel featuring the man, Todd McFarlane! The toy company giant gives a sneak peek at McFarlane Toys’ upcoming AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones construction sets. Todd also talks exciting Spawn and Savior news that will make any comic fan eager for new issues! A Todd McFarlane panel wouldn’t be complete without words of wisdom on persevering and obtaining your dream job.

SIGNING: Todd McFarlane VIP Signing

  • Date: Friday, October 9, 2015
    Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Location: VIP Lounge in the 4th floor Galleria

If you’re a VIP ticket holder, this is for you… Bring your two favorite Todd McFarlane items for a free autograph!

PANEL: Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel

  • Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
    Time: 4 PM – 5 PM
    Location: 1B03

Already a legend for his creation of The Spirit in 1940, Will Eisner – with the 1978 publication of his A Contract With God – would be instrumental in popularizing the graphic novel format, changing the world of comics forever. Join us and find out how and why Eisner did it, with moderator Paul Levitz (author of the upcoming Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel) and Panelists Todd McFarlane (Spawn Creator & Image Comics President), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Dennis O’Neil (Batman) and Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book).

NYCC BUILD OFF: In-Booth Construction Set Challenge

McFarlane Toys is challenging New York Comic Con fans to a construction challenge featuring our McFarlane Construction Sets.  Fans can test their construction skills as we pit them against one another in a no-holds barred construction throw-down! The contest is free and open to all NYCC attendee badge holders and will be held in McFarlane Toys booth (1526) Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10th.

Can’t make it to NYCC? Upload a photo of your McFarlane Construction Sets to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #McFarlaneBuilds for a chance to win a McFarlane Construction Set prize package!


Stop by the McFarlane Toys booth #1526 for several different chances to win some awesome prizes!

  • Win McFarlane Toys for a Year: Sign up for the McFarlane Toys newsletter on an iPad in our booth to be entered in our ‘Win McFarlane Toys for a Year’ sweepstakes. Not going to NYCC? Don’t worry… You can enter the contest by clicking here.
  • Daily Lanyard Pin Giveaways: Each day of NYCC, we’ll be giving away NYCC EXCLUSIVE lanyard pins. Limited quantities available.
  • Daily Blind Bag Giveaways: Be one of the first to our booth (#1526) to grab a blind bag from AMC’s The Walking Dead. Check the front and back of your blind bag for a neon sticker, because you could be an INSTANT winner winning comics, action figures or construction sets. Limited quantities available.


More Todd McFarlane autograph sessions times to be announced! Check back here and on Todd’s Twitter for more details!


Stop by the McFarlane Toys booth for life-size photo opportunities from AMC’s The Walking Dead hit TV series.  Upload a photo of you in our booth to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #McFarlaneBuilds for a chance to win a McFarlane Construction Set prize package!

CA – An Evening with Raina


Press Release:

Raina Telgemeier, the best-selling author of Smile, Sisters, and Drama is coming to the San Diego Central Library, in downtown San Diego, on Tuesday, July 7 at 6:00 PM for “An Evening with Raina,” a free event to help you get ready for Comic-Con International! Raina Telgemeier’s all-ages graphic novels have delighted readers of all ages! Come hear her speak about her work, bring your questions, and find out what’s next at this free special event presented by Comic-Con International and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, in conjunction with the San Diego Public Library.

Raina is a global phenomenon! Her three books, Smile, Drama, and Sisters—along with her four books based on Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-sitters Club—total a staggering 3 million copies in print, placing her at the forefront of the children’s graphic novel boom. Her efforts to champion kids’ right to read include speaking out for Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read. Banned Books Week 2015 celebrates Young Adult books, and the rights of young readers everywhere to read fearlessly!

This popular comics creator is a special guest at Comic-Con International this year, but you don’t have to have a badge to see her in this special early appearance at the San Diego Central Library! “An Evening with Raina,” co-sponsored by Comic-Con and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, on Tuesday, July 7 at 6:00 PM in the Auditorium, located at 330 Park Blvd., in downtown San Diego. Admission is free, but seating is limited for this special event. CBLDF will have books available for donations.

About Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Our work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, & educators who face the threat of censorship. We monitor legislation & challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. We create resources that promote understanding of comics & the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day we publish news & information about censorship events as they happen. We are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project & Banned Books Week. Our expert legal team is available at a moment’s notice to respond to First Amendment emergencies. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights that our community depends on. For more information, visit (link is external)

About Comic-Con International
Comic-Con International (CCI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

San Diego Public Library
330 Park Blvd. San Diego CA 92101
(619) 236-5800

MI – Kids Read Comics 2015 Signings


The Vault of Midnight is proud to host some amazing artists as part of the Kids Read Comics festival!


12-1pm: Signing with Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Superhero Girl, Friends with Boys), and Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters, Drama)

1-2pm: Signing with Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware! Dragons Beware!)

2-3pm: Signing with Ruth McNally Barshaw (Ellie McDoodle Diaries)

3-4pm: Signing with Zack Giallongo (Star Wars Doodles, Broxo, Stratford Zoo series)

4-5pm: Signing with Zac Gorman (Costume Quest, Rick and Morty)

5-6pm: Signing with Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and Chris Duffy (Nursery Rhyme Comics, Spongebob Comics)


12-1pm: Signing with Zac Gorman (Costume Quest, Rick and Morty)

1-2pm: Signing with Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Superhero Girl, Friends with Boys), and Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters, Drama)

3:30-4:30pm: Signing with Kean Soo (Jellaby, March Grand Prix) and Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind)

4:30-5:30pm: Signing with Chris Giarruso (G-Man, G-Man Super Journal)

For more information, please visit the link…


The Kids Read Comics Celebration is a totally free event that unites kids, teens, parents, teachers and librarians with professional artists and writers from the comics and animation fields. Our goal is to introduce kids to worlds of imagination while unlocking their creative impulses, and to serve that goal, the convention features:

– hands-on workshops
– panels and presentations for kids, families, and educators
– a chance for kids to meet and chat with comics and animation professionals
– the opportunity for kids to have their own art portfolios reviewed

Our celebration will be held at the Ann Arbor District Library in downtown Ann Arbor, which will host an artist alley and tons of hands-on workshops!
We hope to see you there!

RSVP on Facebook!

Vault of Midnight
219 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

CA – Flying Colors Summer Party


Raina Telgemeier (Sisters, Smile, Drama) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat) appear at Flying Color Comics on Friday July 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm to sign their many comics!

RSVP on Facebook!

Flying Colors Comics
2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518
(925) 825-5410

TCAF Kids Day 2015 Guests & Schedule Announced


Press Release:

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce TCAF KIDS DAY 2015, which will see the addition of TCAF Featured Guests Matt Holm & Jenni Holm, and an exclusive promotional poster by Gurihiru!

Featuring some of the best and brightest kids-comic creators in the industry, TCAF KIDS DAY is a stand-alone event that takes place on Saturday, May 9th, from 10am to 4:30pm. It takes place just down the street from TCAF, about 10 minutes walk, at St. Paul’s on Bloor, 227 Bloor Street East. TCAF Kids Day is a great place to view large-format presentations by favourite TCAF Guests, and take part in crafts, activities, and storytimes, and purchase books from your favourite authors! Owlkids, Toronto Public Library, and Little Island Comics will be on hand all day to take part in the fun!

Welcoming Jenni Hom & Matt Holm!
We’re thrilled to announce that Jenni Holm & Matt Holm, the amazing sister & brother team behind the bestselling Babymouse and Squish book series’ will be returning to TCAF to kick off our day with their popular presentation! Jenni and Matt last visited TCAF in 2012, and they were just so awesome we had to have them back! Our thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for supporting their trip!

Their presentation will be followed throughout the day by a who’s who of great kid, tween, and teen creators, including Kean Soo (Jellaby), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Sisters) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), George O’Connor (Zeus: King of the Gods), and all the way from Japan, Gurihiru (Avatar: The Last Airbender comics).

TCAF Kids Day Schedule:
10am-4:30pm: Event opens! Drop-in crafts, projects, and presentations all day!
10:30am-11:30am: Jenni Holm & Matt Holm present: Get Graphic with Babymouse & Squish!
11:45am-12:45pm: Kean Soo presents: Making Comics with Kean!
1pm-2:15pm: Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman present: Comics Dance Party!
2:30pm-3:15pm: George O’Connor presents: Getting Mythological!
3:30pm-4:15pm: Gurihiru will be drawing and chatting, live!

TCAF Kids Day Poster by Gurihiru!
We have a special treat for everyone too! The amazing creative team Gurihiru (two awesome ladies from Japan, working under one name) have produced a special poster celebrating TCAF Kids Day programming, and really everything that’s fantastic about comic books! We are seriously blown away by this image, and we thank Gurihiru for doing such an amazing job on it! This image will be printed as a poster and made available for purchase at TCAF and TCAF Kids Day.

CA – Graphic Novel Greats Signing


Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, and James Burks at Once Upon A Time Bookstore on Thursday March 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM!

Graphic novels are a hit with students, astute teachers and savvy librarians, as they know the best of these novels tell engaging stories which captivate kids — and keep them reading! We are very very lucky to have these 3 talented artists come talk shop, draw, doodle, get creative and inspire budding artists! Afterwards, they will sign books. This is a free event & will be very popular. In order to get a priority ticket for the signing line, at least one book must be bought from Once Upon A Time.

Once Upon A Time Bookstore
Montrose Shopping Park
2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020

NYC – Carousel for Kids!


R. Sikoryak and Neil Numberman host Cartoon Slide Shows and other projected pictures with guests Jon ChadCharise Mericle HarperDave RomanRaina TelgemeierJames SturmAndrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost at Dixon Place on Saturday November 15th at 2:00 PM! Stories, gags, & live drawing! For kids of all ages.

Tickets: $8 kids, $12 (advance), $15 (at the door), $10 (students/seniors)

RSVP on Facebook!

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002

OH – Amulet/Sisters Signing


Raina Telgemeier and Kazu Kibuishi appear at Joseph-Beth Booksellers to discuss and sign their new comics Sisters and Amulet: Escape from Lucien on Thursday, October 30 at 4:30 pm!

The companion to Raina Telgemeier’s #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling and Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir, SMILE. Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. In AMULET: ESCAPE FROM LUCIEN, by bestselling author/illustrator Kazu Kibuishi (also known for illustrating the new Harry Potter paperback series), Navin and his classmates journey to Lucien, a city ravaged by war and plagued by mysterious creatures, where they search for a beacon essential to their fight against the Elf King. Meanwhile, Emily heads back into the Void with Max, one of the Elf King’s loyal followers, where she learns his darkest secrets.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208
(513) 396-8960

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