Fan favorite writer Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey) appears at Powell’s City of Books on Friday September 19th at 7:30 PM to sign her new graphic novel Leaving Megalopolis!
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114
503 228 4651
July 28, 2014 by Colin Solan
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Celebrity appearances, artist meet-and-greets, a film festival, a Cosplay costume contest, the first official after party and Cosplay Harbor Cruise are among many activities lined up for this year’s Boston Comic Con. Boston Comic Con will bring its first three-day convention to the Seaport World Trade Center Friday August 8 through Sunday August 10, 2014. In the seven years since its founding, Boston Comic Con has grown from a one-day show that attracted an estimated 900 comic book enthusiasts to last year’s record turnout of more than 23,000, which organizers expect to top this year.
“The community in Greater Boston that loves comic books and related television and film is tremendous and growing,” said Nick Kanieff, a founder of Boston Comic Con. “We are home to some of the industry’s most talented artists and devoted fans, all of which will join us in great numbers this August. Boston Comic Con has just enough of a celebrity touch to bring in ardent fans while still honoring the artists and writers who are the backbone of the industry.”
The 2014 Boston Comic Con will feature celebrity appearances by Jason Momoa of “Game of Thrones”; John Barrowman of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and “Arrow”; Sean Astin of “The Goonies” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy; James Marsters of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”; Katie Cassidy of “Arrow”; Eve Myles of “Torchwood”; Jewel Staite of “Firefly”; Sam Witwer of “Being Human”; and Darryl McDaniels, aka DMC, of Run-DMC, one of the founding fathers of the hip hop and rap movement, who is producing his own comic about a rap superhero. Celebrities will also participate in panel discussions, Q&As, photo ops, and signing autographs throughout the three-day convention.
Among the 200+ comic book creators taking part in the convention are well known artists such as artist Greg Capullo and writer Scott Snyder, who together produced legendary Batman story arcs as The Court of Owls, Death of the Family and Zero Year for DC Comics. Indie sensation Jeff Smith, creator of the fantasy epic Bone, makes rare appearance at this year’s convention. Also featured is artist Adam Kubert, best known for his work with Marvel Comics on Wolverine, Incredible Hulk, Ultimate Fantastic Four, and X-Men. He is both a graduate of and an instructor at the famed Kubert School, founded by his father, legendary artist Joe Kubert. Other creators include Skottie Young, whose current project, Rocket Raccoon ties in with Marvel’s summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, fan-favorite Gail Simone, writer of Batgirl, Birds of Prey, and Wonder Woman, and Mark Waid who is the most prolific writer of popular characters such as Superman, Spider-Man, and Daredevil.
Participating Boston-area artists include husband and wife team Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, Ming Doyle, Norman Lee, Sara Richard, and several others.
Boston Comic Con is especially proud of its showcase of 14 top women creators including: Christy Blanch, Danica Brine, Katie Cook, Danielle Corsetto, Ming Doyle, Dawn Griffin, Rebekah Isaacs, Shelli Paroline, Sara Richard, Gail Simone, Cat Staggs, Babs Tarr, Maris Wicks, and Chrissie Zullo.
“Boston Comic Con is at the forefront of supporting local artists, especially women creators. It is truly an organic, home-grown event that has gained popularity over the past few years,” said Kanieff, a Framingham resident who is also an avid collector. “We welcome everyone, from families with young children, to college students, to older comic book fans. There is something for everyone at Boston Comic Con.”
New This Year
The first Boston Comic Con Cosplay Harbor Cruise will take place on Saturday, August 9 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cruise will be hosted by Ivy Doomkitty, international costume designer and cosplayer, and features noted cosplayers including Nicole Marie Jean, Destiny Nickelsen, and Bethany Maddock. After the harbor cruise, Boston Comic Con will host the official “after party” at Laugh Boston, at the Westin Waterfront Hotel. Also new this year, a limited number of tickets will be sold to allow early entry on the first day of Boston Comic Con, Friday, August 8 at 1 p.m., one hour before the general admission at 2 p.m.
Additionally, Marvel editor C.B. Cebulski will be on hand to provide portfolio reviews for aspiring comic artists. And this year’s exclusive t-shirt features Rocket Raccoon drawn by Guardians of the Galaxy artist Nick Bradshaw with colors by Rich Woodall.
“Not only is Boston Comic Con drawing interest from the area’s extensive comic book community, but it’s becoming a destination event that brings tourists to Boston,” said Kanieff. “The growing excitement around this convention demonstrates the strength and vibrancy of the creative community we have here in Boston and in the surrounding region.”
More information about events, artists and celebrity guests can be found on www.bostoncomiccon.com. General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now, as are tickets for celebrity photo ops. Boston Comic Con is also accepting entries for this year’s film festival.
For information on ticket sales please visit: www.bostoncomiccon.com.
Tony Gray and Jason Fabok appear at Paper Heroes on Saturday June 28th from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm for a special in-store signing!
Paper Heroes Comic Book Lounge & Collectibles
2857 Howard Avenue, Windsor, ON N8X3Y4, Canada
Come meet superstar artist Will Conrad at Yancy Street Comics on Sunday, June 15th, from 1pm to 6pm! He will be In-Store signing, sketching, shaking hands, and selling prints and original artwork! Come out and say, “Hello,” get some books signed, as well as treating yourself to some amazing artwork! Rain or Shine!
Yancy Street Comics
9409 US 19 (inside Gulfview Square Mall), Port Richey, FL 34668
Writer Gail Simone (Tomb Raider, Red Sonja) signs at Third Coast Comics on Monday April 28th from 5:00 till 9:00 pm.
Third Coast Comics
6234 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
Special guest Gail Simone joins Marjorie Liu, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Blair Shedd, Sara Richard, Roger Andrews, and many more appear at Double Midnight Comics on Saturday May 3, 2014 for Free Comic Book Day!
How do we top 2013′s Free Comic Book Day? BY DOUBLING IT! Our 2014 Free Comic Book Day will be DOUBLED, with our usual one in Manchester and one at our new location in Concord! We will be featuring special guests, events and of course, exclusive free comics at each, as well as special sales too! Additionally, we will have a number of local artists, fantastic cosplayers, contests and a wide variety of free comics!
Special Artist/Writer Guests include:
Gail Simone (Batgirl, Red Sonja, Birds of Prey)
Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, X-23)
Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time)
Braden Lamb (Adventure Time)
Blair Shedd (Doctor Who)
Sara Richard (My Little Pony)
Alex de Campi (My Little Pony, Grindhouse) – Appearing in Manchester from 5-7!
Roger Andrews (Super Hero Squad)
Ransom Getty (Guardians of the Globe)
Kendra Lee Saunders
Peter Vinton Jr
NOTE: free sketches are at the discretion of the artist and not guaranteed.
Cosplay Guests include:
Nicole Marie Jean (cosplayer extraordinaire)
Bellechere (world renown cosplayer)
501st New England Garrison
Ghostbusters of New Hampshire
New England Brethren of Pirates
Rhode Island Comic Con
Pop Culture Expo
Spectacular Batcycle (Concord)
Bumblebee 1977 Chevy Camaro from Transformers
BBQ? Of course! Our grill master and BBQ expert Jareb will be back, making some fantastic grub in Manchester!
We also want to have the biggest group of cosplayers we can amass, so we will have extra goodies to everyone that comes in costume, as well as the BIGGEST Free Comic Book Day costume contest in the US!
We will also be having a HUGE after party in Concord when all is said and done, with a few more surprises. What could we possibly have up our sleeves?
Double Midnight Comics
245 Maple St, Unit 11, Manchester, NH 03103
Artist Cliff Chiang appears at Society of Illustrators on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm for Dare2Draw!
About Cliff Chiang:
Cliff Chiang’s artwork has been hailed for its “fluid and confident storytelling” and “sweeping linework and nuanced style.” Graduating from Harvard University with a joint degree in English Literature and Visual Arts, he worked in editorial at Disney Adventures Magazine and Vertigo/DC Comics before making the leap into freelance illustration.
Clients include DC Comics, GQ Magazine, Lucasfilm, Warner Animation, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamic Forces Entertainment, and the ACLU, on books such as Batman, Dr. Thirteen: Architecture & Mortality, Beware the Creeper, Human Target, Detective Comics: Josie Mac, Green Arrow & Black Canary, Grendel: Red, White, and Black, Red Sonja: Monster Isle, Swamp Thing, and Wonder Woman.
He is currently working on DC Comics’ Wonder Woman with writer Brian Azzarello. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Cover $15 Online ($20 at the door)
Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
Tony Chu is a cop with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he’s a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn’t mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. It’s a dirty job – and Tony has to eat terrible things in the name of justice. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the government has figured out Tony Chu`s secret. They have plans for him… whether he likes it or not.
John Layman is the creator, writer and letterer of CHEW, the New York Times best-selling, Harvey Award and multi-Eisner Award winning cannibal cop comedy series from Image Comics. Layman was an editor for WildStorm Production and has written or lettered for every major publisher in comics for the last decade and a half. CHEW was the 2011 Eisner winner for Best Continuing Series, and winner of both the Eisner and the Harvey in 2010 for Best New Series. Currently, he’s finishing a run on Detective Comics for DC and working on the upcoming Batman Eternal Weekly. He’s written Aliens, Mars Attacks, Godzilla, Thundercats, Gambit, Scarface, Red Sonja, Marvel Zombies Vs. Army of Darkness, House of M: Fantastic Four, the Marvel Identity Wars Annuals, Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen… and a whole lotta other stuff. He loves kitties, Legos and Grand Theft Auto.
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
Writer GAIL SIMONE appears for a Special Guest signing at Travelling Man York on Saturday the 15th February from 3 – 6 pm.
Gail Simone is an American comics writer who has written countless titles for DC such as Wonder Woman and Birds of Prey, she became the writer for BATGIRL in 2011 when DC reached the comic for the New 52 and is also currently working on THE MOVEMENT, as well as DYNAMITE’s RED SONJA.
Other notable works include Action Comics, Suicide Squad, The Fury of Firestorm, Justice League, The All-New Atom, Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, Deadpool, and The Simpsons Comics, she has also written for film, television and worked on video games.
Gail has been working on her first story for MARVEL in ten years ‘The Dead Wedding’ featured in Deadpool #27 and on February the 26th picks up Lara Croft’s story where the smash hit TOMB RAIDER game left off in a new ongoing series for DARK HORSE COMICS.
Don’t miss out on your chance to come and meet this Superstar writer and we look forward to seeing you all at the event!!!
54 Goodramgate, YO1 7LF York, UK
GAIL SIMONE signs at TFAW on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 from 7:00PM till 10:00PM!
She’s coming for you! Things From Another World (TFAW) is honored to welcome superstar writer Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey) to the Portland TFAW February 26 from 7-10 p.m. for a Tomb Raider signing and Q & A. Bring your questions: the Q & A will begin at 7:00 p.m., with the signing at 8:00 p.m. Free food and beer (for those 21+ with ID) will be provided.
Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft is one of the most famous and recognizable video game characters in history, and Gail Simone is launching her on the adventures that will change her life forever in Dark Horse Comics’ new ongoing Tomb Raider comic book series. This is the official continuation of Lara Croft’s story from the 2013 video game, which has sold more than 4 million copies!
“I’m excited to get to do a signing at one of my favorite stores anywhere, and excited for people to finally get to read our continuation of the Tomb Raider saga,” said Gail Simone. “It’s going to be far too much fun for everyone, I think!”
“We’re huge fans of Gail Simone and have wanted to do a signing with her for years,” said TFAW Vice President Andrew McIntire. “We’re thrilled to host her at the Portland TFAW–this is going to be an event to remember!”
Gail Simone is one of the most celebrated writers in comics, known for her dynamic portrayals of strong female characters and her unique mixture of humor and darkness. After breaking into the mainstream with Deadpool, Simone has had acclaimed runs on Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Red Sonja, and more.
Don’t miss this chance to get insight from Gail Simone into her latest projects and pick up your copy of Tomb Raider #1 February 26 at the Portland TFAW. Signing policy: limited to items purchased at TFAW (with receipt), plus three outside items.
Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232