A2CAF 2018 Announces Guests

The 2018 Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival has announced three of this year’s headline guests, each making their very first appearance at the show on Saturday, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th.

Maris Wicks, author of Science Comics: Coral Reefs and Human Body Theater, and artist of Primates and SpongeBob Comics!

Judd Winick, author of the Hilo series, Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned, and writer of DC Comics superheroes!

Mark Siegel, author of Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson, artist of various children’s books including Long Night Moon and Oskar and the Eight Blessings, and creative and editorial director of First Second Books.

Maris, Mark, and Judd will be joined by over 50 additional guests–some of them old friends, some new to A2CAF; longtime comics creators and kids just starting to get their nibs wet; and all of them eager to greet you in our bustling, bubbly and bursting Artists Alley on the first floor of the Ann Arbor District Library!

So whatever kinds of comics you’re in the mood for: heroic adventure or slice of life, fantasy or funny animals, scary stories or science fiction, history or humor–and yes, once again, four different varieties of Shakespeare comics!–you’ll find them in Artists Alley at this year’s Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival!

Check out our amazing guest list right here!

Zac Gorman, author of Thisby Thestoop and the Black MountainRick and Morty (comic series), Over the Garden Wall (Emmy award winning animated series, Magical Game Time(webcomic), Costume Quest (writer and artist Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers, as well as writer for new Costume Quest animated series on Amazon Prime in 2018).

Rafael Rosado, Artist of Giants Beware!, Dragons Beware! and Monsters Beware!

Zack Giallongo, Author of BroxoEwoks: Shadows of Endor, artist of the Stratford Zooseries, and author of Star Wars Doodles. Co-host of the Galaxy of Super Adventure show.

Hannah O’Neal, Animator at FableVision Studios in Boston, MA.

Joamette Gil, creator and editor of the award-winning POWER & MAGIC: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology Series.

Lucy Bellwood, creator of Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea100 Demon Dialogues.

Meggie Ramm, creator of Stick WorldI Have No Idea What I’m Doing, and Olympic Adventures.

Steve Hamaker (SATURDAY ONLY), Eisner-winning colorist of BoneRASL, and Table Titans. Author of PLOX.

Kean Soo, Creator of the Jellaby and March Grand Prix series of graphic novels.

Pranas T. Naujokaitis, writer of the Adventure Time: Ice King miniseries, writer/illustrator of Uncle Grandpa in Uncle Grandpaland, and creator of many mini-comics including the Monster Town series and the Ignatz Award nominated Laffy Meal.

Gregg Schigiel, author/illustrator of the Pix graphic novels, regular contributor to SpongeBob Comics, and host of the “Stuff Said” podcast.

Kiel Phegley, Author of Gumball’s Guide to ScienceSonic The Hedgehog, and Halo: Spartan-IV Field Manual.

Scoot McMahon, cartoonist of Sami the Samurai SquirrelWrapped UpSpot on AdventureThe Mighty Super KingzTales from the Con, and Aw Yeah Comics!

John Martin, illustrator and co-creator of Sci-Fi Junior High and Vordak book series.

Himashi Hewagama, author of the webcomic Celestial Princess Sierra.

Jonathan Griffith, author and illustrator of 19643031: An Ongoing Exploration of the Familiarly Unknown webcomic, and August & Patterson.

Sarah Bollinger, Co-creator of featured WEBTOON Girls Have A Blogand the Knight & Beard webcomic.

Tara Kurtzhals, Co-creator of featured WEBTOON Girls Have A Blogand the Knight & Beardwebcomic.

Chad Sell, creator of The Cardboard Kingdom from Knopf and Random House.

Dani Jones,  creator of children’s book Monsters vs Kittens and webcomic My Sister the Freak, and illustrator of the graphic novel PopularMMOs Presents a Hole New World.

Rob Stenzinger, co-host of the Lean Into Art Podcast, Creator of the video game This Panda Needs You, and a new comic called Two Pizza Team.

SRSLY Coalition, creators of the CPTN SRSLY Comic Anthology Volumes 1-4.

Emily Zelasko, writer and Illustrator of SnowOld Man, Dog, and the OceanPhantom in the SnowSomething Something Adam, and the Piece of Cake webcomic. Illustrator for Rainbow Sprinkle Slime, Vostokapolis. Colorist for Corpse Corp.

Mya Gosling, artist and author of Good Tickle Brain, the world’s foremost (and possibly only) Shakespeare stick figure webcomic..

Conor McCreery, author of Kill ShakespeareAssassin’s CreedRegular Show/Adventure Time, and Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini.

Matt Feazell, author of ZOT! in Dimension 10-½Understanding MinicomicsDizzy AdventuresStick Figure Presidents and The Amazing Cynicalman comic strip.

Andrea Bell, creator of Fair VoyageStill Waiting, and Tracks.

Dave Scheidt, writer of rad comics like Adventure TimeAw Yeah ComicsDreamworks’ TrollsMunchkin, Nickelodeon’s Harvey BeaksWrapped Up and more!

Shaun Manning, Writer and co-creator of Macbeth: The Red KingInteresting Drug, and Hell, Nebraska, as well as short stories for Dark Horse Presents, Thought Bubble, and more.

Brian E. Lau, creator of Staunch Ambition.

Joe Foo, creator of Camp Pencilpoint.

Joshua Buchanan, illustrator of The RocketScratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds, and Factor Five.

Chris & Gin (Chris Ludden and Ginger Dee), creators of Dexter’s DigsPresidents of the United Space, and The Brothers Grant.

Merrill Rainey, illustrator for Highlights Magazine, artist in Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty Magazine, illustrator of Frog. Frog? Frog! for Capstone Publishing, illustrator in Cricket and Spider Magazine, and artist for educational publishers including McGraw Hill, Scholastic Education, and RAZ Kids (Learning A-Z).

Sean Dove, co-creator of BroBots at Oni Press, Colorist on Wrapped Up, and Madballs.

Zachary Lehner, artist of Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, contributing author and artist to the anthology I Want to Pet Your Werewolf.

Madeline Zuluaga, one of the Illustrators on When the Rules Aren’t Right: 7 Time Travel Tales of Activism Graphic Novel; contributor to Mine!: A Comics Collection to Benefit Planned Parenthood anthology and New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei anthology; creator of a capybara-focused illustration book called Capybara Parade.

Bruce Worden, author/illustrator of Goodnight Keith MoonWoodstalk: 3 Days of Peace, Music, and Zombies; and the weekly pictoblog Shoppers Unknown where he finds discarded shopping lists and draw the people he imagines wrote them.

Peter Sickman-Garner, creator of the Harvey- and Eisner-nominated comic series Hey, Mister, published by Top Shelf Productions.

Jessi Zabarsky, creator of Witchlight, an all-ages shojo adventure comic.

Terry Eisele, author of the three-volume graphic novel With Only Five Plums and the forthcoming Far Tune.

Courtney M Hahn, artist of Podunk, Space for Everyone, and Uni-Puppy.

James Anderson, creator of Ellie on Planet X.

Ellie Moody, creator of The MeltingHow to Make ToastBad Guys, and more.

Bruno Hohn, creator of the comics series The Misadventures of Spenser the Ghost & Larry the Muffin.

Rocket Neiburger, creator of Happy Monster, original mini comic series!

Dana Atnip, Creator, artist, and writer for the webcomic Galactic Dragons.

Giselle Sarmiento, creator of short form comics Limon, delay and creator of fanart illustrations..

Theresa Dunn, author/illustrator of The Tale of Sir Stinky and Not All Pirates Have Hook Hands.

Jay Fosgitt, artist for IDW (My Little PonyAw Yeah Revolution), Marvel (Rocket Raccoon and GrootDeadpoolGwenpoolJessica JonesAvengersWeb Warriors), and Source Point Press (Dead Duck and Zombie Chick).

Matthew New, writer/artist for Billy Johnson and his Duck are Explorers.

Ali Cantarella, creator of The Hasty Pastry graphic novel, illustrator on Monkey and Dragon in the Golden Hour children’s book.

Charles Brubaker, creator of Ask a Cat and The Fuzzy Princess.

Brett R. Pinson, creator of Boomtown ScabsThe Adventures of Carl, The Expendables.

 

 

Flame Con 2018 Announces Further Guests

Flame Con has announced Atla Hrafney, Steve Orlando, Irene Koh, Vita Ayala, and Terry Blas as further guests for their convention on August 18 – 19, 2018 at the Times Square’s Sheraton in New York City which means it’s BIGGER, BETTER, and BOLDER than ever before.  Get your tickets now for the quintessential queer comic con!

Don’t forget, WE WANT YOUR SUGGESTIONS for panels.  We’re taking submissions for panels and performances until May 31st here.

In addition to our previously announced special guests, we’re very proud to announce the addition of…

Atla Hrafney is a rad gal living in a cold tundra like a frozen Hobbit in the middle of Iceland. From this foraging comes a heck of a lot of free time to create fun stories, which exactly what she does a majority of the time. By day she writes comics such as her contribution to the We’re Still Here anthology with artist Phineas Kadinski, and by night she edits other folk’s works. Some of the comics she’s worked on include the hit webcomic Camellia by Ladypcpx and the graphic novel The Carpet Merchant of Konstantinyya by Remena Ashel Yee.

Steve Orlando writes and produces comics, including VIRGIL (IGN’s best Graphic Novel of 2015), Undertow and stories in the Eisner Award Nominated Outlaw Territory at Image Comics. As well, he launched 2015’s Midnighter and 2016’s Midnighter and Apollo, both nominated for GLAAD awards, and took part in Justice League: Gods and MenBatman and Robin Eternal and most recently launched SupergirlThe Shadow / Batman, Justice League of America and The Unexpected for DC Entertainment, as well as CRUDE for Skybound Entertainment.

Irene Koh is an illustrator, karaoke queen, and red meat enthusiast born in Korea and based out of the SF Bay Area. She has drawn THE LEGEND OF KORRA: TURF WARS for Dark Horse, SECRET ORIGINS: BATGIRL for DC, 1602: WITCH HUNTER ANGELA for Marvel, and TMNT: CASEY & APRIL for IDW, among other things.

Vita Ayala spent years working retail, and night security at a one of the oldest museums in New York City, before taking the plunge and entering the Thunderdome lifestyle that is pursuing a career in writing comics. They have since written for DC Comics (Rebirth Wonder Woman Annual #1, Rebirth Batgirl Annual #1), Dark Horse Comics (Secret Loves of Geeks), and Image Comics (Bitch Planet Triple Feature #4), as well as having a creator owned book, The Wilds, out through Black Mask Studios. They live in New York City with their wife and ridiculous cat-son.

Terry Blas is the illustrator/writer behind the comics Ghetto Swirl and You Say Latino. His work has appeared in Rick and Morty, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball and Adventure Time. He illustrated the drag superhero book, Mama Tits Saves the World. His latest book is a fat camp murder mystery titled: Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom, published by Oni Press.

Tickets to Flame Con are available through Eventbrite and will feature Daily, Weekend and Weekend VIP passes which includes access to the official 2018 Flame Con party. Tickets can be purchased at www.flamecon.eventbrite.com.

Registration for vendors and exhibitors is also open and can register at www.flamecontables.eventbrite.com.

For more information on Flame Con, please visit www.flamecon.org and for more information on Geeks OUT, please visit www.geeksout.org.

 

 

HeroesCon 2017 Welcomes DMC, Tony Harris & More

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Tony Harris, Paul Jenkins, Paul Azaceta, John Timms, Ron Marz, Budd Root, Ron Salas, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

PAUL AZACETA | Outcast, Graveyard of Empires, X-Men, Spider-Man
DUANE BALLENGER | Haunted Samidge, Uptight, Wide Awake 666
JARED CULLUM | Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Pea Green Coffee Cup
MASON DICKERSON | Take-Out Deluxe, Los Tres Perdidos, Peach Tree, Patty Island
DMC | Darryl Makes Comics, Run-DMC
JOHN FLOYD | Django Unchained, Batman: Lovers and Madmen, Rune
JORDAN GIBSON | America, Howard the Duck
TONY HARRIS | Blood Blister, Starman, JSA, Ex Machina, C-3PO
PAUL JENKINS | Alters, Hellblazer, Inhumans, Hellshock
JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNERDAWN, Harley Quinn, Wolverine & The Black Cat: Claws, Conan, Red Sonja
RON MARZ | Skylanders, Witchblade, Green Lantern, Ominous Press
BRAD MCGINTY | MadBalls, GLORP Gum, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Battle Zoo
BRIAN REBER | Bloodshot Reborn, Ninjak, Archer and Armstrong
BUDD ROOT | Cavewoman
RON SALAS | Six Million Dollar Man, Northguard, Prince Valiant, Amazing Spider-Man
BRIAN “SMITTY” SMITH | Tree Mail, The Castoffs, The Stuff of Legend
ANDY SURIANO | Cosmic Scoundrels, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Samurai Jack
JOHN TIMMS | Harley Quinn

CANCELLATIONS: Garry Browne, Chris Burnham, Wes Craig, Frazetta Girls, Klaus Janson, Joelle Jones, Riley Rossmo, Tim Sale

RSVP on the Facebook event page!

For the most up-to-date information, check our blog, or sign up for the weekly Heroes Hotline newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER, FREE!

ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

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.

Boom! Studios Signing & Panel Schedule at NYCC 2016

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Press Release:

BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce its talent lineup and signing schedule for New York Comic Con, taking place October 6-9, 2016 at the Javits Center in New York City.

All appearances will take place at the publisher’s large 20 foot by 50 foot booth, number 1828. All weekend long at the booth, fans can find the writing duo of Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly (Joyride, Hacktivist), current Lumberjanes co-writer Kat Leyh, writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia, Last Sons of America), and artist Laura Howell (Regular Show), who will also be available to draw customized sketches on blank comic covers.

Mouse Guard creator David Petersen, Michael Dialynas (The Woods), Frank Cho (Skybourne), Dennis Hopeless (WWE), Mike Perkins (Rowans Ruin), James Asmus (Kong of Skull Island), and Greg Pak (Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York) will all stop by the BOOM! booth to meet fans.

From overseas, Eisner Award winner Asaf Hanuka will be on hand to sign copies of his collection of autobiographical comic strips, The Realist; acclaimed noir writer Matz will appear to support his recent Archaia graphic novel, The Black Dahlia; Simon Spurrier comes from the UK to promote Weavers and The Spire; and Alex Paknadel appears at the BOOM! booth for the first time to sign copies of Turncoat and Arcadia.

Justin Jordan and Raúl Treviño will appear together for their current BOOM! comic series, Sombra; the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink team of current writer Tini Howard, artist Daniel Di Nicuolo, and colorist Sarah Stern will make two appearances. For the main Power Rangers series, colorist Matt Herms will be on hand; Rod Reis and Jorge Corona, who both contributed stories to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual, will also be available to sign copies of the New York Comic Con exclusive.

Jim Campbell and Cara McGee, who work on the current KaBOOM! ongoing series based on Cartoon Network’s Over the Garden Wall, are coming to greet fans, as well as Jonesy artist Caitlin Rose Boyle, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Tales writer/artist Cory Godbey, Rust creator Royden Lepp, and Natacha Bustos, who will join Kat Leyh to sign copies of the Lumberjanes #29 New York Comic Con exclusive.

See below for a complete signing schedule (subject to change without notice):

Appearing all weekend
Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly (Joyride, Hacktivist)
Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes)
Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia)
Laura Howell (Regular Show)

Thursday, October 6th
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. James Asmus (Kong of Skull Island)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Simon Spurrier (Weavers, The Spire)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Jorge Corona (Feathers, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual)
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Michael Dialynas (The Woods)
3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Justin Jordan, Raúl Treviño (Sombra)
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Matz (The Black Dahlia)
5:00 – 5:50 p.m. David Petersen (Mouse Guard)

Friday, October 7th
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Michael Dialynas (The Woods)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Simon Spurrier (Weavers, The Spire)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Mike Perkins (Rowans Ruin)
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Tini Howard, Daniele Di Nicuolo, Sarah Stern (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink)
3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Dennis Hopeless (WWE)
3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Frank Cho (Skybourne)
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Alex Paknadel (Turncoat, Arcadia)
5:00 – 5:50 p.m. Simon Spurrier (Weavers, The Spire)
6:00 – 6:50 p.m. James Asmus (Kong of Skull Island)

Saturday, October 8th
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Rod Reis (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual), Jorge Corona (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual), Matt Herms (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Jim Campbell, Cara McGee (Over the Garden Wall)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Simon Spurrier (Weavers, The Spire)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Caitlin Rose Boyle (Jonesy)
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Alex Paknadel (Turncoat, Arcadia)
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Ian McGinty (Adventure Time, Munchkin)
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Greg Pak (Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York)
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Asaf Hanuka (The Realist)
5:00 – 5:50 p.m. Simon Spurrier (Weavers, The Spire)

Sunday, October 9th
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Jim Campbell, Cara McGee (Over the Garden Wall)
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Caitlin Rose Boyle (Jonesy)
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Cory Godbey (Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Tales)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Kat Leyh, Natacha Bustos (Lumberjanes)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Simon Spurrier (Weavers, The Spire)
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Tini Howard, Daniele Di Nicuolo, Sarah Stern (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink)
3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Royden Lepp (Rust)

BOOM! will host and participate in the following programming at New York Comic Con:

Thursday, October 6th
5:15 – 6:15 p.m. BOOM! Studios and Its Publishing Partnership with WWE

BOOM! Studios is proud to announce its publishing partnership with WWE to bring the Sports Entertainment leader back to comic shops everywhere. Join us for a power hour of special insight from behind the scenes with Managing Editor Bryce Carlson, Editor Eric Harburn, Associate Editor Jasmine Amiri, and writer Dennis Hopeless. Catch a sneak preview of November’s WWE: Then. Now. Forever. special, plus some surprises! Moderated by DenOfGeek.com’s Gavin JasperRoom: 1A21


Friday, October 7th
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Queer Representation in All-Ages and Youth Media

Many people have often dismissed queer content as adult content inappropriate for kids. However, as we’ve seen in the popularity and successes of Legend of Korra,Steven UniverseLumberjanes, and Archie Comics’ Kevin Keller, LGBTQIA+ characters and storylines in comics resonate with young audiences. Join Kat Leyh(Lumberjanes), Blue Delliquanti (O Human Star), Jeremy Sorese (Steven Universe), and James Tynion IV (The Backstagers) as they speak about how we can better include healthy representation and how to make it standard practice. Moderated by Jude Biersdorfer of The New York TimesRoom: 1A02


Saturday, October 8th
12:45 – 1:00 p.m. Celebrate the Publishing World of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth with Archaia

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, publisher Archaia (an imprint of BOOM! Studios) has several books set to come out this year! Join Associate Editor Cameron Chittock and writer/artist Cory Godbey as we give fans a sneak peek into these titles, which include original comics, a children’s storybook, and an artists’ tribute collection. Livestream Stage

2:45-3:45 p.m. BOOM! Studios: Discover New Worlds

Love reading compelling, forward-thinking comics? Interested in finding out how multiple-award-winning top 10 publisher, BOOM! Studios, has spent over a decade committed to telling great stories and nurturing talent? Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing) discusses with Matt Gagnon (BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief), and creators Asaf Hanuka (The Realist), Frank Cho (Skybourne),Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes), Simon Spurrier (Weavers), and Steve Orlando(Namesake) on how they explore the ever-changing comics landscape, their newest stories, and the types of projects needed in the industry. Room: 1A02


Sunday, October 9th
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: It’s Morphin Time!

In January, BOOM! Studios launched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the new top-selling comic book series based on Saban Brands’ hit ‘90s live-action children’s TV series about a group of ordinary teenagers who “morph” into superheroes to save the world from evil. Join Editor Dafna Pleban, writer Tini Howard, artist Daniele Di Nicuolo, colorist Sarah Stern, and Saban Brands Director of Global Consumer Products Jason Bischoff as they discuss the comic book series, the spinoff Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink, the recently released Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual, and the everlasting popularity of these “teenagers with attitude.” Moderated by IGN’s Joshua YehlRoom: 1A18

NC – Free Comic Book Day 2016

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Free Comic Book Day 2016 at Heroes is going to be our best yet! Come out on May 7th to meet amazing comic artists, get free comics and have a great time with your pals at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find! Check out our awesome guest list below.

Creators will be signing from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (or longer at the creators’ discretion)

BRIDGIT CONNELL – Brother Nash

KATY FARINA – Amazing World of Gumball

JOHN HAIRSTON JR – Painter

DUSTIN HARBIN – Behold! The Dinosaurs, Diary Comics

JASON LATOUR – Artist: Southern Bastards Writer: Spider-Gwen

JACKIE LEWIS – Merry Men, Play Ball

HOYT SILVA – Quatermain: Ghosts of the Nzadi

BRIAN STELFREEZE – Black Panther, Day Men

RIAN SYGH – Artist: Regular Show, Stolen Forest

CHRIS VISIONS – Dead Letters, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Gwen

RSVP on Facebook!

Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find
1957 E 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 375-7462

TX – Baker Street Peculiars Signing

March 3, 2016 by  
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Cartoonist Andy Hirsch (Royal Historian of Oz, Garfield, Regular Show) appear at Austin Books & Comics on Sunday, March 13th from noon till 6:00 PM to celebrate the release of his new comic Baker Street Peculiars – which follows a precocious group of kids guided by Sherlock Holmes’ Mrs. Hudson as they solve crimes together. Afterwards, learn from one of Austin Books’ very own as they guide you through a great “How to Draw” lesson!

RSVP on Facebook!

Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

SF – Adventure Time Panel

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Join voice actors John DiMaggio (Jake The Dog, Muscle Princess), Maria Bamford (Hot Dog Princess, Slime Princess, Witch, Space Angel Princess), Tom Kenny (The Ice King, Lumpy Space King, Magic Man, Brad) and Kent Osborne (Joshua The Dog, Woobeewoo, Tonya) for an afternoon of conversation, Q&A and voices with some of the great talent behind Cartoon Network’s beloved animated series “Adventure Time” on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 3:00 PM! $25 All Ages

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest!

Get tickets at the link!

Marines Memorial Theatre (MMT)
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

NC – Free Comic Book Day 2015

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Press Release:

Free Comic Book Day 2015 at Heroes is going to be our best yet! Come out on Saturday May 2nd to meet amazing comic artists, get free comics and have a great time with your pals at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find! Check out our awesome guest list below and please save the date!

Creators will be signing from 1PM to 5PM (or longer at the creators’ discretion)

Guest list (so far):

BRIDGIT CONNELL – Brother Nash

JOEY ELLIS – Leaky Timbers

SANFORD GREENE – Artist: Rotten Apple, Runaways, Deadpool, Wonder Girl, Methodman GN

JOHN HAIRSTON JR – Painter

HOYT SILVA – Artist: Quatermain: Ghosts of the Nzadi

BRIAN STELFREEZE – Artist: Day Men, Domino, Matador, Batman: Shadow of the Bat

RIAN SYGH – Artist: Regular Show, Stolen Forest, Munchkin, Teen Dog

RSVP on Facebook!

Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find
1957 E 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 375-7462

BOOM! Studios Schedule for Emerald City Comicon 2014

March 24, 2014 by  
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Press Release:

Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios announced today their panels and signing schedule for Emerald City Comicon 2014 (ECCC), which will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, on the weekend of March 28-30. (Please note that signing times are subject to change. Fans should check at the BOOM! Studios booth on the Sky Bridge, #1002, for updates.)

PANELS

Editing Comics the BOOM! Studios Way
Fri., March 28, 6 p.m., Room TCC 301
Join BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon, Managing Editor Bryce Carlson, Editor Dafna Pleban, plus creators Max Bemis (EVIL EMPIRE, POLARITY), Paul Jenkins (FAIRY QUEST, REVELATIONS, DEATHMATCH), James Tynion IV (THE WOODS), and Michael Moreci (CURSE, ROBOCOP: HOMINEM EX MACHINA) as they look into the editing secrets of one of the comic book industry’s leading independent publishers! Plus, sharpen your constructive eye as the panelists discuss editing do’s and don’ts.
Speakers: Bryce Carlson, Matt Gagnon, Dafna Pleban, Max Bemis, Paul Jenkins, James Tynion IV, and Michael Moreci

We Are BOOM!
Sat., March 29, 3 p.m., Room TCC 301
Last year was a banner year for BOOM! highlighted by the release of our first feature 2 GUNS (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! lineup, and we launched our newest imprint, BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie, VP of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik, and Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.
Speakers: Ross Richie, Filip Sablik, and Matt Gagnon

Redefining All-Ages Comics
Sun., March 30, 1 p.m., Room TCC 301
Join KaBOOM! Editor Shannon Watters as she moderates a lively discussion about the importance of all-ages comics in today’s market and teases what’s in store from the BOOM! Studios imprint in 2014. We’re not just talking about “kids” comics, we’re talking about amazing comics that can be enjoyed by young, old, and everyone in between! Adding to the discussion are all-ages creators Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID), MAD Rupert (REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS) Ryan North (ADVENTURE TIME, MIDAS FLESH), Kate Leth (ADVENTURE TIME: SEEING RED OGN), Colleen Coover (ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE), and Paul Tobin (ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE)! Bring the whole family and discover comics to share!
Speakers: Shannon Watters, Mike Kunkel, MAD Rupert, Royden Lepp, Ryan North, Kate Leth, Colleen Coover, and Paul Tobin
Secret Origins Presents Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert
Sat., March 29, 2:20 p.m., Secret Origins (604)
Frontman and comic auteur Claudio Sanchez (Coheed and Cambria, THE AMORY WARS) and writer Chondra Echert have teamed up in the past on KILL AUDIO and KEY OF Z. Now it’s time for their latest from BOOM! Studios, a superhero deconstruction tale, TRANSLUCID. Come join Claudio and Chondra in a spotlight panel moderated by CBR’s Jonah Weiland.
Speakers: Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert, and Jonah Weiland
Max Bemis Says Anything!
Sun., March 30, 1:20 p.m., Hall C (610)
He’s crushed the world of rock, faced down his inner demons, and just became a new father. What more could Max Bemis possibly want? To conquer the world of comics, of course! Join Max as he talks all about his new series from BOOM! Studios, EVIL EMPIRE, as well as his earlier work on the critically acclaimed POLARITY. Find out if Max is a Marvel or a DC guy (or neither), where he sees himself in the industry, and what his future comic plans are in this exciting spotlight panel moderated by Lindsay Thomas.
Speakers: Max Bemis, Lindsay ThomasSIGNING SCHEDULE

The following signings will take place at the BOOM! Studios booth on the Sky Bridge, #1002, unless otherwise noted.
**Indicates signing is ticketed. Tickets are available ONLY at the BOOM! Studios booth on the Sky Bridge, #1002, on the day of the specified signing while supplies last.

FRIDAY
10:45-11:45am — Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb (ADVENTURE TIME, MIDAS FLESH)
11am-12pm — Christopher Sebela (DEAD LETTERS)
12-1pm — Kevin J. Anderson (CLOCKWORK ANGELS)
1:15-2:45pm — Michael Moreci, Riley Rossmo, and Colin Lorimer (CURSE)
2-3pm — Ed Brisson (SONS OF ANARCHY, ROBOCOP: BETA) =
3-4pm — Max Bemis (EVIL EMPIRE, POLARITY)** Signing will take place at ECCC’s Guest Spotlight Area (Please check the Program Guide or floor map for the location)
3:30-4:30pm — Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, KILL AUDIO, KEY OF Z, AMORY WARS)**
5:30p-6:30 — Mark Miller and Ben Meares (CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT, HELLRAISER)

SATURDAY
10-11am — Tim Daniel (CURSE)
10:30-11:30am — David Petersen (MOUSE GUARD)
12-1pm — Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, KILL AUDIO, KEY OF Z, AMORY WARS)**
12:30-2pm — Kevin J. Anderson (CLOCKWORK ANGELS) Signing will take place at ECCC’s Guest Spotlight Area (Please check the Program Guide or floor map for the location)
1:45-2:45pm — Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa (DEAD LETTERS)
2-3:30pm — Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb (ADVENTURE TIME, THE MIDAS FLESH)
2:45-3:45pm — Ed Brisson (SONS OF ANARCHY, ROBOCOP: BETA)
3-4pm — Max Bemis (EVIL EMPIRE, POLARITY)** Signing will take place at ECCC’s Guest Spotlight Area (Please check the Program Guide or floor map for the location)
4-5pm — Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, KILL AUDIO, KEY OF Z, AMORY WARS)**
5:45-6:45pm — Royden Lepp (RUST)SUNDAY
10-11am — Kevin J. Anderson (CLOCKWORK ANGELS)
11am-12pm — Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, KILL AUDIO, KEY OF Z, AMORY WARS)**
1-2pm — David Petersen (MOUSE GUARD)
2-3pm — Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, and Wook­ Jin Hunter Clark (ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE)
2-3pm — Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa (DEAD LETTERS)
2:30-4pm — Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, and Chip Zdarsky (MIDAS FLESH, ADVENTURE TIME)
3-4pm — Max Bemis (EVIL EMPIRE, POLARITY)** Signing will take place at ECCC’s Guest Spotlight Area (Please check the Program Guide or floor map for the location)
4-5pm — Kevin J. Anderson (CLOCKWORK ANGELS)

SIGNING ALL WEEKEND
Brian Joines (IMAGINE AGENTS)
Caleb Monroe (STEED AND MRS. PEEL, PEANUTS)
Grace Ellis (LUMBERJANES)
Kate Leth (ADVENTURE TIME: SEEING RED OGN, BRAVEST WARRIORS ANNUAL 2014)
Megan Hutchison (AN AURORA GRIMEON STORY: WILL O’ THE WISP)
Michael Alan Nelson (DAY MEN, 28 DAYS LATER, PROTOCOL: ORPHANS)
Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID)
Noelle Stevenson (LUMBERJANES, ADVENTURE TIME)
Paul Jenkins (FAIRY QUEST, DEATHMATCH, REVELATIONS)
Tom Hammock (AN AURORA GRIMEON STORY: WILL O’ THE WISP)

SKETCHING ALL WEEKEND
Allison Strejlau (REGULAR SHOW, ADVENTURE TIME)
Brooke Allen (LUMBERJANES)
Ian McGinty (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS)
MAD Rupert (REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS)
Missy Pena (BRAVEST WARRIORS)
Travis Hill (ADVENTURE TIME)

For more information on Emerald City Comicon, visit their website at www.emeraldcitycomicon.com.

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) 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 the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently 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 and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. 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.

CA – Talkin’ Toons LIVE

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talkin_toons1Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes Steve Blum (The Legend of Korra, Cowboy Bebop) and Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham OriginsThe Last of Us) to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday February 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv!

Get tickets at the link!

Press Release:

The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!

About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”

The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.

Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.

“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.

“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”

Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.

Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.

As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.

Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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