EXCLUSIVE: Long Beach Comic Con 2014 Announces Guests of Honor and New Initiatives, Teases Programming

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Press Release:

Long Beach Comic Con Announces Guests of Honor & New Initiatives and Teases Programming for September 27-28, 2014

Long Beach, CA (September 9, 2014) – To celebrate its sixth year, Long Beach Comic Con is unveiling new initiatives including the show’s first ever Guests of Honor, this year’s official sponsors including media sponsor the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex and programming devoted to a broad range of attendees — from cosplay enthusiasts to young adult readers. Long Beach Comic Con will be held on September 27 and 28, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention Center, where exhibiting publishers will include Archie Comics, Aspen Comics, Bottled Lightning, PaperFilms, Skybound Entertainment, Storm King Productions, Top Cow, and Valiant Entertainment, among others.

For the first time in its history, Long Beach Comic Con is announcing guests of honor for this fall’s show:
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Archie Comics’ AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE)
Mike Allred (Marvel Comics’ SILVER SURFER)
Laura Allred (Marvel Comics’ SILVER SURFER
Sandy King Carpenter (Storm King Production’s ASYLUM)
Joe Casey (Man of Action)
Amanda Conner (DC Entertainment’s HARLEY QUINN)
Chris Dingess (Skybound Entertainment’s MANIFEST DESTINY)
David Gallaher (Bottled Lightning’s THE ONLY LIVING BOY)
Joe Kelly (Man of Action)
JT Krul (Aspen’s JIRNI)
Mike Mignola (Dark Horse Comics’ HELLBOY)
James O’Barr (THE CROW)
Jimmy Palmiotti (PaperFilms’ SEX & VIOLENCE)
Jamie S. Rich (Oni Press’ Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks)
Duncan Rouleau (Man of Action)
Steve Seagle (Man of Action)
Marc Silvestri (Top Cow)
Richard Starking (Image Comic’s ELEPHANTMEN)
Babs Tarr (DC Entertainment’s BATGIRL)

“We’re thrilled to have more guests at this year’s show than we’ve ever had before,” said Martha Donato, Long Beach Comic Con Executive Director and Co-Founder. “We recognize that attending conventions is a major commitment for comic book creators and we want to honor and celebrate some of the people who’ve joined us for six years running, as well as the writers and artists who are traveling across the country to attend our convention for the first time.”

As in past years, attendees will be treated to a wide array of programming. Highlights include:
* Panels devoted to fan favorite comic book characters including Batman, the Crow and Hellboy.
* Comic Book Publisher Spotlights moderated by BLOODY DISGUSTING, COMICVINE, IGN, THE NERDIST and others.
* Hero Complex moderated panels of pop culture, running the gamut from Robot Chicken to Young Justice to Women in Comics.
* A Young Adult panel featuring best-selling novelists Leigh Bardugo, Robin Benway, Cecil Castellucci, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston, and Margaret Stohl
* A Banned Books Week discussion led by the Newport Beach Branch Library
* Cosplay panels.
* Horror programming with guests like Dan Brereton (NOCTURNALS) and Mike Huddleston (THE STRAIN).
* Kids programming with KaBOOM! and creators like Eric Esquivel (BRAVEST WARRIORS), Travis Hanson (TANNER JONES AND THE QUEST FOR THE MONKEY STONE), Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR) and Hannah Nance Partlow (ADVENTURE TIME). There will also be interactive panels where Tone Rodriguez will teach kids how to draw the Simpsons and Futurama characters and Peter Paul will teach “how to draw your dragon.”
* Animation panels dedicated to popular cartoons like GARGOYLES, SPECTACULAR SPIDER MAN, YOUNG JUSTICE, X-MEN and DISNEY AFTERNOON, and appearances by Greg Weisman and the Man of Action Studio.
* Screen Junkies Presents: Honest Trailers The Panel
* #MakeComics workshops where aspiring writers and artists can learn from comic book greats including Jon Bogdanove (POWER PACK), Tim Bradstreet (HELLBLAZER), Brian Buccellato (DETECTIVE COMICS), Joshua Fialkov (THE BUNKER) and Whilce Portacio (THE PUNISHER). Over two days, workshops will walk through the entire #makecomics process: from writing and drawing to running a Kickstarter and even publicizing the comic.

“Our programming has been a huge growth area for us this year,” said Phil Lawrence, Co-founder and Sales Director of Long Beach Comic Con. “We’re running more than 80 high quality panels over two days. There’s something for every fan, whether you want to hear about the latest from Image Comics or need tips for designing and building your first cosplay.”

Growth also extends to the show’s official sponsors. The CW’s The Flash, GenZe by Mahindra, the Laugh Factory, SGX Print, and the SUN NEWS have already signed on as official sponsors, and additional announcements are expected to follow in the coming weeks.

Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 28 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets are available now through the website: www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

“Our ticket sales are significantly up from last year at this same time,” said Donato. “If you’re thinking about attending this year’s show, I recommend buying your tickets in advance before we sell out and arriving both days before the show opens.”

Follow Long Beach Comic Con on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information.

About Long Beach Comic Con

Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Con is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

CA – Think Tank Signing

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Matt Hawkins appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Think Tank Vol. 3 on Thursday August 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

*UPDATE* Writers Joe Casey and Richard Starkings will also appear.

Barnes & Noble
1201 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-260-9110

UK – Elephantmen & Monsters Signing

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Orbital Comics is pleased to welcome the Star King himself, Richard Starkings, who will be joined by Shaky Kane to sign ELEPHANTMEN and their other work on Saturday 31 May at noon. In addition, we’ll be selling an Orbital-exclusive print by Shaky, which the two will sign as part of the Elephantmen & Monsters exhibition. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet these two giants, grab a limited print and get your comics signed!

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Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

UK – By Chance or Providence Tour

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Becky Cloonan and special guest Richard Starkings appear at three Travelling Man stores on 18th and 19th May 2014!

MANCHESTER SUNDAY 18th MAY 1300-1500
LEEDS 18th MAY 1700 -1800 ish!
NEWCASTLE MONDAY 19th MAY 12 noon – 1400

The fantastic BECKY CLOONAN (artist on TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS, CONAN, BATMAN, DEMO and the amazing self published WOLVES, THE MIRE and DEMETER) will be signing with us on Sunday 18th in Manchester and Monday 19th in Newcastle to promote BY CHANCE OR PROVIDENCE. Come along and get your books and comics signed and check out exclusive in store deals!

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CA – Free Comic Book Day 2014

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Richard Starkings, Rafael Navarro, Phil Ortiz, and many more sign at The Comic Bug on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!

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Here it is, folks! THOUSANDS of FREE COMICS! A dozen FANTASTIC comic creators! Costumed heroes! Food trucks! Deep discounts! And, did we mention, FREE COMICS?!

Get ready for this summer’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY blockbuster with FREE Guardians of the Galaxy and Rocket Raccoon comics! Dive into the future of the DC UNIVERSE with a FREE “Future’s End” comic! Sample some of the best independent comics past and present with OVER 55 FREE COMIC PUBLICATIONS! Of course, supplies are limited, so check out the full line-up HERE and make your “wish list.”

In addition to FREE COMICS, we have some of the finest comic book creators in the industry on-hand to say “hello” and show off their terrific work:

Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN)
Rafael Navarro (SONAMBULO, GUNS A’BLAZIN’)
Jeff Stokely (THE REASON FOR DRAGONS, SIX GUN GORILLA)
Michael O’Hare (MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE)
Phil Ortiz (THE SIMPSONS)
Ray Anthony Height (MIDNIGHT TIGER)
Ralph Miranda (MAN FIGHTING STREET)
Chris Kawagiwa (THE TELL)
Lord Mesa (CHIBI HERO PRINTS)
Axel Ortiz (G.E.E.K.)
…and more to be announced!

Hungry? We’ve got FOOD TRUCKS!
STREET KINGS
A ROCKIN’ ICE

Thirsty? Our friends at JARRITOS have provided HUNDREDS of bottles of FREE, delicious soda!

Lonely? Both WONDER WOMAN and SPIDER-MAN will be here to take PHOTOS with you!

We’ll have big discounts on everything in the store (TBA) and 20% of all purchases on Free Comic Book Day will be going to the Bill Mantlo Support Fund. Mr. Mantlo is the creator of ROCKET RACCOON along with lots of other great characters from the bronze age and has been under care for over 20 years after being struck by a car while riding his bike. You can read more about Bill here.

This is going to be a FREE COMIC BOOK DAY like none other! Sorry for all the links, but they’re portals to all the goodness that we have in store for you, right here on May 3rd!

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The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 372-6704

CA – Guns A’Blazing Signing

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Writer Mike Wellman, artist Rafael Navarro and editor/designer Richard Starkings will be on hand to sign copies of the LIMITED GUNPOWDER EDITION of Guns A’Blazin’! #1 at The Comic Bug on Wednesday August 21st at 5:00 pm!

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The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

FL – Elephantmen Signing

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Richard Starkings, acclaimed comic strip letterer and writer/creator of Elephantmen (published by Image Comics), signs at Tate’s Comics on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. The purchase of any Elephantmen comic or trade, during the event on 8/7/13, guarantees you unlimited signatures by Richard Starkings on the items of your choosing.

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Tate’s Comics
4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, FL 33351

CA – Free Comic Book Day 2013

Layout 1Rick Remender, Richard Starkings, James Asmus, Phil Ortiz, Scott Koblish, Chuck BB, and more sign at The Comic Bug on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!!

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The Comic Bug is launching its most ambitious FREE COMIC BOOK DAY event to date. The store has doubled orders for FREE COMICS from previous years, stocking over 20,000 free comic books to give away to attendees.

Over two dozen comic creators will be on-hand to meet comic fans, including UNCANNY AVENGERS/CAPTAIN AMERICA writer RICK REMENDER, SIMPSONS artist PHIL ORTIZ, DEADPOOL artist SCOTT KOBLISH and ELEPHANTMEN creator RICHARD STARKINGS.

In addition to comic book creator talent, some of Los Angeles most renowned COSPLAYERS will be available to take pictures with fans and family members. Attendees can expect to see the likes of WONDER WOMAN, BATMAN, SCARLETT WITCH and G.I. JOE’s THE BARONESS. The BEACH CITY ROLLER DERBY GIRLS will also be on-hand to help distribute free comics and perform stunts for onlookers.

The Comic Bug is also publishing the first-ever comic book store EXCLUSIVE free comic, GUNS A’BLAZIN /MOUSTACHETRONAUTS TEASER PLEASER EDITION, limited to 500 copies. The creators will be attending to sign and draw sketches for attendees.

The day will wrap up with an after-party for the creators featuring live music by The Do-Its and a DJ set by DJ C-DIDDY.

The full list of creators scheduled to appear at The Comic Bug are:

Rick (Uncanny Avengers) Remender 
Richard (Elephantmen) Starkings 
Phil (The Simpsons) Ortiz
Scott (Deadpool) Koblish
James (Gambit) Asmus
Chuck (Black Metal) B.B.
Jeff (The Truth About Dragons) Stokely
Vince (Charismagic) Hernandez
Rafael (Sonambulo) Navarro
Neal (The Moustachetronauts) Von Flue
Stevan (The Moustachetronauts) Casares
Kevin (Batman Animated Series) Altieri
Chris (Independents) Brandt
JustJenn Designs (O.G. Original Grandma)
Omar (Xenoglyphs) Spahi
Michael (Cartoon Flophouse) Aushenker
Ralph (Man Fighting Street) Miranda
Chris (Sunless Circus) Kawagiwa
Don (SteamFunk) Schmidt
Lord Mesa (Chibi Heroes)

Check www.thecomicbug.com for further announcements.
In addition to free comics and special guests, The Comic Bug promises fun activities and giveaways for the whole family.
The day’s festivities will kick off at 11 a.m. and will run to 4:00 p.m. or as long as supplies last.
Email info@thecomicbug.com for more information or call (310) 372-6704

FACEBOOK BONUS EXCLUSIVE! RSVP here AND SHARE this page with your friends to receive an EXTRA FREE COMIC BOOK in addition to your Free Comic Book Day haul!

The Comic Bug 
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Hero Initiative at Emerald City Comicon 2013 with Dollar Days

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Hero Initiative at Emerald City Comic Con

Dollar Days all weekend!

All to raise money for Hero Initiative!

Los Angeles, CA (February 25, 2013) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need is heading to Emerald City Comic Con March 1st through 3rd in Seattle, Wash. at the Washington State Convention Center.

All through the weekend, participating artists throughout the floor will be donating a dollar for their signature. As win-win all the way around!  You can donate just a dollar and help Hero Initiative continue it’s important work for the industry.

Check out the list of participating artists:

  • Eric Canete
  • Mike Choi
  • Francesco Francavilla
  • Chris Gage
  • Paul Jenkins
  • Dave Johnson
  • Denny O’Neil
  • Dan Panosian
  • Brian Pulido
  • Darick Robertson
  • Tim Sale
  • Matteo Scalera
  • Fiona Staples
  • Richard Starkings
  • Mark Waid
  • Bill Willingham

Make sure you seek them out and stop on by the booth, #2308 and see what else we have.

 

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Image Comics Announces Signings, Panels & Exclusives for Emerald City Comicon 2013 *UPDATED*

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Image Comics is set to make a strong showing at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, with exclusive convention editions, a full slate of signings by Image creators, and panels featuring some of comics’ top writers and artists! The convention takes place on March 1-3 in the Washington State Convention Center.

Five Image Comics convention exclusives will be available to purchase at the Image Comics booth (#1110):

FIVE GHOSTS #1 by Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham

LOST VEGAS #1 by Jim McCann and Janet Lee, convention exclusive cover by Dan McDaid

SEX #1 by Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalksi

THE WALKING DEAD: THE GOVERNOR SPECIAL by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (available at the Skybound booth, just opposite of the Image booth)

UNCANNY SKULLKICKERS #1 by Jim Zub and Edwin Huang

All convention exclusives are available in limited quantity at the beginning of each convention day, during creator signings, and at creators’ Artist Alley tables (check Emerald City Comic Con’s website for names and locations).

The Image Comics signing schedule will be released soon, so keep an on Image’s website. *UPDATED* SEE BELOW

There will be three Image Comics panels in Emerald City Comicon’s programming, each promising to be a lively discussion.

Putting the “Graphic” in Graphic Novels
It’s time to talk about sex and violence! Black Kiss II, Butcher Baker, Sex, Saga, Happy!, Multiple Warheads, Sex Criminals: these comics are definitely not for kids. Image Comics creators who aren’t shying away from adult situations talk about creating comics for grown-ups. Is there really such a thing as “gratuitous”? What’s it like to be banned in the UK and Canada? Join some of comics most respected creators for an eye-opening conversation. Panelists: Joe Casey (Butcher Baker the Righteous Maker, Sex), Howard Chaykin (Black Kiss II), Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals), Brandon Graham (Multiple Warheads), Fiona Staples (Saga) FRIDAY 5 PM Hall B

Skybound: On the Rise
There’s no limit on what to expect from Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics. The Walking Dead continues to dominate comics and television, Invincible just hit its historic 100th issue, and new series are on the horizon. Join Charlie Adlard, Ryan Ottley and more as they discuss what’s in Skybound’s future.
Panelists: Ryan Ottley, Charlie Adlard, Phil Hester, Josh Williamson SATURDAY 1 PM Hall B

Wondrous Worlds, Fractured Futures: Speculative Fiction and Image Comics
With the unlimited potential of comics, there is perhaps no better medium for speculative fiction than comics. Limited only by their imaginations, Image Comics creators have been creating far-flung universes and dystopian futures where science, fantasy, and technology explode in rich possibilities. Find out why they choose science fiction, how they build worlds, and what inspires them. Panelists: Duffy Boudreau (BlackAcre), Joe Harris (Great Pacific), Fiona Staples (Saga), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), Kurtis J. Wiebe (Peter Panzerfaust), and Riley Rossmo (Debris) SUNDAY 1 PM Hall B

The full schedule of signings taking place at Image’s booth (#1100) is as follows:

FRIDAY

2:00 – 2:45 Jim McCann and Janet Lee (LOST VEGAS)
Kurtis Wiebe (GREEN WAKE, DEBRIS, PETER PANZERFAUST) and Riley Rossmo (GREEN WAKE, DEBRIS, BEDLAM, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS)
3:00 – 3:45 Fiona Staples (SAGA) — ticketed signing
Joe Harris (GREAT PACIFIC)
3:30 – 4:30 Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE) — Skybound booth
4:00 – 4:45 Joe Casey (BUTCHER BAKER THE RIGHTEOUS  MAKER, SEX)
Ed Brisson and Michael Walsh (COMEBACK)
5:00 – 5:45 Joe Eisma (MORNING GLORIES)
Duffy Boudreau (BLACKACRE)
6:00 – 6:45 Darick Robertson (HAPPY!)
Ken Kristensen (TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH)
7:00 – 7:45 Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS: THE HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY)
Jean-Paul Bonjour (ALPHA GIRL)

SATURDAY

10:00 – 10:45 Nate Bellegarde (NOWHERE MEN)
Ed Brisson and Michael Walsh (COMEBACK)
11:00 – 11:45 Jim McCann and Janet Lee (LOST VEGAS)
Michel Gagné (THE SAGA OF REX, ZED: A COSMIC TALE)
12:00 – 12:45 Joe Casey (BUTCHER BAKER THE RIGHTEOUS  MAKER, SEX)
Jay Faerber (NEAR DEATH, POINT OF IMPACT)
1:00 – 1:45 Blair Butler (HEART)
Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS: THE HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY)
Ken Kristensen (TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH)
1:00 – 2:00 Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE) — Skybound booth
2:00 – 2:45 Fiona Staples (SAGA) — ticketed signing
Nathan Edmondson (THE ACTIVITY, DANCER, WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS?) and Mitch Gerads (THE ACTIVITY)
2:30 – 3:30 Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE) — Skybound booth
3:00 – 3:45 Darick Robertson — ticketed signing
Joe Harris (GREAT PACIFIC)
4:00 – 4:45 Brian Wood (MARA) — ticketed signing
Kurtis Wiebe (GREEN WAKE, DEBRIS, PETER PANZERFAUST) and Riley Rossmo (GREEN WAKE, DEBRIS, BEDLAM, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS)
5:00 – 5:45 Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft (SEVERED) — ticketed signing
Howard Chaykin (BLACK KISS II)
6:00 – 6:45 Brandon Graham (MULTIPLE WARHEADS, PROPHET) and Simon Roy (PROPHET)
Joe Keatinge (GLORY, HELL YEAH)

SUNDAY

10:00 – 10:45 Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS: THE HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY)
Jeremy Haun (THE DARKNESS)
11:00 – 11:45 Darick Robertson — ticketed signing
Nathan Edmondson (THE ACTIVITY, DANCER, WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS?) and Mitch Gerads (THE ACTIVITY)
12:00 – 12:45 Jim McCann and Janet Lee (LOST VEGAS)
Sina Grace (NOT MY BAG)
1:00 – 1:45 Gerry Duggan (THE INFINITE HORIZON)
Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS)
2:00 – 2:45 Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft (SEVERED) — ticketed signing
Duffy Boudreau (BLACKACRE)
3:00 – 3:45 Fiona Staples (SAGA)  — ticketed signing
Jamie S. Rich (IT GIRL AND THE ATOMICS)
4:00 – 4:45 Ken Kristensen (TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH)
Kurtis Wiebe (GREEN WAKE, DEBRIS, PETER PANZERFAUST) and Riley Rossmo (GREEN WAKE, DEBRIS, BEDLAM, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS)

Tickets for each day’s ticketed signings will be available at the Image Comics booth, beginning at the start of the convention day. Tickets are limited and are given out on a first-come-first-served basis. The signing schedule is subject to change. Ryan Ottley will be signing at the Skybound booth, just opposite of the Image booth.

Emerald City Comicon takes place on March 1-3 in the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

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