WonderCon Guest List Continues to Grow
Southern California comics convention attracts wide array of talented guests
Anaheim, CA – WonderCon, part of Comic-Con International’s (CCI) family of nonprofit comics conventions, today announced another talented group of special guests, adding to its already impressive line-up. The newly announced guests include award-winning writers and artists from the world of comics as well as screenwriters and novelists. Fan favorite and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee appears on the list of additions, as well as award-winning comics scribes Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Irredeemable, Daredevil) and Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans, Tomb of Dracula).
Attracting 49,000 people in 2011, WonderCon has been an annual event in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1987. Because of renovations at its usual venue, WonderCon will relocate to Southern California for 2012. The three-day celebration of comics and popular art forms will be held in the spacious Anaheim Convention Center March 16-18, 2012, allowing many Southern California fans who might otherwise not make the trip to San Francisco to experience the wildly popular show.
Among the other recently added special guests are Arthur Adams (artist, Monkeyman and O’Brian, Ultimate Comics: X), Ernest Cline (author/screenwriter, Fanboys, Ready Player One), Joe Hill (author, Locke and Key, Heart-Shaped Box), Richard Kadrey (author, Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead), and Richard Starkings (writer/letterer/designer, Elephantmen). For a complete list of special guests and bios, visit http://www.comic-con.org/wc/
Because WonderCon is produced by the same organization that hold the annual Comic-Con in San Diego and because of its similar format—sprawling exhibit floor, numerous educational panels, exciting Hollywood appearances, and an extraordinary slate of special guests—some fans are calling the new version of WonderCon “Anaheim Comic-Con.”
“We are hoping Southern California fans will embrace WonderCon for 2012,” said David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for parent company Comic-Con International. “And by all indications that may be the case, as online registration opened only a few days ago to an unprecedented start!” Badges for the popular convention went on sale last week and are available for purchase at http://www.comic-con.org/wc/
WonderCon, one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to WonderCon in Anaheim this spring, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) each fall. On the web: WonderCon.org, Facebook.com/comiccon,Twitter.com/wondercon
EXPERIENCE CREATIVITY AT IMAGE EXPO: A 3-DAY CELEBRATION OF CREATOR OWNED COMICS!
Berkeley, CA – 21 November 2011 — IMAGE EXPO is coming! Experience the creativity of the men and women making the best creator owned comics in America at this one-of-a-kind celebration commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Image Comics!
IMAGE EXPO is a three-day celebration of creator-owned comics happening at the Oakland Convention Center. Image partners Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino, will be the guests of honor, appearing throughout the weekend for signings, panels, and special events. Other special guests include Image founders Rob Liefeld, and Whilce Portacio, plus the creators of today’s best creator-owned comics, including: Joe Casey, Jay Faerber, Jonathan Hickman, Ryan Ottley, Richard Starkings, Fiona Staples, and Brian K. Vaughan.
IMAGE EXPO is Northern California’s premiere comic con experience in 2012. The three-day event takes place at the Oakland Convention Center in the heart of the bustling nightlife and restaurant center of downtown Oakland, CA on February 24-25-26.
IMAGE EXPO isn’t just about Image Comics, it’s a celebration of independent creativity in comics. The exhibit floor is open to anyone who makes creator-owned comics. We’re also going to be hosting unique programming for fans, aspiring creators, and library professionals. We’ll be continuing our tradition of supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s important work to protect creators and retailers by hosting special events including a massive benefit auction.
Get in on the ground floor and sign up for your exhibitor or artist alley space today! Contact info@ImageComicExpo.com for more information about the show and how to sign up to exhibit.
ABOUT AMAZING COMIC CONVENTIONS
Amazing Comic Conventions is a leading promotional company operated by Jimmy S. Jay and Jay Company Comics. The Amazing Arizona Comic Con is their signature event, kicking off the Comic Con Season each January. The Amazing Arizona Comic Con is the premiere destination for graphic novel pop culture in the Southwest. The 2012 Amazing Arizona Comic Con takes place January 6-7-8 at the Mesa Convention Center, in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Guests for the upcoming event include Walking Dead creator/executive producer Robert Kirkman, legendary creator Rob Liefeld, Batman artist Greg Capullo, and many more. For more information, visit www.AmazingArizonaComicCon.com.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
Jim Hanley’s Universe presents a huge signing event featuring a variety of creators from a selection of innovative titles, Wednesday, October 12th – the day before NYCC begins! Signing copies of their latest books will be Ben McCool (Pigs, Choker), Nathan Edmondson (Who is Jake Ellis?), Chris & Shane Houghton (Reed Gunther), Edwin Huang (Skullkickers), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), Charles Soule (Twenty Seven), Jeff Cahn (Red Spike), Owen Wiseman (Samurai’s Blood), David Baxter (Marksmen) and more!
Even cooler, the first 50 people to buy a comic from any of the attending creators will receive a FREE copy of the September 2011 edition of HEAVY METAL magazine. We’ll have drinks and snacks available on hand and plan to party down with our diverse lineup of personalities.
Jim Hanley’s Universe
4 West 33rd St, New York, NY 10001
The Hero Initiative will be offering the latest edition of their Hero Comics series at Comic-Con International: San Diego starting July 20 and in stores July 27.
- A reunion of the original Sandman creative team: Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg and Sam Kieth
- An original Chew story by creators John Layman and Rob Guillory
- An original Elephantman story from Richard Starkings and Dougie Braithwaite
- Personal stories of Hero Initiative from Chris Ivy, Ralph Reese and Jason Craig
Covers are by J. Scott Campbell and Adam Hughes cover with a 1-in-10 black-and-white retailer incentive cover.
Mike Mignola, Steve Niles, Richard Starkings, Joe Benitez, and many more sign on Saturday, 7 May 2011 is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!
Mike Mignola - Hellboy, Baltimore. Mike will be on hand to sign for fans.
Steve Niles - Criminal Macabre. Steve will be on hand to sign for fans.
Richard Starkings - Elephantmen. Richard will be on hand to sign for fans.
Joe Benitez - Lady Mechanika. Joe will be on hand to sign for fans.
David Wohl - Executive Assistant: Iris. David will be on hand to sign for fans.
Vince Hernandez - Charismagic. Vince will be on hand to sign for fans.
Chris Yost - TV’s The Mighty Avengers. Chris will be on hand to sign for fans.
Phil Ortiz - The Simpsons. Phil will be on hand to sign for fans.
Joshua Williamson - Sketch Monsters. Joshua will be on hand to sign for fans.
Jeff Stokely - Fraggle Rock. Jeff will be on hand to sign for fans.
Robbi Rodriguez - Tek Jansen. Robbi will be on hand to sign for fans.
Frank Mastromauro - Artist on Aspen Comics’ Soulfire and Shrugged. Frank will be on hand to sign for fans.
David Schwartz - Writer on Aspen Comics’ Fathom. David will be on hand to sign for fans.
Peter Steigerwald - Artist on Witchblade and Fathom. Peter will be on hand to sign for fans.
Mark Roslan - Artist on Tomb Raider and The Darkness. Mark will be on hand to sign for fans.
First look at Mattel’s exclusive releases for Comic-Con 2011!
Character Appearances: Wonder Woman (Confession of a Superhero’s Jenn Wengar) and Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion will be on hand for photo opportunities.
The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Richard Starkings signs copies of his new Image Comics book, Elephantmen: Man and Elephantman #1, at the Times Square location on March 24, 2011 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. These copies will be available one week early only to Midtown Comics and will be sold only during the signing event.
200 W. 40th Street, New York, NY 10018
Bernie Wrightson, Richard Starkings, David Petersen, Hope Larson and many more comic creators and sci-fi icons sign at the 9th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair on Sept. 26th. See below for more featured guest or the website for more details.
PANEL: “Love Bites” with Adrienne Barbeau–In Conversation with Del Howison
STAGE: SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Pavilion
Movie fans know Adrienne Barbeau best for her performances in “The Fog”, “Escape From New York”, “Creepshow”, “Swamp Thing”, “Back to School”, and “Cannonball Run”. She has a Golden Globe nomination and over 450 screen performances to her credit. Drew Carey fans know her as Oswald’s mom and she starred as Ruthie, the Snake Dancer, on HBO’s fascinating series, “Carnivale”. Adrienne began her writing career with the best-selling memoir “There Are Worse Things I Could Do”. She followed that with “Vampyres of Hollywood” and, now, “Love Bites.”
Among the Ghosts
PANEL: Food For Thought: Vampires, Werewolves & Why We Love to Be Bitten!
STAGE: SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Pavilion
Amber Benson co-wrote and directed the animated web-series Ghosts of Albion with Christopher Golden for the BBC. The duo then novelized the series in two books for Random House. Her first solo novel, “Death’s Daughter,” was published by Penguin in 2009, with a children’s book for Simon and Schuster called “The New Newbridge Academy” to follow in the fall of 2010. As an actress, Benson spent three seasons as Tara Maclay on the cult show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also written, produced, and directed three feature films.
The Unknown Soldier
WHEN: 11:00AM-12:00PM (Panel), 1:40PM-2:00PM (Story Telling), 2:45PM-3:30PM (In Conversation)
PANEL: The Future of Web Comics (Panel), “The Stain” by Joshua Dysart (Story Telling), “Mouse Guard” Creator David Petersen (In Conversation)
STAGE: Comics & Graphic Novels Pavilion (Panel / In Conversation) & The Ghost Story Telling Tent (Story Telling)
Joshua Dysart is an Eisner Award nominated, New York Times Best Selling American comic book writer known for dark themes, humanist horror and a fascination with the roots of violence. He has done work for DC Comics, Vertigo Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Penny-Farthing Press, Virgin Comics and Random House Books.
Shift: A Novel
PANEL: Drug Trade Stories: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
STAGE: Fiction Pavilion
Tim Kring is the creator, an executive producer, and a writer for Heroes. Kring has worked as an executive producer for all four seasons of the show. He began his writing career for the hit TV show Knight Rider in the early 1980s. In 1987 Kring penned Teen Wolf Too alongside Jeph Loeb. He created the hit television shows Crossing Jordan, and Strange World.
PANEL: Femme Fantastic: Cutting Edge Women Writing the YA Graphic Novel
STAGE: Comics & Graphic Novels Pavilion
Hope Larson is the Eisner and Ignatz award-winning author of several graphic novels for young adults. Her most recent book, Mercury, was published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers in April 2010. Upcoming projects include a graphic novel adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time (FSG), and Whois AC (Atheneum), an original graphic novel to be illustrated by cartoonist Tintin Pantoja.
WHERE: H.P. Lovecraft & the Horror of Comics
STAGE: Comics & Graphic Novels Pavilion
Steve Niles is a writer. He writes comics, novels and films. He is one of the writers responsible for bringing horror comics back to prominence. Niles is currently working for the four top American comic publishers – Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse. Currently ongoing at Image is the creator-owned series BAD PLANET with co-writer Thomas Jane and THE CRYPTICS with artist Ben Roman. Everyone’s favorite monster hunter Cal McDonald returns in the monthly CRIMINAL MACABRE series from Dark Horse. And later this year, continuing 30 DAYS OF NIGHT spin-offs and AMERICAN FREAKSHOW return to IDW Publishing.
PANEL: “Mouse Guard” Creator David Petersen In Conversation with Joshua Dysart
STAGE: Comics & Graphic Novels Pavilion
David Petersen was born in 1977. His artistic career soon followed. A steady diet of cartoons, comics, and tree climbing fed his imagination and is what still inspires his work today. David won the 2007 Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 2008, David won the Eisners for Best Publication for Kids (Mouse Guard Fall 1152 & Winter 1152) and Best Graphic Album – Reprint (Mouse Guard Fall 1152 Hardcover). He is the creator of the Mouse Guard series and is excited to be working on projects he dearly loves doing.
Elephantmen Volume 2: Fatal Diseases
PANEL: Down & Dirty Comics: Comics Outside of “The Big Three”
STAGE: Comics & Graphic Novels Pavilion
In 1992 Starkings founded Comicraft, a studio which trains and employs letterers and designers and provides “Unique Design and Fine Lettering” services for comic books from many different publishers. Originally Starkings had intended that the advertisements for these fonts would feature Marvel and DC Comics’ characters, however when he failed to receive the authorisation to do that, Starkings created his own character to illustrate the ads – Hip Flask an anthropomorphic hippopotamus “Information Agent”. Hip Flask has since graduated to his own series of one-shot comic books, published by Active Images. In 2006 Image Comics launched an ongoing prequel series to Hip Flask, Elephantmen, written by Starkings.
Bernie Wrightson is an American artist known for his horror illustrations and comic books. He co-created (with writer Len Wein) the comic character Swamp Thing, and definitively illustrated Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Bernie has also collaborated regularly with author Stephen King, having illustrated The Stand, Cycle of the Werewolf, and Dark Tower V. He’s worked on Spiderman, Batman, and the Punisher, and provided countless covers for all of the major comics publishers. He wrote and drew his own scifi miniseries: Captain Sternn. Recent works include City of Others (Dark Horse), and Dead She Said and The Ghoul (IDW), both co-created with author Steve Niles. As a conceptual artist, Bernie has worked on several well-known films, including Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, Spider-Man, Land of the Dead, and Frank Darabont’s latest Stephen King film The Mist.
Richard Starkings signs at Travelling Man in Manchester on Tues. May 25th and in Leeds on Thurs. May 27th. Both signings start at 1pm.
Via Image Comics:
Image Comics announces its C2E2 2010 lineup
It’s hot in the Windy City of Chicago as Image Comics gets ready for the inaugural edition of C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo). It’ll only get hotter at the Image Comics booth, #651, when the show gets started Friday, April 16th!
Don’t miss RYAN OTTLEY (INVINCIBLE) and JASON HOWARD (THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN), who will be with us at the Image Comics booth, #651. You’ll also be able to find RICHARD STARKINGS (ELEPHANTMEN), and a slew of other Image creators will be stopping by for signings!
SATURDAY, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., E353 – The Image Comics Show
The world’s greatest creator-owned comics publisher makes their C2E2 debut with a flurry of announcements and guest stars galore! Be there to find out the next word on what Image has in store for 2010 including never-before-revealed news and art! Panelists include JIM VALENTINO (SHADOWHAWK), NICK SPENCER (EXISTENCE, SHUDDERTOWN), TIM SEELEY (HACK/SLASH), RICHARD STARKINGS (ELEPHANTMEN), and BEN McCOOL (CHOKER).
SUNDAY, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., E353 – Creating Creator Owned Comics the Image Comics Way
Want to bring your own vision to comics? Learn how from the people who do it best! Join a selection of some of Image’s finest for a roundtable discussion on the creative process and tips on perfecting your pitch. This will also include a question and answer session, giving you the chance to talk to the pros who have made their dreams their reality! Panelists include FRANK CHO (LIBERTY MEADOWS), BEN TEMPLESMITH (CHOKER), TIM SEELEY (HACK/SLASH), and JIMMY PALMIOTTI (BACK TO BROOKLYN).
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. BEN TEMPLESMITH and BEN McCOOL
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. JIMMY PALMIOTTI
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. TIM SEELEY
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. NICK SPENCER and JIM VALENTINO
Come by the Image Comics booth for the best in creator owned comics, updates on signing schedules, and a chance to meet some of your favorite creators! Don’t miss Image Comics at C2E2 2010, booth #651!