Hero Initiative Offers Hero Comics 2011 at SDCC

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Hero Comics 2011 cover by J. Scott Campbell

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.

Highlights include:

  • 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.

CA – Free Comic Book Day 2011

 

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

NYC – Elephantmen Signing

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.

RSVP on Facebook!

Midtown Comics
200 W. 40th Street, New York, NY 10018

CA – West Hollywood Book Fair

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.

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Adrienne Barbeau

Love Bites
WHEN: 12:00PM-12:45PM
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.”
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Amber Benson

Among the Ghosts
WHEN: 2:00PM-2:55PM
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.
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Joshua Dysart

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.
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Tim Kring

Shift: A Novel
WHEN: 2:15PM-3:15PM
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.

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Hope Larson

Mercury
WHEN: 1:30PM-2:30PM
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.

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Steve Niles

The Ghoul
WHEN: 3:45PM-4:45PM
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.

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David Petersen

Mouse Guard
WHEN: 2:45PM-3:30PM
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.

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Richard Starkings

Elephantmen Volume 2: Fatal Diseases
WHEN: 12:15PM-1:15PM
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.

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Bernie Wrightson

The Ghoul
WHEN: TBD
WHERE: TBD

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.

UK – Elephantmen Signings

Richard Starkings signs at Travelling Man in Manchester on Tues. May 25th and in Leeds on Thurs. May 27th. Both signings start at 1pm.

Travelling Man, 32 Central Road, Leeds, UK

Travelling Man,4 Dale Street, Manchester, UK

Image Comics Announces C2E2 2010 Lineup

April 16, 2010 by  
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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!

PANELS

Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark Stickers

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).

AUTOGRAPHS

FRIDAY
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. BEN TEMPLESMITH and BEN McCOOL

SATURDAY
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!

Image Comics Announces Its Lineup for Emerald City ComiCon 2010

March 12, 2010 by  
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Via Image Comics:

EVERYTHING COMES UP EMERALDS FOR IMAGE IN SEATTLE
Image Comics announces its lineup for Emerald City ComiCon 2010

You can join Image Comics at Emerald City ComiCon, March 13-14, 2010! We’ll have creators galore, convention exclusives and more at booth #306!

In addition to the abundance of artists and writers appearing at booth #306, Image is offering a convention exclusive version of the currently sold out CHOKER #1 by superstar Ben Templesmith and writer Ben McCool. On Saturday, Image will be making some big announcements during our ever-popular panel, THE IMAGE COMICS SHOW.

Choker #1 ECCC Variant

The following talented folks will be appearing at the Image Booth throughout the weekend: Nathan Edmondson (Olympus, The Light), Rob Liefeld (Image United, Youngblood), Jay Faerber (Dynamo 5), Kieron Gillen (Phonogram), Brandon Graham (King City), John Layman (Chew), Ben McCool (Choker), Jamie McKelvie (Phonogram), B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Nick Spencer (Forgetless,Shuddertown), Brett Weldele (The Light).

Other Image creators exhibiting at ECCC include: Mike & Laura Allred (Madman, Red Rocket 7), Eric Basaldua (The Darkness, Witchblade), Michael Broussard (The Darkness), Joe Casey (Godland), Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants), Scott Kurtz (PVP), Moritat (Elephantmen), Ron Marz (Angelus, Magdalena, Witchblade), Mike Oeming (Mice Templar, God Complex), Whilce Portacio (Image United, Spawn), Duncan Rouleau (Great Unknown), Jim Rugg (One Model Nation), Steven T. Seagle (Soul Kiss), Tim Seeley (Loaded Bible), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), Jim Valentino (ShadowHawk).

Saturday, at 2:00 PM in the Arcane Comics Panel Room (4C3-4):

THE IMAGE COMICS SHOW: The world’s greatest creator-owned comics publisher returns to Seattle with a flurry of announcements and a discussion on creating creator owned comics with panelists Ben Templesmith (Choker, Fell), John Layman (Chew), Jim Valentino (Shadowhawk) and Brandon Graham (King City). PLUS: You cannot miss the huge announcement coming from Loaded Bible’s Tim Seeley! Will this be your chance to win some free exclusive comics? Oh, yes; it will!

Don’t miss Image Comics at Emerald City ComiCon, booth #306!

Long Beach Comic Con Part Deux

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Long Beach Comic Con had a one day show to celebrate the success of it’s inaugural show. For a one day show, and a smaller venue, I was very shocked by the amount of creators that came to the show. Mike Mignola, Phillip Tan, Tim Bradstreet, Dustin Nguyen, Stan Sakai, Joe Benitez, Todd Nauck, Ebas, and many more artists and writers came out for this surprising busy show. With strong retailer presence and the star power with many comics creators, this show was a huge success.

Back to the Future car greets LBCC visitors.

Star Wars Car with Yoda.

KITT makes an appearance at LBCC.

Just a really nice car parked next to the theme cars.

R2D2 zooms by the show floor.

Aspen greets visitors as they walk through the door.

Todd Nauck's line starts to form in the morning. His line was steady throughout the whole day.

Booths attract buyers. Great deals all around!

Phillip Tan happily draws a commission.

Stan Sakai calculates his sale to a customer.

Aspen's Frank Mastromauro and JT Krul share a laugh at LBCC.

Steve Niles organizes his trades for shoppers.

Letterer extraordinaire Richard Starkings sign Elephantmen books.

Mike Mignola sketches away at LBCC.

Ebas sketches for fans at LBCC.

Cosplayers pose for pictures.

Superman: I can bend adamantium shields! Cap: NOOOOOO!

Tim Bradstreet sketches a commission at LBCC.

My Phillip Tan commission done at the end of the show. Great ending to a great show. See you back in October!

CA – Stand & Fight Pictionary

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Richard Starkings, Chris Moreno, Tone Rodriguez, Tony Fleecs and Eric Basaldua

Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 23:05

Last December, a Pictionary tournament was auctioned off  to support the Pasadena Child Development Associates for children with developmental disabilities.  This Wednesday night, the moment of truth arrives!   Participants include Tone Rodriguez (Mayhem), Chris Moreno (Toy Story), Tony Fleecs (Johnny Wadd), Eric Basaldua (Top Cow artist) and Richard Starkings (Elephantmen).  The artists will be facing off against stand-up comedians, so expect many shenanigans!  Audience participation is encouraged.

In addition, pioneer comic creator Richard Starkings’s ELEPHANTMEN: FATAL DISEASES will be making it’s trade paperback WORLD PREMIERE.

Signing from 5 to 9 p.m.

Pictionary event from 6 to 9 p.m. 

The Comic Bug, 1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-6221

(310) 372-6704

www.thecomicbug.com

Image Comics Returns to Baltimore Comic-Con with Massive Lineup

October 7, 2009 by  
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IMAGE COMICS RETURNS TO BALTIMORE COMIC CON WITH THEIR MOST MASSIVE LINEUP YET!

Image Comics makes it way back to Baltimore with its largest lineup of creators ever!

Baltimore, Maryland – October 6, 2009 – This upcoming weekend, the world’s greatest creator-owned and operated publisher, Image Comics, makes a big return to the Baltimore Comic-Con including their biggest guest list yet and a very special IMAGE UNITED preview book variant available only at the show!

Image United Baltimore Comic-Con Variant

Image United Baltimore Comic-Con Variant

“It’s good to be back in Baltimore,” Image Comics Chief Operating Officer and IMAGE UNITED writer Robert Kirkman said. “It’s one of the biggest conventions out there with a sole focus on comic books. Everybody here at Image Comics is proud to partner up with Baltimore for our biggest convention presence outside of San Diego Comic Con.”

Kirkman will take part in two panels at the show including The Image Comics Show on Saturday at 1 PM in the Avengers Mansion room. He will be joined by LIBERTY MEADOWS & 50-GIRLS-50′s Frank Cho, GOD COMPLEX & MICE TEMPLAR’s Michael Avon Oeming, ELEPHANTMEN’s Richard Starkings, UNDERGROUND’s Jeff Parker and COWBOY NINJA VIKING’s AJ Lieberman. In addition to everyone giving the first look at upcoming comics, Cho will be announcing the finalists to his 50-GIRLS-50 Talent Search.

Sunday brings a very special look at IMAGE UNITED at 1 PM in the Avengers Mansion room with the crossover artists’ Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino and writer Robert Kirkman. The panel will make the final exclusive look at the series before its release this November!

Both days will feature IMAGE UNITED signing events from 3-4 PM at the Image Comics booth with all creators in attendance signing copies of the Baltimore Comic-Con’s IMAGE UNITED PREVIEW variant edition, available at Baltimore Comic-Con’s Exclusives booth, #1201.

In addition, the Baltimore Image Island will feature a massive guest list, including Mike and Laura Allred (MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS), Ryan Bodeheim (RED MASS FOR MARS), Frank Cho (LIBERTY MEADOWS, 50-GIRLS-50), Jay Faerber (DYNAMO 5), Bryan J.L. Glass (THE MICE TEMPLAR), Greg Horn (THE ART GREG HORN), Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE), Cory Walker (INVINCIBLE), Jason Howard (THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN), Scott Kurtz (PvP), Luna Brothers (THE SWORD), Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN), Tom Scioli (GØDLAND), Ben McCool (CHOKER) and the teams behind the POPGUN anthology and Shadowline.

Image Comics can be found at booth #1501 during The Baltimore Comic-Con, Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th, at the Baltimore Convention Center. For more information, please see http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/.

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