Rose City Comic Con 2017 Offers Rob Liefeld Extreme VIP Package

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Oregon

Press Release:

Rose City Comic Con is thrilled to announce that Rob Liefeld, co-founder of Image Comics and creator of popular characters such as Deadpool, Cable, Domino, X-Force, Youngblood, Supreme, Prophet, Glory and more, will be a special guest at Rose City Comic Con 2017. To make his appearance even more spectacular, Rob is offering fans an Extreme VIP Package that includes:

  • 1 signed Cable #1 Rob Liefeld variant
  • 2 signed Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe Again! Rob and Stan variants. Sketch and color editions!
  • 1 photo with Rob
  • 1 signed print
  • 1 signature of $30.00 value
  • 1 Liefeld badge

Get yours today and meet one of the most influential creators in all of comics!

(Please note that the Extreme VIP Package does not include admission to Rose City Comic Con. Purchase tickets to RCCC 2017 here.)

More guests are being announced every day, so head over to our Guest Announcements page to see all the celebrities and creators who will be attending the convention this September 8-10 at the Oregon Convention Center. For further details, please visit the Rose City Comic Con website: www.rosecitycomiccon.com

Comic Con Palm Springs Returns on August 25-27th

Press Release:

Comic Con Palm Springs will return to the Palm Springs Convention Center August 25-27, 2017 and will feature an array of artists and celebrities, fun programming, colorful costumes, and musical entertainment. Headline celebrities will include Stan Lee, Marvel Comics founder, Rob Liefeld, artist/creator of Deadpool and Cable, and actress Dana Gaier (voice of “Edith” in Despicable Me). The three-day event offers a special VIP dinner with Stan Lee, more than 450 merchandise exhibitors and a special concert performance by Lynda Carter. The inaugural event last year attracted more than 15,000 attendees, and this year it is expected to attract nearly 25,000.

The event will start on Friday, August 25. When the doors officially open, attendees will be able to peruse the aisles of exhibitors who will offer rare and vintage collectable materials and interact with dozens of celebrities and comic artists who will offer autographs and pose for photographs.

One of the highlights of the three-day event will be a one-night-only special musical performance by Lynda Carter, known for her role of Wonder Woman in the 1970’s series. Ms. Carter is an accomplished singer who has performed to rave reviews for sold-out crowds around the world. In addition to her lengthy acting career, Ms. Carter has had the distinction of producing and starring in five highly rated network televisions specials and has appeared onstage with Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, Bob Hope, George Benson, and Ben Vereen. Her performance on Saturday, August 26 at 8 p.m. will take place in a custom-built intimate theater in the Palm Springs Convention Center. The 90-minute show will feature her distinctive versions of jazz, blues, country and pop songs from her popular “The Other Side of Trouble” tour. This will be the VERY first time the actress and singer will attend and perform at any Comic Con event. Tickets for this special performance range from $35 – $85, with the option to purchase VIP Warrior Princess tickets for $400 or the Ultimate Backstage VIP experience, priced at $1,200. All tickets are sold at comicconpalmsprings.com

“We are so excited that Comic Con Palm Springs continues to grow in popularity,” said Founder/Executive Producer Christopher Spellman. “The fans have made it clear that there is a demand for the kind of Comic Con programming we are able to provide, and that they want it in Palm Springs. We are thrilled to work with comic luminaries like Stan Lee and Rob Lefeild and enable our attendees to have direct contact with these icons during the show.”

Stan Lee is known to millions as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. 20 larger-than-life Marvel statues modeled after Stan Lee’s most well-known characters will greet event attendees in the convention center lobby. Over the decades, Lee has accumulated a wide variety of vintage comic book related materials. This extensive personal collection of Stan Lee’s Marvel memorabilia will be on display for free to all attendees of the event. Called “Stan Lee’s Museum,” the collection showcases hundreds of prized and historic memorabilia, including some of Lee’s personal items and fan favorites including a Wolverine collectible statue, Daredevil’s mask, Thor’s Hammer, a collection of Tony Stark’s Iron Man marks and even original Star Wars artwork (in 1975 George Lucas asked Stan Lee to publish a comic about the Star Wars characters).

The show organizers will stage a Zombie Walk on August 26 at 7pm at the Palm Springs Convention Center, offer a Zombie-themed café, a Zombie Maze (put on by Palm Springs Escape Room), a Zombie late night movie, a Zombie party at the Hard Rock hotel and an appearance by actor Khary Payton, who plays a major role in the popular AMC Zombie-themed television show Walking Dead.

Additional celebrities to appear at the event include Skottie Young (artist and author for Marvel Entertainment), J. Scott Campbell (artist of Danger Girl and Spiderman), Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob Squarepants), actor Corbin Bernsen (featured in Psych, LA Law, Major League and Star Trek the Next Generation), and many more.

Cosplay will also a huge part of the weekend for many Comic Con Palm Springs attendees, and you can expect to see many people dressed as Wonder Woman, the Joker, and some of their favorite Game of Thrones characters. Separate costume contests for adults and children will be held on site at the event.

Comic Con Palm Springs tickets are on sale now. A standard Three-Day membership is $60 ($70 at door), and a Three-Day VIP membership is $125 ($135 at door). Attendees may also select to attend individual days. A Friday-only membership is $35 ($45 at door), a Saturday-only membership is $47 ($57 at door), and a Sunday-only membership is $35 ($45 at door). Kids 12 and under free and there are special Heroes memberships for all active military, police, fire, and EMS personnel.

About Comic Con Palm Springs
Comic Con Palm Springs brings together some of the most passionate and talented people from the world of comic books and entertainment to produce an exciting new show in one of the most famous and fun cities in the world. Comic Con Palm Springs organizers work with top-tier talent and exhibitors to make Comic Con Palm Springs something special for every attendee. For more information, call (760) 359-8372 or go to www.comicconpalmsprings.com.

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2017 Report!

Chicago. I had been there before. It was 2014, and the occasion was Wizard World. April 2017 was my second trip to the city that the poet Carl Sandburg called “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, / Stacker of Wheat, / Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; / Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders.” Railroads are no longer America’s arteries, and big shoulders are now an 80s fashion relic, but I, like Sandburg, “have seen painted women / under the gas lamps / luring the farm boys.”

   

Such women in Chi-Town can mean only one thing: the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2. I went with my convention buddy John, whom you will remember from Spooky Empire, Minneapolis Wizard World, and Florida Supercon. We stayed at the Congress Plaza Hotel. Opened in 1893 in anticipation of the World’s Columbian Exposition–i.e., the Chicago World’s Fair–the place was a blend of grand and shabby. John likened it to “the Stanley Hotel meets Super 8.”

We grabbed some dinner and walked around downtown, which was eerily empty for a Thursday evening. I saw a few people with the telltale Pokémon shirts, beanies, and/or Barbossa beads and thought: convention goers. Things would heat up the next day and be full-bore by Saturday. John was looking forward to panel discussions and stellar cosplays. I had my usual assortment of books to be signed.

One thing going to conventions with John has taught me is the value of the convention app (if there is one). I still like the printed program of course–great for signatures. But John always downloads the app because it is (1) updated in real time, (2) doesn’t require him to keep up with something else, and (3) makes him feel tech wizard-y. And the C2E2 app is sweet! It has autograph schedules, prices, and locations for every celebrity. The prices were an especially nice feature. Most conventions don’t post these in advance, which makes budgeting for the weekend Mulvaney-esque.

Another innovation was getting my badge in the mail. If you read my first DragonCon report, then you know my acrimony regarding registration lines. John agrees: “Just charge an extra 40 cents and mail everyone’s badge.” How satisfying it was to open an envelope in February, slide out my shiny badge, and reflect on at least one queue not in my future.

Of course, it is impossible to avoid lines altogether. It is an axiom that, no matter which line I choose–supermarket, toll road, ATM, wherever–it will the line with problems: a technical malfunction, say, or a non-English-speaking customer, or an employee who skipped training. At conventions, I am similarly thwarted. Steve Blum was scheduled to sign at 11:00am on Friday, which was great. Fridays are the least crowded days, making them best for autographs–except this Friday. All around me, guests were meeting fans, posing for pictures, translating Celtic texts, building additions onto homes. Meanwhile, I waited. And waited. Blum’s line grew longer than the Santa Fe Trail, and still I waited. The con staff began setting up his booth at 11:50, suggesting he would arrive at 12:00 rather than the advertised 11:00. In fact, it was almost 1:00 when he got there.

Autograph lines. Look closely, and you’ll see me with a floor-length beard.

Rob Liefeld was also late, though not as egregiously. His line would have been long anyway–everbody loves Robert–but there was a new thing complicating it: VIP clients. For $125 in advance ($160 on-site), you would get two signed exclusive comics, one signed Deadpool print, one autograph ticket for your own item, and a picture with Liefeld. He is a quick signer, and friendly without being effusive, which moves the line along. But it is a gut punch to get aaaaaaalmost to the table and be superseded by a group of VIPs. I said there should be VIP signing times and non-VIP signing times, but John argued that would dilute the perks of being a VIP, one of which is the freedom not to have to visit the booth at a specific time.

Those who eschewed the VIP ticket could choose from Liefeld’s a la carte menu.

The growing practice of comic creators charging for autographs has been discussed a lot lately. I don’t mind a blanket charge because, as Dan Seitz argues, “sign your name a hundred times in a row. It’s simple work, but it’s work. You pay people for work.” I do mind creators charging more for a CGC-witnessed signature. Is it more work to write your name when a third party is watching? And charging more to sign a more valuable book like New Mutants #98 is merely a money grab. After all, a number of market forces affect secondary value that have little to do with the quality of the product.

But I care less about cost than about time, the latter of which is more precious and fleeting at a convention. Memo, then, to all creators and celebrities: don’t be late to your signings! The convention is your job for a particular weekend. Do your job. I cannot conceive of any legitimate reason for a guest who is in a city where they have no other business and is staying at a hotel across the street to be unable to make an 11:00am appointment. I am at this convention to meet you, be enthralled by you, and then carry your name across the land. Hard to do that when you’re a no-show Jones.

As for the rest of the convention, it was a delight. C2E2 is big–70,000+ attendees–but the open floor plan gives plenty of space, so I never felt pinioned. The dealer room had all the comics dealers together, all the anime dealers together, all the T-shirt dealers together, etc., which made shopping go smoother. The family area had games, a play space, chairs for adults to rest, and circus performers. The selection of comic creators was spectacular–Stan Lee, Frank Miller (too bad he was there Saturday only and sold-out), Greg Rucka, Rob Liefeld, Matt Wagner, and some who don’t do many conventions anymore, like Dan Jurgens. There were fewer actors than I expected, but this reinforces the focus of C2E2–comic and entertainment, not the other way around. John said there weren’t enough panels and seminars for a convention this size, but the ones he attended were good. His favorite dealt with using comics to boost literacy and teach science. Finally, there was a larger selection of (over-priced) food vendors than I find at most conventions.

If you’ve never been to Chicago, go. And if you’ve never been to C2E2, go. Most conventions are run by small nonprofits, who are exposed as amateurs in a number of ways, but the power of ReedPOP ups the professionalism. Despite three different volunteers being unable to tell me where Frank Miller’s autograph sessions would be held, I found C2E2 to be well-managed, well-marketed, and an all-around pleasure.

Want to see more images from C2E2? Here you go!

“Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse / and strong and cunning.”

 

Must. Catch. Train.

 

I always wanted to be an Ivy League graduate.

 

Look at that chicken . . . and the two cosplayers beside him.

 

At least I didn’t have to queue to see Q.

 

Strangely enough, John lost his voice after this picture with the Sea Witch.

 

“Wait’ll they get a load of me.”

 

“Sure, honey, I’ll go get your purse from the car. Be right back.”

 

Some people put a lot of thought into their cosplays. Others just wing it.

 

Two big reasons to go to C2E2 are . . . um . . .

 

C2E2 just goes on . . .

 

and on . . .

 

and on.

 

Cosplay Central: the heroes behind the heroes

 

Chicago is cold enough without this guy being in town.

 

CA – Deadpool: Bad Blood Signing

Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld appears at Pop Comics on Wednesday, May 24th at 6:00 PM to sign DEADPOOL: BAD BLOOD!

Deadpool is back this May in Bad Blood, his very own Original Graphic Novel (OGN) from Deadpool’s creator Rob Liefeld! Your ticket to this event is your receipt from Pop Comics for Deadpool Bad Blood, which comes out Wednesday, May 17th! Stay tuned for information on how to maybe score yourself an original Deadpool head sketch from Rob, plus you’ll have one of the ONLY opportunities to get Rob’s own exclusive variant version of Bad Blood, not otherwise offered at retail outlets! Holy chimichangas!

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Pop Comics
203 W Center Street Prom, Anaheim, CA 92805
(657) 208-3835

CA – FBCD: Youngblood #1 Signing

Rob Liefeld (co-creator of Deadpool, Cable, X-Force, and Youngblood) will be at Phat Collectibles’ Anaheim Store from 10 AM – 12 PM signing copies of the New Youngblood #1 for FREE on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day! There will be a Phat Collectibles Store Exclusive cover for Youngblood #1 available for only $10 alongside the regular cover and Blank cover.

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Phat Collectibles
1201 S. Euclid Street, Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 808-9355

CA – Deadpool: Bad Blood Signing

Meet Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld on Wednesday May 17th at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in L.A. for a Q&A and signing to celebrate the debut of Marvel’s first ever Deadpool OGN “Deadpool: Bad Blood” from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Each attendee will receive an exclusive ‘DAY OF RELEASE CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY’ provided by Rob Liefeld and Key Collectibles.

Press Release:

Rob Liefeld’s legendary career began at the age of 18 years old. Fresh out of high school he was hired by both Marvel and DC Comics where he began laying the foundation for a resume that would define a generation. Rob has covered many of the industries top-tier franchises and produced memorable runs on diverse titles such as Cable, Wolverine, Deathstroke, Hawk and Dove, X-Men, X-Force, Fighting American, Spider Man, Hawkman, Teen Titans, and Deadpool.

Marvel Comics and Rob Liefeld now present Deadpool In his first Original Graphic Novel! Deadpool’s been shooting, stabbing and otherwise annoying people for a long time now. He’s made a lot of enemies. One he can’t quite place is the brutal Thumper, who keeps showing up out of the blue to pound him into jelly…..

“Deadpool: Bad Blood” needs to be purchased from Barnes & Noble at The Grove in order to receive a wristband to attend this event. Wristbands will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Wednesday May 17th at 9am to customers who purchase “”Deadpool: Bad Blood” from Barnes & Noble at The Grove.

• Limit 1 wristband per book
• Personalization will be available
• Rob Liefeld will only be signing Deadpool: Bad Blood
• Absolutely No memorabilia please

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 525-0270

C2E2 Reveals 2017 Poster with Art by Declan Shalvey

March 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Press Release:

The exclusive official C2E2 poster has been unveiled featuring the ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY leaping into action against a view of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue at night. The image, created for C2E2 by Declan Shalvey, will be given away at C2E2 events leading up to the Show and local comic book stores in the Midwest area. A signed poster will be included in the VIP packages this year.

The Guardians’ time grounded on Earth has ended, and it’s time for them to head back to the stars! Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot have reunited to keep the galaxy safe from all kinds of extraterrestrial threats. Follow their adventures in ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 by all-stars Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder and Ive Svorcina, available in May!

Don’t miss Declan Shalvey at C2E2 2017 on April 21-23! He’ll be hanging out in Artist Alley all weekend long. Other guests include: Alex Maleev, Ale Garza, Amy Chu, Ande Parks, Andy Price, Art Baltazar, Ben Templesmith, Bill Willingham, Bo Hampton, Brian Churilla, Brian Stelfreeze, Brittney Williams, Chip Zdarsky, Chris Sprouse, Dan Jurgens, David Petersen, Dustin Nguyen, Eric Canete, Eric Powell, Erica Henderson, Franco, Frank Miller, Greg Rucka, Ivan Brandon, James Tynion IV, Jamie McKelvie, Jason Aaron, Jason Latour, Jeff Lemire, Jen Bartel, Jenny Frison, Jill Thompson, Jim Cheung, Jody Houser, Joe Eisma, Jordie Bellaire, Joelle Jones, Julie Benson, Katie Cook, Kel McDonald, Kieron Gillen, Larry Stroman, Liam Sharp, Luke Ross, Marcio Takara, Matt Wagner, Mike Perkins, Mirka Andolfo, Neal Adams, Ramon Perez, Rob Liefeld, Ryan Stegman, Scott Hepburn, Scott McDaniel, Shawna Benson, Skottie Young, Steve Orlando, Terry Moore, Tim Seeley, Yanick Paquette, Bill Sienkiewicz, Rick Remender, and more.

For further information go to the website: www.c2e2.com

CA – Extreme Studios 25th Anniversary Signing

Rob Liefeld (Youngblood, Deadpool, X-Force) celebrates the 25th anniversary of Extreme Studios at Big Red Comics on Thursday March 30, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM! Details at the link…

Artists Scheduled to Appear include:

  • Jeff Matsuda – Extreme’s New Men/Kaboom – Producer and director of The Batman animated series, Jackie Chan Adventures and Wolverine for Marvel animation.
  • Dan Fraga – Extreme’s Brigade, Bloodstrike – Senior Producer/Director for Mattel’s Max Steele, Monster High, Ricky Gervais Show
  • Andy Park – Extreme’s Avengelyne – Marvel Studios Visual Development Supervisor Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Civil War, AntMan, Doctor Strange, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
  • Shannon Denton – Extreme’s Youngblood, Brigade – Producer of Con Man, writer on Justice League ActionBen 10Avengers animated series.
  • Chap Yaep – Extreme’s Youngblood, Warchild – Producer/director on Ben 10
  • Todd Nauck – Extreme’s New Men– Marvel’s X-Men, Deadpool, DC’s Young Justice
  • Marat Mychaels – Extreme’s Brigade– Marvel’s Deadpool Corps.
  • Norm Rapmund – Extreme’s Brigade – DC Comics Teen Titans, Flash
  • Art Thibert – Extreme’s Brigade – DC Comics Superman, Batman
  • Danny Miki – Extreme’s Youngblood, Bloodstrike, – DC Comics Batman.
  • Matt Hawkins – Extreme’s Avengelyne – Top Cow’s Think Tank, Postal
  • Dan Panosian – Extreme’s Prophet – Marvel’s X-Men, Logan
  • Karl Altstaetter – Extreme’s Bloodstrike, – Senior Designer Mattel Toys, Mirror

Big Red Comics
162 N Glassell Street, Orange, CA 92866
(714) 650-0813

ECCC 2017: Image 25th Anniversary Panel

Emerald City Comicon hosts a reunion of the Image Comics founders for their 25th anniversary on FRIDAY MARCH 3rd at 1:00 PM with an exclusive signing to follow (details at the link)!

Twenty-five years ago, a group of comics artists looked at the difference between what they were capable of and what they were being given, and left the promise of steady work for new pastures. The result was Image Comics, which has grown from an upstart group to a comics publisher that has changed the course of the industry. Image’s 25th anniversary year begins with this special event, a very rare gathering of original founders Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino, Marc Silvestri, and Whilce Portacio, moderated by Robert Kirkman.

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Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) is the premier comic book & pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Join us March 2-5, 2017. For tickets and more information please go to the website: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

Image Comics Celebrates 25 Years on February 1st

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Press Release:

On February 1, 1992 seven comics superstars Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino came together to form their own company that would ultimately change the landscape of comics forever. Current partners McFarlane, Valentino, Kirkman, Larsen, and Silvestri collectively have brought creator-owned comics to the forefront of industry change and, after 25 years of amazing storytelling freedom, Image is pleased to celebrate the milestone anniversary with Image Day—Feb. 1, 2017.

Image Comics wouldn’t have succeeded without the tremendous creativity and passion of its creators, the unwavering support of retailers, bookstores, and libraries, or the unbridled and unrelenting enthusiasm of the fans who show up each and every Wednesday to purchase Image titles. On Image Comics Day we celebrate together, nationwide, the exciting legacy that Image’s creator-owned publishing model has cultivated as we prepare for the next 25 years of amazing creator-owned comics to come.

There will be Image Comics promotions, giveaways, creator signings, social media events, and more—don’t miss out on all the festivities and check back to the events pages on imagecomics.com for more information and announcements about Image Comics Day celebrations near you.

Comics retailers are encouraged to jump on board this Image Day, February 1 and will be contacted by Jeff Stang, Director of Specialty Sales, with more information on how to participate.

Join us for the single most anticipated day of the year, as we come together and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics—but more importantly, the 25 years of true creative freedom and history-making storytelling from the best writers and artists in the world.

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