So Cal Comic Con (October 2015)

August 14, 2015 by  
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Convention Name
So Cal Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.socalcomiccon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
10/18/2015
About This Convention
Come out to the 6th annual So Cal Comic Con on Sunday, October 18th, from 10am-5pm, at the QLN Conference Center in Oceanside! Kids 13 and under, and any member of the military, get in for FREE! Our Guest of Honor for this year’s show is Rob Liefeld, who is the creator of Cable, X-Force, and Deadpool, as well as the creator and publisher of titles like Youngblood and Bloodstrike.

The 1st 100 people in line get a FREE gift bag STUFFED with cool comics. There are raffles throughout the day where you can win prizes like signed comics, original artwork, and toy packages! Dozens of comic and toy vendors are on hand to sell your favorite Golden, Silver, Bronze, or Modern Age comics and toys. Check out our 1st annual Costume Contest and panel discussions throughout the day. IDW Publishing and Darby Pop will be in attendance, along with numerous comic creators, including:

George Perez (Avengers, New Teen Titans, Infinity Gauntlet)
Tim Bradstreet (Punisher, Star Trek)
Howard Chaykin (Star Wars, Black Kiss, G.I. Joe)
Tony Fleecs (My Little Pony)
Richard Friend (Forever Evil, Batman Dark Knight)
Joel Gomez (Batman, Lost Boys: The Thirst)
Drew Johnson (Wonder Woman, Supergirl, The Authority)
Batton Lash (Supernatural Law, Wolff & Byrd)
Danny Miki (Batman, Spawn)
Chris Moreno (Toy Story, Sidekick)
Marat Mychaels (Deadpool, Blindside, Notti & Nyce)
Rafael Navarro (Guns A’Blazin, Sonambulo)
Tone Rodriguez (Violent Messiahs, Simpsons, Mayhem)
Mike Wellman (Guns A’Blazin, Mac Afro)

Admission is only $10 for adults, or $9 with a flyer which can be found at many Southern California comic book stores. Parking is free. Bring the family!

Venue Name and Address
QLN Conference Center; 1938 Avenida del Oro
Oceanside, CA 92056
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
80
Projected Attendance
1,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Guests
Rob Liefeld, George Perez, Tim Bradstreet, Howard Chaykin, Tony Fleecs, Richard Friend, Joel Gomez, Drew Johnson, Batton Lash, Danny Miki, Chris Moreno, Marat Mychaels, Rafael Navarro, Tone Rodriguez, Mike Wellman

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CA – Rob Liefeld Signing

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Rob Liefeld, creator of Cable, Deadpool, X-Force, and more, appears at Big Red Comics for a signing on Saturday August 15th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM!

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

SDCC 2015 Recap: Deadpool

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Next year’s Deadpool film emerged as one of the highlights of this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Here are the full panel, interviews including one with Rob Liefeld, and the leaked trailer (NOTE: The trailer is not work-friendly or kid-safe.)

Deadpool Full Panel
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Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller & Brianna Hildebrand’s DEADPOOL Interview
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MTV interviews Ryan Reynolds
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MTV interviews Ed Skrein
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JoBlo interviews Rob Liefeld
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Bootleg Copy of the Trailer
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Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh 2015 Report! (Including an Interview with Kevin Sorbo)

Back in the fall of 2014, when I saw that Wizard World, that latter-day arbiter of pop culture sensibilities, was having its first-ever convention in Raleigh, North Carolina on March 13-15, I thought, Cool. I had been to the Minneapolis and Chicago shows, traveling hundreds of miles to write about each (see here and here, respectively). Raleigh is only 45 minutes from my house.

When I later saw that William Shatner would be at Raleigh Wizard World, I thought, Sweet. Who better than the Captain to explore this strange, new world? I watched as more excellent guests were announced—Sean Astin, John Schneider, Kevin Sorbo. And when I saw Rob Liefeld, the creator of Deadpool, added to the list, I thought, Awesome! Liefeld is one of the hottest comic artists of the last twenty years. I need some more stuff signed by him.

And when I received an email on February 24 from Wizard World’s PR person telling me that Doctor Who’s David Tennant would be in Raleigh, I thought, Oh. My. God.

David Tennant! No offense to other guests, but this was huge. Poll after poll shows him as the most popular Doctor among Whovians (see here, here, and here). Tennant’s Doctor is charming, funny, and passionate. Christopher Eccleston, the Ninth Doctor, did the hard work of rebooting the twenty-year-dead series in 2005; Tennant presided over its expansion both in the UK and across the pond. Plus he is a rarity on the convention circuit. Raleigh would be, in fact, his Wizard World debut (his second appearance will be in Philadelphia this May).

I am a middling Doctor Who fan. My wife and daughter? Rabid. And their favorite, of course, is David Tennant. My wife makes and sells fandom-related jewelry, and she had another convention that weekend in Winston-Salem, about two hours away. Urban Dictionary defines fandom as “a cult that will destroy your life”; I prefer to think of it as the impetus for restructuring your life on the fly. Thus, after much wrangling and a pair of David Tennant VIP tickets ($399 each!), we settled on the following schedule:

Friday: My wife and me at Wizard World, our daughter at the Winston-Salem convention

Saturday: All of us at the Winston convention

Sunday: My wife and my daughter at Wizard World to see David Tennant, me at the Winston convention

Actually, my weekend started on Thursday, at the Wizard World launch party. It was held at the Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh.

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Advertisements for the party indicated that celebrities (plural) would be in attendance, though the only one I saw was Kevin Sorbo, star of the 90s hit series Hercules. Still, we had a nice chat:

Me: You have been in several faith-based movies [What If . . . and God’s Not Dead]. What is it about these movies that speaks to people?

Kevin: There are a lot of people who have faith. All the polls show like 80% of people believe in God. We tend to skim over that, and Hollywood doesn’t put out movies that deal with that. And when they do, they sort of bastardize it. Look what they did with Exodus. Look what they did with Noah, for crying out loud. Why would you hire atheist directors to do something out of the Old Testament? It’s weird to me.

Me: The emphasis there seems to be more on special effects.

Kevin: Yeah. We went to a private screening of Noah, and my wife said, “This is like Transformers meets Water World.” Visually, it’s beautiful, but you’re like, does the Bible talk about Noah being schizophrenic, alcoholic, and hell-bent on killing his own family at the end?

Me: You’ve had a varied career, but of course you’re most known for Hercules . . .

Kevin: Yeah, that and Andromeda.

Me: Right. How did your role in Hercules come about?

Kevin: It was a typical audition through Hollywood. My agent called me up and said, “They’re casting five Hercules movies, and they want to see you.” I said, “I’m a big guy, but don’t they want some steroid dude with no neck or some bodybuilder who weighs 280 pounds?” He said, “No, they’re looking for an athletic-looking, sort-of decathlon, Joe Namath-type quarterback.” So I went and read. They called me back and called me back. Seven times they called me back. I was up in Vancouver, Canada filming an episode of The Commish, and they called me and said, “You’re Hercules.” I thought it was going to be five two-hour movies. Then, boom! It became a series, and it passed Baywatch to become the most-watched show in the world.

Me: Before filming, how did you get into the role? How did you prepare yourself to play a mythical hero?

Kevin: It was all in the writing. They made the character very 90s. It was a very Malibu sort of Hercules. He was very hip and accessible and approachable, very self-effacing. There was a lot of humor. The fight scenes were never very violent. Our spin-off show, Xena, was a much more violent show, killing guys. We never killed a guy.

Me: Speaking of writing, you did a book a couple of years ago. What was that like?

Kevin: It’s been great because of the number of speaking appearances I get. I did a dozen last year, and I’ve already got about eleven more lined up this year. It’s been amazing to get out there and do all the talking I’ve been doing about the book, which is about a health scare I suffered. I was the healthiest-looking guy in the world in the 90s, and I had three strokes and almost died. It took me out of the show [Hercules] for four months. We had to re-write everything.

Me: Which is harder, writing or acting?

Kevin [laughs]: I think writing is much harder. Writers take much of the blame for everything in Hollywood, so God bless them. It’s the toughest job around.

Me: How did you get started doing conventions?

Kevin: You know, conventions really didn’t kick off until about fifteen years ago. The growth has been astronomical. In the 90s, comic cons weren’t that big. They were around, but there wasn’t the publicity and the push and the hype. I got invited during the 90s, but I could do only one or two a year because I was in New Zealand ten months out of the year [filming Hercules]. Now, I go to a lot around the world. I’m doing two in April in Australia. I have one coming up in Belgium. I get invited to about five a month, and I go to six or seven a year.

Me: Are there things you won’t do for fans? Are there lines fans try to get you to cross that you push back against?

Kevin: Not really. Women have not exposed their breasts to me, but they have wanted me to sign the top of their chests. Some people get very nervous because they know you from TV, and now they’re seeing you in the flesh. It’s a surreal moment for them, and I get that because when I first moved to L.A., I started meeting some of the celebrities I used to watch on TV, and I was like, “Wow. That’s really him standing there.” For me, it was Anthony Quinn [who played Zeus in Hercules]. Meeting him blew me away.

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The next night, Friday, was my night at Wizard World. It is often said that Wizard World, with its deep pockets and runaway costs, delights in squeezing out local conventions. See, for example, this article decrying “William Shatner at $199 an autograph,” which is ludicrously inflated. Shatner charges less than half that amount, and he has charged it for years.

What has changed, and not for the better, is the number of comic book artists who now charge for an autograph. Michael Golden charged $10. Dean Haspiel (who?) charged $10. Tom DeFalco gave one or two free signatures, but he charged after that due to, as the sign on his table exhorted, the miserable capitalists who sell his stuff on eBay.

And Rob Liefeld. When I saw him in 2012, he charged $20 to sign copies of New Mutants #87 (first appearance of Cable) or #98 (first appearance of Deadpool). Everything else was free. Now he charges $30 for any Deadpool item, $20 for any New Mutants or X-Force issue, and $20 for any book being witnessed by CGC. He’s still a cool guy, though, and he did not charge me for this picture.

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I get that writers and artists are trying to make a living. A market exists for their autographs that they did not create and are merely tapping into. But their judgment—or is jealousy?—of collectors feels wrong-headed. eBay does not lower payments to creators (a buyer’s market does that) nor deprive them of ownership of their work (publishers retain this). Besides, CGC’s fees are rich enough. To pay an extra $20 for the signature hurts.

Perhaps it was this increase in signing fees that was responsible for the small crowd.

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Or the fact that few celebrities showed up for opening night (aside from Tony Stark).

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The dealer’s room was livelier, but what struck me most there was the dearth of comic book dealers. I counted two. The rest had toys, decals, T-shirts, etc. Curiously, there were also the Lasik Vision Institute and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, giving the dealer’s room a festival-in-the-park feel. I left without buying anything (or scheduling eye surgery).

I tried to buy a third David Tennant autograph ticket for Sunday, the day my wife and daughter would be there, for my daughter’s friend. But they were not selling any more tickets until Sunday morning—possibly (as it turned out, they didn’t have more then, either). “It’s the first time we’ve worked with him,” said the apologetic young woman, “and we’re not sure what to expect.” Translation: they had under-prepared. Wizard World has remedied this (sort of) for Philadelphia, making David Tennant photos and autographs available only to VIP ticket buyers. It’s an imperfect solution: a limited quantity of tickets at a cost that prices a lot of people out of contention. But at least they won’t run out by the first day of the con.

So my daughter’s friend lost out. My wife and daughter, however, racked up, each of them receiving (1) any item autographed, (2) a professional photo-op, (3) a David Tennant collector’s card, (4) other Doctor Who stuff, and (5) a limited edition Walking Dead comic book with a black-and-white sketch cover by Dean Haspiel (so that’s who he is!). And they got into the Tennant Q&A, which, we found out, was open only to VIPs because the room was so small. (My question: why didn’t they rearrange the rooms? It’s David Tennant. You can bump the Harry Potter fan fiction panel to a snack bar table.)

If the crowd was meager on Friday, it had Hulked up by Sunday. There were 500 VIP ticket holders that day (600 on Saturday), plus who knows how many who managed to get a one-day autograph or photo ticket before they were sold out. My wife took over 100 pictures during the Q&A, enough to allow us to play a game called The Many Faces of David Tennant.

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David ponders why the TARDIS isn’t cleaner on the inside.

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David does his Gilbert Gottfried impression.

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David whistles “Dixie,” because he’s in the South.

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David tries to hypnotize the crowd but puts himself to sleep.

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This is David Tennant, not David Bowie.

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“Blimey, Rose! I told you to close the TARDIS door before take-off!”

Tennant is surprised at how popular Doctor Who has become in the United States—surprised but pleased. Asked about his acting career, he said he likes the variety of roles (in his new drama, Broadchurch, he plays a character as far from the Doctor as you can imagine). Whom would he cosplay as at a convention? “Someone with a mask, so I could enjoy the convention.” One questioner recommended that he try the barbecue before leaving North Carolina. This apparently led to a discussion of food in which he dissed American bacon (too dry and crunchy).  Another asked him who he fanboys over. Answer: Marvel Comics, which he had recently toured.

After the Q&A came photos, and about an hour after that, the signing line started. When my daughter reached the table, she asked Tennant if she could record him saying hello to her friend (the one who got gypped on the autograph). Most celebs won’t do this, but in the absence of an advertised prohibition, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Astonishingly, he agreed! Then a Wizard World staffer stepped in and put a stop to it. Normally, I would rail against this, but the staffer had a point. If Tennant did that for my daughter, he would have to do it for everyone, which would slow the line to a crawl. The lesson for convention goers is this: guests aren’t being rude or aloof when they refuse some of your requests. The refusal may simply be a matter of convention policy.

So the inaugural Wizard World Raleigh was a success. Great city, great guests, friendly service—and the Doctor. One woman my wife talked to had driven eight hours from Alabama with her two kids to see him. On top of the arm-and-leg-ness of VIP tickets, this struck me as insanely devoted. “Would you do that?” I asked my wife on Monday as she stared out the kitchen window, a melancholy smile on her face. “Yes,” she said without hesitation. “Yes I would.”

Well-played, Wizard World. Well-played.

 

CA – Death of Deadpool Signing

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Rob Liefeld, Deadpool creator and Image Comics co-founder, appears at Phat Collectibles on Saturday, April 11th at 2:00 PM to send off the Merc with a Mouth in style! Co-hosted by Agents of Cosplay.

RSVP on Facebook!

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

CA – Deadpool Wedding Signing

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Rob Liefeld signs at Phat Collectibles on Saturday, April 12th at 2:00 pm! Liefeld said on his Twitter that he will give away 250 prints for FREE!

Press Release:

Deadpool is getting married! Issue 27 marks the big day and we are celebrating by having an in-store Wedding Ceremony! Industry legend and Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld will be in store to sign your comics and walk Deadpool down the aisle in their home city of Anaheim, California! Attend the biggest wedding in April, only at Phat Collectibles Anaheim Mega Store!

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Phat Collectibles
1201 S. Euclid Street, Anaheim, CA 92804

Rob Liefeld Headlines Biggest VA Comicon Ever This November 2013

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Press Release:

Rob Liefeld headlines biggest VA Comicon EVER Nov 23-24, 2013

From:
Brett Carreras
Promoter of the VA Comicon in Richmond

Greetings, Comics Fans!

This is Brett at the VA Comicon. We are pleased to announce the return of the 2-Day VA Comicon on Nov 23-24, 2013 in a BIG way! We have partnered with Painted Visions Comics to bring the largest comic book show EVER in Virginia (10 times the size of our 1-day shows!) to the Richmond International Raceway Complex (Where they have the NASCAR races!), with FREE parking for everyone.

This will be a COMIC BOOK show, catering specifically to the fans who actually COLLECT comic books. ALL of our vendors sell comic books (only 12 vendor spaces left!), and ALL of our guests work in the industry. Spread out over 36,000+ square feet, each vendor will have a full 10×10’ booth to showcase the finest in new and vintage comic book collectibles.

Our guest of honor at the show is Rob Liefeld, the creator of X-Force, which sold more copies of the same comic than any other comic book ever. Rob is also the creator of DEADPOOL. Joining him will be Wolverine co-creator Herb Trimpe, Kevin Keller creator Dan Parent, Atomic Robo creator Brian Clevinger, He-Man artist Pop Mhan, GI Joe artist SL Gallant, FX’s Archer’s Character Designer Sam Ellis, Top Cow President Matt Hawkins, and the list goes on and on!

We will also have the #1 worldwide expert on vintage comics, Previous CGC president, and current head buyer for Heritage Auctions, Mr. Steve Borock to answer your questions about investing in comic books, and we will have several lectures about investment level comics.

Do you like Exclusives? Extreme VIP passholders (only 50 available!) will receive a Rob Liefeld Ltd 250 Exclusive Comic featuring the Ladies of Brigade (his new series!), a Ltd 100 Robert Crumb licensed T-Shirt, and a Ltd 50 Archer print by Sam Ellis, the character designer on the FX series! Two-Day adult passes are less than $20, and Children’s passes are less than $10. If you register to get a Vendor booth, you will receive a LTD 250 Top Cow Aphrodite IX comic book with a holiday cover by Fan-fave creator Randy Green! Other exclusives WILL be announced soon!

We want this show to be affordable! Other shows cost so much to get to and stay at, and get inside, there is nothing leftover for comics. We want to BUCK THAT TREND! We are less than 2 miles from I-95 and I-64. Hotels in the area average $65 a night. Flights, train tickets and rental cars are some of the cheapest in the country. There are even RV hookups for $25 on-site! Vendor booths are 10×10 and small press tables are 6’. We will be presenting this show in the round, which means there are no corners or endcaps. This show is going to be amazing. We can’t wait to see you there!

Regards,

Brett Carreras
Promoter of the VA Comicon in Richmond November 23-24, 2013
All info on our one and 2-day shows is at http://www.vacomicon.com

CA – Deadpool: The Game Signing

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Rob Liefeld and Marat Mychaels appear at Phat Collectibles on Saturday, June 29, 2013 to celebrate the release of DEADPOOL: THE GAME. Bring your game sleeves, your New Mutants #98, and all your great Liefeld work. Rob will be doing commissions, giving away 100 free copies of Deadpool to the first 100 people in line, and raffle off 25 original head sketches!

RSVP on Facebook!

Phat Collectibles
1201 S. Euclid Street, Anaheim, CA 92804

 

Creators Appearing in the Image Booth During SDCC 2012 Include Kirkman, Adlard, Brubaker, Etc.

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Via their Facebook page, Image has provided an early look at the creators set to appear at their booth (#2729) during Comic-Con International 2012 in San Diego.

As you can see above, featured guests would appear to include:

  • Ryan Ottley
  • Nick Spencer
  • Robert Kirkman
  • John Layman
  • Charlie Adlard
  • Ed Brubaker

 

CA – Rob Liefeld Weekend

Rob Liefeld signs at both Phat Collectibles locations this weekend! Saturday June 2nd at the mega store in Anaheim and Sunday June 3rd at the Huntington Beach store launching his three new DC titles Grifter, Deathstroke, and Savage Hawkman all starting at 1pm.

Rob will do free head sketches of Deadpool or Deathstroke for the first 50 people in line on Saturday ONLY!

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Phat Collectibles
1201 S. Euclid Street, Anaheim, CA 92804

16532 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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