Bryan Hitch Heads Up List of 175 Comic Creators for Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con 2013

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Bryan Hitch, Salvador Larroca, Leinil Yu, Bob Layton, Yildiray Cinar, Barry Kitson Head Up 175+ Comics Creators At Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, May 30 – June 2

Mico Suayan, Julian Totino Tedesco, Angel Unzueta, Michael Golden, Greg Horn, J.G. Jones Among Other Superstar Artists On Board At Pennsylvania Convention Center

NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, April 18, 2013 – A superstar lineup of comics writers and artists, including such luminaries as Bryan Hitch (“Wolverine,” “Captain America”), Eisner Award winner Salvador Larroca (“Avengers vs. X-Men,” “Iron Man”), Leinil Yu (“Hulk,” “Superman: Birthright”), Bob Layton (“Avengers,” “Batman”), Yildiray Cinar (“Teen Titans,” “Action Comics”) and Barry Kitson (“Thor,” “Green Lantern”) will be among the more than 175 scheduled to populate Artist Alley at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, May 30 – June 2 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Eisner Award Hall of Famer Stan Lee will attend on Friday and Saturday, May 31 – June 1, appearing in the celebrity area.

The international roster also features top creators like Mico Suayan (“The Punisher,” “Batman: Arkham Unhinged”),Julian Totino Tedesco (“X-Treme X-Men, “Daredevil”), Angel Unzueta (“Titans, “DC Comics Presents”), Michael Golden (“Star Wars,” “BSG”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “Wonder Woman”), Phil Noto(“Buffy,” “Batgirl”) and J.G. Jones (“Final Crisis,” “Wanted”).  Nearly any comics character and franchise imaginable are represented by at least one, and usually more, of these talented men and women.

In addition to displaying some of their best work at the event, most creators at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con will be available for commissions.  Many will also take part in four full days of Creator Spotlights and a wide variety of other panel programming focusing on the comics industry, to be announced in the coming weeks.

Other special guest creators scheduled to attend are Tyler Kirkham (“Superboy,” “Ultimate FF”), Doug Sneyd(“Playboy”), Mark Texeira (“The Punisher,” “Black Panther”), Tom Raney (“AVX: Consequences,” “Deadpool”) and recent Eisner Award nominee Ryan Inzana (“Johnny Jihad,” “Ichiro”).

Celebrities featured at Philadelphia Comic Con include “Castle” star Nathan Fillion, fellow “Serenity” and Firefly headliner Summer Glau, “Star Trek’s” William ShatnerWWE® Superstars John Cena® and Daniel Bryan®and “The Walking Dead” trio of Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker and Jon Bernthal.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con show hours are Thursday, May 30, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, May 31, noon – 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, June 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2013 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-pa.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

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Marvel at Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention 2010

Singapore Toy, Games, and Comic Convention 2010

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MARVEL MAKES THEIR STGCC DEBUT
Marvel confirms attendance at STGCC 2010 with exhibit space, recruitment efforts, Guests of Honor and panels

Singapore, 8 November 2010 – Reed Exhibitions, the organizers of the Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC), announced today that Marvel Comics will be exhibiting at STGCC 2010. This is the first convention that Marvel has ever exhibited at in Asia. To date, Reed has announced a slew of Marvel talent at STGCC 2010 including Guest of Honor Salvador Larroca and other Walk of Fame Featured Guests including Leinil Yu, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Esad Ribic, Harvey Tolibao and Alex Maleev. Reed further revealed Marvel’s Senior Vice President, Creator & Content Development and international talent scout, C.B. Cebulski, will join Larroca as Guests of Honor at STGCC 2010. STGCC will take place from 10 to 12 December 2010, at the Suntec International Convention Centre.

“Marvel’s extensive popularity is manifested through successful box office ticket receipts of Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, and The X-Men series because the comics these characters are based on have strong plot lines that dwell on universal themes like good versus evil, heroes versus villains, which resonate well in Asia,” observed Ms Yeow Hui Leng, Project Director, Reed Exhibitions. “The further extension from Marvel Comics into games, toys, television programs and the upcoming films like Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America have sparked the creative imagination of Asian fans. We are therefore very honored and delighted that Marvel has decided to exhibit in Asia for the first time at STGCC.”

In addition to the various Marvel-specific panels that Marvel talent will be presenting on Friday, 10 December 2010 at STGCC, there will be sessions with other creators, writers and illustrators to discuss the impact of Asian influences and elements in Western comics on Saturday, 11 December. There will also be a panel by Cebulski on Marvel’s talent hunt where he will give an inside look into the world of Marvel and what he looks for in the next Marvel artist. He will also explain the procedure for aspiring talent to submit a portfolio and the possibility of having it reviewed during the show. Cebulski’s panel is scheduled to take place on Friday, 10 December.

Michael Pasciullo, Marvel’s Senior Vice President, Brand Planning & Communications said, “We have built a strong partnership with Reed in the US through its conventions in New York and Chicago where they have created platforms for our fans to access our creators in a personal manner. We recognize the importance of these events in engendering a community where we can interact and engage our fans. Marvel has had a strong presence in Asia for a long time through publishing and consumer products. We are very excited to have the opportunity to reach out to our fans in Asia by attending STGCC with a strong roster of creators who will be participating in panels and autograph sessions.”

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 440 events in 36 countries. In 2009 Reed brought together over six million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 35 fully staffed offices.

Reed organizes a wide range of events, including trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and meetings. Its portfolio of over 440 events serves 44 industry sectors, including:
Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, beauty & cosmetics, broadcasting, building & construction, electronics, energy, oil & gas, engineering & manufacturing, food service & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, interior design, IT & telecoms, jewellery, life science & pharmaceuticals, machinery, marketing, business services & training, medical education, printing & graphics, security & safety, sports & recreation, travel.

Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.

Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2009, Reed Elsevier made an adjusted profit before taxation of £1,279 million on turnover of £6,071 million.

ABOUT SINGAPORE TOY, GAMES & COMIC CONVENTION

The Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention combines the best of pop culture from East and West to Asia, uniting the worlds of comics, anime, toys, collectibles and games. It is the pre-eminent event in the Asian market that fits with other shows in the Reed pop culture portfolio, including New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Star Wars Celebration and New York Anime Festival.

STGCC will reach out to a whole new world of fans in Asia and opens a vast market with exciting opportunities for companies to break into the Asian market and/or reinforce a growing presence. Fans will experience a showcase of pop culture’s coolest and latest products, and be thrilled by personalities and characters from the worlds of superheroes, villains and realms of fantasy.

STGCC takes place alongside the Asia Television Forum (ATF) which runs from December 8 to 10. ATF is Asia’s leading content market, where international TV content sellers meet Asia’s broadcasting industry. This pairing presents unprecedented business opportunities for trade and consumer audiences.

STGCC’s vision is to deliver quality content and spread the currency of cool in Asia and aims to be the leading catalyst for the pop culture industry.

ABOUT MARVEL

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com.

Marvel Announces NYCC 2010 Signing Schedule

New York Comic Con is almost here and we know you’re going to be spending a lot of time at the Marvel Booth (#1843). And why wouldn’t you be? You’ll have the chance to meet the legendary Stan Lee your favorite superstar Marvel creators like Joe Quesada, Jeph Loeb and Brian Michael Bendis and so many more!

Marvel always brings the best talent and the biggest announcements to New York and this year is no different. So clear those calendars True Believers because Marvel plans on keeping you busy! Between the star-studded appearances in the Marvel booth and the Earth-shattering announcements at all the Marvel panels, you won’t have time for anything else!

Source: Marvel.com

Marvel Guests for NYCC 2010 Announced

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ACCLAIMED MARVEL CREATORS AND EXECUTIVES TO BE GUESTS OF HONOR AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

Bendis, Fraction, Larroca, Loeb and Quesada to Appear on Panels

Norwalk, CT, September 17, 2010: Marvel Comics will once again have a strong presence at New York Comic Con (NYCC). Organizers of the annual East Coast pop culture extravaganza have announced that five notable personalities from the renowned comic books and media entertainment company will be Guests of Honor at NYCC and will be participating in several panel discussions at the show. The Guests of Honor who will be taking the NYCC stage on behalf of Marvel include Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca, Jeph Loeb, and Joe Quesada.

“Marvel is a close partner and friend of our show and it is always a pleasure to announce their participation at New York Comic Con,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for both NYCC and NYAF. “The guests who will be appearing at NYCC on Marvel’s behalf are some of the most celebrated artists and creators working in the pop culture arena. We’re proud to be an industry leading event where premiere exhibitors may bring their talent, as well as launch and display their new content. We are seeing significant growth at NYCC this year and we are preparing for a show that promises to be huge!”

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS is an award-winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last nine years, Brian’s books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts. Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel’s Avengers franchise by writing both Avengers and New Avengers along with the wildly successful event projects House of M, Secret Invasion and Siege. Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel’s Ultimate line of comics, a line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader, and he has written every issue of Ultimate Spider-Man since its best-selling launch in 1999. Brian’s other projects include Scarlet and the Eisner-Award-winning Powers, both from Marvel’s creator-owned imprint Icon. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Alisa, his gorgeous daughters, Olivia and Sabrina, and his dogs, Shroeder, Lucky, and Buster.

MATT FRACTION is the Eisner Award-winning writer of Invincible Iron Man, Thor and Uncanny X-Men, along with his creator-owned series Casanova. He’s written the graphic novels The Five Fists of Science and Last of The Independents. His other comics work includes a Sensational Spider-Man annual and The Immortal Iron Fist with Ed Brubaker, Punisher: War Journal with Rick Remender, Thor: Ages Of Thunder and Thor: Secret Invasion, and the Harvey-nominated The Order. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, his son Henry, two jerky dogs, and two jerky cats. And some fish. But that’s it.

SALVADOR LARROCA was born and raised in Valencia, Spain. After first working as a cartographer, Larroca began working as a comic artist at Marvel UK on titles including Dark Angel and Death’s Head II. Eventually taking his pencil to US books, Larroca spent three years on Marvel’s Ghost Rider before turning to Captain America, Iron Man, and Fantastic Four in Heroes Return. He then went onto titles including Uncanny X-Men, X-Treme X-Men, Spider-Man: House of M, and Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra. He is currently working on the Eisner-Award-winning Invincible Iron Man with Matt Fraction.

JEPH LOEB is the newly appointed EVP, Head of Marvel Television. He is an Emmy and WGA nominated American film and television writer/producer as well as an award winning comic book writer. He was a producer/writer on the TV series Smallville and Lost, writer of the films Commando and Teen Wolf and Co-Executive Producer/writer on Heroes. A four-time Eisner Award winner and five-time Wizard Fan Awards winner, Jeph’s writing, which has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, includes Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, The Hulk, Iron Man and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His is currently writing HULK with Ed McGuinness, ULTIMATE X with Arthur Adams, NEW ULTIMATES with Frank Cho and CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE with his longtime collaborator Tim Sale.

JOE QUESADA wears many creative hats, as both an acclaimed writer-artist and the current editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, the world’s largest and most dynamic comic book publisher. Joe also serves as Chief Creative Officer for Marvel Entertainment. In this role, Joe is steward of such legendary characters as Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, and the Fantastic Four. Even with an entire publishing company to run, Quesada keeps his creative hand moving as well. During his tenure as Editor-in-Chief, he’s completed Daredevil: Father, a story lovingly dedicated to his own father and illustrated Spider-Man: One More Day, which changed the popular web-slinging hero forever. He’s recently completed the bookend to One More Day, Spider-Man: One Moment in Time.

Exhibit space for this year’s NYCC is nearly sold out. Customers interested in signing up for New York Comic Con should contact Larry Settembrini at lsettembrini@reedexpo.com. Tickets for NYCC and NYAF may be purchased at www.nycomiccon.com. Other information about the shows, as well as news about ReedPOP, which also organizes Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), is available at Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.mediumatlarge.net.

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

Singapore’s STGCC 2010 Announces First Guests and Partners

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SINGAPORE TOY, GAMES & COMIC CONVENTION ANNOUNCES FIRST GUESTS AND PARTNERS

STGCC provides fans access to East and West pop culture icons through content, buzz and partnerships

Singapore, July 20, 2010: Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading organizer of trade and consumer events, confirmed today the first guests and partners for the 2010 Singapore Toy Games, & Comic Convention (STGCC). The event, taking place December 10-12 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, is being co-produced by Reed’s Singapore office as well as ReedPOP in the USA — the team behind events including the New York Comic Con, New York Anime Festival, and Star Wars Celebration. STGCC’s inaugural guests include comic book illustrators Salvador Larroca and Giuseppe Camuncoli, cartoonists Phil Ortiz and Phil Yeh, and apparel, toy, and art designers Simone Legno. Additionally, Animax will serve as a key partner, not only promoting and featuring highlights of this event with over 40+ million Animax viewers across Asia but also presenting screenings and premieres at the convention as well as a unique opportunity for youths in Southeast Asia to become famous.

Sal Larroca on Invincible Iron Man

Illustrators Salvador Larroca and Giuseppe Camuncoli will be sketching and speaking about their works for Marvel Comics at STGCC. Larroca has worked on many popular characters including Captain America, Iron Man and Fantastic Four in Heroes Return. He has also worked on titles including Uncanny X-Men, Spider-Man and Elektra. Larroca is collaborating with Matt Fraction on The Invincible Iron Man. Camuncoli, also known as Cammo, has worked on titles including The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man’s Tangled Web and X-Infernus among others. Currently, he is now at work on the Marvel hit Dark Wolverine, written by Daniel Way and Marjorie Liu. Larroca comes to STGCC from Spain, and Cammo will be traveling from Italy, both through the assistance of Marvel Comics.

“This announcement kicks-off an exciting string of guests we are lining-up for STGCC 2010. Fans will be able to meet and engage with the creators of their heroes and villains on a personal level through autographing opportunities and panels, including interview sessions at STGCC,” said Ms Huileng Yeow, Project Director. “Through partnerships with publishers, associations and the community that we have been cultivating in the past few months, we are confident of delivering a broad range of content for Asian fans.”

In addition to Larroca and Cammo, cartoonists Phil Ortiz and Phil Yeh will be attending STGCC with the charitable organization Cartoonists Across America & the World. And Animax will serve as STGCC’s official media broadcast partner for the region.

Vice President and General Manager of Animax Asia Gregory Ho shared, “We are delighted to be involved with STGCC for the 3rd year running and with the involvement of Reed Exhibitions, we have no doubt that this year will be even bigger and more exciting that ever before as there is tremendous effort and investment by Reed Exhibitions to curate a meaningful and interesting coterie of guests and personalities. Not only will Animax be offering fans sneak peeks and premiere screenings including the highly anticipated anime Nurahiyon no Mago, Animax will also be collaborating with Reed to offer Southeast Asian youths a very unique opportunity to become TV host presenters on the channel in a regional competition that culminates in a grand finale at STGCC. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!”

Toy collectibles and exclusives from Tokidoki, Devil Robots, Uglydolls, Bearbricks and Blythe among others will be available at STGCC, and toy fans will also be able to meet designers including Tokidoki’s Simone Legno.

“The level of interest has certainly picked up on the back of a strong economic recovery in Asia, especially in Singapore. STGCC will be a wonderful opportunity for toy designers, game developers and comic publishers from the US, North Asia and Europe to meet and build a whole new world of fans in Asia. We will continue to carefully create a fusion of East meets West pop culture elements in close collaboration with our partners to develop a new currency of cool for Asia,” concluded Ms Yeow.

STGCC will take place from December 10-12, 2010 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (www.suntecsingapore.com). Advanced ticket sales will be available starting in August 2010. To reserve tickets now, please email iwantstgcc@reedexpo.com.sg. For more information about STGCC, please visit www.singaporetgcc.com.

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 440 events in 36 countries. In 2009 Reed brought together over six million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 35 fully staffed offices.

Reed organizes a wide range of events, including trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and meetings. Its portfolio of over 440 events serves 44 industry sectors, including:

Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, beauty & cosmetics, broadcasting, building & construction, electronics, energy, oil & gas, engineering & manufacturing, food service & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, interior design, IT & telecoms, jewellery, life science & pharmaceuticals, machinery, marketing, business services & training, medical education, printing & graphics, security & safety, sports & recreation, travel.

Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.

Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2009, Reed Elsevier made an adjusted profit before taxation of £1,279 million on turnover of £6,071 million.

ABOUT REEDPOP

ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia, and Europe. (www.reedpop.com)

ABOUT SINGAPORE TOY, GAMES & COMIC CONVENTION

The Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention combines the best of pop culture from East and West to Asia, uniting the worlds of comics, anime, toys, collectibles and games. It is the pre-eminent event in the Asian market that fits with other shows in the Reed pop culture portfolio, including New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Star Wars Celebration and New York Anime Festival.

STGCC will reach out to a whole new world of fans in Asia and opens a vast market with exciting opportunities for companies to break into the Asian market and/or reinforce a growing presence. Fans will experience a showcase of pop culture’s coolest and latest products, and be thrilled by personalities and characters from the worlds of superheroes, villains and realms of fantasy.

STGCC takes place alongside the Asia Television Forum (ATF) which runs from December 8 to 10. ATF is Asia’s leading content market, where international TV content sellers meet Asia’s broadcasting industry. This pairing presents unprecedented business opportunities for trade and consumer audiences.

STGCC’s vision is to deliver quality content and spread the currency of cool in Asia and aims to be the leading catalyst for the pop culture industry.

ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON

New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City. (www.newyorkcomiccon.com)