CA – CBLDF’s Comic-Con Welcome Party 2015

cbldf_logoPress Release:

Kick-off Comic-Con with comics’ greatest creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics and comiXology with a special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. PDT on Thursday, July 9, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a night of amazing creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives. RSVP here.

Meet great creators: Every year the greatest creators in comics drop in at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Confirmed attendees so far this year include Scott Snyder, Jock, Jeff Lemire, Kieron Gillen, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Tim Seeley, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Jonathan Hickman, Joshua Williamson, and more are expected to drop in over the course of the night.

Get the exclusive goods: The first 200 attendees will receive a free gift bag, with exclusive items from Image Comics, McFarlane Toys, comiXology, and CBLDF. RSVP here.

Smell awesome at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/Trading Post: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be debuting their Profanities series, with a selection of limited edition Expletives that will only be available at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Proceeds from every sale at the CBLDF Welcome Party benefit CBLDF.

Get first dibs on CBLDF exclusives: CBLDF has been working hard to put together an exclusive assortment for Comic-Con attendees. We have an all-new tote bag featuring art by the terrific Vanesa R. Del Rey (Hit); an embroidered Comic-Con souvenir patch and new CBLDF t-shirt, both designed by Brian Wood (Starve); and the CBLDF-exclusive variant of Star Trek/Green Lantern from IDW Publishing and DC Comics.

Preview the incredible items in CBLDF’s Comic-Con auction: Get a first look at the amazing original art up for grabs at Saturday’s CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, including pieces by Jim Lee, Kelley Jones, Jeff Smith, Matt Kindt, Gilbert Hernandez, J. Scott Campbell, Herb Trimpe, Jeffrey Brown, Greg Ruth, Ray Fawkes, Tyler Crook, and many more.

Get new Neil Gaiman art from Neverwear: Neverwear has an ever-growing line of items based on the works of author Neil Gaiman and is an ardent supporter of CBLDF. Neverwear will support the Fund at the SDCC Welcome Party by premiering “Hope,” a new print by Chris Ridell, along with classic designs by David Mack, Jim Lee, Olivia, and Jouni Koponen. Proceeds from sales at the CBLDF Welcome Party benefit CBLDF.

Come support free speech and experience the best of Comic-Con at the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party, Thursday, July 9, at the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101), from 8:00 – 11:00 PM! This party is FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-members: Suggested $10 – $20 donation at the door, please. You can RSVP here.

Image-LogoABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

COMIXOLOGYABOUT COMIXOLOGY
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers—and independent creators as well—comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Los Angeles and Paris.

BLACK PHOENIX ALCHEMY LABABOUT BLACK PHOENIX ALCHEMY LAB
We specialize in formulating body and household blends with a dark, romantic Gothic tone. Our scents run the aesthetic gamut of magickal, pagan and mythological blends, Renaissance, Medieval and Victorian formulas, and horror/Gothic-themed scents. By utilizing our knowledge of homeopathy and aromatherapy, the conceptual theories of hermetic alchemy, and the aesthetic artistry of perfumery, we have mastered the art of encapsulating allegorical ideas into singular olfactory experiences. We are the first of our kind, and have over fifteen years of practical experience in the field. Our expertise shows. We pride ourselves on the artistry of our products, and our skill in their creation. All of our products are hand-blended here in our laboratory. Integrity and dedication is vitally important to us, and we do our best to provide the best possible product and slavishly good service to all our clients.

ABOUT COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Our work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators who face the threat of censorship. We monitor legislation and challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. We create resources that promote understanding of comics and the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day we publish news and information about censorship events as they happen. We are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week. Our expert legal team is available at a moment’s notice to respond to First Amendment emergencies. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights that our community depends on. For more information, visit www.cbldf.org

The Westgate Hotel
1055 Second Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

The Tick at San Diego Comic-Con 2015

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New England Comics hosts several signings at their booth (#1807-1809) during Comic-Con International including Ben Edlund (Creator of The Tick), Townsend Coleman (voice of The Tick on the animated series), Jeff McClelland (writer of the Tick: SDCC Exclusive Edition Comic Book), Gabe Crate (The Tick: Internet Comic, Heroes of the City, and more), Ralph Blaser (NEC Assistant Editor), and Bob Polio (Tick & Artie, NEC Art Director). Plus they will have several exclusive merchandise for sale!

Dark Horse Comics Announces Schedule for SDCC 2015

Dark Horse ComicsPress Release:

It’s here! San Diego Comic-Con 2015 is upon us, and Dark Horse Comics is delivering a full slate of signings from your favorite creators!

DARK HORSE COMICS | SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2015 | BOOTH #2615

SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.

Some signings require a wristband for entry, as noted on the schedule. Drawings for wristbands for these events will begin at show opening the day before and day of each signing. Come to the Dark Horse booth early for the best chance to join these events.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

We have two signing stages. One features art by Dave Palumbo for our Prometheus/Aliens/AVP/Predator: Fire and Stone crossover comic event. The other features art by E. M. Gist for Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain. The location of each signing is indicated by the following abbreviations:

FS = Fire and Stone Signing Stage ST = The Strain Signing Stage

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

THURSDAY, JULY 9

11:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m. ST WEB COMICS: TARZAN, JOHN CARTER AND MORE: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. FS THE ART OF HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, SUNDOWNERS: Tim Seeley

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. FS REXODUS: James Farr, Eric Lee, Paul Wizikowski, Mark Steele, Kevin Anderson

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. ST MAE: Gene Ha

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. FS BARB WIRE: Chris Warner, Adam Hughes, Gabe Eltaeb, Michael Heisler

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. ST BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Christos Gage

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. FS TBA!

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. ST PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Jeremy Vanhoozer, Paul Tobin

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. FS THIS DAMNED BAND: Paul Cornell, Tony Parker

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. ST THE TOMORROWS: Curt Pires

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. FS DARK MATTER CAST SIGNING: Melissa O’Neil (Two), Anthony Lemke (Three), Jodelle Ferland (Five), Roger Cross (Six)

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. ST BANDETTE, COLDER: Paul Tobin, BANDETTE: Colleen Coover

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FS FIRE AND STONE (PROMETHEUS, ALIENS, ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, PREDATOR, PROMETHEUS: OMEGA): Paul Tobin, Chris Roberson, Joshua Williamson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Dave Palumbo

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. ST THE LAST OF US, THE ART OF THE LAST OF US, THE ART OF UNCHARTED TRILOGY: Neil Druckmann

FRIDAY, JULY 10

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. FS USAGI YOJIMBO, 47 RONIN: Stan Sakai

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. ST ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. FS THE SHAOLIN COWBOY, THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT: Geof Darrow

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. ST THE WITCHER: Paul Tobin, Rafal Jaki, Damien Monnier

12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. FS AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Gene Luen Yang (WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ST THE COURAGEOUS PRINCESS: Rod Espinosa
AGE OF REPTILES: Ricardo Delgado

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. ST THE PAYBACKS: Donny Cates, Eliot Rahal

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. FS HELLBOY IN HELL, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D., BALTIMORE: Mike Mignola

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. ST EI8HT: Rafael Albuquerque, Mike Johnson

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. FS DARK MATTER CAST SIGNING: Melissa O’Neil (Two), Anthony Lemke (Three), Jodelle Ferland (Five), Roger Cross (Six)

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. ST ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR: Alex de Campi, Colleen Coover

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. FS THE STRAIN: Guillermo del Toro, Mike Huddleston, E. M. Gist (WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. ST CONCRETE PARK: Erika Alexander, Tony Puryear

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. FS GRENDEL VS. THE SHADOW: Matt Wagner, Brennan Wagner

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. ST LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FS KING TIGER: Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley, Michael Heisler

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. ST TOMB RAIDER: Corinna Bechko

SATURDAY, JULY 11

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. ST JUNGLE TALES OF TARZAN: Sergio Cariello, Steven E. Gordon, Diana Leto, Carlos Argüello-Süllow, Mark Wheatley, Daren Bader, Thomas Yeates

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. FS ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. ST COLONUS: Ken Pisani

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. FS THE GOON, CHIMICHANGA: Eric Powell

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ST DEATH HEAD: Nick Keller, Zack Keller

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. ST TBA!

1:30 p.m.–2:50 p.m. FS SERENITY, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH: Joss Whedon (WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. ST MASS EFFECT: Mike Gamble, Chris Wynn, Ian Frazier, Reid Buckmaster

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. FS MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. ST MIRROR’S EDGE: Christofer Emgård

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. FS CREEPY, EERIE: Dan Braun

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. ST DRAGON AGE: Mike Laidlaw, Ben Gelinas, Nick Thornborrow

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. FS GIRLFIEND: Jacob Pander, Arnold Pander

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. ST HARROW COUNTY: Cullen Bunn

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FS MULAN: REVELATIONS: Marc Andreyko, Robert Alter

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. ST MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, 2 SISTERS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt
SUNDAY, JULY 12

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. FS ITTY BITTY HELLBOY, AW YEAH COMICS!, GRIMMISS ISLAND: Art Baltazar, Franco

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. ST EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

11:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m. FS FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, David Mack (WRISTBAND REQUIRED. One minicomic per wristband will be provided, or you may bring a Fight Club 2 comic. No other items allowed. Other restrictions may apply.)

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ST EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Rob Reger, Buzz Parker

1:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m. FS LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, TOMB RAIDER: Gail Simone

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. FS TWO BROTHERS, DE:TALES: Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. ST MASS EFFECT: Mike Gamble, Chris Wynn, Ian Frazier, Reid Buckmaster

DARK HORSE PANEL SCHEDULE

Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and our partners! Please visit http://www.comic-con.org/cci/programming-schedule for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.

THURSDAY, JULY 9

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. DARK HORSE PRESENTS (Room 23ABC)

For years, Dark Horse has brought the creations of the most talented creators in the comics industry to stands—and now’s your chance to jump onboard! Join Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson as he heads up a panel of Dark Horse’s incredible creative talent, including Rafael Albuquerque (EI8HT), Cullen Bunn (Harrow County), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Paul Tobin (Colder), Gene Ha (Mae), and more!
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. DARK HORSE ORIGINALS: THE NEW MAINSTREAM (Room 23ABC)

Comics literature is the new mainstream, and Dark Horse Originals covers it all—from post–Depression era America in The New Deal to the return of Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon with Two Brothers. Join panelistsGabriel Bá and Fábio Moon, Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), and Colleen Coover (Bandette) as they discuss pushing the boundaries of what comics can accomplish in literature.

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. DARK HORSE MANGA! (Room 9)

Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Oh My Goddess!, Lone Wolf & Cub, Blood Blockade Battlefront, and many more! Now Dark Horse continues to publish some of the industry’s best-selling titles, like Neon Genesis Evangelion, Oreimo: Kuroneko, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Satoshi Kon’s Opus, Unofficial Hatsune Mix(as seen on David Letterman), and the works of the creative powerhouse CLAMP. Join us for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

Dark Horse Partner Panels
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. SPOTLIGHT ON ART BALTAZAR AND FRANCO AURELIANI (Room 4)

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. MONKEYBRAIN COMICS (Room 28DE)

7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. DARK MATTER (Room 6BCF)

FRIDAY, JULY 10
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. NICKELODEON AND DARK HORSE COMICS PRESENT: AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER AND THE LEGEND OF KORRA (Room 25ABC)

Please come celebrate Nickelodeon’s Avatar universe with the brilliant minds who created it all: cocreators and executive producers Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Mike and Bryan will discuss past story lines and tease the future at a panel full of surprises and behind-the-scenes stories!
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. BEHIND THE SCENES: MAKING COMICS (Room 23ABC)

Comics professionals come together to discuss their unique contributions to this beloved medium. In this panel moderated by Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly), topics include creating engaging characters with Alex de Campi (Grindhouse), transitioning from artist to writer/artist with Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), and going from self-publishing to book deal with Colleen Coover (Bandette). Sure to be a great panel for the budding cartoonist eager to explore the craft of making comics!

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. FROM CONSOLE TO COMICS: THE ART OF VIDEO GAMES (Room 7AB)

Your favorite video games have expanded beyond your screen and into comics! Join Dark Horse editor Dave Marshall and special guests Nick Thornborrow (BioWare’s Dragon Age), Rafa? Jaki (CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher), Paul Tobin (The Witcher, PopCap’s Plants vs. Zombies), Corinna Bechko (Tomb Raider),Christofer Emgård (DICE’s Mirror’s Edge), and others as they discuss bringing some of gaming’s most popular titles—including World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, Halo, and more—to comics and art books.

Dark Horse Partner Panels
10:30 a.m.–11:20 a.m. EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS’ WORLDS OF ADVENTURE (Room 8)

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. THE REVENGE OF CLASSIC COMIC COLLECTIONS PANEL (Room 32AB)

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. BREAKING INTO COMICS AND STAYING IN (Room 30CDE)

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. WHAT DOES AN EDITOR DO? (Room 32AB)

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. MANGA PUBLISHING INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLE (Room 4)

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. THE POWER OF SUPERFANDOM (Room 14A)
SATURDAY, JULY 11

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. DARK HORSE TAKES OVER THE WORLD (Room 7AB)

From Hellboy to Fight Club 2, there are a lot of reasons for Dark Horse fans to get excited for the coming year in comics. Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson and Dark Horse creators Mike Mignola, Chuck Palahniuk, Jeff Lemire, Eric Powell, and Matt Kindt bring fans a sneak peek of what to pick up at Comic-Con and beyond.
4:45 p.m.–5:30 p.m. DARK HORSE PRESENTS: AN AFTERNOON WITH JOSS WHEDON (Hall H)

Joss Whedon has rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plot lines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here’s your chance to find out what he has in store for us next and get exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and much, much more!

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2 (Room 5AB)

Acclaimed novelist Chuck Palahniuk continues one of his most beloved works with Fight Club 2! Join Dark Horse for a discussion of the creation of this story with Chuck Palahniuk, editor Scott Allie, artist David Mack, and artist Cameron Stewart.
Dark Horse Partner Panels
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. AGE CATEGORIES (San Diego Central Library)

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. LIBRARIAN/EDUCATOR FALL 2015 KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL BUZZ (San Diego Central Library)

4:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. CHILDHOOD DREAMS COME TRUE: WRITING LICENSED CHARACTERS (30CDE)

5:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. LIBRARIAN TALKBACK (San Diego Central Library)

5:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. SPOTLIGHT ON CRAIG YOE (Room 4)

8:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m. CREEPY AND EERIE UNLEASHED (Room 25ABC)
SUNDAY, JULY 12
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. KIDS & COMICS: DARK HORSE COMICS FOR ALL AGES (Room 24ABC)

Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Steve Sunu (publicity coordinator, Dark Horse Comics), Art Baltazar and Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy), Rod Espinosa (The Courageous Princess), and Jeremy Vanhoozer (PopCap, Plants vs. Zombies) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics—including Avatar: The Last Airbender, Plants vs. Zombies, and more!

Dark Horse Partner Panels
10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m. EMILY THE STRANGE PANEL EXPERIENCE (Room 32AB)

 

San Diego Comic Con 2014 Con Report!

On July 23-27th, San Diego was host to the 2014 San Diego Comic Con! After 10 years of attending this show, I was definitely looking forward to seeing what sort of amazing spectacles Comic Con had in store for me this year. After a week of recovery from the show, I had to admit, compared to all the other Comic Cons, this one was a bit more low key. There weren’t many major announcements on the movie front, and while there were some exciting TV shows on hand, I definitely didn’t feel the major buzz I typically do at SDCC.

However, like all previous Comic Cons, it’s a great time to mingle with artists, writers, and friends you never get to mingle with anywhere else outside of SDCC. It was fun watching the stars come on the show floor, watching artists draw some amazing commissions, and seeing the amazing exhibits some of the booths displayed, including all of the Batman cowls celebrating the Caped Crusader’s 75th birthday, as well as some very cool props from the latest movies. While it lacked that extra spark that San Diego usually brings to the table, it still was, is and always will be THE place to be. And now, on to some of the sights I saw during the weekend.

The line on preview night to get inside the show floor!

 

The con was generous enough to provide free wifi for those waiting upstairs!

 

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Hall H line is thrilled to go inside!

 

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The awesome Constantine display out by the Gaslamp District!

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The awesome Batman statue in the middle of the DC booth.

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The Christian Bale and George Clooney Batman costumes.

 

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The Batfleck cowl.

 

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The Batcycle at the Lego booth!

 

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Groot and Rocket staring me down from the Lego booth.

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An amazing Rocket Raccoon statue!

More GotG props at the Marvel booth!

What a bunch of A-holes…

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Don’t touch Lola!

 

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Alex Ross’ booth had this beautiful painting available for sale.

 

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Heritage Auctions brought this historic page to display. Jaw dropping!

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Star Wars toy set up in amazing fashion!

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Adam West greeting the crowds of SDCC!

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Kelley Jones doing a live Batman drawing demo!

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Arthur Adams doing what he does best: drawing masterpieces!

Amazing Hulk cover for sale!

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Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr., and Klaus Janson, the Superman team signing at the DC booth!

Jock and Guillermo Del Toro signing Jock’s Pan Labyrinth print at Mondo booth!

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Mondo displayed their latest foray into pop culture: toys!

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Speaking of toys, here’s Todd McFarlane with his new Walking Dead line!

Lee Bermejo talking to a customer about his Joker pages!

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Bruce Timm drawing some amazing head sketches!

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Loki’s scepter makes an appearance at the Marvel booth!

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The amazing reveal for Avengers 2!

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The Avengers cast signing at the Marvel booth was insane!

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The biggest news of the weekend: WW’s costume! (photo credit to WB studios)

I didn’t take a lot of cosplay pics this year, but here’s a few that stood out!

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In all my years of Comic Con, I’ve never seen this: Live action karaoke!

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Gwen Stacy lugging around a Spidey backpack!

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An elaborate Vanellope costume complete with car!

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Batman better look out for Superman…

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Great Shrek costumes!

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There’s Waldo!

By far the coolest: Raven with glowing eyes!

By far the coolest: Raven with glowing eyes!

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My happiest moment at SDCC!

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A beautiful sunset caps another year of SDCC! See you all next year!

IDW Announces SDCC 2014 Exclusives & Debuts

Press Release:

idw-sdcc14There is something for everyone on this year’s IDW San Diego Comic Con International exclusives list! See below for the must-haves from IDW and download the ultimate IDW 2014 SDCC Exclusives Shopping Guide PDF (www.idwpublishing.com) for full descriptions and cover images.

A few exclusives are available for pre-order from IDW’s webstore (shop.idwpublishing.com) beginning today, July 7. Fans that preorder will be able to pick up their books from the IDW booth, #2643. All exclusives will be available during show hours at the booth, see you there!

ARTIST’S EDITION EXCLUSIVES

Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: Artist’s Edition Variant HC
Mike Mignola is one of the preeminent comics creators of the past 25 years and Hellboy, his iconic creation, struck a meteoric chord with fans from the very start and has not abated in the 20 years since his debut. Featuring a variant cover from Mignola himself, only available at SDCC!
$125, Limited to 100 copies, 2 per person
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE

Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen: Artifact Edition Variant HC
Watchmen has been called the greatest graphic novel of all time. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created a story and graphic narrative unlike anything that preceded it, and revitalized the entire art form that followed. Featuring a variant cover from Dave Gibbons, who’ll be signing all 5 days of the Con at the IDW booth!
$100, Limited to 225 copies, 2 per person
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE

Walter Simonson’s Thor: Artist Edition Variant HC (2nd Printing)
IDW, in cooperation with MARVEL Comics, proudly presents Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s Edition, collecting seven complete issues of Simonson’s transcendent run on The Mighty Thor, including the groundbreaking first arc that introduced Beta Ray Bill. Featuring a variant cover by the Mighty Walter Simonson!
$100, Limited to 125 copies, 2 per person
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE

Also, look for the show debut of the Steranko Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition HC! And watch for Mike Mignola, Dave Gibbons, Walter Simonson, and Jim Steranko ALL signing in the IDW booth!

GODS, MONSTERS, AND ROBOTS! (Oh My!)

Ragnarok #1 Variant
With a matte cover and spot-varnish treatment of Walter Simonson’s menacing Thor sketch, this convention exclusive will not last long!
$10, Limited to 400 copies, 5 per person

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft #1 B&W Variant
Relive the acclaimed series’ frightful beginning in black & white for the first time! Gabriel Rodriguez’s original line work is on full display in this very special convention exclusive!
$10, Limited to 900 copies, 5 per person

Locke & Key: The Covers of Gabriel Rodriguez Variant HC
This convention exclusive displays an original blue-line pencils and inks cover by Gabriel Rodriguez for the show debut of this Locke & Key covers collection!
$40, Limited to 100 copies, 2 per person
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE

Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland Variant HC
This special convention variant features a bloody exclusive cover by Locke & Key co-creator and artist, Gabriel Rodriguez for Joe Hill’s original new comic miniseries hardcover collection.
$40, Limited to 100 copies, 2 per person
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE

Monster Motors Variant Edition
Ghostbusters artist Dan Schoening provides a convention exclusive cover celebrating the madness that is Comic-Con for Brian Lynch’s newest IDW project!
$10, Limited to 200 copies, 5 per person

Winterworld #1 Variant
All-new stories based on the Chuck Dixon/Jorge Zaffino classic with Dixon returning to script and Butch Guice doing some of the best work of his illustrious artistic career. Convention exclusive cover featuring Wynn, by Will Rosado!
$5, Limited to 200 copies, 5 per person

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 Variant
There will be two convention exclusive covers to collect for the premiere issue of this jaw-dropping new series:
– Line art cover by none other than Rob Liefeld – $5, Limited to 200 copies, 5 per person
– Full-color wrap around cover by series artist and co-writer, Tom Scioli -$5, Limited to 400 copies, 5 per person

Also, watch out for the blank sketch edition of Transformers vs. G.I. JOE #1, as well as the three variant covers on sale with Diamond Comic Distributors!

GI Joe: Silent Interlude Variant HC
The convention exclusive of G.I. JOE #21 remastered from the original art and lovingly recolored with Larry Hama’s original layouts and Steve Leialoha’s finishes featuring a homage cover to the famous issue by superstar artist, Ashley Wood.
$40, Limited to 100 copies, 2 per person
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE

Metal Gear Solid Deluxe Variant HC
Get your convention exclusive copy, with front and back cover artwork by Ashley Wood, of this oversized collection of the entire series from celebrated artists Ashley Wood and Rufus Dayglo,
$75, Limited to 100 copies, 2 per person
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE

FOR SHELL HEADS (AKA TMNT FANS)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th Anniversary Special Variant
Don’t miss out on the special convention exclusive cover by The Manhattan Projects artist, Nick Pitarra for this spectacular anthology of all-new tales from the comic creators who have most influenced the Turtles over the decades!
$10, Limited to 300 copies, 5 per person
A Blank Sketch Cover also available!
$10, Limited to 900 copies, 5 per person

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Original (Mirage) #1 Reissue
This special convention exclusive issue re-presents the very first debut issue, from 1984, with co-creator Kevin Eastman’s original coloring with cover options:
– Pencils by Eastman, Inks by TMNT co-creator Peter Laird – $10, Limited to 900 copies, 5 per person
– Pencils by Eastman, signed by Kevin himself! – $25, Limited to 200 copies, 5 per person

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Collection Variant HC Vol. 5
This black & white convention exclusive cover by Kevin Eastman matches the four previous volumes that have all had the same treatment as convention exclusives.
$50, Limited to 200 copies, 2 per person
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE

FOR KIDS OF EVERY AGE

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #21 Exclusive Pony Pack Edition
Featuring an 8 page story unavailable ANYWHERE ELSE! The villainous Mane-iac takes over the cover to this convention exclusive that comes complete with your first look inside the My Little Pony Annual 2014, featuring the debut of the super-heroic Pony Pack!
$10, Limited to 500 copies, 5 per person

Angry Birds Comics #1 Variant
Cosplaying piggies grace this convention exclusive cover by Jon Sommariva for the world’s most popular mobile game franchise comic book debut! Featuring fun-filled, action packed stories from Eisner-nominee Jeff Parker and Eisner Award-winner Paul Tobin, this is a must-get book!
$5, Limited to 300 copies, 5 per person
A Blank Sketch Cover also available!
$10, Limited to 500 copies, 5 per person

Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! #1 Variant
The San Diego Convention Center is invaded by characters from across the Cartoon Network universe in this convention exclusive variant cover by series artist, Derek Charm!
$5, Limited to 300 copies, 5 per person
A Blank Sketch Cover also available!
$10, Limited to 400 copies, 5 per person

Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War!: Johnny Bravo One-Shot Variant
Grab this convention exclusive cover by the creator of Johnny Bravo, Van Partible, for the first of five one-shots tying directly into the Super Secret Crisis War!
$5, Limited to 200 copies, 5 per person

Skylanders #0
The comic debut of Skylanders! Unavailable anywhere else!! This Zero Issue focuses on all your fan-favorite characters and featuring a prequel story tying directly into the new Skylanders Trap Team videogame. The convention exclusive cover by Fico Ossio and David Garcia Cruz features Spyro, Stealth Elf, and Trigger Happy.
$5, Limited to 700 copies, 5 per person

A TOY & A KEY (COLLECTIBLES)

Paschaborg 001 (3A Toy)
From Count Kriegstein’s imagination straight to your hearts is PASCHABORG 001! Exclusively available through IDW Publishing, PASCHABORG 001 is Ashley Wood’s 2014 San Diego Comic-Con offering. We suggest you pre-order yours now because she won’t last long!
$150, Limited to 100 pieces, 1 per person
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE: http://3a.idwpublishing.com

Locke & Key: Alpha Key
The highly sought after keys made by Skelton Crew Studios, modeled after Gabriel Rodriguez’s designs in Locke & Key, return to the IDW Booth at San Diego Comic-Con with the specially plated edition of the Alpha Key.
$25, Limited to 100 pieces, 1 per person

Look for more news soon from IDW on San Diego Comic-Con International! You won’t believe the list of creators we’ve got coming. Here’s a hint, a whole bunch of them have books on this list!

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About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.

Boom! Studios Returns For Its 9th SDCC

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Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios and its imprints, KaBOOM!, BOOM! Box, and Archaia, announced today it will return to exhibit at Comic-Con International in San Diego (San Diego Comic-Con, as it’s commonly called, or SDCC), to be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California July 23-27, 2014.

BOOM! and its imprints can be found at Booth #2229 on the show floor and will host an army of creators for signings. Scheduled to appear are:

  • Bob Scott (PEANUTS)
  • Chris Miskiewicz (THOMAS ALSOP)
  • Christopher Sebela (DEAD LETTERS)
  • Collin Kelly (HACKTIVIST)
  • David Petersen (MOUSE GUARD)
  • Elena Casagrande (SUICIDE RISK)
  • Eric Powell (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA)
  • Frank Barbiere (BLACK MARKET)
  • Frank Gibson (THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL)
  • Grace Ellis (LUMBERJANES)
  • Ian Herring (HACKTIVIST)
  • Jackson Lanzing (HACKTIVIST)
  • James Tynion IV (THE WOODS)
  • Jeff Stokely (TRANSLUCID)
  • Jeremy Sorese (STEVEN UNIVERSE)
  • Joshua Williamson (ROBOCOP)
  • Max Bemis (EVIL EMPIRE, POLARITY)
  • Marcus To (HACKTIVIST)
  • Megan Hutchison (AN AURORA GRIMEON STORY: WILL O’ THE WISP)
  • Michael Alan Nelson (DAY MEN, 28 DAYS LATER, PROTOCOL: ORPHANS)
  • Natasha Allegri (BEE AND PUPPYCAT, ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA AND CAKE)
  • Noelle Stevenson (LUMBERJANES)
  • Palle Schmidt (THOMAS ALSOP)
  • Paul Jenkins (DEATHMATCH, FAIRY QUEST)
  • Royden Lepp (RUST)
  • Shannon Watters (LUMBERJANES)
  • Tyson Hesse (THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL)
  • Vanesa R. Del Rey (THE EMPTY MAN, HIT)
  • Vicki Scott (PEANUTS)
There will also be a few surprise guests throughout the show. A signing schedule will be released before the start of SDCC.
In addition, the BOOM! Studios booth will host sketch artists all weekend, including:
  • Coleman Engle (STEVEN UNIVERSE, BEE AND PUPPYCAT)
  • Ian McGinty (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS, BRAVEST WARRIORS)
  • Jen Bennett  (ADVENTURE TIME 2013 SPOOOKTACULAR, ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS)
  • MAD Rupert (REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS, ADVENTURE TIME: BANANA GUARD ACADEMY)
  • Travis Hill (ADVENTURE TIME)

For $30, fans can request and purchase custom sketches to be drawn on blank Get-A-Sketch covers.

BOOM! will have a wide selection of exclusive variants available for purchase at its booth (while supplies last), including:

AT Banana Guard Academy #1 SDCC
ADVENTURE TIME: BANANA GUARD ACADEMY #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Coleman Engle
Writer: Kent Osborne
Artist: Mad Rupert

Not only are the Banana Guards hilarious as the Candy Kingdom’s protectors, but this series is written by Kent Osborne, one of the longtime writers of the ADVENTURE TIME show. Turns out that there is a lot to being a Banana Guard—but being a Banana is not mandatory. This crazy adventure follows Root Beer Guy as he starts his search for new recruits among Ooo’s citizens. Only the best will do in his quest to protect the Candy Kingdom!
Amazing World of Gumball #1 SDCC
THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Coleman Engle
Writer: Frank Gibson
Artist: Tyson Hesse
Gumball, Darwin, and all of their friends take on the world of comics! Gumball thinks he’s the coolest kid on the block, but his little sister Anais begs to differ, and Darwin just wants to keep them all out of trouble. There’s always another adventure to be had in their mixed-up world!
Regular Show #13 SDCC
REGULAR SHOW #13
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Coleman Engle
Writer: Minty Lewis
Artist: Allison Strejlau
If you’re a fan of REGULAR SHOW, then this is definitely something you don’t want to miss: storyboard artist and the voice for Eileen, Minty Lewis, will be writing this issue. And if you haven’t seen the show, who better to show you around the Park? Mordecai and Rigby are put in charge of decorating the park for the annual park party and it’s the only job Benson is sure they can’t screw up. A small fire, three missing children, and a crashed blimp later, things are only going to get worse and the party hasn’t even started yet.
STEVEN UNIVERSE #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Coleman Engle
Writer: Jeremy Sorese
Artist: Coleman Engle

Steven really wants to enter the annual Beach City Bike Race but everyone else is a little worried. Steven just makes the cut-off for age, which means the other bikers will be a lot older than him. Connie agrees to help Steven the old-fashioned way through good ol’ exercise but Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl have other plans…


All four of the above covers connect to form one image!

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Jeremy Sorese
Writers: Natasha Allegri, Garrett Jackson
Artist: Natasha Allegri

It’s a quirky new take on the magical girl genre with Bee, the forever unemployed main character who can’t seem to figure out life, and the mysterious PuppyCat, a stray…whatever it is…that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret. Fighting bad guys has never been so funny.


BRAVEST WARRIORS 2014 IMPOSSIBEAR SPECIAL

$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Jeremy Sorese
Writers: Kevin Panetta, Nikki Mannino, Jeremy Sorese, Kevin Church, Kat Leyh
Artists: Paulina Ganucheau, Nikki Mannino, Jeremy Sorese, Jess Fink, Kat Leyh

If there is one sassy fur ball in BRAVEST WARRIORS that deserves it’s own comic dedicated to how awesome he is, it’s Impossibear.  Impossibear and Catbug are up to no good with the Bravest Warriors off on a mission! But have no fear, there are plenty of shenanigans to be had!


The BEE AND PUPPYCAT and BRAVEST WARRIORS covers connect to form one image!


ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS MATHEMATICAL HC
$50, limited to 250 copies
Cover by Tessa Stone
Writer: Meredith Gran
Artist: Meredith Gran

Thanks to a newfound interest in rock ‘n’ roll, Princess Bubblegum volunteers to manage Marceline’s paranormal rock band for a pivotal tour across the land of Ooo! But when the band is threatened by everything from snobby scenesters to beasts born of self-doubt, can they hold it together and make it to the RADDEST GIG EVER in time, and manage to stay friends throughout the process?! Written and illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Meredith Gran (OCTOPUS PIE) and featuring short stories from several indie comics superstars, including Jen Wang (KOKO BE GOOD) and FRIENDS WITH BOYS cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks! This totally mathematical hardcover edition features never-before-seen extras, including an inside look at the making of MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS!


ADVENTURE TIME: EYE CANDY VOL. 1 ENCHIRIDION HC
$50, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Zack Sterling
Artists: Various

Debuting at San Diego Comic-Con! Be the envy of all of your fellow Adventure Time fans with this breathtaking collection of all of the stunning ADVENTURE TIME cover artwork featured in issues #1-16. Now there’s one spot where art fans and ADVENTURE TIME fans alike can see every cover image produced to date in this stunning, oversized hardcover cover gallery! In addition to showcasing each breathtaking cover image, this volume also includes process pieces showing how an ADVENTURE TIME cover is created. Don’t miss out on this must-have for every ADVENTURE TIME fan!


THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL: THE TASKS MINI-COMIC
$30, limited to 550 copies
Cover by Jon Chad
Writer: Jon Chad
Artist: Jon Chad

After 2012’s Adventure Time and last year’s Regular Show mini-comics, Jon Chad has set his sights on The Amazing World of Gumball. In this spectacular fold-out mini-comic, Gumball and Darwin take on the world of video games. Plus, it comes packaged in a one-of-a-kind video game cartridge!
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Adam Hughes
Writers: John Carpenter, Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla

This is the first time any new BIG TROUBLE stories have been officially told, and we have the film’s original director, John Carpenter, working with Eric Powell (THE GOON) on the story. Jack Burton, a macho, truck-driving adventurer, finds a stowaway hiding on  his rig, The Pork Chop Express, but that soon becomes the least of his troubles. He helped his best friend Wang save his fiancée from the clutches of a demon, but now the wedding has been invaded by more evil forces with one thing on their minds—revenge against Jack Burton!


DAWN OF THE PLANET APES: CONTAGION

$5, Convention Exclusive
Cover by Garry Brown
Writer: Caleb Monroe
Artist: Tom Derenick

Set directly after the events of 20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes film, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES: CONTAGION follows the story of Ellie (played by Keri Russell in the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes film) as she struggles to find a cure for the pandemic before it claims her daughter forever. In this self-contained, one-shot issue, we see a slice of the descent of mankind as they succumb to the Simian Flu pandemic from the perspective of the CDC and various doctors and scientists trying to stop the outbreak.

THE EMPTY MAN #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Vanesa R. Del Rey
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey

It’s been one year since the first reported case of the Empty Man disease, and no drug has been able to slow its progress. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia, followed by death, or a near lifeless, “empty” state of catatonia. As murder cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter a  joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cult and uncover a cure.


HACKTIVIST HC SDCC EXCLUSIVE BOOKPLATE EDITION

Free with purchase of HACKTIVIST hardcover, limited to 200 copies
Bookplate illustration by Marcus To and Ian Herring
Writers: Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly
Artists: Marcus To, Ian Herring

The convention debut of Archaia’s HACKTIVIST collected hardcover features an exclusive San Diego Comic-Con tip-in bookplate signed by the creator of the title, actress Alyssa Milano. This is a story about friendship and freedom in a time of war, stunningly illustrated by fan-favorite artist Marcus To (CYBORG 009, New Warriors, Red Robin) and Eisner Award-nominated colorist Ian Herring (JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, CYBORG 009, Ms. Marvel). Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are the young, brilliant co-founders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world connects with each other. But they are also “sve_Urs3lf,” the largest black-hat hacking group on the planet. When their operation is discovered by the U.S. Government, and their company is taken over by military contracts and the CIA, Ed and Nate must face the real world beyond the code and choose between friendship and what they believe to be right.

JIM HENSON’S THE MUSICAL MONSTERS OF TURKEY HOLLOW PREVIEW
$15, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Roger Langridge
Writers: Jim HensonJerry Juhl, Roger Langridge
Artist: Roger Langridge
An exclusive look at the Lost Television Special from Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl, adapted by Eisner Award-winner Roger Langridge. Featuring 20 oversized pages from the upcoming original graphic novel, photos of the original puppets from The Jim Henson Archives, and character designs by Roger Langridge and Ian Herring.

Turkey Hollow is a picturesque town where hundreds of years ago, unbeknownst to the citizens, a meteorite landed near a small brook on the outskirts of town. One Thanksgiving, while young Timmy Henderson practices his guitar, he’s accompanied by strange, unearthly, musical sounds. That meteorite wasn’t a rock at all but an egg holding seven furry, goofy monsters, each with a unique musical sound! After the initial shock, Timmy befriends the lovable creatures, who follow him all around Turkey Hollow. Not everyone takes a liking to the visitors, though, and it’s up to Timmy to protect his new friends and save Thanksgiving!


LUMBERJANES #4

$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Noelle Stevenson
Writers: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis
Artist: Brooke Allen

After a lot of convincing, the girls are able to agree to get Jen to take them on a hike. Making their way up to the tower and hoping to finally get some answers, they make their way closer only to be stopped by the neighboring boy camp! April, Mal, Molly, Jo, and Ripley have to figure out how to get to the tower, even if they have to use Jen as a distraction to do it.


PEANUTS #19
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Charles M. Schulz
Writers: Charles Schulz, Andy Beall, Vicki Scott, Bob Scott
Artists: Charles Schulz, Paige Braddock, Vicki Scott

After years without contact, Snoopy begins the journey of a lifetime, travelling through Kansas City in search of his beloved sister, Belle. “Finding Belle” and many more adventures await you within this month’s issue of PEANUTS. This features the debut of Belle, Snoopy’s sister, in the KaBOOM! comics, both on the cover and in the issue.


ROBOCOP #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Darick Robertson (with colors by Diego Rodriguez)
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carlos Magno

A deadly and charismatic criminal, Killian, is released from jail. He went into the slammer before RoboCop hit the streets. Now he wants to take out the biggest cop in the city. When OCP wants to take guns off the street, Killian sees it as his opportunity to take on the former Alex Murphy!


SIX-GUN GORILLA HARDCOVER
$30, limited to 250 copies
Cover by Chris Weston
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Jeff Stokely

The hardcover edition of the SIX-GUN GORILLA is available only at the BOOM! Studios booth at conventions. Limited to 250 copies, this edition includes 16 extra pages of backmatter bound in a gorgeous burgundy leatherette with a foil-stamped cover and all-new cover art from Chris Weston. Welcome to “the Blister,” a bizarre other-world colonized by humans sometime in the 22nd century, which quickly became a hotly contested source of fertile land and natural resources long ago exhausted on Earth. In this new frontier, a rogue gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future. The fact that said gunslinger is a bio-surgically modified silverback gorilla toting a pair of enormous revolvers is neither here nor there…

TEEN DOG ZINE
Free with $10 purchase of BOOM! Box titles
Cover by Jake Lawrence
Writer: Jake Lawrence
Artist: Jake Lawrence
BOOM! Box’s newest series, TEEN DOG, launches in September, but you can get your first look here in this eight-page, black-and-white preview zine. It’s free with a $10 or more purchase of BOOM! Box titles, including MIDAS FLESH and LUMBERJANES. Skateboards, football games, prom…your teenage years have got nothin’ on the raddest dude that’s ever graced a denim vest. Written and illustrated by Jake Lawrence (Time Cowboy), join Teen Dog and his best friend Mariella as they tackle typical teen life with a manic twist. Growing up is an adventure, and you might as well rock it!

THE WOODS #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Jeff Stokely
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.

LUMBERJANES SCOUT BADGES
$20, limited to 500 sets
Artist: Kate Leth

A set of four, iron-on patches taken straight from the pages of LUMBERJANES, designed by Kate Leth. The set includes patches for the Naval Gauging Badge, Pungeon Master Badge, Up All Night Badge, and the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive CON-Quistador Badge. Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things.

For more information on San Diego Comic-Con, visit their website at http://www.comic-con.org/cci.

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS

Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

Nerd HQ Returns to SDCC 2013

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Press Release:

Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine, a multimedia company that brings the best of apparel, accessories, and both long and short form video content to its global clientele, announced today that Nerd HQ will return to San Diego July 18th-21st in a new location, Petco Park (100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101), home of the San Diego Padres.

Over the last three years, Nerd HQ has continually expanded and given fans a unique experience while in San Diego for the international comic book and entertainment festival. This year Nerd HQ will again provide fans with a home base where they can experience cutting edge technology and gaming showcases, exciting autograph signings, cornerstone events and exclusive parties, including Levi’s annual NERD Party.

“With the move to Petco Park, we can bring fans an even bigger, more dynamic experience during Nerd HQ 2013.” said Zachary Levi, Founder of The Nerd Machine. “Moving to the ballpark is a major step in the growth of Nerd HQ and will allow us to expand our tradition of offering exclusive access to new games, technology, and the opportunity for intimate conversations with some of the Hollywood’s most influential celebrities and creatives.”

Returning this year is the very popular philanthropic panel series, “Conversations for a Cause” which will stream through The Nerd Machine YouTube page, NerdMachineTV. Last year’s panels raised $140,000 for Operation Smile and consisted of some of the most talked about films, television shows and video games, including: “Chuck,” “Doctor Who,” “Grimm,” “NTSF,” “Robot Chicken,” “The Man with the Iron Fists,” “Expendables 2,” “Tomb Raider” and “Twilight.” Panelists included many of today’s top actors, actresses and film and game makers including Ashley Greene, Guillermo del Toro, Jason Ritter, Jared Padalecki, Joss Whedon, Kellan Lutz, Lucy Liu, Nathan Fillion, RZA, Seth Green, Stan Lee, Terry Crews, and Zachary Levi, among many others. This year’s panels, which will be announced in the coming days, are sure to bring fun surprises and intriguing discussions. Individual tickets will sell for $22, with proceeds benefiting Operation Smile. For more information, schedule updates and tickets please visit www.thenerdmachine.com.

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ABOUT THE NERD MACHINE – The Nerd Machine is a multimedia company dedicated in bringing its global clientele the best of apparel, accessories, software, hardware, music, and both long and short form video content. We not only put a premium on customer satisfaction and input but also collaboration, as we believe that some of the very best ideas may come out of the very community we serve. Our goal is to nurture an environment where community interaction thrives, creating the best and most forward thinking products available on the market. And, philosophically speaking, spearheading a “mission of redefinition” that changes the global perception of what a nerd is, and thereby allow everyone to celebrate the nerd in themselves. The question is: What are you nerdy about?

Splash Page Comic Art Welcomes Joe Quinones

February 19, 2013 by  
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Press Release:

Splash Page Comic Art would like to welcome Joe Quinones to our family of talented artists!

Joe Quinones is a relative newcomer to the industry, having first been published by DC Comics for their now defunct Teen Titans GO series in 2007. He is probably best known for his collaboration with writer Kurt Busiek on the Green Lantern serial for Mark Chiarello’s Eisner Award-winning Wednesday Comics. Since then, Joe has illustrated a number of covers and short stories for DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse, with a current cover run on Captain Marvel. Joe also has some unannounced interior work on the horizon, as well as a Zatanna/Black Canary graphic novel, written by Paul Dini, due out at the end of 2013.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW JOE’S GALLERY

I just added new Walking Dead art by Charlie Adlard and Wonder Woman art by Cliff Chiang to the website.

John McCrea Gallery- Just added some great splashes and interior pages from Deadpool, vintage Hitman pages from Garth Ennis’ series, plus The Boys and related books.

Charlie Adlard Gallery – The interior pages of Walking Dead Issue 107 are up for sale in Charlie’s gallery.

Cliff Chiang Gallery – I added interior pages to Wonder Woman Issue 16 and the cover to Issue 18.

Splash Page Comic Art Convention Schedule:

San Jose: May 18 & 19 We will be setting up at the Big Wow Comic Fest. We will be hosting the amazing talents of Lee Bermejo and Brian Azzarello at our booths at the show.

San Diego Comic Con July 17 – 21 we will be at our usual row of booths at 4400-4406.

New York Comic Con October 10-13 we will be setup and make artist announcements closer to the show.

Thanks, and stay tuned to the website for upcoming artist announcements.

Mark Hay

Splash Page Comic Art

www.splashpageart.com

Comic Con 2012 Report

Comic-Con has come and gone! While this year’s convention was bigger and more crowded than ever before, I still had the best time I’ve ever had in San Diego. Planning ahead is definitely a pre-requisite more than ever as the convention gets bigger and brings in more and more celebrities. The big signings were required to ticket which caused many fans to be left out and unless you camped out for the panel rooms you were out of luck.

One of the biggest highlights this year was getting to go to Dos Equis’s “Most Interesting Party” thanks to booth-mate Mark Hay of Splash Page Comic Art and his client Charlie Adlard, artist of The Walking Dead. Celebrity chef Craig Thornton of Wolvesmouth in Los Angeles was there to serve up a six course meal, each of which was amazing but the kicker was the dessert, shortcake topped with whipped cream infused with pop rocks! It was a very swanky event and we got to rub elbows with celebrities like professional nerd Chris Hardwick, collage artist Michael Anderson, and NFL linebacker Dhani Jones. Big thanks to Bjorn, Andrea, Melinda, and the rest of the Dos Equis team for hosting! Be sure to check out Dos Equis’s upcoming Most Interesting Academy, an initative to encourage people to follow their passions.

Then on Friday night Team CAF made a trip to Petco Park which had been overrun by the Walking Dead! We spent about 45 minutes running through the stadium, climbing over obstacles, and dodging zombies at every turn. I was caught on many occasions and quarantined as “infected” by the medical staff awaiting us at the end of the course. The zombies were quite dedicated and only broke character once when I turned and hugged one chasing me with outstretched arms to the laughs and applause of the surrounding zombies and on-looking staff.

I need to thank the many friends and complete strangers who helped me out over the course of the convention, proving that it’s always necessary to practice good karma. Special thanks go out to Bill Cox and Chris Haggard of Comic Art Fans, Ben & Jeni  DeFeo, and my roommate “DrunkN” Randy House.

(Please note any photo tagged with an asterisk (*) are courtesy of Todd Haynie. More photos at the link)

 

Avengers

 

The Wasp

Arthur & The Tick

Vampirella

 

Teen Wolf signing

 

Lady Stormtrooper

 

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

She-Ra: Princess of Power

The Scoobies

Kristen Schaal and the cast of Bob’s Burgers*

 

The Red Skull

Masters of the Universe

 

Mary Marvel

Justice League captures the Penguin

Jem

Elijah Wood and Jason Gann*

Iron Man’s armor*

 

Iron Fist

 

H. Jon Benjamin*

 

Black Canary*

 

Kevin Bacon*

 

Batgirl*

 

Archer signing*

 

Mighty Avengers

 

 

The Beguiling Books & Art at SDCC 2012

Press Release:

The Beguiling Books & Art is pleased to announce that it will once again be returning to The San Diego Comic-Con to sell a truly outstanding collection of illustrations and original comic book artwork on behalf of its represented artists. The Beguiling’s Peter Birkemoe will be on hand and exhibiting in a small corner of booth #1629, owned by venerable Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly, from Preview Night, Wednesday July 11th, through Sunday, July 15th.

The Beguiling represents original art by some of art comics’ greatest names at their online art store, including D&Q cartoonists Kevin Huizenga (Gloriana), Anders Nilsen (Big Questions), and Seth (Palookaville), and comics superstars Jeff Lemire (Essex County), Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba (Casanova), and Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim). The Beguiling will have over 400 pieces of original art on hand by 26 different artists at San Diego this year. Previews of most pages available online now at http://www.beguilingoriginalart.com/.

Highlights of this year’s mix of comics art and illustration include: 

– The Beguiling proudly announces that it will begin selling original art work from creators Pascal Girard, Matt Kindt, and Shintaro Kago! Girard is the author of the recently released graphic novel The Reunion from Drawn & Quarterly, and pages from that work and other illustrations will be on hand. Matt Kindt is the author of the graphic novels Super Spy, The Tooth, and 3:Story. His current series is MIND MGMT, an ongoing comic from Dark Horse, and art will be on hand from these and other series’! Kago is a renowned Ero-guro manga artist in Japan, and his work includes truly unique formalist experiments (and some very disturbing imagery), and has been praised by sources as diverse as Scott McCloud and Vice Magazine.

– A selection of pages from recent Drawn & Quarterly graphic novel releases, including pages from Kevin Huizenga’s Gloriana HC and The Wild Kingdom HC, Brian Ralph’s Cave-In, and Anders Nilsen’s Eisner Award nominated graphic novel Big Questions.

– Dozens of new, never-before offered pages by artist Farel Dalrymple. Including new pages from Dalrymple’s work on the series’ Prophet, Fantastic Four, Omega The Unknown, Vice Magazine, and more! So new these aren’t even on our website yet!

– Dozens of new pages by Norwegian artist Jason, from across his many popular graphic novels.

– All of the “new-since-last-Comic-Con” artwork by artists Gabriel Ba, Jeffrey Brown, Sammy Harkham, Jeff Lemire, Kagan McLeod, Fabio Moon, Marco Rudy, Maurice Vellekoop, and Zach Worton. All of these fine cartoonists have provided The Beguiling with new artwork since exhibiting at Comic-Con 2011, from across their many projects. Highlights include Jeff Lemire’s Sweeth Tooth, and the complete artwork (!) for Maurice Vellekoop’s The World of Gloria Badcock.

– A selection of quality originals by Rafael Albuquerque, Becky Cloonan, Jordan Crane, David Heatley, Miriam Katin, Jason Lutes, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Paul Pope, Michel Rabagliati, Seth, Jay Stephens, and Chip Zdarsky. With over 5,000 pieces of original art represented by The Beguiling, a selection of the best and most interesting pieces by these creators will be available for sale in San Diego.

Hate paying for shipping? If you will be at the San Diego Comic-Con and are interested in purchasing a specific piece of art from our website, we will happily bring it to the show for you. If you’d like us to bring a specific piece from our website to take a look at, please contact us at mail at beguiling dot com. Unfortunately we are not “holding” art for people unless they have purchased it outright, but we will try to accommodate all requests.

ABOUT:
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, The Beguiling is a book store and original art dealer in Toronto, Canada. We represent original art sales from over three dozen comics creators and illustrators from around the world. Almost all of the original art that The Beguiling represents is consigned by the artists, ensuring we are able to offer the widest possible selection of material and that the artists get the largest possible chunk of the proceeds. To see our collection of original art, visit us online at http://www.beguilingoriginalart.com/

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