July 25, 2012 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, California, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Comic-Con International, Everything Else, Gaming, Horror, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories
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)
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.
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.
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.
Arcana Comics has creators! Be sure to head over to the Arcana Booth, 2415, this year at San Diego Comic-Con from July 11 – 15 to meet your favorite creators! We have a HUGE number of creators at the convention this year, more than ever, and we have the signings to prove it…
Check out the signing schedule below, but be sure to come by the booth and check the official schedule, as times do change. Be prepared, too, for some special guests to be around… More info on that to come later.
Also, be sure to come by and get some of our exclusives! We’ll have the John Henry: The Steam Age SDCC Exclusive Preview Book, a special SDCC Exclusive Creepsville Preview, an SDCC Exclusive cover to The Inventor, our Cryptozoology book made in conjunction with The Asylum (who will be on hand as well), and more!!! If you’re not sure what we have, just ask at the booth. There are some amazing things going on!
And on to the signing schedule…
WEDNESDAY JULY 11TH
6:00 – 6:45 PM – Bobby Nash – Yin Yang
6:00 – 6:45 PM – Monty Borror – Red Light / Spirit Window
6:00 – 6:45 PM – Michael Mongillo – The Lost Girl
6:45 – 7:40 PM – Dwayne Harris – Amnesia / John Henry: The Steam Age
6:45 – 7:40 PM – Brandon Easton – Shadowlaw
THURSDAY JULY 12TH
10:45 – 1:30 PM – Ravé Mehta – The Inventor
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Justin Robinson – Nieves
12:00 – 1:00 PM – Josh Blaylock – Misplaced / Warstone / Blade of Kumori
1:30 – 2:15 PM – Alfonso Ruiz – Ezra: Egyptian Exchange
1:30 – 2:15 PM – Matt Wilson – Scrooge & Santa
1:30 – 2:15 PM – Josh Kenfield – Scrooge & Santa
2:15 – 3:00 PM – Erik Hendrix – The Book / SideShows / The Evil Tree / Deadly Harvest / Champions of the Wild Weird West / Intrinsic
2:15 – 3:00 PM – Amanda Rachels – The Book
2:15 – 3:00 PM – Michael David Nelsen – The Book / SideShows / Champions of the Wild Weird West / Deadly Harvest
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Sean Dulaney – 51 Delta
3:00 – 3:45 PM – John Barker – Dead Cell
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Dwayne Harris – Amnesia / John Henry: The Steam Age
3:45 – 4:30 PM – Matthew R Adams – Kord & Harley
3:45 – 4:30 PM – Scott Sanders – Burn
FRIDAY JULY 13TH
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Shannon Eric Denton – GRUNTS / GRUNTS: War Stories / Markus Fang
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Michael Mongillo – The Lost Girl
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Justin Robinson – Nieves
12:00 – 12:45 PM – Edgar Delgado – UltraDuck
12:00 – 12:45 PM – John Barker – Dead Cell
12:00 – 2:00 PM – Ravé Mehta – The Inventor
12:45 – 1:30 PM – Dwayne Harris – Amnesia / John Henry: The Steam Age
12:45 – 1:30 PM – Sean Dulaney – 51 Delta
2:00 – 3:00 PM – ************************ <– Oh, no you don’t!
3:00 – 3:45 PM – B. Alex Thompson – Amour / Blood Shells & Roses / Lethal Instinct
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Arthur Bellfield – War’s Chosen
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Matthew R Adams – Kord & Harley
3:45 – 4:30 PM – Mike Dubisch – A Field Guide to Cryptozoology
3:45 – 4:30 PM – Delia Gable – A Ninja Named Stan
3:45 – 4:30 PM – Mike Whittenberger – A Ninja Named Stan
4:30 – 5:15 PM – Ian Miller – Philosopher Rex / Redball 6
4:30 – 5:15 PM – Monty Borror – Red Light / Spirit Window
SATURDAY JULY 14TH
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Alfonso Ruiz – Ezra: Egyptian Exchange
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Mudo Vzz Martinez – El Arsenal
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Ian Miller – Philosopher Rex / Redball 6
12:00 – 12:45 PM – Brandon Easton – Shadowlaw
12:00 – 12:45 PM – Mark Poulton – A Cat Named Haiku / Koni Konfidential / Daddy’s Little Girl
12:00 – 12:45 PM – Dexter Weeks – A Cat Named Haiku / Koni Waves
12:45 – 2:15 PM – Ravé Mehta – The Inventor
12:45 – 2:15 PM – Chris “Doc” Wyatt – Creepsville
12:45 – 2:15 PM – Bill Rude – Creepsville
2:15 – 3:00 PM – Erik Hendrix – The Book / SideShows / The Evil Tree / Deadly Harvest / Champions of the Wild Weird West / Intrinsic
2:15 – 3:00 PM – Michael David Nelsen – The Book / SideShows / Champions of the Wild Weird West / Deadly Harvest
2:15 – 3:00 PM – Nick Dia – The Insomniac: Justice Never Sleeps
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Bobby Nash – Yin Yang
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Jolene Houser – The Surface
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Sean Dulaney – 51 Delta
3:45 – 4:30 PM – M. Zachary Sherman – Harry Walton
3:45 – 4:30 PM – Chris Peterson – Dragons Vs Dinosaurs
3:45 – 4:30 PM – Aaron Nelson – Marlow
4:30 – 5:15 PM – Shawn DePasquale – Space, MN
4:30 – 5:15 PM – Matt Wilson – Scrooge & Santa
4:30 – 5:15 PM – Josh Kenfield – Scrooge & Santa
SUNDAY JULY 15TH
10:30 – 11:15 AM – Monty Borror – Red Light / Spirit Window
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Delia Gable – A Ninja Named Stan
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Mike Whittenberger – A Ninja Named Stan
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Mike Dubisch – A Field Guide to Cryptozoology
12:00 – 12:45 PM – Justin Robinson – Nieves
12:00 – 12:45 PM – Chris Peterson – Dragons Vs Dinosaurs
12:00 – 12:45 PM – M. Zachary Sherman – Harry Walton
12:45 – 1:30 PM – Dwayne Harris – Amnesia / John Henry: The Steam Age
12:45 – 1:30 PM – B. Alex Thompson – Amour / Blood Shells & Roses / Lethal Instinct
12:45 – 1:30 PM – Michael Mongillo – The Lost Girl
1:30 – 3:00 PM – Ravé Mehta – The Inventor
1:30 – 2:15 PM – Arthur Bellfield – War’s Chosen
1:30 – 2:15 PM – Bobby Nash – Yin Yang
ABOUT ARCANA STUDIOS
Arcana Studios, Inc. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, with over 200 original intellectual properties, 300 graphic novels, thousands of comic issues and an ever-growing character list. Arcana has begun to adapt this library into live action feature films, animated features and episodic television series. Taking a transmedia approach to brand building and the development of intellectual properties, Arcana publishes graphic novels for North America in print, and now digitally as well. Arcana has been published and distributed in dozens different countries and translated into just as many languages across the globe.
July 6, 2012 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, California, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Comic-Con International, Convention News, Manga, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Webcomics
Dark Horse Comics announces their booth signings and panel schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2012:
Dark Horse Comics Signings (Booth #2615)
Wednesday, July 11
5:30 p.m. — Dragon Age Signing with David Gaider
6:30 p.m. — Orchid Q&A and Signing with Tom Morello and Scott Hepburn *Ticketed by drawing
8:00 p.m. — Mass Effect Signing with John Jackson Miller
Thursday, July 12
11:00 a.m.— Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller
1:00 p.m. — Angel & Faith Signing with Christos Gage
2:00 p.m. — Fatima Signing with Gilbert Hernandez
3:00 p.m. — Creator-Owned Signing with Eric Powell (The Goon), Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle), Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander (Concrete Park), and Sanford Greene (Rotten Apple)
4:00 p.m. — Tarzan 100th Anniversary Event with Thomas Yeates, Ron Ely, Joe Jusko, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. President and Archivist
5:00-7:00 p.m. — Whedonverse Meet-up and Costume Contest with Shawna Trpcic, main costume designer on Joss Whedon’s Firefly, Angel, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, and Cabin in the Woods.
Friday, July 13
10:00 a.m. — Usagi Yojimbo Signing with Stan Sakai
See a preview of the upcoming Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin game for smartphones, tablets, and desktops.
11:00 a.m. — Star Wars Signing with Mike Richardson (Crimson Empire), Dave Dorman (Crimson Empire, Darth Maul), Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley (Dark Times), Dave Wilkins (Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison), Dan Parsons (Dawn of the Jedi), John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant), Michael Atiyeh (colorist), Michael Heisler (letterer) and Tom Taylor (Darth Maul)
12:00 pm. — Valve Signing with Bill Fletcher (“Cave Johnson”), Laura Dubuk (“Caroline”), Andrew Wilson, Wade Schin, and Arsenio Navarro
12:00 p.m. — Axe Cop Signing with Ethan Nicolle
1:00 p.m. — Hellboy, B.P.R.D., and Baltimore Signing with Mike Mignola, Cameron Stewart, and Tyler Crook
1:00 p.m. — Age of Reptiles Signing with Ricardo Delgado
2:00 p.m. — Berserk Signing with Eiko Tanaka (Studio 4C CEO)
2:30 p.m. – Green River Killer Signing with Jeff Jensen
3:00 p.m. – Domo Signing with Domo creator Tsuneo Goda *Ticketed by drawing
3:00 p.m. – Dragon Age Signing with David Gaider
4:00 p.m. – Empowered Signing with Adam Warren
4:00 p.m. – De:Tales Signing with Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon
5:00 p.m. — Creepy and Eerie Signing with Dan Braun, Angelo Torres, and Christopher A. Taylor
5:00 p.m. — Dark Horse Horror Signing with Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre), Eric Powell (The Goon), and Paul Tobin (Colder)
6:00 p.m. – TNT’s Falling Skies Signing with series stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Carter, executive producer Remi Aubuchon and more! *Ticketed by drawing
Saturday, July 14
10:00 a.m. — Darksiders Signing with David Slagle and Roger Robinson
10:00 a.m. — Aliens Colonial Marines Signing with Josh Williams
11:00 a.m. — Domo Signing with Domo creator Tsuneo Goda *Ticketed by drawing
12:00 p.m. — Joss Whedon Signing *Ticketed by drawing
1:00 p.m. — Whedonverse Signing with Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty, Christos Gage, Jane Espenson, and Drew Greenberg
2:00 p.m – Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra Signing with Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ki Hyun Ryu, and Gurihiru Studios artists Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano *Ticketed by drawing
3:00 p.m. – Valve Signing with Bill Fletcher (“Cave Johnson”), Laura Dubuk (“Caroline”), Andrew Wilson, and Wade Schin
3:00 p.m. — Concrete Park Signing with Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander
4:00 p.m. — Dark Matter Signing with Joseph Mallozzi
4:00 p.m. — Exile to Babylon Signing with Domagoj Mazuran, Matt Savelloni, and Helen Darras
5:00 p.m. – Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller
6:00 p.m. — The Goon Signing with creator Eric Powell
Sunday, July 15
10:00 a.m. — Beanworld Signing with Larry Marder
11:00 a.m. — Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller
12:00 p.m. — The Guild Signing with Felicia Day *Ticketed by drawing
1:00 p.m. — The Strain Signing with Guillermo del Toro *Ticketed by drawing
2:00 p.m. — Emily the Strange Signing with Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner
3:00 p.m. — Doug Sneyd Signing
*Events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply.
Dark Horse/Partner PANELS
Thursday, July 12
10:30-11:30 Books and Hollywood: Literary Franchises in Television and Film— Room 24ABC
Authors discuss their work transitioning across various mediums, from screenwriters to novelists turning popular books into hit TV series and Hollywood films. How does the creative process differ when writing a screenplay as compared to a novel? Authors describing the process of adapting novels for the big screen include Rebecca Serle (When You Were Mine), Margaret Stohl (co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series), Scott Speer (Immortal City), Tony DiTerlizzi (The Search for WondLa series), Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Colin Fischer), Mike Richardson (president of Dark Horse), and Mark Frost (The Paladin Prophecy). Moderated by Geoff Boucher (Los Angeles Times).
11:00-12:00 Spotlight on Becky Cloonan— Room 32AB
Comic-Con special guest Becky Cloonan, one of the most versatile artists in comics today, talks to Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast host) about her career in comics and illustration, collaborating with writers, artists, and musicians, and the dark secrets she learned through 15 years of self-publishing.
11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Geof Darrow— Room 8
Comic-Con special guest Geof Darrow is known for his wildly imaginative and intricately detailed artwork. Geof talks about his comics career, including his current work for Dark Horse, Shaolin Cowboy, in this special spotlight presentaton.
12:00-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Once More, with Comics: How the Whedon Universes Continue in Comic Book Form— Room 26AB
Authors Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak, GeekNation.com), Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-StainedAmazon, GeekGirlCon), and Traci Cohen (CSU-Sacramento) examine how comic books and graphic novels provide a new form of media adaptation in which the graphic novel form furthers the canon or official continuity of television series as sequels to the original material. Creator Joss Whedon’s television universes enjoy new life in print (e.g. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9). Sharing their own thoughts on these Whedon comic book follow-ups are comic book writer/actress Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow and Tara), editors Scott Allie (Dark House) and Mariah Huehner (IDW), and actors Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bring It On) and Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cabin in the Woods).
1:00-2:00 100th Anniversary of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars— Room 8
He wrestled lions, poachers and ran through fire barefoot without a stunt-double or CGI. Actor Ron Ely will discuss filming Tarzan in the jungles of Latin America with writer Mark Evanier and Burroughs illustrator Tom Yeates. Also featuring David Lemmo, co-author of the new book, Tarzan: His First 100 Years. How Ancient Literature Became Modern Mythology and Created an Ape-Man Mecca in Southern California, coming from Angel City Press in 2013. Plus a 100-years of Tarzan and John Carter slide show included.
1:00-2:00 Dark Horse: Powered by Creators- Room 23ABC
An In-Depth Look at the Best in Creator-Owned Comics— Just over 25 years ago, Dark Horse arrived with a different agenda than any other publisher in comics. The young company was founded on the belief that comics creators should have the option to retain the rights to their own work, and today it continues to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters and concepts. Self-publishing sensation Sam Humphries introduces Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, along with a cast of top talent from around the industry. Expect exclusive announcements, and much, much more!
2:00-3:00 The Sergio and Mark Show— Room 8
An annual Comic-Con tradition! The folks who give you Groo the Wanderer on occasion will tell what’s up with Groo and their other projects and will entertain you with glorious anecdotes and silly stories. Those folks are celebrated cartoonist Sergio Aragonés, his co-conspirator Mark Evanier, Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai, and the hardest-working man in comics, Tom Luth.
5:00-6:00 Uncle Creepy Presents— Room 9A stellar panel of ghoulish creators discuss Warren’s Creepy and Eerie, which have been relaunched at Dark Horse in hardcover archival editions, new comic books, and artist compilation formats. Discover all the exciting things coming up in the Creepy universe. Moderated by Overstreet’s J. C. Vaughn and featuring New Comic Company’s twin engines Dan Braun (Creepy) and Josh Braun (Button Man) and super special guest MAD and Creepy artist Angelo Torres (Mad), plus writer Christopher A. Taylor and some very special unannounced guests. Plus, there will be Creepy trivia questions with tons of giveaways, swag and prizes.
7:00-8:00 Indie Comics Marketing and PR 101— Room 8
Need tips on how to market your comic? Have questions about doing PR? This is the panel for you! Some of the best and brightest in comics today present a roundtable discussion, revealing all the secrets of doing marketing and PR for your comics. comiXology marketing and PR maven Chip Mosher is joined by Dark Horse’s director of PR Jeremy Atkins, Image Comics’ PR and marketing director Jennifer de Guzman, IDW Publishing’s VP of marketing Dirk Wood, Archaia’s Marketing Manager Mel Caylo and comics writer David Gallaher (Box 13, the Harvey Award-winning High Moon, and Marvel’s Darkstar and The Winter Guard) for a wide-ranging discussion you will not want to miss!
Friday, July 13
11:00-12:00 Mike Mignola and Friends— Room 4
As we watch the world collapse in the pages of B.P.R.D.-Hell on Earth and gear up for the most-anticipated series in Hellboy’s history later this year, this may be the most important panel in the history of one of modern comics’ most storied series. Join creator Mike Mignola, editor Scott Allie, Cameron Stewart, James Harren, B.P.R.D. artist Tyler Crook and others, for exclusive news and insight into why the world of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. is truly “going to hell in 2012”!
11:15-12:15 Join the Revolution! Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra— Ballroom 20
The cast and crew of Legend of Korra offer an in-depth discussion of Nickelodeon’s hottest new series. Executive producer and creator team Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) are joined by co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender) as they discuss the creative process that brought the first book in the Korra series to life. You’ll also get to hear from your favorite characters as talented voice actors Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P. J. Byrne (Bolin) and Seychelle Gabriel (Asami) will be featured on the panel and renowned voice director Andrea Romano (Avatar: The Last Airbender) will direct the actors in a live performance from the series. And if you’re extra nice, Mike and Bryan may even drop a hint or two about Book 2. So don’t miss out! Moderated by Rich Magallanes, senior VP of current series for Nickelodeon.
12:00-1:00 Lenore Turns 20— Room 23ABC
Celebrations are in order! Lenore is 20 years old in 2012. Roman Dirge discusses his new Lenore collection Swirlies, upcoming comics, merchandise, and more. Join the artist/magician himself for this exclusive journey into the unique world of Roman Dirge, with a one-on-one interview with moderator Andrew Sumner plus a Q&A session.
12:30-1:30 Firefly 10-Year Anniversary Reunion— Ballroom 20
Calling all Browncoats to unite! It has been 10 years since the crew of the Serenity took flight in the now infamous show Firefly. Science Channel will reunite, for the first time ever, Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew from the ship. Join Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and many more for a trip down memory lane, some special surprises, and exclusive Science Channel giveaways. SHINY.
1:30-2:30 Comic Book Entrepreneurs— Room 8
Get a rare look behind the scenes as the comic book industry’s leading entrepreneurs share their secrets of building successful businesses around the love of comic books. Author and futurist Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture), CEO and co-founder David Steinberger of comiXology, Dark Horse Comics publisher Mike Richardson, Peter Levin of Nerdist Industries, and comics retailer Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics (who also founded Free Comic Book Day and helped run WonderCon for 15 years), offer a unique view of the business side of comics.
2:30-4:00 Eisner Spirit Award Video Viewing— Room 18
The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award is the industry’s “Hall of Fame” for progressive retailers. Spirit Award facilitator and award recipient Joe Ferrara (Atlantis Fantasyworld, CA) presents the videos for this year’s award finalists, with discussion about each nominated retailer, the store’s display techniques, and other unique features every attending retailer can learn from. Hey, retailers: this is a great place for getting new ideas!
3:00-4:00 The Future of Star Wars Publishing: Dark Horse & Del Rey— Room 7AB Find out what’s coming up in the Expanded Universe of Star Wars publishing. Editors Randy Stradley and Dave Marshall from Dark Horse Comics discuss what’s next for Agent of the Empire, Dawn of the Jedi, Lost Tribe of the Sith, and Darth Maul, as well as reveal a new secret title that’s on the horizon. From Del Rey Books editors Frank Parisi and Erich Schoeneweiss, along with author Troy Denning (Apocalypse), look at new novels coming later this year from fan-favorite authors Timothy Zahn and Aaron Allston, as well as give a peek into 2013. Also on the panel is Jennifer Heddle, senior editor at LucasBooks. Moderated by author Pablo Hidalgo (Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion).
3:00-4:00 Drawing on Your Nightmares: Horror in Comics— Room 23ABC Throughout comics’ storied history, horror has been an important part of the medium. In the fall of 2012, Dark Horse unveils a whole slate of new titles guaranteed to have you running for the covers. Dark Horse horror line editor Scott Allie is joined by actor-turned-comics writer Lance Henrikson and creators Eric Powell (The Goon), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), Paul Tobin (Colder), and others for an exciting look at this year’s most promising four-color thrills and chills!
3:30-4:30 The Art of Death and Darksiders II— Room 5AB
A lively demonstration on bringing 2D comic art to 3D graphics and back again-Joe Madureira (Vigil Games Darksiders creator; artist for Avenging Spider-Man, Ultimates, X-Men), and Han Randhawa (Vigil Games, Darksiders I and II creative director) use exclusive examples from the creative development process to show how they bring a unique comic inspired vision to 3D life in the new Darksiders II video game from THQ, where you become Death, the most feared rider from the legendary Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. In part two, representatives from Dark Horse Comics demonstrates how they took this highly stylized universe in 3D, converted it back to a 2D comic book series, and expanded on the mythos, revealing scenes and storyline threads that complement the events of the video game. Working closely with the Darksiders team at Vigil Games, Dark Horse Comics is creating an important component to complete Joe Mad’s original vision.
4:30-5:30 Falling Skies: The Battle Is Just Getting Started— Room 6BCF
Continuing the fight against alien invaders, TNT’s Falling Skies follows a band of human survivors on their quest to outrun and outwit the powerful alien force that invaded Earth. Join stars Noah Wyle (ER), Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation), Will Patton (Armageddon), Drew Roy (Secretariat), Colin Cunningham (Living in Your Car), Sarah Carter (The Vow), and Connor Jessup (The Saddle Club), and show runner Remi Aubuchon (Caprica), with Q&A hosted by Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory). Watch never-before-seen clips and be treated to an in-depth discussion on Falling Skies season 2.
5:00-6:00 Breaking into Comics Right Now!— Room 9
If you’re an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! Some of comic book publishing’s top decision makers, including IDW chief creative officer Chris Ryall, BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, Dark Horse managing editor Scott Allie, and Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik, give you up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry. Learn what you need to do to make your comic book dreams come true in a world where the Internet and social media have changed everything. This won’t be your grandfather’s “breaking into comics” panel.
5:30-6:30 Dark Horse: Joss Whedon— Ballroom 20
Long before directing the biggest superhero film in history, Joss Whedon rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plotlines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here’s your chance to find out what he has in store for us next, and hear exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the ever-expanding number of titles in Dark Horse’s line of Season 9 comics.
5:30-6:30 Berserk— Room 32AB
At long last, the dark fantasy epic Berserk, by creator Kentaro Muira, comes to the silver screen! Join Dark Horse Comics and VIZ Media in a rare interview with Eiko Tanaka, founder and CEO of Studio 4°C (Tekkonkinkreet, Animatrix, Batman). Find out what it really takes to transform this stark manga into an animated feature.
6:00-7:00 Are Digital Comics Expanding the Market?— Room 9
Digital comics are the hottest trend in publishing today, exploding onto the screens of iPads, tablets, and phones everywhere. How is digital distribution transforming the industry and the market? Is digital opening the medium to a vast new global audience, or is it the death knell of comics as we know them? Author and futurist Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture) leads a provocative, no-holds-barred discussion with the leaders of the digital comics revolution: comiXology co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts, Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, and IDW publisher Ted Adams.
7:30-8:30 Making a Living in Manga— Room 8
Now that Japanese comics have been available in English for over 30 years, several generations of artists inspired by manga are trying to live the Bakuman dream of being full-time comics creators. But in the superhero-centric North American comics market, are they fighting the odds? Comics creators Adam Warren (Empowered), Becky Cloonan (Demo, Conan the Barbarian), Fred Gallagher (Megatokyo), and Audra Furuichi (Nemu-Nemu), along with industry pros Christopher Butcher (blogger, Comics212.net; director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival), JuYoun Lee (senior editor, Yen Press), Erik Ko (editor-in-chief, UDON Entertainment), and moderator Deb Aoki (Manga editor, About.com), explain the ins and outs and ups and downs of making a living as a manga creator in North America.
8:00-10:30 Syfy Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards— Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
The 24th annual Eisner Awards (the “Oscars” of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 28 categories. Presenters will include British talk show host/comics writer Jonathan Ross, actor Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Family Guy, Pee Wee’s Playhouse), and special guests Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Lynn Johnston (cartoonist, For Better or For Worse), Eric Powell (The Goon), Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, MAD), Bill Morrison (creative director, Bongo Comics), Michael Uslan (movie producer, Batman films), plus some special surprises! Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.
Saturday, July 14
10:30-11:30 Dark Horse: Bioware— Room 24ABC
Dark Horse and Bioware have come together once again to provide fans with exclusive news on Dragon Age, and the ever-expanding Mass Effect universe. Join Dark Horse director of public relations Jeremy Atkins and editor Dave Marshall, along with Dragon Age writers David Gaider and Sylvia Feketekuty, BioWare art director Derek Watts, moderator “Evil Chris” Priestly, and a cast of other celebrity geeks and surprise guests for an exciting look into the Dark Horse/BioWare universe. Attendees can be sure to expect a spirited discussion on the ongoing link between comics and gaming, with exclusive news and more!
11:00-12:00 Avatar the Last Airbender: Beginning and Beyond— Room 28E
For over 5 years, the organizers of this fan panel have been bringing together both fans and professionals. Moderated by Avatar_Mom, this year’s panel will include Bobby Rubio (Avatar the Last Airbender, Pixar, Alcatraz High), freelance concept artist DJ Welch (Dark Kenjie), Kevin Coppa (Puppet Benders), and actor/voice actor Dante Basco (Avatar the Last Airbender), and a few more surprise guests. If that isn’t enough, there will be a cosplay contest to showcase the fandom’s talented “fabric benders.”
11:00-12:00 Geek & Sundry— Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Wil Wheaton (Big Bang Theory, Eureka), director Daniel Strange (Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis), and the cast of The Guild — Vince Caso, Jeff Lewis, Amy Okuda, Sandeep Parkih, and Robin Thorsen — make some big announcements and offer an exclusive sneak peek at what’s to come. Moderated by Kim Evey (producer, Geek & Sundry).
12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Gary Gianni— Room 4
Comic-Con special guest Gary Gianni discusses his work illustrating one of Ray Bradbury’s last published books, painting the Game of Thrones 2014 calendar, and the future of illustrated storytelling in the digital realm.
2:00-3:00 Will Eisner and the Graphic Novel— Room 23ABC
Moderator Paul Levitz (writer, 75 Years of DC Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, former Eisner publisher), Klaus Janson (artist/inker, Daredevil, The Dark Knight Return, comics educator, SVA), Denis Kitchen (artist, author, publisher; Eisner’s agent and longtime friend), Charles Kochman (editorial director, Abrams ComicArts), and Diana Schutz (comics educator; executive editor, Dark Horse Comics; Eisner’s editor) explore the pivotal role Will Eisner’s evangelism of the comics artform plays in the evolution of the American graphic novel, followed by a short Q&A period.
5:00-6:00 Mass Effect: Past, Present, and Future— Room 25ABC
Developers from Mass Effect offer an exciting look at the evolution of the Mass Effect franchise. Mike Gamble (producer), Corey Gaspur (senior combat designer), Parrish Ley (lead cinematic animator), Sylvia Feketekuty (writer), Chris Helper (writer), Jessica Merizan (community manager) and Chris Priestly (community specialist) discuss the history of the series, beloved characters, multiplayer gaming and hints at upcoming DLC. Don’t forget to bring your emergency induction port!
8:00-9:00 Occupy Comics: Activism, Kickstarter, and Comics— Room 4
Get the story behind the historic Occupy Comics project that inspired dozens of top comics pros to take a stand, bummed out Frank Miller, and brought Alan Moore and David Lloyd back together in the same book for the first time since the Occupy-inspiring V for Vendetta. With a star-studded roster featuring Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Art Spiegelman (Maus), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), and many more, Occupy Comics raised nearly three times its Kickstarter fundraising goal, with all revenue beyond hard costs being donated to Occupy protesters. Organizational spearhead Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller, president Halo-8) will be joined by contributors Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Tyler Crook (Petrograd, B.P.R.D.), Brea Grant and Zane Grant (We Will Bury You, Suicide Girls), Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing, The Unknown Soldier), Zoetica Ebb (Biorequiem), Mark L. Miller (The Jungle Book), and others special guests to discuss counterculture art, creating activist comics without being annoying, and tips on how to fundraise for your own comics.
Sunday, July 15
10:00-11:00 Emily the Strange— Room 23ABC
Be a part of the Emily the Strange panel experience, where you have the chance to prove your knowledge of Strange and win prizes, learn what’s new in Emily’s oddball universe (including a sneak peek at the new Emily and the Strangers comic book series), and Q&A with Emily’s creator Rob Reger and writer Jessica Gruner. Did we mention you will get some cool stuff just for showing up and being Strange?
11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Tom Yeates— Room 8
Seasoned comics, fantasy, and book illustrator and Comic-Con special guest Tom Yeates will discuss his 35-year career, from attending the first year of Joe Kubert’s school with Steve Bissette and Rick Veitch to Swamp Thing, Tarzan, Zorro, and Prince Valiant. Writer, journalist, editor, and Thomas’s longtime friend Steven Ringgenberg will moderate. A slide show of Yeates’s art career and influences will be included.
12:45-1:45 CBLDF Rock Art Jam— Room 5AB
Explore the creative process of top cartoonists who’ve made their mark on the worlds of comics and music! Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, and Nate Powell talk about the influence of music in their work and draw live art showcasing their love of sound and vision! Get a chance to watch live art made before your eyes, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!
2:15-3:15 Buffy Turns 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer— Room 6BCF
Once upon a time, Buffy Summers became the Slayer, the Chosen One who proved a young heroine could battle the forces of darkness instead of playing damsel in distress. Stars from the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer) join forces with Dark Horse editor Scott Allie, writer/producer Jane Espenson, illustrator Georges Jentry, and the original Buffy herself (Kristy Swanson, star of the 1992 motion picture), not to mention a surprise guest or two, to celebrate 20 years of slayage.
3:00-4:00 Axe Cop— Room 6DE
Ethan Nicolle (Bearmageddon, Chumble Spuzz) discusses the growing world of Axe Cop, including the new President of the World miniseries from Dark Horse comics and his involvement the TV show in production at FOX. With a possible appearance in person or digitally from his brother/co-creator Malachai Nicolle plus possible surprise guests.
Tor Books has announced its programming for San Diego Comic-Con 2012 featuring Brandon Sanderson and John Scalzi with Steve Englehart and more doing in-booth signings and panel discussions.
The Tor Books booth is #2707. Check below for a day by day schedule of author signings and panels.
Thursday, July 12th
12pm – 1pm Tor Booth #2707: ROBIN MAXWELL, will sign advanced copies of Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan, coming from Tor in September.
3pm – 4pm Tor Booth #2707: New York Times bestselling author and Comic-Con Special Guest, BRANDON SANDERSON, will sign copies of The Way of Kings.
2:30pm – 3:30pm Panel: Room 26AB: The Dark Knight Rises: Is Batman Broken? Strong, smart, and heroic, he’s the Dark Knight we want on our side. But is Batman also out of his mind? Comic-con Special Guest, STEVE ENGLEHART joins Catwoman herself, Lee Meriwether, to discuss Bruce Wayne’s relationships, strengths and weaknesses. Does the Dark Knight have bats in his belfry?
4:45pm – 5:45pm Panel Room 6BCF: The Fiction of Halo 4. Halo 4 heralds the return of one of gaming’s most iconic heroes, the Master Chief, in a new, epic sci-fi saga.Expanding and enriching the narrative, 343 Industries, panelists share how the development of stories across the GREG BEAR Forerunner saga, the KAREN TRAVISS Kilo-Five trilogy, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Halo 4 Campaign and Halo Infinity Multiplayer have become connective tissue for Halo 4.
5pm – 6pm Tor Booth (#2707) Bestselling, award-winning futurist DAVID BRIN, will sign copies of his new high concept novel Existence, his first major work in over a decade.
Friday, July 13th
10am – 11am Panel: Room 24AB Art of the Thrill Kill: From psycho killers and sociopaths to the vast unknowable emptiness of deep space, these authors know that it takes more than just blood and gore to keep their readers awake at night. DAN WELLS joins other top horror and thriller novelists to discuss how they balance ratcheting suspense with perfectly paced creepiness to create stories that are both psychologically and atmospherically disturbing.
12pm – 1pm Signing in the autographing area, AA09
12pm – 1pm Tor Booth (#2707) Legendary science fiction author ORSON SCOTT CARD & co-author AARON JOHNSTON sign Invasive Procedures a taut science fiction medical thriller. Five lucky people will get a chance to receive a signed copy of Earth Unaware: The First Formic War set in the popular Ender’s series, on-sale July 17th!
12pm – 1pm Room 25ABC: Spotlight on BRANDON SANDERSON, Author, educator, and Comic-Con Special Guest BRANDON SANDERSON talks about his growth from a nonreader in his youth to becoming one of the most popular fantasy writers working today. Sanderson’s books include his own Mistborn trilogy and his continuation of the late Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, which wraps up this year.
2:30pm Tor Booth #2707: Duo Paul & Storm join us in the to serenade fans as they wait in line to meet New York Times bestselling author and Comic-Con
Special Guest JOHN SCALZI! Then at 3pm, John signs copies of Old Man’s War, the book that launched his career!
3:30pm– 4:30pm Panel: Room 6A: Epic Fantasy War, Brandon Sanderson (The Way of Kings), joins the top names in fantasy fiction to discuss how the key to writing a real epic fantasy novel lies in the word epic-which doesn’t just mean ambitious in scale, scope, and size.
5:00pm – 6:00pm Signing in the autographing area, AA09
5pm – 6pm Tor Booth #2707: DAN WELLS will sign copies of his the book that started it all, I Am Not A Serial Killer.
Saturday, July 14th
10pm – 11am That 70s Panel, Room 23ABC. STEVE ENGLEHART makes a Comic-con Special Guest Spotlight appearance on this panel. Get out your pet rocks!
12pm – 1pm Comics Arts Conference Focus on STEVE ENGLEHART, Room 26AB Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) moderates a discussion of Englehart’s stellar career writing the adventures of Captain America, Silver Surfer, Doctor Strange, Coyote, Night Man, the Justice League, and dozens of other characters.
2pm – 3pm Tor Booth (#2707) Iconic science fiction author GREG BEAR signs copies of Halo: Primordium, Book Two of the Forerunner Saga.
12pm – 1pm Tor Booth (#2707) Father/daughter duo ORSON SCOTT CARD & EMILY SCOTT CARD sign copies of their first writing collaboration, Laddertop, Volume 1.
3pm – 4pm Panel: Room 23ABC A Wrinkle in Time, From the far-flung reaches of the Milky Way to the mind-bending possibilities of time travel, let the authors of speculative fiction tell you what they see when they venture to other dimensions. With DAVID BRIN & ORSON SCOTT CARD.
4:30pm – 5:30pm Signing in the Autographing area, AA09
4:30pm – 5:30pm Solo Autographing with BRANDON SANDERSON, Room Table AA18
5pm – 6pm Tor Booth (#2707) STEVE ENGLEHART will sign copies of The Long Man.
5:30pm – 6:30pm Spotlight Panel Room 7AB with JOHN SCALZI, Comic-Con special guest JOHN SCALZI (Redshirts) talks about his latest work, his upcoming novel, video game, and film projects, takes questions and generally tries to amuse the hell out of you for an hour. With him as moderator/interviewer/conspirator: Wil Wheaton (Tabletop). It’ll be the most fun you can have while respirating.
3:30pm – 4:30pm Solo Autographing, AA18
Sunday, July 15th
10pm – 11am Panel: Stunted: Fools and Scary-Ass Clowns: Humor in Science Fiction and Fantasy Room 25ABC. Join in for an irreverent hour celebrating sly wit and unholy humor with some of the most devilish quipsters, wisecrackers, and satirists writing today. JOHN SCALZI (Redshirts) plays ringmaster to some of the best SFF humor writers in the field.
11:30am – 12:30pm Signing in the autographing area, AA04
2:45pm – 3:45pm Panel: Room 5AB: Heroes for the Middle Grade Reader: Books That Will Rock Your Socks Off, EMILY JANICE CARD (yes, daughter of THAT Card) teamed up with her famous father to write a science fiction manga, Laddertop, Volume 1 aimed at middle grade readers, and will join a panel discussing adventurers and unexpected champions that we can all cheer for.
4pm – 5pm Signing in the Autographing area, AA09
12pm Tor Booth #2707 giveaway, The Omen Machine by New York Times bestselling author, Terry Goodkind.
2pm – 3pm Tor Booth #2707: giveaway, Dark Companion. The YA debut of Marta Acosta.
Make sure to follow @Torbooks on Twitter for up to date information and last minute events!
All Tor Booth signings are on a first come first serve basis and while supplies lasts. Limit one book per person.
Comic-Concert: The 2012 After Party, a fan created event that focuses on the musical aspect of pop culture, returns for its Fourth Annual installment, now being held at the Whiskey Girl (located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and G Street in Downtown San Diego) on Sunday, July 15th at 6pm. Over the past few years, the “Geek Rock” genre has grown significantly in size, and this special event allows Comic-Con and local San Diegans the opportunity to experience a different side of the Popular Arts. Sponsored in part by Youmacon and ComicsOnline.com, the evening will feature a special performance by San Diego’s Musical Comedy Band: Random Gibberish!
Attendees are encouraged to arrive in costume from Comic-Con for our annual Costume Contest! For the 2012 event, Shout! Factory has been kind enough to provide several prizes for best costume! Contest will be judged by ComicsOnline’s Editor-In-Chief, Kevin Gaussoin, and some special guests.
There is no cover charge to enter this event, but attendees are kindly requested to make a $5 donation at the door to support this program. You do not need to have a Comic-Con pass to attend this performance. Must be 21+ to enter.
Random Gibberish has been channeling their love of pop culture and general insanity into music since 2003. In 2009, they won ABC’s “Official LOST Theme Competition” at Comic-Con. They rock out and make people laugh with songs inspired by comic books, video games, movies and TV. In addition to their musical comedy, they will be performing selections from their upcoming musical project: “And Then The Zombies Came… A Musical Apocalypse!”, as well as a special musical tribute to Power Rangers in honor of the upcoming 20th Anniversary, and a sing-along to classic television themes.
About the Venue Whiskey Girl is located on the busiest corner in the Gaslamp Quarter (corner of Fifth Avenue and G Street) and is the perfect place for a pre or post game lunch or dinner. Topped with over 20 Flat Screen TVs to watch any of your favorite game, this place is the best for any sports fan. Watch one of our live bands on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Nights. We are open every day at 11am and have great lunch specials! $3 Wells and Drafts 11am-8pm Monday-Friday, and are open on Sundays at 9am for Brunch Time Bingo. With, $10 “Bottomless Pink Lady” Cocktails, Jumbo Cinnamon Buns with Whiskey Glaze frosting, and chances to win awesome prizes! Check out www.WhiskeyGirl.com to see all of the events happening during Comic-Con 2012!
Youmacon is not only Detroit’s first and only Anime Convention, it’s also one of the fastest growing fan conventions in the country! With over 10,000 people last year coming to enjoy our 24 hour programming, great industry guests, video game tournaments, and cosplay contests, we’ve had to expand this year yet again. Youmacon 2012 will be held at both the Renaissance Center, and at Cobo Hall, November 1-4, 2012. Please go to www.Youmacon.com for more information.
Established in San Diego in 2001, ComicsOnline.com is your home for coverage at San Diego Comic-Con! More than just comics news, ComicsOnline has since branched out to cover everything geek pop culture including TV, movies, anime/manga, and all manner of games and technology, as well as the events that showcase them. Now with our ComicsOnline Podcast, numerous convention appearances, and special Sneak Preview Screenings of upcoming Theatrical Releases in cities across the country, ComicsOnline is more than ever everything geek pop culture. Check out www.ComicsOnline.com and like us on Facebook!
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For the third year-in-a-row, actress and HER UNIVERSE™ Founder Ashley Eckstein will sponsor and host a panel at San Diego Comic-Con — but this time with a very special and unique participatory theme for girls at the convention. The panel, entitled, “Are You a Geek Girl Trendsetter? Show Off Your Style to the Fashion Experts and Win Prizes,” will take place on Saturday, July 14th from 6-7p.m. in room 25ABC and will feature an all-star group of experts made up of fashion buyers, designers, creators and actresses from the fashion and sci-fi worlds who will give their advice to fangirls on how to create their own style and look. Eckstein (the voice of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars) was inspired by the NBC television show Fashion Star to give female fans the opportunity to show their unique style and original designs to the experts through this panel!
Girls are asked to attend the panel in their own custom made or styled everyday geek/sci-fi inspired outfits and accessories. Up to 30 girls on a first come, first served basis will have the opportunity to show their outfits before our expert panel. Each panelist will then choose two girls who truly impressed them with their overall design and flair to become finalists. Panelists will give their feedback and advice to the finalists and they will then choose a first, second and third place winner, each of whom will receive a special prize. The panel will be filmed by MTV Geek as part of their Comic-Con coverage.
Comic-Con is full of geek girls who create, design and construct their own fashions. Eckstein devised this panel as a way for girls to get feedback on their trendsetting creations from a special panel of fashion professionals:
Tarina Tarantino – World renowned designer whose jewelry, handbag, cosmetic and lifestyle collections can be found in the best luxury fashion stores internationally as well as her own trademark boutiques.
Ed Labay – Senior Buyer/Licensed Apparel for leading music and pop culture fashion retailer, Hot Topic, who helps determine the fashion trends for fanboys and fangirls through the chain’s more than 600 stores.
Courtney Lear – Social Media Manager for Hot Topic and self-proclaimed geekette who has her finger on the pulse of the fanboy and fangirl communities online.
Clare Grant – Actress (Robot Chicken and Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and producer and founder of Team Unicorn, a multi-media production team of fangirls whose videos have been seen by millions.
Bonnie Burton – Author and creator of the Star Wars Craft Book and geek girl extraordinaire.
Stepping in as co-host with Ashley for this very special panel is actress, “Geek Goddess” and voice of Padme Amidala in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Catherine Taber! Her Universe will also be offering its licensed geek girl apparel at booth 2913-F in the Lucasfilm Pavilion at Comic-Con.
About Her Universe Her Universe was launched in 2009 by actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein, and her partner, The Araca Group, known as one of the most innovative theatrical production and merchandise companies in the world. Her Universe was created to directly address the expanding market of female fans by entering into its first agreement with Lucas Licensing to develop and produce a line of female-centered Star Wars apparel and accessories. The success of that line was followed up with a collection for the Syfy network including such shows as Battlestar Galactica and with BBC America for its Doctor Who franchise. You can learn more about Her Universe and purchase the current line of fangirl apparel and accessories by going to www.heruniverse.com and by following Eckstein on Twitter and visiting the Her Universe Facebook page.
About Tarina Tarantino With a design aesthetic that is unmistakable and all her own, designer Tarina Tarantino along with her husband and partner Alfonso Campos founded the TARINA TARANTINO jewelry and accessories brand in 1995. Tarina’s original and co-branded designs, with brand giants such as Sanrio, Mattel and Paul Mitchell, are loved by celebrities and legions of fans and she has sparked a cult following that has spread globally. Tarina’s jewelry and accessories are all handmade in downtown LA in the heart of LA’s Fashion District ,and her designs can be found in her original boutiques in Milan, Los Angeles and nearly 2,000 luxury retailers worldwide. Coming soon, Tarina’s newest location, The Sparkle Factory will open in downtown LA. www.tarinatarantino.com
About Hot Topic Hot Topic is a mall- and web-based specialty retailer beloved by rebellious teens for more than 20 years. Hot Topic capitalizes on the latest trends in music and pop culture, offering band-related apparel and accessories, licensed merchandise, and fashion apparel and accessories to an edgy subculture of expressive individuals. Hot Topic operates 624 stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and an online store at hottopic.com. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube
About Team Unicorn Representing the idea that “like unicorns, geek girls aren’t supposed to exist”, Team Unicorn is a multi-media production team formed in Los Angeles, California in 2010. Its members are Michele Boyd, Clare Grant, Milynn Sarley, and Rileah Vanderbilt. www.teamunicornftw.com
Avatar Legacy Fan Panels returns to San Diego Comic Con for the fifth year with an event dedicated to the fans of the Nickelodeon cartoons Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra! Moderated by superfan Avatar_Mom, this year’s panel includes special guests Bobby Rubio (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Pixar Studios, Alcatraz High), Freelance Concept Artist DJ Welch (Dark Kenjie), Kevin Coppa (Puppet Benders), and Actor/Voice Actor Dante Basco (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Legend of Korra), and perhaps a few more surprise guests. If that isn’t enough, there will be a cosplay contest to showcase the fandom’s talented “fabric benders.” The action takes place in Room 28E on Saturday July 14, 2012 from 11:00am – 12:00pm!
JUST ADDED: Gurihiru Studios artists Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano (artists of the Dark Horse comic series ATLA: The Promise) have been added to the panel!
Splash Page Comic Art will be setup at the San Diego Comic Con in our row of booths at #4400 on the left hand side of the hall at the entrance between Hall Lobby E and F in the illustrators area from July 11 to 15, 2012 (in two weeks).
Charlie Adlard Walking Dead 100 Release Signing at SDCC
On Preview Night, Wednesday July 11th, Splash Page Comic Art will host a Walking Dead Issue 100 release signing with artist Charlie Adlard from 6pm to 8pm. Charlie will sign the Walking Dead 100 books that we’ll have for sale at the booth, including the SDCC Exclusive Variant book. For this particular signing, no outside material will be signed (other than the required SDCC program) and Charlie will not be sketching.
The original art to Walking Dead Issue 99 & 100 will be available for sale on Thursday, July 12 at booth 4400 when the San Diego Comic Con opens at 9:00 AM. The first six collectors to purchase a minimum of $1,000 worth of any of Charlie Adlard’s originals will receive a pre-drawn bonus sketch for free. The sketches are bust shots of various Walking Dead characters/zombies on 9 X 11.5 pieces of bristol board. The sketches may be chosen on a first come first serve basis.
Edgar Salazar SDCC Commission List
Edgar Salazar, artist of Dynamite’s Red Sonja and John Carter: Warlord of Mars, will take on a select number of commisions for delivery at San Diego Comic Con. He will not be sketching at the convention, but will take them on now for delivery at our booth 4400. Requests may be made at the link:
Prices & mediums:
9X 12 PENCIL AND INK
9X 12 COPICS
If you are attending the SDCC and want to buy or seriously consider a particular piece of art, PLEASE contact us now to bring select items with us. We will be unable to bring our entire inventory to the show. Make sure we have what you want by telling us now. The cutoff to let us know what to bring is Wednesday, July 4th.
Come by my row of booths #4400 and see all of the great art that we’ll have for sale. Thanks
Mark Hay, Owner Splash Page Comic Art
Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko announced exciting news on his tumblr about the panel he, fellow co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino, and several cast and crew members will host at Comic Con this year:
Hello, everyone! I wish I had some time to draw something new for the blog, but I’ve been buried in all sorts of work. So in an effort to post something related to the Book 1 finale this Saturday, here is the rough concept for the press art I posted last week. It might be interesting to those of you who like to see this sort of process work.
I have some more specifics on our San Diego Comic Con activities to share:
WHAT: The Legend of Korra Comic-Con Panel WHEN: Friday, July 13 from 11:15a – 12:15p WHERE: Ballroom 20 WHO: Co-creators and executive producers Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos (co-executive producer), Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P.J. Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami), and Andrea Romano (voice director). The panel will include an in-depth discussion of Book 1 and a live performance by the voice actors.
WHAT: The Legend of Korra Comic-Con Signing WHEN: Friday, July 13 beginning at 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Nickelodeon booth
I’ve been told that Ballroom 20 holds 4300 people, so just get 4300 people to hold your places in the Game of Thrones line for Hall H, and pop over to Ballroom 20 for a spell. Among other things, Andrea is going to lead the actors in a live table read of some key scenes from Book 1. We’ve never done that sort of thing at a panel, so it should be really fun.
***Remember: The actors are not the characters, so be nice to David. He isn’t Mako. He just plays one on TV.