TicketLeap Offers Open Letter to SDCC 2011 Fans

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TicketLeap has reached out to Convention Scene and all Comic-Con International fans with an open letter concerning what happened on Saturday:

Dear Comic-Con International Fans

In 2009, it sold out after 6 months. In 2010, it sold out in 2 months. On Saturday, Comic-Con International 2011 sold out in 7 HOURS (200x faster than last year if you’re keeping track). Needless to say, the demand was unbelievable, reaching a peak of 403,000 page requests per minute and a total of more than 35 million total page requests throughout the day. But while the event sold out in record time and the system never actually went down, things didn’t go as smoothly as we hoped. We are sorry for the frustration our system issues caused on Saturday and we are working hard to answer all of your inquiries. Below you will find the answers to the most common questions regarding ticket sales for Comic-Con International, and click here for a more detailed technical write-up for those who are interested. Also, here is a link to an article on GigaOM with their take on our technical write-up.

When will tickets go on sale again?

At this time, Comic-Con International 2011 is sold out. As refunds are processed, more tickets may become available to purchase at a later date. Please refer to Comic-Con’s website, Facebook page or Twitter page for the latest updates.

I have questions about my TicketLeap confirmation email.

TicketLeap will be re-sending all confirmation emails on Monday, February 7, 2011 (even if you received it the first time around). Your confirmation email will contain a link for each separate transaction. By default, the email shows the start date of the event (Thursday, July 21). Click the link to view the detailed list of all tickets purchased.

If you do not receive your email confirmation by Tuesday, February 8, 2011, please contact our Support Team at comicconsupport@ticketleap.com.

I did not receive bar coded email confirmations from EPIC Registration. How do I get my bar coded email confirmations?

EPIC Registration will send out bar coded email confirmations (separate from the TicketLeap confirmations referenced above). You will receive one bar coded confirmation from EPIC for each badge/admission type. This is your “ticket” to Comic-Con International. Please add the epicreg.com domain to your safe senders list so your confirmation will not go to your spam folder. If you do not receive one bar coded confirmation for each purchased ticket by Wednesday, February 9, 2011, please contact EPIC by email at registration@epicreg.com. Your email to EPIC should include your TicketLeap confirmation number(s) and the name(s) for which you did not receive a bar coded confirmation.  Note: You may not receive all of your bar coded confirmations from EPIC at the same time so please wait until Wednesday to inquire with EPIC if you have not received all of them.

How do I request a refund for Comic-Con International ticket(s)that I purchased?

All ticket refund requests will be processed directly through Comic-Con International. Please refer to their Registration Page for refund policies and instructions. TicketLeap has no authority or ability to issue refunds or handle refunds requests.

I entered incorrect information when I purchased my Comic-Con ticket(s). How can I correct the information for my badges?

If you submitted incorrect contact information when purchasing your tickets, these changes can be made on the EPIC Registration site after you receive the bar coded confirmation emails from their system.  Any further questions you should have after receiving the bar coded confirmation emails from EPIC should be submitted to EPIC at registration@epicreg.com no earlier than Wednesday, February 9, 2011.

There are multiple charges on my credit card for tickets I didn’t purchase or receive.  How do I correct those charges?

Most likely, what you’re seeing is a pending only charge that will drop on its own in 2-3 business days. If you received an error message while attempting your purchase and had to re-submit your information, your bank or card issuer might have temporarily pulled those funds which we cannot accept due to the error that occurred. Typically, these charges will drop in 2-3 business days but please contact your card issuer to find out when they can release the hold on those pending only charges.

For anyone who has other questions that aren’t answered above, please email comicconsupport@ticketleap.com.

Sincerely,

Chris Stanchak
CEO
TicketLeap

SDCC 2011 Sells Out in Just Hours

SDCC 2011 Tickets Sell Out

Following multiple aborted attempts and tests over the past months, Comic-Con International: San Diego finally put their tickets for this year on sale again this past Saturday and blew through the entire stock of them within a matter of hours. Partnering with SDCC for this go around, TicketLeap still found their systems immediately over capacity but managed to get through the process.

Already, Twilight fans are bearing the brunt of the blame as anticipation builds for the release of footage from Breaking Dawn Part 1, the first half adaption of the final Twilight books.

At any rate, over the past few years, the convention has been selling out faster and faster, but we’ve still never seen anything like this before. All of this underscores the decision by the organization to stay in San Diego after considering offers from Los Angeles and Anaheim. The planned expansion of the San Diego Convention Center can’t come fast enough.

Comic-Con states, “As refunds are processed, additional inventory may be released to the public at a later date.” In the past, the organization has offered memberships through eBay, and last year,  Convention Scene was one of several sites through which a contest to give away tickets was run. Whether that happens again this year remains to be seen. In the meantime, Bleeding Cool has some tips on “How To Get Into San Diego Comic Con Even Though You Didn’t Get A Ticket.”

SDCC 2011 Registration Shut Down Again

SDCC 2011 Registration

For the second time this month, pre-registration for Comic-Con International: San Diego has been shut down to the convention’s registration systems not being able to withstand the onslaught of all the fans trying to buy tickets at once.

The first attempt occurred on November 1st and quickly ended with a promise to announce a new registration date on November 8th. That announcement revealed that today, November 22nd, would be when ticket sales would resume. But once again, Comic-Con’s systems were not up to the task resulting in the following message being posted to their website:

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!

Once more, unfortunately, there have been issues with Comic-Con registration. So we have again decided to close it down.

We are well aware that many people have taken time from work, school or other activities and others woke up very early. There really is no way to convey our level of regret for this turn of events.

We are currently researching our registration options.

Archaia Signing Schedule for SDCC 2010

Press Release:

ARCHAIA’S SIGNING AND APPEARANCE SCHEDULE FOR SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

OVER 40 ARCHAIA WRITERS AND ARTISTS WILL BE ON HAND TO MEET FANS, SIGN AUTOGRAPHS AND OFFER EXCLUSIVE ITEMS

Los Angeles, CA (July 20, 2010) – In anticipation of the largest gathering in North America of comic book and pop culture fans, Archaia Entertainment announced it will be hosting over 40 writers and artists for autograph sessions and meet-and-greet opportunities at its booth at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., to be held July 22-25, 2010 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Guests of special note include Brian Froud, a veteran of The Jim Henson Company, who will be on hand to sign exclusive posters for the upcoming Dark Crystal comics; actor/writer Michael McMillian (“True Blood”), who will sign copies of Lucid #1, the first comic to come from the partnership between Before the Door and Archaia; actor/writer/producer/director Dan Fogler (“Fanboys,” “Balls of Fury”), who will be signing a preview book of the upcoming Moon Lake, a hardcover anthology of comedic horror stories; Eisner Award-winning creator David Petersen, who’ll be on hand to sign copies of Mouse Guard; Tom Siddell, who will sign copies of the two volumes of  Gunnerkrigg Court; Matz, the Eisner Award-nominated writer who will sign copies of The Killer, a popular series originally published in France that has captivated American readers; and Eisner Award-nominated writer Phil Hester, who will sign copies of the Archaia and Roddenberry Productions hardcover, Days Missing. Plus, writers and artists who contributed to the Fraggle Rock comic book will be around all weekend to sign copies of the new hardcover collection.

Days Missing: Kestus

“Our mission for San Diego Comic-Con is twofold: to thank our loyal readers by rewarding them with the opportunity to meet their favorite Archaia writers and artists, and to reach out to those who may have not yet heard of us but are willing to try something different,” said Archaia Marketing Manager Mel Caylo. “By having over 40 creators rotating at the Archaia booth throughout the weekend, I believe we’ll accomplish just that!”

Archaia will be located at Booth #2635. Here is the schedule* of signings and appearance times:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Table 1
5:30-7 p.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)
7:30-9 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey, Jesse Labbé)

Table 2
5:30-7 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Sam Humphries, Jeremy Love)
7-8 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Leigh Dragoon)
8-9 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Adrianne Ambrose)

Table 3
5:30-7:30 p.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)
7:30-9 p.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)

Moon Lake

Table 4
5:30-7:30 p.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)
7:30-9 p.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)

Featured Table
5:30-9 p.m. GUNNERKRIGG COURT (Tom Siddell)

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Table 1
9-11:30 am. GUNNERKRIGG COURT (Tom Siddell)
11-30 a.m.-1 p.m. THE GOD MACHINE (Chandra Free)
1-3 p.m. THE ENGINEER (Brian Churilla, Jeremy Shepherd)
3-5 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
5-7 p.m. RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN (Jim McCann, Janet K. Lee)

Table 2
9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Grace Randolph)
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Leigh Dragoon)
12-1:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Sam Humphries, Jeremy Love)
1:30-2:30 p.m. FRAGGE ROCK (Katie Cook)
2:30-4 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Michael DiMotta)
4-5:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Heather White, Jeff Stokely)
5:30-7 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Adrianne Ambrose, Nichol Ashworth)

Dark Crystal Poster by Brian Froud

Table 3
9-11:30 a.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)
2-4 p.m. KILLING PICKMAN (Jason Becker)
4-6 p.m. DAYS MISSING (Trevor Roth, David Marquez, Phil Hester)
6-7 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)

Table 4
9-11 a.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. TUMOR (Joshua Hale Fialkov)
12:30-1:30 p.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)
1:30-2:30 p.m. HYBRID BASTARDS! (Tom Pinchuk)
2:30-4 p.m. ARTESIA (Mark Smylie)
4-7 p.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)

Featured Table
9-10:30 a.m. FEEDING GROUND (Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski, Christopher Mangun)
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MOUSE GUARD (David Petersen)
12:30-1:30 p.m. TUMOR (Joshua Hale Fialkov)
1:30-2:30 p.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)
2:30-3:30 p.m. HYBRID BASTARDS! (Tom Pinchuk)
3:30-5 p.m. THE DARK CRYSTAL (Brian Froud, Wendy Froud)
5-6 p.m. MOUSE GUARD (David Petersen)
6-7 p.m. ARTESIA (Mark Smylie)

Friday, July 23, 2010
Table 1
9-11:30 a.m. RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN (Jim McCann, Janet K. Lee)
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. THE ENGINEER (Brian Churilla, Jeremy Shepherd)
2-3 p.m. THE GOD MACHINE (Chandra Free)
3-5 p.m. GUNNERKRIGG COURT (Tom Siddell)
5-7 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)

Table 2
9-10:30 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Michael DiMotta)
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Sam Humphries, Jeremy Love)
12-1:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Adrianne Ambrose, Amy Mebberson)
1:30-3 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Heather White, Jeff Stokely)
3-4:30 FRAGGLE ROCK (Nichol Ashworth, Leigh Dragoon)
4:30-5:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Katie Cook)
5:30-7 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Grace Randolph,

Table 3
9-10:30 a.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)
12:30-2:30 p.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)
2:30-4 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
4-5 p.m. FEEDING GROUND (Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski, Christopher Mangun)
5-7 p.m. LUCID (Michael McMillian)

Table 4
9-10:30 a.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. AWAKENING (Nick Tapalansky, Alex Eckman-Lawn)
1-2 p.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)
2-3:30 p.m. TUMOR (Joshua Hale Fialkov)
3:30-4:30 p.m. KILLING PICKMAN (Jason Becker)
4:30-5:30 p.m. HYBRID BASTARDS! (Tom Pinchuk)
5:30-6:30 p.m. THE KILLER (Matz)

Featured Table
9-10:30 a.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MOUSE GUARD (David Petersen)
12:30-2 p.m. THE DARK CRYSTAL (Brian Froud, Wendy Froud)
2-3 p.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)
3-4 p.m. THE GOD MACHINE (Chandra Free)
4-5:30 p.m. THE KILLER (Matz)
5:30-6:30 p.m. AWAKENING (Nick Tapalansky, Alex Eckman-Lawn)

Saturday, July 24, 2010
Table 1
9-10:30 a.m. THE ENGINEER (Brian Churilla, Jeremy Shepherd)
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
1-3 p.m. RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN (Jim McCann, Janet K. Lee)
3-4:30 p.m. THE GOD MACHINE (Chandra Free)
4:30-7 p.m. GUNNERKRIGG COURT (Tom Siddell)

Table 2
9-10:30 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Leigh Dragoon)
10:30-11:30 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Katie Cook)
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Heather White, Jeff Stokely)
1-2:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Michael DiMotta/Bryce P. Coleman)
2:30-4 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Amy Mebberson, Sam Humphries)
4-5:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Adrianne Ambrose, Nichol Ashworth)
5:30-7 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Heather White, Jeff Stokely)

Table 3
9-10:30 a.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. LUCID (Michael McMillian)
12-1:30 p.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)
1:30-4 p.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)
4-5 p.m. DAYS MISSING (Trevor Roth, David Marquez, Phil Hester)
5-6 p.m. KILLING PICKMAN (Jason Becker)
6-7 p.m. FEEDING GROUND (Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski, Christopher Mangun)

Table 4
9-10 a.m. AWAKENING (Nick Tapalansky, Alex Eckman-Lawn)
10-11:30 a.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. TUMOR (Joshua Hale Fialkov)
1-2:30 p.m. AWAKENING (Nick Tapalansky, Alex Eckman-Lawn)
2:30-4:30 p.m. THE KILLER (Matz)
4:30-6 p.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)
6-7 p.m. HYBRID BASTARDS! (Tom Pinchuk)

Featured Table
9-10:30 a.m. LUCID (Michael McMillian)
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MOUSE GUARD (David Petersen)
12:30-1:30 p.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)
1:30-3 p.m. THE DARK CRYSTAL (Brian Froud, Wendy Froud)
3-4 p.m. DAYS MISSING (Trevor Roth, David Marquez, Phil Hester)
4-5:30 p.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)
5:30-7 p.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)

Sunday, July 25, 2010
Table 1
9 a.m.-12 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
12-2:30 p.m. THE ENGINEER (Brian Churilla, Jeremy Shepherd)
2:30-5 p.m. THE GOD MACHINE (Chandra Free)

Table 2
9-10 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Katie Cook, Nichol Ashworth)
10-11 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Leigh Dragoon)
1-2 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Sam Humphries, Jeremy Love)
2-3 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Adrianne Ambrose, Bryce P. Coleman)
3-4 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Sam Humphries, Jeremy Love)
4-5 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Heather White, Jeff Stokely)

Table 3
9-10:30 a.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)
10:30-11:30 a.m. FEEDING GROUND (Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski, Christopher Mangun)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)
12:30-2 p.m. LUCID (Michael McMillian)
2-3:30 p.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)
3:30-5 p.m. DAYS MISSING (Trevor Roth, David Marquez, Phil Hester)

Table 4
9-11 a.m. THE KILLER (Matz)
11 a.m.-1 p.m. TUMOR (Joshua Hale Fialkov)
1-2:30 p.m. KILLING PICKMAN (Jason Becker)
2:30-4 p.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)
4-5 p.m. HYBRID BASTARDS! (Tom Pinchuk)

Featured Table
9-11 a.m. RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN (Jim McCann, Janet K. Lee)
11 a.m.-12 p.m. THE ENGINEER (Brian Churilla, Jeremy Shepherd)
12-1 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
1-2 p.m. MOUSE GUARD (David Petersen)
2-3:30 p.m. THE DARK CRYSTAL (Brian Froud, Wendy Froud)
3:30-5 p.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)

*Schedule is subject to change.

About Archaia

Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds. Archaia is: An Elegy for Amelia Johnson, Artesia, Awakening, Beautiful Scars, Berona’s War, The Black Knight, Critical Millennium, Cyclops, The Dark Crystal, Dark Fall, Days Missing, The Devil’s Handshake, The Engineer, Everlast, Feeding Ground, Fraggle Rock, God Machine, The Grave Doug Freshley, Gunnerkrigg Court, Hybrid Bastards!, Inanna’s Tears, The Killer, Killing Pickman, Labyrinth, The Lone and Level Sands, Lucid, Miranda Mercury, Moon Lake, Mouse Guard, Mr. Murder Is Dead, Okko, One in a Million, Primordia, The Return of the Dapper Men, Robotika, Saga, The Secret History, Some New Kind of Slaughter, Starkweather: Immortal, Syndrome, Titanium Rain, Trial By Fire, Tumor and 10 more new titles in 2010.

For more information on Archaia or any Archaia titles please visit www.Archaia.com. Archaia can also be found on Facebook (facebook.com/archaiacomics) and Twitter (twitter.com/archaiacomics).

Pop Candy’s Comic-Con Meetup

USA Today’s Whitney Matheson posted details about her SDCC 2010 party on her blog:

Please join me for Pop Candy’s Comic-Con meetup July 24 at 5:30 p.m. The whole shebang will take place at Wine Steals, an awesome (and convenient) wine/cocktail bar located at 793 and 795 J St. in San Diego. We’ll be partying on the rooftop patio.

A note about the poster: Yes, it’s really in 3-D! You can see it on the blog, but it looks especially awesome when blown up full size. Here’s a PDF of the full-size version, in case you’d like to print it. All meetup attendees will receive a pair of Pop Candy 3-D glasses as a special souvenir.

Another bonus: The first 75 people who show up to the party will receive an exclusive Hasbro Comic-Con 2010 collectible. Hasbro’s brands include (but are not limited to): Marvel, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake. Exciting!

The event is free and open to all ages. An RSVP is encouraged but not required at popcandy@usatoday.com. I can’t wait to see you there.

See also outlined her panel appearances:

On Saturday afternoon I’ll be on the “Comics Across All Media” panel alongside several friends/heroes of mine: Brad Meltzer, Paul Feig, Chip Kidd and Michael Uslan.

Here’s the official description:

12:30-1:30 Comics Across all Media

Paul Feig (creator of Freaks and Geeks), Chip Kidd (Shazam!: The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal), Whitney Matheson (USA TODAY’s Pop Candy blog), Brad Meltzer (The Inner Circle), and Michael E. Uslan (The Dark Knight) are five superstars who make headlines in television, the graphic arts, journalism, novels and film. But they all have comics in common. As they reunite for another visit, join them for a discussion of all things nerd. It’ll be like a 21st century Breakfast Club — but with even better references. Moderated by audiobook star Scott Brick (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant). Room 24ABC

Tip: We’ve done this panel before, and it was really popular, so you might want to line up early.

I’ll also be moderating a panel Thursday afternoon with the awesome team at Radical Axis Studios! Here’s that description:

2:30-3:30 A Decade of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies and More: The Animated Insanity of Radical Axis Studios

The team from Radical Axis — animators, artists, and amateur magicians — celebrate the studio’s 10th Anniversary with a look back at its body of work that includes Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, and other cartoon insanity. Scott Fry (CEO), Craig Hartin (VP of production) and Todd Redner (animation director) are joined by friend/collaborator Matt Maiellaro (co-creator, Aqua Teen Hunger Force) for a no-holds-barred Q&A with USA TODAY’s Whitney Matheson. Room 6A

Nickelodeon Schedule at SDCC 2010

The network will roll out a custom-designed booth with a giant interactive video screen where attendees can view videos of Nickelodeon shows and the agenda for each day.  Renovated retail space and an interactive flip book activity for attendees will showcase a variety of Nickelodeon show-branded photo opportunities for attendees.

SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, The Penguins of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and Fanboy and Chum Chum costume characters walking around the convention floor and taking photos with fans.  More comprehensive consumer products will be on display, with special premium giveaways and kid and adult products available for purchase.

PANELS/SCREENINGS:

Friday 7/23:
The Penguins of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda Panel (2:30pm – 3:30pm) — Room 5AB
• Screening of the half-hour Penguins of Madagascar special, “The Lost Treasure of the Golden Squirrel”
• Q&A with The Penguins of Madagascar’s Tom McGrath (Skipper), John DiMaggio (Rico), James Patrick Stuart (Private), Jeff Bennett (Kowalski), Danny Jacobs (King Julien), Kevin Michael Richardson (Maurice), Nick Filippi (director) and Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle (executive producers)
• Overview of Kung Fu Panda with a sneak peak of rough animation and screening of two completed interstitials
• Q&A with Kung Fu Panda’s Peter Hastings (executive producer), Bret Haaland (supervising producer), Randy Dormans (supervising producer) and Gabe Swarr (supervising director)

Saturday 7/24:

SpongeBob SquarePants Panel (10:00am – 11:00am) — Room 6A
• Break-down of the steps that go into the making of one 11-minute episode
• Screening of episode from the SpongeBob SquarePants anthology, “Legends of Bikini Bottom”
• Q&A with Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob), Paul Tibbitt (executive producer), Vincent Waller (creative director), Steven Banks (head writer), Kenny Pittenger (layout supervisor), Tuck Tucker (supervising storyboard director), Luke Brookshier (storyboard director), Andy Clark (background painter) and Andrew Overtoom (animation director)

Fairly OddParents and T.U.F.F. Puppy Panel (11:30am – 12:30pm) — Room 24ABC
• Sneak peek of the Fairly OddParents half-hour special, “Love Triangle”
• Information and tease of the one-hour special and live-action Fairly OddParents TV movie
• Screening of a five-minute clip reel from T.U.F.F. Puppy
• Q&A with T.U.F.F. Puppy’s Butch Hartman (creator), Ray DeLaurentis (story editor), George Goodchild (art director) and Dave Thomas (producer)

Fanboy and Chum Chum Panel (3:00pm – 4:00pm) – Room 25ABC
• Presentation of unaired footage in addition to main title and read-through with talent.
• Q&A with Fanboy and Chum Chum’s Eric Robles (creator/executive producer), Steve Tompkins (co-executive producer), Jason Meier (CG supervising producer), David Hornsby (voice of Fanboy), Nika Futterman (voice of Chum Chum), Jeff Bennett (voice of Mr. Mufflin), Jamie Kennedy (voice of Kyle), Candi Milo (Lupe)

Sunday 7/25 (Kids’ Day):

Nickelodeon Screenings (10:00am – 11:00am) — Room 6DE — SpongeBob SquarePants,
Fanboy and Chum Chum, Fairly OddParents and The Troop
The Troop Panel (10:00am – 11:00am) — Room 7AB
• Q&A with Tommy Lynch (executive producer), Jay Kogen (executive producer), Max Burnett (creator), Greg Coolidge (creator), Andrew Hill Newman (writer), Harry Hannigan (writer), Shawn Simmons (writer), Karen DiConcetto (writer) and Rochelle Zimmerman (writer)

CREATOR/CAST APPEARANCES & SIGNINGS AT THE NICK BOOTH:

Friday 7/23:

Avatar: The Last Airbender (1:30 – 3:00pm) – Mike DiMartino (creator/executive producer), Bryan Konietzo (creator/executive producer), Joaquim DosSantos (director), Ki-Hyun Ryu (character designer)

The Penguins of Madagascar (4:00 – 5:30pm) — Tom McGrath (Skipper), John DiMaggio (Rico), James Patrick Stuart (Private), Jeff Bennett (Kowalski), Danny Jacobs (King Julien), Kevin Michael Richardson (Maurice)

Nicktoons & NFL’s Guardians of Core – Coach Norv Turner and Linebacker Shawne Merriman from the San Diego Chargers (TBD)

Saturday 7/24:

Yo Gabba Gabba! (10:00am – 12:00pm) – DJ Lance Rock

The Fairly OddParents (1:00 – 2:30pm) — Butch Hartman (creator), Ray DeLaurentis (story editor)

The Troop (3:00 – 4:30pm) – Nicholas Purcell (Jake), Gage Golightly (Hayley), David Del Rio (Felix)

Fanboy and Chum Chum (5:00 – 6:30pm) — Eric Robles (creator/executive producer), David Hornsby (voice of Fanboy), Nika Futterman (voice of Chum Chum), Jeff Bennett (voice of Mr. Mufflin), Jamie Kennedy (voice of Kyle), Candi Milo (Lupe)

Sunday 7/25:

Dora the Explorer (11:00am – 12:30 pm) – Caitlin Sanchez (voice of Dora)

BOOTH ACTIVITIES, GIVEAWAYS & PRODUCTS:

Giveaways: Limited edition posters for various Nickelodeon shows; The Last Airbender prize pack giveaways: costumes, Appa plush, manga-art t-shirts; Nicktoons branded trading cards; Nick branded flip books

Products on Display and Available for Purchase:

• Home*:  Art cells from Art You Grew Up With for Fanboy and Chum Chum, Avatar, Invader Zim, Fairly OddParents and The Last Airbender
• Publishing:  Avatar series coffee book, The Last Airbender prequel manga and movie adaption, Avatar series cine manga
• Toys:  Air Master toy demos from Spin Master, The Last Airbender action figures, Dora “We Did It” doll, Ultimate Air Master
• Apparel:  SpongeBob t-shirts (adult and youth),  Fanboy and Chum Chum t-shirts*, The Last Airbender t-shirts: Manga art for adult and women skus* and graphic style for kids, The Penguins of Madagascar t-shirts (adult and youth)*
• Home Video:  Avatar collectors’ box set, Invader Zim’s Season 1 and 2, SpongeBob Squarepants’ “Triton’s Revenge”
• Video game:  The Last Airbender

*Comic-Con exclusive products

Dark Horse Schedule for SDCC 2010

Dark Horse Comics announces their signing and panel schedule with appearances by Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, Dave McKean, Joss Whedon, Dave Gibbons, Gerard Way, Stan Sakai, and many, many more. Find them at Booth #2615:

Media Release — Please Note that All Dates/Times are subject to change.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21 (Preview Night):

Domo raffle! Come to our booth to win one of our San Diego Exclusive Domo Figures!

6:00 – 7:00 Rick Remender: Fear Agent, End League, Gigantic

THURSDAY, JULY 22:

11:00 – 12:00 De:Tales, PIXU: Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon

11:00 – 12:00 Matt Kindt: 3 Story

12:00 – 1:00 Eric Powell: The Goon, Buzzard

12:00 – 1:00 Arvid Nelson: Zerokiller

1:00 – 2:00 Citizen Rex: Mario & Gilbert Hernandez

1:00 – 2:00 Ethan Nicolle: Axe Cop

2:00 – 3:00 Legendary Artist Milo Manara

3:00 – 4:00 Denis Kitchen: The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen

3:00 – 4:00 Carla Speed McNeil: Finder

3:00 – 4:00 Brian Ewing: Don’t Hold Your Breath – The Art of Brian Ewing

4:00 – 5:00 Alien Legion: Carl Potts, Chris Warner, Randy Emberlin

4:00 – 5:00 Creepy: TBA

5:00 – 6:00 Supersized: Morgan Spurlock, Ron English

5:00 – 6:00 Rick Remender: Fear Agent, End League, Gigantic

6:00 – 7:00 Robert E Howard: Tomas Giorello, Jim & Ruth Keegan, Darick Robertson , Scott Allie, Jose Villarubia

FRIDAY, JULY 23:

10:00 – 11:00 Stan Sakai: Usagi Yojimbo

11:00 – 12:00 Dave McKean: Cages, Pictures That Tick

12:00 – 1:30 Hellboy & The BPRD: Mike Mignola, Duncan Fregredo, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, Patric Reynolds

1:00 – 2:00 JP Kalonji: 365 Samurai

2:00 – 3:00 Dark Horse & TNT Present: Falling Skies – Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Mark Verheiden (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)

3:00 – 4:00 Metalocalypse: Dethklok – Brendan Small, Jon Schnepp, Eric Powell, Jeremy Barlow, Lucas Marangon

4:00 – 5:15 Joss Whedon: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, Serenity (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)

4:00 – 5:00 Aliens VS Predator: Randy Stradley, Raymond Swanland

5:30 – 7:00 Bestselling Authors Janet Evanovich & Alex Evanovich: Troublemaker

ALSO, FRIDAY, JULY 23rd IS STAR WARS DAY! STAR WARS CREATOR SIGNINGS ALL DAY:

11:00 – 12:00 Alex Freed, Michael Atiyeh, & Michael Heisler: Star Wars – Old Republic

12:00 – 1:00 Colin Wilson & Tom Taylor: Star Wars – Invasion

1:00 – 2:00 Haden Blackman: Star Wars – Force Unleashed

3:00 – 4:00 Matt & Shawn Fillbach: Star Wars – Clone Wars Adventures

4:00 – 5:00 Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching: Star Wars – Clone Wars

SATURDAY, JULY 24:

11:00 – 12:00 Shinjuku: Yoshitaka Amano, Mink (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)

11:00 – 12:00 Terminator: Zack Whedon, Andy McDonald

12:00 – 1:00 Art of Avatar The Last Airbender: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino

12:00 – 1:00 Steve Niles: Criminal Macabre

1:00 – 2:30 Umbrella Academy: Gerard Way & Gabriel Ba (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)

1:00 – 2:00 Lucas Marangon: Hellcyon

2:00 – 3:00 Ricardo Delgado: Age of Reptiles

3:00 – 4:00 Serenity: Float Out – Patton Oswalt, Patric Reynolds (* ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)

3:00 – 4:00 Jill Thompson: Beasts of Burden

4:00 – 5:00 Let Me In Cast Signing: Richard Jenkins, Matt Reeves, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Chloe Moretz (* ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)

4:00 – 5:00 Adam Warren: Empowered

5:00 – 6:00 Dark Horse & Bethesda Present – Fallout: New Vegas – Geof Darrow, Game Writer Chris Avellone

5:00 – 6:00 Tony Millionaire: The Art of Tony Millionaire, Sock Monkey

6:00 – 7:00 Dollhouse: Creator Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Zack Ward, Felicia Day (* ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)

6:00 – 7:00 David Lloyd: The Kickback

SUNDAY, JULY 25:

11:00 – 12:00 Denis Kitchen: The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen

11:00 – 12:00 It Ate Billy for Xmas: Steven Daily, Roman Dirge

12:00 – 1:00 Emily the Strange: Creator Rob Reger and Buzz Parker

12:00 – 1:00 Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Jo Chen and Andy Owens

1:00 – 2:00 Shinjuku: Yoshitaka Amano, Mink (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)

1:00 – 2:00 Tara McPherson: Lost Constellations

2:00 – 3:00 Legendary Artist Milo Manara

2:00 – 3:00 Larry Marder: Beanworld

3:00 – 4:00 Martha Washington: Frank Miller & Dave Gibbons (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)

4:00 – 5:00 Camilla D’Errico

And Check out these Dark Horse Related Panels and Events!

THURSDAY JULY 22

1:00-2:00 Video Game Comics – The Next Big Thing Room 5AB

3:00-4:00 Dark Horse Horror Room 9

FRIDAY JULY 23

11:30-12:30 Dark Horse Comics: Make Contact in 2010 Room 3

3:00-3:45 The Joss Whedon Experience Ballroom 20

4:45-5:45 Falling Skies Room 6A

6:00-7:00 The Goon Film Panel Room 24ABC

SATURDAY JULY 24

11:15-12:15 Focus on Gerard Way Room 6DE

2:00 – 3:00 Spotlight on Milo Manara Room 25ABC

5:00-6:00 Hellboy, The BPRD and Beyond Room 25ABC

SUNDAY JULY 25

10:00-11:00 Emily the Strange Room 3

11:30-12:30 Dark Horse Presents: Yoshitaka Amano Room 8

PORTFOLIO REVIEW

Dark Horse Comics will be reviewing the storytelling work of professional-level comics artists. We will be looking at consecutive story pages only, with an eye toward storytelling as well as drawing skills. A minimum of five consecutive pages are required. Please bring your most recent work. Artists with cover paintings, inking or coloring samples, pin ups, or sketches are invited to submit work by following instructions at http://www.darkhorse.com/company/submissions. It is suggested that this review be treated like a job interview.

LOCATION AND TIMES:

PR I Thursday 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

PR I Friday 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

PR I Saturday 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

CBLDF Auctions Lunch with Geoff Johns at SDCC 2010

Press Release

 

Make your Comic-Con unforgettable by bidding to spend a one-on-one hour with DC Entertainments Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns in an auction benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!  A driving force in modern comics, Johns is the bestselling writer of the Green Lantern, The Flash, Blackest Night, and Brightest Day!  As the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, Johns helps shepherd DC’s upcoming film and television projects. 

Lunch will be on Friday, July 23, from 12:45 to 1:45 PM, sharp.  The winner must have his or her own badge to attend Comic-Con on Friday for this event.  Full details for meeting location will be provided to the winner upon receipt of payment of winning bid.

This is your chance to ask all your questions about Johns’ unforgettable characters, stories, and behind the scenes insights!  All proceeds from this event will benefit the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! Bidding ends on Wednesday, July 21! 

Click here to bid!!

Hero Initiative Schedule for SDCC 2010

Hero Initiative, the nonprofit organization that creates a financial safety net for comic creators in need, will be heading to THE biggest event in the entertainment industry, San Diego Comic-Con International, July 21-25 at the San Diego Convention Center. This will be your FIRST chance to get Hero’s VERY limited edition Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40, plus you can attend exclusive cocktail parties with Joe Quesada, Dan DiDio, Robert Overstreet, David Lloyd and Tom DeSanto. And don’t forget our great lineup of special guests at the booth!

GET YOUR OVERSTREET! Hero Initiative is proud to announce the release of its exclusive “Conan” Edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40. Only 500 Hero-exclusive hardcover copies will go on sale on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Comic-Con International, the same day the regular editions of the Guide go on sale nationwide. The book features John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson, and Dean White’s recreation of the cover for Conan The Barbarian #1, also celebrating its 40th year. Price is $35, and books are available only at the Hero Initiative booth, #5003. Get yours while supplies last!Who would want to pass up the opportunity to have cocktails with Dan DiDio, Joe Quesada, Robert Overstreet, David Lloyd or Tom DeSanto in an amazing luxury hotel suite across the street from the Con? You can bid on a spot by clicking this link. Nothing would make your con experience complete quite like attending one of these special events!

And our amazing line up of special guests at booth #5003 is:

Wednesday July 21 (Con Hours 5:30-9:00)

6:00-9:00: Scott Koblish

Thursday July 22 (Con hours 9:00-7:00):

12:30-1:30: Dan Jurgens
1:30-2:30: Josh Dysart
2:30-3:30: Kurt Busiek
3:30-4:30: Ken Lashley
4:30-5:30: Dave Gibbons

Friday July 23 (Con hours 9:00-7:00):

10:00-11:30: Cully Hamner
11:30-1:00: Ron Marz + Michael Broussard
1:30-2:30: Denny O’Neil
3:30-4:30: Darick Robertson

Saturday July 24 (Con hours 9:00-7:00):

12:00-1:30: Dan Jurgens
1:30-3:30: David Lloyd
4:00-5:30: Phil Hester

Sunday July 25 (Con hours 9:00-5:00):

10:30-11:30: Tony Parker
3:30-4:30: Darick Robertson

Drawn & Quarterly Schedule for SDCC 2010

DRAWN AND QUARTERLY ANNOUNCES SAN DIEGO PLANS; SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE: GABRIELLE BELL, VANESSA DAVIS, JAMES STURM AND JILLIAN TAMAKI!

CON DEBUTS: MAKE ME A WOMAN, INDOOR VOICE, JSL TUBBY, JSL NANCY 2, EDEN, WILD KINGDOM AND PALOOKAVILLE 20–NOW A HARDCOVER BOOK!

Oh yes, it is San Diego time again, and this year the fine, fine people of Comic-Con International have invited four D+Q cartoonists to be special guests of the convention, complete with spotlight panels: Gabrielle Bell, Vanessa Davis, James Sturm, and Jillian Tamaki. I don’t believe we have ever had a year at San Diego with so many official special guests and so many conventions debuts. The heavenly moons of comics are aligned, people.
Vanessa and Jillian will even be debuting their new books:

Vanessa’s MAKE ME A WOMAN and Jillian’s INDOOR VOICE

Jillian will also be signing her award-winning SKIM, which we will have on hand in paperback for you.

Other debuts include:
 THE JSL: TUBBY
 Kevin Huizenga’s WILD KINGDOM
 The JSL: NANCY VOLUME 2
 EDEN by Argentinian newcomer Pablo Holmberg
 and all new PALOOKAVILLE 20 which is now a hardcover compendium of all things Seth and will knock the socks off of anyone who buys it.

So D+Q will be at ye olde booth #1529, our usual spot for twenty years, so it shouldn’t be hard to find us. Attending from D+Q will be Peggy Burns, production manager Rebecca Rosen (who is going on to greener, frenchier pastures in France this Fall so come over to say au revoir), and Publicity Coordinator Jessica Campbell. And of course the fine fellas from the Beguiling will be at our booth, too.

Here is our complete schedule, all signings take place at the D+Q Booth:
THURSDAY

2:00-4:00 Gabrielle Bell signing

3:00-5:00 Jillian Tamaki signing

3:30–4:30 Spotlight on James Sturm: Comic-Con special guest James Sturm has created award-winning graphic novels for early readers (Adventures in Cartooning), young adults (Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules), and grownups (The Golem’s Mighty Swing, Market Day) and co-founded the country’s finest cartooning school (The Center for Cartoon Studies). Sturm will be speaking about his process and art with Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter (comicsreporter.com). Room 26AB

5:00-7:00 PM James Sturm & Vanessa Davis Signing
FRIDAY

11:00–12:00 Spotlight on Vanessa Davis—One of the brightest new cartoonists of her generation, who has been featured in Tablet, Vice, Bust, and Bitch Magazines, Comic-Con special guest Vanessa Davis will be debuting her new book Make Me a Woman and discussing the book and its process with a charming and funny slide show about being young, Jewish and single. Room 4

12:00-2:00 Vanessa Davis signing

2:00–3:00 Graphic Novels: The Personal Touch—You know when you read it: that certain something that sticks out in a graphic novel. It’s the personal touch, a work that draws on the life of the creator or the people around him or her. Call the work autobiographical, call it reality—many times it results in truly personal and inspiring comics. Comics creator and journalist Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic, Skin Horse) talks to Comic-Con special guests Gabrielle Bell (Cecil & Jordan in New York), Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), Vanessa Davis (Make Me a Woman), Larry Marder (Beanworld), Jillian Tamaki (Skim), and Carol Tyler (You’ll Never Know Book 1: A Good and Decent Man) about their very personal work. Room 4

3:00-5:00 Gabrielle Bell & Jillian Tamaki signing

4:00–5:00 The Center for Cartoon Studies—Comic-Con special guest James Sturm, known for his graphic novels such as The Golem’s Mighty Swing, is also the director of The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS), a school located in the historic downtown village of White River Junction, Vermont. The school offers a two-year course of study that centers on the creation and dissemination of comics, graphic novels, and other manifestations of the visual narrative. The faculty includes renowned comics artists such as Stephen Bissette and Jason Lutes. James will talk about the school and the books the students have produced. Room 7AB

5:00-7:00 PM James Sturm signing
SATURDAY

11:00–12:00 Spotlight on Jillian Tamaki: Comic-Con special guest Jillian Tamaki has taken both the illustration and comics worlds by storm. Her graphic novel Skim, was a New York Times Best Book of the Year, and also was nominated for a Governor General Award. Her drawings can be found in the NYT, Oprah, New Yorker, and Esquire. Tamaki will discuss the process of Skim, collaborating with a writer and the difference between comics and illustration. Room 3

12:00-3:00 Jillian Tamaki & James Sturm Signing

1:00–2:00 Spotlight on Gabrielle Bell: Join Comic-Con special guest Gabrielle Bell (Cecil and Jordan in New York, Lucky) as she discusses her current work, past accomplishments and future projects with Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter). Room 3

3:00-6:00 Gabrielle Bell & Vanessa Davis signing

3:00–4:00 Comics Reprint Revolution: For comics fans, the reprint revolution keeps getting bigger and better! The Cartoon Art Museum’s Andrew Farago talks with Craig Yoe (Krazy Kat, Popeye, Jetta), Dean Mullaney (editor of Library of American Comics for IDW: Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Secret Agent Corrigan), Daniel Herman (Hermes Press: Buck Rogers, The Phantom), Gary Groth (Fantagraphics: Peanuts, Prince Valiant, Captain Easy), Peggy Burns (Drawn and Quarterly: John Stanley Library, Walt & Skeezix), Steve Saffel (Titan Books, Beetle Bailey, Simon & Kirby Library) and Charles Pelto (Classic Comics Press: Mary Perkins, On Stage, The Heart of Juliet Jones, Big Ben Bolt) about their publications reprinting some of the very best of comic books and comic strips. Room 8

SUNDAY

12:00–1:00 Kids Draw with James Sturm: Create your own cartooning adventure in this fun, interactive drawing session with Eisner Award-winning cartoon adventurer James Sturm (Adventures in Cartooning)! Using simple building blocks, you’ll learn how to put together an adventure of your own—and have fun along the way! Room 30CDE

11:00-2:00 Vanessa Davis and Gabrielle Bell signing

And best of luck to our Eisner nominees, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, John Porcellino and Adrian Tomine!

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