Planet Comicon 2014 has released the initial schedule for panel events. This schedule focuses on event featuring media guests, including performers from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Wars, Firefly, and more.
We will be updating the schedule with additional panels and events as soon as details are confirmed.
Highlights of the schedule include:
FRIDAY, MARCH 14th:
- Margot Kidder (3:00 PM)
- Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis (4:00 PM)
SATURDAY, MARCH 15th:
- Wil Wheaton (11:00 AM)
- Jewel Staite (Noon)
- Brent Spiner and LeVar Burton (1:00 PM)
- Sylvester McCoy (2:00 PM)
- John Ratzenberger (3:00 PM)
- Zoie Palmer (4:00 PM)
- Kids’ Costume Contest (2:00 PM)
- Adults’ Costume Contest (5:00 PM)
SUNDAY MARCH 16th:
- Femi Taylor (11:00 AM)
- David Yost (Noon)
- Eddie McClintock (Noon)
- Lee Majors (1:00)
- TREKtacular Star Trek Cast Reunion (4:30) – NOTE: this is a separately ticketed event. This event is close to being sold out. Find out more about tickets here.
Planet Comicon is Kansas City’s largest comic book and pop culture convention. Now in its thirteenth year! The convention will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center on March 14-16th. Please visit their website for the full guestlist, ticket information, and more!
February 13, 2014 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, California, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Signing and Appearance Profiles, Television, Top Stories
Often Neil Gaiman’s work gets categorized as Dark Fantasy, because we love dividing and subdividing genres. But Neil’s work strains against such limitations, starting from his first major work in the U.S., The Sandman. He can’t even be limited as a writer, playing in as many different forms as he can – comics, short stories, poetry, novels, and screenplays have all sprung forth from his fertile imagination, yet his earliest writing was as a journalist, profiling the likes of Duran Duran and Douglas Adams. In recent years he has become a producer and a director, all while continually evolving as perhaps his most charming aspect: a true raconteur.
If his own story must have a beginning, it was in Hampshire, U.K., though he currently lives in the U.S. For those early days he describes himself as “…a feral child who was raised in libraries.” Becoming a voracious reader himself, it seems destiny guided him to his role as “Prince of Stories” – the title of a critical retrospective of his work.
Though he seeped into our consciousness with an ad in DC Comics declaiming “I will show you terror in a handful of dust,“ it was wonder, not terror, that dawned, as mythologies old and new were turned on their heads and woven into an original epic that he revisits from time to time. Neil awakened readers to things we must have always known, but somehow we needed him to give us the words.
In collaboration with Terry Pratchett, he offered us Good Omens. He wrote of Fragile Things and American Gods with equal weight; after all, he made us realize they are the same.
And he inspires wonder for all ages. While he has taken adults to he reminds young and old to seek magic in Stardust. For the very young, he taught The Dangerous Alphabet and remembered The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish.
Neil’s work gracefully straddles the media. Neverwhere began as a BBC teleplay before becoming a novel and a graphic novel, and this year has been re-imagined as a radio drama. Coraline has become both a stop-motion animated film and a stage musical, while The Wolves in the Walls expanded into an opera. At the request of the Jim Henson Company, Neil co-created the film Mirrormask, directed by his frequent collaborator, artist Dave McKean. (Their Mr. Punch has not yet left the page, but with Neil, it’s only a matter of time.)
Perhaps fulfilling a dream of that feral child in the library, Neil even wrote an episode of Doctor Who in 2011, “The Doctor’s Wife.” There’s more, of course, including a bestselling novel in 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but Neil is also busy in other media. Having turned producer for the film Stardust, he has also directed two short films himself, one starring his wife, musician Amanda Palmer.
San Jose Repertory Theatre
101 Paseo De San Antonio Walk, San Jose, CA 95113
February 10, 2014 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Gaming, Horror, Movies, New Jersey, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Signing and Appearance Profiles, Television, Video Games
Writer Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods, Doctor Who) speaks at Rowan University on Friday March 7th at 7:00 pm! This lecture is open to the public. Please note, there will be no book signings before or after this lecture.
201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028
Then the award-winning writer of Sandman, American Gods, Anansi Boys, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and his latest The Ocean at the End of the Lane, speaks at the Babcock Theatre on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.
Ticket price for the is $20. Tickets may be purchased at the MetraPark Box Office, by phone 406.256.2422, at Rimrock Mall and Cellular Plus, or online at www.metrapark.com. All sales are final. No refunds on purchased tickets. RSVP on Facebook!
2812 Second Ave. North, Billings, MT 59101
The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes artists Gary Amaro and Steve Leialoha for its ongoing celebration of the 25th anniversary of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. This special presentation will be held on Thursday, January 23 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.
In 1993, Neil Gaiman embarked upon one of the most ambitious Sandman storylines with Worlds’ End. Reminiscent of Chaucer’s legendary Canterbury Tales, THE SANDMAN: WORLDS’ END is a wonderful potpourri of engrossing tales and masterly storytelling. Improbably caught in a June blizzard, two wayward compatriots stumble upon a mysterious inn and learn that they are in the middle of a “reality storm.” Now surrounded by a menagerie of people and creatures from different times and realities, the two stranded travelers are entertained by mesmerizing myths of infamous sea creatures, dreaming cities, ancient kings, astonishing funeral rituals and moralistic hangmen.
To fully realize the different realities depicted in this storyline, Gaiman selected several of his favorite artists and tailored stories specifically to their talents. Artists Bryan Talbot and Mark Buckingham illustrated the framing sequence, and pencilers and inkers from A to Z (Allred to Zulli) rendered the six different reality-spanning tales authored by Gaiman. Gary Amaro and Steve Leialoha both contributed to the final issue of Worlds’ End, with Amaro’s story foreshadowing the series’ conclusion.
Amaro and Leialoha will discuss their collaborations with Neil Gaiman on this classic Sandman story, as well as their other work for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. The two artists will collaborate on a limited print for VIP ticket buyers, available as an attendees-only exclusive.
Tickets for this event will be sold on a sliding scale, and can be purchased here…
General Admission: $10.00 (Cartoon Art Museum members will receive two-for-one admission and an exclusive print). VIP Admission is $25 and includes an exclusive print created for the event by Gary Amaro and Steve Leialoha.
Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Mike Dringenberg inked the first issues of Sandman, which were penciled by Sam Kieth. When Kieth left the book, Dringenberg took over as penciler, illustrating some of the series’ most memorable issues, designing several major characters, and setting the artistic tone for the book with his understated, realistic style. The most notable issue of Dringenberg’s tenure was the eighth issue of Sandman, “The Sound of Her Wings,” which introduced the Sandman’s sister, Death. Dringenberg also created what is perhaps the most widely seen Sandman illustration of all, a poster depicting The Endless, which was prominently featured in the popular TV program Roseanne, adorning Darlene Conner’s bedroom in the early 1990s.
On Saturday, December 14, Dringenberg will discuss his tenure on Sandman with Ryan Graff, co-curator of the Cartoon Art Museum’s Sandman retrospective Grains of Sand and designer of the museum’s forthcoming Sandman exhibition catalog. Although the catalog will not yet be available for purchase, the Cartoon Art Museum will offer a limited edition original bookplate penciled by Mike Dringenberg, inked by Sam Kieth, and signed by both artists as a special keepsake of this historic exhibition.
Tickets for this event will be sold on a sliding scale, and can be purchased at the link!
General Admission*: $25.00
General Admission plus Mike Dringenberg & Sam Kieth bookplate*: $50.00
General Admission, bookplate, plus two additional personalized signatures: $100.00 (Limited to 30 guests. Please note that Mike Dringenberg will not sign any unpersonalized items, and will not sign any CGC-graded books.)
General Admission, bookplate, two signatures, plus dinner with Mike Dringenberg: $300 (Limited to four guests. Join Mike Dringenberg, Ryan Graff, and other Sandman fans and original art collectors for a dinner prior to the Cartoon Art Museum event at a nearby restaurant.)
*Cartoon Art Museum members will be able to bring an additional guest for free at the $25, $50 and $100 levels. Members who purchase tickets at the $50 level will receive two bookplates. Limit two signatures per ticket purchased at the $100 and $250 levels.
Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Neil Gaiman signs at the First Parish Church in Harvard Square on Saturday July 13th at 6:00 pm!
Join Porter Square Books (25 White Street, Cambridge, MA 02140-1413) for a reading and signing with Neil Gaiman, author of the new novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
This event will take place at the First Parish Church in Harvard Square and is a ticketed event.
Tickets are $5 each and will be available in-store only starting on June 18th, the official release date for The Ocean at the End of the Lane, limit of 4 tickets per person.
A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.
First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Author Neil Gaiman appears for a reading and signing on Monday July 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM!
From one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, comes his first adult novel in eight years, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Join us for a reading and signing at Jefferson High School in Bloomington.
Wristbands are required for entry to this event and will be available beginning at 9:00 am on June 18 at Barnes & Noble Galleria (3225 W 69th, Edina, MN 55435) only. Wristbands are free with the purchase of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. A limited number will be available.
About this Author
Novelist Neil Gaiman has sent a British businessman tumbling into a fantastic underworld and had a devil and angel comically conspiring to thwart the Apocalypse. He found his biggest success, though, in Death, Dreams and Destruction — and the four other similarly named siblings who controlled the reins of the human race’s emotional impulses in his graphic-novel series The Sandman, a wholesale rejuvenation of graphic fiction that had everyone from Tori Amos to Norman Mailer spinning with, yes, Delirium.
Jefferson High School Auditorium
4001 West 102nd Street, Bloomington, MN 55437
Author Neil Gaiman speaks with Geoff Boucher about his latest novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the Alex Theatre on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 8:00pm!
The Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203
Literary legend Neil Gaiman (American Gods, The Sandman, Stardust), in his 2012 commencement address at the University of the Arts in Pennsylvania, encouraged graduates to do one thing, even in the worst of times: Make Good Art. Gaiman– who has written novels, short fiction, comic books, screenplays, children’s books, and graphic novels– and Chip Kidd, who designed the innovative cover and interior for the published book based on the speech, convene at the Oberon to discuss Gaiman’s unconventional career path, prodigous output, and the bravery and creativity that goes into making good art. This special, intimate evening presents a rare encounter with one of contemporary literature’s most creative minds alongside the top graphic designer in publishing. They will discuss their own artistic processes and pass along advice for how to Make Good Art.
OBERON | A.R.T. – American Repertory Theater
2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA 02138