2014 Big WOW! Art Auction Details

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The Art Auction will be held on Saturday May 17th, 2014. The blind auction will run throughout the day in the art gallery in the back of the hall, and will wrap up at 5:30 PM Interested parties must sign up for a bidder/paddle number and then can begin placing blind bids on the art they are interested in. Contributors include Mark Brooks (seen at left), Charlie Adlard, Frank Cho, Sanjulian, Michael Lark, Justin Greenwood, Toshio Maeda, Darick Robertson, Bill Morrison, and many many others! Full details at the link!

Art that does not receive three bids will sell for the highest offer at 5:30 PM, and ones that do get at least three bids will be placed in the live auction that begins at 6:30 PM in convention hall room B. Writer Ken Kristensen will be helping emcee the auction so if you are a Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth fan, this will be a fun chance to hang out with Ken and hopefully buy some art! There will be a cash bar in the room, and hopefully a number artists that submitted their works to the auction in attendance.

Founded in 1979 as “Super-Con”, Big Wow! Comic Fest is not only Northern California’s Longest-Running Comic-Con, but is this year’s Only Major Comics Event in the San Francisco Bay Area! As the Original Artist-Friendly Show, we have Fantastic Comic Book Creator Guests spanning all decades and genres! This year we are pleased to welcome as our Featured Guests:  Charlie Adlard (Artist for the popular “Walking Dead” series), Legendary Illustrator Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men, Avengers), Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola, Fan-Favorites Travis Charest (Weapons of the Metabarons), Art Adams (X-Men, Godzilla), and more Special Guests including: Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Mike Zeck (Punisher, Spider-Man, Secret Wars), Joe Linsner (Dawn), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama, Disney Poster Artist), Alex Nino (Dead Ahead), Sergio Aragones (Mad Magazine, Groo the Wanderer), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), and many more confirmed and added to our website! Over 200 Comic Creators!

Tickets are available at the link. And we have tickets available at over 30 participating comic book stores around Northern California.

Admission is only:

1 Day Adult $25.00 (at the door)

2 Day Adult $35.00 (at the door)

1 Day Child (8-14) $10.00 (at the door)

2 Day Child $15.00 (at the door)

CHILDREN UNDER 8 ARE FREE!

*Save $5.00 Off Admission! Buy tickets online, or at many local Comic Book Stores!

Be sure to follow us on both Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming announcements!

www.bigwowcomicfest.com

CAPS Launches Stan & Sharon Sakai Benefit Auction on March 6th

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**UPDATE** Auctions begin TODAY on eBay starting at 5PM PST/8PM EST at the link!!

Press Release:

CAPS TO LAUNCH ART AUCTION FEATURING ORIGINAL WORKS BY MATT GROENING, JACK DAVIS, MIKE MIGNOLA, J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, ADAM HUGHES AND HUNDREDS MORE TO BENEFIT FELLOW CARTOONIST STAN SAKAI AND FAMILY

On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Southern California’s CAPS, the Comic Art Professional Society, will launch an ongoing series of eBay auctions of original comic art. Its goal is to raise funds for medical care for Sharon Sakai, the wife of respected cartoonist and longtime CAPS member Stan Sakai, creator of the samurai rabbit USAGI YOJIMBO. Sharon has been battling a debilitating brain tumor for some time; after an extended hospital stay and convalescence, she is currently at home, but her condition requires 24-hour care and medicine that costs more than the Sakai’s insurance covers. 100% of the proceeds of these auctions will go directly to Stan and Sharon Sakai to help pay their ongoing medical expenses.

Known for his exquisite work with female characters, J. Scott Campbell created this wonderful ink drawing to benefit Sharon & Stan Sakai in the CAPS auction.

Known for his exquisite work with female characters, J. Scott Campbell created this wonderful ink drawing to benefit Sharon & Stan Sakai in the CAPS auction.

The CAPS auctions will be conducted through eBay.com beginning on Thursday, March 6, with a new set of auctions every following Thursday. Each auction, sold under the seller name of “CAPSauction”, will be ten days in length with twenty to forty items in each set of auctions. The donations of original artwork and collectibles (including newly created art unique to this event, vintage comic book pages, comic strips, illustrations, animation art, limited edition statues, and IDW Artist’s editions books) number over three hundred with new items arriving every day.

Contributors include: Adam Hughes, Alex Maleev, Arthur Adams, Batton Lash, Eric Powell, Jan Duursema, Jerry Ordway, Jordi Bernet, Matt Groening, Michael Allred, Mike Mignola, Paul Gulacy, Sanjuliàn, Scott Shaw!, Jim Steranko, Tim Sale, William Stout, Bill Sienkiewicz, Cameron Stewart, Dan Brereton, Daniel Parsons, Dave Gibbons, Dean Yeagle, Doug Sneyd, Dustin Nguyen, Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, Sergio Aragonés, Fabio Moon, Francisco Francavilla, Gene Ha, Geof Darrow, Gilbert Hernandez, Jack Davis, James O’Barr, Kevin Eastman, Jeff Lemire, Jeff Smith, Kazu Kibuishi, Liam Sharp, Tom Richmond, Michael Jantze, Olivia, Oscar Martin, Paul Chadwick, Richard Corben, Tom Mandrake, Walter Simonson, Charles Vess, Dan Spiegle, J. Scott Campbell and many more.

Many of the pieces featuring Usagi Yojimbo will appear in a new oversized hardcover book from Dark Horse, THE SAKAI PROJECT: ARTISTS CELEBRATE THIRTY YEARS OF USAGI YOJIMBO, which will be released on July 23, 2014. All proceeds from this book will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai. Much of the custom Usagi Yojimbo art created for this book will also be sold as a part of CAPS’ online auctions.

These fund-raising auctions will be promoted through ComicArtFans.com, and the CAPS – COMIC ART PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY Facebook page where you will be able to see updated information such as when certain pieces will be auctioned.

Tampa Bay Comic Con Announces Star-Studded Guest List for August 2013

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Press Release:

Tampa Bay Comic Con Announces Star-Studded Cast

June 14th, 2013
 – The Tampa Bay Comic Con will take place on August 23-25, 2013 at the Tampa Convention Center! This marks the inaugural Tampa Bay Comic Con to be held at Tampa Convention Center.

The Tampa Bay Comic Con has announced its guest list and it includes primary cast members from Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Hunger Games.

Maisie Williams who portrays Arya Stark, the star and protagonist of the HBO series, Game of Thrones. The Tampa Bay Comic Con will be the first convention in the western hemisphere to feature Maisie Williams.
Rory McCann who portrays Sandor “The Hound” Clegane in the HBO series, Game of Thrones. The Tampa Bay Comic Con will be the first convention in the western hemisphere to feature Rory McCann.
Lauren Cohan who portrays Maggie Greenie in AMC’s hit series, The Walking Dead.
Willow Shields who portrays Primrose Everdeen (sister of Katniss played by Jennifer Lawrence) in the Hunger Games and upcoming sequel, Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

In addition, the following comic artist professionals will be in attendance:

George Perez, known for the Avengers, Teen Titans, Infinity Gauntlet
• Jim Calafiore, Jeff Dekal, Bo Hampton, Geof Isherwood, Joëlle Jones, Ken Kelly,Greg LaRocque, Pablo Marcos, Val Mayerik, Mike McKone, Mike Perkins, Budd Root, Sanjulian, Andy Smith, Mark Sparacio and Tim Vigil.

All three convention days will feature full schedules of programming such as cosplay, contests and panels.

Single-day admission is $20.00 and a 3-day pass is $45.00 ($15.00 savings) for adults. Admission is FREE for children (12 & under).

12PM-6PM | Friday, August 23rd
10AM-6PM | Saturday, August 24th
10AM-5PM | Sunday, August 25th

Tampa Convention Center (west hall)
333 S Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602

Please e-mail: inquiries@tampabaycomiccon.com
www.tampabaycomiccon.com

Excelsior! Stan Lee Attends Big WOW! ComicFest 2013

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Press Release:

Big WOW! ComicFest is extremely excited and proud to welcome comic book legend STAN LEE for his first ever appearance at the Bay Area’s Premier Comic Book and Pop Culture Convention!

The legendary architect of the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee will spend the entire day on Sunday May 19, 2013, meeting with fans, signing autographs, posing for pictures, and answering questions in an exclusive panel presentation. Stan “The Man” Lee, whose legendary comic book career has spanned over 60 years, is the creative mind behind many of the biggest names in the comic book universe, including co-creating Iron Man, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, Thor and numerous others, and his body of work is far and away the most extensive in the history of comic books.

“It’s a dream to have Stan attend our show” said Big WOW! co-organizer Steven Morger. “There is no one who exemplifies the creative spirit that Big WOW! brings to the fans more than Stan Lee. He truly is a legend in the comic book industry.”

Advance Autograph, Photograph, or Combo Packages with Stan Lee can be Purchased Here.

Stan Lee headlines an impressive guest list at this years Big WOW! ComicFest. Joining Stan are some of today’s top comic industry professionals including Neal Adams (Superman, Batman), Tony Daniel (Batman), Adam Hughes (Fairest, Wonder Woman), Writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Joker), Toshio Maeda (Urotsukidoji & La Blue Girl), Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets), Lee Bermejo (Rorschach, Joker), Sanjulian (Vampirella), Brian Stelfreeze (Batman), Sergio Aragones (MAD, Groo), Herb Trimpe (Hulk), Terry & Rachel Dodson (X-Men, Wonder Woman), and Arthur Adams (Classic Avengers).

Fan-Favorites: Travis Charest (Weapons of the Metabarons), Kevin Nowlan (Superman Vs. Aliens), James O’Barr (Crow), Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Keu Cha (Rising Stars), Joe Linsner (Dawn), Michael Golden (The ‘Nam), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama), Humberto Ramos(Wolverine), Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine, Liberty Meadows), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra Assassin), Jason Palmer (Serenity), Aaron Lopresti (Spider-Man), Ryan Sook (Zatanna), and so many more confirmed guests added to our website!

Advance Ticket Sales and Hotel Information

Advance Attendee Ticket sales are now available both online and at many local comic shops in the Bay area. Tickets will also be sold from the box office at the convention hall both days of the show.Advance ticket sales are discounted!

If you’re in need of a place to stay during the show our Hotels page is up-to-date with hotels that have special rates for Big WOW! ComicFest Attendees.

Be sure to follow us on both Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming announcements!

CreaturesCon 2

CreaturesCon, the official Creature Features Convention dedicated to the classic San Francisco Bay Area TV Show, will join forces with Big Wow Comicfest this May 2013 in San Jose. John Stanley, Ernie Fosselius, Lord Blood-Rah, Strephon Taylor, Tom Wyrsch and a gang of special guests will be on hand.

Creature Features Props & Memorabilia
Creature Features Panel dedicated to Bob Wilkins
Creature Features items for sale
Creature Features shows on giant monitor ran continuously

And for the first time ever, Creature Features Live. A complete Creature Features show done live on stage with John Stanley as host, guests, and feature length movie with breaks. Guaranteed to be the largest Creature Features event ever. All part of CreaturesCon 2 at Big WOW! ComicFest.

And no Big Wow! ComicFest is complete without our:

Art Auction, Costume/Cosplay Contest (Saturday night directly after the show), Gaming, Card & Role-Playing Games with Sanctioned Tournaments and Live Demonstrations of Magic the Gathering, World of Warcraft, Hero Clix, and more!

Tickets are available on the website. And we have tickets available at over 30 participating comic book stores around Northern California.

Admission is only:
1 Day Adult $20.00
2 Day Adult $30.00
1 Day Child (8-14) $10.00
2 Day Child  $15.00
CHILDREN UNDER 8 ARE FREE!

FOR MORE INFORMATION we will always have guest and programming updates for the show at:   www.bigwowcomicfest.com . Also, most of our Guests will be available before the show for online, phone and in some cases, personal appearance Interviews.

Scene on the Web Weekly: April 22-28, 2013

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Early Bird Exhibitor Discount for Big Wow 2013 Ends Soon

January 29, 2013 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News, Top Stories

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Press Release:

Big Wow! ComicFest Returns to San Jose May 18th & 19th, 2013, bringing two great days of Comic Book, Anime/Manga, Art, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Cosplay FUN! Many of the country’s best vendors of all things cool and collectible will tempt your wallets with the perfect gifts for Geek, Fans and True Collectors, everywhere! Big Wow! ComicFest is the Only Major Comics Event in the San Francisco Bay Area this Year.

SPECIAL NOTICE: The early bird $75 Discount for Exhibitor Booths, Small Press and Artist Alley Tables ends Thursday, January 31st at midnight PST. Click Here to Register Today before you miss this opportunity!

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Be sure to follow us on both Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming announcements!

Amazing Creators!

As the Original Artist-Friendly Show, we are bringing in a lineup of Fantastic Comic Book Creator Guests spanning all decades and genres! This year we are pleased to have as guests at the show Neal Adams (Superman, Batman), Tony Daniel (Batman), Adam Hughes (Fables, Wonder Woman), Writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Joker), Toshio Maeda (Urotsukidoji & La Blue Girl), Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets), Lee Bermejo (Rorschach, Joker), Sanjulian (Vampirella), Brian Stelfreeze (Batman), Sergio Aragones (MAD, Groo), Herb Trimpe (Hulk), Terry & Rachel Dodson (X-Men, Wonder Woman), and Arthur Adams (Classic Avengers).

Fan-Favorites… Travis Charest (Weapons of the Metabarons), Kevin Nowlan (Superman Vs. Aliens), James O’Barr (Crow), Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Keu Cha (Rising Stars), Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher), Joe Linsner (Dawn), Michael Golden (The ‘Nam), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama), Humberto Ramos (Wolverine), Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine, Liberty Meadows), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra Assassin), Jason Palmer (Serenity), Aaron Lopresti (Spider-Man), Ryan Sook (Zatanna), and so many more confirmed guests added to our website!