Boston Comic Con 2014 is Next Week

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Press Release:

Celebrity appearances, artist meet-and-greets, a film festival, a Cosplay costume contest, the first official after party and Cosplay Harbor Cruise are among many activities lined up for this year’s Boston Comic Con. Boston Comic Con will bring its first three-day convention to the Seaport World Trade Center Friday August 8 through Sunday August 10, 2014. In the seven years since its founding, Boston Comic Con has grown from a one-day show that attracted an estimated 900 comic book enthusiasts to last year’s record turnout of more than 23,000, which organizers expect to top this year.

“The community in Greater Boston that loves comic books and related television and film is tremendous and growing,” said Nick Kanieff, a founder of Boston Comic Con. “We are home to some of the industry’s most talented artists and devoted fans, all of which will join us in great numbers this August. Boston Comic Con has just enough of a celebrity touch to bring in ardent fans while still honoring the artists and writers who are the backbone of the industry.”

The 2014 Boston Comic Con will feature celebrity appearances by Jason Momoa of “Game of Thrones”; John Barrowman of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and “Arrow”; Sean Astin of “The Goonies” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy; James Marsters of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”; Katie Cassidy of “Arrow”; Eve Myles of “Torchwood”; Jewel Staite of “Firefly”; Sam Witwer of “Being Human”; and Darryl McDaniels, aka DMC, of Run-DMC, one of the founding fathers of the hip hop and rap movement, who is producing his own comic about a rap superhero. Celebrities will also participate in panel discussions, Q&As, photo ops, and signing autographs throughout the three-day convention.

Among the 200+ comic book creators taking part in the convention are well known artists such as artist Greg Capullo and writer Scott Snyder, who together produced legendary Batman story arcs as The Court of Owls, Death of the Family and Zero Year for DC Comics. Indie sensation Jeff Smith, creator of the fantasy epic Bone, makes rare appearance at this year’s convention. Also featured is artist Adam Kubert, best known for his work with Marvel Comics on Wolverine, Incredible Hulk, Ultimate Fantastic Four, and X-Men. He is both a graduate of and an instructor at the famed Kubert School, founded by his father, legendary artist Joe Kubert. Other creators include Skottie Young, whose current project, Rocket Raccoon ties in with Marvel’s summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, fan-favorite Gail Simone, writer of Batgirl, Birds of Prey, and Wonder Woman, and Mark Waid who is the most prolific writer of popular characters such as Superman, Spider-Man, and Daredevil.

Participating Boston-area artists include husband and wife team Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, Ming Doyle, Norman Lee, Sara Richard, and several others.

Boston Comic Con is especially proud of its showcase of 14 top women creators including: Christy Blanch, Danica Brine, Katie Cook, Danielle Corsetto, Ming Doyle, Dawn Griffin, Rebekah Isaacs, Shelli Paroline, Sara Richard, Gail Simone, Cat Staggs, Babs Tarr, Maris Wicks, and Chrissie Zullo.

“Boston Comic Con is at the forefront of supporting local artists, especially women creators. It is truly an organic, home-grown event that has gained popularity over the past few years,” said Kanieff, a Framingham resident who is also an avid collector. “We welcome everyone, from families with young children, to college students, to older comic book fans. There is something for everyone at Boston Comic Con.”

New This Year
The first Boston Comic Con Cosplay Harbor Cruise will take place on Saturday, August 9 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cruise will be hosted by Ivy Doomkitty, international costume designer and cosplayer, and features noted cosplayers including Nicole Marie Jean, Destiny Nickelsen, and Bethany Maddock. After the harbor cruise, Boston Comic Con will host the official “after party” at Laugh Boston, at the Westin Waterfront Hotel. Also new this year, a limited number of tickets will be sold to allow early entry on the first day of Boston Comic Con, Friday, August 8 at 1 p.m., one hour before the general admission at 2 p.m.

Additionally, Marvel editor C.B. Cebulski will be on hand to provide portfolio reviews for aspiring comic artists. And this year’s exclusive t-shirt features Rocket Raccoon drawn by Guardians of the Galaxy artist Nick Bradshaw with colors by Rich Woodall.

“Not only is Boston Comic Con drawing interest from the area’s extensive comic book community, but it’s becoming a destination event that brings tourists to Boston,” said Kanieff. “The growing excitement around this convention demonstrates the strength and vibrancy of the creative community we have here in Boston and in the surrounding region.”

More information about events, artists and celebrity guests can be found on www.bostoncomiccon.com. General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now, as are tickets for celebrity photo ops. Boston Comic Con is also accepting entries for this year’s film festival.

For information on ticket sales please visit: www.bostoncomiccon.com.

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UT – Jay & Silent Bob and Netheads LIVE

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Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Will Wilkins, and Trent Hunsaker appear at Death Ray Comics for LIVE podcasts on Saturday, June 14th!

NETHEADS – Noon

The NetHeads of SModCo, Will Wilkins and Trent Hunsaker, appear live at Death Ray Comics for an intimate interview with special guest writer/director/producer and Pod-Master Kevin Smith! Not since the SModcastle has there been an opportunity to see a SModCo Show this up-close and personal.

All ticketholders to this show will receive a Jay & Silent Bob’s Merchandise bundle which includes a mystery t-shirt. Please enter your t-shirt size. Please use a valid shipping address upon checkout.

$40.00 Get tickets at the link

JAY & SILENT BOB GET OLD – 3:00 pm

No Trench Coats. No Hair Extensions. Bound for the Grave. Watch Jay & Silent Bob Get Old right in front of your very eyes! Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith podcast LIVE at Death Ray Comics in Logan, Utah.

All ticketholders to this show will receive a Jay & Silent Bob’s Merchandise bundle which includes a mystery t-shirt. Please enter your t-shirt size. Please use a valid shipping address upon checkout.

**SOLD OUT**

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Death Ray Comics
72 West Center Street, Logan, Utah 84321
(435) 535-3259

BIG WOW! ComicFest Returns this Weekend…May 17-18, 2014

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Press Release:

Big Wow! Comic Fest Returns to San Jose on May 17th & 18th, 2014, bringing two great days of Comic Book, Art, Anime, 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, Nerds, Fans and True Collectors, everywhere!

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!

Meet, get autographs, and learn the secrets of Show Biz from our spectacular CELEBRITY GUESTS:

GODZILLA is in the House…Meet Kenpachiro Satsuma, in 1984’s RETURN OF GODZILLA, he would land the title role of Godzilla and continue as the King of Monsters for the next 11 years. This is first time to America in over 20 years.

Also from Japan, meet Satoshi Furuya he enthralled generations of children with his portrayal of the original Ultraman.

Jane Wiedlin is the sexy and charismatic guitar player for The GoGos! One of the best known Rock/Pop groups to emerge from the 1980′s, Jane is back at work, creating a stage production for her self published comic series “Lady Robotica”.

Also Appearing will be: Kevin Bernard Grevioux (Co-Writer, Producer and actor in “Underworld”, “I, Frankenstein” and comic book writer), Damion Poitier (Avengers (in the last 2 minutes, he was the surprise Villian), Star Trek, Hunter Prey…and the son of Sidney Poitier). Also, C. Andrew Nelson (Darth Vader), Parker Stevenson (Hardy Boys), Richard Kiel (007 “Jaws”), William Katt (Greatest American Hero, House)…and more

COSPLAY Guests Jessica Nigri, Riddle (star of “Heroes of Cosplay”), Ivy Doomkitty, Anthony Misano… and many more will all be on site. Along with hundreds and hundreds of amazing fans all in costume.

Super-Star Cartoonist and Big Wow! Bigwig Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, 50 Girls 50), will teach a 90-minute Figure Drawing Workshop with a live model, demonstrating fundamentals of technique and style. Any aspiring artist is welcome to sit in the audience and work along with Frank, who will provide priceless tips and critiques! And Inker Extraordinaire Mick Gray (Starman, Promethea) will once again provide a weekend-long inking demonstration as he works on his current comic book assignment at his booth! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see professional comic artists at work!

In conjunction with San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, Big Wow! Comic Fest proudly presents “BATMAN!, 75 years a Hero” Featuring Seven Decades of Original Art and Memorabilia from the DC Comics world-famous Super Hero. Also, there will be 2 additional shows, “The Art of MIKE ZECK!” And “The ART of FAMOUS MONSTERS”.

And Speaking of Famous Monsters… We are hosting the 1st Annual “Horror/Fantasy/Sci-Fi Film Festival” with the legendary Famous Monsters Magazine… who are also hosting our Japanese guest, and presenting the “Famous Monsters of Filmland” Pavilion with guests, props, make-up and costume designers and more.

And no Big Wow! ComicFest is complete without our:

Live Art Auction, Costume/Cosplay Contest (Saturday night directly after the show), Gaming, Card & Role-Playing Games, “Creature Features Live” with host: John Stanley, showing the original “Night of the Living Dead.”

Panel Discussions, including: Creating Comics, The Art of Self-Publishing, and how to Design and Create Your Own Costumes! There will be 5 rooms of programming going on, throughout the show.

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 $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!

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.

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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

CA – East of West Signing

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Nick Dragotta, artist and co-creator of the breakout hit of 2013 EAST OF WEST, appears at Flying Color Comics on Saturday, May 10th from noon till 3:00 pm! Dragotta has also worked on Marvel series FF, X-Statix, Captain America, Spider-Man, the X-Men and others.

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Flying Colors Comics
2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518

Boston Comic Con 2014 Adds Several More Guests

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoston Comic Con has added several new guests to an already huge list of creators! Marvel Editor and talent scout C.B. Cebulski, who has worked on titles including X-Men, Avengers, and Spider-Man, will appear to conduct a limited number of portfolio reviews. This is a rare opportunity to sit down with Marvel’s top talent scout and show off your talents. More information on the portfolio reviews and the schedule will be announced closer to the convention.

neal-adamsAdditionally, Silver Age legend Neal Adams appears at Boston’s biggest comic conventions once again! Neal has been one of the most influential artists in the industry both on the page and behind the scenes. From returning Batman to his dark and gritty roots to campaigning for creators’ rights, Adams and his photo-realistic art have graced the pages of The Brave and the Bold, Deadman, Uncanny X-Men, Avengers, Green Lantern / Green Arrow, and most recently Batman: Odyssey.

Local artist Ming Doyle, whose credits include Guardians of the Galaxy, Jennifer’s Body, Fantastic Four, and Tantalize, is a frequent guest of artist alley. She also co-created the webcomics The Loneliest Astronauts, Boldly Gone, and Mara from Image Comics. She recently drew Quantum & Woody for Valiant!

Artist Alex Saviuk appears once again at Boston Comic Con 2014. Alex began his career in the 1970s on Green Lantern, Flash, Hawkman, and Superman. He became well-known as a Spider-artist with a seven year run on Web of Spider-Man, and has drawn the Spider-Man newspaper strip since 1997. Other recent work includes penciling Stan Lee’s The Mighty Seven for Archie Comics, and another daily comic, The Phantom.

The most beloved man in comics Frank Tieri is a writer whose credits include Wolverine, Deadpool, Iron Man, and Infinity Heist for Marvel Comics; and Savage Hawkman, JSA: Classified, Gotham Underground, and Outsiders for DC Comics. He also worked on the popular Marvel vs. Capcom video game series and the cartoon Ultimate Spider-Man!

Previously announced guests include Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, Sam Witwer, Simon Bisley, Greg Capullo, Amanda Conner, Danielle Corsetto, Ivy Doomkitty, Adam Kubert, Carlos Pacheco, Jimmy Palmiotti, Eric Powell, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, Jeff Smith, Scott Snyder, Skottie Young, and many more! For the full guest list plus artist alley, exhibitor, and film fest registration please check out the Boston Comic Con website!

Online ticket purchases are available at the link!

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About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 8th, Saturday August 9th and Sunday August 10th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

NYC – James Franco Signs

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Actor James Franco appears at Barnes & Noble – Union Square to sign Palo Alto: Stories on Wednesday May 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM!

About this Author
James Franco is an actor, director, screenwriter, and artist. His film appearances include Milk, Pineapple Express, the Spider-Man trilogy, Howl, and Eat, Pray, Love. On television, he starred in the critically acclaimed series Freaks and Geeks. Franco has presented his visual art at the Clocktower Gallery in New York, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, and McSweeney’s.

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-253-0810

PA – Free Comic Book Day 2014

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Press Release:
The Comic Store is hosting Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 3, 2014! Each person receives one free comic of their choice from over 25 different ones. Additional copies may be obtained; we are asking for a donation of fifty cents each with proceeds benefiting the Library System of Lancaster County’s Bookmobile.
Book Signings:

10:00 pm – 1:00 pm
             Bob McLeod Marvel  and DC artist will on hand to greet customers and sign comics. During his long career, Bob has drawn and inked many comic characters such as Superman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Incredible Hulk, Batman and Star Wars characters. McLeod currently teaches part-time at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and works on various commercial
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 10:00 am – 5:00 pm           Ron Wybraniec of C and W Creations will signing comics and promoting their comic series. They just had a new # 1 published the beginning of April.

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm           Curt James a local HS school art teacher, will be on hand sketching caricatures.
 10:00 am – 5:00 pm            Matt Krotzer, local graphic artist for Clipper Magazine and artist for Gray Haven Comics, will be on hand to sketch customer requests.
Donations for these sketches will also benefit the Library System of Lancaster County’s Bookmobile.
There will be some Cosplay characters milling around during the day.  Rumor has it that some Star Wars characters, as well as an infamous DC villain and a female protagonist will be on hand.
 This is a family friendly event and open to the public.

The Comic Store
28 McGovern Ave, Station Square, Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 397-8737

GA – FCBD: Hulk Signing

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Mark Bagley (the all-star artist of Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Fantastic Four, Ultimate Spider-Man, Justice League, Trinity, and many other books) will be a part of Dr. No’s Free Comic Book Day Festivities on May 3rd from noon until 2:00 pm. Mark’s relaunch of The Hulk, produced with writer Mark Waid, will be in stores just before FCBD, so you can get him to sign your copy on that day!

Dr. No’s Comics & Games SuperStore
Blackwell Square Shopping Center
3428 Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30066
770-422-4642

Arrow’s Manu Bennett Added for Hartford Comic Con 2014

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UPDATE: Unfortunately Manu Bennett has had to cancel his appearance

Press Release:

Hartford Comic Con is proud to announce the addition of Manu Bennett from Arrow (Slade Wilson/Deathstroke), Spartacus (Crixus), and The Hobbit (Azog). He joins an already A-list line up of celebrity guests to join our show including cast mate Katrina Law (“Mira” from Spartacus), Chandler Riggs (“Carl Grimes” from The Walking Dead), Giancarlo Esposito (“Gus” from Breaking Bad), and more!

Please join us at the fastest growing comic con in New England! With appearance by over 150 of the industry’s top artists including special guests Ed McGuinness (Amazing X-Men, Nova), Tim Sale (Captain America, Batman), Jim Cheung (Infinity, Young Avengers), Dave Johnson (Deadpool, 100 Bullets), and so many more.

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Hartford Comic Con will take place on May 31 – June 1, 2014 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. For more information, tickets, registration, and the complete list of guests please check out the website: www.hartfordcomiccon.com and follow them on Twitter (@ HartfordCon) and Facebook!

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