NH – Halloween ComicFest 2016


Artist Craig Rousseau, Chrissie Zullo, Christopher Uminga, Ransom Getty, Amanda Dufresne, and Scott C. Hamilton appear at Merrymac Games and Comics on Saturday October 29th from 11:00 AM till 5:00 PM to celebrate Halloween ComicFest 2016!

Merrymac Games and Comics
550 DW Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 420-8161

DC Entertainment Announces Signing Schedule at NYCC 2016


Press Release:

New York Comic Con (NYCC) is always one of the best ways for fans to meet the talented list of writers and artists behind DC and Vertigo’s most popular stories for meet-and-greets and signings.

This year’s booth (South Concourse, Booth #4002) will feature some of the fans’ favorite REBIRTH talent including Tom King and David Finch (BATMAN), Steve Orlando (SUPERGIRL), Christopher Priest (DEATHSTROKE) and DC Publisher Jim Lee (SUICIDE SQUAD), among many, many others. Already a smash hit with comic book die-hards and novices alike, the curator of DC’s Young Animal imprint, Gerard Way, will be signing copies of DOOM PATROL with artist Nick Derington.

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Amazon Princess just a few weeks after NYCC on Oct. 21, a number of past and present Wonder Woman talent will be on-hand for signings including, WONDER WOMAN Writer Greg Rucka, WONDER WOMAN: THE TRUE AMAZON Writer and Artist Jill Thompson, as well as legendary Wonder Woman Artist José Luis García-López.

Highlights from this year’s signing schedule include:

Thursday, October 6th
11am-12:00pm: Brenden Fletcher
11:30am-12:30pm: Amy Chu, Clay Mann
12:30-1:30pm: Marc Andreyko, Cat Staggs
1:30-2:30pm: Jill Thompson
3:00-4:00pm: Peter Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
3:30-4:30pm: Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo
4-5:00pm: Joshua Williamson, Ed Benes
4:30-5:30pm: Scott Snyder*, Rafael Albuquerque*
5 -6pm: Shea Fontana
5:30-6:30pm: Jim Lee*, Alex Sinclair
6-7:00pm: Steve Orlando, Phil Jimenez

Friday, October 7th
10:30-11am: José Luis García-López, Paul Levitz
11:am-12pm: Brian Azzarello, Klaus Janson
11:30am-12:30pm: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson, Yanick Paquette
2-3pm: Tom King*, David Finch*
3-4pm: Christopher Priest, Paolo Pantalena
4-5pm: Greg Rucka
4:30-5:30pm: Jim Lee*, Alex Sinclair
5:30-6:30pm: Scott Snyder*, John Romita, Jr.*

Saturday, October 8th
11am-12pm: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson, Yanick Paquette
12:30-1:30pm: Steve Orlando, Clay Mann
12pm: Christopher Priest, Paolo Pantalena
3-4pm: Gerard Way*, Nick Derington, Marley Zarcone
3:30-4:30pm: Shea Fontana
4:30-5:30pm: Brian Azzarello, Klaus Janson
5:30-6:30pm: Scott Snyder*, Greg Capullo*

Sunday, October 9th
10:30-11:30am: Brenden Fletcher, Lee Weeks
11-12:00pm: Shea Fontana
1-2pm: Tom King*, David Finch*
2-3pm: Greg Rucka
3:30-4:30pm: José Luis García-López
4-5pm: Jill Thompson

Download the new DC All Access mobile app for a complete list of panels and talent signings, behind-the-scenes coverage and in-depth interviews directly from DC’s web series, “DC All Access.” The app is available for free at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Event & Photo Op Schedules and Pricing up for Spooky Empire’s Show

se_photoopWe are getting closer to the show!

October 7-9, 2016

Orange County Convention Center

Full event and Photo Op schedules are confirmed and posted!
Download them now and prepare yourself for a full weekend of entertainment and fun!


CA – Batman Day 2016 Signing


Comics superstar JIM LEE signs at Vroman’s Bookstore on Saturday September 17, 2016 at 5:00 PM to celebrate BATMAN DAY!

Fans MUST purchase a copy of either Batman: Europa OR Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits from Vroman’s Bookstore in order to receive a signing line ticket.With purchase of Batman: Europa OR Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits fans may get a maximum of 2 other items signed.

The signing line will be limited to 150 fans ONLY due to Jim Lee’s busy schedule. Our Will Call department will be handling all purchases of Batman: Europa OR Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits for the signing. NO PRE-ORDERS OR ONLINE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THIS EVENT. Customers must make your purchase at our Will Call window or over the phone to receive a ticket to be in the signing line on September 17. Books and tickets will be available starting on Wednesday, September 7. * The signing will begin promptly at 5pm and end at 6:30pm.

Jim Lee, a world-renowned comic book artist, writer, editor and publisher, is now currently the Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment (DCE) alongside Dan DiDio.

Known for his incredibly detailed and dynamic artistic style, Lee is one of the most revered and respected artists in American comics. A veritable legend in the industry, he has received numerous accolades and recognition for his work, including the Harvey Special Award for New Talent in 1990, the Inkpot Award in 1992, and the Wizard Fan Award in 1996, 2002 and 2003. Prior to his current post at DCE, Lee served as Editorial Director, where he oversaw WildStorm Studios and was also the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER, BATMAN: HUSH, and SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW. He also serves as the Executive Creative Director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE).

In 1992, he started his own production company, WildStorm Productions, and co-founded Image Comics, an independent comics company that quickly grew to become the third largest North American publisher. (DC Comics)

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

CA – Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 Signing


DC Comics artist Philip Tan appears at Arsenal Comics on Wednesday Sept. 14th from 2pm to 5pm signing copies of his comic Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1!

RSVP on Facebook!

Arsenal Comics & Games
2333 Michael Drive, Newbury Park, CA 91320
(805) 499-6197

NM – Joe Dirt Screening


Actor Adam Beach (Kicking Wing from Joe Dirt, Slipknot from Suicide Squad) will be at the Jean Cocteau on Saturday August 20th at 10pm to host a screening of JOE DIRT and meet and greet moviegoers! There will also be a mullet contest! A lucky mulleted winner will receive some prizes!

After being abandoned by his parents at the Grand Canyon, Joe Dirt tells the story of his journey to find his parents.

Tickets at the link!

Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501
(505) 992-8783


Spooky_FukuharaNEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Katana Makes Her Way to Orlando Following The Release Of This Highly-Anticipated Film

ORLANDO – Karen Fukuhara, better known for her role as Katana, in this summer’s hit blockbuster Suicide Squad, will be part of Spooky Empire’s dark side of comic con guest list at this year’s Fall Convention, which will take place at the Orange County Convention Center, Friday, October 7 – Sunday October 9, 2016. Fukuhara is one of many guests recently announced alongside Doug Bradley “Pinhead” from Hellraiser, Kane Hodder “Jason” from Friday the 13th, Tony Moran “Michael Myers” from Halloween, Bill Johnson “Leatherface” from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Robert Englund “Freddy Krueger” from A Nightmare on Elm Street and Zoe Bell from Death Proof and Kill Bill.

Fukuhara recently completed filming the role of Katana in Suicide Squad opposite Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis and Jai Courtney scheduled to be released later on this week. Fukuhara will be appearing at Spooky Empire two days, October 8-9.
As previously announced, Spooky Empire has changed locations in order to accommodate even more attendees. Nearly 14,000 fans, guests, and professionals are expected to attend this year’s annual fun and horror friendly Halloween gathering. Further details about guest participation will be posted on the Spooky Empire website as soon as they become available.
“The fun is just beginning!” said Pete Mongelli, owner and event producer of Spooky Empire. “We will be announcing more thrilling guests in the upcoming months and we’re excited to have Fukuhara as Suicide Squad will be sweeping the box office.”

All advance tickets, now on sale, are discounted. Prices increase after September 19th and at the door. In advance, three day passes are $60, one day passes on Friday and Sunday are $30, and one day passes on Saturday $35. VIP Packages are $199 and include early entry to all three days, raffles, T-shirts, autograph line fast-pass, exclusive VIP party access on Saturday night with guest celebrities in attendance and a special cake designed by Eric and Patty Woller, two-time champions of Food Network Cake Wars. Tickets for children under eleven years old are free.

Rooms are available at The Hyatt Regency for a discounted price of $119 per night. Rooms can be reserved online or by calling 1-407-284-1234. Mention ‘Spooky Empire’ for special rate.

For more information regarding the schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.spookyempire.com. Stay tuned as more activities, special guests, celebrities and more will be announced in the coming months.

For more information about Spooky Empire, visit spookyempire.com.

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@SpookyEmpire).

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About Spooky Empire
Founded in 2003, Spooky Empire’s Fall Convention has grown to become one of the largest thriller conventions and the dark side of comic con in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to be THE ultimate weekend for thriller fans of all ages, the event allows guests to meet and mingle with their favorite movie and TV stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, see new and emerging films as well as old favorites, get tattooed by some of the best artists in the world, and take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks in the country. In May 2011, Spooky Empire introduced their Spring Convention mid-season to provide fans with even more fun in anticipation of their Fall Convention. Spooky Empire’s ultimate goal is to provide memorable events for fans to return to each year, a place where they can congregate with thousands of other people with the same interests. For more information, visit www.spookyempire.com.

Spooky Empire Media Contacts:
Juliana Gutierrez, Jessica Wade Inc. | +1 305-991-4259 | juliana@jessicawadeinc.com
Jessica Wade Pfeffer, Jessica Wade Inc. | +1 305-804-8424 | jessica@jessicawadeinc.com

2016 Florida Supercon Con Report (Including an Interview with John Stover)!


I know many of you are asking: who in the name of J. Jonah Jameson’s sideburns is John Stover? In fact, you have met him before. He introduced me to DragonCon in 2011. In 2014, he was my boon companion in Mouse-town for Spooky Empire. In 2015, we took a break from Florida to stay a few miles from the oldest Baptist church in America (founded in 1638) for Rhode Island Comic Con. This year, over the July 4 weekend, we were back in the Sunshine State for another convention new to me: Florida Supercon

John and I have been tight since eleventh grade, when he transferred to my high school midyear, walked into my Spanish class, and took the only available seat—next to me. Twenty-eight years later, we have seen each other through four divorces (two each), five weddings (I lead 3-2), a knot of children (my 2 step, his 3 bio), the near death of his first son, new jobs, new homes, graduate degrees, and a Playboy bunny ex-girlfriend (his, wouldn’t you know). Spooky Empire and Rhode Island were new to me, and I’m glad I could experience them with John.

Held in Miami, Supercon is the largest comic book, anime, cosplay, sci-fi, fantasy, video gaming & pop culture convention in South Florida, according to Instagram. Over 51,000 people attended in 2015, and it seemed this year’s total would surpass that. Four-day passes had sold out weeks before, and Saturday-only passes were gone by Friday afternoon. Unlike smaller conventions, which tend to be held in hotels, this one was at the Miami Beach Convention Center. I am biased toward hotels for their intimacy (Michaela McPherson discusses this in her Anime Fan Fest article), but except for DragonCon, which is unique, shows of 50,000+ people need the vastness of a convention center.

They need this vastness for, among other things, effective line operation. There were some major celebrities at this convention: William Shatner, Henry Winkler, Ben McKenzie, and some members of the Deadpool cast. Lines were long, but they never felt crowded or unruly. (For line management, it doesn’t get much worse than the George R.R. Martin debacle at ConCarolinas 2014.) I don’t mind the waiting part of being in line. You learn a lot by talking to other attendees. One couple talked about how accessible the mega-celebrities are at San Diego Comic-Con. The year they went, they were waiting to get into a panel when Ian McKellan showed up and started mingling. Another guy said he waited in Stan Lee’s signing line at Mega Con for five hours. Why? Stan was a no-show for the morning session—his M.O., according to the guy.

And sometimes cool things happen in line. Henry Winkler stood in front of his signing table, and he occasionally walked to the end of the line, shaking hands and thanking people for their patience. (Of course, if he didn’t take these breaks, there wouldn’t be such a need for patience.) Once, he stopped to perform a magic trick for a group of kids. John and I went to Henry’s Q&A, which was held in an honest-to-goodness theater next to the convention center. From the moment Henry stepped on stage, he owned it. I had read before that Henry was dyslexic, but I didn’t realize how problematic that was for him. He said that, academically, he was in the bottom 3% of the United States. He can’t spell and isn’t good at math. In high school, he took geometry four times, finally passing with a D.

But he had wanted to act since he was seven years old, and he found a way to do it. How? Tenacity and gratitude: “two words I live by.” Both traits power his lifelong advocacy for literacy and education. “If you have trouble in school,” he said, “it has nothing to do with how smart you are”—good advice from a man who overcame his obstacles. He has a new show coming out on August 23 called Better Late Than Never. He lauded the cast and writing of Arrested Development, and of course, he talked about being the Fonz, whom he based on Sylvester Stallone’s character from Lords of Flatbush. “One of the things I brought to the Fonz,” he said, “was loyalty to my friends,” which was why Fonz was always watching out for Richie, Ralph, and Potsie. Fonz was the anti-bully, at a time when bullying was becoming an epidemic. And when someone asked him about working with the late Robin Williams on Happy Days, he gushed for five minutes about Williams’s brilliance. The next person asked about Ron Howard and got this response: “Ron Howard looks like a loaf of Wonder Bread.” He didn’t say “Ayyyyyy” after that line, but it was implied.

The Fonz signs something for me. Whoa!

The Fonz signs something for me. Whoa!

What else can I tell you about Supercon? Actually, I’ll let John Stover tell you in his words. John and I have been to a lot of conventions together, and he tends to give thoughtful feedback on things.

Me: Tell me about a couple of the panels you attended.

John: Okay. I attended a tap dance show which was based on video games such as The Legend of Zelda. Link was the lead, and there were about 6-7 other tap dancers.

Me: Were they children performers?

John: No, I’d say late teens or early 20s. It was set to music inspired by video games. I watched about 15 minutes of the hour and decided that was enough. Then I went to watch a short film which was part of the short film festival. It was okay. You know how those are. Some of them are good, some are mediocre.

Me: The one I watched with you, Attack of the Killer Donuts, was worse than mediocre.

John: Cheesiness.

Me: Thirty minutes of my life I won’t get back.

John: I stuck my head into one session that had something to do with light saber technology [actual title: The Lightsaber Combat Global Movement and How to Participate]. That was a little over my head.

Me: It turned up the nerd factor. That’s like the people who teach themselves to speak Klingon or Elvish. They are immersed.

John: Yes. That is one reason why I liked this convention more than any of the others we’ve attended. I like the breakout sessions. Those to me give it a more local feel. They are organized by local fans, and I feel like there is more enthusiasm and more energy in the convention when that happens.

Me: As opposed to, say, Wizard World conventions, which are more commercial.

John: Yes. This is not a bunch of experts. It’s local fans volunteering their time for the thing they love.

Me: So you would recommend Florida Supercon?

John: Yes!

Me: What does someone need to know before coming here?

John: Don’t be a fuddy-duddy. At least buy a nerd-related T-shirt at Target or something. We made that mistake for the first few years. I was looking this weekend at all the people not dressed up or even wearing a T-shirt, and I thought, get some enthusiasm. I would also recommend wearing comfortable shoes. But that’s what I liked about the panels. Whenever you get tired of walking, just find one that interests you or that you want to learn about.

Me: I liked the eating choices. Often, in conventions held in a convention center, there is only one restaurant, the convention center snack bar. This one had several food courts with Papa John’s Pizza, a Chinese place, a taco place, a French place, gyros, barbecue. There were lots of options for dining—all overpriced but lots of options.

John: The biggest food court could have had more tables, though. Did you see that?

Me: Yeah. It had a huge open floor with nothing on it where they could have put in more tables.

John: I liked how, at the photo op area, there was a schedule of all the photo ops for each day with prices. There was a big screen monitor with a spreadsheet listing them all. Too often, it is hard to know when the photo ops are scheduled and how much they cost. It might be printed in the program, but then you have to dig that out and flip through it. Here, the information was right up on the screen, so I appreciated the organization.

The whole convention was well organized, in fact. I saw few signs rescheduling things, and as far as I know, only three guests cancelled: Jerry Lawler, Karl Urban, and Arthur Darvill. I liked the extended dealer room hours: until 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday. And the cosplays were among the best I’ve seen. I guess my only disappointment was the schedule on the web site, which was not a single printable sheet. Each day had its own web site page. There was a convention app, but my antediluvian Android is not app-friendly, meaning I had to rely on the web site—not good for a place where 50,000+ were soaking up the Wi-Fi.

I agree with John: Florida Supercon is terrific, well-organized and fun. Despite its size, it is not unwieldy. We’ve all attended conventions that were too much for their staff, but this is not one of them. Check out the pix below for more fun!

I see the Scarecrow, but I don't think either of the other two is Mrs. King.

I see the Scarecrow, but I don’t think either of the other two is Mrs. King.


The site of wonderful cosplayers fills you with determination.

The site of wonderful cosplayers fills me with determination.


Now that's a good idea: homemade wings to fly to the front of autograph lines.

Now that’s a good idea: homemade wings to fly to the front of autograph lines.


I see Link, so I guess that means he isn't missing.

I see Link, so I guess that means he isn’t missing.


You, robot.

You, robot.


John and Lady D sittin' in a tree, K-I-L-L-I-N-G.

John and Lady Deadpool sittin’ in a tree, K-I-L-L-I-N-G.


Springfield awaits!

Springfield awaits!


If I leave John alone too long, he ends up with some unsavory characters.

If I leave John alone too long, he ends up with some unsavory characters.


Greg Capullo signs a book for me.

Greg Capullo signs a book for me.


Why is no one in this guy's autograph line?

Why is no one in this guy’s autograph line?


Cool tats, bro.

Cool tats, bro.


Best. Cosplay. Ever.

Best. Cosplay. Ever. The frame is PVC pipe, the wheels are spray foam, and the seat is an overturned mop bucket with wheels on it.

IL – Michael Moreci Signing


Writer MICHAEL MORECI appears at Defiant Comics on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. He’ll be signing copies of his TWO new number one issues: SUICIDE SQUAD MOST WANTED: EL DIABLO & BOOMERANG #1 and REINCARNATE #1!

Suicide Squad (soon to be a major motion picture!) follows Boomerang and the Squad as they embark on a mission to take down a ruthless dictator within a small, unstable Central American nation, but when the mission goes awry, the Squad must jump in a helicopter and flee as all hell breaks loose. But amid the chaos, the team realizes one of them was accidentally left behind: Boomerang! How can he stay alive long enough to be rescued when a whole army wants him dead?

ReincarNate (soon to be a major television series!) focuses on down-on-his-luck private eye Nate McCoy. After being shot in the head during an investigation, Nate gains the ability to interact with versions of himself from past lives: Jameson, a wild west lawman, and Alan, a contract killer from the 1960s. With their help, Nate takes on the dangerous underworld, crooked cops, and scumbags, including El Panda, a criminal heavyweight who may have been responsible for the murder of his father.

RSVP on Facebook!

Defiant Comics
7234 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 771-3339

DC Announces SDCC 2016 Wristband Policy

000000000000000-sdcc-batmanPress Release:

Now that the word is out about the incredible array of activities in the DC booth (#1915) at Comic-Con International: San Diego, fans are probably wondering just when exactly they should be lining up to get that autograph from their favorite writer, artist or movie star.

Have no fear, DC is here to help! Here’s the schedule of activities in the DC booth requiring a wristband during Comic-Con weekend.

This year, wristbands will be distributed differently from years past. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, wristbands for the below listed activities will be distributed in the Sails Pavilion of the Convention Center as part of the WB queue line. The line opens at 6am, and wristbands will be handed by a lottery system, not by a first come, first served basis.

Fans will come up and choose between a wristbanded event taking place in either the DC or WB booth (two separate booth locations). Once an event is selected (only one can be chosen), a raffle ticket will be drawn; if the ticket has a unique stamp, a wristband will be provided. If it doesn’t, fans can go back in line to try again. This lottery will be open to all, including exhibitors and professionals.

For the Batman Arkham VR demos, wristbands will be handed out on a first-come, first served basis for all demos scheduled between 10am and 2pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For demos after 2pm, fans can go directly to the demo station in the DC booth for a wristband. On Sunday, fans can get their wristband at the Arkham demo station in the DC booth once the show floor opens.

Here’s the lineup for signings and events in the DC booth requiring a wristband:

Thursday, July 21st

10am-2pm Batman Arkham VR demos

2pm-6pm Batman Arkham VR demos (Wristbands to be distributed at the Batman Arkham VR demo station in the DC booth)

4:30-5:30pm DC Comics: Grant Morrison

5:30-6:30pm DC Comics: Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Alex Sinclair


Friday, July 22nd

10am-2pm Batman Arkham VR demos

2-3pm DC Comics: Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Alex Sinclair

2-6pm Batman Arkham VR demos (Wristbands to be distributed at the Batman Arkham VR demo station in the DC booth)

3:30-4:30pm DC’s Young Animal: Gerard Way

4:30-5:30pm Vertigo: Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque


Saturday, July 23rd

10am-2pm Batman Arkham VR demos

12:15-1pm DC Films: Wonder Woman cast signing Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen

1:15-2pm DC Films: Suicide Squad cast signing Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delvingne, Adam Beach, Karen Fukuhara

2-6pm Batman Arkham VR demos (Wristbands to be distributed at the Arkham demo station in the DC booth)

4-5pm DC Comics: Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Alex Sinclair

5:30-6:30pm DC Comics: Scott Snyder, Jock

Sunday, July 24th

10am-4pm Batman Arkham VR demos (All wristbands for this day to be distributed at the DC booth)

Download the new DC All Access mobile app for a complete list of panels, behind-the-scenes coverage and in-depth interviews directly from DC’s web series, “DC All Access.” The app is available for free at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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