HeroesCon has announced 35 new guests for their 35th anniversary show! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
KRIS ANKA | Star-Lord, Captain Marvel, X-Men, X-Force
DARRYL BANKS | Green Lantern, Legion of Super Heroes, JLA
RYAN BROWNE | Curse Words, God Hates Astronauts, Manhattan Projects, Bedlam
RICHARD CASE | Spider-Man, Doom Patrol, Hunter: The Age of Magic, Annie Ammo
EVAN DORKIN | The Eltingville Club, Beasts of Burden, Milk & Cheese, Dork!
SARAH DYER | Calla Cthulhu, DC Nation, Beasts of Burden, Action Girl Comics, MAD
STEVE EPTING | Velvet, Captain America, Avengers
KATY FARINA | Steven Universe, Rick and Morty, Amazing World of Gumball
MICHEL FIFFE | Copra, Zegas, Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies
KELLY FITZPATRICK | Bitch Planet, Josie and the Pussycats, Shade the Changing Girl
CHARLES FORSMAN | Slasher, Revenger, TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer
PAUL GULACY | Master of Kung Fu, Sabre, Batman
JONATHAN HICKMAN | Black Monday Murders, East of West, The Manhattan Projects, Avengers
MIKE HUDDLESTON | Butcher Baker, The Strain, The Beauty
RICK LEONARDI | Cloak and Dagger, X-Men, Spider-Man 2099
ALITHA E MARTINEZ | Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Riverdale, Barbie, Batgirl, Iron Man
REBECCA MOCK | Knife’s Edge, Compass South, Spera, vol. III, Hana Doki Kira Anthology
RUDY NEBRES | Dr. Strange, Conan, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Eerie, Creepy
JAMAR NICHOLAS | Leon: Protector of the Playground, Fist Stick Knife Gun, Detective Boogaloo: Hip-Hop Cop
ED PISKOR | Hip Hop Family Tree, Wizzywig, American Splendor: Our Movie Year
ERIC POWELL | The Goon, Big Man Plans, Hillbilly
CRAIG ROUSSEAU | Avengers, Perhapanauts, Batman Beyond, Impulse
ANDY RUNTON | Owly
CHRIS SCHWEIZER | The Creeps, Crogan’s Loyalty, Crogan’s Vengeance, Crogan’s March
SCOTT SHAW! | Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew, Simpsons, Flintstones
BILL SIENKIEWICZ | Elektra: Assassin, Stray Toasters, New Mutants
CHARLES SOULE | Daredevil, Poe Dameron, Letter 44, Curse Words, Wolverine, She-Hulk
BABS TARR | MotorCrush, Batgirl
BEN TEMPLESMITH | The Squidder, Choker, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse
WILFREDO TORRES | Jupiter’s Circle, The Shadow: Year One, Lobster Johnson, Aliens
RAMON VILLALOBOS | Nighthawk, E Is For Extinction
DEXTER VINES | Amazing X-Men, Nova, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hulk
ALEXIS ZIRITT | Space Riders, Tarantula, The Package
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HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.
The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to co-present three events in collaboration with the 2017 SF Sketchfest. Join us on Friday, January 20 for Dragon Ball Z Live VR Panel with Chris Rager, Monica Rial, Christopher Sabat, Sean Shemmel, Sonny Strait, and Eric Vale at the Brava Theater Center!
The Cartoon Art Museum is co-hosting a pair of events on Saturday, January 28, including An Afternoon with The Venture Bros. with Paul Boocock, Michael Sinterniklaas, Dana Snyder, and James Urbaniak, moderated by Dana Gould at Cobb’s Comedy Club and Skull Juice Podcast: Trent Live with Dino Stamatopoulos, Scott Adsit, Brian McCann, and musical guest Britta Phillips at the Brava Theater Center.
Tickets are available through the SF Sketchfest website, Detailed event descriptions and direct ticket links follow:
*Dragon Ball Z Live VR Panel with Chris Rager, Monica Rial, Christopher Sabat, Sean Shemmel, Sonny Strait, and Eric Vale
Friday, January 20, 10 PM to 11:30 PM, $30
Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St, SF
Tickets at the link…
The cast of the legendary anime suit up on stage to take your questions and discuss their show like you’ve never seen them before. Cast members include Christopher Sabat (Vegeta, Piccolo), Sean Schemmel (Goku), Monica Rial (Bulma), Sonny Strait (Krillin) and Chris Rager (Mr Satan).
*An Afternoon with The Venture Bros. with Paul Boocock, Michael Sinterniklaas, Dana Snyder, and James Urbaniak, moderated by Dana Gould
Saturday, January 28, 2 PM to 3:30 PM, $20
Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus St., SF
Tickets at the link…
They’re baaaaack! Want action? Adventure? Comedy? Then look no further than The Venture Bros.! A staple of Adult Swim’s animated late-night shows, The Venture Bros. follows the unpredictable adventures of twin thrillseekers Hank and Dean Venture. Join Paul Boocock (Jonas Venture, Sr.), Michael Sinterniklass (Dean Venture), Dana Snyder (The Alchemist) and James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture) for an afternoon of all-things Venture! Moderated by Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Stan Against Evil).
*Skull Juice Podcast: Trent Live with Dino Stamatopoulos, Scott Adsit, Brian McCann, and musical guest Britta Phillips
Saturday, January 28, 10 PM to 11:30 PM, $25
Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St, SF
Tickets at the link…
Years ago Dino Stamatopoulos wrote a musical comedy (or more appropriately a Light Tragedy with Music) about a small family surviving through a cold winter. Think Sam Shepard meets Moral Orel. Although this play was only performed once, in Chicago, it’s being brought back in the form of a musical graphic novel. However, for San Francisco Sketchfest, for the first time since the original staging, Dino and guests will perform scenes and music from TRENT: a light tragedy with music.
ABOUT SF SKETCHFEST
SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. The festival debuted in January of 2002 at the Shelton Theatre in downtown San Francisco and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy. A favorite with audiences, critics, and performers alike, the festival has grown substantially to become a highly anticipated artistic showcase that consistently delivers top quality comedic performances, tributes and panel discussions. To learn about past participants, visit the Past Festivals page (coming soon).
Audiences have overwhelmingly responded to SF Sketchfest’s diverse programming which has featured performers from every major North American television comedy smash of the last 25 years including Saturday Night Live, The Kids in the Hall, Mr. Show, Arrested Development, VEEP, The Upright Citizens Brigade, The State, Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Strangers With Candy, Key & Peele, The Simpsons, The Daily Show and more. SF Sketchfest offers its audiences the rare opportunity to see their favorite performers in intimate live performances and discussions.
January 10, 2017 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Horror, Movies, Other, Pennsylvania, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
Come and ‘Get UR Geek On!’ at the largest independently run Pop Culture Convention in PA! With over 150,000 Sq ft of show, there is something for everyone! Dozens of Artists, Vendors, Media and Cosplay Guests and Events, including: Panels Gaming Contests Door Prizes Film + TV Screening Events And Much More! Guests include:
Born to Greek parents who did not want her to become an actress. As soon as Marina completed high school, she applied to the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama secretly. After her graduation, she worked in musical theater, repertory and television. In 1986, she moved to Los Angeles, California. For six months, she auditioned for parts but was unsuccessful. Just before she planned to go back home, she got the part of Counselor Deanna Troi in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”.
As one of Hollywood’s leading men, Bruce Boxleitner has starred in a major motion picture franchise, numerous feature films, several popular television series, produced a major network film and TV series, performed on Broadway, and authored two science fiction novels.
John Wesley Shipp
John played Barry Allen aka The Flash in the CBS sci-fi adventure series “The Flash” (1990-1991), he then went on to play on the WB’s hit drama “Dawson’s Creek,” as Dawson’s dreamer dad Mitch Leery. Most recently he has returned to sci-fi by playing Henry Allen, the father of Barry Allen on the hit CW show “The Flash”.
Mike’s comics series and covers have influenced generations of artists, and one would have to argue which of Mike’s series has been the most influential, or most deeply embossed in our pop culture.
Zeck’s groundbreaking six part story “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” with J.M. Dematteis and Bob McLeod is the definitive Kraven the Hunter story and took the Spider-Man character to a whole new level, and has been touted by readers as the “Greatest Spider-Man story of all time,” in recent polls.
His work with writer Steven Grant on the Punisher Limited Series–collected as “Circle of Blood”—set the standard for the look and feel of the character and propelled the Punisher to flagship character status at Marvel. Along with air-brush artist Phil Zimelman, Mike has created some of the most recognizable painted images of the Punisher.
The 12-issue Series “Secret Wars,” was a monumental success, and Zeck’s design for Spider-Man’s black costume is still recognizable and indelible to this day. Spider-Man wore the costume temporarily, and it still lives on in the form of the super-villain, Venom.
Zeck’s work has also graced the pages and covers of “Captain America,” “Master of Kung Fu,” “Aquaman,” “Batman,” “Legends of the DC Universe,” “Green Lantern,” “G.I. Joe,” “G.I. Joe: Special Missions,” “Lobo,” “Deathstroke The Terminator,” “The Eliminator,” “Damned” and many other titles
A United States writer, occasional fill-in artist, editor, and publisher for various comic books. Shooter began selling stories to DC Comics for their Legion of Super-Heroes title when he was only 13. He eventually succeeded Archie Goodwin to become the controversial ninth editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics from 1978 to 1987.
After leaving Marvel, he fronted an effort to purchase the floundering publisher from its corporate ownership, losing out at the last minute to Ronald Perelman’s slightly higher bid. He then founded a new company, Voyager Communications, which published comics under the Valiant Comics banner.
Jim will be appearing Friday and Saturday Only!
Michael Golden is an American comic book artist and writer best known for his late-1970s work on Marvel Comics’ The Micronauts, as well as his co-creation of the characters Rogue and Bucky O’Hare. His work is known to have influenced the style of artist Arthur Adams.
Ty has worked on titles for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Bongo Comics, and Moonstone Books, including Batman Adventures, The Simpsons and many others. He also created his own graphic novel, Bigg Time, published by DC Comics’ mature readers imprint, Vertigo.
He was recently editor of an independent Canadian comic company, Mr. Comics. Recent work includes writing and drawing stories for DC’s Batman 66, based on the 1960s television series. He teaches classes in comic book writing and drawing, known as “Ty Templeton’s Comic Book Boot Camp”.
Okay, here’s the truth in a nutshell… he grew up between Long Beach, NY and Indian Harbour Beach, FL. Went 2 years to the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, couldn’t afford to graduate. Started working in advertising waiting for big break in comics.
Break came at DC Comics when one of his teachers, Sal Amendola, who was the talent coordinator there, bought two of his school assignments to run in “New Talent Showcase.”
Started picking up more assignments from DC, Marvel and Eclipse Comics eventually leading to a 6 year run illustrating Batman in “Detective Comics” and co-creating the villain, Bane. In 1998 he wrote, illustrated and self-published, “Monster Island.”
Bob started his animation career as a designer for animated series such as ThunderCats, Silverhawks, TigerSharks, and several other series produced by Rankin/Bass. He then worked as a designer on The Real Ghostbusters for DiC, and later as a storyboard artist on Tiny Toon Adventures for Warner Bros. Television. He was a co-founder of and director for Spümcø, the animation studio that created The Ren & Stimpy Show.
J.K. Woodward started his professional comics career in 2003 when he collaborated with A. David Lewis on the indie comic Mortal Coils. When Peter David was re-launching his creator owned series Fallen Angel at IDW, James was a natural choice for Peter’s dark world of magic, violence and redemption. His last sequential art project was the Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover, Assimilation 2 and he is currently handling the art for Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever.
Wil can currently be seen as ‘Will Simpson’ on the Netflix original series Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” and will play DC character ‘Human Target’ in the upcoming season of CW’s “Arrow” Wil is a dynamic actor who has had a successful career both in the US and in his native Australia. He has guest starred in several other series including ABC’s hit “Once Upon A Time” as Sheriff of Nottingham.
Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps.
Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Eren in Attack on Titan, Kirito in Sword Art Online & Sword Art Online II, Shirou Emiya in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Meliodas in The Seven Deadly Sins, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Chooki & Lydendor in Tenkai Knights, Red in Pokémon Origins, Machina Kunagiri in Final Fantasy Type-0, Masaomi Kida in Durarara!! & Durarara!! X2, just to name a few.
Animaniacs, a mix of old-fashioned wit, slapstick, pop culture and music, fueled the animation renaissance of the late 1990s, with iconic voices, characters, an original score for every cartoon and an Emmy® Award-winning theme song. Now the hilarious ‘90s animated series starring the wacky Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister, Dot) is back in live form, as voice actors Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, and Jess Harnell reunite with original songwriter Randy Rogel for an unforgettable evening. The group will perform songs from the beloved show, in addition to several numbers that didn’t make the cut the first time around. A delightful show for all ages!
ANIMANIACS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros.
La Mirada Theatre
14900 La Mirada Boulevard La Mirada, CA 90638
Join Paul Boocock (Jonas Venture, Sr.), Michael Sinterniklass (Dean Venture), Dana Snyder (The Alchemist) and James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture) for an afternoon of all-things Venture on Saturday, January 28th at 2:00 PM! Moderated by Dana Gould (“The Simpsons,” “Stan Against Evil”)
Presented by SF Sketchfest.
Cobb’s Comedy Club
915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Storyboard artist Gavin Freitas (The Simpsons, Fairly Oddparents, and Spongebob 2 the Movie) appears at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Friday, December 30th at 1:00 PM for a presentation and hands-on workshop in creating storyboards for animated movies. Freitas will show how storyboards are created from pencil to paper to digital works, including a look at storyboard from the award-winning special A Charlie Brown Christmas. Following his presentation, attendees are invited to work with Freitas to learn to create your own storyboards. This presentation and workshop are free with Museum admission.
Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
The Chuck Jones Gallery will host an event to show paintings and sculpture from renowned voice over artist Nancy Cartwright on Saturday, July 23rd at 7:30pm during San Diego International Comic Con. The event is her first ever art gallery exhibition and reception, and is open to the public.
The Emmy and Annie Award-winning actress is best known as the voice of spiky-headed underachiever Bart Simpson on Fox’s 27-year-iconic hit, The Simpsons. In her 34-year career at the microphone, Nancy has lent her voice to hundreds of other award-winning animated series, including Rugrats (Chuckie); Kim Possible (Rufus the Naked Mole Rat); Richie Rich (Gloria); Animaniacs (Mindy); and Chuck Jones’ final work, Timberwolf.
Nancy most recently has created a bronze portrait bust of Bart Simpson, which she gifted to FOX and to the University of Southern California (USC), School of Cinematic Arts. The Bartman sculpture is on permanent display in New York and a second Bartman sculpture is permanently installed in USC’s Cinematic Arts Complex, Steven Spielberg building.
The Chuck Jones Gallery, celebrating its 25th anniversary, represents the finest in the art of American Pop culture. It is also the only gallery in San Diego dedicated to the art of the animated film, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also art work by Dr. Seuss, and all animation studios.
Chuck Jones Gallery
232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Awesome Con, the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington, DC, expects to attract its most dynamic crowd yet in 2016. This June 3rd-5th, fans will experience an impressive line-up of celebrity guests from the worlds of television, movies, and comic books and specialized pavilions focused on science and technology, family activities, and larger-than-life props. Panel discussions bring together noted experts from comic creators to scientists at NASA; costume contests, sci-fi speed dating, and gaming tournaments celebrate all things geeky; and the show floor will feature exhibits dedicated to comics, collectibles, toys, cosplay, and original art. Fun for fans of all ages, Awesome Con continues its commitment to creating an inclusive atmosphere for diehard fans, casual fans, and families. And this year is Awesome Con’s first year in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organizer created by the founder of New York Comic Con.
Special guest headliners include: Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, The Musketeers, The Fifth Estate, Torchwood), Adam West (Batman, Family Guy, The Simpsons), Burt Ward (Batman) Kevin Smith (Comic Book Men, Jay and Silent Bob, Clerks), and John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who).
Daily and full weekend passes available now on the website. VIP passes & experiences range from $150 to $465 and offer access to various celebrity appearances and special events. Click here for further details.
Awesome Con is DC’s comic-con! Awesome Con embraces all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and more. Special events include discussion panels, costume contests, trivia contests, gaming tournaments, and tons of activities for kids. It is strongly advised to buy tickets in advance! For further details please go to the website: www.awesome-con.com
Join Golden Apple Comics on Sunday March 20th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM for a unique charity event:
CGC art show and sketch-a-thon! We have accumulated over 35 original art pieces on “blank” comic covers from various comic artists over the last year and sent them all to get CGC signature series graded.
They will all be on display at the event for the first time ever. All the art will be available to bid on eBay live at the same time as the event.
25% off all bids will go directly to the Hero Initiative.
In addition, we will have three comic artist at the event doing live sketches on blank comics:
Bill Morrison – The Simpsons, Roswell
Dan Duncan – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Mollie Helms – Romeo & Juliet & Guns
For a $20 donation, you can pull a name out of the bucket and get a live sketch from one of the artists!
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Join writer and director Brad Bird (Tomorrowland, The Incredibles) for a moderated discussion and audience Q&A about “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” at the Apple Store on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM! The classic animated 1999 film is appearing in theaters in a special limited re-release. Bird, who also directed films such as “Tomorrowland,” “Ratatouille,” and “Incredibles,” will talk about his career journey—from making his first animated short at age 11—to the current re-release of “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition.”
103 Prince Street, New York City, NY 10012