Emerald City Comicon 2014 Updates

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Emerald City ComiCon‘s newsletter has some major updates for their 2014 convention with new guests, tickets available for sale, and more!

Tickets Now In Stores!
Tickets to the 2014 Emerald City Comicon are now on sale in stores. And while you’re buying, don’t forget that we’ve expanded Friday into a full day of fun (10am-7pm). More than half of the show’s tickets have already been sold, so stop waiting. Get your ticket for all three days right now! [Tickets Are On Sale Here]

A Reminder from the Committee for Line Reductions
The Committee for Line Reductions would like to note that starting this year, if you buy your ticket online, we’re mailing your badge to you about a month before the show. If you buy your ticket at your local comic book store, you’ll exchange that ticket for a badge at that same store anytime in March. Either way, you won’t need to wait in a line to trade in your ticket at the show! This has been a reminder from the Committee for Line Reductions.

So. Many. GUESTS!
Over the past few weeks, we’ve added more special guests than we can possibly list.

Here’s just a few of our new celebrity guests and voice actors: Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), John de Lancie (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Lance Reddick (Fringe), Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Frozen), Bill Farmer (Voice of Goofy) and Nancy Cartwright (Voice of Bart Simpson). The complete list of celebrities is here: [Celebrity Guests] and the voice actors are here: [Voice Talent]

As for our special guests, recent additions include Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), Jason Aaron (Thor), Peter David (X-Factor), Don Rosa (Donald Duck), Katie Cook (My Little Pony), Matt Fraction (Fantastic Four), Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows), Ed McGuinness (Nova) and DOZENS more! [Check out the full list of guests here]

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out who we’re adding next!

More Hotels!
While we’ve expanded our deals into more hotels, half of them are now sold out! Make sure to hit our hotels page and reserve your room before they’re all booked up! [Find Hotel Deals Here]

More Comics!
Every week, we’re adding more free comics to our website. A new Tales From The Con is posted every Wednesday. You can also read the ongoing adventures of the Emerald City Crusader and Emerald City Crusaderette in our very own webcomic, Emerald City Cusader Chronicles, new pages are posted every Tuesday and Thursday. [Read our comics! Yes, COMICS!!]

CA – Talkin Toons LIVE

talkin_toonsVoice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes Tress MacNeille and Laraine Newman to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday November 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv!

Get tickets at the link!

Press Release:

The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!

Laraine Newman is a comedienne, actress, writer and was part of the original cast of Saturday Night Live! She’s been in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage and has provided voices in Wreck-It Ralph, Wall-E, Toy Story 3, Ponyo, Surf’s Up, Monsters, Inc. and more!

Tress MacNeille is best known for providing various voices in the animated series The Simpsons, Futurama, Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers and more! Her list of video game roles include Kingdom Hearts games, Escape from Monkey Island, The Simpsons Game, and countless others!

About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”

The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.

Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.

“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.

“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”

Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.

Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.

As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.

Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

IL – Early Halloween Signing

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Comic artist ANDREW PEPOY appears at Challengers Comics on Saturday October 12th from 1-3pm to sign two brand new, spooky comics: AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #1 and THE SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #19! He is also the creator of the webcomic SIMONE & AJAX.

RSVP on Facebook!

Challengers Comics 
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

CA – The Doozies Signing

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Meet cartoonist and The Simpsons writer Tom Gammill on Saturday September 14, 2013 from 1-3pm! Gammill is an Emmy award winning writer whose credits also include Seinfeld, Late Night with David Letterman, and Monk. As a kid Gammill dreamed of one day being the next Charles Schulz, but his lack of talent and intelligence led him to the world of TV. Gammill will discuss how his love of cartooning has helped him as a TV writer, using examples from Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and several flop shows he worked on that never made it on the air. Gammill’s comic strip, The Doozies, appears in several weekly newspapers and online at GoComics.com.

Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

NC – Batgirl Signing

gs020912Writer Gail Simone appears at Acme Comics this Saturday February 9th from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm to sign your comics, paperbacks, and hardcovers!

Press Release:

This has been a long time coming, as she’s one of THE most requested creators that you fans have consistently asked to see at Acme, and we’re very pleased to announce that on Saturday, February 9th from 11 AM – 3 PM, we’ll be hosting a signing with comics writer Gail Simone!

Gail will be happy to sign your copies of Birds of Prey, Welcome to Tranquility, the All-New Atom, New 52 Batgirl, or anything else she’s written! However, due to other commitments, the signing will begin at 11 AM and Gail will be on the road promptly at 3 PM! Show up early and have your comics ready to be signed!

Today Gail Simone is easily the most prolific female writer in comics, as well as one of the most respected opinions in the industry! She broke through in the early aughts with her blog Women in Refrigerators, commenting on the treatment of women via comic content, and she continued to opine on the world of comics up through 2003 via her Comic Book Resources column You’ll Be Sorry.

Though she’s most well-known for her work at DC, Simone actually started creating comic content for The Simpsons from Bongo and Deadpool and Agent X from Marvel! Then, in August 2003, she crossed the street and began making her mark on the DCU, taking over Birds of Prey with issue #56, beginning a stewardship of Barbara Gordan that has now spanned a decade!

Other runs and series for DC have included Acme favorite Secret Six (with Earth 2′s Nicola Scott), Wonder Woman (with Terry Dodson, Aaron Lopresti and Scott), Action Comics (with John Byrne), and Rose & Thorn!

Since September 2011 and the New 52, she’s been running Barbara Gordon, once again with the use of her legs, through a gauntlet of new villains in Batgirl, while launching the Fury of Firestorm, the Nuclear Men with co-writer Ethan Van Sciver!

We have to stress what a truly rare event this is, so plan accordingly so that you can be here to join us in thanking Gail for all the great stories she has given us!

Acme Comics
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
336-574-2263

Early Bird Exhibitor Discount for Big Wow 2013 Ends Soon

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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!

CA – An Evening in Insane City

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Dave Barry appears in conversation with Matt Groening to discuss his new novel, Insane City on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 8:00 pm.

PURCHASE TICKETS
$20 General Admission
$40 Includes Dave Barry’s new book, Insane City
$95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception

INSANE CITY is Dave Barry’s first solo novel in ten years. But it’s not like one of America’s favorite Pulitzer Prize-winning humorists hasn’t been busy. He’s got a Tony Award-winning show on Broadway, Peter and the Starcatcher. And his critically acclaimed recent collaboration with Alan Zweibel, Lunatics, was bought by the movies for a film to star Steve Carrell.

In INSANE CITY, Barry returns to the comic suspense genre of which he is a past master. Here is a madcap, hilariously complicated, heartfelt tale of a groom, Seth Weinstein, and his numbskull posse of pals, set on the eve of his spectacular wedding.

Dave Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working. For many years he wrote a newspaper column that appeared in more than 500 newspapers and generated thousands of letters from readers who thought he should be fired. Despite this, Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location that he does not know about. One of Barry’s columns was largely responsible for the movement to observe International Talk Like a Pirate Day every year on September 19. This is probably his most enduring achievement.

Interviewing Dave at his latest Live Talks LA appearance will be Matt Groening, best known as the creator of The Simpsons. While he hasn’t been awarded a Pulitzer, Matt happens to be one of America’s other funniest people. Matt and Dave have something else in common besides humor: They are members of the band The Rock Bottom Remainders, which raises money for charity while offending legions of fans with their out-of-key music. Join us for an evening that’s sure to be memorable, as well as funny.

Matt Groening created the longest-running comedy in television history…The Simpsons. It exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. He followed it with his creation of the hit sci-fi series FUTURAMA, currently one of the top rated shows on Comedy Central. As a cartoonist, Groening began his “Life in Hell” weekly comic strip series in the 1980’s which he concluded in 2012.

The Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

ICON-7 Keynote Speech

Cartoonist Lynda Barry (with special guest Matt Groening) delivers the keynote address tonight Friday June 15, 2012 at the Veteran’s Auditorium in Providence, RI at 5:30 PM as part of the Illustration Conference, ICON•7!

The event is $25.00 with tickets available at the door which also give you entry into the Rhode Show Bazaar, which opens immediately after next door at the ICON’s Renaissance ballroom which will be transformed into a creative hotspot and bazaar, where a select group of artists will have the opportunity to take center stage and be the inspiration.  There you’ll have the opportunity to meet and speak with dozens of the most creative minds in the world including Ms. Barry and Mr. Groening.

Day passes for the ICON•7 conference are still available for Friday and Saturday as well.

Veteran’s Auditorium
1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903

AZ – Simpsons Comics Signing

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Emmy Winner and Simpsons Comic Artist Phil Ortiz appears at All About Books and Comics signing autographs and sketching personalized Simpsonized Caricatures on Saturday January 21, 2012 from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Mr. Ortiz is currently the lead pencil animator for the majority of Simpsons Comics from Bongo Comics and has worked for Bongo since 1993.

He has done character art and concept illustrations for the Disney Store and Hanna Barbera and worked for Disney Publishing.

Mr. Ortiz is a cartoon originator and 5 time Emmy winner and we are honored to have him at All About Books and Comics. He will sign autographs (we’ll have plenty of Simpsons Comics on hand) and do personalized Simpsons sketches for $25.00.

All About Books & Comics
5060 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 277-0757

Character of Music Panel at SDCC 2011

 

Press Release:

BMI and White Bear PR are proud to announce “The Character of Music” panel at Comic-Con International, the world’s largest pop culture convention. The panel will take place Thursday, July 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 6A at the San Diego Convention Center.  BMI composers Dan Licht, Jeremy Zuckerman, Benjamin Wynn, and Noah Sorota will discuss the importance of music in film and TV alongside their executive producer counterparts Sara Colleton (Emmy-winning Dexter), Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino (Emmy-winning Avatar: The Last Airbender) and Mark Verheiden (Falling Skies). Panelists will also discuss their working relationships, how music plays a character in their stories and the intense process of scoring their projects.  The panel discussion will be lead by Anne Cecere, Director of Film/TV Relations, BMI. The event is open only to Comic-Con badge holders; in addition to the insight of the panelists, attendees will also get sneak peeks into the participants’ current projects, as well as exclusive, free gifts.

The 2011 BMI “The Character of Music” Panelists

Dan Licht is an American film composer and musician, best known for composing the score for Showtime’s Emmy-winning series Dexter. Dan Licht’s numerous film and television credits include Hellraiser Bloodline, Stephen King’s Thinner and Permanent Midnight starring actor Ben Stiller. Licht has also written the music for several TV series including the new ABC drama Body of Proof, Jake in Progress and Kitchen Confidential. He is currently scoring the videogame Silent Hill: Downpour for Konami, which will be released this October. In addition, Licht scored the new documentary Dumbstruck, which explores the world of ventriloquists. Most recently, Licht was awarded two BMI Film & TV Awards for his work on Dexter and Body of Proof; he is also an Emmy contender for those two TV shows this season in the dramatic underscore category. The sixth season of Dexter premieres this fall and ABC recently renewed Body of Proof for a second season.

Jeremy Zuckerman is a highly-accomplished composer and electric guitarist whose work has been heard across the country, from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He graduated magna cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in Music Production & Technology and Synthesis from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with electronic music composer Richard Boulanger. His desire to delve further into composition and sound design within the context of new technologies led him to the other coast, to the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with composers Morton Subotnick and Mark Trayle, and earned his master’s degree in Composition New Media. He occasionally returns to CalArts as a guest lecturer. In addition to his work with the Track Team, Jeremy has collaborated with choreographers, theater directors, and rock artist David Lee Roth. As a performer, he has played guitar, synthesizers, Hammond organ and Rhodes piano. He has also studied and played the Chinese guzheng and pipa, and the Armenian duduk for his original compositions. In 2009, Jeremy was chosen to be an artist-in-residence at the prestigious Djerassi Arts Program in Northern California. He plays guitar in the L.A.-based funk band Cousin Junebug, and likes to get his hands dirty building his own guitar pedals.

Under the name Deru, Benjamin Wynn is signed to the label Mush Records and has released three albums, as well as many remixes and compilations for labels such as Merck and Ghostly International. His style might be best described as an amalgam of hip-hop and electronica, and as Deru, Wynn plays live in clubs and festivals in the U.S. and Europe. Wynn grew up in Chicago, where his earliest influences came across the airwaves of the legendary University of Chicago radio station WHPK, and JP-Chill.  He continued his sonic explorations at the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied synthesis, signal processing, acoustics, music theory, and composition, and earned a bachelor’s degree in music technology. While at CalArts, Ben also delved into world music, studying Balinese gamelan, African drumming and hand percussion. Ben’s multi-layered musical sensibility combines hip-hop, electronic, world music and classical composition. In 2007, Ben collaborated with composer Joby Talbot on the score to Wayne McGregor’s ballet, Genus, based on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, commissioned by the Paris Opera Ballet. The ambitious eight-part score combines electronics with 10-part choir, and string instruments. That score is available on Ant-Zen and Dear Oh Dear Records.

After two years working as a staff composer at a music library, Noah Sorota’s music caught the ear of Hans Zimmer, who asked him to come to Remote Control Productions.  There he worked on a number of major motion pictures and other projects including Transformers, The Simpsons Movie, The Dark Knight, Angels and Demons, Henri IV, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Clash of the Titans, Rango (videogame), and X-Men: First Class. Noah was also a featured violinist on Guy Richie’s Sherlock Holmes, Game of Thrones, and 3 Musketeers. In 2010, Steven Spielberg gave Noah his first major composition project: Falling Skies. Noah continues to work on a wide variety of film and television projects in addition to writing concert music when time permits.

Sara Colleton is an American television and film producer. She has worked as an executive producer on the Showtime drama series Dexter since 2006 and has received several Emmy nominations for her work on the series. Colleton joined the crew of Dexter as an executive producer for the pilot episode in 2006. She returned as an executive producer for the first season. She has remained an executive producer since. As an executive producer she was co-nominated for the Outstanding Drama Series award at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Bryan Konietzko is the co-creator and executive producer of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. He has also worked as a character designer at Film Roman for Family Guy and as Assistant Director for Mission Hill and King of the Hill. He was a Storyboard Artist and Art Director for the Nickelodeon animated series Invader Zim. Konietzko also has a band for which he has released several albums, including Our Ancestor’s Intense Love Affair and At Night, Under Artificial Light. In a 2010 interview the president of Nickelodeon, Cyma Zarghami, confirmed that Bryan Konietzko and Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino are developing a new series for the network, called The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra. Konietzko graduated from Roswell High School in Roswell, Georgia, north of Atlanta, and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. Brian Konietzko is also an independent music producer under the name Ginormous.

Michael Dante DiMartino is an American animation director, best known as the co-creator, executive producer and story editor of the hit TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender on Nickelodeon. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design with Bryan Konietzko, with whom he created Avatar. Before Avatar, Mike worked for twelve years at Film Roman, helping to direct King of the Hill, Family Guy, and Mission Hill in addition to his own animated short, Atomic Love, which was screened at a number of high profile film festivals. In a 2010 interview the president of Nickelodeon, Cyma Zarghami, confirmed that Michael Dante DiMartino and Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko are developing a new series for the network, called The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra.

Mark Verheiden is the co-executive producer and writer for the new TNT hit drama series Falling Skies.  Falling Skies comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and Executive Producer Steven Spielberg.  Verheiden served as a writer and co-executive producer for three seasons of the Peabody Award-winning series Battlestar Galactica, writing nine episodes. He was also consulting producer/writer for seasons three and four of Heroes and writer/co-executive producer for the first three seasons of Smallville. In addition, he created the series Timecop for ABC. Previously, Verheiden wrote the screenplays for the feature films Timecop, The Mask and My Name is Bruce. He has also written many graphic novels, including the bestselling Dark Horse series Aliens and Predator, Superman and Superman/Batman, as well as his own creation, The American.

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