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.
THURSDAY, JULY 21:
Napoleon Dynamite: Original cast members from the hit indie film, Jon Heder,Tina Majorino, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Sandy Martin, Diedrich Bader and Executive Producer Mike Scully (The Simpsons) present a new series following your favorite awkward teenager like you’ve never seen him before – animated! Join us for a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage of the newest member of FOX’s Animation Domination lineup and a “sweet” Q&A session.
Awake: Since the trailer was unveiled at NBC’s upfront presentation in New York, this spellbinding sci-fi drama about the power of the mind from the brilliant creators Howard Gordon(24) and Kyle Killen (The Beaver) has been one of the most eagerly anticipated series of the 2011-12 season. While most viewers will have to wait months to sample this series about a detective Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) desperately straddling two realities as he copes with immeasurable grief, Comic-con fans will get an exclusive first look at the entire first episode of the series, and an audience with Gordon, Killen and star Isaacs.
FRIDAY, JULY 22:
Bones: Creator/Executive Producer Hart Hanson, Executive Producer Stephen Nathan and Stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel will be on hand to discuss the shocking finale of Bones season 6 as well as what’s in store for Booth and Brennan in an exciting season 7! Hart Hanson will also introduce the audience to the stars of The Finder, his new Fox series premiering in January, followed by fan Q&A.
Bob’s Burgers: Creator/Executive Producer Loren Bouchard and Executive Producer Jim Dauterive and Bob’s Burgers cast H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal, will be on hand to entertain animation fans with hilarious never-before-seen clips from season two followed by a fan Q&A.
SATURDAY, JULY 23:
Terra Nova: Star Stephen Lang (Avatar), executive producer Rene Echevarria (Castle, Medium, The 4400, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), executive producer Brannon Braga (24, Star Trek: Enterprise) and co-executive producer Jose Molina will finally unveil this epic adventure series 85 million years in the making, set to premiere this September on Fox. This new event drama from the brilliant minds of Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, The Pacific) and Peter Chernin follows an ordinary family on an extraordinary journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a part of a massive expedition to save the human race.
Futurama is back! Again!!! On stage will be Creator/Executive Producer Matt Groening, Executive Producer David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker, Calculon, Morbo). Get a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage of Futurama reincarnated as Japanese anime, along with a thrilling preview of this summer’s all-new season on Comedy Central. Plus more! Much more! Moderated by Bill Morrison.
The Simpsons: Now entering its record-annihilating 23rd season on Fox, and airing its landmark 500th episode on February 19, 2012, The Simpsons has won 27 Emmy awards, was the subject of an international film smash in 2007, inspired a ride you ride again at Universal Studios, and Homer Simpson was named the greatest television character of the last 20 years by Entertainment Weekly. Get an insight into the daily doings of this series from Creator Matt Groening, Showrunner Al Jean, Co-Executive Producer Rob Lazebnik, Co-Executive Producer Matt Warburton, Supervising Producer Mike Anderson and Producer/Panel Moderator Tom Gammill.
Family Guy: Join Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Adam West (Batman) and executive producers Mark Hentemann, Steve Callaghan and Kara Vallow for a sneak peek at the all-new episode “Stewie Goes For A Drive” featuring voice guest star Ryan Reynolds followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
American Dad: Catch a preview of the season seven premiere of American Dad, featuring guest star Cee-Lo Green as a signing hot tub, followed by a Q&A with cast members Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane and Dee Bradley Baker and executive producers Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman and Kara Vallow.
SUNDAY, JULY 24:
GLEE: Join Creator/Executive Producer Ryan Murphy and Creator/Executive Producer Brad Falchuk and stars of the sensation Glee for a tuneful sneak peek at never-before-seen footage and behind-the-scenes secrets, followed by a Q&A session in which fans can ask everything they ever wanted to know about the Golden Globe winning musical series hot off its blockbuster international concert tour.
Allen Gregory: Join Creator/Executive Producer and star Jonah Hill (Superbad, Get Him to the Greek) Showrunner David Goodman (Family Guy), and Creators/Executive Producers Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul along with an all-star voice cast for a sneak peek at FOX’s new animated series that tells the story of the most pretentious 7-year-old of our time. Glimpse exclusive Allen Gregoryanimation followed by a fan Q&A session.
The Cleveland Show: Join the cast and executive producers for a look at The Cleveland Show’s not-to-be-missed parody of Die Hard followed by a discussion with panelists Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson,Reagan Gomez, Rich Appel and Kara Vallow.
Mike Mignola, Steve Niles, Richard Starkings, Joe Benitez, and many more sign on Saturday, 7 May 2011 is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!
Mike Mignola - Hellboy, Baltimore. Mike will be on hand to sign for fans.
Steve Niles - Criminal Macabre. Steve will be on hand to sign for fans.
Richard Starkings - Elephantmen. Richard will be on hand to sign for fans.
Joe Benitez - Lady Mechanika. Joe will be on hand to sign for fans.
David Wohl - Executive Assistant: Iris. David will be on hand to sign for fans.
Vince Hernandez - Charismagic. Vince will be on hand to sign for fans.
Chris Yost - TV’s The Mighty Avengers. Chris will be on hand to sign for fans.
Phil Ortiz - The Simpsons. Phil will be on hand to sign for fans.
Joshua Williamson - Sketch Monsters. Joshua will be on hand to sign for fans.
Jeff Stokely - Fraggle Rock. Jeff will be on hand to sign for fans.
Robbi Rodriguez - Tek Jansen. Robbi will be on hand to sign for fans.
Frank Mastromauro - Artist on Aspen Comics’ Soulfire and Shrugged. Frank will be on hand to sign for fans.
David Schwartz - Writer on Aspen Comics’ Fathom. David will be on hand to sign for fans.
Peter Steigerwald - Artist on Witchblade and Fathom. Peter will be on hand to sign for fans.
Mark Roslan - Artist on Tomb Raider and The Darkness. Mark will be on hand to sign for fans.
First look at Mattel’s exclusive releases for Comic-Con 2011!
Character Appearances: Wonder Woman (Confession of a Superhero’s Jenn Wengar) and Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion will be on hand for photo opportunities.
The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Eric Powell, Chris Ryall, Matt Frank, and Dirk Wood appear on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 1-5pm!
Have your Portfolio Reviewed by Chris Ryall, Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing
Schmooze with Eric Powell, Eisner Award-Winning Artist and Writer
Get your awesome TATE’S Godzilla Variant Cover signed by artist Matt Frank!
Pick the brain of Dirk Wood, IDW’s Director of Marketing, on the direction of IDW titles future, present and past.
About IDW Publishing: Founded in 1999 and recognized as the #4 comic book publisher in the U.S. They currently publish a wide range of comic books and graphic novels.
Chris Ryall: Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing. Chris is also an Eagle & Eisner Award-nominated editor and comic book writer, having written over three dozen comics.
Eric Powell: Writer and artist creator of critically acclaimed dark comedy series The Goon. He has also contributed work to comic titles Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Hellboy: Weird Tales, Star Wars Tales, The Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, The Avengers, MAD Magazine, Swamp Thing, the Avengers, She-Hulk, the Simpsons, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, Action Comics, and Creepy.
Matt Frank: Comic artist best known for his rampages through the worlds of giant monsters. Contributing work to IDW’s Transformers series and Wrath of the Titans: Cyclops. Matt was most recently the lead artist for IDW’s Godzilla Store-Crushing Cover project, as well as subsequent incentive covers for Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters. Matt is also currently working on a web comic series titled Giant Monster Zak!
Dirk Wood: Director of Retailer Marketing at IDW, Dirk Wood has over 17 years of experience in the comic industry, including a long stint as Marketing Director for Dark Horse Comics, after starting his career in retail as Operations Manager for Things From Another World. Currently best known as the comic narrator of IDW’s section in Diamond Previews.
TATE’S Comics, Inc.
4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, FL 33351
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening signs on Wednesday November 17, 2010 at 7:00 PM for Simpsons World: The Ultimate Episode Guide.
Barnes & Noble – The Grove at Farmers Market
189 Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Comics and comix collide as the funnies meet the funny in the sixth annual fundraiser and silent art auction for San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum. Join the Bay Area’s funniest folk for a night of food, drink, and entertainment, and bid on original art by some of today’s brightest stars in comics. This year Comics 4 Comix takes place on Tuesday, September 7th 2010, at San Francisco’s famed Punchline Comedy Club, 444 Battery Street. The doors open at 6:30pm, and the show starts at 8pm. General admission tickets for this benefit cost $20. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Livenation’s website (livenation.com) or at the door on the night of the event.
The Cartoon Art Museum will host an all-star cast of stand-up comics for this event, featuring headliner comedian and Simpsons writer Dana Gould, as well as local comedians Joe Klocek, Mike Meehan, and host Michael Capozzola, comedian and creator of the comic strip Surveillance Caricatures in the San Francisco Chronicle’s 96 hours section. Accommodations for our headliner are being provided by the InterContinental San Francisco. Performances will begin at 8 pm. In addition to getting a dose of high comedy, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on and peruse original comic strip art from popular local and national cartoonists, including Dan Piraro (Bizarro), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Michael Jantze (The Norm), Jack Davis (Mad Magazine), Keith Knight (The K Chronicles), and much, much more.
Larry Doyle signs on July 16th at 7pm at Book Soup.
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069
The Simpsons comic book writer Chris Yambar is coming to Lake County May 1, 2010, for an exclusive book signing celebrating Free Comic Book Day, at Comics and Friends comic book store in the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor.
Yambar is winner of numerous awards from the 2001 Big Ameba Network Indi-Comic Awards, including Best Writer. His stories appear in Simpson’s Comics Presents Bart Simpson, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, I Dream of Jeannie and Popeye. He is also publisher of Substance Comics, Moordam Comics and Comics Library International, which are also Ameba Award winners.
Please join the Chuck Jones Galleries as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the world’s most dysfunctional family and welcome The Simpsons animator and artist Stephen Reis to our San Diego Gallery and our Santa Fe Gallery (via simultaneous podcast) on Saturday, February 13th from 4 to 7 PM (San Diego) & 5 to 8PM (Santa Fe) Meet the artist at our San Diego Gallery (232 Fifth Avenue San Diego, CA). And speak with the artist live via podcast at our Santa Fe Gallery (135 West. Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, CA).
RSVP by February 9
San Diego: 888-294-9880
Santa Fe: 800-290-5999
“Happy Hour” limited edition hand-painted cel art (one of several sold-out editions that will be on display and for sale at this exhibition.)
By special arrangement with Fox Studios, the Chuck Jones Galleries will premier original artwork from the 9th episode of the 12th season (original air date January 7, 2001) HOMÐ¯.
Contact your art consultant today for more details and to pre-view this exciting collection!
Mr. Reis will be dedicating artwork purchased at these events.
Wednesday, July 1 (that’s next week, y’all), it’s Free Donut Day at Metropolis – we’re celebrating in style with Bongo Comics’ Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, and Batton Lash in to sign and sketch Simpsons books for you from 5pm till 8pm! Be with us – oh, and did we mention… free donut with purchase of any Simpsons comic book! Not cheap ones, either – Krispy Kremes! Mmmmmm!
16509 Bellflower Blvd.
Bellflower, CA 90706