NYC – Whiskey Cavalier’s Lauren Cohan Q&A

Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) appears at BUILD Studio on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at noon to discuss her new show WHISKEY CAVALIER!

“Whiskey Cavalier” is a high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley. Following an emotional breakup, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by Lauren Cohan. Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics. The series is from writer/executive producer Dave Hemingson and executive producer Bill Lawrence with Warner Bros. Television. THIS WILL NOT BE LIVESTREAMED.

Free tickets available at the link (July 18th at 10AM)…

BUILD Studio
692 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

Image Announces SDCC 2018 Panels and Signing Schedule

Press Release:

Image Comics is pleased to return to San Diego this year for San Diego Comic-Con on Wednesday, July 18th through Sunday, July 22nd. Please note: updates to the schedule may appear online during the show. Please refer to the www.imagecomics.com post for the most up-to-date information.

COLLECTED EDITION CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES (sold at IMAGE BOOTH – #2729):

  • ICE CREAM MAN, VOL. 1: RAINBOW SPRINKLES hardcover by W. Maxwell Prince & Martin Morazzo, cover by Morazzo, $35 +tax
  • VS, VOL. 1 hardcover by Iván Brandon & Esad Ribić, cover by Ribić, $35 +tax

LIMITED* SINGLE ISSUE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES (sold at IMAGE BOOTH – #2729):

  • WALKING DEAD #181 by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, cover by Charlie Adlard & Dave McCaig, $10
  • REDNECK #13 by Donny Cates & Lisandro Estherren, cover by Geoff Shaw & Dee Cunniffe, $10

SINGLE ISSUE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES (sold at TOP COW booth #2629):

  • INFINITE DARK/THE FREEZE FLIP BOOK by Ryan Cady & Andrea Mutti, covers by Phil Sevy (THE FREEZE) and Andrea Mutti (INFINITE DARK), FREE with a Top Cow booth purchase or by attending a Top Cow panel
  • APHRODITE V #1 by Bryan Hill & Jeff Spokes, cover by Natali Sanders (Limited to 1,000), $10.00

CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE (sold at IMAGE BOOTH – #2729):

  • DEADLY CLASS T-shirt, $24.99 +tax
  • DEADLY CLASS enamel lapel pin, $10 +tax

CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE (sold at TOP COW booth #2629):

  • WITCHBLADE enamel lapel pin, $10
  • SUNSTONE enamel lapel pins, $10

SIGNINGS AT THE IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#2729)

**TICKETED denotes signings require wristbands. Wristbands will be given out at the booth as soon as the convention floor opens on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be available for attendee badge holders only. There will be a limit of 3 items per person for ticketed signings unless otherwise noted. No CGC, CBCS, or other witnessing/grading.

THURSDAY, JULY 19

10:00 – 10:45 AM

  • Rob Guillory (CHEW, FARMHAND)

11:00 – 11:45 AM

  • Doug TenNapel (GEAR)
  • Joshua Williamson (BIRTHRIGHT, NAILBITER) [Skybound]

12:00 – 12:45 PM

  • Doug Wagner (PLASTIC, THE HARD PLACE)
  • Sean Mackiewicz (GASOLINA) [Skybound]

1:00 – 1:45 PM

  • Cat Staggs (CROSSWIND)
  • Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK)
  • Melissa Hutchison & Dave Fennoy (Telltale voice actors for Clementine and Lee) [Skybound]

2:00 – 2:45 PM

  • Sina Grace (NOTHING LASTS FOREVER, SELF-OBSESSED)
  • Steve Orlando (CRUDE, UNDERTOW) [Skybound]

3:00 – 3:45 PM

  • Marco Finnegan (CROSSROAD BLUES)
  • Rival Games (THIEF OF THIEVES) [Skybound]

4:00 – 4:45 PM

  • WHERE WE LIVE multi-contributor signing featuring: Erika Schultz, Amy Chu, Aaron Campbell, Rafael Albuquerque, Matt Hawkins, Brian Haberlin, David Walker & many more.

FRIDAY, JULY 20

10:00 – 10:45 AM

  • Aaron Campbell, Pornsak Pichetshote (INFIDEL)
  • Jeff Lemire (DESCENDER, A.D.: AFTER DEATH, ROYAL CITY, GIDEON FALLS) **TICKETED**

11:00 – 11:45 AM

  • Kickliy (PERDY)
  • Sean Lewis (THE FEW, COYOTES)
  • Donny Cates (REDNECK, ATOMAHAWK, GOD COUNTRY, THE GHOST FLEET, BUZZKILL)  [Skybound]

12:00 – 12:45 PM

  • Tomm Coker (THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS)
  • Justin Greenwood, Landry Walker (THE LAST SIEGE)

1:00 – 1:45 PM

  • Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK)
  • Jason Howard (CEMETERY BEACH) [Skybound]

2:00 – 2:45 PM

  • Rick Remender (DEADLY CLASS, LOW, BLACK SCIENCE, DEATH OR GLORY, FEAR AGENT, SEVEN TO ETERNITY, TOKYO GHOST) **TICKETED**
  • Dan Panosian (SLOTS) [Skybound]

3:00 – 3:45 PM

  • Mirka Andolfo (UNNATURAL)
  • John Layman (CHEW, LEVIATHAN)
  • Jeremy Haun (THE BEAUTY, THE REALM)

4:00 – 4:45 PM

  • Robert Kirkman (OBLIVION SONG, THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA) [Skybound] **TICKETED and restricted to: 3-item limit**

SATURDAY, JULY 21

11:00 – 11:45 AM

  • Robert Kirkman (OBLIVION SONG, THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA) [Skybound] **TICKETED and restricted to: 3-item limit**

12:00 – 12:45 PM

  • Doug Wagner (THE HARD PLACE, PLASTIC)

1:00 – 1:45 PM

  • Marjorie Liu (MONSTRESS) **TICKETED**
  • Daniel Warren Johnson (EXTREMITY) [Skybound]

2:15 – 3:30 PM

  • DEADLY CLASS SYFY TV signing featuring: Creator & Executive producer Rick Remender & members of the show’s cast **TICKETED and restricted to: 2-item limit, items must be DEADLY CLASS brand.*

SUNDAY, JULY 22

  • Donny Cates (REDNECK, ATOMAHAWK, GOD COUNTRY, THE GHOST FLEET, BUZZKILL)

PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS:

Thursday, July 19 @ 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Room 23ABC
#WeBelieve in Fantasy                        

Creators conjure magic on a monthly basis, stretching the boundaries of reality to explore resonant themes under a veneer of high fiction. This group of creators has taken a legacy of wands, wizards, and incantations and tailored it to a modern context, where shape-shifting teen baristas search for missing love and reckless rockers parlay with infernal forces. Let this panel of spellbinding talent, including Sam Humphries (BLACKBIRD),Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK), Jeremy Haun (THE REALM), Johnnie Christmas(FIREBUG), Megan Hutchison (ROCKSTARS), and other special guests enchant you as they explain the alchemy behind their latest comics.

Friday, July 20 @ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Room 23ABC
#WeBelieve in Horror    

Image Comics has ushered in a new era of horror with cerebral writers and visceral artists elevating sequential-art dread to claustrophobic heights. From John Layman‘s kaiju free-for-all, LEVIATHAN, to Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell’s reflective haunted house boiler, INFIDEL, comics are evolving terror to new personal, socially minded levels. Join a roster of the most sinister storytellers including Will Dennis (the editor of WYTCHES, GIDEON FALLS) and other special guests to discover how they’re altering an entire genre.

Saturday, July 21 @ 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Room 7AB
#WeBelieve in Suspense                        

Comic scribes wield character, dialogue, and panels with clockwork precision, leading readers through a gauntlet of plot beats designed to ratchet tension and escalate stakes. In concert with artists, these storytellers operate outside budget constraints to orchestrate explosive dramas without any limits save their own imaginations. Listen to a panel of thrill gurus including Donny Cates (REDNECK), Mirka Andolfo (UNNATURAL), Steve Orlando (CRUDE), Jacob Semahn (NO. 1 WITH A BULLET), Megan Hutchison (ROCKSTARS), and Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK) as they deconstruct their approach to weaving the tightest suspense in comics.

Sunday, July 22 @ 1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Room 5AB
#WeBelieve in Craft                         

Image hosts a stable of creators who have honed their skills through countless comics, publishers, and media. With their creator-owned projects, these writers and artists build on expansive careers to deliver the apex of comics craftsmanship. Join a murderer’s row of career myth-makers including Joe Casey (NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL, MCMLXXV), Daniel Warren Johnson (EXTREMITY), Justin Greenwood (THE LAST SIEGE), Kickliy (PERDY), and Shannon Wheeler (MEMOIRS OF A VERY STABLE GENIUS) as they chart the paths they traveled to arrive at their current projects.

IMAGE COMICS’ CREATORS IN ARTIST ALLEY:

  • Chris Burnham – HH-18
  • Juan Gedeon – AA-15
  • Sanford Greene – FF-21
  • Joe Harris – EE-20
  • Tom Neely – AA-05
  • Dustin Nguyen – CC-01
  • Jimmie Robinson – EE-22
  • Landry Q. Walker – EE-19

 

The Punisher’s Jon Bernthal Appears at Terrificon 2018

Press Release:

JON BERNTHAL star of MARVEL’S THE PUNISHER comes to this August’s Terrific Comic Con at Mohegan Sun Expo Center

Fans know Jon Bernthal from small screen hits as The Walking Dead to The Punisher, to the big screen in Fury, Baby Driver, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Now fans can meet this terrific actor who brought Marvel’s Frank Castle to life on Netflix/Marvel’s Daredevil and The Punisher, when he joins us this August for Connecticut’s #1 Comic Con – TERRIFICON at the at all-new, giant-sized Mohegan Sun Expo Center!

Pre-order your photo op for Jon and our other guests by clicking here

TERRIFICON keeps “comics” as the main focus of our con! Since we are talking about the Punisher – let’s welcome legendary writers Mike Baron, Larry Hama and artists Mike Zeck and John Beatty who created some of Frank Castle’s greatest adventures!

Today’s hottest creators sitting side-by-side with legends!

RSVP on Facebook!

New guests added weekly. Keep checking our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Skybound Entertainment Appears at PAX East 2018

Come visit Skybound Entertainment’s activation space during PAX East 2018, with highlights including autograph signings with Melissa Hutcherson (voice of Clementine in Telltale’s The Walking Dead) cosplay meetups, Summoners War tournaments and games, and more – located in room 206AB, the Skybound Room at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Be the first to catch a glimpse of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season, including early, PAX-exclusive footage in the Albatross Room on Friday, April 6th at 12:30 PM. Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller hosts alongside members of the series’ core creative team and Clementine herself, Melissa Hutchison. Together we’ll look back on Clementine’s journey so far and take a sneak peek at how it all ends. Stick around for special giveaways and an audience Q&A! Panelists include: Greg Miller [Co-founder / Host, Kinda Funny], Melissa Hutchison [Clementine, Telltale Games], Dave Bogan [Art Director, Telltale Games], Jessica Krause [Episode One Lead Writer, Telltale Games], Mark Darin [Senior Designer, Telltale Games], Dan Murray [President, Skybound Interactive]

Skybound will also be demoing a new game for the first time ever –  stop by booth #12102 to try out Pitchstorm, a party card game about pitching ridiculous movies to the world’s worst movie executives (aka: your friends.) During each of the pitches the executives can interrupt with terrible notes that must then be worked into the idea.

Check out the schedule for Skybound’s activation space below.

THURSDAY April 5th

12pm – 2pm: Summoners War-Guess the Raid **Details below

4pm – 6pm: Summoners War Mini Tournament **Details below

FRIDAY April 6th

11am – 1pm: Geeks OUT! Meet Up

12pm – 2pm: Summoners War – RTA an Influencer **Details below

2pm – 3pm: Telltale Cosplay Meet Up and Live Stream

3pm – 4pm: Pitch Storm Live Stream

4pm – 6pm: Summoners War Mini Tournament

SATURDAY April 7th

11am – 1pm: Summoners War Meet Up with Leo Camacho

2pm – 3pm: Telltale’s Melissa Hutchison Autograph session

3pm – 4pm: Pitch Storm Live Stream

4pm – 6pm: Summoners War Mini Tournament

SUNDAY April 8th

12pm – 2pm: Summoners War Mini Tournament

Mini Tournament: 10 players may sign up to be part of a influencers team. Prizes will be awarded.

  • Four players will be randomly placed under Influencer 1 and the remaining four players under Influencer 2.
  • Registration will take place in a first come first served manner.
  • Registrations must be made on the day of the event.
  • Participants must sign release authorizing their images to be recorded and used for marketing purposes.

Guess the Raid:

  • The 2 Influencers will pre-select a Raid team.
  • They must use the same team through the entire activation.
  • Before each match, players must GUESS the final time of the raid.
  • If the player guesses correctly within 3 seconds of the final time, they will receive an additional prize.
  • Every participant or person waiting in line will receive at least one basic reward.

RTA An Influencer:

  • Players will chose right there which influencer they will RTA against.
  • A Goodwill Room will be created for each day of the vent.
  • The Goodwill Room PW will be shared with the players at the day of the event.
  • The influencer MUST select a team equivalent to the player’s selection.
  • Each battle will be capped to 5 minutes.

UK – An Evening with Charlie Adlard

Press Release:

Waterstones TCR and Image Comics are pleased to present an evening with Charlie Adlard, UK Comics Laureate and artist and co-creator of the Eisner-award winning series The Walking Dead, on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

Alongside the ongoing publication of the Skybound series The Walking Dead, Charlie has co-created books such as Rock Bottom, Codeflesh, White Death, and many more in his twenty plus year career to date. He’s drawn the French album Breath Of The Wendigo and plans to continue working for that market with more bande dessineés planned.

Charlie will be discussing his work and the inspiration behind his hit series. There will be a chance to ask questions and have your books signed at the end of the event.

RSVP on Facebook!

Waterstones
19-20 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 1BJ London, UK
+44 808 147 1049

Future Con Unites the Brightest Stars of Stage & Science at Awesome Con 2018

Press Release:

Science experts and entertainers will unite this month at the Smithsonian magazine Future Con, a themed pavilion celebrating science, technology, science fiction and fantasy within the Mid-Atlantic’s premiere pop culture convention Awesome Con. From March 30-April 1 Future Con presents three days of special programming that will include tech demos, meet-and-greet opportunities with scientific leaders and the opportunity to dive into the stimulating and fantastical overlaps between real-world science and science fiction. Attendees of all ages can engage with panels and discussions as well as hands-on tech demos and workshops, all focused on fostering awareness and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

“Future Con is an opportunity for all of us to think about the future in a fun and engaging way through pop culture and science fiction,” says Awesome Con Founder Ben Penrod. “It’s important to showcase the people and organizations who take inspiration from pop culture, to solve real-life problems and create a better world for us all. In 2018, we’re partnering again with the Smithsonian to bring that message to fans at Awesome Con through Future Con.”

Awesome Con is proud to welcome the brightest minds from organizations leading scientific advancement and education to Future Con, with representatives from Boeing, National Science Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Psychological Science, and the Planetary Society leading programs and workshops throughout the weekend.

“Going to Future Con is like stepping into a time travel machine,” says Michael Caruso, Future Con founder and Smithsonian magazine Editor in Chief and Vice President of Live Events. “Future Con is a great mashup of science and science fiction, a way for people to experience the very real science that is making technology writers and filmmakers have only dreamed of actually come to life around us. This year, we’re partnering with some remarkably forward-thinking organizations – including NASA, Netflix, and X, The Moonshot Factory – to bring that great experience to our Future Con fans.”

Panels like Turning Science Fiction Space Travel into Science Fact presented by Boeing will bring together visionaries and engineers to share how ongoing scientific developments and research are laying the foundation for future space exploration. Learn from experts about what it takes to survive in space, travel to Mars, launch the largest rocket ever into space, and more.

Science lovers will also be able to sit in on Future Con events like the Netflix: “Lost in Space” panel presented in partnership with Netflix, an exclusive preview of the upcoming dramatic re-imagination of the classic show and an exploration of the goals of modern space travel. Attendees can stop by the Future Con pavilion and into an immersive “Lost in Space” pop-up complete with show props and décor that will be featured on the galactic adventure show.

In the panel Science behind Mad Science, X, The Moonshot Factory’s Rich DeVaul will reveal how the moonshot factory brings science fiction-sounding technologies such as driverless cars and balloon-powered internet to life. DeVaul will also share tips for aspiring moonshot takers and unveil some never-before-seen explorations. At the X booth at Future Con, show attendees will be able to see some of X’s prototypes up close and learn more about how engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs are part of X’s early-stage work. The X booth will also allow attendees to play a rapid-fire moonshot thinking game, learn about rapid prototyping and meet some of the scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs behind X’s technology.

Star Wars fans will be delighted with exhibits and events presented as part of Future Con, with franchise film stars John Boyega, Joonas Suotamo, and Jeremy Bulloch planning special appearances over the weekend.

Sci-fi movie fans can also attend a Science of “Pacific Rim” panel inspired by the blockbuster 2013 film. Dr. Rich DeVaul, Director of Mad Science at X, and Legendary Comics’ Senior Vice President of Creative Strategy Barnaby Legg clue attendees in to how close to we are to building defensive robots known as ‘jagers,’ whether we can merge consciousness and share memories and feelings with other individuals, and delve into the scientific principles explored in the film.

Future Con also takes a fun look at fiction vs. fact in the comics world, with panels like The Technology of Dark Nights: Metal featuring a discussion with “Batman” artist and writer duo Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder about the technology at the iconic character’s disposal.

Special Guests

 Industry Experts

  • Dr. Rich DeVaul (Director of Mad Science, X, The Moonshot Factory)
  • Dr. Suveen Mathaudhu (Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science, University of California-Riverside)
  • Dr. Erin McDonald (“Dr. Erin Explains the Universe,” Stanford University)
  • Dr. Theresa McCulla (Beer Historian, Smithsonian)
  • Jared Espley (Planetary Scientist, NASA)
  • Terry Hurford (Planetary Scientist, NASA)
  • Carie Lemack (CEO, DreamUp)

Entertainment Guests

  • John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Pacific Rim Uprising)
  • Dave Bautista (Blade Runner 2049, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Spectre)
  • Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, The Walking Dead)
  • Pom Klementieff (Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Gilmore Girls)
  • Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
  • Jeremy Bulloch (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, The Newcomers, Doctor Who)
  • John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Arrow, Torchwood, Legends of Tomorrow)
  • Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Future Con takes place March 30-April 1, 2018 inside this year’s Awesome Con, and no separate ticket is needed to attend Future Con events—admission to Awesome Con includes access to Future Con’s speakers, exhibits, and events. For tickets to Awesome Con, visit www.awesomecon.com. For more information on Future Con, please visit www.awesomecon.com/future-con, or follow Awesome Con on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and search for #FutureCon.

CA – An Evening with Robert Kirkman

Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible, Outcast) appears in conversation with Jason Mantzoukas on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 8:00 PM to discuss his work and launch of new comic book series, Oblivion Song.

*All tickets include a signed copy of the inaugural issue of Kirkman’s new comic book series, Oblivion Song

Robert Kirkman is creator, writer and executive producer of The Walking Dead on AMC TV and Outcast on Cinemax. He is also a successful creator of independent comics. He created and continues to write the long-running Image Comics title The Walking Dead, on which the show is based, and the comics have been gaining popularity throughout its run. He also writes the acclaimed and equally long-running super-hero comic Invincible, which he created with Cory Walker, and the all-ages comic Super Dinosaur, which he created with Jason Howard

Oblivion Song is a unique take on the sci-fi genre that lives somewhere in between being less depressing than Kirkman’s The Walking Dead but not as fun as his second-longest running book, Invincible, when it’s at its most fun. Oblivion Song follows an agent, Nathan Cole, who goes into another dimension, Oblivion, to find people who have been left behind. With limited resources and equipment coupled with government abandonment, Nathan’s mission to save those left behind in Oblivion is even more challenging. A decade ago 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them but after many years they gave up. Nathan Cole won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those lost, alone and afraid, living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe… Nathan is looking for something else? Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?

Oblivion Song is co-created by Kirkman (writer) and Lorenzo De Felici (artist). Other credits include Annalisa Leoni (colorist); Rus Wooton (letterer) and Sean Mackiewicz (editor), and is published by Image Comics for Skybound Entertainment. The first issue will be released on March 7 and will be an ongoing series.

Details and tickets available at the link…

Ann and Jerry Moss Theater
3131 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 828-5582

T-Minus 7 Days Till Planet Comicon 2018

Press Release:

The final details are beginning to lock into place at Planet Comicon Kansas City and you’re going to hear from us more frequently as we get closer and closer to next week’s comic and pop culture party, one of the largest in the nation!

As many of you veterans and superfans know, our guests make extraordinary sacrifices to carve out time from their busy shooting and appearance schedules to join us at Planet Comicon, and sometimes changes are unavoidable. However, we have good news! A number of our guests have actually extended the time they’ll be spending with us next weekend. Here are the details…

  • Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery, The Walking Dead) will now be appearing on Friday and Saturday, a slight change from her previous Saturday/Sunday schedule.
  • Trish Stratus and Amy “Lita” Dumas, two dynamite divas of the ring and WWE Hall of Famers were set to appear to only appear on Saturday and Sunday. They will now be at the show for ALL THREE DAYS!
  • John Cusack (High Fidelity, Say Anything) was previously scheduled for only Saturday afternoon and early Sunday but now will be appearing for the majority of both Saturday and Sunday!
  • Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War) has now confirmed that she will be at the show all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Remember: we have special admission prices and membership discounts for active military, teachers, and librarians…and children ages 7 and under are FREE!

Have App, Will Travel: Download the Official 2018 Planet Comicon Kansas City Mobile App!

The Planet Comicon Kansas City app is your ultimate guide to Kansas City’s fantastic, fun-filled festival for fans of all ages and it’s back for 2018.

This carefully crafted pocket pal includes a list of all schedules as well as details on celebrities, comics creators, cosplayers, and more. Create your own schedule, get the latest news and updates during Planet Comicon, and check out all the necessary show details to make your visit to our world as perfect as possible. Get it in the App Store or on Google Play.

A Planet-sized Deal for our GoComics Fans!

All Planet Comicon Kansas City attendees can save 25% off any item in the GoComics Store! Find your happy place with icons like Foxtrot, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield and Peanuts, as well as modern classics like Fowl Language, Sarah’s Scribbles, The Awkward Yeti, and many more.

Use code PCC25 at store.gocomics.com to save 25% off the entire store!

Planet Comicon Kansas City Pro Tip No. 42

Don’t get left out in the cold: So you’ve got your admission wristband, now it’s time to get in line. Planet Comicon Kansas City is all about making the fan experience a positive one and in 2018 that includes queuing for the show indoors. The line will form in the 2200 Lobby and be extended through the Convention Center and Municipal Auditorium for all waiting guests. Don’t worry about the weather and please know we’ll do our absolute best to get you into Planet Comicon Kansas City in a timely and efficient manner!

For more information about the 2018 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

Long Beach Comic Expo 2018 Programming Schedule

Long Beach Comic Expo 2018 has announced their programming schedule for next weekend’s convention on February 17-18th! Highlights include a spotlight on Don McGregor, Strangers Things’ Joe Keery, a trivia showdown with Mark Waid, animation legend Andrea Romano, and an examination of the Black Panther’s big screen debut.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH

COMICS, COMICS, COMICS! (ROOM 103AB)

11:00am – 12:00pm
Geeks Got Your Back

Anti-harassment has become a hot topic within the geek community over the last several years. Whether it is anti-harassment policies or grassroots awareness (such as Cosplay Is Not Consent), more and more geeks are looking for ways to make the geek community a better place to everyone. Come join us as we discuss ways in which we can all just be a little more excellent to each other.

12:00pm – 1:00pm
King of the Jungle: Don McGregor Spotlight

Acclaimed writer Don McGregor, whose groundbreaking work on Black Panther including titles such as JUNGLE ACTION lead to him be one of the inspirations for the current hit Marvel movie. McGregor makes a rare West Coast appearance as LBCE’s first ever Guest of Honor. This spotlight panel explores more than just his Panther work, including SABRE (one of the first-ever graphic novels), RAGAMUFFINS, DETECTIVES, INC., ZORRO, JAMES BOND, and NATHANIEL DUSK!

1:00pm- 2:00pm
Fanbase Press Presents: The Impact of Latinx Creators and Readers on Comics

QUINCE is a 15-issue comics series (being released in English and Spanish) about a teenager who discovers she has superpowers at her quinceañera. COMADRES Y COMICS is a podcast hosted by three Latina women hoping to highlight the role that Latinos have in the comic book industry as creators, consumers, and fans. Join QUINCE creator Sebastian Kadlecik and COMADRES Y COMICS hosts Kristen Parraz, Sara Bazan, and Jennifer Lopez; and journalist/creator Jennifer de Guzman for a discussion and Q&A session moderated by Barbra Dillon (Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief).

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Juicy Ink: Tori Gedvillas Spotlight

An independent illustrator who loves to spread happiness and inspire future artists through her work, Tori Gedvillas has published over 150 videos to YouTube, and amassed a following of over 240,000 on Instagram and 160,000 on YouTube. Working across a wide variety of mediums, Tori uses YouTube and Instagram to share her work and the joy her art-school education has brought her. Discover this unique talent in Tori’s first Long Beach appearance.

3:00pm – 4:00pm
We Are HUMANOIDS: A 20th Anniversary Celebration

Legendary publisher Humanoids comes to Long Beach Comic Expo for the first time ever! Kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of Humanoids’ first publication in the U.S. and learn about the exciting plans we have for the future. New imprints! New creators! New Year! All attendees will be entered into an exclusive raffle for a chance to win free Limited Hardcover editions of some of the hottest Humanoids titles. Moebius? Jodorowsky? How can you resist? The panel will also feature a portfolio review for aspiring creators. Ask yourself… are you a “Humanoid”?

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Shelfing Yourself – Adventures in Self-publishing

Join comics entrepreneurs Buddy Scalera, Dean Haspiel, Barbara Randall Kesel and Neo Edmund for an insider’s view of the joys and perils of making your own books!

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Fanbase Press Presents: Swords, Sandals, Sorcery, and Other Worlds in Comics

A look at the “sword and sandal” genre of stories (once called “peplums”) that was a huge part of popular culture in the 1950s and ’60s – inspired by Ancient Greek and Roman mythologies – and has been reinvigorated in the modern day by the addition of sorcery and other-worldly settings. Fanbase Press Editorials Manager Michele Brittany is joined by creators and experts to discuss the history of the genre and explore its legacy in stories that entertain comic book readers today.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Modern Horror: Stories that Go Bump in the Night

For over half a century, horror comics have told smart, scary, darkly witty stories by some of the best creators in the business. Now some of those creators – including Guest of Honor Don McGregor, HIGH MOON’s David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, and writer Shannon Eric Denton (THE X-FILES)– take part in a ghastly discussion of a genre that includes ATTACK ON TITAN, THE WALKING DEAD, HELLBOY, and more! It might just give you nightmares! Parental discretion is advised.

MAIN STAGE (ROOM 104A)

10:00am – 11:00am
STRANGER THINGS’ Joe Keery VIP Event

An exclusive Q&A event with Long Beach Comic Expo special guest Joe Keery (STRANGER THINGS). *VIP ticket required*

11:00am – 12:00pm
Cosplay Comedy

Cosplay Comedy is a unique comedy show where stand-ups perform their sets in costume and in-character! See your favorite heroes and villains say all the hilarious things you WISH they’d say in pulp and on the screen. Quite possibly the nerdiest and most distinctive comedy show in LA! Featuring some of the geekiest comics from the Los Angeles comedy scene!

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Bat in the Sun Presents!

Take part in a live Q&A with the cast and crew of Bat in the Sun as they talk about upcoming projects including SUPER POWER BEAT DOWN and NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE!

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Plus-Size Cosplay: Helpful Do’s and Don’ts

Learn about proper costume fitting, design, and styles for plus-sized cosplayers, including poses that better work for plus-size people and how to flash up designs and costumes to hide embarrassing areas. We’ll be talking about the overall cosplay designs for all types of larger-sized cosplayers.

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Rise of the On-Screen Black Superhero

Are BLACK PANTHER and BLACK LIGHTNING the new normal or just a momentary trend? And what about other races and ethnicities and the “white washing” seen in recent superhero and science-fiction movies? Join writers Matt Wayne (CANNON BUSTERS), Evan Narcisse (RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER, io9), and Marc Bernardin (CASTLE ROCK, co-host of FATMAN ON BATMAN) in a thought-provoking panel led by journalist Jennifer de Guzman.

3:00pm- 4:00pm
Andrea Romano: Director of a Thousand Voices

An interactive panel with legendary voice and casting director Andrea Romano, an eight-time Emmy Award winner whose decades-long career includes BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, THE LEGEND OF KORRA, JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED, TEEN TITANS, PINKY AND THE BRAIN, and more!

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Ask Mark Waid EVERYTHING

More than just a trivia panel, more than just a spotlight… or is it both? Award-winning comics writer Mark Waid (ARCHIE, AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA, KINGDOM COME, THE FLASH, SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT, and more) will answer any question, from obscure Silver Age Superman trivia to “where do you get your ideas?”

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Am I Allowed To Like ANYTHING? Loving What You Love in the Golden Age of Geek

For fans of superheroes, science fiction, animation, and cosplay, it’s a golden age. But hand-in-hand with geek domination of the popular arts has come a very hostile environment for being openly enthusiastic about your favorite things. You thought JUSTICE LEAGUE was better than THOR: RAGNAROK? Can’t wait to see a Quentin Tarantino STAR TREK? Like Superman better without the red shorts? Join writers and artists (and fellow fans) Mark Waid, Marc Bernardin, Ramon Gil, and Logan Lubera for a guilt-free celebration of the things LBCE and its attendees love most.

7:00pm
Cosplay Contest!

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH

COMICS, COMICS, COMICS! (ROOM 103AB)

11:00am – 12:00pm
Hey! Kids’ Comics!

The creators of some of today’s best-known comics for kids (of all ages) take part in a memorable LBCE panel. MY LITTLE PONY’s Tony Fleecs, recent Eisner Award nominee Norm Harper (RIKKI), and Director of Programming Ivan Cohen (TEEN TITANS GO!) talk about telling stories for some of comics’ most hard-to-please readers.

12:00pm – 1:00pm
BLACK PANTHER: The Writers’ Room

With the release of BLACK PANTHER the week before Long Beach Comic Expo bringing the King of Wakanda to new prominence, we’ve gathered some of the character’s top writers – Expo Guest of Honor Don McGregor (JUNGLE ACTION and the new BLACK PANTHER ANNUAL), CREED co-screenwriter Aaron Covington (BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING), and Evan Narcisse (RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER) – to talk about the excitement and challenges of telling stories of a character whose prominence and presence have gone beyond comics alone.

1:00pm- 2:00pm
To the Stars! Science Fiction

Creators with one foot in both worlds discuss the differences between creating science fiction for comic book projects and other media. With Barbara Randall Kesel, Marc Bernardin, Jennifer DeGuzman, Cecil Castellucci, and David Gallaher.

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Storytelling on the Page

The breakthrough panel from last year’s New Jersey Comic Expo makes its Long Beach debut! Top comic artists work from the same script to demonstrate – in real time – how to break down a comic book story. Gain new insights into how to both write and draw a page from beginning to end. Artists Scott Koblish (DEADPOOL), Drew Johnson (WONDER WOMAN, MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: THE BLACK LAKE), and Steve Ellis (THE ONLY LIVING BOY) work from a script by Frank Tieri (HARLEY QUINN). Hosted by Buddy Scalera (DEADPOOL) of Comic Book School. Sponsored by Marvy/Uchida markers.

MAIN STAGE (ROOM 104A)

11:30am – 12:30pm
How to Get Started in Cosplay at 30, 40, or 50 Years Old

How do I get started in this great hobby? How do I find my character? Where do I find supplies? Steve Gonzales is a 60-year-old cosplayer who has won many awards for his cosplay and wants to share his experience as an older adult starting and creating cosplays and having fun!

12:30pm – 1:30pm
The Webcomics Advocates Present: The Webcomics Gathering

Join a group of experienced web-comics creators – including Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK, WAR CRY) – as they celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics! Any webcomic creators in the audience will get thirty seconds to promote their comic to the crowd. All creators and fans are welcome!

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Politics and Pop Culture

How do politics and popular culture depend on each other? An in-depth discussion explores political satire, comedy sketches, and the world of politics and explores what the interconnections mean for government and pop culture going forward.

2:30pm- 3:30pm
Fanbase Press Presents: STAR WARS: Themes of Legacy

Long ago on a desert planet far, far away, audiences were first introduced to Luke Skywalker and the Jedi legacy that had been passed down through generations. This hero’s journey and its long-lasting impact have resonated with audiences on a grand scale over the past forty years in movies, television, books, comics, and more. Writers from the STAR WARS universe – among them Cecil Castellucci (MOVING TARGET: A PRINCESS LEIA ADVENTURE), legendary artist Michael Golden (who also wrote the recent STAR WARS #38), Chris Thorne (TOPPS’ STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI TRADING CARDS) and Kevin Wetmore (EMPIRE TRIUMPHANT: RACE, RELIGION AND REBELLION IN THE STAR WARS FILMS) – join Fanbase Press Editorials Manager Michelle Brittany for a wide-ranging discussion.

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Cosplay Is not Consent

A panel led by sex-educator Michelle LaBelle featuring burlesque performer Tas Deville, cosplayer The Lady Kaylah, and cosplayer and fashion designer Arilith. This panel will discuss proper personal etiquette while at a convention interacting with cosplayers as well as covering consent awareness/protocol and understanding for all humans out in their personal lives. The world is changing: learn how to support your friends and be part of the solution and not the problem. *Trigger Warning* topics covered will be thorough and potentially graphic.

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Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center each spring. It’s a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Expo you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. For more specific information about the show, please check out the FAQ. Long Beach Comic Expo is a MAD Event Management, LLC production.

Visit our website for more information: longbeachcomicexpo.com

Sixth Annual Awesome Con Returns to Washington DC on Easter Weekend

Press Release:

The sixth annual Awesome Con by LeftField Media, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention, will unite 80,000 fans of comics, technology and science, television and film, custom art, over-the-top cosplay, and more at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, 2018. The convention floor and panel rooms will buzz with hundreds of hours’ worth of programs including: celebrities and experts hosting panels and exclusive reveals; cosplay fashion shows; gaming tournaments; iconic film memorabilia exhibits; and a diverse array of activities for families on Easter weekend.

Family-friendly pavilion Awesome Con Jr returns with even more playful events planned to educate and entertain kids of all ages and parents alike, with special promotions in place to engage Awesome Con’s youngest fans throughout the show. Future Con, Awesome Con’s science pavilion, will dive into the latest developments in science and science fiction sure to delight even the most curious minds. Back for the second year is Pride Alley presented in partnership with Geeks OUT, shining a spotlight on LGBTQ creators and fans in an even more robust section of Artist Alley.

With Awesome Con 2018 hosting more energetic programs, more globally recognized special guests, and presenting more exclusive previews and announcements to attendees than ever before, it continues growing into a standout annual destination as an unbridled celebration of pop culture and pure fun.

MEDIA GUESTS:

  • Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Drax the Destroyer, Blade Runner 2049)
  • Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Yondu, The Walking Dead)
  • Stephen Amell (Arrow, New Girl, Private Practice)
  • John Barrowman (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who)
  • Cress Williams (Black Lightning, Prison Break, Hart of Dixie)
  • Tom Welling (Smallville, Lucifer)
  • Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Mantis)
  • Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Guardians of the Guardians Vol. 2, Impastor)
  • Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Kraglin, Gilmore Girls)
  • Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story)
  • Joe Keery (Stranger Things, Molly’s Game, Slice)
  • Ben Savage (Boy Meets World, Girls Meet World, Chuck, Dear John, Little Monsters, Without a Trace)
  • Will Friedle (Boy Meets World, Girls Meets World, Batman Beyond, Kim Possible, Guardians of the Galaxy animated series)
  • Rider Strong (Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World, Cabin Fever)
  • Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel)
  • Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Samurai Jack, Pulp Fiction, Justice League Unlimited, Mad TV, Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Comic Guests:

  • J. Scott Campbell (Gen¹³, Danger Girl, Spider-Man)
  • Fabian Nicieza (Deadpool co-creator, X-Men, Thunderbolts, Action Comics)
  • Jim Starlin (Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Infinity Gauntlet, Batman; co-creator of Drax, Gamora, and Thanos)
  • Greg Capullo (Batman, Reborn, X-Force, Quasar, The Creech)
  • Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing, Voodoo Heart)
  • Tom King (Batman, The Sheriff of Babylon, The Vision)
  • Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil, Wonder Woman, Amazing Spider-Man)
  • Sean Gordon Murphy (Batman: White Knight, Hellblazer: City of Demons, Punk Rock Jesus, Shaun of the Dead, Teen Titans, The Wake, Tokyo Ghost)
  • James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, Batman, The Woods)
  • Sorah Sungh (Iron Man, Princeless)

TICKETS

  • Friday or Sunday Only Admission: $35
  • Saturday Only Admission: $50
  • 3-Day Weekend Pass: $75
  • 3-Day ‘Geekend VIP’ Pass: $150
  • Kids 10 and under: free with coupon code AWESOMEJR
  • VIP passes & experiences range from the VIP Geekend ($150) to the premium, limited quantity Club Awesome Reserve Membership ($999) and offer access to various celebrity appearances and special events.

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About Awesome Con
Awesome Con is the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington, D.C., having welcomed over 71,000 attendees in 2017. Awesome Con celebrates all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay and more. Awesome Con is presented in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organization company developed by the founder of New York Comic Con. Learn more at www.awesomecon.com.

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