Hero Initiative at Phoenix Comic Con 2012

May 22, 2012 by  
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Artist/writer Stuart Immonen (New Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man) will raffle off four sketches each day of the Phoenix Comicon (Phoenix AZ, May 24 – 27, 2012) to benefit the Hero Initiative. This is a rare opportunity to commission a sketch as Immonen famously declines requests as outlined in his book 50 Reasons to Stop Sketching at Conventions.

Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the non profit organization that helps comic creators in need, is spending its Memorial Day weekend at Phoenix Comic Con, May 24th thru 27th at the Phoenix Convention Center Hyatt Regency, booth #1048-1050.

Artist Stuart Immonen will be helping Hero out at the con! The artist of Marvel Comics’ X-Men and Fear Itself will be at his own artist alley table, but sketching ONLY for Hero! Stuart will do four full-size 11-by-17-commission sketches per day. To get in in, you MUST purchase raffle tickets at $1 each. Four tickets per day will be drawn, and winners will pay $200 for a single-character, full-figure grey marker wash drawing. Drawings take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at noon!

In addition, you MUST buy the Spawn/Lady Death Phoenix Con print with art by Andy Arias and inked by Todd McFarlane! Both McFarlane and Lady Death creator Brian Pulido will sign each print, limited to 250 serial-numbered pieces. All proceeds benefit Hero Initiative.

And go see John Layman! Layman, writer of the Image Comics hit Chew, has sat on both sides of the pitching process as an editor and as a creator. He’ll be putting on a special panel Sunday, May 27 at 130 p.m. to tell you what it takes to develop a winning pitch for your comics and graphic novels! Tickets to this in-depth workshop and Q&A are available ONLY with a $25 donation to Hero Initiative. Seating is limited!

And Hero’s booth schedule at the con is as follows:
Thursday (May 24) con hours 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
4:00-6:00: Mike Stewart
5:00-6:00: Denae Frazier
6:00-7:00: Ben Glendenning
7:00-8:00: Jason Gonzalez

Friday (May 25) con hours 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
12:30-1:30: Mike Stewart
1:30-2:30: Marat Mychaels
2:30-4:00: Jason Gonzalez

Saturday (May 26) con hours 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
12:30-1:30: Mike Stewart
3:00-3:45: JLA 100 signing: Andy Kuhn, Bill Tucci, Chris Moreno, Francis Manapul, George Perez, Marat Mychaels, Mark dos Santos, Ryan Cody, Scott Koblish, Scott Kolins, Stuart Sayger, Tony Parker

Sunday (May 27) con hours 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
11:30-12:30: Jim Hanna
1:230-1:30: Mike Stewart
1:30-2:30: Jay Fotos
2:30-4:00: Jason Gonzalez
4:00-5:00: Jim Hanna

Kingdoms of Amalur Release Parties

Todd McFarlane, Curt Schilling, R. A. Salvatore, Ken Rolston, and more celebrate the release of 38 Studios new game at GameStops across the country on February 6, 2012.

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The lore of Kingdoms of Amalur spans an epic course of over 10,000 years, with Reckoning capturing a moment in this history and the tale of a singular hero capable of reshaping the fate of the world of Amalur. Every building, tree, and creature has a clear and defined history within this immersive world filled with extraordinary landscapes, mysterious cities, colorful characters, and fantastic creatures.

This mysterious and magical new fantasy world is created by New York Times bestselling author R. A. Salvatore brought to life visually through the trademark style of renowned artist and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane and developed under the leadership of Ken Rolston, lead designer of the critically acclaimed RPGs Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Beginning at 11:30 p.m. on February 6, three GameStop stores will open their doors for eager fans who will among the first to get their copies of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning upon its release at midnight on February 7. To mark this occasion the game’s creators will make special appearances and mingle with fans as they count down to the release of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning at the following GameStop locations:

1.Bellingham, MA: Curt Schilling, Founder and Chairman of 38 Studios, three-time World Series champion and life-long videogame fanatic and R.A. Salvatore, Executive Creator of Worlds and 24-time New York Times best-selling author, who crafted the rich lore and stories of the world of Amalur. Curt and R.A. will join fans at the GameStop located in the Stallbrook Marketplace, 258 Hartford Ave, Bellingham, MA 02019

2.Tempe, AZ: Todd McFarlane, Spawn creator and McFarlane Toys founder, who has driven the artistic vision of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Todd will meet fans at the GameStop at the Tempe Marketplace located at 2040 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, Suite 110, Tempe, AZ 85281

3.Cockeysville, MD: Ken Rolston, Internationally Celebrated Game Designer at Big Huge Games will be joined by members of the Big Huge Games development team including Lead Designer Ian Frazier, Art Director Tim Coman, Lead Combat Designer Joe Quadara, and Audio Director Grant Kirkhope. The team from Big Huge Games will join fans at the GameStop located at 10015 York Road, Suite A7, Cockeysville, MD 21030

AZ – Spawn on Campus

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Todd McFarlane speaks at Arizona State University in a roundtable discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility on Sunday, December 11 from 3-6pm! The event is free and open to the public.

Details at the link.

Arizona State University – West Campus
4701 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ

AZ – Spawn Signing

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Todd McFarlane appears at his McFarlane store for an exclusive signing on Saturday, December 17th from 1 – 3 PM.

Press Release:

What could be better than a stocking full of Spawn and Haunt comics or Walking Dead, sports, and Halo figures? How about one with legendary Todd McFarlane’s signature on it? Stop by and meet the Spawn creator and McFarlane Toys CEO, Todd McFarlane, at his McFarlane store for an exclusive signing on Saturday, December 17th from 1 – 3 PM.

And if getting to meet McFarlane wasn’t awesome enough, the first 100 fans lined up at the door will receive a FREE Halo action figure! So be sure to arrive early for all the fun! Signing will be limited to two items per person.

While you are at the store, don’t forget to take a look around. You’ll find all the latest products from McFarlane Toys, from league-licensed NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL sports figures to the latest Halo series. You can also pick up the new Walking Dead TV Series 1 action figures inspired by the highly-acclaimed AMC television show, The Walking Dead!

The store also carries the season’s most recent collectible toys including Star Wars, Marvel, DC Universe, Justice League, Kill Bill, Dexter, Gears of War, Predator, Nintendo characters, Gremlins, Nightmare before Christmas, Pac Man, Bruce Lee, Lego Mini’s, urban vinyl and blind box figures, bobbleheads, and assorted plush from mainstream to urban.

There are plenty of items for ladies as well, including Rainbow Brite glasses, Wonder Woman Pop! Vinyl, My Little Pony collector edition ponies, Littlest Pet Shop, Hello Kitty and collector Barbies.

You’ll also find a variety comic books such as Spawn and Haunt, along with novelties items such as retro lunch boxes, mugs, shirts, totes, t-shirts and coffee mugs featuring The Beatles, Elvis, Betty Page, Marilyn Monroe and Wizard of Oz.

The McFarlane toy store is located within the Westgate City Center adjacent to Jobing.com arena. For more information on the signing, or any of the products available, call the McFarlane toy store at (623) 670-5601.

McFarlane Store
9410 W Hanna Dr # A109, Glendale, AZ 85305-3149

Image Launching Own 3-Day Expo in 2012 with Kirkman, Larsen, McFarlane, Silvestri, and Valentino

November 22, 2011 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News, Top Stories

Image Expo logo

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EXPERIENCE CREATIVITY AT IMAGE EXPO: A 3-DAY CELEBRATION OF CREATOR OWNED COMICS!

Berkeley, CA – 21 November 2011 — IMAGE EXPO is coming! Experience the creativity of the men and women making the best creator owned comics in America at this one-of-a-kind celebration commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Image Comics!

IMAGE EXPO is a three-day celebration of creator-owned comics happening at the Oakland Convention Center. Image partners Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino, will be the guests of honor, appearing throughout the weekend for signings, panels, and special events. Other special guests include Image founders Rob Liefeld, and Whilce Portacio, plus the creators of today’s best creator-owned comics, including: Joe Casey, Jay Faerber, Jonathan Hickman, Ryan Ottley, Richard Starkings, Fiona Staples, and Brian K. Vaughan.

IMAGE EXPO is Northern California’s premiere comic con experience in 2012. The three-day event takes place at the Oakland Convention Center in the heart of the bustling nightlife and restaurant center of downtown Oakland, CA on February 24-25-26.

IMAGE EXPO isn’t just about Image Comics, it’s a celebration of independent creativity in comics. The exhibit floor is open to anyone who makes creator-owned comics. We’re also going to be hosting unique programming for fans, aspiring creators, and library professionals. We’ll be continuing our tradition of supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s important work to protect creators and retailers by hosting special events including a massive benefit auction.

Get in on the ground floor and sign up for your exhibitor or artist alley space today! Contact info@ImageComicExpo.com for more information about the show and how to sign up to exhibit.

ABOUT AMAZING COMIC CONVENTIONS
Amazing Comic Conventions is a leading promotional company operated by Jimmy S. Jay and Jay Company Comics. The Amazing Arizona Comic Con is their signature event, kicking off the Comic Con Season each January. The Amazing Arizona Comic Con is the premiere destination for graphic novel pop culture in the Southwest. The 2012 Amazing Arizona Comic Con takes place January 6-7-8 at the Mesa Convention Center, in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Guests for the upcoming event include Walking Dead creator/executive producer Robert Kirkman, legendary creator Rob Liefeld, Batman artist Greg Capullo, and many more. For more information, visit www.AmazingArizonaComicCon.com.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Todd McFarlane & McFarlane Toys appear at NYCC 2011

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Todd McFarlane and McFarlane Toys are New York City-bound with popular creative teams, exclusive previews of upcoming figures — and superb swag — for New York Comic Con 2011. On Friday, Oct 14 and Saturday, Oct 14, the company will have an extensive presence through panels, autograph signings, contests, giveaways and displays in Image Comics’ booth #1346.

We have lined-up some stellar events for McFarlane fans at the show, but check back on www.Spawn.com for more exciting NYCC events announcements in the coming weeks.

McFarlane Toys Panels and Autograph Sessions

Friday, October 14

Haunt Creative Team Signing: Todd McFarlane, Nathan Fox and Joe Casey
1:00-2:30PM
Image Comics Booth #1346
Free Limited-Edition Haunt Signing Litho

Meet Todd and the new Haunt creative team, Nathan Fox (BLUE ESTATE, Fluorescent Black, Pigeons From Hell) and Joe Casey (BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER and GODLAND), as they join forces for a special team signing. Also, receive a free limited-edition Haunt signing litho designed by Nathan Fox. Two autographs per person, limited to the Haunt signing litho and one additional item.

Saturday, October 15

Szymon Kudranski, Spawn, artist, autograph signing
11AM -12PM
Image Comics Booth #1346
Free Spawn Comic

After being “discovered” though Twitter by Todd McFarlane, Kudranski (Repulse, Penguin: Pain and Prejudice), was chosen to take over the creative art direction on Spawn. Meet the international artist that has built an amazing new visual world for American’s favorite anti-hero at his first-ever U.S signing. First 75 people will receive a free issue of Spawn #212.

McFarlane: The Devil is in the Details Panel Discussion
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Room 1AO3
In a world of comic book icons, comic superstar Todd McFarlane, and his creation Spawn, have clearly stood the test of time. Hear what McFarlane and his creative teams have in store for Spawn and his newest title, Haunt.

Find out the latest news and behind-the-scenes scoop on your McFarlane Toys’ figures including The Walking Dead TV & Comic, HALO, and NFL, MLB, NHL & NBA sports lines. Find out what’s in store for this cutting-edge toy company! Also, get an exciting “first look” at McFarlane.com Collector’s Club exclusives figures and resin statues, featuring franchise properties with worldwide name recognition.

Finally, McFarlane discusses the artistic process of creating a massive fantasy epic in the all-new role-playing videogame, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Plus special surprise guests and Q&A session to follow
Panelists will include:

Todd McFarlane, Spawn, Creator and McFarlane Toys Founder
Jon Goff, Spawn, Creative Team ( Halo Evolutions)
Nathan Fox, Haunt, Artist (BLUE ESTATE, Fluorescent Black and Pigeons From Hell)
Joe Casey, Haunt, Writer (BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER and ,GODLAND)
Szymon Kudranski, Spawn, artist (Repulse, Penguin: Pain and Prejudice)
Special guests to be announced

Spawn Team Signing: Todd McFarlane, Szymon Kudranski, and Jon Goff
4PM to 5:30PM
Image Comics Booth #1346
The Spawn comic book hit another milestone in 2011 with the release of issue 200. The classic story of a man’s battle with evil forces continues to forge into new story line frontiers and remains one of the most popular comic books today. Come meet the new Spawn creative team members; Todd McFarlane, Spawn, Creator, Szymon Kudranski, Spawn, artist (Repulse, Penguin: Pain and Prejudice) and Jon Goff, Spawn, Creative Team (Halo Evolutions).

New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. The NYCC show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television. For more information visit www.newyorkcomiccon.com.

Todd McFarlane Planning a Busy Thursday at SDCC 2011

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Kingdoms of Amalur

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TODD MCFARLANE TO MAKE CAMEO AT 2011 SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

Plenty of Panels and Signings to Get Your McFarlane fix

So it turns out the 2011 San Diego Comic Con just isn’t the same without Todd McFarlane! For one day only, Thursday, July 21, Todd will be meeting & greeting with fans, signing swag, and talking about his latest projects! Whether you are a comic fanatic, gaming junkie, an action figure connoisseur, or an international rock’n’roller, you will find Todd’s name tied to all the coolest names and products at this year’s con.

So grab your signature books, SDCC badge & authentic movie costumes, as we look at where you can catch a glimpse of McFarlane this year:

Toys “R” Us Halo: Reach Figure Launch Signing: Todd McFarlane
Thursday, July 21
10-11:30AM
Entertainment Earth booth #2343

Toys “R” Us is excited to announce that they will be previewing the Halo: Anniversary Master Chief Platinum action figure from McFarlane Toys at the SDCC, weeks before the line hits store in August! So make sure to pick up your platinum-painted version of John-117, because Toys “R” Us and Entertainment Earth will be hosting an autograph session with Todd McFarlane Thursday morning from 10 to 11:30 am at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343. The event is limited to 150 people. Two autographs per person, limited to the SDCC exclusive figure and one additional item.

Fans not attending the show can still purchase the figure online at Toysrus.com starting Sunday, July 24.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning “Bringing Worlds to Life, From Concept to Pixel” Panel: McFarlane, Tim Coman, Reckoning video game designers
Thursday, July 21
12-1PM
Room 25ABC

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning—one of the most nominated video games at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)—is brought to life through the trademark visceral style of creative art director and concept artist Todd McFarlane. Listen as Todd, Big Huge Games art director Tim Coman, and a panel of Reckoning designers discuss the artistic process of creating a massive fantasy epic role-playing videogame in “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning: Bringing Worlds to Life, From Concept to Pixel,” from 12 to 1 PM in Room 25ABC.

For more information and to see the full trailer for Reckoning, visit www.reckoning.com.

Blood Red Dragon Comic Panel: McFarlane, Stan Lee, Yoshiki, and Goff
Thursday, July 21
1-2PM
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront (SDCC attendee badge required)

Working with the legendary creator Stan Lee and rock superstar Yoshiki (X Japan), Todd and his creative cohorts Jon Goff (writer) and Carlo Soriano (pencils/concept art) have created the ultimate hero from the east in Blood Red Dragon. Come listen to these creative minds as they talk about combining the worlds of music and comics in this awesome new project. This captivating panel and Q&A session is from 1 to 2 PM in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Haunt Creative Team Signing: Todd McFarlane, Nathan Fox and Joe Casey
Thursday, July 21
3-4PM
Image Comics Booth #2729
Free Limited-Edition Haunt Signing Litho

Meet Todd and the new Haunt creative team, Nathan Fox (BLUE ESTATE, Fluorescent Black and Pigeons From Hell) and Joe Casey (BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER and GODLAND), as they join forces for their first public appearance. Also receive a free limited-edition Haunt signing litho designed by Nathan Fox. Two autographs per person, limited to the Haunt signing litho and one additional item.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Signing: Todd McFarlane
Thursday, July 21
5:30-7PM
Bioware Experience
Hilton Gaslamp (No SDCC Badge Required)

Free Limited-Edition McFarlane designed mini-poster of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Two autographs per person, limited to the Reckoning limited poster and one additional item.

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Other Todd McFarlane Productions SDCC events that you don’t won’t to miss:

Blood Red Dragon Comic Creative Team Signing: Yoshiki (X Japan), Jon Goff and Carlo Soriano
Friday, July 22
2-3:30PM
Image Comic Booth# 2729

Join rock superstar Yoshiki (X Japan), writer Jon Goff (Spawn, Halo Evolutions) and artist Carlo Soriano (Star Wars Adventures) at their first-ever public signing. Two autographs per person, limited to the Blood Red Dragon comic and one additional item.

For more information on other San Diego Comic Con events and times, check out their website at Comic-con.org

Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2011 Photo Report

From January 8th-9th, Arizona was home to the first comic con of 2011! Brothers Jimmy and Bill Jay threw an awesome comic convention with a host of excited fans. With huge artists and writers from the comics industry, including Robert Kirkman, Jeph Loeb, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Ryan Ottley, in addition to Jon Bernthal and Steven Yeun from the hit TV series The Walking Dead, Amazing Arizona Comic Con was a great way to start off the 2011 con season. Not only was the fan enthusiasm infectious, but the professionals also seemed to enjoy being there, greeting all the guests and signing books. Artist Alley was perpetually packed during the show, and the lines for the bigger guests never seemed to shrink. If you couldn’t make it this year, and you want to see a comic con done right, make sure you come next year! Here are some pictures from the inaugural Amazing Arizona Comic Con (Special thanks to http://twitter.com/#!/gelatometti for additional photos, who reminds you to always charge your phone and cameras at shows!):

Anxious crowds waiting for the doors to open.

AACC founder Jimmy Jay greets the crowd with cosplayers behind him.

The mayor of Mesa presents Robert Kirkman with his own street as Steve Yeun and Jon Bernthal look on.

Fan favorite Rob Liefeld signing and sketching for fans all weekend long!

Artist Keu Cha talks to fans about Hex, his pet project, while inker Joe Weems goes over a drawing.

Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker working on their commission lists (photo courtesy of @gelatometti).

Jon Bernthal gives a fan a high five during the Walking Dead signing.

Robert Kirkman walks the line to please the fans.

Todd McFarlane's only break during his 4 HOUR signing on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of @gelatometti)

Jeph Loeb signing for fans.

Aspen's JT Krul and Mark Roslan find a peaceful minute amidst the chaos.

Cosplayers pose for the fans.

Retailers peddling their books to fans.

Artist Alley was busy all weekend long.

Comic Madness greets guests at the door.

Artist Ebas strikes a pose.

Along with colorist Nei Ruffino.

Booth babes!

Bill Jay hopes you come back next year!

CA – Stan Lee Gets a Star

Comic Book Hero Stan Lee to be honored with Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.

WHO: Stan Lee
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
Guest speakers: Gill Champion, President and COO at POW! Entertainment and Todd
McFarlane, creator of Spawn and founder of McFarlane Toys

WHAT: 2,428th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Motion Pictures

WHERE: 7072 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA in front of the Live Nation Building

CA – Return to Spawn

 

Todd McFarlane signs on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 from 6:00PM-8:00PM.

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In 1992, Todd McFarlane co-founded the world’s greatest creator-owned comics company, Image Comics, and released his own best-selling comic book, SPAWN. On January 12, 2011, SPAWN becomes only the second independent series in history to reach the 200-issue mark!

To celebrate, McFarlane will be signing at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, the same store where McFarlane launched the first issue of the groundbreaking SPAWN series.

“On June 2nd, 1992 I sat in a store called Golden Apple Comics and launched the first issue of my new series, SPAWN.” says McFarlane. “That day literally set the stage for all the success this book has had since. To honor that monumental beginning, I’ll be returning to my roots, so to speak, with the release of the 200th issue of SPAWN, almost 18 years later.”

Fans of SPAWN and McFarlane’s work can meet him on January 12, 2011, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Golden Apple Comics, 7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. The signing will be limited to two items per person. The signing will also feature an array of special surprise guests!

Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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