Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with music, food, beer and comic-book creators!
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY will be bigger than ever this year in North Hollywood, when Blastoff Comics and Knitting Factory Entertainment team up to present the first-ever BLASTOFF COMICSFEST! Taking place on May 2, 2015, at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood from 10 am to 4 pm, BLASTOFF COMICSFEST will be the place to be in Los Angeles for Free Comic Book Day, with comics creators from Marvel, DC, IDW Publishing, Image, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse and more on hand to sign comics, provide free sketches and meet with comic-book fans young and old outdoors in the beautiful Southern California sun! With a beer garden, food stations, a live DJ, costumed hero photo ops, and of course, plenty of free comics! Plenty more details and announcements to come, so mark your calendars now!
SPECIAL GUESTS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR:
Joe Casey (MIAMI VICE: REMIX, SEX, THE BOUNCE)
Frank Gibson (CAPTURE CREATURES, ADVENTURE TIME, BEE AND PUPPYCAT)
Dana Gould (STAR TREK/PLANET OF THE APES, THE DANA GOULD HOUR)
Jim Krueger (JUSTICE, THE HIGH COST OF HAPPILY EVER AFTER)
Steve Niles (THE OCTOBER FACTION, MONSTER AND MADMAN, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT)
Valerie Perez (THE NERDIST, THE ADVENTURES OF PAULA PERIL)
Thomas Perkins (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES, BEN 10)
Kit Quinn (SWEETHEARTS OF THE GALAXY)
Mairghred Scott (TRANSFORMERS, WINDBLADE, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY)
Todd Stashwick (12 MONKEYS, THE ORIGINALS, GOTHAM)
J.K. Woodward (CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER, STAR TREK/DOCTOR WHO)
More guests to be announced in the days to come!
The Federal Bar
5303 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting at WonderCon Anaheim 2015, which will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, during the weekend of April 3-5, 2015.
BOOM! can be found at booth #611 on the show floor and will host the following creators:
Bryce Carlson (Hit)
Sketching at the booth all weekend will be:
Kassandra Heller (Adventure Time)
Stephanie Gonzaga (Adventure Time)
Appearing for one-hour signings throughout the weekend:
Friday, April 3
3-4 PM – Marc Andreyko (Clive Barker’s Nightbreed)
Saturday, April 4
11AM-12 PM – Yehudi Mercado (Rocket Salvage)
12-1 PM – Matt Gagnon (Day Men)
1-2 PM – Mike Johnson (Sleepy Hollow: Origins)
4-5 PM – Brian Lynch (Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return), Amy Stoch (Missy from the Bill & Ted ), Scott Kroopf (Bill & Ted films producer)
Sunday, April 5
1-2 PM – Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes)
BOOM! will also present and participate in the following panels at WonderCon:
BOOM! Studios: From Page to Screen
Friday, April 3, 5:30-6:30 PM, Room 208
Comics publisher BOOM! Studios is actively developing several of its original titles for film and television. Have you ever wondered what that process is like? Hear from BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie, President of Development Stephen Christy; screenwriter Arash Amel (Butterfly); and entertainment attorney Matt Sugarman as they talk about the process of shopping a comic book property in Hollywood. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit.
Push Comics Forward: BOOM! Studios Celebrates 10 Years and Looks Ahead to the Next 10
Saturday, April 4, 2:00–3:00 PM, Room 211
10 years ago, Ross Richie started BOOM! Studios from a spare bedroom in his house. Today, BOOM! is a multiple award-winning top 10 publisher. But rather than look back at what we’ve achieved the past 10 years, join us as we look ahead to the next 10 years and talk about Push Comics Forward, a movement to inspire publishers, creators, press, and fans to join the conversation on what is helping to improve the industry, and what more can be done. Join Ross Richie, President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik, and Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon as they host creators Bryce Carlson (Hit); Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes); Trevor Crafts & Matt Daley (Lantern City), and more to talk about how BOOM! is helping to Push Comics Forward. Plus, each attendee will receive an exclusive Lantern City pin!
Push “Excellence” Forward: New “Bill & Ted” Comics Come to BOOM! Studios
Saturday, April 4, 5:30-6:30 PM, Room 208
As part of its ongoing desire to Push Comics Forward, BOOM! Studios carefully selects key licensed properties to help bring new readers to comics. In March, the publisher launches Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return, a new comic series based on the classic films about two, excellent high school buddies who go on to bring about world peace through their music. Join the comic’s writer, Brian Lynch; editors Ian Brill and Alex Galer; star of the films, Amy Stoch, PhD (Missy); and producer of the films Scott Kroopf as they talk about the new series and the everlasting popularity of Bill & Ted. Moderated by BuzzFeed’s Kirk Damato.
Push Fun Forward: The Importance of All-Ages Comics
Sunday, April 5, 11:30-12:30 PM, Room 213
All-ages comics are important now more than ever in helping to bring in new and lapsed readers, from practically every demographic. Join us as BOOM! Studios Associate Editor Whitney Leopard leads a discussion of the significance of all-ages comics—from what it has achieved thus far to what lies ahead—with creators Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time), Derek Fridolfs (Batman: Li’l Gotham), Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade), and more.
BOOM! Studios editor Shannon Watters will participate in an hourlong portfolio review on Saturday of WonderCon:
Saturday, April 4
BOOM! Studios Portfolio Review
Saturday, April 4, 12:30–1:30 PM, Room 206B
Shannon Watters, the Editor of BOOM! Studios’ all-ages imprint KaBOOM! and experimental imprint BOOM! Box, is conducting portfolio reviews at WonderCon Anaheim. Please bring sequential work relating to all-ages content as well as out-of-the-box ideas, plus cover art, color art, and materials showing off your personal style. No story pitches, please.
And finally, BOOM! will have the following exclusive variants available for purchase at the booth:
Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 – Cover by Braden Lamb (Adventure Time)
- Sleepy Hollow: Origins #1 – Cover designed by Michelle Ankley (Photo credit: Brownie Harris and John Lopez)
For tickets and more information on WonderCon Anaheim 2015, visit their site at comic-con.org/wca.
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV’s The Woods; Mark Waid’s Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!’s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.
Actor Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cabin in the Woods, Transformers) appears at the Brattle Theatre on Saturday April 4, 2015 at 2:30 PM to host a screening of NERDGASM. Presented as part of the Boston LGBT Film Festival. Tickets are available at the link…
About NERDGASM: Directed by Andrew Putschoegl. 87 min. USA.
Actor/comedian Tom Lenk has been a nerd all his life; on stage, on screen, and in reality. Known for his comedic roles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Cabin in the Woods,” “Transformers,” and “Much Ado About Nothing,” Tom attempts to fulfill a lifelong “drama geek” dream to perform his live solo comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the largest and most famous theater festival in the world. Part “dorkumentary,” part concert film, NERDGASM takes us behind the scenes of Tom’s unusual, exciting and sometimes lazy approach to creating a non-traditional “one man show” – from practice shows in L.A.’s low-rent Theater Row to grandiose and historic British venues. Throughout the trip Tom tries to satisfy his own personal Scotland-centric geeky cravings for Harry Potter, underground cities, Loch Ness Mythology and delicious sausage rolls. Tom’s fun-loving and neurotic persona is put to the test on stage, in the Scottish Highland wilderness and in the “Buffy” themed memorabilia room at the home of his biggest local Edinburgh fan. Language: English
The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Attendants of Seattle’s renowned Emerald City Comicon are in for surprise announcements, exceptional signings and a weekend full of fun from IDW! Taking place this weekend from March 27th – March 29th at the Washington State Convention Center, come by the IDW booth (#1802) to stock up on your collection, meet your favorite creators, and score a truly outrageous exclusive. Additionally, Top Shelf can be found at booth #1225, where you can meet the creative team behind the hit satire God Is Disappointed in You, Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler!
Available exclusively at the IDW booth, grab yourself a copy of the book that’s got everyone talking, Jem & The Holograms, with a variant cover by Agnes Garbowska! The cover can be purchased for $5, limit 3 per customer.
The IDW booth will be packed all weekend long with talent from across the industry signing their acclaimed work:
Friday March 27th
- 11:00 – 12:00 Orphan Black – Jody Houser
- 12:00 – 1:00 Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls – Andy Suriano, Derek Charm
- 1:00 – 2:00 D4VE, The Bigger Bang – Ryan Ferrier, D.J. Kirkbride
- 2:00 – 3:00 Jem & The Holograms – Agnes Garbowska, Sara Richard *Check out the show exclusive variant!
- 3:00 – 4:00 Dirk Gently – Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
- 4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla: Cataclysm – Cullen Bunn
- 5:00 – 6:00 Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery
- 6:00 – 7:00 Nelvana of the Northern Lights – Hope Nicholson
Saturday March 28th
- 10:00 – 11:00 Skylanders – David A. Rodriguez
- 11:00 – 12:00 Edward Scissorhands – Kate Leth, Drew Rausch
- 12:00 – 1:00 Dirk Gently – Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
- 1: 00 – 2:00 The Fly: Outbreak – Brandon Seifert
- 2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony, Jem & The Holograms – Sara Richard
- 3:00 – 4:00 Wild Blue Yonder – Zach Howard
- 4:00 – 5:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & More! – Erik Burnham, Paul Allor
- 5:00 – 6:00 Judge Dredd – Darick Robertson
- 6:00 – 7:00 Transformers – Mairghread Scott, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli
Sunday March 29th
- 10:00 – 11:00 My Little Pony – Amy Mebberson, Georgia Ball, Ted Anderson, Agnes Garbowska
- 11:00 – 12:00 Powerpuff Girls – Derek Charm
- 12:00 – 1:00 G.I. Joe Cover Art – Jeffrey Veregge, Drew Johnson
- 1:00 – 2:00 Amelia Cole, Artful Daggers – D.J. Kirkbride, Adam P. Knave, Sean E. Williams
- 3:00 – 4:00 Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate – Max Dunbar
And don’t miss out on the panels that are sure to be a highlight of your weekend!
IDW: 2015 and Beyond
Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
IDW invites you to join in their first big panel of 2015! Join VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, Editor-in-Chief/Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall, alongside editor Sarah Gaydos, Erik Burnham of Ghostbusters fame, and Jody Houser, writer of the hit Orphan Black comic for a spirited chat filled with announcements, hijinks and Q&A!
God is Disappointed in You (The Sequel), with Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler
3:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
Last year’s standing-room-only hot ticket returns — now with even more Biblical bewilderment! God Is Disappointed in You, published by Top Shelf, is the tongue-in-cheek “condensed” version of the Bible you never knew you needed — hilariously modern, but surprisingly authentic — packed with cartoons by Eisner-award-winner Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man). Join him and author Mark Russell (writer of DC Comics’ upcoming Prez) for an hour of unforgettable irreverence, including Q&A, audience sketches, and the hilarious-yet-accurate “ten-minute Bible.” PLUS: a taste of the Audie-nominated audiobook, read by Dr. Venture himself, James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros), and an exclusive announcement about the upcoming sequel!
Kevin Eastman: A Life With Turtles
Sunday, 3:30 – 4:20 Hall F (TCC 304)
Join the legendary co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and he talks about his long career in both comics and Hollywood, and how he brings his beloved Turtles to the world in a variety of media!
IDW Presents: The New Class of Licensed Comics
Sunday, 4:00 – 5:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
Transformers, Adventure Time, Star Trek, Orphan Black, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic… What do these comics all have in common? They’re all licensed comics, and although some may STILL look down on them, they’re also home to some of the best talent telling the best stories around. Come hear about the good (and the sometimes challenging) aspects of working on books like these, from host Editor Sarah Gaydos (Star Trek, Disney, Edward Scissorhands), with special guests Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors, Edward Scissorhands), Corinna Bechko (Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Once Upon a Time), Jody Houser (Orphan Black), Editor Shannon Waters (of BOOM!), Chris Roberson (Aliens, Star Trek), and Gabriel Hardman (Planet of the Apes, Star Wars).
Tom Scioli (Transformers vs GI Joe, Godland) appears at Challengers Comics on Saturday, May 2, 2015 for Free Comic Book Day!
**JUST ADDED** Award-winning creator GENE HA to this year’s festivities! You’ve seen Gene’s work in TOP 10 by Alan Moore and JUSTICE LEAGUE by Geoff Johns, now come see Gene at Challengers! We’ll have copies of the by-then recently released TOP 10 Complete Collection available for fans new and old to purchase.
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Legendary comic writer Marv Wolfman will be signing at the Forbidden Planet Megastore on Sunday 8th February at 4:00 PM as part of a rare visit to the UK.
Marv Wolfman has created more characters that have gone on to television, animation, movies and toys than any other comics creator since Stan Lee. Marv is the writer-creator of Blade, the Vampire Hunter, Bullseye, the prime villain in the 2003 movie, Daredevil, Deathstroke, the main villain in the first two seasons of the hit Arrow TV show, which he created for DC’s best-selling comic, New Teen Titans which was also adapted into two runaway hit shows on the Cartoon Network and is now being done as a live-action pilot for Fox. Some of his other characters have been seen in Man of Steel as well as The Guardians of The Galaxy. His Titan character Cyborg will be seen in four upcoming DC movies, starting with 2015’s Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice.
Marv writes video games. His script for his most recent published game: Epic Mickey 2, was nominated for a WGA writing award for Outstanding Video-game Script. He has also written the video games for Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, Superman Returns, DCU-MMO, Flash and Dark Knight among others. He also writes animation and has story-edited many shows including Transformers, Adventures of Superman, Monster Force and more.
Marv also writes novels; his adaptation of Superman Returns won the industry’s “Scribe” award. He is currently writing a novelization for Titan Books in London. His first non-fiction book, Homeland, The Illustrated History of The State of Israel won the National Jewish Book Award among others. Marv is also a recipient of the Will Eisner Hall of Fame Award.
Marv was Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics, senior editor at DC Comics and founding editor of Disney Adventures magazine and created many characters for these companies and others. Marv was also Editorial Director for 15 graphic albums for the educational market, targeting high school students who read with a 3rd -5th grade level. He was given a special commendation by the White House for his work on three anti-drug comics for the “Just Say No” program.
Marv is married to his lovely wife, Noel, a Director of Production at Blizzard Entertainment, and has a wonderful daughter, Jessica, from his first marriage. Marv & Noel also have an obstreperous Keeshond dog named Elle Dee Deux (L.D.) who is currently chewing on everything that is and isn’t nailed down.
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
Guest artists ANDREW ROBINSON (The Fifth Beatle), LIVIO RAMONDELLI (Transformers), RAFAEL NAVARRO, SCOTT LOBDELL, and RALPH MIRANDA appear at The Comic Bug on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM. All of the artists will create a drawing prior to the game and these drawings along with all art made during the game will be auctioned off and given to the HERO INITIATIVE.
These artists may be the best in their field when it comes to 30-day deadlines, but how will they do at sketching in 60 seconds or less? Likewise, their comedian tag-team partners may be quick on their feet on stage, but when their mic is traded for a marker, will they bomb? Only one team will emerge victorious and crowned Sketch Fighter Champions.
Following the game and the auction, the Comics and Comics stand-up show will take place, featuring the best all fanboy stand-up comedy in the Multiverse from JOE STARR, RON SWALLOW, ED GREER, TIM POWERS, SCOTT LOBDELL, and TOM FRANCK.
The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
JG Jones, Box Brown, James Comey, Dave Proch, Mike Sgier, Jeffro Kilpatrick, Connie Appletree, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Thomas Scioli, and many more appear at Locust Moon Comics on Wednesday December 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM to sign Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream!
Locust Moon Comics and Movies
34 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
LeVar Burton, star of Reading Rainbow, Roots, and Star Trek: The Next Generation, appears at Costco on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from noon till 2:00 pm to sign his new children’s book THE RHINO WHO SWALLOWED A STORM!
2345 Fenton Pkwy San Diego, CA 92108-4743
Celebrity ambassador Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Las Vegas) visits Barnes & Noble at The Grove on Saturday, October 18 at 11am, to read and sign the Rosemary Wells’ classic, BUNNY CAKES! Jumpstart’s premiere national campaign, Read for the Record, mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy.
(NOTE: This is a wristbanded signing and limited to one hour.)
Barnes & Noble – The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036