Archie Comics, the acclaimed and bestselling comic book publisher that is home to some of the best-known pop culture creations in the world, including Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Josie & The Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and the hit AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE series, today unveiled plans for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego – timed to the launch of an all-new BETTY & VERONICA #1 from comic book legend Adam Hughes.
BETTY & VERONICA #1, hitting comic book shops and digital storefronts on Wednesday, July 20 – the same day doors open on Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016 – continues the stellar ‘New Riverdale’ relaunch of the beloved Archie Comics properties that began last year with the now-historic ARCHIE #1 by writer Mark Waid and artist Fiona Staples.
“We treat every New Riverdale launch like a special, monumental event – as these amazing characters deserve,” said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics Publisher/CEO. “Adam Hughes is the perfect person to welcome a new BETTY & VERONICA #1 into the world with a story that’s beautifully illustrated, witty and about the most important friendship in comics. What better place to pull back the curtain on this book than Comic-Con? It’s going to be an epic show for Archie. As always, we come in strong and ready to engage with our fans and community.”
This year’s Comic-Con will also feature the first public screenings of the pilot episode of the new Archie Comics-based drama ‘Riverdale’, from Warner Brothers Productions, set to debut on The CW in early 2017. A special ‘Riverdale’ panel will take place on Saturday featuring appearances by cast members including key cast members and crew. Fans will be able to get their first look at the subversive and modern take on the Archie Comics characters.
The relaunch of BETTY & VERONICA sets the stage for an amazing week of panels, giveaways, exclusives, and announcements at the biggest pop culture event in the world, Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016 – including a convention-exclusive cover to BETTY & VERONICA #1 by Adam Hughes and a special throwback cover for the fan-favorite SONIC: MEGA DRIVE one-shot.
Archie Comics will have three must-see panels this year including a spotlight on Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer, Archie Horror writer, and ‘Riverdale’ Executive Producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a 75th anniversary panel featuring top Archie Comics talent, and a special ‘Riverdale’ panel featuring the cast of the new live-action drama series debuting on The CW in 2017.
Spotlight on Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in Room 29AB
Join moderator Alex Segura (crime novelist and Archie writer) for an in-depth and memorable discussion with acclaimed comic book writer, playwright, and screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, spotlighting his time at Archie Comics – including the creation of the hit Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics – and writing other beloved comic book properties like the Fantastic Four, his prolific television (Glee, Supergirl), theatrical (American Psycho, Spider-Man on Broadway) and movie (Carrie and Town that Dreaded Sundown remake) work — including the upcoming RIVERDALE TV series from the CW in a frank, engaging and free-wheeling format that will keep fans buzzing.
Archie Comics Forever: 75 Years of Storytelling
Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in Room 4
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Archie Comics in this must-see panel with exclusive news and announcements about your favorite characters including ARCHIE, JUGHEAD, BETTY & VERONICA and more! Featuring your favorite Archie Comics talent and perhaps a special ‘Riverdale’ surprise appearance or two.
Saturday, July 23, 6:30 p.m. – approx. 10 p.m. in Room 6BCF
Don’t miss the first ever panel for ‘Riverdale,’ the next hit television show coming to The CW in early 2017! Join the cast and crew of the Archie Comics-based drama for a special screening of the pilot episode!
Get your favorite comics signed by all-star talent at the Archie Comics Booth (#1829) at San Diego Comic-Con!
*ALL TIMES/SIGNINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE*
Thursday, July 21
1pm-2pm BETTY & VERONICA: Adam Hughes
3pm-4pm NEW RIVERDALE: Adam Hughes & Derek Charm
4pm-5pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent
5pm-6pm DARK CIRCLE COMICS: Duane Swierczynski, Adam Christopher, Frank Tieri
Friday, July 22
12pm-1pm BETTY & VERONICA: Tula Lotay, Tom Bancroft, Colleen Coover, Adam Hughes
1pm-2pm NEW RIVERDALE: Adam Hughes & Derek Charm
3pm-4pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent
4pm-5pm ARCHIE ACTION: Tyson Hesse
5pm-6pm ARCHIE HORROR: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Saturday, July 23
10am-11am JUGHEAD: Derek Charm
11am-12pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent
2pm-3pm BETTY & VERONICA: Adam Hughes
Sunday, July 24
SHOW HOURS: 9:30am-5:00pm
10:30am-11am RIVERDALE: Cast TBA
11:30am-12:30pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent
12:30pm-1:00pm ARCHIE HORROR: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
1pm-2pm BETTY & VERONICA: Adam Hughes
SDCC 2016 EXCLUSIVES
BETTY & VERONICA #1 SDCC Exclusive Variant
IT’S BETTY VS. VERONICA! The most highly-anticipated debut in comics history is here with an exclusive convention cover by comics legend Adam Hughes! Betty and Veronica are America’s sweethearts… until they turn on each other! “Pops’ Chocklit Shoppe is being taken over by a huge coffee company. When Betty and Veronica go head-to-head over the issue, all bets are off! Friendships will shatter. Cities will burn. Nails will be broken. Betty and Veronica are back in this ALL-NEW #1! (see above)
Sonic spins into a brand new, Classic-styled, SUPER SPECIAL one-shot “Mega Drive”! Join Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy Rose on a brand new adventure—set after the fall of the Death Egg! The nefarious Dr. Eggman is trying to build a new engine of destruction: the MEGADRIVE, and it’s up to Sonic and his whole crew to stop the mad doctor and save the day! Join Sonic and his friends in this special commemorative issue celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Blue Blur by Ian Flynn, Tyson Hesse and Matt Herms featuring an exclusive convention cover by SEGA!
Time to bring your festive cheer! It’s that time of year, the comickers favourite celebration – Free Comic Book Day. On Saturday, May 7th, we will be open from 10.00-9pm (yes, that’s 30 minutes earlier than normal opening hours). We will be hosting various events and signings throughout the day.
Kids Workshop – 11-2pm
with John Allison, Emma Vieceli, Jason Ford, Rachael Smith, Gary Northfield, Joe & Sam Decie, Kristyna Baczynski, Dilraj Mann, JAKe, Babak Ganjei, Paul Shinn, Ramzee and Marc Ellerby.
Guardian Cartoonist Signing 2-4pm
with Tom Gauld, Simone Lia, Krent Able, and Stephen Collins.
Image Comics Signing 5-6pm
with Kieron Gillen, Christian Ward, Tula Lotay, Caspar Wijingaard, and Dan Watters.
Avery Hill Launch Party 7-9pm
with Rachael Smith, Matt Swan, Edie OP and Owen D. Pomery
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
Tula Lotay and Si Spencer appear at Gosh! Comics on Saturday August 8th from 1:00-2:00 PM to celebrate the release of their new books BODIES and SUPREME BLUE ROSE!
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
Image Comics is pleased to reveal the schedule of events for Image Expo. Attendees will enjoy a day of panels, signings, and the opportunity to learn more of what’s to come from Image on Thursday, July 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
10:00 a.m. — Theater Doors Open for Seating
10:30 – 12:00 p.m. — Keynote Address
Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson’s keynote address will debut several new projects and initiatives for Image Comics and our incredible roster of creators, providing a sneak peek into what’s hot and new from creator-owned comics and where the comics industry goes from here.
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. — Intermission
12:00 p.m. — Retail Counter Opens
Image Comics Presents: The Sessions
Our afternoon programming will go into even greater detail on the projects announced during the keynote address, giving you a chance to pick the brains of the creators in attendance, gain insight into what’s coming, and unveil a bit of the magic that makes an “Image comic” the hottest book on the shelves.
1:30 – 2:10 p.m.: Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel, and special surprise guests
2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: A Conversation with Robert Kirkman
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.: Greg Rucka & Nicola Scott, and special surprise guests
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.: Jason Aaron and special surprise guests
5:15 – 5:50 p.m.: Tula Lotay, Steve Skroce, Brian K. Vaughan, and special surprise guests
Alongside each panel will be signings for our attending creators. Some signings will have an item limit, require a wristband, or be closed after a certain number of guests have been admitted. Signings with an item limit and wristband requirement have been marked with an asterisk.
1:30 – 2:10 p.m.: Premium Exclusive Variant Signing*: Jason Aaron, Nick Dragotta, Robert Kirkman, Tula Lotay, Greg Rucka & Nicola Scott, Steve Skroce, Brian K. Vaughan, and special surprise guests
2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: Surprise Guests Signing
3:10 – 4:00 p.m.: Jason Aaron, Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel, Tula Lotay, and special surprise guests
4:10 – 5:00 p.m.: Brian K. Vaughan & Steve Skroce*, Greg Rucka & Nicola Scott, and special surprise guests
5:10 – 5:55 p.m.: Robert Kirkman*
Join Image Comics creators and staff at the Image Expo After Party, once again held at the Cartoon Art Museum on 655 Mission Street.
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. — Press and Retailer Mixer
Open to members of the media and comic book retailers only, this pre-party mixer will be an opportunity for industry professionals and Image Comics creators and staff to discuss the day’s events before the party gets underway.
8:00 p.m. — Image Expo After Party
Open to press, retailers, premium ticket holders, and general ticket holders, the Image Expo After Party will wrap up Image Expo with drinks, snacks, and a chance to mingle with Image Comics creators and staff.
Admission to Image Expo includes free entry to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, our hosts for Image Expo and a treasured museum in the Bay Area. With fascinating exhibits located just next door to Image Expo, take advantage of the opportunity to enhance your Image Expo experience.
Previously announced Image Expo variants and merchandise that will be available at the show include:
AIRBOY #2 by James Robinson & Greg Hinkle
THE EMPTY ZONE #1 by Jason Shawn Alexander
THEY’RE NOT LIKE US, VOL. 1 by Eric Stephenson & Simon Gane
A new NOWHERE MEN t-shirt
SONS OF THE DEVIL #2 by Brian Buccellato & Toni Infante
SOUTHERN BASTARDS #9 by Jason Aaron & Jason Latour
Tickets to the event are now available for sale. General Admission is $25 and Premium Admission is $65. Seating is limited. Admission for retailers and members of the media is complimentary.
A General Admission Ticket will grant one (1) person entry to Image Expo and includes a program guide book, access to all programming and events, and admittance to the official Image Expo after party for a chance to mingle with creators, press, retailers, and fellow-fans.
A Premium Admission Ticket will grant one (1) entry to Image Expo and includes a program guide book, access to all programming and events, as well as guaranteed premium seating during programming, a pack of Image Expo exclusive variants, one (1) pass to an exclusive signing with creators behind the Image Expo variants, a T-shirt, an Image Comics branded cloth tote bag, and access to the official Image Expo after party for a chance to mingle with creators, press, retailers, and fellow fans.
Don’t miss your chance to meet creators, attend panels and signings, receive exclusive swag, and get the scoop on all that Image Comics has in store.
Image Comics fans can follow the latest Image Expo updates at imagecomics.com/expo. We hope to see you there!
HeroesCon 2015 takes place June 19-21, 2015!
HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.
2015 Guests include:
KELLY SUE DECONNICK
& MANY MORE!
BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER,FREE!
ENTRY WILL BE $20: FRI $20: SAT $15: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $15 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY!
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Artist Tula Lotay appears at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find for her only 2014 scheduled U.S. appearance besides SDCC! Lotay, artist of the Warren Ellis penned Supreme: Blue Rose will be signing copies of this exciting first issue from Image Comics at the store on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 12 noon. Plan to spend your lunch break at Heroes that day!
Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find
1957 E 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204