Archie Comics Announces SDCC 2016 Panels, Signings & Exclusives

Archie_Comics_Logo_011Press Release:

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.

‘Riverdale’ Panel

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!


Thursday, July 21

Adam Hughes_BettyandVeronica1-SDCC1pm-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

0000000000-Sonic_Mega_Drive_1_SDCCSunday, 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



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)

Price: $10

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!

Price: $10

For more information and to keep up to date on all things Archie Comics and SDCC, follow @ArchieComics on Twitter and Instagram for live updates from the show floor!

CA – Diesel #1 Signing


Tyson Hesse appears at Secret Headquarters on Wednesday, September 9th at 6:00 pm to sign the first issue of his new new all ages fantasy adventure comic, DIESEL!

Secret Headquarters
3817 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Boom! Studios Returns For Its 9th SDCC

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Boom-sq-logojpgPress Release:

Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios and its imprints, KaBOOM!, BOOM! Box, and Archaia, announced today it will return to exhibit at Comic-Con International in San Diego (San Diego Comic-Con, as it’s commonly called, or SDCC), to be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California July 23-27, 2014.

BOOM! and its imprints can be found at Booth #2229 on the show floor and will host an army of creators for signings. Scheduled to appear are:

  • Bob Scott (PEANUTS)
  • Chris Miskiewicz (THOMAS ALSOP)
  • Christopher Sebela (DEAD LETTERS)
  • Collin Kelly (HACKTIVIST)
  • David Petersen (MOUSE GUARD)
  • Elena Casagrande (SUICIDE RISK)
  • Frank Barbiere (BLACK MARKET)
  • Grace Ellis (LUMBERJANES)
  • Ian Herring (HACKTIVIST)
  • Jackson Lanzing (HACKTIVIST)
  • James Tynion IV (THE WOODS)
  • Jeff Stokely (TRANSLUCID)
  • Jeremy Sorese (STEVEN UNIVERSE)
  • Joshua Williamson (ROBOCOP)
  • Marcus To (HACKTIVIST)
  • Michael Alan Nelson (DAY MEN, 28 DAYS LATER, PROTOCOL: ORPHANS)
  • Noelle Stevenson (LUMBERJANES)
  • Palle Schmidt (THOMAS ALSOP)
  • Royden Lepp (RUST)
  • Shannon Watters (LUMBERJANES)
  • Vanesa R. Del Rey (THE EMPTY MAN, HIT)
  • Vicki Scott (PEANUTS)
There will also be a few surprise guests throughout the show. A signing schedule will be released before the start of SDCC.
In addition, the BOOM! Studios booth will host sketch artists all weekend, including:
  • Travis Hill (ADVENTURE TIME)

For $30, fans can request and purchase custom sketches to be drawn on blank Get-A-Sketch covers.

BOOM! will have a wide selection of exclusive variants available for purchase at its booth (while supplies last), including:

AT Banana Guard Academy #1 SDCC
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Coleman Engle
Writer: Kent Osborne
Artist: Mad Rupert

Not only are the Banana Guards hilarious as the Candy Kingdom’s protectors, but this series is written by Kent Osborne, one of the longtime writers of the ADVENTURE TIME show. Turns out that there is a lot to being a Banana Guard—but being a Banana is not mandatory. This crazy adventure follows Root Beer Guy as he starts his search for new recruits among Ooo’s citizens. Only the best will do in his quest to protect the Candy Kingdom!
Amazing World of Gumball #1 SDCC
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Coleman Engle
Writer: Frank Gibson
Artist: Tyson Hesse
Gumball, Darwin, and all of their friends take on the world of comics! Gumball thinks he’s the coolest kid on the block, but his little sister Anais begs to differ, and Darwin just wants to keep them all out of trouble. There’s always another adventure to be had in their mixed-up world!
Regular Show #13 SDCC
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Coleman Engle
Writer: Minty Lewis
Artist: Allison Strejlau
If you’re a fan of REGULAR SHOW, then this is definitely something you don’t want to miss: storyboard artist and the voice for Eileen, Minty Lewis, will be writing this issue. And if you haven’t seen the show, who better to show you around the Park? Mordecai and Rigby are put in charge of decorating the park for the annual park party and it’s the only job Benson is sure they can’t screw up. A small fire, three missing children, and a crashed blimp later, things are only going to get worse and the party hasn’t even started yet.
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Coleman Engle
Writer: Jeremy Sorese
Artist: Coleman Engle

Steven really wants to enter the annual Beach City Bike Race but everyone else is a little worried. Steven just makes the cut-off for age, which means the other bikers will be a lot older than him. Connie agrees to help Steven the old-fashioned way through good ol’ exercise but Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl have other plans…

All four of the above covers connect to form one image!

$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Jeremy Sorese
Writers: Natasha Allegri, Garrett Jackson
Artist: Natasha Allegri

It’s a quirky new take on the magical girl genre with Bee, the forever unemployed main character who can’t seem to figure out life, and the mysterious PuppyCat, a stray…whatever it is…that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret. Fighting bad guys has never been so funny.


$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Jeremy Sorese
Writers: Kevin Panetta, Nikki Mannino, Jeremy Sorese, Kevin Church, Kat Leyh
Artists: Paulina Ganucheau, Nikki Mannino, Jeremy Sorese, Jess Fink, Kat Leyh

If there is one sassy fur ball in BRAVEST WARRIORS that deserves it’s own comic dedicated to how awesome he is, it’s Impossibear.  Impossibear and Catbug are up to no good with the Bravest Warriors off on a mission! But have no fear, there are plenty of shenanigans to be had!

The BEE AND PUPPYCAT and BRAVEST WARRIORS covers connect to form one image!

$50, limited to 250 copies
Cover by Tessa Stone
Writer: Meredith Gran
Artist: Meredith Gran

Thanks to a newfound interest in rock ‘n’ roll, Princess Bubblegum volunteers to manage Marceline’s paranormal rock band for a pivotal tour across the land of Ooo! But when the band is threatened by everything from snobby scenesters to beasts born of self-doubt, can they hold it together and make it to the RADDEST GIG EVER in time, and manage to stay friends throughout the process?! Written and illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Meredith Gran (OCTOPUS PIE) and featuring short stories from several indie comics superstars, including Jen Wang (KOKO BE GOOD) and FRIENDS WITH BOYS cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks! This totally mathematical hardcover edition features never-before-seen extras, including an inside look at the making of MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS!

$50, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Zack Sterling
Artists: Various

Debuting at San Diego Comic-Con! Be the envy of all of your fellow Adventure Time fans with this breathtaking collection of all of the stunning ADVENTURE TIME cover artwork featured in issues #1-16. Now there’s one spot where art fans and ADVENTURE TIME fans alike can see every cover image produced to date in this stunning, oversized hardcover cover gallery! In addition to showcasing each breathtaking cover image, this volume also includes process pieces showing how an ADVENTURE TIME cover is created. Don’t miss out on this must-have for every ADVENTURE TIME fan!

$30, limited to 550 copies
Cover by Jon Chad
Writer: Jon Chad
Artist: Jon Chad

After 2012’s Adventure Time and last year’s Regular Show mini-comics, Jon Chad has set his sights on The Amazing World of Gumball. In this spectacular fold-out mini-comic, Gumball and Darwin take on the world of video games. Plus, it comes packaged in a one-of-a-kind video game cartridge!
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Adam Hughes
Writers: John Carpenter, Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla

This is the first time any new BIG TROUBLE stories have been officially told, and we have the film’s original director, John Carpenter, working with Eric Powell (THE GOON) on the story. Jack Burton, a macho, truck-driving adventurer, finds a stowaway hiding on  his rig, The Pork Chop Express, but that soon becomes the least of his troubles. He helped his best friend Wang save his fiancée from the clutches of a demon, but now the wedding has been invaded by more evil forces with one thing on their minds—revenge against Jack Burton!


$5, Convention Exclusive
Cover by Garry Brown
Writer: Caleb Monroe
Artist: Tom Derenick

Set directly after the events of 20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes film, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES: CONTAGION follows the story of Ellie (played by Keri Russell in the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes film) as she struggles to find a cure for the pandemic before it claims her daughter forever. In this self-contained, one-shot issue, we see a slice of the descent of mankind as they succumb to the Simian Flu pandemic from the perspective of the CDC and various doctors and scientists trying to stop the outbreak.

$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Vanesa R. Del Rey
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey

It’s been one year since the first reported case of the Empty Man disease, and no drug has been able to slow its progress. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia, followed by death, or a near lifeless, “empty” state of catatonia. As murder cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter a  joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cult and uncover a cure.


Free with purchase of HACKTIVIST hardcover, limited to 200 copies
Bookplate illustration by Marcus To and Ian Herring
Writers: Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly
Artists: Marcus To, Ian Herring

The convention debut of Archaia’s HACKTIVIST collected hardcover features an exclusive San Diego Comic-Con tip-in bookplate signed by the creator of the title, actress Alyssa Milano. This is a story about friendship and freedom in a time of war, stunningly illustrated by fan-favorite artist Marcus To (CYBORG 009, New Warriors, Red Robin) and Eisner Award-nominated colorist Ian Herring (JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, CYBORG 009, Ms. Marvel). Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are the young, brilliant co-founders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world connects with each other. But they are also “sve_Urs3lf,” the largest black-hat hacking group on the planet. When their operation is discovered by the U.S. Government, and their company is taken over by military contracts and the CIA, Ed and Nate must face the real world beyond the code and choose between friendship and what they believe to be right.

$15, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Roger Langridge
Writers: Jim HensonJerry Juhl, Roger Langridge
Artist: Roger Langridge
An exclusive look at the Lost Television Special from Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl, adapted by Eisner Award-winner Roger Langridge. Featuring 20 oversized pages from the upcoming original graphic novel, photos of the original puppets from The Jim Henson Archives, and character designs by Roger Langridge and Ian Herring.

Turkey Hollow is a picturesque town where hundreds of years ago, unbeknownst to the citizens, a meteorite landed near a small brook on the outskirts of town. One Thanksgiving, while young Timmy Henderson practices his guitar, he’s accompanied by strange, unearthly, musical sounds. That meteorite wasn’t a rock at all but an egg holding seven furry, goofy monsters, each with a unique musical sound! After the initial shock, Timmy befriends the lovable creatures, who follow him all around Turkey Hollow. Not everyone takes a liking to the visitors, though, and it’s up to Timmy to protect his new friends and save Thanksgiving!


$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Noelle Stevenson
Writers: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis
Artist: Brooke Allen

After a lot of convincing, the girls are able to agree to get Jen to take them on a hike. Making their way up to the tower and hoping to finally get some answers, they make their way closer only to be stopped by the neighboring boy camp! April, Mal, Molly, Jo, and Ripley have to figure out how to get to the tower, even if they have to use Jen as a distraction to do it.

$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Charles M. Schulz
Writers: Charles Schulz, Andy Beall, Vicki Scott, Bob Scott
Artists: Charles Schulz, Paige Braddock, Vicki Scott

After years without contact, Snoopy begins the journey of a lifetime, travelling through Kansas City in search of his beloved sister, Belle. “Finding Belle” and many more adventures await you within this month’s issue of PEANUTS. This features the debut of Belle, Snoopy’s sister, in the KaBOOM! comics, both on the cover and in the issue.

$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Darick Robertson (with colors by Diego Rodriguez)
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carlos Magno

A deadly and charismatic criminal, Killian, is released from jail. He went into the slammer before RoboCop hit the streets. Now he wants to take out the biggest cop in the city. When OCP wants to take guns off the street, Killian sees it as his opportunity to take on the former Alex Murphy!

$30, limited to 250 copies
Cover by Chris Weston
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Jeff Stokely

The hardcover edition of the SIX-GUN GORILLA is available only at the BOOM! Studios booth at conventions. Limited to 250 copies, this edition includes 16 extra pages of backmatter bound in a gorgeous burgundy leatherette with a foil-stamped cover and all-new cover art from Chris Weston. Welcome to “the Blister,” a bizarre other-world colonized by humans sometime in the 22nd century, which quickly became a hotly contested source of fertile land and natural resources long ago exhausted on Earth. In this new frontier, a rogue gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future. The fact that said gunslinger is a bio-surgically modified silverback gorilla toting a pair of enormous revolvers is neither here nor there…

Free with $10 purchase of BOOM! Box titles
Cover by Jake Lawrence
Writer: Jake Lawrence
Artist: Jake Lawrence
BOOM! Box’s newest series, TEEN DOG, launches in September, but you can get your first look here in this eight-page, black-and-white preview zine. It’s free with a $10 or more purchase of BOOM! Box titles, including MIDAS FLESH and LUMBERJANES. Skateboards, football games, prom…your teenage years have got nothin’ on the raddest dude that’s ever graced a denim vest. Written and illustrated by Jake Lawrence (Time Cowboy), join Teen Dog and his best friend Mariella as they tackle typical teen life with a manic twist. Growing up is an adventure, and you might as well rock it!

$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Jeff Stokely
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.

$20, limited to 500 sets
Artist: Kate Leth

A set of four, iron-on patches taken straight from the pages of LUMBERJANES, designed by Kate Leth. The set includes patches for the Naval Gauging Badge, Pungeon Master Badge, Up All Night Badge, and the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive CON-Quistador Badge. Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things.

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Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios ( 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 the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently 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 and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment ( Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. 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.