Top Cow Wraps 2010 Convention Tour at VA Comicon

November 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Top Stories, Virginia

Artifacts #3 variant, by Tucci

Press Release:

TOP COW’S CONVENTION TOUR ENDS IN VIRGINIA

LOS ANGELES, Calif., November 18, 2010 – Top Cow’s 2010 convention tours wraps this weekend in Richmond, Virigina, with the two-day VA Comicon from November 20-21.

Fans who stop by the Top Cow booth will be able to pick up convention exclusives, preview books and free goodies, and celebrate the success of this year’s action-packed event series Artifacts. Among the creators appearing at the booth will be Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik (Asset, Last Mortal), John Mahoney (Last Mortal) and Bill Tucci (Shi). Sablik will also be available throughout the show for portfolio reviews for aspiring artists.

The publisher will be offering three exclusive VA Comicon variants for the event: two blank sketch Artifacts #3 variants and a wraparound Artifacts #3 variant, by Tucci. The exclusives are limited and will be initially made at VA Comicon.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.vacomicon.com. For more information from Top Cow, please visit www.topcow.com or follow them on Twitter (@TopCow).

About Top Cow Productions Inc.

Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.

VA Comicon (November 2010)

VA Comicon logo

Convention VA COMICON
Convention Website http://www.vacomicon.com
Start Date 11/20/2010
End Date 11/21/2010
Venue Name Ramada Plaza Richmond West
Venue Address 6624 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 120
Projected Attendance 2500
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Collectibles
- Gaming
- Horror
- Science Fiction and Fantasy

VA Comicon Offers Discount Code to Convention Scene Fans

November 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Horror, Top Stories, Virginia

Artifacts 3 Variant Cover
Press Release:

Conventionscene.com Discount Code for HORROR-themed VA Comicon on November 20-21!
The VA Comicon will offer a 1 for 1 exchange for any valid Motor City Con Tickets onsite at our show for zero charge!

Come to Richmond, VA on November 20-21 (The weekend BEFORE Thanksgiving) for a HORROR themed Comic book show! We have assembled the best talent in the world to showcase the finest in Horror Comic books! And YOU can get into the ENTIRE fully-carpeted and chandeliered show (including the AMA Manga and Anime Show) for only $14.99!

VA Comicon logoHeadlined by Ethan Van Sciver (Blackest Night), The VA Comicon brings horror publishers Top Cow, Zenescope, Fangoria and more to Richmond! With Mutiple Show Exclusives including interlocking Witchblade and Darkness monster-themed covers by Billy Tucci! A Lady Death Exclusive Comic by Ivan Reis and Brian Pulido! A VA Comicon Grimm Fairy Tales exclusive with an Ebas Cover! An Arthur Suydam Exclusive Zombie Print, and a Bucky O’Hare print by Michael Golden. Finally a Limited edition Moonstone anthology by Con guests James Kuhoric (Scream Award winning writer of Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash), and JC Vaughn (Vampire Hunter Dean)!

Guests include: Ethan Van Sciver, Billy Tucci, Arthur Suydam,Michael Golden, Mike McKone, Brian Pulido, Ebas, Herb Trimpe, Alex Saviuk, Dan Parent, Tim Seeley, Larry Hama, Jim Calafiore, Rick Spears, Robert Atkins, Joe Jusko, Randy Green, The Fillbach Brothers,Tsunami Studios, Eva Ink, Adhouse Books and DOZENS more!

Exhibitors include: CGC, The Hero Initiative, ComicCollectorLive.com, Regal Cinemas, Fetch-a-Cure, The Wieringo Scholarship, Mile High Comics, Neat Stuff Collectibles, Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find, and Dozens more! In fact, more than HALF of our vendors will be selling Horror Comics from the Golden Age of Funny Books (1938-1955)!

Events include: An entire separate event hall filled with Manga and Anime vendors and creators! Lectures and panels including “Investing in Comics”, opportunities to sell your books on-site to the two top buyers of comic books in the world, Neat Stuff Collectibles and Mile High Comics, a FREE restoration check by top expert Steve Borock of Heritage Auctions at the Hero Initiative booth, exclusive horror movie screenings by Fangoria Saturday night, the first ever LIVE ComicCollectorLive.com Town Hall Meeting and SO MUCH MORE! (Once again, more info is at www.VAcomicon.com!) We will also have an auction for original comic art on Saturday night immediately following the show, to help cover artist travel expenses. 30% of auction sales will also go to charity!

The show has PLENTY of FREE parking, and is located less than 5 minutes off of I-64 and I-95 at the Ramada Plaza West in Richmond, VA (http://vacomicon.com/?page_id=10). With a FREE shuttle to the train station, and hotel rooms for only $65 a night, you should check it out!

As a special bonus, ConventionScene.com users can get into the show 30 minutes early AND get all ticket fees waived by going to http://vacomicon.com/?page_id=569 and entering the code CONVENTIONSCENE. As another bonus, attached to this message is the world premiere of Billy Tucci’s “Universal” inspired double-cover! All information regarding EVERYTHING is located at our newly re-designed website http://www.vacomicon.com. Be sure to stick around after for the HUGE original comic art auction Saturday night! With direct flights to Richmond for less than $59 from Philadelphia, New York and Florida, We KNOW will see you there!

Sincerely, Brett Carreras
Owner: www.BrettsComicPile.com
Promoter: www.VAcomicon.com

Tickets On Sale for November VA Comicon

September 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Virginia

Press Release:

VA COMICON TICKETS GO ON SALE!
The BEST 2-day comic book show in the South!

Richmond, VA – 09/27/2010 – For Immediate Press Release:

The VA Comicon is proud to formally announce advance ticket sales for it’s November 20-21st show!

Richmond, VA welcomes premiere comic publishers on November 20-21, the weekend before Thanksgiving, Including Top Cow (Witchblade), Zenescope (Grimm Fairy Tales), Fangoria Magazine, Adhouse books and More!

Exhibitors come from all over the Eastern United States, and almost half of them will be selling Golden Age comics from the 1940′s and 1950s! Do you have some old comics? Bring them to the VA Comicon to submit them to CGC the top comic grading company! Got extra comics? Neat Stuff Collectibles is hosting a Buying Event at the VA Comicon! Get CASH for those unwanted comics!

The VA Comicon also welcomes DOZENS of top artists, including Guests of Honor Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern), Herb Trimpe (the Co-creator of Wolverine), Brian Pulido (creator of Lady Death) and Michael Golden (Micronauts)! Other artists include Mike McKone, Larry Hama, Dan Parent, Billy Tucci, Tim Seeley, Robert Atkins, Rick Spears and More!

The VA Comicon has recently updated it’s website to better accommodate it’s guests and exhibitors, including a newly-updated section for registered exhibitors.

Starting today, we are accepting online payments for 2-day advance VIP tickets for only $14.95! This includes access BOTH days, including 30 minutes early admittance to the show on Saturday, a FREE color print by Tsunami Studios, access to the horror movie screenings Saturday night by Fangoria, PLUS Free admission to the AMA 1/2, the Anime and Manga show across the hall from the VA Comicon!

Exclusives this year will be provided by: Top Cow, Zenescope, Brian Pulido, Moonstone, Tsunami Studios and more!

We have outgrown our old location, and are at a new, LARGER location this year, the Ramada Plaza West! The entire VA COMICON is fully carpeted and chandeliered! You don’t wan’t to miss out! We also have several discount airlines that fly into Richmond, and we are less than 5 minutes from I-95 and I-64!

Why not visit our newly-redesigned website at http://www.VAcomicon.com to learn more right now!
We will see you there!

Best,

Brett Carreras
promoter of the VA Comicon (http://www.vacomicon.com)
owner of Brett’s Comic Pile (http://www.brettscomicpile.com)

Inaugural DC Comic-Con on May 2nd

Washington, DC – April 15, 2010 – Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con, and Brett Carreras, promoter of the VA Comicon, are proud to jointly announce the inaugural DC Comic-Con.  The show will be held on Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 (the day after Free Comic Book Day) from 10am-5pm in the Student Union Building II (SUB II) at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA.

Admission to the show is only $5!  GMU students, faculty, and staff get in free!  All active military personnel with current military IDs get in free!

The show will feature an amazing guest list for an inaugural show, a show exclusive comic, a full room of brick-and-mortar retailers bringing Golden Age, Silver Age, and modern comics inventories, manga and anime products, and toys!  There will also be a sanctioned Magic the Gathering tournament!

Guests
Our guests for this premiere event include:  Frank Cho (Mighty Avengers), Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), JG Jones (52), the Fillbach Brothers (Clone Wars Adventures) sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics, the Luna Brothers (The Sword) sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics, Steve Conley (Star Trek Omnibus: The Original Series), John K. Snyder III (Doctor Mid-Nite) sponsored by the Hero Initiative, and Jo Chen (Runaways) sponsored by the Hero Initiative.

Show Exclusive Comic and Giveaways
Thanks to our friends at Top Cow Productions, the DC Comic-Con will be offering a show-exclusive Witchblade #136 DC Comic-Con Variant by co-headlining guest JG Jones.  This exclusive comic will be available in very limited quantities at the Hero Initiative booth, and is selling for only $5, of which $1 goes to the Hero Initiative.

Additionally, the first 500 attendees will receive a copy of the Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics, Gemstone’s 2010 Free Comic Book Day publication.

Sanctioned Magic the Gathering Tournament
A special Magic the Gathering — Rise of the Eldrazi tournament with a massive prize pool will be held at the show.  Each player will receive six unopened boosters from the new Rise of the Eldrazi set, and players will then construct a deck from those boosters (free extra lands provided).  The tournament will be played in Swiss Rounds, and will begin promptly at 10am when the doors open.

To participate in this sanctioned event, entry is $19 through May 1st or $22 at the door (participants must also purchase a separate convention admission ticket).  The show will be open 2 hours past the scheduled conclusion of the tournament so that players will have plenty of time to check out the main showroom.

Participants may pre-register for the Magic Tournament over the phone with a major credit card (call 703-241-9393) or in person at Victory Comics, 586 S. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046-4415.

Directions
The show will be held at the George Mason University campus at 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA  22030 in the Student Union Building II (SUB II).  Free Parking is available in Lot A (beside the Patriot Center), which is a short walk from SUB II.  A map of the campus can be found here, and directions to the show can be found on the show website.

About The DC Comic-Con
The DC Comic-Con, launching in 2010 on Sunday, May 2nd from 10am-5pm, is a result of the cooperative work of Marc Nathan, sponsor of the Baltimore Comic-Con and Brett Carreras, sponsor of the VA Comicon. For more information, please visit the website.

VA Comicon (August 2010)

VA Comicon 2010

Convention VA Comicon
Convention Website http://www.vacomicon.com
Start Date 08/08/2010
Venue Name The Crowne Plaza West
Venue Address 6532 W Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 62
Projected Attendance 500
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Collectibles

VA Comicon (May 2010)

VA Comicon 2010

Convention VA Comicon
Convention Website http://www.vacomicon.com
Start Date 05/23/2010
Venue Name The Crowne Plaza West
Venue Address 6532 W Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 62
Projected Attendance 500
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Collectibles

VA Comicon (February 2010)

VA Comicon 2010

Convention VA Comicon
Convention Website http://www.vacomicon.com
Start Date 02/28/2010
Venue Name The Crowne Plaza West
Venue Address 6532 W Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 62
Projected Attendance 500
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Collectibles

VA Comicon Salutes GI Joe at This Weekend’s Show

November 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Top Stories, Virginia

Press Release:

The VA Comicon Hits Richmond, VA THIS weekend!

For the first time in over 25 years, there will be a 2-day comic book show in Virginia, and what a show it is! With seven creators who have worked on GI JOE, including Larry Hama, Chuck Dixon, Michael Golden, Robert Atkins and more, the VA Comicon is THE place to be for GI JOE fans! Featuring an exclusive 1 hour Q and A panel with Hama, Dixon, Atkins and others, this one isn’t to be missed!

The VA Comicon will include 7 GI Joe creators

The VA Comicon will include 7 GI Joe creators

Other guests include Chris Claremont, Mike McKone, Jim Calafiore, James Kuhoric, Billy Tucci, Budd Root, Reilly Brown, Randy Green, Alex Saviuk and DOZENS more! Also featuring a special lecture by Mile High Comics owner Chuck Rozanski about Mr. Edgar Church, the original owner of the most famous comic book collection ever discovered!

With a costume Contest on Sunday, participation by the Rebel Legion, and the 501st, Hourly doorprizes and more, the VA Comicon is truly a premiere comic book event…all this right before Thanksgiving weekend! Additional exhibitors are CGC grading company, Regal Cinemas, BRICK WEEKLY, Crusade Fine Arts, Tsunami Studios and more, why not join us! As a special bonus, we are giving away for FREE 750 copies of the VA COMICON exclusive Witchblade #132 with cover by guest Randy Green! Cool!

VA Comicon Witchblade Variant

VA Comicon Witchblade Variant

FREE for children 12 and under, FREE with a Military ID, FREE with a Student ID, and FREE if you come in Full Costume! Members of the Press are FREE, and there will be a FREE pod-cast area setup with FREE Wi-Fi! Also, there will be a FREE bowling party across the street in the sci-fi themed Sunset Lanes!

VIP tickets are only $9.95 for the entire weekend, and allow you to get in 30 minutes early each day! More information is at the newly updated website http://www.vacomicon.com! Check us out!

The VA Comicon is on Saturday November 21 from 12-7pm and Sunday November 22 from 10A-4pm.
It is located at the Crowne Plaza West at:

6531 West Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230

Advanced tickets are available online at our website, and allow you to get in 30 minutes early both days. Check us out at http://www.vacomicon.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,
Brett Carreras
Promoter of the VA Comicon in Richmond, VA

VA Comicon

Michael Golden Joins VA Comicon Lineup

November 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Virginia

Golden Surprise Addition to Virginia Comic-Con Line-up!

Richmond– Virginia IS for lovers…of G.I. Joe and Michael Golden artwork that is– as Golden signs on as a surprise last-minute guest for next weekend’s Virginia Comic-Con, slated for November 21-22, 2009!

Michael Golden, a fan favorite for his work on “Micronauts,” “G.I.Joe,” Batman, Dr. Strange, X-Men, Avengers, and “The ‘Nam,” among many other projects, has just been added to the line-up just this week, and is a natural for the event’s G.I. Joe theme, considering his groundbreaking work on that series.

Exiles by Michael Golden

Exiles by Michael Golden

This will also mark the artist’s first appearance in Virginia, in fact. And, to celebrate the fact, Golden will have some special prints and books for the occasion.

During his career, Golden has been an editor at DC Comics as well as senior art director at Marvel Comics, and has worked on numerous movie production projects, including some currently in development.

His art has been the focus of gallery shows in places as diverse as New York, Gijon, Barcelona, Antwerp and Brussels, and his class on storytelling has been conducted in countries including Spain, Brussels, Canada, the United States and China. Golden’s recent work can be seen on the covers of “Heroes for Hire,” “Exiles,” “Demon’s Regret,” “Uncanny X-Men,” and Spiderman, among many others. Vanguard Production’s recently released top-selling art retrospective “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” written by Renee Witterstaetter, has sold out and has gone into a second printing. This year will also see the release of Golden’s new sketchbook, “MORE Heroes and Villains,” from Eva Ink Publishing-a perfect match for last year’s “Heroes and Villains” sketchbook. (Soon to followed by the sketchbooks, “Dangerous Curves,” and “Bad Dog.” )

Joining Michael in Virginia will be Larry Hama (G.I. Joe), Alex Saviuk (Spiderman), Chris Claremont (X-Men), Bill Tucci (Sgt. Rock), Chuck Dixon (Birds of Prey), Kelly Yates (Doctor Who), Jim Califiore (Exiles), John Gallagher (Buzzboy), Steve Conley (Astounding Space Thrills), Mike McKone (Fantastic Four), Eric Wolfe-Hanson (G.I. Joe), Rick Ketchum (Runaways), James Kuhoric (Army of Darkness), our own J.C. Vaughn (24), Mike McKone (Amazing Spider-Man), Reilly Brown (Cable), Dan Parent (Archie), Randy Green (Witchbalde), Andy Smith (Red Sonja), Steve Bird (Blue Beetle), Rick Spears (Teenagers from Mars), Renee Witterstaetter (writer for numerous books from Vanguard Productions, Spartan X), James Callahan (Strange Detective Tales), Louis Small, Jr. (Vampirella), Brian Shearer (Gravyboy), Kevin Sharpe (G.I. Joe), Budd Root (Cavewoman), and Zuda Comics winner Adam Lucas (Goldilock).

Admission is $10 for adults to the November 21-22, 2009 show at the Crowne Plaza West, 6532 W Broad Street in Richmond, VA, but it will be free to anyone in full costume, children, folks with student ID and people with military ID. It will also be free to members of the press.

For more information on Michael Golden, his commission and appearances, contact evaink@aol.com, or check out his facebook listing at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Golden/44937601170

For more information on the Virginia Comic-Con go to: http://www.vacomicon.com

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