SF – Toon Talk: Infinity War and Beyond

Brent Anderson, Steve Englehart, Mike Friedrich, Al Gordon, and Steve Leialoha appear at the Cartoon Art Museum on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

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Before Thanos battled Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War, he was known to Marvel fans as one of the most dangerous villains in comic book history. On Saturday, June 16, 2018, the Cartoon Art Museum welcomes a star-studded pantheon of comic book creators to discuss these game-changing cosmic Marvel Comics of the seventies and eighties, with an insider’s look at the comics of Jim Starlin, the subject of the Cartoon Art Museum’s current retrospective exhibition.

Special guests include Brent Anderson (Astro City), Steve Englehart (The Avengers), Mike Friedrich (Captain Marvel), Al Gordon (Fantastic Four), and Steve Leialoha (Warlock).

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Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Welcome Iconic Creators of Creative Icons

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Come to the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor this September 28-30 for the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con! Purchase your tickets now and avoid lines at the ticket counter. The Baltimore Comic-Con will feature some of the industry’s most impactful talent, including Batman’s Harvey Bullock creator Howard Chaykin, Blue Devil creator Paris Cullins, Preacher creator Garth Ennis, Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella, New Mutants creator Bob McLeod, Power Pack creator Louise Simonson, Beta Ray Bill creator Walter Simonson, Thanos creator Jim Starlin, Big Hero 6 creator Gus Vazquez, and John Constantine creator Rick Veitch, just to name a few.

Howard Victor Chaykin is a longtime veteran of the comic book business. As a cartoonist — both writing and drawing — he has been a major influence on the direction of comics, referred to frequently as one of the principle architects of the modern comic book. His signature creation, American Flagg!, introduced a new level of narrative complexity, depth of character, and point of view in its text, not to mention a previously unseen level of design and craft to the visual nature of an all-too-frequently staid and timid medium. Chaykin continues to produce work that pushes the envelope of concept, context, and content in comics. Last year’s The Divided States of Hysteria, thanks to social media, enraged an entirely new generation of the willfully ignorant who might have had a better case if they’d actually read the damned book. Chaykin’s new series, Hey Kids! Comics!, is a fictionalized history of the comic book business, a love letter written with just a frisson of acid in the ink, to the field he’s loved and called home for over four decades.

Paris Cullins landed in DC Comics’ intern program after repeatedly bringing in samples of his work in the 1970s. His first work was featured in Secrets of Haunted House #42, and he went onto work on other DC horror titles like Ghosts, The Unexpected, and Weird War Tales. Cullins transitioned to super-hero titles, doing back-up or assistant work on Green Lantern, Justice League of America, The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl, and The Fury of Firestorm before taking on his first work on a title for his co-creation, Blue Devil. While he spent much of his career working at DC on titles such as Batman, The Forever People, and The New Gods, Cullins has drawn Richie Rich and Hot Stuff at Harvey Comics, Hyperkind for Marvel’s Razorline imprint, and Shi for Crusade Comics. In addition to his work in comics, Cullins has spent time at advertisement agencies doing storyboards for TV commercials, and has provided full-color storyboards and designs for video games.

Garth Ennis broke into the American Comic scene in 1991, taking over the writing reins on Hellblazer. After a successful four-year run, Ennis moved on to create Preacher, a 66-issue epic that ran from 1995 -2000, which has now been adopted to a hit television series on AMC. In addition to these two ground-breaking series, he also had lengthy runs on DC’s The Demon and Hitman. More recently, Ennis wrapped up The Boys, a 72-issue story which began at DC’s Wildstorm imprint before moving to Dynamite Entertainment with issue #7. He has had numerous stints on Marvel’s The Punisher for Marvel Knights and MAX, as well as Fury for Marvel MAX. His recent work includes Dastardly and Muttley for DC Comics and Jimmy’s Bastards for AfterShock Comics.

Tony Isabella is creator/writer of Black Lightning, co-creator of Misty Knight and Tigra, and writer of Captain America, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Star Trek, and many more. He was an editor and writer at Marvel Comics. At DC, he created Black Lightning, the company’s first prominent African-American super-hero. He co-wrote the prose novels Captain America: Liberty’s Torch and Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist’s Corpse. He’s the author of 1000 Comic Books You Must Read and the odd-but-wondrous July 1963: A Pivotal Month in the Comic-Book Life of Tony Isabella. He’s received an Inkpot Award from Comic-Con International in San Diego and a Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award from ECBACC. Cleveland Magazine named him one of that city’s most interesting people of 2018. His most recent comics work is the six-issue Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands, marking his return to his creation. He writes the daily “Tony Isabella’s Bloggy Thing” and the weekly “Tony’s Tips” review column. He lectures on comics history, comics writing, and diversity in comics.

Beginning his career in Marvel Comics’ production department, Bob McLeod got his early credits penciling and inking for Crazy magazine. He was a member of The Crusty Bunkers inkers while working at Adams’ Continuity Studios, became a top inker on titles like Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Conan the Barbarian, and Star Wars, and DC Comics’ Detective Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, Wonder Woman, and The New Titans. He also drew the graphic novel and the first three issues of Marvel’s New Mutants, as well as inking a number of subsequent issues, and helped launch DC’s Superman: The Man of Steel. He also wrote and illustrated Superhero ABC from HarperCollins, and edited Rough Stuff magazine for TwoMorrows Publishing. McLeod currently teaches part-time at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design.

Louise Simonson has, like her husband Walter, contributed significantly to the comic book industry. “Weezie”, as she is known, began her comics career as an editor at Warren Publishing before leaving for Marvel to edit titles including X-Men, New Mutants, and Star Wars. Departing the editorial role in favor of writing, Weezie has contributed to storylines in Marvel’s Marvel Team-Up, Web of Spider-Man, and Red Sonja, and was responsible for the introduction of Apocalypse in X-Factor as well as the launch of Power Pack. At DC Comics, she worked on Superman: The Man of Steel and The Adventures of Superman.

Walter Simonson has made vast contributions to comics publishing, as a writer, an artist, and even in founding publishing imprints. He was recognized in 2012 at the Harvey Awards in Special Award for Excellence in Production/Presentation and Best Domestic Reprint Project for Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor, Artist’s Edition from IDW, and in 2013 for Alien: The Illustrated Story from Titan Books for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work. He also received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 at the Harvey Awards. Walt’s career began in the 1970s at DC Comics, where he worked on titles such as Weird War Tales, Manhunter, Metal Men, Orion, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Vigilante, and Hercules Unbound. Over at Marvel Comics, Simonson has had numerous noteworthy runs, including The Rampaging Hulk magazine, X-Factor, Fantastic Four, and Thor, on which he was responsible for the introduction of Beta Ray Bill and Thor as a frog.

The multi-talented Jim Starlin has worked on both writing and creating art for some of the most noteworthy creations since his entry into the field of comics in the 1970s. The mind behind the Marvel character Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, he is also responsible for a number of noteworthy cosmic characters in the Marvel Universe, including Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and the villainous Thanos, all of whom are featured in this year’s major motion picture, Avengers: Infinity War.He developed noteworthy runs on Marvel’s Captain Marvel, Warlock, and Silver Surfer, Marvel mini-series Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity War, and Infinity Crusade, and DC Comics’ Batman, The Weird, and Cosmic Odyssey. His Death of Captain Marvel was the first Marvel graphic novel to be published. More recently, he has provided writing and art for DC’s Stormwatch and writing on Green Lantern: Mongul #23.2, and he returned to his classic villain in April 2014 with Marvel’s Thanos: The Infinity Revelation and 2018’s Thanos: The Infinity Siblings.

Gus Vazquez is an illustrator who has worked in nearly every field, including comic books, trading cards, storyboarding for music videos, commercials, animation and film, logo design, character and toy design, and more. He started his career in comic books working as an assistant to comic book artists Adam Pollina on X-Force, and Kevin McGuire on Trinity Angels. He got his first solo gig at Marvel Comics drawing the covers and interiors for Sunfire and Big Hero 6, the series that introduced the characters featured in Disney’s Oscar winning Big Hero 6. He has worked on such Marvel titles as Deadpool, X-Force, Spider-Man, What If? Civil War, What If? Back in Black, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and more. For DC, he has worked on such titles as Green Lantern, JLA, Blue Beetle, and most recently on The Flash, Suicide Squad, and Green Arrow. Gus was the artist on several issues of Claudio Sanchez’s (of rock music group Coheed and Cambria) The Amory Wars, and was instrumental in helping bring together the creative team of his friends, David Atchison (writer) and Tony Shasteen (illustrator), and his niece, film and TV actress Rosario Dawson on 12 Gauge’s The O.C.T. Currently, Gus has been working for DC Comics on The Sasquatch Detective, a backup story which can be found in the pages of Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, as well as DMC (Daryl Makes Comics) and on La Borinqueña. He is also working on his creator-owned book, Fang.

A member of The Kubert School’s first graduating class, Rick Veitch made a name early in his career as a fantasy artist and writer for Marvel’s Epic line of titles, where he worked on Epic Illustrated, Heartburst, and The One. He went on to work on the critically acclaimed Swamp Thing from DC Comics, as well as Miracleman from Eclipse Comics, for which he both wrote and provided art. Veitch then moved into the indie comics scene, working initially on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Mirage Studios and then launching his own King Hell publishing house, with titles like Bratpack and The Maximortal. Returning to larger publishers, Veitch has worked on Image’s 1963 and Supreme, and DC’s Tomorrow Stories, America’s Best Comics, The Question, and Aquaman. More recently, he wrote the Vertigo title Army@Love and The Big Lie from Image. You can find his Miracleman work reprinted these days from Marvel Comics and Rick Veitch’s The One from IDW Publishing.

“We were looking through our guest list and came to the realization that a tremendous amount of significant comics characters were created by guests in the room this year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Without the contributions of these guests, the comics tapestry would be far less ornate in each publisher’s respective universe. We know our fans are going to be excited to pull out issues of their favorite or first appearances of these characters to get signed by these great guests!”

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

HeroesCon 2018 Updates Guest List

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 2018 show including Jae Lee, Darryl Banks, Chris Brunner, Francesco Francavilla,  Michel Fiffe, Andrew MacLean, Dan Parent, Dexter Vines, Chris Visions and more! HeroesCon 2018 takes place June 15-17, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

GUEST ADDITIONS:

BOB ALMOND | Stan Lee’s Guardian Project, Black Panther, Heroes For Hire, Warlock
ROGÊ ANTONIO Batman & Robin Eternal, Grayson
DARRYL BANKS Green Lantern, Legion of Super Heroes, JLA
THOMAS BOATWRIGHT | Zeke Deadwood, The Halloween Legion, Cemetery Blues
CHRIS BRUNNER Loose Ends, Southern Bastards, Batman: LOTD
JOEY ELLIS Leaky Timbers
MARIE ENGER Fhtagn and Loathing, Regression
MICHEL FIFFE Copra, Zegas, Bloodstrike
CHARLES FORSMAN Slasher, Revenger, TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer
FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA | Afterlife with Archie, The Black Beetle, Detective Comics
CASEY JONES | Nightwing, Fantastic Four, Exiles, Excalibur, New Warriors
JAE LEE | Batman/Superman, Inhumans, Dark Tower, Fantastic Four
NATE LOVETT | Champions of Odd Lake, Kyraa: Alien Jungle Girl, Paw Patrol, Rusty Rivets
ANDREW MACLEAN | Head Lopper, Apocalyptigirl, Laser Wolf Attack
DREW MOSS Copperhead, Terrible Lizard, The Colonized, The Crow: Pestilence, In the Dark
DAN PARENT | Archie, Die Kitty Die, Betty & Veronica, Kevin Keller, Life with Kevin
BENJAMIN SCHIPPER Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Fairies, Joe Death and the Graven Image
KYLE STARKS | Rock Candy Mountain, Rick and Morty, Sexcastle, Legend of Ricky Thunder
BRENO TAMURA | Pigs, 12 reasons to die, Cupid, Doctor Fate
JEREMY TREECE | Fearsome as the Night, the Misadventures of Clawberry & Friends, I’m So Goth!
DEXTER VINES | X-Men, Nova, Avengers: X- Sanction, Buffy, Hulk
CHRIS VISIONS | Dead Letters, Spider-Gwen, Scarlet Witch, Devils on the Levee
ALEXIS ZIRITT | Space Riders, Tarantula, The Package

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BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER, FREE!

ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

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.

NY – FCBD: Fourth World Comics Signings

Fourth World Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 6, 2017 with several creator signings!

  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Scott Snyder, John Romita Jr, Peter David
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM: Charles Soule, Greg Pak, Fred van Lente, Reilly Brown, Cory Smith
  • 3:00 – 6:00 PM: Chandra Lee 
  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Sean Chen

Fourth World Comics
33 Route 111, Smithtown, NY 11787
631-366-4440

Another Round of HeroesCon 2017 Guests Announced

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Neal Adams, Tom Bancroft, Mike Maihack, Jerry Ordway, Joe Rubinstein, Matthew Rosenberg, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

JOEL ADAMS | Lilz, Bucky O’Hare
NEAL ADAMS | Coming of the Supermen, Batman: Odyssey, Green Lantern, X-Men
DAVE AIKINS | SpongeBob, Dora and Friends, Zombies!!!
BOB ALMOND | Stan Lee’s Guardian Project, Black Panther, Heroes For Hire, Warlock
NATALIE ANDREWSON | Mamuna, Meanwhile
TOM BANCROFT | Opposite Forces, Mulan, Tomo
WES BROOKS | Undead Speed Equipment, Grim Riders
FRANK BRUNNER | Dr Strange, Conan, Howard the Duck
BUZZ | JSA, Vampirella, Atomika
BOB CAMP | Ren & Stimpy, Thundercats
PATY COCKRUM | SATURDAY ONLY  The Cat, Nightcrawler
JUAN DOE | American Monster, Solar, X-Men:198, Legion of Monsters, Fantastic Four
JASON FISCHER | Terra Flats, Seconds, Kaijumax
BEN FISHER | Grumpy Cat, Smuggling Spirits, Hexen Hammers
JARED K FLETCHER |Paper Girls, Southern Bastards, The Goddamned
NAOMI FRANQUIZMisfit City, Bitch Planet, Power & Magic
MICHAEL GARLAND | The Black Monday Murders, Curse Words, Wolverine, Captain Marvel
DUSTIN HARBIN | BEHOLD! The Dinosaurs, DIARY COMICS, Nutted!, DHARBIN!
ANDY HIRSCH | The Baker Street Peculiars, Varmints, Garfield
DANIEL LEISTER | Hack/Slash
MARISSA LOUISE | Spell on Wheels, Spook House, Robocop
MIKE MAIHACK | Cleopatra in Space, Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman
JERRY ORDWAY | Superman , Captain Marvel, Infinity Inc., WildStar
RON RANDALL | TREKKER, Future Quest, Supergirl
MATTHEW ROSENBERG | Rocket Raccoon, Secret Warriors, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank, Kingpin
JOE RUBINSTEIN | Wolverine, Avengers, Daredevil
BRIAN SCHIRMER | Black Jack Ketchum, Backpacers, Ultrasylvania
BRIAN SHEARER | GI Joe, Transformers, Doctor Who, William the Last
MARLIN SHOOP | LARP!, Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends
DOMO STANTON | Starbrand & Nightmask, Prez, Deadpool, Chozen
ERIC TALBOTTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Melting Pot
JOEY WEISER | Mermin, Spongebob Squarepants
MATT WIERINGO | Ringo Scholarship

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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.

NYC – Protectors Signing

Writer Greg Pak (Kingsway West, Code Monkey Save World) appears at Anyone Comics on Wednesday, April 19th at 7:00 PM just in time to sign the last part of the Protectors story arc of Totally Awesome Hulk! Prints available to give out of the iconic #15 cover. Mr. Pak will also be bringing us his books THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF and ABC-DISGUSTING

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Anyone Comics
1216 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York 11225
(347) 350-8422

UK – Totally Awesome Hulk Signing

Writer Greg Pak (Kingsway West, Superman/Batman) signs at Gosh! Comics on Tuesday, February 21st from 6:00 – 7:00 PM!

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

NYC – Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York #2 Signing

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Writer Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk, Kingsway West) appears at Midtown Comics Downtown on Friday November 4th at 7:00 PM to sign the second issue of the BOOM! Studios crossover comic Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York!

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
(212) 302-8192

DC – Kingsway West #1 Signing

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Writer Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk, Superman/Wonder Woman) appears at Big Planet Comics to sign copies of Dark Horse Comics’ Kingsway West #1 on Sunday, August 28th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM!

About Kingsway West #1:
“After thirteen years in prison, a Chinese gunslinger named Kingsway Law just wants to find his wife. But in a fantastical American Old West crackling with magic, monsters, and racist vigilantes, trouble just won’t leave him be. And in this case, trouble is a woman with a magic sword who needs his help.”

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Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St. NW Washington, DC 20009
202-342-1961

PA – Kingsway West #1 Signing

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Writer Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk, Superman/Wonder Woman) appears at Amalgam Comics to sign copies of Dark Horse Comics’ Kingsway West #1 on Saturday, August 27th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM!

About Kingsway West #1:
“After thirteen years in prison, a Chinese gunslinger named Kingsway Law just wants to find his wife. But in a fantastical American Old West crackling with magic, monsters, and racist vigilantes, trouble just won’t leave him be. And in this case, trouble is a woman with a magic sword who needs his help.”

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

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