UK – Kingsman: The Secret Service Signing

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Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Mark Millar is the award-winning writer/ creator of Wanted and Kick-Ass and worked as an executive producer on their subsequent movie adaptations. He is also the Creative Consultant for Twentieth Century Fox in Los Angeles, overseeing their upcoming Marvel movies. His ten years at Marvel produced Civil War, the biggest-selling series of the decade, and The Ultimates, credited by screen-writer Zak Penn as his inspiration for The Avengers movie. His Millarworld company has expanded in the last few years to include Kick-Ass 2, Hit-Girl, The Secret Service, Nemesis, War Heroes, American Jesus, Supercrooks and Superior. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Glasgow Caledonia University for his services to film and literature.

Dave Gibbons is one of Britain’s finest comic artists, whose most famous work is the multi-award- winning Watchmen. Since then he has drawn series including Batman, Doctor Who and Give Me Liberty, and has written Batman vs. Predator, Green Lantern and World’s Finest, as well as his own graphic novel The Originals.

Due to time restraints, Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons will only be signing copies of Kingsman: The Secret Service graphic novels.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

TN – Watchmen Colorist Signs

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Colorist John Higgins appears at Rick’s Comic City on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 11:00 AM till 3:00 PM. He has worked on Watchmen, The Killing Joke, Before Watchmen, Hellblazer, The Boys, War Stories, Jonah Hex, and Judge Dredd and is the creator of Razorjack just to name few projects. He will have prints and artwork for sale.

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Rick’s Comic City
2710 Old Lebanon Rd Suite 3, Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 883-7890

Baltimore Comic-Con Report!

Who watches the Watchmen? A few hundred people at least, all of whom were in line ahead of me at last month’s Baltimore Comic-Con (Sept. 5-7) for Dave Gibbons’s autograph.

Gibbons is, of course, the artist behind Watchmen, the 12-issue miniseries published by DC in the mid-80s. The accolades heaped on Watchmen are as legendary as the series itself. It was the only graphic novel to appear on Time‘s 2005 “100 Greatest Novels” list, and it appeared again in 2009 on the magazine’s “Top 10 Graphic Novels” list. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked Watchmen thirteenth on its list of the best 50 novels printed in the last 25 years, calling it “the greatest superhero story ever told and proof that comics are capable of smart, emotionally resonant narratives.”

I have loved Watchmen since it came out, and when I saw that Gibbons, who lives in the UK, would be in Baltimore, I booked my flight immediately. By “flight,” I mean I got up at 5:00am and drove the six hours from Raleigh, NC, passing through Washington just miles from the White House and getting stuck in horrendous construction-related traffic that even President Obama is, apparently, powerless to prevent. Other great artists and writers were there, including Steve Leialoha, Walter and Louise Simonson, Greg Capullo, David Finch, and Al Milgrom, who does few conventions these days. Denny O’Neil left early due to a family emergency, and the wait for George Perez was four hours (!), according to one woman who endured it.

But Gibbons was, for me, the star of the show. I waited about an hour in his line, and when I got to the table, I found him to be gracious, funny, and down-to-earth. He was impressed by my Graphitti edition Watchmen hardcover (the first graphic novel version of the series) and my Marvel Comics Doctor Who #1 (for the wife, a consecrated Whovian). But he oohed and ahhed—actually, we all did—over something another guy had: the 1994 computer game Beneath a Steel Sky, still in the box. Gibbons did the background art for this game, and he said he had never signed a copy before. Get it on eBay, young man!

The Baltimore Comic-Con has long been a two-day affair. This was its first year spanning a third day, and everyone I talked to thought it a success. Vendors especially were pumped-up because their rate stayed roughly the same despite the extra day. They also praised the convention staff for being responsive and professional. Sales were good, too: one dealer sold an Action Comics #252 (first appearance of Supergirl) for $900.

Dr. Chilton, the captor/tormentor of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, says that Baltimore “can be quite a fun town, if you have the right guide.” The only guide I needed was the folks at this year’s Comic-Con. As you are planning your convention schedule for next year, mark down September 25-27 in Baltimore. It won’t be a baaa-d decision.

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They don’t look like minions, but I’ll take their word for it.

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Deadpool doing what Deadpool does.

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Hello, Walter Simonson!

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Hello, Louise Simonson!

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Don’t blink. Or wink. Or think about blinking or winking. Especially when drinking.

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The line to see Dave Gibbons.

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And, finally, Dave Gibbons, holding my newly-signed Watchmen hardcover (which, if it were shirt, I would never wash again).

UK – Chaos City Comics Signing

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Dave Gibbons, Monty Nero, Marc Laming, Chris Wildgoose, and Matt Harrower sign at Chaos City Comics on Saturday 12 July at 2:00 pm!

Chaos City Comics
High Street
AL3 4EB London, United Kingdom
44 1727 838719

UK – The Secret Service Signing

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DAVE GIBBONS appears to sign THE SECRET SERVICE at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 22nd March from 3:00 – 4:00 pm!

Two masters of the form, Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, have come together to produce this remarkable new graphic novel from Millar and Hollywood director Matthew Vaughn, set in the aftermath of the 2011 riots that fractured London. The film based on the graphic novel, and directed by Vaughn, will be released in UK cinemas in March 2015.

Gary’s life is going nowhere. He lives in public housing with his mother and spends his nights carousing with his friends. But Gary’s Uncle Jack has taken a different path – one of glamour, danger and mystery. When Jack is called upon to get his nephew out of trouble one last time, their lives are going to intersect in a way neither of them could have foreseen. From the creative team of Mark Millar (Kick-Ass), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) and Matthew Vaughn (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Snatch; Layer Cake; Stardust; Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class) comes this highly anticipated and superlative work.

Dave Gibbons is one of Britain’s finest comic artists, whose most famous work is the multi-award- winning Watchmen. Since then he has drawn series including Batman, Doctor Who, and Give Me Liberty, and has written Batman vs. Predator, Green Lantern, and World’s Finest, as well as his own graphic novel The Originals.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179  Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

UK – Razorjack Signing

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John Higgins signs the hardcover of RAZORJACK at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore, 179 Shaftsbury Avenue, WC2H 8JR on Saturday 21st September from 1 – 2pm.

When three students inadvertently create an opening into our dimension from an alternate universe known as The Twist, they become the focus for the evil death-bitch Razorjack. Maverick cops, Frame and Ross, are assigned a disturbing serial killer case which draws them into what is potentially the final battle between good and evil.

John Higgins is an English comic book artist and writer probably best known for being the colourist on Watchmen. In addition to this, he’s worked for 2000AD, including drawing for Alan Moore’s Tharg’s Future Shocks, he’s provided covers for Marvel and artwork for The Killing Joke. John has also worked on Greysuit, The Hills Have Eyes, and Jonah Hex.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179  Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

Splash Page Comic Art Schedule for SDCC 2013

Splash Page Comic Art has announced their plans for Comic Con International in San Diego!dave_gibbons

Press Release:

Comic Con is this week and Splash Page will be set up at booths 4400-4408 at SDCC. This year we will host signings by Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Ken Kristensen, Sina Grace (Not My Bag, The L’il Depressed Boy) and Don Kramer.

Dave Gibbons’s schedule

Saturday from 3-4PM [He is NOT sketching]

We will have limited edition Watchmen S/N Prints and Proofs available for sale. Limit 2 items signed per person.

Sina Grace’s schedule

Friday 1-3PM & Sunday 11AM – 1PM.

We’ll have his Adventure Time San Diego Comic Con Variant Comic for sale for him to sign.

Don Kramer’s schedule

Friday 10AM – 12PM & Saturday 10AM – 12PM

Ken’s schedule will be announced as soon as we have it.

New art has been posted to the following galleries and will have them for sale at the San Diego Comic Con:

Charlie Adlard Gallery Added the interiors to Walking Dead Issue 112.

Cliff Chiang Gallery Added interior pages from Wonder Woman issues 20 & 21.

Sina Grace Gallery Will have covers from The Regular Show at SDCC.

Michael Lark Gallery Added interior pages to Lazarus Issue 1 AND I’ll have Issue 2 pages for sale at SDCC.

Ryan Ottley Gallery Added interior pages Invincible Issue 88 and 11 different Invincible Covers.

Goran Sudzuka Gallery Added interior pages to his new Image Comics book Ghosted Issue 1.

We will also have a limited number of the Splash Page Comic Art & Comic Asylum Retailer Variant Lazarus Issue 1 Comic shown on our website and the 2013 Michael Lark Signed & Numbered Sketchbook. We will be carrying some of the SDCC Diamond Comics Exclusives at our booth at Comic Con.

Stop by and say hi! Mark Hay

Wolverine Co-Creator Appears at GraniteCon 2013

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GraniteCon is pleased to announce legendary writer and co-creator of dozens of major characters including the Canucklehead himself, Wolverine, Len Wein!

Attending his first Granitecon this September (which will be the 50th anniversary of X-Men), Len has co-created a variety of big comic characters, including Swamp Thing, Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, Thunderbird, and Lucius Fox (amongst tons upon tons of other characters), as well as having written several episodes of hit TV shows like X-Men, Batman: TAS, Spider-Man, Ben 10, and Super Hero Squad! Len has also worked on virtually every major title for DC and Marvel in his career, with the latest having written the “Before Watchman: Ozymandias” mini series for DC!

We’re pleased to have Len added to our growing list of guests for this year’s show! To celebrate their 10 year anniversary Granitecon expands to a two day show next September 28-29th and moving into the much larger Expo Hall of the Manchester Radisson! Rest assured more announcements will be coming as we prepare for this epic show! Check out our Facebook page and website for more updates.

UK – Unearthing Signing

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Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins appear at Gosh for a signing of Unearthing on Tuesday the 26th of February at 7:30 pm. They’ll also be screening their short film, Jimmy’s End and its prequel, Act of Faith. Details on those at their website.

Tickets are £5 and will go on sale at wegottickets.com on Friday the 1st of February at 9:30 am.

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

CA – Before Watchmen Signing

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Comic legend Len Wein (co-creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and more) signs at Phat Collectibles on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm!

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Phat Collectibles
1201 S. Euclid Street, Anaheim, CA 92804

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