DC’s Dan DiDio Appears at Planet Comicon 2017

Dan DiDio, Publisher of DC Entertainment, joins the Planet Comicon 2017 guest lineup on April 28-30! Tickets are available for sale now at the link…

As Publisher, DiDio directs and oversees DC Entertainment’s (DCE) publishing business under its key three imprints – DC, Vertigo, and MAD – in both print and digital formats, working alongside DCE’s editorial, art and design, production, business development and sales groups. The Publishers also work in concert with DCE’s Creative Affairs and Franchise Management teams to ensure that publishing continues to create content and help drive the media businesses that use comics as their source of inspiration.

Dan DiDio was named Publisher of DC Entertainment, alongside Jim Lee, in February 2010.

DiDio works closely with DCE editorial and creative teams to develop compelling storylines and characters that ring true to the iconic DC, Vertigo and MAD brands. During his tenure, DiDio has spearheaded many of the comic industry’s most successful publishing events, including the widely acclaimed relaunch of DC Comics Rebirth, The New 52, and the hugely successful DC annual September publishing events such as 2013’s villains lenticular variant covers. DiDio has also overseen many of the comic industry’s bestselling titles and events including DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, BLACKEST NIGHT, IDENTITY CRISIS, SUPERMAN, BATMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE and WONDER WOMAN.

DiDio is also charged with leading the company’s unparalleled efforts to attract and develop upcoming talent. With the implementation of annual creator summits and various network opportunities throughout the years, DC Entertainment has become the premier destination for the comic book industry’s top tier writers and artists.

Prior to his current post, DiDio served as Senior Vice President and Executive Editor, overseeing the editorial department for the DC line of comic book titles. DiDio charted the ongoing adventures of SUPERMAN, BATMAN, GREEN LANTERN, WONDER WOMAN, THE FLASH and scores of other heroes and villains.

Before joining DCE in January 2002, DiDio served as Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs for the computer animation company, Mainframe Entertainment. In this position, DiDio was charged with overseeing the development, distribution, marketing, promotion, merchandising and licensing of all Mainframe’s television properties. Among the television projects he developed were Weird-Ohs, Beast Machines, Black Bull’s Gatecrasher and Jill Thompson’s Scary Godmother. He also served as a Story Editor for Reboot and War Planets.

Prior to Mainframe Entertainment, DiDio worked in a variety of positions in the television industry, including Capital Cities/ABC where he served as an Executive Director of ABC Children’s Programming and Public Relations Manager for three New York based daytime dramas.

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Previously announced guests include: Neal Adams, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Cullen Bunn, Phil Hester, Ant Lucia, Jai Nitz, Frank Tieri, Freddie E. Williams II, and more.

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Emerald City Comicon 2017 Welcomes Favorite Comic Creators

February 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Washington

Press Release:

The biggest names in comics join ECCC’s Autographing Area. Meet your favorite comic artists and authors including Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Brian Stelfreeze, Scott Snyder, and Gail Simone. Also check out Artist Alley, where you can peruse original art based on your favorite comic book, television and movie characters. Grab a commission or shop prints all four days of Emerald City Comicon!

Kelly Sue DeConnick (writer): BITCH PLANET (Image), PRETTY DEADLY (Image), CAPTAIN MARVEL (Marvel), OSBORN (Marvel) got her start in the comic industry adapting Japanese and Korean comics into English. Five years and more than ten thousand pages of adaptation later, she transitioned to American comics with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: EBEN AND STELLA, for Steve Niles and IDW. Work for Image, Boom, Oni, Humanoids, Dark Horse, DC, Vertigo and Marvel soon followed. Today, DeConnick is best known for surprise hits like Carol Danvers’ rebranding as Captain Marvel and the Eisner-nominated mythological western, PRETTY DEADLY; the latter was co-created with artist Emma Ríos. DeConnick’s most recent venture, the sci-fi kidney-punch called BITCH PLANET, co-created with Valentine De Landro, launched to rave reviews in December 2014. DeConnick lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Matt Fraction, and their two children.

Matt Fraction (writer): SEX CRIMINALS (Image), ODY-C (Image), CASANOVA (Image), SATELLITE SAM (Image), HAWKEYE (Marvel) writes comic books out in the woods and lives with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, his two children, two dogs, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a yard full of coyotes and stags. Surely there is a metaphor there. He won the first-ever PEN USA Literary Award for Graphic Novels; he, or comics he’s a part of, have won Eisners, Harveys, and Eagles, which are like the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes of comic books and all seem about as likely. He’s a New York Times best-selling donkus of comics like SEX CRIMINALS (winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best New Series, the 2014 Harvey Award for Best New Series, and named TIME Magazine’s Best Comic of 2013), SATELLITE SAM, ODY-C, HAWKEYE (winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best Single Issue), and, oh, lordy, so many more.

Brian Stelfreeze is an American comic book artist. Stelfreeze is a painter, penciller, inker and colorist and has worked for nearly every major American comic book publisher. He is one of the original members of Atlanta’s Gaijin Studios. Stelfreeze began his career as the artist of the sci-fi miniseries CyCops in the mid-1980s. While Stelfreeze has been known throughout his career primarily as a cover artist, painting more than fifty cover illustrations for DC Comics’ Shadow of the Bat, he’s also produced a significant amount of sequential work, most notably of late with the miniseries Domino for Marvel Comics and Matador for DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint. Currently, Stelfreeze acts as art director for 12 Gauge Comics and occasionally has provided artwork for their series The Ride, and its prequel, Gun Candy. His latest work can be seen on the Walt Simonson-written Demon/Catwoman feature in DC Comics’ Wednesday Comics. Stelfreeze is the artist on the 2016 revival of Marvel’s Black Panther with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Scott Snyder has written comics for both DC and Marvel, including the bestselling series AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN and SWAMP THING, and is the author of the story collection Voodoo Heart (The Dial Press). He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYC and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett. He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.

Gail Simone first caught the attention of the comics world on the world wide web, where her popular humor column “You’ll All Be Sorry!” was featured on Comic Book Resources. It wasn’t long before she was tapped to write The Simpsons for Bongo Comics, which led to working in the mainstream for Marvel Comics as the writer on Deadpool. Following her Marvel work, Simone began working for DC, where she is most known for her much-beloved run on BIRDS OF PREY. She has continued to write for DC and its many imprints on titles that include ROSE AND THORN, ACTION COMICS, TEEN TITANS, THE LEGION, VILLAINS UNITED, JLA CLASSIFIED, THE ALL-NEW ATOM, GEN13 and WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY. Her most recent projects include BATGIRL and THE MOVEMENT.

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Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) is the premier comic book & pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Join us March 2-5, 2017. For tickets and more information please go to the website: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

QC – Image Day 2017 Signing

Andy Belanger, Karl Kerschl, and Wes Craig appear at Crossover Comics on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics!

Crossover Comics
3560 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H4C 1P4
+1 514-284-7373

CT – An Evening with Neil Gaiman

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Author Neil Gaiman, whose popular and acclaimed works, including Coraline, The Sandman, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book have reached audiences of all ages and made Gaiman one of the most celebrated writers of our time, appears at William H. Mortensen Hall on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM!

In this live event he will tell stories and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight.” It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman. Tickets available at the link…

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The Bushnell Theater
166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 987-5900

WA – An Evening with Neil Gaiman

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Author Neil Gaiman, whose popular and acclaimed works, including Coraline, The Sandman, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book have reached audiences of all ages and made Gaiman one of the most celebrated writers of our time, appears at Benaroya Hall on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM!

In this live event he will tell stories and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight.” It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman. **SOLD OUT** Tickets available at the link…

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Benaroya Hall
200 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 215-4747

NY – American Gods Presentation

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Professor in the Arts Neil Gaiman discusses moving from page to screen for the forthcoming TV adaptation of his bestselling novel American Gods at Bard College on Saturday, April 17, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

Get tickets at the link… **SOLD OUT**

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Sosnoff Theater – Fisher Center
60 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
845-758-7900

Harley Quinn Co-Writers Announced as Guests for Planet Comicon 2017

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Harley Quinn co-writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (who is also the cover artist) are the first guests announced for Planet Comicon on April 28-30, 2017! Tickets are available for sale now at the link…

JIMMY PALMIOTTI:

Jimmy Palmiotti has a wide range of experience and background in advertising, production, editorial, film writing and production, media presentation and video game development. His clients include Nike, Disney, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Fox, and New Line, 2KGames and THQ games.

000_jimmy_palmiotti_planet-comiconJimmy Palmiotti is co-founder of such companies as Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights and the current Paperfilms, where he is partners with Amanda Conner, Justin Gray, Frank Tieri and Paul Mounts.

Has created and co-created numerous series and characters including: The New West, The Monolith, 21 Down, The Resistance, The Pro, Gatecrasher, Beautiful Killer, Ash, Cloudburst, Trigger Girl 6, Thrill Seeker, Queen Crab, Weapon of God, Sex and Violence, Denver, Creator Owned Heroes and Painkiller Jane, which was turned into a SyFy original TV series starring Kristanna Loken and recently optioned for the movie screen.

With PaperFilms co-founder Amanda Conner, they are currently working on the highly received Harley Quinn and Starfire series for DC Comics. Garnering national attention and sales results, the team continues to receive accolades for their work on these titles.

He has co-written, with Justin Gray, the DC comic book series Jonah Hex, All-Star Western, GI Combat, Star Spangled War Stories, Power Girl and the digital release Ame-Comi Girls, available digitally at Comixology.com. The pair have worked on the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us for NeatherRealm Studios and DCU vs. Mortal Kombat. At Marvel, Jimmy teamed with Joe Quesada to create the Marvel Knights imprint and usher in a radical change at Marvel Comics still felt to this day. He and Justin Gray were tapped to adapt the award winning novel Wool for an Amazon exclusive digital graphic novel series.

Currently in film development are a number of projects created by Jimmy, which include Just A Pilgrim, The New West, Random Acts of Violence, Monolith and Tempest; as well as well as Painkiller Jane being adapted for film.

AMANDA CONNER:

000_amanda_conner_planet-comiconAmanda Conner started out in comics working on small projects for Marvel and Archie. She had been working as an illustrator for New York ad agencies Kornhauser and Calene and Kidvertisers. She worked on a number of launches and campaigns such as Arm & Hammer, PlaySchool and Nickelodeon, to name a few.

However, loving comic books and cartooning the most, Amanda found herself working for Marvel on their Barbie line (many of Amanda’s covers were made into designs for the line of Barbie toys), Disney line which included the Gargoyles books. At the same time she was illustrating Soul Searchers & Co. for Claypool Comics and worked on other Marvel projects, such as Excalibur for the X-Men line and Suburban Jersey Ninja She-Devils.

During an assignment for Crusade (Tomoe) she and Jimmy Palmiotti became a real team as penciller/inker.

Amanda then moved on to do what is probably one of her best known works. She did several years as penciller on the hit series Vampirella for Harris Comics drafting 24 issues. While illustrating Vampirella, Amanda worked with the top writers in the field including Grant Morrison, Mark Millar and Warren Ellis.

Continuing to expand her horizons, Amanda illustrated the best-selling crossover Painkiller Jane vs. the Darkness, and went on to work on Painkiller Jane #0 (the origin book). She also wrote and illustrated a story for Kid Death and Fluffy.

Since then, Amanda has moved on and has worked on many of the top titles in comics such as Lois Lane, Codename: Knockout, and Birds of Prey for D.C. Comics Vertigo line, X-Men Unlimited for Marvel, co-created Gatecrasher for Blackbull Comics, and The Pro, an Eisner nominated creator owned book for Image Comics with Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis.

Amanda, together with artist/inker/writer Jimmy Palmiotti and writer Justin Gray work together via Paperfilms; a multimedia entertainment studio, engaged in screenwriting, art production and multimedia development.

She continuously produces cover work for Marvel Comics, DC Comics and an assortment of independent titles.

Amanda’s work can also be seen outside the comic book community in such places as ABC’S Nightline, the New York Times, Mad Magazine, the syfy series Stan Lee’s So You Want to be a Superhero. For the upcoming Disney Underdog movie doing character designs for film and television. Amanda did character designs for the Los Angeles Avengers stadium football team and is featured in a Biography magazine commercial on A&E. Amanda does spot illustrations in Revolver magazine each month and has had a huge success with the JSA Power Girl miniseries in previous years. Each issue went into 3rd printings.

For more information about the 2017 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

UK – Norse Mythology Launch Party

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Acclaimed author Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, American Gods, Coraline) appears at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:30 PM to discuss his new book, Norse Mythology, and the great Norse myths that inspire his award-winning fiction. Explore the fantastical realms of Gaiman’s fiction in this evening, as he talks about the origins of Norse tales and bringing their gods to life through his own writing. Tickets available at the link…

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Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd Unit 9, SE1 8XX London, United Kingdom
+44 20 7960 4200

NYC – Norse Mythology Launch Party

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Author Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, American Gods, Coraline) introduces and reads from his new book, Norse Mythology, a dazzling version of the great Norse myths, at Town Hall on Thursday February 9th at 7:00 PM. Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. Neil Gaiman will also be joined in conversation with Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR & WNYC’s Ask Me Another. Plus, Q&A with the audience and book signing reception following the event. Get tickets beginning on December 06 at 12:00 PM EST which include a signed copy of the book.

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Town Hall
123 W 43rd St New York NY 10036
(212) 840-2824

Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 Tickets Now On-Sale

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Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to present our fans with an early holiday gift — tickets will be on sale from Black Friday to Christmas at a discount rate for next year’s show, taking place the weekend of September 22-24, 2017 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore.

Tickets that are now on sale include:
  • Weekend
  • Friday only
  • Saturday only
  • Sunday only
  • VIP*

As always, children 10 and under are free for general admission with a paid adult general admission!

* VIP packages are a separate purchase from General Admission tickets (which will be required to participate in any VIP offerings). VIP ticket holders receive exclusive early admission to all three days of the show, as well as a gift package that includes a show t-shirt, the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con yearbook, and more!

“Every year, we get asked if we can provide tickets early enough for holiday gifts or Valentine’s Day gifts or birthday gifts, but we have been unable to make that happen… until now!” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We’re thrilled to announce that, through the holiday weekend, tickets are available for our 2017 event at a discounted rate and, if you’ve peeked at our website, you know our our guest list is already growing with some great new and returning guests, CGC is with us again to do on-site grading, and we began selling our 2017 show floor space to exhibitors and retailers before last year’s show even ended.”

First guests include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Reilly Brown (Slapstick), Mark Buckingham (Everafter: From the Pages of Fables), Dave Bullock (The Rocketeer at War), Jim Calafiore (Surviving Megalopolis), Howard Chaykin (Midnight of the Soul); Frank Cho (Skybourne), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), David Finch (Batman), Meredith Finch (Catwoman: Election Night), Ramona Fradon (Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman), Michael Golden (Doctor Strange), Scott Hanna (Wonder Woman), Dean Haspiel (Dark Horse Presents), Klaus Janson (Dark Knight III: The Master Race), Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter covers), Matt Kindt (Ninjak), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (Avengers), Hope Larson (Batgirl), David Marquez (Civil War II), Mike McKone (Old Man Logan), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Mark Morales (Deathstroke), Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Paul Pelletier (Cyborg), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Revolution), Tom Raney (Invincible Iron Man), Don Rosa (Donald Duck), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Andy Runton (Owly), Julie Fujii Sakai (Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Stuart Sayger (Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas), Louise Simonson (Faith); Walter Simonson (Ragnarok); Rob Stull (Executive Assistant: Orchid), Peter Tomasi (Superman), Billy Tucci (Shi), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Ethan Van Sciver (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Mark Waid (Avengers), Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom), and Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl).

Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets!

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