Detroit Fanfare (October 2010)

August 6, 2010 by  
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Convention Detroit Fan Fare
Convention Website http://detroitfanfare.com/
Start Date 10/30/2010
End Date 10/31/2010
About This Convention: Detroit has a very strong connection with comic conventions and fandom. Some of the earliest fandom magazines came out of the Detroit area in the late 1960′s and the Detroit Triple Fan Fair was the first convention of its kind. The “triple” stood for movies, comics, and science fiction. Detroit Fanfare is both proud and excited to bring back home some of the major participants that helped to grow the comic industry into the behemoth it is today. There will panels and discussions where the people who started so much will have a chance to discuss the early days, and reflect on their memories of the great stars that attended the convention. They will provide rare pictures and original drawings of some of the masters of the medium.
There will also be a Zombie Walk – “Pre-Show” the Morning of October 30th , and a Blood 4 Comics – October 30th & 31st for the American Red Cross Detroit Chapter plus many other exciting events for the Comic Book lover in you. Be sure to go to www.detroitfanfare.com for the most up to date information Regarding Detroit’s Hottest Comic Book show.
Convention Guests Guest of Honor Stan Lee, with Featured Special Guest Jim Starlin. We also have Comic Book Creators Greg Thekston, Carl Lungren, Guy Davis, Keith Pollard, Matt Busch, Gary Reed, Rich Buckler, Michael Netzer, Joe Pruitt, Vince Locke, Patrick Zircher, Bill Morrison, James O’Barr, Sean Mckeever, Tony Meillo, Mark Crilley, Arvell Jones, William Messner-Loebs, Raphael Nieves, Dan Dougherty, Rob Worley, Mark Bloodworth, Paul Storrie and many more to come.
Venue Name Hyatt Reagency Dearborn
Venue Address 600 Town Center Dr.
Dearborn, Michigan 48126
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 125
Projected Attendance 5000
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Gaming



SPACE (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo) (April 2010)

December 4, 2009 by  
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SPACE

Convention SPACE (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo)
Convention Website http://www.backporchcomics.com/space.htm
Start Date 04/24/2010
End Date 04/25/2010
About This Convention: SPACE will convene at its new venue the Ramada Plaza Hotel And Conference Center in Columbus April 24 and 25, 2010.
4900 Sinclair Road Columbus, OH 43229
Off I71 at the Morse / Sinclair exit.
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday & 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday
SPACE continues to be the Mid-West’s largest exhibition of small press, alternative, and creator-owned comics with
over 150 exhibitors, panels, workshops, and presentations.
Admission is $5.00 for one day and $8.00 for both. Special Rates will be available On-line.
The new venue offers a restaurant, bar, free parking, a special hotel rate and air port shuttle service.
More info at www.backporchcomics.com
Convention Guests Exhibitors as of 11/30/09:

Eric Adams (Lackluster World, Reflection, Stuart)
Stacie Arellano ( Tribute Waters)
Clint Basinger (Cosmic Moustache Comics)
Suzanne Baumann (Fridge Magnet Concoctions)
Josh Blair (Candy or Medicine)
Larry Blake (Psychozort, Kevin Cool)
Mark Bloodworth (Midnight Mortuary. The Boxcar Children)
David Branstetter (Straw Man)
CCAD Explorer Post 407 (Post Impressions, Untitled)
Mike Carroll (Accidentals, AsthmaAttack!)
Dustin Carson (No Gods, Trio, Cliffhangers)
Karen Chen (The Adventures of Dexter Breakfast)
Ryan Claytor (Elephant Eater Comics, And Then One Day)
Danny Cooper (Mutant Cactus custom buttons)
Megan Corby (Paper Flowers)
Matt Corrigan (White Stallion Comix)
Tim Corrigan (Tim Corrigan’s Comics & Stories,Mighty Guy, Fred ‘N’ Marvin)
Crossover Comics (Nisha)
Kel Crum (Cornelia Cartoonz, Ed Thud Comix)
Shy Custis (Publication: 13crowns studio, Artbook Junk-o, Little White and Little Dark, 13crowns Collected Artists)
Frank Cvetkovic (Punch-Up)
Tom Dellaringa (Wishtales Publishing Studio / Marooned)
Matt Dembicki (Three Crows Press, Xoc)
Ryan Dow (Introspective Comics)
Rhea Ewing (Urban Fey)
Matt Feazell (The Death Of Antisocialman, The Amazing Cynical Man)
Alex Ferree
Tim Fischer (Space Pilot Girl)
Joe Foo (Desmond’s Comic)
Allen Freeman (Fan-Atic Press, Slam Bang)
Melissa Spence Gardner (XO, Plink Comics)
William Grapes (Infernal Fyre-Dragon )
Ralph Griffith (The Realm, Dark Oz)
Tim Hall (Blood and Justice)
Michael Harris (Gorilla the Chinchilla, Cardinal)
Nik Havert (Scared Ya!, Big Breasted Vampire Death, The 3 Keys)
Alex Heberling (Garanos)
Kevin Hicks (Trio)
Stephen Hines (Hocus Focus, Valedictorian USA)
Chris Houghton (Reed Gunther)
Josh Johnson (The Spindletons)
Larned Justin (Candid Cartoons)
Max Ink (BLINK)
INTER-FAN PRODUCTIONS
Blair Kitchen (THE POSSUM)
Mike Kitchen (SPY GUY)
Stu Kerr (Deadworld,Oz)
Richard Ketterjohn (UVN: Behind the Counter)
Coey Kuhn (13crowns studio — CoeyBook, LavaPunch 1 & 2, 13crowns Collected Artists Vol. 1)
Joe Kuth (Red Panda Comics)
Kris Lachowski (Mean Goat Comics)
Kimberley Long-Ewing (Mystic Sheep Studios)
Nick Marino (Audio Shocker)
William Messner-Loebs (Wanderland, Journey)
Jim Main (Chase!, Comic Fan!, Satyr, Boot Hill)
Brian John Mitchell (Lost Kisses, XO, Worms, Just a Man)
Joseph Morris (SDF)
Dara Naraghi (PANEL, Brainbot Jr.)
Michael R. Neno ( Reactionary Tales, The Signifiers)
Steve Ogden (Wishtales Publishing Studio / Moon Town)
Randy Pare (Speakeasy Primates)
Steve Peters (Awakening Comics)
Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole, Sounds of your Name, Please Release, Walkie Talkie)
Chris Pritchard (Subterfuge)
Mike Roll ( Apooka, The World’s Most Adorable Zombie)
Tom Scioli (Godland, Myth of 8-opus)
Ian Shires (Mysterious Visions, Dungar)
Rick Silva (Zephyr and Reginald: Minions for Hire)
Vernon Smith (The Adventures of Dexter Breakfast)
Gynn Stella Silva (Zephyr and Reginald: Minions for Hire)
Studio Akumakaze (Scrap)
Ray Tomczak (Wasted Potential)
Carol Tyler (You’ll Never Know Book One: A Good and Decent Man, Late Bloomer)
University of Cincinnati DAAP Comics Studio Class
Derek Watson (Mutant Cactus custom buttons)
Thomas Williams (Comic Book Tattoo, Hide, Lifelike, SPB:Rise!, No Dead Time)
Don Wood (Obsessive Heart)
Matt Young (Rose-Coloured Cubicles, T.G.C.)
Jason Young (Veggie Dog Saturn)
Bob Corby (Bunny Blues, Vugz, Oh,Comics!)

Venue Name Ramada Plaza Hotel And Conference Center
Venue Address 4900 Sinclair Road
Columbus, OH 43229
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 150
Projected Attendance 500
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Book Festivals

Kids Read Comics! Convention Friday and Saturday

June 11, 2009 by  
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Kids Read Comics! Convention

Kids Read Comics! Convention

The kids and teens-oriented Kids Read Comics! Convention taking place in Chelsea, Michigan, tomorrow and Saturday. Guests include:

# Mark Crilley, writer/artist of the Akiko books and comics
# Voice actors Tara Platt and Yuri Lowenthal
# Arvell Jones, artist of Iron Fist and All-Star Squadron
# Ruth Barshaw, writer/artist of the Ellie McDoodle books
# Marc Sumerak, writer of Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man
# Ryan Stegman, artist of The Incredible Hercules
# Chris Yambar, writer of Bongo Comics’ Bart Simpson Comics
# Jim Ottaviani, writer of GT Labs’ T-Minus
# Dan Mishkin, writer/co-creator of Blue Devil and Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld
# Gary Cohn, writer/co-creator of Blue Devil and Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld
# William Messner-Loebs, writer of The Flash, Thor, and Wonder Woman
# Michelangelo Cicerone, creator of Ozone Jones
# Corey Barba, creator of Yam
# Jason Howard, artist of The Astounding Wolfman
# Matt Feazell, creator of The Amazing Cynicalman
# Jane Irwin, writer/artist of the Vögelein graphic novel
# Paul Sizer, writer/artist of the Little White Mouse and Moped Army graphic novels
# Katie Cook, artist of Star Wars comics and sketch cards
# Fred Gallagher, writer/artist of the MegaTokyo webcomic
# Tara Tallan, writer/artist of the Galaxion webcomic
# Jwan Jordan, writer/artist of The Circular World
# Ray Friesen, writer/artist of Cupcakes of Doom
# Brian Germain, creator of Dark Elf Designs
# Erik Hodson, creator of Melby Comics
# Jim Mackey, writer for Disney Adventures Magazine
# Eric Wilmoth, artist for Archetypal Images
# Tony Miello, writer/artist of Gapo the Clown
# Michael Easton, artist and co-creator of Paradox City
# Scott McMahon, writer/artist of Sami
# Diana Harlan Stein, freelance illustrator
# Chris Houghton, writer/artist of Station 8
# Sara Turner, writer/artist of File 49 and The Boys of the Den
# Jerzy Drozd, writer/artist of The Front , and co-host of the Art & Story comics podcast
# Mark Rudolph, creator of CV Comics and co-host of the Art & Story comics podcast.
# Ryan Dow, writer/artist of Jack and Zack
# Mike Bocianowski, writer/artist of the Yets! comic
# Duane Abel, writer/artist of the Zed comic
# Paul Storrie, writer of Gotham Girls comic for DC Comics
# Layne and Peri Toth, twelve- and eight-year-old published artists from Sisters Comics
# Levi Krause, creator of Scribble Monster
# Alan Schell, cartoonist and freelance illustrator
# Shawn Amberger, illustrator and cartoonist
# Terry Huddleston, cartoonist and freelance illustrator
# Stephanie Mannheim, creator of Nate the Non-Conformist
# Lauren Houser, creator of The Innocent
# Erin Ebbitt, cartoonist

Dan Mishkin provided Newsarama with more details. Follow the link.

For more on the convention, visit: http://mlatcomics.com/krc/

Hero Initiative Offers Hero Comics at SDCC

May 18, 2009 by  
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Top Writers and Artists Create Hero Comics, a Hero Initiative Benefit Book

Industry superstars Howard Chaykin, Bill Willingham, J. Scott Campbell, Matt Wagner and more contribute with all proceeds benefiting Hero

Los Angeles, CA (May 18, 2009)—Hero Initiative is very proud to announce the release of Hero Comics.

Hero Comics cover

Hero Comics cover

The 32-page, no-ads comic, edited and produced by Scott Dunbier, special projects editor at IDW Publishing, will be released in late July with two covers, Eve by J. Scott Campbell, and Grendel by Matt Wagner. The fundraising book will contain great, all-new content including an original American Flagg! story by Howard Chaykin, and original stories by Gene Ha, Bill Willingham, David Lloyd, and Kaare Andrews.

In addition, Arthur Adams will recreate three classic Marvel Comics covers, and Hero Initiative beneficiaries such as Gene Colan, Bill Messner-Loebs and Josh Medors will tell their own personal stories, detailing their severe struggles, and Hero’s involvement.

An excerpt from Josh Medors’ story reads:
“When I am feeling almost ready to give in to my cancer, ready to throw my hands in the air and say ‘I quit!,’ I get a call from the Initiative. ‘Just wanted to see how you are doing.’ It may not seem like much, but let me assure you—When the monster bites and the pain pills aren’t working, a call like that is more effective than a Super-Soaker filled with holy water against the ol’ Count.”

This special edition comic retails for $3.99, and will be on sale at comic stores worldwide on July 29, 2009. It’s available in the Diamond Previews catalog for August-shipping items in the IDW section, order code JUN090950 .

“I’ve been an active supporter of the Hero Initiative since I was first asked to help out,” stated Howard Chaykin. “It’s particularly important in this volatile era that we remember the men and women who made our industry, and make certain that they have the happy endings they richly deserve.”

Fans will be able to get their hands on this epic treasure early at the San Diego Comic-Con, July 23-26, 2009 as well. Copies will be on-sale at the Hero Initiative booth, #907.

“It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work on a book like Hero Comics. The job that the Hero Initiative does, helping comics creators in need, is a noble endeavor, one all of us should get behind,” said Dunbier.

All proceeds from the book benefit Hero Initiative, as all creators involved have donated their services. IDW is donating its publishing services, Comicraft is donating lettering and book design, and Try Vision Company, Inc. of Los Angeles is donating printing.

About IDW
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. As a leader in the horror, action, and sci-fi genres, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry including: television’s #1 prime time series CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; Hasbro’s The Transformers, and the BBC’s Doctor Who. IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. In April 2008, IDW released Michael Recycle, the first title from its new children’s book imprint, Worthwhile Books. More information about the company can be found at http://www.idwpublishing.com.

About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.