NY – 1st Annual Depot Day

Ron Marz, Joe Staton, Matthew Dow Smith, Nelson Blake, Richard Kane Ferguson, and Paul Harding appear on Saturday, August 13th, 2011 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM!

Press Release:

The Comic Depot is offering a fun free day to all of our customers and comic fans on Saturday, Aug. 13. The day will feature appearances from local comic creators including writer Ron Marz, artists Joe Staton, Matthew Dow Smith, Nelson Blake and Richard Kane Ferguson, and toy and statue sculptor Paul Harding. The creators’ collective credits include thousands of comic issues, including Green Lantern, Silver Surfer, Batman, Witchblade, Dr. Who, Scooby Doo and Magdalena, as well as DC Direct action figures and Magic the Gathering cards.

There will also be a 1960s Batmobile replica onsite, as well as characters in costume. Some of the artists will also be holding a drawing class for children.

“Creating comics is a pretty solitary job, whether you’re an artist or writer. So the chance to get out and meets the fans is always great,” said Marz, who has written comics for more than 20 years. “And, honestly, I want to get my picture taken in the Batmobile!”

The appearances will take place from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and a storewide sale on comics, action figures and graphic novels will occur all day!

The Comic Depot is a family owned comic book store serving all or your comic and gaming needs. Conveniently located in the Wilton Mall, the Comic Depot has a wide variety of comics, graphic novels, action figures, board games, collectable card games and items for all ages.

Comic Depot
Wilton Mall, 3065 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Danger Girl Creator Comes to Boston Comic Con 2011

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J. Scott Campbell, one of the most popular artists in comics, has graciously accepted an invitation to Boston Comic Con 2011! One of the most requested guests for any convention, we are ecstatic to have the opportunity to bring him to meet his New England fans. Campbell first exploded on the scene in the 90s with his first book, Gen 13. His dynamic storytelling and reputation for illustrating some of the most attractive women in the industry continued with his follow-up project, Danger Girl. His covers currently grace titles including Spider-Man, Wolverine, GI Joe, and many more! Be sure to catch his panel with fellow cover artists JG Jones, Adam Hughes, and Dave Johnson!

Joining Campbell at Boston Comic Con are local writers Christos Gage, Christopher Golden, and Tom Sniegoski, The Walking Dead’s Cliff Rathburn, pencillers Sanford Greene, Keu Cha, Leo Leibelman, Mike Lilly, and a legion of inkers including Dexter Vines, Jack Purcell, and Mark Morales. Finally we are happy to welcome back stalwart supporters Craig Rousseau, Scott Wegener, Norman Lee, and Sara Richard. Check the website for full bios!

Previously announced guests include Neal Adams, Frank Quitely, Joe Kubert, Adam Hughes, Darwyn Cooke, Arthur Adams, Frank Cho, Tim Sale, Dave Johnson,  J.G. Jones, Mark Chiarello, Matt Wagner, Ryan Ottley, Sean Galloway, Stan Sakai, Stephane Roux, Terry Moore, Tony Harris, Khoi Pham, Howard Chaykin, David Mack, Greg Capullo, Gahan Wilson, Stephanie Buscema, Daixong Guo, Mark McKenna, and many more! Be sure to tell your friends! This is the largest and most talented collection of comic creators in New England ever!

Tickets are currently available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids get in free with paid adult admission!

The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently-run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. The convention will be held from 10am to 7pm on Saturday April 30th and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

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Silver Age Icon Joins Boston Comic Con 2011 Roster

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Boston Comic Con is honored to announce that comic book icon Neal Adams is the latest addition to an already extraordinary guest list for 2011! A Silver Age legend, Adams has been one of the most influential artists in the industry both on the page and behind the scenes. From returning Batman to his dark and gritty roots to campaigning for creators’ rights, Adams holds the highest position of respect. His photorealistic art has graced the pages of The Brave and the Bold, Deadman, Uncanny X-Men, Avengers, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and most recently Batman: Odyssey. Be sure to come to Boston Comic Con on April 30 – May 1, 2011 to welcome Neal Adams to New England!

Other recent additions include Spawn artist Greg Capullo, Playboy cartoonist Gahan Wilson, Marvel artist Stephanie Buscema, and returning guests Daixong Guo and Mark McKenna. Check out the convention website for full profiles of our guests and all the latest updates!

Previously announced guests include Frank Quitely, Joe Kubert, Adam Hughes, Darwyn Cooke, Arthur Adams, Frank Cho, Tim Sale, Dave Johnson,  J.G. Jones, Mark Brooks, Mark Chiarello, Matt Wagner, Ryan Ottley, Sean Galloway, Stan Sakai, Stephane Roux, Terry Moore, Tony Harris, Khoi Pham, Howard Chaykin, David Mack, and many more! Be sure to tell your friends! This is the largest and most talented collection of comic creators in New England ever!

Tickets are now available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids get in free with a paid adult!

The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently-run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. The convention will be held Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm each day. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

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Boston Comic Con 2011 Doubles in Size and Moves to New Venue

 

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This spring the Boston Comic Con doubles in size and moves to a much larger venue, the Hynes Convention Center! In light of the massive crowds at the previous convention, the move was essential to accommodate the growing popularity of the show. And with this line up of comic creators, every extra foot of space is absolutely needed.

Boston Comic Con is thrilled to announce that the April 30-May 1, 2011 show features the best guest list New England has ever seen. Comic fans and collectors will not want to miss this amazing opportunity to meet superstar creators including Frank Quitely, Adam Hughes, Darwyn Cooke, Arthur Adams, Frank Cho,  Tim Sale, Dave Johnson, and Golden Age legend Joe Kubert! Check out the full guest list below!

Joe Kubert is indisputably one of the most impressive craftsmen in the field’s history. During his time in the business, Kubert has drawn everything from horror to Westerns to superheroes: DC Comics’ Hawkman, Tarzan, Sgt. Rock, Batman, and The Flash. Kubert is also the creator and artist of characters The Heroic Caveman, Tor, and Abraham Stone. Kubert will be appearing Sunday only at the 2011 Boston Comic Con.

Scottish artist Frank Quitely most frequently collaborates with writer Grant Morrison on series including Batman & Robin, All-Star Superman, New X-Men, We3, and many more. This is a rare US appearance of one of the most influential and innovative artists in comics.

Adam Hughes is one of the most in-demand artists in the industry. A fan favorite for his covers on Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Star Wars, and more, Adam’s convention sketches are highly coveted by discerning collectors.

Darwyn Cooke is the creator of New Frontier from DC Comics. He formerly worked in animation where he created the title sequence of Batman Beyond. He is currently adapting Richard Stark’s Parker novels for IDW Publishing.

Frank Cho made a big splash with his comic strip Liberty Meadows while still in college. Entirely self-taught, he is regarded as one of the best Good Girl artists in the business; his sexy ladies have grace the pages of Mighty Avengers, The Ultimates, and Shanna the She-Devil.

Arthur Adams is one of the most influential comic book artists of his generation. Adams has a very detailed and realistic style that is a fan favorite. He has drawn everything from X-Men and The Fantastic Four to Batman and Superman Adams is also creator of Monkeyman and O’Brien.

Tim Sale is best known for working on iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, Daredevil, Hulk, and Spider-Man. He is currently drawing the highly anticipated continuation of his Spectrum series, Captain America: White.  Tim’s art is also known worldwide to fans of the NBC hit drama Heroes, as he created the television show’s prophetic visions of the future.

“Reverend” Dave Johnson’s highly design-based covers have been featured on The Punisher and most famously on 100 Bullets. Dave is also the founder of The Drink & Draw Social Club.

J.G. Jones is the co-creator of Wanted. He also created every cover for DC’s year-long weekly series 52 and drew the Final Crisis series. Most recently, he is working on the covers for First Wave.

Matt Wagner is well-known for his character-driven, creator-owned series Grendel and Mage. He has also worked on comics featuring The Demon and Batman. Wagner’s recent projects include Madame Xanadu for Vertigo and a Green Hornet spin-off for Dynamite Entertainment.

Ryan Ottley came to fame when he took over the penciling duties for Invincible from original artist Cory Walker. Since then, he has co-created the series Haunt and Sea Bear & Land Shark.

Tony Harris is most famous for co-creating the Eisner-winning series Starman and Ex Machina. An artist of wide acclaim, he is the founder of Jolly Roger Studios.

Stan Sakai began his career by lettering comic books, notably Groo the Wanderer by Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier and Stan Lee’s Spider-Man daily comic strip. He became famous with the creation of the epic saga Usagi Yojimbo, first published in 1984, which he still continues as the sole creator, doing almost all the artwork himself.

Terry Moore created the long running indie hit Strangers in Paradise. SIP is published under Moore’s own imprint, Abstract Studio, and is one of the most successful independently published books in the comics industry.

Sean “Cheeks” Galloway is a cartoonist whose fun, lively style was directly adapted to the Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon series. He drew the Teen Titans feature for DC’s Wednesday Comics.

Howard Chaykin influenced the comic book industry by creating titles aimed at mature audiences most notably American Flagg! He also earned early fame by adapting the original Star Wars movie for Marvel Comics.

Stephane Roux is a French comic book artist who is known mostly for his cover work for Marvel, DC, and Semic Comics. He has worked on such titles as Witchblade and Birds of Prey. Roux is currently working on the ongoing DC Comics series Zatanna.

Khoi Pham is a graduate of Northeastern who went to become a trial attorney till he decided to live his dream of becoming a comic artist. One of the Young Guns of Marvel Comics with art on titles such as Mighty Avengers and The Incredible Hercules, he is currently drawing the series Chaos War.

David Mack is the creator of the independent comic book sensation Kabuki. A talented artist who often experiments with media, his works has been seen in many comic series including Daredevil, White Tiger, and Avengers.

Finally, Mark Chiarello is the Art Director of DC Comics, he edited the high profile and critically acclaimed series Batman: Black & White, Solo, and this past summer’s Wednesday Comics. A graduate of Pratt Institute, he worked on Batman/Houdini, countless covers for both Marvel and DC as a painter, and published a book of portraits of baseball players from the Negro Leagues.

Boston Comic Con is happy to announce that Chiarello will once again conduct a limited number of portfolio reviews. This is a rare opportunity for artists to show their work to the man in charge of the look of the DC Universe.  Last year he met with dozens of local artists and found at least one to bring into the DC fold.

Tickets are now available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass.

The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently-run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. The convention will be held Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm each day. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

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CA – Artifacts Release Party

Michael Broussard, Rick Basaldua, and Filip Sablik celebrate the release of Top Cow’s game-changing book, Artifacts #1, with a release party for the ages at Collector’s Paradise!
 
Press Release
 
CANOGA PARK, Calif., July 26, 2010 – Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, San Fernando Valley’s Premiere pop culture store, is excited to announce that they will be throwing the Los Angeles Release Party for Top Cow Production’s ARTIFACTS #1 on Saturday, July 31 from 7 to 10pm.
 
Collector’s Paradise has a long history of working closely with comic book creators and publishers. Top Cow Productions’ new release, Artifacts, promises to be a game-changing comic book for the company and their fans, and Collector’s Paradise is proud and thankful for the opportunity to present this book to Los Angeles fans in style.

ARTIFACTS: The event FIVE Years in the Making!

Thirteen mystical Artifacts, including the Witchblade, the Darkness and others, guide the fate of the Top Cow Universe. For centuries, it’s been whispered that bringing together all 13 Artifacts would herald mankind’s destruction. What ensues will remake the entirety of the Top Cow Universe, from the Witchblade and the Darkness, to the Angelus, Magdalena, and countless others. Artifacts #1 is the perfect place for faithful readers to see their loyalty pay off, and for new readers to experience the Top Cow Universe.

From Top Cow Universe architect Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and Top Cow superstar artist Michael Broussard (The Darkness) comes an event series, which will literally shake the Top Cow Universe to its foundation.

RELEASE PARTY WILL FEATURE:

- A signing by the art team on the book, Michael Broussard and Rick Basaldua, plus publisher, Filip Sablik.

- Original Art from the issue displayed in the Gallery.

- An EXCLUSIVE Variant Cover ARTIFACTS #1, limited to 500 copies made and available ONLY from Collector’s Paradise

- An EXCLUSIVE Limited Edition Print, limited to 100 copies made, featuring the wraparound cover to the series with art by Michael Broussard.

- Free Beer, Refreshments and snacks will be available for the guests
 
The event will be held at Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery on Saturday July 31st, from 7 to 10 pm, with creator signings from 7-8pm.
 
Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave, on the corner of Winnetka Ave and Sherman Way, in Canoga Park.  For additional information, please contact Edward Greenberg, owner of Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery @ 818.999.9455 (business) or 818.326.2517 (cell), or at cparadise@socal.rr.com.

Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery has been a mainstay in the Southern California Comic Book scene since 1994. In recent years, the store has focused on offering their customers an exceptional experience that goes beyond collecting comic books, from monthly creator appearances, to the proprietary online subscription manager software, to the recently-opened Art Gallery. The store’s future plans include many new and very different ways to experience the comic book culture. For the last two years, Collector’s Paradise was picked by fans as the Best Comic Book Store in Los Angeles County, according to an online poll done by Fox LA.

Witchblade Fragrance to Benefit Hero Initiative at C2E2 2010

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PUBLISHER TO DEBUT FRAGRANCE LINE AT C2E2

TOP COW, HERO INITIATIVE AND BLACK PHOENIX ALCHEMY LABS TEAM UP FOR SIGNATURE WITCHBLADE FRAGRANCE LINE

LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 12, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. is proud to announce the publisher has partnered up with Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs to launch the WITCHBLADE Fragrance line, with a portion of each purchase to be donated to Hero Initiative. The WITCHBLADE Fragrance line will debut at this month’s C2E2 convention in Chicago.

The WITCHBLADE Fragrance line features 5ml perfume oil blends based on the characters from Top Cow’s Witchblade series, including Witchblade (Antediluvian, sacred metal, glowing red musk, blessed frankincense, antiqued amber), Witchblade-bearer Sara Pezzini (Hint of leather and an understated vintage musk layered over the scent of lightly perspiring, honey-dusted skin), Detective Patrick Gleason (A classic men’s cologne splashed over a leather trench coat with a hint of gunshot residue) and the Curator (Mysterious herbs and ancient resins). The Sara Pezzini and Witchblade scents are meant to be layered together, but can be worn alone.

The WITCHBLADE Fragrance line retails at $26 a bottle, and will be available for purchase at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs booth at C2E2 (#951). For every purchase, five dollars will be donated to the Hero Initiative. Following the show, the WITCHBLADE Fragrance line will be available online at www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com.

The C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) convention will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois for the weekend of April 16-18, 2010.

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. A feature film, co-produced by Platinum Studios, Inc. and Arclight Films, is slated to begin production in Australia with director Michael Rymer. 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.

About Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com) is a cult perfume house that crafts hand-blended body and household scents. They have over two decades of experience in the field, and specialize in eliciting emotional responses through perfume while creating unique scent environments that capture legends and folklore, poetry, and the stuff of dreams and nightmares.

Black Phoenix has several literature-based fragrance lines, including Alice in Wonderland, and the works of Neil Gaiman, and H.P. Lovecraft. With the success of scent lines created to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Hero Initiative, they have found themselves in demand as a creator of fragrances based on comic properties.

About The Hero Initiative:

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict 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.

Image Comics at BEA

Apes & Babes Throughout the upcoming Book Expo of America, Image Comics (booth #2767), the premier creator-owned graphic novel and comic book publisher, will be featuring many of our titles including The Walking Dead, Spawn, Wanted, G-Man, I Kill Giants, American Jesus, Nocturnals, Witchblade, Invincible, Dawn, Liberty Meadows, Darkness and their children’s imprint, Silverline Books.

Company representatives Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson, Image Partner and Silverline Books Publisher Jim Valentino, PR & Marketing Coordinator Joe Keatinge and Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik will be in attendance the entire weekend. In addition, The Image Comics 2009 Book Catalogue and samples of various titles will be available.

And if that’s not enough, we will have various creators signing some of their most popular works, including Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman, Liberty Meadows creator Frank Cho, G-Man cartoonist Chris Giarrusso and Witchblade writer Ron Marz.

Full Signing Schedule

Friday:
12 – 2 PM: Ron Marz, signing copies of Witchblade Volume 1
2 – 4 PM: Chris Giarrusso, signing copies of G-Man: Learning to Fly, Vol. 1

Saturday:
12 – 2 PM: Robert Kirkman, signing copies of The Walking Dead Vol. 1, Invincible Vol. 1 and The Astounding Wolf-Man Vol. 1

2 – 4 PM: Frank Cho, signing copies of Apes & Babes: The Art of Frank Cho and Liberty Meadows Vol. 1 10th Anniversary Edition

Sunday:
10 – 12 PM: Chris Giarrusso, signing copies of G-Man: Learning to Fly, Vol. 1

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