UT – Wonder Woman #26 Signing

Writer Shea Fontana (DC Super Hero Girls, The 7D) appears at Black Cat Comics on Saturday, August 5th at 12:30 PM!

ABOUT SHEA FONTANA:
Shea Fontana is a writer for film, television and graphic novels. Her credits include DC Super Hero Girls animated shorts, TV specials and movies, Justice League #22, Doc McStuffins, The 7D, Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets, Disney on Ice, and the feature film, Crowning Jules. She is currently writing an upcoming five issue arc for the Wonder Woman Rebirth comic.

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Black Cat Comics
2261 S Highland Dr, Ste A, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(801) 461-4228

DC Announces Panel & Signing Schedule for SDCC 2017

Press Release:

Over the next four days, there will be hundreds of panels taking place at San Diego Comic-Con. If you’re interested, you can find a complete listing on their website. But if you’re here, there’s a pretty good chance you’re a DC fan and wondering which of those panels are being presented by DC and our friends at Warner Bros.

Below you’ll find the complete list. If you want the official scoop on your favorite DC comics, movies, TV, games and collectibles, these are the panels to check out. Please note, however, that while we don’t anticipate it, things change constantly at SDCC. Please consult the Comic-Con website, the DC All Access app, or the printed room schedules at SDCC for the most up-to-date information.

If you’re interested in DC signings, the DC All Access app is your best resource. Please note that wristbands for select events/signings will be distributed first thing every morning, as early as 6:00 am, at the Sails Pavilion on the day of the signing. There will be no access to wristband lines prior to 6:00 am. For more information on the wristband procedure, please visit the Toucan Blog, SDCC’s official blog which includes helpful maps.

Thursday July 20, 2017

DC Collectibles 
10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.
Room: 9

  • Limited edition statues, action figures, prop replicas, busts, vinyl…DC Collectibles has them all – and more! Join the DC Collectibles crew, including Executive Director, DC Collectibles Jim Fletcher, Senior Art Director, DC Collectibles Shawn Knapp, Art Director, DC Collectibles Brian Walters and artists Katherine Brannock, Sho Murase, HaiNaNu “Nooligan” Saulique and Chris Uminga, to hear how they come up with so many great products, and what’s coming up from the award-winning maker of awesome collectibles!

DC All Access 
11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • Meet the folks behind the hit program that is all about your favorite topic: DC! Tiffany Smith, Jason Inman, Whitney Moore, Hector Navarro…the names you’ve come to know and love will be here sharing behind-the-scenes tidbits and all out DC fun.

DC Meet the Publishers 
2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • DC’s Publishers are back in San Diego and better than ever! Dan DiDio and Jim Lee are the driving forces behind DC Universe Rebirth, Vertigo, MAD, DC’s YOUNG ANIMAL, DARK MATTER and much more. This up-close-and-personal panel gives you unique access to the leaders of your favorite comic book line!

Spotlight on Geoff Johns
3:15p.m. – 4:15p.m.
Room: 6DE 

  • The superstar DC writer, President & Chief Creative Officer returns to San Diego for an all-access and in-depth discussion. Be here for this exclusive panel that will give you insight to one of the genre’s most influential people. With the upcoming Doomsday Clock, there will be much to cover!

Mad about MAD
4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m.
Room: 8

  • MAD, the country’s #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of 1), is dumber than ever! Join MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano for a ridiculous peek at what’s happening at the magazine, and an epically, moronic Q&A that’s bound to be, well, MAD! (Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions!)

DC Art Masters: Drawing DC
5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.
Room: 11

  • Class is in session as some of the greatest artists in the industry take this panel to school with an in-depth look at their creative process! DC Entertainment is proud to spotlight these talented individuals for this exclusive, all-access look at what it’s like drawing DC!

DC – Too Tough Trivia or Stump the Writers
6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Room: 5AB

  • Think you know everything from Crisis on Infinite Earths to Flashpoint to Rebirth? Come by and test your knowledge of the DC Universe from its inception all the way to Dark Days against DC’s finest minds to win some exclusive prizes!

Friday July 21, 2017

DC Universe Rebirth
11:15a.m. – 12:15p.m.
Room: 6DE  

  • DC Universe Rebirth has taken the industry by storm.  The universe has been restored with hope and optimism, engaging storylines and dynamic characters. Come discover more about your favorite DC super heroes, plus hear from the talented teams bringing these stories to life!

DC Metal/ Dark Matter
1:45p.m. – 2:45p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • The team behind DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, are here to talk about comic’s hottest event!  They are joined by DARK MATTER contributors Steve Orlando, Phillip Tan, James Tynion IVRobert Venditti and others in this revealing hour of comics!

Vertigo: Creator Spotlight
3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Room: 6DE 

  • Comics’ most innovative imprint puts the creator in the spotlight!  Come witness the evolution of Vertigo, as we glimpse back at the rich history, and peek forward to some of the incredible things to come. The star-studded lineup features Academy Award winner John Ridley with a few huge surprise guests!

DC From Page to Screen
4:15p.m. – 5:15p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • Never before has DC been more popular in TV, video games, home videos, and movie theaters. And with an impressive film slate and countless shows in series and production, it has never been a better time to be a DC fan! Join the people behind the scenes that translate the page to the screen on this must see panel that sees your favorite stories and characters come to life!

DC’s Young Animal
5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m.
Room: 5AB  

  • Be here as we delve further into the world of DC’s YOUNG ANIMAL, the DC imprint led by MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE frontman and best selling comic writer, Gerard Way (Doom Patrol), with many of his top notch collaborators including Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone (Shade, the Changing Girl), Jody Houser (Mother Panic), Jon Rivera (Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye) and others.

Saturday July 22, 2017

DC Justice For All
10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.
Room: 6DE

  • Be here as the creative folks behind your favorite Justice League characters take center stage. Tony Daniel (JLA), Dan Jurgens (Action Comics), Tom King (Batman), Steve Orlando (Justice League of America), John Semper Jr (Cyborg), Nicola Scott (Wonder Woman), Liam Sharp (Wonder Woman), Brad Walker (Aquaman) and Joshua Williamson (Flash) have a lot to share about your favorite DC super heroes and their fight for justice!

DC Essentials
11:15a.m. – 12:15p.m.
Room: 6DE 

  • New to comics? Are you at the convention because you’re a fan of great DC TV, movies, video games, or other media? Bingeing a season of The Flash leave you wanting to know more about the source material?  Well, look no further; this is the panel for you!  Our panel of experts is here to help you along your journey through the wonderful world of comics! Come one, come all!

DC Harley Quinn: Celebrating 25 Years
12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • Twenty five years ago, Dr. Harleen Quinzel made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series and what a debut it was!  An instant fan favorite and her popularity has been meteoric ever since! Come celebrate her first appearance anniversary with some of the key contributors to this modern icon.

DC Celebrates WildStorm 25th Anniversary
1:45p.m. – 3:15p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • It’s has been 25 years since Jim Lee’s WildStorm first made its mark on the comics landscape with such memorable and innovative titles like WildC.A.T.S., Gen13Stormwatch, and Deathblow, to name a few.  Join Jim Lee and former WildStorm staffers and talented contributors including Ryan Benjamin, Lee Bermejo, J. Scott Campbell, Carlos D’Anda, Sandra Hope, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair and others for a fun trip down memory lane!

DC Master Class
6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Room: 6DE  

  • The DC MASTER CLASS is in session!  Comics’ elite, cream-of-the-crop artists Amanda Conner, Tony Daniel, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, John Romita Jr and a huge surprise guest are here to share details on their new projects.  This panel has the MASTER CLASS seal of approval!

Sunday July 23, 2017

DC My Secret Origin or How I Broke Into Comics
1:45p.m. – 2:45p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • They say breaking up is hard to do…but breaking into comics may be tougher! Come by for an inside look at how some of DC’s topnotch talent broke in, crafting the tales of your favorite DC Super Heroes!

DC Kids – Sunday Art School
4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Room: 6DE

  • It’s Sunday Funday!  Bring your kids along as some of the best young adult/kids artists DC has to offer are here to share with you their drawing tips and tools for the trade.  Fan favorites Art & Franco (DC Super-Friends), Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls), Dustin Nguyen (Batman: L’il Gotham, Super Hero Society) are your tutors for today’s class.

SIGNINGS

Thursday, July 20

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Freddie Williams II
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Shane Davis
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Joelle Jones
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Julie Benson and Shawna Benson
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Jock and Scott Snyder ** Wristband Required
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mauricet, Frank Tieri
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Marguerite Bennett and Steve Orlando
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Tom Richmond and Justin Norman (Moritat)
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Greg Capullo** and Marc Andreyko
    ** Wristband Required
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tom King and Joshua Williamson
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Robert Venditti and Paolo Pantalena
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Andy Kubert* and John Romita, Jr.**
    ** Wristband Required
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Eduardo Risso, Paul Dini, and Tony Daniel
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM DC Collectibles ARTISTS ALLEY: Sho Murase, Nooligan, and Chris Uminga

Friday, July 21

  • 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Marv Wolfman
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM John Semper, Jr.
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tony Daniel and Steve Orlando
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Scott Snyder* and Greg Capullo** Wristband Required
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Jim Lee**, Alex Sinclair**, Scott Williams**, Sandra Hope  ** Wristband Required
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Geoff Johns** and Phil Jimenez
    ** Wristband Required
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Tim Seeley and Gail Simone*
    * Signing ends at 2:45
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Julie Benson, Shauna Benson, and Mike Grell
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Tom King and Josh Williamson
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM DC’s Young Animal: Gerard Way**, Jody Houser**, Jon Rivera**, and Marley Zarcone ** Wristband Required
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Mauricet
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Andy Kubert** and John Romita, Jr.** Wristband Required
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Robert Venditti and Paul Levitz
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dan Jurgens, Bernard Chang, and Tyler Kirkham

Saturday, July 22

  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Marv Wolfman
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Lee Bermejo and Tony Daniel
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Paul Dini and Mike Grell
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM John Semper, Jr., Cecil Castellucci, and Marley Zarcone
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Robert Venditti and Agnes Garbowska
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Scott Snyder** and Greg Capullo** Wristband Required
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Jim Lee**, Alex Sinclair**, Scott Williams** Wristband Required
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Josh Williamson and Joelle Jones
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Andy Kubert** and John Romita, Jr.** Wristband Required
  • 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM Justin Norman (Moritat)
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Julie Benson, Shauna Benson, and Clay Mann
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dan Jurgens, Bernard Chang, Sonny Liew, and Paul Levitz

Sunday, July 23

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Art and Franco
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Andy Kubert** Wristband Required
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Steve Orlando and Brad Walker
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Monica Kubina and Shane Davis
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM John Romita, Jr.** and Mark Andreyko
    ** Wristband Required
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Jill Thompson, Kurt Busiek, and Brent Anderson
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, and Frank Tieri
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Jock
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Cat Staggs
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Philip Tan and Gail Simone
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Scott Snyder**, Greg Capullo**, and James Tynion IV
    ** Wristband Required
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tom King and Josh Williamson

Live From SDCC, It’s DC All Access

DC Booth to Host First-Ever “DC All Access” Live Broadcast Segments, A Countdown to DOOMSDAY CLOCK, A Tour of METAL and the Dark Multiverse, and the World’s Greatest Super Heroes 

 Justice League Movie Cast Signing, Costumes and Props; the Biggest Stars in Comics, an Injustice 2 Game Tournament, and 25th Anniversary Celebrations for Harley Quinn and WildStorm also on tap for San Diego

Press Release:

DC Entertainment brings an expansive program of panels, signings, celebrations and activities to fans attending this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego. From July 19-23, the DC Booth (#1915) will be the place to see the most iconic characters in pop culture, the biggest Hollywood stars and the most groundbreaking titles in comics.

For the first time ever, DC All Access will broadcast live, straight from the DC booth. Once an hour on Thursday and Friday during the show, DC All Access Live will interview some of the biggest names in comics, cover breaking news, and highlight all the excitement of pop culture’s biggest event of the year, as it happens.

On Thursday at Comic-Con, the countdown to DOOMSDAY CLOCK continues with a spotlight panel featuring superstar writer and producer, and DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. Moderated by DC Publisher Dan DiDio, this panel promises to reveal among other things never-before-released details on the highly anticipated comic book series that for the first-time ever brings the greatest heroes and villains from the DC Universe together with the mysterious forces from the Watchmen Universe this November. Johns will also appear in the DC booth for an exclusive fan signing Friday at 1:30pm.

Also on Friday, get the inside scoop on the publishing event that will rock comic book fans to the core when DARK NIGHTS: METAL, written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo, makes its debut in August, setting the stage for the upcoming DARK MATTER line of comic books in 2018. The best-selling talent team of Snyder and Capullo will join the top names in comics – including some surprise guests – to share more details about summer’s must-read Batman event and this new, artist-driven line of comic books at Friday’s DC Dark Metal/Dark Matter Panel. Snyder and Capullo will also greet fans during a signing in the DC booth Saturday at 3pm.

As anticipation builds for November’s Justice League movie, DC’s booth will feature a spectacular display of new costumes and props from the highly-anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures film. The booth will also host one of the biggest events of Con weekend: a can’t-miss cast signing featuring Justice League stars on Saturday.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most beloved Super-Villain/Anti-Heroes in history – Harley Quinn! First making her appearance in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, the hilarious, terrifying and iconic Dr. Harleen Quinzel has gone from sidekick of The Joker to a full-fledged comic book and pop culture superstar. Harley will be celebrated by her co-creator Paul Dini, and a line-up of top artists and writers who have helped keep Harley in our hearts for a quarter of a century, including artists Amanda Conner, Frank Cho, and Chad Hardin.

The enduring legacy of WildStorm will be the subject of an in-depth, 25th anniversary panel in which WildStorm founder, DC Publisher, and acclaimed artist Jim Lee joins Adam Archer, Ryan Benjamin, Lee Bermejo, J. Scott Campbell, Carlos D’Anda, Sandra Hope, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair and Scott Williams to honor the groundbreaking stories and characters from WildStorm. With the impending release of WILDSTORM: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS on August 23, this panel of celebrated creators takes a look back at some of the biggest moments in WildStorm’s history, alongside its revival in the ongoing DC pop-up imprint curated by Warren Ellis.

At the Vertigo panel, join Academy Award® winning screenwriter John Ridley as he discusses the first issue debut of THE AMERICAN WAY: THOSE ABOVE AND THOSE BELOW. As R­­­­­­idley returns to the epic series and to hero Jason Fisher ten years later, the critically-acclaimed writer of 12 Years A Slave dives into how the sequel explores historically significant sociopolitical and racial themes still relevant today. Vertigo fan-favorite writers Paul Dini (DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY) and Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE) will also be on hand to discuss their successful tenures with this genre-defying imprint.

The DC booth will also feature an incredible array of never-before-seen items from Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Collectibles, including the latter’s new series of quirky and offbeat vinyl statues, DC Artists Alley. And for the selfie takers, the DC booth will host an array of appearances and autograph sessions with some of the best artists and writers in comics nearly every hour of the Con.

DC’s booth will once again feature the popular interactive green screen where Con fans pose in backgrounds featuring their favorite DC characters from comics, films and games, including Harley Quinn from DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, Batman: The Animated SeriesDC Super Hero GirlsJustice League movie cast and a surprise reveal on Friday. The booth will also be the place to be to witness the most jaw-dropping cosplay at the Con! Be there for awesome cosplay meet ups every day of the convention.

Always the most hilarious hour at the Con, the MAD Magazine panel led by longtime editor John Ficarra and his “Usual Gang Of Idiots” will offer a ridiculous peek at what’s happening at the magazine.

For gamers at SDCC, the DC booth will host a tournament for Injustice 2, the bestselling and critically acclaimed new game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, NetherRealm Studios and DC. Tournament on stage action will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Graphitti Designs (Booth #2314) will once again carry highly collectible, exclusive variant comic books available for SDCC attendees only. All titles will be on sale beginning on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 19, in limited quantities.

Check out the DC All Access mobile app for a complete list of panels, a schedule of signings, behind-the-scenes coverage and in-depth interviews directly from DC’s web series, “DC All Access.” The app is available as a free download at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Lynda Carter Joins Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 for a 1-Night-Only Concert & Fan Event

Press Release:

The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased announce a Friday evening event on September 22nd at 7:30pm, featuring a special performance by Lynda Carter as she brings her show, “The Other Side of Trouble”, to “America’s Greatest Comic Book Convention” for a very special 90 minute concert. This is a one-night-only event, so make sure to get your tickets early as it is guaranteed to sell out! This will be a memory that lasts a lifetime, with opportunities to see a wonderful concert performance and hear her stories. This is a unique event, brought to you by the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Born in Arizona, Lynda Carter is best known for winning our hearts as TV’s iconic Wonder Woman. In addition to her long acting career, Lynda is also an accomplished singer who has performed to rave reviews before sold-out crowds around the world. Lynda has the distinction of producing and starring in five highly rated CBS television specials, several of which were Emmy Award nominated. She has appeared onstage with many of the world’s most popular singers, including Kenny Rogers, Ray Charles, Tom Jones, George Benson and Ben Vereen.

Lynda made her professional singing debut at age 14 in Tempe, Arizona. In 1972 she won the Miss World-USA title and shortly after outdistanced hundreds of other actresses for the part of Wonder Woman, a character she infused with such depth, humor, and empowerment that it has become one of the most indelible characters in television today. Her fame led to her becoming the “face” of Maybelline Cosmetics, and she remained their top model for over a decade. In addition to Wonder Woman, Lynda’s long and successful career has included starring roles in 2 other television series, Partners in Crime and Hawkeye, starring in numerous movies, and appearing in many television roles on such series as Law and Order and Two and a Half Men. This year, she has a role as the President of the United States on the popular CW series Supergirl, and she will be seen in the upcoming Super Troopers 2 movie.

After taking a hiatus from acting to raise her young children, Lynda returned to live performing in 2006, starring in the hit musical Chicago in London’s West End. She also appeared in the show’s 10th year Broadway performance and is featured on the special Anniversary CD. So passionate was her love of singing and performing, she then put together an all-star band and tours the country every year with a new concert show in major venues from Washington D.C’s Kennedy Center to Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. In 2009 and 2011, she released the chart-topping CD’s, At Last and Crazy Little Things, and is presently recording a new album in Nashville. Even though she has been writing and recording original songs since 1973, the past few years have brought Lynda a legion of new fans who recognize her from her many voice-over appearances in hit video games, including the Game of the Year Fallout 4 for which she also wrote and performed five songs, one of which received a Best Original Song nomination from the National Association of Video Game Reviewers.

In addition to her professional endeavors, Lynda has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including one given her this past May when she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Alliance for Women in Media (The Gracies) for her pioneering role for women in television. A long-time advocate for equal and human rights, Lynda has supported many charities, including as a founding member of the National Race for the Cure (for breast cancer research), and for such other organizations as Father Martin’s Ashley, the U.S.O., Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House, God’s Love We Deliver, GLAAD, and many other charitable organizations. Proud of her Hispanic roots (her mother, Juana Cordova Carter was of Mexican descent), she was presented the Raul Julia Award from the National Hispanic Arts Foundation in Washington, DC last year. In April of 2018, Lynda will be honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To get all of the details about the event packages and limited ticket availability, please see our tickets webpage.

The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017. In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.

CA – DC Super Hero Girls Signing

Join The Perky Nerd for the release of DC SUPER HERO GIRLS TP VOL 03 SUMMER OLYMPUS with guests Shea Fontana and Monica Kubina, the writer & colorist of the hit series. We will start with a Q&A at noon for 30 minutes. After the Q&A panel, the ladies will be signing til 2pm. We will have the book for sale for you to buy and have Shea & Monica sign it during the event. Come dressed as your favorite character from the books. Celebrate the release of Volume 3 in the series with us and the SUPER team involved with this girl power book.

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The Perky Nerd
1606 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, California 91506
(818) 823-7511

IL – Wonder Woman #26 Signing

Writer Shea Fontana (DC Super Hero Girls) appears at Graham Crackers Comics’ Loop location on Thursday July 20th from noon till 3:00 PM!

Shea Fontana takes over writing duties on Wonder Woman beginning with issue #26 and she’ll be signing and talking comics with you and fellow fans!

ABOUT SHEA FONTANA:
Shea Fontana is a writer for film, television and graphic novels. Her credits include DC Super Hero Girls animated shorts, TV specials and movies, Justice League #22, Doc McStuffins, The 7D, Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets, Disney on Ice, and the feature film, Crowning Jules. She is currently writing an upcoming five issue arc for the Wonder Woman Rebirth comic.

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Graham Crackers Comics – CHICAGO LOOP
77 E. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602
312-629-1810

CA – Art of Wonder Woman Signing

Press Release:

Gallery Nucleus welcomes select artists from the film Wonder Woman. Join us on July 8th from 2:00 – 5:00 pm as the artists give us a behind the scenes look at the development of this exciting new film.

Featured Panelists / Artists:
Benton Jew – Illustrator
Anson Jew – Storyboard Artist
Court Chu – Concept Artist
Houston Sharp – Illustrator & Concept Artist
Craig Elliott – Illustrator & Concept Artist
Kelton Cram – Concept Illustrator
Jay Oliva – Storyboard Artist

Event Schedule:
2:00 – 3:00 Artist Discussion Panel
3:00 – 3:30 Q & A
3:40 – 4:00 Intermission
4:00 – 5:00 Book Signing

Admission:
FREE with the purchase of an Art of Wonder Woman book or $5 without purchase.

Event Guidelines:
Tickets can be purchased at the link.
– General Admission Pre-sale ticket holders are guaranteed entrance.
– Non-ticket holders ARE NOT guaranteed entrance if the event is sold out. We have a limited capacity in the gallery and cannot guarantee entrance for non-ticket holders.
– Due to time constraints, each attendee is allowed only 2 signing items per person. Artists will not be doing sketches.
– If you do not purchase a book from us for signing, and you bring your own book, then an outside signing fee of $10 will be charged at the door.

ALL SALES ARE FINAL. No refunds will be given if you cannot make the event.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

NYC – Phil Jimenez Appearance

Writer/artist Phil Jimenez, whose work includes Superwoman, Wonder Woman, The Invisibles, Fairest, New X-Men, and many more, appears at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM to celebrate Pride Month as part of MetFridays: New York’s Night Out.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave, New York, New York 10028
(212) 535-7710

HeroesCon 2017 Programming Available Now

HeroesCon 2017 programming is now available! Plan your weekend ahead of time.

FRIDAY JUNE 17

2:00 PM
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP I: CREATING MAQUETTES
Maquettes are a large part of the entertainment industry in film, animation, video games, sequential art, and toy design. John Larison In his 18 years at SCAD, he has helped to co-create four minors, ceramics, storyboarding, concept design, and action figure design will talk about and show you the different media applicable to sculpting maquettes, and go over the basics of maquette building during his workshop. Sculpting is not easy, but it is definitely fun. John will let those who come to his workshop play with the material and tools and learn about the cost involved for each material.

2:00 PM
Room 203A
MICHAEL GOLDEN
Back Issues’ own Eric Nolen-Weathington sits down with MICHAEL GOLDEN (The Nam, Punisher, and Micronauts (and practically everything else as well!)) for a career spanning retrospection. Don’t miss it.

2:00 PM
Room 206
COLOR OF FANDOM–DIVERSE COMICS FOR KIDS
COLOR OF FANDOM provides parents comic book recommendations with diverse protagonists that are appropriate for their elementary and middle school aged children. A child’s self-esteem is highly influenced by whether or not they see themselves reflected in the stories that they see and hear. Children that are exposed to diverse stories develop a greater sense of empathy for the world that they inhabit. ROBIN MCGLOTTEN and her team will offer their recommendations of some diverse comics for young readers from pre-school through middle school

2:00 PM
Room 207A
CURSE WORDS
Join the creators of Image Comics morally-reprehensible wizard comedy for a sinister science fantasy séance! CHARLES SOULE and RYAN BROWNE are joined by Nerdy Show’s Cap Blackard and A Comic Show’s Aaron Haaland to unlock the series’ dark secrets and answer Margaret fan mail.

2:00 PM
Room 207D
LICENSING in the COMIC INDUSTRY
Tom Heintjes from Hogan’s Alley talks about Licensing products—the challenges and rewards—with a team of stalwarts: STEPHANIE GLADDEN, JOE STATON, SCOTT SHAW! DAVE DORMAN, and GEORGES JEANTY

2:00 PM
Room 208
ZDARSKY AHOY!
HeroesCon’s own Jughead, DOUG MERKLE sits down with CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals, Jughead, Howard the Duck) and examines Chip’s comic’s career. Warning: the conversation is likely to fall into the TV-MA category

2:30 PM
Room 203B
QuickDraw–A HeroesCon tradition with your MC our Queen of QUICKDRAW, FANCY PANTS gives you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give her 20 minutes and all of your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age categories: 0-10, 11-15, and 16 to 99. The Quick-draw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! Be there! Pencil purloiners will be persecuted persistently.

3:00 PM
Room 207BC
IMAGE COMICS SELLS OUT*
*–OF ITS PRINT RUNS!! on a new crop of exciting books. Adam Daughhetee (Dollar Bin) chats it up with their creators: DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON (Extremity), DOUG WAGNER, (Plastic) IVAN BRANDON & GREG HINKLE (Black Cloud)

3:00 PM
Room 209/210
LEGION-DARY TALENT: BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Critic Craig Fischer sits down for a one-on-one chat with artist extraordinaire BILL SIENKIEWICZ, focusing on Sienkiewicz’s radical 1984-85 work on Marvel’s NEW MUTANTS title with writer Chris Claremont. During this run, Sienkiewicz and Claremont distorted, fractured, and reassembled superhero storytelling, and in the process inspired showrunner Noah Hawley to build a spectacular 2017 TV show, LEGION, around their NEW MUTANTS character David Haller. Join them for a deep dive into Sienkiewicz’s X-verse work and its mutation into LEGION.

3:30 PM
Room 203A
ARCHER
Heroes’ own proud outspoken member of the Witness Protection Program Jason Wheately sits down for a Sterling conversation with three of the brilliant folks who have worked on the hit FX show ARCHER: NEAL HOLMAN, KEVIN MELLON, and KATHRYN HUDSON

3:30 PM
Room 203B
COLOR COMMENTARY
With this year’s guest list boasting so many of comics’ best colorists, the biggest concern was fitting them all into one panel. Our solution? Have TWO! (The other is on SUNDAY!!!) Looking to demystify the coloring process and answer your questions in the first of two Color Commentary panels this weekend, moderator Greg Matiasevich (Multiversity Comics) is joined by colorists LAURA MARTIN, MATT WEBB, KELLY FITZPATRICK, MATT WILSON, and MARISSA LOUISE

3:30 PM
Room 206
SCIENCE IN COMICS & TEACHING SCIENCE WITH COMICS
Reed Richards! Ray Palmer! Barry Allen! Riri Williams! Tony Stark! Not only is there a ton of good science and scientists in comics, but as teachers know, comics can be used to teach STEM topics! Join science educators & communicators MATT and SHARI BRADY (TheScienceOf.org), CHRIS (Chemystery) PREECE along with artist Josh Reynolds for a lively panel about some great science moments in comics: Preece & Reynolds “Chemystery,” and how Deadpool, Gwen Stacy, Iceman and more are being used in classroom settings to teach STEM! Yes, we know it’s summer vacation, but come on in and learn some science from comics!

3:30 PM
Room 207A
Famous Monsters of Filmland master BASIL GOGOS
Legendary monster artist BASIL GOGOS has a dedicated fan following as chronicled in the best-selling Vanguard book, Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos. His original Famous Monsters magazine cover paintings of the 1960s and ‘70s are highly sought-after and he has works in the collections of filmmakers and rock stars including Rob Zombie, Johnny Depp, Nicholas Cage, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, and Benicio Del Toro. Catch this spookily special appearance of the Master of Monsters at his second Heroes Con appearance ever. Moderator: J. David Spurlock, the best-selling author of How to Draw Chiller Monsters, Werewolves, Vampires, and Zombies

3:30 PM
Room 207D
THE CRAFT OF COMICS
Comics isn’t just an art form- it’s a craft. And like any craft, it’s one that has to be continually honed. Join moderator Chris Brennaman (www.atlantageekscene.com) and creators JIM RUGG, ED PISKOR, EVAN DORKIN, MICHEL FIFFE, and NATALIE ANDREWSON as we spend the hour talking about the nitty-gritty of what goes into making a career of creating comics.

3:30 PM
Room 208
DEADPOOL AND HARLEY QUINN!!!
–two of the most unlikely superstars and their pioneer creators FABIAN NICIEZA and TERRY DODSON are joined by Jason Wood (the 11 O’Clock Comics podcast) to talk about the genesis and the rise in popularity of everyone’s favorite violent misanthropes. Come Monday morning, this will be the panel everyone is talking about!

4:00 PM
Room 201
SCAD WORKSHOP II: COMICBOOK STORYTELLING – A CRASH COURSE!
TOM LYLE, a 12 year SCAD Professor and accomplished comic artist who co-created Spoiler for DC and designed the SCARLET SPIDER is going to utilize his 25 years of experience as a comic book storyteller, in order to give you a rousing workshop that highlights the basics of comic book storytelling. He’ll help you find your own voice through the pictures you draw. Just like the big guys. Think you know storytelling? You’ll know it even better after this. Come and have a great time. No supplies needed.

4:30 PM
Room 207BC
COSPLAY: FABRICATION 101
Sometimes a cosplay needs more than fabric. We’ll talk about props, accessories and the items that don’t need a sewing machine, plus some great tips for staying on budget. Panelists: DJ Spider, Aaron Riven, Cherlyn Lambeth Moderator: Sean Patton

5:00 PM
Room 203B
LGBTQ+ COMICS, CHARACTERS & CREATORS
Celebrate the full spectrum of queerness on the comic page. Cap Blackard and Bryan Pittard of The Nerdy Show Network will discuss with TAMRA BONVILLAIN, TEE FRANKLIN, MICHELLE NOLAN, and ZORA GILBERT why representation is so important and how fiction can set you free!

5:00 PM
Room 206
HEROINES IN POP CULTURE: A DEBATE ON PROGRESS
Was Rogue One a feminist step forward with Jyn Erso as the lead, or was it more of the same from Hollywood with an almost entirely male set of supporting characters? Does Eleven from Stranger Things represent a welcome trend or is she an anomaly? Is Emma Watson’s Belle a modern role model or throwback damsel-in-distress? This panel-moderated by Craig Pohlman, Ph.D., Southeast Psych- will grapple with these questions and more as two teams of psychologists debate how much progress has been made with female power in pop culture. Dr. Megan Connell, Dr. Ryan Kelly, Lindsay Stewart, Emma Kate Wright, Jonathan Hetterly, and Julie Caskey

5:00 PM
Room 207D
OUT OF STEP ARTS (OoSA)
was founded by Neil Bramlette to support and promote emerging and established artists who are not only interested in working in comics, but also have interests in other forms of visual art cultures, story development and printed matter. From mainstream to DIY/Indi comics, editorial illustration to concept development, animation and beyond – Join NATHAN FOX, ANDREW MACLEAN, ALEXIS ZIRRITT, PAUL MAYBURY, LOGAN FAEBER, CHRIS VISIONS, and VANESSA DEL REY for a conversation with OOSA artists about how they defined their unique voices, maintain their art practice and get a rare glimpse into their craft, process and contribution as professional storytellers and myth makers.

5:00 PM
Room 208
COMIC BOOK STORYTELLING
Former Marvel Editor in Chief JIM SHOOTER explains the principles of visual storytelling. Using a slide presentation of Jack Kirby’s work on Captain America, Jim walks you through the cinematography of the graphic story and shows you how to make compelling images that deliver your story with power and precision. Essential knowledge for writers as well as artists

5:00 PM
Room 209/210
INKWELL AWARDS
Celebrate 7 years of recognizing and awarding comicdom’s finest inkers at Heroes Con with the at their live, annual awards ceremony on Friday the 16th at 5pm in rooms 209-210.
Joining our host & co-presenter Bob Almond and hostess & spokesmodel Ms. Inkwell:
GUEST OF HONOR JOE GIELLA!
And guest speaker: Timely/Atlas/Marvel legend ALLEN BELLMAN! Artist MIKE PASCALE as co-presenter! Surprise creator guests! See the live results of who was chosen on last April’s ballot as your favorite 2016 comic book ink artists! Who will enter the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame? And the FIRST 25 non-member/non-award recipient ATTENDEES will win a DOORPRIZE in a post-ceremony giveaway! Please join us!

5:30 PM
Room 203A
COMICS AND THE LIBRARY
Comics and graphic novels are an important and popular literacy tool for the modern library. This panel will share information about two local library collections, the importance of the format with regard to literacy development and some great materials offered for free at the library. Come with us– Angel Truesdale, Amanda Davis, Kapil Vasudev, Jamey Rorie, and Stacy Rue (All Charlotte area librarians!)- As we explore a brief history of comics and how libraries have had to fight to place comics in their collections. We’ll also discuss how you can have an effect on your library comic collection and where to find free library events focused on comics. We are excited to hear your suggestions, comments, and questions!

6:15-7:00 PM
HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410
LOOSE ENDS #4 HEROES VARIANT SIGNING
JASON LATOUR, CHRIS BRUNNER and RICO RENZI will be signing copies of the exclusive HEROESCON special variant of LOOSE ENDS #4 at the HEROES Booth 1408/1410

7:00 PM— THE CON IS CLOSED FOR THE DAY, BUT THE FUN DOESN’T STOP!!!!

7:30 PM –HEROESCON’S DRINK AND DRAW BEGINS AT THE WESTIN BALLROOM ACROSS THE STREET at the WESTIN HOTEL ‘natch!!
STOP BY AND BE A MULTI-TASKER: DRINK AND DRAW: COME CREATE SOME GREAT MEMORIES AND BUY SOME GREAT ART AND HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR TEAM CUL DE SAC AND PARKINSON’S RESEARCH!

SATURDAY JUNE 17

HURRY: ONLY ONE MORE SHOPPING DAY UNTIL INTERNATIONAL PANIC DAY (we are not making that up)
–Or–
HOW DO WE STAY SO FRESH, EXCITING AND VITAL AFTER 35 YEARS?
ONE WORD—‘MYLAR’

11:00 AM
Room 203A
TWOMORROWS, TWOMORROWS, we love them, TWOMORROWS!
ERIC NOLEN-WEATHINGTON (Modern Masters) sits down to discuss everyone’s favorite comic insider publications with ROY THOMAS (Alter Ego) and MICHAEL EURY (Back Issue)

11:00 AM
Room 203B
PREPRESS
Moderator MARISSA LOUISE sits down with NOLAN WOODARD, ERIC POWELL and KEVIN MELLON to discuss how to get your book ready for press! For the beginner or anyone working in mainstream comics. Maybe we’ll even go over paper types, printing types, and distribution!

11:00 AM
Room 207A
THE ART OF HORROR
Moderator Jittery JOE RAUCH talks about drawing dreadful stuff while creating exciting, beautiful art with ALISON SAMPSON, PAUL AZACETA, JAMES HARREN, and ANDY BENNETT

11:00 AM
Room 207D
MOTOR CRUSH
Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) sits with MOTOR CRUSH creators BRENDEN FLETCHER, CAMERON STEWART and BABS TARR to talk about their hit sci-fi/action/adventure series from Image Comics! How did they come together for this project? What inspired them? What’s it like working on their own creation as opposed to work for hire? When can we expect more?! Come on by this fun and laid back panel to hear them discuss all of this and more.

11:00 AM
Room 208
Capt. America, Agent of SHIELD & STERANKO
Legendary Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-creator JIM STERANKO is interviewed by his partner in crime, award-winning author, J. David Spurlock. Controversial topics include: The true Father of the graphic novel; why Captain America Winter Soldier is dedicated to Steranko who, has been called one of the 10 Toughest Guys in Comics; followed by the Flamingo Bar fight, motorcycles, death-defying escapes, redheads, Marvel, Spielberg and more. Don’t you miss it, Pal.

11:30 AM
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP III: DRAWING DYNAMIC ANATOMY FOR COMICS
Figure drawing is the single most important aspect of visual storytelling in cartooning and comics. Whether you are drawing super stylized images of fantasy characters, crime fiction detectives or superheroes, the ability to communicate through your figures is critical. Professor DOVE MCHARGUE will talk about and show you the different approaches to inventing dynamic figures based in correct anatomy for comics’ application through several drawing demos. There will also be a Q and A period at the end

11:30 PM
Room 209/210
ORIGINAL ART COLLECTING
Heroes Con has become one of the preeminent shows for original art collecting. Join Jason Wood of the 11 O’Clock Comics podcast as he leads a discussion about comic art collecting in its many forms. He’ll be joined by Felix Lu, Owner of Felix Comic Art (and a renowned collector in his own right) and artist DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON (one of the most in demand commission artists on the planet and also an avid collector) as they lead a collaborative, audience-driven conversation about the world of original art.

12:00 PM
Room 207BC
MARVEL at ART
Jason Wheatley talks art with three of the best around: SANFORD GREENE, NICK BRADSHAW, and WILFREDO TORRES. No hard-sell required for this one.

12:30 PM
Room 203A
THE OWLY HOOTIN’ANNY
It’s time for a HOOTIN’anny! Join moderator, Heather Peagler, super Librarian friend, Jennie Law, and OWLY creator, ANDY RUNTON for a fun filled hour of crafts, drawing, and entertainment. This ALL AGES panel will be a good time for the whole family. (Unattended children shall be provided with an egg full of sugar.)

12:30 PM
Room 203B
PRODUCTION DESIGN
ED PISKOR, MICHEL FIFFE, JARED FLETCHER, CHRIS PITZER, JIM RUGG talk with Aaron Kashtan (UNC Charlotte) about the actual book on the shelf. They’ll talk about the process, decisions and creativity that goes into making a publication attractive as well as functional.

12:30 PM
Room 207A
COMICS AREN’T REAL
A celebration of the unrealistic things that make comics great, from characters and stories to art styles to specific tools of comics’ storytelling. Gregg Schigiel (Pix, SpongeBob Comics) brings together a powerhouse panel for what’s sure to be a lively, entertaining discussion that might also be the realest. With: RYAN BROWNE, ALAN DAVIS, ULISES FARINAS, MEGAN LEVENS and JOEY WEISER

12:30 PM
Room 207D
VILLAINS IN POP CULTURE: PSYCHOLOGY OF EVIL
Heroes get to save the day, but villains make stories fun. This panel of psychologists moderated by Dave Verhaagen, Ph.D., Southeast Psych will explore villains across the pop culture landscape. What makes them tick? How do they come to their diabolical worldviews? What are their weaknesses? What makes them so intriguing to audiences? Panelists: Dr. Megan Connell, Dr. Craig Pohlman, Dr. Frank Gaskill, and Michael Critzer

1:00 PM
Room 208
HORROR WRITERS
Jumpy Joe Rauch finds out what it takes to make folks jump and scream and come back for more: PAUL JENKINS, DONNY CATES, EVAN DORKIN, and CHARLES SOULE provide the chills. Don’t look under the skirted table, you’ll be sorry!

1:00 PM
COSPLAY CLASS PHOTO
Location: Hall C Stage

Join us for our annual “Class Photos” at HeroesCon! The stage cannot hold the hundreds that now show up for this great photo op, so please be on time in order to get sorted to the right group.


1:00 PM
Room 209
JAWS WILL DROP, SIDES WILL ACHE… SUPER WEIRD HEROES! With CRAIG YOE!
A way-fun LOL multimedia show of the kookiest, kraziest, most bizarro leotard-clad bad-guy bashers of the Golden Age of comic books! SEE The Hand: a giant hand! SEE Madam Fatale: the first cross dressing superhero! SEE Kangaroo Man (Batman was taken!) SEE tons more nutty-cool heroes held up to reverence and ridicule! Based on the best-selling book, “Super Weird Heroes” (and its upcoming sequel) the stand-up comedy presentation is by the former Creative Director of the Muppets and now the Eisner-winning editor of IDW/Yoe Books, CRAIG YOE!. 20 laugh-riot cosplay changes in all! DON’T MISS THIS!

1:30 PM
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP IV “Drawing Costumes from Life”
Rockwell, Leyendecker, and modern contemporaries such as James Gurney, all draw inspirations of their subjects from costumed models. KIT SEATON presents a dynamic drawing session that examines techniques and stylistic choices for designing characters and costumes from observation.
Kit Seaton spent her youth backstage as a theatrical costume designer and director before deciding that she wanted to tell stories in words and pictures. She began creating web comics with playwright George Herman in 2011, and currently working on NORROWAY with sister and writer, Cat Seaton.

2:00 PM
Room 206
TEACHING COMICS SERIES: DEPICTIONS OF SOCIAL ISSUES IN COMICS
Comics are not created in a vacuum. They hold up mirrors to ourselves and our society. MICHAEL KOBRE, Professor in the English Department of Queens University, and NATHAN FOX, Chair of MFA Visual Narrative at SVA, bring their diverse backgrounds to the table as we discuss how comic books provide a unique platform to show social issues and perhaps bring about social change. Moderated by the creator of the Teaching Comics Series: SHAWN DAUGHHETEE

2:00 PM
Room 203B
QuickDraw—A HeroesCon tradition with your MC our Queen of QUICKDRAW, FANCY PANTS who gives you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give her 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age categories 0-10, 11-15, and 16 to 99. The QuickDraw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! TSA Officials will be on site to make sure those pencils never make it passed the graphite detectors. Do you think pencils grow on trees??? oh wait….

2:00 PM
Room 207AB
CONAN the DISCUSSOR
Know O Prince that everyone’s favorite cardiologist and REH scholar Scott Valeri will induce conversation so bold Kull himself will emerge from beneath the Hyborean waves to listen in. Doc V is joined by ROY THOMAS, RUDY NEBRES, GEOFF ISHERWOOD, and CARY NORD. This is going to be exciting conversation and yes, there is a doctor in the house.

2:15-3:00 PM
HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410
BABYTEETH #1 HEROES VARIANT SIGNING
DONNY CATES and CHRIS VISIONS will be signing copies of the exclusive HEROESCON special variant of BABYTEETH #1 available only at the HEROES Booth 1408/1410

2:30 PM
Room 207D
A TRIBUTE TO BERNIE WRIGHTSON
THOMAS YEATES, SCOTT HAMPTON, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, JOE JUSKO, and JOHN TOTLEBEN sit down with Joe Rauch to discuss the legendary work and the life of a great artist and friend, BERNIE WRIGHTSON. Join us won’t you. Here’s to absent friends.

2:30 PM
Room 208
THE MILKFED CRIMINAL MASTERMINDS PANEL
Join us for the THIRD annual Heroes Con Milkfed Criminal Masterminds Panel! Masterminds KELLY SUE DECONNICK and MATT FRACTION return with beloved collaborators including but not limited to CHIP ZDARSKY and TERRY DODSON — plus Milkfed’s Lt. Trouble, KIT COX and moderated by design queen Laurenn McCubbin. We’ll talk current projects, what’s new and what’s upcoming for Milkfed. There will be giveaways. There will be a trash fairy

2:30 PM
Room 209
EISNER AND KIRBY AT 100 (THE 2017 MEGA-PANEL)
Which centenary to celebrate, WILL EISNER’S or JACK KIRBY’S? Ben Towle, Jennie Law, and Craig Fischer—the hosts of this year’s mega-panel—have foolishly decided to tackle BOTH birthdays.
First is Eisner: Ben will interview HOGAN’S ALLEY publisher TOM HEINTJES, who worked closely with Will at Kitchen Sink Press during the 1980s and ‘90s, particularly on a monthly column that appeared in Kitchen Sink’s comic-book-sized SPIRIT reprints. Expect insights into both Eisner the artist and Eisner the man. Craig will follow by inviting two razor-sharp comics scholars, Drs. DANIEL YEZBICK and ANDREW KUNKA (himself one-half of the COMICS ALTERNATIVE podcast team), to collaborate with the audience on a close reading of an offbeat-yet-representative SPIRIT story.
Then Kirby: Jennie will guide a panel of super-fans—cartoonists JAIME HERNANDEZ, GILBERT HERNANDEZ, and ERIK LARSEN, and Titan Books editor STEVE SAFFEL—through a free-wheeling discussion about King Kirby’s groundbreaking career, multiple reinventions, and lasting influence. Finally, Ben will discuss the sheer oddness of Kirby’s mid-‘70s riff on 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY—a fitting place to end, since Eisner and Kirby were monoliths that pushed comics to higher evolutionary achievements.

3:00 PM
Room 203A
INSPIRATIONS
Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) moderates a motivational panel on what inspires cartoonists. Come see and hear BRIDGIT CONNELL (Brother Nash), ASHLEY LANNI HOYE, (Aspire), KATA KANE (Altar Girl), and CARA MCGEE (Over the Garden Wall) talk about what inspires them to create. Thoughts on art, music, literature, TV/film, pop culture and more and how it helps them along in their creative endeavors. Come discover some new things to inspire you and maybe even share your own!

3:00-3:45 PM
HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410
DKIII #1 HEROES VARIANT SIGNING
BRIAN STELFREEZE will be signing copies of the exclusive HEROESCON special variant of DK III #1 at the HEROES Booth 1408/1410

3:00 PM
Room 207BC
SOUTHERN BASTARDS
Glorious Bastards is more like it. We’ve got all the Bastards in one room: JASON LATOUR, JASON AARON, SEBASTIAN GIRNER, JARED FLETCHER, and CHRIS BRUNNER with Jason Wheatley alone to keep them all in line. Good luck.

3:30 PM
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP V– DYNAMIC CHARACTER DESIGN: The art of using basic shapes to create your own Heroes and Villains!
Have you ever had a great idea for your own amazing superhero or tortured villain, but didn’t know where to start when it comes to drawing it all out? In this workshop, we’ll explore simple but effective methods to help bring those characters to life using basic shapes like circles, squares, and triangles. We’ll also cover quick story creation details to really make those characters unique! Join Professor RASHAD DOUCET (Oni Press, Boom Studios, Lucasarts, Viz Media, and DC Comics’ Zuda branch) as he guides you through each step

4:00 PM
Room 203B
SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE
Moderator MARISSA LOUISE talks with BABS TARR, KRIS ANKA and JEN BARTEL about how an artist can create a compelling social media presence and maintain it without it taking over your life

4:00 PM
Room 207A
JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ AND LEE WEEKS ARE GOING TO DRAW and TALK…LIVE!!!!
Fred Chamberlain moderates: JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ AND LEE WEEKS are legends in the comic industry, their artwork is both distinct and lauded by both artists and comic fans around the world. Here is an opportunity to join Jose and Lee, learn more about them, as they sketch some of your favorite characters and answer your questions.

4:30 PM
Room 203A
ALL-STAR SQUADRON
One of the great pre- Crisis books of all time. All-Star Squadron was every retro-continuity and Earth 2 fans dream come true. Back Issues Michael Eury sits down with ROY THOMAS, JERRY ORDWAY and ARVELL JONES to discuss this wonderful and influential book. We shall also honor co-creator RICH BUCKLER, yet another absent friend.

4:30 PM
Room 207BC
COSPLAY 101
Thinking about your first cosplay? Don’t know where to begin? Our panel of experts can walk you through the basics of where to start, where to go, and how to manage it all without losing your mind (though that part’s debatable). Panelists: Mary Cahela, Aaron Riven, Sean Patton, Chris Burns, Miracole Burns
Moderator: DJ Spider

4:30 PM
Room 208
ARTIST’S ARTISTS
We have not had this much artistic talent in one place since the Medici’s formed Renaissance Comics back in the 16th Century. Come by and meet GERHARD, ANDREW ROBINSON, PAUL GULACY, and FRANK BRUNNER as they discuss their craft, their careers and their inspirations with Moderators extraordinaire Andy Kunka and Derek Royal from Comics Alternative

5:00 PM
Room 207D
ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS
Join Adam Daughhetee from the Dollar Bin as he talks to the minds behind Albatross Funnybooks: ERIC POWELL, LOGAN FAERBER, STEVE MANNION, FABIAN RANGEL JR., and JAKE SMITH
NOTE: Monty Python informs us that this panel does not come with any bloody wafers!!(Sorry, I had to)

5:00 PM
Room 209
JACK KIRBY’S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION WITH THE KIRBY MUSEUM
Need more Kirby??? Who doesn’t? As if you didn’t know it, this year is the 100th year since the birth of Jack Kirby! Museum Trustees, RAND HOPPE and TOM KRAFT will discuss and present the Museum’s efforts to celebrate, promote and preserve the King’s legacy.

5:15-6:00 PM
HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410
MOTOR CRUSH Volume 1 HEROES VARIANT SIGNING
BABS TARR, CAMERON STEWART and BRENDAN FLETCHER will be signing copies of the exclusive HEROESCON special variant of MOTOR CRUSH Volume 1 at the HEROES Booth 1408/1410

6:00 pm CONVENTION FLOOR CLOSES BUT THE ART AUCTION IS NOW OPEN—COME OVER TO THE WESTIN AND SPEND SOME HARD-EARNED SOMOLIANS ON SOME REALLY GREAT ORIGINAL ART

AND AN ADDED TREAT!!!
SPECIAL SHOW FOR ALL ATTENDING THE ART AUCTION:

6:30 PM
WESTIN BALLROOM
ODDBALL COMICS WITH SCOTT SHAW!
Cartoonist SCOTT SHAW! (Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, Sonic the Hedgehog, Simpsons Comics, Annoying Orange) once again presents ODDBALL COMICS his uniquely hilarious slideshow of “the craziest comic books ever published!” Once you’ve seen this mind-roasting presentation-which has played to standing-room-only crowds in San Diego for the better part of four decades-you’ll never forget such covers as those of the “crotch-centric” issues of Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane, those with someone getting slapped with a “fish-in-the-face,” and those Silver Age issues of Batman and Detective Comics with “Robin-in-the-corner!” Scott promises, “My hilarious presentation is for everyone who’s enjoyed reading a comic book, whether as an avid collector or as a young patient in a dentist’s office-in fact, even for people who have never read a single comic book in their life. Even if you’ve seen my acclaimed slideshow presentation many times before, when you see their covers blown up to the size of the side of a barn, you’ll be amazed and delighted at the unbelievable imagery that is revealed! See for yourself why Stan Lee calls Scott’s show “the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I’ve ever seen!”
AFTER SCOTT’S PROGRAM, AUCTION BIDDING BEGINS AT 8:00 PM,
CO-HOSTED BY DMC!!!!!!!

SUNDAY JUNE 18

12:00 PM
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP V—HAND LETTERING & TYPOGRAPHY FOR COMICS
Cartoonist and SCAD professor DAVID ALLEN DUNCAN presents the process of hand-lettering comics! Sick of ugly digital lettering or cruddy handwriting? Good hand-lettering is a sign of professionalism – ask any comics editor. Explore comics lettering techniques and materials in this hands-on workshop. Learn simple tips and tricks for dialog balloons, inflection, sound effects, display lettering, and incorporating typography into your comics. Pick up some of his mini-comics at www.gobnobble.com

12:00 PM
Room 206
MERCHANDISING
With interests in comics and comics’ culture reaching new heights, and the convention scene exploding, many of the industry’s creators have turned to merchandising their art and ideas to create a broader, more resilient income stream. Join Jason Wood (11 O’Clock Comics podcast) in a discussion with four of the industry’s most innovative merchandisers ANDREW MCLEAN, RICO RENZI, JIM MAHFOOD, and SARAH DYER to discuss how they’ve monetized their artistic efforts beyond the comic book page.

12:00 PM
Room 207A
GET YER Y.A. BOOKS OUT!
Moderator Aaron Kashtan (UNC Charlotte) talks to some of the most exciting creators in the ever-growing Young Adult comics market: MIKE MAIHACK, THOM ZAHLER, RIAN SYGH, ANDY HIRSCH and REBECCA MOCK

12:00 PM
Room 207BC
ANIMATION
A free-wheeling conversation with animation titans who’ve worked in television, film, advertising, and more, discussing process, experiences, and exploring the ever changing landscape of the art form. With: TOM BANCROFT, BOB CAMP, SEAN “Cheeks” GALLOWAY, and SCOTT SHAW! Moderated by Gregg Schigiel

12:00 PM
Room 207D
IMAGE NOW
In its 25th year, Image Comics is looking better than ever, Shawn Daughhetee sits down with KYLE STARKS, ALISON SAMPSON, ROB GUILLORY, JIM RUGG, and DONNY CATES to discuss the properties you need to read!

12:00 PM
Room 208
MARVEL TOWN HALL
Sergeant-at-arms Douglas C. (Needermeyer) Merkle publically pounds his gavel at ED BRISSON, MATTHEW ROSENBERG, CHARLES SOULE, and CHIP ZDARSKY, and discusses changes to existing zoning laws, looks into making Wednesday a weekly National Holiday and (if time remains) offer updates on all things MARVEL.

12:00 PM
Room 209/210
THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS
What do the two guys from Comics Alternative Derek Royal and Andy Kunka have to talk about with JAIME HERNANDEZ and GILBERT HERNANDEZ arguably the two finest and most consistent comics’ creators of the last 40 years? Quite a lot actually and if you’ve never heard The Bros. in conversation, you don’t know what you are missing.

12:30 PM
Room 203B
QuickDraw— A HeroesCon tradition with your MC our Queen of QUICKDRAW, FANCY PANTS who gives you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give her 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age categories 0-10, 11-15, and 16 to 99. The QuickDraw is held EVERY YEAR, so we need those pencils back!! We’ve placed state of the art tracking devices on each and every pencil. If you get itchy fingers, we’ll sniff you out and prosecute you to full extent of the law. But before all that– have fun!

1:00 PM
HeroesCon COSPLAY CONTEST
Location: Hall C Stage
Our 5th Annual Cosplay Costume Contest, emceed by DJ Spider.
Advance registration available online or in Hall C. Final registration/check-in from 11-12:30p, with the contest starting promptly at 1pm.
There will be prizes in various divisions for Adults (Masters and Novice), Teens (13-17) and Kids (12 and under). A panel of expert judges will determine the winners

1:15-2:00 PM
HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410
LOVE AND ROCKETS #1 HEROES VARIANT SIGNING
JAIME and GILBERT HERNANDEZ will be signing copies of the exclusive HEROESCON special variant of LOVE AND ROCKETS #1 at the HEROES Booth 1408/1410

1:30 PM
Room 203A
DIY PRESS
Chris Brennaman (www.atlantageekscene.com) talks about the challenges and rewards of self-publishing with a handful of talented entrepreneurs: ALEXIS ZIRITT, ERIC POWELL, ULISES FARINAS, CHRIS PITZER, KAMIKAZEE, and CHARLES FORSMAN

1:30 PM
Room 207BC
LATOUR LIVE DRAW(L)
JASON LATOUR (Southern Bastards, Loose Ends) shows everybody how it’s done. Just an artist and his ELMO* (yaaaaaaaaay!) and perhaps some special guest artists.
* –that is the technical name for a fancy- shmancy overhead and is in no way associated with NPB.

1:30 PM
Room 203B
THE BITCH PLANET GAMES
Join KELLY SUE DECONNICK to talk Bitch Planet and take up space — there are actual games here at the Bitch Planet Games. You’ll see.

1:30 PM
Room 206
ALLEN BELLMAN!!!!!
Tom Heintjes of HOGAN’S ALLEY sits down with legendary Timely/Marvel artist Allen Bellman (Captain America, Human Torch, Sub-Marnier, Young Allies, Marvel Mystery Comics—wow, it’s almost easier to list what he hasn’t drawn!)) for a career spanning conversation. Mr. Bellman has done it all, seen it all and most importantly (for us) drawn it all. You don’t want to miss the golden opportunity to listen to a legend

1:30 PM
Room 207A
TELLOS!
Join a handful of MIKE WIERINGO’S most notorious pals TODD DEZAGO, CRAIG ROUSSEAU, CASEY JONES, MATT WIERINGO, and RICH CASE as they tell tales on the late legendary artist and discuss his life, his laughter, and his legacy. Oh, and they’ll probably talk about the new Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute too, so you’ll wanna be there for that.

1:30 PM
Room 207D
GRAND LARSEN-Y
President of Image Comics (thanks Erik!) and the creator of the monthly Savage Dragon comic (thanks again!) ERIK LARSEN sits down to talk about his career in comics with Heroes Store Manager and persistently annoying and judgmental letter hack Justin Crouse. Erik and his legal team went to great lengths to ease up on the Restraining Order currently issued against Mr. Crouse. Besides being another billable hour for the lawyers, this will be an entertaining and informative conversation.

1:30 PM
Room 208
DMC
Famed hip-hop star DMC sits down to discuss his new comic book along with two of his talented collaborators, AMY CHU and DOMO STANTON. This will be an incredibly entertaining and fascinating hour, make sure you are here!

1:30 PM
Room 209/210
GERHARD: The Man in the Background
Celebrating 30 years of Cerebus the Aardvark! Meet half the team behind one of the most acclaimed graphic narratives of all-time, the master of meticulous detail and stunning surreal backgrounds: GERHARD. Join the artist and Nerdy Show’s Cap Blackard for a retrospective on working on Cerebus, illustrative tips and tricks, and other artistic explorations.

2:45-3:15 PM
HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410
DMC #2.5 HEROESCONS VARIANT SIGNING
DMC, AMY CHU and DOMO STANTON will be signing copies of the exclusive HEROESCON special variant of DMC #2.5 at the HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410

2:30 PM
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP VII– Social Advocacy in Comics
How do you make a difference in the world when you just draw silly comics? Comic artists don’t do that, comic artists don’t even sell comics, right? Wrong, shut up, go away, and no actually stay, because you can join comic artist, SCAD graduate student, and dollar-store-knight, JORDAN SCRIBNER (currently a freelance comic and illustration artist working primarily on his graphic novel, Batphish.) as he shows you how powerful comics can be when used to influence cultural change.
Come look at a rich history as comics as social advocates in racial, economic, and sexual issues while learning how to guide responsible and positive change with your art. Your voice is important and your art matters!

3:00 PM
Room 203A
Spotlight on BEN TEMPLESMITH
Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) sits down with BEN TEMPLESMITH to discuss his illustrious career illustrating illustrations! They’ll chat about old work, new work and upcoming work. From 30 Days of Night to Wormwood to Fell. With some Batman and Doctor Who as well! How did he develop his unique style? What inspires him? Come listen, learn and maybe even love! Hail, Squid!

3:00 PM
Room 206
COMICS CANON—BOOKS ABOUT COMICS
Last year, we argued for over two hours about the need for a Comics Canon and what comics and creators belong. We got nowhere and it was a blast. This year we are tackling Books ABOUT COMICS. What are the ESSENTIAL—Historical Anthologies, Biographies, Analytical Essays, Histories, How-to, BOOKS on the subject of COMICS? Join moderator Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter) and our resident brain trust: CRAIG FISCHER (Appalachian State) NATHAN FOX (SVA) DANIEL YEZBICK (St. Louis CC), AARON KASHTAN (UNC Charlotte) and MICHAEL KOBRE (Queens). AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS A MUST!!! This is a GREAT way to end a weekend filled with Comics love!

3:00 PM
Room 207A
MORE COLOR COMMENTARY
Boy, that first panel FLEW by, didn’t it? If you wanted to hear even more comics color talk, didn’t get a chance to have your question answered, or simply weren’t able to make the first session — fear not! Moderator Greg Matiasevich (Multiversity Comics) has lined up colorists NOLAN WOODARD, LAUREN AFFE, JORDAN BOYD, TAMRA BONVILLAIN, and DANIEL VOZZO for this follow-up panel on the theory and practice of coloring comics in today’s industry.

3:00 PM
Room 207D
COSPLAY AND BODY TYPE
Is there a “right type” of body for cosplay? The answer is NO! Join us as we discuss being comfortable in your cosplay regardless of whether you look like Superman or not. We’ll also touch on cross-play, Rule 63 and the stigma of body-shaming. Panelists: Aaron Riven, Sean Patton, Lindsay Stewart Moderator: DJ Spider

3:00 PM
Room 208
MODERN MASTERS
Modern Masters Series Editor Eric Nolen-Weathington sits down with three of his most talented and popular subjects all at one: JERRY ORDWAY, ALAN DAVIS, and LEE WEEKS. Call the sitter and tell them you can’t leave until this panel has finished!

3:00 PM
Room 209
THE ANNUAL INKING PANEL
Terence Hoskins (and Brandon Padgett) have outdone themselves this year. JOE RUBENSTEIN, JOHN TOTLEBEN, DEXTER VINES, KARL STORY, JOHN BEATTY, and JOHN GLAPION talkin’ and thinkin’ about nothin’ but Inkin’!!!! Not a flesh colored thumb in the room!

3:30-4:15 PM
HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410
TELLOS TRIBUTE VOLUME 1 HEROES SIGNING
TODD DEZAGO, CRAIG ROUSSEAU, CASEY JONES, MATT WIERINGO, and RICH CASE will be signing copies of the MIKE WIERINGO TRIBUTE: TELLOS VOLUME 1 available at the HEROES Booth 1408/1410


6:00 PM CONVENTION ENDS—SO BE UNCONVENTIONAL!!!!
“Convention people are roused to fury by departure from conventions, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.”
Bertrand Russell (sort of)
SO FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF BY ATTENDING NEXT YEAR JUNE 15-17, 2018

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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.

2017 ALA Conference Announces Graphic Novel & Comics Programming

Learn about the art of graphic novels, comics, illustration and how games and gaming inspire creativity and social interaction at the American Library Association’s annual conference on June 23-26, 2017! RSVP on Facebook!

Friday, June 23

5:45pm-6:35pm

DC’s Young Animal

DC’s Young Animal is a new publishing imprint spearheaded by Gerard Way, the acclaimed author of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY and best-selling musician. This new line of graphic novels is something different, inspired by the visionary work of DC’s experimental past, but shaped and focused by the absurdity of today. Join Way and some of today’s most innovative creators including Cecil Castellucci, Jody Houser, Jon Rivera, and Nick Derington, as they discuss their works DOOM PATROL VOL. 1: BRICK BY BRICK, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL VOL. 1: EARTH GIRL MADE EASY, CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE VOL. 1: GOING UNDER and MOTHER PANIC VOL. 1: WORK IN PROGRESS. This panel will discuss how the themes, characters and plot devices in these graphic novels from DC’s Young Animal will engage with readers and patrons like few other works in the industry can today.

Saturday, June 24

9:30am-10:20am

The Rise of Graphic Novels for Kids in Europe and the USA

European and American publishers and authors discuss the emergence of the format and its phenomenal rise internationally in the past decade. They will also look at the differences and similarities of working in comics in Europe and the USA.

10:30am-11:20am

Hazardous Tales and Science Fiction with Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel series NATHAN HALE’S HAZARDOUS TALES have exploded in classrooms and libraries around the country. With a seventh book on the way for Fall 2017, the craze that gets kids excited about history shows no signs of slowing. In this presentation, Nathan Hale will give the audience a sneak peek of the next Hazardous Tales book as well as discuss his recent science fiction graphic novel, ONE TRICK PONY.

11:30am-12:20pm

Spotlight on Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation with adapter Damian Duffy and illustrator John Jennings

More than 35 years after its release, Octavia Butler’s celebrated science fiction masterpiece, Kindred, continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings have adapted this iconic work into the graphic novel format, which instantly became a #1 New York Times bestseller. They will discuss the process of working with this mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century.
12:30pm-1:20pm

What Does An Idea Look Like? A Conversation About Creativity with Grant Snider, author of The Shape of Ideas

What does an idea look like? And where do they come from? An orthodontist by day and artist by night, Grant Snider, author of ’The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity’, had had comics featured in the Kansas City Star, the New York Times Book Review, as well as The Best American Comics in 2013. On this panel, he will share the secrets to his own creative process and share tips on how to keep ideas flowing. ’The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity’, is a collection of one- and two-page comics that provide insight into the joys and frustrations of creativity, inspiration, and process—no matter your age or creative background.

1:30pm-2:20pm

VIZ Media Presents – Manga!!

VIZ Media, the premier publisher of manga in the English speaking world, has released several hit series such as Naruto, Pokemon, and Ouran High School Host Club. Join us as we talk about which manga are currently the most popular on the scene as well as exciting new series coming soon!

2:30pm-3:20pm

Creator Spotlight: Jessica Abel

Writer/artist Jessica Abel has always been known for work outside the graphic novel mainstream. From her breakout work LA PERDIDA to her comics textbooks, Abel has displayed not only the ability to craft compelling stories but also a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the medium. Her latest series, TRISH TRASH: ROLLERGIRL OF MARS is the story of a mixed race teenager on Mars, struggling to escape economic oppression through a futuristic version of roller derby. Super Genius publisher Terry Nantier speaks with Abel about her long career and why TRISH TRASH is the heroine America needs right now.

3:30pm-4:20pm

Category or Genre: What’s Next for Graphic Novels?

With books aimed at everyone from young children to the most mature adults, there literally is a graphic novel for every reader. But does all this diversity mean we should rethink graphic novel sections in libraries? Should they take their place alongside more traditional books in sections ranging from biography to science fiction. Or does the unique nature of the medium (and its readers) drive a need for graphic novels to always have their own special place on the shelves?

4:30pm-5:00pm

DC Super Hero Girls Original Graphic Novels

Join DC Comics and writer Shea Fontana for a discussion on the DC SUPER HERO GIRLS original graphic novel line! With books such as FINALS CRISIS, HITS AND MYTHS and the new SUMMER OLYMPUS, these graphic novels developed for girls 6-12 have been a smash-hit success across libraries and bookstores alike. Shea will discuss how these new works from DC are relating to young girls everywhere, with themes of empowerment, friendship and teamwork prevalent throughout. Q&A to follow!

Sunday, June 25

9:30am-10:20am

How to write for children

An overview of graphic novels for kids, from classics (like “Tintin”, “Boule & Bill”, etc), right up to the present day. How do you think up a story for a three-year-old, an eight-year-old or a young-adult?

10:30am-11:20am

Comics at the frontier of a new literary movement

Comics are at a new height of popularity and cultural acceptance, but can artists and publishers ensure that this isn’t just a passing trend? Does the popularity of superhero comics help or hinder the consideration of the art form as a whole? Artists like Sam Bosma, Jen Lee & Elise Gravel are at the vanguard of taking comics beyond the public’s popular preconceptions, and they’ll discuss the shape of comics as a genre, a medium, and an art form. Learn how artists can use genre conventions to ease readers into a completely different side of the comics scene, and see what’s possible when artists are able to take you beyond your assumptions. The popularity of genre has given fans an introduction to the art of comics, and these panelists are using that to show the world that the future of the medium goes beyond any one category!

11:30am-12:20pm

Image Comics 25th Anniversary Celebration

Comic creators Ryan Browne, Marjorie Liu, Jim Rugg, Gregg Schigiel, Tim Seeley, and Skottie Young speak about their experience of Image Comics throughout the years & reflect on how the company’s history has impacted their own career trajectory. Discussion will touch on both specifics about Image and also how comics as a whole have evolved. Creators will talk about their inspirations, tell stories about times they were directly or indirectly affected by their industry role models, talk about upcoming titles, and discuss how they are carrying the torch forward! A raffle and short signing will take place at the close of the event.

12:30pm-1:20pm

Comics for Teens: Discovery in the Library

Librarians, authors and publishers discussing and sharing thoughts about aiding teens and YA readers in discovering comics/ YA Graphic novels. A look at what has worked in the past as well as what tools can be used to grow readership in this category.

1:30pm-2:20pm

A Monstress Discussion with Author Marjorie Liu

Marjorie Liu discusses the upcoming new volume in her critically acclaimed series, Monstress. The author will describe her creative process, including inspirations and research methods, and will take questions from the audience. A raffle and short signing will take place at the close of the event.

2:30pm-3:20pm

Check out Dynamite in 2017

A discussion of Dynamite’s exciting current and future releases.

3:30pm-4:20pm

Liberties at work and Creator’s ownership

Artists come together to discuss the different creative methods in France and the USA: liberty of choices, schedules, production, printing, etc. What does it means to be a French Artist?

Authors will also discuss the concept of ownership in France and in the USA : To whom does the work belong? What are the rights of an artist over their work?

Monday, June 26

9:30am-10:20am

Champion of the Graphic Novel: Will Eisner at 100 Years

Will Eisner was, and still is, one of the most influential forces in the comics and graphic novels publishing industry. This year we celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday with a conversation about his contribution and commitment to the idea of graphic novels as a true form of literature. The discussion will also cover the relationship between the library world and the growth of the comics industry and more specifically how librarians helped to define and grow the graphic novel category.

10:30am-11:20am

Tabletop Games 101

Playing Tabletop games in libraries is growing. As libraries expand their breadth, more and more library members are enjoying table-top games, played with real people, face-to-face, in libraries. But, what exactly are tabletop games? How do I tell board games from role-playing games, from card games? Which games are suitable for young people, and which will be enjoyed by an older crowd? This panel of gaming veterans including game publishers and distributors will cut the red tape so each library knows which games to bring in. At ALA Annual, Friday Games Night will give everyone an opportunity to play a variety of games and talk to publishers and distributors. Open gaming on the floor, during the day offers more opportunities to learn and have fun doing it.

11:30am-12:20pm

Disney Manga: family friendly fun!

With the explosion in popularity of manga, parents and librarians have rightfully been concerned about child-friendly titles. With TOKYOPOP’s Disney Manga line, we bring the magic of Disney to this popular form of graphic novels, providing families with a way to enjoy their favorite Disney characters and stories in manga style! With titles brought directly from Japan and our own original titles made in collaboration with Disney’s team, we want to break down the misconception that all manga is inappropriate for little ones and encourage young readers with this fun line of graphic novels.

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