“Behind every great hero, there are a whole lot of villains.” – Geoff Johns
NEW DOCUMENTARY NECESSARY EVIL: VILLAINS OF DC COMICS
LEGENDARY VILLAIN CHRISTOPHER LEE NARRATES
BURBANK, CA (March 26, 2013) – The Joker, Bane, Deathstroke, Darkseid and Lex Luthor — the scariest and most menacing villains in DC Comics’ universe — take center stage in a brand new full-length documentary from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) and DC Entertainment (DCE). The joint announcement was made today by WBHE and DCE.
Christopher Lee, who has played the villain more times than almost any other actor, will provide his unique voice as narrator. His roles in more than 200 films include star turns as Dracula, the Mummy and Frankenstein’s monster in Hammer horror classics, Count Dooku in Star Wars, and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit films.
In this new documentary film, the malevolent, sometimes charismatic figures from DC Comics’ hallowed rogues’ gallery will be explored in depth, featuring interviews with the famed creators, storytellers and those who have crafted the personalities and profiles of many of the most notorious villains in comic book history.
Production begins March 30, to coincide with WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center March 29-31.
Noted Geoff Johns, best-selling author and DCE’s Chief Creative Officer, “DC Comics is known for many things, but chief among them is the compelling, diverse and legendary society of super-villains who populate its universe. From the monstrous Solomon Grundy to the brutal Black Adam to the charismatic Sinestro, there is no single greater collection of villainy in all of fiction. These villains are hugely popular comic book characters in their own right and, quite honestly, many are often times more popular than some of our iconic super heroes.”
Jeff Baker, WBHE’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog, added “The DC brand is enjoying a huge resurgence thanks to the entire leadership team at DC Entertainment which is driving opportunities not only for new theatrical properties, but for brand extensions as well. This new documentary will reinforce this evolving strategy and leverage DC assets across the entire studio landscape.”
Johns also reiterated that this year’s initiative will be a turning point for DCE. “It’s time we deconstruct these complex and sinister antagonists and celebrate the role they play as the engine and energy of some of the greatest storytelling in comics. 2013 is the Year of the Villain at DC Comics.”
On Saturday, March 30th, fans attending WonderCon are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite DC Comics’ villain for an opportunity to be featured in the documentary Fans can join DCE at WonderCon at booth 801 with filming to take place Saturday from 10:30am – Noon. To find out more about where and what time to meet in the WonderCon DC Entertainment booth, keep checking the DC Comics Facebook (Facebook.com/DCComics) and Twitter sites (@DCComics).
Participation in upcoming ‘cons’ (Comic-Con International: San Diego and New York Comic Con) is anticipated, with a full release scheduled for later in the year.
IDW Publishing is pleased to announce a packed slate of panels, signings, and exclusive items being offered at this year’s WonderCon, being held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA from March 29-31. IDW can be found at Booth #709 all weekend long, selling books, giving out high fives, and trying not to disrupt surrounding booths with the blinding light of their awesomeness.
Signing Schedule – Booth #709
Friday March 29th
1:00 – 2:00 Godzilla – Chris Mowry
2:00 – 3:00 The Colonized, Zombies vs Robots, Kiss – Chris Ryall
3:00 – 4:00 My Little Pony – Amy Mebberson, Heather Nuhfer, Tony Fleecs (Check out the Wonder Con Exclusive My Little Pony Comic!)
4:00 – 5:00 Star Trek: TNG/Doctor Who, Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time – Scott Tipton, David Tipton
5:00 – 6:00 Adventures of Augusta Wind – J.M. DeMatteis
6:00 – 7:00 The Crow: Death and Rebirth – John Shirley
Saturday March 30th
11:00 – 12:00 The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom – Mark Waid
11:00 – 12:00 Artist’s Edition Meet & Greet! – Scott Dunbier & Guests
2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony – Amy Mebberson, Heather Nuhfer, Tony Fleecs (Check out the Wonder Con Exclusive My Little Pony Comic!)
3:00 – 4:00 Star Trek: Countdown Into Darkness, Star Trek Ongoing – Mike Johnson
4:00 – 5:00 Transformers “Jam” Signing – John Barber, Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott, Chris Metzen, Flint Dille
5:00 – 6:00 G.I. JOE: Cobra Files – Mike Costa
Sunday March 31st
12:00 – 1:00 Star Trek: TNG/Doctor Who, Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time – Scott Tipton, David Tipton
1:00 – 2:00 Transformers “Jam” Signing – John Barber, Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott
2:00 – 3:00 Love and Capes – Thom Zahler
Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition: Limited, Signed & Numbered – $300.00
Gil Kane’s Amazing Spider-Man: Limited, Signed & Numbered – $250.00 (Signed by Stan Lee, John Romita, Gerry Conway, and Roy Thomas!)
Dave Stevens’ Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition: Limited – $125.00
MAD Artist’s Edition: Limited – $175.00
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Collection, Vol. 4: Limited Edition – $50.00
My Little Pony #6 Convention Variant Cover – $10.00
Transformers Spotlight: Bumblebee: Convention Variant Cover – $5.00
Friday, March 29th
5:30–6:30 IDW: Spotlight on Artist’s Editions!
The IDW Artist’s Edition Panel this year will include several announcements of upcoming books, including one with a surprise guest star in attendance! Senior Editor Scott Dunbier will be on hand to talk about all things Artist’s Edition related and will have several cool prizes for lucky attendees–Hoo Hah! Room 208B
Saturday, March 30th
12:30-1:30 IDW: The Big Panel!
Join Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall and VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, along with a cavalcade of IDW creators, past, present and future…including Scott Dunbier, John Barber and Star Trek scribe Mike Johnson! Announcements, prizes, Q&A, semi-professional wrestling, and more! Room 208B
Sunday, March 31st
2:30-3:30 IDW: Behind the Hasbro Titles
Join Editor John Barber along with a veritable who’s who of creators on all your favorite Hasbro books! Mike Costa of G.I. JOE fame! Mairghread Scott, Livio Ramondelli, and more from Transformers! Amy Mebberson and Heather Nuhfer from My Little Pony! Announcements and inside info you won’t believe! Room 208B
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.
IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Warner Brothers and Barry Sonnenfeld are attached to adapt LORE into a feature film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, with Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.
WonderCon to Remain in Anaheim for 2013; Special Guests Include Dean Koontz, Marjorie Liu, Doug Mahnke, Etc.
Comic-Con posted the following announcement to their website concerning WonderCon 2013:
We have been waiting for information on the availability of the Moscone Center and were just officially offered dates, though they were for the fall.
However, those dates coincide with another very large city wide event, and this has resulted in some unavoidable conflicts. Among them hotel room blocks we explored near, and not so near, the Moscone Center started at $300 per night.
This, along with the expected difficulty of exhibitors and attendees in securing airfare for those outside of driving distance of San Francisco for that weekend, has resulted in us not being able to secure San Francisco as a location for WonderCon in 2013.
However, because we knew there was a possibility of not being able to return to San Francisco, we have scheduled WonderCon: Anaheim to be held March 29-31, 2013. Hopefully we will be able to return WonderCon to San Francisco sometime soon.
And here is some additional information:
Comic-Con International Presents WonderCon Anaheim
March 29-31, 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center
WonderCon returns to the Anaheim Convention Center Easter weekend, March 29-31, for three big days of comics and popular arts fun! After a very successful first event in Anaheim in the spring of 2012, WonderCon Anaheim 2013 will include a giant Exhibit Hall (this year in Halls A and B of the Convention Center), multiple programming tracks, plus the Masquerade, Anime, Games, and much more.
Early details on the event include ten special guests who have been confirmed for the March show: Dean Koontz (author, Odd Thomas series, Frankenstein series), Marjorie Liu (writer, Astonishing X-Men), Doug Mahnke (artist, Green Lantern), Ann Nocenti (writer, Green Arrow, Katana), Jason Palmer (artist/illustrator, Indiana Jones Blu-ray set, Serenity, Star Wars), Dan Slott (writer, Superior Spider-Man), Jeff Smith (cartoonist, Bone, RASL), Steranko (writer/artist, Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and WonderCon friends cartoonist Sergio Aragonés and writer Mark Evanier. (More guests are coming soon…check back for details!)
You Can Exhibit at WonderCon Anaheim 2013!
WonderCon Anaheim offers exhibitors — including retailers, publishers, artists, and other creative folk — a number of opportunities to showcase their work and product at the event. Booths and table space are available. Click here to download the WonderCon Anaheim 2013 Exhibitor Application.
More information is coming soon about WonderCon Anaheim 2013. Check back for info regarding hotel reservations, additional special guests, badge sales, and more. Bring the family and spend Easter weekend at WonderCon Anaheim right next door to the Walt Disney Theme Parks!
Kia and DC Presenting 8 Justice League-Themed Vehicles at NYCC 2012, SDCC 2013, and WonderCon 2013 to Benefit “We Can Be Heroes”
KIA MOTORS AND DC ENTERTAINMENT BAND TOGETHER TO CREATE A FLEET OF JUSTICE LEAGUE-INSPIRED VEHICLES FOR HUNGER-RELIEF EFFORT
Legendary Comic Artist Jim Lee is Overseeing the Creative Direction of Eight Individually Customized and Characterized Superhero Vehicles to be Unveiled at Major Events Around the Country Over the Next Ten Months
- Batman-themed Optima will be first to be unveiled the same week as New York Comic-Con on October 10
- As part of the partnership, Kia is teaming up with DC Entertainment’s “We Can Be Heroes” campaign to help fight hunger in the Horn of Africa
IRVINE, Calif., Oct 3, 2012 - Kia Motors America (KMA), one of the fastest-growing car companies in the U.S has joined forces with renowned comic book publisher DC Entertainment, to bring the World’s Greatest Super Heroes to life by combining automotive styling with comic book art. The partnership, which will yield eight individually customized vehicles, harnesses the talents of legendary comic book artist and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee, who has collaborated on the design of each car with his vision for each iconic member of DC Comics’ Justice League.
Each core member of the Justice League line-up – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg – has been matched to a Kia vehicle based on key attributes and character traits to create custom, one-of-a-kind rides to be unveiled over the next ten months at major auto shows and comic conventions across the U.S.
The Kia-DC Entertainment partnership will yield a total of eight vehicles timed to be unveiled around five major events around the U.S., including New York Comic-Con, SEMA Show in Las Vegas, North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Wonder-Con and San Diego Comic-Con. Many of Kia’s most recognizable and decorated models – the Optima, Soul, Sorento, Sportage, Rio and Forte will wear the iconic colors and marks of the legendary Justice League Super Heroes and be built by West Coast Customs, RIDES magazine, Import Tuner magazine and others.
“Kia and DC Entertainment are both global brands sharing a youthful and creative mindset, and both serve to inspire and exhilarate their respective fan bases.” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. “This partnership will allow us to band these two great brands together in an effort to make the world a better place through the ‘We Can Be Heroes’ campaign. And with Jim Lee’s vision combined with the efforts of some of the best customizing shops in the business, it’s going to be a lot of fun unveiling these cars around the country.”
The partnership between KMA and DC Entertainment was conceived to benefit “We Can Be Heroes” (www.WeCanBeHeroes.org), a giving campaign, dedicated to helping fight hunger in the Horn of Africa and inspired by the heroism of the iconic Justice League characters. “We Can Be Heroes” encourages everyday people to join the fight by getting involved and donating to bring help and hope to the people most affected by the hunger crisis. Each vehicle will feature a customized piece of Lee’s specially-designed artwork to be auctioned at the conclusion of the program with all net proceeds going to the “We Can Be Heroes” program. In addition to the seven vehicles inspired by the individual superhero characters, the Kia-DC Entertainment partnership will culminate with a fully-drivable custom car that encompasses each member of the Justice League that will be auctioned off to raise money for the cause. Kia will help to raise awareness for the “We Can Be Heroes” campaign throughout the partnership through customized “We Can Be Heroes” license plates, signage, collateral materials and in-vehicle video displays.
“DC Entertainment is pleased to be partnering with Kia on this program to help raise awareness and funds for the devastating hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa,” said Amit Desai, SVP of franchise management, DC Entertainment. “Each of the iconic members of the Justice League is a superhero in his or her own right, but when they band together as the Justice League, they become an unstoppable force for good and right. The Justice League reminds us that when we combine our efforts with others, we can create a world of change. And that we can do all that and more with style and panache. The Justice League characters look amazing on some of Kia’s best-looking and technologically-advanced vehicles.”
To learn more about “We Can Be Heroes” and ways to get involved, visit www.WeCanBeHeroes.org.
J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner, Executive Producers from Fringe, spoke to the press at WonderCon in Anaheim, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.
Seth Gabel from Fringe spoke to the press at WonderCon in Anaheim, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.
Blair Brown from Fringe spoke to the press at WonderCon in Anaheim, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.
John Noble from Fringe spoke to the press at WonderCon in Anaheim, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.
Gillian Jacobs from Community spoke to the press at WonderCon in Anaheim, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.
When I first heard that WonderCon was going to be in Anaheim this year, I was partially thrilled, only because I’d save money on airfare and hotel stays. However, I completely forgot that SF has one thing over LA, which is less traffic.
Due to horrible weather over the weekend, in conjunction with two other events going on in the same venue (a cheerleading competition and a volleyball tournament), Anaheim was definitely overcrowded. To be honest, I can’t wait for this show to move back to San Francisco where I feel it truly belongs.
The show itself didn’t seem like the normal WonderCon. Perhaps because it was in the same venue as Wizard World Anaheim, it felt like a bigger version of it. Hollywood’s presence was definitely felt at the show, with big showings of Prometheus with Sir Ridley Scott in attendance, to Spider-Man’s Emma Stone, along with the casts of popular TV shows Community, Fringe, and Alcatraz, WonderCon’s star power was bright.
Artist’s Alley was in full swing, with many transactions occurring over the weekend. And while it didn’t seem too crowded, there was definitely a lot of hustle and bustle, and the show seemed to always be busy.
Again, while this weekend may have been a success, I definitely miss the atmosphere of San Francisco, and while it’s cheaper, it’s definitely worth the money to visit the Bay Area and enjoy the sights and sounds that Northern California has to offer.
I couldn’t take too many pictures as my battery was extremely low over the weekend, but here’s a look at some of the things WonderCon had to offer!