Category Archives: Conventions

Dark Horse Delivers Ten New Series This Summer

At Emerald City Comicon, Dark Horse Comics announced ten new comic series that’ll debut this summer.

Barb Wire #1

Chris Warner (W)
Patrick Olliffe (A)
On Sale in July

Nail-hard tough and drop-dead gorgeous, Barb Wire is the baddest bounty hunter on the mean streets of Steel Harbor, where gangsters can lift bulldozers and leap rusting factories in a single bound. The hunting is stupid good and the bounties are hella big—if Barb lives long enough to collect!

BARB WIRE

King Tiger #1

Randy Stradley (W)
Doug Wheatley (A)
On Sale in August

Blood, death, and fire—the darkest kind of magic. A monstrous secret from King Tiger’s past has found the mystic warrior, but can Tiger’s skills and sorcery triumph against an unthinkable supernatural obscenity linked to his own destiny? If the Tiger falls, the Dragon will rise!

KING TIGER

Negative Space #1

Ryan K Lindsay (W)
Owen Gieni (A)
On Sale in July

When one man’s writer’s block gets in the way of his suicide note, he goes for a walk to clear his head and soon uncovers a century-old conspiracy dedicated to creating and mining the worst lows of human desperation. A corporation has manipulated his life purely so they can farm his suicide note as a sadness artifact that will be packed and shipped to ancient underwater creatures who feed off our strongest and most base emotions. Our hero partners with a cult intent on exposing the corporation, and only a suicide mission can solve the whole mess.

NEGATIVE SPACE

The Tomorrows #1

Curt Pires (W)
Jason Copland (A)
On Sale in July

A bold new speculative-fiction comic from the mind of writer Curt Pires, each issue illustrated by a different brilliant artist!

The future: art is illegal. Everything everyone ever posted online has been weaponized against them. The reign of the Corporation is quickly becoming as absolute as it is brutal—unless the Tomorrows can stop it.

They told you the counterculture was dead. They were wrong. Welcome to the new reality.

TOMORROWS

Death Head #1

Zack Keller, Nick Keller (W)
Joanna Estep (A)
On Sale in July

When Niles and Justine Burton go camping to get a break from their stressful lives, they expect to find peace . . . not an abandoned village hiding an ancient evil. In a turn of events ripped straight from a horror movie, a brutal killer wearing a plague doctor’s mask begins hunting Niles, Justine, and their two kids. Who is the Plague Doctor? What does he want? And how will the family survive?

DEATH HEAD

Zodiac Starforce #1

Kevin Panetta (W)
Paulina Ganucheau (A)
On Sale in August

They’re an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests. They’re also battling monsters—not your typical afterschool activity! But when an evil force from another dimension infects team leader Emma, she must work with her team of magically powered friends to save herself—and the world—from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions!

From Kevin Panetta (Bravest Warriors) and Paulina Ganucheau (TMNT: New Animated Adventures, Bravest Warriors), this super-fun and heartfelt story of growing up and friendship—with plenty of magical-girl fighting action—delivers the most exciting new ensemble cast in comics!

ZODIAC STARFORCE

Adam.3 #1

Scott Kolins (W/A)
On Sale in August

Award-winning writer and artist Scott Kolins (Past Aways, The Flash, The Avengers, Solomon Grundy) premieres Adam.3.

On a futuristic island paradise populated by talking animals and monitored by orbiting control satellites, the peaceful lives of Adam and his wife Skye are troubled by growing tension between Adam and his previous son, Beo. The situation goes from bad to worse when an alien invader infects the animals—turning them into aliens themselves. When Beo is captured, Adam must battle his transformed animal friends to save his son—and their island home!

ADAM3

Power Cubed #1

Aaron Lopresti (W/A)
On Sale in September

On his eighteenth birthday, Kenny’s inventor father gives him a phenomenal piece of matter-reinterpreting technology, attracting the attention of a bumbling Nazi scientist and an elite government agent. Aaron Lopresti delivers a comical coming-of-age tale in a fantastic sci-fi universe!

POWER CUBED

The Steam Man #1

Mark Miller (W)
Joe R. Lansdale (W)
Piotr Kowalski (A)
On Sale in October

The Old West (but not as we know it): Giant robots that run on steam power are created to take down invading Martians and armies of killer albino apes in an all-out brawl. The Steam Man, a giant metal man operated by a team of monster hunters, seems to have the town protected and the West under control, until a crazed and powerful vampire comes to town to bring forth the apocalypse.

STEAM MAN

Chimichanga: Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face #1

Eric Powell (W)
Stephanie Buscema (A)
On Sale in late 2015

Wrinkle’s Traveling Circus’s most adorable bearded girl and her savory-named beast are back, and there is a new act in store! Come one, come all to the Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face! But beware: those who look behind the curtain are in for an awful treat, and it’s not just his face we’re talkin’ about!

CHIMICHANGA

comiXology says “We’re Hiring” at Emerald City Comicon

comixology tshirtComiXology is heading to Emerald City Comicon with panels giveaways and a party where they’ll mix and mingle with motivated comics fans eager to learn about how to join the comiXology team! The Seattle based show runs from Friday, March 27th to Sunday, March 29th at the Washington State Convention Center.

With nearly 30 open positions in New York City and Seattle, comiXology is utilizing Emerald City Comicon as an opportunity to get the word out on their expansion. On Saturday night, comiXology will be hosting a party, open to the public with free drinks while supplies last and limited edition t-shirts available first come first serve. There attendees will be able to talk directly to comiXology’s CEO and co-founder David Steinberger, CTO Jeff DiBartolomeo, and other comiXologists who will be available to discuss positions at comiXology.

During ECCC, comiXology will be hosting a number of panels for comic fans and job seekers alike. On Friday, join comiXology and other great panelists at the Comics: Where to Begin? panel for personal recommendations to help you find comics you’ll love. For creators and cartoonists interested in digital self-publishing, the ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing is a don’t-miss panel. Capping off the weekend on Sunday is the Hire Me! Panel, focused on pursuing jobs in the comics industry as a whole – not just comiXology.

At each panel, comiXology will be passing out limited edition t-shirts, free comics, and Kindle Fire tablets to lucky attendees of the panels.

Here’s a list of all the comiXology events at Emerald City Comicon this weekend:

Party:

ComiXology Hire Me Party
Ninkasi Beer Garden
Washington State Convention Center 1st Floor
(Under the Escalators)
Date: Saturday, March 28th
Time: 8:00PM – 11:30PM

Panels:

Comics: Where to Begin?
Room: Hall G (TCC 305)
Date: Friday, March 27th
Time: 2:10PM – 3:00PM

Join comiXology‘s co-founder and CEO David Steinberger and Hank Kanalz (SVP Editorial Strategy & Administration at DC Entertainment), Allison Baker (IDW, Monkeybrain Comics), Chris Roberson (Monkeybrain Comics) and Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes co-creator, BOOM! Box Editor) as they personally recommend comics, graphic novels and manga that are just right for you! Moderated by comiXology‘s marketing maven Chip Mosher.

ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing
Room: Hall E (TCC 303)
Date: Saturday, March 28th
Time: 2:50PM – 3:40PM

Join John D. Roberts (Director of comiXology Submit) along with breakout Submit creators Erika Moen (Oh Joy, Sex Toy), Janelle Asselin (Publisher, Rosy Press), Jody Houser (Cupcake POW!), Fabian Rangel Jr. (Doc Unknown), and Hope Nicholson (Publisher of Nelvana of the Northern Lights), for a tell-all discussion and how you too can publish through comiXology Submit, comiXology’s digital self-publishing platform.

Hire Me! From Comics Fan to Comics Professional
Room: Hall D (TCC 302)
Date: Sunday, March, 29th
Time: 12:30PM – 1:20PM

Join David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder and CEO) and Hank Kanalz (SVP Editorial Strategy & Administration at DC Entertainment), Michael Marts (Executive Editor at Marvel Comics), Jacq Cohen (Fantagraphics Books, Inc. Director of Publicity & Promotions), Jen Vaughn (Fantagraphics Books Marketing and Outreach Manager), and Christine Dinh (BOOM! Studios Brand Communications Manager) as they impart the knowledge you need to get your foot in the door in the comic book industry.

Image Heads to Emerald City Comicon

Image Comics will be returning to Seattle this year for Emerald City Comic Con on Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29.

Check out the details of what you can expect at the show from Image below.


VARIANTS SOLD AT THE IMAGE BOOTH (#312):

  • LOW, VOL. 1 hardcover by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini, $35
  • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #9 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, $5 (also available at creator table #II-06)
  • DESCENDER #1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, $5 (also available at creator table #Y-05)

VARIANTS SOLD AT CREATORS’ TABLES:

  • SEX CRIMINALS, VOL. 2 hardcover by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, $40 (Table #II-04)
  • WAYWARD, VOL. 1 hardcover by Jim Zub and Steven Cummings, $30 (Table #HH-11)
  • DESCENDER #1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, $5 (#Y-05, also available at Image booth #312)
  • INVISIBLE REPUBLIC #1 by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, $10 (#HH-05)
  • WAYWARD #6 variants by Jim Zub and Steven Cummings, starting at $5, blank sketch covers for $10 or $25 with sketch (Table #HH-11)
  • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #9 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, $5 (also available at Image booth #312)

PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS:

Friday 3/27, Image Comics Presents: ART!
3:30 – 4:20 PM, Hall D (TCC 302)

Image Comics is proud to publish some of the best and brightest artists in comics. Join Benjamin Dewey (TOOTH & CLAW), Jamie McKelvie (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE), Leila Del Duca (SHUTTER), Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), Wes Craig (DEADLY CLASS), Dustin Nguyen (DESCENDER), and James Harren (RUMBLE) as they discuss creating, influences, learning, and finding your voice.

Saturday 3/28, Image Comics Presents: Your New Favorite Comics
11 – 11:50 AM, Hall C (TCC 301)

Creator-owned comics work because YOU support them. Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS), Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS), Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE), Brandon Graham (PROPHET), Joshua Williamson (BIRTHRIGHT), Kurtis Wiebe (RAT QUEENS), Rick Remender (BLACK SCIENCE), and Greg Rucka (LAZARUS) create some of your favorite comics. How? Why? There’s only one way to find out.

Sunday 3/29, Image Comics Presents: Something For Everybody
2:30 – 3:20 PM, Hall D (TCC 302)

Whether you like crime, westerns, sci-fi, fantasy, or genre mash-ups, Ivan Brandon (DRIFTER), Kelly Sue DeConnick (BITCH PLANET), Jay Faerber (COPPERHEAD), Megan Levens (MADAME FRANKENSTEIN), Joe Keatinge (SHUTTER), Jeff Lemire (DESCENDER), Kurt Busiek (THE AUTUMNLANDS: TOOTH & CLAW), and Landry Walker (DANGER CLUB) know that genre is just a starting point for endless storytelling possibilities. Come pick their brains.


SIGNINGS HOSTED AT IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#312):

FRIDAY, MARCH 27
12  – 12: 45 PM: Landry Walker

1 – 1:45 PM: Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen
1 – 1:45 PM: Paul Maybury
1 – 1:45 PM: Matt Fraction

2 – 2:45 PM: Brian Joines
2 – 2:45 PM: Justin Jordan
2 – 2:45 PM: Ryan Ottley

3 – 3:45 PM: Steve Orlando
3 – 3:45 PM: Kyle Higgins
3 – 3:45 PM: Kelly Sue DeConnick

4 – 4:45 PM: Jacob Semahn
4 – 4:45 PM: Megan Levens
4 – 4:45 PM: Joshua Williamson

5 – 5:45 PM: Otis Frampton
5 – 5:45 PM: Ed Brisson & Johnnie Christmas
5 – 5:45 PM: Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera

SATURDAY, MARCH 28
11 – 11:45 AM: Michael Moreci
11 – 11:45 AM: Chris Burnham

12  – 12:45 PM: John Layman
12  – 12:45 PM: Greg Rucka
12  – 12:45 PM: Landry Walker

1 – 1:45 PM: Nick Dragotta & Tom Fowler
1 – 1:45 PM: Anthony Johnston & Justin Greenwood
1 – 1:45 PM: Ryan Ottley

2 – 2:45 PM: Frank Barbiere & Chris Mooneyham
2 – 2:45 PM: Matt Fraction
2 – 2:45 PM: Joe Eisma

3 – 3:45 PM: Joshua Williamson
3 – 3:45 PM: Rick Remender & Wes Craig

4 – 4:45 PM: Joe Keatinge & Leila del Duca
4 – 4:45 PM: Jay Faerber & Brian Joines

5 – 5:45 PM: Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen
5 – 5:45 PM: Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman

6 – 6:45 PM: Ken Kristensen
6 – 6:45 PM: Riley Rossmo

SUNDAY, MARCH 29
11 – 11:45 AM: Kelly Sue DeConnick
11 – 11:45 AM: Landry Walker
11 – 11:45 AM: Joe Keatinge & Leila del Duca

12  – 12:45 PM: Kurtis Wiebe & Tyler Jenkins
12  – 12:45 PM: Brandon Graham & Simon Roy

1 – 1:45 PM: Kurt Busiek & Benjamin Dewey
1 – 1:45 PM: Ivan Brandon
1 – 1:45 PM: Matt Fraction

2 – 2:45 PM: Tim Seeley
2 – 2:45 PM: Stuart Moore & Gus Storms

3 – 3:45 PM: Nick Pitarra


IMAGE CREATORS IN ARTIST ALLEY:
Barbiere, Frank O-09
Bechko, Corinna HH-05
Brandon, Ivan H-05
Brisson, Ed HH-07
Burnham, Chris T-01
Busiek, Kurt HH-02
Canete, Eric Q-12
Christmas, Johnnie P-06
Craig, Wes CC-06
DeConnick, Kelly Sue II-03
Del Duca, Leila DD-11
Dewey, Benjamin 1214
Dodson, Terry C-19
Dragotta, Nick O-06
Eisma, Joe HH-06
Faerber, Jay GG-02
Fawkes, Ray W-06
Fowler, Tom HH-04
Fraction, Matt II-04
Gillen, Kieron II-06
Glass, Bryan J.L. Z-01
Graham, Brandon DD-12
Greenwood, Justin G-14
Hardman, Gabriel HH-05
Harren, James O-07
Jenkins, Tyler P-07
Joines, Brian GG-02
Jordan, Justin Q-09
Keatinge, Joe DD-11
Layman, John GG-01
Lemire, Jeff Y-05
Lenox, Emi Y-06
Levens, Megan E-12
Maybury, Paul A-13
McKelvie, Jamie II-05
McNeil, Carla Speed F-14
Mooneyham, Chris O-08
Moore, Stuart P-11
Moreci, Michael HH-06
Nguyen, Dustin Y-04
Ottley, Ryan Q-08
Pitarra, Nick O-05
Remender, Rick CC-05
Robertson, Darick R-03
Rossmo, Riley O-05
Roy, Simon DD-12
Rucka, Greg F-09
Scalera, Matteo Q-10
Seifert, Brandon II-11
Stewart, Dave A-10
Templesmith, Ben W-07
Wiebe, Kurtis J. P-06
Williamson, Joshua J-07
Wilson, Matt II-07
Zub, Jim HH-11

Gen Con Releases a New Statement Concerning Indiana’s SB 101

We’ve been covering Gen Con‘s reaction to SB 101, the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” Gen Con, which threatened to leave the state if passed, has issued a new statement about the legislation being signed into law calling the decision “disappointing,” and “not unexpected.”

The short version, the convention has a contract to stay in Indianapolis until 2020, however bidding on where the convention will head after that begins about 5 years out, so in other words, within the next year.

The convention said in the mean time, they will focus on inclusion and fun. They have also want to hear about any positive or negative experiences with local hospitality during the convention, and will solicit feedback from the community about their experiences.

We stand behind the convention fully, and are proud they have stood up for inclusion and against bigotry.

You can read the full letter below.

GEN_Con_SB_101_Follow_Up

With SB 101 Signed, What Will Gen Con Do? Follow Salesforce?

Gen_Con_LetterOn Tuesday we brought you the news that Gen Con, the four day gaming convention (and one of my favorite conventions of the year) sent a letter to Indiana Governor Mike Pence warning the convention may leave the state if SB 101, the supposed “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” was singed into law. The convention, as many else also feel, felt the legislation is discriminatory, and would “allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees.”

The Governor is so proud of the bill, he signed it into law in a private ceremony. Indiana becomes the first state this year to enact such legislation out of the dozen or so states in which similar proposals have been introduced.

The fallout from the legislation signing was quick and fierce. Salesforce, on the the top software as a service companies out there, has decided to “dramatically reduce” their investment in Indiana. The CEO of the company Marc Benioff said in a series of Tweets:

gen-con-logoGen Con isn’t the only convention to take place in the state. Awesome Con expanded this year to host a convention in Indianapolis as well. We’ve reached out to both conventions for further comment as to their plans or reactions, but have not heard back as we went to press.

Geek conventions don’t have the best record when it comes to these things. In 2010, Arizona signed into law SB 1070 which some say unfairly targets Latinos, and is a violation of the civil rights of all Arizonans. Boycotts of the state due to the law cost the state over $141 million in 2010. Announced in 2010, but launched in 2011, the Amazing Arizona Comic Con was launched, though calls for boycotts were still in full effect. We questioned the choice of not just the convention, but those attending and supporting it. Companies who “champion” diversity and inclusion, and “pushing comics forward” have had no issues pumping money into the economy of a state which clearly cares little of these things. Though, in fairness, Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill similar to the one Gov. Pence just signed into law. So, they just dislike people of darker skin there, but homosexuals are ok.

We’ll keep on this story as Gen Con has promised a follow up letter today. The convention in 2011 committed to stay in Indianapolis until 2020.

Pence released the below statement after signing the pill into law:

Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith.

The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action.

One need look no further than the recent litigation concerning the Affordable Care Act. A private business and our own University of Notre Dame had to file lawsuits challenging provisions that required them to offer insurance coverage in violation of their religious views.

Fortunately, in the 1990s Congress passed, and President Clinton signed, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act—limiting government action that would infringe upon religion to only those that did not substantially burden free exercise of religion absent a compelling state interest and in the least restrictive means.

Last year the Supreme Court of the United States upheld religious liberty in the Hobby Lobby case based on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but that act does not apply to individual states or local government action. At present, nineteen states—including our neighbors in Illinois and Kentucky—have adopted Religious Freedom Restoration statutes. And in eleven additional states, the courts have interpreted their constitutions to provide a heightened standard for reviewing government action.

In order to ensure that religious liberty is fully protected under Indiana law, this year our General Assembly joined those 30 states and the federal government to enshrine these principles in Indiana law, and I fully support that action.

This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it. In fact, it does not even apply to disputes between private parties unless government action is involved. For more than twenty years, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act has never undermined our nation’s anti-discrimination laws, and it will not in Indiana.

Indiana is rightly celebrated for the hospitality, generosity, tolerance, and values of our people, and that will never change. Faith and religion are important values to millions of Hoosiers and with the passage of this legislation, we ensure that Indiana will continue to be a place where we respect freedom of religion and make certain that government action will always be subject to the highest level of scrutiny that respects the religious beliefs of every Hoosier of every faith.

And a Tweet by the Governor:

IDW Publishing Heads to Emerald City Comicon

Jem and the Holograms ECCC VariantAttendants of Seattle’s renowned Emerald City Comicon are in for surprise announcements, exceptional signings and a weekend full of fun from IDW! Taking place this weekend from March 27th – March 29th at the Washington State Convention Center, head to the IDW booth (#1802) to stock up on your collection, meet your favorite creators, and score a truly outrageous exclusive. Additionally, Top Shelf can be found at booth #1225, where you can meet the creative team behind the hit satire God Is Disappointed in You, Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler!

Available exclusively at the IDW booth, grab yourself a copy of the book that’s got everyone talking, Jem & The Holograms, with a variant cover by Agnes Garbowska! The cover can be purchased for $5, limit 3 per customer.

The IDW booth will be packed all weekend long with talent from across the industry signing their acclaimed work:

Friday March 27th

11:00 – 12:00 Orphan Black Jody Houser
12:00 – 1:00 Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls –
            Andy Suriano, Derek Charm
1:00 – 2:00 D4VE, The Bigger Bang –
            Ryan Ferrier, D.J. Kirkbride
2:00 – 3:00 Jem & The Holograms
           Agnes Garbowska, Sara Richard
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
3:00 – 4:00 Dirk Gently Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla: CataclysmCullen Bunn
5:00 – 6:00 Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery
6:00 – 7:00 Nelvana of the Northern Lights  Hope Nicholson

Saturday March 28th

10:00 – 11:00 Skylanders – David A. Rodriguez
11:00 – 12:00 Edward Scissorhands – Kate Leth, Drew Rausch
12:00 – 1:00 Dirk Gently Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
1: 00 ­– 2:00 The Fly: OutbreakBrandon Seifert
2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony, Jem & The HologramsSara Richard
3:00 – 4:00 Wild Blue Yonder Zach Howard
4:00 – 5:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & More! Erik Burnham, Paul Allor
5:00 – 6:00 Judge Dredd – Darick Robertson
6:00 – 7:00 Transformers Mairghread Scott, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli

Sunday March 29th

10:00 – 11:00 My Little Pony – Amy Mebberson, Georgia Ball, Ted Anderson,
           Agnes Garbowska
11:00 – 12:00 Powerpuff Girls – Derek Charm
12:00 – 1:00 G.I. Joe Cover Art – Jerffrey Veregge, Drew Johnson
1:00 – 2:00 Amelia Cole, Artful Daggers  D.J. Kirkbride, Adam P. Knave,
          Sean E. Williams
3:00 – 4:00 Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate – Max Dunbar

And don’t miss out on the panels that are sure to be a highlight of your weekend!

Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
IDW: 2015 and Beyond—IDW invites you to join in their first big panel of 2015! Join VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, Editor-in-Chief/Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall, alongside editor Sarah GaydosErik Burnham of Ghostbusters fame, and Jody Houser, writer of the hit Orphan Black comic for a spirited chat filled with announcements, hijinks and Q&A!

Saturday, 2:00 – 3:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
God is Disappointed in You (The Sequel), with Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler—Last year’s standing-room-only hot ticket returns — now with even more Biblical bewilderment! God Is Disappointed in You, published by Top Shelf, is the tongue-in-cheek “condensed” version of the Bible you never knew you needed — hilariously modern, but surprisingly authentic — packed with cartoons by Eisner-award-winner Shannon Wheeler (The New YorkerToo Much Coffee Man). Join him and author Mark Russell (writer of DC Comics’ upcoming Prez) for an hour of unforgettable irreverence, including Q&A, audience sketches, and the hilarious-yet-accurate “ten-minute Bible.” PLUS: a taste of the Audie-nominated audiobook, read by Dr. Venture himself, James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros), and an exclusive announcement about the upcoming sequel!

Sunday, 3:30 – 4:20 Hall F (TCC 304)
Kevin Eastman: A Life With TurtlesJoin the legendary co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and he talks about his long career in both comics and Hollywood, and how he brings his beloved Turtles to the world in a variety of media!

Sunday, 4:00 – 5:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
IDW Presents: The New Class of Licensed ComicsTransformers, Adventure Time, Star Trek, Orphan Black, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic… What do these comics all have in common? They’re all licensed comics, and although some may STILL look down on them, they’re also home to some of the best talent telling the best stories around. Come hear about the good (and the sometimes challenging) aspects of working on books like these, from host Editor Sarah Gaydos (Star Trek, Disney, Edward Scissorhands), with special guests Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors, Edward Scissorhands), Corinna Bechko (Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Once Upon a Time), Jody Houser (Orphan Black), Editor Shannon Waters (of BOOM!), Chris Roberson (Aliens, Star Trek), and Gabriel Hardman (Planet of the Apes, Star Wars)

Valiant Launches 25th Anniversary Convention Tour at Emerald City Comicon 2015!

VALIANT 25th ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION TOUR POSTER – Artwork by Tom FowlerThis year, Valiant is taking the silver anniversary celebration of the largest independent universe in comics on the road to visit more than a million fans in the US and Canada throughout 2015! The publisher has announced the Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour – a months-long, cross-country celebration coming soon to a town near you! Beginning with Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon 2015 (ECCC) in March, the Valiant anniversary tour will be coming soon to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Calgary, and more of North America’s most exciting comic book and pop culture conventions, including:

Friday, March 27thSunday, March 29th:
Emerald City Comicon 2015

Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, WA

Friday, April 3rdSunday, April 5th:
WonderCon 2015

Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

Thursday, April 16thSunday, April 19th:
Calgary Expo 2015

Stampede Park
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Saturday, April 18th – Sunday, April 19th:
LA Times Festival of Books

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Friday, April 24th – Sunday, April 26th:
C2E2 2015

South Building at McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

Thursday, May 14thSunday, May 17th:
AC Boardwalk Con 2015

Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ

Saturday, May 23rd – Monday, May 25th:
Denver Comic Con 2015

Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

Thursday, May 28thSunday, May 31st:
Phoenix Comicon 2015

Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, AZ

Saturday, June 6th – Sunday, June 7th:
Special Edition: NYC 2015

Pier 94
New York, NY

Thursday, June 25th – June 28th:
Florida Supercon 2015

Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami, FL

*More dates to be added all summer long!*

The celebration of the summer begins in Seattle, WA at Emerald City Comicon 2015 (ECCC)! From Friday, March 27th through Sunday, March 29th, join Valiant at the Washington State Convention Center for a weekend packed with programming, special guests, and ECCC exclusives that can’t be found anywhere else!

Visit Booth #1803 all weekend long to revisit 25 years of Valiant history with a complete collection of trade paperbacks and hardcovers featuring the indelible heroes, volatile villains, and world-class creators that shaped Valiant into one of the most celebrated publishers in comics history.

Valiant will also be debuting two ECCC-only offerings for sale, beginning with the Ninjak #1 ECCC Exclusive Variant – featuring an all-new, never-before-seen cover by fan favorite artist Ian McGinty! Pick up the sold-out first issue of Valiant’s latest smash-hit ongoing series right here at ECCC – then get it signed by series writer and New York Times best-selling author Matt Kindt each day at the Valiant booth!

Plus: also debuting at ECCC, don’t miss the Bloodshot Reborn ECCC Exclusive Print! Before Bloodshot Reborn #1 hits shelves on April 15th, pick up this exclusive, limited edition print by artist Mico Suayan and colorist David Baron, and get it signed by Suayan, Baron, and series writer and New York Times best-selling author Jeff Lemire each day at the Valiant booth!

New to the Valiant Universe? Then join a panel of Valiant staff and creators on Friday, March 27th at 4 pm in Hall C (TCC 301) for Valiant 101: The Story Starts Here – a step-by-step panel presentation detailing the origins of X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Ninjak, Dr. Mirage, and more of Valiant’s top heroes and villains.

Then, on Saturday March 28th at 6pm in Hall C (TCC 301), get the inside track on all of Valiant’s silver anniversary plans with the Valiant: 25th Anniversary Celebration! The panel features an all-star panel presentation featuring writers James Asmus, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Jen Van Meter, artist Mico Suayan, and Valiant Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani!

BLOODSHOT REBORN ECCC EXCLUSIVE PRINT – Artwork by Mico Suayan NINJAK #1 ECCC EXCLUSIVE VARIANT – Artwork by Ian McGinty

Gen Con Threatens to Leave Indiana Over SB 101

This afternoon Gen Con, a four-day gaming convention, sent a letter to the Republican Governor of Indiana Mike Pence warning that if SB 101 becomes the law, the convention may leave the state. Gen Con LLC’s CEO and owner, Adrian Swartout, said in the letter (which you can read below) that passage of the bill “will factor into our decision-making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana in future years.” The convention focuses on gaming of all types including board, card, miniature, and role-playing.

Gen Con proudly welcomes a diverse attendee base, made up of different ethnicities, cultures, beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds. We are happy to provide an environment that welcomes all, and the wide-ranging diversity of our attendees has become a key element to the success and growth of our convention.

Legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state’s economy.

Proponents of SB 101 would prevent state and local governments from “substantially burdening” a person’s exercise of religion unless the government can prove it has a compelling interest.

Opponents of the legislation says it gives a license for businesses to discriminate, particularly against gays and lesbians.

The legislation is being pushed by social conservatives.

The digest description of the legislation:

Religious freedom restoration. Prohibits a governmental entity from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless the governmental entity can demonstrate that the burden: (1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering the compelling governmental interest. Provides a procedure for remedying a violation. Specifies that the religious freedom law applies to the implementation or application of a law regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity or official is a party to a proceeding implementing or applying the law. Prohibits an applicant, employee, or former employee from pursuing certain causes of action against a private employer.

Some have said the legislation is similar to what led the Supreme Court to side with Hobby Lobby concerning contraception. This legislation could be interpreted much further allowing systemic and widespread discrimination by businesses, for example a bakery refusing to serve a gay couple.

The legislation passed the House in a 63-31 vote, and Senate a 40-10 vote.

As of this post, the convention has garnered support and positive feedback from their Facebook community. Some dissented feeling this is “social justice warriors” making their way into gaming.

According to Facebook demographics, 10% of the convention’s “likes” are “interested” in the same-sex.

The convention, which began in 1968 in Lake Geneva by D&D creator Gary Gygax, moved to the city in 2003. It’s the convention center’s largest annual convention, bringing in excess of $50 million in revenue for the city of Indianapolis every year.

Last year’s convention, held August 14-17, saw another year of record attendance numbers and unprecedented growth. That makes it the fourth consecutive year, Gen Con grew by more than 10%. The year saw 14% year-over-year growth with a weekend turnstile attendance of 184,699 and unique attendance of 56,614. 2013’s previous record was 49,530 unique attendees. Since 2009, Gen Con’s annual attendance has more than doubled.

The convention also does good, selecting a charity partner each year to raise money. Last year also saw a record year in donations. The convention raised more than $40,000 for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana’s BackSacks program, which provides weekend food to children at-risk for hunger. This donation includes a $20,000 check provided by Mayfair Games’ Cones of Dunshire event, a charitable game played Saturday, August 16 on Georgia Street. This year’s partner is the Julian Center.

It is unknown how other conventions in the state have reacted to the legislation, but we have reached out for comments.

Gen Con 2015 returns to Indianapolis July 30 – August 2, 2015! And we’ll be there in full support.

Here is the letter for you to read:

 

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Dark Horse Announces Their Emerald City Comicon Plans

Dark Horse Comics is headed to the Pacific Northwest’s foremost and now sold out pop culture convention – Emerald City Comicon.

Visit Dark Horse Comics at ECCC booth #802 for free swag such as comics, buttons, posters, and more!  Check out the show exclusives, signings, and panels, too!

EMERALD CITY COMICON EXCLUSIVES

A set quantity will be available at opening each day of the show. Limit of 5 per person per day while supplies last. Each comic is $5.00.

Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Mike Mignola (1,000 copies)

Prometheus: Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC exclusive variant cover by Patric Reynolds (500 copies)

Lady Killer #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Joelle Jones (500 copies)

Past Aways #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Scott Kolins (500 copies)

Conan Red Sonja #1 limited-edition black-and-white variant cover by Dan Panosian (1,000 copies)

We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.

SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in the booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, they may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.  MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.  FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND: Mike Mignola
Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Mike Mignola available for sale

1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. THE WHITE SUITS: Frank Barbiere

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
MURDER BOOK: Ed Brisson, Simon Roy
TIGER LUNG: Simon Roy
HIGH CRIMES: Christopher Sebela, Ibrahim Moustafa

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
THE MASSIVE: Garry Brown
EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
ABE SAPIEN: Max Fiumara
GRINDHOUSE: Chris Peterson

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m.
CONAN RED SONJA, LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, TOMB RAIDER: Gail Simone
LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: Jim Calafiore
CONAN RED SONJA: Jim Zub
Conan Red Sonja #1 limited-edition black-and-white variant cover by Dan Panosian available for sale

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.
FINDER: Carla Speed McNeil
NEVERBOY: Tyler Jenkins, Kelly Fitzpatrick

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m.
ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE: Christopher Sebela
ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE: Chris Roberson, Patric Reynolds
PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE: Christopher Mooneyham
PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE: Paul Tobin
Prometheus: Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC exclusive variant cover by Patric Reynolds available for sale
SATURDAY, MARCH 28

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
SERENITY, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Georges Jeanty
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Megan Levens
GIRLFIEND: Pander Brothers

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones
Lady Killer #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Joëlle Jones available for sale
BUZZKILL, THE GHOST FLEET, THE PAYBACKS: Donny Cates
THE GHOST FLEET: Daniel Warren Johnson
THE PAYBACKS: Eliot Rahal

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
HARROW COUNTY: Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook
BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
THE WITCHER, COLDER, PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE, PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES:
Paul Tobin

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, David Mack, Dave Stewart (Ticketed Event)*
4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*
5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*
6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*

Fight Club 2 artists Cameron Stewart, David Mack, and Dave Stewart will be present for part of the 3:00 p.m. signing, depending on their schedules.

*WRISTBAND REQUIRED: Wristbands will be distributed in the Dark Horse booth at show opening on Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28. One wristband per person. Separate wristbands will be assigned for each 50-minute signing and may only be used during that time period. Fight Club 2 #1 is on sale May 27. One free print and one sampler minicomic per wristband will be provided for the signing. No other items allowed. Other restrictions may apply.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 29

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.   MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.
PAST AWAYS: Matt Kindt, Scott Kolins, Bill Crabtree
Past Aways #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Scott Kolins available for sale
BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
ITTY BITTY COMICS, AW YEAH COMICS!: Art Baltazar, Franco
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan, Jeremy Vanhoozer

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
HALO: Duffy Boudreau
THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
DEEP GRAVITY: Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko
POP: Curt Pires
APOCALYPTIGIRL: Andrew MacLean
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald
EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Cat Farris

PANEL SCHEDULE

Check out the panels brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Visit online for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.  Hall C  Behind the Scenes: Making Comics

Comics professionals come together to discuss their unique contributions to this beloved medium. Topics include creating engaging characters with Gail Simone (Leaving Megalopolis), transitioning from artist to writer/artist with Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), business management with Christine Mignola (Hellboy), going from self-publishing to book deal with Colleen Coover (Bandette), breaking into coloring with Kelly Fitzpatrick (Neverboy), and fostering a fan base with online content with Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon). Sure to be a great panel for the budding cartoonist eager to explore the craft of making comics!

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Hall D Dark Horse Comics Builds Characters!

Join Dark Horse Comics and a panel of their incredibly talented artists, writers, and creators to discuss independent comics, creators’ rights, and brand-new projects and hear what’s coming up for the powerhouse publisher for the remainder of 2015. Moderated by Dark Horse publicist Aub Driver and featuring Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook (Harrow County), Curt Pires (POP), the Pander Brothers (Girlfiend), Tyler Jenkins (Neverboy), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Matt Kindt and Scott Kolins (Past Aways), and Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks), this is a panel you won’t want to miss!

SATURDAY, MARCH 28
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Hall D Fight Club 2

Acclaimed novelist Chuck Palahniuk continues one of his most beloved works with Fight Club 2! Join Dark Horse for a discussion of the creation of this story with Chuck Palahniuk, editor Scott Allie, artist David Mack, artist Cameron Stewart, and colorist Dave Stewart.

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Hall C  The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and Beyond

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola returns to Emerald City Comicon! With recent launches like Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. and Frankenstein Underground, there’s never been more ways to get into Mignola’s world. Join Mignola for news on Hellboy in Hell and a Q&A with some of the writers and artists who help him bring his characters to life—Max Fiumara, Scott Allie, Dave Stewart, and Tyler Crook.
SUNDAY, MARCH 29

11:00 a.m.–11:50 p.m. Hall C Dark Horse Presents Kids and Comics: Plants vs. Zombies, Itty Bitty Hellboy,Avatar: The Last Airbender, and More!

Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Steve Sunu (publicity coordinator, Dark Horse Comics), Paul Tobin and Ron Chan (Plants vs. Zombies), Jeremy Vanhoozer (Plants vs. Zombies creative director, PopCap), Art Baltazar and Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy), and Joan Hilty (comics editor, Nickelodeon) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!

AFTER PARTY Conan Red Sonja #1 Convention Exclusive Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC Exclusive Lady Killer #1 ECCC Exclusive Past Aways #1 ECCC Exclusive Prometheus Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC Exclusive

Toronto Comic Con 2015: Celebrity Q&A with J. August Richards

J. August Richards has been working in film for over twenty years and has over forty acting credits to his name between television and cinema.  He is perhaps best known for two characters in particular, Charles Gunn from Angel and Deathlok from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the latter of which inducted him into the select group of actors that are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As a celebrity guest at Toronto Comic 2015, he took part in a moderated Q&A period, and got to talk about his experiences on film.

The Moderator:  You used to be a comic collector, but did you have Deathlok comics?

deathlokmarvelJ. August Richards:  What I did have was The Guide to the Marvel Universe [The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe].  So what happened was that all of my old comic books were in my sister’s house back in D.C.  It just so happened that there was a Christmas break so I went home, I got all my comics, and I was like “I’m going to find Deathlok in this comic book collection” because I was not familiar with the character.  So I was looking around and I saw The Guide to the Marvel Universe and I was like “I’m a virgo, if I know me, I completed this set.”  I checked and I had A through Z Guide to the Marvel Universe.  I went to D and found Deathlok and that is where I started doing my research into the character.  Then Marvel was nice enough to make the old comics accessible to me and I read those to a certain point and then I had to stop, because as you may or may not know, there are three incarnations of Deathlok over the history of Marvel.  Maybe even four, it depends on how you are counting … could be five depending on how you are counting.  They had three very different back stories, the three ones that I looked at, and the circumstances were very different and I still wanted to stay true to the character that we created in the first episode, the father with his son, being a single parent.  That meant the world to me and I thought that whatever happens from here on out, that I had to play a father to a son, and that is who that character was going to be.

skyeQuestion From the Floor:  Will Deathlok show up again in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or in a movie?

JAR:  I like the way that you are thinking.  Unfortunately when I started the show, way back when we did the pilot, I had to sign a contract that prohibited me from talking any future things which would happen from the show, so unfortunately I can’t answer that question.  I need to leave that alone but I like that idea [of showing up in a movie.]

QFF:  How did they come up with the name Deathlok?

JAR:  The character was introduced in 1974, which was the year after I was born.  So I don’t know where they came up with the name, but this would be my guess.  One of the interesting things about playing a character that exists in the comic books is that you can do research in the comic books about that character, and one thing that I learned was that although there were three different Deathloks, they had something in common which was that they were trapped, somewhere between life and death.  So I believe that is where they came up with the name.  It is kind of like that he is locked in death.  And it is a little more relevant in the comic books because in one version, the consciousness is in the machine of Deathlok, so he is like a human being but he’s not quite human.

deathlokQFF:  How long before did you find out that you were playing Deathlok?

JAR:  The day before he turned into Deathlok. When I signed up to do the pilot it was just for the one episode, and then they brought me back for episode eight, and then as I was doing eight then asked me to do nine and ten.  And then I did ten and they asked me to do a bunch towards the end of the season.  That’s kind of how Marvel worked, they want to keep everything top secret, and they want to make sure that nothing gets out and want to make sure that nothing spoils it.  Personally I hate being spoiled, sometimes I will go see movies that I know nothing about except the title, because I just like that experience.

TM:  But that brings up a good point.  As an actor do you prefer some notice?

JAR:  I prefer not knowing, because then you just have to play what’s in front of you.

TM:  One part that we haven’t talked about is Angel, and during that series …

JAR:  At least you didn’t say Heroes.  I meet a lot of people that say “you were in Heroes.”  “No, I was not.”  But the actor that was in Heroes, we look a lot alike.  Leonard Roberts doesn’t think we look alike, he used to say that until his girlfriend invited me to his surprise birthday party, and I showed up late, and when I walked in everyone yelled “Surprise!”  And so when he showed up finally I was like “Now do you think that we look alike?”

gunnTM:  Angel was a spin-off but I have heard people say that they started looking forward to Angel more than Buffy.  Have you heard fans say this?

JAR:   Umm … no.  Angel is so synonymous with Buffy and it came out of Buffy.  I don’t hear that very much myself.  They’re together right?

QFF:  How awesome was it to work with David Boreanz?

JAR:  Like this awesome [holds arms wide].  I love David, he’s so much fun.  He’s just a whole character, you know what I mean?  He’s just a super cool guy, he likes to try to make you break character when the camera is on you, which is so unfair.  I feel like now that I could act with this whole building falling down, because having to do very intensive scenes with him laughing at me and pointing at me, you know I feel like I can act through anything.

QFF:  Have you read the Angel comics that came out after the Fall?

jarjarJAR:  I can’t read that for some reason.  I can’t bring myself to.  When we were in that alleyway which was the last shot of Angel, I said goodbye to the character.  Anything else would feel like someone writing an unauthorized biography about you.  Not that it is unauthorized, just that I don’t get to play it, so I don’t want to know about it.  I want to leave him right there, because I found him to be so heroic and he found what he was looking for.

QFF:  As an actor and as a Star Wars fan, if J.J. Abrams was here, which character would you pitch to him to play?

JAR:  Nice!  First of all if you want to see someone fanboy out, or more accurately fangirl out, I would lose it.  Because I love Star Trek too and what he did with it.  What part would I want to play?  Any part.  I would be an extra.  I would do anything.  Put me in a mask, put me in whatever, I don’t care.  I mean maybe like Jar Jar Binks’ nephew?  Ha ha, never!  That’s the the only one I wouldn’t want to play, but really anything.  Stormtrooper number 12!  But if I had my druthers, I would be a dope Jedi, with like, four lightsabers.

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