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National Book Festival 2014: Bryan Lee O’Malley

Bryan Lee O’Malley appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Speaker Biography: Award-winning cartoonist, writer and artist Bryan Lee O’Malley is best known for his New York Times best-selling Scott Pilgrim series. O’Malley first captivated readers with the story of Scott Pilgrim, a 23- year-old slacker-sometimes-musician on a mission to defeat the seven evil exes of his love Ramona Flowers. The popular graphic series was adapted into the major motion picture “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” in 2010. O’Malley has received many accolades, including the Doug Wright, Harvey, Joe Shuster and Eisner awards. In his latest graphic novel, “Seconds” (Ballantine/Random House), O’Malley tells the story of Katie and her magical mushrooms, a tale of existential angst, everyday obstacles, young love and ancient spirits.

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BOOM! Studios Heads to Stan Lee’s Comikaze

BOOM! Studios is wrapping up their convention year at Stan Lee’s Comikaze, which will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, during the weekend of October 31stNovember 2nd. BOOM! is thrilled to host a number of special guests during the show including actors Peter Facinelli, David Henrie, and James Hong. The show marks the publisher’s eighteenth and final convention appearance in 2014 spreading the message of “We Are BOOM!” to the fans.

BOOM! can be found at booth number 906 and will host the following creators for signing opportunities all weekend:

  • Caleb Monroe (Cloaks, Planet of the Apes, Peanuts)
  • Collin Kelly (Hacktivist)
  • Jackson Lanzing (Hacktivist)
  • Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid)

The following creators will be available for sketches all weekend. For $30, fans can order custom sketches drawn on blank covers of Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, and other comics.

  • Hannah Nance Partlow (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors)
  • Tyson Hesse (The Amazing World of Gumball, Bravest Warriors)

In addition, BOOM! will host the following signings on Saturday:

  • Actor James Hong, who played Lo Pan in the classic John Carpenter film Big Trouble in Little China, will be available from 10:30-11:00 am.
  • Actor and creator David Henrie (Wizards of Waverly Place, How I Met Your Mother) will be signing for Cloaks along with series writer Caleb Monroe from 12:00-1:00 pm. Note: This signing will be ticketed.
  • Actor and creator Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie, Twilight) will be signing for Protocol: Orphans along with series writer Michael Alan Nelson from 2:00-3:00 pm. Note: This signing will be ticketed.
  • Pete Browngardt, creator of the Cartoon Network show Uncle Grandpa, will be signing with Uncle Grandpa Stan Lee’s Comikaze exclusive variant cover artist Yehudi Mercado from 4:00-5:00 pm.

BOOM! will host the following signing on Sunday:

  • John Omohundro, voice actor for Danny from Bravest Warriors, will be signing from 1:00-2:00 pm.

Free tickets for Saturday’s ticketed signings will be available for distribution at the BOOM! booth that morning.

BOOM! will have a Stan Lee’s Comikaze exclusive variant for Uncle Grandpa #1 by Yehudi Mercado available for purchase through the convention for $10.00, while supplies last.

Uncle Grandpa #1 Stan Lee's Comikaze Variant Cover by Yehudi Mercado

National Book Festival 2014: Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Speaker Biography: Jeffrey Brown Ignatz Award winner Jeffrey Brown began his career with the self-published “Clumsy.” He earned an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago School as a painter, but he soon found his niche in drawing comics. He is the author-illustrator of “Star Wars: Jedi Academy No. 2: Return of the Padawan” (Scholastic), the much-anticipated sequel to the New York Times best-seller “Star Wars: Jedi Academy.” Brown also wrote and illustrated “Darth Vader and Son” in 2012, and its sequel “Vader’s Little Princess” in 2013, among many other titles.

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National Book Festival 2014: Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang appeared in the Graphic Novels Super Session at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Speaker Biography: Gene Luen Yang is a writer of both graphic novels and comics. His work “American Born Chinese” is a creative text that chronicles the Asian-American experience in a way that resonates with teen readers. It was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award; it was also a winner of the 2007 Eisner Award. “Boxers & Saints” (First Second) is a two-volume project that set during the Boxer Rebellion, a war that took place on Chinese soil over 100 years ago between the Boxers (anti-Christians) and their Chinese Christian enemies during a time of national turmoil. This historically based fiction offers two perspectives, as “Boxers” focuses on the story of Little Bao, a boy who becomes a leader of the Boxer Rebellion, and “Saints” follows the story of Vibiana, a girl from the same village who becomes a Christian. “Boxers & Saints” was a National Book Award finalist, noted on Booklist’s Top 10 Religious Books for Youth, awarded Library Journal’s Best Book of the Year and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Yang believes both graphic novels and comics can be used effectively as educational tools in the classroom. He teaches at Hamline University as part of the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

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National Book Festival 2014: Vivek Tiwary & Kyle Baker

Vivek Tiwary and Kyle Baker appeared at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Speaker Biography: Vivek Tiwary is an author, Broadway theater producer and founder of Tiwary Entertainment Group. Tiwary’s debut graphic novel, “The Fifth Beatle” (Dark Horse), tells the true story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager behind the spotlight who led the Beatles to stardom. Despite his ambitious drive and pivotal role in mobilizing what would later become the most influential rock/pop band of all time, “The Fifth Beatle” reveals the brief life of Epstein, a tale of both triumph and tragedy. Tiwary portrays the story of a flawed and imperfect hero troubled by personal obstacles. “The Fifth Beatle” is written by Tiwary, with art illustrations by Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker and lettering by Steve Dutro. It is a No. 1 New York Times best-seller and will be adapted into a feature film this year.

Speaker Biography: Cartoonist, writer and animator Kyle Baker has few peers in the field. He has won eight Eisner awards, five Harvey awards and five Glyph Comics awards. Baker’s breakthrough work, “Why I Hate Saturn,” won him his first Eisner in 1991. Baker was responsible for the revival of the Plastic Man comic series, and he has done the animation for several Looney Tunes projects. He is the illustrator of “The Fifth Beatle” (Dark Horse), a graphic novel about the Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, written by Vivek Tiwary.

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New York Comic Con 2014: Harsbro Embraces the Force with new Star Wars Figures

At this year’s New York Comic Con, Hasbro had lots of Star Wars figures to show off. Check out what will be hitting shelves in Spring 2015.



(Approximate retail price: $19.99; Ages: 4 & up; Available: Spring 2015)

Take your collectible STAR WARS action figures to the next level with the 6-inch BLACK SERIES action figure line! This exceptional collection of figures features incredibly accurate design and a high level of articulation

STAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES 3.75-Inch Action Figures

(Approximate retail price: $9.99; Ages: 4 & up; Available: Spring 2015)

Complementing the 6-inch STAR WARS BLACK SERIES collection is the 3.75-inch BLACK SERIES figure assortment, which features the exceptionally accurate detail and superb articulation customary to HASBRO’s action figures.


Action Figures & Vehicles


(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $5.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Iconic characters from the STAR WARS saga and the cast of the new animated series STAR WARS REBELS come to life in toy form! Each STAR WARS SAGA LEGENDS 3.75-inch action figure includes five points of articulation and entertainment-accurate accessories. LUKE SKYWALKER (X-WING PILOT), LANDO CALRISSIAN in SKIFF GUARD Disguise, HAN SOLO and more! Each character sold separately.


(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $9.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Team up characters or pit them against each other with these awesome 2-figure packs, featuring heroes and villains from the Star Wars saga and from the animated series, STAR WARS REBELS! Each pair of figures highlights an epic rivalry or a classic partnership. Each pack is sold separately and includes two figures with five points of articulation and accessories. New packs in 2015 include EZRA BRIDGER in CADET Disguise and KANAN JARRUS, HERA SYNDULLA versus STORMTROOPER COMMANDER and more!


(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $14.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Standing at 12-inches tall, these large-sized action figures feature characters from the new animated series STAR WARS REBELS and the STAR WARS saga, ready for battle with deluxe armor, accessories and weapons. Each 12-inch figure features a great size and play value at a fantastic price. Characters include GARAZEB “ZEB” ORRELIOS and DARTH MAUL, each sold separately.

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Role Play


(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $34.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

The signature weapon of the new JEDI hero from STAR WARS REBELS, the EZRA BRIDGER LIGHTSABER BLASTER is two fun role-play weapons in one! The LIGHTSABER features an 18-inch light-up extending blade and real LIGHTSABER sound effects. The built-in blaster fires two darts and features signature blaster sound effects. Includes six darts. Requires three AAA batteries — demo batteries included.

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(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $4.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

The battle is in kids’ hands with STAR WARS COMMAND! Each STAR WARS COMMAND Battle Pack features nine permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —eight soldiers and one specially detailed General—for kids to pit against their friends in epic battles! New packs for 2015 include ENDOR REBELS and BOUNTY HUNTING. Each pack sold separately.


(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $9.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Each STAR WARS COMMAND Versus Pack features ten permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —eight soldiers and two specially detailed Generals—plus two vehicles on stands for kids to pit against their friends in epic battles! New packs for 2015 include WOOKIEE RESCUE (featuring characters from STAR WARS REBELS) and FATEFUL DUEL. Each pack sold separately.


(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $14.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Kids can customize their attacks with STAR WARS COMMAND Invasion Packs. Each pack features ten permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —eight soldiers and two specially detailed Generals—plus four vehicles on stands and the new TURBOLASER with two TURBOBLASTER blasts to launch into battle! New packs for 2015 include SCUM AND VILLAINY (featuring characters from STAR WARS REBELS) and GALACTIC CHASE. Each pack sold separately.


(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $19.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

The STAR WARS COMMAND Epic Assault Pack features two armies and everything kids need to stage an epic battle right out of the box! Comes with 14 permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —12 soldiers and two specially detailed Generals—plus six vehicles on stands and the new RANCOR that throws two boulders into battle! New for 2015 is the RANCOR’S REVENGE pack, featuring figures from STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI!


Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal Superior Iron Man #1 Exclusive Variant

Superior Iron Man #1 Exclusive VariantMarvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. have revealed the latest and final edition of the 2014 series of exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles with the unveiling of Superior Iron Man #1, drawn by noted Canadian artist Ty Templeton. VIP attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Reno Comic Con, November 21-23 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration.

Templeton is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies of Superior Iron Man #1 (autograph fees may apply). Leading professional comic grader CGC will also be on hand to accept books for grading and Signature Series.

The exclusive version of Superior Iron Man #1 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World Reno Comic Con VIP attendees, including any celebrity VIP packages.

A newly-minted member of the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame, Templeton has worked on such characters as Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, The Simpsons, the Avengers, among many others. The Shuster Award-winning and Eisner Award-nominated writer and artist has hundreds of credits, including his own graphic novel, Bigg Time and cult favorite Stig’s Inferno.

Be Superior! How much would you pay for perfection? Beauty? Immortality? Tony Stark knows, and he’s ready to give it to you in Superior Iron Man #1! But at a terrible price. Spinning out of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, the old Tony Stark is back, only this time he’s SUPERIOR! More stylish, more confident, and more cunning than ever before. And he’s ready to lead you into the future! San Francisco is about to become the prototype for his new world concept. The first step? Release Extremis upon the entire city! Only Daredevil isn’t down with Stark’s new vision of the future. Does the Man Without Fear have a place in the city of tomorrow? A bold new direction for the Armored Avenger begins this November from the all-new creative team of Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us, Earth 2) and Yildray Cinar (Supergirl).

Norman Reedus, William Shatner, Jewel Staite, Bruce Campbell, Billy Dee Williams, Adam West and Burt Ward and WWE Superstar Roman Reigns and Divas The Bella Twins are among the celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Reno Comic Con. It is the final of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series and will also feature a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

In addition to Templeton, superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams, Phil Ortiz, Kevin Maguire, Michael Golden, Arthur Suydam, Ken Kelly, Pop Mhan, Greg Horn and many others.

The Cosplay Heroes of New York Comic Con 2014

I’m a sucker for the striking look of real live superheroes, but while our New York Comic Con gallery is filled with some outstanding costume-clad Bruce Waynes, two faux-Stephen Amells, Hasselhoff era Nick Fury and Cosmic Burt Macklin, it’s the Lydia Deets that stole the show for me. Uncommon and well executed, this costume is a reminder that any character can inspire a bit of cosplay, and that’s awesome.

Skybound, Wizard World Announce The Walking Dead Series for 2015

The Walking DeadSkybound’s The Walking Dead created by Robert Kirkman continues to captivate audiences worldwide. With the debut of Season 5 of the television series, Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, and Wizard World, Inc. announced the launch of an entirely new series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of popular issues of The Walking Dead comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at every Wizard World Comic Con event in 2015.

Superstar artists who regularly appear at Wizard World events will draw the unique covers for each of the 24 shows scheduled to date, beginning with Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 9-11 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The artists for each book will be announced as they are selected. A similar series in 2013 featuring exclusives of The Walking Dead #1 proved to be wildly popular with fans.

The exclusive The Walking Dead editions will be produced in extremely limited quantities and are available at registration to fans only while supplies last at each Wizard World convention. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

Feast Your Eyes on Our Humongous New York Comic Con 2014 Toy Gallery

The cosplay and the movie stars get a lot of the love when the New York Comic Con rolls into the Jacob Javitz Center but the toy barrage doesn’t get as much attention. And that’s a shame, because if you’re a toy enthusiast the event can feel like the best museum on the planet with thousands of prototypes, new products and existing toys on display behind glass to tantalize and torture because no matter how much you beg, vendors will never let you take them all home.

In the included gallery, there are 250 pictures of some of NYCC’s coolest toys. It would be impossible for me to pick a favorite, but I can tell you that both the Killer Clowns from Outer Space figs and the Chucky figs look scary as hell, Mezco‘s Batman figures are as awesome up close as they look in these pics, and NECA Toys impressed with their 1:6 scale Danny Devito Penguin, their Burt Ward Robin and the rest of their sizable case.

I can also tell you that McFarlane‘s Walking Dead line is taking a great leap forward with the upcoming RV playset and the 10″ deluxe Rick Grimes figure that I was unfortunately unable to get a good picture of since I found myself by the McFarlane booth when it was swarmed by fans who wanted to get a look at Todd McFarlane himself, who was making an appearance.

The QMx booth also drew some crowds, but I’m pretty sure that that was all about the astonishing film scale (1:124) replica of Serenity from the film of the same name and Firefly. Luckily, we got some super up-close shots of the $7,495 “toy” and a look inside its interiors, which feature miniature versions of the Firefly cast. We’ve also got some great pics of QMx’s other Firefly products, which are damn shiny.

Enough words, check out the pics!

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