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Reginald Hudlin announced as the Keynote Speaker for the First Ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Event

Long Beach Comic-Con 2010Reginald Hudlin, an innovator of the modern black film movement, will be the Keynote Speaker at the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity event, to be held next month at Long Beach Comic Expo. The ceremony will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center on Saturday February 28 at 2 PM PT.

Hudlin created, written and or directed such beloved films as House Party, Boomerang and BeBe’s Kids, which are some of the most profitable and influential films of his generation. Hudlin received a Best Picture nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for producing Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. The film won multiple awards including two Oscars and two Golden Globe Awards, and is one of the top grossing Westerns of all time.

Hudlin is the executive producer and writer of the Black Panther animated series, which premiered following a successful multi year comic book run. Hudlin’s stories reinvigorated the classic super hero for Marvel.  He was also executive producer of The Boondocks animated series, director the pilot of the hit series Everybody Hates Chris, and was producer and director of several award-winning episodes of The Bernie Mac Show.

From 2005-2009, Hudlin was the first President of Entertainment for B.E.T. Networks, creating some of the network’s highest rated shows during his tenure. While there, he launched a profitable home entertainment division and revamped the news division, which went on to win more than a dozen awards in that period.

Recently, Hudlin directed episodes of Murder In The First, Bad Judge and other hit series such as Modern Family, The Office, The Middle, and Psych. Through his production company Hudlin Entertainment, Hudlin produced the 44th NAACP Image Awards last year on NBC, and the 45th NAACP Image Awards this year for TVOne, which was the highest rated show in the history of the network.  Hudlin Entertainment is slated to return to produce the 46th NAACP Image Awards early 2015.  This summer, he partnered with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and The Hollywood Bowl to produce a live cinematic concert experience titled: The Black Movie Soundtrack which was a critical and commercial success. That achievement led to Hudlin producing the 6th Governor’s Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honoring Maureen O’Hara, Jean-Claude Carriere, Hideo Misayaki and Harry Belafonte.

Hudlin is a member of several organizations and currently serves on the boards of UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television and Wasatch.

The five finalists for the first Dwayne McDuffie Award  for Diversity will be announced in February with the winner announced at the Expo event. To learn more about the award and purchase tickets to Long Beach Comic Expo, please visit

Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Fest Moved To August 22-23, Co-Locating With Wizard World Comic Con Chicago

bruce campbellWizard World and Dangerous Entertainment have announced that Wizard World Presents Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Fest will co-locate with the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 22-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The event, formerly known as “Bruce Campbell’s Horror Fest,” is being moved to accommodate taping of Campbell’s new TV show, Ash vs. Evil Dead.

Those who had purchased admissions for the original event will receive full refunds, along with special offers. Additionally, fans with admission to Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 20-24, will also be able to attend the event with no extra admission fee. Single-day and VIP admissions will be available shortly.

In addition, all full-price Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Fest attendees will receive a limited edition exclusive variant cover “The Walking Dead” comic, drawn by one of Wizard World’s talented artist guests (to be announced shortly). Comics will be issued at registration while supplies last and VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version.

Wizard World Presents Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Fest show hours are Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, August 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dark Horse’s Wizard World Portland Schedule

Dark_Horse_Comics_logoJoin Dark Horse Comics at Wizard World Portland Comic Con! They’ll be at booth #109 handing out giveaways and offering free signings with comics creators! Come check out their comics, books, and products for sale!

Special appearance in the Dark Horse booth from their friends at Happymatic Photo Booth! Come by with your friends or in cosplay and get your picture taken as a souvenir – for FREE!


Certain restrictions may apply. All events are subject to change.


Below are featured comics and the writers and artists who will be signing them. Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing while supplies last. Comics will also be available for sale (availability pending).


6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs


10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. MASS EFFECT Jeremy Barlow

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. LADY KILLER Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich

3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m.  MISFITS OF AVALON Kel McDonald


12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES Jeremy Vanhoozer (franchise creative director at PopCap Games), Paul Tobin, Ron Chan

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. BANDETTE, COLDER, PROMETHEUS, THE WITCHER Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover (Bandette)



Getting Respect: Comics Go to College with Dark Horse’s Diana Schutz, Too Much Coffee Man’s Shannon Wheeler, PSU’s Susan Kirtley, and PSU’s Jon Holt

Room: C120
Time: 6:30 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Comics and graphic novels have come into their own as subjects worthy of—indeed, demanding—attention from academia. Historians and cultural theorists teach courses, hold conferences, and publish books on various aspects of sequential art, and colleges and universities teach courses in comics as literature and social history as well as how to make them. Here to give an overview of various ideas about and approaches to comics studies are a cross section of comics scholars and teachers, including Diana Schutz (longtime Dark Horse executive editor and instructor at Portland Community College), Shannon Wheeler (creator of Too Much Coffee Man and instructor at Portland State College of the Arts), Susan Kirtley (director of rhetoric and composition at Portland State University; author of Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass), and Jon Holt (assistant professor of Japanese literature and manga at Portland State University). The panel is moderated by Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch, Disguised as Clark Kent).


Buffy Birthday Party!

Room: C120
Time: 1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Dark Horse Comics is hosting a party celebrating Buffy Summers’s birthday (just a bit belatedly—her birthday is January 19)! At this special panel, there will be Buffy trivia, Buffy “Hush” Pictionary, and more—fun times with PRIZES! Plus, find out what it’s like to continue the Whedonverse in comics with Dark Horse editor Sierra Hahn, writer Christos Gage, and artist Rebekah Isaacs! Happy birthday, Buffy!

Dark Horse Manga: An Afternoon with Carl Horn
Room: C123
Time: 2:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Oh My Goddess!, Lone Wolf and Cub, Berserk, and many more! Today the publisher continues to print some of the industry’s best-selling titles, including Neon Genesis Evangelion, Oreimo: Kuroneko, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Satoshi Kon’s Opus, Unofficial Hatsune Mix (as seen on David Letterman), and the works of the creative powerhouse CLAMP. Join Dark Horse’s resident manga guru and editor extraordinaire, Carl Horn, for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

Dark Horse Builds Characters
Room: C120
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Dark Horse Comics kicks off 2015 at Wizard World, right here in Portland! Join Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson, editor in chief Scott Allie, publicist Aub Driver, and special guests for a sneak peek at some of the year’s most newsworthy comics and programs, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Archie vs. Predator, The Strain, and more!


Plants vs. Zombies!
Room: C120

Time: 1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Ready your PEASHOOTERS! Dark Horse Comics brought you the official Plants vs. Zombies comic series as well as The Art of Plants vs. Zombies, released in a partnership with PopCap Games, creators of the smash-hit video game. Now meet some of the people behind these hilarious, all-ages, action-filled zombie romps—Jeremy Vanhoozer, creative director of Plants vs. Zombies at PopCap; Paul Tobin, PVZ writer; PVZ artist Ron Chan; and Dark Horse PVZ editor Philip Simon!

Liefeld, Adams, Zeck, Ortiz Highlight Artist Alley At Inaugural Wizard World Madison

liefeldRob Liefeld, Neal Adams, Mike Zeck, Phil Ortiz, Mike Grell and Michael Golden headline the roster of more than 35 comics artists and writers scheduled to attend Wizard World Madison Comic Con, February 6-8 at the Alliant Energy Center. It is the first trip to Madison for Wizard World and the third event on the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con calendar.

Others in Artist Alley include Jeff Balke, Renee Witterstaetter, Jai Nitz, Steve Lieber, Joanna Estep, and Bob Luedke.

In addition, all full-price Wizard World Madison Comic Con attendees will receive a limited edition exclusive variant cover The Walking Dead comic, drawn by Lieber. Comics will be issued at registration while supplies last and VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version.

Celebrities attending include Ian Somerhalder, William Shatner, Bruce Campbell, Brett Dalton, Emily Kinney, WWE Divas The Bella Twins, Josh McDermitt, Kristin Bauer and many others.

Wizard World Madison Comic Con show hours are Friday, February 6, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, February 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Gotham Star Ben McKenzie To Attend Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia and Chicago

ben mackenzieBen McKenzie, who plays the lead character “James Gordon” in the hit Fox TV show Gotham, will make his first two Wizard World Comic Con appearances in Philadelphia (May 9-10) and Chicago (August 22-23). Also well-known for his portrayals of “Officer Ben Sherman” in NBC’s Southland and, earlier, as “Ryan Atwood” in the teen favorite The O.C. on Fox, McKenzie will greet fans will sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct interactive Q&A sessions at the two flagship shows on the 2015 Wizard World calendar.

McKenzie’s appearances at the two events will be the only ones in North America in which fans can get autographs and photo ops.

In Philadelphia, he will be joined by fellow Gotham star Robin Lord Taylor, along with Penn Badgley, Karl Urban, Kelly Frye and many others at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. In Rosemont, Ill., top guests currently scheduled to attend alongside McKenzie include Norman Reedus, Toby Kebbell, and The Walking Dead duo of Michael Rooker and Seth Gilliam at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, May 7, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, May 8, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con Chicago will be held Thursday, August 20, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, August 21, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, August 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

WoW Videogame Tribute Band Critical Hit To Perform At All 2015 Wizard World Shows

Jason HayesMusic and videogames will come together at Wizard World Comic Con events throughout 2015, when composer Jason Hayes and Critical Hit, a videogame music band performing original arrangements and electrifying live concerts of music from the most celebrated videogames of all time, performs at every Wizard World event of the year.

Hayes, lead composer on the original release of Blizzard’s hit title World of Warcraft, performs alongside all-star musicians that record for top-grossing videogames and tour with the biggest names in popular music. Critical Hit’s unique sound blends a variety of musical styles from rock to classical and beyond.

Embark on a rediscovery of timeless pieces from The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Mario, Kingdom Hearts, Skyrim, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Metal Gear Solid, Halo, Mega Man, Pokemon, Sonic The Hedgehog, Tetris, and more.

An exclusive Critical Hit VIP experience is available for sale through Wizard World’s website, where music lovers and video game enthusiasts will have the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes to enjoy a personalized, unplugged concert in a small venue, hang out with the composer and musicians, and even learn tricks and tips for getting into the music and video game industries.

If you want to see what they’re about, check out Critical Hit’s new music video below.

Lock & Load GameFest 2015 Badges Are on Sale Now!

Privateer Press have announced that badges are on sale now for Lock & Load GameFest 2015, June 5–7, at the Meydenbauer Center in downtown Bellevue, Washington! Badges are $70 for a Will Call badge or $73 for a Shipped badge.

  • Lock & Load GameFest 2015 starts June 5 at 10:00 a.m. and continues 24 hours a day until Closing Ceremonies at 6:00 p.m. on June 7.
  • Enjoy EVEN MORE event space than ever before!
  • Join Privateer Press staff members for tournaments, casual events, Iron Arena gaming, seminars, and more!
  • All-new Hangouts give you a place to pop in for some quick hobby tips or to chat with developers and writers between games and events!
  • Enter your painted models in the Formula P3 Grandmaster Painting Competition!
  • See who will take the title of 2015’s World Champion of WARMACHINE & HORDES!

This year, the convention has teamed up with even more hotels than ever to secure the best rates in the city. When booking your room, be sure to ask for the Lock & Load GameFest Room Block.

  • Courtyard Marriott Bellevue Downtown: Book online or by calling (800) 321-2211
  • Red Lion Hotel Bellevue: 800-733-5466
  • Seattle Marriott Bellevue: 1-425-214-7600  
  • Silver Cloud Inn Bellevue Downtown: (425) 637-7000

A schedule of events will be posted in early 2015, and event registration will begin in the spring.

Lock & Load GameFest 2015

Gen Con Shakes Up Their Hotel Registration

gen con featuredLast year saw a massive meltdown for housing when it came to Gen Con, with rooms selling out in record time due to record demand. The convention has announced a new process that will hopefully relieve the issues, and create a smooth sign-up process for this year’s convention.

Here’s the new process, which includes a queue and the need for a badge to get a hotel room.

Managed Access to Housing Portal
In response to customer requests, Gen Con’s Housing Registration will change from a first-come, first-serve system to a new system that is intended to make the process smoother and more efficient. Customers will access the Housing Portal through the Gen Con website exclusively, and housing reservations will require a valid Gen Con 2015 badge. The new housing registration process will no longer use housing access codes.

When Housing Registration opens at noon (Eastern) on Sunday January 25, all customers who have purchased eligible badges will be randomly entered into a queue and then given access to the Housing Portal, one at a time. This will distribute the high demand on the Housing Portal over approximately one-to-two hours, instead of a minute or two as in previous years.

While the new process may take customers slightly longer, a personal countdown timer will tell your exact entry time to the Housing Portal on your “My Housing” page. Access to the portal does not guarantee a downtown hotel room, but is intended to more smoothly distribute rooms throughout the entire housing block to interested parties.


To create a housing reservation, customers will need an eligible Gen Con 2015 badge. All badges (Child wristbands are not eligible) purchasable through the “Get your Badge” links are eligible for housing registration, as well as Press badges. Customers are allowed one housing reservation per every two badges they have purchased. Customers can make multiple reservations, if they have more than two badges in their account.

Nightly Minimum Stays (NMS)

Nightly Minimum Stays refer to the minimum number of consecutive nights needed to book a reservation through the Housing Portal. Customers of course may stay longer, but NMS increase the likelihood of properties not fracturing room nights,which should result in more uninterrupted stays in housing properties. Reservations for suburban properties will not require a NMS.

Two More Celebrity Guests Announced For Toronto Comic Con 2015

morena 01The organizers for Toronto Comic Con have announced two more celebrity guests expected to attend the convention in 2015.  Both guests are high profile enough to be known to a wide selection of fans.  Morena Baccarin is perhaps better known for having played a lot of science fiction roles in lesser seen series, many of which have a level of cult following among their fans.   She has been in Firefly and the short-lived revival of V as well as playing in Homeland.  She is presently a member of the cast for Gotham.  Fans were disappointed in 2014 when a scheduling change necessitated her canceling attendance to the convention at the last minute.

JAugustRichardsJ. August Richards likely has more immediate recognizability, after playing Deathlok on the first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.   Although the story line in the first season was often panned for its lack of direction, by the time that the series got on firmer footing the character was a major player in the conspiracy which took down S.H.I.E.L.D.  Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe who stuck it out through the first season will recognize him for his gradual change into Deathlok, and the role he had in the other characters’ development.  He is also known for a supporting role in the television series Angel.

Toronto Comic Con 2015 Announces Karen Gillan as Its First Celebrity Guest

amy pondToronto Comic Con has confirmed the first of the main celebrity guests expected to attend this year’s event, Karen Gillan.  Originally known for her work on television’s Doctor Who as Amy Pond, she was already a familiar face to convention goers before it was revealed that she would be playing Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Toronto Comic Con runs from March 20 to March 22.

nebulaKaren is best known in convention circles for the minor stunt that she pulled at San Diego Comic Con in 2013.  When asked by a Guardians of the Galaxy cast member how she would be playing Nebula with a full head of hair when the character from the comics is bald, she revealed that the signature red hair that she was sporting was in fact a wig, and that she had already shaved her head.

After this summer’s runaway success of Guardians of the Galaxy one would not expect any more histrionics from Karen, as the film helped push the characters and actors into the A-list.  Instead Karen will likely be the main headliner among the remainder of the celebrity guests, of which there are usually about ten.

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