At SXSW Marvel announced a new original video documentary series, with the first episode focusing on Civil War!
On International Women’s Days, Capital City Comic Con caused comic fans to take leaps back today due to the convention’s thinking putting boobs on a flyer is humorous and witty, but not misogynistic at all. The convention which takes place in Austin, Texas decided the city’s motto of “Keep it Weird” wasn’t good for them, and instead focused on “Keep it Sexist.”
While promoting the show, the convention decided to go with this flyer thinking it was funny:
You can imagine this went over about as well as you can expect, with a shit storm kicking up online, thankfully condemning the promotion. When an individual decided to call out the convention on their Facebook page, this was their response:
DC Women Kicking Ass reached out to the convention and received this response:
Aaron Luevano who told me by email that he was aware of the card and approved it telling me”I asked before it was designed, many approved.”
When in the wrong, double down I guess. Thankfully individuals are speaking up, not only posting angry Tweets, but also going directly to the show, responding to their comment on Facebook above or posting their own and rating the show. Here’s a sampling:
Sexism, misogyny, and harassment within the industry and especially at conventions has been an issue for years. For every step forward, we get just as many steps back like the above incident, or this other recent one from another convention.
We’ll see how the convention continues to put their foot in their mouth, or if they decide to get their head out of their ass and do the right thing.
Update: Capital City Comic Con posted a few updates on their Facebook page. First up, Aaron Luevano posted this in the reviews (scoring the show 3 stars, which is odd):
In response to our prior ad campaign, the proper steps are being taken in regards to this situation. Capital City Comic Con did not mean to offend or harm anyone, in any way. Our advertising department has been contacted and changes to our marketing material and plan are being made. We respect everyone’s opinion. We are glad this issue was brought to our attention. We want everyone to feel safe at our convention and not feel offended. As a comic book convention, it is primordial that we do not send the wrong message to fans. We were contacted by a few female fans who wish to support the distribution of our initial flyers, to which we respectfully declined. As for our future plans, we will no longer use the image of superheroes (or any character) in such fashion. We wish to apologize to anyone we may have offended with our initial promotional campaign. We would like to invite all of you to comment on our new campaign once released. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. From the staff and management
There was also this:
In response to our prior ad campaign, the proper steps are being taken in regards to this situation. Capital City Comic Con did not mean to offend or harm anyone, in any way. Our advertising department has been contacted and changes to our marketing material and plan are being made.
We respect everyone’s opinion. We are glad this issue was brought to our attention. We want everyone to feel safe at our convention and not feel offended. As a comic book convention, it is primordial that we do not send the wrong message to fans.
We were contacted by a few female fans who wish to support the distribution of our initial flyers, to which we respectfully declined. As for our future plans, we will no longer use the image of superheroes (or any character) in such fashion. We wish to apologize to anyone we may have offended with our initial promotional campaign.
We would like to invite all of you to comment on our new campaign once released. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
From the staff and management
I’ll leave it to you the readers to decide how to take both statements.
With SXSW beginning, that also means comiXology‘s give aways are beginning today. ComiXology will be giving away graphic novel and comics all weekend long. That’s right, we said graphic novels!
If you’re at the show make sure to check out their special panel, happy hour; the previously mentioned free comics and graphic novels, and they’ll be handing out $150,000 worth of $5 Amazon Appstore credits toward comiXology content at their SXSW Gaming Expo booth #125
For those who can’t attend, head to this link where you can follow their giveaways happening almost every hour.
It looks like comic conventions got another player as AC Boardwalk Con (ACBC for short) has entered the crowded market with a brand new show starting May 14-17, 2015 in Atlantic City. The convention was started by some marketing folks who have done booth designs and event marking and clients have included Marvel and 2K Games. The goal is to bring a full-fledged con experience to the East coast at the beginning of the con season (late spring/early summer).
The plan is for an interactive experience for both fans and exhibitors and the conventions is “in negotiations with some of the comic and gaming industries’ major publishers, as well as with top-tier creators and celebrity guests.”
From a release, some of the highlights of the show are:
- The 30,000 square foot ACBC Cosplay Ballroom Party is the ultimate Cosplayers’ Party. Realistic, panoramic backdrops for walk-up photos, celebrity Cosplayer Hosts, pop-up performances and more are just some of the happenings at the ACBC Cosplay Ballroom Party.
- The ACBC UnMasked Experience is a first-come/first-served experience where celebrity guests kick back and enjoy a more intimate experience with the fans.
- The ACBC High Rollers Lounge is one of the more exclusive experiences at the con. Membership includes cocktails with celebrities in a laid back and interactive environment. Membership is extended to only 200 attendees.
- Keep an eye on the ACBC Spotlight Stages where pop-up experiences from Exhibitors, Vendors, Celebrities, and Industry Professionals take place when you least expect it.
- Enroll in classes taught by industry leaders in the ACBC School for Fans. The more classes you attend, the more Con-Creds you earn. The more Con-Creds you earn, the better your ACBC Graduation Gift will be!
- The ACBC Emerging-Creator Program allows up-and-coming creators (writers, artists, developers and programmers) to have a chance of one-on-one meetings with comics and video gaming publishers and industry leaders in 15-minute segments. This unique opportunity allows the participant to have their work reviewed in front of them, while getting direct feedback on their work.
- Meet your favorite Artists in the ACBC ArtPod Experience! ArtPods position artists and their work in a gallery setting right in the midst of the Show Floor.
- Cosplayers rejoice! Private changing rooms offer more space than a phone booth and a secret lair to kick your boots off. Emergency Repair Stations, equipped with the essentials a Cosplayer could need: sewing machines, materials, painting areas, etc. are available right in the convention center. Become a member of the ACBC Secret Identity League and get full access during show hours.
- A special Grand Marshall for the ACBC Midnight Masquerade Parade down the famous AC Boardwalk.
I myself will find it hard not to spend my time in the casinos themselves instead of the conventions floor.
BOOM! Studios has announced it will exhibit at the 3rd Annual London Super Comic Con, to be held during the weekend of March 15-16 at the Excel Centre in London.
The BOOM! booth can be found in the Central Publisher Spotlight Arena and will host creators Roger Langridge, Mike Carey, Matt Gagnon, and Frazer Irving, plus sketch artists Wook-Jin Hunter Clark and Josceline Fenton. In addition, a special LSCC variant cover illustrated by Fenton for the Adventure Time #25 anniversary issue will be available for purchase through the convention.
BOOM! will be participating in a portfolio review on Sunday from 2:30-3:30 pm with Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon.
BOOM! will also put on the following panel:
BOOM! Studios Presents: We Are BOOM!
Sat., March 15, 12:45 p.m.
Comic Heroes Panel Room
Last year was a banner year for BOOM! highlighted by the release of our first feature 2 GUNS (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and a new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! line-up, and launched our newest imprint BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon and a few Special Guests as they share our mission to create the future of comics…now. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.
Question-and-answer sessions with top celebrities like Chris Hemsworth, Bruce Campbell, WWE Superstar Sheamus, Julie Benz and Stan Lee, meet-and-greets, adult and kids costume contests, a screening of the new CW series The 100, historical discussions on comics and video games, a film festival and an array of comics and pop culture themed panels comprise the robust featured programming schedule at Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con, March 7-9 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission.
Some of the highlights of the schedule include:
- Interactive Q&A sessions with Hemsworth (Sun., 4 p.m.), Campbell (Sat., 5:45 p.m.), Sheamus (Fri., 6:45 p.m.), Benz (Sat., 11 a.m), Lee (Sat., 3 p.m.), William Shatner (Sat., 5 p.m.), Michael Rooker (Sun., 2:30 p.m.), Billy Dee Williams (Sat., 12:30 p.m.) and other celebrities
- Informative discussions with noted comics creators Chris Claremont (Fri., 5 p.m.), Michael Golden (Sun., 11:30 a.m.), Josef Rubinstein, Joe Weems and Danny Fingeroth (Sun., 12:30 p.m.) and more
- “Hollywood Confidential” with James Marsters, on how to break into the business (Sat., noon, paid event)
- Advanced screening of the new CW series “The 100”
- Evening parties on Friday (“Wizard World Creator Pro Am,” 9 p.m.); Saturday (“Wizard World Official Masquerade Party,” 10 p.m.)
- Costume contests for adults (Saturday, 7 p.m.) and kids (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.)
- Untold Stories From The Early Days Of Video Game Development (Fri., 6 p.m.)
- Wizard World Comic Con Film Festival, featuring selected shorts and music videos (Fri., Sat.)
- 1939: The Year That Changed Everything, discussion about that iconic year for the comics world
- Meet-and-greets with Lee (Sat, 10:30 a.m.) and Jason David Frank (Sat., noon; Sun., 11 a.m.), (paid events)
- Kids Day (Sunday), with an array of kids and family activities designed just for the younger set, highlighted by the Green Ranger Power Hour with Jason David Frank (2 p.m.)
Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms at the Sacramento Convention Center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.
A full list of Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con programming is below (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change):
Friday, March 7
4:45-5:30pm Returning To Carl Sagan’s Cosmos (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
5:00 – 5:45pm Spotlight On Chris Claremont (Room 104)
5:00 – 8:00pm Wizard World Film Festival (Big Sur Room)
5:45 – 6:30pm Costumes + Playing = Cosplay! So What Does That Actually Mean? (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
6:00 – 6:45pm Untold Stories From The Early Days Of Video Game Development (Room 104)
6:45 – 7:30pm WWE® Superstar Sheamus® (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
7:00 – 7:45pm Cosplay Filmmaking 101 (Room 104)
9:00 – 11:00pm Creator Pro Am: Drink & Draw (Pizza Rock, 1020 K St, Sacramento, 21+)
Saturday, March 8
10:30 – 11:15am Stan Lee Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 201)
11:00 – 11:45am Create-A-Comics-Story With Chris Claremont And Jimmie Robinson (Room 103)
11:00 – 11:45am Sexuality In Cosplay (Room 104)
11:00 – 11:30am One-On-One With Julie Benz (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
11:45 – 12:15am One-On-One With Michael Rosenbaum (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
12:00 – 12:45pm The History Of Q-Bert (Room 103)
12:00 – 1:30pm Hollywood Confidential – Paid Event (Room 104)
12:00 – 12:45pm Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 201)
12:30 – 1:00pm One-On-One With Billy Dee Williams (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
1:00 – 1:45pm Unleashing Creativity (Room 103)
1:15 – 1:45pm One-On-One With Jason David Frank: Power Ranger (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
2:00 – 2:45pm Figure Drawing For Popular Media (Room 103)
2:00 – 2:45pm 1939: The Year That Changed Everything (Batman Was Just The Beginning!) (Room 104)
2:00 – 2:45pm CW31 Presents An Advanced Screening Of “the 100” (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
2:00 – 5:00pm The Wizard World Film Festival (Big Sur Room)
3:00 – 3:45pm The Art Of Animation Production With Animator/Director Tom Cook (Room 103)
3:00 – 3:45pm Cosplay & Fanfilms (Room 104)
3:00 – 3:45pm One-On-One With Stan Lee (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
4:00 – 4:45pm TV & Film Production In Sacramento (Room 103)
4:00 – 4:45pm Will Eisner Week: Why Eisner Matters (Room 104)
4:00 – 4:45pm One-On-One With James Marsters (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
5:00 – 5:45pm The Ace Of Geeks: How Can We Stop Bullying At Conventions? (Room 103)
5:00 – 5:45pm Grimm Fairy Tales Animated (Room 104)
5:00 – 5:30pm One-On-One With William Shatner (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
5:45 – 6:30pm Bruce Campbell Versus The Audience (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
6:00 – 6:45pm The History Of Us Vs Them (Room 103)
6:00 – 6:45pm Super Hero Cinema: Sequels And Spin-Offs (Room 104)
7:00 – 7:45pm H.P. Lovecraft In Popular Culture (Room 104)
7:00 – 9:00pm Wizard World Costume Contest (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
10:00pm – Close Wizard World Official Masquerade Party (D30, 1022 K St, Sacramento) (Dress Code Enforced, 21+)
Sunday, March 9
11:00 – 11:45am Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 201)
11:30am – 12:15pm Storytelling With Michael Golden (Room 103)
11:30am – 12:15pm Jumping Through The Looking Glass: Cosplay as Hobby and Lifestyle (Room 104)
11:45am – 12:15pm One-On-One With Ralph Macchio (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
12:30 – 1:15pm Inkers On Inking With Josef Rubinstein And Joe Weems (Room 103)
12:30 – 1:15pm Who Can Be A Geek? Anyone Who Wants To/Women In The Geek World (Room 104)
12:30 – 1:00pm One-On-One With James Hong (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
1:15 – 1:45pm One-On-Two With The Boondock Saints (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
1:30 – 2:15pm Battle For Multicultural Heroes (Room 103)
1:30 – 2:15pm Superstar Artists Roundtable With Humbero Ramos, Paolo Rivera, Jimmie Robinson and Eric Nguyen (Room 104)
2:00 – 3:00pm The Green Power Ranger Power Hour (Room 201)
2:00 – 2:30pm How To Survive A Killer Tv Show With Jon Bernthal (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
2:30 – 3:15pm Wizard World Kids Costume Contest (Room 104)
2:30 – 3:00pm Michael Rooker Vs The Audience (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
4:00 – 4:45pm One-On-One With Chris Hemsworth (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first served basis. Wizard World does not clear panel rooms unless you are seated in a section that is marked with a sign at the end of the row reading: ROW WILL BE CLEARED AT THE END OF EACH PANEL
Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con show hours are Friday, March 7, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, March 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This coming weekend, comiXology dominates SXSW Interactive with a whole host of activities including: sponsoring the SXSW Geek Stage; a special panel; happy hour; free comics offered throughout the event; and handing out $150,000 worth of $5 Amazon Appstore credits toward comiXology content at comiXology’s SXSW Gaming Expo booth #125 & 127.
From March 7th through the 9th, comiXology will sponsor the SXSW Geek Stage where all the big announcements are made and comiXology will be covering the events live as they happen on their social channels. ComiXology will also be having their own panel on the Geek Stage and making an announcement that is sure to excite new and current comics fans. The comiXology panel will be topped off with a happy hour following.
In addition, comiXology will also be giving out a select amount of free digital comics and graphic novels before and after the events happening on the Geek Stage. If that wasn’t enough, comiXology and Amazon Appstore will be handing out $150,000 worth of $5 dollar gift credits to purchase comics on comiXology’s Amazon Appstore Android App!
Friday, March 7 – 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday, March 8 – 9 – 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
SXSW Gaming Expo – Palmer Events Center, Exhibit Hall 1
900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Get a front row seat and hear the latest on comiXology’s social channels throughout the weekend. (Free digital comics and graphics novels too!)
ComiXology: Take Comics Further
Saturday, March 8 – 4:30PM – 5:15PM
SXSW Gaming Expo – The Geek Stage
Free & open to the public! Top grossing digital comics platform comiXology electrifies the SXSW GEEK Stage in this not-to-be-missed event! Join comiXology’s David Steinberger (co-founder & CEO) & John D. Roberts (co-founder) and moderator Chip Mosher as they unveil the next big thing for digital comics and graphic novels.
SXSW Happy Hour Presented by comiXology
Saturday, March 8 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm
SXSW Gaming Expo – Near The Geek Stage
Right after the panel, enjoy a Texas-size beer with the comiXology crew as they celebrate another year at SXSW!
Booth & Giveaways:
ComiXology SXSW Gaming Expo Booth #125 & 127 Join us at Booth #125 & 127 where we’ll be giving demos of the comiXology platform, and we’ll also be giving away $5 gift credits good for digital comics purchases on the Amazon appstore.
Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal Daredevil #1 Exclusive Variant Cover By Michael Golden For Louisville Comic Con
Marvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. today revealed the latest edition of its 2014 series of exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles with the unveiling of Daredevil #1, drawn by veteran artist Michael Golden.VIP attendees at Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, March 28-30 at the Kentucky International Convention Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration.
Golden is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies (autograph fees may apply). Leading professional comic grader CGC will also be on hand to accept books for grading and Signature Series.
The colored version of Daredevil #1 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World Louisville Comic Con VIP attendees, including any celebrity VIP packages. The Black & White sketch version is limited to just 2,500 copies and will be available for sale at the Wizard World Store on the convention floor. Quantities per purchase may be limited.
Golden’s Daredevil #1 follows the first three entries, Miracleman #1 and Miracleman #2, both drawn by Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams for Wizard World Portland Comic Con (Jan. 24-26) and New Orleans Comic Con (Feb. 7-9), respectively, and Wolverine #1, illustrated by noted cover artist Greg Horn, for Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con (March 7-9). Artwork is also complete for Wolverine And The X-Men #1 by David Mack for Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con (April 4-6).
Golden, co-creator of the X-Men’s Rogue character, Spartan X and Bucky O’Hare, is known worldwide for his groundbreaking work on “The ‘Nam,” “Micronauts,” “G.I. Joe Yearbook,” and “Dr. Strange,” among many other works. He is counted as one of the best cover designers and storytellers in the business.
Join Marvel’s fearless hero as he begins his most awe-inspiring adventure yet in the sunny city of San Francisco! Gifted with an imperceptible radar sense and a passion for justice, blind lawyer Matt Murdock—a.k.a. Daredevil—protects the Golden City’s streets from all manner of evil. But big changes are in store for Matt Murdock as old haunts and familiar faces rise to give the devil his due. Hold on tight, because here comes Daredevil…the Man Without Fear! Written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Chris Samnee. 32 PGS./Rated T+
Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams, writing legend Chris Claremont, Eisner winner Paolo Rivera and nominee Ethan Van Sciver are among the more than 50 leading comics creators scheduled to attend the inaugural Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con, March 7-9 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Adams, perhaps best known for having revived the Batman and X-Men franchises and Van Sciver will appear all three days, while Claremont and Rivera are scheduled to attend on Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9.
Among the other internationally-known artists and writers to populate the first Sacramento Comic Con Artist Alley are Phil Ortiz, Humberto Ramos, Greg Horn, Michael Golden and Arthur Suydam.
Eisner Award Hall of Famer Stan Lee will also appear in the celebrity autograph area, along with superstars Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead, Chris Hemsworth of Thor, Star Trek‘s Captain Kirk William Shatner, WWE Superstar Sheamus and many others. Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con is the third of 16 events currently scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc.
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con show hours are Friday, March 7, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, March 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place all three days at the event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Sunday, March 9, is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming specially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.
Sacramento Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor, often stopping by the Show Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.
Block off the weekend of September 5-7, 2014 on your calendar — the Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center for its first 3-day event!
The convention has announced 5 returning guests, industry veterans all! Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tom Raney, Budd Root, Andy Smith, and Jim Starlin will once again be joining our annual celebration of comics, art, and popular culture!
This year’s previously confirmed guests for the show include: Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Dave Bullock (Batman Black and White); Greg Capullo (Batman); Bernard Chang (Green Lantern Corps); Sean Chen (Amazing Spider-Man); Jimmy Cheung (Infinity); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (X-Men: Battle of the Atom); Richard Clark (House of Gold & Bones); Steve Conley (Bloop); Alan Davis (Wolverine); Tommy Lee Edwards (Star Wars); Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys); David Finch (Forever Evil); Dave Gibbons (Watchmen); Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar); Michael Golden (The Ravagers); Cully Hamner (Animal Man); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Fred Hembeck (Garfield); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); JG Jones (Green Lantern Corps, Batman Black and White); Justin Jordan (Luther Strode, Green Lantern: New Guardians); Barry Kitson (Empire); Aaron Kuder (Action Comics); David Mack (Shadowman); Kevin Maguire (Guardians of the Galaxy); Alex Maleev (Moon Knight); Ron Marz (Witchblade); Bob McLeod (X-Men: Gold); Tradd Moore (Deadpool Annual); Mark Morales (New Avengers); Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Joe Prado (Justice League); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Ivan Reis (Aquaman and The Others); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man); Andy Smith (Superman #23.1: Bizarro); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Charles Soule (Thunderbolts); Ben Templesmith (The Memory Collectors); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Two-Face); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Herb Trimpe (GI Joe: A Real American Hero); Billy Tucci (Shi); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Mark Waid (Daredevil); Bill Willingham (Fables); Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony).