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Wizard World Richmond Attendees to Receive The Walking Dead #1 Variant By Ken Kelly

The Walking Dead #1 Ken KellyWizard World, Inc. and Skybound have announced “KISS” album cover artist Ken Kelly has drawn the 13th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Richmond, July 31 – Aug. 2.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Greater Richmond Convention Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

Kelly was naturally talented as a child and was practically born with pencil in his hand. As his style developed in later years, he decided to join the Marines. While stationed in Cuba, he drew all the illustrations for the U.S. magazine “The Gitmo Gazette”. After serving four years in the Marines, Ken Kelly accepted an offer to train under Frank Frazetta. Throughout a career spanning over 40 years, Ken Kelly has achieved an international reputation as one of a handful of master painters of sword and sorcery/heroic fantasy.

Ken got his start doing covers for “Famous Monsters of Filmland” magazines, but it wasn’t until he painted both the “Destroyer” and “LoveGun” covers for KISS that he became noticed around the globe. Since then he has since painted a tremendous amount of book covers (his “Conan” covers being some of his most beloved works), artwork for toy companies such as Mattel (He-Man) and Mego (Micronauts). Kelly currently is under contract with Gene Simmons of the heavy metal band KISS, Kelly paints guitars exclusively for Simmons.

The Wizard World Comic Con Richmond celebrity roster includes The Walking Dead star Michael Cudlitz. Other stars attending include William Shatner, Billie Piper, Billy Dee Williams, Billy Boyd, Sean Astin, WWE Diva Paige, Kristin Bauer, and Drea de Matteo and many others.

In addition to Kelly, Artist Alley in Richmond will feature Mike Grell, Mike Zeck, Michael Golden, James O’Barr, Renee Witterstaetter, Clinton Hobart, Marv Wolfman, Danny Fingeroth and more.

Richmond show hours are Friday, July 31, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, August 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

SDCC 2015: Conan Recap: 7/10/2015

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“The Walk of Thrones”

Conan goes for the hat trick as he hosts his third live show from the nexus of the universe via Comic Con in San Diego, CA. Tonight’s episodes promise to be big as two HUGE blockbuster casts: The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones will be the special guests. I for one cannot wait. (As the kids would say these days, I can’t even.)

In the opening monologue he tells us what to expect while putting a zany spin on it of course. He pokes fun that the cast of Game of Thrones is here but they are all dead. He then says wahhh Jon Snow, prompting Andy to say “Never kill someone that’s hot.” (It’s all fun and games till a pack of fans dressed as wildlings attack.. No not really, but hey it could happen.) Conan tells us about the great panels that Comic Con hosts. The big one of course and one of the most anticipated in all the Nerd Nebula is the Star Wars panel. Conan like I, thinks ace director J.J. Abrams will do wonders with the franchise. (Go ahead and recount your billions George, I sense the Force is quite strong with this one.) In a funny yet sad point Conan points out what I’ve often wondered for years. He poses the question of “Why are there so many people at the My Little Pony panels, and why are the audiences mostly men?” To each his own I guess but its nice to see that I am not the only one who is plagued by this conundrum. Another unsolved mystery I suppose.

Next we switch gears to the topic of Game of Thrones, but more specifically it’s gargantuan author George R.R. Martin himself. Now It’s pretty well known fact that he is currently at work on the next installment of the fantasy novel powerhouse titled: The Winds of Winter, but Conan tells us that he has procured “illegal” footage of the author from his home as he rolls the tape..


Now I must say the sight of George on his estate playing with bubbles was just hilarious! The fun doesn’t stop there as we next see him sitting in a lounge chair controlling a remote toy car. We then find George in what appears to be deep thought and just when you think he might write something, he switches modes and heads to his game room to perform a solo on his bongos. Then later on in the footage he goes mysteriously missing until a sweep of the rooms in his house shows him running from his patio wearing a bathing suit and suspenders to jump on a giant inflatable turtle! (There’s more here but I can’t do it all justice. It’s just nice to see such a big celebrity have an even larger sense of whimsy.) This was all around great. Liking the show’s pacing tonight so far.

Then of course, my praise yields because we get a ridiculous throw away bit of a fake astronaut supposedly coming back from a mission to Jupiter after his crew has been killed by aliens. (Yawn) Wait! he’s here to play us some smooth tunes on his saxophone. (Double yawn) All of a sudden an alien breaks free from his chest, just like the movie Alien and decides to play a mini sax of it’s own. (Triple yawn and super face palm. That was just terrible and dragged on too long for mine and anyone with taste, tastes.)

We return back from commercial and get a offer for another special edition Conan PoP! toy. Tonight’s giveaway is Zombie Conan and viewers need to use the code: The Walking Red to win. Besides the Batman one from the previous episode this would be the most sought after one for me.)

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Just when I thought he’d get the show back on track we get another bloated skit, with Andy showing us the weather in CA as well as almost every major fictional realm. The only part of this that was anywhere near entertaining was when he gave us the forcast for Westeros (The world of Game of Thrones) for the next 5,000 years. In short, Winter is Coming. Moving on..

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Finally after way too commercials and skits we get to the meaning of the evening and we are joined by the cast of The Walking Dead Danai Gurira (Michonne) Steven Yuen (Glenn) and Darryl himself, Norman Reedus. Once the women are done losing their minds and the squealing subsides we actually get a pretty good interview. Conan asks them about what is the level of crazy they go through now that the cast of the show is so well known. Each of them shares a brief story. Up first is Norman who says that he was on a plane recently waiting for take off when he noticed that all of the passengers were video taping him. He states he was just trying to eat his sandwich and in a moment that makes you say “Say it ain’t so Darryl!” he gets up and takes his sandwich to the airplane urinal. (Not to worry Norman, the ladies still love you, even if you eat some meals on the hopper.) Next up Danai tells us that the fans of the show are unique in that they seem to know the cast’s flight locations at all times. She shares with us a small group of fans that follow her to multiple airports on a consistant basis. (I’m a dedicated fan of the “Dead” but that’s a bit much. TSA should really screen those people. Oh wait..) Finally Steven shares with us that his inner most darkest fear is ghosts. Not because they ghosts mind you, but because they don’t play fair. (Well they been dead along time Steven, what else do they have to do?)

We then get a cool onscreen statistic about the total number of “walker kills” for each of the cast’s characters.

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(Behold the badassness)

Before the gang heads back to the walls of Alexandria, Conan asks them if they can share anything at all about the upcoming Season 6 in October. Norman tells us that there is sure to be conflict in this season. (Geesh no kidding Norman. Maybe even some Walking too?) Well those juicy spoilers are sure to whet our appetites until the Fall. Conan then thanks them all for coming and they head off. All in all, just a likable bunch of people and a good interview. October can’t arrive soon enough.

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Quick commercial break and we are back with our main even of the evening, the cast of Game of Thrones! There are clearly too many of them and the set would need a limo couch to hold them all. Conan welcomes Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Carice Van Houten (Melisandre) Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) John-Bradley West (Samwell Tarly) and Conleth Hill (Lord Varys) (Whew try saying that just one time fast!) Since there are so many chairs on the set Conan jokingly welcomes us to his version of “The View”. Each of the cast like the previous get to share a spicy tidbit with us. John-Bradley says fans despite all the amazing things they see on a “fantasy” show, can’t believe he’s still fat. (That had me speechless) Carice tells us she’s just happy she doesn’t have to be naked on the show all the time because it saves her from counting carbs. Maisie tells us she’s glad her character gets to actually shoot on location in a beautiful setting this season. Those were all entertaining comments but by far and away the best one of the night goes to Sophie. She tells us she’s had to grow up fast on the show and has been part of it since she was 13. Her parents asked her if they should have the “talk” with her. Her reply is epic. “Mom I’m on Game of Thrones! What could you teach me?” The cast also reveals that the writers play gags with fake scripts. As the interview starts to heat up, Conan informs us that we are out of time. What? Gee maybe because all the lame skits? If you’re going to book this, do it right. That was a rookie move.

Overall: This had such promise with both casts on board, but with the insane amount of commercials and long skits it really took something away here. Tomorrow we venture to the Final Conan Frontier and we are promised a surprise movie cast! If only we could do this one over properly..




SDCC 2015: The Walking Dead: Season 6

Get an early look at the all-new Season 6 of The Walking Dead before it premieres on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9/8c

The Rise And Fall Of Horror Comics

Source: wikipedia

Horror comics have had it rough.

For a few years they were at the forefront of the comic book industry, pushing the envelope with the stories they told, and influencing some of the most recognizable names in horror over the past five decades. From the late 40’s to the mid 50’s, horror comics essentially printed money for their publishers.

It would not, it could not, last.

There is some debate as to the first horror comic; Prize Comics #7 began an eight page feature adapting Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,  causing some to label it as the first true horror series. There were other adaptations during the early to  mid 40’s, one of which was Gilberton Publications Classic Comics #13. Printing a full adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Classic Comics #13 is the earliest known comic book dedicated purely to horror.

Comic book cover shows a bald, robed man moving toward a frightened woman on the floor in a strapless dress. Her hands and feet are bound. Price of the comic is listed as 10 cents.

Source: wikipedia

However the first horror comic with original content is widely recognized as Eerie Comics #1, by Avon Publications cover dated January of 1947 (but the comic was actually published at the tail end of 1946). This volume of Eerie Comics never had a second issue, but it was relaunched in 1951.

Horror comics enjoyed some popularity on the newsstands, but it wasn’t until 1950 when EC Comics came on the scene that the genre really exploded with EC’s “trifecta of terror”: The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, and Crypt of Terror – which later became Tales from the Crypt.

The stories in the above comics, and the others that would follow, are bloody, gory, gruesome, macabre, sinister, and, at times, silly. They were truly horrific comics, but for some they were absolutely wonderful, and their influence on game-changing artists and writers can’t be overstated. Stephen King and George Romero, both hugely influential men on their own, created the film Creepshow as a love letter to the comics that influenced them as children. Alan Moore, one of the most acclaimed comic book writers of the past few decades, has a character reading an EC Comics-like story at a newsstand throughout the main story of Watchmen. Years later, HBO would develop a very successful anthology television show that ran from 1989 to 1996 based on the content of many EC stories published in during the 50’s, turning the Cryptkeeper into a household name.

But the golden age of horror comics of the early to mid 50’s would not last.

With the fallout from Fredric Wertham‘s book Seduction of the Innocent, and the Comics Code Authority (CCA) that resulted, horror comics, hit hard than any other genre, were virtually wiped out over night. Jobs were lost, publishers nearly went out of business, and the face of comics changed forever. Horror comics were everywhere, until suddenly they weren’t.

To say horror comics vanished over night isn’t strictly accurate. The essence of the comics stayed alive despite the CCA’s best efforts. James Warren of Warren Publishing would produce black and white horror comics, but published as a magazine, they were exempt from the CCA’s rules. By publishing these stories in a magazine format, Warren paved the way for other publishers to produce horror comics magazines.

Horror comics, like any good villain, wouldn’t stay down forever.

Although the Comics Code Authority spelled the end of horror comics for many years, we are currently experiencing a resurgence in horror comics – in a large part, perhaps, because the CCA has been entirely abandoned by publishers. The  old EC Comics, those classically macabre stories that are finally making their way into reprinted volumes that for fans of the genre are an unparalleled look into the past. Modern comic books like The Walking Dead, American Vampire, and 30 Days of Night are only a handful of the titles that are carrying the torch of influence that can traced back to the golden age of horror of the early 50’s.

While perhaps not as popular as they were 60 years ago, when they accounted for almost a quarter of all comics published, horror comics have been making a steady return to prominence in the comic book world.

That’s not a bad thing.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

We Are RobinWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: Raputin #6 (Image Comics) – The end of the first story arc caught me off-guard as it left Rasputin dead from being shot. Fast forward 100 years, and the mad monk is now working as a political aide for a Presidential Candidate. Wait, what!? The first arc was solid, this second one starts off with a bang. If you missed that first arc, the trade paperback is out this week too!

Fight Club 2 #2 (Dark Horse Comics) – The first issue was fantastic, and this second one is a world wind in madness. Chuck Palahniuk continues Tyler Durden’s story, and so far it’s amazing.

Legacy of Luther Strode #2 (Image Comics) – Give me some of that good ole ultraviolence. The kung-fu action is over the top, and over the top bloody, and beyond entertaining too.

Material #2 (Image Comics) – Ales Kot’s first issue got me to think. I’m expecting more of the same for the second issue as things hopefully become clearer and the various stories begin to merge in some way. A comic that’s socially conscious and relevant.

Transformers: Windblade #4 (IDW Publishing) – A new lost colony has been found, and Starscream and Windblade vie to make them part of the new Transformers world. Who will win out, and who will gain influence? This series focuses on Windblade’s effort with absolutely beautiful art that makes it stand out from the other Transformers series.



Top Pick: Mulan Revelations #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Although it comes off looking a bit like Image’s Lazarus, this futuristic dystopian cyberpunk uses an unlikely heroine for its lead as the actual historical character is transported through time to the future of China.

Batgirl #41 (DC Comics) – The new Batman didn’t really go over all that well as the story arc to follow after End Game, but Batgirl has been running as one of the best quality comics for a few months now.  What happens when the two meet?

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents the Little Mermaid #5 (Zenescope) – Although it has been a little up and down in terms of its story telling, this miniseries is likely to launch the Little Mermaid back into relevance as one of Grimm Fairy Tales main heroines.  What that means is decided here.

Jem and the Holograms #4 (IDW Publishing)  – The subject matter has not been very deep, but neither has there really been any misstep in this entire series thus far.  This is a series for those that can let their comics be fun and not only about superheroes.

MODOK Assassin #2 (Marvel) – The first issue of this series was unquestionably the biggest surprise of the Secret Wars tie-ins thus far and undoubtedly one of the most fun as well (and violent).  Whether it can carry on this momentum will be interesting to see.



Top Pick: Secret Six TP Vol. 2: Money for Murder (reissue) (DC Comics) – This TP contains the rightfully legendary panels in which Dick!Batman punches Catman saying “If you must know…I had a burrito!”

This is peak Gail Simone and it’s some of the best comics ever.

This TP is a reissue of “Unhinged” and some subsequent issues, which is really the 3rd volume of Gail Simone’s groundbreaking series in the 00s that started with Villains United. All if it is a must-read.

This series is about a team of bad men and bad women learning to take care of each other. If you like complex but funny characters, like your humor dark and enjoy laughing while you are being gutted by metal claws (metaphorically), your heat-strings played upon by deranged masked killers — and who doesn’t– then you need to buy this book to survive.

Top Pick: Fight Club 2 #2 (Dark Horse) – This series is smart and fun. If you loved Fight Club (like I do) and your the right kind of fan (you know, the good kind, that appreciates the story as an examination of the crisis of masculinity and as a queer text) then you need to be reading this series. It is a continuation of the original book taking place some years into the future and written by Palahniuk himself. The art is first-rate too.

Batgirl #41 (DC Comics) –  I was sure that we were about to get a new Oracle in the form of Frankie, Bab’s awesome coder roomate (who also uses crutches). But now I don’t know! Based on last night’s podcast where we interviewed writer Brenden Fletcher I’m now calling this issue Schrödinger’s Oracle. It may not happen. Open the box.

Kaptara #3 (Image Comics) – I’m just getting into this unprecedentedly creative space opera/comedy. Nothing else like it out there. The art style has a look thats somewhat psychedelic. Our lead character is a gay scientist of indian descent who drips sarcasm and insecurity and is a pleasure to read.

Material #2 (Image Comics) – Writer Ales Kot is doing something completely unique in comics. This book feels a bit like post modernist literary fiction. Except its a comic. And unlike literary fiction these days I actually enjoy it. A lot. Smart and political and worth your attention. He was our guest on the podcast a few weeks back. Have a listen.

We Are Robin #1 (DC Comics) – I want to like this. The youth of Gotham unite and declare themselves Robin. That sounds like a sentiment I can get behind. I don’t know the creative team. Will have to check it out!


Johnny with Comixstravaganza Live

Top Pick: We Are Robin #1 (DC Comics) – I’ve never been a huge Batman fan, so I’ve never actively read or collected any bat titles. But this concept of the collective youth of Gotham adopting Robin as their symbol is intriguing. I’ll be picking this one up just to see how it is executed.

Ant-Man: Larger Than Life (Marvel) – I’m a little shocked that this book stars THE Ant-Man, Hank Pym instead of Scott Lang. As a long time Hank Pym fan, this has me hopeful about his character in the upcoming film and MCU as a whole, but more than that, could this be signaling a change in direction for Pym? Recent storylines suggest he sacrificed himself to stop Ultron in Rage of Ultron, but could this book be signaling a new return of Pym? Probably not, but I like to hold out hope.

Captain Midnight #24 (Dark Horse Comics) – It all ends here. This title has been for me the most satisfying monthly book over the last two years. Josh Williamson knows how to write these pulp-era characters, and this series has shown it in a big way!

Rasputin #6 (Image Comics) – Just when you though the story had ended, we jump forward 100 years to the present where the “Mad Monk” may still be alive? I’ve loved the way Alex Grecian portrayed Rasputin in a heroic way as a healer, and Rossmo’s art is absolutely gorgeous! If you missed issues 1-5 you can also pick up the collected TPB out this week too!

The Shadow #100 (Dynamite Entertainment) – My top pick! I got the preview copy last week and just fell over with the writing and art. This is an anthology issue with various creators, but most notable is Francesco Francavilla, and Howard Chaykin. I’ve always said Chaykin was born to draw the Phantom, but Francavilla’s work is unbelievable! He is definitely another artist who was born to draw The Shadow! I hope we see more Shadow from him soon!


Mr. H

Top Pick: We are Robin #1 (DC Comics) – Social Media Superheroes? This one sounds so intriguing just cannot pass up. A true team that is reflective of the world right outside our window.

Batgirl #41 (DC Comics) – The new Batman (Commissioner Gordon) encounters his (Batgirl) daughter. A can’t miss father/ daughter showdown!

Grayson #9 (DC Comics) – Dick Grayson: Secret Agent? Yes Please! DC Comics reimagining of one of it’s most beloved characters into a super spy continues after the long Convergence break. Plus adding Helena Bertenelli (Huntress) into the mix sounds fantastic!

Green Lantern: The Lost Army #1 (DC Comics) – Power Rings, survival journey and adventure along the way with everyone’s favorite cosmic cops? This one’s a no brainer. Can’t wait to see them light em’ up!

The Walking Dead #143 (Skybound/Image Comics) – It’s The Walking Dead. Can you ever get enough?



Top Pick: X-Men ’92 #1 (Marvel) – The X-Men from the 90s are back?? *Insert fanboy squeal here*  I might be getting ahead of myself, not knowing how Secret Wars will be portraying my merry mutants, but I am so excited to see this line up back, just as I remember they looked when I would walk into my comic shop all those years ago eager to read their latest adventure.  Here’s hoping myself and other fans are not disappointed.

E is for Extinction #1 (Marvel) – I’ve picked this title because I am a fan of all things X.  Secret Wars, to me, has not been the earth shattering event it was promoted to be.  But I am looking forward to a title devoted to the X-Men and what they’ve become in Battleworld.  I like the premise described as mutants really being ‘homo SUPERIOR’ and look forward to seeing a world where they are idolized and not feared.

Loki Agent of Asgard #15 (Marvel) – I have loved this book from day 1.  The journey of a twenty-something Loki, trying to escape his future self; finding a friend he actually cares about; finding himself doing the right thing (in his own special way) has been a Loki I easily got on board with.  Things are changing for him however, and I for one can’t wait to see how it all goes down.



Top Pick: X-Men ’92 #1 (Marvel) – Definitely had my interest piqued when I saw it in Previews for this month’s solicitations. We take nostalgic look at X-Men, from 23 years ago, with none other than JIM LEE returning for this series!!!!!

Evil Dead 2: Beyond Dead by Dawn #1 (Space Goat Productions) – Horror comics seem to be what is all the rage, and the fact they have this comic which picks up where the movies end, this sounds like it will be fun, if anything it gives the average Evil Dead fan something to look forward to before the new show premieres on Starz.

Fight Club 2 #2 (Dark Horse Comics) – Chuck Palahniuk continues Tyler Durden’s story in this new series from Dark Horse, the first issue did not disappoint, so  I am hoping Palaniuk has even more surprises in store in this issue.

Mulan Revelations #1 (Dark Horse) –  Another interesting reboot, to a well told legend, this time the guys at Dark Horse tackle Mulan , but in the same way the anime , 7 Samurai, reboots Akira Kurosawa ‘s classic film, hoping the execution lives to the promise.

We Are Robin #1 (DC Comics) – From the DCYou reboot going on at DC, hundreds of teenagers all over Gotham, are adopting the ”R”, adding a new dimension to the Batman mythos.

Walking Dead Vinyl Idolz out in September

Coming up next from Vinyl Idolz is The Walking Dead!

Rick Grimes is looking sharp in his sheriff outfit, surveying the scene and ready to lead his group (where’s Carl?) to safety!

You know him, you love him – of course we have the shaggy-haired Daryl Dixon with his beloved crossbow!

And don’t forget Michonne, who just wouldn’t be complete without her trusty samurai sword!

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The Walking Dead #1 Limited Edition Cover Revealed for Wizard World Sacramento

Paolo Rivera The Walking Dead #1Wizard World, Inc. and Skybound have announced that Mythos painter and Daredevil penciler and Eisner Award winner Paolo Rivera has drawn the 12th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento, June 19-21.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Sacramento Convention Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

Rivera started working for Marvel Comics in 2002. Although he began his career painting in oil, he has since moved on to penciling, inking, and coloring (with some occasional sculpting). He was born and raised in Daytona Beach, Fla., and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003, where he studied under David Mazzucchelli. He broke into the comics industry thanks to writer Jim Krueger, whom he met at Megacon in Orlando, Fla. (while still in high school).

Rivera’s best-known painted work is Mythos , a series of six richly-painted origin stories written by Paul Jenkins. Originally published as one-shots, it was collected into a hardcover edition in 2008. He now limits his painted work to covers including The Twelve, The Iliad, The Amazing Spider-Man and Wolverine, among many others. More recently, he penciled six issues of Mark Waid’s Daredevil run. His father, Joe Rivera, inked the issues, for which they received two Eisners.

The Walking Dead stars attending the second annual Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento include Norman Reedus, Christian Serratos and Scott Wilson. The celebrity roster also includes Danny Trejo, Katie Cassidy, Henry Winkler, Kelly Frye, WWE Divas The Bella Twins and Eva Marie, Charlie Carver, Malcolm McDowell, Alfonso Ribeiro and many others.

In addition to Rivera, Artist Alley in Sacramento will feature Neal Adams, Humberto Ramos, Mel Rubi, Phil Ortiz, Peter Bagge, Arthur Suydam, Ethan Van Sciver and more.

The Sacramento show hours are Friday, June 19, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Des Moines Gets a The Walking Dead #1 Exclusive Cover By Phil Hester

The Walking Dead #1 Phil HesterWizard World, Inc. and Skybound today announced that The Wretch and The Coffin creator and Iowa native Phil Hester has drawn the 11th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Des Moines, June 12-14.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Iowa Events Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

Hester has been making comics for over two decades, beginning while a student at the University of Iowa. He spent many years on the indie comics scene, culminating in his Eisner Award-nominated series The Wretch . Phil broke into the mainstream with a long run as penciler on DC’s Swamp Thing. He also drew Kevin Smith’s revival of Green Arrow with long time inker Ande Parks. He created The Coffin with artist Mike Huddleston, and Firebreather with artist Andy Kuhn, now a television feature for Cartoon Network. Phil lives in rural Iowa with his wife and two children.

Phil’s more recent work includes writing Kirkman’s Invincible Universe, IDW’s THUNDER Agents, and Dynamite’s The Shadow , as well as drawing DC’s Batman Beyond and The Flash TV comic. He has also written Mythic for Image comics.

The Wizard World Comic Con Des Moines celebrity roster includes The Walking Dead star Michael Cudlitz, as well as William Shatner, Robert Englund, Billy Dee Williams, Cassandra Peterson, Jewel Staite, Alex Kingston, WWE Superstar Seth Rollins and Diva Paige and many others.

In addition to Hester, Artist Alley in Des Moines will feature Neal Adams, Mike Zeck, Michael Golden, Arthur Suydam, James O’Barr, Renee Witterstaetter, Dean Haspiel, Kenneth Rocafort and more.

The Des Moines show hours are Friday, June 12, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Around the Tubes

Check out some news and reviews from around the web this past weekend in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Comichron – April 2015 comics sales boom; Star Wars #4, Convergence, new Walking Dead GN lead lists – Should be interesting to see this post Convergence and Secret Wars.

ComicsAlliance – Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Season Three Not Coming in 2015 – A shame, but at least it’s coming out.


Around the Tubes Reviews

The Beat – Secret Wars #2

Comic Vine – Thor #8

Comic Vine – X-O Manowar #36

Fashion Spotlight: Spawn Song, Buddy Cobra, and The Walking Dredd

Ript Apparel has three new designs today. Spawn Song, Buddy Cobra, and The Walking Dredd from tweedler92, ClayGraham, and BliMation will be for sale on May 8, 2015 only!


Spawn Song by tweedler92

Spawn Song

Buddy Cobra by ClayGraham

Buddy Cobra

The Walking Dredd by BliMation

The Walking Dredd




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