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Pop Culture Hero Coalition Making a Stand at C2E2

Pop Culture Hero CoalitionPop Culture Hero Coalition is making a stand for heroism in real life at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. The first-ever 501(c)(3) organization that uses the phenomenal popularity of TV, film and comics for real-life heroism, Pop Culture Hero Coalition stands against bullying, racism, misogyny, cyber-bullying, LGBT-bullying, and other forms of hate. The Coalition works in schools, comic-Partners include the United Nations Association, the NOH8 Campaign, the Anti-Defamation League, and the International Bullying Prevention Association.

The groundbreaking Coalition was founded in 2013 by actress Chase Masterson (Star Trek, The Flash) with world renowned experts Carrie Goldman (author, Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear; Harper Collins, 2012) and Matt Langdon (Founder, The Hero Construction Company and Hero Roundtable).

C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo)

Sunday, March 20 • 1:15 – 2:15 pm
South Building, McCormick Place • RM S403

End Bullying: Becoming a Superhero IRL

Been bullied? Turn kryptonite into your own personal strength with Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s powerful panel, back by popular demand! Topics: geek, cyber, sexist & LGBT-bullying, and heroism IRL. Learn strategies from celebs & experts, TBA. Moderated by Coalition Co-Founder Carrie Goldman (Author, Harper Collins’ Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear). With Q&A.

C2E2 panel participants include actor Ming Chen (AMC’s Comic Book Men), Amnesty International USA’s Ernest Coverson, DC comics writer Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Deadpool, X-Files), journalist Katie Schenkel (The Mary Sue), Dr. Kortney Peagram (Bulldog Solutions), and Rina Campbell (anti-bullying expert).

Goldman is also holding a panel in the Family HQ Stage:

Social Media and Social Conflict: How to Have Healthy Online Interactions
Friday, March 18 • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Join award-winning author Carrie Goldman for a must-attend workshop on how to resolve social conflict without letting it deteriorate into cyberbullying. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Using Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and other media in a positive way
  • Strategies to manage screen addiction
  • Understanding when to take social conflict offline
  • Teaching kids how to be educated consumers of sexualized media

Goldman will be available intermittently through the weekend at the Coalition’s booth, #531. Masterson is attending the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York this  week; the Coalition is one of the only media-oriented organizations attending this global event.

Coalition Partners include the United Nations Association, the NOH8 Campaign, the Anti-Defamation League, and the International Bullying Prevention Association.

SDCC 2016: The Convention Gets Its First Ever Ever Justice Rally: 7/21

pop culture hero coalitionBack by popular demand — and in light of recent events — Pop Culture Hero Coalition is holding the first-ever Pop Culture Justice Rally to end bullying, racism, misogyny and other forms of hate. Rally Speakers include Representative John Lewis’ Policy Advisor Andrew Aydin and co-author of the graphic novel trilogy, March.

SuperheroIRL! Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s Rally to End Bullying

Thursday, 7/21/166:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Room: 24ABC

Celebs and key press will speak from 6:30 – 7 pm. At 7 pm, experts in psychology and human rights activism will have a panel discussing strategies to use pop culture to navigate harassment, both online and IRL. Join in this topical, powerful discussion on how stories from comics, film and T.V. can mobilize us to overcome hate — and become heroes in our everyday lives.

Panelists include Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley (Founders, NOH8 Campaign), Agent Carter Co-Executive Producer Jose Molina (Castle, Firefly), Janina Scarlet, Ph.D. (Author, Superhero Therapy, Little Brown & Co., 2016), United Nations Association President Bettina Hausmann, Kate Langrall Folb (Director: USC Hollywood, Health & Society); panel features award-winning author and Coalition Co-Founder Carrie Goldman (Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear; #WheresRey), and Coalition Founder Chase Masterson (Star Trek, The Flash).

EW Senior Writer Anthony Breznican, Legion of Leia Founder Jenna Busch, and The Arkham Sessions’ Dr. Andrea Letamendi will speak at the rally.

Pop Culture Hero is the first-ever 501(c)(3) organization that uses the phenomenal popularity of TV, film, comics and games for real-life heroism over bullying, racism, misogyny, cyber-bullying, LGBT-bullying, and other forms of hate. The Coalition works in schools, comic-cons, and communities.

The groundbreaking Coalition was founded in 2013; Partners include the United Nations Association, the NOH8 Campaign, the Anti-Defamation League, and the International Bullying Prevention Association.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Announces Christina Merkler as New President

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education, is proud to announce that Christina Merkler has been named President of the CBLDF by unanimous vote of its board of directors. Merkler is the co-founder of Discount Comic Book Service, one of the nation’s largest comic book retail companies. She joins new board officers Vice President Chris Powell, VP – Retailer Services at Diamond Comics Distributors; Treasurer Ted Adams, Founder of IDW; and longtime CBLDF Secretary Dale Cendali, Partner at Kirkland & Ellis.

For more than thirty years, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has protected the First Amendment rights of comics field and developed powerful education efforts in the service of the community. CBLDF has defended a wide range of cases in 2018, most recently, the Fund successfully protected the graphic novel Fun Home in New Jersey.

Earlier this year, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and National Coalition Against Censorship released Be Heard!, a free comic book by cartoonist Kai Texel to help protect students’ rights by helping kids assert their rights to speech, protest, assembly and petition, and providing resources to get more help. The organization recently announced a line of high profile variant covers with leading comic book publisher, Image Comics.

CBLDF’s Board of Directors oversees CBLDF’s mission protecting, preserving, and promoting the freedom to read comics. CBLDF’s at-large directors are Jeff Abraham, Jennifer L. Holm, Reginald Hudlin, Katherine Keller, Paul Levitz, and Gene Luen Yang. Christina Merkler follows longtime CBLDF President Larry Marder, who retired from the board at San Diego Comic Con, along with Vice-President Milton Griepp, and board member Jeff Smith.

CBLDF Board of Directors:

Christina Merkler, President

Christina Merkler co-founded a small internet based company with her husband Cameron out of their home in 1999. Now, nearly two decades later Discount Comic Book Service is an ever reaching empire that handles the direct sales for comic book publishers like Image and Boom! Studios, plus several online domains to maintain their own distinct online presence.

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Chris Powell, Vice President

Working in the comics industry for more than 20 years, Chris Powell is now the Executive Director of Business Development for Diamond Comic Distributors.  He was previously employed as the General Manager & CRO of Lone Star Comics / Chris has served as the President of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and was a member of the Founding Board for ComicsPRO, the Direct Market comic retailers’ organization.  He served on the Board of Moderators for the Game Pro Symposium, the Advisory Board for the Game Store Resource Forum, and helped launch the ComicsPRO Mentoring Forum for new and potential comics retailers. Chris wrote the column “Comic Sense” for Krause Publications’ Comic & Game Retailer magazine and presents regularly at industry panels geared toward retailers and fans.

Ted Adams, Treasurer

Ted Adams is the founder of IDW Media Holdings, which includes IDW’s publishing, games, and entertainment divisions. Adams was also the company’s CEO and Publisher for 19 years where he developed and oversaw the execution of IDWM’s strategic growth plans, including development of its key media properties, publishing titles, and licensing initiatives.

Since founding IDW Publishing in 1999, IDW has been awarded “Publisher of the Year” five times by Diamond Comic Distributors and dozens of Eisner and Harvey Awards. IDW titles have also been regularly featured on the New York Times Best Seller List.

Adams is the producer on a number of TV shows including Syfy’s Wynonna Earp, BBCA’s Dirk Gently, and the upcoming Netflix shows, V-Wars, October Faction, and Locke and Key. He has also written a number of comics, including the creator-owned Diablo House, drawn by Santi Perez.

Adams has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and also sits on the board of Traveling Stories, a San Diego Based non-profit that helps kids fall in love with reading by Grade 4.

Dale Cendali, Secretary

Dale Cendali is a nationally recognized leader in the field of intellectual property. She is a partner in the prestigious law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, where she heads the firm’s Copyright, Trademark and Internet Practice Group. She has successfully litigated and tried numerous high profile cases and has argued before the United States Supreme Court. Her clients include myriad prominent individuals and companies who rely on her for her expertise in copyright, trademark, patent, Internet, trade secrets, defamation, false advertising, privacy and contractual matters. She has extensive experience representing clients in the entertainment, consumer products and technology sectors. Managing Intellectual Property Magazine named her trial victory for J.K. Rowling in the well-known “lexicon” fair use case the “Copyright Trial of the Year.”

Dale has been repeatedly ranked as a “top tier” lawyer for Chambers USA, which describes her as “one of the best lawyers in the country” in her field who combines” intellectual acuity” with a “tough hard working attitude”. The National Law Journal has named Dale as one of “America’s Top 50 Women Litigators” and also as one of the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America.” Super Lawyers magazine named her as one of the top 100 lawyers in New York, and profiled her in the feature story titled, “Truth, Justice and the Cendali Way.”

As the title of the profile hints, when she is not trying cases, Dale is an avid comic book collector and fan and has been since she was five years old. She is a big believer in comics as an artform and is deeply committed to the arts since her days as President of the Yale Dramatic Association. Among her pro bono representations was the successful defense at trial of The Martha Graham Dance Center in a case that threatened the Graham legacy.

Dale writes prolifically on legal issues and has chaired numerous bar committees. She is also an adjunct professor at Harvard Law School, where she teaches copyright and trademark litigation.

She is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

Jeff Abraham

Jeff Abraham is president of Random House Publisher Services (RHPS), a division of Random House, Inc., the largest U.S. trade book publisher.  RHPS is a leading provider of sales, distribution, digital and technology services to a broad portfolio of prominent independent publishers, including National Geographic Books, Rizzoli, Wizards of the Coast and many others. In the last few years RHPS has expanded its reach and established successful partnerships with Graphic Novel and Manga publishers, including DC Comics, Kodansha, Archie, and Vertical.

Mr.  Abraham’s involvement in the publishing industry began in the mid 1990s as CEO & president of Optimedia, an electronic publishing solutions provider in the STM field, working with clients such as Oxford University Press, Elsevier Science and the American Medical Association. Drawing on his deep experience in IT and innovative business approaches, Abraham also served as Executive VP of Sales & Business Development for AirSphere, an aviation technology company.  He continued using his experience in the publishing industry as the Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, a non-for-profit trade association dedicated to creating a more informed, empowered and efficient book industry supply chain for both physical and digital products.

Mr. Abraham is a graduate of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

Jennifer L. Holm

Jennifer L. Holm is a New York Times-bestselling children’s author and the recipient of three Newbery honors. Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on three graphic novel series—the Eisner-award winning Babymouse series, the bestselling Squish series, and My First Comics. Her new book is Babymouse: Miss Communication.

Reginald Hudlin

Director and producer Reginald Hudlin is a pioneer of the modern black film movement, helming some of the most influential films and TV series of his generation. His most recent efforts include directing the legal thriller “Marshall”, starring Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall, with Josh Gad, Kate Hudson and Sterling K. Brown. He also produced the revival of the series “Showtime At The Apollo” for Fox and produced the Civil War-era historical drama “Emperor”.

In February 2016, Hudlin was one of the producers of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ 88th Annual Academy Awards, for which he subsequently received an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Special Class Program. Additionally, he has been the executive producer of the NAACP Image Awards for the past six years (2013-2018).

In 2012, he was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award as one of the producers of Quentin Tarantino’s Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning film “Django Unchained”, one of the top-grossing Westerns of all time.

In his more than 30-year career, Hudlin has written, directed and/or produced numerous popular feature films including “House Party” (1990), “Boomerang” (1992) and “Bebe’s Kids” (1992). Hudlin was also an executive producer and writer of the animated TV series “Black Panther” and executive producer of “The Boondocks”. Along with the original founding members, Hudlin revived the beloved comic book company Milestone Media.

As Black Entertainment Television’s first president of entertainment (2005-2009), Hudlin shepherded some of the networks biggest hits and revamped the network’s news division, which went on to win more than a dozen awards during that period.

Hudlin has been honored by The NAACP, The American Civil Liberties Union, The United Negro College Fund, The Sundance Film Festival, The American Film Institute, The San Diego Comic Con, The African American Film Critics Association, and many more organizations.

Hudlin is on the board of the UCLA School of Film, Television and Theater; The Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Katherine Keller

A card-wielding CBLDF member since the late 1990s, Katherine Keller started working for University Libraries, UNLV in 1994 as a student worker and took a full-time staff position in 2000. Her duties for University Libraries have included public service on the reference and circulation desks, as well as behind-the-scenes positions in technical services. Currently, she works at UNLV’s Teacher Development & Resources Library, which works closely with UNLV’s College of Education. Her duties for the TDRL include outreach and instruction about graphic novels and comics.

Katherine’s rediscovery of comics back in 1992 lead to her 1997 marriage to Ralph Mathieu, owner of Las Vegas’s award-winning Alternate Reality Comics. In 1998 it led to her helping to found Sequential Tart, an independent webzine by women who love comics and pop culture.

In 2007, when the CBLDF needed help to pay for the defense of Gordon Lee, she organized a fundraising membership drive that raised $5,000.  She followed this in 2008 with another appeal that raised over $2,000 to help in the defense of Christopher Handley.

In addition to the CBLDF’s board, Katherine is currently on the steering committee for the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival, an event put on through the Clark County Library District as part of their effort to promote reading and literacy in Southern Nevada.

Paul Levitz

Paul Levitz was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1956, and entered the comics industry in 1971 as editor/publisher of The Comic Reader, the first mass-circulation fanzine devoted to comics news. He continued to publish TCR for three years, winning two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine. His other fan activities included editing the program books for several of Phil Seuling’s legendary New York Comic Art Conventions. He received Comic-con International’s Inkpot Award in 2002 and the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award in 2008. Levitz also serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Levitz is primarily known for his work for DC Comics, where he has written most of their classic characters including the Justice Society, Superman in both comics and the newspaper strip, and an acclaimed run on The Legion of Super-Heroes, a series he’s recently returned to write. Readers of The Buyers’ Guide voted his Legion: The Great Darkness Saga one of the 20 best comic stories of the last century, and visitors to the site comicbookresources.comselected the same story as #11 of the Top 100 Comic Book Stories of All Time. Cumulatively, Levitz has written over 300 stories with sales of over 25 million copies, and translations into over 20 languages. As a DC staffer from 1973, Levitz was an assistant editor, the company’s youngest editor ever, and in a series of business capacities, became Executive Vice President & Publisher in 1989 and then served as President & Publisher from 2002-2009. He continues to contribute to their publications as a writer, as well as writing books about comics (Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel) and new comics most recently Brooklyn Blood).

Levitz also teaches Writing For Media at Manhattanville College; Comics & Graphic Novels and Transmedia in Pace University’s MS in Publishing program; Writing Graphic Novels at Pace and the American Graphic Novel at Columbia University.

Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang writes, and sometimes draws, comic books and graphic novels. As the Library of Congress’ fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, he advocates for the importance of reading, especially reading diversely. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second Books, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. His two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints won the L.A. Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award Finalist. His other works include Secret Coders (with Mike Holmes), The Shadow Hero (with Sonny Liew), New Super-Man from DC Comics (with various artists), and the Avatar: The Last Airbender series from Dark Horse Comics (with Gurihiru). In 2016, he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. For more, visit

Anti-Bullying Gets the Spotlight at WonderCon

Pop Culture Anti-Bullying CoalitionBullying and harassment are big topics, and it’s being addressed by the Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition at WonderCon this coming weekend. Learn how to convert kryptonite into your own personal strength with Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition’s powerful panel, back at WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center by popular demand.

Jesse L. Martin of The Flash and Law & Order and the United Nations Association San Diego President Bettina Hausmann join the panel, along with celebs & experts Anthony Breznican, Deric Hughes, Dr. Andrea Letamendi, Jenna Busch, and Coalition Founder Chase Masterson.

Topics of discussion will include geek, cyber, and LGBT-bullying, becoming a hero IRL, and analyzing how media affects our attitudes toward bullying and aggression. There will be a Q&A.

End Bullying: Becoming a Superhero IRL

Sunday, 4/5/1510:30 am

Room 208

The unprecedented Coalition, which is all-volunteer and self-funded, was formed in 2013 by Chase Masterson and author Carrie Goldman (Harper Collins’ Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear).

Coalition Partners include the United Nations Association, the Anti-Defamation League, Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up, CW Seed’s Husbands and several national non-profits with initiatives to end bullying, including GLSEN, International Bullying Prevention Association, Girl Scouts of America, Brave Girls Alliance and the NoH8 Campaign.

Dynamite Entertainment Announces An All-New Voltron Comic Book Series!


The Second Series, Voltron®: Year One, Available In Stores April 2012!

January 19th, 2011, Runnemede, NJ – After experiencing great success with Voltron #1, Dynamite Entertainment is bringing back the iconic Defender of the Universe in an all-new adventure! Written by Brandon Thomas, illustrated by Craig Cermak, with covers by Admira Wijaya and Jonathan Lau, Voltron: Year One will be released wherever comic books are sold beginning April 2012.

Voltron® is the ultimate action franchise and these epic stories from Dynamite Entertainment take fans deeper into the adventure,” said Colin McLaughlin, Senior Licensing Manager, Classic Media. “After the success of the first series, we are looking forward to the unveiling of the second.”

Before they were known as the legendary Voltron Force, they were Space Explorer Squadron #686 of the Galaxy Alliance — four young men, led by Commander Sven, tasked with keeping the Earth safe and the skies clear in an increasingly dangerous universe. It was no surprise that central command came to them first with an impossible rescue mission and asked them to face an enemy even they didn’t truly understand – one that threatens the fragile coalition of planets they’ve risked their lives to maintain.

“Brandon has brought a bold new edge to the Voltron Force and proven himself to be an authentic Voltron fan and skilled storyteller,” says Jeremy Corray, Creative Director, World Events Productions.  “We can’t wait for the surprising twists and turns he will bring to the secret origins of the Space Explorers and we know fans will be as intrigued as we are.”

“Finally, one of the greatest (though misunderstood) characters in the entire Voltron mythos gets a chance in the spotlight, as we dig into his time leading Space Explorer Squadron #686, soon to be known as the legendary Voltron Force,” says writer Brandon Thomas. “In the fateful missions leading up to the rediscovery of Voltron, any and all burning questions will be answered—what’s the real reason Sven’s tenure piloting the Blue Lion was always destined to be a short one? What event ensured that Keith and Lance would forever be rivals? Why has Pidge always been the most dangerous member of the team? And the biggest burning question of all—did the Galaxy Alliance send this particular squad of space explorers after Voltron because they thought they would succeed or because they knew they would fail?”

“Brandon [Thomas] is taking everything you thought you knew about the Voltron Force and turning it end over end in the most exciting way possible,” states Dynamite Editor, Joe Rybandt. “He’s getting inside the head of these characters and showing each and every one as you’ve never seen them before.”

After blazing onto TV screens in 1984, Voltron:  Defender of the Universe quickly became a top-rated animated series. Voltron features a team of five young space explorers in command of five robot lions that combine to form Voltron. The Voltron Force protect the planet Arus, ruled by Princess Allura, from the evil King Zarkon of Planet Doom and his monstrous Robeasts.

Voltron is owned by World Events Productions and represented by Classic Media.

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 About Voltron®
In a galaxy plagued with chaos and evil, five robotic lions, piloted by a team of brave space explorers, combine to form the mighty robot hero, Voltron®. After blazing onto TV screens in 1984, Voltron: Defender of the Universe quickly became a top-rated animated series. The hit series inspired a best-selling toy line and made Voltron a pop-culture icon. An all-new 2D/CGI animated series, Voltron Force®, is currently airing in the U.S. on Nicktoons. Follow Voltron on Twitter @Voltron or join the official Voltron Facebook page at for all the latest news.

About Dynamite Entertainment:
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, Game of Thrones and more!

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!

DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. Several of their titles have also hit The New York Times Best-Sellers list: The Boys, Vampirella Archives, Robert Jordan’s New Spring and Wheel of Time graphic novels. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.

About Classic Media
Classic Media, one of the world’s largest independent entertainment companies, is a leader in reinventing the classics of yesterday and creating the entertainment classics of tomorrow. The Company owns and manages a globally-recognized portfolio of well-known family and pop-culture entertainment brands, including Casper the Friendly Ghost®, Where’s Waldo?®, Lassie®, The Lone Ranger®, and new brand Life With Boys™. Big Idea Entertainment, a member of the Classic Media family, is the leading faith-based studio and producer of children’s programming, including the best-selling animated series, VeggieTales®. Classic Media programming is distributed in more than 170 territories worldwide and showcased in multiple formats, including TV, film, home video, consumer products, publishing, digital, and music.  Visit us at

About World Events Productions
St. Louis-based World Events Productions, Ltd. (WEP) has produced and distributed children’s animation for over 25 years. WEP is the IP holder for shows including: Voltron, Defender the of the Universe, Voltron: The Third Dimension, Denver the Last Dinosaur, Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs and Vytor the Starfire Champion, among others. WEP is a Koplar Communications company. WEP is represented by United Talent Agency. For more information visit and

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