Category Archives: Conventions

Dragon Con Cancels its 2020 Convention Due to COVID-19

While it’s not surprising, Dragon Con has officially announced that they are canceling the 2020 convention due to the threat of COVID-19. This is the first time in 34 years that the convention will not be held. The convention was to be held September 3 to September 7 and was expected to attract around 90,000 individuals to downtown Atlanta.

The convention has announced that it will instead hold a virtual live-streamed convention for free which will feature both classic panels and original programming to replace the 2020 convention. More details will be announced in the upcoming weeks about that alternative.

Dragon Con will return in 2021 with a five-day event from Thursday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 6.

Fans who already purchased memberships for the 2020 convention will be able to exchange them for a 2021 membership or seek a refund.

Catch Yen Press Official Virtual Panels at AX Lite – TOMORROW! Friday July 3rd

Anime Expo Lite

AX Lite presents a virtual slate of panels and digital programming celebrating anime and Japanese pop culture to fans in the comfort of their homes! Join AX Lite on July 3-4, 2020 for two full days of livestream content, including special guests, industry announcements, Q&As, giveaways, and more!

No registration is required—anybody and everybody is welcome! Panels will be accessible via Twitch and YouTube. Access information and links to the streams are available. The full schedule of AX Lite virtual programming is available online.

Two Yen Press panels are scheduled.

Yen Press Official Industry Panel – Friday, July 3rd at 1:20pm PST

Join Yen Press, the publisher of hit series such as Sword Art OnlineRe:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- and Black Butler, for a series of exciting manga and light novel announcements!

Yen Press Presents So I’m A Spider So What? Official Light Novel Panel – Saturday, July 4th at 12:20pm PST

Join Yen Press for a deep dive into the hit adventure, So I’m A Spider So What? with a special panel focusing on the light novel that inspired the popular anime series and bestselling manga series.

Planet Comicon Kansas City is Cancelled

Planet Comicon Kansas City has announced that the convention that was to take place in August 2020 has been canceled. The convention was originally to take place March 20-22 but due to COVID-19 that was rescheduled for August 14-16. The safety of attendees comes first and unfortunately, the situation is not conducive for a convention.

They have released a full statement which you can read below as well as information concerning their refund/transfer policies.

Chris Butcher Resigns from His Roles at TCAF as Calls for Diversity are Made

TCAF

Chris Butcher has announced that he has stepped down as the Artistic Director for TCAF, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Butcher cites his need to address his “persistent health and wellness issues” that he has neglected.

Butcher has also addressed criticism towards the festival and organization. They have been criticized for a lack of diversity in input and staff from BIPOC, disabled individuals, and trans people. They organization has admitted it can “do better.” There are also charges that those who have spoken up and attempted to volunteer to help the organization have had their input dismissed. And, when they were engaged not given the support needed and then blamed when those tasks aren’t completed.

Simply put, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF)—whose leadership currently lacks Black or Indigenous representation —can do better.

Butcher acknowledges the criticism and in his announcement takes responsibility in the role he “played in devaluing the contributions of members of staff and volunteers.” Part of his stepping away is for himself to “be better.”

TCAF late in June put out a statement in late June concerning conduct and harassment in the comics industry as well as a commitment to ending anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism. The organization acknowledges it has a role in supporting diversity in the field and has made a commitment to do so.

We’ll see what steps the festival and organization takes in the coming months and years as they’ve committed this is an ongoing project that they are dedicating themselves to.

TCAF is a comics festival that’s free to attend. It’s a week of comics-related events that includes readings, presentations, panels, gallery shows, and an exhibition area featuring publishers, authors, and artists. It was co-founded by Chris Butcher and Peter Mirkemoe with the first held on March 29, 2003. The show has grown from the original 600 attendees with 25 staff, and 780 creators to over 25,000 individuals in 2016.

(via The Beat)

Sloane Leong’s A Map To The Sun Gets a Virtual Book Release Party

A Map to the Sun

Join Floating World Comics on Wednesday, August 5 at 6pm PST for a livestreamed book release party with author Sloane Leong to celebrate the release of A Map to the Sun. Signed books will be available to order online.

One summer day, Ren meets Luna at a beachside basketball court and a friendship is born. But when Luna moves to back to Oahu, Ren’s messages to her friend go unanswered.

Years go by. Then Luna returns, hoping to rekindle their friendship. Ren is hesitant. She’s dealing with a lot, including family troubles, dropping grades, and the newly formed women’s basketball team at their high school.

With Ren’s new friends and Luna all on the basketball team, the lines between their lives on and off the court begin to blur. During their first season, this diverse and endearing group of teens are challenged in ways that make them reevaluate just who and how they trust.

Sloane Leong’s evocative storytelling about the lives of these young women is an ode to the dynamic nature of friendship.


Tampa Bay Comic Con is Off Due to COVID

We called them the “Floridaman” of conventions when they announced the show must go on, but Tampa Bay Comic Con has announced that their 2020 show has been canceled. The rising cases of COVID-19 in the state was a concern to organizers. The convention was to take place July 10-12 at the Tampa Convention Centers.

In their announcement, the convention said that city leaders, as well as themselves, felt unease with the show going forward.

Any pre-purchased tickets or purchased booth space for vendors would have their purchases tranferred to next year’s show, slated for July 30 – August 1.

2020 Eisner Voting Gets a Redo

Eisner Awards

The voting for the 2020 Eisner Awards was suspended last week due to an “anomaly” that was discovered. It’s being reported that all the ballots cast are being thrown out and new voting will take place.

When the suspension was announced, Comic-Con said:

We were alerted to an anomaly with the site hosting the Eisner’s voting. We have closed voting and are investigating the situation. We will make an announcement as we have additional information. We’re sorry for the inconvenience to voters.

Rumors have swirled as to what exactly has happened and voting is not yet reopened. Previous voters will receive an alert when things begin again.

The issue seems to involve the platform on which the original votes took place:

“As a result of our investigation into the recently reported issues with the Eisner voting website, it appears this was not a malicious attempt but an error in the platform itself,” Glanzer told Newsarama. “While our examination of the records leads us to believe the problem is small and we have no direct evidence that any votes have been altered, out of an abundance of caution and care we have decided to re-run the vote with a current and secure voting platform.”

Free Comic Book Day Turns Into Free Comic Book Summer

Free Comic Book Summer

Free Comic Book Day, the comic book industry’s largest annual promotional event, is traditionally scheduled to take place the first Saturday in May each year. However, the impact and spread of COVID-19 prevented the event from being celebrated at its normal time this year. Now, the beloved event has been rescheduled and reworked to take place throughout July and early September in order to accommodate social-distancing and store capacity regulations across the country, effectively making it Free Comic Book Summer!

Scheduled to take place between July 15 and September 9, retailers will receive five to six Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) titles in their weekly shipments during each week of the promotional window. Release of these titles may vary from shop to shop, as retailers are encouraged to release the books as they see fit for their unique circumstances. Retailers may release one free title a day, make all of that week’s free titles available at once, or any other plan that works for them. Free Comic Book Summer is designed to be flexible and customizable so retailers and consumers can get the most out of the event.

Free Comic Book Summer will feature 45 of the previously announced titles from publishers like Marvel Comics, Image Comics, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, DC, and more! The 45 titles are designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes and run the gamut from superhero stories, to TV and movie tie-ins, to sci-fi adventures, all-ages tales, and beyond. There will also be two educational support titles from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Gemstone Publishing.

COMICS AVAILABLE ON JULY 15 

  • BOOM! Studios | POWER RANGERS: RANGER SLAYER
  • IDW Publishing | MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC
  • Marvel Comics | X-MEN
  • Chapterhouse Publishing | CAPTAIN CANUCK BEYOND AND CAPTAIN BATTLE
  • Papercutz | ASTERIX
  • Yen Press| THE WEIRN BOOKS

COMICS AVAILABLE ON JULY 22 

  • Valiant Entertainment | VALIANT 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
  • AfterShock Comics | DARK ARK: INSTINCT
  • Drawn & Quarterly | MANHWA: CONTEMPORARY KOREAN COMICS
  • Marvel Comics | SPIDER-MAN/ VENOM
  • Titan Comics | HORIZON ZERO DAWN #0

COMICS AVAILABLE ON JULY 29 

  • Archie Comics | ARCHIE BLUE RIBBON PRESENTS
  • Dark Horse Comics | STRANGER THINGS/ MINECRAFT
  • DC Comics | BATMAN OVERDRIVE/ BATMAN: ONCE UPON A CRIME
  • Dynamite Entertainment | THE BOYS #1
  • Golden Apple Books | RICHARD FAIRGRAY’S MONSTER SHOWCASE
  • RH Graphic | STEPPING STONES/ MAX & THE MIDKNIGHTS

COMICS AVAILABLE ON AUGUST 5

  • Artists, Writers & Artisans | THE RESISTANCE
  • BOOM! Studios | LUMBERJANES: FAREWELL TO SUMMER
  • New England Comics | THE TICK
  • Penguin Workshop | ZOO PATROL SQUAD: KINGDOM CAPER
  • TOKYOPOP | BIBI & MIYU/ THE FOX & THE LITTLE TANUKI
  • Image Comics | INVINCIBLE #1

COMICS AVAILABLE ON AUGUST 12

  • Dark Horse Comics | NORSE MYTHOLOGY/ CRITICAL ROLE
  • Albatross Funnybooks | HILLBILLY: THE LIZARD OF RUSTY CREEK CAVE
  • Drawn & Quarterly | LITTLE LULU: NO BOYS ALLOWED
  • Oni Press | SUPER MERCADO MIX TAPE
  • Titan Comics | BLADE RUNNER 2019

COMICS AVAILABLE ON AUGUST 19

  • Macmillan/ First Second Books| INVESTIGATORS: TAKE THE PLUNGE SNEAK PEEK
  • Fantagraphics Books | DISNEY MASTERS: DONALD DUCK
  • Papercutz | THE LOUD HOUSE FCBD 2020 SPECIAL
  • UDON Entertainment | STREET FIGHTER #100: RYU VS. CHUN-LI
  • Comic Book Legal Defense Fund | CBLDF & BOOM! DEFEND COMICS
  • Gemstone Publishing | THE OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLLECTING – FCBD 2020

COMICS AVAILABLE ON AUGUST 26

  • Random House Children’s Books | ONLY A MATTER OF SPACE TIME
  • Graphix | DONUT THE DESTROYER
  • Rebellion | BEST OF 2000 AD ISSUE #0
  • Vault Comics | BRANDON SANDERSON’S DARK ONE #1
  • IDW Publishing | USAGI YOJIMBO

COMICS AVAILABLE ON SEPTEMBER 2

  • Ten Speed Press | JACK KIRBY: THE EPIC LIFE OF THE KING OF COMICS
  • Graphix | OWLY: THE WAY HOME
  • Insight Comics | MEAN GIRLS: SENIOR YEAR
  • VIZ Media | NARUTO/ SAMURAI 8
  • Benitez Productions | LADY MECHANIKA

COMICS AVAILABLE ON SEPTEMBER 9

  • VIZ Media | THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS / SPLATOON: SQUID KIDS COMEDY SHOW
  • Humanoids | ENTER THE INCAL
  • Kodansha Comics| SUE AND TAI-CHAN PREVIEW

DC Fandome is a Worldwide Virtual Fan Event August 22

DC Fandome

With conventions canceled, it’s been a question as to how movie studios and comic book publishers would be building excitement for what’s to come. Announced today, DC Fandome fills that gap with a 24-hour “immersive virtual fan experience” that brings together the stars, filmmakers, and creators behind its biggest films, tv series, games, and comics.

Starting at 10 a.m. PDT, Warner Bros. will welcome fans everywhere into the DC FanDome—a free virtual fan experience where no badge is required.

Imagine all the Super Heroes and Super-Villains you’ve ever loved finallyc oming together in one place to celebrate DC’s past, present, and future. Accessible for 24 hours at DCFanDome.com, the global event will immerse fans into the DC Multiverse, with new announcements from WB Games, Film and TV, and comics, as well as an unprecedented opportunity to hear from the casts and creators behind your favorite feature films and TV series, including: Aquaman, The Batman, Batwoman, Black Adam, Black Lightning, DC Super Hero Girls, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, DC’s Stargirl, Doom Patrol, The Flash, Harley Quinn, the SnyderCut of Justice League, Lucifer, Pennyworth, SHAZAM!, The Suicide Squad, Supergirl, Superman & Lois, Teen Titans GO!, Titans, Watchmen, Young Justice: Outsiders and, coming this fall to theaters worldwide, Wonder Woman 1984.

The DC FanDome is the place to hear highly anticipated announcements and the latest news, see exclusive footage, and venture into themed worlds designed to entertain everyone from movie and TV superfans to gamers and readers, to families and kids. With special presentations to engage fans in every time zone across the globe, you’ll have the opportunity to have an experience that’s all your own. Inside this virtual world, fans will also get access to localized events, featuring the faces and voices from countries around the world in their local language. No matter where you live, your age or your level of fandom, there is something for you.

Exploring the DC FanDome

The epicenter of the DC FanDome is the Hall of Heroes, where you can experience special programming, panels and content reveals from a wide variety of films, TV series and games, available in several languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. From there, navigate deeper into the DC Multiverse, exploring five additional satellite worlds, each with its own localized content and unique activities and one world fully devoted to our younger fans:

  • DC WatchVerse: Here’s where you grab a seat, sit back, and join our virtual audience and become completely engrossed in hours of must-see content from around the world. Everything from panels and exclusive screenings to never-before-seen footage, featuring the cast, creators, and behind-the-scenes crew from across DC Films, TV, Home Entertainment, and Games.
  • DC YouVerse: Venture into this world where the FANS are the stars to see the most amazing user-generated content, cosplay and fan art from around the world, including, perhaps, your own.
  • DC KidsVerse: Need a way to entertain your kids for hours on end? We’ve got you covered inside a special world, which can be accessed directly at DCKidsFanDome.com. This area features a broad range of family-friendly activations for our younger fans.
  • DC InsiderVerse: This creativity-based world contains a centerpiece video featuring legendary artist and DC CCO/Publisher Jim Lee, President of DC-Based Film Production Walter Hamada, and creator of the DC TV Arrowverse, Executive Producer Greg Berlanti, welcoming fans with a 101-style introduction to the DC Multiverse. From there, go behind the scenes with the master artisans who bring DC to life in all its forms, from comic books to games, TV, movies, theme parks, consumer products, and more.
  • ​DC FunVerse: Take your DC FanDome experience and gather cool shareables; check out our comic book reader; DIY cool WW84 Golden Armor and Batmobile kits; plus digital giveaways and a store filled with merchandise, including some limited-edition exclusives.

Pull Up to the Blerd & Boujee House

Where my Blerds at? The second annual celebration of Black nerd culture returns with the all-new Blerd & Boujee Houseat DC FanDome, bringing Blerds, LatinxGeeks and all nerds “party-with-a-purpose” vibes. As anyone lucky enough to get into the first- ever Blerd & Boujee boat party (featuring DJ D-Nice) at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 can attest, fans will not want to miss connections and conversations designed for the culture.

Calling All Fans!

There’s nothing more important to DC than our fans, and we want to showcase you! In partnership with Talenthouse, DC FanDome today launched a call for your best DC Fan Art & Fandom displays. Show us your cosplay, makeup, tattoos and even your own Batcave! Be sure to submit your best at create.DCFanDome.com for a chance to be featured inside this virtual world event, and demonstrate to people in your home country and across the globe that you are the ultimate DC Super Fan. Selected artists on the day of our event will be voted on by the community in each of our two competitions in order to help our judges pick selected artist winners. Selected artist winners will receive part of a cash prize pool courtesy of DC and Talenthouse.*

Be sure to check back at our official site, DCFanDome.com, frequently for additional updates on what will be happening inside the DC FanDome, including exciting new content on the new blog, the Daily Star, which kicks off with a welcoming note from Jim Lee himself. Also, follow the social channels below for frequent updates about participating cast members, creators, writers, artists, and game developers you can expect to see.

San Diego Comic-Con@Home Details Begin to Emerge… and It’s Free!

San Diego Comic-Con logo

When San Diego Comic-Con canceled the 2020 convention, they hinted at a digital version of the show. The first details have emerged as Comic-Con@Home will take place July 22-26, 2020 and the biggest news about it is… IT’S FREE!

No waiting in long lines or camping out, you’ll be able to attend this year’s San Diego Comic-Con from the comfort of your own home.

This includes panels, exclusives, limited merchandise, and even a virtual online Exhibit Hall complete with promotions, specials, and limited-editio products for the celebration. But, wait, there’s more! The convention will also include a masquerade, gaming, and other activities all of which can be participated in at home.

SDCC spokesperson David Glanzer said:

For the first time in our 50-year history, we are happy to welcome virtually anyone from around the globe. Though stay-at-home conditions makes this a very difficult time, we see this as an opportunity to spread some joy and strengthen our sense of community.

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