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Aspen Comics Heads to WonderCon 2018

Aspen Comics has released their full WonderCon: Anaheim 2018 schedule of events for their appearance next weekend on March 23-25th. The Aspen Comics Booth #1213 will offer the world premiere of their fantasy action-adventure series with a special Jirni (Volume 3) #1 Jason Fabok WonderCon: Anaheim 2018 exclusive variant cover limited to 200 copies. Cover artist Fabok will also be appearing all weekend at WonderCon in artist alley.

Aspen creator Scott Lobdell (No World, Happy Death Day) will be appearing at the Aspen Booth on Saturday at 12pm to sign autographs.

Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters, Kick Ass) will also be appearing on Saturday only.

J.T. Krul (Jirni, Soulfire), Mark Roslan (Portal Bound, BubbleGun), Gabe Carrasco (Portal Bound), Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Overtaken) and Vince Hernandez (Charismagic, Fathom: Kiani) will be appearing all weekend long at the Aspen Comics Booth #1213.

The “Aspen Comics Celebrates 15 Years of Publishing” panel is on Saturday from 1-2pm in room 211 and will feature all of the aforementioned creators with a special inside look at upcoming Aspen titles, exciting news about Aspen’s future and more, including a Q&A with fans.

Aspen VP/Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez will be offering official Portfolio Reviews for artist samples Saturday (2:30-3:30pm) and Sunday (11:45-12:45pm) in Room 206B.

Randy Green Draws Inkwell Awards 10th Anniversary Print

The Inkwell Awards 10th Anniversary treat has been announced with Randy Green revisiting the spokesperson and mascot!

It‘s been eight years since Randy Green co-created and designed their spokes-model Ms. Inkwell and he just finished penciling and inking a new image of Ms. India Wells; jungle girl on the prowl!

This sneak peek will be colored down the road and be available at each Inkwell Awards show appearances and on the Inkwell Awards site‘s Store page as a signed & #‘d “Inkwell Awards 10th anniversary” color print.

The Inkwell Awards is the only existing official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize and award the best ink artists and their work. Now approaching its 10-year anniversary, the organization is overseen by a committee of industry professionals, and assisted by various professional ambassadors and contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

Cryptozoic Heads to WonderCon 2018 with Trading Cards and Games

Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced that it will sell six exclusive vinyl figures, preview upcoming trading card sets, and showcase tabletop games being released later this year at WonderCon Anaheim 2018, March 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The annual show brings together exhibitors, retailers, and fans in a celebration of comic books, films, TV, and other forms of popular culture.

At Booth #1337, Cryptozoic will sell five WonderCon-exclusive figures: Ravishing Red SupergirlGolden Idol Wonder WomanMidnight ChupacabraBlack & Gold Harley Quinn, and Metallic Blue Chun-Li. Those who bought the collectibles through online presales will be able to pick them up at the booth. Everyone else at the show can purchase the extremely limited figures while supplies last. In addition, Cryptozoic will sell the Caped Variant Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman figure, a Cryptozoic-exclusive that will be sold throughout the year at conventions and online directly from the company.

Trading card sets being displayed are based on Adult Swim’s popular Rick and Mortyand two of the most popular Super Hero series currently on television, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Finally, Cryptozoic will show three upcoming games based on Rick and Morty, as well as several games featuring DC’s most popular characters.

“Orange County is our home and WonderCon is quickly emerging as one of the most important pop culture events of the year,” said Jamie Kiskis, VP of Marketing & Product Development at Cryptozoic Entertainment. “Since it’s our hometown, we’re pulling out all of the stops to offer our fans an unprecedented array of new releases and exclusive products. We are passionate about what we do and having the opportunity to interact with fans directly is always extremely enlightening for us.”

The exclusive vinyl figures being sold at Cryptozoic’s booth include:

Ravishing Red Supergirl: This is a variant of the popular figure from Cryptozoic’s DC Lil Bombshells line, which depicts DC’s favorite female characters in a retro style. This version of the figure sports only the color red as a nod to the character’s initial red costume in the DC Bombshells comic books, in which she fights for the Soviet Union before defecting. Each figure is stamped with the Supergirl logo on the base and is individually numbered (from 1 to 300) on the bottom. Designed by Pedro Astudillo and sculpted by Sam Greenwell, the 2.75-inch collectible comes packaged in Cryptozoic’s signature, collectible tin with a foil sticker that includes the Supergirl logo. It will be available for $25 at Cryptozoic’s booth.

Ravishing Red Supergirl

Golden Idol Wonder Woman: This is a variant of the figure from Cryptozoic’s DC TeekeezTM line, which is inspired by tiki culture and features iconic DC characters and a distinctive wood-carved aesthetic. Designed by Mark Doublin and sculpted by Stephan Ehl, this version of the figure pays tribute to Wonder Woman’s connection to the color gold, as well as the tradition of golden idols being much-sought-after items in popular culture. The 2.625-inch collectible comes packaged in Cryptozoic’s signature window box with a foil sticker marking it as exclusive. Like all DC TeekeezTM, it is stackable. It can be purchased at Cryptozoic’s booth for $20.

Midnight ChupacabraThis is a variant of the figure from Cryptozoic’s CryptkinsTM line, inspired by creatures that have been the subject of folklore and tabloid headlines for decades. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell, this version of the figure pays tribute to the creature’s nocturnal nature, the darker paint scheme echoing the darkness during his most active time of day. The 2.25-inch collectible comes packaged in Cryptozoic’s signature miniature crate with an “Exclusive Species” foil sticker. It will be sold at Cryptozoic’s booth for $10.

Black & Gold Harley Quinn: This is a variant of the figure from Cryptozoic’s DC Pumps line, featuring miniature high-heeled shoes inspired by the costumes, props, and personalities of DC’s favorite female Super Heroes and Super-Villains. This version of the figure pays homage to the black and gold dress worn by Harley Quinn in the 2016 movie Suicide Squad, as well as giving a nod to Harley’s love of the more expensive things in life, which are frequently gold-colored. The 2.25-inch collectible comes packaged in a high-fashion-style shoebox with a foil sticker marking it as exclusive. Each figure is individually numbered (from 1 to 300) on the bottom and will be sold for $15 at Cryptozoic’s booth.

Metallic Blue Chun-Li: This is a variant of the figure from the Street Fighter Lil Knockouts line, featuring fan-favorite characters from the long-running video game franchise. This version of the figure is all-blue as a tribute to the signature blue outfit usually sported by the character, the first female fighter in the series. Each figure is stamped with “30th Anniversary” on the base and is individually numbered (from 1 to 300) on the bottom. Designed by Pedro Astudillo and sculpted by Sam Greenwell, the 2.75-inch collectible comes packaged in Cryptozoic’s signature, collectible tin with a foil sticker marking the 30th anniversary of the Street Fighter series. It can be purchased for $25 at Cryptozoic’s booth.

Caped Variant Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman: This variant of the Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman figure exclusively sports a regal red, white, and blue cape that the regular version does not have. Designed by Pedro Astudillo and sculpted by Anders Ehrenborg, this 7-inch collectible pays tribute to Lynda Carter’s iconic rendition of the character in the Wonder Woman TV series, capturing both her look and spirit. The limited figure comes packaged in a display-worthy special edition window box, with each box individually numbered from 1 to 1977, the total number inspired by the recent Wonder Woman ’77 comic book series based on the 1970s TV show. The figure is available exclusively from Cryptozoic online and at various conventions—beginning with WonderCon—throughout the year for $39.99.

Cryptozoic will also preview several upcoming trading card sets based on popular TV series:

Rick and Morty Trading Cards Season 1: Recapturing all the zany, reality-altering moments from the first season of Adult Swim’s smash hit TV series Rick and Morty, this release features a 45-card Base Set, seven Chase Sets, randomly inserted Autograph and Sketch Cards, Printing Plates, and variants. Signers for the Autograph Cards include several members of the show’s voice cast. The hand-drawn Sketch Cards showcase a variety of interpretations of the characters from some of today’s hottest artists. The Chase Sets include “Characters,” “Rixty Minutes,” and “Anatomy Park,” as well as Temporary Tattoos, Scratch and Sniff, Standees, and Stickers. Cryptozoic will be giving away Promo Cards for the set at its booth during the show.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Trading Cards Seasons 1 & 2: Based on the first two seasons of the hit WB TV show about Rip Hunter and his motley team of heroes and villains who travel all across time, it features a 72-card Base Set, three Chase Sets, and randomly inserted Autograph and Wardrobe Cards. Signers for the Autograph Cards include stars Arthur Darvill (Rip Hunter), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/White Canary), Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom), Franz Drameh (Jefferson Jackson/Firestorm), and Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Amaya Jiwe/Vixen). The three Chase Sets are “Character Bios,” “Legendary Objects,” and “Icons.” Cryptozoic will be giving away Promo Cards for the set at its booth.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Trading Cards Seasons 1 & 2

Supergirl Trading Cards Season 1: The first set for the popular TV series about the Girl of Steel features a 72-card Base Set, three Chase Sets, randomly inserted Autograph, Wardrobe, and Prop Cards, and Redemption Cards that can be redeemed for actual props used on the show. The two redeemable full-size props were used on the show by the villainous Toyman: a Supergirl doll and the doll from the arcade. The three Chase Sets are “Character Bios,” providing descriptions of key characters; “Locations,” depicting places where key events in the first season happen; and “Cat Quotes,” featuring memorable quotations from the character Cat Grant. Promo cards for the upcoming set will be given to fans who visit Cryptozoic’s booth.

Supergirl Trading Cards Season 1

Finally, Cryptozoic will show several tabletop games based on Rick and Morty and the DC Universe:

Rick and Morty: The Pickle Rick Game: This intense 1-2 player game is based on the hugely popular “Pickle Rick” episode of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty. One player plays as Pickle Rick as he tries to escape a heavily armed compound, while the other player takes on the roles of both the Russians and Jaguar as they try to stop him. The Pickle Rick player uses weapons cards to dole out damage and Air Vents to get out of jams as he or she tries to get to the Rooftop. The game includes both Pickle Rick and Jaguar miniatures that are moved across a dynamic board made up of tiles that are constantly being added, rotated, and flipped. Adding to the off-the-wall fun is the game’s packaging: It looks like a pickle!

Rick and Morty: The Pickle Rick Game

Rick and Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy Multiverse Game: In this engine-building game, 2-4 players take on the roles of Rick, Morty, Zeep, and Kyle as they introduce Power-making technology to different worlds, and then try to get that Power before their opponents. Based on the Rick and Morty episode “The Ricks Must Be Crazy,” gameplay takes place in four “’Verses” with unique attributes: the Rickverse, Microverse, Miniverse, and Teenyverse. Players spend Actions to build Power Supplies and Contraptions and move to different ’Verses. At the end of each round, Power generates from the bottom ’Verse up, and players utilize it to play One-Shot abilities, use Character Abilities, and power-up their Contraptions.

Rick and Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy Multiverse Game

Rick and Morty: The Rickshank Rickdemption Deck-Building Game: This 2-4 player sequel to Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game features a set of Council cards that cause players to vote to enact new rules, dramatic one-time effects, and other mysterious situations. Access Tokens give players votes and chances to devalue the Galactic Federation currency from 1 to 0. The game exudes off-the-wall Rick and Morty art and gameplay, even including a Szechuan Sauce card.

Art Not Final

DC Deck-Building Game: Rebirth: The latest entry in the DC Deck-Building Gameseries introduces Movement using eight Mighty Meeples wooden figures, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Aquaman. The game features both competitive and cooperative modes, offering two distinctive ways to play. In both modes, Villains do not go into a player’s deck when defeated, but instead grant a one-time Reward. In competitive play, defeated Villains give players Victory Points and then go under their Super Hero cards. They can even be used to bribe rivals for various favors.

DC Deck-Building Game: Rebirth

Art Not Final

DC Deck-Building Game: Crisis Expansion Pack 4: The latest Crisis expansion for the DC Deck-Building Game series introduces the keyword “Unity” for Ongoing cards that get better as more teammates have them in play. The pack focuses on the Teen Titans and includes six Super Heroes from the Titans, original members of the group who are now all grown up and have something to prove. Another fresh twist to gameplay comes in the form of Personal Crisis cards, which may only directly affect one character, but can still take down the whole team if players don’t work together to solve the problem.

DC Deck-Building Game: Crisis Expansion Pack 4

DC Spyfall: In this new variation on the social deduction game Spyfall, 3-8 players take on the roles of DC’s greatest Super Heroes as they have a secret meeting at an iconic location, such as the Batcave, Daily Planet, or the Fortress of Solitude. The twist is that one of them is secretly the Joker in disguise. In the intense 8-minute rounds, the non-Joker players ask questions and give answers to deduce which one of them is the Clown Prince of Crime without giving away the location, while the Joker player tries to figure out the location before his or her identity is revealed! The game offers several innovations, including Ability cards and modes in which one player is Harley Quinn and all players have Joker cards.

Valiant Brings Harbinger Wars 2, Shadowman, and More to WonderCon 2018

It’s almost time for WonderCon 2018, and Valiant is ready to bring its A-game to Anaheim, California, for a weekend packed with panels, special guests, and stunning surprises!

From March 23rd to March 25th, join Valiant Entertainment inside the Anaheim Convention Center for an incredible roster of action-packed panels and programming, offering an inside scoop at the latest news from the most acclaimed independent superhero publisher in comics today – including can’t-miss details on series like Harbinger Wars 2, Shadowman, X-O Manowar, Bloodshot Salvationand much, much more!

First, on Friday, March 23rd, at 4:00 pm PT in Room 211, join us for Valiant Presents: Harbinger Wars 2 and Beyond! This summer, Harbinger Wars 2 – Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and most impactful comic book event of all time – is about to erupt in full force as X-O Manowar, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, Secret Weapons, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines! Valiant’s next major leap forward starts here… And don’t miss special looks and much, much more!

Next: New to the Valiant Universe? Look no further than the Valiant 101: Jump On Board Here! panel presentation on Saturday, March 24th at 12:00 pm PT in Room 211 – a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes! Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today… Now, look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!

DC Entertainment Heads to WonderCon 2018

From 80 years of Superman to headline-making publishing initiatives, DC Entertainment will reveal further details regarding its innovative new imprints alongside the industry’s biggest artists and writers, as well as unfold a celebration for the record breaking Action Comics #1000 at WonderCon, taking place in Anaheim on March 23-25.

Pop culture history will be made when the series that launched the superhero genre and introduced Superman to the world, Action Comics, reaches its landmark 1000th issue. From the return of the red trunks to eight decades of hope, optimism and adventure, the DC’S Action Comics 1000: Celebrating 80 Years of Superman panel will not just celebrate the history of the legendary Super Hero, but discuss why Superman is needed now, more than ever before.

Plus, WonderCon will debut the first ever DC All Access live broadcast of the DC Publishers panel. Live from Anaheim on Saturday, March 24, the special 90-minute panel headlined by Jim Lee and Dan DiDio will feature a trove of surprise guests. Be there as the DC Publishers share their bold editorial vision that promises to expand readership like never before. Fans not attending Wondercon can watch the Livestream on the DC YouTube channel or on the DC Comics Facebook page.

DC’s expansive booth (#1101) will be a must visit for fans, hosting various exhibits showcasing DC’s world class characters, fan giveaways, and more. The booth will also host a packed signing schedule including appearances from Jim Lee alongside Alex Sinclair, bestselling writer Scott Snyder (DARK NIGHTS: METAL), the producers and writers behind the hit new CW series Black Lightning, the voice cast behind Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans Go!, the Constantine animated series from CW Seed and the forthcoming Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay and Batman Ninja. VIP signings are only available through WonderCon’s online Exclusive Portal here. The final day of eligibility for VIP signings is Wednesday, March 14.

Across the aisle, the Graphitti Designs booth (#1001) will also feature a collection of rare, limited edition silver foil variant issues of DC’s hottest comics featuring covers by Mikel Janin (BATMAN #43), Stanley “Artgerm” Lau (SUPERGIRL #19) and Mitch Gerads (MISTER MIRACLE #7). All comics are priced at $15 each, bagged and boarded and available while supplies last.

From bestselling series to iconic characters, DC’s WonderCon programming features a collection of must attend panels (panelists and panel times are subject to change).

Friday, March 23

5:30-6:30 p.m. DC ACTION COMICS: CELEBRATING 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN – As the longest-running superhero comic series in history reaches its millennial milestone, contributors to the star studded issue of ACTION COMICS #1000 include ACTION COMICS creative team Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund, DC Publisher Jim LeeJason Fabok (MAN OF STEEL miniseries), Alex SinclairandMarv Wolfman will join fans in a celebration of eight decades of enduring hope, optimism and adventure from the most iconic Super Hero of all time – Superman. Room: North 200B    

Saturday, March 24

10:00-11:30 a.m. DC PUBLISHERS – Streaming live from WonderCon to fans around the country, DC Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio will highlight key initiatives that have made DC the talk of the industry.  The first few months of 2018 alone has produced two new imprints for young adult readers, The Sandman Universe line of comics overseen by Neil Gaiman, DC Black Label imprint, featuring a collection of edgy, provocative graphic novels and comic books, a new editorial team for iconic MAD Magazine and more. Some of the biggest names in publishing will take the stage with Jim and Dan to discuss how DC will elevate its iconic Super Heroes to a level never before reached. Room North 156

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. DC UNIVERSE – Featuring action-packed series that have enraptured fans and garnered critical acclaim, join some of the creative minds bringing DC Universe’s world class roster of iconic Super Heroes to life, including Mitch Gerads (MISTER MIRACLE), Julie Benson and Shawna Benson (BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY), Liam Sharp (THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN), Josh Williamson (JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE, THE FLASH), and more for a compelling dive into the most talked about series in comics. Room: North 200B    

5:00-6:00 p.m. DC SUPER HERO GIRLS – Making headlines for chart topping sales, the wildly popular franchise aimed at young girls is taking the world by storm and introducing DC’s iconic characters to a new generation of fans. Anais Fairweather, who stars as Supergirl in the DC SUPER HERO GIRLS animated series, will join writer Shea Fontana, artists Monica Kubina and Yancey Labatand editor Marie Javins to discuss how the franchise, with its books, animated series and action figures, continues to enthrall parents and kids alike while giving its young fans superhero confidence. Room: 210

SundayMarch 25

10:30 – 11:30 p.m. DC – ART ACADEMY – Home to some of the most talented artists working in comics today, panelists including Dan Jurgens (ACTION COMICS), Yancey Labat (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS), Chris Uminga (DC Artists Alley line) and more will offer a special look into their visual approach in shaping some of DC’s most celebrated Super Heroes. Room: 210    

1:30-2:30 p.m. MAD – Featuring new faces and all-star contributors, the panel will give a sidesplitting preview of what’s to come in the world of MAD. Executive Editor Bill Morrison will be joined by legendary cartoonists and illustrators Tom Richmond and Sergio Aragones, new contributors Bob FingermanLuke McGarry and more for a laugh out loud look at the future of MADRoom: 213  

Awesome Con and the Smithsonian present Future Con

Science experts and entertainers will unite this month at the Smithsonian magazine Future Con, a themed pavilion celebrating science, technology, science fiction and fantasy within the Mid-Atlantic’s premiere pop culture convention Awesome Con. From March 30-April 1 Future Con presents three days of special programming that will include tech demos, meet-and-greet opportunities with scientific leaders and the opportunity to dive into the stimulating and fantastical overlaps between real-world science and science fiction. Attendees of all ages can engage with panels and discussions as well as hands-on tech demos and workshops, all focused on fostering awareness and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Awesome Con welcomes the brightest minds from organizations leading scientific advancement and education to Future Con, with representatives from Boeing, National Science Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Psychological Science, and the Planetary Society leading programs and workshops throughout the weekend.

Panels like Turning Science Fiction Space Travel into Science Fact presented by Boeing will bring together visionaries and engineers to share how ongoing scientific developments and research are laying the foundation for future space exploration. Learn from experts about what it takes to survive in space, travel to Mars, launch the largest rocket ever into space, and more.

Science lovers will also be able to sit in on Future Con events like the Netflix: “Lost in Space” panel presented in partnership with Netflix, an exclusive preview of the upcoming dramatic re-imagination of the classic show and an exploration of the goals of modern space travel. Attendees can stop by the Future Con pavilion and into an immersive “Lost in Space” pop-up complete with show props and décor that will be featured on the galactic adventure show.

In the panel Science behind Mad Science, X, The Moonshot Factory’s Rich DeVaul will reveal how the moonshot factory brings science fiction-sounding technologies such as driverless cars and balloon-powered internet to life. DeVaul will also share tips for aspiring moonshot takers and unveil some never-before-seen explorations. At the X booth at Future Con, show attendees will be able to see some of X’s prototypes up close and learn more about how engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs are part of X’s early-stage work. The X booth will also allow attendees to play a rapid-fire moonshot thinking game, learn about rapid prototyping and meet some of the scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs behind X’s technology.

Star Wars fans will be delighted with exhibits and events presented as part of Future Con, with franchise film stars John Boyega, Joonas Suotamo, and Jeremy Bulloch planning special appearances over the weekend.

Sci-fi movie fans can also attend a Science of “Pacific Rim” panel inspired by the blockbuster 2013 film. Dr. Rich DeVaul, Director of Mad Science at X, and Legendary Comics’ Senior Vice President of Creative Strategy Barnaby Legg clue attendees in to how close to we are to building defensive robots known as ‘jagers,’ whether we can merge consciousness and share memories and feelings with other individuals, and delve into the scientific principles explored in the film.

Future Con also takes a fun look at fiction vs. fact in the comics world, with panels like The Technology of Dark Nights: Metal featuring a discussion with “Batman” artist and writer duo Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder about the technology at the iconic character’s disposal.

Special Guests

                Industry Experts

  • Dr. Rich DeVaul (Director of Mad Science, X, The Moonshot Factory)
  • Dr. Suveen Mathaudhu (Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science, University of California-Riverside)
  • Dr. Erin McDonald (“Dr. Erin Explains the Universe,” Stanford University)
  • Dr. Theresa McCulla (Beer Historian, Smithsonian)
  • Jared Espley (Planetary Scientist, NASA)
  • Terry Hurford (Planetary Scientist, NASA)
  • Carie Lemack (CEO, DreamUp)


                Entertainment Guests

  • John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Pacific Rim Uprising)
  • Dave Bautista (Blade Runner 2049, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Spectre)
  • Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, The Walking Dead)
  • Pom Klementieff (Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Gilmore Girls)
  • Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
  • Jeremy Bulloch (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, The Newcomers, Doctor Who)
  • John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Arrow, Torchwood, Legends of Tomorrow)
  • Joonas Suotamo (Stars Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Future Con takes place March 30-April 1, 2018 inside this year’s Awesome Con, and no separate ticket is needed to attend Future Con events.

The Library of Congress and DC Entertainment Celebrate 80 Years of Superman

The Library of Congress will celebrate the 1000th issue of seminal DC comic book series Action Comics, a commemoration of 80 years of Superman, with a live interview featuring DC legends on Thursday, March 29. Former publisher and president of DC, Paul Levitz, will join famed DC writer and artist Dan Jurgens, known for his work on the Superman series and the pop culture phenomenon “The Death of Superman,” for a conversation about the history of superhero comics, the writers and artists who create comics and the legacy of DC’s iconic Superman character. The event coincides with Awesome Con, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center beginning March 30.

Levitz and Jurgens will be interviewed by creator Michael Cavna, of the Eisner-nominated “Comic Riffs” column for The Washington Post. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free, but tickets are required.

The event also will be livestreamed on the Library’s YouTube channel. Follow the conversation on Twitter at @librarycongress and #LibraryofAwesome.

Guests will preview of Action Comics #1000, which features the DC debut of acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis, art by legendary DC Comics publisher and artist Jim Lee and stories from Superman writer Peter J. Tomasi, artist Pat Gleason and artist Dan Jurgens. Selected materials from the Library’s comic book and comic art collections will also be on display during the event.

In 2017, the Library welcomed visitors to explore “Library of Awesome,” a pop-up display of more than 100 iconic comic-book issues of today’s most popular characters. The collections of the Library of Congress include nearly 140,000 comic books dating back to the 1930s.

DC Entertainment will publish a new hardcover book, “Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman,” this spring as part of the celebration of the 1,000th issue of Action Comics—the longest continually published comic book of its kind in history, the series that introduced Superman to the world and the title that launched the superhero genre.

This “Library of Awesome” event is made possible by gifts to the Library of Congress Fund. Those interested in supporting free programs at the Library can contact

The Ringo Awards 2018 Nominations are Now Open

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill, and fun of comics. The awards return for their second year on Saturday, September 29, 2018 as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con.

Unlike other professional industry awards, the Ringo Awards include fan participation in the nomination process along with an esteemed jury of comics professionals.

More than 20 categories will be celebrated with top honors being given at an awards ceremony.

Fan and Pro Nominations

Fan and pro-jury voting are tallied independently, and the combined nomination ballot is compiled by the Ringo Awards Committee. The top two fan choices become nominees, and the jury’s selections fill the remaining three slots for five total nominees per category. Ties may result in more than five nominees in a single category. Nominees will be listed on the ballot alphabetically. Nomination ballot voting is open to the public (fans and pros) between March 15, 2018 and May 30, 2018.

Final Ballot Voting

After processing by the Ringo Awards Committee and Jury, the Final Ballot are targeted to be available to comic creative professionals for voting on June 25, 2018 and will be due by August 31, 2018 for final tallying. Presentation of the winners will occur at the Baltimore Comic-Con on the evening of Saturday, September 29, 2018.

Nomination Eligibility

Eligibility for creators and creative works is determined by publication in the preceding calendar year – print publication date takes precedence over electronic publication date. For electronic works, the date of publication is time-stamped with most publications and at least 3 episodes/installments of continuing works must have appeared during the eligibility period.

New Categories

New in 2018, we have added two categories based on juror feedback from our inaugural year:

Open to Fans and Pros, we are now including “Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel”. This category recognizes publications that are tailored to the evolving generation of comic readers, and one that Mike Wieringo would have been behind 100%.

In Fan-Only Favorites, we have added “Favorite Publisher” to the list, allowing readers to nominate the publisher they thought created the best works in the previous year. Will it be one of the big comics houses? An online company? Perhaps a book publisher? Did an indie publisher knock it out of the park? Your vote counts!

Fan and Pro Nomination Categories

* Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)
* Best Writer
* Best Artist or Penciller
* Best Inker
* Best Letterer
* Best Colorist
* Best Cover Artist
* Best Series
* Best Single Issue or Story
* Best Original Graphic Novel
* Best Anthology
* Best Humor Comic
* Best Comic Strip or Panel
* Best Webcomic
* Best Non-fiction Comic Work
* Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel
* Best Presentation in Design
Jury-Only Nomination (with three bonus jurors)

* The Mike Wieringo Spirit Award
Fan-Only Favorite Categories

* Favorite Hero
* Favorite Villain
* Favorite New Series
* Favorite New Talent
* Favorite Publisher
Hero Initiative Award (selected by the Hero Initiative)

* The Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award
* The Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award

Win the Ultimate Fan Trip with Diamond’s San Diego Comic-Con Total Prize Pack!

Every summer, the city of San Diego becomes a destination for comics and pop culture fans as they flock to Comic-Con. The event attracts attendees from all over the world and tickets have become quite difficult to acquire. Then there’s the pricey cost of accommodations and airfare on top of the tickets… Well, Diamond Comic Distributors is looking to solve all those problems for two lucky pop culture fans!

Diamond is providing the opportunity of a lifetime with The San Diego Comic-Con Total Prize Pack! Diamond will give one grand prize winner and a friend roundtrip airfare, a five-night hotel stay, and four-day passes to Comic-Con in San Diego, the biggest comics and pop culture convention in the world!

Diamond will give the winner and their guest four-day passes, which includes admission to Preview Night on Wednesday so you can get a jump on shopping for comics, collectibles, and other goodies! You’ll stay at the four-star, waterfront Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego, which is located right next to the San Diego Convention Center. And the winner will receive a Comic-Con exclusive item courtesy of Diamond Select Toys!

So how do you enter this amazing contest? We’re glad you asked! Head over to Diamond’s Gleam Campaign, and fill out the required entry information. From there, you can increase the number of times your name is entered in the drawing by engaging with Diamond’s social media and e-newsletters. In other words, following Diamond’s many pop-culture Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube platforms, as well as subscribing to e-newsletters will enter your name into the drawing pool between five to ten more times per interaction.

Get your name in there as many times as you can and you could be going on the pop-culture trip of a lifetime! Learn more about the contest and enter by APRIL 30 to win here!

BOOM! Studios Announces their WonderCon Anaheim 2018 Panels

BOOM! Studios is heading to WonderCon 2018, which will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center, CA, during March 23-25. BOOM! Studios will once again occupy one the most prominent booths on the floor, #1301, and feature a diverse array of signings and exclusive merchandise.

Additionally, BOOM! Studios has announced a powerful line up of panel programming including:

Friday, March 23rd
2:00-3:00 BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours
—The world of BOOM! Studios has grown bigger than ever before, meaning there’s a comic book for every kind of fan, and this is the panel to Discover Yours! Join Josh Trujillo (Dodge City), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), David F. Walker (Planet of The Apes) Ben Blacker & Ben Acker (The Thrilling Adventure Hour), Carly Usdin (Heavy Vinyl), Matt Gagnon (Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios) & more as they reveal big news from the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box, and KaBOOM!, along with some special surprises for every fan in attendance. Moderated by Filip Sablik (President of Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios). Room 211

SaturdayMarch 24th
2:30-3:30 Power Rangers: Shattered Grid
—Lord Drakkon has returned, and after the events of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25, No Ranger Is Safe! Join writers Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), actor David Yost (“Billy Cranston,” Mighty Morphin Power RangersTV Series), Dafna Pleban (Editor, BOOM! Studios), Melissa Flores (Director, Power Rangers Content, Saban Brands) and more to discuss the first-ever Saban’s Power Rangers comic book event and what it means for the original teenagers with attitude. This panel will make Power Rangers history with a moment no Power Rangers fan can afford to miss, along with exclusive news and first looks! Moderated by journalist Joshua Yehl ( Room 200B 

Sunday, March 25th
11:00-12:00 Pop Culture is LGBTQ
— BOOM! Studios and GLAAD present an honest discussion of LGBTQ representation in pop culture and the path forward to a brighter, more inclusive future, with special guests including Wilson Cruz (Actor, Star Trek: Discovery), Elliot Fletcher (Actor, The Fosters), CB Lee (Writer, Not Your Sidekick), Rian Sygh (Artist, The Backstagers), Josh Trujillo (Writer, Dodge City) and Megan Townsend (Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis, GLAAD). Moderated by journalist Tracy Brown (LA Times).  Room 211

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