Category Archives: Conventions

New York Comic Con Eliminates 3 and 4 Day Tickets

New York Comic Con sent out a flurry of emails today in anticipation of New York Comic Con 2017. The convention sent out Fan Verification emails to those who already have accounts. The profiles are a must for purchases and helped curtail scalping during last year’s convention. For those without profiles, they’ll be able to create one on April 19 and it’s needed if you hope to purchase tickets for this year’s convention. Fans with a 2016 profile will get a chance to pick up a limited number of tickets before the general sale.

The biggest news is that the convention will NOT be selling 3-day and 4-day tickets, there will ONLY be single day tickets. The reason for this is the Javits Center is under construction which is causing the convention to have less space than usual and by selling individual tickets they hope to get as many people into the show as possible.

The date for ticket sales has not been announced yet but will take place on a weekend. New York Comic Con 2017 takes place October 5-8.

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Europeans in New York coming this April

Europe Comics, the all digital all European comics and graphic novel venture, is bringing two of Europe’s most celebrated graphic novel creators to New York City for a series of events as part of its Europeans in New York campaign.

Award-winning European creators Blutch (France) and Wojciech Stefaniec (Poland) will be visiting the Society of Illustrators’ MoCCA Arts Festival on April 1-2 and participating in a series of talks with fellow American cartoonists David Mazzucchelli, Charles Burns, Richard McGuire and Ben Katchor, moderated by Françoise Mouly, Bill Kartalopoulos and Dan Piepenbring in various venues and bookshops across New York.

Europeans in New York is organized in partnership with MoCCA, New York Review Comics, Albertine Bookshop, Comics@ Columbia, La Maison Française, School of Visual Arts, Polish Cultural Institute, Greenwich Library.

eigoMANGA Will Showcase Its Comic Book Virtual Reality Demo At Animation On Display

eigoMANGA will showcase it’s virtual reality comic book app at Animation On Display (AOD), which is on March 18-19, 2017 at the Santa Clara Marriott in Santa Clara, CA.

Project eigoMANGA VR‘ is the company’s comic book reading app and distribution platform for Google VR. At Animation On Display, eigoMANGA’s team members will discuss the technology and vision of experiencing comics through ‘eigoMANGA VR’.

eigoMANGA’s presentation is scheduled for Saturday at 4 pm to 5 pm in Live Events 2. eigoMANGA’s release plans and details about ‘Project eigoMANGA VR’ will also be announced at the event. Comic book publishers, creators, and fans who are attending Animation On Display are being encouraged to partake in the presentation.

Gen Con Hires Industry Veteran David Hoppe to Leadership Position; Adrian Swartout to Retire after Gen Con 50

Gen Con has announced that game industry veteran David Hoppe will join the company’s executive team as President. As such, Hoppe will take over the management of Gen Con’s operations at the company’s Seattle office, beginning in May 2017.

After 10 years of leadership, in which Gen Con’s annual attendance has more than doubled, Adrian Swartout will step down as CEO following this August’s Gen Con 50 event. Hoppe and Swartout will work together to jointly manage the company and ensure a smooth leadership transition throughout the next four months. Subsequently, Swartout will continue to serve on Gen Con’s Board of Directors.

David Hoppe is currently Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Blastworks, Inc. a mobile games developer and publisher with operations in North America and Europe. At Blastworks, David oversees performance marketing, analytics, data science, and business development. Prior to Blastworks, David spent five years as a Director of Business Operations for Xbox Live and Microsoft, as well as being a founding member of two game development startups (Flashlight Creations & Tenacious Games). He also served as a consultant to Upper Deck Entertainment, and from 1995 to 2002 was SVP of Organized Play, as well as Brand Management at Wizards of the Coast during the meteoric rise of both the Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon trading card game franchises.

Image Celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a Rose City Comic Con Homecoming Dance

Back by popular demand, Image Comics will host a very special formal Fall Homecoming dance for the comics community during the Rose City Comic Con festivities. The dance will be held on Saturday, September 9th from 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. at The Evergreen. This event will be 21+ only. IDs will be checked at the door.

Tickets to the Image Comics Fall Homecoming Dance are on sale now.

Image Comics’ Fall Homecoming will be in the style and spirit of a traditional high school dance and all comics fans and industry members are encouraged to come mix, mingle, and dance the night away.

Image Comics Fall Homecoming ticket tiers:

  • $20: Entry ticket
  • $45: Add-on pack, including an Image t-shirt, variant cover comic, commemorative pint glass, and enamel pin
  • $79: VIP pack—ticket to the party, add-on pack items, and access to special VIP area at the venue (limited quantity, only 100 VIP tickets available)

Hasbro Reveals Transformers Generations Titans Return Figures at Toy Fair Australia

Transformers Generations Titans Return Deluxe Assortment

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99/Available: Fall 2017)

The TRANSFORMERS battle explodes into uncharted territory when the TITANS RETURN! To control an ancient race of giant, city-sized warriors—Titans—the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS must harness the power of TITAN MASTERS, smaller bots that give bigger bots enhanced abilities in battle. Each TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS TITANS RETURN Deluxe Class figure comes with a TITAN MASTER figure that becomes the head of Deluxe Class figure. When the Deluxe Class figure is in vehicle mode, the TITAN MASTER figure rides inside. Each TITAN MASTER figure can become the head for Deluxe Class, Voyager Class, or Leader Class TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS TITANS RETURN figures (each sold separately). Fans can choose from AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON characters like HOT ROD, PERCEPTOR and TRIGGERHAPPY, unite them with other TITAN MASTER figures, and imagine they’re powering up for battle! Also includes individual accessories and collectible character card. Additional figures are each sold separately. Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.

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Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary World Tour Stops In NYC In April

world-tour-ny-poster-visualBANDAI Co., Ltd. is in the middle of a worldwide tour of figure display events being held in 10 cities over the course of the year in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of its Tamashii Nations brand of collectible figures.

The twofold aim is to thank all of the Tamashii Nations fans who have supported the brand, and to spread the word about Tamashii Nations to even more potential fans across the globe.

Tamashii Nations has announced the third event in the annual series. Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary WORLD TOUR: New York City will be held at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in Manhattan on April 29th-30th.

The event will center around new products from the Dragon Ball series (the latest incarnation of which, Dragon Ball Super, is now airing in the US), and the Meisho Movie/Manga Realization action figure series of popular Star Wars and Marvel Universe characters re-envisioned in Japanese samurai style. In addition, popular anime characters from Naruto and Sailor Moon, plus characters already well known to fans from the WWE franchise and Godzilla series, will also be on display. Other interactive opportunities are planned as well, such as a “touch and try” corner allowing fans to interact with the actual products and a photo spot for taking fun pictures. A total of 9 commemorative products will make their world debut for sale on-site as well.

The World Tour kicked off in December, 2016 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. It was followed by Hong Kong in February, and coming up in April, New York City, which will follow up with June, in Mexico. The worldwide celebration will continue with exciting new events and product unveilings in other cities leading up to October of 2017, with the final stop, Tamashii Nation 2017, being held in November in Tokyo — a spectacular event commemorating the 10 year history of the beloved brand.

Donato Giancola is the Artist Guest of Honor for Gen Con 50

donato-giancola-1The Gen Con has announced Donato Giancola as the Artist Guest of Honor for Gen Con 50.

With 25 years as a professional, Giancola is one of the most respected and heavily awarded artists in the fields of sci-fi and fantasy with dozens of accolades from around the world, including eight Spectrum medals and three Hugo Awards. Donato’s dedication to the craft of art has gained the admiration and attention of galleries and collectors alike, all the while sharing his passion with the next generation of talent at the School of Visual Arts, online through the SmArt School, and at the illustration Master Class.

His current projects range from book cover illustrations to private commissions to personal projects on empathetic robots and the fantastic worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin. Donato lives in works in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two daughters. Make sure to visit him in the Gen Con 50 Art Show, where he will have a prominent, featured placement.

For more information on Donato and to view his work, visit his website, www.donatoart.com. *Pictures used with permission by Donato Giancola.

ECCC 2017: Death Comes to Valiant for “Massacre” in Harbinger Renegade #5

This summer…a major Valiant hero will fall as the countdown to Harbinger Wars 2 begins!

As revealed today at Emerald City Comicon 2017, Valiant has announced “Massacre” – a new, four-part assault beginning this July in Harbinger Renegade #5! This summer, The Road to Harbinger Wars 2 – Valiant’s seismic 2018 crossover event – starts here as writer Rafer Roberts and artist Darick Robertson bring a newer, deadlier, and brutally efficient H.A.R.D. Corps crashing down on America’s renegade team of teenage superhumans!

Toyo Harada’s former protege – Alexander Solomon, a “psiot” with the ability to predict and analyze potential futures – has been waiting for this moment. With the Harbinger Renegades – Peter Stanchek, Faith, Kris Hathaway, and Torque – now reunited as a result of his covert manipulations, his ultimate gambit can now begin. But he’s not the only one who has been watching. Major Charlie Palmer has just re-assigned a new division of the militarized psiot hunters codenamed H.A.R.D. Corps to active duty…and they’re about to bring a torrent of blood and calamity roaring into the streets of a major American metropolis for an all-out firefight.

The Harbinger Renegades. Livewire. Alexander Solomon. Generation Zero. Toyo Harada. Secret Weapons. Imperium. None of them are safe… and, when the smoke clears, a pivotal Valiant hero will become the first sacrifice of the massive Harbinger War that is to come.

Also coming in the pages of “Massacre”…discover the true face of the antagonist that will bring Harbinger Wars 2 to bear in 2018! The first appearance of Valiant’s most formidable villain yet happens right here, only in Harbinger Renegade #5!

For more on what awaits in “Massacre”, join writer Rafer Roberts alongside Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons and Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani this weekend for the VALIANT: THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 panel presentation on Sunday, March 5th at 2:30 p.m. PT in room TCC301!

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Image Comics’ ECCC 2017 Announcements

At Emerald City Comic Con, Image Comics kicked off the show with a slew of exciting creator-owned announcements.

Image Comics revealed the following creator-owned projects set to launch in the coming year and beyond.

DEATH OF LOVE

Fan-favorite writer Justin Jordan (SPREAD), artist Donal DeLay, colorist Felipe Sobreiro, and letterer Rachel Deering team up for an all-new, five-issue miniseries—DEATH OF LOVE.

In DEATH OF LOVE, a bitter, self-proclaimed nice guy gains the ability to see the Cupidae, who are responsible for love in the world. Who he then ends up in bloody and, hopefully, hilarious war with.

DEATH OF LOVE launches from Image Comics this Fall 2017.

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FAMILY TREE

Bestselling, award-winning Jeff Lemire (ROYAL CITY, DESCENDER, Sweet Tooth) and Phil Hester (Shipwreck, Green Arrow) come together for FAMILY TREE.

When an eight-year-old girl literally begins to transform into a tree, her single Mom, troubled brother, and possibly insane Grandfather embark on a bizarre and heart-wrenching odyssey across the back roads of America, desperately searching for a way to cure to her horrifying transformation before it’s too late.

But the further they get from home, and the closer the girl gets to completely losing her humanity, the more external forces threaten to tear the family apart as fanatical cults, mercenaries, and tabloid Paparazzi close in, determined to destroy the girl or use her for themselves.

A new genre-defying ongoing series, THE FAMILY TREE will combine mystery, action, and Cronenbergian body horror into an epic story about the lengths a mother will go to keep her children safe in the face of an increasingly unstable world and unspeakable horrors.

FAMILY TREE will launch this Fall 2017 from Image Comics.

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FLAVOR

Fan-favorite writer Joseph Keatinge (RINGSIDE, SHUTTER) and artist Wook-Jin Clark serve up FLAVOR.

In FLAVOR, Xoo’s a young chef in a closed-off metropolis whose economy surrounds the touring of—and some argue, exploitation of—young chefs. When she’s registered for the cooking tournament, she discovers the dark underbelly of the city—why they exploit the young chefs, where their foods coming from and why she’s got to fight against it all.

FLAVOR is on the menu for Fall 2017.

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GENERATION GONE

Fan-favorite writer Ales Kot and artist André Araújo team up for an all-new series in GENERATION GONE.

GENERATION GONE asks: What happens when three disenfranchised millennials who were already planning to rob a bank get superpowers? What happens when two of them are in a toxic relationship that implodes shortly after? Think Unbreakable meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and you’re starting to get it.

GENERATION GONE launches this Summer 2017 from Image Comics.

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MAGE: THE HERO DENIED, PART 3

Matt Wagner returns with the highly-anticipated conclusion to MAGE.

MAGE: THE HERO DENIED is the long-awaited conclusion of Matt Wagner’s epic fantasy trilogy. MAGE follows the adventures of the reluctant everyman hero Kevin Matchstick who, after encountering a shaggy and beguiling wizard, discovers he is the reincarnation of the legendary Pendragon and able to wield the power of the mystical weapon, Excalibur.

MAGE will hit stores this Summer 2017 from Image Comics.

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MOONSTRUCK

From Lumberjanes creator Grace Ellis and talented newcomer Shae Beagle comes a story of monsters, romance, and magical hijinks! Fantasy creatures are living typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal… werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes! But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy. Will Julie and Chet be able to save their friends? Is Julie’s dogged determination to be normal a lost cause? Who’s going to watch the coffee shop while our heroes are out saving the world?

These questions and more will be answered in MOONSTRUCK, coming this summer from Image Comics.

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NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL

Fan-favorite writer Joe Casey (OFFICER DOWNE, SEX) and artist Ulises Farinas team up for an all-new series in NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL.

From Joe Casey and Ulises Farinas—they are the most kick-ass, head-banging heroes ever assembled! They are a precision strike force, ready to face any threat! They are a metal militia of mayhem and they mean serious business! If you like blood and explosions… or if you like bloody explosions… this is the book you’ve been waiting in line outside the coliseum to read! Their names are legend: The Mighty Kreig! Vandenborg Riot! Manowarrior! Steppenwulf! Beset from all sides by a growing roster of vicious foes, the New Lieutenants of Metal have arrived to bust down the doors of perception and deliver you to a greater comicbook glory! Featuring the first appearance of Spike!

NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL will launch from Image Comics in 2017.

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REDLANDS

Eisner Award-winning Jordie Bellaire and artist Vanesa R. del Rey team up for an all-new series REDLANDS.

In REDLANDS, three witches move to Redlands, Florida and take over as law enforcement.

This new series—created by the all-female team of bestselling, award-winning Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. del Rey—marries the sexy, witchy-goodness of Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s BLACK MAGICK and Melissa de la Cruz’s beloved Witches of East End with the deep-South atmosphere of Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’s SOUTHERN BASTARDS and American Horror Story: Coven.

REDLANDS launches this Summer from Image Comics.

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SACRED CREATURES

Bestselling artists Klaus Janson and Pablo Raimondi team up for an all-new ongoing series titled SACRED CREATURES.

The survivors of an ancient, supernatural race have woven their existence into the fabric of our society, and when their delicate balance of power begins to unravel, humanity itself is at risk of being torn apart. SACRED CREATURES is a supernatural thriller that reveals the hidden forces manipulating mankind and takes the reader on a journey spanning the history of the world itself.

SACRED CREATURES hits stores this Summer from Image Comics.

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SAVAGE TOWN

Declan Shalvey (INJECTION) and Philip Barrett team up for an all-new original graphic novel titled SAVAGE TOWN.

SAVAGE TOWN is a crime story set in Limerick City, loosely based on real events at the turn of the millennium. It follows Jimmy ‘Hardy’ Savage as he fails his way up the criminal ladder.

SAVAGE TOWN will hit shelves this Fall 2017 from Image Comics.

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SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER

From writers Jody LeHeup (former editor of Uncanny X-Force, Deadpool, Quantum and Woody) and Sebastian Girner (editor of SOUTHERN BASTARDS, DEADLY CLASS, BLACK SCIENCE), newcomer artist Nil Vendrell, colorist Mike Spicer (HEAD LOPPER, MYTHIC), and letterer “Famous Dave” Lanphear comes a modern tall tale for the ages!

After being betrayed by the bears that raised him, the legendary SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER wanders the forest he’s sworn to protect, fist-fighting bears, eating flapjacks, and being the angriest man the world has ever known! When wild-eyed, super-strong bears attack the citizens of Major City, Shirtless ventures into the human world to do what he does best…PUNCH THOSE BEARS IN THE FACE! But all is not as it seems. Someone is manipulating Shirtless…and only by confronting the demons of his past can Shirtless hope to save his future!

SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER is a an over-the-top action/comedy chock full of humor, colorful characters, larger-than-life battles, and high adventure. It’s the story of a wrathful man at war with himself, what happens when we allow anger to rule our lives, and what we can do to set things right.

“Probably the most important comic book ever made.” —Jody LeHeup

“We need him now more than ever. Someone’s gotta fight all these bears!” —Sebastian Girner

THE WAR ON BEARROR BEGINS JUNE 2017.

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SLEEPLESS

Bestselling creator Leila del Duca (SHUTTER, AFAR) and writer Sarah Vaughn (ALEX + ADA) team up for the all-new series SLEEPLESS, with editor Alissa Sallah and letterer Deron Bennett.

In SLEEPLESS, an enchanted knight who never sleeps falls in love with the noblewoman he is sworn to protect as they navigate the treacherous court of a newly crowned king. Set in a Renaissance-inspired kingdom, politics and love abound in this historical romance drama.

SLEEPLESS will launch from Image Comics.

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THE FAMILY TRADE

Writer Justin Jordan and artist Morgan Beem come together for the all-new ongoing series THE FAMILY TRADE.

THE FAMILY TRADE is about a family of assassins, con men, and thieves dedicated to keeping their floating city floating. Which goes reasonably well until their youngest member manages to nearly cause the city to go to war with itself.

THE FAMILY TRADE will launch from Image Comics this Fall 2017.

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THE HARD PLACE

Writer Doug Wagner (PLASTIC) and artist Nic Rummel team up with editor Keven Gardner for an all-new series.

In THE HARD PLACE, a former legendary getaway driver has decided that after five years in prison he’s ready to go straight, but when a bank heist goes wrong and two violent bank robbers recognize the driver, they force him to help them escape using a Russian mobster’s daughter as a human shield. The driver finds himself pursued by a resentful police department and hunted by every asset of the Russian mob.

THE HARD PLACE will launch from Image Comics this Summer 2017.

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THE NEW WORLD

Fan-favorite creators Ales Kot and Tradd Moore come together for an all-new series, THE NEW WORLD.

THE NEW WORLD is set in the United States of America: decades from now. A war-torn landscape slowly revitalizing itself. What happens when Romeo is a straight-edge hacker and Juliet a messy TV star cop with license to kill? What happens when they meet? What happens when their aims may be opposite but the chemistry too real to deny?

THE NEW WORLD hits stores from Image Comics in 2017.

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