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The United States Playing Card Company Launches New Tabletop Games Studio

The United States Playing Card Company has launched a new tabletop game studio. Their first game, Nailed It! is being previewed at this week’s historic Gen Con, which celebrates the conventions 50th birthday! The United States Playing Card Company is the company behind Bicycle Playing Cards.

The mission of this new publishing arm is to serve as a cutting edge game development lab, teaming up with creators who have a keen understanding of what modern tabletop players are looking for in terms of unique game design, artwork and quality. Games brought to market under the Bicycle Games brand will emphasize entertaining face-to-face social engagement in the adult party, party, and light strategy categories. In keeping with the rich heritage of Bicycle cards, games produced will feature superior quality, artfully designed components and be primarily manufactured in the United States.

Attendees at Gen Con will be able to preview Nailed It!, the first game to be launched under the Bicycle Games brand. This adult party game invites players to create their funniest, most outrageous stories related to over 56 different stereotypes, everything from a Cat Lady and Conspiracy Theorist to a Surfer Dude and Trust Fund Baby. Players are dealt hands of category cards with one player serving as judge for a single round. The judge rolls the oversized foam die to determine a category – like Location, Food, Clothing or Ailment – then flips over a stereotype
card. Each player then gets a chance to say why a category item in their hand is the best fit for that stereotype using the funniest, most logical, simplest or most complex story they can come up with on the spot. The judge picks his or her favorite and awards the winner of the round that stereotype card. Drop the Hammer cards appear at random and can change the outcome of a round.

Easy to learn, with game play lasting 30-40 minutes, Nailed It! will also be available to playtest throughout Gen Con at locations near the convention center, including bars, hotels and several game stores including Good Games (111 S. Meridian St.), Game Paradise (1110 Prospect St.) and Downtown Comics (11 E. Market St.). The game will be available for purchase starting in November 2017.

Hasbro Bolsters All-Star HASCON Lineup with Flo Rida, Isabela Moner, Eh Bee Family and More!

Hasbro has unveiled additional entertainment programming details for the first ever HASCON FANmily event. Happening September 8 – 10, 2017 at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, HASCON will bring Hasbro’s most iconic brands to life.

Joining the previously announced all-star lineup is a performance by GRAMMY-nominated rapper and singer-songwriter Flo Rida, who will perform a full set to HASCON guests the evening of Saturday, September 9, and a meet and greet with actress, dance icon and NYT bestselling author, Maddie Ziegler, Isabela Moner, and family-friendly internet personalities, the Eh Bee Family. Also joining HASCON is veteran voice actress Susan Blu, MLB-retired designated hitter David “Big Papi” Ortiz, current center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (of the Boston Red Sox), New England Patriots running back and Super Bowl 51 Hero James White (of the New England Patriots) and internationally acclaimed and award-winning storyteller Len Cabral.

HASCON will also feature a panel and autograph session with talent and creators from Hasbro’s upcoming Netflix original series for kids Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters.  Ogie Banks, Walter Koenig, Scott Menville, series executive producer/writer Kevin Burke, series executive producer/writer Chris “Doc” Wyatt and series supervising director Vic Cook will be featured on the panel and at the autograph session on Sunday, September 10.

Previously announced programming includes a performance and meet and greet with Multi-Platinum GRAMMY Award-Winning singer-songwriter Daya, panel discussions with Stan Lee, James Gunn, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Dude Perfect and many more.

This unique event will bring Hasbro’s most iconic brands to life like never before, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY and G.I. JOE and exceptional partner brands such as BEYBLADE, DREAMWORKS TROLLS and SESAME STREET. Fans will get a peek behind the Hasbro curtain during the three days filled with exciting first-look previews and panels from Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series, including Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC as seen on Hasbro’s joint-venture television network Discovery Family.

In addition, there will be activities inspired by several iconic Disney properties, including Disney Princess, Frozen, Elena of Avalor, Moana and Descendants 2, as well as Star Wars and Marvel’s Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. From movie props and costumes on display, to hands-on fun through art tutorials and more, these areas will be can’t-miss destinations during the show.

Oni Press Heads to Gen Con 50

Oni Press is heading to the 50th Annual Gen Con! All weekend long, Oni Press is debuting a plethora of exciting new variants, merchandise, and convention exclusives. Additionally, throughout the weekend, Oni Press will host several Dead of Winter and Rick and Morty comic creator signings for their fans.

This year’s gathering is being held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, on Thursday, August 17 through Sunday, August 20. Fans can find Oni Press at booth #2520.

ONI PRESS EXCLUSIVES:

*Limited quantities available. No holds on items.

Dead of Winter #1 by Kyle Starks and Gabo

Game Token Variant
Cover illustrated by game artist Fernanda Suarez

Price: $10
This limited edition Dead of Winter #1 variant contains the exclusive character game token of Ruckus Burley from the comic book series for the Dead of Winter tabletop game!

AVAILABLE AT ONI PRESS BOOTH #2520 AND PLAID HAT GAMES BOOTH #1537

SCOTT PILGRIM‘S PRECIOUS LITTLE CARD GAME

Oni Press/Renegade Game Studios Exclusive Variant

Price: $50

Features limited edition box art, available at the Oni Press booth #2520 and Renegade Game Studios booth #2211!

Retail Edition

Price: $45

Available only at Renegade Game Studios booth #2211!

Features:

  • Create your own Scott Pilgrim storyline in this thematic deck-building game.
  • Double-sided cards add extra choices and deeper strategy.
  • Combine the right cards to activate your devastating combos or button-smash your way to victory.
  • Defeat the Evil Ex to score huge Victory Points.
  • Play as your favorite characters with a unique starting deck.

Oversized playmats also available at Renegade Games booth #2211!
Variant cover art playmat—$30
Retail cover art playmat—$25

Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #1 by Tini Howard and Marc Ellerby with Katy Farina

Exclusive “Nintendo Power” Homage Variant

Cover illustrated by Tait Howard

Price: $10
Based on the hit Adult Swim™ TV series, Rick and Morty™, and inspired by the Pocket Mortys mobile game!

Rick and Morty#16 by Kyle Starks, CJ Cannon, and Marc Ellerby, with Ryan Hill

Exclusive “The Last of Us” Homage Variant

Cover illustrated by Mariel Cartwright

Price: $20

Rick and Morty#25 by Kyle Starks and Marc Ellerby with Katy Farina

Exclusive Sketch Cover Variant

Price: $20

Rick and Morty#29 by Sean Vanaman, Olly Moss, and CJ Cannon with Katy Farina

Variant cover illustrated by Olly Moss

Price: $10
Written by Sean Vanaman and Olly Moss of Campo Santo’s video game, Firewatch!

Invader ZIM Deluxe Hardcover, Book One

Oni Press Exclusive Variant

Price: $65
Features a foil deboss and tip-in. Contains the first 10 issues of Invader ZIM—as well as a cover gallery and the exclusive #0 issue not available in stores!

Invader ZIM #0 Truthshrieker Magazine by Jhonen Vasquez, Eric Trueheart, Aaron Alexovich, Rikki

Simons, and Megan Lawton

Price: $10

Kaijumax Electrogor Plush

Price: $25

Snuggle up with Kaijumax’s MOST WANTED! From the Eisner Award-nominated comic series by Zander Cannon, this official plush toy is the perfect cellmate to cuddle up with while reading Kaijumax!

Scott Pilgrim Puzzle Fighter Poster

Illustrated by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Price: $10

Scott Pilgrim Ramona Flowers Subspace Bag

Price: $60

Rick and Morty™ Volumes 1-5 and Rick and Morty™: Lil’ Poopy Superstar Oni Press Exclusive Variant Editions

Variant covers illustrated by Julieta Colás

Price: $20 each

Invader ZIM Volumes 1-4 Oni Press Exclusive Variant Editions

Vol. 1-3 variant covers illustrated by Jhonen Vasquez
Vol. 4 variant cover illustrated by Paul Robertson

Price: $20 each

THE SIXTH GUN RPG AT PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT BOOTH #1929/2029

Visit our friends at Pinnacle Entertainment to check out The Sixth Gun roleplaying game!

 

DEALS AT ONI PRESS BOOTH #2520:

*Limited quantities available.

$10 TRADE PAPERBACKS!

THE SIXTH GUN ALL-IN SPECIAL

Get the entire saga for only $175 (normally $230)!
Volumes 1-9, and the spin-off volumes Sons of the Gun, Days of the Dead, and Dust to Death!

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. YOUR WALLET BUNDLES

$125 for all 6 volumes (normally $150)!

$200 for all 6 Evil Editions (normally $240)!

Variant covers featuring the Evil Exes on the front covers and the heroes on the back covers!

FREE Oni Press Starter Pack 2016 with purchase of $20 or more!

*While supplies last.

Over 200 pages—seven first-issues of our flagship comics—The Sixth Gun, Letter 44, The Bunker, Stumptown, Kaijumax, Helheim, and The Life After!

CREATOR SIGNINGS:

Kyle Starks and Gabo will be signing every morning at Plaid Hat Games’ booth #1537 in support of Dead of Winter #1, and Plaid Hat Games’ new Warring Colonies expansion for the Dead of Winter board game. Kyle Starks and Gabo will also be signing and appearing at the Oni Press booth #2520 throughout the rest of the convention.

THURSDAY, AUG. 17

9–11 a.m. Kyle Starks and Gabo (Dead of Winter) at Plaid Hat Games booth #1537

 

 

FRIDAY, AUG. 18
9–11 a.m. Kyle Starks and Gabo (Dead of Winter) at Plaid Hat Games booth

#1537

 

10 a.m.–12 p.m. Keith Baker (Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game, game
designer)
at Renegade Game Studios booth #2211

 

SATURDAY, AUG. 19

9–11 a.m. Kyle Starks and Gabo (Dead of Winter) at Plaid Hat Games booth #1537

 

12 p.m.–4 p.m. Keith Baker (Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game, game designer) at Renegade Game Studios booth #2211

 

SUNDAY, AUG. 20

9–11 a.m. Kyle Starks and Gabo (Dead of Winter) at Plaid Hat Games booth #1537

Wheatley, Hempel, G. D. Falksen Together at Baltimore Comic Con

Making it 18 appearances out of 18 editions of the Baltimore Comic-Con, Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel, the masterminds behind Blood of the Innocent, Mars, and numerous other creations, will lead their loose-knit, hard-hitting band of creators under the Insight Studios banner into the Baltimore Convention Center for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, FridaySunday, September 22-24. At the show, they’ll be joined by acclaimed ComicMix, DC, and First Comics editor Mike Gold, as well as studio mates, G. D. Falksen, Mark Redfield, and Evelyn KrietePurchase your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in extra lines at the show.

While frequently noted for their award-winning solo careers, both Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel are frequently reminded by fans of their success as collaborators. Tarzan, Jonny Quest, Titanic Tales, and Doctor Cyborg are just a few of their other projects together. Most recently, over the past two years, they have fully restored their acclaimed Vertigo graphic novel Breathtaker for Titan Comics. Additionally, they’ve developed a companion touring show of the original art for the project organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum. Long out of print, it was originally serialized and then collected into a best-selling trade paperback by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint 20 years ago, where it was a best-seller. Their work, both together and separately was extensively profiled in IS Art: The Art of Insight Studios.

Inducted in July into The Overstreet Hall of Fame, Mark Wheatley most recently has continued his string of popular Doctor Who covers for Titan, completed a set of Stargate Atlantis cover for American Mythology, and provided the cover and interior illustrations for the new novel Man Of War by Heidi Ruby Miller from Meteor House, which continues the Two Hawks series from Philip Jose Farmer. Prior to that, his work for CBS Television was featured on The Millers, 2 Broke Girls, and Super Clyde, and the Square Roots pilot for ABC.

In print, he was featured in the acclaimed Jungle Tales Of Tarzan from Dark Horse Comics, on the cover of the Meteor House release of Exiles of Kho by Christopher Paul Carey, and his own well-received art book, Stars, which presents elaborate line art portraits of actors, musicians, and authors. With a track record that includes Frankenstein Mobster, Radical Dreamer, Return of the Human, Hammer of the Gods, EZ Street, Skultar, and Lone Justice, Wheatley is an Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy, and Eisner award-winning creator. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, created set pieces for The Black Eyed Peas, designed for Lady Gaga, and contributed designs to ABC’s Beauty and the Beast. He will be displaying art from Doctor Cthulittle, his innovative new project in collaboration with studio members G. D. Falksen and Evelyn Kriete. See more of Mark’s work at markwheatleygallery.com.

 

Marc Hempel grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and now resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he plies his craft on such diverse projects ranging from his own Gregory, Tug & Buster, and Naked Brain to Disney Adventures, and from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser to “The Kindly Ones” in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. Hempel’s art has also appeared in MAD, Marvel Fanfare, Epic Illustrated, Heavy Metal, Flinch, My Faith in Frankie, The Dreaming, Lucifer, Munden’s Bar, Nickelodeon Magazine, and a 21-page Escapist story for Dark Horse Comics. His series The Love Brothers has appeared in Aces Weekly.

 

ComicMix.com editor-in-chief Mike Gold is a 40-year veteran of the comic book field, having co-founded the Chicago Comicon as well as First Comics with Rick Obadiah, later serving as group editor/director of editorial development of DC Comics, and as a packager of comics with arrogantMGMS. Among the many projects he edited and helped develop are American Flagg!, Jon Sable Freelance, GrimJack, The Flash, Green Arrow, The Question, Legends, Breathtaker, and Mars. Gold is also a long-time political activist and broadcaster, presently doing the show Weird Sounds Inside the Gold Mind on getthepointradio.com. He was the recipient of the Hero Initiative Humanitarian of the Year Award, given at the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2011.

 

Mark Redfield is an American actor, author, artist, and filmmaker whose films include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2002) and The Death of Poe (2006) and whose award-winning audio dramas includes Sinbad and the Pirate Princess also starring Caroline Munro and Martine Beswicke (www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com). Voice work includes audio books A Christmas Carol that features cover art by Mark Wheatley and Hunted by Mark Hewitt, an in-depth look at the unsolved Zodiac Killer case. His art and cartoons are collected all over the world (www.MarkRedfieldArt.com) and his vampire novel Cult of the Nosferatu (www.VampireHuntersInc.com) is available from Amazon. His novella The Chaney Murder Case with another cover by Mark Wheatley is now available. A Poe Scholar, his 20-hour audio dramatization of Edgar Allan Poe’s life will debut in 2018 (www.PoeForevermore.com).

G. D. Falksen is an author, lecturer, public speaker, and actor. He also studies history and has consulted for Disney. He is the author of The Ouroboros Cycle series, The Transatlantic Conspiracy, and several other works of fiction. He is a voice actor for and co-writer of the animated film Hullabaloo and an accompanying educational series titled Ask The Professor.

 

Evelyn Kriete is an editor, producer, artist, stylist, marketing adviser, social media strategist, and new media coordinator. She is also a crowdfunding consultant for Indiegogo and ComicMix. Through crowdfunding she has raised over $1 million for various projects, including the animated film Hullabaloo, which she is producing alongside film creator James Lopez. She has previously worked on the staff of literary publications such as Weird Tales and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine.

Shimba Tsuchiya to Be Guest at Otakon 2017

Voice actor Shimba Tsuchiya will be a guest at Otakon 2017.

Tsuchiya works as both an actor and a voice artist. He starred in his first animated television series as Tatara Fujita in “Welcome to the Ballroom.”  Other notable works include animated television series “Haikyuu!!: Karasuno Koukou VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou” (as Tsutomu Goshiki); “The Dragon Dentist” (as Toreshi); and the play “Ehon Gappo Ga Tsuji” (as Gunzo Moriyama and Onui).

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Shimba Tsuchiya

Tyson Rinehart to be Otakon 2017 Guest

Voice actor Tyson Rinehart, known for his work in anime and video games, will be a guest at Otakon 2017.

His breakout role was as lovable hacker Daru in cult-favorite “Steins;Gate.” Other notable anime roles include Taira in “All Out!!,” Yamada in “Danganronpa: The Animation,” Okuninushi in “Kamisama Kiss 2,” Australia in “Hetalia: The Beautiful World,” as well as Dice in “One Piece Film: Gold.”

His work in video games includes Cabrakan from the video game “SMITE,” and Hogarth in “Orcs Must Die! Unchained.”

Rinehart also works as a scriptwriter for Funimation, providing English language dialogue for shows like “Attack on Titan,” “High School DxD,” “Puzzle & Dragons X,” “Prison School,” and more.

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Tetsuya Kinoshita to Be Guest at Otakon 2017

Producer Tetsuya Kinoshita, who has worked as a producer for many anime films, will be a guest at Otakon 2017.

Born in 1976, Kinoshita joined Production I.G in 2001. He served as the production manager of the animation part in the film “Kill Bill: Volume 1” and the animated television series “Otogi Zoshi.” Kinoshita subsequently joined Pony Canyon Inc. in 2005 and began his work as a producer in animation films from “Shinreigari: Ghost Hound.” His workSengoku Basara” was made into an animated feature film, becoming one of the most popular animated television series in Japan. His work as producer on “Musashi: The Dream Of The Last Samurai” (2009), the animated feature film created and written by Mamoru Oshii, led him to serve as a producer in the animated feature film “28 1/2 Mousou no kyojin,” directed by Oshii.

The animated television seriesAttack On Titan,” on which he worked as a producer, was a huge success, with season 2 currently airing in Japan (as of May, 2017). “Attack on Titan” has also developed into a two-part live action film. One of his works, “Yuki Yuna is a Hero,” became a three-part feature film, with its latest film, part two, currently screening in Japan (as of May 2017). The sequel of the film is set to air as an animated television series in October. Kinoshita has done numerous works as a producer, such as “From the New World,” “The Rolling Girls” and “Etotama.” His latest work, “Welcome to the Ballroom,” began airing from July.

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes Darryl “DMC” McDaniels

The 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con takes place on September 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center. The Baltimore Comic-Con is thrilled to announce the addition of Darryl “DMC” McDaniels to the 2017 guest list. You can purchase your tickets for the show now.

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, a pioneer, icon, and founding member of the legendary rap group Run-DMC, brought his love for comics full circle with the creation of his very own independent publishing house called Darryl Makes Comics. Already a hero to his millions of fans around the world, DMC’s accomplishments read like a laundry list of musical and cultural accolades: Grammy-nominated musician, Emmy-winning life story, multi-platinum recording artist, 2009 Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and rap/rock pioneer who influenced music the first time he touched a mic. Before co-founding Run-DMC, DMC grew up reading comics and developed a passion for them. “When I started with Run-DMC, I was a nervous little nerdy kid,” says DMC. “I didn’t want to get up in front of a crowd and rhyme; but what gave me confidence, out there on stage was pretending that I was the Hulk on the microphone.”

In 2014 DMC’s childhood passion came to fruition when he, along with his Editor-in-Chief Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and Senior Editor Riggs Morales, teamed up with some prominent fixtures in the comic book world to craft his first 48-page graphic novel, a 100% authentic, unapologetic, indie comic book under the Darryl Makes Comics imprint. The graphic novel, DMC #1, garnered critical praise and attention when it debuted in 2014 featuring some of the comic industry’s finest talent. The story was created by DMC and Damion Scott (Batman, Robin, Solo), with Ronald Wimberly (Vertigo/DC, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Prince of Cats) serving as creative consultant to develop the script. Each chapter is visualized by different teams of artists, including Chase Conley (Black Dynamite), Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla, The Reason for Dragons), Felipe Smith (Peepo Choo, Ghost Rider), Mike & Mark Davis, the Mad Twiinz (Black Dynamite, The Boondocks), Shawn Crystal (Arkham Manor), and colorist Chris Sotomayor, not to mention cover art from industry legends Sal Buscema and Bob Wick, and graffiti pioneer MARE 139 (Style Wars).

Set in hip hop’s revolutionary era of the 1980s, the first comic featured DMC as a superhero fighting for justice in an alternate universe. Wild Style-inspired graffiti covers every surface of this world, as the true grit of pre-Giuliani New York is captured among the pages of this graphic novel. In his second graphic novel, released December 2, 2015, DMC returned and fulfilled his promise to expand the Darryl Makes Comics universe! In it, readers met more heroes like LAK6, Sifu Horus, and The Breaks! They are on the cusp of the b-boy hero movement but first they must take on the status quo that has been misleading New York City. Based on a story by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Greg Pak (Marvel’s Totally Awesome Hulk, DC’s Batman/Superman), and Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, written by Amy Chu (DC’s Poison Ivy, Sensation Comics’ Wonder Woman) and illustrated by an incredible roster of talent featuring Juan Doe (Marvel’s Wolverines), Sung Goo Won (Cartoon Network’s Black Dynamite), award-winning artist Afu Chan (Society of Illustrators 2012), Marcus Williams (Action Lab’s Hero Cats) and Elliot Fernandez (DC’s Harley Quinn/Powergirl), DMC #2 features color art by Christopher Sotomayor and Eisner-winning colorist Gabriel Bautista. The covers are art directed by Edgardo Miranda- Rodriguez and illustrated by comic book industry giant Humberto Ramos (Marvel’s Spider-Man, X-Men) and graffiti king Bio of the Tats Cru, with color art by Edgardo Delgado (Marvel’s Spider-Man), DMC #2 also offers a variant cover by comic book industry legend Bill Sienkiewicz and graffiti curator and artist Alan Ket.

Darryl Makes Comics is dedicated to the idea that every walk of life has heroes and stories worth telling. “Hip hop was always based on creativity,” DMC says, “so what we’re trying to do with this comic book is not trying to create anything that’s new; we’re just going to show the world what’s already there…the beauty and the creativity of it.” DMC will be releasing his third issue in late 2017.

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Joel Adams (Bucky O’Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book), Neal Adams (Harley’s Little Black Book), Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters), Scott Ethan Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Toybox Time Machine: A Catalog of the Coolest Toys Never Made), Carolyn Belefski (Curls), Lee Bermejo (Batman: Noel), Reilly Brown (Slapstick), Harold Buckholz (Wild Lion), Mark Buckingham (Everafter: From the Pages of Fables), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen), Jim Calafiore (Surviving Megalopolis), Chris Campana (The Rhode Warrior), Richard Case (King: Jungle Jim), Christa Cassano (Ghetto Clown); Elias Chatzoudis (Peepland), Frank Cho (Skybourne), Amy Chu (KISS), Matthew Clark (Wonder Woman), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Gerry Conway (Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Paris Cullins (Blue Devil), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Dawn/Vampirella), Vito Delsante (Stray), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), Mark dos Santos (Imperial), Charles C. Dowd (A to Z Guide to Jobs for Girls), Emily Drouin (Eplis), Joshua Dysart (Imperium, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Joe Eisma (Morning Glories), Tod Emko and Piggy (A Piggy’s Tale), Mark Evanier (Groo: Play of the Gods), G. D. Falksen (The Ouroboros Cycle), Tim Fielder (Matty’s Rocket), David Finch (Batman), Meredith Finch (Catwoman: Election Night), Ramona Fradon (Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters), Franco (Tiny Titans), Bob Fujitani (Doktor Solar), John Gallagher (Underdog), Shannon Gallant (GI Joe), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman), Mike Gold (The Pilgrim), Michael Golden (Doctor Strange), Jason Gounger (Legio Ex Mortis), Daniel Govar (A Year of Marvels: The Uncanny), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), John Green (Hippopotamister), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Scott Hanna (Wonder Woman), Dean Haspiel (Dark Horse Presents), Cully Hamner (Blue Beetle), Glenn Hauman (The Whisper Campaign), Marc Hempel (Sandman), Phil Hester (Mother Panic), Ken Hunt (Talon), Laura Innes (The Dreamer), Brian Joines (Bill & Ted Go to Hell), Arvell M. Jones (Marvel Premiere), JG Jones (Batwoman), Justin Jordan (Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern), Kata Kane (Altar Girls), Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance), Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter covers), Matt Kindt (Ninjak), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (Avengers), Todd Klein (Starstruck), Tony Kordos (Batman and Robin Eternal), Evelyn Kriete (Weird Tales), Alisa Kwitney (Convergence Batgirl), David Landis (Papercuttables), Greg LaRocque (Stargate Atlantis: Hearts and Minds), Hope Larson (Batgirl), Ken Lashley (X-Men Gold), Mike Lilly (Red Agent), Joe Linsner (Harley Quinn), Mike Lopez (Life’s a Beach), Nate Lovett (Actionverse featuring Midnight Tiger), Andrew MacLean (Headlopper), Elliot S! Maggin (Superman, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), Mike Manley (Judge Parker), Mark Mariano (Claire Lost Her Bear at the World’s Fair), David Marquez (Civil War II), Billy Martin (X-Men Gold), Laura Martin (Wonder Woman), Alitha Martinez (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Ron Marz (Dread Gods), Darryl McDaniels (DMC), Ed McGuinness (Spider-Man/Deadpool), Mike McKone (Old Man Logan), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Steve McNiven (Secret Empire), Frank Miller (Sin City, Friday only), Chris Miskiewicz (Love is Love), Terry Moore (Motor Girl), Mark Morales (Deathstroke), Tony Moy (The X-Files: Season 10), Jamar Nicholas (Leon, Protector of the Playground), Melody Often (Amazing Forest), Denny O’Neil (Green Lantern/Green Arrow, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jerry Ordway (Superman), Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk), Tom Palmer (DC/Looney Tunes 100-Page Super Spectacular), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Dan Parent (Your Pal Archie), Paul Pelletier (Cyborg), Andrew Pepoy (Archie), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Revolution), Khoi Pham (Teen Titans, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Keith Pollard (Fantastic Four), Lyle Pollard (Scarlet Huntress), Carl Potts (The Punisher War Journal, Saturday and Sunday only), Mark Poulton (A Cat Named Haiku), Kyle Puttkammer (Hero Cats), Afua Richardson (Black Panther), Rafer Roberts (Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe), Don Rosa (Donald Duck), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Stephane Roux (Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack), Andy Runton (Owly), Julie Fujii Sakai (Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Stuart Sayger (Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas), Greg Schigiel (Pix), Bart Sears (Dread Gods), Jeff Shultz (Archie), Alex Simmons (Archie), Louise Simonson (Faith), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), Megan Sloane (Lark’s Killer), Andy Smith (Earth 2), John K. Snyder III (Suicide Squad), Charles Soule (Astonishing X-Men), Mark Sparacio (Sheena, Queen of the Jungle), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Karl Story (Black Panther), Rob Stull (Executive Assistant: Orchid), Peter Tomasi (Superman), John Totleben (Convergence: Swamp Thing), David Trustman (Godslap), Billy Tucci (Shi), Ted Tucker (caricatures), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Ethan Van Sciver (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Gus Vazquez (Big Hero 6), Emilio Velez Jr. (Dodgeball Teens), Mark Waid (Avengers), Michael Watkins (Pantha), Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics), Mark Wheatley (Doctor Who), Freddie E. Williams II (Batman/TMNT), Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs), Bill Willingham (The Kamandi Challenge), Ron Wilson (The Thing), Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom), Marv Wolfman (Raven, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl), David Yardin (Jean Grey), Kelly Yates (Torchwood), and Thom Zahler (Time & Vine).

Takanori Matsuoka is Coming to Otakon 2017

Producer Takanori Matsuoka, who has worked on many projects with Pony Canyon Inc., will be a guest at Otakon 2017 which takes place August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Soon after Matsuoka joined Pony Canyon Inc., he joined the Japanese Anime Production Division, where he worked on many profitable projects of the company, such as “Devil Survivor 2: The Animation” and ”Rokka” as a publicity producer; and “Show by Rock!”; “Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun”; and ”Sanrio Boys” as a producer.  Having experienced various anime projects in Japan, he is now interested in international co-production with oversea companies.

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