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Vault Makes UK Convention Debut at Thought Bubble 2019

Vault Comics

This weekend, Vault Comics makes its official UK convention debut with its first ever attendance at the 2019 Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival in Harrogate. You can find them at Table 39 in the Comixology Originals Hall.

Vault will be in the Comixology Originals hall at the convention this weekend, with their head of Marketing and Sales for the U.K. and Europe, Tara Ferguson, attending all weekend to answer questions, spark interests and talk comics with anyone who visits the Vault table.

During the convention, Vault will be hosting portfolio reviews, overseen by some of their most popular creators:

  • Saturday, 11:00 am:  White Noise portfolio reviews conducted by all members of the U.K. based writers studio, Ram V (These Savage Shores), Dan Watters (Deep Roots), Ryan O’Sullivan (Fearscape) and Alex Paknadel (Friendo).
  • Sunday, 11:00 am:  Friendo full creative team portfolio reviews, from scripting to coloring, conducted by Alex Paknadel (writer), Martin Simmonds (artist) and Dee Cuniffe (colorist).

Godzilla’s 65th Anniversary Celebrated by Takashi Murakami with Monstrous Original Artwork

Godzilla, The King of the Monsters bursts forth from the elements in a new painting from Japanese artist Takashi Murakami to celebrate Godzilla’s 65th Anniversary.  The original painting will be seen for the first time at ComplexCon this weekend in Long Beach, November 2 – 3.  The 11ft high painting will be on display at the Godzilla booth (E23) along with exclusive Godzilla merchandise including some lines featuring Murakami’s Godzilla artwork.

Takashi Murakami is the originator of the Superflat theory, which reconstructs Japanese traditional paintings and the origin of Japanese contemporary art through visual premises of anime and manga. In the final installment of his Superflat trilogy of curated exhibitions, Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture (New York, 2005), he selected Godzilla as one of the representative characters of post-war Japan.

Godzilla first appeared in Toho’s “Godzilla” (1954), a classic monster movie widely regarded as a masterpiece, and celebrates the 65th anniversary of the release on Godzilla Day, November 3rd.   Over time, Godzilla and the franchise itself evolved, becoming a metaphor for social commentary in the real world, turning Godzilla into a globally recognized icon and influencing many creative minds for 65 years now.

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Halloween ComicFest 2019 Preview

On Saturday, October 26, participating comic shops across North America and around the world will hand out more than 1.7 million free comics to anyone who comes into their shop during Halloween ComicFest! During the event, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose a free comic from the 28 titles available this year and participate in the fun Halloween-themed activities hosted by the comic shops.

We take a look at some of the comics being released this year. You can find a local shop that’s participating!

Halloween ComicFest is this Saturday at Your Local Comic Shop

Halloween Comicfest

On Saturday, October 26, participating comic shops across North America and around the world will hand out more than 1.7 million free comics to anyone who comes into their shop during Halloween ComicFest! During the event, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose a free comic from the 28 titles available this year and participate in the fun Halloween-themed activities hosted by the comic shops. The annual event is a great way to welcome curious, first-time readers as well as longtime comic book fans into local shops to experience all the horror comics and spooky delights comic shops have to offer.

Twenty-eight free comics, including 19 full-size comics and 9 mini comics can be picked up. This year’s titles include Marvel Comics’ Ghost Rider: King of Hell #1, Iron Man: Road to Iron Man 2020, Miles Morales: Spider-Man #0, Star Wars: Boba Fett #1; DC Comics’ DCEASED #1, The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid/ Black Canary: Ignite, and DC Superhero Girls: At Metropolis High; and Pokémon Adventures, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Spook House, among other spooktacular titles for comic readers of all ages.

Halloween ComicFest also features “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever!”, running now through November 1st at 2pm EST.  Fans can enter one of five categories – Superhero/Comics, Video Games, TV/Movie, Horror, or Original – just by taking a picture of themselves in costume and submitting the photo on the Halloween ComicFest website. Six winners will be selected at random: five first prize winners who will receive a $50 shopping spree to their local comic shop and one grand prize winner who will receive a $500 shopping spree to their local comic shop!

Catch Upgrade Soul’s Vinyl Soundtrack with Tonight’s Listening Party

Ezra Claytan Daniels’ mesmerizing graphic novel debut Upgrade Soul has received widespread praise and award nominations for the comic book industry’s top honors, including The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics and the Eisner, Ignatz, Harvey, and ‘Ringo Awards. This fall, the critically acclaimed book is expanding into multimedia with the vinyl release of Alexis Gideon’s Upgrade Soul Original Soundtrack and the relaunch of an innovative Upgrade Soul app. Both the app and the soundtrack will be available for purchase October 25th, 2019.

Before the soundtrack is released, FPE Records is hosting a listening party tonight at 8pm CDT.

The Upgrade Soul Original Soundtrack Standard Edition, with black vinyl, retails for $18.00. The Upgrade Soul Original Soundtrack Limited Edition, featuring color vinyl, is exclusively available through FPE Records’ website, via Bandcamp or directly from Ezra Claytan Daniels at appearances. The Upgrade Soul Original Soundtrack Limited Edition retails for $45.00.

Upgrade Soul

Watch Cong. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin Discuss March

On October 7, Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin discussed their graphic novel March Book One as part of Vermont Humanities Council’s Vermont Reads choice for 2019.

The event is presented by the Vermont Humanities Council and sponsored by the University of Vermont and Middlebury College.

You can watch the presentation courtesy of Vermont PBS.

Celebrate Spawn #301 with Todd McFarlane at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Chandler, Arizona

Todd McFarlane Spawn #301

Earlier this month, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn made history by becoming the Guinness World Record holder for the “Longest-Running Creator-Owned Superhero Comic Book Series”!

To celebrate this historic event, McFarlane and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Chandler, AZ are throwing a colossal Spawn Party. ALL FANS are invited to join in on the celebration with the creator of SPAWN himself on Saturday, October 26th from 12:00 – 5:00 pm

The Spawn Historic 301 event is open to the public and admission is FREE! The event will feature a FREE in-person autograph session with Todd McFarlane and the opportunity to take a picture with him (signature limited to one item per person). Fans will experience Spawn like never before with a red-carpet photo opportunity, event-exclusive Spawn comic, and so much more! Fans receiving a signature will receive a “Special Certificate of Authenticity” to mark this historic moment.

If you are dying to get a McFarlane original hand-drawn sketch, enter the Spawn costume contest at the event.  Bring your best SPAWN themed costume to impress the creator of Spawn. Todd will pick one lucky grand prize winner who will take home a coveted original sketch by McFarlane.

The Alamo Drafthouse has also teamed up with Todd McFarlane to feature the original 1997 Spawn movie showing at 5:30PM (limited seats available), and a commemorative Spawn Comic poster will be handed out with each movie ticket purchased.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will have Spawn themed food and drink specials available to purchase. 

To commemorate this moment in history, Spawn merchandise will also be available for purchase. The Spawn merchandise includes a highly-limited Spawn #300 variant comic.   As well as Spawn BumBumz vinyl figures,  Spawn pins, t-shirts, and lanyards. Also, your favorite local comic shops will be there with a slew of Spawn comics to purchase. 

Fans will get a rare viewing of historic comic pages from Todd McFarlane’s personal collection of original Spawn artwork spanning over the past three decades. 

Alamo Drafthouse and Spawn have teamed up to provide a LYFT discount to encourage savings on travels to and from the event. Please use code GWR301 to receive your discount of 10% off of two rides to and from the event. 

The address for the Alamo Drafthouse is 4955 S. Arizona Avenue Chandler, Arizona 85248.

Winners of the 2019 Ringo Awards Announced

Ringo Awards

Comic creative professionals, publishers, retailers, and fans came together Saturday night, October 19, 2019 to socialize, dine, and experience the comic book industry celebrating recognition of their peers, co-workers, and competitors at the 2019 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards. The banquet and awards ceremony honoring nominees and winners in professional and fan categories was hosted by the Baltimore Comic-Con and Cards, Comics & Collectibles.

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The nomination ballot is determined by fans and pros alike.

Bob Wayne, comics industry luminary whose resume includes stints as a retailer, comics writer for DC and Charlton Comics, DC Comics executive, and CBLDF advisory board member, honored the Ringo Awards as the 2019 keynote presenter at the event.

Winners of the 2019 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards are:

Fan Favorites:

  • Favorite Hero: Toaster Dude
  • Favorite Villain: Lance Cordrey from Aberrant (Action Lab Entertainment)
  • Favorite New Series: Luff
  • Favorite New Talent: Enjelicious
  • Favorite Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

Jury and Fan Winners:

  • Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples
  • Best Series (tie): Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Dark Horse Comics and The Immortal Hulk, Marvel Comics
  • Best Letterer: Todd Klein
  • Best Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
  • Best Humor Comic: MAD, DC Comics
  • Best Original Graphic Novel: My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, Image Comics
  • Best Comic Strip or Panel: Nancy, Olivia Jaimes, Andrews McMeel Universal
  • Best Single Issue or Story: Swamp Thing Winter Special, DC Comics
  • Mike Wieringo Spirit Award: Isola, Image Comics
  • Best Anthology: Where We Live, A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, Image Comics
  • Best Non-fiction Comic Work: Where We Live, A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, Image Comics
  • Best Presentation in Design: Absolute Sandman Overture, DC Comics
  • Best Webcomic: The Nib (thenib.com)
  • Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel: Punk Taco, Adam Wallenta Entertainment
  • Best Inker: Fiona Staples
  • Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
  • Best Artist or Penciller: Sean Phillips
  • Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Terry Moore

Hero Initiative Awards:

  • Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award: Louise Simonson
  • Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

Baltimore Comic-Con 2019 Kicks Off Tomorrow!

The 20th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con kicks-off tomorrow afternoon, Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center! The show floor will open at 1:00 pm (12:30 pm for VIP Ticket holders), but box offices will be open as early as 8:00 am.

Here are a few last-minute reminders for attendees:

  • The convention entrance is in the Pratt and Howard Street Lobby this year (the same entrance as last year).
  • Be sure to arrive early, as lines to enter when the show floor opens will begin to form early.
  • If you are driving in on Saturday, especially from the north, please be aware of traffic changes — see the Helpful Info: Getting to the Baltimore Comic-Con on Saturday link for details.
  • All attendees need to bring their receipt from their online ticket purchase or their physical tickets and a photo ID, and follow directions of staff members to guide them to the proper lines where their receipts will be scanned and collected, and wristbands issued.
  • Those who purchased the VIP Packages should go the VIP booth near WILL CALL to attain their packages.
  • They have celebrity photo ops and tickets for media guests. You can meet, greet, and redeem all pre-purchased tickets for media guests in the Guest Autographs and Photos Area. More information about all of the media guests can be found here.
  • The Jim Lee Platinum Signing will be Saturday at 1:00pm-2:30pm in Room 347-348. The Jim Lee Gold Signing will be Saturday at 3:00pm-5:00pm in Room 347-348. Jim Lee autograph signings will occur at 5:00pm in Room 347-348. To purchase Jim Lee Autographs and/or remaining Fan Packages, go to the Tickets page.
  • The Brian K. Vaughan Friday Meet and Greet will be at 2:45pm-4:45pm in Room 339-342. The Brian K. Vaughan Saturday Meet and Greet will be 3:45pm-5:45pm in Room 345-346.
  • The 10th Annual Costume Contest, sponsored by Toynk.com, will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm for adults (professional and amateur), and Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 2:30 pm for children. Registration will begin as soon as the show opens at 10:00 am and lasts until 1:00 pm each respective contest day. Contest Registration forms will be handed out at the Costume Contest Booth located in the lower Pratt Street lobby for all patrons interested in entering the costume contest. Over-18 registration will cost $10 for professionals and $5 for amateurs. Under-18 registration will be free.
  • There will be ATMs available throughout the show for your convenience.
  • Maps for the show are now posted.
  • To ensure everyone has a safe and fun weekend, please familiarize yourself with the Baltimore Comic-Con Harassment Policy and Weapons Policy.
  • Bring your comfortable shoes and stay hydrated.
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