Category Archives: Conventions

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Tickets are Now On Sale

As an early holiday gift, the Baltimore Comic-Con has announced tickets are now on sale through the end of 2017 at a discount rate for next year’s show, taking place the weekend of September 28-30, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore.

Tickets that are now on sale include:

  • Weekend
  • Friday only
  • Saturday only
  • Sunday only
  • VIP*

As always, children 10 and under are free for general admission with a paid adult admission!

* VIP packages are a separate purchase from General Admission tickets (which will be required to participate in any VIP offerings). VIP ticket holders receive exclusive early admission to all 3 days of the show, as well as a gift package that includes a show t-shirt, the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con yearbook, and more!

CGC Returns to the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2018 for On-Site Grading

The Baltimore Comic-Con will return to the Baltimore Convention Center in 2018 on September 28. The convention has announced that one of their most asked-about and requested exhibitors, Certified Guaranty Company, LLC (CGC), will return again to the show to conduct on-site grading.

As they did last year, CGC will be accepting submission for all tiers of service (with the exception of magazines) on a first-come, first-serve basis for the entire weekend.

VIZ Media Announces New Manga Series Acquisitions At Anime NYC

VIZ Media announced exciting new publishing acquisitions this past weekend during its official panel held at Anime NYC.

The manga titles announced are scheduled for release beginning in the summer of 2018 and include My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, an edgy spinoff set in the world of the hit Shonen Jump series My Hero Academia. Also announced was the tender LGBT coming-of-age drama, That Blue Sky Feeling.

MY HERO ACADEMIA: VIGILANTES
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Summer 2018

In a superpowered society, there is nothing ordinary about evil anymore. Heroes, trained and licensed to protect and defend the public against supervillains, stand above all the rest. However, not everyone can be an official hero, and there are those who would use their powers to serve the people without legal sanction. But do they fight for justice in the shadows or for reasons known only to themselves? Whatever they fight for, they are called vigilantes.

THAT BLUE SKY FEELING
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Summer 2018

Outgoing high school student Noshiro finds himself drawn to Sanada, the school outcast, who is rumored to be gay. Rather than deter Noshiro, the rumor makes him even more determined to get close to Sanada, setting in motion a tale of first love.

Image Expo returns in February 2018

Image Comics has announced that Image Expo will return and for the first time ever be held in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, February 21st, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Leftbank Annex. Tickets are now available for purchase.

Image Expo is an all-day event for fans, the retailer community, and the press to experience a showcase of exciting Image Comics announcements. Image Expo 2018 will feature a line-up of some of the hottest names in comics and offers a unique experience for fans to have unprecedented access to the writers and artists behind their favorite comic books at exclusive autograph sessions and comic-focused programming. The event is open to all fans, comics retailers, librarians, and media.

Image Expo will be an all-day event featuring some of the hottest names in comics soon to be announced, as well as special surprise guests.

Tickets to the event are now available for sale. Image Comics is pleased to offer General Admission tickets available for $25, Premium Admission tickets available for $100.

A General Admission Ticket will grant one (1) person entry to IMAGE EXPO and includes a program guide book and access to EXPO programming.

A Premium Admission Ticket will grant one (1) entry to Image Expo and includes admission to Expo programming, program guide book, an Image Comics branded canvas tote bag, boxed lunch (valued at approximately $17), three (3) exclusive Image Expo variants, an Image Comics branded 25th anniversary commemorative pint glass, an Image Comics branded 25th anniversary commemorative enamel lapel pin, and access to priority seating.

Head to the official Image Expo After Party which will be held from 7-10 p.m, location and further details to be announced. No ticket necessary, swing by and mingle with other members of the comics community, fans, industry professionals, and creators at this fun get-together.

Seating at Image Expo is limited. Admission for retailers and members of the media is complimentary (passes are limited).

Don’t miss your chance to meet creators, attend panels and signings, receive exclusive swag, and get the scoop on all that Image Comics has in store at this Image Expo 2018.

Baltimore Comic Con 2017: Sean Rubin Discusses Bolivar

Sybil knows that there is something off about her next door neighbor, but she can’t seem to get anyone to believe her. Everyone is so busy going about their days in the busy streets of New York City that they don’t notice Bolivar. They don’t notice his odd height, his tiny arms, or his long tail. No one but Sybil sees that Bolivar is a dinosaur.

At Baltimore Comic Con 2017, I got a chance to talk to writer and artist Sean Rubin about his new graphic novel Bolivar being published by BOOM! Studios and Archaia.

The graphic novel is available digitally and in comic stores November 15 and in book stores November 28.

You can order it now!

 

 

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Comic Con Organizers Seized for Alleged “Attack on Morals”

An armed Libyan group attacked and closed a comic book convention in Tripoli over the weekend. The organizers were detained for an “attack on morals and modesty.”

This was the city’s second comic convention and hundreds attended it before it was cut short, even cosplaying as their favorite characters. The arrests came on the second of the three day event.

That same day, the Special Deterrence Force (Rada) entered the venue arresting the organizers and seizing materials. The group are Salafist’s, ultra-conservative “reform branch” who are Sunni Islamists. The group claimed the organizers “preyed” on the city youth and were going to hand over those seized to prosecutors. The group sees themselves as an “anti-crime unit.”

Rada in a statement said the Comic Con was:

…derived from abroad and exploit weakness of religious faith and fascination with foreign cultures.

The organisers and supervisors of the event were arrested and will be presented for public prosecution for acts of indecency and against public morals.

It is necessary to address these destructive phenomena and fight them, which drive the dissemination of pornography and feed the minds of teenagers and motivate them to kill and mutilate through well-known cartoons.”

Some Libyans had attacked the convention on social media claiming it was un-Islamic and a “Halloween party.”

Since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, militia groups have stepped in to fill the security vacuum that has been created under the U.N.-back Government of National Accord.

Check out a video below from last year’s debut convention:

Valiant Rockets into NC Comicon 2017 with Exclusives, Panels and More in November!

In just a few short weeks, Valiant is heading to the Tar Heel State for an incredible celebration of comics and pop culture!

From Friday, November 10th to Sunday, November 12th, Valiant is charging headfirst into NC Comicon with a show-stopping slate of convention-only exclusives, panels, signings, programming, and more unforgettable surprises no one will want to miss.

All weekend long, head to booth #A001-A002 inside the Durham Convention Center and find out firsthand why Valiant is the most renowned publisher in the comic book industry! Start your journey here with a complete selection of trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers of our critically acclaimed and award-winning titles!

And don’t miss the Bloodshot Salvation #1 NC Comicon 2017 Exclusive Variant by artist Megan Hutchinson! Capturing Hutchinson’s live painting demonstration during Valiant’s appearance at the Vans Warped Tour in Pomona, CA on August 8th, 2017, relive Valiant’s summer on the road with America’s longest-running touring music festival with this one-of-kind snapshot, available only at NC Comicon! Then, behold a bloody and vengeful new beginning for Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award-nominated superhero saga as extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan set forth with a revenge-fueled assault in Valiant’s next blockbuster ongoing series!

Then: Find out what’s in store for the Valiant Universe in 2018 and beyond with exclusive panels all weekend long! First, join Valiant on Saturday, November 11th at 3 pm ET for the Valiant Presents Ninjak VS. The Valiant Universe – Screening and Q&A! Valiant and Bat in the Sun Productions, the team behind the YouTube sensation Super Power Beat Down, have joined forces for a live-action digital series colliding Ninjak with a gauntlet of Valiant’s formidable heroes! Join a star-studded panel of special guests right here at NC Comicon 2017 for an exclusive round of footage and Q&A, with an exclusive giveaway to follow!

Next: The excitement continues on Sunday, November 12th at 2 pm ET with #AskValiantAnything!Ever wanted to get inside the head of the people that help produce some of the most acclaimed comics on the market today? Do you have questions about what’s coming next for your favorite Valiant comic book series? Or about how to break into the industry? Any and all questions are welcome – because now you can ASK VALIANT ANYTHING! (And they might even drop a spoiler or two!)

VIZ Media Announces Activities For Anime NYC Convention

VIZ Media has announced its participation in Anime NYC. Anime NYC is New York City’s premiere anime convention and fan celebration. Anime NYC will take place November 17th-19th at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

In partnership with Anime NYC, VIZ Media will welcome special Guests of Honor for Sailor Moon and the just-launched anime series, Infini-T Force from the legendary anime studio Tatsunoko Production. Anime NYC attendees can catch these guests at a variety of special panel discussions, as well as additional signing events and screenings.

SAILOR MOON DAY is Saturday, November 18th

11:15am – 1:15pm SAILOR MOON Official Panel
Main Stage

Moon Prism Power… Make up! The largest gathering of Sailor Guardians yet descends on the Big Apple for an event of epic proportions! Meet the English cast for SAILOR MOON and her Guardians as well as Tuxedo Mask and friends in a very special event packed to the brim with news, sneak peeks, and announcements galore. While supplies last, every attendee also will receive an exclusive gift only available at Anime NYC!

Participating SAILOR MOON cast members include:

  • Stephanie Sheh (Sailor Moon / Usagi Tsukino)
  • Kate Higgins (Sailor Mercury / Ami Mizuno)
  • Cristina Vee (Sailor Mars / Rei Hino)
  • Amanda Celine Miller (Sailor Jupiter / Makoto Kino)
  • Cherami Leigh (Sailor Venus / Minako Aino)
  • Sandy Fox (Chibi-Usa / Black Lady)
  • Erica Mendez (Sailor Uranus / Haruka Tenoh)
  • Lauren Landa (Sailor Neptune / Michiru Kaioh)
  • Christine Marie Cabanos (Sailor Saturn / Hotaru Tomoe)
  • Robbie Daymond (Tuxedo Mask / Mamoru Chiba)
  • Chris Niosi (Pegasus / Helios)

 

2:00pm SAILOR MOON Voice Cast Autograph Session
Anime NYC Autograph Room

Catch the voice cast after the panel for a special signing session!

 

Celebrate INFINI-T FORCE at Anime NYC!

Friday, November 17th

7:00pm – 7:45pm INFINI-T FORCE Episode 1 Screening
Panel Room 1

Don’t miss the premiere of the 55th Anniversary project from legendary anime studio, Tatsunoko. INFINI-T FORCE brings some of Japan’s greatest superheroes together to fight. With beautiful animation, intriguing characters and loads of action, it’s an experience like nothing in anime!

 

Saturday, November 18th

2:00pm – 2:45pm Inside the Action of INFINI-T FORCE with VIZ Media and Producer Kaz Haruna of Tatsunoko Production
Panel Room 1

Think you know Superheroes? Get ready for the classics coming together with INFINI-T FORCE, the action-packed series that unites characters from Gathcaman, Tekkaman, Polimar, and Casshan in one awesome team! Join VIZ Media, Anime NYC Guest of Honor Kaz Haruna, Producer of Tatsunoko’s 55th Anniversary project, as well as moderator and noted classic anime expert Mike Toole, and get the inside scoop on this hot new series. All attendees will receive an exclusive gift while supplies last.

 

4:30pm INFINI-T FORCE Producer Autograph Session
Anime NYC Autograph Room

Meet famed anime producer Kaz Haruna whose latest action-packed project will thrill anime fans.

 

Additional VIZ Media Panels & Screenings

Friday, November 17th

4:00pm – 4:45pm VIZ Media Official Panel
Panel Room 1

Join the VIZ Media team for a fun-filled festival of news, announcements, and all the latest from the publisher of beloved series such as SAILOR MOON, ONE-PUNCH MAN, JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE, BORUTO and more. There may even be prizes!

 

Sunday, November 18th

1:00pm – 1:45pm TERRA FORMARS English Premiere
Panel Room 1

Dark, visceral, and violent; TERRA FORMARS is hard sci-fi at its finest. What would happen if humans could harness a special biological technology to make the red planet habitable? These episodes will be presented completely uncut.

3:00pm – 4:45pm SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Season 3 Screening
Panel Room 1

Based on the super hit manga series by Naoko Takeuchi, Sailor Moon Crystal is a direct-to-the-manga retelling of the beloved Sailor Moon tale. Join us for a special screening of all-new English episodes from the Infinity / Death Busters Arc where Sailor Moon discovers even more Sailor Guardians and the most maniacal foe she has faced yet!

Garth Ennis Heads to the 2017 New Jersey Comic Expo

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that noted comic book writer and television producer Garth Ennis is set to appear at this year’s New Jersey Comic Expo (NJCE) on Saturday, November 18th from 12 – 2 pm eastern* to sign autographs for fans at the Dynamite Entertainment booth (#908)!

NJCE, which is known for its celebration of all things comic books and pop culture, as well as for showcasing the works of talented writers, artists, illustrators, and creators of all types, will be held November 18th and 19th, 2017 at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, situated in Edison, New Jersey (97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837). Tickets for the 2017 event are now on sale now, and available for purchase here!

For updates, schedule of events, appearances, or further information about NJCE, please visit their website.

*All signing times are approximate.

ReedPOP Adds MCM Comic Con to Its Family of Conventions

We had word there was going to be a big announcement from ReedPOP after New York Comic Con and there’s a good chance this is it. The convention management company has acquired MCM Comic Con adding not just a convention but a leader in conventions in the United Kingdom. This will take effect immediately.

MCM Comic Con sees 300,000 fans and cosplayers take part in events in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, and Belfast.

MCM Comic Con premiered in 2002 and was co-founded by Bryan Cooney and began as London Expo rebranding in 2004 as the London MCM Expo (MCM stands for “Movies, Comics, Media”).

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