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POC-Friendly Comic Book Conventions

(originally posted at theblerdgurl)

I get asked so often about conventions that are run by people of color, or are POC-friendly, that I decided to make this list to keep folks informed. I have either attended one of the cons myself of I know someone who has. I will be updating this list from time to time on my site, so feel free to check it out there as well.  Thanks! Read more


Diamond Retailer Summit Heads to C2E2 in 2017

RS 2017At the Diamond Retailer Summit this morning, Diamond Comic Distributors announced that the annual Retailer Summit will return to C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) in 2017. It will take place April 19-21 in the South Building at McCormick Place during special “Retailer Only” hours for the Summit’s attendees. All Diamond Summit attendees will receive free C2E2 Professional 3-Day Badges.

c2e2logoDiamond’s Retailer Summit is the leading annual event for comic book retailers, publishers and vendors.  Top publishers such as Marvel Comics, DC Entertainment, Image Comics, Dark Horse, and IDW Publishing share exciting new projects, while retailers network and learn about new business practices to help them succeed and thrive in today’s retailing environment.

Additional details and registration for the industry’s annual retailer event will continue to be announced.

C2E2 is the biggest pop culture convention in the Midwest with the latest and greatest from the world of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. From a Show Floor packed with hundreds of Exhibitors and Artist Alley members, to Panels, Autograph sessions and sneak peeks at upcoming films and television shows, C2E2 gives Fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators and celebrities and delivers a weekend of fandom in downtown Chicago.

Pop Culture Hero Coalition Making a Stand at C2E2

Pop Culture Hero CoalitionPop Culture Hero Coalition is making a stand for heroism in real life at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. The first-ever 501(c)(3) organization that uses the phenomenal popularity of TV, film and comics for real-life heroism, Pop Culture Hero Coalition stands against bullying, racism, misogyny, cyber-bullying, LGBT-bullying, and other forms of hate. The Coalition works in schools, comic-Partners include the United Nations Association, the NOH8 Campaign, the Anti-Defamation League, and the International Bullying Prevention Association.

The groundbreaking Coalition was founded in 2013 by actress Chase Masterson (Star Trek, The Flash) with world renowned experts Carrie Goldman (author, Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear; Harper Collins, 2012) and Matt Langdon (Founder, The Hero Construction Company and Hero Roundtable).

C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo)

Sunday, March 20 • 1:15 – 2:15 pm
South Building, McCormick Place • RM S403

End Bullying: Becoming a Superhero IRL

Been bullied? Turn kryptonite into your own personal strength with Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s powerful panel, back by popular demand! Topics: geek, cyber, sexist & LGBT-bullying, and heroism IRL. Learn strategies from celebs & experts, TBA. Moderated by Coalition Co-Founder Carrie Goldman (Author, Harper Collins’ Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear). With Q&A.

C2E2 panel participants include actor Ming Chen (AMC’s Comic Book Men), Amnesty International USA’s Ernest Coverson, DC comics writer Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Deadpool, X-Files), journalist Katie Schenkel (The Mary Sue), Dr. Kortney Peagram (Bulldog Solutions), and Rina Campbell (anti-bullying expert).

Goldman is also holding a panel in the Family HQ Stage:

Social Media and Social Conflict: How to Have Healthy Online Interactions
Friday, March 18 • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Join award-winning author Carrie Goldman for a must-attend workshop on how to resolve social conflict without letting it deteriorate into cyberbullying. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Using Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and other media in a positive way
  • Strategies to manage screen addiction
  • Understanding when to take social conflict offline
  • Teaching kids how to be educated consumers of sexualized media

Goldman will be available intermittently through the weekend at the Coalition’s booth, #531. Masterson is attending the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York this  week; the Coalition is one of the only media-oriented organizations attending this global event.

Coalition Partners include the United Nations Association, the NOH8 Campaign, the Anti-Defamation League, and the International Bullying Prevention Association.

Diamond Select Toys Heads to Chicago’s C2E2 Next Week!

Booth2Diamond Select Toys loves the Windy City, so the Maryland-based company is making the trek once again to this year’s Comic Convention and Entertainment Expo, C2E2 2016, from March 18-20! In addition to a full booth presence, DST will present a comprehensive DST panel with reveals, a Q&A, and prizes and more!

On Sunday, March 20th, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM in room S402, DST will present the panel “Gotham, Ghostbusters and Civil War: The World of Diamond Select Toys.” At the panel, DST’s Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat will be joined by creative team members Jean St. Jean, Jason Wires, Jeff Boyd and Brian Felgar to talk about their upcoming products, including never-before-seen items from Ghostbusters (2016), Spider-Gwen, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. There will be a Q&A, as well as a door prize drawing.

At Booth #815, the Diamond Select Toys will have dozens of new prototypes on display, from licenses including Gotham, The Muppets, The X-Files, iZombie, Ghostbusters, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alien, Predator, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman, Justice League, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mallrats, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Star Trek, Back to the Future and more. They will also operate a retail store, offering select in-stock items at retail prices, and DST staffers will be on hand to answer any questions about the DST products on display.

If you are not attending C2E2, tune in to C2E2.com/livestream to watch a hosted feed live from the show floor, and look for DSTZach to talk toys from 2:00 to 2:15 on Sunday!

C2E2 2016: Boo Hag by Kelly Williams

Boo HagSome of you who follow social media will no doubt already know who Kelly Williams is because he draws and posts so much killer stuff that it’s nigh impossible to not have seen something from him. And lucky me i convinced him to send me a digital preview of his mini-comic Boo Hag, which is about a witch. (which witch? booo, sorry i’ll stay away from bad puns)

If you happened to pick up #8 of Eerie from Dark Horse Comics you have already seen his art in a story by Justin Jordan. Anyways, Boo Hag is the story of a couple dudes going into a supposedly haunted forest searching for proof of the witch that may or may not live there. Since it’s a mini-comic there’s only a few pages to digest, so i don’t want to spoil the story for you, beyond saying that this book is just a perfect little slice of horror. Like if The Blair Witch Project had been a comic, and also been good. Like a bone stuck in your throat all this book needs is a few pages and it will scare the hotdogs out of you!

If you’re going to C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) this year you have the opportunity to be the first to snag a printed copy of this and take a look at the rest of his killer artwork. Honestly I’m always a bit jealous cause of the sheer talent and amount of stuff Kelly puts out, go look at his website or follow his twitter handle, @treebeerd and you’ll get an idea of the quality and quantity that comes out of him. Wait, you’re not going to C2E2? Well neither am I, if you keep your eyes open he’ll be putting this whole shebang up on his website soon enough. And hopefully continue with some more stories revolving around the Boo Hag!

Valiant Storms C2E2 2016 with Exclusives, Panels, Parties, and Much More!

From Friday, March 18th through Sunday, March 20th, Valiant is storming the gates of the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo 2016 (C2E2) – and we’re bringing along an armada of convention-only exclusives, signings, programming, panels, and the official debut of the Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale with Arcade Brewery!

All weekend long, join Valiant inside Chicago’s McCormick Place at Booth #317 to find out why Valiant is already one of 2016’s hottest publishers with a complete selection of Valiant trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for critically acclaimed and award-winning titles!

Plus: Valiant is proud to debut the A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #1 C2E2 Exclusive Variant – featuring the artwork of Katie Cook! Red-hot writer Rafer Roberts and superstar artist David Lafuente kick off the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s next blockbuster series here with “IN THE BAG” – an insane rescue mission sending Archer into the depths of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to free his roguish partner from an ages-old enemy…but only if he can fight his way through a mind-bending maze of history’s greatest lost treasures first!

Get ready for signings throughout the weekend from an all-star cast of special guests, including Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord, red-hot writer Rafer Roberts, and acclaimed colorist David Baron! And don’t miss the boatload of Valiant merchandise sailing into Chicago, including t-shirts, official Valiant tote bags, and more!

Then, the action starts on Friday, March 18th at 1:45 p.m. CT in Panel Room #S405b, with Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here – a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters! You’ve heard the buzz… You’ve seen the reviews… Now find out where to start with Valiant’s award-winning superhero universe!

Then, get smashed or be smashed with Valiant’s next hit ongoing series on Saturday, March 19th at 12:30 p.m. CT in Room #S402 for the Valiant: A&A – The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong Spotlight! The most demanded duo in the Valiant Universe is back in stores everywhere this month and, now, writer Rafer Roberts is taking center stage at C2E2 to reveal the sordid life and times of Valiant’s immortal roustabout adventurer and his infinitely naive marksman partner! Get the inside track on the hottest new series of the spring here with an exclusive one-on-one Q&A with the brains behind A&A’s all-new adventures!

But they’re not done yet! On Saturday, March 19th at 2:45 p.m. CT in Panel Room #S405b, join us for VALIANT: 4001 A.D. AND BEYOND!  This summer…the future of Earth will be decided in the stars when Valiant presents the blockbuster crossover event of the year in 4001 A.D.! Now, get primed for the epic showdown between Rai and the forces of New Japan right here at C2E2 with an exclusive panel presentation from an all-star cast of Valiant staff and creators! Plus: don’t miss an all-new round of news and announcements!

But hang on to your bottomless satchels…because the festivities are just getting started! On Saturday, March 19th, Valiant is throwing the biggest bash of the weekend with the C2E2 2016: Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale Official Release Party! Starting 8:00 p.m. CT at the Headquarters Beercade’s River North location (213 W. Institute Pl., Chicago, IL 60610)!, Valiant is cracking open its first-ever collaboration with Arcade Brewery to celebrate the senses-shattering debut of A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #1!

Co-sponsored by Valiant Entertainment, Arcade Brewery, Threadless, and non-profit Hope for the Day, the first 200 party-goers will receive a strictly limited A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #1 ARCADE BREWERY VARIANT and get the chance to have it signed on-site by writer Rafer Roberts! Each attendee will also be entered in a door prize drawing for a bottomless satchel full of A&A treasures galore, including a complete set of Archer & Armstrong trade paperbacks, a one-of-a-kind sketch cover by A&A’s own Rafer Roberts, official Archer & Armstrong swag, and much more!


Valiant and Arcade Brewery Announce Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale

A&A_APA_003_VARIANT-COVERValiant Entertainment and Chicago’s own Arcade Brewery have announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration for Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale – a refreshing craft APA set to debut this March during C2E2 2016! Just as Valiant’s award-winning adventurers prepare to mount a star-studded return with an all-new ongoing series in A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1 this March, Valiant and Arcade are gearing up to unveil a delectable new libation inspired by comics’ premier pair of history-shattering heroes and their upcoming journey into the infinite reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel!

One’s an immortal libertine with a lust for the finer things, the other is a teetotaling ex-assassin with a heart of gold…and now Arcade is perfectly embodying their dysfunctional partnership with a medium-bodied ale like no other! Hopped with Columbus, Chinook, Palisade, Cascade and Mandarina, Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale builds on a light malt profile to create a complex and wonderful citrus/tangerine character. Clocking in at 7.0% alcohol by volume, Arcade’s first Valiant-inspired ale has all the fight of a long night out with Armstrong…but is slightly sweet enough to keep Archer in the game too!

Featuring a label emblazoned with the artwork of Valiant-exclusive superstar David Lafuente, Arcade’s brand-new APA creation will make its official debut on Saturday, March 19th at the C2E2 2016: Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale Release Party – from 7 to 11 pm CT at Headquarters Beercade’s River North location (213 W. Institute Pl., Chicago, IL 60610)!

Co-sponsored by Valiant Entertainment, Arcade Brewery, Threadless, and non-profit Hope for the Day, the first 200 party-goers will receive a strictly limited A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 ARCADE BREWERY VARIANT by artist Jay Fabares and get the chance to have it signed on-site by writer Rafer Roberts! Each attendee will also be entered in a door-prize drawing for a bottomless satchel full of A&A treasures galore, including a complete set of Archer & Armstrong trade paperbacks, a one-of-a-kind sketch cover by A&A’s own Rafer Roberts, official Archer & Armstrong swag, and much more!

Portions of the proceeds from the night will be donated to Hope for the Day supporting their suicide prevention outreach and mental health education projects. RSVP online at Facebook or Eventbrite.

Following in the footsteps of Arcade’s past comics-inspired collaborations with some of the industry’s most popular and well-respected creators, including Jason Aaron, Darwyn Cooke, Tony Moore, Jimmy Palmiotti, and more, Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale is a limited release and will be available in Chicago area bottle shops. See a map of locations at ArcadeBrewery.com/Beers or buy online at West Lakeview Liquors, The Beer Temple, and Binny’s Beverage Depot.


C2E2 2015: Bloodsquirt Takes Charge in Bloodshot Reborn #5

Revealed this weekend at C2E2 2015, Valiant has revealed plans for Bloodshot Reborn #5 – a special, standalone spotlight issue unlike else you’ll read all summer! This August, journey into the tormented psyche of the man once known as Bloodshot as writer Jeff Lemire and special guest artist Raul Allen conclude Bloodshot Reborn‘s chart-topping first story arc by revealing the hallucinatory world of the cartoon sidekick called Bloodsquirt… But just what is this pint-sized killing machine and how long can it continue to destroy Bloodshot from the inside out?

The memories of the thousands of people he killed as Bloodshot aren’t the only things that haunt Ray Garrison. For months now, the specter of the Geomancer and a nightmarish cartoon known as Bloodsquirt have tormented him at every turn. First, on his television…and now in the real world…where Bloodsquirt acts out twisted fantasies that darkly mirror Bloodshot’s own violent past. Are these apparitions real or a just figment of Bloodshot’s broken psyche? And just who are the other members of Bloodsquirt’s “Squirt Squad”…and what could they possibly be planning next?

Bloodshot Reborn #5 features covers by Raul Allen, Mico Suayan, Dave Johnson, and Kano!

Plus: see Bloodsquirt come to alive with Bloodshot Reborn #5 QR VOICE VARIANT! Use any QR code smart phone application to activate Bloodsquirt’s fully animated talking action – featuring 10 unique lines of dialogue, recorded by Valiant letterer Dave Lanphear, that alternate after every use! Featuring artwork by newcomer Jay Fabares, look for this one-of-a-kind animated cover!

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
QR Voice Variant by JAY FABARES
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Variant Cover by KANO
$3.99 | 32 pgs.  T+ | COMING IN AUGUST!


C2E2 2015: RAI Returns to Earth in The Orphan in August

At C2E2 2015, Valiant announced the return of New Japan’s fallen guardian this August in RAI #9 – the FIRST ISSUE of The Orphan, an all-new story arc from writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Clayton Crain! This summer, discover Kindt & Crain’s smash-hit series with a brand new jumping-on point as Rai finds himself exiled from the land he was once sworn to protect…and thrust into the never-before-seen corners of the Valiant Universe of 4001 A.D.!

For more than a year, Clayton Crain’s fully-painted interior art has beautifully captured the astonishing world of New Japan… Now, find out what has befallen the planet below nearly 2,000 years in the future! For the very first time, Rai will finally discover the true fate of the world New Japan left behind…and the Earth of 4001 will be revealed! Featuring all-new enemies, surprise guest stars, and first appearances, start reading here with The Orphan to find out why there is nothing else in comics like RAI!

Broken, beaten, and cast down to Earth, Rai and his allies now find themselves hunted, persecuted, and imprisoned for their failed rebellion against Father. Stranded thousands of miles from his former home, Rai is now more determined than ever to save his friends and bring down New Japan’s malevolent ruler once and for all…but how can he do that from Earth? And just what secrets will New Japan’s rising son discover as he journeys across the face of a planet scarred by his nation’s ascent to the stars?

Battle for New Japan was only the beginning! This summer, the war for the future has yet to be won… In order to defeat Father, Rai must marshal the forces of Earth and begin the long journey back toward home.

Written by MATT KINDT
Cover B by RYAN SOOK
Cover D by RYAN LEE
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
$3.99 | 32 pgs.  T+ | COMING IN AUGUST!


C2E2 2015: Ninjak: The Shadow Wars Begins in August

At C2E2 2015, Valiant announced The Shadow Wars – an all-new story arc beginning in Ninjak #6 from writer Matt Kindt and an all-star gauntlet of top artistic talents – Raul Allen, Juan Jose Ryp, Stephen Segovia, and Clay Mann! Join one of the year’s most acclaimed new series here as Ninjak begins his deadliest test yet – a one-on-one showdown with four all-new enemies…each more ruthless that the last…illustrated by a different top talent each month!

Ninjak went to Tokyo to destroy the shadowy Weaponeer arms cartel from the inside out, beginning with its secret council of shinobi masters…the Shadow Seven. Now, the world’s top super-spy is cutting his way through the four death-defying members – The Barbe, Fitzy, Fakir, and Sanguine – that stand between him and the one secret that still eludes him… Who really wields the power behind the world’s most powerful terrorist network? Who is the secret seventh member of the Shadow Seven? And what do they want with Colin King?

Plus: Ninjak’s essential second feature, The Lost Files, continues in each 40-page issue of The Shadow Wars! Also beginning in Ninjak #6, Matt Kindt and Eisner-nominated artist Butch Guice reunite to reveal how Colin King and Neville Alcott first met  – and the deadly secret Neville has kept from his most valuable field agent! The second act of The Lost Files starts here!

Featuring covers by Mico Suaya, Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Dave Johnson, Matt Kindt, and Clayton Henry, the next explosive chapter of Ninjak’s red-hot monthly series starts here!

Written by MATT KINDT
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
$3.99 US | 40 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN AUGUST!

Written by MATT KINDT
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT
$3.99 US | 40 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN SEPTEMBER!

Written by MATT KINDT
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT
$3.99 US | 40 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN OCTOBER!

Written by MATT KINDT
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT
$3.99 US | 40 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN NOVEMBER!


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