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Six Things at C2E2 I’m Most Excited About

I love C2E2, not just because it’s located in the great city of Chicago, home of the best pizza, rappers, and (As of this writing.) basketball team in the world. C2E2 one of the few big time cons that still focuses on comic books and their creators, not just celebrities and movie trailers. It’s also the first comic book convention that I attended many moons ago in 2013 when I strode into the press lounge asking how to interview a comic book creator and frantically texting my editor. But it was a great time, and I got to see some of my heroes, including Felicia Day, comic book painter demigod Alex Ross, Kieron Gillen, and the very kind Doctor Who and Wolverine writer Paul Cornell.

I am very excited to return to C2E2 in 2017 and bask in the glow of comic book fans, creators, and publishers. Here are six things you should check out at (or after) the show, which runs from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23.

  1. C2E2 Exclusive Variants/Comics

At their most primal (and capitalist) level, cons are about buying stuff that we think is cool. Whether that’s a celebrity pretending to care about us for sixty seconds, a print by our favorite artist, or a replica of Mjolnir because we have a god complex. One thing I love about comic book conventions is the opportunity to get special covers of comic books. It can be a snapshot reminder of meeting a certain creator, having an artist draw a character you like, or a bit of both like when I picked up Joe Quinones’ Serenity: Leaves of the Wind variant at Baltimore Comic Con in 2014. (Mal and Inara drawn like a pulp novel cover equals major heart eyes.)

Number one on my list of special comics to pick up at C2E2 is an exclusive early copy of Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss’ hilarious 80s period piece/crime comic Four Kids Walk Into A Bank #4, published by Black Mask Studios. There are only 66 copies of this comic, which features a cover by We Can Never Go Home so get to their booth quickly, and all proceeds to go to the anti-gun violence charity, CeaseFire Illinois. You get to read a cool comic early and help an important cause. Some other comics worth checking out are horror maestro Rafael Albuquerque’s variant for the new Alien: Dead Orbit series, Scott Hampton’s classic fantasy style cover for American Gods #1, Matt Wagner’s creepy Joker-centric cover for The Dark Knight III #1, and Mike Allred doing Flash of Two Worlds Harley Quinn #1 style.

And if you’re a huge Lord of the Rings geek and have money to burn, you could always grab an exclusive Helm of Sauron from Chicago Costume…

2. The Valiant X-O Manowar Release Party (And General Con Presence)

The resurrection of Valiant Entertainment as a publisher has been one of the great comics success stories of the past five years. And they have quite the C2E2 planned with everything from a special beer to commemorate the launch of X-O Manowar #1 by Matt Kindt and my favorite Conan artist Tomas Giorello to Bloodshot coffee mugs.

Valiant is doing a full spread of panels, including ones about X-O Manowar’s past, present, and future as their flagship book and one about the upcoming Harbinger Wars 2 crossover with never seen before art and information about this book, which will affect almost all Valiant titles, including Faith. There’s also an early look at Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universea live action webseries featuring many Valiant heroes, like Ninjak, who will be played by Jason David Frank. (The former Green Power Ranger.)

And to cap things off, there’s the X-O Manowar #1 release party held at 7 PM on Friday at the Cobra Lounge. The party is also celebrating the release of Pipeworks Brewing Company’s X-O Manowar Galactic Golden Ale and has a $5 cover charge that will be donated to the suicide prevention charity, Hope for the Day. Comics and craft  beer are an excellent combination, and maybe you’ll spot Valiant’s famous ale and wine swilling immortal, Armstrong, at the party.

I HATE FAIRYLAND

3. Image Comics Panels

Image Comics is home for some of the creative comics of the 2010s in a variety of genres from dystopian science fiction (Bitch Planet) to space opera (Saga), urban fantasy (The Wicked + the Divine), and even sex comedy (Sex Criminals) and autobiography (Self-Obsessed). And all of Image’s books are owned by their creators.

One place to see all of your favorite Image creators at one place is at various panels. The one I’m looking forward to most is  “Image Comics Presents: Storytelling Essentials”, which will be held on Saturday at 11:15 AM and is a general chat about craft, influences, and inspirations. The panel lineup is pretty stacked and includes up and coming writer Donny Cates (God Country), queen of all colorists Jordie Bellaire (Injection), artist of all the pretty people Jamie McKelvie (WicDiv), the legend Greg Rucka (The Old Guard), the artist with one of the cleanest lines in comics Declan Shalvey (Injection), and writer/artist of adorable superhero babies and demented fairy tale characters Skottie Young (I Hate Fairyland).

I can’t wait to hear the interactions between this eclectic group of creators, who demonstrate on a daily basis that comics are much more than superheroes, and artists and colorists are equal, if not superior participants to writers in the creative process.

4. Weta Workshop Awesomeness

Before I got into comics, I was a huge (and still am) J.R.R. Tolkien and Lord of the Rings nerd. They weren’t splashed on the covers of Entertainment Weekly and People, like the trilogy’s stars and Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson, but the visual effects and makeup team at Wellington, New Zealand’s Weta Workshop truly brought the denizens of Middle Earth to life in both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Plus they’re named after a prehistoric, resilient cricket that only lives in New Zealand.

Weta is also responsible for crafting the worlds of Narnia, the Planet of the Apes, Mad Max Fury Road, and the upcoming Thor Ragnarok and excels at both practical effects and CGI. One thing that they are especially known for is creating large scale miniatures, like the ones of Minas Tirith, Helm’s Deep, and the dark fortress of Barad-Dur in Lord of the Rings as well as the Great Wall of China in the recent 2017 Matt Damon film with the same name.

And lucky for fans of science fiction and fantasy, they have booth and panel at C2E2 where you can geek out over Gollum, King Kong, Elven blades, or Power Ranger suits and check out the company’s portfolio and history. As icing on the cake, you can see a live makeup “transformation” featuring Warren Dion-Smith. Basically, you will see how flesh and blood human beings become orcs live and in person. The panel is at 2:30 PM on Sunday.

5. Mike Colter Panel

Marvel Studios is bringing several of the actors from their TV shows to C2E2, including Iain de Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, who play the adorable, quirky British agents in Agents of SHIELD, the Kingpin of crime himself Vincen D’Onofrio, and finally, Mike Colter, who played Luke Cage in Jessica Jones and Luke Cage and will reprise his role in the upcoming Netflix series, The Defenders. Before playing the hero formerly known as Power Man, Colter was a crime lord in CBS’ The Good Wife and had roles in The Following and American Horror Story: Coven.

Colter’s appearance at C2E2 is almost perfectly timed as a bulletproof, black superhero is a powerful image for the United States in 2017. We currently have an Attorney General in Jeff Sessions, who has disparaged the NAACP and was considered by Coretta Scott King to be too racist for a federal judge and is one of many cabinet members and high ranking racist, xenophobic (usually) men that run this country. By standing up for his community of Harlem against corruption, Luke Cage is a symbol of hope in this dark time, and Mike Colter embodies him perfectly by playing him with a wonderful mix of physical presence, understated politeness, and a touch of rage in the middle of battle.

And, on a pure fan level, it will be interesting to see how much (or little) Mike Colter is allowed to say about Defenders, which is coming out in about four months. I am intrigued to see if he has anything to say about working with Finn Jones’ Iron Fist, and if they had any of the chemistry that Luke Cage and Danny Rand had in the comics. Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage were all enjoyable shows, and the environment in this panel room is bound to electric with anticipation for their team-up in Defenders with the audience hanging on every crumb of information Colter doles out about the upcoming show.

6. WicDiv Panel and Exclusive Merchandise

If you have read my work at all, you know that I wouldn’t end an article about a comic convention without bumping The Wicked + the Divine, which is my favorite current comic. Writer Kieron Gillen is making his first appearance at C2E2 since 2013, which was the glory days of Young Avengers, and artist Jamie McKelvie is going to his first C2E2 ever. They are bringing some exclusive merch, including pins of a death skull and Persephone’s hand and a very metal Baphomet t-shirt. Wearing this shirt instantly gives you the superpowers of ripped abs, Andrew Eldritch sunglasses, and fire swords.

And it’s kind of fitting that the WicDiv panel is being held on Sunday as fellow fans, er, worshipers of the Pantheon can join together and air out our feelings about the bittersweet ending to the “Imperial Phase” arc and get ready for the WicDiv #455 featuring the gods of ancient Rome. The panel is at 2:30 PM and will most likely have some glorious cosplay.

And that is my highly subjective list of the six coolest things to do at C2E2. Remember to stay hydrated, pack a portable phone charger, and take plenty of selfies with your favorite comic book creators and fans of general awesome things.

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Marvel Returns to C2E2 with Signings, Panels, Giveaways and More!

This weekend, the House of Ideas takes the Windy City by storm as Marvel prepares for C2E2 and non-stop excitement! They’re bringing the hottest creators, breaking news plus signings, giveaways and more! Your central hub for all the excitement is the Marvel Booth (Booth #327) so be sure to stop by for your chance to get in on all the fun!

Want to know more about the Secret Empire event? Or about what ResurrXion has in store for your favorite mutants? What about top secret announcements for some upcoming Marvel comics? Then you won’t want to miss this year’s panel lineup chock full of breaking news! And that’s not all because this year’s show features an all-star lineup of your favorite Marvel creators and stars who will be appearing throughout the show. Swing by for scheduled appearances by Jason Aaron, Nick Spencer, Jordie Bellaire, Declan Shalvey, Margaret Stohl and many more! See the official signing schedule for more info.

Diamond Select Toys Celebrates Two Anniversaries at Chicago’s C2E2

They call Chicago “Second City,” but it’s always first in the hearts of Diamond Select Toys, as they head back to Chi-town on April 21-23 for C2E2, the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo! Celebrating 15 years of Minimates mini-figures and Select action figures, DST will be setting up a booth at the show to show off their latest prototypes and sell some of their most popular collectibles, as well as hosting a panel where they’ll show off even more upcoming items and give away some sweet prizes!

Booth #817 will be your first stop, as new prototypes from Marvel, DC, Justice League, Gotham, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dark Tower, Alien: Covenant, Predator, Pulp Fiction and more will be on display, including some never-before-exhibited items! The DST store will also be open for business, with Select action figures, Gallery PVCs, Minimates mini-figures, vinyl banks and more waiting to fill holes in your collection. Plus, pick up exclusive free postcards featuring Marvel Minimates artwork!

Friday night will also be the time to come to the Diamond Select Toys panel! Titled “Diamond Select Toys: 15 Years of Minimates and Select Figures,” the panel will take place on Friday, April 21, from 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM in Room S402. Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat will be there to talk about upcoming products, answer questions and give away prizes to randomly drawn attendees. He’ll also reveal the line-up and images of Marvel Animated Minimates Series 5, which hits Walgreens stores next month!

Comic Creator Gisele Lagace Denied Entry into the US for C2E2

It was only a matter of time before this happened, but comic artist Gisele Lagace was denied entry into the United States to attend this weekend’s C2E2 which is taking place in Chicago. Lagace was to table there and have a signing for IDW on Saturday and Sunday.

As Lagace wrote on Facebook:

Welp, no C2E2 for me. Was refused entry at the border. They kept pressing about the comics I had and the sketches, and well, I had to be honest and said that I did get paid for commissions but before hand, but since they weren’t complete, it was considered work in the us. Comics wise, I had maybe $700 in value if I had sold everything. Honestly, it’s not a lot.

Was asked if I was the only one doing this as I looked surprised to be refused entry. I said no, many artists from around the world attend these to promote themselves. I don’t think they cared.

My car was searched and is a mess. And to top it off, I was body searched and finger printed too (they do that when you get refused entry apparently.) It was an awful experience.

Things then went worse when they searched me throughout and found 2 white pills in my wallet. There was no identification on them and I wasn’t sure what they were. Once I calmed down after being touched all over, I remembered they were generic acetaminophen from the dollar store that I carry around in case Marc gets a headache as it sometimes happen. I forgot they were even in there.

Anyway, I wasn’t turned around for the 2 acetaminophen, as they found those after I was refused entry for the comics in my car and the unfinished sketches but they kept us longer there until they were convinced they weren’t narcotics. I never took drugs in my life!

And to think we drove close to 2 days to get there. For nothing. (No, I didn’t get anything from that body search. Maybe Zii would think it’s a good deal.) Anyway… Driving back home.

Now that I’ve been refused entry in the US for this, it’s on file. Don’t expect to see me at a US con until I can figure out a way to get in and being absolutely certain this won’t happen.

Legace has done work for Marvel, Archie, IDW, and Dynamite, as well as numerous webcomics. The logic for denial of entry sounds similar as to what Italian band Soviet Soviet experienced when attempting to travel to SXSW, the question over what counts as “paid work.”

Expect fewer guests who live outside the US from attending shows until this is cleared up and it should be said, those who are attending from outside the US to be careful about accepting paid commissions while attending conventions.

Welcome to Donald Trump’s America…

Oni Press Heads to Chicago for C2E2 2017

Oni Press is returning to the 7th Annual Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)! All weekend long, Oni Press is offering a plethora of exciting new books, merchandise, and exclusives. Plus, throughout the weekend, Oni Press is hosting many creator signings for their fans.

This year’s C2E2 is being held in Chicago, Illinois at the South Building of McCormick Place from Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23. Fans attending C2E2 can find Oni Press at booth #209 all weekend long.

EXCLUSIVES AVAILABLE ONLY AT ONI PRESS BOOTH (#209)*:
*Limited quantities available. Prices reflected below are before sales tax.

WE LOVE FINE ELECTROGOR PLUSH*
*No holds or guarantees on this item.
Price: $25.00

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

RICK AND MORTY #25 SKETCH COVER
Designed by Troy Look
Price: $10

INVADER ZIM #17 ONI PRESS EXCLUSIVE VARIANT
Cover illustrated by Matthew Seely
Price: $10

ASSORTED STICKER SHEETS*
*not all stickers are shown here

Make your life better with these adorable sticker sheets, FREE with purchase of their respective titles—Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 1, Princess Princess Ever After, Another Castle: Grimoire, and Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us: A Johnny Wander Collection!

ENAMEL PINS
Price: $10 each

KIM REAPER enamel pin

SPACE BATTLE LUNCHTIME enamel pin

PRINCESS PRINCESS EVER AFTER Princess Amira enamel pin

PRINCESS PRINCESS EVER AFTER Princess Sadie enamel pin

THE DAMNED enamel pin

Oni Press enamel pin

INVADER ZIM VOLUMES 1-3 ONI PRESS EXCLUSIVE VARIANTS
Variant covers illustrated by series creator Jhonen Vasquez!
Price: $19.99 each

RICK AND MORTY VOLUMES 1-4 and RICK AND MORTY: LIL’ POOPY SUPERSTAR ONI PRESS EXCLUSIVE VARIANTS
Variant covers illustrated by Julieta Colás
Price: $19.99 each

SCOTT PILGRIM VOLUMES 1-6 EVIL EX VARIANT COVER EDITIONS
Variant covers illustrated by series creator Bryan Lee O’Malley
Features the heroes on the back cover!
Price: $40 each

DEALS AT ONI PRESS BOOTH (#209):
$10 TPBs and $1 First Issues!*
*Limited quantities available. Prices reflected below are before sales tax.

LETTER 44, VOLUME 1
by Charles Soule and Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque with Guy Major and Dan Jackson
Price: $10!

THE LIFE AFTER, VOLUME 1
by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo
Price: $10!

THE SIXTH GUN, VOLUME 1

by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt with Bill Crabtree

Price: $10!

INVADER ZIM #1
by Jhonen Vasquez and Aaron Alexovich with Megan Lawton and Simon Hutt Troussellier
Price: $1!

LETTER 44 #1
by Charles Soule and Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque with Guy Major
Price: $1!

THE LIFE AFTER #1
by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo
Price: $1!

KAIJUMAX #1
by Zander Cannon
Price: $1!

FREE Oni Press Starter Pack 2016 with purchase of $20 or more!*
*While supplies last. Purchase must be at least $20 before sales tax.

Over 200 pages—seven first-issues of Oni’s flagship comics!

ONI PRESS PANEL:

To Hell and Back: A Spotlight on THE DAMNED and THE SIXTH GUN
Friday, April 21, 5:15–6:15 PM, Room S401

Fifty issues, nine trade paperbacks, six hardcovers, and four spin-off series later, the Eisner Award-nominated supernatural western THE SIXTH GUN has come to an end. However, writer Cullen Bunn and artist Brian Hurtt aren’t done yet; this unstoppable team brought their demon noir THE DAMNED: THREE DAYS DEAD back from the dead in a new re-mastered edition. Get the scoop on the latest details and a sneak peek of the new ongoing series!

SIGNINGS AT THE ONI PRESS BOOTH (#216):

FRIDAY, APRIL 21
1:30—2:30 p.m. Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt (The Sixth Gun, The Damned)

SATURDAY, APRIL 22
Noon–1 p.m. Kyle Starks (Rick and Morty)

1:30—2:30 p.m. Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt (The Sixth Gun, The Damned)

4—5 p.m. Greg Rucka (Stumptown)

SUNDAY, APRIL 23
11—11:45 a.m. Sean Dove (BroBots)

C2E2 LIVE! WITH TWITCH
At Twitch Live Stage
FRIDAY, APRIL 21
12:30—12:45 p.m. Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt Talk The Damned

ONI PRESS CREATORS IN ARTIST’S ALLEY:
Aaron Alexovich (Invader ZIM) – V17
Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota (Lucky Penny, Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us: A Johnny Wander Collection) – E17
Greg Rucka (Stumptown) – P1
Joëlle Jones (Helheim, 12 Reasons Why I Love Her) – M11
Kyle Starks (Rick and Morty) – A14
Monica Gallagher (Part-Time Princesses) – E9
Ray Fawkes (The People Inside, One Soul) – L10
Robert Wilson IV (Heartthrob) – A15
Sean Dove (BroBots) –

VIZ Media Heads To Chicago THIS Weekend For C2E2

VIZ Media takes part in Chicago’s premier pop culture and comics convention – Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) – as it announces plans and activities for the annual event. C2E2 takes place April 21st to April 23rd in the South Building at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago.

During the convention, VIZ Media will host a pair of panel discussions as well as fan meet-and-greet, autograph, and photo sessions. C2E2 Guests of Honor Max Mittelman (English voice of Saitama) and Chris Jai Alex (English voice of Boros) from the smash hit anime series One-Punch Man, will be available for these sessions in celebration of the upcoming home video release next week on April 28th.

VIZ Media C2E2 Panels & Special Events Include:

Friday, April 21st

3:00pm – 4:00pm         VIZ Media Official Panel (Room S403)

Join VIZ Media’s Charlene Ingram and Joel Enos to celebrate fan favorite titles such as NARUTO, ONE-PUNCH MAN and SAILOR MOON. There might even be jokes and prizes!

 

Saturday, April 22nd

12:30am – 1:30pm       ONE-PUNCH MAN Panel (Room S402)

ONE-PUNCH MAN is one of the biggest properties to debut out of Japan across the anime and manga genres. What’s it like when a hero becomes too strong? Find out! Hosted by VIZ Media’s Charlene Ingram, lucky attendees will get the inside scoop on what’s next for the series. Special guests will include voice actors Max Mittelman and Chris Jai Alex.

 

Autograph and Meet & Greet Photo Sessions

ONE-PUNCH MAN Voice Cast Autograph Sessions

Friday, April 21st at 11:00am, 12:45pm, and 4:15pm

Session to feature Max Mittelman (Table 6) and Chris Jai Alex (Table 7)

 

ONE-PUNCH MAN Meet & Greet Photo Sessions (Cosplay Central)

Saturday, April 22nd at 11:00am, 2:30pm and 4:15pm

We have a special treat for all ONE-PUNCH MAN fans. Max Mittelman and Chris Jai Alex will make a special appearance in Cosplay Central on the Show Floor to meet fans and take pictures in front of a custom ONE-PUNCH MAN backdrop. “100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and a 10km run EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!”

Baroque Pop, a Lana Del Rey Anthology Debuts at C2E2

Red Stylo Media will debut a new comic anthology inspired by the music of Lana Del Rey, at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2.) Baroque Pop is a carefully curated selection of short-form comics and illustrations celebrating love, loss, success, and change by comic creators who came together after finding mutual solace and inspiration in Lana Del Rey’s music. The collection is edited by comics writer, Mario Candelaria.

In keeping with the music theme, the book itself is printed at 7×7 inches to physically resemble a 45 RPM record cover. The project was funded earlier this year via Kickstarter, and is published under Red Stylo Media’s group publishing imprint, Red Stylo Press.

Baroque Pop features seven short comics and portraits by:

  • Chuck Harrison & Luke Marrone
  • Daniel Charles & Ashley St. Lawrence (with Scott Ewen)
  • Jennie Wood & Chris Goodwin
  • Enrica Jang & Jan Velazquez
  • Mario Candelaria & KasiaWiterscheim
  • Michael Lynch & Mira Mortal
  • Eric Palicki & Daniel Earls (with Scott Ewen)
  • Jim Towe
  • Adam Ferris (feat. Lesley Atlansky)
  • John Keaveney
  • Hoyt Silva
  • Fabian Lelay (feat Lesley Atlansky)

Red Stylo Media will be at C2E2, table N8 in artist alley. Their other titles inspired by rock music include, Angel With a Bullet, a collection inspired by the music of Tom Waits; Killer Queen, comics inspired by the discography of Queen; and The 27 Club, comics inspired by Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix and other music artists who died age twenty‐seven. The 27 Club was co‐published with Action Lab Comics and was nominated for a Harvey Award for Best Anthology in 2016.

Cover by Jim Towe

Illustration by Adam Ferris (with Lesley Atlansky)

Illustration by Kasia Witerscheim

Dark Horse’s C2E2 2017 Exclusives

Dark Horse has announced its selection of exclusive variant covers for C2E2 2017!

All exclusive merchandise will be available at the Dark Horse booth (#719) for all of C2E2 2017. Please note that there will be a fixed number of exclusives set aside for each day of the convention.

Check out the full roster of Dark Horse’s C2E2 2017 and general convention exclusives, along with quantity and price, below!

American Gods #1 C2E2 Exclusive Variant (Scott Hampton)

$5.00
Limited Edition of 500
5 per Person per Day

Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 Dark Horse Convention Exclusive (Rafael Albuquerque)

$5.00
Limited Edition of 1,000
5 per Person per Day

Henchgirl Dark Horse Convention Exclusive Hardcover (Kristen Gudsnuk)

$25.00
Limited Edition of 250

Valiant Heads to Chicago with Parties, Panels, and Exclusives for C2E2

From Friday, April 21st through Sunday, April 23rd, Valiant is bringing its cross-country convention road show to Chicago, IL for C2E2 2017 – and we’re unleashing a non-stop line-up of exclusives, programming, panels, and parties to celebrate!

All weekend long, join Valiant inside Chicago’s McCormick Place at Booth #317 to find out why Valiant is forging the 21st century’s most acclaimed superhero universe with a complete selection of paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for critically acclaimed and award-winning titles!  And don’t miss the wallet-busting lineup of irresistible Valiant merchandise featuring X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Faith, and more of your favorite Valiant superheroes!  And don’t miss the convention debut of brand-new finely sculpted ceramic mugs from Surreal Entertainment, featuring two of the Valiant Universe’s biggest icons, X-O Manowar and Bloodshot! [$40 per set]

Then: explore the future of Valiant’s leading icon on Friday, April 21st at 5:30 p.m. CT in room S405A for the Valiant: 25 Years of X-O Manowar panel presentation! This spring, Valiant marks 25 years of its most enduring comic book icon as best-selling writer Matt Kindt and a rotating cast of powerhouse interior artists launch a stunning new beginning in the all-new X-O Manowar #1! Now, right here at C2E2, join a blockbuster roundtable of Valiant staff and creators for an in-depth discussion of X-O Manowar’s landmark place in comics history…and a special look forward at what awaits the must-read new series of 2017!

Next: the Valiant Universe leaps off of the comics page and onto the cutting edge of superhero storytelling on Saturday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. CT in room S405B for the Valiant Digital: Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe and Beyond panel presentation! Join star Jason David Frank and Valiant’s own Josh Johns and Dinesh Shamdasani as they collide MI-6’s deadly assassin against a gauntlet of Valiant’s most formidable heroes with new footage from Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe – the bone-shattering, live-action series coming in 2017 – and more news and announcements about all-new VALIANT DIGITAL projects! And stick around for a free exclusive print at the end of the panel!

Finally: the road to Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and most impactful comic book event of all time starts right here at C2E2 with a superstar cast of Valiant creators and staff on Sunday, April 23rd at 12:15 p.m. in room S405B at the Valiant: The Road to Harbinger Wars 2 panel presentation! Jump on board here to find out what the future holds for Harbinger Renegade, X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Faith, Divinity, Ninjak, and the rest of Valiant’s most powerful heroes…and how the coming of Harbinger Wars 2 will soon be felt across the entire Valiant Universe with never-before-seen artwork and announcements!

Plus: don you strongest armor and blast into the biggest party of the weekend on Friday, April 21st as Valiant and Pipeworks Brewing Co. kick off the C2E2 2017: X-O Manowar Galactic Golden Ale Release Party! From 7 pm CT onward at Chicago’s Cobra Lounge (235 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607), Valiant is celebrating its all-new collaboration with Chicago’s own Pipeworks Brewing Co. – a new limited-edition brew created in honor of the all-new X-O Manowar (2017) #1, the sold-out, epic new ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and Valiant-exclusive rising star Tomas Giorello!

Co-sponsored by Valiant Entertainment, Pipeworks Brewing Co., and Hope for the Day, the first 75 party-goers will receive a strictly limited X-O Manowar (2017) #1 (2017) #1 cover flat – a rare, unbound comic cover pulled directly from the printing press and signed by Valiant staff and creators! Portions of the proceeds from the party’s $5 door charge and all pints of X-O Manowar Galactic Golden Ale poured will be donated to Hope for the Day, supporting their suicide prevention outreach and mental health education projects. RSVP online at Facebook or Eventbrite.

IDW Makes Its First Appearance At C2E2

This weekend from April 21st to April 23rd join IDW Publishing at McCormick Place in Chicago for the annual fan-favorite convention, C2E2! Marking the first year of exhibiting at the show IDW is bringing big names and special surprises to the fans in Chicago including cast and crew from the hit SyFy TV show Wynonna Earp. Located at Booth #609, IDW can be found all weekend long stocked with must-have books and signings that you won’t want to miss!

Make the IDW booth your first stop on the show floor and get their newest convention variants and a deluxe Wynonna Earp pack including signed comics, digital download codes, and more!

  • My Little Pony #53 Sara Richard Variant – $5 each
  • Wynonna Earp “Deluxe Pack” of comics – $25 each

Mark your calendars with our signing schedule now so you don’t miss any of the action!

Friday April 21st

12:00 – 1:00 Aw Yeah Revolution! – Art Baltazar
1:00 – 2:00 The Wind in The Willows David Petersen
2:00 – 3:00 Helena CrashFabian Rangel Jr.
2:00 – 3:00 Yakuza Demon KillersAmit Chauhan, Eli Powell
3:00 – 4:00 The X-Files Deviations Amy Chu
4:00 – 5:00 America’s Best Comics Artist’s Edition – Chris Sprouse
5:00 – 7:00 Wynonna Earp Shamier Anderson, Emily Andras, Tim Rozon,
                   Varun Saranga, Brendon Yorke
                  (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)

Saturday April 22nd

11:00 – 12:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles UniversePaul Allor
12:00 – 1:00 Wynonna Earp Tim Rozon, Varun Saranga
                     (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
1:00 – 2:00 Aw Yeah Revolution Art Baltazar
1:00 – 2:00 MicronautsCullen Bunn
2:00 – 3:00 GhostbustersErik Burnham
3:00 – 4:00 Atomic Robo Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener
4:00 – 5:00 Jem and the Holograms Gisele Lagace, Jason Millet, Sara Richard
5:00 – 6:00 Star Trek Donny Cates, Marc Laming
6:00 – 7:00 Helena Crash Fabian Rangel Jr.

Sunday April 23rd

11:00 – 12:00 My Little Pony – Sara Richard
                      (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
12:00 – 1:00 Ghostbusters – Erik Burnham
1:00 – 2:00 Jem and the Holograms Gisele Lagace, Jason Millet
2:00 – 3:00 Edward Scissorhands Kate Leth, Drew Rausch
3:00 – 4:00 Love is LoveJason Aaron, Steve Orlando

Additionally, we’ve teamed up with the CBLDF to host two special signings for the very special anthology collection, Love is Love on Friday, April 21st. Head to booth #409 to grab a copy and get it signed!

Friday 3pm – 4pm, featuring Jason AaronJonathan Hickman, Jason Latour
Friday 4pm – 5pm, featuring Matt Wagner

All that, and be sure to come by our panels throughout the weekend to hear all of the biggest news first!

Title: IDW Entertainment Spotlight On: Wynonna Earp
Description: Find out the what’s in store for the acclaimed SyFy series’ second season straight from the cast and crew!
Date4/21/2017
Time2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: S404

Title: The Latest and Greatest from IDW
Description: Join IDW’s Greg Goldstein and Dirk Wood to be among the first to find out about IDW’s next big event! Surprise guests, prizes, and an open Q&A make this one panel you won’t want to miss!
Date4/21/2017
Time4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Location: S405a

Title: Jaws Will Drop, Sides Will Ache… SUPER WEIRD HEROES!
Description: A hilarious multimedia show of the kookiest, kraziest most bizarro leotard-clad bad-guy bashers of the Golden Age! The Hand (a giant hand!), Madam Fatale (an old lady cross dresser!), Kangaroo Man (yes!) and tons more are held up to reverence and ridicule. Based on the best selling book, “Super Weird Heroes”, the stand-up comedy presentation is by the former Creative Director of the Muppets and now editor of IDW/Yoe Books, Craig Yoe.
Date4/23/2017
Time2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: S405a

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