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On Chris Hardwick, Comic Conventions, and the Presumption of Innocence

(Trigger Warning for discussions of rape, abuse, sexual assault,etc)

In this article I’m going to attempt to deconstruct what’s happening around allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in various areas of nerddom. Rather than try to prosecute the facts of each individual case, I want to talk about systems and how we got to this point, and what we can do about it.

“Innocent until proven guilty.”
“There are two sides and we can’t know.”
“Rush to judgment.”
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It is as predictable as the sun rising in the east that whenever there is an allegation of harassment, rape, abuse, or other predatory behavior that these are the responses we’ll hear first. So let’s talk about these ideas and where they fit in with our current cultural conversation.

First (and this may surprise you I’m starting here) these are good standards. They have served us well in western civilization because they are standards with specific intents.

For instance, it’s ENTIRELY VITAL that in the criminal justice system, a person have a complete presumption of innocence. It is the government’s job to prove beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury of your peers that you committed a crime in order for you to be deprived of your freedom or property by being put in jail or having to pay a fine. In the case of the law, innocent until proven guilty is sacrosanct. Hence, the legal proceedings against Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, etc.

But then there’s the court of public opinion. Who says that in this case a person must be given the presumption of innocence? Does literally anything else get this same standard? Does science? (I wish, right?)

No. Because that’s not how it works. So why should what is appropriate for due process in a criminal case be applied in the case of a victim coming forward? Do we apply other similar legalisms in our daily lives?

And so then a lot of people will say, when all the evidence comes out, it comes down to a “he said / she said” situation (or another variation based on the genders of the people involved– as abuse and harassment occur among all people — but in this case I’ll keep with the colloquial “he said / she said” because we’re talking about specific instances of alleged abuse).

The end point of this, though, is that a person is supposed to throw up their hands and just say “Well, I guess we can’t know. There’s two sides to this story and the only people who know are the two of them.” It’s the societal equivalent of a hung jury– we just don’t know — OR an acquittal where we say the victim never proved their claim beyond some standard of reasonable doubt.

So, what happens? The net effect of “innocent until proven guilty” and “two sides” is that the accused is always advantaged. There is a seriously high bar to overcome to be able to prove an allegation– and the more prominent and powerful a person is, the higher that bar gets.

And so we wonder why victims are afraid to come forward? BECAUSE OF THIS. Because prima facie we are conditioned to not believe them. Because it’s important to understand that “innocent until proven guilty” and “two sides” are systems created by western patriarchal order specifically for the judicial system — which have served us well in terms of balancing government tyranny vs law and order — but which do NOT protect victims and were never created for society at large. Using legal standards in place of a broader sense of morality and justice is not only foolhardy– it’s why Jesus hated lawyers. (Apologies to my friends in the legal profession. Jesus loves you very much.)

We face an epidemic of rape and sexual assault– 1 in 4 women will be assaulted. That is sickening and MUST change. But rape cases are unlikely to be prosecuted because we have to convince a jury of 12 individuals a rapist is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Get ONE person on that jury who holds sexist attitudes about “She was leading him on.” “She was wearing the wrong clothing.” etc, etc, etc and the accused will not be punished. Get a judge who believes we shouldn’t ruin a person’s life over one mistake, and the person will not be punished. Innocent until proven guilty is a high bar. And is it intentionally so, because the basis of our law is “It is better for 1,000 guilty men to go free than one innocent man be punished.” Emphasis on “men.”

It is the systems of presumption of innocence and hearing both sides that have created the situation we are in. They were tools of a patriarchal western culture which, intentionally or not, have always advantaged men over women. They are the petri dish in which rape culture flourished and grew. And we will not, to paraphrase Audre Lorde, be able to tear down the master’s house using the master’s tools. And so “presumed innocent” and “both sides” will never get us the justice we need.

JFK wrote “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” We have made solving these cases nearly impossible through our criminal justice system. And so instead we have to turn to the callout, the public shaming– the vague article on Medium that doesn’t directly name your accuser but we all know who you’re talking about. These are also imperfect systems, but they’re basically all we have.

Government is supposed to have a monopoly on the use of violence in society. And shunning, isolation, shaming– those are acts of violence. It’s why we should react so viscerally to The Scarlet Letter, The Handmaid’s Tale, to women being beheaded for adultery or acid thrown in their faces– BECAUSE extra-governmental forces (in these cases, religion masquerading as law or individuals acting under a faux religious mandate) are enacting violence. Also, government is not acting as it should with the necessary due process. And the violence is horrific. But even in the more subtle violence of these– the shame circles, the public labeling — we see what we don’t like about callout culture. Because it is a form of mob justice, and one which does not have norms or rules around it.

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And because they can be misused, people are skeptical, and begin trying to rationalize against it. And we retreat back to “innocent until proven guilty” and “he said / she said”– all of which serve to protect the accused and indict the victim. And, it should be noted, the closer you are to a person who is accused, the more you might depend on them for something, the less likely you are to believe they are capable of this. And so we say, “we don’t want to harm someone over unfounded allegations.”

Some have even called this “the internet lynch mob.” Let’s unpack that for one second. Thousands (perhaps tens of thousands) of people, mostly African Americans, were lynched in the US. People were murdered. It was done to incite terror and uphold white supremacy. For me, it rings just as hollow to talk about women working to stop sexual violence — especially when it is women of color (and queer women of color) who are the largest victims of sexual violence and harassment in the US — as a “lynch mob” as it does for Richard Paul Evans to talk about being a white male being like a Jew during Nazi Germany. It rings hollow because it destroys the historical paradigm of oppressor and victim and flips it on its head– now the historical victims of oppression are suddenly the bad guys? And to talk about someone being called out for bad behavior as being morally equivalent to taking someone’s life? Spare me.

Because it harms literally no one to believe a victim when they come forward. What will the consequences be for Chris Hardwick? At most, it will be a loss of reputation which will almost certainly be temporary.

Chris Brown is still making albums. So is Dr. Luke. It’s unlikely that even if they lose their civil suits they will be living on the streets, having lost everything. Devin Faraci, who was accused of assault, got a job with Alamo Drafthouse/ Fantastic Fest less than a year after the allegations came out against him — and he would have continued in that role if it had not been exposed. Even Bill O’Reilly is mounting a comeback tour. So let’s not pretend that people are going to be ruined.

For those not following the controversy around sexual assault and harassment at Salt Lake FanX (previously Salt Lake Comic Con– the third largest con in the country by attendance after San Diego and New York) here is a primer. But it’s bad. If the con’s owners, Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenberg, were to sell Salt Lake FanX or convert it into a non-profit (as many of their critics are calling for, pointing to toxic behavior on their part as well), they stand to gain more than can be imagined– and more than they stand to lose if they continue to let this drip drip drip continue about the harassment and abuse they have covered up. If we choose too believe the victims who have stepped forward, they will still be millionaires no matter what. Same with Hardwick.

So, again, it DOES NOTHING to simply believe victims when they come forward. In fact, every argument of “innocent until proven guilty” and “hear both sides” insulates abusers and harassers. It prevents victims from coming forward because they know the people around the accused will rally around them and prosecute the victim– call her unreliable, question her motives, ask why she didn’t just leave the situation in the first place (obviously you have no idea how abusers operate and can’t see the pathological ways they all work).

In the case of gaslightng or calling into question the accuracy or motives of victims, above all others, there is actual harm perpetrated against people who have already been victimized when we choose to hide behind “we can’t know” or “innocent until proven guilty” or “the internet lynch mob.”

There is a massive change trying to happen in our culture right now. There are people who have been oppressed in order for us to make the progress we’ve made. There are people who are still disadvantaged by the status quo. Our choice is whether we decide to side with the status quo as “good enough” or whether we want to break down systems of oppression and side with the disadvantaged. And if you’ve decided to stay neutral in this fight, or ignore it and pretend it isn’t happening, you’ve already chosen a side.

Believe victims. It doesn’t harm anyone, except the patriarchy.

SDCC 2015: Conan recap 7/8/15

 

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“Let’s go to Comic Con!”

Ahhh the words we all long to utter. The pinnacle of any geek’s existence, we dream to one day gaze upon the holy grail of all things comic and entertainment related. Make no mistake, to do so is quite an honor. Those who wield this responsibility (cough cough Brett) must do so wisely.

We open up the show with an homage to the Mad Max films with Conan playing a flaming guitar and Andy riding a hellacious rig towards San Diego creating some hijinks along the way. Solid opener and shows that the writing staff know their stuff well. It’s flashy, funny, corny and just a bit of everything.

We get to Comic Con for the show and the set is just EPIC. I can’t say enough about it. This guy gets it.

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After a booming ovation, he dives right into the typical Conan opening monologue with some pretty funny  observations and jokes. The one that definitely stuck out to me was a jab at George Lucas selling out to Disney. (Ouch) I’m sure George is wiping his eyes with a couple of billions. Tragic I know.

Conan proceeds to thank the audience for being amazing (Who doesn’t like praise?) and asks if he can take a selfie with them but he is having a slight problem fitting them all into frame with him. So he wisely enlists the help of a Cosplay Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) in which I thought was a really cool bit. (Better than having Michael B. Jordan set off the sprinklers, face it the blogs burned intensely enough this season. Flame off please.)

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Next he provides us with a little bit of slapstick by announcing that a whale has escaped his near by Sea World enclosure and all of a sudden a very suspicious looking Yoda arrives that is well over 15 feet tall. (Hey we are not Airboy, we have no room for discrimination here, not even giant creepy costumed mammals.) Following the tail end (swear I didn’t mean to) of this bit we are announced the guests for this evening: Elijah Wood (Frodo! Frodo!) and Chris Hardwick (Nerdist and Talking Dead). Also we are told in the days to follow we indeed will see the stars of franchise super giants: The Hunger Games and The Walking Dead as well as the cast of an unrevealed movie. Since I am a betting man I’m going to go with either the cast of Marvel’s Ant-Man or Warner Bros: Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Either or I’m sure my  big screen LED TV screen will go Boom.

After the previous announcement, we dive right in with confirmation that after the next installment of the Wolverine movie franchise Hugh Jackman will be stepping down (Not a sharp decision per my point of view) so we are shown auditionees that attempt to fill Hugh’s mutant mutton chops. Among the celebrity cast of caring citizens are Patton Oswalt, Larry King, Michael Sheen and Betty White. My opinion? Take Larry. Out of all the rest at least you know you will get like ten movies for the franchise out of him.

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After a quick product shill for the Conan 360 cam, the curtain calls upon its first guest hailing from the Shire himself: Frodo (Elijah Wood) Elijah gives us some insight on how hard it is to be a pop icon at Comic Con, even telling us that he needs to don a mask to avoid notoriety. A celeb being one of us. How Cool. He even goes so far to say that other members of the cast including Peter Jackson must resort to this same tactic sometimes to get to enjoy the festivities properly. (I wonder if GP press staff have the same issue?) Then in a very cool moment, Elijah whips out one of the replica prop rings from The Lord of the Rings movies to a frenzy of crowd approval. I couldn’t help but be recalled to the episode of The Big Bang Theory when they are all fighting over who gets custody of one of Peter Jackson’s fabled pieces of memorabilia. As we are drooling over the tiny golden circle, an unlikely tall Sméagol snatches the ring from our hero Hobbit and exits stage left.

A quick commercial break and we are back with Elijah explaining what it was like to revisit the character of Frodo Baggins for the Hobbit Trilogy. He states it was “A combination of going back in time, and no time passing at all.” (A perfectly good convoluted answer for a comic book crowd) Before he leaves the set he informs us that his show Wilfred on FXX has come to a close and Conan shows a clip of the new movie Cooties. It’s a movie about a zombie like plague spreading via tainted chicken nuggets (for those who thought Super Size Me, was a deterrent) through children. It also stars Rainn Wilson. Might be worth a look when it hits on Demand on September 18th.

We take another quick break, and return with a promotion for Funko POP Conan SDCC 2015 figurines. One version of the figurine will be given away over the course of all four shows at San Diego. We have Regular Conan, Batman Conan, Zombie Conan and Conan Monster. These are all pretty cool and you can enter to win at teamcoco.com/pop (I’ve already entered mine. Fingers crossed for the Batman one)

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Finally we are greated by a familiar face, Chris Hardwick in a very traditional Spider-Man costume. He informs us of some little known fopauxs when cosplaying, such as room temperature and “dong placement.” (I’m certainly choosing my spandex wisely now)

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Chris then proceeds to give Conan the “Comic Con Citizens Test” which contains a speed round of questions to prove his geek mettle. I found this entertaining besides the obvious questions like “What metal is Wolverine’s bones made out of?” (Adamantium) There was some funny ones like “If Caitlyn Jenner was on a Superhero team, what would it be called?” (The X-Men) “Who shot first? Han or Greedo?” (He said neither, it was a Jawa on the Grassy Knoll) and word association “Cosplay is not..” (Drinks with Bill Cosby, never too soon I guess) Finally he asks “What would you do if Seth Green was on the show and he attacked you with a toy lightsaber?” So of course, ask and you shall receive…

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This should happen more on talk shows, (imho) it would truly make for “Must See TV”.

We close out the final moments of the show with Chris and Conan pontificating about how there is such hatred these days when it comes to spoilers. I couldn’t agree more with their points. We are all nerds, we will see it either way. So true. So true.

Overall: This was a whole hour of network tv that whisked by quicker than a coffee travelling in Barry Allen’s digestive system. I thoroughly enjoyed it. You can tell that Conan doesn’t just pay lip service and he respects the source material. In a world where it’s cool to like anything that’s Pop Culture or trendy, it’s refreshing to see someone not afraid to wear their underwear outside their clothes to support the cause.

Till tomorrow night. Same Conan time, can’t wait to see what’s on the channel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMC Renews Unscripted Series “Comic Book Men” and “Talking Dead” For Second Seasons

AMC’S RENEWS “COMIC BOOK MEN”

AND “TALKING DEAD”

AMC Orders 16 Episodes for Second Seasons of Unscripted Series

New York, NY – May 9, 2012 – AMC announced today a second season pick-up for its unscripted series “Comic Book Men” and “Talking Dead.” “Comic Book Men” is executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy), Charlie Corwin’s Original Media (LA Ink, Storm Chasers, Swamp People) and Elyse Seiden (Red State). The series continues to delve into fanboy culture by following the antics in and around Smith’s New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. “Talking Dead,” the network’s first live after show that serves as a platform for discussion for AMC’s series “The Walking Dead,” is executive produced by Michael Davies and co-executive produced by Jen Kelly from Embassy Row. Chris Hardwick  (Nerdist; G4) is the host. Season two of both series consists of 16 half-hour episodes.

“Pinch my fat ass, ’cause I must be dreaming! A thousand thank you’s wouldn’t cover the gratitude I’m feeling right now. And as you might imagine, everyone at SModcast Pictures is in love with everyone at AMC today! Rest assured, Walt, Bry, Mike, Ming and I are suited up and ready to hit the ice for our second season with Team AMC,” said Smith.

“AMC set out to build shows around authentic characters and original worlds, and ‘Comic Book Men’ really delivers on both of these. Charlie Corwin and Kevin have created a truly unique show that is funny and informative – whether you like comic books or not; and the guys from The Stash are the kind of real life experts we always wanted to build the show around,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP of original programming, production and digital content. “’Talking Dead’ is just great synergy and it gives our audience a destination to continue the conversation about ‘The Walking Dead.’ We are thrilled that Chris is back to lead the discussion. He is genuinely knowledgeable about the genre, and truly entertaining.”

“‘Talking Dead’ has been an amazing experience and I cannot pile enough hugs and thanks onto AMC for renewing it. I CAN’T WAIT for Season 3 of Walking Dead, so that we can finally talk about Rick meeting [SPOILER] and [SPOILER]-ing him with a heavy-duty [SPOILER] at the [SPOILER]. And let’s not forget all the rest of the [SPOILER]s getting in on the action! [EXPLETIVE] me! It’s going to be great…,”said Hardwick.

“Comic Book Men” allows viewers to see the Secret Stash’s staff and customers geek out over mind-blowing pop culture artifacts and the legends behind them.  Leading the crew behind the Secret Stash counter are moody manager Walt, uber-nerd Mike, career slacker Bryan and Ming, the shop’s go-to whipping boy.  As the team buys, sells and discovers the treasures of the comic collecting world, they share all the juicy details with Kevin through their outrageous podcast, which is woven throughout the series. AMC’s season one of “Comic Book Men” reigns as the most engaging reality program on television.*

*Source: Nielsen TV Brand Effect (IAG), STD (09/12/11 – 4/29/12), A18-49 & A25-54, premiere episodes. All measured primetime broadcast and cable programs included.

“Talking Dead” features Hardwick spending time with fans, actors, producers and TV enthusiasts, recapping that most recent “Dead” episode, and taking questions and comments from viewers. Fans may continue to engage with the after show following the on-air conclusion, online, at amctv.com for more conversations, questions and trivia.

AMC’s Stillerman, Mary Conlon, Vice President of Non-Scripted Original Programming, Jason Fisher, SVP of production and Ari Mark, director of development, oversee the development and production for the network’s unscripted series.

 

About AMC

AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series – Drama for three consecutive years.  Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories.  AMC’s original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.”  AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About.  Available in more than 97 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv.  AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.  AMC: Story Matters HereSM.

Nerdist Industries’ CEO Peter Levin Joins comiXology’s Advisory Board

NERDIST INDUSTRIES’ CEO PETER LEVIN JOINS COMIXOLOGY’S ADVISORY BOARD

 March 29th, 2012 – New York, NY— ComiXology, the world’s largest digital comics platform available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web with over 50 million comic and graphic novel downloads to date, is proud to announce that Nerdist Industries’ CEO Peter Levin has joined comiXology’s Board of Advisors.

In this new role, Levin will advise comiXology on strategic initiatives and partnerships as well as business and corporate development.

Nerdist Industries, a multi-platform creator of genre and popular-culture content, was most recently in the news when founder Chris Hardwick announced the launch of the Nerdist YouTube Channel with a slate of two-dozen new shows as well as their pre-Comic-Con International lightsaber relay race “Course of the Force” in partnership with Lucasfilm LTD., Machinima and Octagon.

Levin now joins an Advisory Board that includes geek culture veteran and CEO of ICv2 Milton Griepp, longtime president and editor-in-chief of DC Comics and MAD Magazine and Double Nickel Entertainment co-founder Jenette Kahn, and former head of ZDNet and investor in and advisor to several technology startups Jeff Ballowe.

Levin was co-founder and CEO of GeekChicDaily until it merged with Nerdist in 2011 to form Nerdist Industries. Levin serves as an Executive Advisor to Japanese media juggernaut Yoshimoto Kogyo and recently advised Rovio Mobile (Angry Birds).

About comiXology
Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhoneiPadAndroidKindle Fire and the Web— comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.

About Nerdist
Nerdist Industries is a multi-platform creator of genre and popular culture content – a true next generation media company. Founded in 2008, Nerdist is the brainchild of comedian, author, podcaster and new media personality and Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick. In 2011, Nerdist and GeekChicDaily merged to form Nerdist Industries with Hardwick serving as Founder and Chief Creative Officer and digital media entrepreneur Peter Levin, co-founder of GeekChicDaily, serving as Chief Executive Officer. Nerdist Industries consists of a popular website at Nerdist.com; a premium YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist), a top comedy/popular culture podcast network on iTunes, recently named one of the top 10 best comedy podcasts by Rolling Stone and sold as a television show to BBC America; a following of over 1.6 million Twitter fans, which Time Magazine named as one of the 140 most influential brands on Twitter; a book, The Nerdist Way, by The Penguin Group; a plethora of live events and much more. Nerdist Industries investors include Legendary Pictures, Mandalay Enterprises, Machinima CEO Allen DeBevoise, Japanese media juggernaut Yoshimoto Kogyo, Gamespy founder Mark Surfas and Revolution Studio’s Joe Roth. Nerdist Industries’ partners in its YouTube channel include The Jim Henson Company, Broadway Video Entertainment and The Chernin Company. Nerdist Industries is headquartered at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, CA.

The Walking Dead – LIVE Panel at Image Expo

THE WALKING DEAD PANEL LIVE AT IMAGE EXPO ADDS NORMAN REEDUS
Actor will join THE WALKING DEAD creator Robert Kirkman and  WD castmate Steven Yeun in conversation with Chris Hardwick

BERKELEY, CA – Image Expo  is excited to announce the addition of Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on AMC’s record-breaking television series The Walking Dead to the comic convention’s The Walking Dead panel. The panel takes place during Image Expo on Saturday, February 25 at 4 p.m. in the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California. Reedus will join The Walking Dead creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman and  Reedus’ “Walking Dead” castmate Steven Yeun (Glenn) in conversation with Chris Hardwick.

Fans of The Walking Dead stick around after the show every week to watch The Talking Dead and hear what goes on behind the scenes of cable TV’s highest rated drama in history. This conversation will be even better because you can see it up close and in person exclusively by attending Image Expo. This unique and first-time ever opportunity offers the chance to not only listen in but ask your own questions of some of the show’s principle players live and in person. Kirkman, Yeun, and Reedus will talk to Hardwick about the latest shocking plot twists and what it’s like working on a show that has taken the world by storm.

This is just one of the exciting panels taking place during Image Expo, ranging from small, limited-attendance workshops conducted by the Image founders to large panels with some of comics’ most talented creators talking about the present and future of the industry. In addition to this panel, Robert Kirkman will also be on the stage for three other panels: to discuss taking your favorite comics from the page to television, the latest from his Image Comics imprint Skybound, and a special fan question-and-answer session. For a complete listing of Image Expo’s programming, go to www.imagecomicexpo.com

ABOUT IMAGE EXPO
Image Expo is a three-day comic book convention commemorating Image Comics’ 20th Anniversary and celebrating creator-owned comics, being held on February 24, 25, and 26, 2012 at the Oakland Convention Center. Image partners Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino, will be the guests of honor, appearing for signings, panels, and special events. Other special guests include Image founders Rob Liefeld, and Whilce Portacio, plus the creators of today’s best creator-owned comics, including Ed Brubaker and Brian K. Vaughan. For more information about Image Expo, visit www.imagecomicexpo.com.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

ABOUT ROBERT KIRKMAN
Robert Kirkman’s success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company’s inception twenty years ago. He’s the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, kid-friendly Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolfman, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011, taking four of the top spots.  He’s the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit television show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 120 countries and 250 million households.  www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.

Chris Hardwick Book Signing Party at Meltdown

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Chris Hardwick and Nerdist Industries officially invite you to the two-month overdue LA Book Release Event: A Celebration of The Nerdist Way.

Chris will read glorious passages from his latest release followed by a Q & A moderated by the great Wil Wheaton of Burbank, California.

Huzzah!

WHEN: Monday, January 23rd at 7:30 PM
Signing and Party to follow at 8:15 PM

WHERE: Meltdown Comics
7522 West Sunset Blvd.

RSVP to 310-860-0806 or rsvp@inkprgroup.com