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A Trip to Prince Edward Island for Island Comic Con 2017

I was in Canada’s smallest province this week for non Graphic Policy related reasons, when I found out that there was a small, single evening convention with a handful of local creators held at the Confederation library. Being the comics fan I am, and with rain and drizzle threatening all day, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and seek refuge from the weather within the small con whilst getting a brief glimpse into the local comics scene.island con.jpg

The third iteration of the convention was scheduled to last for about two and a half hours, although I did hear the doors opened a half hour early (possibly due to the rain, but I’m not sure). Once I’d made my way inside, I noticed there was a relatively small vendor presence, with the artists having tables for their wares and a local comic shop (Lightning Bolt Comics) selling a few trades and giving away free comics to help promote Free Comic Book Day. But, as with any con I get to, I still picked up a handful of comics from the artists dotted around the library, which I’m sure I’ll get around to talking about at some point soon.

icc1.PNGThe main draw of Island Comic Con was a panel with Brenda Hickey, Troy Little, Sandy Carruthers, Tyler Landry, and Ramon Sierra talking about their processes, how they got started in comics, and any advice for folks looking to make the jump. I enjoyed the panel quite a bit, with each of the artists giving some fascinating insight into the early stages of their careers. The difference in experience for longtime industry veteran Sandy Carruthers verses the relative newcomer Tyler Landry was interesting,  especially with the advances in the digital age (specifically Tumblr and webcomics) that gave Landry an entirely different beginning than some of the other panelists.icc2.PNG

Perhaps one of my favourite quotes of  the night came from Carruthers when asked whether comics were important; “they’re not,” he said before laughing. “No, comics are so important,” he continued, pointing to Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics as an example of the unique way comics and graphic novels can be used to tell a story. Once the floor was opened to audience questions, a Clark Kent cosplayer did ask the panelists about the man currently flying around in Metropolis, which got almost as many laughs as the “isn’t he dead again?” reply.

img_1086Overall, it was a great panel to watch, and I wish that I’d had more time to scribble notes about what was said (or I’d thought to bring a recorder with me), but that’s neither here nor there now.

Once the panel had concluded, there was a cosplay contest with some pretty awesome entries – though I didn’t snap any pictures as there were minors who had entered and I didn’t get permission from every entrant, so other than the Clark Kent image to the left, there aren’t any pictures of the cosplayers.

Toward the end of the evening I found myself needing to brave the weather again to get some food, so after making one last round of the artists’ tables (I also grabbed a 24 Hour Comic from Troy Little that I’ll talk about at a later date), I pulled my hood up and went looking for a cup of tea.

Convention Report: Hal-Con 2016

Disclaimer: This is a horribly delayed post because I forgot to schedule it – no excuses. The following is an unedited post that should have run a long time ago – it wasn’t until I went to write another feature on comics mentioned within this post did I realize this never went live.

hal-conA couple of weekends ago I had the chance to attend the biggest comic convention in Atlantic Canada: Hal-Con. Held annually in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Hal-Con doesn’t come close to rivaling Fan Expo in Toronto for attendance numbers, but the passion it’s organizers and volunteers have for the convention is rivaled only by the attendees, of which there were more than 8,800 people both in and out of costume in attendance.

Hal-Con is a three day event, but for various reasons I was only able to make the second day of the event, along with my wife (who took the majority of the pictures you’ll see in this article because she’s better at that than I am), even then arriving later than I would have liked (around 1pm) due to some minor traffic issues on the drive to Halifax. Needless to say once my wife and I had checked in to our hotel for the night we headed over to the World Trade And Convention Center to start our convention experience. Right off the bat,
finding a place to park wasn’t an issue, even with the city’s reputation for a lack of parking – whether that was because we arrived after the initial rush of people at the day’s opening or not I couldn’t tell you, but we plonked our car within a block of the con.

Picking up our tickets was a surprisingly smooth process; my wife was able to pick her ticket up as quickly as I was able to locate the press desk for my pass. Although the lateness of our arrival likely helped my wife through the line, I spoke to several attendees during the day who said that the wait “wasn’t too bad, really” when they arrived, so I suspect our experience was fairly typical in that regard.


The Sales Floor

Taking up the rink surface, and bleeding into the surrounding corridors, was the vendor and exhibitors floor. My first impressions upon entering that seething mass of geekmanity was that there wasn’t much room to maneuver around – not quite sardine bad, but certainly cramped. Although my wife pointed out that’s because there was a lot of people standing around the entrance to the floor waiting for friends, taking pictures and generally soaking in the atmosphere of convention; once we’d slid past that group we and had made our way into the floor proper, there was certainly breathing room.

img_0737There was also, apparently, a cosplay repair station that I didn’t notice…

As with any smaller con, the vendors were a healthy mix of local artisans specializing in various nerd and geek accessories that you’re either going to sto

p and look at (and maybe even part with your money for a couple) or keep walking past, and a fair few comic and nerd memorabilia retailers. Although there were several local comic shops in attendance, Halifax’s own Strange Adventures were the standout for us because of their Spin To Win wheel with proceeds going to a children’s hospital (I walked away with a colouring book and  Mickey Mouse tpb).

But as awesome as those artisans and vendors are, it was the local comic book creators that had me most excited as I walked through the aisles (my wife was more enamoured with the artisans, but then she’s not much of a comics reader). There were several fantastic looking comics to be picked up at Hal-Con, and thinking it’d be rude for me not to buy comics at a convention, I walked away with the the first two issues of Psychosis  published by Outpouring ComicsThe Forsaken Future, published by White Fire Comics; and Blot, a comic by C. Cameron (look for more on these comics and publishers). There were more comics that I wanted to pick up, but I only had so much cash on hand – and I didn’t notice to hand ATM until we were leaving after the sales floor had closed for the evening.

The Guestsimg_0736

Depending on what your main branch of fandom is, there was somebody there that you’d have at least a passing interest in meeting. While I won’t list the guests at the event (you can find that online easily enough here), I was impressed with how their area was set up; out of the way enough to be away from the main crowds, but easily accessible for those looking for a photo op or a specific signature.

The Cosplay

Without mincing words, there were so many great costumes and cosplays on display as we walked around. There’s only a small selection of the people we saw in the gallery below.

The Games Area

Honestly, this was where we spent a lot of our evening once we’d wandered through the sale area and cosplayers. We did check out a panel or two (with varying degrees of enjoyment), but ended up hanging out with a few different boardgames borrowed from the event’s library. It was also helpful because the board games were on the ground floor closest to our car, so by the time we did finally leave for the we didn’t need to go too far.

I’m aware I’m a lazy person.

There were more than enough tables for boardgames, as well as a fantastic arcade, for quite a few people (I don’t know how many exactly, but my guess would be hovering around the 500 mark). There was always an empty chair or two for us to join a game in progress – which probably have more to do with the lateness of the hour than the popularity of the area, which we were able to see was jam packed from a concourse rest area earlier in the day.


Although we only made it to one of the three days, Hal-Con was a fantastic experience for both myself and my wife. If you’re in the area, then pop in during the 2017 convention in September. I may just see you there.

Toy Fair 2015: Funko, Heroclix, Mattel, Doctor Who, Firefly, and The Walking Dead

toy fair mainThe toy industry’s biggest companies gather at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City once a year to introduce new products, communicate with buyers, and allow journos like me to sniff around for information crumbs and cool photo ops.

This year’s standout was the Funko booth. Funko’s product line seems endless with licensed Pop! Vinyl figures debuting from 80s staples like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, but the coolest thing may have been their Doctor Who pops and the miniature keychain versions that mimic them.

More reAction line figures were also on display from the upcoming George Clooney Disney sci-fi film Tomorrowland, Big Trouble in Little China, Karate KidStar Trek, Boondock Saints, and others.

For Funko’s 6″ Legacy Line, they had the Rocketeer on display as well as their Evolve figures, but Firefly got a lingering glance from me. Fans have been waiting a long time for a full 6″ figure line of these big damn heroes and Funko didn’t disappoint.

At the McFarlane booth, we saw new 3.75″ Walking Dead figures and also an addition to their deluxe 10″ figure line with a Michonne that is unpainted and badass.

Here’s a look at the HeroClix booth’s assorted goodies.

Dark Horse’s Game of Thrones line is truly breathtaking.

Here’s some of what Mattel had to offer, including Hot Wheels’ crossover into the world of Star Wars and Marvel, and Princess Power Barbie.

Over at Mezco, new 6″ Sons of Anarchy figures and a deluxe Jax Teller and Walter White in full Heisenberg mode were on display, as well as an immense 24″ Bugs Bunny.

And finally, NECA brought what I believe to be an actual miniaturized version of Danny Devito in his Batman Returns Penguin costume (that figure is disarmingly detailed) as well as a line for Interstellar and other goodies.

So that’s what we have to show from our trip to Toy Fair. The soul bruises from looking at all of these amazing toys that I won’t be able to buy for quite some time will heal over time, but the memories will last a lifetime… or at least a few months.

Kids Day At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Sunday, August 12, Is ‘Kids Day’ At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Face Painting, Ghostbusters Reading, Arts & Crafts, Bubble Show, ‘Kid-Friendly’ Booths, Passport Program, Costume Contest Lead Special Children’s Programming At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center; Kids Under 10 Free With Paid Adult

NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 12, 2012 – In what has become an annual tradition, Sunday, August 12, is Kids Day at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con.  From face painting, a Ghostbusters reading, arts and crafts, ballon artists, a special Bubble Show, kids costume contest, Wizard World Kids Passport program and more, there are activities all day (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) for the 10-and-under set.

Admission to Kids Day and the entire Wizard World Chicago Comic Con for kids 10 and under is free with a paid adult (two free kids per adult).

Some of the highlights of Kids Day include:

  • Wizard World Chicago Comic Con Passport (all day) – upon arrival, kids should go directly to the Kids Day booth to pick up a Passport, which will guide them to kid-friendly booths, activities, celebrities and artists.  Kids who earn stamps at each stop will win a prize.
  • Ghostbusters Reading (11 a.m.) – Who ya gonna call? Bring the little ones to a special story time reading by the Ghostbusters. Kids can interact with the Ghostbusters as they ask trivia and answer any questions the young ones have always wanted to ask.
  • Superhero Arts and Crafts (noon) – This is not an ordinary arts & crafts session, this is specifically made for superheroes! Kids can come join the Justice Twins, Wonder Woman and Supergirl to make their very own superhero mask to wear for the Kids Costume contest.
  • Kids Costume Contest (1 p.m.) – Too cute to resist! It’s like Halloween in August as kids show off their best costumes and win prizes.  Hosted by our very own superhero, Jarrett “The Defuser” Crippen.
  • Face painting and balloon artists (all day) – Talented Wizard World face painters have kids as their canvas, with butterflies, kitty whiskers, flowers and more.
  • Kid-friendly celebrities (all day) – Well, we like to think every Wizard World celebrity loves kids, but a few will be stamping Passports and saying an extra hello.  Check out the list on arrival.
  • Kid-friendly artists (all day) – Visit super-talented artists in Artists Alley for a Passport stamp and maybe a commissioned piece!  Look for the “Kid-Friendly” sign at their respective tables.

Top celebrities such as William Shatner, Stan Lee, Scott Bakula, Tom Felton, Jon Bernthal, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and WWE® Superstars CM Punk™ and John Cena®, notable artists Carlos Pacheco, George Pérez, Greg Capullo and dozens of others will attend what is shaping up as the biggest Wizard World show ever and the Midwest’s No. 1 Pop Culture Convention.

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ch.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012-13 DATES *****
August 9-12, 2012 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30, 2012 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28, 2012 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
November 30 – December 2, 2012 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
TBD, 2013 – Wizard World Toronto Comic Con
May 30 – June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con

Wizard World #wizardpic photo contest

The Wizard World #wizardpic contest!

Post a picture of yourself in your favorite costume and you could win a VIP package to Wizard World Philadelphia May 31st!

Are you as excited for Wizard World Philly as we are? To help get everyone in the mood, we thought a little costume contest would help. Thing is, Comic Con Philly hasn’t started yet, so…

We’re doing it online!

Starting Friday May 18th post your pics to the contest tab—Wizard World Philly’s Costume Contest page—or through Twitter or, heck, both! We’re going to pick three lucky winners from the top 10 entries (as chosen by you) with the grand prize of a VIP pass to the Philadelphia Comic Con (plus a whack of tickets to Snow White and the Huntsman). Oh and it gets better. The three winners from Philly will be put into a national draw to win a VIP Comic Con experience to the Wizard Comic Con of your choice in 2013!

How to enter:
1. On the Wizard World Philadelphia Facebook contest tab (http://www.facebook.com/philadelphiacomiccon?v=app_254553244581393&rest=1). Upload your picture and get your friends to vote for your pic to be in the top five submitted pictures!
2. On Twitter. Upload your picture somewhere online and tweet the location to @wizardworld with the hashtag #wizardpic then get your friends to RT your entry! The top 5 most mentioned/retweeted entries make the cut.
From the top 5 Facebook entries and the top 5 Twitter entries Wizard World will choose three winners from all the entries.

1. Grand prize: VIP pass to Philadelphia Comic Con (includes celebrity autograph of your choice), bypass all the lines and 5 tickets to Snow White and the Huntsman.
2. Second prize: Autographed photo of your favorite celebrity and 3 tickets to Snow White and the Huntsman.
3. Third prize: 2 tickets to Snow White and the Huntsman.
The three regional winners from the Philadelphia contest will be entered in the national draw for…

Round-trip airfare for two to any Wizard World Comic Con in North America in 2013 plus 2 VIP tickets and 2 nights hotel.

Full rules and details: http://www.wizardworld.com/wiwophcoconw.html

The Calgary Expo is going inter-galactic with Buck Rogers and Captain Apollo coming in for a landing this April!

Official Press Release

The Calgary Expo is going intergalactic with Buck Rogers and Captain Apollo coming in for a landing this April!

(Calgary, Ab) Stars from two of the biggest franchises in science fiction are making their way to the Calgary Expo April 27-29, 2012.  Gil Gerard, best known as Buck Rogers from the futuristic adventure series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, will be joined by Richard Hatch, who portrayed Captain Apollo in the sci-fi hit series Battlestar Galactica.

“Gil and Richard represent two franchises that have captured the imagination of multiple generations,” states Event Director Kandrix Foong.  “Having them at our show is exciting for anyone who loves Science Fiction, both young and old.”

Richard Hatch, an experienced teacher and acting coach, will be conducting a workshop on April 27, 2012 about Learning the Secrets to Successful Acting, Improv and Role Playing.  Space is limited and tickets will
soon be available at www.calgaryexpo.com.

The Calgary Expois a non-profit organization that showcases the incredible talent of comic creators, artists, actors, voice actors, musicians, writers and pop culture icons from all over the world.  Founded in 2006, the convention has grown rapidly having hosted guests from every genre including William Shatner, Battlestar Galactica’s Michael Hogan and Kate Vernon, Star Wars’ Billy Dee Williams, Hellraiser’s Doug Bradley and Owly artist Andy Runton.  The 2011 convention saw 30,000 attendees and is the 2nd largest convention of its kind in all of Canada.

Guests for the 2012 Calgary Expo currently include Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Amanda Tapping (Stargate: SG-1, Sanctuary), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, 24), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Adam West (original Batman and Family Guy) and voice actor Tara Strong (My Little Pony: Friendship is magic and The Powerpuff Girls), Hayden Panettiere (Heroes, Scream 4), Adam Baldwin (Serenity, Firefly, Full Metal Jacket), John Noble (Fringe and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King), Jasika Nicole (Fringe), Dave Prowse (Star Wars, A Clockwork Orange) and Tom Felton (Harry Potter 1-8).

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo will be held April 27 – 29, 2012 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Advanced tickets are now on sale at www.calgaryexpo.com

For more information, visit our website at www.calgaryexpo.com

Baltimore Comic-Con Rolls Into Philly with JG Jones

Official Press Release

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Baltimore Comic-Con Rolls Into Philly with JG Jones
JG Jones Mr. Terrific #1BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – January 12, 2012 – Baltimore Comic-Con promoter Marc Nathan is hitting the road in 2012, bringing a little bit of the Baltimore Comic-Con to you!  The first show of 2012 will be the Philadelphia Comic-Con this Sunday, January 15th, and he’ll be bringing along his pal, JG Jones.  Stop by to meet JG, talk to Marc about the show, and buy some comics while you’re there!  Marc will also have Exhibitor and Artist Alley forms for this years convention on September 8th and 9th.
Information about the Philadelphia Comic-Con can be found on their website, http://www.philadelphiacomic-con.com/.  It will be held at the Ramada Philadelphia Airport, 76 Industrial Highway, Essington, PA 19029 from 10am to 4pm.  Be sure to stop by!
Guest List
The 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con will feature the following announced guests:

Laura & Michael Allred – Madman, iZombie

Greg Capullo – Batman, Spawn
Frank Cho – Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows
Steve Conley – Bloop
Rich Faber – Roboy Red
John Gallagher – Buzzboy
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman
Keith Giffen – Superman, OMAC, Green Arrow
Larry Hama – G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam
Dean Haspiel – Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City
J.G. Jones – Wanted, Doc Savage
Scott Kurtz – PvPonline.com
David Mack – Kabuki
David Petersen – Mouse Guard
Frank Quitely – All Star Superman, Batman & Robin
Walter Simonson – Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers
Scott Snyder – Batman , Severed, Swamp Thing
Billy Tucci – A Child Is Born, Shi
Matt Wagner – Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel
Mark Waid – Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredemable

…With more on the way!  Stay tuned to our website or use the “Sign up” link at the bottom of our website to receive update announcements as we make them!

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 7 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

Around the Tubes

It’s Tuesday…. we’re adding a new section to these posts dedicated to the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP….


Mashable – Boycotting SOPA Supporters? There’s an App for That

Mashable – Paul Ryan, Target of Reddit Campaign, Won’t Support SOPA

Mashable – Fears of SOPA ‘Unfounded,’ Says Bill’s Sponsor

TechCrunch – As Congress Resumes Discussing SOPA And PIPA, Show Your Opposition With #BlackoutSOPA

GamePolitics – Consumer Electronics Association CEO: ‘SOPA is Shocking’

GamePolitics – Rick Santorum Comments on SOPA at NH Campaign Stop


Around the Blogs:

ComiChron – Retailers bought at least 3 million more comics in 2011 – So the industry is on the upswing? It even?

Bleeding Cool – Dave Dorman Speaks Out Against Breastfeeding In His ComicsUm… ok.

The Marines – Comics 4 HeroesGreat idea!

Bleeding Cool – DC Comics’ Kris Longo To Join Bonfire AgencyCongrats!



Washington City Paper – Photos: MAGfest X


Around the Tubes Reviews:

CBR – O.M.A.C. #5

CBR – Uncanny X-Men #4

Peter Mayhew Added To New Orleans Comic Con

Official Press Release

Wookiee Wonders: Original ‘Chewbacca,’ Peter Mayhew, Added To 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 28-29 At Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Actor Who Portrayed Beloved Character in Four STAR WARS Films Also to Read from his Children’s Book, ‘My Favorite Giant’; Joins Stars William Shatner, Stan Lee, Adam Baldwin, Mary McDonnell, James Marsters And Others Scheduled To Appear

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, January 9, 2012 – Peter Mayhew, who brought the beloved character “Chewbacca” to life in four STAR WARS films, will attend the 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con,  January 28-29 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  Mayhew, who portrayed the loyal Wookiee in the original trilogy STAR WARS (1977), THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980), RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983), and the 2005 prequel REVENGE OF THE SITH, will meet fans, pose for photos, sign autographs, and perform a special reading of his latest children’s book “My Favorite Giant” during the show.

Mayhew, who stands 7’3″, was a hospital worker in his native England when he landed the role of Chewbacca.  Between STAR WARS and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Mayhew worked at Mayday Hospital in suburban London.  He resumed this position after EMPIRE, only leaving the hospital again to join his colleagues on the set of RETURN OF THE JEDI.  Interestingly, when writer/director George Lucas began searching for a tall actor who could accurately portray Chewbacca, he initially turned to David Prowse.  The bodybuilder opted for the part of the sinister Darth Vader, leaving Lucas free to seek out Mayhew for the role of the Wookiee.

Mayhew will read from “My Favorite Giant,” which he co-wrote with his wife Angie Mayhew, on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m., in Panel Room A.  The book is intended to help little ones understand that being different doesn’t have to be a bad thing.  The reading is part of full day of kids events on Sunday, which includes a costume contest, mosaic building workshop and a “passport” program in which kids complete activities all over New Orelans Comic Con.

Other top celebrities to attend New Orleans Comic Con include William Shatner, Stan Lee, Adam Baldwin, Mary McDonnell, James Marsters, Michael Biehn, WWE® Diva Kelly Kelly™ and WWE® Superstar Zack Ryder™.  The event, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK) will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

New Orleans Comic Con is the first stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, January 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/neworleans.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $30 ($40 on site); weekend all-session tickets are $45 ($55 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
January 28-29 – New Orleans Comic Con
April 14-15 – Toronto Comic Con
June 1-3 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12 – Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28 – Austin Comic Con
TBD, 2012 – Big Apple Comic Con

CBLDF News Amazing Arizona Con Starts Today! Spirit of Giving Recap!

CBLDF Kicks Off The Convention Year
At Amazing Arizona Comic Con!

The Amazing Arizona Comic Convention debuted to huge crowds last year, and it looks to be even bigger in 2012, with superstar guests Robert Kirkman, Rob Leifeld, Greg Capullo, Scott Lobdell, and more! This year, CBLDF will be part of the first comic convention of 2012, exhibiting at booth #123!

The Amazing Arizona Comic Con takes place January 6 – 8, at the Mesa Convention Center (263 N. Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85211). Come on out and use get the gifts you really want and support Free Speech from the CBLDF! We’ve got a great array of grab bags, signed comics, signed graphic novels, and more! Get the best collectibles for a great cause from CBLDF at booth #123 during Amazing Arizona Comic Con, this weekend in Mesa, Arizona!

Over $75,000 For CBLDF!

Last holiday season, The Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation sponsored The Spirit of Giving, a holiday gift drive encouraging membership and donations to CBLDF with incentives that included signed and personalized graphic novels by some of the industry’s greatest creators. Over 450 donations came in over the course of the Spirit of Giving campaign, including more than 200 memberships. All told, the Spirit of Giving drive contributed to raising more than $75,000 for the CBLDF’s important First Amendment program work as we closed 2011, allowing us to pay off all of our 2011 program obligations and enter 2012 with a clean slate.

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein says, “Everyone on the CBLDF staff and Board of Directors is extremely grateful to the holiday generosity shown by our community of supporters and the Eisner Family Foundation. We’re currently in the midst of some extremely important casework, and this surge of support insures we can enter 2012 in a positive position to perform that work. We’re thankful to everyone who contributed for their extraordinary support.”

Carl Gropper, of the Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation says, “The CBLDF was important to Will Eisner and its goals are as important today as when it was founded. We must maintain our vigilance over our Constitutionally-granted rights and liberties in order to stop those who would take them away. The Foundation is fortunate to be in a position where it can continue Will Eisner’s good work.”

The CBLDF is grateful to everyone who contributed during the campaign, and to the creators who generously gave of their time and talent to support it. Very special thanks to all of the creators who contributed their time to personalize graphic novels for this program: Jason Aaron, Brian Azzarello, Chester Brown, Ed Brubaker, Dan Clowes, Evan Dorkin, Garth Ennis, Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons, Jaime Hernandez, Jonathan Hickman, Robert Kirkman, Paul Levitz, Larry Marder, Scott McCloud, Carla Speed McNeil, Frank Miller, Terry Moore, Seth, Gail Simone, Jeff Smith, art spiegelman, Adrian Tomine, Brian K. Vaughan, and Brian Wood.

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