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ReedPop and ViacomCBS Unite for Star Trek: Mission Chicago in Spring 2022

Star Trek: Mission Chicago

ReedPop has announced today that they are joining forces with ViacomCBS Consumer Products as the official convention partner for the Star Trek franchise. The partnership will kick off in 2022 with an all-new event that will serve as the ultimate destination for fans of the iconic franchise – Star Trek: Mission Chicago. Produced in partnership with ViacomCBS Consumer Products, Star Trek: Mission Chicago is a three-day immersive experience that will take place at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center from April 8 – 10, 2022.

Star Trek: Mission Chicago will feature celebrity guests, interactive exhibits, exclusive merchandise, photo opportunities, costume exhibits, autograph sessions, gameplay, and other special surprises all set within the ever-evolving and expansive Star Trek Universe. Mission Chicago will give fans the opportunity to boldly explore the past, present, and future of the franchise while embracing the ideals of a diverse and inclusive future that remains at the center of Gene Roddenberry’s beloved creation.

Following the inaugural event in Chicago, future Star Trek: Missions will travel to a new city each year, offering thousands of fans around the country the opportunity to convene with fellow Star Trek lovers and celebrate the iconic franchise.

ECCC and C2E2 Set for December 2021 While a New Metaverse is set for the Spring

ReedPop

ReedPop has announced new 2021 dates for Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) and Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and unveiled plans for a series of digital Metaverse events to take place now through summer 2021.

Typically held in the spring, ECCC will now take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA on December 2-5, 2021, with C2E2 following at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL on December 10-12, 2021.

While in-person events won’t start up again until later in the year, fans won’t have to wait too long for an opportunity to geek out with fellow pop culture lovers. ReedPop will kick off next year’s con season with a spring Metaverse, followed by virtual events set for the summer. In addition to providing a year-round community for like-minded fans to connect with each other and share their fandoms, ReedPop is leveraging Metaverse as the online world offering access to exclusive content, nerdy merch, and one-of-a-kind celebrity experiences. Through Metaverse, fans can experience a 365-day celebration of all things pop culture and join in on the ultimate comic con experience from anywhere in the world.

Marvel and ReedPop Reveal a Signed, Limited-Edition “Marvel Made” Paragon Collection Celebrating Chris Claremont

Marvel has unveiled the Marvel Made Paragon Collection, its newest Marvel Made prestige product available for a limited time! Exclusive to the Marvel Made platform, The Marvel Made Paragon Collection will celebrate Marvel’s most iconic writers and artists and feature the most revered Marvel Comics storylines and noteworthy moments over the years – starting with a premier bundle from none other than Marvel Comics legend: Chris Claremont!

The Marvel Made Paragon Collection will feature a hand-numbered and individually signed series of stunning high-end books and lithographs, and like all Marvel Made products, each collection will be released for a limited time only. Starting now through November 20, the Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle will be available for pre-order on MarvelMade.net – but only produced if 1,200 pre-orders or more are received!

Once the minimum goal is met, a number of stretch goals will be revealed for even MORE exclusive content and collectibles at no extra cost! Bundles will begin shipping in March 2021.

Beautifully reproduced and presented in an archival-quality oversized slipcase, the Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle includes a gorgeous faux-leather, hand-numbered hardcover that collects mutant epics including The Dark Phoenix Saga and Days of Future Past; all-new lithographs from renowned artists such as Phil Noto and Salvador Larroca; and an exclusive variant comic book cover of Wolverine #6 by Olivier Coipel! And to make the hardcover one of the most rare and sought after collectibles for all X-Men fans, each copy will be signed by Chris Claremont and include one of four iconic X-Men quotes handwritten by the author as well as the world-debut of an exclusive 20-page prequel story for Days of Future Past, written by Claremont and drawn by Larroca!

The Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle ($199 + tax and shipping) will include:

  • A high-end matte slipcase (11.02 x 13.58) with a gorgeous prestige format faux-leather hardcover collection (7.28” x 10.83”), hand-numbered and featuring 448 gold-gilded pages containing:
    • Signed with one of four iconic X-Men quotes handwritten by Chris Claremont
    • A behind-the-scenes foreword by comic book icon Louise Simonson
    • Uncanny X-Men #94 (Chris Claremont’s inaugural chapter of the X-Men)
    • Uncanny X-Men #129–137 (The Dark Phoenix Saga)
    • Uncanny X-Men #141–142 (Days of Future Past)
    • Wolverine #1–4 (Chris Claremont’s groundbreaking limited series illustrated by Frank Miller)
    • Uncanny X-Men #268 (An iconic story featuring Captain America and Black Widow)
    • X-Men #1 (The world’s best-selling comic book of all time, illustrated by Jim Lee)
    • A brand-new Days of Future Past 20-page prequel story, in continuity, with art by Salvador Larroca
    • Original Days of Future Past notes and script by Chris Claremont
    • Brand-new behind-the-scenes interviews with Chris Claremont about his most iconic and shocking X-Men stories
  • An exclusive Days of Future Past-themed variant cover of Wolverine #6 by Olivier Coipel – only available on Marvel Made!
  • An exclusive set of numbered lithographs (7″ x 10.5″) by renowned artists including Phil Noto, Salvador Larocca – only available on Marvel Made!
  • A Marvel Made Paragon Collection Certificate of Authenticity

Marvel Unlimited Annual and Marvel Unlimited Annual+ members who pre-order the Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle will also receive an exclusive Days of Future Past-themed sketch variant cover of Wolverine #6, drawn by Olivier Coipel!

New York Comic Con 2020 Goes Virtual with YouTube

New York Comic Con logo

Today, ReedPop announced that New York Comic Con’s physical event at Javits Center will not take place as intended in 2020 and that they are officially partnering with YouTube on an all-digital event that will bring the excitement, community, and incredible content expected from NYCC directly to fans around the world.

From October 8-11, the New York Comic Con YouTube channel will exclusively live stream panels from leading entertainment brands. Starz will bring the epic American Gods, CBS All Access will feature the legendary Star Trek Universe, DreamWorks Animation will showcase the best of television animation, and Hulu and FX will add to the slate of exciting programming for fans worldwide. More news will be made in the coming weeks about the content including premieres, announcements, fan contests, and more.

In addition to the panels streaming live & on-demand exclusively via YouTube, fans will be able to participate in talent Q&A’s during panels, turn every panel into a watch party and geek out with other fans using YouTube’s Community and Live Chat features. 

ReedPop will also give fans the opportunity for experiences that will get them up-close and personal with meet & greets, live Q&As, personalized autographs, videos, and professional workshops. And while fans won’t be able to stroll the Show Floor and Artist Alley aisles at Javits this year, ReedPop is creating a virtual marketplace for fans to explore where exhibitors and creators will share their newest items. There will be more information on these exciting fan developments unveiled in the coming weeks.

Leading up to New York Comic Con’s Metaverse in October, ReedPop will be hosting Metaverse August from August 13-16 and give fans the ability to assemble together for a one-of-a-kind virtual experience with celebrities and creators, discover new releases, explore a marketplace, and access exclusive merchandise.

Around the Tubes

The virtual San Diego Comic-Con is underway! How many of you are taking advantage or plan to? Any panels you’ve really enjoyed so far? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.

The Beat – ReedPOP announces METAVERSE, their own virtual convention, for August – Expect more virtual conventions going forward.

CBR – Covid Delays Push Back Spider-Man 3 Release Date – Shocker.

Review

Talking Comics – Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #2

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #2

ReedPOP Moves Emerald City Comic Con to Summer 2020 due to COVID-19

Emerald City Comic Con

The status of conventions has been a hot topic due to the spread of threat of the COVID-19 virus. Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, WA is the next major event with numerous creators and publishers pulling out of the show due to concerns.

Convention management company ReedPOP has made the announcement they are moving the convention to Summer 2020 from its initial date due to concerns over the virus.

The decision comes as the show was to take place March 12-15 and Seattle has become a hot zone of virus activity.

The decision is sure to impact creators who count on conventions for income and have outlaid money on product and travel plans, not all of which can be canceled. Fans are encouraged to support creators online.

Read the full statement below.

Each year the Emerald City Comic Con team works their hardest to do right by the thousands of fans that come together in Seattle. We want to create a space for you to gather, be yourselves and make memories with those who matter to you most. We have been closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 virus in Seattle, and, after many hours of conversation internally and consultation with local government officials and the tourism bureau, we have decided to move next week’s Emerald City Comic Con to Summer 2020 with date and detail announcement forthcoming. We did everything that we could to run the event as planned, but ultimately, we are following the guidance of the local public health officials indicating that conventions should now be postponed.

Our hearts go out to the entire Seattle community, everyone impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and all of you, the nearly 100,000 amazing human beings who look forward to this event each year. Our team was incredibly excited to see you at Emerald City Comic Con next week, however, fans, artists, exhibitors and the rest of the community are what make Reedpop events so special and it is our duty to make sure that your safety comes first.

We know that this decision is going to greatly impact many of our individual creators, small businesses and service workers. To those whose careers depend on ECCC – we will do everything that we can over the coming days and weeks to highlight your work and we ask that our entire community support you as we realize your personal livelihoods may be impacted.

To all of our fans – you will receive a refund on your tickets, no further action is needed on your part. Due to the volume, we expect you will receive your refund in 30 days. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Reedpop remains determined and committed to running Emerald City Comic Con in 2020 and we are working closely with Visit Seattle and the Washington State Convention Center to secure alternate dates this summer. As we explore options for new dates, please know that our priority is to bring you an equally amazing event.

We appreciate all the messages that we have received over the course of the past week. The feedback was invaluable in helping us determine next steps.

Stay tuned to our website and social channels for additional information about when we will next see you in Seattle.

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2020 Rescue #1

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for the weekday to end and weekend begins, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

How To Love Comics – Blackest Night Reading Order Checklist – This was a fun one worth checking out.

ICv2 – Midtown Comics Opening Outlet Store in Astoria, Queens – Nice!

The Beat – ReedPOP is now offering Emerald City Comic Con Artists Alley exhibitors refunds – As they should. Hopefully, they won’t be hit by travel and hotel costs. You can help by supporting these creators online!

Reviews

CBR – 2020 Rescue #1
Newsarama – Batman #90
But Why Tho Podcast – Batman: Overdrive
CBR – Billionaire Island #1
Talking Comics – Middlewest #15
CBR – Outer Darkness/Chew #1
CBR – Rogue Planet #1

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X-O Manowar #1

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you all like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Newsarama – ReedPop Offering Fan Ticket Refunds for Emerald City Con, But Says Show Will Go On – Good on them for doing this.

Reviews

Newsarama – Bog Bodies
CBR – Marvel #1
CBR – Mirka Andolfo’s Mercy #1
CBR – X-O Manowar #1

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Liebestrasse

The weekend is almost here and we’ll be spending it putting together our gift guides which launch next week! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comics Reporter – Tom Spurgeon, 1968-2019 – One final post.

PennLive – Over 250 years ago, a group of Pa. colonists murdered 20 Native Americans. Now there’s a graphic novel about – This sounds interesting.

CBR – Black Adam Movie Will Introduce the JSA, Says Dwayne Johnson – Interesting.

ICv2 – ReedPOP Gets Crunchyroll Expo – Not an expected acquisition.

Reviews

Vancouver Sun – Agnes Murderess
Boing Boing – Liebestrasse

The 2019 Harvey Awards Nominees Have Been Announced

Harvey Awards

The 2019 comic awards season marches on as the nominees for this year’s Harvey Awards has been announced. The awards take place at New York Comic Con in conjunction with ReedPOP.

With just six categories, this award is lean and focused. This is the 31st year for the award and 3rd in conjunction with New York Comic Con.

Find the full list of nominees below.

Book of the Year

  • Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home by Nora Krug (Scribner)
  • Berlin by Jason Lutes (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • BTTM FDRS by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore (Fantagraphics)
  • Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Scholastic Graphix)
  • Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisley (First Second)
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second)
  • My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • On a Sunbeamby Tillie Walden (First Second)
  • Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels (Lion Forge)
  • When I Arrived at the Castle by Emily Carroll (Koyama Press)

Digital Book of the Year

Best Children’s or Young Adult Book

  • Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Scholastic Graphix)
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second)
  • Mr. Wolf’s Class #2: Mystery Club by Aron Nels Steinke (Scholastic Graphix)
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden (First Second)

Best Manga

  • Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection by Junji Ito (VIZ Media)
  • Mob Psycho 100 by ONE (Dark Horse Manga)
  • My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (VIZ Media)
  • Our Dreams at Dusk by Yuhki Kamatani (Seven Seas)
  • Smashed by Junji Ito (VIZ Media)
  • Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama (Kodansha Comics)

Best European Book

  • Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt (IDW Publishing)
  • O Josephine by Jason (Fantagraphics)
  • Radiant by Tony Valente (VIZ Media)
  • Red Ultramarine by Manuele Fior, translated by Jamie Richards (Fantagraphics)
  • Waves by Ingrid Chabbert and Carole Maurel (Archaia)

Best Comics Adaptation Award

  • Alita: Battle Angel, by 20th Century Fox, based on Battle Angel Alita (Kodansha USA)
  • Avengers: Endgame by Marvel Studios, based on The Avengers (Marvel Comics)
  • The Boys by Amazon Studios, based on The Boys (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • Captain Marvel by Marvel Studios, based on Captain Marvel (Marvel Comics)
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, by Netflix, based on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Archie Comics)
  • Doom Patrol by DC Universe, based on Doom Patrol (DC Comics)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man by Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive, based on Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)
  • The Snagglepuss Chronicles, by Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and Die-Cast, based on Exit, Stage Left!: The Snagglepuss Chronicles (DC Comics)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation, based on Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)
  • The Umbrella Academy by Netflix, based on The Umbrella Academy (Dark Horse Comics)

Winners will be announced October 4 at the Harvey Awards gala, presented by ReedPOP and New York Comic Con at Hudson Mercantile at 8:30 p.m.

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