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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.

The Legend of Zelda Manga Creators Appear At MCM Comic Con London

VIZ Media has partnered with ReedPop and announced the appearance of the creators behind the smash hit The Legend of Zelda manga series, known jointly as Akira Himekawa, at the 2019 MCM Comic Con London. This marks their first-ever professional appearance in the UK.

Akira Himekawa is the penname of two women, A. Honda and S. Nagano, who have created multiple bestselling manga adventures inspired by the classic Nintendo puzzle-solving, role-playing video games. Their latest continuing series is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, published by VIZ Media. 

Organized and presented by ReedPop, MCM London is the UK’s biggest annual pop culture event. The event will take place May 24th-26th at the London ExCel convention center.

Akira Himekawa’s MCM London Panels & Special Events Include:

Friday, May 24th

11:00am – 12:00pm Official VIZ Media Panel with Special Guests
Center Stage

Join VIZ Media for exciting announcements, exclusive first looks at upcoming new titles, and special prizes! THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga creators, Akira Himekawa, will also make a special appearance.

Saturday, May 25th

2:00pm – 3:00pm THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Manga Panel
Main Stage

Join Akira Himekawa for an insightful panel to discuss their groundbreaking work, as well as catch a special live drawing session!

MCM London Comic Con On-Site Akira Himekawa Autograph Sessions:

Friday, May 24that 2:00pm – limited to 100 people

Saturday, May 25that 4:30pm – limited to 100 people

Signing session attendees each will receive an exclusive THE LEGEND OF ZELDA shikishi and poster from VIZ Media for Akira Himekawa to autograph (one item per person to be signed). Official signings are ticketed prior to the event, distribution details forthcoming.

Akira Himekawa Off-Site Autograph Sessions:

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
Friday, May 24th at 6:00pm
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Join VIZ Media to welcome Akira Himekawa for a special off-site appearance in London! Wristbands to attend the autograph session will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Signing session attendees will receive an exclusive VIZ Media-supplied poster and shikishi; attendees select which one will be signed on site by the pair.

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Port of Earth Vol. 1

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below.

CBR – Netflix Developing Supercrooks Anime Based on Mark Millar Series – This is not surprising.

Newsarama – Port of Earth In Development as Amazon TV Show – This would be a good one.

The Beat – ReedPOP and Lyte team for ticket reselling at ECCC and Star Wars Celebration – Good to see this happening.

New York Comic Con’s Badges Go High-Tech with ShowClix

New York Comic Con is getting a boost of high-tech when it comes to their badges courtesy of ShowClix. The goal is to lessen any in-event queuing, something conventions as a whole are notorious for. When it comes to a large-scale event such as this that can be especially important. The new technology will also allow data collection which will allow ReedPOP, the show’s organizers, to make actionable decisions based on what’s collected. Real world usage and data feedback may replace anecdotal experiences. The data returned has the ability to change convention center usage in future years including placement of booths, attractions, or generally traffic flow.

For 2018, ShowClix has introduced greater integration with the badges. Anything NYCC attendees purchase through ShowClix or its integrated partners at the event will be tracked on their admission badge; pre-purchased merchandise, autographs, and other add-ons will all live within the attendee’s badge. For fans, this means eliminating the need to carry separate printed proofs-of-purchase on event day which will reduce time spent in on-site queues. For exhibitors, this translates to the collection of valuable attendee data, providing insight into their on-site activities.

This type of technology has already been put to good use at previous events. RFID has helped improve entry procedures and security as far back as 2013. In 2016, this technology was used to help eliminate unauthorized resale of tickets.

This is the sixth consecutive show that ShowClix has worked with ReedPop and have developed solutions to revolutionize the ticketing, admissions, and event-day experiences at NYCC.

New York Comic Con Partners with Anime Expo to Debut Anime Fest at NYCC x Anime Expo

ReedPOP has announced that it is partnering with The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) to launch Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo. The four-day event will take place at Pier 94 from October 4-7 and provide fans the ultimate East Coast anime festival and celebration of Japanese pop culture.

Fans will join Japanese guests, prolific artists, and other New York Otaku at a festival of autograph signings, cosplay, Instagram-worthy activations, a curated Artist Alley, live music, and creative Japanese pop culture classes. More surprises will be revealed in the coming months as Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo creates programming and content that brings the best of both worlds into one major anime festival.

Tickets for Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo will go on sale on July 15. Tickets are available to fans with Fan Verification accounts at a discounted rate when they purchase their New York Comic Con badges (or if they’ve already purchased NYCC badges) and will be made available to the general public not attending NYCC as well.

Pricing for badges range from $10-$25 for Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo:

  • Thursday (October 4): $20
  • Friday (October 5): $20
  • Saturday (October 6): $25
  • Sunday (October 7): $25
  • Sunday Kids (October 7): $10
  • Thursday (October 4): NYCC Badge Holder – $15
  • Friday (October 5): NYCC Badge Holder – $15
  • Saturday (October 6): NYCC Badge Holder – $20
  • Sunday (October 7): NYCC Badge Holder – $20
  • Sunday Kids (October 7): NYCC Badge Holder – $5

Five Days of Books

Everyone’s heard of Comic Con be it the San Diego or New York editions, for the non-comic geeks or book nerds there’s ReedPOP’s other pop culture offsprings Book Expo America and Book Con. These two events combine over five days, May 30th to June 3rd, in New York City to give readers a glimpse at upcoming books and a chance to meet their favorite authors.

To be clear the first three days, Book Expo America or BEA, are more for industry folks, giving them a chance to chat and politik, like I did, look for upcoming book reviews as soon as I get a chance to power through my book haul. The last two days, Book Con is for the fans to get a chance to grab autographs and also learn about books on the horizon, and snag some discounted books, I spent a bit more than I needed too.

What follows are my 3 highlights, which can different from someone else’s, so please be kind as I went to panels that sparked my interests.

Day 1 is more for signing in but I was able to squeeze in my first panel, The Graphic Novels You Can’t Miss of 2018, moderated by Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid gave me a heads up on a gang of graphic novels that cover several genres; a memoir by David Small (Home After Dark), a new take on food by Blue Delliquanti (Meal), sports stories by Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!) and more sci-fi from the mind of Tim Fielder (creator of Matty’s Rocket).

 

On day 2, for whatever reason, odds are my Mom and her politicking, I’ve been in rooms with Congress people and Mayors before, but never a living legend like Congressman John Lewis and I was one of the lucky ones to meet him, Afua Richardson, and Andrew Aydin as they signed samplers of their new book Run.

My last panel for the Con on day 5 was PBS’s The Great American Read with authors Glynnis MacNicol, Yahdon Israel, Veronica Roth, Daniel Jose Older, and host host Lindsay Ellis. This literary showdown pitted American classics against each other in preparation for the eight-part series that explores 100 best-loved American novels chosen from a national survey. I still can’t believe that Harry Potter was the winner of our panel event. To vote or for more information go to PBS.

Of course there were other great panels, filled with authors who were gracious with their wit and insight in a carnival like space with a few Cosplayers, but if you’re a book lover like me you need to find your way to one of these amazing gatherings of book nerds.

 

George Carmona 3rd is an Artist/Writer, former Milestone Media Intern, former DC Comics paper pusher, lifelong comic geek and book lover. He is also the author of  DC Super Friends Joke Book from Penguin Random House. You can find his work at FistFullofArt.com or follow him on twitter at GCarmona3.

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