ReedPOP has announced the launch of an all-new comic convention coming to Philadelphia in 2018 – Keystone Comic Con. Bringing together an all-star lineup of comic and pop culture guests, engaging panels and best in class exhibitors, Keystone Comic Con will debut at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on September 14-16, 2018.
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Write drunk, edit sober was never a truer statement. With New York Comic Con less than a month away, this past Thursday I journeyed to the far away land of Brooklyn (not really) for the sixth annual launch of the Brooklyn Defender.
Not a comic or Netflix spinoff, the Brooklyn Defender is a specially crafted beer made by Brooklyn Brewery for New York Comic Con and ReedPOP, the organizers behind Comic Con.
For the past few years Brooklyn Brewery and ReedPOP have collaborated on this beer, designing the bottles label by recruiting comic book artists like Cliff Chang, Khary Randolph and Jamal Igle to help create the look of that years Defender. According to the ReedPOP representative Fallon Prinzivalli, this year was a “special year as it’s the sixth time or 6-pack” Defender team-up with Brooklyn Brewery. This year had a departure from previous years as it looks like the art chores were handled in house by Brooklyn Brewery with a retro silver age style, cape, underwear on the outside, and even emphasizing the four color spot process of making comics. As a beer drinker, I love the Brooklyn Brewery brand and I’m generally ok with the Defender beers, I found this year’s crisp, flavorful and light, a definite step up from a solid beer, the Brooklyn Defender gets 4 capes.
Ms. Prinzivalli also told me that “for the first time ever we have a couple of backdrops and props that people are going to be creating their own story of them defending beer with their friends. So then we’ll have a giant fan going that you can stand in front of and you can pretend that you’re flying through the clouds of New York City.” In addition to the Instagram contest, there was also a raffle and cosplay contest, with winners taking home 3 day passes to Comic Con.
Fans who were lucky enough to make it onto the rsvp list were also treated to free pizza from local pizzeria Sizzle Pizza, cake, and of course a bottle of the latest batch of the Defender beer.
Brooklyn Defender can be found all around New York Comic Con which runs October 5-8th, but will still be available well after.
It’s new comic book day! What are you planning on getting? What looks good? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Around the Tubes
Vice – Take That, Adolf! How Comics Mocked the Nazis and Fueled Racism – A really interesting article on some comic history.
The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Lee Lai’s lovely advice – Free comics folks! Take advantage!
The Guardian – Harper Lee estate endorses To Kill a Mockingbird graphic novel – Very interesting and a little surprising this hasn’t happened sooner.
The Beat – Chris D’Lando lands at ReedPOP to work on C2E2 – A great hire by ReedPOP!
Around the Tubes Reviews
The Beat – Roughneck
New York Comic Con sent out a flurry of emails today in anticipation of New York Comic Con 2017. The convention sent out Fan Verification emails to those who already have accounts. The profiles are a must for purchases and helped curtail scalping during last year’s convention. For those without profiles, they’ll be able to create one on April 19 and it’s needed if you hope to purchase tickets for this year’s convention. Fans with a 2016 profile will get a chance to pick up a limited number of tickets before the general sale.
The biggest news is that the convention will NOT be selling 3-day and 4-day tickets, there will ONLY be single day tickets. The reason for this is the Javits Center is under construction which is causing the convention to have less space than usual and by selling individual tickets they hope to get as many people into the show as possible.
The date for ticket sales has not been announced yet but will take place on a weekend. New York Comic Con 2017 takes place October 5-8.
Image Comics and ReedPOP have announced that original Image Comics company founders Todd McFarlane, Jim Valentino, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Marc Silvestri, and Whilce Portacio will reunite at Emerald City Comicon 2017 to celebrate the company’s milestone 25th anniversary. The panel will be moderated by Walking Dead creator and Image Comics partner, Robert Kirkman.
The Image Comics founders will come together for a very special ECCC panel on Friday, March 3rd from 1:00–2:30 PM. The panel will focus on the origin story of the company when, 25 years ago, a group of comics artists looked at the difference between what they were capable of and what they were being given, and left the promise of steady work for new pastures. The result was Image Comics, which has grown from an upstart group to a comics publisher that has changed the course of the industry. Image’s 25th anniversary year begins with this special event, a rare gathering that is not to be missed.
Following the panel, there will be an exclusive signing with the Image Comics founders in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel located next door to the Washington State Convention Center from 3:00–4:30 PM. ECCC will coordinate a ‘lottery system’ where badge-holding fans will submit their names and a lucky 300 fans will win a limited edition poster and admission to have it signed by the founders. Lottery applications are open on the Emerald City Comicon website until February 21st.
On February 1, 1992 seven comics superstars Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino came together to form their own company that would change the landscape of comics forever. Current partners McFarlane, Valentino, Kirkman, Larsen, and Silvestri collectively have brought creator-owned comics to the forefront of industry change and, after 25 years of amazing storytelling freedom, Image Comics celebrates the milestone anniversary all year long with ongoing promotions, events, and festivities.
It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone planning on getting? Sound off in the comments below!
While you wait for shops to open up, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Around the Tubes
The Beat – A year of free comics – Titan by François Vigneault – Go read it!
The Comichron – Comics sales spotlight: Complete postal data for House of Mystery, 1960-1982 – Some cool history.
The Beat – Jim Starlin throws down the monetary gauntlet – Sigh.
CBR – Fox’s X-Men TV Series Gets Official Pilot Order – This should be interesting.
ICv2 – Funko Acquiring Underground Toys Assets – Interesting.
The Beat – ReedPOP Officially Announces Comic Con Seoul for August 2017 – Could be cool to go to!
Around the Tubes Reviews
Talking Comics – Justice League of America: The Ray
This past year’s pop-culture convention season kicked off in style at comic shops with an innovative event in March that featured a full day of live streaming interviews, announcements and Q&A panels from your favorite comic book creators and publishers.
Now the event returns bigger and better for 2017—and with a new name— Coast to Coast Comic Con, scheduled for participating comic book shops across the country on Saturday, March 4th, 2017.
Promoters of the event, In Store Convention Kickoff, announced that they’ll be partnering once again with Diamond Comic Distributors for promotion and store support of the event, as well as working with pop-culture show organizers, ReedPOP. Coast to Coast Comic Con will be broadcasting live on location at one of ReedPOP’s premier shows, Emerald City Comicon in Seattle.
Exciting changes have been made from last year’s presentation, with the opportunity for more guests and some never-attempted live events in the works. Full details of the event, as well as news regarding participating publishers and talent, will be revealed in early 2017 and as the March 4th date approaches.
Last year’s event featured eight-hours of broadcasting, appearing exclusively in more than 400 participating stores in 9 countries and on 5 continents, with featured presentations from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, IDW, Valiant, Dynamite, Boom! Studios, Diamond Select, and Zenescope and appearances by TMNT co-creator, Kevin Eastman, DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio, as well as Civil War II writer Brian Michael Bendis and power couple Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction.
For more information or to be an event sponsor in 2017, contact Phil Boyle by phone at 407-816-8002 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Archie Comics is teaming with ReedPOP to launch a new line of Betty & Veronica inspired merchandise debuting this week at Comic-Con International: San Diego!
Are you more of a Betty or a Veronica? Fans can choose a side and show off their allegiance with these special #TeamBetty and #TeamVeronica t-shirts, inspired by the new “Betty vs. Veronica” storyline kicking off in this week’s blockbuster launch of BETTY & VERONICA #1 from comics legend Adam Hughes.
Don’t feel like picking a side but still looking for something stylish to wear? Available exclusively at this year’s show is a limited-edition BETTY & VERONICA tee featuring artwork from new series artist Adam Hughes!
If shirts aren’t your thing, there will also be #TeamBetty and #TeamVeronica lanyards available so fans can sport their convention badge with a bit of Riverdale flair.
All shirts will be available at the Archie Comics Booth #1829 for $25. Lanyards are $5 each.
Men’s and women’s sizes are both available ranging from S-2XL.
Limited quantities available.
The use of non-paid volunteers and interns by conventions and businesses is a much debated topic and the legality of it all can be a fine line. There’s currently a lawsuit concerning judges for Magic: The Gathering over the issue. A new lawsuit has been filed by an individual concerning volunteers at Emerald City Comicon concerning the 2014 and 2015 shows. In 2015 the show was purchased by ReedPop and the convention promoter pays employees. The claimant seeking a Class Action designation citing there are at least 250 current and former volunteers “not paid for work performed.”
The ability to volunteer is competitive and those who do entered a contract with the convention making the lawsuit not quite as clear cut. There is compensation in the form of access to the convention. The contract doesn’t get ECCC off the hook, they could be found in violation of labor laws even with it.
Singh Rekhi, the attorney behind the case said:
In Washington, the base is that if you are an employer, you have to pay the minimum wage. We don’t believe that someone should be able to profit off unpaid labor, even if it’s something people love to do.
Some conventions get around labor issues as nonprofits where the rules aren’t as strict.
The impact of this case will have ramifications and have ripple effects throughout the convention circuit.
In true superhero fashion, ReedPOP is taking a stand against the live event industry’s greatest supervillains – ticket resellers. Today, the producer of New York Comic Con has announced the introduction of a new Fan Verification process to help limit the amount of resellers and get Tickets into the hands of Fans along with other Ticketing changes. As part of today’s announcement, ReedPOP will also transition the New York Super Week brand to NYCC Presents, representing a shift that will support a broader range of NYCC content throughout Manhattan. New York Comic Con will take place October 6-9, 2016.
The Fan Verification system will launch on Friday, May 20, when Fans will fill out a profile in order to be eligible to purchase Tickets when they go on sale. Fan Verification will close Monday, June 13 and anyone who has not completed a Fan Verification profile will be unable to purchase Tickets. For the first time, purchasing Tickets will only be possible online through the NYCC Ticket website and there will be no retail sales.
Also new this year, ReedPOP will roll New York Super Week into new series, NYCC Presents. This will continue the rapid expansion of New York Comic Con content throughout New York City and under a brand and banner that fans will recognize. NYCC Presents will include a massive array great evening events at multiple locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Each of these events will require a separate Ticket.
- Fan Verification is required for NYCC 2016. Everyone who would like to attend NYCC (whether you are buying Tickets yourself or someone is buying them for you) must fill out a Fan Verification profile.
- Kids who will be ages 6-12 at the time of NYCC 2016 and will be using a NYCC 2016 Adult Ticket or Sunday Kids Ticket do not need a Fan Verification profile for their NYCC 2016 Ticket.
- Fan Verification will be open from Friday, May 20 at 12:00 PM EDT to Monday, June 13 at 11:59 PM EDT. Fill out your Fan Verification profile correctly and completely – there’s no need to rush through it.
- All NYCC 2016 Ticket Types will go on sale at the same time on a first-come, first-served basis. Fan Verification does not guarantee NYCC Tickets.
- VIP Tickets for NYCC will no longer be made available.
- NYCC 2016 Tickets will only be sold online. NYCC Tickets will not be on sale at retailers or any events leading up to NYCC 2016.
- All Fans who filled out a Fan Verification profile will be notified via email 48 hours prior to NYCC Tickets going on sale.
- The email Fans will receive with the NYCC on-sale date will include a unique link where Fans will have the opportunity to purchase Tickets first-come, first-served when they go on sale. There is a one transaction limit per link.
If Fans are purchasing Tickets for multiple people, they must be assigned to a person using the name and email address they created their Fan Verification profile with. If Fans are purchasing a Ticket for a kid ages 6-12, they will add their name and age to the Ticket.
These changes have been done with the hope that more Fans will get the opportunity to experience NYCC 2016.