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RCCC 2019: Legendary Comics Announces New Original Graphic Novel The Heart Hunter

The Heart Hunter

Legendary Comics has announced new graphic novel The Heart Hunter, exploring immortality, love, and greed, from novelist McKelle George and artist V. Gagnon. Set for release in late 2020, The Heart Hunter is set on the cursed island of Envecor where everyone is doomed to wear their heart outside their bodies and are immortal—unable to die, to change, to have children—until they find their soul mate. Once paired, the soul mates turn mortal, are free from the curse, and are able to leave the island. But all fairy tales have a dark side. Those who don’t want to lose their immortality employ “Heart Hunters” to seek out their predestined soul mates and kill them, ensuring everlasting life. Psyche, a Heart Hunter, is hired by the king to kill his soul mate. As she sets out on her quest, she embarks on her own journey of mending her broken heart and learning to trust again.

Fans attending Rose City Comic Con are invited to join the Legendary Comics team and The Heart Hunter creators McKelle George and V. Gagnon as they share secrets about upcoming comic releases at the “Legendary Comics 2019 and Beyond” panel on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm in Room 6. Attendees will also get updates on previously announced YA releases: Championess and Lupina; get sneak peeks for Lost in Space: Countdown to Danger, Acursian, and Firebrand; and will receive an exclusive Legendary Comics giveaway.

Big Easy Con Switches Dates to November Leaving Vendors and Attendees Holding the Bill

Big Easy Con

It looks like those who were planning on attending the Big Easy Con aren’t having that much of an easy time. The first time convention being put on by LeftField Media has stumbled out of the gate already switching dates.

The convention was to take place June 1 and 2 and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans but nine days after we received our initial press announcement about the show, the convention has moved to November leaving exhibitors and attendees with a lot of questions.

Angry individuals took to the convention’s Facebook announcement voicing their displeasure and asking some pretty important questions.

Creators who attended Awesome Con, also a Leftfield show, were offered free shipping from that convention to Big Easy Con. With the convention now taking place over three days November 1-3, those creators are left trying to figure out how to get their product and other supplies back as some have shows between the original June dates and November. There’s also those who have had product shipped directly from the printer to the show as well who are left with questions and scrambling what to do.

Attendees as well are left holding the bill, along with some creators, as flights and hotels have been book with the show less than a month away. Some of that is non-refundable.

When questioned over what vendors can do, the convention responded:

…all vendors received an email today with their options listed. Getting a full refund on their booth is definitely one of those options. Hotel rooms in the Big Easy Con room block are also 100% refundable.

Vendors flights though are still a question and while some may be able to get credit for use later, others have non-refundable tickets, or will be forced to spend more changing flight plans.

In the announcement of the date change, the reason given was that the convention want to create a more “enjoyable and valuable experience” for the community and have expanded the convention to three days and more space within the convention center. They’ve also said fans weren’t “enthusiastic about the June dates.” Fans asked on Facebook about that with no response.

Big Easy Con has said they are upgrading two day tickets to three day, single day ticket holders can upgrade, and those who want a refund for their tickets can request one.

It’s unknown which guests will return in November though the convention announced Zachary Levi’s attendance around the same time as the date change.

For a first year convention, many are pointing out this isn’t a good first impression and obviously not a good look for a veteran company like Leftfield who also runs Anime NYC, Rose City Comic Con, and Awesome Con.

Dark Horse and Ninkasi Brewing Team Up for Legends of Ninkasi: Rise of Craft

Beer and comics fans rejoice! Dark Horse Comics and Ninkasi Brewing Company are “hoppy” to announce a new partnership. These two innovative and creative Pacific Northwest companies are combining their passions to create a story that speaks to the origins of Ninkasi in Legends of Ninkasi: Rise of Craft.

Written by Jim Gibbons with art by Eduardo FranciscoLegend of Ninkasi: Rise of Craftwill be available for purchase at NinkasiCon next spring along with a beer featured in the comic. In Legend of Ninkasi: Rise of Craft, the citizens of the medieval kingdom of Eugenia subsist in a listless stupor because the evil King Blüdweisen is holding them hostage. He’s outlawed craft beer and serves only his terrible-tasting, mass-produced brew. Sensing some corruption of the spirit of beer, Ninkasi, the Sumerian goddess of fermentation, and her faithful companion Tricerahops travel through time and space to investigate these dark portents. There they meet two brewers who they inspire to rebellion—a rebellion against horrible beer . . . and zombie vikings!

Join Ninkasi Brewing Company founders Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, and Legend of Ninkasi: Rise of Craft writer Jim Gibbons at Rose City Comic Con for a signing in the Dark Horse booth (#711) today at 6:00 PM!

Starburns Industries Press Tag Teams With Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia. Get the First Two Issues at Rose City Comic Con

Starburns Industries Press, the new publishing division of the studio behind Rick and Morty, has partnered with the creators of Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia for Rose City Comic Con. SBI Press will publish the no-holds-barred, action-comedy sci-fi series from writers Matt Entin and Ed Kuehnel, artist Dan Schkade, colorist Marissa Louise and letterer Dave Lanphear.

Inspired by the colorful days of 1980s pro-wrestling, the six-issue mini-series kicks off when disgruntled professional wrestler “Rock ‘n Roll” Rory Landell declares himself “galactic champion of the universe”, which a hostile planet of wrestling aliens takes as a declaration of war from Planet Earth.

Fans at this year’s Rose City Comic-Con can grab issues 1 & 2 of Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia thanks to a small print run available at the Starburns Industries booth (#649). Writers Kuehnel and Entin will be signing copies throughout the con while artist Dan Schkade will be at the booth Saturday from 1-3. Stop by booth #649 for this and more books and swag from Starburns Industries this weekend!

Oni Press at Rose City Comic Con 2018

Oni Press is celebrating turning 20 in their hometown of Portland, OR, at Rose City Comic Con, September 7th-9th!

Join them and their family of creators as they sponsor the event throughout the weekend, with exclusive Oni Press 20th merchandise, panels, and our big 20th birthday bash! We’ll be at the McMenamins Mission Theater on Friday, Sept. 7th at 8pm, dancing along with DJs Strange Babes, and running our made-to-order Oni Press t-shirt silkscreen station, featuring four unique Oni logos that you can only grab at the party! Capacity is limited, 21+ (sorry, kids)! Check out just a few of our Oni Press merch options below.

Oni Press Exclusive 20th Anniversary Merch!

Oni Press beanie designed by Oni Press designer Kate Stone; Bandana illustration by Robert Wilson IV;
Tote bag with illustrations by Judd Winick (front and back)

Check our social media to stay up-to-date on even more
20th Anniversary exclusives!

RCCC 2018 Panels!

Stories From The Long ConJoin local creators of The Long Con and friends in an epic storytelling event, sharing their personal adventures at comic cons across the globe. (Dylan Meconis, Ben Coleman, Yehudi Mercado, guests)

Day: Friday, 9/7
Time: 2pm
Location: Room 4

Oni’s 20th Anniversary: Three Oni creators, twenty questions. Learn the inside jokes and secrets in a “This is Your Life” style game show, featuring Oni’s 20 year history. Moderated by Oni Press Publisher, James Lucas Jones. (Paul Tobin, Cat Farris, Steve Lieber)

Day: Saturday, 9/8
Time: 12pm
Location: Room 4

How-to of Writing Licensed Properties: Some people grow up wanting to be their favorite characters, and some actually get the chance! Learn comics creators’ approaches to writing and drawing licensed properties to maintain their integrity, while stretching the boundaries of your favorite characters and their worlds. (Sarah Gaydos, Amy Chu, Paul Tobin, Ron Chan)

Day: Saturday, 9/8
Time: 4pm
Location: Room 4

Monster Battle Time KO!: Three artists go head-to-head in the biggest Monster Battle Time of the season! Join creators Vinny Navarrete, Cat Farris, and Matthew Seely, who will battle over sketch pads to create the best monster in comics. All ages welcome!

Day: Sunday, 9/9
Time: 11am
Location: Room 4

Kids Making Comics: Kids are the touchstone for the longevity of comics community, from reluctant readers, library audience, and English Language Learning. Sit down with Oni Press’s Sarah Gaydos and friends to learn the why and how-to for kids to create their very own comics. (Sarah Gaydos, Robin Herrera, Tadd Galusha, Molly Muldoon, Yehudi Mercado)

Day: Sunday, 9/9
Time: 2pm
Location: Room 4

Local Creators at RCCC 2018!
The Long Con—Dylan Meconis and Ben Coleman, Heartthrob—Christopher Sebela, Booger Beard—Vinny Navarrete, My Boyfriend is a Bear—Cat Farris, Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom—Terry Blas, Molly Muldoon, and Matthew Seely, Made Men—Paul Tobin, Whiteout—Greg Rucka and
Steve Lieber, Redline, Volume 1—Kelly Fitzpatrick
Visiting Creators at RCCC 2018! 

Rick and Morty—Kyle Starks, Josh Trujillo, and Sarah Stern, Sci-Fu—Yehudi Mercado, Kaijumax—Zander Cannon, Invader ZIM—Aaron Alexovich, Junior Braves of the Apocalypse—Greg Smith and Michael Tanner

New and Exclusive Releases!
Open Earth by Sarah Mirk, Eva Cabrera, and Claudia Aguirre
Kim Reaper: Vampire Island #1
by Sarah Graley
Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings
Exclusive Con Variant by Sarah Graley
Get Your Game On!
Renegade Game Studios and Oni Games bring you Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game and the *BRAND NEW* Tea Dragon Society Card Game
with white variant box. While you’re at it, pick up the first volume of our comic based on the the board game from Plaid Hat Games,
Dead of Winter: Good Good Dog.
Oni Press Booth Exclusives!
Invader ZIM Hardcover, Book 2
Contains issues 11-20 of Invader ZIM—with an exclusive fuzzy green cover!
Scott Pilgrim, Volumes 1-6
Evil Ex Variant Editions
Variant covers illustrated by series creator Bryan Lee O’Malley
Features the heroes on the back cover!
Scott Pilgrim Ramona bag and Puzzle Fighter poster!
Rick and Morty Medallion Pickle Rick and Invader ZIM Golden GIR and Pizza GIR Pins from Zen Monkey Studios
Rick and Morty Gold Pickle Rick Pin by Zen Monkey Studios
Invader ZIM Volumes 1-6
Volume 1-3 Variant covers illustrated by series creator Jhonen Vasquez, Volume 4 illustrated by Paul Robertson, Volume 5 illustrated by Sam Kays, and Volume 6 by Megan Lawton!
Rick and Morty™ Hardcover Book One 
Collects issues #1-10!
Cover by CJ Cannon and Ryan Hill
Rick and Morty Hardcover Book Two
Collects the issues #11-20!
Cover by CJ Cannon and Katy Farina
Rick and Morty Volumes 1-7,
Rick and Morty
Lil’ Poopy Superstar, and
Rick and Morty
: Pocket Like You Stole It 
Oni Press Exclusive Variant Editions
Variant covers illustrated by Julieta Colás

Dark Horse Reveals their Rose City Comic Con 2018 Schedule

Visit Dark Horse Comics at Rose City Comic Con for free swag, such as comics, pins, postcards, and more! Check out our signings and panels too! You can find them at booth #711.


All creators signing in the Dark Horse booth offer their autographs for FREEFREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, Dark Horse may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

1:00 pm–2:00pm        SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Cecil Castellucci

2:00pm–3:00pm         COLDERBANDETTE, PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin

3:00pm–4:00pm         GOD OF WARWITCHFINDER: Chris Roberson

4:00pm–5:00pm         HARROW COUNTY, B.P.R.D.: Tyler Crook

5:00pm–6:00pm         SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow

6:00pm–7:00pm         TBA: Jim Gibbons and Nikos Ridge

7:00pm–8:00pm         BEDTIME GAMES: Kelly Fitzpatrick



12:00pm–1:00pm         FIGHT CLUB 2AMERICAN GODS: David Mack

1:00pm–2:00pm           HELLBOY: Mike Mignola

2:00pm–3:00pm           STRANGER THINGSSTARCRAFT: Jody Houser

3:00pm–4:00pm           JOE GOLEM: Patric Reynolds

4:00pm–5:00pm           LOBSTER JOHNSON: Stephen Green

5:00pm–6:00pm           ALIENS VS PREDATORPREDATOR: Brian Thies



12:00pm–1:00pm            STRANGER THINGSSTARCRAFT: Jody Houser

1:00pm–2:00pm              USAGI YOJIMBO: Stan Sakai

2:00pm–3:00pm              ROCKET ROBINSON: Sean O’Neill

3:00pm–4:00pm              PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: Ron Chan, Paul Tobin



Rest your feet and enjoy the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends!


4:30pm–5:30pm:               Spotlight on Mike Mignola (Panel Rm 3)


5:00pm–6:00pm:               Peeling Back the Layers–How Colorists and Letterers Make Comics Magic Happen (Panel Rm 4)

It takes a team to bring a comic book to life, and that team extends beyond the writer and artist. Colorists and letterers are often the magicians behind the curtains whose finishing touches are what breathes life into the finished product. A colorist adds depth, tone, and dimension to the story unfolding on the page, while a letterer guides the reader smoothly through the story. Dark Horse would like to peel back the layers on the work of comics’ unsung heroes and celebrate their contributions to our beloved art form.



11:00am–12:00pm:             Thirty Years of Dark Horse Manga (Panel Rm 4)

2018 marks Dark Horse’s 30th anniversary of publishing manga! From last year’s Eisner-nominated Wandering Island, to legendary series Lone Wolf and CubBerserkBlade of the ImmortalAstroboy, and Oh My Goddess!, to contemporary titles such as I Am a Hero, Fate/ZeroDanganronpaDrifters, and Hatsune Miku, we’re proud to release a wide spectrum of works from Japanese creators. Join Dark Horse editor Carl Horn for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!


1:00pm–2:00pm:                  Felicia Day: Queen of Geek (Panel Rm 1)


1:00pm–2:00pm:                  Spotlight on David Mack (Panel Rm 8)


2:00pm–3:00pm:                  Spotlight on Geof Darrow (Panel Rm 8)


3:00pm–4:00pm:                  Across the Editor’s Desk: A Day In The Life Of Comics’ Unsung Heroes (Panel Rm 4)

Have you always wondered what a comic book editor does? Do you think you have what it takes to become a comics industry professional? Dark Horse wants to give you insight on breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher! Join Dark Horse editors for a rare behind-the-panels look at the secrets to breaking into the industry and building successful comic and graphic novel programs.



12:00pm–1:00pm:                   Growing Up with Comics: Introducing Younger Readers To Graphic Storytelling (Panel Rm 4)

Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Amy Mebberson (Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet: Click Start—A Select-Your-Story Adventure), and Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!


2:00pm–3:00pm:                   Making Comics for Kids Panel (Rm 4)


3:30pm–4:30pm:                  Spotlight on Jody Houser Panel (Rm 7)

Valiant is Heading to Long Beach Comic Con, Rose City Comic Con, and FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention

Next week, Valiant will attend not one, not two, but THREE pop culture conventions all across the United States for an unforgettable weekend of comic fandom!

First up, Valiant is making waves in Southern California by teaming up with local retailer The Comic Bug at Long Beach Comic Con!

From September 7th tSeptember 9thcheck out Valiant at Booth #1000 in the Long Beach Convention Center for an incredible selection of trade paperbacks from the publisher’s critically acclaimed line of titles!

Plus: Join the publisher on Saturday, September 8th in Room  S1 at 3pm PT forVALIANT COMICS: 101 AND BEYOND! New to the Valiant Universe? There’s never been a better time to become a fan! Jump on board right here with a fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiants greatest heroes!

Meanwhile, up in the Northwest, find Valiant as it takes P-Town by storm at Rose City Comic Con with a dazzling lineup of panels at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon!

Can’t make it to two conventions at once? Don’t worry, Portland fans, we’ve got you covered with another opportunity to attend VALIANT COMICS: 101 AND BEYOND! Head down to Panel Room 4 on Friday, September 7th at 3pm PT to learn about past Valiant hits and brand-new upcoming titles! Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today – now, look no further than this panel to find out where to start!

Then: Sit down with some of the talented people behind Valiant’s slate of critically acclaimed comic series for a candid, behind-the-scenes panel discusion in VALIANT: THE CRAFT OF COMICS! On Saturday, September 8th at 3pm PT in Panel Room 4, find out just what it takes to put together a compelling story from start to finish, how to make your series stand apart, and how the editorial process functions at the highest levels – from the award-winning industry veterans behind the Valiant Universe’s greatest hits and a host of fan-favorite titles!

Last but not least, on that very same weekend: Valiant will also be on the floor of FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention to visit comic retailer booths within the Salt Palace Convention Center!

Oni Celebrates 20 Years at Rose City Comic Con 2018 this September

Oni Press is turning 20! Join them, sponsors of Rose City Comic Con 2018, on September 7th at 8pm, at the Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209) to party down. There will be exclusive Oni Press merch available in addition to McMenamins catered food, a cash bar, and dancing with music by Portland’s famed DJs, Strange Babes. Take photos at their GIF booth and meet and hang out with their creators, staff, friends, and family.

This event with Rose City Comic Con closes their year-long celebration. Last October they announced their transition to Simon & Schuster as their new book distributor, and this year donated to such charities as the True Colors Fund and the Hemophilia Foundation of Oregon. Additionally, Oni created a brand-new 20th anniversary logo that adorned all of their single issues. Along the way, they also welcomed their new Director of Sales, Margot Wood from Epic Reads, Marketing Design Manager, Sandy Tanaka, from Dark Horse, and Sarah Gaydos from IDW as their new Editorial Director of Licensed Publishing.

You can purchase tickets to Rose City Comic Con now!

Image Comics Announces Bitter Root at Rose City Comic Con

Image Comics announced at this year’s Rose City Comic Con an all-new ongoing series from David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene that will launch in 2018 titled, Bitter Root.

Bitter Root is set in 1920s with the Harlem Renaissance in full swing. The new series will follow the Sangerye Family—New York (and the world’s) only hope for salvation from supernatural forces threatening doom and destruction. Once the greatest family of monster hunters in the world, the Sangeryes must move beyond the tragedies of the past, or be forced to sit back and watch an unimaginable evil ravage the human race.

Bitter Root #1 from Image Comics will hit stores in 2018.

Mike Mignola, Dave Stewart and Dark Horse Comics Announce A Hellboy Limited Edition Fundraiser To Support The Houston Food Bank

Legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Eisner Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart, and Dark Horse Comics are releasing a limited edition Hellboy print at Rose City Comic Con, with all proceeds going to the Houston Food Bank in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The 11” x 17” print features an illustration of Hellboy by Mignola colored by Stewart. 500 numbered prints, retailing for $20.00, will be available at Rose City Comic Con, September 8-10 in Portland, OR.

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