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San Diego Comic-Con Will Stay in San Diego Through 2021

Announced earlier today, San Diego Comic-Con will remain in the city of San Diego through 2021. The convention has an impact of $135 million dollars a year. Negotiations to stay took over a year.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer emphasized that improvements need to be made to expand the convention center and guarantee the convention stays in the city. Limited space is a concern for the convention, something mentioned multiple times through the presentation. Hotel space, and negotiations with local hotels, was also highlighted. Hotel prices and the difficulty of obtaining rooms has been a concern.

2019 is the 50th anniversary of the show.

You can watch the announcement below.

 

San Diego’s Day of Cosplay

Tiffany Caddell, aka Monday Mournings, Hawkeye Kate Bishop cosplay

Monday Mournings as Hawkeye Kate Bishop

“What are you supposed to be?”

For kids, it’s a question you hear once a year on Halloween. For kids that grow up to be cosplayers, you hear it a little more commonly.

“I’m Kate Bishop,” one cosplayer explained, paradoxically to a small child. “I’m Hawkeye. The female Hawkeye, I guess.” The child grimaced like she’d seen someone tell her that previously before trying to sell her a time share and turned back to her laughing father. “I don’t really know how to respond to that,” Monday Mournings said to herself as she turned to keep walking.

Mournings is a personal trainer based out of San Diego. This was her first cosplay event outside of convention appearances.

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Nova Bloom’s pink and purple Mandalorian

It began with a Facebook invite to meet in San Diego’s Balboa Park. The event had been organized by Meredith Grace James and Stephanie Storm. The event garnered the interest of more than a thousand people online, a little more than two hundred who confirmed they’d be there, maybe fewer than a hundred who actually showed up.

Balboa Park on a Saturday morning is hardly a scantly populated location. Cosplayers had to, in some cases, park in adjacent neighborhoods and walk the distance to the Organ Pavilion or the Hall of Champions. Nova Bloom had to park in the neighboring Hillcrest, walk to the event, then return to change from his Boba Fett variation to his Stormtrooper before traversing the distance once more. Of course, walking isn’t the hard part. Turning heads, watching people nervously sneak pictures and avoid you on the sidewalk is the hard part.

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Rae Niks as Supergirl

Or maybe that’s the charm.

Of course, not everyone took the approach of being a hardened bounty hunter or cult-favorite archer. Cosplayer Rae Niks found herself to be a bit more approachable. As Supergirl, she was not only well received by the cameramen but the crowds of people who readily recognized her, and as a result seemed to find her to be a bit less menacing. “I also do Captain America,” she offered up. “I’ve got a vintage look and his Winter Solider costume. I do Lady Odin. I did Doctor Grant from Jurassic Park not that long ago.”

Cosplayer Kaylianna Reeves was easily recognized as Ms. Marvel, while others took more inventive approaches like the steampunk Bishop.

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Kayliana Reeves as Ms. Marvel

“It’s so nice to see so many people who are already friends,” Mournings said. “I like that these people know each other through this, that they can rely on each other to come together for an event like this. I want to start making more friends like that.”

“Hey, can I get your picture?” a young man shouted.

“Sure,” Mournings as Kate Bishop posed for a shot on his phone, a dramatic perspective as she stood a few feet above him. After a few flashes he began to walk away. “Do you mind hashtagging ‘Hawkeye’ when you post that?” She called to him.

“Yeah, watch me do that,” he said without looking back.

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Monday Mournings and Patrick Healy as Hawkeye

Mournings watched him as he passed through a gathering wedding party that had booked the Organ Pavilion for that time. Suddenly, the group of anime and comic book characters was intermingling with a group of bridesmaids whose gowns flattered her Hawkeye outfit. She smiled and waved, they met her gaze but seemed less amused by the timing.

“Oh, well…” she said. “I’m really just doing this for the fun, anyway.”

For more questions about the event, reach out via the comments below or via Twitter.

I’d also like to thank Tiffany Caddell, DB Pixels, Aldrin Gabriel, Patrick Patton and Commandercait for their participation.

 

DC Comics Announces Panel Schedule for San Diego Comic-Con

Official Press Release

DC Comics’ Road to San Diego: SDCC Panel Schedule
Attending San Diego Comic-Con this year? Don’t miss DC’s panels throughout the course of the convention. Check out the schedule below:

Thursday, July 21

10:30-11:30 DC: Talent Search
Moderators: Mark Chiarello/Jim Lee
Join DC’s Editorial Art Director, Mark Chiarello, for an informative orientation session that will explain how DC’s Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of the DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD Magazine. If you want to learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional, then this is the panel for you! In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 12

11:30-12:30 DC: Flashpoint
Moderator: Bob Wayne EDITOR: Eddie Berganza
Everything you know will change in a Flash! Flashpoint, the blockbuster comics event of the summer, has turned the DC Universe inside out! Join DCU Executive Editor, Eddie Berganza, and some of the amazing talent behind Flashpoint, for a panel that’s sure to pose new questions about this explosive event even as it answers others! Room 6DE

1:00-2:00 DC Direct
Moderator: Bob Wayne EDITOR: Jim Fletcher
DC Direct has long been known as one of the most creative companies that produce collectibles for the direct market. Come and join DC Direct Director of Product Development Jim Fletcher and artist Adam Hughes, along with DC exclusive sculptors, and more, as they discuss their line of current projects, as well as the future plans revolving around the new DC Universe! Room 5AB

2:00-3:00 DC Comics – The New 52
Moderator: Eddie Berganza
The DC Universe explodes in September with 52 new number one issues and one panel is not enough to cover it! With a ‘DC Comics – The New 52’ panel each day, there’s sure to be something for everyone! Join Bob Harras, DC’s Editor-in-Chief, and DCU Executive Editor, Eddie Berganza, for an up-close look at this unprecedented wave of new series, from the first-ever re-launches of Action Comics and Batman titles to the latest thrills from comics’ cutting-edge! Join Bob, Eddie and some of the industry’s top writers and artists as we make history together. Room 6DE

3:15-4:15 DC: Batman
Moderator: John Cunningham EDITOR: Mike Marts
Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Batwoman and the rest of Gotham City’s greatest crimefighters take things to the next level in September with new battles and new titles! Now, get to know the writers and artists behind these exciting new comics, including Batman Group Editor Mike Marts, Grant Morrison (Batman Incorporated), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Scott Snyder (Detective Comics), Peter Tomasi (Batman & Robin) Patrick Gleason (Batman & Robin), Gail Simone (Batgirl), Judd Winick (Batwing, Catwoman) and others answer your questions at this exclusive Bat-panel! Room 6DE

5:45-6:45 Vertigo Editorial
Moderator: Karen Berger/John Cunningham
They come from the cutting edge of comics… and Vertigo has never been edgier, with thought-provoking titles from some of comics’ most acclaimed creators. Don’t miss this panel featuring Bill Willingham (Fables) Scott Snyder (American Vampire), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth) Michael Allred (iZombie), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Les Klinger (Annotated Sandman), Rebecca Guay (A Flight of Angels), Colleen Doran (Gone to Amerikay), and many others – this is your opportunity to learn more about the entire Vertigo line! Hosted by Vertigo Executive Editor Karen Berger. Room 6DE

Friday, July 22

10:00-11:00 DC: Talent Search
Moderators: Mark Chiarello
Join DC’s Editorial Art Director, Mark Chiarello, for an informative orientation session that will explain how DC’s Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of the DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD Magazine. If you want to learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional, then this is the panel for you! In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 12

10:00-11:00 DC: MAD Screening and Q&A
Moderator: John Ficarra
Often imitated but never duplicated, MAD is more than just the country’s best-selling humor magazine – it’s also the inspiration for the outrageous animated series from Warner Bros. Animation. Featuring short animated parodies, crazy commercials, pretend promos and classic gags inspired by the iconic magazine, MAD is currently one of the highest-rated series on Cartoon Network … and back at Comic-Con to share more laughs and explore the world of MAD. Join MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra, art director Sam Viviano and “Spy vs. Spy” artist Peter Kuper, along with MAD series producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek, for a sizzle reel of laughs from season one, a sneak peek at season two and a wise-cracking Q&A that’s bound to be, well, MAD. MAD airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network. Room 25ABC

11:15-12:15 DC Comics – The New 52
Moderator: John Cunningham Editor: Bob Harras/Eddie Berganza
The DC Universe explodes in September with 52 new number one issues and one panel is not enough to cover it! With a ‘DC Comics – The New 52’ panel each day, there’s sure to be something for everyone! Join Bob Harras, DC’s Editor-in-Chief, and DCU Executive Editor, Eddie Berganza, for an up-close look at this unprecedented wave of new series, from the first-ever re-launches of Action Comics and Batman titles to the latest thrills from comics’ cutting-edge! Join Bob, Eddie and some of the industry’s top writers and artists as we make history together. Room 6DE

3:00-4:00 DC Superman
Moderator: John Cunningham Editor: Matt Idelson
How does The Man of Tomorrow fit into the new DC Universe that rises in September? Find out as Group Editor Matt Idelson joins new Action Comics writer Grant Morrison (All Star Superman, Batman Incorporated) and author of the best-selling Superman: Earth One graphic novel J. Michael Straczynski (Superman, Wonder Woman) to take fans new and old up, up and away to give readers a sneak peak at what’s in store for Superman. Room 6DE

4:15-5:15 DC: Justice League
Moderator: Bob Wayne Editor: Eddie Berganza
Comics’ top talents – writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee – team up for the first time ever to bring you the new Justice League, making its debut as part of the new DC Universe! Join Johns, Lee and DC Executive Editor Eddie Berganza as they bring together the talents behind the new JLA titles, including writers Dan Jurgens (Justice League International), JT Krul (Green Arrow), Eric Wallace (Mister Terrific), artists Francis Manapul (The Flash), Brian Buccellato (The Flash), Philip Tan (The Savage Hawkman) and more! Room 6DE

5:30-6:30 Vertigo: American Vampire
Moderator: John Cunningham Editor: Mark Doyle
The acclaimed Vertigo series American Vampire – nominated for a 2010 Eisner Award as “Best New Series” – introduced Skinner Sweet and a whole new type of undead, blazing a blood-drenched new trail! Join the creator of this series, as well as the new miniseries American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest for an undead discussion with writer Scott Snyder, artist Rafael Albuquerque and Editor Mark Doyle. Room 6DE

Saturday, July 23

10:00-11:00 DC: Talent Search
Moderators: Mark Chiarello
Join DC’s Editorial Art Director, Mark Chiarello, for an informative orientation session that will explain how DC’s Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of the DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD Magazine. If you want to learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional, then this is the panel for you! In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 12

10:00-11:00 DC: Green Lantern
Moderator: John Cunningham EDITOR: Eddie Berganza
Enlist in the Corps at DC’s annual Green Lantern panel! Join DCU Executive Editor Eddie Berganza, Green Lantern Corps writer Peter Tomasi, Red Lanterns artist Ed Benes and others for a look at the aftermath of “War of the Green Lanterns” and more! It’s one of the most exciting panels you’ll ever see! Room 6DE

11:15-12:30 DC Comics – The New 52
Moderator: Bob Wayne EDITOR: Bob Harras
The DC Universe explodes in September with 52 new number one issues and one panel is not enough to cover it! With a ‘DC Comics – The New 52’ panel each day, there’s sure to be something for everyone! Join Bob Harras, DC’s Editor-in-Chief, for an up-close look at this unprecedented wave of new series, from the first-ever re-launches of Action Comics and Batman titles to the latest thrills from comics’ cutting-edge! Join Bob and some of the industry’s top writers and artists as we make history together. Room 6DE

12:45-1:45 DC: The Dark and The Edge
Moderator: John Cunningham EDITOR: Pat McCallum
From the shadowy corners of the new DC Universe comes a startling array of new series featuring some of comics’ top creators! Join DC Editor Pat McCallum and get acquainted with new DC titles from “The Dark” and “The Edge,” including Swamp Thing, written by Scott Snyder, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. and Animal Man, written by Jeff Lemire, Deathstroke, written by Kyle Higgins, Demon Knights and Stormwatch, written by Paul Cornell, I, Vampire written by Josh Fialkov, Suicide Squad written by Adam Glass, Swamp Thing, drawn by Francesco Francavilla, All Star Western by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Moritat, and more! Room 6DE

4:30-5:30 DC Focus: Jim Lee
Moderator: Bob Wayne EDITOR: Dan DiDio
Jim Lee is by far the most in-demand artist in comics, from his spectacular work on Batman, Superman, WildC.A.T.S. and so many other comics to his groundbreaking designs for the DC Universe MMO game. Now, as Co-Publisher of DC Comics, Jim has led the way to the start of the new DC Universe with his exciting new looks for the World’s Greatest Super Heroes. Join Jim and his fellow Co-Publisher, Dan DiDio, for a profile of the artist who’s setting the tone for the entire DCU! Room 6DE

7:00-8:00 Vertigo: Fables
Moderator: Shelly Bond/John Cunningham
The annual Fables panel has become a Comic-Con tradition – and with the original graphic novel Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland on the way this fall, there’s no better time to hear what Bill Willingham, creator of the multi-Eisner Award winning series, has to say. Join Bill, artists Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha, Group Editor Shelly Bond and others for a panel that is truly legendary. Room 6DE

Sunday, July 24

12:00-1:00 DC Focus: Jeff Lemire
Moderator: John Cunningham
Jeff Lemire
first made an impression on the world of comics with his award-winning Essex County graphic novel trilogy. He soon made the move to DC Comics, with the graphic novel The Nobody and comics including Superboy and the distopian epic Sweet Tooth. Lemire recently wrote the miniseries Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown, and will make a splash in September with the new, continuing series Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. and Animal Man. Join Jeff for a special chat about his work for DC Comics and Vertigo. Room 7AB

1:45-2:45 Designing the New DCU
Moderator: Bob Wayne EDITOR: Jim Lee
What does it take to remake a universe? There are new stories, new characters, and especially new designs! Join DC’s Co-Publisher Jim Lee, VP – Art and Design Mark Chiarello, exclusive artist Cully Hamner and others for a look as they discuss their visual approach to reshaping the DC Universe! Room 6DE

3:00-4:00 DC Comics – The New 52
Moderator: John Cunningham EDITOR: Mike Marts, Matt Idelson
The DC Universe explodes in September with 52 new number one issues and one panel is not enough to cover it! With a ‘DC Comics – The New 52’ panel each day, there’s sure to be something for everyone! Join DCU Group Editors Matt Idelson and Mike Marts for an up-close look at this unprecedented wave of new series, from the first-ever re-launches of Action Comics and Batman titles to the latest thrills from comics’ cutting-edge! Join Matt, Mike and some of the industry’s top writers and artists as we make history together. Room 6DE

4:00-5:00 Art Masters: Drawing DC
Moderator: Mark Chiarello
Superstar artists share their secrets of drawing the DC Universe with a special projector designed so you can see their every master stroke. Check out this unique presentation that will surely draw ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ amongst the gathered masses! Room 30CDE

SDCC – ICv2 Announces Special Conference on the Future of Comics

Official Press Release

Conference Held in Conjunction With San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC)

San Diego – The ICv2 Comics, Media, and Digital Conference, held in conjunction with SDCC, will bring together thought leaders from the comics, media, and digital worlds to discuss how the two most powerful trends in comics are shaping the future.  Speakers and panelists at the Conference will look at the state of comics now; how comics are being used in other media; how digital comics are interacting with the transmedia uses of comic properties; and a panel discussion on “Comics at Comic-Con 2013,” in which digital, retailing, distribution, and creator panelists will look ahead two years to answer key questions about the future of comics.

“Comics are changing more rapidly and in more profound ways than at any time since the mid-80s,” ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp said. “This Conference can help us understand and profit from the powerful forces that are transforming the industry.”

The ICv2 Comics, Media, and Digital Conference is sponsored by Publisher’s Weekly, Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat, and Media and Entertainment Technologies.

The Conference will be held at the Marriott next to the San Diego Convention Center on Wednesday afternoon, July 20th.  All four sessions of the Conference have now been announced, along with the initial slate of speakers:

 The ICv2 White Paper

This ICv2 White Paper will present a comprehensive look at the comics market and the trends in comics, their media uses, and digital distribution.

Presented by Milton Griepp, ICv2.

 Selling Comics in Hollywood—State of the Market

Panelists including Hollywood agents and managers discuss the market for comic properties in film, TV, and videogames—what types of projects are getting made, and why.

— Scott Agostoni, Agent

— Rick Jacobs, Producer and Manager, Circle of Confusion

— Nick Harris, Co-head of Media Rights, International Creative Management

Digital Comics and Transmedia Properties

Panelists from the comic and digital worlds discuss how awareness from other media is creating unique opportunities to sell digital comics to new customers, and how digital comics are being used to enhance interest and revenues in other media.

— Ted Adams, CEO, IDW Publishing

— Alvin Lu, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Viz Media

— Michael Murphey, CEO, iVerse

— Mike Richardson, CEO, Dark Horse Productions

Comics, Paper and Digital, at Comic-Con 2013

Our panelists look ahead two years to answer key questions about the future of comics. At Comic-Con 2013, what is a comic?  How do consumers buy them?  How are comics tied to other media?  And who were the winners and losers in the previous 24 months?

— Joe Field, President, ComicsPro; and CEO, Flying Colors

— Bill Schanes, Vice President, Diamond Comic Distributors

— David Steinberger, CEO, comiXology

— Mark Waid, Writer and Editor

 

Additional Information:

For more information on the speakers and panelists at the ICv2 Comics, Media, and Digital Conference, click here.

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For more information on the ICv2 Comics, Media, and Digital Conference, including information for press interested attending, click here.

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For registration information, click here.

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SDCC – “Deadliest Warrior – Vampires vs. Zombies” Panel Session

Official Press Release

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 “DEADLIEST WARRIOR – VAMPIRES VS. ZOMBIES” PANEL SESSION

WHO:    WES CRAVEN (“Scream,” “Nightmare on Elm Street”) – Panelist

        MAX BROOKS (Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z) – Panelist

        STEVE NILES (30 Days of Night) – Panelist

        RICHARD “MACK” MACHOWICZ (“Deadliest Warrior” host) – Panelist

        DR. ARMAND DORIAN (“Deadliest Warrior” host) – Panelist

        RASHA DRACHKOVITCH (“Deadliest Warrior” executive producer) – Panelist

        ROBERT DALY (“Deadliest Warrior”) – Panelist

        GEOFF BOUCHER (LA Times writer, HeroComplex.com founder) – Moderator

WHAT:   “DEADLIEST WARRIOR – VAMPIRES VS. ZOMBIES”

Vampires and Zombies have terrorized and tantalized their way through pop culture for decades – from “Dracula” to the “Twilight Saga” to “Walking Dead.”  SPIKE TV and its “DEADLIEST WARRIOR” franchise are going to finally answer the question – which of these mythical creatures would come out on top in a fight to the finish?  “DEADLIEST WARRIOR” steps outside the confines of history for this groundbreaking fantasy episode destined to rouse heated debates amongst fans in the blogosphere for months.  The special episode features an array of icons of film and fiction who are authorities on the topic.  Through these expert interviews, scientific tests and careful analysis, it will be determined who would win in a battle to the death between these two iconic groups, Zombies and Vampires. The “DEADLIEST WARRIOR ” team of Richard “Mack” Machowicz, Dr. Armand Dorian, Rasha Drachkovitch, Robert Daly and special guests Wes Craven, Max Brooks and Steve Niles will be on hand for this special Comic Con panel to make their case for who is, indeed, the fiercest.  Acclaimed Los Angeles Times writer and HeroComplex.com founder Geoff Boucher will serve as moderator.

WHEN:   Thursday, July 21 from 10–11 AM

WHERE:  Room 25ABC

Pantheon at SDCC!

Official Press Release

Pantheon Books will be at this year’s San Diego ComicCon (July 20-24), and we would love to see you there. We will be at Booth #1515.

We have two Pantheon authors joining us at ComicCon this year: Craig Thompson/HABIBI (onsale 9/20) and Chip Kidd/BAT MANGA!. Both will be appearing at our booth and on author panels, and I would love to set up interviews for you with them in advance of or during the event. Thompson is available for on-site interviewson Friday (7/22) and Saturday (7/23), and Kidd will be available for interviews throughout the convention. More information about the artists may be found below.

Also, just a note that this year marks the 25th anniversary of Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer-Prize winning Maus, and in the fall Pantheon is publishing Spiegelman’s METAMAUS (onsale 10/4), a studied look at the genesis of Maus, accompanied by a DVD with never-before-seen panels, a home movie, and other objects relating to the original publication of Spiegelman’s groundbreaking original comic book. We will have METAMAUS buttons on hand for giveaway throughout the convention.

Finally, next spring, Pantheon’s sister imprint Schocken Books is publishing its first ever graphic novel: UNTERZAKHN (onsale 3/20/2012) by Leela Corman, a mesmerizing, heartbreaking story of immigrant life on New York’s Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century. In anticipation of this exciting release, we will be giving away women’s panties at the Pantheon booth, since, as some of you may know, the word “unterzakhn” is Yiddish for “underthings.” How’s that for a buzz-worthy giveaway item?

Craig Thompson’s previous graphic novels include Blankets (for which he received three Harvey Awards for Best Artist, Best Graphic Album of Original Work, and Best Cartoonist; and two Eisner Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Writer/Artist); Goodbye, Chunky Rice; and Carnet de Voyage. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Advance praise for HABIBI: “This is not just an epic that sprawls from desert to harem to modern urban waste…it’s a look at how the first and third worlds are divided, Islam and Christianity united, and humanity too separated from the natural world. Ambitious.” —Library Journal

Chip Kidd is a graphic designer and writer in New York City. His previous books about comics for Pantheon were Bat Manga!, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross. Two won the Eisner Award and were national bestsellers. As an editor, Kidd has most recently overseen the publication of Alex Ross’s Rough Justice (3/30/2010). http://goodisdead.com/

Pantheon Books works with some of the most iconic and innovative graphic novelists on the scene. Charles Burns, Dan Clowes, David Mazzucchelli, Alex Ross, Marjane Satrapi, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware are just a few of the many talents we publish, and information about them will be on hand at our booth.

“Stitched” Film Directed by Writer Garth Ennis

Official Press Release

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON HOSTS WORLD PREMIERE OF “STITCHED” FILM

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY GARTH ENNIS

Avatar Press and Mischief Maker Studios proudly announce that legendary comic book writer Garth Ennis will be premiering his short film, Stitched, at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday evening, July 21, at 8:15pm in the convention’s Room 6DE.  Featuring Ennis’s debut as a filmmaker, Stitched blends supernatural horror with a contemporary war story, creating a terrifying landscape which will be explored further in an ongoing monthly comic book series.

The fifteen-minute long film is written and directed by Garth Ennis, best known as the writer of such best-selling comic books as Preacher, The Punisher, The Boys, and Crossed. A Mischief Maker Studios production, Stitched was produced by Brian Pulido, Francisca Pulido, and Ed Polgardy.  Adam Goldfine served as Director of Photography, while both Garth Ennis and William Christensen, the founder of Avatar Press, served as Executive Producers.

In Stitched, three survivors of an American helicopter crash (played by actors Tank Jones, Lauren Alonzo, and Kate Kugler) struggle across the high mountains of Afghanistan.  They’re injured, without food, water, or medicine, and moving through Taliban-controlled territory.  Among the sun-bleached rocks, they discover something worse than enemy fighters: an ancient supernatural power – murderous, unstoppable, and serving a twenty-first century evil.

“I’ve been thinking about (directing films) for a number of years now,” says Ennis.  “Ever since the interest in a Preacher film became more solid, and the options on it and The Boys were picked up.  I’ve written screenplays and treatments for things like Crossed, but I haven’t really devoted myself to a film project before, not the way I have with Stitched.  I’ve always loved movies; my comics are much more heavily influenced by film and TV than they are by other comics.  So having a go at this seems quite natural.”

Regarding the concept, Ennis says, “Stitched began as little more than a series of images, really – three little figures stumbling across a barren landscape, exhausted people struggling to survive, blood on the rocks of the mountains, and lots of frantic, close-in combat.”  As production got underway, “you’re watching Taliban fighters, SAS troopers, and a U.S. helicopter crew wandering around in full uniform and equipment, AKs and M4s slung, Berettas holstered.  It all started as words on the page and then translated to so much hard work and commitment.”

Hosting the premiere of Stitched at San Diego Comic-Con marks a first for the convention; although it regularly host panels featuring actors or sneak peak footage of upcoming films, SDCC has never previously premiered a film on-site.  San Diego Comic-Con is the largest convention in the western hemisphere, drawing 130,000 attendees annually.  With Ennis being a name brand in the comic book community, the convention anticipates that his one-evening-only film premiere will draw a maximum capacity crowd. San Diego Comic-Con attendees will also have an opportunity to purchase exclusive early release DVDs on site for an autographing opportunity with creator Garth Ennis.

The footage filmed for Stitched comprises the opening conflict of a script intended as a full-length feature film.  The full Ennis-penned script will be the basis of the first story arc in the upcoming, ongoing comic book series.  From the behind-the-scenes footage available on the DVD release, Ennis says, “Stitched is going to have legs beyond just this 15-minute short.  Most immediately, we’re going to launch a new comic drawn by the always-excellent Mike Wolfer.  The first series will tell the complete story that the film only begins.”  The first issue of the comic book series will be released in November alongside the nationwide Stitched DVD release.

Garth Ennis, a critically acclaimed writer from Northern Ireland, has been working in the comic book industry for over 20 years.  He is most easily recognized as the creator of Preacher from DC/Vertigo, as well as a long-time contributor to Marvel Comics’ The Punisher.  His previous comic book work published by Avatar Press includes Dicks, 303, Chronicles of Wormwood, Streets of Glory, and the increasingly popular Crossed franchise, a horror survival series set in a world overrun by sadistic homicidal maniacs.

Avatar Press is a groundbreaking independent publishing company which produces a wide variety of cutting-edge comic books, graphic novels, and original web content.  Their high-quality publications include the work of such industry luminaries as Garth Ennis (Crossed, Chronicles of Wormwood), Warren Ellis (Freakangels), David Lapham (Caligula, Crossed: Psychopath), and Alan Moore (Neonomicon).  They also produce a diverse range of licensed projects including the classic zombie epic Night of the Living Dead and George RR Martin’s Fevre Dream.  Their action-oriented Boundless Comics imprint publishes Brian Pulido’s original Lady Death and Mike Wolfer’s reimagining of the classic femme fatales Pandora, Hellina, and Widow in the series War Goddess.  For more information about Avatar Press, their publications, and creators, please visit www.avatarpress.com.

Mischief Maker Studios, owned by Brian Pulido and Francisca Pulido, is a multi-media entertainment company that develops, produces, and controls a library of properties and storylines, and partners with world renowned creators and clients to realize their full sales potential across all media platforms including film, television, print, online, mobile, gaming, and merchandising. Their first feature film, The Graves, sold to After Dark Films, Lionsgate, Syfy and a dozen international distributors.  For more info, visit: www.MischiefMakerStudios.com.

For more information on the Stitched film, its DVD release, the film premiere at San Diego Comic-Con, and the comic book series, please visit the website www.FearTheStitched.com.

World Renowned Artist Ashley Wood Special Guest at San Diego Comic-Con

Official Press Release

World Renowned Artist Ashley Wood Special Guest at San Diego Comic-Con

Appearance includes signings at IDW booth #2643, exclusive robots and books, spotlight panel, and more

[Popbot Book Cover]San Diego, CA (June 30, 2011)—At this year’s San Diego Comic Con, art and comic fans have one more must on their lists, as IDW Publishing announced today that world-renowned artist and creator Ashley Wood will be a special guest at the convention. Headquartered at the IDW Booth #2643, Ashley will hold regular signings, and be featured in a spotlight panel, hosted by IDW’s co-founder and chief executive officer, Ted Adams. Ashley fans can also look forward to an impressive array of exclusive or hard to find items, including toys and books.

“Ash and I have worked together for more than 15 years. We met when I was running Todd McFarlane’s comic books and the first book IDW published was Ash’s first art collection, Uno Fanta. I’m looking forward to chatting with him about his career during his spotlight panel and the two books we’re launching at SDCC are flat-out amazing,” said Adams.

Before Comic-Con kicks off, fans can pre-order several limited edition Ashley Wood items through IDW, including POPBOT BIG BEAUTIFUL BOOK, which collects the long sold-out POPBOT Volumes 1 through 8. This huge 11″ x 14″ hardcover collection showcases over 400 pages of Ashley Wood art and comes with a slipcase. Strictly limited to 500 copies.[Fat Tarino Cover]

Also available for pre-order is FAT TARINO, offering the impossible to find art books UNO TARINO, DOS TARINO and TRES TARINO, all in one gorgeous hardcover. This slipcased edition features over 350 pages of Ashley Wood art and is strictly limited to 500 copies.

Zombies vs Robots fans are also in for a treat, with the exclusive new hardcover edition of the COMPLETE ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS. The acclaimed, 160-page volume, written by co-creator Chris Ryall and fully illustrated by Ash, is now available in an exclusive hardcover for only $29.99, and is limited to approximately 400 copies.

During San Diego Comic-Con, fans can meet Ashley at any of his scheduled signings at the IDW booth, as well as attend his Spotlight Panel, on Friday, July 22 at 4.30 p.m. in room 24ABC. Stay tuned to IDWPublishing.com for Ashley’s signing schedule.

POPBOT BIG BEAUTIFUL BOOK ($125, hardcover with slipcase, 424 pages, 11” X 14”) is available for pre-order through IDW Publishing, for pick up at San Diego Comic Con or delivery after August 1.

FAT TARINO ($100, hardcover with slipcase, 360 pages, 12” X 12”) is available for pre-order through IDW Publishing, for pick up at San Diego Comic Con or delivery after August 1.

COMPLETE ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS ($29.99, hardcover, 160 pages) will be available at San Diego Comic-Con through IDW Publishing.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

About Ashley Wood
Australian artist, designer, and creative director Wood has worked in the fields of art, design, advertising, and comic books since 1990. The creator of Popbot, World War Robot, and Lore, Ashley has a long running partnership with IDW Publishing, and has worked for nearly other every major comic book company. Wood and now runs his own toy and publishing company ThreeA, with legendary HK toy maker Kim Fung. Wood also heads up Australian production house 7174 with his writing partner and wife T. P Louise. Together they have made the jump into Hollywood, with WWR, Popbot, Lore, and Zombies vs. Robots all currently in production to be major motion pictures.

Walter Simonson’s Mighty Thor: Artist’s Edition To Launch at San Diego Comic-Con

Official Press Release

Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s Edition To Launch at San Diego Comic-Con

Regular and San Diego Comic-Con variant editions available now for pre-order through IDW
Simonson to appear at IDW booth throughout Comic-Con

[Thor Artist Edition Image]San Diego, CA (June 10, 2011)—Walter Simonson, legendary comics writer and artist of an overwhelmingly impressive catalog of books, will appear at the IDW booth every day during the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, signing copies of WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION. In addition to the regular edition available in July at comic stores, IDW will offer a limited Comic-Con exclusive edition featuring a variant cover, only available through IDW at the convention. Readers can now pre-order both editions direct from IDW Publishing for pick up at Comic-Con. The regular edition is also available for mail delivery, and orders will be filled after San Diego Comic-Con. The Comic-Con exclusive edition will only be available at the convention. Please click here to pre-order.
“I wrote and drew The Mighty Thor for Marvel more 25 years ago now, at a time when it was the fate of old comics to be deployed to the back issue bins in comic shops and at conventions.  No one had any expectations of reprints or trade collections.  Now, it’s a new day,” said Simonson. “I’m pleased that IDW and Marvel have seen fit to go back and revisit this work as they have. I couldn’t be more delighted to know Thor, Beta Ray Bill, and all their friends turned out to have a much longer shelf-life than I would ever have imagined.”
An oversized, hardcover collection, WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION will present Thor 337-340, Simonson’s first classic story arc, which introduced Beta Ray Bill, and Thor 360-362, Simonson’s choice for the second arc in the book. All the pages in the ARTIST’S EDITION have been scanned from Simonson’s personal original art to ensure the highest possible quality reproduction. While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for instance, white-out corrections and blue pencil notations.
“Walter’s run on The Mighty Thor is one of the best ever in comics—period,” said editor Scott Dunbier, “and to be able to see it now as an Artist’s Edition, printed the same size as drawn, and scanned from all the originals… well, I just can’t wait to get my paws on it!”
This will be Simonson’s first visit to San Diego Comic-Con since 2004. Joining Simonson will be his wife, Louise “Weezie” Simonson, a noted comic book editor and writer. WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION will be the first in a series of Artist’s Editions featuring legendary creators and comics from Marvel.
WALTER SIMONSON’S THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION ($100, hardcover, black and white, 176 pages, 12” x 17”) will be available in stores in July 2011. Now available for pre-order through IDWPublishing.com. ISBN 978-1-61377-038-2.
WALTER SIMONSON’S THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION San Diego Comic-Con Edition ($100, hardcover, black and white, 176 pages, 12” x 17”) will only be available through IDW during San Diego Comic-Con, and is now available for pre-order through IDWPublishing.com.
Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.
IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.
About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit www.marvel.com.
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