The New 52 has been the talk of the industry. If waiting for its arrival is driving you crazy, then we’ve got something pretty cool to hold you over. Today we’re announcing limited edition portfolios featuring DC COMICS - THE NEW 52 COVERS will be available exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con
from DC Direct and Graphitti Designs. On Thursday through Sunday a different portfolio volume containing 13 covers will go on sale each day in the Graphitti Designs booth for $39.95. These portfolios will provide fans and attendees with something special to have their favorite DC Comics
writer and artist to sign at Comic-Con. Only 520 copies of each volume will be available per day – be sure to get your copy before they sell out so you can collect all four!Portfolio Set 1
Justice LeagueAction Comics
Hawk & Dove
Justice League International
Men of War
Swamp ThingPortfolio Set 2
Batman and Robin
Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE
SuperboyPortfolio Set 3
Birds of Prey
DC Universe Presents
Green Lantern Corps
Legion of Super-Heroes
Red Hood and the Outlaws
Wonder WomanPortfolio Set 4
Batman: The Dark Knight
The Fury of Firestorm
Green Lantern: The New Guardians
Justice League Dark
The Savage Hawkman
Before it opens anywhere else in the world, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
will open first in Comic-Con
. Convention goers in San Diego will be the first audience to see one of the summer’s hottest super heroes beginning at noon PST on Thursday, July 21st, 1-day ahead of its US opening. The movie will play exclusively at the UA Horton Plaza with Captain America-themed festivities happening throughout the day. To help kick-off the day, Paramount and Marvel will host an exclusive free fan screening at 10 A.M. with the movie’s star Chris Evans on-hand to introduce the screening.
In addition to being among the first to see the movie, all CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER ticketholders will receive RealD® 3D Collector's Custom red, white and blue CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER glasses and a limited edition poster designed exclusively for the fans. A grand prize package of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER merchandise and other Marvel items will be given away to a select audience member at each screening. USO-costumed women will be standing at the American Flag Pole in the Horton Plaza passing out free tickets every hour beginning at 11:00 A.M. to the first 10 people who come dressed as Captain America.Show times for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
are 12:00 P.M., 12:45 P.M., 2:45 P.M., 3:30 P.M., 5:30 P.M., 6:15 P.M., 8:15 P.M., 9:00 P.M., 11:00 P.M. and 11:45 P.M. Tickets for Thursday’s shows are available for purchase at www.fandango.com/uahortonplaza14_aabfx/theaterpageCAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
, directed by Joe Johnston, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). One of a continuing slate of films being produced by Marvel Studios based on the Marvel characters, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER joins Thor which was released on May 6, 2011 and Marvel’s The Avengers which is coming to theaters on May 4, 2012.” Paramount Pictures will distribute CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER nationwide on July 22, 2011.About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group and Paramount Television & Digital Distribution.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
. Super Hero(es) is a co-owned registered trademark.
It’s here! San Diego Comic-Con 2011 is upon us, and Dark Horse Comics
is telling you all the goods ahead of time! Plan accordingly!SIGNINGSWednesday, July 20
7:30 p.m.—Preview Night RevealThursday, July 21
11 a.m.— Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá
11 a.m.—Tara McPherson (The Art of Tara McPherson)
12:30 p.m.—Eric Powell (The Goon
2 p.m.—Bruce Campbell (My Name Is Bruce) *Ticketed by Lottery
3 p.m.—Morgan Spurlock (Supersized)
3:30 p.m.—Jerry Robinson (Jet Scott)
4:30 p.m.—Jill Thompson (Beasts of Burden)Friday, July 22
10 a.m.—Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo
)11 a.m.—Menton3 and Patric Reynolds (The Thing)
11:30 a.m.—Dark Horse Presents Signing: Jim Steranko (Red Tide) and Neal Adams (Blood) *Ticketed by Lottery
12 p.m.—Stephan Martiniere and Michael Heisler (Rage)
1 p.m.—Gerard Way (The Umbrella Academy) *Ticketed by Lottery
3:30 p.m.—Star Wars Signing: Mick Harrison (Dark Times); John Jackson Miller
and Michael Heisler (Knight Errant); Scott Allie (Jedi: The Dark Side); Rob Chestney (The Old Republic: Threat of Peace); Alexander Freed (The Old Republic: The Lost Suns); Jeremy Barlow (The Clone Wars)
5 p.m.—Falling Skies Signing: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Carter, Mark Verheiden *Ticketed by LotterySaturday, July 23
10 a.m.—Mac Walters and John Jackson Miller, Michael Heisler (Mass Effect)
11 a.m.—Mike Mignola (Hellboy)
11 a.m.—Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo)
12 p.m.—Whedonverse Signing: Zack Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty, Jo Chen *Ticketed by Lottery
12 p.m.—Adam Warren (Empowered)
1 p.m.—Jon Schnepp, Eric Powell, Jeremy Barlow (Dethklok) *Ticketed by Lottery
1 p.m.—Robert E. Howard Signing: Stuart Moore, Paul Sammon, Tomás Giorell
2 p.m.—Conan the Barbarian Signing: Rose McGowan *Ticketed by Lottery
2 p.m.—Dark Horse Presents (Carla Speed McNeil, Sanford Greene, Ricardo Delgado)
3:30 p.m.—Tsuneo Goda (Domo) *Ticketed by Lottery
3:30 p.m.—Mink (Shinjuku)
5 p.m.—Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) *Ticketed by LotterySunday, July 24
10:30 a.m.—Rob Hughes and Thomas Yeates (The Outlaw Prince)
11 a.m.—Rob Reger
and Buzz Parker (Emily the Strange)
12 p.m.—Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) *Ticketed by Lottery
12 p.m.—Ethan and Malachai Nicolle (Axe Cop)
1 p.m.—Larry Marder – Beanworld
2:30 p.m.—Doug Sneyd – The Art of Doug Sneyd
3 p.m.—Mike Mignola (Hellboy)PANELSThursday, July 21
12 p.m.–1 p.m. Dark Horse: Fall Publishing Highlights! Room 32AB
Super-secret surprise guests!
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Creepy and Eerie: Comics That Can Still Scare You! Room 24ABC
Including: Jason Shawn Alexander (Abe Sapien), J. C. Vaughn (Doctor Solar), and Nathan Fox (Haunt)
Special Guests: Ken Kelly (Creepy/Eerie) and Bruce Jones (Checkmate)
Moderated by Dan Braun (Creepy) and Josh Braun (A History of Violence)Friday, July 22
11 a.m.–12 p.m. Mike Mignola: Worlds at War Room 4
Special Guests: Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Tyler Crook (B.P.R.D.), and Scott Allie (editor)
1 p.m.–2 p.m. Dark Horse Comics: 20 Years of Star Wars Room 7AB
Including: Randy Stradley (editor), Mick Harrison (Dark Times—first public appearance!), Dave Marshall (editor), Scott Allie and Stéphane Roux (Jedi: The Dark Side), John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant), Dave Filoni and the Fillbach brothers (The Clone Wars), Leland Y. Chee (Keeper of the Holocron’s Blog), Timothy Zahn (Choices of One), Shelly Shapiro (Del Rey editor), and more!
2 p.m.–3 p.m. Dark Horse Presents: The Panel Room 25ABC
Including: Mike Richardson (Dark Horse president), Eric Powell (The Goon), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Sanford Greene (Deadpool), and many more!Saturday, July 23
3 p.m.–4 p.m. Dark Horse: Joss Whedon Room: Indigo
4 p.m.–5 p.m. Dark Horse and BioWare: A Comic and Video-Game Partnership
Including: Alexander Freed (Star Wars: The Old Republic), Mac Walters (Mass Effect 3), John Jackson Miller (Mass Effect), and Dave Marshall (editor)GREEN SCREENThursday, July 21
9 a.m.–11 a.m.: Hellboy
11 a.m.–2 p.m.: The Goon
2 p.m.–4 p.m.: Mass Effect
4 p.m.–7 p.m.: Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel & FaithFriday, July 22
9 a.m.–12 p.m.: Star Wars
12 p.m.–3 p.m.: Falling Skies
3 p.m.–7 p.m.: Mass EffectSaturday, July 23
9 a.m.–11 a.m.: Hellboy
11 a.m.–2 p.m.: Dylan Dog
2 p.m.–5 p.m.: Conan
5 p.m.–7 p.m.: Buffy / Angel & FaithSunday, July 24
9 a.m.–11 a.m.: The Goon
11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Star Wars
1 p.m.–3 p.m.: Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel & Faith
3 p.m.–5 p.m.: Hellboy
Press Release: BOOM! Studios
invites all Comic-Con attendees to celebrate BOOM! Studios' 6th Year Anniversary with our annual Drink Up* taking place at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Odysea Bar, Thursday July 21st from 9pm to ??? during Comic-Con International 2011 in San Diego, California.
Come help celebrate another year of BOOM!'s explosive growth with Ross Richie, Matt Gagnon, Chip Mosher, Wes Harris, Lance Kreiter, along with the rest of the BOOM! Crew and various BOOM! creators in attendance. Help us celebrate with a night of relaxed fun. Mix and mingle with fans and Pros!
This is an open invitation event. No RSVP needed. No tickets required. No lines to get in!
Where: Hilton Bayfront Odysea Bar
1 Park Blvd.,San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thursday July 22nd from 9PM to ?:??
Anything Else: Including 2 new satellite bars & finger foods!
*For those not in the know, a “Drink Up” is just like a “Meet Up” but with people drinking. This will be a gathering of friends and fans, so make plans to stop by see what's happening!About BOOM! Studios
Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid's series IRREDEEMABLE, Stan Lee’s SOLDIER ZERO, THE TRAVELER, and STARBORN (the first new series in print from the industry icon in 20 years), new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker as well as 20th Century Fox’s PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and DIE HARD, Philip K. Dick
’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, and The Henson Company’s FARSCAPE. BOOM!’s recently rebranded all-ages imprint, KABOOM! will see publication of PEANUTS, SPACE WARPED, Roger Langridge
’s SNARKED, Scholastic’s WORDGIRL and as well as continuing to publish fan-favorite Disney Afternoon series DARKWING DUCK, CHIP ‘N’ DALE RESCUE RANGERS, DUCKTALES along with Disney standards MICKEY MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE, and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES.
Marvel takes San Diego by storm this July during Comic Con Internationa
l! Marvel will be in full force to provide an exclusive look into all things Marvel (Booth #2329)! No one can compare to what Marvel has planned because we’re running a veritable cornucopia of panels that will span the four daylong event.If you’re a True Believer (and we know you are) you can’t afford to miss out on these exclusive Marvel panels! Trust us no fan will be disappointed because whether you’re a lifelong Marvelite, or a casual fan there will be something for you to enjoy.Thursday, July 21st
10:15 - 11:15 AM MARVEL: BREAKING INTO COMICS THE MARVEL WAY – You have the talent. You have the imagination. You have the “Go get ‘em Tiger” determination that would make the Bullpen proud. But where do you go from there? Discover the next step in your budding comics career with world-renowned talent scout C.B. Cebulski, Skottie Young (Ozma of Oz), Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), and Marvel SVP of Brand Planning & Communications Mike Pasciullo, as they give you all the right pointers towards getting a foot in the door at Marvel Comics. Discussing all entry points across every department, this can’t miss panel is must for all Marvel hopefuls! Room 6DE
1:00 - 2:00 PM MARVEL DIGITAL: WHAT’S NEXT?! COMICS…AND BEYOND! – Join members of the Marvel Digital Media Group for the first word on Marvel digital comics, casual games, original streaming video productions, social media outreach and the future of Marvel’s ever-expanding digital endeavors. Room 7AB
4:30 - 5:30 PM MARVEL: NEXT BIG THING – The Marvel Universe is where the biggest comic stories happen—so wouldn’t you like to be the first to know what we’ve got planned? Get the latest news on Marvel’s plan for their biggest heroes and villains, with some surprises along the way! Join panelists Greg Pak (Incredible Hulks), Jonathan Hickman (FF), Jim McCann (Marvel Zombies
Christmas Carol), Nick Spencer (Ultimate Comics X-Men), Editor in Chief Axel Alonso and more as they answer all your burning questions while giving you a sneak-peek at the future of Marvel! Room 6DEFriday, July 22nd
12:30 – 1:30 PM MARVEL: YEAR OF THE X-MEN – The bonds of brotherhood have been broken between Cyclops and Wolverine, as their feud reaches its boiling point – tearing the X-Men apart in X-Men: Schism. But after the dust settles, what’s next for the X-Men and their allies? Enter X-Men Regenesis, where we answer all your questions and reveal exclusive details about what’s next! You've got questions & these people have answers! Writers Marjorie Liu (X-23), Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force), Chris Yost (X-Men: First to Last) and Editor in Chief Axel Alonso are on hand to lay out what's going on with the X-Men for this all-new, all-DEADLY panel! Room 6DE
1:45 - 2:45 PM MARVEL: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AVENGING FRIENDS – Spider-Man’s riding high after hitting the Big Time, but it’ll all come crashing down this summer in Spider-Island! It’s the fight of his life and we’ve got an in depth look inside the event that changes the course of Peter Parker’s life. But ol’ Web-Head isn’t the only New Yorker with a major storyline this summer! Daredevil makes his return, Punisher wages a new war, Venom explores the dark side of saving the world and more of your favorite heroes are back with a vengeance! Sit down with our spectacular panel of creators, including Zeb Wells (Avenging Spider-Man), Rick Remender (Venom), Mark Waid (Daredevil), Greg Rucka (Punisher), Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), Senior Editor Steve Wacker, Editor in Chief Axel Alonso and more as they lay the groundwork for New York City’s greatest heroes. And don’t forget to grab your exclusive Daredevil pin – only at this panel! Room 6DE
4:30 - 5:30 PM MARVEL TELEVISION PRESENTS: ANIME ON G4 – Marvel Television and G4 take your favorite characters – Iron Man, Wolverine, The X-Men and Blade - to Japan to tell their stories in a whole new way, beautifully animated by the anime masters at Madhouse. Also, watch a never-before-seen episode with Marvel’s Head of TV, Jeph Loeb and surprise guests! Plus, get a sneak peek at The X-Men’s explosive first episode. Room 6BCFSaturday, July 23rd
10:30 - 11:30 AM MARVEL TELEVISION PRESENTS – Marvel’s Head of TV, Loeb, brings the inside scoop on Marvel’s latest series that take your favorite heroes from page to screen. Get a first look at the premiere of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes season 2, a sneak peek at a certain ULTIMATE webslinger, and a few other surprises from Marvel Television. Room 6BCF
12:30 - 1:30 PM MARVEL INTERACTIVE: MARVEL VIDEO GAMES – Learn all about Spider-Man: Edge of Time, X-Men Destiny
, Captain America: Super Soldier, Super Hero Squad Online, Super Hero Squad 3DS and uDraw, Marvel Pinball
and the Marvel Universe MMO. Also, find out some exciting new details about the future of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and other Marvel games via exclusive trailers, surprise reveals, and Q&A with the game creators from some of the industry's top publishers. Room 6A
2:45 - 3:45 PM MARVEL: CUP O’ JOE – This is it, Mighty Marvel fans- the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full of surprises panel you wait all year for, and it's here! Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing with surprise guests. You never know who will show up, but you better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about! Room 6BCFSunday, July 24th
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM MARVEL: WOMEN OF MARVEL PRESENTED BY OXYGEN
Forget Spider-Woman & Emma Frost, meet the real Ms. Marvels of the comic world! Join women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel to hear what it's like working as a woman in comics today. These ladies are busting through the four-color ceiling! Guests include host Grace Randolph (The Weekly Watcher), writer Marjorie Liu (X-23), artist Christina Strain (Runaways) and more, brought to you by Oxygen. Room 5AB
12:30 - 1:30 PM MARVEL: FEAR ITSELF – The biggest comic book event of the year has everyone talking—but just want comes after it concludes? We’ve got the exclusive news here, with the big announcements that’ll change the future of the Marvel Universe—and set your favorite characters in exciting new directions. Be the first to know the biggest news of the weekend as the creators behind the comic blockbuster event answer your questions and leave you cheering! Join Senior Editor Steve Wacker, Senior Vice President C.B. Cebulski, Nick Spencer (Iron Man 2.0), and more for the news you can’t miss. Room 6DE
And to learn more about the Amazing Spider-Man and Ghost Rider, Spirit of Vengeance films, check out Sony’s panel on Friday, July 22nd at 2pm in Hall H!
Do yourself a favor True Believers, head on over to the San Diego Convention Center July 21st to the 24th. No fan can miss out on the fantastic line up of superstar talent, exciting panels, and loads of top secret information that Marvel will be dishing up in San Diego!
Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on the Marvel Events App & events.marvel.com
, the best way to get exclusive videos, real-time announcements from the convention floor and up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, and signing schedules of all your favorite Marvel creators!
Stan Lee, the Guest of Honor at this year's Baltimore Comic-Con, will be on hand Saturday and Sunday signing autographs and posing for photographs with guests in attendance of the show. The 12th Annual show will be taking place August 20-21, 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Each autograph, courtesy of Desert Wind Comics, will run $55 for an advanced ticket (which includes the autograph and online service charge) and can be purchased here
. Each photograph, courtesy of Froggy's Photos, will run $40 and can be purchased here
Please Note: all Stan Lee autographs are managed by Desert Wind Comics and all photos are managed by Froggy's Photos. Please review their rules and conditions at the links above.
Also, don't forget that Stan Lee VIP Packages (which includes one autograph and one photograph, plus much more!) and show admission tickets are now available and can be purchased online by visiting baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/
"This is Stan's first appearance at the Baltimore Comic-Con," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the show. "What a great opportunity for fans in attendance to get something to commemorate the show-a picture and an autograph for less than $100!"
Confirmed guests for this year's Baltimore Comic-Con include: Guest of Honor, Stan "The Man" Lee; Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Nick Cardy (Aquaman, Teen Titans); Greg Capullo (Spawn, Batman); Cliff Chiang (Greendale); Frank Cho (50 Girl 50, X-Men: Schism, New Ultimates); Todd Dezago (Super Hero Squad, The Perhapanauts); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics, Batman Confidential); Michael Golden (creator of Bucky O'Hare); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc., Courting Disaster); Steve Hamaker (Bone); Cully Hamner (Red, Red: Eyes Only); Dean Haspiel (The Alcoholic, Act-i-Vate); Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Zatanna); J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, DC Universe Legacies); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); Laura Martin (New Avengers, Thor); Mark Morales (Fear Itself cover artist); Kevin Nowlan (Wednesday Comics); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Walter Simonson (Thor); Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL); Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0); Brian Stelfreeze (Wednesday Comics); Karl Story (DC Universe Legacies); Tim Truman (Conan the Cimmerian); Neil Vokes (Flesh & Blood, Eagle: The Original Adventures); and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).Looking for a place to stay in Baltimore for the show?
The Baltimore Comic-Con has partnered with two of Baltimore's premiere hotels to secure special room rates for those attending this year's show! Interested exhibitors and attendees can book between now and July 20, 2011 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel and the Hyatt Regency Baltimore at a discounted rate. Visit the links below for more information and to make a reservation, but remember the deadline to book at these special rates is July 20, 2011.Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
Hyatt Regency Baltimore
Attending the Baltimore Comic-Con? Show your support online!
Simply change your social network (Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.) avatar pictures to the "See You in Baltimore!" image and let the world know you're attending the show!
In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website
, and MySpace
This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21st.Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:firstname.lastname@example.org
- for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR email@example.com
- for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley firstname.lastname@example.org
- for inquiries about submitted email@example.com
- for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and firstname.lastname@example.org
- for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiriesAbout The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com
About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org
Press Release: DeviantART
, the world’s largest online art community boasting over 18 million registered members worldwide, today announced that it will be the official sponsor of Artists’ Alley at Comic-Con International
: San Diego, July 21–24.This is the first time that Comic-Con has allowed a sponsorship of this kind to Artists’ Alley, an area of the convention hall where exhibiting artists interact directly with their fans. DeviantART’s support of this comics and pop-culture institution will be represented in its typically creative style. An installation of two massive digital screens will be suspended high above the showroom floor and multiple digital kiosks displaying art from artists in the Alley will now enable them to showcase their web-based work alongside their physical products.
“We love Artists’ Alley,” says Angelo Sotira, co-founder and chief executive officer of deviantART. “Supporting the many artists represented in this popular section of Comic-Con is an extension of the support system deviantART provides to our community daily. We’re thrilled to be able to give artists online, as well as off, the tools needed to showcase their work digitally and gain feedback from their peers. We are deeply honored by Comic-Con’s invitation to support these truly inspiring artists through this sponsorship of Artists’ Alley.”
Each year, Comic-Con attendees are drawn to Artists’ Alley because of the obscure gems and mainstream titles on physical display, which are oftentimes sold by the comic book artists, writers, and publishers who create them. In addition to the new digital capabilities provided by deviantART, carpeting, improved seating, and electricity will also be contributed to the largest footprint of the convention hall. These material upgrades promise to strengthen the flow of comic devotees in what is consistently one of the busiest sections of the convention hall during this four-day conference.
“We’re very excited that deviantART will be sponsoring Artists’ Alley at Comic-Con,” said David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for Comic-Con. “Their commitment to the creative community blends perfectly with Comic-Con’s mission to bring comics and related popular arts to a wider audience. By highlighting and assisting digital artists, deviantART’s sponsorship of Artists’ Alley will allow those artists a broader opportunity for the public to enjoy and appreciate their creative efforts, and for this we are truly grateful.”
DeviantART will also be giving two emerging artists – one digital and one traditional comic artist – the chance to attend Comic-Con as guests of Artists’ Alley through sponsored scholarships. For the latest updates about deviantART at Artists’ Alley or for additional information about how to submit for the deviantART scholarships, please visit comic-con.deviantart.com
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 ManagementDigital 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 ProductionsComics, 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
Press Release: 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 15-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 21st-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
, or contact Keith Davidsen, Avatar Press’ Director of Sales and Marketing, via e-mail at email@example.com
Press Release: Anime NebrasKon
is pleased to announce two new guests for 2011. Keith Silverstein
and Chris Sabat
are officially confirmed as guest for Anime NebrasKon.
Keith Silverstein is a voice actor known for his work in anime and video games. In the video game world, Keith has worked on titles like "Transformers: War for Cybertron", "Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty", "Dynasty Warriors 7" and "World of Warcraft," as well as his recurring roles as Zasalamel in the "Soul Calibur" series, Hunk in the "Resident Evil "games, and Vector, The Crocodile in the "Sonic, The Hedgehog" series. Keith is probably best known for his portrayal of Kimimaro on "Naruto." Current projects Keith is working on include "Bleach", "Gundam Unicorn" and a number of secret, high profile video games yet to be announced.
Chris Sabat is best known as the voice of Vegeta from "Dragon Ball Z". He has voiced several characters from "Dragon Ball Z" including Piccolo and Yamcha. He has worked on titles like "Fruits Basket" as Ayame Sohma, "Yu Yu Hakusho" as Kuwabara, "Lupin III" as Jigen, "Full Metal Alchemist" as Alex Luis Armstrong, "Kodacha" as Naru Naru, and "Spiral" as Kiyotaka Narumi to name just a few. He has also directed over 600 episodes of various anime, cartoons, and videogames.
Anime NebrasKon is November 4-6th in Omaha, NE at the CoCo Key Water Resort at 72nd and Grover. Early Preregistration is only $29 and ends on August 7th. Discounted Room rates are also available. For more information about Anime NebrasKon, please visit www.animenebraskon.com