Image Comics Programming and Signing Schedule for Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) 2012

Image Comics is showing up in a big way at Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) in Seattle, Washington this March 30 through April 1, with a slew of convention exclusives (announced here) and an extensive signing and programming schedule. Many Image creators will be at the Image, Skybound, and Top Cow booths, as well as manning their own tables in the Washington State Convention center.

A panel schedule, signing schedule, and full list of Image creators attending ECCC follow. If you are interested in scheduling an interview with any of the Image creators regarding their Image titles, please contact Jennifer de Guzman at jenniferdeguzman@imagecomics.com.

PROGRAMMING

Creator Spotlight: Marc Silvestri
Join Top Cow founder, Image partner, movie producer and top industry artist Marc Silvestri (THE DARKNESS) as he takes a retrospective look at his legendary career spanning three decades. Moderated by Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik, Silvestri will look back at everything from his early years on such top titles as X-Men and Wolverine to the founding of Image Comics and Cyberforce to the redefining of his company and the creation of mini-icons like Witchblade and The Darkness. Friday, 4pm, Room 211

Robert Kirkman Q&A
Kirkman, one of the most successful writers in comics today, best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Super Dinosaur, will offer fans some insight into the genius behind their favorite hit comics. After becoming an Image Comics partner in 2009, introducing the internationally renowned hit TV show based on the comic, “The Walking Dead” on AMC, and recently announcing an upcoming video game adaptation of the same series from TellTale Games, he has proven to be an unstoppable creative force. Friday, 7pm, Room 4C1-2

Image Comics – 20 Years of Creator-Owned Independence
Some of the most exciting rising stars in comics today and established creators alike will be coming together to talk about the past, present, and future of Image Comics. Join Ed Brubaker (Fatale), Joe Casey (Butcher Baker, Officer Downe, Haunt), Brandon Graham (King City, Prophet), Joe Keatinge (Glory, Hell Yeah), Emi Lenox (Emitown), Nathan Edmondson (Who Is Jake Ellis?, The Activity, Dancer), and Natalie Nourigat (Between Gears) to experience this lively conversation and be among the first to hear some big announcements! Saturday, 12pm, Room 4C3-4

Top Cow’s REBIRTH: The Beginning
Join Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik as he leads an informative and lively discussion about the 20th Anniversary of Top Cow and the REBIRTH of the Top Cow Universe in 2012 with creators including Marc Silvestri and Jeremy Haun. Be the first to hear exciting new announcements, get added insight into the state of the Top Cow Universe, and get your questions answered! Saturday, 1pm, Room 4C1-2

Talkin’ Dead with Jon Bernthal & Laurie Holden
A “lively” discussion with The Walking Dead stars Jon Bernthal and Laurie Holden. Join them as they talk about the show’s record breaking viewing numbers, what it’s like to film in an apocalyptic, zombie filled world and what the future holds for Shane and Andrea. Hosted by David Boze (KTTH 770 AM). Saturday, 1 pm., Room 4A

Take to the Sky: Skybound and the Next Generation of Independence
Things continue to look up for Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics. The premiere original Witch Doctor has sold out nationwide, the all-ages hit Super Dinosaur  continues to soar, and And Kirkman’s first-ever writers’-room-driven crime drama, Thief of Thieves, is a critical success… what’s next? Join Robert Kirkman as he discusses the future of the imprint with his stable of creators, including the creative teams behind Witch Doctor, Thief of Thieves, and more! Expect only AWESOMENESS. Sunday, 12pm, Room 4C3-4

SIGNINGS  At the Image Booth – #310

Friday

  • 2:00-3:00 – Sina Grace (Li’l Depressed Boy)
  • 3:00-4:00 – Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade, Bloodstrike)
    This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.
  • 4:00-5:00 – Shane Houghton (Reed Gunther)
  • 5:00-6:00 – Nathan Edmondson & Mitch Gerads (The Activity)
  • 6:00-7:00 – Landry Walker (Danger Club)
  • 7:00-8:00 – Jean-Paul Bonjour, Robert Love & Dana Shukarsi (Alpha Girl)

Saturday

  • 10:00-11:00 – Joshua Williamson (Xenoholics)
  • 11:00-12:00 – Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto (The Infinite Horizon)
  • 12:00-1:00 – Landry Walker (Danger Club)
  • 1:00-2:00 – Nathan Edmondson & Mitch Gerads (The Activity)
  • 2:00-3:00 – Kurtis Wiebe & Riley Rossmo (Green Wake, Debris)
  • 3:00-4:00 – Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade, Bloodstrike)
  • 4:00-5:00 – Jean-Paul Bonjour, Robert Love & Dana Shukarsi (Alpha Girl)
  • 5:00-6:00 – John Layman (Chew)
    This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.
  • 6:00-7:00 – Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma (Morning Glories)
    This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

Sunday

  • 10:00-11:00 – Shane Houghton (Reed Gunther)
  • 11:00-12:00 – Jean-Paul Bonjour, Robert Love & Dana Shukarsi (Alpha Girl)
  • 12:00-1:00 – Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma (Morning Glories)
  • 1:00-2:00 – Richard Starkings (Elephantmen)
  • 1:00-2:00 – Lisa Wood (Thought Bubble Anthology)
  • 2:00-3:00 – Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade, Bloodstrike)
  • 3:00-4:00 – John Layman (Chew)
  • 4:00-5:00 – Joshua Williamson (Xenoholics)

At the Skybound Booth – #310

Friday
4:00-5:00 – Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

Saturday
5:00-7:00 – Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

Sunday
3:00-4:00 – Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

At the Top Cow Booth – #414

Friday
1:00-2:00 – Dennis Calero (Netherworld, City of Refuge)

5:00-6:00 – Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

6:00-7:00 – Marc Silvestri (Witchblade, The Darkness)

All Day
  • Phil Hester (The Darkness)
  • Filip Sablik (Last Mortal)
  • Matt Hawkins (Think Tank)

Saturday
11:00-12:00 – Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

3:00-5:00 – Marc Silvestri, Phil Hester & Jeremy Haun (The Darkness)

All Day
  • Phil Hester (The Darkness)
  • Filip Sablik (Last Mortal)
  • Matt Hawkins (Think Tank)

Sunday
12:00-1:00 – Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

1:00-2:00 – Jeremy Haun (The Darkness)

All Day
  • Phil Hester (The Darkness)
  • Filip Sablik (Last Mortal)
Special Guests of ECCC
  • Mike Allred (Madman) – C-08
  • Ed Brubaker (Fatale) – M-05
  • Chris Burnham (Hack/Slash) – F-18
  • Greg Capullo (Spawn) – N-06
  • Joe Casey (Butcher Baker) – K-02
  • Keu Cha (The Darkness, The Magdalena, Witchblade) – B-02
  • Marian Churchland (Elephantmen) – C-05
  • Camilla d’Errico (Sky Pirates of Neo Terra) – A-01/02
  • Gerry Duggan (The Infinite Horizon) – P-03
  • Nathan Edmondson (The Activity, Dancer) – C-09
  • Joe Eisma (Morning Glories) – C-07
  • Jay Faerber (Near Death) – 310
  • Mitch Gerads (The Activity) – F-17
  • Chris Giarrusso (G-Man) – C-04
  • Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar) – O-04
  • Brandon Graham (King City, Prophet) – C-05
  • Brian Haberlin (Witchblade) – K-06
  • Tony Harris (War Heroes, Chin Music) – 310
  • Jeremy Haun (The Beauty, The Darkness) – 414
  • Phil Hester (The Darkness) – 414
  • Shane Houghton (Reed Gunther) – 402
  • Jason Howard (Super Dinosaur) – I-12
  • Joe Keatinge (Hell Yeah, Glory) – C-06
  • Robert Kirkman (Image Partner – The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves) – 310
  • Erik Larsen (Image Partner – Savage Dragon) – C-03
  • Emi Lenox (EmiTown) – C-06
  • Steve Lieber (Underground) – M-03
  • Tony Moore (The Walking Dead) – P-01
  • Steve Niles (Crime and Terror, Chin Music) – G-01
  • Justin Norman (Elephantmen) – C-05
  • Phil Noto (The Infinite Horizon) – P-03
  • Natalie Nourigat (Between Gears) – 222
  • Michael Avon Oeming (Mice Templar) – O-03
  • Ryan Ottley (Invincible) – I-12
  • Jeff Parker (Underground) – F-21
  • Riley Rossmo (Green Wake, Rebel Blood) – C-07
  • Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Bloodstrike) – 310/414
  • Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor) – C-09
  • Marc Silvestri (Image Partner – Witchblade, The Darkness) – 414
  • Charles Soule (Twenty-Seven) – C-10
  • Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Infinite Vacation) – 310
  • David Hahn (All Nighter) – 222
  • Ben Templesmith (Pigs) – D-15
  • Jim Valentino (Image Partner – Shadowhawk) – 310
  • Matt Wagner (Mage) – H-05
  • Shane White (Hack/Slash) – F-08
  • Kurtis Wiebe (Green Wake, Peter Panzerfaust) – C-10
  • Joshua Williamson (Xenoholics) – 802
  • Brian Wood (Mara) – K-01
  • Jim Zub (Skullkickers) – C11
via Image Comics Press Release

Dark Horse Panel Schedule for Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) 2012

Here is the schedule. Dark Horse Creators, Projects and Products Panels are in GREEN. Dark Horse Comics Panels are the ones that are NOT green.

Friday • March 30th

 ECCC Spotlight Series: Brian Wood
  Room: 211 
Time: 3:00 – 4:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, join creator Brian Wood as he talks about his work on Conan, DMZ, Northlanders and many others.

Falling Skies Screening and Q&A
  Room: 4C1-2 
Time: 3:00 – 4:00
TNT’s epic drama Falling Skies makes its debut appearance at Emerald City Comicon this year. Watch a never-before-seen clip from the season 2 premiere episode and hear from the show’s actors and producers about the new season. Falling Skies, basic cable’s #1 new series of 2011, is set to return this June to continue its extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle (ER) stars as Tom Mason, a former college professor and father of three, who has become an unlikely leader for the 2nd Massachusetts civilian resistance group. The series chronicles the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. Falling Skies comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Remi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman also serve as executive producers.

Drawing Inspiration: The Art of the Whedonverse  Room: 4C1-2
 Time: 5:00 – 6:00
Join us for an exclusive behind-the-panels look at the dynamic artwork of Dark Horses Joss Whedon titles, from pencils to inks to colors to print. Dark Horses public relations director, Jeremy Atkins, will lead a discussion with artists Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Phil Noto (Angel & Faith, Dollhouse), Chris Samnee (Serenity), and inker Andy Owens (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) for an inside look at the artists processes. We’ll be showcasing a variety of art from past and future issues of these best-loved titles, including exclusive reveals and first looks!

ECCC Spotlight Series: Camilla d’Errico
  Room: 211
Time: 6:00 – 7:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, Camilla d’Errico talks about how she made her dreams reality by giving up on the 9 to 5 grind and becoming a full time artist.

EXPANDING THE EXPERIENCE: VIDEO GAMES TO COMICS AND BACK AGAIN
  Room: TCC 102
 Time: 6:00 – 7:00

When Dark Horse partnered with BioWare to expand the Mass Effect story line into comics, video-game tie-in comics were finally legitimized. Now, Dark Horse is widely recognized as the leading publisher of video-game comics, with launches throughout 2012 digitally and in print. Join us for an hour long preview of what’s to come this year, with exclusive news and announcements on current and upcoming projects with BioWare, Valve, and Activision!

Saturday • March 31st

ECCC Spotlight Series: Rick Remender
 Room: 211 
Time: 11:00 – 12:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour Uncanny X-Force writer Rick Remender joins us. Rick is also the writer/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, The End League, Strange Girl, Black Heart Billy, Last Days of American Crime, Sea of Red, Sorrow, Night Mary, XXXombies and Doll and Creature.

Dark Horse Comics: Powered By Creators Room: 4C1-2
 Time: 4:00 – 5:00
Just over twenty-five years ago, Dark Horse stepped into the comics-publishing arena with a different agenda. While the publisher has gained much notoriety for its popular licensed titles, like Buffy and Star Wars, one mission remains the same: to give comics top creators a venue for showcasing their work and retaining their ownership of it. Join Dark Horse’s public relations director, Jeremy Atkins, along with a cast of premier talent, for news on all of Dark Horse’s 2012 publishing launches and new Dark Horse Presents stories. Guests include Steve Niles(Criminal Macabre), Steve Lieber (Alabaster), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Sanford Greene (Rotten Apple), Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop), Adam Warren (Empowered), Paul Tobin (Falling Skies), and Brian Wood (The Massive), and a few surprise drop-ins!

Sunday • April 1st

ECCC Spotlight Series: Steve Niles Room: 211 
Time: 12:00 – 1:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, modern master of horror, Steve Niles, talks about what it takes to craft a good horror story, working with artists like Sam Kieth and Ben Templesmith and how his creation of 30 Days of Night changed the face of horror comics.

Axe Cop
 Room: 3AB
 Time: 1:00 – 2:00
Ethan and Malachai Nicolle, creators of Axe Cop, will do a live Q&A, show images and videos of new Axe Cop material, etc. Always a fun and highly interactive panel.

Mythic Fiction Comics: The Next Mega-Genre?Room: 3AB
 Time: 12:00 – 1:00
From MageSandman and Bone to FablesCastle WaitingHellboy and more, mythic fiction has been a fascinating — and growing — presence in comics. What is mythic fiction? Why is it so popular? And could it really become the next big thing in the comics field? Join moderator Kurt Busiek (Arrowsmith), Matt Wagner (Mage), Rachel Edidin (Dark Horse Comics), Bill Willingham (Fables) and Chris Roberson (Memorial) for a lively discussion about mythic fiction in comics, from its roots to it future.

ECCC Spotlight Series: Brandon Graham and Adam Warren in Conversation
  Room: 211
 Time: 1:00 – 2:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators.Brandon Graham and Adam Warren join you this hour for a conversation talking about finer points of their work. Their western takes on manga have delighted readers locally and abroad. Expect a vivid and lively discussion.

Get THE WALKING DEAD Volume 1 FREE at Emerald City Comic Con 2012 (ECCC)

ComiXology and Skybound partner up to give out 2,500 free digital copies of The Walking Dead Vol. 1

Following the unprecedented demand for the free Walking Dead Vol.1 giveaway at WonderCon ’12 earlier this month, comiXology – the world’s largest digital comics platform available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web– will be at Emerald City Comicon’12 doing it again! So make sure you visit comiXology (booth #308) during Emerald City Comicon at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington from March 30th-April 1st to get one of 2,500 free digital comic giveaway codes for The Walking Dead Vol.1.

Teaming up once again with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s Skybound, comiXology is out make ECCC’12 unforgettable for comic fans with a free “taste” of the first graphic novel — regularly $8.99 for 140 pages —that the hit The Walking Dead TV show is based on. The first 2,500 Emerald City Comicon’12 attendees to come by comiXology’s booth (#308) will receive a limited edition promotional postcard imprinted with a unique download code redeemable for The Walking Dead Vol. 1 exclusively on comiXology.com in exchange for an email sign up.

In addition to the must-have The Walking Dead Vol. 1 giveaway, comiXology will be providing a hands on demonstrations of it’s Comics by comiXology digital comics platform at their booth all weekend long. Comic fans should not miss their chance to get a look at the all new 3.1 iOS upgrade that includes the CMX-HD digital comics format for the new iPad and features new sharing capabilities.

All ECCC ’12 attendees are invited to attend the special “ComiXology Open Discussion Panel” where comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger will answer questions from the audience on “Everything Digital” with no topic off limits. The “ComiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital Panel” will be on Saturday, March 31st from 2:00pm- 3:00pm in Room 3.

Most recently, comiXology was in the news for their Comics by comiXology 3.1 iOS update. This update featured not only new sharing capabilities but also the debut of CMX-HD digital comics format to meet the challenge of the new iPad screen. ComiXology debuted 3.1 with a little over 100 titles in this new format. And, only five days later, comiXology was able to offer over 1,000 titles in CMX-HD format. CMX-HD upgraded files are a free upgrade to those who have previously purchased and at no additional cost for new purchases.

Shortly before the 3.1 announcement, comiXology announced they had surpassed 50 million comic books and graphic novel downloads since the inception of their Comics by comiXology digital comics platform – with 5 million of those downloads happening in this past December alone. In addition, this past October saw Comics by comiXology start to consistently chart as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store on new comics release day — a trend that has continued throughout 2012. Then in November, Comics by comiXology was selected as a pre-loaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire alongside Facebook and Twitter. By the end of 2011, comiXology had powered three of the top 20 grossing iPad apps — with Comics by comiXology coming in at number 11 for the entire year.

What: Emerald City Comicon 2012

When: March 30th – April 1st, 2012

Where: The Washington State Convention Center, Seattle WA
Booth #: 308

Giveaway: Limited edition promotional postcard imprinted with a unique download code redeemable for The Walking Dead Vol. 1 exclusively on comiXology.com in exchange for an email sign up.

Panels: Saturday, March 31st from 2:00pm – 3:00pm – ComiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital Panel with comiXology’s David Steinberger – Room 203.

About comiXology
Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web— comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.
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About The Walking Dead: “The Walking Dead” is a monthly black-and-white comic book series created by Robert Kirkman that follows a group of survivors through a world overrun by The Walking Dead as they struggle to survive an even deadlier threat: Living humans so terrified about their own survival that they are willing to sacrifice everything else. Winner of the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series, the Skybound comic has been translated into more than 30 languages, and is available in over 50 countries worldwide. IGN called it “one of the best monthly comics available” and Complex hails it as “one of the best comic series of all time.” It’s also become the highest-rated drama on basic cable of all time. The AMC television series, with Kirkman serving as a writer and executive producer, had 11 million viewers for the season two premiere and was instantly renewed for a third season. As the first TV drama to be launched around the world simultaneously, it’s in 120 countries, translated into 33 languages and is in 250 million households. The Walking Dead also dominated the New York Times’ bestseller lists for graphic novels and was the top seller for 2011. www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.
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via comiXology Press Release

Hero Initiative At Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) and Bowling to Raise Money with Special Guests!

Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need is heading to Emerald City Comic Con March 30 through April 1 in Seattle, Wash. at the Washington State Convention Center. We have many special guests, and we are going BOWLING!

That’s right! We’re bowling to raise money for our cause on Friday March 30 at 8pm! There are 24 spots to bowl with a special guest including Jim Valentino, Francis Manapul, Barry Kitson, Tony Parker and more at Garage Billiards at 1130 Broadway in downtown Seattle! (http://www.garagebilliards.com) For $40 you get 2 games with a special guest, shoe rental, a drink ticket and five raffle tickets to win a bowling pin designed by artists such as Joe Linsner or Matt Wagner!

You never know who will show up! Go to http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290689940957 to secure your spot!

And if you don’t want to bowl, come and have some fun! The custom bowling pins can be won by ANYONE who shows up! Raffle tickets are $5 each, and tickets will be sold all day Friday at booth number #807 and all evening at the event. Winners MUST BE present.

And of course our special guests at the booth will be signing and sketching for us. Check it out!

Friday, March 30 (hours 2-8)

  • 2:00-3:00 – Keu Cha
  • 3:00-4:00 – Scott Morse
  • 4:00-5:00 – Mike Oeming
  • 5:00-7:00 – Bill Willingham

Saturday, March 31 (hours 10-7)

  • 12:30-:130 – Jim Valentino
  • 1:30-2:30 – Adi Granov
  • 4:30-6:30 – Chrissie Zullo

Sunday, April 1 (hours 10-5)

  • 10:30-11:30 – Steve Lieber
  • 11:30-12:30 – Matt Fraction
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
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Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
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via Hero Initiative Press Release