Star Wars Celebration To Be Held In Anaheim April 16-19, 2015

SWCVII Announcement - Star Wars Celebration - Anaheim - April 16-19 - 2015 - DisneyThe Force” will be strong in Anaheim as Star Wars Celebration recently announced it will gather next at the Anaheim Convention Center April 16-19, 2015.

“The Star Wars franchise has a tremendous following and fan base,” said Jay Burress, president and CEO of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “This pop culture phenomenon will meet here for the first time in Anaheim. We look forward to welcoming Star Wars Celebration to our destination.”

Attendance at previous Star Wars Celebration events reached in excess of 30,000 attendees. With the upcoming release of the next Star Wars film, Reed Exhibitions, which organizes Star Wars Celebration, anticipates that the attendance of Star Wars Celebration VII will be closer to 35,000. Reed Exhibitions estimates that the show typically generates $28 million to the local economy.

Tickets to the 2015 event are on sale now. For more information visit www.starwarscelebration.com.

About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions organizes 500 events in 41 countries. In 2012 Reed Exhibitions’ events brought together 7 million participants from the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Events organized include trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and meetings. For more information, visit www.reedexpo.com.

About Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau
The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) is Orange County, California’s largest destination marketing organization. It is a non-profit marketing organization dedicated to promoting Anaheim/Orange County as a premier leisure, convention and meeting destination. For more information, call (714) 765-8888 or visit anaheimoc.org. Follow the AOCVCB on Facebook (AnaheimOC), Twitter (@Anaheim_OC) and Pinterest (AnaheimOC).

via Anaheim visitor & Convention Bureau

DC Entertainment Reveals Their WonderCon Anaheim 2013 Exclusives!

WonderCon Anaheim 2013 is only two weeks from now and DC Entertainment has revealed their exclusives for the show. So far there are three exclusives that will be available and they are the official WonderCon Anaheim T-Shirt, Batman #17 variant cover and Justice League of America #1 variant cover.

WonderCon Anaheim 2013 - DC Entertainment - Jim Lee - Superman Unchained - Official T-Shirt - SMIf you haven’t already heard, this year, the official WonderCon Anaheim convention T-shirt features an iconic image of Superman drawn by Jim Lee, DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and artist of this summer’s new series SUPERMAN UNCHAINED written by Scott Snyder. This art is also featured on the cover of the official convention Program Book. Here’s a first look at the t-shirt!

DCE’s WonderCon Anaheim exclusive variant covers envelop two of DC Comics’ most popular series! Priced at $10 each, the BATMAN #17 and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 variant covers are must-have collector’s items.

WonderCon Anaheim 2013 - DC Comics - Batman 17 - Death of the Family - Greg Capullo - Scott Snyder - VariantIllustrated by fan favorite artist Greg Capullo, the WonderCon Anaheim cover for BATMAN #17, written by Scott Snyder, takes the popular die-cut covers from “Death of the Family” and brings them back one last time for the epic final issue. The cover depicts The Joker’s face folded over Bruce Wayne’s, with purple background, to create a lasting impression while representing the ground breaking crossover which featured the Clown Prince of Crime’s triumphant return to DC COMICS—THE NEW 52.

WonderCon Anaheim 2013 - DC Comics - Justice League of America - Geoff Johns - David Finch - VariantJUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1, the newly launched ongoing series written by Geoff Johns, arrives with a new variant to complete your collection of now over 52 covers for the issue. Like the other covers drawn by series artist David Finch, the WonderCon Anaheim exclusive cover shows key members of the JLA raising the U.S. flag in color, while the other members of the team stand watch in a black and white background.

The first of DC Collectibles WonderCon Anaheim exclusives features Green Lantern’s Guy Gardner and Larfleeze. The highly-articulated 3.75″ PVC figures will include character specific accessories including Glomulus.  The new two-pack will be available for $30.

WonderCon Anaheim 2013 - Exclusive - Guy Gardner - Larfleeze - Glomulus - Green Lantern - DC Collectibles - Orange Lantern LGThe other exclusive is the new Aardman two-pack featuring Classic Batman and Robin. Based on the popular shorts that air every Saturday as part of the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network, the figures are 6.375” and 9.5” respectively and will be available for $40.

WonderCon Anaheim 2013 - Exclusive - Aardman Classic Batman and Robin - DC Collectibles - Cartoon Network - DC Nation LG2WonderCon Anaheim takes place March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. To purchase the T-shirt, variant covers, and DC Collectibles exclusives, head on over to the DC Collectibles Boutique at the Graphitti Designs booth (#1001), where they will be available while supplies last. And visit the DC Entertainment booth (#801) to meet some of your favorite writers and artists.

via DC Entertainment Press Release

Hero Initiative hits WonderCon with Dawn creator Joseph Michael Linsner

Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need, attends WonderCon on March 16-18, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center located at 800 West Katella in Anaheim, California. Joining us will be Dawn creator Joseph Michael Linsner. Joe will be at the Hero Initiative booth, #204, all weekend.

Joe will have books and original art on hand and will be doing sketches, so don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! “Hero is a fantastic organization that does so much good for the comics community that I feel honored to be able to help out in any way I can,” said Linsner. “The heroic folks at Hero really live up to their name. All they need are capes—they already have super-powers.”

Marv Wolfman, Christian Gossett, Mark Waid, Mike McKone, and Scott Koblish will also be stopping by for signings and sketches throughout the weekend. Check details below.

Additional schedule:

  • Friday, March 16 (con hours 12-7)
    • 3:00-4:00: Marv Wolfman
  • Saturday, March 17 (con hours 10-7)
    • 10:30-12:30: Christian Gossett
    • 2:30-3:30: Mark Waid
    • 4:30-5:30: Mike McKone
  • Sunday, March 18 (con hours 11-5)
    • 1:00-2:30: Scott Koblish

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 Hero Initiative or call 626-676-6354.

Independent Toymakers Panel at WonderCon 2012

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own custom plush and vinyl toys? Well, don’t miss this panel coming to WonderCon next week! Independent toymakers will spill their guts on how they got their start in taking an idea and making it into something you can hold.

  • Friday March 16th
    1:30-2:30pm
    Room 203AB
  • Nitin Bhargava (Kidrobot)
  • Dan Goodsell (Mr. Toast)
  • Kerry Horvath and Darth Rimmer (Evil Ice Cream)
  • Patrick Lam (Munky King)
  • Kris Schantz (Happy Worker)
  • Doug Gauthier (Hey Soupface)
  • Moderated by Wendy Bryan (I Heart Guts)

Come and check out this fantastic panel featuring fab folks from DKE Toys, Mr.Toast, Munky King, Evil Ice Cream, Happy Worker, Hey Soupface and I Heart Guts.

via I Heart Guts

WonderCon 2012 Program Book Revealed At Last!

This program book will be your “official guide” to WonderCon and features special guest biographies, programming schedules, etc. to help you through the convention. You’ll notice that the artwork is the same as the one from the full page ads that’s you’ve seen. Cover Art for WonderCon 2012’s Program Book is done by special guest Ryan Sook and features DC’s New 52 versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. I’ve also included a copy of what the post card looks like if you were lucky enough to receive one.

Marvel and The Avengers Assemble at D23 2011

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige assembles Avengers cast members and Marvel CCO Joe Quesada holds special panel

Disney’s D23 Expo, the company’s epic fan event, will be held from August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center, and this year looks to be simply Marvelous with the House of Ideas featuring prominently during two major Expo events.

On Saturday, August 20, Marvel Studios President, Production, Kevin Feige joins Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios; Sean Bailey, President, production, The Walt Disney Studios; and John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios on stage at the D23 Arena for the Expo’s Walt Disney Studios presentation. Feige, will be on hand along with an awesome assemblage of cast members from “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

But that’s not all, True Believers! On Sunday, August 21, Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada brings you inside the House of Ideas with a very special Marvel presentation and Q&A that provides a behind-the-scenes look at Marvel and its iconic super heroes. Join him for an exclusive and unprecedented experience that will take you through the evolution of Marvel from its first comic book in 1939 to its current position as one of the most important creative forces in the world.

D23 will be an amazing experience and we hope you can attend! But if you can’t, don’t worry–we’ll bring the Marvel events directly to you! Marvel.com Editorial Director Agent M will be there, posting tweets and photos, and hosting liveblogs of both Marvel sessions! Sign up for both liveblogs below or on Marvel’s Facebook page, and follow both @Marvel and @Agent_M on Twitter for all the action!

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Disney Consumer Products Takes Guests to the Heart of the Magic at D23 Expo 2011 Inside the Disney Living Pavilion

 

Disney Consumer Products (DCP) will showcase an extensive collection of Disney merchandise and interactive experiences inside its Disney Living Pavilion at the ultimate Disney fan event, D23 Expo, held at the Anaheim Convention Center from August 19-21.

In the Disney Living Pavilion, D23 Expo attendees can explore the ultimate Disney lifestyle through the neighborhoods of “Style,” “Play” and “Celebrations.” From the latest toys and newest fashions to the ultimate Disney birthday party and some of the most beloved Disney classics such as Disney It’s a Small World, guests can experience all things Disney through an immersive environment featuring: exclusive and never-before-seen products; meet and greets with artists, designers, authors and innovators; hands-on demos and activities; and live performances at the Disney Living Pavilion stage.

Guests can commemorate the event with specially released D23 merchandise including a new Hallmark keepsake ornament, a Toy Story Woody action figure and Finn McMissile Cars vehicle from Mattel, a Minnie Mouse plush from Just Play, limited-edition 25th anniversary items from Disney Store, and more.

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with Disney Consumer Products’ online communities in the Disney Living Social Media lounge. Watch favorite Disney Living videos, virtually check-in and join social networking activities like Tweet-ups and participate in giveaways.

DCP’s exciting line-up of events and attractions includes:

Stage Shows

  • On Stage 23, the United States Postal Service and Disney will celebrate the First Day of Issue Ceremony for the Disney·Pixar Send A Hello Commemorative Stamps featuring original designs of beloved characters from films such as Cars, Ratatouille, Toy Story, Up and WALL•E. With special guests John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and Ronald A. Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General, United States Postal Service, plus an artist signing following the ceremony, this is a must-see event. (Aug. 19, 4:15 p.m.)
  • On Stage 28, guests can enjoy the “it’s a small world: Celebrating 45 Years” panel discussion. Panel luminaries include experts from Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney Parks and Resorts and Disney Consumer Products, as well as Disney legend Alice Davis – who along with fellow legend Mary Blair researched, designed and supervised the creation of more than 150 costumes for the original attraction. (Aug. 19, 1 p.m.)

Disney Play at the Disney Living Pavilion
With toys featuring everyone’s favorite Disney characters and stories, there is something for all ages.

  • Making its first public appearance, Rock Star Mickey, the new animated plush from Fisher-Price will rock out at D23 Expo. Don’t miss a special performance with rocker and Broadway star Constantine Marioulis and Rock Star Mickey on the Disney Living Pavilion center stage. Releasing this holiday season at retailers nationwide, Rock Star Mickey is already generating buzz as a must-have holiday gift. Mickey really gets things going as he sings, bobs his head, dances across the stage and finishes with his signature move — the mouska-split — where he plays the guitar with his nose!
  • At the Mattel booth, the whole family can enjoy some quality time playing with the newest Disney toys from Mattel including the latest Cars die-cast vehicles and new space-themed Toy Story playset and action figures. Plus, be the first to see the Ultimate Disney Princess castle and VIP doll collection inspired by the hottest Disney Channel stars releasing this fall just in time for the holidays. Fans can snap up specially released D23 merchandise from Mattel including a Toy Story Woody action figure and Finn McMissile Cars vehicle.
  • In the JAKKS Pacific area, kids can live out their favorite stories with an exciting display of Disney Princess and Disney Fairies role play and playsets. They can also enjoy carnival-style games from Just Play and check out the limited-edition Minnie Mouse plush available for the first time at D23 Expo. And no visit to the Disney Play neighborhood is complete without a picture next to a life-sized Lightning McQueen created entirely out of LEGO® bricks.

Disney Style
Guests can experience an array of Disney-inspired apparel, accessories and art in the Disney Style neighborhood.

  • The Disney It’s a Small World area will feature fashionable infant and children’s clothing and accessories inspired by Mary Blair’s original art of the iconic attraction. Kids can create Disney It’s a Small World-inspired arts and crafts and participate in a shoe styling competition. A Nordstrom pop-up shop will feature the latest infant and toddler apparel collection, TOMS Shoes and BASQ personal care products.
  • Guests can meet the artists and get an autograph from winners of fashion leader Uniqlo’s “Mickey By” global t-shirt design contest. They can also preview and purchase Hallmark’s cherished annual Disney keepsake ornament featuring a Pook-a-Looz style Steamboat Willie, available first for D23 Expo guests. And at Retro 51, makers of fine writing instruments, guests are invited to drop off the ugliest pen they own at their booth to compete for cool prizes because “Life is too short to carry an ugly pen!”™
  • At the Disney Beauty lounge, guests can stop by for pampering and special beauty demonstrations. Kids can have fun, too, with Disney face art and hair styling. Nutrition, health and wellness will take center stage in the Disney Food and Health area. Here guests will receive tips about nutrition and exercise, get snack and meal ideas, learn fun ways to stay healthy and spin a prize wheel for giveaways.
  • Guests can enjoy The Wonderful Words of Disney sponsored by Disney Publishing and discover classic tales and new adventures in this comfortable reading area. From paper to iPad, guests can immerse themselves in the Disney library. There are daily storytelling sessions, and guests can go “Behind the Page” at panel discussions and signings with Disney authors Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson and Don Hahn on Stage 28.
  • Throughout the Disney Style neighborhood, collectors will find treasures and limited-edition offers. This is the place to meet Disney artists, see them at work, hear their inspirations and have pieces signed and dedicated. Guests may wish to participate in the “Disney Storytellers: Artists of Walt Disney Animation Studios” panel discussion (Aug. 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Disney Living Pavilion Center Stage)
Disney Celebrations
At the Disney Celebrations neighborhood, guests will not only be able to join the festivities and activities of a real party with balloons and games, but also have fun learning directly from party planning experts how to make magnificent balloon bouquets, decorate a winning cake and cupcakes, and find the best Disney party decorations. Guests will also be treated to daily birthday cupcake giveaways from DecoPac.

Disney Store
Be one of the first to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Disney Store in its 1,500 square foot pop-up shop at D23 Expo where guests can preview Disney Store’s new fall line, as well as specially released D23 Expo items such as limited-edition anniversary merchandise (only available at the event, and to D23 Members shopping on DisneyStore.com after the event, while supplies last), Vinylmation, new Wish-a-Littles from the Kidada for Disney Store collection, and more. On the pavilion’s center stage, guests can watch the unveiling of Disney Store’s enchanting new Disney Princess Designer Dolls and a fashion parade debuting the 2011 Disney Store Halloween Costume collection. Additionally, Kidada Jones, celebrity jewelry designer, will also make a special guest appearance and unveil her all-new Vinylmation.

Disney Baby
Upstairs in the Baby Care Lounge hosted by Disney Baby, moms can enjoy a moment of serenity and tend to young ones in private. Special prizes will be given away in the lounge, which will be equipped with changing tables and product samples.

Tickets to D23 Expo 2011 are available at http://www.D23Expo.com. Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 Expo and can be purchased for single days or for the full three days of festivities. Admission is $42 for a one-day adult ticket and $32 for children 3-12. Three-day passes are $121 for adults and $91 for children. Members of D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans will receive a discount on admission as well as early entry to each day of the D23 Expo for themselves and their guests. More details about D23 Expo entertainment, events and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can keep up with all the news by visiting www.D23Expo.com, as well as by following “Disney D23” on Twitter and Facebook.

About D23 Expo 2011
The D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings the entire world of Disney under one roof, providing attendees with unprecedented access to Disney films, television and theme parks. For schedules, live updates, interactive features and tools, polls and much more, check out the D23 Expo mobile app at www.D23mobile.com! To be part of the D23 Expo conversation, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 and tag your tweets with #D23Expo. For questions during the D23 Expo, get answers by sending tweets to @D23Expo.

About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923, when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 88-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication Disney twenty-three; a rich website at www.disney.com/D23; a new collectibles line, the Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year, highlighted by the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, August 19-21, 2011.

About Disney Consumer Products
Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) and its affiliates that extends the Disney brand to merchandise ranging from apparel, toys, home décor and books and magazines to foods and beverages, stationery, electronics and fine art. This is accomplished through DCP’s various lines of business which include: Disney Toys, Disney Fashion & Home and Disney Food, Health & Beauty. Other businesses involved in Disney’s consumer products sales are Disney Publishing Worldwide, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines, and www.DisneyStore.com and www.DisneyStore.co.uk, the company’s official shopping portals. The Disney Stores retail chain, which debuted in 1987, is owned and operated by Disney in North America, Europe, and Japan. For more information, please visit Disney Consumer Products or follow us at www.YouTube.com/DisneyLiving, www.Facebook.com/DisneyLiving and www.Twitter.com/DisneyLiving.

via Disney Press Release

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Take Fans Through the “Carousel of Projects” at D23 Expo

Drawing inspiration from a classic attraction that debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and has made stops at Disneyland in California and Magic Kingdom in Florida, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts invites attendees to hop aboard the “Carousel of Projects” for a sneak peek at concepts, designs, models, storytelling tools, and technologies currently being developed at Walt Disney Imagineering for Disney parks around the world. Throughout the weekend, exclusively at the D23 Expo, fans will get a look at the latest details for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ 11 parks and five resorts around the world, as well as Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club, including:

  • Actual figures, props and ride vehicles for Radiators Springs Racers, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the building of Cars Land, the newest land at Disney California Adventure which opens next year.
  • The opportunity to meet a classic Disney icon in an entirely new way.
  • Concepts, models and plans for Fantasyland, one of the most ambitious expansions in the 40-year history of Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
  • What’s new at Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club.

In addition to the pavilion, D23 Expo attendees will also have the chance to attend numerous presentations and panel discussions. On Friday, August 19, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs will give guests in the 4,000-seat main arena an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at some of the biggest projects currently underway at Disney parks, featuring a few surprises along the way. Imagineers and cast members who create and operate Disney’s parks, resorts, cruise ships, and other vacation experiences will take fans behind-the-magic with nine exciting presentations including:

Friday, August 19

  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm — The Making of The Little Mermaid — Ariel’s Undersea Adventure — Imagineers Lisa Girolami, Larry Nikolai, and Chris Crump take you behind the scenes. (Stage 28)

Saturday, August 20

  • 2:45 – 3:45 pm — A Good Look at Buena Vista Street — Imagineers Lisa Girolami, Ray Spencer, and Coulter Winn provide a preview of the new entrance to Disney California Adventure, an idealized depiction of the Los Angeles Walt Disney lived and worked in throughout the 1920s and 1930s. (Stage 28)
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm — Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering — Disney Legend Marty Sklar will lead a celebration of the careers and accomplishments of Walt Disney Imagineering, including Alice Davis, Orlando Ferrante, Bob Gurr, and Don Iwerks. With special guest and current Imagineer Kim Irvine, daughter of Disney Legend Leota Toombs. (Stage 28)
  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm — Imagineering’s Guide to Creativity and Innovation — A panel of Imagineers discuss how they use storytelling and technology to make Disney magic. (Stage 28)

Sunday, August 21

  • 9:15 – 10:00 am — Imagineering the Dream and the Fantasy — Imagineers Joe Lanzisero and Bob Zalk talk about charting the design course of the two newest Disney cruise ships. (Stage 23)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm — Radiator Springs Reality: Imagineering Cars Land for Disney California Adventure — Join Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter and a panel of Imagineers and Pixar creative talent (including Roger Gould) as they share the twists and turns through the real-life development of Radiator Springs. (Stage 23)
  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm — The Making of Star Tours – Stage 23 — The Adventures Continue — Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald will share the inside scoop on how Walt Disney Imagineering and George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic began laying the groundwork for a new version of Star Tours. (Stage 23)
  • 5:15 – 6:15 pm More of the Wonderful World of Vintage Disneyland and Walt Disney World — Film preservationist Ed Hobelman and Imagineer Tony Baxter look back at vintage footage. (Stage 23)

In addition, and for the first time, the Parks and Resorts pavilion will also feature Mickey’s of Glendale, an outlet of Walt Disney Imagineering’s employee-only store, where—for just three days—guests can shop for “Carousel of Projects” souvenirs and collectibles and Walt Disney Imagineering merchandise not available anywhere else.

via Disney D23