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.

More Guests are Added to Baltimore Comic-Con and a Return to North Virginia

The Baltimore Comic-Con continues working to establish an amazing guest list, and is proud to announce the addition of even more guests!

In addition to previously announced guests, the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con, to be held September 8th and 9th at the Baltimore Convention Center, will feature comic superstars Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre), Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Gene Ha (Justice League), Cully Hamner (Action Comics), Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot), Brian Stelfreeze (ICE), Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9), and Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin).

Guest List

The 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con will feature the following previously announced guests:

  • Laura & Michael Allred – Madman, iZombie
  • Greg Capullo – Batman, Spawn
  • Frank Cho – Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows
  • Steve Conley – Bloop
  • Rich Faber – Roboy Red
  • John Gallagher – Buzzboy
  • Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman
  • Keith Giffen – Superman, OMAC, Green Arrow
  • Larry Hama – G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam
  • Dean Haspiel – Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City
  • J.G. Jones – Wanted, Doc Savage
  • Scott Kurtz – PvPonline.com
  • David Mack – Kabuki
  • Ron Marz – Artifacts, Voodoo
  • David Petersen – Mouse Guard
  • Frank Quitely – All Star Superman, Batman & Robin
  • Walter Simonson – Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers
  • Scott Snyder – Batman , Severed, Swamp Thing
  • Billy Tucci – A Child Is Born, Shi
  • Matt Wagner – Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel
  • Mark Waid – Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredemable

…With more on the way! Stay tuned to our website or use the “Sign up” link at the bottom of our website to receive update announcements as we make them!

Baltimore Comic-Con Road Show Continues
Continuing his 2012 road show, this weekend, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter Marc Nathan brings the Baltimore Comic-Con back to his neighbors to the south — Northern Virginia! Marc will be attending the Shoff Baseball & Sports Card Shows & Comic Book & Nonsports Card Show this Sunday, March 11th. Stop by to chat with Marc about the show, and pick up some comics and cards while you’re there! Marc will also have Exhibitor and Artist Alley forms for this years convention on September 8th and 9th.

For more information about Shoff show, please go to their website, http://shoffpromotions.com. The March 11th event will be held at the Tysons Corner, VA Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn), 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102 from 10am-3:30pm, and admission is only $3/person. Be sure to stop by!

Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
press@baltimorecomiccon.com – for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com – for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com – for inquiries about submitted registrations
harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com – for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
general@baltimorecomiccon.com – for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th 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 September 8-9, 2012. 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 7 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.

WonderCon 2012 Guest List Continues to Grow

WonderCon, part of Comic-Con International’s (CCI) family of nonprofit comics conventions, today announced another talented group of special guests, adding to its already impressive line-up. The newly announced guests include award-winning writers and artists from the world of comics as well as screenwriters and novelists. Fan favorite and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee appears on the list of additions, as well as award-winning comics scribes Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Irredeemable, Daredevil) and Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans, Tomb of Dracula).

Attracting 49,000 people in 2011, WonderCon has been an annual event in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1987. Because of renovations at its usual venue, WonderCon will relocate to Southern California for 2012. The three-day celebration of comics and popular art forms will be held in the spacious Anaheim Convention Center March 16-18, 2012, allowing many Southern California fans who might otherwise not make the trip to San Francisco to experience the wildly popular show.

Among the other recently added special guests are Arthur Adams (artist, Monkeyman and O’Brian, Ultimate Comics: X), Ernest Cline (author/screenwriter, Fanboys, Ready Player One), Joe Hill (author, Locke and Key, Heart-Shaped Box), Richard Kadrey (author, Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead), and Richard Starkings (writer/letterer/designer, Elephantmen). For a complete list of special guests and bios, visit http://www.comic-con.org/wc/wc_guests.php.

Because WonderCon is produced by the same organization that hold the annual Comic-Con in San Diego and because of its similar format—sprawling exhibit floor, numerous educational panels, exciting Hollywood appearances, and an extraordinary slate of special guests—some fans are calling the new version of WonderCon “Anaheim Comic-Con.”

“We are hoping Southern California fans will embrace WonderCon for 2012,” said David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for parent company Comic-Con International. “And by all indications that may be the case, as online registration opened only a few days ago to an unprecedented start!” Badges for the popular convention went on sale last week and are available for purchase at http://www.comic-con.org/wc/wc_reg.shtml.

About WonderCon
WonderCon, one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to WonderCon in Anaheim this spring, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) each fall. On the web: WonderCon.orgFacebook.com/comiccon,Twitter.com/wondercon

Marvel’s Comic-Con Panel Breakdown

Marvel takes San Diego by storm this July during Comic-Con International! 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. CebulskiSkottie 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 6DE

Friday, 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 6BCF

Saturday, July 23rd

10:30 – 11:30 AM MARVEL TELEVISION PRESENTS – Marvel’s Head of TV, Jeph 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 TimeX-Men DestinyCaptain America: Super Soldier, Super Hero Squad OnlineSuper Hero Squad 3DS and uDrawMarvel 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 6BCF

Sunday, 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!