Image Comics Exclusives and Panels at New York Comic Con 2012

Image Comics will be at New York Comic Con in full force, with top creators signing and must-have exclusives at their booth in the Javits Center during the October 11-13 convention. In addition, the New York Comic Con programming schedule features ten Image Comics-related panels with discussions both wide-ranging and craft-focused.
The Image creators who will be signing exclusives at the Image Comics booth (#1229):

  • Robert Kirkman (NYCC Spotlight Guest) — NYCC Exclusive red foil-stamped THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM VOLUME ONE hardcover (limited to 1500) and THIEF OF THIEVES VOLUME ONE: “I QUIT!” hardcover (limited to 1000)
  • Brian K. Vaughan (NYCC Spotlight Guest) and Fiona Staples (NYCC Featured Guest)— NYCC Exclusive SAGA bookplate (limited to 200, included with purchase of SAGA VOLUME ONE)
  • Jonathan Hickman (NYCC Spotlight Guest) — NYCC Exclusive THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS VOLUME ONE: SCIENCE, BAD hardcover (limited to 500)
  • Tim Seeley — NYCC Exclusive Stjepan Sejic WITCHBLADE #160 variant (limited to 1000)
  • Ron Marz (NYCC Special Guest)— NYCC Exclusive Stjepan Sejic ARTIFACTS #21 variant (limited to 1000)
  • Joe Harris (NYCC Special Guest) — NYCC Exclusive GREAT PACIFIC #1 variant (limited to 500)
  • Nick Spencer — NYCC Exclusive BEDLAM #1 variant (limited to 500)

These exclusive ashcans will be available at the creators’ Artist Alley tables:

  • Jim Zub (NYCC Special Guest) — NYCC Exclusive SKULLKICKERS #18 sketch cover variant, available at Artist Alley table #W11 (limited to 100)
    Ed Brisson and Michael Walsh — NYCC Exclusive COMEBACK #1 ashcan, available at Artist Alley table #Q18B
    Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore — NYCC Exclusive THE LEGEND OF LUTHER STRODE ashcan, available at Artist Alley table #BB15

Other Image creators signing at the booth include:

  • Grant Morrison (NYCC Spotlight Guest) (HAPPY!)
  • Howard Chaykin (BLACK KISS II)
  • Glen Brunswick and Whilce Portacio (NYCC Featured Guest) (NON-HUMANS)
  • Alex de Campi (NYCC Special Guest) and Christine Larsen (VALENTINE)
  • Jay Faerber (POINT OF IMPACT, NEAR DEATH)
  • Sina Grace (NOT MY BAG)
  • Jeremy Haun (THE DARKNESS)
  • Matt Hawkins (THINK TANK, CYBER FORCE)
  • David Hine (NYCC Featured Guest) (THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN, THE DARKNESS)
  • Jason Howard (NYCC Featured Guest) (SUPER DINOSAUR)
  • Shawn Martinbrough (THIEF OF THIEVES)
  • Jim McCann and Rodin Esquejo (MIND THE GAP)
  • Ben McCool and Ben Templesmith (PIGS, CHOKER)
  • Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder (NYCC Featured Guest) (HALLOWEEN EVE)
  • Scott Snyder (NYCC Spotlight Guest), Scott Tuft, and Attilla Futaki (SEVERED);
  • Christian Weiser, Tony Trov, and Johnny Zito (D.O.G.S. OF MARS)
  • Lee David Zlotoff and Will Sliney (MACGYVER)

A full, updated Image Comics signing schedule will be released before the convention. Please note that signings and exclusives are subject to change.

The Image Comics programming at NYCC will feature a one-on-one conversations with THE WALKING DEAD creator and Image partner Robert Kirkman, a SAGA panel with creative team Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, panels on craft with writers and artists, discussions of science fiction and gender issues, as well as the highly anticipated “The Image Comics Experience” panel, where attendees will be the first to hear new Image Comics announcements.

The full listing of Image Comics NYCC programming follows.

THURSDAY

The Image Revolution Documentary
Twenty years ago, the seven biggest superstars in comics created a company that changed the industry and started a creator rights revolution. From Spawn to The Walking Dead, discover the highs, lows, secrets and controversies of Image Comics in an exclusive sneak preview of The Image Revolution, a new documentary from the creators of Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods and Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts. Speaking on the panel will be director Patrick Meaney, producer Jordan Rennert and Sequart’s Mike Phillips, along with moderator F.J. De Santo, and a special guest! At San Diego Comic Con, Marc Silvestri appeared on the panel, who will be on this one? Date: 10/11/12 Thursday, Time: 6:30 PM, Location: 1A04

FRIDAY

Wondrous Worlds, Fractured Futures: Speculative Fiction and Image Comics
With the unlimited potential of comics, there is perhaps no better medium for speculative fiction than comics. Limited only by their imaginations, Image Comics creators have been creating far-flung universes where science, fantasy, and technology explode in rich possibilities. Find out why they choose science fiction, how they build worlds, and what inspires them. Panelists: Brian K. Vaughan, Brian Wood, Joe Harris, Glen Brunswick, Ming Doyle, David Hine, Fiona Staples; Moderator: Eric Stephenson, Date: 10/12/2012 Friday, Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Location: 1A06

Skybound: On the Rise
There’s no limit on what to expect from SKYBOUND, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics. THIEF OF THIEVES is a breakout hit and already been optioned by AMC, GUARDING THE GLOBE supplies another monthly fix for the Invincible universe, the all-ages smash SUPER DINOSAUR is about to blow up in a big way… so what’s next? Join Robert Kirkman as he discusses the imprint’s future with his stable of creators! Panelists: Robert Kirkman, Shawn Martinbrough, Jason Howard, and special guests; Moderator: Sean Mackiewicz, Date: 10/12/2012 Friday, Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM, Location: 1A14

Drawing the Line: Artists on Creator-Owned Comics
Art is as integral to comics as story, and what readers see before they read a word. Independent comics give artists the freedom to create their own worlds and characters. How do some of independent comics’ top artists bring to paper what they and the writers they work with imagine? Delve into the ink-stained world of character design, sequential storytelling, and writer-wrangling with the artists on Nowhere Men, Revival, Luther Strode, Non-Humans, Perhapanauts, and Saga. Panelists: Nate Bellegarde, Mike Norton, Tradd Moore, Whilce Portacio, Craig Rousseau, and Fiona Staples; Moderator: Eric Stephenson, Date: 10/12/2012 Friday, Time: 6:30:00 PM – 7:30:00 PM, Location: 1A23

SATURDAY

The Image Comics Experience

Image Comics brings together some of the most exciting rising stars in comics today and established creators alike to talk about the past, present, and future of Image Comics. Join Publisher Eric Stephenson to experience a lively conversation with surprise guests, and be among the first to hear some big announcements! Moderator: Eric Stephenson, Date: 10/13/2012 Saturday, Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Location: 1A23

The Top Cow Universe’s New Era
Are you interested in writing or drawing comic books? Then YOU need to come to the Top Cow panel where the Image imprint’s top talent will tell you about what it’s like to create comics like Cyber Force, The Darkness, Witchblade, Think Tank and more! Get a first look at new art! Find out what’s going on with The Darkness movie in development! And get the latest on the Top Cow Talent Hunt, in which TWO lucky writers and TWO lucky artists will get jobs. All attendees will also get an awesome exclusive! Panelists: Nelson Blake II, Jeremy Haun, David Hine, Ron Marz, and Tim Seeley; Moderator: Matt Hawkins, Date: 10/13/2012 Saturday, Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Location: 1A14

The Writers Room
Some of comics’ best writers will talk about the challenges, triumphs, and idiosyncrasies of the comics creative process. Find out how comics like Happy!, Saga, and The Manhattan Projects are conceived, written, and brought to the printed page from the writers who knew them from “PAGE ONE, PANEL ONE.”
Panelists: Grant Morrison, Brian K. Vaughan, and Jonathan Hickman, Moderator: Jonathan Ross, Date: 10/13/2012 Saturday, Time: 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM, Location: 1A21

Saga: Sex, Drugs & Rocketships
Saga launched in March 2012 amid great anticipation, excitement, high hopes, and a little controversy and quickly became one of the top-selling independent comics of the year, second only to The Walking Dead. Creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples will talk about how they made an epic mash-up of science fiction, fantasy, and romance into the comic industry’s biggest sensation—and hint at what’s in store for Alana, Marko, and baby Hazel! Panelists: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Moderator: Eric Stephenson, Date: 10/13/2012 Saturday, Time: 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM, Location: 1A10

SUNDAY

Creating Comics with Two X-Chromosomes: Real Talk with Image’s Female Creators

The subject of women in comics is often dominated by controversy, but what about conversation? Join some of comics’ top female writers and artists for some candid talk about working the comics industry. Does being a woman make a difference? What perspectives do female creators bring to a male-dominated industry? All that and more—with women who use their talent to get ahead! Panelists: Jordie Bellaire, Alex de Campi, Christine Larsen, Ming Doyle, Amy Reeder, and Fiona Staples; Moderator: Jennifer de Guzman, Date: 10/14/2012 Sunday, Time: 10:45AM – 11:45AM. Location: 1A14

Kirkmania!

Robert Kirkman, creator of the global sensations THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE and THIEF OF THIEVES, opens the floor to all his fans in this lively and engaging Q&A session., Panelist: Robert Kirkman
Date: 10/14/2012 Sunday, Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM, Location: 1E13

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Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes Kids Love Comics Pavilion for 2012!

Baltimore Comic-Con offers interactive Kids Love Comics Pavilion with artists, how-to’s, capes, and a diner booth!

Kids 10 and under get in free with a ticketed adult at the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con on September 8-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center– and there will be a ton of kid-friendly comics, as well as the artists and writers who make them! Creators from such companies as Pixar, Archie, Scholastic, Disney, Simon & Schuster, Marvel, and DC will be on hand to sketch, help teach young ones about the magic of comics through mini-how to’s through the weekend, and to just say “hi,” right at the Kids Love Comics Pavilion!

Activities in this super cool section of the show include:

  • Interactive Comics Talks from some of All-Ages Comics top creators, such as Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Franco (Tiny Titans), and Dan Parent (Archie)
  • Design your own super hero cape
  • Kids Comics Reading and Drawing Booth
  • Creator sketches and autographs

“The Baltimore Comic-Con has always been a welcoming, family-friendly show,” said John Gallagher, creator of the Buzzboy graphic novel series and organizer of the kids section, “so great that I bring my own family here every year.”

Here’s a rundown of the Kids Love Comics Pavilion creators:

This year’s confirmed guests for the show including:

  • Guest of Honor, Stan “The Man” Lee (Saturday only!)
  • Ken Bald (Golden Age Timely/Marvel artist)
  • Marty Baumann (Pixar artist)
  • Brian Bolland (Dial H, Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland)
  • Mark Buckingham (Fables, Doctor Who); Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn)
  • Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales)
  • Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman)
  • Frank Cho (Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows)
  • Steve Conley (Bloop webcomic www.bloopstree.com)
  • Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre)
  • Lar deSouza (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do)
  • Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.)
  • Garth Ennis (The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys)
  • Rich Faber (Roboy Red)
  • David Finch (Batman:  The Dark Knight)
  • John Gallagher (Buzzboy)
  • Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman)
  • Keith Giffen (Superman, O.M.A.C., Green Arrow)
  • Gene Ha (Justice League)
  • Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam)
  • Cully Hamner (Action Comics)
  • Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City)
  • Jamal Igle (KISS, Supergirl, The Ray)
  • J.G. Jones (Wanted, Doc Savage)
  • Barry Kitson (Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four)
  • Joe Kubert (Before Watchmen: Nightowl)
  • Scott Kurtz (PvPonline.com)
  • David Mack (Kabuki)
  • Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo)
  • Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman)
  • Mark Morales (Avengers vs. X-Men)
  • Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western)
  • David Petersen (Mouse Guard)
  • Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin)
  • John Romita, Jr. (Avengers Vs. X-Men)
  • Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge)
  • Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot)
  • Walter Simonson (Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers)
  • Ryan Sohmer (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do)
  • Scott Snyder (Batman, Severed, Swamp Thing)
  • Brian Stelfreeze (ICE)
  • Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9)
  • Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin)
  • Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born, Shi)
  • Matt Wagner (Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel)
  • Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredeemable)
  • Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein)
  • Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).

In the 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 on our websiteTwitter, and Facebook pages.

via Baltimore Comic Con Press Release

There’s Going To Be A MONSTER MASSACRE at San Diego Comic-Con 2012

Heavy Metal, the premiere magazine for fantasy and science fiction comics, is proud to announce a special edition that will feature many of the top artists working in comics and fantasy today! Set for mass release in July 2012, Heavy Metal will also be presenting a limited edition version at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 with a wraparound cover collaboration from IFS founder Stanley “Artgerm” Lau and comic legend Jim Steranko.

This special issue is like a who’s who of comics featuring the following creators;

Barnaby Bagus, Toby Cypress, Dave Dorman, Dave Elliott, Alex Horley, Andy Kuhn, Ron Marz, Mark A Nelson, Tom Raney, Philip Tan and Dave Wilkins

“This issue is going to be a blast.” States Atomeka co-founder, Dave Elliott. “Last years issue with Imaginary Friends Studios was great to help put together, but this year I get to contribute as well.” On the subject of the variant covers Dave adds, “The Direct Sales and Newsstand audiences are different, so by offering two covers I hope we can appeal to different audiences that will both enjoy the diverse content.” Imaginary Friends Studio President Stanley “Artgerm” Lau is providing the Newsstand cover while Sami Bari and Jessica Kholinne, who provided exceptions runs on both Power Girl and Voodoo for DC Comics, have produced the Direct Sales cover. Both covers will be available to the Direct Sales Market.

In addition there will be a San Diego Comic-con exclusive cover produced in conjunction with DeviantART who are once again sponsoring Artists Alley at the show. This cover will be a collaboration between Stanley Lau and Jim Steranko.

The back covers to all three editions will have covers by winners of a competition run by Kevin Eastman and Dave Elliott through their DeviantART pages. Stanley Lau will help judge the finalists.

HEAVY METAL Magazine – September 2012
Shipping: July 2012
116 PAGES / FC
$7.95

via Heavy Metal Press Release

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.