Tr!ckster’s Ticket and Symposia Information Has Been Released

Tr!ckster will have once again have their 2-hour symposia (workshops) available. Several topics will be addressed and are currently: PLOT CONSTRUCTION and the perils of pay-offs, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and the shaping of emotion, and WORLD BUILDING and the immaculate reality.

Tickets for SYMPOSIA will be on sale on Friday, June 15, 2012. They will be offered on Brown Paper Tickets at a cost of $40 per ticket. Seating will be limited to 25 persons per workshop. Don’t delay as tickets go extremely fast! Tickets for the ART DEMOS will be offered on site. Participants so far are: James Robinson, Matt Wagner, Mike Allred, Jimmy Palmiotti, Steve Niles, Scott Morse and Ted Mahot. Their press release follows below.

The TR!CKSTER SYMPOSIA are a series of critically-acclaimed workshop gatherings that focus on process, theory, and technique in storytelling across a variety of media. An engaging story is something that truly draws in an audience, hooking them into relatable aspects of the human condition in a way that they can’t deny, whether it be in a book, a film, a poem, or a song. In discussing this age-old process of storytelling, we at TR!CKSTER believe in truly melding the audience with the storytellers in an environment rich in learning and analysis. Everyone is considered a student at TR!CKSTER, from working professional to aspiring artist, and the Symposia have become an ideal exploration of how we as creators can continue to hone our craft. These aim to be much more than a classic speaking panel or signing, seeking to offer a one-of-a-kind experience of learning and collaboration. The Greeks defined a symposium as a “drinking party”. Be prepared.

Each 2-hour SYMPOSIA at TR!CKSTER 2012 will focus on a different aspect of storytelling. Last year, the Symposia included art demonstrations and workshops as well. This year, similar art demos will occur in the afternoons as a series of one-hour drop-in workshops featuring a rotating roster of today’s top artists.

Tickets for the ART DEMOS will be offered on site at the event.

Tickets for the SYMPOSIA will be offered in advance on Brown Paper Tickets at a cost of $40 per ticket, with limited seating of 25 per workshop.

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012. Act quickly as seating is extremely limited.

PARTICIPANTS to be announced shortly, but will include luminaries such as JAMES ROBINSON (Leave It To Chance), MATT WAGNER (Grendel), MIKE ALLRED (Madman), JIMMY PALMIOTTI (Creator Owned Heroes), STEVE NILES (Creator Owned Heroes), SCOTT MORSE (Strange Science Fantasy), TED MATHOT (Rose and Isabel), and other storytellers from comics, film, and web series creation!

PLOT CONSTRUCTION and the perils of pay-offs
Thursday, July 12, 2012 — 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

Seeking impact in a given story requires laying a deft and cunning groundwork that remains invisible to the audience during the telling of the tale. By front-loading and foreshadowing, through set-up and pay-off, we lead our audiences through a rollercoaster ride of emotion while satisfying that need for human connection through shared experience, be it fictional or true.

This 2-hour discussion is designed to stoke the imagination and supply participants with ideas on how to better consider plot elements in the crafting of stories. Participants TBA.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and the shaping of emotion
FRIDAY, July 13, 2012 — 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

“Character” is often considered the core of storytelling. In the telling of finite tales we experience characters growing and learning before our eyes, changing world views and making life-altering decisions that resonate with us on a basic human level, while in episodic stories, it’s the characters that lay the consistent groundwork to help us explore new situations with a steady anchor. What makes “character” tick is a layering of designed, deliberate choices by a storyteller. Broad acting and charming dialogue are the product of what lies beneath the surface of any character: inner turmoil, unspoken hopes and dreams, and conflict.

Join a cadre of today’s top storytellers in this unique 2-hour discussion workshop designed to bolster the craft of creating unique characters from the ground up. Participants TBA.

WORLD BUILDING and the immaculate reality
Saturday, July 14, 2012 — 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

The worlds through which our stories weave aren’t cut from whole cloth: we craft them with careful consideration, always aware of what lies behind the curtain and beyond the horizon, aware that these elements inform the focused view of our central story. If we do our jobs right, a simple glance will convince our audiences that the worlds we create seem fully realized and rich with culture and ideas unique to the intentions of our tales. Religion, politics, social structure, science, and history all play into the coloring of the worlds we create; entering into a storytelling relationship with our audience requires a crafted experience that’s considered from all sides, at all times.

Join today’s leading storytellers as we discuss, in this 2-hour workshop environment, just how worlds are born and are set to collide with confidence. Participants TBA.

via Tr!ckster

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.

Spike TV Unveils 2011 Comic-Con Line Up Featuring a DEADLIEST WARRIOR Panel & Virtual Mobile Scavenger Hunt and Autograph Signings by TNA Wrestlers

Spike TV is taking its hunt for the Deadliest Warrior to San Diego Comic-Con.   The network announced today its plans for the Deadliest Warrior – Vampires Vs. Zombies panel on Thursday, July 21 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, the launch of a new “Deadliest Warrior” augmented reality mobile app available on iPhones and iPads beginning Thursday, July 21 and a hosted video game tournament at the Spike TV Booth for its new “Deadliest Warrior: Legends” game.  During Comic-Con, Spike will also host an autograph signing with TNA wrestlers Kurt Angle and Mickie James on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 at 1:00PM and 3:00PM, respectively, at Booth #3945.

  • Thursday, July 21: “Deadliest Warrior – Vampires Vs. Zombies” panel (Room 25ABC) 10:00 -11:00AMPanel Features WES CRAVEN (“Scream,” “Nightmare on Elm Street”), MAX BROOKS (Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z), STEVE NILES (30 Days of Night), RICHARD “MACK” MACHOWICZ (“Deadliest Warrior” host), DR. ARMAND DORIAN (“Deadliest Warrior” host), RASHA DRACHKOVITCH (“Deadliest Warrior” executive producer), ROBERT DALY (“Deadliest Warrior”) and moderator GEOFF BOUCHER (LA Times writer, HeroComplex.com founder) Vampires and Zombies have terrorized and tantalized their way through pop culture for decades – from “Dracula” to the “Twilight Saga” to “Walking Dead.”  SPIKE TV and its “DEADLIEST WARRIOR” franchise are going to finally answer the question – which of these mythical creatures would come out on top in a fight to the finish?  “DEADLIEST WARRIOR” steps outside the confines of history for this groundbreaking fantasy episode destined to rouse heated debates amongst fans in the blogosphere for months.  The special episode features an array of icons of film and fiction who are authorities on the topic.  Through these expert interviews, scientific tests and careful analysis, it will be determined who would win in a battle to the death between these two iconic groups, Zombies and Vampires. The “DEADLIEST WARRIOR ” team of Richard “Mack” Machowicz, Dr. Armand Dorian, Rasha Drachkovitch, Robert Daly and special guests Wes Craven, Max Brooks and Steve Niles will be on hand for this special Comic-Con panel to make their case for who is, indeed, the fiercest. Acclaimed Los Angeles Times writer and HeroComplex.com founder Geoff Boucher will serve as moderator.
  • Thursday, July 21: “Deadliest Warrior” Virtual Mobile Scavenger Hunt.  Spike TV has partnered with GoldRun to allow Comic-Con attendees to interact with various augmented reality (AR) warriors.  Throughout Comic-Con, attendees will get to enter the world of “Deadliest Warrior.”  Fans will get to hunt and capture the series warriors during the “Deadliest Warrior” Scavenger Hunt.  Users are encouraged to take a picture with the warriors and upload them to the Warrior’s Den Facebook page.
    • “Faceoff” – Attendees to the Spike TV booth will get the opportunity to “Conquer Warriors” by striking a fighting pose with the AR character.  A new warrior will be released each day (Joan Of Arc, George Washington and Ghengis Kahn).  Designated iPads will stream the action to the booth’s monitors.  Players will be prompted to upload these photos to their Facebook profiles as well as the Warrior’s Den Facebook page.
    • “Warrior’s Wardrobe” – Through this portion of the application, participants at the Spike TV booth can become George Washington or Ghengis Kahn by taking a picture of themselves with virtual props: George Washington’s wig and tricorn hat or Ghengis Kahn’s helmet. A slideshow of the best images rotate on the monitors at the Spike TV booth.
    • “Vampires vs Zombies Face-off” – this component of the app allows Comic-Con attendees to take photos of zombies, vampires, floating body parts and animated blood at the “Deadliest Warrior” panel. Players can then present their pictures for exclusive giveaways at the Spike TV booth.
  • Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 24 – “Deadliest Warrior: Legends” Video Game Tournament.  Throughout Comic-Con, fans can swing by the Spike TV booth to play the recently launched “Deadliest Warrior” video game.   Attendees can put their metal where their mouths are and battle the fiercest warriors in history with all new weapons, interactive environments, hand-to-hand combat and new finishing moves.  Prizes include DVDs, t-shirts, posters and more.
  • Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 – TNA Wrestler Autograph Signing at Spike Booth #3945.   Kurt Angle will sign autographs on Friday, July 22 at 1:00PM.  Mickie James will sign autographs on Saturday, July 23 at 3:00PM.  

“Deadliest Warrior” returns with 10 one-hour episodes on a new night with more unprecedented matchups, including the first female warrior and first fantasy matchup, beginning Wednesday, July 20 (10-11PM, ET/PT) on Spike TV.

“Deadliest Warrior” is produced by 44 Blue Productions, Inc. with Rasha Drachkovitch and Tim Warren serving as executive producers.  Sharon Levy, Tim Duffy and Jeff Savaiano are Spike TV’s executives in charge of production.
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“Deadliest Warrior” to Pit Vampires vs. Zombies Also Comic-Con Panel Info!

Spike TV announced today a special episode presentation of “Deadliest Warrior,” which pits Vampires vs. Zombies, set to air Summer 2011. Vampires and Zombies have terrorized and tantalized their way through pop culture for decades – from “Dracula” to the “Twilight Saga” to “Walking Dead.” Spike TV and the 3rd season of the “Deadliest Warrior” hit franchise are going to finally answer the question – which of these mythical creatures would come out on top in a fight to the finish?

“Deadliest Warrior” steps outside the confines of history for a special fantasy episode featuring an array of icons from film and fiction who are experts on the topic. Experts representing Team Zombie and Team Vampire will join the “Deadliest Warrior” team of Richard “Mack” Machowicz, Geoff Desmoulin and Dr. Armand Dorian to make their case for who is, indeed, the fiercest.

The guest star experts include Max Brooks (“World War Z”), Steve Niles (“30 Days of Night”), Scott Bowen (“Vampire Survival Guide”) and Matt Mogk (founder of the Zombie Research Society).

“Deadliest Warrior – Vampires Vs. Zombies” Panel

Panelists:

  • Wes Craven (“Scream,” “Nightmare on Elm Street”)
  • Max Brooks (“Zombie Survival Guide”, “World War Z”)
  • Steve Niles (“30 Days of Night”)
  • Richard “Mack” Machowicz (“Deadliest Warrior” host)
  • Dr. Armand Dorian (“Deadliest Warrior” host)
  • Rasha Drachkovitch (“Deadliest Warrior” executive producer)
  • Robert Daly (“Deadliest Warrior”)

Moderator: Geoff Boucher (LA Times writer, HeroComplex.com founder)

Date / Time: Thursday, July 21 from 10am to 11am
Location: Room 25ABC

Via Spike TV Press Release