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Conventions and events / NBM Announces MoCCA FESTIVAL PLANS 2015
« on: March 27, 2015, 04:21:25 AM »
On April 11th & 12th, NBM Publishing (Tables 401, 402) once again heads to the MoCCA Arts Festival and we are happy to have attending both cartoonist Annie Goetzinger, who will be appearing to promote the debut of her luscious new book, GIRL IN DIOR and writer Julian Voloj who will be signing copies of his book, the powerful GHETTO BROTHER: WARRIOR TO PEACEMAKER along with the colorful subject of the book, Benjy Melendez.

Signing Schedule, Tables 401, 402

Annie will be appearing on the panel, Biography: The Lives of Artists on Sunday April 12 at 12:30pm  alongside cartoonists James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook and Barbara Stok.

Annie, Julian and Benjy will be appearing at the NBM Table throughout the weekend.


11:30 – 12:30 Annie Goetzinger
1:30 – 3:00 Julian Voloj and Benjy Melendez
3:30 – 5:00 Annie Goetzinger
5:00 – 6:00 Julian Voloj


12:00-1:00 Julian Voloj
1:30-3:00  Annie Goetzinger (immediately following her panel)
3:30-5:00 Julian Voloj and Benjy Melendez

IDW Takes Seattle!

Where To Be At Emerald City Comicon
San Diego, CA (March 25, 2015) – Attendants of Seattle’s renowned Emerald City Comicon are in for surprise announcements, exceptional signings and a weekend full of fun from IDW! Taking place this weekend from March 27th – March 29th at the Washington State Convention Center, come by the IDW booth (#1802) to stock up on your collection, meet your favorite creators, and score a truly outrageous exclusive. Additionally, Top Shelf can be found at booth #1225, where you can meet the creative team behind the hit satire God Is Disappointed in You, Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler! 
Available exclusively at the IDW booth, grab yourself
a copy of the book that’s got everyone talking, Jem & The Holograms, with a variant cover by Agnes Garbowska! The cover can be purchased for $5, limit 3 per customer.
 The IDW booth will be packed all weekend long with talent from across the industry signing their acclaimed work:
Friday March 27th
 11:00 – 12:00 Orphan Black – Jody Houser
 12:00 – 1:00 Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls –
            Andy Suriano, Derek Charm
 1:00 – 2:00 D4VE, The Bigger Bang –
            Ryan Ferrier, D.J. Kirkbride
 2:00 – 3:00 Jem & The Holograms –
           Agnes Garbowska, Sara Richard
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
 3:00 – 4:00 Dirk Gently – Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
 4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla: Cataclysm – Cullen Bunn
 5:00 – 6:00 Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery
 6:00 – 7:00 Nelvana of the Northern Lights  – Hope Nicholson
Saturday March 28th
 10:00 – 11:00 Skylanders – David A. Rodriguez
 11:00 – 12:00 Edward Scissorhands – Kate Leth, Drew Rausch
 12:00 – 1:00 Dirk Gently – Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
 1: 00 ­– 2:00 The Fly: Outbreak – Brandon Seifert
 2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony, Jem & The Holograms – Sara Richard
 3:00 – 4:00 Wild Blue Yonder – Zach Howard
 4:00 – 5:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & More! – Erik Burnham, Paul Allor
 5:00 – 6:00 Judge Dredd – Darick Robertson
 6:00 – 7:00 Transformers – Mairghread Scott, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli
Sunday March 29th
 10:00 – 11:00 My Little Pony – Amy Mebberson, Georgia Ball, Ted Anderson,
           Agnes Garbowska
 11:00 – 12:00 Powerpuff Girls – Derek Charm
 12:00 – 1:00 G.I. Joe Cover Art – Jerffrey Veregge, Drew Johnson
 1:00 – 2:00 Amelia Cole, Artful Daggers  – D.J. Kirkbride, Adam P. Knave,
          Sean E. Williams
 3:00 – 4:00 Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate – Max Dunbar
And don’t miss out on the panels that are sure to be a highlight of your weekend!
 Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
IDW: 2015 and Beyond—IDW invites you to join in their first big panel of 2015! Join VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, Editor-in-Chief/Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall, alongside editor Sarah Gaydos, Erik Burnham of Ghostbusters fame, and Jody Houser, writer of the hit Orphan Black comic for a spirited chat filled with announcements, hijinks and Q&A!
 Saturday, 2:00 – 3:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
God is Disappointed in You (The Sequel), with Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler—Last year's standing-room-only hot ticket returns -- now with even more Biblical bewilderment! God Is Disappointed in You, published by Top Shelf, is the tongue-in-cheek "condensed" version of the Bible you never knew you needed -- hilariously modern, but surprisingly authentic -- packed with cartoons by Eisner-award-winner Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man). Join him and author Mark Russell (writer of DC Comics’ upcoming Prez) for an hour of unforgettable irreverence, including Q&A, audience sketches, and the hilarious-yet-accurate "ten-minute Bible." PLUS: a taste of the Audie-nominated audiobook, read by Dr. Venture himself, James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros), and an exclusive announcement about the upcoming sequel!
 Sunday, 3:30 – 4:20 Hall F (TCC 304)
Kevin Eastman: A Life With Turtles—Join the legendary co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and he talks about his long career in both comics and Hollywood, and how he brings his beloved Turtles to the world in a variety of media!
 Sunday, 4:00 – 5:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
IDW Presents: The New Class of Licensed Comics—Transformers, Adventure Time, Star Trek, Orphan Black, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic... What do these comics all have in common? They're all licensed comics, and although some may STILL look down on them, they're also home to some of the best talent telling the best stories around. Come hear about the good (and the sometimes challenging) aspects of working on books like these, from host Editor Sarah Gaydos (Star Trek, Disney, Edward Scissorhands), with special guests Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors, Edward Scissorhands), Corinna Bechko (Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Once Upon a Time), Jody Houser (Orphan Black), Editor Shannon Waters (of BOOM!), Chris Roberson (Aliens, Star Trek), and Gabriel Hardman (Planet of the Apes, Star Wars). 

Conventions and events / Dark Horse at Emerald City Comicon 2015
« on: March 21, 2015, 04:38:51 AM »

 A set quantity will be available at opening each day of the show. Limit of 5 per person per day while supplies last. Each comic is $5.00.

Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Mike Mignola (1,000 copies)

Prometheus: Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC exclusive variant cover by Patric Reynolds (500 copies)

Lady Killer #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Joelle Jones (500 copies)

Past Aways #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Scott Kolins (500 copies)

Conan Red Sonja #1 limited-edition black-and-white variant cover by Dan Panosian (1,000 copies)

We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.


 All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.


11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.  MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

 12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.  FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND: Mike Mignola
Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Mike Mignola available for sale

1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. THE WHITE SUITS: Frank Barbiere

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
MURDER BOOK: Ed Brisson, Simon Roy
HIGH CRIMES: Christopher Sebela, Ibrahim Moustafa

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
THE MASSIVE: Garry Brown
EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
ABE SAPIEN: Max Fiumara
GRINDHOUSE: Chris Peterson

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m.
Conan Red Sonja #1 limited-edition black-and-white variant cover by Dan Panosian available for sale

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.
FINDER: Carla Speed McNeil
NEVERBOY: Tyler Jenkins, Kelly Fitzpatrick

 6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m.
ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE: Chris Roberson, Patric Reynolds
PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE: Christopher Mooneyham
Prometheus: Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC exclusive variant cover by Patric Reynolds available for sale


11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
GIRLFIEND: Pander Brothers

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones
   Lady Killer #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Joëlle Jones available for sale
THE GHOST FLEET: Daniel Warren Johnson

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
HARROW COUNTY: Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook
BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
 Paul Tobin

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, David Mack, Dave Stewart (Ticketed Event)*
 4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*
 5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*
 6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*

Fight Club 2 artists Cameron Stewart, David Mack, and Dave Stewart will be present for part of the 3:00 p.m. signing, depending on their schedules.

*WRISTBAND REQUIRED: Wristbands will be distributed in the Dark Horse booth at show opening on Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28. One wristband per person. Separate wristbands will be assigned for each 50-minute signing and may only be used during that time period. Fight Club 2 #1 is on sale May 27. One free print and one sampler minicomic per wristband will be provided for the signing. No other items allowed. Other restrictions may apply.


10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.   MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.
PAST AWAYS: Matt Kindt, Scott Kolins, Bill Crabtree
   Past Aways #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Scott Kolins available for sale

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan, Jeremy Vanhoozer

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
HALO: Duffy Boudreau

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
DEEP GRAVITY: Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko
POP: Curt Pires

 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.


Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.

 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.  Hall C  Behind the Scenes: Making Comics

Comics professionals come together to discuss their unique contributions to this beloved medium. Topics include creating engaging characters with Gail Simone (Leaving Megalopolis), transitioning from artist to writer/artist with Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), business management with Christine Mignola (Hellboy), going from self-publishing to book deal with Colleen Coover (Bandette), breaking into coloring with Kelly Fitzpatrick (Neverboy), and fostering a fan base with online content with Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon). Sure to be a great panel for the budding cartoonist eager to explore the craft of making comics!

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Hall D Dark Horse Comics Builds Characters!

Join Dark Horse Comics and a panel of their incredibly talented artists, writers, and creators to discuss independent comics, creators’ rights, and brand-new projects and hear what’s coming up for the powerhouse publisher for the remainder of 2015. Moderated by Dark Horse publicist Aub Driver and featuring Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook (Harrow County), Curt Pires (POP), the Pander Brothers (Girlfiend), Tyler Jenkins (Neverboy), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Matt Kindt and Scott Kolins (Past Aways), and Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks), this is a panel you won’t want to miss!

 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Hall D Fight Club 2

Acclaimed novelist Chuck Palahniuk continues one of his most beloved works with Fight Club 2! Join Dark Horse for a discussion of the creation of this story with Chuck Palahniuk, editor Scott Allie, artist David Mack, artist Cameron Stewart, and colorist Dave Stewart.

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Hall C  The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and Beyond

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola returns to Emerald City Comicon! With recent launches like Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. and Frankenstein Underground, there’s never been more ways to get into Mignola’s world. Join Mignola for news on Hellboy in Hell and a Q&A with some of the writers and artists who help him bring his characters to life—Max Fiumara, Scott Allie, Dave Stewart, and Tyler Crook.


11:00 a.m.–11:50 p.m. Hall C Dark Horse Presents Kids and Comics: Plants vs. Zombies, Itty Bitty Hellboy,Avatar: The Last Airbender, and More!

Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Steve Sunu (publicity coordinator, Dark Horse Comics), Paul Tobin and Ron Chan (Plants vs. Zombies), Jeremy Vanhoozer (Plants vs. Zombies creative director, PopCap), Art Baltazar and Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy), and Joan Hilty (comics editor, Nickelodeon) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!

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Feedback / Re: Daisy sentient sentences
« on: March 03, 2015, 02:45:09 PM »
Stripes do not a tiger make but add a growl and a taste for meat.

Conventions and events / Gemmell Awards at Nine Worlds 2015
« on: March 03, 2015, 01:28:32 PM »
Nine Worlds is thrilled to be hosting the 2015 Gemmell Awards for Fantasy.

The David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy, recognising and rewarding the very best in fantasy fiction and artwork, enters its seventh year in 2015. With a host of acclaimed winners in the roll of honour, the Awards are expected to be much-coveted again this year. The Awards ceremony is now confirmed to take place at Nine Worlds Geekfest, one of the UK's largest genre conventions and a highly anticipated event for readers, writers and fans of fantasy and science-fiction. The Gemmell Awards ceremony is a superb addition to an always lively and interesting programme, and will be taking place at 8pm on Saturday 8th August at the Radisson, Heathrow.

The 2015 ceremony will see three awards presented: the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel; Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut; and Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art. Attracting a wide host of writers and publishing professionals, the glitzy ceremony is always a highlight of the fantasy fiction calendar.

Stan Nicholls, Chair for the Gemmell Awards, said: “I couldn't think of a better event for us to partner with than Nine Worlds, and we look forward to bringing another superb awards ceremony not only to our regular attendees, but also a whole new audience on August 8th.”

“Nine Worlds is immensely proud to be hosting the 2015 Gemmell Awards,” said Erich Schultz, co-founder of Nine Worlds Geekfest. “The Gemmells play a terrific and important role in the fantasy literary scene, and the Nine Worlds team and attendees are hugely excited to be a part of this wonderful institution.”

Members of the public wishing to attend the ceremony will be able to do so for free, but will not have access to any of the other exciting events over the weekend.
 The David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy began in 2009, with the aim of celebrating the best in fantasy fiction and commemorating one of its most legendary authors. Since its inaugural year, the awards have been won by authors including Andrezj Sapowski, Graham McNeill, Brandon Sanderson, Pierre Pevel, Patrick Rothfuss, Helen Lowe, Brent Weeks, John Gwynne, Brian McLellan and Mark Lawrence. The Awards continue to pursue their three aims – to raise public awareness of the Fantasy genre, to celebrate the history and cultural importance of Fantasy literature, and to appreciate and reward excellence in the field.

Stan Nicholls is an author of fantasy fiction with more than 30 books to his credit. He has also been a journalist and specialist bookshop proprietor. His ‘Orcs: First Blood’ trilogy is a world-wide bestseller, with over a million copies sold, and he was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award presented at Belgium’s ‘Trolls & Legendes’ festival in 2007.

Kendal, 3rd March, 2015: Following up on the popularity of several Continental guests in 2014, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival is pleased to announce the appearance of its first four French artists coming to this year’s weekend-long event in Kendal.

Winshluss (Vincent Paronnaud) is the successful author of "Pinocchio", which won the Fauve d'Or prize in Angouleme in 2009, and the recently-released "In God We Trust", both published in the UK by Knockabout Comics. He also works as an award-winning director in France with such films as "Persepolis" (2007 Cannes Jury Prize) and "Chicken with Plums".

 Academic, writer, thinker and biographer of Herge and Derrida Benoît Peeters is the author of the experimental Obscure Cities series (Les Cités Obscures) and Tokyo is My Garden (Tôkyo est Mon Jardin). Since 2003, he has been head of Bang! magazine with Fabrice Bousteau.

 Published in the UK by Breakdown Press, Antoine Cossé grew up in the Paris suburbs but, aged 20, moved to London to study at Camberwell College of Art. Mutiny Bay – also published in French – is his most ambitious and substantial work to date.

 Top French artist Boulet – recently announced as a new patron for the Festival along with Stephen L. Holland, owner of the Page 45 comic ship in Nottingham – has over 25 graphic novels in print in his native country including the Raghnarok and Chez La boîte à bulles series for Glenat. Two books in the Donjon (Dungeon) series, created with Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar, are available in English.

 These four French creators, each at varying stages in their careers, are just some of the international guests heading to Kendal this year alongside British creators such as Bryan Talbot and Sean Phillips, and the award-winning Canadian comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator Darwyn Cooke.

 This year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival (16th - 18th October 2015) will feature a huge number of international comic creators - possibly more than any other comics event of its kind in the UK - and also include numerous programming strands. These include appearances by top shoujo manga creators from Japan, Canadian creators, British comic writers and artists, along with the return of many popular events including the children-friendly Family Zone and eye-catching Windows Trail involving over 50 local businesses keen to support the Festival’s aim to be the “Angouleme of the North”.

In addition, the Festival is supporting a number of major commissioning initiatives, working in partnership with organisations across the UK and beyond, more on which will be announced shortly.

• The Festival is grateful the support of the Institut Francais the Wallonie Brussels International in bringing these four guests to Kendal in 2015

• Tickets for this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival go on sale from the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, from 1st June 2015

Conventions and events / The Birmingham Comics Festival : V For Vendetta
« on: February 28, 2015, 04:35:01 AM »

CF Begins Today - V For Vendetta at the mac!

The Birmingham Comics Festival season begins today as V For Vendetta becomes the first in a special programme of comics-related films to be screened at the mac Birmingham; one of the country’s foremost art centres for over 50 years. 

V For Vendetta is based on the hit comic book series created by Alan Moore and David Lloyd that began as a strip in the British comic Warrior before seeing print as a comic book series in America by DC Comics, then subsequently collected into graphic novel format, and it has been in print worldwide ever since.

Those who have purchased tickets for The Birmingham Comics Festival convention being held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on 18th April are entitled to discounted film tickets as part of this special film season, costing only £3 on presentation of their official wristbands at mac Birmingham’s Sales & information Desk for those shows applicable. 

“The Midlands Arts Centre holds a special place in the memories of older comic fans,” revealed one of the festival’s organisers. “The first Birmingham Comic Art Show was held there, and we very much want to forge links with our historic past while also looking forward. That’s why we’re very excited about the involvement of Film Ambassadors, a group of young people who together with mac art tutor Scott Johnson have been putting this special film season together.” While there are still details to be finalised regarding scheduling the following dates and films can now be revealed:

Saturday 28th at 2pm - V For Vendetta

March, date tbc – Batman (1989)

Saturday 4th April at 12 noon - The Incredibles

Saturday 4th April at 2pm - The Incredibles

Saturday 18th April - time tbc – Scott Pilgrim vs The World 

Expect guest speakers to be announced, cosplayers in attendance, and some surprise at these events!

For information about mac Birmingham visit:

Conventions and events / Birmingham Comics Festival April 2015
« on: February 21, 2015, 04:51:17 AM »

ImageTrading card illustrator and comic strip artist Lee Bradley will be attending The Birmingham Comics Festival on Saturday 18th April at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium.

Birmingham’s Hi8us art programme put Lee Bradley on the right course to develop his classic American superhero styled influences leading to what’s become a seven year career that now finds him putting together his own creator-owned book to be edited by John McCrea, who he began his career with working  in the role of inker and colourist. 

Bradley found an early niche in the modern British youth market, working on a triumvirate of books for Titan Comics, namely Transformers Universe, Transformers Animated,  and Transformers Movie: To Draw Guide alongside issues of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Spider-Man: Tower of Power. Halfway round the world, Middle East publisher Teshkeel employed his services on their superhero series The ’99 while via Mam Tor Publishing he would contribute to London’s Mother Comics.
Image Illustration work has lead to his involvement in the advertising world and film/television storyboarding alongside becoming an accredited Lucas Film artist and producing work for BBC TV’s Blue Peter. However, it is demand for Lee Bradley’s work as a sketch artist that has found him involved in such popular collectors’ trading card series as Mars Attacks and Mars Attacks Invasion, Star Wars Galaxy and Star Wars Galactic Files, alongside Marvel’s Greatest Battles, Women of Marvel, Retro Marvel, Marvel Premiere and this year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on the superhero front, as well as card series reprising great events and personalities from history. Fittingly an exhibition of his work, Retro Marvel Now – The Art of Lee Bradley, is taking place from 7th March to 12th April at the Forge Mill Museum in Redditch, in the heart of The Midlands.

On Saturday 18th April the Eagle Award winning comic book creator D’Israeli will be at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium for The Birmingham Comics Festival.

Currently creating a sensation illustrating Ordinary, a tale about superpowers, a divorced New York plumber and a talking grizzly bear, published by Titan Comics; this master craftsman is similarly co-responsible for fuelling steam punk’s engine with series such as Stickleback for 2000AD and a trio of graphic novels inspired by H.G. Well’s War of The Worlds;  his strip work having appeared in numerous British periodicals from Deadline to the Judge Dredd Megazine, while over in the USA he has embellished the pages of DC Comics’ The Sandman among others.

This very English creator has taken European bande dessinée influences and partnered them with a consummately classic storytelling style and exemplary sense of page design; one that sometimes makes his work look effortless but reveals a gift for surrealism and leavened humour, while at others is  simply breath taking in its scope and imagination. 

“D’Israeli doesn’t follow trends, he creates them,” said The Birmingham Comics Festival’s organisers. “Critically lauded, commercially successful that’s the kind of creator any show would be proud to have as a guest!”

D’Israeli will be signing copies of his books, sketching, offering original art and talking about his work at The Birmingham Comics Festival that is taking place on Saturday 18th April at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium.

Conventions and events / The Generation Of Z: Apocalypse coming to London
« on: February 19, 2015, 04:48:39 AM »
The Generation of Z: Apocalypse, an immersive, terrifying interactive theatre experience, is coming to London after sell out seasons in New Zealand and at the Edinburgh Fringe

see the trailer here:

To be able to get tickets before anyone else your users must go to And enter the access code EXTINCTIONISNOW - Tickets can be bought using this code on Thursday (tomorrow) – 24hours before general release on the Friday 20th

Your users can also get the £25 preview rate and the Early Bird reduction on standard pricing (which is strictly limited)  before anyone else in that 24hr period.

Go to www.TheGenerationof for exclusive pre-sale access for 24 hours on Thursday.  Use the access code EXTINCTIONISNOW To get your tickets first

I've been reviewing film books from the Michael Weise Publications for little over a year now.

There currently is a 75% discount on their books until 22 March 2015 so if you were only interested before, then there is no excuse now.


Join Dark Horse Comics at Wizard World Comic Con! We’ll be at the booth handing out giveaways and offering free signings with comics creators! Come check out our comics, books, and products for sale!

 Special appearance in the Dark Horse booth from our friends at Happymatic Photo Booth! Come by with your friends or in cosplay and get your picture taken as a souvenir – for FREE!


Certain restrictions may apply. All events are subject to change.


Below are featured comics and the writers and artists who will be signing them. Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing while supplies last. Comics will also be available for sale (availability pending).


6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs


10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. MASS EFFECT Jeremy Barlow 

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. LADY KILLER Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich

3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m.  MISFITS OF AVALON Kel McDonald


12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES Jeremy Vanhoozer (franchise creative director at PopCap Games), Paul Tobin, Ron Chan

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. BANDETTE, COLDER, PROMETHEUS, THE WITCHER Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover (Bandette)



Getting Respect: Comics Go to College with Dark Horse’s Diana Schutz, Too Much Coffee Man’s Shannon Wheeler, PSU’s Susan Kirtley, and PSU’s Jon Holt

Room: C120

Time: 6:30 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
 Comics and graphic novels have come into their own as subjects worthy of—indeed, demanding—attention from academia. Historians and cultural theorists teach courses, hold conferences, and publish books on various aspects of sequential art, and colleges and universities teach courses in comics as literature and social history as well as how to make them. Here to give an overview of various ideas about and approaches to comics studies are a cross section of comics scholars and teachers, including Diana Schutz (longtime Dark Horse executive editor and instructor at Portland Community College), Shannon Wheeler (creator of Too Much Coffee Man and instructor at Portland State College of the Arts), Susan Kirtley (director of rhetoric and composition at Portland State University; author of Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass), and Jon Holt (assistant professor of Japanese literature and manga at Portland State University). The panel is moderated by Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch, Disguised as Clark Kent).


Buffy Birthday Party!

Room: C120

Time: 1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
 Dark Horse Comics is hosting a party celebrating Buffy Summers’s birthday (just a bit belatedly—her birthday is January 19)! At this special panel, there will be Buffy trivia, Buffy “Hush” Pictionary, and more—fun times with PRIZES! Plus, find out what it’s like to continue the Whedonverse in comics with Dark Horse editor Sierra Hahn, writer Christos Gage, and artist Rebekah Isaacs! Happy birthday, Buffy!

Dark Horse Manga: An Afternoon with Carl Horn
Room: C123

Time: 2:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
 Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Oh My Goddess!, Lone Wolf and Cub, Berserk, and many more! Today the publisher continues to print some of the industry’s best-selling titles, including Neon Genesis Evangelion, Oreimo: Kuroneko, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Satoshi Kon’s Opus, Unofficial Hatsune Mix (as seen on David Letterman), and the works of the creative powerhouse CLAMP. Join Dark Horse’s resident manga guru and editor extraordinaire, Carl Horn, for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

Dark Horse Builds Characters
Room: C120

Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
 Dark Horse Comics kicks off 2015 at Wizard World, right here in Portland! Join Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson, editor in chief Scott Allie, publicist Aub Driver, and special guests for a sneak peek at some of the year’s most newsworthy comics and programs, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Archie vs. Predator, The Strain, and more!


Plants vs. Zombies!
Room: C120

Time: 1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Ready your PEASHOOTERS! Dark Horse Comics brought you the official Plants vs. Zombies comic series as well as The Art of Plants vs. Zombies, released in a partnership with PopCap Games, creators of the smash-hit video game. Now meet some of the people behind these hilarious, all-ages, action-filled zombie romps—Jeremy Vanhoozer, creative director of Plants vs. Zombies at PopCap; Paul Tobin, PVZ writer; PVZ artist Ron Chan; and Dark Horse PVZ editor Philip Simon!

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Eisner Award-nominee Ian Edginton is the latest guest to be announced as attending The Birmingham Comics Festival that is taking place on Saturday April 18th 2015 at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium.

The Birmingham comic book writer has become renowned in recent years as a man whose keyboard fingers know their way out of a cliffhanger adventure set in the past,  and frequently in a past one step removed from the ones you read about in history books  - From his graphic novel adaptations of the adventures of that master detective Sherlock Holmes to his extrapolations on H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds in a trilogy of books, and authoring his own such alternative history sagas with the likes of Leviathan and Stickleback, both originally serialised in 2000AD then subsequently collected into their own volumes.

Such themes are but a single string to his creative bow, having written gamely for Marvel Comics The X-Men spin-off X-Force and Blade: The Vampire Hunter, and the superhero sagas of Stormwatch for WildStorm, Witchblade for Top Cow, plus the likes of Batman for DC Comics.

Ian Edginton established his career writing hit comic book series based on popular film and TV franchises like Aliens, Terminator, Xena: Warrior Princess and Planet of the Apes for Dark Horse Comics, with further such scripting triumphs elsewhere including Star Trek for Marvel and Touchwood for Titan. He has co-written comic books and worked for a number of publishers, the results of this work finding him nominated for several Eisner Awards (Best Short Story in 1998 for The Willow Warriors featured in  Weird War Tales #1, published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint for whom he created the recent post-apocalyptic series Hinterkind, and as Best Writer and for Best Limited Series in 2007 for The Great Game, that was published by Dark Horse).   

“Ian Edginton is becoming a veritable viscount of Victoriana steam punk, and we’re all relishing his work as he develops such wonderful creations as Stickleback,” said the festival’s organisers. “And while he may have rewritten the past fictionally it’s at The Birmingham Comics Festival where he’ll be revealing the truth about what the future has in store!” 

Fans of Ian Edginton can look forward to meeting the writer who will be signing copies of his books and talking about his creative exploits with other guests at The Birmingham Comics Festival on Saturday April 18th 2015 at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium.

Alpena, MI (December 31, 2014) – World Weaver Press (Eileen Wiedbrauk, Editor-in-Chief) has announced the anthology Far Orbit: Apogee, the second volume of the science fiction adventure series edited by Bascomb James, will be open to submissions January 1 – March 31, 2015.

World Weaver Press is looking for modern space adventures crafted in the Grand Tradition to be included in the second volume of the acclaimed Far Orbit science fiction adventure series. Editor Bascomb James is seeking stories that establish a new tradition in the much maligned sci-fi adventure genera -- smart, modern stories built around the classic traditions; stories that are creative, readable, and memorable; midnight indulgences; exciting stories that transport you from the everyday grind and leave you wondrously satisfied.

For full submission guidelines and details, visit:

Bascomb James is a clinical virologist, author, and editor who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has authored a hat-full of scientific papers, authored or edited four scientific textbooks, contributed numerous textbook chapters, and presented countless scientific lectures and workshops. A science fiction fan since childhood, Bascomb credits his interest in science, engineering, and invention to the sci-fi stories he read as a child. Stories matter. They shape our lives, expectations, and dreams. They are the warp and weave of our human existence, binding us into a fabric far stronger than any individual element.

World Weaver Press is an independently owned publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. We believe in great storytelling.

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