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Back for Second Helpings: Lancaster Comics Day Returns on Sunday 5th June
 
The second Lancaster Comics Day, organised by The Friends of Lancaster Library, will take place on Sunday 5th June 2016 in Lancaster’s Main Library.

Drawing largely on local talent, the event will be celebrating a landmark for Doctor Who comics with several creators who have worked on the official Magazine, whose 500th issue is published next week, a panel on British humour comics headed up by veteran comics artist and writer Lew Stringer (whose credits include TOXIC, The Beano and VIZ ), joined by Funny Monsters creator and publisher Joe Matthews.

Former Marvel Comics editor and Sparky comic and Doctor Who? writer Tim Quinn, one of Lancaster Comics Day’s popular guests in 2015, who regaled fans with stories of how he broke into comics after being a circus clown, is also back this year, armed with copies of his hilarious new biography, Argh!, which has just been released MIWK Publishing,

Starting his career as a Ringboy/clown at Blackpool Tower Circus, he then leapt back in time to work on BBC TV’s The Good Old Days music hall series where he started writing scripts for top comedians. It was a small jump into the world of comic books where he spent many happy years as scriptwriter, illustrator and editor on such noted titles as The Beano, The Dandy, Sparky, The Topper, Buster, Whoopee!, Bunty, Jackie,Doctor Who Magazine (working with cartoonist Dicky Howett), and Whizzer & Chips before heading Stateside to work for the mighty Marvel Comics Group on the world famous Spider-Man, X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.

Today he’s a presenter for Bay TV Liverpool, tours the UK discussing the humour and nostalgia of comics, runs a management company for recording artists, conducts workshops on cartooning and media and dreams of the day he will be bitten by a radioactive flea so that he can finally take over the universe.

Local comic creators Andy Diggle (writer for Marvel Comics, including Captain America), artist Sean Phillips and Doctor Who writer and playwright Eddie Robson will be talking adventure and superhero comics, along with writer Alex Paknadel, whose comic Arcadia has proven a huge hit in recent months, and independent comics creator Tom Ward.

With Lancaster awash with SF and Fantasy authors, this year’s Comics Day a panel featuring novelists AS Chambers, whose latest Lancaster-set novel has just been published, JS Collyer, Eddie Robson and Games creator Ken Walton.

Also on the line-up will be Blackpool-based Doctor Who and Judge Dredd Megazine comic artist and book cover illustrator Adrian Salmon, an artist whose monster-inspired cover for an issue of Doctor Who Magazine has just been voted into the magazine’s all-time Top 50 by over 55,000 readers votes.

Preston-based artist Graham Pearce will be back with his popular drawing challenges for young comics fans.

With Comic Cake, a Games Room and face painting for kids (of all ages), there will be plenty to do and comics to discover.

“We didn’t know how Lancaster Comics Day would go down, last year, but it was a huge success,” commented co-organiser and comics writer and editor John Freeman, whose many credits include Doctor Who Magazine and Star Trek Magazine, and who runs the British comics web site downthetubes.net. “We were delighted last year’s event helped raise over £800 for Library funds, and we hope local comic fans will support us again on Sunday 5th June.

“We’ve had great support from library staff, Lancaster’s own comic shop, First Age Comics, and backing from Kendal’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, who were instrumental in the appointment of  Tintin scholar Benoit Peeters as the UK’s first Professor of Graphic Fiction and Comic Art at Lancaster University.

"I’m looking forward to second helpings of Lancaster Comics Day and I hope local comic fans are, too!”

• Related Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/downthetubes/albums/72157668233230822

Lancaster Comics Day art created by and © Nick Miller

• Lancaster Comics Day takes place from 11.00am until 6.00pm on Sunday 5th June 2016 at Lancaster Main Library in Market Square, Lancaster. Tickets £5 adults, £2 concessions, which includes admission to all four comics panels, accompanied children under 13 free. Web: www.lancastercomicsday.uk

• FOR DETAILS OF THIS YEAR’S ART COMPETITION VISIT: bit.ly/LCD2016-Comp

• For further information about the Friends of Lancaster Library contact Stuart Reynolds of the Friends of Lancaster Library: [email protected]

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Conventions and events / Lakes Festival Line-Up 2016
« on: May 05, 2016, 12:12:06 PM »
Kendal, 5th May 2016: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to announce the appearances by two top Spanish comic creators at this year's Festival (14th-16th October) - Torpedo and Jonah Hex artist Jordi Bernet and Paco Roca, best known for his award-winning graphic novel Wrinkles.

Spain has long held a fine tradition as a home of incredible comic art, offering a huge range of inventive and talented comic creators. Veteran artist Jordi Bernet has seen many changes in the industry down the years since his debut at just 15, working for Spanish, British, European and, most recently, US publishers.

 Paco Roca has taken the modern Spanish industry by storm with his much-praised work, representing the "new wave" of creators from a country famous for its love of comics and comic art.

 "We're incredibly excited by Jordi and Paco's upcoming appearances at this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October," says Festival Director Julie Tait. "We've emphasised the international appeal of comics and comics creation since the Festival began, and these two creators will help us develop that in 2016."

"I've been enthralled by Jordi Bernet's art since first seeing his Torpedo series in the early 1980s," adds Festival Patron and artist Sean Phillips. "His art can be sexy, rugged or funny, but it always looks effortless and that's the hardest thing for an artist to do. That he does it so well makes me want to give or try harder, I'm not sure which."

Jordi and Paco will be joining previously announced guests Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants, Deadpool), Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim, Seconds), top US cartoonists Luke and Steve McGarry, 2000AD's Mick McMahon, Ken Niimura (who has designed this year's Festival art) and Benoit Peeters - Britain's first Professor of Graphic Fiction and Comic Art, at Lancaster University - for this year's prestigious event.

Many more international and British comic creators will be announced over the coming weeks, joining a host of writers, artists, publishers and retailers for a long weekend in the Lakes crammed with panels, exhibitions, children's events and other activities. The town will be entirely given over to comics, with business owners lining up to support the Festival's famous "Windows Trail", giving over store front space to display comics art created by artists and local groups and school children.

The October weekend is just one of a number of comics projects from the Festival on its way this year, with the world premiere performance of Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean already announced, taking place at Kendal Town Hall on 28th May.

• Lakes International Comic Art Festival: www.comicartfestival.com | Find the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Facebook | Follow the Festival on Twitter @comicartfest

• For more information on the Lakes InternationalComic Art Festival, contact: Julie Tait: [email protected]

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Congratulations to editor Michael Eury and BACK ISSUE magazine, for winning the TwoMorrows Primary Election!

This year we garnered THREE Eisner Award nominations in the same category, so we held our own informal poll to see which one fans felt deserved the honor, and BI came out on top with 57% of the vote.

So we’re putting all in-stock issues of BACK ISSUE on sale at 50% OFF through May 1.

Plus, you can use the Redemption Code “EISNERS” during checkout, and get $3.95 off your next order of $10 or more at www.twomorrows.com. (The code expires May 1.)

Now it’s time to vote for the real thing!

All professionals in the comic book industry are eligible to vote in the Eisner Awards, and the deadline is June 17. Winners will be announced on Friday, July 22 at Comic-Con International. If you qualify, go here to vote:

www.eisnervote.com

The nominees in the category of Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism are:
Alter Ego, edited by Roy Thomas (TwoMorrows)
Back Issue, edited by Michael Eury (TwoMorrows)
Comic Riffs blog by Michael Cavna, washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/
Hogan’s Alley, edited by Tom Heintjes (Hogan’s Alley)
Jack Kirby Collector, edited by John Morrow (TwoMorrows)

Congrats to all the nominees, and may the best candidate win!

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UK, London: Friday 15th April 2016 – Today Altitude Film Entertainment in association with Stigma Films and Red and Black Films is delighted to announce that their British SciFi thriller The Call Up has been chosen to close the SciFi London Film Festival on Friday 6th May ahead of its theatrical release on 20th May and DVD / On Demand release on 23rd May.

Written and Directed by Charles Barker, The Call Up is produced by Matthew James Wilkinson (Gateway 6, SLR, Kaleidoscope) of Stigma Films, John Giwa-Amu (The Machine, The Silent Storm, Little White Lies) of Red & Black Films and executive produced by Alan Martin (The Machine, Stone of Destiny, Darklands). Max Deacon (Into the Storm, Hatfields & McCoys) leads an ensemble cast, joined by exciting up-and-coming talent, including Morfydd Clark (Love & Friendship, Madame Bovary, A Poet in New York), Ali Cook (Kajaki, The Anomaly, The Messenger), Parker Sawyers (Zero Dark Thirty, Parkside With You, Monsters: Dark Continent), Tom Benedict Knight (Dracula Untold, Houdini), Boris Ler (Death in Sarajevo, In the Land of Blood and Honey), Christopher Obi (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Counsellor) newcomer Douggie McMeekin and Adriana Randall.

Other executive producers include Richard Holmes (Eden Lake) and Marzipan Productions, Isabelle Georgeaux (Resistance, Jadoo and Keeping Rosy) of Pont Neuf Productions acts as Co-Producer and is part-funded through Creative England’s West Midlands Production Fund.

The Call Up follows a group of elite online gamers when they each receive a mysterious invitation to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality video game. It’s a dream come true and impossible to resist.

Arriving at the test site, the group step into hi-tech gear and prepare for a revolutionary, next-level gaming experience that brings modern warfare to life with frightening realism. At first it’s a unique and exhilarating experience.  But what starts out like a dream encounter with cutting edge technology quickly takes a turn for the sinister.

Writer/Director Charles Barker said: “I've always been fascinated by the potential for technology to create worlds as real and powerful as our own. But as VR becomes ever more developed, more accessible I also have a fear. How dangerous could this be in the wrong hands?”

 For further information please visit:

https://twitter.com/thecallupmovie

https://www.facebook.com/TheCallUpMovie

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Kendal, 11th April 2016: This year is the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter – a literary and artistic icon who is synonymous with the English Lake District. Her books have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over 35 languages. Beatrix Potter is without doubt one of the most beloved and influential storytellers and artists of all time.

To mark the anniversary, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival is calling on students of the arts to reinterpret and reimagine Beatrix Potter’s tales or characters.

The festival, which runs from 14-16th October 2016 in Kendal, Cumbria is a celebration of great comic art from across the world. It is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking over the whole town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, for a weekend.

This year, the festival is encouraging students of the arts to reimagine the characters, tales or artwork of Beatrix Potter by giving it a modern or unusual twist in a comic art style. The project is for students of the arts, aged 16 and over and is supported by the University of Cumbria.

Many of the entries will be showcased at the festival in what is hoped will become a touring exhibition. Beatrix Potter Reimagined is an educational, artistic project organised on a not-for-profit basis as a tribute to the talents of Beatrix Potter.

Julie Tait, Festival Director said: “Our festival is not only a celebration of the world of comic art, it’s also about encouraging the next generation of artists to explore their creative talents. Beatrix Potter Reimagined is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate this amazing Lake District artist and storyteller and reach out to a new generation of artists. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.”

Several talented comic artists will be selecting the prize winning entries – Bryan Talbot, Sean Phillips, Emma Vieceli and Mary Talbot – alongside LICAF patron Stephen Holland, owner of the award-winning Page 45 comic shop in Nottingham.

The top three prizes have kindly been provided with support from Wacom. Wacom is the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen tablets and displays. Their tools have been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world.

All entries must be submitted by 1st September 2016

• Download the full Beatrix Potter Reimagined Briefing as a Word document | Download the full Beatrix Potter Reimagined Briefing as a PDF

Notes for Entrants:

The copyright will obviously remain with the originator of the artwork but by sending us your work for this project you will be granting us permission to use your artwork for the promotion of this project ‘Beatrix Potter Reimagined’ and for the promotion of The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, a not-for-profit enterprise. No payment will be made for any entries submitted.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The fourth Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 14-16 October 2016 in Kendal, Cumbria, celebrating great comic art from across the world. It is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking over the whole town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, for a weekend.

The festival features comic artists from around the world, as well as performance, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, master classes, live drawing and independent retailers and publishers. Our events programme is bursting with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the leading comic artists and writers from across the world – see them draw, talk about their work and bring comics to life. A free Family Zone provides drop-in activities for all ages, alongside a series of fantastic workshops for kids and teenagers.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival brings the town together for a weekend to celebrate the amazing world of comic art. Don’t miss it.

The October weekend is just one of a number of comics projects from the Festival on its way this year, with the world premiere performance of Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean already announced, taking place at Kendal Town Hall on 28th May.

• Lakes International Comic Art Festival: www.comicartfestival.com | Find the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Facebook | Follow the Festival on Twitter @comicartfest

• For more information on the Lakes InternationalComic Art Festival, contact: Julie Tait: [email protected]


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Gigi Edgley to Appear at Escape Velocity
 
Washington, DC (Apr. 6, 2016) – The Museum of Science Fiction, the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, welcomes actress Gigi Edgley to its
 Escape Velocity convention scheduled for July 1-3, 2016. Edgley has starred in numerous film and TV series and is most widely known for her role as Chiana in the critically acclaimed series, Farscape.

 "We're thrilled that Gigi will be joining us for all three days of Escape Velocity," said
 Linda Zaruches, vice president of special events and planning for the Museum and Escape Velocity. "She was one of the most popular characters on Farscape, and her fans are eager to see her next project, Hashtag, which she will talk about at
 Escape Velocity."  Hashtag is a short film currently in post-production and scheduled to be released this year in which Edgley stars as online celebrity in a future where social media dominates every moment of our lives.
 
 Edgley will also discuss her guest starring role in the award-winning web series Star Trek Continues.   Her episode, “Come Not Between the Dragons” will be screened at Escape Velocity.   
 
 In addition to her acting credits, Edgley is also a recording artist, creator of original comic books, director, and producer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queensland University of Technology and currently resides in Los Angeles.
 
 More information about this and other activities are available here: www.museumofsciencefiction.org
escapevelocity.events

About the Museum of Science Fiction
 The nonprofit Museum of Science Fiction will be the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, covering the history of the genre across the arts and providing a narrative on its relationship to the real world. The Museum will show how science fiction continually inspires individuals, influences cultures, and impacts societies. Also serving as an educational catalyst to expand interest in the science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) areas, the Museum uses tools such as mobile applications and wifi-enabled display objects to engage and entertain. For a full press packet on the Museum of Science Fiction’s vision and other information, please visit: www.museumofsciencefiction.org/presspacket
   
About Escape Velocity 2016
 The Museum of Science Fiction and NASA are partnering to bring Escape Velocity 2016 to Washington, DC. The event will be like a micro futuristic world’s fair to promote STEAM educational activities within the context of science fiction using the fun of comic cons and fascination of science and engineering festivals. Escape Velocity 2016 seeks to make a measurable positive impact to boost informal learning on the more conceptually challenging academic areas. Escape Velocity's mission is to re-invigorate the interest of our young people in science, technology, engineering, art, and math by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining science festival in the United States using science fiction as the primary engine. Escape Velocity will achieve orbit on July 1 - 3, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Metropolitan Washington, DC. For a full press packet on Escape Velocity, please visit: escapevelocity.events/press-media
 
   
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IDW and Top Shelf Return To Emerald City!
Spectacular Signings and Essential Exclusives Can Only Be Found at Booth
#1804
 
San Diego, CA (April 5th, 2016) – This week, IDW and Top Shelf Productions return to Seattle, WA, for the fan-favorite Emerald City Comic Con! Taking place from Thursday, April 7th to Sunday, April 10th, the IDW booth will be stocked all weekend long with talented creators, and exclusives you’ll want to get your hands on. Additionally, the creators of the smash-hit God Is Disappointed in You, Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler, will be on hand throughout the weekend for a special debut of the Biblically brilliant sequel, Apocrypha Now!
 
 Don’t miss out on all the signings, panels and fun with IDW and Top Shelf this weekend at booth #1804! See below for a full list of convention variants available only at the IDW booth.
   •Godzilla: Oblivion #1, cover by Brian Churilla, $5, Limit 5 per customer
•Jem and the Holograms #13, cover by M. Victoria Robado, $5, Limit 5 per customer
•Locke & Key, The Master Edition, Vol. 2, Pencil cover by Gabriel Rodriguez, $50 Limit 3 per customer
•Star Trek/ Green Lantern: The Spectrum War HC, cover by Joe Corroney, $40 Limit 3 per customer
•Star Wars Artifact Edition, color cover by Howard Chaykin, $150 Limit 2 per customer
 
Thursday April 7th
 
 2:00 – 3:00 The Bigger Bang – D.J. Kirkbride
 3:00 – 4:00 G.I. Joe Deviations, Tet – Paul Allor
 4:00 – 5:00 Star Trek/ Green Lantern – Joe Corroney
                  (*Check out the show exclusive!)
 5:00 – 6:00 My Little Pony – Sara Richard, Tony Fleecs
 6:00 – 7:00 Transformers: Windblade – Mairghread Scott, Corin Howell
 
Friday April 8th
 
 10:00 – 11:00 D4VE – Ryan Ferrier
 11:00 – 12:00 X-Files Deviations – Amy Chu
 11:00 – 12:00 The Eight Seal – James Tynion IV
 12:00 ­– 1:00 Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Disney Comics –Derek Charm
 1:00 – 2:00 Motorcycle Samurai – Chris Sheridan
 2:00 – 3:00 The Infinite Loop – Elsa Charretier, Pierrick Colinet
 3:00 – 4:00 Jem and the Holograms – Jen Bartel, Sara Richard
 4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla in Hell – Buster Moody, Ibrahim Moustafa
 5:00 – 7:00 Apocrypha Now – Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
   
Saturday April 9th
 
 10:00 – 11:00 Amelia Cole – Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride
 11:00 – 1:00 Apocrypha Now – Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
 1:00 – 2:00 G.I. Joe Deviations, Tet – Paul Allor
 2:00 – 3:00 Transformers: Windblade – Mairghread Scott
 2:00 – 3:00 X-Files Deviations – Amy Chu
 3:00 – 4:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Deviaitons – Nick Pitarra
                    (*Get a free sketch with purchase!)
 3:00 – 4:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures – Caleb Goellner
 4:00 – 5:00 Motorcycle Samurai – Chris Sheridan
 4:00 – 5:00 Ghostbusters International – Corin Howell
 5:00 – 6:00 Star Trek/ Green Lantern – Joe Corroney
                   (*Check out the show exclusive!)
 
Sunday April 10th
 
 10:00 ­– 11:00 Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Disney Comics – Derek Charm
 11:00 – 12:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Casey & April – Irene Koh
 12:00 – 1:00 Samurai Jack – Andy Suriano
 1:00 – 2:00 Motorcycle Samurai – Chris Sheridan
 2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony – Sara Richard, Tony Fleecs
 3:00 – 4:00 Drive – Michael Benedetto, Jason Lewis
 4:00 – 5:00 Apocrypha Now – Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
 
 Here’s all the panels full of announcements, special guests, and surprises you won’t want to miss out on!
 
IDW Publishing: The Big Panel, Saturday, April 9th, 4:15p.m. - 5:15p.m.
 Room: T304
 
 IDW President Greg Goldstein, VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, and editor Sarah Gaydos for a lively discussion of your favorite Publisher’s upcoming schedule! Top Secret Reveals! Prizes! Q&A! Announcements…Including one so big it will make your head spin! If you attend one comic panel at this show, this is the one!
 
 
God is Disappointed in You 2: Apocrypha Now, Sunday, April 10th, 2:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.
 Room: T301
 
 It's the second coming! Their first book, God Is Disappointed in You, was an irreverent-yet-faithful adaptation of the Bible that got everyone talking. Now, Mark Russell (Prez, The Flintstones) & Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man) are back with a follow-up book, Apocrypha Now, about the stories that DIDN'T make it into the Bible. Some of these stories were forgotten, some suppressed, others were just too freaking weird for the Bible (and that's saying something). In a special advance release for Emerald City, Apocrypha Now is about what the Bible DIDN'T tell you. 
 
IDW: Kids Comics & More! Sunday, April 10th, 4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
 Room: T304
 
 Kids! IDW loves comics as much as you do, so come find out what's new for 2016! My Little Pony, Disney, Angry Birds, TMNT, Transformers, Skylanders, Strawberry Shortcake and more! Want to learn how to make your own comics? Come prepared with questions for the panel, including editor Sarah Gaydos and writer/artist Derek Charm, of Powerpuff Girls fame! Free comics for the kids! 

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Have you ever wanted to attend the greatest pop culture event in the world? Well, Dark Horse Comics is now giving you the chance to party in style at San Diego Comic-Con!

To celebrate Dark Horse Comics’ thirtieth anniversary, we are offering a trip to San Diego Comic-Con that includes:

• Two (2) four-day passes (July 21–24)
• VIP access to Dark Horse events and activities
• VIP wristbands for all ticketed Dark Horse booth signings
• Hotel room for four days and three nights
• Round-trip travel for two to San Diego, California
• $300 spending money
• One (1) Dark Horse Comic-Con exclusive of your choice

And what do you have to do to win all this, you ask? Simple: take a five-minute survey about your interests in comics and pop culture! That’s it! There’s nothing to buy!

To the many fans and readers who have been with us over our thirty years in business, we want to give something back to all those who have supported us along the way. And what’s a better way to say thank you than an all expense paid trip to San Diego Comic-Con? So come help Dark Horse Comics ring in thirty years by taking our quick survey and letting us know a little bit more yourself and you may be heading to Comic-Con International this July!

The sweepstakes opens on April 4, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. (PT) and closes on May 30, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Winner will be announced June 3, 2016. All official rules, regulations, and details are available online.

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Conventions and events / The Birmingham Comics Festival! 2016
« on: April 04, 2016, 12:47:09 PM »
The Birmingham Comics Festival!


For a full event location itinerary for The Birmingham Comics Festival 2016 see below…

Saturday 2nd April: WILD About Comics at Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park; featuring Beano cartoonist Laura Howell and others, this proved a great hit! (www.facebook.com/wildaboutcomics/?fref=ts).

Monday 4th April: Laydeez Do Comics at The Victoria Theatre Pub, guest speakers including Dr Who cover artist Verity Glass (www.laydeezdocomics.com).

Wednesday 6th April: Nostalgia & Comics Quiz Night Special at The Victoria Theatre Pub, featuring surprise guests (www.facebook.com/NostalgiaComics?fref=ts).

Saturday 9th April: Creating Comics course for kids, plus The Iron Giant film being shown at the Mac Birmingham (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

Saturday 9th April: M.R.Carey Fellside Signing at Waterstones. Mike Carey reveals there’s another side to him other than writing Lucifer, The X-Men and screenplays (www.waterstones.com/events/meet-m-r-carey/birmingham-high-street).

Sunday 10th April: Creating Comics course for kids, plus The Iron Giant film being shown at the Mac Birmingham (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

Friday 15th April: Creating Comics adults course begins at the Mac Birmingham (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

Saturday 16th April: Birmingham Comic, Film & Card Fair at Ladywood Social Club the perfect place to find comics (www.goldenorbit.co.uk).

Saturday 16th April: The Iron Giant film at the Mac Birmingham (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

Sunday 17th April: The Iron Giant film at the Mac Birmingham (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

Friday 22nd April: Drink & Draw at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery featuring many talented artists and those just looking to have fun (www.facebook.com/penanddrink/info/)

Friday 22nd April: Creating Comics adults course begins at the Mac Birmingham (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

Saturday 23rd April: Comic Convention at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium with guest stars including Dan Abnett, Hunt Emerson, David Hine, Leigh Gallagher, Steve Pugh, Dave Taylor, and Leigh Gallagher along with many other attractions (www.thecomicfestival.com).

Friday 29th April: Creating Comics adults course begins at the Mac Birmingham (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

Saturday 30th April: Birmingham Premiere for Future Shock! The 2000AD Story at the Mac Birmingham with guest speakers Ian Edginton, Jimmy Broxton, Ian Richardson and Phil Winslade (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

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MILWAUKIE, , OR— Dark Horse Comics is headed to the Pacific Northwest’s foremost and near sold out pop culture convention – Emerald City Comicon.

Visit Dark Horse Comics at ECCC booth #802 for free swag such as comics, buttons, posters, and more!  Check out our signings and panels, too!

 All attendees are invited to stop by for a free picture in the HappyMatic Photo Booth. We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.

SIGNING SCHEDULE

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.
 
THURSDAY, APRIL 7

3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. SEMIAUTOMAGIC, ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR, GRINDHOUSE, SMOKE/ASHES: Alex de Campi
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. POWER CUBED: Aaron Lopresti
6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. DEAR CREATURE, THE NEW DEAL, GREEN RIVER KILLER: Jonathan Case

FRIDAY, APRIL 8
10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m.  THIS DAMNED BAND: Tony Parker
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. THE ROOK: Steven Grant
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. EMPOWERED: Adam Warren
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. SPACE-MULLET!, ALABASTER, THE GHOST FLEET: Daniel Warren Johnson
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
NEW SERIES TO BE ANNOUNCED: Chris Mooneyham
PREDATOR: LIFE AND DEATH: Brian Thies

3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. JOE GOLEM, ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE: Patric Reynolds
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald
BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERHERO GIRL, THE LAST OF US: Faith Erin Hicks

5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D., ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE: Chris Roberson
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. TOMB RAIDER: Phillip Sevy

SATURDAY, APRIL 9
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. LARA CROFT AND THE FROZEN OMEN, DEEP GRAVITY: Corinna Bechko
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2, B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH, SIN TITULO: Cameron Stewart
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. WONDERFALL, LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, TOMB RAIDER, CONAN RED SONJA: Gail Simone
3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Jeremy Vanhoozer
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. NEW SERIES TO BE ANNOUNCED: Kurtis Wiebe
5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. NEW SERIES TO BE ANNOUNCED: David Walker
6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. HALO: THE FALL OF REACH: Isaac Hannaford

SUNDAY, APRIL 10
10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m.  THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERHERO GIRL, BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS: Faith Erin Hicks
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Cat Farris
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Ron Chan

12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m.  APOCALYPTIGIRL: Andrew MacLean
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. RAINBOW CHILDREN: THE ART OF CAMILLA D’ERRICO: Camilla d’Errico
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. THE MASSIVE: Garry Brown

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 7
Artists Who Write: On the Craft and Creation of Comics
 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.  T305 

Whether it’s a crime-fighting costumed heroine or a space adventure, there’s a lot of thought put into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join some of the industry’s best artists—Adam Warren (Empowered), Patric Reynolds (Joe Golem), Daniel Warren Johnson (Alabaster, Space-Mullet!), Faith Erin Hicks (Buffy: The High School Years), and Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon)—as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8
Dark Horse Comics and Twentieth Century Fox: A Relationship Spanning Universes
 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. T305

Dark Horse achieved one of its earliest successes with the 1988 publication of Aliens, followed that with Predator (1989) and Aliens vs. Predator (1990), won over fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with comics starting in 1998, and is now developing comics for the beautiful blue world of James Cameron’s Avatar. Join Joshua Izzo (Director of Licensing, Twentieth Century Fox), Randy Stradley (Vice President of Publishing, Dark Horse Comics), Brian Thies (Predator: Life and Death), Faith Erin Hicks (Buffy: The High School Years), and others involved in creating the worlds of the Xenoverse, the Whedonverse, and the Pandoran biosphere.

Painting in Comics: Behind the Scenes with Top Artists
 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. T305 
Learn how four artists who have created and contributed to some of the most original artwork in the comics industry create their works of art. Camilla d’Errico (Tanpopo, Pop Manga, Helmetgirls), Jim Mahfood, a.k.a. Food One (Grrl Scouts, Stupid Comics, Clerks), Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight, Fell, 30 Days of Night), and Bobby Chiu (Imaginism Studios) have broken new ground by using painting to create original artwork for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, and creator-owned comics.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9
Dark Horse Manga
 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. T305

Dark Horse’s history with Japanese creators can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a publishing line that includes classics and contemporary titles alike, such as Lone Wolf & Cub, Unofficial Hatsune Mix, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Fire Emblem, Astro Boy, Oreimo: Kuroneko, Vampire Hunter D, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Danganronpa, Appleseed, Berserk, I Am a Hero, Cardcaptor Sakura, Fate/Zero, Satoshi Kon’s OPUS, and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. Join Carl Horn and Zack Davisson for a look at the past, present, and future of Dark Horse Manga!

CAMILLA D’ERRICO LIVE PAINTING
 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. LIVE Stage, Level 4/Skybridge Lobby

Watch at ECCC on the LIVE Stage, Level 4/Skybridge Lobby
 Watch from home at http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/livestream.

Video Game Comics Level Up!
 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Sheraton Metropolitan Ballroom A, Level 3

Dark Horse established itself in its early years as the premier publisher of licensed comics by continuing story lines from the big screen to the page. Now, this tradition is carried on through the most exciting video game tie-ins in the comics medium. Join Dark Horse publicist Aub Driver for a discussion with editor Ian Tucker on what it takes to bringing these titles from console to printed page.
 
 

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The Birmingham Comics Festival is pleased to announce that the MAC Birmingham’s popular Creating Comics course for those aged 18 and over is  now enrolling new students for its next batch of tutorials that will begin as of Friday 15th April.

The 13 week course started last year and proved a fun and beneficial way for aspiring writers and artists to learn those basic skills required to tell a story in a comic book format through the collaborative nature of the tutorials run by Chris Hamilton in the MAC’s dedicated media studio.

The course covers drawing in various art styles from vintage to contemporary, storyboarding, creating conceptual artwork, plus animation techniques, making an animation, creating soundtracks, and three dimensional modelling; all integral as the comics medium is no longer solely viewed in the printed form but via pixels online, by phone and through the use of interactive gaming.

Taking place from 7.30 – 9.30pm ever Friday evening and beginning on the 15th April that’s three week’s worth of tutorials during The Birmingham Comics Festival season; meaning those who feel they’re already achieving their goals might like to take along their samples and show them to some of the small press publishers attending the festival’s comic convention at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium on Saturday 23rd April.

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The MAC Birmingham Thinks Big to Ensure Kids Enjoy This Year’s Birmingham Comics Festival!

This year’s Birmingham Comics Festival starts with the roaring success that is the family-friendly WILD About Comics at the city’s Wildlife Conservation Park on Saturday 2nd April but with the next series of events planned being adults only it may have looked like kids were getting left out. Not so! And that’s due in a big way thanks to the MAC Birmingham.

With but a short walk through Cannonhill Park from one venue to another, the following weekend on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th the MAC Birmingham begins a series of Birmingham Comics Festival events that will take place throughout the day. Each morning from 11am – 1pm, Chris Hamilton will conduct a Creating Comics workshop for those aged from 8-14, then in the afternoons at 2pm at the MAC’s cinema there will be special screenings of that great comic-inspired film The Iron Giant for all the family to enjoy.

Creating Comics is a terrific event where kids can learn how to conjure up interesting and unique ideas to design iconic characters. Then using traditional sketching and drawing techniques they will develop those ideas into finished comic artwork. Places for the workshops need to be booked so you are advised to reserve your kids’ place soon.

Based on Ted Hughes’ classic poem, The Iron Giant is a super animated adventure about a young boy who befriends a gentle giant robot from space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy. For those who can’t make the special screenings that weekend The Iron Giant can also be seen on the following Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April.

For more information on the MAC Birmingham’s Creating Comics workshops visit: www.macbirmingham.co.uk/event/creating-comics-sc216/ www.macbirmingham.co.uk/event/creating-comics-sc217/

For more information on the MAC Birmingham’s screening of The Iron Giant visit: www.macbirmingham.co.uk/event/the-birmingham-comics-festival-iron-giant/

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Conventions and events / IDW And Wynonna Earp Head To WonderCon 2016
« on: March 22, 2016, 02:14:04 PM »
IDW And Wynonna Earp Head To WonderCon

Meet The Cast And A Bevy Of Comics Talent At The IDW Booth!

 San Diego, CA (March 22, 2016) – Join IDW this weekend from Friday March 25th, to Sunday March 27th in Los Angeles, at WonderCon 2016! The IDW booth (#1415) will be bustling all weekend long with talented creator signings, convention exclusives for sale, and special appearances by the cast and crew of the forthcoming television series on Syfy, Wynonna Earp!
 
 Debuting on Syfy April 1st, Wynonna Earp stars Melanie Scrofano (Supernatural, Haven), Tim Rozon (Lost Girl, Being Human), Shamier Anderson (Constantine, Defiance), and Dominique Provost Chalkley (The Avengers: Age of Ultron). The cast, comic book creator Beau Smith and series creator/show runner Emily Andras, will be on hand throughout the convention to celebrate the world premiere of the show on Saturday night! Make your way to the IDW booth on Saturday at 11AM for your chance to join them at the premiere and the exclusive after party!
 
 See below for a full list of convention variants and debuts available only at the IDW booth!
   •Godzilla: Oblivion #1, cover by Brian Churilla, $5, Limit 5 per customer
•Jem and the Holograms #13, cover by M. Victoria Robado, $5, Limit 5 per customer
•Locke & Key, The Master Edition, Vol. 2, Pencil cover by Gabriel Rodriguez, $50 Limit 3 per customer
•Star Trek/ Green Lantern: The Spectrum War HC, cover by Joe Corroney, $40 Limit 3 per customer
•Star Wars Artifact Edition, color cover by Howard Chaykin, $150 Limit 2 per customer
 
Friday March 25th
 
 2:00 – 3:00 The X-Files – Joe Harris
 3:00 – 4:00 Street Fighter x G.I. Joe – Aubrey Sitterson
 4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla: Oblivion – Joshua Fialkov
                    (*Check out the show exclusive!)
 5:00 – 6:00 Long Distance – Thom Zahler
 
Saturday March 26th
 
 10:00 – 11:00 Deviations – Amy Chu, Brandon Easton, Cat Staggs
 11:00 – 12:00 Wynonna Earp – Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Shamier Anderson, Dominique                                                            Provost-Chalkley, Michael Eklund, Emily Andras, Beau Smith
                       (*Win tickets to the World Premiere screening!)
 12:00 ­– 1:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry
 1:00 – 2:00 Edward Scissorhands – Drew Rausch
 2:00 – 3:00 Street Fighter x G.I. Joe – Aubrey Sitterson
 3:00 – 4:00 Orphan Black – Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, Heli Kennedy
 4:00 – 5:00 My Little Pony – Agnes Garbowska, Tony Fleecs
 6:00 – 7:00 Star Trek: Starfleet Academy – Ryan Parrott
 
Sunday March 27th
 
 11:00 – 12:00 The Bigger Bang – D.J. Kirkbride
 11:00 – 12:00 Godzilla: Oblivion – Joshua Fialkov
                        (*Check out the show exclusive!)
 12:00 – 1:00 Wynonna Earp – Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley,                                                               Michael Eklund, Beau Smith
 1:00 – 3:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth  – Chris Mowry
 3:00 – 4:00 The Rocketeer at War – Marc Guggenheim
 
   And join us throughout the weekend at these panels to learn more about both IDW Publishing and IDW Entertainment!
   
IDW Publishing Panel, Friday, 3/25, 3:30p.m. - 4:30p.m., Room: 502A
 
 Join IDW VP of marketing Dirk Wood, editor supreme David Hedgecock and a host of surprise guests for a lively discussion of your favorite publisher's upcoming schedule. Top secret reveals, prizes, a Q&A, and announcements, including one so big it will make your head spin!
   
IDW Entertainment Panel: The Slate, Friday, 3/25, 6:30p.m. - 7:30p.m., Room: 502A
 
 Go behind the scenes of IDW Entertainment's amazing new shows airing in 2016. Max Landis (Chronicle) will take you on a time-traveling tour of BBCA's Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Even more surprises will come with writer and executive producer Emily Andras and lead actress Melanie Scrofano, who will share a sneak peek of Wynonna Earp, the dynamic, new supernatural action series premiering on Syfy on April 1. Hosted by IDW publisher and CEO Ted Adams, IDW Entertainment president David Ozer, and Circle of Confusion's Rick Jacobs.
   
IDW and Syfy: Wynonna Earp, Saturday, 3/26, 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m., Room: 151
 
 Get the exclusive first look at Syfy's action-packed new series with the cast and crew. Who is Wynonna Earp? A smoking hot, badass demon killer, that's who! Stars Melanie Scrofano (Supernatural, Haven), Tim Rozon (Lost Girl, Being Human), Shamier Anderson (Constantine, Defiance), Dominique Provost Chalkley (The Avengers: Age of Ultron), and Michael Eklund (The Call), Wynonna Earp comic creator Beau Smith, and writer and executive producer Emily Andras (Lost Girl) share exclusive footage, present behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, and participate in a Q&A. Hosted by IDW publisher and CEO Ted Adams, IDW Entertainment president David Ozer, and Circle of Confusion's Rick Jacobs.
 

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PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR 2016’s DAVID GEMMELL AWARDS FOR FANTASY TO TAKE PLACE AT FANTASYCON

The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy enter their eighth year in 2016, once again recognising and rewarding the very best in fantasy fiction and artwork.  2016 also marks the tenth anniversary of the untimely death of bestselling author David Gemmell, in whose memory the awards were created.

We’re pleased to announce that 2016’s Gemmell Awards presentation will take place at Fantasycon, the UK’s longest-running fantasy convention.  This year, Fantasycon

( http://fantasyconbythesea.com/ ) will be held in Scarborough between  23rd and 25th September, with the Gemmell Awards ceremony staged at 8pm on Saturday 24th September. 

The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy embrace three categories.  The Legend Award honours the best fantasy novel, the Morningstar Award the best debut and the Ravenheart Award the best fantasy cover art.  The awards are determined by an open vote and 2015 saw a record total of 36,759 votes cast. 

Fantasycon is the British Fantasy Society’s ( www.britishfantasysociety.org ) annual conference and has been part of the UK scene since its inception in 1972.  Past guests include Joan Aiken, Clive Barker, Terry Brooks, Ramsey Campbell, Raymond E Feist, Jasper Fforde, Joanne Fletcher, James Herbert, Robert Holdstock, Tom Holt, Graham Joyce, Tanith Lee, Anne McCaffrey, George RR Martin, Sarah Pinborough, Michael Marshall Smith and Tad Williams. 

This years Guests of Honour are Costa Book Award winner Frances Hardinge and leading British horror author Adam Nevill, with more to be announced in due course.

Stan Nicholls, Chair for the Gemmell Awards, said: 'Fantasycon is a popular and much loved highlight in the speculative fiction community’s calendar, and a perfect fit for the Gemmell Awards.  We look forward to contributing to the UK’s premier fantasy event.’

James Barclay, President of the British Fantasy Society says: ‘The BFS is delighted to be hosting the Gemmell Awards at FantasyCon 2016. It's always a special occasion, and one that's very close to my heart.’

Alex Davis, the Chair for FantasyCon By The Sea (2016), said: ‘Over the last eight years the Gemmell Awards have become one of the most popular and respected prizes in the field, and it is a hugely exciting addition to our programme and a genuine honour to be hosting this prestigious event at FantasyCon.'

The Gemmell Awards official website can be found at www.gemmellawards.com and its Facebook page is www.facebook.com/gemmellawards.  For more information please contact [email protected]

The British Fantasy Society can be found at www.britishfantasysociety.org and its Facebook page is www.facebook.com/britishfantasysociety/ & www.facebook.com/groups/794498883993725

For more information about the BFS, contact Helen Armfield - [email protected]

 

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Meriwether, Eartha Kitt… What name comes next? If you know the answer and are proud to wear your geek badge out for a great night on the town, then get yourself along to The Victoria Theatre Pub on Wednesday 6th April where Nostalgia & Comics will again be hosting a special quiz night as part of this year’s celebrations for The Birmingham Comics Festival. [PLEASE NOTE WEDNESDAY ISN'T ON THE 7TH BUT ON THE 6TH]

Over 18s can treat themselves to a Superman Punch, Hulk Smash or a Screaming Thor-gasm cocktail while they chat and hobnob with local media personalities and comic book creators; hear about other events taking place during this year’s Birmingham Comics Festival and see some of the cool independent comics being produced in the Midlands, and most importantly of all; be prepared to test their wits in a comic book quiz with assorted prizes to be won over a series of individual and team games.

With Nostalgia & Comics’ David Dearn again taking on the role of quizmaster, this year’s Quiz Special will be a two part event consisting of an initial team round of 20 questions, then members of the top three scoring teams individually taking part in a final Contest of Champions to win an exclusive grand prize – An original piece of artwork created by one of the guests at this year’s festival convention featuring a character of their choice!

The first round of this year’s Birmingham Comics Festival Comic Book Hall of Fame Award will also be taking place wherein those attending can cast their vote on the most deserving comics-related anniversary of 2016 with all entrants’ names placed in a cowl for one lucky individual to win a special prize – From this a shortlist will be created and the Hall of Fame Award itself will be chosen by a group of comic book professionals at the festival’s convention on the 23rd April.

So, if you knew Michelle Pfeiffer was the next one in line from those actresses listed above to play the role of Catwoman then imagine the prizes you might win on Wednesday 6th April - Get yourself along to the Nostalgia & Comics Quiz Special for a super fun evening as part of this year’s Birmingham Comics Festival! 

BCF PR 2016/7: Target Media Enterprises


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