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WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON 2015  DARK HORSE COMICS * BOOTH 109

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!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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

SIGNINGS

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).

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25

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)

PANELS

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23

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).

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24

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!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25

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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Conventions and events / Edge-Lit 4, Derby
« Last post by AlexDavis on January 20, 2015, 02:55:53 AM »
Morning all,

Delighted to announce that we are back! Yes, Derby's annual SF, fantasy and horror extravaganza will be returning for a fourth year in 2015, running on the 11th July and presenting a fantastic blend of panels, workshops, readings, author Q+As and an awful lot more, including the ever-popular Edge-Lit raffle and the ever-challenging Edge-Lit quiz.

All the details on the event are below, and we'll be announcing stacks of speakers, Guests of Honour and much more in the near future! Hpe to see you there...

Cheers!

Alex



EDGE-LIT 4
Saturday 11th July, 10am-10pm approx
QUAD, Market Place, Derby
Tickets £30 including access to all sessions on the day and goodie bag

Edge-Lit returns for its latest instalment with the biggest year yet!

An essential day out for any writer or reader of science-fiction, fantasy or horror, Edge-Lit 4 brings together a superb range of UK writing talent for a heady blend of panels, readings, workshops and booksales, as well as the now infamous Edge-Lit raffle and the devilishly difficult Edge-Lit quiz.

Edge-Lit 4 is your chance to get an insight into the worlds of writing and publishing, hear from some of the biggest and most talented names in the field, gain inspiration and ideas in our workshop sessions (expanded for 2015 due to popular demand) and get yourself an incredible book haul to take home with our freebies, bookstalls and phenomenal prizes!

Your ticket for the event gives you access to all the activities on the day, offering incredible value for the best Edge-Lit experience ever!

TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/special-event/edge-lit-4
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Feedback / Re: Daisy sentient sentences
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on January 19, 2015, 04:30:54 AM »
The world provides a wealth of information for any kind of story.
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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.

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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: http://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html

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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worldweaverpress.com

@WorldWeaver_wwp
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Saying hello / Re: Hello, compatriots!
« Last post by Disreputable_Stave on December 21, 2014, 10:17:20 PM »
God School is now out on Kindle and paperback. Right now I'm hosting a giveaway for a signed copy. Just head on over to https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/120351-god-school to enter. And yes, it's open to readers in the UK.
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Saying hello / Re: Hello, compatriots!
« Last post by Disreputable_Stave on November 08, 2014, 10:50:27 PM »
My new novel God School is now available for pre-order on Kindle. Reserve your copy today!

18-year-old Ev Bannen was just hoping to get admitted to college. He never expected to be recruited to a school for gods, where he’ll be spending his days building up his strength, learning to answer prayers and getting an education in religion alongside aspiring god of money Jaysin Marx, the lovely but troubled Maya Brünhart and Asperger’s-afflicted Daryn Anders. But the organization of evil gods, Zero Grade, has plans to unleash hell on earth, and they require the blood of potential gods to do it. What’s more, someone close to Ev is not who they claim to be, and their betrayal may doom mankind forever. Ev steps up to save the day, but does he even stand a chance in hell of defeating a legendary deity?

http://www.amazon.com/God-School-Divine-Protector-Book-ebook/dp/B00PDU5D5O/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415508407&sr=1-4
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Conventions and events / Boo Books Writing Day, Belper
« Last post by AlexDavis on October 15, 2014, 10:25:29 AM »
Afternoon all,

Just wanted to post on some news of the latest Boo Books event, which is running at Belper's Fleet Arts on the 25th October. We'll be having a double-header of workshops, as well as a book launch for Andrew David Barker's superb THE ELECTRIC - if you're in and around the area, come and join us!

You can find out more at http://boobooks.net/events/, or there are further details on the event below if you fancied a look.

We're going to have having many more events later this year, especially to celebrate the release of our ghost story anthology HAUNTED, so it's going to be an exciting close to 2014!

Cheers

Alex

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BELPER WRITING DAY WITH BOO BOOKS
25th October, Fleet Arts, Belper

Come join Derby-based publishers Boo Books for a fantastic day of writing activities, with a double-header of writing workshop followed by the book launch of the stunning debut novel from Andrew David Barker, THE ELECTRIC. Join us for all three sessions for a discounted price, or pick and choose what looks right for you!

10:30am-12:00pm
HOW TO GET PUBLISHED with Alex Davis
Tickets £5, spaces strictly limited – book early to avoid disappointment!

Almost all authors dream of seeing their work in print, but how do you go about achieving that dream? Join Boo Books editor and acclaimed writing tutor Alex Davis for a session exploring the process of getting published, from short stories to novels, with a host of practical tips, interactive exercises and valuable insights from the publishers' perspective. An invaluable session for those looking to take the next step with their writing.

12:30pm-2:00pm
KEEPING IT REAL: WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW with Andrew David Barker
Tickets £5, spaces strictly limited – book early to avoid disappointment!

The old saying among authors goes, 'write what you know'. That might be easy for certain kinds of fiction, but how do you 'write what you know' in crime, fantasy, science-fiction or historical fiction?  This session will show you how to apply that classic writing maxim, and use your own experience and knowledge to help create compelling stories. Join Andrew David Barker – author of the stunningly emotional and personal novel THE ELECTRIC – for a session exploring your voice and your stories.

2:30pm-3:30pm
BOOK LAUNCH: THE ELECTRIC
Tickets £3, redeemable from purchase of any Boo Books title

The Electric is a cinema like no other. The spirits of Hollywood's greatest stars enjoy their final turn on celluloid, watched eagerly by an audience of ghosts...

Derby's independent press, Boo Books, is proud to present Andrew David Barker's The Electric, a stunning coming-of-age tale and modern ghost story. When schoolboy Sam Crowhurst stumbles across The Electric, a place that holds a terrible and beautiful secret, his life will be irrevocably changed. In the last days of Summer 1985 he will find out more about life – and the afterlife – than he ever through possible...

Join us for an informal afternoon reading and Q+A with author Andrew David Barker and editor Alex Davis, with copies of this stunning limited-edition title available for sale on the day.

FANCY JOINING US FOR THE WHOLE DAY? JUST £10 FOR ALL THREE SESSIONS!

For more information, or to book your places, contact [email protected] or call Alex on 07896 228367

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Press Releases / GOG 10 October 2014 sale
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on October 10, 2014, 12:32:31 PM »
GOG.com takes over the weekend with a BIG Games Weekend Sale and Mutator Promo Finale starting Friday, October 10, at 10:00 AM GMT. Their ongoing Mutator Promo reaches its grand finale, featuring all 70+ titles and all 50+ mutators--randomly selected mystery games, each one available for $2. To take part in the sale gamers need to pick 3 games from the promo lineup discounted up to 90%. This, in turn, gives them access to 3 "mutators" - mystery titles, each one for $2, that will be revealed after checkout. The mutator can be anything from a $5 game to a $45 one, including titles like Divinity: Dragon Commander or Banished!

For gamers averse to surprises, GOG.com's second weekend promotion, the BIG Games Promo, features acclaimed recent titles like Age of Wonders 3 (50% off, $22.49), Blackguards (75% off, for $11.24), or Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure (60% off, for $7.99).

The Mutator Promo Finale ends on Sunday, October 12, at 10:59 AM GMT. The BIG Games Weekend Promo ends on Tuesday, October 14, at 5:59 AM GMT.
 
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Conventions and events / Papercutz at New York Comic 2014 Schedule
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on October 06, 2014, 12:22:41 PM »
It's New York ComicCon week and we couldn't be more excited! We've got a diverse mix of promos, panels and author signings that are sure to get the crowds pumped about all things Papercutz.

 Here are just some of the highlights from our broad range of events and activities:

CREATOR SIGNINGS

FRIDAY 5 pm - 7pm: Mick Foley, WWE SUPERSTARS writer and WWE Hall of Famer will be signing at the Papercutz booth with his son, Hugh Foley! Make sure to pick up your free copy of CRAZY CHRISTMAS, Hugh's first graphic novel, starring Hugh and his dad and featuring beautiful artwork by Jill Thompson.

FRIDAY 4 pm - 5pm,
 SATURDAY 1-3 pm: WWE SUPERSTARS artist Paris Cullins will be sketching and signing at the Papercutz booth.

SUNDAY 11 am: MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS artist Mindy Steffen (aka"Mindy Indy") will be sketching and signing at the Papercutz booth

PANELS & EVENTS

FRIDAY, 12:00 pm
Editors on Editing:
Talk to actual working Editors from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Papercutz and more as they discuss the business. Learn about submissions, professionalism and what it takes to make it as an Editor. Support by Nicole Scalera. Hosted by Buddy Scalera of Comic Book School.

FRIDAY, 6:15 pm
 "Bwaaaaaaaaah- the Rabbids are Taking Over Pop Culture!"
They have started out as Ubisoft video game characters but the RABBIDS are taking over pop culture. This year sees them starring in a hit TV show, a red hot toy line from McFarlane Toys and all new graphic novels from Papercutz. Papercutz Editor in Chief and RABBIDS graphic novel Writer Eric Esquivel will be joined by Special Guests from all parts of of the RABBIDS franchise to discuss why these strange creatures have become the pop culture phenomenon of 2014!

SUNDAY, 2:15 pm
Sketching from Life with Mindy Indy:
 Cartoonist Mindy Indy will teach kids of all ages to see the world as their canvas. Kids will start by sketching a variety of objects in front of them, and then later sketch themselves! Sketching is looser than drawing and doesn't need to be "perfect." Students can move at their own pace and just have fun!

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