NYCC Dark Horse — #823

New York Comic Con 2008 Signing Schedule!
FRIDAY, APRIL 18th:

4:00 – 5:00 Star Wars: Rebellion; Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods: Rob Williams
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic; Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull : John Jackson Miller
5:00 – 6:00 Hellboy, B.P.R.D.: Mike Mignola, Joshua Dysart, John Arcudi, Duncan Fegredo
6:00 – 7:00 Lonely Heart: Tara McPherson

SATURDAY, APRIL 19TH :

11:00 – 12:00 The End League, Fear Agent: Rick Remender; Fear Agent: Tony Moore
12:00 – 1:00 The Goon: Eric Powell
1:00 – 2:00 Criminal Macabre: Steve Niles
2:00 – 3:00 Emily the Strange: Rob Reger, Jessica Gruner
3:30 – 5:00 Hellboy II: The Golden Army**
Creator Mike Mignola, Director Guillermo del Toro, Cast members Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Luke Goss

**TICKETED EVENT: SEE DARK HORSE STAFF MEMBER FOR INFO ON ATTENDING THIS SIGNING

5:30 – 6:30 Star Wars: Legacy: John Ostrander, Jan Duursema

Also:
Emily the Strange Panel: 11:30 – 12:30, Room 1E07
Enter the world of the Strange! Meet the behind-the-scenes talent on the Dark Horse comic and hear what the future holds for Emily.

Dark Horse Comics Panel: 6:00 – 7:00, Room 1E15
Please join Dark Horse President Mike Richardson, Editor Scott Allie, Publicist Jeremy Atkins, and guests, for a peek into Dark Horse’s future as the maverick publisher enters its 22nd year on the cutting edge.

SUNDAY, APRIL 20TH:

11:00 – 12:00 Kickback, The Territory: David Lloyd
12:00 – 1:00 Samurai: Heaven & Earth: Ron Marz
1:00 – 2:00 Pigeons From Hell: Nathan Fox
2:00 – 3:00 Rex Mundi: Arvid Nelson
3:00 – 4:00 Scarlet Traces, Hellgate: London: Ian Edginton

Joe Simon, the last living legend

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The New York Times talks with Joe Simon, at 94 one of the last of the Golden Age creators. Simon, who once sued for ownership of Captain America, the character he co-created for Timely, has a few comments on the recent developments in the Siegel/Superman case:

“That’s great,” the bespectacled Mr. Simon said. “Jerry Siegel started it,” he added, referring to the effort by Mr. Siegel’s wife and daughter in 1997 to secure the copyright to Superman. (Under a 1976 law, heirs can recover the rights to their relatives’ creations under certain circumstances. Mr. Siegel died in 1996 without major compensation for his character.) That family’s stand inspired Mr. Simon’s own claim to Captain America in 1999.

“We always felt ‘we wuz robbed,’ as Joe Jacobs, the boxing promoter, used to say,” Mr. Simon said of his dispute over the ownership of Captain America, which he settled out of court with Marvel in 2003. He said his royalties for merchandising and licensing use of the hero now help pay his legal bills from the case.

Ice Cream Break

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Batman flavored ice cream:
Courtesy of Marion Vitus. What does it taste like? It appears mysterious, cool and aloof…like the man.

CBLDF/Aqua Leung Drink ‘n’ Draw

A few quick photos from last night’s event which was a packed hoot with all the folks from Act-i-vate, ComicSpace, the CBLDF and assorted out of towners from Oregon, England, Italy and maybe even the Bronx.
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There was drinking but also drawing. You can see folks like Jeffrey Brown, Larry Marder, Paul Maybury and more slaving away.
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The CBLDF’s Greg Thompson addresses the troops. Drama!

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Alex Maleev, Jen and Greg Thompson and returned from world travels Ivan Brandon.

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Tony Lee Dean Haspiel, and Neil Kleid.
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The many drawings on hand! Ask at the CBLDF for those still available.

The party was great but many attendees spoke of the rigors of “the home show.” Not only must you deal with the upcoming con but regular stuff like taking out the garbage. It’s grueling.

To Do Tonight 4/16: Jeff Smith RASL release

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Tickets are still available!:

Toast the arrival of Jeff Smith’s new comic book epic RASL! Come meet Jeff Smith in person at his only New York City appearance of the season, enjoy an open bar, and get a takeaway bag of tons of exclusive RASL goodies. Only 100 general admission tickets and 26 VIP tickets are available so get your ticket now! Tickets are available now!

Details:
Wednesday, April 16
Coolture Spain
409 W 39th St (between 9th and 10th)
New York City
8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

$25 — General Admission: Includes 8PM admission to the party; an exclusive RASL print signed by Jeff Smith, CBLDF gift bag, and Open Bar.

$50 — Preferred General Admission: Includes 8PM admission to the party; a Bone hooded sweatshirt, an exclusive RASL print signed by Jeff Smith, CBLDF gift bag, and Open Bar.

$100 — VIP Admission: Includes admission to pre-party VIP reception & party; an exclusive RASL print signed & remarqed by Jeff Smith, a Bone hooded sweatshirt; CBLDF gift bag, and Open Bar. (only 21 pieces available).

$500 — Deluxe VIP Admission: Includes admission to pre-party VIP reception & party; an original RASL drawing by Jeff Smith, a signed variant copy of RASL #1, an exclusive RASL print signed & remarqed by Jeff Smith, a Bone hooded sweatshirt; CBLDF gift bag, and Open Bar. (only 5 pieces available).

To Do: 4/16 FoL and WNBA panel

No it’s not the LIberty. Friends of Lulu and the Women’s National Book Association presnet a panel with agent Judith Hansen, Abrams’ Charlie Kochman, artist/teacher Jessica Abel, artist Christine Norrie and publisher Dan Nadel. Frankly that’s as good a panel as it gets kids, so go on down.

As graphic novels continue to increase the comics industry’s success, the New York chapters of both the Women’s National Book Association and Friends of Lulu present a multifaceted panel called Speaking Graphically: Graphic Narratives in the Publishing Marketplace.

This event, taking place on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center for Independent Publishing, 20 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) in Manhattan, features five panelists who will share insights on the creative process and the editorial work involved in publishing graphic narratives. They will also discuss the variety of genres in the graphic narratives field, describe the marketplace for graphic works, and offer advice to prospective authors.


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NYCC: Who’s where

A random assemblage of blog postings and what not on the doings of important folks at NYCC:

The Daily Cross Hatch
The Clone Wars Invasion
Diamond Select
Matt Loux
Alex Robinson
Joanna Estep
Mike Dawson
Dave Roman
Jim Dougan
Raina Telgemeier
Marion Vitus
Brian Wood
Marc Bernardin

NYCC: Digital Manga — #1622

SPEED RACER is the focus this year. Go, Speed! Go!

If you are heading to New York Comic Con this week, don’t miss out on DMP’s exciting events over the weekend! And come see us at Booth# 1622 for cool giveaways and books!

Industry Panel – Saturday April 19 @ 3:00pm
Come see us in room 1E02.

Come join the editors of DMP as we discuss new acquisitions for 2008-2009, 2008 highlights, and raffle off the usual slew of awesome prizes. Peter Fernadez (the voice behind Speed Racer) will also be on hand to discuss DMP Platinum’s release of the complete, original Speed Racer manga.


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NYCC: PROJECT HAIRCUT!

Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino is shearing his locks for a good cause:

The New York Comic-Con (NYCC) is coming on April 18th-20th at the Jacob Javitts Center. It’s a big nerdy convention that will be full of comic book folk and celebrities. CNI will again have a big booth in the Podcast Arena doing live interviews, autograph signings, a charity raffle and more. And…I’ve decided to do the big cut as a charity and fundraiser event! The cut hair itself will go to LOCKS OF LOVE. And here’s where I need your help. I’m asking for a flat fee pledge of any dollar amount. $1, 5, 10, 20, a gajillion..whatever you want! We will send money off to LOCKS OF LOVE along with the hair and the rest will be used as a fundraiser for CNI to help cover expenses. I’m still working out details, but I may possibly have a celeb do the actual snip! Who knows? Maybe we’ll sing a tune. Stay tuned!

The haircut will take place on Saturday, April 19th at the CNI booth. Time is approximate, but will happen sometime between 1:00-1:30 p.m. Following the cut, as I’ve not known any other hairstyle for 20 years, a stylist will be on hand to work the new hair over. Feel free to come watch and suggest a style. Mohawk? Mullet? Bob? Heck, I wont even know until she’s done!

NYCC: Friends of Lulu — #840

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We have a great lineup planned for our shared space with MoCCA, at table #840!

Friday
5-6pm Women In Comics panel room 1E07
Gail Simone, Heidi MacDonald, Karen Green, Jennifer Grünwald, Shelly Bond and Becky Cloonan will discuss the State of the industry from their perspective, plus insight into their exciting current projects, moderated by Abby Denson.

At our table with MoCCA #840-

Girls’ Guide to Guys’ Stuff

Signing copies of the Girls’ Guide to Guys’ Stuff, which will be available for purchase, are our fantastic contributors:

4:00 PM Jannie Ho
5:00 PM Monica Gallagher
6:00 PM Julia Durgee


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NYCC: Fanfare/Ponent Mon — #2343

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Those who say manga is for the kiddies have never read the output of Fanfare/Ponent Mon — anyone who is interested in intelligent, lyrical fiction in graphic format should definitely check out their booth at NYCC.

Also note the new publications announced in the PR below:

Award-winning international manga and graphic novel publisher Fanfare / Ponent Mon will be at New York Comic-Con April 18 – 20 at Booth 2343, Jacob K. Javits Center, New York City. Fanfare publisher Stephen Robson will be on hand to showcase recent and upcoming releases for 2008.

Seven new Fanfare publications will be previewed from Japan, France and Korea, including Jiro Taniguchi’s The Ice Wanderer, which was recently nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award by Comic-Con International.

New Fanfare / Ponent Mon titles previewing at New York Comic-Con include:
. Disappearance Diary by Hideo Azuma
. The Ice Wanderer and other stories by Jiro Taniguchi
. The Quest for the Missing Girl by Jiro Taniguchi
. The Summit of the Gods by Yumemakura Baku and Jiro Taniguch
. My Mommy is in America and Met Buffalo Bill by Jean Regnaud and Emile Bravo
. Korea as Viewed by 12 Creators by Various
. Awabi by Kan Takahama

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NYCC: Eisner bio screening

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Jon Cooke writes to tell us there will be a screening of his Will Eisner documentary, preceeding the Eisner tribute panel. (Click for larger version of flyer.)

You are invited to a free screening of
Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist
The Full-length Feature Film Documentary on the Legendary Storyteller
at the New York Comic Con
Friday, April 18
12:00 noon
Room 1E10-1E11

Followed at 2:00 p.m. by
The Will Eisner Tribute Panel
featuring guests Mark Evanier, Paul Levitz, Michael Uslan, Carl Gropper, Andrew D. Cooke and Jon B. Cooke
SEATING IS LIMITED
Please go to NYCC Information Desk for your free ticket starting at 10:00 a.m.

NYCC: NBM — #1917

NBM brings a few of its fine cartoonists to the fray this weekend:

NBM Publishing is bringing some of its top writers and artists to the New York Comic Con. Meet them and see their new and upcoming work at the NBM-Papercutz booth (#1917).

Among the stars at the booth:
• TED RALL (SILK ROAD TO RUIN, GENERALISSIMO EL BUSHO), showing pages from his next book, THE YEAR OF LOVING DANGEROUSLY
• DAVID AXE (the award-winning WAR FIX), with the forthcoming LOVE AND TERROR
• PHIL YEH (the fun geography comic DINOSAURS ACROSS AMERICA)
• STEPHANIE McMILLAN (ATTITUDE: The New Subversive Political Cartoonists), creator of the strip MINIMUM SECURITY

NBM’s sister company, the kids’ comics publisher Papercutz, proudly presents:
• STEFAN PETRUCHA, writer of NANCY DREW
• SCOTT LOBDELL, writer of THE HARDY BOYS