Shamus launches Anaheim Comic-Con in April

Do we have a bit of a con war heating up here? With his Big Apple Con already announced, and (if it continues in 2011) primed for a conflict with Reed’s New York Comic-Con, Wizard owner Gareb Shamus has just announced the Anaheim Comic-Con to he held the exact same weekend as C2E2, the Reed-run comics/media show being launched in Chicago next April. The Anaheim show would seem to replace the Wizard-owned Wizard World LA — long postponed — on the schedule.

With C2E2 going up against the renamed Chicago Comic-Con (a.k.a. Wizard World Chicago) and now Anaheim set for the exact same dates…can you say: It’s on.

Gareb Shamus, CEO of New York based Wizard Entertainment, announced today the launch of the first-ever Anaheim Comic-Con, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center from April 16-18, 2010.

Richard McWilliam, Upper Deck Chairman/CEO said, “Gareb and I have been friends for many years now, and I’m happy to see him once again back in Southern California. On behalf of myself and Upper Deck, we congratulate Gareb for bringing the fans here another great Comic-Con.”

Upper Deck recently announced a licensing agreement with Marvel Entertainment to create products based on Marvel characters, including Trading Cards, TCGs and Miniatures Games.

Anaheim will be the fifth Comic-Con city for shows produced by Gareb, joining Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and the recently-purchased Toronto event. Attendees can anticipate the strong caliber lineup of stars and exhibitors that fans across the nation have come to expect.

“We had an outpouring of requests by fans and partners to return to Southern California, and felt that Anaheim was the best place to come back to,” said Shamus. “There is a real desire here for a comic based pop-culture experience, and I feel privileged to get back in touch with our west coast fans in this way. This will truly be an event for families and people of all ages.”

Ahmet Zappa, Publisher of Disney’s Kingdom Comics said, “All of us at Kingdom Comics are thrilled to be working with our friends from Wizard, as they get ready to add the Anaheim Comic-Con to their line-up of spectacular fan events. They have a reputation in the industry for putting on great shows in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York, and the Anaheim Comic-Con will bring exciting entertainment to our own backyard.”

Kingdom Comics is developing entertaining new graphic novels, and re-imagining motion pictures from the Disney live-action vaults, and plans to use the Anaheim convention to showcase new projects to the fan community.

ANAHEIM COMIC-CON tickets are on sale now.

IRON MAN 2 in EW

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EW’s 2nd annual Comic-Con issue is hitting stands, with a preview of IRON MAN 2. That’s Mickey Rourke as Whiplash, and Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow joining RDJ’s Tony Stark. Here’s a close-up of ScarJo crawling around.

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To do Saturday 7/18: BLACKEST NIGHT at Isotope

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The Isotope hosts Geoff Johns for a big BLACKEST NIGHT launch party this Saturday:

In honor of DC’s biggest launch of the year, allow me to invite you to celebrate BLACKEST NIGHT with author Geoff Johns in high Isotope style!

Geoff Johns’ Blackest Night
Saturday, July 18th 2009
@ Isotope – the comic book lounge

For those of the signature seeking variety (and for our all-ages amigos), there will be a paparazzi-filled autograph session with the man of the hour from 4pm to 6pm.

And the over-21 set, those who have attended one of our events will know what we’ve got in store for you! Geoff will be joining us in kicking out the party of the year from 7pm until way past your bed time! The Isotope’s master bartender Kirsten Baldock, who made world-wide booze-swilling news earlier this year with her Watchmen Inspired Cocktails (http://www.isotopecomics.com/2009/03/watchmen-inspired-cocktails.html), will be serving up a rainbow variety of toe-curling BLACKEST NIGHT COCKTAILS straight from her secret mixographical laboratory crafted just for this event. Special surprise guests and sexy nerds and nerdettes will be packing the store in record numbers for this… we suggest sporting your tastiest gear, bringing your preferred designated driver, and packing your extra liver. And we will also be giving away exclusive buttons, available-at-no-other-sector-in-the-universe. No, we aren’t mailing these (or cocktails) out to people who can’t attend, sorry. But we will be giving them away at the party!

Blackest Night is coming… resistance is futile… join us!

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New: BLACKBEARD: LEGEND OF THE PYRATE KING

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Dynamite has announced a new book: BLACKBEARD: LEGEND OF THE PYRATE KING, and the first cover is by John Cassaday, and we sez we likes it! Arrrrr. The series will be written by Eduardo Sanchez with Gregg Hale and Jamie Nash with Robert Napton. Interior artwork is by Mario Guevara.

Studio news: Tars Tarkas, Stephen Chow, Paltrow, Portman, FEAR AGENT, etc.

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§ Willem Dafoe has been cast as Tars Tarkas in the John Carter movie! BUt he only has TWO arms? What?

§ Heartbreaking news we’d long expected as Stephen Chow has dropped out of the Green Hornet movie. Guess he had bigger fish to fry.

§ Comics Alliance runs a mysterious photo of Gwyneth Paltrowin ‘Iron Man 2′ that doesn’t even look like Gwyneth Paltrow, along with possible interpretations.

Natalie-Portman§ The other day it was announced that Natalie Portman has been cast as Jane Foster in Kenneth Branagh’s THOR movie. Topless Robot had an irreverent observation:

Call me crazy, but I really didn’t need a token love interest in my Thor movie, especially Jane Foster. When you’re dealing with Norse mythology, you have access to Hela and Sif and the Valkyries. If you’re doing Marvel’s Thor, you also can use the Enchantress without shame. So why, when you have all these warriors and goddesses and sorceress would you decide to have some boring, plain-jane Earth nurse (no offense to nurses) who’s barely been in a handful of Thor comics, virtually none of them meaningful? Whatever.


We’re all for Hela and Sif, as long as they aren’t portrayed by Kim Kardashian and Aubrey O’Day.

§ Rick Remender’s FEAR AGENTmoves along the development path.

§ Commercial director Fredrik Bond has come aboard as director of the “Hack/Slash” adaptation.

SD09: Del Rey — #1129

Free TALISMAN #0 highlights the giveaways at the Del Rey booth

Del Rey Comics debuts with the epic saga of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s The Talisman, an adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel. Issue 0, a never-before-told prequel to the story, to be published by Del Rey Comics this Fall. The Talisman novel, originally published in 1984, is the story of a young teen named Jack Sawyer, who can save his dying mother only by retrieving a magical talisman. To find it he must cross back and forth between our world and the frightening and dangerous landscape of its “twinner” counterpart. Issue 0 explores the separate lives of Jack’s father—in our world, and the mysterious realm known as the Territories—and how evil scheming will forever change Jack’s peaceful life. The series is being adapted by Robin Furth and illustrated by Tony Shasteen. The Talisman Issue 0 will be available in comic book stores everywhere on October 21, 2009.

A limited, black-and-white convention edition of Issue 0 will be available for free exclusively at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, taking place July 22-26. The special issue will be distributed by  Del Rey at Booth #1129.

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SD09: Alex Ross — #2419

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At last we have the long-awaited announcements of this year’s exclusive 2009 SDCC Limited Edition collectibles! As in years past the 2009 Alex Ross San Diego exclusives will ONLY be available at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con at the AlexRossArt.com booth – Booth #2419.

So stop on by and pick up one of the annual must haves of the San Diego Comic-Con!

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SD09: theBLVD — #1821

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theBLVD is one of our favorite artists collectives, and this year, the promise to “bring the comics back to Comic-Con.” Someone had to do it! As ringleader Bernard Chang writes, “The artists and writers are the backbone of industry — not the backside.”

TheBLVD Studio celebrates its FIFTH year on the exhibitors floor (booth #1821) at the 40th annual San Diego Comic Con International (July 22nd-26th), the nation’s largest and still growing celebration of pop culture and comic books. This year, the fan-favorite group of JOHN PAUL LEON (The Winter Men, Howling Commandos, DMZ), TREVOR GORING (What If? Fallen Son, Outlaw Territory, Waterloo Sunset), SEAN CHEN (Dark Reign: Fantastic Four, Iron Man), TOMMY LEE EDWARDS (Wolverine, 1985, The Book of Eli), and BERNARD CHANG (Wonder Woman, Iron Man:The End) has moved to a new location, across the aisle from legendary comic book artist Neal Adams (#1829). “It was important to link up with other comics pros,” said LEON, “after all, our motto is ‘Bringing Comics Back to Comic-con’ and by relocating closer to a core group of artists, we can hope to create a better synergy.” Traditionally, Comic-Con has an “artists alley” section, but over the years, they have been pushed all the way back into the far back corner of the show floor, next to the rest rooms and loading docks.

“The artists and writers are the backbone of industry — not the backside — and while movies, toys and video games have all helped to expand our core audience, we should not turn our backs on what has made this show great,” added CHANG.

All the members of theBLVD studio will be on hand, chatting and meeting with fans and friends, signing autographs and giving portfolio reviews, as well as selling commission sketches, original comic book art, prints, and limited copies of their acclaimed sketchbooks.

They will also be announcing new upcoming projects, including EDWARDS’ role in helping create the dramatic visual styling of the next Hughes Brothers movie, “The Book of Eli”, starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, and GORING’s new graphic novel “Iron Siege” (Image) and “The Unseen Art of Hollywood: A Celebration of Film Storyboards” (Hermes Press); as well as celebrity guest appearances, including Parry Shen (“Better Luck Tomorrow”) to promote “Secret Identities”. TheBLVD will also be hosting Studio 407, with creators Alex Leung and Matt Bradford (“Night and Fog” graphic novel); and Ben Fisher and Michael Henderson (“Smuggling Spirits” graphic novel); as well as announcing their upcoming collaborative prestige art book.

SD09: NBM — #1528

NBM and Papercutz are fielding a strong group of creators, including Lewis Trondheim and Rick Geary. Check out the list below — signing times are in the jump.

If you’re going to the San Diego comic-con, don’t miss the signings at the NBM Publishing and Papercutz booths.  We’ve got:

Greg Farshtey (Creator of LEGO’s BIONICLE)
Rick Geary (A Treasury of XXth Century Murder) 
Neil Kleid (Brownsville, the new The Big Kahn)
Scott Lobdell (The Hardy Boys)
Sho Murase (Nancy Drew)
Lewis Trondheim  (Dungeon)
Chad Michael Ward (Black Rust)
Cornnell Clarke (Peanut Butter)
Shane White (North Country, the new Things Undone)

Publisher Terry Nantier will not only be at our booth but on the panel about Comic Strip Reprints on Friday at 1:30PM in Room 3.
And the whole Papercutz crew (Nantier, Farshtey, Lobdell, Murase and editor Jim Salicrup) will have a panel of their own on Sunday at 3:00 in Room 2.

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SD09: Tripwire — S07

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Tripwire has had some setbacks lately — Diamond isn’t carrying the latest issue (yet another sign that magazines about comics are not exactly a booming business). But you can pick it up at San Diego, and the content looks as good as past issues. AND…great cover. Seriously, paper…it’s not just for old timers!

Tripwire Magazine continues its yearly Comic-Con tradition premiering its third Tripwire Annual at the world’s best-known genre media convention. A stunning Jeff Carlisle full colour original Nick Fury cover sets the tone for the amazing content inside: We have exclusive interviews with Stan Lee, Joe Kubert, Bill Morrison of Bongo Comics, painter Phil Hale, storyboard artist Trevor Goring and many more. There are features on Tintin, the 70th anniversaries of both Marvel Comics and Batman, the 30th anniversary of Alien, Wednesday Comics from DC, Solomon Kane from Dark Horse and a dozen others. Company profiles include Euro-comics publisher Cinebook, art book impresario Flesk Publications and Book Palace. And of course there are over 20 pages of original strips from Roger Langridge, Kev Mullins, Declan Shalvey, Josh Fialkov & Kody Chamberlain and others. In all, it is by far the biggest and best issue Tripwire has published to date.

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SD09: James Owen — #1907

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Author/artist James Owen is back at the show:


Marking his tenth appearance at the San Diego Comicon since 1986, James A. Owen will be exhibiting as Coppervale Studio along with Rich Henn/Club 408 Graphics at booth #1907 in the Independent Publishers Pavilion.

James will also be making intermittent appearances at the Simon & Schuster booth at #1017 to promote the upcoming release of the fourth Imaginarium Geographica novel, THE SHADOW DRAGONS.

Comicon exclusives:

– The debut of the HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS t-shirts, featuring black line art on teal colored shirts
– Advance Reader copies of THE SHADOW DRAGONS (VERY limited supply!)
– And Free Comic Book Day, Comicon Edition: Each day of the con (including Preview Night) we’ll be giving a free STARCHILD comic book to the first 100 people who stop by the booth. A different issue each day, and a great way to sample James Owen’s writing and art. Just come by the booth and ask!

On the panel schedule:
Friday, July 24
12:30-1:30 Future Fond Memories – Creating stories for kids today that will be treasured by adults in the future     – Room 3
Panelists: Michael Spradlin (Keeper Of The Grail: The Youngest Templar); Michael Reisman (Simon Bloom: The Octopus Effect ); Sarah Rees Brennan (The Demon’s Lexicon); James Owen (The Indigo King); Mary Pearson (The Adoration Of Jenna Fox), P.J. Haarsma (The Softwire: Wormhole Pirates on Orbis 3); and Alyson Noel (Blue Moon: The Immortals).

For the rest of the convention, with only occasional breaks, expect to find James at the booth, signing books and Drawing Dragons.

SD09: Impact Books — #1415

The how-to book line will have its usual bevy of activity:

Impact Books, the how-to write and draw comics, graphic novels, manga and fantasy publisher, will once again be at San Diego Comic Con International with the popular Impact University panel, author signings, contests, and giveaways.  The booth number is #1415.

Impact holds its now famous panel, Impact University:  How to Write and Draw Comics, Graphic Novels and Fantasy, on Friday, at 3:00 p.m., in Room 30CDE.  Panelists include Peter David (X-Factor), Andy Schmidt (former Marvel and current IDW editor), Scott Tipton (Comics 101 website editor), Tom Nguyen (Final Crisis), Chris Ryall (IDW publisher), Maggie Thompson (Comics Buyer’s Guide editor) and Brian Miller (owner of Hi-Fi Color studios).  Attendees can get tips from the pros on how to break into the comics field and how to improve their work.  This panel is always filled to capacity, so interested attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

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Plowing on!

After a brief break for a long nap, we’re continuing with our Mega SD activity roundup. We’ve gotten a few people, not really complaining, but wondering if this is all too much. Dunno…is it?

We keep getting urgent emails from publishers and cartoonists wanting us to run their schedules, so there clearly is supply. In deference to those who AREN’T interested in you-know-what, we’ll try to keep the stuff above the cut brief, and run our listings in a big clump…so please move along if you’re not interested. It’s always been our belief that people may be looking for someone or unaware of a particular person’s appearance at the show, and we may help facilitate some meetings or purchases or joyous moments. So, in that spirit, onwards….