Friday, August 05, 2011

IMAGE COMICS’ THE VAULT #1 SELLS OUT
Sam Sarkar is proud to announce that the first printing of the deep sea, horror masterpiece, THE VAULT #1, has sold out at the distributor level, with very few copies remaining at a select number of comic stores across the country. Hurry while you can and pick up a copy before it’s gone! For members of Comixology, THE VAULT #1 will be available, in a digital format, on Wednesday, August 10th.


Published by Image Comics, written by Sarkar and illustrated by the immensely talented Garrie Gastonny (Warren Ellis’ Supergod), THE VAULT is about a small team of treasure hunters, struggling to excavate a dangerous and legendary treasure pit before a massive storm hits Sable Island, the "Graveyard of the North Atlantic." Equipped with all the latest technology, the scientists believe they are prepared against all of nature's fury, but nothing can prepare them for what they are about to unleash.

Critics who’ve read THE VAULT had this to say:

"Sarkar and Gastonny tell the story well and end with just enough questions that you want to pick up issue 2. I know I will." - Newsarama

"What a gem of a book! I can totally recommend The Vault. Get it now." - Weekly Comic Book Review

"The comic book equivalent of a big-budget summer blockbuster" - Blogcritics Books

"Readers looking for adventure and suspense thrillers will want The Vault." - Comic Book Bin

"I could see it being a sleeper hit of the year and would recommend checking it out." - Comic Book Realm

"If you're keen on action comics and sunken treasure, you are going to like this comic." - Sequential Tart

"An excellant debut issue. Can’t wait to read more." - Kitty's Pride

"Sarkar did such a great job of keeping me hooked from start to finish that I could not put this book down." - From the Tomb Magazine

"5 out of 5 stars" Novel Chatter


ABOUT SAM SARKAR

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sam Sarkar is a 23-year veteran of the entertainment industry. He began his career as an actor and was one of the leads on the long-running, syndicated television series Neon Rider. Following the series, Sam decided to pursue writing and worked for the hit television series Beverly Hills 90210. Stemming from his work on the show, he also co-wrote a television pilot for Spelling Entertainment under the direct guidance of TV legend Aaron Spelling. Deciding then to embark on feature films, Sam took some chances, following a varied path of writing screenplays and working as a sound technician. In 2004, after working on several films with actor Johnny Depp, Sam was asked to help run Depp's production company, Infinitum Nihil, headed by Christi Dembrowski. As Senior VP at the company, he continues to serve the varied needs of Hollywood as an executive, producer and writer.

ABOUT GARRIE GASTONNY

Having worked as a comic book artist and illustration lecturer, Garrie Gastonny now mainly focuses on illustration to avoid getting beaten up. Garrie also serves as Senior Artist at Imaginary Friends Studios. His credits include Warren Ellis' Supergod, Caliber: First Canon of Justice and Lady Death. For more information about the artist, please visit http://thegerjoos.deviantart.com/.
HIGH FANTASY AND TRUE LOVE COME TO LIFE IN

ICO: CASTLE IN THE MIST,

NEW FROM VIZ MEDIA’S HAIKASORU IMPRINT



New Novel Is Based On A Popular Japanese Video Game From The Acclaimed Author Of

BRAVE STORY



San Francisco, CA, August 4, 2011 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, with publish author Miyuki Miyabe imaginative fantasy novel ICO: CASTLE IN THE MIST, on August 16th. The new book will be published by the company’s Haikasoru imprint and will carry an MSRP of $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN.



A boy with horns, marked for death; A girl who sleeps in a cage of iron.



The Castle of the Mist calls for its sacrifice: a horned child, born once a generation. When, on a single night in his thirteenth year, Ico's horns grow long and curved, he knows his time has come. But why does the Castle of the Mist demand this offering, and can the castle keep Ico's destiny from intertwining with that of the girl imprisoned within its walls?



“ICO: CASTLE IN THE MIST first appeared as a popular videogame for the PlayStation 2 and will soon to be re-mastered in high-definition for the PlayStation 3,” says Nick Mamatas, Haikasoru’s Editor. “Award winning author Miyuki Miyabe was inspired by the game’s atmosphere and expands the story in her novel, creating a whole world for readers to explore. Delve into the mysteries of this talented author’s grand achievement of imagination in this new release from Haikasoru!”



Author Miyuki Miyabe's first novel was published in 1987, and since then she has become one of Japan's most popular and best-selling authors. Miyabe's novel, BRAVE STORY (also published North America in 2007 by VIZ Media and Haikasoru), won The Batchelder Award for Best Children's Book in Translation from the American Library Association. ICO: CASTLE IN THE MIST is her seventh novel to be translated into English.



For more information on ICO: CASTLE IN THE MIST and the Haikasoru imprint, please visit www.haikasoru.com.





About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and website at www.VIZ.com.
GUN HILL ROAD CHALLENGE TO AMERICA
Motion Film Group CEO Challenges Obama, Congress and America to Address Gay Rights Issues Presented in Film



August 4, 2011 (Malibu, CA)–The C.E.O. of Motion Film Group, Inc., has issued a challenge to President Obama, Congress and America in general to wake up and accept the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals to be treated fairly and equally under the constitution. Issues and themes presented in the feature film, “Gun Hill Road,” illustrate some of the challenges that families and individuals endure when dealing with gender identity and sexual orientation, said Foti Georgiadis, C.E.O. of the film’s distribution company. If President Obama, Congress and many Americans found themselves placed in a similar circumstance as shown in the film, the result would likely be a far more progressive and enlightened acceptance of alternative lifestyles and orientations, he concluded.

“I’ve always thought of myself as a traditional family man, with a lovely wife and three adorable children. So the topic of gender identity and sexual orientation had not been a priority issue for me,” said Georgiadis. “However, when I saw this film at the Sundance Festival, I was deeply moved by the dramatic situations that developed between the family members of a transgender teenager, and knew that this film had a timely and important message. I’d like to challenge President Obama and Congress to watch this film, and furthermore challenge any macho-man in America to put themselves in the same situation as the father in our film, and tell me there can be no compassion for those who might be different from the mainstream.”

Motion Film Group has offered to loan a print of the film, “Gun Hill Road” to the White House for a private viewing of the President and his staff. Separately, the company is organizing a private screening in Washington, D.C. in September, with free admission for any members of the Senate, the House of Representatives and their direct staff.

“We can’t screen the film free for everyone in America,” said Georgiadis. “But if we can get a good turnout among members of Congress or White House staffers, that would be an important step towards building a deeper understanding of these issues.”

“Gun Hill Road” opens in theatres in New York tomorrow, August 5, and opens in Los Angeles on August 12. The film is slated to be expanded to most key markets nationwide over the next two months.

“Gun Hill Road” follows macho ex-con Enrique (Morales) who returns to the Bronx after his latest prison sentence to find the world he once knew has turned upside down. While his wife, Angela (Reyes), struggles to hide an emotional affair, his now-teenage son, Michael, explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique’s grasp. Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together and protect Michael. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer (Isiah Whitlock, Jr), Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk losing his family and freedom.

The film features performances by seasoned actors Morales, Reyes, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Franky G, Vincent Laresca, Miriam Colon, and Vanessa Aspillaga, as well as acting debuts by extraordinary people Green discovered on the streets and subways of New York City, including newcomer Harmony Santana, who portrays the conflicted teenager in the story.

“Gun Hill Road”is produced by SimonSays Entertainment in association with A Small Production Company. With a mission to "tell every story," SimonSays Entertainment, Inc. develops diverse projects for film, television, and theater. The debut film from SimonSays, Night Catches Us, opened theatrically in December 2010 through Magnolia Pictures.

Rashaad Ernesto Green, the writer and director of “Gun Hill Road,” is an award-winning director of short films such as “Premature,” “Cuts” and “Choices.” Green was included on the latest edition of Filmmaker Magazine’s elite 25 New Faces of Independent Film list. A Bronx native, Green earned a BA from Dartmouth, an MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program, and an MFA from the NYU Graduate Film Program.
Baltimore Comic-Con 2011 Third Annual Costume Contest and More!


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 4, 2011 - In addition to the all-star line-up of talent scheduled at this year's 12th Baltimore Comic-Con, the show will host their third annual costume contest ... back by HUGE demand! This year, the event will be held Saturday and it will be larger than ever!
Costume Contest pic 2010
Baltimore Comic-Con 2010 photo by Jason Taylor


"After a second year of an outstanding costume contest, where we literally had to break down walls to meet demand - we are thrilled to bring it back in 2011," said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter, "and we were totally caught off-guard when hundreds entered last year. For the second straight year, the contestants and audience overflowed the planned contest room." He went on to add, "This year, we are planning for it to grow again. We are taking it up a notch this year by getting an even larger space!"


The $1,000 grand prize will be awarded to the best over-all costume at the event, including all of the over-13 and under-13 categories. Category winners will win a $100 gift certificate to Cards, Comics and Collectibles of Reisterstown, Maryland. Additionally, all category winners will receive ONE pass to see an Avengers movie sneak preview, and a free two-day pass to the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con.

War Machine costume contest 2010
War Machine picture by Barry Gill
Our categories will include the following:

Best Male (over 13) Superhero
Best Male (over 13) Non-Superhero

Best Female (over 13) Superhero
Best Female (over 13) Non-Superhero

Best Group (majority of members over 13)

Best Male (under 13) Superhero
Best Male (under 13) Non-Superhero

Best Female (under 13) Superhero
Best Female (under 13) Non-Superhero


Best Group (majority of members under 13)




Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:


press@baltimorecomiccon.com - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com - for inquiries about submitted registrations
harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com - for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
general@baltimorecomiccon.com - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

A panel of celebrity media judges will determine the contest winners, including some world-famous comic book creators!


The contest will start at 1pm on Saturday, August 20th at the Baltimore Convention Center! Registration will begin as soon as the show opens at 10:00am. Contest Registration forms will be handed out at all ticket booths for all patrons interested in entering the costume contest to further speed the registration process. Over 13 registration will cost $5. Under-13 registration will be free.



PLEASE NOTE: NO WEAPONS WILL BE ALLOWED WITHIN THE CONVENTION CENTER. Do not bring real swords, guns, or any other type of an authentic weapon!!! Only props allowed!!!





Guests

A complete list of confirmed guests for this year's Baltimore Comic-Con can be found here.



Save the Date! Baltimore Comic-Con 2012!

That's right! Mark your calendars now for next year's Baltimore Comic-Con, which will take place the weekend of September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center, and we'll see YOU in Baltimore!





illseeyouinbaltimore_2011_200x200Attending the Baltimore Comic-Con? Show your support online!

Simply change your social network (Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.) avatar pictures to the "See You in Baltimore!" image and let the world know you're attending the show!





In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.



This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21st.



Contact Information

Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:



press@baltimorecomiccon.com - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution

promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications

registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com - for inquiries about submitted registrations

harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com - for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet

general@baltimorecomiccon.com - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries



About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.
JOHNNY DEPP AND GRAHAM KING
TO ADAPT THE VAULT

Sam Sarkar is proud to announce that his latest title, THE VAULT, is being adapted for film by Graham King’s GK Films and Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil. Based on the comic miniseries created and written by Sarkar (Caliber: First Canon of Justice), illustrated by Garrie Gastonny (Senior artist at Imaginary Friends Studios, Warren Ellis’ Supergod) and edited by Dave Elliott (current Editor-in-Chief of Benaroya Publishing), THE VAULT will be produced by Johnny Depp, along with Infinitum Nihil’s president, Christi Dembrowski, as well as Graham King and Tim Headington from GK Films. Sam Sarkar is repped by Jon Levin at CAA and Nicole Romano and David Schiff of The Schiff Company.
THE VAULT is about a small team of treasure hunters, struggling to excavate a dangerous and legendary treasure pit before a massive storm hits Sable Island, the "Graveyard of the North Atlantic." Equipped with all the latest technology, the scientists believe they are prepared against all of nature's fury, but nothing can prepare them for what they are about to unleash.


“So thankful and happy to have the support of Johnny, Christi, Graham, Tim and Denis in bringing the movie of the Vault to life.” States Sarkar. “Lots more surprises to come!”

THE VAULT is a 3-issue miniseries published by Image Comics, with issues #1-3 available to order through Diamond Comic Distributors (www.diamondcomics.com).

ABOUT GK FILMS
Academy Award winning producer Graham King launched his independent production company, GK Films, in May 2007 with business partner Tim Headington. GK Films is determined to leave its mark on the independent film world, acting not only as a production company, but also with premium marketing, publicity, business affairs and International sales divisions. Under King's previous banner, Initial Entertainment Group, he produced such critically and commercially successful films as Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Ali, Traffic and The Departed. In total, his films have been nominated for 41 Academy Awards, 27 Golden Globes and 35 British Academy Awards, and have made over $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office. For more information, visit www.gk-films.com

ABOUT INFINITUM NIHIL

Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski, whose Infinitum Nihil has a production deal with GK Films, have been busy: The Rum Diary, which was written and directed by Bruce Robinson and stars Depp, will be released by FilmDistrict on October 28, 2011; the Martin Scorsese-directed 3D Hugo Cabret will be released Nov. 23, 2011 by Paramount Pictures; and they are now shooting the TV series transfer, Dark Shadows, at Warner Bros, with Depp starring and Tim Burton directing. Both Dark Shadows and The Night Stalker were based on series produced by the late Dan Curtis.

ABOUT SAM SARKAR

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sam Sarkar is a 23-year veteran of the entertainment industry. He began his career as an actor and was one of the leads on the long-running, syndicated television series Neon Rider. Following the series, Sam decided to pursue writing and worked for the hit television series Beverly Hills 90210. Stemming from his work on the show, he also co-wrote a television pilot for Spelling Entertainment under the direct guidance of TV legend Aaron Spelling. Deciding then to embark on feature films, Sam took some chances, following a varied path of writing screenplays and working as a sound technician. In 2004, after working on several films with actor Johnny Depp, Sam was asked to help run Depp's production company, Infinitum Nihil, headed by Christi Dembrowski. As Senior VP at the company, he continues to serve the varied needs of Hollywood as an executive, producer and writer.

ABOUT GARRIE GASTONNY

Having worked as a comic book artist and illustration lecturer, Garrie Gastonny now mainly focuses on illustration to avoid getting beaten up. Garrie also serves as Senior Artist at Imaginary Friends Studios. His credits include Warren Ellis' Supergod, Caliber: First Canon of Justice and Lady Death. For more information about the artist, please visit http://thegerjoos.deviantart.com/.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

AN EXTENDED STAY IN GREEN WAKE
Wiebe and Rossmo Invite Readers to Experience Horror of Critically Acclaimed Continuing Series

Berkeley, CA – 4 August 2011 – Kurtis Wiebe (INTREPIDS) and Riley Rossmo's (PROOF, COWBOY NINJA VIKING) disturbing tale of the town of GREEN WAKE will soon be collected into its first trade paperback, but the horrors won't end there, because Image Comics and Shadowline Productions are making GREEN WAKE an ongoing series.

"The response to GREEN WAKE has been so encouraging," said Wiebe. "It's such a great feeling to realize that this brand new idea, this new world that we've created in GREEN WAKE resonates with readers, and that they want to read more."

"Kurtis and I have put a lot of strange, gory stuff into this book," added Rossmo. "Sometimes we stand back and look at what we've come up with, and there have been more than a few times that we've wondered, 'Is this too far?' Fortunately, it seems our readers are just as sick as we are!"

Wiebe continued: "The move from miniseries to continuing series is what we hoped for, as GREEN WAKE proved from the beginning to be a complex story full of new angles and side plots. At this point I think it's safe to say that we aren't going anywhere. Both Riley and I have plenty more up our sleeves, and this first collection is only the beginning!"

Each issue of GREEN WAKE has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews, including the following glowing endorsements:

"Wiebe has had us in the palm of his hand through this whole ride and does not let us go for one moment. Even as the book comes to a close, and you feel yourself being freed, his grip tightens at the very last moment." -- Danial Carroll, Comic Book Revolution

"A stunning blend of happiness and sadness with a splash of perspective in the mix. GREEN WAKE is a fascinating contrast of fate and choice that will leave you questioning yourself and the crossroads you've taken in your life. The ending to this series was perfect and I wouldn't have changed a thing about it." -- Felicity Gustafson, Comics Bulletin

"GREEN WAKE is definitely the stand out series of the year, Wiebe’s writing and Rossmo’s art combine perfectly in the ultimate form of storytelling. Original, beautiful, compelling and sad, this comic is more than hard to top." -- Niall Alexander, Comic Buzz

“The writing from Wiebe is absolutely pitch perfect and it couldn’t be matched to the art with more precision. This might just be a perfect mystery opening, and you absolutely need to buy this comic.” -- Ryan Lindsay, CBR

"GREEN WAKE is shaping up to be one of the great mini-series of 2011. Smart, fast moving, and full of intriguing mystery, GREEN WAKE is a beautiful book that you’ll be thinking about for hours after you finish.” -- Kelly Thompson, CBR
GREEN WAKE TP (JUL110468, ISBN: 978-1-60706-432-9), a 136-page full color comic book goes on sale September 21, 2011 for $16.99. GREEN WAKE #6 (AUG110520) picks up where the trade leaves off on October 26 and is available for order in the current issue of Diamond Previews.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8.4.2011: Oni Press Unveils Brian Churilla's THE SECRET HISTORY OF D.B. COOPER

Don’t believe the FBI's recent announcement regarding a “promising lead” in their forty-year search for the most infamous hijacker in history, D.B. Cooper. It is our contention this is likely an attempt to by the government to discredit the forthcoming Oni Press series, THE SECRET HISTORY OF D.B. COOPER, which finally reveals the truth regarding the case. Though the book has been in production for some time, we feel it prudent to announce it now in hopes to refute this “new evidence”.

From creator Brian Churilla, the book chronicles the life of the mythic folk hero, revealing that "The DB Cooper Incident" was not a hijacking and extortion plot as widely reported. In fact, this cover story is quite pedestrian, as what really happened nearly changed the course of human history.

The Secret History of D. B. Cooper

Written and illustrated by Brian Churilla
Full color, 22 pages

Monthly starting in March 2012

ABOUT THE FIRST ISSUE: The most infamous hijacker of all time, D.B. Cooper remains on the FBI’s most-wanted list nearly forty years after the alleged crime. For the first time, the secret history of the man and the truth regarding the hijacking will be revealed. During the height of the Cold War, a fringe group within the CIA wages a crusade on the deadliest battlefield of all: the human mind. D.B. Cooper participated in a campaign of subterfuge wherein altered states of consciousness were used to assassinate Soviet targets from afar. But as Cooper deteriorates mentally and physically, the line between two worlds blurs, and he becomes a rogue agent.

This mind-bending account of the legendary outlaw’s exploits is not to be missed!
Brooklyn Cartoonists Make Baltimore Comic-Con Debuts!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 4, 2011 - Be sure to swing by Harvey Award-nominated, Dean Haspiel's booth at Baltimore Comic-Con for a slew of Brooklyn cartoonist debuts.

Zegas coverZegas #1 marks the debut of the print-exclusive comic series by Michel Fiffe, the architect behind Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies. Follow the neorealist surrealism of Zegas #1 in its full color, kaleidoscopic glory. With 32 pages of all new material, this limited edition premiere features the cast that originally appeared in IDW's Act-i-vate Primer and MTV Geek. http://michelfiffe.com.

Actress/artist, Natalie Kim, will be launching SuperTwins!, a comedic web-series about fraternal superheroes in NYC who find their Superhero Medallion suddenly revoked and they have to recapture the magic that made them famous in the first place. http://www.supertwins.tv/.

New York Times best-selling children's illustrator/author, George O'Connor, will be signing his latest release: Book 3 of Olympians; Hera: The Goddessand Her Glory. http://www.olympiansrule.com/.

Fashion designer/cartoonist, Kat Roberts, will debut, YOU ARE ALWAYS ON MY MIND #1, a new collection of vignettes led by the personal recollection of a quasi-religious childhood encounter with Jim Morrison. http://www.act-i-vate.com/creators?id=48.

Actor/Author, Chris Miskiewicz, will be hawking his ACT-I-VATE webcomic, EVERYWHERE: http://www.act-i-vate.com/120-1.comic.

A complete list of confirmed guests for this year's Baltimore Comic-Con can be found here.



Save the Date! Baltimore Comic-Con 2012!

That's right! Mark your calendars now for next year's Baltimore Comic-Con, which will take place the weekend of September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center, and we'll see YOU in Baltimore!



illseeyouinbaltimore_2011_200x200

Attending the Baltimore Comic-Con? Show your support online!

Simply change your social network (Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.) avatar pictures to the "See You in Baltimore!" image and let the world know you're attending the show!





In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.



This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21st.



Contact Information

Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:

press@baltimorecomiccon.com - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution

promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications

registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com - for inquiries about submitted registrations

harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com - for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet

general@baltimorecomiccon.com - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries



About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.
Harvey Awards Dinner Tickets Now on Sale!


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 4, 2011 - On Saturday night, August 20th, the comic book industry, including professionals, retailers, and fans, will gather at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore to honor the 2011 Harvey Award Nominees for 2010 comic work and present the Harveys to their recipients. This is an exciting evening, highlighted by our host Scott Kurtz and a special appearance by Stan Lee!

Harvey Award Recipient LogoHarvey Awards tickets are on sale NOW! Tickets to the event, which includes full cocktail hour (cash bar), full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore Crabcake!), awards ceremony, and a gift bag, are now available for $125. Tickets are available at our website via credit card or Paypal at baltimorecomiccon.com/harvey-awards.

The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. The Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.

Additionally, the Hero Initiative will present 2 awards to outstanding members of the comics community!

The Hero Initiative was established to aid comic creators with a financial safety net when in need of emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. In the years since its inception, the board has created an award to recognize those individuals in the industry that have dedicated their talent over the lifetime of their careers to the comic book community at-large, achieving the status of Hero. Previous recipients include John Romita, Joe Kubert, Nick Cardy, Neal Adams, and George Perez. Who will be this year's lifetime Hero?

The Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award will also be presented at the Harvey Awards Banquet. Giordano, who passed away in early 2010, was part of Hero Initiative's Board of Directors. He was also a legendary artist, a guiding force at Charlton Comics and DC Comics for many years, a mentor to his colleagues, and a friend to all who knew him. His legacy epitomizes the caring and commitment Hero Initiative strives to achieve. In his honor, the Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award will recognize one person in comics each year who has demonstrated the generosity and integrity Dick brought to the charity, and to the comic book community at large.

In the coming week, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website (http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/baltimorecomics), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baltimore-Comic-Con/165007083536280), and MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/baltimorecomics) pages.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 20th.


Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:


press@baltimorecomiccon.com - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com - for inquiries about submitted registrations
harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com - for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
general@baltimorecomiccon.com - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries


About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2010. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.
TRAVEL CHANNEL JOURNEYS TO THE OTHER SIDE WITH THE LAUNCH OF A NEW ORIGINAL INVESTIGATIVE SERIES “THE DEAD FILES”

ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 AT 10:00 PM ET/PT



New Series to be Paired with Season Five of “Ghost Adventures,”

Featuring Travails of the Popular Paranormal Investigative Team as

They Explore Haunted Locations Around the World



Chevy Chase, Md. (August 4, 2011) – Travel Channel will take viewers on a paranormal journey on Friday nights beginning September 23 with the launch of “The Dead Files,” an original investigative series premiering at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The new one-hour series pairs a hard-nosed detective, who looks at the physical evidence, with a gifted psychic communicator, who has her well established sixth sense to work with. They explore each crime scene on their own, and only join together at the end to compare notes and together discover some shocking results. “The Dead Files” will be paired with the fifth season of the hit show “Ghost Adventures”, premiering at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT as the popular investigative team discovers locations that are ample with dark history, brimming with trapped souls and energy.



“Our Friday night series takes viewers beyond the haunted destinations -- They provide a different type of escape, providing a taste of the other side and a new perspective on their own surroundings,” said Fred Graver, SVP, Programming & Development, Travel Channel.


Premiering at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, “The Dead Files” introduces heroes who are both incredibly gifted in their fields of expertise, and see what no one else can. The team approaches every case from their two specific areas of expertise: Steve DiSchiavi is a retired Homicide Detective with the New York City Police Department with more than 21 years of active service; and Amy Allan is a Psychic Communicator. Each investigator’s methods and findings remain hidden from the other team member to preserve the integrity of their discoveries, until the shocking results are revealed to the homeowner in the compelling conclusion of each episode. While much of Steve’s factual findings have already been disclosed to the audience during his investigation, the most shocking information is saved for last. During this moment of truth, Steve and Amy come together with the homeowner to present all of their findings, which gel into one undeniable – and often terrifying – conclusion.



During this one-hour, eight-episode series, Steve begins each investigation exploring the property, questioning the owners or tenants about what they’ve witnessed and what they know about the building’s past. Then he goes out to gather more facts -- speaking to local historians, police investigators and even tracking down past owners of the property. Amy is a paranormal researcher, physical medium and psychometrist. Her abilities have been studied and tested by leading parapsychologists and she’s worked with many private investigators and police agencies. Amy knows absolutely nothing about locations before entering, after all photos or revealing objects have been removed. Amy channels the dead, often assuming their role and reliving their death. She later shares her findings with the homeowners and provides them with a better understanding of what – or who – is sharing their house.



“The Dead Files” is produced by Painless Productions for the Travel Channel. For Painless
the executive producer is Jim Casey and the co-executive producers are John C. Fitzgerald and Ross Kaiman. The executive producer for the Travel Channel is David E. Gerber.



Season five of “Ghost Adventures” returns with paranormal investigators Zak Bagans and Nick Groff, along with equipment technician Aaron Goodwin as they unveil the history and dark secrets of haunted locations around the world. This season takes a deeper dive into the culture and history of these spooky locations before the overnight ghost investigation occurs, visiting never before investigated locations including the Mizpah Hotel in Tenopah, Nev. and the Ashmore Estates in Ashmore, Ill. After completing over a hundred investigations and 64 episodes of the series, the trio takes their acquired ghost tracking skills to the next level -- uncovering even more gripping scientific evidence -- as they become more skilled at taunting and using equipment to engage the other side.



During the premiere episode, the guys head to the rural Midwest to clash with the demonic forces at the Ashmore Estates. In 1870, the Ashmore Estates was a poor house, filled with social outcasts. After almost a century of countless deaths, the estates were then modified to be a psychiatric hospital in 1959. Some of the worst patients from another psych ward were sent here to continue their tortured existence. In 1986, Ashmore closed for good, and ever since, it’s been plagued with a demonic presence. While there, the trio hopes to discover these evil entities in order to learn more about their malicious ways.



“Ghost Adventures” is produced by MY Tupelo Entertainment for the Travel Channel. For MY Tupelo Entertainment the executive producers are Michael Yudin and Joe Townley. The executive producer for the Travel Channel is Daniel A. Schwartz.

For images, screeners and video clips from the series, please contact Katelyn.Balach@travelchannel.com.

TRAVEL CHANNEL (http://www.travelchannel.com) is a network and Web site that connects viewers to the power and joy of human journeys that inspire, surprise, and entertain. Travel Channel is the world’s leading travel media brand, and the network is available in 96 million U.S. cable homes. Its Travel Channel HD™ simulcast is distributed to almost 37 million homes and is available on every major provider. Travel Channel is headquartered in Chevy Chase, MD, and maintains offices in New York and Atlanta. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates HGTV (http://www.hgtv.com), DIY Network (http://www.diynetwork.com), Food Network (http://www.foodnetwork.com), Cooking Channel (http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/) and Great American Country (http://www.gactv.com), is the manager and general partner.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

A HEALTHY DOSE OF DOC BIZARRE, M.D.
Joe Casey and Andy Suriano Administer Dark Humor in Upcoming Graphic Novel

Berkeley, CA – 3 August 2011 – The writer of GODLAND and recent, over-the-top sensation BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER has once again teamed up with his former CHARLATAN BALL collaborator Andy Suriano to offer readers a new solution to their supernatural problems. DOC BIZARRE, M.D., a strange tale of sick monsters, medically-challenged myths, and ghouls at Death’s door, will debut in October from Image Comics.

"I loved collaborating with Joe again," Suriano said. "Every time we put our heads together I feel like I need a trip to the sanitarium after--the dude's sick! In the best possible way, of course. This new cast of characters we brought to life are twisted and equally as colorful; I just hope everyone's ready for the bizarre!"

"Another technicolor brain dump from Andy and me," added Casey. "This time delivered in one, easily digestible chunk of hardcover graphic novel goodness! Hopefully folks will have as much fun reading it as we had making it."

Prepare to enter the world of DOC BIZARRE, M.D., a world of coughing creeps and diseased devils, a world where a doctor’s prescription might include wolfsbane and garlic, a world where even the most powerful vampires find themselves crippled by the common cold. Who else can they turn to for relief, but DOC BIZARRE, M.D.?

DOC BIZARRE M.D., a 72-page full color comedic horror comic for $12.99, is available to order in the August issue of Previews and will be available at a comic store near you on October 19, 2011.

ABOUT ANDY SURIANO
Andy Suriano is an Emmy and Annie award winning artist, animator and designer based in Los Angeles. He has worked on Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Fairly OddParents, Power Puff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He has also produced and directed his own pilots for Disney and Cartoon Network, as well as Plastic Man for WB Animation.

ABOUT JOE CASEY
Joe Casey is a founding partner of Man of Action Studios, a creative development company formed in 2000 by graphic novelists Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle. Based in Los Angeles and New York, Man Of Action Studios created the popular BEN 10 TV franchise as well as the new series Generator Rex. Currently they are supervising producers/story editors on the upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man animated series premiering in 2012 on Disney/XD. Man of Action wrote the X-Men and Superman comic book series and currently publish their original creations through Image Comics. They wrote the best-selling video games X-Men: Legends for Activision, and Darksiders: Wrath of War for THQ. For more information, visit www.manofaction.tv.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
AUGUST SIZZLES WITH NEW DIGITAL RELEASES FOR VIZMANGA.COM AND THE VIZ MANGA APP FOR iPAD, iPHONE AND iPOD TOUCH



The First Half Of August Features The Debut Of OISHINBO And WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD!; Updates To 22 Popular Series



VIZ Media delivers even more new digital manga (graphic novel) fun for the first-half of August as the company announces a pair of new titles that will be available on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad™, iPhone™ and iPod™ touch.



The latest round of updates features the debut of OISHINBO, the appetizing series about Japanese gourmet cooking and cuisine, as well as the launch of WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD!, Inio Asano’s poignant collection of vignettes depicting twenty-something angst, on August 8th.



Updates for the first-half of August are further augmented by new additions to 22 existing VIZ Media manga series, including AI ORE! Vol. 2 and THE STORY OF SAIUNKOKU Vol. 4, launching digitally with their print counterparts’ national release.



OISHINBO Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Available Now!

Written by Tetsu Kariya and illustrated by Akira Hanasaki, OISHINBO is considered to be the epitome of food manga and defined the genre while selling more than 100 million copies in Japan since its debut in 1983. The series depicts the adventures of journalist Shiro Yamaoka, who writes for the fictional newspaper Tozai News. As part of the celebrations for its 100th anniversary, the publishers commission the creation of the "Ultimate Menu," a model meal embodying the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine. This all-important task has been entrusted to journalist Yamaoka ShirĂ´, an inveterate cynic who possesses no initiative – but also an incredibly refined palate and an encyclopedic knowledge of food.



WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD! Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·

Available August 8th

A poignant collection of intersecting vignettes depicting twenty-something angst, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD! explores the various ways that modern life can be at once ridiculous and sublime, terrible and precious, wasted and celebrated. What begins with a college dropout bored of her mediocre routine soon becomes a fantastic series about the unexpected ways that lives intersect. Filled with magical realism in the face of the cold reality of modern life, these stories are about discovering something precious in the chaos of daily existence.



Additional new VIZ Media manga volumes launching include:



August 1st:

AI ORE Vol. 2

BLACK BIRD Vol. 9

BLEACH Vol. 20

CLAYMORE Vol. 15

DENGEKI DAISY Vol. 3

D. GRAY MAN Vol. 16

DRAGON BALL Z Vol. 20

I’LL GIVE MY ALL TOMORROW Vol. 2

INUYASHA (VIZBIG) Vol. 2 – Exclusive to VIZ Manga App for iPad!

NARUTO Vol. 46

MOAH: JUVENILE REMIX Vol. 4

ONE PIECE Vol. 37

THE STORY OF SAIUNKOKU Vol. 4

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vol. 9



August 8th:

BLUE EXORCIST Vol. 3

DRAGON BALL Z Vol. 21

FUSHIGI YUGI: GENBU KAIDEN Vol. 5

GRAND GUIGNOL ORCHESTRA Vol. 2

HYDE & CLOSER Vol. 4

KEKKAISHI Vol. 10

NARUTO Vol. 47

ONE PIECE Vol. 38

OURON HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB Vol. 9

ROSARIO + VAMPIRE II Vol. 2

RUROUNI KENSHIN Vol. 19



VIZ Media’s digital manga platform allows for universal access for fans for reading manga from their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and now, VIZManga.com for desktop/laptop computers and Android-powered devices with built-in web browsers. With one account, registered users are able to view their purchases across even more devices than ever.



The free VIZ Manga App continues to be the top app for reading manga on iOS devices and features a rapidly growing library of the most popular manga series in the world, currently offering 40 series and over 300 volumes, with new additions and free Chapter 1 previews added weekly.



For more information, please visit VIZManga.com or www.VIZ.com/apps.
NEW PEOPLE ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE JAPANESE SCI-FI THILLER GANTZ ON DVD AND BLU-RAY IN AUGUST



Sci-Fi Live-Action Film Based On Hit Anime/Manga Series Features Two Of The Biggest Stars Of

Japanese Cinema



San Francisco, CA – August 2, 2011 – NEW PEOPLE Entertainment, a film division of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. that focuses on the licensing and distribution of Japanese films and media, will delight sci-fi, action and anime/manga fans across North America with the release of GANTZ on DVD (SRP $24.92) and Blu-ray/DVD combo-pack(SRP $29.99) on August 30th. The film, which is unrated, features both English and Japanese dialogue options and a bonus disc with an exclusive director’s interview and film trailers.



To celebrate the film’s release, a special screening of GANTZ is scheduled for Friday, August 26th at 7:00pm in San Francisco at NEW PEOPLE’s Cinema as part of the 2011 J-Pop Summit Festival. The film will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Get a great deal by purchasing a ticket bundle that also includes the brand-new DVD or Blu-ray plus a poster. Tickets and more information are available at http://www.newpeopleworld.com/films.



In addition, the San Francisco theatrical premiere of GANTZ II: Perfect Answer will also take place during the J-Pop Summit Festival on both Saturday, August 27th and Sunday August 28th. The film will also be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Complete details on the J-Pop Summit are available at: www.J-Pop.com.



GANTZ is based on a hit manga series created by Hiroya Oku and stars leading Japanese actors Kazunari Ninomiya (Letters from Iwo Jima) and Kenichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Detroit Metal City). The film tells the story of two childhood friends that are accidentally killed while trying to save another man’s life. Rather than find themselves in the hereafter, however, they awaken in a strange apartment in which they find a mysterious black orb they come to know as “GANTZ.” Along with similar abductees, they are provided with equipment and weaponry and manipulated into playing a kind of game in which they are sent back out to the greater world to do battle with alien beings, all while never quite knowing whether this game is an illusion or their new reality.

“GANTZ first thrilled domestic audiences when we presented the film theatrically in a special one-night-only premiere at over 300 movie theatres nationally earlier this year that was attended by thousands of people across North America,” says Seiji Horibuchi, President and CEO of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. “Anticipation has risen steadily since then and fans now have the exclusive opportunity to own the film on DVD and Blu-ray with our release on August 30th. GANTZ features two of the biggest stars in Japanese cinema and remains true to the innovative storyline from the original manga series. Fans won’t want to miss this exciting release and stay tuned for news coming soon on the upcoming release of the film’s action-packed sequel, GANTZ II: Perfect Answer!”



Kazunari Ninomiya, best known in America for his role in Clint Eastwood’s 2006 blockbuster, Letters from Iwo Jima, is both an actor and a singer. He is also world-renowned as a member of the Japanese boy band “Arashi,” which topped Japan’s music charts in 2009 with the three best-selling singles.



Kenichi Matsuyama is currently one of the most sought-after actors in Japanese film and he has won several awards including Japanese Academy Awards Best New Actor (2007) and Most Popular Actor (2009). Matsuyama is widely recognized for his part as L in Death Note (2006), Death Note II: the Last Name (2006) and Death Note: L, change the WorLd (2008) and also for his portrayal of Johannes Krauser II in the outlandish rock and roll comedy, Detroit Metal City (2009).





About NEW PEOPLE, Inc.
Based in San Francisco, California, NEW PEOPLE, Inc. (www.newpeopleworld.com) offers the latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from Japan through its unique entertainment destination as well as through licensing and distribution of selective Japanese films. NEW PEOPLE Entertainment (www.newpeopleent.com), a film division of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. strives to offer the most entertaining motion pictures straight from the "Kingdom of Pop" for audiences of all ages, especially the manga and anime generation, in North America. Some titles include DEATH NOTE, GANTZ, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, and THE TASTE OF TEA.
SCIENCE IS THE HOME FOR JUNKYARD GENIUS IN AUGUST WITH TWO WORLD PREMIERE SERIES – JUNKies AND STUCK WITH HACKETT


-- JUNKies and STUCK WITH HACKETT Premiere on Thursday, August 18, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT) and 10:30 PM (ET/PT) on SCIENCE—

(Silver Spring, Md.)—SCIENCE—television’s home for audacious genius—digs deep this August with the world premieres of two enormously entertaining series appealing to the “enginerd” in us all. Beginning August 18, audiences will meet the jester of the junkyard when trash connoisseur Jimmy Ruocco reveals his latest creations in JUNKies at 10:00 PM (ET/PT). Immediately following, survivalist savant Chris Hackett proves himself to be a “post-apocalyptic MacGyver” in STUCK WITH HACKETT, at 10:30 PM (ET/PT).

Long Island’s Freeport Junk and Wrecking is the setting for SCIENCE’s world premiere August series, JUNKies. This is the premiere junkyard for the subculture of high-end inventors, backyard builders and antique pickers constantly looking for missing parts to complete their passion projects. The Freeport team, led by Jimmy “The Junk Genius” Ruocco, will go to any lengths to construct new and inspired devices; with highlights including a hovercraft, a coffin car, a lawn mower racer and a flamethrower—all made from the finest discarded spare parts. These guys know the guts, bolts and science inside even the most unique machines. Crossing paths with a crazy cast of characters, they encounter everyone from inventors and students to mechanics and artists. This eclectic band of dumpster divers will redefine engineering on JUNKies on Thursday, August 18, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT).

STUCK WITH HACKETT features “alternative engineer” and survival expert Chris Hackett. Each episode finds Hackett left alone in an extreme environment—from deep wilderness, to ruined cities, to arid deserts—with little more than his wits and ingenuity. The goal isn’t survival, however; it’s luxury … achieved by any means necessary. Through a series of video diaries, he explains how to turn junk into creature comforts, such as making a hot tub in a snowy terrain, fashioning an A/C unit from spare airplane parts and fermenting leaves to run a washing machine. Watch Hackett turn one man’s nightmare into his own personal retreat using common sense and a lot of spare parts in STUCK WITH HACKETT on Thursday, August 18, at 10:30 PM (ET/PT).

“SCIENCE is the home for the ‘thought provocateur,’ and no two characters personify this title more than Hackett and Jimmy. Every adventure turns a trash heap into a treasure hunt, and their out-of-this-world creativity is what makes these two truly unique characters must-see television,” said Debbie Adler Myers, general manager and executive vice president of SCIENCE. “We cannot wait to share their distinct brands of ‘junkyard genius’ with the world.”

JUNKies is produced for SCIENCE by Leftfield Pictures. David George, Brent Montgomery and Colby Gaines are executive producers for Leftfield Pictures. Bernadette McDaid is vice president of production and executive producer for SCIENCE.


STUCK WITH HACKETT is produced for SCIENCE by Silver Machine. Nathaniel Grouille and Korelan Matteson are executive producers for Silver Machine. Bernadette McDaid is vice president of production and Wyatt Channel is executive producer, with Lindsey Foster as associate producer for SCIENCE.

About SCIENCE:
SCIENCE, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), is home for the thought provocateur, the individual who is unafraid to ask the killer questions of “how” and “why not.” The network is a playground for those with audacious intellects and features programming willing to go beyond imagination to explore the unknown. Guided by curiosity, SCIENCE looks for innovation in mysterious new worlds as well as in its own backyard. SCIENCE and the SCIENCE HD simulcast reach more than 68 million U.S. households. The network also features high-traffic online and social media destinations, including ScienceChannel.com, facebook.com/Science Channel and twitter.com/Science Channel.

About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 210 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 130-plus worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, SCIENCE and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.
RALPH BAKSHI



at Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA

Labor Day Weekend, September 2-5



Dragon Con

Ralph was chosen as a 2011 Special Guest

and will be

Signing Autographs, Participating in Panels, and

Stopping by the Bakshi Booth to Sign

Original Cels and Drawings From:



Coonskin

Wizards

Hey Good Lookin'

Lord of the Rings

American Pop

Fire & Ice

Mighty Mouse

&

Cool World
NEW PEOPLE WELCOMES JAPANESE FASHION DESIGNER h. NAOTO TO 2011 J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL



Edgy Designer Inspired By Gothic, Lolita And Punk Will Have A Fashion Show Showcasing New Work, Screen A Tokyo Collection Film, And Preview New Store To Open In October At NEW PEOPLE



San Francisco, CA, August 1, 2011 – NEW PEOPLE, San Francisco’s dynamic entertainment destination showcasing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture, welcomes edgy fashion label h. Naoto to its 2011 J-Pop Summit Festival, happening in the city’s Japantown for two days – Saturday and Sunday, August 27th and 28th. A dedicated web site is now available at J-pop.com and features regular updates.



h. Naoto will open his long waited U.S. debut flagship store in October and will showcase new designs for sale in a special pop-up boutique during the J-Pop Summit. The brand will also host several events including a fashion show on Saturday, August 27th inside NEW PEOPLE’s SUPERFROG Gallery, and screen footage from the brand’s latest Tokyo Collection fashion show on Sunday, August 28th in NEW PEOPLE’s cinema. h. Naoto will also appear to participate in a Q&A session immediately following the film



Tickets to fashion show and film screening will be given to shoppers with over $100 purchase at the h. Naoto pop-up boutique on the first come, first served basis while supplies last. Seating is limited.



In preparation for these events, h;.NAOTO has also issued a public call for volunteer models, hair and make-up artists. Information is available at www.newpeopleworld.com, and applications may be sent to: h.naoto@newpeoplesf.com.



h. Naoto is the essence of Gothic-Lolita and Punk fashion and represents the type of innovative fashion forward design for which Japan is known worldwide. The label’s one-of-a-kind unique designs, inspired by punk and goth, are widely sees in Tokyo, and are now gaining a new market in the United States. With inventive ensemble and separates, h. Naoto is poised to bring a new side of Japanese fashion and pop culture couture to North America. More information on the brand and its collections are available at: www.s-inc.com/hnaoto.



“h. Naoto incorporates the essence of the Gothic and punk-inspired styles and synthesizes an ultra-modern look that delivers the latest in Harajuku fashion to a new U.S. audience,” says Seiji Horibuchi, President of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. “The launch of their first U.S. retail store is very exciting and J-Pop Summit attendees will get a sneak preview of their latest designs and even be able to participate in the fashion show! More events will be announced shortly and are sure to make the 2011 J-Pop Summit celebration the best one we’ve done yet!”



NEW PEOPLE opened in 2009 and has become a unique must-see attraction of San Francisco’s cultural landscape. The 20,000 square foot contemporary venue features the latest examples Japanese popular culture expressed though film, art, fashion, and a variety of specialty boutiques and ongoing monthly events. NEW PEOPLE is located at 1746 Post Street in the city’s Japantown.





About NEW PEOPLE, Inc.
Based in San Francisco, California, NEW PEOPLE, Inc. (www.newpeopleworld.com) offers the latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from Japan through its unique entertainment destination as well as through licensing and distribution of selective Japanese films. NEW PEOPLE Entertainment (www.newpeopleent.com), a film division of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. strives to offer the most entertaining motion pictures straight from the "Kingdom of Pop" for audiences of all ages, especially the manga and anime generation, in North America. Some titles include DEATH NOTE, GANTZ, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, and THE TASTE OF TEA.
Dust off your shelves for a new
GUMBY
tale destined to become a classic!



"A fun for all ages book that's actually fun for all ages!
Don't be a blockhead, pick this up!"

-- Ian Boothby, New York Times best selling writer,
Simpsons Comics and Futurama Comics

There's a new player in Clokeyville, an off-kilt philanthropist named Mr. Golfer!

 What is Golfer's secret? What are the Wooly Mammals? Why are there astronauts selling the founding fathers the Andrew Jackson? Who stole Picnic Park? Who is helping the nefarious Blockheads?

 And most importantly, how did Gumby become King of the Pirates?



The acclaimed Harvey nominated team of Chris Reilly & Jorge Santillan (Punch & Judy) reunite to answer all of these questions, and proudly present the momentous debut of Gumby's grandparents in an all new Gumby and Pokey adventure like you've never seen before!


Still available for pre-order from DIAMOND COMICS (JUL111124), GUMBY (ONE SHOT) will be in stores in early September.
Harvey Awards Voting for Comics Professionals

Saturday AUG 6th is your deadline!
Baltimore, Maryland - August 2, 2011


Dear Comics Professional,


First, Thanks to all of you who voted in the Nominating phase of the Harvey Awards. We continue to increment our annual turnout, and it shows in the quality and breadth of the nominees shown on the final Harvey Awards Ballot.

Second, we encourage and ask you to please vote for the Harvey Awards finalists! Take this opportunity to honor those in the field that deserve recognition before the deadline of Saturday, August 6th.


The Harvey Awards, recognizing outstanding work in comics and sequential art, are nominated and selected exclusively by the full body of comic book professionals - those who Baltimore Comic-Con 2009 Headerwrite, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit, or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field. This e-mail distribution has been built from a number of resources as an outreach mechanism to ensure the opportunity exists for maximum participation in the voting process. Many of you have already participated in the nomination process of honoring outstanding comics achievements for the year 2010, and we strongly encourage all of you to submit votes on the final ballot.


The ballot is available as an Adobe PDF document or text from www.harveyawards.org.


The detailed links for the ballots are :
PDF: http://harveyawards.org/2011ballot/Harvey_2011_final_ballot_color.pdf
Text: http://harveyawards.org/2011ballot/Harvey_2011_final_ballot.txt


Email ballots, using the text file, can be emailed to harveyballots@hotmail.com.


Final ballots are due by midnight, Saturday, August 6, 2011.


After you vote, we would also encourage you to use social media to spread that the voting is due for comics professionals and that you voted, regardless of who you vote for. By using our networks of Facebook, Twitter (hashtags #harveyawards and #BCC2011), blogs, and message boards, we have the best chance to encourage participation, and continue to create a better award process.

The Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet will be held for the 6th consecutive year, in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, on Saturday evening, August 20, 2011. The Master of Ceremonies will be Scott Kurtz . Tickets are available online. See www.baltimorecomicon.com/harvey-awards for details.


NOTE: E-mails to this distribution will be limited to announcements of Harvey Award voting ballot availability and timeframe requirements. This should be less than 8 email messages per year. Your inclusion on this list is a result of your past or current activities in the field of comics and sequential art creation, and we strongly encourage your participation. If you feel your address was added to this list erroneously, removal instructions are included at the bottom of this communication. If you wish to remain on the distribution but with an alternate e-mail address, please contact baltimorecomiccon@yahoo.com with your request. If you would like to assist us in our efforts to maximize participation, please forward this e-mail to other comic professionals, who are encouraged to take part in the voting process, and who can send e-mail to baltimorecomiccon@yahoo.com with a request to be added to the distribution.


Sincerely,
The Baltimore Comic-Con &
The Harvey Awards Committee
Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Three More Talents!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 2, 2011 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to announce the addition of artists Mark Chiarello, Geof Darrow, and Allison Sohn to the line of creators for this year's show, which is less than three weeks away! The show will take place August 20-21, 2011 at the convention center located at 1 W. Pratt Street in downtown Baltimore.



Mark Chiarello has worn many hats in the comic industry over the course of his 24-year career, including: colorist, penciler, editor, and art director. While working as an editor at DC Comics, Chiarello helmed such projects as Batman: Black & White, Solo, and Wednesday Comics. Currently, he is the Vice President of Art Direction and Design at DC Entertainment and had been working closely with the creators who are shaping the style and design of DC's "New 52."



Geof Darrow began his career in animation in the early '80s as a character designer for Hanna-Barbera's Super Friends, Richie Rich, and Pac-Man cartoon series before breaking into comics in the mid-'80s. The most notable works over the course of his include Hard Boiled and Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot with Frank Miller; and Shaolin Cowboy with the Wachowshi Brothers. Most recently, Darrow has provided cover art for Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters and Jurassic Park: Dangerous Games for IDW.



Sketch card artist Allison Sohn's work has been showcased in several Star Wars trading card sets, including Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 and 5 and the 30th Anniversary Collection. In addition, she provided the exclusive artwork for both Celebration IV and V. Most recently Sohn was the feature of a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International called Comic-Con How-To: Sketching with Allison Sohn, in which she demonstrated her craft using Copic markers.



"We are delighted to have these three talented creators joining us for the show this year," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "Mark, Geof, and Allison each bring a unique talent to the comic industry that sets them apart. This is a real treat for our fans!"


Confirmed guests for this year's Baltimore Comic-Con include: Guest of Honor, Stan "The Man" Lee; Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Greg Capullo (Spawn, Batman); Cliff Chiang (Greendale); Frank Cho (50 Girl 50, X-Men: Schism, New Ultimates); Todd Dezago (Super Hero Squad, The Perhapanauts); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Francesco Francavilla (Black Panther, Swamp Thing); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics, Batman Confidential); Mike Gold (former DC Editor); Michael Golden (creator of Bucky O'Hare); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc., Courting Disaster); Steve Hamaker (Bone); Cully Hamner (Red, Red: Eyes Only); Marc Hempel (Sandman: The Kindly Ones); Tony Harris (Ex Machina, The Further Adventures of the Whistling Skull); Dean Haspiel (The Alcoholic, Act-i-Vate); Adam Hughes (Zatanna, Batgirl); Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Zatanna); J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, DC Universe Legacies); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); Laura Martin (New Avengers, Thor); Josh Middleton (Supergirl, Green Lantern: The Animated Series); Mark Morales (Fear Itself cover artist); Kevin Nowlan (Wednesday Comics); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Walter Simonson (Thor); Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL); Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0); Brian Stelfreeze (Wednesday Comics); Karl Story (DC Universe Legacies); Robert Tinnell (The Wicked West); Tim Truman (Hawken, Conan the Cimmerian); Neil Vokes (Flesh & Blood, Eagle: The Original Adventures); Mark Wheatley (Blood of the Innocent, Mars); and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).



Save the Date! Baltimore Comic-Con 2012!

That's right! Mark your calendars now for next year's Baltimore Comic-Con, which will take place the weekend of September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center, and we'll see YOU in Baltimore!





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In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.



This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21st.



Contact Information

Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:

press@baltimorecomiccon.com - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution

promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications

registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com - for inquiries about submitted registrations

harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com - for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet

general@baltimorecomiccon.com - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries







About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.