Friday, July 24, 2015
2015 J-POP SUMMIT SHOWCASES ECLECTIC AND EDGY SIDES OF JAPANESE FASHION WITH A UNIQUE ARRAY OF PROGRAMMING, FASHION CONTESTS AND SPECIAL SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES
S.F.’s Annual Japanese Pop Culture Festival Presents Stylish Exclusive Products And Special Live Programming From MARUQ, BABY THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT, SOU • SOU, JINS and MIKIHOUSE
San Francisco, CA, July 24, 2015 – The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT, the Japanese pop culture event held annually in San Francisco, has announced a colorful and exciting program of fashion shows, contests, celebrity meet-and-greet sessions and shopping opportunities that highlight the eclectic and edgy new sides of Japanese pop apparel. The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT takes place on Saturday and Sunday August 8th & 9th at the historic Fort Mason Center in San Francisco’s Marina district.
Throughout the weekend, J-POP SUMMIT attendees to Fort Mason can enjoy a colorful assortment of Japanese pop-influenced culture, fashion, pop art, live music, technology, and travel that will be complemented by celebrity Guests of Honor, anime programming, cosplay and J-pop idol contests, and a wide assortment of vendors and other programming. Tickets and V.I.P Passes are available now at: www.J-POP.com.
The popular Japanese Lolita fashion brand, BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT, located on the second floor of the NEW PEOPLE, along its more androgynous and mystic apparel line, ALICE AND THE PIRATES, present a captivating fashion show at Fort Mason and will delight attendees with fresh designs from their new Summer 2015 Collections. Additional event details available at: http://www.j-pop.com/events/baby/.
The vibrant fashionable styles of Tokyo’s famed Harajuku district come to San Francisco as MARUQ, the “Ultimate Kawaii” specialty boutique located on the Mezzanine level of the NEW PEOPLE venue, is hosting Harajuku Fashion Contest at Fort Mason. This contest is inspired by Japanese fashion brands to be showcased at J-POP SUMMIT 2015 including ACDC Rag, Milklim, AWATAPRO, OMOCAT and MILKBBI. Full contest details and information available at: http://www.j-pop.com/events/maruq-contest.
J-POP SUMMIT Guest of Honor Cosplay Mannequin Duo – FEMM – will make a special appearance in the SOU • SOU booth to showcase the Tabi footwear manufacturer’s new 2015 Summer collection.
Additionally, the eyewear brand, JINS and the Japanese children’s apparel brand, MIKIHOUSE, will participate in J-POP SUMMIT for the very first time and offer a wide array of unique accessories and other items for purchase.
“Every year, the fashion events at J-POP SUMMIT are among the most popular attractions as they give attendees a chance to see the latest styles and trends taking place in Japan and also the opportunity to shop for fun and exclusive apparel and accessories that are often not available outside Japan,” says Seiji Horibuchi, Chairman of J-POP SUMMIT.
2015 J-POP SUMMIT Presents Fashion Events & Special Programming
MARUQ Presents: Harajuku Fashion Contest
Sunday, August 9th, 12:40pm-1:05pm; Fort Mason J-POP SUMMIT Main Stage
MARUQ, the “Ultimate Kawaii” specialty boutique located on the Mezzanine level of the NEW PEOPLE venue, comes to J-POP SUMMIT with a special Harajuku fashion contest! This contest is inspired by five distinctive Harajuku street style fashion brands being showcased at J-POP SUMMIT 2015 – ACDC Rag, Milklim, AWATAPRO, OMOCAT, and MILKBBI! These brands represent many different styles of Harajuku street fashion and will be the basis for the contest.
MARUQ also will have a booth inside the Fashion Area at Fort Mason Center to showcase and sell the latest pieces from these new brands in addition to a wide variety of other styles and accessories. Additional information is available at: http://shopmaruq.com.
BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT Fashion Showcase
Sunday, August 9th, 12:10pm-12:35pm; Fort Mason J-POP SUMMIT Main Stage
BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT San Francisco presents the Summer 2015 Collection from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Alice and the Pirates on the Main Stage at J-POP SUMMIT 2015. Experience the fantastic and whimsical show featuring fairy tale favorites and more magical adventures on Sunday, August 9th!
Alluring by design, BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT, brings its beloved Japanese Lolita fashion to their first U.S. flagship store at NEW PEOPLE. Leading the scene as the ultimate Lolita fashion brand, BABY showcases its playful clothing and accessories along with its more androgynous and mystic line of attire, ALICE AND THE PIRATES. Additional information available at: http://shop.baby-aatp.com/.
Additional Japanese Fashion Exhibitors
SOU • SOU
SOU • SOU hails from Kyoto, Japan and is renowned for unique designs based on classic Japanese "Tabi" work shoes and kimono-inspired clothing that features vibrant and modern graphic patterns. Each pair of SOU • SOU shoes is handmade by skilled artisans, preserving traditional craftsmanship and rare manufacturing techniques.
During J-POP SUMMIT, SOU • SOU will exhibit its 2015 Summer Collection and also give a free pair of “Tabi” socks as a gift with any purchase over $50 at the booth. Coinciding with J-POP SUMMIT 2015, SOU • SOU also hosts a photo contest campaign via Instagram from August 8th to August 10th (3 days) with contest winners to get exclusive gifts from SOU • SOU. For more details, please visit: http://www.sousouus.com/sou-sou-instagram-photo-contest.
The SOU • SOU San Francisco Store is on the 2nd floor of the NEW PEOPLE building located at: 1746 Post Street San Francisco, CA 94115; Additional information available at: http://www.sousouus.com.
The JINS brand was founded in Japan in 2001 and has become a global leader in crafting stylish and innovative eyewear at affordable prices. JINS continues to pioneer the creation of glasses that go beyond simple vision correction, and opened its first flagship store in San Francisco in April 2015.
JINS has developed JINS SCREEN with modern consumers in mind: ones who spend long hours looking at computer screens and other gadgets. JINS SCREEN is designed to filter out 25% of eye-strain-causing blue light while also being light-weight. JINS SCREEN will be available for purchase at the JINS booth during J-POP SUMMIT.
JINS San Francisco Union Square Store is located at: 151 Powell Street San Francisco, CA 94102; Additional information available at: http://www.jins.com/us/.
MIKIHOUSE is a popular children's clothing brand from Japan that has gained many fans over the years through its reliable quality that puts the safety and security of children first. The brand comes to J-POP SUMMIT for the very first time and offers attendees the chance to browse the super cute and comfortable, best-selling MIKIHOUSE shoes at an incredible affordable special price! During J-POP SUMMIT, an expert will be present in the MIKIHOUSE booth to carefully measure children’s feet and help attendees browse and select the perfect pair of shoes. MIKIHOUSE also will give a limited edition novelty fan with every purchase.
The MIKIHOUSE San Francisco store is located at the Bloomingdale's San Francisco Centre at 845 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94103. Additional information available at: http://mikihouse-usa.com/
About J-POP SUMMIT
The J-POP SUMMIT is an annual Japanese Pop Culture celebration held in San Francisco, CA that features live bands and artists from Japan, pop culture panel discussions, film premieres, fashion shows and events, food and spirits, art, and celebrity appearances. Details on J-POP SUMMIT are available at www.J-POP.com.
CBS Profiles Congressman Lewis's MARCH
At Comic-Con And The Youth He's Inspiring
CBS's Jan Crawford asked the congressman about his recent trip to Comic-Con, where he dressed "in costume" recreating the trench coat and backpack he wore to march for voting rights across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, 50 years ago. At the convention, he joined hands with local students who had studied March and led a "children's march" through the halls of Comic-Con, with a huge crowd following solemnly behind.
"I walked with little children, wonderful little children," says Lewis, who was joined by Aydin and Powell every step of the way. "We marched onto the floor of the convention center. It was unreal, unbelievable... and this throng of people came walking with us."
CBS then sat down with the students who had marched with Congressman Lewis to find out what they'd learned from March. "He empowers me to fight for what is right... not giving up so easily." said 9-year-old Valerie Medina. "A superhero does the right thing, and so does he," agreed Ameera Ali, 10. "Superheroes are meant to help people, and that's exactly what John Lewis does."
Lewis explained his goals for the series, which has already achieved #1 New York Times Bestseller status, become required reading at colleges & universities nationwide, and been honored by both the Coretta Scott King & Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards: "It is important to educate, to inform, and to inspire another generation of young people to say 'When I see something that is not right, not fair... I too can do something. I can speak up. I can speak out. I can find a way to get in the way.'"
Watch the segment here, and please help us spread the word about this vital project — join the March!
About IDW Publishing
Christopher Sebela and Jonathan Brandon Sawyer Explore Reincarnated Assassins in August's 'Welcome Back'
Welcome Back #1 Main Cover by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Welcome Back #1 Jackpot Cover by James Harvey
Welcome Back #1 10 Years Cover by Rob Guillory (Full wraparound image shown)
Welcome Back #1 Incentive Cover by Elsa Charretier
Welcome Back #1 Jackpot Cover by James Harvey
Welcome Back #1 10 Years Cover by Rob Guillory (Full wraparound image shown)
Welcome Back #1 Incentive Cover by Elsa Charretier
July 23, 2015 (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to announce their next project with writer Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters, Escape from New York) as he teams with artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Critical Hit) on the suspense-filled reincarnation saga, Welcome Back. The series debuts in comic shops in August.
“Reincarnation fiction has always been rich with storytelling possibilities and world-building. When Chris brought us Welcome Back we were incredibly excited with a fresh, innovative take on this genre,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik. “Jonathan’s art is just the perfect complement for this story—equal parts gritty, expressive, and detailed. Welcome Back is the complete package.”
In Welcome Back, Mali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life as the directionless, college-aged daughter of a notorious serial killer, she suddenly starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight. But elsewhere, the determined Tessa is already on the hunt, leaving a trail of bodies in her wake...
Welcome Back #1 (of 4) arrives in comic shops on August 19th with a main cover by series artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JUN151070. Also available in a limited quality is a Jackpot Variant cover (1 in 100) by James Harvey (We Are Robin), a 10 Years incentive cover by Rob Guillory (Chew), and a retailer incentive cover by Elsa Charretier (The Infinite Loop).
The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is July 27th. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey's Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV's The Woods; Mark Waid's Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri's Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!'s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox's vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.
Wizard World Comic Con Richmond Attendees to Receive 'The Walking Dead #1' Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Cover By Ken Kelly, July 31 - Aug. 2
‘Kiss’ Album Cover Artist Has Drawn 13th Cover In 2015 Series Available At Greater Richmond Convention Center For Full-Price Attendees; VIP Fans Get Additional B&W Sketch Cover At Registration
RICHMOND, Va., July 24, 2015 -- Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman's imprint at Image Comics, today announced “KISS” album cover artist Ken Kelly has drawn the 13th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Richmond, July 31 - Aug. 2. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Greater Richmond Convention Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.
Kelly was naturally talented as a child and was practically born with pencil in his hand. As his style developed in later years, he decided to join the Marines. While stationed in Cuba, he drew all the illustrations for the U.S. magazine “The Gitmo Gazette”. After serving four years in the Marines, Ken Kelly accepted an offer to train under Frank Frazetta. Throughout a career spanning over 40 years, Ken Kelly has achieved an international reputation as one of a handful of master painters of sword and sorcery/heroic fantasy.
Ken got his start doing covers for “Famous Monsters of Filmland” magazines, but it wasn’t until he painted both the “Destroyer” and “LoveGun” covers for KISS that he became noticed around the globe. Since then he has since painted a tremendous amount of book covers (his “Conan” covers being some of his most beloved works), artwork for toy companies such as Mattel (He-Man) and Mego (Micronauts). Kelly currently is under contract with Gene Simmons of the heavy metal band KISS, Kelly paints guitars exclusively for Simmons.
The artists for future books will be announced as they are selected. A similar series in 2013 featuring exclusives of The Walking Dead #1 proved to be wildly popular with fans. The full schedule of 2015-16 Wizard World shows is available at http://www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.html.
The Wizard World Comic Con Richmond celebrity roster includes “The Walking Dead” star Michael Cudlitz (“Sgt. Abraham Ford”). Other stars attending include William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”), Billie Piper (“Doctor Who”), Billy Dee Williams ( Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Brian’s Song), Billy Boyd (The Lord of the Rings, Master and Commander; The Far Side of the World ), Sean Astin ( The Lord of the Rings, The Goonies), WWE® Diva Paige™, Michael Cudlitz (“The Walking Dead,” “Southland”), Kristin Bauer (“True Blood,” “Once Upon a Time”) and Drea de Matteo (“Sons of Anarchy,” “The Sopranos”) and many others.
In addition to Kelly, Artist Alley in Richmond will feature Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Action Comics”), Mike Zeck (“Spider-Man,” “Punisher”), Michael Golden (“Spider-Man,” “Daredevil”), James O’Barr (creator, “The Crow”), Renee Witterstaetter (“She Hulk,” “Avengers”), Clinton Hobart (Disney fine artist), Marv Wolfman (“DCU Online,” “Crisis on Infinite Earths”), Danny Fingeroth (group editor, “Spider-Man” franchise) and more.
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 14th of 26 events currently scheduled on the 2015 Wizard World calendar, Richmond show hours are Friday, July 31, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, August 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more on the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con Richmond, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-richmond.html .
About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman is the creator of many popular comic books, including the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur , and the new exorcism comic, Outcast which was released in June 2014 and recently received a pilot pickup for CINEMAX with Fox International.
Since entering the comics scene with his self-published cult-hit Battle Pope in 2000, the Kentucky native has risen to fame as one of the most successful names in comics and entertainment. In 2008, Kirkman became a partner at Image Comics, and in 2010, he opened Skybound, his own imprint at Image, which publishes his titles as well as other original work.
That same year, Kirkman continued to expand his presence in the entertainment industry, becoming a creator, executive producer and writer on The Walking Dead television show.
The show is in production on its fifth season and has become the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time. To date The Walking Dead is the #1 on television among the coveted 18-49 demo.
Kirkman is also slated to executive produce AMC’s upcoming The Walking Dead companion series.
Under the Skybound Entertainment umbrella Kirkman wrapped production on his first feature film, Air, starring The Walking Dead ’s Norman Reedus and Academy Award-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou.
About Skybound Entertainment
Since opening its doors in 2010, Skybound Entertainment has grown into a multiplatform entertainment company. Skybound CEO Robert Kirkman is creator of the award-winning The Walking Dead comic book series, the inspiration for the hit TV show of the same name where he serves as creator and executive producer. To date The Walking Dead is the #1 on television among the coveted 18-49 demo.
Skybound Entertainment and Kirkman just wrapped production on their first feature film, Air, starring The Walking Dead ’s Norman Reedus and Academy Award-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou. The film is slated to be released in the spring of 2015.
Skybound released Kirkman’s new exorcism comic, Outcast , in June 2014 which recently got the green light for a television pilot with CINEMAX and Fox International. Kirkman will serve as creator and executive producer of the series.
Skybound Entertainment and digital entertainment company Maker Studios recently announced a deal for the studio to produce and air four digital series based off Skybound IPs.
Comic book titles published by Skybound include The Walking Dead, the superhero-comic Invincible, all-ages comic Super Dinosaur, the revenge drama Dead Body Road, and heist comic Thief of Thieves.
Skybound also creates a wide range of merchandise, including video games, apparel, board games, and action figures.
About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. (http://www.wizardworld.com ) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A's, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™, a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.
The 2015 Wizard World Comic Con schedule is available at: www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.html .