Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Brick Artist Nathan Sawaya to showcase his iconic LEGO(R) art at San Diego Comic-Con for a Cause
Sawaya donates in-action live build and artwork to fight hunger in Africa on Friday, July 13 from 11a.m. to 4 p.m.
Renowned LEGO brick artist Nathan Sawaya is teaming up with legendary comic book artist Jim Lee at Comic-Con for a super hero-inspired art exhibition as part of Darkness & Light: Art Inspired by Heroes & Villains, Hope & Heroism, a one-of-a-kind art and education tour benefitting DC Entertainment’s We Can Be Heroes giving campaign to raise awareness and funds for the worst hunger crisis in 60 years in the Horn of Africa.
The exhibition showcases almost 100 pieces of original artwork featuring the Justice League characters – such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman – from a wide variety of contemporary artists that will be on display and open to the public at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Art Gallery in San Diego Monday, July 9 through Sunday, July 15th, opening at 9 a.m. daily.
The centerpiece of the collection, titled Batman: Justice, is a stunning large-scale painting created by Jim Lee exclusively for Darkness & Light and features the profile of Batman in an Africa-inspired color palette of yellow, green, red and black.
On Friday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sawaya will be on hand to build a vibrant recreation of Lee’s Batman portrait using standard LEGO bricks. Sawaya is donating his time and the final artwork to benefit We Can Be Heroes. The weeklong Darkness & Light exhibition as well as Sawaya’s live art installation are free to the public  and a Comic-Con badge is NOT necessary for admission to the gallery.
Sawaya is the foremost contemporary artist working with LEGO bricks as an art medium.  He fine-tuned his craft of creating awe-inspiring and large scale sculptures out of LEGO after walking away from a successful career as a New York corporate lawyer. Sawaya’s art primarily takes shape in three-dimensional sculptures and oversized portraits and his extensive collections continue to break attendance records around the world with The Art of the Brick exhibitions currently in Taiwan, Australia and Florida.
As part of his contribution to the We Can Be Heroes campaign, Sawaya created and donated a life-size Catwoman sculpture. Titled Catalyst, the sculpture is scheduled to tour with the rest of the Darkness & Light collection across the nation. At the end of the exhibition tour, DC Entertainment will auction off the art with all net proceeds going directly to saving lives.
“There are really no other art forms quite as fun as comics and LEGO.  It is an absolute delight and honor to have brought these two creative mediums together in this one art collection,” said Brian Deputy, Vice President of Creative Worldwide for Warner Bros. Consumer Products and curator of the Darkness & Light art exhibition.  “Jim obviously connected deeply with the subject matter in his oversized Batman portrait and I simply cannot wait to see how Nathan interprets the piece using his signature medium of choice.”
About Darkness & Light: Art Inspired by Heroes & Villains, Hope & Heroism
The art exhibition is a one-of-a-kind art and education tour to raise awareness and funds for the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. The unique pairing of comic-inspired art with photography from the Horn of Africa shows visitors what is possible when we tap into our own super hero qualities of responsibility, willpower and inner strength to be of service to people in need. Darkness & Light is a signature initiative of We Can Be Heroes, a giving campaign designed to raise awareness and funds for the worst hunger crisis in 60 years that is taking place in the Horn of Africa, where more than 8 million people are in need of immediate assistance.  Darkness & Light tells the story of the crisis through the lens of those working tirelessly to help the people of the Horn of Africa fight the hunger crisis. On display for one week only, this is an exhibit you and your family won’t want to miss!
About Nathan Sawaya

Nathan Sawaya is an independent New York-based, award-winning artist who creates awe-inspiring works out of some of the most unlikely things. His current museum exhibitions tour the world featuring large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks. LEGO® bricks to be exact. Today Sawaya has more than 1.5 million colored bricks in his New York art studio. For more information on Nathan Sawaya and The Art of the Brick, visit www.brickartist.com.

What: Nathan Sawaya Live LEGO Build Event and Art Installation
Where: Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts, 363 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 
When: Friday, July 13, 2012 – 11 a. m. to 4 p.m.
IDW Announces UPDATED Comic-Con International San Diego Signing Schedule!

A grateful nation trembles in anticipation!
San Diego, CA (July 10, 2012) – As the comics industry looks forward to another Comic-Con jam-packed with the industry’s greatest talents, IDW Publishing is excited to give fans a preview of the creators that will be available at booth #2643 throughout the show!

Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, your IDW All-Stars!

Wednesday July 11th Preview Night

6:00 – 8:00  SPECIAL EVENT! Richard Starks’ Parker: The Score Launch Party –
Darywn Cooke (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
6:00 – 7:00  SPECIAL EVENT! Neal Adams’ Thrill Kill: Artist’s Edition Portfolio
        Launch Party
  –  Neal Adams
7:00 – 8:00  The Art of Amanda ConnerAmanda Conner (*Check out the show exclusive

Thursday July 12th

11:00 – 12:00  The Art of Joe JuskoJoe Jusko (*Check out the show exclusive

11:00 – 12:00 DeadworldGary Reed
11:00 – 12:00 Infestation 2, Secret Battles of Genghis KhanSam “Mister-Sam”

12:00 – 1:00 The Cape: 1969Joe Hill, Zach Howard (Check out the show exclusive Comic!)
1:00 – 2:30  Richard Stark’s Parker: The ScoreDarywn Cooke (*Check out the show
exclusive hardcover!
3:00 – 4:00  GodzillaDuane Swierczynski
3:00 – 4:00  Love and Capes Thom Zahler (Check out the show exclusive Comic!)
4:00 – 5:00  TRANSFORMERSChris Metzen, Flint Dille, John Barber, Livio
        Ramondelli, Brendan Cahill, Andrew Griffith, Scott

        Mairghread, Priscilla Tromontano
5:00 – 6:00  30 Days of Night, Frankenstein: Alive, AliveSteve Niles
6:00 – 7:00  Smoke & MirrorsMike Costa, Jon Armstrong
6:00 – 7:00  Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Tom Waltz,
        Dan Duncan

Friday July 13th

10:00 – 11:00 Womanthology Party – Barbara Kesel, Trina Robbins, Anya Martin,
        Jolene Houser, Jean Kang, Cassandra James, Mado Pena, Mary
Bellamy, Ma’at Crook, Cat Scaggs, Amanda Deibert

10:00 – 11:00 Kill ShakespeareAndy Belanger
11:00 – 12:00 Star Trek: TNG/Doctor WhoScott Tipton, J.K. Woodward
11:00 – 12:00 Memorial  – Chris Roberson
12:00 – 1:00 The Cape: 1969Joe Hill, Zach Howard (Check out the show exclusive Comic!)
1:00 – 3:00  Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score Darywn Cooke (*Check out the show
exclusive hardcover!
3:00 – 4:00  KISSGene Simmons, Chris Ryall, Jamal Igle (*ticketed signing – See
        employee for details
4:00 – 5:00  Dungeons & Dragons Steve Ellis
5:00 – 6:00  Locke & Key Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive
hardcover & exclusive keys by Israel Skelton!
6:00 – 7:00  Ghostbusters  - Dan Schoening, Erik Burnham, Tristan Jones, Luis
        Antonio Delgado, Nick Runge

6:00 – 7:00  Crawl to Me  - Alan Robert

Saturday July 14th

10:00 – 11:00  Night of 1,000 Wolves Bobby Curnow, Dave Wachter
11:00 – 12:00  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz,
        Dan Duncan

11:00 – 12:00  IDW Prose Round Up: Zombies vs RobotsChris Ryall, Brea Grant,
Jeff Conner
In the Shadow of DraculaLeslie S. Klinger
12:00 – 1:00  The CrowJohn Shirley, Kevin Colden
1:00 – 2:00  Locke & KeyJoe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive
hardcover & exclusive keys by Israel Skelton!
1:00 – 2:00  Silent HillTom Waltz
2:00 – 3:00 Star Trek: TNG/Doctor WhoScott Tipton, David Tipton, J.K.

3:00 – 4:00  Star Trek: The Next GenerationBrannon Braga, Joe Corroney
        (Get a free limited signing card!)
4:00 – 5:00  Star Trek Mike Johnson, Joe Corroney
5:00 – 6:00  Nevsky: A Hero of the PeopleBen McCool, Steve Saffel
5:00 – 6:00  G.I. JOEMike Costa, Larry Hama (Check out the show exclusive Comic!)
6:00 – 7:00  True BloodMichael McMillian, Joe Corroney

Sunday July 15th

11:00 – 12:00  Doctor WhoMark Buckingham, Joshua Fialkov
12:00 – 1:00  TRANSFORMERS – Chris Metzen, John Barber, Livio
        Ramondelli, Andrew Griffith, Scott Mairghread, Priscilla
1:00 – 2:00  Zombies! Craig Yoe, Steve Banes
2:00 – 3:00  Smoke & MirrorsMike Costa, Jon Armstrong
3:00 – 4:00 Danger Girl  - J. Scott Campbell

*Plus, look for Ashley Wood and the 3A crew signing all weekend!

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books. IDW can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/idwpublishing and http://tumblr.idwpublishing.com/ and on Twitter at @idwpublishing.

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About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coasts Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.
LG Electronics Bring Fans Exclusive Content And A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity To Watch Never-Before-Seen Footage From Upcoming Film Releases –
Hosted By Some of Hollywood’s Top Talent While IMAX Will Showcase One Of The Cameras Used To Film The Dark Knight Rises In The Legendary Booth
Burbank, CA – July 10, 2012 –Legendary Entertainment is prepared to deliver to fans an intimate look at its upcoming movie and comic releases during the upcoming Comic-Con International 2012. With a strong lineup of talent, and an unforgettable viewing experience in 3D and HD, Legendary’s booth is the hub for fans to be part of the action with panel sessions, autograph signings, and giveaways - all surrounding the company’s high-profile film and comic releases.

Additionally, a select group of lucky fans will get taken behind-the-scenes for an opportunity to see exclusive footage from upcoming movies presented by Legendary and LG – hosted by Legendary’s directors and producers. For a complete list of Legendary activities at the convention, please see below:

Comic-Con International will be a true coming out party for Legendary’s Comic division. In addition to providing new details on the label’s fall release – The Tower Chronicles – Legendary will unveil a parade of the top names in the industry who be announcing all new IPs. The talent will be hosting a Legendary Comics panel on Thursday, July 12 at 5 pm in Room 6A. Additionally, each of them will be signing in Legendary’s booth throughout the convention.

The build-up to the release of Legendary’s first original IP, The Tower Chronicles, continues as Comic-Con will be the venue for the reveal of compelling assets and information. Telling the story of supernatural bounty hunter John Tower, the three-part series features a story created by Legendary Entertainment’s Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull. The book is being written by Matt Wagner (Grendel) and drawn by Simon Bisley (2000 AD).

On the film side, Legendary’s booth will feature the Mini Tumbler from The Dark Knight Rises, two costumes from Pacific Rim, both of which have never been seen, and artwork from future films like Man of Steel. Additionally, Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro will be signing in the booth on Friday. Legendary will also give attendees a peek inside the company’s upcoming projects with exclusive content on LG 3D and HD TVs and smartphones. For fans who want to find out the most up-to-date details and insider information on Legendary’s film slate, the company will have a presence in Hall H on Saturday.

LG Partnership
In addition to the activities at the Legendary booth and Hall H, the company, along with consumer electronics giant LG, will be offering lucky fans an opportunity win The Pass. By following Legendary’s social media platforms or visiting the booth during the show fans will get the chance to come to the Legendary booth at a specified time each day to win a T-shirt. A group of randomly selected fans will have a bonus wrapped in their shirts – a pass to one of two special behind-closed-doors screenings to show exclusive never-been-seen content. Taking place on Saturday night and on Sunday afternoon, these screenings will provide Pass recipients the chance to watch never-before seen footage from a selection of upcoming films (although the actual films are not being announced they will be selected from a group of high-profile releases that could include, but is not limited to, Pacific Rim, Seventh Son, and more). Each screening, which will be shown on top of the line LG CINEMA 3D Smart TVs with 3D and True HD displays, will be hosted by esteemed talent associated with upcoming Legendary features.

IMAX Partnership
Through a partnership with IMAX, the booth will showcase one of the IMAX cameras used on the production of The Dark Knight Rises. An IMAX representative on hand to answer visitors' questions about the technology and filming process.

Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television (Legendary Television) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic.  Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary is building a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world's most popular intellectual property.  Among the wholly-owned projects that Legendary Pictures is currently developing in-house are the upcoming Seventh Son, directed by Sergei Bodrov; the Jackie Robinson biopic 42; an adaptation of the phenomenally successful interactive game universe Warcraft; Godzilla, based on Toho Company’s famed character; Warren Ellis’ Gravel; and Mass Effect, based on Electronic Arts’ and BioWare’s hit videogame franchise. Upcoming Legendary releases with partner Warner Bros. include the highly anticipated Pacific Rim, as well as Hangover 3, Man of Steel, Jack the Giant Killer, 300: Battle of Artemisium, and this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises.  Previous successful Legendary and Warner Bros. releases include the critically acclaimed Inception, which has been a box office smash grossing more than $823 million worldwide, as well as the global blockbusters The Hangover, Parts I and II (over $1 billion worldwide total), Clash of the Titans ($493 million worldwide), The Dark Knight ($1 billion worldwide), and 300 ($456 million worldwide).


In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.

...and now they're coming back to claim Earth for their own.


First stop, Comic Con 2012 in San Diego, CA!

Help us track down our IRON SKY babe army!

Catch the hot IRON SKY army girls marching in full formation for photo ops in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter and outside the Convention Center Concourse on Saturday, July 14th from 8:30am to 7:00pm!

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In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.

When American astronaut James Washington (Christopher Kirby) puts down his Lunar Lander a bit too close to the secret Nazi base, the Moon Führer (Udo Kier) decides the glorious moment of retaking the Earth has arrived sooner than expected. Washington claims the mission is just a publicity stunt for the President of the United States (Stephanie Paul), but what else could the man be but a scout for the imminent attack by Earth forces? The Fourth Reich must act!

Two Nazi officers, ruthless Klaus Adler (Götz Otto) and idealistic Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), travel to Earth to prepare the invasion. In the end when the Moon Nazi UFO armada darkens the skies, ready to strike at the unprepared Earth, every man, woman and nation alike, must re-evaluate their priorities.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content.  The company's comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 24,000 film and television titles, 2,700 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
Time Home Entertainment Inc. and
MAD Magazine Announce 
Totally MAD:
60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity
Foreword by Stephen Colbert and Eric Drysdale

Includes “The Soul of MAD,”A Removable Set of 12 Classic MAD Cover Prints 

On Sale October 30 at Retailers Nationwide

Totally MAD to Premiere at Comic-Con on July 14

New York, NY, July 10, 2012 – To celebrate MAD Magazine’s 60th anniversary, Time Home Entertainment Inc. is foolishly teaming up with MAD Magazine on Totally MAD, a new collection of the legendary humor magazine’s high-quality idiocy that is so widely un-anticipated, this overblown press release is needed to call attention to it.
Totally MAD (Time Home Entertainment Inc.; $34.95) goes on sale on October 30, 2012 and will be available at retailers nationwide. (The date when booksellers start slapping that giant “75% Off” sticker on the front cover obscuring the book’s title has not yet been determined.)
Organized by decade, this oversized 256-page book features some of the world’s best comedy writers, cartoonists and humorous illustrators – “The Usual Gang of Idiots” – as they have long called themselves. In addition, the book includes numbered pages for maximum reader convenience.

Totally MAD features a special foreword by long-time MAD fans Stephen Colbert and Eric Drysdale, plus five exclusive essays about MAD’s cultural impact, the origin of Alfred E. Neuman and the magazine’s history, including its landmark Supreme Court win against Irving Berlin, establishing the right to publish satirical lyrics.

As a bonus, the book features a removable set of 12 classic front covers, dubbed The Soul of MAD” by MAD Founder and Publisher William M. Gaines. Each print was selected for its uniqueness, artistic achievement and classic timelessness, and is suitable for framing or wrapping fish.

Speaking from MAD’s international headquarters in midtown Manhattan, MAD Editor John Ficarra said, “I’m on the other line ordering Chinese food. I’ll call you back.” (Ficarra never returned the call.)

Totally MAD includes such favorites as:

·         Spy vs. Spy
·         Al Jaffee’s MAD Fold-in
·         Sergio Aragonés’ A MAD Look At…
·         David Berg’s The Lighter Side of…
·         Outrageous artwork of Don Martin and Tom Bunk
·         Movie and TV satires by Mort Drucker, Jack Davis and Tom Richmond
·         The MAD Strip Club
·         The Fundalini Pages
·         And much more 

Totally MAD is the perfect gift, not just for MAD fans, but for anyone interested in pop culture, comedy, music, politics, entertainment, sports or history. In other words, absolutely everyone should buy this book. No exceptions will be tolerated!

MAD at Comic-Con: Saturday, July 14
John Ficarra and “The Usual Gang of Idiots” will host a MAD panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Saturday, July 14 (Room 9, 2-3 PM). Panelists will include MAD art directors Sam Viviano and Ryan Flanders, MAD movie and TV satire artists Tom Richmond and Angelo Torres, “Spy vs. Spy” artist/writer Peter Kuper and the legendary MAD cartoonist Sergio Aragonés. Fans can find out what’s happening with America’s most famous humor magazine and get a preview of the never-before-seen pages of the upcoming book Totally MAD. There will also be an audience Q&A, with prizes for the best questions. Media is invited to attend.

Totally MAD
From Time Home Entertainment Inc. and MAD Magazine
Publication date: October 30, 2012
About MAD Magazine:        
Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, MAD Magazine is America’s longest-running humor publication with that title. MAD has entertained, inspired and occasionally revolted generations of readers by satirizing politicians, celebrities, sports and pop culture. Whether in print, on television, the web or the iPad, MAD remains a cultural touchstone. MAD Magazine is part of DC Entertainment, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, though they frequently deny it.
Celebrate Comic-Con International 2012 and The Walking Dead #100 with ComiXology’s “THE WALKING DEAD HALF-OFF SALE” From July 10th – 15th
All issues of The Walking Dead up through #99 Half-Off
Plus Limited Edition Digital Only Omnibus Editions Collecting All 99 Issues
New York, NY- July 10th, 2012 – As zombies, survivors and comic fans far and wide descend upon Comic-Con International ‘12 this week, comiXology – the revolutionary digital comics distribution platform with over 75 million comic downloads to date – is celebrating the annual event and the pending debut of The Walking Dead #100 by dropping the price on the first 99 issues of The Walking Dead comic series and offering three brand new limited edition digital only omnibus editions collecting #1-99 that will only be available for the duration of this sale. Now is your chance to read the original The Walking Dead ongoing comic book series from creator Robert Kirkman at a don’t-miss fantastic price.
The Eisner Award-wining The Walking Dead comic series was not only the #1 seller in graphic novels for 2011 — and is on track to retain the title again this year — but was also the top-rated basic cable drama of all time during season two of the hit AMC television series. Kirkman serves as both writer and Executive Producer on the TV series.
“You can’t walk the floor of Comic-Con without seeing some form of The Walking Dead , at this point it’s a pop culture mainstay, no doubt about it,” said comiXology CEO and co-founder David Steinberger. “I honestly don’t know of a better way to celebrate Comic-Con and the debut of the 100th issue of The Walking Dead then to have a sale and offer these unique limited edition digital only omnibuses that will only be available during the sale.”
All issues of The Walking Dead up through #99 will be half-off, as will the existing sixteen collections that cover first 96 issues of the series. In addition, for this week only, comiXology will be offering three digital only omnibuses that collect issues #1-99 — making it easier than ever to jump on board this series.
Last week, Skybound, The Walking Dead creator/writer Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, and comiXology launched The Walking Dead 3.1 iOS app. This newly upgraded app’s smooth new design and interface not only enhances overall stability over the previous version, but it also increases the usability beyond the original 2.0 functionality. New advancements in the UI enables a near instantaneous launch, dramatically cutting down on the app’s load times and allows fans of The Walking Dead to start reading faster than ever before.
Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead. Season Two debuted with the highest premiere in Television history last fall and Season Three is expected to shatter that same record later this Fall.
About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman's success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company's inception twenty years ago and he formed his own imprint there, Skybound, in 2010.  Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolf-Man, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and in April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He's the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit television show, AMC'sThe Walking Dead , the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 120 countries and 250 million households. AMC is developing Thief of Thieves as a potential series with Kirkman serving as creator/executive producer and writer. www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.
About comiXology

Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web — comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.
About Skybound
SKYBOUND is Robert Kirkman's imprint of Image Comics. The imprint provides a new generation of comic book creators the opportunity to publish their works as SKYBOUND Originals. With SKYBOUND, Image COO Robert Kirkman handpicks up-and-coming creators and maintains an active role in promoting and expanding the projects of this already growing talent pool. Artist and imprint alike will be fully vested in the global development of their properties into new mediums, such as television and film.
About Image Comic
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 safety reasons, the Fire Marshall will not be allowing strollers inside the programming rooms. This includes rooms 2, 4, 5AB, 6A, 6BCF, 6DE, 7AB, 8, 11AB, 23ABC, 24ABC, 25ABC, 26AB, 28E, 32AB, Ballroom 20, and Hall H.

Stroller parking areas can be found throughout the Convention Center. Parking will be free of charge and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note: Comic-Con will not provide security or check-in/check-out for the strollers

For more information and a PDF of the locations please visit the Important Information page of our web site:

Also, jogging style strollers are not allowed at Comic-Con.

Thank you for your cooperation.

30 Years. Three. Zero. In 1982, Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez published their first comic with Fantagraphics, which debuted at that year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. In 2012, Fantagraphics Books announces the best anniversary present you can give the comics making trio: a year of celebrating Love and Rockets.
Jaime Hernandez remembers his first Comic-Con well. “The first time we spotted Love and Rockets some guy was already selling it for half-off.” Fellow professionals took an interest in the Hernandez brothers’ creation. “Chris Claremont walked up and joked that all the women on the cover should have ‘X’es on their belts,” Jaime joked. “I brought along some pages from the next issue and Frank Miller looked through them ‘studying’ my inking style.”
Thirty years later, fans will line up around that same block to get books signed at this year’s Comic-Con International, where Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez are invited special guests of the show and will even have a special section devoted to their work in the official convention souvenir program. Look for a major Love and Rockets-related announcement to be made at the show as well during the Love and Rockets panel on Saturday (see below for more details).
SDCC Releases
Fantagraphics and the Hernandez Brothers will debut three new books at the show. First up is the newest work by Gilbert and Jaime, Love and Rockets: New Stories #5 , featuring Gilbert’s return to Palomar and Jaime’s much-anticipated follow up to “The Love Bunglers” (from #4). Also debuting is God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls, Jaime’s superhero epic combining material from Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 and #2 plus 30 all-new pages by Jaime. Meanwhile, don’t forget the children: Comic-Con also hails the release of Gilbert's children-focused graphic novel, The Adventures of Venus.

Love and Rockets Tshirts
Fantagraphics is also partnering with Graphitti Designs for the 30th Anniversary and debuting six new Love and Rockets t-shirts at the show. SDCC attendees might want to pack one shirt less for the show, instead picking up one of these colorful designs featuring their favorite Hernandez characters for a great price of $18.99 each, available at the Fantagraphics booth.
Panel by panel and page by page, Fantagraphics is proud to have a thirty year relationship with such prolific creators as the Hernandez Brothers and welcomes all SDCC attendees to come to the Fantagraphics Booth (1718-1722) and visit these special guests, who will be signing daily. Also, don’t miss the 30th Anniversary of Love and Rockets panel on Saturday at the con, from 1:30pm – 3:00pm in Room 24ABC. Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth will moderate a lively trip down memory lane with all three Hernandez Brothers and make a major announcement regarding the future of the series.
For more information as it is released, check the Fantagraphics blog for announcements. Thirty years of the Love and Rockets is at your fingertips!

More ways to stay in touch with Fantagraphics:
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Monday, July 09, 2012


Company Welcomes Studio 4ºC Founder For Discussion On BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC Anime Film Trilogy And Offers A Variety Of Collectable Giveaways, Fun Booth Activities, Panel Discussions And Much More!

San Francisco, CA, July 9, 2012 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, returns to Comic-Con International, the nation’s biggest comic book, science fiction and pop culture event, with an exciting and expansive roster of special personal appearances, exciting panels, anime feature film premieres, and fun giveaways and convention exclusives. The show takes place July 11-15 at the San Diego Convention Center, CA, and VIZ Media will be located in Booth 2813.

Fans won’t want to miss a special opportunity on Friday July 13th to catch a rare personal appearance by Eiko Tanaka, Founder and CEO of Studio 4ºC, which produced the new dark fantasy epic BERSERK: THE Golden Age Arc film trilogy. VIZ Media will release the first movie on Neon Alley this fall. Ms. Tanaka will make an in-person appearance at the VIZ Media booth for a signing session at 3PM. She will also be a special guest at the BERSERK Panel, 5:30PM in Room 32AB, where fans can find out what it really takes to transform the stark manga into an animated feature. Finally, Ms. Tanaka will make introductory remarks at the exclusive Comic-Con screening of BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING, 8:30PM in Room 32AB.

The recently announced Neon Alley will be featured at Comic-Con. A brand new 24-hour digital anime channel launching on a major game platform this fall, Neon Alley will feature the world's best anime titles, including blockbusters BLUE EXORCIST, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, TIGER & BUNNY and more. Get the scoop straight from Brian Ige, VIZ Media's VP of Animation, at the Neon Alley Panel on Friday July 13th, 1PM, Room 32AB. At the VIZ Media booth, fans can sign up for the mailing list and get the first-ever Neon Alley collectible tote bag. Fans will have a chance to be featured on Neon Alley, as VIZ Media will be filming clips at the company’s booth throughout the show. Check the daily schedule for filming times.

Digital manga will also be a highlight of the VIZ Media booth this year. The fun starts on Comic-Con Preview Night – Wednesday, July 11th – with commemorative tote bags given to the first 500 attendees that stop by the booth featuring WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA, North America’s only near-simultaneous digital manga magazine. The totes will be available at other times throughout the weekend to visitors that complete a round of “passport” activities stationed around the VIZ Media booth.

Sample the VIZ Manga digital platform on a variety of devices – on laptops, the iPad®, iPod® touch, and the upcoming VIZ Manga for Android phones! Fans will also get an opportunity to experience the digital manga experience on the NOOK© Tablet. More than 60 series and over 600 volumes are available now for both the VIZ Manga platform and the NOOK, including blockbusters BLEACH, NARUTO, BLACK BIRD, and more!

During Comic-Con, fans that purchase an annual membership to WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA (available on the VIZ Manga platform) will receive a limited edition YU-GI-OH! Slifer The Sky Dragon trading card (limited quantities available – please visit the booth at show opening for a ticket). Fans can sample the latest issues of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA. Each new digital edition of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA treats manga fans in North America to the latest chapters of some of the world’s most popular manga series only two weeks after they debut in Japan’s massively popular WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP magazine.

Also be on the lookout for a special photo activity with a life-size 3D Luffy from the hit pirate manga adventure, ONE PIECE. Collectable digital photos will be emailed to participants after the event. Fans can take part in this activity at the VIZ Media booth, or at the SHONEN JUMP ALPHA JUMP TRUCK fan meet-up on Saturday, July 14th at 3PM at the 5th Avenue Landing, behind Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center. Meet up visitors will also receive free ice-cream (while supplies last) and have the opportunity to take part in cosplay & fan art contests to win other cool SJ ALPHA prizes!

Attend the WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA Panel on Saturday July 14th, 12PM in Room 7AB, and get the latest news, expert opinions and a behind-the-scenes look into the manga world from special guests from Japan Yoshihisa Heishi (Editor-in-Chief of Weekly Shonen Jump, founding editor of YU-GI-OH!), Kouji Yoshida (editor of DEATH NOTE), and Kengo Monji (editor of BAKUMAN). The guests will also have a heated Q&A showdown with the SJ Alpha editors!

The VIZ Media booth will buzz with a variety of fun activities and giveaways. Don’t miss other fun free VIZ Media product giveaways including VIZ Kids manga and graphic novel samplers, the Haikasoru science fiction imprint samplers, special show lanyards, and an array of assorted anime and manga patches, posters and more (while supplies last)!

Gamers will want to be sure to check out playable demos for Namco Bandai’s latest NARUTO SHIPPUDEN video game. Stop by and play the demo and also get free NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM GENERATIONS tchotchkes.

Streaming content provider Hulu also joins in the fun at the VIZ Media booth. Get your show badge scanned to enter to win one of 4 Xbox 360 systems and a 3-month gift card for Hulu Plus. The first 1,000 attendees scanned will receive a limited edition promotional card, featuring NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, with a free 30-day trial to check out the Hulu Plus subscription service.

Don’t miss the annual VIZ Media Panel, Thursday July 12th, 3PM in Room 7AB, for all the latest updates and exciting news from VIZ Media staff on your favorite manga and anime! Also get the scoop on new acquisitions, upcoming releases, and upcoming projects. Be in line early and get a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes!

Finally, VIZ Media is proud to have two manga titles nominated for the 2012 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, which are considered the Oscars of the comic book industry. NAOKI URASAWA’s 20th CENTURY BOYS (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens), by Naoki Urasawa, is nominated for Best Continuing Series, while SATURN APARTMENTS (rated ‘T’ for Teens), by Hisae Iwaoka, is nominated for Best U.S. Edition of International Material. The Eisner Awards Ceremony will be held on the evening of Friday, July 13th at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.

For more information on Neon Alley, please visit www.NeonAlley.com.

For more information on WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA, please visit SJAlpha.com

For more information on the VIZ Manga digital platform, please visit VIZManga.com or www.VIZ.com/apps

For more information on VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan's largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

All Kids Dressed as Iron Man Treated to Group Photo
and Robert Downey Jr.  Autographed Poster

Burbank, CA (July 9, 2012) –Marvel Studios announced today that they will be hosting an “Iron Man 3” Kids’ Costume Event on Saturday, July 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the Marvel booth (#2329), at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The event is open to all children ages 2-14 who come dressed as Iron Man—Marvel’s iconic Super Hero featured in the upcoming “Iron Man 3.”  Anyone looking to participate in the costume event should arrive at the Marvel booth by 12:10 to prepare for the event.

A group photo of all the costumed children will be taken on stage and featured on Marvel.com. All participating children will also receive a poster autographed by Robert Downey Jr., who reprises his role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in the fan-favorite franchise.

“Iron Man 3” continues the epic, big-screen adventures of the world’s favorite billionaire inventor/Super Hero, Tony Stark aka “Iron Man.” Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Iron Man 3” stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, along with franchise staples Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes with Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan.

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black with Shane Black directing.   Executive producers on the project include Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard and Dan Mintz.

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is slated for release in the U.S. on May 3, 2013.

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com.


Located on 1st Avenue and J Street Just Outside the San Diego Convention Center

Free and Open to the Public

NEW YORK, NY, July 9, 2012 – This year at Comic-Con, fans can partake in an immersive experience into A&E’s “Coma,” a modern day retelling of the Robin Cook novel and iconic film by Michael Crichton. Produced by Ridley & Tony Scott, the two-night event premieres this Labor Day on A&E. Fans walking the grounds outside of Comic-Con can come and join the thriller experience of “Coma” from Thursday, July 12 through Saturday, July 14 at 11am – 9pm on 1st Avenue and J Street right outside of the San Diego Convention Center. Doctors will be handing out patient bracelets for admittance to the 15,000 square foot “Jefferson Institute,” the ominous leading institute in coma patient care from the mini-series. The “Coma” Experience is free and will include:

Reception - Participants will be greeted by Jefferson Institute nurses who will admit them into The “Coma” Experience. The nurses will guide the visitors to the security monitors so they can get a glimpse of what they’re about to step into as well as see exclusive, first-look footage from the mini-series.

Surgery - Nurses will then take fans to the experiential surgery room where they’ll meet surgeons who will decide if they’re good candidates for the tour. If so, fans will have the option of getting a 3-D surgical scar tattoo.

Area 2 - As part of the experience, visitors will be allowed to access The Jefferson Institute’s highly secured Area 2, where they will get a glimpse of the doctors at work. In this room, Jefferson Institute human specimens will be on display designed with the chilling look and feel that’s authentic to the mini-series.

Area 8 Green Screen - Finally, visitors will be able to step into Area 8, which will be the end of The Jefferson Institute tour. Area 8 will offer visitors the opportunity to get an up close and personal view of an actual “Coma Pod” that was used in the Ridley & Tony Scott production. In addition, visitors may participate in a green screen photo opportunity that places them into the iconic Coma Pod as if they themselves are the victims of the Jefferson Institute.

For a fully immersive experience that extends beyond Comic-Con, fans can go to
www.comaconspiracy.com where they can activate a thrilling digital experience. The hacker activists that are trying to take down the Jefferson Institute in the mini-series will invite visitors to join their cause, and opting-in will launch a highly-targeted digital cat-and-mouse game that pulls fans into the heart of the Coma Conspiracy. Here, participants will feel first hand what it’s like to go up against the all-knowing, all-powerful and heavily financed Jefferson Institute.

“Coma” is a two-night special event starring James Woods, Geena Davis, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn, Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”) and Stephen Pasquale (“Rescue Me”) premiering on A&E, Monday, September 3 and concluding on Tuesday, September 4 at 9PM ET/PT each night. In “Coma,” a young doctor (Lauren Ambrose) discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table.

“Coma” is produced by Sony Pictures Television for A&E Network. Executive producers are Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David W. Zucker, Martin Erlichman and Mikael Salomon.

About A&E Network
A&E is “Real Life. Drama.” Now reaching more than 99 million homes, A&E is television that you can’t turn away from; where unscripted shows are dramatic and scripted dramas are authentic. A&E offers a diverse mix of high quality entertainment ranging from the network’s original scripted series, including “The Glades” and “Longmire,” to signature non-fiction franchises, including the Emmy-winning “Intervention,” “Duck Dynasty,” “Hoarders,” “Beyond Scared Straight” and “Storage Wars,” and the most successful justice shows on cable, including “The First 48.” The A&E website is located at
www.aetv.com. For more press information and photography please visit us on the web at www.aetvpress.com.