ReedPop has announced it is going back to in-person conventions for the New York Comic-Con, Florida Supercon, Emerald City Comic Con, and the C2E2. “ReedPop’s number one priority is the wellbeing of the people that come to our shows,” said Kristina Rogers US Comic Portfolio Director, as the conventions will feature limited capacity with rules …
Ultraman is coming to Marvel Comics as while at the C2E2, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski unveiled the first story details and cover art for Marvel’s upcoming series The Rise of Ultraman, launching later this year. The Rise of Ultraman #1 will revisit the classic first generation of the worldwide phenomenon, co-helmed by writers Kyle …
C2E2 BOLSTERS ALL STAR LINEUP WITH ACCLAIMED ACTOR AND FILMMAKER JOHN CUSACK
Chicago Native to Participate in Panel and Meet Fans at Midwest’s Largest Pop Culture Convention
ReedPOP, the world’s largest producer of pop culture events, today announced celebrated film star John Cusack will join the lineup at the 2016 Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The seventh edition of C2E2 – the largest pop culture convention in the Midwest – will host Cusack on a Panel and give Fans the opportunity to meet the Chicago native through Photo Ops and Autographing Sessions. C2E2 2016 will take place Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20 at McCormick Place with single day and 3-Day Tickets on sale now at C2E2.com. Cusack is scheduled to attend the Show on both Friday and Saturday.
With an impressive career spanning over two decades, John Cusack has evolved into one of Hollywood’s most accomplished actors, garnering both critical acclaim as well as prestigious accolades for his dramatic and comedic roles. Cusack first gained the attention of audiences by starring in a number of 1980s film classics such as Say Anything and Sixteen Candles. Following these roles, Cusack demonstrated his ability to expand his film repertoire by starring in a wide range of dramas, thrillers and comedies including Being John Malkovich, Serendipity, High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank. Most recently, Cusack starred in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, released by Amazon Studios this past December as well as Bill Pohland’s Love and Mercy, in which he stars as iconic Beach Boys musician Brian Wilson.
Cusack joins a star-studded C2E2 roster of previously announced attendees including Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh of hit new TV show Supergirl, Tommy Flanagan and Ryan Hurst from Sons of Anarchy fame, The Flash’s Keiynan Lonsdale, best-selling comic book artist Greg Capullo and many more celebrities, entertainers and creators spanning the pop culture universe. Additional Guests are set to be announced in the coming weeks leading up to the Show.
“Since the beginning of C2E2 seven years ago, we are committed to bringing top Guests from all areas of pop culture to the dedicated and passionate Fans in the Midwest,” said Lance Fensterman, ReedPOP’s Global Senior Vice President. “We are thrilled to add Chicago’s own John Cusack to this year’s roster to bring Fans even more unique experiences with a world-class actor.”
C2E2 is a comic book and pop culture convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. From a Show Floor packed with hundreds of Exhibitors and Artist Alley members, to Panels, Autograph sessions and sneak peeks at upcoming films and television shows, C2E2 gives Fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators and celebrities and delivers a weekend of fandom in downtown Chicago. C2E2 also hosts the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, marking the final stop of ReedPOP’s 2016 global cosplay competition circuit, the largest and most prestigious cosplay competition in the world.
For a full list of content at C2E2 and for more information, please visit C2E2.com.
Former WWE Superstar soon-to-be turned UFC Fighter CM Punk has been announced as co-writer on a new Drax ongoing series for Marvel.
Punk, aka Phil Brooks, recently wrote a story for the Thor Annual for Marvel.
The success of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie has spawned many spinoff comics for the different characters. Gamora gets her own ongoing as well from Nicole Perlman, who wrote an earlier version of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie script and is co-writing the Captain Marvel movie.
Regarding the new Drax series, CM Punk made the announcement today at C2E2 with mention the title will launch later this year. The cover for the first issue will be by Ed McGuinness. It’s presently unknown who the co-writer and artist are (Andy Lanning wouldn’t be a bad choice as co-writer) for the series.
While no plot details are known, we see mention of “Intergalactic Fight Club” on the Drax cover, which was featured in Rocket Raccoon #1 as well.
Hopefully Punk will do his homework by reading the 2005 Drax mini-series, Annihilation and Abnett and Lanning’s 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy series that inspired the near billion dollar movie.
Our advice to Punk would be to skip Bendis‘ Guardians series in its entirety.
Marvel has teased another Avengers and X-Men event at C2E2 with “AXIS” hitting this Fall.
We’ll update when more info becomes available.
Check out the teaser:
We get some breaking news coming out of the C2E2 as it’s become known that the 100th Anniversary Special – Guardians of the Galaxy comic book from Marvel will be written by Andy Lanning and Ron Marz.
On art is Gustavo Duarte with a cover by David Lopez.
Of course fans known that Andy Lanning was one half of the cosmic duo known as DnA on the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic book.
Ron Marz is a legend and known for working on Silver Surfer, Green Lantern and lots more.
Look for the issue to hit in July.
Update: The five-weely series that make up the 100th Anniversary Specials that Marvel is releasing in July take place in the year 2061, 100 years after the start of the modern-day Marvel Universe in 1961’s Fantastic Four #1. (Spider-Man, X-Men, Avengers and Fantastic Four make up the others).
If you are attending this weekend’s C2E2 in Chicago, you might want to stop buy and pick up the following Batman and Sandman exclusive variants.
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo BATMAN: ETERNAL #1 and BATMAN #29 exclusive variants will be available for $10 each and THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 3-D exclusive variant will be available for $15. To purchase the variant covers, head on over the Graphitti Designs booth (#627), where they will be available while supplies last.
BATMAN: ETERNAL #1
Written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley and John Layman with artwork by Jason Fabok, it’s the start of a Bat-story so big it’s going to take every week of the year to tell! A massive cast of Gotham City’s best (and worst) examines the relationship between Batman, his allies and his city. In this debut issue, Commissioner James Gordon is caught on the wrong side of the law! This issue features the Batman 75 commemorative logo.
Illustrated by fan favorite artist Greg Capullo, the convention exclusive for BATMAN #29, written by Scott Snyder, takes the latest “Riddler” themed cover and gives it a location-specific touch: red for C2E2! The “DARK CITY” chapter of “ZERO YEAR” reaches its conclusion in this amazing, extra-sized issue!
THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1
Written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by J.H. Williams III, THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 has an exclusive 3-D motion cover never before seen on this highly anticipated issue. You won’t want to miss out on this convention exclusive! The first issue of this new miniseries also features a stunning interior foldout displaying all of Dream’s many forms.
DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES C2E2 2014 SCHEDULE!
MILWAUKIE, OR— Dark Horse Comics is headed to Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014 in Chicago this weekend!
Join us for free signings by visiting Dark Horse at booth #619 and come see our panels! Details are below!
Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing. There will also be items available for sale. Certain restrictions may apply. Please note that signings will be ticketed or capped as needed. All events are subject to change.
Comics featuring C2E2 exclusive variant covers are available in limited quantities. All proceeds from the convention variant of The Witcher will benefit Sharon and Stan Sakai.
Friday, April 25
11 a.m. AMALA’S BLADE, MONSTROUS Steve Horton
1 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Aly Fell
2 p.m. THE OCCULTIST, SUNDOWNERS, JACK KRAKEN Tim Seeley
3 p.m. BUZZKILL Donny Cates
4 p.m. CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT, PREDATOR Josh Williamson
5 p.m. FURIOUS Bryan J. L. Glass and Furious
(cosplayer Ashley Hay)
6 p.m. THE OCCULTIST, BATTLEPUG, THE ANSWER! Mike Norton
Saturday, April 26
11 a.m. THE FIFTH BEATLE Vivek J. Tiwary
12 p.m. THE GOON Eric Powell
1 p.m. TOMB RAIDER Gail Simone
2 p.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY Geof Darrow
3 p.m. AMALA’S BLADE Steve Horton
4 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Aly Fell
6 p.m. GRINDHOUSE Chris Peterson
Sunday, April 27
11 a.m. DREAM THIEF Jai Nitz
12 p.m. PROJECT BLACK SKY Jenny Frison (Ghost),
Josh Williamson (Captain Midnight),
Joshua Hale Fialkov (Skyman)
1 p.m. AMALA’S BLADE Steve Horton
3 p.m. BUZZKILL Donny Cates
4 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Nicholas Brendan, Aly Fell (Ticketed*)
*A set number of tickets will be distributed first thing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the Dark Horse booth. Please note that this signing is limited to comics only, with a maximum of two comics per person.
Friday, April 25
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Breaking Into Comics and Staying In! S401ab
With the shifting landscape of the comics industry, this is your invaluable guide to breaking into the comics industry. Join Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt, with writers Josh Williamson, Kyle Higgins, and Paul Allor, artist Robert Atkins, Marvel VP C. B. Cebulski, and Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie for the best panel on breaking in ever!
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Dark Horse Presents: Gail Simone N427
Gail Simone has been making waves ever since she arrived on the comics scene with a column on Comic Book Resources. Since then, she has written iconic runs on such titles as Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Red Sonja, and most recently Tomb Raider for Dark Horse. In honor of this new ongoing series, and the collection of her Kickstarter-funded Leaving Megalopolis, Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie leads a career-spanning discussion of one of comics’ most accomplished writers.
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Comics and Hollywood: What Creators Need to Know S401cd
More comics are being turned into films, and creators have important questions about how Hollywood works. Get actionable information from top creators who have navigated the TV and movie business. Plus, unique perspective and insights from an actor who has appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is writing the comic book series at Dark Horse Comics.
1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Pitch Perfect: Crafting a Comic Book and Media Pitch That Sells! S404ab
You’ve got a great story to tell that has great media potential. But you have to get it down to a page? Impossible! Join editors and writers experienced in multiple media—Jim Gibbons, Josh Williamson, Kyle Higgins, and Andy Schmidt—for pro tips on how to create pitches that sell!
Saturday, April 26
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Aw Yeah, Dark Horse! N426.
Art Baltazar and Franco have taken some of comics’ most well-known characters and reimagined them for fans of all ages. To celebrate the recently collected Itty Bitty Hellboy, as well as the upcoming collection of this dynamic duo’s Kickstarter-funded Aw Yeah Comics!, we have put together an hour of fun, announcements, and much more! Bring your big ideas for a chance to woo Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie in the “one minute pitch”! Find out which Dark Horse characters the two will tackle next, and much, much more! This one is guaranteed to be fun for the whole fan family!
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. The Moving Target: What Publishers Want and How to Give It to Them S404ab
Get your project greenlit! What is it you need to improve, change, rethink? Join Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt, comics pros Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Ultimates), Josh Williamson (Ghosted), Mike Perkins (Captain America), and Dark Horse editor Jim Gibbons to get an inside scoop that will help improve your chances of getting accepted.
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Dark Horse Builds Characters N426
In 2014, comics are more perse than ever, and Dark Horse continues to pride itself on producing the greatest serialized storytelling from some of the biggest names in the industry! From Hellboy to Buffy to Luke and Leia, some of the most iconic characters in comics and beyond call Dark Horse home. Join us as we talk character development with the writers who tell their tales! Editor in chief Scott Allie is joined by Project Black Sky scribes Josh Williamson (Captain Midnight) and Joshua Hale Fialkov (Skyman), comics legend Eric Powell (The Goon), Tim Seeley (Sundowners, The Occultist), and newcomer Donny Cates (Buzzkill) for insight, announcements, and much, much more!
Check out the C2E2 poster featuring Captain America done by artist Adi Granov.
USA Today revealed the image as C2E2 takes places in Chicago April 25-27th.
April also sees the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:7306:]]Announced at the recent C2E2, Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman are bringing Miguel O’Hara to the pages of Superior Spider-Man with September’s issue #17.
Not many details are known, but Slott did tell CBR that eagle-eyed Spidey fans can spot where he first hinted at Spider-Man 2099 by comparing their comic books to the corrected version of the trade.
I can tell you that somewhere during the “Big Time” era I screwed up and wrote something incorrectly that we later fixed in the trade. If you’re an eagle-eyed fan of the “Big Time” era and you compare your comics to your trades, you’ll be able to find my flub, which tipped my hand way too early that we were planning a 2099 story.
Other details that Slott let be known about Spider-Man 2099 is that it will be the original (i.e. not the Kirkman reboot), and that the story will be similar to the Terminator of sorts.
This time out, Spider-Man 2099 coming from the future will very much be like a character from one of the “Terminator” movies showing up. What he perceives to be good or bad is based on what effect it will have on the future, which means that stuff in the present that appears on the surface to be good might have terrible ramifications — and vice versa.
This means you start running into all the paradoxes of, “Would you kill Hitler?” and then the worst paradox of, “Would you kill Hitler as a baby?” There’s always the danger in time travel stories of defining what is good and what is evil.
So what’s all this time travel business all about? Slott says it has to do with all the other similar events that are happening in the Marvel U.
If you’re paying close attention to the Marvel Universe, there are a lot of time anomalies and time travel stories that all seem to be happening during Marvel NOW!. We have the younger selves of the original five X-Men now in the present, the “Age of Ultron,” plus, there are a couple of other surprises on the horizon. And now there’s this. Something seems to be happening to Time in the Marvel U., which makes it the perfect time for someone from the future to come to the present.
We do know that Spidey and Spider-Man 2099 have met before, but this time it’s the Superior version.
This isn’t an Amazing Spider-Man that will be meeting him now! It’s a Superior Spider-Man. So that’ll be a first.
And Slott lets one more detail loose, the story will feature an Osborn, but will say no more (I think it’s rumored to be the return of Norman).
We will see a member of the Osborn family.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:7276:]]Today at the C2E2, Marvel Comics announced the return of The Sentry.
Coming to Rick Remender’s Uncanny Avengers, The Sentry will return as an Apocalypse Horseman of Death along with Banshee, the Grim Reaper and Daken in the “Four Deaths” storyline.
And it’s said we will see a rematch between the man with the power of a million suns and the Asgardian thunder god.
In addition, Daken will take on Wolverine, Banshee vs. Alex Summers and Grim Reaper vs. Rogue.
Series writer Rick Remender stated:
We’re trying to grow the Apocalypse mythology. Uncanny Avengers is the big world-shaking threats. The Apocalypse Twins, the children of Warren Worthington and Pestilence, grown up in the future, raised by Kang, and they’re doing things differently.
They have taken 4 death seeds from 4 celestials, and they are tough characters. You have the Sentry, you’ll have a big Sentry – Thor rematch.
We have Grim Reaper vs. Rogue. We have Daken vs. Wolverine. We have Banshee vs. Alex Summers
There’s probably bad blood between Daken and his dad, since he drowned him in a puddle.
What the Apocalypse twins have done is create the Four Horsemen of Death…this sounds like I’m sitting in my house playing D&D by myself. Each one of them have context with our cast. You’re going to see a big Sentry/Thor knockdown fight.
Last we saw of The Sentry, The Void and Robert Reynolds, was during Siege when Thor was forced to strike him down with a lightning bolt
At the C2E2 Marvel Comics revealed the following 8-Bit Avengers Arena cover. Marvel has been doing variant covers as if they were Nintendo Games. A new story arc will be beginning soon that will reveal who lives, who dies and who wins. It’s dubbed “End Boss”; hence the cover. [[wysiwyg_imageupload:7269:]]
A NEW ERA OF HALO® COMICS BEGINS AT
One of the most iconic video game franchises in history comes to the number-one publisher of licensed comics!
CHICAGO, IL, APRIL 26–Dark Horse continues in the tradition of bringing only the biggest and best characters and story lines to comics with the announcement of the Halo: Initiation miniseries, launching in August! This exciting new miniseries will be written by Halo 4 writer and comics veteran Brian Reed, with art by Marco Castiello (Secret Invasion: Front Line, Star Wars: Purge)!
Before she was a supersoldier defending humanity as part of the Spartan-IV program, Sarah Palmer was an ODST—Orbital Drop Shock Trooper—carrying out the most dangerous missions behind enemy lines! See how she became the first Spartan-IV commander in this must-read series for fans ofHalo 4 and the Halo franchise!
“A rich science fiction universe driven by compelling characters, Halo has all the makings for show-stopping comics, ” said Dave Marshall, Dark Horse Editor. “In Initiation, Brian and Marco are delivering an action-packed thrill-ride with a beating heart of authentic human drama.”
“It’s really exciting to work with Dark Horse in continuing the Halo story in comics. After Halo 4 and Spartan Ops, fans wanted to know more about the origins of the Spartan-IV program and Sarah Palmer in particular. So it’s great fun to be able to grant those wishes with a partner like Dark Horse,” said writer Brian Reed.
Look for Halo: Initiation #1 on sale in comic shops everywhere on August 14!
The “Halo” franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. Beginning with the original “Halo: Combat Evolved” (2001), the critically acclaimed and record-shattering series of games has since inspired multiple New York Times bestselling novels, comic books, action figures, apparel and more.
Published by Microsoft Studios, the “Halo” franchise of games is exclusive to the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network. To date, more than 50 million copies of “Halo” games have been sold worldwide, driving more than 5 billion hours of gameplay by people connected to Xbox LIVE.
About 343 Industries
343 Industries is the publisher and developer of the blockbuster “Halo” series of videogames and, as part of Microsoft Studios, oversees the “Halo” franchise, including novels, comics, licensed collectibles, apparel and more. 343 Industries is home to world-class developers working on the Reclaimer Saga, which launched with the arrival of “Halo 4” on Nov. 6, 2012, exclusively on Xbox 360.
About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, including The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer,Aliens, Conan, Halo, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.
REVOLUTION BREWING TO CREATE BEER EXCLUSIVELY FOR
THE CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)
“Galaxy Hero” Beer to be Launched at Tap Room Party on April 4!
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6103:]]Norwalk, CT, March 14, 2013: The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) has today announced that Chicago’s Revolution Brewing will create a beer exclusively for C2E2’s audience of pop culture enthusiasts and comic book fans. “Galaxy Hero”, which is described by Revolution Brewing as a beer which “shoots a raygun blast of Galaxy and Zythos hops into your mouth and leaves a crisp, dry finish” is a superhero’s beer for a superhero-loving audience. The new, exclusive IPA beer will be available for tasting at a debut party sponsored by C2E2 and Revolution Brewing on April 4 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Revolution Brewery Tap Room, located at 3340 N. Kedzie Avenue. Everyone who RSVPs will get at least one drink ticket for a complimentary Galaxy Hero! The beer will also be available in several locations throughout Chicago in the weeks leading up to C2E2 and at the bar in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel during C2E2.
Launched in 2010, C2E2 has quickly become the largest and most influential pop culture event in the Midwest attracting top comics, entertainment and literary guests and artists. This year’s convention will be no exception. Ticket sales are currently running 75% ahead of this time last year and just a few of the guests who have already been announced include Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, J. Michael Straczynski, R.L. Stine, Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Peter Davison and Felicia Day. Many more high profile guest announcements will be made in the next month.
C2E2 will take place April 26 – 28 in the West Building at McCormick Place Convention Center.
“I love beer. I love comics. I love Chicago. This is the greatest thing we’ve ever done!” notes Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “This tasty partnership only proves what I have always believed to be true – that pop culture influences are everywhere in our lives. Thanks to the folks at Revolution Brewing, artists in their own right for creating this hoppy masterpiece just for C2E2, our fans and yes, the staff. Cheers!”
Josh Deth, Owner of Revolution Brewing and “Chairman of the Party,” comments: “I took my kids to C2E2 last year and it was a blast, so it is super cool to be brewing up Galaxy IPA for this year’s show!”
Tickets for C2E2 are currently on sale at www.C2E2.com. Anyone interested in exhibiting at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo should contact Larry Settembrini, Larry@ReedPOP.com. As noted, more guests and activities will be announced in the month ahead and fans should keep their eyes on C2E2’s website for additional comics and entertainment announcements.
ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP will add Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
ABOUT REVOLUTION BREWING: Revolution Brewing is Chicago’s new hometown craft brewery. Our brewpub in Logan Square is a bustling, neighborhood institution where friends and families meet to enjoy the freshest beer in town. Opening our brewery has been a labor of love. We think you can see that in everything we do ranging from the details of our carved fists holding up our mahogany bar to the pungent hop aroma of our Anti-Hero IPA to our creative dishes like our bacon-fat popcorn.
The growth of craft breweries in the U.S. has been nothing short of a revolution and we’re proud to be standing tall in this new crowd. The changing tastes of beer drinkers demand bigger flavors and more variety. That’s exactly what we give you at Revolution Brewing. Our brewpub produces about 50 different beer styles each year. We’ve got session beers like Workingman Mild, hop-bombs like Double Fist and more bourbon barrel aged beers than you can shake a stave at. We have fun doing what we do and invite you to come in and join us.
DC Comics revealed Tony Daniel’s new Superman original poster for this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) which takes place from April 26th-28th.
As you may or may not know, DC Comics is also launching a new Man of Steel comic book by superstar artist Jim Lee and best-selling Batman writer, Scott Snyder, which launches in conjunction with the new Man of Steel movie as well as the 75th anniversary of Superman.
In addition, Zack Snyder filmed the Man of Steel in Chicago, and the C2E2 happens to be the biggest convention prior to the movie’s debut on June 14th. It’s quite possible we may see something from the movie there.
Fans will be able to see the poster featured in Chicago area retailers and on transit trains and buses, with Superman being a major part of the convention’s marketing plans.
“Each year I am always encouraged by the tremendous support that DC Entertainment provides at our shows,” said Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2, in a statement. “This year is obviously no exception and this early announcement is a great way to be setting the stage for C2E2. The poster art is a key element of our show and a critical part of our marketing strategy. This year’s image reflects the strength and dynamism of C2E2 and I am incredibly grateful to Tony Daniel for contributing his time and effort on our behalf. He is a brilliant artist and he has created what will be a lasting image for C2E2 in 2013.”
Check out the poster with the Chicago skyline in the background:
When Cosmic Book News offered to give me a press pass to cover C2E2 (Comic Con and Entertainment Expo) in Chicago, I was thrilled. Iâ€™d been to Wizard World in Chicago the previous summer, but had heard that C2E2 was a much bigger and more involved convention with more to offer. As I walked into the convention center at 9:30 A.M. on Saturday morning at McCormick Place, I soon realized it was true.
The aura that the people who were attending the convention gave off was nothing but fun and enthusiasm. People shouted outside the showroom floor as we waited to enter and continued to do so even after they opened the doors at 10 A.M. The flood of fans moved quickly into the Marvel and DC booths up front, then poured into the booths that Archaia, Top Shelf, and Avatar Press were hosting nearby.
Past the booths of the various publishers, big and small, the exhibitors selling toys, t-shirts, models, and just about any other pop culture junkieâ€™s dreams were set up. It was like a medieval marketplace. In fact, there were a few times I was surrounded by bladed weapons. All of which were replicas from video games and comic books. And speaking of replicas, there was an entire booth of memorabilia from the Captain America film last summer. The shield, costume, and various pieces of art were on display with the motorcycles from the blockbuster movie.
Artist Alley was by far the greatest part of the convention. Fans were lining up to talk to the titans of the printed comic book page to have their books signed and purchase original pieces of art. Artists like Sean Murphy (American Vampire, Hellblazer, Punk Rock Jesus), Gabriel Hardman (Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes, Exile on the Planet of the Apes), Ramon Perez (Tale of Sand, Gods of Mars) and Peter Krause (Irredeemable, The Power of Shazam) were there to interact with fans and share their artwork.
Due to time constraints I wasnâ€™t able to make it to too many panels, but I did catch the Dynamite and Vertigo panels that were held by the publishers. At the Dynamite panel they discussed the ongoing Voltron series and what they have planned for titles like Warriors of Mars, The Shadow, Green Hornet, and Army of Darkness.
The Vertigo panel had a wonderful preview of the upcoming issues of American Vampire, Punk Rock Jesus, Saucer Country, Fables, The Fairest, and Spaceman. They also announced a new series called Collider, which was described as an â€œA-Teamâ€ type of group crossed with â€œquantum physics and events.â€ The news of the title went over well with fans and was greeted with excitement.
The entire experience was incredibly fun. Compared to the previous cons Iâ€™ve been to, this one was definitely the best in terms of guests, vendors, and fans. If youâ€™re thinking about going to a comic book convention in the Midwest, C2E2 is hands down the best the country has to offer.
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DC unveiled new collectibles at this past weekends C2E2 comic con.
The collectibles include a new statue of Dr. Manhattan from The Watchmen, the “We Can Be Heroes” Justice League figures, and The Dark Knight Rises Bane and Batman Variant Busts.
The latter gives us another look at whatever sort of “gun” (or zapper?) Batman is using.
The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012 and is directed by Christopher Nolan starring Christian Bale as Batman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Cain as Alfred, Juno Temple and Josh Pence as a young Ra’s al Ghul.
Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Dark Knight Rises Movie Hub for even more news, trailers and images.
Jamie McKelvie comes onboard as the new artist on Defenders with issue #8. Via Marvel.com: “The mystery of the Concordance Engine unfolds in DEFENDERS #8 this July as new artist Jamie McKelvie comes aboard!” Here’s a first look at an inked page: [[wysiwyg_imageupload:1419:]]
As teased earlier in the week, Marvel.com has now revealed the cover and creative team behind the new Gambit. James Asmus and Clay Mann will launch the new Gambit ongoing this August. Excited?! [[wysiwyg_imageupload:1418:]]
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1404:]]The C2E2 Chicago Comic Con is happening this weekend and Marvel.com just posted a blurb that Ryan Stegman (Scarlet Spider) will be on Fantastic Four #609 as the new artist.
In addition, the Fantastic Four are headed to clash with The Maestro!
It’s clobberin’ time!
We’ll update when more becomes available.
Update: It’s not the Future Imperfect Maestro (but that would have been cool!), it’s the Nu-World son of Banner from Millar and Hitch’s run.