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WonderCon | Watching the Watchmen + lots of booth info

WonderCon kicks off this Friday at the Moscone Center South in San Francisco. The show welcomes special guests Jim Lee, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Brian Azzarello, Jill Thompson, Alex Robinson and many more Feb. 27-March 1.

There are only a couple of days left until the curtain lifts, but I’ll be posting info on what various publishers, creators, retailers, etc. have planned for the show up until the last moment possible. So if you haven’t yet shared your booth schedule, comic debut, special deal or any other information about what you have planned for the show, drop me an email.

General information: Programming | Registration | Special guests | Autographs

Watching the Watchmen

Watching the Watchmen

• A limited number of lucky fans attending the show on Friday will have the chance to see a certain comic book movie well before the general public:

Three-day and Friday only members have an opportunity to receive a free pass to a special Friday, February 27, 11:55 PM IMAX screening of Watchmen courtesy of WonderCon & Warner Bros.!

Drawing will be held at WonderCon, Friday, February 27 only. Members (3-day and Friday only) will draw a ticket for the opportunity to receive a free pass, while supplies last.

Go to the WonderCon Boutique Booth (#242) for a chance to win from 5:00-7:00 PM.

More details here. The screening is at 11:55 p.m. Friday night at a secret location.

• The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has a couple of events lined up for the show:

Friday: CBLDF’s Drink & Draw Welcome Party!

Ring in WonderCon this Friday at the world famous 111 Minna Art Gallery with the CBLDF’s Second Annual Drink & Draw Welcome Party! Witness live art, mingle with your favorite pros and raise a toast to Free Speech!

The Rev. Dave Johnson, co-founder of the Drink & Draw Social Club will be presiding over a host of incredible artists including Spain Rodriguez, Paul Mavrides, Erik Larsen, David Mack, Jill Thompson, Charlie Wylie, Brian Azzarello, Larry Marder, Richard Starkings, Moritat, Ivan Brandon & more!

This party will also feature a special raffle to benefit the recovery of Underground Comix legend S. Clay Wilson.

The party is this Friday, February 27, 7:00 PM to 10 PM at 111 Minna Street Gallery. $5 suggested donation for CBLDF members; $10 suggested donation for non-members. The party is sponsored by Image Comics (www.imagecomics. com) and Last Gasp of San Francisco (www.lastgasp. com).

Saturday: CBLDF Live Art Jam!

Witness live art created before your eyes at the CBLDF Live Art Jam! Jim Lee (Batman), Dave Johnson (100 Bullets), Jill Thompson (Magic Trixie), Wendy Pini (Elfquest), and Matt Wagner (Grendel) will create original art projected on the big screen! The Live Art Jam gives you a glimpse behind the scenes of these masters’ artistic processes and is not to be missed by fans and students alike. All art will be auctioned at the end of the event to benefit the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. 3:30 to 5:00 PM, Room 220/224 at WonderCon.

CBLDF Studio – Booth #725

Stop by the CBLDF booth throughout the convention to witness your favorite artists sketching to benefit the CBLDF! Dave Johnson headlines a cast of artists who will be popping by throughout the show to make original art to benefit the Fund. All art will be put on display when finished, and available for your donations. Also be sure to browse our selection of premiums, which includes red-hot items like signed copies of Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book; Terry Moore’s Echo; 100 Bullets; Walking Dead, and much much more! Plus exclusive Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Neverwear items!

Don’t miss out on the fun – support the Fund at WonderCon!

• Speaking of booths … Exhibit A Press will have Supernatural Law back issues for $2 each, as well as merchandise and “monster mini-portraits”:

Batton Lash and Jackie Estrada will be at the Exhibit A Press booth (#726). Look for them next to Gumby and across from the CBLDF. Fans in search of back issues of “Supernatural Law” will be in luck–Exhibit A is having a “Back Issue Blowout,” with all issues on hand priced at $2 each. Exhibit A is also running specials on trade paperback collections and T-shirts. And while they last, Batton will have some of his original “monster mini-portraits” for sale–one-of-a-kind hand painted on small canvases. Batton and Jackie will also be part of WonderCon programming, appearing on the Sunday “Comic Book Couples” panel:

12:30-1:30 Comic Book Couples— Lois and Clark. Barry and Iris. Peter and Mary Jane (well…not anymore). The real story about comic book couples is in the real life team-up of comics lovers and creators. Couples Brian Azzarello and Jill Thompson, Wendy Pini and Richard Pini, Trina Robbins and Steve Leialoha, and Batton Lash and Jackie Estrada talk with moderator couple Andrew Farago and Shaenon Garrity about comics, love, and their love of comics. Room 236/238

BOOM! Studios has signings with Farscape writer Keith R.A. DeCandido and Hexed writer Michael Alan Nelson planned at their booth:

WONDERCON BOOM! STUDIOS SIGNINGS:
Please check the BOOM! Studios booth #619 for signing times for the following guests:

* Keith R.A. DeCandido will be signing FARSCAPE #1 WonderCon Aeryn Sun Holofoil Exclusive – Limited to 500 copies!
* Michael Alan Nelson will be signing HEXED and FALL OF CTHULHU
* Chip Mosher will be signing LEFT ON MISSION

WONDERCON BOOM! STUDIOS PANEL:

WHEN: FEBRUARY 27, Friday, 2008 from 5:00-6:00
WHERE: ROOM: 232/234
DESCRIPTION: BIG! BOLD! BOOM! – E-i-C Mark Waid (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, IRREDEEMABLE), Publisher Ross Richie, Marketing and Sales Director Chip Mosher (LEFT ON MISSION), and a very special guest reveal what will be the biggest news coming out of WonderCon. Dare we say anymore

• SLG Publishing has a bunch of creators signing at their booth:

S. Eddy Bell (Lulu and Mitzy) – Saturday only

Andy Ristaino (The Babysitter) – He has his own booth in Artist Alley and will give away shrinky-dinks with purchase, so I don’t think you should miss stopping by and picking something up.

Landry Walker and Eric Jones (The Super-Scary Monster Show) – These guys also do some comic about some super-powered girl — like Supergirl or something? — which we’ll have for them to sign, incidentally. They’re pretty big deals, I guess. (Seriously, their Supergirl miniseries is awesome.)

Ethan Nicolle (Chumble Spuzz)

Camilla d’Errico (Nightmares and Fairy Tales) – She also has her own booth, but she will be signing for an hour every day with Serena Valentino at the SLG booth.

Serena Valentino (GloomCookie, Nightmares and Fairy Tales) – Every day, after 1 p.m.

Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Bad Guys) – If it’s OK with Disney, I will bring a few pages from the conclusions of Gargoyles and Bad Guys for folks to peep at — the collections are finished and due out in summer!
Friday 2/27 4 – 6
Saturday 2/28 12 – 2

Radical Publishing has a whole bunch of giveaways and creator signings planned for the con:

For WonderCon 2009, Radical Publishing will hold multiple raffles and giveaways Friday and Saturday at booth #621, featuring Grand Prizes that include four-day San Diego Comic-Con passes with special, exclusive access to Radical’s creators and signings at the July show.

Radical will also feature WonderCon signings with special guests Steve Niles, creator and writer of the sci-fi/horror hybrid hit City of Dust: A Philip Khrome Story; Sam Sarkar, creator and writer of the sellout flagship Radical series Caliber: First Canon of Justice; and M. Zachary Sherman, writer of the critically acclaimed sci-fi epic Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising.

Fans that visit the Radical booth Friday and Saturday can pick up a raffle ticket to become eligible for a Grand Prize (limit one ticket per person). On Sunday, the first 100 fans to bring their raffle tickets to the booth will also receive a signed, limited-edition 3-D Radical Preview Book that showcases the work of Jim Steranko, Arthur Suydam, John Bolton, Clint Langley, Simon Bisley, Clayton Crain and more, along with featured interviews with Steve Niles, Rick Remender and Nick Simmons, star of the hit A&E series Gene Simmons Family Jewels. In addition, Radical will also give out hourly prizes of signed Radical comics, T-shirts and hoodies throughout the weekend.

WonderCon runs Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Moscone Center South in San Francisco. The full lineup of Radical Publishing’s events for the show can be found below.

Radical Publishing
Booth #621

Guests and Signings:

Steve Niles (City of Dust)
Sam Sarkar (Caliber)
M. Zachary Sherman (Shrapnel)

Grand Prizes: Friday and Saturday Only

Each day: One pair (2) General Four-day Attendee Badges for San Diego Comic-Con 2009, including special, exclusive access to Radical’s creators and signings!

Hourly Prizes: Friday – Saturday – Sunday

One set of: Radical comic book series, T-shirt and hoodie

(One signed series of Caliber by Sam Sarkar or City of Dust by Steve Niles)

Special Sunday-Only Prizes

First 100 people to bring back the Radical raffle ticket will receive a signed, limited- edition 3-D Radical 2009 Preview Book!

Signing Schedule

FRIDAY, FEB. 27 (Open 12 noon to 7 p.m.)

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

M. ZACHARY SHERMAN will sign copies of SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING and the Radical Publishing Preview Book.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

M. ZACHARY SHERMAN will sign copies of SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING and the Radical Publishing Preview Book.

SATURDAY, FEB. 28 (Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

M. ZACHARY SHERMAN will sign copies of SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING and the Radical Publishing Preview Book.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

STEVE NILES will sign copies of CITY OF DUST: A PHILIP KHROME STORY and the Radical Publishing Preview Book.

SAM SARKAR will sign copies of CALIBER: FIRST CANON OF JUSTICE and the Radical Publishing Preview Book.

M. ZACHARY SHERMAN will sign copies of SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING and the Radical Publishing Preview Book.

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

STEVE NILES will sign copies of CITY OF DUST: A PHILIP KHROME STORY and the Radical Publishing Preview Book.

SAM SARKAR will sign copies of CALIBER: FIRST CANON OF JUSTICE and the Radical Publishing Preview Book.

SUNDAY, MARCH 1 (Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

From 12 p.m. to 1 P.M

STEVE NILES will sign copies of CITY OF DUST: A PHILIP KHROME STORY and the Radical Publishing Preview Book.

SAM SARKAR will sign copies of CALIBER: FIRST CANON OF JUSTICE and the Radical Publishing Preview Book.

From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

SAM SARKAR will sign copies of CALIBER: FIRST CANON OF JUSTICE and the Radical Publishing Preview Book.

M. ZACHARY SHERMAN will sign copies of SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING and the Radical Publishing Preview Book.

• And finally, Dark Horse Comics:

WonderCon 2009 Signing Schedule! 2/19/09
Check out all the great Dark Horse signings (booth #624) at WonderCon 2009!

Hope to see you there!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th

1:00pm – 2:00pm — The Cleaners: Mark Wheaton, Rashan Ekedal

2:00pm – 3:00pm — Fear Agent, The End League, Gigantic: Rick Remender

3:00pm – 4:00pm — Usagi Yojimbo: Stan Sakai

4:30pm – 5:00pm — Groo: Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier

5:00pm – 6:00pm — Beanworld: Larry Marder

6:00pm – 7:00pm — Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Haden Blackman, Michael Atiyeh

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28th

11:00am – 12:00pm — Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy

12:30pm – 1:30pm — Robots and Donuts: Eric Joyner

2:00pm – 3:00pm — Grendel: Matt Wagner; Beasts of Burden: Jill Thompson

3:30pm – 4:30pm — Hellboy, B.P.R.D.: Mike Mignola

4:30pm – 5:30pm — Fear Agent, The End League, Gigantic: Rick Remender

5:30pm – 6:30pm — Beanworld: Larry Marder

SUNDAY, MARCH 1ST

11:00am – 12:30pm — Emily the Strange: Rob Reger, Buzz Parker, Jessica Gruner, Nix Turner

1:00pm – 2:00pm — The K Chronicles: Keith Knight

2:00pm – 3:00pm — The Cleaners: Mark Wheaton, Rashan Ekedal

3:00pm – 4:00pm — Achewood: Chris Onstad

ALSO: Throughout the weekend, MIKE KENNEDY will be signing posters and previewing the upcoming video game, UNBOUND SAGA.

Beanworld Panel

Friday, FEBRUARY 27

6:30pm – 7:30pm

ROOM 236/238

Legendary Beanworld creator Larry Marder is front and center in his first solo WonderCon panel ever! Hear all the details about the many up-coming Beanworld projects including a first glimpse at his original Beanworld graphic novel on sale this fall!

Dark Horse Panel

Saturday, FEBRUARY 28

12:00pm – 1:00pm

ROOM 104

Join Director of Publicity, Jeremy Atkins, Editor Shawna Gore and special guests for an exclusive preview of all that Dark Horse has to offer in the coming year.

Emily the Strange Panel

Sunday, MARCH 1

1:00pm – 2:00pm

ROOM 220/224

Join Emily creator Rob Reger, artist Buzz Parker, writer Jessica Gruner, and editor Shawna Gore, as they discuss what the future holds for Emily. Get the scoop on the new Dark Horse comic series and The Art of Emily! Steal a peek at the new series of Emily novels! Plus movie news, prize giveaways, and more!

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