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Steve Wozniak’s Silicon Valley Comic Con unveils panel lineup

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Silicon Valley Comic Con, the San Jose, California, convention conceived by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, has announced the programming for its inaugural event in March.

As you might expect, the panels reach beyond comic books and popular culture to include science and technology, and gaming. Highlights include a conversation with William Shatner, a Q&A with Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage, presentations about space exploration and traveling to Mars, a look at the impact of technology on comics, cosplay on a budget, and a discussion about creating languages for science fiction and fantasy.

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UK’s MCM Comic Con expands to Germany and Belgium

mcm logoThe organizers of the MCM Comic Con events across the United Kingdom have announced plans to expand this summer into Germany and Belgium.

The MCM Expo Group will stage MCM Hannover Comic Con on June 4-5 at Hannover Messe in Hanover, Germany, followed June 11-12 by MCM Belgium Comic Con at Brussels Expo in Brussels, Belgium. The official announcements will be made Wednesday and Thursday in each city at press conferences attended by veteran Iron Man artist Bob Layton.

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Noelle Stevenson and Jaime Hernandez headline Comic Arts LA

Art by Lisa Hanawalt

Art by Lisa Hanawalt

Comic Arts Los Angeles will return this weekend, bringing a free independent comics festival — and special guests Noelle Stevenson and Jaime Hernandez — to downtown LA.

Held at the Think Tank Gallery (939 Maple Ave., Suite 200), the second annual event will feature exhibitors, signings and programming, including a look at the relationship between independent comics and the animation industry, a panel on writing for all ages, and spotlights on Hernandez and Stevenson.

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This weekend, it’s New Jersey Comic Expo

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The inaugural New Jersey Comic Expo takes place this weekend at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, New Jersey. The event is organized by MAD Event Management, which also runs Long Beach Comic Con.

The guest list includes Chris Claremont, Jim Lee, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Dennis Calero, Garth Ennis, Greg Land, Jamal Igle, Ivan Reis and Ethan Van Sciver.

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‘Akira’ creator Katsuhiro Otomo to appear at Angoulême

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When Akira creator Katushiro Otomo was announced as the winner of the Grand Prix d’Angoulême earlier this year, it was a notable moment because he’s the first Japanese artist, and one of only five non-French creators, to be honored with the Angoulême International Comics Festival’s top prize.

Part of the award is an invitation to serve as the president of the following year’s festival. Although the previous winner, Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, didn’t make the trip to France, it was announced Friday that Otomo will not only come to Angoulême but will star in a two-and-a-half-hour presentation, alternating interviews with audio-visual presentations, on the making of Akira.

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Celebrate female creators at ComiqueCon in November

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Join in a celebration of female creators in comic book industry with the first-ever ComiqueCon, held in November at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

The one-day event brings together amazingly talented women from across the comic industry, including featured guests Marguerite Sauvage, Alex De Campi, Mairghread Scott, Leila Abdelrazaq, Nicole Georges, Mikki Kendall, Nancy A. Collins and Marguerite Dabaie.

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Salt Lake Comic Con claims victory in trademark case, SDCC says litigation still ongoing

saltlakecomicconThe legal dispute between Salt Lake Comic Con and Comic-Con International appears to remain unresolved — despite what one side has claimed.

On Thursday, Salt Lake Comic Con issued a press release stating that the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Dan Farr Productions, the company behind SLCC, the trademark for “Salt Lake Comic Con.” The press release further states SLCC co-founder Bryan Brandenburg’s belief that the trademark will “virtually eliminate this ongoing legal battle.” However, Comic-Con International fired back to state the issue isn’t finished.

In a subsequent press release from Comic-Con International, Dan Farr Productions’ trademark is clarified as a “Supplemental Trademark Registration,” which is distinguished from a Principal Register in that it “does not convey the presumptions of validity, ownership and exclusive rights to use the mark.” “As there is no opposition process for a Supplemental Registration we of course were not able oppose it, however we are engaging this matter as part of the normal course of protecting our already granted and incontestable trademarks,” Comic-Con International spokesperson David Glanzer said in the statement.

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Rep. John Lewis marches through Comic-Con

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This past weekend, politician and genuine American hero John Lewis made the trip to Comic-Con International to spread the word about “March: Book Two,” the second volume of the graphic novel trilogy detailing his experiences in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. But as detailed by the Washington Post, Rep. Lewis didn’t just drop in for a quiet appearance, he marched through the convention center with a group of children in tow. Wearing a trench coat and backpack filled with copies of “March,” Lewis arrived at Comic-Con “cosplaying” as his 25-year-old self, who led hundreds on a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Co-written with his staffer Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell (“Swallow Me Whole”), the “March” books are a three-part set of memoirs telling Rep. Lewis’ story from his days as a young boy in segregated Alabama, to being beaten in the Selma march of 1965, to his time as U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district, a position he’s held since 1987.

On Saturday, Lewis took the stage at Comic-Con International alongside Aydin and Powell to discuss the books, his lifelong message of nonviolent protest and share a preview for “Book Three.” In attendance were a group of third-graders from San Diego’s own Oak Park Elementary, who then accompanied the congressman in a march from the panel to his signing at Top Shelf Productions’ booth, echoing his “Bloody Sunday” march.

SDCC: Chris Gethard petitions to change Washington, D.C. to Washington, MARVEL

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In the never-ending war to determine once and for all which Big Two comic publisher is definitively the best, America is inherently biased. Yeah, the capital of the United States is Washington, D.C.. Think about that for a sec — !

In all seriousness, Chris Gethard, host of Fusion’s “The Chris Gethard Show,” decided to take the totally subjective, most nerdy of all nerd fights extremely serious while at Comic-Con International in San Diego and petition con-goers to make a real difference by changing the country’s capital to Washington, MARVEL.

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SDCC, Day 0 | Annual ZombieWalk: San Diego canceled

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There’s no quiet before the storm: Even as attendees and exhibitors prepare for Preview Night, there’s already plenty of Comic-Con International-related news unfolding. Here’s just some of what we found this morning.

• With a trial looming following the car crash that marred last year’s ZombieWalk: San Diego, organizers have announced that the popular annual event has been canceled. “The event is on indefinite hiatus due to legal matters stemming from the vehicular incident following last year’s walk,” they posted on their Facebook page. A woman was injured last year when driver Matthew Pocci drove through the crowd of spectators; Pocci, who is deaf, claims his family was frightened by the walkers. A judge has ordered him to stand trial on charges of felony reckless driving. [NBC 7 San Diego]

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Hotels are holding up new Comic-Con agreement

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The only obstacle preventing Comic-Con International from committing to remaining in San Diego through 2018 is area hotels.

According to Voice of San Diego, some hoteliers are resisting an amended contract that would ensure the same number of discounted rooms in the convention block at the same rates for the next two years.Last year, the site says, hotels committed 56,600 discounted room nights. However, Comic-Con, which attracts more than 130,000 attendees annually, could fill twice that.

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Comic-Con reportedly nears deal to stay in San Diego through 2018

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With just two weeks until the official start of Comic-Con International, organizers are reportedly nearing a deal with San Diego officials that will keep the event in the city through 2018. The current contract expires next year.

Although there’s been no official comment about an agreement, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports an announcement is expected before the convention gets under way on July 9. Area hoteliers have confirmed to the newspaper that they’ve been asked to amend their 2016 contracts, agreeing to maintain the same number of discounted rooms at the same rates through 2018.

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‘Doctor Who’ exclusives revealed for Comic-Con International

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Titan Comics has released a lineup of Doctor Who exclusives for Comic-Con International that includes a new short story, variant covers, and a pair of collectible figures.

The Doctor Who Titans figurines will likely be too difficult for fans of David Tennant to pass up: a 3-inch Tenth Doctor from the 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor,” wearing the Eleventh Doctor’s signature fez, and a 4.5-inch Tenth Doctor in a tuxedo.

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Toronto Comic Arts Festival in the rearview mirror

The Travel Memoir panel at TCAF

The Travel Memoir panel at TCAF

Toronto Comic Arts Festival organizer Christopher Butcher opened the 2014 show by announcing the “unspoken theme” of that year’s show was spotlighting work by women creators. “Then,” I noted at the time, “Butcher did something truly amazing: He introduced a panel of three women that was not titled ‘Women in Comics.'” This year’s festival continued that theme, showcasing a diverse group of artists and spreading that diversity across the breadth and depth of the show.

In fact, the first thing I noticed when I looked over the schedule was there was no “Women in Comics” or “LGBTQ Comics” panel. There were a couple of more specialized panels — one on gay comics art in Japan, another on older women and comics — but for the most part, the diversity was just sort of there, no further comment needed. The “Art of the Travelogue” panel moderated by my con roommate Johanna Draper Carlson, for instance, featured four women and two men, and it didn’t seem like a particularly big deal until I started to write this article. This may be a watershed in the history of comics events.

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Exclusive: First look at Special Edition: NYC’s badge art

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With less than a month to go until the second annual Special Edition: NYC comic book festival, producer ReedPOP has provided ROBOT 6 with a first look at the event’s badges, created by some of the industry’s top artists.

Above and below you’ll see the VIP badge by Aaron McConnell, Weekend by Karl Kesel, and Artist Alley by Ron Randall, all members of Portland, Oregon’s Periscope Studio. According to ReedPOP, the illustrated badges help to underscore the show’s primary mission, “connecting fans with artists in a more personal and unique way.”

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