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Disney’s next D23 Expo scheduled for Aug. 14-16, 2015

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Disney announced this week the dates for their next company-focused convention. The D23 Expo will return to Anaheim, Calif. the weekend of Aug. 14-16, 2015.

Settling into an apparent “every other year” pattern, D23 focuses on “what’s new and what’s on the horizon from theme parks, television, music, games and films, including Pixar, the Muppets, Star Wars and Marvel.” At past D23 Expos, Disney has brought out everyone from Johnny Depp, dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow to announce the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, to the almost-complete cast of Avengers. Last year saw Tom Hiddleston singing “Bare Necessities,” while Disney and Marvel teased their “Seekers of the Weird” comic project.

Advance tickets for D23 Expo 2015 will go on sale at D23Expo.com beginning Aug. 14, 2014.


What you missed at D23: Loki sang ‘Bare Necessities’

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Among the announcements that came out of the D23 Expo was the casting of Tom Hiddleston alongside Christina Hendricks in DisneyToon Studios The Pirate Fairy, in which the Thor: The Dark World actor voices Cabin Boy James, who’ll later be legendary as Captain Hook. Unless you have “Hiddleston” as a Google alert, or have children who religiously watch the Tinker Bell direct-to-DVD animated movies, that relatively minor news likely escaped your attention.

But what you can’t miss is video of a giddy Hiddleston, an avowed fan of Disney’s The Jungle Book, singing a little bit of “Bare Necessities” at the event. If that’s not somehow worked into Thor 3, somebody at Marvel Studios isn’t doing his job.

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D23 | D23 Expo to return to Anaheim in 2015

Marvel at D23's live-action movie presentation

Marvel at D23′s live-action movie presentation

As expected based on the pattern thus far, Disney will once again return to Anaheim for another D23 Expo in 2015.

Variety reports that Disney CEO Bob Iger made the announcement during the Disney Legends ceremony at this weekend’s D23 Expo. Exact dates for 2015 were not revealed.

Also according to Variety’s sources, D23 sold 18,000 tickets on Friday and another 21,000 on Saturday (which was a sell out). Like previous D23 events, this weekend brought major announcements and celebrity appearances; check out CBR’s coverage of the event for more information.

SDCC ’13 | Sanrio to roll out Hello Kitty ‘interactive experience’

SANRIO POSTERSanrio will make its Comic-Con International debut next week with Hello Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland, an “interactive experience” that includes a fan hub and pop-up shop at the Comic-Con Interactive Zone at San Diego’s Petco Park, the Kitty-chan Secret Space at the convention center and the release of the first Hello Kitty graphic novel.

Published in partnership by Viz Media, Hello Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland features three wordless stories based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, each illustrated by a different artist: Jacob Chabot, Victoria Maderna and Ian McGinty. (You can see a preview at Hero Complex.)

The fan hub at Petco Park will be hosted by Hello Kitty’s band of Lolitas, while the pop-up shop will feature event-only and limited-edition collectibles. The Kitty-chan Secret Space (booth #4537) will offer, among other items, the limited edition pink Hello Kitty flocked collector’s figure by Funko.

Read the full breakdown in the press release below:

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SDCC ’13 | Kirkman’s Skybound reveals convention exclusives

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Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment has announced exclusive merchandise for Comic-Con International that includes the Invincible Compendium One hardcover, The Walking Dead comic series PVC figure packs, and a limited-edition Peavey Predator full-size guitar with art by The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard.

Considering this year marks the 10th anniversary of The Walking Dead, the PVC figures ($15 each or $100 for all nine) and the guitar ($500) are only the beginning of the items from the long-running horror/survival series. There’s also the Compendium Two hardcover with gold foil ($100), the Skybound-exclusive McFarlane Toys Governor action figure in riot gear ($25), and the “Horde” watch from Vannen, featuring more art by Adlard ($75).

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SDCC ’13 | Sunday programming schedule released

Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International

Kids take center stage on the last day of Comic-Con International, as proven by the rich slate of panels dedicated to kids’ comics, all-ages comics and animation on Sunday, July 21.

DC Comics, Archaia, Archie, IDW and Oni Press all host kid-friendly panels, while DC Entertainment shows off episodes of Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go. You’ll also find spotlight panels for Neil Gaiman, Ted Naifeh, Faith Erin Hicks, Mike Norton, Jerry Ordway, Dan Jurgens and Adam Hughes, and a tribute panel to Jack Kirby.

Check out some of the comics-related highlights below, and visit the Comic-Con website for the full schedule:

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SDCC ’13 | Saturday programming schedule released

Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International continued to reveal the programming schedule for San Diego as they rolled out the panels and events scheduled for Saturday, July 20.

The third day brings panels from Skybound, BOOM!, Archaia, Top Shelf, Fantagraphics, Drawn + Quarterly, Top Cow, Archie, Action Lab Entertainment, IDW and Rebellion, Dark Horse, Image Comics, Valiant and Lion Forge Comics, the makers of those Saved by the Bell and Knight Rider comics that are coming soon. DC has panels dedicated to Green Lantern, Superman’s 75th anniversary, Sandman and Batman: Year Zero, while Marvel has panels on Infinity, their video games, animation slate and their movies, which include Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (no doubt they’ll have a little more than that). In what is likely his first trip to Comic-Con, Congressman John Lewis will be on hand to talk about his book from Top Shelf, March.

You’ll also find spotlight panels on Russ Heath, Sam Kieth, Val Mayerik, Vera Brosgol, John Romita Jr., Jon Bogdanove, Jim Lee, George Perez, Gerry Conway, Frank Brunner, Roy Thomas and Paul Dini, as well as a tribute to Joe Kubert. The day wraps up with the annual CCI Masquerade.

Check out some of the comics-related highlights below, and visit the Comic-Con website for the full schedule:

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SDCC ’13 | Friday programming schedule released

comic-con-fridayAnd just like clockwork, Comic-Con International organizers have rolled out the programming schedule for Friday, July 19.

On its second day, the San Diego convention kicks into high gear, with publishing panels from Dark Horse (including one dedicated to Joss Whedon’s titles, and another to Star Wars), DC Comics, IDW (including the Hasbro licenses), Marvel (including the perennial “Cup O’ Joe”), Oni Press, Titan Comics and UDON, retrospectives devoted to ElfQuest, Walt Kelly, Aspen and Strangers in Paradise, and tributes to the late Carmine Infantino and Kim Thompson.

Oh, and don’t forget the Eisner Awards ceremony, which caps off the day.

Check out some of the comics-related highlights below, and visit the Comic-Con website for the full schedule:

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SDCC ’13 | Thursday programming schedule released

comic-conWhile many of us were enjoying our holiday, Comic-Con International organizers were busy releasing the programming schedule for Thursday, July 18, the first full day of the San Diego convention. The rundown for Friday, July 19 should come along early this afternoon.

As we’ve come to expect, Thursday’s lineup is a healthy mix of comics, television, toys, fantasy and film (although light on the latter, which take center stage on Friday and Saturday). The comics programming includes panels from Avatar Press, Bongo Comics (it’s the publisher’s 20th anniversary), BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse, DC Entertainment, Kodansha Comics, Marvel, Monkeybrain Comics (it’s that publisher’s first anniversary), TwoMorrows, Vertigo, Viz Media and Warp Comics.

However, that’s only for starters, as there are spotlights on Chris Samnee, Jeff Smith, J.H. Williams III, Dan Parent and Gary Frank, The Walking Dead‘s 10th-anniversary panel, and discussions about digital comics, gender in comics, LGBT webcomics and much, much more.

Check out some of the comics-related highlights below, and visit the Comic-Con website for the full schedule:

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SDCC ’13 | Check out some of the art for the CBLDF auction

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Art by Jill Thompson

Retailer Things From Another World has again partnered with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for the charity’s auction at Comic-Con International. For the fifth annual event, creators ranging from Jill Thompson and Jonathan Case to Roger Langridge and Charlie Adlard have donated artwork in an effort to raise more than $100,000 for the CBLDF.

Some five dozen artists are participating; you can see some of the artwork below and on the TFAW website. You can bid July 20 during the CBLDF Auction at Comic-Con.

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SDCC ’13 | IDW Publishing rolls out Comic-Con exclusives

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A limited edition of the Artist’s Edition: Best of EC Covers Portfolio, two new Locke & Key pewter replicas and a glitter variant for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #9 are among the highlights of IDW Publishing’s exclusive merchandise for Comic-Con International.

All of the convention-exclusive items will be available at the publisher’s booth, along with limited advance copies of the highly anticipated Superman: The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies, Vol. 1, and Berkeleyworks: The Art of Berkeley Breathed: From Bloom County and Beyond.

See the full rundown below:

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SDCC ’13 | Marvel announces Comic-Con-exclusive merchandise

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Marvel has announced a line-up of merchandise for Comic-Con International that includes a Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. T-shirt, a Rocket Raccoon mug and, perhaps most adorably of all, Skottie Young’s Avengers movie poster (part of the Phase 1 Marvel Cinematic Universe Blu-Ray Collector’s Set) and glass tumbler.

The limited-edition pieces will be available at the Marvel booth (#2329) at the San Diego Convention Center. See the list, with images, below:

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This weekend, it’s the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo

space2013-posterThis weekend brings the 14th annual Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.) to the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Columbus. Ohio, for what’s billed as the Midwest’s “longest-running exhibition of small press, alternative, creator-owned and art comics.”

The two-day event, which kicks off Saturday morning, will feature more than 170 exhibitors, including Derf Backderf (My Friend Dahmer), Carol Tyler (You’ll Never Know), Nate Powell (Any Empire), John Porcellino (King-Cat Comics & Stories), Lora Innes (The Dreamer) Tom Hart (Hutch Owen) and Joseph Remnant (Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland).

There’s also a full slate of events surrounding the convention, beginning today with “Panels in Pink: A Celebration of Female Comics Creators, an open house at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and the official pre-party at the Laughing Ogre comics store. Sunday sees the presentation of the annual S.P.A.C.E. festival prizes. See the full programming schedule here.

Admission is $5 per day, or $8 for the weekend.

How did ‘Caped Brewsader’ beat out ‘Fin Fang Foam’?

denver comic con-beerThere’s something ingenious about a comics convention having a signature beer. If a wedding reception or cocktail party can have a signature drink then, hey, why not?

Last year, Denver Comic Con teamed with Breckendridge Brewery to create Fantastic Pour, an American-style wheat beer that was served during the event and at several area establishments. This year, the two collaborated on a Belgian Wit brewed with Buddha’s hand fruit, and then launched a contest for fans to come up with a name to rival last year’s.

The winner, the Denver Post reports, is “The Caped Brewsader,” submitted by Nathan Bowker. For his effort, he wins a year’s supply of beer,  four collector-edition Denver Comic Con Brewsader pint glasses, a Breckenridge beer-tap handle of the Brewsader, and some other swag.Bowker’s entry somehow beat out Joshua Bray’s “Kal Ale” — yes, that’s a Superman reference — which rightfully won the fan vote, and “Fin Fang Foam,” which should have won everything. Seriously: Fin Fang Foam!Ben Templesmith will design the label, pint glass and tap-handle art for The Caped Brewsader. Denver Comic Con will be held May 31-June 2.

A view from MoCCA Arts Fest

Tom Spurgeon and Dean Haspiel

Tom Spurgeon and Dean Haspiel

I walked into MoCCA Arts Fest a few minutes after it opened, with my friend Erica Friedman, and we noticed the difference right away: The last two shows have had an improvised, “Let’s have a comics show! We can use my father’s barn!” kind of feeling. They weren’t disorganized, exactly, and the talent has always been top-notch, but the show floor felt crowded, cluttered, and confusing.

This was the first year that the Society of Illustrators was running the event. Organizers had a lot to prove, and they proved it. The show felt professional. The aisles were wider. A very simple addition — a bright red backdrop that ran behind the tables — made a huge difference, giving visitors more focus and eliminating the distraction of looking out across that cavernous space. The red curtains also set off a small gallery at the back of the armory that featured original comics art from the Society’s collection, a gentle reminder that they have been welcoming comics creators for more than 100 years. Visitors could buy a slick, nicely produced catalog for $5, and there was a modest cafe downstairs, a pleasant addition that allowed friends who met at the show to sit down and have a bite and a chat without disrupting the experience too much.

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