San Diego Comic-Con Preview Part II

Tue, July 24th, 2007 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Stephen Gerding, Senior Editor

It's that time of year again, when fanboys' and fangirls' dreams turn into real-life limited edition convention sketch covers and con-exclusive action figures. The San Diego Comic-Con International is kicking off in just a few short days, and once again we can safely say that it's bigger than ever! It's literally so big that to attend without having any idea of what's going on might lead to vertigo and fits of dizzyness, so CBR News is pleased to provide you with our traditional SDCC Preview!

Yesterday we gave you Part I of CBR News' pre-Comic-Con checklist, and now it's time for Part II! You can't tell the players without a scorecard, and you'll be lost without this breakdown of who, what, when and where. But enough of this banter - read on for your convention signings, panels and freebie information!

ALEX ROSS

For the first time ever, artist Alex Ross will have a sketchbook for sale at the AlexRossArt.com booth at the San Diego Comic-Con, booth #2419. The sketchbook will feature never-before-seen artwork from throughout his career, as well as a brand-new cover. The sketchbook sells for $40.

Alex Ross' photorealistic paintings have garnered attention in the comics world and beyond. In addition to his extensive comics work, Ross painted the promotional poster for the 2002 Academy Awards and the opening credits for the motion picture "Spider-Man 2." He was the subject of the 2003 book "Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross." For more information, visit www.alexrossart.com.

AVATAR PRESS

Avatar Press is pleased to announce a full slate of signings, panels, and special comics & merchandise at San Diego Comic-Con 2007.

Avatar's lineup of guests at booth #2800 features stars from the worlds of comics, television, and film, including Warren Ellis, George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead), horror icon Robert Englund, Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Mike Wolfer (Streets of Glory), Jacen Burrows (Chronicles of Wormwood), Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs), Dheeraj Verma (Plague of the Living Dead), Mark Sweeney (Black Summer colorist), and Stargate SG-1 television stars Christopher Judge, Michael Shanks, and Gary Jones.

PANELS

Thurs

4:45 - 5:45 Spotlight on George A. Romero with special guest host Max Brooks (Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z) . Room 6CDEF.

Friday

12:30 - 1:30 Avatar Press presents Robert Englund. Room 2.

Saturday

9 - 11 PM Spotlight on Warren Ellis. Room 6CDEF.

SIGNINGS

Stop by all convention long to meet Mike Wolfer, Brian Pulido, Jacen Burrows, Tim Sullivan, Dheeraj Verma, Mark Sweeney, and EIC William Christensen.

For a complete rundown of signing times and convention exclusives, click here.

BOOM! STUDIOS

HOT!!! Hit SCI FI Series EUREKA Signing at BOOM! Studios with Actors Colin Ferguson & Ed Quinn EUREKA Co-Creator/Writer Andrew Cosby and Johanna Stokes Also Present BOOM! Studios host the only EUREKA signing at SDCC 2007

(SEE SCHEDULE BELOW)

HOT!!! WARHAMMER 40,000 and WARHAMMER: FORGE OF WAR Signings BOOM! Studios is the only place to meet your favorite WARHAMMER artists

(SEE SCHEDULE BELOW)

HOT!!! SDCC EXCLUSIVE: 16 Page Preview of POTTER'S FIELD by Mark Waid and Paul Azaceta. Limited to 2000 copies. Price: $5.00

In addition to the above, BOOM! Studios will be debuting their new line of trade paperback graphic novels collecting their popular series, including TALENT, HERO SQUARED, TAG, DEATH VALLEY, X ISLE, ZOMBIE TALES, and PLANETARY BRIGADE with signings scheduled for each publication.

Additional signings will include writers and artists from great BOOM! titles such as FALL OF CTHULHU, DOMINION, 2 GUNS, SALVADOR, COVER GIRL, MR. STUFFINS, and LEFT ON MISSION.

An aggressive signing schedule will ensure that fans have the chance to meet the creative teams behind their favorite BOOM! titles and get them signed. (SEE SCHEDULE BELOW)

DON'T MISS:

THURSDAY NIGHT - The BOOM! Studios' DRINK UP at the Hyatt Grand Lobby Bar, starting at 8pm. Fans and friends can stop by and drink with BOOM! creators and members of our publishing staff.

FRIDAY - BOOM! Studios Panel 3:30-4:30pm in Room 3: BOOM! Studios has an exciting new publishing plan for the rest of 2007 and 2008. Panelists talk about BOOM!'s new partnerships with Paramount and Epic Games, their existing partnerships, and the many exciting new projects coming out from BOOM! Studios. Ross Richie, Adam Fortier, and Andrew Cosby (creator of the hit SCI FI series Eureka) talk about all things BOOM!

BOOM! STUDIOS SIGNING SCHEDULE BY DATE:

BOOTH # 2543

Wednesday July 25

WARHAMMER: Forge of War - Rahsan Ekedal - 7pm-8pm

Thursday July 26

Fall Of Cthulhu / Dominion / X isle - Michael Alan Nelson - 11am-12pm

Hero Squared - Joe Abraham - 11am-12pm

WARHAMMER: 40,000 - Sunny Gho, King Mong, Junkman - 1pm-2pm

WARHAMMER: Forge of War - Rahsan Ekedal , Artgerm, Kunkka, King Mong - 1pm-2pm

Zombie Tales - Michael Alan Nelson, Jim Pascoe, Johanna Stokes - 1pm-2pm

Death Valley - Johanna Stokes - 1pm-2pm

Left On Mission - Chip Mosher, Martin Thomas - 2pm-3pm

2 Guns - Steven Grant - 3pm-4pm

Salvador - Sebastian A. Jones - 4pm-5pm

Planetary Brigade - Mark Badger , Matt Haley - 5pm-6pm

Friday July 27

Fall Of Cthulhu / Dominion / X isle - Michael Alan Nelson -11am-12pm

Hero Squared - Joe Abraham - 11am-12pm

WARHAMMER: 40,000 - Sunny Gho, King Mong, Junkman - 1pm-2pm

WARHAMMER: Forge of War - Rahsan Ekedal, Artgerm, Kunkka, King Mong - 1pm-2pm

2 Guns - Steven Grant - 1pm-2pm

WARHAMMER: Forge of War - Rahsan Ekedal - 5pm-6pm

Tag - Kody Chamberlain - 5pm-6pm

Zombie Tales - Michael Alan Nelson, Jim Pascoe, John Rogers, Johanna Stokes - 5pm-6pm

Death Valley - Johanna Stokes - 5pm-6pm

Planetary Brigade - Mark Badger, Junkman, Sunny Gho, Cynthia Martin - 5pm-6pm

Left On Mission - Chip Mosher, Martin Thomas - 6pm-7pm

Saturday July 28

Talent - Christopher Golden - 10am-11am

Hero Squared - Joe Abraham - 11am-12pm

WARHAMMER: 40,000 - Sunny Gho, King Mong, Junkman - 1pm-2pm

WARHAMMER: Forge of War - Rahsan Ekedal, Artgerm, Kunkka, King Mong - 1pm-2pm

Tag - Kody Chamberlain - 1pm-2pm

Salvador - Sebastian A. Jones - 3pm-4pm

EUREKA - Colin Ferguson, Ed Quinn, Andrew Cosby, Johanna Stokes - 3pm-4pm

Death Valley - Johanna Stokes - 3pm-4pm

Fall Of Cthulhu / Dominion / X isle - Michael Alan Nelson - 3pm-4pm

Zombie Tales - Fbio Moon, Lee Moder, Michael Alan Nelson, Jim Pascoe, John Rogers, Johanna Stokes - 3pm-4pm

Planetary Brigade - Mark Badger, Junkman, Sunny Gho - 3pm-4pm

Left On Mission - Chip Mosher, Martin Thomas - 4pm-5pm

WARHAMMER: Forge of War - Rahsan Ekedal - 5pm-6pm

2 Guns - Steven Grant - 5pm-6pm

Sunday July 29

Hero Squared - Joe Abraham - 11am-12pm

Fall Of Cthulhu / Dominion / X isle - Michael Alan Nelson -11am-12pm

Zombie Tales - Chris Moreno, Michael Alan Nelson, John Rogers, Johanna Stokes -11am-12pm

Death Valley - Johanna Stokes -11am-12pm

Planetary Brigade - Mark Badger, Junkman, Sunny Gho - 11am-12pm

WARHAMMER: 40,000 - Sunny Gho, King Mong, Junkman - 1pm-2pm

WARHAMMER: Forge of War - Rahsan Ekedal, Artgerm, Kunkka, King Mong - 1pm-2pm

2 Guns - Steven Grant - 1pm-2pm

Left On Mission - Chip Mosher, Martin Thomas - 2pm-3pm

DEVIL'S DUE

Fans, prepare to be rocked…Skeptics, converted…Devil's Due Publishing, Inc. (DDP) is packing its bags for Comic-Con International: San Diego (July 25 – 29). Everyone – and we mean everyone – should stop by DDP's booth (#2415) and check out the new Xombie, Chucky, Sheena, Drafted, Troma, Family Guy, Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance Chronicles, G.I. Joe: America's Elite, and the cult hit Hack/Slash comics and creators. Artist and creator signings, convention exclusives, comic character appearances and freebies will be featured at the booth.

For more, click here.

DIAL R STUDIOS

Dial R Studios (booth 5524) debuts at the San Diego Comic-Con! The Dial R booth will feature creators J. Andrew Clark (Scar Tissue, Genius J's Almanack), Dave Wachter (Scar Tissue, Fiendish Fables), Pat Loika (Path to Armageddon, HoCal), Tim Loika (Path to Armageddon), Chris Maze (Seeds of Darkness, HoCal), and Michael Woods (Low Orbit).

We will be debuting the first Dial R Studios Anthology book, PANTHEON. Also debuting at the show will be the final issues of Scar Tissue and The Path to Armageddon, the Scar Tissue TPB, ReVamp # 1, and Genius J's Almanack. Pat, Dave, Chris and Tim will be accepting sketch and commission requests through the weekend as well.

Also, every sketch or comic purchased from the booth gets you a raffle ticket to win one of many prizes, including a Nintendo Wii!

IMAGE COMICS

This Friday THE IMAGE COMICS SHOW hosted by Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan will be the home of Image's biggest announcements.

"If Youngblood's return, the Founders reunion, THE SWORD and CRAWL SPACE have you excited you owe it to yourself to come to the panel," says Image Publisher Erik Larsen. "We have a lot of huge titles on the horizon - including a new ongoing series pairing two of the industry's biggest names!"

In addition to being the source of Image's announcements, we are featuring a line up of our fan-favorite creators talking up their plans for major upcoming issues. Join Mike Oeming (MICE TEMPLAR), Robert Kirkman (WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE, WOLF-MAN), Erik Larsen (SAVAGE DRAGON, Image Publisher), Jay Fotos (DEATH DEALER), Matt Fraction (CASANOVA), Phil Noto (TO BE ANNOUNCED) and BRAND NEW guests Joseph Michael Linsner & Eva Hopkins (DAWN, DARK IVORY) as the future of the world's greatest creator owned comics company is revealed.

THE IMAGE COMICS SHOW is on Friday, July 27th at 1:30 PM in room 5AB. Complete details of Image Comics' San Diego plans can be found here.

MARVEL COMICS

Oh man, oh man, oh MAN! San Diego Comic Con 2007 is here! We feel like body builders, we're so pumped up. On the way to California is Marvel's elite task force, prepped and ready to bring you the latest n' greatest news and info Marvel has to offer--and sign their little hearts out to boot. There'll be so many Marvel writers, artists and editors giving out autographs that we need two stations going nearly non-stop to bring 'em all to you!

Behold Marvel's full San Diego Comic-Con 2007 signing schedule! But remember, sometimes the world just moves too fast, so all details are subject to change. But keep checking back for any changes or updates! Click here for the complete rundown.

ONI PRESS

2007 marks the 10th anniversary of Oni Press and its appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con International! To celebrate this milestone, Oni Press will have a special panel on Saturday at 1:30 where we will be giving out free comics to all those who attend. That's right ... free stuff!

In addition to the anniversary panel, we'll also be celebrating the release of a number of new Oni Press titles that we will have on sale at our booth (#1834):

Whiteout, Vol. 1: The Definitive Edition by Greg Rucka & Steve Lieber

The Annotated Northwest Passage by Scott Chantler

Black Metal, Vol. 1 by Rick Spears& Chuck BB

The Last Call, Vol. 1 by Vasilis Lolos

Have You Seen the Horizon Lately? by Jamie S. Rich

Narcoleptic Sunday by Jeremy Haun & Brian Koschak

Multiple Warheads by Brandon Graham

Queen & Country #32 by Greg Rucka & Chris Samnee

& Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen #1!

We'll also be spotlighting some of our 2007 Eisner nominated works by Ross Campbell (Wet Moon), Jolle Jones (12 Reasons Why I Love Her), and Hope Larson (Gray Horses).

For a full list of Oni Press appearances, please visit the Oni Press website for our signing schedule.
http://www.onipress.com/blog.

PENNY-FARTHING PRESS

Penny-Farthing Press jumps into the world of animation! Along with exclusive convention specials and author signings, PFP will debut their new animated short, The Loch: Threats From Above. Specially priced and packaged with a companion Loch comic book, it's the not-to-be-missed bargain of the convention!

All San Diego Comic-Con attendees will be able to stock up on Penny-Farthing Press merchandise at reduced prices. Most comic books will be sold at the special price of two dollars each while children's books and select graphic novels will be sold for ten dollars each. Retailers will be able to receive additional discounts by enrolling in PFP's Direct-Order-Retailer (D-O-R) Program at the convention and will be able to save up to fifty percent on bulk orders.

Fans and retailers will also have the opportunity to meet some of their favorite PFP talent as well. On Saturday, July 28th at 1:00 p.m., bestselling author Barbara Hambly (Patriot Hearts, The Emancipator's Wife, the Benjamin January mysteries) will be at the Penny-Farthing Press booth to sign free previews of PFP's new graphic novel series, Anne Steelyard and the Garden of Emptiness. The 2007 preview contains brand new penciled pages by break out artist, Alex Kosakowski, and a full colored page by Mike Garcia. Anne Steelyard is a historical and mystical adventure that follows the struggles of a female archaeologist in pre World-War I Mesopotamia. Told in a series of three graphic novels, it is the story of an accomplished and courageous woman attempting to find her place in a turn-of-the-century man's world. Look for upcoming advertisements in Previews this fall.

Penny-Farthing Press can be found in the Small Publisher area of the San Diego Comic-Convention at booth 1320, and the complete rundown of all of their SDCC events can be found here!

RADICAL PUBLISHING

Come join us as we launch the Radical Universe July 25th-29th at the 2007 San Diego Comic Con. Radical Publishing is located at booth #2701 and will be holding a raffle everyday at 4:00 p.m. for prizes such as the iRiver, a handheld multimedia device that will allow Radical fans a closer look into the unique properties displayed at the booth and for release in early 2008. We will also be handing out Radical Flex-fit Hats, T-shirts, keychain lights and more. Radical President and Publisher Barry Levine and Co-Publisher and Editor in Chief David Elliot will hold a special panel on Saturday at 3:30 P.M. in Room 2 to discuss the Radical future ahead and the company's big plans in the coming months.

Radical Publishing is currently producing a Yoshitaka Amano art book, which has not been done for over five years, a John Bolton hard-cover graphic novel as well as numerous other comic books from acclaimed industry talent such as Luis Royo, Jim Steranko, Frank Hannah, Dan Abnett, Dave Wilkins, Steve Pugh, Warren Ellis, James Heffron, Steve Moore, Sam Sarkar, Nick Percival, Dave Dorman, Bill Sienkiewicz, WETA, and many more. Come explore our Radical Universe and meet the team behind Radical at Comic Con 2007.

For more, click here.

SHANNON WHEELER

In an exciting break away from his limelighted character, Too Much Coffee Man, Shannon Wheeler delivers Screw Heaven, When I Die I'm Going to Mars. This masterful collection of intense coffee-fueled cynicism sheds a humorous light on life's little nuances and annoyances. The trials and tribulations of several featured comic strip characters- including the beloved Too Much Coffee Man- come together to engage readers in a subtly intellectual, yet laugh-out-loud funny burlesque of irony and lampoon.

With an introduction from legendary Operation Ivy singer Jesse Michaels and guided by the editorial genius of Shawna Gore, this hysterical anthology is proudly added to the Dark Horse catalogue. Shannon Wheeler has graced the Dark Horse line with several critically acclaimed Too Much Coffee Man books and, as longtime publishers of Wheeler, Dark Horse is happy to be part of the rich history of Too Much Coffee Man.

An improbable marriage of classical music and comic book characters makes a new life in the Too Much Coffee Man Opera. Presented by Comic-Con International: San Diego– the cross section of mediums takes the stage in a dramatic concert presentation July 27th and 28th at the Horton Grand Theatre. The contemporary opera is based on Too Much Coffee Man. This successful musical experience stirs scrutinizing sidesplitting satire with traditional opera.

Too Much Coffee Man creator, Shannon Wheeler, teamed up with Emmy Award winning composer Daniel Steven Crafts and Damian Wilcox to form this one-act opera. The story chronicles the tragedy of Too Much Coffee Man, a caffeine-addled average Joe in love with a local Barista. Trouble brews when the cynical opportunist Espresso Guy also makes a play for the ambitious but frustrated young female coffee slinger. But the Barista has other plans that have nothing to do with either of the rambunctious men. The characters must resolve the modern age dilemma: Can coffee and romance co-exist? "I haven't been this excited since my last press release," muses Shannon.

TIM SALE

TIM SALE IS EVERYWHERE AT SAN DIEGO!

The ubiquitous Tim Sale, whose work pioneered the look and feel of the NBC hit HEROES, will be highly visible at this year's Comic-Con International: San Diego (July 26-29)! Hoping to meet and interact with as many fans as possible, Tim will be appearing at various exhibitor booths; a guest on a HEROES panel; doing signings and sketches; and selling a brand new sketchbook (BLUES), a print (JUNGLE GIRL), and a t-shirt.

Here's a quick run-down on where you can find him:

**Wed. through Sun.: Doing 10-minute ink wash sketches as well as HEROES character sketches at the Naked Fat Rave booth (#4601); new Tim Sale "Blues" sketchbook, t-shirts, and prints on sale at Naked Fat Rave booth

**Wed. July 25, 8:00-8:30: HEROES booth (#5412)

**Fri. July 27, 4:30-5:30: Signing at DC Comics booth (#1915)

**Sat. Jul 28, 12:45-2:00: HEROES panel, Ballroom 20

**Sat. July 28, 4:00-5:00: Signing at DC Comics booth (#1915)

In addition, Tim will have on sale at the Active Images booth (#2106) his sketchbook, TIM SALE PIN-UPS ($20.00, 40 pages, 7"x11", black and white, Diamond Code: NOV063205). It features a selection of quality ink and wash drawings and pencil sketches with notes by Tim and a color cover by Tim and CATWOMAN colorist Dave Stewart.

And the sold out TIM SALE: BLACK AND WHITE, while not available at Comic-Con, is coming for a second round in December from Image Comics. TIM SALE: BLACK AND WHITE, REVISED AND EXPANDED (December 2007, $39.99, 272-page hardcover, 9" x 12") discusses Tim's life and work in a comprehensive and lavishly illustrated retrospective. This is a new, revised and expanded edition of the original out-of-print TIM SALE: BLACK AND WHITE previously published by Active Images.

For more on HEROES and to see Tim's art as it relates to the series visit www.nbc.com/Heroes/.

TOKYOPOP

Operating for the weekend out of Booth # 3529 ,TOKYOPOP continues to lead the manga revolution with a series of exciting events planned for Comic-Con 2007. Their exclusive showcases of top-rate manga titles will include in-booth appearances by Jae-Hwan Kim and Richard Knaak, the artist and author of Warcraft: the Sunwell Trilogy, and Wil Wheaton, contributing writer to Star Trek the manga. TOKYOPOP's booth also will feature daily panel discussions and signings by countless creative and talented artists and authors from across the country, including Ellen Schreiber, Svetlana Chmakova, M. Alice LeGrow, Sonny Strait, and Stuart Moore. Interactive in-booth kiosks will give attendees the opportunity to experience the latest version of TOKYOPOP 2.0, as well as the chance upload their own TOKYOPOP booth digital photos and video. Special in-booth guests will include the Suicide Girls and a performance from Video Games Live. For a complete list of panels and events, visit www.TOKYOPOP.com.

Special TOKYOPOP In-Booth Events and Giveaways:

Friday, July 27

11:00 a.m -- 12:00 p.m., Group signing with exclusive giveaway of original artwork by I Luv Halloween artist, Benjamin Roman

Saturday, July 28

4:00 p.m. -- 5:00, In-booth acoustic set by the band Intercept

Sunday, July 29

11:00 a.m. -- 12:00, Group signing with special giveaways by Divalicious creators Amy Mebberson and T Campbell

1:30 p.m. -- 2:00 p.m., CLAMP chess match (compete for an exclusive CLAMP chess set).

In addition to a the expected TOKYOPOP panels taking place in the meeting halls, there will also be a number on panels occuring right on the convention floor in the TOKYPOP booth.

TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN

Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) is proud to present the San Diego premier of the Too Much Coffee Man Opera at the Horton Grand Theater (Espresso Theater) July 27 & 28, 2007.

The brainchild of artist/writer Shannon Wheeler, Too Much Coffee Man first appeared as a self-published strip back in the early 1990s. Since that time his creation has enjoyed life as a single strip in comic books, alternative newspapers and a series of Graphic Novels, as well as an incarnation as a magazine dedicated to comics, and interviews.

The opera, created by Wheeler and based on his famous comic character, chronicles the tragedy when Too Much Coffee Man, a simple, average cup ojoe, falls for his caffeine-supplying barista. Also vying for her attention is Espresso Guy. Can all this coffee peacefully co-exist in the already-twitchy world of relationships?

Too Much Coffee Man Opera will play at the Horton Grand Theater, 444 Fourth Avenue in San Diego. The theater is (appropriately) also home to the long running favorite Triple Espresso. Performances of Too Much Coffee Man Opera will coincide with Comic-Con, the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the United States.

Those with a Comic-Con badge will be able to see the show free (space permitting) on Friday, July 27 at 3:00pm, Saturday, July 28 at 1:30pm., and 11:00pm. Tickets for the Comic-Con performances will be available at Shannon Wheelers booth (#2200) and at the Comic-Con booth (#2045) located at Comic-Con inside the San Diego Convention Center.

Community performances open to the public will be held on Friday, July 27 at 4:30pm and 11:00pm. Tickets for those performances are available now through TICKETMASTER and, should any remain, at the theater before performances. Show is general seating and tickets are $25.00 each.

TOP COW

The Cow will housed in booth #2329 and will be offering their traditional SDCC fare with variant covers, con-exclusive clothing and a Polystone Onyx Exclusive Variant Statue of The Darkness. For the full press release, click here, and for the entire Top Cow signings and panels scheduling, click here.

Top Cow will be running special promotions throughout Comic-Con including daily raffles, a different comic giveaway every day, and on Saturday from 1pm to 3pm, fans will have the opportunity to literally "Buy The Shirt Off The Top Cow Cowgirl."

Top Cow also announced a panel on Friday at 5:30pm in room 1AB, which will include special guests Seth Green and Hugh Sterbakov from Freshmen and Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic of First Born join Marc Silvestri, Top Cow President Matt Hawkins, and Vice President of Editorial Rob Levin to discuss Top Cow's biggest events for 2007. The panel will also feature major announcements regarding Top Cow's merchandising plans, Witchblade, and other key Top Cow properties along with a surprise guest or two. And every attendee will have the opportunity to win a top secret grand prize and will receive a limited edition mini-lithograph just for coming to the panel. Top Cow will also be involved in The Darkness video game panel with Union and 2K on Saturday at 3pm in room 8. Also appearing throughout the convention for Top Cow will be Paul Jenkins promoting his work for Top Cow and along with partner Rob Prior promoting their film Tatua with free t-shirts, temporary tattoos, and other opportunities for fans to win fabulous prizes.

"I'm as prone to hyperbole as any other Marketing guy," said Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Filip Sablik, "But I think our signing list this year speaks for itself. We barely fit everyone on there!"

TOP SHELF

TOP SHELF HEADS TO SAN DIEGO WITH A DOZEN CARTOONISTS! Top Shelf publishers Chris Staros and Brett Warnock will continue their 10th Anniversary Celebration at the San Diego Comic-Con this year with a dozen cartographersts in attendance -- all available to sign their new releases. Drop by the booth (#1721), meet the whole gang, and pick up a free 10th Anniversary Poster and Seasonal Sampler while you're there!

Jeffrey Brown (Incredible Change-Bots)

Renee French (Micrographica)

Matt Kindt (Super Spy)

Jeff Lemire (Tales from the Farm)

Andy Hartzell (Fox Bunny Funny)

Jeremy Tinder (Black Ghost Apple Factory)

Christian Slade (Korgi)

Andy Runton (Owly)

Robert Venditti (The Surrogates)

David Yurkovich (Death by Chocolate)

Jose Villarrubia (The Mirror of Love)

& last but definitely not least:

Eddie Campbell (Fate of the Artist)

TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING

TwoMorrows celebrates the art and history of comics, by publishing an award-winning line of books and magazines about all aspects of the medium. TwoMorrows will debut new issues of its magazines Alter Ego, Back Issue, Draw, Write Now, and Rough Stuff, plus new books: Modern Masters Volume 12: Michael Golden, John Romita...And All That Jazz, and Comics Introspective: Peter Bagge at booth #1215.

The TwoMorrows Publishing Panel is being held Thursday, July 26, from 12:00-1:00 in Room 3. Moderated by publisher John Morrow, and featuring George Khoury, Benjamin Holcomb, Eric Nolen-Weathington, Paul Hamerlinck, and Danny Fingeroth.

For more information, go to www.twomorrows.com.

UDON ENTERTAINMENT

Setting up camp in booth #4249 , UDON is an award-winning Canadian-based art collective formed in 2000 to provide high-quality creative services to the entertainment industry. Its client list reads like a who's who of the business and includes Alliance/Atlantis, Capcom, DC Comics, Gamepro, Harmony Gold, Hasbro, Konami, Marvel Comics, Nintendo, Random House, Score, TDK Interactive, ToyBiz, White Wolf, Wizards of the Coast and Wiz Kids amongst others. In addition to client work, UDON also publishes official comics, manga, and artbooks based on Street Fighter, Darkstalkers™, Rival Schools™, Onimusha and Exalted.

Come to the UDON booth to get your hands on any UDON comics, manga and posters you're missing from your collection! Plus you'll be able to pick up these hot convention exclusive items:

UDON's ART OF CAPCOM HARDCOVER

This 300+ page art book is jammed with all the dynamic artwork UDON has done for Capcom: comic books, video games, cards, toys, statues and much more. In addition, the book features a tribute section filled with brand new pin-ups of Capcom properties and a tutorial section with step-by-step examples of some of our digital painting techniques.

2007 UDON SKETCHBOOK

It's our brand new 2007 UDON Sketchbook! Inside this ashcan-sized beauty will be 56 pages crammed full of illustrations and sketches by the UDON

Crew.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Drop by the UDON booth all week for signings featuring Omar Dogan (Street Fighter Legends, Robotech), Joe Ng (Transformers, GIJoe/Transformers, Red Sonja), Alex Milne (Transformers), Chamba (Sinbad) and more great UDON creators!

For more more information on UDON and our product lines, head to www.UDONentertainment.com.

VANGUARD PRODUCTIONS

Setting up at booth #1607, Vanguard will be offering an SDCC exclusive "The Art of Michael Golden" sketchbook to promote his upcoming art book. Golden will also be available for signings at several points throughout the show. For a complete breakdown of the signing schedule, click here.

VIZ

VIZ Media will have a commanding presence on the main show floor in Booth #4113 showcasing some of the company's latest and most popular manga and anime titles which also will be made available for purchase in a vividly arrayed retail area. There will be a special "green-screen" activity that will allow visitors to pose for pictures with a variety of characters and backdrops from popular series including NARUTO, DEATH NOTE, MR, INUYASHA, FULL MOON and BLEACH.

Personal appearances by notable manga artists and creators are always a highlight of VIZ Media's presence at Comic-Con and this year the company is pleased to welcome Arina Tanemura, the renowned creator of the popular shojo manga series FULL MOON and THE GENTLEMEN'S ALLIANCE.

In addition to the usual creator signings, VIZ will be hosting numerous panels both in the meeting rooms and in the middle of their booth, as well as sponsoring a special showing of the NARUTO movie and featuring playable demos of the upcoming Naruto games for the PS2 and Xbox 360. There will also be demos of other video games from the VIZ lineup on display at the show.

For a complete breakdown of their scheduled signings, panels and more, click here and here.

WIZKIDS

WizKids Inc., a subsidiary of Topps and the creator of runaway hit games such as HeroClix and Pirates of the Spanish Main™, will unveil an exclusive Halo 3 Scarab at the San Diego Comic-Con 2007 as part of its debut of the Halo ActionClix™ Collectable Miniatures Game. This Halo 3 figure is the largest miniature (24" x 24" x 20") WizKids has ever produced. The Halo 3 reveal is one of a number of special Comic-Con events for WizKids. WizKids will also be showing the recently released Star Wars PocketModel Trading Card Game, and a museum featuring more than 2000 HeroClix Collectable Miniatures at the WizKids' booth (#2743) in San Diego Convention Center.

Events at the booth include:

• Halo 3 Scarab Reveal -- 12:00pm on Thursday, July 26th, WizKids will have an unveiling of the exclusive Halo 3 figure. One lucky winner who attends this unveiling will receive this limited edition Halo 3 exclusive collector's item. In addition, Comic-Con attendees will be able to submit their names for the opportunity to buy one of 500 individually numbered Scarabs produced exclusively for this kickoff event. Those WizKids game fans who are unable to attend the convention can check out photos of the Halo 3 Scarab reveal at www.wizkidsgames.com on Thursday afternoon.

• HeroClix museum - WizKids will be displaying over 2000 HeroClix models released over the past five years.

• Halo Book Signings – At 3:30pm on Friday, WizKids will have Halo book author Eric Nylund in their booth for a book signing of his Halo novels. At 3:30pm on Saturday, WizKids will have Joseph Staten, Bungie Director of Content, signing the cover of his upcoming Halo novel, Contact Harvest.

• Marvel Comics artist David Finch signing booster packs and exclusive art prints from Marvel HeroClix: Avengers – Friday 11am, and Saturday 2pm.

• Star Wars PocketModels Demo Events – Demo events will take place on Wednesday at 6pm, Thursday at 4:30pm, Friday at 5pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12:00pm.

• HeroClix Demo Events – Demo events will take place on Thursday at 2:00pm, Friday and Saturday at 1:00pm and 10:00am Sunday.

• WizKids will be passing out Superman HeroClix figures and an offering an exclusive sneak peek of two figures from the upcoming DC HeroClix: Justice League after the premiere of the Warner Home Video showing of Superman Doomsday.

Games featured at the show include:

• The Halo ActionClix Collectable Miniatures Game (CMG) brings the incredible content of the Halo universe to players' tabletops via the award-winning Clix miniatures game engine. Halo ActionClix players are able to replicate the exciting multiplayer action from all three Halo games using high-quality pre-painted, plastic miniatures of Halo characters and vehicles. The game is accessible to all levels of players and lets players jump right into the action and enjoy Halo game mechanics, including weapon swapping, figure re-spawning and vehicle-based combat. With its easy-to-learn gameplay mechanics and low-cost booster packs, two players or more can immediately start playing. The first Halo ActionClix set will feature more than 80 unique miniature figures from the Halo universe that players can collect and trade, and will include preview content from Halo 3. Age 12+.

• WizKids' Star Wars PocketModel Trading Card Game (TCG) takes the collectible trading card genre into the third dimension by merging the enjoyment of building custom decks from card collections with the fun of building miniature models of Star War vehicles. The Star Wars PocketModel TCG lets Star Wars fans enjoy a complete Star Wars experience through vehicle building, collecting and exciting gameplay that features the series' best loved characters, vehicles and scenes from all six Star Wars movies. Players can simulate exciting Star War battles using cards to control their fleets of PocketModel ships in their attempt to destroy each other's objectives. This fun, easy-to-learn game is simple enough for kids 8-years-old and up, but features enough depth of strategy to appeal to adults, making it possible for fans of all generations to share and enjoy battling for control of the galaxy! Age 8+.

• HeroClix Collectable Miniatures Game, one of WizKids most popular product lines, allows players to control the heroes and villains of the comic book universe in a tabletop game. HeroClix stays true to comic book style. Gameplay incorporates the same strengths, weaknesses, and special abilities that the comic books feature. Heroes and villains go head-to-head in knock-out scuffles. Like in the comics, the defeated always survive to fight another day.

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

Zenescope will be at Booth # 2514 along with Arcana Studios for San Diego Comic Con. The popular publisher of such hits as GRIMM FAIRY TALES and SE7EN has many exciting signing events, exclusive covers, debuts and prizes in store for fans.

Zenescope will be giving away preview issues of AMERIKAN FREAK all weekend long. Created by Emmy award winning Executive Producer/writer John Leekley (Spawn the animated HBO series, Kindred the Embraced) and Ahmet Zappa (The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless), AMERIKAN FREAK is a brand new Graphic Novel from Zenescope hitting shelves this October. Both John and Ahmet will be making appearances and doing signings all weekend long at the booth. Check below for scheduled times.

David Wohl, writer and co-creator of THE DARKNESS and WITCHBLADE, penned Issue #5: PRIDE of the Zenescope comic book mini-series SE7EN, based off the 1995 hit film. He will be signing copies of his issue at the booth on Friday and Saturday.

RETURN TO WONDERLAND #2 will be debuting at Comic Con. The first issue sold out nationwide, so make sure you get on board now!

Also debuting in San Diego will be GRIMM FAIRY TALES #16. A Comic Con limited edition exclusive will be available for this issue so make sure you grab your copy early on!

Zenescope will also be premiering THE LIVING CORPSE and WILLOW CREEK, two new series. THE LIVING CORPSE is about a zombie who vows to keep the undead six feet under while piecing together his fragmented past. WILLOW CREEK takes place in a sleepy Northern California tourist town that holds a dark secret. Pick up the special .25 cent #1/2 issue of THE LIVING CORPSE and the $1 #0 issue of WILLOW CREEK at the Zenescope booth. 100 copies of the special cover of WILLOW CREEK #0 will be available for a limited time, featuring an original sketch by series artist Josh Medors (G.I. Joe)

For a complete listing of the Zenescope signing schedule and contests, click here.

 
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