A flurry of recent events and announcements in the SF/Bay Area reveal comics industry happenings. Fans of the medium take note, there will be some interesting developments and landmark expos rolling out in early 2015 and beyond. First up, Image Comics announces Image Expo and a return to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on January 8th. Slatted to announce a slew of creator owned projects for the upcoming year, the event is open to fans, comics retailers and media. Tickets are currently on sale at the rate of $20 for general admission and $50 for premium tickets. Scheduled to make an appearance will be: Brian K. Vaughan, Todd McFarlane, Scott Snyder, Emi Lenox, Jeff Lemire, and Marjorie Liu (with several unmanned surprise guests). Fans of the industry leader in creator owned titles should definitely consider checking this one out as Image always brings the bang for the buck.
Finally, over on The BEAT, site reporter Hedi McDonald is reporting news regarding the future of theAlternative Press Expo (APE). Having recently moved from what had been its traditional location for the past few years in San Francisco to the Ft. Mason Center Festival Pavillon in San Francisco, it looks to expand its scope and scale with a move to a new city. Slated to move to San Jose, the convention hopes to shake things up with a fresh start at the San Jose Convention Center (but still maintain its fall dates of October 3 & 4 of 2015). Further details regarding the move and what the future of the celebration of indie publishing can be found here.
So, no matter how you break it down, the SF/Bay Area is kicking things up a notch with these Comics industry notable events. Get ready for 2015!
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Case in point: Jennifer Lawrence made no secret about how excited she was to meet Jeff Bridges. The hilarious and endearing encounter was caught on camera, when the actress gasped, ran away, and then ran back to meet Bridges while he was conducting an interview with E! online. After apologizing for interrupting, she got even more excited (and awe-struck) when the E! reporter handed her the microphone.
This was the first time The Hunger Games series hit Hall H — and while the debut of a new Catching Fire trailer was certainly the pinnacle of the panel, there were plenty of other highlights that left fans feeling even more exciting about the movie. (As if that were even possible!)
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, and director Francis Lawrence discussed the movie, and answered fan questions before and after the trailer. Check out ten of the best moments from their panel in the slideshow above, and share your favorite in the comments below.
Sam Witwer is the sexy vampire, Aidan Waite from SyFy’s “Being Human”, a show based on the BBC’s show of that same name. his name is Aidan is a nod to the BBC show’s actor, Aidan Turner who played their vampire, John Mitchell in the first three seasons.
Sam is also famous for voicing The Cartoon Network’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”. He voiced both The Son and Darth Maul for the show. He also played Davis/Doomsday from the WB’s “Smallville”.
Sam is also a huge gamer. He likes to play both table top and video games. This is a great coincidence because ScareFest is adding a gaming track to their convention called The Portal.
ScareFest is going to be the weekend of September 13-15 in Lexington, Ky. ScareFest appears to be all about vampires this year with not only Sam Witwer but also “True Blood” stars Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Janina Gavankar, and Jim Parrack.
I personally cannot with to meet both Sam Witwer and Sam Trammell.
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“A new era in the Green Lantern mythos begins here! Whether you are a rookie or veteran Lantern fan, this must-see panel is the perfect place to recharge your power ring! Join Bernard Chang (Green Lantern Corps), Van Jensen (Green Lantern Corps), Charles Soule (Red Lanterns), Robert Venditti (Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps), and Brad Walker (Green Lantern: New Guardians) for an exclusive look at what’s in store during this new and exciting time for the Corps! Saturday July 20, 2013 12:45pm – 1:45pm”
The panel begins with talk of the upcoming “Lights Out” story and new villain Relic, who derives his powers from science. “He’s going to present a threat to pretty much all of the Corps,” Green Lantern writer Robert Venditti says. Red Lanterns writer Soule says he likes the fact that the character is literally larger than life.
Soule prompts the panel to give a little information on what the “Lights Out” story is about. “Relic basically has this theory. It was a theory that was debunked.” “There’s a reason it’s called ‘Lights Out,'” Soule says. “There’s a big problem with the lights. Relic has a theory as to why that’s happening and a plan to solve everything,” but the Corps sees it differently.
“One of the things that we wanted to do as new writers on these titles was to use this crossover to reconfigure some of your preconceptions on where these stories can go,” Soule says, citing Guy Gardner as a Red Lantern as an example.
“Everything we’re doing, whether it’s immediately obvious or not, is leading to [‘Lights Out’],” Venditti says, with much of the payoff becoming obvious as of Villains Month.
Series writer Van Jensen on Green Lantern Corps #24: “It’s really seeing the impact of Relic’s attack on the Corps.” He says he’s having a lot of moments where he “can’t believe” what he just wrote. “After ‘Lights Out’ comes out, you can’t say that we didn’t take some big chances with this book.”
Venditti points out that he, Jensen and Soule are all pretty new to DC readers, and that “Lights Out” is a major way for the writers to introduce themselves to fans. Soule says some “gigantic things” are going to happen that, if fans heard what they were now, they’d think they were crazy.
Green Lantern Corps artist Bernard Chang talks up the fact pace of “Lights Out,” and says “there’s a lot of character play going on,” including new recruits to the Corps. “I want people to read the books and gain a sense of emotion as you’re flipping through the pages,” Chang adds.
On Green Lantern: New Guardians, artist Brad Walker says he likes how Kyle Rayner, as the only White Lantern, is now once again “a corps of one,” as he was when he was introduced. “He’s got a level of power that he’s not really aware of, and he’s kind of discovering it as he goes along. He’s going to work that whole spectrum.”
Relic appears first in New Guardians. “He recognizes the light spectrum, and he has interest in it, and he operates as a scientist does, and immediately starts experimenting on everything around him.”
Venditti says Relic “weaponize science” for his own purposes. “His technology is advanced to a level that probably even the Lantern Corps hasn’t experienced,” Walker says. “It’s from a different world. It’s growth-based more so than being built.” To that end, Walker enjoys not being bound to the laws of the real world. “You can draw a ship that bubbles and bulges in a disgusting manner.”
Soule on Red Lanterns: “Red Lanterns is the book that features Guy Gardner. In Red Lanterns #21, he was assigned on an undercover mission to see what was going on in the Reds. You can’t be a Red Lantern unless you’re really fired up, and in doing so, Guy Gardner went too far, and he got so mad that he beat the leader of the Red Lanterns to death.” Soule says Gardner will thus not be sure what he wants to do next, or if he wants to stay a Red Lantern.
“Charles is doing such a great job with Guy Gardner,” Venditti says. “In Red Lanterns #22, I think Charles has set the bar for the best line of dialogue from the new creative team so far.” Soule says he wasn’t sure the line would be approved until the last-minute.
October’s Green Lantern Annual #2, out Oct. 23, will open up new plotlines and “the next longform story arc of what the Green Lantern books are going to be,” Venditti says.
Audience Q&A time. “What about Alan Scott? I know he’s in Earth 2.” Harras says Scott has his own story going on in Earth 2 to watch out for.
The Entities will be a part of the stories the current creative teams have planned.
Sinestro in the near future? “Can’t talk about that,” Venditti replies.
New Guardians will have more of a focus on Kyle than the “color team,” Walker says, but those characters could still appear. “I think it’s nice to have a book where he’s the star. Having those characters not constantly be on a team together lets us focus on Kyle.”
There are plans for Saint Walker. “He definitely has a storyline, it’s going to carry forward post-‘Lights Out,'” Venditti says.
What does the panel like about the Green Lantern mythos? For Venditti, it’s the high-concept of cops in space. Soule likes the hard sci-fi aspects. Jensen enjoys the imagination that can be deployed with using the rings. Walker likes how it’s “Star Wars meets superheroes.” Chang: “Design and emotion. I’m an emotional guy.”
Walker says he’s not sure if there’s a White Lantern oath, and he’ll ask New Guardians series writer Justin Jordan (not on the panel) about it.
A young fan asks if there are any new Earth-based Lanterns on the way, and if there’s a new Green Lantern movie coming. (“I know a lot of people say that movie sucks,” he says, “But give them a second chance.”) The panel jokes off the movie question, and answers that they don’t want to reveal anything yet about possible new Lanterns.
Will there be more “intimate,” Earth-based stories for Hal Jordan? “Definitely,” Venditti says — he’s a long-term planner, and that’s in the works — but for right now, the future is dealing with outer space conflicts
So that’s it from the Green Lantern panel at SDCC. No mention of a new book (yet) and we will have to see what our favorite corps will be up to leading up to October and the “Lights Out” event.
Early lines were not just amassing around San Diego Convention Center’s ushering entrance on Thursday. Because the prop-themed convention foyer had its rows upon rows while party thematic eventshad their own carpet roll out queues.
All about the Comic-Con blooms out, and that means headlines from the transmedia grouping of superstars from screenplay to telescript, comics to animation cartoonists.
The big question all along has been: when can fans watch the trailer online, if they’re not at Comic Con? Luckily, Yahoo! has the answer. Immediately following the debut of the trailer at Comic Con, it will be available at Yahoo! to watch. Look for it starting at 1:35pm (PT) on Saturday, July 20th.
At San Diego Comic Con, the twin majors that forefront film highlights and comic book enthusiasm gets one unique convergence thanks to Marvel Enterprises.
Marvel Studios releases images of concept art from two upcoming sequels. “Thor: The Dark World” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” are the central focuses for two pieces: one that spotlights a Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Chris Evans as Captain America in a bout against Bucky Barnes, the likeness of actor Sebastian Stan.
These images will be available in print at the Marvel booth during the San Diego Comic Con, which is less than a week from the door opening.
Ryan Meinerding drew this most recent concept art in connection to “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. Meinerding drew the concept art on the first “Captain America: First Avenger”.
For “Thor: The Dark World”, Charlie Wen plies his professional talent to showcase a Thor amidst a maelstrom of lighting. Wen has been on the visual development of “Iron Man 3” along with spotlighting the initial “Thor” movie.
The SDCC exclusive posters are available starting on July 18.
“Thor: The Dark World” opens in theaters this Nov. 8.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will premiere in 2014 on April 4.