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RUNEMASTER STUDIOS

Once again, Runemaster Studios will invade Comic Con International to show off new projects, meet with readers and appear at several scheduled signing events and panels.

Rob Schwager returns to Comic Con for the first time in several years, debuting artwork that featured in several pop culture art exhibits around the country, as well as showing off some of his latest comic coloring work for Marvel and DC.

Scott Kinney also returns to Comic Con after a long absence with images from the first two issues of his all-ages title, Zak Kosmic. This latest series in a line of all-ages books from Runemaster, which is currently in development as a feature film, is sure to be a hit with fans young and old.

Newest Runemaster, Paul “Gutz” Gutierrez joins writer Mike Bullock at the Image Comics’ booth (#2729) on Friday from 11:45am-12:45pm and Saturday, July 22nd from 4:45-5:45pm where Gutierrez will be doing sketches as well as giving visitors a sneak peak of Lions, Tigers and Bears Volume II #3. When not at the Image Comics’ booth, Gutz can be found in Artist Alley at table BB-03.

Busiest of the bunch is Runemaster President, Mike Bullock who will find time between meetings to sign at both the Image Comics and Moonstone Books’ booths as well as the Moonstone Books Phantom Panel on Friday, July 21st at 3:00pm in room #1A.. In addition to the above signing times at the Image Comics’ booth, Bullock will be appearing at the Moonstone Books’ booth (#2042) on Friday from 5:00-6:00pm and again on Saturday from 3:00-4:00pm.

Along with single issues of Lions, Tigers and Bears volumes I & II and the few remaining copies of the first printing of the Volume I trade paperback of the critically acclaimed series, Runemaster will also have a limited number of Lions, Tigers and Bears t-shirts and The Gimoles #1, as well as assorted other goodies for everyone who stops by one of the events. With Lions, Tigers and Bears currently in development for feature film by one of Hollywood’s hottest production companies, expect copies of the comics, trades and shirts to go fast! 

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STUART MOORE

Stuart Moore will be signing and showing advance copies of FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MAN and JSA CLASSIFIED (DC Comics), STARGATE ATLANTIS (Avatar), PARA (Penny-Farthing Press), and other books throughout the show. Here are the confirmed booths/times:


Thursday, July 20
        11:30 AM - 1:00 PM: DC COMICS (#1915)


Friday, July 21
        10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: DC COMICS (#1915)
        2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Avatar Press (#2851)
        4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: AiT/PlanetLar (#2001)


Saturday, July 22
        11:30 AM - 1:00 PM: DC COMICS (#1915)
        1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: AiT/PlanetLar (#2001)
        2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Penny-Farthing Press (#1321)


Sunday, July 23
        1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: DC COMICS (#1915)
        2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Avatar Press (#2851)
        3:00 PM - whenever: Flat out unconscious on the convention floor (#?). Don't trip over me...

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SUPERVERSE

Fans attending this years San Diego Comic Con can visit the Zoom Suit booth to meet the star of the Zoom Suit series – Zoom!  Team Zoom is proud to announce their costumed hero will be on hand at San Diego Comic Con to meet fans, sign autographs and pose for pictures. Zoom will be appearing with creator John Taddeo in booth 1704.  Free posters and ash can comics will be given to all fans 12 and under (or 12 and under at heart).

In the Zoom Suit comic book, Myles Mason mistakes the alien suit as the answer to his prayers when it falls from the sky, but in real life the Zoom Suit was created by the team behind the popular HALO armor – Nightmare Armor Studios.

“It’s exciting and very original”, Said Sid Garrand of Nightmare Armor Studios. “We manufactured the best armored suit possible. With chrome plated parts, candy apple green and blue painted parts and green LEDs to match the alien glow featured in the comic and animation. It’s an amazing piece that we’re very proud of. 

The 12 year old hero stands just 5 high, but will be a presence at the Zoom Suit booth and on the floor of the San Diego Convention Center beginning on Thursday, July 19th  2006.

To commemorate the event, an exclusive COMIC CON EDITION of Zoom Suit #3 has been created.  The comic features the artwork of fan favorite Bart Sears and is presented in “Sketch” format entirely in gold metallic ink.  The edition is limited to 1,000 copies.  The comic can be seen at the Superverse direct shop at http://superverse.com/superversedirect/

“Visit us and get a photo with Zoom”, said Zoom Suit creator John Taddeo.  “But be warned, this thing weighs like 50 pounds, so get here before Myles passes out from exhaustion.”

Actual photos of the Zoom Suit  can be seen at http://www.superverse.com/OnTheNews/ZOOM_SUIT_011.html

http://www.superverse.com/OnTheNews/ZOOM_SUIT_019.html

Zoom pictured with Master Sculptor Sid Garrand

http://www.superverse.com/OnTheNews/ZOOM_SUIT_018.html

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VIRGIN

Newly formed Virgin Comics (www.virgincomics.com) has announced it will sponsor a discussion and Q&A between literary icons Deepak Chopra (Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and co-founder of Virgin Comics) and Grant Morrison (Superman) to launch the San Diego Comicon on July 20th from 3-430 in Room 20 at the San Diego Convention Center. The event is to be hosted by Supermodel Saira Mohan.

CEO of Virgin Comics Sharad Devarajan commented on the event: “Virgin Comics mission is to tap the best creators from around the world and create new and innovative stories in the form of comics and beyond. The publishing titans of the industry blazed a trail with the creation of yesterday’s superheroes and they continue to ride those characters through the Box Office and to the bank. Virgin’s focus in on the heroes and stories of tomorrow that are reflective of a planetary mind-shift –less John Wayne and the Wild West, more Neo and the Matrix. “

Added Deepak Chopra: “The reason I am part of Virgin Comics is because for me it’s a whole new medium to communicate innovative stories and ideas. Hieroglyphics on walls were man’s first form of story-telling. With comics today, we are carrying on that artform and the challenge of creating tomorrow’s heroes is one that I relish. Grant is a master of the trade and I look forward to learning from him as well as collaborating on a new breed of epics. This event is a starting point.”

Morrison echoed: “'Deepak Chopra is a man who has seen the future and knows how to get there.  That he has turned to the field of comics shows how far we have come as a medium and promises much for the development of a truly cross-cultural pop mythology for the 21st Century.”

The event’s title: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes plays upon both panelists’ most notable trade successes. Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Success was one of the most successful publishing properties of the last decade and is noteworthy amongst his over 40 books. Morrison’s various takes on some of the most famous superheroes of our time, including Superman and Batman are iconic in the comic industry. Concluded Devarajan: “What these guys will synergize on stage together is anyone’s guess.  But I wouldn’t want to miss it!”

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ICE KUNION

The ICE Kunion imprint has been creating a stir by introducing the hottest Korean comics (aka ‘manhwa’) to English audiences, and now they’re heating things up in San Diego as well with some great giveaways and a chance to win a piece of extremely rare original artwork! During the 2006 SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON, being held July 19-23, the Korean Culture & Content Agency booth (#2543) is where you need to be to get in on all of ICE Kunion’s manhwa giveaway action!
 
First off, the imprint is teaming up with popular manhwa artist group Kara, creators of hit series like Angel Diary and Demon Diary, to raffle off an original piece of FULL COLOR Angel Diary artwork!  Kara very rarely produces colour artwork in a traditional medium, making this giveaway even more special. ICE Kunion is also giving fans the chance to win signed and remarked editions of popular books like Chocolat (by Ji-Sang Shin and Geo), Moon Boy (by Young-You Lee), Angel Diary (by Kara and Yun-Hee Lee), and Bring It On! (by Hye-Kyung Baek). Drop by the KOCCA booth for details on how to enter these exciting contests! Winners will be announced Aug 1, 2006 on the www.koreanmanhwa.com website.

ICE Kunion is also passing out free Moon Boy Mini Calendar Posters to booth visitors. This cool freebie is available in limited quantities, so pick one up early before the supply runs out!
 
And remember, you can always read extensive free previews of all ICE Kunion’s manhwa titles at www.koreanmanhwa.com. How extensive? Try up to and average of 40 to 50 pages per volume! Whoa! Now that’s a preview.
 
ICE Kunion is dedicated to bringing you the best Korean Manhwa directly from Korea, so whether you’re a long time manhwa fanatic or just a comics & manga fan looking for something new, you don’t want to miss out on this growing phenomenon. See you in San Diego! Najunge bwaeyo!

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VITO DELSANTE

Freelance writer and retailer, Vito Delsante, will be appearing at Comic-Con International, which takes place in San Diego, CA from July 20-23.  While there, Delsante will be promoting his current work in DC Comics' SCOOBY DOO title.  "I'm really proud of the work I've done for SCOOBY and I'm hoping that fans of all ages come by to meet me," Delsante said. 

Delsante's work appears in SCOOBY DOO #109 ("Seaside Frights" with comic legend, Joe Staton), which was released on June 21st, and SCOOBY DOO #110, which will hit stores on the Wednesday before the convention, July 19th.  "I'm letting everyone know about the book so they can bring their copies with them.  I'm also encouraging attending retailers to bring the book with them," he added, "as this would usually be a book that slips through the cracks."

For those that haven't picked up the book, or will be in San Diego when #110 ships, Delsante offered this helpful hint: "Here is a list of comic shops in San Diego and the immediate area that you can stop by to grab your copies of SCOOBY DOO #109 and #110:

Comickaze Comics, Cards, Video & More
5517 A/B Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92117
Ph: (858) 278-0371

Artifex Entertainment   
9839 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92131
Ph: (858) 566-0506

Comic City
4570 Alvarado Canyon Rd., San Diego, CA, 92120
Ph: (619) 281-8013

Comic Gallery:     Date info last verified: 06/01/02
4224 Balboa Ave., San Diego, CA, 92117
Ph: (858) 483-4853

These are four among many.  For more locations, call the Comic Shop Locator Service at 1-888-COMIC BOOK and use Zip Code 92112 (the Zip Code for the Convention Center)."

"From the infamous Coney Island Mermaid Parade to prize cows supposedly abducted by aliens, Vito Delsante has delivered some truly original—and fun—Scooby-Doo stories, filled with all of the classic mystery, comedy and adventure elements that one looks for in a Scooby tale," said SCOOBY DOO editor, Michael Siglain.  "Plus, Vito's knowledge and love for the medium is not only blatantly obvious, it's contagious."

Vito's work can also be seen in the following comic books:

∙    Batman Adventures #9 (DC Comics)
∙    Reflux Comics #3 (Reflux)
∙    X-Men Unlimited Volume 2 / #5 (Marvel Comics)
∙    Beowulf #7 (Speakeasy Comics)

Vito Delsante has been a freelance writer for 5 years now, writing for DC Comics, Marvel Comics and a few other independent publishers.  He also has over 8 years experience in the retailing arena, working for the past 5 years at Jim Hanley's Universe, a NYC-based chain that has been an institution for over 20 years.

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SUPER REAL GRAPHICS

Super Real Graphics.com will be unveiling an all new flash animation trailer for it’s comic book, Super Real, at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con International. The movie style trailer will bring the concept of the book to life for all to see at the Super Real table in the small press pavilion (space S 16)! Come down and check out the new trailer all week at the show, or if you can’t make it, the trailer can be seen on the book’s website - superrealgraphics.com - starting the week following the show.

Creator Jason Martin writes, “Having an animated trailer is always something I’ve wanted to do, the book is so visual, it’s hard to describe it to the thousands of con goers every show, so now through the magic of flash technology (and the hard work of BigBackComics.com), the book can speak for itself! I’m really excited to give an opportunity to easily see what the book has to offer!” Super Real Graphics.com will also be selling a limited edition preview book of upcoming titles exclusively at the show.

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Super Real is the story of five reality show participants who sign million dollar contracts to become genetically enhanced, and it has been met with wide spread critical and fan success, even in today’s tough independent comic book market. Issue 3 of the book is due in shops next month, and is the perfect jumping on point for new readers, as it features the book’s cast enhanced, and suited up in action for the first time!

Previews of each issue, links to all of the reviews, the new animated trailer (after SDCC, 7/24), and much more can be found at:
http://www.superrealgraphics.com

Issue 3 Diamond Order Code - MAR063379
Issue 2 reorder - DCD# DEC053203
Issue 1 reorder - DCD# SEP053099

Super Real - Beyond Reality!

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REELMARKS

An Eisner Award-nominee, a Manning Award-nominee and more action than you can shake an explosive device at…that’s what’s in store for visitors at the Reelmarks Multimedia Booth (5138) this year at Comic-Con International.

Eisner Award–nominated Athena Voltaire, published by Ape Entertainment, will debut at the show with a full color 48-page double-sized first issue. The book will be available in a standard edition and a convention special, each retailing for $4.50. Athena Voltaire follows the globetrotting adventures of a 1930s heroine as she crosses paths with Nazis and battles occult forces. The series was nominated for an Eisner Award in the category “Best Digital Comic” in 2005 and was featured in the 2005 edition of The Year’s Best Graphic Novels, Manga and Comics. Athena Voltaire creator Steve Bryant will also be releasing a limited edition sketchbook, portfolio and prints.

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Gangs of Camelot is the follow-up release from 2005 Russ Manning Award nominee James Heffron. Best described as “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court....with Teeth,” Gangs of Camelot follows Frank Nitti, Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano and ... Arthur Pendragon? Find out what happens when four notorious hoods must teach a bumbling squire how to become Camelot’s greatest king. Heffron will also have a limited supply of Territory 51, the project which earned him his Manning nomination for “Most Promising Newcomer” last year. Territory 51 combines high-octane science fiction with six-gun blazing western action in one high-adventure romp as legends of the Old West must contend with shape-shifting alien bushwhackers in a no-holds-barred showdown!

Honor Among Thieves is an action-packed supernatural crime thriller from Alexander Storm and Julian Brantley with artwork by Ardian Syaf. This miniseries involves the heist of a lifetime, and the consequences of greed, power and immortality.  Issue #0 and #1 are printed together in this convention exclusive from Reelmarks Multimedia and 86-d Entertainment, retailing for $3.00.

Shoot It! is an action comedy about two tabloid reporters and their bodyguard from creators Julian Brantley and Alexander Storm. In the first issue they battle against Chupacabras, the government and a hippie on an organic goat cheese farm! Shoot It!, from Reelmarks Multimedia and 86-d Entertainment, retails for $3.00.

To give readers an idea of what they can expect to find at booth 5138, Reelmarks, Lawdog and Ape have an extensive preview site at www.athenavoltaire.com/sdcc.html.

This summer, high-octane excitement isn’t limited to the big screen—strap yourself in for the ride!

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CRAZEE COMICS

What happens when the pride of Uranus is sent to earth on a recon mission?

This is the recipe for a break out laughing experience for all age readers.

"There’s an Alien in my Toilet" is the first limited series in a family of spin-offs to come. Titles in development are the follow-up series from "TAAIMT" entitled "Hi, I’m Doodie from Uranus" and the very kid friendly picture book "Doodie’s Adventures". Although not slated to hit shelves until winter ’07, Crazee Comics will debut and launch their product line "Doodie’s World" in San Diego next week.

Crazee Comics exhibited at License International and Licensing Magazine noted Crazee Comics in the show daily’s as one of the Floor highlights of the event. The young publisher was also mentioned in Royaltie$ Magazine and AWN "Animation World Network".

With negotiations underway, Crazee Comics intend to explore all aspects of Multiple Media licensing and expand on its brand for the new year.

What can fans expect to see from Crazee Comics? Issue’s 1 & 2 of There’s an Alien in my Toilet. Issue 1, of Hi, I’m Doodie from Uranus and the first picture book, Doodie’s Adventures. Fans will also see prototype latex figures, a flash animated trailer, view the future card game (based on the series) and more. Visit the all new web site based on the product line www.doodiesworld.com for more.

What are critics saying?

If this alien seems familiar, it's because he is the spiritual brother of Wile E. Coyote.

- Ray Tate Silver Bullet Comic Books

THERE’S AN ALIEN IN MY TOILET feels like a step in the right direction for Crazee Comics.

- Kurt Amacker Cinescape.com

There’s an Alien in My Toilet is pretty much straight up screwball comedy.

- Kert McAfee BrokenFrontier.com

There’s An Alien in my Toilet is a multifarious romp into some fun, adventure and hilarious misfortune! I absolutely love it!

- Paul Dale Roberts JazmaOnline.com

You’ll love this fish-out-of-water alien comic

- Ryan McLelland Newsarama.com

A nice lighthearted read.

- Indy Comic Review.com

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VIZ

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced a variety of special events, theatrical premieres, and speaker panels in and around the 2006 Comic-Con International. Comic-Con takes place July 20-23 at the convention center in San Diego, CA.

Among the notable news for this year’s convention will be rare at-show appearances by internationally renowned manga artists Matsuri Hino and Nobuhiro Watsuki. Hino has created several critically acclaimed shôjo manga series, including MERUPURI and VAMPIRE KNIGHT, both of which are published in North America under the SHOJO BEAT imprint by VIZ Media. Shôjo manga, or comics for girls, is now the fastest growing segment in the publishing arena. Nobuhiro Watsuki is internationally known for his RUROUNI KENSHIN manga series, and his appearance at Comic-Con will lend momentum to the upcoming domestic release by VIZ Media of his newest series, BUSO RENKIN under the SHONEN JUMP imprint, set to debut in August. It will be available as a show exclusive in the retail area in the VIZ Media booth.

There will also be a variety of VIZ Media panel discussions that will include exclusive previews and news. A combined 90-minute panel focusing on VIZ Media manga and anime properties is scheduled for Friday, 7/21 at 12:30 p.m. in Room #9. For shôjo manga fans, Matsuri Hino will help chair a special panel on VIZ Media’s smash hit magazine SHOJO BEAT, on Friday, 7/21 at 3:00 p.m., also in Room #9. SHOJO BEAT recently celebrated its one-year anniversary and Hino will be on-hand to help mark the occasion. She will also give insights into her own experiences as a manga artist, discuss her newest series, VAMPIRE KNIGHT, and answer questions from fans and press.

Saturday 7/22 will see a SHONEN JUMP panel discussion taking place at 1:30pm in Room #1A. VIZ Media is pleased to welcome Nobuhiro Watsuki who will help chair this discussion and discuss his internationally acclaimed samurai manga epic, RUROUNI KENSHIN, which recently completed its run in North America. He will also lend insight into his newest series, BUSO RENKIN. SHONEN JUMP is the most widely circulated monthly manga anthology in North America. Two editors from Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump, on which the VIZ Media counterpart is based, will also participate in the panel discussion.

Rounding out the VIZ Media panels will be a discussion on Toonami Jetstream, a recent joint venture with Cartoon Network that will offer a dedicated broadband platform to stream the best in action and anime 24/7. This panel is scheduled for Saturday, 7/22 at 10:30am Room#1B.

VIZ Media will have a large presence on the main show floor with an expansive display in Booth #4013 showcasing some of the company’s latest manga and anime releases. New this year will be the availability of licensed items for purchase in the retail area, which will include NARUTO headbands and wristbands, INUYASHA messenger bags, backpacks and more. There will also be an array of convention exclusives, including advance release manga and exclusive gift-with–purchase premiums such as a free SHONEN JUMP NARUTO baseball cap with purchase of the NARUTO Uncut DVD Box Set!

Special screenings and exclusive previews are a major attraction during Comic-Con, and VIZ Media will delight fans with highly anticipated showings. The North American premiere of the latest INUYASHA anime feature, INUYASHA THE MOVIE 4: THE FIRE ON THE MYSTIC ISLAND will be the highlight of the evening on Thursday, 7/20 at 7:00pm taking place at the Pacific Gaslamp Theater - All Stadium 15, located just a short walk from the Convention Center on the corner of 5th Avenue and G Street.  In addition, a special preview showing of VIZ Media and VIZ Pictures’ release of the critically acclaimed live-action film, TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO, will immediately follow at 9:30pm.

“We are pleased to announce a bevy of special guest appearances and film screenings that are sure to delight Comic-Con attendees,” states Yumi Hoashi, Editor-in-Chief of SHOJO BEAT and SHONEN JUMP and vice president of VIZ Media’s magazine division. “The rare appearances of Matsuri Hino and Nobuhiro Watsuki will undoubtedly be a big draw and we look forward to fans’ interest in VAMPIRE KNIGHT and BUSO RENKIN, the newest titles from these two renowned manga creators. This year’s Comic-Con is sure to be the highlight of the summer for thousands manga and anime fans!”

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ARCHIE

Archie Comics has a free gift for you! A free copy of the Archie Comics trade paperback "The Love Showdown" for the first 300 people who attend the Archie Comics panel at the ComicCon International San Diego.
 
The panel is scheduled for Sunday, July 23, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
 
Archie Comics 65th Anniversary Panel— Archie comics creators Craig Boldman (Archie newspaper strip, Jughead), Tania del Rio (Sabrina, Josie & the Pussy Cats), George Gladir (Archie, Betty, Betty & Veronica), Rich Koslowski (Archie & Friends, Jughead, Sonic), Andrew Pepoy (Archie & Friends: Katy Keene, Betty & Veronica, Sonic), and staff Fred Mausser (vice president/director of circulation), and Rik Offenberger (public relations coordinator) will discuss upcoming plans at Archie comics, talk about comics for kids, and take questions from the audience. Room 1B
 
After the panel, Archie Comics staff members will review portfolios, if you think you have what it takes to join the Archie team, bring your submissions to San Diego.

For our younger fans, ComicCon International San Diego admits Children under 12 free with paid adult admission.
 
We look forward to seeing you in San Diego.
 
For more about Archie and his friends go to www.archiecomic.com

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MARVEL

The San Diego Comic Con is being held from July 21-23 and Marvel will be there on the lookout for the next wave of talented creators.  

During the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel will be reviewing portfolios of artists, inkers, and colorists for potential future work at the House of Ideas. All creators interested in having their portfolio reviewed should bring copies of their artwork (no originals) to the Marvel Booth, #4315, by 4 pm on Friday. After reviewing all samples, we will display a list of creators at the Marvel Booth on Saturday morning that includes the names and corresponding times of those people we are interested in meeting with.

Depending upon your area of expertise, you should be prepared to leave behind the following at the Marvel Booth for pre-screening review:

Pencilers: At least 5 pages of sequential art as well as examples of cover illustrations
Inkers: Samples of your work over at least three different pencilers
Colorists: Samples that effectively display your different techniques and coloring abilities on various types of pieces

Samples will not be returned.

If you think you have what it takes to work at the House of Ideas, be sure to show up at the San Diego Comic Con with your best work in hand.  You just may land your dream job. 

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MOONSTONE

Last year, Moonstone Books Celebrated its 10th Anniversary at Comic Con, this year the Moon men & women return to celebrate the anniversary of the world’s oldest costumed crusader, The Phantom.

Click to enlargeOn Friday, July 21st from 3:00-4:00pm in room #1A of the San Diego Convention Center, artists Doug Klauba, Art Lyon, Eric J, Paul Guinan, Ruben Procopio and new writer Mike Bullock will join publisher/writer Joe Gentile as they discuss current and upcoming Phantom projects including Phantom: Law of the Jungle, Phantom: Legacy, Phantom: Man-Eaters, Phantom Annual #1: Five Days of the Dragon and the new direction of the ongoing Phantom comic book series.

Moonstone Books will also debut Phantom: Law of the Jungle at the convention. Visitors to the Moonstone Books booth will be able to get a copy of the new Phantom poster (featuring cover art from Phantom #12 rendered by Joe “Birds of Prey” Prado and Rod “Superman” Reis) with any purchase or pick one up free by simply attending the panel.

In addition to the Phantom panel, there are several scheduled Phantom signings at the Moonstone Books booth (#2042) during the convention.

On Friday, July 21st from 1-2pm, Eisner-nominated artist Paul Guinan and writer Joe Gentile will premiere the latest Phantom graphic novel: Phantom - Law of the Jungle. Later that day, from 5-6pm Ben Raab, writer of Phantom: Legacy, Art Lyon, designer/colorist of Phantom Legacy, and new ongoing writer Mike Bullock will be signing at the booth..

And on Saturday, July 22nd from 3-4pm cover artist Doug Klauba and artist Eric J (Phantom #9-10, 16) will be joined by Mike Bullock at the Moonstone Booth.

Whether you’re a long time Phan or you’ve never gone on an adventure in the Deep Woods, this is your chance to get up close and personal with the people who bring The Phantom’s adventures to the US comic market every month.

Before and after the convention, make sure you stop by the newly remodeled Moonstone website at www.moonstonebooks.com for all the latest information and to sign up for the Moonstone Newsletter.

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DARK HORSE

Come join us in San Diego July 20 - 23 for Comic-Con International, the largest comics and pop culture event in North America! (preview night July 19)

Dark Horse Comics Booth #2615

Please note: All special guests and appearance times are subject to change.

Signings and events in the Dark Horse booth:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 (Preview Night):
6:00 - 7:00 Eric Powell: The Goon
THURSDAY, JULY 20:
12:00 - 1:00 Bob Fingerman: Recess Pieces
1:00 - 2:00 Mike Mignola: Hellboy (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee  for details)
2:00 – 3:00 Andrew Cosby: Dreadful Ed, Damn Nation
2:00 - 3:00 Greg Ruth: Sudden Gravity
3:00 – 4:00 De: Tales : Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba
3:00 - 4:00 Steve Kiwus: Babes, Beasts, & Brawn
4:00 - 5:00 Rex Mundi: Arvid Nelson & Juan Ferreyra
5:00 – 6:00 Chris Grine: Chickenhare
6:00 - 7:00 Pete Von Sholly: Extremely Weird Stories
6:00 – 7:00 Jacob Chabot: Mighty Skullboy Army
FRIDAY, JULY 21:

11:00 - 12:00 Matt Wagner: Grendel
12:00 - 1:00 Conan: Greg Ruth, Paul Lee, Joshua Dysart, Richard Starkings, Scott Allie
1:00 - 2:00 The Escapists: Brian K. Vaughn, Eduardo Barreto, Jason Alexander, Diana Schutz
2:00 – 3:00 Pathfinder: Director Marcus Nispel, Graphic Novel Artist Christopher Shy
2:30 - 3:30 Joe DeVito: Kong Skull Island with Special Guest Ray Harryhausen
4:00 - 5:00 Yoshitaka Amano: Vampire Hunter D; Fairies (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee  for details)
5:00 – 6:00 Who Wants to be a Superhero? – Meet the contestants from Stan Lee’s reality show coming to the Sci-Fi Channel: Iron Enforcer, Monkey Woman, Nitro G, Feedback, Lemuria, Creature
5:00 - 6:00 Tony Millionaire: Sock Monkey
6:00 – 7:00 Revelations: Paul Jenkins & Humberto Ramos
6:00 - 7:00 Craig Rousseau: The Perhapanauts
 
FRIDAY IS ALSO STAR WARS DAY! STAR WARS SIGNINGS ALL DAY!
11:00 - 12:00 Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures: Shawn Fillbach, Matt Fillbach, Rick Lacy, Chris Avellon, Matt Jacobs
12:00 – 1:00 Star Wars: Tag & Bink – Kevin Rubio, Lucas Marangon
1:00 - 2:00 Star Wars: Legacy - Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons
3:00 - 4:00 Star Wars: Purge – Adam Hughes, Doug Wheatley
4:00 - 5:00 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - Brian Ching, John Jackson Miller, Michael Atiyeh, Dustin Weaver
5:00 – 6:00 Star Wars: Rebellion – Brandon Badeaux
 
SATURDAY, JULY 22:
11:00 - 12:00 Arch Enemies: Drew Melbourne & Joe Rubenstein
12:00 - 1:00 Frank Miller: 300, Sin City (*ticketed event, see Dark Horse employee for details.)
1:30 - 2:30 Dark Horse Guest of Honor, Kazuo Koike: Lone Wolf & Cub, Lady Snowblood, Path of the Assassin (*ticketed event, see Dark Horse employee for details.)
3:00 - 4:00 John Landis: Teenage Vampire
4:00 - 5:00 Gerard Way: Dark Horse Project unveiling! (*ticketed event, see Dark Horse employee for details.)
5:00 – 6:00 Dark Horse Horror: Bernie Wrightson, Steve Niles, Greg Ruth
6:00 - 7:00 Will Vinton & Andrew Wiese: Jack Hightower
SUNDAY, JULY 23:
10:30 - 11:30  Emily The Strange: Creator Rob Reger; Artist Buzz Parker
11:00 - 12:00 Stan Sakai: Usagi Yojimbo
12:00 - 1:00 Yoshitaka Amano: Vampire Hunter D; Fairies (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee  for details)
1:00 – 2:00 Tara McPherson: Lonely Heart
1:00 – 2:00 Frank Kozik: Plasticland
2:00 - 3:00 Eric Powell: The Goon
2:00 - 3:00 David Lloyd: Kickback
3:00 – 4:00 Bob Fingerman: Recess Pieces
3:00 – 4:00 Penny Arcade: Jerry Holkins & Mike Krahulik
4:00 – 5:00 Les McLaine: Jonny Crossbones
 
And Check out these Dark Horse Related Panels and Events!
 
100 YEARS OF ROBERT E. HOWARD
THURSDAY, JULY 20
2:00-3:00pm
ROOM 6B
 
HELLBOY ANIMATED
FRIDAY, JULY 21
10:30-11:30am
ROOM 6B
 
DARK HORSE 20th ANNIVERSARY
FRIDAY, JULY 21
11:30am-12:30pm
ROOM 5AB
 
WARNER BROS. 300
SATURDAY, JULY 22
10:30-11:30am
HALL H
 
SPOTLIGHT ON KAZUO KOIKE
SATURDAY, JULY 22
11:30am-12:30pm
ROOM 6A
 
DARK HORSE INDIE FILMS
SATURDAY, JULY 22
12:30-1:30pm
ROOM 6A
 
DARK HORSE HORROR
SATURDAY, JULY 22
3:00-4:00pm
ROOM 4
 
SPLINTER SCREENING
SATURDAY, JULY 22
10:00pm-12:00am
ROOM 6B
 
EMILY THE STRANGE
SUNDAY, JULY 23
12:00-1:00pm
ROOM 2

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VISIONARY

September 2005…Visionary Comics Studio was conceived…

April 2006…Visionary Comics Studio’s birth was announced to the world…

July 19, 2006…Visionary Comics Studio will proudly be making its first public debut at this year’s San Diego Comicon, and harkening to the spirit of their name, they are doing it in a truly visionary way! “What better way to make our public debut than to simply revolutionize the way creators can break into comics?” Brian Augustyn, VCS’ Senior Editor stated.

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THE FIRST WAVE…

In an exclusive partnership with Markosia Enterprises LTD, Visionary will be launching its first Be A Visionary Contest which will kickoff taking submissions July 20th at the San Diego Comicon and will be open for entry through September 10th at the Baltimore Comicon. We will also begin announcing the first winning and SOON TO BE PUBLISHED creators at the Baltimore Convention. Yes, you read that right…SOON TO BE PUBLISHED!

“This is a contest for every kind of creator and you can enter on your OWN merits, you don’t have to find a team, we do that for you.” C. Edward Sellner, VCS Creative Director stated. “This is also not a scam where you pay us to print your art and send it anywhere so it might be reviewed. This is actually a proving ground where you end up published, a rep contract and a printed portfolio!”

Submissions can be made online at VCS’ website at www.visionarycomics.com, through email at csellner@visionarycomics.com, standard mail to 1348 Cape St. Claire Road PMB 1887, Annapolis, MD 21409, or hand delivered at conventions. Submissions will be accepted exclusively at the VCS booth at the San Diego Comicon with the kickoff. We will also be accepting submissions through the Markosia booth at the Chicago Comicon, and again at the VCS booth at the Baltimore show. All entries must be RECEIVED by Visionary no later than September 10, 2006.

First round qualifiers in each category will receive notice of their status within two weeks of submission. Those who pass the first round of qualification will then be partnered with a team, the team will then compete in the second round competition which requires the team to complete an actual 6-page story under VCS’ guidance. Qualifiers at the second round are guaranteed invitations to the studio as active members, and that their completed story will be given some public exposure. Finally, finished stories will then be judged and the top choices will be slotted for publication as backup stories in Markosia titles. YES! PRINTED! Team will retain full rights to the story and property. There is no monetary award or payment for this contest, winners will be offered professional representation contracts through Visionary Comics Studio, guaranteed public exposure and consideration of their work, the opportunity to develop a creator-owned property through VCS, and grand prize winners will have their work published and thus hit that all important mark of PUBLISHED CREATOR! All prize winners will be notified no later than December 18, 2006. Number of qualifying entries and winners at each stage will be based on number of entrants, and number of potential slots for stories available.

“We believe in the mission of Visionary Comics Studio to bring talented new creators into the industry and we’re excited and committed to be part of this with them!” Markosia’s Chuck Satterlee shared.

“We couldn’t do this without the support of Markosia and the great people there like Harry Markos and Chuck Satterlee.” Sellner added. “We’re thrilled to be working with them, and absolutely stunned by the amount of trust, faith and commitment they’ve shown to helping launch the next generation of comic creators!”

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CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES
As if the contest of the year was not enough, Visionary will also he packing a plethora of purchasable pleasures! We will be debuting our 2006 Preview Special, a full-color 24 page comic featuring previews of four of VCS’ current projects in development. We will also be featuring print editions of covers from several books, Collector items DVD’s of the hit indy film Livelihood, with a free exclusive VCS Poster based on the film, and a number of other debut exclusives! Check our website for more details, a complete list of attending Visionaries, and info of where to find us at the convention!

OTHER VCS NEWS ITEMS:
-VCS welcomes our Head Production Chief Dave Lanphear of Artmonkeys.com, one of the most accomplished designers in the comics industry. Dave will supervise and oversee our main projects pre-press and production.

-VCS has signed our first Classic Visions property and will be working to repackage the classic 80’s series Trollords by Scott Beaderstadt, Jim Brozman, and Paul Fricke. The first package edition will feature an exclusive, all-new cover by comics legend Alex Ross. Details should be available by 4th Quarter 2006.

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UDON

This is the big one...the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON, going down July 19-23! UDON will be there serving up everything the fanboys and fangirls are looking for. The CAPCOM booth(#4145) is the place to be if you’re looking to pick up some sweet con-exclusive Udon merchandise, get your favorite Udon comics signed, or just rub shoulders with the creators behind STREET FIGHTER, DARKSTALKERS, RIVAL SCHOOLS, EXALTED, and GIJOE VS TRANSFORMERS.

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For many, the rare convention-exclusives are what the San Diego Comic-Con is all about. Udon definitely won’t disappoint in this department, offering up a plethora of exclusive loot. These items are extremely limited, so be sure to visit us at the Capcom booth ASAP, or you could miss out on:

CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HARD COVER - STREET FIGHTER THE ULTIMATE EDITION
The most complete collection of the original Street Fighter material yet! This 450-page oversized hard cover contains the complete Street Fighter issues #0-14, plus every single guest backup story and more! This convention exclusive cover is limited to only 500 copies!

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Without a doubt the most unprecedented collection of UDON artist sketches from around the world! Plus, as a convention special, receive one free sketch of the character of your choice from any of our available artists! (Remember to bring reference for non-Udon characters)

CHUN-LI & SAKURA ART PRINTS
Limited 100 prints each – get them signed by artist Omar Dogan!

UDON ARTIST PORTFOLIOS
ALVIN LEE Portfolio - Set 2 – Limited to 150
JOE NG Portfolio – Set 1 – Limited to 100

ETERNAL CHALLENGE HARD COVER EDITIONS
Now extremely limited! Don’t miss what may be your last chance to get these beautiful hard covers!

CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE COVERS -GI JOE vs TRANSFORMERS
Get them signed by series artist Joe Ng!

CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE AKUMA DOOR POSTER
As if Akuma wasn’t cool enough on his own, San Diego will also see the debut of the RYU and SAKURA DOOR POSTERS! Be the first to get your hands on them!

Also available will be loads of Udon comics, books, posters, and lithographs! Then, once you’ve picked up all the con-exclusive swag you can carry, it’s time to get it signed by Udon’s hottest creators! Attending the con will be:

ARTISTS:
Alvin Lee, Omar Dogan, M3TH, Joe Ng, Scott Hepburn, Christine Choi, SVEN, Susan Lou, Tom Liu, Jen Chen.

SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY: 
Jo Chen & Rey

ALSO APPEARING: 
Ken Siu-Chong, Jim Zubkavich, Erik Ko, Marshall Dillon, Clarence Lim, George Louro

And for all the loyal fans that can’t make it to San Diego this year, but still want some of those convention-exclusive goodies we say – no problem! Udon is offering up these con-exclusives for pre-order at www.clubudoncomics.com :

CON-EXCLUSIVE HARD COVER - STREET FIGHTER THE ULTIMATE EDITION
CON-EXCLUSIVE AKUMA DOOR POSTER
CHUN-LI & SAKURA ART PRINTS
SUMMER SKETCHBOOK 2006
ALVIN LEE & JOE NG PORTFOLIOS

Again, these items are all VERY limited, so be sure to get your pre-orders in before the morning of Monday, July 17 if you want to ensure that you’ll get your copies. We’ll even sign your items for you! *Note: Unfortunately, the CON-EXCLUSIVE AKUMA DOOR POSTER come pre-rolled and can not be signed.

San Diego’s going to be a blast for all, so come on down to booth #4145, and show the Udon and Capcom crews your best Hadouken! 

For images and even more details on Udon’s convention exclusive offerings, head to http://www.udonentertainment.com/sdcc2006/

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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 19 – 23). Everyone – and we mean everyone – should stop by DDP’s booth (#1732) and check out the new 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.

Devil’s Due has a number of events planned, including:

· Hack/Slash Panel – Saturday 2:30-3:30pm - Room 5AB

Hack/Slash, the cult sensation comic book series, is coming to cinema screens courtesy of Universal Studios genre division, Rogue Pictures.  Join the film's director Todd Lincoln (The Fly remake) and his writing partner Martin Schenk (Road To Hell), along with series creator Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Loaded Bible), Devil's Due President Josh Blaylock (How to Self Publish Comics) and film producers Adrian Askarieh (Spy-Hunter) and Daniel Alter (Hitman) as they discuss what's in store for Cassie Hack's big-screen adventure.

· Artist Signings (check booth #1732 or DDP website for times).

R.A. Salvatore (Forgotten Realms), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Forgotten Realms, G.I. Joe: Special Missions – Tokyo), Josh Blaylock (DDP president, How to Self Publish Comics, G.I. Joe: Arashikage Showdown), Chris Lie (Eberron: Eye of the Wolf, G.I. Joe: Arashikage Showdown), Visible Light Entertainment (Night Wolf), Chris Kirby (Lost Squad), and Kinetic Studios (Killer 7) will be on hand for sketches, and as always, signatures are free at the DDP booth! Check out Devil’s Due’s website for updates.

· Conventions Exclusives and Giveaways.

G.I. Joe: America’s Elite #13 with a cover by Valentine De Landro (G.I.  Joe: Declassified), limited to only 250 copies, and Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons of Winter Night #1 with a cover by Alex Sheikman, limited to only 250 copies, will each sell for $10 with first come availability, limited to 5 copies per person. Kinetic Studios, published through DDP, will also be offering a limited Killer 7 #4 convention exclusive issue. Additionally, get your own brand-new, limited edition Hack/Slash t-shirt, featuring Cassie Hack slashing, in red him and her sizes for $20 each. Free buttons, bookmarks, and much, much more can be nabbed up as well.

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· Costumed Character Appearances (check booth #1732 or DDP website for times). 

Come meet special comic book characters come to life at the DDP booth! Featuring Cassie Hack of Hack/Slash, G.I.  Joe’s the Baroness, Family Guy’s Brian Griffin, and more!

DDP looks forward to seeing everyone at the San Diego Comic Con – make sure not to miss out on any of the action!

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MERCURY COMICS

Atomika God is Red Book One TPB to be released at ComiCon International 2006: San Diego July 19-23.

Created by artist Sal Abbinanti and written by Andrew Dabb, with an all-new cover by Alex Ross and an introduction by Dabb. Collecting the first six-issues of ATOMIKA #1-6, re-mastered and collected into one massive 176 page trade-paperback along with a complete cover gallery. Featuring the first half of the God is Red storyline and cover gallery with a literal who's who of the comics industry. Cover talents of Alex Ross, Glenn Fabry, Michael Turner, Buzz, Tim Bradstreet, David Mack and more.

Copies will be drop-shipped to San Diego and available at the Mercury Comics booth, this year as part of the AlexRossArt.com booth this year located at booth #2419. In comic book stores everywhere on July 26th. Sal Abbinanti will be on hand all weekend, also attending the convention from the ATOMIKA creative team will by Andrew Dabb, Buzz, and Beth Sotelo.

ATOMIKA SKETCHBOOK @ SAN DIEGO!
From the creative mind of Sal Abbinanti comes the first sketchbook from Mercury Comics. Go behind the scenes and into the creation of ATOMIKA with this sketchbook wrapped with a classic Silver Age ATOMIKA cover from comics legend John Romita Sr., and a back cover by Mark Texiera. Available at San Diego ComiCon at the AlexRossArt.com booth, located at booth #2419. Quantities are limited, and Sal Abbinanti will be on hand all weekend signing copies of his ATOMIKA Sketchbook.

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