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WizardWorld Chicago Comic Con 2014 – A Look Back

[Editor’s Note: The dreaded Con Funk infected us here at ASM headquarters, causing the delay in this article.]

We’ve been going to WizardWorld Chicago, also known as Chicago Comic-Con, for over a decade, so we’ve seen the convention go through many changes over the years.   We’ve seen the convention grow, we’ve seen the floor layout expand and change, we’ve seen the focus switch from a comic convention to a pop-culture gathering.  So, while we like to look at each year as its own separate entity, it’s hard to not compare the convention to those from the past.

WizardWorld Chicago 2014 had a very different vibe than in past years.  Part of this can be attributed to the new floor layout.  In the past, the convention hall contained the autograph area in front, dealers’ booths behind it, artist alley near the back, and the photo ops at the very back.  In 2013, the room was split into two floors on the other side of the Donald E. Stephenson Convention Center, which made for a unique feel, but there was still a buzz on both floors… as well as congestion in the aisles. Read more

C2E2 2014 – The Saturday Costumes

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The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo hit the Windy City again this past weekend, and ASM once again had a great time!  We love costuming here at ASM, but unfortunately we didn’t get to see as many costumes as we would have liked, since we were only at the show on Saturday.  Still, we enjoyed what we saw, and we hope to spend more time at the show next year.  Here are some of our favorites from Saturday.

C2E2 2014 – The Valyrian Steel Booth

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The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo hit the Windy City again this past weekend, and ASM once again had a great time!

DSC_1000We had no idea Valyrian Steel was going to exhibit at the show, which is odd seeing as we are huge “Game of Thrones” fans and pretty much follow everything they post on Facebook.  However, our lack of foreknowledge proved to give us quite the surprise when we walked past their booth on the way to get lunch and immediately were stopped in our tracks by all the pretties.

DSC_0998On hand were their new Unsullied helm and Loras’ helm as well as their impressively massive helm of The Hound.  They were letting folks lift and try out the Hound’s helmet, which I found to be extremely heavy, as a good replica of it would be.  The helmet for Loras looked quite lovely, which suits the character.

 

 

DSC_0982I also got a chance to look longingly at some of the swords on display, including both the novel and TV version of IceLongclaw, the sword of Jon Snow; Robb Stark’s sword; and scabbards to match. In addition, the statues of Tyrion and Jon Snow with Ghost were on hand.

It’s a miracle I didn’t just hand over my credit card to them right then and there.

Pictures may not do these works of art justice, but check out the gallery just the same.  Hopefully we’ll see them back at C2E2 2015. Read more

C2E2 2014 – The Kosart Atelier Booth

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One of the more interesting interactive booths we saw was for the Kosart Atelier School for Entertainment Arts .  This school teaches all aspects of effects art, including make-up, mask making and resin bust making.  Their display not only had some examples of their work, but artists were busy sculpting right in front of you.  They even were applying makeup and mask effects to people (although I’m not sure if they were con attendees or other artists.)  Had time allowed I could have stayed at their booth for hours.  Check out the pictures!

Dark Horse Announces C2E2 2014 Schedule

DHC2E2FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | MILWAUKIE, OR— Dark Horse Comics is headed to Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014 in Chicago this weekend!

Join us for free signings by visiting Dark Horse at booth #619 and come see our panels! Details are below!

Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing. There will also be items available for sale. Certain restrictions may apply. Please note that signings will be ticketed or capped as needed. All events are subject to change.

Comics featuring C2E2 exclusive variant covers are available in limited quantities.  All proceeds from the convention variant of The Witcher will benefit Sharon and Stan Sakai.  Read more

Five WWE Stars At Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con

Massive WWE® Presence at Philadelphia Comic Con Includes WWE® Superstars John Cena® Batista™WWE® Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino™ and WWE® Divas The Bella Twins™To Attend Wizard World June 20-21-22

The Largest WWE® presence ever at Philadelphia Comic Con spans multiple generations with guests on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Special VIP Packages are available now!

NEW YORK, April 16, 2014 – Wizard World today announced that two WWE Superstars, a WWE Hall of Famer and two WWE Divas will appear at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, June 20-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. WWE® Divas The Bella Twins™WWE® Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino™ WWE® Superstars John Cena and Batista™ and are scheduled to greet fans, sign autographs and pose for photo ops during one of Wizard World’s flagship events.

The Bella Twins will appear on Friday, June 20, from 4:30-7 p.m.; Bruno Sammartino is set for Saturday, June 21, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Batista is scheduled for Saturday from 2-6 p.m.; and John Cena is slated for 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 22. Final schedules for photo ops, autographs and panel programming (the Bella Twins and Batista will conduct Q&A sessions during their respective allotted times) will be released shortly. Tickets for all events are extremely limited.

“I always have a great time meeting the Cenation fans at Wizard World events,” says Cena. “I can’t wait to return to the ‘City of Brotherly Love,’ for Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con.” Read more

Dark Horse Announces Exclusive WonderCon Variants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR —As the pop culture world gears up for this year’s WonderCon in Anaheim, CA, Dark Horse announces two special variant covers for this year’s show!

First up, Dark Horse brings an all-new variant cover for a critical hit and fan favorite, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with an exclusive Season Ten first-issue cover by Tomb Raider art director Brian Horton! Limited to 1,000 copies, these are sure to be scarce!

Second is a variant for Angel & Faith Season Ten #1, by Buffy cover artist Steve Morris! Again, with only 1,000 copies produced, these will go fast!

These two special WonderCon exclusives will retail for $5 and are limited to five per person.

Dark Horse also has three other convention exclusives, produced in limited editions and available while supplies last!

Legendary artist Stan Sakai has done a special cover for the upcoming The Witcher, a canonical tie-in series in the world of the Witcher video games, which have collectively won over 250 awards and sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide! All proceeds from the sale of this limited-edition variant will benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai.

Art Baltazar and Franco bring you the characters that sprung from Mike Mignola’s imagination, with an AW YEAH twist, in Itty Bitty Hellboy! A limited-edition hardcover is available at WonderCon for $20, while supplies last!

The Last of Us: American Dreams, from Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl) and Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, collects the comics that are the official lead-in to the game. This limited-edition hardcover will first be available at PAX East this weekend, and then in very limited quantities at WonderCon for $24.99.

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About Dark Horse

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The MaskGhostTimecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star WarsMass Effect, Buffy the Vampire SlayerAliensConanEVE OnlineHaloSerenityGame of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

Dark Horse Previews “Star Wars: Rebel Heist” #1

On April 30, Dark Horse will release the latest in Star Wars comics – Star Wars: Rebel Heist.  As the solicit explains, a young Rebel finds out that his hero Han Solo may not actually be the perfect hero.  Set in the days of the Rebellion, this story is written by Matt Kindt, pencilled by Marco Castiello, inked by Dan Parsons, and colored by Gabe Eltaeb.  Featuring covers by Matt Kindt and Adam Hughes, Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1 goes on sale April 30.  See the preview pages below.

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER – THE RIFT #1 ON NY TIMES BESTSELLER LIST!

Nickelodeon and Dark Horse Graphic Novel, “Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift, Part 1,”

Hits #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List

 Marks 5th Time Dark Horse Avatar Graphic Novels Claim the Top Spot

The Nickelodeon and Dark Horse graphic novel, “Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift, Part 1,” debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week ending March 8, 2014.  Rising above The Walking Dead inspired book, “The Walking Dead Compendium,” this new graphic novel is the ultimate continuation of Avatar and the perfect companion to The Legend of Korra. 

This book was written and drawn by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru, in collaboration with Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.  This same creative team was behind the best-selling “The Promise” and “The Search,” which continue the adventures of Avatar Aang and his friends past the finale of the beloved television series.

In this installment of the on-going story, Aang asks his friends to help him honor an Air Nomad holiday that hasn’t been celebrated in over one hundred years. But cryptic visits from the spirit of an earlier Avatar lead Aang to discover a jointly owned Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom refinery operating on land sacred to the Airbenders. Is this the cause of the pollution Aang finds there or is something more mysterious happening?

Past Avatar books to hit the number one spot include, “The Promise” Part 1, 2 and 3 and “The Search” Part 2.

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Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal ‘Amazing Spider-Man #1′ Exclusive Variant Cover By John Tyler Christopher For Atlanta Comic Con

Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal ‘Amazing Spider-Man #1′ Exclusive Variant Cover By John Tyler Christopher For Atlanta Comic Con

VIP Attendees Receive Free Copy At Georgia World Congress Center, May 30 – June 1; Continues Year-long Series In Which Marvel Offers Exclusive Books At All 16 Wizard World Shows

1NEW YORK, March 21, 2014 – Marvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today revealed the latest edition of its 2014 series of exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles with the unveiling of Amazing Spider-Man #1, drawn by noted artist David Mack.VIP attendees at Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con, May 30 – June 1 at Georgia World Congress Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration.

Christopher is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies (autograph fees may apply). Leading professional comic grader CGC will also be on hand to accept books for grading and Signature Series.

The colored version of Amazing Spider-Man #1 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con VIP attendees, including any celebrity VIP packages.

Tyler’s Amazing Spider-Man #1 follows the first three entries, Miracleman #1 and Miracleman #2, both drawn by Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams for Wizard World Portland Comic Con (Jan. 24-26) and New Orleans Comic Con (Feb. 7-9), respectively, Wolverine #1, illustrated by noted cover artist Greg Horn, for Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con (March 7-9). Artwork is also complete for the upcoming Daredevil #1 by Michael Golden for Wizard World Louisville Comic Con (March 28-30) and Wolverine & The X-Men #1 by David Mack for Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con (April 4-6).

Amazing Spider-Man #1 is on track to become one of the biggest comic launches of the past few decades,” says Marvel SVP, Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “And we’re proud to celebrate with Wizard through this beautiful and elegant variant from artist John Tyler Christopher.”

Christopher is an illustrator from Seattle, Wash., currently based out of Atlanta. A member of Studio Revolver, his work has appeared on the covers of Witchblade, as a designer for Star Wars Miniatures, and in the pages of Dungeon & Dragons, a variety of White Wolf publications & Mutants and Masterminds.

John Tyler Christopher’s work on big hits like Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and Iron Man makes him a big hit with fans,” says John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “His take on the iconic Amazing Spider-Man is a great addition to this highly collectible series of popular Marvel titles.”

The Greatest Super Hero of All Time RETURNS! The world may have changed since Spidey’s been gone, but so has Peter Parker. This is a man with a second chance at life, and he’s not wasting a moment of it. Same Parker Luck, new Parker attitude. Putting the “friendly” back in the neighborhood, the “hero” back into “super hero,” and the “amazing” back into “Spider-Man!” Also returning: The recharged and re-energized ELECTRO! Writer: Dan Slott; artist: Humberto Ramos.

For more on the 2014 Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con, go to http://www.wizardworld.com/home-atlanta.html.

About Wizard World:

Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, cosplay, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

About Marvel Entertainment, LLC

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit marvel.com.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

Wizard World 2014 Schedule
January 24-26 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con