Category: Comic Books

MUL_20140713_5214-EditThursday, March 26 at 5:00 PM / Honda Center, Anaheim**

The Honda Center will be packed with a web-full of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man characters, one of the most popular Marvel Super Heroes, as the call to action has been sent out to all Southland/Orange County Marvel fans to gather on Thursday March 26 to celebrate the much-anticipated Southern California Opening Night Premiere for the all-new action stunt spectacular Marvel Universe LIVE!

Each person participating in the event that arrives dressed in full official head-to-toe Spider-Man costume will receive one complimentary ticket to see Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Honda Center/Anaheim. (**limited to the first 250 people in attendance in costume) 

MUL_20140712_3717Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new groundbreaking level, with a mind-blowing stunt show unlike anything experienced before!   Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and The Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) plus menacing Villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza debuting in Southern California for the first time ever starting March 26th to 29th – playing Honda Center/Anaheim.

Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together on one awesome quest.  The Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe.

Feel the energy and excitement with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and stunning video projections that completely immerse the audience into the epic action and story.  Nearly two years in the making, Marvel Universe LIVE! is being hailed as the most technically advanced and innovative live touring shows ever (in the more than 40-year history of Feld Entertainment). Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance…the fate of the Universe depends on it!

Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29
Thursday, March 26 – 7:00 PM
Friday, March 27 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 28 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 29 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM

Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806

Prices range from $20, $30, $45, $75 (VIP) and $135 (Gold Circle) Kids (ages 2-12) tickets priced at $20 each*
Opening Night discount tickets available for $20 on select seating*
*not valid for VIP/Gold Circle levels

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility, and handling fees.

 

Intergalactic-02-smSegerstrom Center’s Family Series continues with the third and final installment of The Intergalactic Nemesis with the Orange County premiere of Twin Infinity – An Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel on March 21 & 22 in Samueli Theater. The sequel to the hit shows The Intergalactic Nemesis and Robot Planet Rising follows the adventures of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan and her fiancé Ben Wilcott in this period story set in 1942 as they fight against a secret society of spies that spans the globe. No previous Intergalactic experience is necessary.

The unique storytelling method makes The Intergalactic Nemesis mesmerizing. There are more than 1,000 hand-drawn, full-color, hi-resolution and intensely vivid comic book images displayed on a giant screen as three actors play all the parts and one Foley artist and one keyboardist perform all sound effects and music.

The Intergalactic Nemesis began as a radio play conceived by Ray Colgan, directed by Jason Neulander, with sound effects by Buzz Moran. It was produced by Salvage Vanguard Theater and performed and recorded in Little City, a downtown Austin coffeehouse, in 1996.

When The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel premiered in 2010, more than 2,000 people turned out. Shortly after, it was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and CONAN. Since 2011, the first two productions of the trilogy have been performed in more than 100 venues around the world to audiences numbering in the tens of thousands.

Audiences are encouraged to arrive early, as each performance is preceded by an hour of free creative activities. The Center’s Education and Community Programs Department offers these enriching experiences to provide young people and their parents more opportunities to play together creatively. Studies show that this is critical in helping to develop the ability to think and problem solve.

Twin Infinity – An Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel is recommended for families and children ages seven and older. Tickets start at $29 and are available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.

Hyper-Reality Tour Now Set To Welcome Crowds At The Del Mar Fair Grounds Through Sunday, March 1

WP_20150207_079“The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour” has extended its smash-hit engagement in San Diego due to popular demand and overwhelming ticket sales. Hero Ventures made the announcement last night at a private party in front of VIP guests including filmmaker Kevin Smith, who voices villain M.O.D.O.K. in The Marvel Experience, and Jason Mewes. Audiences in San Diego, a city known around the world as the epicenter of multi-genre entertainment and comic culture, have been flocking to the Del Mar Fair Grounds to visit The Marvel Experience since it opened there on February 7. The engagement, originally slated to end on February 22, has been extended one week through March 1.

Check out our coverage of the Marvel Experience along with Interview with COO Doug Schaer.

“The enthusiasm we’ve seen from San Diego audiences has been nothing short of overwhelming,” said Hero Ventures’ COO Doug Schaer and CEO Rick Licht, in a joint statement. “We are so grateful for how this city, home of Comic-Con International, has embraced The Marvel Experience, and we are excited to be able to stick around a little bit longer.”

Following its extended run in San Diego, The Marvel Experience will head to Chicago’s Soldier Field beginning on Thursday, April 2nd. Additional information on the Chicago engagement will be announced shortly.
Crafted by Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company, Hero Ventures, The Marvel Experience invites generations of Marvel comic book and movie fans to join forces with some of the world’s most beloved Super Heroes in a place where the real world and imagination become one.

This first-of-its-kind premier touring experience features a thrilling motion ride, the world’s only 360-degree Stereoscopic 3D Dome, a wide range of technologically advanced interactive and immersive elements, state of the art projection techniques and dozens of Marvel’s most popular Super Heroes.

As agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in training, guests of The Marvel Experience will swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, fly with Iron Man and more, all in preparation for an epic battle alongside Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes in a fight against Red Skull, M.O.D.O.K. and an army of evil Adaptoids. The Marvel Experience incorporates next-generation interactive technology including augmented reality, multi-person gaming and immersive elements that put you right in the middle of the action. Everything happens with bleeding-edge technology and advanced computer animation. There’s nothing else like it. Not only does the audience get to join the adventure, in the end they may even become heroes themselves.

Tickets are available both at Ticketmaster.com and at www.themarvelexperiencetour.com/tickets.

Ms MarvelThe finalists for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award were announced today. The five nominated titles are:

  • HEX11 by  Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComics)
  • M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder (http://www.mfkcomic.com/)
  • MS. MARVEL by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel Entertainment)
  • THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books)
  • SHAFT by David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely (Dynamite Entertainment)

The winner will be announced at the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity ceremony event to be held later this month at Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday February 28 at 2 PM PT. The Award is named in honor of Dwayne McDuffie, the legendary writer and producer who co-founded and created Milestone Media. As a writer, Dwayne created or co-created more than a dozen series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE.

“The nominees for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award reflect the best of what a comic book can be,” said Matt Wayne, the Director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. “These five titles, as different as they are, reflect Dwayne’s aspirations for the comic book industry. They are diverse, inclusive and forward looking.”

“I am so proud that my husband’s personal mission to include a more diverse array of voices–both in content and creators–is able to continue now through this Award in his name, by encouraging others who share his vision of comics, characters, and the industry itself better mirroring society,” said Charlotte McDuffie.

The Dwayne McDuffie Award Selection Committee consists of eight prominent comics and animation professionals who knew McDuffie and have demonstrated a commitment to inclusiveness:

  • Neo Edmund – Novelist, animation and comics writer;
  • Joan Hilty – Nickelodeon Comics Editor; Creator of Bitter Girl;
  • Joseph Illidge – Former Editor, Milestone and DC Comics; Columnist, Comic Book Resources; Writer, First Second Books;
  • Heidi MacDonald – Editor in Chief, The Beat;
  • Glen Murakami – Producer/Supervising Director, DC animated properties and Ben 10: Alien Force/Ultimate Alien;
  • Eugene Son – Comics writer/Story Editor, Ultimate Spider-Man Animated;
  • William J. Watkins – Writer; Former owner, Chicago’s first Black-owned comics store;
  • Len Wein – Co-creator Swamp Thing, Wolverine, New X-Men; Former Editor-in-Chief- of Marvel Comics and Senior Editor, DC Comics.

“The Long Beach shows are committed to diversity,” said Martha Donato, Executive Director of Long Beach Comic Expo. “It’s our great pleasure to host the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award ceremony and to celebrate the legacy of a wonderful man and writer who inspired so many people with his words, his action and his creations.”

Reginald Hudlin, an innovator of the modern black film movement (House Party, Boomerang and BeBe’s Kids), will be the Keynote Speaker at the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award ceremony later this month.

Tickets for Long Beach Comic Expo are available now at www.longbeachcomicexpo.com. Follow Long Beach Comic Expo on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information about the McDuffie Award.

Become an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. at the Marvel Experience in Del Mar. The experience is live now and ends on February 22. The Marvel Experience features seven domes and combines an interactive training room where you can climb a wall like Spider-Man, fly like Iron Man and punch like the Hulk; a 360 degress 3-D movie and motion tracking movie.

The Geek Lab previewed the experience and spoke with Hero Ventures COO Doug Schaer about this great experience for the fan boy and family.

1606912_10152751401489470_3238442772253233763_nFans of all things geek, Long Beach Convention Center plays host to the Long Beach Comic Con on Saturday and Sunday (September 27 and 29) for its annual celebration. Long Beach Comic Con is a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional work of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators all types of pop-culture. Don’t miss this event that will soon rival even San Diego Comic Con. Visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com for additional information and to purchase tickets for this weekend’s event.

Special Guests

This weekend’s convention features an amazing lists of the best creators of comic books and panels. Guests include: Len Wein (Creator of Wolverine), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), Bill Farmer (Walt Disney Hall of Fame Voice Actor), Matt Hawkins (Think Tank), Laura and Michael Allred (Marvel’s Silver Surfer), Pierre Bernard, Jr. (Conan O’Brien) and Mike Mignola (Hellboy). Just to name a few.

Panels

Long Beach, Con will present more than 80 panels over the weekend. These panels run the gamut of wide variety of pop-culture topics, including:

  • Celebrations of comic book icons Archie, Batman, The Crow and Hellboy.
  • Conversations about pop culture phenomenon The Katniss Chronicles: Hear the Girl on Fire; Honest Trailers; Robot Chicken.
  • Topical and timely discussions about diversity in the comic book industry: Prism Comics panel, It’s a Queer, Queer World!; Race & Comics; She Makes Comics: A Documentary Celebration of Women in Comics; and more. And the details for the Dwayne McDuffie Award will be formally announced Saturday, September 27 at 10:30 AM.
  • Animation panels dedicated to popular cartoons and appearances by Greg Weisman and Man of Action’s Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle.
  • Kids programming including interactive panels where kids can learn how to draw the Simpsons and Futurama characters and “how to draw your dragon.”
  • Cosplay panels.
  • Horror programming, with a panel moderated by Horror Writers Associated and a panel sponsored by the films VHS Viral and ABCs of Death 2 with new trailers for both films.
  • A Young Adult panel featuring best-selling novelists Leigh Bardugo, Robin Benway, Cecil Castellucci, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston, and Margaret Stohl
  • A Banned Books Week discussion led by the Newport Beach Branch Library with bestselling writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and SALON contributor Samuel Sattin
  • #MakeComics workshops where aspiring writers and artists can learn from comic book professionals. Over two days, workshops will walk through the entire #makecomics process: from writing and drawing to running a Kickstarter and publicizing your work.

“We’re so excited for fans to experience the robust programming slate for Long Beach Comic Con,” said Phil Lawrence, Co-founder and Sales Director of Long Beach Comic Con. “It’s our most ambitious year to date for programing and we’re thrilled to offer panels that speak to the diverse interests and passions of comic book fans.”

Cosplay

If you’re into cosplay, Nerds Like Us will host the 2014 Long Beach Comic Con Cosplay Contest. The cost you contest will begin at 8:30 PM on Saturday, September 27. The panel of judges include: Host: Bernie Bregman, Nerds Like Us; Vegas Power Girl, Raychul Moore, Castle Corsetry & Reevz FX.

Prizes will be awarded in several categories: Best in Show, Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Youth (kids 12 and under) , Funniest, Best TV/Movie, Best Sci-Fi, and Judge’s Choice.

If you’re frustrated with the massive crowds and impossible to get badges of San Diego Comic Con, then you’ll want to be at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Purchase tickets at the event or online at  www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

“Demons are the new zombies” according to Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman in an announcement he made at his San Diego Comic Con panel.

Outcast is Kirkman’s first attempt at writing a pilot based on his original comic that debut last moth. The story follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who’s been plagued by possession since he was a child. He embarks on a journey to find answers, but uncovers what could mean the end of life on Earth.

All New “John Carter Warlord of Mars” Adventure Web Comic Strip Just Launched – Also with Spanish Language Version

John carter 01Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the company founded by the author to protect and maintain his original literary creations, announced today that Burroughs’ first adventure hero – John Carter of Mars – will star in an all-new digital comic strip series to be penned by legendary comics scribe Roy Thomas and illustrated by renowned artist Rodolfo Pérez Garcia, better known to Mexican comics fans as Pegaso.

The new series, to be called “John Carter Warlord of Mars,” debuts on June 14, joining other classic Burroughs creations like Tarzan, Korak the Killer, Carson of Venus and Pellucidar as part of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Digital Comic Strip Service.

“I’ve been a fan of the writings and concepts of Edgar Rice Burroughs ever since I first discovered most of his works at the Jackson, Missouri public library when I was 8 or 10. Tarzan and John Carter of Mars were always my favorites. In later years, I realized how much both – and, to my mind, John Carter in particular – had contributed to the comic book super-heroes that became first my childhood passion, then – weirdly – my life’s work,” said author Roy Thomas. “I can’t think of a better way to live out the rest of my life (and my family is generally rather long-lived) adapting and continuing the worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs. And Pegaso is helping to bring it all alive!”

The character of John Carter has captivated audiences since 1912, when he debuted in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ first novel, serialized as Under the Moons of Mars and later published as a complete novel, A Princess of Mars. Since then, his adventures have been chronicled in subsequent novels, a newspaper comic strip by the author’s son, John Coleman Burroughs, and a variety of comic book series published over the years by Dell, Gold Key, DC Comics, Marvel, and Dark Horse. As many literary and cultural scholars attest, John Carter has served as a template for the litany of adventure heroes that followed, from Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and Superman to the Jedi knights of Stars Wars and, more recently, Avatar.

This digital initiative comes on the heels of the reacquisition by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. of comic book and comic strip rights that had been held by Walt Disney Pictures and its Marvel Entertainment subsidiary. And the company is pleased to announce a brand new license with Dynamite Entertainment which will return the original “John Carter Warlord of Mars” to comic books! Dynamite will also republish other John Carter assets, going back as far as the early 1940s comic strips by John Coleman Burroughs, the son of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

John carter 02“Over the years, the exploits of John Carter of Mars have been presented by a who’s who of comic book greats, including Gil Kane, Marv Wolfman, Murphy Anderson, Joe Jusko, Carmine Infantino, Dave Cockrum, Rudy Nebres, Jesse Marsh, Gaylord Du Bois, Bruce Jones and Bret Blevins,” said James Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. “We’re proud to be able to add Roy Thomas and Pegaso to this distinguished heritage and, like so many fans, we can’t wait to see what adventures they have in store for us.”

As with all the series featured at edgarriceburroughs.com/comics, the first four episodes of “John Carter Warlord of Mars” will be available at no charge. Fans can gain unlimited access to the entire site and all the strips from the beginning for only $1.99 per month or $21.99 per year.

About the Edgar Rice Burroughs Digital Comic Strips Service

Regularly updated and expertly curated, the Edgar Rice Burroughs Digital Comic Strips service offers all new web comic adventures based on the classic characters and stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Current offerings include:

JOHN CARTER WARLORD OF MARS™ by Roy Thomas, Pegaso, Salvador López, Carolina Sánchez, Guadalupe Rivera and Olivia Peña
KORAK THE KILLER™ by Ron Marz, Rick Leonardi, Neeraj Menon and Troy Peteri
THE MUCKER™ by Ron Marz, Lee Moder, Neeraj Menon and Troy Peteri
TARZAN OF THE APES™ by Roy Thomas, Pablo Marcos and Oscar Gonzalez
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TARZAN™ by Roy Thomas and Tom Grindberg
CARSON OF VENUS™ by Martin Powell, Thomas Floyd and Diana Leto
THE ETERNAL SAVAGE™ by Martin Powell and Steven E. Gordon
THE WAR CHIEF™ by Martin Powell and Nik Poliwko
THE CAVE GIRL™ by Martin Powell and Diana Leto
PELLUCIDAR™ by Chuck Dixion and Gary Kwapisz
THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT™ by Martin Powell, Pablo Marcos and Oscar Gonzalez­

About Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

Founded in 1923 by Edgar Rice Burroughs himself, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. holds numerous trademarks and the rights to all literary works of the author still protected by copyright. The company has overseen every adaptation of his literary works in publishing, film, television, theatrical stage productions, licensing and merchandising. The company is still a very active enterprise and manages and licenses the vast archive of Mr. Burroughs’ literary works, fictional characters and corresponding artworks that have grown for over a century. The company continues to be owned by the Burroughs’ family and remains headquartered in Tarzana, California, the town named after the Tarzana Ranch Mr. Burroughs purchased there in 1918 which led to the town’s future development. For more information, please visit EdgarRiceBurroughs.com.

For free sample strips and subscription information, please visit EdgarRiceBurroughs.com/comics.