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Friday, February 15, 2019

Long Beach Comic Expo 2019: Welcomes Captain Marvel

As if Long Beach Comic Expo wasn’t already packed full enough of comic goodness, MAD Event Management LLC — experienced hosts of diverse and inclusive pop culture conventions — has announced a selection of Captain Marvel-supported activities at this year’s show, held this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center!
On Saturday, February 16, 2019 in room 104A at 11:30am PST, Ivan Cohen, Director of Programming for MAD Event, will moderate an intuitive discussion featuring comic superstars Gerry Conway (Ms. Marvel) and Margaret Stohl (The Life of Captain Marvel). The panel, titled “Captain Marvel: Origins,” focuses on the emergence of the Captain Marvel legacy and the character’s evolution, leading up to her on-screen debut in Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, releasing in theaters everywhere on March 8th.

Immediately following “Captain Marvel: Origins” will be a special Captain Marvel-supported panel titled “Higher, Further, Faster: They Lead The Way,” in which four female pop-culture veterans will take part in a candid discussion about their experiences as pioneers in their chosen fields. The iconic women will share their stories of the successes they've had and the challenges they've faced in comic editing and writing, journalism, conventions, and cosplay, and how bearing the mark of a trailblazer can be rewarding, frustrating, alienating, and fulfilling — all in equal measure! Panelists include Barbra Dillon (Co-Founder and EIC - Fanbase Press), Ivy Doomkitty (International Cosplay Superstar), Martha Donato (Founder - Long Beach Comic Con and Expo), and Barbara Randall Kesel (Writer and Editor - DC Comics, CrossGen, Dark Horse).
In addition to the two compelling back-to-back panels, Long Beach Comic Expo will also host a large Captain Marvel-themed exhibit with tons of officially-licensed merchandise. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to enter to win Fandango tickets to see Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel in theaters. Lastly, guests have the ability to take photos with a Goose the Cat backdrop and another with an oversized Captain Marvel teaser poster.
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.
Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” opens on March 8, 2019 in U.S. theaters. Reserve your tickets online today:
Long Beach Comic Expo 2019 tickets are on sale NOW. Kids 10 and under get in FREE, with a special discount available for all Long Beach Unified School District students. For tickets go to For additional information about the expo, its exhibitors, and the attending special guests go to
To find out more about times and locations for the panels, and to take a look at the full Long Beach Comic Expo program guide, follow the link here:
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Long Beach Comic Expo 2019: C3: Comic Creator Conference, The Comic Industry’s Leading Professional Conference, Announces Their 2019 Program Line-Up

C3: Comic Creator Conference, The Comic Industry’s Leading Professional Conference, Announces Their 2019 Program Line-Up
C3 2019 Will Again Deliver Valuable Insight Into the Comic Industry and Connect Up and Coming Professionals with Seasoned Creators and Publishers
Long Beach, CA (February 13, 2019) - Today, MAD Entertainment Management — experienced hosts of diverse and inclusive pop culture conventions — is pleased to announce the complete program line-up for this year’s C3: Comic Creator Conference
Taking place on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California on the eve of the Long Beach Comic Expo, this ninth installment of the largest professional comic industry event brings with it opportunities to connect professional comic creatives and other high-level industry professionals through a series of valuable panels and events. This year’s conference will include talks from industry leaders and veterans, including Keynote addresses from Martha Donato, CEO of MAD Entertainment Management and founder of C3, John Nee, publisher of Marvel Comics, and Joseph Illidge, author, editorial strategist, and former editor of DC Comics and Valiant Comics. 
This empowering and insightful event will culminate with the presentation of the 5th Annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics. Created in honor of Dwayne McDuffie (1962-2011) — the legendary African-American writer and producer of Static Shock, Justice League, and Ben 10: Alien Force & Ultimate Alien who most famously co-founded Milestone Media, the most successful minority-owned comic book company in the history of the industry —  spotlights the foremost underrepresented voices in comics who are striving to craft a wider diversity of creations. 
“At MAD Events, we strive to not only provide fans of the comic industry an outlet to have fun, but we also encourage the growth of the industry by serving its most talented creators,” said Jim McLauchlin, Director of Programming for C3. “We’re proud to once again host the Comic Creator Conference so that industry professionals can network, learn from one another, and acquire the resources that they need to introduce new worlds to comic fans worldwide.”
Some of C3: Comic Creator Conference panel highlights include:
  • Listen and Thrive as a Creator: Presented by Writer Barbara Kesel (Hawk and Dove), Actor/Author Neo Edmond (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and Writer Charlotte Fullerton (My Little Pony, Ben 10), learn why listening is the key to honing your creative skills and expanding your writing palette.
  • Self-promotion From the Experts: Former DC Comics and Valiant Comics Editor Joe Illidge and Fanbase Press Editor in Chief Barbara Dillon share their combined expertise in getting your product to the masses and media outlets, through guerrilla marketing, social media, and networking events.
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Independent Creators: Writer Ron Marz (Green Lantern), Aspen Comics Editor in Chief Vince Hernandez, and sci-fi/fantasy/horror author Russell Nohelty have been with companies big and small. Attendees will learn all about exciting opportunities on the indie scene, and the ins-and-outs of working with large companies.
  • Creator Connection: First Connections: One of the most anticipated panels — hosted by Marvel Comics Writer, Buddy Scalara (of Deadpool fame) — invites attendees to bring business cards and samples of their work to this interactive networking panel that has over the years brought countless creative teams and publishers together.
Comic industry professions who wish to attend C3: Comic Creator Conference can purchase tickets through C3’s official website: The full C3 programming schedule is available at
Follow C3: Comic Creator Conference on Facebook and Long Beach Comic Expo on Twitter for more announcements about new guests and programming. 

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Humble Bundle Announce a Limited-time Collection of Must Read Comics

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Humble Bundle Announce a Limited-time Collection of Must Read Comics

San Francisco, CA - February 13th 2019 Discover the best in comics with the Humble Comics Bundle: Start Here! featuring over 40 essential comics and manga titles, from modern classics to media tie-in hits and introductory volumes of today’s most exciting graphic novel series! Titles in the Humble Comics Bundle: Start Here! will benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics!

Participating publishers coming together for this project include BOOM!, Cartoon Books, Dark Horse, Dynamite Entertainment, Fantagraphics, IDW, Image Comics, Kodansha, Last Gasp, Skyhorse, Titan Publishing Group, Top Cow, and Top Shelf.

Humble Bundle readers can explore the international glory of digital comics with titles hailing from North America, Japan, and Europe in a single bundle for the first time ever! Don’t miss your chance to discover today’s most essential must read comics with the Humble Comics Bundle: Start Here!

Jeff Lemire, the bestselling author whose book Essex County is featured in this bundle says, “We all need to fight for better resources for librarians and educators to defend the freedom of expression and the CBLDF has done that. Essex County was challenged in Canada and I know the importance of the CBLDF as an essential part of the comics world.”

The Humble Comics Bundle: Start Here! will run from February 13th, 11 a.m. Pacific time through March 1st, 10 a.m. Pacific time.

Check out the promotion at:

Customers can pay just $1 or more for:
  • Bob's Burgers Vol. 1
  • Plants vs Zombies: Timepocalypse
  • American Flagg Definitive Collection
  • Deadly Class Vol. 1
  • Fence Vol. 1
  • Giant Days Vol. 1
  • Port of Earth Vol. 1
  • Judge Dredd Vol. 1

Customers who pay $8 or more will also get:
  • Wynonna Earp, Vol. 1: Homecoming
  • Knights of Sidonia Vol. 1
  • Think Tank Vol. 1
  • Essex County
  • Bloom County: The Complete Digital Library Vol. 1
  • The Last Temptation
  • Lumberjanes Vol. 1
  • Empowered Vol. 1
  • Fante Bukowski Vol. 1
  • Inuyashiki Vol. 1
  • I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1

Those who pay $15 or more will also receive:
  • From Hell
  • Bone: One Volume Edition
  • The Wonderful World of Tank Girl
  • Saga Vol. 1
  • Attack on Titan Vol. 1
  • Dragon Head Vol. 1
  • Ghost / Hellboy Special
  • The Boys Vol. 1
  • The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1
  • Project Superpowers: Black Cross
  • Slam! Vol. 1
  • Witchblade 2017 Vol. 1
  • Barefoot Gen Vol. 1

Those who pay $20 or more will receive everything and:
  • The Thrilling Adventure Hour
  • The Complete Elfquest Volume 1: The Original Quest
  • Locke & Key Vol. 1: Welcome To Lovecraft
  • Criminal Vol. 1
  • Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1
  • Love & Rockets: Maggie the Mechanic
  • Femme Magnifique: 50 Magnficient Women Who Changed the World
  • Monstress Vol. 1
  • The Education of a Comics Artist
  • Vinland Saga Vol. 1

The total MSRP for this entire collection of 42 essential comics is $590.

CBLDF President Christina Merkler says, "It's incredible to recognize that so many of the most well-loved and popular titles in comics have been banned and challenged. Seeing books CBLDF has stood up for like Saga, Bone, Barefoot Gen, and Love & Rockets in this bundle is a strong reminder that the freedom to read can't be taken for granted."

Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home, says, "CBLDF has gone to bat for my readers and fellow artists time and again over the years. Thanks to their support, books like Fun Home are available to readers who wouldn't otherwise see themselves in their community's libraries. Thank you, Humble Bundle community for supporting their work!"
Renowned author and CBLDF Advisory Board chair Neil Gaiman says, "Thanks to the support of the Humble Bundle community, CBLDF is realizing our long-term goals of creating new legal support for creators at risk domestically and around the world. We're building more resources to help students, educators and librarians use comics in education, and defending their Free Expression rights -- all at no cost to those who need our help."


About the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF)
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Our work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators who face the threat of censorship. We monitor legislation and challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. We create resources that promote understanding of comics and the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day we publish news and information about censorship events as they happen. We are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week. Our expert legal team is available at a moment’s notice to respond to First Amendment emergencies. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights on which our community depends. To learn more about CBLDF, please visit:!

About Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle sells games, ebooks, software, and other digital content through pay-what-you-want bundle promotions, the Humble Store, and the Humble Monthly curated subscription service. When buying a bundle, customers not only choose how much to pay, but also how their payment is divided between the content creators, charity, and Humble Bundle. Purchases from the Humble Store and subscriptions to Humble Monthly also help support charity. In 2017, Humble Bundle announced the launch of a multi-platform funding and creative initiative to publish games "Presented by Humble Bundle." Since the company's launch in 2010, Humble Bundle and its community have raised more than $134 million for a wide range of charities across the world. To see more, visit


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Long Beach Comic Expo 2019: Long Beach Comic Expo Unveils its MARVELous Program Line-Up Featuring Some of the Biggest Names in the Comics Industry

This year, Long Beach Comic Expo is proud to host many industry-leading special guests, such as Punisher co-creator Gerry Conway, famed cartoonist Patrick Owsley (Hanna-Barbera/Warner Bros.), renowned writer Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Silver Surfer), and many more. Guests have the option to take part in dozens of panels based on some of the hottest pop-culture properties, including Captain Marvel, Aquaman, Batman, and Justice League
Poised to host over one hundred-fifty exhibits, dozens of high-profile guests and tons of hands-on and interactive activities, Long Beach Comic Expo will have something for the whole family to enjoy! 
For a deeper look into the expo, here are just a few of the exciting panels and activities you’ll be able to enjoy at the show:
  • Captain Marvel: Origins: A look at Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, with two of the writers who know her best: Gerry Conway, who introduced the "Ms. Marvel" version of Carol in the 1970s Ms. Marvel comic series; and bestselling novelist Margaret Stohl, whose The Life of Captain Marvel comic retold the character's history as a lead-in to the upcoming feature film starring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Space Expo: A con-within-a-con experience that’s all about space exploration and hands-on STEM education! Featuring experts in their respective scientific fields, kids (and kids-at-heart) can have fun with science-based interactive experiments! Space Expo's Guests of Honor are NASA InSight scientist Farah Alibay and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Troy Lee Hudson.
  • C3 Presents: Comics: Breaking In and Staying In: The road to a career in comics and the creative arts can take many twists and turns — and they don't stop once you get in. Join Marvel Comics publisher John Nee, DC Comics/Valiant Comics/Lion Forge editor Joseph Illidge, artist James Jameson (American Gods), and cartoonist Javier Hernandez (El Muerto) for a riveting discussion of the different ways they've developed their careers.
  • Women on the Dark Side: Not all female artists and creators are about unicorns and glittery vampires. Hosted by Anne Toole (HALO: Lone Wolf), Kate Jonez (author, Santa Muerte), Susan Lee (Wraith of Love), and Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society), attendees can get some critical insight from women who create truly dark and challenging art and content, with just a touch of humor and whimsy. Whether it’s comic books, novels, or art, these are the women who are creating content that connects with our deeper, darker side.
You can find a link to the full Long Beach Comic Expo program guide here
Long Beach Comic Expo 2019 tickets are on sale NOW. Kids 10 and under get in FREE, with a special discount available for all Long Beach Unified School District students. For tickets go to For additional information about the expo, its exhibitors, and the attending special guests go to
Follow LBCE 2019 on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more details on upcoming limited VIP packages, photo ops, and more announcements about new guests and programming.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Long Beach Comic Expo 2019: ALL THINGS COSPLAY @ LBCE

  • Level Up Your Cosplay! with Ivy Doomkitty - Room 104B at 10:00 am
  • Cospositive: Cosplay with Confidence - Room 104A at 4:00 pm
  • Cosplay Comedy with Kyle - Room 104C at 11:30 am

  • Long Beach Convention Center - Room 104C
  • Saturday, February 16th
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Room 104C
  • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Cosplay questions? You can find Bernie at booth 272!

Monday, February 11, 2019

666 Cases of Hellboy Beer On Tap from Gigantic Brewing & Dark Horse Comics Featuring New Bottle Art by Mike Mignola colored by Dave Stewart

666 Cases of Hellboy Beer On Tap from Gigantic Brewing and Dark Horse Comics
Featuring New Bottle Art by Mike Mignola colored by Dave Stewart
(February 11, 2019) To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, Oregon's Gigantic Brewing and Dark Horse Comics are teaming up to create 666 cases of Hellboy beer, based on award-winning cartoonist Mike Mignola’s legendary character. All told, Gigantic Brewing will release six different Hellboy beers, with flavors inspired by fan-favorite characters from the Hellboy comic books. Each new beer will be a limited edition run of 666 cases and will be released approximately every seven weeks. The first beer, Hellboy, features a maple syrup and pancake profile. Gigantic Brewing’s first Hellboy beer will be released in March, ahead of Hellboy Day on March 23, 2019, when comic book stores and fans across the country will celebrate twenty-five years of Hellboy comics and graphic novels.

The limited edition beers will be released in the following order and feature different flavor profiles:  
  • Hellboy - Maple Syrup Pancake Beer (6.66% abv)
  • Liz Sherman - Mole Chili Stout (6.66% abv)
  • Johann Kraus - Citrus Wit Beer (6.66% abv)
  • Abe Sapien - Indigo Blue Fruit Ale (6.66% abv)
  • Blood Queen - Cranberry Yuzu Sour (6.66% abv)
  • Trevor Bruttenholm - British Barleywine (9.99% abv)

Fans attending Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con will get a chance to be the first to taste Hellboy beer at its official release at an offsite event on March 15th at an as-yet-undisclosed event. Hellboy beer will subsequently be available in select locations across the US. Gigantic Brewing will also be selling prints and t-shirts featuring new Mike Mignola’s illustrations for each of the six Hellboy beers.

Hellboy has appeared in graphic novels and comic books, prose novels and short story collections, two animated features, two live action films, toy lines and all manner of merchandise. Neil Marshall’s forthcoming Hellboy film starring David Harbour, Sasha Lane, Ian McShane, Penelope Mitchell, and Milla Jovovich will be released by Lionsgate on April 12, 2019.

For more information about Hellboy Beer, follow Gigantic Brewery on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or visit

For more information, contact:

David Hyde
Superfan Promotions LLC; 917-803-6684; @superfanpr

About Mike Mignola:

Mike Mignola’s fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age; reading Dracula at age twelve introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore, from which he has never recovered. Starting in 1982 as a bad inker for Marvel Comics, he evolved into a not-so-bad artist. By the late 1980s, he’d begun to develop his unique graphic style, with mainstream projects like Cosmic Odyssey and Batman: Gotham by Gaslight. In 1994, he published the first of many Hellboy series through Dark Horse, leading to many spinoffs, prose books, animated films, and two live-action films. Along the way he worked on Francis Ford Coppola’s film Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), and with director Guillermo del Toro on Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008). A new Hellboy film by Neil Marshall is currently in the works. Mike’s books have earned numerous awards and are published in a great many countries. He lives in Southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.

About Dark Horse
For more than thirty years, 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. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, 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 Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Stranger Things, Aliens, The Legend of Zelda, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Minecraft, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

About Gigantic Brewing:
Gigantic Brewing Company is an independent, artisanal brewery located in the Southeast quadrant of the Peoples Republic of Portland. Brewer/Owners Ben Love and Van Havig are veterans of the brewing community. At Gigantic we only do two things: make the best damn IPA in Portland, Oregon and produce seasonal, exciting, flavorful beers, most of which will be brewed only once. Our goal is simultaneously to create new interpretations of classic styles and to ignore those same style guidelines completely and brew whatever our creative natures produce. We hold ourselves to a simple principle – Never Give an Inch. We vow to start small and (stubbornly) stay small, focusing our efforts on making exceptional beer, rather than a lot of beer. When you drink Gigantic, know that we didn’t just put our names on the label – our effort, imagination, and dry wit are in every bottle.

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