IDW Publishing Emerald City Comic Con Schedule

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All things IDW for Seattle’s upcoming Emerald City Comicon, including booth locations, creator signing schedule, and an exclusive variant cover!
via press release
IDW Takes Seattle!
Where To Be At Emerald City Comicon

San Diego, CA (March 25, 2015) – Attendants of Seattle’s renowned Emerald City Comicon are in for surprise announcements, exceptional signings and a weekend full of fun from IDW! Taking place this weekend from March 27th – March 29th at the Washington State Convention Center, come by the IDW booth (#1802) to stock up on your collection, meet your favorite creators, and score a truly outrageous exclusive. Additionally, Top Shelf can be found at booth #1225, where you can meet the creative team behind the hit satire God Is Disappointed in You, Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler!

Available exclusively at the IDW booth, grab yourself
a copy of the book that’s got everyone talking, Jem & The Holograms, with a variant cover by Agnes Garbowska! The cover can be purchased for $5, limit 3 per customer.

The IDW booth will be packed all weekend long with talent from across the industry signing their acclaimed work:

Friday March 27th

11:00 – 12:00 Orphan Black – Jody Houser
12:00 – 1:00 Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls –
Andy Suriano, Derek Charm
1:00 – 2:00 D4VE, The Bigger Bang –
Ryan Ferrier, D.J. Kirkbride
2:00 – 3:00 Jem & The Holograms
Agnes Garbowska, Sara Richard
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
3:00 – 4:00 Dirk Gently – Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla: Cataclysm – Cullen Bunn
5:00 – 6:00 Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery
6:00 – 7:00 Nelvana of the Northern Lights  – Hope Nicholson

Saturday March 28th

10:00 – 11:00 Skylanders – David A. Rodriguez
11:00 – 12:00 Edward Scissorhands – Kate Leth, Drew Rausch
12:00 – 1:00 Dirk Gently – Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
1: 00 ­– 2:00 The Fly: Outbreak – Brandon Seifert
2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony, Jem & The Holograms – Sara Richard
3:00 – 4:00 Wild Blue Yonder – Zach Howard
4:00 – 5:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & More! – Erik Burnham, Paul Allor
5:00 – 6:00 Judge Dredd – Darick Robertson
6:00 – 7:00 Transformers – Mairghread Scott, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli

Sunday March 29th

10:00 – 11:00 My Little Pony – Amy Mebberson, Georgia Ball, Ted Anderson,
Agnes Garbowska
11:00 – 12:00 Powerpuff Girls – Derek Charm
12:00 – 1:00 G.I. Joe Cover Art – Jerffrey Veregge, Drew Johnson
1:00 – 2:00 Amelia Cole, Artful Daggers  – D.J. Kirkbride, Adam P. Knave,
Sean E. Williams
3:00 – 4:00 Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate – Max Dunbar

And don’t miss out on the panels that are sure to be a highlight of your weekend!

Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
IDW: 2015 and Beyond—IDW invites you to join in their first big panel of 2015! Join VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, Editor-in-Chief/Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall, alongside editor Sarah Gaydos, Erik Burnhamof Ghostbusters fame, and Jody Houser, writer of the hit Orphan Black comic for a spirited chat filled with announcements, hijinks and Q&A!

Saturday, 2:00 – 3:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
God is Disappointed in You (The Sequel), with Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler—Last year’s standing-room-only hot ticket returns — now with even more Biblical bewilderment! God Is Disappointed in You, published by Top Shelf, is the tongue-in-cheek “condensed” version of the Bible you never knew you needed — hilariously modern, but surprisingly authentic — packed with cartoons by Eisner-award-winner Shannon Wheeler (The New YorkerToo Much Coffee Man). Join him and author Mark Russell (writer of DC Comics’ upcoming Prez) for an hour of unforgettable irreverence, including Q&A, audience sketches, and the hilarious-yet-accurate “ten-minute Bible.” PLUS: a taste of the Audie-nominated audiobook, read by Dr. Venture himself, James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros), and an exclusive announcement about the upcoming sequel!

Sunday, 3:30 – 4:20 Hall F (TCC 304)
Kevin Eastman: A Life With Turtles—Join the legendary co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and he talks about his long career in both comics and Hollywood, and how he brings his beloved Turtles to the world in a variety of media!

Sunday, 4:00 – 5:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
IDW Presents: The New Class of Licensed Comics—Transformers, Adventure Time, Star Trek, Orphan Black, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic… What do these comics all have in common? They’re all licensed comics, and although some may STILL look down on them, they’re also home to some of the best talent telling the best stories around. Come hear about the good (and the sometimes challenging) aspects of working on books like these, from host Editor Sarah Gaydos (Star Trek, Disney, Edward Scissorhands), with special guests Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors, Edward Scissorhands), Corinna Bechko (Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Once Upon a Time), Jody Houser (Orphan Black), Editor Shannon Waters (of BOOM!), Chris Roberson (Aliens, Star Trek), and Gabriel Hardman (Planet of the Apes, Star Wars).

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#BlackComicsMonth – Day 4 – David Walker : Interview (Part 2 of 2)

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David Walker’s eminent film and culture magazine. Accept no substitutions!

Two days ago we spoke with David Walker for #BlackComicsMonth. We discussed the status of diversity in comics culture, his excellent recent work on Shaft for Dynamite, and some of the challenges faced by black creators entering the biz.

Let’s wrap up with the conclusion of the David Walker interview, below! (Part 1 can be found here).

Vixen Varsity: Speaking of revivals, just curious, what did you think of Darwyn Cooke’s The Spirit series? I’m aware that you were a big Will Eisner fan, and had the honorable opportunity to interview him, several years before his passing.

David Walker: I hate to say this, but I have yet to check out that particular work. I love Cooke’s adaptations of the Parker novels. Those are hands down some of the best graphic novels to come along in many years. Those are absolutely brilliant—which makes me concerned that the sales are low, because brilliance is sometimes denied in favor of banal mediocrity.

VV: Do you see any marked difference between “black comic conventions” and other cons? Are you scheduled to attend any interesting conventions this year?

DW: To date, I have only been to the shows in Harlem and San Francisco, and for me, both have been the best, most successful shows I’ve ever attended. And to be clear, I’m saying that these are the BEST shows I’ve attended, not the best black shows. I’m still figuring out my schedule for this year. I know for sure I’ll be at Emerald City in Seattle, Wondercon in Anaheim, and Collective Con in Florida. I hope to be at ECBACC in Philly. Other than that, it all depends on money and time.

VV: Any other potential comics on the horizon for you, following Shaft?

DW: There are several potentially big projects, which I can’t talk about. Sorry. I have a graphic novel coming out from IDW called The Army of Dr. Moreau (out in March), which is a project very near and dear to my heart. I’m also developing something with Robert Love, my collaborative partner on Number 13 from Dark Horse.

VV: Have you been following any recent comic creators or works that you’d recommend? Hip-hop artists?

DW: Honestly, I’ve been living in a hole for the past year or two, just trying to survive and get work done. There are a few comics that have won me over, like Concrete Park, or Kid Code, or Matty’s Rocket, but most of my time is spent creating, rather than consuming. I read a YA book last year that blew my mind—More Than This by Patrick Ness. He wrote The Chaos Walking series, which I loved.

VV: Any words or thoughts about the recent Milestone announcement? Were you a fan of Milestone back in the day, and did you follow any particular books?

DW: Milestone came along at a time when I had walked away from comics. I knew that the books existed, but I didn’t start reading them until after the fact. I loved some of the titles—especially Static and Icon. I’m excited to see what Milestone 2.0 has in store. I know Denys [Cowan] and Reggie [Hudlin], and I’ve let them know that I’m down to help in any way I can—whether it is as a fan, or as a creator. I want to see this endeavor succeed, and I hope it creates new opportunities for creators, but most of all I hope it provides fans with quality material that sparks their imagination, and helps give them visibility.

VV: Pitch your perfect Milestone character (if you have done this already, can you tell us your idea?)

DW: I don’t have a perfect character specifically, though I would love to do something all ages. Comics have ventured too far into the realm of adult books, and have forsaken younger readers. This is especially true of younger people of color and girls. I want to create a comic that my friend’s ten-year-old daughter can read.

VV: Back in your epic BadAzz Mofo magazine you would announce the Nigga Charley Film Awards. Is there any possibility of reviving these awards? Anything in 2014 he might recommend or revile?

DW: That will only happen if he gets out of jail.

VV: Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview, and helping us champion Black Comics Month! Where can people find you online and stay up to date on all things David Walker?

DW: I don’t update my blog that often, but I’m at www.badazzmofo.com. On Twitter I’m @DavidWalker1201. Facebook is davidwalkerwriter.

Imaginary Drugs TPB Review – Multi-colored Uppers, Downers, Screamers, Laughers

Michael McDermott has distilled a curious title for a curiously whacked-out Whitman’s Sampler of flash fiction comix. I don’t know what the words “Imaginary Drugs” mean exactly, but one thing is for certain: we can’t stop here. This is bat country.

In a recent interview, McDermott reveals his madcap vision, largely centered on a churning, childhood-imprinting specific image from notoriously sexual science fiction mag Heavy Metal. He envisions Imaginary Drugs as a kind of homespun American response to the famed European mag, and it’s a bold and brave play that I heartily applaud. Does it reach the cracked, sublime, lysergically reacting degrees that some of the best Heavy Metal stories impart?

There are quite a few good yarns in the collection which is often, but not exclusively, devoted to interstellar escapades, with characters and world-building often scraping a bit against the brevity manifesto. This means that, at times, there are some solid ideas that end abruptly, often humorously, and some less effervescent ideas that neither go anywhere interesting nor outstay their welcome. The creator is also rarely outdone, and many of McDermott’s personally scribed narratives, which are liberally peppered throughout, hint at something longer, perhaps greater.

The artwork is assuredly a major pull, and most anyone flipping through Imaginary Drug‘s pages will find themselves pausing to inspect the often striking color palettes and frequent outbursts of violence. Yet this isn’t a steady appreciation of it, and twisted alien planet sojourns converge abruptly with skewed slice-of-life stories. Frequent contributor Christine Larsen is granted some decidedly successful, predominantly silent and experimental pieces, where bizarre extraterrestrial ways of life and architecture deliver some of the more provocative, brain-piercing moments (fondly recalling Lewis Trondheim’s A.L.I.E.E.E.N.).

There is just SO much here – 36 stories, in fact – and it is thereby near impossible to heartily recommend the book as a whole. McDermott’s infectious attitude about the whole thing is assuredly felt, but I wouldn’t say that it’s cover-to-cover golden weirdness. As an anthology, it’s great that $10.00 Kickstarter backers got an enormous amount of material for their modest donation, but I don’t think that the overblown result is a finely honed and focused expression of the thesis.

Which is all a lot to say: there’s a definite “Greatest Hits” ready to be mastered out of this book. So purchasing it gives you the b-sides, demos, live versions, outtakes and extras, and there are far worse scenarios than that.

IDW Preview: Millennium #1

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Millennium #1
STORY BY: Joe Harris
ART BY: Colin Lorimer
COLORS BY: Joana Lafuente
LETTERS BY: Shawn Lee
COVER BY: Menton3
PUBLISHER: IDW
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: January 21st, 2015

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Fifteen years ago, the end of the world—the anticipated “Millennium Event”—was avoided thanks to the efforts of Frank Black and FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Or was it? Frank’s psychic gifts have been showing him that evil has continued to grow unabated in the world, and he’s trying his best to ignore it. But soon the resurgence of the Millennium Group and their quest to find Frank’s daughter Jordan will pull him into the fray once again, whether he likes it or not!

IDW Preview: Star Trek: New Visions: “Made out of Mudd” #1

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STORY BY: John Byrne
ART BY: John Byrne
COVER BY: John Byrne
PUBLISHER: IDW
COVER PRICE: $7.99
RELEASE DATE: December 10th, 2014

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John Byrne continues his new Star Trek photonovel adventures with “Made Out of Mudd” – Harry Mudd has gotten under Jim Kirk’s skin before, but never quite like this… alien artifacts, Klingons, and a mad man’s schemes add up to headaches for the Captain and his crew. All that, plus Tribbles!!