Author - Jerry Paxton

Teen Titans GO Figure! Launches

ATLANTA July 19, 2018 – Cartoon Network has released Teen Titans GO Figure!, available today on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets for $3.99 via the App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. A sequel to the best-selling mobile game Teeny Titans, and based on Teen Titans Go!, Cartoon Network’s hit animated series from DC and Warner Bros. Animation, this new action-adventure game is inspired by the Warner Bros. Animation feature film “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies,” arriving in theaters on July 27, 2018.

Owners of the original Teeny Titans will receive a special Hooded Hood figure in Teen Titans GO Figure! for free. Players who beat Teeny Titans will unlock an additional bonus figure in game, as well! Fans can also download a special edition Teen Titans Go Figure! digital comic book from DC here.

Combining the adorable 3D stylized figures, action-packed battle system and exciting shopping simulation of the original in a new adventure, Teen Titans GO Figure! features DC universe’s greatest Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Someone’s trying to put the Teeny Titans Figure Company out of business and all signs point to… the Justice League?! Play as Robin, Raven, Cyborg, Starfire or Beast Boy, and journey across iconic locations like Metropolis, the Hall of Justice, Gotham City, Wayne Manor, the Batcave, Arkham Asylum and the orbiting Justice League Watchtower to solve this larger-than-life mystery.

Teen Titans GO Figure! features nearly 100 exciting figures to battle and level up. Collect fan-favorites like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Black Lightning, Swamp Thing, Shazam and more, each customizable with new paints, abilities and accessories. You’ll meet up with tons of iconic DC characters along the way, including Supergirl, Hawkgirl, Commissioner Gordon, Martian Manhunter, Space Cabbie, Rainbow Raider, Booster Gold, Condiment King and more.

Teen Titans GO Figure! is rated E10+ (Everyone 10+) by the ESRB and licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on behalf of DC Entertainment.

THQ Nordic Unveils Gamescom 2018 Lineup

Vienna/Austria, July 19th 2018: The world’s biggest gaming convention is almost here! gamescom 2018 will open its doors on August 21st in Cologne, Germany and today, THQ Nordic is happy to announce its line-up of games. For the first time ever, the public can get their hands on Darksiders III. THQ Nordic will host four games in the entertainment area, all of which will be playable.

Check our exciting gamescom 2018 trailer:

Four more games will be shown behind closed doors, and one of them is a world exclusive announcement which will break cover during the official gamescom opening ceremony. Keep your eyes on http://www.gamescom.global on Tuesday, 21st of August 11:00 AM CEST.

Players can visit our booth in Hall 8, A011. Be amongst the first in the world to play Darksiders III. Meet our Cosplayer, Legion and learn all the latest news about the game during our daily stage show.

Also for the first time, visitors at gamescom can experience the new 4 player co-op game Generation Zero, an explosive game of cat and mouse set in a vast open world in a reimagining of 1980’s Sweden.

Biomutant, called one of the biggest surprises of last year’s gamescom, is back with an incredible new demo full of Kung-Fu, action, weapons, creatures and craziness.

Fade to Silence sends the player in to a world of unrelenting winter, fighting not only hunger and monsters, but also nature itself. Get your hands on this survival game with moral choices, base building and permadeath!

You want to know more about gamescom 2018? Check:
Official Website: http://www.gamescom.global
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gamescom.cologne/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gamescom

LEGO Unveils San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON (July 18, 2018) – LEGO Systems, Inc. is once again showcasing the hottest upcoming toys and convention-only exclusives at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC), the world’s largest comic and entertainment convention. The company is highlighting the much-anticipated big-screen animated adventure The LEGO®Movie 2: The Second Part, and will charm attendees with large-scale LEGO Master Builder creations inspired by iconic characters, new LEGO products releasing in 2019, one-of-a-kind minifigure giveaways, exclusive retail offerings and hands-on building activities at booth #2829 in Hall D at the San Diego Convention Center, July 19-22.

“Beloved characters from The LEGO Movie 2, classic Super Heroes and some of the hottest pop culture properties are once again being celebrated in brick form at the LEGO booth this year at Comic-Con,” said Amanda Madore, senior brand relations manager, LEGO Systems, Inc. “We know that fans around the world are captivated each year by LEGO exclusives and sneak peeks, and we want to spread the love to those that are not able to attend the show by welcoming them to take part in the building fun via social media.”

Fans who are not attending SDCC can follow @LEGO_Group on Twitter and watch for opportunities to win the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives throughout the four-day show.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
Characters from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, the highly anticipated sequel to 2014’s smash hit The LEGO Movie, in theaters February 8, 2019, will take center stage at the LEGO Booth.. A larger-than-life, over 4-foot tall and 7-and-a-half-foot long version of leading character Unikitty™ in a new Ultrakatty form will be on display at the LEGO Booth. The creation took LEGO Master Builders 250 hours and 55,825 bricks to design and build. Visitors to the booth can also test their building skills by helping LEGO Master Builders construct a brick-built masterpiece, while getting a sneak peek at the new characters from the film in a 221,184-brick LEGO mystery mural.

Three new LEGO building sets based on the film – Ultrakatty & Warrior Lucy! ($29.99), Emmet and Lucy’s Escape Buggy ($49.99) and Sweet Mayhem’s Systar Starship! ($49.99)– will make their debut at SDCC as a preview to the entirely new collection of LEGO building sets launching in 2019.

The ultimate Apocolypseburg Unikitty minifigure, unleashing her never-before-seen Rage kitty and Angry kitty expressions, will also be available to lucky fans who enter and win during a pre-show drawing on Comic-Con’s Exclusives Portal: https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2018/exclusive-merch-time-slots.

LEGO Super Heroes: DC Comics™
A special Aquaman and Storm collectible building set, as depicted in their original animated TV appearances in the ’60s, will be available exclusively for purchase for select attendees who registered prior to the show.

Prior to its release in January 2019, attendees can see the new LEGO Super Heroes Batman™ Mech vs. Poison Ivy™ Mech building set ($39.99), bringing together the legendary DC characters Batman™, Poison Ivy™, The Flash™ and Firefly.

A LEGO minifigure version of Black Lightning, from The CW’s popular television series Black Lightning (season 2 premieres Tuesday, October 9 at 9/8c), will also be given away to winning attendees from a pre-show lottery.

LEGO Marvel™ Super Heroes
Inspired by Marvel Studios’ blockbuster hit Avengers: Infinity War, an 8-and-a-half-foot LEGO model of the powerful Titan warlord Thanos, containing 91,350 bricks, will continue his journey at SDCC to rule over the LEGO booth. Weighing 450 pounds, the model took LEGO Master Builders 418 hours to design and build. A new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Spider Mech vs. Venom building set ($49.99) available in December, bringing together the classic characters Venom and Spider-Man in an original Spider Mech vehicle exclusive to LEGO brick form, will also be on display.

Following this month’s release of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp, a limited-edition retail set inspired by the film will be exclusively sold to select attendees who registered in a raffle before the show. Additionally, a LEGO minifigure version of Marvel’s Sheriff Deadpool will be given to chosen attendees from a pre-show giveaway.

LEGO Star Wars™
Fans of LEGO Star Wars™ a will have the chance to step inside a LEGO brick-built version of the iconic Millennium Falcon™ cockpit, containing 201,985 LEGO bricks and weighing over 1,300 pounds. The incredible model was no easy feat for the 12 LEGO Master Builders who spent 790 hours designing and building the Star Wars™ vehicle interior.

Additionally, a limited-edition LEGO Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon™ Cockpit building set inspired by Solo: A Star Wars Story will be available for purchase exclusively for select attendees who won the opportunity to purchase it prior to the show.

LEGO Ideas
Fans of the 1980s animated Voltron TV series and the modern DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender series show will have the exclusive opportunity to pick up the LEGO Ideas Voltron building set based on a concept from the fan-fueled LEGO Ideas crowdsourcing platform. A limited number of building sets will be available for purchase at the LEGO booth for $179.99 before it is widely available for purchase on August 1. No pre-registration is required to purchase this exciting new model at the LEGO booth.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Home Video and Digital Release Date

BURBANK, Calif. (July 18, 2018— Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” directed by Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Ron Howard—the creator of unforgettable films, such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” “Parenthood” and “Splash”—took moviegoers on this summer’s wildest ride with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). The action-packed journey explores Han’s first encounters with future friend and copilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), as well as his adventure-filled past alongside fellow street thief Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and career criminal Beckett (Woody Harrelson). Watch instantly on Sept. 14th as the Millennium Falcon sets course digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere, and bring the adventure home on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 25.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” bonus content takes fans behind the scenes to experience compelling discussions with the star-studded cast and screenwriters Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan (writer of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi); a revealing feature on Chewie and his enduring friendship with Han; a close-up look at the original version of the Millennium Falcon and Han’s first time piloting the infamous ship; the creation of the film’s otherworldly settings and pulse-pounding action sequences; and eight never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes.

DIGITAL AND BLU-RAY BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):

  • Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable

Sit down with director Ron Howard and the stars for an intimate and entertaining discussion of the film’s making.

  • Team Chewie

See what it takes to bring your favorite Wookiee to life in this lighthearted look behind the scenes.

  • Kasdan on Kasdan
    Iconic Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and son Jonathan share what it was like to write the movie’s script together.
  • Remaking the Millennium Falcon
    Track the transformation of the most famous ship in the galaxy, from Lando’s swank and impeccable pride and joy to Han’s stripped-down hot-rod freighter with “special modifications.”
  • Escape from Corellia

Get behind the wheel for the making of this high-octane chase through the streets of Corellia.

  • The Train Heist

Explore the challenges and thrills of creating this action-packed sequence, including its remote location and spectacular effects.

  • Becoming a Droid: L3-37

Meet the newest droid—and the talented actor who helps bring her to life.

  • Scoundrels, Droids, Creatures and Cards: Welcome to Fort Ypso

Take an in-depth tour of the rough-and-tumble bar where strangers mix and gamblers risk all in the legendary card game, Sabaac.

  • Into the Maelstrom: The Kessel Run

Join Han and Chewie at the controls of the Millennium Falcon to see how this legendary moment in Star Wars history unfolds.

  • Deleted Scenes

o   Proxima’s Den

o   Corellian Foot Chase

o   Han Solo: Imperial Cadet

o   The Battle of Mimban: Extended

o   Han Versus Chewie: Extended

o   Snowball Fight!

o   Meet Dryden: Extended

o   Coaxium Double-Cross

  • The Millenium Falcon: From Page to Park – An exclusive look at the history of the most famous ship in the galaxy, its origin and development, and how it will translate in one of the most anticipated expansions in Disneyland’s history.

Directed by Ron Howard, the fun-filled galactic heist movie stars Alden Ehrenreich (“Hail, Caesar!,” “Tetro”), Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “The Messenger”), Emilia Clarke (“Me Before You,” “Game of Thrones”), Donald Glover (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “The Martian”), Thandie Newton (“Gringo,” “Crash”), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag,” “Killing Eve”) and Paul Bettany (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Master and Commander”). Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) returns to play Chewbacca.

Written by Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel. Lawrence Kasdan, Jason McGatlin, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are executive producers.

To create the unique look of the film, some of the industry’s top talent was recruited, including Academy Award® nominee Bradford Young (“Arrival”), director of photography; two-time Academy Award–winning editor Pietro Scalia (“Alien: Covenant”); Dominic Tuohy (“The Mummy”), special effects supervisor; Rob Bredow (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”), visual effects supervisor; and John Powell (“Jason Bourne”), score composed and adapted by.

They are joined by returning Star Wars veteran crew members: Neil Lamont, production designer; Neal Scanlan, special creature effects; David Crossman and Glyn Dillon, costume designers; Jamie Wilkinson, prop master; Lisa Tomblin-Fitzpatrick, hair designer; and Amanda Knight, makeup designer.

The legendary John Williams is credited with the “Han Solo Theme” and original Star Wars music.

Blizzard Entertainment Unveils San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Schedule

July 16, 2018 – Blizzard Entertainment makes its return to Comic-Con® International: San Diego this July 18–22with a full lineup highlighted by panel opportunities, event-exclusive items, talent signings, product news, and more. Featured this year are the company’s acclaimed Overwatch®, StarCraft®, World of Warcraft®, and Hearthstone® franchises as well as various activities from its Blizzard Publishing book label.

BLIZZARD’S SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

Panels:

  • Behind the Cards: The Art of Blizzard’s Hearthstone, Thursday July 19, 12:00pm–1:00pm Room 5AB
    • Ben Thompson (art director), Hadidjah Chamberlain (senior FX artist), Jomaro Kindred (senior concept artist), and Matt Dixon (illustrator) offer a deep dive into the world of card creation for Blizzard Entertainment’s hit digital card gameHearthstone. Surprise and delight await as panelists walk attendees through the development of cards from the upcoming expansion, The Boomsday Projectfrom initial concept sketches to final card art.
  • Behind the Scenes of Overwatch’s Newest Hero, Friday July 20, 3:15pm–4:15pmRoom 6BCF
    • Overwatch developers Michael Chu (lead writer), Arnold Tsang (assistant art director), Geoff Goodman (lead hero designer), and Geoffrey Garnett (senior sound designer) present a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of developing the story, art, and gameplay kit for Overwatch’s newest hero, Wrecking Ball. Learn more about Overwatch hero design and participate in Q&A with the developers after the panel.
  • Chapters and Panels: Blizzard Publishing, Saturday July 21, 3:30pm–4:30pm Room 5AB
    • See how Blizzard’s many worlds are crafted into compelling art and narrative through an array of books and comics. Some of the industry’s top authors discuss how they bring to life engaging stories that expand and widen the universes of Blizzard’s games through the perspectives of some of gaming’s most unique characters. Panelists will highlight recent releases, hint at what may be yet to come, and perhaps unveil a surprise or two. Moderated by Blizzard Publishing senior editor Cate Gary. Panelists include Christie Golden, Jody Houser, Mark Evanier, and Steve Danuser.
Blizzard Featured Items July 1822:
  • Attendees will be able to purchase the following items from the Blizzard Entertainment Booth #140
    • Cute But Deadly: D.Va with MEKA
    • Cute But Deadly: Banshee Sylvanas and Holy Light Anduin 2-Pack
    • Overwatch: Goldimari Mini Plush
    • Cute But Deadly: Twilight Orisa
    • Funko POP! Vinyl: Roadhog & Junkrat 2-Pack
    • Overwatch Blizzard World fine art
Blizzard Licensed Partner Exclusives (available for purchase):
  • Grillmaster 76 SDCC Exclusive Funko, July 18–22 Funko POP! Booth #5341
  • New StarCraft Comic #1 Exclusive SDCC cover, July 18–22 Dark Horse Booth #2615
Overwatch X Tokidoki The Heroes Collection Launch (brand-new release available for purchase):
  • Overwatch X Tokidoki The Heroes Collection, July 18–22 Tokidoki Booth #5037 & Blizzard Booth #140
Blizzard Booth Activations: 
  • Tokidoki Signing, July 21 2:00pm–4:00pm Blizzard Booth #140
    • Attendees will have the chance for a signature from Simone Legno, founder of Tokidoki
    • Signing is limited, wristband distribution will be Saturday morning at the Blizzard Booth
  • Christie Golden Signing July 21 5:00pm–6:30pm Blizzard Booth #140
    • Writer of the New York Times bestselling World of Warcraft novel Before the Storm
Overwatch Activations:
  • Overwatch Payload Tour, July 18-22 Omni Hotel Floor 4 Grand Ballroom
    • Choose from a selection of Overwatch weapons (Henchmen Studios-created props)
    • Step onto the 360-degree rotating stage, where you’ll be transported into anOverwatch map
    • Share a video of the experience with friends and the Overwatch community
    • Every participant will receive an exclusive Overwatch pin
  • GameStop Grillmaster 76 Cosplayer Photo Op from Henchmen Studios, July 20 SDCC Show Floor
    • Find the Grillmaster 76 Cosplayer on the show floor for a unique photo-op!

GVS Elipse P100 Half Mask Respirator Review

I have spent many days of my life in rundown, sometimes abandoned structures located in a multitude of airsoft game arenas. Sometimes these locations are abandoned military bases – other times factories, mills, etc. Whatever the location, protecting yourself against airborne particulates and whatnot is very important. The problem is that usually respirators and gas masks are often cumbersome, hard to wear with ANSI/ballistic rated eye protection, and simply hard to breathe in while running around. GVS has a potential solution in their Elipse P100 half mask respirator.

I wore the GVS P100 during this year’s Operation Lionclaws event at George Air Force base in Southern California. This location is home to many structures in various states of disrepair. These structures often have their guts torn open, spilling dust and insulation as well as plaster everywhere. You can see an example of one of these structures here:

Protection-wise, the GVS Elipse P100 stood up to BB hits much better than I was expecting it to. Thankfully, its TPE (Thermo Plastic Elastomer) body is more than capable of bouncing BB hits while the filter cage plastic is also durable. Now, there does stand a small risk of a BB getting through the cages and embedding into the filter material or output valve. However, I think this is a low chance of happening – still, it is something to consider if you absolutely need protection over air quality. Some game rules might not allow for this half mask respirator, so check with your game hosts prior to assuming it can be used.

While at Lionclaws this year, wearing the GVS P100, my experience was far different than before, as I no longer found myself choking or coughing after romping through these structures or spending time posted up inside of them. The GVS P100 did its job VERY well and kept out all the particulates that usually affected me. Out of the box, the GVS P100 is equipped with two HESPA (High Efficiency Synthetic Particulate Airfilter) filters, but the company also makes odor filters as well which are not meant for anti-particulate use – I would not recommend those for airsoft purposes.

One of the largest concerns I had about wearing the GVS P100 was how I would handle wearing it while running, etc. I found that it was more comfortable to pull them down around my neck outside so that I could feel the cooler air on my face and breath normally. Pulling the mask back up on my face while entering and operating in structures, I didn’t find any breathing issues to speak of. What was most uncomfortable was the sweat that would build up and pool inside the mask. Every so often I would pull the GVS P100 forward and pour out the liquid (yeah I know… sexy). That being said, the price of breathing purified and particulate-free air was worth it, and I have no qualms about packing the GVS P100 with me for my next game.

My biggest issue with the GVS P100 half mask respirator is that it is not available in other colors, or even camo schemes, as it is meant as a serious piece of PPE (personal protective equipment) and not for airsoft. However, if GVS ever wants to make other colors available, I would be first in line. Also, please note that they offer the P100 in both S/M and M/L sizes, so refer to the sizing chart in this article for more info.

Overall, the GVS P100 half mask respirator is a terrific option for those players looking to protect their lungs while playing airsoft in inhospitable environments. Just make sure your game control allows it. The GVS P100 is available now for around $30 dollars depending on where you shop – a huge bargain for such a comfortable respirator.

The Aquabats Set to Play San Diego Comic-Con

July 14, 2018 – TV’s punk rock superheroes The Aquabats formed in 1994 in Orange County as a way to have some harmless fun in a music scene that took itself too seriously.Their Paul Frank designed “power belts,” trademark blue rash guards, black eye masks, “anti-negativity” helmets and onstage antics quickly caught on, earning the group a fiercely loyal following that spans generations. Their line-up and music is continuously evolving, including Blink 182’s Travis Barker as former drummer “Baron Von Tito.”

Current Aquabats are Christian Jacobs, “The MC Bat Commander” (lead singer), Chad Larson, “Crash McLarson” (bass, vocals), Ian Fowles, “EagleBones FalconHawk” (guitar), Richard Falomir, “Ricky Fitness” (drums), and James Briggs, “Jimmy the Robot” (keyboards, woodwinds, vocals).

WHAT:          The Aquabats take over House Of Blues San Diego during Comic-Con. The Aquabats have called upon their Cadets far and wide to attend this special performance! If you are the proud owner of an Aquabats uniform, wear it. All those in uniform will be asked to participate in a secret mission and photo op after the show! Something new and exciting is coming and, as The Aquabats approach their 25th Anniversary, they’ll soon invite their fans to join them on their greatest adventure yet!

WHERE:         HOUSE OF BLUES

                        1055 Fifth Ave

                        San Diego, CA 92101

                         619/299-2583

                         Presented by Cricket Wireless San Diego

WHEN:          SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018

                        Doors:  11 a.m.

                        Show:    12 noon

                        Line Up: The Aquabats, Froggy Fresh

                        Purchase here Tickets

*Support acts subject to change.  All ages show. Under18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or by a responsible adult 25 years of age or older who has written authorization from a parent or guardian.

Image Comics Brings the Heat for Comic-Con 2018

PORTLAND, OR, 7/13/2018 — Image Comics is pleased to return to San Diego this year for San Diego Comic-Con on Wednesday, July 18th through Sunday, July 22nd. Please note: updates to the schedule may appear online during the show. Please refer to the www.imagecomics.com post for the most up-to-date information.
COLLECTED EDITION CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES (sold at IMAGE BOOTH – #2729):

  • ICE CREAM MAN, VOL. 1: RAINBOW SPRINKLES hardcover by W. Maxwell Prince & Martin Morazzo, cover by Morazzo, $35 +tax
  • VS, VOL. 1 hardcover by Iván Brandon & Esad Ribić, cover by Ribić, $35 +tax

LIMITED* SINGLE ISSUE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES (sold at IMAGE BOOTH – #2729):
* Quantities will be limited by customer and per day on a first come, first served basis. Please ask at the Image booth about availability.  

  • IMAGE FIRSTS DEADLY CLASS #1 by Rick Remender & Wes Craig, featuring a SYFY cast photo cover, FREE
  • FARMHAND #1 by Rob Guillory, cover by Guillory, $10 +tax
  • UNNATURAL #1 by Mirka Andolfo, cover by Andolfo, $10 +tax

SINGLE ISSUE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES (sold at SKYBOUND side of booth – #2729):

  • WALKING DEAD #181 by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, cover by Charlie Adlard & Dave McCaig, $10
  • REDNECK #13 by Donny Cates & Lisandro Estherren, cover by Geoff Shaw & Dee Cunniffe, $10

SINGLE ISSUE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES (sold at TOP COW booth #2629):

  • INFINITE DARK/THE FREEZE FLIP BOOK by Ryan Cady & Andrea Mutti, covers by Phil Sevy (THE FREEZE) and Andrea Mutti (INFINITE DARK), FREE with a Top Cow booth purchase or by attending a Top Cow panel
  • APHRODITE V #1 by Bryan Hill & Jeff Spokes, cover by Natali Sanders (Limited to 1,000), $10.00

CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE (sold at IMAGE BOOTH – #2729):

  • DEADLY CLASS T-shirt, $24.99 +tax
  • DEADLY CLASS enamel lapel pin, $10 +tax

CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE (sold at TOP COW booth #2629):

  • WITCHBLADE enamel lapel pin, $10
  • SUNSTONE enamel lapel pins, $10

SIGNINGS AT THE IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#2729)
**TICKETED denotes signings require wristbands. Wristbands will be given out at the booth as soon as the convention floor opens on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be available for attendee badge holders only. There will be a limit of 3 items per person for ticketed signings unless otherwise noted. No CGC, CBCS, or other witnessing/grading.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
6:00 – 8:00 PM

  • Robert Kirkman & Chris Burnham (DIE!DIE!DIE!) [Skybound] **TICKETED**

THURSDAY, JULY 19
10:00 – 10:45 AM

  • Rob Guillory (CHEW, FARMHAND)

11:00 – 11:45 AM

  • Doug TenNapel (GEAR)
  • Joshua Williamson (BIRTHRIGHT, NAILBITER) [Skybound]

12:00 – 12:45 PM

  • Doug Wagner (PLASTIC, THE HARD PLACE)
  • Jacob Semahn (NO 1 WITH A BULLET)
  • Sean Mackiewicz (GASOLINA) [Skybound]

1:00 – 1:45 PM

  • Cat Staggs (CROSSWIND)
  • Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK)
  • Melissa Hutchison & Dave Fennoy (Telltale voice actors for Clementine and Lee) [Skybound]

2:00 – 2:45 PM

  • Sina Grace (NOTHING LASTS FOREVER, SELF-OBSESSED)
  • Steve Orlando (CRUDE, UNDERTOW) [Skybound]

3:00 – 3:45 PM

  • Marco Finnegan (CROSSROAD BLUES)
  • Rival Games (THIEF OF THIEVES) [Skybound]

4:00 – 4:45 PM

  • WHERE WE LIVE multi-contributor signing featuring: Erika Schultz, Amy Chu, Aaron Campbell, Rafael Albuquerque, Matt Hawkins, Brian Haberlin, David Walker & many more.

FRIDAY, JULY 20
10:00 – 10:45 AM

  • Aaron Campbell, Pornsak Pichetshote, José Villarrubia (INFIDEL)
  • Jeff Lemire (DESCENDER, A.D.: AFTER DEATH, ROYAL CITY, GIDEON FALLS) **TICKETED**

11:00 – 11:45 AM

  • Kickliy (PERDY)
  • Sean Lewis (THE FEW, COYOTES)
  • Donny Cates (REDNECK, ATOMAHAWK, GOD COUNTRY, THE GHOST FLEET, BUZZKILL)  [Skybound]

12:00 – 12:45 PM

  • Tomm Coker (THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS)
  • Justin Greenwood, Landry Walker (THE LAST SIEGE)

1:00 – 1:45 PM

  • Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK)
  • Jason Howard (CEMETERY BEACH) [Skybound]

2:00 – 2:45 PM

  • Rick Remender (DEADLY CLASS, LOW, BLACK SCIENCE, DEATH OR GLORY, FEAR AGENT, SEVEN TO ETERNITY, TOKYO GHOST) **TICKETED**
  • Dan Panosian (SLOTS) [Skybound]

3:00 – 3:45 PM

  • Mirka Andolfo (UNNATURAL)
  • John Layman (CHEW, LEVIATHAN)
  • Jeremy Haun (THE BEAUTY, THE REALM)

4:00 – 4:45 PM

  • Robert Kirkman (OBLIVION SONG, THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA) [Skybound] **TICKETED and restricted to: 3-item limit**

SATURDAY, JULY 21

11:00 – 11:45 AM

  • Robert Kirkman (OBLIVION SONG, THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA) [Skybound] **TICKETED and restricted to: 3-item limit**

12:00 – 12:45 PM

  • Doug Wagner (THE HARD PLACE, PLASTIC)
  • Babs Tarr (MOTOR CRUSH)

1:00 – 1:45 PM

  • Marjorie Liu (MONSTRESS) **TICKETED**
  • Daniel Warren Johnson (EXTREMITY) [Skybound]

2:15 – 3:30 PM

  • DEADLY CLASS SYFY TV signing featuring: Creator & Executive producer Rick Remender & members of the show’s cast **TICKETED and restricted to: 2-item limit, items must be DEADLY CLASS brand.**

SUNDAY, JULY 22

  • Donny Cates (REDNECK, ATOMAHAWK, GOD COUNTRY, THE GHOST FLEET, BUZZKILL)

PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS:

Thursday, July 19 @ 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Room 23ABC

#WeBelieve in Fantasy

Creators conjure magic on a monthly basis, stretching the boundaries of reality to explore resonant themes under a veneer of high fiction. This group of creators has taken a legacy of wands, wizards, and incantations and tailored it to a modern context, where shape-shifting teen baristas search for missing love and reckless rockers parlay with infernal forces. Let this panel of spellbinding talent, including Sam Humphries (BLACKBIRD), Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK), Jeremy Haun (THE REALM), Johnnie Christmas (FIREBUG), Megan Hutchison (ROCKSTARS), and other special guests enchant you as they explain the alchemy behind their latest comics.

Friday, July 20 @ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Room 23ABC
#WeBelieve in Horror    

Image Comics has ushered in a new era of horror with cerebral writers and visceral artists elevating sequential-art dread to claustrophobic heights. From Jeff Lemire‘s atmospheric character piece, GIDEON FALLS, to John Layman‘s kaiju free-for-all, LEVIATHAN, comics are evolving terror to new personal, socially minded levels. Join a roster of the most sinister storytellers including Pornsak PichetshoteAaron Campbell, and José Villarubbia (INFIDEL), Will Dennis (the editor of WYTCHES, GIDEON FALLS), and other special guests to discover how they’re altering an entire genre.

Saturday, July 21 @ 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Room 7AB

#WeBelieve in Suspense
Comic scribes wield character, dialogue, and panels with clockwork precision, leading readers through a gauntlet of plot beats designed to ratchet tension and escalate stakes. In concert with artists, these storytellers operate outside budget constraints to orchestrate explosive dramas without any limits save their own imaginations. Listen to a panel of thrill gurus including Donny Cates (REDNECK), Mirka Andolfo (UNNATURAL), Steve Orlando (CRUDE), Jacob Semahn (NO. 1 WITH A BULLET), Megan Hutchison (ROCKSTARS), and Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK) as they deconstruct their approach to weaving the tightest suspense in comics.

Sunday, July 22 @ 1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Room 5AB

#WeBelieve in Craft
Image hosts a stable of creators who have honed their skills through countless comics, publishers, and media. With their creator-owned projects, these writers and artists build on expansive careers to deliver the apex of comics craftsmanship. Join a murderer’s row of career myth-makers including Joe Casey (NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL, MCMLXXV), Justin Greenwood (THE LAST SIEGE), Kickliy (PERDY), and Shannon Wheeler (MEMOIRS OF A VERY STABLE GENIUS) as they chart the paths they traveled to arrive at their current projects.

IMAGE COMICS’ CREATORS IN ARTIST ALLEY: 

Chris Burnham – HH-18
Juan Gedeon – AA-15
Sanford Greene – FF-21
Joe Harris – EE-20
Tom Neely – AA-05
Dustin Nguyen – CC-01
Jimmie Robinson – EE-22
Landry Q. Walker – EE-19

Halloween Horror Nights Panel at Midsummer Scream to Feature HHN Orlando

LONG BEACH, CA – Midsummer Scream, the world’s largest Halloween and horror convention, announces that Michael Aiello, Senior Director of Entertainment Creative Development for Universal Orlando Resort will join John Murdy, Creative Director/Executive Producer for Universal Studios Hollywood, and Chris Williams, Art Director/Production Designer for Universal Studios Hollywood to its Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights presentation on Sunday, July 29.

Midsummer Scream, which attracts more than 20,000 fans from around the world to Southern California for a weekend of terrifying fun, will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights presentation will be held in the Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate 2,000 guests.

Details of Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights presentation remain unknown. What is certain, is that there won’t be an empty seat in the house when Universal’s trio of terror take to the stage for the presentation no Halloween Horror Nights fan will want to miss!

Now in its third year, Midsummer Scream draws thousands of national and international fans of all things Halloween and horror to Long Beach, where they will find a huge show floor featuring more than 250 unique vendors; a children’s activity area; a wide variety of live entertainment performances; celebrity appearances; a black cat adoption lounge; educational classes and programs; thousands of cosplayers in amazing costumes; world-class panels and presentations; and more than a dozen haunted attractions and elaborate displays for guests to experience in the Hall of Shadows.

Tickets for Midsummer Scream 2018 are now on sale at www.MidsummerScream.org, including a special Gold Bat Weekend Pass, which gives guests priority entry to all panel presentations, front of line access to each of the haunts in Hall of Shadows, an hour early entry each day at 10 AM to the show floor and Hall of Shadows, and complimentary admission to Midsummer Scream After Dark.

About Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights”

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

“Halloween Horror Nights” begins Friday, September 14. Additional details about the events will be revealed soon. All tickets and vacation packages for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights are on sale now. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Nat Geo Announces MARS Panel for San Diego Comic-Con

July 10, 2018 – The prospect of colonizing Mars and becoming an interplanetary species has never been more palpable. The second season of National Geographic’s “Mars,” the hybrid event series, returns this November to explore this reality and whether humanity is doomed to repeat the same mistakes once we get there. Join the show’s foremost experts on terraforming the Red Planet along with new and returning cast as they give an exclusive sneak peek at what’s to come. The panel will discuss the major conflicts ahead and get real about the repercussions of every singular action and decision Earthlings will make when they become Martians – from having babies, to catching colds … even to experiencing love and sex on Mars.

Panelists include:

  • Andy WeirMARS Big Thinker; bestselling author of The Martian and, most recently, Artemis
  • Leland Melvin, MARS Big Thinker; former NASA Astronaut and author
  • JiHae (Mortal Engines), Actor, “Hana Seung,” Mission Commander of International Mars Science Foundation’s (IMSF) Olympus Town, and “Joon Seung,” Former Secretary General of IMSF
  • Jeff Hephner (Chicago Med, Code Black), Actor, “Kurt Hurrelle,” Commander of the Lukrum Industries’ Mining Colony
  • Dr. Stephen Petranek, MARS scientific advisor, co-executive producer and Big Thinker; award-winning author of How We’ll Live on Mars, upon which the series is based
  • Susan Wise Bauer, MARS Big Thinker; historian, colonization expert and author of the History of the World series
  • Moderator: Jennifer Kite-Powell, author and Forbes.com contributor

Panel: Thursday, July 19, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Room 7AB at San Diego Convention Center