Conventions and Signings

This Weekend: MegaCon in Orlando

This weekend, March 21-23, I’ll be returning the MegaCon in Orlando, FL, one of my favorite conventions in the country, run by some of my favorite people in the world. The guest list, led by Stan Lee, boasts a lot of my friends in the industry, including Dan Jurgens, Cully Hamner and Mike McKone, and a lot of my CrossGen buddies like Bart Sears, Jim Cheung, Chuck Dixon, Brandon Peterson, Mike Perkins, Greg Land, George Perez.

http://megaconvention.com/

Here’s my updated, conformed convention schedule for this year, though there are still additional shows being discussed. Balancing working time and conventions is always a concern, but the boom in con business means more offers for visits to interesting shows and locations.

*April 6: Albany Toy Show. First time I’ve actually set up at the local toy show. My daughter will be with me, selling her cute clay sculptures (she’s a pretty damned good sculptor).

http://toyshow.albanycomicbookshow.com/

*April 25-27: C2E2 in Chicago, along with Athleta Comics, Israel Idonije and Bart Sears, as well as some surprise guests at the booth. Big things planned at Booth #607, including the debut of Protectors #1!

http://www.c2e2.com/Home/

*May 3: Free Comic Book Day appearance, location to be announced soon … but I can tell you it’s somewhere in the wilds of New Jersey!

*May 9-11: WAP! Comic Con in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Trying out a new show in a beautiful location.

http://wap-coco.com/home.html

*May 16-17: Dallas Comic Con, in support of a charity comic I wrote (with Rick Leonardi on art) to benefit Pancreatic Cancer research. Please note: I will not be at the show Sunday, May 18.

http://www.fanexpodallas.com/

*May 31-June 1: Hartford Comic Con, another new show for me, put on by friends of a friend.

http://hartfordcomiccon.com/

*June 15: Albany Comic Con, my “hometown” show, with a special event at the Tri-City ValleyCats baseball game in Troy the night before. Great way to spend Father’s Day weekend.

http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com/

*Sept. 5-7: Baltimore Comic Con, easily one of the best cons in the country, a purely comic-oriented event. The show is moving to three days for the first time.

http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

*Sept. 26-28: Alamo City Comic Con, San Antonio, TX. This seems to be my year for visits to Texas.

http://alamocitycomiccon.com/

*Nov. 7-9: La Mole Comic Con, Mexico City. I’ll be here with Stjepan Sejic, as well as a few other industry pals that are yet to be announced.

http://www.lamole.com.mx/

As always, at any of these shows I’ll have copies of the Ravine and Shinku TPBs with me, along with Ravine dragon prints and some other odds and ends. Hope to see you on the road.

Cheers,

Ron


And We’re Back! With Convention Updates

After some technical difficulties, the site is back up and running. Thanks for your patience while we straightened out the issues.

A few convention updates:

*Feb. 28-March 1: Great Lakes Comic Con in Detroit area. I’ll be appearing at this show with my buddies Darryl Banks and Tom Raney, along with Chris Claremont, Ryan Stegman and many others. Complete information here:

http://greatlakescomiccon.org/

*March 21-23: MegaCon in Orlando, FL, along with Dan Jurgens, Cully Hamner, Bart Sears and a lot more.

*April 25-27: C2E2 in Chicago, along with Athleta Comics, Israel Idonije and Bart Sears. Big things planned with Athleta Comics!

*May 3: Free Comic Book Day appearance, location to be announced soon.

*May 16-17: Dallas Comic Con, in support of a charity comic to benefit Pancreatic Cancer research. (Please note I will not be at the show Sunday, May 18.)

*June 15: Albany Comic Con, my “hometown” show, with a special event at the Tri-City ValleyCats baseball game the night before.

*Sept. 5-7: Baltimore Comic Con.

*Sept. 26-28: Alamo City Comic Con, San Antonio, TX.

There are a few other conventions that I’ve committed to, but which haven’t been announced yet. There are also a number of other con appearances that are in the discussion stage, and will be listed here once confirmed. I’ll likely attend San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con, but my public schedule for those shows will be pretty limited.

As always, at any of these shows I’ll have copies of the Ravine and Shinku TPBs with me, along with Ravine dragon prints and some other odds and ends. Hope to see you on the road this year.

Cheers,

Ron


Deep in the Heart of Texas

My convention season starts earlier than ever this year, with a show in Dallas this coming weekend. I’ll be at the North Texas Comic Book Show, at the Doubletree Hotel Dallas Market Center, on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 10 and 11. Other guests include Alan Bellman, Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz and Joe Corroney.

This will be the first time I’ve ever done a show in Texas, so I’m looking forward to seeing new sights and meeting new faces (not to mention getting a break from the deep freeze in the Northeast). I’ll have copies of the Ravine and Shinku TPBs with me, as well as both Ravine dragon prints, along with a some other odds and ends.

Complete information on the show can be found here: http://comicbooksdallas.com/index.html

I’ve confirmed a number of other convention appearances for 2014 thus far, including:

  • La Mole in Mexico City (March 14-16);
  • MegaCon in Orlando (March 21-23);
  • C2E2 in Chicago (April 25-27);
  • Albany Comic Con (June 15); and
  • Baltimore Comic Con (Sept. 5-7).

More con appearances will be announced as I firm up plans.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Hitting shelves — both literal and electronic — this week is Artifacts #31, by me and South Korean painter Jung-Geun Yoon. The cover is by Stjepan Sejic. The story picks up threads from the previous issue, and seeds a few hints about the upcoming, ultimate fate of the Darkness, Jackie Estacado.

Preview pages for the issue can be seen here: http://www.topcow.com/moos/43-latest-moos/776-the-plot-thickens-in-artifacts-31

One convention note this week as well. Saturday and Sunday I’ll be at the Granite State Comicon, held at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire in downtown Manchester, NH. This is the first time the con is putting a two-day show, and there’s a pretty impressive guest list.

I’ll have collections of my creator-owned books Ravine, Shinku and Samurai: Heaven and Earth on hand, as well as other odds and ends. And if all goes as planned, I should be debuting the first offerings in a series of Ravine prints, with amazing Stjepan Sejic art. One words: Dragons!

Complete information on the show can be found here: http://www.granitecon.com/

Cheers,

Ron


This Weekend: Baltimore Comic Con

On Sept. 7 and 8, I’m returning to easily one of my favorite shows, the Baltimore Comic Con, held in the Baltimore Convention Center in the city’s inner harbor area. The show is all comics, all the time, with great attendance and a great staff. Highest recommendation.

I’ll be set up at booth #2307, with my buddy Cully Hamner right next door at #2306. I’ll have Shinku and Samurai: Heaven and Earth TPBs on hand, as well as other collected editions, plus various con exclusive covers. I think I’m completely sold out of Ravine TPBs, but I might be able to get my hands on some copies between now and then. Hope you can come by and say hi.

All the information for the Baltimore Comic Con can be found here:

http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

Cheers,

Ron


Appearances, Updated

Here’s my updated list of conventions and signings for the next few months. There are some other shows still being confirmed, so check back for updates.

Aug. 17, from noon to 4 p.m., I’ll be at Comics Depot in Saratoga Springs, NY for their annual Depot Day. Other guests include Joe Sinnott, Matthew Dow Smith, Richard Clark, Christian St. Pierre, Doug Hills and Nikko Jelenic. Fanboys, Inc. will be podcasting live from the store all day. More information here:

http://comicdepotllc.com/shop/

Aug. 24, I’ll be at ComiCONN at the Marriott Hotel in Trumbull, CT. The hefty guest list includes Mark Bagley, Ron Garney, Jerry Ordway, Joe Staton, J.M. DeMatteis, Tom Palmer, Tom DeFalco and plenty more. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., though I expect to depart by 6 p.m. More information here:

http://www.comiconn.com/

Sept. 7 & 8, I return to the Baltimore Comic Con, one of my favorite shows. Held at the Baltimore Convention Center in the inner harbor area, Baltimore is a true comics show, bringing in the most consistently comics-laden guest list anywhere. Not to be missed. More information here:

http://baltimorecomiccon.com/


Sept. 28 & 29,
I’m making my first appearance at Granite State Comicon, held at the Radisson Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, the first time it’s expanded to a two-day show. It’s got a heck of a guest list, including Tom Raney, Jeremy Haun, Ben Templesmith, Rebekah Isaacs, Craig Rousseau, Mark Texeira, Christos Gage, David Petersen and a lot more. More information here:

http://www.granitecon.com/

Oct. 19, I’ll be at the Cleveland Comic Con, held at the Doubletree in Independence, OH. And yes, I plan to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the Superman house, while I’m town. Rumor has it that my Kyle Rayner co-creator/collaborator, Darryl Banks, will be putting in an appearance as well. More information here:

http://clevelandcomiccon.com/

Nov. 9 & 10, I’ll be at the North Carolina Comicon at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, NC. This one has an amazing guest list, including Neal Adams, Adam Hughes, Frank Cho, Geof Darrow, Tony Harris, Tommy Lee Edwards, Bernard Chang, Gail Simone, Phil Noto, Mike Perkins, Jamal Igle and a bunch more. There’s also an accompanying film festival, and an appearance by Chris Hardwick. More information here:

http://nccomicon.com/

I’ll also be at the New York Comic Con in October, and doing a number of store signings in concert with my return to Witchblade with issue #170. More on those are they’re confirmed.

Cheers,

Ron


Comic-con International San Diego 2013 Schedule

Once more into the breach! My public schedule for this week’s Comic-Con International San Diego is below. Hopefully see some of you there. I’ll also be out and about at some of the various open-to-the-public parties, like the Boom! drink-up and the CBLDF/Image welcome party. If you see me, please come up and say hi.

 

 

More details about Top Cow’s complete con events can be seen here:

http://www.topcow.com/moos/43-latest-moos/763-top-cow-at-san-diego-comic-con-2013

Thursday

  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., signing at Top Cow booth, #2629, with Stjepan Sejic and Matt Hawkins.
  • 5-7 p.m., Hero Initiative/ComiXology “Blank Page Project” charity event at the Hilton Bayfront Vela Restaurant. More information here: http://www.heroinitiative.org/newsdetail.asp?n=330

Friday

  • 2-3:30 p.m., signing at Top Cow booth, #2629, with Stjepan Sejic.

Saturday

  • 11 a.m.-Noon, “21 Years of Top Cow” panel, Room 9, with Marc Silvestri, Matt Hawkins, Stjepan Sejic, Rahsan Ekedal and more.
  • 1-2 p.m., “Image Comics and the Genre Fiction Renaissance” panel, Room 7AB, with Ed Brubaker, Frank Barbiere, Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Kurtis J. Wiebe.
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m., signing at Top Cow booth, #2629, with Stjepan Sejic and Marc Silvestri.

Cheers,

Ron


Upcoming Convention Appearance Schedule

I’m committed to more convention appearances than I expected in the next few months. The list below contains all the shows for which I’m presently confirmed. However, I’ve received invitations for some additional shows and signings through the rest of the year, so I’ll update this list as those fall into place.

 

Cheers,

Ron


Albany Comic Con on June 16

This year’s Albany Comic Con is being held Sunday, June 16, a.k.a. Father’s Day. It’s my local show, and one of my favorites, because it’s done for all the right reasons. Chief among them: spreading the gospel of comics. Albany Comic Con has avoided bringing in celebrities or other autograph fodder in order to maintain a focus on comics.

This year’s guest list includes me, Joe Jusko, Joe Sinnott, J.M. DeMatteis, Rick Leonardi, Joe Staton, Matthew Dow Smith, Todd Dezago, Fred Hembeck, Dave Rodriguez, Paul Harding, Richard Clark, Doug Hills, Mark McKenna and a bunch more. I’ll be doing a storytelling panel in the afternoon with fellow writers DeMatteis and Rodriguez.

I’ll be set up in the main room, with trade paperbacks of Shinku and Ravine on hand, as well as some Witchblade volumes and a few other goodies. I’ll also have a limited number of copies of Protectors #0, by me, artist Bart Sears and NFL player Israel Idonije, which was previously only available at C2E2.

Albany Comic Con will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 16 at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road in Colonie. Admission is still a mere $5. Complete information can be found here:

http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com/index.html

Albany Comic Con is also putting together a night at the ballpark on July 6 to honor legendary inker Joe Sinnott. Albany Comic Con and the Tri-City Valley Cats, the local single-A baseball affiliate of the Houston Astros, are teaming up for “Meet Joe at the Joe.” The Valley Cats play their home games at Joseph Bruno Stadium in Troy.

 

 

Joe Sinnott, for my money the best inker Jack Kirby ever had, will throw out the first pitch for the game, and be on hand to autograph a special baseball card (with art by Paul Harding) honoring his career. A number of area comic pros, including Paul and myself, will also be at the game to sign autographs.

Proceeds from “Meet Joe at the Joe” will benefit the Albany Ronald McDonald House Charities. Tickets for the 7 p.m. July 6 game are only $5, and are currently available on the Albany Comic Con website, as well as comic shops Excellent Adventures in Ballston Spa and Comics Depot in Saratoga Springs. Game tickets will also be on sale at Albany Comic Con, at which the Valley Cats mascot will make an appearance. Play ball!

Cheers,

Ron


C2E2 Postgame

The recent C2E2 convention in Chicago served as the launch for The Protectors #0 from Athleta Comics, the publishing company founded by longtime Chicago Bears player Israel Idonije. The Athleta booth was busy all weekend, thanks in large part (no pun intended) to the presence of Izzy himself, who signed autographs and posed for photos endlessly. Quite a few of Izzy’s Bears teammates put in appearances, including Brandon Marshall, Corey Wooten and others, as well Shea McClellin, who turns out to be a pretty serious comics fan. In addition to the #0 issue, the booth had Protectors T-shirts, lithos, and Bart Sears-drawn posters of Izzy’s teammates Brian Urlacher, Julius Peppers and Jay Cutler.

Bart Ron Troy 2

Writer Ron Marz

Both artist Bart Sears and I were on hand to sign the #0 issue, as was letterer Troy Peteri. Izzy, Bart and I also appeared at the Hero Initiative booth, signing an exclusive litho to raise funds for comic creators in need.

HERO Initiative signing

The weekend also featured an incredible launch party at Benny’s Chop House, complete with drinks themed to Protectors characters, an exquisite array of food, a jazz combo and a Protectors ice sculpture. I felt blessed to be able to share it all with friends and family.

We plan to have the #0 issue, T-shirts and posters available for sale on the Athleta Comics website soon: www.athletacomics.com

Right now, plans call for The Protectors #1 to be released in September.

Cheers,

Ron


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