Conventions and Signings

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.



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:


  • 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:


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


  • 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.



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.




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:

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!



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.

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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:

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



FCBD This Saturday, May 4

This year for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4, I’ll be returning to Comic Depot in Saratoga Spring, NY, and Excellent Adventures in Ballston Spa, NY. They’re both, well, excellent stores, and in the area where I live, which enables me attend my son’s Opening Day ceremonies for the Little League team I coach.

I hope to be at Comic Depot, with is located in the Wilton Mall, by noon or so, and then rotate over to Excellent Adventures by about 2:30 p.m., and stay until 5 p.m. Other creators signing include Richard P. Clark, Matthew Dow Smith, Paul Harding, Jennifer Meyer, Christian St. Pierre and legendary Marvel inker Joe Sinnott.

In addition to some great sales, both stores will have the selection of FCBD titles that publishers have offered up, including the Liquid Comics FCBD title that features stories by me and artists Mike Oeming, Jim Starlin, Luke Ross, David Petersen and Bart Sears. Excellent Adventures and Comic Depot will also have a special FCBD comic that we’ve created, which will not be available anywhere else. There are two covers, one by Jennifer Meyer featuring Miss Depot, and one by Joe Sinnott featuring Captain E.A., at the respective stores.

The story inside is written by me, drawn by Paul Harding and Matthew Dow Smith, with tones and design by Richard Clark, and lettering by Troy Peteri. The pages take you through the step-by-step process of creating a comic, and present a meeting between Miss Depot and Captain E.A. The comic is free, but limited, so get to the stores early.

More info on Excellent Adventures here:

More info on Comic Depot here:

FCBD is like Christmas for the comics industry. I hope you can make it out to one of the shops to say hi, and get some free comics!



That’s the Chicago way

I’ll be appearing at C2E2 at McCormick Place in Chicago on April 26-28. The con will be a debut of sorts for Athelta Comics, the publishing company founded by longtime Chicago Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije. Athleta’s first comic, The Protectors #0, will be available at Athleta’s booth, #903 (which I’m told will be located fairly close to Marvel’s large booth).

The #0 issue features 32 pages of content, including the prequel story that was serialized on the Athleta website, a full preview of issue #1, bios of all the main characters, as well as interviews. There are two covers by series artist Bart Sears, one showcasing the Protectors team, and the other a very limited sketch cover of Idonije in uniform. I wrote about putting together the issue in my CBR Shelf Life column, which can be read here:

The Athleta booth will have limited-edition #0 issues available for $10, while they last. Once the print run is gone, it’s gone. There’s also going to be a signed lithograph of the Bart Sears wraparound cover to issue #1, a strict edition of 100; a few different styles of Protectors T-shirts; giveaway cards and bookmarks; and the first three releases in the Athleta poster series, featuring NFL stars Brian Urlacher, Julius Peppers and Jay Cutler. Israel Idonije, Bart Sears and I will be available at the Athleta booth to sign autographs.

The Athleta panel will take place 2-3 p.m. Friday, April 26, in Room W474, with Israel, Bart, me, letterer Troy Peteri and John Siuntres, of Word Balloon podcast, serving as moderator. There will be some special prize giveaways for panel attendees.

There will also be a ticketed signing with me, Bart and Izzy for Hero Initiative, the worthy charity that provides aid to elderly and in-need comic creators. The signing is 2-3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Hero Initiative booth. Tickets are $25, and include an exclusive Bart Sears litho of Israel Idonije. More information here:

Athleta intends to make a big impression in Chicago. Hope you can join us there.



In Stores This Week

This week brings the release of Artifacts #26, the fourth and final part of “Progeny,” the Top Cow Universe crossover. The issue is by me, artist Marco Turini and colorist Andy Troy. This marks Marco’s first issue of Artifacts, as he settles in for a run after taking over art duties from Stjepan Sejic, who departs to launch Aphrodite IX as a monthly title (and to work on volume 2 of Ravine). Marco’s work shows some obvious sensibilities from his native Italy, so his art is an intriguing mix of European and American influences.

The issue brings the story threads of “Progeny” to a head, hopefully in an unexpected way, and sets the stage for ensuing issues of the title. More than that, I don’t want to say, for fear of spoiling the story.

Also released recently is the Blackburn Burrow #4, the final issue of the supernatural Civil War-era tale by me, artist Matthew Dow Smith and colorist Jordie Bellaire, based on Jay N. Levy’s screenplay for Amazon Studios. Go to the Amazon Studios blog Hollywonk, for more information, and links to read the issue as well as download it for free on Kindle:

I also wrote an essay on “Three Rules for Writing Visually” for Hollywonk, with some thoughts on writing for comics. Have a look here:



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