Potts, Lehner, Moussa, Clark Among Top Creators At 2019 Wizard World Pennsylvania, June 13-16

Blank, Thomas, Wos, Gilligan, Watson, 100+ Artists & Writers Including 25+ Philadelphia Area Creators Also In Artist Alley At Pennsylvania Convention Center

Carl Potts Punisher War Journal _3.jpgPHILADELPHIA, May 23, 2019 – Marvel veteran Carl Potts (Venom, Punisher), Kurt Lehner (“Gargoyles,” “Marvel Action Hour”), Mostafa Moussa (“Superman,” “Fantastic Four”), Jeremy Clark ("Grimm Fairy Tales," "Day of the Dead"),  Drew Blank (Memoirs of an Antihero, Manifesto of an Antihero),  Jed Thomas (“Crypt TV,” “The Amity Wars”), Joe Wos (“Mazetoons”),  Rusty Gilligan (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “The Walking Dead”) and Mike Watson (Freestlyle Komics, UpperDeck) are among the leading creators scheduled to populate Artist Alley at the 19th annual Wizard World Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, June 13-16. The weekend will also feature many demonstrations and discussions at the Creative Stage, as well as more than 25 Philadelphia-area creators.

Other notable artists and writers scheduled to appear include Josh Lyman (“Voltron Force United,” “Drawn”),  Megan Withey (Myths of Legend, watercolor art), Eddy Decker (“Far Out!”), Riley S. Brown ( The Chronicles of Ar Solon, The Wunderlannd Novels), Tom Amici (“Star Trek” fanzines, UpperDeck), Sean Tate (“Speed Racer X,” “Kung Fu Academy”), James Morris  (Three Kingdoms trilogy), Alton Simpson  (“Who is Jose Luck,” “Blackjack”), Maxina Storibrook (Danarko ), Bill Bryan (“The Dancing Cuckoos,” Mad  magazine), Jen Taylor (“Sid the Science Kid,” Victoria Beckham’s Target line) and more.

In addition to Eldridge, Simpson and Amici, the Philadelphia area will be well represented in Artist Alley. Local artists and writers appearing there include Auriel Glanville (geekwear),  Joseph Zhou (fantasy art prints), Brandon Bitros ("The Fist," "James vs. the New World Order"), Brendon and Brian Fraim ("Knights of the Dinner Table," "The Three Stooges"), Scott Stepanski (Butter Side Down, "Atomic Lizard"), Chris Williams  ("Summons"), Dave Perillo (Disney, LucasFilm), Derrick Smith  (oil paintings), Edward Miller (Cadets, The Kronos Interference), J.B. Manas (Atticus, The Kronos Interference ), Elaina Unger ("Mega Man," "Sonic Universe"), Louie LaPalombara (Geek Boy Press), Malia Beine (Hale & Hatter's Tea Company), Chanel Lewis ("(Semi) Super," "Kinda Cute Tho!'), Joshua Goldstein (Maccabee Lady: Hatikva, Zayin: Wars of Independence), Christine Saunders (geek accessories),  Mark Pingitore ("Garbage Pail Kids," "Wacky Packages"), Mark Zakroff (d├ęcoupage art), Maureen Carry (illustrations), Elayna Turner (illustrations), Neil R. King ("Elvis Must Die," "Abby in Hell"), Nicole Wiegand  ("Night Owl Designs, TapedOffTV), Karen Bice (linen arts), Scott Straka (character portraits), Michael DeAngelo (Tellest  series, Quantum Quest), and Danielle Sanders (illustrations).

Wizard World Philadelphia will also include non-stop live entertainment, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with select celebrities and autographs/photo ops with top stars such as Ted Danson (“Cheers,”  Three Men and a Baby), “Once Upon a Time” stars Lana Parrilla, Rebecca Mader and Jared Gilmore, “Gotham” standouts Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin, “The Vampire Diaries” headliner Ian Somerhalder and the “Supergirl” tandem of Mehcad Brooks  and Jeremy Jordan and more, along with Wizard World’s Master of Ceremonies, Kato Kaelin.

Wizard World events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The seventh event scheduled on the 2019 Wizard World calendar, Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, June 13, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, June 14, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Wizard World Philadelphia is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

For more on the 2019 Wizard World Philadelphia, visit http://wizd.me/PhiladelphiaPR .

Ted Danson To Make First Pop Culture Con Appearance At Wizard World Philadelphia June 16

‘Cheers,’ ‘The Good Place,’ ‘Becker’ Star To Appear Sunday, June 16 at Pennsylvania Convention Center

Ted Danson.jpgWizard World Philadelphia will be “where everybody knows your name” on Sunday, June 16, when the great Ted Danson, who starred as “Sam Malone” in the iconic series “Cheers” and is now in the fourth season in the lead role of “Michael” in the acclaimed NBC series “The Good Place” makes his first pop culture convention appearance at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia. Danson, a Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning actor known for an array of exceptional performances, will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct a Q&A panel during a busy day.

Danson was recently seen in the ninth season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and also had a prominent role in the second season of FX’s critically acclaimed series “Fargo.” Other credits include CBS’ long-running “CSI” and “CSI: Cyber,” FX’s “Damages” (playing tycoon "Arthur Frobisher") and CBS’ “Becker” – the latter two roles for which he was Golden Globe nominated.

In film, Danson can be seen in Hearts Beat Loud, a musical drama that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018. He has also appeared in several other high-profile projects, including the 1987 blockbuster hit Three Men and a Baby and its sequel, Three Men and a Little Lady. He also had a co-starring role in Steven Spielberg’s World War II masterpiece Saving Private Ryan.

Danson joins a standout celebrity roster at the 19th annual Wizard World Philadelphia, headlined by “Once Upon a Time” stars Lana Parrilla, Rebecca Mader and Jared Gilmore, “Gotham” standouts Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin, “The Vampire Diaries” headliner Ian Somerhalder and the “Supergirl” tandem of Mehcad Brooks and Jeremy Jordan.

Other stars scheduled to appear include the “Charmed” trio of Holly Marie Combs, Brian Krause and Drew Fuller, “The Magicians” duo of Hale Appelman and Stella Maevethe “Firefly” trio of Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite and Sean Maher, Kevin Conroy (“Batman: The Animated Series,” “Justice League”), “RWBY” stars Lindsay Jones, Kara Eberle, Arryn Zech and Barbara Dunkleman, Chris Owen (American Pie franchise) and Thomas Ian Nicholas (Rookie of the Year, American Pie).

Wizard World Philadelphia will also feature some of the world’s most talented artists and authors, plus non-stop live entertainment hosted by Kato Kaelin, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities, movie screenings hosted by stars and directors and more. Details to follow soon, along with programming and entertainment stage schedules.

Wizard World events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The seventh event scheduled on the 2019 Wizard World calendar, Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, June 13, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, June 14, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Wizard World Philadelphia is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

For more on the 2019 Wizard World Philadelphia, visit http://wizd.me/PhiladelphiaPR.

About Wizard Entertainment, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD)Wizard Entertainment, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com) produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, tech, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming and entertainment takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A's, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard Entertainment has also teamed with Sony Pictures Entertainment to find the next generation of movies as well as to engage in a number of strategic initiatives. Additional initiatives may include an augmented touring schedule of Wizard World shows, fixed-site installations, curated e-commerce, and the production and distribution of content both in the U.S. and internationally. Fans can interact with Wizard Entertainment at www.wizardworld.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The 2019 Wizard World convention schedule is available at: http://www.wizardworld.com/comiccon.

EXCELLENCE FANTASY BEWITCHES FANS, RUSHED BACK TO PRINT

Image/Skybound’s all-new fantasy action series Excellence by Khary EXCELLENCE #1, 2nd ptg coverRandolph (We Are Robin, Black, Tech Jacket) and Brandon Thomas (Horizon, The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, Noble) will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with its growing fanbase.

Excellence #1 introduces Spencer Dales, a young man born into a world of magic. His father belongs to a secret society of magicians ordered by their unseen masters to selflessly better the lives of others—those with greater potential. Now Spencer must follow in his father’s footsteps, but all he sees is a broken system in need of someone with the wand and the will to change it. But in this fight for a better future, who will stand beside him?

Excellence #1, second printing (Diamond Code FEB198894) hits comic shops on Wednesday, June 12. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, May 20.

Excellence #2 Cover A by Randolph (Diamond Code APR190138) and Excellence #2 Cover B by Sanford Greene (Diamond Code FEB198634) hits comic shops on Wednesday, June 19. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, May 27.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
 www.imagecomics.com.

"The Secret Life of Pets 2" - New Trailer Now Available!

 
   




   
In Theaters: June 7, 2019
 
Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with some major life changes. His owner (Ellie Kemper) is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet) encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey, all of which only elevates Max's anxiety. Luckily, Max gets some guidance from veteran farm dog Rooster (Harrison Ford, making his animated-film debut), who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his inner alpha, and give Liam a little more freedom.
Meanwhile, while her owner is away, plucky Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max's favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip. 
And crazy-but-cute bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) gets delusions of grandeur that he's an actual superhero after his owner Molly starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball's help on a dangerous mission, he'll have to summon the courage to become the hero he's only been pretending to be. 
Can Max, Snowball, Gidget and the rest of the gang find the inner courage to face their biggest fears? 
The Secret Life of Pets 2 is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy, the visionary team behind Dr. Seuss' The Grinch and the Despicable Me and Minions franchise, and is written by returning Pets screenwriter Brian Lynch. The film is directed by returning filmmaker Chris Renaud, who also directed Illumination's Despicable Me series and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax 

Watch the trailer here:

Valiant Flies to the Mile-High City for Denver Pop Culture Con

Valiant Entertainment is heading to Colorado for a teaser-filled panel at Denver Pop Culture Con!

On Saturday, June 1st, make sure you're in Room 502 by 11:30 am at the Colorado Convention Center for the Valiant Uprising panel! Moderated by Marketing Coordinator Gregg Katzman, this can't-miss panel features writer Fred Van Lente (PSI-LORDS, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and Sales Operations Coordinator Connor Hill! Attendees will be treated to brand-new artwork from PSI-LORDSDOCTOR MIRAGEBLOODSHOTPUNK MAMBOKILLERS, and much more! Secrets will be declassified and new teasers will be revealed!

After the panel, fans should swing by I Want More Comics at Booth #173 for a chance to get a limited Valiant comic and chat with Valiant staff!

For Denver Pop Culture Con tickets and info, visit https://denverpopculturecon.com/

About Valiant Entertainment

Valiant Entertainment, a subsidiary of DMG Entertainment, founded by Dan Mintz, is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns and controls the third most extensive library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC. With more than 80 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com. For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

Valiant Comics Preview: Sci-Fi Mayhem Unfolds in FALLEN WORLD #2

 
Savage sword fights, rampaging robot dinosaurs, and an unrelenting army of... blood soldiers?! FALLEN WORLD #2 (of 5) transports you to the ferocious world of 4002 A.D. as a cyborg samurai and an immortal fighter struggle to strike down an immensely powerful foe. How can they defeat a virtually unstoppable enemy... or are they simply delaying the inevitable?

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by JEFF POWELL
Cover A by SANFORD GREENE
Cover B by DECLAN SHALVEY
Cover C by NIK VIRELLA
 
Get ready for the second thrilling chapter in Valiant’s explosive event series! Rai’s creator and most dangerous foe has returned! The cyborg samurai faces an impossible challenge. Can he stop his greatest enemy from gaining even more power? How many more positronic dinosaurs will have to die for Rai to save the future?$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 5th
Cover A by Sanford Greene


Cover B by Declan Shalvey




Cover C by Nik Virella



Art by Adam Pollina and Ulises Arreola



Art by Adam Pollina and Ulises Arreola



Art by Adam Pollina and Ulises Arreola




Art by Adam Pollina and Ulises Arreola



Art by Adam Pollina and Ulises Arreola

 
For more information on Valiant, visit them on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

SNEAK PEEK OF NEW CYBERPUNK COMIC SERIES THUMBS BY AWARD WINNING CREATIVE TEAM REVEALED

Image Comics is pleased to reveal a first look at the highly anticipated new cyberpunk adventure series Thumbs, by award winning playwright and comics writer Sean Lewis (Coyotes, Saints, The Few) teams up with award winning artist Hayden Sherman (The Few).

The break-neck paced technology thriller is a must-read book perfect for readers of Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt’s 2019 Eisner nominated series Crowded or the buzzworthy Netflix phenomenon, Black Mirror. Thumbs #1 hits stores on Wednesday, June 5 and boasts a total of 40 pages per issue.

Imagine someone like, say, Mark Zuckerberg created his own army of tech-obsessed teens and directed them to take on the government. What would the fall-out be? Thumbs explores a high-stakes world where that—and much worse—can unfold. Charley “Thumbs” Fellows is a member of just such an army. Poor and raised by the influential MOM™ app, he finds himself in the center of a war.

Thumbs #1 (Diamond Code APR190011) will be available on Wednesday, June 5. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is this Monday, May 13.

Thumbs #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
 www.imagecomics.com.
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