Fanbase Press is proud to announce the next leg of its 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards coverage with the "Countdown to the Eisners" series which will begin on Monday, June 4, 2018. For 30 days, Fanbase Press will highlight each of the Eisner Awards' 31 nomination categories, providing comic book industry members and readers alike the opportunity to learn more about the nominees and their work.
The Comic Con Revolution convention in Ontario had its second year this past weekend. The convention was loaded with programming and panels, ranging from fandom discussions to “how-to” oriented ones. The crew of the Ready Set Geek! podcast (from the Geek Say What? network), Alix Galit, Cole Garrison, JPG, and Anthony Jones, conducted a how-to panel on getting started with podcasting.
The Fanbase Press staff is very excited to announce that co-founders Barbra and Bryant Dillon will be special guests of Geek-On 2018, a collaborative event organized by many student organizations at the University of California, Riverside on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at UCR's Highlander Union Building (HUB)! Geek-On will consist of a variety of vendors, programming, and other activities on campus and will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Now in its 32nd year, WonderCon returned to the Anaheim Convention Center last Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25. Comic-Con International organizers assembled a robust schedule of programming over the three days that entertained, educated, and celebrated fandoms. Late Saturday afternoon, 100+ attendees quieted as moderator Craig Miller (Curious George; Beast Wars) began the “Writing Great Dialogue” panel by introducing his panelists, industry writers Mairghread Scott (Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers, Rescue Bots), Holly Huckins (Rugrats, Sheriff Callie’s Wild West), and Jim Krieg (Justice League Action, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight).
At Creature Features in Burbank, CA, Fanbase Press' Michele Brittany attends the Art of the Buffyverse: A 20th Anniversary Group Tribute and chats with artists and attendees regarding the Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise and its enduring fandom. The show runs through Sunday, November 26th, 2017, at Creature Features during regular gallery hours.
Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con 2017 had a variety of panels, reunions, and Q&A sessions lined up in its programming. One particularly nostalgic panel was that of the 1980s cartoon, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, commemorating its thirty-fifth anniversary, which was held Saturday, October 28, at 11:00 a.m. In attendance on the reunion panel were Alan Oppenheimer (Skeletor), Melendy Britt (She-Ra), and Tom Cook (Filmation animator).
Sunday, September 3, 2017. It was high noon at the Long Beach Convention Center as the final day of Long Beach Comic Con was well under way. Arriving on time and chatting jovially with attendees, legendary artist/writer Dave Gibbons was easygoing and happy as he settled down for panel spotlight on his career. Director of Programming Ivan Cohen, who had been conducting spotlights throughout the weekend – including William Shatner and Howard Chaykin – sat down to discuss Gibbons' career in comics that began approximately 40 years ago.
Spotlight panels are often a great feature of a convention’s programming in that they offer special guests with the opportunities to highlight their work, but also to give audience members and fans a Q&A session. Over the weekend, Long Beach Comic Con had a handful of spotlight panels for celebrities and guests such as William Shatner, Dave Gibbons, and Howard Chaykin.
Editor Barbara Randall Kesel led back-to-back valuable instructional panels Saturday afternoon, September 2, 2017, at the Long Beach Comic Con. Her first panel, “Pitch, Pitch, Pitch: How to Sell Your Story,” provided advice to writers who are trying to sell their stories, but what about artists who are looking to develop a portfolio to showcase their art to prospective editors? Not to worry; Kesel was joined by Eisner Award-winning artist Pia Guerra (Y: The Last Man) and freelance Photoshop production artist John Ercek (Executive Assistant Assassins series from Aspen Comics) to share their knowledge and answer questions from the audience in the follow-up panel, “Creating the Perfect Portfolio.”
The first weekend of September is the last vestiges of summer, as children begin to transition back to school and the final BBQs are had on Labor Day. It’s also when the first signs of Halloween begin to pop up, as large sacks of candy and Halloween decorations begin to gain more real estate at grocery and department stores. It’s never too early to start mulling over the spookier things in life.