The Fanbase Press staff is very excited to be exhibiting for the first time at Comic Con Revolution: Ontario 2018, alongside a number of other talented independent creators! Taking place on May 19-20, 2018, at the Ontario Convention Center, the convention is expanding to two full days of programming and will feature over 160 Exhibitors and nearly 200 guests, including Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men), Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), and Andrea Romano (Batman: The Animated Series)! Today, Throughout the weekend, we will be reporting live from the convention floor, providing you with the coolest interviews, commentaries, and photos – along with meeting fans at the Fanbase Press booth (Artist Alley B-10), where you can purchase all of our comics and graphic novels! Plus, Fanbase Press’ staff and contributors will be participating in quite a few intriguing panels throughout the weekend that you will not want to miss!
Fans in attendance will have a chance to stop by the Fanbase Press booth to pick up copies of the Eisner Award-nominated Quince, The Gamma Gals, Hero Hotel, Penguins vs. Possums, The Arcs, Something Animal, and Identity Thief! Plus, be sure to ask the Fanbase Press staff about their upcoming audio drama adaption of Robert J. Peterson’s novel, The Odds! As a special treat, Fanbase Press will be selling the official Fanbase Press t-shirt in sizes Small – XXL, as well as the official Fanbase Press pin, so that attendees may show their geek pride in style. Plus, don’t miss your chance to pre-order a copy of Fanbase Press’ upcoming graphic novel, The Margins, by David Accampo, Paul Montgomery, and Amanda Donahue, as well as the upcoming craft book, A Geek’s Guide to Cross-Stitch: Journeys in Space by Clarissa Thorne!
You will not want to miss all of the panels featuring Fanbase Press’ staff and contributors, which will include the following:
Saturday, May 19
11:00 a.m.: Fanbase Press Presents: The Impact of Latinx Creators and Readers in the Comic Book Industry Quince is a 15-issue comic book series being released in English and Spanish about teenager Lupe who discovers she has superpowers at her quinceañera. Comadres y Comics is a podcast hosted by three Latina women hoping to highlight the role that Latinos have in the comic book industry. Join Quince creator Sebastian Kadlecik and Comadres y Comics hosts Kristen Parraz, Sara Bazan, and Jennifer Lopez as they discuss the importance of inclusivity and representation in the comic book medium in a Q&A session moderated by Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief of Fanbase Press). Room 106
4:00 p.m.: Fanbase Press Presents: Things that Go Bump in Horror Comics Whether sitting around a campfire telling ghost stories or in a darkened movie theatre watching alien species attack, many of us like a good scare! Join our panelists – Bryant Dillon (Something Animal, Identity Thief), Chris Moreno, David Blake Lucarelli (The Children’s Vampire Hunting Brigade) – and moderator Michele Brittany (Fanbase Press Editorials Manager) as they share what inspires them to write and illustrate horror in the comic book medium, the creative benefits and challenges of working this genre, and what they envision for the future of horror comics. Room 106
5:00 p.m.: Women on the Dark Side Not all female artists/creators are about unicorns and glittery vampires and silly pseudo-bondage. Some women create truly dark and challenging art and content, with just enough humor and whimsy to counterbalance all that darkness. Whether it’s comic books, novels, or art, these are the women who are creating content that connects with the deeper, darker side of all of us. Join Susan Lee (Wraith of Love), Nicole Sixx (F**ked Up Shit), Genevieve Nylen (A Beautiful Place, cosplayer), and Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society) in this panel moderated by Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon. Room 106
6:00 p.m.: Fanbase Press Presents: Play it Again with Retro Modernism One can argue that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) marked the beginning of a new “-ism” for the 21st century – retro modernism – which gives reverence to the prior decades’ films, television shows, music, and video games, specifically from the late 1970s through the early 1990s. Stranger Things, Drive, and Guardians of the Galaxy are just a few examples in which their visual and musical cues re-imagine and give homage to their earlier roots. Led by Fanbase Press Editorials Manager Michele Brittany, panelists Nicholas Diak, Tony Fleec, and Livio Ramandelli will discuss how they have been influenced by retro modernism through their writing and art. Room 106
Sunday, May 20
11:30 a.m.: Fanbase Press Presents: Who Let the Animals Out…in Comics? Often associated with humor, animals have a lengthy history in comics; however, in addition to humorous stories, animals can also provide a venue for exploring difficult topics such as violence, species blending, and morality/ethics. Led by Fanbase Press Editorials Manager Michele Brittany, join our panelists as they discuss how animals allow them to explore themes and tell stories in comics. Room 103
1:00 p.m.: How to Monetize Your Audience It’s one thing to have an audience, it’s quite another to make a living from selling your work to them. Join Russell Nohelty, Neo Edmund, Barbra Dillon, and Madeline Holly-Rosing as they discuss how to build your audience and make products that fans will flock to but without you ever feeling gross about selling to them. Room 106
2:00 p.m.: Fanbase Press Presents: It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a . . . Brand New Indie Superhero! For the larger part of the last century, the superhero genre of the comic book industry has been dominated by select publishers. Now, independent comic book creators are getting into the game, creating unique stories and superheroes that represent a larger demographic of the audience and the creators, themselves. Led by Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon, this panel features indie creators Jason Inman and Ashley V. Robinson (Jupiter Jet), Sebastian Kadlecik (Quince), and Stefano Terry (The Gamma Gals) discussing their new superhero creations and why it was important to launch all-new hero origins. Room 106
3:30 p.m.: Fanbase Press Presents: A Fanbase Feature Retrospective on The Dark Knight Join the hosts of Fanbase Press’ flagship podcast, The Fanbase Weekly, for one of their trademark “Fanbase Feature” panel discussions – this time focusing on the 10-year anniversary of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Along with their special guests (Sebastian Kadlecik and Brian McGackin), podcast co-hosts Bryant Dillon, Barbra Dillon, and Drew Siragusa will examine the plot, characters, and themes in this enduring cinematic classic! Room 103
4:00 p.m.: X-Men Personality Test Which member of X-Men are YOU? Led by moderator Brian Ward (The Arkham Sessions), psychologist Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) discusses the personalities of certain X-Men with a couple of their most prominent writers, featuring Chris Claremont and Paul Jenkins! Ballroom C
In addition, you will not want to miss the other indie creators, writers, artists, and publishers who will be exhibiting their work at the convention.
- Writer Madeleine Holly-Rosing and her series, Boston Metaphysical Society, will be at Artist Alley Table B-9. Stop by and see her new pins and get a sneak peek at the brand new standalone Boston Metaphysical story, The Scourge of the Mechanical Men.
- Artist extraordinaire Livio Ramondelli will be at Artist Alley Table C-8.
- Karate Petshop will be at Artist Alley Table H-2 with copies of their all-ages graphic novels, including the Eisner Award-nominated Rikki! In addition, founder Norm Harper will be on three panels throughout the weekend: 1) How Do I Know When I’m a Pro? on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. in Room 100AB; 2) Golden Age to All Ages: A Brief Overview of the History of Comics and the All Ages Phenom on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in Room 105; and 3) Physical vs. Digital – Evolution of Comic Books on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Room 105.
- Writer/artist Christie Shinn of HoraTora Studios will be at the CAPS table promoting Demon Bitch and Martyr, plus helping with CAPS from 1-4 p.m. at Booth 1023 on Saturday. She will also participate in the panel, “Creating Comics on a Shoestring Budget” on Sunday at 12 p.m. in Room 106.
- Independent comic creator Allen Carter of Carter Comics will be at Artist Alley M-2 with his three titles, Damn Tourists, Cosmic Force, and Mongoose Mondays. In addition, Carter will be debuting the long-awaited sixth issue of his science-fiction adventure, Cosmic Force, as well as performing a live drawing version of his Mongoose Mondays. He will also be a panelist on Creating Comics on a Shoestring Budget on Sunday at 12 p.m. in Room 106.
- Monster Elementary will be at Artist Alley Table K-9.
Susan Lee/Life On Its Side Studios will be at Artist Alley at Table K-10. She will also be on the Women on the Dark Side panel on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Room 106, as well as the panel, How to Find Your Genre, on Sunday at 12:30 p.mm. in Room 103.
Everyone at Fanbase Press is greatly looking forward to the convention, and we hope to see you there!