DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2012 SCHEDULE!

July 5, MILWAUKIE, OR—It’s here! San Diego Comic-Con 2012 is upon us, and Dark Horse Comics is telling you all the goods ahead of time! Plan accordingly!

DARK HORSE SIGNINGS – BOOTH #2615

Wednesday, July 11

5:30 p.m.—Dragon Age Signing with David Gaider

6:30 p.m.—Orchid Q&A and Signing with Tom Morello and Scott Hepburn *Ticketed by drawing

8:00 p.m.—Mass Effect Signing with John Jackson Miller

Thursday, July 12

11:00 a.m.—Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

1:00 p.m. —Angel & Faith Signing with Christos Gage

2:00 p.m.—Fatima Signing with Gilbert Hernandez

3:00 p.m.—Creator-Owned Signing with Eric Powell (The Goon), Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle), Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander (Concrete Park), and Sanford Greene (Rotten Apple)

4:00 p.m.—Tarzan 100th Anniversary Event with Thomas Yeates, Ron Ely, Joe Jusko, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. President and Archivist

5:00-7:00 p.m.—Whedonverse Meet-up and Costume Contest with Shawna Trpcic, main costume designer on Joss Whedon’s Firefly, Angel, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, and Cabin in the Woods.

Friday, July 13

10:00 a.m.—Usagi Yojimbo Signing with Stan Sakai

See a preview of the upcoming Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin game for smartphones, tablets, and desktops.

11:00 a.m.—Star Wars Signing with Mike Richardson (Crimson Empire), Dave Dorman (Crimson Empire, Darth Maul), Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley (Dark Times), Dave Wilkins (Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison), Dan Parsons (Dawn of the Jedi), John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant), Michael Atiyeh (colorist), Michael Heisler (letterer) and Tom Taylor (Darth Maul)

12:00 pm.—Valve Signing with Bill Fletcher (“Cave Johnson”), Laura Dubuk (“Caroline”), Andrew Wilson, Wade Schin, and Arsenio Navarro

12:00 p.m.—Axe Cop Signing with Ethan Nicolle

1:00 p.m.—Hellboy, B.P.R.D., and Baltimore Signing with Mike Mignola, Cameron Stewart, and Tyler Crook

1:00 p.m.—Age of Reptiles Signing with Ricardo Delgado

2:00 p.m.—Berserk Signing with Eiko Tanaka (Studio 4C CEO)

2:30 p.m. – Green River Killer Signing with Jeff Jensen

3:00 p.m.– Domo Signing with Domo creator Tsuneo Goda *Ticketed by drawing

3:00 p.m. – Dragon Age Signing with David Gaider

4:00 p.m. – Empowered Signing with Adam Warren

4:00 p.m. – De:Tales Signing with Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon

5:00 p.m.—Creepy and Eerie Signing with Dan Braun, Angelo Torres, and Christopher A. Taylor

5:00 p.m.—Dark Horse Horror Signing with Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre), Eric Powell (The Goon), and Paul Tobin (Colder)

6:00 p.m. – TNT’s Falling Skies Signing with series stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Carter, executive producer Remi Aubuchon and more! *Ticketed by drawing

Saturday, July 14

10:00 a.m.—Darksiders Signing with David Slagle and Roger Robinson

10:00 a.m.—Aliens Colonial Marines Signing with Josh Williams

11:00 a.m.—Domo Signing with Domo creator Tsuneo Goda *Ticketed by drawing

12:00 p.m.—Joss Whedon Signing *Ticketed by drawing

1:00 p.m.—Whedonverse Signing with Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty, Christos Gage, Jane Espenson, and Drew Greenberg

2:00 p.m – Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra Signing with Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ki Hyun Ryu, and Gurihiru Studios artists Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano *Ticketed by drawing

3:00 p.m. – Valve Signing with Bill Fletcher (“Cave Johnson”), Laura Dubuk (“Caroline”), Andrew Wilson, and Wade Schin

3:00 p.m.—Concrete Park Signing with Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander

4:00 p.m.—Dark Matter Signing with Joseph Mallozzi

4:00 p.m.—Exile to Babylon Signing with Domagoj Mazuran, Matt Savelloni, and Helen Darras

5:00 p.m. – Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

6:00 p.m.—The Goon Signing with creator Eric Powell

Sunday, July 15

10:00 a.m.—Beanworld Signing with Larry Marder

11:00 a.m.—Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

12:00 p.m.—The Guild Signing with Felicia Day *Ticketed by drawing

1:00 p.m.—The Strain Signing with Guillermo del Toro *Ticketed by drawing

2:00 p.m.—Emily the Strange Signing with Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner

3:00 p.m.—Doug Sneyd Signing

*Events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply.

DARK HORSE/PARTNER PANELS

Thursday, July 12

10:30-11:30 Books and Hollywood: Literary Franchises in Television and Film— Room 24ABC

Authors discuss their work transitioning across various mediums, from screenwriters to novelists turning popular books into hit TV series and Hollywood films. How does the creative process differ when writing a screenplay as compared to a novel? Authors describing the process of adapting novels for the big screen include Rebecca Serle (When You Were Mine), Margaret Stohl (co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series), Scott Speer (Immortal City), Tony DiTerlizzi (The Search for WondLa series), Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Colin Fischer), Mike Richardson (president of Dark Horse), and Mark Frost (The Paladin Prophecy). Moderated by Geoff Boucher (Los Angeles Times).

11:00-12:00 Spotlight on Becky Cloonan— Room 32AB

Comic-Con special guest Becky Cloonan, one of the most versatile artists in comics today, talks to Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast host) about her career in comics and illustration, collaborating with writers, artists, and musicians, and the dark secrets she learned through 15 years of self-publishing.

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Geof Darrow— Room 8

Comic-Con special guest Geof Darrow is known for his wildly imaginative and intricately detailed artwork. Geof talks about his comics career, including his current work for Dark Horse, Shaolin Cowboy, in this special spotlight presentaton.

12:00-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Once More, with Comics: How the Whedon Universes Continue in Comic Book Form— Room 26AB

Authors Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak, GeekNation.com), Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-StainedAmazon, GeekGirlCon), and Traci Cohen (CSU-Sacramento) examine how comic books and graphic novels provide a new form of media adaptation in which the graphic novel form furthers the canon or official continuity of television series as sequels to the original material. Creator Joss Whedon’s television universes enjoy new life in print (e.g. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9). Sharing their own thoughts on these Whedon comic book follow-ups are comic book writer/actress Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow and Tara), editors Scott Allie (Dark House) and Mariah Huehner (IDW), and actors Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bring It On) and Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cabin in the Woods).

1:00-2:00 100th Anniversary of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars— Room 8

He wrestled lions, poachers and ran through fire barefoot without a stunt-double or CGI. Actor Ron Ely will discuss filming Tarzan in the jungles of Latin America with writer Mark Evanier and Burroughs illustrator Tom Yeates. Also featuring David Lemmo, co-author of the new book, Tarzan: His First 100 Years. How Ancient Literature Became Modern Mythology and Created an Ape-Man Mecca in Southern California, coming from Angel City Press in 2013. Plus a 100-years of Tarzan and John Carter slide show included.

1:00-2:00 Dark Horse: Powered by Creators- Room 23ABC

An In-Depth Look at the Best in Creator-Owned Comics— Just over 25 years ago, Dark Horse arrived with a different agenda than any other publisher in comics. The young company was founded on the belief that comics creators should have the option to retain the rights to their own work, and today it continues to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters and concepts. Self-publishing sensation Sam Humphries introduces Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, along with a cast of top talent from around the industry. Expect exclusive announcements, and much, much more!

2:00-3:00 The Sergio and Mark Show— Room 8

An annual Comic-Con tradition! The folks who give you Groo the Wanderer on occasion will tell what’s up with Groo and their other projects and will entertain you with glorious anecdotes and silly stories. Those folks are celebrated cartoonist Sergio Aragonés, his co-conspirator Mark Evanier, Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai, and the hardest-working man in comics, Tom Luth.

5:00-6:00 Uncle Creepy Presents— Room 9A stellar panel of ghoulish creators discuss Warren’s Creepy and Eerie, which have been relaunched at Dark Horse in hardcover archival editions, new comic books, and artist compilation formats. Discover all the exciting things coming up in the Creepy universe. Moderated by Overstreet’s J. C. Vaughn and featuring New Comic Company’s twin engines Dan Braun (Creepy) and Josh Braun (Button Man) and super special guest MAD and Creepy artist Angelo Torres (Mad), plus writer Christopher A. Taylor and some very special unannounced guests. Plus, there will be Creepy trivia questions with tons of giveaways, swag and prizes.

7:00-8:00 Indie Comics Marketing and PR 101— Room 8

Need tips on how to market your comic? Have questions about doing PR? This is the panel for you! Some of the best and brightest in comics today present a roundtable discussion, revealing all the secrets of doing marketing and PR for your comics. comiXology marketing and PR maven Chip Mosher is joined by Dark Horse’s director of PR Jeremy Atkins, Image Comics’ PR and marketing director Jennifer de Guzman, IDW Publishing’s VP of marketing Dirk Wood, Archaia’s Marketing Manager Mel Caylo and comics writer David Gallaher (Box 13, the Harvey Award-winning High Moon, and Marvel’s Darkstar and The Winter Guard) for a wide-ranging discussion you will not want to miss!

Friday, July 13

11:00-12:00 Mike Mignola and Friends— Room 4

As we watch the world collapse in the pages of B.P.R.D.-Hell on Earth and gear up for the most-anticipated series in Hellboy’s history later this year, this may be the most important panel in the history of one of modern comics’ most storied series. Join creator Mike Mignola, editor Scott Allie, Cameron Stewart, James Harren, B.P.R.D. artist Tyler Crook and others, for exclusive news and insight into why the world of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. is truly “going to hell in 2012″!

11:15-12:15 Join the Revolution! Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra— Ballroom 20

The cast and crew of Legend of Korra offer an in-depth discussion of Nickelodeon’s hottest new series. Executive producer and creator team Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) are joined by co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender) as they discuss the creative process that brought the first book in the Korra series to life. You’ll also get to hear from your favorite characters as talented voice actors Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P. J. Byrne (Bolin) and Seychelle Gabriel (Asami) will be featured on the panel and renowned voice director Andrea Romano (Avatar: The Last Airbender) will direct the actors in a live performance from the series. And if you’re extra nice, Mike and Bryan may even drop a hint or two about Book 2. So don’t miss out! Moderated by Rich Magallanes, senior VP of current series for Nickelodeon.

12:00-1:00 Lenore Turns 20— Room 23ABC

Celebrations are in order! Lenore is 20 years old in 2012. Roman Dirge discusses his new Lenore collection Swirlies, upcoming comics, merchandise, and more. Join the artist/magician himself for this exclusive journey into the unique world of Roman Dirge, with a one-on-one interview with moderator Andrew Sumner plus a Q&A session.

12:30-1:30 Firefly 10-Year Anniversary Reunion— Ballroom 20

Calling all Browncoats to unite! It has been 10 years since the crew of the Serenity took flight in the now infamous show Firefly. Science Channel will reunite, for the first time ever, Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew from the ship. Join Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and many more for a trip down memory lane, some special surprises, and exclusive Science Channel giveaways. SHINY.

1:30-2:30 Comic Book Entrepreneurs— Room 8

Get a rare look behind the scenes as the comic book industry’s leading entrepreneurs share their secrets of building successful businesses around the love of comic books. Author and futurist Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture), CEO and co-founder David Steinberger of comiXology, Dark Horse Comics publisher Mike Richardson, Peter Levin of Nerdist Industries, and comics retailer Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics (who also founded Free Comic Book Day and helped run WonderCon for 15 years), offer a unique view of the business side of comics.

2:30-4:00 Eisner Spirit Award Video Viewing— Room 18

The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award is the industry’s “Hall of Fame” for progressive retailers. Spirit Award facilitator and award recipient Joe Ferrara (Atlantis Fantasyworld, CA) presents the videos for this year’s award finalists, with discussion about each nominated retailer, the store’s display techniques, and other unique features every attending retailer can learn from. Hey, retailers: this is a great place for getting new ideas!

3:00-4:00 The Future of Star Wars Publishing: Dark Horse & Del Rey— Room 7AB Find out what’s coming up in the Expanded Universe of Star Wars publishing. Editors Randy Stradley and Dave Marshall from Dark Horse Comics discuss what’s next for Agent of the Empire, Dawn of the Jedi, Lost Tribe of the Sith, and Darth Maul, as well as reveal a new secret title that’s on the horizon. From Del Rey Books editors Frank Parisi and Erich Schoeneweiss, along with author Troy Denning (Apocalypse), look at new novels coming later this year from fan-favorite authors Timothy Zahn and Aaron Allston, as well as give a peek into 2013. Also on the panel is Jennifer Heddle, senior editor at LucasBooks. Moderated by author Pablo Hidalgo (Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion).

3:00-4:00 Drawing on Your Nightmares: Horror in Comics— Room 23ABC Throughout comics’ storied history, horror has been an important part of the medium. In the fall of 2012, Dark Horse unveils a whole slate of new titles guaranteed to have you running for the covers. Dark Horse horror line editor Scott Allie is joined by actor-turned-comics writer Lance Henrikson and creators Eric Powell (The Goon), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), Paul Tobin (Colder), and others for an exciting look at this year’s most promising four-color thrills and chills!

3:30-4:30 The Art of Death and Darksiders II— Room 5AB

A lively demonstration on bringing 2D comic art to 3D graphics and back again-Joe Madureira (Vigil Games Darksiders creator; artist for Avenging Spider-Man, Ultimates, X-Men), and Han Randhawa (Vigil Games, Darksiders I and II creative director) use exclusive examples from the creative development process to show how they bring a unique comic inspired vision to 3D life in the new Darksiders II video game from THQ, where you become Death, the most feared rider from the legendary Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. In part two, representatives from Dark Horse Comics demonstrates how they took this highly stylized universe in 3D, converted it back to a 2D comic book series, and expanded on the mythos, revealing scenes and storyline threads that complement the events of the video game. Working closely with the Darksiders team at Vigil Games, Dark Horse Comics is creating an important component to complete Joe Mad’s original vision.

4:30-5:30 Falling Skies: The Battle Is Just Getting Started— Room 6BCF

Continuing the fight against alien invaders, TNT’s Falling Skies follows a band of human survivors on their quest to outrun and outwit the powerful alien force that invaded Earth. Join stars Noah Wyle (ER), Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation), Will Patton (Armageddon), Drew Roy (Secretariat), Colin Cunningham (Living in Your Car), Sarah Carter (The Vow), and Connor Jessup (The Saddle Club), and show runner Remi Aubuchon (Caprica), with Q&A hosted by Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory). Watch never-before-seen clips and be treated to an in-depth discussion on Falling Skies season 2.

5:00-6:00 Breaking into Comics Right Now!— Room 9

If you’re an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! Some of comic book publishing’s top decision makers, including IDW chief creative officer Chris Ryall, BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, Dark Horse managing editor Scott Allie, and Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik, give you up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry. Learn what you need to do to make your comic book dreams come true in a world where the Internet and social media have changed everything. This won’t be your grandfather’s “breaking into comics” panel.

5:30-6:30 Dark Horse: Joss Whedon— Ballroom 20

Long before directing the biggest superhero film in history, Joss Whedon rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plotlines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here’s your chance to find out what he has in store for us next, and hear exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the ever-expanding number of titles in Dark Horse’s line of Season 9 comics.

5:30-6:30 Berserk— Room 32AB

At long last, the dark fantasy epic Berserk, by creator Kentaro Muira, comes to the silver screen! Join Dark Horse Comics and VIZ Media in a rare interview with Eiko Tanaka, founder and CEO of Studio 4°C (Tekkonkinkreet, Animatrix, Batman). Find out what it really takes to transform this stark manga into an animated feature.

6:00-7:00 Are Digital Comics Expanding the Market?— Room 9

Digital comics are the hottest trend in publishing today, exploding onto the screens of iPads, tablets, and phones everywhere. How is digital distribution transforming the industry and the market? Is digital opening the medium to a vast new global audience, or is it the death knell of comics as we know them? Author and futurist Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture) leads a provocative, no-holds-barred discussion with the leaders of the digital comics revolution: comiXology co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts, Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, and IDW publisher Ted Adams.

7:30-8:30 Making a Living in Manga— Room 8

Now that Japanese comics have been available in English for over 30 years, several generations of artists inspired by manga are trying to live the Bakuman dream of being full-time comics creators. But in the superhero-centric North American comics market, are they fighting the odds? Comics creators Adam Warren (Empowered), Becky Cloonan (Demo, Conan the Barbarian), Fred Gallagher (Megatokyo), and Audra Furuichi (Nemu-Nemu), along with industry pros Christopher Butcher (blogger, Comics212.net; director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival), JuYoun Lee (senior editor, Yen Press), Erik Ko (editor-in-chief, UDON Entertainment), and moderator Deb Aoki (Manga editor, About.com), explain the ins and outs and ups and downs of making a living as a manga creator in North America.

8:00-10:30 Syfy Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards— Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

The 24th annual Eisner Awards (the “Oscars” of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 28 categories. Presenters will include British talk show host/comics writer Jonathan Ross, actor Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Family Guy, Pee Wee’s Playhouse), and special guests Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Lynn Johnston (cartoonist, For Better or For Worse), Eric Powell (The Goon), Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, MAD), Bill Morrison (creative director, Bongo Comics), Michael Uslan (movie producer, Batman films), plus some special surprises! Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.

Saturday, July 14

10:30-11:30 Dark Horse: Bioware— Room 24ABC

Dark Horse and Bioware have come together once again to provide fans with exclusive news on Dragon Age, and the ever-expanding Mass Effect universe. Join Dark Horse director of public relations Jeremy Atkins and editor Dave Marshall, along with Dragon Age writers David Gaider and Sylvia Feketekuty, BioWare art director Derek Watts, moderator “Evil Chris” Priestly, and a cast of other celebrity geeks and surprise guests for an exciting look into the Dark Horse/BioWare universe. Attendees can be sure to expect a spirited discussion on the ongoing link between comics and gaming, with exclusive news and more!

11:00-12:00 Avatar the Last Airbender: Beginning and Beyond— Room 28E

For over 5 years, the organizers of this fan panel have been bringing together both fans and professionals. Moderated by Avatar_Mom, this year’s panel will include Bobby Rubio (Avatar the Last Airbender, Pixar, Alcatraz High), freelance concept artist DJ Welch (Dark Kenjie), Kevin Coppa (Puppet Benders), and actor/voice actor Dante Basco (Avatar the Last Airbender), and a few more surprise guests. If that isn’t enough, there will be a cosplay contest to showcase the fandom’s talented “fabric benders.”

11:00-12:00 Geek & Sundry— Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Wil Wheaton (Big Bang Theory, Eureka), director Daniel Strange (Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis), and the cast of The Guild — Vince Caso, Jeff Lewis, Amy Okuda, Sandeep Parkih, and Robin Thorsen — make some big announcements and offer an exclusive sneak peek at what’s to come. Moderated by Kim Evey (producer, Geek & Sundry).

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Gary Gianni— Room 4

Comic-Con special guest Gary Gianni discusses his work illustrating one of Ray Bradbury’s last published books, painting the Game of Thrones 2014 calendar, and the future of illustrated storytelling in the digital realm.

2:00-3:00 Will Eisner and the Graphic Novel— Room 23ABC

Moderator Paul Levitz (writer, 75 Years of DC Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, former Eisner publisher), Klaus Janson (artist/inker, Daredevil, The Dark Knight Return, comics educator, SVA), Denis Kitchen (artist, author, publisher; Eisner’s agent and longtime friend), Charles Kochman (editorial director, Abrams ComicArts), and Diana Schutz (comics educator; executive editor, Dark Horse Comics; Eisner’s editor) explore the pivotal role Will Eisner’s evangelism of the comics artform plays in the evolution of the American graphic novel, followed by a short Q&A period.

5:00-6:00 Mass Effect: Past, Present, and Future— Room 25ABC

Developers from Mass Effect offer an exciting look at the evolution of the Mass Effect franchise. Mike Gamble (producer), Corey Gaspur (senior combat designer), Parrish Ley (lead cinematic animator), Sylvia Feketekuty (writer), Chris Helper (writer), Jessica Merizan (community manager) and Chris Priestly (community specialist) discuss the history of the series, beloved characters, multiplayer gaming and hints at upcoming DLC. Don’t forget to bring your emergency induction port!

8:00-9:00 Occupy Comics: Activism, Kickstarter, and Comics— Room 4

Get the story behind the historic Occupy Comics project that inspired dozens of top comics pros to take a stand, bummed out Frank Miller, and brought Alan Moore and David Lloyd back together in the same book for the first time since the Occupy-inspiring V for Vendetta. With a star-studded roster featuring Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Art Spiegelman (Maus), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), and many more, Occupy Comics raised nearly three times its Kickstarter fundraising goal, with all revenue beyond hard costs being donated to Occupy protesters. Organizational spearhead Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller, president Halo-8) will be joined by contributors Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Tyler Crook (Petrograd, B.P.R.D.), Brea Grant and Zane Grant (We Will Bury You, Suicide Girls), Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing, The Unknown Soldier), Zoetica Ebb (Biorequiem), Mark L. Miller (The Jungle Book), and others special guests to discuss counterculture art, creating activist comics without being annoying, and tips on how to fundraise for your own comics.

Sunday, July 15

10:00-11:00 Emily the Strange— Room 23ABC

Be a part of the Emily the Strange panel experience, where you have the chance to prove your knowledge of Strange and win prizes, learn what’s new in Emily’s oddball universe (including a sneak peek at the new Emily and the Strangers comic book series), and Q&A with Emily’s creator Rob Reger and writer Jessica Gruner. Did we mention you will get some cool stuff just for showing up and being Strange?

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Tom Yeates— Room 8

Seasoned comics, fantasy, and book illustrator and Comic-Con special guest Tom Yeates will discuss his 35-year career, from attending the first year of Joe Kubert’s school with Steve Bissette and Rick Veitch to Swamp Thing, Tarzan, Zorro, and Prince Valiant. Writer, journalist, editor, and Thomas’s longtime friend Steven Ringgenberg will moderate. A slide show of Yeates’s art career and influences will be included.

12:45-1:45 CBLDF Rock Art Jam— Room 5AB

Explore the creative process of top cartoonists who’ve made their mark on the worlds of comics and music! Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, and Nate Powell talk about the influence of music in their work and draw live art showcasing their love of sound and vision! Get a chance to watch live art made before your eyes, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

2:15-3:15 Buffy Turns 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer— Room 6BCF

Once upon a time, Buffy Summers became the Slayer, the Chosen One who proved a young heroine could battle the forces of darkness instead of playing damsel in distress. Stars from the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer) join forces with Dark Horse editor Scott Allie, writer/producer Jane Espenson, illustrator Georges Jentry, and the original Buffy herself (Kristy Swanson, star of the 1992 motion picture), not to mention a surprise guest or two, to celebrate 20 years of slayage.

3:00-4:00 Axe Cop— Room 6DE

Ethan Nicolle (Bearmageddon, Chumble Spuzz) discusses the growing world of Axe Cop, including the new President of the World miniseries from Dark Horse comics and his involvement the TV show in production at FOX. With a possible appearance in person or digitally from his brother/co-creator Malachai Nicolle plus possible surprise guests.

OBSERVERS, PHYSICISTS, ROGUE AGENTS AND MORE AWAIT FANS WHEN THEY CHECK-IN TO GETGLUE AT COMIC-CON 2012

OBSERVERS, PHYSICISTS, ROGUE AGENTS AND MORE AWAIT FANS WHEN
THEY CHECK-IN TO GETGLUE AT COMIC-CON 2012

Fans Checking-in on GetGlue to Warner Bros. Television Series Panels at #WBSDCC
Will Unlock Unique Stickers and Can Get Bonus Stickers by Visiting the
“Extra at Comic-Con®” Stage and the Warner Bros. Booth

Collect Stickers for 666 Park Avenue, Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, Cult, The Following,
Fringe, Nikita, Revolution, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries,
Childrens Hospital, DC Nation and MAD

Twitter Pitch: Unlock unique @getglue stickers @Comic_Con when checking-in at Warner Bros. TV series panels: http://bit.ly/NiYvoP #WBSDCC #SDCC

BURBANK, Calif. (July 5, 2012) — Comic-Con just got even cooler. This year, fans at Comic-Con International: San Diego — and even fans who are enjoying the action from afar — can check-in on entertainment social network GetGlue to unlock one-of-a-kind stickers for Warner Bros. Television series at their Comic-Con panel sessions.

For a preview of the Fringe sticker, based upon the show’s Comic-Con 2012 poster designed by FOX, click here: http://bit.ly/NiYvoP

And if you forget to check-in at a panel because you got caught up in the excitement of seeing The Big Bang Theory cast in person or realized after seeing Nikita’s Maggie Q that looks really can kill, make like MAD’s Alfred E. Neuman and say, “What, me worry?” … because the special Comic-Con stickers will be available each day — for the duration of the day — during the Con on GetGlue, not simply for each individual event.

Join Ryan Hardy (star Kevin Bacon) in the hunt for serial killer Joe Carroll (star James Purefoy) with a special sticker for highly anticipated new drama The Following, from executive producer Kevin Williamson

See what stickers made it through the universal blackout with Revolution, from executive producer J.J. Abrams, Supernatural’s Eric Kripke and Iron Man’s Jon Favreau

Find out what lurks between universes — yet exists on GetGlue — when you unlock the Fringe sticker

Check out comedy, music, video game demos and the Dark Knight’s ride at the Extra at Comic-Con stage located in Bayfront Park, and explore the custom surprises waiting when you check-in on GetGlue

And much more!

To unlock these special stickers created especially for #WBSDCC, check-in to the following series panels during Comic-Con at the links below on the dates provided. And don’t forget to check-in when you visit the Extra at Comic-Con outdoor stage or the Warner Bros. Booth. And remember: users of GetGlue will get actual stickers mailed to them after unlocking 20 virtual ones. Now that’s something you can’t put in your swag bag!

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11

Preview Night Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings (6:00–9:45 p.m. Ballroom 20):
666 Park Avenue: http://getglue.com/tv_shows/666_park_avenue
Arrow: http://getglue.com/tv_shows/arrow
Cult: http://getglue.com/tv_shows/cult
The Following: http://getglue.com/tv_shows/following
Revolution: http://getglue.com/tv_shows/revolution

THURSDAY, JULY 12

MAD (12:45–1:45 p.m. Room 6DE): http://getglue.com/tv_shows/mad
Nikita (6:00–7:00 p.m. Room 6BCF): http://getglue.com/tv_shows/nikita

FRIDAY, JULY 13

Cult (11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Room 6BCF): http://getglue.com/tv_shows/cult
The Big Bang Theory (12:05–1:05 p.m. Hall H): http://getglue.com/tv_shows/big_bang_theory
666 Park Avenue (12:45–1:45 p.m. Room 6BCF): http://getglue.com/tv_shows/666_park_avenue
Childrens Hospital (1:00–1:45 p.m. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront): http://getglue.com/tv_shows/childrens_hospital
Arrow (3:00–4:00 p.m. Ballroom 20): http://getglue.com/tv_shows/arrow

SATURDAY, JULY 14

The Vampire Diaries (3:30–4:15 p.m. Ballroom 20): http://getglue.com/tv_shows/vampire_diaries
The Following (4:00–5:00 p.m. Room 6BCF): http://getglue.com/tv_shows/following
Person of Interest (5:15–6:00 p.m. Room 6BCF): http://getglue.com/tv_shows/person_of_interest
Revolution (6:00–7:00 p.m. Room 6BCF): http://getglue.com/tv_shows/revolution

SUNDAY, JULY 15

Fringe (10:00–11:00 a.m. Hall H): http://getglue.com/tv_shows/fringe
Supernatural (11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Hall H): http://getglue.com/tv_shows/supernatural
DC Nation (1:00–2:00 p.m. Room 6BCF):
o http://getglue.com/tv_shows/green_lantern_animated_series
o http://getglue.com/tv_shows/young_justice

For additional information about Warner Bros.’ activities at Comic-Con, follow us on Twitter @TheWBdotcom (hashtag #WBSDCC) and visit www.thewb.com/comiccon.

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GetGlue is based in New York City and is currently working with 75 major television networks and 10 movie studios to promote their shows and movies to fans. The company has received funding from Union Square Ventures, RRE Ventures, TimeWarner Investments, Rho Ventures, and a number of prominent angel investors.

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Syfy Sponsors the 2012 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Kirkman, Martin, Ross Among Presenters

SAN DIEGO – The 24th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards will be held Friday, July 13 in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. This year’s title sponsor is Syfy, the television destination for imagination-based entertainment. Syfy features acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, and will present four exciting series at Comic-Con this year: Warehouse 13, Alphas, Being Human, and groundbreaking transmedia entertainment property Defiance.

The Eisner Awards, considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry, will be given out in 28 categories, for works published in 2011. Awards presenters will include British talk show host and comics author Jonathan Ross; author George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones); The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard; actress Erin Gray (Buck Rogers); voice actor Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Young Justice); cartoonist Bill Morrison (The Simpsons); nominee Eric Powell (The Goon); and Comic-Con special guests Tom Batiuk (Funky Winkerbean), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Michael Uslan (Batman movie producer and Archie comics writer), and Sergio Aragonés (MAD magazine). A few surprise celebrity presenters can be expected as well.

The doors for the event will open at 7:45, and the ceremonies will get under way at 8:00. Attendance at the event is free to anyone with a Comic-Con badge. Advance seating for VIPs (nominees, sponsors, presenters) and those with pro badges will begin at 7:00. The ceremony is expected to run until about 10:30. All who attend the awards ceremony will receive a graphic novel from the Will Eisner Library, published by DC Comics.

In addition to Syfy as the title sponsor, the major sponsor for the Eisner Awards is mycomicshop.com. Principal sponsors are Gentle Giant Studios and Lebonfon, while supporting sponsors are Alternate Reality Comics (Las Vegas), Atlantis Fantasyworld (Santa Cruz, CA), Diamond Comic Distributors, Flying Colors and Other Cool Stuff (Concord, CA), Strange Adventures (Halifax, Nova Scotia), Warp 1 Comics & Games (Edmonton, Alberta), and Mel Thompson and Associates.

The Eisner Awards evening includes the presentation of several other special awards, given by both Comic-Con International and other organizations. Comic-Con’s own awards are the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award, and the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing.

The Eisner Awards are part of, and underwritten by, Comic-Con International, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture. More information about the Eisner Awards can be found at http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_eisners_main.php.

ComiXology Celebrates Their 5-Year Anniversary & 3-Year App-iversary at Comic-Con International 2012 in San Diego, California

Don’t Miss ComiXology’s Brand New Booth Space!

Meet The Folks Behind Comixology At Our First Comic-Con Tweet-up, Including Two Of The Co-Founders

Find Out What’s Next At The Comixology Panels!

Make Sure You Get Your Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Oni Press, and Archaia
Limited Edition Promotional Postcard With Free Download Codes

And Two Chances To Win Brand New iPads!

ComiXology @ SDCC 2012
July 11th – 15th
BOOTH #2547

PELASE NOTE LAST MINUTE BOOTH CHANGE

COMIXOLOGY IS NOW AT #2547

July 2nd, 2012 – New York, NY – ComiXology — the revolutionary digital comics platform with over 75 million downloads to date and a selection of more than 25,000 comics and graphic novels — is kicking off this year’s Comic-Con International 2012 in style by celebrating their 5-Year Anniversary and 3-Year App-iversary with a whole host of programming, a “Tweetup,” two opportunities to win a free iPad, publishing partner promotions, and, for the first time ever, comiXology will be manning a booth (#2547) in the heart of Comic-Con!

The celebration of comiXology’s 5-year Anniversary and 3-year App-iversary begins on Preview Night at the debut of comiXology’s new booth space (#2547) and continues all convention long! All comic fans are invited to have a hands-on look at the leading digital comics platform and all fans that register for comiXology’s newsletter at the booth will have a chance to win a brand new iPad!

But the comiXology booth is only where the celebration begins! Each day from Thursday to Sunday, one of comiXology’s many publishing partners will be giving away one of four limited edition postcards that has a promo code for a free comic or graphic novel! Once all four cards are collected, a larger image is revealed celebrating comiXology’s anniversary!

How do you collect them all? First up on Thursday, Image Comics will be giving away the Fatale #1 promo postcard at their booth (#2729). Then on Friday, IDW Publishing will be giving away the Locke & Key Vol. 1 promo postcard at their booth (#2643). Saturday, the promo postcard giveaway continues as Oni Press hands out the Sixth Gun Vol. 1 promo postcard at their booth (#1833). Last but not least, on Sunday, Archaia will be giving away the Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1 promo postcard at their booth (#2635). Each postcard is limited to just 1,000 copies and is available only at these publishers’ booths and only on the days listed above.

Don’t get distracted while you are busy collecting all those postcards and miss a rare chance to meet part of the team behind comiXology! On Thursday July 12th from 4pm to 6pm, all comiXology fans and new users alike are invited to join us for the official “ComiXology Tweetup” at the Hilton Bayfront Odysea Bar where attendees can meet and mingle with the folks behind the award-winning digital comics platform — comiXology co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts as well as team members Matt “Slim” Kolowski, Bronson Lingamfelter, Chip Mosher, Kevin Pearl and Elizabeth Yulianto. As a sincere “thank you” to our fans, one lucky attendee will win an iPad during the Tweetup! (Let us know you are coming on Facebook here!)

If that’s not enough for you, then make sure you don’t miss any of the six panels that comiXology will be present at, including two comiXology focused panels! Join co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts with Power Play artist Reilly Brown for the “Creating Comics the ComiXology Way” panel on Thursday July 12th at 2pm in Room 11AB to discuss how comiXology is transforming not only how people read comics, but how people create comics. Then on Saturday July 14th in Room 23ABC don’t miss the “ComiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital” where comiXology co-founders Steinberger and Roberts talk about the first five years of comiXology and field your questions about anything and everything under the digital sun!

You will also find comiXology represented on four additional panels, with comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger participating in the “Comic Book Entrepreneurs” panel on July 13th at 1:30pm in Room 8 and then with comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts joining him on the “Are Digital Comics Expanding the Market?” panel later that day at 6pm in Room 9. ComiXology’s VP of Marketing, PR & Business Development, Chip Mosher, will be moderating two panels — the “Indie Comics Marketing and PR 101″ panel in Room 8 on Thursday July 12th at 7pm and also the “Digital Comics Price Fight” panel on Sunday July 15th at 11am.

Comic-Con International 2012 looks to be the biggest Comic-Con for comiXology so far. We can’t wait to see you there!

What: San Diego Comic-Con International ComiXology 5-Year Anniversary and 3-Year App-iversary Celebration

When: July 11th – 15th 2012

Where: The San Diego Convention Center, San Diego CA. ?

Booth #: 2547

Booth Giveaway: ComiXology fans can register at the comiXology booth (#2547) all during CCI ’12 to win a new iPad. After the show ends, one iPad will be given away at random to one of the registrants.

Party: “ComiXology Tweetup” at the Hilton Bayfront Odysea Bar, 1 Park Boulevard San Diego, California 92101 (next to the convention center) on Thursday July 12th from 4pm to 6pm.

Party Giveaway: During the party, one iPad will be given away at random to one lucky attendee.

Panel Schedule:

Thursday July 12th

2:00pm – 3:00pm — Creating Comics the ComiXology Way— From early experiments like Box 13, Valentine, and Power Play to more recent efforts like Marvel’s Infinite Comics, comiXology’s Guided View has ushered in a new era in comic book creation. Join comiXology co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts and Power Play artist Reilly Brown as they show you the ins and outs of creating comics using the Guided View tools and discuss comiXology’s plans for these tools. – Room 11AB

7:00pm – 8:00pm — Indie Comics Marketing and PR 101 — Some of the best and brightest reveal all the secrets of doing marketing and PR for your comics. ComiXology’s marketing and PR maven Chip Mosher is joined by Dark Horse’s Director of PR Jeremy Atkins, Image Comics’ PR and Marketing Director Jennifer de Guzman, IDW Publishing’s VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, Archaia’s Marketing Manager Mel Caylo and comics writer David Gallaher. – Room 8

Friday July 13th

1:30pm – 2:30pm — Comic Book Entrepreneurs — Get a rare look behind the scenes of building successful businesses around the love of comic books. Author and futurist Rob Salkowitz, CEO and co-founder David Steinberger of comiXology, Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Comics, Peter Levin of Nerdist Industries, and comic retailer Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics, founder of Free Comic Book Day and WonderCon. – Room 8

6:00pm – 7:00pm — Are Digital Comics Expanding the Market? — Author and futurist Rob Salkowitz leads a provocative, no-holds-barred discussion with the leaders of the digital comics revolution: comiXology co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts, Dark Horse Publisher Mike Richardson, and IDW Publisher Ted Adams. – Room 9

Saturday July 14th

11:00am – 12:00am — ComiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital — With over 75 million comics and graphic novels downloaded since its debut, comiXology has revolutionized how people read and buy comic books. Recently hailed by the New York Times as the iTunes of comics, here is your opportunity to discover what is next! Join comiXology cofounders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts for an open discussion on everything digital. All topics are game! Don’t miss out! – Room 23ABC

Sunday July 15th

11:00am – 12:00pm — Digital Comics Price Fight — Join Mark Waid, Scott Kurtz, IDW Publishing’s ePublishing Director Jeff Webber and Top Shelf Productions Director of Digital Chris Ross, for a lively discussion on the price of digital comics. Moderating this fight is comiXology’s Chip Mosher – Room 7AB

About comiXology
Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web— comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.

Course of the Force Partners with Otter Pops

Course of the Force Partners with Otter Pops
Otter Pops to Sponsor Runner Giveaway

SANTA MONICA, CA (June 29, 2012) Course of the Force is proud to announce a partnership with Otter Pops, the fun, iconic freezer pop  brand from The Jel Sert Company, for the inaugural lightsaber relay. The partnership includes branded on-site activities and an exciting opportunity for fans to carry the official event lightsaber during one segment of the Course of the Force through an online Facebook promotion courtesy of Otter Pops. The Course of the Force is a five-day relay, July 7-11, for Star Wars™ enthusiasts to celebrate their love of the Saga. The event is held in partnership with Lucasfilm, Ltd., Nerdist Industries and Octagon to raise proceeds for Make-A-Wish®.

 

Otter Pops has delighted generations for over 40 years with six zippy flavors and lovable Otter characters. The brand plans to bring this same fervor to a great event for charity. Through the partnership, Otter Pops will be on location to create an original otterly awesome experience for Course of the Force participants. Otter Pops will be at each relay stop, offering item giveaways and keeping event-goers cool with free freezer pops.

 

In addition to these activities, Otter Pops is offering a sweepstakes where fans will have the chance to enter to win a free running spot in the inaugural epic relay.  Fans can head to the Course of the Force Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CourseOfTheForce) now through July 1 to enter.

 

“Otter Pops is an awesome addition for Course of the Force,” Nerdist Industries’ principal and Course of the Force creator and executive director Peter Levin said. “The Otter Pops brand is a perfect fit with the atmosphere of Course of the Force and their freezer pops will refresh fans and celebrities throughout the event. Otter Pops’ generous Facebook giveaway is an exciting way to give even more fans the opportunity to experience the journey.”

 

Participants must be at least 18 years or older and a California resident living within 100 miles of Huntington Beach to participate.

 

The Course of the Force is similar to an Olympic torch relay, except participants come dressed in their favorite Star Wars or popular culture-themed costumes and hand off a custom Hasbro Ultimate FX Lightsaber at quarter-mile markers to the next runner. On July 7, Course of the Force will kick off with an event at the Santa Monica Pier at 10:00 a.m. The relay will start later in the day and end that night at the Redondo Beach Pier. Other planned stops include Huntington Beach Pier, Oceanside and Crystal Pier at Pacific Beach.

 

Fans have the opportunity to participate in the historic lightsaber relay by registering online now at CourseoftheForce.com. One hundred percent of runner proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish chapters of San Diego, Greater Los Angeles, and Orange County and the Inland Empire.

 

Giving the event a true fan’s touch, Nerdist Industries’ founder Chris Hardwick will be joined by co-hosts Ashley Eckstein of Her Universe and Alison Haislip of Nerdist. They will follow the action from the Course of the Force lead vehicle, a replica of Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge, and broadcast to fans across the world on StarWars.com  and the Nerdist YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist). They will be joined by special guests from the Saga and pop-culture to put on an epic celebration for both the fans in attendance and watching online.

 

DAILY RELAY SCHEDULE

 

Day

Start Time

Start Location

End Time

End Location

Saturday, July 7

1:00 p.m.

Santa Monica Pier

7:00 p.m.

Redondo Beach Pier

Sunday, July 8

7:00 a.m.

Redondo Beach Pier

4:30 p.m.

Huntington Beach Pier

Tuesday, July 10

7:00 a.m.

Oceanside Pier

5:30 p.m.

Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach

Wednesday, July 11

9:00 a.m.

Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach

12:30 p.m.

San Diego

 

*All times approximate and subject to change. The concluding event at the Balboa Theatre is a ticketed event. All other events mentioned in schedule are free to the public.

The Book of Madness and Cures


The Book of Madness and Cures
Author: Regina O’Melveny
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Imprint: Little, Brown and Company
Pub Date: April 03, 2012
ISBN: 9780316195836

Take a trip to 16th century Venice with Regina O’Melveny’s marvelous book, THE BOOK OF MADNESS AND CURES. In it, we follow Gabriella Mondini, a complicated and dedicated doctor in a world dominated by men. Gabriella’s father has disappeared and the doctors of the town have stripped her of her right to practice medicine so Gabriella makes a life changing decision. She will set out into the world, accompanied by her servants and find her father. The book follows her incredible travels through a world vividly depicted by the author who brings the 16th century to life.

I adored this book and loved Gabriella. She’s determined, feisty, unconventional and very real. She has her flaws as we all do and those infuriating little things make her so believable. I loved the idea of a woman traveling through Europe, essentially alone in a time dangerous for a woman alone. The people she meets along the way and the things she learns make it an incredibly interesting read. At one point, she finds a village of only men – they have burned all the women as witches. Making a narrow escape, she continues on her way finding out more about her father and contributing more to their mutual work – a book about cures.
The language of the 16th century is cleverly woven into the story as Gabriella reads or writes in the book. Strange cures and herbal remedies make it even more fascinating as well as adding to the mystery of Gabriella’s father. There is a love story too, almost as a side note but still deeply important. As she travels farther and farther from home, Gabriella learns more about her father, her family and herself. This is a journey of discovery.

Highly recommended. This book is unusual, fascinating, at times haunting and simply wonderful.

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Book description from the publisher:

Gabriella Mondini is a rarity in 16th century Venice: a woman who practices medicine. Her father, a renowned physician, has provided her entrée to this all-male profession, and inspired in her a shared mission to understand the secrets of the human body.??Then her father disappears and Gabriella faces a crisis: she is no longer permitted to treat her patients, women who need her desperately, without her father’s patronage. She sets out across Europe to find where-and why-he has gone. Following clues from his occasional enigmatic letters, Gabriella crosses Switzerland, Germany and France, entering strange and forbidding cities. She travels to Scotland, the Netherlands, and finally to Morocco. In each new land she probes the mystery of her father’s flight, and opens new mysteries of her own. Not just mysteries of ailments and treatments, but ultimate mysteries of mortality, love, and the timeless human spirit.??Filled with medical lore and sensuous, vivid details of Renaissance life, THE BOOK OF MADNESS AND CURES is an intoxicating and unforgettable debut.

About the author:

Regina O’Melveny’s poetry has been published widely in literary journals, garnering several prizes.  She grew up at the edge of pungent chaparral in La Mesa, California, and chose to enroll at Callison College–a school of International Studies at the University of the Pacific–almost solely based upon the fact that the second year would be spent in India.  Thus began her many extended travels that would later inspire The Book of Madness and Cures, her first novel.  She lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Disclosure:  A free copy of this book was furnished by the publisher for review via NetGalley, but providing a copy did not guarantee a review. This information is provided per the regulations of the Federal Trade Commission.

Thieftaker Review & A Fantastic 4th of July Giveaway!

Thieftaker
Author: D.B. Jackson
Publisher: Tor/Forge
Pub Date: July 3, 2012
ISBN: 9780765327611

A fascinating alternate history of pre-Revolutionary Boston is told in THIEFTAKER. Ethan Kaille is a wizard and a thieftaker, a private citizen who recovers stolen items and brings in the thief. He hunts down thieves for money and tries to keep his wizardry under wraps so that he won’t be branded as a witch. His wizardry is abetted by a dour demon who appears at his command, but is most disdainful of him though he does protect him. Mostly, he’s managed to stay under wraps, out of the eagle eye of his biggest competitor, the beautiful and dangerous, Sephira Price, who basically runs the town. He leads a relatively normal, though conflicted and often on the edge of poverty life. That is until the daughter of a prominent man is murdered with what looks like witchcraft.

Ethan is called upon to look into the murder, which provokes the ire of Sephira, who feels he is encroaching on her territory, mainly the deep pockets of the town’s elite. As he probes deeper into the murder, his own life is endangered. With hired thugs, a wizard of great power, the local law enforcement all out to crush him, it is all he can do to solve the mystery.THIEFTAKER isn’t all about murder, witchcraft and mayhem.  No, in Ethan Kaille, the author has created a wonderfully complex character with layers of emotion. His conflicted feelings for both his old love and new, his family, his demon and the way he struggles with his wizardry all make him incredibly interesting and all too human.

Pre-Revolutionary Boston is vividly painted and draws the reader into this teeming city of intrigue, anger, commerce and secrets. Mobs, suspicion, division of loyalists and rebels, and the politics of the time are intricately woven into the story, making it a fascinating peek into the time. A historical figure or two make an appearance in this book, with a deft touch that I found added even more historical realism to this gem of a book, though the author also manages to blend in fallacy with his fact and make it seem even more real.

THIEFTAKER is an exciting romp through the streets of Colonial Boston with a darned good murder mystery. Highly recommended!

The publisher generously has provided a giveaway to AmoXcalli readers!  Five (5) lucky people will get a copy of the finished book!  All you have to do is enter below via the Rafflecopter widget and I made sure there are plenty of ways to get entries.  Best of luck!

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To find out more about thieftakers, Colonial Boston and more, visit the author’s website.

Publisher’s blurb:

Boston, 1767: In D.B. Jackson’s Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for others…until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family.

Suddenly, he faces another conjurer of enormous power, someone unknown, who is part of a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of power in the turbulent colony. His adversary has already killed–and not for his own gain, but in the service of his powerful masters, people for whom others are mere pawns in a game of politics and power. Ethan is in way over his head, and he knows it. Already a man with a dark past, he can ill afford to fail, lest his livelihood be forfeit. But he can’t stop now, for his magic has marked him, so he must fight the odds, even though he seems hopelessly overmatched, his doom seeming certain at the spectral hands of one he cannot even see.

About the Author:

D.B. Jackson is the new pen name of an award-winning author of more than a dozen books — including epic fantasies, media tie-ins, and a book on writing — as well as several short stories. His work has been translated into a dozen languages. He is now writing historical fantasy; hence the name change. (Publishers call it “author branding” and it’s not nearly as painful as it sounds.) “The Tavern Fire,” the first short story penned under the name “D.B. Jackson” appears in the new anthology, After Hours: Tales of the Ur-Bar, edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray. The first D.B. Jackson novel, Thieftaker, volume I of Chronicles of the Thieftaker, a historical urban fantasy set in pre-Revolutionary Boston, is due out in July 2012 from Tor Books. The second Thieftaker novel is already in the works.

Disclosure:  A free copy of this book was furnished by the publisher for review via NetGalley, but providing a copy did not guarantee a review. This information is provided per the regulations of the Federal Trade Commission.

THE WALKING DEAD IOS APP POWERED BY COMIXOLOGY UPGRADES FROM 2.0 TO 3.1

It’s time to experience Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead in CMX-HD

July 3rd, 2012 – New York, NY – Skybound, The Walking Dead creator/writer Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, and comiXology, the revolutionary digital comics platform, are thrilled to announce the release today of a newly updated 3.1 version of The Walking Dead iOS app available to fans everywhere. This new release includes major design improvements, accelerated speeds, and an ever-expanding library of CMX-HD ready The Walking Dead digital comics and trades to take advantage of the new iPad’s enhanced Retina Display.

The Eisner Award-wining The Walking Dead comic series was not only the #1 seller in graphic novels for 2011 — and is on track to retain the title again this year — but the top rated basic cable drama of all time during season two of the hit AMC television series. Kirkman serves as both writer and Executive Producer on the TV series.

“The comiXology-powered 3.1 interface takes The Walking Dead iOS app to a whole new level for fans of both the comic and the TV series,” says comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “ComiXology is dedicated to delivering the best shopping and reading experience around and the upgrade to 3.1 — with CMX-HD capabilities and our revolutionary Guided View? — hands down delivers to all Walking Dead fans around the world!”

“I don’t know of a better way to experience The Walking Dead in the digital space than through the newly upgraded Walking Dead iOS app,” said series creator Robert Kirkman. “Simply put, the comics have never looked better and they’ve never been easier to get a hold of than they are right now.”

The Walking Dead 3.1 iOS app’s smooth new design and interface not only enhances overall stability it also increases the usability beyond the original 2.0 functionality. New advancements in the UI enables a near instantaneous launch, dramatically cutting down on the app’s load times and allows fans of The Walking Dead to start reading faster than ever before.

In addition to the overall redesign, the app now exhibits enriched feature spotlights and CMX-HD — comiXology’s Hi-Def comic format —for users of the new iPad. “Purchases” now has its own tab so users can always find their The Walking Dead comics for quick and easy download without cluttering their “My Comics” area. The Walking Dead 3.1 iOS app brings the thrills and excitement of the comic series that inspired the hit TV show to a whole new level.

Fans will be happy to know that while a number of great new improvements have been made, The Walking Dead 3.1 iOS app continues to deliver the same quality comic reading and shopping experience customers have come to expect from comiXology powered apps. Through the use of comiXology’s revolutionary patent-pending Guided View? technology that includes a wide variety of reading options and settings, comiXology enables users to set the speed of transitions in addition to page orientations and much more.

The Walking Dead 3.1 iOS app is available for download through iTunes for the iPhone and iPad today.

About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman’s success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company’s inception twenty years ago and he formed his own imprint there, Skybound, in 2010. Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolf-Man, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and in April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He’s the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit television show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 120 countries and 250 million households. AMC is developing Thief of Thieves as a potential series with Kirkman serving as creator/executive producer and writer. www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.

About comiXology?
Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web — comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.

About Skybound
SKYBOUND is Robert Kirkman’s imprint of Image Comics. The imprint provides a new generation of comic book creators the opportunity to publish their works as SKYBOUND Originals. With SKYBOUND, Image COO Robert Kirkman handpicks up-and-coming creators and maintains an active role in promoting and expanding the projects of this already growing talent pool. Artist and imprint alike will be fully vested in the global development of their properties into new mediums, such as television and film.

About Image Comic
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, 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.

#SDCC: DARK HORSE TO PUBLISH CRIMINAL MACABRE: FINAL NIGHT—THE 30 DAYS OF NIGHT CROSSOVER!

July 3, MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse and IDW team up on this once-in-a-lifetime crossover between the critically acclaimed Criminal Macabre and 30 Days of Night!

Steve Niles’s greatest characters come together in a final showdown, with a thrilling script by Steve Niles and artwork by Christopher Mitten.

Cal McDonald only wanted a beer, but what he got was a jaded federal agent and a story about vampires up in Barrow, Alaska. There’s a new vamp in LA, and he’s hell bent on escalating his attacks. When Mo’Lock’s sometimes ghoul-friend is murdered, Cal’s on the hunt . . . for Eben—the longtime protagonist/antagonist of 30 Days of Night.

Praise for Steve Niles:

“Not only is Niles’ dialogue and pacing the best it has ever been, but Mitten’s art is absolutely paradisiacal by being horrific, high-brow, or low-brow whenever the situation demands it. This is a collaboration seemingly blessed by the comic book gods.”—Comics Bulletin

“Fans of the horror genre really can’t go wrong with [30 Days of Night].”—About.com

For additional information check out the exclusive interview with Steve Niles on Comic Book Resources!

Criminal Macabre: Final Night—The 30 Days of Night Crossover #1 (of 4) is on sale December 12, 2012!

About Dark Horse

Founded in1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, including The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton’s Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys, Serenity, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

__________________________________July 3, MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse and IDW team up on this once-in-a-lifetime crossover between the critically acclaimed Criminal Macabre and 30 Days of Night!

Steve Niles’s greatest characters come together in a final showdown, with a thrilling script by Steve Niles and artwork by Christopher Mitten.

Cal McDonald only wanted a beer, but what he got was a jaded federal agent and a story about vampires up in Barrow, Alaska. There’s a new vamp in LA, and he’s hell bent on escalating his attacks. When Mo’Lock’s sometimes ghoul-friend is murdered, Cal’s on the hunt . . . for Eben—the longtime protagonist/antagonist of 30 Days of Night.

Praise for Steve Niles:

“Not only is Niles’ dialogue and pacing the best it has ever been, but Mitten’s art is absolutely paradisiacal by being horrific, high-brow, or low-brow whenever the situation demands it. This is a collaboration seemingly blessed by the comic book gods.”—Comics Bulletin

“Fans of the horror genre really can’t go wrong with [30 Days of Night].”—About.com

For additional information check out the exclusive interview with Steve Niles on Comic Book Resources!

Criminal Macabre: Final Night—The 30 Days of Night Crossover #1 (of 4) is on sale December 12, 2012!

About Dark Horse

Founded in1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, including The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton’s Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys, Serenity, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

Shannon Muir Reviews iCookbook

iCookbook

Publisher: Publications International, Ltd.

iPad/iPhone/Android application based book

 

iCookbook is a perfect example of how the definition of what constitutes a book is changing. This is a cookbook, delivered as an application to the iPad/iPhone or Android, containing a variety of recipes licensed from different food brands. Each recipe calls for at least one element to be a specific brand of a produce (whether rice, mayonnaise, etc.) which is dependent on the licensee source. There is a good base diversity, and additional packets of new recipes – approximately 15 each month – are available for free download to expand the book. Further modules of customization must be purchased in recipe packets at approximately #0.99-$2.99 each, such as ‘Cooking with Beer’ or ’300 Calorie Meals,’  which contain about 25 recipes each. This makes the end result book highly customizable to the interests of each reader.

Searching on iCookbook was mixed. It wasn’t intuitive to filter on multiple areas and that all the filtering was driven by the same top navigation menu on the left. What was expected was a secondary, more refined, filter to appear. This filtering system works, but if someone wants to do Salads and then say only want to refine further to Pasta salads, it’s not that easy to do as all the areas are very high level. Finding vegetarian meals also didn’t prove intuitive as this was considered a “theme” alongside 30-Minute Recipes or One-Dish or Stir-Fry;  it seemed  that a ‘Diet’ type category with vegetarian along with low salt, gluten free, fat free, and other major areas licensee brands are just now getting into would be appropriate and helpful.

The Recipe Box portion (where you can save stuff to try later) did turn out to be easy to use – both saving recipes to and then accessing them later.  Both a  Waldorf style salad with rice and a chocolate pie were made from the recipes one Saturday, needing a quick easy fix to round out meals on a hot summer day.  However, dragging icons from the searches to the ‘Meal Planner’ on the lower navigation bar as the only way to put together multiple recipes to design a meal didn’t seem intuitive since nothing else in the book application behaves in this manner.

Version 2.1 also includes Voice Control prep support, but this is always hard to test for this reviewer. Voice recognition software seems to have issues with my voice. This feature only appears in the iPad version per the company website.

In all the reading done with this book, it only crashed once. The book rotated several times at one point while balancing it on a lap, and when an attempt was made to steady it, it rotated into a diagonal and froze there. The only solution was to totally let the iPad reboot. This happened on an iPad first generation, and might not be a problem on newer ones.

iCookbook is a great way to get a selection of recipes by licensed brands you know and trust, but there’s also definitely some room for growth.

Disclosure:  A free copy of this application based book was furnished by the publisher for review via the publisher, but providing a copy did not guarantee a review. This information is provided per the regulations of the Federal Trade Commission.

Additional Disclosure: The reviewer works in mobile/application/website/virtual world Quality Assurance as her “day job,” but did not work on this particular product nor has any affiliation with it.

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