Official Press Release
SKYBOUND, the Image Comics imprint founded by creator Robert Kirkman, will stake their claim at San Diego Comic Con July 21-24th. In addition to exclusive merchandise and signings at Booth #2729, the creators of massive SKYBOUND hits The Walking Dead, Witch Doctor, and Super Dinosaur will be taking part in panels all weekend long.
Wednesday, July 20th
7:00 – 9:00 PM Robert Kirkman (Booth 2729)
Thursday, July 21st
2:00 – 4:30 PM Robert Kirkman and Rob Liefeld, The Infinite (Booth 2729)
4:30 – 5:30 PM Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner, Witch Doctor (Booth 2729)
Friday, July 22nd
1:30 – 2:30 PM AMC’s The Walking Dead Autograph Signing (*following panel, Ballroom 20)
2:00 – 3:30 PM Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner, Witch Doctor (Booth 2729)
5:00 – 6:30 PM Robert Kirkman (Booth 2729)
Saturday, July 23rd
11:30 – 12:30 PM Robert Kirkman and The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor giveaway (Booth 2729)
2:30 – 4:00 PM Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner, Witch Doctor (Booth 2729)
4:15 – 5:15 PM Robert Kirkman (Booth 2729)
Sunday, July 24th
2:00 – 4:00 PM Robert Kirkman (Booth 2729)
SKYBOUND PANEL Thursday, July 21 1:00 – 2:00 PM
The premiere original WITCH DOCTOR has sold out nationwide, the all-ages hit SUPER DINOSAUR continues to soar, and Kirkman’s team-up with Rob Liefeld, THE INFINITE, is about to rock fans to their core… what’s next? Join Robert Kirkman as he discusses the future of the imprint with his stable of creators, including THIEF OF THIEVES writer Nick Spencer, WITCH DOCTOR creators Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner, and more! Expect loads of surprises, announcements, and most importantly: AWESOMENESS. Room 25ABC
AICN HORROR: HORROR ON THE PANELED PAGE Thursday, July 21st 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Mark L. Miller (Ain’t It Cool News) hosts a panel focusing on horror with some of comic books’ darkest writers and artists. The discussion will breach topics such as how to create successful horror comics, what causes chills and what doesn’t. Join a panel of horror’s best writers including Witch Doctor’s Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner and artists to find out how horror can! Room 24ABC
AMC’S THE WALKING DEAD Friday, July 22 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
AMC’s The Walking Dead Panel Event: Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually), Jon Bernthal (The Pacific), Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), Laurie Holden (The Mist), Norman Reedus (Boondock Saints), Steven Yeun, (The Big Bang Theory), Jeffrey DeMunn (The Green Mile), Series Creator, Writer, Director, Executive Producer Robert Kirkman (Creator/Writer of The Walking Dead comic) and Make-up Artist and Consulting Producer Greg Nicotero discuss the success of season one of AMC’s series The Walking Dead, and what to look forward to for season two. The series is based on the comic book of the same name, created and written by Robert Kirkman and season two will air on AMC this Fall. Join the panelists for a one-on-one Q&A session and an official sneak preview of season two of “The Walking Dead.” Ballroom 20.
SPOTLIGHT ON ROBERT KIRKMAN Saturday, July 23 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Robert Kirkman, one of the most prolific writers in comics today, best known for his work on THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE, SUPER DINOSAUR, ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN, MARVEL ZOMBIES, and the upcoming series with Rob Liefeld THE INFINITE, will offer fans some insight behind their favorite hit comics. After becoming an Image Comics partner in 2009, and introducing the internationally renowned hit TV show based on the comic he created: THE WALKING DEAD on AMC, he has proven to be an unstoppable creative force. In 2010, Robert Kirkman launched his own imprint at Image Comics: SKYBOUND, providing him the opportunity to handpick up-and-coming creators and maintain an active role in promoting and expanding their properties as Skybound Originals. Room 25ABC
CREATOR-OWNED COMICS WITH ROBERT KIRKMAN Saturday, July 23 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Image Comics partner and best-selling writer Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD) is joined by Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson and some very special guests to discuss the exciting present and future possibilities of creator-owned comics. Be one of the first to hear some major announcements from the leading publisher of creator-owned comics. Plus: exclusive print for first 100 attendees! Room 7AB
GAYS IN COMICS Saturday, July 23 5:30- 7:00 PM
This all-star panel examines the rising diversity in the comics world today as the long-running “Gays in Comics” panel continues into its third decade at Comic-Con! As mainstream companies DC and Marvel are continue to frontline gay characters such as Batwoman and Northstar, and hire top-level gay or gay-friendly creators, independent publishers and creators are publishing unequivocal content spotlighting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters, to the cheers of the thousands of fans who are out of the comic book closet. Welcome a top-level panel of GLBT and straight creators, who will give amazing insights and glimpses of surprises to come!
EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE: At SKYBOUND Booth #2729, the following new merchandise will be available: Oversized The Infinite #1 Hard Cover (Limited to 1000), The Walking Dead Board Game (Limited to 25 per day), The Walking Dead Endurance Bands (Limited to 1000), The Walking Dead Messenger Bag, The Walking Dead Logo T-Shirt, The Walking Dead Hoodie, Super Dinosaur T-Shirt (Adult and Youth sizes), Invincible T-Shirt, Science Dog Logo T-Shirt, Live Dead Lip Balm, Live Dead Hand Sanitizer.
ABOUT SKYBOUND: A division of Image Comics founded in July 2010, SKYBOUND is helmed by Robert Kirkman, who handpicks and publishes up-and-coming comic creators for publication and development. Kirkman and SKYBOUND management maintain an active role in the promotion and expansion of their talent pool’s projects, and artist and company alike will be fully vested in the development of their properties into new mediums (e.g. television, film) globally. The first SKYBOUND Original, Witch Doctor, which published late June 2011, will be followed by a collaboration between Kirkman and Nick Spencer (Morning Glories) entitled Thief of Thieves.
ABOUT ROBERT KIRKMAN: Robert Kirkman is a New York Times bestselling author known for being the cultural zeitgeist of the comic book industry. Following the grassroots success of the self-published Battle Pope (2000), Kirkman caught the eye of Image Comics founding partner Erik Larsen. After several short-term projects (SuperPatriot and TechJacket), he achieved superstar status in 2003 with Invincible and The Walking Dead. During a subsequent stint at Marvel Comics, he gained many new fans with the haunting and hilarious Marvel Zombies. MTV translated Kirkman’s Invincible into a motion comic – one of the first in a growing industry trend. Kirkman’s SKYBOUND imprint, under the Image Comics umbrella, is committed to fostering up-and-coming talent in the industry, and all acquisitions are hand-picked by Kirkman himself. Kirkman won the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series for The Walking Dead. AMC’s interpretation of the comic, helmed by Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd, has received glowing reviews from critics and fans alike, and continues to garner the highest ratings for the network, making it a game changer for groundbreaking television on cable.
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