CCI 2008 Preview: Part 2

In part 2 of CBR's CCI preview coverage, we've got Marvel's full schedule, updated and expanded info on Radical Publishing and AlexRossArt.com and new info from Oni Press, IDW and others. And remember, Dreamworks is making sure you have that deliciously free wi-fi access throughout the show, so you'll be able to walk the con and still read about it on CBR, kind of like going to the ballgame and listening to the announcers call it on the radio. Welcome To The Future!

AlexRossArt.com -UPDATED

AlexRossArt.com is packing up the caravan and heading westward to San Diego for Comic-Con International on July 24th - 27th. We are pleased to announce that this year we will again be right in the heart of the con floor at Booth #2419 and we will be unveiling new Alex Ross artwork and more to our fans.


And here's a new previously unannounced tidbit just for the Alex Ross faithful this year. Alex will again be unveiling his 2008 Sketchbook and it will be available at the AlexRossArt.com booth #2419 at San Diego, plus they are all signed.

Still not enough for you? How about if we told that we will also be bringing an exclusive lithograph featuring presidential hopeful Barack Obama!Make your plans to attend to the San Diego Comic-Con and check us out at Booth #2419 when you get there.

Archie Comics

Visit Archie Creators at the San Diego Comic Con


See Archie Creators at the following Panels:


Portfolio Reviews

Archie Editor-in-Chief Victor Gorelick will conduct Portfolio Reviews immediately following Growing up with Archie Panel. Anyone interested in having their portfolio reviewed meet Victor Gorelick outside Room 4 Sunday July 27th at 12:30pm. Reviews will be from 1:00-2:00

Archie Comics Creators Signing Schedule:

Dial R Studios

Dial R Studios (booth 2306) returns to Comic-Con International with four new books! The following titles are set to debut at the show: The Path to Armageddon trade paperback, Billy Banes # 1, and two special convention exclusive books: HoCal: The Collected Webcomics, and The Guns of Shadow Valley.

Dial R creators in attendance include J. Andrew Clark, Pat Loika, Chris Maze, Barry Miller, and Dave Wachter. Pat, Chris, and Dave will be sketching during the show. The studio is also raffling away a Nintendo DS Lite at their booth. Be sure stop by for a chance to win!

Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is at Booth 907 at this year's San Diego Comic Con!


WED., 23 JUL (con hours 6:00-9:00)

THUR, 24 JUL (con hours 9:30-7:00)

FRI, 25 JUL (con hours 9:30-7:00)

SAT, 26 JUL (con hours 9:30-7:00)

SUN, 27 JUL (con hours 9:30-5:00)


UK artist sensation Mike McKone (Amazing Spider-Man) will be doing 20 sketches for The Hero Initiative over the course of the con. Swing by the Hero booth #907 starting Thursday morning for details!


It's on! Marvel takes on DC for the coveted Stan Lee Cup in their third annual San Diego softball game! Swing by and watch:

Adams Rec Center

3491 Adams Ave. (corner of 35th St.)

San Diego, CA 92116

Gametime is Thursday, July 24 at 4:30 PM!


The panel, entitled, "The Comicbook Artists Guild: An Open Call for Members Nationwide," will be held in Room 24A on Friday, July 25, 2008 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Special guest speaker is Mike Malve, owner of the Atomic Comics store chain in Arizona and member of the Fundraising Committee for The Hero Initiative, who will speak on the overall mission of the Initiative and its partnership with CAG.In addition, you do not want to miss these Ebay Auctions, which are closing soon!


WHAT: Hang with Stan Lee on a private yacht. Be one of five winners to receive * Photo and face time with Stan, two autographs on your own personal items, which you must bring and a ComicBookResources.com article and photos of the winners and event!

WHEN: Friday, July 25 at 6 pm

WHO: It's Stan Lee, 'nuff said.

EBAY LINK: http://qurls.com?i=37404


WHAT: Be one of six winners to enjoy fine dining with Marvel Comics Editor in Chief Joe Quesada along with a copy of the Marvel Then and Now DVD signed by Joe Quesada AND Stan Lee! This is a social opportunity and no autographs will be allowed.

WHEN: Thursday, July 24 at 8 pm

WHO: Joe Quesada, need we say more?

EBAY LINK: http://qurls.com?i=37402


WHAT: Win breakfast and an original Batman sketch from one of the three artists (randomly selected) plus a chance to get an additional "jam" piece by all three modern masters for three lucky winners! If you win this breakfast auction, it's also your buy-in to a special, private, three-man auction!

WHEN: Friday, 25 JUL at 9:00 AM

WHO: David Bullock is a world-famous animation director, cover artist for Action Comics, and director of Justice League: The New Frontier. Darwyn Cooke is the award-winning writer and artist of DC: The New Frontier, The Spirit, Batman: Ego, and more. Cameron Stewart is the visionary artist of Catwoman, Seaguy, The Other Side, and many, many more top books!

EBAY LINK: http://qurls.com?i=37403


WHAT: Win the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience - a grading and restoration detection class "basics 101" and lunch with former CGC President and Primary Grader Steve Borock plus lunch!

WHEN: Saturday, July 26 at approximately 12 noon

WHO: Former CGC President and Primary Grader Steve Borock

EBAY LINK: http://qurls.com?i=37405


WHAT: Win a chance to play either on the Marvel Comics softball team or the DC Comics softball game in their annual game! The winner of each team's auction will get an official Marvel or DC uniform, receive luxury motorcoach transportation to and from the game on the team bus roster and get their position assigned by either Marvel captain Mike Pascuillo or DC captain Adam Schlagman.

WHEN: Thursday, July 24, buses leave at 3:30 pm, game begins at 4:30 pm

EBAY LINK: Marvel auction: http://qurls.com?i=37399

EBAY LINK: DC Comics auction: http://qurls.com?i=37401

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. For more information, call 310-909-7809 or visit www.HeroInitiative.org.

IDW Publishing

IDW Publishing has released their CCI signing scheduling in the following handy jpegs. Click 'em and print 'em!

Marvel Comics

Hey True Believers, do you know where you want to spend Comic-Con International? At the Marvel Booth (#2429) of course! We've got more programming at our booth than ever before, featuring trailers, celebrity appearances, Q&A with your favorite creators and more! Who else would bring you a Marvel Fashion Show or surprise Marvel giveaways? Don't forget to make a date with Booth #2429--The Marvel Booth--for Comic-Con International, as the House Of Ideas presents the Comic-Con booth you can't miss!




  • 10:30 Marc Guggenheim Answers YouPart of the Spider-Man Brain Trust? Check. Writer of Young X-Men? Check. Creator of the popular television show Eli Stone? Check. Ready to answer questions that you the fans submitted specifically for him through Marvel.com. Check.
  • 1:30 The Marvel Your Universe Game Show featuring Christina Strain & Nelson DeCastro

    Always wanted to be on a game show but never got the call? Well now's your chance. Stop by the Marvel booth as we randomly select people from the audience to partner up with colorist Christina Strain and artist Nelson DeCastro as contestants on a live on-stage game show.

  • 2:15 John Romita Jr. Answers You

    He's drawn just about every character in the Marvel Universe except for Doop and Armadillo. That's beyond impressive, that's legendary. Therefore like E.F. Hutton, you should listen when he talks. So come join artist extraordinaire John Romita Jr. as he answers questions that you the fans submitted specifically for him through Marvel.com. He may have a special announcement about his upcoming Marvel Team-Up issue featuring Doop and Armadillo.

  • 3:00 Marvel Costume Contest

    Are you dressed as your favorite Marvel character? Then get your friendly neighborhood, star-spangled, best-at-what-you-do self down to the Marvel Booth at Comic-Con for The Marvel Costume Contest! The Grand Prize: a Marvel Omnibus signed by Stan Lee! All entrants may also be featured in a gallery on Marvel.Com! The winner will be determined by you, the fans, as you vote on who you want to be crowned this year's winner!

  • 5:00 So You Think You Can Answer Marvel Trivia: Step Up Against Jen Grunwald

    When it comes to knowledge about the Marvel Universe, you may be the man but Special Projects Editor Jen Grunwald is the Woman and she ain't afraid of you or no ghosts. So if you think you got what it takes to go up against Jen and her ever-adorable Molly hat, make like the movie and Bring It On!

  • 6:00 Super Happy Fun Marvel Giveaway Hour

    You Make Yours Marvel every day and we appreciate it! And we'd like to show our appreciation by giving you some cool prizes like variant comic books, trade paperbacks, and hard-to-get autographed items. So stop by with your fellow Marvel Zombies (not the ones that enjoy brains) and you may be lucky enough to hop, skip and jump away with some gifts that will make you the envy of your family, friends, coworkers and pets.


  • 11:00 Paul Jenkins Answers YouHe told you the true origin of Wolverine. He told you the true origin of the Sentry...eventually. Now he wants to tell you whatever else you want to know. Come join Paul Jenkins, the writer of Origins and Sentry as he answers questions that you the fans submitted specifically for him through Marvel.com. Heck, he may even tell you, your true origin!
  • 1:30 Matt Fraction Answers You

    He brought the X-Men to San Francisco and now he brings the knowledge to San Diego. Come join Matt Fraction, the writer of Uncanny X-Men and Invincible Iron Man as he answers...seriously you have to know how this sentence ends by now...the questions that you the fans submitted specifically for him through Marvel.com.

  • 2:15 MyCup o' Joe Video Questions

    Joe's got answers, now all he needs is some questions. If you have a query that you've just been dying to ask the Editor-In-Chief himself, then comb your hair, tuck in your shirt, and get up on stage to have yourself recorded asking Joe Quesada a question. Then keep an eye out for upcoming MyCup o' Joe articles every Friday on MySpace as you may just see yourself in living color getting the answer you desired by the man himself.

  • 3:00 The Marvel Your Universe Game Show featuring Marc Guggenheim & C.B. Cebulski

    Always wanted to be on a game show but never got the call? Well now's your chance. Stop by the Marvel booth as we randomly select people from the audience to partner up with writers Marc Guggenheim and C.B. Cebulski as contestants on a live on-stage game show.

  • 4:00 Super Happy Fun Marvel Giveaway Hour

    You Make Yours Marvel every day and we appreciate it! And we'd like to show our appreciation by giving you some cool prizes like variant comic books, trade paperbacks, and hard-to-get autographed items. So stop by with your fellow Marvel Zombies (not the ones that enjoy brains) and you may be lucky enough to hop, skip and jump away with some gifts that will make you the envy of your family, friends, coworkers and pets.

Marvel is pleased to unveil the official Comic-Con International signing schedule for the Marvel Booth (#2429). This is your chance to meet your favorite creators and have them sign your most treasured comic books, collections and posters! Make sure to arrive early and meet your favorite creator from the House of Ideas!

WEDNESDAY6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Punisher War Zone Signing*

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Hulk Vs Animated Series Signing

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

*= Ticketed Event. Subject to change.

Man of Action Studios

Man of Action Studios, the creative development company formed in 2002 by comic book iconoclasts Joe Casey (Godland), Joe Kelly (Spider-Man), Duncan Rouleau (Metal Men), and Steven T. Seagle (American Virgin) will be in full force at the 2008 Comicon International. Fans are welcome to come by booth 2007 for autographs and exclusive advance looks at upcoming Man of Action comic and media projects.

Man of Action are the creators of the record-shattering BEN 10 series for Cartoon Network, and have created for diverse clients such as Activision, NBC/Universal, Animal Planet, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, SAMG Animation, Warner Brothers Feature Films, Paramount Feature Films, FOX television, Mainframe Animation, 4Kids Entertainment, and Speak Theater Arts.

Man Of Action launches its own line of original comics and graphic novels under the Image Comics banner this year including Krash Bastards, Charlatan Ball, Four Eyes, I Kill Giants, Soul Kiss, and The Great Unknown. Copies and preview copies will be at the booth. Man of Action will also have Ben 10 DVDs available as well as the full library of Man Of Action trade paperbacks.

Man of Action is represented by William Morris Agency.

McFarlane Toys


As a special exclusive promotion for Comic-Con 2008, McFarlane Toys will be offering a set of two Halo 3 action figures, available for purchase online only during San Diego Comic-Con and available only while supplies last. This limited-time special offer features two of McFarlane Toys' highly sought-after Halo 3 action figures in a commemorative combo available only to Comic-Con attendees!

An exclusive Spartan Soldier (EVA "HellSpartan") will be paired with an exclusive clear Spartan Soldier (CQB Active-camouflage) figure. Although packaged individually, the two figures will be sold ONLY as a set for $30 (plus shipping).

To take advantage of this opportunity, go to McFarlane Toys' Comic-Con booth #2601 to receive a card with complete details and instructions for purchase online at SPAWN.com. This promotional item will be available only to attendees of San Diego Comic-Con by use of a coupon code, which can only be used once. There will be a limit of one card per person, and one set per card.


While supplies last - Free SPAWN comics, compliments of Todd McFarlane Productions. Get yours at our booth while you can - you know how rabid Comic-Con attendees can be - come early so you don't go away empty-handed.



  • WHAT: SPAWN Creative Team Signing

    WHEN: 2pm-3pm

    WHERE: McFarlane Toys Booth #2601

    Image Comics co-founder, Whilce Portacio, and writer Brian Holguin - the new creative team on SPAWN - will be signing a Comic-Con exclusive pin-up.



  • WHAT: SPAWN Creative Team Signing

    WHEN: 2pm-3pm

    WHERE: McFarlane Toys Booth #2601

    In case you miss them, Whilce Portacio, Image Comics co-founder and writer Brian Holguin - new creative team on SPAWN will be signing an exclusive pin-up.

All events and signings are subject to change.

NBM Publishing

NBM Publishing (www.nbmpub.com) is proud to announce the schedule of writer and artist signings in its booth at Comic-Con International: San Diego (www.comic-con.org/cci). The booth, #1528 -- in the exhibit hall between the Small Press Pavilion and the Gold and Silver Age Pavilion -- will feature signings by stars including Rick Geary (A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER), Brian Talbot (ALICE IN SUNDERLAND), Ted Rall (SILK ROAD TO RUIN), and many others.

Here is NBM's signing schedule schedule.

Wednesday eveningCornnell Clarke (Peanut Butter)


1:00 - 2:30

2:30 - 4:00

4:00 - 5:30

5:30 - 7:00


10:30 - 12:00

1:00 - 2:30

2:30 - 4:00

4:00 - 5:30

5:30 - 7:00

  • Cornnell Clarke
  • Richard Moore (Boneyard)
  • Rob Vollmar


10:30 - 12:00

1:00 - 2:30

2:30 - 4:00

4:00 - 5:30

5:30 - 7:00


10:30 - 12:00

1:00 - 2:30

Oni Press

Premiering at SDCC 2008:


by Cameron Stewart and Ray Fawkes

Mandy, Megumi, & Dot aren't going to let a little thing like armageddon stop them from rocking a world tour, so don't let the Comic-Con crush stop you from picking up a signed copy at the SDCC 2008 premier!

Only available at Conventions!


Bryn Lee O'Malley has collected odds and ends from 2008 and Oni Press has compiled them into this con exclusive! It's Scott Pilgrim in full colour, it's a limited run, and it's only available at the Oni Press Booth during cons. Get your copy now before it's gone!

New Oni Merch!

Including: Scott Pilgrim Shirts & Buttons, Black Metal Shirts & Buttons, Wasteland Shirts, North World Shirts, and much more!

Oni Staff on Panels!

Oni Press is pleased to announce the following signings at their booth:

  • Ande Parks (Capote In Kansas, Uncle Slam Fights Back!)vAntony Johnston (Wasteland, Three Days in Europe)
  • Chris Mitten (Wasteland, Past Lies)
  • Brian Hurtt (The Damned, Jumper: Jumpscars)
  • Cullen Bunn (The Damned)
  • Christina Weir (Jumper: Jumpscars, Past Lies)
  • Nunzio Defilippis (Jumper: Jumpscars, Past Lies)
  • Brian Wood (Local, Pounded)
  • Ryan Kelly (Local)
  • Jeremy Haun (Leading Man, Narcoleptic Sunday)
  • B. Clay Moore (Leading Man)
  • Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim)
  • Cameron Stewart (The Apocalipstix)
  • Ray Fawkes (The Apocalipstix)
  • Chuck BB (Black Metal)
  • Rick Spears (Black Metal)
  • Chynna Clugston (Blue Monday, Scooter Girl)
  • Greg Rucka (Queen & Country, Whiteout, Stumptown)
  • Steve Lieber (Whiteout)
  • Matthew Southworth (Stumptown)
  • Hope Larson (Gray Horses)
  • J. Torres (Love as a Foreign Language, Scandalous)
  • Scott Chantler (Northwest Passage, Scandalous)
  • Joe Infurnari (Borrowed Time)
  • Robbi Rodriguez (Maintenance, Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen)
  • John Layman (Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen)
  • Lars Brown (North World)
  • Marc Guggenheim (Resurrection)
  • Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Polly and the Pirates)
  • Vasilis Lolos (The Last Call)

And of course the Oni Press Staff will be on hand at the Oni Booth (1834 1835 1836 1837): Joe Nozemack, James Lucas Jones, Randal C. Jarrell, Jill Beaton, & Cory Casoni.

Penny Arcade

This year we're in booth #1237. It's a good size booth and it's located right on the end of the 1200 isle so it shouldn't be too hard to spot. If you'd like to know what we'll be bringing you can click on this thumbnail of our banner to see a larger version.

As you can see we'll have some new stuff like a Deepcrow shirt as well as the exclusive Deepcrow poster. We'll also have the Leeroy Jenkins print which is only sold at conventions. You can even pick up a copy of our game if you want. We've got these cool little credit cards with RSPD artwork and a code for the game.

Tycho and I will be there From preview night on Wednesday to Sunday when they close the place down. We have one panel on Friday at 5:30 pm in room 5AB. Other than that we'll do our best to be at the booth and available all the time. Sketches and autographs are always free but remember to bring a sketchbook or something else for me to draw on. Our policy of signing anything that doesn't burn, sting or bite is still in effect.

Radical Publishing: UPDATED

This year, Radical Comics is proud to announce a multimedia effort leading up to and through Comic-Con International 2008.


In the weeks leading up to Comic-Con, Radical Publishing is sponsoring 102.7 KIIS FM's Girls of Gaming model search during "MANNY ON THE STREETS" 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. drive time radio program. This contest will reach 2 million+ listeners.


On hand for the month of July, Radical Publishing will have three magazine features. One in Geek Monthly that reaches 200,000+ readers in circulation, one in quarterly magazine, Comics NOW!, and one in PLAY magazine with 218,000+ readers in circulation. All three magazines will be distributed in the exhibit hall of the Comic-Con show.


Radical Publishing and Fusion Publishing (publishers of PLAY magazine and Geek Monthly magazine), is giving one lucky contest winner an ALL EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO THE SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON CONVENTION. This prize includes hotel, passes to the show, extra spending money, along with a Radical prize package worth over $500 including a one year subscription for all of Radical Publishing's titles. This contest is being held on the Fusion Publishing sites (www.playmagazine.com and www.geekmonthly.com) . Pictures for the promotion along with articles of the contest will run in subsequent issues of both PLAY and Geek Monthly. Fusion Publishing, in conjunction with Radical Publishing, will be holding a raffle at their booth where they will be giving away a SONY PSP along with a Radical Publishing package worth over $500!Radical prize for the lucky winner will include LIMITED EDITION books, RADICAL BRAND TSHIRTS, HATS, SWEATSHIRTS from our RADICAL CLOTHING LINE, and a ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION for all of Radical Publishing's titles.


SUNDAY, JULY 27 starting at 4:00 p.m.Visit the Radical Publishing booth (#2806) to participate in the RADICAL PUBLISHING COMIC CON RAFFLE. Prizes include iPHONE, POSTERS, RADICAL BRAND T-SHIRTS, HATS, and SWEATSHIRTS from our new RADICAL CREATIONS CLOTHING LINE.

COMIC CON 2008 EXCLUSIVESAvailable for sale at the Radical Publishing booth (#2806) will be LIMITED EDITIONS of the SOLD OUT first issues of CALIBER: FIRST CANON OF JUSTICE and HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS as well as limited variant covers of their fourth issues featuring a HERCULES #4 cover by GEORGE PRATT and a wraparound CALIBER #4 cover by GREG RUTH.

Also available for sale will be a FIRST ISSUE LIMITED EDITION of Radical's newest title: FREEDOM FORMULA: GHOST OF THE WASTELAND.

These editions will all be limited to 500 copies each.



  • Comics legend JIM STERANKO will be signing limited edition copies of the first two issues of HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS as well as a specially designed Radical Creations T-Shirt from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm and again from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • STEVE NILES (30 Days of Night) and LUCIO PARRILLO will be on hand signing a preview ashcan of the upcoming October release, CITY OF DUST from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • SAM SARKAR and EDMUND SHERN with DAVE WILKINS will be signing copies of CALIBER and FREEDOM FORMULA from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


  • Comics legend JIM STERANKO will again be available, signing limited edition copies of HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm.
  • STEVE NILES with will again be present, this time joined by ARTHUR SUYDAM (Marvel Zombies), LUCIO PARRILLO promoting his new release, CITY OF DUST from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • JIM STERANKO will again be signing limited edition copies of HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • International art icon YOSHITAKO AMANO will be signing at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mr. Amano's signing will be LIMITED TO 300 COPIES of his new release MATEKI: THE MAGIC FLUTE. Each limited edition contains a quality Chinese cloth cover, gold embossed logo and protective dust jacket.




2:30 - 3:30 p.m.


Radical Publishing is pleased to announce our annual San Diego Comic Con panel discussion. This will be an opportunity for communication between us and our fans. Attending will be special guests, HERCULES designer and cover artist for issues #1 and #2; the legendary JIM STERANKO, STEVE NILES (30 Days of Night), writer of the upcoming Radical project CITY OF DUST, IAN EDGINTON (Stormwatch: Post Human Division) discusses his never before seen approach to ALADDIN, SAM SARKAR, writer of CALIBER, and EDMUND SHERN, the writer of FREEDOM FORMULA. Radical's President and Publisher, BARRY LEVINE and Editor-in-Cheif Dave Elliott will host.

Top Cow

Top Cow Productions Inc. announced its schedule today for this week's San Diego Comic-Con, the nation's biggest and best comics and pop culture extravaganza to be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from July 23 - 27.

Top Cow will set up shop at Booth #2329 and heads into the convention with exclusives, preview books, free goodies and a long list of guests, headlined by Top Cow CEO and founder Marc Silvestri (Witchblade, The Darkness, Cyberforce), artist J.G. Jones (Wanted) and writer Paul Dini (Madame Mirage).

Actor and producer Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Family Guy) and writer Hugh Sterbakov will be on hand to sign copies of their new Freshmen comic, Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special and the new Vol. 1 hardcover. During their signing (see schedule below), they will be joined by renowned sculptor Clayburn Moore to premiere the prototype of the Nightmare Puppeteer Torso Statue, based on the lead female Freshmen character. The limited-run statue will ship in early 2009 but will be available for pre-order at Comic-Con and comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity and an exclusive mini-litho, available only at the signing.

The creators behind Broken Trinity, Top Cow's big summer event that will have far-reaching consequences on the Top Cow Universe, will also be at the show. Writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Samurai: Heaven and Earth), layout artist Phil Hester (and current writer on The Darkness) and artist Stjepan Sejic (Witchblade) will sign copies of Broken Trinity #1, which features an exclusive variant cover by Sejic. Hester's partner on The Darkness, artist Michael Broussard (Unholy Union), will also be available for autographs and sketches.

At the Top Cow booth (#2329), the publisher will have the following new products available for fans:

  • First Born: Aftermath San Diego Comic-Con exclusive cover by Ryan Sook
  • Witchblade #118 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive cover by Marc Silvestri
  • Broken Trinity #1 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive cover by Stjepan Sejic
  • Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special San Diego Comic-Con exclusive cover by Sheldon Mitchell
  • Starfall Preview Book - available for free, get an early look at the upcoming sci-fi, fantasy and adventure series by Randy Queen (Darkchylde) and Sarah Oates
  • Black Vault / Impaler Preview Book - available for free, this flip book features first looks at the space suspense tale Black Vault (formerly Iron Maiden One) by writer B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick) and artist Nelson Blake II (G.I. Jo: Reloaded), and the critically acclaimed vampire story Impaler by writer William Harms (Bad Mojo)
  • Available for sale, new posters for Broken Trinity by Dale Keown, Starfall by Randy Queen and Sarah Oates, and Cyblade / Velocity by Stjepan Sejic
  • Available for sale, new lithographs for Broken Trinity, Freshmen, Madame Mirage and reprints of Wanted and The Darkness
  • Available for sale, new T-shirts by Swagdog, plus get a glimpse at a new line of tees from Iron Fist

Top Cow will also present a panel on Saturday, July 26 from 3 - 4 p.m. in Room 2 of the Convention Center, where attendees can hear exciting announcements about recent film developments and upcoming publishing plans, including new projects from top creators. Panelists will include Marc Silvestri, Seth Green, Paul Dini, Ron Marz and special surprise guests straight from Hollywood. Attendees will also receive a free gift and a special pass to an autograph signing with Freshmen creators Seth Green and Hugh Sterbakov and surprise guests, to take place after the panel at the Top Cow Booth (#2329). One lucky attendee will receive a free piece of original art from Witchblade artist Stjepan Sejic.

Fans will also get the opportunity to meet and talk with their favorite Top Cow creators. The appearance schedule at the Top Cow Booth (#2329) appears below (please check the booth daily for updates as the schedule is subject to change without notice).

Fans should note that because of anticipated crowding issues, select artists will only be able to do a limited amount of free sketches per sitting. Fans can obtain special sketch tickets in advance for one free sketch by the artist of their choice at the Top Cow booth at the start of each day, first come, first served.

As a bonus, there will be raffle drawings held throughout the weekend for Wanted movie merchandise and original sketches drawn by Top Cow artists.

In addition, the new trailer for the Wanted movie on Blu-ray disc will debut on the monitors at the Top Cow booth.

TOP COW 2008 SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON SIGNING AND PANEL SCHEDULE*All signings take place at the Top Cow Booth (#2329) unless otherwise noted.


8 - 9 p.m.


10 - 11 a.m.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Marc Bernardin (writer, Pilot Season: Genius)
  • Adam Freeman (writer, Pilot Season: Genius)
  • Jorge Molina (artist, Pilot Season: Urban Myths)

12 - 1:30 p.m.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

2:30 - 4 p.m.

4 - 5 p.m.

  • Paul Dini (writer, Madame Mirage)
  • J.G. Jones (artist, Wanted)
  • Phil Hester (writer/artist, The Darkness, The Magdalena/Daredevil, Broken Trinity)

5 - 6 p.m.

6 - 7 p.m.


10 - 11 a.m.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

12 - 1 p.m.

1 - 2 p.m.

1 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Marc Silvestri (creator/artist, Witchblade, The Darkness, Cyberforce, Hunter-Killer)
  • Eric Basaldua (artist, Witchblade/Devi, Hunter-Killer)
  • Rick Basaldua (inker, Witchblade/Devi, Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special)
  • Steve Firchow (colorist, Witchblade, The Darkness, Hunter-Killer)

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

4 - 5 p.m. THE IMAGE COMICS SHOW - Room 7AB

  • Featuring the biggest announcement Image Comics has made since the original seven founders formed the company! Be there as as Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible), Marc Silvestri (Witchblade), Whilce Portacio (Spawn), Rob Liefeld (Youngblood), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon) and Jim Valentino (Shadowline) get together to talk about where Image has gone and what the future holds.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

5:30 - 7 p.m. TOP SECRET IMAGE COMICS SPECIAL EVENT - Image Comics Signing Area

5:30 - 7 p.m.


10- 11 a.m.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Phil Hester (writer/artist, The Darkness, The Magdalena/Daredevil, Broken Trinity)
  • Michael Broussard (artist, The Darkness, The Darkness: Butcher, Unholy Union)
  • Ryan Winn (inker, The Darkness)
  • David Wohl (creator/writer, Witchblade, The Darkness, Aphrodite IX)

12 - 1 p.m.

1 - 2 p.m.

2 - 3 p.m.

  • Marc Bernardin (writer, Pilot Season: Genius)
  • Adam Freeman (writer, Pilot Season: Genius)
  • Afua Richardson (artist, Pilot Season: Genius)
  • Jorge Molina (artist, Pilot Season: Urban Myths)
  • Ron Marz (writer, Witchblade, Broken Trinity, Dragon Prince)
  • Stjepan Sejic (artist, Witchblade, Broken Trinity)

3 - 4 p.m.

3 - 4 p.m. HERD IT THROUGH THE BO-VINE (panel, Room 2)

  • Marc Silvestri (CEO/creator/artist, Witchblade, The Darkness, Cyberforce)
  • Matt Hawkins (president/COO)
  • Filip Sablik (publisher)
  • Rob Levin (VP - Editorial)
  • Mel Caylo (VP - Marketing and Sales)
  • Ron Marz (writer, Witchblade, Broken Trinity, Dragon Prince)
  • Stjepan Sejic (artist, Witchblade, Broken Trinity)
  • Seth Green (co-creator, Freshmen)
  • Hugh Sterbakov (co-creator/writer, Freshmen)
  • Paul Dini (writer, Madame Mirage)
  • B. Clay Moore (writer, Black Vault)
  • William Harms (creator/writer, Impaler)
  • Joshua Hale Fialkov (writer, Pilot Season: Cyblade, Pilot Season: Alibi)
  • Randy Queen (creator/writer/artist, Starfall)
  • Sarah Oates (artist, Starfall)
  • Jorge Molina (artist, Urban Myths)

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.


11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

12 - 1 p.m.

1 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Michael Broussard (artist, The Darkness, The Darkness: Butcher, Unholy Union)
  • Eric Basaldua (artist, Witchblade/Devi, Hunter-Killer)
  • Stjepan Sejic (artist, Witchblade, Broken Trinity)

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.



July 24 2008Nemi at the Titan Books stand

09:00 - 17:00 Booth 5337Take a sneak-peek at some hilarious Nemi comic strip The Spirit Bookmarks

09:00 - 17:00 Booth 5337Come to the Titan stand to get your hands on exclusive Spirit bookmarks! Watching the Watchmen Bookmarks

09:00 - 17:00 Booth 5337Come visit the Titan Books stand for exclusive Watching the Watchmen Bookmarks! Meet Tank Girl

11:00 - 16:00 Booth 5337Get up close and personal with our very own Tank Girls at the Titan Books stand Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist

19:00 - 21:00 7AB

Get a look behind the mask of The Spirit creator in this feature-length documentary movie. With a triumphant world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, the production features the legendary writer/artist Will Eisner with Frank Miller, Stan Lee, Jules Feiffer, Jack Kirby, Kurt Vonnegut, and many others. Following this unique free movie screening, director/producer Andrew D. Cooke and writer/producer Jon B.July 25 2008Watchmen: The Movie

11:55 - 13:00 Hall H

Warner Bros' Watchmen panel (Guest appearances TBA)July 26 2008Watching the Watchmen Pane

11:00 - 12:00 Room 7AB

Author and artist Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) and Entertainment Weekly writer Jeff Jenson discuss the hugely anticipated Watching the Watchmen with the book's designers Chip Kidd (Mythology, Jurassic Park, Batman Collected) and Mike Essl. Hear Dave Gibbons' account of the genesis of Watchmen in this exclusive interview and Q&A session! Includes a presentation of rare material from the upcoming book.Will Eisner Tribute

13:00 - 14:00 Room 8

A tribute to and panel discussion about legendary artist, cartoonist, educator, and entrepreneur Will Eisner, who played an important role in the growth of comics and sequential art from the Golden Age of Comics through the acceptance and dynamic growth of the graphic novel. Panelists include Michael Uslan (producer, Batman, The Spirit), Paul Levitz (publisher and president, DC Comics), Denis Kitchen (cartoonist, publisher, Eisner's agent), Carl Gropper (Eisner's nephew), Jon B. Cooke (editor, Comic Book Artist, educator), and Andrew D. Cooke (director/producer of Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist).Terminator Salvation

13:15 - 14:00 Hall H

In the highly anticipated new installment of The Terminator film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in has been altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet's operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.


Come join Zenescope Entertainment in San Diego at Booth #2104 next week as they unveil several brand new issues and exclusives at this years highly anticipated Comic Con International.

Included in Zenescope's debut lineup:BEYOND WONDERLAND #1 Comic Con Exclusive limited to 750 with cover art by superstar artist David Finch (New Avengers, Spider-Man Unlimited), 1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS: The Adventures of Sinbad #2 Comic Con Exclusive limited to 750 with cover art by David Nakayama (Marvel Adventures) and GRIMM FAIRY TALES #29 Comic Con Exclusive limited to 500 with cover art by Renato Camilo.Another title premiering at Comic Con is the much anticipated psychological thriller THE STRAW MEN, adapted from the best-selling Michael Marshall novel that Stephen King called 'Scary as hell' and 'A masterpiece.' With artwork by Brett Weldele (Southland Tales) and covers by David Seidman (Se7en). "[The Straw Men] is a thinking-man's horror comic, a thrill-ride for readers who simply demand more from their comics. If I could, I would add it to everyone's pull list." --Jeff Marsick, Newsarama

Appearing at Zenescope Booth #2104:

*Also in attendance will be the lovely Zene-booth babes who will be available for pictures all weekend long! As always go to www.myspace.com/zenescopecomics or www.zenescope.com for convention photos and for more information on Zenescope's titles.

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