The 25th annual WonderCon kicks off in San Francisco tomorrow, with special guests like Robert Kirkman, Berkeley Breathed, Paul Levitz, Joe Quesada, Frank Quitely, Seth, Bill Sienkiewicz and many more. The show runs through Sunday.
Comic Book Resources will be at the show doing video interviews, covering panels and all that good stuff. From our own team, both Carla Hoffman and myself will be on hand, so watch the main site and the blog for updates all weekend. I'm even on a panel Friday afternoon, which should be a lot of fun.
After the jump I've collected all the WonderCon-related items that have hit my in-box or I've seen around the web over the last few days, including booth schedules, stuff to buy and all that cool stuff ...
Marvel Comics will be at the show in full force; in addition to the above SF Giants variant edition of Uncanny X-Men #534, they'll have a lot of other swag at their booth, as well as a costume contest. You can find their booth schedule here, and if you have an iPhone, they have an events app that you might wanna download. And if you don't, here's their signing schedule.
DC Comics is also at the show, with all sorts of creators and panels. You can find their complete details over on the Source blog, but I'll give you a preview -- Green Lantern! Green Lantern! Green Lantern!
Invincible artist Ryan Ottley will be at the Image booth all weekend, doing sketches and selling the above print. You can find more details here. And you can find Image's complete booth schedule here.
If you're going to be at WonderCon this weekend, make sure to stop by IDW's booth #701. Take a look at our event schedule below!
Friday April 1st
12:00 – 2:00 Dorothy of Oz limited comic giveaway! Get your first peek at the world of the upcoming film!3:00 – 4:00 The Last Unicorn – Author Peter S. Beagle5:00 – 6:00 Bloom County – IDW Guest of Honor Berkeley Breathed – Celebrating the launch of the Complete Bloom County Vol. 4!
Saturday April 2nd
11:00 – 12:00 Tribes: The Dog Years – Michael Geszel12:00 – 1:00 TRANSFORMERS & G.I. JOE - Mike Costa1:00 – 2:00 Bloom County – IDW Guest of Honor Berkeley Breathed – Celebrating the launch of the Complete Bloom County Vol. 4!3:00 – 4:00 The Last Unicorn – Author Peter S. Beagle4:00 – 5:00 True Blood – Marc Andreyko5:00 – 6:00 Machete, Bram Stoker’s Death Ship - Artist Stuart Sayger5:00 – 7:00 Dorothy of Oz limited comic giveaway! Get your first peek at the world of the upcoming film!
Sunday April 3rd
1:00 – 2:00 Bloom County – IDW Guest of Honor Berkeley Breathed – Celebrating the launch of the Complete Bloom County Vol. 4!2:30 – 4:30 Dorothy of Oz limited comic giveaway! Get your first peek at the world of the upcoming film!
Don’t miss these IDW Panels!
Friday, April 1
4:30-5:30 IDW Looks Ahead— Join IDW Publishing's senior editor of special projects Scott Dunbier for a look at some of the intriguing new projects for 2011. Get an update on the Rocketeer Adventures, IDW's new anthology mini series debuting in May, plus lots of other top-secret goodies that will be announced on this panel for the first time -- including a brand-spanking-new Artist's Edition! Room 104
Saturday, April 2
4:00-5:00 IDW: Godzilla: The Return To Comics— Entering a new decade, the King of the Monsters is ready to take on the world once again, and IDW is reintroducing this classic icon to readers everywhere. IDW's editorial team and panelists discussi what it's like to bring Godzilla back to comic book stores and what fans can expect from the smashing variety of series. This is the place to get the latest Earth-shaking news about Godzilla and the other monsters appearing in the comics, plus some insight on what it took to bring Godzilla back in one of the most successful comic launches ever! If you love Godzilla like these guys do, then don't miss this one!
Sunday, April 3
1:30-2:30 IDW: The G.I. JOE and Transformers Comics Panel— Join writer Mike Costa and IDW senior editor Andy Schmidt as they discuss the upcoming plans for both major franchises for 2011 and into 2012! What can you expect from the much-raved about G.I. JOE: Cobra Civil War?! And what is Transformers: Chaos and how will it reshape the Transformers universe forever? Room 254/256
Finally, don’t forget to pick up the Wonder Con Exclusive of Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1 at the IDW booth! Godzilla Smashing Wonder Con itself!
Drawn + Quarterly will have Seth and Vanessa Davis, as well as copies of their new book Reunion. Complete details here.
BOOM! Studios sent over their booth plans and schedule; they'll have copies of their new Peanuts hardcover and a "get a sketch" cover edition of Cars: The Adventures of Tow Mater #4. Note that the Peanuts hardcover will only be available from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday:
BOOM! Studios Booth #415
WonderCon ExclusivesSIGNED AND NUMBERED THE PEANUTS HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET HCCARS: THE ADVENTURES OF TOW MATER #4 "GET-A-SKETCH" Cover
SCHEDULED SIGNINGS & PANELS
Friday, April 1, 2011
All Day Signing – 28 DAYS LATER writer Michael Alan NelsonAll Day Sketching – CARS artist Travis Hill2:00 PM - 3:00 PM – Shannon Wheeler signing3:00 PM - 4:00 PM – Chris Roberson signing4:30 PM - 5:30 PM – Indie Comics Marketing 101 Panel, Room 2207:00 PM - 8:00 PM – Digital Comics Smackdown! Panel, Room 220
Saturday, April 2, 2011
All Day Signing – 28 DAYS LATER writer Michael Alan NelsonAll Day Sketching – CARS artist Travis Hill11:00 AM - 12:00 PM – Chris Roberson signing1:00 PM - 4:00 PM – BOOM! Studios portfolio review, Room 2662:00 PM - 4:00 PM – Bob Scott and Vicki Scott signing3:00 PM - 4:00 PM – BOOM! Studios panel, Room 254/2565:00 PM - 6:00 PM – James Silvani signing
Sunday, April 3, 2011
All Day Signing –28 DAYS LATER writer Michael Alan NelsonAll Day Sketching – CARS artist Travis Hill2:30 PM - 3:30 PM – Editing Comics the BOOM! Studios Way panel, Room 2203:00 PM- 4:00 PM – James Silvani signing
Top Shelf also returns to WonderCon this year at booth #414:
Hey, do you smell delicious burritos? Must be time to head to San Francisco!
Yes, WonderCon begins tomorrow, and Top Shelf will be there! Stop by our booth (#414) and say hello. Team BB Wolf -- Rich Koslowski and J.D. "Johnnie" Arnold -- will be on hand to hook you up with their great books as well as our much-talked about new releases, Night Animals by Brecht Evens and Incredible Change-Bots Two by Jeffrey Brown!
When she isn't writing for io9 or her own blog about webcomics, or of course telling us what she's been reading, Lauren Davis is editing anthologies -- specifically The Comic Book Guide to the Mission. She'll be at the Skoda Man Press booth, D18, so stop by to check the book out.
STORM and the crew from Writers Old Fashioned will be set up at booth AA-088:
WonderCon is almost upon us and I am so excited! I will be with my Writers Old Fashioned compadres in Artists’ Alley at booth #AA-088 with Princess Witch Boy candles, original artwork, archival prints, and the last remaining copies of issue #2 (You can read issue #1 here)! I will also be giving Heroic Tarot readings, so if you have never experienced myaward-winning X-Men readings, now is the time! I will be at the Writers Old Fashioned booth on Friday from 1-7pm, Saturday from 1-7pm and Sunday from 11-5pm.
The good folks from The Devastator humor anthology will be at SP-09:
The Devastator is the quarterly comedy magazine for humans, not dragons or spaceworms! We’re ready to interact with many such humans at WonderCon ’11!
Our comics and humor have been noted in Wired, CBR, Cartoon Brew, The Beat, and more! However, as it’s our first WonderCon, we want to make a snazzy impression. So snazz we’re giving them!
A fun QR code contest for fans and n00bs alike:
* The QR Code Turbo-Game 9000 is happening exclusively at The Devastator booth SP-09. (See map above)* Stop by and scan our table’s QR code. You’ll “capture” a random, completely original Devastator character on your phone! (They’re definitely not satirical versions of very well-known copyrighted characters, that’s for sure!)* We’re changing the QR code constantly, so you never know who you’re gonna get… (?)* Can you catch 2, 4 or 6 unique characters by Sunday, 4/3/11? If so, you’ll win awesome prizes!
More Devastator x WonderCon ’11 Events and Deals:
* Some of our top artists on hand to sketch and sign their arts, including Scott Gross (DC Comics), Daniel Stone and Grace Anderson!* First-ever preview from Devastator #3: Cats!* The first 20 people who subscribe to The Devastator at WonderCon get a free t-shirt!
Follow us on Twitter @getdevastated, for contest updates, news from the ‘Con, wacky riddles, and more! Life doesn’t get much better than The Devastator booth.