WonderCon | Hero Initiative, Up and a Strange(ways) offer

WonderCon kicks off this Friday at the Moscone Center South in San Francisco. The show welcomes special guests Jim Lee, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Brian Azzarello, Jill Thompson, Alex Robinson and many more Feb. 27-March 1.

From now until the show kicks off, I'll be posting round-ups of what various publishers, creators, retailers, etc. have planned for the show. If you'd like your booth schedule, special event or other information included, drop me an email.

General information: Programming | Registration | Special guests | Autographs

• WonderCon's posted some additional autograph opportunities on their site related to the Wonder Woman DVD and a new FOX show called Sit Down, Shut Up. Henry Winkler, Will Arnett and Virginia Madsen, among others, will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs.

The Hero Initiative will host The Boys artist Darick Robertson at their booth, #913, for five signing sessions, as well as Uncanny X-Men writer Matt Fraction for a special signing on Friday:

FRIDAY, February 27, 2009 (Show hours: 12 – 7 p.m.)12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Matt Fraction2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Darick Robertson4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Roy Thomas and Gary Friedrich6:30 – 7 p.m. Darick Robertson

SATURDAY, February 28, 2009 (Show hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.)12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Darick Robertson5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Darick Robertson

SUNDAY, March 1, 2009 (Show hours 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Darick Robertson

Darick Robertson will also be appearing at The Comic Outpost booth (#1108) each day at the following times: Fri, Feb. 27, 5 – 6 p.m.; Sat, Feb. 28, 3:30 – 5 p.m.; and Sun, March 1, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

• Matt Maxwell, whose Strangeways: The Thirsty you can read here three times a week, has a table at the show:

Greetings, folks. Matt Maxwell from Highway 62 Press (home of Strangeways) here. Just a quick head's up to let you know that I'll be at booth 1240 in the halls at Wonder-Con, starting when the doors open and closing the sucker out all three nights (though I might duck out for lunch at the sushi place or Henry's Hunan nearby).

I'll have copies of MURDER MOON (the first Strangeways OGN) for sale. If you ask nicely, I might even let you read up to the end of chapter two of THE THIRSTY (currently serialized at https://robot6.comicbookresources.com/strangeways on MWF), which would put you a few weeks ahead of the rest of the world. You might even catch me working on book three, tentatively titled THE STITCHER.

In addition, I'll be doing short story sketches to order. Hey, if artists can do it, so can I. Freebies will be suitably brief unless your ideas are inspiring. Longer pieces, you can haggle over a price. This whole thing is kind of an experiment. Your participation can make it an utter success or an abject failure.

Okay, that was a little heavy. But really, trying to offer something a little new.

Hope to see you there!

• And finally, just like in New York, Disney/Pixar's going to show some footage from their upcoming film Up at the show:

We are proud to announce that the first 45 minutes of Disney•Pixar's 10th film, UP, will screen at WonderCon 2009. UP is a comedy adventure about 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 9-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. From the Academy Award-nominated director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc.), Disney•Pixar's UP invites you on a hilarious journey into a lost world, with the least likely duo on Earth.

The screening will be introduced by director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera on Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 PM at the Metreon Theatre (directly across from the Moscone Center at 101 4th St.). Please note seating is limited to the first 250 guests and interested attendees are recommended to arrive at the theatre early (no line-up prior to 5:30 PM). No cameras, phones, or recording devices will be allowed at the screening, and all must be checked at the door.

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