Over the past few years Funko's 3.75" tall Pop! Vinyl line has delivered tons of licensed characters, but fans who wanted to customize the figures had to fully paint over existing toys to achieve do-it-yourself effects. That changes March 28-30 at Emerald City Comicon 2014, with Seattle-based Funko unveiling its new line of blank DIY Pop! Vinyl figures in both a standard white color, plus a convention-exclusive green version.
Kansas City's Planet Comicon has steadily grown into what may be the biggest comics and pop culture convention in the Midwest. After spending several years in the Overland Park Convention Center, a mid-sized facility in a suburb of Kansas City, last year Planet Comicon moved to Bartle Hall, a much bigger facility in the heart of downtown. This year, the convention doubled in floorspace, drew cosplayers likes flies to vinegar, and brought in a litany of television and pop culture stars, including legendary rapper Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, pretty much the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the puffy one himself, Sir William Freaking Shatner.
But this site is called ComicsAlliance, and what we really care about are the comics and the creators who make them. Click onwards for a sometimes-blurry Blackberry camera gallery of guests, friends, and artist alley residents of one of the fastest-growing cons in the country.
It isn't exactly news that admission to San Diego Comic Con 2014 is a hot commodity, but you can put a number to how quickly this year's badges sold out after becoming available during open registration Saturday: 72 minutes.
According to a rundown from the Unofficial SDCC Blog, the queue of registered buyers was sorted and badges officially went on sale at 9:12 a.m. Pacific Time. The badges were completely gone by 10:24 a.m. That was considerably faster than the preregistration sale last month, which took nearly 2 1/2 hours.
The official art book of Emerald City Comicon, Monsters & Dames is an annual release that invites a wide spectrum of talent to indulge their artistic idiosyncrasies in the name of charity, with proceeds from sales of the hardcover release and original art auctions having raised over $55,000 for Seattle Children's hospital. Between now and Emerald City's start date of March 27, ComicsAlliance will showcase some of the gorgeous work to be found in the 2014 edition of Monsters & Dames, including exclusive images you'll see here before any where else.
Today's preview includes never-before-seen art by modern master Frank Cho as well as material by 2014 cover artist Arthur Adams, Nidhi Chanani, Alina Chau, Heather Hudson, Chris Sheridan, Tim Seeley and Jackie Lewis.
Comic conventions are often fun places where people can come together and celebrate their shared interests, but unfortunately things can turn sour when someone's behavior simply goes too far and harassment rears its ugly head.
The creative minds at Oni Press have stepped in to help. Taking a page from the yellow and red cards soccer referees pull out when players violate the rules, Oni has released a set of penalty cards that creators and convention attendees can use to let people know they're crossing a line. Check out the full set after the jump.
Past attendees of Seattle's Emerald City Comicon will doubtlessly get a kick out of this new piece by cartoonist Brandon Graham. The cover of the con's program guide, Graham's illustration places some familiar comic book characters upon the Washington State Convention Center's massive escalators that all con-goers must ride to-and-fro throughout every ECCC weekend.
Following complaints from bloggers and retailers, the organizers of Captial City Comic Con in Austin, Texas, have apologized for handing out a flier that depicted cropped, close-up art of Power Girl's breasts and had the slogan, "Everything is BIGGER in Austin."
On Saturday, Richard Neal of Zeus Comics in Dallas tweeted about the flier, asking whether he should refuse to display it or ask for another. That led blogs including DC Women Kicking Ass to bring further attention to the flier. The designer who made the ad has reportedly been fired.
In two short years, Denver Comic Con has become one of the top comic book conventions in the country. That's an especially huge achievement considering that the show isn't run by Wizard, ReedPop, or any of the other big event producers. Two pals, Charlie La Greca and Frank Romero, started the con from scratch.
Now, La Greca claims he's been unceremoniously ousted by the board of directors after eight months "fraught with difficulty and tumult."
If you've attended a few New York Comic-Con's, you've seen the show experience significant growth, in both attendance and attention, in a small period of time. With that growth has come the seeming inevitability of the show floor going from mostly comics based to featuring a wide variety of booths and panels, some barely related to comics and others not at all.
ReedPOP has noticed the trend to, and they're doing something to counter it. The organizers of New York Comic-Con and C2E2, ReedPOP has revealed plans for Special Edition NYC a new convention that will take place in June in New York and be a "pure comics-focused show."
The reaction to Comic-Con International's recent announcement that it would only be selling single-day passes for this year's convention has been, well, rather mixed.
Comments range from anger about what sorts of attendees the decision will attract to celebration that perhaps more people can attend. There were worries about about missing particular panels and a sort of at-a-remove approval because the end of full-event passes will mean fewer first-time attendees burning out by the last day. There are clearly pros and cons to the new approach, but is it really the best course of action?