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Comic Con 2013 Michael McMillian Signing True Blood Comics for IDW


Comic Con 2013 is in full swing! I am here covering the event and was able to chat and grab some photos with True Blood’s very own Vampire Steve Newlin- MIchael McMillian. He was at the IDW booth signing True Blood comic for fans. Michael took a photo of fans where were on line and tweeted them.

Michael was awesome! I asked him why did he snitch on Eric Northman at Vamp Camp Truman. Well he replied Eric did kill his boyfriend Russell Edginton. As much as I don’t like anyone snitching on Eric he did have a good point. Steve Newlin is still reeling from the loss of his love Russell. The new season has been great so far. Can’t wait to see Michael and the rest of the True Blood cast at the panel being held at Comic Con on Saturday. Here are some photos from the signing. (the comics he signed will be auctioned for charity later this season). A huge thank you to my friends who bought comics and had them signed by MIchael they turned right around and gave them to me for the auction!

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True Blood’s Janina Gavankar To Moderate Behind The Music Comic Con Panel

The press releases keep coming in for Comic Con 2013! This one caught my eye since it will have True Blood’s “Luna” Janina Gavankar moderating the “Behind the Music” panel
WHAT: “Behind the Music with CW3PR: Scoring for Comic-Con’s Favorite Projects” – Consistently named one of the weekend’s “must see” events, Comic-Con’s original music panel is returning to San Diego for the fifth year in a row, bigger and better than ever!“Behind the Music” brings fans closer than ever before to the musicians behind their favorite films, TV shows, and video games. In past years the panel has played host to composers behind fan-favorite projects such as “Game of Thrones”, “Spiderman”, “Glee”, “Pushing Daisies”, “Scream”, “True Blood”, “Once Upon a Time”, “The Tudors”, “Smash”, and many more.

This year, two of television’s hottest stars, and big fans of musical score, Matt Lanter (“90210” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) and Janina Gavankar (“True Blood” and “Arrow”) will join top composers from TV and film’s hottest projects – including their own – and provide a unique perspective on how music plays a big part for their characters. The fifth annual popular panel is also placing a special emphasis on how aspiring musicians can find themselves writing songs, lyrics, and score for some of the most exciting projects around.

Attendees will receive exclusive giveaways and be the first to view (and hear) some surprise sneak peeks from upcoming projects. A fan-led Q&A will follow.

PANELISTS: Composers ROBERT DUNCAN (ABC’s “Castle”, “Last Resort” and “The Gates”); GEOFF ZANELLI (Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”); iZLER (ABC’s “Revenge” and Showtime’s “Shameless”); FM LE SIEUR (Syfy’s “Being Human”); CHRIS TILTON (Fox’s “Fringe” and “Almost Human”); KEVIN KINER (Cartoon Network’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and AMC’s “Hell on Wheels”); and MICHAEL SUBY (The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals”).

MODERATORS: MATT LANTER (Cartoon Network’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, The CW’s “90210” and “Star Crossed”) and JANINA GAVANKAR (HBO’s “True Blood”, The CW’s “Arrow”, and ABC’s “The Gates”).


Panel in the San Diego Convention Center Room 32AB from 6:00-7:00pm

Joe Manganiello Nerd HQ Conversation for a Cause July 19


Here are the Conversations for a Cause panels that will be on sale tomorrow, July 11, 2013 at 12pm PDT. True Blood’s Joe Manganiello will be featured on 7/19/13. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit Operation Smile. Information below from the NerdHQ website:

Where is it:? Petco Park. San Diego, CA

How much are tickets? $22 each.

How many seats? 250 seats.

How many tickets can I buy? 2 tickets per panel per order.

You can order multiple panels at once (for example Psych, Sherlock, Haven). Multiple orders are allowed. Proceeds goes to @operationsmile You can purchase Conversations for a Cause tickets at BrownPaperTickets.com. – See more at: http://www.thenerdmachine.com/nerd-hq-2013-conversations-for-a-cause-panel/#sthash.u1jM7sFV.dpuf

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They will also have other panels coming up for sale soon! Good luck to all trying to buy tickets. They will sell out fast since there are only 250 seats in the venue.


Rooster Teeth Online Premiere of RWBY and Best of Shorts DVD




New Anime Series from the Creators of “Red vs. Blue”

 Premieres on RoosterTeeth.com July 18th 

Austin, TX— Tuesday, July 9, 2013 — Rooster Teeth Productions is thrilled to announce the online premiere of their highly anticipated new anime series, RWBY.  The first season will premiere exclusively on the Rooster Teeth website on Thursday, July 18th.

“We’re just ridiculously excited about how awesome this show is. The fan reaction at RTX was off the charts, and we can’t wait to reveal episode one to our fans online, and new audiences around the world,” says Rooster Teeth CEO and Co-Founder Matt Hullum.

Created and directed by Monty Oum, RWBY is the story of four very different girls brought together for one legendary purpose.  Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are new students at Beacon Academy, a school designed to train warriors and monster-hunters.  Unfortunately, monsters aren’t the only threat to the citizens of Vale and before the year is over, the students of Beacon may find that homework is the least of their problems.

Rooster Teeth premiered the first episode of RWBY at RTX 2013 to a packed room of 2,400 excited fans.  Following the premiere, cast and crew received a standing ovation.

“RWBY‘s episode one premiere at RTX was met with a standing ovation. The acceptance of this new project by our fans was overwhelming to the dedicated team members who all put their hearts into it,” says series creator and Rooster Teeth Director of Animation Monty Oum.

Check out the RTX 2013 – RWBY Panel video here:

Check out the four RWBY character trailers here:

“Red” Trailer – http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=6052&v=more

“White” Trailer – http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=6934&v=more

“Black” Trailer – http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=7194&v=more

“Yellow” Trailer – http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=7615&v=more

For the latest developments on Rooster Teeth and RWBY visit the Rooster Teeth FacebookRooster Teeth TwitterRWBY Facebook, and RWBY Twitter pages.





Available for the First Time in a 2-Disc DVD Set

The team from Rooster Teeth is ready for action, and they’re putting their very best assets on display. On July 16, Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film Company will release ROOSTER TEETH: BEST OF SHORTS AND ANIMATED ADVENTURES on digital download and DVD. Both web series will be available in a 2-disc DVD set for the first time ever!

Best of Rooster Teeth Shorts is a RT staff and fan favorite collection of short films from the live-action sketch comedy series. The disc includes an uninhibited look at the rise and fall of Rooster Teeth Shorts. With dozens of fan favorite Shorts lovingly grabbed by the Rooster Teeth community, and over 30 minutes of raw, unexposed material, the Shorts are full of Rooster Teeth’s nuttiest bits.

The DVD set also includes Best of Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures. The team has taken their favorite Animated Adventures (the animated shenanigans of the RT staff with audio taken from the Rooster from the Rooster Teeth podcast) and put them all together in the funniest, derpiest, electric-fenciest DVD known to man.

Bonus material on the DVDs includes:The Kinda True Story of Rooster Teeth Shorts; Bonus Shorts; Behind-the-scenes Stories from the Animated Adventures; 3D Animated Adventures; Animated Adventures Production Time Lapse; Outtakes and Rooster Teeth Trailers for upcoming shows.

Rooster Teeth creator and producer  will be present at Comic Con. Comic Con preview night is Wednesday 7/17/13 and the con ends on Sunday 7/21/13. I’ll be there covering many of the events. Some True Blood related (and some not). Once a year fans meet up and have the time of their lives there. (exhausting but a lot of fun) Can’t wait to see a lot of the fans there!!


Comedy Central Is Coming to Comic Con 2013








NEW YORK, July 9, 2013 – COMEDY CENTRAL will descend upon San Diego Comic-Con with a multitude of awesome events.  The schedule includes panels from “Workaholics” on Thursday, July 18 from 2:00-3:00 p.m., Ubisoft’s “South Park: The Stick of Truth” videogame on Thursday, July 18 from 6:00-7:00 p.m., “Brickleberry” on Friday, July 19 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and “Futurama” on Saturday, July 20 from 12:00-12:45 p.m.

Partying will commence on Friday, July 19 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. with “Comedy Central Comedy-Con,” a free, first come, first served (21+) event at Float at the Hard Rock Hotel.  COMEDY CENTRAL fans will have the opportunity to chill and interact with Blake, Adam, Ders and Kyle from “Workaholics,” Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele from “Key & Peele,” David Herman, Tom Kenny, Natasha Leggero, and Jerry Minor from “Brickleberry,” comedian Chris Hardwick, among others.

On Saturday, July 20, COMEDY CENTRAL will be taping an original one-hour stand-up special with Patton Oswalt at Spreckels Theatre located at 121 Broadway in downtown San Diego.  Tickets to the 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. tapings are available at www.spreckelstheatre.net.

  • Thursday, July 18: “Workaholics” panel (Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel)

2:00-3:00 p.m. It’s time to GET WEIRD with COMEDY CENTRAL’s hit series “Workaholics!”  Whether it’s Blake dressed in a bear coat, Adam singing about Catherine Zeta-Jones while on shroomz, or The Ders celebrating his birthday with a drinking triathlon, the boys always seem to run into trouble wherever they go.  Join stars, co-creators, writers, and executive producers Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Kyle Newacheck as they go behind the scenes and give a sneak peek into next season, including a few special surprises that are guaranteed to be ‘Tight Butthole…S’Go!

  • Thursday, July 18: “South Park: The Stick of Truth” panel (room 6BCF)

6:00-7:00 p.m. The creators of “South Park,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone will discuss their upcoming Ubisoft videogame, “South Park: The Stick of Truth.”  Parker and Stone will talk role playing games, their vision for an interactive “South Park” adventure and creating “The Stick of Truth,” the epic quest to become… cool.

  • Friday, July 19: “Brickleberry” panel (room 25ABC)

6:00-7:00 p.m. Creators and executive producers Waco O’Guin and Roger Black, executive producer Zac Moncrief, along with David Herman (“Office Space”), Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob SquarePants”), Jerry Minor (“Anchorman”) and Natasha Leggero (“Community,” “Burning Love”) will be on hand to exclusively premiere an episode from its upcoming second season which debuts on Tuesday, September 3 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, followed by a Q&A panel discussion. 

  • Saturday, July 20: “Futurama” panel (Ballroom 20)

12:00-12:45 p.m. We’re dooooooooomed!  An epic panel for the ages will celebrate “Futurama’s” latest and greatest final season.  On hand will be most or all of “Futurama’s” legendary voice cast comprised of Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Phil LaMarr, and Lauren Tom, performing never-before-heard scenes from the upcoming “Last Episode Ever.”  Plus, executive producer David X. Cohen, creator Matt Groening and a cartooning showdown to the death!  (Note: actual death not guaranteed.)

Comic Con 2013 will be amazing as always! Exhausting but a lot of fun for all the fans there! Can’t wait.

The Sidekick Soars to Comic Con 2013


Comic Con will soon be here! I’m starting to get some press releases for the shows and films that will be at the con. Here is the press release for “The Sidekick”. This film has LIzzy Caplan in it (she was on True Blood’s first season)



World Premiere of Superhero Sendup from Rob Benedict and Michael Weithorn Set For Thursday, July 18th in San Diego


Super Cast Includes Ron Livingston, Lizzy Caplan, Jordan Peele, Martin Starr, Jason Ritter, Sam McMurray, Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Laura Silverman and Fred Stoller

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (July 1, 2013) –  “The Sidekick,” a new short from director Michael J. Weithorn (“The King of Queens”, A Little Help) and writer/star Rob Benedict (“Supernatural”, Waiting…), will make its world premiere at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego on Thursday, July 18th from 3:00PM – 4:00PM in the Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Weithorn and Benedict will be joined by fellow cast members and Comic-Con regulars: Josh Meyers (Behind the Candelabra), Jordan Peele (Key & Peele), Martin Starr (This Is The End), Richard Speight Jr. (Band of Brothers) and cinematographer Steve Lubensky (Series 7).

“The Sidekick” tells the story of 40-year-old career sidekick, Max McCabe (Benedict), now past his prime in the fast-paced world of superhero-dom.  When he is unceremoniously fired by his boss, Captain Wonder, Max has no choice but to somehow find a place for himself in the regular world.

“We knew that Comic-Con had to be our first stop; it is ground zero for the smart and passionate genre fans we had in mind when we created this short film,” said Rob Benedict, star and co-creator of “The Sidekick.” “Also, we already own all these great tights, capes and masks, so it’ll be easy to get dressed.”

“I’ve been in the comedy field for over thirty years, and this is definitely one of my very favorite projects,” said Michael Weithorn, director of “The Sidekick.” “I’m optimistic that the Comic-Con faithful will dig it, and after our premiere in San Diego we’re going to look at adapting it as a cable half-hour or perhaps in a digital format. There are a lot more stories to be told with this character.”

More about “The Sidekick”:

“The Sidekick” is a fresh comedic take on the superhero genre, as well as an allegory about the struggle to find your purpose in life even as you are being… repurposed.

In a world populated by fairly unremarkable superheroes and supervillains (portrayed by an ensemble of comedic actors including Ron Livingston, Lizzy Caplan, Jordan Peele, Martin Starr, Jason Ritter, Sam McMurray, Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Laura Silverman and Fred Stoller), Max McCabe (Benedict) has thrived for years as right hand man to legendary superhero Captain Wonder (Livingston) – carrying his boss’ golden lasso and yelling catchphrases like, “Look out!” and “Here, catch!”

When Max, now pushing 40, grows lazy and indifferent, he is fired and quickly discovers that society has little use for an aging ex-professional buddy. But a cute and quirky school teacher Bailey (Caplan) helps him discover that there may be a place for him in the real world after all.

For more information, visit TheSideKickProject.com and Facebook.com/ thesidekickproject.

Comic Con 2013 True Blood Panel On Saturday July 20


True Blood will be featured at Comic Con once again! The panel is set for Ballroom 20 on Saturday: July 20, 2013 info below from the Comic Con website. Can’t wait till we get the final confirmations on which cast members will be there! Can’t wait to see this panel this year!! Photo above was taken by me at last years Comic Con.

Saturday, July 20 • 3:30pm – 4:15pm
 True Blood Panel and Q&A session

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery, and humor, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominatedTrue Blood kicked off its sixth season June 16 on HBO. The series follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Oscar and Golden Globe award winner Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts and vampires Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Brian Buckner serves as executive producer of the series, which also features Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse, Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte, Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton, Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby,Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam, Joe Manganiello as Alcide, Anna Camp as Sarah Newlin,Michael McMillian as Steve Newlin, and Rob Kazinsky as Ben. Oscar and Emmy Award winner Alan Ballcreated and is also an executive producer on the series, based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. Moderated by Tim Stack ofEntertainment Weekly.
Saturday July 20, 2013 3:30pm – 4:15pm
Ballroom 20
I’ll update which cast will be there as soon as it is finalized. Here are the photos of the True Blood panel last year:
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Comic Con 2013 Hannibal Panel Feed Your Fear


Comic Con 2013 will feature a “Hannibal” panel! The panel is set for Thursday July 18. Press release is below:



Focus of panel, which includes Bryan Fuller, David Slade, Martha De Laurentiis and Hugh Dancy, is recently announced

2nd season of Hannibal on NBC  

LOS ANGELES, CA – June 25, 2013 –  With the 2nd season of Hannibal having just been picked-up by NBC, Katie O’Connell, CEO of Gaumont International Television, announced today that the company will be attending the upcoming Comic Con Convention in San Diego, CA and will be hosting a Hannibal-themed panel on Thursday, July 18th from 6:45pm – 7:45pm in Room 6A.

The panel, entitled Hannibal: Feed Your Fear, will feature Emmy-Award-winning executive producer Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), director David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Martha De Laurentiis (Red Dragon), and star Hugh Dancy (playing Agent Will Graham) as they discuss key behind the scenes moments from the first season of the ground-breaking NBC drama. The panel will also discuss the future for Hannibal and reveal a few Season Two elements.

“The core audience of HANNIBAL, some of whom call themselves FANNIBALS, have been incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about the show and we are honored to join those FANNIBALS attending San Diego Comic Con, where passion and enthusiasm are always on the menu,” commented Fuller.

“We are thrilled to be attending Comic Con and supporting our amazing who have been so loyal every step of the way,” commented O’Connell. “Hannibal’s’ success is definitely due to the dedicated supporters we have around the world and we can’t wait to participate Comic Con – the best event for fans everywhere.”

Hannibal is a one-hour drama series for NBC exploring the unique and riveting early relationship of Thomas Harris’s classic character renowned psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler named Will Graham who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers. Well-known showrunner Bryan Fuller is executive producing.

Additionally, Hannibal, which is from Gaumont International Television in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks, has also performed strongly internationally and will return for a second season to Sony Pictures Television’s AXN channel an independent studio,

I can’t wait to see this panel. This show is definitely an amazing thriller and it never fails to creep me out every week!

Comic Con 2013 Badge Purchase Instructions Video


Comic-con 2013 badges will go on sale on Saturday, February 16th at 9:00am.

You must have a Member ID in order to purchase a badge. It’s free to get a Member ID, but registration for new member IDs will end on Tuesday, February 12, and will not reopen until after badges go on sale on the 16th. If you already have a Member ID, you don’t need a new one for this year. You can sign up for a member ID here: https://secure2.comic-con.org/memberid/

The video below is from Comic Con and shows the instructions with screencaps of the purchase process.

The link to EPIC Open Online Registration will be sent to eligible participants with a valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID via email 48 hours prior to the start of badge sales*.  You may click the link, or copy-and-paste it into you browser. Comic-Con will NOT post this link on their website, Facebook, or Twitter.
Badge prices and other info can be found here: http://comic-con.org/cci/2013-badge-purchase

BADGE TYPE Adult Junior** U.S. Military /
4-DAY WITH Preview Night $175 $87 $87
4-DAY WITHOUT Preview Night $150 $75 $75
SINGLE DAY Thurs – Sat $42 $21 $21
SINGLE DAY Sunday $24 $12 $12

**Juniors age 13-17 pay junior prices. Seniors 60 years or older pay the U.S. Military/Senior reduced price. Active U.S. Military with ID can pay the U.S. Military/Senior price. This deal does not extend to dependents.

Good luck!!

Comic Con 2013 Badge Sale Coming Up


Comic-con 2013 badges will go on sale on Saturday, February 16th at 9:00am.

You must have a Member ID in order to purchase a badge. It’s free to get a Member ID, but registration for new member IDs will end on Tuesday, February 12, and will not reopen until after badges go on sale on the 16th. If you already have a Member ID, you don’t need a new one for this year. You can sign up for a member ID here: https://secure2.comic-con.org/memberid/

The link to EPIC Open Online Registration will be sent to eligible participants with a valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID via email 48 hours prior to the start of badge sales*.  You may click the link, or copy-and-paste it into you browser. Comic-Con will NOT post this link on their website, Facebook, or Twitter.
Badge prices and other info can be found here: http://comic-con.org/cci/2013-badge-purchase

BADGE TYPE Adult Junior** U.S. Military /
4-DAY WITH Preview Night $175 $87 $87
4-DAY WITHOUT Preview Night $150 $75 $75
SINGLE DAY Thurs – Sat $42 $21 $21
SINGLE DAY Sunday $24 $12 $12

**Juniors age 13-17 pay junior prices. Seniors 60 years or older pay the U.S. Military/Senior reduced price. Active U.S. Military with ID can pay the U.S. Military/Senior price. This deal does not extend to dependents.

Comic Con is held in San Diego, California. The con this year will be held July 17- July 21. Good luck to all trying to get their badges. Be prepared to do battle for the badges with many others online that day!

WonderCon 2013 will be held March 29-31 in Anaheim California and those tickets are on sale now (and a lot easier to purchase) Link here has info on how to buy your ticket for WonderCon.

Comic Con 2013 Eisner Awards Judges Announced

Comic Con 2013 will be held July 18-July 20, 2012. Preview night will be held Wednesday July 17th. Comic Con posted the names of the judges for the Eisner Awards today:

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Celebrate 25 years!

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, considered the “Oscars” of comics, turn 25 in 2013. The most prestigious of the industry’s awards, the Eisners are given out at a gala ceremony on the Friday night of Comic-Con International: San Diego.

The Awards encompass more than two-dozen categories covering both works and creators. Nominees are chosen by a blue-ribbon committee of judges, and the winners are chosen by professionals in the comics industry. Started in 1988, the awards are named for Will Eisner, the legendary creator of “The Spirit” and giant of the graphic novel. The Eisner Awards administrator is Jackie Estrada.

Judges Named for 2013 Eisner Awards

Six Comics Experts Make Up Nominating Committee

Comic-Con International  is proud to announce that the judging panel has been named for the 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. This blue-ribbon committee will select the nominations to appear on the Eisner Awards ballot. This year’s judges are:

Michael Cavna

Michael Cavna, award-winning writer, editor, and artist with The Washington Post, for which he writes the popular “Comic Riffs” cartoon blog. As a journalist, his favorite interviews have included Bill Watterson, Neil Gaiman, Tim Burton, Marjane Satrapi ,and Hayao Miyazaki. As a cartoonist, Cavna—a San Francisco native and UCSD alum—began working professionally at age 12 and has drawn for numerous syndicates and national publications. He wrote the main text for the 2012 anthology book Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson’s (Andrews McMeel).

Charles Hatfield
Charles Hatfield, professor of English at California State University, Northridge. Charles is the author of two books, the Eisner Award–winning Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby (2011) and Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature(2005). He has written essays on comics for many academic, trade, and fan publications and has written reviews for The Comics Journal and various comics blogs. Charles is co-editor of The Superhero Reader (coming in 2013 from the University Press of Mississippi), and is currently collaborating on two other books. He serves on the Modern Language Association’s Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives as well as the editorial boards for several academic journals and book series in comics studies. (Photo courtesy photographer Lee Choo & CSU Northridge.)


Adam Healy

Adam Healy, co-owner of Cosmic Monkey Comics in Portland, Oregon. Adam has been in comics retailing since 2003 and became co-owner (with Andy Johnson) of Cosmic Monkey in 2007. The popular store prides itself on the diversity of material it carries and on the comfortable environment it offers its customers. Adam has degrees in Psychology and Sociology, and is most proud of the Science, Foreign Language, and All-Ages sections of his store.

Dr. Katie Monnin
Dr. Katie Monnin, assistant professor of literacy at the University of North Florida. She has written four books about teaching comic books and graphic novels in 21st-century classrooms: Teaching Graphic Novels (2010, a finalist for ForeWord’s Educational Book of the Year Award), Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels (2011), Teaching Content Area Graphic Texts (2012), and Teaching Reading Comprehension with Graphic Texts (2013).  Her next book, Get Animated! Teaching Children’s Cartoons in the Elementary Classroom is set to be released fall 2013.
Frank Santoro

Frank Santoro, author of the graphic novel Storeyville (published by Picturebox) and a columnist for The Comics Journal. He co-founded the comics criticism magazineComicsComics with Dan Nadel and Timothy Hodler. He has also created a correspondence course for comic book makers and has taught drawing at Parsons School of Design. His comics have been published in Kramers Ergot, Mome, and The Ganzfeld. He has exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and at The Fumetto Festival in Switzerland. He lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

John Smith
John Smith, co-coordinator of the Attendee Registration Department, Comic-Con International: San Diego. John is a lifelong comics fan who has been involved with Comic-Con since 1991, when he started as a volunteer in the registration department. He has been co-registrar since 1997. For the last five years he has also been a judge for the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer award. His comics collecting days go back to childhood, when he lived in Los Angeles and regularly went to Cherokee Book Store on Hollywood Boulevard to buy back issues.

The judges will meet in San Diego in early April to select the nominees that will be placed on the Eisner Awards ballot. The nominees will then be voted on by professionals in the comic book industry, and the results will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on Friday, July 19 at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Guidelines for submissions of material for the judges will be announced in early January. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 20.

The Eisner Awards are presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International, San Diego, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms. primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.


Don’t forget to register for a member ID if you wish to purchase badges for Comic Con. Tickets sale date has not yet been announced but you need a member ID first.  I am so glad that I am set for CCI 2013 already!

The next Con coming up is WonderCon to be held in Anaheim, CA March 2013. Ticket sales for WonderCon are due to be in January 2013.

Comic Con International Film Festival 2013 Open for Submissions

The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) is now accepting submissions for its 2013 event, to be held July 18-21 during Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center. The deadline for entries is February 4, 2013.

Judged by a panel of industry luminaries, the CCI-IFF accepts genre-related films in the following categories: Action/Adventure, Animation, Comics-Oriented, Documentary (Pop Culture–Related), Horror/Suspense, Humor, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. Awards and prizes will be given out at Comic-Con, with film screenings all four days of the event.

Entries will be accepted from Sept. 24, 2012 until Feb. 4, 2013. All submitted films must be postmarked between those dates. Click here to download the rules and official entry form. Film submissions must include the entry form to be eligible for consideration.

The 2012 CCI-IFF
award recipients were:

Best Action Adventure Film:

Bridges – A Living Graphic Novel

Best Animated Film:

Wolf Dog Tales

Best Comics-Oriented Film:

Lost Rites

Best Documentary:

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling

Best Horror/Suspense Film:

The Absence

Best Humor Film:

Natural 20

Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Film:

Wait for Rain

Judges’ Choice Award:

The Absence

Good luck! To view photos from Comic Con 2012 please visit this page: