BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will exhibit at WonderCon 2017, which will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., during the weekend of March 31 - April 2. BOOM! will occupy booth #1301, which is the first booth just beyond the main entrance. The publisher shared its plans for the event, including: —BOOM! will have limited quantities of the following WonderCon exclusive variant cover comics available for purchase at the booth: (left) Steven Universe (2017) #1 - Cover by Missy Peña (Adventure Time) (right) Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1 - Cover by Elsa Charretier (The Unstoppable Wasp)
(left) The Power of the Dark Crystal #1 - Cover by Mike Huddleston (The Strain) (right) WWE: WrestleMania 2017 Special #1 - Cover by Rahzzah (Totally Awesome Hulk)
Godshaper #1 - Cover by Jonas Goonface
—Also available at the booth will be copies of the Over the Garden Wall Vol. 1 Limited Edition hardcover, featuring a cover by Kevin Jay Stanton (Adventure Time), and BOOM!’s recent publications, The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China and The Official Art of Big Trouble in Little China, featuring bookplates autographed by director John Carpenter (limited to 100 copies).
—BOOM! has produced more of the popular Lumberjanes merit badges, including new badges "Jail Break," which debuted at Emerald City Comicon, and "If You Got It, Haunt It," which makes its debut at WonderCon. An enamel pin bearing the Lumberjanes logo, which debuted at Emerald City Comicon, will also be available.
—Appearing at the BOOM! Studios booth (#1301) throughout the weekend will be:
Friday, March 31 1:00-1:50 PM // Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal) 3:00-3:50 PM // Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle) 4:00-4:50 PM // Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Andrew Miller (Death Be Damned)
Saturday, April 1 11:00-11:50 AM // Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna) 1:00-1:50 PM // Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal) 2:00-2:50 PM // Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (Joyride, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials: The Official Graphic Novel Prelude) 5:00-5:50 PM // Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock) 6:00-6:50 PM // Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle)
Sunday, April 2 11:00-11:50 AM // Ben Acker and Andrew Miller (Death Be Damned) 12:00-12:50 PM // Matt Daley and Trevor Crafts (Lantern City) 1:00-1:50 PM // Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal) 2:00-2:50 PM // Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle) 4:00-4:50 PM // Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna)
—In addition, Chrystin Garland (Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems) will be available at the booth all weekend selling sketches on blank covers for Steven Universe, Adventure Time, and Over the Garden Wall comics.
—BOOM! will present and participate in the following panels at WonderCon:
Friday, March 31 BOOM! STUDIOS: DISCOVER YOURS 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m., Room 211 Discover YOUR new favorite comic book series in the panel designed for everyone, from new fans to longtime readers to anyone who loves comics! Join BOOM!’s top editors and creators as they explore the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession. Moderator: Filip Sablik (President, Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios( Panelists: Matt Gagnon (Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios); Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal); Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle); Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna); Kiwi Smith & Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City); Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, & Andrew Miller (Death Be Damned)
DISCOVER WHY YA IS THE FUTURE OF COMICS 5:30p.m. - 6:30p.m., Room 208 YA dominates film, TV, books and comics, with original stories aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Join some of the most popular new voices in comics as they discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment. Moderator: Dafna Pleban (Editor, BOOM! Studios) Panelists: James Dashner (Maze Runner), Hope Larson (Goldie Vance, Compass South), Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle, Hit, Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon), Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, The Changing Girl; The P.L.A.I.N. Janes; Boy Proof), Kiwi Smith (10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, Misfit City), Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City), Shannon Watters (Editor, BOOM! Studios; Lumberjanes)
Saturday, April 1 DISCOVER THE SECRET TO REINVENTING POP CULTURE 10:30a.m. - 11:30a.m., Room 208 There’s never been a better time to discover new visions of your life-long favorite characters in comic books, but what’s the secret to modernizing and diversifying beloved mythology without losing fans? Find out just what it takes to turn your favorite TV show, movie, and more into a successful comic book that balances entertaining long-time fans and bringing in new readers with an eye to the future of entertainment. Moderator: Bryce Carlson (Managing Editor, BOOM! Studios) Panelists: Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), Simon Spurrier (The Power of the Dark Crystal), Christina Strain (Generation X), Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock), David Walker (Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes), Christos Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11)
DISCOVER THE MUSIC OF COMICS 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m., Room 211 The hottest new bands are all in…COMIC BOOKS? Music and comics have always been intertwined but 2017 is bringing even more of a musical influence to your favorite graphic fiction. Join Patrick Reed from Comics Alliance and top creators to discuss the unique relationship between musicians, comic creators, and how to authentically combine two of the most powerful forms of entertainment. Moderator: Patrick Reed (Comics Alliance) Panelists: Simon Spurrier (Godshaper), Sam Humphries (Jonesy, CBGB), Jasmine Amiri (Editor, BOOM! Studios), Amy Chu (KISS)
Also on Saturday, WonderCon and BOOM! Studios join forces to honor writer Simon Spurrier with his own spotlight panel:
SPOTLIGHT ON SIMON SPURRIER 5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m., Room 211
Everyone's favorite tea-chugging Eisner loser Si Spurrier (X-Men Legacy, The Power of the Dark Crystal, Doctor Who) will be presenting his acclaimed lecture/essay/presentation thingamabob, confusingly titled "The Pluripotent Panel." Gasp as he reveals the cosmic potential of the comic book form! Self-congratulate as you learn the sophisticated secrets of your chosen medium! Puke with laughter as he gets his slides muddled and has a breakdown on stage! Live-tweet your awkward questions about crumpets, Brexit, and fractal narratives in a bonus Q&A session! (N.B.-Probable sweariness. N.B.#2-Then, pub.)
Sunday, April 2 COMICS ARE FOR KIDS, TOO! 3:30-4:30pm, Room 210 Comic Books are for everyone and that includes the youngest readers just learning about the world of four-color fantasy! Join the Creators of the hotly anticipated2graphic novel (Matt Daley, Trevor Crafts, Arlene Daley, and Ellen Crafts) for an interactive workshop where you and your school-age children will get hands on and make your own comic and leave with some fun surprises, too! Panelists: Arlene Daley, Matt Daley, Ellen Crafts, Trevor Crafts
—And lastly, for aspiring comic book artists, BOOM! will participate in a Portfolio Review taking place on April 1, 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. in Room 206B. Please bring sequential work relating to all-ages content as well as out-of-the-box ideas, plus cover art, color art, and materials showing off your personal style. No story pitches, please.
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