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You Are A True Stephen King Fan If You Can Spot All of The References In This Inspired Print

Stephen King is having a hell of a year…two novels The Outsider and Elevation are due to hit book stores (wait are there still bookstores?), Castle Rock will be madly binged on Hulu and fans are clamoring to find out who will star in IT – Part 2.

The 70 year old Maine author is unstoppable and has kept his “Constant Readers” awake at night under the covers with a book and flashlight for over 40 years. The prolific author has created memorable characters such as Pennywise, the dancing clown, Christine the vengeful Plymouth Fury, stoic Roland the Gunslinger, deranged Annie Wilkes. These and countless others have appeared in books, film and television.

What if we could have a reunion with all of Stephen King’s characters for a “twisted family photo”?  Well, Los Angeles based artist Jordan Monsell has done one better and created a print entitled “King Country” that features over 170 different King characters, references and easter eggs.

I consider myself a longtime Stephen King fan and I couldn’t get all of the clues. Fortunately Jordan provided a key to help.

Monsell was influenced by the art of Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel in creating the highly detailed whimsical image which will be available as 16 x 20 inch prints at Table 97 at Monsterpalooza, taking place April 13-15 at the Pasadena Convention Center in California.  Additional copies will go on sale at a later date.

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WonderCon Anaheim 2018 Program Book Cover Celebrates Action Comics #1000

This year’s WonderCon Anaheim Program Book cover celebrates an amazing comics milestone: the 1000th issue of Action Comics, featuring Superman!

Eighty years ago, two young men from Cleveland, Ohio—Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—saw their dreams come true when their creation, Superman, was picked to be the cover feature on a new comic from National Allied Publications, known today as DC Comics. Action Comics #1 debuted in June of 1938 with a cover featuring a costumed man lifting a car and smashing it with his bare hands. The book was a massive hit and 999 issues later, Superman is one of the most recognizable fictional characters in the world, the star of comics, movies, television, animated films, and much more.

Pencils by Dan Jurgens, inks by Norm Rapmund, colors by Alex Sinclair, lettering by Todd Klein. The cover is illustrated by WonderCon Anaheim 2018 special guest Dan Jurgens, who has a long history with Superman. Jurgens was one of the creators behind the “Death of Superman” storyline in the 1990s and has helped to redefine the character in the Rebirth era. Joining Dan are his long-time inker Norm Rapmund, plus color artist Alex Sinclair, and letterer Todd Klein, celebrating the Man of Steel on his groundbreaking anniversary, and the character’s continued quest for truth, justice, and the American way!

The WonderCon Anaheim Program Book is given free to all attendees at the event. It’s the official guide to all things WonderCon, including the complete schedules for programs, anime, and games, bios and photos of our special guests, maps of the Anaheim Convention Center and the area around it, and much more. Make sure to pick up your copy when you arrive at WonderCon. Dan, Norm, and Alex will all be in Artists’ Alley, so get that cover signed by the artists!

Happy 80th birthday, Superman, and happy 1000th issue of Action Comics!

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Frankenstein & The Bride of Frankenstein Prints By Drew Struzan Available At 2017 MondoCon

The famed illustrator Drew Struzan will be in attendance at 2017 MondoCon and he will be offering two very limited edition prints featuring Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein.

MondoCon is a celebration of everything Mondo loves, including movies, art, comics, music, toys and food. It’s a weekend curated with fans in mind, featuring incredible artists and creators from around the world, panels, screenings, food trucks, live score and interactive events.

MondoCon will be from November 4-5 in Austin Texas.

Frankenstein by Drew Struzan
Edition of 150
18″x24″
$100

Bride of Frankenstein by Drew Struzan
Edition of 150
18″x24″
$100

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LEGO BrickHeadz Boba Fett & Han Solo In Carbonite NYCC Exclusive

LEGO BrickHeadz Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite will be arriving as this year’s New York Comic-Con exclusive. The set lets you build the two Star Wars characters in the blocky BrickHeadz style. The set consists of 329 pieces and costs $40.

– All decorated parts are new and exclusive to this Comic-Con model
– Han Solo has the first BrickHeadz official “closed-eye” design
– Han Solo has the biggest BrickHeadz base made to date
– Piece count: 329 pieces
– Price: $40
– This product is an New York Comic-Con retail exclusive, available only at the LEGO Group’s mobile experience during New York’s Comic-Con

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Comic Con Exclusive Loungefly Star Wars Limited Edition Denim Patch Backpack

Swing by booth # 5346 at San Diego Comic Con and pick up this exclusive Loungefly Star Wars Limited Edition denim patch backpack.

It retails for $80 and be limited to only 400 backpacks. Loungefly will have an allotment reserved for each day of the show so get yours before they’re gone. I liked the backpack so much, I pickled up one for myself!

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Comixology Distributing Comic Book All-Stars Trading Cards At San Diego Comic Con

Comixology will be distributing “Comic Book All-Stars” trading cards at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

The cards will be available both at Comixology’s own Comic Con booth and at the 10 panels they’ll be hosting throughout the convention. Each card is emblazoned with the visage of a different comic creator, from Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson to Hellboycreator Mike Mignola to The Walking Dead mastermind Robert Kirkman.

“These collectible trading cards are a fun way to pay tribute to the amazing writers and artists whose creativity inspires and excites us all,” Comixology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger shared in a statement. “Whether you love superheroes, indies, graphic novels, all-ages adventures, manga, or all of the above like me, there’s never been a better time to discover new comics – and fall in love with the creators.”

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Check Out This Luke Skywalker Statue Made of over 35,000 Bricks At San Diego Comic-Con

Luke Skywalker, one of the greatest Jedi has arrived to San Diego Comic-Con in LEGO bricks! Standing 6ft tall and made of 36,743 LEGO bricks, the Force is definitely strong with him.

LEGO will be at booth #2829 throughout the show.

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Stan Lee Collectibles 4 Poster Set of Stan “The Man” Lee By Tom Whalen Available At San Diego Comic Con

Stan Lee Collectibles is proud to present a 4 poster set featuring the legend himself Stan “The Man” Lee. Celebrate Stan and his illustrious career throughout the ages as depicted by the world famous print artist Tom Whalen.

The print will be 9.5 x 19 Check out the renditions of what will be available! Stop by booth #429.

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The LAIKA Experience Takes Up Residence In San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter July 14-23, 2017

Oscar-winning animation studio LAIKA, creators of Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings, brings its pop-up exhibit The LAIKA Experience to the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter from Friday, July 14th to Sunday, July 23rd.  Admission is free to the exhibit, which will feature props, puppets, monsters, and sets from LAIKA’s award-winning films as well as fan art, a photo/GIF booth with LAIKA characters, daily drawings for a pair of Nike’s LAIKA-themed shoes designed by Tinker Hatfield, social media activations, LAIKA merchandise offered for sale (including a new limited edition Coraline doll and display case), giveaways, and more.  In addition to the pop-up exhibit, LAIKA’s walkaround costumed characters will appear at various locations in the Gaslamp Quarter for fan interaction and photos.

Travis Knight, President & CEO of LAIKA and director of Kubo and the Two Strings, will autograph merchandise purchased at the exhibit on Friday, July 21st at 3pm.

The LAIKA Experience, the innovative and interactive pop-up event, will be located at 520 Fifth Avenue and will feature an up-close look at the artistic detail and imagination behind LAIKA’s groundbreaking films, all of which have been nominated for Academy Awards® and numerous other honors. The exhibit will showcase the evolution of the studio’s unique blend of handcrafted stop-motion animation and visual effects magic in four imaginatively themed rooms inspired by each of LAIKA’s films.  The extensive display of original sets, puppets and props will immerse guests in LAIKA’s fantastical worlds.

Some highlights of LAIKA’s San Diego presence:

The LAIKA Experience will run from July 14-23 and be located at 520 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA  92101.

What to See and Do: 

– Sets, puppets, monsters, props from LAIKA’s films: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016); The Boxtrolls (2014); ParaNorman (2012), Coraline (2009).
– LAIKA merchandise available for purchase
– Nike’s customized shoes created for each of LAIKA’s films. 
– Take a photo with the main characters from LAIKA films.

Hours of operation:

Friday, July 14: 2 PM to 10PM
Saturday, July 15:  11AM to 10 PM
Sunday, July 16: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Monday -Tuesday, July 17-18: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Wednesday, July 19: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, July 20: 11:00 AM to 11 PM
Friday, July 21: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Saturday, July 22: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sunday, July 23: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

Additional Highlights:

Sunday, July 16:

Watch for LAIKA walkaround costumed characters at the LAIKA Photo Booth inside the gates of Balboa Park during the PRIDE Festival.   Pose for a photo with ParaNorman’s “Mitch Babcock,” the first gay character ever featured in an animated film.  Customized LAIKA headbands will be distributed. 

LAIKA will host 25 BAFTA LA students at the Giants/Padres game in Petco Park on Sunday, July 15.    

Friday, July 21

2-3pm:  LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight (director of Kubo and the Two Strings) will be joined by New York Times bestselling author Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles; Star Wars: Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight) for a Facebook Live tour of The LAIKA Experience.  Travis will share LAIKA’s unique creative process with Tony as they take FB guests on a virtual tour of the pop up exhibit.

3-4:30pm:  Travis Knight autograph session.  (For merchandise purchased at The LAIKA Experience.)

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Frank Miller To Sign Xerxes Lithograph In Dark Horse Booth At San Diego Comic-Con

To celebrate the triumphant return of Frank Miller’s seminal work, Dark Horse is excited to reveal gorgeous art from his upcoming comics series Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander. Additionally, as a special “thank you” to fans, Dark Horse is offering attendees the opportunity to meet comics legend Frank Miller at San Diego Comic-Con! On Friday, July 21 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., Dark Horse will welcome Miller for a special signing at booth #2615 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander is Frank Miller’s comics prequel to his epic 300, the inspiration for the motion picture directed by Zach Snyder. Alex Sinclair (Dark Knight III: The Master Race) joins Frank as colorist on the highly anticipated series. Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander will launch in 2018. Xerxes rose to power in fifth-century-B.C. Persia and became known as “The King of Kings,” eventually raising and leading a massive army intent on ruthlessly destroying the hated Greeks who killed his father. Xerxes seeks nothing less than to become a god himself—and achieves his wish!

The Frank Miller signing is an exclusive wristband-only event. Wristbands will be distributed by a random drawing in the Dark Horse Comics booth on both Thursday and Friday mornings while supplies last. Dark Horse will provide a complimentary 25” x 19” Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander lithograph to all fans that receive a wristband.

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