Alien and Oregon Duck Attending the Rose City Comic Con

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Star of Stargate SG:1 and voice of Magneto on X-Men: Evolution is coming to Portland’s own comic convention

Portland, OR – Actor, writer, voice actor, and football player, Christopher Judge, will be a guest for the upcoming Rose City Comic Con taking place on September 21st and 22nd, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Christopher is best known for his role as the alien Teal’cl on Stargate: SG1 where he appeared in more episodes than any other character. He also played the voice of Magneto on the animated series, X-Men: Evolution. Chris was also an Oregon Duck from 1982-1985 where he lead in kickoff returns and interceptions, as well as being a three time All American.

Christopher began his acting career in 1990 with roles in Neon Ryder and MacGuyver, but since then has appeared in Bird on a Wire, House Party 2, 21 Jump Street, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, He Man and the Masters of the Universe, Andromeda, The Mentalist, and most recently in The Dark Knight Rises.

Other special guests at this year’s Rose City Comic Con are Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Jewel Staite (Firefly/Serenity), Sam Jones (Flash Gordon), David Giuntoli (Grimm), Billy West (Futurama), Lee Arenberg (Pirates of the Caribbean) and John DiMaggio (futurama).

Sponsoring RCCC this year is one of the largest comic retailers, Things From Another World, a leading comic book publisher, ONI Press, the premier source for nerdy socks, Sock Dreams, Portland’s long standing gaming store, Rainy Day Games, Dark Horse Comics, Oregon’s premiere Tattoo studio, Infinity Tattoo and Oregon City’s epic, Stryker’s Main Street Arcade.

RCCC 2013 will feature even more of a variety of film/television stars, voice actors, comic guests, vendors, merchandise, gaming, contests, artists, speakers and pop culture than its previous groundbreaking year!
With an anticipated attendance of over 15,000 in 2013, Rose City Comic Con has established itself as one of the most exciting new conventions on the scene. Founded by Portland-area entrepreneur Ron Brister in 2012, RCCC is one of the fastest growing conventions with the focus of fan and family-friendly fun.

Look for regular press releases containing all of the latest news leading up to the show in September 2013. For more information, please visit RCCC’s website at www.rosecitycomiccon.com

Beth Sotelo colorist of Fathom and Soulfire, launches Kickstarter Project

Beth Sotelo's Grump

Beth Sotelo's Grump

Beth Sotelo’s Grump

Veteran comic book colorist, Beth Sotelo, renowned for her work on such titles as Michael Turner’s Fathom, Soulfire and Shrugged for Aspen Comics over a ten year span, has developed and introduced her own new original series entitled “Grump”, launching recently on Kickstarter.com with a debut 40-page fully illustrated graphic novel first -offering. A longtime passion project for Sotelo for many years, the creator describes “Grump”:

“Most neighborhoods have that one crazy house. Its wood is rotting and weeds are flourishing. No matter what time of day it is, it remains in the shadows. Maybe you aren’t afraid of that house, but you definitely won’t be trick-or-treating there–just to be safe.

That’s where Grump lives.

Grump doesn’t realize he is all alone, yet he knows that something isn’t right. Eventually, it takes a series of unusual circumstances for Grump to finally meet some neighborhood kids outside his comfort zone—and soon his world is completely shaken!

Like it or not, Grump. You’re going outside!”

“Grump” is created, written and fully illustrated by Beth Sotelo and the Kickstarter for the debut graphic novel is currently live now to pledge support. Incentive packages include PDF copies of the graphic novel, iron-on patches of the “Grump” characters, original hand-drawn “Grump” trading cards as well as “Grump” mini-prints by comic creators Joe Benitez, Keu Cha, Peter Steigerwald, Kizer Stone and Sotelo. The “Grump” graphic novel can be found at the following link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sotelo/grump-the-loneliest-kid-on-your-block-until-now

SDCC ‘13: TITAN COMICS ANNOUNCES BRAND-NEW CREATOR-OWNED PROJECTS DUE 2014!

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Titan Comics reveals new wave of titles by a host of stellar writers and artists at San Diego Comic Con 2013!

Adler Promo

Adler Promo

Titan Comics, the new venture from publishing giant, Titan, is pleased to announce a brand-new wave of creator-owned titles set for 2014! The new titles span a mix of established comics and novelist talent, as well as up-and-coming creators and artists from whom you’ll soon be hearing much more – such as Victor Gischler, Tazio Bettin, Pat Mills, Carl Potts, Larry Stroman, Lavie Tidhar, Paul McCaffrey and Des Taylor!

Exclusively announced today at San Diego Comic Con 2013 by Titan Comics at their panel ‘Launching at San Diego & Beyond,’ the new wave of titles includes assassin black-comedy Accident Man co-created by 2000AD legend Pat Mills (Marshall Law) with a cover by the incomparable Howard Chaykin (American Flagg); a brand-new chapter of long-running science-fiction gem Alien Legion, by fan-favorite creative team Carl Potts and Larry Stroman; ladies of literature action-adventure Adler by novelist Lavie Tidhar and artist Paul McCaffrey (Zombies Vs. Robots, TMNT: The Fugitoid); adrenal grindhouse-flick Sally Of The Wasteland by Victor Gischler (The Punisher, Wolverine, Deadpool, X-Men) and artist Tazio Bettin, with cover by blazing Image stalwart Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Revival); and femme-fatale espionage caper Scarlett Couture by famed good-girl artist Des Taylor.

“We’re thrilled to add some astonishing new titles to our range of original comics and graphic novels,” says Steve White, Senior Editor at Titan Comics. “Many are wonderful new creator-owned concepts that blew us away. We couldn’t resist!“

Sally-CBR

Sally-CBR

Titan Comics kicks things off at SDCC’13 with a range of unmissable new titles launching exclusively at the show (only at Titan booth #5537), including epic fantasy The First Kingdom Vol.1: The Birth of Tundran by comics legend Jack Katz; new horror fantasy collection Razorjack by Watchmen colorist John Higgins; the Eagle-Award-winning comedy Thrud the Barbarian by writer/artist Carl Critchlow (2000AD, Magic: The Gathering); afterlife thriller Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier (X-Men: Legacy, Crossed: Wish You Were Here), artist P.J. Holden (2000AD) and colorist Jordie Bellaire (Captain Marvel, Rocketeer, The Manhattan Projects); SF and fantasy anthology Monster Massacre; genre-mashing hormonal superhero Sharky by Dave Elliott and Alex Horley; and videogame tie-in Devil May Cry™: The Chronicles of Vergil.

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To keep up-to-date with news on future releases from Titan Comics, visit www.titan-comics.com

The Latest Pacific Rim Teaser–We Are Barbarians

Ron Perlman is Hannibal Chau in Pacific Rim

Ron Perlman is Hannibal Chau in Pacific Rim

Ron Perlman is Hannibal Chau in Pacific Rim

No that’s not the official title for the latest teaser released about Pacific Rim but it could be. We are barbarians and honestly, if we were ever attacked by a hostile alien force of any extraplanetary origin, be it space or dimension, I can totally see a portion of our population going for something like this:

It’s hysterically well done and I love Ron Perlman. He was fantastic in Hellboy and Beauty and the Beast the television series way back when. This is just genius but also a pointed reminder of just how awful we humans can be.

Any invading alien force would face not only unceasing resistance but at some point we will figure out how to commercialize them and then they are in real trouble. Just ask the Western Black Rhino which was officially declared extinct. Hunted to extinction for its horn and a few other bits and pieces for some of the conditions mentioned in this spoof advert for Pacific Rim.

I love the idea and it indicates that Pacific Rim is true science fiction, because science fiction is about more than just exciting weapons, technology, aliens, monsters or far away and exotic lands. Science Fiction always tells us something about ourselves. At least the best science fiction does and this gives me high hopes for Pacific Rim. Because to be honest, Kaiju and giant mechs was more than enough to get me into a theatre to see it. To find that it is true to the best science fiction has to offer just makes me even more anxious to see it. I have very high hopes for it. K.

Want to know more about Pacific Rim? Check out this Kaiju featurette #5.

I don’t know about you but I can hardly wait for July 13 and Pacific Rim. What’s better is that Guillermo del Toro loves Kaiju too and a movie is always better if the director loves the subject matter. Check out this Kaiju featurette for more, more, more Kaiju.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSH506JWC0M#at=55

Yes two posts today but this news is too good to wait on. Besides, tomorrow I want to post about my garden. K.

Titan Comics @ SDCC A Preview of Good Things To Come

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I love to go to comic cons. I think it’s fun to see people dress up in their favorite cosplay. I love meeting authors, artists and creators. I love playing games in the gaming rooms. There is so much to enjoy and generally speaking, the other attendees are just as polite and friendly as you could ask for. I will not be able to make the SDCC this year, alas. If I could though I’d make time to swing by Titan comics tables for a signing or two at the very least. Titan Comics is launching on July 13 and will be at the San Diego Comic Con, only the biggest and coolest comic con in the country, with new titles, singings and panel discussions.

There is something special about getting a comic or illustration signed by the artist. Having a chance to say, “hello,” or let someone know you appreciate their talent is not just kind but rewarding and I have never met an artist who didn’t appreciate their fans. If you get the chance to swing by don’t miss it. They have some great comics in the works.

I’ve been personally enjoying their homage to golden-age science fiction in their B-Movie comedy It Came!. It’s beautifully realized, whimsical and adroitly written.

They’ve kindly sent around a schedule of their events at the SDCC along with some sneak peaks and how attendees can get some exciting swag. Check it out:

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Titan Comics Logo

Titan Comics, the new venture from publishing giant, Titan, offering the best original creator-owned comics, alongside new and classic graphic novels launches in July 2013 – with new titles released throughout the rest of the year and beyond!

The first wave comprises debut dinosaur spectacular Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol by writer/artist Stuart Jennett (Marvel UK); afterlife thriller Numbercruncher, by writer Si Spurrier (X-Men: Legacy, Crossed: Wish You Were Here), artist P.J. Holden (2000AD) and colorist Jordie Bellaire (Captain Marvel, Rocketeer, The Manhattan Projects); B-movie comedy IT CAME! by Dan Boultwood (Hope Falls); high-fantasy comedy Thrud the Barbarian by writer/artist Carl Critchlow (2000AD, Magic: The Gathering), new horror fantasy collection Razorjack by Watchmen colorist John Higgins – plus the completely remastered and relettered library of The First Kingdom by comics legend Jack Katz!

The next wave, beginning in October begins with game-changing post-superheroic statement Death Sentence, by writer Monty Nero and artist Mike Dowling (2000AD, Rex Royd) and classic fantasy epic Marada The She-Wolf by Chris Claremont (The Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four) and John Bolton (Man-Bat, Shame: Pursuit, Books of Magic).

Titan Comics kicks everything off at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, showcasing brand-new comics and collections available for the first time exclusively at the show (only at Titan booth #5537) and special events programming.

The new line will be marketed at SDCC with a special 32-page preview, which will be distributed at the Titan booth #5537, within all panels and on signing tables.

Comics legend Jack Katz headlines the panel Titan Comics – Launching at SDCC and Beyond! Katz will be discussing The First Kingdom – a series of epic post-apocalyptic fantasy graphic novels that has been 25 years in the making!

The First Kingdom Vol. 1

The First Kingdom Vol. 1

The panel will give attendees a behind-the-scenes look at new titles, coupled to exclusive announcements about brand-new originated titles by new and world-renowned talent!

All attendees to the panel will receive a special limited edition double-sided poster: an IT CAME! 1950s themed cinema style poster, signed by creator Dan Boultwood, and a fantastic Numbercruncher image by artist P.J. Holden.

A number of new collections will be available for the first time at SDCC, with creator signings to support: Jack Katz will be signing copies of The First Kingdom Vol.1: The Birth of Tundran on Friday at 3:00PM; John Higgins will be signing copies of Razorjack on Friday at 4:00PM; Dave Elliott, Dave Dorman, Alex Horley and Andy Kuhn will be signing copies of Monster Massacre, Sharky and A1 on Friday at 1:30PM; Roman Dirge will be signing copies of Lenore: Purple Nurples on Thursday at 4:30PM.

Other collections available for the first time at SDCC include the Eagle-Award-Winning Barbarian comedy series Thrud the Barbarian, by Carl Critchlow, and Devil May Cry™: The Chronicles of Vergil.

With the hotly anticipated first issue of Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier (X-Men: Legacy, Crossed: Wish You Were Here) and artist P.J. Holden (2000AD) hitting stores on July 17, Titan Comics is offering SDCC attendees a FREE exclusive art card signed by Si Spurrier with every copy of Numbercruncher #1 – only available at Titan booth #5537.

Full schedule of Titan Comics SDCC activity includes:

THURSDAY JULY 18, 2013

Portfolio Review: Titan Comics
Thursday July 18, 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B
Steve White, Titan Comics Senior Editor will be holding portfolio reviews on Friday at 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B.

Panel: Roman Dirge REBUILT
Thursday July 18, 3:00PM – 4:00PM, Room: 28DE
Earlier this year, Lenore creator Roman Dirge was almost killed in a Sunset Boulevard hit-and-run that left him lying in hospital with a shattered leg. After months of painful physical therapy, Roman is back – better, stronger… but not necessarily faster… – and is here to discuss his long road to recovery, his return to the drawing board with Lenore issue #8 and his fourth Titan Lenore collection: Purples Nurples (which will be debuting at the show).

Signing: Lenore – Roman Dirge
Thursday July 18, 4:30PM – 5:30PM, Autograph Alley AA04
Lenore: Purples Nurples – available for the first time at SDCC!
Creator Roman Dirge will be signing copies of his fourth Titan Lenore collection: Purples Nurples on Thursday at 4:30PM – 5:30PM in Autograph Alley AA04.

FRIDAY JULY 19, 2013

Panel: Titan Comics – Launching at SDCC and Beyond!
Friday July 19, 12:00PM – 1:00PM, Room: 32AB
Titan Comics, the new venture from publishing giant, Titan, offering the best original creator-owned comics, alongside new and classic graphic novels, launches this year at SDCC! With all the buzz that’s been generated by first-wave titles like Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier (X-Men Legacy) and The First Kingdom by comics legend Jack Katz, 2013 looks set to be the year of Titan Comics!

Meet the key players behind the new line, go behind-the-scenes of new titles with creators, see exclusive preview art and hear exclusive announcements about brand-new originated titles by new and world-renowned talent!
Guests include: Jack Katz (First Kingdom), John Higgins (Razorjack), Dave Elliott (A1, Monster Massacre, Sharky), Steve White (Titan Comics, Senior Editor) and more!

Razorjack

Razorjack

All attendees to the panel will receive a special limited edition double-sided poster: an IT CAME! 1950s themed cinema style poster, signed by creator Dan Boultwood, and a fantastic Numbercruncher image by artist P.J. Holden. (This limited edition poster is only available to panel attendees).

Sharky

Sharky

Signing: Monster Massacre – Dave Elliott, Dave Dorman, Alex Horley and Andy Kuhn
Friday July 19, 1:30PM – 2:30PM, Autograph Alley AA02
Monster Massacre Vol.1 & Sharky – available for the first time at SDCC!
Creators Dave Elliott, Dave Dorman, Alex Horley and Andy Kuhn will be signing copies of Monster Massacre, Sharky and A1 on Friday at 1:30PM – 2:30PM in Autograph Alley AA02.

Attendees to the signing will receive a FREE limited edition signed art print by Mark A. Nelson with every copy of Monster Massacre purchased. (Limited to 50 – first come, first served)

Signing: The First Kingdom – Jack Katz
Friday July 19, 3:00PM – 5:00PM, Autograph Alley AA07
The First Kingdom Vol.1: The Birth of Tundran – available for the first time at SDCC! Creator Jack Katz will be signing copies of The First Kingdom Vol.1: The Birth of Tundran on Friday at 3:00PM – 5:00PM in Autograph Alley AA07.
Attendees to the signing will receive a FREE limited edition signed art card by Jack Katz with every copy of First Kingdom purchased. (Limited to 100 – first come, first served)

Signing: Razorjack – John Higgins
Friday July 19, 4:00PM-5:00PM, Autograph Alley AA03
Razorjack – available for the first time at SDCC!
Creator John Higgins will be signing copies of Razorjack on Friday at 4:00PM – 5:00PM in Autograph Alley AA03.
Attendees to the signing will receive a FREE limited edition Razorjack patch designed by Sally Hurst & John Higgins with every copy of Razorjack purchased. Plus, get your photo taken with Razorjack herself!

SUNDAY JULY 21, 2013

Portfolio Review: Titan Comics
Sunday July 21, 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B
Steve White, Titan Comics, Senior Editor will be holding portfolio reviews on Sunday at 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B.

To keep up-to-date with news from Titan Comics at SDCC join us on Facebook or follow @comicstitan on Twitter for regular updates throughout the show.

To keep up-to-date with news on future releases from Titan Comics, visit Titan Comics