Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios and its imprints, KaBOOM!, BOOM! Box, and Archaia, announced its panels and exclusives for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, to be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California July 8-12.
BOOM! will have a wide selection of exclusives available for purchase at its booth (while supplies last):
ADVENTURE TIME #40 SDCC Exclusive ($10, limited to 500 copies)
Cover by Mad Rupert
Writer: Christopher Hastings Artist: Zachary Sterling
ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA & CAKE: CARD WARS #1 SDCC Exclusive ($10, limited to 500 copies)
Cover by Mad Rupert
Writer: Jen Wang Artist: Britt Wilson
BILL & TED CONCERT T-SHIRT ($25)
Celebrate your love for all things Bill & Ted with this officially licensed concert tee for their band, Wyld Stallyns! Dates on back correspond to BOOM!’s 2015 convention appearances.
HACKTIVIST VOL. 2 #1 SDCC Exclusive ($10, limited to 250 copies)
Cover by Ian Herring
Writers: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing Artist: Marcus To
LANTERN CITY #2 SDCC Exclusive ($10, limited to 500 copies)
Cover by Jake Wyatt
Writer: Matthew Daley Artist: Carlos Magno
LUMBERJANES #14 SDCC Exclusive + BADGER OF HONOR Bundle ($15, limited to 500 copies)
Cover by Kassandra Heller
Writers: Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters Artist: Brooke Allen
Sold in bundles only; items cannot be sold separately.
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS ($5 each, limited to 2,000 copies)
Covers by Goñi Montes
Writer: Mairghread Scott Artist: Daniel Bayliss
In anticipation of the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic book series, BOOM! Studios is proud to present a limited-edition set of six, one-page comics exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con. Each one-page comic is double-sided, blind-bagged, and sold separately in an intermix consisting of all five of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the Green Ranger. The six comics are designed to be read as individual parts or can be stitched together to form one full story. Each comic showcases a pin-up illustration of a different Ranger by Spectrum Award-nominated artist Goñi Montes (RoboCop) and a one-page comic featuring that Ranger, written by Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade) and illustrated by Daniel Bayliss (Translucid).
TYSON HESSE’S DIESEL ZINE (Free with purchase of a BOOM! Box title, while supplies last)
Cover by Tyson Hesse
Writer: Tyson Hesse Artist: Tyson Hesse
Get an advance sneak peek of BOOM! Box’s upcoming Tyson Hesse’s Diesel in this SDCC Exclusive zine that showcases the first several pages of issue #1!
The following items will be making their debut at San Diego Comic-Con:
THE ART OF MOUSE GUARD 2005-2015 HC ($60)
David Petersen will be on hand to sign copies.
CRIMSON VOL. 1 HC ($35)
Humberto Ramos will be on hand at his Artist Alley table at Comic-Con to sign copies of this new reprint featuring a new cover and collecting the first 12 issues of the fan-favorite series.
HIT: PEN & INK #2 ($15)
Writer/creator Bryce Carlson will be on hand to sign copies of the second oversized artist edition of the critically acclaimed noir series.
LONG WALK TO VALHALLA HC ($25)
Writer Adam Smith and artist Matthew Fox will be on hand to sign copies.
LUMBERJANES #14 GET-A-SKETCH COVER ($30)
Artist Carolyn Nowak (Lumberjanes #9-12) will be on hand to create custom Lumberjanes sketches on these new, blank covers.
POWER UP #1 ($4)
Copies of the new BOOM! Box series by Kate Leth and Matt Cummings will be available at the booth.
STEVEN UNIVERSE VOL. 1 TP ($20)
Rebecca Sugar, creator of the Steven Universe animated series, will be on hand to sign copies.
Free with any purchase at the BOOM! booth and at the SuperMansion signing on Thursday, July 9th from 1-2pm, this SDCC 2015 exclusive comic ties into the upcoming stop-motion animated series from creators Matthew Senreich, Seth Green, Zeb Wells, and executive producer Bryan Cranston, debuting on Crackle this fall. Cover by Joe Madureira.
BOOM! Studios will host or participate in the following panels at San Diego Comic-Con. All panels take place in the San Diego Convention Center except where noted.
Thursday, July 9
11:00-12:00 Peanuts 65th Anniversary — In 2015, Charles M. Schulz’ iconic “Peanuts” gang not only celebrates their 65th anniversary but also two years of the current volume of the Peanuts comic book at BOOM! Studios’ all-ages imprint, KaBOOM! Come join and celebrate Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang’s birthday with moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics) and Peanuts contributors Terry Moore(Strangers in Paradise), Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans), Colleen Coover (Eisner-nominated Bandette), along with Lex Fajardo, managing editor for Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, and Cesar Gallegos, archivist of the Schulz Museum. Room 5AB
12:00-1:00 Breaking into Comics Right Now — If you’re an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! Join some of the comic book publishing’s top decision makers and creators, including BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, Oni Press senior editor Charlie Chu, and First Second Books’ associate marketing & publicity manager Gina Gagliano, along with Ed Brisson (Cluster) as they give you the most up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry right now. Moderated by Jim Zub (Wayward). Room 28DE
1:00-2:00 Editing Comics: The BOOM! Studios Way — Join BOOM! Studios creators James Tynion IV (The Woods,Memetic), Frank J. Barbiere (Broken World, Black Market), Mairghread Scott (The Third Witch, Lantern City), and Curt Pires (The Fiction), along with BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon and editor Eric Harburn, as they share some of the editing secrets of one of the comic book industry’s leading independent publishers and discuss editing do’s and don’ts. Room 28DE
6:00-7:00 ‘Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake: Card Wars’ Dramatic Reading — Jen Wang (In Real Life), has crafted a brand-new, original Adventure Time practice match that ties into KaBOOM!’s new limited comic book series Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake: Card Wars, and for the first time anywhere, it will be performed live by voice actors Jeremy Shada (voice of Finn), John Dimaggio (voice of Jake), and Olivia Olson (voice of Marceline) from the Adventure Time show! Also on hand will be BOOM! Studios Editor Shannon Watters and a rep from Cryptozoic, publisher of the real-life Adventure Time: Card Wars game! Room: Grand Horton Theatre.
Friday July 10
10:00-11:00 Push Boundaries Forward: Gender, Diversity and Representation in Comic Books — The face of comics is changing. Join a diverse panel examining what indie/web publishing have been doing right, how mainstream comics can catch up, and what creators and fans can do to be heard. Moderator Amy Chu (Girl’s Night Out) leads panelists Mairghread Scott (The Third Witch, Lantern City), IDW Publishing editor Sarah Gaydos, Derek Charm (The Powerpuff Girls: Super Smash-Up!), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions podcast), Christian Beranek (Validation), BOOM! Studios brand communications manager Christine Dinh and BOOM! Studios associate editor Chris Rosa in a sincere, thoughtful discussion on the topic of gender, diversity, and representation in mainstream comics. Room 4
12:30-1:30 Push Stories Forward: Rise of the Independents — Join Rosy Press’ Janelle Asselin as she moderates a conversation with some of the brightest minds in independent comics publishing, including BOOM! Studios editor Shannon Watters, IDW Publishing editor Sarah Gaydos, Oni Press senior editor Charlie Chu, and Fantagraphics director of publicity & promotions Jacq Cohen as they discuss what they are doing to expand the marketplace. Room 5AB
5:00-6:00 The World of Mouse Guard: 10th Anniversary — 2015 makes the 10th anniversary of David Petersen’s beloved series, Mouse Guard, published by Archaia. Come celebrate the title and hear behind-the-scenes stories of the making of the Art of Mouse Guard 2005-2015 hardcover with Petersen and editor Cameron Chittock. Plus, David and comedian/actor Hal Lublin (The Thrilling Adventure Hour) will perform a dramatic reading of a Mouse Guard short story! Moderated by BOOM! Studios marketing manager Mel Caylo. Room 32AB
6:00-7:00 Queer Representation in All-Ages and Youth Media — Many people have often dismissed queer content as adult-content inappropriate for kids. However, as we’ve seen in the popularity and successes of Legends of Korra, Steven Universe, and Lumberjanes, LGBTQIA+ and queer characters and storylines resonate with young audiences. Join moderator Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), along with panelists James Tynion IV (The Woods, Memetic, UFOlogy), Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes), Dan Parent (Kevin Keller), Kat Leyh (Supercakes) and as they discuss how we can better include healthy representation and how to make them standard practice. Room 28DE
Saturday, July 11
12:30-1:30 BOOM! Studios Celebrates 10 Years and Push Comics Forward — 2015 marks the 10th year of publishing for BOOM! Studios, a multiple Eisner award-winning top 10 comic publisher. Rather than look back at what we achieved the past 10 years, join us as we look ahead to the next 10 years and how we can all push comics forward. Moderated by BOOM! president of publishing & marketing Filip Sablik and featuring editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, Mark Waid (Strange Fruit, Irredeemable), Asaf Hanuka (The Realist), Mairghread Scott (The Third Witch, Lantern City), and James Tynion IV (The Woods, Memetic, UFOlogy) as they highlight the changes in the industry and what they want to see in comics. Room 24ABC
3:30-4:30 Camp Out with Lumberjanes! — Pack your bags, bring your s’mores kit, and get your badges ready! Join the brilliant minds and collaborators behind the breakout hit Lumberjanes, published by the BOOM! Studios imprint, BOOM! Box! Creators Shannon Watters and Noelle Stevenson, along with BOOM! editor Dafna Pleban and special guest Carolyn Nowak, discuss the book’s runaway success; what’s in the pipeline for Mal, Molly, April, Jo, and Ripley; and the importance of hardcore lady types! Moderated by BOOM! Studios associate editor Whitney Leopard. Room 8
5:30-6:30 The Art of Character Design — Join guests Felipe Smith (All-New Ghost Rider), Kris Anka (Uncanny X-Men), Kevin Wada (cover artist for Marvel), and Sanford Greene (Runaways) as they discuss the creative process, character designs and/or redesign, building an entire world, and more. Moderated by Dafna Pleban (BOOM! Studios editor). Room 7AB
Sunday, July 12
1:00-2:00 Push Fun Forward: All-Ages Comics Have Arrived — All-ages comics are important now more than ever in helping to bring in new and lapsed readers, from practically every demographic. Join us as BOOM! Studios associate editor Whitney Leopard leads a discussion of the significance of all-ages comics—from what it has achieved thus far to what lies ahead—with creators Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade), Thom Zaler (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck), Ian McGinty (Munchkin), and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy). Room 24ABC
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