Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dark Horse Announces Panel-palooza for Emerald City

The Emerald City Comic Con is right around the bend (it starts this Saturday) and publisher Dark Horse has officially announced a bevy of really cool panels well worth checking out on the show floor.

Click on through for a full rundown complete with dates and times.

Friday • March 30th

 ECCC Spotlight Series: Brian Wood
Time: 3:00 - 4:00

The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed togive you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators.This hour, join creator Brian Wood as he talks about his work on Conan,DMZ, Northlanders and many others.

 Falling Skies Screening and Q&A
Time: 3:00 - 4:00

TNT's epic drama Falling Skies makes its debutappearance at Emerald City Comicon this year. Watch a never-before-seen clipfrom the season 2 premiere episode and hear from the show's actors andproducers about the new season. Falling Skies, basic cable's #1 new series of2011, is set to return this June to continue its extraordinary story about lifeand survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle (ER) starsas Tom Mason, a former college professor and father of three, who has become anunlikely leader for the 2nd Massachusetts civilian resistance group. The serieschronicles the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of theworld completely incapacitated. Falling Skies comes to TNT from DreamWorksTelevision and is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Televisionheads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Remi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman also serveas executive producers.

Drawing Inspiration: The Art of the Whedonverse  
Time: 5:00 - 6:00

Join us for an exclusive behind-the-panels look at the dynamicartwork of Dark Horses Joss Whedon titles, from pencils to inks to colors toprint. Dark Horses public relations director, Jeremy Atkins, will lead adiscussion with artists Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), PhilNoto (Angel & Faith, Dollhouse), Chris Samnee (Serenity), andinker Andy Owens (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) for an inside look at theartists processes. We'll be showcasing a variety of art from past and futureissues of these best-loved titles, including exclusive reveals and first looks!

ECCC Spotlight Series: Camilla d'Errico
Time: 6:00 - 7:00

The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to giveyou an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. Thishour, Camilla d'Errico talks about how she made her dreams reality bygiving up on the 9 to 5 grind and becoming a full time artist.

EXPANDING THE EXPERIENCE: VIDEO GAMES TO COMICS AND BACK AGAIN  Room: TCC 102 Time: 6:00 - 7:00When Dark Horse partnered with BioWare to expand the Mass Effect story line into comics, video-game tie-in comics were finally legitimized. Now, Dark Horse is widely recognized as the leading publisher of video-game comics, with launches throughout 2012 digitally and in print. Join us for an hour long preview of what’s to come this year, with exclusive news and announcements on current and upcoming projects with BioWare, Valve, and Activision!

Saturday • March 31st

ECCC Spotlight Series: Rick Remender
Time: 11:00 - 12:00

The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to giveyou an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. Thishour Uncanny X-Force writer Rick Remender joins us. Rick is also thewriter/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, The End League, Strange Girl,Black Heart Billy, Last Days of American Crime, Sea of Red, Sorrow, Night Mary,XXXombies and Doll and Creature.

Dark Horse Comics: Powered By Creators 
Time: 4:00 - 5:00

Just over twenty-five years ago, Dark Horse stepped into thecomics-publishing arena with a different agenda. While the publisher has gainedmuch notoriety for its popular licensed titles, like Buffy and Star Wars, onemission remains the same: to give comics top creators a venue for showcasingtheir work and retaining their ownership of it. Join Dark Horse's publicrelations director, Jeremy Atkins, along with a cast of premier talent,for news on all of Dark Horse's 2012 publishing launches and new Dark HorsePresents stories. Guests include Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre), SteveLieber (Alabaster), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), SanfordGreene (Rotten Apple), Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop), Adam Warren(Empowered), Paul Tobin (Falling Skies), and Brian Wood (TheMassive), and a few surprise drop-ins!

Sunday • April 1st

ECCC Spotlight Series: Steve Niles 
Time: 12:00 - 1:00

The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed togive you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators.This hour, modern master of horror, Steve Niles, talks about what ittakes to craft a good horror story, working with artists like Sam Kieth and BenTemplesmith and how his creation of 30 Days of Night changed the face ofhorror comics.

 Axe Cop
 Room: 3AB
Time: 1:00 - 2:00

Ethan and Malachai Nicolle,creators of Axe Cop, will do a live Q&A, show images and videos of new AxeCop material, etc. Always a fun and highly interactive panel.

Mythic Fiction Comics: The Next Mega-Genre?
Time: 12:00 - 1:00

From Mage, Sandman and Bone to Fables,Castle Waiting, Hellboy and more, mythic fiction has been afascinating -- and growing -- presence in comics. What is mythic fiction? Whyis it so popular? And could it really become the next big thing in the comicsfield? Join moderator Kurt Busiek (Arrowsmith), Matt Wagner (Mage),Rachel Edidin (Dark Horse Comics), Bill Willingham (Fables)and Chris Roberson (Memorial) for a lively discussion aboutmythic fiction in comics, from its roots to it future.

ECCC Spotlight Series: Brandon Graham and Adam Warren inConversation
  Room: 211
Time: 1:00 - 2:00