Every morning I wake up to more and more San Diego Comic Con press releases. Here's what I found in my inbox this morning…
This summer at San Diego Comic-Con, Smart Pop will be hosting a variety of exciting events at our exhibit hall booth (#4300)—and we thought your readers, either those planning to attend or those who will be following the convention from home, would be interested in hearing about them!
Some of the highlights from our programming include:
– Saturday, July 14: In-booth and autograph area signings with Babylon 5's Claudia Christian
– Sunday, July 15:10 copy giveaway of Beyond the Wall (our new anthology on George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire), in coordination with an in-booth signing we're doing with the editor, James Lowder, and contributors Myke Cole and Caroline Spector at 11 a.m.
– All weekend: Booth visitors can enter to win one of 25 advance galleys of Ender's World, our upcoming Ender's Game anthology (edited by Orson Scott Card), and one of 10 advance copies of Shadowhunters and Downworlders, our upcoming Mortal Instruments anthology (edited by Cassandra Clare). We'll also be giving awayfreecopies of our "preview volume," which includes standalone pieces from all of Smart Pop's 2012, perfect for reading while waiting in those long Hall H lines!
Art Directors Guild:
Comic Con is right around the corner and we are all looking forward to seeing our favorite heroes, super heroes, villains, monsters, aliens, vampires, goblins, witches and all imaginable and unimaginable creatures.
Ever wonder where these characters live and who and how their fantastic environments come to be? Two panels will demonstrate exactly how that happens.
On Friday, July 13 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM, some of the most creative and prolific Illustrators will share secrets of their trades. Saturday morning, July 14 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, Production Designers will talk about creating the worlds that capture our imaginations.
Please plan to join us for these panels that look behind the scenes and talk to the artists who create the worlds from start to finish. We will be happy to set interviews and provide art to accompany any interviews. As soon as we are assigned a press room, we will update you.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Friday – July 13
4:00 PM -5:00 PM
Motion Picture and Television Illustrators of the Art Directors Guild–Film starts with an idea that must be brought to life by a team of creative men and women. The illustrators and storyboard artists use their skills and imaginations to develop the transcendent visuals of the big screen, be it adventure on distant worlds or earthly hovels. Meet the artists as they discuss their craft and answer questions: moderator Tim Burgard (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Benton Jew (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Dave Lowery (Oz the Great and Powerful) Derek Gogol (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise), Trevor Goring (Real Steel), Chris Baker (War of the Worlds).
Saturday – July 14
10:00 AM -11:00 AM
Film and TV Production Designers of the Art Directors Guild–In collaboration with a highly skilled art department, the production designer lays out the design plan that will guide a small army of illustrators, set designers, decorators, carpenters, sculptors, painters and artisans of every sort, in creating small worlds to warm the heart, and entire civilizations to fire the imagination. Designers include Suzuki Ingerslev (True Blood), Bill Creber (The original Planet of the Apes) Rick Heinrichs (Dark Shadows), Dominic Watkins, (Snow White and the Huntsman), and moderator John Muto (Terminator 2:3D).
TORONTO, CANADA: An amazing collection nearly 20 years in the making, UDON Entertainment proudly announces the impending release of Marvel vs. Capcom®: Official Complete Works! This is a brand-new art book collecting all of the official artwork, sketches, and bonus material from all of Marvel and Capcom®'s video game collaborations—from 1993's The Punisher™ arcade game right up to 2012's smash-hit Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom® 3! Compiled by UDON with the help of Capcom and Marvel, this is the first time this material has ever been collected in one place—on either side of the Pacific! It will make its international debut at Comic Con International: San Diego on Preview Night, Wednesday July 11th!
Weighing in at nearly 200 pages, Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works has been a labour of love for the UDON production team. Working closely with Capcom creative head Shoei Okano, UDON's Managing Editor Matt Moylan has dug deep through Capcom's archives to find extremely rare high-resolution art and materials to put together for this project—no easy task considering no Marvel vs. Capcom art book was ever printed in Japan! Includes stunning artworks by Akiman, Bengus, Shinkiro, Joe Madureira, Adi Granov, and more! Complementing the classic pieces is an all-new gallery of stunning Marvel vs. Capcom illustrations by comics superstars including Joe Ng, Long Vo, Chamba, Adam Warren, and Takeshi Miyazawa!
"This book means a lot to UDON," says Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Erik Ko. "It was back 10 years ago that Joe Quesada at Marvel Comics gave UDON our first freelance job, and kick-started our creative services department. Then just a few years later, we became our own publisher, working closely with Capcom to publish original Street Fighter®comics! Being able to publish a book containing amazing work from both Marvel and Capcom is like a big 'thank you' from us to the folks who helped make us what we are today. Thank you Marvel, thank you Capcom!"
Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works will make its international debut at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Wednesday, July 11th, in an exclusive hardcover edition that will not be sold in stores. The hardcover will feature an exclusive wrap-around cover by UDON and Marvel vs. Capcom artist Alvin Lee and digitally painted by UDON's Genzoman, and only 200 will be available over the course of the show. A standard-format soft cover release will follow in late November 2012, distributed by Diamond to comics and bookstores everywhere. UDON Entertainment's Managing Editor, and Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works Designer, Matt Moylan, will be available for on-site and advance interviews!
- This is an original art book compiled by UDON, with no Japanese counterpart!
- Includes all of the series' promotional artwork, a complete art archive of all Marvel vs. Capcom character drawings, and rare, never-before-seen artwork, sketches, and bonus material!
- Contains artwork from the Capcom games The Punisher, X-Men™: Children of the Atom, Marvel Super Heroes, X-Men VS Street Fighter™, Marvel Super Heroes VS Street Fighter™, Marvel VS Capcom, Marvel VS Capcom® 2, Marvel VS Capcom® 3, andUltimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3!
- Includes 17 new illustrations exclusive to this book!
This is the book that fighting game fans have dreamed of, since The Punisher and Nick Fury first picked up their guns, since Captain America raised his shield against Ryu's hadouken! No fan of Marvel Comics, no fan of Capcom's universe, no fan of videogames will want to be without Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works!
Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works
Hardcover Edition (Cover shown directly above)
Page Count: 192, Colour
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long (9" x 12" with Hardcover)
Price (U.S.): $100.00
Debuts July 11th, 2012. San Diego Comic Con Exclusive.
Softcover Edition (Cover shown at top)
ISBN 13: 978-1-926778-49-5
Page Count: 192, Colour
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long
Price (U.S.): $44.99
In-stores November 2012.
Shout! Factory makes its mark at San Diego Comic-Con International 2012 with a dynamic line-up, featuring an exclusive panel event, a showcase of upcoming home entertainment juggernauts, Comic-Con exclusive items, daily prize sweepstakes, collectible giveaways, surprise star appearances, and interactive fan activities at the Shout! Factory booth (#3849 on the main convention floor). Fan favorite stars scheduled to attend at this time include: Tom Kenny (Marvel's The Super Hero Squad Show, Rocko's Modern Life, SpongeBob SquarePants), Sumalee Montano (TRANSFORMERS PRIME, ER), Josh Keaton (TRANSFORMERS PRIME, Green Lantern: The Animated Series), Tania Gunadi (TRANSFORMERS PRIME, Aaron Stone), Paul Schrier (Power Rangers), among other notables.
For 19 years, the highly entertaining saga and fan-favorite characters from Power Rangers have captivated children and adults alike and are beloved by legions of fans worldwide. Loyal fans and Comic-Con attendees will not want to miss this year's highly sought-after panel event POWER RANGERS: 20 Years and Beyond on Thursday, July 12 at 2 PM (Hilton San Diego Bayfront – Indigo Room). As a special treat for fans of all ages, Saban Brands and Shout! Factory will officially kick off the 20th Anniversary celebration of Power Rangers with this highly anticipated panel discussion featuring members of the creative team, on-screen talent and other notables from the two-decade history of the series. The panel will dive into the evolution of the Power Rangers franchise over the years, including the long-awaited debut of the series on DVD and the show's resurgence on Nickelodeon with Power Rangers Super Samurai and much, much more! Moderated by Brian Ward (Shout! Factory DVD producer), panelists include Elie Dekel (President of Saban Brands), actor Paul Schrier (who played "Bulk" in the original series and in the current production), writer and supervising producer Tony Oliver (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)as well as other key talent and members of the creative team.
Putting the Pop in Your Culture at Shout! Factory Booth #3849
It wouldn't be Comic-Con without a visit to the Shout! Factory booth. Poised to whet the appetites of Comic-Con attendees and pop culture enthusiasts, the Shout! Factory booth will showcase a variety of upcoming and current home entertainment product lines. Stars and surprised special VIP guests will be on-hand at the booth for autograph signings, daily prize sweepstakes, fan interactive activities and more! The Shout! Factory Store, located in Shout's booth #3849, is back at Comic-Con this year with a sumptuous selection of exclusives and upcoming home entertainment offerings, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Complete Series, TRANSFORMERS PRIME – One Shall Stand
Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding, Marvel Knights Animation Astonishing X-MEN: Torn, The Sarah Silverman Program:The Complete Series, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXIV and much more!
For continuing updates on Shout! Factory's Comic-Con activities and news, please follow us on Twitter @ShoutFactory, hashtag #ShoutFactorySDCC and the studio's official Facebook page.
SPECIAL SIGNING SCHEDULE & APPEARANCES
AT SHOUT! FACTORY BOOTH (#3849)
Preliminary schedule. * Additional VIP appearances will be announced next few weeks.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM TRANSFORMERS PRIME voice cast signing
Sumalee Montano –TRANSFORMERS PRIME – ARCEE
Josh Keaton – TRANSFORMERS PRIME – Jack
Tania Gunadi – TRANSFORMERS PRIME – Miko
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Tom Kenny
Meet renowned actor Tom Kenny for special signings of Marvel Animation's The Super Hero Squad Show, and Rocko's Modern Life DVDs.
SHOUT! FACTORY'S COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVES!
- Come by to get your very own My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding tiara with a text-in code to get a personalized greeting from the bride & groom! My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding debuts on DVD on August 7, 2012 from Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series DVD Box Set Get this 19-DVD box set Comic-Con Exclusiveversion only at the Shout! Factory booth! Featuring all 145 original episodes from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Seasons One, Two and Three, plus the ten-episode series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Alien Rangers. In-depth bonus content includes retrospective featurettes, brand-new interviews with members of the cast and the creative team and much more!
At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, Cartoon Network's amplified Convention Center presence will include a fan-centric booth, buzzing with activity showcasing a life-sized, interactive re-creation of the living room from their hit series Regular Show, where lead characters Mordecai and Rigby spend a majority of their time. As the network prepares for its 20th Birthday celebration later this year, fans will have an opportunity to be filmed by Cartoon Network cameras in the Regular Show living room or in the Network's 20th Birthday "confessional room" sharing some of their favorite Cartoon Network memories. Some lucky fans may even be featured on the Network during three upcoming marathon weekends! For fans and collectors alike, this year's Comic-Con exclusive giveaways will include five different Regular Show buttons and a sure-to-please Cartoon Network 20th Birthday mini-poster.
With hit animated comedy series Regular Show and Adventure Time taking center stage at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, events will include star-studded panels and signings along with other featured Cartoon Network series Ben 10:Omniverse, Annoying Orange, Dreamworks Dragons: Riders of Berk, Level Up, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, MAD and many more!
Can't make it the Con? No problem! "Cartoon Network's Big Fan Weekend" will invite viewers from across the country to tune-in Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 for a first look at new series, sneak peeks of returning series and on-the-scene Comic-Con exclusives.
Below is a schedule of Cartoon Network series panels, fan events and signings at 2012 Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15, 2012. All times, dates and locations subject to change.
Thursday, July 12
CARTOON NETWORK: Dreamworks Dragons: Riders of Berk
Picking up where the critically-acclaimed feature film, How to Train Your Dragon, left off, this weekly animated series follows the continuing adventures of master dragon trainer Hiccup, his faithful dragon Toothless and his friends on the island of Berk. Dragon training reaches new heights as our heroes unlock secrets about their dragons, explore wild frontiers and discover new dragon species, all while battling against fierce enemies they never dreamed existed. Come get a first look at the series, which premieres this fall on Cartoon Network, and hear from some of the talented dragon trainers who helped bring it to life. Room 6A
WB: MAD Screening and Q&A
It's a MAD world, we just laugh in it. The magazine you tried to hide from your parents is now an animated series on Cartoon Network! Currently in its third season, this Warner Bros. Animation series is inspired by the country's best-selling humor magazine, MAD, and features animated parodies, crazy commercials, pretend promos and classic gags. Take a peek behind the MAD curtain and learn what goes in to bringing the funny to your television every week. Back to bring more laughs this year will be series producers Kevin Shinick (Crank Yankers) and Mark Marek (Robot Chicken) along with Peter Girardi, Senior Vice President of Series and Alternative Animation at Warner Bros. Animation. Room 6DE
Friday, July 13
CARTOON NETWORK: Annoying Orange
Boasting more than 1 billion YouTube views to date, Annoying Orange is the Web sensation transformed into a new Cartoon Network television series that follows Orange and his buddies as they go on a wide range of adventures taking them from the fruit stand to parts unknown and everything in between. Join series creator Dane Boedigheimer (Orange), Toby Turner (Nerville) and others for a delightfully annoying time. Room 6A
CARTOON NETWORK: Regular Show
Yeaaauuhhh! It's Regular Show at Comic-Con 2012! Join series creator JG Quintel (Mordecai, High Five Ghost), Bill Salyers (Rigby), Sam Marin (Benson, Pops, Muscle Man) and others for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the comedy, drama and tomfoolery that make this Regular Show so jolly good. Come for the merrymaking, stay for songs, sneaks and surprises! Room 6A
Saturday, July 14
CARTOON NETWORK: Adventure Time
Not just any ol' panel, this is Adventure Time! Join series creator Pendleton Ward (Lumpy Space Princess), Jeremy Shada (Finn), Tom Kenny (Ice King) and others as you experience the all out good time that is Cartoon Network's Adventure Time! There will be singing, live readings, lots of exclusive clips and other mathematical surprises! Room 6A
LUCAS PANEL:Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Onto Season Five
The aftermath of Season Four has left the Star Wars galaxy a very dangerous place: Darth Maul is alive, Asajj Ventress is a bounty hunter, and the Mandalorian Death Watch is deadlier than ever. How will these threads continue in Season Five of Star Wars: The Clone Wars? Find out in this behind-the-scenes panel, which will feature new clips, new insights and more. Join the discussion with Supervising Director Dave Filoni and head writer Matt Michnovetz (who wrote Season Four's powerful Umbara arc). Moderated by Star Wars author Pablo Hidalgo. Room 6DE
Sunday, July 15
CARTOON NETWORK: Level Up
Huzzah! The Level Up gang is leaving Daventry Hills and heading to San Diego! Fans of Cartoon Network's hit series about high school friends who battle their online foes IRL won't want to miss this action packed panel! Peter Murrieta (executive producer) leads the stars of Level Up, Gaelan Connell (Wyatt), Connor del Rio (Dante), Jessie T. Usher (Lyle), Aimee Carrero (Angie) and Lonny Ross (Max Ross) along with executive producers David Schneiderman and Derek Guiley in a lively discussion on the upcoming adventures awaiting the Neverfail clan. The panel will answer fan questions and offer a sneak peak from a never-before-seen episode of Level Up! Room 6A
WB PANEL: DC Nation Screening and Q&A
The Nation is coming to San Diego! DC Nation — Cartoon Network's one-hour action and comedy programming block starring some of the most beloved and legendary heroes of the DC Universe — will make its first-ever Comic-Con appearance. In addition to exclusive video content for fan-favorite series Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, the panel will also present sneak peeks at two highly anticipated upcoming DC Nation series: Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go! The panel of super hero goodness will feature top animation producers Glen Murakami (Teen Titans), Mitch Watson (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), Michael Jelenic (ThunderCats), Aaron Horvath (MAD) and Jeff Prezenkowski, director of series and shorts at Warner Bros. Animation. Room 6BCF
CARTOON NETWORK: Ben 10: Omniverse
It's hero time in San Diego! You don't want to miss this chance to see the world premiere exclusive sneak peek of Ben 10: Omniverse. In the brand-new animated series premiering this fall, Ben has a new look, new aliens, a new sidekick and, of course, new bad guys to battle. Yuri Lowenthal (Ben) hosts a panel featuring stars and producers who will give an inside-look at the creation and direction of Ben 10: Omniverse, and you'll be the first to see animation from this exciting new series! Room 6DE
CARTOON NETWORK BIRTHDAY BOOTH
Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m.
If you are a big fan, Cartoon Network wants to meet you. Come tell us all those Cartoon Network memories in our 20th Birthday Booth (#3735). You may even be featured on TV during our BIG FAN WEEKEND. All ages welcome.
REGULAR SHOW EXPERIENCE
Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15 at 4 p.m.
Do you look like a Racoon? A Blue Jay? No? Come to Cartoon Network's Regular Show experience anyway, located at the Cartoon Network Booth (#3735) dressed as your favorite Regular Show character. Or just bring your Muscle Man Physique. Either way, we'll possibly put you on TV. All ages welcome.
This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Adult Swim will once again own the convention room at the Hilton Bayfront – Indigo Ballroom (located directly next to the convention center) for a day of Adult Swim programming featuring creators, producers and actors from The Venture Bros., Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, Robot Chicken, Aqua Something/ Squidbillies, and Black Dynamite. Adult Swim stars will include Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer, Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer, Seth Green, and the Fonz himself, Henry Winkler. Fans will also get an exclusive preview of some of the new series coming to the network. Fans can also stop by the Adult Swim booth #3949 to shop for exclusive items and play the Cat Grab for prizes.
Below is a schedule of series panels, fan events and signings at 2012 Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15, 2012. All times, dates and locations subject to change.
ADULT SWIM PANEL BLOCK
Friday, July 13
Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront (directly next to the convention center)
The Venture Bros.
Show creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, with the voice of Dr. Venture James Urbaniak, will discuss the original series and answer fan questions.
NTSF:SD:SUV:: (National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle::)
Come watch a sneak peek of NTSF:SD:SUV:: season 2 and hear from the show's creative team led by creator and star Paul Scheer (The League), executive producer Jonathan Stern (Childrens Hospital, Newsreaders) and co-executive producer Curtis Gwinn (Fat Guy Stuck in Internet). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast including Martin Starr (Party Down, Freaks & Geeks), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men,Ugly Betty),Brandon Johnson (Funny or Die), June Diane Raphael (Players), and Rob Riggle (Funny or Die). Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital, Hot Tub Time Machine) will moderate the panel.
Come watch a sneak peek of Childrens Hospital season 4 and hear from the show's creative team, led by creator and star Rob Corddry and executive producer Jonathan Stern. They will be joined by members of the show's ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights, including Lake Bell (How To Make It In America), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood), Rob Huebel (The Descendants) Henry Winkler (Happy Days) and Ken Marino (Party Down, The State). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos. Paul Scheer (NTSF:SD:SUV::) will moderate the panel.
Aqua Something You Know Whatever / Squidbillies
Show creators Dave Willis, Jim Fortier and Matt Maiellaro will discuss their original series, show footage from the new seasons, and answer questions.
Robot Chicken / Robot Chicken DC Comics Special
Co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are joined by co-head writer/executive producer Tom Root, actor/writer Breckin Meyer and writer Matthew Beans to discuss the Emmy-winning series. DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns joins to the panel to share insider scoop about the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special. Come watch a sneak peek and get your questions answered about Season Six. Keith Crofford, vice president of production for Adult Swim, will moderate the panel.
Creators and voice talent from the new animated series, based on the 2009 feature film, will give an exclusive preview of the show and answer questions. The Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits of Black Dynamite and his crew. Executive producer Carl Jones (The Boondocks) will be on the panel in addition to: Michael Jai White (For Better or Worse, The Dark Knight, Why Did I Get Married?), Tommy Davidson (In Living Color), Kym Whitley (The Cleveland Show, Brian McKnight Show), Byron Minns (Mongo Wrestling Alliance), Debra Wilson (MadTV), Orlando Jones (Rules of Engagement), and Cedric Yarbourgh (The Boondocks). The panel will be moderated by Gary Anthony Williams (The Boondocks).
ADULT SWIM SIGNINGS
Thursday, July 12
Friday, July 13
Adult Swim Booth #3949
WB Booth #4545
Saturday, July 14
Adult Swim Booth #3949
Adult Swim Booth #3949
Adult Swim Booth #3949
The following authors are attending San Diego Comic Con for the Random House Publishing Group.George R. R. Martin, mega-bestselling author of A GAME OF THRONESChelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer, co-authors of A FEAST OF ICE AND FIRE (official Game of Thrones cookbook)http://www.randomhouse.com/book/217995/a-feast-of-ice-and-fire-the-official-game-of-thrones-companion-cookbook-by-chelsea-monroe-cassel-and-sariann-lehrerRob Reid, author of YEAR ZERO and TED Talk veteran (can discuss copyright law and how piracy effects the music and book industry)Larry Tye, former Boston Globe reporter and author of SUPERMAN: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring HeroKevin Hearne, bestselling author of the Iron Druid ChroniclesKaren Marie Moning, bestselling author of the hot paranormal Fever seriesHarry Turtledove, master of alternate historyTroy Denning, Star Wars authorPeter F. Hamilton, bestselling British science fiction author
WHO: tokidoki Co-founder and Creative Director, Simone Legno
WHAT: Special appearance and autograph session at this summer's Comic-Con; 11:30AM – 1:30PM daily. Tickets will be distributed to the first 60 customers at the tokidoki booth daily once the show opens at 8:30AM
WHERE: Comic-Con San Diego, at tokidoki booth #4731
WHY: tokidoki will be unveiling limited edition products including tees and hats from tokidoki as well as co-branded product with Stoopid Monkey, Capcom, and Marvel. All apparel and hats will be priced between $20 and $30. Available toys will be Silver Truffle and Silver Porcino at $20 each, along with Mud Porcino for $15. The exclusive Cactus Rocker Blue will be in attendance, too, priced at $39.95
Pantheon Books will be at this year's San Diego ComicCon (July 12-15, plus preview night on July 11), and we would love to see you there. We are booth #1515, and we are sharing it with the other members of the Knopf Doubleday group, including Knopf, Doubleday, Schocken, and Vintage Anchor Books. The Knopf Doubleday group is a division of Random House, Inc.
Some highlights at our booth this year:
Returning to SDCC for the third year in a row is Charles Yu, debut author of the critically acclaimed How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. On Saturday, July 14, Yu will be in San Diego promoting his new collection of short stories SORRY PLEASE THANK YOU (Pantheon Books, onsale 7/24). Yu will be selling early copies of SORRY PLEASE THANK YOU at 12 pm at our booth (#1515) and will be appearing on the "A Wrinkle in Time" sci fi panel at 3 pm (Room: 23ABC). Men's Health just named SORRY PLEASE THANK YOU one of the "Manliest Must-Reads of Summer," hailing that Yu is "the next great voice in fiction . . . . Young author Charles Yu's short stories beg comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, but he's funnier than both." A reminder that back in 2010, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe was a New York Times Notable Book, an Indie Next Pick, a B&N Discover pick, #22 on Amazon's top 100 of 2010, a Time Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year.
Mark Z. Danielewski is the nationally best-selling author of House of Leaves and Only Revolutions, and next up for him is THE FIFTY YEAR SWORD (Pantheon Books, onsale 10/16), a powerfully chilling novella—a ghost story for grownup readers, which he will be promoting in San Diego on Friday, July 13. Danielewski will be on the "Art of the Thrill Kill" thriller panel at 10 am (Room: 24ABC), and we will be handing out party hats to everyone who stops by our booth ready to have fun.
Other titles to anticipate this fall include Charles Burns' THE HIVE (Pantheon Books, onsale 10/9), the second part of a new epic masterpiece of graphic horror in brilliant, vivid color. The first in the installment, X'ED OUT, went onsale last year and will be available for sale throughout the convention, plus there will be special buttons and other giveaways at our booth for giveaway in anticipation of THE HIVE. Please also look out for Chris Ware's BUILDING STORIES (Pantheon Books, onsale 10/2), a book with no deliberate beginning nor end, the scope, ambition, artistry and emotional prevarication beyond anything yet seen from this artist or in this medium, probably for good reason—we are quite sure it is something like nothing you have ever seen, and Ware has designed BUILDING STORIES booklets, which are teasers to the new book and available for giveaway to any and all visitors at the booth!