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BURBANK, Calif. (July 8, 2011) — Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Entertainment are announcing today that Warner Bros. will follow the official Comic-Con International: San Diego ticket distribution system for autograph signings at this year’s event. 

As in years past, all signings will be held at the Warner Bros. booth, which is #4545 on the Comic-Con show floor.  But under the long-standing Comic-Con system, Warner Bros. will distribute wristbands for signings via daily ticket drawings held at Sails Pavilion #9 inside the San Diego Convention Center. 

“Safety is always our main concern with signings or events, so it is Comic-Con policy that access is regulated by a drawing for a chance to win — giving all attendees an equal opportunity to enter,” said David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for Comic-Con International.  “We are happy that Warner Bros. has agreed to utilize this system and thank them for once again offering such unique opportunities to our attendees this year, as well as their continued support of Comic-Con.”

Fans interested in attending signings at the Warner Bros. booth should review the schedule listed below, then plan to visit the Sails Pavilion at the time of each drawing.  All fans present at the appointed time will receive numbered tickets that feature a distinct sticker. Then a randomized drawing will determine which fans receive wristbands granting access to each autograph line. 

See below for the current schedule of ticket distribution and signing start times.



DISCLAIMER: Autograph session start times are subject to change.  For the most up-to-date signing information, please check for updates at the Warner Bros. Booth (#4545) or at www.thewb.com/comiccon. 

Thursday, July 21

Batman: Arkham City

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 9:00 a.m.

Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 10:00 a.m.


Mortal Kombat

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 10:00 a.m.

Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545) 11:45 a.m.


Game of Thrones (HBO)

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion): 11:00 a.m.

Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 4:30 p.m.


Friday, July 22

The Big Bang Theory

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 9:00 a.m.

Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 11:00 a.m.


Green Lantern: The Animated Series

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion): 10:00 a.m.

Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 12:30 p.m.



Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 11:00 a.m.

Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 12:45 p.m.


Childrens Hospital

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 12:00 p.m.

Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 2:45 p.m.


True Blood (HBO)

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 1:00 p.m.

Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 3:30 p.m.



Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 3:30 p.m.

Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 5:15 p.m.


Saturday, July 23


Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 9:00 a.m.

Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 12:15 p.m.


Batman: Year One

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 10:00 a.m.

Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 11:00 a.m.


The Vampire Diaries

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 11:00 a.m.

Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 1:00 p.m.



Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 12:00 p.m.

Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 2:30 p.m.


Person of Interest

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 1:00 p.m.

Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 3:15 p.m.



Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 2:00 p.m.

Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 3:30 p.m.



Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 3:00 p.m.

Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 5:15 p.m.


The Secret Circle

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 3:45 p.m.

Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 4:30 p.m.


Sunday, July 24

Signing times to be announced.

For additional information about Warner Bros. Television activities at Comic-Con, follow us on Twitter @TheWBdotcom (hashtag #WBSDCC) and visit www.thewb.com/comiccon.


Both Marvel’s “The Avengers” and “Captain America” will have a presence at Comic Con after all, but not in the way you’d expect.

There definitely won’t be a Hall H presentation, but First Showingreports that ‘Avengers’ will make big use of the floor. Much like last year where Odin’s Throne was a big set piece on display, it’s thought a “massive Helicarrier bridge” set could serve that purpose this year.

Marvel will ramp up the viral marketing angle with “S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel” scattered around along with vehicles on hand. Some of the main cast members are also expected to pop in for signings at Marvel’s booth, while a new teaser trailer is expected to be shown at the con.

Meanwhile The Hollywood Reporter says that a special screening of “Captain America” could take place on Thursday morning while Chris Evans is expected to show up for some military-related treat for soldiers stationed in San Diego – now that’s pretty classy.

With filming still at full tilt on ‘Avengers’, things are up in the air for now it would seem in terms of cast availability. More as it develops.

Finally, a new TV spot for “Captain America” looks like it gives away some spoilers of the film’s present day-set bookends.

From Comingsoon

New Line Cinema and MGM have released the first photo of Jed Brophy as Nori, Adam Brown as Ori and Mark Hadlow as Dori in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

These three brothers, all sons of the same mother, could not be more different from each other. Dori, the oldest, spends much of his time watching out for Ori, the youngest; making sure he’s not caught a chill or got himself killed by Wargs or Goblins. Nobody quite knows what Nori gets up to most of the time, except that it’s guaranteed to be dodgy and quite probably, illegal. Dori, Nori and Ori are intensely loyal to each other – and whilst they are perfectly happy fighting amongst themselves, woe-betide any anyone who means harm to one of these brothers.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on December 14, 2012.

Click the image for a bigger version!

Read more: First Look at Dori, Nori and Ori in The Hobbit – ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=79486#ixzz1RXMCKjgZ





Most film panels at this year’s San Diego Comic Con are for films opening later this year, while a few are for movies in the first half of 2012.

Now, Legendary Pictures is breaking out on its own (rather than combining with Warner Brothers) and will provide their first ever standalone panel for four films, all of which won’t likely hit the multiplex until 2013.

“Pacific Rim” will have a panel with director Guillermo del Toro, writer Travis Beacham and cast members Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, and Rinko Kikuchi.

“Seventh Son” will have Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander and director Sergei Bodrov showing up.

Bradley Cooper and director Alex Proyas will do a panel about their ambitious planned adaptation of Milton’s “Paradise Lost”.

Finally, and most unexpectedly, writer Mark Protosevich and “Mass Effect” game creator Casey Hudson will talk about the proposed film adaptation of ‘Mass’.

Both Henry Cavill and Tom Hardy are confirmed to be at the Con this year promoting other movies so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if one or both showed up briefly to discuss “Man of Steel” and “The Dark Knight Rises” respectively.



July 6, 2011. Calgary, AB — With a mandate to bring off-beat, fresh-talent, eclectic stories of pure fun to the digital comic storefront, Red 5 Comics’ “Digital First” line could find no more perfect story than “Cubicles: The Graphic Novel” by writer / illustrator Walter Ostlie.

“Cubicles” stars Wally and Ost — two ordinary guys with ordinary desk jobs, complete with monotony, tension relief, horrible bosses and office crushes. But the pair’s tedium is about to be shattered by galactic pirates, savage aliens, and space squid all wanting to destroy their company. Can Wally and Ost save the day? Get the girl? Maybe even get a raise?

“Cubicles is a joy ride,” explains Ostlie. “Every plot point was devised by asking, ‘What would be the most fun or crazy thing to do?’ It was great just to throw Wally and Ost into a horrible situation and try to devise how two normal guys, with no special powers, would be able to get out of it.”

Early reviewers unanimously had a great time with “Cubicles”. Comics Should be Good says Ostlie has “a good sense of humor and his comic delivery is strong” with an “impressive art style”. Comic Buzz gives the book a 9/10, and was “especially fond of the tone of the characters. As sardonic, slightly sarcastic dialogue goes the book pretty much nails it.” DC author Caanan Grall “laughed out loud quite a bit”.

“Cubicles” is told in seven chapters, but the digital graphic novel collects the entire 84-page story for just $3.99 — the price of some single comic issues. If that doesn’t convince you, the first chapter is available for free for a limited time.

“Cubicles” debuts today and is available now on the web, iOS and Android devices through comiXology (comic.comixology.com) digital platform. It will available this summer through digital partners iVerse, Graphicly and Panelfly as well.




July 6, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Today BOOM! Studios launches their latest epic series ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 with a historic day-and-date release of print and digital, making this new series available through your local comic shop and online exclusively through the BOOM! Studios Comics App and the Comics by comiXology App at the same time! Paired with this epic promotion, BOOM! also gives comic fans a chance to try out ELRIC absolutely free through their web browser with the ELRIC FREE ONLINE PRELUDE available at www.elriccomic.com. That’s right! Three ways to try the all-new epic series ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST written by New York Times bestselling author Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE, SUPERMAN) and drawn by white-hot artist Francesco Biagini (DINGO) based on Michael Moorcock’s seminal fantasy creation. Pick up or download your copy today!

BOOM! Studios pioneered day-and-date releases in the comic industry back in January of 2008 with the debut of the NORTH WIND series and continued this innovative promotion with HEXED a year later. With ELRIC, BOOM! enters its third year as the cutting-edge leader of “day-and-date” release.

“We were the first to do day-and-date back in 2008 and now we’re doing it again with Elric! We’re pumped to offer ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST in both print and digital on the same day partnered with a new website, www.elriccomic.com, that hosts an original 10-page story.  If you love Elric or are new to the character, the website will introduce you to the series and leads directly into the new issue for sale in print or digital!” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Chris Roberson and Francesco Biagini take Michael Moorcock’s seminal fantasy character to the next level with such an epic scope from the very first page that it’ll be hard to put down!”

“Jumping aboard an all-new comic series has never been this easy!” says BOOM! Studios Marketing & Sales Director Chip Mosher. “With so many ways to check out ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST, you’d be crazy to not take advantage of these great promotions. And be sure to let your friends know that they too can check out the exciting prelude to the ELRIC series, absolutely free at www.elriccomic.com!”

“With ELRIC, we’re not only focusing on print and mobile devices exclusively, but getting out onto internet browsers that billions of people use every day,” says Marketing & Sales Director Chip Mosher. “While there are only 25 million iPads out in the marketplace, there are billions of potential readers that have the ability to find comic books through their internet browsers. With our ELRIC microsite at www.elriccomic.com we’ve not only included a complete prelude for free, but information on how and where to buy our comics both in print and digital — linking to both print, mobile vendors, and the lesser-known web-based option where you can buy and read through the browser as well.”

Comic fans, be sure to visit your local comic shop today to pick up your copy of ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1. Not sure where there’s a comic shop near you? Visit http://www.elriccomic.com/local-comic-shop to find out! And for all you folks that love digital comics, you can download ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 from the BOOM! Studios Comics App or Comics by comiXology App today!

Created by Michael Moorcock, Elric has thrilled comic fans for more than 40 years beginning with an appearance in Marvel Comics’ CONAN THE BARBARIAN #15 in 1972. Neil Gaiman called Michael Moorcock “my model for what a writer was” while Warren Ellis said he is one of the “eight core sites in my creative genome” — now, the godfather of the Multiverse concept brings one of the most critically acclaimed and most recognizable figures in the history of fantasy fiction back to sequential art with BOOM! Studios’ ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST!

And if you’ve never heard of ELRIC, you’re in luck! BOOM! Studios is offering the ELRIC FREE ONLINE PRELUDE for anyone to read online at www.elriccomic.com! Showcasing an original complete 10-page story not found in the first issue, along with artist bios and a brief history of Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion ELRIC!

ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST features the return of Michael Moorcock’s legendary Multiverse, featuring some of the greatest fantasy characters of all time: Elric of Melniboné, Corum of the Scarlet Robe, and Dorian Hawkmoon in a brand-new story that will test the courage of the Eternal Champion! In this new series, the workings of Fate are being tampered with across the Multiverse, upsetting the Cosmic Balance. Elric of Melniboné must preserve the Balance and save the entire Multiverse from ruin. But no sooner has his journey begun than he is waylaid by dark forces and lost on the Moonbeam Roads. Elric finds himself stranded on a world where Chaos holds sway and where change is the only constant. Heroes are forced into action far and wide, but will they fight on the side of Law or Chaos?

With both the BOOM! Studios Comics App on the iOS platform and the Comics by comiXology App on iOS and Android devices, you can buy ELRIC on either your iPhone, iPad or Android device and enjoy it on that device. When you buy a comic on one of these mobile platforms, you can also enjoy reading the comic through the comics.comixology.com website. If you do not own a mobile device and want to read the comic digitally, all you have to do is go to comics.comixology.com to buy ELRIC to read on your PC or Mac through your browser. Utilizing www.elriccomic.com as an introduction and a portal gives comic book readers an easy way to enjoy the free prelude, then buy the first issue in print at their local comic shop, on their mobile device or on their browser.

In late August, comic book retailers everywhere will be able to participate in the sales of BOOM! Studios digital comics as BOOM! Studios and comiXology roll out retailer digital store fronts.

ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 debuts in print and digitally today, July 6, 2011, and is written by Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE, SUPERMAN) and drawn by Francesco Biagini (DINGO) and includes an afterword by Neil Gaiman. This title ships with A & B covers in a 50/50 split with art by Francesco Mattina and Francesco Biagini respectively, as well as a 1-in-10 incentive cover by Dennis Calero and a 1-in-25 incentive cover by Tim Bradstreet. This premiere issue can be purchased at your local comic shop, through the BOOM! Studios Comics App, Comics by comiXology App and the web at comics.comixology.com for $3.99. ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 carries a Diamond Code of MAY110918.

In the tradition of BLANKETS, ESSEX COUNTY, and SWALLOW ME WHOLE comes the next literary masterpiece from Top Shelf Productions: LUCILLE by Ludovic Debeurme.

With the book arriving in stores worldwide this week, we present a video introduction to Ludovic Debeurme and his masterful book LUCILLE, featuring interviews and musical performances by Ludovic as well as praise from fans like Joseph Ghosn, editorial director of GQ/Vogue/Glamour France, and Angouleme Grand Prix winner Charles Berberian (directed by Victor Claude):




Originally published in France to overwhelming critical acclaim, including the René Goscinny Prize and the Angoulême Essential Award, LUCILLE is the English-languge debut for Ludovic Debeurme, a young master of cartooning. It’s a love story full of tragedy and hope, following two teenagers who cling to each other amid illness and grief. Arthur is suffocating under the painful legacy of his alcoholic father, but when he encounters shy Lucille in a treatment center for anorexia, they form an instant connection and set off for a journey across Europe, hoping against all odds to make their own destiny.

Comic shops and bookstores that sell out of LUCILLE can re-order with the Diamond code FEB11-1168 or the ISBN 978-1-60309-073-5, and you can check out LUCILLE at the Top Shelf site here.


And here’s what people are already saying about LUCILLE:

“As the story develops, the characters become more complex and the art more gracefully realistic… It evokes great sympathy for its characters, young and old.” — Library Journal

“Moving and rich.” — GQ France

“The characters are remarkable… Debeurme gets underneath what makes these young lovers tick, and is realistic enough to realize that they’re too inexperienced and impulsive to fix each other. Still, the love affair in Lucille burns bright, illuminating two lives.” — The AV Club

“Lucille impresses as much by the power of its drawing as by the subtlety of its dialogue and plotting… it alternates tender moments of joy with scenes that evoke tears… Tremendous.” — Didier Pasamonik, ActuaBD

“Lucille is a credit to Top Shelf’s catalog of impressive graphic novels and deserves the attention of readers wanting some of the most innovative sequential art published today.” — Graphic Novel Reporter

“For a story about the search for freedom, to be yourself, Debeurme’s approach makes the most of the freedom of the comics medium. …It’s a wonderful, satisfying experience in itself to read and savour and easily one of the truly unmissable bande dessinée translations of the year.” — Paul Gravett, author of Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life

“The type of story the graphic novel was meant for.” — Playback:STL

Happy National Ice Cream Month From Semantink!

While July may be the official month of delicious frozen treats, Semantink is celebrating July in a different way: We are launching our third property! In addition, July brings us more MYTHOI, a new location for our monthly MeetUp, and plenty of other delightful news…  So read on and regale your eyes with the many happenings of Semantink Publishing!

DUST#0 Pulls The Trigger!

We are proud to announce the launch of Semantink’s third title, DUST! Courtesy of James Ninness (MYTHOI, THE UNDERGROUNDS) and John Narcomey (GHOST FACE, SMART BULLETS) this post-apocalyptic western is locked, loaded and ready to explode! Download the exciting preview issue for free at the Semantink Store, drivethrucomics, or on graphic.ly.

The End Draws Near In MYTHOI #5!

The penultimate issue of MYTHOI’s first arc hits digital shelves on Wednesday, July 13th with issue #5. Writer James Ninness and artist Brian Soriano ramp up the action as Taros, Vito, Van Helsing and The Coven come smashing together! MYTHOI #5 will be on sale at the Semantink Store, graphic.ly, and drivethrucomics.

Lets MeetUpMeetup group logo!
Semantink is proud to sponsor not one but two MeetUp events for SoCal comic book fans every month. If you are in the San Diego area (or are visiting for a few days from parts unknown) join us for the Comic Savvy on the first Thursday and third Sunday of each month to chat about comics, movies, pop culture or whatever else gets your nerd-motor running. This month our meetups will be on Thursday, July 7th, and Sunday, July 17th.

We are happy to announce that our Thursday MeetUp has found a new home in the friendly confines of CRAZY FREDS CARDS& COMICS! Thanks to Fred and his gang for sharing such an awesome space!

Mythoi Book1: Birth Graphic Novel
On Sale Now:
The Undergrounds Volume 1
After an incredible first year, the first season of The Undergrounds is officially over — don’t worry, season 2 has arrived to keep your Mondays fun!  However, for all you season 1 lovers out there, we have collected every single strip (plus a few unpublished ones) into this amazing collection! Packed with special features including writer commentaries, artist sketches, and promotional materials, this book is not to be missed.Get your copy now in the Semantink store.

Variant Covers

On Thursday, July 28th, catch the latest episode of our monthly podcast, Variant Covers! Join Christopher Henderson, Benjamin Glibert, and special guest host Gary Dexter as they delve into the latest in comics, movies, pop-cuture and more!  Our July episode will feature an interview with the creative team behind DUST, James Ninness & John Narcomey , comic reviews from The Knuckle-Chucker, and a rundown of the latest movie offerings courtesy of Moscha, Man of the World!



Some of you may have heard of this little show next month… The San Diego Comic Con! Next month, from July 20th-24th, Semantink will be in attendance! While we wont be boothing, keep an eye out as we will have some surprises up our sleeves… If you won’t be able to make it to the event make sure to keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook feeds as we will be updating convention goings-on throughout the weekend!

Going Bananas at A.P.E.

The convention season isn’t quite done for Semantink in 2011! We will be headed back up to San Francisco this October for the Alternative Press Expo! A.P.E. is going to be huge for us as we unveil our newest MYTHOI trade and officially announce our 2012 publishing line-up – EXCITING! If you live in the bay area drop on by and chat us up!

The Undergrounds Logo


After a two month hiatus, our web-comic, THE UNDERGROUNDS has finally returned! Dracula, Frank, Wolfman, and The Mummy have moved up in the world, from slinging coffee to selling insurance! The boys are not alone, as they are joined by newcomers Rob Ott, Ray and the Zombies! With writing by James Ninness, Marcel Losada, Joe Pezzula, Michael Fountain, Shannon Forrey, Eric Jennings, and Ryan Darrow, and art by Daniel Touchet, THE UNDERGROUNDS will have you in stitches with a new strip every Monday. You can find our web-comic at



Check out the special 4-Page Preview!

July 5, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – This September crime pays in more ways than one as BOOM! Studios offers the first 22-page issue of a brand new fast-paced, two-fisted crime series for only $1– enter THE RINSE! Acclaimed writer of Vertigo’s COWBOYS and ANGELTOWN, Gary Phillips and spectacular Vertigo artist Marc Laming (AMERICAN CENTURY) usher in a shocking vision of grit and greed. When a mountain of stolen cash is on the line, can ‘Frisco’s best laundryman reach the payout before the bullets reach him? Specially priced at only $1, THE RINSE #1 begins a modern tale of sin in the city by the bay that no crime fan can dare miss. Pre-order your copy today and get the full first issue this September for only $1!

“Gary Phillips is a man that knows crime and with THE RINSE he’s aiming for a kill shot,” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Paired with Marc Laming’s outstanding and visceral art, this series will knock you down, drag you around and keep your heart racing until the very last word!”

“With the full first issue priced at only $1, this is a deal you can’t refuse! I’m telling you, with high-crime at a low price THE RINSE is a win/win.” says BOOM! Studios Marketing & Sales Director Chip Mosher. “And if your go-to guys for crime in comics are people like Rucka and Brubaker, prepare to add one more name to that list: Gary Phillips!”

THE RINSE is a tale of high finance and low-down greed as Jeff Sinclair, the premiere laundryman in San Francisco, is unwillingly pulled into a dangerous gig laundering $25 million in stolen casino skim money. Forced to truly consider his line of work and the evil that he facilitates, Jeff must find a way to clean the cash and wash away his own sins. A grounded, gritty look at the world of money laundering in the vein of Elmore Leonard, THE RINSE is a modern crime classic in the making! For fans of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ CRIMINAL!

THE RINSE #1 is written by Gary Phillips (COWBOYS, HIGH ROLLERS) and drawn by Marc Laming (AMERICAN CENTURY). This title ships in September with A & B covers in a 50/50 split by Francesco Mattina and Paul Azaceta respectively. Featuring 22-pages of story and carrying a price point of $1 with a Diamond Code of JUL110956.

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