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San Diego Comic Con 2017 Schedule

It’s con season. Have fun collecting artwork and autographs, but beware of fakes.

Yes folks, once again it’s time for the SAN DIEGO COMIC CON, July 19th thru 23rd. I’m a guest this year so here’s a big thank you to all the nice people at Comic Con Central for wanting me back. I have lots of panels and signings lined up, including a special Sunday morning spotlight moderated by my pal, SEINFELD, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM and VEEP writer/producer/director/guru DAVID MANDEL. Dave’s the funniest writer I know so come ready to listen and laugh. And maybe I’ll toss in an answer about Harley Quinn if someone has a question. Speaking of Harley, there is going to be a big Harley Quinn 25th Anniversay panel on Saturday, with JIMMY PALMIOTTI, AMANDA CONNER, KEVIN CONROY, CHAD HARDIN, TARA STRONG and ANDREW FARAGO. You won’t want to miss it!

For the fans who have been asking, I will be doing signings throughout the show. It’ll probably be best to catch me at the DC BOOTH. I’ll be there 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Thursday, signing with the great EDUARDO RISSO! Eduardo is the phenomenal artist who brought DARK NIGHT – A TRUE BATMAN STORY to life. Eduardo and I have never actually met face to face, so this signing will be a thrill for me, too! Bring your DARK NIGHT copies, because there’s no telling when we’ll be together again. From 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday I’ll be back at DC signing before the Harley Anniversay panel, and no doubt wandering around the booth staring at cool stuff at random times. I have one other very cool signing event lined up, but the info. on that is still confidential. I’ll announce it when I get the green light. You can also snag me here and there around the floor, but beware of cheap imitations. Any sock monkeys pretending to be me and offering crappy sketches for tons of money are NOT me. I don’t charge for my crappy sketches. My panel schedule is listed below. See you there!

It’s so high school…

Well, my big San Diego Comic Con announcement for this year is out a couple weeks early. Glad they decided to let the Pussycats (hint!) out of the bag now, actually. There will be much more information about this to come as Mr. Andreyko and I plan to hold a few surprises back for the Con itself. But for now, here’s an offical announcement of the big event along with this killer cover from awesome Amanda Conner!

Gotham and Riverdale to collide in ‘Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica’

Out today…

Harley Quinn #23. Lots of fun from Jimmy, Amanda, Bret, John, Bone and me. The image below is from the backup story. Same old Harley, brand new troubles.

Hoo-Boy…

It’s mid-June and Comic Con is right around the corner! I’m a guest at San Diego this year (thank you, guest committee) and I’ll post my final list of panels and appearances soon.

A Long Time Ago, In A Cinema Near Back Bay…

I didn’t see STAR WARS on May 25th 40 years ago. I actually saw it at a sneak preview at the Charles Cinema in Boston the week before. Back then it was not uncommon for studios to do sneaks in college towns to get an idea of how a given film would play to young audiences.

I had been aware of STAR WARS since seeing the title displayed on a silver advance poster at a San Francisco theatre the previous Christmas. It didn’t look like much, but the director lived across the bay and I had enjoyed AMERiCAN GRAFFITI. Might be worth a look.

In February I saw the first trailer in front of the Lily Tomlin Art Carney movie, THE LATE SHOW. It looked stupid. Some blonde surfer dude giving a lackluster “Hello” to the couple of robots he was cleaning. Yeah, that was going to be a winner. Probably another LOGAN’S RUN. I must admit the gorilla co-pilot and floating hypo droid had me curious – what’s all that about?

Mid-May, a few months later, I had finished my bartending shift at my families’ restaurant in Boston and was walking home to my apartment. As I passed the Charles, I saw a line starting to form outside and I remembered seeing an ad about the sneak in the recent Boston Phoenix. “Oh yeah, that space thing. I got nothing on tonight. Might as well see it.”

The line was not long, but there was an excited buzz echoing through it. Advance word seemed to be the picture was good, though no one was talking specifics about it. I paid my 3.50, took a seat in the center of the theatre and waited as the seats filled around me. Lights went down, the Fox fanfare came up (the extended version, rare in front of movies at the time) and ten words appeared on screen: “A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far, Away…” I smiled. Cute, it’s a fairy tale. A moment of darkness, then…

Well, you know the rest.

It would be at least a week until anyone I knew would experience the surprise and delight I felt that night. In that time before the internet, when fan magazines were few and information was hard to come by, it was kind of fun to walk around with the knowledge that something big and fun and rather important was on its way. That by the time my friends and siblings settled into the Coronet Theatre with their Milk Duds, I would already be old friends with C3PO, Darth Vader, Leia Organa and a zillion aliens. For about a week STAR WARS belonged only to me and the relatively few folks across the country who had wandered into that special early screening.

And that was very cool.

Happy Harley-Days

Christmas is coming, and with it, three new holiday tales written by me and starring Harley Quinn! November 30th sees the release of the DC Rebirth Batman Annual #1, which features a story with the legendary Bat-artist Neal Adams! I had a great time with this, and it was such fun to do a sequel/homage to Neal’s classic 1969 Christmas tale, “The Silent Night of The Batman.” On December 14th, Elsa Charretier renders what happens when Harley hosts her own Christmas entertainment extravaganza in the DC Holiday Special. Wonder Woman shares warm holiday memories. Batman does his last minute shopping. Flash and Captain Cold go caroling. Black Canary and Zatanna…well, I don’t want to give the whole thing away. Just drop into the party, you’ll be glad you did. And finally, Harley and Ivy appear in a sweet little love story (not really a holiday tale, but close enough to Christmas to count) by my pal Bill Morrison for Marc Andreyko’s very important Love Is Love book, out on December 21st.  Check out the sneak peaks below!

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