Rose City Comic Con is this weekend, and Dark Horse Comics has announced their schedule of creator signings and panels at Portland’s pop culture event. Click the jump for the full list!
All creators signing in the Dark Horse booth (#1011) offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.
Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.
All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. USAGI YOJIMBO: Stan Sakai
JOE GOLEM, ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE: Patric Reynolds
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. COLDER, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL, PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin
BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. ETHER, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS: Matt Kindt
DEPT. H: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt
WONDERFALL, LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, TOMB RAIDER: Gail Simone
2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. HELLBOY, B.P.R.D., BALTIMORE, LOBSTER JOHNSON: Mike Mignola
SERENITY, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: Chris Roberson
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, TWO BROTHERS: Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon
THE FIFTH BEATLE: Vivek Tiwary
4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. HARROW COUNTY, CONAN THE SLAYER: Cullen Bunn
HARROW COUNTY, B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH, WITCHFINDER: Tyler Crook
THE SHAOLIN COWBOY, THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT: Geof Darrow
5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. MISFITS OF AVALON, BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS: Kel McDonald
GUN THEORY: Daniel Way
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
10:10 a.m.–11:50 a.m. GRENDEL VS. THE SHADOW: Matt Wagner, Brennan Wagner
TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES, NUMBER 13: David Walker
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. KINGSWAY WEST: Greg Pak
COLDER, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL, PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. THE GOON, CHIMICHANGA: Eric Powell
2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. DEAR CREATURE, THE NEW DEAL, GREEN RIVER KILLER: Jonathan Case
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. TREKKER: Ron Randall
DARK HORSE PANEL SCHEDULE
Please visit here for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
10:30 a.m.–11:20 a.m. Editing Comics: Where the Magic Happens (Panel Room 4)
With the shifting landscape of comics today, this is your invaluable guide to breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher. Join Dark Horse editors Katii O’Brien, Cardner Clark, and Shantel LaRocque for a rare behind-the-scenes look at the secrets of building successful comic and graphic novel programs.
1:30 p.m.–2:20 p.m. Power Up! The Art of Video Games (Panel Room 4)
With Dark Horse, video game franchises found a foothold in comics. With a line of video game–related comics and deluxe art books, including the best-selling World of Warcraft Chronicle, the publisher now works with the biggest studios and brands in the business. Join Dark Horse editors Ian Tucker, Rachel Roberts, and Cardner Clark for a discussion on video game art and stories for Tomb Raider, ReCore, and more!
5:30 p.m.–6:20 p.m. 30th Anniversary of Dark Horse Comics (Panel Room 4)
Thirty years ago, Dark Horse arrived with an agenda different from that of any other publisher in comics. The young company was founded on the belief that comics creators should have the option to retain the rights to their own work, and it continues to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters, concepts, and more! Join Dark Horse masters of the craft Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Eric Powell (The Goon), Cullen Bunn (Harrow County), Chris Roberson (Witchfinder: City of the Dead), and Gail Simone (Wonderfall) for an exclusive look at upcoming creator-owned work from some of the biggest names in and outside the industry. Moderated by Vivek Tiwary, creator of the award-winning graphic novel The Fifth Beatle.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
10:30 a.m.–11:20 a.m. Kidz Comix Reading List: Back 2 School! (Panel Room 4)
Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Dark Horse editor Shantel LaRocque and comics creators Matt Kindt and Brian Hurtt (Poppy! and the Lost Lagoon), Eric Powell (Chimichanga), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), and Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!
12:30 p.m.–1:20 p.m. Artists Who Write: On the Craft and Creation of Comics (Panel Room 4)
Whether it’s an underwater murder mystery or a retelling of past histories, there’s a lot of thought put into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join some of the industry’s best artists—Matt Kindt (Dept. H, Ether), Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon (Two Brothers), Kel McDonald (Buffy: The High School Years), Jonathan Case (Dear Creature), and Michael Avon Oeming (Aleister & Adolf)—as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh.
3:30 p.m.–4:20 p.m. Dark Horse Manga (Panel Room 4)
Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Lone Wolf & Cub, Berserk, and many more! Now Dark Horse continues to publish some of the industry’s best-selling titles, like Unofficial Hatsune Mix, I Am a Hero, Danganronpa, and the works of the creative powerhouse CLAMP. Join Dark Horse editors Carl Horn and Jemiah Jefferson and translator Zack Davisson for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!
Dark Horse Creators’ Panels
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10:
11:30 a.m. –12:20 p.m. A Spotlight on Gail Simone (Panel Room 8)
Award winning creator with such titles under her belt such as Secret Six, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Action Comics, and so many more, Gail has proven to be an unstoppable force in comics.
12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. A Spotlight on Mike Mignola (Panel Room 3)
Creator (and killer) of Hellboy, Mike has been a staple of the comic world for decades. Come pick his brain about anything from creating one of the most iconic characters in modern comics to how he write and draws.
12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. A Spotlight on Eric Powell (Panel Room 8)
The Goon has a cult hit since it’s release, and multiple Eisner winner Eric Powell isn’t slowing down. Come pick the brain of this monster expert to see what’s cooking up next.
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. Drawn Together: Art & the Artist (Panel Room 7)
This will be an intimate discussion of creating art for comics with two artists currently working for local publishers. Hear from Patric Reynolds, artist on Dark Horse’s Aliens comic as well as another working artist.
2:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m. A Spotlight on Stan Sakai (Panel Room 8)
For 32 years and over 150 issues, Stan has been crafting the unique world of Usagi Yojimbo. What goes into a life’s work? Here’s your chance to find out while he does live demonstrations of his art.
4:30 p.m.-5:20 p.m. THE FIFTH BEATLE: EXCLUSIVE TV PILOT READING (Panel Room 6)
A reading of scenes from “The Fifth Beatle” TV pilot script, adapted from the award-winning graphic novel based on the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and shooting in 2017. This will be followed by a discussion of the process of adaptation, using the selected readings to highlight and explore how the TV series will be both similar and different to the hit graphic novel. Additionally, exclusive new Kyle Baker art from the The Fifth Beatle: Expanded Edition graphic novel (Dark Horse / in stores Oct 5) will be revealed.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11:
10:30 a.m.-11:20 a.m. A Spotlight On Cullen Bunn (Panel Room 8)
Whether it’s Sixth Gun, Deadpool, or Uncanny X-Men, Cullen brings the hurt. Join one of the most prolific writers in comics as he breaks down how he does it.
2:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m. A Spotlight on Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon (Panel Room 8)
We’ve seen siblings in comics before, but these artist twins have taken their success and art to another level. With titles such as Casanova, Daytripper, Umbrella Academy, and more under their belt, a lot can be learned here about collaboration and technique.
Schedule courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.