On Saturday, July 15, from 12 to 5 pm, at the Japanese American National Museum, the Asian American ComiCon presents a Summit on Art, Action & the Future, bringing together diverse comics and speculative-fiction creators to talk about imagining better tomorrows. Confirmed participants include LaToya Morgan (writer, INTO THE BADLANDS; co-EP, TURN); Tananarive Due (author, THE BETWEEN & THE GOOD HOUSE); Steven Barnes (author, THE LEGACY OF HEOROT and the DREAM PARK series, both with Larry Niven); Sarah Kuhn (author, HEROINE COMPLEX); Paula Yoo (writer, SUPERGIRL); CB Lee (author, NOT YOUR SIDEKICK); Krista Suh (creator of the Pink Pussyhat Project); Samantha Jo (WONDER WOMAN); Lewis Tan (MARVEL’S IRON FIST); Rebecca Sun (senior reporter, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER); Marc Bernardin (staff writer, CASTLE ROCK); Arune Singh (VP of Marketing, BOOM! Studios), and more to come — with special guest and award recipient George Takei! Get your tickets now, while the advance ticketing discount still applies: $17 General Admission ($20 at the door) and $47 VIP (includes VIP Exhibit Tour, reserved seating and a first-run copy of the brand-new graphic anthology NEW FRONTIERS: The Many Worlds of George Takei!
We are just one day out from New York Comic-Con, and if you plan to be in the Big Apple this weekend, be sure to stop by booth #2010 to find the SIUniverse at our joint booth with Epic Proportions! It’s a bittersweet occasion since Jerry has announced this will be his last con as an exhibitor. But don’t fret! You’ll still find him in Artist Alley in the near future. In the meantime, we’re going to help Jerry go out in style and make this the biggest con ever for SIUniverse and Epic Props!
At my new site, The Nerds of Color, I mentioned I was fortunate enough to be a tangential part of this massive hip-hop project called Strength in NUMBERS. Created and arranged by Chops, Strength in NUMBERS brings together nearly three dozen singers, rappers, and DJs to spotlight some of the top Asian American talent in the urban music scene. Think of it as the Secret Identities of hip-hop. That’s why Chops reached out to me for this aspect of the collaboration.
Working with a dozen and a half artists, cartoonists, and designers, we created 35 individual alternate album covers, one for each of the musicians on the album. We’re releasing the first three covers today exclusively at CHOPSmusic.com, TheNerdsofColor.org, and here at SIUniverse.org, respectively. Each of these covers, featuring all three members of the Mountain Brothers, was drawn by SHATTERED’s own Fred Chao.
After the jump, you will be able to download a high-resolution jpeg of the first of three Strength in NUMBERS “variant” album covers. Just right-click and save.
UPDATED (panel info has been added as well)
All week, the city of San Diego has been battening down the hatches in preparation for the flood of fanboys and fangirls inundating the streets tomorrow in time for Comic-Con.