Thursday, July 19, 2012

Post Comic-con wrap-up

It's only been three days since Comic-con came to an end in San Diego, but we're all still recovering from the long days and even longer nights surrounding the annual event.

Here's a quick re-cap of what we at Insight Editions experienced during the 5-day event. If you're looking for pictures, check our our Twitter feed, Facebook page, Instagram and Pinterest accounts where we uploaded images during SDCC.

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Illustrator Scott Campbell came by to sign copies of his book, "Amazing Everything," delighting his fans with one-of-a-kind drawings and posing for photos with his legions of fans. 

At the same time, the Blizzard Entertainment panel was taking place upstairs, so we were able to sit in on that to hear the licensing products being launched for next year, including our book, "The Art of Blizzard," which is still on sale over at our website. 

Inside the Batmobile - the exclusive 22-minute sneak peek at the upcoming documentary, "The Batmobile" was shown at Comic-Con and fans were hyped by the fact that all 5 vehicles were outside of the San Diego Convention Center for a close-up look at the history of the Batmobile. Our book, "Batmobile: The Complete History" was put together as a written documentary to accompany the upcoming film.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Even though "The Art of Blizzard" will not be available until later this fall, two of the authors stopped by to sign some posters for fans. Chris Metzen and Sam Didier are recognized names and faces at Comic-Con and we were thrilled that they were able to swing by our booth.

Our invite-only art exhibit for "The Art of Blizzard" took place Friday night at the LoungeSD and the community winners who won an invite from Blizzplanet were stoked to hang out at such an intimate venue with their favorite guys from Blizzard along with seeing the framed art from pieces that will be included in the book. Check out the #ArtofBlizzard hashtag on Twitter to see more photos from the fans themselves or tag your photos in case we haven't seen or shared them on our social sites yet.

Saturday, July 14, 2012
Continuing with the excitement surrounding the Blizzard team, the creative minds behind Diablo III: Book of Cain were at our Booth signing Limited Edition copies of the book. Matt Flint Dille, Matt Burns and Mickey Neilson joined us while the first 10 people in line got to take home a swag bag from our #ArtofBlizzard event the night before.

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures announced their next big film by acclaimed filmmaker Guillerom del Toro, Pacific Rim, and we were finally able to share with our fans that we're working on the book in conjunction with the film for next summer!

Jerry Beck came by our Booth to sign copies of his book, 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons and we spoke about some fun, upcoming projects he's working on for us as well.

Our last author signing for this year's San Diego Comic-Con was my personal favorite, since I was able to meet Iain McCaig for the first time and watch as he posed fans and created a custom drawing with them alongside his signature in the latest version of his book, "Shadowline." For nearly two hours, Iain told stories and sketched unique illustrations for those who were lucky enough to get in line for his book signing. He ran out of time, but hopefully we'll catch up with him at another event where more fans can get to know him and his work.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

While we did not have any author signings on the last day of Comic-con, it was probably the most exciting, as we were finally able to announce the news of our forthcoming books on Fringe and Supernatural.


All Comic-con titles are on sale through the end of August, including our pre-orders for the Fall and Winter releases. If you plan on attending the NY Comic-con in October, make sure to stop by and say hi. We'll be announcing our author signings soon for this event!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Comic-Con International Program Schedule

Comic-Con International is right around the corner and we're gearing up to share our Fall and Winter titles with fans.

If you will be in San Diego during this annual event, please be sure to stop by Booth 1035 to check out our books and say hello.

The panels that we're especially excited about (mostly because they include artists and/or companies we work with) include:

Thursday, July 12th

11:15-12:00 DreamWorks Animation - DreamWorks Animation's chief creative officer Bill Damaschke anchors a diverse group of filmmakers to demo and discuss the artistic ambition and technical innovation that goes into moviemaking at DreamWorks Animation. Moderated by Anthony Breznican from Entertainment Weekly. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront. 

2:00-3:00 DC Comics: Batman: Beyond the Night of Owls - Gotham City's Night of the Owls may be over-but the fallout will affect Batman's hometown for years to come! Find out what's on the horizon for the Dark Knight and his crimefighting cohorts in this panel featuring Batman group editor Mike Marts, with Chris Burnham (Batman, Incorporated), Tony Daniel (Detective Comics), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight),Kyle Higgins (Nightwing), Gregg Hurwitz (Batman: The Dark Knight), Gail Simone(Batgirl), Scott Snyder (Batman), J. H. Williams III (Batwoman), and others. Room 6DE 

2:15-3:15 Blizzard Entertainment Product Showcase - Love Diablo, World of Warcraftand StarCraft? Join Chris Metzen (Blizzard Entertainment SVP, story and franchise development) and a team of esteemed guests as we reveal never-before-seen licensed products and plans for 2012/2013. Talk to the designers, writers and artists themselves as we dig into Mega Bloks, novels, comics, statues and more. Panel and Q&A session moderated by Kat Hunter (host of Blizzcon coverage on DIRECTV). Room 6BCF 

7:00-8:00 Inside The Batmobile - No vehicle has ever captured fans' imagination like the Batmobile. Be the first to see an exclusive Comic-Con, 22-minute sneak peek at the upcoming documentary The Batmobile, an in-depth examination of its many incarnations and impressive history. A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring distinguished Batman experts George Barris, designer of the famed 1966 Batmobile; Andy Smith, builder of the modern-day Dark Knight "Tumbler"; respected producer/author Michael Uslan (The Boy Who Loved Batman);Ralph Cirella and Jon Hein, hosts of GEEKTIME! Sirius-XM Howard 101; and a few surprise guests. Stay to the end, when a drawing among all panel attendees will determine which lucky five fans can sit in a Batmobile-which is on display all weekend in the "Batcave" between Hall H and the Bayfront Hilton. Room 6DE

Friday, July 13th
10:00-11:00 Star Wars: Collectibles Update - Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. Moderated by Chris Spitaleof Lucas Licensing. Room 7AB 

Saturday, July 14th
2:30-5:00 Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Preview Their Upcoming Lineups -
Legendary Pictures: Pacific RimFrom acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim. When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes -- a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) -- who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse. Pacific Rim also stars Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, and Charlie Day.

Warner Bros. Pictures: Man Of Steel

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey- From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Jackson returns to Middle-earth in an adventure that begins 60 years before the events depicted in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The first of two films adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's enduringly popular masterpiece, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows titular Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who-along with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a band of 13 Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)-is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. The film's ensemble cast includes Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, and Andy Serkis as Gollum.
Hall H 
3:00-4:00 Indiana Jones Fan Group - Grab your fedora and dust off your Aldens, the Indyfans are back! Brandon Kleyla gathers the troops once again as they discuss all things Indiana Jones! Attractions, Blu-rays, toys, impersonation contest, you name it-if it's Indy, they'll cover it! Room 28E

Sunday, July 15th
10:00-11:00 Fringe Screening and Q&A - Fringe returns to Comic-Con for its farewell panel to celebrate its fifth and final season. Series stars Anna Torv (The Pacific), Josh Jackson (Dawson's Creek), Lance Reddick (Lost), Blair Brown (Altered States), Jasika Nicole (Take the Lead), and John Noble (The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King), along with executive producer J. H. Wyman (Keen Eddie), offer a Q&A with fans and an exclusive video presentation. Don't miss the discussion about the climactic conclusion of this critically acclaimed thriller. From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe airs Fridays at 9/8c on FOX.Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 4. Hall H 

11:15-12:15 Supernatural Screening and Q&A - Series stars Jared Padalecki(Friday the 13th [2009]) and Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D), recurring guest stars Misha Collins (Ringer), Jim Beaver (Justified), and Mark A. Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), executive producer Jeremy Carver (U.S. version of Being Human), and consulting producer Ben Edlund (The Tick) return to Hall H to answer questions from the audience about what's in store for the eighth season of this thrill-ride series. Fans will also see an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights, as well as a portion of the special features from the upcoming Supernatural: The Complete Seventh Season DVD and Blu-ray release, in stores September 18. The eighth season ofSupernatural will premiere in October on its new night, Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW. The series is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television. Hall H 

4:00-5:00 15 Years Since Philosopher's Stone: Harry Potter Fandom in 2012 - Seven books from J. K. Rowling -- or ten, depending on how you count -- plus hundreds of thousands of fanfics. Eight studio movies -- plus dozens of popular fanfilms, musicals, and songs. One theme park -- but soon there'll be three or more! An international museum exhibition -- and piles of fan-made shirts, crafts, fanart, CDs and DVDs. An encyclopedic website -- and fancons, fan-made wikis, and history courses on the impact of the Harry Potter fandom. We'll look back at 15 years of Harry Potter fandom and try to predict -- better than Trelawney! -- where we go from here. Room 6DE 

What are you looking forward to the most at the 2012 Comic-Con International?

Friday, July 6, 2012

International Kissing Day

Today is International Kissing Day  - just in time for summer weddings, summer romance and summer movies.

Found inside our book, The Kiss: A Celebration, are images from history, film, pop culture, famous artworks and iconic faces and films which have touched so many.

What is the most iconic kiss of all time? 

There are many different answer to this question, but no doubt, the numerous responses - and photographs - can be found inside this gift book for lovers of any age or generation.

A kiss is never just a kiss. Sometimes it signals triumph; other times, anguish. But even when kissing is merely a polite gesture, there's a certain inherent intimacy. The Kiss celebrates this meaningful act in its most iconic forms: Warhol's provocative lip lock, Picasso's Cubist caress, the climactic rainstorm embrace in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and, of course, the heart-wrenching farewell between Bogart and Bergman in Casablanca. Culled from history, cinema, and popular media, this collection evokes passion, romance, intrigue, and desire, making it the perfect celebration for anyone who's ever been in love ... or simply in lust!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Comic-Con Author Signing Schedule

So far, we have three authors / artists scheduled to sign at Comic-Con International. Check back for updates here as we get closer to the start date for this annual convention.

All author signings will take place at the Insight Editions Booth #1035.

Thursday, July 12th

2:00 pm
Scott Campbell
Amazing Everything: The Art of Scott C.

With equal parts style, humor, and insight, Scott C. has delighted an international fanbase with his unique watercolor paintings, illustrations, and drawings. Amazing Everything: The Art of Scott C. is his first monograph, the best and most imaginative works of art in his emerging career.

Admirers and collectors seek out Scott C.'s appearances at such diverse venues as Comic-Con in San Diego and Galerie Arludik in Paris to see his unusual depictions of pop-culture subjects and original creations: Victorian-era dinosaurs at high tea; lumberjacks and their sometimes-awkward relationship with trees; and ninjas lounging in their living room at home. These and other reflections of Scott C.'s artistic vision have kept him on the radar of such pop-culture trend outlets as Flavorpill and Hi-Fructose.

Saturday, July 14th

12:00 pm
Jerry Beck
The Hanna-Barbera Treasury

Discover never-before-seen art, memorabilia and mementos from the golden age of cartoons. Here, for the first time, is a showcase presentation of the best of the art from the legendary Hanna-Barbera studio. The Hanna-Barbera Treasury celebrates the legacy of Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera through more than five decades of rare drawings, storyboards, concept art, and memorabilia from studio archives and private collections.

Since first joining forces as a pair of young animators, Hanna and Barbera won seven Academy Awards at MGM and still, decades later, their best-loved characters are household names. Today, it is not uncommon for three generations of families to share the joy of Hanna-Barbera's creations.

100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons

In a world of rascally rabbits, megalomaniacal ducks, and stuttering pigs, what defines greatness? This question was posed to thousands of cartoon fans, historians, and animators to create The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons, the definitive Looney Tunes  collection. Evaluated on their comedic brilliance, innovative animation, historical significance, and creative merit, cartoon historian Jerry Beck and the Cartoon Brew team of animation experts reveal the amusing anecdotes and secret origins behind such classics as What's Opera, Doc?One Froggy Evening, and Duck Dodgers in the 24th Century. Featuring more than 300 pieces of original art from private collectors and the Warner Bros. archives, The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons settles the debate on the best of the best, and poses a new question: Is your favorite one of the greatest?

3:00 pm
Iain McCaig
Shadowline: The Art of Iain McCaig

"What is Shadowline? It is the place where things meet: light and shadows, hope and despair, good and evil. It is, to me, the most interesting place to hunt for stories." So begins this stunningly realized and beautifully rendered new work from master storyteller and artist Iain McCaig.
McCaig is best known for his work as a principal designer on the three Star Wars prequels, including the iconic characters Queen Amidala and Darth Maul, as well as his work on many major motion pictures, television, and video games. His work can be seen in such acclaimed films as Terminator 2Hook, Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula,Interview with a VampireHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, to name a few.
Shadowline presents a stunning portfolio of more than two decades of McCaig's masterful concept designs and storyboards, cover art and illustrations, as well as his private sketchbooks and personal paintings, all woven together within the confines of an engrossing, otherworldly tale.