The largest pop-culture entertainment event in the world, THE COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2015 kicks off this week with sellout attendance of more than 125,000. The CHRISTIAN COMIC ARTS SOCIETY (CCAS) is honored to partner with B&H Kids to deliver top talent, projects, and compelling events open to all Comic-Con attendees, as well as the official announcement of VeggieTales Super Comics 3 & 4, and the re-launch of the Bibleman franchise.
Produced by B&H Kids in partnership with Big Idea/Dreamworks, VeggieTales Super Comics Volumes 3 and 4 are scheduled for an October 2015 release date. Each comic includes three stories, including an all-new LarryBoy tale, and 96 pages of full-color original illustrations by artist Cory Jones. Jones will be a featured guest at the CCAS Mixer and on the Spirituality in Comics panel at the show. He will be signing a limited number of books at the CCAS booth (Small Press area #P-08). Volumes 1 and 2 in the series were released in February 2015.
Dan Lynch, publisher for B&H Kids, said, “We love VeggieTales and have had a great time bringing the brand to the comic format for the first time. We’re also excited to be bringing back Bibleman, which for two decades has been a key brand in the Christian market and has reached millions of children. The re-launch of Bibleman in the fall of 2016 will feature state-of-the-art animation joined with cutting-edge writing and good humor to give the brand a modern look and appeal. We know the kids who grew up with VeggieTales and Bibleman will love introducing their children to these popular characters.”
The new Bibleman animation series will be announced at Comic-Con. It is being produced in partnership with P23 Entertainment Inc., located in Toronto, Canada. Originally introduced in 1995 as primarily a live-action video with other branded books and toys, Bibleman was later sold to Thomas Nelson, which produced additional live-action videos, and was then acquired by B&H Kids in the fall of 2013.
Christian Comic Arts Society in partnership with VeggieTales Super Comics will be hosting three events as part of the official Comic-Con programming, and will exhibit throughout the convention in the Small Press area #P-08.
Christian Comic Arts Society Open Mixer, FRIDAY, JULY 10: 8:30PM – 9:30PM, Room 26AB
Presented by the Christian Comic Arts Society and VeggieTales Super Comics (B&H Kids/Big Idea/Dreamworks), in partnership with Geeky Guys for GOD and Fans for Christ. This is an opportunity for Christian fans and professionals to intermingle, socialize, and network. There will also be an epic quiz contest, with prizes to be awarded to contestants who prove to be the GEEKYEST. Meet professionals including Cory Jones (Illustrator, VeggieTales Super Comics), Dan Lynch (Publisher, B&H Kids/LifeWay Christian Resources), Pastor Frederick Price(Crenshaw Christian Center), Buzz Dixon (G.I. Joe, Serenity Manga), Clint D. Johnson(FaithWalker), Scott A. Shuford (FrontGate Media), and other special guests to be announced.
Spiritual Themes In Comics, SATURDAY, JULY 11: 6:00PM – 7:00PM Room 4
With religion being at the forefront of recent world events, panelists will discuss the influence of spiritual themes in comics and other pop culture media. They will delve into the importance of spirituality to the culture as communicated through comics. Panelists will include Buzz Dixon (G.I. Joe, Serenity Manga), Cory Jones (Illustrator, VeggieTales Super Comics), B Dave Walters (Talk Radio Host “Rise Up”), Luis and Alesha Escobar (Masters of Time), and Travis Hanson (The Bean). Presented in partnership with the Christian Comic Arts Society & VeggieTales Super Comics.
Open Meeting of the Christian Comic Arts Society, SUNDAY, JULY 12: 10:00AM – 11:00AMRoom 28DE
Come early prior to the panel for music provided by Geeks4Christ. Representatives from faith based groups will discuss how they share the gospel within their respective sub-cultures. Panelist includes Eric Jansen (Foursquare Mission Press), Brendan Prout (Geeks4Christ), Dan Lynch(Publisher, B&H Kids/LifeWay Christian Resources), Clint D. Johnson (Christian Comic Arts Society), Joe Queen (Geeky Guys for GOD), and Steve Weese (Fans for Christ). Presented by the Christian Comic Arts Society and VeggieTales Super Comics, in partnership with Geeky Guys for GOD, Geeks4Christ, and Fans for Christ.
Also, as in years past, CCAS will be featuring book signings and giveaways throughout the weekend at their booth, #P-08.
For more information on the Comic-Con International: San Diego, go to: http://www.comic-con.org