Our Official Schedule for Comic Con 2013!

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It’s going to be a busy four days for us at SDCC 2013! Stop by and find us at the Dark Horse Booth and get exclusive news straight from the horse’s mouth about our new Concrete Park limited series. Come talk and bring a book to sign. At each destination, Erika will be promoting her new drama series, Low Winter Sun (AMC, debuting August 11, after Breaking Bad). Come see the panel we’re on this year, or look for us at the Milestone 20th Anniversary Party, at Trickst3r or at Gam3rCon!

Thursday, July 18, 2PM-3PM, Rm 9 – Panel – “The Writer’s Journey, Breaking In To Hollywood and Comic Scriptwriting” – Moderated by Brandon Easton

Friday, July 19, 6PM-7PM – Signing – Dark Horse Booth, #2615

Friday, July 19, 9PM – Milestone 20th Anniversary Party

Saturday, July 20, 2PM-3PM, Gam3rcon – Independent Game Developer Panel

Thanks to Michael Davis for showing us so much comics love.

Thanks also to Lauren Selman of Gam3rCon.

Special thanks to Mike Richardson, Kari Yadro and their whole Dark Horse Comics SDCC team for making us so welcome to the Dark Horse family this year.

– Tony Puryear

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Comic Con 2012 Wrap-Up

Team Concrete Park Rocked Comic Con 2012! From a panel that sparked an internet controversy to the cover of Dark Horse Presents (to DHP winning the Eisner!) to a couple of great signings to a flower and poster giveaway to a symposium at Tr!ckster, we were all up in that mug, making our story the talk of the con.

Our SDCC experience started Thursday with a 1PM Panel, “Dark Horse: Powered By Creators“. Hosted by Dark Horse Comics Founder/Publisher Mike Richardson, the panel featured Erika and Tony’s first San Diego appearance as creators, along with killer pros like Geof Darrow, Stan Sakai, Sanford Greene, Francesco Francavilla and Eric Powell. Without having to say a word about it, Mike Richardson had affirmed his commitment to a diversity of voices and creators in the Dark Horse stable. It was an honor and a treat be the new kids sitting in and talking with this crew of veteran comics artists.

The panel also produced the Con’s most memorable quote. Relating advice from a studio executive they’d pitched to, Tony and Erika told how the exec stopped them in the middle of a sci-fi pitch that featured black characters and said “Black people don’t like science fiction. It’s because they don’t see themselves in the future.” It was this casually racist advice that led them to create (with Erika’s brother Robert Alexander) Concrete Park. The story got a big reaction from the crowd in the hall, and went viral a few minutes later. You can see some of the coverage (and HUNDREDS of comments) here at Bleeding Cool. It provoked a lot of healthy discussion.

We followed the panel with the first of three big signings at the Dark Horse Booth. In the first, we signed copies of Dark Horse Presents #14 featuring Concrete Park on the cover alongside our new BFFs from the panel. We traded sketches with Francesco Francavilla, our new favorite artist.

It was a little surreal to be signing a book with our cover on it in the same location where, a year ago, we watched Dark Horse pros like Mike Mignola sign their books. Last year we came to the Dark Horse booth to do business with Mike Richardson, we shook hands on a deal within five minutes of meeting him, and a year later, we found ourselves on the dais signing OUR comic, smiling like loons to see Mike Mignola looking up at us.

Joining us at the Dark Horse booth playing “Luca” from Concrete Park was our awesome copslay performer Jazmin Castaneda. Jazmin is an up-and-coming new model from San Diego, and her appearance at the booth was a big hit with the fans. With Jazmin we handed out hundreds of our plastic flowers, and it was amazing to see women (and men) wearing them in their hair for the four days of the Con.

We did a second signing Thursday that was just Team Concrete Park. Jazmin roped people in to the Dark Horse booth with the promise of a free poster signed by Erika and Tony, and we gave out 200 posters and the same number of flowers in an hour!

Friday night, Dark Horse Presents won the Eisner Award for Best Anthology. We were thrilled to be even a small part of the success story of this historic book.

Saturday would bring another epic sign-a-thon, but first we stopped by the Tr!ckster space around the corner from Petco Park where Tony participated in a great symposium on “Worldbuilding” with comics luminaries like (from left to right in the two photos below) Ted MathotSteve Niles, Marc Andreyko, B. Clay Moore, Josh Fialkov, Craig Thompson, Dave McKean and Scott Morse.

The symposium introduced us to the great folks behind Tr!ckster, Scott Morse, Steve Edwards, Ted Mathot and Anita Coulter. They rock, and we hope they keep doing Tr!ckster next year.

A few other highlights: Catching the screening of our friend Matthew Spradlin’s new film Bad Kids Go To Hell, running into Rosario Dawson there, hanging out for days with out good friend T.C. Carson, who, in addition to having played Kyle on Living Single, currently voices both Kratos in the phenomenally successful God of War game series and Mace Windu in Star Wars video games. Spending time chilling with Sanford Greene and Daniel Vest in Artist’s Alley. Meeting the inimitable Ms. Kai Charles. Also, getting a drawing and a compliment for Concrete Park from the incredible Geof Darrow.

Special thanks to Mike Richardson, Kari Yadro and their whole SDCC team for making us so welcome to the Dark Horse family this year.

All in all, a con we’ll never forget.

– Tony Puryear

The 2012 Eisner Awards nominations are out, Dark Horse Presents nominated for Best Anthology!

Big news! The nominations for the 2012 Eisner Awards, the biggest awards in comics, were announced today, and Dark Horse Presents, which features Concrete Park, was nominated for Best Anthology! This is a well-deserved recognition for Dark Horse Comics’s revival of this legendary book, which has introduced its readers to work by some of the finest names in comics. All of us at Concrete Park are thrilled to be a part of the Dark Horse Presents story, and we extend our congratulations to Mike Richardson, Jim Gibbons and the whole DHP team!

Ballots with this year’s nominees will be going out in mid-April to comics creators, editors, publishers, and retailers. A downloadable pdf of the ballot is available online, and a special website has been set up for online voting: www.eisnervote.com. The results in all categories will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 13 at Comic-Con International.