Todd McFarlane To Celebrate the Release of Record Breaking SPAWN 300 and 301 at New York Comic Con Arizona's savviest indie artist is sure to enter the 2020s strong

If you’re not familiar with Todd McFarlane and Spawn, you’re missing out on a huge part of cultural history. This Tempe, AZ-based artist is responsible for black Spider-Man (the suit), along with other classic Marvel storylines from the end of the 20th century. Then he launched Image Comics with other independent artists, and cemented Spawn and his black alter ego Al Simmons (a childhood friend of McFarlane’s) as a part of society.

Not only that, but he paid about $3.5 million for the record-breaking home run balls of Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire. Some people call him crazy and value the balls themselves based on his purchase. However, he actually gave (well, leased) them back to the MLB Hall of Fame in exchange for an exclusive toy licensing deal with the league.

He leveraged that for deals with the NBA, NFL, NHL, NASCAR, U.S. Military, bands like The Beatles and Kiss, movies like Austin Powers and Shrek, and so much more.

McFarlane’s business savvy makes his empire worth about $300 million today, and he’s a legend in the industry. Consider him the Tech N9ne of comic books. whose work aged soooo much better than Rob Liefeld’s.

Here’s the full press release about his appearance at NY Comic-Con in October.

Todd McFarlane Arizona Artist

Tempe, AZ – September 25, 2019 – New York Comic Con will be the first stop for Todd McFarlane as he celebrates SPAWN becoming the Longest-Running Creator Owned Superhero Comic! The Guinness World Record holder himself will be attending as a special guest from Thursday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 6th.

To commemorate this moment in history, the SPAWN Merchandise program will be coming to New York Comic Con with all new exclusives! The merchandise program, which was relaunched earlier this year (for the first time in over a decade) spans from pins, t-shirts, lanyards, and much more!

In addition to the SPAWN merchandise, there will be New York Comic Con Exclusive art prints and comic books. Fans will be excited to hear there are three different Todd McFarlane autographed art print options! The SPAWN 300 Parody, SPAWN 301 Parody, and SPAWN 301A art prints are based on comic book covers and are available for only $20. There are two styles of limited edition SPAWN 300 comic books: 500 Gold Foil Editions (available for $50) and 1,500 Silver Editions (available for $25). With a purchase of the Gold Foil Edition of SPAWN 300, buyers will receive one of the SPAWN BumBumz! Come and purchase your #spawnswag at Image Comic’s Booth #1444!

FREE signing sessions with Todd McFarlane will take place throughout the Comic Con as a thank you to fans! Fans can get their favorite comics, toys, and all new SPAWN merch signed for FREE!

Have the chance to witness history by attending the following events:

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Todd McFarlane’s 2019 NYCC Schedule:

Thursday, October 3rd

TODD MCFARLANE FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSION
TIME: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Image Booth #1444

**Limit 2 items per person and each person must be over 13 years of age. No sketches. No CGC, or other witnessing/grading. Autograph session is limited, and wristbands will be issued each day in the Image Comics Booth #1444 starting at 9:30 A.M. EXHIBITOR AND RETAILER BADGE HOLDERS WILL NOT RECEIVE WRISTBANDS.

SYFY NYCC LIVE STAGE
TIME: 5:30 – 6:00 PM
LOCATION: TBD

Please check the New York Comic Con website for further details!

Friday, October 4th

TODD MCFARLANE FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSION
TIME: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Image Booth #1444

** See above description for further information on signings and limitations.

Saturday, October 5th

TODD MCFARLANE VIP SIGNING SESSION
TIME: 11:00 – 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Room 1E04

The VIP Signing Session tickets will be distributed via lottery. Limit of one item per person. There will be no cgc/grading.

EXCELSIOR! REMEMBERING STAN LEE
TIME: 2:45 – 3:45 PM
LOCATION: Room 1C03

Colleagues and friends of the late Stan Lee will meet with fans to discuss his life and legacy. Panelists include Todd McFarlane, Michael Uslan, Paul Levitz, Jim Salicrup, Denis Kitchen, and Danny Fingeroth!

TODD MCFARLANE FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSION
TIME: 4:00 – 5:15 PM
LOCATION: Image Booth #1444

** See above description for further information on signings and limitations.

ROAD TO HISTORIC SPAWN 301 PANEL AND SPECIAL SURPRISE PRESENTATION
TIME: 5:45 – 6:45 PM
LOCATION: 1A10

Todd McFarlane, Image Comics founder, creator of SPAWN, co-creator of VENOM and McFarlane Toys CEO, will talk about his 30+ years in the comic and entertainment industry. Todd will be raw and uncensored – talking toys, comics, industry advice and more! He will also be talking about one of the biggest milestones in his career, SPAWN 300 and SPAWN 301, which has set the record for the Longest-running creator owned superhero comic ever! A special suprise presentation will also be taking place at the panel!

**Bring your burning questions for Toddfather Q&A. This jam-packed panel is a must for any Todd McFarlane fan!

Sunday, October 6th

TODD MCFARLANE VIP SIGNING SESSION
TIME: 11:00 – 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Room 1E04

The VIP Signing Session tickets will be distributed via lottery. Limit of one item per person. There will be no cgc/grading.

TODD MCFARLANE FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSION
TIME: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Image Booth #1444

** See above description for further information on signings and limitations.

ABOUT SPAWN
Todd McFarlane’s Spawn is one of the world’s best-selling and longest-running monthly comic books, with hundreds of millions sold worldwide in more than 120 countries, and 15 different languages. That title’s hugely successful 1992 debut sold an amazing 1.7 million copies – an unprecedented feat in independent comics. A whirlwind of growth and expansion followed: more comics, action figures, film, and award-winning animation.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

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