JIM LEE AND JOE QUESADA HEADLINE THE BIG APPLE CON AS CO-GUESTS OF HONOR AS NAMED BY GAREB SHAMUS, WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT CEO, FOR “THE 2009 NATIONAL” OCTOBER 16-18, 2009 IN NEW YORK CITY AT PIER 94
New York, NY (May 4, 2009) – Gareb Shamus, CEO of New York-based Wizard Entertainment, today announced that Joe Quesada, editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and Jim Lee creator/publisher of DC Comics’ WildStorm Productions, will be co-Guests of Honor at “The 2009 National,” October 16-18, 2009 at Pier 94 in Manhattan.
“Jim, Joe and I grew up together and are long-time friends. Having them as co-Guests of Honor in NYC is historic, because they are the two most influential creators in comics today.” Shamus said. “Jim and Joe are both modern day legends. They represent everything that’s great about what we are passionate about.”
“I was honored when Gareb called me to be his inaugural guest of honor,” Lee said. “New York has always been a big part of my career and I can’t wait to go there and meet the fans.”
“Having grown up in New York, I was thrilled to be named guest of honor for the first new Big Apple con,” Quesada added. “I look forward to sharing my excitement with the hometown crowd and helping make “The 2009 National” a must attend event.”
ABOUT THE HONOREES:
Jim Lee began his rise to superstardom and comic book icon status on titles such as X-Men and Punisher War Journal before starting the Image imprint WildStorm Productions, which he eventually sold to DC Comics. Working with DC, Lee was able to return to his first love—drawing. Launching a number of top-selling events including Batman: Hush with Jeph Loeb and All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder with Frank Miller, Lee continues as an innovator and currently finds himself working as Executive Creative Director of DC’s highly anticipated upcoming MMORPG, DC Universe Online.
Joe Quesada wowed fans for years as an artist on titles such as Batman: Sword of Azrael and his creator-owned series, Ash. After launching the highly successful Marvel Knights line that included Kevin Smith’s top-selling Daredevil series—which Quesada also penciled—the native New Yorker took over as Marvel’s editor-in-chief. Quesada’s reign lead to a new creative revolution at Marvel, including the launching of the Ultimate line, Grant Morrison’s New X-Men revamp and a focus on character-driven stories. Currently, Quesada still leads Marvel as EIC, but also finds time for his artistic endeavors including numerous Marvel covers and miniseries such as Daredevil: Father, which Quesada wrote and drew.
The initial launch of “The 2009 National” last month has caused event space to fill faster than expected, with limited space remaining. Those wishing to be a part of the event should contact::
Show Manager – Benji DeJohn – firstname.lastname@example.org (440) 567-0801
Media Contact – Joe Favorito – email@example.com (917) 566-8345
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Wizard Entertainment publishes Wizard, ToyFare and numerous books and magazines about today’s top talent, comic books and toys. Wizard produces Chicago Comic-Con at the Rosemont Convention center, August 6-9, 2009 and Wizard World Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Convention Center June 19-21, 2009.