IL – Tiny Titans Art Show

Art Baltazar signs at Challengers Comics on Friday January 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm.

Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

IL – Free Comic Book Day 2011

Art Baltazar, Jeff Balke, and Justin Castaneda sign on May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day!

Art Baltazar – Artist and writer currently working for DC Comics who started with a self-published comic book called The Cray-Baby Adventures. His other work includes Gyro-Man, Captain Camel and the Space Chicken, Jimmy Dydo, Lunar Lizard, Meteor Mite, Patrick the Wolf Boy, a monthly comic strip called GORILLA GORILLA! in Disney Adventures Magazine and, his most recent work for Platinum Studios, the graphic novel Big Amoeba.

Now he works at DC Comics as artist and co-writer on the Eisner Award winning comic Tiny Titans, co-writer on Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!, and also works on the comic book adaptation of the Young Justice TV series (which has an FCBD version this year) and Little Archie.

Jeff Balke – Currently coloring for Zenescope Entertainment (Grimm Fairy Tales, Tales from Wonderland, Charmed) will be signing for fans.

Justin Castaneda – Author of the When I was Little… book series will be doing sketches and signing for fans.

*Face Painting

*Balloon Twisting

Dreamland Comics
1415 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194
847-524-6060

DC Announces Panel and Signing Schedules for C2E2 2011

DC C2E2 Poster

Via The Source, DC has announced their panel and signing schedule for C2E2 2011:

FRIDAY

GREEN LANTERN
4:30-5:30pm, Room 474
What’s in store for Green Lantern’s comics adventures in 2011? War! Join DC Executive Editor Eddie Berganza, Doug Mahnke, Tyler Kirkham, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and others to get a sneak peak into the future of GL in the DCU!

DC NATION
6:30-7:30pm, Room 470b
The DC NATION returns to Chicago! Co-Publisher Dan DiDio and some of comics’ top talents give you the inside scoop on what’s new from DC Entertainment. DCU, VERTIGO and MAD will all be discussed, so come on by and join the nation!

Creator Signings  for Friday, 3/18:

2:30-3:30 PM
Christian Alamy, Doug Mahnke, Ivan Reis, Tyler Kirkham, Joe Prado, Rod Reis

3:30-4:30 PM
Tony Daniel, Scott Snyder, Ryan Benjamin, Gail Simone

3:30-4:30 PM
Yildiray Cinar, Kevin Maguire

4:30-5:30 PM
Paul Cornell, Don Kramer, Phil Hester

4:30-5:30 PM
Art Baltazar, Mike Norton, Franco

4:30-5:30 PM
Brian Azzarello, Bill Willingham

SATURDAY

DC UNIVERSE
11:30-12:30pm, Room 474
What will happen to your favorite DCU characters during this year’s major events? Join DC Executive Editor Eddie Berganza and SVP – Sales Bob Wayne, along with Yildiray Cinar, Art Baltazar, Franco, Mike Norton, Kevin Maguire and others to hear about upcoming highlights from the DCU.

VERTIGO
1:30-2:30pm, Room 470b
Find out what compelling tales comics’ edgiest imprint has in store for you in the months to come! Join Senior Group Editor Shelly Bond, Scott Snyder, Bill Willingham, and others for a discussion of your favorite VERTIGO titles.

DC ICONS
2:30-3:30pm, Room 474
DC’s top heroes are the topic of this panel spotlight. Executive Editor Eddie Berganza, Tony Daniel, Paul Cornell, Scott Snyder, and Phil Hester lead the discussion on the latest Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman news.

DRAWING DC
5:30-6:30pm, Room 474
Superstar artists Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke and Tyler Kirkham show off their distinctive styles while drawing on a machine that projects their work on a giant screen. Check out this unique presentation that will give you an inside glimpse into the artistic process!

Creator Signing  for Saturday, 3/19:

12-1 PM
Bill Willingham

1-2 PM
Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, Rod Reis, Christian Alamy, Tyler Kirkham, Doug Mahnke

2-3PM
Brian Azzarello, Gene Ha

2-3 PM
Franco, Mike Norton

3-4 PM
Yildray Cinar, Kevin Maguire

4-5 PM
Tony Daniel, Scott Snyder, Ryan Benjamin, Gail Simone

4-5 PM
Paul Cornell, Don Kramer

SUNDAY

BRIGHTEST DAY
1:00-2:00pm, Room 474
Executive Editor Eddie Berganza, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and others will reveal insights and hints about the epic Brightest Day story – and where the event will lead next!

FABLES: THE FIRST 100 – ONE-ON-ONE WITH BILL WILLINGHAM
4:00-5:00pm, Room 470a
The mind behind Vertigo’s mega-popular series comes to Chicago! Bill Willingham is joined by VP – Marketing, John Cunningham, for an in-depth look back at the first 100 issues of Fables – as well as a glimpse at what’s to come!

Creator Signings for Sunday, 3/20:

12-1 PM
Jill Thompson, Bill Wilingham

12-1
Brian Azzarello, Gene Ha

1-2 PM
Ryan Benjamin, Tony Daniel, Gail Simone

1-2 PM
Paul Cornell, Don Kramer, Jamal Igle

2-3 PM
Joe Prado, Rod Reis, Christian Alamy, Tyler Kirkham, Doug Mahnke, Ivan Reis

2-3 PM
Franco, Mike Norton

IL – Bam! A Comic Book Art Gallery Show

Art Baltazar, Bill Reinhold, Jenny Frison, Max Bare, and Tim Seeley appear at Royal Flesh Tattoo on March 12, 2011 from 7pm – Midnight.

Royal Flesh Tattoo and Piercing and Graham Cracker Comics Presents Bam! A Comic Book Art Gallery Show – We are very pleased to invite you out for an art opening showcasing local Chicago comic book artists! Art Baltazar, Bill Reinhold, Jenny Frison, Max Bare, and Tim Seeley will be showcasing their talent and hope you will join us in attendance!!! In addition to the incredible artwork we will have on display – there will be raffle prizes from both sponsors and refreshments on hand! We would like you all to come and enjoy a night on the town in the Royal Flesh Tattoo Studio!

Royal Flesh Tattoo Studio
4005 N. Broadway. Chicago, IL 60613-2110

Mid-Ohio Comic Con Launches 2010 Charity Auction on eBay

December 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Ohio

Press Release:

Mid-Ohio Comic Con Launches 2010 Charity Auction on eBay

Columbus, OH – December 2, 2010 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con is pleased to announce the launch of its 2010 charity auction on eBay. The auction features original art and other creative work from the guests at this year’s 30th anniversary show, many of whom made incredibly generous contributions. Of particular note, the auction includes all the giant sketches (19″ x 24″) done by artists on the Main Stage easel during the show as well as other contributed work, including sketchbooks, posters, and comics.

Batman by Matt WagnerProceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization that creates a financial safety net for comic creators who need emergency medical aid, financial support for the essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. “We are big believers in the Hero Initiative and are very pleased to see such strong support of its cause from the comic creators who donated their work to this year’s auction,” said James Henry, Managing Director of Mid-Ohio Comic Con.

Creators whose work is featured in the auction include Sergio Aragonés (Groo), Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans), Andy Bennett (Phantom), Pat Block (Scrooge), George Broderick (Christmas Eve), David Finch (Green Lantern), Chris Giarrusso (Mini Marvels), Michael Golden (Sketchbook), Lora Innes (Harley Quinn), Arvell Jones (Iron Fist), Todd Nauck (Impulse), Doug Paszkiewicz (Arsenic Lullaby), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Steve Scott (Hulk), Arthur Suydam (Zombie King Kong), Mark Texeira (Ghost Rider), Billy Tucci (Wonder Woman), and Matt Wagner (Batman).

Mid-Ohio-Con 2010 was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH on the weekend of November 6-7, 2010 and featured a who’s who of creators from the worlds of comics, film, literature, and television, including featured comic guests David Finch, Adam Hughes, Frank Cho and Barry Kitson as well as featured media guests Michael Berryman Lou Ferrigno and many more. Visit Mid-Ohio-Con on Blogger for a recap of the incredible 30th anniversary show and for further information on the 2010 charity auction.

Mid-Ohio Comic Con 2011 will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH on the weekend of October 22-23, 2011. The event will showcase headline media guests Adam West and Burt Ward (Batman, natch!) along with featured comic guests Rob Liefeld (Deadpool, Youngblood, X-Force), Mike Grell (Warlord, Green Arrow), Greg Horn (Green Lantern, Emma Frost) and many more. Visit Wizard World’s Mid-Ohio Comic Con web site for more information on the 2011 show and stay tuned for regular announcements and updates.

C2E2 2011 Announces Brian Michael Bendis as Guest of Honor

November 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois, Top Stories

C2E2 2011 GOH Bendis

Press Release:

CHICAGO COMIC AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPO ANNOUNCES FIRST GUESTS FOR SHOW ON MARCH 18 – 20, 2011

Brian Michael Bendis is Guest of Honor!

Norwalk, CT, November 19, 2010: Officials at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have today announced the first guests who will be participating at the next show which will take place March 18 – 20, 2011 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis, whose work includes Avengers, Secret Invasion, and Siege, will serve as a Guest of Honor and will be joined by Featured Guests including Franco Aureliani, Art Baltazar, Katie Cook, Geof Darrow, and Tim Seeley. C2E2 organizers note that this is the first of a long list of artists, creators and special guests whose participation in C2E2 will be announced over the next several months. C2E2 was launched last year and over 400 artists and guests were on hand to meet the thousands of fans who came to the inaugural event in Chicago. This year, the convention will move to the new West Building of McCormick Place where even more guests and a bigger audience may enjoy the pop culture extravaganza.

“We are incredibly grateful to these talented individuals, many of whom are the very best at what they do, for making a commitment to appear at our show,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “Brian Michael Bendis is one of the biggest and most impressive names in comics today and we’re honored to have him and the other Featured Guests at C2E2. We’re going to deliver another spectacular show, a quality, professional event that brings top artists and creators from across the country together with their many fans – and this is just our first announcement! We will have plenty more guests to announce in the coming weeks and months.”

FRANCO AURELIANI: Franco was born in 1492 aboard the cruise ship Santa Maria. He currently resides in Nueva York with his wife and son in a warm ranch style house with white picket fence. He spends most of his time in his Batcave like studio and emerges occasionally to yell at people and stuff. He is the creator, artist and writer of Weirdsville and the co-creator and writer of Patrick the Wolf Boy. Recently he has worked on titles for DC Comics including but not limited to BILLY BATSON and the MAGIC of SHAZAM, YOUNG JUSTICE and the New York Times bestseller, Eisner award winning series TINY TITANS…Aw Yeah!

ART BALTAZAR: Art started his funky secret art studio in 1994 with the his self-published comic book …”The Cray-Baby Adventures”. Since then, he created other comics such as “Gyro-Man”, “Captain Camel & the Space Chicken”, “Jimmy Dydo”, “Lunar Lizard”, “Meteor Mite” and the famous, “Patrick the Wolf Boy”. Currently, Artie is the creative force behind The New York Times Best Selling, Eisner Award Winning DC Comics’ TINY TITANS, Co-Writer for Billy Batson and the Magic of SHAZAM, and Artist/Co-Writer for the awesome TINY TITANS/Little ARCHIE crossover! From small press to mainstream in a heartbeat!

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS: Bendis is an award-winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last ten years, Brian’s books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts. Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel’s Avengers franchise by writing both Avengers and New Avengers along with the wildly successful event projects House of M, Secret Invasion, Siege, and the highly anticipated DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN. Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel’s Ultimate line of comics, a line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader, and he has written every issue of Ultimate Spider-Man since its best-selling launch in 1999. Brian’s other projects include Scarlet and the Eisner-Award-winning Powers, both from Marvel’s creator-owned imprint Icon. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Alisa, his gorgeous daughters, Olivia and Sabrina, and his dogs, Shroeder, Lucky, and Buster.

KATIE COOK: Katie Cook is a comic book artist and illustrator living in Ann Arbor, MI. She is best known for her work in the the Star Wars universe and for her work on the Fraggle Rock comic, but has worked on licenses like DC Comics, Marvel Comics, The Lord of the Rings and more. You can see more about Katie, her art, and her cats at www.katiecandraw.com.

GEOF DARROW: Geof was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has never voted republican or watched the film Sound of Music. He has worked in animation for Hanna-Barbera studios as a character designer on such varied shows as Smurfs and Super Friends, before moving to France and working Moebius on various projects. He then published his first comics works for Metal Hurlant and Moebius own publishing house during the 80s Aedena. Through Moebius he met Frank Miller with whom he co-created the works Hard Boiled and The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot. He became implicated in Hollywood production design with the Matrix Trilogy of films and has worked on and off again as a concept artist for various Hollywood projects, some filmed some stuck in development and currently serving as overhead protection for studio profits. He is currently trying to do new comic book works aimed at reducing methane gas emissions in greater metropolitan areas everywhere with varied degrees of success complicated by diet. He has won some awards but, as mentioned before, he has never voted for a republican and considers this his proudest and most lucid achievement.

TIM SEELEY: Tim Seeley is a comic book artist and writer living in Chicago. He has drawn for Marvel, DC, and Devil’s Due. He is the creator of the comics HACK/SLASH, LOADED BIBLE and COLT NOBLE. He is the current artist of Wildstorm’s WILDCATS and writer/artist of Marvel’s ANT-MAN & WASP.

Customers interested in signing up for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo should contact Larry Settembrini at lsettembrini@reedexpo.com. Tickets for C2E2 may be purchased at www.c2e2.com. Other information about the show, as well as news about ReedPOP, which also organizes New York Comic Con (NYCC) is available at Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.mediumatlarge.net.

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

DC Heads to NYCC 2010 with DiDio, Lee, Johns, and More

Press Release:

DC COMICS HEADS TO NEW YORK COMIC CON

Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns and J. Michael Straczynski Are Guests of Honor

Other Top Guests Headline Panels and In-Booth Signings!

Norwalk, CT, September 15, 2010: DC Comics has revealed some of the top guests who will be on hand to meet and greet fans at the annual New York Comic Con (NYCC) which will take place October 8 – 10, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Acclaimed writer J. Michael Straczynski will join DC executive talent including co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee as well as superstar writer and Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns as Guests of Honor. Other all-star DC creators who will be participating in various panels and activities at NYCC include John Arcudi, Art Baltazar, Matthew Clark, Amanda Conner, Tony Daniel, Shane Davis, David Finch, Franco, Derek Fridolfs, Adam Hughes, JT Krul, Francis Manapul, Sean Murphy, Dustin Nguyen, Jimmy Palmiotti, Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, Nicola Scott, Peter Snejbjerg, Scott Snyder, Peter J. Tomasi and Freddie Williams II.

Officials at DC note that many of the panels featuring their creators will include announcements and other “behind-the-scenes” information about DC Comics, Vertigo and WildStorm comics and graphic novels. In addition, DC staff members will welcome thousands of fans to DC’s 3000 square foot booth centrally located on the convention floor which will feature talent signings, free giveaways and early peeks at the newest action figures, statues, busts and other amazing collectibles on display from DC Direct.

“We have worked closely with DC since our very first show and we are always eager and grateful to host the enormous talent that they bring to our show,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for both NYCC and NYAF. “NYCC is only one of a handful of conventions where DC has a significant booth presence and so we want to make their participation as beneficial as possible. DC represents the total convergence of comics, movies and books into the pop culture mainstream and this is what NYCC is all about. We look forward to providing ample opportunity for our thousands of fans to meet, greet and interact with the biggest and most famous artists, writers and creators in the world today.”

NYCC convention organizers note that movie and TV studio participation at NYCC is expected to be very strong this year, with announcements about guest appearances and previews coming very soon. Tickets for NYCC and NYAF may be purchased at www.nycomiccon.com. Other information about the shows, as well as news about ReedPOP, which also organizes Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), is available at Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.mediumatlarge.net.

DAN DIDIO was named Co-Publisher of DC Comics with Jim Lee in February 2010. Prior to his new role, he served as the Senior VP-Executive Editor, DC Universe for DC Comics. Since 2003, he has spearheaded such bestselling titles as Identity Crisis, Infinite Crisis, 52, and Final Crisis. Prior to joining DC, Dan worked in television for CBS and ABC public relations and program development. His writing can also be seen in The Outsiders.

JIM LEE is Co-Publisher of DC Comics. Prior to his current post, Lee served as Editorial Director, where he oversaw WildStorm Studios and was also the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER, BATMAN: HUSH, and SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW. He also serves as the Executive Creative Director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE).

GEOFF JOHNS is the Chief Creative Officer for DC Entertainment as well as one of the most the most prolific and popular of contemporary comic book writers. He has written highly acclaimed stories starring Green Lantern, Superman, the Flash, Teen Titans, and the Justice Society of America, as well as the bestselling graphic novels BLACKEST NIGHT and INFINITE CRISIS. Johns has also written for various other media, including the acclaimed “Legion” episode of SMALLVILLE and the fourth season of ROBOT CHICKEN. He is writing the story of the DC Universe™ Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) and co-producing the upcoming Green Lantern feature film.

J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI is the only comics writer in history to win the Eisner Award, the Hugo Award (twice), the Inkpot Lifetime Achievement Award, SFWA’s Ray Bradbury Award and be nominated for a British Academy Award for Screenwriting (for Changeling). As a comics writer he has written The Amazing Spider-Man, Superman, Wonder Woman and Thor, among others; as a writer for TV and film, his credits include Ninja Assassin, Babylon 5, Jeremiah and Twilight Zone. He’s worked with Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Paul Greengrass and others. His current in-development credits include Forbidden Planet (for Warners), Shattered Union (for Disney/Bruckheimer), and Lensman (for Universal) More projects will be announced at NYCC. He never sleeps.

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

IL – Halloween Spooktacular

Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani sign on Oct. 23 at 12:00 pm at Challengers.

Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave. 2R, Chicago, IL 60647

DC Announces Talent and Panels for C2E2 2010

April 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Convention News, Top Stories

Via DC Universe: The Source:

Get ready for C2E2 in Chicago this weekend, DC NATION

What’s up DC Nation? This week we’re on our way to the first ever C2E2 show in Chicago and our levels of anticipation are running very high. Not only is this a new show but we have a certifiably awesome list of talent making an appearance as well. Take a look:

Franco Aureliani, Mark Bagley, Art Baltazar, Ivan Brandon, Cliff Chiang, Amanda Conner, Tony Daniel, David Finch, Patrick Gleason, Geoff Johns, Andy Kubert, Paul Levitz, Doug Mahnke, Mike Norton, Jimmy Palmiotti, James Robinson, Stephane Roux, Ethan Van Sciver, Gail Simone, Peter Tomasi, Bill Willingham and many more!

You’ll also notice that we’re introducing some new panels at this show. There’s a new “Drawing Batman” presentation with real live drawing, DC Nation will be a little different and this show will feature the first ever DC Nation Town Hall meeting with Dan Didio and Jim Lee. And because you demanded it C2E2 will be host to a DC talent search (information can be found at the DC booth).

Did I mention that we’ll be giving away tons of great stuff at the panels and at the booth? Well we will be so make sure to come and see us as soon as you get to the show. And just so you know I am very, very excited to be just hours away from eating Chicago-style deep dish pizza. I will also totally not be bummed by whatever you guys decide to bring to the panels.

Our friends with the doughnuts in Seattle are still in the lead for this year’s convention season but I’m thinking Chicago might have something up their sleeves…

So use this handy panel guide to start planning your C2E2 experience and we can’t wait to see you there!

FRIDAY

DC NATION!
4:45-5:45 (Room E451)

SATURDAY

BRIGHTEST DAY
1:45-2:45 (Room E451)

DC UNIVERSE EDITORIAL PRESENTATION
3:15-4:15 (Room E451)

BATMAN: THE RETURN
4:45-5:45 (Room E451)

SUNDAY

DC NATION TOWN HALL MEETING
11:15-12:15 (Room E351)

FLASH / GREEN LANTERN: REVELATIONS
1:45-2:45 (Room E451)

DC KIDS: AWW YEAH!
3:00-4:00 (Room E351)

DRAWING BATMAN
3:15-4:15 (Room E451)

C2E2 Gets Creative with Their Guests

C2E2 ANNOUNCES SIX NEW GUESTS FROM SIX NEW AREAS OF COMICS CULTURE

Art Baltazar, Dash Shaw, And More Come To Chicago

Norwalk, CT, February 18, 2010:  Organizers of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have added six more creators to their growing list of special guests who will be appearing at the new pop culture convention which is being launched April 16-18, 2010 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center — Art Baltazar, Michael Capps, Chip Kidd, J.J. Sedelmaier, Dash Shaw, and Mark Waid.  C2E2′s guest list currently includes such comics greats as Alex Ross, Geoff Johns, Gail Simone, and Adam Hughes, and today’s additions not only mark more industry talent participating in the event, but very different industry talent.

C2E2 aims to shine a spotlight on the far-reaching realms of the graphic arts beyond tights-and-capes comics, and today’s announcement is illustrative of this scope.  Dash Shaw, with works including Bottomless Belly Button, is a rock star in the indie comics world; J.J. Sedelmaier is responsible for many of the most talked about animated projects in recent history including Beavis and Butt-Head and SNL’s Saturday TV Funhouse; designer, author, and editor Chip Kidd’s fingerprints are on Eisner-winning works with subjects ranging from Peanuts to Batman: The Animated Series; native Chicagoian Art Baltazar is the force behind the kid-and-family-friendly Tiny Titans; Mark Waid serves as Editor in Chief of rising powerhouse publisher Boom! Studios; and Michael Capps isn’t from the comics world entirely, instead the President of Epic Games, creators of the widely-heralded Gears of War video game series and Unreal technology.

“None of today’s guests are necessarily the typical creator you’d expect at a comic book convention, and that fact only makes them all the more important,” C2E2 Show Manager Lance Fensterman said.  “We’re honored by the pantheon of greats who’ll be joining us from the main stream comics industry, and we’re humbled by these new names, each bringing new perspectives and representing new landscapes in the larger comics and entertainment world.”

Art Baltazar, Michael Capps, Chip Kidd, J.J. Sedelmaier, Dash Shaw, and Mark Waid will be appearing at C2E2 in a variety of panels, signings, and special events.  They join previously-announced alternative, independent guests including Colleen Doran, Jeff Smith, and Chris Ware.

Daily, Weekend, and VIP Tickets to C2E2 are available now at www.C2E2.com.  C2E2′s sister show — The New York Comic Con — regularly sells out, and fans interested in attending are urged to order their tickets in advance.  For more information on tickets, guests, or C2E2 in general, beyond the official show site, fans are encouraged to visit C2E2′s official blog, www.mediumatlarge.net, and follow C2E2 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/c2e2.

ABOUT ART BALTAZAR:

Art is a super-cartoonist machine from the heart of Chicago! He’s all about the peace, love, and joy. He defines cartoons and comics not only as an art style, but as a way of life. Art started his funky secret art studio in 1994 with the his self-published comic book, The Cray-Baby Adventures. Since then, he created other comics such as Gyro-Man, Captain Camel and The Space Chicken, Jimmy Dydo, Lunar Lizard, Meteor Mite, and the famous Patrick the Wolf Boy. Artie has also had a few gigs with Warner Bros. and had a monthly comic strip in Disney Adventures Magazine called GORILLA GORILLA!  Art has some cool character design skills and has recently completed the Big Amoeba graphic novel for Platinum Studios. Currently, Art is the creative force behind The New York Times Best Selling Eisner Award Winning DC Comics’ Tiny Titans. From small press to mainstream in a heartbeat!  Art is living the dream! He stays home and draws comics and never has to leave the house! He lives with his lovely wife, Rose, big boy Sonny, little boy Gordon, and baby girl Audrey! Right On!

ABOUT MICHAEL CAPPS:

Dr. Michael Capps is the president of Epic Games, Inc. based in Cary, NC. Epic has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its Unreal series, as well as the 2006 Game of the Year, Gears of War, which has sold over 4.7 million copies. Epic is also responsible for the Unreal Engine, which is the underlying technology for a wide range of games including 2K Games’ 2007 Game of the Year, BioShock, and BioWare’s 2007 RPG of the Year, Mass Effect. Michael serves on the board of directors of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), the world’s largest nonprofit membership organization for game developers. He also serves on the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS), which is charged with recognition of outstanding achievement in the entertainment software community. Prior to entering the game industry, Michael served as a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He specialized in defense and entertainment collaboration, virtual reality and computer graphics. For his work in these areas, he was one of 50 graphics pioneers interviewed for the ACM SIGGRAPH documentary, The Story of Computer Graphics. He holds master’s degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from the UNC-Chapel Hill and MIT, and a doctorate in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School.

ABOUT CHIP KIDD:

Chip Kidd is the four-time Eisner Award–winning designer and author of Batman: Animated, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross. As an editor of graphic novels for Pantheon Books, he has worked with some of the very best talents in the medium, including Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Art Spiegelman, Charles Burns, and David Mazzucchelli. Kidd is also the recipient of the 2007 National Design Award for Communications, the design industry’s highest honor.

ABOUT J.J. SEDELMAIER:

J.J. Sedelmaier, president of J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc. (www.jjsedelmaier.com), is responsible for many of the most talked about animated projects of the past 17 years — the launch season of MTV’s Beavis and Butt-Head, SNL’s Saturday TV Funhouse, The Ambiguously Gay Duo, The X-Presidents, the pilot for Cartoon Network/Adult Swim’s Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, the Tek Jansen/Alpha Squad Seven series for The Colbert Report, and over 400 TV commercials, print and design projects.  His studio, which he runs with his wife Patrice, also lends its services to architectural preservation/restoration (like the Dempster Street Skokie Swift terminal in north suburban Skokie), corporate branding for companies like The Chicago Tribune, and contributing archival reference material to publications on everything from animation history to urban mass transportation. If you Google him, prepare to be very confused.

ABOUT DASH SHAW:

Dash Shaw made numerous comics and zines while a BFA student at the School of Visual Arts, Manhattan.  Since graduating, he’s done the surreal family comedy Bottomless Belly Button, published by Fantagraphics Books in 2008, and the telepathy comedy webcomic BodyWorld, published in book form from Pantheon Books.  He is also a regular contributor to the quarterly comics anthology Mome and the animator/director of IFC’s The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.  He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he’s working on another comic book and an animated feature.

ABOUT MARK WAID:

Mark Waid has been a comics professional for over twenty-five years, having written and edited a wider range of popular characters than most anyone, including Flash, X-Men, Superman, Spider-Man, Archie, Fantastic Four, JLA and Captain America. In 1996, he and artist Alex Ross created Kingdom Come for DC Comics. Currently, Waid is the Editor-In-Chief of Boom! Studios.  In addition to overseeing Boom!’s successful line of comics, Waid writes their breakaway hits Irredeemable, Incorruptible, and The Incredibles.

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS POP CULTURE GROUP:

The Pop Culture Group at Reed Exhibitions owns and operates the New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and the New York Anime Festival (NYAF).  New York Comic Con was launched in 2006 and quickly became a dominant presence in the pop culture world of public events.  In 2009, 452 companies exhibited at NYCC for a total of 84,000 square feet of paid exhibit space, and it has been ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC.  C2E2, which will debut April 16 – 18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, is modeled after NYCC and will provide fans the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite writers, creators, and artists, as well as to see, hear and learn about the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. The Pop Culture Group also operates the recently-launched Star Wars Celebration in partnership with the Lucasfilm Ltd. and UFC Fan Expo.  Additionally, it holds a strategic partnership with Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2008 and will work closely with PAX on the launch of PAX East in Boston in 2010.

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