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.
BOOM! MARK WAID AND ROGER LANGRIDGE JOIN HEROESCON 09
Creators Join All-Star Guest List Of Fan-Favorite Convention
In the month of April alone, fan-favorite comics convention HeroesCon has added over 60 names to its 2009 Guest List. Today it has announced the addition of independent publisher BOOM! Studios, as well as three of its highest profile creators: Editor-In-Chief Mark Waid, cartoonist Roger Langridge, and writer Michael Alan Nelson.
BOOM! Studios was founded in 2005 and quickly became one of the fastest growing small publishers in comics. In 2007 the company announced that Mark Waid had been named their Editor-In-Chief. Waid is an incredibly popular and prolific writer, with past work including Kingdom Come, breakout runs on Flash and Fantastic Four, and recent work on Amazing Spider-Man and Supergirl. His new BOOM! title Irredeemable was an instant sell-out, with a second print already on the way.
The other big critical success so far this year for BOOM! has been The Muppet Show; cartoonist Roger Langridge’s new series has garnered incredibly positive reviews, and near instant sellouts across the country. Langridge is also the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award nominee for his creator owned Fred The Clown book; he’s returning to HeroesCon after his first appearance last year. Waid and Langridge are joined by writer Michael Alan Nelson (Hexed, Fall of Cthulhu, 28 Days Later) and BOOM! co-founder Ross Richie.
Also just added to the HeroesCon 09 Guest List is the penciller/inker team of Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs, who are currently working on Detective Comics and the upcoming Batman: Streets of Gotham, and in the past have worked together on The Authority and Superman Batman, and separately on Wildcats 3.0 (Nguyen) and Immortal Iron Fist (Fridolfs), among others.
A Charlotte tradition since 1982, HeroesCon has quietly become one of the most popular comic book conventions in the nation, annually drawing over 10,000 fans to uptown Charlotte. With a guest list including the industry’s best artists, writers, and publishers, this year’s HeroesCon, going on Father’s Day Weekend (June 19-21), seems poised to exceed all the organizers’ expectations. Says owner Shelton Drum, “It’s humbling, the amount of support we receive from the comics community. It proves that there’s still a place for a fun comics convention that you can bring your whole family to.”