Comic Creators Heat up Phoenix Comicon
Jim Steranko, Tony Harris, Philip Tan, Dexter Vines and more attend
Phoenix, AZ – Jim Steranko, Tony Harris, Philip Tan and more creators heat up the guest list at Phoenix Comicon’s upcoming Memorial Day convention.
“Great artists like these illustrate just what makes Phoenix Comicon so special,” said Programming Director Joe Boudrie. “These creators have been on the ground floor of comic culture and it’s so exciting they’ll be here to talk to their fans and other comic enthusiasts.”
Legendary comic book artist Jim Steranko, most notable for his work on Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., leads the all-star lineup.
Steranko began his career working for Harvey Comics, before moving on to Marvel Comics under Editor Stan Lee. He was assigned to the 1960s super-spy comic Nick Fury, which was developed into a series after its debut in Marvel Comic’s Strange Tales.
“Nick Fury was a defining point of the Silver Age of comics,” said Convention Director Matt Solberg. “We’re thrilled to have a comic artist whose influence has reached even to today.”
Tony Harris, American comic book artist most famous for his work on Ex Machina, Starman, and Iron Man, will attend Phoenix Comicon. “Ex Machina won an Eisner for best new series in 2007,” said Boudrie. “That’s like winning an Oscar in the comic world.”
Additional creators include:
Philip Tan, best known artist for his work on Spawn, Uncanny X-Men and Iron Man. Artist of Final Crisis: Revelations as well as the “Agent Orange” Green Lantern story arc. Tan will be penciling the second three-issue arc of Grant Morrison’s Batman and Robin series.
Dexter Vines, well known for being one half of team “EDex” along with artist Ed McGuiness. He is one of the comic industries’ most respected inkers, having worked on a multitude of titles for both Marvel and DC. Some titles include Marvel’s big 2007 summer event Civil War, Superman/Batman, JLA Classified (all done with McGuiness), and Wolverine.
Jamal Igle, Exclusive Talent artist for DC Comics Currently working on Supergirl with Sterling Gates.
Todd Nauck, most notable for his work on Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Young Justice and his own creation, Wildguard. Nauck was the artist of the much-publicized five-page back-up story that appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #538, which was published in January 2009, and featured a cameo appearance by then-President-elect Barack Obama.
Tony Parker, an award winning artist who is currently working on the critically acclaimed graphic novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” (a direct adaptation of the classic Philip K Dick novel).
Eric Basaldua, better known as EBAS, whose early credits include Magdalena, Witchblade/Wolverine, and Tomb Raider.
More info can be found at Phoenix Comicon’s website, http://www.phoenixcomicon.com.
Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries. Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, downtown Phoenix.
MORE GUESTS OF HONOR AND FEATURED GUESTS ARE ADDED TO GROWING LIST OF APPEARANCES AT C2E2!
Announcement Comes at Start of C2E2 Holiday Tour
Norwalk, CT, December 15, 2009: Organizers of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have announced that four more Guests of Honor and five more Featured Guests have been added to the growing list of special guest appearances by popular writers, creators and artists at the new pop culture convention which is being launched April 16 – 18, 2010 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. Chuck Dixon, Steve Epting, Bob Layton, and David Lloyd will appear as Guests of Honor and Gene Ha, Mark Morales, Joshua Ortega, Khoi Pham, David Uslan, and Dexter Vines will appear as Featured Guests. Officials note that this brings the total number of Guests of Honor appearing at the new show to 12. The number of Featured Guests who have been lined up is 10.
“We are incredibly grateful to all the talented individuals, many of whom are the very best at what they do, who have committed to making an appearance at our show,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President and Show Manager for C2E2. “We’re going to deliver a spectacular show, a quality, professional event that brings top artists and creators from across the country together with their many fans – and this is still early in the game! As soon as 2010 kicks in we will have plenty more guests to announce so stay tuned!”
C2E2′s announcement comes at the start of its Holiday Tour in Chicago, where Show Manager Lance Fensterman and representatives of the C2E2 team will be delivering prizes and gifts during a week-long meeting with fans, professionals, and retailers throughout the greater Chicago area. Details about the Holiday Tour are available at www.C2E2.com.
Daily, Weekend, and VIP Tickets to C2E2 are now also available at www.C2E2.com Daily and weekend tickets are currently priced at a discounted, early bird rate. Fans wishing to take advantage of his lower rate must order their tickets before December 31st, after which the cost will rise to standard pricing. 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 CHUCK DIXON:
Born in Philadelphia, Chuck Dixon has more than 25 years of experience in the graphic novel field as an editor, writer, and publisher. He has contributed well over a thousand scripts to publishers including DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Hyperion and others featuring a range of characters from Batman to The Simpsons. His comic book adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit continues to be an international bestseller. Considered to be one of the most prolific writers in his field, this award-winning storyteller currently writes G.I. Joe for IDW, The Good the Bad and the Ugly and Stargate Universe for Dynamite, and The Simpsons for Bongo Comics along with many creator-owned projects for various publishers.
ABOUT STEVE EPTING:
With a career stretching back to First Comics, Steve Epting made his name with Marvel fans everywhere with a 50-issue run drawing Avengers in the early ’90s. He also contributed art to various X-Men titles, including the Factor X series, part of the seminal Age of Apocalypse event. This was followed by a stint at DC Comics, working on their flagship Superman, as well as on an acclaimed run on Aquaman. After working on various CrossGen titles, including the Eisner-nominated El Cazador, which he co-created with writer Chuck Dixon, Steve returned to Marvel to embark on his first collaboration with writer Ed Brubaker on Captain America. The award-winning team of Brubaker and Epting then culminated Marvel’s 70th Anniversary by redefining the origins of the Marvel Universe in The Marvels Project.
ABOUT GENE HA:
Gene Ha is a comic book artist mainly known for his superhero stories and covers. He started off drawing books such as Cyclops and Phoenix for Marvel and Starman for DC. He is best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, Top 10 and its prequel, The Forty-Niners. Both projects won Eisners, the highest award in American comics. In 2008, he won his third Eisner for Justice League of America #11 with writer Brad Meltzer. He is currently doing a series of painted covers for DC’s Blackest Night: JSA and Kevin Smith’s Batman: Widening Gyre. Along with writer Bill Willingham, he’s diligently working on Backroads for IDW, a modern fantasy graphic novel. Gene Ha’s work has been reprinted in countries as far flung as Poland, France, Brazil, and Japan. Gene Ha lives outside Chicago in Berwyn, IL with his lovely wife Lisa and their two beagle bassets. Since college he’s tried to avoid temptations that will distract him from drawing more comics, and thus never mastered using a game controller with more than one button. Sad but true. More info about him can be found at www.geneha.com and www.facebook.com/geneha.
ABOUT BOB LAYTON:
In 1978, with writing partner David Michelinie, Bob totally re-imagined Marvel’s Invincible Iron Man, ultimately transforming it from a low-end book into one of Marvel’s all-time best sellers. Their “Demon in a Bottle” storyline is now considered a milestone in comics history. Second only to his tenure on Iron Man, Bob is also known for his innovative contributions to the Valiant Comics line as Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President. Bob (with David Michelinie) returned to Marvel Comics and Iron Man in 2008, creating two, new limited series to be released in conjunction with the Iron Man motion picture. Marvel has recently released two hardback editions of Layton’s classic Hercules series in conjunction with his new four-issue Hercules mini-series for 2009. Along with comics work, Bob and David Michelinie are currently collaborating on the development of properties for major motion pictures and television, including his highly successful web comic, Colony. For more, visit www.boblayton.com.
ABOUT DAVID LLOYD:
David Lloyd was born in North London and trained in advertising art before becoming a sequential artist in 1977. He first attracted attention working on Night Raven for Marvel UK, and later created the globally successful V for Vendetta with Alan Moore. He’s worked on various stories in the Hellblazer series, Aliens, Marlowe: The Graphic Novel, Global Frequency, War Stories, and the acclaimed crime thriller, Kickback. For European publishers, he’s drawn for a collection of war memoirs, Words of Stars, and produced his first limited-edition print, The Prizefighter. He’s also written and illustrated a book on Sao Paulo. Currently he’s helping launch an educational website in the UK called Cartoon Classroom. More information on Kickback and David’s other past and present projects can be found at www.lforlloyd.com.
ABOUT MARK MORALES:
A graduate of New York’s famed School of Visual Arts, Mark Morales is a longtime comics veteran. Over the course of his 15 year career, he has worked for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics and various others, mostly as an inker. Through the years, Mark has worked on such titles as Uncanny X-Men, Secret Invasion, Justice League, New Avengers, Thor, Daredevil, and many others. Currently he is hard at work on Siege from Marvel Comics.
ABOUT JOSHUA ORTEGA:
Joshua Ortega is a Seattle-based writer whose work spans nearly the entire spectrum of the popular arts. He has written for every major American comic book company including Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Image, Top Cow, TOKYOPOP, Dynamite Entertainment, and more, working on high-profile properties such as Star Wars, Spider-Man, Star Trek, Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer, and Battlestar Galactica. A former journalist, Ortega is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel ((FREQUENCIES)), co-writer of the short film …loves Martha, and has worked on a wide variety of Xbox 360 titles for Microsoft Game Studios, including the smash hit Gears of War 2. He has been featured numerous times on NPR and has also appeared on G4 and Syfy in addition to many other major media outlets. Updates on his new work can be found at www.joshuaortega.com.
ABOUT KHOI PHAM:
Khoi Pham is a penciler for Marvel Comics. He is currently working with Dan Slott on Mighty Avengers and worked previously with Brian Bendis on Mighty Avengers: Secret Invasion. His other published work includes Incredible Hercules, X-Factor, What If? Spiderman: Other, 1602 Fantastick Four, and Marvel Comics Presents. He is also featured in Image’s Wonderlost and Image’s Outlaw Territory. Khoi is a founding member of Ten Ton Studios. Visit www.khoipham.com and www.tentonstudios.com.
ABOUT DAVID USLAN:
David Uslan began his career even before graduating from college as an intern with D.C. Comics, Walter Cronkite’s production company and Wild Brain Animation Studios. Not long after graduating Mr. Uslan went to work for his mentor and father, Michael Uslan, where he assisted in developing and producing films including Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Constantine, Catwoman, National Treasure and The Spirit. In 2007, Mr. Uslan became a partner in the formation of COG1 Entertainment, a renowned digital interactive production company. As senior vice president of development, Mr. Uslan is responsible for selecting, acquiring and developing properties for feature film, television, videogames and Digital Uses. Among projects acquired or developed by Mr. Uslan are the upcoming feature films Honor Thy Father, Mascot To The Rescue, Black Dawn and The Secret History of Tom Trueheart, the Internet reality series Price My Pride, animated series Kindergoth and Bob Monkey Giant Robot Arm, live action comedy series Hero Withdrawl, and the documentary series Mob’s Greatest Hits.
ABOUT DEXTER VINES:
Dexter Vines is an American comic book artist and inker. He is most well known for being one half of the “eDex” team, along with artist Ed McGuiness. Vines is an Atlanta, Georgia native and is one of the comic industry’s most respected inkers, having worked on a multitude of titles for both Marvel and DC. Some titles include Marvel’s big 2007 summer event Civil War, Superman/Batman, The Hulk, and Wolverine: Old Man Logan.
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.
Baltimore, Maryland – August 12, 2009 – The Baltimore Comic-Con staff have been busily working on arranging the Harvey Awards, accommodations, promotions, partnerships, exhibitors, and guests, and we’re behind announcing much of it! While there are a number of things still in the development stages, here’s some information we can share now.
A new feature of our on-line presence this year, the Baltimore Comic-Con is now providing a gateway to hotel accommodations around the Baltimore Convention Center! From our main webpage, click on the “Hotels” link (http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/hotels.htm). This helpful tool enables you to request rooms on-line, compare prices, and review descriptions, amenities, and locations. We encourage those of you traveling from outside of the region to take advantage of this added convenience.
Last month, we announced a number of today’s top Marvel creators attending the show, including Jason Aaron (Wolverine), Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers), Frank Cho (Ultimates 4), David Finch (Ultimatum), Matt Fraction (Uncanny X-Men), and Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man). We’re bringing in an amazing slate of first-time guests this year for you to meet, including Mike and Laura Allred (Madman), Doug Braithwaite (Wolverine: Origins), Pat Broderick (Vincent Price Presents), Jo Chen (New Avengers: The Reunion), Jimmy Cheung (New Avengers: Illuminati), J.M. DeMatteis (Daredevil), Evan Dorkin (Beasts of Burden), Jan Duursema (Star Wars: Legacy), Sarah Dyer (Superman Adventures), Steve Englehart (Avengers), Bob Fingerman (Recess Pieces), Kathryn Immonen (Runaways), Scott Koblish (Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds), Tom Mandrake (The Outsiders), Larry Marder (Beanworld), Laura Martin (Thor), Kevin Nowlan (The Spirit), Whilce Portacio (Spawn), Buddy Prince (Night), Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Ian Sattler (Final Crisis: Aftermath), Marc Silvestri (Witchblade), Peter Tomasi (Blackest Night: Batman), Jim Valentino (Shadowline Comics), Rob Venditti (The Surrogates), Len Wein (Justice League of America), and Brian Wood (sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics, Northlanders).
You’ll also see many returning guests, such as Dick Ayers (Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos), Jim Calafiore (Batgirl), Nick Cardy (Aquaman), Bernard Chang (Wonder Woman), Sean Chen (Dark Reign: Fantastic Four), Cliff Chiang (Green Arrow & Black Canary), Chris Claremont (X-Men Forever), Steve Conley (Star Trek: Year Four), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Todd Dezago (Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man), Al Feldstein (Mad), John Gallagher (Buzzboy), Ron Garney (Wolverine: Weapon X), Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules), Cully Hamner (Detective Comics), Tony Harris (Ex Machina), Dean Haspiel (The Alcoholic), Adam Hughes (Power Girl), Stuart Immonen (New Avengers), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), Joe Jusko (Kolchak: Tales of the Night Stalker), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Scott Kurtz (PvP), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Greg LaRocque (Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man), Steve Lieber (Underground), Luna Brothers (The Sword), David Mack (Kabuki), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Sean McKeever (Teen Titans), Mark McKenna (BananaTail), Mike McKone (Amazing Spider-Man), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Mark Morales (Secret Invasion), Doug Murray (Jungle Girl Season 2), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Phil Noto (Batgirl), Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex), Jeff Parker (Agents of ATLAS), Dan Parsons (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Comics Armor Wars), Eric Powell (The Goon), Tom Raney (Dark Reign: Hawkeye), Alex Robinson (Too Cool to be Forgotten), James Robinson (Superman), Budd Root (Cavewoman), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Iron Man & The Armor Wars), Stephane Roux (Amazing Spider-Man), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Tim Sale (Heroes), Scott Christian Sava (Dreamland Chronicles), Walt Simonson (Thor), Andy Smith (Dean Koontz’s Nevermore), Jim Starlin (Strange Adventures), Brian Stelfreeze (Final Crisis Aftermath: Ink), Karl Story (Batman: Streets of Gotham), Herb Trimpe (Hulk), Billy Tucci (Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion), Dexter Vines (Wolverine), Neil Vokes (The Black Forest), Doug Wagner (The Ride), Matt Wagner (Grendel), Mark Waid (The Incredibles), and Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing).
Guest of Honor
We’re proud and ecstatic to announce that our tenth anniversary headliner is George Perez (Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds)! George was one of our guests in our first year, and has returned numerous times over the past 10 years. In addition to headlining the show, George will be providing the artwork for our program in 2009!
“What an incredible line-up we’ve arranged for our 10th anniversary show,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We have been chugging along, building the guest list, working with the city of Baltimore on the hotel program, coordinating the Harvey Awards, and a million other little things involved with getting things ready for October.”
In coming weeks, look for ongoing announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting added guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and ComicSpace pages.
This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held October 10-11, 2009. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, October 10th.
As we continue to get ready for this year’s show, we would like to remind you to mark your calendar for next year’s Baltimore Comic-Con dates: August 28-29, 2010.
About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 10th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Oct 10-11, 2009. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.
About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 4 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.
Marvel has announced their booth signings schedule for Comic-Con and have included a nice, printable version as well which you can find below:
Find out when your favorite creators are signing at San Diego Comic-Con (Booth #2429).
For all the latest news, announcements and interviews, plus live panel blogging, video features and much more, visit Marvel.com’s San Diego Comic-Con 2009 Hub Page!
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