The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to add prolific writer Garth Ennis and publisher Dynamite Entertainment to the growing list of talent and exhibitors attending this year’s show. The show will take place September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Ennis, who is probably best known for his work on the Vertigo series, Preacher, as well as the creator-owned series, The Boys from Dynamite Entertainment, began his career in 1989. After several critically acclaimed works in England, he broke into the American comic scene in 1991.
Building a following on such titles as Hellblazer (Vertigo), The Demon (DC Comics), Hitman (DC Comics), Preacher (Vertigo), and PunisherMAX (Marvel Comics), Ennis is renowned as one of the best writers to come out of the “British Invasion” of the early-’90s and received and Eisner Award for Best Writer in 1998 and an Eagle Award in 1999 for Best Color Comic Book (for Preacher).
Currently, Ennis is wrapping up his final story arc for The Boys, as well as handling writing duties for the relaunch of The Shadow for Dynamite Entertainment. Ennis will be working with artist Aaron Campbell (Green Hornet: Year One, Dark Shadows) to bring the classic pulp franchise back to the printed page for a whole new generation of fans.
“The Shadow is probably the last established character I like that I haven’t gotten around to writing yet, certainly on this side of the Atlantic,” said Ennis in a recent press release. “It makes a kind of bloody, bullet-riddled sense: I always had a feeling our paths would cross sooner or later.”
Dynamite Entertainment, whose publishing works includes both licensed properties and creator-owned work, will also be exhibiting at this year’s show. Founded in 2004, Dynamite won the Diamond Gem Award for Best Publisher Under 4% of Market Share in 2011.
Other confirmed guests for the show including:
Laura & Michael Allred – Madman, iZombie
Greg Capullo – Batman, Spawn
Tommy Castillo – Grimm Fairy Tales
Cliff Chiang – Wonder Woman
Frank Cho – Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows
Steve Conley – Bloop
Amanda Conner – Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre
Dan Didio – O.M.A.C.
Rich Faber – Roboy Red
David Finch – Batman: The Dark Knight
John Gallagher – Buzzboy
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman
Keith Giffen – Superman, OMAC, Green Arrow
Gene Ha – Justice League
Larry Hama – G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam
Cully Hamner – Action Comics
Dean Haspiel – Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City
J.G. Jones – Wanted, Doc Savage
Scott Kurtz – PvPonline.com
David Mack – Kabuki
Ron Marz – Artifacts, Voodoo
Bob McLeod – DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman
Jimmy Palmiotti – All-Star Western
David Petersen – Mouse Guard
Brian Pulido – Lady Death
Frank Quitely – All Star Superman, Batman & Robin
Don Rosa – Uncle Scrooge
Stuart Sayger – Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot
Walter Simonson – Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers
Scott Snyder – Batman , Severed, Swamp Thing
Brian Stelfreeze – ICE
Karl Story – Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9
Peter Tomasi – Batman and Robin
Billy Tucci – A Child Is Born, Shi
Matt Wagner – Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel
Mark Waid – Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredemable
…With more on the way! Stay tuned to our website or use the “Sign up” link at the bottom of our website to receive update announcements as we make them!
About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th 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 September 8-9, 2012. 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 7 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.
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San Diego Comic-Con Hosts World Premiere Of Stitched Film Written And Directed By Garth Ennis
Avatar Press and Mischief Maker Studios proudly announce that legendary comic book writer Garth Ennis will be premiering his short film, Stitched, at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday evening, July 21, at 8:15 pm in the convention’s Room 6DE. Featuring Ennis’s debut as a filmmaker, Stitched blends supernatural horror with a contemporary war story, creating a terrifying landscape which will be explored further in an ongoing monthly comic book series.
The fifteen-minute long film is written and directed by Garth Ennis, best known as the writer of such best-selling comic books as Preacher, The Punisher, The Boys, and Crossed. A Mischief Maker Studios production, Stitched was produced by Brian Pulido, Francisca Pulido, and Ed Polgardy. Adam Goldfine served as Director of Photography,while both Garth Ennis and William Christensen, the founder of Avatar Press, served as Executive Producers.
In Stitched, three survivors of an American helicopter crash (played by actors Tank Jones, Lauren Alonzo, and Kate Kugler) struggle across the high mountains of Afghanistan. They’re injured, without food, water, or medicine, and moving through Taliban-controlled territory. Among the sun-bleached rocks, they discover something worse than enemy fighters: an ancient supernatural power – murderous, unstoppable, and serving a twenty-first century evil.
“I’ve been thinking about (directing films) for a number of years now,” says Ennis. “Ever since the interest in a Preacher film became more solid, and the options on it and The Boys were picked up. I’ve written screenplays and treatments for things like Crossed, but I haven’t really devoted myself to a film project before, not the way I have with Stitched. I’ve always loved movies; my comics are much more heavily influenced by film and TV than they are by other comics. So having a go at this seems quite natural.”
Regarding the concept, Ennis says, “Stitched began as little more than a series of images, really – three little figures stumbling across a barren landscape, exhausted people struggling to survive, blood on the rocks of the mountains,and lots of frantic, close-in combat.” As production got underway, “you’re watching Taliban fighters, SAS troopers,and a U.S. helicopter crew wandering around in full uniform and equipment, AKs and M4s slung, Berettas holstered. It all started as words on the page and then translated to so much hard work and commitment.”
Hosting the premiere of Stitched at San Diego Comic-Con marks a first for the convention; although it regularly host panels featuring actors or sneak peak footage of upcoming films, SDCC has never previously premiered a film on-site. San Diego Comic-Con is the largest convention in the western hemisphere, drawing 130,000 attendees annually. With Ennis being a name brand in the comic book community, the convention anticipates that his one-evening-only film premiere will draw a maximum capacity crowd. San Diego Comic-Con attendees will also have an opportunity to purchase exclusive early release DVDs on site for an autographing opportunity with creator Garth Ennis.
The footage filmed for Stitched comprises the opening conflict of a script intended as a full-length feature film.The full Ennis-penned script will be the basis of the first story arc in the upcoming, ongoing comic book series.From the behind-the-scenes footage available on the DVD release, Ennis says, “Stitched is going to have legs beyond just this 15-minute short. Most immediately, we’re going to launch a new comic drawn by the always-excellent Mike Wolfer. The first series will tell the complete story that the film only begins.” The first issue of the comic book series will be released in November alongside the nationwide Stitched DVD release.
Garth Ennis, a critically acclaimed writer from Northern Ireland, has been working in the comic book industry for over 20 years. He is most easily recognized as the creator of Preacher from DC/Vertigo, as well as a long-time contributor to Marvel Comics’ The Punisher. His previous comic book work published by Avatar Press includes Dicks, 303, Chronicles of Wormwood, Streets of Glory, and the increasingly popular Crossed franchise, a horror survival series set in a world overrun by sadistic homicidal maniacs.
Avatar Press is a ground breaking independent publishing company which produces a wide variety of cutting-edge comic books, graphic novels, and original web content. Their high-quality publications include the work ofsuch industry luminaries as Garth Ennis (Crossed, Chronicles of Wormwood), Warren Ellis (Freakangels), DavidLapham (Caligula, Crossed: Psychopath), and Alan Moore (Neonomicon). They also produce a diverse range oflicensed projects including the classic zombie epic Night of the Living Dead and George RR Martin’s Fevre Dream.Their action-oriented Boundless Comics imprint publishes Brian Pulido’s original Lady Death and Mike Wolfer’s reimagining of the classic femme fatales Pandora, Hellina, and Widow in the series War Goddess. For more information about Avatar Press, their publications, and creators, please visit www.avatarpress.com.
Mischief Maker Studios, owned by Brian Pulido and Francisca Pulido, is a multi-media entertainment company that develops, produces, and controls a library of properties and storylines, and partners with world renowned creatorsand clients to realize their full sales potential across all media platforms including film, television, print, online,mobile, gaming, and merchandising. Their first feature film, The Graves, sold to After Dark Films, Lionsgate, Syfy and a dozen international distributors. For more info, visit: www.MischiefMakerStudios.com.
For more information on the Stitched film, its DVD release, the film premiere at San Diego Comic-Con, and the comic book series, please visit the website www.FearTheStitched.com, or contact Keith Davidsen, Avatar Press’Director of Sales and Marketing, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Garth Ennis signs at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Sunday 21st August 1 – 2pm for HIGHLAND LADDIE, THE BOYS VOL. 8.
Mind reeling from recent events in The Boys, Wee Hughie heads home to Auchterladle – the semi-idyllic Scottish seaside town where he grew up. All Hughie wants is some time to himself, to return to the bosom of family and friends, and get his head together after two years of unimaginable chaos. But our hero’s luck has always been more cloud than silver lining, and the familiar surroundings he craves are not all they might be. You can go home again – but with old pals warped beyond recognition and strangers in town up to no good, whether or not you should is another matter entirely…
Collecting the origin story of everyone’s favourite pint-sized Scotsman, this edition features art by Herogasm artist John McCrea and a special cover gallery from artist Darick Robertson.
GARTH ENNIS is the award-winning writer of Hellblazer, Hitman, Punisher, Preacher, Pride and Joy, and War Stories. He is much in demand for his hard-edged, wickedly humorous style.
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More guests for the 42nd annual Comic-Con International, to be held July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center, have been announced:
- Gerry Alanguilan
- Garth Ennis
- Tsuneo Goda
- Mell Lazarus
- Jim Lee
- David Lloyd
- Ethan and Malachai Nicolle
- Anders Nilsen
- Scott Shaw!
- Louise Simonson
- Walter Simonson
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Garth Ennis signs on Tuesday April 26, 2011 at 7:00 PM
The Boys, Volume 8: Highland Laddie
Following the adventures of Garth Ennis’ Scotsman Hughie, this latest installment in ‘The Boys’ series features a cover by Darick Robertson and art by John McCrea. Garth Ennis discusses this latest work and signs copies.
Barnes & Noble – 86th & Lexington Ave
150 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028
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Garth Ennis signs on Sunday March 20th from 3-4pm.
Graham Crackers Comics
77 E. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60602
Todd McFarlane, Blair Butler, Garth Ennis, Paul Levitz, and many more sign at the Midtown Comics Booth #2143 this weekend at New York Comic Con.
Todd McFarlane, Garth Ennis, Eric Shanower, Skottie Young, and more comics creators appear next week at BookExpo America in Manhattan. BEA takes place at New York City’s Jacob Javits Convention Center from May 25-27.
Eric Shanower & Skottie Young (Wonderful Wizard of Oz) – Booth 4564 from 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis) – Booth 3740 from 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Tom Wilson (Ziggy) – Booth 3559 @ 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury) – Booth 3559 @ 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Todd McFarlane (Haunt, Spawn) – Booth 4558 from 2:00PM-4:00PM
Thursday, May 27, 2010
James Gurney (Dinotopia) – Booth 2951 @ 1:00PM – 1:30PM
Jonathan Maberry (Black Panther) – Booth 2951 @ 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Garth Ennis (The Boys)- Booth 4571 @ 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Image Comics is proud to announce that SPAWN creator and Image Partner TODD MCFARLANE will appear at Book Expo America (BEA) on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Image Comics will be exhibiting with Diamond Book Distributors, booth #4558. McFarlane will be at the booth for an exclusive signing from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Complimentary copies of the first HAUNT trade will be available during the signing. Image will also distribute copies of various Image Firsts titles throughout BEA.
“As the comic book culture continues to outgrow its historic roots of the comic book store, a big movement has been made towards book stores,” says McFarlane. “Book stores have now become fertile ground for people like myself, and I need to make sure I get out there, put my best foot forward, in terms of making presentations to the stores and letting retailers know what’s coming out. Now, there’re arguably just as many consumers coming to bookstores for comic product as comic book stores. They’re an extremely important part of our business.”
From budding baseball player to comic book artist extraordinaire to family man, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has a wealth of experience in the world of entertainment. McFarlane’s road trip to creative autonomy began when he accepted an assignment penciling for Marvel/Epic Comics in March 1984. From there, he worked his way to the top of the talent roster before leaving Marvel to help found Image Comics with six other artists. It was then that Todd introduced his own character, Spawn. In 1994, Todd founded McFarlane Toys. Over the years, the company has become one of the largest, most renowned toy manufacturers in the world.
Don’t miss Todd McFarlane during his one-day-only appearance at BEA on Wednesday, May 26, 2010.
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, 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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AVATAR PRESS TO HAVE MAJOR PRESENCE AT C2E2
Garth Ennis, George R.R. Martin, and Max Brooks are Among Many Guests of Publisher!
“Avatar Friday Night” event to feature special presentations and mingling opportunity
Norwalk, CT, March 10, 2010: Officials at C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) have announced that Avatar Press will play a huge role at the new pop culture convention where the renowned independent publisher will not only have a significant presence on the show floor but will be bringing many notable writers and creators including Garth Ennis, George R.R. Martin and Max Brooks. Other leading Avatar guests who will be on hand at the convention will include: Jacen Burrows, William Christensen, Christos Gage, Matt Martin, Gianluca Pagliarani, Brian Pulido, and Mike Wolfer. All of these personalities will be at the Avatar Press booth, and will be participating in a variety of activities ranging from panel discussions to autographings.
Notably, Avatar Press will play host to the “Avatar Friday Night”, a special event from 8pm – 10pm, Friday April 16 which will feature Max Brooks and George R.R. Martin in their first ever joint appearance. Brooks, whose Zombie Survival lectures are a world-wide hit, will provide his own unique form of humor and entertainment while George R.R. Martin, one of the most acclaimed wordsmiths of the day, will provide a reading from one of his favorite works. Other Avatar Press guests and creators will be on hand to meet and greet fans.
“I am blown away by everything that Avatar Press is doing at our show,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for the Reed Pop Culture Group and Show Manager for C2E2. “The quality of these guests is absolutely incredible and I am hugely grateful and pleased to see that Avatar finds such value in our event. Our show is going to be massive AND fun and it is in no small measure because of exhibitors like Avatar Press who build excitement and anticipation on our show floor and throughout the convention by making talented personalities and creators available to meet and greet the thousands of fans who will be on hand at C2E2. I am sure the â€˜Avatar Friday Night’ event will be packed and I encourage people to buy their tickets fast!”
Other Avatar Press events that will take place during C2E2 are three panels, including a Max Brooks Q & A, as well as numerous autographings with all the Avatar guests at the Avatar Press booth. For ticket purchases and more information about the “Avatar Friday Night” event, fans should go to http://www.avatarpress.com/conventions/c2e2.
Organizers for C2E2 also note that tickets for the convention itself are selling fast and so all fans are encouraged to buy tickets in advance. For more information on guests, tickets, or C2E2 in general, visit www.C2E2.com or check out the show’s official blog, MediumAtLarge at www.mediumatlarge.net, or follow C2E2 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/c2e2.
MAX BROOKS: New York Times bestselling author Max Brooks has become one of the world’s leading authorities on zombies with his Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z titles. He has also written the graphic novel Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks which was produced in cooperation with Avatar Press. Brooks was a member of the Saturday Night Live writing team from 2001 to 2003, for which he won an Emmy. He also has a number of acting credits, including appearances on Roseanne and 7th Heaven, and voice work for Batman Beyond and Justice League. Paramount Pictures has acquired the film rights for World War Z.
JACEN BURROWS: A 1996 graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1996, Burrows has worked with several comic companies over the years including Caliber Press and London Night Studios, and is currently working under an exclusive contract with Avatar Press. Outside of comics, his work as included contributions to Rockstar Games’s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and TSR’s Dungeons & Dragons.
At Avatar, Burrows has worked with the best writers in the industry, praised for his detail and free-flowing story-telling, he has just finished CROSSED with writer Garth Ennis and is currently working on NEONOMICON with Alan Moore. Previously he has illustrated graphic novels by Warren Ellis (SCARS, BAD WORLD, DARK BLUE), Alan Moore (COURTYARD, YUGGOTH CULTURES) and Garth Ennis (303, CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD).
WILLIAM CHRISTENSEN: Avatar Press editor-in-chief William Christensen’s 20-year career in the comics has included contributions in publishing, writing, and comic industry journalism. Christensen was a prolific freelancer for Wizard during the magazine’s formative years in the early 90’s, and went on to work with 90’s indy powerhouse Chaos! Comics in various capacities. His first comic book writing credit was in the 1995 series Chaos! Quarterly. After founding Avatar in 1996, Christensen became the architect of much of the early company line, including Pandora and The Ravening. As Editor-in-Chief of Avatar, he has become known for establishing Avatar’s famous policy of creative freedom as well as his knack for working with the industry’s best writers, including Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, and Garth Ennis.
GARTH ENNIS: Comic Book writer Garth Ennis is the creator of Crossed, Preacher, and the Boys. Among his numerous writing credits, he is also known for his work on Marvel’s Punisher and DC’s Hellblazer. Ennis has won Eisner and Eagle awards for his work on Preacher. After getting his start in comics in legendary UK anthology 2000AD in 1988, Ennis took on long-running DC/Vertigo title Hellblazer in 1991 and under his tenure the comic stood alongside Gaiman’s Sandman as DC/Vertigo’s best series. But his 1996 launch Preacher was to prove an even better showcase for Ennis’ unique talent. A compelling cast of characters in an eyes-wide-open drama unafraid to explore any subject quickly made Preacher one of the most important and controversial titles of the 1990’s. Ennis’ work on The Punisher subsequently became a cornerstone of Marvel’s direction in the Quesada era. At Avatar, Ennis has written 303, Dicks, Chronicles of Wormwood, and Crossed.
CHRISTOS GAGE: Christos Gage has written numerous screeplays and was a writer for the TV show Law & Order: SVU before he added comics to his impressive resume. He’s done several top -selling series like World War Hulk: X-Men, Thunderbolts, Iron Man, Avengers: The Initiative for Marvel and co-wrote GI Joe: Cobra for IDW. He created a whole new universe for his acclaimed series Absolution at Avatar and he is current working on the sequel to that series.
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN: Award-winning author George R.R. Martin is the creator of the epic fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice and A Game of Thrones. Martin has written a number of other books and short stories in genres as diverse as horror, science fiction, and military fiction. As an editor, he was the creator and primary architect of the Wild Cards shared super-hero universe. Martin was active in early comics fandom and credits the attention he received from a letter to the editor in Fantastic Four #20 (1963) and fanzine activities with his interest in writing. His television writing credits include The New Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast. His lengthy list of awards includes Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards. Martin’s A Game of Thrones is now in production at HBO. His Fevre Dream is about to begin at Avatar Press and The Skin Trade is also in production at Avatar.
MATT MARTIN: Writer/Artist Matt Martin is best known for his creator-owned title Snowman, a supernatural tale of revenge in the form of a creature of ice and snow. Martin has also written and drawn The Coven: Dark Sister for Avatar and drew a story for the Yuggoth Creatures collection of Lovecraft-inspired tales. Martin is a prolific cover artist at Avatar, with work on titles such as Lady Death, Alan Moore’s Glory, Warren Ellis’ Anna Mercury, and much more. He is currently working on an upcoming title written by Garth Ennis.
GIANLUCA PAGLIARANI: An artist on several Warren Ellis titles, Gianluca Pagliarani’s precise, detailed linework and retro sci-fi/fantasy influences have won him acclaim on Avatar books such as Ignition City, Aetheric Mechanics, and Wolfskin: Hundredth Dream.
BRIAN PULIDO: Brian Pulido has created and written hundreds of comic books including Lady Death and Evil Ernie, and licensed comic such as A Nightmare on Elm St. and Friday the 13th. As the founder and president of Chaos! Comics, Pulido was the leading independent comic publisher of the 1990’s
He is on The Hero Initiative’s fundraising board, has received the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Defender of Liberty Award and is the Chief Creative Officer for Mischief Maker Studios. Pulido also wrote and directed the feature film “The Graves”, starring Tony Todd (Candy Man) and Bill Mosley (The Devil’s Rejects). He is the co-writer, with Mike Wolfer, of the upcoming Lady Death monthly series, slated to debut in fall 2010.
MIKE WOLFER: With the self-publication of DAIKAZU #1 in 1987, Mike Wolfer began a comic book career which has spanned over 20 years. After creating and publishing 14 issues of WIDOW for his own Ground Zero Comics, Wolfer moved on to work on various series such as Dark Horse Comics’ GODZILLA, Chaos! Comics LADY DEATH, and many others. Wolfer’s largest body of published work has been for Avatar Press, where his unique brand of graphically illustrated horror and violence has been on display in Warren Ellis’ STRANGE KISS/STRANGE KILLINGS, Alan Moore’s YUGGOTH CREATURES and Garth Ennis’ STREETS OF GLORY. In addition, Wolfer has contributed to several licensed comic series, serving as both writer and illustrator on such well-known properties as George Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, New Line Cinema’s FRIDAY THE 13TH and John Russo’s ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD. Wolfer is currently serving as co-writer with Warren Ellis on Avatar’s GRAVEL and WOLFSKIN, and with Brian Pulido on the new LADY DEATH series.
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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WIZARD WORLD PHILLY GUEST LIST EXPLODES WITH TALENT
FROM COMICS, FILM, TV, SPORTS AND COMEDY!
Superstar Comic Book Writer And Guest Of Honor
Garth Ennis Headlines An All-Star Lineup.
New York, NY (March 31st, 2009) – The wildly popular Wizard World Philadelphia comic convention is growing exponentially in 2009. Not only has Wizard World partnered with the Video Game Expo, the largest show of its kind on the east coast, but the guest list for Philly is bursting at the seams with incredibly talented creators, celebrities and more!
The list of comic creators attending Wizard World Philadelphia includes:
â€¢ Garth Ennis (The Boys writer)
â€¢ JG Jones (Final Crisis artist)
â€¢ Kevin Maguire (Batman: Confidential artist)
â€¢ Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex writer)
â€¢ Amanda Conner (Terra artist)
â€¢ Joe Kelly (Amazing Spider-Man writer)
â€¢ Paolo Rivera (Amazing Spider-Man artist)
â€¢ Phil Jimenez (Amazing Spider-Man artist)
â€¢ Billy Tucci (Shi creator)
â€¢ Shane Davis (Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns artist)
â€¢ Jim Calafiore (Batgirl artist)
â€¢ Sean McKeever (Teen Titans writer)
â€¢ Greg Pak (War Machine writer)
â€¢ Khoi Pham (Mighty Avengers artist)
â€¢ Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man writer)
â€¢ Billy Tan (New Avengers artist)
â€¢ Fred Van Lente (Incredible Hercules writer)
â€¢ Howard Chaykin (Squadron Supreme writer)
â€¢ Walt Simonson (World of Warcraft writer)
â€¢ Brian Reed (Ms. Marvel writer)
â€¢ Greg Horn (Ms. Marvel cover artist)
â€¢ Dennis Calero (X-Men: Noir artist)
On top of the enormous comic book talent appearing at the show, the autograph area in Wizard World Philadelphia will also be populated with fan-favorite media guests, including:
â€¢ Lou Ferrigno (“The Hulk”)
â€¢ Peter Mayhew (“Star Wars”)
â€¢ Leyla Milani (“Deal or No Deal”)
â€¢ Max Brooks (World War Z author)
â€¢ Luciana Carro (New “Battlestar Galactica”)
â€¢ Traci Brooks (TNA wrestling superstar)
â€¢ Demolition (Superstar wrestling tag team)
â€¢ Darcy DeMoss (“Friday the 13th Part VI”)
â€¢ “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase (Wrestling legend)
â€¢ The Honky Tonk Man (WWE superstar)
â€¢ Herb Jefferson Jr. (Original “Battlestar Galactica)
â€¢ Jerry “The King” Lawler (WWE Hall of Famer)
â€¢ Dawn Marie (Wrestling Diva)
â€¢ Nidia (“WWE Tough Enough”)
â€¢ Mia St. John (WBC International Boxing Champion)
â€¢ Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (WWE superstar)
â€¢ Virgil (Wrestling superstar)
Also attending Wizard World Philadelphia are numerous comedy groups based in New York City and Philadelphia, thus comprising the first ever comedy track of programming at a Wizard World event! Performers in these comedy groups have appeared on such hit shows as “30 Rock,” “Best Week Ever” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
Keep up to date with all the exhilarating announcements about Wizard World Philadelphia and Chicago Comic-Con by checking out www.wizardworld.com.
For more information about Video Game Expo be sure to visit, www.videogame.net.
Wizard World returns to Philadelphia June 19-21, 2009 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The industry leader in the comic book, collectibles and toy market, Wizard Entertainment publishes Wizard: The Magazine of Comics, Entertainment and Pop Culture and ToyFare: The Toy Magazine. Wizard Entertainment also publishes a bi-annual consumer magazine called Toy Wishes: The Ultimate Guide to Family Entertainment, which is the No. 1 most quoted source in the media about toys. Wizard’s publications have a monthly national readership of more than two million and are currently sold in 40 countries in 10 different languages. Wizard World, the convention division of Wizard Entertainment, brings the best in comics, film, television, anime and collectibles to Chicago, the 2nd-largest Comic-Con in the country, and Philadelphia, the 3rd-largest. WizardUniverse.com is the No. 1 online destination for the comic book and pop-culture worlds.