James O’Barr to Appear at Grand Rapids Comic-Con 2014

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The Crow Creator James O’Barr To Appear at Grand Rapids Comic-Con on November 21-23, 2014

James O’Barr, the artist who is best known as the creator of the comic book series The Crow and the 1994 film of the same name, will be appearing at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con on November 21-23.

In 1978, O’Barr’s fiancée, Beverly, was killed by a drunk driver, and he joined the Marines in an effort to cope with the loss. He was stationed in Germany and illustrated combat manuals for the military. While living in Berlin in 1981, O’Barr began work on The Crow as a means of dealing with his personal tragedy. O’Barr was further inspired by a Detroit newspaper account of the murder of a young couple over a $20 engagement ring. After his discharge from the Marines, O’Barr continued his painting and illustration as well as doing lots of odd jobs, including working for a Detroit body shop. The Crow sat on a shelf for seven years, but at last someone wanted to publish it: Gary Reed of Caliber Press. In The Crow, the protagonist and his fiancée are murdered by a gang of criminals. He then returns from the dead to hunt their killers.

O’Barr’s own hope that his project would result in a personal catharsis went unfulfilled, he told an interviewer in 1994, saying, “[A]s I drew each page, it made me more self-destructive, if anything….There is pure anger on each page”. The Crow has sold more than 750,000 copies worldwide.

The book was adapted into a successful film in 1994, but it resulted in further tragedy. Brandon Lee, who played the main character, was accidentally shot and killed during filming.

The Crow is currently being rebooted by Hollywood, which will be directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (Before The Fall) and star Chris Evans (Fast And Furious 6, The Immortals). James has been named as a consultant on the reboot.

“It is great to have James at our little shindig,” said co-event coordinator Mark Hodges. “James has created a truly revolutionary series that has touched many kids and is embraced by certain cultures in society. He has created a work that has touched people in a way that is rare, and we are pleased to bring him to Grand Rapids.”

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is a popular arts and comic book convention that will be held at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center on November 21-23. For more information check out www.grcomiccon.com.

Allen Bellman and Robert Pope Returning to Grand Rapids Comic-Con in 2014

Allen Bellman

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Allen Bellman, Robert Pope Returns To Grand Rapids Comic-Con

 The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is pleased to announce that comic book guests Allen Bellman and Robert Pope have both agreed to return to the annual comic book and popular arts event which will be held at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on November 21-23.

Allen Bellman is a Golden Age comic artist who drew the backgrounds for Syd Shores’ Captain America in 1942, and eventually worked on titles such as The  Patriot, The Destroyer, The Human Torch, All Winners Comics, Marvel Mystery, Sub  Mariner Comics, Young Allies and so much more.  Bellman  also contributed to pre-Code horror, crime, war and western tales for  Atlas.

Robert Pope is the DC Comics go-to guy for Cartoon Network characters. Robert is a penciller on  Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes, Batman The Brave and The Bold and many others.  Robert is also freelancing for the Peanuts franchise for Boom Comics as well as the Power Puff Girls for IDW.

“Allen and Robert were popular guests last October,” said owner and co-event coordinator Mark Hodges, “and bringing both of them back is a service to the 3500 people who were not able to get into the show last time. It is a pleasure and a privilege to have both of them back at the comic-con.”

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on November 21-23, 2014, at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, please visit the website www.grcomiccon.com.

Justin Kohn to Attend Grand Rapids Comic-Con 2014

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Stop-Motion Animator Justin Kohn To Attend Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Justin KohnThe Grand Rapids Comic-Con will have world-known stop-motion animator Justin Kohn as a guest at their 2014 show which will be held at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on November 21-23.

Justin is a world-known expert in the animation art of three-dimensional effects including stop-motion animation. His talents have been sought after by Hollywood for over 25 years and have been in the forefront of many classic animated films.

Justin has been involved with three-dimensional animated effects work since 1979. In the 80s and 90s, he ran a small animation armature manufacturing and effects rigging studio in Los Angeles along with partner Master Machinist Peter J Marinello.

Justin received national attention for his stop-motion animation work in the 1988 sci-fi cult classic Killer Klowns From Outer Space. His most famous work appeared in two classic animation films: the Jack Skellington sleigh scenes in the 1993 holiday classic The Nightmare Before Christmas as well as being the lead animator in the 2009 creep fest Coraline.

Justin’s other 3-D animation film credits include Robocop 2, James And the Giant Peach, Monkeybone, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Antz, and Puppet Master. Justin also has a wide range of television credits as well including “The Bite-Sized Adventures Of Sam Sandwich” for the Disney Channel and “Beforel Orel: Trust” for Adult Swim.

Justin’s newest project are the animation effects in the upcoming fantasy Anomalisa starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and David Thewlis.

In addition to signing autographs, Justin will also be bringing to the Grand Rapids Comic-Con a museum of authentic character props from his work which will be displayed in a museum-style format. He will also give a presentation on 3-D animation effects.

Justin Kohn - Nightmare Before Christmas“This is a very exciting guest announcement for us,” said owner and co-event coordinator Mark Hodges. “Justin is an ultra-rare appearance and we will be the first comic-con in the United States to host him. Bringing in unique guests such as Justin is a commitment to our patrons that we will be bringing in a great guest list.”

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on November 21-23, 2014, at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, please visit the website www.grcomiccon.com.

Livio Ramondelli and Mark Mekkes announced for Grand Rapids Comic-Con 2014

Transformers: Autocracy

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Grand Rapids Comic-Con Announces First Guests

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is please to announce that comic book guest Livio Ramondelli and e-comics legend Mark Mekkes will be guests at the annual comic book and popular arts event which will be held at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on November 21-23.

Livio Ramondelli is currently drawing various projects for IDW Publishing. His credits include Transformers: Autocracy and Monstrosity (with Blizzard creative director Chris Metzen and Flint Dille), Transformers: Chaos, Robots in Disguise, as well as covers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, 30 Days of Night and others. He has also provided Star Wars covers for Dark Horse Comics, and Battlestar Galactica covers for Dynamite Entertainment.

Mark Mekkes is a cartoonist, illustrator and writer that has turned his efforts to the world of web comics. Mark is the creator of the groundbreaking e-comics “Zortic” and “Saucer Seekers”, as well as the role playing card game Steam Spy.

“We want to create the best comic and popular arts event in the Midwest,” said owner and co-event coordinator Mark Hodges, “and adding Livio and Mark are a good step for us. We desire to bring to Grand Rapids the best guests available in our field, and we feel that Livio and Mark fit the bill well. We are happy that they have decided to attend our event as guests.”

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on November 21-23, 2014, at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, please visit the website www.grcomiccon.com.

Grand Rapids Comic-Con’s Inaugural Event Happening October 2013

Grand Rapids Comic-Con

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Grand Rapids Comic-Con’s Inaugural Event To Be Held On October 12

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con, a comic book and popular arts convention and trade show, will hold its inaugural event on Saturday, October 12.

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will feature nationally known comic book illustrators as well as a giant vending room, an Artist Alley with over 20 independent artists, an anime room, an electronics gaming room operated by Nintendo, a card and board gaming room, a world-class art show featuring some of the biggest names in comics, a film festival sponsored by the Compass College of Cinematic Arts, panels, seminars, and a lot more.

Allen Bellman

Allen Bellman

National comic book guests include Allen Bellman, a Golden Age artist who drew Captain America during World War II; Robert Pope, the current head artist for DC Comics for the Cartoon Network titles as well as Scooby-Doo and Peanuts; and Dan Monroe, children’s book illustrator of Dennis The Wild Bull written by NBA star Dennis Rodman.

“This is our first year doing the Grand Rapids Comic-Con, and we are expecting a lot of growth in the event,” says co-event coordinator Mark Hodges. “When done right, these events have tremendous growth potential and we are hoping that the Grand Rapids Comic-Con will become one of the marquee events on the West Michigan calendar for years to come.”

Robert Pope

Robert Pope

“I feel blessed to be a part of this event,” said co-event coordinator Jennifer Hodges.

The inaugural Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on Saturday, October 12, from 10 am to 6 pm at the HSB Building, 5625 Burlingame Ave. SW in Wyoming, Michigan. Tickets are $5 and are only available at the door.

Early bird tickets are available at the door at 9 am for $10 with half of the proceeds going to Kitchen Sage, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding inner city Grand Rapids school children and to teach culinary awareness. “We wanted to contribute to the West Michigan area,” said Mark. “We wanted to represent a charitable organization that gave specifically to Grand Rapids and would be a partner in our efforts as well. Kitchen Sage and Chef Tommy FitzGerald fits the bill perfectly.”

“I am so happy that we chose Kitchen Sage and Chef Tommy,” said Jennifer. “He has been wonderful to collaborate with.”

For more information visit www.grcomiccon.com or www.facebook.com/grandrapidscomiccon.

Animator Robert Pope to Appear at the 2013 Grand Rapids Comic-Con

February 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Animation, Comic Books, Convention News, Michigan

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Well Known DC Comics, Cartoon Network Animator Robert Pope to Appear at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Robert PopeWe are pleased to announce that well known animator Robert Pope will be a guest at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con on October 12.

Atlanta-based Robert Pope is the go-to guy for DC Comics when it comes to their comics based on animated properties. Robert has been the lead artist for Scooby-Doo for well over a decade and has also worked on comics for the Looney Tunes and Cartoon Network franchises, including “Daffy Duck”, “The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy”, “Space Ghost”, “Batman: The Brave And The Bold”, and “Johnny Bravo”.

Robert is also the lead artist for Toyfare magazine and has contributed many memorable covers and interior spreads.

Robert also was an artist for the “Animaniacs” franchise back in the 1990′s under Steven Spielberg.

“This is an ultra rare appearance,” said event coordinator Mark Hodges, “as Robert attends only shows in his general area. From what we understand this will be Robert’s first Midwest appearance, and we are thrilled that he has decided to join us.”

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on October 12, 2013, at the Home School Building, 5625 Burlingame Ave. SW, in Wyoming, Michigan. The show will feature appearances from several nationally known comic book artists as well as seminars, programming for families, and lots of fun. Tickets for the show will be $5 at the door only. For more information please go to www.grcomcicon.com or www.facebook.com/grandrapidscomiccon.

Golden Age Artist Allen Bellman to Appear at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con 2013

February 7, 2013 by  
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Golden Age Artist Allen Bellman to Appear at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con

We are pleased to announce that Golden Age animator Allen Bellman will be a guest at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con on October 12.

Allen is best known for his background artwork during the Golden Age of comic books, particularly around World War II. Allen eventually became a staff artist at Timely Comics (later renamed Marvel) during the Golden Age of comics. While still a teenager, Allen did the backgrounds for Syd Shores’ Captain America in 1942, and eventually worked on titles such as The Patriot, The Destroyer, The Human Torch, Jap Buster Johnson and Jet Dixon of the Space Squadron, All Winners Comics, Marvel Mystery, Sub Mariner Comics, Young Allies and so much more. Allen also contributed to pre-Code horror, crime, war and western tales for Atlas Comics.

He won the Inkpot Award for lifetime achievements at the 2007 Comic-Con show in San Diego, California, as well as the Shel Dorf Award at Detroit Fanfare in 2012.

Allen will be giving a seminar at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con while working in the comics industry during World War II as well as working with Stan Lee at Marvel in the early days.

“Allen is one of the very few Golden Age comic artists left, and it is a pleasure to have him as a guest at the show,” said event coordinator Mark Hodges. “I feel that his seminar at the show will be one of the ‘must attend’ events at the show, plus meeting these guys who were there in the beginning are getting harder and harder as time passes. We welcome the opportunity to bring Allen into the show to give the fans an opportunity to meet a literal living legend in the field.”

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on October 12, 2013, at the Home School Building, 5625 Burlingame Ave. SW, in Wyoming, Michigan. The show will feature appearances from several nationally known comic book artists as well as seminars, programming for families, and lots of fun. Tickets for the show will be $5 at the door only. For more information please go to www.grcomcicon.com or www.facebook.com/grandrapidscomiccon.