Fanaticon (May 2010)

Fanaticon

Convention Fanaticon
Convention Website http://www.fanaticon.org
Start Date 05/15/2010
About This Convention: On Saturday, May 15, 2010, beautiful downtown Asheville, NC will play host to FANATICON, a premiere celebration of comic books, science fiction, fantasy, gaming and collectibles!

We are currently hard at work lining up exhibitors and special guests for the event. We will announce these at FANATICON.org as they are confirmed.

Convention Guests: Butch Guice (Captain America Reborn, Birds of Prey, Superman)
Venue Name Asheville Art Museum
Venue Address 2 South Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 75
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Collectibles
- Gaming
- Science Fiction and Fantasy

Fanaticon

Mike Mignola Named a C2E2 Guest of Honor (UPDATED)

Via Twitter, Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola is the latest named Guest of Honor for next year’s C2E2, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo.

Previously announced guests include Alex Ross, Ben Templesmith, Ethan Van Sciver, Jackson “Butch” Guice, Jeff Smith, and Steve McNiven.

UPDATE – The official press release:

MIKE MIGNOLA TO APPEAR AT C2E2 AS GUEST OF HONOR

Noted Creator of Hellboy is Latest Guest Announcement … Many More Guests to be Revealed in Coming Weeks
Norwalk, CT, October 29, 2009: Organizers of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have today announced that Mike Mignola will be a Guest of Honor at the new pop culture convention which is being launched April 16 – 18, 2010 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. Mr. Mignola joins other previously announced high profile guests such as Alex Ross, who will be a Keystone Guest of Honor at the show, as well as Jackson Guice, Steve McNiven, Jeff Smith, and Ethan Van Sciver, all of whom will be Guests of Honor at C2E2. Show organizers are making it a priority to announce guests early and often to keep all fans fully informed of the dynamic talent from comics, graphic literature, and all corners of pop culture that will be on hand when the show debuts in April.

“Mike Mignola is a brilliant artist, creator, and writer, and I know that there are many fans in and around Chicago who are very eager to see him,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President and Show Manager for C2E2. “Mike’s been a big hit at New York Comic Con and the subject of a lot of fan requests for C2E2. We’re very happy to now reveal – as a Halloween treat – he’ll be joining us at McCormick Place!”

In commenting on his appearance at C2E2, Mike Mignola said: “I’m happy to return to the Midwest and I’m especially looking forward to being in the fantastic city of Chicago!”

Mike Mignola is best known as the award-winning creator/writer/artist of Hellboy, a comic series following an eponymous demon, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and their fight against various supernatural forces around the globe. The Hellboy saga, beginning publication in 1993, has crossed across comic books, animation, toys, video games, and – in 2004 – a live-action film starring Ron Perlman. Mignola served as a Visual Consultant for both the 2004 Hellboy motion picture as well as its 2008 sequel, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. Outside of Hellboy, Mignola co-authored (with Christopher Golden) the novel BALTIMORE, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire. Mignola lives in southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.

As noted, Mignola is the latest of several major guests who have already been announced for C2E2. Convention organizers will be announcing many more guests in the coming weeks and months in order to keep fans fully informed of the top tier talent which will be participating in the new show. For more information about C2E2, visit the web site at www.C2E2.com. For the latest announcements and news about C2E2 as well as news about all of Reed’s Pop Culture activity, please visit the group’s official blog, www.mediumatlarge.net, or follow C2E2 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/C2E2.

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 UFC Fan Expo in partnership with the UFC – the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization – and it formed 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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C2E2 2010 Adds 4 New Guests of Honor

C2E2 REVEALS FOUR NEW GUESTS OF HONOR

Guice, McNiven, Templesmith and Van Sciver To Attend C2E2

Norwalk, CT, August 18, 2009: Officials at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have today revealed the names of four new guests who will be appearing at the new comic book and pop culture convention which is being launched April 16 – 18, 2010 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. Guests of Honor Jackson Guice, Steve McNiven, Ben Templesmith and Ethan Van Sciver will join previously announced Keystone Guest of Honor Alex Ross, celebrated comic book painter and Chicago area resident, and Guest of Honor Jeff Smith, who has not appeared in Chicago in over 10 years. C2E2 organizers are making it a priority to announce guests early and often to keep Chicago and Midwest fans fully informed of the great lineup of dynamic talent from comics, graphic literature, and all corners of pop culture that will be on hand to entertain fans at the show next April.

“I’m very excited and nothing but grateful for the faith put forward by C2E2′s latest Guests of Honor,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President and Show Manager for both C2E2 and New York Comic Con. “But this is only the tip of the iceberg. We have a lot of exciting names in the works, and we will be making more major announcements over the coming weeks and months. Our goal for C2E2 is to provide the top guests from across the pop culture spectrum, and we are well on our way. We want this to be the best show that Chicago has ever seen!”

“It’s been six years since my last convention appearance,” Guest of Honor Jackson Guice stated. “I cannot think of a better show to return to the convention circuit for me than the inaugural C2E2 in Chicago 2010. The success and quality reputation of the New York Comic Con is respected throughout the industry, and I’m sure C2E2 will be more of the same success — Chicago style!”

Jackson Guice, Steve McNiven, Ben Templesmith and Ethan Van Sciver will appear in the show’s Artist Alley, sketching and signing autographs throughout the weekend. C2E2′s sister show — New York Comic Con — features over 300 top names and up-and-comers in its Artist Alley, and C2E2 aims to bring a similarly impressive breadth of comic greats to Chicago. C2E2′s Artist Alley will be coordinated by the talents of Spencer R. Beck of The Artist’s Choice, who has also coordinated every NYCC Artist Alley to date, and Sal Abbinanti, artist and creator of Atomika and of AlexRossArt.com.

Artists interested in joining Artist Alley can apply online now at www.C2E2.com. For more information on C2E2 or to purchase tickets, please also visit www.C2E2.com. For the latest announcements, please visit C2E2′s official blog, www.mediumatlarge.net, or follow C2E2 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/C2E2.

ABOUT JACKSON GUICE:

Jackson “Butch” Guice has built a varied career with nearly three decades of experience as a comic artist. In the early 1980s, his work on Micronauts, New Mutants, and X-Factor for Marvel earned him a reputation as a solid and exciting draftsman. He moved to DC for a fan-favorite run on post-Crisis Flash before settling into the 1990s delivering steady work for both companies. Following a tenure at CrossGen on the Harvey and Eisner nominated title Ruse, he briefly collaborated with Kurt Busiek on Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis and illustrated numerous comic albums for the European comic market for French publisher Humanoids. He is now back with the publisher he started his career with, working exclusively for Marvel on such titles as Iron Man, Captain America, and Ultimate Origins, as well as currently embellishing Bryan Hitch’s pencils on Captain America: Reborn.

ABOUT STEVE McNIVEN:

Steve has been penciling comic books for a while now, mostly at home with his cats. His wife and daughter think he’s doing a pretty good job, too. His work can mostly be seen in the pages of Marvel comics under such titles as Amazing Spider-Man, The New Avengers, Marvel Civil War, and Wolverine. When he’s not working, he loves to attend conventions such as the one this blurb is attached to, where he gets a chance to talk to fellow comic fans and buy even more art books that won’t fit into his already stuffed studio.

ABOUT BEN TEMPLESMITH:

Ben is a New York Times best-selling artist and writer most widely known for his work in the American comic book industry where he has received multiple nominations for the International Horror Guild Awards as well as the industry’s top prize, the Eisner Award. He’s also won a Spike TV Scream Award. As a creator, his most notable works have been 30 Days of Night (which has now spawned a major motion picture) and Fell. His other projects include the critically-acclaimed serial Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, as well as Welcome to Hoxford, (recently optioned by Chris Columbus ) and Singularity 7, all of which he also wrote. He has also worked on the Star Wars, Doctor Who, GI Joe, Army of Darkness, Silent Hill, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer properties and produces art and design for musicians, DVD, toys, and film concept work.

ABOUT ETHAN VAN SCIVER:

Ethan Van Sciver, 35-years-old, is by now a being of pure energy and light. Without Ethan Van Sciver, we wouldn’t have Cyberfrog, Flash: Iron Heights, Green Lantern: Rebirth, Sinestro Corps., or Flash: Rebirth. And if we did, they wouldn’t have half the number of lines in the drawings. His skin is pale, but soft and yielding to a gentle touch. His eyes sparkle, with the slightest crease of crow’s feet at the corners, clues of acquired wisdom with age. His hair is as if God’s own mare sacrificed a blessed patch of nourishing hay, sparing only enough to cap and warm his delightfully impish mind. His newest projects? Whatever they may be, they will fill the shelves of the tasteful and imaginative comic book fans the world over. He is Ethan Van Sciver. And for the weekend, he belongs to Chicago.

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 UFC Fan Expo in partnership with the UFC – the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization – and it formed 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.