Who watches the Watchmen? A few hundred people at least, all of whom were in line ahead of me at last month’s Baltimore Comic-Con (Sept. 5-7) for Dave Gibbons’s autograph.
Gibbons is, of course, the artist behind Watchmen, the 12-issue miniseries published by DC in the mid-80s. The accolades heaped on Watchmen are as legendary as the series itself. It was the only graphic novel to appear on Time‘s 2005 “100 Greatest Novels” list, and it appeared again in 2009 on the magazine’s “Top 10 Graphic Novels” list. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked Watchmen thirteenth on its list of the best 50 novels printed in the last 25 years, calling it “the greatest superhero story ever told and proof that comics are capable of smart, emotionally resonant narratives.”
I have loved Watchmen since it came out, and when I saw that Gibbons, who lives in the UK, would be in Baltimore, I booked my flight immediately. By “flight,” I mean I got up at 5:00am and drove the six hours from Raleigh, NC, passing through Washington just miles from the White House and getting stuck in horrendous construction-related traffic that even President Obama is, apparently, powerless to prevent. Other great artists and writers were there, including Steve Leialoha, Walter and Louise Simonson, Greg Capullo, David Finch, and Al Milgrom, who does few conventions these days. Denny O’Neil left early due to a family emergency, and the wait for George Perez was four hours (!), according to one woman who endured it.
But Gibbons was, for me, the star of the show. I waited about an hour in his line, and when I got to the table, I found him to be gracious, funny, and down-to-earth. He was impressed by my Graphitti edition Watchmen hardcover (the first graphic novel version of the series) and my Marvel Comics Doctor Who #1 (for the wife, a consecrated Whovian). But he oohed and ahhed—actually, we all did—over something another guy had: the 1994 computer game Beneath a Steel Sky, still in the box. Gibbons did the background art for this game, and he said he had never signed a copy before. Get it on eBay, young man!
The Baltimore Comic-Con has long been a two-day affair. This was its first year spanning a third day, and everyone I talked to thought it a success. Vendors especially were pumped-up because their rate stayed roughly the same despite the extra day. They also praised the convention staff for being responsive and professional. Sales were good, too: one dealer sold an Action Comics #252 (first appearance of Supergirl) for $900.
Dr. Chilton, the captor/tormentor of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, says that Baltimore “can be quite a fun town, if you have the right guide.” The only guide I needed was the folks at this year’s Comic-Con. As you are planning your convention schedule for next year, mark down September 25-27 in Baltimore. It won’t be a baaa-d decision.
They don’t look like minions, but I’ll take their word for it.
Deadpool doing what Deadpool does.
Hello, Walter Simonson!
Hello, Louise Simonson!
Don’t blink. Or wink. Or think about blinking or winking. Especially when drinking.
The line to see Dave Gibbons.
And, finally, Dave Gibbons, holding my newly-signed Watchmen hardcover (which, if it were shirt, I would never wash again).
October 3, 2014 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Comic Books, Convention News, Horror, Movies, New York, New York Comic Con, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Webcomics
IDW has released their highly anticipated convention panel and signing schedules for this year’s New York Comic Con! Clear your own schedule, because you won’t want to miss any of this!
Thursday October 9th
1:00 – 2:00 America’s Army – M. Zachary Sherman (*Check out the exclusive giveaways!)
2:00 – 3:00 Transformers – John Barber, Sarah Stone, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott
3:00 – 4:00 Star Trek – Scott Tipton, David Messina (*Check out the free Star Trek/Planet of the Apes Ashcan!)
4:00 – 5:00 Manhunter Artist’s Edition Launch Party! – Walter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
4:00 – 5:00 Zombies vs Robots, Mars Attacks: First Born – Chris Ryall
5:00 – 6:00 Cartoon Network Presents: Super Secret Crisis War! & More! – Louise Simonson, Derek Charm
6:00 – 7:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs, Agnes Garbowska, Sara Richard, Andy Price
Friday October 10th
11:00 – 12:00 Dungeons & Dragons – Jim Zub, Max Dunbar (*Check out the free D&D Ashcan!)
12:00 – 1:00 V-Wars, Rot & Ruin – Jonathan Maberry (*Check out the show exclusive V-Wars TPB!)
1:00 – 2:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry, Jeff Zornow
1:00 – 2:00 Cartoon Network Presents: Super Secret Crisis War! & More! – Derek Charm, Derek Fridolfs
2:00 – 3:00 Manhunter Artist’s Edition, Ragnarök – Walter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
3:30 – 5:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated TV Blowout! – Ciro Nieli (Director), Brandon Auman (writer), Rob Paulsen (voice of Donatello), Greg Cipes (voice of Michelangelo) (*Check out the free poster from Nickelodeon!) (*ticketed signing – See employee for Details)
5:00 – 6:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Paul Allor, Dario Brizuela, Cory Smith, Charles P. Wilson III
6:00 – 7:00 Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 7:00 Kill Shakespeare – Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery, Andy Belanger
Saturday October 11th
10:00 – 11:00 Skylanders – David A. Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
11:00 – 12:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs, Sara Richard
12:00 – 1:00 X-Files – Joe Harris, Sam “Mister-Sam” Shearon, Joe Corroney, Greg Scott
12:00 – 1:00 Killogy Halloween Special – Alan Robert
1:00 – 2:00 G.I. JOE – Mike Costa, Robert Atkins
1:00 – 2:00 America’s Army – M. Zachary Sherman (*Check out the exclusive giveaways!)
2:00 – 3:00 Star Trek – Scott Tipton, David Messina, Mike Johnson (*Check out the free Star Trek/Planet of the Apes Ashcan!)
3:00 – 4:00 Cartoon Network Presents: Super Secret Crisis War! & More! – Louise Simonson, Derek Charm
4:00 – 5:00 Manhunter Artist’s Edition, Ragnarök – Walter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
4:00 – 5:00 Garbage Pail Kids – Dean Haspiel, Vito Delsante (*Check out the free Garbage Pail Kids Ashcan!)
5:00 – 6:00 Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusives!)
5:00 – 6:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry
6:00 – 7:00 Transformers – John Barber, Sarah Stone, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott
Sunday October 12th
11:00 – 12:00 America’s Army – M. Zachary Sherman (*Check out the exclusive giveaways!)
12:00 – 1:00 Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusives!)
1:00 – 2:00 The Illegitimates – Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Marc Andreyko
2:00 – 3:00 Garbage Pail Kids – Dean Haspiel, Vito Delsante (*Check out the free Garbage Pail Kids Ashcan!)
3:00 – 4:00 Skylanders – David A. Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
And check out all of IDW’s amazing panels this year!
*We have added links that take you directly to these panels on the official New York Comic Con website schedule so you can add them to “My Show Planner” and sync them to your phone or calendar.
Banned Horror Comics Walking Back from the Dead! Thursday, October 9th 4:15PM–5:00PM, Room 1A05
A fearful look at 1950s HORROR COMICS criticized by Dr. Fredric Wertham, reviled in Senate investigations, destroyed in public book burnings! These Pre-Code comics like dead zombies are again walking to get U! Craig “Haunted Horror/IDW/Yoe Books” Yoe, Greg “ IDW President” Goldstein, Mike “Dark Horse” Richardson, Mike “The ‘Worst’ of Eerie Publications” Howlett, Carol “Wertham Debunker” Tilley explore EC + other publishers, the censoring Comics Code, the Golden Age of Horror Reprints, the TV + movies inspired by these scary comics!
IDW & Hasbro: Transformers, Ponies & More! Thursday, October 9th, 6:15PM-7:00PM, Room 1A14
2014 has been a huge year for IDW and Hasbro! Join Senior Editor & Writer John Barber, with very special guests Amy Mebberson, Katie Cook, Sarah Stone, Mairghread Scott and Jim Zub for inside information on what’s happening with My Little Pony, Transformers, G.I. JOE, Dungeons & Dragons and more! Announcements, excitement, gossip, prizes and Q&A!
IDW Publishing: The Big One Friday, October 10th 4:15PM–5:00PM, Room 1A14
Want to find out what IDW’s top-secret announcements are for NYCC? This is the panel to hit! Join Editor-in-Chief and CCO Chris Ryall, President Greg Goldstein, Editor Sarah Gaydos and VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, with very special guests Gabriel Rodriguez, Kate Leth, Jonathan Maberry, Joe Harris, and Scott Tipton for inside information on everything your favorite publisher has in the works! Plus…Prizes! Q&A!
IDW Publishing: The Writers Saturday, October 11th 12:15PM–1:00PM, Room 1A14
Meet the writers behind the best scripts in comics! Join IDW’s VP of Marketing Dirk Wood and an all-star cast of writers for a spirited discussion about what it takes to write a great comic! Featuring Louise Simonson, Mairghread Scott, Chris Ryall, John Barber, Scott Tipton, M. Zachary Sherman, Andy Schmidt and Jeff Kline!
IDW Publishing: The Artists Saturday, October 11th 2:15PM–3:00PM, Room 1A14
Want to find out just what it takes to be a working artist in the comic industry? Or, want to find out a little more about a few artists that are already there? This is the panel for you! Join Editor Sarah Gaydos, with very special guests Gabriel Rodriguez, Alan Robert, menton3, Sarah Stone, Andy Price and Derek Charm, for an illuminating discussion on sequential art, and upcoming IDW projects! Plus, prizes and Q&A!
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.
Louise & Walter Simonson sign at Grasshopper’s Comics on Saturday, November 9th, 2013 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm! They’ll be swinging by to promote Walt’s exclusive cover for our very own Mike Scigliano & Steven Hoveke’s STEAMWORLD CHRONICLES #1! Come down and meet two absolute comic legends!
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Marvel Entertainment has released their panel and booth signing schedule for Comic Con International in San Diego. Highlights include Stan Lee, director Joss Whedon, Hayley Atwell, the cast and crew of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Agent Coulson himself, Clark Gregg! Plus many writers and artists from the House of Ideas such as Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Quesada, John Romita Jr, Sara Pichelli, Mark Brooks, Jeph Loeb, and more!
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**UPDATE: Dave Gibbons will not be able to take part in this year’s event.**
The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the next group of confirmed guest for the 2013 show, taking place the weekend of September 7-8, 2013. Mark Buckingham, Dave Gibbons, Adam Hughes, Paul Levitz, George Perez, Walter Simonson, Louise Simonson, and Allison Sohn will all be attending our 14th Annual show !
Mark Buckingham, who is best-known and most-celebrated for his work on the long-running Vertigo title Fables, began his career in 1990 working with Neil Gaiman on Miracleman from Eclipse Comics. Working on such titles as 2000 AD, Hellblazer, and Shade, the Changing Man, he became a mainstay at DC Comics after taking over art duties on Fables with issue #6. His run on the popular imprint title has earned him four Eisner Awards, including Best New Series in 2003, Best Serialized Story in 2005 and 2006, and Best Artist/Penciler/Inker in 2007.
Legendary artist Dave Gibbons is best known for his collaboration with Alan Moore on the seminal mini-series,Watchmen. With a career that spans more than four decades, Gibbons has provided artowrk for 2000 AD, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dark Horse Comics, and has worked with such characters as Judge Dredd, Captain America, Superman and Batman. He is currently working on The Secret Service with Mark Millar though Marvel’s Icon imprint.
As far as cover artists working in comics today, Adam Hughes is among the very best. A 12-year veteran of Gaijin Studios, Hughes is most widely recognized for his pin-up style renditions of female characters, especially over the course of his long runs as cover artist on Wonder Woman and Catwoman. His most recent work includes the Before Watchmen mini-series, Dr. Manhattan. Hughes won the Harvey Award for Best Cover Artist in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
Paul Levitz has been a mainstay at DCComics since 1972, serving as a writer, editor, and President (2002 – 2009) over the tenure of his career. His name is synonymous with the Legion of Super-Heroes, which he wrote from 1977-1979 and 1981-1989, and he created such notable characters as the Stalker, the Earth-2 Huntress, and Lucien the Librarian. Levitz has since returned to writing the Legion of Super-Heroes for the New 52, as well as the Earth-2 centric book, World’s Finest.
Writer/artist George Perez established himself as a fan-favorite creator during his lengthy runs on Marvel Comics’ Avengers, and DC Comics’ Teen Titans and Wonder Woman. Over the course of his 40-year career, Perez has drawn nearly every character in both the Marvel and DC Universes, and has worked on such ground breaking events as the Infinity Gauntlet, JLA/Avengers, and Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds. In 2011, he reunited with long-time collaborator Marv Wolfman to publish the long-awaited New Teen Titans: Games graphic novel. Currently, he is working as the artist for DC’s World’s Finest with Paul Levitz.
Walter Simonson is best known for his run on The Mighty Thor throughout the 1980s. His classic run was recently collected by Marvel in The Mighty Thor Omnibus by Walter Simonson, a massive tome which featured issues #337-355, #357-369, and #371-382, as well as the mini-series, Balder the Brave #1-4. In addition to his work on Thor, Simonson has worked on such titles as Detective Comics, Avengers, and Marvel’s Star Wars comics. In 2010, Simonson received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented at the Harvey Awards.
Louise Simonson began her career in as an editor in 1974 before moving on to writing for Marvel Comics in 1984. She is best known for her work on Power Pack, X-Factor, New Mutants, and Superman: The Man of Steel. In addition to comics, Simonson is an accomplished novelist, having published 14 books between 1993 and 2009.
Sketch card artist Allison Sohn’s work has been showcased in several trading card sets, including: Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 and 5 and the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection; Women of Marvel; Indiana Jones Heritage; Lord of the Rings Masterpieces, Series 1 and 2; and the Red Sonja 35th Anniversary. In addition, she provided the exclusive artwork for both Star Wars Celebration IV and V. In 2011, Sohn was the feature of a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International called Comic-Con How-To: Sketching with Allison Sohn, in which she demonstrated her craft using Copic markers.
“We are so excited to able to announce these great guests for next year’s show,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “It’s not even 2013 yet, and with Mark, Dave, Adam, Paul, George, Walter, Louise, and Allison joining the list of guests, the level of top-tier talent for the show is just getting better and better!”
Buckingham, Gibbons, Hughes, Levitz, Perez, the Simonsons and Sohn join already announced guests: Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine); Barry Kitson (Empire); Mike Mignola (Hellboy In Hell); Chris Samnee (Daredevil); and Mark Waid (Indestructible Hulk).
In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.
Walt Simonson and Louise “Weezie” Simonson are coming back to HeroesCon!! Walt exploded on to the comics scene with Manhunter in the 70s and when on to influence generations with his incredible work on The Mighty Thor, X-Men/Teen Titans crossover, and X-Factor! Louise is a writer known for great runs on Power Pack, X-Factor, New Mutants, and Superman: The Man of Steel! We are honored these great creators and great people are taking the time to join us to celebrate our 30th Anniversary!
Herb Trimpe has worked on dozens of titles for Marvel Comics including The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Shogun Warriors, Godzilla and more. Of course he also illustrated that awesome 1st appearance of Wolverine in Hulk #181!
Georges Jeanty is like family at HeroesCon–the longtime penciller of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer comic series has also drawn Green Lantern, Superboy, Superman, and tons more! We’re happy he’s making the trek from his new home on the West Coast to see us!
Also added to the guest list today: Andy Belanger, Paty Cockrum, Rick Davis, Scott Hanna, Micah Harris, Eric Henson, Dan Parsons, Loston Wallace
For the full guest list please click here!
Unfortunately we’ve also had a few cancellations, most recently Sergio Aragonés. The rest are listed on the guest list page in the right sidebar, in red, beneath the updates.
Walt & Louise Simonson, Joe Sinnott, Ramona Fradon, Terry Austin, Ron Marz, and many more sign at October County Comics on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 1-4pm! Check out the full guest list below!
Terry Austin – inker
Todd Dezago – writer
Ramona Fradon – artist
Dan Green – inker
Fred Hembeck – writer/artist
Ron Marz – writer
Louise Simonson – writer
Walt Simonson – writer/artist
Joe Sinnott – inker
Matt Dow Smith – writer/artist
Joe Staton – artist
Herb Trimpe – artist
Bob Wiacek – inker
October Country Comics
246 Main St, Ste 5 Cherry Hill Center, New Paltz, NY 12561
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Walter Simonson, Louise Simonson, Bob Wiacek, Chris Sotomayor, John Workman, and Danny Fingeroth appear at the Society of Illustrators on Saturday, January 28th, 2012.
Comic books (and their cousins, graphic novels) are something we’re all familiar with from childhood on. But if you’re not involved in making them, how they come to be can seem a little mysterious and intimidating. Now, the curtain is pulled back as comics editor and writer DANNY FINGEROTH, in collaboration with THE SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS presents:
COMICS OUT LOUD
In a manner similar to the Society’s acclaimed ART OUT LOUD events, COMICS OUT LOUD will feature top comic book creators—one from each discipline of the medium—demonstrating and discussing their work processes as attendees circulate around the room and watch the process of “sequential art” (as the great Will Eisner dubbed it) being made.
You’ll get to watch writer LOUISE SIMONSON, penciler WALT SIMONSON, inker BOB WIACEK, colorist CHRIS SOTOMAYOR, and letterer JOHN WORKMAN as they ply their crafts. Each creator will be working on a current assignment, so that attendees will get a sense of how team-created comics come to be. Event organizer, and longtime comics editor, DANNY FINGEROTH, will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate the role of the editor in the comic book making process.
COMICS OUT LOUD will be a rare opportunity to see top creators doing—and speaking about—their work. You will have the chance to find out everything you always wanted to know about making comics, but were afraid—or didn’t even know—to ask!
$50 non-members, $40 members, $20 students
Food will be available for an additional $5.
Purchase tickets here!
ABOUT THE CREATORS:
LOUISE SIMONSON [writer] has written and edited comic books for many years, including those in the superhero, science fiction, horror, and fantasy genres. Her Marvel work includes the award-winning Power Pack; best selling X-Factor and New Mutants; Wolverine: Meltdown, co-written with her husband, Walter ; and Web of Spider-Man. Her DC Comics work includes Superman: Man of Steel, featuring the Death and Return of Superman storylines; Steel; and World of Warcraft. She has also written 23 books for kids and adults. She is currently writing a Young Adult dark urban fantasy novel and a Rocketeer story for IDW.
WALT SIMONSON [penciler] is a triple-threat talent, lauded for his work as writer, penciler, and inker. His first professional artwork appeared in 1973 in DC’s Weird War Tales. He gained prominence with his collaboration with Archie Goodwin on the Manhunter feature, and from there went on to many triumphs, including landmark runs on The Mighty Thor, The Fantastic Four (both of which he wrote, penciled and inked), and Michael Moorcock’s Elric.
BOB WIACEK [inker], one of the industry’s top embellishers, has inked over such pencilers as Carmine Infantino on Star Wars, John Romita Jr. on The Uncanny X-Men, June Brigman on Power Pack, John Byrne on Sensational She-Hulk, Walter Simonson on X-Factor, and George Pérez on The Brave and the Bold, volume 2.
CHRIS SOTOMAYOR [colorist] has the reputation of being one of the best—and fastest—color artists in the comics business, and has been a mainstay at Marvel Comics since 1996. He’s proven himself time and again, having worked on their top properties, including Spider-Man, X-Men, Daredevil, Captain America, Hulk, and many others, as well as working on titles for DC, Image and Humanoids.
JOHN WORKMAN [letterer] was born in the mid-twentieth century. He discovered comics at an early age and was struck by the uniqueness of the medium. His plans to be a lawyer flew out the window, and he began to experiment with all the elements that make up the creation of comics stories. His favorite time spent in comics over the last 44 years was the period (1977-1984) during which he was the Art Director for Heavy Metal magazine. He edited, wrote, penciled, inked, colored, lettered, and handled production on thousands of comics pages, all the time attempting to boost sales of the publication and to present comics material to a large worldwide audience. In the years since the HM days, he has become known primarily for his lettering, though he continues to do everything else that it takes to come up with a comics story.
DANNY FINGEROTH [curator] is Sr. VP of Education at SoHo’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA), where he co-curated exhibitions of the work of Al Jaffee and Will Eisner. He was Group Editor of Marvel’s Spider-Man line and has written many comics featuring Spider-Man and other icons. He is co-author of How to Create Comics from Script to Print; author of Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society; and co-editor of the recent The Stan Lee Universe, a compendium of rarities from and about the co-creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, and so many others, published by TwoMorrows.
Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
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Via Marvel.com, we get our first look at Marvel’s signing schedule for New York Comic Con 2011, including signings by Stan Lee and Joe Quesada as well as Chris Evans (Captain America), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and more from The Avengers.
In addition, Marvel has made their Panel and Booth Schedule available:
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Walter Simonson, legendary comics writer and artist of an overwhelmingly impressive catalog of books, appears at the IDW booth every day during the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, signing copies of WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION. In addition to the regular edition available in July at comic stores, IDW will offer a limited Comic-Con exclusive edition featuring a variant cover, only available through IDW at the convention. Readers can now pre-order both editions direct from IDW Publishing for pick up at Comic-Con. The regular edition is also available for mail delivery, and orders will be filled after San Diego Comic-Con. The Comic-Con exclusive edition will only be available at the convention. Please click here to pre-order.
“I wrote and drew The Mighty Thor for Marvel more 25 years ago now, at a time when it was the fate of old comics to be deployed to the back issue bins in comic shops and at conventions. No one had any expectations of reprints or trade collections. Now, it’s a new day,” said Simonson. “I’m pleased that IDW and Marvel have seen fit to go back and revisit this work as they have. I couldn’t be more delighted to know Thor, Beta Ray Bill, and all their friends turned out to have a much longer shelf-life than I would ever have imagined.”
An oversized, hardcover collection, WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION will present Thor 337-340, Simonson’s first classic story arc, which introduced Beta Ray Bill, and Thor 360-362, Simonson’s choice for the second arc in the book. All the pages in the ARTIST’S EDITION have been scanned from Simonson’s personal original art to ensure the highest possible quality reproduction. While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for instance, white-out corrections and blue pencil notations.
“Walter’s run on The Mighty Thor is one of the best ever in comics—period,” said editor Scott Dunbier, “and to be able to see it now as an Artist’s Edition, printed the same size as drawn, and scanned from all the originals… well, I just can’t wait to get my paws on it!”
This will be Simonson’s first visit to San Diego Comic-Con since 2004. Joining Simonson will be his wife, Louise “Weezie” Simonson, a noted comic book editor and writer. WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION will be the first in a series of Artist’s Editions featuring legendary creators and comics from Marvel.
WALTER SIMONSON’S THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION ($100, hardcover, black and white, 176 pages, 12” x 17”) will be available in stores in July 2011. Now available for pre-order through IDWPublishing.com. ISBN 978-1-61377-038-2.
WALTER SIMONSON’S THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION San Diego Comic-Con Edition ($100, hardcover, black and white, 176 pages, 12” x 17”) will only be available through IDW during San Diego Comic-Con, and is now available for pre-order through IDWPublishing.com.
Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.
IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.
About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com.