Wizard World Portland Comic Con 2014 Welcomes Comic Creators Zeck, Cheung, Sandoval, Adams, Ramos, Etc.
Mike Zeck, Jim Cheung, Rafa Sandoval, Neal Adams, Humberto Ramos Headline Superstar Comic Creators At Wizard World Portland Comic Con, January 24-26 2014
George Pérez, David Marquez, Jim Valentino, Mike Allred, Matt Wagner, Arthur Suydam, Eric Powell, Michael Golden, 150+ Artists And Writers, Including 15 Eisner Award Winners At Pop Culture Festival At Oregon Convention Center
PORTLAND, Ore., January 10, 2014 – A world-class roster of more than 150 comics artists and writers, including notables Mike Zeck (“Spider-Man,” “Punisher”), Jim Cheung (“Avengers vs. X-Men,” “Iron Man”), Rafa Sandoval (“Catwoman,” “Ultimate Hawkeye”), Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”) and Humberto Ramos (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Impulse”), will be on hand at Wizard World Portland Comic Con, January 24-26 at the Oregon Convention Center. A total of 15 winners of the prestigious Eisner Award are among the scheduled attendees.
Fans can meet the creators, commission original art, have pieces signed, and attend many programming sessions featuring the leaders in the comics industry all weekend.
In addition to Hall of Famers Adams and Stan Lee, Eisner winners on hand at Portland Comic Con include Adams, Laura Allred (“Madman,” “Daredevil”), Mike Allred (“Thor,” “X-Men”), Kurt Busiek (“Astro City,” “JLA”), Jonathan Case (“Dear Creature,” “Green River Killer”), Tyler Crook (“B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Monsters,” “Petrograd”), Steve Lieber (“Detective Comics,” “Hawkman”), Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”), George Pérez (“Superman,” “Crisis on Infinite Earths”), Eric Powell (“The Goon,” “Hellboy”), Paul Tobin (“Bandette,” “LotDK”), Matt Wagner (“Grendel,” “Batman”), Shannon Wheeler (“Too Much Coffee Man,” “Oil and Water” and Douglas Wolk (“Judge Dredd: Mega City Two,” “Reading Comics”). Ten other Eisner nominees will also dot the star-studded Artist Alley.
Other top creators scheduled to appear are David Marquez (“Ultimate Spider-Man,” “Fantastic Four: Season One”), Jim Valentino (“Image Comics,” “ShadowHawk”), “Zombie King” Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Hulk”), Greg Horn (“Marvel: War of Heroes” iPhone app, “Walt Disney”) and Tyler Kirkham (“Action Comics,” “Superboy”).
Adams has also drawn an exclusive variant cover of Miracleman #1. Marvel Comics and Wizard World have announced a program by which VIP attendees will receive a free copy of the color version (limited to 3,000 copies), and the black & white version will be available for sale at the Wizard World Store on the convention floor (limited to 2,500 copies).
Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead,” “Star Trek’s” “Captain Kirk” William Shatner, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Ron Perlman of Hellboy and many other celebrities will attend the first of 16 events currently scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD). Also featuring a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions, this marks the second Wizard World Portland Comic Con following a successful debut in Feb. 2013.
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Portland Comic Con show hours are Friday, Jan. 24, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more on the 2014 Wizard World Portland Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-portland.html.
About Wizard World:
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.
The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.
Wizard World 2014 Schedule
January 24-26 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con
Mike Zeck to Appear at “Wizard New York Experience” in June!
A heavy-hitter in the comics industry, and influencing generations of artists, one would have to argue which of Mike’s series has been the most influential, or which is embossed most deeply in our pop culture:
Zeck’s epic six part story “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” with J.M. Dematteis and Bob McLeod, springs immediately to mind. This groundbreaking series took the Spider-man character to a whole new level, and has been touted by readers as the “Greatest Spider-man story of all time,” in recent polls.
Considered one of “the” Punisher artists, Zeck’s work with writer Steven Grant on the character–collected as “Circle of Blood”–sets the standard for the look and feel of the Punisher and propelled him to flagship character status at Marvel. In fact, along with air-brush artist Phil Zimmelman, Mike has created some of the most recognizable painted images of the Punisher ever made;
The Limited Series “Secret Wars,” set the comic book readership on their ears, and brought a new black-and-white costume design for Spider-man (designed by Zeck) which is still recognizable and indelible to this day. Spider-man wore the costume temporarily, and it still lives on in the form of the super-villain, Venom.
In short, when you stop and think of the t-shirts sporting Zeck images, the homages to his covers, the lineage of his storytelling, you need a long sheet of paper to start writing them down.
Michael J. Zeck it seems, always knew he would work in the arts. Born in Pennsylvania and growing up in South Florida, he later attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, his eye always on working in the sequential art field. He began that career at Charlton Comics with their animation-related line of comics leading to horror titles, later moving on to Marvel Comics. Some of his first work at Marvel included “Master of Kung Fu” and “Captain America,” with many more titles, at numerous companies, to follow from there.
Zeck’s work has graced the pages and covers of “Aquaman,” “Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight,” “Green Lantern,” “G.I. Joe,” “G.I. Joe: Special Missions,” “Lobo,” “Deathstroke The Terminator,” “The Eliminator” and too many titles to mention here.
As part of the VIP package at the NYC Experience to commemorate this rare appearance, Zeck will be promoting his creator-owned project “Damned” (with writer Steven Grant), with a limited edition poster. A new collected edition of the series “Damned” will be published by BOOM! Studios this fall.
For more information on this appearance and Michael J. Zeck contact Eva Ink Artist Group at: email@example.com