FL – Free Comic Book Day 2014

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Comic book superstars including Paul Pelletier, Mike Perkins, Billy Tucci, Eric ‘EBAS’ Basaldua, Bart Sears, The Frazetta Girls, Jamie Jones, Scott Blair, Alexis Ziritt, Tony Kordos, Ozzy Fernandez, CAE Studios and many more of your favorite local artists appear at Heroes Haven on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!

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Heroes Haven
4339 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
813-269-8859

FL – Turok Signing

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Paul Pelletier and Tony Kordos appear at Heroes Haven on Saturday, February 8th from noon till 4:00 pm!

Press Release:

Dynamite Comics is bringing TUROK back! To celebrate their release, Heroes’ Haven Comics will have their own Turok Dinosaur Hunter Exclusive Sketch Cover (limited to 500 copies) done by artists PAUL PELLETIER and TONY KORDOS! FIRST 100 PEOPLE IN LINE WILL GET A FREE COPY! Saturday, February 8th – 12:00pm to 4:00pm – Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet both cover artists and get a sketch!

Dynamite is proud to present an all-new adventure ongoing from superstar GREG PAK (Batman/Superman, World War Hulk) and incredible artist MIRKO COLAK (Red Skull: Incarnate, Conan)! Shunned from his tribe, a young Native American named Turok fights to survive, making a lonely life for himself in the unforgiving forest. But his hard-won cunning and survival skills face the ultimate test when man-eating THUNDER LIZARDS attack his people! Why are dinosaurs here? How have they survived? And will Turok use his abilities to save a society that’s taken everything away from him?

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Heroes Haven
4339 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
813-269-8859

Scene on the Web Weekly: July 15-21, 2013

Arrow’s Stephen Amell is headed to Dragon Con while the Florida Comics Experience gets Paul Pelletier. See what else we’ve Scene on the Web.


FL – All-New Fathom Signing

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Alex Konat, Paul Pelletier, Tony Kordos, and Wil Quintana sign at Heroes Haven on Saturday July 27th!

Press Release:

Heroes Haven Comics is pleased to announce their biggest signing event to date. Aspen Comics is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by publishing 10 new #1 issues in 10 months, all with a cover price of $1. While five of the new #1′s come from Aspen’s past catalogue, the other half of the titles are brand-new series. Wednesday July 24th 2013, the publisher’s flagship series, “Fathom” will be launching with a new #1! So, on Saturday July 27th, “All New Fathom” artist ALEX KONAT will be at Heroes Haven signing “All New Fathom” books! But wait… there’s more!!!

Joining ALEX KONAT, will be artist PAUL PELLETIER (Aquaman, Wolverine), inker TONY KORDOS and colorist WIL QUINTANA who did our “All New Fathom” Heroes Haven Exclusive Cover (Limited to only 750)! Get all your covers signed by all four artists! YOU CANNOT MISS THIS GREAT EVENT!!! CGC Certification will be available. For more information click here.

Heroes Haven
4339 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
813-269-8859

FL – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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Paul Pelletier, Mike Perkins, Scott Blair, and more sign at Heroes Haven on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

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Press Release:

Join Heroes haven for our Free Comic Book Day celebration! We will feature a food truck rally sponsored by Generation Food Trucks, face painters, balloon benders, live bands, store specials, giveaways and lots of FAMILY FUN. FREE COMIC BOOK DAY (Saturday May 4 from 10am-10pm) at Heroes’ Haven (Tampa, FL):
 
Special Guests:
 
Paul Pelletier (Aquaman, Wolverine, Incredible Hulk)
Mike Perkins (The Stand, Astonishing X-Men, Captain America)
Scott Blair 
Krishna M. Sadasivam 
Con Artist Entertainment 
Austin Janowski 
Stephen Wittmaak 
John Rivett and more artists to join…

Heroes Haven
4339 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
813-269-8859

Tampa Bay Comic Con Returns November 13th; Expands to 2-Days in 2012

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Press Release:

Tampa Bay Comic Con is Back and Looking Forward! 

November 2nd, 2011 – The Tampa Bay Comic Con is back with an exciting convention set for November 13th, 2011, and a very bright future on the horizon for 2012! The convention has brought in a fantastic roster of guests to headline the November 13th show. The roster includes: Bob Camp, the co-creator of the “Ren and Stimpy Show”, Marvel Comics artist and wide scale storyboard artist for animated TV shows and movies. Camp also created the Tampa Bay Comic Con exclusive poster (featuring Ren and Stimpy) for the upcoming convention. Other guests include Larry Mainland and Sonya Thompson whom are both cast members and primary marketing zombies (featured as zombies on the cover of the Dec 2nd, 2010 issue of Entertainment Weekly) for AMC’s TV series, “The Walking Dead” and films such as “Zombieland” and “Contagion”. Additional guests include, Cary Nord, the critically-acclaimed artist known for his work on Conan the Barbarian, Bob McLeod, veteran artist of numerous titles and the co-creator of the X-Men spin-off, “New Mutants”, long-time Spider-Man artist Alex Saviuk and Paul Pelletier who is widely known for his artistry in such titles as Green Lantern and Hulk.

The Tampa Bay Comic Con also announced that it will transform its decade-old format of three 1-Day conventions per year to a format entailing two, 2-Day conventions per year. With strong support from fans and exhibitors, convention management made this decision as they believe that with the recent surge in popularity and attendance, the convention had outgrown the 1-Day format. It is believed that a 2-Day convention format will allow for the attendance of even more high-profile guests from the world of comics and Hollywood.

Tampa Bay Comic Con will be held on Sunday, November 13th, 2011 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa, FL from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children (12 and under). The address is:

4500 West Cypress Street

Tampa, FL 33607

 

Please e-mail: inquiries@tampabaycomiccon.com

www.TampaBayComicCon.com

MegaCon Announces Initial 2012 Guest Lineup Including Kate Mulgrew

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Press Release:

ORLANDO MEGACON ANNOUNCES INITIAL 2012 GUEST LINEUP

MegaCon, the largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi media event in the Southeast, is pleased to make its initial announcement of guests. MegaCon will take place February 17th – 19th, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

MegaCon is proud to announce the appearance of Kate Mulgrew who played Captain Kathryn Janeway from the TV series Star Trek: Voyager

Comic book guests include: Tony Bedard, Dennis Calero, Nick Cardy, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, Daxiong, Dan DiDio, Chuck Dixon, Paul Gulacy, Cully Hamner, Phil Hester, Rob Hunter, Dan Jurgens, Barbara Kesel, Pablo Marcos, Phil Noto, Jimmy Palmiotti, Dan Parent, Paul Pelletier, Brandon Peterson, Stephane Roux, Frank Tieri, Tim Townsend, Billy Tucci, Ethan Van Sciver, Zeb Wells

Media guests include stars from Star Trek, Warehouse 13, Vampire Diaries, Star Wars, Babylon 5, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stargate, Robot Chicken and Ghost Hunters International.  These stars include: Kate Mulgrew, Brent Spiner, Eddie McClintok, Sal Runbinek, Tia Carrere, David Anders, Joseph Morgan, Laura Cohan, David Prowse, Daniel Logan, Richard LeParmetier, Peter Mayhew, Valerie Perrine, Bruce Boxleitner, Stephen Furst, Peter Jurasik, Corin Nemec, Tony Amendola, Paul McGillion, Scott Tepperman, and Nicholas Brendon.

Live Music on all three days by popular Celtic Band: Emerald Rose.

Other events include: children events provided by the Skiffytown Heroes, paint and take room, RPG gaming events, anime events, LAN room, belly dancing, Indy Film Festival, movie trailers screening room, Saturday evening dance, late night adult only dance, and professional panel room.

The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.

MegaCon 2012
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida
February 17th – 19th, 2012
Contact Info: info@megaconvention.com or www.megaconvention.com

Marvel Announces Signings, Activities, and Panels for C2E2

April 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois, Top Stories

Via Marvel.com:

Marvel’s C2E2 2010 Signing Schedule:

Friday, April 16 Saturday, April 17 Sunday, April 18
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

REILLY BROWN
JONATHAN HICKMAN
JIM MCCANN
FRED VAN LENTE

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
MITCH BREITWEISER
RON GARNEY
ADAM KUBERT

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

JEPH LOEB

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

MARJORIE LIU
PAUL PELLETIER
MIKE PERKINS
DANIEL WAY

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

JOE QUESADA

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

C.B. CEBULSKI
GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
MARJORIE LIU
DANIEL WAY

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

JOE QUESADA

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

REILLY BROWN
PETER DAVID
VALENTINE DELANDRO
KHOI PHAM

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
MITCH BREITWEISER
PETER DAVID
BUTCH GUICE

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PETER DAVID
VALENTINE DELANDRO
BUTCH GUICE
SEAN MCKEEVER

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

RACHEL DODSON
TERRY DODSON
STUART MOORE
MIKE PERKINS

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

REILLY BROWN
GREG PAK
KHOI PHAM
FRED VAN LENTE

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

BOB LAYTON
KHOI PHAM
FRANK TIERI
PAUL TOBIN

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

JEPH LOEB

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

JIMMY CHEUNG
JIM MCCANN
PAUL PELLETIER
SKOTTIE YOUNG

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

JEPH LOEB
GREG PAK

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

DENNIS CALERO
GREG PAK
PAUL PELLETIER
FRED VAN LENTE

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SEAN MCKEEVER
FRANK TIERI
PAUL TOBIN
DANIEL WAY

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

MIKE CHOI
JONATHAN HICKMAN
ALESSANDRO VITTI
SKOTTIE YOUNG

Marvel’s C2E2 2010 Booth Events & Activities Schedule:

Friday, April 16 Saturday, April 17 Sunday, April 18
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Iron Man 2” video game
demo presented by SEGA

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Marvel Charades
Game Show

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Super Happy Fun Marvel
Giveaway Hour

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Marvel Charades
Game Show

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Marvel Costume Contest

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Marvel Your Universe
Game Show

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Marvel Your Universe
Game Show

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Iron Man 2″ video game
demo presented by SEGA

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“Iron Man 2″ video game
demo presented by SEGA

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Super Happy Fun Marvel Giveaway Hour

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Marvel Your Universe
Game Show

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Super Happy Fun Marvel
Giveaway Hour

(Go to Marvel.com for downloadable/printable versions)

Sega Iron Man 2 Video Game Demo
SEGA will be demoing the Iron Man 2 video game on the Xbox 360. Swing by, and suit up as Iron Man and, for the first time ever, War Machine in a story that takes you beyond the movie and into the comic universe in this all-new action adventure game. Bag yourself a show-only limited edition Iron Man 2 video game poster into the bargain.

The Marvel Your Universe Game Show
Always wanted to be on a game show but never got the call? Well now’s your chance. Stop by the Marvel booth as we randomly select people from the audience to partner up with Marvel creators and editors as contestants on a live on-stage game show.

Super Happy Fun Marvel Giveaway Hour
You Make Yours Marvel every day and we appreciate it! And we’d like to show our appreciation by giving you some cool prizes like variant comic books, trade paperbacks, and hard-to-get autographed items. So stop by with your fellow Marvel Zombies (not the ones that enjoy brains) and you may be lucky enough to hop, skip and jump away with some gifts that will make you the envy of your family, friends, coworkers and pets.

Marvel Costume Contest
Are you dressed as your favorite Marvel character? Then get your friendly neighborhood, star-spangled, best-at-what-you-do self down to the Marvel Booth at Comic-Con for The Marvel Costume Contest! The Grand Prize: a Marvel Omnibus signed by Stan Lee! All entrants may also be featured in a gallery on Marvel.Com!

Marvel Charades Game Show
Are you the living room champion of pantomime? Do you have a mutant ability to convey what you are thinking through simple hand gestures and body contortions? Can you drop it like it’s hot? Then make sure you are in the Marvel Booth as we choose fans from the crowd to team up with Marvel creators and editors to play Marvel Charades live on stage!

For Marvel’s Panel Schedule, visit Marvel.com.

FL – FCBD: Clobberin’ Time

Aaron Lopresti, Brandon Peterson, Paul Pelletier, Wil Quintana, Morry Hollowell, and more sign at Yancy Street Comics for Free Comic Book Day (May 1st). 

Yancy Street Comics, 9409 US 19 in Gulfview Square Mall, Port Richey, FL 34668

727-817-0888

www.yancystcomics.com

C2E2 2010 Adds 10 Great Comic Guests

January 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois, Top Stories

Via Twitter, C2E2, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo has announced 10 new guests today:

  • Franco Aureliani
  • Jimmy Cheung
  • Frank Cho
  • Geof Darrow
  • David Finch
  • Ron Garney
  • Adam Hughes
  • Greg Land
  • Paul Pelletier
  • Chris Ware

For more, visit the official website at: http://www.c2e2.com/

Official Press Release:


C2E2 KICKS OFF 2010 WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF TEN TOP ARTIST APPEARANCES!

Pop Culture Event Continues to Reveal Presence of Major Creators; New Guests Include Chris Ware, Adam Hughes, David Finch and Others

Much More News to Come in Next Two Months

Norwalk, CT, January 27, 2010:  In their first announcement of 2010, C2E2 officials have divulged the names of ten top artists to add to the line up of major guests who have already been announced for the new pop culture event which is set to debut at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, April 16 -18, 2010.  The creators, who are among the leading and most progressive artists working in the graphic arts field today, will make themselves available to meet and greet the thousands of fans expected to swarm the McCormick Center as Reed Exhibitions launches the Midwest incarnation of New York Comic Con, which itself has quickly grown to be second largest pop culture event in America, and the largest pop culture event on the East Coast.

“We are kicking off 2010 welcoming 10 major artists to C2E2, but this is merely the beginning of a 2 month cavalcade of guest announcements that we promise will wow fans in Chicagoland and all over the Midwest,” states Lance Fensterman, Vice President for the Reed Pop Culture Group and Show Manager for C2E2.  “Next week, we will be announcing ‘Women Creators at C2E2′ and each week after we’ll have bigger and bigger announcements to share with you.  With about two and a half months until C2E2 storms the shores of Lake Michigan we are fully prepared to wow the fans of the Midwest with the caliber of show they deserve and have told us they want.  New York Comic Con has grown exponentially over the past four years and we are using all our knowledge and expertise to make C2E2 the largest event in the Midwest, just as NYCC is the largest event on the East Coast.  Of course, none of this would be possible without the willing participation of our guests, to whom we are deeply grateful.”

Some of the other guests who have already been announced for C2E2 include Alex Ross, who will be a Keystone Guest of Honor, Jackson Guice, Steve McNiven, Mike Mignola, Jeff Smith, Ben Templesmith and Ethan Van Sciver, among many others.

The ten new artists joining the guest line up at C2E2 include:

Franco Aureliani: Franco was born in 1492 aboard the cruise ship Santa Maria and currently resides in Nueva York in a warm ranch-style house with a white picket fence and a very lovely lady who said “yes” to his marriage proposal and their wonderful son.  Franco spends most of his time in his Bat Cave-like studio and emerges occasionally to yell at people and stuff. He is the creator of Weirdsville, co-creator and writer of the acclaimed indie title Patrick the Wolf Boy, and co-creator and writer of DC’s all-ages, New York Times Best-Selling, Eisner Award-winning hit Tiny Titans.  He has also been known to write, paint, or draw for companies big and small from DC to Devil’s Due on titles such as Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam, I Dream of Jeannie, Ninjatown and many others.  Not wanting any free time in his life, Franco teaches High School Art and gains immense satisfaction in seeing new generations of artist coming into their own.  Franco is adamant that he is a genius, but he usually defers to his wife who tells him he isn’t and keeps him grounded in the real world.

Jimmy Cheung: Originally hailing from the UK, Jimmy now resides in Florida, pencilling exclusively for Marvel Comics. He is currently working on a new Young Avengers project with Allan Heinberg as well as providing covers for the Secret Warriors series. His past projects for Marvel have included Iron Man, X-Force, Uncanny X-Men, Illuminati and New Avengers, and he Is responsible for co-creating the Young Avengers and Scion for CrossGen Comics.

Frank Cho: Frank Cho was born in Seoul, South Korea, and at the age of six, he and his family came to the United States. Cho never had any formal training in art and taught himself to draw and write by reading art books and comics. At the University of Maryland, he created the award winning college strip, University 2 (University Squared), which ran in the campus newspaper, The Diamondback. Upon graduating from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor degree in Nursing, he signed with Creators Syndicate Inc. His Liberty Meadows was distributed worldwide and was also published as a comic book from Insight Studios Group. In an unprecedented move in comics history, Cho voluntarily discontinued the newspaper strip in favor of comic book distribution only. In 2002, Cho has moved the hugely successful Liberty Meadows comic from Insight Studios Group to Image Comics. He has number of projects scheduled, including upcoming exclusive Hulk and New Ultimates with Jeph Loeb for Marvel Comics and Dragon Line and Zombie King for Image Comics.

Geof Darrow: Geof Darrow began his professional career in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as a snow shoveler, lawn mower,  and occasional altar boy. He moved up from there (or down depending on your taste) to design character models for Hanna Barbera. Due to the French-American trade imbalance during the 80′s, he was sent to Paris, where he nearly ruined Jean “Moebius” Giraud’s career by working with him at the French publishing house Aedena on the project City of Fire. From there, he bedeviled Frank Miller, making his life miserable, in turn, by working with him on the comics  Hard Boiled and The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot  for Dark Horse. Not content with ruining his reputation in print, Darrow moved into celluloid and was the concept artist on the Matrix Trilogy and Speed Racer films for the Wachowski Brothers. He is currently writing and drawing the Shaolin Cowboy for Burlyman Entertainment as well as writing and co-directing an animated version of the Shaolin Cowboy for Madhouse Animation Studios, produced by the aforementioned Wachowskis. He is still available for lawn mowing and snow shoveling but has laid down his hassock  much to the consternation of the church. Mea Culpa.

David Finch: David Finch began his comic book career at the age of 22 at Top Cow. There, he created Ascension and Aphrodite IX, both of which were top sellers in the business.  In 2001, he made the move to Marvel.  His 15 issue run on Ultimate X-Men saw sales of the comic jump 40%.  On Avengers, David’s presence doubled sales with starting with his first issue.  Eventually feeling the need for a change, David took on the monumental task of bringing a perennially low-selling, cancelled Moon Knight into the mainstream.  His run on Moon Knight skyrocketed this title into the main Marvel universe and saw it sell over five times the all the title’s previous releases.  Now, David is working with Jeph Loeb on Ultimatum.  In addition to his comic career, David has also worked on video games, music, and film.  He has worked with Zack Snyder, Guillermo del Toro, Clive Barker, and Michael J. Straczynski, among others.  His artwork can currently be seen in stores nationwide on the CD cover for the band Disturbed.

Ron Garney: Ron Garney has been a professional comics illustrator since 1989. Over the course of his career, he’s built a large fan following, tackling some of the industry’s greatest characters including the Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, X-Men, JLA, Captain America, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight,  and G.I. Joe.  He’s been nominated twice for the industry’s coveted Eisner award, for best penciler and best serialized story for Captain America with Mark Waid. Ron has also worked in the film industry, notably on I Am Legend as costume illustrator, and he currently illustrates Wolverine: Weapon X alongside Jason Aaron. Ron lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children.

Adam Hughes: Born Cinco de Mayo during the Summer of Love in Riverside, NJ, Adam escaped to Atlanta in the early 90s, when such things were possible.  Starting his comics career in 1987, Adam has drawn for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and many other companies.  He has also done work for Lucasfilm, Warner Bros., and Joss Whedon’s Mutant Enemy Productions. He’s drawn everything from Star Wars to Star Trek and Indiana Jones to Tomb Raider. His run of covers on Wonder Woman won multiple Harvey Awards and an Eisner.  He’s also won both the Gold and Silver Spectrum Awards for Comics. Adam is currently working on many projects, including a hard-cover collection of his work for DC Comics over that last 20 years.  He also enjoys designing statues for Sideshow Collectibles.

Greg Land: Greg has been illustrating comics as a freelance artist since 1994.  He broke into the business with Sky Comics, on a title called Storm Quest. This work led to projects with DC Comics that included Nightwing and the Birds of Prey. In 2001, Greg started with CrossGen Comics and helped develop their top selling adventure book, Sojourn. His next step was illustrating several covers for Marvel, Top Cow, and DC.  His relationship with Marvel Comics led to an exclusive contract that has featured work on titles such as Phoenix: End Song, Ultimate Fantastic Four, and Ultimate Power.  Currently, he’s at work on The Uncanny X-Men. Greg resides in Florida with his wife of almost 25 years, Trish, and their daughter, Shelbi.

Paul Pelletier: Paul has been drawing comics professionally since 1992. Over the last 18 years, he’s penciled books including Ex-Mutants, Flash, Green Lantern, Negation, Fantastic Four, and She-Hulk and worked for companies including Malibu, DC, CrossGen and Marvel. He is now under exclusive contract with Marvel and is drawing the Incredible Hulk. Paul lives in Tampa with his wonderful wife, Danette, and their two cats, Moxie and Marino.

Chris Ware: Chris Ware lives in Oak Park, IL, and is the author of Jimmy Corrigan – the Smartest Kid on Earth. He is currently serializing two new graphic novels in his ongoing periodical The ACME Novelty Library, the 20th issue of which will be released in 2010. He has guest-edited McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and Houghton-Mifflin’s Best American Comics and was the first cartoonist chosen to regularly serialize an ongoing story in The New York Times Magazine. A contributor to the New Yorker and The Virginia Quarterly Review, his work was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, was favored with an exhibit of its own at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2006, and will be exhibited at the Gävle Konstcent.

For more information on guests, tickets, or C2E2 in general, visit www.C2E2 or check out the show’s official blog, MediumAtLarge at 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 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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