Golden and Texeira Head to France for Lille Comics Festival

October 29, 2009 by  
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Golden and Texeira Join Forces in Lille
France–The Lille Comics Festival doesn’t start until Saturday, but Michael Golden, Mark Texeira and Renee Witterstaetter are in the city early to jump start the event with art classes and store signings each day before the show.

The Nam art by Michael Golden

The Nam art by Michael Golden

Guest of Honor, Michael Golden, known for his groundbreaking work on titles such as The ‘Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe Yearbook, The Avengers,Batman, and Dr. Strange has dazzled generations of fans and establisheing him as one of the most influential creators in comics, with a body of work that inspired countless artists over the years.

During his career, Golden has been an editor at DC Comics as well as senior art director at Marvel Comics, and has worked on numerous movie production projects, including some currently in development.

His art has been the focus of gallery shows in places as diverse as New York, Gijon and Barcelona, Antwerp and Brussels, and his class on storytelling has been conducted in Spain, Brussels, Canada, the United States and China. Golden’s recent work can be seen on the covers of Heroes for Hire, Exiles,Demon’s Regret, Uncanny X-Men, and Spiderman, among others. Vanguard Production’s recently released top-selling art retrospective “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” written by Renee Witterstaetter, which has gone into a second printing. This year will also see the release of Golden’s new sketchbook, “More Heroes and Villains,” from Eva Ink Publishing-a perfect match for last year’s “Heroes and Villains” sketchbook.

In addition, while in Lille, Golden is teaching a 2 hour course at the local art school as part of this important cultural exchange, adding this beautiful and historic city to the list of venues where he is previewing this truncated version of his longer 2 day art class to debut next year.

Conan art by Mark Texeira

Conan art by Mark Texeira

Mark Texeira is best known for his work on Marvel titles such as Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Black Panther, and more, showcasing a knack of bringing striking reality, powerful mood, and visceral feeling to any story he tackles.

His fine-art style has also graced numerous album covers, magazine covers, paperback books, movie tie-ins, and gaming merchandise. His clients include Def Jam Records, Marvel Entertainment, Dynamite, Harris, DC Comics, and pretty much every publisher we could name. His brush has brought to life characters such as Vampirella, Conan, and Batman, as well as Tex’s creator-owned character Pscythe.

Mark is currently working on a new Punisher mini-series for Marvel among much more.

Writer, editor, color artist, and publisher, Renee Witterstaetter began her career working for DC, Marvel, and Topps. After a storytelling immersion in comics, film work was a natural progression for her, and she worked on dozens of commercials and music videos for the likes of Madonna, Seal, and Usher, as well as the feature films Rush Hour Two, and Red Dragon, among others. She is the author of numerous books, including “Dying for Action: The Life and Films of Jackie Chan,” “The Fantastic Art of Arthur Suydam,” and “The Art of the Barbarian, vols. 1 and 2, the top-selling “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden” and “Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira,” and her upcoming mystery novel. She has just recently returned from presenting a new paper at an animation forum in China, as well.

Michael, Mark and Renee will be appearing at comic shops in Lille the two days leading up to the show, signing and taking commission requests. All three will also be on hand both days of the festival. Other guests joining the trio will be: Niko Henrichon, Barry Kitson, Phil Winslade, Mitch Breitweiser, Gary Erskine, Stepahnie Hans, Gerald Parel, Ramon Perez, Karl Kershl,Cameron Stewart, Dave Taylor and Michael Lark.

For more information contact: www.lillecomicsfestival.com

For more information on Golden and Texeira, their commissions, work and appearances, contact: evaink@aol.com

Texeira, Golden and Witterstaetter on recent appearance in  China

Texeira, Golden and Witterstaetter on recent appearance in China

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Mark Texeira Adds Bite to Big Apple Comic Con

October 16, 2009 by  
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Texeira Adds Bite to Big Apple!

New York–This weekend, Pier 92 in Manhattan is going to be jam-packed with comics, gaming and animation fans, as the Big Apple Convention celebrates the merging with Wizard Entertainment and AND a new location. Artist Mark Texeira will be on hand to add some bite to the event, and celebrate his own first–the release of his new art book from Vanguard Productions!

Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira

Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira

Currently working on a much anticipated Punisher mini-series from Marvel, fine art painter and illustrator, Texeira is known for his work on “Ghost Rider,” “Moonknight,” “Black Panther,” “Hercules,” “Jonah Hex,” and far too many books to mention here. Mixed in with his love of sequential art, Mark’s old world style meshed with pop art has graced cover after cover for Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Dynamite Entertainment, Def Jam Records, and again, for too many clients to mention here.

That’s why Vanguard Productions has just released a definitive art book on the man to chronicle this amazing career and keep us all up to date! Entitled “Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira…The Artist’s Great Escape,” the lush 128 book is available in hardcover, softcover and a limited run of deluxe hardcovers (featuring 16 additional pages and slipcase). The book, authored by Renee Witterstaetter (with research by Patricia Snodgrass and Robin Dale), also features a partial bibliography of Mark’s work, to aid all those collectors out there shouting for more information.

Babes & Brawn

Babes & Brawn

Look for more Mark’s new book both at the Renee Witterstaetter/Eva Ink table next to Mark in artist alley and at the Vanguard Productions booth. In addition to this tome, Mark will also have prints and his new softcover sketchbook, “Babes and Brawn,” available while supplies last, while also doing commissions and signing at the event.

Eva Ink and Woodcrest Productions are also proud donors for charity auctions sponsored by Wizard/Big Apple this next weekend at their two parties scheduled to liven up Pier 92 even more!

Friday night will feature a performance by Naughty By Nature!
The Saturday Night party will feature a performance by Taylor Dayne! A live band, comedy show, costume contest, silent auction, and a charity auction on stage will also highlight the Saturday night event!

The Charities being featured are Comix 4 Sight–benefiting comics writer John Ostrander and his fight against Glaucoma, Snowball Express–which is the charity for the children of our fallen military heroes. (It started in 2006 with a simple idea: Provide hope and new memories to the children of our fallen military heroes who died while on active duty since September 11, 2001), and MoCCA–devoted to the preservation, study and display of comic and cartoon art.

Other creators joining Mark Texeira at the Big Apple show include actors and artists such as: Thomas Jane, William Shatner, Joe Simon, Kate Mulgrew, Jim Lee, Jim Seranko, Joe Kubert, Adam Kubert, Andy Kubert, Neal Adams, Yogi Berra, Adam Hughes, Jim Cheung, Herb Trimpe, Billy Tucci, Alex Saviuk, Jim Salicrup, James O’Barr, Mike McKone, Alex Maleev, Leo Liebelman, and many more!

For more information on the show and the charity events, contact www.wizarduniverse.com

For more information on artists Mark Texeira and Leo Liebelman and to inquire about commissions, contact: evaink@aol.com

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Baltimore Comic-Con 2009 Hotel Deadline, Panel Sneak Peek, and More Guests

August 27, 2009 by  
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Baltimore Comic-Con 2009 Hotel Rate Deadline, Panel Sneak Peek, More Guests!

Baltimore, Maryland – August 19, 2009 – The 10th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con is building to an amazing 2009 show! We’re working on panels, show exclusives, and even more guests!

Tickets

Coming to the show? Buy your tickets now to avoid lines! Go on-line to http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets.htm and ensure you’re not waiting outside to purchase your tickets when you could be inside enjoying the show! If you were with us last year, you know what we’re talking about!

Hotel Rate Deadline

The Baltimore Comic-Con has worked with the City of Baltimore to reserve a limited number of discounted rooms at hotels convenient to the show. The deadline for this offer is September 9, 2009, so make sure you take advantage of the offer while it is still valid and rooms are still available — go to http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/hotels.htm to reserve yours now.

Panels
We’re not quite ready to announce our show programming yet, but we can let you know of a few that have already been arranged: an Act-I-Vate panel, a DC Nation panel (Saturday), and a Spotlight on Ian Sattler panel (Sunday)! We’ll be putting out more information as it solidifies, but keep an eye on the guest list and you’ll undoubtedly be able to figure out some of the other panels that will be scheduled before we announce it!

Guests
It seems that the moment we hit “Send” on our press releases, we pile on yet more guests!

The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to welcome back to the show Eisner Award winner and 2009 Harvey Award nominee, Terry Moore! Terry has received accolades for his extensive Strangers in Paradise series, the 1996 Best Serialized Story Eisner winner, has written numerous titles for Marvel Comics, including Runaways and Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, and is back with his latest endeavor, the Eisner and Harvey nominated Echo.

In addition to Terry, we are pleased to announce the following guests: Paul Azaceta (Amazing Spider-Man), Jerry Carr (Cryptozoo Crew), Michael Dolce (Descendant), Michael Golden (Spider-Man 1602), Marc Hempel (Absolute Sandman), Greg Horn (Cover Stories: The Art of Greg Horn), Van Jensen (Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer), Karl Kesel (Marvel Apes), Michael Lark (Daredevil), Andy MacDonald (NYC Mech), Andy Runton (Owly), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), Robert Tinnell (EZ Street), Mark Wheatley (Lone Justice), Renee Witterstaetter (Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira — The Artist’s Great Escape), and Kelly Yates (Amber Atoms).

Already announced guests, new and returning, include: Jason Aaron (Wolverine), Mike and Laura Allred (Madman), Dick Ayers (Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos), Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers), Ryan Bodenheim (Red Mass for Mars), Doug Braithwaite (Wolverine: Origins), Pat Broderick (Vincent Price Presents), Buzz (Atomika), Jim Calafiore (Batgirl), Eric Canete (Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin), Nick Cardy (Aquaman), Bernard Chang (Wonder Woman), Jo Chen (New Avengers: The Reunion), Sean Chen (Dark Reign: Fantastic Four), Jimmy Cheung (New Avengers: Illuminati), Cliff Chiang (Green Arrow & Black Canary), Frank Cho (Ultimates 4), Chris Claremont (X-Men Forever), Steve Conley (Star Trek: Year Four), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), J.M. DeMatteis (Metal Men), Todd Dezago (Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man), Evan Dorkin (Beasts of Burden), Jan Duursema (Star Wars: Legacy), Sarah Dyer (Superman Adventures), Steve Englehart (Avengers), Jay Faerber (Noble Causes), David Finch (Ultimatum), Bob Fingerman (Recess Pieces), Matt Fraction (Uncanny X-Men), John Gallagher (Buzzboy), Ron Garney (Wolverine: Weapon X), Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules), Sanford Greene (Marvel Adventures Spider-Man), Cully Hamner (Detective Comics), Tony Harris (Ex Machina), Dean Haspiel (The Alcoholic), Adam Hughes (Power Girl), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Kathryn Immonen (Runaways), Stuart Immonen (New Avengers), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), Joe Jusko (Kolchak: Tales of the Night Stalker), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man), Scott Koblish (Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds), Scott Kurtz (PvP), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Greg LaRocque (Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man), Jerry “The King” Lawler(Headlocked), Norman Lee (GeNext), Steve Lieber (Underground), Luna Brothers (The Sword), David Mack (Kabuki), Tom Mandrake (The Outsiders), Larry Marder (Beanworld), Laura Martin (Thor), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Sean McKeever (Teen Titans), Mark McKenna (BananaTail), Mike McKone (Amazing Spider-Man), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Pop Mhan (World of Warcraft), Mark Morales (Secret Invasion), Doug Murray (Jungle Girl Season 2), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Phil Noto (Batgirl), Kevin Nowlan (The Spirit), Mike Oeming (Mice Templar), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex), Jeff Parker (Agents of ATLAS), Dan Parsons (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Guest of Honor George Perez (Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Comics Armor Wars), Khoi Pham (Mighty Avengers), Whilce Portacio (Spawn), Eric Powell (The Goon), Buddy Prince (Night), Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Mike Raicht (Army of Darkness), Tom Raney (Dark Reign: Hawkeye), Alex Robinson (Too Cool to be Forgotten), James Robinson (Superman), Budd Root (Cavewoman), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Iron Man & The Armor Wars), Stephane Roux (Amazing Spider-Man), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Tim Sale (Heroes), Ian Sattler (Final Crisis: Aftermath), Scott Christian Sava (Dreamland Chronicles), Alex Saviuk (The Phantom Generations), Marc Silvestri (Witchblade), Walt Simonson (Thor), Andy Smith (Dean Koontz’s Nevermore), John K. Snyder III (Doctor Mid-Nite), Allison Sohn (Star Wars trading card artist), Taki Soma (Rapture), Jim Starlin (Strange Adventures), Brian Stelfreeze (Final Crisis Aftermath: Ink), Paul Storrie (Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons), Karl Story (Batman: Streets of Gotham), Mark Texeira (Punisher), Peter Tomasi (Blackest Night: Batman), Herb Trimpe (Hulk), Billy Tucci (Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion), Jim Valentino (Shadowline Comics), Rob Venditti (The Surrogates), Dexter Vines (Wolverine), Neil Vokes (The Black Forest), Doug Wagner (The Ride), Matt Wagner (Grendel), Mark Waid (The Incredibles), Len Wein (Justice League of America), Brian Wood (sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics, Northlanders), Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), and Thom Zahler (Love & Capes).

“I’m very pleased to see Terry returning to the show,” said Baltimore Comic-Con promoter, Marc Nathan. “His work is great, as the accolades prove, his new series Echo is nominated for the Best New Series Harvey Award this year, and his fans love him!”

In coming weeks, look for ongoing announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to adding yet more guests and providing details on the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and ComicSpace pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held October 10-11, 2009. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, October 10th.

As we continue to get ready for this year’s show, we would like to remind you to mark your calendar for next year’s Baltimore Comic-Con dates: August 28-29, 2010.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 10th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Oct 10-11, 2009. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards

The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 4 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

Mid-Ohio-Con Announces Media Guests for October Show

Mid-Ohio-Con Announces Media Guests for October 3-4, 2009 Show

James Kyson Lee (Heroes) and Ray Park (Star Wars, G.I. Joe) will Headline Mid-0hio-Con 2009 as Special Media Guests

Lee and Park Join an Outstanding Roster of Comic Creators as Guests at the 29th Annual Mid-Ohio-Con

Registration is Now Open for Exhibitor Booths, Indie Publisher Booths and Tables in Creators’ Common

July 29, 2009 – Columbus, Ohio

Mid-Ohio-Con today announced that Ray Park and James Kyson Lee will headline Mid-Ohio-Con 2009 as special media guests. Park is best known as Darth Maul from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and he will star in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra opening on August 7th. James Kyson Lee is best known for his starring role as Ando Masahashi in Heroes, which will return to NBC for its 4th season this fall.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have these two superstars on board for our 2009 show,” said James Henry, Managing Director of Mid-Ohio-Con. “Mid-Ohio-Con 2008 was acclaimed as one of the best events in Mid-Ohio-Con’s long history and we’re going to recreate last year’s magic with a who’s who of the leading names from the worlds of comic books, gaming, film, and television at this year’s show.”

The fast-growing guest list for 2009 also features guests of honor Bernie Wrightson and Michael Golden along with Art Baltazar, Jacob Chabot, Ron Frenz, Gary Friedrich, Bryan J.L. Glass, Fred Hembeck, Tony Isabella, Joe Jusko, Barry Kitson, Scott Kolins, David Mack, Sean McKeever, Todd Nauck, Josef Rubinstein, Steve Scott, Chris Sprouse, Mark Sumerak, Mark Texeira, Herb Trimpe, Renee Witterstaetter, Marv Wolfman and many more.

Registration is now open for Exhibitor Booths, Indie Publisher Booths, and Creators’ Common Tables. The show floor in Exhibition Hall E at the Greater Columbus Convention Center will accommodate nearly 200 Exhibitor Booths for retailers, publishers, manufacturers, and service providers, and 100 Creators’ Common tables for artists, writers, actors, and other guests.

Please visit the new Mid-Ohio-Con web site at midohiocon.com for further information and regular updates on Mid-Ohio-Con 2009. The new site is the primary source for all things related to this year’s Mid-Ohio-Con, including details on featured guests, registration forms, and information about show dates, venue, and other key areas of interest for attendees, exhibitors, and guests.

About Mid-Ohio-Con

Now entering its 29th year, Mid-Ohio-Con is one of America’s longest-running and most successful pop culture conventions. Each year, Mid-Ohio-Con brings fans of all ages together with leading comic book writers and artists, film and television creators and stars, as well as publishers and retailers from across the nation. Mid-Ohio-Con 2009 will be held on October 3-4 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Mid-Ohio-Con can be found online at midohiocon.com as well as on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

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