Orbital Comics is very pleased to announce James O’Barr (creator of The Crow), legendary Marvel artist Michael Golden (Avengers, G.I. Joe, Micronauts) and writer/editor/colorist Renee Witterstaetter will be signing in-store on Wednesday May 14 from 5pm. This is a rare opportunity to meet these industry legends and pick up some signed books and prints, so don’t miss out on what is sure to be a great night!
Then, once the store closes at 7:30 pm, we’ll have Michael Golden hosting a very special Dynamic Figure Drawing Class for ticketed customers – so if you’d like to take part then secure your place NOW. You can purchase tickets online at the link or pay for them in-store. Places are extremely limited, so act now if you plan on attending this one-off event!
James O’Barr is the award-winning creator of The Crow, and the writer of two hit series from IDW Publishing, entitled Curare and Skinning The Wolves. He likes to lament that he was born in a trailer in Detroit just in time to see Marilyn Monroe and John Kennedy die, but claims no responsibility for either. He spent his first seven years in an orphanage and foster care where he spent most of his time drawing. When he was adopted he brought along his crayons and has been using them ever since. While stationed in Berlin, in the late 70′s he created The Crow as an attempt to deal with the death of his fiance at the hands of a drunk driver. It took nearly ten years to finish and no publisher was interested in it (“too gloomy, too confusing”) until, on a whim, Caliber published the first issue in 1989. It is currently the best selling independent graphic novel of all time at over one million copies sold. In 1993 his book was adapted into the cult film of the same name starring Brandon Lee. He would like you to know that nearly all of the money made from the film was donated to children’s charities and he had nothing to do with the subsequent three sequels or TV show, but he will be a consultant on the new Crow movie that goes into production this year. He has worked for every major publisher. In Italy 1995, he won the Academy Award of comics, the Yellow Kid award for best storyteller.
Recently returned from a record breaking signing tour for the Italian Edition of The Crow, his most recent book is a new sketchbook from Eva Ink Publishing James O’Barr: Uncoffined.
Artist/writer/creator Michael Golden, is a legend in the comic book industry, but one that has never stopped adding to his legacy as a storytelling professional. Co-creator of The X-Men‘s Rogue, Spartan X, and Bucky O’Hare, Michael is known worldwide for his groundbreaking work on The ‘Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe Yearbook, and Dr. Strange, among MUCH more, and is counted as one of the best cover designers and illustrators in the business. Golden’s work can be seen on covers from Spawn, Nightwing, Iron Man, Heroes For Hire, Exiles, Demon’s Regret, Spider-man, Vampirella, Captain American, The Punisher to The Hulk, as well as numerous other titles, for about every company out there. It’s no wonder that Golden has been one of the most influential creators around for the last several decades: “… unless you can actually draw yourself, it is very difficult to understand the exact mind-blowing impossibility of what he does,” said writer/artist Larry Hama, of Golden’s work. Michael has served as an Editor at DC Comics as well as Senior Art Director at Marvel Comics, and has worked on scores of movie production projects, some currently in development. He has recently been awarded with Lifetime Achievement Awards from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the Lille Arts Festival.
Renee Witterstaetter is the author of Excess: The Art of Michael Golden, Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira, the critically acclaimed Nick Cardy: The Artist at War, Dying for Action: The Life & Films of Jackie Chan, Kerry & the Scary Things, Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash, and much more. Renee began the comic phase of her career working on such titles as Superman at DC Comics and Silver Surfer, Conan The Barbarian and Conan Saga at Marvel, then spearheading the reintroduction of She-Hulk at Marvel. She then moved over to Topps Comics where she was the editor on The X-Files, Jurassic Park, Xena & Hercules and, co-creating with artist Michael Golden, the successful series, Spartan X. Her newest books include Santa Confidential, by Hagar the Horrible artist Chris Browne and the sketchbook James O’Barr: Uncoffined. In addition, Renee has also been the colorist on hundreds of comics from The Avengers to Spider-man to Captain America among many, many more. Film work was a natural progression for Renee after this storytelling immersion in comics, and she has since worked on dozens of music videos for Madonna, Seal, Ben Harper and Usher, as well as the feature movies Crime Story, Rush Hour 2, and Red Dragon, among others. She is the President of Little Eva Ink Publishing and is also currently working in artist management via Eva Ink Artist Group.
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The Crow Creator James O’Barr To Appear at Grand Rapids Comic-Con on November 21-23, 2014
James O’Barr, the artist who is best known as the creator of the comic book series The Crow and the 1994 film of the same name, will be appearing at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con on November 21-23.
In 1978, O’Barr’s fiancée, Beverly, was killed by a drunk driver, and he joined the Marines in an effort to cope with the loss. He was stationed in Germany and illustrated combat manuals for the military. While living in Berlin in 1981, O’Barr began work on The Crow as a means of dealing with his personal tragedy. O’Barr was further inspired by a Detroit newspaper account of the murder of a young couple over a $20 engagement ring. After his discharge from the Marines, O’Barr continued his painting and illustration as well as doing lots of odd jobs, including working for a Detroit body shop. The Crow sat on a shelf for seven years, but at last someone wanted to publish it: Gary Reed of Caliber Press. In The Crow, the protagonist and his fiancée are murdered by a gang of criminals. He then returns from the dead to hunt their killers.
O’Barr’s own hope that his project would result in a personal catharsis went unfulfilled, he told an interviewer in 1994, saying, “[A]s I drew each page, it made me more self-destructive, if anything….There is pure anger on each page”. The Crow has sold more than 750,000 copies worldwide.
The book was adapted into a successful film in 1994, but it resulted in further tragedy. Brandon Lee, who played the main character, was accidentally shot and killed during filming.
The Crow is currently being rebooted by Hollywood, which will be directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (Before The Fall) and star Chris Evans (Fast And Furious 6, The Immortals). James has been named as a consultant on the reboot.
“It is great to have James at our little shindig,” said co-event coordinator Mark Hodges. “James has created a truly revolutionary series that has touched many kids and is embraced by certain cultures in society. He has created a work that has touched people in a way that is rare, and we are pleased to bring him to Grand Rapids.”
The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is a popular arts and comic book convention that will be held at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center on November 21-23. For more information check out www.grcomiccon.com.
Creator James O’Barr appears at the Brenden Theatre on Saturday February 15th, 2014 at 7:00. The first 350 fans to show up get in FREE! After the screening there will be a Q&A with creator James O’Barr at the theater. Presented by East Bay Comic-Con.
1985 Willow Pass Road, Concord, CA 94520
Artist Alex Maleev appears at Society of Illustrators on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 6:00pm until 9:30pm!
About Alex Maleev:
Eisner-Award-winning artist, Alex Maleev, is a comic book illustrator of Bulgarian descent best known for the Marvel Comics’ series Daredevil Vol. 2, collaborating with writer Brian Michael Bendis.
Maleev has a distinct drawing style of dark, grainy imagery, which gives his work the 16mm-camera look of old-fashioned documentary. Maleev studied under artist and teacher José Delbo.
In 2006, Maleev finished his run with Bendis in Daredevil and planned a collaboration with the writer on a new ongoing Spider-Woman series. Bendis and Maleev collaborated, once again, on the four-part “Halo: Uprising” miniseries from Marvel Comics. He first teamed with Bendis on Todd McFarlane’s “Sam and Twitch” series. In 2010, Alex returned to partner with Bendis, on “Scarlett” and The Spider-Woman Motion Comic.
Maleev also did art for the comic book The Crow: Dead Time, The Crow: Flesh & Blood, the New Avengers “Illuminati” special, the January 2007 issue of the New Avengers, issue #26 and the one shot, Civil War: The Confession.
In his comics, he sometimes references his Bulgarian origins. For example, in Aliens vs. Predator, alien eggs are stored in the cellar of a typical Bulgarian church. In Bulgaria, he is famous for Godan (Ãîäúí in Bulgarian) and Carthel of Dead, published in Riko magazine since 1991 and 1992, respectively. In 1994, he attended the Joe Kubert School.
Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
James O’Barr, Joe Eisma, Kristian Donaldson, Ben Dunn, and more appear at Zeus Comics on Saturday August 17, 2013 from 11am till 4:00 pm!
Dallas comic book fans who missed San Diego Comic-Con are getting a fun event filled with comic book creators and free swag. The crew at bigfanboy.com is hosting a special gathering at Zeus Comics and Collectibles Inc where you can meet your favorite comic book creators and pick up awesome movie promos, please win prizes including items you could previously only get at Comic-Con. Guests include THE CROW creator James O’Barr, MORNING GLORIES artist Joe Eisma, THE MASSIVE artist Kristian Donaldson, NINJA HIGH SCHOOL creator Ben Dunn, STAR TREK inker Kez Wilson, Lucasfilm photography artist Scott Harben, KNUCKLEHEADS artist Robert Wilson, and Marvel and THE WALKING DEAD sketch card artist Cal Slayton.
1334 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75247
Jim Terry signs at Third Coast Comics on
Wednesday May 15th Saturday June 8th from 12:00 to 5:00 pm!
Third Coast Comics
6234 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
Big Wow! ComicFest Returns to San Jose May 18th & 19th, 2013, bringing two great days of Comic Book, Anime/Manga, Art, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Cosplay FUN! Many of the country’s best vendors of all things cool and collectible will tempt your wallets with the perfect gifts for Geek, Fans and True Collectors, everywhere! Big Wow! ComicFest is the Only Major Comics Event in the San Francisco Bay Area this Year.
SPECIAL NOTICE: The early bird $75 Discount for Exhibitor Booths, Small Press and Artist Alley Tables ends Thursday, January 31st at midnight PST. Click Here to Register Today before you miss this opportunity!
TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON
As the Original Artist-Friendly Show, we are bringing in a lineup of Fantastic Comic Book Creator Guests spanning all decades and genres! This year we are pleased to have as guests at the show Neal Adams (Superman, Batman), Tony Daniel (Batman), Adam Hughes (Fables, Wonder Woman), Writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Joker), Toshio Maeda (Urotsukidoji & La Blue Girl), Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets), Lee Bermejo (Rorschach, Joker), Sanjulian (Vampirella), Brian Stelfreeze (Batman), Sergio Aragones (MAD, Groo), Herb Trimpe (Hulk), Terry & Rachel Dodson (X-Men, Wonder Woman), and Arthur Adams (Classic Avengers).
Fan-Favorites… Travis Charest (Weapons of the Metabarons), Kevin Nowlan (Superman Vs. Aliens), James O’Barr (Crow), Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Keu Cha (Rising Stars), Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher), Joe Linsner (Dawn), Michael Golden (The ‘Nam), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama), Humberto Ramos (Wolverine), Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine, Liberty Meadows), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra Assassin), Jason Palmer (Serenity), Aaron Lopresti (Spider-Man), Ryan Sook (Zatanna), and so many more confirmed guests added to our website!
Film stars Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss) and Jennifer Blanc (The Crow, The Divide) will sign free posters and pose for photos with fans to promote their new new movie: THE VICTIM on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 6:00pm until 7:00pm!
Midtown Comics will also give away free passes to the opening in New York City on August 24th at the Quad Cinema!
THE VICTIM Directed and written by: Michael Biehn
64 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038
Creator James O’Barr appears at the Alamo Drafthouse to sign copies of The Crow: Special Edition on April 15, 2012 at 5:00pm with a free screening of the film adaptation of to follow at 6:00pm. O’Barr will also be on a Q&A panel after the screening.
Hosted by ComicBreak.com
Alamo Drafthouse – Stone Oak
22806 US Hwy 281 North, San Antonio, TX 78258
Featuring art by Buff Monster, Task One, Jay 222, Motorbot, Brent Peeples, James O’Barr, Spanky Stokes, and more. When: Saturday, September 10, 7pm – 10pm Zeus Comics 411 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75219