Comic-Con® International Expands 2010 Guest Lineup
Moto Hagio, Jenette Kahn, and Rick Riordan Among Impressive List of Additional Guests
SAN DIEGO – Comic-Con, North America’s largest comic book and popular arts convention, today announced additional guests for its 2010 convention. Industry luminaries including manga artist Moto Hagio (The Poe Clan, Mesh), DC Comics former president Jenette Kahn), and popular author Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series), are among the 15 newly announced guests.
Over 40 special guests for the 2010 convention were previously announced, including syndicated cartoonist Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County, Opus); artist and illustrator Drew Struzan (Back to the Future, Indiana Jones) and author and creator Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse, True Blood).
“This lineup demonstrates that Comic-Con continues to be the go-to destination for the biggest names from the worlds of comics and popular arts,” said Comic-Con Director of Marketing and Public Relations David Glanzer. “Comics and popular arts are the heart and soul of this convention and the presence of these icons is a testament to our dedication and commitment to those industries.”
The 41st Comic-Con 2010 will be held July 22-25 at the San Diego Convention Center, kicking off with Preview Night on July 21.
The full list of additional guests announced today include:
Ray Bradbury (Author, screenwriter, Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles)
The dean of American science fiction writers, Ray Bradbury has published more than 600 short stories over a period of sixty years. His best-known books are The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Fahrenheit 451. He was a guest at the very first San Diego Comic-Con in 1970.
Ã‰mile Bravo (Writer/artist, My Mommy Is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill)
Ã‰mile Bravo’s graphic novel collaboration with Jean Regnaud, My Mommy is in America and she met Buffalo Bill, is nominated for three Eisner Awards, including Best Painter for Bravo. Co-sponsored by Fanfare/Ponent Mon.
Hunter Freberg (Humorist, entertainer, media personality)
Hunter Freberg is a humorist, entertainer, well-known media personality and keynote speaker. Since marrying humorist/satirist Stan Freberg, audiences have declared it, “A comedy match made in heaven.”
Stan Freberg (Author, humorist, satirist, voice-over actor)
Stan Freberg is one of America’s best-loved humorists, satirists, and keynote speakers. He is known worldwide as an award-winning composer, lyricist, singer, actor, writer and director. Freberg has been inducted into The Radio Hall of Fame, The Animation Hall of Fame and has a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Moto Hagio (Manga artist, The Poe Clan, Mesh)
Moto Hagio’s major manga works include The Poe Clan, They Were Eleven, The Heart of Thomas, Hanshin, Iguana Girl, Marginal and Mesh. She is considered to be the mother of shÅjo (young girl) manga. This will be her first-ever visit to the U.S. to appear as a special guest at Comic-Con.
Dusty Higgins (Artist, Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer)
Dusty Higgins is the creator and artist behind the 2009 graphic novel, Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, chosen as one of the Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Courtesy SLG Publishing.
Van Jensen (Writer, Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer)
Van Jensen is the author of Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and its sequel. Previously, Van covered the comics industry for Publishers Weekly and other outlets. Courtesy SLG Publishing.
Phil Jimenez (Writer/artist, Wonder Woman; Artist, New X-Men)
Phil Jimenez has worked as a comic book creator since 1991. He is best known for his run on DC Comics’ Wonder Woman, and his work with Grant Morrison on New X-Men and Geoff Johns on Infinite Crisis. He is also the co-author of the recently published Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia.
Jenette Kahn (President/editor-in-chief, DC Comics, 1976-1993)
At the age of 28, Jenette Kahn became publisher of DC Comics, home to over 5,000 characters, including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Five years later, she became president and editor-in-chief of DC. Under her aegis, DC introduced the graphic novel to America and broke new ground by championing and implementing extensive rights for creators in an industry where there were none.
Ivan Reis (Artist, Green Lantern, Blackest Night, Brightest Day)
Ivan Reis is a Brazilian comic book artist who has worked on such high-profile series such as Infinite Crisis, Green Lantern and Blackest Night, the DC Comics mega-hit event book of 2009–2010.
Rick Riordan (Author, Percy Jackson & the Olympians series)
Rick Riordan is the author of the best-selling Percy Jackson & the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan’s Curse; The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre.
Jeannie Schulz (Founding Board President, Charles M. Schulz Museum)
Jeannie Schulz is an ambassador for Peanuts and the founding board president of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California, which opened in August 2002. The widow of Peanuts creator Charles “Sparky” Schulz, she has overseen all Peanuts activities, along with his children, since Sparky’s death in 2000.
Ann VanderMeer (Editor, Weird Tales)
Ann VanderMeer is the founder of the award-winning Buzzcity Press and currently serves as the editor-in-chief for Weird Tales, for which she has received a Hugo award. She is also known for teaching writing workshops and creativity seminars.
Jeff VanderMeer (Author, City of Saints & Madmen, Finch)
World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer is considered one of the foremost fantasists of his generation. His latest books are the noir fantasy Finch and the writer’s strategy manual Booklife.
Gerard Way (Writer, The Umbrella Academy)
While most people know Gerard Way as the frontman of the platinum-selling rock band My Chemical Romance, this dynamic rock star has scored equal success in the comic book world with the Eisner Award-winning The Umbrella Academy.
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!
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.
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!
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.