comic-con international 2010 2010 Single-day Memberships Go On Sale Dec. 15! Comic-Con International experienced capacity crowds in 2009, with all mem- berships selling out months before the convention began. In 2009 we also added a huge new meeting room at the fabulous Hilton San Diego Bayfront, making even more programs available for attendees. Comic-Con is looking ahead to next year with something new in the works for show number 41. The 2010 event—July 22–25 at the San Diego Convention Center—has an amazing lineup of special guests already con- firmed (see the next page for details) and more to come as we get closer to the show. The Exhibit Hall is full for 2010 and will have a few surprises of its own when it debuts on Preview Night July 21. The next issue of Comic-Con Magazine (in print the first quarter of 2010) will feature more info about the Exhibit Hall and next year’s exhibitors. Comic-Con 2010 has already seen unprecedented interest. Four-day mem- berships sold out in November—months before last year’s record-breaking March sellout—in part because we limited attendance to Preview Night. In 2009, Preview Night exceeded building and registration capacity. To ensure that Comic-Con will be able to register every person who attends on Wednesday night and not have to turn anyone away, Preview Night has been capped to the 2008 attendance number. We know this has caused a lot of con- cern for people who would like to register early on Wednesday but who do not attend Preview Night. We are working on a solution for you. Please sign up to follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/comic_con), or check back on the website after the first of the year for updates. Single-day memberships will go on sale on December 15! Single-day prices for Comic-Con 2010 are: Thursday, July 22, Friday, July 23, and Saturday, July 24: Adult: $35.00 • Junior/Senior: $17.00 Sunday, July 25: Adult: $20.00 • Junior/Senior: $10.00 Children 11 and under are free with paying adult. Children 12–17 pay the Junior/Senior price. Seniors 60 and older pay the Junior/Senior price. Active military with ID pay the Junior/Senior price. This deal does not extend to their dependents. There will be NO ONSITE REGISTRATION for Attendees, Press, Professionals and Volunteers. The best way to lock in your four-day membership with or without Preview night is to purchase your 2011 membership onsite at Comic-Con 2010. Memberships for 2011 will be available upstairs in the Sails Pavilion registra- tion area at self-registration kiosks. Look for them onsite July 22–25. Reselling, reusing, or transferring a Comic-Con 4-day or 1-day membership is strictly prohibited. Badges and memberships are nontransferable. If you have purchased a 4-day or 1-day membership and cannot at- tend Comic-Con 2010, you must apply for a refund by June 21, 2010. Refund requests must be received in writing by June 21, 2010 at: Comic-Con Refund Request P. O. Box 128458, San Diego, CA 92112-8458 Comic-Con reserves the right to change its cancellation, refund, and exchange policy at any time without notice. Check www.comic-con.org for breaking news on special guests, programs, and exhibitors. Plus follow us on Twitter for Comic-Con updates at www.twitter.com/comic_con and info on WonderCon and APE, the Alternative Press Expo! Photo: Tom Gurnee Online Edition Fall 2009 • Comic-Con Magazine 44 JULY 22 – 25 • SAN DIEGO CONVENTION CENTER SPECIAL GUESTS Comic-Con 2010 features a diverse list of artists and writers from the world of comics and science fiction/fantasy. These special guests are confirmed for 2010: Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, Groo, MAD magazine). MAD magazine’s longest-running cartoonist and the creator of dim-witted barbarian Groo, Sergio Aragonés is one of comics’ most popular creators. Most recently, the man some call the world’s fastest cartoonist ventured into the popular world of The Simpsons, becoming a regular featured writer/artist in Bart aragonés Simpson Comics. Brian Michael Bendis (writer, Ultimate Spider-Man, Dark Avengers, Powers). Brian Michael Bendis is an award- winning comics creator (including five Eisner Awards) and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. He is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel’s popular Avengers franchise by writing every issue of the New Aveng- ers and Dark Avengers titles along with the wildly successful “event” projects House Of M, Secret War, Secret Invasion, and the upcoming Siege. Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel Comics’ Ultimate line, having written every issue of busiek breathed Ultimate Spider-Man since its best selling launch in 1999. His other projects include the Eisner Award–winning Powers (with artist/co-creator Mike Oeming). He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia and Sabrina, and his dogs Lucky and Buster. Berkeley Breathed (syndicated cartoonist, Bloom County, Opus). Berkeley Breathed began drawing Bloom County, a political satire, for college newspapers in the early 1980s. The racy cartoons, often focusing on swinging lawyer Steve Dallas and an unnamed elderly woman, gained a cult claremont following and soon became syndicated. Nationwide recogni- tion came to Breathed with his creation of Opus, an insecure penguin who reflected the political conscience of America. Opus became a pop culture icon with dolls, cartoons, action figures, telephones, and books all dedicated to him. Breathed furthered his fame with his subsequent creation of Bill the Cat—a drug-addicted, alcohol-chugging, chain-smoking rocker. When Bloom County ended, Breathed created Outland, where Opus, Bill, and several other characters resurfaced in a utopia-like world. Outland had a successful four-year run, after which Breathed started Opus, a new strip featuring Opus, bendis evanier Bill, and other characters, which ran until 2008. Bloom County Complete Library is currently being published by IDW. most writers ever dream of. Although known for his work on Marvel Comics’ X-Men series, he Kurt Busiek (writer, Marvels, Astro City, Conan). Kurt has written other seminal characters such as Batman and Superman, originated several creator- Busiek has been writing comics professionally since three owned series, is published throughout the world in many different languages, and has written days before he graduated from college in 1982, when he sold a nine novels. His work has touched millions. His initial unbroken 17-year run on Marvel’s “Tales of the Green Lantern Corps” backup story that appeared Uncanny X-Men is the stuff of industry legend. The story arc “Dark Phoenix,” with its radical in Green Lantern #162. Since then, he’s worked on just about treatment of the story’s central character, paved the way for the reinterpretation of superhero everything from Action Comics to Zot!, including runs on mythos throughout the comics industry. Current projects include the ongoing Marvel series Avengers, Superman, Conan, and others, and has co-created X-Men Forever, X-Women (drawn by renowned Italian artist Milo Manara), the young adult Thunderbolts, Shockrockets, Arrowsmith, and more. He is per- novel Wild Blood, a contemporary urban dark fantasy, and the screenplay Hunter’s Moon. haps best known for his work on the multiple-award-winning Marvels and Astro City. Mark Evanier (writer, comics historian, Groo the Wanderer, Kirby: King of Comics). Comics, animation, TV, and blog-writer Mark Evanier is known for his work with Jack Kirby Chris Claremont (writer, Uncanny X-Men, X-Men (his art book Kirby: King of Comics won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Forever). Chris Claremont has encountered more success than Book) and Sergio Aragonés (he does something on Groo, but no one is quite certain what it is) Online Edition Fall 2009 • Comic-Con Magazine 45 comic-con international 2010 Evanier brings his incredible wealth of knowledge of com- ics and pop culture to light each and every day on his blog at www.newsfromme.com, and will once again moderate and host a plethora of panels at Comic-Con. Matt Fraction (writer, Invincible Iron Man, Uncanny X-Men). Matt Fraction is one of the hottest writers working in comics. His first big hit was Casanova for Image Comics, drawn by Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon. From there, he went to work for Marvel on such titles as Immortal Iron Fist and Punisher War Journal. His Invincible Iron Man title with artist Salvador Larroca won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best New Series. Fraction also writes the flagship X-title, fraction gurewitz knight Uncanny X-Men. Nicholas Gurewitch (cartoonist, The Perry Bible Fellowship). The cartoonist behind the Eisner and Harvey award-winning online strip The Perry Bible Fellowship, Nicholas Gurewitch started his career in the Syracuse University newspaper The Daily Orange. In addition to being featured online, PBF appeared in newspapers, maga- zines, and other school papers. The strip ended in 2008 but remains an online favorite. Dark Horse has published two extremely popular collections, The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories and The Perry Bible Fellowship Alma- lee nack. Recently Gurewitch contributed to Marvel Comics’ Strange Tales title, featuring popular Marvel heroes in stories by indie cartoonists. Keith Knight (syndicated cartoonist, The Knight Life, the K Chronicles, (th)ink). Keith Knight is one of the most prolific cartoonists in the country. He is the creator of three comic strips: The Knight Life, a nationally syndicated autobiographical daily; (th)ink, a sociopolitical single panel of ethnic concern; and his signature strip, the K Chronicles, winner of the 2007 Harvey Award for Best Comic Strip. A frequent contributor to MAD magazine, Knight’ offers a po- marder lee tent combination of highbrow and lowbrow humor. Frequent subjects include racism, police brutality, war, mimes, and bacon. With one foot underground and the other in the main- stream, his work has caused more than a few ripples across the media spectrum. He is celebrating the first collection of his daily strip, The Knight Life: Chivalry Ain’t Dead, and his latest (th)ink collection. Jim Lee (artist, All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder). Acclaimed comic book illustrator Jim Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1964. Today, he is the cre- mcneil ative director of WildStorm Studios (which he founded in 1992) and the penciller for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic book and graphic novels, including All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder, Batman: Hush, and Superman: For Tomorrow. He also serves as the executive creative director for the upcoming DC Universe Online videogame. In his spare time, Jim enjoys a good laugh or two. Stan Lee (writer, editor, co-creator, Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, et al). Stan “the Man” Lee’s influence over comic books is incalculable. His co-creations, Spider-Man, X-Men, and Iron Man have been levitz Miéville monster movie hits, helping make Marvel Comics the leader 46 Comic-Con Magazine • Spring 2009 Online Edition JULY 22 – 25 • SAN DIEGO CONVENTION CENTER overstreet richards sturm tyler of the comic book industry. Some of Stan’s McNeil self-published Finder starting in 1996 and endorsed by the California Department of Educa- other great co-creations, such as Hulk, Fantastic continues the series today on the web, where she tion, the AAAS, the UK’s Association for Science Four, and Daredevil, have sequels on the way, moved it in 2005. In 2009, Finder won the Eisner Education, and many others. Douglas, a former while Thor, Avengers and Silver Surfer, plus Award for Best Webcomic. McNeil’s other work biotechnology executive, has a master’s degree in many others, are now in development. In 2008, includes illustrating a story arc for Greg Rucka’s molecular biology and writes science pieces for President Bush presented Stan a Medal of the Queen & Country and co-creating a new Vertigo National Geographic KIDS, an award-winning Arts, lauding his amazing career. Stan is cur- series, Bad Houses, with writer Sarah Ryan. In magazine read by millions. rently developing movie and TV projects with addition to her Eisner Award, McNeil is also the his company POW! Entertainment while still James Sturm (cartoonist/educator, James recipient of the Friends of Lulu Kim Yale Award for proudly cherishing the title Chairman Emeritus Sturm’s America). James Sturm is a cartoonist Best New Talent in 1997 and the Ignatz Award for of Marvel. Lee was awarded the 2009 Comic- whose graphic novels include Market Day (Spring Promising New Talent in 1998. Con Icon Award (see page 9 for more details). 2010), James Sturm’s America, Adventures in Car- China Miéville (author, The City & the City, tooning, Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, Paul Levitz (writer, editor, publisher, Legion Perdido Steet Station). China Miéville is the New and The Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules. of Super-Heroes). Paul Levitz entered comics York Times bestselling author of Perdido Street James is the co-founder and director of The in 1971 as editor of The Comic Reader, the first Station, The Scar, Iron Council, and several other Center for Cartoon Studies, a two-year cartooning comics newszine, which won two Best Fanzine works. He has won a number of awards, including school in the storied railroad town of White River Comic Art Fan Awards. He has received the the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Junction, Vermont. In 1991 James co-founded the Inkpot Award and the Bob Clampett Humani- Award twice each. His latest novel, The City & the Seattle weekly The Stranger. His comics, writ- tarian Award and serves on the Comic Book City, was named one of the top 10 books of the year ing, and illustrations have appeared in scores of Legal Defense Fund board. Levitz is known for in 2009 by Amazon.com. His new book, Kraken, national and regional publications, including The his writing, including an acclaimed run on the will be published in June 2010. Miéville lives and Chronicle of Higher Education, Slate, The Onion, Legion of Super-Heroes, a series to which he’s works in London. The New York Times, and on the cover of The New returned. On staff from 1973, Levitz was DC’s Yorker. youngest editor ever; he ultimately became Robert M. Overstreet (author, comics histo- publisher in 1989 and president and publisher rian, The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide). C. Tyler (artist/writer, You’ll Never Know: A from 2002 to 2009. He is now primarily writing. Author Robert M. Overstreet discovered the EC line Good & Decent Man). C. Tyler is an award win- A San Diego Comic-Con attendee since 1974, of comics in 1952. After joining fandom groups, ning autobiographical comic book artist/writer this will be his first time as a guest. he wrote to collectors looking to buy their collec- whose work R. Crumb describes as having “the tions. He found only one taker, but the spark was lit. extremely rare quality of genuine, authentic heart. Larry Marder (writer/artist, Beanworld). A coin collector as well as a comics enthusiast, he Hers are the only comics that ever brought me to Larry Marder’s Beanworld has delighted read- wondered when comic books would have their own the verge of tears.” Her stories first appeared in ers from grade school to grad school for more “red book” price guide. He continued collecting Weirdo in 1987 and numerous publications over than a generation, earning him a spot on the through the 1960s, eventually networking with deal- the years, most recently the Yale anthologies and New York Times’ Graphic Books Best Sellers ers and other collectors to the point that he thought Kramer’s Ergot #7. She has been nominated for List. Marder’s Tales of the Beanworld, a most something had to be done to document the field he Harvey, Eisner, and Ignatz Awards and was listed peculiar comic book experience, was first loved. The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide— as one of the Top 100 Cartoonists of the 20th released in 1985 by Eclipse Comics; 21 issues now celebrating its 40th anniversary—was born. Century. She has three solo books, The Job Thing were published until 1993. Marder returned to Douglas E. Richards (author, The Pro- (1993), Late Bloomer (2005), and You’ll Never creating Beanworld full time in 2007. He lives metheus Project series). Douglas E. Richards is the Know: A Good & Decent Man (2009). in Orange County, California, with his wife, Cory, and their two cats, Olive and Chipper. author of the children’s science fiction thrillers The For updated guests info, visit Prometheus Project—Trapped and The Prometheus www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_guests.shtml Carla Speed McNeil (writer/artist, Finder; Project—Captured for kids ages 9 to 13. These artist, Queen & Country, Bad Houses). Writer/ books, driven by accurate science, have been artist Carla Speed McNeil is best known for her passionately praised by kids, called “perfect for award-winning science fiction series Finder. middle grades” by Teaching PreK-8 Magazine, and Online Edition Fall 2009 • Comic-Con Magazine 47 comic-con international 2010 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Judges The judging panel has been named for the 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. The blue-ribbon committee will be choosing the nominations to appear on the Eisner Awards ballot. The judges are: Craig Fischer Craig Fischer is an associate professor of English at Appalachian State University, where he teaches courses on film and comics. His articles have been published in The Comics Journal and The International Journal of Comic Art, and he served on the executive committee of the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF) from 2005 to 2007. Currently, Craig blogs with comics scholar Charles Hatfield at www.thoughtballoonists.com. Francisca Goldsmith Francisca Goldsmith, director of branch services at the Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia, has been working with comics and library users for over 20 years. This year her Reader’s Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels (ALA Editions) was published, along with her contributions of chapters to two other books on sequential art. Goldsmith regularly reviews graphic novels and comics for a variety of professional journals and has planned and implemented school and public library programs and staff development opportunities, featuring sequential art media and creators, for librarians. In addition to her work with comics and readers, Goldsmith has served on a number of state and national literary awards committees and has published numerous interviews with artists and authors, including Will Eisner. John Hogan John Hogan is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, where he majored in English literature and minored in journalism. In his professional life, he has worked as a copyeditor, copywriter, and editor and he is the former editor-in-chief of Pages, the magazine for people who love books. He’s currently the editor of GraphicNovelReporter.com, a website devoted to covering the world of comics through the eyes of librarians, teachers, creators, and general readers. James Hudnall Since 1986 James Hudnall has worked as a comics writer, publisher, and letterer, as well as a rewriter of manga. He has worked for almost all of the major publishers at one time or another. His comics series Harsh Realm was adapted to TV by Fox in 1998. His graphic novel The Psycho, with artist Dan Brereton, is in development with Universal Pictures. His Unauthorized Biography of Lex Luthor has been called one of the best comics of all time by Wizard magazine. He’s currently finishing a crime thriller graphic novel. Wayne Winsett Wayne Winsett has owned Time Warp Comics and Games in Boulder, Colorado, for 25 years. He managed the Mile High Comics flagship store for five years prior to buying his store from Mile High in 1984. He is currently helping support a popular graphic novel course at the University Of Colorado that has 100 students enrolled this semester. Last semester he helped organize an exhibit at CU that was the most attended gallery showing in school history. He also frequently gives lectures on “Comics Economics “ to the students. Volunteer for COMIC-COn 2010! Seriously: We couldn’t do it without you! Volunteering for Comic-Con is a great way to meet fellow fans and get a free one-day membership for the day you volunteer. Those who complete at least one assignment at Comic-Con get the coveted Volunteer T-shirt (the 2009 shirt featured art from the DC Comics/Cartoon Network series Batman: The Brave and the Bold). Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, but no specific skills are needed. Best of all, you can register online! Comic-Con 2010 Volunteer registration will open online soon! Visit www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_vol.shtml for details on how to volunteer and when to register online. In 2009, all volunteer positions for Comic-Con were filled before the show. For 2010, we strongly urge you register online once registration opens. 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