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  1. JAMIE DELANO Writer: Hellblazer; Captain Britain; Animal Man; Batman: Manbat; Outlaw Nation Attending: Saturday Only UNDOUBTEDLY best-known for Hellblazer, the Vertigo series that many consider the DC mature readers imprint's flagship title, Jamie Delano began his comics career some five years before Alan Moore hand-picked him to chronicle the exploits of the streetwise magician the acclaimed British writer had introduced in 1985's Swamp Thing #37. Delano's first professional writing assignments were for Marvel UK where, beginning in 1983's Daredevils #11, he authored text stories featuring Night Raven. These were illustrated by Alan Davis, with whom the British writer would move on to launchCaptain Britain in 1985. With all but one of the first 12 issues of that Marvel UK comic under his belt, Delano spent the next two years contributing to other titles, primarily Doctor Who Magazineand 2000 AD, before Moore suggested DC hire him to launch Hellblazer, which marked Delano's US debut. That was in 1988 and across 37 of the first 40 issues of that series he fleshed out John Constantine's character and background, creating a template from which subsequent writers of the comic have seldom strayed. In 1990 Delano scripted DC's World Without End six-parter and then the following year the Night Raven: House of Cards graphic novel, his first work for Marvel itself. After that, his Hellblazer run at an end, he took on Animal Man, scripting 29 straight issues of that DC title. That took him into 1995 but as his run was coming to an end he also authored two 1995 Vertigo projects – the Tainted one-shot and the six issues of Ghostdancing. Next Delano, who'd previously authored a single 1994 issue of Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, wrote 1995's Batman: Manbat three-parter and then reunited with John Constantine for The Horrorist, a DC/Vertigo two-parter. The writer's 1996 output was limited to Dynamite's first Vampirella Strikes Annual although he did also contribute to Showcase '96 #3 for DC and script Twisted Metal 2. An extremely rare one-shot, DC produced it for Sony to use to promote its video game of the same name. Come 1997, Delano launched 2020 Visions (a DC/Vertigo 12-parter) but also signed on with Valiant for an 11-issue run on Shadowman. The following year he authored Vertigo's Hell Eternal one-shot. Then with 2020 Visions and Shadowman at end, he migrated to Dark Horse (where he'd previously made a contribution to a 1995 issue ofDark Horse Presents) for the four issues of The Territory before ending 1999 back at Vertigo where he collaborated with fellow writer Tom Peyer on the Cruel & Unusual four-parter. Although he kicked off 2000 with a two-issue serial for Legends of the DC Universehe was soon back at Vertigo where he authored the three issues of Hellblazer Special: Bad Blood before launching Outlaw Nation for which he scripted all 19 issues. That series ended in 2002 at which point Delano's comics output dwindled to virtually nothing until 2008. It was then that he resurfaced at Avatar with two four-parters, first Narcopolis, thenRawbone. Although he would return to Avatar in 2012 for six issues of Crossed Badlands, his last major project was back at Vertigo where he revisited Hellblazer – for which he'd scripted the occasional fill-in down the years – for John Constantine, Hellblazer: Pandemonium, a 2010 graphic novel.
  2. Latest Comic Guest Announcement - Alan Davis Attending: Saturday & Sunday Writer/Artist: Excalibur; Captain Britain; The ClanDestine: JLA: The Nail: Killraven: Fantastic Four: The End ALTHOUGH his first published work was providing illustrations to British fanzines it wasn't very long before Alan Davis made his professional debut. That was drawing The Crusader, which appeared in Frantic, a Marvel UK title, in 1981. From there he immediately leaped to the strip that was to make his name... Captain Britain. He drew the British superhero's exploits across a variety of Marvel UK titles from 1981 until 1986. Along the way he also became a regular contributor to 2000 AD (1982-88) and Warrior (1982-84). His US career kicked off in 1985, when DC hired him as series penciller for Batman and the Outsiders (subsequently Adventures of the Outsiders). He drew that title until 1986 when he left it for an abortive run on Detective Comics. In the middle of that he produced his first work for Marvel itself, Uncanny X-Men #213. That 1987 fill-in issue skyrocketed his already growing popularity, which he further boosted with another one-off [#215] alongside New Mutants Annual #2 and 3 and Uncanny X-Men Annual #11. But all of that was merely a lead up to the series that really thrust him into the top rank of comicbook superstardom. Launched in 1988 with the Excalibur Special Edition one-shot, Excalibur introduced a team of mutants based in Britain and led by Captain Britain, with whom Davis has remained firmly associated down the years. It was a huge hit with Davis illustrating 17 of the first 24 issues, returning to the comic just over a year after he left to draw and write another 18 issues between 1991 and 1993. In between his two stints on Excalibur Davis wrote and drew 1990's Wolverine: Bloodlust one-shot and then illustrated the following year's Batman: Full Circle one-shot for DC before focussing his attention on cover work, primarily for DC. Then, in 1994, he launched The ClanDestine, which introduced a new family of superheroes into the Marvel Universe. After eight issues the British writer/artist once again too to concentrating on covers and pin-ups (although he occasionally contributed a story to an anthology by one publisher or another) until 1996 when he produced the X-Men: ClanDestine two-parter. Two years later he relaunched Fantastic Four although he only pencilled the first three issues before moving across to DC to write and draw JLA: The Nail, a three-parter for which he produced a three-issue sequel – JLA: Another Nail – in 2004. Increasingly in demand as a cover artist and despite now preferring to script and illustrate his own projects, in 1999 Davis began drawing X-Men, working on two short runs while also authoring a 15-issue run on Uncanny X-Men. Those took him into 2000 and then, in 2001, he pencilled Superboy's Legion, a DC two-parter written by his regular inker, Mark Farmer. After that came a brief flurry of issues of Avengers for Marvel for which he next illustrated the following year's Spider-Man: The Movie Adaptation. Also in 2002 came Killraven, a six-issue series written and drawn by Davis following which he drew a three-part 2003 crossover that ran through Thor, Iron Man and Avengers. A year later he returned to Uncanny X-Men for a bunch of issues that took him into 2005. His next major project teamed Davis up with Stan Lee, the legendary Marvel Universe co-creator as the pair collaborated on Stan Lee meets Dr Strange. After that 2006 one-shot he moved on to write and draw the six issues of 2007's Fantastic Four: The End and then ClanDestine, a 2008 five-parter. In 2008 he also scripted and illustrated the Thor: Truth of History one-shot but it would be another two years before his output again included anything other than covers and the sporadic fill-in. He drew the five issues of 2010's Avengers Prime and five of Captain America two years later. Then, in 2013, he relaunched Wolverine but drew only 10 of the first 13 issues of the title before moving on to write and pencil the first four of 2014's Savage Hulk. His most recent significant projects were in 2015 when he illustrated three Ultron Forever one-shots, one each for Avengers, New Avengers and Uncanny Avengers, and then the two issues of Captain Britain & the Mighty Defenders.
  3. Latest Comic Guest Announcement - Herb Trimpe Attending: Sat & Sun Artist: Incredible Hulk; Captain Britain; G.I. Joe FAMED for introducing the Canadian hero who went on to become Marvel's most popular mutant during his long and popular run on Incredible Hulk​, Herb Trimpe's comics career goes back over a decade before he and writer Len Wein brought Wolverine into the Marvel Universe in 1974. Trimpe – who illustrated a variety of Westerns and licensed comics for Dell prior to enlisting in the US Air Force in 1962 – joined Marvel upon his discharge in 1966. Initially working in production, he picked up various inking assignments before coming on board Incredible Hulk as regular penciller in 1968. Across the next seven years he made the character his own, drawing an all-but unbroken run of 86 issues while also producing covers, the occasional fill-in and introducing the World War I fighter ace, Phantom Eagle in Marvel Super-Heroes​ #16 [1968]. After parting company with the Jade Giant, the artist moved on to collaborate with writer Chris Claremont on the creation of Captain Britain. Having illustrated 19 of the first 24 issues of the Marvel UK weekly he and writer Doug Moench set about integrating Japan's most famous monster into the Marvel Universe. He pencilled all but two of Godzilla's 24 issues, quickly following up with a 14-issue run on Defenders while at the same time teaming up again with Moench to integrate another Japanese concept into the MU. Running 20 issues (with Trimpe drawing 19 of them), 1979's Shogun Warriors was based on an action figure line as was the artist's next assignment (after a 13-issue run on Marvel Team-Up), which garnered him a whole new generation of fans. In collaboration with writer Larry Hama, he launched G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, which proved a resounding if unexpected success. Although Trimpe drew only six of the 1982 title's first eight issues he remained firmly associated with the franchise, illustrating most issues of G.I. Joe Special Missions between 1986 and 1989 as well as 1987's GI. Joe and the Transformers​ four-parter. Marvel's 1996 bankruptcy prompted Trimpe to cut back, effectively to retire from comics. The co-creator of U.S. 1 [1983], among the artist's other noteworthy credits are Machine Man [1984] and Fantastic Four Unlimited [1993].
  4. Alan Davis Writer/artist: Excalibur, Fantastic Four: The End, The ClanDestine, Killraven Artist: Fantastic Four, X-Men, Captain Britain Alan Davis began drawing the revamped Captain Britain story in The Mighty World Of Marvel. When Alan Moore took over writing duties on Captain Britain Davis and Moore formed a close working partnership, also creating D.R. and Quinch for 2000AD. Later, Davis replaced Garry Leach on Marvelman in Warrior and yet again worked with Moore. He also drew the story, Harry Twenty on the High Rock in 2000AD. In 1985 Davis moved to DC Comics to draw their Batman and the Outsiders title. His work proved popular enough for him to be assigned artistic duties in 1986 on Detective Comics, Batman's main series. During the Batman: Year Two storyline, however, Davis encountered difficulties with his editor and left after just the first chapter (his replacement was Todd McFarlane) during the storyline. In 1991, Davis returned to draw the sequel to Year Two, Batman: Full Circle. In 1987 he jumped to Marvel Comics, working with a new creative team including writer Chris Claremont and, after two New Mutants annuals and three popular episodes for Uncanny X-Men, the duo launched Excalibur. Davis' artwork showed at its best on this series, thanks to effective inks provided by Paul Neary and, later, Mark Farmer. Davis left with issue 24, but returned with issue 42, this time also as writer, creating new characters of his own including Feron, Cerise, Micromax and Kylun. During much of the 1990s Davis drew many of Marvel and DC Comics major characters and titles including JLA: The Nail, The Avengers and Killraven. He was also commissioned to write both main X-Men series in 1999 (providing art for X-Men as well), but he left the following year. Starting in October 2002 he wrote and drew for Marvel a six-issues miniseries revamping a famous comics character of 1970s, Killraven. After a return to Uncanny X-Men, working again with Claremont, Davis wrote and drew in 2006-2007 a six-issue Fantastic Four: The End limited series for Marvel Comics. In February 2008, Davis wrote and pencilled a new ClanDestine 5-parts series and "Truth of History" a Thor one-shot for Marvel.
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