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  1. Latest Guest Announcement - John Flanagan Autograph: £10 Photo Shoot: £10 Tickets Actor- The Sweeney, Brazil, Writer - Doctor Who, Robin Of Sherwood, Meglos
  2. Latest Comic Guest Announcement - Joe Casey Creator: Ben 10; Generation X Writer: Sex; Gødland; Cable; Wildcats; Deathlok; Adventures of Superman; Uncanny X-Men; Automatic Kafka; X-Men: Children of the Atom; Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes; Fantastic Four: First Family TODAY Joe Casey is known for his work in TV animation, particularly as part of Man of Action Studios, which created Ben 10 and Generation Rex for Cartoon Network as well as Marvel's Big Hero Six, which formed the basis of the 2014 Disney animated movie of the same name. Along with his studio partners – Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T Seagle – he has also served as producer/story editor on many other shows, among them Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel's Avengers Assemble for Disney XD. Even though the writer is now very much involved with TV, he still finds time to pursue the career in comics that he began in 1998 with The Harvest King, a Caliber Comics three-parter, Very soon after that he was approached by Marvel for which he scripted the last two issues of the three-part Wolverine: Days of Future Past moving almost immediately to the title that would establish him as a writer to watch. Casey's 20-issue run on Cable took him into 1999. Along the way he wrote the occasional fill-in, the Wolverine: Black Rio one-shot and a seven-issue stint on Incredible Hulk. He also unveiled his first creator-owned project,Hellcop (a 1998 four-parter) under Image's Avalon Studios imprint. As his time on Cable was drawing to a close, the writer also began producing the occasional story for DC while continuing his work for the House of Ideas. Post-Cable, he relaunched Deathlok, writing all 11 issues of the 1999 series at the same time authoring the Wild Times: Gen13 one-shot and all nine issues of Mr Majestic for DC's WildStorm imprint. Along with those came 1999's Cable/Wolverine and Juggernaut one-shots for Marvel for which he also wrote the X-Men: Children of the Atom six-parter. In addition he picked up Wildcats. He scripted 24 issues of that DC/WildStorm series, relaunching it in 2002 as Wildcats Version 3.0 and authoring all 24 issues of the new incarnation. He also wrote 2000's Wildcats: Ladytron one-shot. In 2001 he added Adventures of Superman and shortly after Uncanny X-Men to his list of credits. While he scripted 33 issues of the DC title before exiting it in 2004, he stayed on the Marvel series only for a 16-issue run that terminated in 2002, the same year he wrote the first six issues of KISS for Dark Horse. While much of his output up to the point was for "mainstream" comics, Casey's stories offered more than traditional superhero fare and his innovative approach came more and more to the fore as he embarked on a series of projects that broke with tradition or, in some cases, were increasingly experimental or, at the very least, incorporated innovative storytelling techniques. First came the nine issues of 2002's Automatic Kafka, which he authored for DC/WildStorm's Eye of the Storm line with The Milkman Murders – a Dark Horse four-parter – coming along the following year as did Codeflesh, which was serialised two years earlier across the five issues of Image's Double Image and the three of Double Take, where the comic continued at Funk-o-Tron. The Intimates – launched in 2005 by DC/WildStorm – was next. A 12-issue series, it premiered at the same time as Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, an eight-issue companion of sorts to the writer's earlier X-Men: Children of the Atom. Casey – who'd previously authored two 2003 one-shots in The X-Men in: Life Lessons, (a benefit book to aid young burns victims) and Batman: Tenses as well as the four-issues of 2004's Infantry for Devil's Due Publishing – returned for an eight-part sequel, the simply titled Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes II, two years later. Shortly after debuting the first Earth's Mightiest Heroes mini Casey relaunched G.I. Joe, writing the first 18 issues of the Devil's Due comic. At the same time he premiered Gødland at Image. Running 36 issues until 2012, this creator-owned title was both a homage to and a revival of what was dubbed the "Cosmic Superhero Epic" of the 1970s given a modern twist by the writer. Before 2005 was out, Casey had also produced Full Moon Fever, an AiT/Planet Lar graphic novel. while 2006 brought Marvel's six-issue Iron Man: Inevitable as well as Fantastic Four: First Family (a six-parter in the same vein as the writer's Children of the Atom and Earth's Mightiest Heroes miniseries), The Black Plague – a BOOM! Studios one-shot – and another AiT/Planet Lar graphic novel, Rock Bottom. Casey launched the aforementioned Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes II in 2007. Gødland was his only ongoing project but before the year was out he embarked on the six issues of Iron Man: Enter the Mandarinadding a relaunch of Youngblood to his workload as 2008 dawned. He wrote the first eight issues of that Image series (which ended with #9) before authoring another creator-owned graphic novel in Nixon's Pals. Published by Image that was followed immediately by a return to Marvel for the six issues of The Last Defenders and by another creator-owned series – Charlatan's Ball, an Image six-parter. Although the writer ended the year with the premiere of Dynamite's Death-Defying Devil four-parter, it wasn't until late in 2009 that Casey began any further new projects. Another Dynamite four-parter Project Superpowers: Meet the Bad Guys premiered at the same time as Marvel's Dark Reign: Zodiac three-parter and Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance, a six-issue DC series. Casey authored four issues of Superman/Batman for DC in 2010 alongside four Iron Man 2 tie-ins for Marvel: the Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Black Widow, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D one-shots and the three-part Public Identity. The same year he also wrote the six issues of Marvel's Avengers: The Origin as well as Officer Downe, a creator-owned one-shot for Image. The following year, with Gødland down to its last three issues (which appeared sporadically during 2011-12), Casey launched yet another creator-owned project at Image. Running to eight issues, Butcher Baker, the Righteous Maker also ended in 2012 as did Marvel's six-issue Vengeance. That debuted in 2011 as did Doc Bizarre, M.D., an Image graphic novel. Casey, who also embarked on a 10-issue run on Haunt, for Image's Todd McFarlane Productions imprint in 2011, added only Rock Bottom (another Image graphic novel) to his credits in 2012 but upped his output the following year with two more Image titles in the provocatively titled Sex (which is still running today) and The Bounce, which concluded in 2014 after 14 issues. In addition he wrote all nine issues of Catalyst Comix – which Dark Horse premiered in 2013 – and the six of Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers, launched by Dynamite the following year. Since then the writer – who co-created the animated D.I.S.C.O. Destroyer with Scott Mosier and Jim Mahfood for MTV's Liquid Television in 2013 –.has concentrated on Sex although he did debut two more titles in 2015. First up was the five issues of Miami Vice Remix for Lion Forge Comics (an IDW imprint) with Image's Valhalla Mad four-parter following close behind. Casey's TV schedule may put a stop to him being as prolific a comics writer as he once was but he continues to make significant and inventive contributions to the medium.
  3. Artist/writer: Watchmen; Secret Service; The Originals; Give me Liberty; 2000 AD Attending: Sunday Afternoon APPOINTED Britain's first Comics Laureate in 2014, Dave Gibbons is internationally acclaimed as the creator – with writer Alan Moore – of DC’s groundbreaking 1986 series, Watchmen. An alumnus of the UK’s fanzine scene, his first work appearing in Fantasy Advertiser in 1970 with contributions to such underground comics as The Trials of Nasty Comics and cOZmic Comics following over the next couple of years, the artist very quickly graduated to professional assignments. He worked on a variety of D.C. Thomson and IPC weeklies, among them The Hotspur, The Wizard andBuster, through the Bardon Press Features agency. He also drew a black superhero comic for the emerging Nigerian market. No connection with the similarly titled Marvel series, the short-lived Powerman premiered in 1975, the same year he contributed a six-pager to Marvel’s Giant-Size Chillers #1; his first US comics work, it was also to be his last for seven years. Two years later Gibbons joined the creative team for the launch of 2000 AD, a weekly anthology through which he was to establish his reputation. Initially drawing Harlem Heroes for the self-styled Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, he went on to illustrate Ro-Busters, Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper, as well as a reinvention of Britain’s iconic 1950s SF hero, Dan Dare. Moving over to Marvel UK in 1979, he drew the lead strips in Doctor Who Weekly and Hulk Comic. By 1982 Gibbons – who had seen some of his (mainly Doctor Who) Marvel UK work reprinted in America by the House of Ideas – had a well-earned reputation as one of the leading artists in British comics. Headhunted by DC editor Len Wein, he made a second, far more successful and long-lasting foray into the US market, at first drawing backups in The Flash and Green Lantern. Swiftly moving on to the lead feature in the latter, he also illustrated 1983’s landmark Brave and the Bold #200 and the classic For the Man who has Everything…. Written by Moore, with whom he had also worked on 2000 AD, it ran in 1985’s Superman Annual #11 and was a precursor of things to come from the duo. Premiering the following year, the Moore-written Watchmen launched the careers of its already acclaimed creators into the stratosphere. A huge commercial success, it garnered critical praise from not only the comics industry but also (and more importantly) the mainstream media. Now much in demand as a cover artist, Gibbons made his return to Marvel in 1988 with a Doctor Strange 20-pager in Marvel Fanfare #41 but the artist’s next major project was for Dark Horse. Teaming up with another industry legend, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns creator Frank Miller, he launched Give me Liberty. The 1990 four-parter kicked off the writer/artist team’s futuristic multi-chapter saga of Martha Washington, which only reached its conclusion in 2007. Having previously dabbled with writing, in 1989 he revamped Rogue Trooper for 2000 AD. He followed this by penning DC’s four-issue World’s Finest in 1990 and the following year’s Batman vs Predator four-parter for Dark Horse. His other scripting credits include 1995’s Superman: Kal one-shot, the 1996 and 1997 Super Soldier one-offs – which he also drew – for Amalgam (a DC/Marvel collaboration) and four 2003-4 issues of Captain America for Marvel. Since then Gibbons’ DC writing credits have included 2005’s The Rann/Thanagar War six-parter and the five issues of Green Lantern Corps: Recharge. Co-written with Geoff Johns, that 2005 mini set the scene for the following year's Green Lantern Corps for which Gibbons authored all but three of the first 17 issues while also scripting the five issues of Thunderbolt Jaxon for DC’s WildStorm imprint. Since 2007 Gibbons' comics output has been primarily limited to covers. He has, however, written a number of stories, among them Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth, which DC serialised across the 12 issues of 2009's Wednesday Comics On the sequential art side, since the millennium, Gibbons has drawn various one-offs including 2001’s Just Imagine Stan Lee with Dave Gibbons Creating Green Lantern for DC and the following year’s War Stories: Screaming Eagles for DC/Vertigo. More significantly he drew and wrote The Originals, a futuristic 2004 graphic novel, for Vertigo, DC’s mature readers imprint. A year later he contributed to iBooks' Stan Lee's Alexa going on to produce Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars, a 2009 promotional one-shot. That was for Revolution Software for which he subsequently created Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror (2010) and Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse (2014). In between he illustrated a six-parter for Marvel's creator-owned Icon imprint. Published in 2012, the Mark Miller/Matthew Vaughn-written Secret Service is Gibbons' most significant high profile project in recent years although he spearheaded Treatment, which launched from the online Madefire platform the same year. Despite the dearth of new work from him, Gibbons remains an iconic inspiration to comics creators and those with aspirations to break into the industry on both sides of the Atlantic.
  4. Latest Comic Guest Announcement - Lew Stringer Attending: Friday, Saturday & Sunday Writer/artist: Sonic the Comic; Viz; The Beano; Toxic! TODAY Lew Stringer is appreciated as much for his wealth of knowledge of British comics as he is for the stories he has written and drawn for them. Across a career that stretches back to the late 1970s when he started creating his own self-published titles, Stringer has contributed humour strips to a vast array of British comics, among them Viz, Oink!, Sonic the Comic, Toxic!, The Beano and The Dandy as well as to Geek for the Norwegian market and to Sweden’s Herman Hedning. Among his most famous creations are Combat Colin (who appeared for several years in Action Force and Transformers at Marvel UK), Tom Thug and Suburban Satanists. To that list should be added the long-lived Brickman, who Stringer introduced in one of his comiczines before he made his professional debut in 1983 in Marvel UK’s The Daredevils #7, While continuing to contribute to The Beano and other titles, the cartoonist is also now producing a regular strip for Panini’s Doctor Who Magazine.
  5. Latest Comic Guest Announcement - Chris Geary Attending: Friday, Saturday & Sunday Writer/artist: International Aces; Aces Weekly IN 2010, after three years contributing to such British small press titles as FutureQuake and Zarjaz, Chris Geary embarked on International Aces. An ambitious four-volume graphic novel series recounting the true stories of the top pilots of World War I, it was released in 2013 as was Commitment, a graphic novel/guide to risk management that he co-authored and drew. Geary is also a regular contributor to the digital comics art magazine Aces Weekly.
  6. TWO TITANS of British comics are to make their first joint appearance at London Film & Comic at Olympia over the weekend of July 29-31. Artist Carlos Ezquerra will be on hand on all three days with John Wagner, the writer with whom he created Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, joining him on Saturday and Sunday. The legends of 2000 AD have worked in multiple genres with their credits appearing in numerous titles on both sides of the Atlantic. They are looking forward to meeting their legion of fans. Both will be happy to sign copies of their comics while Ezquerra will also be sketching.
  7. Writer/artist: V for Vendetta; Kickback; Aces Weekly Attending: Friday, Saturday & Sunday THE MASTERMIND behind Aces Weekly, the online comic anthology he launched in 2010, David Lloyd is best-known for V for Vendetta, which he created in collaboration with writer Alan Moore. The strip was originally serialised in Warrior between 1982 and 1984 before being concluded at DC in 1989. That was almost 15 years after the British artist got his break drawing a story for The Magician Annual 1975 although that proved to be a false start – it was another three years before his career took off. Then he contributed not only to Logan's Run Annual 1978 but also to TV Comic as well as drawing the adaptation of Quatermass II for House of Hammer #23. Come 1979 he was given his first regular assignment –drawing Night Raven (a strip he co-created) – in Hulk Weekly although he moved on to a regular slot in Doctor Who Weekly later that same year. During that period he continued to provide contributions to a variety of British comics annuals, a practice he maintained even while working on Warrior​ although it faded out as US publishers came calling. His American debut was on Marvel's two-issue adaptation of Time Bandits with contributions to anthologies from Pacific, Eclipse – for which he also illustrated the first four issues of 1986's ESPers five-parter – and DC following until he returned to conclude V for Vendetta. After bouncing back to Marvel for 1991's Night Raven: House of Cards graphic novel his next major project was The Horrorist (a 1996 DC two-parter) after which came The Territory​, a 1999 four-parter for Dark Horse. Often in demand as a contributor to comics outside the mainstream superhero-centric arena, Lloyd – who has deliberately chosen to avoid that commercial genre – next illustrated Nightingale (2002) and J for Jenny (2003), two of DC/Vertigo's War Story one-shots with Kickback (a Dark Horse graphic novel he also wrote) coming in 2007. Today his focus is Aces Weekly although he does continue to produce the occasional cover.
  8. Latest Comic Guest Announcement - William Geradts Attending: Friday, Saturday & Sunday Comic Creator Writer of titles such as Warden, Darwin Faeries, The Time Travelling Tourist, The Inspiration Duncans, One Must Break, Attica and Prepocalypse William will have selected trade collections available exclusively at LFCC including the UK release of PREPOCALYPSE Volume 1 and 2! visit www.beyondrealitymedia.com for comic pages and look out for BRM Comics at LFCC. Exclusive for the UK!
  9. Writer/editor: Resident Alien; Terra Obscura; 2000 AD; The Sandman Presents: Love Street; Captain America/Nick Fury: The Otherworld War Attending: Saturday Only AFTER working for The Who's Pete Townsend as commissioning editor for Eel Pie Publishing, Peter Hogan wound up at Quality Comics, where he served as an editor on the UK-based label's line of 2000 AD reprints aimed at the US market. That was during the mid-to-late '80s after which he moved on to Fleetway. There, after working on 1989's 2000 AD Winter Special, he became editor ofRevolver, editing all seven issues of the experimental title as well as the two specials the 1990 comic spawned. Two years later, Hogan (who had also been working as a music journalist) began writing scripts for 2000 AD with his first stories appearing2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1992 and 2000 AD Action Special before he began contributing to the self-styled Galaxy's Great Comic itself. Debuting on Prog 793, he wrote regularly for the weekly anthology until late 1995. In 1996 he was hired by Vertigo (DC's mature readers imprint) to write a four-issue run on The Dreaming. After a smattering of other issues of that title Hogan embarked on 1999's The Sandman Presents: Love Street before authoring his one and only Marvel project, the Captain America/Nick Fury: The Otherworld War one-shot, two years later. Subsequently he was brought in by Alan Moore to contribute to the famed British writer's America's Best Comics line, which was published by DC under its Wildstorm umbrella. Hogan scripted two Terra Obscura six-parters (in 2003 and 2004) as well as the six issues of 2010's Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom and of 2013'sTom Strong and the Planet of Peril. In 2011, after a three-part prelude in the Dark Horse Presents anthology. the writer unveiled Resident Alien, a 2012 three-parter. Two further three-issue DHP serials followed, the first leading into 2013's Resident Alien: The Suicide Blonde three-parter and the second a prelude to the three issues of Resident Alien: The Sam Hain Mystery which came along two years later. Hogan's most recent project is The King's Road, a 2016 three-parter that began life as a three-issue DHP serial three years before.
  10. Latest Comic Guest Announcement - Rich Buckler FIRST APPEARANCE OUTSIDE AMERICA Attending: Friday, Saturday & Sunday Writer/artist/editor: Deathlok; Fantastic Four; Superman vs Shazam!; All-Star Squadron; Spectacular Spider-Man; World's Finest; Red Circle Comics WHILE he is renowned for his ground-breaking creation of Deathlok the Demolisher, Rich Buckler had been working in comics for years before his 1974 introduction of the futuristic cyborg in Marvel's Astonishing Tales #25. Buckler – who had been producing work for fanzines and organising conventions in his native Detroit from the age of 15 – made his professional debut as an 18-year old with a four-pager for King Features' Flash Gordon #10. That was in 1967 but it would be another four years before the artist's career really kicked into gear. Although he wrote and drew a seven-page contribution to a 1970 issue of Warren'sEerie [#29], Buckler had to wait until 1971 for regular assignments to start coming his way. Initially hired by DC to illustrate strips for House of Secrets and The Unexpected and subsequently by Skywald to contribute to Hell-Rider, he ended the year drawing a back-up in DC's Superman and beginning a five-part Rose & Thorn feature in the back of Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane. Then, in 1972, he added a four-issue run on the Robin strip in the back of Batmanbefore moving across to Marvel. There he initially pencilled four issues of The Avengers, two of Astonishing Tales and one of Fear. While remaining at the House of Ideas throughout the following year (primarily as a cover artist although he filled-in on a handful of titles, Daredevil and Jungle Action among them), Buckler did spread his wings to contribute to an issue of Gold Key's Twilight Zone anthology, make a one-off return to Eerie and provide a Hawkman back-up in Detective Comics #434 for DC. At the beginning of 1974, the artist embarked on his first major assignment. As regular penciller of Fantastic Four, he drew 21 issues across the next two-and-a-half years but still found time not only to produce covers and provide contributions to various anthologies but also to orchestrate Deathlok's debut. As already mentioned, Buckler introduced his innovative hero in 1974's Astonishing Tales 25, continuing to work on the concept (with co-writer Doug Moench on board early on) until the title itself was cancelled two years later with #36. Incredibly prolific, the artist also produced a four-issue run on Thor alongside his cover work and various one-offs and fill-ins. While still concentrating on Fantastic Four and his other Marvel work, in 1975 he once again took to producing back-ups and the odd fill-in for DC. He also created Demon Hunter, a character he introduced in the one and only issue of his own 1975 Atlas/Seaboard comic. Two years later he reworked the supernatural hero, bringing him into the Marvel Universe as Devil-Hunter in Marvel Spotlight #33 and then, reinventing him yet again as Bloodwing, who appeared in the first (and as it happened last) issue of Galaxia Magazine (published in 1981 on the artist's own Astral Comics label). From 1976 when his Fantastic Four stint was over, Buckler focused on cover art (often inking artists he had admired growing up) while also drawing an occasional story for Marvel and DC for which he not only illustrated 1978's tabloid-sizedSuperman vs Shazam! (aka All-New Collectors' Edition C-58) but also a five-issue run on Secret Society of Super-Villains in 1977 and five issues of Justice League of America four years later. Additionally for the latter –while becoming virtually a resident contributor to World's Finest Comics (with Buckler-drawn strips appearing in 19 issues of that anthology between 1979 and 1982) – he also launched All-Star Squadron, illustrating the first five issues of that 1981 title. By early 1983 Buckler – who'd illustrated The Incredible Hulk newspaper strip during 1979 – was working for neither Marvel nor DC. Instead he'd migrated to Archie Comics, which was re-establishing its superhero-centric Red Circle imprint. Although the revival was short-lived, Buckler was involved across the line, editing, writing, drawing and/or providing covers for many of the comics published before a second revamp was implemented in 1984. At that point the artist returned to DC, where he again took to drawing fill-ins before, in 1985 pencilling a four-issue run on Tales of the Teen Titans. After that he bounced back to Marvel to draw five straight issues of Spectacular Spider-Man. Continuing to be in demand for his covers (including for Solson for which he'd authored How to become a Comic Book Artist and How to Draw Superheroes in 1986), it wasn't until 1988 that the artist took on his next major project. That was the 12 issues of The Saga of the Sub-Mariner. In 1989, midway through that series, he made a four-issue return to The Avengers, after which he revisited Fantastic Fourfor a seven-issue run alongside which he pencilled a Havok seven-parter serialised inMarvel Comics Presents. Then came 1990's The Saga of the Original Human Torch but that Marvel four-parter was the last of Buckler's significant works. After it and throughout the '90s the artist continued a steady stream of stories but it was primarily fill-ins for not only Marvel but also for DC's Milestone imprint, Topps, Malibu, Continuity, Now Comics and Tekno Comics. Since the turn of the century the artist has dramatically changed direction, establishing himself as a surrealist painter of some repute. As a result his comics output has been reduced to almost nothing. Even so over the course of his career Buckler has produced an enormous body of work, one that has seen him draw virtually all of Marvel and DC's major characters and many of their minor ones as well.
  11. 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.
  12. JOHN WAGNER Writer: Star Wars; 2000 AD; A History of Violence Attending: Friday, Saturday & Sunday LAUDED as the co-creator of Judge Dredd and as a founding father of 2000 AD(where the Lawman of the Future made his debut in the 1977 second issue of the self-styled Galaxy's Greatest Comic), John Wagner set out to be a professional writer some 10 years earlier. Born in the USA but brought up in Scotland from the age of 12, Wagner began writing for Dundee-based DC Thomson in the 1960s eventually rising to become chief sub-editor of Romeo. It was while working on the UK comics behemoth's girls' weekly that he first encountered Pat Mills, a fellow writer who would subsequently have a significant influence on his career. Leaving DCT to go freelance, Wagner and Mills collaborated on stories for a variety of titles for IPC (the other major British comics publisher). Their output covered humour and both girls' and boys' weeklies before Wagner headed to London in 1973 to edit girls' titles for IPC. That lasted for less than a year after which Wagner quit comics until late '74 when Mills lured him back to help set up Battle Picture Weekly. With that IPC title, which launched in 1975, Mills and Wagner began changing the face of British comics, modernising that which had become stagnant and very traditional in their approach. It was a groundbreaking makeover that the duo continued and escalated when Mills was asked to create a new SF comic and invited Wagner to join him in the endeavour. Premiering in 1977, 2000 AD was an immediate and huge success and remains at the peak of British comics publishing scene today, almost 40 years after its first publication. Over the years, aside from Judge Dredd, Wagner – who wrote for Doctor Who Magazine in 1979-80 as well – also co-created such heroes as Robo-Hunter and the Button Man for the SF weekly. Among his other co-creations are Strontium Dog (first seen in 1978 in Starlord, 2000 AD's short-lived sister title) as well as Ace Trucking Co for 2000 AD, Eagle's Doomlord and Manix, The Thirteenth Floor forScream!, Invasion 1984 for Battle and Dan Harker's War for Roy of the Rovers, all in collaboration with his long-term writing partner Alan Grant. In addition, a 1982-83 reunion with Mills saw him writing Dan Dare for for the relaunched Eagle. Four years later and in tandem with Grant, Wagner – who has contributed to 2000 AD virtually continuously for the past 38 years and to its sister title, Judge Dredd Megazine since 1990 – made his US debut. The writing duo scripted the 12 issues of 1987's Outcasts for DC following which they co-authored nine 1988 Batman stories in Detective Comics and The Bogie Man​ – a 1990 Fat Man Press four-parter – and its various sequels. In addition they collaborated on the first 10 issues of Marvel UK's Strip and The Last American, a 1990 four-parter for Epic, Marvel's creator-owned imprint. Although that was pretty much the end of their joint American venture, Wagner and Grant did reunite from time to time, most notably on a quartet of high profileBatman/Judge Dredd one-shots. These DC/2000 AD crossovers began in 1991 with the hugely successful Judgement on Gotham but were published sporadically until 1998 with 1995's Lobo/Judge Dredd: Psycho Bikers vs the Mutants from Hell inserted along the way. The pair also wrote 1991's The Punisher: Blood on the Moors graphic novel for Marvel while Wagner went on to write the following year's The Punisher: Die Hard in the Big Easy – and the 12 issues of DC's Chain Gang War that followed it in 1994 – on his own. Increasingly disenchanted with the manner in which American comics were produced and much preferring the British approach, Wagner all-but cut his ties with US publishers in 2000. Before he withdrew, however, he scripted a swathe of titles, among them Aliens: Berserker (1995), Star Wars: Boba Fett (1995), Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996) and Predator vs Judge Dredd (1997) for Dark Horse, a couple of 1996 spin-offs from The Crow for Kitchen Sink and A History of Violence graphic novel the following year for Paradox Graphic Mystery (a DC imprint). He wound up his American venture at Topps on Xena, Warrior Princess (1999). Since then Wagner's output has been almost exclusively for 2000 AD and Judge Dredd Megazine. He did make a brief return to the US market in 2003 for Judge Dredd vs Aliens: Incubus (co-authored with former 2000 AD editor Andy Diggle) and a brief run on Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight for DC but it is primarily for his half-a-century of writing for British titles that Wagner is considered one of the UK's most respected comics creators. Down the years his writing has motivated many who have followed in his footsteps. Willing to support the UK small press (as with Black Hearted Press’s recently launched Rok of the Reds), Wagner continues to be an inspiration to countless aspiring writers.
  13. EL TORRES Writer/publisher/editor: Nancy in Hell; Rogues!; The Westwood Witches ATTENDING Friday, Saturday & Sunday BASED in Spain but publishing only English-language titles, Amigo Comics is the brainchild of Juan ‘El’ Torres, whose earliest US excursion was as the writer of CVO: Covert Vampire Operations – African Blood. That 2006 four-parter was published by IDW, for which Torres simultaneously wrote the four-issue Zombies! Eclipse of the Undead. For IDW he also authored two other four-parters – 2009’s The Veil and the following year’s The Suicide Forest. In addition, in 2010 he scripted the 10 issues of his signature series, Nancy in Hell, which he followed with two four-parters: Drums [2011] and Nancy in Hell on Earth[2012]. While published by Image those latter three titles were the first produced by Amigo, which was established by Torres primarily as a platform for his own work. In 2013, Amigo struck out on its own, declaring its independence with the Torres-written Rogues!. The following year the Spanish writer scripted a five-part sequel to that six-parter and then a two-issue follow up (both similarly titled Rogues!) although he’d also launched The Westwood Witches four-parter in 2013. Torres’ other 2014 output included the Nancy in Hell: A Dragon in Hell one-shot together with the four issues of Ghost Wolf and of Roman Ritual. His most recent projects were a 2015 return to Rogues! for a five-parter subtitled Odd Parenthood and El Fantasma de Gaudí (Gaudi's Ghost), a graphic novel released in Spain in 2016 by Norma Editorial.
  14. GARY WHITLOCK Writer/artist: The Beano; Aces Weekly ATTENDING: Saturday & Sunday TODAY Gary Whitlock is probably identified through his Drell’s Marauders strip for David Lloyd’s online anthology Aces Weekly but the former graphic artist for Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Fire Prevention Department has numerous humour comics in his credits. Among them are Gas, Gutter, Zit, Smut, Adroit and Acne while he also created an abundance of gag cartoons for The Weekly News. Additionally Whitlock, who also drew for The Beano, is the founder of Monkeyhound Publishing through which he has released a variety of his own titles, occasionally under his pen name of Clan Whitlock. His self-published comics so far include Dinotoons, Creatures of the Weirdieverse and Damned Dirty Apes. While he has several more Monkeyhound titles in the pipeline, for the past several months Whitlock has been involved with The Sunday Comics. This monthly 15 x 22" title – akin to the newspaper supplements of yore – was launched in the US by Golden Bell Entertainment in 2015.
  15. EL TORRES Writer/publisher/editor: Nancy in Hell; Rogues!; The Westwood Witches ATTENDING: Saturday & Sunday BASED in Spain but publishing only English-language titles, Amigo Comics is the brainchild of Juan ‘El’ Torres, whose earliest US excursion was as the writer of CVO: Covert Vampire Operations – African Blood. That 2006 four-parter was published by IDW, for which Torres simultaneously wrote the four-issue Zombies! Eclipse of the Undead. For IDW he also authored two other four-parters – 2009’s The Veil and the following year’s The Suicide Forest. In addition, in 2010 he scripted the 10 issues of his signature series, Nancy in Hell, which he followed with two four-parters: Drums [2011] and Nancy in Hell on Earth[2012]. While published by Image those latter three titles were the first produced by Amigo, which was established by Torres primarily as a platform for his own work. In 2013, Amigo struck out on its own, declaring its independence with the Torres-written Rogues!. The following year the Spanish writer scripted a five-part sequel to that six-parter and then a two-issue follow up (both similarly titled Rogues!) although he’d also launched The Westwood Witches four-parter in 2013. Torres’ other 2014 output included the Nancy in Hell: A Dragon in Hell one-shot together with the four issues of Ghost Wolf and of Roman Ritual. His most recent projects were a 2015 return to Rogues! for a five-parter subtitled Odd Parenthoodand El Fantasma de Gaudí (Gaudi's Ghost), a graphic novel released in Spain in 2016 by Norma Editorial.
  16. SARA KENNEY Writer: Surgeon X Filmmaker: Angels & Ghosts; Professor Regan Investigates; Future Earth; Impact Earth Attending: Friday, Saturday & Sunday COMING later this year from Image, Surgeon X will mark Sara Kenney's entree into the world of comics. Her primary career is as a documentary filmmaker. As a director and/or producer her screen credits stretch back to 2000. They include Angels & Ghosts, Journeys to the Bottom of the Sea, Race to Mars and Planet Dinosaur as well as Impact Earth, a 2007 TV movie.
  17. Latest Comic Guest Announcement - MIKE CAREY Writer: The Unwritten; Lucifer; Hellblazer; X-Men; Ultimate Fantastic Four; X-Men: Legacy Attending: Saturday & Sunday DURING the first eight years of his professional career Mike Carey worked on the margins. He wrote Inferno (a five-parter) and the Dr Faustus one-shot for Caliber, contributed to Britain's short-lived Toxic! and starred Ozzy Osborne and Pantera in Rock-It Comics titles. Then in 1999 Vertigo came calling for the British writer... The DC mature readers imprint assigned him to script the three issues of The Sandman Presents: Lucifer then, in 2000, to author its Sandman Presents: Petrefax four-parter. In between the writer also joined the 2000 AD team, embarking on an association with the British SF weekly that continued into 2002. At the same time he launched Lucifer as an ongoing title, scripting all 75 issues of the series, which ended in 2006 and gaining recognition for his talented storytelling. In 2002, with his 2000 AD stint at an end, Carey authored The Sandman Presents: The Furies (a high-end graphic novel) and the Lucifer: Nirvana one-shot for Vertigo for which he also took on Hellblazer. He stayed on board that title for a run of 41 issues, which took him into 2006. Along the way, he also produced the four issues of My Faith in Frankie for Vertigo. That was in 2004, which was when he undertook his first major superhero project. Having previously contributed to a 2003 issue of Batman: Gotham Knights and subsequently to Coup D'état: Afterword for DC's WildStorm imprint , the writer made his Marvel debut with the five issues of Ultimate Elektra. The following year not only did he co-write Marvel's adaptation of the Fantastic Fourmovie but he also authored All his Engines (an original Hellblazer graphic novel), scripted a four-chapter back-up in Detective Comics and launched a new Red Sonja series, co-writing the first six issues of that Dynamite title. After that cameSpellbinders, a Marvel six-parter, the four issues of Vampirella Revelations for Harris and a nine-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere novel for Vertigo. Come 2006, Carey wrote Marvel's What If: Fantastic Four one-shot as well as both parts of the Ultimate X-Men/Fantastic Four and Ultimate Fantastic Four/X-Mencrossover before, with his work on Hellblazer and Lucifer at an end, leaping on to X-Men, his most high-profile assignment to date. He stayed on the top-selling Marvel comic subsequently retitled X-Men: Legacy for 20 issues, started a 25-issue run onUltimate Fantastic Four virtually simultaneously and also added the first nine issues of DC/WildStorm's Wetworks. While continuing to prove popular for his superhero work, Carey did not neglect fans of his more mature stories, returning to Vertigo in 2007 to script all 19 issues ofCrossing Midnight as well as the God save the Queen graphic novel, the Fakersix-parter and two graphic novels – Re-Gifters and Confessions of a Blabbermouth (co-written with his then 15-year old daughter, Louise) for Minx, a DC/Vertigo offshoot. That year he also produced the Ultimate Vision five-parter and the Legion of Monsters: Werewolf by Night and X-Men: Endangered Speciesone-shots for Marvel as well as two miniseries –Voodoo Child and The Stranded – for Virgin Comics. After his amazing burst of productivity in 2007, in 2008 Carey eased back somewhat. Outside of his regular series, he scripted only Marvel's Wolverine: Firebreak and X-Men Origins: Beast one-shots, the four-issue Secret Invasion: X-Men and (as co-writer) the X-Men: Manifest Destiny five-parter with his contribution to Marvel's Free Comic Book Day release being issued as X-Men: Pixies and Demons. Continuing to work for Marvel into 2009, Carey adapted two Orson Scott Card novelsؘ– Ender's Shadow: Battle School and Ender's Shadow: Command School – as five-parters before heading back to Vertigo for what many consider his magnum opus. Eventually running to 54 issues and spinning off a graphic novel in Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice (2013) and launching 2014's 12-part miniseries subtitled Apocalypse, The Unwritten ran until 2013. From 2009 until 2013, X-Men: Legacy and The Unwritten were Carey's primary focus. He did, however, find time for Marvel's X-Men Origins: Gambit and Second Coming: Prepare one-shots, the eight issues of Dynamite/Marvel's The Torch as well as to co-author Untouchable (a Dynamite graphic novel) before 2010 was out. The following year brought the Thor: Wolves of the North and Age of X: Alphaone-shots with Carey spearheading the latter event, which crossed over into all of Marvel's X-titles. In 2013, the writer – who'd also scripted Marvel's four-issue resurrection of CrossGen's Sigil two years earlier – moved to BOOM! Studios, where he launchedSuicide Risk, which ran for 25 issues. In 2015, with that title and The Unwritten: Apocalypse at an end, Carey unveiled his second BOOM! project. A four-parter,Rowan's Ruin took him into 2016 and ended a career in comics that dated back to 1991. These days Carey is concentrating on novels. His first – The Devil You Know (which inaugurated his Felix Caster series) – was published in 2006 while his latest, Fellsidehas just been released by Orbit. A lead writer on 2004's animated Shadow of the Elves TV show, he produced the screenplay for The Girl with all the Gifts, which is based on his 2014 novel of the same name. Carey's first live-action feature film, it is set to premiere in September.
  18. Writer: Alien; Predator; The American; Stalkers Screenwriter/producer: Daredevil; Constantine; Battlestar Galactica; Heroes; Smallville; The Mask; Timecop Attending: Friday, Saturday & Sunday THESE days Mark Verheiden is known for his work as a writer and/or producer on such comics-related TV shows as Daredevil, Constantine and Heroes but he began his career back at Dark Horse Comics back in 1987. His first venture was The American featuring the patriotic superhero that he had created. That ran to eight issues, but it was his second project that made the writer a name to be reckoned with. Midway through his inaugural series he embarked onAliens. A spin-off from Ridley Scott's classic 1986 SF movie of the same name, the six-parter was a huge success, opening the door to numerous other film franchises for Dark Horse (Predator, The Terminator and, most importantly, Star Wars among them) while also establishing the Aliens mythos as a viable milieu that the publisher continues to explore successfully to the present day. For his part, Verheiden went on to write two more minis simply titled Aliens (in 1989 and 1992) and subsequently Aliens: Earth War (1990) while also featuring the murderous extraterrestrials in a contribution to Dark Horse Presents. The latter came in 1988, which was when the writer made his DC debut with a story in Secret Origins #35. From there he moved on seamlessly to Action Comics, becoming one of the scripters on what was then a weekly anthology. His six-issue run on the title ended just as the final issue of The American was published. Next came Big, a one-shot spin-off from the 1988 film starring Tom Hanks. That was published by Hit Comics (a blink-and-you'll-miss-it Dark Horse imprint) and Verheiden followed it with the 13 issues of The Phantom. With his work on DC's resurrection of the hero created by Lee Falk over six decades earlier only just underway, Verheiden brought another movie property to Dark Horse. While not quite matching Aliens' success, Predator was the foundation for another long-lasting line of comics. As he had with Aliens, the writer went on to produce sequels to his 1989 four-parter; Predator: Cold War in 1991 and Predator: Dark River five years later. Then, after revisiting the American in issues of Dark Horse Presents and Atomeka Press's A1, Verheiden migrated to Marvel or rather to its creator-owned Epic Comics imprint. There, in collaboration with co-writer Jan Strnad, he produced the 12 issues of 1990's Stalkers. Although his screenwriting career was now underway (he'd scripted Terror Squad, a 1988 vehicle for Chuck Connors), his comics output continued unabated. He made another return to the American for 1991's Dark Horse Presents Fifth Anniversary Special (and subsequently for the eight issues of the following year'sThe American: Lost in America) while also writing the same year's Human Target Special for DC. He also revisited Stalkers for the four issues of Epic's eponymous 1992 anthology and wrote a three-part Timecop story serialised over the first three issues of Dark Horse Comics. Two years later Verheiden – who'd also worked on The Mask movie in 1992 – not only wrote the Timecop film but also Dark Horse's two-issue adaptation of the feature, which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme). Then, other than another American story in 1997's Dark Horse Presents Annual and a serial that ran across three issues of Dark Horse Presents, the writer produced no further comics work for six years. In the interim Verheiden had been gaining more and more screen credits. His name was attached to such titles as Perversions of Science (1997) and 1997's Timecop TV series (and the direct-to-video Timecop: The Berlin Decision, which came along six years later) before he became involved with Smallville in 2001. It was that Superman-as-a-teen series that brought the writer back to comics. Initially a contributor to DC's Smallville: The Comic (a 2002 one-shot), he went on to author stories in the first five issues of the Smallville comic, which premiered the following year. In 2005, and following a Stalkers one-shot for Atomeka, he scripted a 10-issue run on Superman. After that came 11 straight issues of Superman/Batman following which Verheiden (who'd scripted 2007's My Name is Bruce movie for Bruce Campbell) wrote The Evil Dead, a 2008 Dark Horse four-parter based on 1983's Sam Raimi-directed cult classic of the same name that had made a offbeat star out of Campbell). Apart from a 2008 Dark Horse one-shot given away with the My Name is Bruce DVD, a contribution to DC's DCU Halloween Special later that year and a 2012 eight-pager for Dark Horse Presents, that brought Verheiden's comics career to a close (at least for now). That story in Dark Horse Presents #14, however, linked back to the writer's screenwriting career. It was a spin-off from Falling Skies, which he'd been involved with since 2010. Prior to that he'd also worked on other TV shows, among them Dark Shadows, Battlestar Galactica and Heroes. Since Falling Skies his screen credits have included Hemlock Grove, Constantine and Daredevil.
  19. EL TORRES Writer/publisher/editor: Nancy in Hell; Rogues!; The Westwood Witches Attending: Saturday & Sunday BASED in Spain but publishing only English-language titles, Amigo Comics is the brainchild of Juan ‘El’ Torres, whose earliest US excursion was as the writer of CVO: Covert Vampire Operations – African Blood. That 2006 four-parter was published by IDW, for which Torres simultaneously wrote the four-issue Zombies! Eclipse of the Undead. For IDW he also authored two other four-parters – 2009’s The Veil and the following year’s The Suicide Forest. In 2010 he also scripted the 10 issues of his signature series, Nancy in Hell, which he followed with two four-parters: Drums [2011] and Nancy in Hell on Earth [2012]. While published by Image those latter three titles were the first produced by Amigo, which was established by Torres primarily as a platform for his own work. In 2013, Amigo struck out on its own, declaring its independence with the Torres-written Rogues!. The following year the Spanish writer scripted a five-part sequel to that six-parter and then a two-issue follow up (both similarly titled Rogues!) although he’d also launched The Westwood Witches four-parter in 2013. Torres’ other 2014 output included the Nancy in Hell: A Dragon in Hell one-shot together with the four issues of Ghost Wolf and of Roman Ritual. His most recent project was a return to Rogues! for a 2015 five-parter subtitled Odd Parenthood.
  20. 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.
  21. Latest Comic Guest Announcement - Dan Slott Attending: Saturday & Sunday Writer: Amazing Spider-Man; Silver Surfer; She-Hulk; Batman Adventures PRINCIPAL Amazing Spider-Man writer since 2010, Dan Slott has been pivotal in restoring Marvel’s web-slinging flagship hero to his position as a fan favourite. Slott, who actually began his association with the wall-crawler’s core title back in 2008, kicked of his career in 1991. Starting out as assistant editor on Captain America and Thor, his first writing credit was an eight-pager for 1991’s Punisher Summer Special. Contributions to Marvel Comics Presents, Marvel Tales, New Warriors Annual and Power Pack Summer Special followed as did a 1992 issue of James Bond Jr. His first regular assignment – a Phantom Rider II back-up in issues #3-12 and 15-19 of Original Ghost Rider – came in 1992 as did his initial headlining gig: he wrote the first 19 issues of The Ren & Stimpy Show. The following year he added a Wolverine five-parter in Marvel Comics Presents while continuing to contribute to an assortment of titles and also writing issues of Excalibur, What If… ?, Night Thrasher, Disney’s Aladdin and sundry other comics. In 1995 he wrote Marvel’s Earthworm Jim three-parter with the four-issue Doc Samson mini following in 1996, when he also authored the three-issue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures. That was for Archie Comics for which he subsequently contributed to issues of Sonic Super Special. Although Slott has scripted almost exclusively for the House of Ideas throughout his career, he has also worked for DC, where he wrote the first of several issues of Looney Tunes in 1994. Contributions to various other of the Batman publisher’s cartoon tie-ins followed, among them 2003’s Batman Adventures for which he wrote 13 of the first 14 issues. Then, in 2003, he authored his first mainstream superhero work for DC – the well-received six-issue Arkham Asylum: Living Hell. A year later his talent for humour dovetailed with his ability to write standard mainstream superhero adventures when Marvel handed him the gig to relaunch She-Hulk. The assignment propelled him from journeyman writer into the spotlight as an entertaining author with an ever-growing fan following. He wrote all 12 issues of the 2004 volume of She-Hulk and the first 21 of the She-Hulk series that followed a year later. In between he took on the Spider-Man/Human Torch five-parter and the four issues of GLA. Another action/humour hybrid, that 2005 mini resurrected the Great Lakes Avengers (a band of madcap misfits introduced by John Byrne 15 years earlier) as well as Squirrel Girl – a Steve Ditko co-creation not seen since her one and only appearance in 1991 – while introducing Grasshopper. Slott subsequently featured the team in two one-shots: 2006’s GLX-Mas Special and the following year’s Deadpool/GLI Summer Fun Spectacular. With his star on the rise, Slott dropped virtually all of his sporadic one-offs to concentrate on regular assignments with The Thing being the earliest. Launched in 2006, the first title to star the Fantastic Four’s Ben Grimm in 20 years lasted just eight issues. In 2007 Slott took a sideways step to script a JLA Classified five-parter for DC but launched Avengers: The Initiative for Marvel later the same year. Early into his run on the Avengers spin-off (he authored 19 of the first 20 issues), Slott scripted his first issue of Amazing Spider-Man [#546], which launched Brand New Day, a 19-chapter serial that chronicled the revisions to the wall-crawler’s life in the aftermath of the status quo-altering One More Day storyline. In 2009 the writer segued from Avengers: The Initiative to a 16-issue run on The Mighty Avengers. While he contributed to all four issues of Marvel’s 2010 mini, Age of Heroes and occasionally still works on Looney Tunes for DC, Slott’s primary focus for the past five years has been on Marvel’s web-slinging flagship hero; particularly Amazing Spider-Man which he has scripting virtually exclusively since 2010's #647. With a variety of Marvel one-shots also under his belt – among them Dark Reign: The List – Amazing Spider-Man (2010) and Shadowland: Spider-Man (2010) – Slott began a lengthy campaign to restore the wall-crawler to greatness. Such hugely popular sagas as Big Time, Spider-Island and Ends of the Earth all led to a dramatic climax in 2013's milestone issue #700 and on to the introduction of a new Spider-Man and the launch of a new title. With Slott at the helm, Superior Spider-Man ran 33 issues giving way in 2014 to a relaunched Amazing Spider-Man, which restored the original web-slinger to his rightful place in the Marvel Universe. As Superior Spider-Man entered its last lap, Slott added a second ongoing title to his workload. He continues to script Silver Surfer, which was launched in 2014, just ahead of the Amazing Spider-Man reboot. The author of 2015's Amazing Spider-Man: Renew your Vows five-parter, Slott remains in firm control of Amazing Spider-Man, which Marvel again relaunched late in 2015.
  22. Latest Comic Guest Announcement - Kieron Gillen Attending: Saturday & Sunday Writer: Darth Vader, Star Wars, Phonogram, Thor; Uncanny X-Men; Ion Man; Uber; The Wicked + The Divine KIERON Gillen's first major foray into comics came 11 years into his career as a games and music journalist. Launched by Image in 2006, the Jamie McKelvie-illustrated Phonogram immediately propelled the writer and his artistic collaborator along the fast track to comicbook superstardom. Prior to the release of the Image six-parter Gillen had dabbled in comics primarily within the British small press and on the 'Net although he'd also contributed briefly to Warhammer Monthly. In addition, with McKelvie he has been producing the still-running Save Point strip for the Official Play Station 2 Magazine since 2003, which was when he scripted a 24-page one-shot that promoted the Chaos League game. In 2008 he debuted at Marvel with Newuniversal: 1959 #1 (and only) and also authored the four-issue Warhammer: Crown of Destruction for BOOM! Studios. That was followed by Phonogram: The Singles Club, a McKelvie-drawn seven-parter, after which came contributions to brace of Image and Tokypop anthologies and a smattering of Marvel comics that included 2009's X-Men Origins: Sabretooth and Secret Invasion Aftermath: Beta Ray Bill – The Green of Eden one-shots. The latter led to the three issues of Beta Ray Bill: Godhunter with Dark Avengers: Ares, another three-parter, following hard on its heels. Then came 2010's S.W.O.R.D., and – mid-way through that five-issue mini – Thor. Writing an 11-issue run on the Asgardian god's title, his highest profile assignment to date, garnered Gillen a great deal of praise. Before it was over he'd been signed exclusively to Marvel, retiring from journalism at the same time. Before 2010 was out the writer had the Siege: Loki one-shot and the two issues of World War Hulk: Spider-Man vs. Thor under his belt as well as the launch of Generation Hope for which he scripted the first 12 issues. With his output for the House of Ideas gathering pace Gillen's 2011 credits also included a 14-issue run on Uncanny X-Men (initially in partnership with Matt Fraction) as well as a return to Asgard as he became regular writer of Journey into Mystery. In that he directed the course of the Thunder God's life across 23 issues with a run on The Mighty Thor running in parallel with his last five issues. In 2012 Marvel relaunched Uncanny X-Men and Gillen segued from the original series to the new incarnation for which he authored all 20 issues. As the year drew to a close the writer embarked on the weekly AvX: Consequences, a tie-in to Avengers vs X-Men 2012's mega crossover event. With that five-parter and Uncanny X-Men behind him, his first move in 2013 was to relaunch Iron Man for which he wrote all 28 issues. With Ol' Shellhead's new series barely underway, Gillen instigated two more new titles. One was a relaunch of Young Avengers (on which he was joined by McKelvie) for which he wrote all 15 issues. The other was Uber, his first significant non-Marvel work in almost four years. Lasting 27 issues it was published by Avatar while Three, a five-parter that he originated later in 2013, was released by Image. With Young Avengers heading to a close the writer took on a sequel to a 2001 mega-successful mini that had revealed much of Wolverine's mysterious history. Released in 2014, the five-issue Origins II was Gillen's most high profile Marvel project up to that point. Later in 2014 the writer and McKelvie returned to Image for The Wicked + The Divine (a continuing series). As the year closed he also launched the Angela: Asgard's Assassin six-parter for Marvel. Beginning 2015 with a jump back to Avatar – where he subsequently launched the ongoing Mercury Heat – for five issues of Crossed: Badlands, Gillen swiftly followed up by spearheading the very first Darth Vader comic as Marvel reacquired the licence to George Lucas's blockbusting Star Wars movie franchise. Later came a return to Image and Phonogram (sans McKelvie). That was a six-parter as was 1602: Witch Hunter Angela, which Gillen premiered at Marvel at the same time. Also for the House of Ideas he authored the four-issue Siege While still scripting Darth Vader, as 2016 dawned Gillen took over as regular writer of the core Star Wars comic
  23. Latest Comic Guest Announcement - Jim Balent Attending: Saturday & Sunday Writer/Artist: Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose; Catwoman For the first eight years of his career, Jim Balent drew for a wide variety of publishers. Starting off in 1985 with a contribution to DC's Sgt Rock #397, his work appeared at Marvel, First, Eternity, Adventure and Harris in such titles as Air Raiders Coloring Book, Nexus, Shattered Earth, Evangeline, From the Darkness and Vampirella. Across the same period he also became in demand for his cover work, especially as he established himself as a leading practitioner of what came to be known as bad girl art. His illo's adorned the aptly titled Bad Girls as well as Bambi: In Heat, Female Fantasies, Razor, Spicy Tales and Witch among others. In 1993, after a three-issue serial for Dark Horse Presents and a handful of fill-ins for DC, his talent for drawing females brought him to the assignment that made his name. He illustrated Catwoman​ for DC for seven years from its premiere issue through to 2000's #77. Along the way he drew Lobo's Big Babe Spring Break Special, Legend of the Dark Claw, Batman: Batgirl, Catwoman/Vampirella: The Furies among other DC one-offs while also contributing to Lady Death in Lingerie, Wonder Woman Gallery and similar titles. When Balent left Catwoman he also left mainstream comics, choosing instead to set up Broadsword Comics to publish Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, which he continues to write and draw to this day. Broadsword has also released Balent's three-issue 3 Little Kittens: Purr-Fect Weapons​ [2002].
  24. Latest Comic Guest Announcement - Holly Golightly Attending: Saturday & Sunday Writer/Artist: Holly G!’s School Bites; Sabrina the Teenage Witch; Vampfire OCCASIONALLY credited as Holly G!, Holly Golightly's earliest work was done under the name Fauve. Her career began in 1994 with the three-issue Carnal Comics – Sarah Jane Hamilton and went on to include the first issue of the mini's companion series Carnal Comics: True Stories of Adult Movie Stars as well as such other risqué titles as Avenue X, Razor Swimsuit Special and Vamperotica Lingerie Special. In 1996 she created Vampfire for Brainstorm Comics but, while she continued to work on the character into the new millennium, she began phasing out her Fauve pseudonym in favour of Holly Golightly. In 1999 she added a totally unexpected strand to her career – as Golightly she began working for kiddie-friendly Archie Comics. There she wrote and drew a multitude of issues of Archie and Friends, Cherry Blossom and Sabrina the Teenage Witch before her association with Archie came to a close in 2004. That was five years after she and her husband Jim Balent had set up Broadsword Comics and she became permanent colourist on his Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose. For Broadsword she produced a three-part revival of Vampfire in 2003 as well as two issues of Holly G!'s School Bites in 2004 and 2005. Most recently she wrote and drew Night Classes, a 2014 one-shot revival of Holly G!'s School Bites.
  25. Latest Comic Guest Announcement - Lew Stringer Attending:Saturday & Sunday Writer/artist: Sonic the Comic; Viz; The Beano; Toxic! TODAY Lew Stringer is appreciated as much for his wealth of knowledge of British comics as he is for the stories he has written and drawn for them. Across a career that stretches back to the late 1970s when he started creating his own self-published titles, Stringer has contributed humour strips to a vast array of British comics, among them Viz, Oink!, Sonic the Comic, Toxic!, The Beano and The Dandy as well as to Geek for the Norwegian market and to Sweden’s Herman Hedning. Among his most famous creations are Combat Colin (who appeared for several years in Action Force and Transformers at Marvel UK), Tom Thug and Suburban Satanists. To that list should be added the long-lived Brickman, who Stringer introduced in one of his comiczines before he made his professional debut in 1983 in Marvel UK’s The Daredevils #7, While continuing to contribute to The Beano and other titles, the cartoonist is also now producing a regular strip for Panini’s Doctor Who Magazine.
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