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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.
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.
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.