From the “couldn’t have said it better myself” department comes this gem of a PR piece from the Senior Editor of the Overstreet Price Guide, and VA Comicon guest, JC Vaughn! Read the full story at his weekly industry newsletter SCOOP!
VA Comicon (Oct 29-30) adds UNDERGROUND Focus for their 25th Anniversary show in Richmond!
Cobalt 60 creator and underground comics superstar Mark Bode, the son of the legendary cartoonist Vaughn Bode, and Dan Fogel, author of Fogel’s Underground Comix Price Guide, will make their first appearances at the October 29-30, 2011 Virginia Comicon in Richmond, Virginia.
The duo, who will also be featured in a panel discussion, join last week’s announced G.I. Joe guests Larry Hama, Herb Trimpe and SL Gallant and a full roster of other creators at the show’s two-day, 25th anniversary convention.
Previously the show’s promoters and Top Cow Productions revealed that their convention exclusive variant for the show will be Witchblade #149 with a wraparound cover by upcoming series artist Diego Bernard. The issue will have a total print run of 1,000, with 500 available at the show. There will also be a no-logo variant limited to 100 copies, which will be available exclusively to retailers who take tables for the Saturday portion of the show (retailers will receive copies at a rate of one per table).
Attendees who purchase the VIP ticket package will receive all of the Virginia Comicon exclusive variants including the newly announced Witchblade #149, the Richmond-themed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 from IDW Publishing, the Lady Death #10 Virginia Comicon exclusive from Avatar, and one of 50 signed and numbered copies of the ultra-exclusive Zombie Proof: Zombie Zoo #1 Virginia Comicon edition (with a total print run of 150). Regular tickets are still available as well.
The guest line-up also includes Crow creator James O’Barr, Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion writer artist Billy Tucci, the Star Wars art team of the Fillbach Brothers, Archie’s Dan Parent, Dead Irons and Army of Darknesswriter James Kuhoric, Breathtaker and Blood of the Innocent creator Mark Wheatley,
Astounding Space Thrills creator and tooncasting pioneer Steve Conley,Vampire, PA and Zombie-Proof writer (and Scoop’sown) J.C. Vaughn, Vampirella and Codename: Knockout artist Louis Small, Jr., Greg LaRocque (Flash), Budd Root (Cavewoman), and others.
“We’re really excited about this year’s Halloween-themed line-up,” said Brett Carreras, the show’s co-promoter. “While some many notice that there’s a bit of horror element with our guests this time around, our regular fans will also find a great representation of our usual family-friendly type of guest rosters. As always, we’ll have a costume contest (with $500 in prizes) on Sunday and goodies for all.”
Publishers and studios such as Avatar Press, Insight Studios Group, Fangoria, Tsunami Studios will be joined by The Hero Initiative and Comic Collector Live. There will be a comic symposium lounge, and a small press room is being organized by Dan Nokes of 21st Century Sandshark Studios.
Mark Bode will be accepting a VERY limited number of commissions at this show. Be sure to get yourself an advance ticket to be first in line! Mr. Fogel, who also represents several Underground artists and creators will be bringing literally HUNDREDS of unique pieces of underground original artowork and prints, including several pieces by the internationally renowned artist O’Niel. We will see you there!