Official Press Release
New York Comic Con (NYCC) has today revealed that George Pérez will be a Guest of Honor at the show where he will be making his first convention appearance in well over a year. Mr. Pérez is the second Guest of Honor announced for New York Comic Con where he will be joining J. Michael Straczynski whose Guest of Honor appearance was announced last month. Pérez will be appearing at New York Comic Con on behalf of the Hero Initiative, a non-profit enterprise strictly dedicated to helping comic book creators in need. While further details about his participation in NYCC are forthcoming, officials note that Pérez's appearance will be anchored around a special workshop benefiting the Hero Initiative which will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2009.
New York Comic Con is the second largest popular convention in America and by far the largest to take place on the East Coast. This year, it will take place February 6 "“ 8 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Tickets are on sale at www.nycomiccon.com and more personal insights about the show, programming and guests are available via Show Manager Lance Fensterman's blog, www.MediumAtLarge.net.
"George Pérez is a major talent and a fabulous Guest of Honor for us," Fensterman notes. "Of course, he's hugely famous and will attract tons of fans, but the fact that he'll be at our show to further the cause of the Hero Initiative makes it that much better! We're getting an awesome guest, who is lots of fun, and we're making room for a great cause at the same time. We're very grateful to the Hero Initiative for helping to make all of this possible."
GEORGE PÉREZ: Pérez is a multi-award winning, highly respected comics artist who has drawn many landmark comics in his long career, including THE NEW TEEN TITANS, CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE, JLA, FANTASTIC FOUR, WONDER WOMAN, THE AVENGERS, JLA/AVENGERS, SACHS & VIOLENS, HULK: FUTURE IMPERFECT and the current hit FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF 3 WORLDS. 2009 marks Mr. Pérez' 35th year in the comics industry and the New York Comic Con is his first comics convention appearance since April 2007. George is also a chairman of the Hero Initiative, a comics industry charity which is sponsoring his appearance and to whom George donating proceeds. Born and raised in the Bronx in 1954, George currently lives in Florida with his wife of 27 years, Carol Flynn.
THE HERO INITIATIVE: In late 2000, a consortium of comic publishers came up with the idea to create a financial safety net for comic creators, much in the same fashion that exists in almost any other trade from plumbing to pottery. By March of 2001, the federal government approved The Hero Initiative as a publicly supported not-for-profit corporation under section 501 (c) (3).
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative (Formerly known as A.C.T.O.R., A Commitment To Our Roots) has had the good fortune to grant over $200,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today.
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON:
New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Its show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Its panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Its screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world -- Gotham City. Further information can be found at newyorkcomiccon.com.
ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS:
The New York Comic Con is operated by Reed Exhibitions, the world's leading events organizer. In 2007, Reed brought together over six million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today, Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and organized by 39 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2006, Reed Elsevier made adjusted profit before taxation of Â£1,052 million on turnover of Â£5,398 million.