Official Press Release
Three of Marvelâ€™s most celebrated and renowned creators and artists will be attending New York Comic Con (NYCC). The star-studded line up includes Guest of Honor appearances by Brian Michael Bendis, Gabrielle Dellâ€™Otto and Matt Fraction, all of whom will appear on panels and will be autographing at different points throughout the thee-day show. New York Comic, which has grown rapidly since its launch in 2006 to become the second largest popular culture event in the United States, will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, February 6 â€“ 8, 2009.
â€œThis is the first announcement that weâ€™re making about Marvel guests at New York Comic Con, and itâ€™s a big one!â€ notes Lance Fensterman, the Show Manager for NYCC. â€œThese guys are at the absolute apex of what they do, and Marvel is providing us an incredibly classy presentation of top talent. We couldnâ€™t be happier that they will be attending our show and I know that we will have a huge turnout for all their various activities.â€
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS is an award-winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last nine years, Brianâ€™s books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts. Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvelâ€™s Avengers franchise by writing both New Avengers and Dark Avengers along with the wildly successful event projects House of M, Secret War, and Secret Invasion. Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel's Ultimate line of comics, a line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader, and he has written every issue of Ultimate Spider-Man since its best-selling launch in 1999. Brianâ€™s other projects include the Eisner-Award-winning Powers from Marvel's creator-owned imprint Icon and the Hollywood tell all Fortune and Glory. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Alisa, his gorgeous daughters, Olivia and Sabrina, and his dogs, Shroeder, Lucky, and Buster.
GABRIELE DELLâ€™OTTO is an Italian illustrator whose work can be seen in comics, calendars, lithographs, magazines, video games, and scientific illustrations. He got his start with Marvel in 1988 when he was hired by Marco Marcello Lupoi in Marvel's Italian Division, and he quickly began to work on projects seen in Italy, Germany, and France. In 2002, after meeting Joe Quesada in France, Gabriele got his first American work. His big break in America was working on Marvel's Secret War with Brian Michael Bendis. He's since tackled numerous projects in the US including all the covers for Marvel's Annihilation.
MATT FRACTION writes Uncanny X-Men and The Invincible Iron Man for Marvel Comics. He's written the graphic novels The Five Fists of Science and Last of The Independents. His other comics work includes a Sensational Spider-Man annual and The Immortal Iron Fist with Ed Brubaker, Punisher: War Journal with Rick Remender, Thor: Ages Of Thunder and Thor: Secret Invasion, and the Harvey-nominated The Order. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, his son Henry, two jerky dogs, and two jerky cats. And some fish. But that's it.
ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON:
New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our 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.