Akron Comicon is coming, and The Outhouse has a press pass, cause we are awesome.
A member of The Outhouse staff was emailed the press release for the upcoming Akron Comicon on November 10th. Guests include Mike W Barr (Batman and Camelot 3000), Tom Batiuk (Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft) and Gerry Conway.
EXHIBITORSThe Akron Comicon convention floor is organized to include seventy-two exhibitor spaces divided into two primary categories: vendor booths for dealers (37) and artist alley spaces for creators, media organizations and clubs (35). Exhibitors include: thirty-seven comic creators, eighteen vendors, and seven media organizations and clubs. All exhibitors offer a wide range of merchandise for sale for everyone. All spaces are currently assigned and or sold out. We have a waiting list in the event of any cancellations.
Planned events are, but not limited too:
Akron Public Schools Comic Book Cover ContestOf the eight area high schools, students from Central-Hower, East, Garfield, Kenmore, and North have turned in their work for the comic book cover contest sponsored by local comic shop owner John Buntin Jr. of Kenmore Komics & Games and by Blue Line Pro (pro art supplies) from Florence, Kentucky. Both sponsors are scheduled exhibitors at the convention. The art will be judged by artists Tom Batiuk, Joseph Miller, and Joe Staton.
Panel PresentationsSix panel presentations are scheduled throughout the day of the convention each featuring a particular facet of comics from the creation of the superhero responsible for establishing comics as the viable entertainment medium it is today from the pages of comic books to the silver screen.• “Hollywood Magic” featuring Hollywood Prop-Man Mike May (11:00-11:50am) – Our only media guest, Mr. May willshare his experiences working behind the scenes on such TV classics as Batman, Lost In Space, the Munsters, Star Trek, Time Tunnel and more.• “Superman: The Man of Steel” presented by the Siegel & Shuster Society (1:00-1:50pm) – Discover how Supermanwas created, who the creators were, and how the Siegel & Shuster Society is preserving their legacy.• Meet Mike W. Barr, Norm Breyfogle, and Joe Staton (2:00-2:50pm) – Enjoy an hour up close and personal withcomics legends Mike W. Barr, Norm Breyfogle, and Joe Staton as they share their experiences working togetheron such titles as Batman, Green Lantern and more.• “How to Create Your Own Comic Book” presented by Marc Sumerak (3:00-3:50pm) – Join Eisner and HarveyAward nominated writer Marc Sumerak as he shares how• Meet Legendary Writer Gerry Conway with guest moderator Chris Yambar (4:00-4:50pm) – Look back over thecareer of one the legendary comic book writers who created the Punisher, Firestorm, and the controversialDeath of Gwen Stacy storyline.• “The 40th Anniversary of Funky Winkerbean” presented by Tom Batiuk (5:00-5:50pm).
UPDATE - announced earlier today:
P. CRAIG RUSSELL TO APPEAR AT AKRON COMICON!
We are thrilled to announce Eisner Award winning artist and writer P. Craig Russell is scheduled to appear at Akron Comicon on November 10th. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in painting, P. Craig Russell has run the gamut in comics. After establishing a name for himself at Marvel on KILLRAVEN and DR. STRANGE, he went on to become one of the pioneers in opening new vistas for this underestimated field with, among other works, adaptations of operas by Mozart (THE MAGIC FLUTE), Strauss (SALOME) and Wagner (THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG. Russell is also well-known for his FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE series as well as his graphic novel adaptations of Neil Gaiman's SANDMAN: THE DREAM HUNTERS and CORALINE.