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MEGACON 2002 (22-24 Feb 2002) Orlando, Florida

cover:  George Perez from MegaCon (24 Feb 2002)
Date:  22-24 Feb 2002

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    MEGACON 2002 (22-24 Feb 2002) Orlando, Florida

    WONDER WOMAN (Feb 2002)
    art by George Perez at MEGACON 2002 

    MUDBUG (Feb 2002) - art by George Pérez at MEGACON 2002, from Everette Hebert

    JLA/AVENGERS (2002), From Michael Lovitz, via Perez Gallery (ACTOR Auction from MEGACON 2002.

     December 30, 2002 | CrossGen 2002 Tour T-Shirt
    From CrossGen Shop

    2002 Anniversary Tour T-Shirt (White)

    2002 White anniversary tour shirt


    Available in M, L, or XL

    (Vu: This is the same shirt that were worn for MEGACON 2002, ORLANDO, FLORIDA. The front image is taken from WIZARD'S CROSSGEN SPECIAL #1.)
     October 20, 2002 | Site Update
    From Sea-Witch
  • George and Julio Diaz, photograph by Cheryl Diaz
  • Mah Peggers Hurt
    2002 | February 26 Tuesday


    Julio's mission is to have all of his George Pérez stuff signed, eventually. As always, Mr Pérez was wonderfully gregarious and very nice to talk to. I wanted to pinch him on the butt but I chickened out and never did, even though Julio said Mr Pérez is known to be somewhat of a perv and would have probably enjoyed it.

    [ Read more Mah Peggers Hurt ]
     July 13, 2002 | Megacon 2002 Photos
    From MegaCon
    (Vu: Two photographs of George Pérez can be found on the MegaCon official website under CLIPS FROM 2002.)

  • MegaCon (24 Feb 2002)
  • "What can I get for a slightly damaged Silent Bob belt bucket?"
  •  June 16, 2002 | Moebius9 at Megacon 2002
    From Moebius9
    Megacon 2002 - Orlando Florida


    Here's a group shot of our group of fanboys. Left to right; Everette "Elmeaux" Hebert( I stood in line for more than 2 hours for George Perez, happily!), Tom Finelli (I just met Erin Gray, I just met Erin Gray) , Bryan Wallworth(note his hidden joy from the George Perez sketch he just got of Hawkeye), and me, Todd Walkaraj( This is my first Comic Convention, now I am a real geek).

    Everett with George Perez. Ev had George do a sketch of an original character you can see in the picture here. He did a sweet job on it too.

    [ Read more on Moebius9 ]

     June 10, 2002 | Mudbug
    From Everette Hebert

    MUDBUG (Feb 2002) - art by George Pérez at MEGACON 2002, from Everette Hebert

    (Vu: Check out this sketch by George Pérez, which was drawn at the Megacon 2002. Find out more about Everette Hebert's Mudbug at his website: Cajun Comics.)

    Everette Hebert: Mudbug by GEORGE PEREZ!! I've been a fan of George's work since I was ten years old when I picked up my first copy of The New Teen Titans. He is hands down my all time favorite comic book artist. To say that I was thrilled to have him draw one of my characters could only be an understatement. I could continue to gush, but instead I'll just let you enjoy the art.

     May 2, 2002 | Update: New JLA/Avengers Art
    From Avengers Messageboard

    JLA/AVENGERS (2002), From Michael Lovitz, via Perez Gallery (ACTOR Auction from MEGACON 2002.

    Posted by Tom smith on Wednesday, May 01 2002 at 13:10:26 GMT

    This was George's contribution to the ACTOR charity auction this year at Mega con. Some lucky person paid a lot of money to own this.
    Tom Smith "ACAL!"

     April 27, 2002 | MegaCon 2002 Report
    From Sequential Tart
    MegaCon 2002 (April 2002)
    by Rita Fennelly


    Today, I had the opportunity to work the same shift as my husband at the CG booth. We were both assigned to line control since tons of people were lining up to get sketches and autographs from the creative teams. Saturday was certainly the busiest day and most intense when it came to people at the con. I was assigned to specifically manage the always-long line for George Perez. He did sketches for donations to the ACTOR (A Commitment to our Roots) non-profit organization on Friday and Sunday, and he did free sketches at the CG booth on Saturday. Line-control is pretty fun because you get to talk to the fans in line and also check out the cool sketches the artists create. Since fans sometimes stand in line for hours for a sketch, all the line control volunteers all made sure that fans who just wanted autographs were brought to the front of the line. Lots of fans came up to me that day, and said that they thought it was so cool that CG took this into account so they wouldn't have to wait forever for a two-second signing.

    [ Read more on Sequential Tart ]

     April 18, 2002 | MegaCon 2002 Photo
    From CrossGen Comics
  • Ron Marz, Andy Smith, and George Pérez entertain one lucky fan
  •  March 9, 2002 | ACTOR in CBG #1479
    From COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1479 (22 Mar 02)
    ACTOR raises $50,000 at MegaCon
    By Brent Frankenhoff


  • [Kevin] Smith donated props from his latest film, Jay and SileNt Bob Strike Back, including a Silent Bob belt buckle prototype ($300) and a Mooby banner ($175). The sale of the belt buckle provided a moment of levity, as it broke out of its protective bag and fell to the floor.

    Guest auctioneer George Pérez picked up the fallen item and asked what he could get for a slight damaged Silent Bob belt bucket.

    In addition to the auction's final tally of $45,000, Pérez, John Romita Sr., and other creators did drawings for an additional $5,000 in donations during the show.

    [ Read more on COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1479 (22 Mar 02) ]

     February 28, 2002 | ACTOR Auction
    From ACTOR


    LOS ANGELES, Calif., – February 27, 2002 - ACTOR announced today the outstanding results of its latest fund-raisers at the Orlando MegaCon convention from February 23rd through 25th. ACTOR raised $50,000 over the weekend, with a major Saturday night auction as the centerpiece.


    ACTOR Disbursement Committee Co-chairman and CrossGen Senior Artist George Pérez contributed his time by spending two entire days at ACTOR’s MegaCon booth, doing drawings for donations. Pérez’ efforts netted over $2000 for the cause. "Many people may marvel at the marathon drawing sessions I contribute for ACTOR," said Pérez. "But when you compare the number of hours I’ve worked to line my own pockets in the past 27-plus years, the hours I spend working for ACTOR are merely the first drops of water in a huge rain barrel’s worth of payback. It’s the least I can do to thank those creative pioneers who’ve allowed me to make a good living doing what I love to do best, creating comics."

    [ Read more on ACTOR ]

     February 25, 2002 | MegaCon Review
    From Tony Lorenz, via Pérez Yahoo Club
    I just got back from the Mega Con, I only went one of the three days, that sucks! I had a great time the short time that I was there. Even though it was Friday, usually not as busy as the Saturday or Sunday, it seem pretty busy. The day had a great feel to it. I got a lot done that day, I picked up a package of art from George, he was very busy the whole day, he had a long list of commissions art that he was doing for a very worthy cause, ACTOR, the cause that helps retired cartoonist. I really didn't want to take a lot of his time. I've got a lot of art to choose from for the third issue of GPN, the tough part is choosing what to use and what not to use. So now that I've got the art and a have received several responses from cast members, the pieces are really falling into place. I also made some other connections for future issues, possible interviews with Jim Mooney, Dick Giordano, and Alex Ross. To round out the show, I sold a few copies of the magazine, and found a few books that I was missing. All around fun day.

    To top it all off, I just received a package from one of the members of Crimson Plague and he sent me some copies of drawings of Crimson Plague by various professionals, some very nice drawings, so I'm expanding the fan art section for the issue [GEORGE PEREZ NEWSLETTER #3], this issue is going to be better than I could ever imagine. I will be anouncing next week about how to advance order the book.

     February 24, 2002 | Alessi Talks CrossGen
    From Comics Continuum



    CrossGen's Mark Alessi addressed a panel at MegaCon in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, elaborating on CrossGen's plans, including Comics on the Web, new titles and the company's film/TV aspirations.

    Following is a rundown:


    * George Perez's CrossGen title will start in February 2003. "I know what that book's about, and I'm not going to tell you," Alessi said.

    [ Read more on Comics Continuum ]

     February 24, 2002 | MegaCon: CrossGen Panel
    From Newsarama
    posted 02-23-2002 08:55 PM


    CrossGen Publisher Mark Alessi opened today’s 90-minute CrossGen panel at MegaCon by saying that the discussion was the culmination of three years worth of work. As Alessi outlined in his interview with Newsarama held before the panel, Comics on the Web and the Compendia titles have been part of CrossGen’s overall plan of operation since the first day of business, but it took this long to build up a library to support the new forms of distribution. While much of the discussion reiterated Alessi’s comments from his chat with Newsarama, he did have a few more bits of information to add:


    - George Perez’s series will begin in February of 2003.

    [ Read more on Newsarama ]

     February 2, 2002 | MegaCon Orlando Feb 22-24
    From CBG Electronic Bulletin 1475.1 (To get CBG Express, you can add an email at The weekly news probably already mentioned previously, but I thought it would be good for new readers to discover, and for old readers to be reminded.)
    Show News: MEGACON HITS ORLANDO FEB. 22-24
    MegaCon, the first major East Coast convention of the season is scheduled for Feb. 22-24 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The show's guest of honor, Kevin Smith, will also serve as auctioneer for the ACTOR auction, which benefits A Commitment To Our Roots, a charitable organization that helps comics creators in need. Other guests include: Sergio Aragones, Brian Michael Bendis, Martin Nodell, Dick Giordano, Nick Cardy, Michael Avon Oeming, George Perez, and Bernie Wrightson.

    Show hours are 1-7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 per day or $35 for a three-day pass in advance, $18 per day or $40 for a three-day pass at the door. Children 10 and are admitted free with a paid adult admission.

     January 7, 2002 | Convention Appearances 2002
    From George Pérez
    I just wanted to clear up some info regarding my 2002 convention appearances. Due to my heavy workload on JLA/AVENGERS (I'm pencilling the second issue and am almost 1/3 through the inking of the first) I will be doing only four conventions this year. They are:
    MegaCon (Orlando, FL) in February, Pittsburgh Comicon in April, Heroes Con (Charlotte, NC) in June and Baltimore Comicon in October. Unfortunately, I will not be attending either of the Wizard shows and will not be present in San Diego this year.
    I'll keep you up to date of any changes.
    Thanks for the great job you're doing with this site.
     December 21, 2001 | Megacon Special Guests

    George first started in comics in 1973 as an assistant to Rich Buckler, working on a back-up story in Astonishing Tales #25. His first solo assignments came a year later when he penciled the story of "Sons of the Tiger" from the black and white magazine Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu, and "Man-Wolf" from Creatures on the Loose. Within a year of those stories, he was offered regular assignments on Fantastic Four, the Inhumans, and the Avengers. George has worked steadily since that time. It was his work on these large-scale team books that garnered him the reputation as the artist that liked to draw group books. During his historic career, George has worked for every major publisher, as well as some minor ones. He is best known for his work on The New Teen Titans, a series that helped turn DC Comics around in the early 80s and was also the first mainstream title to offer a royalties program to its creators. He is also well known for his runs on Wonder Woman, Marvel Comics' Avengers series, and for the maxi-series that end all maxi series, Crisis on Infinite Earths. You can now see George's work on the CrossGen Comics title CrossGen Chronicles.

     November 23, 2001 | ACTOR Featured at Orlando
    From ACTOR
    Kevin Smith is Guest Auctioneer


    LOS ANGELES, Calif., - November 19, 2001 - ACTOR (A Commitment To Our Roots), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping older comic creators in need, has announced its next major fund-raisers will take place at the Orlando MegaCon at the Orange County Convention Center from February 22-24, 2002. The highlight of ACTOR's events, a charity auction hosted by "Chasing Amy" filmmaker and comic writer Kevin Smith, will take place on Saturday, February 23 at the convention.


    Comic art lots from CrossGen Comics Senior Artist George Perez have already been pledged, as have donations from Uncanny X-Men artist Ian Churchill, World Fantasy Award winner Charles Vess, "Liberty Meadows" creator Frank Cho, award-winning painter Alex Ross, comics legend Carmine Infantino, WildStorm Productions Editorial Director Jim Lee, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, and popular CrossGen artists Butch Guice and Greg Land.

    "The first ever ACTOR event was held last year at MegaCon and we are proud once again to be part of this ongoing campaign dedicated to helping comic book creators," said Beth Widera, MegaCon Director. "The world has changed a lot since this time last year, but we are still hoping that the extra burden that people are shouldering this year does not eclipse the commitment they showed ACTOR with last year's auction."

     October 11, 2001 | MegaCon 2002
    From MegaCon
    MEGACON 2002
    February 22nd - 24th, 2002
    Orange County Convention Center
    9800 International Drive
    Orlando, Florida

    Friday 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm

    Advance tickets can be pruchased for a discount price online, by phone or by mail:
    $15 per day or $35 for a weekend pass

    Tickets purchased at the door:
    $18 per day or $40 for a weekend pass

    Special Guest of Honor: Kevin Smith Acclaimed film writer/director (Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back) & comic book writer (Green Arrow, Daredevil)

    Sergio Aragones
    Brian Michael Bendis
    George Pérez
    Bart Sears