From Mark Cookson
| March 22, 2004 | Robin Sketch
| October 15, 2003 | CAA's Megacon 2003 Report
[ Art ] From Ebay
| June 2, 2003 | Site Update
From Suite 101
| April 9, 2003 | Suite 101 Comic Section
Panel Sessions at MegaCon 2003
Author: Robert Smithers
Published on: April 2, 2003
some additional details for panels sessions and comic creators for
MegaCon 2003 that took place February 28 through March 2, 2003 at the
Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida
like the JLA/Avengers Crossover will be out the fourth quarter of 2003.
(Reported last week George Perez is finishing up the fourth and final
issue of the miniseries). You can check the progress of this book at
George’s website at
More Online Comics, Geroge Perez Update, MegaCon is Coming!
Author: Robert Smithers
Published on: February 14, 2003
What do you do when you're comic book
art is a legend, but you are still in the prime years of production? Get
someone else to manage your website at http://www.george-perez.com
As announced two years ago at MagaCon Orlando, George is still working
on his Avengers/Justice League cross over story. It will be 4 issues
and George, as a labor of love, is penciling and inking every page of
every issue. I suppose the moral of the story is that love cannot be
rushed. Another moral could be to be careful what you wish for it might
On the website the editor says that
George says he has finished penciling three issues and has laid out
issue #4 and is inking the third issue. George is also working on his
second issue of 2 of Solus for CrossGen. Solus debuts next month. Here's
a picture of the cover of the third issue of Solus by George Perez with
inks by Rick Magyar and colors by Larry Molinar.
From Astonding Space Thrills, thanks to Comic Book Conventions
| March 20, 2003 | More MegaCon 2003 Reports
Topic: Megacon 2003 convention report
posted 03-05-2003 01:13 AM
by Steve Conley
I had a
terrific time at Megacon this past weekend in Orlando. This show was the
debut of Astounding Space Thrills: The Convention Comics. Over the
three days of the show, more than 5,000 comics were handed out to fans
of AST and many, MANY new readers.
Wow! Just an amazing number of people! The show opened at 10:00 am and the line stretched to the door well past 1:00 pm.
were flying out of our hands as the crowds rushed in. It was clear that
Megacon attracts a diverse crowd. Indie fans headed for Top Shelf and
Alternative; "mainstream" fans sought out artists including Frank Cho,
J. Scott Campbell, Jimmy Palmiotti and George Perez. There were dozens
of booths selling new, silver and golden age comics, toys and videos.
Game companies including Wizkids were there. Manga/Anime was a BIG part
of the show. Crossgen, with the biggest booth in the hall, always had a
From Orca Fresh:
WHILE A UNIVERSE CRUMBLES:
MEGACON REPORT 2003
Part One of Two - by Rick Olney
And panels? Did someone say panels!? I
sat in on several, including the one that brought CrossGen
Entertainment's CEO and Publisher, Mark Alessi's words to the Internet. I
find it amazing that so many people could hear what the man has to say
on matters concerning the industry we all revolve within, yet not get
the message nor understand that Alessi is only guilty of practicing what
he preaches! Man, if we only had more leaders in publishing like him!
You can find message board threads that speak towards several of the
things that are lacking in our hobby and the greater industry of the
comic book as an entertainment medium here on the orcafresh.net website.
| March 18, 2003 | ACTOR Raises $53k
ACTOR RAISES $53,000 @ MEGACON
posted March 18, 2003 05:53 AM
announced today the results of its 2003 Orlando MegaCon art auction
which was held on the weekend of February 28-March 2, 2003 at Orlando
MegaCon. Over $50,000 was raised during both the silent and live art
auctions which featured 190 lots donated by comic book writers and
artists such as George Perez, Leonard Kirk and Alex Ross.
president Jim McLauchlin and LadyDeath creator and ACTOR board member
Brian Pulido kept the crowd in high spirits during the two-hour auction
that took place Saturday night.
Top auction highlights were:
Alex Ross Earth X #7 painted cover: $2000
George Pérez "JLA/Avengers" pinup/recreation: $1900
Dale Keown The Darkness #1 cover: $1400
Jerry Ordway "Thunder Agents" pinup from Comic Book Artist magazine: $1250
Things got especially heated when ACTOR rolled out nine key props from 20th Century Fox's recent blockbuster hit, "Daredevil."
"Daredevil" movie film-used jacket: $3100
"Daredevil" movie film-used 25" billy club: $1800
"Daredevil" movie film-used 41" billy club/cane: $800
"Daredevil" movie film-used holster: $750
Auction results will be posted to www.ACTORComicFund.org within the next week.
"ACTOR is overwhelmed by all the artists and writers who donated such
incredible pieces to our art auction. We couldn't have brought in such
wonderful results without the combination of their generosity and the
auction's generous bidders," said McLauchlin.
Pulido added, "It's amazing to see every aspect of the industry respond
and rally around this great cause. ACTOR is gaining momentum every month
because what it stands for is vital."
In addition to the auction, four industry greats, Leonard Kirk, Frank
Cho and David Mack and ACTOR Disbursement Committee co-chairman George
Pérez, donated their time at the ACTOR booth doing sketches and
autographs for donations totaling over $3000.
From CBLDF News
| March 8, 2003 | CBLDF's MegaCon Report
CBLDFNews Road Report: MegaCon and FEN Clearinghouse
Date: Sat, 08 Mar 2003 02:26:42 -0000
Last week the Fund went back on the road to meet our supporters at
MegaCon in Florida and to touch base
with the First Amendment Community at the Free Expression
Network's Clearinghouse meeting at the Freedom Forum
in Arlington, VA. Read on to get the
Feb. 28 – Mar. 2: MegaCon
MegaCon offered the best kind of surreality a convention can: fun
guests, great costumes, good deals, and one of the strangest social
brews one is likely to find in any setting. In the same weekend that
a record breaking 16,000+ comics fans descended on Orlando, FL's
Orange County Convention Center, a cheerleading convention, boat
show, and home electronics expo were also going on, which led to one
of the most entertaining scenes we've witnessed at any of the
conventions in the past year.
Charles Brownstein and Rowan Rozanski were inside MegaCon running the CBLDF table where we signed up new members, including a few members of the
Jim Lee Century Club. There's still some spots left for those 100 signed Jim Lee cards; be one of the Fund's first hundred
members to join at $100 or better and you can be part of the club
The MegaCon floor was jam packed through the weekend with media fans
coming out to meet comics stars like Steve Niles, Joe Linsner, Frank
Cho, George Perez, Rich Koslowski, Billy Tucci, J. Scott Campbell,
Greg Horn, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Bart Sears, Adam Hughes,
Chuck Dixon, Cully Hamner, Paul Jenkins, Brian Pulido, and others.
To Bid on CBLDF MegaCon Donations Visit:
From Slush Factory
| March 7, 2003 | MegaPorn 2003
By Christian A. Dumais
don’t know what the final count was, but I do know that between the
U.S. Open Cheerleading event and MegaCon 2003, the Orange County
Convention Center was expecting over 20,000 people to pass through their
doors last weekend, with 15,000 in mind for MegaCon alone. What that
meant was that all the enthusiastic cheerleading moms from all over the
country got to experience the joy of having their children surrounded by
pedophiles and overweight superheroes.
that in mind, it’s with great shame and loathing that I declare MegaCon
to be a world class Freak Show of epic proportions. Personally, I’m
just thankful it’s in Orlando. Tampa would be embarrassed by this show;
it would never fit in. There were freaks everywhere. I’m not talking
about the pleasant kind of freaks either that I see on a Saturday night
in the shadows, nor am I talking about the ugly and the amputated. No,
I’m talking about the disturbing kind that alters your DNA.
wonder Marvel or DC won’t show their face there. I’m certain once
CrossGen takes over the industry, it won’t even acknowledge MegaCon;
it’ll just be another conquest to brag about. And personally, I wouldn’t
blame them when they do. I’ve witnessed comic book professionals
turning to therapy because of shows like this. People in the CrossGen
area were fending off the freaks with wooden bats. Chris Staros from Top
Shelf was in tears most of the time and Mark Alessi was rumored to have
gouged out his eyes with a pencil. It got so bad that all sharp objects
had to be removed from the convention center all together. The folks in
Team Red Star were making sketches using Q-tips and peanut butter.
(Vu: I know this doesn't mentioned George, but I thought a bad review
about the convention should be mentioned. Is it really that bad ? From
what people tell me - it's one of the best convention! Anyway, what's
funny is, after the writer critized about all the porn and hentai, he
then said, "Oh, yeah, and I met one of my favorite pornstars.")
| March 7, 2003 | Wizard Market Report (Mar 7)
WIZARD MARKET REPORT
Friday, March 7
written by Karl Cramer
The latest comic book news from the inside!
At MegaCon this past weekend in Orlando, FL, A Commitment to our
Roots (ACTOR) - the charity that helps comic book talent of yesteryear
in need –held their annual auction fundraiser. The ACTOR auction raised
over $51,000. Creators let their hair down (except for George Perez,
whose bald pate was rubbed several times). There was some amazing high
bids: $3,100 for Daredevil movie film-used jacket, $2,000 for Alex
Ross’s Earth X #7 painted cover, $1,900 for George Perez’s JLA/Avengers
pin-up. In one bid, writer Paul Jenkins (Peter Parker: Spider-Man)
sweetened the pot by offering to name drop the winner in his upcoming
Batman comic! But overall, it was an original art collector’s bargain
paradise. There were several items that if offered on the open market,
could’ve sold for much higher, especially in the daily silent auctions.
(The Wizard Price Guide Editor even picked up a few pieces and he’s one
frugal miser.) One interesting tidbit, the one hostess displaying the
art at the auction was non-other than Crossgen Publisher Mark Alessi’s
From Comic Book Conventions, thanks Brian Pate
| March 7, 2003 | CBC's Convention Award 2003
Winners for the 2002 Convention Season
Best Booth or Display
(vendor or exhibitor):
(John Smith & Ian Feller)
Best Convention Sketch Artist:
George Pérez (l) accepts his award for Convention Sketch Artist of the Year from Brian Pate (r) of Comic Book Conventions.com at MegaCon 2003.
From Comics Continuum
| March 2, 2003 | Alessi's CG Panel
MARK ALESSI'S CROSSGEN PANEL
Sunday, March 2, 2003
Mark Alessi, CrossGen's president and CEO, took center stage at MegaCon in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, with a 90-minute panel
talked at length about his problems with Marvel Comics, CrossGen's
initiatives to enable as many readers as possible access to their comics
and the company's film and television prospects. He also answered
questions from the audience.
For a rundown of Alessi's comments: CLICK HERE.
From Comic Book Conventions
| March 1, 2003 | Megacon, Day One (Quick Note)
MegaCon: Day One
Today at 1:13am
posted by Webmaster Brian
Just a few quick notes about MegaCon, Day One.
Krueger (Universe X) is in attendance as well as comic great Russ
Heath. Look for them in Artist Alley. Phil Noto is hanging out at the
Gaijin Studios booth all weekend. By the way, I'm told that Adam Hughes
is completely booked for sketches for the whole weekend already. George
Perez is doing sketches for ACTOR --$60 for a head shot, $150 for a full
figure (only 2 of these per day). Stop by Artist Alley and see Austin
Janowsky, and he'll be happy to provide you with a free Comic Book
Conventions.com trading card.
| February 15, 2003 | Megacon/Actor in CBG
First of all, for a weekly newspaper, COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE seems kind of slow when it comes to news. The artwork and story already appeared in a monthly magazine, WIZARD #138.
I don't really buy it for the news, but they really need to work on
this. I also don't like how the news are pretty much recycled press
releases - which for net savvy readers you would already know this
information weeks or months before it actually get printed.
Anyway, the latest issue, COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1528
(28 Feb 03) contain an article (entitled "MegaCon Invades Orlando" by
Nathan Melby) which has a little more information regarding the
up-coming MegaCon convention and ACTOR. The JLA/A piece is about 2 by 3
inches, so it's just as big as the WIZARD one.
What's new is the Joseph Michael Linsner's Daredevil print (which can be found on ACTOR's website under auction).
From WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #138 (Mar 03)
January 29, 2003 | ACTOR Auctions Pérez Art
ACTOR AUCTION ROLLS OUT THE SWAG
George Pérez will be there. So will 20 members of the JLA and Avengers.
A Commitment to our Roots, the only federally chartered charity
dedicated strictly to helping out old-time comic creators in need, is
staging its fourth charity auction at the Orlando MegaCon, Feb 28-March
2, 2003. Over 100 lots from a star-studded cast of artists go up on the
block, with all proceeds benefiting the fund.
Pérez has donated a stunning "re-imagining" of the classic Justice League of America #21 cover, featuring 20 JLA and Avengers members. Also included in the auction are:
- Alex Ross' painted cover to Earth X #7
- Joe Quesada's "Sydney Savage" full-page pin-up from Danger Girl Special.
- A massive Gary Frank X-Men wraparound cover featuring a dozen merry mutants
- An incredible Jeff Smith sketch featuring the famed Bone creator's take on Superman, Batman and Captain Marvel.
- Contributions from Sean Chen, Walter Simonson, Bruce Timm, Mark Bagley, Mike Wieringo, Dave Johnson, and many, many more!
Art updates can be seen right now at the ACTOR website! Check out: www.ACTORComicFund.org
| January 25, 2003 | MegaCon Program Schedule
CrossGen 90 (Saturday, March 1st)
These two items from
are somewhat related to George Pérez.
George is the chairperson for ACTOR and have auctioned off sketches for them in the past.
A MegaCon tradition, this program is less a panel discussion than it
is a fireside chat. It’s Mark Alessi, uncensored, talking about the
comics industry, CrossGen’s plans, his personal convictions and just
about anything else that is on his mind. Come and ask Alessi, founder
and CEO of CrossGen Entertainment, the hard questions and he’ll answer
them in his usual shott-from-the-hip style. Always honest, usually
controversial and never shy, Mark Alessi takes the stage for a full 90
minutes in his annual MegaCon panel.
2:30-4:20, Room 315A
Art Auction for ACTOR (Sunday, March 2nd)
The ACTOR Art Auction, hosted by MegaCon 2003, will take place in
Room 315B of the Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International
Drive in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, March 1, 2003 at 6:30 p.m. A
Committment To Our Roots (ACTOR) is a charity organization founded to
provide financial assistance for retired comic book creators. Charity
director Jim McLauchlin will auction off very rare, one-of-a-kind comic
book art and memorabilia.
Last year, the ACTOR Auctions raised more than $170,000.
From MEGACON 2003 LETTER
December 18, 2002 | Megacon 2003 Letter
Art by George Pérez, from the cover to SOLUS #1
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 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 these 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 to end all maxi series, Crisis on Infinite Earths. You can now see George's work on the CrossGen Comics title Solus and the upcoming JLA/Avengers.
| October 26, 2002 |
Pérez at Megacon 2003
Megaconvention.com updated their guest list. Here is an excerpt of their list:
February 28th - March 2nd, 2003
Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Drive
Friday 12:00pm - 7:00pm For attendees who purchase Advance tickets.
Friday 1:00pm - 7:00pm For attendees who purchase tickets at the door.
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Children 10 and under free with a paid adult ticket
Tickets purchased at the door:
$18 per day or $40 for a weekend pass
A r t i s t s
J. Scott Campbell
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