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MEGACON 2003 (02/28/2003 - 03/02/2003) - Orlando, Florida

photo:  George Perez stopped by with model Diana Knight from Idea Ship
MEGACON 2003
02/28/2003 - 03/02/2003
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
Megacon (megaconvention.com)

Guests: Guests includes: J. Scott Campbell, Scott McDaniel, Chuck Dixon, Frank Cho, George Pérez, Roy Thomas, Greg Land, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Robert Rodi, Bart Sears, Brian Pulido, Adam Hughes and more.

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    MEGACON 2003 (02/28/2002 - 03/02/2003) - Orlando, Florida

    JLA Meets the AVENGERS (2002), art by George Perez for ACTOR Auction at MEGACON 2003 (sold for $1,900)

    SPIDER-MAN (Mar 2003) - art by George Perez at MEGACON 2003, from Ebay, user g.i.justin.

    ROBIN (Mar 2003), art by George Pérez at MEGACON 2003 from Mark Cookson

    GEORGE PEREZ, REILLY, JIM SALICRUP, KEITH CANDIDO (2003) at MEGACON 2003 photo by Doghouse Reilly

    HULK (Feb 2003), art by George Perez, at MEGACON 2003, from Super God Ginrai

    CAPTAIN AMERICA (Feb 2003), art by George Pérez from MEGACON 2003, from Frank Cairo

    RICK BONILLA and GEORGE PEREZ (Mar 2003) from Rick Bonilla

    News: Pérez Art (Mar 11, 2006)

    March 11, 2006 12:20 am
     From www.comicartfans.com

    CAPTAIN AMERICA (Feb 2003), art by George Pérez from MEGACON 2003, from Frank Cairo
     March 22, 2004 | Robin Sketch
    From Mark Cookson


    ROBIN (Mar 2003), art by George Pérez at MEGACON 2003 from Mark Cookson
     October 15, 2003 | CAA's Megacon 2003 Report
    From Idea Ship

    PEREZ AND DIANA KNIGHT at MEGACON 2003, ORLANDO, FLORIDA (28 Feb-02 Mar 2003)

    Cartoonists Across America's 2003 Florida "Spring Break" at MegaCon 2003

    (excerpt)

    CrossGen artist George Perez stopped by with model Diana Knight, who poses as Wonder Woman and other characters at cons. George is one of the most famous and nicest comic book artists in the field. He was also a guest artist in the 8th issue of The Winged Tiger comics & stories. That same issue features Danny DeAngelo's Major Impact on the cover.

     June 2, 2003 | Site Update
    [ Art ] From Ebay


    SPIDER-MAN (Mar 2003) - art by George Perez at MEGACON 2003, from Ebay, user g.i.justin.
     April 9, 2003 | Suite 101 Comic Section
    From Suite 101

    Panel Sessions at MegaCon 2003
    Author: Robert Smithers
    Published on: April 2, 2003

    (excerpt)

    Here’s the 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

    It looks 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 http://www.george-perez.com



    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 come true.

    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.

     March 20, 2003 | More MegaCon 2003 Reports
    From Astonding Space Thrills, thanks to Comic Book Conventions

    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.

    (excerpt)

    SATURDAY:
    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.

    The books 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 crowd.


    From Orca Fresh:

    WHILE A UNIVERSE CRUMBLES:
    MEGACON REPORT 2003

    Part One of Two - by Rick Olney

    (excerpt)

    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
    From Newsarama

    ACTOR RAISES $53,000 @ MEGACON
    posted March 18, 2003 05:53 AM
    by MattBrady

    ACTOR 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.

    ACTOR 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."

    Items included:

  • "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.

  •  March 8, 2003 | CBLDF's MegaCon Report
    From CBLDF News

    CBLDFNews Road Report: MegaCon and FEN Clearinghouse
    Date: Sat, 08 Mar 2003 02:26:42 -0000

    (excerpt)

    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 full scoop!

    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 too!

    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: Ebay.

     March 7, 2003 | MegaPorn 2003
    From Slush Factory

    MegaPorn 2003
    03.07.03
    By Christian A. Dumais

    (excerpt)

    I 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.

    ...

    With 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.

    No 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)
    From Wizard

    JLA Meets the AVENGERS (2002), art by George Perez for ACTOR Auction at MEGACON 2003 (sold for $1,900)

    WIZARD MARKET REPORT
    Friday, March 7
    written by Karl Cramer

    The latest comic book news from the inside!

    (excerpt)

    SUPPORTING ACTOR
    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 teenage daughter.



     March 7, 2003 | CBC's Convention Award 2003
    From Comic Book Conventions, thanks Brian Pate

    Winners for the 2002 Convention Season

    Best Booth or Display
    (vendor or exhibitor):

    CrossGen
    (John Smith & Ian Feller)

    Best Convention Sketch Artist:
    George Pérez

    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.

     March 2, 2003 | Alessi's CG Panel
    From Comics Continuum

    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

    He 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.

     March 1, 2003 | Megacon, Day One (Quick Note)
    From Comic Book Conventions

    MegaCon: Day One
    Today at 1:13am
    posted by Webmaster Brian

    (excerpt)

    Just a few quick notes about MegaCon, Day One.

    Jim 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
    From Vu

    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).

     January 29, 2003 | ACTOR Auctions Pérez Art
    From WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #138 (Mar 03)

    JLA Meets the AVENGERS (2002), art by George Perez for ACTOR Auction at MEGACON 2003 (sold for $1,900)
    ACTOR AUCTION ROLLS OUT THE SWAG

    George Pérez will be there. So will 20 members of the JLA and Avengers.

    ACTOR, 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
    From Vu

    These two items from MegaCon are somewhat related to George Pérez. George is the chairperson for ACTOR and have auctioned off sketches for them in the past.

    CrossGen 90 (Saturday, March 1st)
    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.

     December 18, 2002 | Megacon 2003 Letter
    From MEGACON 2003 LETTER
  • Art by George Pérez, from the cover to SOLUS #1
  • GEORGE PEREZ

    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
    From Vu
    Megaconvention.com updated their guest list. Here is an excerpt of their list:
    MEGACON 2003
    February 28th - March 2nd, 2003
    Orange County Convention Center
    9800 International Drive
    Orlando, Florida

    Hours:
    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
    Scott McDaniel
    Chuck Dixon
    Frank Cho
    George Perez
    Roy Thomas
    Greg Land
    Jimmy Palmiotti
    Amanda Conner
    Robert Rodi
    Bart Sears
    Brian Pulido
    Adam Hughes

    ...

    CHECK BACK FOR WEEKLY UPDATES!!!!!