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Mega Con 2009: Talking to George Perez

posted Mar 2, 2009, 2:28 PM by Vu Sleeper

MEGACON 2009 (Feb 2009)
Mega Con 2009: Talking to George Perez
By Steve Ekstrom posted: 02 March 2009 04:34 pm ET

Perez and his Proclamation

Perez and his Proclamation

This year at MegaCon in Orlando, Florida—the special guest of honor was none other than the legendary comic book artist, George Perez. During the DC Universe panel on Saturday afternoon, DC Comics Executive Editor, Dan Didio, presented Perez with an official proclamation from the Mayor of Orange County Florida, Richard Crotty, stating that February 28th, 2009 was officially ‘George Perez Day’. Perez took the time to thank his fans and colleagues as well as meet and greet two fans dressed as characters he had made popular during his career—Wally West and Starfire. Over the course of the weekend, Perez provided auctioned sketched artwork to help raise money for the Heroes Initiative.

Newsarama sat down with George Perez on Sunday as the convention began to wind down to talk about his award, his career, and the next healthy 35 years of his career as a comic industry legend.

Newsarama: First off, let’s talk about ‘George Perez Day’ yesterday in Orlando. What was your reaction to that?

George Perez: Well, to say that I was blown away is an understatement. Not only was I surprised by [the award] but I was totally impressed by how many of my friends—and, of course, my wife—knew about it for weeks now; I had absolutely no clue. It was a very big surprise and my wife was there—I’ve won awards before but she’s rarely at conventions with me—so I was able to thank her publicly for all of her support and everything she’s done for me in all of our years of marriage during my career.

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