Monday, June 11, 2012

A Real American HeroesCon 2012: A Who's Who of G.I. JOE Talent

HeroesCon 2012
JOECon is June 28 through July 1 in New Orleans, but this year's can't-miss event for G.I. JOE comic creators takes place a week earlier, June 22 - 24. After doing this in 2009 and 2010, it completely slipped my mind in 2011. I'm on top of it this year, though, so here's a who's who of G.I. JOE contributors appearing at the 30th Anniversary HeroesCon 2012 in Charlotte.

G.I. JOE #0 signed by Robert AtkinsRobert Atkins - Artist on DDP's G.I. JOE: Dreadnoks: Declassified, Special Missions, and The Data Desk Handbook, as well as IDW's G.I. JOE (reboot) ongoing and the 2011 G.I. JOE: Snake-Eyes series.

Nelson Blake II - Penciller on G.I. JOE: America's Elite and The Data Desk Handbook.

Jeremy Dale - Artist on several of the Hasbro comics released in 25th Anniversary two-packs.

Marc Deering - Inker on G.I. JOE: Snake-Eyes (2009).

Tommy Lee Edwards - Cover artist on IDW's G.I. JOE #13 (2012, RIA & RIB) and #14 (2012, A & RI).

Christos Gage - Cowriter of G.I. JOE: Cobra.

S.L. Gallant - Artist on IDW's G.I. JOE ongoing, The Rise of Cobra prequel books, and now IDW's A Real American Hero.

Michael Golden - Artist behind the incredible cover of G.I. JOE Yearbook #2. He also drew covers for ARAH #s 23, 27, 29, 36, 116, 117, and 118.

Tony Harris - Cover artist on G.I. JOE: Frontline #s 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Adam Hughes - One of the most accomplished artists in modern comics, JOE isn't a property for which Hughes is best known. His Baroness cover for IDW's G.I. JOE #2 is definitely something you'll want to get signed, though.

Rick Ketcham - Inker on IDW's G.I. JOE ongoing.

Eric Layton - Inker on DDP run.

Jonboy Meyers - Cover artist for IDW's Classic G.I. JOE trade paperbacks.

Pat Quinn - Penciller on G.I. JOE: Declassified and G.I. JOE: America's Elite.

Brian Shearer - Inker on G.I. JOE: Cobra Civil War #5 and IDW's A Real American Hero #173.

Ben Templesmith - He is certainly better known for his work on 30 Days of Night, but he produced a variant cover for IDW's G.I. JOE #0 (2008), did two different covers for G.I. JOE Origins # 12, and pencilled, inked, and colored that same issue of Origins. You can also find his work on the covers of Cobra #s 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

G.I. JOE and the Transformers #1 signed by Herb TrimpeHerb Trimpe - A legendary artist in the world of comics, Herb Trimpe pencilled Marvel's A Real American Hero #s 1, 3, 50 ("Best Defense"), and 99, pencilled and cowrote #s 4, 6, and 7, pencilled and wrote #s 8 and 119, and provided the covers for #s 1, 2, 7, and 14. He also pencilled twenty-five issues of G.I. JOE: Special Missions (all except #s 22, 24, and 27), drew the covers for #s 12 and 23, and wrote #24. He pencilled "Trade-Offs" in G.I. JOE Yearbook #4 and provided the book's cover. He pencilled all four issues of the G.I. JOE and the Transformers miniseries and drew the covers for #s 1 and 2. Since IDW relaunched A Real American Hero, he has done covers for #s 161, 162, 163, 165, 166, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 176, 177, and 178. His pencils also appear in this year's G.I. JOE Annual. How's that for G.I. JOE pedigree?

David Williams - Cover artist on IDW's G.I. JOE (2008 & 2011), Cobra (2011), Snake-Eyes (2011), and G.I. JOE: Special - Helix.

Marv Wolfman - While I personally think of him as the writer of Crisis on Infinite Earths first and creator of Blade second, Marv Wolfman wrote the Sunbow episodes "Nightmare Assault" and "Lasers in the Night." He also cowrote the DiC episode "Message From the Deep."

John 'Waki' Wycough - Inker on IDW's G.I. JOE.

Update 06/12/2012: Mike Zeck - Wait, what? The Mike Zeck? The definitive G.I. JOE cover artist Mike Zeck? The Mike Zeck who never does cons anymore? Yep! He'll be at HeroesCon on Saturday only, so I'll be setting aside all other goals for that day to get my copy of Yearbook #3 (already autographed by Larry Hama) signed.

Don't forget to stop by and grab a plush doll or two from the Handmade Stuffs table (AA-125, where I'll be hanging out for much of the three days) and some adorkable art from Beck Seashols (AA-338).

And the non-JOE comics guest list? It's also ridiculously impressive, featuring Bernie Wrightson, Mike Mignola, Ed McGuinness, Paul Levitz, George PĂ©rez, Cat Staggs, Allison Sohn, Jamal Igle, Stephanie Buscema, Cully Hamner, and many, many more. Oh, and one Mr. Stan Lee will also be there. I hear he's kind of a big deal.

Check out the complete HeroesCon guest list, and prepare for the only Charlotte convention that really matters in 2012.