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icon - a london super comic con thumbnailOrganisers of the London Super Comic Convention, taking place at the ExCel Centre in the Capital on 14th and 15th March 2015, have released details of even more Special Guests to add to their already impressive roster – eighteen names from a broad spectrum of international creative talent.

Names such as legendary English writer Garth Ennis, multiple Eisner Award-winning artist Brian Bolland, top UK cosplayer Tabatha Lyons and The Wicked + The Divine/Phonogram writer Kieron Gillen will join the likes of Mark Brooks, Klaus Janson, and Paul Levitz, as well as headliners Neal Adams and John Romita Jr., for this epic event which will feature over 300 tables of publishers, creators and exhibitors, travelling from all over America, Europe and the UK. The event is also going to be the first in the country to feature a space for C.G.C. (Certified Guaranty Company) , the world’s leading comic book grading service which will mark the debut that the company has set up a booth to accept submissions.


Profiles of this ‘Fifth Wave’, from the L.S.C.C. website:

Arthur Adams: an award-winning artist who became an immediate fan favourite as the penciler on the critically acclaimed 1985Longshot mini-series. His career has included work on such titles as Batman, Superman, Spider-man, X-Men, Godzilla, The Authority, Danger Girl, Excalibur, and Hulk, to name a few.

He is also the creator, writer and artist on Monkeyman and O’Brien. More recently Adams illustrated the Ultimate X-Men series for Marvel.

 

 

Simone Bianchi: born and living in Italy, Bianichi worked for the European market for several years, after which he did art for the DC miniseries, Shining Knight. He then created covers for a number of DC series, including Green Lantern, Batman and Detective Comics and the interior pages for Green Lantern #6. Since 2006, he has worked exclusively for Marvel on Wolverine, Astonishing X-Men, Thor: For Asgard, Uncanny X-Force, Thanos Rising, New Avengers, Thor and Loki the Tenth Realm.

His works have been exhibited at the Galerie du 9eme Art in Paris, at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego (CA), at the Museo d’Arte contemporanea in Perugia (Italy),

Brian Bolland: Bolland is a multiple Eisner-award-winning British comic artist. He is best known as one of the definitive Judge Dredd artists and for drawing the genre-defining Batman: The Killing Joke with Alan Moore. He was the penciller of Camelot 3000, Batman: Black and White (which he also wrote) and numerous other titles. Bolland has contributed covers for Animal Man, Wonder Woman, The Invisibles, The Flash, Batman: Gotham Knights, Jack of Fables, Robin, Justice League of America and Zatanna. DC collected these covers asCover Story: The DC art of Brian Bolland. He also writes and draws the Actress & the Bishop story from time to time.

More recently he has contributed covers to DC’s Dial H, Superman Unchained, Batman & Two Face and Judge Dredd for 2000AD. Currently Bolland is working on a picto-memoir. Future projects include a Graphitti Gallery Edition of the Killing Joke which will reproduce his original artwork from Killing Joke at actual size.

 

profile - max brooksMax Brooks: an Emmy-winning screenwriter and author of the best-selling Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z (which was made into a successful film starring Brad Pitt), and the Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.

He has actor credits for a variety of shows including Roseanne, Pacific Blue and 7 th Heaven and as a voice actor on Batman Beyond, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and Justice League.

As the world’s leading authority on the defense against a ghoulish uprising there has been a ready audience for his all-original comic book series Extinction Parade and a new title to be launched in 2015.

Mark Buckingham: Buckingham has been working in comics for over 25 years, building a reputation for design, storytelling and a chameleon like diversity of art styles. He is known for his work on numerous comics including Miracleman (Marvelman), Hellblazer, Sandman, Death, Shade the Changing Man, Generation-X, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, The Titans and Peter Parker:Spider-man.

Since 2002 Mark has been the regular artist on Fables for Vertigo/DC Comics, working with its writer and creator Bill Willingham, for which they have earned numerous comic industry awards. He is currently drawing its final story arc which will end with the one hundred and fifty page Fables #150.

Swapping pencils for the keyboard, Mark is the writer of “The Clamour for Glamour” the final story arc of Fairest, the companion title to Fables.

In addition Mark is also the regular cover artist, co-plotter and penciller/layout artist on a third series for Vertigo, Dead Boy Detectives, spinning Neil Gaiman’s characters from Sandman#25 into their own monthly comic with novelist Toby Litt. The summer of 2015 will see Mark reunite with Neil Gaiman as they return to work, after a twenty year wait, on Miracleman for Marvel.

Joyce Chin: Chin has been working in comics since 1995 when she pencilled Guy Gardener: Warrior for DC. Since then she has gone on to work on several titles including Vampirella, Xena, Superman: Silver Banshee and with a variety of publishers. More recently, in conjunction with Top Cow and Dynamite Entertainment, Chin has illustrated the cross-over event Monster Wars that pitted Top cow characters with the “Dynamite” Monsters. She is currently producing a number of covers for Dynamite including Red Sonja, Vampirella and Lady Rawhide.

 

 

Garth Ennis: an Irish born Eisner and Eagle award winning writer who is probably best known for the popular DC series, Preacher which he co-created with Steve Dillon. Ennis broke into the US comic scene in 1991 and has a large body of work published across all the major US publishers. For DC he wrote Hellblazer, Preacher, Demon, War Story before moving to Marvel where he had a long run on Punisher. For Wildstrom, Ennis began a new series, The Boys (which was later published by Dynamite and wrote The Authority.

Ennis has written Crossed, War Story, Streets of Glory, Chronicles of Wormwood and Stitched (for which Garth made his directorial debut in 2011 with a short film) all published by Avatar Press.

Ennis has also worked with director John Woo on the mini-series Seven Brothers for Virgin Comics and wrote a new Dan Dare series with Gary Erskine.

2012 saw Garth tackle 30’s pulp stalwart the The Shadow, a character he long had a hankering to write and the Kickstarter funded children’s book, Erf. 2014 brought the Avatar published sci-fi horror title, Caliban and a return to War Stories.

Kieron Gillen: Emerging from the British small press, Kieron Gillen first came to wider attention with Phonogram, his pop-obsessed urban fantasy collaboration with Jamie McKelvie. Marvel comics clearly didn’t take the insults against various mid-nineties British pop bands to heart and hired him to work on comics such as Uncanny X-Men, Thor, Journey Into Mystery and Generation Hope. He recently finished runs on Iron Man and Young Avengers. He is currently writing the new Darth Vader title with Salvador Larocca and covers by Adi Granov, The Wicked + the Divine with Jamie McKelvie, Uber for Avatar and Marvel title, Angela: Asgards Assassin, with fellow LSCC guest Stephanie Hans.

Upcoming works include The Ludocrats, from Image, which will be illustrated by David Lafuente, the third volume of The Wicked + the Divine, called Commercial Suicide, which will feature guest artists and Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl with Jamie McKelvie.

Adi Granov: Granov is a Marvel artist who got his big break on the 2005 series Iron Man: Extremis with Warren Ellis, and which is credited with revitalising the character. It led to an approach by director and fan, Jon Favreau to produce concept art for the then upcoming Iron Man film. The suits in the Iron Man movies were based on his designs and he has worked on numerous other concept pitches for films including Avengers Assemble and Spider-man 2 and various games. Granov is a very much in demand cover artist and these covers have graced the likes of X-Men, Nova, Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy and many more.

He is currently the regular cover artist on Marvel’s new Darth Vader series. Granov is also doing the covers for the re-edition of the A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi comics, as well as some variants covers for Star Wars and Leia. He is also designing a line of X-men figures for Kotobukiya which should start coming out this year.

Tabitha Lyons: Lyons has been in the prop industry since the age of 12. In 2007 Tabitha Lyons along with her father Nic Samiotis founded Artyfakes Action Props Ltd; An international prop and costume company that specialises in foam and latex for film, TV, gaming and much more.

Tabitha Lyons is renowned for being one of the top UK Cosplayers and has appeared as a guest and cosplay judge all over the world. She was on the judging panel of the inaugural London Super Costume Championship in 2014. Tabitha is very excited to come back to one of her favourite conventions and see all the hard word work and commitment the attendees have put into their creations.

 

Ron Marz: starting his career with a lengthy run on Silver Surfer for Marvel, Marz has worked for virtually every major publisher and compiled a long list of credits, including stints on Green Lantern for DC, Star Wars for Dark Horse, Witchblade for Top Cow, and as a staff writer for CrossGen Comics. His creator-owned series include Dragon Prince, Samurai: Heaven and Earth, andPantheon City at Dark Horse; and vampire tale Shinku.

More recently, long-time Burroughs fan, Marz launched a new John Carter: Warlord of Marsseries through Dynamite, also a best selling Skylanders comic for IDW, based on the videogame. He wrote a Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight arc with Cully Hamner,Unbreakable Valor, a Panasonic-sponsored comic and continues to write Witchblade for Top Cow.

Looking ahead, upcoming projects include a Magadalena mini series, a Batman & Robinarc with Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson for DC’s Convergence, a Justice League International story and a new series, The Protectors, with NFL player Israel Idonije and artist Bart Sears.

Ireland Reid: Reid is an actress, published Bikini Model, Cosplayer, Designer and YouTuber.

Ireland Reid started modeling right after high school at the age of 18. Since then she has featured in various websites including, Maxim, Playboy and Hot Import. She has also featured in Modified Magazine and has been making personal appearances at Zenescope and Nerd Glam booths at Comic Cons across North America.

Ireland holds multiple degrees and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Finance & Marketing. She is the owner and head designer of Geeky Glitter Girls and designs and makes all her own costumes. She is also a highly talented comedian.

Ireland Reid will be appearing at the Nerd Glam booth (#B23-B24) throughout the weekend.

Esad Ribic: Croatian-born artist, Esad Ribic began his career as an animator and drew comics on the side as hobby. The collapse of the studio meant he had to fall back on his hobby for a living. After some small press gigs his first break was the Four Horsemen mini-series for DC in 2000. This led to work at Marvel where his first assignment was a rush fill-in on X-Men: Children of the Atom.

Since then he has worked primarily for Marvel, illustrating the likes of Wolverine, Silver Surfer: Requiem, Sub-Mariner and Loki, where he started painted interiors, and Uncanny X-Force with Rick Remender. More recently he has been illustrating Thor: God of Thunderwith Jason Aaron as part of Marvel Now. 2015 will see the publication of blockbuster, Secret Wars III with Jonathan Hickman.

David Roach: Roach started out working for 2000AD where he drew Nemesis the Warlock, before taking over the Judge Anderson strip which he drew for 5 years. After this he switched to American companies where he worked on Aliens and Star Wars for Dark Horse and Batman, Star Trek, Green Lantern, Babylon 5 and numerous other projects for DC. As an Illustrator he has drawn hundreds of pictures for Dungeons and Dragons, Vampire Jyhadand Battletech games. For over a decade now he has worked on Panini’s Dr Who comic strip and is the cover artist for their Graphic Novel series. He has also returned to Mega City 1 where he is a regular artist on Judge Dredd for Rebellion. He is a self-confessed fanboy with far too many comics and just loves drawing pictures of Vampirella.

 

Laura Sindall: a London based cosplayer who has been creating costumes for 10 years. During this time she has cosplayed in several different countries around the world, including Japan, where she represented the UK for the first time at the World Cosplay Summit in 2012, and won the group European Cosplay Gathering finals in Paris 2014.

Laura works as a Special Effects artist and costume designer, most notably for Amalgamated Dynamics in LA and Artem in London, working on exciting films, TV, events and commercials including Prometheus, the London Olympic ceremonies and the official Halo and Titanfall suits for the launch of the games. She has also created several other costumes within the video games industry including Sony, Namco, Ubisoft, TecmoKoei, Nintendo, and 2K.

Her passion for costume and props has become an integral part of her life, through her work and hobbies.

Rachael Stott: Stott is a freelance illustrator based in London, producing work for clients such as the RSC and the British Gymnastics Association, whilst also appearing in indy comics anthologies such as Dead Roots, before making her mainstream comics debut in January 2015 as the line artist, and cover artist, on IDW’s Star Trek/ Planet of the Apes crossover.

 

 

Dave Wachter: Wachter is the artist, co-creator and co-writer of the Eisner and Harvey Award nominated webcomic The Guns of Shadow Valley, published in collected hardcover form by Dark Horse Comics. For publisher IDW, Dave has done art for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, True Blood, That Hellbound Train, Night of 1,000 Wolves, and Godzilla: Cataclysm. He collaborated with Steve Niles on the acclaimed miniseries Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem for Dark Horse. In 2012, Dave was nominated for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award. He currently resides in Pittsburgh with the feline god of destruction, Ollie.

 

Jeremy Whitley: an American comic book writer, Whitley is the creator and writer of the comics Princeless, The Pirate Princess, The Order of Dagonet, and Illegal. Whitley is also a frequent writer for the comic series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and My Little Pony: Friends Forever. He has also written for such series as Courage the Cowardly Dog, NFL RushZone, and the anthology Shakespeare Shaken.

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