There are a number of comic conventions that this site heartily endorses – those that showcase the best sequential art creators on the planet and does so in an welcoming and passionate environment, free of the detritus of tat and bibble: London Super Comic Con is absolutely one such event, and one we can’t wait to attend next year.
Held in 2016 over the weekend of 20th-21st February at the epic ExCel Exhibition Centre in that there London, LSCC will be the event that truly kicks off the convention calendar in the UK and it’s exciting to see that the organisers are planning something particularly special for next years event, rolling out a spectacular First Wave of Special Guests who will be on hand to meet and greet those tens of thousands of rabid fans, stampeding through the convention doors.
The full line up for the Special Guests First Wave are:
- Jeremy Bastian
- Howard Chaykin
- Ian Churchill
- Michael Dialynas
- Gary Frank
- Juanjo Guarnido
- Enji Night
- Ryan Stegman
- Jill Thompson
- Mike Zeck
Mike Zeck is a comic book artist who has worked with all the major comic publishers. He is best known for his work on Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, Captain America, Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt, The Punisher, Deathstroke the Terminator and Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu. Zeck’s first work in comics was, in 1974, on the animated and horror lines for Charlton Comics.
In 1977, Zeck began working for Marvel Comics on the popular Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu. In 1981, he began a three-year run on Captain Americawhich he left to draw the best selling Marvel mini-series, Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, on which he designed Spider-Man’s black & white costume. In 1986 he began one of his best-remembered associations when he illustrated the highly successful Punisher mini-series. His work on Punisher is considered to have propelled the character to flagship status at Marvel.
In 1987 he collaborated with JM DeMatteis on what is considered one of the key Spider-man storylines, Kraven’s Last Hunt, and features regularly in reader’s polls of the most popular Spider-man stories.
During his time with Marvel, Zeck provided art for many pivotal Marvel works, including The Punisher, G.I. Joe, and the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. His artwork also appears in The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Defenders, Solarman, Power Man and Iron Fist, Marvel Tales and The Savage Sword of Conan.
Zeck’s work for DC Comics included Deathstroke the Terminator, Batman, Legends of the DC Universe, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Green Lantern and collaborated with Mark Waid on the Kingdom Come sequel, The Kingdom.
His official website can be found at http://www.mikezeck.com
Insanely detailed illustrator and creator of Cursed Pirate Girl, Jeremy’s ornate artwork and whimsical storytelling has won him many fans. He has also worked on theGuild: Tink one-shot for Dark Horse Comics, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard for Archaia Entertainment and the upcoming Under the Moons of Mars: New adventures on Barsoom for Simon and Schuster.
Howard Chaykin is an award-winning writer/artist who began to work in comics in the early 1970s after serving as an apprentice to both Gil Kane and Neal Adams.
Chaykin penciled the original Star Wars comics adaptation for Marvel and later went on to DC and their first mini-series, World of Krypton. Following this he produced work for Heavy Metal and graphic novels based on the work of authors such as Alfred Bester and Michael Moorcock.
During the 1980s Chaykin launched the critically acclaimed series, American Flagg! for First Comics which he wrote and drew and then the Time2 graphic novels. In 1986 he revamped The Shadow for DC, before going on to create the explicit and controversial Black Kiss for Vortex Comics. During the 90s he drifted away from comics as he became more involved in television.
More recently Chaykin has most notably written Die Hard: Year One for Boom Studios, Black Kiss II, Avengers 1959 for Marvel and re-boots of older characters, this time of Buck Rogers and The Shadow again, for Dynamite. He has produced new art for the re-launched Star Wars comic and is currently working with Matt Fraction on Satellite Sam for Image Comics.
With over 20 years in the comic business, Gary has drawn Hulk, Dr Strange, X-Men Unlimited and other X-Men titles. Moving onto DC he worked on Birds of Preyand Supergirl. Image was next and worked on the wildly popular Gen13 before moving back with Wildstorm studio to DC. His first creator-owned concept was Kin for Top Cow before moving onto the influential Rising Stars with J Michael Straczynski and Midnight Nation. The Avengers with Marvel was next followed by Supreme Power, covers for Amazing Spider-man, Silver Surfer, Black Panther and Avengers: Finale. In 2007 he again moved to DC working onAction Comics, Superman: Secret Origin, Smallville and Batman: Earth One.
Spanish-born artist Juanjo Guarnido is an Eisner-award winner notable for his work on the Blacksad series and his animation work. His early work included several local fanzines, and illustrations for Spanish Marvel publications. In 1990 Guarnido moved to Madrid to work in an animation studio where he met his future scriptwriter Juan Diaz Canales. He then moved to Paris in 1993 and was employed by Walt Disney Studios as a layout man and animator on films like ‘Tarzan’, ‘Hunchback of the Notre Dame’ and ‘Hercules’. In his spare time, he began creating comics with Canales. This eventually resulted in the launch of their critically acclaimed anthropomorphic black cat detective Blacksad, the first book of which was published by Dargaud in 2000. Guarnido’s film noir-inspired comic is inhabited by a great many remarkable and unusual animal characters, including anthropomorphic cameos of famous persons and a wide range of reptile villains. The much lauded series is published in a wide range of languages around the world. Guarnido was also the cover artist and illustrator of the final installment for Pierre Boisserie’s collective science-fiction seriesVoyageur published by Glenat. With Canales’s wife, Teresa Valero, he co-created the heroic fantasy children’s series Sorcellieres, which is published by Dargaud.
He has won a number of international awards for Blacksad including Eisners in 2011(Best painter/multimedia artist) and 2015 (Best US Edition of International Material) for the Dark Horse edition of Blacksad: Amarillo.
Ryan’s first art job was to do covers for Markosia including Starship Troopers and Midnight Kiss. He then found himself at Marvel working as the penciller and inker for the Raymond E Feist series Magician Apprentice which he worked on from 2006-2009. Ryan became exclusive to Marvel in 2010. He did various work for Marvel on titles such as Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Sif, and X-23 before his memorable work on the “Man Hunt” series for She-Hulks. In 2011, Ryan contributed to Fear Itself: Deadpool series before becoming an artist for The Amazing Spider-Man series as well as assorted off-shoots. Ryan also drew for Superior Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider series during that time, both of which have direct ties to the death of Peter Parker.
Ryan has also contributed to numerous other Marvel series, including Fantastic Four, Avengers Vs. X-Men, and Moon Knight. More recent work has included the “Rogue Logan” series for Wolverine with Paul Cornell, 2013’s popular new re-launch series Superior Spider-Man with Dan Slott & Humberto Ramos, andInhuman with Charles Soule. He also regularly provides variant covers for various Marvel titles.
Ryan is also regular cover artist for both Zenescope Entertainment and BOOM Studios.
Jill Thompson is a multiple Eisner-award-winning artist and writer. She is best known for her work on Sandman, her creator-owned Scary Godmother series and Magic Trixie. In 2011, she won the National Cartoonist Society named her Best Comic Book Artist for Beasts of Burdenpublished by Dark Horse.
Thompson began her comic career in the 1980s working for such publishers as First Comics and Now Comics . She started working for DC in 1990 as artist onWonder Woman and her work for DC has been across many titles notably Sandman and Dead Boy Detectives.
Neil Gaiman recruited Thompson after he’d seen a drawing she did of Death for a fan. She initially illustrated the Sandman story “The Parliament of Rooks”. Within this tale she created the characters Li’l Death and Li’l Morpheus. She then drew the Brief Lives story arc from issues 41-49. She has since written and illustrated several stories featuring the Sandman characters. These include the manga-style book Death: At Death’s Door, one of DC’s best-selling books of 2003, and The Little Endless Storybook.
In 2005 Thompson wrote and illustrated the Dead Boy Detectives, an original graphic novel based on two minor characters from Sandman. Thompson’s creator owned series Scary Godmother, originally published by Sirius Entertainment and later by Dark Horse Comics has spawned two television specials: Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktacular and Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy.
She has created, written and illustrated a number of children’s books includingMagic Trixie.
Thompson is a wrestling fan and has designed the ring attire for WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan.
Ian Churchill has worked professionally in the comic book industry for over 20 years. Debuting on Marvel’s X-Men titles, he has illustrated Cable, Deadpool, The Avengers, Superman, Supergirl, Teen Titans, Red Hulk, The Ravagers, Richard Starkings’ Elephantmenand his own group of supernatural heroes, The Coven. His creator-owned character, Marineman, published by Image Comics, received a prestigious Eisner Award nomination. Revenge, a collaboration with acclaimed broadcaster and comic creator Jonathan Ross, also published by Image comics further established him as an independent creator. Churchill is currently working on Marineman volume 2 as well as working for other big name comic companies and also has more creator-owned projects in development. His original artwork is available to purchase at ianchurchillart.com.
Michael Dialynas is an illustrator and comic artist residing in Greece. In his native tongue he has published a book by the name of Trinkets: An Attic Full of Stories and a series called Swan Songs, but he is more known for his work on Amala’s Blade with Steve Horton at Dark Horse Comics and Spera with Josh Tierney and other artists at Archaia. More recently he was the artist on Superior Spider-man Team Up Special and is currently drawing The Woods with James Tynion IV, published by Boom. He has now started work on TMNT for IDW.
Enji Night is an internationally known cosplayer, costume designer and model from Budapest, Hungary. She’s been cosplaying since 2009, and has created over 50 costumes in the past 6 years. She is known for her Supergirl, Chun Li and Samus cosplays. Most of the time she is cosplaying from comics, games and anime, but she likes to create unusual cosplays, such as her gijinka version of the Firefox mascot! She has won several cosplay awards in her country and since 2013 she has been attending conventions and judging cosplay contests all over the world. Her costumes have been featured in online and print publications including Kotaku, FHM, ELLE and Marie Claire. She has also had the honor of being the spokesmodel for Nokia Hungary. When she is not cosplaying, she spares most of her free time playing video games and watching animes.