Mark Millar is making use of his UK comics rolodex in launching his first Kapow! Comic Con this April in London. Aside from a wealth of British comics creators (including Dave Gibbons who’ll be on hand to announce a new collaboration with the Scot), Millar today sent word that talk show host and comic writer Jonathan Ross will be on hand for a special quiz event.
Known to American readers thanks to his penning the Image series “Turf,” Ross is an icon on British TV, and his comics work has found new purchase in the UK of late thanks to its inclusion in Millar’s newsstand-focused “CLiNT” magazine (page space he shares with comedian Frankie Boyle, also pictured on the right). Sunday afternoon, April 10, Ross will appear on stage at the show to host a “Comic Pros vs. Fans Game Show” which will me simulcast on the web for those not in attendance to see. The full press release is below.
Official Press Release
Hugely popular British TV presenter, comic book writer and lifelong comic fan, JONATHAN ROSS, will be a guest at Kapow! Comic Con and host the Comic Pros vs. Fans Game Show live on stage. This event is dedicated to comic books and the films, TV shows and games they inspire and will be bringing the San Diego Comic Con experience to London on 9th & 10th April 2011.
Jonathan produced his first comic, Turf, illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards in April 2010 to high sales and enormous critical acclaim. The Comic Pros vs. Fans Quiz will take place on Sunday 10th April and be streamed live online to an international audience. This quiz will be just one of many events that will entertain Kapow! visitors, as attendees of the show will be amongst the first in the world to get an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming comics, movie blockbusters and hit TV shows from the biggest publishers and studios in the world.
Jonathan joins an unrivalled guest list of comic talent including many creators who haven’t attended UK conventions in almost 20 years. Frankie Boyle, Stewart Lee and Noel Clarke, who all contribute to UK news-stand magazine CLiNT, and will be signing comics and taking part in panel discussions. John Romita Jr. (Kick-Ass), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Frank Quitely (Batman), Leinil Yu (Secret Invasion), Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates, The Authority) Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Civil War) and many, many more will all be signing autographs, speaking on panels and giving exclusive previews of upcoming works.
With the Hollywood movie and TV guest list being announced on the website 14th February 2011, this is a star-studded line up to reflect the excitement and the talent involved in the biggest year for comic book movies so far.
KAPOW! will also be hosting the first ever annual STAN LEE AWARDS on Saturday 9th April and with Stan himself explaining “this is a fantastic platform to reward the cream of comic book talent for all their creativity and imagination throughout 2010, which has brought us so much entertainment and inspiration”.
Our shortlist of nominees is being put together by a huge team of judges from comics, movies, television, magazine publishing and retailing including actors Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, Superbad) and Clark Duke (Kick-Ass), the creator of Lost and producer of Star Trek Damon Lindelof, UK comedian Al Murray plus Empire magazines Chris Hewitt, Mike Rampton from Front magazine, Jamie Millar writer for GQ, News of the World’s entertainment reviewer Robbie Collin, Samuel Roberts from SciFiNow and Jonah Weiland and Kiel Phegan at Comic Book Resource website. These nominations will be available for public vote on the KAPOW! website from 24th January.
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