Official Press Release
San Diego Comic Con International 2009 will take center stage as Aspen Comics unveils brand new titles and debuts a host of exciting SDCC exclusives and more for the largest comic book convention in the world. In addition to rare convention comic books, Aspen is arriving in San Diego in full force to meet and greet with the fans. Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Vince Hernandez, Mark Roslan, J.T. Krul, Joe Benitez, Ale Garza, Micah Gunnell, Beth Sotelo, Francisco Herrera, and more surprise Aspen guests will be on-hand all weekend long to sign autographs and sketch at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321.
Avid collectors of the SDCC exclusives will want to stop by the Aspen Comics Booth early to pick up all four highly limited books. Kicking off the show for Aspen will be the world premiere launch of the all-new action adventure series Dellec with the release of an exclusive San Diego Comic Con 2009 #1 cover by series artist Micah Gunnell and superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald, limited to only 1000 total copies. Dellec is created and written by Frank Mastromauro and Vince Hernandez with art by Micah Gunnell, Rob Stull, and Matt Hollingsworth.
Aspen's other recent brand new series Executive Assistant: Iris rages on as well, and the company will have a limited San Diego Comic Con 2009 Executive Assistant: Iris #2 cover by superstar penciler Billy Tan and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 1000 copies. Executive Assistant: Iris is created by David Wohl, Brad Foxhoven, and Michael Turner and features art by Eduardo Francisco and John Starr.
The longest-running Aspen flagship series Fathom will also feature a very special San Diego Comic Con 2009 Fathom #8 cover by series artist Ale Garza and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 1000 copies. Fathom #8 sees the popular underwater title created by Michael Turner dive into the final third act of an epic storyline originated all the way back to the very first volume of the series over ten years ago. Fathom: Volume 3 is written by J.T. Krul with art by Ale Garza, Sal Regla, and John Starr.
Aspen will be celebrating the amazing artwork of their late founder Michael Turner by offering two extremely unique Michael Turner Fathom and Soulfire Premium Illustration Sketchbooks debuting at the con. Each sketchbook is filled with dozens of Michael's cover art and drawings, and each book is crafted in a special spiral binding and individually hand-numbered. These rare sketchbooks are limited to 250 copies per book and Aspen strongly encourages fans to pick up these up at the Aspen Comics Booth as soon as possible, as they anticipate selling out quickly.
As always, Aspen will be hitting the summer conventions with some lighthearted fun with the arrival of the Aspen Splash 2009 pinup book. The Aspen Splash 2009 pinup book will feature Aspen's most popular and adored characters drawn by a large collection of comic book stars including Michael Turner, Joe Benitez, Peter Steigerwald, Francis Manapul, Micah Gunnell, Marcus To, Talent Caldwell and many more. The Aspen Splash 2009 book will feature an exclusive San Diego Comic Con 2009 cover by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 1000 copies.
A staple of the San Diego Comic Con, join the entire Aspen team for a very special look at the company's 2009 lineup and beyond, as they will be on hand at the Aspen Comics Panel on Saturday from 12 -1pm in Room 8. Aspen will proudly be unveiling an all-new Aspen series at the panel and promises details for exciting new ventures for the company as well as some VERY special surprise guests. And if that isn't enough, Aspen is providing all panel attendees with an extremely rare San Diego Comic Con 2009 Dellec #1 variant sketch cover-only available to attendees of this very special Aspen Comics panel.
Fans and convention-goers can also pick up Aspen's trademark full-size art prints at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321, as they will be releasing an all-new line of prints featuring Aspen's most popular images for San Diego Comic Con. And Aspen fans looking for exclusive Comic Con 2009 freebies will not be disappointed, as the Aspen Comics Booth will be giving away a very special item that will surely bring the thunder to the con. Along with this exciting freebie, Aspen plans to give away all new oversized Aspen convention-carry bags which can be filled with free comic books, postcards, and more-exclusively available at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321. Aspen Comics advises fans to stop by early in the show to pick up these exciting giveaways.
Aspen will be scheduling select portfolio reviews as well as taking submission art from pencilers, inkers, and colorists. Aspen strongly recommends checking the company's submission guidelines listed here prior to submitting: