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Chantler, Moore, Norton, Ricketts and Torres "Now Signing" at Wizard World

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At this week's Wizard World Chicago 2004, comic book artists Scott Chantler

and Mike Norton join writers B. Clay Moore, Mark Ricketts, and J. Torres for

what promises to be a spirited three days of signing, sketching, and meeting

fans in the convention's large corporate area.

While not representing a single studio or publishing venture, the group,

under the banner "Now Signing", is made up of like-minded creators who share

a past collaboration, a publisher, or just a similar sensibility. "A lot

of the five of us have worked together on stuff, or are planning to in the

future," said B. Clay Moore of the arrangement. "But for the most part, it's just a group of guys who like hanging around with each other at shows."

The group hopes that by holding their signings together in the corporate

area rather than as separate entities in Artists'Alley, that they'll be more

visible and therefore easier for fans to find.

"The Artists' Alley at bigger shows like this are so huge that it's easy for

fans and creators alike to get lost in them," Scott Chantler admitted. "You've got hundreds of creators in there, with no particular rhyme or reason to

their seating positions, so if you're looking for someone specific, it can

be really tough."

The group's roster boasts some of the most interesting and exciting talents

in comics, with serious cred in both the indie and mainstream:

SCOTT CHANTLER is the artist of the graphic novel DAYS LIKE THIS, which made

the American Library Association's list of the Best Books for Young Readers

2003, as well as the much-anticipated Oni Press graphic novel SCANDALOUS, both

written by fellow group member J. Torres. He is also a well known magazine

illustrator, and animator.

B. CLAY MOORE is the PR & Marketing Coordinator for Image Comics, as well as

the writer of HAWAIIAN DICK (which was recently optioned by New Line

Cinema), and the upcoming BATTLE HYMN. When he isn't working the Image

booth as one of the "suits", he'll be hanging with the "Now Signing" gang.

MIKE NORTON is the art director for Devil's Due Publishing, the studio that

brings you G.I. JOE and VOLTRON. He'll be splitting his time between the

Devil's Due and "Now Signing" booth, where he'll be promoting his

creator-owned work such as his recent run on Oni's QUEEN & COUNTRY, as well

as the graphic novel CLOSER with writer Antony Johnston.

MARK RICKETTS is the critically acclaimed writer/artist of the graphic novel

NOWHERESVILLE from Image Comics and the winner of the 2000 Klasky Csupo

screenwriting competition. He is currently writing an arc of Marvel's IRON

MAN illustrated by Tony Harris. His next graphic novel, LAZARUS JACK,

illustrated by Horacio Domingues, drops Sept. 29, 2004 from Dark Horse

Comics.

J. TORRES is the writer of DC's TEEN TITANS GO, Marvel's X-MEN: RONIN, as well as Oni Press' Eisner-nominated ALISON DARE, the Harvey-nominated SIDEKICKS, the forthcoming LOVE AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE, and JASON & THE ARGOBOTS (co-created with booth-mate Mike Norton and recently optioned by Warner Bros. Animation).

All five will be appearing at various times, throughout all three days of

the show, at the "Now Signing" booth at Wizard World Chicago, August

13th-15th, 2004 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

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