Official Press Release
(New York, NY, 2005)-Bestselling comic book illustrator Jim Lee and New York Times bestselling murder mystery writer Brad Meltzer have been named New York Comic-Con Guests of Honor, it was announced today by DC Comics and Officials at New York Comic-Con. Lee and Meltzer will be amongst the many superstar creators representing DC Comics at the first ever NYC Comic-con convention, a new trade and consumer event for comics, games, anime and other related industries that will take place February 24th – 26th, 2006 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan.
DC Comics also announced that Mr. Meltzer has signed an exclusive contract to write for DC Comics. Meltzer's acclaimed graphic novel Identity Crisis has received numerous critical accolades and was the bestselling comic book title of 2004, when it was originally published in the traditional monthly comic book format. Meltzer is perhaps best known as the author of the New York Times bestselling novels The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires and The Zero Game.
Mr. Lee is the creative director of DC Comics' WildStorm Studios (which he founded in 1992) and the penciller for many of DC Comics' bestselling comic book and graphic novels including All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder, Batman: Hush, and Superman: For Tomorrow. Lee is one of the most popular illustrators in comics, having won many industry fan awards and set several sales records.
"New York Comic-Cons helped launch a generation of comic book creators and readers," said DC Comics President & Publisher Paul Levitz. "We're thrilled to be working with Reed to rebuild this grand tradition, and welcome Jim Lee and Brad Meltzer, two of our field's great talents to the premiere show."
"I am enormously grateful to Jim Lee, Brad Meltzer, as well as everyone at DC Comics, for making these appearances at our convention possible," notes Greg Topalian, Group Vice President in charge of Launch Pad for Reed Exhibitions. "DC Comics' support of our show is critically important and, while DC's guests are a huge addition to our stellar line up of appearances, they also convey the enthusiasm that DC Comics is feeling about New York Comic-Con. Jim Lee is a legendary illustrator, and Brad Meltzer is a writer with few peers. Together, they will be a huge attraction for the thousands of fans attending our show and I know their appearances will be a convention highlight of convention activity."