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Kansas City Comicon Announces Final Lineup

Official Press Release

Since 1983 the Kansas City ComiCon has brought creators and fans together. That tradition continues with its June 5-6, 2004 convention at the Shawnee Civic Centre, 13817 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS.

The convention's lineup of professional creators includes:

Steve Gerber (creator of Howard the Duck; Man-Thing, Hard Times, the Defenders and many more; writer/ editor of the 1st KISS comic; story editor on G.I. Joe and Dungeons & Dragons cartoons; won an Emmy for his work as staff writer on The Batman/Superman Adventures;

Kevin Nowlan (Jack B. Quick, Superman: Blood of My ancestors, Batman Black and White, The Secret Origin of Man-Bat, Superman/ Aliens, recent cover artist for Adventures of Superman)

P. Craig Russell (Lucifer #50, The Ring of Nibelung, Sandman, Elric, Dr. Strange: What Is It That Disturbs You, Stephen?, Killraven)

Alan Weiss (Tom Strong's Terrrific Tales, the 1st KISS comic book, Solomon Kane, Pellucidar)

Phil Hester (Green Arrow, The Coffin)

Ande Parks (Green Arrow)

Steve Lightle (Legion of Super-Heroes; Flash, Wolverine)

Jesse Delperdang (Batgirl, Nightwing, X-Men, Hulk, Captain America, Ka-zar, Robin, Birds of Prey, Detective Comics,)

Anna-Maria Cool (Elvira, OZ artist),

Rick Stasi (writer/artist for DC, Marvel, Warner Bros. and the Disney Company)

Robin Wayne Bailey (science fiction/ fantasy author: Brothers of the Dragon trilogy, Swords Against the Shadowland, Bloodsongs)

Among the small press creators scheduled to attend are

Kerry Callen (Halo & Sprocket)

Alexander Grecian (has a story in Scott McCloud's collection of the best 24-hour comics; also has work published in Negative Burn, Licensable Bear and other small press books)

Douglas Paszkiewicz (Arsenic Lullaby, Laughter of the Damned, regular contributor to Too Much Coffee Man Magazine)

Christopher Rich-McKelvey (Footman 15)

Chad Spilker (Cavewoman, Footman 15)

The Kansas City Comic Creators Network, a local group of independent creators, will also have a booth. A.C.T.O.R. (A COMMITMENT TO OUR ROOTS), the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit organization dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators industry veterans with financial aid for emergency operations and necessities of life, will have a booth at the convention as well.

Programming includes:

Auctions on Saturday (original art) and Sunday (comics and other collectibles)-- Half of the proceeds will go to A.C.T.O.R.

A spotlight on Steve Gerber

Craig Rusell and Alan Weiss: Finding your Own Path

Craig Russell -- slideshow lecture on Storytelling Techniques

Heroclix Tournament and Trivia Contest on Saturday

To learn more about Kansas City ComiCon please visit kansascitycomicon.com - updated frequently with information about the guests, directions, and programming.

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