Comic Celebrities, Authors and Artists, Gamers and Vendors, and more take Arkansas by storm in March! The Fourth River City Comic Expo opens its doors on March 8th, 2014 at the Clear Channel Metroplex, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock.
Guests this year include noted Comic creators, including the legendary Bernie Wrightson, returning guest James O’Barr, and writer and artist Dennis Calero.
Bernie Wrightson, multiple award winning penciller, artist, and inker has a career spanning 45 years. Mr. Wrightson has worked on such titles as: DC’s House of Mystery, House of Secrets, Swamp Thing, Batman The Cult and Batman/Aliens, Marvels Chamber of Darkness and Tower of Shadows.
In 2012, he started Frankenstein Alive, Alive! from IDW Publishing. Wrightson also did production design for the characters the Reavers in the 2005 film Serenity, as well as work as a conceptual artist on multiple films, including Spiderman, Ghostbusters, and more.
James O’ Barr, while stationed in Berlin in the late 70′s, created The Crow as an attempt to deal with the death of his fiancé at the hands of a drunk driver. It took nearly ten years to finish and no publisher was interested in the comic concept (“too gloomy, too confusing..”) until, on a whim, Caliber published the first issue in 1989 .It is currently the best-selling independent graphic novel of all time at over 3/4 of a million copies sold. In 1993 his book was adapted into the cult film of the same name starring Brandon Lee.
He would like you to know that nearly all of the money made from the film was donated to children’s charities and he had nothing to do with the subsequent 3 sequels or TV show (though he does like Mark DaCascos) and scoffs at the current plans to remake the first film. Mr. O’Barr has worked for every major publisher, with the exception of DC who is apparently afraid of what he would do with Batman. In Italy, 1995, he won the Academy Award of comics, the Yellow Kid Award for best storyteller and has been ignored ever since.
Dennis Calero is an award-winning writer and artist who helped developed “Xmen Noir” for Marvel Comics, as well as having worked on DC and Dark Horse Comics. Calero has also worked on entertainment projects for CBS Films and Weed Road Pictures and is currently working with famed horror writer Stephen King.
He also adapted “The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury as a graphic novel for Hill & Wang. He was nominated for the Harvey, an industry award recognizing excellence in comics, and has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators.
Other Comics Guests include Mitch Breitweiser (Captain America, Marvel Zombies), Bettie Breitweiser (Fatale, Captain America), Dusty Higgins (Pinnochio, Vampire Slayer and Turok), Stu Berryhill (Man of God), Jerry Bennett (The Pirate Bride Saga), and Mike Kennedy (Celtic Knights)
River City Comic Expo will also host a variety of authors and artists specializing in Genre Fiction as well as gaming tournaments, vendors and more. Admission for 13 and under is free, 14 and up only $5.00 and doors are open from 10 AM to 6 PM. For more information, go to www.rivercitycomicexpo.com or check out River City Comic Expo on Facebook.