Seattle proves once again that it is a hotbed for comics writers and artists with the launch of a new convention, the Jet City Comic Show. Jet City (www.jetcitycomicshow.com) will take place September 25, 2010 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall in Seattle, WA.
“We do many shows around the country, but there’s nothing like doing one in your own backyard,” says Eric Reynolds, director of marketing for Fantagraphics Books (www.fantagraphics.com). “We look forward to helping Jet City grow into the kind of show that reflects the wonderful comics scene in the Great Northwest.”
Co-founder James Taylor, publisher of Rorschach Entertainment and an accomplished artist and inker, says he and co-founder Brian Meredith (exhibits director, Emerald City Comicon) saw a distinct need in the region for a program of this kind.
“We felt the Pacific Northwest, Seattle specifically, had the need for a quality one-day show in the fall to help fill the void in the region for both exhibitors and fans,” says Taylor. “Jet City Comics Show will be a laid-back event by comparison to other conventions, a chance for fans to have fun, be entertained, browse through comics and visit with some fantastic artists and writers.”
Featured guests will include Francis Manapul (artist: The Flash, Adventure Comics), Dave Johnson (cover artist: 100 Bullets, Unknown Soldier and more) and Dan Panosian (artist: X-Factor Forever). The show will feature a number of prominent local writers and artists, including:
• Peter Bagge (Hate) & Jim Woodring (Frank, Jim)
• Michael Oeming (artist/writer: Powers, Rapture)
• Greg Rucka (writer: Batwoman, Queen & Country)
• Matthew Southworth (artist: Stumptown)
• Shane White (artist/writer: Things Undone, North Country)
• Joshua Ortega (Writer of Gears of War 2, Video Game & Comics)
In addition to comics writers and artists, Jet City will also feature actor Scott L. Schwartz—the “ultimate tough guy.” Trained by wrestling legend Walter “Killer” Kowalski, and most often recognized for memorable movie moments such as beating up George Clooney in Ocean’s 11, Schwartz has also written and directed his own film, Changing Hands (www.changinghandsfilm.com).
The Seattle Center Exhibition Hall is a 36,000-square-foot conference center and is a focal point for the entertainment and cultural scene of Seattle, as well as the home of the Space Needle.
“This show will return us to our roots, focusing on the local comics scene as well as spotlighting creators from outside our region,” says Taylor.
The show will also be working with local charitable organizations, such as the Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital of Seattle.
ABOUT THE EVENT:
Jet City Comics Show will take place on September 25, 2010 from 10 am to 6 pm at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle, WA. For more information, contact organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.jetcitycomicshow.com and click on “Contact Us.” Exhibitor booths are still available.