Fun Fact: Comic Book Conventions have Comic Books.
At this year's C2E2 they're bringing in some real heavy hitters from the world of comic art. It's these folks that helped build the worlds, characters and imagery that are the backbone of the mass-media franchises we know and love. Here's just a small sample of the amazing storytellers that will be appearing in Chicago this year.
There's no artist more responsible for bringing Iron Man into the 21st Century than Adi Granov. Starting with the Extremis storyline by Warren Ellis and working as a key concept artist for Marvel Studios, Adi's Shellhead is the definitive edition.
With a distinct style that's at once energetic, expressive, and gory as hell itself, Tony Moore was the perfect choice to draw a book with writer Robert Kirkman when they started a humble little indie comic called "The Walking Dead". After moving on from the series, Moore conitinued to do work for Marvel (including a great run on Deadpool). He's also the co-creator of the drunken space western series F.E.A.R. Agent.
Working exclusively for DC Comics since 2006, Nicola Scott has drawn some of the most beloved characters in the entire company. She's most well-known for her collaborations with Gail Simone on Birds of Prey and Secret Six, earning her a place in the hearts of some of comics' most passionate fans.
If you've enjoyed a Spider-Man comic in the last 20+ years chances are you've appreciated Mark Bagley's work. Emerging from the darkest days of the X-TREME 90's, Mark Bagley became a favorite among fans and writers alike for his dynamic layouts, clear storytelling, and drawing what many consider to be the most iconic version of the webslinger. He's done work for DC as well, like the Herculean task of single-handedly pencilling the weekly book Trinity.
After cutting his teeth as an interior artist for Wildstorm books like The Authority and Wildcats, Dustin Nguyen started developing a signature style that made him a hot commodity for covers and concept art. Right now he's busy with his unique take on the Batman canon aka L'il Gotham, lending his fun watercolors to comics and toys featuring the Dark Knight's enemies and allies.
Inkers, man. INKERS. Behind every great piece of comic art is a great inker. I mean, at least while there's still physical comic book art. You know, before the legions of Wacom-goblins get off the internet and take over. When Marvel needs their stuff to look its best, they hand it over to Mark Morales. Having worked on such big event books like Secret Invasion, Civil War, Infinity, and Avengers vs. X-Men, it's obvious to see just how much talent he has with a brush and pen. Whatever you do, don't you dare call him a "tracer".
(These two pieces were pencilled by Oliver Coipel and Jim Cheung. Guess what? THEY'RE ALSO GOING TO BE AT C2E2!)