When we explain comic conventions to our friends, we have to make sure they understand it’s more than just meeting celebrity guests. We often compare the vendors’ area to a jewelry show for geeks. However, the best part of any comic convention is the artist alley.
Artist Alley is comprised of comic book artists who will sign books and have artwork for sale. Many, but not all, sign for free or for a small donation to a favorite charity. Some do charge, but we understand they have to make a living.
The person we are most excited to meet at Wizard World New Orleans is Howard Chaykin. He is a comic creator who both writes and draws. We met him at Wizard World Philadelphia a few years ago, and he was quickly the most entertaining comic creator we ever met. While we got him to sign a Star Wars comic variant cover he did, we highly recommend his works, American Flagg! and Divided States of Hysteria…and anything else his name is attached to.
The great Neal Adams will also be there. Neal Adams changed the game of comics and help usher in a social awareness to comics especially in his Green Lantern/Green Arrow run. He has worked on Batman and has done some of the most iconic covers in comics. In fact, we will probably get him to sign a Harley Quinn cover that we did. He does charge for autographs.
Other comic artists inlcude Jaime Hernandez (“Love and Rockets”), Olivia (“Bettie Page,” “Sideshow Collectibles”), Agnes Garbowska (“My Little Pony,” “DC Superhero Girls”), David Mack (“KABUKI,” “Jessica Jones”) and Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Batman”), Marat Michaels (“Deadpool Corps,” “Extreme Studios”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies”), Amy Chu (“Red Sonja,” “KISS”), Stuart Sayger (“ROM,” “Micronauts”), Tiffany Michelle Vollmer (“Dragon Ball” franchise), Mike S. Miller (“Justice League,” “Game of Thrones”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons”), Tom Cook (“Masters of the Universe,” “Smurfs”), Mark Kistler (“Secret City,” “Imagination Station”), Clinton Hobart (licensed Disney Fine Artist), Victor Dandridge (“The Samaritan,” “Origins Unknown”), Dean Haspiel (“Billy Dogma,” “Bored to Death”) and many more.
There is another comic creator that you may have heard of…Stan Lee. He will only be there on Saturday, and you do need to purchase signatures. We have already bought our photo op with him!
Plenty of these comic creators will be doing discussions and demonstrations at the Creative Stage so make sure you check it out.
Wizard World New Orleans show hours are Friday, January 5, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, January 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, January 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.