SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2013 COMIC-CON SOUVENIR BOOK ARE NOW CLOSED.
Thank you to everyone who sent in art and articles for this year's book and made the deadline. The deadline for submissions was Friday, April 19, at 11:59 PM.
Due to the tight schedule in getting the book to the printer, we regret that we cannot contact everyone whose submissions make it into the book. If your art or article does make it in, you will be sent a copy of the book AFTER COMIC-CON.
Each year, Comic-Con International produces a special Souvenir Book that commemorates the event. Last year’s book, which featured an incredible cover penciled by John Romita Jr., inked by Klaus Janson and colored by Dean White, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Marvel superheroes Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and Ant-Man. The Souvenir Book is a huge, full-color trade paperback featuring bios and photos of all of Comic-Con’s special guests, plus special articles and art built around Comic-Con’s themes and anniversary celebrations. Best of all, each year the Souvenir Book is given free to all attendees (while supplies last), along with the separate show schedule magazine, the Events Guide.
Submissions fot the 2013 Souvenir Book are now closed. The deadline for submissions was April 19, 2013 by 11:59 PM.
2013 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
75th Anniversary of Superman
In 1938 two teenagers from Cleveland, Ohio, created Superman, Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and the beginnings of a mythology wrapped around that strange visitor from another planet. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster also, in essence, created the modern comic book industry. Over the three-quarters of a century since that first issue of Action Comics #1, many more writers, artists, and editors have contributed to the story of Superman, making him one of the most popular and recognized fictional characters in the world. 2013 also sees the debut of the new Zack Snyder-directed film, Man of Steel.
50th Anniversary of Marvel Superheroes: The Avengers, The X-Men, and Doctor Strange
1963 ushered in the Marvel Age of Comics and with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby creating The Avengers and The X-Men, along with Stan and Steve Ditko on Doctor Strange, the superhero end of the comics industry became a vibrant universe once again. With the Avengers and X-Men being featured in some of the most popular movies of the past decade, the characters involved with those super-teams have become household names.
50th Anniversary of Doctor Who
The time-traveling doctor is timeless, but in Earth years, Doctor Who is celebrating his 50th anniversary. Debuting on British television in November 1963 with the first of 11 Doctors, the TV show’s popularity has grown over the past 5 decades to become one of the most recognized television characters in the world. The good Doctor—currently portrayed by Matt Smith—continues to thrill audiences today on the BBC and BBC America.
35th Anniversary of Elfquest
Wendy and Richard Pini’s beloved elfin characters first debuted in 1978 as one of the very first independently published comics series. Elfquest has since become a fan-favorite and 2013 celebrates the characters’ 35th anniversary with a new publisher of the classic stories and a movie in the works.
25th Anniversary of The Sandman
Neil Gaiman’s reimagining of DC Comics’ Golden Age character went in a different direction than previous relaunches. Gaiman’s fantasy take on The Sandman brought a whole new group of fans to comics, with his chronicle of Dream from The Endless. And when Gaiman left the series, the story ended, even though the books remain in print with a collection of beautiful hardback, paperback, and Absolute editions. 2013 not only sees the 25th anniversary of the character, but also a new Sandman mini series by Gaiman and artist J. H. Williams III.
25th Anniversary of The Tick
The fan-favorite creation of writer/artist/producer Ben Edlund, The Tick began as a newsletter mascot for a chain of Boston-area comic book stores, New England Comics. He graduated to his own comic series in 1986 and from there went on to an animated TV series and a fondly remembered live-action series starring Patrick Warburton. The Tick continues to amaze and delight fans with his comic book adventures, kept in print through collections.
20th Anniversary of Bongo Comics
Cowabunga, dude! It’s hard to believe that the comic book adventures of Bart and the rest of the Simpsons family are 20 years old! Those kids don’t look a day over 10! We celebrate The Simpsons, Radioactive Man, Futurama, and all those great comics from Bongo over the past 20 years.
20th Anniversary of Milestone Comics
In 1993 a group of African American comics creators—including Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, Derek Dingle, and Dwayne McDuffie—banded together to create a company that would focus on minorities—as both characters and creators—in comics. The outcome was Milestone Comics, which featured a number of new series distributed as a separate line by DC Comics, including Hardware, Static (which went on to become a popular animated TV series, Static Shock), Icon, and Xombi. Twenty years later the characters still resonate with comics fans.
20th Anniversary of Strangers in Paradise
Katchoo. Francine. David. Casey. Freddie Femur. And of course, Terry, as in Terry Moore, the creator of the hit self-published series Strangers in Paradise. Twenty years later, comics fans continue to discover this amazing series that was equal parts comedy, tragedy, thriller, and love story. In 2013, Moore returns with a SiP prose novel that celebrates the 20th anniversary of these unforgettable characters.
10th Anniversary of Aspen Comics
Until his untimely death in 2008, artist Michael Turner was one of the most popular comics creators during the late 1990s and early 2000s. His own company, Aspen MLT continues to publish such fan-favorite titles as Fathom, Soulfire, Executive Assistant: Iris, and many more.