Comic-Con International 2017 Souvenir Book
The Comic-Con International Souvenir Book is a collectible full-color trade paperback given FREE to all attendees (while supplies last). The book features bios and photos of this year's special guests, plus articles and art created by fans and pros devoted to our anniversary celebrations. It also functions as a kind of "Yearbook" for the show, featuring Eisner Award winners from the past year and current nominees, Hall of Fame inductees, and tributes to those popular arts creators who have passed away in the previous year. (The 2017 Souvenir Book, shown at left, featured an exclusive cover by Bruce Timm, commemorating the 100th birthday of Jack Kirby.)
2017 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
100th Birthday Celebration of Jack Kirby
He’s the King of comics! Jack Kirby shaped the future of comics—and movies!—with his stunning co-creations with Joe Simon and Stan Lee. Captain America, the Fantastic Four, Thor, Hulk, X-Men, and more, plus his solo creations at DC, the New Gods, Mister Miracle, Demon, Kamandi, and OMAC. Jack is THE superhero artist supreme. We’ll be featuring King Kirby’s centennial in our Souvenir Book, featuring art and articles on this beloved comics creator.
Close Encounters of the Kirby Kind!
Did you meet Jack Kirby over the years? If so, we’d love to hear about it, and if you have a photo of Jack, we’d love to see it, too! If you’d like us to consider your “Kirby Encounter” for the book, please send us a brief write-up (250 words or less) and include a photo (if you have one). If we use it in the Souvenir Book, we’ll send you a copy of it! Please download and fill out the official entry form PDF (info below on this page) to include with your submission; check Kirby Encounter and/or Kirby Encounter Photo!
100th Birthday Celebration of Will Eisner
1917 was a banner year for legendary comics creators! Not only was Jack Kirby born that year, so was Will Eisner, the visionary creator of The Spirit. Eisner was that rare hybrid, an artist who also had a canny sense of business, and he was wise enough to own and control the fate of his creation, which ran as a special comic book section in Sunday newspapers around the country for over 12 years. He also went on to write and draw a series of award-winning graphic novels later in his career, starting with A Contract with God. The life and career of Will Eisner will be a special centennial celebration in our Souvenir Book, with art and articles about this amazing creator.
Close Encounters of the Eisner Kind!
Like Jack Kirby, above, we’d also love to hear about your own personal memories and interactions with Will Eisner. If you have a story and/or photo of Will, please send us a brief write-up (250 words or less) and include the photo (if you have one). If we use it in the Souvenir Book, we’ll send you a copy of it! Please download and fill out the official entry form PDF (info below on this page) to include with your submission; check Eisner Encounter and/or Eisner Encounter Photo!
Special Focus on Comics Creators
This year’s Souvenir Book will also spotlight a number of other creators who made their mark in comics with special articles on their lives and careers, as they celebrate milestone anniversaries.
50th Anniversary of Batgirl
In 1967, Batgirl re-entered the comics scene with a big splash. While the character originally appeared in Batman comics in the early 1960s, it was the re-imagining of her as Barbara Gordon (Commissioner Gordon’s daughter)—coupled with the late Yvonne Craig playing her on the popular Batman TV show in 1967—that catapulted (or should we say Bat-apulted?) her to fame. Since then, Batgirl has maintained a constant presence in comics with her own series and team-ups with groups such as Birds of Prey, and has gotten a new lease on life with creators such as Gail Simone, Babs Tarr, and Hope Larson.
50th Anniversary of Marvel’s Captain Marvel
In the mid-1960s Marvel introduced it’s own version of Captain Marvel, securing the trademark on the character’s name. Late 1967 saw the introduction of Captain Mar-vell of the Kree Military Militia, created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, and first published in Marvel Super-Heroes #12. Over the years, Captain Marvel has had many reboots and upgrades, including Monica Rambeau, a New Orleans police lieutenant, a son and daughter of the original Mar-vell, a fifth and sixth version that were part of the Secret Wars and Dark Avengers series, and of course, the present Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, as originally realized by Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez. It’s this version of the good Captain that will make her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as announced at Marvel Studios’ panel at Comic-Con last year, when Brie Larson was officially revealed as Carol Danvers. For this 50th anniversary, we’re celebrating all the different versions of Marvel’s Captain Marvel … so pick your favorite (or all of them!) and send us your art and articles!
25th Anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series
Hot on the heels of the success of the two Tim Burton-directed Batman movies in 1989 and 1992, WB Animation launched an animated series of Batman adventures, known as Batman: The Animated Series and The Adventures of Batman and Robin, appearing 5 days a week on Fox Kids and lasting for 85 episodes. It’s regarded as one of the best adaptations of the Batman character (and universe) outside of comics and went on to win a slew of Emmy and Annie Awards, and spawned a plethora of other animated TV series and direct-to-video movies that continue to this day.