Most comic book fans, if not all comic enthusiasts, look forward to Comic-Con each year. Comic-Con aims to educate and raise awareness of comic books and other related entertainment. Comic-Con 2010 gives fans of the “X-Men” many reasons to eagerly anticipate the convention. The 2010 convention will feature a number of writers and artists who have over the years helped to make the X-Men come alive, including Neil Adams, Chris Claremont, Matt Fraction, Phil Jimenez, and Milo Manara.
Artist Neil Adams may be best known in the comic book world for making the Batman character edgier. However, Adams started his career as a comic book artist illustrating “X-Men” and “Avengers.” Eventually, as time passed, Adams started his own company, Continuity. Continuity produces motion comics. Adams and Continuity were hired by John Cassaday and Joss Whedon to create motion comics of “X-Men.”
Chris Claremont has spent many years writing “X-Men” stories. Claremont served as the writing force behind “Uncanny X-Men,” the flagship “X-Men” series, for 17 years. Currently, Claremont writes the “X-Men Forever” series. Additionally, Claremont collaborated with Italian artist Milo Manara to create “X-Women,” a work highlighting the female mutants of Marvel.
Matt Fraction currently writes the flagship “Uncanny X-Men” series. Fraction revealed in a 2008 interview with IGN Comics that he was a big fan of Claremont’s “Uncanny X-Men” run. Fraction also noted in the interview that he writes his comics to meet the strengths and hide the weaknesses of the illustrators he happens to be working with. Beyond writing the flagship “X-Men” series, Claremont has enjoyed much success in the comic book world, including winning a 2009 Eisner Award for his “Invincible Iron Man” work.
While best known for his work on “Wonder Woman,” writer/artist Phil Jimenez has made a name for himself with the “X-Men” comics. Jimenez worked with comic book great Grant Morrison on creating the “New X-Men” series. Jimenez, who broke into the comic book profession in 1991, studied at New York City’s School of Visual Arts.
Milo Manara, a globally known Italian artist, was selected by Claremont to illustrate his “X-Women” comic. Claremont even spent five years waiting to work with Manara on the “X-Women” project. The product serves as Manara’s first work geared towards an American audience. “X-Women” features Rogue, Storm, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Summers, Psylocke, and Emma Frost.
*Comic-Con 2010 runs from Thursday, July 22nd to Sunday, July 25th
Comic-Con 2010 Official Website
Grant Morrison Official Website
Marvel Comics: “Neil Adams” & “X-Women on Tour”