‘Spawn’ creator McFarlane to attend Phoenix Comicon

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Todd McFarlane photo by Anna Pena

Spawn creator and Valley resident Todd McFarlane has joined the already stellar lineup of guests appearing at Phoenix Comicon, Jan. 23-25 at the Mesa Convention Center.

Details on signings and panels he’ll be participating in have yet to be announced. McFarlane will appear on the Saturday of the con (Jan. 24).

McFarlane became a comic book superstar in the 1980s due to his work on Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man franchise. In 1992, he launched Spawn, which became one of the 1990s’ most popular characters: the comic became an Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO and a live-action feature film from New Line Cinema grossed $100 million.

Todd McFarlane photo by Anna Pena

In 1994, McFarlane introduced McFarlane Toys, an international award-winning company and one of America’s top action figure manufacturers now based in Phoenix. In 2001, his reshaped the sports collectibles market with the introduction of McFarlane’s Sports Picks NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB action figure lines. Featuring award-winning detail, accuracy and a reputation for delivering picture-perfect facial likenesses, McFarlane’s Sports Picks have been a sellout success with every series.

Spawn 187 cover art by Whilce Portacio
Spawn

In addition to sports lines, the company produces action figures of pop culture and cult horror icons from movies, music, comic books and video games. 2008 Marquee lines include Guitar Hero, Halo and Call of Duty.

McFarlane has won two Emmys, two MTV Video Music Awards, a Grammy and hundreds of international awards for his work in the arts and action figure industry. Todd McFarlane Entertainment continues to development projects in film, television and music videos.

Says McFarlane: “I’d like to be remembered as a guy who turned out some quality entertainment project and toys, while doing a few different things, even if it wasn’t the easiest road to follow.”

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Brent Spiner — Android Lt. Cmdr. Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation and four feature films

Marina Sirtis — Counselor Deanna Troi from ST:TNG.

Wil Wheaton — Geek blogger extraordinare, Ensign Wesley Crusher from ST:TNG.

Aaron Douglas — Chief Tyrol on Battlestar Galactica.

Gil Gerard and Erin Gray from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Lou Ferrigno — TV’s Incredible Hulk.

Kevin J. Anderson — Comic book writer and Star Wars and Dune novelist.

Richard LeParmentier — portrayed Admiral Motti in the original Star Wars movie. He was the Imperial officer who believed more in the power of the Death Star than in the power of the Force. Darth Vader’s response left him all choked up.

Jo Chen — most well known to American comic readers as the cover artist of Runaways and Joss Whedon’s current Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comic published by Dark Horse.

Kaare Andrews — Artist for the Marvel mini-series Spider-Man: Reign.

Sean “Cheeks” Galloway — an artist, penciller, character designer, conceptual designer, and toy designer for projects from the top comic publishers (Marvel, Dark Horse, DC, Image) to Disney, Hasbro, Sony, and Dreamworks productions. He did cover art for Teen Titans Go, pencilling on Venom and lead character design for the animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man.

Terry Moore — creator of the popular series Strangers in Paradise.

Tim Seeley – a returning Phoenix Comicon guest who is staff artist for Devil’s Due Publishing and the writer and creator of Hack/Slash.

Marjean Holden — a series regular on the Babylon 5 spin-off series Crusade, written by award winning writer/producer J. Michael Strazynski, and star of Paramount Pictures’ Code Red:The Rubicon Conspiracy, both of which can be seen from time to time on the Sci-Fi Channel.

Additional guests include Reuben Langdon, motion capture and voice actor of Dante from Devil May Cry; Matt Greenfield, American co-founder of ADV Films, the largest anime company in North America; and Yuri Lowenthal, voice actor from Legion of Superheroes, Naruto, Ben 10: Alien Force and Afro Samurai; and comics luminaries Jay Fotos, Jeff Mariotte, Jonnie Allan, Micah Stewart, Steve Rude.

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