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Phoenix Comicon is right around the corner — Jan. 23-25 at the Mesa Convention Center. Programming schedules have been announced and new guests have been added.

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Rick Remender is the writer/co-creator of comics such as Fear Agent, The End League, Strange Girl, Black Heart Billy, Sea of Red, Sorrow, Night Mary, Crawl Space and Doll and Creature and has also contributed to Red Sonja, Battlestar Galactica, and What-If? It was recently announced he will be the new writer on DC’s The Atom. Rick will be available at the Atomic Comics booth to sign copies of the Atomic Comics / Hero Initiative variant exclusive for Punisher #1 (see below).

Tim Vigil is a comic book artist, mostly working in the horror genre. His main graphic novel Faust (with co-creator David Quinn) was adapted by Brian Yuzna as the movie Faust: Love of the Damned (2001). The followup Faust: Book of M was nominated for the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for Best Illustrated Narrative. He is praised for his attention to detail in his black-and-white art, his anatomy, and his extremely graphic art. Tim is the current artist of Frank Frazetta’s Dark Kingdom, Frazetta’s Moon Maid(released the week of the con) and upcoming Frazetta’s Neanderthal. Tim will be available for sketches at the Frazetta Comics booth all weekend.

Josh Medors’ first published works in comics were various pin-ups for different publishers. After meeting Writer Steve Niles via he has been involved in various projects with the writer, Including Fused “Think Like a Machine”, and 30 Days of Night Annual. Medors has also worked with Image Comics, where he penciled “Runes of Ragnan”, and “The Gift”. Josh also worked on Devil¹s Due G.I. Joe: America¹s Elite and penciled their Chucky comic. Recently Medors has been working on the creator owned series “Willow Creek” and Image comics “Frank Frazetta’s Swamp Demon”. Josh will be available for sketches at the Frazetta Comics booth all weekend.

Dan Parsons has been called a lot of things…but for the last 7 years he has mostly been called ‘Inker’ on various Star Wars titles from Darkhorse Comics. Starting with SW: Republic and SW: Jedi, he has also worked on SW:Knights of the Old Republic, SW:Legacy and most recently SW: Clone Wars. He is also known for his long-running, creator-owned indie titles Harpy and Savage Planet.

Scott Clark began his first regular series when Image was founded, Stormwatch, which he is still probably best known for. After working on a wide range of projects including Wildcats/Spawn, Alpha Flight, X-men covers and more, he went into video games to work on Final Fantasy IX as a concept artist. Getting the itch to draw again, Scott’s now working on several projects for Marvel including Hulk Family, covers for Models, INC., and the upcoming X-Men: Sword of the Braddocks, and continues to direct operations for Cybereye Studios.

Adam Beechen is a Phoenix native who wrote the critically acclaimed graphic novels HENCH and DUGOUT, and has written for such DC Comics series as BATGIRL, ROBIN, TEEN TITANS, COUNTDOWN TO ADVENTURE and COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS.

Frazetta Comics – creators appearing at the Frazetta Comics booth this year are Tim Vigil, artist of Frank Frazetta’s Dark Kingdom, Frazetta’s Moon Maid (released that week of the con) and upcoming Frazetta’s Neanderthal, Josh Medors, artist of Frank Frazetta’s Swamp Demon and upcoming Frazetta’s Sorcerer and Jay Fotos, creator/artist/editor of Frazetta Comics, Frazetta’s Death Dealer, Frazetta’s Moon Maid and all in between. Rick Remender, writer of Frazetta’s Creature, will also be at the convention. At the Frazetta Comics booth(#56) all Frazetta Comics, Frazetta books and the Phoenix Comicon Death Dealer Exclusive (limited to 100 while supplies last) will be available all three days of the event. All the artists will be available for signings and sketches all weekend long as well.

Full convention memberships cost $30 through Jan. 21. After that, they will cost $35.

Single-day passes are also available.

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