Northern California’s “Big Wow! ComicFest” Comic Book Convention: May 19-20, 2012


It’s time again for Northern California’s biggest comic book convention, Big Wow! ComicFest. Founded in 1979 as “Super-Con”, Big Wow! ComicFest is not only Northern California’s longest-running comic book convention, but is this year’s only major comics event in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Hosted at the San Jose Convention Center May 19-20
150 W San Carlos St San Jose, CA 95113

Artists, Writers and Comic Shops from all Over Northern California will be Attending!


As the original artist-friendly show, BigWow! ComicFest will have fantastic comic book Cceator guests spanning all decades and genres! This year BigWow! ComicFest is pleased to welcome as featured guests: Jim Lee (X-Men, Batman & DC Comics VP), legendary illustrator Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing, Heavy Metal & Frankenstein), Vampire horror author Steve Niles, creator of 30 Days Of Night. Fan-favorites… Travis Charest (Weapons of the Metabarons), Kevin Nowlan (Superman Vs. Aliens), and more Special guests including: Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Bob Layton (Iron Man, Avengers), Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher), Joe Linsner (Dawn), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama, Disney Poster Artist), Alex Nino (Legendary CREEPY Artist), Sergio Aragones (Mad Magazine, Groo the Wanderer), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), and many more!

Work, Learn and Play!


Super-star cartoonist and Big Wow! Bigwig Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, 50 Girls 50), will teach a 90-minute figure drawing Workshop with a live model, demonstrating fundamentals of technique and style. Any aspiring artist is welcome to sit in the audience and work along with Frank, who will provide priceless tips and critiques! Inker extraordinaire Mick Gray (Starman, Promethea) will once again provide a weekend-long inking demonstration as he works on his current comic book assignment at his booth! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see professional comic artists at work! There will also be a Live Art demonstration going on all weekend, on stage by James O’Barr (Creator of “The Crow”), and many of our invited guests

Meet Celebrity Guests!


Thomas Jane
Actor, writer, and producer Thomas Jane, star of “The Punisher” film and the HBO favorite series “Hung”, is also the author of the comic book series Bad Planet!

Jane Wiedlin
Jane is the sexy and charismatic guitar player for The GoGos! Jane is back at work, having just wrote a new story for the 2011 Simpsons Tree House of Horror comic book, and her own series (starring Jane herself) Lady Robotika, drawn by Big Wow! buddy and Special Guest Bill Morrison!

Olivia d’Abo
Star of “The Wonder Years“, “Conan the Destroyer” and voice actress for “Star Wars: Clone Wars“, “Green Lantern“, “Justice League Doom” and “The Avengers“. She is best known on TV for her role in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” as Nicole Wallace.

Terrance Zdunich
Co-creator and star of the Cult Classic … “Repo: the Genetic Opera“.

A Free viewing of the film with a live Shadow Cast on Sat. night for the 1st 500 fans, with a Q/A afterward with Terrance.

Also appearing will be Sandahl Bergman (Conan the Barbarian, Red Sonja, All That Jazz, Airplane ll and “Chicago” on Broadway), C. Andrew Nelson (Darth Vader), Kathy Garver (Cissy on “Family Affair“), Jon Provost (Timmy on TV’s “Lassie” show) and more.

No Big Wow! ComicFest is complete without:

Benefit Art Auction, Costume/Cosplay Contest (Saturday night directly after the show), Gaming, Card & Role-Playing Games with Sanctioned Tournaments and Live Demonstrations of Magic the Gathering, World of Warcraft, Hero Clix, and more!

Panel Discussions, including: Collecting Original Comic Art for Fun & Profit, The San Francisco Underground Comix Experience, The Art of Self-Publishing, and how to Design and Create Your Own Costumes!

Share your love of superheroes, comics, gaming and geekery!
Learn more about Big Wow! ComicFest and Get Your Tickets Today!

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