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Check Out The Cover To The 2017 San Diego Comic-Con Souvenir Book

A Jack Kirby homage by Bruce Timm and letterer Todd Klein is the cover to this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book. The late Kirby would have turned 100 this year, and SDCC is helping celebrate that with this Souvenir book, as well as several panels at this year’s event. Timm and Klein’s cover is a homage to Kirby’s Superman’s Pal: Jimmy Olsen #141 cover, which featured comedian Don Rickles.

The Souvenir Book will be the convention’s largest ever, coming in at 272 pages. The book will have an extended section on Jack Kirby, as well as one on Will Eisner’s centennial, the 75th anniversary of Crime Does Not Pay, the 50th anniversaries of Batgirl and Marvel’s Captain Marvel, and the 25th anniversaries of Image Comics and Batman: The Animated Series.

The book will be free to all SDCC attendees while supplies last.

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Get Your First Look At The 2015 Comic Con Souvenir Book With Cover Art By Michael Cho

Comic-Con International revealed the art for this year’s Souvenir Book at a special event co-sponsored with the CBLDF. The event, part of Will Eisner Week, was held at the Society of Illustrators in New York City on Wednesday, March 4. The CCI/CBLDF event was part of an ongoing series of education programs offered by the two organizations.

This year’s book features an incredible cover by illustrator Michael Cho (whose book, Shoplifter, was one of the best reviewed graphic novels of 2014), celebrating the legacy of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. Eisner’s character debuted in 1940 as a Sunday newspaper supplement and in its heyday reached over 5 million readers each week. Eisner ended the strip in 1952, but it went on to have an amazing afterlife in both reprints and new stories, starting in the 1960s and continuing through today. It’s a testament to Eisner’s work that The Spirit has stood the test of time and continues to entertain and inspire fans, readers, comic creators, and filmmakers. Eisner’s vivid and cinematic storytelling, rich with characterization, wit, and just plain great drawing, is as enjoyable today as when it was first published.

In addition to cover artist Michael Cho, the event featured artists John Cassaday (Star Wars), Paul Pope (Battling Boy), and editor Charles Kochman (Abrams ComicArts, editor of the upcoming book, Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel by Paul Levitz), in conversation with CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein (whose book Eisner/Miller featured a long interview between Will and Frank Miller). The panelists discussed Eisner’s ongoing influence and inspiration for creators and why he is considered one of the masters of comic art. Eisner would have been 98 years old on March 6. He died in 2005, creating new graphic novels up until the very end. Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration in March promoting graphic novel literacy, sequential art, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner.

The Comic-Con International Souvenir Book is a full-color, keepsake trade paperback that is published each year and given free to all attendees at the event (while supplies last). Comic-Con International 2015 will be held July 9-12 at the San Diego Convention Center.

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Comic-Con International Debuts Jim Lee’s Cover For The 2014 Souvenir Book

Comic-Con International has debuted Jim Lee’s cover for the 2014 souvenir book which celebrates the 75th anniversary of Batman’s introduction in Detective Comics # 27.

Colored by Alex Sinclair, the image of the Dark Knight crouching on one of Gotham City’s ubiquitous gargoyles during a thunderstorm is penciled and inked by Lee. Details about t-shirts bearing the illustration are promised soon.

Given for free to Comic-Con attendees, the 224-page souvenir book includes sections devoted to Batman, as well as to the 75th anniversary of Marvel, the 50th anniversary of Daredevil, the 30th anniversaries of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Usagi Yojimbo, and the 20th anniversary of Hellboy.

Comic-Con International will be held July 24-27 in San Diego.

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