Michael Dalton Allred is an American comic book artist and writer most famous for his independent comics creation, Madman. His style is compared to pop art, as well as commercial and comic art of the 1950s and 1960s. Allred was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon his parents' divorce, he was raised with his father in Oregon, while his brothers and mother moved to Utah, he considers himself to be a "Mormon", though a liberal-minded one, has stated that he still identifies with the beliefs, considers The Book of Mormon to be a phenomenal and fascinating account. Mike Allred began his career as a radio host on KYES AM 950 in Oregon, he became a television reporter in Europe, started drawing comics in 1989 with the 104-page graphic novel Dead Air. The story loosely followed his stint in radio as a sidebar to the true focus of the novel, the effects of post-nuclear war over a small Oregon town, he followed this up with his titled works Graphique Musique and Grafik Muzik, in which he set out the style that he was to become known for with his most famous character, Madman.
Madman first appeared as Frank Einstein in Creatures of the Id and Grafik Muzik published in 1990, but it wasn't until March 1992 that the first Madman miniseries debuted from Tundra Publishing in March 1992. The series gained further recognition with its move to Dark Horse Comics in April 1994, where it was relaunched as Madman Comics and went on to be nominated for several Harvey Awards. Madman Comics ran for 20 issues and ended in 2000. From 2007–2009, Image Comics published Madman: Atomic Comics for 17 issues. Allred drew part of the 1993 "Worlds' End" story arc in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series. Allred appeared as himself in the 1997 feature film Chasing Amy as part of the opening scene at a comic book convention, signing copies of his comic Madman, he provides the artwork for the fictional comic book Bluntman and Chronic. Allred himself gained further mainstream attention with the science-fiction/rock-and-roll comic Red Rocket 7 and his art for writer Peter Milligan's series X-Force, which he began drawing in July 2001, subsequently became X-Statix.
In 2000, AAA Pop published Allred's The Atomics. Issue #116 of X-Force, the first collaboration between Allred and Milligan, was the first Marvel comic book to not have the Comics Code Authority stamp of approval since 1971. In 2004 and 2005, Allred drew The Golden Plates, an adaptation of The Book of Mormon. Allred is a Latter-Day Saint, did much of the work on this project in collaboration with his wife Laura Allred. Allred worked again with Neil Gaiman in 2009 on the Metamorpho feature in Wednesday Comics; the Madman All-New Giant-Size Super-Ginchy Special! was published in April 2011. Allred and writer Matt Fraction crafted a Fantastic Four spinoff series, FF, in 2013; the following year and writer Dan Slott launched a new Silver Surfer series at Marvel. His comic book series iZOMBIE, which ran from 2010 to 2012, was adapted into a 2015 television series of the same name. Allred drew the 1960s variant cover for Action Comics #1000, his wife, Laura works as his colorist. Allred's retro-styled artwork is a frequent nominee for comics awards such as the Harveys, the Eisners, the Eagles.
In his career, he has received: 2009 - Inkpot Award 2011 AML Award in the category of "Special Award in Graphical Narrative" for a lifetime of comic art 2015 The television adaptation of his Vertigo comic book series iZombie was the recipient of the Best New Fandom award at the 2015 MTV Fandom Awards 2016 The Eisner Award or Best Single Issue/One Shot Dead Air Graphique Musique #1–3 Creatures Of The Id #1 Grafik Muzik #1–4 The Everyman Madman #1–3 Madman Adventures #1–3 Vertigo Visions: The Geek #1 Vertigo Jam #1 Sandman #54 Madman Comics #1–20 Untold Tales of Spider-Man'96 #1 Superman/Madman Hullabaloo #1–3 Red Rocket 7 #1–7 The Atomics #1–15 Superman and Batman: World's Funnest #1 Green Lantern/Superman: Legend of the Green Flame #1 X-Force #116–128 Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #4–5 Catwoman vol. 3 #1–4 Just Imagine Stan Lee with Chris Bachalo Creating Catwoman #1 X-Statix #1–4, 6–9, 11–19, 21–26 Vertigo X Anniversary Preview #1 Solo #7 Madman Atomic Comics #1–17 Fables #76 Wednesday Comics #1–12 iZOMBIE #1–28 Daredevil vol. 3 #17 Wolverine and the X-Men #17 FF vol. 2 #1–10 Batman Black and White vol. 2 #4 Silver Surfer vol. 7 #1–15 Silver Surfer vol. 8 #1–14 Bug!: The Adventures of Forager #1-#6 Batman'66 Meets the Legion of Super-Heroes #1 Cheval Noir #39 The Comics Journal #164 Hero Illustrated Special Edition #2 Classic Star Wars: The Early Adventures #1 (D
Lucca Comics & Games
Lucca Comics & Games is an annual comic book and gaming convention in Lucca, traditionally held at the end of October. It is the largest comics festival in Europe, the second biggest in the world after the Comiket; the Salone Internazionale del Comics was launched by a Franco-Italian partnership, consisting of Italians Rinaldo Traini and Romano Calisi and Frenchman Claude Moliterni in 1965 in Bordighera. In 1966 it moved to a small piazza in the center of Lucca, grew in size and importance over the years. Funding issues reduced the frequency of the festival to every two years, beginning in 1977. In the 1980s, the festival was moved to a sports center outside the city walls, where it remained until 1992, when it was moved to another city. After the Salone internazionale del Comics ended in Lucca, city leaders launched a new convention called Lucca Comics, a reprise of the old one. In 1996 it changed its name to Lucca Comics & Games; the festival attracted 50,000 attendees in 2002. Meanwhile, the Salone internazionale del Comics was held in Rome from 1995 to 2005.
In 2006, for the festival's 40th anniversary, the Salone merged with Lucca Comics & Games and moved back to Lucca's city center, with numerous tents and pavilions arranged in different squares within and outside the walls of the medieval city. In 2016, the festival attracted 270,000 attendees. From 1970–2005, the festival presented the Yellow Kid Award — named in honor of Richard F. Outcault's seminal comic strip character The Yellow Kid — in such categories as Best Cartoonist, Best Illustrator, Best Newcomer, Best Foreign Artist, Lifetime Achievement. Yellow Kid Awards were presented to publishers, both domestic and foreign; the festival presents a special award called the Gran Guinigi Award. 1970: Johnny Hart, for Best Cartoonist of the Year — first time this award was given to an American cartoonist 1971: Mauricio de Sousa, for Best Cartoonist of the Year. His work, the first edition of Monica's Gang won Best Publication. 1972: Hergé, for "una vita per il cartooning" Tintin magazine, for Best Publication 1973: Guido Buzzelli, for Best Illustrator and Author 1974: Vaughn Bodé 1975: Jean Giraud, for Best Foreign Artist Dan O'Neill Frank Hampson, declared Prestigioso Maestro and the best writer and artist of strip cartoons since the end of the Second World War 1977: Fred 1978: Bobby London, Best Artist-Writer Milo Manara Carlos Trillo, for Best International Author 1980: Didier Comès, for Best Foreign Artist Jean Giraud, for Best Foreign Author Frank Margerin 1982: Art Spiegelman, for Best Foreign Author 1983: Gilbert Hernandez Jaime Hernandez 1984: Strip Art Features, for Best Foreign Comics Publisher 1986: Bill Sienkiewicz, for "bridging the gap between American and European artistic sensibilities" 1990: Neil Gaiman Massimo Rotundo, for Best Italian Comics Artist Leonardo Ortolani, for Best Newcomer 1993: John Byrne François Boucq Frank Thomas Ollie Johnston 1998: Paul Gillon 1999: Jeff Smith, Best Author 1969: Hugo Pratt, for Una ballata del mare salato 1975: Dan O'Neill for The Penny-Ante Republican 1978: Carlos Trillo 1986: Bill Sienkiewicz 1990: Massimo Rotundo 2011: Boichi, for Hotel 2002: Emiliano Sciarra's Wild West-themed card game Bang!, for Best of Show 2003: Sine Requie, for Best Italian Game 2004: Helena Bulaja's Priče iz davnine, for Best Multimedia Award 2010: 7 Wonders, for Best Card Game Eden: the Deceit, Side Award for Best Game Mechanics 2011: Vincent Baker's Apocalypse World, for RPG of the Year Official website
San Jose, California
San Jose the City of San José, is an economic and political center of Silicon Valley, the largest city in Northern California. With an estimated 2017 population of 1,035,317, it is the third-most populous city in California and the tenth-most populous in United States. Located in the center of the Santa Clara Valley, on the southern shore of San Francisco Bay, San Jose covers an area of 179.97 square miles. San Jose is the county seat of Santa Clara County, the most affluent county in California and one of the most affluent counties in the United States. San Jose is the most populous city in both the San Francisco Bay Area and the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland Combined Statistical Area, which contain 7.7 million and 8.7 million people respectively. San Jose is a global city, notable as a center of innovation, for its affluence, Mediterranean climate, high cost of living. San Jose's location within the booming high tech industry, as a cultural and economic center has earned the city the nickname "Capital of Silicon Valley".
San Jose is one of the wealthiest major cities in the United States and the world, has the third highest GDP per capita in the world, according to the Brookings Institution. The San Jose Metropolitan Area has the most millionaires and the most billionaires in the United States per capita. With a median home price of $1,085,000, San Jose has the most expensive housing market in the country and the fifth most expensive housing market in the world, according to the 2017 Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. Major global tech companies including Cisco Systems, eBay, Adobe Systems, PayPal, Samsung, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Western Digital maintain their headquarters in San Jose, in the center of Silicon Valley. Before the arrival of the Spanish, the area around San Jose was inhabited by the Tamien nation of the Ohlone peoples of California. San Jose was founded on November 29, 1777, as the Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, the first city founded in the Californias, it became a part of Mexico in 1821 after the Mexican War of Independence.
Following the American Conquest of California during the Mexican–American War, the territory was ceded to the United States in 1848. After California achieved statehood two years San Jose became the state's first capital. Following World War II, San Jose experienced an economic boom, with a rapid population growth and aggressive annexation of nearby cities and communities carried out in the 1950s and 1960s; the rapid growth of the high-technology and electronics industries further accelerated the transition from an agricultural center to an urbanized metropolitan area. Results of the 1990 U. S. Census indicated that San Jose had surpassed San Francisco as the most populous city in Northern California. By the 1990s, San Jose and the rest of Silicon Valley had become the global center for the high tech and internet industries, making it California's fastest-growing economy; the Santa Clara Valley has been home to the Tamyen group of the Ohlone people since around 4,000 BCE. The Tamyen spoke Tamyen language of the Ohlone language family.
With the Spanish colonization of California, the majority of the Tamyen came to inhabit Mission Santa Clara de Asís and Mission San José. California was claimed as part of the Spanish Empire in 1542, when explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo charted the Californian coast. During this time and Baja California were administered together as Province of the California. For nearly 200 years, the Californias were sparsely populated and ignored by the government of the Viceroyalty of New Spain in Mexico City. Only in 1769 was Northern California surveyed by Spanish authorities, with the Portolá Expedition. In 1776, the Californias were included as part of the Captaincy General of the Provincias Internas, a large administrative division created by José de Gálvez, Spanish Minister of the Indies, in order to provide greater autonomy for the Spanish Empire's populated and ungoverned borderlands; that year, King Carlos III of Spain approved an expedition by Juan Bautista de Anza to survey the San Francisco Bay Area, in order to choose the sites for two future settlements and their accompanying mission.
First he chose the site for a military settlement in San Francisco, for the Royal Presidio of San Francisco, Mission San Francisco de Asís. On his way back to Mexico from San Francisco, de Anza chose the sites in Santa Clara Valley for a civilian settlement, San Jose, on the eastern bank of the Guadalupe River, a mission on its western bank, Mission Santa Clara de Asís. San Jose was founded as California's first civilian settlement on November 29, 1777, as the Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe by José Joaquín Moraga, under orders of Antonio María de Bucareli y Ursúa, Viceroy of New Spain. San Jose served as a strategic settlement along El Camino Real, connecting the military fortifications at the Monterey Presidio and the San Francisco Presidio, as well as the California mission network. In 1791, due to the severe flooding which characterized the pueblo, San Jose's settlement was moved a mile south, centered on the Pueblo Plaza. In 1800, due to the growing population in the northern part of the Californias, Diego de Borica, Governor of the Californias split the province into two parts: Alta California, which would become a U.
S. state, Baja California, which would become two Mexican states. San Jose became part of the First M
International Comics Festival "Salon stripa"
International Comics Festival is an annual event organized and led by Belgrade’s Student Cultural Center. The Festival is the biggest comics event in Serbia, one of the most important in the region; each year, the Festival is being held during the last week of September. Festival is based on: the open international competition for authors of all ages from around the world, worldwide most important comic authors presentations with their personal appearances, revalorization of domestic comic scene from early beginning to present days, young talents recognition and support, popularization of comics and similar artistic expressions such as animation and illustration through the various exhibitions and educational programs. Brian Bolland, Jean-Marc Thevenet, Adrian Smith, Olivier Ledroit, John Higgins, Igor Kordey, David Lloyd, Esad T. Ribić, Matt Hollingsworth, Gyorgy Palfi, Kostas Aronis, Gregg Cox, Aleksandar Sotirovski, Tihomir Tikulin, Darijo Antunović, Marko Šunjić, Iztok Sitar, Bart Nauwelaerts, Rufus Dayglo, R.
M. Guéra, Enrique Sanchez Abuli, Marco Nizzoli, Luca Enoch, Paul Gravett, Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Roberto Diso, Borivoj Dovniković Borivoj Dovniković, Manuele Fior, Moreno Burattini, Walter Venturi, Pat Moriarity, Paolo Monteiro, Bryan Talbot, Mary M. Talbot, Petar Meseldžija, Helena Klakocar, Nicolas Grivel, Dejan Nenadov, Olivier Dobremel, Toni Fejzula; the most important domestic authors and comic book pioneers, well renowned beyond the Serbian borders, won the Festival life achievement award: Zoran Janjetov and Aleksandar Zograf, Bane Kerac, Željko Pahek, Žika Bogdanović, Srećko Jovanović, Rajko Milošević Gera, Novica Djukić, Novica Kruljević, Petar Radičević, Lazo Sredanović, Radivoj Bogičević, Zdravko Zupan, Gradimir Smudja, Marko Stojanović, Aleksa Gajić. In the first twelve years, over a 2000 authors from 58 countries worldwide including Serbia took part in the Festival comics contest. Among them, over 500 were in the "15 years below" contest category. From 2003 to 2015, contestants represented following countries: Argentina, Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, Greece, Iran, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vietnam.
Previous winners of the Festival contest were: Nebojša Cvetković. Official website
San Francisco the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural and financial center of Northern California. San Francisco is the 13th-most populous city in the United States, the fourth-most populous in California, with 884,363 residents as of 2017, it covers an area of about 46.89 square miles at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it the second-most densely populated large US city, the fifth-most densely populated U. S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. San Francisco is part of the fifth-most populous primary statistical area in the United States, the San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area; as of 2017, it was the seventh-highest income county in the United States, with a per capita personal income of $119,868. As of 2015, San Francisco proper had a GDP of $154.2 billion, a GDP per capita of $177,968. The San Francisco CSA was the country's third-largest urban economy as of 2017, with a GDP of $907 billion.
Of the 500+ primary statistical areas in the US, the San Francisco CSA had among the highest GDP per capita in 2017, at $93,938. San Francisco was ranked 14th in the world and third in the United States on the Global Financial Centres Index as of September 2018. San Francisco was founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established Presidio of San Francisco at the Golden Gate and Mission San Francisco de Asís a few miles away, all named for St. Francis of Assisi; the California Gold Rush of 1849 brought rapid growth, making it the largest city on the West Coast at the time. San Francisco became a consolidated city-county in 1856. San Francisco's status as the West Coast's largest city peaked between 1870 and 1900, when around 25% of California's population resided in the city proper. After three-quarters of the city was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was rebuilt, hosting the Panama-Pacific International Exposition nine years later. In World War II, San Francisco was a major port of embarkation for service members shipping out to the Pacific Theater.
It became the birthplace of the United Nations in 1945. After the war, the confluence of returning servicemen, significant immigration, liberalizing attitudes, along with the rise of the "hippie" counterculture, the Sexual Revolution, the Peace Movement growing from opposition to United States involvement in the Vietnam War, other factors led to the Summer of Love and the gay rights movement, cementing San Francisco as a center of liberal activism in the United States. Politically, the city votes along liberal Democratic Party lines. A popular tourist destination, San Francisco is known for its cool summers, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, Fisherman's Wharf, its Chinatown district. San Francisco is the headquarters of five major banking institutions and various other companies such as Levi Strauss & Co. Gap Inc. Fitbit, Salesforce.com, Reddit, Inc. Dolby, Weebly, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Pinterest, Uber, Mozilla, Wikimedia Foundation and Weather Underground.
It is home to a number of educational and cultural institutions, such as the University of San Francisco, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco State University, the De Young Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California Academy of Sciences. As of 2019, San Francisco is the highest rated American city on world liveability rankings; the earliest archaeological evidence of human habitation of the territory of the city of San Francisco dates to 3000 BC. The Yelamu group of the Ohlone people resided in a few small villages when an overland Spanish exploration party, led by Don Gaspar de Portolà, arrived on November 2, 1769, the first documented European visit to San Francisco Bay. Seven years on March 28, 1776, the Spanish established the Presidio of San Francisco, followed by a mission, Mission San Francisco de Asís, established by the Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza. Upon independence from Spain in 1821, the area became part of Mexico. Under Mexican rule, the mission system ended, its lands became privatized.
In 1835, Englishman William Richardson erected the first independent homestead, near a boat anchorage around what is today Portsmouth Square. Together with Alcalde Francisco de Haro, he laid out a street plan for the expanded settlement, the town, named Yerba Buena, began to attract American settlers. Commodore John D. Sloat claimed California for the United States on July 7, 1846, during the Mexican–American War, Captain John B. Montgomery arrived to claim Yerba Buena two days later. Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco on January 30 of the next year, Mexico ceded the territory to the United States at the end of the war. Despite its attractive location as a port and naval base, San Francisco was still a small settlement with inhospitable geography; the California Gold Rush brought a flood of treasure seekers. With their sourdough bread in tow, prospectors accumulated in San Francisco over rival Benicia, raising the population from 1,000 in 1848 to 25,000 by December 1849; the promise of great wealth was so strong that crews on arriving vessels deserted and rushed off to the gold fields, leaving behind a forest of masts in San Francisco harbor.
Some of these 500 abandoned ships were used at times as storeships and hotels.
Terry Moore (cartoonist)
Terry Moore is an American cartoonist, known for the series Strangers in Paradise, Rachel Rising, the founding of Homage Comics. Moore was born in Texas and he grew up in the Southern United States and England, his younger sister was born. He began drawing in sketch books when he was eight, when he was thirteen, he learned to play the electric guitar. While working as a musician, he married his wife; when they decided to have a family, he took a more stable job as an editor. He moved into cartooning. Following the examples of independent comic creators such as Dave Sim and Jeff Smith, Terry Moore decided to publish Strangers in Paradise himself through his own Houston-based "Abstract Studios" imprint, he has said. His work has won him recognition in the comics industry, including the Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story in 1996 for Strangers in Paradise #1-8, collected in the trade paperback "I Dream of You". In 2008, Moore wrote and drew covers for all five issues of Marvel Comics's Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane vol.
2. The following year, he began writing Runaways vol. 2 for Marvel. This run lasted for 9 issues; the first issue of his next self-published series, Echo was released on March 5, 2008. Echo ran for 36 issues and concluded in June 2011, it was followed in August 2011 by Rachel Rising, a 42-issue horror comic which won the 2014 Harvey Award for Best Lettering and 2015 award for Best Cartoonist in addition to several other nominations. It was nominated for an Eisner Award in the categories Best Continuing Series, Best Writer/Artist, Best Letterer, his next book, Motor Girl, ran for 10 issues between November 2016 and November 2017. Moore was featured in The Cartoonist, a 2009 documentary film on the life and work of Jeff Smith, creator of Bone. Moore was nominated in 2016 for the Inkwell Awards All-in-One Award. Moore has expressed a desire to do a syndicated cartoon strip in the authors notes at the back of the Strangers in Paradise collection books; some of Moore's strip work has been published in Paradise, Too! and as a second feature in select issues of Rachel Rising.
Strangers in Paradise vol. 1, 3 issues Strangers in Paradise vol. 2, 13 issues Strangers in Paradise vol. 3, 90 issues Negative Burn #13 Original cover art for Dan DeBono's Indy #12 Lady Supreme #1-2 Gen 13 Bootleg #14-15 Star Wars Tales #5 Paradise, Too! 14 issues Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow and Tara 1-shot Birds of Prey #47-49 DC First: Batgirl/Joker #1 Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #14 The Darkness/Vampirella 1-shot Treehouse of Horror #12 Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane vol. 2 Runaways vol. 3 #1-9 Echo 30 issues Strange Tales II #3 Fables #107 Rachel Rising 42 issues How to Draw 4 issues SIP Kids 4 issues Motor Girl 10 issues Strangers in Paradise XXV The Strangers in Paradise Website Interview with The Comics Journal Baker's Dozen with Terry Moore Terry Moore's Blog Tery Moore discussing SiP Pocket Editions on Comic Geek Speak Podcast: Volume 3 Volume 6 Interview on Where Monsters Dwell Podcast
Expozine is an annual small press and comics fair in Montreal, Quebec. It is reported to be Canada's largest zine fair and one the largest small press fairs in North America attracting some 270 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors each autumn; the first Expozine took place in 2002 and has continued to showcase independent publishing from around the world every subsequent year. Expozine has showcased work from notable small press writers and publishers such as Invisible Books, Broken Pencil, New Escapologist, Kate Beaton, Drawn and Quarterly, it was co-founded by Louis Rastelli. The Expozine Alternative Press Awards recognize the best of the publications available at a given year's Expozine fair, it awards to publications in the categories of book and comic, in Canada's two official languages of English and French. The awards are granted at an annual gala separate to the main Expozine event. Expozine has an all-year-round companion project in the form of distroboto: a citywide network of cigarette machines repurposed to dispense small press publications.
Official Website Awards Webpage with archive of winners Distroboto Website Expozine Photos Photographic coverage of Expozine 2013 at Cult MTL