For the first time in more than a decade, Marvel Comics will have an official corporate presence at a Metro Detroit comic convention.
Marvel will be sending associate editor Lauren Sankovitch (“Avengers”) to Detroit Fanfare in September, where she will talk about upcoming projects and review portfolios. Marvel will also have a booth in the publisher’s area. And the show will offer a variant cover of “Ultimate X-Men” No. 1 with an artist to be announced.
Organizer Dennis Barger, who owns WonderWorld Comics in Taylor, is headed to San Diego Comic Con this week and has meetings with five other publishers to bring them to Fanfare.
“With the level of show we’re going to have — we’re building to auto show,” he says. “We want to put Detroit back on the map. We want the comic community to realize how much talent comes out of Detroit.”
Fanfare started out last October at the Hyatt in Dearborn and this year is expanding with a move to Cobo Center on Sept. 24-25 in downtown Detroit.
Dozens of creators will be there, including Billy Tucci, Paul Storrie and John Ostrander, as well as a few media guests, such as local favorite Bruce Campbell (“Evil Dead,” et al) and Adam Baldwin (“Firefly,” “Chuck”).
Visit the con’s website for full ticket and guest information.