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Dallas Comic Con

The Dallas Comic Con is two-day event usually held twice a year in the Dallas, Texas area. Similar in size to the Sci-Fi Expo events under the same C2 Ventures management, the Dallas Comic Con (or DCC for short) focuses on comic book artists, writers, and publishers. These events usually also feature a large dealers room, question and answer sessions, and a number of media guests signing autographs. Unlike many for-profit shows, general admission to Dallas Comic Con is often free.

To date, the Dallas Comic Con has been held at one of two locations, each located in a northern suburb of Dallas, Texas. Most have been held at the spacious Plano Centre located at 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway in Plano, Texas. A few have been held at the smaller Richardson Civic Center located at 411 West Arapaho Road in Richardson, Texas.

The first Dallas Comic Con & Sci-Fi Expo was held October 12-13, 2002, at the Plano Centre. Fantasy Guests of Honor were Dave Dorman and Greg & Tim Hildebrandt. Comics guests included Amanda Conner, Jim Daly, Nick Derington, Richard Dominguez, Ben Dunn, Steve Erwin, Kerry Gammill, Miles Gunter, Michael Lark, Jaime Mendoza, John Lucas, Joseph Michael, Terry Moore, Mark Murphy, Don Punchatz, Kelsey Shannon, Cal Slayton, Kenneth Smith, and Dave Stevens. Media guests included Carrie Fisher, Amy Allen, Rena Owen, Peter Mayhew, Ray Park, David Naughton, Jackson Bostwick, Linda Blair, Joanna Cameron, Brad Dourif, Ben Chapman, Traci Lords, Cynthia Rothrock, Butch Patrick, Glenn Shadix, and Richard Hatch.

Dallas Comic Con 2.0 was held April 5-6, 2003, at the Richardson Civic Center. Comics guests included Tim Bradstreet, Adam Hughes, Dave Dorman, and Frank Cho, Scott Kurtz, Kerry Gammill, and Michael Lark. Media guests included Zach Jensen, Tanya Roberts, Chase Masterson, Maud Adams, Anne Ramsay, and David Carradine. A collectible program book was produced with dual covers by artists Dave Dorman and Adam Hughes. A "Celebrity Autograph Series" trading card featuring Zachariah Jensen was distributed to promote this event. While the card is numbered "Promo 1" the line was dropped due to licensing issues and this was the only such card issued.

DCC3 was held October 25-26, 2003, at the Plano Centre. Comic guests included Tim Bradstreet, Phil Noto, Adam Hughes, Scott Kurtz, John Lucas, Ben Dunn, Jaime Mendoza, and Erik Reeves. Media guests included Warwick Davis, Anthony Daniels, Dave Prowse, Rena Owen, Michonne Bourriague, Amy Allen, John Rhys-Davies, Sala Baker, David Hedison, Mercedes McNab, Brad Dourif, and Jonathan Breck.

DCC4 was held October 23-24, 2004, at the Plano Centre. Comics guests included Adam Hughes, Michael Lark, Greg Horn, Dan Brereton, and Michael Jantze. Media guests included Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Orli Shoshan, Iyari Limon, Robia Lamorte, Peter Mayhew, John Delancie, plus voice actors Kevin Conroy and Arleen Sorkin. A collectible program book was produced with dual covers by artists Adam Hughes and Dan Brereton. Activities at this event included a costume contest and a free screening of the motion picture Saw.

DCC5 was held February 12-13, 2005, at the Richardson Civic Center. Comic guests included Bernie Wrightson, Tim Bradstreet, Steve Niles, Mark Brooks, Jaime Mendoza, Scott Kurtz, Todd Nauck, Raven Gregory, and Brian Denham. Media guests included Thomas Jane, Patricia Arquette, Sean Astin, and David Anders.

DCC6 was held October 15-16, 2005, at the Plano Centre. Comic guests included Mark Brooks, Ale Garza, Cliff Chiang, Rich Buckler, Terry Moore, Michael Lark, James O'Barr, Kerry Gammill, Jaime Mendoza, Cat Staggs, Cynthia Cummiens, David Hopkins, Ben Dunn, and Baldo writer Hector Cantú. Media guests included Carrie Fisher, Jonathan Frakes, Adam Baldwin, Kevin Sorbo, Peter Mayhew, Erin Gray, Donnie Dunagan, Marc Singer, Kane Hodder, Bill Johnson, Genie Francis, Bonnie Piesse, plus 2001: A Space Odyssey stars Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood. Other guests included Lucasfilm rep Steve Sansweet, author Paul Black, and Fanboy Radio. A collectible program book was produced with dual covers by artists Mark Brooks and Terry Moore.

DCC7 was held April 29-30, 2006, at the Plano Centre. Comic guests included Bernie Wrightson, Dave Dorman, Tony Harris, Howard Chaykin, Steve Niles, Norm Breyfogle, James O'Barr, Josh Howard, Jaime Mendoza, Tom Hodges, Cat Staggs, Kerry Gammill, Brian Denham, Ben Dunn, Kez Wilson, Jim Daly, David Hopkins, Brock Rizy, and Tim Bradstreet. Media guests included Thomas Jane, Gates McFadden, John Wesley Shipp, Doug Jones, Alan Ruck, Dwight Schultz, Sarah Douglas, Michael Gross, Jeremy Bulloch, James Hampton, Burton Gilliam, and Karen Allen. A collectible program book was produced with dual covers by artists Dave Dorman and Tom Hodges & Cat Staggs.

DCC8 was held October 28-29, 2006, at the Plano Centre. Comic guests included Brian Stelfreeze, Phil Noto, Paul Gulacy, Steve Rude, Mike Grell, Ron Frenz, Mark Brooks, Jaime Mendoza, Kerry Gammill, Steve Erwin, Kez Wilson, Tom Hodges, Cat Staggs, and Ben Dunn. Media guests included Amy Acker, Firefly actor Ron Glass, Lane Garrison, Jake Lloyd, Claudia Christian, Musetta Vander, Daniel Logan, Mark Goddard, and Bambi voice actor Donnie Dunagan. Other guests included wrestler Captain Lou Albano, wrestler Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, and reality show teams Team Brown Family and Team Wild Hanlons from the NBC show Treasure Hunters.

DCC9 was held June 30-July 1, 2007, at the Richardson Civic Center. Guest of Honor was Herb Trimpe, co-creator of Wolverine. Other comic guests included Billy Tan, Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, Kristian Donaldson, Brian Denham, Josh Howard, The Crow creator James O'Barr, Ben Dunn, Jamie Mendoza, Steve Irwin, Kez Wilson, Kenneth Smith, Cal Slayton, Baldo writer Hector Cantú, multiple Hugo-winning fan artist Brad W. Foster, and more. Media guests included Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie actress Kristy Swanson, actor Robert Beltran from Star Trek: Voyager, voice actor Billy West, actress Mary Oyaya, and actor James Hampton.

Dallas Comic Con X was held January 12-13, 2008, at the Richardson Civic Center. Media guests included Shawnee Smith, the actress who played "Amanda Young" in the first four Saw movies; Ray Park, the actor who played "Darth Maul" in Phantom Menace and "Toad" in X-Men; and a first-ever convention appearance by actress Missi Pyle of Galaxy Quest, Dodgeball, and Heroes. Comic guests included Tony DeZuniga, co-creator of Jonah Hex and Black Orchid for DC Comics; Harold LeDoux, artist of Judge Parker for over 50 years; Scott Kurtz, creator and artist of PvP (Player vs. Player); Kristian Donaldson, artist of "DMZ", "Fallen Angel", and "Supermarket"; Nick Derington, lead animator for A Scanner Darkly; Kristofer Straub, creator and artist of "Starslip Crisis"; Cal Slayton, artist for "Shades of Blue" and "Dead@17"; Brad W. Foster, Hugo Award-winning independent artist from Jabberwocky Graphix; James O'Barr, creator and artist of "The Crow"; Bob Layton, quintessential "Iron Man" artist, co-creator of "X-Factor", Valiant Comics pioneer; Terry Moore, creator and artist of "Strangers in Paradise"; Steve Niles, creator of "30 Days of Night" and "Criminal Macabre"; Cully Hamner, artist of "Blue Beetle" and upcoming "Black Lightning"; Tim Bradstreet, cover artist of "The Punisher"; Matt Sturges, writer for "Jack of Fables" and "Countdown to Mystery"; Brian Denham, artist of "Nova" and "Iron Man: Hypervelocity"; Sarah Wilkinson, sketch card artist for Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man 3; David Hopkins, writer of "Astronaut Dad", "Emily Edison", "Dead@17: Rough Cut"; Jaime Mendoza, inker of "Ultimate Fantastic Four" and "X-Men"; Cat Staggs, sketch card artist for Star Wars, Heroes, & Indiana Jones;and Scott Harben, top photographer and sculptor.

Other C2 Ventures events in 2008 were a combined Dallas Comic Con & Sci-Fi Expo featuring "Boba Fett" actor Jeremy Bulloch on April 5-6 at the Richardson Civic Center and Star Wars Fan Days II on October 25-26 at the Plano Centre.

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London Film and Comic Con

The London Film and Comic Con is an convention held annually in London that focuses on films, cult television and comics. In the past the convention had guests that had included actors and actresses from programmes like Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, etc.

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New York Comic Con

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The New York Comic Con is an annual New York City fan convention dedicated to comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television.

The first event was held in 2006 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Organizers stated the attendance was far more than anticipated (with the convention floor even being shut down and exhibitor's and convention goers locked out at one point) and that they were arranging to have sufficient space for the 2007 show.

The second annual show was held February 23-25, 2007. While lines were long, the show did not suffer the same problems of the previous year's outing, as the convention organizer was noticeably better prepared and had more than double the space available.

The New York Comic Con is a for-profit event produced and managed by Reed Exhibitions, a division of Reed Business, and is not affiliated with the long running non-profit San Diego Comic-Con.

V for Vendetta artist David Lloyd at the April 2008 convention.

Danny Fingeroth at the April 2008 convention.

DC: The New Frontier artist Darwyn Cooke at the April 2008 convention.

Green Lantern artist Ivan Reis at the April 2008 convention.

Artist Jerry Ordway at the April 2008 convention.

Thor writer/artist Walter Simonson at the April 2008 convention.

Identity Crisis artist Rags Morales at the April 2008 convention.

Italian artist Simone Bianchi at the April 2008 convention.

Watchmen photographer Clay Enos at the February 2009 convention.

Eisner Award Hall of Fame member Jim Steranko at the February 2009 convention.

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Hellboy

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Hellboy is a fictional character, created by writer-artist Mike Mignola. He has appeared in a number of eponymous miniseries and one-shots, as well as some crossovers.

The character Hellboy is a demon who fights for the U.S. government and himself against dark forces including Nazis and Baba Yaga, in a series of tales that have their roots in folklore, pulp magazines, vintage adventure, and horror fiction.

The comics were adapted into a 2004 film starring Ron Perlman, a 2008 film sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and two straight-to-DVD animated films, Hellboy: Sword of Storms and Hellboy: Blood and Iron.

Created by writer-artist Mike Mignola, the stories have a flavor of supernatural adventure with a dark mood embodied by Mignola's line-work, and his distinctive balance of heavy shadows and colors. The first issues were scripted by John Byrne with Mignola taking over writing duties later.

Various aspects of the character's looks and personality were inspired by Mike Mignola's father, a cabinet maker who often returned home from work with tales of horrific on-the-job accidents, told in the nonchalant, sarcastic manner that would later become characteristic of Hellboy.

Mignola's stories are heavily influenced by, and have been dedicated to, H. P. Lovecraft, Jack Kirby, Edgar Allan Poe, and other authors. Horror stories of the Weird Tales variety are another influence. Hellboy stories have drawn on folklore from countries such as Russia, Ireland, Norway, Japan, and Malaysia.

Hellboy's adventures span the 1940s to the present day, and involve investigations into the paranormal, including sorcery, Nazi occultism, the Thule Society, hollow earth explorers, werewolves, vampires, and ghosts. Of particular note is the recurring machinations of the Ogdru Jahad, malevolent deities akin to Lovecraft's Old Gods, and the key to their release, the Right Hand of Doom, a relic adorning Hellboy's arm.

A demon whose true name is Anung Un Rama (the Beast of the Apocalypse), Hellboy was brought to Earth as an infant by Nazi occultists. He was discovered by the Allied Forces; amongst them, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, who formed the United States Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD). In time Hellboy grew to be a large, red-skinned demon with a tail, horns (which he files off, leaving behind the signature circular stumps on his forehead, to make his appearance more "normal"), and an oversized right hand made of stone. He has been described as smelling of dry-roasted peanuts. Although a bit gruff, he shows none of the malevolence thought to be intrinsic to demons, and works with other strange creatures in the BPRD. This is said to be because of his upbringing under Professor Bruttenholm, who raised him as a normal boy and taught him how to behave normally. This is a reference to the nature versus nurture debate. Hellboy has been dubbed the "World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator".

Hellboy is a creature summoned or perhaps made in the final months of World War II by Grigori Rasputin on Tarmagant Island, off the coast of Scotland, having been commissioned by the Nazis to change the tide of war ("Project Ragna Rok"). He appears in a fireball in a ruined church in East Bromwich, England, on December 23, 1944. Proving not to be a devil, in the traditional sense, but a devil-like creature with red skin, horns, a tail, and an abnormally disproportionate right hand made of red stone, he is dubbed "Hellboy" by Professor Bloom Trevor Bruttenholm.

Taken by the United States armed forces to an Air Force base in New Mexico, Hellboy is raised by the United States Army and by the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD), a federal agency dedicated to combating occult threats.

As an adult, Hellboy becomes the primary agent for the BPRD, alongside other human and quasi-human agents that include Kate Corrigan, a professor of folklore at New York University; Abe Sapien, an amphibian humanoid (Ichthyo sapien); Liz Sherman, a young pyrokinetic; Roger, an unusually large homunculus; Johann Krauss, the spirit of a medium kept in a containment suit; and Captain Ben Daimio, a special operations man with occult experiences, the latter two of which have not met Hellboy due to Hellboy's resignation from the Bureau.

During a visit to Bromwich Church (the place of his "birth"), Hellboy learns he had been conceived 300 years ago by a witch, Catherine Tanner-Tremaine, and a demon Prince of Sheol. At this time, Hellboy had not existed as a baby in the "real" world; the prince's "favorite son" was considered to be "a power waiting to be born." Hellboy's "mother" also had children: a nun and a priest who would later haunt the church, dying in an attempt to stop the demon from claiming Tanner-Tremaine on her deathbed.

Hellboy was granted "honorary human" status by the United Nations in 1952, and is known as the "world's greatest paranormal investigator". As such, he interacts regularly with humans, primarily law enforcement officials, the military, and various "scholars of the weird", most of whom are not presented as overtly reacting to his strange appearance. This differs from the film adaptations, which depict Hellboy as living at the BPRD with a dozen cats with limited access to the outside world, and considered simply an urban legend by the general populace, until he reveals himself, and the BPRD by extension, to the world while fighting a group of ravenous tooth fairies in the second film.

Among Hellboy's more obvious powers are superhuman strength and resistance to physical injury. Hellboy has been shown to tear down a large tree and hurl it as a weapon, as well as cars, and toss opponents weighing several hundred pounds many yards away with one hand. He can withstand powerful blows that would severely injure or kill a human, such as being repeatedly struck by a superhumanly strong opponent, with little or no discomfort. Nonetheless, he is far from invulnerable, and can be injured by conventional weapons.

The films make much of the idea that Hellboy is fireproof; however, in the comics he is not actually fireproof. Hellboy can be burned and damaged like any living thing but he possesses an accelerated healing factor (similarly to X-Men character Wolverine) that rapidly heals his body, repairing damaged tissues and quickly regenerating blood cells. In "The Lost Army", he rapidly heals from being shot many times in the chest with an MG-42 machine gun before destroying the gun. He has also withstood being impaled through the chest with a sword, healing completely within a matter of minutes.

Hellboy also ages differently from humans. In the story Pancakes he is two years old but appears to be far older. In Nature of the Beast, set in 1954, the ten-year-old Hellboy appears fully grown. His rapid apparent maturation is in contrast to his actual rate of aging, which seems to be much slower than humans. Throughout the sixty-year span of the comics, he has not aged beyond the point at which he reached physical maturity. He has also shown an innate skill at translating and interpreting ancient and magical languages.

In addition to his natural physical abilities, Hellboy carries a variety of items in his utility belt that can be used against various supernatural forces. He has been known to carry holy relics, horseshoes, various herbs, and grenades. He commonly carries an oversized revolver referred to as the Good Samaritan. The gun uses specialized bullets, typically of his own design, incorporating silver, garlic and even holy water making them effective against demonic or supernatural foes. The Samaritan is fashioned from melted church bells and contains fragments of the True Cross. However, Hellboy freely admits to the fact he is a lousy shot, and prefers to fight hand-to-hand whenever possible.

Hellboy's right hand, referred to as the "Right Hand of Doom", consists of a large forearm and hand that seems to be made from red stone. The Hand is dexterous enough to catch a fly, but its large size causes Hellboy to prefer his normal-sized left hand to operate weapons and devices. The Hand is effectively invulnerable and feels no pain, serving much like a sledgehammer when used to punch an enemy.

As revealed in the graphic novel collection Strange Places, the Right Hand of Doom was formerly the right hand of one of the "greater spirits" that watched over the burgeoning Earth, and the hand the spirit used to create the dragon Ogdru Jahad. With that same hand, he bound the dragon, but then his fellow spirits turned upon him for his deeds, and destroyed him utterly — save for his right hand, which was kept and preserved by many races throughout history, including the first race of man. As the hand which created and bound the Ogdru Jahad, it is also the key which will "loose and command" them; in other words, it is a catalyst that will bring about Armageddon. The comic books themselves never mention how the Right Hand of Doom would actually perform these tasks; it is only ever announced that this is the case and that someone or something intends to do it with or without Hellboy's consent. It is made clear that it is not even necessary for the arm to be attached to Hellboy at all, even on its own it would perform its tasks. However, it has been suggested that if Hellboy dies while the Hand is attached to him, it would become useless. He has thus come to the conclusion that the only way to prevent it falling into the wrong hands is to keep and protect it.

The first drawing of the character was a black and white illustration in which he wore a belt bearing the name Hellboy. This image appeared in a program for the Great Salt Lake Comic Con in 1991, therefore making the program the first publicly published drawing of Hellboy. A later incarnation of Hellboy appeared on the cover of Dime Press #4 (1993), an obscure Italian fanzine.

The early stories were conceived and drawn by Mignola with a script written John Byrne and some later stories have been crafted by creators other than Mignola, including Christopher Golden, Guy Davis, Ryan Sook, and Duncan Fegredo. The increasing commitments from the Hellboy franchise meant that the 2008 one-shot "In the Chapel of Moloch" was the first Hellboy comic Mignola had provided the script and art for since "The Island" in 2005.

Mike Mignola's Hellboy by Mike Mignola and John Byrne featured the character's debut in a sequential format. It was published by Dark Horse Comics in San Diego Comic-Con Comics issue 2 (August 1993) for distribution at the San Diego Comic-Con fan convention held in San Diego, California.

In the story Hellboy travels to a American ghost town where he encounters a mangy mutt that transforms into Anubis, the Ancient Egyptian god of mummification.

The story was collected in the trade paperback Hellboy: Seed of Destruction.

Hellboy: Seed of Destruction (4 issues, March-June 1994) by Mike Mignola and John Byrne was the first comic book mini-series to feature the character Hellboy.

In the story, Hellboy is confronted by Grigori Rasputin and begins to find out what he is doing on Earth and who summoned him there. His purpose will be to command the powers that Rasputin is about to unleash upon the world. Hellboy denies this version of his destiny and refuses to be controlled. Attempting to release the Ogdru Jahad, Rasputin is killed, harpooned through the chest by Abe Sapien under the control of the ghost of Elihu Cavendish.

The trade paperback collection was awarded two Eisner Awards and was, in part, the basis for the first Hellboy motion picture.

Mike Mignola's Hellboy: World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator by Mike Mignola and John Byrne featured the character's next solo-appearance. It was published by Dark Horse Comics in a special four-page mini-comic for distribution in Comics Buyer's Guide issue 1070 (May 20, 1994).

In the story Hellboy battles with the dissembodied head of Nazi scientist Herman Von Klempt and his puppet henchman Brutus the Gorilla to rescue a captive girl from the professor doctor's transference of nutrient fluids process.

The story was collected in the trade paperback Hellboy: Seed of Destruction.

Hi, My Name is Hellboy by Mike Mignola was a one-page panel ad that related the characters fictional origins. It was published by Diamond Comic Distributors in catalog supplement Celebrate Diversity collector's edition (October 1994). The ad was collected in the trade paperback The Art of Hellboy.

Hellboy: Wake the Devil (5 issues, June-October 1996) by Mike Mignola was the second comic book mini-series to feature the character Hellboy.

In the story, Hellboy meets the goddess Hecate. Addressed as "Anung un Rama", he is told that his arrival on Earth signals its end. At the climax of the story, Hellboy is swallowed by Hecate in the form of an iron maiden and some kind of otherworldly conflict ensues, in which he is told that his right hand is a key to open the pit. Again Hellboy refuses, this time breaking off his newly re-grown horns.

Hellboy: Box Full of Evil (2 issues, August-September, 1999) by Mike Mignola, Matthew Dow Smith and Ryan Sook was written to bring a final end to the Beast of the Apocalypse story-arc..

In the story, Igor Bromhead gains power over a demon, Ualac, by using that demon's name. Hellboy is also bound by his name, "Anung un Rama", and the Crown of the Apocalypse, which he wears but is invisible to him, is taken. In taking the crown, Ualac is changed into a much more powerful demon. Hellboy finds out that "Anung un Rama" is a literal translation of "...and upon his brow is set a crown of fire..." - and as Ualac has seized the crown, this is no longer who he is. As this is no longer his name, he is no longer bound, and thus able to defeat Ualac. The crown is kept for Hellboy by Astaroth, in Pandemonium, the capital city of Hell; and a seat is reserved for the former in the House of the Fly.

Most of the Hellboy comics have been collected as trade paperback volumes.

Guillermo del Toro co-wrote and directed a film adaptation titled Hellboy in 2004, sharing the credit with the original screenwriter Peter Briggs. Del Toro, a fan of Mike Mignola's work, had previously written the preface to Hellboy: Conqueror Worm.

The film starred Ron Perlman as Hellboy (the favorite of both del Toro and Mignola for the role), Selma Blair as Liz Sherman, Rupert Evans as FBI Special Agent John Myers (a character created for the film), John Hurt as Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, Doug Jones as Abe Sapien (voiced by an uncredited David Hyde Pierce), Karel Roden as Grigori Rasputin, and Jeffrey Tambor as FBI Senior Special Agent Tom Manning. The film received generally positive reviews, and a fair performance at the box office. However, the film debuted in theaters while The Passion of the Christ was still playing, and, according to del Toro's DVD commentary, some theaters would re-title the film on their signs, or outright refuse to play it to avoid running a "devil" movie against Passion.

A sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, was shot in Budapest by del Toro, and features the returning talents of Perlman and Blair. Jones also returned not only in the role as Abe Sapien (undubbed this time), but in two other roles: The Angel of Death and The Chamberlain. Revolution Studios had planned on making the film (which Columbia Pictures was to distribute), but the studio went out of business before filming. Universal Pictures then picked it up. The plot is a shift to more folklore rather than action, with heavy European overtones. The character of Johann Krauss was added to the team, voiced by Seth MacFarlane. The character Roger the Homunculus was not, but he was written into the plot as a very prominent character in early drafts of the script. (Roger can be seen as a lifeless statue in the background BPRD hallway shot in both the first & second films.) The character of Agent Myers from the first film does not return, his absence being explained by Liz remarking that Hellboy had him transferred to Antarctica out of jealousy. On November 11, 2008, Hellboy II: The Golden Army was released on DVD.

A third movie is in the conception stages, set to focus on the combat between Hellboy and a brainwashed Archangel that had been held captive by Nazis since World War II. There will also be the return of Rasputin and Kroenen, and the debut of Roderick Zinco. New B.P.R.D Agents include Lobster Johnson and possibly Roger the Homunculus. The prophecy of Hellboy fulfilling his destiny as the Beast of the Apocalypse will be fulfilled, and additionally, Hellboy will have to learn to be a father to twins. Del Toro's commitments to the Hobbit films will delay any potential involvement in the project.

On November 9, 2005, IDT Entertainment issued a press release announcing that the company had licensed the rights to develop "animated content for television and home entertainment" based on the Hellboy comic. Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Selma Blair (Liz Sherman), Doug Jones (Abe Sapien), and John Hurt (Professor Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm) have all voiced their respective characters. Actress Peri Gilpin joined the cast as Professor Kate Corrigan.

The first two 75-minute animated movies, Sword of Storms and Blood and Iron, were aired on the Cartoon Network before being released on DVD. The first one aired October 28, 2006, and the second aired March 17, 2007.

Both stories have much more in common with the comic-book Hellboy rather than the film - Abe Sapien is not psychic, for example, Hellboy and Liz are just friends, and the artwork and color palette is derived very closely from Mignola's original artwork. The DVD of Sword of Storms was released on February 6, 2007; it contains documentary material commentary and a Hellboy comic, Phantom Limbs.

A "Hellboy 2 Pak" limited edition DVD set was released July 1st, 2008 that contained both films and a 7" figure.

A third animated Hellboy film, The Phantom Claw, has been put on hold. Tad Stones, director and writer of the DTV movies, says the film will star Lobster Johnson and will have some familiar characters, but Abe and Liz will not be in the film (at least not as main characters).

Christopher Golden has written several novels about the character, the first two of which, The Lost Army and The Bones of Giants, are part of the official Hellboy story canon. The events of both these novels are listed in the comic's official timeline featured in The Hellboy Companion. In particular, the Golden-penned character of Anastasia Bransfield was also described in the Companion, despite having never actually appeared in a comic.

A Hellboy video game called Hellboy: Dogs of the Night/Hellboy: Asylum Seeker was released for the PC and the PlayStation, by Cryo Interactive/DreamCatcher Interactive Inc. It has no relation to the movie series.

On April 6, 2005, Hellboy movie director Guillermo Del Toro announced on his official site that he had made a deal with developer Konami to create a new Hellboy videogame based on the movie version of the character and his world, featuring new monsters, new villains, and a new storyline. Herman von Klempt and his war ape Kriegaffe #10 are slated to make appearances.

On May 9, 2006, it was revealed that the Hellboy game would appear in summer of 2007, on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PlayStation Portable. The game was released in North America on June 24, 2008 with the name Hellboy: Science of Evil. It is developed by Krome Studios, and published by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.. As well as single player campaign where the player gets to play as Hellboy the game also features co-op play, featuring the characters Abe Sapien , Liz Sherman and Lobster Johnson.

A Hellboy video game called Hellboy II: The Golden Army - Tooth Fairy Terror was released for the iPhone by Tuesday Creative on January 14th, 2009.

The Hellboy Sourcebook and Role Playing Game, based on the GURPS role-playing game system, was published by Steve Jackson Games in August 2002.

Hellboy is featured in WizKids' Indy Heroclix line with several different booster packs. He also has his own Heroclix/Horrorclix cross-line collector's set called Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.

Hellboy was also part of Upper Deck's VS System card game as the first non-Marvel Comics or DC Comics character.

The miniseries Hellboy: Conqueror Worm won a 2002 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series, while The Art of Hellboy won an Eisner in 2004 for Best Comics-Related Book. Mignola won a 2000 Harvey Award for Best Artist based on Hellboy: Box Full of Evil. Hellboy: Darkness Calls won a 2007 Eagle Award for "Favourite Colour Comicbook — American".

Acclaimed comics writer Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Watchmen) listed Hellboy on his recommendations page, particularly Wake the Devil (Vol 2), calling it "the skillful cutting and the setting of the stone that we can see Mignola's sharp contemporary sensibilities at work".

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San Diego Comic-Con International

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Comic-Con International: San Diego, commonly known as Comic-Con or the San Diego Comic-Con, is an annual multigenre fan convention founded as the Golden State Comic Book Convention and later the San Diego Comic Book Convention in 1970 by Shel Dorf and a group of San Diegans. It is traditionally a four-day event (Thursday through Sunday—though a four hour preview night on Wednesday is open to guests pre-registered for all four days) held during the summer in San Diego, California, at the San Diego Convention Center. Comic-Con is both the name of the annual event and the common name of the organization.

Comic-Con International also produces two other conventions, WonderCon and the Alternative Press Expo (APE), both held in San Francisco, California. Since 1974, Comic-Con has bestowed its annual Inkpot Award to guests and persons of interest in the industries of popular arts as well as to members of Comic-Con's Board of Directors and convention committee. It is also the home of the Will Eisner Awards.

Originally showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television (as was evident by the three circled figures appearing in Comic-Con's original logo), and related popular arts, the convention has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop culture elements, such as horror, anime, manga, animation, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels. The convention is the largest of its kind in the world, filling to capacity the San Diego Convention Center with over 125,000 attendees in 2007. Although Comiket in Tokyo, Japan is four times larger in terms of attendance than Comic-Con, its focus is solely as a gather for the buying, selling, and trading of dōjinshi (self-published comic books and fanzines), somewhat akin to a huge swap meet, and is not a convention in the American sense.

The first convention drew 300 people and was held at the U. S. Grant Hotel in 1970. Other locations in the convention's early years included the El Cortez Hotel, University of California, San Diego, and Golden Hall, before being moved to the San Diego Convention center in 1991.

The convention is organized by a panel of 13 board members, 16 to 20 full-time and part-time workers, and 80 volunteers who assist via committees. Comic Con International is a non-profit organization, and proceeds of the event go to funding it, as well as the Alternative Press Expo (APE) and WonderCon. The convention is scheduled to remain in San Diego until 2012.

Along with panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, there are previews of upcoming feature films, portfolio review sessions with top comic book and video game companies, and such evening events as awards ceremonies and The Masquerade; a costume contest, and the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival which showcases shorts and feature length movies that do not have distribution or distribution deals.

Traditional events include an eclectic film program, screening rooms devoted to Japanese animation, gaming, and the Comic-Con International: Independent Film Festival, as well as cartoonist Scott Shaw!'s "Oddball Comics" slide show and animation expert Jerry Beck's program featuring TV's "worst cartoons ever", as well as over 350 hours of other programming on all aspects of comic books and pop culture.

Like most comic book conventions, Comic-Con features a large floorspace for exhibitors. These include media companies such as movie studios and TV networks, as well as comic-book dealers and collectibles merchants. Like most comics conventions, Comic-Con includes an autograph area, as well as the Artists' Alley where comics artists can sign autographs and sell or do free sketches. Despite the name, artists' alleys can include writers and even models.

Academicians and comic industry professionals annually hold the Comics Arts Conference at Comic-Con, presenting scholarly studies on comics as a medium. Educational forums such as the Comics Arts Conference help Comic-Con maintain its non-profit status.

In the 21st century, the convention has drawn toy and collectibles designers who sell "Comic Con Exclusive" products. Such companies have included Gentle Giant Studios, Hasbro, Mattel, and Sideshow Collectibles. Most such exclusives are licensed properties of movie, comic book and animation characters.

Capacity attendance at Comic-Con in 2006 and 2007 has caused crowding issues. Concerns have been that the event is possibly too massive for the San Diego Convention Center, Comic-Con's home through at least 2012. In 2006, Comic-Con for the first time, had to close registration for a few hours on Saturday to accommodate crowds. In response, for 2007, Comic-Con introduced a new three-day membership that did not include Saturday. Nevertheless, the 2007 show went on to sell out Saturday, as well as Friday and Sunday for the first time. Additionally, both the four-day and three-day memberships sold out for the first time. For 2008, the three-day memberships were abandoned and the convention decided to sell memberships only in advance, with no on-site registration.

In 2008, all memberships were sold out before the convention for the first time ever. This sellout has given rise to the new phenomenon of Comic-Con memberships being scalped for exorbitant prices on websites such as eBay.

In the 2000s, the increasing prevalence of video games and major-studio movies has drawn criticism from those who believe that Comic-Con is losing its focus on comic books, movies, and fantasy literature (which was the original focus of the show as is evident by the three circled figures appearing in Comic-Con's original logo) and instead has become a showcase for large entertainment corporations. Some comic-book retailers have said that the large corporate presence had driven booth prices up significantly. While those comments certainly exist, it is more likely the increase in the rental of the convention center, security, and other costs of doing business in San Diego that is the real culprit. Comic-Con is still one of the few, if only, comic book convention to feature a program where the organization pays the move in labor expenses for exhibitors who take part in the targeted move in program. Also the emergence during the past decade of online selling of high-end comics such as on Ebay facilitated by the standardizing of grading via companies such as CGC has diverted much of the selling of classic comics book that formerly took place at conventions to this nationwide marketplace.

San Diego Comic Con is the only major convention that does not charge artists for table space in Artist Alley. Other major conventions, Wizard and New York Comic Con to be specific, charge money for table space.

Comic-Con Magazine, formerly known as Update, is the official magazine of San Diego Comic-Con International, WonderCon, and Alternative Press Expo, published free by San Diego Comic-Con International in the United States. The origins of the Comic-Con Magazine come from a short one-shot issue of The Spirit, based on Comic-Con, and sold exclusivly in 1976 at the San Diego Comic-Con International. The Comic-Con Magazine debuted as Update in July, 2005 and mainly focused on the winners of the Eisner Awards. The last Update issue was on July, 2008 and unnoticeably went on hiatus. Update came back as Comic-Con Magazine, which not only covered San Diego Comic-Con International, but also WonderCon and the Alternative Press Expo, more commonly known as APE. The new Comic-Con Magazine features interviews with Comic-Con attendees and complete coverage of the Comic-Con events. The fourth issue of Comic-Con Magazine will be a hybrid with Comic-Con's Souvenir Book with cover art by Alex Ross, in full color and exclusive to Comic-Con attendees.

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