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Published on Jun 19, 2012
Kapow! Comic Convention London 19 & 20th May 2012
Joe Quesada was appointed as Marvel's editor-in-chief in 2000, the first artist to achieve such a position. As editor-in-chief of the largest comic book publisher in the business, he has shaped and defined the American industry's biggest moves for the last ten years.
In 2010 Joe became the Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment, a position in which he oversees the creative aspects of media adaptations of Marvel properties, including story and script development for movies, TV and gaming as well as the world famous comic division. Joe also helps to ensure that all portrayals of Marvel's characters and stories remain true to the essence of Marvel, keeping fans happy. He's the longest-serving Editor in Chief since Stan Lee and we're delighted to have him on a rare visit to London.
Award-winning writer Mark Millar has revamped the X-Men, brought The Avengers into the 21st century with The Ultimates (recently winning Comic-Book of the Decade in Time Magazine) and made Superman a communist in Superman: Red Son. His Civil War epic for Marvel is their highest-selling series in over ten years.
In 2004 Millar launched a line of creator-owned comics under the name of Millarworld. Wanted and Kick-Ass titles are the industry's biggest-selling creator-owned books since the millennium, both properties were sold as movies before the first issue hit the stands. Wanted starred Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy; and Kick-Ass starred actor Nicolas Cage. Millar's two latest creator-owned properties have also been acquired with a view to cinema release; Nemesis was recently be acquired by hot Hollywood director Tony Scott and Superior has been optioned by Kick-Ass and X-Men First Class director Matthew Vaughn with view to a 2012 cinema release.
Outside comics, Millar has been praised by Marvel Studios and screenwriter Zak Penn for creating the template for their 2008-2012 movies with his Ultimates monthly series. He and artist Bryan Hitch cast Samuel L Jackson as the leader of this team and their influence extends into every Marvel movie on their upcoming slate.