Rock And Comic-Con show merges music and comics

Rock and Comic-Con May 2011
Rock and Comic-Con

Ready for some six-string superheroics? Promoter Jim Kilroy has announced a new Rock And Comic-Con show will be held Saturday, May 21 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City. The event will feature live bands, comics creators, and vendor tables selling music and pop culture collectibles. More details, including scheduled creators and bands, are to be announced.

The poster for the event features an illustration by local comic book artist Kevin Mellon. The image spoofs the iconic cover of the Kiss album, Destroyer, with Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Wolverine replacing Gene Simmons and the rest of the band.

Moore and Mellon help launch Kickstart Comics

Bombhead by B. Clay Moore and Kevin Mellon
Bombhead by B. Clay Moore and Kevin Mellon

Jason Netter, the producer of the film Wanted, is jumping into comics publishing and local creators B. Clay Moore and Kevin Mellon are part of the inaugural line.

The new company, Kickstart Comics, has announced a line-up of projects that includes Bombhead by Moore and Mellon.

Marc Graser of reports that the company’s projects are selected in part based on their potential for movie or televison adaptations.

The company, an imprint of film and TV production shingle Kickstart Entertainment, has already locked down a distribution pact with several major retailers, including Walmart, to produce at least 24 new books over a year. The initial plan is to release four books a month for six months starting this fall. Naturally, the books are being eyed as potential adaptations as a TV show or film.

Mellon said on Twitter that he expects Bombhead to be released as a full-color digest-size stand-alone graphic novel.

Kickstart’s other projects, announced under the heading of “November and forward” are Heavy Water by Jonathan W.C. Mills and Alberto Muriel, Mirror, Mirror by Joshua Williamson and Lee Moder, Ward 6 by Kevin Fox and Salvador Navarro, Headache by Lisa Joy & Tim Fern, Maximum High by Mark Haven Britt and Chad and Dara Creasey, and Endangered by Josh Williamson & Juan Santacruz.