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Many of Kansas City’s comics creators have made the journey to this weekend’s New York Comic Con, including Jason Aaron, Bill Amend, Nathan Fox, Erik Lundy, Kevin Mellon, B. Clay Moore, Andrews McMeel Publishing marketing guru Amy Worley.

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Wolverine and the X-Men is written by Kansas City's Jason Aaron. (Click to enlarge)
Elite Comics has added a signing by Jason Aaron to the schedule for the Elite Comics Halloween Bash II planned for October 29th.  Aaron’s latest Marvel series are scheduled to debut that week. Wolverine and the X-Men #1 and Incredible Hulk #1 are among the most anticipated new Marvel series of the fall.

Comics writer and novelist Alex Grecian was in New York City earlier in the week meeting with the publishers of his upcoming novel The Yard. “Had a terrific meeting at the Penguin offices yesterday. The Yard is getting much TLC,” Grecian tweeted.

Brian Fyffe has a new full-color edition of Zombie Chuck. On Thursday Fyffe tweeted, “Full color Zombie Chuck is now in-hand. I’ll put them up on the site tonight or tomorrow.”

Nathan Fox is lending his talents to the new arc of Todd McFarlane’s Haunt. Bleeding Cool has a peek at the ashcan preview of Fox’s work on the series that was distributed at New York Comic Con this weekend.

Cartoonists Cathy Guisewite and Kansas City’s Bill Amend were featured in a video by Tom Gammill for this year’s Reuben Award ceremony.

Elite Comics plans Free Comic Book Day bash

Free Comic Book DayFree Comic Book Day is on the horizon, and Elite Comics of Overland Park is planning a large in-store event with comic book creators, costume characters, and bagpipe players. Elite Comics owner William Binderup says “This party should be epic!”

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event organized by the comic book industry. Comic book stores across America plan special events and give away free new comic books on the first Saturday in May.

Elite Comics’ May 7 event will include costume characters including Supergirl, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, Halo soldiers, and Star Wars Stormtroopers.

A phalanx of comic book creators will also appear for an in-store signing.

  • Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, creators of Sixth Gun
  • Kevin Mellon, artist of Gearhead and S.H.I.E.L.D. Infinity
  • Cartoonist Arie Monroe of Tornado Alley
  • Cartoonist Damont Jordan
  • Brian Fyffe, creator of Zombie Chuck
  • Alex Grecian, novelist and writer of Image Comics’ Proof
  • Chris Grine, creator of Chickenhare
  • Steve Daniels, creator of Frostbite the Snowman and The Dark Hopper

In a unique twist, the St. Andrew Scottish Bagpipe Players will perform an array of music from Star Wars at noon.

Elite Comics is located at 11842 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas. Find them on the web at www.elite-comics.com.

Zombie Chuck shambles into Kansas City

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Zombie Chuck is a new comic book by local cartoonist Brian Fyffe.

“Chuck is just a regular guy, turned zombie when he is murdered and then brought back to life by alien means,” says local cartoonist Brian Fyffe.

Fyffe has recently published the first issue of his comic book, Zombie Chuck. “I like color, and I set out to make a lighthearted comic that ended up being all-ages,” Fyffe says.

The first issue follows Chuck and his girl Lily on a night-time expedition to find the grave of his favorite horror writer. The pair stumble upon an evil space alien as it is bringing the dead back to life. As the story unfolds, we learn how Chuck is turned into a living zombie with superpowers.

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Brian Fyffe's Zombie Chuck toys are made in Kansas City.

Fyffe, who spends his days as a commercial artist, is planning to publish three issues of Zombie Chuck. In addition, he has developed Zombie Chuck buttons, t-shirts, and resin toys. “Every bit of Chuck is made local,” Fyffe says. “My toys are cast in resin, right in the West Bottoms by Adam Smith Studios. I made them with a retro style in mind. I wanted all of the merchandise to be a nod to classic monster culture of the 60s and 70s.”

Fyffe is scheduled for an in-store appearance during Elite Comics‘ Free Comic Book Day activities on May 7th.  In the meantime, you can learn more about Brian Fyffe and order your Zombie Chuck comics and toys at www.fyffo.com.