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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.

Wolverine and the X-Men #1
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.

Nathan Fox takes the reins of MacFarlane’s Haunt

Haunt #19, page 4
Nathan Fox is the illustrator of Haunt #19.

Kansas City comics artist and illustrator Nathan Fox has been tapped to take over art duties on Todd McFarlane’s comics series Haunt. Fox and writer Joe Casey will be the new creative team beginning with #19.

“Filling the shoes of Robert Kirkman and Greg Capullo is a hard task, but I feel very fortunate that the new team coming on will keep the book flying high,” McFarlane said. “I see it going down the pathway of the original Spawn book. Haunt is not going away. It’s the second monthly book I’ve put out of my company in 20 years that I intend on seeing all the way through to the end.”

A four-page preview (NSFW, mature) of Haunt #19 is available here along with more press details. Fox’s first issue, a 32-page full color comic book for $2.99, is scheduled to arrive in comics shops on September 21st .

Sneak Peek: Limited edition prints at Planet Comicon 2011

Kevin Mellon's Space Girl Print
Kevin Mellon's illustration will be one of three limited edition prints available from Elite Comics at Planet Comicon 2011

Jason Latour and Kansas City comics artist Kevin Mellon have provided sneak peeks at the limited edition prints they’ve created for Elite Comics. Nathan Fox has created a third print for the set. The prints will be available from Elite Comics at Planet Comicon later this month.

The theme of the set of prints is “space girls” with a red and black color scheme. “This one really caused me to beat my head against the wall,” Latour wrote on his blog. “I really wanted to go for a classic silkscreen kind of look. I hope it works that way…”

On his blog, Mellon expressed his sense of honor about being asked to participate in the project with Fox and Latour. “I [definitely] feel like the odd man out in a badass sandwich.”

Elite Comics has not made an official announcement about the project. Elite’s owner, William Binderup, said the more details will be released soon.

Planet Comicon is scheduled for March 26 – 27. The event will be held at the Overland Park International Trade Center. Adult weekend passes are available in advance for $15 or at the event for $20.