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.

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.