Six Comic Creators Not to Miss

By The 90’s Kid


Salt Lake Comic Con is going to play host to some of the comic industry’s brightest creators. There are so many incredibly talented guests coming this year that it may be a little overwhelming when deciding who to see. So, because I’m such a nice guy , I’ve gone ahead and put together a list of six comic creators not to be missed at this year’s convention:

Neal Adams

It’s hard to imagine a time when Batman was not synonymous with darkness, brooding and grittiness, but back in the late ‘60s, the Dark Knight and his young sidekick were the essence of “camp,” thanks in large part to the popular TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Enter writer Dennis O’Neil and his collaborating artist, Neal Adams. The pair restored Batman’s dark and brooding nature during their time working on the character in the early ‘70s. He also had a hand in the creation of one of the Caped Crusader’s most iconic villains, Ra’s al Ghul, and the reemergence of the Joker as a purely homicidal maniac.

Adams also played a part in some of the most legendary runs of The X-Men, Green Lantern and Green Arrow. In fact, his Green Lantern/Green Arrow run, which started with “No Evil shall Escape my Sight” and finished with “…And Through Him Save the World,” is regarded as a landmark in relevant comics, or comics that tackle pressing social issues. This legendary man is not to be missed!

Tyler Kirkham

Tyler was actually born here in Utah! He is a younger, up-and-coming talent who has managed to burst on the scene rather quickly. His work has a very kinetic look to it, with characters that almost seem to be moving on the page. He has done work for Amazing Spiderman, Tomb Raider and Ultimate Fantastic Four. He is currently working for DC on the series Green Lantern: New Guardians.

Elizabeth and Mitch Breitweiser

Okay, so part of the reason this couple made the list is because the fact that they are husband and wife, doing what they both love for a living hits me right in the feels, but, honestly, they are both incredibly talented, as well.

Elizabeth has done a lot of work for Marvel, contributing her talents to titles such as Captain America and Hulk. She has recently started working for Image on the title Fatale. She has collaborated a few times with her husband, Mitch.

Mitch is most well known for his work on Image’s Phantom Jack . Mitch has recently started doing some work for Marvel and is considered to be a very promising young talent. He has an especially keen for drawing covers which are both beautiful and gripping.

Ryan Ottley

Ryan Ottley is known for his work on The Walking Dead and Invincible. Before working on those notable series he was working on a webcomic called Ted Noodleman, Bicycle Delivery Boy. As a relatively young artist, Ottley’s perspective on getting into the business in the age of the internet would be invaluable for any aspiring comic book artists.

Stan Lee

Because he’s Stan Lee.

Which comic creators and artists are you most looking forward to seeing?



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5 replies
  1. Julie says:

    These guys are all great–the entire guest list is impressive. But I am beyond disappointed at the lack of diversity–SLCC is so much better than this.

    What are there now, three female comics creator guests? Seriously? I can’t tell you how sad that makes me (I sent in a list of like 40 awesome women back when SLCC asked for input) and how frustrated I’m going to be, explaining to my 6 year old daughter that yeah, there are lots of women in comics. They just aren’t at Comic Con.

  2. Charity O'Haodagain says:

    We *definitely* want to invite as many guests as possible, and try to show support for creators of all races, genders, and identities. We apologize that you perceive a lack of diversity in our lineup. Often creators have to decline to appear at our convention for various reasons, despite being invited. Creating a diverse, welcoming, safe, and FUN environment for our attendees is Salt Lake Comic Con’s TOP priority! We always try to appeal to as many of our attendees as possible, but unfortunately, our lineup is ultimately determined by who can make it, and who can’t.

  3. Julie says:

    Thanks for the reply, Charity, I do appreciate it!

    And I certainly understand about logistics of guests, having spent many years planning similar events (though not on so grand a scale for sure!) as both a concom member and a librarian. I get it.

    It’s just discouraging to see announcement after announcement scroll by on Twitter and Facebook with very, very little diversity. It’s not perceived–it’s like (the last time I counted) 28 male comic creators and 2 female. (Those numbers have changed, I know, but the ratio has not.)

    Representation matters A Lot and maybe it’s unfair of me to expect SLCC to make it a priority, but I’ve been so impressed by the quality of the events so far that it almost makes it worse, to see such a disparity in the guests. I don’t think it will happen without a fair amount of effort, but I’d love to see a more transparent, articulated attempt at diversity in the future.

  4. Jamie says:

    With Stan Lee coming to SLC Comicon, is there going to be any representatives to make any comics signed office CGC Comics (Certified Guaranteed Company) there to witness and grade the comics? I just ask since I know alot of these representatives usually show up when Stan Lee is at Wizards Con, SDCC Con, Wonder Con, Green Emerald City Con..and such.

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