Each year the high school in Hawthorne, NJ holds what is supposed to be one of the nicest local cons of the year. Several Silver Agers attend, and it’s a great place to get a sketch or autograph. This year’s event is being held on May 12th:

The convention is part of the Art Department’s month long celebration of the Arts which includes the convention, fieldtrips to art museums, a day long student art show and visits by professional artists. We have already had a visit by artist Ian Dorian who taught drawing and sculpting anatomy. Future visiting artists will include painter Dave DeVries (his 4th visit) and Gene Colan who will teach drawing and speak about his legendary career.

The convention is organized to be a fundraiser for the art department and includes an auction featuring original art, signed books and other comic collectables donated by our guests and others from the comic industry. This has become one of our most anticipated events each year with lots folks winning wonderful comic art treasures. The auction will be happening at 2:30pm.

Here is an early version of our guest line up for the show with many more guests yet to be announced:

Gene Colan (Dracula, Daredevil, Batman)
Irwin Hasen (Dondi)
Jim Salicrup (Editor Papercutz, Marvel)
Danny Fingeroth (Editor Marvel, Write Now)
Mark Schultz (Cadillac’s & Dinosaurs, Prince Valiant)
Joe Sinnott (Fantastic Four, Spiderman)
Ian Dorian (painter, penciller, sculptor)
Guy Dorian (painter, penciller)
Scott Roberts (Pattycake, Nickelodeon, Prince Valiant)
Tania Del Rio (Sabrina)
Joe Giella (Tent.) (Batman, Green Lantern, Flash and America’s
sweetheart Mary Worth)
Rudy Nebres (Vamperilla, Creepy, Eerie)
Doug Baron (penciller, Kubert School teacher)
Tommy Castillo (Batman, Toe Tags, duCret School teacher)
Paulo Rivera (painter Marvel)
Daniel Reed (Retro Dead)
Mark Romanowski (painter, duCret School instuctor)
Mark Sparacio (painter, Miss Liberty)
John Workman (Heavy Metal, letterer extraordinary!)
Bob Wiacek (inker Marvel, DC)
Paul Banono (penciller)
Dave DeVries (painter, creator of Monster Engine)
Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art
Bob Smith (Batman)

This list includes some of the great pencillers, inkers, writers, editors, painters and colorists in the industry.

Once again the Hawthorne Convention will have an incredible line up of art lessons available to the public. Among the lessons planned:

Drawing Manga taught by Tania Del Rio Anatomy taught by Ian Dorian Painting taught by Mark Romanowski How to creator a comic book “A – Z” taught by Danny Fingeroth and Jim Salicrup.

Additionally many of our guests will be available at their tables for portfolio reviews, so budding young artists bring your work.

Saturday May 12th, 2007 the greatest high school comic book convention in America will celebrate it’s fourth year. Returning will be all the features that have made the show a special addition to the comic convention season.

The Hawthorne High School Cartooning Club and The Hawthorne High School Art Club are the organizers. The faculty advisors are the schools art teachers Allan Rosenberg and Danielle Russo. The many students of the two clubs are the heart and soul of the show as they run the show the entire day, organizing every aspect of each event. The students will have their cartoon and painted art displayed at the show in a special exhibition.

So how do you get to this great event? We’re glad you asked! Here’s all the important info you need:

Hawthorne High School Comic Convention Saturday May 12th, 2007 10am – 4 pm Hawthorne High School 160 Parmelee Avenue Hawthorne, NJ 07506 Admission is still only $3!

If you’re driving MAPQUEST is great for directions. You can get to convention from NYC by taking NJ Transit from Penn Station, just a 30 minute ride from midtown.

Wonderful food is available within walking distance in Hawthorne and with so much going on plan to stay for the day.

This will be a very special day for the school and students, for the comic creators and for you the fans. For more information, or dealer tables contact Allan Rosenberg at: [email protected]

Website information and updates will be available at the Big Apple Conventions website: bigapplecon.com. The Hawthorne Convention will have it’s own page with frequent updates as to additional creators and other events at the convention.