WonderCon may have moved to Anaheim for 2012 due to Moscone Center construction, but the Bay Area will not be without a spring comics show….thanks to Image Comics and the Image Expo.

The creator-owned company is planning its OWN convention, to be held February 24-26 at the Oakland Convention Center (original home of WonderCon, btw). Image Expo is planned as a 20th anniversary celebration for Image, and will feature as guests of honor Image partners Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino. Other creators attending include Image founders Rob Liefeld, and Whilce Portacio, plus Joe Casey, Jay Faerber, Jonathan Hickman, Ryan Ottley, Richard Starkings, Fiona Staples, and Brian K. Vaughan. All will participate in panels, signings and other traditional convention activities.

According to the announcement, the show will celebrate all independent comics, not just Image. The exhibit floor is open to anyone who makes creator-owned comics, and programming will be aimed at fans, aspiring creators, and library professionals.  Other events include a CBLDF auction.

Want to exhibit and let your creator-owned comic flag fly? Contact [email protected].