Via PR, the Big Apple Con, newly acquired by Gareb Shamus, has announced its first guests:

Gareb Shamus, CEO of New York-based Wizard Entertainment, today announced that Joe Quesada, editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and Jim Lee creator/publisher of DC Comics’ WildStorm Productions, will be co-Guests of Honor at “The 2009 National,” October 16-18, 2009 at Pier 94 in Manhattan.

“Jim, Joe and I grew up together and are long-time friends. Having them as co-Guests of Honor in NYC is historic, because they are the two most influential creators in comics today.” Shamus said. “Jim and Joe are both modern day legends. They represent everything that’s great about what we are passionate about.”
“I was honored when Gareb called me to be his inaugural guest of honor,” Lee said. “New York has always been a big part of my career and I can’t wait to go there and meet the fans.”

“Having grown up in New York, I was thrilled to be named guest of honor for the first new Big Apple con,” Quesada added. “I look forward to sharing my excitement with the hometown crowd and helping make “The 2009 National” a must attend event.”


  1. Shamus/WIZARD got Lee and Quesada? Ooooh, how will REED respond?

    The battlelines for NYCOMICCONmageddon are being drawn…

  2. “they are the two most influential creators in comics today.”


    And it looks like this show is trying to be Wizard World New York. If the “dealers room” is not as interesting as the old Big Apple shows, this may not succeed. Will fans have money to spend if they’ve spent it all at NYCC? Will retailers attend both shows?

    Will there be any Big Apple shows between now and October?

    NYAF is September 25-27, NYCC is October 8-10, 2009, BAN is October 16-18.
    Only in New York…

  3. Gareb is from Congers (Rockland County). Jim grew up in St. Louis. Joe is of course from NYC. What spaceship allowed them to grow up together?