SLG Publishing will mark Comic-Con International 2007 with 30 artists signing at their booth debut books by Jhonen Vasquez and Roman Dirge, and special spotlight panels on Dirge and the company itself, which is now in its 20th year of publishing comics.

The SLG booth has always been a hot spot for readers to meet their favorite comics creators, and this year will be no different. Among those signing at the booth are Roman Dirge, special guest of Comic-Con and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the publication of his SLG comic Lenore; Tommy Kovac and the Eisner-nominated Sonny Liew, the creative team behind SLG’s Disney-licensed comic Wonderland; Greg Weisman, writer of the SLG comic based on the cult hit animated show Gargoyles, which he created; Landry Walker and Eric Jones, writers of Tron, who are signing with Cindy Morgan, who played Lora/Yori in the movie; National Book Award nominee Gene Yang, whose early graphic novels were published by SLG; and Jhonen Vasquez, creator of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and the animated show Invader Zim. A full schedule of artists’ signing times is available at SLG’s website,

Many SLG artists have been working hard to get debut books out for the convention. Peter the Pirate Squid by Roman Dirge and Steven Daily is an irreverent take on a children’s book, about a crew of tiny pirates who rule one-seventh of one of the seven seas. Also from Roman Dirge is Lenore #13, Lenore’s first comic in full color. Jellyfist by Jhonen Vasquez and J. Goldberg is a work that explores the nature of collaboration through nonsensical comic strips and the creators’ commentary about them. Other new SLG comics that will be available at Comic-Con are Gargoyles #5, Tron #4, The Weirdly World of Strange Eggs, Whistles: The Starlight Calliope and Nightmares and Fairy Tales #20. SLG anticipates having all these titles for Comic-Con International. Other special merchandise set to debut at the convention are the SLG Crest T-shirt designed by Crab Scrambly and a “Faces of Johnny” poster designed by Jhonen Vasquez, featuring the many expressions of his iconic creation.

For convention attendees who want to learn more about SLG, there are two panels during Comic-Con. The first is the Spotlight on Roman Dirge, taking place on Thursday, July 26 and 6 p.m. in room 1AB. The second is a panel on SLG Publishing itself, hosted by SLG president Dan Vado, taking place Saturday, July 28 at 11:30 a.m. in room 10. As at all conventions, Dan Vado and SLG editor-in-chief Jennifer de Guzman will be reviewing portfolios at the convention, though they will not be hearing pitches or accepting proposal submissions.

SLG Publishing will be at booth number 1815. As well as having its own “artists’ alley,” the SLG booth will feature a store fully stocked with comics, graphic novels, posters, toys, and T-shirts. To learn more about the company, visit its website at

Comic-Con has announced the programming schedule for Comic-Con International in San Diego, taking place from July 26 – 29, and there are a couple of SLG panels for you to put on your schedule:

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Roman Dirge — Roman Dirge, creator of the hit comic book series Lenore, looks back on the 10th anniversary of SLG Publishing releasing issue #1. Moderated by Spookyland websmaster and Ghouly Boys creator Christopher. Room 1AB

11:30-12:30 SLG Publishing — SLG staff and creators look ahead at their new releases, both digital and in print, and field any and all questions regarding the company, the industry, and all things SLG. Moderated by company president Dan Vado. Room 10

Hey, I didn’t realize that creators were getting hauled into the SLG panel. Oh, that’s because they’re not! Comic-Con totally rewrote the copy that Dan sent them. Hurray for Comic-Con.

Well, maybe we’ll plant those creators not signing in the audience to ask impertinent questions and start a mock-riot. The riots that are just jokes are the best kind.

I’ll be posting SLG’s signing schedule and tell you about some promo items we’ll have, too. Soon, soon.