April 14, 2011

Fastest Production of a Comic-Book & the Most Contributors to a Comic-Book

April 12, 2011Guinness World Records, the official authority on record-breaking, has confirmed that two new Guinness World Records were set at the Kapow Comic Convention in the United Kingdom over the weekend.  Comic book artists from across the industry came together to achieve new records for the ‘Fastest Production of a Comic-book’ (11 hours 19 min 38 sec) and ‘Most Contributors to a Comic-Book’ (62 contributors).
Talent including Kick Ass creator Mark Millar, cult Glaswegian artist Frank Quitely, and iconic Marvel artist John Romitar Jr worked throughout the day to create a new Superior comic book title.  62 contributors in total contributed to the comic-book, with the story concept, script, dialogue and all panels illustrated and lettered in one day.

“This is normally at least four weeks work and has be done in the space of a single day,” explained Millar, who has written on all of Marvel’s major titles in New York and created the hit movies Kick-Ass and Wanted.
Guinness World Record adjudicators were on-site to confirm all guidelines were followed and to determine the records had indeed been accomplished.  Gaz Deaves, Editor of Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to see some of the most successful comic creators in the world working together for this Guinness World Records title. Watching the components of a real comic book slowly emerge over the day and combine into the finished article was both deeply intimidating and hugely entertaining.”

The comic-book will be printed and distributed through Marvel’s Icon imprint, with all royalties being donated to Yorkhill Children’s Foundation. Shona Cardle, Chief Executive of Yorkhill Children’s Foundation said, “Children in hospital love to read comic books to while away the hours on the wards and we’re sure that this new comic will be a hit with the young patients at Yorkhill Hospital.” Yorkhill Children’s Foundation provides enhanced medical equipment and resources which benefit sick children and babies who are treated at Yorkhill Hospital and within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. These can include innovative medical equipment, improvements in child and family facilities and paediatric research and training.

The Kapow! Comic Convention, an event dedicated to the comic books and the films, TV shows and games they inspire, was held at the Business Design Centre in Islington over the weekend.  It has been hailed as a runaway success with film studios and exhibitors already lining up to book for Kapow! 2012.

Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records is the ultimate authority on superlative facts and record-breaking achievement.  First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is sold in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time. Guinness World Records also publishes the best-selling Gamer’s Edition every year; a records book devoted solely to the world of computer gaming and high score record achievements.  As the arbiter of record breaking achievement, Guinness World Records will be adjudicating brand new records at this year’s KAPOW! including the Fastest production of a comic book and Most Contributors to a Comic-Book with the participation of some of the highest profile authors from the comic book industry.

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Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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