Comic Con Africa has announced and shared the official and exclusive artwork for the 2020 Online Con’s event poster, digital badges, and Visitors’ Guide, drawn by comic book cover artist and illustrator Jenny Frison. The artwork features Wonder Woman and is timed not only with the latest major DCEU release Wonder Woman 1984, but also Women’s Month.
“Wonder Woman is the perfect hero for our country’s daughters to know that they can do anything they set their minds to. Jenny’s artwork is an inspirational portrayal of the latest evolution of this iconic character” says Carla Massmann, Portfolio Director of Comic Con Africa.
In the artwork, Princess Diana is seen in profile firmly grasping the Sword of Athena, the golden Lasso of Truth bright at her hip, in her gritty red Amazonian battle armour. The illustration is arresting with its skilfully coloured points of luminous light that make the artwork gleam. Jenny was introduced to comics when she saw Adam Hughes’ iconic covers of Wonder Woman on a family trip whilst in high school, and in that moment knew she had to be involved in the industry. She has now mastered the skill of creating arresting cover art.
The Comic Con Africa team had an exclusive interview with Jenny for their CONversations with Comic Con series on their YouTube channel @ComicConAfricaOfficial in which Jenny discusses her approach to the poster. About the poster, Jenny says that “I wanted it to be a really iconic, powerful, graceful Wonder Woman image.”
Jenny began her career with covers for Hack/Slash, Ghost, True Blood, I, Vampire, Gail Simone’s Red Sonja, Tim Seeley’s Revival, and Buffy. Horror is another favourite of hers. Her artwork is half traditional, half digital. She starts her linework with graphite on paper, followed by digital colouring that she carefully adjusts until she finds the exact look she is seeking.
Jenny joins a list of venerable virtual comic book guests at Comic Con Africa’s Online Con. Recently announced artists include Jim Zub, Dan Slott, Mark Brooks, and South African local Sean Izaakse. Also in attendance will be co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman, not to mention film and series actors Tom Hopper of The Umbrella Academy and Jason David Frank of the Power Rangers, and WWE heavyweight Bret “The Hitman” Hart. Esports host and live event producer Adam Savage is also on board.
Comic Con Africa’s Online Con at home from 24 – 27 September 2020, 10h00 – 18h00 daily, is set to be a weekend filled with all the best in Pop Culture. With virtual Cosplay competitions, panel discussions, Q&As, a gamers’ paradise, Artist Alley, fan meetups, exclusive merchandise and so much more. A specially developed online platform will guide fans through the universe of Pop Culture and give them access to the Con’s virtual content which will also be streamed to platforms across the web including YouTube, Instagram Live, Facebook Live, and Twitch. Registering before 18 September will see fans securing their virtual goodie bag with special offers and vouchers for the Con.
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