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1993 in comics
Notable events of
1993 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
A tumultuous year in publishing:
Topps Comics, Claypool Comics, Alternative Comics, Bongo Comics, Hall of Heroes, Lightning Comics, Azteca Productions, ANIA Publishing, Dagger Enterprises, Majestic Entertainment, Triumphant Comics, and Michael Hunt Publishing all enter the marketplace; while First Comics, Eclipse Comics, Disney Comics, Vortex Comics, Innovation Comics, Personality Comics, Northstar Publishing, and Comic Chronicles all cease publishing.
DC Comics introduces its Vertigo, Paradox Press, and Milestone Media imprints.
Early webcomics start to appear on the World Wide Web, effectively starting the history of webcomics.
Rip Off Press publishes #30, the final issue of volume one of that series. Savage Henry
January 17: F. O. Alexander, American cartoonist, comics artist ( Finney of the Force The Featherheads, continued Hairbreadth Harry) and key contributor to the design of the board game Monopoly, dies at age 95. 
January 28: Frans Funke Küpper, Dutch comics artist ( Thijs Slof), dies at age 84. 
February 7: Nic Broca, Belgian animator and comics artist ( , Ovide and the Gang , continued The Snorks ), passes away at age 60. Spirou et Fantasio 
February 21: Harvey Kurtzman, American comics artist ( , Mad , Two-Fisted Tales , Frontline Combat , Trump , Humbug , Harvey Kurtzman's Jungle Book , Help! ), dies at age 68. Little Annie Fanny 
April 5: Alberto Giolitti, Italian-American comics artist (worked on , Star Trek comics ), dies in Rome at age 69. Tex Willer 
April 20: Charles Degotte, Belgian comics artist ( Flagada, Les Motards), commits suicide at the age of 59. 
April 23: Bertus Aafjes, Dutch novelist, poet and comics writer ( Mannetje Bagatel and Kleine Isar, de Vierde Koning with Eppo Doeve, as well as  Peter-kersen-eter (1943) and De Vrolijke Vaderlandse Geschiedenis (1948) with Piet Worm. ), dies at age 78. 
May 14: Gerda Gattel, American comics letterer and proofreader ( DC Comics), dies at age 84.
May 30: Lyman Anderson , American illustrator and cartoonist ( Inspector Wade), passes away at age 86. 
May 30: Marge, American comics artist ( ), passes away at age 88. Little Lulu 
July 20: George Wolfe, known for his strip Pops, dies at age 82.
July 28: Jacques Laudy, Belgian comics artist ( Hassan & Kadour, worked for ) and painter, dies at age 86. Tintin 
October 20: Gaylord DuBois, American comics writer ( , Tarzan , Red Ryder ), dies at age 94. The Lone Ranger
October 31: Federico Fellini, Italian film director and occasional comics artist and writer ( Giacomino, Cico e Pallina, Geppi La Bimba Atomica, Viaggio a Tulun, Il Viaggio di G. Mastorna), dies of a stroke at age 73. 
November 9: Ross Andru, American comics artist and editor (co-creator of Sgt. Rock, worked on , The Amazing Spider-Man , The Flash , Metal Men , Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man ), dies at age 66. Wonder Woman 
November 10: Alberto Breccia, Uruguayan-Argentine comics artist ( , Mort Cinder , Ernie Pike , El Eternauta , Evita, vida y obra de Eva Perón ), dies at age 74. Martin Fierro 
November 11: John Stanley, American comics writer ( ), dies at age 79. Little Lulu 
December 10: Roland Davies, British comics artist and painter ( Come On, Steve, Roddy the Road Scout, Jill Crusoë, continued and Sexton Blake ), dies at age 89. Teddy Tail 
December 12: Franz-Werner Richter-Johnsen, German painter, graphic artist and comics artist ( Detektiv Schmidtchen, Taró), dies at age 81. 
December 21: Zack Mosley, American comics artist ( ), dies at age 87. The Adventures of Smilin' Jack 
January 17–18: International Association for Direct Distribution (New Orleans, Louisiana)
January 23–24: Great Eastern Conventions I (Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City) — guests include Wendy & Richard Pini, launching their Elfquest '93 tour. 
March 5–7 Dallas Fantasy Fair I (Dallas, Texas) — first presentation of the Harvey Awards since the death of awards' namesake Harvey Kurtzman; fund-raiser to help pay for the continuance of the award; official guests include  Adam West, Donald Simpson, Larry Stroman, Tex Henson, Kerry Gammill, and Shannon Wheeler
March 21: WaRP Graphics convention (Liverpool, New York) — organized by Wendy and Richard Pini to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation
March 31 – April 1: ProCon (Oakland, California) — first professionals-only convention; held right before WonderCon
April 2–4: WonderCon (Oakland, California) — 7th edition of the convention 
April 3–4: Great Eastern Conventions II (New York City)
April 24–25: GlasCAC (Glasgow City Halls, Glasgow, Scotland) — 4th edition of the GlasCAC; presentation of the U.K. Comic Art Awards; guests include Colin MacNeil, Cam Kennedy, Dave Alexander, John Beeston, and Jim Shooter 
May 8: Ramapo Comic Con VIII (Ramapo High School, Spring Valley, New York) — guests include Julius Schwartz, José Luis García-López, Jerry Ordway, Frank McLaughlin, Luke McDonnell, Jim Salicrup, Mike Leeke, Evan Dorkin, Mark Chiarello, George Pratt, Lee Weeks, Bob McLeod, Dave Cockrum, Bob Pinaha, John Workman, Rick Parker, Jordan Raskin, Bob Wiacek, Ron Garney, Rachel Pollack, Ken Gale, Mercy Van Vlack, Kurt Schaffenberger, Anthony Tollin, Adrienne Roy, Joe Staton, Bernie Wrightson, Elaine Lee, Doug Moench, Bob Smith, Bob Layton, Michael Davis, Deni Loubert, Ray Lago, Eric Shanower, Kim DeMulder, Rick Bryant, Howard Bender, and M. D. Bright
June 11–13: Heroes Convention (Charlotte, North Carolina)
June 12–13: Great Eastern Conventions III (Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City)
June 18–20: Dallas Fantasy Fair II (Dallas Market Hall Convention Center, Dallas, Texas) — guests include Clive Barker (special guest) and Dave Sim
June 25–27: Atlanta Fantasy Fair XIX (Hyatt Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, Georgia) — official guests include David Prowse, Grace Lee Whitney, Caroline Munro, Monique Gabrielle, Jeff Rector, Gunnar Hanson, Irish McCalla
July 2–4: Chicago Comicon (Rosemont Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois) — 20,000–30,000 attendees; guest of honor:  Neil Gaiman
July 16–18: Dragon Con Atlanta Comics Expo (Atlanta Hilton & Towers, Atlanta, Georgia) — 8,000 attendees; presentation of the Wizard Fan Awards
July 17–18: CAPTION93 ( Oxford Union Society, Oxford, England)
August 7–8: Houston Comic Book Festival (University Center, University of Houston, Houston, Texas) — first annual edition; guests include Chris Claremont, Matt Wagner, Kelley Jones, Joe St. Pierre, Evan Dorkin, and Mike Leeke
August 19–22: San Diego Comic-Con (San Diego Convention Center and Doubletree Hotel, San Diego, California) — 28,000 attendees. Special guests include Murphy Anderson, Jim Aparo, Peter Bagge, Dan Clowes, Nancy Collins, Paul Dini, Garth Ennis, Ferd Johnson, Rick Kirkman, Don Martin, Olivia, Dave Sim, Vin Sullivan, Michael Whelan, Robert Williams, and Roger Zelazny
September 18–19: United Kingdom Comic Art Convention (London, England) — guests include Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Rian Hughes, Steve Yeowell, Jill Thompson, Matt Wagner, Alan Grant, and Carlos Ezquerra
October 8–11: Comicfest '93 (Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) — produced by David Greenhill Promotions; guests included  Harlan Ellison, Jim Shooter; infamous debate about Image Comics between Peter David and Todd McFarlane, moderated by George Pérez 
First issues by title
Dwayne McDuffie. Artist: John Paul Leon
^ "Tintin (1946-1988)". www.lambiek.net.
^ 2000 AD #842 at Barney
^ "2000 AD". www.2000adonline.com.
^  'Nuff Said! Guest List Page 1
^ "Frans Funke Küpper". lambiek.net.
^ "Harvey Kurtzman". lambiek.net.
^ "Norman Mansbridge". lambiek.net.
^ "Alden McWilliams". lambiek.net.
^ "Alberto Giolitti". lambiek.net.
^ "Marge". lambiek.net.
^ "Vincent T. Hamlin". lambiek.net.
^ "Arturo Moreno". lambiek.net.
^ "Jacques Laudy". lambiek.net.
^ "Federico Fellini". lambiek.net.
^ "Ross Andru". lambiek.net.
^ "Alberto Breccia". lambiek.net.
^ "John Stanley". lambiek.net.
^ "Zack Mosley". lambiek.net.
^ "Newswatch: Elfquest '93 Tour," The Comics Journal #156 (Feb. 1993).
^ Price, Michael H. "Harvey Kurtzman, Founder of Mad, Remembered as a Comic-Industry Giant," Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (March 06, 1993).
^ "Comics Convention Starts in Oakland," San Francisco Chronicle (02 Apr 1993), p. C14.
^ Black, Ian. "Zap! Kraaak! Pow! Comic culture has landed in Glasgow," The Times (18 Apr 1993).
^ Isaacs, Deanna. "Clash of the Comic Cons: Wizard World and the new C2E2 battle it out for the hearts and minds of local comics fans," (April 15, 2010). Chicago Reader
^ Newswatch: Greenhill Sues Great Eastern and Wizard," The Comics Journal #172 (Nov. 1994), p. 40.
^ Gary St. Lawrence. "The Peter David-Todd McFarlane Debate: Topic: Has Image Comics/Todd McFarlane been treated fairly by the media?". Comics Buyer's Guide #1044. November 19, 1993. Pages 92, 98, 102, 108, 113, 116.
^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1990s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 260. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Selina Kyle finally stole the spotlight in her first ongoing series by writer Jo Duffy and artist Jim Balent.
^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 261: "The Outsiders made their return in a new series courtesy of writer Mike W. Barr and artist Paul Pelletier."