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2005 in comics
Notable events of
2005 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
January 31: John R. Norton begins the George comic strip
April 20: DC Comics launches the new DC Direct website (at [www.dcdirectonline.com]).
April 26: Artist Ed Benes ( ) extends his exclusive agreement with DC Comics for an additional three years. Superman
December 1, 2005:
December 3, 2005:
December 4, 2005: Pakisatini based group Jamaat-e-Islami, have placed a price of around €7,000 upon the head of what it believes to be one cartoonist of 12 cartoons. The cartoons were actually drawn by separate illustrators, and were solicited by Denmark newspaper as part of an editorial point regarding commentary on public figures. Jyllands-Posten The Comics Reporter
December 5, 2005:
It is reported that
Fox are to make a sequel to this year's movie, with a proposed release date of July 4, 2007. Fantastic Four Newsarama The
Webcomics Examiner announces its Web comics of 2005. Web Comics Examiner Les Mauvaises Gens, by Etienne Davodeau, wins Grand Prix de la Critique for 2005. The prize is awarded by L'Association des Critique et Journalistes de Bandes Dessinees.
BdZoom The trailer for
X3 is launched online. Newsarama
December 6, 2005:
December 7, 2005:
December 8, 2005:
December 9, 2005: Bill Griffith and James Sturm are interviewed by comics page editor Suzanne Tobin online. Washington Post The Washington Post
December 11, 2005: Roger Sabin reviews recent graphic novels in . The Observer The Observer
December 12, 2005:
December 13, 2005: nominates three The Village Voice graphic novels within its favorite 25 books of the year. The Village Voice
December 14, 2005: Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson's run on the strip is to be collected by Flash Gordon Image Comics and Eva Ink Publishing. Newsarama
December 15, 2005:
December 17, 2005:
December 19, 2005: It is reported that cartoonist Joe Martin is to launch his own syndicate to better promote his own work. He was previously syndicated by Tribune Media Services. Editor & Publisher
December 20, 2005:
December 26, 2005:
December 28, 2005:
December 29, 2005: A sale of cartoon art opens in London, with artwork of Dan Dare strips by Frank Hampson amongst the work offered for sale. BBC
December 30, 2005:
December 31, 2005:
November 11: Lucho Olivera, Argentine comics artist ( ), dies at age 63. Nippur de Lagash 
November 20: Lou Myers, American cartoonist (worked for ), dies at age 90. The New Yorker The New York Times
November 21: David Austin, British cartoonist ( Hom Sap), dies at age 70. BBC
November 26: Stan Berenstain, American writer and illustrator (co-creator of ), dies at age 82. The Berenstain Bears 
November 30: Jim Sasseville, American comics artist (assistant on and Peanuts ), dies at age 78. It's Only a Game
December 7: The death of Bill Fraccio is announced as having occurred "about three weeks ago". Fraccio, who got his start in the Golden Age, worked for EC, Hillman Publications, Dell Comics, and others, and at Charlton Comics from 1956-79. News From Me
December 18: Cuban cartoonist Rafael Fornes Collado dies. The Comics Reporter
December 26,: Bud Blake, creator of Tiger, dies aged 87 years old. The Comics Reporter
December 31: Maurice Dodd, writer of since the late 1950s, dies. The Perishers BBC
December 31: Jean Ollivier, French comic book creator and the writer behind Vaillant, dies. The Comics Reporter
Exhibitions and shows
June 29–October 16: Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) — "Present Tense: Seth" 
Nov. 20, 2005 – March 12, 2006: Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) (Los Angeles) — "Masters of American Comics," featuring the work of Winsor McCay, Lyonel Feininger, George Herriman, E. C. Segar, Frank King, Chester Gould, Milton Caniff, and Charles M. Schulz at the Hammer Museum; and Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Robert Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Gary Panter, and Chris Ware at MOCA; curated by John Carlin and Brian Walker
First issues by title
These comic books were the first issued in each series.
Released: January by Dark Horse Comics. Writer & Artist: Peter Bagge
Released: May by Fenickx Productions LLC. Writer: James S. Abrams. Artist: Brett Marting
Batman: Dark Detective
Released: May 4 by DC Comics. Writer: Steve Englehart. Artists: Marshall Rogers and Terry Austin.
Blade for Barter
Release: February by Seven Seas Entertainment. Writer: Jason DeAngelis Artist: Honoel A. Ibardolaza
Daredevil vs. Punisher
Release: July 6 by Marvel Comics ( Marvel Knights imprint). Writer & Artist: David Lapham.
Fantastic Four: House of M
Release: July 6 by Marvel Comics. Writer: John Layman. Artist: Scot Eaton.
Great Lakes Avengers
Release: April 6 by Marvel Comics. Writer: Dan Slott. Artist: Paul Pelletier.
House of M
Release: June 1 by Marvel Comics. Writer: Brian Michael Bendis. Artist: Olivier Coipel.
Release: March 17 by Top Cow Productions. Writer: Mark Waid. Artist: Marc Silvestri.
Release: February 9 by Marvel Comics. Writer: Allan Heinberg. Artist: Jim Cheung.
Young Avengers #1 "Director's Cut"
Release: March 16 by Marvel Comics.
January 22–23: Big Apple Comic Con I (Penn Plaza Pavilion, New York City)
February 5–6: Emerald City Comicon (Qwest Field Event Center, Seattle, Washington) — guests include Adam Kubert, Jhonen Vasquez, Tony Harris, Josh Middleton, Travis Charest, Cary Nord, Steve McNiven, Mike Choi, Russ Heath, Michael Lark, David Finch, Eric Powell, Dustin Nguyen, Roy Thomas, Andy Owens, Drew Johnson, Pete Woods, Jason Pearson, Tim Sale, Brian Michael Bendis, Kurt Busiek, Robert Kirkman, Jim Cheung, Ed Brubaker, Sean Chen, Peter Bagge, Jim Woodring, Greg Rucka, Alex Maleev, Scott Kurtz, Crab Scrambly, Dexter Vines, Gail Simone, Jay Faerber, John Layman, Ford Gilmore, David Hahn, Matthew Clark, Tom Peyer, Karl Kesel, Rebecca Woods, Jeff Parker, Steve Lieber, Ron Randall, Paul Guinan, Steve Rolston, Takeshi Miyazawa, Dave Stewart, Matt Haley, Bill Schelly, and Steve Sadowski
February 12–13: Dallas Comic Con ("DCC5") (Richardson Civic Center, Richardson, Texas) — guests include Bernie Wrightson, Tim Bradstreet, Steve Niles, Mark Brooks, Jaime Mendoza, Scott Kurtz, Todd Nauck, Raven Gregory, Cal Slayton, and Brian Denham
February 18–20: WonderCon (Moscone Center, San Francisco, California)
February 25–27: MegaCon (Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida) — guests include Mark Waid, Mike Deodato, George Pérez, Michael Avon Oeming, Chuck Dixon, Wilson Tortosa, Aaron Lopresti, Marv Wolfman, Ethan Van Sciver, Monte Moore, Phil Jimenez, Tone Rodriguez, Michael T. Gilbert, Roy Thomas, Dan Brereton, Allen Bellman, Gene Colan, George Tuska, Tommy Castillo, Andy Runton, Jinky Coronado, David Campiti, Lou Ferrigno, George Lowe, Richard Hatch, and Gil Gerard
March 5: STAPLE! (BPOE #201, Austin, Texas) — first edition of this convention; guests: Shannon Wheeler, Scott Kurtz, Terry Moore, and Michael Lark
March 18–20: Wizard World Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California) — 24,000 attendees
April: Phoenix Comicon (Glendale, Arizona) — official guests: Todd Nauck and Marv Wolfman
April 1–3: Big Apple Comic Con II (Penn Plaza Pavilion, New York City)
April 9–10: Alternative Press Expo (Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco, California)
April 16: Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.) (Ohio Expo Center, Rhodes Center, Columbus, Ohio) — special guests: Dave Sim and Gerhard
April 22: Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
April 22–24: Pittsburgh Comicon (Pittsburgh Expomart, Monroeville, Pennsylvania) — official guests: George Pérez, Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, Michael Kaluta, Joe Linsner, Scott McDaniel, Jimmy Palmiotti, Howard Porter, Mark Texeira, Tom Smith, Michael Turner, and Sal Buscema
April 29–May 1: Toronto Comic Con (National Trade Centre, Hall F, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) — guests of honor: Brian Michael Bendis, Warren Ellis, and Jerry Robinson
May 13–15: Motor City Comic Con (Novi, Michigan)
May 13–14: East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention ( African American Museum in Philadelphia and Ritter Hall [ Temple University], Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) — convention expands to two days
May14–15: Comic Expo (British Empire & Commonwealth Exhibition Hall/Ramada Plaza Hotel, Bristol, United Kingdom) — guests include J. Michael Straczynski, Michael Avon Oeming, Gary Frank, Dave Gibbons, Alan Davis, Brian Bolland,  Mike Ploog and Simon Bisley; 2,000 attendees
May 27–29: Toronto Comic Arts Festival (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
June 3–5: Wizard World Philadelphia (Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) — 27,000 attendees; guest of honor: J. Michael Straczynski
June 11–12: MoCCA Festival (Puck Building, New York City)
June 17–18: Big Apple Comic Con III (Penn Plaza Pavilion, New York City)
June 18–19: Adventure Con 4 (Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville, Tennessee)
June 24–26: Heroes Convention (Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina) — guests include Jim Amash, Robert Atkins, Michael Bair, Christian Beranek, Jackson Bostwick, June Brigman, Mark Brooks, Bob Burden, Nick Cardy, Richard Case, John Cassaday, Howard Chaykin, Cliff Chiang, Dave Cockrum, Paty Cockrum, Gene Colan, Steve Conley, Shane Davis, Kim DeMulder, Todd Dezago, Tommy Lee Edwards, Tom Feister, Ken Gale, Dick Giordano, Brandon Graham, Cully Hamner, Tony Harris, Irwin Hasen, Greg Horn, Paul Hornschemeier, Adam Hughes, Jamal Igle, James Jean, Georges Jeanty, Paul Jenkins, Nat Jones, Richard Kiel, James Kochalka, Scott Kurtz, Jason Latour, John Paul Leon, Rick Leonardi, John Lucas, Jonathan Luna, Joshua Luna, David W. Mack, Jim Mahfood, Nathan Massengill, Jeff Mason, Ed McGuinness, Mercedes McNab, Pop Mhan, Joshua Middleton, Chris Moreno, Phil Noto, James O'Barr, Tom Palmer, Jason Pearson, Brandon Peterson, Chris Pitzer, Mike Ploog, Paul Pope, Joe Pruett, Joe Quesada, Budd Root, Don Rosa, Craig Rousseau, Josef Rubinstein, Andy Runton, Alex Saviuk, Scott L. Schwartz, Marie Severin, Dash Shaw, Joe Staton, Brian Stelfreeze, Arthur Suydam, Mark Texeira, Roy Thomas, Tim Townsend, Herb Trimpe, Rob Ullman, Ethan Van Sciver, Mercy Van Vlack, Dexter Vines, Mike Wieringo, Renée Witterstaetter, and Marv Wolfman
June 25–26: London Film and Comic Con (Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England, UK)
July 14–17: Comic-Con International (San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California) — 103,000 attendees; official guests: Lalo Alcaraz, Lee Ames, Sy Barry, Bob Bolling, Bruce Campbell, Nick Cardy, Greg Evans, Bob Fujitani, Pia Guerra, Ray Harryhausen, Phil Jimenez, Robert Jordan, David Lapham, Richard Morgan, Gary Panter, Eric Powell, Lou Scheimer, J. J. Sedelmaier, Dexter Taylor, Brian K. Vaughan, and James Warren
July 30–31: "Bargain Basement CAPTION" (Wolfson College, Oxford, England)
August 5–7: Wizard World Chicago (Rosemont Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois)
August 26–28: Fan Expo Canada (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) — 39,753 attendees; guests include Elijah Wood, Clive Barker, Gary Gygax, James Marsters, Kevin Sorbo, Crispin Glover, Marina Sirtis, Adam Baldwin, Erica Durance, Margot Kidder, Kenny Baker, Elvira, J. Michael Straczynski, Frank Quitely, Mark Bagley, Greg Land, Neal Adams, Jhonen Vasquez, and Peter Laird
September 2–5: Dragon Con (Hyatt Regency Atlanta/Marriott Marquis/Atlanta Hilton, Atlanta, Georgia) — 20,000+ attendees; guests include Robert Jordan, Anne McCaffrey, Basil Gogos, and Jonathan Harris
September 6–11: Jornadas de Cómic (Aviles, Spain)
September 17–18: Big Apple Comic Con IV (Penn Plaza Pavilion, New York City)
September 24–25: Small Press Expo (Bethesda, Maryland)
September 30–October 2: Wizard World Boston (Bayside Expo Center, Dorchester, MA) — guests include John Cassaday, Lou Ferrigno, and Marc Silvestri
September 30: Komikazen (Ravenna, Italy) — first iteration of the nonfiction comics festival; guests include Phoebe Gloeckner, Joe Sacco, and Marjane Satrapi
October 1: Stumptown Comics Fest (Smith Memorial Ballroom, Portland, Oregon) — 80 exhibitor tables; 450 attendees
October 14–15: Comics Salon ( Bratislava, Slovakia)
October 15–16: Dallas Comic Con ("DCC6") (Plano Centre, Plano, Texas) — guests include Mark Brooks, Ale Garza, Cliff Chiang, Rich Buckler, Terry Moore, Michael Lark, James O'Barr, Kerry Gammill, Jaime Mendoza, Cat Staggs, Cynthia Cummiens, David Hopkins, Ben Dunn, and writer Baldo Hector Cantú
November 4–6: Wizard World Texas (Arlington Convention Center, Arlington, Texas) — guests include Dan Didio, Ethan Van Sciver, Rob Liefeld, Peter David, Buddy Saunders, Margot Kidder, Sean Astin, and Ron Perlman 
November 18–20: Big Apple National Comic Book Art, and Toy Show (Penn Plaza Pavilion, New York City) — guests include Neal Adams, Dick Giordano, Adam Hughes, Paul Chadwick, Sam Kieth, Dave Sim, Jim Starlin, Dean Haspiel, Harvey Pekar, Spain Rodriguez, S. Clay Wilson, Dan Fogel, Jim Woodring, Kim Deitch, Michael Kaluta, Charles Vess, Walt Simonson, Arthur Suydam, Jim Krueger, Michael Avon Oeming, Joseph Michael Linsner, Mitchell Breitweiser, William Tucci, Ken Kelly, Lee Weeks, Mark Schultz, Tania del Rio, Arthur Adams, Michael Lark, Dick Ayers, Danny Fingeroth, Jim Salicrup, Rich Buckler, Mark Texeira, William H. Foster, III, Jim Muniz, Tim Vigil, Joe Vigil, David Quinn, Mirage Studios, Joe Staton, Josh Neufeld, John Lucas, and Ed Piskor
November 19–20: Comic Expo (Metropole Hilton, Brighton, United Kingdom) — guests include Mark Millar, Gilbert Shelton, Dave Gibbons, Sydney Jordan, and Harry Harrison
November 25–26: Mid-Ohio Con (Columbus Hilton Easton, Columbus, Ohio) — 25th anniversary show
Ratings are provided by the publisher: 1 Marvel Comics ratings.
^ "DC Comics Fables contract (Sep.t 9, 2005). Accessed July 10, 2010.
^ Spurgeon, Tom. "Go Read Dave Sims' DC Contract," The Comics Reporter (October 20, 2005).
^ "Seth at Toronto's AGO This Summer!", Drawn and Quarterly official website (June 15, 2005).
^ "Heroes Swoop In To Comic Expo," Games Industry International (21 April 2005)
^ Weiss, Brett. "Texas 2005: Wizard World Report," CBGXtra (Nov. 7, 2005).