Ditko Panel at Heroes Con 2009


Once again, Craig Fischer and I will be organizing and hosting one of our (in)famous “mega-panels” at this year’s Heroes Con.  This year’s subject: Steve Ditko!  Trust me, you’re going to want to be there for this one.  It’s at 3:00 pm on Saturday in room 213 BCD.

Starting the festivities will be the first ever official U.S. showing of Jonathan Ross’s BBC Documentary, In Search of Steve Ditko.  Then comics heavyweights Roy Thomas and Dick Giordano will be speaking about their experiences working with the enigmatic and sometimes prickly Ditko.  Finally, Craig, Chris Schweizer (of Crogan’s Vengeance fame) and I will each be discussing one of our favorite pages of Ditko’s work.

Anyway, here’s the official skinny:


Midnight Sun cartoonist Ben Towle and Thought Balloonist blogger Craig Fischer host an extensive tribute to one of the most creative and enigmatic figures in comics: Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko! The first hour will be a screening of Jonathan Ross’s provocative BBC documentary In Search of Steve Ditko (2007), featuring interviews with John Romita, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and other high-profile Ditko fans. Following the documentary, two comics legends who worked extensively with Ditko–writer/editor Roy Thomas and artist/editor Dick Giordano–will share their memories of the man and his art. The tribute ends with Ben, Craig, and cartoonist/educator Chris Schweizer analyzing their favorite Ditko pages and dissecting Ditko’s contributions to comics history.

Be there!


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  1. Landry Walker says:

    I wish you doing this panel at San Diego.

  2. Ben says:

    I wish I was going to San Diego! I haven’t been in a few years and unfortunately the crap-tastic economy isn’t facilitating a trip out there this summer. Maybe next year…

  3. Chris S says:

    I’m really excited about this, Ben – thanks for the opportunity.

  4. Javier Hernandez says:

    Hi Ben,

    This post came up in my Ditko Blog Alert (I know, what a dork!). Never been to Heroes Con, but this would certainly have made me really want to go. As you said though, the crap-tastic economy… Anyways, congrats to you and Chris for organizing this and best wishes!

    p.s.: Looks like you and I had the same idea regarding the naming of our blogs! :)

  5. Ben says:

    Javier – Thanks! I’m hoping it goes well… Maybe we can get someone to do video, or at least just audio, of the panel and post it.

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