Get the latest on â€œThe Crowâ€ straight from the character's creator, James O'Barr, at this weekend's Wizard World Austin Comic Con.
After a year away, the Wizard World brand of comic conventions returns to Texas. Described as part of North America's largest pop-culture tour, the Texas Wizard show has generally been the largest comics and pop culture show in the Southwest.
The show runs today through Sunday at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St.
James O'Barr, creator of â€œThe Crow,â€ will speak at 6 p.m. today about his creation. O'Barr's website announced plans in January for an â€œAuthor's Editionâ€ of â€œThe Crowâ€ that would contain 60 pages of new material. In â€œThe Crow,â€ Eric Draven and his fiancee, Shelly, are murdered by a street gang. Eric returns from the dead as a dark avenger, seeking revenge on those who caused his death.
The comic book series â€œThe Crowâ€ was written and drawn by O'Barr as a way of dealing with his grief at the death of his fiancee by a drunken driver.
â€œInitially, when I did it 20 years ago, the violent scenes came really easy to me, and the romantic flashback sequences were the most difficult to do,â€ O'Barr told SciFiMafia.com. â€œI think part of that is because the event in my life that triggered the whole book (was) still really close to me, and I still hadn't dealt with it at that point, and I was angry at the world. So, the violence came really easily, and I'm finding the exact opposite this time where I have to struggle to do the violent stuff, and the romantic sequences that I wasn't capable of doing back then are coming really easily to me now. I guess I've dealt with my traumas. I'm endeavoring to be a happy man at this point.â€
O'Barr was heavily involved with the 1994 film adaptation of â€œThe Crow,â€ which starred Brandon Lee. Lee was accidentally killed during the filming of â€œThe Crowâ€ when a prop gun was accidentally loaded with a live round. Director Alex Proyas finished the film with the support of Lee's family.
O'Barr hasn't had involvement with the â€œCrowâ€ sequels or television series and told SciFiMafia he wasn't sure about the planned remake.
â€œI do give them credit for not using the Eric and Shelly characters, because people are very affectionate towards Brandon and protective, as well.â€
Also set to appear at Wizard World Austin are television's original Batman and Robin, Adam West and Burt Ward.
Other television and media guests include Billy Dee Williams (â€œThe Empire Strikes Back,â€ â€œBatmanâ€), Lee Majors (â€œThe Six Million Dollar Man,â€ â€œThe Fall Guyâ€), Lindsay Wagner (â€œThe Bionic Womanâ€), Claudia Christian (â€œBabylon 5â€) and three actors from â€œBuffy: The Vampire Slayerâ€: Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer and James Charles Leary.
â€œWe are pleased to return to Texas with Wizard World Austin Comic Con,â€ Wizard World CEO Gareb Shamus said in a news release. â€œAustin is a vibrant, growing city, and our show appeals to fans of all aspects of pop culture, from comics to television to movies to music to toys to video games and more.â€
While Wizard World conventions attract many media guests, comic book creators will also make a strong appearance at the Austin show.
Mike Grell (â€œGreen Arrowâ€), Joe Madureira (â€œUncanny X-Menâ€), Bill Sienkiewicz (â€œMoon Knightâ€), Matthew Sturges (â€œJack of Fablesâ€) and Michael Golden (â€œMicronautsâ€) are among the writers and artists set to appear at the convention.
More than 150 writers and artists are scheduled to appear.
For more information, go online to www.wizard