Decades ago, the comic industry used to treat its writers and artists like replaceable cogs in a machine. This was never really true to begin with (and the families of creators like Jack Kirby and Bill Finger have recently won legal victories forcing Marvel and DC to acknowledge their work), but thankfully, today the works of individual comic creators are much more visible and recognized. Ahead of San Diego Comic-Con a few months back, Comixology launched a line of trading cards featuring comic creators like Hellboy’s Mike Mignola and Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson. Now they’re doing it again, for the upcoming New York Comic Con.
The new batch includes everyone from Neil Gaiman to U.S. Congressman John Lewis (who just finished a Civil Rights Movement-themed graphic novel series called March alongside collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell), alongside two “rookie” cards for recent first-time comic writers Chuck Palahniuk and Margaret Atwood.
“Sequels need to be bigger and bolder than the original so we’ve upped the ante for New York Comic Con,” Comixology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger told EW in a statement. “Series 2 has more cards, including a card showcasing the all-ages comics creative team of Art Baltazar and Franco and a card spotlighting one of my personal favorite graphic novels of all time, March. Whether the cards are self-portraits, like Jim Cheung’s, or throwback photos like Cliff Chiang’s, they celebrate the unbridled creativity of the writers and artists who create comics.”
The new cards will be available at designated times at Comixology’s Artist Alley booth at New York Comic Con, and some will be given away at Comixology’s two panels during the convention. Check out the full roster above.