Comic Book Writers Frank Tieri (Spider-Man) and Donny Cates (Venom) at Fan Expo Canada 2019

Esteemed and accomplished comic book writers Frank Tieri and Donny Cates discuss their storied careers, share what goes on behind-the-scenes and answer fan questions at their 2019 Fan Expo Canada Q&A panel in Toronto — beautifully moderated by comics, sci-fi and geek culture expert John T. Kirk who requested we delay posting this event by a few weeks to avoid spoiling anything:

Donny Cates is a writer of comic books who has worked with publishers like Dark Horse, Heavy Metal Magazine and Marvel and contributed to titles like Cosmic Ghost Rider with artist Dylan Burnett, Death of the Inhumans, Thanos with artists Mike Deodato and Geoff Shaw, Doctor Strange, Damnation, Buzzkill, The Ghost Fleet, The Paybacks, Interceptor, Star Trek, Atomahawk, Marvel Live!, the new Guardians of the Galaxy series with artist Geoff Shaw and the new Venom series with artists Ryan Stegman and Iban Coello. Cates has released three original series: God Country, a West Texas-set fantasy adventure; Redneck, an East Texas-set horror book in the vein of The Walking Dead; and Babyteeth, the story of a teenage girl who gives birth to the anti-Christ. Each of these three books has set the charts on fire with reprints and sellouts at the publisher level.

Frank Tieri is an independent award-winning writer working in television, film, comics and video games. He has written for the animated ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN program on Disney XD and the smash hit, top selling video game MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3, IGN’s winner of best video game at San Diego Comic Con and described by G4 as setting “the standard for fighting game dialogue”– now at over 2.5 million sales and counting! Some of Tieri’s other work for Marvel includes New Excalibur, Wolverine (and it’s spin-off, a short-lived Weapon X ongoing series), Underworld, a post Avengers Disassembled Hercules mini-series, Wolverine/Darkness, Dracula versus Apocalypse, Civil war: War crimes as well as World War Hulk: Gamma Corps. For DC, he has written a JSA Classified story, as well as Countdown tie-ins Lord Havok and the Extremists and Gotham underground. His style is gritty, yet usually laden with pop-culture references and black humor.

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