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‘Crow' creator to discuss planned ‘Author's Edition'

The original cover to "The Crow" issue No. 2. <strong></strong>
The original cover to "The Crow" issue No. 2. <strong></strong>

Get the latest on “The Crow” 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 “The Crow,” will speak at 6 p.m. today about his creation. O'Barr's website announced plans in January for an “Author's Edition” of “The Crow” that would contain 60 pages of new material. In “The Crow,” 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 “The Crow” 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.

“Initially, 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,” O'Barr told SciFiMafia.com. “I 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.”

O'Barr was heavily involved with the 1994 film adaptation of “The Crow,” which starred Brandon Lee. Lee was accidentally killed during the filming of “The Crow” 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 “Crow” sequels or television series and told SciFiMafia he wasn't sure about the planned remake.

“I do give them credit for not using the Eric and Shelly characters, because people are very affectionate towards Brandon and protective, as well.”

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 (“The Empire Strikes Back,” “Batman”), Lee Majors (“The Six Million Dollar Man,” “The Fall Guy”), Lindsay Wagner (“The Bionic Woman”), Claudia Christian (“Babylon 5”) and three actors from “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”: Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer and James Charles Leary.

“We are pleased to return to Texas with Wizard World Austin Comic Con,” Wizard World CEO Gareb Shamus said in a news release. “Austin 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.”

While Wizard World conventions attract many media guests, comic book creators will also make a strong appearance at the Austin show.

Mike Grell (“Green Arrow”), Joe Madureira (“Uncanny X-Men”), Bill Sienkiewicz (“Moon Knight”), Matthew Sturges (“Jack of Fables”) and Michael Golden (“Micronauts”) 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.wizardworld.com/austin.html.

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Art from "The Crow." Pocket Books photo <strong></strong>

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