Guest of Honor Larry Hama

Larry Hama is a writer/cartoonist/illustrator/actor/musician whoHama2 has worked in comics, television, and film.  Hama is best known as the writer of Marvel’s G.I. Joe comics in the ‘eighties, the writer of Marvel’s Wolverine in the ‘nineties, and the creator of Bucky O’Hare. More recently Hama has scripted Spooks, and Barack the Barbarian for Devil’s Due Comics, G.I. Origins and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero for IDW as well as various animation and video game projects. Hama was Artist in Residence at Asian/Pacific/American Arts Institute at NYU in 2012. Most recently, Hama is the author of The Death of Captain America a prose novel for Marvel (hardcover) that features characters (Winter Soldier, Black Widow, Nick Fury) who are prominent in the new Captain America movie.

 In comics, Hama has written, edited, or drawn for Avengers, Blaze, Nth Man, The Nam,Conan, Batman, Wonder Woman, Bizarre Adventures, X-Men, Spider-Man, Daredevil,and dozens more. Hama illustrations and cartoons have appeared in National Lampoon, Esquire, New York and Rolling Stone.  Hama has appeared on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures and on television in M*A*S*H, Saturday Night Live, Robot Chicken, and Another World.

In 2012, Comic-Con International awarded Larry Hama with an Inkpot Award. Inkpot Awards are given to individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services.

Prior to G.I. Joe’s relaunch in 1982, Hama was developing an idea for a new comic called Fury Force, which Hama was hoping would be an ongoing series for Marvel Comics. The original premise had the son of S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury assembling a team of elite commandos to battle neo-Nazi terrorists HYDRA. Shooter approached Hama about the Joe project due to Hama’s military background, and the Fury concept was adapted for the project. Shooter suggested to Hasbro that G.I. Joe should be the team name and that G.I. Joe should fight terrorists, while Archie Goodwin invented Cobra and the Cobra Commander; everything else was created by Hama. Each G.I. Joe figure included a character biography, called a file card. Hama was largely responsible for writing these file cards, especially for the first ten years. When developing many of the characters, Hama drew much from his own experiences in the US military. Every year, Hasbro and Marvel would meet up to discuss the upcoming toys and marketing. Hama was given a free rein by Marvel’s editorial here. Both the toys and the comics would become a great success, the comics being Marvel Comic’s most subscribed title at one point.

Hama is currently working with filmmaker Mark Cheng, co-founder of Planet Nerd Rage Productions, as the co-writer on the film Ghost Source Zero expected to be released early 2015.

For a more in depth look at Hama’s career click on the link below

Larry Hama’s profile on Comic Book Database

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