Events and publications Edit
Year overall Edit Belgian cartoonist Baudouin de Duve is arrested on the accusation of making an illegal comic book, The Adventures of Tintin in Thailand. He is later cleared from all charges, as he had no intent to plagiarize the franchise and the illegal copies were made without his permission or control. Tintin in Thailand 
January 6: Leo Nowak, American comics artist ( , Superman ) and political cartoonist, dies at age 93. Robotman 
January 9: Carol Voges, Dutch illustrator and comics artist ( , De Avonturen van Pa Pinkelman Jimmy Brown, Sportheld nr. 1, Professor Créghel), dies at age 75. 
January 12: Gian Luigi Bonelli, Italian comics writer ( , Tex Willer ), dies at age 92. Zagor  January 23: Fred Ray, American comics cover artist ( ) and redesigner of Superman's "S" symbol, dies at age 80. Superman 
March 1: Torsten Bjarre, Swedish animator and comics artist ( Flygsoldat 113 Bom, Lilla Fridolf, Oscar), passes away at age 85. 
March 4: Fred Lasswell, American comics artist (drew between 1942 and 2001), dies at age 84. Barney Google and Snuffy Smith 
March 15: Brasser, Belgian political cartoonist ( Prik), dies at age 64. 
March 22: William Hanna, American animator ( Hanna-Barbera comics, , Tom & Jerry , The Flintstones ), dies at age 90. Scooby-Doo
March 26: Bill Yates, American comics artist ( Professor Phumble, Benjy), writer ( ) and comic strip editor for Redeye King Features Syndicate, dies at age 79.  March 31: Luciana Giussiani, Italian comics writer ( ), dies at age 72. Diabolik
April 3: Ray Osrin, American cartoonist, animator and comics artist (worked for Archie Comics, Charlton Comics, Dell Comics and Gold Key Comics, assisted on and Barney Google and Snuffy Smith ), dies at age 72. Morty Meekle 
April 4: Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American artist, cartoonist, illustrator, pinstriper, custom car designer and builder ( ), dies at age 69. Rat Fink
April 16: Mittéï (Hao), Belgian comics artist ( Nine et Mitsou, Indésirable Désiré, Bonaventure, continued between 1963 and 1975) and writer, dies at age 68. Modeste et Pompon  April 19: Henry Boltinoff, American comics artist ( ), dies at age 87. Stoker the Broker 
June 1: Hank Ketcham, American comics artist ( ), dies at age 81. Dennis the Menace 
June 14: Barb Rausch, American comics writer and artist ( Barbie comics, Disney comics), dies at age 60. 
June 15: Hurey, Belgian comics artist ( Jan Heibel en Piet Koning), dies at age 63. 
June 17: Hugo Díaz Jiménez, Costa Rican cartoonist and comics artist ( Las Fisgonas de Paso Ancho), dies at age 70 from bone marrow cancer. 
June 22: George Evans, American comics artist ( , Two-Fisted Tales , Frontline Combat , The Haunt of Fear , Weird Science , Crime SuspenStories ) dies at age 81. Shock SuspenStories 
June 26: Tove Jansson, Finnish novelist, illustrator and comics artist ( ), passes away at age 86. The Moomins  Specific date unknown: Basil Reynolds, British comics artist ( Skit, Skat and the Captain), dies at age 84. 
July 7: Toni Pagot, Italian comics artist, cartoonist and animator ( ), dies at age 79. Calimero 
July 11: Herman Brood, Dutch rock artist, painter and comics artist ( Vaste Prik), commits suicide at age 55 by jumping off the top of a hotel building. 
July 16: Morris, Belgian comics artist ( ), dies at age 77. Lucky Luke 
July 16: Opland, Dutch political cartoonist and comics artist ( De Wonderlijke Avonturen van Anna), dies at age 73 from bone cancer. 
July 22: Eduardo Muñoz Bachs, Spanish-Cuban poster and comics artist ( El Cuento), dies at age 64. 
July 25: Endre Lukács, Hungarian-Dutch comics artist ( Disney comics), dies at age 95.  July 27: Martha Orr, American comics artist ( , prototype for Apple Mary ), dies at age 93. Mary Worth 
September 13: Johnny Craig, American comics artist ( EC Comics), dies at age 75. 
September 26: Fred Neher, American comics artist ( , Life's Like That Otto Watt), dies at age 97 or 98. 
September 30: George Gately, American comics artist ( , Heathcliff Hapless Harry), dies at age 72 from a heart attack.  September 30: Bjørn Frank Jensen, Danish animator and comics artist ( Nop, Disney comics, worked on ), dies at age 81. Pelle Svanslös 
November 6: Gray Morrow, American comics artist (co-creator of and Man-Thing , worked for El Diablo , Eerie and Creepy , assisted on Blazing Combat , Prince Valiant , Big Ben Bolt , continued Secret Agent X-9 , Friday Foster , Buck Rogers in the 25th Century ) commits suicide at age 67. Tarzan 
November 21: Seymour Reit, aka Sy Reit, American animator, writer, screenwriter, comics writer ( , Little Lulu ) and comics artist (worked for Mad Magazine Eisner & Iger), dies at age 83.  November 25: Harry Devlin, American painter, illustrator and comics artist ( Fullhouse - later retitled Raggmopp), dies at age 83. 
December 2: Chase Craig, American animator, scriptwriter and comics writer ( , Looney Tunes comics Odd Bodkins, , Disney comics comics), dies at age 91. Hanna-Barbera 
December 6: Carla Hansen, Danish comics writer ( ), dies at age 95. Rasmus Klump 
December 16: Derek Bauer, South-African comics artist and cartoonist, dies in a car accident at age 45 or 46.  December 19: Dan DeCarlo, American comics artist ( ), dies at age 82 from a heart attack. Archie Comics 
Specific date unknown Edit Charlie Bood, Swedish illustrator and comics artist (
Allan Kämpe, Sme-Olle), passes away at age 78 or 79.   Neg Cochran, American comics artist, ( Out Our Way, continued Herky and Otto Honk), dies at age 87 or 88. 
August 26–September 30: "Historic Virtuoso Cartoonists" (7th Festival of Cartoon Art, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, Ohio) — featuring Thomas Nast, Joseph Keppler, Frederick Burr Opper, Richard Felton Outcault, Winsor McCay, Nell Brinkley, George Herriman, Edwina Dumm, Rube Goldberg, Milton Caniff, Walt Kelly, Charles M. Schulz, Willard Mullin, James Thurber, Oliver Harrington, Art Young, Jay Norwood Darling, Rollin Kirby, and Jeff MacNelly Conventions Edit
February 17–18: Alternative Press Expo (Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco)
February 25: Portland Comic Book Show (Memorial Coliseum at Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon) — guests include Bernie Wrightson, Val Mayerik, Steven Grant, Anne Timmons, and Pete Woods
March 2–4: MegaCon (Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida) — guests include George Pérez, Mark Waid, Steve Epting, Rick Magyar, Scot Eaton, Andrew Hennessy, Wil Quintana, Barbara Kesel, Steve McNiven, Tom Simmons, Morry Hollowell, Bart Sears, Andy Smith, Michael Atiyeh, Ron Marz, Greg Land, Drew Geraci, Brandon Peterson, John Dell, Andrew Crossley, Jim Chuen, Don Hillsman II, and Caesar Rodriguez
March 9: National Comic Book, Art, Toy, and Sci-Fi Expo I (St. Paul's Church Auditorium, New York City)
March 31: Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.) (Ohio Expo Center, Rhodes Center, Columbus, Ohio) — 440 attendees; special guest: Dave Sim. First presentation of the Howard Eugene Day Memorial Award ("the Day Prize")
March 31–April 1: Chicago ComicFest (Ramada Plaza Hotel O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois) — produced by the organizers of the Motor City Comic Con
April 1–3: WonderCon (Oakland Convention Center, Oakland, California)
April 27–29: Pittsburgh Comicon (Radisson Hotel Pittsburgh ExpoMart, Monroeville, Pennsylvania) — guests include Frank Miller,  Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Frank Cho, Dave Cooper, Dan Clowes, Mark Schultz, Scott McDaniel, Tom Savini, Chyna, Michonne Bourriague, Paul Blake, Claire Stansfield, Alexandra Tydings,  Jeff Smith, Terry Moore, Dean Haspiel, and Josh Neufeld
May 18–20: Motor City Comic Con I (Novi Expo Center, Novi, Michigan) — guests include Sergio Aragonés, Todd Dezago, David Finch, Franchesco, Andy Lee, Steve Lieber, Paul Jenkins, Jason Moore, James O'Barr, Michael Avon Oeming, Brian Pulido, Stan Sakai, Chris Sprouse, J. Michael Straczynski, Michael Turner, Randy Zimmerman, Murphy Anderson, Pam Bliss, Mark Crilley, Marshall Dillon, Dick Giordano, David W. Mack, Eddy Newell, Martin Nodell, Mike Okamoto, Diana Okamoto, Jim Ottaviani, Greg Rucka, Billy Tucci, and Chris Yambar
May 26–27: Comics 2001 (Bristol, England, U.K.) — presentation of the National Comics Awards; official guests include Eddie Campbell, D'Israeli, Gary Spencer Millidge, Tony Rollinson, Tim Sayer,  Dave Gibbons, Staz Johnson, Sean Phillips, Charlie Adlard, Greg Staple, Metaphrog, Bob Schreck, Alan Grant, John McCrea, Dez Skinn, and Steve Conley
June 8–10: Heroes Convention (Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina) — guests include Bob Almond, Jim Amash, Murphy Anderson, Mark Bagley, John Beatty, Dan Brereton, Frank Brunner, Steven Butler, Nick Cardy, K.C. Carlson, Richard Case, Sean Chen, Mark Chiarello, Alan Davis, Todd Dezago, Johnna Draper Carlson, Dick Giordano, Jimmy Gownley, Cully Hamner, Scott Hampton, Scott Hanna, Tony Harris, Irwin Hasen, Adam Hughes, Jamal Igle, Georges Jeanty, Phil Jimenez, Drew Johnson, Dan Jolley, Nat Jones, Greg Keyes, Jim Krueger, Bob Layton, Mark Lipka, David W. Mack, Nathan Massengill, Pop Mhan, Phil Noto, Michael Avon Oeming, Paul Pope, James Pruett, Joe Pruett, Joe Quesada, Robin Riggs, Budd Root, Craig Rousseau, Julius Schwartz, Walter Simonson, Louise Simonson, Brian Stelfreeze, Karl Story, Roy Thomas, Tim Townsend, George Tuska, Dexter Vines, Loston Wallace, Karl Waller, and Mike Wieringo
July 6: National Comic Book, Art, Toy, and Sci-Fi Expo II (St. Paul's Church Auditorium, New York City)
July 19–22: Comic-Con International (San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California): 53,000 attendees; official guests: Brian Michael Bendis, John Buscema, Michael Chabon, Frank Cho, Julie Doucet, Brian Froud, Wendy Froud, Gene Ha, Joe R. Lansdale, Russell Myers, P. Craig Russell, Kim Stanley Robinson, Spider Robinson, Alvin Schwartz, Dan Spiegle, Jhonen Vasquez, Judd Winick, and Bernie Wrightson
August 17–19: Wizard World Chicago (Rosemont Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois) — 40,000+ attendees; guest of honor:  Alex Ross; special guests: Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Gene Simmons, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Kimmie Kappenberg from , Survivor James Marsters, and Juliet Landau
August 18–19: "Love is... CAPTION 2001" (Oxford Union Society, Oxford, England)
August 24–26: Fan Expo Canada (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) — 15,359 attendees; guests include William Shatner, James Doohan, Peter Mayhew, Traci Lords, Ethan Phillips, Ted Raimi, Ian Churchill, Jeph Loeb, Carlos Pacheco, Mika Akitaka, and Scott McNeil
August 30–September 2: Dragon Con (Hyatt Regency Atlanta/Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia) — 20,000+ attendees; guests include Don Bluth, Alice Cooper, Anthony Daniels, and James Doohan
September 14–16: Small Press Expo/ International Comics and Animation Festival (SPX/ICAF) (Bethesda, Maryland) — events canceled due September 11 attacks 
September 16: SP-Xiles (Brooklyn, New York) — created to replace canceled Small Press Expo; raises $1,925.00 for the American Red Cross and the New York Fire Fighter's 9-11 Relief Fund 
September 15–16: HoustonCon (Holiday Inn, Houston, Texas) — sponsored by Bedrock City Comics; guests include Harry Knowles, John Lucas, and Scott Gilbert 
October 12–13: National Comic Book, Art, Toy, and Sci-Fi Expo III (St. Paul's Church Auditorium, New York City) — run as a charity event to benefit victims of the September 11 attacks
October 19–21: Bat.con (Dallas, Texas) — celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the TV show. Featured guests include: Batman Mark Waid, Craig Rousseau, Dan Brereton, Norm Breyfogle, Adam West, Burt Ward, Yvonne Craig, Julie Newmar, Frank Gorshin, and Van Williams
October 19–21: Great American Comic Book and Sci-Fi Expo (Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts) — guests include Andy Kubert, Adam Kubert, Joe Kubert, Joe Quesada, Ed McGuinness, and David Wahl
November 2–5; Coco Bulles ( Culture Palace of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire)
November 9–11: National Comic Book, Art, Toy, and Sci-Fi Expo IV (Metropolitan Pavlion, New York City) — featured guests include Klaus Janson and Joe Staton
November 17–18: Motor City Comic Con II (Novi Expo Center, Novi, Michigan) — guests include Aaron Bordner, Peter David, Guy Davis, Marshall Dillon, Vince Locke, Jason Moore, Mark Schultz, William Stout, Randy Zimmerman, Chase Masterson, Vaughn Armstrong, Julie Caitlin Brown, Jeremy Bulloch, Angus McGinnis, Garek Hagon, and Kenneth Colley
November 23–25: UnCommonCon 2001 (Wyndham Anatole Hotel, Dallas, Texas) — events cancelled due to sharp drop in domestic travel after  9/11 and slow dealer tables sales  November 24–25: Mid-Ohio Con (Hilton Columbus Hotel at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio) — guests include Dave Gibbons and John Byrne First issues by title Edit Initial appearances by character name Edit References Edit
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"Carol Voges". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Gian Luigi Bonelli". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Fred Ray". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Adolfo Mazzone". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Fred Lasswell". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Brasser". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Bill Yates". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Ray Osrin". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Mittéï". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Henry Boltinoff". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Eric Bradbury". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Hank Ketcham". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Barb Rausch". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Hurey". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"George Evans". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Tove Jansson". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Toni Pagot". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Herman Brood". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Morris". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Opland". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Bachs". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Endre Lukács". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Martha Orr". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
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"Johnny Craig". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Fred Neher". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"George Gately". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Herbert Block". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Gray Morrow". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Chase Craig". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Vilhelm Hansen". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Derek Bauer". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
"Dan De Carlo". lambiek.net . Retrieved . 7 April 2018
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (27 April 2001), p. 22.
^ Sandells, Natalie.
"Comics 2001," Sequential Tart vol. IV, issue #7 (June 2001).
^ Press release.
"Wizard World Chicago 2001 attendance tops 40,000," Comic Book Resources (September 6, 2001).
^ "Newswatch: SPX/ICAF Cancelled in Wake of Terrorist Attacks on New York and Washington DC,"
The Comics Journal #238 (October 2001), p. 100.
^ "New York: Impromptu SP-Xiles Event Raises Funds for Charity,"
The Comics Journal #238 (October 2001), p. 101.
^ McClelland, Eileen. "Eight-Day Planner September 13–September 20," The Houston Chronicle (September 13, 2001), p. 14.
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