Animators Turn Comic-Con into Actionopolis

A number of accomplished animators and comic-book illustrators will be at the San Diego Comic-Con this week promoting Actionopolis, a new line of illustrated prose chapter books for children. Published by Komikwerks, LLC., the books are created by various artists, including animation talent who have worked on such high-profile features as Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Paramount’s The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and the TV series G.I. Joe, X-Men, Static Shock and Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.

The Actionopolis project is spearheaded by publisher and veteran animator Shannon Eric Denton, who has storyboarded the Jimmy Neutron movie and the upcoming series Ninja Turtles Flash Forward, among others. She will be joined at Comic-Con by Finding Nemo storyboarder Bruce Zick, Spider-Man animator/Zombie Monkey Monster Jamboree illustrator Will Meugniot, Static Shock storyboarder Rick Hoberg and Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi writer Adam Beechen, among others. The artists will be on hand for signings at booth #2302, and will also play host to a panel discussion and Q&A session scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, in room 1A.

Denton founded Actionopolis with fellow Komikwerks publisher Patrick Coyle. This month, the venture will release the first in a line of more than 15 new book series, with seven more illustrated volumes slated to debut this fall. Information and previews of the current slate, as well as upcoming stops on the Actionopolis tour, can be found at