Influential Green Lantern creators Ethan Van Sciver and Darryl Banks are among the key guests at Hall of Fame City Comic Con on Saturday at the Memorial Civic Center.

Green Lantern's light will shine brightly upon Hall of Fame City Comic Con on Saturday at the Memorial Civic Center. The city will welcome two of the most important Green Lantern artists in modern comic history from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ethan Van Sciver and Darryl Banks will be present for the entire event and will be part of a special Green Lantern panel from noon to 1 p.m.

Van Sciver is best known for helping resurrect Hal Jordan with writer Geoff Johns in the six-issue mini series "Green Lantern: Rebirth" in 2004. Van Sciver went on to provide art for other major Green Lantern events such as "The Sinestro Corps War." Van Sciver still works in the Green Lantern universe on the series "Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps." He is part of a rotating team of artists who work on the twice-monthly shipping title.

"We reached out to him about taking part in the event last year," Hall of Fame City Comic Con organizer Jason Nelson said. "He had a scheduling conflict and we couldn't make it work for last year. This year, we got in his ear early and got him booked for the show in late January."

Not content with simply resurrecting one dead hero, Van Sciver and Johns teamed again in 2009 to bring Barry Allen back to the DC Universe as the Flash. Allen had been deceased since perishing in the series "Crisis on Infinite Earths" in 1986. 

Banks, a Columbus native, and writer Ron Marz were given a mandate to usher out Jordan as the star of the Green Lantern series in 1994.

"We've known Darryl for a long time," Nelson said. "He comes up here a lot. He has a great relationship with Bill's Books and More in Canton. He has a really busy schedule, but he likes coming to smaller shows like this where he can spend time with the fans."

Those won't be the only stars appearing. Independent creator Terry Moore will also be on hand and part of a panel from 4-5 p.m. The "Strangers in Paradise" creator has won an Eisner Award and a Harvey Award for his work.

"He was one of the creators we reached out to last year," Nelson said. "He got back to us early this year. His wife was going through his spam email and found our message and she called us and asked if we were still interested in having him come in. We were really excited about that. It was a rare case where he ended up coming to us."

The event will also feature a cosplay contest. The children's contest will be at 3 p.m. and the adult contest will be at 4 p.m. The judges will be the hosts of the "Stansbury Show" from 106.9 FM.

Event tickets are $10 for adults.

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