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Notable events of 2000 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
- 1 Events
- 2 Publications by release date
- 3 Deaths
- 4 Conventions
- 5 First issues by title
- 6 Initial appearances by character name
- 7 Notes
- German website Comicforum goes live
- Rebellion Developments takes over the 2000 AD from Fleetway.
- The merger of AOL and Time Warner is announced.
- January 4: The British comics magazine Buster ends its run after 40 years.
- February 13: After nearly half a century of publication the final episode of Charles M. Schulz's long-running and best-selling newspaper comic Peanuts is published. Schulz had announced his retirement a month earlier. The episode happens to coincide with Schulz' death, a day before the final episode is published. Both events make headlines all over the world.
- The final episode of Daniel Clowes' David Boring is prepublished in Eightball.
- Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 3 is canceled by DC with issue #125.
- The discontinuation of Big Panda results in the formation of Keenspot.
- May 27: The final episode of Mort Walker's Boner's Ark is published. 
- May 28: After 87 years of publication Bringing Up Father (originally created by George McManus in 1911) is terminated.
- August 25: The death of Donald Duck comics artist Carl Barks makes headlines on a global scale, but predominantly in Europe and Latin-America where his comics are far more beloved than in his home country.
- The final issue of the Flemish comics magazine Stipkrant, a weekly children's supplement of the newspapers Het Nieuwsblad, De Standaard, Het Handelsblad, De Gentenaar and De Landwacht, is published.
Publications by release date
- 1 January: Chon Day, American cartoonist (Brother Sebastian), passes away at age 92. 
- January 5: Goseki Kojima, Japanese comics artist (co-creator of Lone Wolf and Cub), dies at age 71.
- January 6: Don Martin, American comics artist (Mad, Captain Klutz), dies at age 68.
- January 14: Pat Boyette, American comics artist (co-creator of The Peacemaker), dies at age 76.
- January 31: Gil Kane, American comics artist (DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Starhawk), dies at age 73.
- February 12: Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist (Peanuts, Young Pillars, It's Only a Game), passes away at age 77.
- February 18: Steven Hughes, American comics artist (Chaos! Comics, Lady Death, Evil Ernie), passes away at age 46.
- February 18: Will, Belgian comics artist (Isabelle, continued Tif et Tondu), dies at age 72. 
- February 19: George Roussos, American comics inker (DC Comics, EC Comics), dies at age 84.
- February 20: Elliot Caplin, American comics writer (The Heart of Juliet Jones, Dr. Bobbs, Peter Scratch, Big Ben Bolt, Abbie an' Slats, Long Sam, Little Orphan Annie) dies at age 86.
- March 3: Nicole Van Goethem, Belgian cartoonist, animator and film director (A Greek Tragedy), dies at the age of 58.
- March 10: John Henry Rouson, American painter, cartoonist and comics artist (Little Sport, Boy and Girl, Ladies Day), dies at age 91. 
- March 20: Johan Anthierens, Belgian journalist, columnist, critic, writer, publisher and comics writer (De Geheime Avonturen van Kapitein Matthias with Eddy Ryssack), passes away from cancer at age 62.
- April 8: Alfredo Alcala, Philippine comics artist (Ukala, Voltar), dies at age 74 from cancer.
- April 15: Edward Gorey, American novelist, illustrator and comics artist (The Doubtful Guest, The Object-Lesson, The Gashlycrumb Tinies) passes away at age 75.
- April 23: Shigeru Sugiura, Japanese manga artist (Jiraiya the Ninja Boy, Sarutobi Sasuka), dies at age 92.
- May 10: Dick Sprang, American comics artist (Batman), dies at age 84.
- May 13: Fred Schwab, American comics artist (Lady Luck), dies at age 82. 
- May 18: Denis Gifford, British comics artist and historian (Mr. Muscle, Tiger-Man), dies at age 72.
- June 8: Jeff MacNelly, American cartoonist and comics artist (Shoe, Pluggers), passes away at age 52.
- June 24: Frans Verschoor, Dutch comics artist (celebrity comics based on Bassie en Adriaan), dies at age 44. 
- June 26: Tove Jansson, Finnish novelist, illustrator and comics artist (Moomins), dies at age 86.
- July 14: Pepo, Chilean comics artist (Condorito), passes away at age 88.
- July 28: Chic Stone, American comics artist and inker (inker for Jack Kirby, Archie Comics,...) dies at age 77.
- September 5: Palle Nielsen, Danish illustrator, graphic and comics artist ((Orfeus og Eurydike), dies at age 80.
- September 9: Takashi Fukutani, Japanese manga artist (Dokudami Tenement, aka The Tokyo Drifter), dies at the age of 48, from a pulmonary edema.
- September 13: Rolf Kauka, German comics artist and animated film director (Fix and Foxi), passes away at the age of 83.
- September 29: Wim Bijmoer, Dutch comics artist and illustrator (Oessoef Bontebuis), dies at age 86.
- October 16: Ed Nofziger, American animator and comics artist (Mildred th' Zoo-Keeper's Daughter, Buenos Dias, Animalogic, Chloe, Sir Lim'rick) and writer (Hanna-Barbera comics, Disney comics), dies at age 87. 
- October 28: Irving Phillips, American comics artist, playwright, TV scriptwriter, novelist, illustrator and educator (The Strange World of Mr. Mum), passes away at age 95.
- November 8: Dupa, Belgian comics artist (Cubitus (aka Wowser)), dies at age 55.
- November 20: Vyacheslav Kotyonochkin, Russian animator and comics artist (Nu, pogodi!, aka Well, Just You Wait!), dies at age 73. 
- November 23: Ray Burns, American comics artist and illustrator (assisted Rip Kirby and Gil Thorp), dies at age 66. 
- November 27: Dorothy Woolfolk, American comics editor and writer (first female comics editor at DC Comics and co-creator of Kryptonite) dies at age 87.
- December 21: Jan Sanders, Dutch cartoonist and illustrator, passes away at age 81.
- December 27: Radovan Devlić, Croatian comics artist (Macchu Picchu, Strossmayer), dies at age 49 or 50. 
- February 5: Alternative Press Expo (Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco, California)
- March: Big Apple Comic Book Art, and Toy Show (Church of St. Paul the Apostle Auditorium, New York City)
- March 31–April 1: MegaCon (Orlando Expo Center, Orlando, Florida) — guests include Stan Lee and Joe Quesada
- April 7–9: WonderCon (Oakland Convention Center, Oakland, California)
- April 9–16: Making Waves (Los Angeles) — Comic Book Legal Defense Fund benefit luxury cruise to Mexico; creators include Neal Adams, Kurt Busiek, Zander Cannon, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Will Eisner, Neil Gaiman, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Linda Medley, Frank Miller, Martin Nodell, Brian Pulido, P. Craig Russell, Jeff Smith, Jill Thompson, Adrian Tomine, Matt Wagner, Mark Waid, Chris Ware, and Judd Winick
- April 15: Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (Ohio Expo Center, Rhodes Center, Columbus, Ohio) — 49 small press comics artist, writers, and publishers (including Matt Feazell, Carla Speed McNeil, Alex Robinson, and William Messner-Loebs) converge for the first annual S.P.A.C.E. show, organized by Bob Corby and Back Porch Comics
- April 23–24: Comics 2000 (Jurys Bristol Hotel, Bristol, Avon, England, U.K.) — presentation of the Eagle Awards, MC'd by Simon Pegg; guests include Steve Pugh, Jim Valentino, Dave Gibbons, Mike Carlin, Gary Spencer Millidge, Alan Grant, Laura DePuy, Karen Berger, Chris Staros, Dave McKinnon, James Hodgkins, Dez Skinn, Gary Marshall, Al Davison, and Grant Morrison
- April 28–30: Pittsburgh Comicon (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) — 10,000 attendees
- May 19–21: Motor City Comic Con I (Novi Expo Center, Novi, Michigan) — guests include James Doohan
- June 9–11: All Time Classic New York Comic Book Convention (Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York) — one-time event focused on Silver Age comics. Guest of honor: Barry Windsor-Smith; other guests include Carmine Infantino, Joe Kubert, Marie Severin, Roy Thomas, Julius Schwartz, and Henry Boltinoff
- June 16–18: Heroes Convention (Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina) — guests include Jim Amash, Terry Austin, John Beatty, Cliff Biggers, Frank Brunner, Kurt Busiek, Nick Cardy, K.C. Carlson, Richard Case, Todd Dezago, Johanna Draper Carlson, Steve Epting, Lou Ferrigno, Franchesco, Ron Garney, Drew Geraci, Dick Giordano, Sam Glanzman, Gene Gonzales, Tom Grummett, Jackson Guice, Cully Hamner, Scott Hampton, Tony Harris, Irwin Hasen, Dave Hoover, Adam Hughes, Greg Hyland, Jamal Igle, Stuart Immonen, Carmine Infantino, Georges Jeanty, Nat Jones, Karl Kesel, Barry Kitson, Jim Krueger, Bob Layton, Steve Lieber, Mark Lipka, Nathan Massengill, Angel Medina, Pop Mhan, Philip Moy, Mart Nodell, Phil Noto, George Pérez, Joe Pruett, Joe Quesada, Budd Root, Craig Rousseau, Julius Schwartz, Mike Shoemaker, Steve Skeates, Chris Sprouse, J. David Spurlock, Brian Stelfreeze, Karl Story, Roy Thomas, Tim Townsend, Coy Turnbull, Michael Turner, George Tuska, Dexter Vines, Mark Waid, and Mike Wieringo
- June 23–25: New York Comic and Fantasy Creators Convention (Madison Square Garden, New York City) — 2nd annual show; guests include Jim Starlin, Walt Simonson, Keith Giffen, and John Romita, Jr.
- June 29–July 2: Dragon Con (Hyatt Regency Atlanta/Atlanta Merchandise Mart/Atlanta Apparel Mart, Atlanta, Georgia) — 20,000 attendees
- July 20–23: Comic-Con International (San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California) — 48,500 attendees; special guests: Kyle Baker, Will Elder, Ric Estrada, Al Feldstein, Phoebe Gloeckner, Jack Kamen, Ben Katchor, Harry Knowles, Harry Lampert, Jeff Loeb, Scott McCloud, Tim Sale, Marie Severin, Kevin Smith, Bryan Talbot, Angelo Torres, Lewis Trondheim, Al Williamson, Gahan Wilson, and Janny Wurts
- August 4–6: Wizard World Chicago (Rosemont Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois)
- August 12–13: CAPTION: "You Cannot Kill That Which is Already Dead" (Oxford Union Society, Oxford, England)
- August 25–27: Fan Expo Canada (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) — 12,763 attendees; guests include Jonathan Frakes, Anthony Head, Roxann Dawson, Hudson Leick, Jeremy Bulloch, Richard Biggs, Peter David, Chris Claremont, Barry Windsor-Smith, Adam Kubert, David Finch (comics), Jae Lee, and Brian Michael Bendis
- August 25–27: Sports Card, Comic Book and Toy Expo (Wildwood Convention Center, Wildwood, Pennsylvania) — guests include William Tucci and Rudy Nebres
- September 16: Small Press Expo (Bethesda, Maryland)
- October 20–November 5: FIBDA (Amadora, Portugal) — 11th edition of the festival; guests include Rick Veitch, Dave Gibbons, Peter David, Joe Kubert, Jerry Robinson, and Luke Ross
- October 21–22: Motor City Comic Con II (Novi Expo Center, Novi, Michiagan) — guests include Dick Ayers, Terri Boyle, Frank Brunner, Sal Buscema, Guy Davis, Dan DeCarlo, Franchesco, Cully Hamner, Adam Hughes, Georges Jeanty, Joseph Michael Linsner, Vince Locke, William Messner-Loebs, Jason Moore, James O'Barr, Mike Okamoto, David Quinn, Greg Rucka, Marie Severin, Brian Stelfreeze, Karl Story, Randy Zimmerman, and Bob May
- November 10–12: National Comic Book, Art, Toy, and Sci-Fi Expo (New York City) — guests include James Doohan, Jerome Blake, Ron Palillo, Apollo Smile, Richard Herd, Pamelyn Ferdin, Carmine Infantino, Jeff Jones, Erik Larsen, Russ Heath, Dick Giordano, Joe Simon, Julie Schwartz, Joe Giella, Frank McLaughlin, Michael Kaluta, Dave Cockrum, Paty Cockrum, Irwin Hasen, Glenn Fabry, John Romita Sr., Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Arnold Drake, Murphy Anderson, Gray Morrow, Mike Esposito, Tom Gill, Andrew Pepoy, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Texeira, David Wohl, Joseph Michael Linsner, William Tucci, Janet Lupo, Kevin Eastman, Sarah Dyer, Evan Dorkin, Don McGregor, Jim Shooter, Dan DeCarlo, George Tuska, Gill Fox, George Tuska, Graig Weich, Mercy Van Vlack, Ken Gale, Tim Vigil, and David Quinn
- November 24–26: UnCommonCon (Hyatt Regency Hotel-DFW Airport, located by Terminal C at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas, Texas) — 1,200 attendees; guests include author Aaron Allston, author Tracy Hickman, author P.N. Elrod, actor Ted Raimi, Melissa Benson, Babylon 5 actor Jason Carter, The Incredible Hulk actor Lou Ferrigno, actor Victor Lundin, artist Bryan Talbot
- November 25–26: Mid-Ohio Con (Hilton Columbus Hotel at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio)
First issues by title
- Adventures in the Rifle Brigade
- Release: October by Vertigo. Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Carlos Ezquerra.
- Midnight Nation
- Release: October by Marvel Comics. Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Gary Frank.
- Requiem Chevalier Vampire
- Release: November by Nickel Editions. Writer: Pat Mills Artist: Olivier Ledroit.
Initial appearances by character name
- Nemesis (Soseh Mykros) in JSA annual #1 (October), created by David S. Goyer and Uriel Caton, published by DC Comics.
- Boxer, Sarah (14 February 2000). "Charles M. Schulz, 'Peanuts' Creator, Dies at 77". Retrieved 7 April 2018 – via NYTimes.com.
- "Mort Walker". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Bringing Up Father and the Rest of the Comic Page - The Comics Journal". www.tcj.com. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Carl Barks". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- Duke, Sara (31 January 2014). "Biographical Sketches of Cartoonists & Illustrators in the Swann Collection of the Library of Congress". Lulu.com. Retrieved 7 April 2018 – via Google Books.
- "Goseki Kojima". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Don Martin". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Pat Boyette". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Gil Kane". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Charles M. Schulz". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Will". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "George Roussos". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Alfredo P. Alcala". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Edward Gorey". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Shigeru Sugiura". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Dick Sprang". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Fred Schwab". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Denis Gifford". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Jeff MacNelly". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Tove Jansson". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Pepo". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Chic Stone". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Takashi Fukutani". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Rolf Kauka". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Wim Bijmoer". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Irving Phillips". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Dupa". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Ray Burns". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Jan Sanders". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- Zabel, Joe. "SPACE Show — Columbus does Indies," Amazing Montage Magazine (May 2000).
- Jellinek, Anna. "Comics 2000: Lovely Bristols," Sequential Tart (May 2000).
- Contino, Jennifer. "Conventioneers," Sequential Tart (June 2000).
- Bell, Bill. "Holy Comic Convention! It's Batgirl!" New York Daily News (23 June 2000), p. 50.
- Kerins, Annabelle. "This Weekend," Newsday (23 June 2000), p. B02.
- Nelson, Beth. "Sports and comic books in Wildwood; doo-wop in Smithville," Courier Post (25 Aug 2000): T.15.
- Pessoa, Carlos. [https://www.publico.pt/2000/10/20/jornal/os-superherois-sobrevoam-festival-de-bd-da-amadora-150198 "Os super-heróis sobrevoam Festival de BD da Amadora," Ipsilon (October 20, 2000).
- "Convention Listings - November 2000". Locus.
- Grisaffi, Joe (2000-12-02). "UncommonCon Convention in Irving TX". Archived from the original on 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2014-02-22.
- Talbot, Bryan (2007). The Naked Artist: Comic Book Legends. Calumet, Illinois: Moonstone. p. 69. ISBN 1-933076-25-9.