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Notable events of 2012 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
This is a list of comics-related events in 2012. It includes any relevant comics-related events, deaths of notable comics-related people, conventions and first issues by title.
- April 13 – to August 19: Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Paris, France) — "Crumb: De l'Underground à la Genèse," an R. Crumb career retrospective
- April 14 – August 12: Oakland Museum of California (Oakland, California) — "Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes," curated by Susan Miller and René de Guzman
- September 14, 2012 – January 13, 2013: Burchfield Penney Art Center (Buffalo State College, Buffalo, New York) — "Spain: Rock, Roll, Rumbles, Rebels & Revolution"
- September: The Batman Live stage show began its U.S. tour in Anaheim, California.
- October 13, 2012 – January 31, 2013: State Historical Society of Missouri (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri) — "Frank Stack at 75"
- January 26–29: Angoulême International Comics Festival (Angoulême, France) — 220,000 attendees
- January 28–29: Wizard World New Orleans (Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana) — guests: Carlos Pacheco, George Pérez, Jesus Merino, Félix Ruiz, Tyler Kirkham, Barry Kitson, Greg Horn, Bernie Wrightson, Norm Breyfogle, and Arthur Suydam
- February 10–12: What the Hell?! Con (Greensboro, North Carolina)
- February 17–19: MegaCon (Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA) — guests include Amanda Conner, Chuck Dixon, Paul Gulacy, Phil Hester, Rob Hunter, Dan Jurgens, Jimmy Palmiotti, George Pérez, Stephane Roux, Frank Tieri, Tim Townsend, William Tucci, Ethan Van Sciver, and Zeb Wells
- February 25–26: London Super Comic Convention (London, England, UK)
- March 3–4: STAPLE! (Marchesa Hall and Theater, Austin, Texas) — special guests: Kevin Eastman, Jason Neulander, Brian Hurtt, Cullen Bunn, Monica Gallagher, Liz Prince, Kagan McLeod, and MariNaomi
- March 10–11: Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
- March 16–18: WonderCon (Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California) — con moves from San Francisco because the Moscone Center under construction. Guests include Arthur Adams, Sergio Aragonés, Ernest Cline, Renae De Liz, Mark Evanier, Michael Golden, Joe Hill, Rebekah Isaaks, Richard Kadrey, Carol Lay, Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Todd Nauck, Steve Niles, Eric Powell, Humberto Ramos, Bob Schreck, Scott Snyder, Ryan Sook, Fiona Staples, Richard Starkings, J. Michael Straczynski, Mark Waid, Wil Wheaton, and Marv Wolfman
- March 31–April 1: Hi-Ex (Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, Scotland) — guests include Michael Carroll, Al Ewing, John Higgins, Sally Hurst, and Chris Murray
- March 31: New York Comic Book Marketplace (Penn Plaza Pavilion, New York City, USA) — final Big Apple Comic Con, with show having been sold to Wizard Entertainment. Guest of honor: Stan Lee; other guests include George Pérez, Joe Sinnott, Dick Ayers, Carmine Infantino, Jim Steranko, Irwin Hasen, Mike Royer, Arthur Suydam, Bob McLeod, Rich Buckler, and Johnny Brennan
- April 13–15: Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
- April 13–14: Wildcat Comic Con (Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA) — guests include Walter Koenig, David Small, Dean Haspiel, and Josh Neufeld
- April 14–15: Wizard World Toronto (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
- April 20–22: Pittsburgh Comicon (Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, USA) — guests include Bob Almond, Jim Balent, Darryl Banks, Eric Basaldua, Brett Breeding, Robert Brewer, J. Scott Campbell, Tommy Castillo, Daxiong, Ron Frenz, Holly G, Adela Garcia, Mike Grell, Scott Hedlund, Terry Huddleston, Barry Kitson, Robert Kraus, Stan Lee, Adam Mayfield, Peter Mayhew, Scott McDaniel, Paul Monsky, Chris Moreno, Rudy Nebres, Mike Okamoto, Pat Olliffe, George Pérez, Ian Petrella, Budd Root, Alex Saviuk, Stuart Sayger, Larry Thomas, Tim Vigil, Neil Vokes, Lee Weeks, and Ron Wilson
- April 21–22: Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.) (Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio)
- April 27–29: Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
- April 28–29: MoCCA Festival (69th Regiment Armory, New York City, USA)
- April 28–29: Stumptown Comics Fest (Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA)
- May 2: Asbury Park Comic Con I (Asbury Lanes, Asbury, New Jersey) — official guests include Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Stephanie Buscema, Jamal Igle, Steve Mannion, and Mike Zapcic & Ming Chen of Comic Book Men
- May 5–6: Toronto Comic Arts Festival (Toronto Reference Library, Toronto, Canada)
- May 12–13: Comic Expo (Passenger Shed of Brunel Old Station, Bristol, UK) — guests include Paul Cornell, Ian Churchill, and Mark Buckingham; guest of honor Dennis O'Neil unable to attend. The show attracts only 300 attendees, with many exhibitors reporting losses; there is speculation the show might not survive.
- May 18–20: Motor City Comic Con (Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan, USA) — guests include Billy Tucci, Mike Grell, Ethan Van Sciver, Peter Bagge, Joseph Lee, Nichelle Nichols, Colin Ferguson, Dean Cain, Loni Anderson, Howard Hesseman, Billy Dee Williams, Christopher Knight, Butch Patrick, and Erin Gray
- May 18–19: East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) — guests include William H. Foster, III, Alex Simmons, and Eric Battle; presentation of the Glyph Comics Awards
- May 19–20: BigWow Comicfest (San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California) — guests include Travis Charest, Juanjo Guarnido, Thomas Jane, Jim Lee, Toshio Maeda, Steve Niles, Kevin Nowlan, Bernie Wrightson, and Terrance Zdunich
- May 19–20: Dallas Comic Con (Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, Irving, Texas, USA) — c.20,000 attendees; guests include Stan Lee, Neal Adams, George Pérez, Len Wein, Arthur Suydam, Jimmy Palmiotti, Cully Hamner, Brian Stelfreeze, Norm Breyfogle, Greg Horn, Mitch Breitweiser, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Alex Saviuk, Sam DeLarosa, Guo Jingxiong, Steve Erwin, and Kristian Donaldson
- May 24–27: Phoenix Comicon (Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
- May 30–June 2: Wizard World Philadelphia (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
- June 2–3: Stripdagen Haarlem (Grote Markt, Haarlem, the Netherlands)
- June 16–17: Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (Columbia College’s Ludington Building, Chicago, Illinois) — first iteration of CAKE
- June 22–24: Heroes Convention (Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA) — guests include Neal Adams, Bob Almond, Jim Amash, Robert Atkins, Mark Bagley, Jeremy Bastian, Ivan Brandon, June Brigman, Pat Broderick, Mark Brooks, Jeffrey Brown, Stephanie Buscema, Scott C., Jim Calafiore, Ben Caldwell, Dennis Calero, Nick Cardy, Richard Case, Bernard Chang, Sean Chen, Cliff Chiang, Frank Cho, Mike Choi, Brian Clevinger, Becky Cloonan, Paty Cockrum, Dave Cooper, Colleen Coover, Clayton Crain, Jeremy Dale, Geof Darrow, Shane Davis, Todd Dezago, Michael Dooney, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Nathan Edmondson, Tommy Lee Edwards, Steve Epting, Michael Eury, Michel Fiffe, Ian Flynn, Matt Fraction, Francesco Francavilla, Gary Friedrich, Christos Gage, Nick Galifianakis, Ron Garney, Bryan J. L. Glass, Michael Golden, Keron Grant, Cully Hamner, Scott Hampton, Scott Hanna, Dustin Harbin, Tony Harris, Tom Hart, Jeremy Haun, Clayton Henry, Jaime Hernandez, Jonathan Hickman, Adam Hughes, Jamal Igle, Kathryn Immonen, Stuart Immonen, Georges Jeanty, Matt Kindt, Aaron Kuder, Roger Langridge, Jason Latour, Bob Layton, Stan Lee, Jeff Lemire, Paul Levitz, Mike Lilly, Joseph Michael Linsner, Tom Lyle, Heidi MacDonald, David W. Mack, David Marquez, Laura Martin, Ron Marz, Jose Marzan, Jr., Nathan Massengill, Paul Maybury, Ed McGuinness, Bob McLeod, Mike Mignola, B. Clay Moore, Chris Moreno, Mark Nelson, Steve Niles, Cary Nord, Earl Norem, Phil Noto, Jason Pearson, Andrew Pepoy, George Pérez, David Petersen, Brandon Peterson, Ed Piskor, Chris Pitzer, Brian Ralph, Tom Raney, Ivan Reis, Andrew Robinson, Budd Root, Don Rosa, Craig Rousseau, Stéphane Roux, Jim Rugg, Andy Runton, Tim Sale, Alex Saviuk, Bob Schreck, Tom Scioli, Bill Sienkiewicz, Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Scott Snyder, Charles Soule, Matthew Southworth, Joe Staton, Ryan Stegman, Brian Stelfreeze, Karl Story, Romeo Tanghal, Ben Templesmith, Mark Texeira, Roy Thomas, Jill Thompson, Rich Tommaso, Tim Townsend, Herb Trimpe, Dean Trippe, William Tucci, Koi Turnbull, Rob Ullman, Ethan Van Sciver, Robert Venditti, Tim Vigil, Dexter Vines, Chris Walker, Loston Wallace, Michael W. Watkins, Lee Weeks, Brett Weldele, Shane White, Jarrett Williams, Bill Willingham, Renée Witterstaetter, Marv Wolfman, J. K. Woodward, Bernie Wrightson, Skottie Young, Mike Zeck, and Chrissie Zullo
- June 29–July 2: Florida SuperCon (Miami Airport Convention Center, Miami, Florida, USA)
- July 6–8: London Film and Comic Con (Olympia Grand Hall, London, England, UK)
- July 12–15: Comic-Con International (San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA)
- August 9–12: Wizard World Chicago (Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois) — official guests: William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Stan Lee, Jon Bernthal, CM Punk, Carlos Pacheco, George Pérez, Greg Capullo, Nina Dobrev, Kate Mulgrew, Bruce Campbell, Tom Felton, and Amy Acker
- August 18–19: CAPTION 2012 Summer Special (Oxford, England, UK)
- August 23–26: Fan Expo Canada (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) — over 80,000 attendees expected
- August 31–September 3: Dragon Con (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
- September 14–16: Montreal Comiccon (Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) — guests include William Shatner (Guest of Honour), Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, John de Lancie, Malcolm McDowell, James Marsters, Nicholas Brendon, Laura Vandervoort, Mike Mignola, Gunnar Hansen, Lloyd Kaufman, Kevin Sorbo, Ben Templesmith, and Frank Cho
- September 15–16: Small Press Expo (Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, Maryland, USA) — special guests: Dan Clowes, Chris Ware, Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez
- September 15–16: Stan Lee's Comikaze (Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, USA) — guests of honor: Stan Lee, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jhonen Vasquez
- September 23: Wales Comic Con (Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, North Wales, UK)
- September 28–30: Wizard World Ohio Comic Con (Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, USA) — guests include Dean Cain, Lou Ferrigno, Jorge Molina, Greg Horn, Arthur Suydam, Mike McKone, Tom Batiuk, Chad Cicconi, Stuart Sayger, and Dirk Strangely
- September 29: Asbury Park Comic Con (Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, New Jersey) — official guests include Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Dean Haspiel, Reilly Brown, Curls Studio, and Mike Zapcic & Ming Chen of Comic Book Men
- October 1–4: Lucca Comics and Games (Lucca, Italy)
- October 11–14: Komikazen (Ravenna, Italy) — guests include Shout and Carlos Latuff
- October 11–14: New York Comic Con (Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City, USA) —116,000 attendees; notable guests include Clark Gregg, Adam West
- October 13–14: Alternative Press Expo (Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco, California, USA)
- October 19–21: Dallas Comic Con (Irving Convention Center . Irving, Texas) — official guests include Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, Robert Englund, Tom Felton, and Sean Astin
- October 26–28: Detroit Fanfare (Hyatt Regency, Dearborn, Michigan, USA)
- November 2–4: Central Canada Comic Con (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
- November 3–4: Rhode Island Comic Con (Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA) — inaugural edition of this show
- November 24: Genghis Con (Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, Cleveland, Ohio) — guests include Derf, Ed Piskor, Frank Santoro, and Gary Dumm
- January 4: Richard Alf, American businessman, comic book store owner and co-founder of San Diego Comic-Con International, dies at age 59, of pancreatic cancer. 
- January 6: John Celardo, American comic strip and comic book artist best known for illustrating the Tarzan comic strip, dies at age 93.
- January 31: Antonio Segura, Spanish comics writer (Hombre, Bogey, Sarvan, Kraken, Jack el Destipador, Eva Medusa), dies at age 69. 
- February 12: John Severin, American comics artist (Two-Fisted Tales, Frontline Combat, Mad, Cracked, Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, Two-Gun Kid), dies at age 90. 
- February 29: Sheldon Moldoff, American comics artist (worked on Batman), dies at age 91. 
- March 10: Jean Giraud, aka (Mœbius), French comics artist and writer (Blueberry, Arzach, Airtight Garage, The Incal) and co-founder of the magazine Métal Hurlant, dies at age 73 from cancer. 
- April 28: Dik Bruynesteyn, Dutch comics artist and cartoonist (Appie Happie), dies at the age of 84. 
- May 8: Maurice Sendak, American illustrator and comics artist (Where the Wild Things Are), dies at age 83. 
- May 11: Tony DeZuniga, Filipino-American comics artist (Jonah Hex, Black Orchid), dies at age 79, following a stroke. 
- May 12: Eddy Paape, Belgian comics artist (Valhardi, Marc Dacier, Luc Orient), dies at age 91. 
- May 16: Ernie Chan, Filipino-American comics artist (worked on Batman, Conan the Barbarian), dies at age 71 of cancer. 
- May 26: Jim Unger, British-Canadian comics artist and cartoonist (Herman), dies at age 75. 
- June 5: Ray Bradbury, American novelist and screenwriter, whose stories were frequently adapted into comic book stories by EC Comics with his permission, passes away at age 91. 
- June 20: LeRoy Neiman, American illustrator and comics artist (Playboy, designed the Femlin characters), dies at age 91. 
- June 21: Otto Schwalge, German comics artist (Oskar, der freundliche Polizist), dies at age 91. 
- July 24: Themo Lobos, Chilean comics writer and artist (Máximo Chambónez, Ferrilo, Nick Obre, Alaraco, Mampato), dies at age 83. 
- August 12: Joe Kubert, American comics artist (Tor, Sgt. Rock, Hawkman, and Tarzan, and founder of The Kubert School, dies at age 85. 
- October 14: Marc Swayze, American comics artist (co-creator of Mary Marvel, continued Flyin' Jenny), dies at age 99. 
- November 2: Gösta Gummesson, Swedish comics artist (Åsa-Nisse), dies at age 84. 
- November 13: Ray Zone, American film historian, author and illustrator, best known for making 3-D versions of comics, dies at age 65 from a heart attack. 
- November 28: Spain Rodriguez, American underground comics artist (Trashman), dies at age 72 from cancer. 
- November 30: Jeff Millar, American comics writer (Tank McNamara), dies of bile duct cancer at age 70. 
- Specific date unknown: November: Hussein Amin Bikar, Egyptian comics artist and children's book illustrator (Chaddad & Aouad), passes away at age 99. 
- December 25: Juan Antonio Abellán, Spanish comics artist (Ray Alcotan), dies at age 86. 
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First issues by title
- Alpha Girl
- Release February by Image Comics. Writers: Jean-Paul Bonjour and Jeff Roenning Artist: Robert Love
- Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Adventures
- Release April by Marvel Comics. Writer: Chris Yost Artist: Adam Dekraker
- Bad Medicine
- Release June by Oni Press (also available on FCBD in May 2012). Writers: Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis Artist: Christopher Mitten
- Batman Incorporated volume 2
- Release May by DC Comics. Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Chris Burnham
- Dark Matter
- Release January by Dark Horse Comics. Writers: Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie Artist: Garry Brown
- G.I. Combat
- Release May by DC Comics. Writers: J. T. Krul, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray Artists: Ariel Olivetti, Dan Panosian, Scott Kolins
- Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi
- Release February by Dark Horse Comics. Writer: John Ostrander Artist: Jan Duursema
- Thief of Thieves
- Release February by Image Comics (Skybound). Writers: Robert Kirkman, Nick Spencer Artist: Shawn Martinbrough
- Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures
- Release April by Marvel Comics. Writers: Dan Slott, Ty Templeton Artist: Nuno Plati
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- "Richard Alf, a Comic-Con founder, dies of cancer".
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- "BBC News - Comic-Con co-creator Ken Krueger dies". news.bbc.co.uk.
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- "Remembering LeRoy Neiman" – via The Nation.
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- "Gösta Gummesson". lambiek.net.
- "Ray Zone, the '3D King of Hollywood,' Dies at 65".
- "Spain Rodriguez". lambiek.net.
- "Jeff Millar dies at 70; 'Tank McNamara' comic strip creator". 9 December 2012 – via LA Times.
- "Hussein Amin Bikar". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Juan Antonio Abellán". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Tenas". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
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- ‘The New Deadwardians’: If vampires, zombies visited ‘Downton Abbey’ LA Times
- "Dark Horse Announces Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi".