“The Pulidos share our love, passion, and vision for Tucson Comic Con,” says founder and convention director Olivares. “Our intention is to grow TCC – and the week leading up to it – into a citywide event that becomes a global destination which celebrates all things pop culture all the while highlighting what makes Tucson a unique city.”
The Pulidos bring a wealth of industry experience to TCC. Brian Pulido is probably best known as the writer of Lady Death with artist Steven Hughes, which had its debut in December 1991. It was a collaboration that also introduced Evil Ernie to comic book readers. In addition, Brian Pulido, Hughes, and Franscisca Pulido co-founded Chaos! Comics, a successful 1990s independent comic book publisher, where Brian Pulido served as President.
Francisca Pulido is the President of Coffin Comics and was the co-founder and Vice President of Chaos! Comics. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, Coffin Comics was founded in 2007 and is focused on rock 'n roll and supernatural tales.
In addition to comic books, the husband-and-wife team write, produce, and direct independent films that include The Graves and There's Something Out There.
“We are honored to be a part of Tucson's premier pop cultural event,” says Brian Pulido. “Mike has fostered an amazing community spirit with TCC. We look forward to building on the foundation he's built and rolling out new features and experiences for attendees, guests, and vendors.”
The partnership, along with Teresita Olivares taking an active management role, will take effect immediately. The con was established by Mike and Teresita Olivares in 2008 as a one-day event, which attracted 500 fans and in 2014, the attendance had grown to 10,000. This announcement furthers Olivares' commitment to create an inclusive, citywide event that fulfills TCC's motto: “Pop Culture for All!”