BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 13, 2018 – The 19th annual Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of September 28-30, 2018. Tickets are available now for General Admission, VIP, and Ringo Awards! Our Panel schedule is now set, and we’re excited to let you know what programming to look forward to at the show this year!
Friday features a look back at 40 years of Elfquest and 25 years of the team of Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett. You’ll also hear from some of the creators behind this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook and meet the Liberty Brigade.
Saturday, publisher panels include AHOY, Cave Pictures Publishing, and Valiant, spotlight panels on Jim Steranko, Frank Miller, Arthur Adams, and Jim Starlin. Meet media guests Katrina Law, Mike Colter, and Wil Wheaton. Plus, the comic adventures of Shazam! and a look at the connection between Music and Comics.
Sunday, check out panels from Valiant and AfterShock, and special panels with media guests Michael Copon, Erin Gray, Sherilyn Fenn, Tricia Helfer, and Zachary Levi. And don’t miss spotlight panels on Dan Slott, Brian Azzarello, P. Craig Russell, and Tony Isabella.
And of course, don’t let your children miss the excitement scheduled for the Kids Love Comics Pavilion!
(Please note, all times and panels shown are subject to change.)
2:30-3:30 – Elfquest – 40 Years of Pointed Ears
2018 wraps up 40 years of Elfquest with the biggest bang ever. Celebrate the longest-running indy fantasy comic with Wendy Pini (Elfquest, Masque of the Red Death) and Richard Pini (Elfquest, Line of Beauty), co-creators, writers, and artist. Learn behind-the-scenes secrets that have been hidden since 1978. See the clues that were planted decades ago. Take an emotional journey down memory lane. The conclusion of the Final Quest series has taken fandom by storm, and you’ll be able to bombard Wendy and Richard with all the questions you’ve been saving up for years!
3:45-4:45 – Meet the Liberty Brigade
The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to host the debut of a new superhero team, The Liberty Brigade, featuring the return of various 1940s superheroes in a brand new WW II story. The Zero issue debuts here and a Kickstarter is currently running for an 80+ page graphic novel. Hear from the writer, Michael Finn and members of the Brigade team including: Mark Waid (editor), Barry Kitson (penciller), Mark Buckingham(contributor), Marty Baumann (logos and 1940 “fake” ads), Sean Chen (Baltimore Comic-Con program cover & t-shirt), and Caitlyn Reynolds (Assistant Editor – Production). They will tell you all about the team, the story, the Kickstarter, and the return of dozens of heroes from the Golden Age of Comics.
5:00-6:00 – The Terry Moore Universe Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook Panel
Characters from the work of Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo, Rachel Rising, Motor Girl) populate this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook. Join Terry, designer/artist Thom Zahler and artists David Petersen, Katie Cook, and Jamal Igle for a look at this fantastic volume.
2:30-3:30 – Coffee and Comics: Baltimore Edition
It’s back! Amy Chu, writer of Poison Ivy and Red Sonja, talks comics and pop culture over coffee with Christina Blanch and some surprise guests.
3:45-4:45 – Louise Simonson and June Brigman: Looking Back on Power Pack
In 1984, writer Louise Simonson and artist June Brigman created Marvel Comics’ newest — and youngest — super group: the preteen Power Pack! Using their powers of gravity, acceleration, density, and energy, siblings Alex, Julie, Jack, and Katie Power had adventures beyond imagining. Learn all the secrets of Power Pack from their creators! Moderated by John Trumbull of Back Issue magazine and the AtomicJunkShop.com.
5:00-6:00 – From Superboy to Section Zero
Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett — arguably one of the most classic creative teams in comics — discuss their 25+ years of collaborations with moderator Robert Greenberger, from The Reign of the Supermen to Superboy to their Baltimore Comic-Con-debuting Section Zero graphic novel. Find out secrets from their past work…and what they have planned for their future! Sponsored by The Hero Initiative.
2:30-3:30 – INDIE ADVOCATES Presents How to Make and Promote Comic Books in the Social Media Age
Join Mr. AnderSiN for a panel that focuses on the process of just not creating comics but what to expect next after the comic is printed and ready to sell. Mr. AnderSIN and his guests will bring to life a panel made to answer all your questions about creation and what it takes to make and sell a comic book in 2018 and beyond.
3:45-4:45 – More Than Ponies
Katie Cook, Andy Price, and Thom Zahler are well-known for their work on My Little Pony, but did you know they do more than ponies? Join us for this conversation that will most likely include comics, coffee, wine, and probably ponies. Moderated by Christy Blanch.
5:00-6:00 – Punching Nazis – From Captain America to Miss Fury, Wonder Woman and Beyond with Billy Tucci
Join Multi-Eisner Award nominee and Sgt. Rock – The Lost Battalion writer/artist Billy Tucci as he opens a discussion on how history has played an invaluable role on comics while heralding the return of Golden Age icon Miss Fury, Shi, and his upcoming DC projects.
3:45-4:45 – Chocolate Nation Studios: Creating Meaningful Comic Books and Novels
Our purpose is to help creators construct and produce new worlds outside of the realms of Marvel, DC Comics, and anime. This will be a venture into the trials and tribulations of creating unique and intellectual properties of your own for the entertainment industry. Hosted by Eric M. Cooper, Jabaar L. Brown, and Phoe-nix Nebula.
5:00-6:00 – Noir Comics: Mean Streets Past and Present
There’s been a crime. Danger hides around corners and in the shadows. Welcome to the world of noir. Join moderator/writer Paul Levitz (Brooklyn Blood) and creators John K. Snyder III (Lawrence Block’s Eight Million Ways to Die), Brian Azzarello(100 Bullets), Shawn Martinbrough (How to Draw Nor Comics), and Christina Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood) as they explore the world of crime in comics.
Kids Love Comics Programming
4:00-5:00 – Now What? Storytelling Challenge with Mark Mariano
Cartoonist Mark Mariano leads this exciting and fun storytelling challenge that will have everyone adding their own flavor to an epically awesome comic.
5:00-6:00 – Alien Art with Dawn Griffin
The Kids Love Comics Workshop Area will be transformed into an alien factory when cartoonist, Dawn Griffin, shows you easy ways to draw wacky aliens.
(Please note, all times and panels shown are subject to change.)
11:00-12:00 – Jim Steranko Spotlight
Jim Steranko is an innovator in comics with his work on Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America, and The X-Men. In 1975, he created Red Tide, the First Modern Graphic Novel. He was also at the forefront of comics history with his two volume The History of Comics. Join Steranko and moderator John Workman as they look back at his astounding career as well as what the future holds.
12:15-1:15 – Batman’s Biggest Secret
In 1939, writer Bill Finger co-created a character that would become one of the most successful fictional icons in world history. In 1974, Bill died poor and unknown to the public. In 2015, defying longstanding odds, and after not one but three twists, his legacy was saved. This is the story of author Marc Tyler Nobleman‘s obsessive, unprecedented nine-year campaign to correct cultural history. It has inspired the book Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, a TED Talk, and the feature documentary Batman & Bill, which has been called “the most important comic book movie ever made.”
1:30-3:00 – Frank Miller Private Event
3:30-4:15 – Frank Miller Spotlight
From Daredevil to Ronin to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns to Sin City to Dark Knight III: The Master Race, creator Frank Miller has left an indelible mark on modern comics. Join Frank and his special guests for an engaging panel. You’ll kick yourself if you miss it.
5:00-6:00 – Kickstarter
Crowdsourcing has become a legitimate way of ensuring creators can make a living while producing cool comics for their audiences. Thom Zahler, Tim Truman, Steve Conley, and Paul Storrie tell moderator Robert Greenberger about the trials and tribulations of mounting a successful campaign
11:00-12:00 – Diversity Panel
Panelists discuss the state of diversity and inclusion of people of color, women, and the LGTBQ community in pop culture, where we are now, and what needs to happen to ensure the fictional worlds we all love resemble the world we live in. Panelists include: Belle Burr, Jabari Sellers, Meagan Ginyard, and Armand Hill.
12:15-1:15 – Arthur Adams Spotlight
You know his work from Longshot, Gumby, Monkeyman and O’Brien, Jonni Future, New Mutants, Fantastic Four, and so much more. Now meet the man behind the pencil, as Arthur Adams steps into the spotlight.
1:30-2:30 – The Power of Shazam!
The World’s Mightiest Mortal is finally getting some overdue respect with a feature film out next March. Some of his comic book practitioners — Jerry Ordway, Kevin Maguire, Jeff Parker, and Denny O’Neil – talk with moderator Robert Greenbergerabout the challenges of keeping Captain Marvel true to his roots in an ever-changing market.
2:45-3:45 – Valiant: The Craft Of Comics
Join some of the talented people behind Valiant’s slate of critically acclaimed comic series for a candid, behind-the-scenes panel discussion! Find out just what it takes to put together a compelling story from start to finish, how to make your series stand apart, and how the editorial process functions at the highest levels – from the award-winning industry veterans behind the Valiant Universe’s greatest hits and a host of fan-favorite titles, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot Salvation, Divinity, and more!
4:00-5:00 – AHOY There: A New Kind Of Comics Publisher!AHOY Comics launches in September/October with an impressive list of creators, a sharp sense of humor, and some unexpected extras: prose fiction, poetry and satire! Now meet the AHOY crew in the *shudder* flesh! Writer/editors Tom Peyer and Stuart Moore join artists Jamal Igle, June Brigman, and Roy Richardson, plus designer/letterer Todd Klein and cartoonist Frank Cammuso. Preview the twisted afterlife of High Heaven, the space-cats of Captain Ginger, the jumbled heroes of The Wrong Earth, and Baltimore’s own Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter Of Terror!
5:15-6:15 – MeToo and Geekdom
Hear a discussion on the intersection between geek culture and sexual harassment, assault, and rape. Topics include common occurrences in gaming, conventions, and our favorite industries, how fans might be complicit in this behavior, and how we can stand up against the problem. Panelists: Belle Burr, Brittany Marriott, Ashley Dickerson, Alley Shelley, and Katherine McClain.
11:00-12:00 – Making Mini Comics to Graphic Novels
Calling all aspiring comics creators! In this interactive presentation Laura Lee Gulledge walks you through her process for making full-blown graphic novels…tangible steps which can also be applied to making six-page mini-comics. She then demonstrates DRAWING LIVE developing a crowd-sourced character with guests, who will also walk away with inspiring handouts to create their own mini-comics.12:15-1:15 – Team BuildingWhat makes a successful team of heroes and/or villains? Is it a set of skills and powers or diverse personalities who look good in spandex? Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes), Mark Waid (Legion, Champions), Ron Marz (Skullkickers, CrossGenesis), and Denny O’Neil (Justice League of America) chat with moderator Robert Greenberger about the challenges of writing a team comic. Sponsored by The Hero Initiative.1:30-2:30 – The Chaykin and Haspiel ShowHoward Chaykin (Hey Kids! Comics!, American Flagg!) and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook, American Splendor) sit down to talk about anything and everything! Join them for what is sure to be an amazing hour of outrageous conversation!2:45-3:45 – Jim Starlin SpotlightHe created Thanos and Gamora. Adam Warlock, Dreadstar, and Captain Marvel are just a few of the characters on whom he’s left an indelible mark. Join Jim Starlin and moderator Ron Marz and they survey his work and how it even has an impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.4:00-5:00 – Creativity & Mental Health – A Roundtable DiscussionModerator: John GallagherPanelists: Jimmy Gownley, Laura Lee Gulledge, Jamar NicholasAlong with the thrill and excitement of being creative, it can sometimes go hand-in-hand with depression, anxiety, learning differences, and more. Moderator John Gallagher host creators Jimmy Gownley, Laura Lee Gullidge, and Jamar Nicholas as they shine a light on mental health, crisis management, and joining together as an industry to encourage each other get the resources they need for a happier life. Please note: This is an open discussion on mental health, and may include topics of a delicate nature.5:15-6:15 – Comic Book Shop RetailThe comic shop is more than just a place to buy comics – it’s a community gathering place. Join Jeff Watkins (Cloud City Comics and Toys), Christy Blanch (Aw Yeah Comics – Muncie), and Franco Aureliani (Aw Yeah Comics – NY), and possibly some surprise guests to discuss what it’s like to run a comic book shop!
11:00-12:00 – Dan Slott Spotlight
After guiding Amazing Spider-Man for 10 years, writer Dan Slott stepped away and now guides the future of Tony Stark, Iron Man as well as one of the biggest returns in comics: The Fantastic Four. Join Dan and moderator Ron Marz for a spirited discussion as they take a look at his career.
12:15-1:15 – Shaking Things Up: The Latest Rumblings from AfterShock Comics
Join AfterShock Comics Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett as he welcomes a panel of special guests for a look at what goes into creating some of the most talked about creator-owned comics being published today. Get a sneak peek at the stories and projects that are and will be shattering expectations among more and more comics fans and readers for the foreseeable future.
1:30-2:30 – P. Craig Russell Spotlight
From Doctor Strange, Killraven, Elric, The Ring of the Nibelung, the Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, Sandman, and American Gods, P. Craig Russell has established himself as a consummate artist and writer. Join Russell and Jose Villarrubia, artist and chair of MICA’s Illustration Department, as they look at Craig’s amazing career.
2:45-3:45 – The Future of Small Press
Panelists: Travis McIntire, Andy Schmidt, Christy Blanch, and Josh Geppi.
It seems that Independent publishers are popping up more and more in the comic book industry. In an industry that is “dying” every few years, what is the future for the smaller publishers?
11:00-12:00 – John Ostrander on Writing
John Ostrander, noted comic book writer, calls on his 30 year experience to discuss the art and craft of writing, especially for comics. Even if you don’t want to be a writer, you’ll find this panel fun and informative. You may want to bring a pen and notebook.
12:15-1:15 – The Art of Editing
It used to be the Editor was the God of comics, but over the years, the role has shifted from content director to circus ringmaster to nurturer of talent. Some of the most respected editors for DC Comics and Marvel Comics — Stuart Moore, Tom Peyer, Louise Simonson, and Peter Tomasi – talk with moderator Robert Greenbergerabout the secret art of getting a comic out every thirty days.
1:30-2:30 – How New Formats and Themes are Expanding Comic Book Readership
For decades, when most people thought of comics, 22-page super hero adventures for children came to mind. Today, greater diversity of theme and format are expanding comic readership. Who are these new readers? What messages do comics with new formats and themes contain that reach and inspire a new generation of readers? How are creators reaching new readers with their messages? A panel of professional creators will share how they are breaking the comic book status quo with new formats, themes, and approaches to storytelling. Moderated by Creator Talks podcast host Christopher Calloway, comic book professionals Laura Lee Gulledge (Page By Paige; Will and Whit), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes; Time and Vine; Warning Label), and newcomer nine year-old Bryce W. Bullock and father Demitrius (Daddy Long Legs and The Inchworm) will share their insights and answer your questions.
2:45-3:45 – John Ostrander and Timothy Truman: Together Again
When John Ostrander and Timothy Truman team up, you know you’re gonna get a fantastic comic. They co-created the popular comic Grimjack and worked together on The Kents, Hawkworld, Starslayer, and more. Join Ostrander, Truman, and moderator Mike Gold as they look back at their work together.
11:00-12:00 – Cartoonists Draw Blood
Join artists from “Cartoonists Draw Blood” and National Cartoonists Society as they discuss our partnership with the American Red Cross. Since 2013, Carolyn Belefskihas organized several of the finest cartoonists in the Washington, DC area to devote their time and talents to sketch for blood donors annually. The reason is simple: it’s a great opportunity for cartoonists to serve their community while showcasing their art skills and encouraging blood donation – a single donation has the potential to save as many as three lives! The “Cartoonists Draw Blood” crew has expanded their activities beyond the drive by exhibiting work in gallery shows and producing anthology books. Learn about how they create their projects and how you have the potential to create comics for good.
12:15-1:15 – Brian Azzarello Spotlight
Brian Azzarello is well known to comics fans for his work on 100 Bullets, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cage, and Moonshine. His newest book, Batman: Damned with artist Lee Bermejo, the first book in DC’s Black Label imprint, debuted recently. Join Azzarello for a lively discussion of his work.
1:30-2:30 – Tony Isabella Spotlight
The creator of Black Lightning has had a full career at Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and small presses, dabbling in prose, and hosting some of the coolest garage sales in America. The special guest chats about his career with moderator, and old pal, Robert Greenberger.
2:45-3:45 – Comics with a Point of View: Yours and MINE!
Activism in comics has been a growing trend over the past few years, and the current political climate has created an immense need to champion causes. For that reason, ComicMix published Mine!, the Ringo-nominated comic anthology celebrating (and benefiting) the crucial work of Planned Parenthood. The editors, along with some of the contributors, will share why they support PP while exploring the creation of this anthology, and discuss how comics can support all sorts of causes, both yours and… well, you know. Bring your copies of Mine! to get autographed by the panelists and other contributors! Panelists include: June Brigman, Joe Corallo, Glenn Hauman, Molly Jackson, Stuart Moore, and Roy Richardson.
Ballroom (4th Floor)
11:00-12:00 – Michael Copon Spotlight
He’s the Blue Power Ranger and Felix Taggarro on One Tree Hill, but Michael Coponis so much more. Meet this engaging actor, model, singer, and philanthropist in this spotlight panel.
12:00-1:00 – Tricia Helfer Spotlight
Instantly recognizable as the Cylon Number Six from Battlestar Galactica and Charlotte, the mother of the title character on Lucifer, Tricia Helfer is one of the most popular actors working today. Now, she’s here in Baltimore and all her fans have got to be at this delightful panel.
1:00-2:00 – Zachary Levi Spotlight
For five seasons, fans knew Zachary Levi as Chuck, and for years as Flynn Rider in the Disney movie Tangled and the television show Tangled: The Series. Soon, they’ll get to see him on the big screen in DC Entertainment’s Shazam! in the starring role of Captain Marvel. And now, you get to see him here! Don’t miss this electrifying panel.
2:30 – Costume Contest (Kids)
Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area
12:00-1:00 – A Piggy’s Tale Comic Reading and Drawing! with Piggy and Tod Emko
Join Tod Emko for a live reading of A Piggy’s Tale, the universally loved all-ages comic. Piggy the Three-Legged Super Pup will be present to greet his public and model as the audience draws the heroic canine. If Piggy likes the drawing, the child will receive the first issue of A Piggy’s Tale! All participants will have their photos taken with their drawings for the piggytale.com website.
1:00-2:00 – Everyone Run for A Ton of Pun Fun at One! with J. Robert and Samantha Deans
Father/daughter creative team, J. Robert and Samantha Deans share their love of puns and insight on writing and drawing silly stories.
2:00-3:00 – Superhero University with Chris Mariano and Adam Wallenta (OPEN TO FIRST 30 KIDS)
You won’t be able to fly and it won’t give you super powers, but you will learn all the ins and outs of superheroics from the industry’s top professors. PLUS you’ll have fun making your own cape and superhero mask! Come to this workshop as a kid, leave as a superhero!
3:00-4:00 – Imagination Aquarium with Jamar Nicholas
Ever find yourself stuck for cartoon ideas? Put on your wetsuit and dive into the IMAGINATION AQUARIUM, where cartoonist Jamar Nicholas will help you catch ideas in your net and create awesome cartoons!