Baltimore Comic-Con Brings Veteran Creators, New Projects

August 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Press Release:

Making it 18 appearances out of 18 editions of the Baltimore Comic- Con, Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel, the masterminds behind Blood of the InnocentMars, and numerous other creations, will lead their loose-knit, hard-hitting band of creators under the Insight Studios banner into the Baltimore Convention Center for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, FridaySunday, September 22-24. At the show, they’ll be joined by acclaimed ComicMix, DC, and First Comics editor Mike Gold, as well as studio mates, G. D. FalksenMark Redfield, and Evelyn KrietePurchase your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in extra lines at the show.

While frequently noted for their award-winning solo careers, both Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel are frequently reminded by fans of their success as collaborators. TarzanJonny QuestTitanic Tales, and Doctor Cyborg are just a few of their other projects together. Most recently, over the past two years, they have fully restored their acclaimed Vertigo graphic novel Breathtaker for Titan Comics. Additionally, they’ve developed a companion touring show of the original art for the project organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum. Long out of print, it was originally serialized and then collected into a best-selling trade paperback by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint 20 years ago, where it was a best-seller. Their work, both together and separately was extensively profiled in IS Art: The Art of Insight Studios.

“We tell anyone who asks that the Baltimore Comic-Con remains one of the most staunchly comic-centric conventions on the circuit. Yes, we’re biased toward our hometown show, but that doesn’t explain the staying power, the guest-to-fan ratio, and the amazing atmosphere of this convention. The guest list just can’t be beat by any other show of this size or even many that are quite a bit bigger,” said Mark Wheatley. “We’re extremely happy our big, annual gathering of the tribe happens right here in Baltimore, and we’re looking forward to making some great announcements.”

Inducted in July into The Overstreet Hall of Fame, Mark Wheatley most recently has continued his string of popular Doctor Who covers for Titan, completed a set of Stargate Atlantis cover for American Mythology, and provided the cover and interior illustrations for the new novel Man Of War by Heidi Ruby Miller from Meteor House, which continues the Two Hawks series from Philip Jose Farmer. Prior to that, his work for CBS Television was featured on The Millers2 Broke Girls, and Super Clyde, and the Square Roots pilot for ABC. In print, he was featured in the acclaimed Jungle Tales Of Tarzan from Dark Horse Comics, on the cover of the Meteor House release of Exiles of Kho by Christopher Paul Carey, and his own well-received art book, Stars, which presents elaborate line art portraits of actors, musicians, and authors. With a track record that includes Frankenstein MobsterRadical DreamerReturn of the HumanHammer of the GodsEZ StreetSkultar, and Lone Justice, Wheatley is an Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy, and Eisner award-winning creator. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, created set pieces for The Black Eyed Peas, designed for Lady Gaga, and contributed designs to ABC’s Beauty and the Beast. He will be displaying art from Doctor Cthulittle, his innovative new project in collaboration with studio members G. D. Falksen and Evelyn Kriete. See more of Mark’s work at markwheatleygallery.com.

Marc Hempel grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and now resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he plies his craft on such diverse projects ranging from his own GregoryTug & Buster, and Naked Brain to Disney Adventures, and from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser to “The Kindly Ones” in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. Hempel’s art has also appeared in MADMarvel FanfareEpic IllustratedHeavy MetalFlinchMy Faith in FrankieThe DreamingLuciferMunden’s BarNickelodeon Magazine, and a 21-page Escapist story for Dark Horse Comics. His series The Love Brothers has appeared in Aces Weekly.

ComicMix.com editor-in-chief Mike Gold is a 40-year veteran of the comic book field, having co-founded the Chicago Comicon as well as First Comics with Rick Obadiah, later serving as group editor/director of editorial development of DC Comics, and as a packager of comics with arrogant MGMS. Among the many projects he edited and helped develop are American Flagg!Jon Sable FreelanceGrimJackThe Flash,Green ArrowThe QuestionLegendsBreathtaker, and Mars. Gold is also a long-time political activist and broadcaster, presently doing the show Weird Sounds Inside the Gold Mind on getthepointradio.com. He was the recipient of the Hero Initiative Humanitarian of the Year Award, given at the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2011.

Mark Redfield is an American actor, author, artist, and filmmaker whose films include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2002) and The Death of Poe (2006) and whose award-winning audio dramas includes Sinbad and the Pirate Princess also starring Caroline Munro and Martine Beswicke. Voice work includes audio books A Christmas Carol that features cover art by Mark Wheatley and Hunted by Mark Hewitt, an in-depth look at the unsolved Zodiac Killer case. His art and cartoons are collected all over the world and his vampire novel Cult of the Nosferatu is available from Amazon. His novella The Chaney Murder Case with another cover by Mark Wheatley is now available. A Poe Scholar, his 20-hour audio dramatization of Edgar Allan Poe’s life will debut in 2018.

G. D. Falksen is an author, lecturer, public speaker, and actor. He also studies history and has consulted for Disney. He is the author of The Ouroboros Cycle series, The Transatlantic Conspiracy, and several other works of fiction. He is a voice actor for and co-writer of the animated film Hullabaloo and an accompanying educational series titled Ask The Professor.

Evelyn Kriete is an editor, producer, artist, stylist, marketing adviser, social media strategist, and new media coordinator. She is also a crowdfunding consultant for Indiegogo and ComicMix. Through crowdfunding she has raised over $1 million for various projects, including the animated film Hullabaloo, which she is producing alongside film creator James Lopez. She has previously worked on the staff of literary publications such as Weird Tales and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine.

The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017. In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages.

Portland Comic Expo Returns on October 29th

Press Release:

The Portland Comic Expo, presented by Casablanca Comics, returns on Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. PCE is a one day comic convention with comic writers and artists, dealers, cosplayers, programming and more!

Currently announced guests include:

  • Erica Henderson (Eisner-winning artist: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead)
  • Andrew MacLean (Head Lopper, Apocalyptigirl)
  • Paul Pelletier (Aquaman, Fantastic Four, She-Hulk)
  • Zack Giallongo (Broxo, Star Wars: Ewoks)
  • Alterna Comics (Publisher)
  • Skelton Crew Studios
  • 25th Anniversary Alpha Productions Reunion
  • Bill Brock (Host, Rogue Mysteries)

Lots of dealers! Lots of artists in Artist Alley! Cosplayers!

Admission is only $5.00, tickets available at the link…

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Portland Exposition Building
239 Park Avenue Portland, ME 04102

UT – Wonder Woman: Warbringer Signing

Author Leigh Bardugo (Grisha Trilogy, Six of Crows,Crooked Kingdom) appears at Grand Theatre on Thursday September 7th at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign Wonder Woman: Warbringer!

Diana, the young Amazon princess, has entered a race in the Amazons’ games, and losing isn’t an option. But as she runs along the cliffs, a ship explodes near the boundary between Themyscira and the World of Man. The only survivor is Alia Keralis, who is a Warbringer, a descendant of Helen of Troy. Alia was meant to die in that shipwreck, and in rescuing her, Diana has risked not only exile but the fate of the world as well. Armed with her Lasso of Truth and her bulletproof bracelets, Diana sets off with Alia to set things right. And she discovers friendship and betrayal as she learns what it means to be a true hero.

This is a ticketed event. Two general seating tickets are included with the purchase of Wonder Woman: Warbringer from The King’s English Bookshop.

Reserve your two seats by pre-ordering your copy of Wonder Woman: Warbringer from The King’s English Bookshop today, by either calling the store at 801-484-9100 or ordering online at kingsenglish.com.

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The Grand Theatre
1575 S State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
(801) 957-3322

IL – How to Draw Anything with Gene Ha

Comic creator Gene Ha (Mae, Justice League of America, Top Ten) appears at Harold Washington Library Center on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM. He will take questions from the audience and demonstrate how to draw anything. He’ll stick around the Children’s Library after his talk to make free drawings.  This program is best suited for children ages 5 to 13.  No registration is required, however space may be limited and spots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note pre-registration is required for groups of 6 or more.

Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street, Chicago IL 60605
(312) 747-4300

OR – The Great Divide Signing

Writer Ben Fisher appears at Cosmic Monkey Comics to sign copies of his new graphic novel The Great Divide on Saturday August 26th from noon till 2:00 PM.

In the near future, humanity awakens to the horrifying reality that the faintest touch from another’s skin results in agonizing death. The survivors isolate themselves, many driven mad by fragments of memories absorbed from those they’ve killed. Two years after the “Divide”, a pair of thieves stumble upon the means to save their species… but not everyone is eager to see the old world order restored! Includes free digital bonus content to download, including the song “Teotwawki” (mood music for the apocalypse), a coloring book, RPG content, a self help book from the perspective of villain Sebastian Gibbs, dystopian short stories, and a song by the band City Below!

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Cosmic Monkey Comics
5335 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213
(503) 517-9050

CA – Slam! Vol. 1 Launch Party

Join BOOM! Studios for this unique meet & greet event with the SFV Roller Derby team to celebrate Slam! Vol. 1 on Sunday, August 20th at 4:00 PM.

From the first day of Fresh Meat Orientation for the Eastside Roller Girls, Jennifer and Maisie knew they’d be fast friends. But when they’re drafted by different teams, the pull of competition – and their increasingly messy personal lives – threaten to drive them apart. In roller derby you take your hits, get back up and learn how to be a better jammer, a better blocker, a better love, and better friend. Derby can heal your heart… but it might break a bone or two in the process.

In the fast-paced, hard-hitting, super cheeky, all-female world of banked track roller derby, two young women will have to decide if their budding friendship is stronger than the pull of a team when a win is on the line. When life starts coming at you like a freight train, you have two options: run away screaming or lean into the hit. 

Wristbands will be issued on a first come, first serve basis to customers who purchase Slam! Vol 1 from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning August 20th at 9am. Wristbanded guest will have priority access for this event
• Limit 1 wristband per book
• Check Back for more Details as they Become Available

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 525-0270

NY – Animaniacs LIVE

Actor Rob Paulsen (Yakko Warner, Pinky) and composer Randy Rogel bring ANIMANIACS LIVE to the Public Theater on Sunday, October 8th at 9:30 PM.  Get tickets at the link….

Animaniacs LIVE! is a musical revue starring original cast members Rob Paulsen (Yakko, and Pinky from “Pinky and the Brain”), accompanied by Emmy winning composer Randy Rogel, who wrote and created many of those memorable songs you STILL can’t remove from your brain pan.

Featuring 20 songs from the run of the show, songs like ‘Yakko’s World’ and ‘I’m Mad’ and set along cued up clips, Animaniacs LIVE! promises to help you relive the show’s 90’s glory. With over 2,000 half-hours of animation credits, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Donatello (Nickelodeon’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), Yakko Warner, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs”. Randy Rogel is a three time Emmy winner, who began as an original writer on Batman: The Animated Series, before joining the staff of Animaniacs writing most of the songs and many of the scripts. Animaniacs LIVE! is based on the beloved WB cartoon Animaniacs which delighted television audiences from 1992 to 1998. Cartoon clips will be shown alongside the talent. In addition to the concert, Rob and Randy share behind the scenes secrets about the making of the series. Whether you’re a lover of music, animation, or fun, experience Animaniacs like never before in Animaniacs LIVE!

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The Public Theater
425 Lafayette St, New York, New York 10003
(212) 539-8500

CA – Love, Hate & Comics–The Friendship That Would Not Die

Matt Groening and Lynda Barry appear on Saturday, October 7 at 8:00 PM to reminisce about 40 years of friendship and creativity, aided by a homey and hilarious slideshow of photos and comics. An audience Q&A follows their talk. Tickets available at the link…

Matt Groening and Lynda Barry met at The Evergreen State College when he was editing the school paper and she was an aspiring comic artist. A lifetime later, the creator of The Simpsons, the animated sitcom that is now the longest-running scripted show in TV history, is still best buds with his “biggest inspiration,” the respected cartoonist and author of Ernie Pook’s Comeek fame.

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Cal Performances
101 Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-9988

CO – Monster Squad 30th Anniversary Screening

Join stars Andre Gower, Ryan Lambert, and Ashley Bank — that’s Sean, little sister Phoebe, and Rudy — for a night of remembering, reminiscing, and raging anti-monster justice on the big screen at the Alamo Drafthouse on Thursday, August 17 at 7:30 PM! Tickets available at the link…

Whether it’s your first or 101st time, you’ll find it physically impossible not to pump your fist along with this of story monster-obsessed kids saving their small town from that old bloodsucker Drac and his heck-raising pals. Stars Andre, Ryan, and Ashley will be on hand to bookend the show, sharing stories and taking questions you’ve been waiting pretty much your whole life to ask. Plus, every guest will receive a mini-poster signed by the cast in attendance!

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Alamo Drafthouse
4255 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80204
720-577-4720

CA – An Evening with Bill Nye the Science Guy

Bill Nye the Science Guy appears on Saturday, September 9th at 7:30 PM to present and sign copies of his new book Everything All at Once. Presented by Kepler’s Books. Tickets available at the link…

Press Release:

Bill Nye wants you to change the world! The public face of science for over 20 years, The Science Guy is issuing a call to arms. Whatever your cause, whatever your persuasion, whatever your radical curiosity is driven by, everyone can be the change they want to see in the world.

Consider the following: An Everything All at Once lifestyle — taking action for the beliefs you consider the most important. A New York Times bestselling author, Emmy-winner, inventor, comedian, engineer, and CEO of the Planetary Society, Bill Nye has truly done everything. Always, though, he is guided by a core set of skills and principals.

From his childhood scouting adventures to his career in aerospace to the development of Science Guy television, Bill Nye is bringing a lifetime of experience in living Everything All at Once. Don’t miss out! Join him as he discusses his new book Everything All at Once with award-winning science journalist Kara Platoni.

Ticket Information:

  • $40.00 — Admit 1. Includes Book and one place in the signing line.
  • $20.00 — Admit 1. Does not include a book or a place in the signing line.

Bill Nye will be available after the event to sign copies of his new book “Everything All at Once.” There will be no personalizations or posed photographs. Pictures may be taken from the signing line. NOTE: YOU MUST PURCHASE A BOOK TO ENTER THE SIGNING LINE. Additional books will be available for sale at the venue.

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Performing Arts Center
600 N Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 348-8243

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