MD – Intersect Signing

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Ray Fawkes (Batman Eternal, Constantine) appears at Third Eye Comics on Saturday, December 13th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm to sign INTERSECT!

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Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-0322

Diamond Announces Baltimore Comic Con as Site for 2015 Retailer Summit

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Diamond Comic Distributors has announced that its 2015 Retailer Summit for comic book specialty retailers will take place September 23-25, 2015 in Baltimore, MD.

“We’re excited to bring the Summit back to Diamond’s home turf of Charm City,” said Roger Fletcher, Diamond’s VP-Sales & Marketing. “We had a great event in Las Vegas last year and we hope to exceed that in terms of growth and retailer satisfaction with the 2015 Summit.”

Diamond also announced that it will partner with Baltimore Comic-Con, which will be held right after the Summit from September 25-27, to share marketing and strategic initiatives for the combined events. Baltimore Comic-Con’s Exhibit Hall will serve as the Summit’s Exhibit Hall during special “Retailer Only” hours.

balt2015“Our 15th annual show in 2014 was our biggest show to date,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “It’s only going to get bigger and better. Baltimore Comic-Con, coupled with Diamond’s Retailer Summit, should make for one of the best regional comic-con shows ever held.”

Now in its 13th year, Diamond’s Retailer Summit is the leading annual event for comic book specialty retailers to meet with publishers and vendors, and come together with fellow retailers to discuss the industry and their businesses. Top publishers such as Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, and Marvel Comics come and share exciting new projects, while retailers get to network and learn about new business practices to help them succeed and thrive in today’s retailing environment.

Additional details and registration for the industry’s annual retailer event will be announced in early 2015. Publishers and vendors who would like to sponsor or exhibit at the Baltimore Comic-Con should contact Chris McClelland (registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com) now for additional information.

The latest developments regarding the show can always be found on our websiteTwitter, and Facebook pages.

 

MD – Nightmare the Rat Signing

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Rafer Roberts appears at Beyond Comics on Saturday, November 22nd to meet fans and sign his new Nightmare The Rat collection from noon to 4:00 PM along with Beyond Comics’ own John Shine, Nightmare pin-up contributor.

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Beyond Comics
18749 B North Frededrick Road Gaithersburg, MD 20879
(301) 216-0007

MD – Drifter #1 Signing

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Writer Ivan Brandon and artist Cliff Chiang appear at Cards Comics and Collectibles on Wednesday November 12, 2014 from noon till 2:00 PM! They will have an exclusive variant cover drawn by Cliff!

Cards Comics and Collectibles
100 A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136
410-526-7410

MD – Shutter Signing

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Writer Joe Keatinge and artist Leila Del Duca appear at Third Eye Comics on Saturday, November 15th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm to sign SHUTTER!

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Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-0322

Baltimore Comic-Con Report!

Who watches the Watchmen? A few hundred people at least, all of whom were in line ahead of me at last month’s Baltimore Comic-Con (Sept. 5-7) for Dave Gibbons’s autograph.

Gibbons is, of course, the artist behind Watchmen, the 12-issue miniseries published by DC in the mid-80s. The accolades heaped on Watchmen are as legendary as the series itself. It was the only graphic novel to appear on Time‘s 2005 “100 Greatest Novels” list, and it appeared again in 2009 on the magazine’s “Top 10 Graphic Novels” list. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked Watchmen thirteenth on its list of the best 50 novels printed in the last 25 years, calling it “the greatest superhero story ever told and proof that comics are capable of smart, emotionally resonant narratives.”

I have loved Watchmen since it came out, and when I saw that Gibbons, who lives in the UK, would be in Baltimore, I booked my flight immediately. By “flight,” I mean I got up at 5:00am and drove the six hours from Raleigh, NC, passing through Washington just miles from the White House and getting stuck in horrendous construction-related traffic that even President Obama is, apparently, powerless to prevent. Other great artists and writers were there, including Steve Leialoha, Walter and Louise Simonson, Greg Capullo, David Finch, and Al Milgrom, who does few conventions these days. Denny O’Neil left early due to a family emergency, and the wait for George Perez was four hours (!), according to one woman who endured it.

But Gibbons was, for me, the star of the show. I waited about an hour in his line, and when I got to the table, I found him to be gracious, funny, and down-to-earth. He was impressed by my Graphitti edition Watchmen hardcover (the first graphic novel version of the series) and my Marvel Comics Doctor Who #1 (for the wife, a consecrated Whovian). But he oohed and ahhed—actually, we all did—over something another guy had: the 1994 computer game Beneath a Steel Sky, still in the box. Gibbons did the background art for this game, and he said he had never signed a copy before. Get it on eBay, young man!

The Baltimore Comic-Con has long been a two-day affair. This was its first year spanning a third day, and everyone I talked to thought it a success. Vendors especially were pumped-up because their rate stayed roughly the same despite the extra day. They also praised the convention staff for being responsive and professional. Sales were good, too: one dealer sold an Action Comics #252 (first appearance of Supergirl) for $900.

Dr. Chilton, the captor/tormentor of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, says that Baltimore “can be quite a fun town, if you have the right guide.” The only guide I needed was the folks at this year’s Comic-Con. As you are planning your convention schedule for next year, mark down September 25-27 in Baltimore. It won’t be a baaa-d decision.

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They don’t look like minions, but I’ll take their word for it.

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Deadpool doing what Deadpool does.

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Hello, Walter Simonson!

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Hello, Louise Simonson!

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Don’t blink. Or wink. Or think about blinking or winking. Especially when drinking.

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The line to see Dave Gibbons.

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And, finally, Dave Gibbons, holding my newly-signed Watchmen hardcover (which, if it were shirt, I would never wash again).

MD – Halloween ComicFest 2014

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Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham, Howie Noel, and Ryan Browne appear at Third Eye Comics on Saturday, October 25th for Halloween ComicFest 2014!

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Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-0322

MD – Fantasy Killer #1 Signing

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Kevin Hock appears at Third Eye Comics on Wednesday, October 22nd from 7:00 – 9:00 pm to celebrate the launch of Fantasy Killer #1!

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Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-0322

MD – Dark Dreams Art Show

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James O’Barr opens a gallery of artwork on Monday October 6th at the Mosely Gallery!

Press Release:

A new art show, “Dark Dreams: The Art of James O’Barr” will be opening with a reception on October 6, at the Mosely Gallery on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The art show will feature 30 originals by O’Barr, the creator of “The Crow,” as well as the writer on the hit series “Skinning the Wolves,” “Curare,” and “Pestilence.”

The show runs from Oct. 6-30th, with an opening reception from 4-6, on Oct. 6th. A film screening of “The Crow” will follow at 8 pm in the SSC Theater, followed by a Q & A with O’Barr. Prints will be available for signing at both events.

The closing reception will take place October 30th from 4-6 with a Halloween costume Party. (Note that Mr. O’Barr will only be in attendance on Oct. 6th.)

Mosely Gallery – University of Maryland: Eastern Shore
11931 Art Shell Plaza; Princess Anne, MD 21853

Comic Book and Non-Sports Card Show (MD) (November 2014)

September 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Anime, Comic Books, Convention Profiles, Gaming, Maryland

Convention Name
Comic Book and Non-sports card show
Convention Website Address
http://www.clandestinecomics.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/23/2014
About This Convention
Dealers from around the region will be selling Golden Age to modern comics. This is the longest running show in Maryland and we have sold over 100,000 comics over the years. From Amazing Fantasy 15 to New Mutants 98. So come out with those lists and enjoy a day of buying comics and socializing with fellow comic book fans!
Admission is still only $3.00!
Venue Name and Address
Holiday Inn
15101 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, Maryland 20793
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
25
Projected Attendance
125
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming

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