Big Guests, Big Vendors and A Big Film Make the Second ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con a BIG DEAL!
Preparations are in full swing for the May 11 benefit event showcasing Archbishop Neale School in La Plata.
“Our headlining special guest is the unmistakable Frank Cho,” says event organizer Tom Boone. “This is Frank’s only scheduled convention appearance in the DC area for the rest of the year!” This May, Marvel Comics will be wrapping up a well-received six issue series written and drawn by Mr. Cho called ‘Savage Wolverine’, based on the X-Men hero. More than 20 other comic artists and writers will be attending as well as artists from other disciplines including digital media, sculpting, pyrography and photography.
In addition to artists, more than 20 vendors covering over 80 tables will be selling a wide array of comics, cards, sci-fi, pop culture and entertainment collectibles. “We’re very proud that nearly all of our vendors from our 2012 show have returned and we’ve attracted even more this year,” says Boone. Among them are Cards, Comics and Collectibles, a retail store in Reisterstown and Third Eye Comics, a retailer with stores in Prince Frederick and Annapolis. “We have vendors coming from as far away as Pennsylvania. We’ve cast the net wide to try to get as many unique vendors as possible for our attendees.” Local retailers such as Comics MD and BookNuts Book Shop will also have a presence at the show.
Another first for the event is the screening of films. New York based filmmaker Brian Stillman will be attending the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con to present previously unseen clips from his upcoming film, ‘Plastic Galaxy – The Story of Star Wars Toys’. According to Boone, “It’s an incredible documentary that toy collectors and Star Wars fans will love.” Other works include student films from the DAVE School in Orlando, FL, and rare films that have never been commercially released.
Panels and presentations, a staple of comic conventions, will also be a part of this year’s charity event. “How to Make Your Own Comic” will be a panel discussion with artists and creators lead by Chris Rizzo, Creative Director of New York based multimedia group Dark Ink Pictures. The panel will discuss topics such as breaking into comics and writing techniques. “The DIY ethic is strong in comics today. The internet and indie publishing are breaking down barriers and providing young creators with opportunities that were unthinkable as little as ten years ago,” says Boone.
Popular at conventions around the world is the 501st Legion, a Star Wars-inspired costuming group whose local unit, the Old Line Garrison, will be returning to the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con in greater numbers this year. The stormtroopers will be entertaining fans of all ages with a charity putt-putt game and plenty of photo opportunities throughout the event. Also returning are the Viking Re-enactors from Southern Maryland’s own Longship Company, with authentic costumes and equipment.
Another highlight of the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con is the Silent Auction. “Every penny from admissions, the vendor’s fees and the silent auction goes directly to the operating budget of Archbishop Neale School.” To that end, an impressive array of unique and one-of a-kind collectibles have been gathered for the auction from attending artists including Mike O’Shields and Laura Inglis, to major industry names like John Byrne, Doug Chiang and James Arnold Taylor, and authors Troy Denning and Lemony Snicket.
“All this is just the tip of the iceberg,” says Boone. “We’re screening more films and we’ll have more artists and more presentations. We’re using more space inside the school than ever. We have more food vendors this year, more prizes, more of everything fans go to conventions for. We encourage all of our attendees to make plans to stay for a while!”
The Second Annual ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con is happening May 11, 2013, from 10am to 3pm at Archbishop Neale School in La Plata, Maryland. Admission is $5 for adults, kids under ten are free. For more information, visit www.anscomiccon.com
About Archbishop Neale School -
Archbishop Neale School is a Catholic elementary school in La Plata, Maryland that has been in continuous operation since 1927, with a two-track system for grades Pre-K through 8 and a curriculum centered on the Archdiocese of Washington graded course of study. We are fully accredited, and our teachers are certified by the State of Maryland in their specific areas. We serve Catholic students from over seven parishes and many non-Catholics as well. For over 80 years, parents have entrusted their children to ANS because they are assured of an excellent, Archdiocesan standards-based academic curriculum that encompasses Catholic faith and values delivered in a safe, caring environment. For more information, visit www.ArchbishopNealeSchool.org
Gilbert Hernandez goes on tour for Marble Season in April & May 2013! Gilbert will present “From Funny Books to Graphic Novels”, a fascinating slide show tribute to the legacy of the comics he read as a kid. He’ll talk about the silver age comics featured in MARBLE SEASON, which helped set the course for Gilbert, as well as his brothers Jaime and Mario, to become the legendary comics creators they are today. Seriously folks, don’t miss your chance to get to know the man behind thirty years of alternative comics history.
Here are his dates written out nice ‘n’ neat! It’s going to be a GOOD spring.
BALTIMORE: Monday April 15th, 5:30 pm
101 Mattin Center, Johns Hopkins University
NEW YORK CITY: Tuesday April 16th, 7 pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Ave.
MONTREAL: Wednesday April 17th, 7 pm
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard O.
CHICAGO: Thursday April 18th, 7 pm
Quimby’s, 1854 W. North Ave.
PORTLAND, OR: Sunday April 21st, 7:30 pm
Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside
LOS ANGELES: Wednesday April 24th, 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave.
FORT WORTH, TX: Friday April 26th
Texas Library Association, Forth Worth Convention Center
TORONTO: Saturday May 11th and Sunday May 12th
TCAF, Toronto Reference Library
Takoma Park Library
101 Philadelphia Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Dash Shaw and Tim Kreider sign at Atomic Books on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 7:00 until 9:00 pm!
Dash Shaw’s new graphic novel, New School (Fantagraphics) dramatizes the story of a boy moving to an exotic country and his infatuation with an unfamiliar culture that quickly shifts to disillusionment.
Tim Kreider’s collection of essays and cartoons, We Learn Nothing, will be released in paperback by Simon & Schuster.
Dash will be showing and discussing his work as well as presenting several of his short animations.
Tim will be showing and discussing his cartoons as well as reading and talking about his essays.
Adult beverages will be served.
3620 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211
Join the Homewood Art Workshops in welcoming Spring ’13 Visiting Artist Gilbert Hernandez! An acclaimed cartoonist/graphic novelist who, with brother Jaime, created the brilliant series Love & Rockets, Hernandez makes his first visit to Johns Hopkins on Monday, April 15. He will present a fascinating slide show on the evolution of his work, “From Funny Books to Graphic Novels,” at 5:30 p.m. in Mattin 101,F. Ross Jones Bldg.
Immediately following his talk, Hernandez will sign copies of his new semi-autobiographical novel, Marble Season.
Johns Hopkins University
101 Mattin Center, Baltimore, MD
Cullen Bunn, Joelle Jones, Brian Hurtt, Joshua Dysart, Justin Jordan, Duane Swierczynski, Bryan Turner, and more sign at Third Eye Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY x FIVE YEARS OF THIRD EYE
The Five Year Anniversary Celebration of THIRD EYE COMICS!
FIRST 50 IN LINE GET A FREE THIRD EYE T-SHIRT
FIRST 100 IN LINE GET A FREE THIRD EYE X FCBD WRIST BAND
WAITING IN LINE? BE ENTERED TO WIN PRINTS, TOYS & MORE
COME IN COSTUME & BE ENTERED TO WIN A $200 GIFT CARD
Buy the Third Eye x FCBD Commemorative “FIVE YEARS OF THIRD EYE” T-Shirt featuring art by STUFF OF LEGEND’s CHARLE PAUL WILSON III
Join us for the five year anniversary of THIRD EYE COMICS in ANNAPOLIS, MD on SATURDAY May 4th, which also just so happens to be FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!
FREE COMIC BOOKS ALL DAY LONG!
CREATOR GUESTS GALORE, including:
Signings Take Place from 9AM – 4PM.
??? – SPECIAL SURPRISE GUEST TBA!
CULLEN BUNN (DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED, VENOM, SIXTH GUN, HELHEIM)
CHARLES SOULE (SWAMP THING, 27)
JERRY & PENELOPE GAYLORD (FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES, ADVENTURE TIME, NFL RUSH ZONE)
DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI (BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER WARS, JUDGE DREDD, CABLE, DEADPOOL WADE WILSON’S WAR)
JOSHUA DYSART (HARBINGER, HARBINGER WARS, UNKNOWN SOLDIER, DARK CRYSTAL, VIOLENT MESSIAHS)
JOELLE JONES (HELHEIM, DR HORRIBLE, HOUSE OF NIGHT)
BRYAN TURNER (FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES, NFL RUSH ZONE)
JUSTIN JORDAN (LEGEND OF LUTHER STRODE, GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS, DEATHSTROKE, SHADOWMAN)
BRIAN HURTT (THE SIXTH GUN, QUEEN & COUNTRY)
AWESOME ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING…
Get Your Picture Taken with Doctor Who and the TARDIS Photobooth! (9AM-2PM)
Get Your Picture Taken with the Imperial Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion (9AM-1PM)
SPECIAL 1 DAY ONLY ANNIVERSARY SALE
20% OFF ALL Graphic Novels (excluding new releases from 4/1-5/4)
20% OFF ALL Statues & Toys (excluding new releases from 4/1-5/4)
20% OFF ALL Games (excluding new releases from 4/1-5/4)
50% OFF SELECT Trade Paperbacks & Hardcovers
50% OFF SELECT Toys & Statues
$1.00 Back Issue Bins or Fill A Short Box for $50.00
Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Meet artist Steve Conley (Star Trek, Bloop) at Cards Comics and Collectibles on Saturday March 30, 2013 from 11:00 am till 6:00 pm! Pick up his exclusive variant cover for Adventure Time #12!
Cards Comics and Collectibles
100 A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136
Cary Nord, Brandon Seifert, Greg LaRocqoue, Joe Keatinge, Mike Moreci, Steve Seeley, Marc Hempel, and many more appear at Collectors Corner on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!
Maryland’s Largest & most exciting FREE COMIC BOOK DAY at Collectors Corner!
9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Free Comic Book Day!
Collectors Corner (All NEW & IMPROVED Even BIGGER CC)
SAME Location, not moving, just GROWING in SIZE and the NEW Larger Space will be Unveiled at this Event!
(First 50 People in line will get a Free Movie Pass to see IRON MAN 3 in theaters Saturday evening in addition to being in the First 100 In Line Getting a Free Collectors Corner re-usable Bag with CC Logo filled with merchandise with a retail value of over $100.00 including Trade Paperbacks, Comics & more!)
(First 100 People in Line will get a Free Collectors Corner re-usable Bag with CC Logo filled with merchandise with a retail value of over $100.00 including Trade Paperbacks, Comics & more!)
Additionally the First 50 Persons in line will have a 1 in 50 chance to WIN a $150 Shopping Spree, Details Below :
SHOPPING SPREE : WIN a $150 Shopping Spree – Randomly inserted onto one of the CC re-useable BAGS will be a $150 CC Gift Card, like a GOLDEN TICKET!
56 FREE COMICS for Each and Every Customer Attending the Event – Choose 6 from every FCBD Title offered from every publisher while supplies last along with Some Titles creators are producing exclusively for CC + BONUS 50 FREE BACK ISSUE COMICS per person from over 50 selected Back Issue BOXES outside offered along side this years full lineup FCBD COMICS!
FREE PIZZA for everyone – ALL DAY!
Scheduled Creator Appearances :
(ALL Creators appear 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Unless noted otherwise)
Creators will be Signing & Sketching Free :
Cary Nord : Artist – Conan, Daredevil, X-O Manowar & more!
Greg LaRocqoue : Artist (Web of Spider-man, Legion, Flash, Exiled Studios)
Joe Keatinge – Writer of IMAGE Comics Glory & Hell Yeah, MARVEL NOW!’s Morbius & Amazing Spider-Man.
Brandon Seifert – Writer & Creator of IMAGE COMICS Witchdoctor, Writer of Hellraiser & Doctor Who.
Mike Moreci & Steve Seeley creators of IMAGE Comics Hoax Hunters.
Marc Hempel (Sandman, Tug & Buster)
H.C. Noel (Tara Normal)
Michael S. Bracco (Birth & Novo)
Nathan Getz (No One)
Tony Calandra (No One)
Mike Riley (I Taste Sound)
PLB Studios (MD Eastern Shore Based Comic Publisher)
John French, Carlos Taylor & many, many more!
Many More HUGE creators to be Announced Soon…
Character Appearances : Booster Gold, Storm, Batgirl, Scarlet Witch, Black Cat, Magneto, Hawkeye, Spider-man & Wonder Woman.
+ CHARM CITY ROLLER GIRLS will be representing all day!
COMIC BOOK COSPLAY CONTEST : Starts at 3:00 PM Sign Up at the Counter.
Prizes (Best Overall) : 1st $100 CC Gift Card, 2nd $50 CC Gift Card, 3rd $25 CC Gift Card
Comic Book Trivia Contest : Starts at 3:00 PM
Free Membership Drive – All Day at the counter.
Outside Behind the Store – Local Arts & Crafts + Coffee Served.
Gaming Demonstrations including HeroClix, Magic The Gathering, Yu-gi-oh & more.
+ STORE-WIDE SALE :
In the Store – ALL Trade Paperbacks & Graphic Novels 20% Off.
In the Store – ALL Back Issues in the Display Cases 50% Off.
In the Store – In the BACK ISSUES VAULT : ALL COMICS 50% Off.
In the Store – All Toys, Statues & Models 25% Off.
In the Store – All T-Shirts 2 for $35.
In the Store – All USED Softcover Trade Paperbacks $5 Each or 7 for $30.
In the Store – All Board Games & RPG Games & Accessories 20% Off.
HUGE TENT SALE Behind the Store – Huge Sidewalk Sale, Toys, Video Games & More at deeply discounted prices & BACK ISSUES SALE with All Comics normally $1 Each, (OPEN all day on FCBD) 25 Cents EACH 5 for $1 & MAKE A BOX for $40 or 3 BOXES for $100.
After Party… Details Coming Soon! 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Tunes and Food.
Join us for FCBD at Collectors Corner for the Largest and most Exciting FCBD Event in Maryland!
7911 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21234
Rob Thomas hopes to show some Veronica Mars footage at SDCC, SPX exhibitors have some table registration woes, fans show off photos from MegaCon, and more.
Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes PaperFilms’ Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – March 11, 2013 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is thrilled to announce that fan-favorite creators Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner will be returning as guests to this year’s show, taking place the weekend of September 7-8, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Palmiotti is one of the most prolific creators in comics today. In addition to his writing work at DC, which includes All-Star Western, Ame-Comi Girls, and the recently-announced Batwing, Palmiotti’s recent work includes the writing the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us for NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive, and the Image Comics series Creator Owned Heroes.
Fan-favorite artist Amanda Conner, who most recently finished working on the highly-publicized Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre and the Ame-Comi: Wonder Woman mini-series from DC Comics, began her career in the late-1980s working for Archie and Marvel Comics. Over the course of her 20+ year career, she has worked on such notable DC books as Birds of Prey, Power Girl, Zatanna, and Terra. She also contributed cover art to the Image Comics series Creator Owned Heroes.
Both Palmiotti and Conner, along with Justin Gray, are founders of PaperFilms, a collaborative studio that offers services ranging from world building, screenwriting, intellectual property development, video game development, illustration, editorial experience, and much more.
“We’re very excited to have Jimmy and Amanda back in Baltimore for another year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Both of them have had a lasting impact on comics, they continue to do excellent work, and it’s always a pleasure to have them at the show.”
In addition to Palmiotti and Conner, other confirmed guests for the show including: Brian Bolland (Dial H); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Jimmy Cheung (Avengers vs. X-Men); Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine); J.M. DeMatteis (Phantom Stranger); David Finch (Justice League of America); Dave Gibbons (The Secret Service); Keith Giffen (Masters of the Universe); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); Barry Kitson (Empire); Roger Langridge (Popeye); Paul Levitz (World’s Finest); Kevin Maguire (World’s Finest); Mike Mignola (Hellboy In Hell); George Perez (World’s Finest); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Joe Prado (Earth 2); Ivan Reis (Aquaman); Chris Samnee (Daredevil); Louise Simonson (X-Factor); Walt Simonson (The Mighty Thor); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); and Mark Waid (Indestructible Hulk).
In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.
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About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 14th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.
About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 9 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.