HasCon Is More Than Meets the Eye

This year Hasbro debuted the inaugural HasCon, a “FANmily” event in which the popular toy and gaming company invited fans to get an in-depth look at their latest products, purchase exclusive collectibles, rub elbows with celebrities, and indulge in their passion for the many brands represented.

The initial impression that HasCon was very different from most public conventions in that most of the main exhibition hall was not devoted to vendors and retailers, aside from the Hasbro booths selling convention exclusives. Instead, there were large pavilions dedicated to the variety of Hasbro brands such as Transformers, My Little Pony, GI Joe, Nerf, and Magic: The Gathering as well license partners like Star Wars and Marvel. Each area was filled with latest toys and games which staff members encouraged attendees to play with. Additionally, they showcased movie props, original design and packaging artwork, and interactive displays.

Located at the Rhode Island Convention Center, directly across the street from Hasbro’s global headquarters, many (if not all) of the staff on hand were employees of the company who were friendly, engaging, and enthusiastic to talk about their work with attendees and show off their latest projects. “We know that we have such a vested audience and so many brands so why don’t we open up our doors and let in everybody in who would love a peek behind the curtain,” said Tyla Bucher (Vice President of Global Brand Strategy & Marketing, My Little Pony), “It’s not so much driving the brand forward as much as it is about creating another point of connection with consumers and fans.”

John Warden (Design Manager, Transformers) echoed this sentiment, “Any chance to actually meet the not just the designers the marketing team like we normally would get at a San Diego Comic Con but also the engineering team, the packaging team, copywriters… We’re all part of the big Hasbro family and really fans have an opportunity to see everything that makes the brand work.”

Another marked difference is that HasCon was incredibly family-friendly with games and activities geared toward children as well as adult fans. There were stylists on hand to give attendees My Little Pony and Troll-themed makeovers, a Nerf shooting gallery to demo their entire collection, several cosplayers in costume to interact with fans and pose for photos, and, naturally, the latest toys. While it may seem obvious to the layperson, the fact of the matter is that most large conventions are geared toward adult fans with kid-oriented events and exhibits being an afterthought, if they are included at all.

“Obviously the big idea around HasCon,” said Ben Montano (Director of Brand Marketing, Transformers), “is to bring all families together, not just the super fan or a collector but also fans who want to bring their kids into a property or they’re already sharing a love of. For Hasbro to be able to do that, not just for fans of Transformers but My Little Pony, Magic the Gathering, that’s absolutely insane and mind blowing and we’ve seen in the last day and a half now fans and families coming in and their kids split off one way and they go another and everyone has something to appreciate and enjoy.”

Shane Wilhelmsen, a local fan and veteran of many comic conventions across the United States, attended HasCon on Friday accompanied by his two-year old daughter. “Honestly, when I bought our passes a few months ago I didn’t have a very clear idea what to expect or how well she would handle the whole experience,” said Wilhelmsen via email, “I had a general sense of what brands were going to be there based on the information on their website, but wasn’t sure what was going to have its own booth, or what sort of experiences were going to be there beyond panels (which I knew she wasn’t going to want to sit through).” However, his fears were soon alleviated as his daughter enjoyed playing with Mr. Potato Head toys, participating in a singalong with Sesame Street’s Elmo and Abby Cadabby, and meeting the Trolls cosplayers at their booth which Wilhelmsen cited as her favorite part of the convention. “She had an amazing time! She was well-behaved and totally engaged from the time we got there to pick up our badges in the morning until we had to leave at 5:00 PM.”

Overall, the first HasCon was a rousing success. There were certainly some organizational hiccups but those occur at any show, and certainly for an initial launch it’s to be expected. But the level of fan-engagement and excitement was clearly evident from top to bottom and fans are sure to want to come back next year to see what new excitement Hasbro has in store.

Game Sports Bar to Host the First Official Baltimore Comic-Con After Party

September 15, 2017 by  
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America’s Greatest Comic Book Convention and Baltimore’s Greatest Sports Bar are teaming up Saturday, September 23rd at 8:00 PM for an incredible night to remember. The convention after party will be held at GAME Sports Bar next to the Horseshoe Casino. The night will feature awesome music, live DJs, multiple genre rooms and themes, fantastic food, door prizes, and GAME’s version of a costume contest. Free transportation will be available leaving the convention center directly at the closing of the convention Saturday night, or Uber, walk, or drive and park free at the Casino or the venue. This party is OPEN to the public so if you LOVE this scene, you can just come on by.

The night will be chock full of fun, surprises, and, most of all, OTHER comic enthusiasts to party with, meet, and have a great time with. Advanced tickets may be purchased at baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets or through MISSIONTIX and are now available for $20. The prices will go up, so make sure you buy your tickets NOW! HURRY the event is only a week away.

The official Baltimore Comic-Con after party will be held at GAME Sports Bar, 1400 Warner Street. This year, you don’t have to be upset because it’s over… the night just gets better! Do not miss this one and only EPIC night.

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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.

BOOM! Studios Returns to Baltimore Comic-Con with Exclusive Merchandise, Guests, and More

September 15, 2017 by  
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BOOM! Studios is excited to announce it will exhibit at BALTIMORE COMIC-CON (BCC), to be held during the weekend of September 22-24, 2017 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Fans will be able to experience:

  • The BOOM! Studios booth (#2001) will have comics, graphic novels, and paperback collections of its most recent releases, including Mech Cadet Yu, Hi-Fi Fight Club, Clueless: Senior Year, WWE Vol. 1, SLAM! Vol. 1, and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Adult Coloring Book.
  • Debuting in a limited quantity is the BCC exclusive variant to Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #1, featuring a story by legendary filmmaker John Carpenter and Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2), and art and a cover by Jorge Corona (Adventure Time Comics, Feathers). Burch will be on hand to sign copies.
  • Debuting at BCC is the Lumberjanes Crossed Axes enamel pin, which joins the set of current Lumberjanes pins for Ripley, the Holy Kitten, and the Lumberjanes logo.
  • BOOM! Studios will host special guest appearances at its booth (#2001), including Sean Rubin (Bolivar), Anthony Burch (Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack), and Clay McLeod Chapman (Lazaretto).
  • For the inaugural Ringo Awards ceremony, BOOM! Studios will be a Gold Sponsor and is providing each attendee with a complimentary copy of the Mouse Guard Coloring Book, courtesy of the publisher and Mouse Guard creator David Petersen, the keynote speaker of the event.

The publisher will present a panel featuring an all-star lineup of creators:

BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours
Saturday, September 23
4:00-5:00 pm
Room 343-344

There’s a comic at BOOM! Studios for everyone, from longtime fans to brand-new readers, and this is the panel to discover YOUR favorite new series! Join BOOM! Studios staff and creators as they explore the diverse               imprints of the main BOOM! Studios line, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession. Featuring James Tynion IV (Eugenic, The Backstagers), Hope Larson (Goldie Vance), Sean Rubin (Bolivar), Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu), Matt Kindt (Grass Kings), Anthony Burch (Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack), and Clay McLeod Chapman (Lazaretto). Moderated by Filip Sablik (President, Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios).

Other BOOM! Studios creators who will be appearing at Baltimore Comic-Con and can be found in Artist Alley include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Frank Cho (Skybourne), JG Jones (Strange Fruit), Justin Jordan (Sombra), Dustin Nguyen (What Is It?), Steve Orlando (Namesake), Charles Soule (Strange Attractors), Brian Stelfreeze (Day Men), Mark Waid (Irredeemable), and Eryk Donovan (Eugenic).

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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.

 

 

ME – Batman: White Knight #1 Signing

Sean Gordon Murphy, the two time Eisner award winning artist behind such critically acclaimed comics as Punk Rock Jesus, Joe the Barbarian, The Wake, and Tokyo Ghost, is putting his own spin on the Batman mythos with Batman: White Knight. He will be at Coast City on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 signing.

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Coast City Comics
634 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 899-1505

LadiesCon Panel Schedule Announced for this Saturday

The 2nd annual LadiesCon will be held this Saturday, Sept. 16th at the Armory in Somerville, MA from noon till 5:00 PM! The show will present writers, artists, creators and artisans specializing in comics, fantasy, and science fiction, with a particular emphasis on creators who identify as women, LGBTQ, non-binary, and people of color, as well as local artists. Meet creators, buy books and crafts, and see panels on a variety of topics, including cosplay and fanfiction! Admission is FREE!

LadiesCon’s panel discussions are hosted by experts and fans alike. They are scheduled throughout the day in our two panel rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs.

The Bechdel Test and Fandom
12:00 – 12:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Janet Gershen-Siege, freelance science fiction author and blogger for Adventures in Career Changing
  • D.R. Perry, writer of Paranormal Humor, Alternate History, and LARP.

There just aren’t a lot of female heroes out there, still. And the ones who are out there often have no one to talk to other than men. What does it mean when films, books, and television programs fail the Bechdel Test in 2017? Is there a more systemic problem? How can it be fixed? What can indies do? How about consumers?

Women in Comics Retail
12:30 – 1:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

Reflections on changes in the industry, predictions for the future, insights into the day-to-day life of a comic shop worker (it’s not exactly sitting around reading books & passing judgement) & DEEP DISH on the books & creators we love & hate!

Accessibility and Creativity in Cosplay: How to Make Cosplay for Everyone
1:00 – 1:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Rhea McCullough – Moderator
  • Carolyn Frantz
  • Jennifer Rzasa
  • Stephanie Mann
  • Melanie Anne Coombs

As cosplay becomes a more and more popular way of expressing fandom, people are making it work for them in various creative ways. Our panel of cosplayers will discuss how to cosplay on a budget, cosplay for people of varying abilities, and other burning questions from newbies and experts alike.

Wonder Woman Conquers the World!
1:30 – 2:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

This summer, Diana of Themyscira conquered the world is an unstoppable blockbuster movie that out shined all her DC predecessors! Join our panelists as the delve into the comics history that inspired the film. We’ll talk favorite stories, characters, creative teams and show our love for all things Wonder Woman.

One True Pairings, Shipping, and the Romance Genre
2:00 – 2:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

Shipping is part of the fabric of fandom communities. We all have an OTP, like Lois and Clark or Diana and Steve. But there’s also an entire fictional genre devoted to shipping, romance, that contains heroes and relationships similar to the pairings that fandom loves. Join us for a walk through romance in comics and how that relates to the feminist genre of romance.

Working in Audiodrama
2:30 – 3:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Lisa McQuilkin: Actor. “A.S.H.le” from Hadron Gospel Hour
  • Tanja Milojevic: Producer/Creator/Actor, The Penumbra Podcast
  • Simone De Boudoir: Actor, Edict Zero, What’s The Frequency, Electric Vicuna productions, Campfire Radio Theater

Audio drama podcasts are on the rise.  No longer relegated to a small number of dedicated listeners, Audio dramas are finding their way to car radios, living rooms, and live stages. We invited several local voice actors and creators to discuss the process, rewards, and unique challenges of audio-only entertainment.

Women in Games: From Designing to Playing and Nurturing the Next Generation
3:00 – 3:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Tracey Michienzi, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of ELS Game Day
  • Savannah Camacho, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of ELS Game Day
  • Emily Care Boss, Independent Game Designer/ Publisher, Black and Green Games
  • Adri Kliger, Co-Organizer of Women in Games, Boston
  • Meg Stivison, game designer for Small Monsters Games
  • Sarah Zaidan, comics artist and game designer

Have you ever looked around just to notice that you are the only woman in your game group? Ever feel like you don’t belong in the hobby? Trust us, you aren’t alone. The number of women who admit to gaming as a hobby are rising, and we are going to talk about it. Our esteemed panelists will discuss women’s roles in the gaming industry, equality in gaming, and how to create a positive gaming environment to set a good example to women gamers of the future.

The Expanded Universe: The Art of Fan Fiction
3:30 – 4:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Taylor Hendel – Moderator
  • Charlotte White
  • Linda Endinger
  • Caitlin Walsh

Even our favorite books and movies can leave us wanting more, whether we’re wondering how else things might have played out, wish more time had been spent on certain plot points, crave more queer or minority characters, or just want to see what happens next. Fanfiction is the way some folks explore their favorite fictional universes, putting the characters and/or setting in new contexts. Come learn more about this ever-growing art form from a variety of perspectives.

The Comic Book Spectrum: Modes of Creation
4:00 – 4:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

The Women in Comics Collective International is an organization that highlights the merit and craft work of women working in the comic book industry. Their on going panel series ‘The Comic Book Spectrum’ discusses the various aspects of the industry that help keep the medium current and expansive. This installment will focus on the different ways comic books are produced, distributed and how they continue to thrive in an ever changing, multimedia industry.

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Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
(617) 718-2191

Marvel Portfolio Reviews & Panels at Baltimore Comic-Con 2017

September 14, 2017 by  
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Are you an aspiring or budding comic book artist looking to get your break with one of the biggest publishers in the industry? Or perhaps you’re just looking for some professional guidance as to how to elevate your work to that next level? A Marvel editor will be conducting portfolio reviews at the Baltimore Comic-Con and here’s what you need to know:

  • Portfolios will be submitted at the Information Booth between the hours of 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm on Friday, September 22nd and 11:00 am – 5:30 pm on Saturday, September 23rd. Review sessions for these submissions will take place the following day (Saturday and Sunday respectively).
  • Portfolios must contain your contact information. This includes your full name, cell phone number, and email address. You will also be asked to fill out a form with your contact information.
  • Portfolio reviews will happen on Saturday from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, and on Sunday from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. If you will not or cannot be present at this time, do not leave your portfolio.
  • Portfolio review schedule will be available at the Information Booth at 11:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. If your name appears on the list, please ask for the portfolio review room location.
  • Do not leave original work with us. Whatever your portfolio contains, make sure you keep the original work. We cannot be responsible for any lost or misplaced work.
  • Please respect the Marvel editor’s time and opinion.
  • Focus on your sequentials. While cover artwork is important, most new artists are hired to do interiors.
  • Review sessions are limited to artists only.
  • Not all submissions will be chosen for review.

Marvel is also hosting panels at the Baltimore Comic-Con that you won’t want to miss!

Saturday, Room 339-342
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Marvel Legacy

A new era of Marvel storytelling is about to begin! Mysteries, returns, and infinite possibilities await in the pages of each Marvel Legacy title. SVP & Executive Editor Tom Brevoort and Ken Lashley (X-Men Gold), Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk), and Mark Waid (AvengersCaptain AmericaChampions) will be in attendance to give fans the latest info about their first thrilling story arcs in their Marvel Legacy series.

Sunday, Room 339-342
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Black Panther

Before you see the Black Panther on the big screen in 2018, make sure you know his comic book roots and this panel is a perfect way to start. Travel to Wakanda with Afua RichardsonAlitha MartinezLaura Martin, and moderator Tom Brevoort.

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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.

BOOM! Studios Returns to NYCC 2017 with All-New Panels

Press Release:

BOOM! Studios is excited to announce the programming it will be presenting and participating in at New York Comic Con (NYCC), to be held October 5-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City.

Listed chronologically, the full list includes:

BOOM! Studios – Presentation at The New York Public Library
Date: Thursday, October 5
Time: 2:00-2:45pm
Location: The New York Public Library, 476 5th Ave, Celeste Auditorium

Presented specifically for librarians and educators, join us for an introduction to comic book and graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios as we talk about the diverse titles we produce under four distinct imprints, from quality licensed books to captivating originals. Featuring Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu—BOOM! Studios), Sean Rubin (Bolivar—Archaia), Pamela Ribon (SLAM!—BOOM! Box), and Ellen Scherer Crafts (The Not-So Secret Society—KaBOOM!). Moderated by Sierra Hahn (Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios).

Go Go Power Rangers Comics!
Date: Thursday, October 5
Time: 4:15-5:15pm
Location: 1A24

BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers comics have changed everything you thought you knew about the original five teenagers with attitude! Join writer Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), alongside legendary Mighty Morphin Power Rangers actors David Yost (“Billy”), Walter Jones (“Zack”), BOOM! Studios Managing Editor Bryce Carlson, and Saban Brands’ Edgar Pasten (Manager, Product Development) for this celebration of Saban’s Power Rangers. Moderated by James Viscardi (ComicBook.com), with your first look at breaking news on the historic revelations in store for the Power Rangers you know and love… along with all-new Rangers you’ve never met before!

BOOM! Studios: Discover YOURS
Date: Thursday, October 5
Time: 6:45-7:45pm
Location: 1A05

There’s something at BOOM! Studios for everyone—if you have a passion, we’ve got a comic book that speaks to it and this is the panel to Discover Your New Obsession! Join Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu), Pamela Ribon (SLAM!), Simon Spurrier (Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark CrystalGodshaper), Lisa DuBois (Rugrats), David F. Walker (War for the Planet of the Apes), Sean Rubin (Bolivar), and novelist Saladin Ahmed as they explore the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with exclusive previews, news, and more surprises! Moderated by Filip Sablik (President of Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios).

Lumberjanes: The Hardcore Lady Type Panel
Date: Friday, October 6
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Location: 1A18

BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes is one of the biggest success stories in comics—and their biggest adventures yet are coming in 2018! Join co-creator Brooklyn Allen, Gabby Rivera (Lumberjanes: Faire & Square special), Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! novel), BOOM! Studios Editor Whitney Leopard, and Abrams Editor Erica Finkel to celebrate over four years of Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types! Moderated by Candice Mack (System-wide Teen Services, Los Angeles Public Library).

The Future Is LGBTQ
Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 2:45-3:45pm
Location: 1A02

BOOM! Studios and GLAAD are proud to assemble a diverse group of talent from the world of entertainment, including Gabby Rivera (Marvel’s America), Steve Orlando (DC’s Justice League of America), Shadi Petosky (Amazon’s Danger & Eggs), Brooklyn Allen (BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes), Mariko Tamaki (Abrams Books’ Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!), James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios’ The Woods), and Megan Townsend (Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis, GLAAD), for an honest discussion of LGBTQ representation in pop culture and the path forward to a brighter and more inclusive future. Moderated by Abraham Riesman (Editor, Vulture.com).

BOOM! Studios returns to NYCC with a new booth (#1828) and exclusive merchandise debuting at the show. To keep up with more NYCC news from BOOM! Studios, visit www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

 

Celebrate the Inaugural Ringo Awards with the Comics Industry

September 14, 2017 by  
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The 2017 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards will be presented on the evening of Saturday, September 23, 2017 as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con. This unique evening offers the opportunity to socialize, dine, and network with comic industry professionals, and watch as they celebrate recognition of their peers, coworkers, and competitors. A limited number of tickets are now available for purchase by the public.

Ringo Awards tickets include a full cocktail hour (cash bar), a full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore crab cake), the awards ceremony, and a gift bag, and are now available for $125. Please visit our website to purchase with credit card: baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets

Start your evening at our cocktail hour, meeting industry professionals and other fans, and enjoy our keynote speaker, David Petersen, best known as the multiple award-winning creator of Mouse Guard.

Presenters at the inaugural Ringo Awards include Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Amy Chu, Walter and Louise Simonson, Terry and Robyn Moore, Kazu Kibuishi and Charlie Kochman, and Todd Dezago, Mark Waid, and Matt Wieringo.

Additionally, our friends at the Hero Initiative will be presenting their 2017 Hero Lifetime Achievement Award to Marv Wolfman, and their Giordano Humanitarian Award to Joshua Dysart.

We are also thrilled to present a fantastic gift bag to our first 300 attendees purchasing tickets for this comic event of the fall. This year’s gift bag is an amazing collection of books, including such treasures as March Trilogy Slipcase Set from IDW, Brom Sketchbook from Flesk Publications, and the brand-new Graveyard Shakes from Scholastic. In addition to these wonderful books, expect contributions from other publishers as well, including Abrams ComicArts, AfterShock Comics, Archie Comic Publications, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Source Point Press, and Valiant Entertainment.

The Ringo Awards would like to recognize and thank our 2017 sponsors: AfterShock Comics, Baltimore Comic-Con, BOOM! Studios, Cards, Comics & Collectibles, Dynamite Entertainment, Painted Visions, South Carolina Comic-Con, and Valiant Entertainment.

About Mike Wieringo:
Michael Lance “Mike” Wieringo was known to fans and friends as “Ringo”, which is how he signed his artwork. His comics artist graced the pages of DC Comics’ The FlashAdventures of SupermanBatman, and Robin, Marvel Comics’ Fantastic FourFriendly Neighborhood Spider-ManSensational Spider-Man, and Rogue, and his co-creation Tellos. He passed away on August 12, 2007 at the young age of 44 from an apparent heart attack.

About the Ringo Awards:
The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The Ringo Awards recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories, and are the only industry awards nominated by fans and pros alike, with final voting by the comic professional community. Launched in 2017, the awards ceremony is held annually at the Baltimore Comic-Con. Further details are available at www.ringoawards.com.

About the Baltimore Comic-Con:
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 18th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com

NYC – An Evening with Tom Hanks

Actor Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Toy Story, Philadelphia) appears in conversation with NYT writer Jennifer Senior on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Tickets available at the link…

Press Release:

Please join us for an exciting opportunity to hear actor, screenwriter, director and writer Tom Hanks discuss his love of writing, the creative process, and his debut collection of short stories, “Uncommon Type: Some Stories.” Described as surprising, intelligent and heartwarming, his latest literary endeavor is must-read not only for the millions of Tom Hanks fans, but for anyone who loves good writing . According to Steve Martin ““It turns out that Tom Hanks is also a wise and hilarious writer with an endlessly surprising mind. Damn it.” The conversation will be moderated by The New York Times daily book critic, Jennifer Senior.

Signed copy of “Uncommon Type: Some Stories” included with ticket purchase.

This program is brought to you by our live conversation series, The New York Times – TimesTalks.

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers St, New York, New York 10007
(212) 220-1460

Valiant Charges Into Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 With Exclusives, Panels, Signings, And More

September 13, 2017 by  
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Just a few short weeks remain until Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 and the most renowned publisher in comics today is gearing up to bring their A-game to Maryland’s biggest celebration of comics and pop culture!

From Friday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 24th, Valiant Entertainment will be charging headfirst into Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 with a plethora of convention-only exclusives, signings, panels, programming, and other can’t-miss surprises you’re going to want to see for yourself!

All weekend long, stop by the Baltimore Convention Center at Booth #2008 to discover why Valiant is the most celebrated publisher in the comic book industry with a complete selection of critically acclaimed Valiant trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot Reborn, Ninjak, Harbinger, Faith, and many more!

Also, be sure not to miss the Bloodshot Salvation #1 Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Variant, featuring the amazing work of legendary artist Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man)! Witness a devastating new beginning for best-selling writer Jeff Lemire’s superhero saga here as he follows the Eisner and Harvey-nominated success of Bloodshot Reborn with a staggering ongoing series, featuring art by Lewis LaRosa (Bloodshot Reborn) and Mico Suayan (Bloodshot Reborn).

Then: Join artist Barry Kitson for signings throughout the weekend, alongside other greats including including Joe Eisma (Faith), Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar, Divinity) and Rafer Roberts (Harbinger Renegade)!

Plus: Find out what awaits the Valiant Universe in the coming months with exclusive panels and presentations throughout Baltimore Comic-Con 2017!

First, join us on Friday, September 22nd at 2:00 pm for the Valiant Spotlight: Matt Kindt panel presentation – featuring a wide-ranging conversation with one of the most lauded creative minds in comics today! From his creator-owned series – like Mind Mgmt, Dept. H, Grass Kings, Ether, and dozens more – to his work at the forefront of the Valiant comics line – including X-O Manowar, Divinity, Ninjak, and the upcoming Harbinger Wars 2 – join the New York Times best-selling and Eisner Award-nominated writer and artist for a wide-ranging discussion of his work, present and future.

The excitement continues on Saturday, September 23rd at 1:30 pm with the Valiant Presents ICONS: X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Faith, and Beyond panel presentation! With record-setting series like X-O Manowar, Faith, and Secret Weapons, Valiant is gearing up for its biggest year yet! Now, find out what’s coming next for Valiant’s next blockbuster series like Bloodshot Salvation, Eternity, Ninja-K, and Quantum and Woody! with an all-star cast of guests, including writers Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar, Eternity) and Rafer Roberts (Harbinger Renegade)! Valiant’s next major leap forward starts here with exclusive announcements and artwork, first at Baltimore Comic-Con 2017!

Finally: New to the Valiant Universe? Look no further than the Valiant 101: Jump On Board Here! panel presentation on Sunday, September 24th at 1:30 pm – a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes, from Bloodshot and Divinity to Faith and Harbinger to Ninjak and X-O Manowar! From Buzzfeed and Entertainment Weekly to The Guardian and dozens more, Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today… Now, look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!

We’ll see you in Charm City!

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com.

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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.

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