Free Comic Book Day 2018 Announces Gold Sponsor Comic Titles

Press Release:

The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee has selected the twelve Gold Sponsor comic book titles for the comic book industry’s most anticipated annual event, Free Comic Book Day. FCBD happens each year on the first Saturday in May at participating comic book shops worldwide, with next year’s event taking place on May 5th, 2018.

The titles were curated by over twenty comic shop retailers who make up the FCBD Selection Committee and the comics feature something for everyone: from superheroes, to popular films and television shows, to beloved video game franchises, and all-ages favorites. The Gold Sponsor titles come from the industry’s top publishers, including:

  • DC Entertainment (TBA)
  • Marvel Comics (MARVEL AVENGERS/CAPTAIN AMERICA)
  • Dark Horse Comics (OVERWATCH/BLACK HAMMER)
  • IDW Publishing (TRANSFORMERS: UNICRON: THE DARKEST HOUR #0)
  • Image Comics (BARRIER #1)
  • Archie Comics (RIVERDALE)
  • BOOM! Studios (MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS SPECIAL)
  • First Second Books (COMICS FRIENDS FOREVER)
  • Joe Books (DISNEY PRINCESS: ARIEL SPOTLIGHT)
  • Oni Press (INVADER ZIM: FLOOPSY BLOOPS SHMOOPSY)
  • Titan Comics (DOCTOR WHO #0)
  • VIZ Media (POKÉMON: SUN AND MOON / POKÉMON: HORIZON).

“With 91 titles submitted from over 70 publishers, the FCBD Retailer Committee had to make some tough choices for this year’s Free Comic Book Day,” said FCBD spokesperson Dan Manser, “but we think retailers and fans alike will be thrilled with the sponsor titles chosen for 2018. Free Comic Book Day is the comics industry’s most important event—a day to celebrate comic books and comic shops, and to introduce family and friends to the comics medium we all know and love. It’s important that the titles reflect the varied interests of people coming into stores these days—and we believe there’s a comic book for everyone this Free Comic Book Day!”

The full line-up of this year’s comic books will be announced next week, when thirty-eight additional FCBD Silver titles will be announced on Tuesday, December 19th. A complete listing of all fifty FCBD titles, as well as two education titles about the industry, will also be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all comic book shops December 27th, 2017.

NY – Archie Comics Mega-Signing

Archie writers Frank Tieri, Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg, and Jamie Rotante sign at Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from noon till 2:00 PM.

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Aw Yeah Comics
313 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY 10528
(914) 732-3600

NJ – Die Kitty Die: Hollywood or Bust Signing

Fernando Ruiz (Archie, Die Kitty Die) will be on hand at Dewey’s Comic City on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 1:00 PM to celebrate Halloween Comic Fest 2017, sign copies of comics and to sketch some of your favorite characters!

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Dewey’s Comic City
13 Park Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
(973) 593-0042

Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 Announces Panel Programming

Press Release:

The 18th annual Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of September 22-24, 2017Tickets are available now for General Admission, VIP, and Ringo Awards! As is the case every year, we have received a steady stream of requests for our Panel schedule — details are now ready for release, and we’re really excited to share them with you!

Friday will feature a spotlight on one of the most popular creators in modern comics, Frank Miller. Also, a spotlight on Matt Kindt, the Jimmy and Amanda panel, numerous panels featuring some of the industry’s largest publishers including Archie and Dynamite, a look at the Kirby Museum, and a game show!

Saturday, publisher panels include DC Comics, Marvel Comics, BOOM! Studios, Image Comics, Valiant, and Dynamite, a spotlight panel on Bob Fujitani, a seminar from Carl Potts, and media guests Stefan KapicicDMCFinn Jones, Jessica Henwick, David Mazouz, and Sean Pertwee. Plus, celebrate Batman Day and The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute.

Of course, don’t let your children miss the excitement scheduled for the Kids Love Comics Pavilion!

Friday 

(Please note, all times and panels shown are subject to change.)

Room 339-342

2:00 – 3:00– Valiant Spotlight: Matt Kindt

One of the most-lauded creative minds in the industry today, Matt Kindt is a true visionary of the comics medium. From his creator-owned series – like Mind MgmtDept. HGrass KingsEther, and dozens more – to his work at the forefront of the Valiant comics line – including X-O ManowarDivinityNinjak, and the upcoming Harbinger Wars 2 – join the New York Times best-selling and Eisner Award-nominated writer/artist for a wide-ranging discussion of his work, present and future.

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, frequent collaborator Klaus Janson, and moderator Dan DiDio for an engaging panel. You’ll kick yourself if you miss it.

4:30-5:30 – Archie Comics: Riverdale Revealed

Celebrate the new era of Archie Comics as we take a look at the next wave of exciting Archie Comics titles and look ahead to the second season of The CW’s hit new show Riverdale! Featuring a panel of all-star writers and artists including Mark WaidDan ParentAlex Segura, and Joe Eisma!

Room 343-344

2:00-3:00 – How to Kill Zombies

The RIGHT way to kill a zombie! From chainsaws to helicopter blades, novelist Peter Meredith hosts a light-hearted panel discussion on the many ways found in literature and film to slay the undead.

3:15-4:15 – The Power of Magic and the Magic of Memory

Learn about magic in comics, its roots in reality, and the magic of memory. Chris Miskiewicz (Thomas Alsop) will talk about the magical mythology of New York City, and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook) will preview his upcoming webcomic War Cry, showing how transfiguration can deliver powerful moments in storytelling. Sarah Trustman (The Memory Arts) will discuss using comics to teach real-world magic and give a demonstration of the same memory techniques that appear so fantastic that using them got people burned as witches. And, David Trustman (The Rise) will discuss his controversial graphic novel God Slap and its modern take on religious magic.

4:30-5:30 – The Jimmy & Amanda Panel

Get to know Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti in an interactive panel where the audience gets to talk to the guests about their work and lives, in an intimate getting-to-know-you setting. Listen to them talk about their current work on Harley Quinn and what the future has in store for them both.

Room 345-346

2:00-3:00 – Writing Across Genres

Ever wonder how a comic book writer can write so many different types of stories all seemingly at the same time? Join Charles Soule (Darth VaderCurse WordsAstonishing X-Men), James Tynion IV (The WoodsDetective ComicsThe Eighth Seal), Amy Chu (KISSRed SonjaPoison Ivy), and Tom King (BatmanThe Sheriff of BabylonVision) as they talk about how they manage to write so many types of genres at the same time. Moderated by Christy Blanch.

3:15-4:15 – #DARETOBEHEROIC With Dynamite

Villains don’t stand a chance this fall as Dynamite unleashes our team of all-star creators and unites some of comics’ most iconic heroes in what’s certain to be some of the hottest releases of the season. Join us as we discuss the anatomy of crafting a true hero!

4:30-5:30 – Shared Universes

Ever since the Human Torch met the Sub-Mariner, comics have had shared universes for better or worse. A panel of experienced veterans – Mark BuckinghamTerry MoorePeter J. Tomasi, and Meredith Finch — who have worked in and out of these universes discuss the pros and cons with moderator Robert Greenberger.

Room 347-348

2:00-3:00 – Super-Blank: The Game Show

Get ready to match the comics stars! Strikingly similar to the classic TV game show, The Match Game, a panel of comics “celebrities” will fill in the blanks as contestants from the audience try to match them for points and prizes! With: Lora Innes (The DreamerWynonna Earp), Brian “Smitty” Smith (Stuff of LegendTree Mail), Brian Joines (Bill & TedImaginary AgentsKrampus), and more! Hosted by Gregg Schigiel (PixSpongeBob ComicsStuff Said podcast).

3:15-4:15 – What is the Kirby Museum

Join founding trustee Rand Hoppe as he shows what the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center has been up to for the last 12 years. See photos of some of our accomplishments, as well as what we are planning for the future!

4:30-5:30 – Creating Kickass Characters

Popular comics creators share their insights on character development in comics and how they work to make heroes and villains extraordinary and memorable. Featuring: Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja), Tom King (BatmanVision), and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder, No Mercy, Love is Love).

Kids Love Comics Programming

4:00-5:00 –  Drawing with Drouin: Nickelodeon Characters with Emily Drouin

Learn to draw popular characters from Nickelodeon shows using basic shapes in this fun drawing activity!

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.

Saturday

Room 339-342

11:00-12:00 – Story Structure

Where do you begin? With the plot, the theme, a conflict or all of the above? An all-star line-up featuring Marv WolfmanJames Tynion IVMark WaidLouise Simonson, and Elliot S! Maggin chat with moderator Robert Greenberger about how they write their four-color stories.

12:15-1:15 – DC Comics: My Secret Origin: How I Broke Into Comics

Moderator: Dan DiDio

Talent: Cully HamnerAlisa KwitneyJustin Jordan

They say breaking up is hard to do…but breaking into comics may be tougher! Come by for an inside look at how some of DC’s top-notch talent broke in, crafting the tales of your favorite DC Super Heroes!

1:30-2:30 – 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), David Marquez (Defenders), 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.

2:45-3:45 – Baltimore Celebrates Batman Day!

Moderator: Jimmy Palmiotti

Talent: Amanda ConnerDavid FinchPeter J. TomasiJames Tynion IVJohn Timms 

It’s Batman Day but Harley Quinn is taking over! Celebrate Harley’s 25th Anniversary and all things Batman in this can’t miss panel.

4:00-5:00 – Kirby: King of Comics

Jack Kirby created or co-created some of comic books’ most popular super heroes. Take a look at Kirby’s career in comics as writer Mark Evanier and Abrams Books’ Charlie Kochman discuss Evanier’s book, Kirby: King of Comics.

5:15-6:15 – Image Comics: Your New Favorite Series

Image Comics is home to some of the best storytellers in the comics business constantly reinventing the medium with fresh and new exciting titles. Meredith Finch (Rose), Charles Soule (Curse Words), Justin Jordan (The Family Trade), Nikki Ryan (The Family Trade), and Andrew MacLean (Head Lopper) lead the latest wave of Image classics and are here to tell how they’re about to become your new favorite books!

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00 – The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute

Join Todd DezagoThom ZahlerVal StaplesRob StullPaul Mounts, and many more as they discuss the creation of the most impressive and ambitious graphic novel project ever as well as the creation of the original Tellos series and memories of Ringo.

12:15-1:15 – Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute Signing

An exclusive signing, for the first time, of both Ringo Tellos Tribute Volumes 1 and 2, featuring a collection of many of the contributing artists.

1:30-2:30 – Valiant Presents Icons: X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Faith and Beyond

With record-setting series like X-O ManowarFaith, and SECRET WEAPONS, Valiant Entertainment is the most celebrated publisher anywhere in comics today! Now, right here at BCC, find out what’s coming for Valiant’s next blockbuster series like Bloodshot SalvationEternityNinja-K, and Quantum and Woody! with an all-star cast of guests! Valiant’s next major leap forward starts here with exclusive announcements and artwork – first at BCC!

2:45-3:45 – Dynamite: Igniting Imaginations

Discover where some of comics’ most acclaimed writers find the inspiration behind their creations, and how they translate the first creative spark to the final printed page. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the real-life origin stories of some of your most beloved comic creations!

4:00-5:00 – BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours

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 (EugenicThe 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).

5:15-6:15 – Bob Fujitani Spotlight

Bob Fujitani began his career in comics in the 1940s and may be best known for the original artist of Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. He’s drawn characters including The Hangman, Flying Dutchman, SkyWolf, Sherlock Holmes, and books including LassieCrime & Punishment, and Turok, Son of Stone. Join Bob Fujitani and moderator Mark Evanier as they look back at his amazing career.

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00 – Comics Creators Consuming Coffee: Baltimore Edition

Back by popular demand! Sample the world’s strongest coffee with your favorite comics creators while we chat about all things coffee and comics. Amy Chu (writer Poison IvyRed SonjaKISS) and Sean Von Gorman (BatfreakToe Tag Riot) host this interactive panel featuring special guests including Terry Moore (Motor GirlStrangers in Paradise).

12:15-1:15 – A Crash Course in Online Reviewing

Fans of pop culture often have a lot to say and share. The writing and editing crew at Pop Culture Uncovered talk about getting started writing reviews, editorials, and columns. How to find your voice, find and keep an audience, and how to find the motivation when writer’s block gets in the way.

1:30-2:30 – Lettering with Todd Klein & John Workman

The letterer’s job is usual an invisible one unless the letterer becomes an integral part of the printed page. Two of the premier practitioners of the unheralded art form, Todd Klein and John Workman, talk about their work and their careers with moderator Robert Greenberger.

2:45-3:45 – Amulet Graphic Novel: Behind-the-Scenes

Presentation and Q&A with author Kazu Kibuishi on the creation of the Amulet graphic novel series for Scholastic Graphix. Explore the process of creating adventures for all ages!

4:00-5:00 – Fandom and Representation: A Conversation on Why Diversity Matters to Fans

The subject of character diversity and representation in pop-culture seems to always be accompanied by controversy. But at the heart is a simple notion: people wanting to see themselves reflected in their art. Fantasy, sci-fi, and comics are no exception. In this panel, we’ll be speaking on why showing the real world in comics, good, bad, and ugly, is so important. And why it’s good for everyone.

5:15-6:15 – Creator-Owned vs. Company-Owned

A company-owned property usually means a good paycheck, guaranteed audience, and a chance to reach a wider readership than creator-owned works. But the latter offers great freedom and satisfaction. Walter SimonsonDean Haspiel, and Thom Zahler talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly with moderator Robert Greenberger.

Room 347-348

12:15-1:45 – Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling

Carl Potts, former Marvel Entertainment Executive Editor, screenwriter, and author of The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling, discusses how to combine instinct with knowledge to arrive at the best visual narrative solutions for your story.

2:45-3:45 – Women Creators Discuss the Evolving Comic Book Industry

Join this panel of talented comic book creators with a wide range of experience in the industry for a discussion on the evolving comic book industry. Discover panelists’ perspectives on how comics has evolved over the years. How do panelists measure success? What unique challenges exist for women creators? What impact does social media have on panelists’ interaction with fans? How has the comic book store and convention experience for women creators changed? What might the future hold? Discussion on all these questions and more! Moderated by Creator Talks podcast host Christopher Calloway, panelists include: Meredith Finch (creator/writer of Rose/Image Comics), Alitha Martinez (artist for Iron ManX-Men/Marvel Comics), Erica Schultz (writer of Charmed/Dynamite Entertainment).

4:00-5:00 – LICENSED!: Overstreet Looks at Licensed Comics

From the Disney work of Carl Barks to Zorro by Alex Toth, from Planet of the Apes to Star Wars, and from The Micronauts to G.I. Joe, licensed titles have been an exciting part of the fabric of comics. Join The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide for a lively discussion of licensed comics with Mark Wheatley (Doctor WhoJonny QuestTarzan), James Kuhoric (Freddy vs. Jason vs. AshHatchet), Joseph Rybandt (Editor – Dynamite Entertainment) and Overstreet’s own J.C. Vaughn (24Stargate AtlantisStargate Universe).

Ballroom (4th Floor)

11:00-12:00 – Stefan Kapicic Panel

In the movie DeadpoolStefan Kapicic left his mark as the stoic X-Man, Colossus. Discover more about this amazing actor and his work, and maybe even learn a bit about the next Deadpool movie, with this spotlight panel.

12:00-1:00 – Darryl Makes Comics

You know Darryl “DMC” McDaniels from his legendary music career. But do you know he also makes comics? Join DMCGreg PakKhoi PhamDomo Stanton, and moderator Amy Chu as they explore the world of Darryl Makes Comics. Sponsored by The Hero Initiative.

1:30-2:30 – David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee Panel

Join David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne) and Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth) for a trip to Gotham. If you’re a fan of the FOX TV show, you know this is the panel for you.

3:00 – Costume Contest (Adults)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

12:00-1:00 – The AaaaWoooooo Werewolf Workshop with Chris Flick

Have a howling good time as cartoonist Chris Flick shows you how to draw werewolves of all shapes and sizes.

1:00-2:00 – Panel Party with Mark Mariano and Kazu Kibuishi

You are cordially invited you to the Panel Party, where your imagination, storytelling ability, and art skills will be welcomed and celebrated. Simply put, we are going to have a blast making comics together! Warning: attending this party may result in you throwing your own Panel Party at home!

2:00-3:00 – Cosplay Crafts with Gina Super Sox

Gina makes clothing for superheroes to wear! The seamstress of Super Sox Shop will discuss making clothing, toys, soft swords and shields, and other fabric crafts.

3:00-4:00 – Pixel Portraits with Tim Fielder

Pixel Portraits: A Digital Storytelling Workshop by the creator of Matty’s Rocket, showcases his storyboarding process of panel to panel techniques for comics, animation, and film.

4:00-5:00 –  Building a Better Batcave! with John Gallagher

You are part of Batman’s trusted team of engineers and interior designers. He has just tasked you with a very important job. Working together, you must design and draw the blueprints for a new Batcave!

5:00-6:00 – 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.

Sunday

Room 339-342

11:00-12:00 – Black Panther

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

12:15-1:15 – DC Universe

Moderator: Dan DiDio

Talent: Amanda ConnerTom KingSteve Orlando, Jimmy PalmiottiJames Tynion IV

The DC Universe is what everyone who’s anyone is talking about. The universe has been restored with hope and optimism, engaging storylines and dynamic characters. Come discover more about your favorite DC super heroes, plus hear from the talented teams bringing these stories to life!

1:30-2:30 – Jack Kirby at 100

This past month, the comics world celebrated what would have been the 100th birthday of legendary creator Jack Kirby. Tom KingWalter SimonsonMark BuckinghamJerry OrdwayDean HaspielJohn K. Snyder III, the Kirby Museum’s Rand Hoppe, and moderator Mark Evanier discuss Kirby’s work and it’s lasting influence in comics today.

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00 – CosLove Presents: #icanbaHERO

Cosplay promotes creativity, camaraderie, and can even evolve into community service and philanthropic pursuits. Meet members of CosLove, DC Heroes, East Coast Avengers, Justice League Alliance Mid-Atlantic, Hope for Henry, and The 501st Legion as they provide tips on how to combine your passion for cosplay along with giving back to your local community and other charity efforts. Find out how you can reach out to local organizations and other cosplayers/costumers to organize events, as well as how to use cosplay to reach new patrons or engage students. #TeamCosLove is a group of cosplayers and creatives that support local communities through school and hospital visits within the DC/MD/VA Mid-Atlantic Region, assisting organizations with similar events across the United States, and which promotes the overall love for cosplay and cos-positivity within the community. With Brian KorzecAlice IrvinLiam StillmanShemika Demouchet Berry, and Patrick Michael Strange.

12:15-1:15 – The Plotmasters Project

David Petersen (Mouse Guard) & Jesse Glenn (Odd 13 Brewing) have started a new video podcast series, The Plotmasters Project, in the spirit of looking back at their earliest characters and stories, sharing old embarrassing artwork and ideas, discussing what worked and what didn’t with them, and then creating new art and ideas as though they were working on that project today. Join The Plotmasters as they talk about concept editing, character design, and artistic evolution.

1:30-2:30 – Valiant 101: Jump on Board Here!

New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with 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!

2:45-3:45 – Historical Fiction Comics

Like history? Love comics? Come travel through time with comics! Join Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood), Lora Innes (The Dreamer), and Thom Zahler (Time and Vine) as they talk about writing and drawing historical fiction.

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00 – Marv Wolfman and Mark Evanier in Conversation

Marv Wolfman (New Teen TitansDeathstroke the TerminatorTomb of Dracula) and Mark Evanier (Darkseid SpecialGroo the WandererDNAgents) discuss writing. Don’t miss this chance to see two legendary creators sharing stories about their time in comics and more.

12:15-1:15 – The Return of Classic Cartoon Comics – Underdog, Casper, Rocky & Bullwinkle, and Pink Panther

American Mythology is proud to bring back some of the most beloved all-ages cartoons to introduce to new generations of comic fans. Parents remember the animated antics of UnderdogCasperRocky & Bullwinkle, and The Pink Panther as staples of Saturday morning cartoons. Join S.A. CheckPat ShandJohn Gallagher, and Mike Wolfer as they share their memories of these cereal and milk classics and discuss new all ages fun coming your way from American Mythology next year!

1:30-2:30 – Comics for Everyone

An all-star panel of writers and artists talk about the magical power of comics, how they work to reach new readers, and make stories for all audiences. With Amy Chu(Poison Ivy, Red SonjaKISS), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder, No Mercy, Love is Love) and Franco (Aw Yeah ComicsTiny Titans).

2:45-3:45 – From Idea to the Page: Making Comics the Comicker Way

Comicker Press co-founder and New York Times best-selling writer Sean E. Williams takes you step-by-step through what goes into taking your comics ideas and making them a reality. From finding collaborators to building a proposal, from self-publishing to pitching to publishers, and from writing a script to coloring the final page, Williams shows what goes into making comics from beginning to end.

Room 347-348

11:00-12:00 – Writing for Young Readers

How is writing for young readers unique? What are the rewards and challenges? Are any themes off limits? Join Kazu KibuishiBarry LygaAndy RuntonHope LarsonLouise Simonson, and moderator Charlie Kochman as they explore writing for young readers.

12:15-1:15 – Comics in the 1970s

The Comics Code was revised, the direct sales market was born, and the first hints of independent publishing highlighted a decade that saw a new generation of creators make their debut, including Elliot S! MagginKeith PollardJoe StatonRon Wilson, and John Workman. They reminisce with moderator Robert Greenberger about those transitional years. Sponsored by The Hero Initiative.

1:30-2:30 – Ominous Press Panel

Join Bart Sears and Andy Smith for a panel discussing all things Ominous Press and more! They will discuss their careers from the beginning to now! And why they felt now was the right time to bring Ominous Press back.

2:45-3:45 – Creative Community: Finding It, Building It, and Growing With It

Making comics can sometimes feel like a lonely pursuit — but having a team of colleagues, supporters, and friends can encourage, support, and promote independent creators, no matter where they are in their careers. Come chat with Kata Kane (Ana and the Cosmic Race, Altar Girl), David Crispino (Taft Sturgeon), Colin Byrd (The Crimson Fly), and Jordan Clark (Bitch PlanetTriple Feature) from local creators’ group Bmore Into Comics about how to find and participate in comics communities. Moderated by Parker Hicks (Vengeful Ghost).

Ballroom (4th Floor)

11:00-12:00 – Down with the King 

A one on one retrospect with DMC as we talk about about his journey from Run-DMC to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to DMC the superhero. Moderated by Eddie #ebonyhero Newsome.

12:00-1:00 – Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick Panel

You know them from The DefendersIron Fist, and Game of Thrones. They’re Finn Jones (Danny Rand) and Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing). Join us for a fascinating and engaging panel exploring these two talented actors and their work.

2:30 – Costume Contest (Kids)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

11:00-12:00 – Drawing With Drouin: Disney Characters with Emily Drouin

Learn to draw Disney characters using basic shapes in this fun drawing activity!

 

12:00-1:00 – Cosmic Character Creations with Kata Kane and Amy Chu

In this interactive all ages workshop, color and draw alongside artist Kata Kane (Altar GirlGFFs: Ghost Friends Forever) and dream up your character with writer Amy Chu (Poison IvyRed Sonja) as they talk about their new graphic novel Ana and the Cosmic Race. Color pictures of Ana, Zyx, Keio, and Ekene, or create your own character to compete in the Cosmic Race!

 

1:00-2:00 – Superhero University with Chris Mariano and Brian Smith (OPEN TO FIRST 30 KIDS)

You won’t be able to fly and it won’t give you superpowers, 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!

2:00-3:00 – Once Upon a Superhero with Gregg Schigiel

What happens when the worlds of Fairy Tales collide with Superhero Comics? Join Pix and SpongeBob Squarepants cartoonist Gregg Schigiel for this genre-mashing creative workshop.

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!

In support of our hearing-impaired fans and attendees, the Baltimore Comic-Con will have ASL interpreters available at select 2016 panels.

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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.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 Kids Love Comics Pavilion Announces Guests

Press Release:

Family fun returns to the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con this September 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center in the beautiful Inner Harbor. The Baltimore Comic-Con presents the Kids Love Comics Pavilion, where kids and parents can venture towards comics fun with the biggest and best kids section at any comic convention – so big, you might need a road map! For 2017, the Kids Love Comics Pavilion welcomes #1 New York Times best-selling author Kazu Kibuishi, whose Amulet graphic novels have been read by millions across the US and beyond. Kibuishi was also chosen as cover illustrator for new editions of the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling.

There will be something for every member of your family at this year’s KLC area in Baltimore, as attendees walk through four kid-friendly “avenues,” featuring some of the best kids and young adult comic creators, as well as a fun-filled comics activity area to rev up the imagination. Families will also enjoy the Kids Love Comics Workshop, where hourly presentations will be given in character creation, drawing imaginary creatures, making comics, and young sidekicks can even attend and graduate from “Super Hero University!”

A diverse group of writers and artists will be on hand at Amulet AvenueAmelia Rules RoadAw Yeah Avenue, and Leon Lane – each of these streets centered around some of the beloved creators in the Kids Love Comics Pavilion and Baltimore Comic-Con veterans. Besides Kazu’s Amulet AvenueJimmy Gownley’s adored Amelia Rules! series gets it’s own designated row, as well as Tiny Titans and Aw Yeah Comics by writer/artist Franco. One special addition is Leon Lane, in which cult comics favorite Jamar Nicholas gets the spotlight, as he premieres the long-awaited Leon, Protector of the Playground graphic novel.

Parents, bring your kids to the Baltimore Comic-Con the weekend of September 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center! Tickets are now available, and as always, kids 10 and under get into the show free with a paid adult admission. (Please note: does not apply to early VIP admission or Special Event tickets.)

For more info on Kids Love Comics, please visit kidslovecomics.net.

Creators appearing at the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con Kids Love Comics Pavilion include:

  • Carolyn Belefski (Curls)
  • Harold Buchholz (Wild Lion, MST3K)
  • Joe Carabeo (French Fry Club)
  • J. Robert Deans & Elinda Deans (Shakes the Cow)
  • Charles C. Dowd (A to Z Guide to Jobs For Girls)
  • Emily Drouin (Eplis)
  • Tod Emko & Piggy (A Piggy’s Tale)
  • Tim Fielder (Matty’s Rocket)
  • Chris Flick (Capes & Babes)
  • Franco (Tiny Titans, Aw Yeah Comics)
  • John Gallagher w/ Katie, Jack & Will Gallagher (Buzzboy, EPIC Bros., Zoey & Ketchup)
  • Shannon Gallant (GI Joe, Pink Panther)
  • Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!, The Dumbest Idea Ever)
  • John Green (Hippopotamister)
  • Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred)
  • Kata Kane (Altar Girls)
  • Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet, Harry Potter cover artist)
  • David Landis (Papercuttables)
  • Mike Lopez (Life’s A Beach, Kids Comic Con)
  • Mike Maihack (Cleopatra In Space)
  • Mark Mariano (Claire Lost Her Bear at the World’s Fair, Flabbergast)
  • Jamar Nicholas (Leon, Protector of the Playground)
  • Chris O>Matic (KLC Workshop host)
  • Dan Parent (Archie)
  • Mark Poulton (A Cat Named Haiku and Pizza Tree)
  • Kyle Puttkamer (Hero Cats)
  • Andy Runton (Owly)
  • Gregg Schigiel (Pix)
  • Jeff Shultz (Archie)
  • Alex Simmons (Archie, Kids ComicCon)
  • Ted Tucker (Caricatures)
  • Emilio Velez Jr. (Dodgeball Teens)
  • Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics, NerdFest Game Artist)
  • Marcus Williams & Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs)

Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets!

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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2017 Ringo Awards Final Ballot Announced

Press Release:

The 2017 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards are to be presented on the evening of Saturday, September 23, 2017 as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, the Baltimore Comic-Con. The Ringo Awards has completed the 2017 nomination process, which was inclusive of fans and comic book professionals alike, and both communities showed strong support, both in talking about us on their websites, blogs, and social media feeds, and by submitting their nominations.

With the nomination deadline looming, we continued to see significant volume each day, and determined we needed to extend our original voting deadline to accommodate as many interested participants as we reasonably could without adversely impacting our ability to release and provide sufficient voting time for the final ballot. The augmentation in participation during the nomination extension ended up being significant.

Voting on the 2017 Final Ballot is restricted to comic book industry creative community — anyone involved in and credited with creating comics professionally. We now present the inaugural Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards Final Ballot.

Fan and Pro Nomination Categories

* Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)

  • Daniel Clowes
  • Steve Conley
  • Hernandez Brothers
  • Aydin Anh Huynh (Snailords)
  • Kaitlyn Narvaza (instantmiso)
  • Skottie Young

* Best Writer

  • PJ Haarsma & Alan Tudyk
  • Jody Houser
  • Tom King
  • Robert Kirkman
  • Jeff Lemire
  • Alan Moore
  • Mark Waid
  • David Walker
  • Gerard Way

* Best Artist or Penciller

  • Kaare Andrews
  • Cliff Chiang
  • Rafael de Latorre
  • Mitch Gerards
  • Jason Johnson
  • Jason Latour
  • Dustin Nguyen
  • Fiona Staples

* Best Inker

  • Mark Brooks
  • Jeremy Freeman
  • Jonathan Glapion
  • Jason Latour
  • Jae Lee
  • Danny Miki
  • Sean Murphy
  • Victor Olazaba

* Best Letterer

  • Clayton Cowles
  • Taylor Esposito
  • Todd Klein
  • Troy Peteri
  • John Workman

* Best Colorist

  • Jordie Bellaire
  • Tamra Bonvillain
  • Elizabeth Breitweiser
  • Laura Martin
  • Rico Renzi
  • Sarah Stone
  • Matt Wilson

* Best Cover Artist

  • Frank Cho
  • Mike Del Mundo
  • JG Jones
  • Phil Noto
  • Ryan Sook
  • Fiona Staples
  • Sana Takeda

* Best Series

  • Faith, Valiant Entertainment
  • Paper Girls, Image Comics
  • Saga, Image Comics
  • Spectrum, Automatic Pictures
  • Vision, Marvel Comics

* Best Single Issue or Story

  • Deadly Hands of Criminal, Image Comics
  • DC Universe Rebirth #1, DC Comics
  • Emancipation Day, Redistrictedcomics.com
  • Faith #1, Valiant Entertainment
  • Locke & Key: Small World, IDW Publishing

* Best Original Graphic Novel

  • Ghosts, Scholastic/Graphix
  • March: Book III, Top Shelf Productions
  • Patience, Daniel Clowes, Fantagraphics
  • Tetris: The Games People Play, First Second
  • Wonder Woman: The True Amazon, DC Comics

* Best Anthology

  • Dark Horse Presents, Dark Horse Comics
  • Island, Image Comics
  • Love is Love, DC Comics/IDW Publishing
  • ReDistrictedComics.com
  • Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special, DC Comics

* Best Humor Comic

  • Adventures of God, Line Webtoons
  • Blue Chair, Line Webtoons
  • Giant Days, BOOM! Studios
  • I Hate Fairyland, Image Comics
  • Jughead, Archie Comics
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Marvel Comics

* Best Comic Strip or Panel

  • Bloom County, Berkeley Breathed, Universal Uclick
  • Dick Tracy, Joe Staton & Mike Curtis, Tribune Media Services
  • Foxtrot, Bill Amend, Universal Press Syndicate
  • Mutts, Patrick McDonnell, King Features Syndicate
  • Pearls Before Swine, Stephan Pastis, Universal Uclick

* Best Webcomic

* Best Non-fiction Comic Work

  • Cooking Comically
  • Dark Night, A True Batman Story, DC Comics
  • March: Book Three, Top Shelf Productions
  • ReDistrictedComics.com
  • Rolling Blackouts, Drawn and Quarterly
  • Tetris: The Games People Play, First Second

* Best Presentation in Design

  • Aliens 30th Anniversary: The Original Comic Series, Dark Horse Comics
  • Al Williamson’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Artist Edition, IDW Publishing
  • Britannia, Valiant Entertainment
  • Legacy of Luther Strode, Image Comics
  • Mike Mignola’s Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects: Artist’s Edition Hardcover, IDW Publishing
  • Moebius Library: The World of Edena, Dark Horse Books
  • The ODY-C: Cycle One Hardcover, Image Comics
  • Spectrum, Automatic Pictures

Comic pros can navigate to the website to submit their vote.

In addition to Final Ballot categories, both Fan-Only Favorites from the nomination ballot and Hero Initiative Awards (The Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award and The Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award) will be presented at the Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards ceremony the evening of September 23, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HeroesCon 2017 Welcomes Alan Davis, Jim Shooter & More

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Alan Davis, Joe Quinones, Stephane Roux, Jim Shooter, Kevin Siers, Mark Texeira and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

CRAIG BOLDMANArchie Comic, Tailipoe!, Cap’n Catnip, Superman
J CHRIS CAMPBELL | Creator of Neatobots, Zig Zag & Publisher of Wide Awake Press
ALAN DAVIS | Captain Britain, Batman, Marvelman, Excalibur, JLA: The Nail, X-Men, Hulk
TEE FRANKLIN | Bingo Love, Love Is Love, The Outfit, Inclusive Press
GHOSTWRITER X | Swordquest, Lucha Liberty, Down, Set, Fight!
BIZHAN KHODABANDEH | The Little Red Fish
SHAWN PRYOR | Cash & Carrie, Kentucky Kaiju, F.O.R.C.E.
JOE QUINONES | America, Howard the Duck, Star Wars, Black Canary/Zatanna
TIM RICKARD | Brewster Rockit, Space Guy!
STEPHANE ROUX | Harley Quinn, Star Wars, Zatanna, Birds of Prey, Action Comics, Batman
HEIDI SHEPHERD | Butcher Babies, Blood Sister
JIM SHOOTER | Legion of Super-Heroes, Secret Wars, Solar: Man of the Atom
KEVIN SIERS | Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, Charlotte Observer?
DURWIN TALON & GUIN THOMPSONBeautiful Scars, Bonds, Batman
MARK TEXEIRA | Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Sabretooth, Jonah Hex, Space Punisher

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TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER, FREE!

ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

TX – The Archies #1 Signing

Artist Joe Eisma (Morning Glories) appears at Austin Books & Comics for the release of The Archies on Wednesday May 24th from 1:00 to 6:00pm!

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

OH – FCBD: Up Up & Away Comics Signing

Comic creators Chris Sprouse (Black Panther, Tom Strong) and Craig Boldman (Archie Comics, Looney Tunes) appear at Up Up & Away Comics on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in honor of Free Comic Book Day!

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Up Up & Away Comics
5885 Pfeiffer Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242
513-936-6300

CA – FCBD: Riverdale Signing

Actress Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper from CW’s Riverdale) and show creator/Executive Producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa appear at Golden Apple Comics on Saturday May 6th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM to sign RIVERDALE and BETTY & VERONICA comic books and celebrate Free Comic Book Day! Plus writer Marc Andreyko (Love Is Love, Wonder Woman ’77) will be there signing FREE Wonder Woman comics. And writer Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Nova, Uncanny Avengers) will appear at 2:00 PM to sign the FREE All-New Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-658-6047

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