Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling Returns This Sunday

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This Sunday, April 29th, the Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling returns for its 2nd annual event! Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling is a good old-fashioned comic book show with rows and rows of comic book dealers from around the country selling comics and collectibles from the ancient to the very modern, and some amazing comic guests as well — and admission is free!

We are very happy to announce the addition of Pixar and Disney artist, Marty Baumann to our line-up of guests for Spring Fling 2018!

Marty Baumann is an illustrator, graphic artist, and production designer. He has contributed to some of the most popular, Oscar-winning animated films of all time. Marty has worked as an artist at Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios as an illustrator, graphic artist, and production designer on such films as Toy Story 3, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Cars 2, Planes, Wreck-It Ralph 2, and many others. He also helped develop theme park installations, toy packaging, and Pixar corporate branding. Marty has rendered illustrations and developed characters for toy manufacturers, magazines, and newspapers, and illustrated children’s books, created logos, infographics, broadcast promotions, and presentation art for Hasbro, Universal Studios, National Geographic, Scholastic Books, Nickelodeon, and many others. Recent projects include his role as concept artist for the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the visual development of Sir Paul McCartney’s feature film, High in the Clouds.

Ringo Award winner and Harvey and Eisner award nominee Frank Cho launched his career as a comic strip artist at the University of Maryland-College Park student newspaper, penning University2, which was the predecessor of his creator-owned syndicated strip and comic series, Liberty Meadows. His body of work also includes Marvel Comics’ New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil, New Ultimates, and X-Men: Schism, as well as Jungle Girl for Dynamite Entertainment. His recent work can be seen in BOOM! Studios’ Skybourne, and on covers from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman.

Long-time friend of the show, Ringo, Harvey, and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since our inception in 2000 (!), artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and on-line. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His creator-owned Bloop, is available through his online store in print or soft copy editions, and you can read his webcomic, The Middle Age, on his website.

John Gallagher is the award-winning artist and writer of graphic novels Buzzboy and Roboy Red (with Rich Faber). John teamed with sons Jack and Will to create a kids book, E.P.I.C. Bros., about two kids whose superhero dad is always out saving the world, and they pass the time using his gizmos for lovable mayhem. Jack and Will follow in the footsteps of big sister Katie, who teamed with her dad to create Zoey and Ketchup. John’s Buzzboy is back from American Mythology Productions in Buzzboy Go Digital Monster Mayhem, where he has also contributed to the recently relaunched Casper the Friendly Ghost and The Inspector. When not creating comics, John is executive director of Kids Love Comics (kidslovecomics.net) and works as art director for Ranger Rick magazine.

Mark Morales has established himself as one of the industry’s go-to inkers for major titles and events for the big publishers. He has inked a vast number of titles at Marvel Comics including, among many others, A+X, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers vs. X-Men, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Sentry, Siege, Thor, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, X-Force, and X-Men. He has also done work for DC Comics on titles like Action Comics, Batman/Superman, JLA, New Suicide Squad, Prez, and Superman: The Man of Steel. He was also awarded the Harvey Award for Best Inker in 2009 and 2011.

And, as a special Hero Initiative guest, Tom King. The Ringo and Eisner Award winner is currently the writer of Batman at DC Comics, where he has also written Mister Miracle, Grayson, The Omega Men, DC Nation, Swamp Thing Winter Special, and has a story in Action Comics #1000, not to mention his award-winning work at Marvel on The Vision. King’s first book, A Once Crowded Sky, a postmodern super hero novel, was recognized by USA Today as one of the best Graphic Novels of the year. He was named by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the five comic creators to watch in 2015.

Tom will be signing from 1pm-3pm at the Hero Initiative booth, accepting donations for signatures. Tom requests that no graded books be brought for autographs and appreciates his fans’ understanding.

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

Return of the Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling

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The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center this September 28-30, but so does our special “thank you” event to our fans: Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling returns for its 2nd annual event Sunday April 29, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the BWI Airport Marriott!

Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling is a good old-fashioned comic book show with rows and rows of comic book dealers from 6-8 states around the country, with comics and collectibles from the ancient to the very modern…and we’re bringing in a few guests as well!

Ringo Award winner and Harvey and Eisner award nominee Frank Cho launched his career as a comic strip artist at the University of Maryland-College Park student newspaper, penning University2, which was the predecessor of his creator-owned syndicated strip and comic series, Liberty Meadows. His body of work also includes Marvel Comics’ New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil, New Ultimates, and X-Men: Schism, as well as Jungle Girl for Dynamite Entertainment. His recent work can be seen in BOOM! Studios’ Skybourne, and on covers from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman.

Long-time friend of the show, Ringo, Harvey, and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since our inception in 2000 (!), artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and online. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His creator-owned Bloop, is available through his online store in print or soft copy editions, and you can read his webcomic, The Middle Age, on his website.

John Gallagher is the award-winning artist and writer of graphic novels Buzzboy and Roboy Red (with Rich Faber). John teamed with sons Jack and Will to create a kids book, E.P.I.C. Bros., about two kids whose superhero dad is always out saving the world, and they pass the time using his gizmos for lovable mayhem. Jack and Will follow in the footsteps of big sister Katie, who teamed with her dad to create Zoey and Ketchup. John’s Buzzboy is back from American Mythology Productions in Buzzboy Go Digital Monster Mayhem, where he has also contributed to the recently relaunched Casper the Friendly Ghost and The Inspector. When not creating comics, John is executive director of Kids Love Comics (kidslovecomics.net) and works as art director for Ranger Rick magazine.

Mark Morales has established himself as one of the industry’s go-to inkers for major titles and events for the big publishers. He has inked a vast number of titles at Marvel Comics including, among many others, A+X, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers vs. X-Men, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Sentry, Siege, Thor, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, X-Force, and X-Men. He has also done work for DC Comics on titles like Action Comics, Batman/Superman, JLA, New Suicide Squad, Prez, and Superman: The Man of Steel. He was also awarded the Harvey Award for Best Inker in 2009 and 2011.

Brandon Peterson has been a professional illustrator for over 20 years, working primarily as a penciller and inker, but often as a colorist, writer, editor, and art director. He has done a great deal of work at Marvel Comics, as the artist on books like AvX, Avengers, The Ultimates, Ultimate Vision, Ultimate Extinction, Ultimate X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men. Brandon was also VP of Special Projects and Art Director of the now-defunct CrossGen Comics, where he created titles like Mystic and Chimera. He is also a veteran of Top Cow Productions, having worked on Codename: Strykeforce, Cyberforce, Ripclaw, Medieval Spawn/Witchblade, and his own book, Arcanum. His work is recently featured on IDW’s Revolution Heroes and DC Comics’ Trinity.

Additionally, the Hero Initiative will be in the room with us this year — stay tuned!

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

MD – Free Comic Book Day 2016

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Free Comic Book Day 2016 is this Saturday May 7th at Cards, Comics & Collectibles – Baltimore County’s Premiere Comic Book Store and the Official News Source of the Baltimore Comic-Con! You don’t want to miss our amazing guests, giveaways, events, and FREE COMICS!

The full-day event kicks off with an awesome line-up of creators appearing at the store! Mark Morales, Matt Slay, and Steve Conley will be all signing autographs at the store throughout the day.

Mark Morales has established himself as one of the industry’s go-to inkers for major titles and events for the big publishers. He has inked a vast number of titles at Marvel Comics including, among many others, A+X, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers vs. X-Men, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Sentry, Siege, Spider-Man/Deadpool, Thor, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, X-Force, and X-Men. He has also done work for DC Comics on titles like Action Comics, Batman/Superman, JLA, New Suicide Squad, Prez, and Superman: The Man of Steel. He was also awarded the Harvey Award for Best Inker in 2009 and 2011.

Matt Slay has contributed to the TMNT/Ghostbusters crossover and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series: Leonardo. You can find his work gracing countless trading cards for Image, Cryptozoic, and Marvel, and more recently on covers from American Mythology Productions’ Equilibrium.

Award-winning designer, illustrator, and cartoonist Steve Conley has worked on such notable comics as Star Trek: Year Four (IDW), Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist (Dark Horse Comics), JLA-Z (DC Comics), and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (BOOM! Studios). Conley, who is also the creator of Astounding Space Thrills and the all-ages series Bloop (www.bloopstree.com), will be signing and sketching all day.

“We love giving away comics on Free Comic Book Day,” said Marc Nathan, owner of Cards, Comics & Collectibles. “It’s such a fantastic opportunity for the industry, where everyone walking in the store walks out with a comic, whether they’re a regular or just starting to read comics. We are delighted to host Mark, Matt, and Steve for this year’s signing, and the free comics we’ll be giving away are fantastic!”

Besides giving away free comic books, the store will have free Baltimore Comic-Con t-shirts to give away as well, and will offer 50% off modern and bronze age back issues, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers.

Join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016 as events kick off at 10:00am with store signings and, of course, FREE COMICS!

Cards, Comics & Collectibles is located at 100A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD. For more information, please visit cardscomicscollectibles.com, our Facebook page, or call 410-526-7410.

OK – Moon Knight Signing

November 19, 2015 by  
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Artist Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight, Dream Thief, S.H.I.E.L.D., A+X) appears at New World Comics on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM.

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New World Comics
6219 N Meridian Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73112
(405) 721-7634

Dark Horse Brings Eiji Otsuka to Anime Expo 2014

July 1, 2014 by  
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Dark Horse is about to head down to the largest Japanese fan convention in the Western Hemisphere, Anime Expo, this 4th of July weekend in Los Angeles. We’ll have a booth and panels, but what’s most exciting for us is that one of our Japanese creators, Eiji Otsuka, the writer of MPD Psycho and The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, will also be at Anime Expo!

First, on Thursday, July 3 at 4:45 PM in Live Programming 4, you’ll want to check out the special guest lecture Mr. Otsuka is presenting at AX, “The Rebirth of the Saga and the Fabrication of History: Gundam, the Aum Cult, and Attack on Titan.” Those of you familiar with his manga know that Otsuka isn’t afraid to explore the provocative links between politics and pop culture; in addition to being a manga creator, Otsuka has been an editor, writer, and critic for decades, and you can expect to come away informed.

Second, we’re very honored to announce that Eiji Otsuka will be signing autographs for fans between 3 and 4 P.M. on Friday at the Dark Horse booth, located at area 1323/1325 in the Exhibitor Hall (it’s OK to show up earlier to get a place in line). In addition to signing his books, we will also have a limited number of complimentary shikishi (the traditional square, gilt-edged Japanese signing boards) available for fans to use, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dark Horse is presenting three panels at Anime Expo:

On Thursday, July 3 at 7:30 P.M. in Live Programming 3 is the Dark Horse Manga panel. We’ll be talking about our Japanese artbook, novel, and manga releases in 2014-2015, including announcements of new titles! We will also be taking audience questions and doing special giveaways.

On Saturday, July 5 at 12:30 P.M.in Live Programming 4 is our Oh My Goddess! 20th Anniversary Panel. Next to Hellboy, Oh My Goddess! is our longest-running title, and we’ll be looking back at the history, formats, and production of OMG! over the last two decades. We’ll have announcements and giveaways here too!

On Sunday, July 6 at 11 A.M. in Live Programming 3 is our Neon Genesis Evangelion panel. We will be discussing not only the manga, but any and all aspects of Evangelion and its cultural influence. It’s open to audience discussion, and once again, look out for announcements and giveaways.

One last thing: it won’t be on sale for a few more weeks, but we’ll have a special advance display copy of Dragon Girl & Monkey King: The Art of Katsuya Terada available at our AX booth; just let us know if you’d like to look through it. We’ll see you soon!

Unrest at Anime Expo?

January 12, 2010 by  
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Anime News Network is reporting that the “majority of [Anime Expo’s] division managers have resigned over disputes with the Board of Directors of the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA)” and that “over 80% of the AX staff are ready to resign in support of their division heads.”

They note, “Recent discontent regarding the new CEO (Michael Lattanzio), the SPJA Board of Directors, and their business decisions has caused strife amongst the staff.”

For the complete story, visit Anime News Network.

Scene on Video: Gatchaman Trailer at Anime Expo

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This is a poor quality recording, but I’m running it because it came from Anime Expo, and hey, it’s Gatchaman! As a long-time Battle of the Planets fans, I’m eager to see this reach the big screen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtSYrCJO_rk

Anime Expo 2009

Not being a huge anime fan, the experience was similar to that of E3, where I had to adjust to the passion of the fans for an industry I had no experience or knowledge of. But while E3 was more of a show for industry people, Anime Expo was clearly for the fans. It was extremely unnerving to see so many people dressed in costume (Cosplay), and the Expo went on into the wee hours of the night. Here are some of the costumes at the show, to show you a glimpse of the fantasy world of Anime Expo.
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Welcome to Anime Expo!Crowds walking in the lobby.

Ad for Final Fantasy near Anime Expo.

Hot girls in purple.

Hot girls in purple.

Asian guy with blonde hair. Lot of that going on at Anime Expo.

Asian guy with blonde hair. Lot of that going on at Anime Expo.

Best costume of the day. Sexy Felicia.

Best costume of the day. Sexy Felicia.

Joker made an appearance.

Joker made an appearance.

Dhalsim and Cammy make an appearance.

Dhalsim and Cammy make an appearance.

You can wear whatever you want if you carry a big gun.

You can wear whatever you want if you carry a big gun.

Boo!

Boo!

Is this too much white?

Is this too much white?

Stripper heels...

Stripper heels...

I like big butts and I cannot lie...

I like big butts and I cannot lie...

Little girls sing and dance to some J-pop beats.

Little girls sing and dance to some J-pop beats.

Clap your hands like this!

Clap your hands like this!

Strike a pose.

Strike a pose.

A girl and her penguin.

A girl and her penguin.

Pokemon! Gotta catch em all!

Pokemon! Gotta catch em all!

Frilly dresses.

Frilly dresses.

300 masks for sale!

300 masks for sale!

Simon says slouch forward!

Simon says slouch forward!

Samurai swords on display.

Hats galore!

Hats galore!

Go go Power Rangers!

Go go Power Rangers!

Karaoke time!

Karaoke time!

Rock and roll.

Rock and roll.

FF7. Best game ever.

FF7. Best game ever.

Hai yah!

Hai yah!

Naruto!

Naruto!

Anime Expo (July 2009)

July 2, 2009 by  
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Convention Website: http://www.anime-expo.org/

Date(s):: July 2-5, 2009

Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

Number of Dealers/Exhibitors Tables:: NA

Projected Attendance:: NA

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