Leon: Protector of the Playground Debuts at Baltimore Comic-Con 2017

September 5, 2017 by  
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Jamar Nicholas launches his all-ages graphic novel at Baltimore Comic-Con! What do you do when you’re a kid hero with the rarest super-power of all: common sense? Award-winning cartoonist and educator Jamar Nicholas tries to answer that question with his new graphic novel, LEON: Protector of the Playground, premiering in the Kids Love Comics area at the Baltimore Comic-Con. Jamar joins over 30 all-ages comics creators in this special family-friendly section of the show, where kids can meet artists and writers, and participate in comics workshops and classes throughout the weekend.

LEON combines a hip latchkey kid super-hero with hilarious super villains, such as Broccoli Ron, Mr. Nipsey the hamster bad-guy, and rogue hall monitors. All this, plus daily life in public school, makes a smart, super fun graphic novel read. LEON was created as part of the Comic Book Diner trilogy of books (including Buzzboy by John Gallagher and Roboy Red by Rich Faber, both of which will be available in the Kids Love Comics section). LEON combines elements of Jamar’s childhood with a diverse cast of kids and almost every child’s fantasy of being a superhero. But Leon must also face the harsh realities of a working mom, learning to work with others, and to clean up after himself when he eats. “I wanted to create characters that kids could relate to,” said Jamar, adding, “LEON is a hero, but he also makes mistakes. And kids need to know that’s okay, as long as they work to make things better.”

Besides LEON, convention goers will also be able to get Jamar’s work on the BCC show program guide as well as on a special collectible BCC t-shirt. Why all the fuss? Well, one of Jamar’s biggest fans is none other than Marc Nathan, founder and director of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Jamar is a good soul, and a true friend of the show” said Nathan. “And we at the Baltimore Comic-Con want to help everyone discover what that looks like in Jamar’s work.” In fact, the Baltimore Comic-Con has been helping to promote kid-friendly comics and creators since the show’s beginning, and now brags the largest kids’ section in any comic-con across the United States. So it seemed only natural to premiere the graphic novel in Baltimore. “I just hope that everyone enjoys LEON as much as I enjoyed working on it,” said Jamar. “And I’m proud to be a part of the Kids Love Comics crew in Baltimore!”

LEON: Protector of the Playground, an original graphic novel, is a 144-page, full-color graphic novel, available at Jamar’s booth on LEON LANE in the Kids Love Comics section, for the first time anywhere. More information is available at JamarNicholas.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.

 

Deadpool’s Stefan Kapicic Comes to Baltimore Comic-Con 2017

September 5, 2017 by  
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The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased announce the addition of Colossus from Marvel’s Deadpool, Stefan Kapicic as a guest of the show.

Stefan Kapicic has played more than 70 roles in theatre, film, and television. However, he is best known for his role as the iconic X-Men character Colossus, in the record-breaking Marvel/Fox feature film Deadpool directed by Tim Miller and starring Ryan Reynolds. Deadpool was an instant Marvel fan-favorite, making it the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. He’s currently reprising his role of Colossus in a highly-anticipated sequel of this powerful franchise. Deadpool 2 is scheduled for release on June 1, 2018.

He has also finished filming a new hit show Counterpart for Starz with Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, and Stephen Rea. Kapicic plays mysterious ex-special agent Lieber on the show. Counterpart is set to premiere in January 2018 on Starz.

Kapicic was born in Cologne, Germany. He studied at one of the most respected drama schools in Europe, Academy of Dramatic Arts. He made his feature film debut in 2003 with Almost Totally Ordinary Story. His breakout role was awarded “Best Debutant” at the Nish Film Festival 2003. Feature film castings and offers immediately followed his successful debut. He went on to star in films such as: The Cordon by Goran Markovic, Street Walker by K. Djordjevic, Free Fall by V. Djukelic, Tears for Sale by Uros Stojanovic and produced by Luc Besson, One Shot by Robert Orhel, Lost Prince by Tom Rukavina, We Will be World Champions by Darko Bajic, and The Brothers Bloom by Star Wars director Rian Johnson, starring Oscar-winners Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz. He also co-starred in the Universal feature film Big Miracle with Drew Barrymore, Kristin Bell, and John Krasinski for director Ken Kwapis.

He has also seen much success on the small screen. His television credits include guest- starring in David Mamet’s The Unit and Ridley Scott’s Numb3rs, Fox’s 24 and NBC’s The Event, European shows Ordinary PeopleI, Che GuevaraVratice Se RodeLarin IzborAndrija & AndjelkaStella, and Zora Dubrovacka.

His theatre credits include National Theatre’s Hasanaga’s Wife directed by award-winning director Jagos Markovic, in which critics described his performance as “astonishing”, and shortly after, his theatre career took off. After he completed his studies, he went on to star in 50 plays, including Merchant of Venice by W. Shakespeare, Electra by Euripides, Brothers Karamazov by F.M. Dostojevsky directed by one of Europe’s most famous directors, Tomaz Pandur, Death by Woody Allen, Prometheus by Euripides, Resurrection Blues by Arthur Miller, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, ParasitesSkup, and Phone Booth. He starred in the theater performance of Romeo & Juliet at the internationally-recognised Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

The 6’4″ tall Kapicic speaks 9 languages and is great with swords, horse riding, shooting, and other physical skills.

“What a great late addition to the 2017 show!” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Stefan has a fantastic resume in general, but I thought his characterization of Colossus in Deadpool was hilarious. I cannot wait to see what they pull together for the sequel!”

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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.

 

AfterShock Comics Exhibits at Baltimore Comic-Con 2017

August 30, 2017 by  
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Headed to Baltimore Comic-Con this year? AfterShock Comics will be there in full force to celebrate the annual convention which hosts a variety of comic creator guests, retailers, exhibitors, panels, and special events! Visit them at Booth #2004 to pick up Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive covers of Dark Ark #1 and Fu Jitsu #1.

AfterShock Creators & Staff that will be in attendance at the Baltimore Comic-Con include*:

  • Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti (SuperZero)
  • Phil Hester (Shipwreck, Blood Blister)
  • Justin Jordan (Strayer)
  • Brian Stelfreeze (Alters)
  • Mark Waid (Captain Kid)
  • Mike Marts (AfterShock Editor-In-Chief)
  • Stephan Nilson (AfterShock Publishing Operations Manager)
  • Joe Pruett (AfterShock Publisher/CCO & Black-Eyed Kids)
  • Lisa Wu (AfterShock Retailers/Fan Relations Manager)
  • Ashley Wyatt (AfterShock Publishing Assistant)

*Note: Guests are subject to change

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.

Iron Fist Cast Punches into Baltimore Comic-Con 2017

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The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased announce the additions of the stars of Marvel/Netflix’s Iron Fist and The DefendersFinn Jones and Jessica Henwick as a guests of the show on September 22-24, 2017 at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center. Both Finn and Jessica will be joining us all three days of the convention. You can purchase your tickets are on-line now.

Finn Jones is an English actor, best known for playing the lead role of Danny Rand ‘Iron Fist’ in Marvel/Netflix’s Iron Fist and The Defenders series. He played the role of skilled warrior and popular tournament champion Ser Loras Tyrell, The Knight of Flowers, in six seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

In 2010 Finn appeared alongside eleventh doctor Matt Smith as Santiago Jones in the Dr. Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. More recently, he has featured as the Bloomsbury Group poet/artist Julian Bell in BBC2’s Life in Squares (2015). Finn has also had a number of film roles, including The Last Showing alongside horror legend Robert Englund (2014) and Leatherface, the 2017 reboot of the Texas Chainsaw franchise.

Jessica Henwick is an English actress, who became the first actress of East Asian descent to play a lead role in a British Television series, playing Bo in the BBC’s Spirit Warriors (2009).

In 2015, Jessica joined season five of HBO’s series Game of Thrones as Nymeria Sand, one of the Sand Snake sisters, and continued to play her up until season seven. In 2017, she played the female lead Colleen Wing, a martial arts expert in Marvel/Netflix’s Iron Fist series, and reprised her role in The Defenders. Her other television credits include British psychological thriller Fortitude (2017) as Bianca Mankyo, Amy Lang in the BBC’s Silk (2014), The Thick of It (2012), and Lewis (2014).

Jessica’s film appearances include J.J. Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) playing X-Wing pilot Jessika Pava, Rice on White (2017), and has recently completed 20th Century Fox’s Underwater alongside Kristen Stewart and T.J. Miller, which is scheduled to be released in 2018.

“We felt really lucky to see these two wonderful actors jump from our Netflix screens to the Baltimore Comic-Con. Coming off of the success of The Defenders, we think our fans will enjoy the opportunity to meet and hear from the latest and greatest Marvel Netflix Stars,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “And that is even before we get to talk to them about Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Game of Thrones! We’re thrilled to be able to add them to our guest list, we know our fans are going to be over the moon.”

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.

David Petersen Keynotes Inaugural Ringo Awards, Tickets Available Now

August 24, 2017 by  
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The inaugural 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. 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

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is pleased to announce David Petersen as the inaugural Keynote Speaker. David Petersen is best known as the creator of Mouse Guard. He enjoys fantasy, folklore, myth, and legend. Even more than that, he loves to draw and write about it. A steady diet of cartoons, comics, and tree-climbing fed his imagination and is what still inspires his work today. David won the 2007 Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 2008, David won the Eisners for Best Publication for Kids (Mouse Guard Fall 1152 & Winter 1152) and Best Graphic Album – Reprint (Mouse Guard Fall 1152 Hardcover). He won the Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work in both 2014 and 2015.

David is a cartoonist and children’s book illustrator who began his career in 2004 with the release of Voices, a self-published anthology from ComiXpress. Possessing a distinctive art style reminiscent of A.A. Milne (creator of Winnie the Pooh), Petersen has worked on such comics as The Dark CrystalSnowy Valentine, and Muppets & Fairytales from Archaia, as well as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series from IDW. His artwork also graced the cover for the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con program, as well as the show-exclusive t-shirt.

David and his wife Julia reside in Michigan with their 2 dogs, Bronwyn and Coco.

“David is the perfect guy to help us kick off the first annual Ringo Awards,” said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter. “He’s one of the brightest people you’ll meet, he’s amazingly creative, his artwork is gorgeous, and he writes Game of Thrones with mice! I’m really excited to hear what he has to say, and I think the room is going to love him.”

Voting on the 2017 Final Ballot was restricted to the comic book industry creative community — anyone involved in and credited with creating comics professionally. As with the nomination process, comics pros came out in force to support the Ringo Awards and to register their votes. Don’t miss the presentation of final ballot winners, Fan-Only Favorites, Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement and Dick Giordano Humanitarian Awards, and the Mike Wieringo Spirit Award on the evening of Saturday, September 23rd, 2017!

 

 

Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes Gotham Stars David Mazouz & Sean Pertwee

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The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased announce the additions of David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee as guests of the show on September 22-24, 2017.

Sixteen-year-old David (pronounced “Dah-veed”) Mazouz stars on FOX TV’s Gotham as a young Bruce Wayne, the orphaned son of Martha and Thomas Wayne as he follows the path to ultimately becoming Batman. Under the care of his butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee), Mazouz’s character interacts with other members of the Batman Universe, including Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), and Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) while attempting to solve the murder of his parents. Mazouz began his acting career in commercials. At eight years old, he landed his first film, Coming and Going, directed by Edoardo Ponti. Shortly thereafter, he was cast in the cable movie Amish Grace. He then landed a role in the FOX drama Touch, starring opposite Kiefer Sutherland.

On film, Mazouz most recently completed The Darkness, playing the haunting child of Radha Mitchell and Kevin Bacon, and Incarnate starring Aaron Eckhart as an exorcist wrestling with a child possessed by a demon. Other films include the horror thriller Sanitarium, alongside Malcolm McDowell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Lacey Chabert, Chris Mulkey, and Robert Englund. He was also featured in the movies The Games Maker, opposite Joseph Fiennes, Ed Asner, and Tom Cavanagh; Incarnate, alongside Aaron Eckhart; and 6 Miranda Drive, with Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell and Lucy Fry.

Other television roles include a kid in detention in Mike and Molly, James Spader’s son in The Office, a troubled youth in Private Practice, a dying boy in Criminal Minds, an orphan in Drop Dead Diva, and a guest star in Major Crimes. Mazouz was born in Los Angeles, where he lives with his parents and older sister.

Sean Pertwee consistently captivates audiences with his compelling performances in a variety of roles that span film, television, and stage. Pertwee can be seen on Fox’s hit television series Gotham, which will begin its fourth season this September 2017 during the week preceding the Baltimore Comic-Con. On the show, Pertwee plays Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s unflappable butler. The show follows the story behind Commissioner James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival.

Pertwee began his film career in Stephen Frears’ Joe Orton biopic Prick Up Your Ears opposite Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina. From there, he went on to appear in Paul Anderson’s Shopping opposite Jude Law. He followed those roles with a number of enthralling performances in Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon opposite Laurence Fishburne; Soldier, opposite Kurt Russell and directed again by Paul W.S. Anderson; Love, Honour and Obey opposite Jude Law and Jonny Lee Miller; Kurt Wimmer’s Equilibrium opposite Christian Bale and Sean Bean; and the lead role of Sgt. Harry G. Wells in Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers. Other notable film credits include Deadly Voyage, Wild Bill, Doomsday, Blue Juice where he appeared alongside Catherine Zeta Jones and Ewan McGregor, The 51st State with Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Carlyle, and in Declan Lowey’s Alan Partridge opposite Steve Coogan.

On the small screen, Pertwee played the iconic role of Detective Lestrade in the CBS show Elementary opposite Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes. His other TV credits include: The Musketeers, Poirot, and the critically acclaimed Luther. He also appeared as in a recurring role in the hugely popular Cold Feet with James Nesbit. Pertwee’s other TV credits include Skins, Body Guards, Jo opposite Jean Reno, Chancer, The Young Indiana Jones, Clarissa opposite Sean Bean, and Camelot with Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green. Additionally, Pertwee has lent his voice to numerous documentaries, animated films, commercials, TV series and video games including Master Chef: The Professionals, Fable, Killzone, and Assassin’s Creed.

Pertwee received his training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and began his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, most notably starring in Titus Andronicus directed by Deborah Warner. After touring for three years, Pertwee continued his classical training by playing Julius Caesar for the BBC and Macbeth for Michael Bogdanov’s production for C4 films. Pertwee currently splits his time between London and New York City, where Gotham films.

“These two are such a great actors and have such a rapport on the screen,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “David’s evolution on Gotham from young orphan to teenage detective has been fascinating to observe, and I can’t wait to see what he’ll do with the character of Bruce Wayne next season. And Sean’s well-dressed and manicured tough-guy father figure is such a fun mix of conflicting roles, which he performs wonderfully. I’m personally thrilled to have them both as a guests of the show, as I’m sure our fans will be.”

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 Brings Veteran Creators, New Projects

August 10, 2017 by  
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Making it 18 appearances out of 18 editions of the Baltimore Comic- Con, Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel, the masterminds behind Blood of the InnocentMars, and numerous other creations, will lead their loose-knit, hard-hitting band of creators under the Insight Studios banner into the Baltimore Convention Center for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, FridaySunday, September 22-24. At the show, they’ll be joined by acclaimed ComicMix, DC, and First Comics editor Mike Gold, as well as studio mates, G. D. FalksenMark Redfield, and Evelyn KrietePurchase your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in extra lines at the show.

While frequently noted for their award-winning solo careers, both Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel are frequently reminded by fans of their success as collaborators. TarzanJonny QuestTitanic Tales, and Doctor Cyborg are just a few of their other projects together. Most recently, over the past two years, they have fully restored their acclaimed Vertigo graphic novel Breathtaker for Titan Comics. Additionally, they’ve developed a companion touring show of the original art for the project organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum. Long out of print, it was originally serialized and then collected into a best-selling trade paperback by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint 20 years ago, where it was a best-seller. Their work, both together and separately was extensively profiled in IS Art: The Art of Insight Studios.

“We tell anyone who asks that the Baltimore Comic-Con remains one of the most staunchly comic-centric conventions on the circuit. Yes, we’re biased toward our hometown show, but that doesn’t explain the staying power, the guest-to-fan ratio, and the amazing atmosphere of this convention. The guest list just can’t be beat by any other show of this size or even many that are quite a bit bigger,” said Mark Wheatley. “We’re extremely happy our big, annual gathering of the tribe happens right here in Baltimore, and we’re looking forward to making some great announcements.”

Inducted in July into The Overstreet Hall of Fame, Mark Wheatley most recently has continued his string of popular Doctor Who covers for Titan, completed a set of Stargate Atlantis cover for American Mythology, and provided the cover and interior illustrations for the new novel Man Of War by Heidi Ruby Miller from Meteor House, which continues the Two Hawks series from Philip Jose Farmer. Prior to that, his work for CBS Television was featured on The Millers2 Broke Girls, and Super Clyde, and the Square Roots pilot for ABC. In print, he was featured in the acclaimed Jungle Tales Of Tarzan from Dark Horse Comics, on the cover of the Meteor House release of Exiles of Kho by Christopher Paul Carey, and his own well-received art book, Stars, which presents elaborate line art portraits of actors, musicians, and authors. With a track record that includes Frankenstein MobsterRadical DreamerReturn of the HumanHammer of the GodsEZ StreetSkultar, and Lone Justice, Wheatley is an Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy, and Eisner award-winning creator. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, created set pieces for The Black Eyed Peas, designed for Lady Gaga, and contributed designs to ABC’s Beauty and the Beast. He will be displaying art from Doctor Cthulittle, his innovative new project in collaboration with studio members G. D. Falksen and Evelyn Kriete. See more of Mark’s work at markwheatleygallery.com.

Marc Hempel grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and now resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he plies his craft on such diverse projects ranging from his own GregoryTug & Buster, and Naked Brain to Disney Adventures, and from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser to “The Kindly Ones” in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. Hempel’s art has also appeared in MADMarvel FanfareEpic IllustratedHeavy MetalFlinchMy Faith in FrankieThe DreamingLuciferMunden’s BarNickelodeon Magazine, and a 21-page Escapist story for Dark Horse Comics. His series The Love Brothers has appeared in Aces Weekly.

ComicMix.com editor-in-chief Mike Gold is a 40-year veteran of the comic book field, having co-founded the Chicago Comicon as well as First Comics with Rick Obadiah, later serving as group editor/director of editorial development of DC Comics, and as a packager of comics with arrogant MGMS. Among the many projects he edited and helped develop are American Flagg!Jon Sable FreelanceGrimJackThe Flash,Green ArrowThe QuestionLegendsBreathtaker, and Mars. Gold is also a long-time political activist and broadcaster, presently doing the show Weird Sounds Inside the Gold Mind on getthepointradio.com. He was the recipient of the Hero Initiative Humanitarian of the Year Award, given at the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2011.

Mark Redfield is an American actor, author, artist, and filmmaker whose films include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2002) and The Death of Poe (2006) and whose award-winning audio dramas includes Sinbad and the Pirate Princess also starring Caroline Munro and Martine Beswicke. Voice work includes audio books A Christmas Carol that features cover art by Mark Wheatley and Hunted by Mark Hewitt, an in-depth look at the unsolved Zodiac Killer case. His art and cartoons are collected all over the world and his vampire novel Cult of the Nosferatu is available from Amazon. His novella The Chaney Murder Case with another cover by Mark Wheatley is now available. A Poe Scholar, his 20-hour audio dramatization of Edgar Allan Poe’s life will debut in 2018.

G. D. Falksen is an author, lecturer, public speaker, and actor. He also studies history and has consulted for Disney. He is the author of The Ouroboros Cycle series, The Transatlantic Conspiracy, and several other works of fiction. He is a voice actor for and co-writer of the animated film Hullabaloo and an accompanying educational series titled Ask The Professor.

Evelyn Kriete is an editor, producer, artist, stylist, marketing adviser, social media strategist, and new media coordinator. She is also a crowdfunding consultant for Indiegogo and ComicMix. Through crowdfunding she has raised over $1 million for various projects, including the animated film Hullabaloo, which she is producing alongside film creator James Lopez. She has previously worked on the staff of literary publications such as Weird Tales and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine.

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 Welcomes Darryl “DMC” McDaniels

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The Baltimore Comic-Con is thrilled to announce the addition of Darryl “DMC” McDaniels to our 2017 guest list. The 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con takes place on September 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center. You can purchase your tickets for the show now.

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, a pioneer, icon, and founding member of the legendary rap group Run-DMC, brought his love for comics full circle with the creation of his very own independent publishing house called Darryl Makes Comics. Already a hero to his millions of fans around the world, DMC’s accomplishments read like a laundry list of musical and cultural accolades: Grammy-nominated musician, Emmy-winning life story, multi-platinum recording artist, 2009 Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and rap/rock pioneer who influenced music the first time he touched a mic. Before co-founding Run-DMC, DMC grew up reading comics and developed a passion for them. “When I started with Run-DMC, I was a nervous little nerdy kid,” says DMC. “I didn’t want to get up in front of a crowd and rhyme; but what gave me confidence, out there on stage was pretending that I was the Hulk on the microphone.”

In 2014 DMC’s childhood passion came to fruition when he, along with his Editor-in-Chief Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and Senior Editor Riggs Morales, teamed up with some prominent fixtures in the comic book world to craft his first 48-page graphic novel, a 100% authentic, unapologetic, indie comic book under the Darryl Makes Comics imprint. The graphic novel, DMC #1, garnered critical praise and attention when it debuted in 2014 featuring some of the comic industry’s finest talent. The story was created by DMC and Damion Scott (Batman, Robin, Solo), with Ronald Wimberly (Vertigo/DC, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Prince of Cats) serving as creative consultant to develop the script. Each chapter is visualized by different teams of artists, including Chase Conley (Black Dynamite), Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla, The Reason for Dragons), Felipe Smith (Peepo Choo, Ghost Rider), Mike & Mark Davis, the Mad Twiinz (Black Dynamite, The Boondocks), Shawn Crystal (Arkham Manor), and colorist Chris Sotomayor, not to mention cover art from industry legends Sal Buscema and Bob Wick, and graffiti pioneer MARE 139 (Style Wars).

Set in hip hop’s revolutionary era of the 1980s, the first comic featured DMC as a superhero fighting for justice in an alternate universe. Wild Style-inspired graffiti covers every surface of this world, as the true grit of pre-Giuliani New York is captured among the pages of this graphic novel. In his second graphic novel, released December 2, 2015, DMC returned and fulfilled his promise to expand the Darryl Makes Comics universe! In it, readers met more heroes like LAK6, Sifu Horus, and The Breaks! They are on the cusp of the b-boy hero movement but first they must take on the status quo that has been misleading New York City. Based on a story by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Greg Pak (Marvel’s Totally Awesome Hulk, DC’s Batman/Superman), and Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, written by Amy Chu (DC’s Poison Ivy, Sensation Comics’ Wonder Woman) and illustrated by an incredible roster of talent featuring Juan Doe (Marvel’s Wolverines), Sung Goo Won (Cartoon Network’s Black Dynamite), award-winning artist Afu Chan (Society of Illustrators 2012), Marcus Williams (Action Lab’s Hero Cats) and Elliot Fernandez (DC’s Harley Quinn/Powergirl), DMC #2 features color art by Christopher Sotomayor and Eisner-winning colorist Gabriel Bautista. The covers are art directed by Edgardo Miranda- Rodriguez and illustrated by comic book industry giant Humberto Ramos (Marvel’s Spider-Man, X-Men) and graffiti king Bio of the Tats Cru, with color art by Edgardo Delgado (Marvel’s Spider-Man), DMC #2 also offers a variant cover by comic book industry legend Bill Sienkiewicz and graffiti curator and artist Alan Ket.

Darryl Makes Comics is dedicated to the idea that every walk of life has heroes and stories worth telling. “Hip hop was always based on creativity,” DMC says, “so what we’re trying to do with this comic book is not trying to create anything that’s new; we’re just going to show the world what’s already there… the beauty and the creativity of it.” DMC will be releasing his third issue in late 2017.

“Baltimore has a ton of Run-DMC fans,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Having DMC to our show to flex his comic book muscles is going to be amazing, and his music fans get to meet a whole new side of Darryl. We’re really excited about this, as we’re sure his fans, old and new, will be!”

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.

Ringo Awards Nomination Deadline Extended

July 17, 2017 by  
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The 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. The Ringo Awards is currently in the midst of the 2017 nomination process, which is inclusive of fans and comic book professionals alike. Please submit your nominations.

Due to a steady and growing influx of nominations, as word of our inaugural awards spreads through the comics professional and fan communities, we are extending our original voting deadline to midnight on July 24, 2017. Professional voting on the final ballot is still slated to be available starting on July 26th. A press release will announce the final ballot at the start of pro voting.

Fan and Pro Nomination Categories

  • Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)
  • Best Writer
  • Best Artist or Penciller
  • Best Inker
  • Best Letterer
  • Best Colorist
  • Best Cover Artist
  • Best Series
  • Best Single Issue or Story
  • Best Original Graphic Novel
  • Best Anthology
  • Best Humor Comic
  • Best Comic Strip or Panel
  • Best Webcomic
  • Best Non-fiction Comic Work
  • Best Presentation in Design

Jury-Only Nomination (with three bonus jurors)

  • The Mike Wieringo Spirit Award

Hero Initiative Award (selected by the Hero Initiative)

  • The Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award

“We saw an immediate burst of voting after we made our debut,” said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter. “Since then, we have seen fans promoting their favorites, pros promoting their works, and now publishers have jumped into the fray hyping their titles and creators. It’s been great to see readers and the industry embrace this effort so completely, and we’re really excited to see how the final ballot comes out!”

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 Flash, Adventures of Superman, Batman, and Robin, Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Sensational 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

Introducing the RINGO Awards Jury at Baltimore Comic Con

July 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Introducing the 2017 Ringo Awards Jury

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – July 7, 2017 – The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill, and fun of comics. The awards will be presented on Saturday, September 23, 2017 as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con. The Ringo Awards is currently in the midst of the 2017 nomination process, which is inclusive of fans and comic book professionals alike. Please submit your nominations before voting closes at midnight on July 18, 2017.

The Jury

An esteemed jury of comics professionals will participate in the nomination process, selecting favorite works in over 20 categories. The 2017 jury was chosen as a representative cross-section of the comic book industry, with members representing seasoned and venerated educators, retailers, press, and creators across numerous genres.

John Haines entered the hobby in 1964 via a ratty dog-eared copy of the Incredible Hulk #3 that he was given in an effort to keep still at the local barber shop. From that point on, he was hooked for life. A comic historian specializing in Timely, Atlas, and Centaur comics from the Golden Age, Haines contributed to various small fanzines and eventually became an advisor to the Overstreet Price Guide in the late 1990’s. Also a long-time fixture at east-coast conventions as a silver and golden age dealer, John opened his first brick-and-mortar shop, Comics and Fiends, in 2008. A year later, he began the annual Lake Effect Comic Book Convention which just celebrated its 8th anniversary. His passion for comic books is well-known, and he continues to read both new and old comics to this day.

Hanna Means-Shannon received her undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in Medieval Languages and Literature, from Oxford University and worked as an English Professor for a number of years. During this time, she discovered both comics scholarship and comics journalism. Starting out on TripCity.net, a Brooklyn-based literary arts salon, and then continuing to write about comics as a Contributing Editor at The Comics Beat, she focused on in-depth interviews, reviews, and convention reporting. Named the New York area representative for BleedingCool.com, she was later hired to be the site’s Editor-in-Chief as well as their magazine editor, a position she held for two years. Stepping down to pursue other opportunities in comics, she moved to the West Coast to become an Associate Editor for Dark Horse Comics. Due to family needs, she later returned to the East Coast and was hired to re-launch the pop culture news website Comicon.com as Executive Editor in January 2017. She also continues to edit creator-owned comics on a limited basis.

Jamar Nicholas is a multi-time GLYPHS Comic Award-winning, Philadelphia-based cartoonist and educator. He has taught and lectured on the topic of comics creation at numerous institutions, dedicating his career to empowering young people to create their own cartoons and comics, helping them realize the power of visual narrative. Some of his works include adapting and illustrating Geoffrey Canada’s Fist Stick Knife Gun, the full-color comic strip Detective Boogaloo: Hip-Hop Cop that was serialized in the US Metro newspapers (Philadelphia, NYC, and Boston), and his upcoming original graphic novel Leon: Protector of the Playground. He is also a writer and columnist for DRAW! Magazine, the how-to source for comic book and animation professionals, and was a host of the Comic Book Diner podcast, focusing on the business of comics.

Chris Powell serves as Vice President of Retailer Services at Diamond Comic Distributors, supervising their Customer Service and Retail Technology departments while maintaining his business development role. He has spearheaded Diamond’s rollout of publisher-supported incentive programs to encourage comic shops to add point-of-sale systems, expand their locations, and open new stores, and was instrumental in the launch of Diamond Digital, a program which gives comic shops an opportunity to benefit from digital comic sales. An industry veteran, Powell previously held the General Manager and Chief Relationship Officer position at Lone Star Comics and mycomicshop.com, based in Arlington, Texas. During his 20+ year career in comics, he not only helped manage the very successful Lone Star business, but also served as a Founding Board Member of ComicsPro, and is a Board Member and past President of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Born in Madrid, Spain and now living in Baltimore, Maryland, José Villarrubia is best known for his collaborations with author Alan Moore: his illustrations for his books Voice of the Fire and The Mirror of Love and his graphic novel Promethea. He has worked extensively for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, Wildstorm, Vertigo, Valiant, Archie, Legendary, and other publishers, doing digitally painted colors. He has been nominated several times for the Eisner Award, and won the Harvey Award for Cuba: My Revolution.

Fan and Pro Nomination Categories

* Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)
* Best Writer
* Best Artist or Penciller
* Best Inker
* Best Letterer
* Best Colorist
* Best Cover Artist
* Best Series
* Best Single Issue or Story
* Best Original Graphic Novel
* Best Anthology
* Best Humor Comic
* Best Comic Strip or Panel
* Best Webcomic
* Best Non-fiction Comic Work
* Best Presentation in Design
Jury-Only Nomination (with three bonus jurors)

* The Mike Wieringo Spirit Award
Fan-Only Favorite Categories

* Favorite Hero
* Favorite Villain
* Favorite New Series
* Favorite New Talent
Hero Initiative Award (selected by the Hero Initiative)

* The Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award
* The Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award

“We were fortunate to be able to start with a green field project with the Ringo Awards,” said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter. “We knew there was demand for an award at the show, we knew we wanted to honor Ringo, and we had the advantage of knowing how other awards function, both in our industry and out. The best way for us to balance the votes of the masses was to recruit a jury that would be able to apply their experiences in the industry and submit an impartial, informed ballot.We ended up with representatives from each segment of the comics supply chain, from creator to distributor to retailer to consumer. We were very happy with the selections, and that everyone asked was avid to participate. We’re excited to see the final ballot!”

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 Flash, Adventures of Superman, Batman, and Robin, Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Sensational 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

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