Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Welcome Iconic Creators of Creative Icons

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Come to the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor this September 28-30 for the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con! Purchase your tickets now and avoid lines at the ticket counter. The Baltimore Comic-Con will feature some of the industry’s most impactful talent, including Batman’s Harvey Bullock creator Howard Chaykin, Blue Devil creator Paris Cullins, Preacher creator Garth Ennis, Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella, New Mutants creator Bob McLeod, Power Pack creator Louise Simonson, Beta Ray Bill creator Walter Simonson, Thanos creator Jim Starlin, Big Hero 6 creator Gus Vazquez, and John Constantine creator Rick Veitch, just to name a few.

Howard Victor Chaykin is a longtime veteran of the comic book business. As a cartoonist — both writing and drawing — he has been a major influence on the direction of comics, referred to frequently as one of the principle architects of the modern comic book. His signature creation, American Flagg!, introduced a new level of narrative complexity, depth of character, and point of view in its text, not to mention a previously unseen level of design and craft to the visual nature of an all-too-frequently staid and timid medium. Chaykin continues to produce work that pushes the envelope of concept, context, and content in comics. Last year’s The Divided States of Hysteria, thanks to social media, enraged an entirely new generation of the willfully ignorant who might have had a better case if they’d actually read the damned book. Chaykin’s new series, Hey Kids! Comics!, is a fictionalized history of the comic book business, a love letter written with just a frisson of acid in the ink, to the field he’s loved and called home for over four decades.

Paris Cullins landed in DC Comics’ intern program after repeatedly bringing in samples of his work in the 1970s. His first work was featured in Secrets of Haunted House #42, and he went onto work on other DC horror titles like Ghosts, The Unexpected, and Weird War Tales. Cullins transitioned to super-hero titles, doing back-up or assistant work on Green Lantern, Justice League of America, The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl, and The Fury of Firestorm before taking on his first work on a title for his co-creation, Blue Devil. While he spent much of his career working at DC on titles such as Batman, The Forever People, and The New Gods, Cullins has drawn Richie Rich and Hot Stuff at Harvey Comics, Hyperkind for Marvel’s Razorline imprint, and Shi for Crusade Comics. In addition to his work in comics, Cullins has spent time at advertisement agencies doing storyboards for TV commercials, and has provided full-color storyboards and designs for video games.

Garth Ennis broke into the American Comic scene in 1991, taking over the writing reins on Hellblazer. After a successful four-year run, Ennis moved on to create Preacher, a 66-issue epic that ran from 1995 -2000, which has now been adopted to a hit television series on AMC. In addition to these two ground-breaking series, he also had lengthy runs on DC’s The Demon and Hitman. More recently, Ennis wrapped up The Boys, a 72-issue story which began at DC’s Wildstorm imprint before moving to Dynamite Entertainment with issue #7. He has had numerous stints on Marvel’s The Punisher for Marvel Knights and MAX, as well as Fury for Marvel MAX. His recent work includes Dastardly and Muttley for DC Comics and Jimmy’s Bastards for AfterShock Comics.

Tony Isabella is creator/writer of Black Lightning, co-creator of Misty Knight and Tigra, and writer of Captain America, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Star Trek, and many more. He was an editor and writer at Marvel Comics. At DC, he created Black Lightning, the company’s first prominent African-American super-hero. He co-wrote the prose novels Captain America: Liberty’s Torch and Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist’s Corpse. He’s the author of 1000 Comic Books You Must Read and the odd-but-wondrous July 1963: A Pivotal Month in the Comic-Book Life of Tony Isabella. He’s received an Inkpot Award from Comic-Con International in San Diego and a Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award from ECBACC. Cleveland Magazine named him one of that city’s most interesting people of 2018. His most recent comics work is the six-issue Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands, marking his return to his creation. He writes the daily “Tony Isabella’s Bloggy Thing” and the weekly “Tony’s Tips” review column. He lectures on comics history, comics writing, and diversity in comics.

Beginning his career in Marvel Comics’ production department, Bob McLeod got his early credits penciling and inking for Crazy magazine. He was a member of The Crusty Bunkers inkers while working at Adams’ Continuity Studios, became a top inker on titles like Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Conan the Barbarian, and Star Wars, and DC Comics’ Detective Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, Wonder Woman, and The New Titans. He also drew the graphic novel and the first three issues of Marvel’s New Mutants, as well as inking a number of subsequent issues, and helped launch DC’s Superman: The Man of Steel. He also wrote and illustrated Superhero ABC from HarperCollins, and edited Rough Stuff magazine for TwoMorrows Publishing. McLeod currently teaches part-time at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design.

Louise Simonson has, like her husband Walter, contributed significantly to the comic book industry. “Weezie”, as she is known, began her comics career as an editor at Warren Publishing before leaving for Marvel to edit titles including X-Men, New Mutants, and Star Wars. Departing the editorial role in favor of writing, Weezie has contributed to storylines in Marvel’s Marvel Team-Up, Web of Spider-Man, and Red Sonja, and was responsible for the introduction of Apocalypse in X-Factor as well as the launch of Power Pack. At DC Comics, she worked on Superman: The Man of Steel and The Adventures of Superman.

Walter Simonson has made vast contributions to comics publishing, as a writer, an artist, and even in founding publishing imprints. He was recognized in 2012 at the Harvey Awards in Special Award for Excellence in Production/Presentation and Best Domestic Reprint Project for Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor, Artist’s Edition from IDW, and in 2013 for Alien: The Illustrated Story from Titan Books for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work. He also received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 at the Harvey Awards. Walt’s career began in the 1970s at DC Comics, where he worked on titles such as Weird War Tales, Manhunter, Metal Men, Orion, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Vigilante, and Hercules Unbound. Over at Marvel Comics, Simonson has had numerous noteworthy runs, including The Rampaging Hulk magazine, X-Factor, Fantastic Four, and Thor, on which he was responsible for the introduction of Beta Ray Bill and Thor as a frog.

The multi-talented Jim Starlin has worked on both writing and creating art for some of the most noteworthy creations since his entry into the field of comics in the 1970s. The mind behind the Marvel character Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, he is also responsible for a number of noteworthy cosmic characters in the Marvel Universe, including Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and the villainous Thanos, all of whom are featured in this year’s major motion picture, Avengers: Infinity War.He developed noteworthy runs on Marvel’s Captain Marvel, Warlock, and Silver Surfer, Marvel mini-series Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity War, and Infinity Crusade, and DC Comics’ Batman, The Weird, and Cosmic Odyssey. His Death of Captain Marvel was the first Marvel graphic novel to be published. More recently, he has provided writing and art for DC’s Stormwatch and writing on Green Lantern: Mongul #23.2, and he returned to his classic villain in April 2014 with Marvel’s Thanos: The Infinity Revelation and 2018’s Thanos: The Infinity Siblings.

Gus Vazquez is an illustrator who has worked in nearly every field, including comic books, trading cards, storyboarding for music videos, commercials, animation and film, logo design, character and toy design, and more. He started his career in comic books working as an assistant to comic book artists Adam Pollina on X-Force, and Kevin McGuire on Trinity Angels. He got his first solo gig at Marvel Comics drawing the covers and interiors for Sunfire and Big Hero 6, the series that introduced the characters featured in Disney’s Oscar winning Big Hero 6. He has worked on such Marvel titles as Deadpool, X-Force, Spider-Man, What If? Civil War, What If? Back in Black, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and more. For DC, he has worked on such titles as Green Lantern, JLA, Blue Beetle, and most recently on The Flash, Suicide Squad, and Green Arrow. Gus was the artist on several issues of Claudio Sanchez’s (of rock music group Coheed and Cambria) The Amory Wars, and was instrumental in helping bring together the creative team of his friends, David Atchison (writer) and Tony Shasteen (illustrator), and his niece, film and TV actress Rosario Dawson on 12 Gauge’s The O.C.T. Currently, Gus has been working for DC Comics on The Sasquatch Detective, a backup story which can be found in the pages of Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, as well as DMC (Daryl Makes Comics) and on La Borinqueña. He is also working on his creator-owned book, Fang.

A member of The Kubert School’s first graduating class, Rick Veitch made a name early in his career as a fantasy artist and writer for Marvel’s Epic line of titles, where he worked on Epic Illustrated, Heartburst, and The One. He went on to work on the critically acclaimed Swamp Thing from DC Comics, as well as Miracleman from Eclipse Comics, for which he both wrote and provided art. Veitch then moved into the indie comics scene, working initially on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Mirage Studios and then launching his own King Hell publishing house, with titles like Bratpack and The Maximortal. Returning to larger publishers, Veitch has worked on Image’s 1963 and Supreme, and DC’s Tomorrow Stories, America’s Best Comics, The Question, and Aquaman. More recently, he wrote the Vertigo title Army@Love and The Big Lie from Image. You can find his Miracleman work reprinted these days from Marvel Comics and Rick Veitch’s The One from IDW Publishing.

“We were looking through our guest list and came to the realization that a tremendous amount of significant comics characters were created by guests in the room this year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Without the contributions of these guests, the comics tapestry would be far less ornate in each publisher’s respective universe. We know our fans are going to be excited to pull out issues of their favorite or first appearances of these characters to get signed by these great guests!”

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.

FL – Batman and The Signal Signings

Artist Cully Hamner appears at Yancy Street Comics in Port Richey on Saturday, April 21st from noon till 5PM and in Tampa on Sunday, April 22nd from noon till 5PM to sign all three issues of BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL from DC Comics!

Cully Hamner is an American comic book artist and writer, known for his work on such books as Green Lantern: Mosaic, Blue Beetle, Black Lightning: Year One, Detective Comics, and The Question. He is also the illustrator of the 2003 graphic novel Red, which was adapted into a 2010 feature film of the same name.

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Yancy Street Comics
9636 US 19 (inside Embassy Crossing Shopping Center), Port Richey, FL 34668
727-817-0888

IL – Mister Miracle #1: Director’s Cut Signing

Artist Mike Norton (Revival, BattlePug, Lil Donnie, Young Justice) appears at Challengers Comics on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 5:00 PM to sign the MISTER MIRACLE #1 DIRECTOR’S CUT!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

OR – Evolution #1 Signing

James Asmus, Christopher Sebela, and Joe Keatinge appear at TFAW on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM to sign the first issue of EVOLUTION!

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Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-4693

Terrificon Returns to Mohegan Sun This Weekend

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TERRIFICON is HERE this weekend at Mohegan Sun Convention Center in Uncasville, CT!

Big Fedora Marketing continues to produce the Nutmeg State’s #1 comic con with a THREE day celebration of comic books, artists, writers, actors from superhero TV/movies and of course cosplay. Last August, 20,000 fans had a terrific time at TERRIFICON for a great price and even FREE PARKING!

TICKETS are $27 for Friday, $30 for Saturday and $27 for Sunday

TERRIFICON welcomes fans young and old – with kids 10 and under getting in FREE with a paying adult! Click here for more info…

HOLY BATMAN GATHERING!

TERRIFICON is will be celebrating Batman in all his forms from TV, animation, film and of course comics.

BURT WARD and LEE MERIWETHER will be on hand celebrating their work with the late great ADAM WEST.  Plus to make things even more BATACULAR – we will be bringing all the vehicles from the classic 1966 “Batman” movie together with the stars – for the FIRST TIME EVER!

Come out to Mohegan Sun and see The 66′ Batmobile, the 66′ Batcycle, the ’66 Batboat and the BATCOPTER!

Plus Batman Beyond star WILL FRIEDLE, from Gotham the Mad Hatter himself, in his first ever comic con appearance – actor BENEDICT SAMUEL!

Join them along with SEAN GUNN, CHRIS SULLIVAN, ECHO KELLUM, VIOLETT BEANE, SHANNON PURSER, FINN JONES, JESSICA HENWICK and making his 1st ever con appearance – CHAZZ PALMINTERI!

HONORING THE KING

TERRIFICON celebrates the 100th birthday of JACK KIRBY with the traveling displays from the JACK KIRBY MUSEUM. Located on the 2nd floor of the convention center, it will have beautiful and mind-blowing limited edition prints, posters, books, magazines and t-shirts for sale, as well as an awesome display of Kirby works printed from our incredible digital archive. Also a video display of scans of original art and pencil photocopies! AND videos of Kirby to view.

This will be at TERRIFICON on Saturday ONLY. #JackKirby

AFTER CON FUN!

When the dealer room closes at TERRIFICON the fun is just beginning! We take full advantage of what Mohegan Sun has to offer with cool after con activities! From Poker with Guardians of the Galaxy star SEAN GUNN to our famed Rooftop after party! See more here…

TX – Jimmy’s Bastards #1 Variant Signing

Garth Ennis, the brilliant writer behind Preacher, The Boys, Punisher MAX, Hitman, and now Jimmy’s Bastards his newest comic from Aftershock Comics, appears at Heroes and Fantasies on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from noon till 3:00 PM! He will be joined by exclusive variant cover artist Cully Hamner. Exclusive Variant Covers and multiple Autographs with each Event Package. Tickets available at the link…

**Just added** Aftershock Publisher Joe Pruett will be joining the signing.

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Heroes and Fantasies
4923 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 340-0074

Batman Beyond’s Will Friedle Appears at Terrificon 2017

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Terrificon welcomes actor and voice over talent (plus a fellow Connecticut native)
Will Friedle from Batman Beyond and Boy Meets World to Mohegan Sun on August 18-20, 2017!

Will Friedle is an actor best known for his comedic roles, most notably as underachieving elder brother Eric Matthews on the long-running TV sitcom Boy Meets World from 1993 to 2000. As the show was drawing to a close Will segued into voice acting, which has given him an opportunity to slip in and out of numerous superhero roles, including the now iconic role of Terry McGinnis/Batman in Batman Beyond.

Will can also be heard as Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Nightwing in Justice League Unlimited: Animal Instincts and Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem; and Deadpool in Ultimate Spider-Man. To a generation of Disney fans, however, he’ll always be the beloved Ron Stoppable, sidekick to the brave Kim Possible. Will was also Lion-O in the rebooted ThunderCats animated series, Doyle in The Secret Saturdays; and Bumblebee in Transformers: Prime, Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising and Transformers: Robots in Disguise.

In 2015, Will made a triumphant return to the role of (now Senator) Eric Matthews in the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World. He is also Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy animated series.

More than celebrities TERRIFICON is the home for fans of comic books as we bring you over 50 artists and writers from Marvel, DC Comics, Image Comics, IDW Comics, Dynamite Comics and more including Iron Fist and Defenders creator Roy Thomas!

Tickets are on sale NOW Mohegan Sun Box Office, Comic Book Shops in Connecticut like A Timeless Journey, Legends of Superheros, Sarge’s Comics and Games and Omni Comics and Cards CT. You can also order them any time at Ticketmaster! Kids 10 and under get in FREE and there is always plenty of FREE parking! Don’t miss all the exclusive and unique features of this year’s TERRIFICON – three full days of fun for the whole family featuring more than 60 artists and 300 dealers of comic books, costume contests, cosplay, artwork and collectibles, video games, interactive workshops, after parties and so much more. See more information on our website www.terrificon.com

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NJ – Blue Beetle Rebirth #1 Signing

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Writer/artist KEITH GIFFEN appears on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Dewey’s Comic City to sign copies of Blue Beetle Rebirth #1, sale for the first time that day, as well as items from his entire creative legacy!

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

CA – Komic-Kazi Sushi

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Hang out with artists Andrew C. Robinson, Cully Hamner, and Dan Panosian over at the Marriott Marquis on Friday, July 22, 2016 from 7:30 – 8:30 PM! They’ll be enjoying some Iconic Wines and perhaps drawing and signing. Presented by Essential Sequential (SDCC Booth #4807).

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Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-1500

CA – Rocket Queen & The Wrench Signing

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Galaxy of Comics Proudly presents JUSTIN PENISTON (Blue Beetle, Hunter Black) signing his new book, Rocket Queen & The Wrench #1, on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM!

* Iron Man meets Harry Potter in this superhero fantasy coming-of-age story. When a troubled boy discovers his father works for The Zoom Family of armored heroes, can he turn his life around and become a hero by hanging out with some of the best?!? Written by local writer Justin Peniston (Blue Beetle, Hunter Black) and drawn by Ramanda Kamarga (The Incredibles, Starcraft: Frontline), get a front row seat for the hottest indie title of 2015!!!

So come on by, Wednesday, August 26th, 2015, from 4 PM to 7 PM, and chat with JUSTIN PENISTON and get your copies of this great all-ages indie signed!!!

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Galaxy of Comics
17306 Saticoy Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 578-8559

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