Panel Schedule for Baltimore Comic Con 2016

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The 17th annual Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of September 2-4, 2016. Tickets are available now for General Admission, VIP, and Harvey 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 panel on our 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook featuring the cast of Archie Comics, a spotlight on J.M. DeMatteis, and numerous panels featuring some of the industry’s largest publishers including DC, IDW, and Valiant Entertainment!

Saturday, publisher panels include Marvel, BOOM! Studios, and Archie, spotlight panels on Joe Giella, Al Jaffee, John McCrea, Guest of Honor Kevin Eastman, and media guests Candice Patton, Kristian Nairn, and Sean Astin, and a drawing demonstration from Adam Hughes.

Sunday, learn about the connection between music and comics, world building, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and attend spotlights on Steve Englehart, Howard Chaykin, Soman Chainani, and media guest Hayley Atwell!

We also continue our series of cosplay-oriented panels throughout the weekend, featuring topics of interest to both participants and spectators alike.

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

FRIDAY SEPT. 2ND

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

 Room 339-342

2:30-3:30 – Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here!

You’ve seen the reviews, you’ve heard the buzz… Now find out why Valiant Entertainment has taken fans and critics by storm as the most acclaimed comic book publisher! Join us here for a one-of-a-kind introduction to the largest and most acclaimed independent superhero universe in comics! From X-O Manowar and Faith to Bloodshot Reborn and Divinity, get the stories behind Valiant’s biggest heroes and find out where to jump on board right here with an in-depth tutorial that’s perfect for new fans!

3:45-4:45 – DC Comics: Rebirth

Moderator: Dan DiDio

Talent: Keith Giffen, Tom King, Hope Larson, Paul Levitz, Yanick Paquette, James Tynion IV

DC Comics is the talk of fandom, thanks to Rebirth, Hanna Barbera, and overall, great storytelling! Find out what’s new and upcoming from some of your favorite key DC Comics contributors whose unique voices add to the DC Comics experience!

5:00-6:00 – IDW Publishing: The Big Panel!

Come experience the latest from IDW! Join VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, along with the legendary Walter Simonson and other surprise guests as they detail current plans, awesome futuristic plans, and much more. Prizes, announcements, and Q & A! More than that too, but what else do you need?

Room 343-344

2:30-3:30 – J.M. DeMatteis Spotlight

Award-winning writer J.M. DeMatteis began his career in the late-’70s working on DC Comics’ horror line of books. In 1980, he moved over to Marvel, where he worked onThe Defenders and Captain America. He is currently working with long-time collaborator, Keith Giffen on DC’s Scooby Apocalypse, as well as The Adventures of the Augusta Wind Vol. 2: The Last Story and The Last One from IDW Publishing. Join DeMatteis, along with moderator Robert Greenberger, for a look back at his amazing career!

3:45-4:45 – Power Pack Panel

The Power children – Alex, Julie, Jack, and Katie -have an encounter with a spaceship and become the super team, Power Pack! Power Pack was a surprise hit for Marvel in the 1980s and the characters remain popular today. Join creators Louise Simonson and June Brigman for a fond look back at the early days of Power Pack!

5:00-6:30 – Drawing with Allison Sohn

Join Allison Sohn as she takes a penciled drawing all the way through to a finished color portrait using Copic Markers and other tools. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions while Allison works, and have some fun while picking up some pointers and new tricks!

Room 345-346

2:30-3:30 – Cosplay 101

Who should you cosplay? How do you put a costume together? What about props? What should you know your first time out on the con floor as a cosplayer? Come learn from cosplay veterans about how to get started, how to put your costume together, and some great tips for strutting your stuff.

3:45-4:45 – Ray VS. Rob Presents: Crucial Crisis Comics!

Ray and Rob are back and CRAZIER than ever! They will fight…we mean debate comics and movies 2016, and they will be introducing CRUCIAL CRISIS COMICS! The upstart independent comic company! What are they about? What do they offer? Find out with Ray VS. Rob!

5:00-6:00 – Sewing Patterns

Ever have trouble finding a pattern for a costume you’re making? Do you break out into a cold sweat when you pull pattern pieces out of an envelope? Does the idea of modifying a pattern overwhelm you? Put a stop to the fear–Han is here to teach you about sewing patterns, how to read and use them, and tips and tricks for modifying your patterns.

Room 347-348

2:30-3:30 – Making Comics: Behind the Scenes

Ever wonder how your favorite monthly comics are made? It’s a team effort with plenty of challenges. Learn what everyone does and why, from editor to writer, penciller, inker, and colorist. A panel of pros will walk you through how a book is made, what the challenges are, and where the magic happens. Panelists include: writer Amy Chu (DC Comics/Vertigo), artist Dominike Stanton, inker Mark Morales (Spider-Man, Thor), and writer/editor Louise Simonson.

3:45-4:45 – The Archie Comics: Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook Panel!

Artists from across the industry have come together to put their spin on the Archie characters for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook! Learn about how Archie and the gang have impacted their lives and why everyone’s favorite teens are flexible enough to be drawn in any style! Join designer Thom Zahler and artists Andrew Pepoy, Brandon Peterson, Steve Conley, Barry Kitson, and Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito for this Archie art showcase panel!

5:00-6:00 – The Pulp Roots of Comics

Before Bruce Wayne saw his first bat, millionaire playboys, scientists, detectives, and athletes fought against the forces of evil in the dime pulp magazines. Reading these inspired the first generation of comic book creators, so join Howard Chaykin, Paul Levitz, and Ron Marz in a lively discussion of what made them tick and why those heroes endure today. Moderated by Robert Greenberger.

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

4:00-5:00 –  Drawing Cartoon Werewolves with Chris Flick

Vampires seem to be the “cool” monsters these days. Werewolves never get any love. But Chris Flick will show you step-by-step how to create a lovable, cute cartoon werewolf using suggestions from the crowd!

5:00-6:00 – Cosplay Crafts with Gina Super Sox

Gina makes clothing for superheroes to wear! Okay, they are everyday folks dressed as superheroes, but she makes them look super. The seamstress of Super Sox Shop will discuss making clothing and fabric crafts. She’ll also help you design your own felt superhero symbol to take home and attach to a shirt or cape

SATURDAY SEPT. 3RD

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

Room 339-342

11:00-12:00 – Archie Comics: 75 Years of Storytelling

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Archie and the gang in this must-see panel featuring writers and artists from your favorite Archie Comics! Join Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito, Archie writer Mark Waid, Betty & Veronica writer/artist Adam Hughes, and Afterlife With Archie artist Francesco Francavilla for a look back on what has made Archie great for 75 years and a look ahead at what’s coming next!

12:15-1:15 – Tom King and Jamie S. Rich in Conversation

The Sheriff of Babylon is the amazing tale of mystery and intrigue set in Baghdad in 2003. Drawing on his personal experiences, writer Tom King spins an engrossing tale. King sits down with Vertigo Group Editor Jamie S. Rich to discuss the series, making comics, and their respective careers.

1:30-2:30 – Kevin Eastman Spotlight

Kevin Eastman is the co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a publisher, a supporter of creator rights, and so much more. Join our Guest of Honor for a revealing look at his amazing career!

2:45-3:45 – Al Jaffee Spotlight

For decades, Al Jaffee got readers to crease the back cover of Mad Magazine to find the secret behind his Mad Fold-Ins, gave readers “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions”, is the subject of the biography Al Jaffee’s Mad Life, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Learn more about the man and his work as we turn the spotlight on the Reuben Award-winning cartoonist!

4:00-5:00 – The Marvel Panel

Civil War II has ended and it’s a new era of Marvel NOW! What’s next for some of your favorite Marvel characters and team? Join Greg Pak, Charles Soule, Ed McGuinness, and Mark Waid for an exciting look at the Marvel Universe!

5:15-6:45 – Monetize YOUR Comics – LINE WEBTOON Discover

Making comics and you can too! LINE Webtoon’s Tom Akel will walk you through how to publish and monetize your own IP on the Discover platform and Patreon’s Heather Wilder will provide details on a new partnership between LINE Webtoon and Patreon and how creators can take advantage of a new Webtoon creator investment program. Hear from creators who have published their work through Discover while building huge audiences, including Kaitlyn Narvaza (Siren’s Lament, Where Tangents Meet), Boredman (Apocalyptic Horseplay/UndeadEd) and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook).

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00 – Drawing Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs remain fascinating in popular culture from films (King Kong, Jurassic Park) to novels (The Lost World, Jurassic Park) to comics (Xenozoic Tales, Devil Dinosaur). Join artists Mark Schultz, Eric Powell, Walter Simonson, and Frank Cho as they discuss bringing these prehistoric beasts to life on the page! Moderated by Robert Greenberger.

12:15-1:15 – The Process of Writing

One of the big questions asked of writers is “how do you do it?” That’s difficult to answer because there are many ways to write. Join writers J.M. DeMatteis, Paul Storrie, Amy Chu, Mark Waid, and Hope Larson as they discuss how they write. Moderated by Robert Greenberger.

1:30-2:30 – Valiant: The Future of Valiant and Beyond

With a record-setting 50 Harvey Award nominations, Valiant Entertainment is the most acclaimed publisher anywhere in comics today. Now, find out what’s next for powerhouse series like Faith, Generation Zero, BritanniaBloodshot U.S.A.Harbinger Renegades, Savage, and Divinity III: Stalinverse right here with an all-star cast of panelists including Fred Van Lente (Generation Zero) and B. Clay Moore (Savage)! The future of Valiant starts here with an exclusive round of news and announcements – only at Baltimore Comic-Con!

2:45-3:45 – BOOM! Studios: Discover New Worlds

Love reading compelling, forward-thinking comics? Interested in finding out how multiple-award-winning top 10 publisher, BOOM! Studios, has spent over a decade committed to telling great stories and nurturing talent? Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing) discusses with creators Hope Larson (Goldie Vance), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), James Asmus (Kong of Skull Island), and Frank Cho (Skybourne) how they explore the ever-changing comics landscape, their newest stories, and the types of projects needed in the industry.

4:00-5:00 – John McCrea Spotlight

You know John McCrea from his work on The Demon, Hitman, Mars Attacks!, and much more. This is his only convention appearance in the U.S. this year, so don’t miss this opportunity to hear this fantastic artist talk about art and comics!

5:15-6:15 – Draw with Adam Hughes

Join Adam Hughes while his wife Allison Sohn helps narrate his process of going from a blank sheet of paper to a completed grayscale sketch using Warm and Cool Gray Copic markers and other tools. Adam and Allison will endeavor to answer your questions and share tips and tricks while Adam draws.

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00 – Cosplay on a Budget

You know you want to cosplay, but how can you do it without draining your wallet? Come check out some simple and creative tips and tricks for maintaining a budget while making epic cosplay.

12:15-1:15 – Building Foam Armor

Join us as we discuss how to use EVA and craft foam to enhance your costume fabrication! This lightweight and inexpensive material is a perfect resource for the beginning cosplayer. In this introductory level panel, learn the steps to creating your own cosplay armor as we discuss patterns, sealing, and strapping.

1:30-2:30 – DIY Cosplay

As cosplay has grown, many have seen very elaborate cosplay that may cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Many do not realize however that sometimes, many of the tools and props needed to cosplay we either have right at home or can be made on our own. In this panel, we will talk about how some cosplays that we want to make may be right under our nose. Hosted by Harry Crosland.

2:45-3:45 – Visionary Panel: Super-Powers Gone Wild!!

Visionary announces its first Kickstarter MEGA Project – a huge anthology collection of stories of super-powers gone wild, by a dream list of top creators! What happens when a superhuman plague sweeps the planet, thousands of people gaining powers but those powers are out of control? Is it the dawn of a Golden Age, or the final day of life as we know it? Get an epic comics event in one volume! Join a select group of these top creators for the first glimpse of this event and get in on the adventure!

EXCLUSIVE: Attend and get an exclusive chance to be involved in this project in a way no one else will! Can you help shape a world? 

Confirmed: C. Edward Sellner, Gary Cohn, Ron Marz, Steve Ellis, Lee Moder

4:00-5:00 – Changing Roles of Editors

Editing is one of the least understood aspects of comics. Now’s your opportunity to learn more as well as how comic editing has changed over the years! Join past and current editors Paul Levitz, Louise Simonson, John Workman, Archie’s Mike Pellerito, and BOOM!’s Dafna Pleban as they look at the role of the editor.

5:15-6:15 – Darwyn Cooke Tribute

This past year, comics lost one of its modern greats and the Baltimore Comic-Con lost a friend. Join Frank Tieri, Billy Tucci, Dirk Wood, J.G. Jones, and more for this tribute to Darwyn Cooke.

Room 347-348

11:00-12:00 – New Mutants Panel

You couldn’t go wrong with Marvel’s Merry Mutants in the ’80s and ’90s, and one of the most popular teams was the New Mutants! Join writer Louise Simonson and artist Bret Blevins as they share stories of their time together on the book!

12:15-1:15 – The PERHAPANAUTS

Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau, John and Cat Rousseau talk with famous chupacabra adventurer CHOOPIE about his life as a member of the secret team, The Perhapanauts, and about their recent journeys INTO HOLLOW EARTH!

1:30-2:30 – Joe Giella Spotlight

Joe Giella is one of the grand masters of comics and is known to his fans for his classic work on The Flash, Green Lantern, Batman, and more, including drawing the Mary Worth comic strip! Don’t pass up the opportunity to hear about Giella’s life and work from the man himself! Moderated by Robert Greenberger. Sponsored by The Hero Initiative, booth 1501.

2:45-3:45 – The Fifth Beatle: Exclusive TV Pilot Reading

A reading of scenes from The Fifth Beatle TV pilot script, adapted from the award-winning graphic novel based on the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and shooting in 2017. This will be followed by a discussion of the process of adaptation, using the selected readings to highlight and explore how the TV series will be both similar and different to the hit graphic novel. Additionally, exclusive new Kyle Baker art from the The Fifth Beatle: Expanded Edition graphic novel (Dark Horse / in stores Oct 25) will be revealed. Moderated by Patrick Reed.

4:00-5:00 – The Chaykin & Cho Show

Howard Chaykin (Midnight of the Soul, American Flagg!) and Frank Cho (Skybourne,Totally Awesome Hulk) sit down to talk about anything and everything! Join them for what is sure to be an amazing hour of outrageous conversation!

5:15-6:15 – Comics Creators Consuming Coffee: Baltimore Edition

Coffee keeps creators running. Popular comics creators discuss their work was they sample the world’s strongest coffee while chatting about their favorite foods and comics. With Amy Chu (writer Poison Ivy, KISS), Christy Blanch, Ron Marz, and Laura Martin.

Ballroom (4th Floor)

11:30 – Candice Patton Spotlight

Candice Patton can be seen as investigative reporter Iris West on The CW series The Flash! Don’t miss this spotlight panel as we look at Ms. Patton’s journey from The Young and The Restless to Central City!

12:30 – Kristian Nairn Spotlight

Kristian Nairn is best known for fan favorite Hodor on HBO’s Game of Thrones, but he’s also an accomplished DJ! Join Mr. Nairn for this look at his work in acting and music.

1:30 – Sean Astin Spotlight

Sean Astin is an actor well known for his work in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, and the title character of Rudy. He also voices Raphael on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And that’s just scratching the surface of his remarkable career! We turn the spotlight on this accomplished actor.

3:00 – Costume Contest (Adults)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

11:00-12:00 – Create Your Own Superhero Symbol with Carolyn Belefski

Every hero needs a logo! Many superheroes have personal branding on their outfits and My Little Pony characters even have cutie marks! Join artist and designer Carolyn Belefski and learn how to incorporate graphic design elements to create an icon and establish your own powerful visual identity.

12:00-1:00 – Mark Mariano Presents Scribble Scramble!

Eight artists chosen from the crowd compete in a series of quick-thinking drawing quests for the ultimate prize: The Scribble Scramble Championship belt. Your doodling destiny awaits.

1:00-2:00 – Illustrating The School for Good and Evil: the Ever Never Handbook with Michael Blank

Draw your favorite fairy tales! Meet Michael Blank, the illustrator of The School for Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook, and learn how to draw a beloved character from Soman Chainani’s series. One lucky child artist who participates will win a copy of The Ever Never Handbook!

2:00-3:00 – A Cat Named Haiku Papermask Workshop with Mark Poulton

Create your own A Cat Named Haiku papermask with series creator, Mark Poulton. Kids will be able to create, color, and cut out their own papermasks of the lovable haiku loving feline, who is soon to star in his own animated series of shorts on Hooplakidz. A Cat Named Haiku masks will be provided for all kids, as well as crayons, markers, scissors, tape and popsiclesticks.

3:00-4:00 – Superhero University with Chris O>Matic and Franco (OPEN TO FIRST 50 KIDS)

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

4:00-5:00 –  Let’s go Lego! With John Gallagher

Cartoonist, John Gallagher, teaches you how to draw Lego versions of your favorite characters.

5:00-6:00 – Alien Art with Dawn Griffin

The Kids Love Comics Pavilion will be transformed into an alien factory when cartoonist, Dawn Griffin, shows you easy ways to draw wacky aliens

SUNDAY SEPT. 4TH

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

Room 339-342

10:45-11:45 – American Mythology Panel

American Mythology is proud to have our first convention panel right here in our home town of Baltimore! Join an incredible list of creators, including Mark Wheatley, S.L. Gallant, Mike Wolfer, Matt Slay, Pat Shand, and S.A. Check as they discuss all the awesome new comics coming up this fall and winter! From The Pink Panther to Stargate Atlantis to The Three Stooges, the characters and creations we are publishing are made by fans for fans! Come find out what our next classic properties and new original comics will be right here at Baltimore Comic-Con!

12:00-1:00 – Fairy Tales And Fantasy: Spotlight On Soman Chainani

Calling all fans of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and other thrilling fantasy! Can’t get enough of Hogwarts or magic? Interested in the real stories behind famous fairy tales? Join Soman as he delves into the world of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series, a deep adventure into the darker side of fairy tales for ALL ages. You’ll also learn about student life and find out whether you’re Good or Evil with our special entrance test. Giveaways and prizes included!

1:30-2:30 – AfterShock Panel

Come meet the creative forces behind AfterShock Comics as they unveil new secrets about their exciting new creator-owned publishing line!

2:45-3:45 – The Baltimore Academy of Illustration

The Baltimore Academy of Illustration is a small, independent school that focuses on all things illustration and kicks ass while doing it. Helmed by Alex Fine, Scott Fuqua, and Greg Houston– three working illustrators with a combined 75 years in the profession– and staffed by amazing new faculty members, Erica Ostrowski, Julianna Brion, Taylor Callery, Meredith Burke, and the amazing ladies of paperBase (Emily and Sarah), BAI offers a comprehensive illustration education by focusing on images that communicate– whether individual or sequential– and putting our students first. Our faculty discusses the ins and outs of the illustration industry. From editorial to comics and everything in between.

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00 – Stranger Comics: How to Take an Idea from Concept to Comic Creation (Without Selling Your Soul)!

Stranger Comics CEO Sebastian A. Jones offers insight on how to take an idea from concept to creation. Using sneak peeks from upcoming comic release Vampire Hunter D, alongside acclaimed NIOBE: She is Life and TV show The Untamed, and firsthand experience, he will share tips and tools.

12:15-1:15 – Worlds to Build

Building a new world for comic characters to inhabit takes skill and planning. J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, Walter Simonson, and Fabian Nicieza along with moderator Paul Levitz talk about the power of world building.

1:30-2:30 – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: It’s Morphin Time!

In January, BOOM! Studios launched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a new comic book series based on Saban Brands’ hit ’90s live-action children’s TV series about a group of ordinary teenagers who “morphed” into superheroes to save the world from evil. Join Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing), cover artist Goñi Montes, and Editor Dafna Pleban as they talk about the series, the spinoff Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual, and the everlasting popularity of these “teenagers with attitude.”

2:45-3:45 – Visionary Panel: The Weird West

Take a ride on the WEIRD side of the Old West, with this star-studded creator panel hosted by Visionary! From Deadlands to Jonah Hex to The Sixth Gun, the weird west has been a place of Cowboys, Indians, Mad Scientists, and supernatural creatures of the night! There’s no place quite like the open desert and isolated towns of the wild west to set dark tales of gunfights and horror. Get the lowdown on great projects out, and more to come from the creators behind them!

Confirmed: C. Edward Sellner, Ron Marz, Steve Ellis, Lee Moder

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00 – Black Mask Comics: Debuting Tomorrow’s Legends

Fresh off a dazzling 2015 with breakout books Space Riders, We Can Never Go Home, and Young Terrorists, Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Join Black Mask co-founder Matt Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller) and creators Kwanza Osajyefo (upcoming Black), Tini Howard (upcoming The Skeptics), Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank), Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk Into A Bank), and more special guests for a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics and how YOU can be a part of it.

12:15-1:15 – Howard Chaykin Spotlight

Howard Chaykin (The Shadow, Blackhawk, Dominic Fortune, and lots more) and a microphone. That’s the recipe for a great panel. This is sure to be a fascinating panel as Chaykin talks about whatever the heck he wants to!

1:30-2:30 – Steve Englehart Spotlight

He’s written character defining runs of Detective Comics and Doctor Strange. He created Star Lord and Mantis. He’s written about Coyotes and Foozles. The character’s he’s written read like a who’s who of superheroes. And he’s also a novelist! Join us for this amazing look at the career of Steve Englehart!

2:45-3:45 – Diversity in Comics

For thousands of years, people of all races and backgrounds were depicted in artwork, whether it’s on cave walls, folding screens, maps, or paintings. People wanting to see themselves reflected in their art and comics are no exception and in this panel, we’ll be speaking on why showing the real world in comics, good, bad, and ugly, is so important. Hosted by Belle Burr.

Room 347-348

11:00-12:00 – Media Comics

There are many comics published that originated in other forms of media. Join Bob Greenberger, Louise Simonson, John Layman, Joe Harris, Thom Zahler, and Amy Chu as they discuss the trials and tribulations of moving other media into comics. Moderated by Christina Blanch.

12:15-1:15 – Ominous Press Returns!

In the 1990s, Ominous Press made a splash as Bart Sears and his collaborators created a universe of heroic adventure. Now, Ominous Press is reborn and releasing new material. Learn what’s coming up with creators Bart Sears, Ron Marz, Andy Smith, Tom Raney, and Publisher Sean HusVar, and receive a free preview comic!

1:30-2:30 – Music and Comic Books

Comic books are silent – no music. But what about comic book creators? Join Charles Soule, J. M. DeMatteis, Amy Chu, and karaoke king James Tynion as they discuss how music influences them and their creativity. Moderated by Christina Blanch.

2:45-3:45 – Animation Panel

You may not know it, but some of your favorite comic artists have also worked in animation! Join Bret Blevins and Mike Manley as they discuss their animation work and how it connects to their work in comics.

Ballroom (4th Floor)

12:00-1:00 – Michael Rowe Spotlight

Michael Rowe is probably best known as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot in the CW’s Arrow and The Flash. He has also appeared in Tomorrowland and is an accomplished musician. We turn the spotlight on this hot, young actor in a can’t-miss panel.

1:00-2:00 – Hayley Atwell Spotlight

Hayley Atwell first appeared as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, and reprised the role in other films and for two seasons on ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter. This fall she can be seen in the new ABC series Conviction. Join us for this lively look at Ms. Atwell’s career!

2:30 – Costume Contest (Kids)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

11:00-12:00 – Making Comics With A Dog’s Life with Chris Otto and Ben Taylor

Do you have a funny idea for a comic strip? Chris Otto and Ben Taylor are the minds behind the popular webcomic, A Dog’s Life. They’ll share their insight on creating comic strips and the audience will work with them to create a comic strip.

12:00-1:00 – Draw a Little Dream hosted by Chris O>Matic with Kurt Wood and Justin Castaneda

Chris O>Matic interviews kids and parents about their strangest dreams. Professional artists bring their dreams to life on the drawing board.

1:00-2:00 – The School for Good and Evil Book Signing Event with author Soman Chainani and illustrator Michael Blank

2:30-3:30 – 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.

3:30-4:30 – The 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!

As an added feature this year, in support of our hearing-impaired fans and attendees, the Baltimore Comic-Con will have ASL interpreters available at the 2016 panels.

Inaugural Dallas Comic Show Debuts April 23-24

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Press Release:

Dallas Comic Show is meant to be a nice throwback to the good old days of pop culture conventions, with affordable admission prices, a nice mix of guests from both the comic book and media realm, and carefully curated vendors offering high quality and licensed product.  There’s a strict “no fan art” policy for all artist alley tables, bringing back the purity of creator-owned product and original content for customers to check out.

Comic book guests include Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Tony Harris (Star Wars: C-3PO), Brandon Peterson (Uncanny Inhumans), Cully Hamner (Red), Tony Bedard (Supergirl), Mark Verheiden (Netflix’s Daredevil writer/producer), Mark A. Nelson (Aliens), Michael Lark (Lazarus), James O’Barr (The Crow), Joe Eisma (Morning Glories) and more.

Media guests include Sam Jones (Flash Gordon), Jamie Kennedy (Scream 1-3), Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints), Billy West (Futurama and Ren & Stimpy), Samantha Newark (Jem), Judith Hoag (TMNT’s April O’Neil), Taimak (The Last Dragon) and Dragon Ball Z voices Chris Rager and Josh Martin.

Special events include:
  • World premiere signing of Dark Horse’s ALIENS 30th Anniversary hardcover with writer Mark Verheiden and artist Mark A. Nelson.
  • Brian Stelfreeze and Tony Harris make their first signing appearances since the release of Marvel’s super hot Black Panther #1 and Star Wars: C-3PO.
  • Special film screenings with guest Q&As on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, TX.

RSVP on Facebook!

This is a fun family event for all ages, Q&A panels all weekend, and costume contest Saturday night.  All the info can be found at www.dallascomicshow.com

Hero Initiative Attends Fan Expo Dallas 2015

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative Attends Fan Expo Dallas 2015 – SpongeBob and the Massive Artists to Anchor Booth.

LOS ANGELES, CA -May 21, 2015- Hero Initiative, the non-profit that aids comic book veterans in medical and financial need, is attending Fan Expo Dallas May 29-31 at the Dallas Convention Center, in Dallas, Texas!

Hero’s booth will be the ONLY place to meet SpongeBob SquarePants and Mad artist David DeGrand and The Massive artist Kristian Donaldson throughout the weekend! Don’t miss out and make sure you come by for signatures and sketches. All proceeds benefit Hero Initiative!

A number of other Hero Initiative ambassadors will be all over the con floor, signing for Hero Initiative! Look for them all, including: Amanda Conner, Steve Epting, Chad Hardin, Bob Layton, Greg Pak, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Brandon Peterson.

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $700,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Big Wow! ComicFest Previews Art Auction

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The annual Big Wow! ComicFest Art Auction will be held on Saturday April 18th, 2015. The blind auction will run throughout the day in the art gallery in the back of the hall, and will wrap up at 5:30 PM Interested parties must sign up for a bidder/paddle number and then can begin placing blind bids on the art they are interested in.

Art that does not receive three bids will sell for the highest offer at 5:30 PM, and ones that do get at least three bids will be placed in the live auction that begins at 6:30 PM in Panel Room B. There will be a cash bar in the room, and hopefully a number artists that submitted their works to the auction in attendance. Pictured is Stan Sakai’s submission, additional pieces contributed by Neal Adams, Joe Linsner, Brandon Peterson, and many more can be seen at the link…

Get tickets at the link!

Guests include: Brent Anderson, Sanya Anwar, Stephen Bissette, Mark Bode, Nick Bradshaw, Tim Bradstreet, Dan Brereton, Danny Bulanadi, Frank Cho, Frank Cirocco, Lela Dowling, Tom Felton, Stephen E. Gordon, Adi Granov, Mick Gray, Rich Koslowski, Jake Lloyd, Ron Lim, Toshio Maeda, Steve Mannion, Chris Marrinan, Bill Morrison, Darick Robertson, Tone Rodriguez, Don Rosa, Stuart Sayger, Liam Sharp, Scott Shaw, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Totleben, Herb Trimpe, Rick Veitch, Tim Vigil, Ben Wolstenholme, Thomas Yeates, and more.

For more information on Big WOW! Comicfest please check the website (www.bigwowcomicfest.com) and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Hero Initiative at NYCC 2014

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is heading to New York Comic Con at the Javits Center located at 655 West 34th St. on October 9-12.

Legendary writer and editor Denny O’Neil will be at the con on FRIDAY only and will be doing his ONLY signing appearance at the Hero booth from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This the ONLY place you can get Denny’s signature, so don’t miss out. Get to booth number N104-106 EARLY!

Hero is honored to be part of the Image Comics/Multiversity Comics NYCC party as well! Fans 21 and older are invited to show up at Stitch at 247 W. 37th St (at 8th Ave.) and hang out and have a cocktail with Scott Snyder, Brian K. Vaughan, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Tim Seeley and MANY more top creators! The $10 cover at the door benefits Hero. BE THERE with your photo ID, please!

And Hero’s Uncanny X-Men Project 100 is at the con! Pick up your copy at the Hero Initiative booth and get it signed by artists at the con including Rafael Albuquerque, David Bullock, Jim Calafiore, Victor Castro, Mike Choi, Mark dos Santos, Tony Fleecs, Derek Fridolfs, Agnes Garbowska, Chris Giarrusso, Gabriel Hardman, Phil Jimenez, Bob Larkin, Pamela Lovas, David Mack, Mike McKone, Al Milgrom, Todd Nauck, Jerry Ordway, George Pérez, Tom Raney, Alex Saviuk, Valerio Schiti, Tim Seeley, and Bill Sienkiewicz! Copies are available in hardcover at $25 and softcover at $13 while supplies last.

Check out our Hero Initiative ambassadors all over the con floor who will be collection donations for our worthy cause! Jay Anacleto, Reilly Brown, Jim Calafiore, Amanda Conner, Scott Kolins, Mike McKone, Bob McLeod,Carlo Pagulayan, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brandon Peterson, Brian Pulido, Norm Rapmund, Valerio Schiti, Steven Segovia, Gail Simone, Alex Sinclair, Joe Staton, Arthur Suydam, Phillip Tan, Fred van Lente, Jim Zub, and Chrissie Zullo will be flying the Hero flag. Stop by their booths and do the right thing!

Art attached: Multiversity Comics party flier

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $700,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.HeroInitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Hero Initiative Parties with Multiversity Comics and Dark Horse at Seattle Emerald City Comic Con 2014

March 19, 2014 by  
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Hero Initiative Parties with Multiversity Comics and Dark Horse At Seattle Emerald City Comic Con

Hero is celebrating 30 years of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 14, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, hits the Emerald City Comic con in Seattle, Wa. March 28-30 at the Washington State Convention center.

And we’re bringing our party hats! Hero is celebrating 30 years of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo at a party sponsored by Multiversity Comics and Dark Horse Comics! The party takes place at Rock Bottom Brewery, 1333 5th Avenue in Seattle, just four blocks from the convention center! Be there Friday March 28 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10 at the door for this 21-and-over event. You can take party pics there at Seattle’s Facebooth (a photobooth worthy of your face!) and enter a raffle with great prizes to benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai!

Make sure you hit the Hero booth at the con, #t’k, and visit these Hero Ambassadors on the con floor who will be collecting donations throughout the weekend for our cause at their own tables: Arthur Adams, Chris Burnham, Kurt Busiek, Jonathan Case, Amanda Conner, Ryan Dunlavey, Chris Giarrusso, Brian Haberlin, Karl Kesel, Jai Nitz, Michael Oeming, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brandon Peterson, Darick Robertson, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Ben Templesmith, and Fred van Lente.

See you there!

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Look Who’s Coming to MegaCon 2014…Comic Creators and Celebrities Announced

February 6, 2014 by  
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Press Release:

ORLANDO MEGACON – Look What’s Happening

MegaCon, the largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi media event in the southeastern U.S., begins announcing guests for the 2014 show. MegaCon will take place March 21 -23, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center Hall SB in the North/South Building in Orlando, FL.

Confirmed comic book guests include:
J. Scott Campbell, Frank Brunner, Neal Adams, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mark Waid, Ron Marz, Greg Land, Michael Golden, Dennis Calero, George Pérez, Brandon Peterson, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Cully Hamner, Karl Story, Renee Witterstaetter, Billy Tucci (20th anniversary of Shi) and Brian Pulido (15th anniversary of Lady Death), Nick Bradshaw, Adam Kubert, Dan Jurgens, Mike Miller, Joshua Ortega, Digger, Bart Sears, Ethan Van Sciver, Mike McKone, Frank Tieri, Mike Mayhew, Chuck Dixon, Skottie Young

Confirmed media guests include:
Walking Dead – Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, David Morrissey, Beth Kinney, Sonequa Martin-Green
Torchwood – John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd
Torchwood animated series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse – Eliza Dushku
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Torchwood – James Marsters
Smallville – Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, John Glover, Laura Vandervoort, Aaron Ashmore
Napolean Dynamite – John Heder
Battlestar Galactica – Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson, Anne Lockhart
Star Wars – Peter Mayhew, Tom Kane
Comic Book Men – Mike Zapcic, Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson
Star Trek, Big Bang Theory – Wil Wheaton;

Voice Actors:
Rob Paulsen, Jim Cummings, Quinton Flynn, Phil LaMarr, Rich Horvitz, Vic Mignogna, Jennifer Hale

You won’t want to miss Comos

First time ever official MegaCon Friday evening Dance for 18+ only
Costume Contest – Drinks – Dancing
Spectacular Laser show & visuals by Empire Visuals
Nelson Flux – Evolv 3
Hosted by Nick Wolfe
$10 – Friday evening from 9pm – 11:30pm

Introducing: The Ghost of the Robot Band with James Marsters – Saturday evening performance $20 in advance $25 at the door.

Other events include: MegaCon video gaming and the Supercon 2K series provided by National Video Gaming Association and Vibras Five.One, RPG, LARP, card and miniature gaming events, children events provided by the Skiffytown Heroes, Speed Dating, anime events, belly dancing, Indy Film Festival, movie trailers screening room, Saturday evening dance, late night adult only dance, and professional panel room.

Thanks to our sponsors: 101.1 WJRR, The am 740 Game, 104.1 Real Radio, Certified Guaranty Company, Central Florida Mensa, Students of the Unusual

The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.

MegaCon 2014
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida
March 21st – 23rd
Contact Info: info@megaconvention.com or www.megaconvention.com

FL – Age of Ultron Signing

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Marvel’s AGE OF ULTRON artist BRANDON PETERSON appears at Heroes’ Haven on Saturday June 22, 2013 from noon till 4:00 pm. Brandon Peterson is known for his hyper detailed artwork and intricate line work. He’s currently exclusively working with Marvel Comics and has worked on books like Ultimate Vision, Ultimate Extinction, Strange, Ultimate X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, Magneto Rex, X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men. Brandon was also VP of Special Projects and Art Director of the now defunct CrossGen Comics, where he worked on titles like Mystic and Chimera, and has worked for Top Cow Productions where he did runs on comic book series like Codename: Strykeforce, Cyberforce, Ripclaw, Medieval Spawn/Witchblade, and his own book, Arcanum.
$20 Quick Sketches (Limited to only 12 Sketches)

$5 gets you 3 raffle tickets for a chance to be one of the 12 people to get in the $20 Sketch List. *Buy as many tickets as you want, only one (1) sketch per winner. You have to be present to win* Call the store for more information!

Heroes Haven
4339 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
813-269-8859

MD – Age of Ultron Signing

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Meet artist Brandon Peterson at Cards Comics and Collectibles on Saturday June 1, 2013 from 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm! Pick up his exclusive variant cover for Adventure Time #13! Brandon has previously worked on several titles for Marvel Comics including Ultimate Vision, Ultimate Extinction, Strange, Ultimate X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, Magneto Rex, X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men.

Cards Comics and Collectibles
100 A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136
410-526-7410

HeroesCon 2013 Tickets & Tables Available Now

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HeroesCon 2013 tickets and artist alley tables are now available for the 2013 show which takes place on June 7-9th!

$30 Discount Passes available until January 1, 2013 / 3 Day Passes will be $40 after the 1st of the year. You can save $25 by ordering now! Click here for tickets!

Artist Alley tables are also available:

Heroes Convention is not only one of the most recognizable names on the comics convention circuit, but has a well-deserved reputation as a convention that puts comics first, meaning aisles packed with fans looking for new comics and comic-related merchandise to check out. Our 2013 HeroesCon will be one of our biggest yet, and booth space is fully expected to sell out well in advance of the show. No space is reserved without payment in full: act now to reserve your space!

TABLES:
ARTISTS ALLEY TABLE: $300 Includes 6′ table, 2 chairs, and 2 passes. Great for a solo venture or a two-man team. Or a two-woman team. Man/Woman teams are fine, too.
FOR ADDITIONAL SEATS above the allotment you receive with your purchased space(s), the cost is $50 per additional seat, up to a maximum of 1 additional person per Artists Alley Table, no exceptions–we want everyone to have the most pleasant and comfortable show they can, and overcrowded tables are the opposite of pleasant and comfortable show they can, and overcrowded tables are the opposite of pleasant and comfortable.

NOTE that paid spaces in Artists Alley are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless you have other specific preferences, we will place tables beginning in the center of the area, moving outward. There is a space on the Artists Alley registration page where you can put seating preferences if you have them. We try as hard as we can to honor these, but obviously we cannot honor all of them, so thanks for your understanding!

ABOUT HEROESCON:

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.

2013 Guests include:

JASON AARON
PETER BAGGE
ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
MITCH BREITWEISER
FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
ROB GUILLORY
CULLY HAMNER
JAMES HARREN
TONY HARRIS
ADAM HUGHES

DAVE JOHNSON
JASON LATOUR
JOHN LAYMAN
BRANDON PETERSON
ERIC POWELL
JOE QUINONES
PAOLO RIVERA
GREG RUCKA
CHRIS SAMNEE
BRIAN STELFREEZE
BEN TEMPLESMITH
MARIS WICKS
& MANY MORE!

For the most up-to-date information, check our blog, or sign up for the weekly Heroes Hotline newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER FREE!  NUMBERED INCENTIVES, INCLUDING PRINTS, ETC., WILL BE AWARDED IN THE ORDER THE PASSES ARE PURCHASED, SO THE EARLIER YOU BUY, THE BETTER!

ENTRY WILL BE $20:FRI $20:SAT $15: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $25 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY!

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