Baltimore Comic-Con’s Yearbook Returns in 2018 with Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise

July 16, 2018 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Press Release:

Our annual tradition, the Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook, returns in 2018 for the seventh year, celebrating creators appearing at this year’s show. This year’s book of art features interpretations of characters from Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise, as well as his other creations, sometimes in conjunction with the contributing guest’s own creations, and celebrating creator-owned properties.

Beautifully designed by returning guest and Time and Vine creator Thom Zahler, the book comes in a standard and, for VIP ticketholders, a limited VIP cover edition.

As described by Moore in the introduction to The Collected Strangers in Paradise, Volume One, “SiP,” as it is referenced by its fanbase, is “this story about 2 girls and a guy who gets to know them”. Readers will recognize this as a dramatic oversimplification of what has become a very layered and intricate character-driven story that follows the relationship between two women, Helen Francine Peters (who goes by Francine) and Katina Marie (“Katchoo”) Choovanski, and their friend David Qin. Katchoo is in love with Francine and David is in love with Katchoo and Francine is best friends with Katchoo. The story explores the love triangle (which eventually turns into a love rectangle when Casey Bullock joins the cast, marrying Francine’s ex-boyfriend Freddie Femmur, and becomes even further complicated when she divorces and pursues both David and Katchoo romantically!), explores Katchoo’s past as an underage lesbian hooker, and delves into the Parker Crime Syndicate. David’s sister Darcy runs the “Parker Girls” under an international crime syndicate called the Big Six which has influence over the world of politics. Additionally, Parker Girls are used to control, manipulate, spy upon, and ultimately kill men and women in positions of power and authority for the Big Six.

“Baltimore Comic-Con’s Yearbook is a special treat for pros and fans alike,” said Moore. “It’s such an honor to see my characters represented in this year’s book. The talent and imagination of the contributing Baltimore creators is second to none. I know this for a fact because I’ve seen some of the artwork already and it’s fun, gorgeous, and inspiring. I can’t thank everyone enough for this incredible honor. I’m humbled by your talent and support.”

As if that wasn’t enough depth, Moore has incorporated characters from his other comic titles into the SiP canon. These include characters from: Echo, which revolves around Julie, a young photographer who inadvertently discovers a high-tech battle suit; Rachel Rising, which follows Rachel Beck, a young woman who wakes up in a shallow grave and begins trying to solve her attempted murder, only to learn of a plot to destroy her town which she must save along with a group of allies; and Motor Girl, a diverse tale involving an Iraq War veteran with PTSD, a junkyard that has a high volume if UFO traffic, an imaginary friend who is a gorilla, a weapon against UFOs, alien visitors, an abduction of an alien visitor, an attempt to free the abducted alien, and an all-out alien invasion.

Once again, our popular scavenger hunt returns in 2018! When you buy the book, you’ll get a list of Yearbook contributors and their table numbers. If you succeed in your hunt, you can get your choice of bonus prints!

“Terry Moore creates amazingly unique work” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “His artwork is beautiful and distinctive, his characters are stunning and diverse, and his stories are utterly mesmerizing. It has been a treat watching all of the different artists’ interpretations coming in and seeing Terry’s characters presented in a variety of styles. This Yearbook should prove to be a must-grab item for our attendees in 2018!”

Art created for the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating the characters of Terry Moore will be auctioned off at the Baltimore Comic-Con Art Auction on Saturday, September 29th at 5pm. Fans and art collectors alike won’t want to miss this opportunity to win these one-of-a-kind items, only available at the Baltimore Comic-Con!

The book will be sold in the Exclusives Booth in the lobby. The book will be available at the Baltimore Comic-Con for $29.99. The art auction featuring original art from the book will be held at 5pm on Saturday, September 29th in our Main hall.

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area on September 28-30, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center in the Inner Harbor. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

More Guests Added to HeroesCon 2018

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 2018 show including Art Baltazar, Dave Dorman, Franco, Juan Gedeon, Cory Godbey, Jeremy Haun, Clayton Henry, David Petersen, and more! HeroesCon 2018 takes place June 15-17, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

GUEST ADDITIONS:

ART BALTAZAR Tiny Titans, Aw Yeah Comics, Itty Bitty Hellboy, Superman Family Adventures
ANDY BELANGER | Southern Cross, Vampirella, WWE
BRENDAN CAHILL | Darkness Visible, Sable & Fortune, Transformers
MICHAEL DOONEY | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Grimm Fairy Tales, Gizmo
DAVE DORMAN Star Wars, Aliens, The Wasted Lands
SCOTT FOGG | Phileas Reid Knows We Are Not Alone, Action Lab: Dog of Wonder
FRANCO | Tiny Titans, Aw Yeah Comics, Itty Bitty Hellboy, Patrick the Wolf Boy
JUAN GEDEON | Ghost Racers, Horizon
CORY GODBEY | Mouse Guard, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Tales & The Dark Crystal Tales
JEREMY HAUN | The Beauty, The Realm, Batwoman
CLAYTON HENRY | Black Lightning, Archer and Armstrong, Uncanny X-men, Suicide Squad
JOSH HOOD | Star Trek, We Can Never Go Home, The Flash, Superman
MATT HORAK | Spider-Man/Deadpool, Punisher, Octo Skull
GREG HORN | Elektra, Emma Frost
CHARLIE KIRCHOFF Doctor Who, Judge Dredd, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
STEVE MANNION Galaktikon, Fearless Dawn, The Bomb, Tales from the Crypt, Spook House
DAVID PETERSEN | Mouse Guard, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
JOHN ROSE | Snuffy Smith
TIM VIGIL | Faust, EO, Webwitch, Frank Frazetta’s Dark Kingdom

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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.

IDW Brings Big Exclusives & Debuts To WonderCon 2018

Press Release:

IDW Publishing is returning to one of Southern California’s favorite comic convention– the one and only WonderCon! Held at the Anaheim Convention Center from March 23rd to March 25th, attendees can stop by and see the IDW crew at booth #1109 all weekend. Kick off your convention season with a show full of creator signings, announcements, panels, giveaways, and so much more!

Join IDW in welcoming the long anticipated arrival of the blue blur, Sonic The Hedgehog, at the show! Be one of the first to pick up a world premiere convention exclusive copy of Sonic #1 and get it signed by writer Ian Flynn who will have signing times all weekend long! Also available at the booth is a free limited edition preview of the highly anticipated fourth volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest. Get your first look inside the exciting final volume by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill.

In addition to Sonic, IDW will be unveiling brand new convention variant covers to some of the most anticipated titles of the spring.

  • Sonic #1 – Cover by Tracy Yardley – $10
  • Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #1 – Photo cover – $10
  • G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #250 – Cover by Netho Diaz – $10
  • Star Wars Forces of Destiny Virgin Cover Set – Covers by Elsa Charretier – $25
  • Clue TPB – Variant cover by Gabriel Rodriguez – $20
  • Star Trek: Mirror Broken TPB – Variant cover by J.K. Woodward – $25
  • Two New My Little Pony Pin Packs – $30 each – *Free print included with purchase of both

Also this year, for the first time ever, IDW will be revealing an on-site order system to fulfill all of your comic needs! Can’t find what you’re looking for at the booth? IDW is implementing a new process where you will have the option to order anything from the IDW warehouse then and there, with free domestic shipping straight to your door included. Ask an IDW staff member for more details.

If that wasn’t enough, IDW will be debuting Mystery Packs containing rare variants, signed and sketched merchandise, and more unique items! These packs will be available as a FREE BONUS to all customers who spend over $100 at the IDW booth. These special packs will be given away on a first come first serve basis while supplies last.

Friday March 23rd

  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM G.I. Joe: A Real American HeroLarry Hama (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM The X-Files, V-WarsJonathan Maberry (*A New York Times Bestselling Author!)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM My Little PonyTony Fleecs
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM GoosebumpsJeremy Lambert
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM The Wind In The WillowsDavid Petersen
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM TransformersJohn Barber, Mairghread Scott
  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM Sonic The HedgehogIan Flynn (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)

Saturday March 24th

  • 10:00 – 11:00 PM Star Wars Adventures – Shannon Eric Denton
  • 10:00 – 11:00 PM My Little Pony – Christina Rice
  • 11:00 – 12:00 PM Sonic The Hedgehog – Ian Flynn (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM Star Trek: Mirror Broken – David Tipton, Scott Tipton, J.K. Woodward (*Check out the show exclusive variant trade paperback!)
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM The X-Files, V-Wars – Jonathan Maberry (*A New York Times Bestselling Author!)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM M.A.S.K. – Brandon Easton
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM Transformers – John Barber, Mairghread Scott, Livio Ramondelli
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM Sonic The Hedgehog – Ian Flynn (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM Love is Love – Marc Andreyko, Nyambi Nymabi, Amanda Deibert
  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM Star Trek: Discovery – Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson (*Writers for the hit T.V. show!)
  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM Jem and the Holograms – Sina Grace, Nicole Goux

Sunday March 25th

  • 11:00 – 12:00 Star Wars Adventures – Shannon Eric Denton
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Powerpuff Girls – Jake Goldman, Haley Mancini (*Writers and voice actors for the cartoon show!)
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Goosebumps – Jeremy Lambert
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Stretch Armstrong – Kevin Burke, Chris “Doc” Wyatt” (*Executive producers and writers for the new show!)
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Frankenstein Alive, Alive! – Steve Niles, Kelley Jones, Liz Wrightson
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Surfside Girls – Kim Dwinell
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Sonic The Hedgehog – Ian Flynn, Tyson Hesse (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Love is Love – Marc Andreyko, Nyambi Nymabi, Amanda Deibert, Cat Staggs

Throughout the weekend, don’t forget to join IDW creators and editors alike in a series of enlightening and entertaining panels! Plus, don’t miss your chance to have your work looked at by an IDW editor!

FRIDAY

Jack Kirby’s Centennial Artwork ExtravaganzaFriday, 3/23/18, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Room: 209

The Jack Kirby Centennial celebration continues with this incredible presentation of the King’s original comic artwork.  The standing-room-only panel had to turn away fans at both San Diego and New York — and is now in Anaheim for one final encore! Hosted by IDW President and Publisher Greg Goldstein, this special tribute will feature a multi-media display of more than 1,300 pages of Kirby’s original artwork—the largest showing ever—selected from the eight Jack Kirby Artist’s Edition books IDW has published, as well as additional not-yet-published pages that will be new to fans of the books. Everyone who attends will walk away with a special gift!

IDW Portfolio ReviewFriday, 3/23/18, 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Room: 206B

An IDW editor will review your artwork and offer advice on your portfolio.

Black Crown: The Ruling ClassFriday, 3/23/18, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Room: 213

Last October, IDW kicked off a new comics revolution with BLACK CROWN, editor Shelly Bond’s audacious creator-owned imprint. Join Bond and her coterie of star talent including Philip Bond (CUD: RICH AND STRANGE) and a special guest as they spill secrets and share amazing art at a panel that can only be called BLACK CROWN: THE RULING CLASS!

SATURDAY

IDW Publishing and Star Trek Comics: Keep on Trekkin’Saturday, 3/24/18, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 211

A panel focusing on all the great Star Trek comics coming out from IDW in 2018 and beyond! Special guests including Group Editor Sarah Gaydos, plus writers Mike Johnson, Kirsten Beyer (also a staff writer on the Star Trek Discovery show!), Scott Tipton, David Tipton, and Trek fan-favorite artist J.K. Woodward!

IDW: Transforming and Rolling OutSaturday, 3/24/18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room: 208

It’s a year for big changes and even better comics at IDW Publishing! Come hear all about it from Senior Editor Sarah Gaydos, Editor Joe Hughes and a cavalcade of creators to be named later. Expect the usual scintillating chat, major announcements and even some fun giveaways, too.

IDW BookBuzz Live: A Spotlight on New and Upcoming TitlesSaturday, 3/24/18, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Room: 213AB

Editors Justin Eisinger and Alonzo Simon bring their online BookBuzz show to WonderCon with a comprehensive look at standout titles from the IDW 2018 schedule.

IDW’s World Famous Artist’s Edition and Artist’s Select Panel – New and Improved, Saturday, 3/24/18, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Room: 208

Join Director of Special Projects Scott Dunbier as he takes you upon a Magical Mystery Tour of all things related to great original art and classic comics. Come with questions, and he’ll have some great images to show you… and one or two nifty surprises to announce… and a very special guest star appearance!

SUNDAY

IDW’s Hey, Kids! (of All Ages) Comics PanelSunday, 3/25/18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room: 213AB

Join your friends at IDW Publishing for the IDW KID’S PANEL 2018! Join editors and talent to discuss all your favorite family-friendly comics, from Star Wars Adventures to My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and beyond. Plus: KIDS! Learn from the experts on how you can become the next generation of comic book creators!

IDW Portfolio ReviewSunday, 3/25/18, 1:00p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Room: 206B

An IDW editor will review your artwork and offer advice on your portfolio.

The Official Sonic the Hedgehog/IDW Town Hall!Sunday, 3/25/18, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Room 300B

A townhall style panel focusing on the four Sonic The Hedgehog books IDW is publishing in April 2018. Special guests include Editor Joe Hughes, Associate Editor David Mariotte, writer Ian Flynn, and artist Tyson Hesse!

BOOM! Studios’ ECCC 2018 Exclusives & Signings

Press Release:

BOOM! Studios unveiled their lineup of exclusive items and full signing schedule today for Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) 2018, which will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA, during March 1-4. BOOM! Studios will once again occupy the most prominent booth on the floor, #1002 on the SkyBridge, and offer can’t-miss limited edition exclusive items for sale including:

  • Adventure Time #20 variant cover by Trungles
  • Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation #1 variant cover by Ben Dewey
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #24 variant cover by Adam Gorham
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers limited edition print by Goñi Montes
  • Rugrats #5 variant cover by Jay Fosgitt

 

 

Additionally, BOOM! Studios will feature a diverse array of opportunities to meet your favorite comic book creators and get your comics signed all weekend long, including:

Thursday, March 1st:

11:00 AM-11:50 AM – Jay Fosgitt (Bodie Troll)
12:00 PM-12:50 PM – Kelly and Nichole Matthews (The Power of the Dark Crystal)
1:00 PM-1:50 PM – Kyle Higgins, Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
2:00 PM-2:50 PM – Ryan North, Braden Lamb, Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time)
3:00 PM-3:50 PM – Olivia Olson (Voice of Marceline on Adventure Time)
4:00 PM-4:50 PM – Michael Kingston, Michel Mulipola (WWE)
5:00 PM-5:50 PM – Cara McGee, Josh Trujillo (Dodge City)
6:00 PM-6:50 PM – Royden Lepp (Rust)

Friday, March 2nd:

11:00 AM-11:50 AM – Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins (Grass Kings)
12:00 PM-12:50 PM – Olivia Olson (Voice of Marceline on Adventure Time)
1:00 PM-1:50 PM – Chrystin Garland, Missy Pena (Steven Universe)
2:00 PM-2:50 PM – Kyle Higgins, Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
3:00 PM-3:50 PM – Steve Cardenas (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
4:00 PM-4:50 PM – Olivia Olson (Voice of Marceline on Adventure Time)
5:00 PM-5:50 PM – Ayme Sotuyo, Maarta Laiho (Lumberjanes)
6:00 PM-6:50 PM – Sean Rubin (Bolivar)

Saturday, March 3rd:

11:00 AM-11:50 AM – Olivia Olson (Voice of Marceline on Adventure Time)
12:00 PM-12:50 PM – Kyle Higgins, Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
1:00 PM-1:50 PM – Steve Cardenas (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
2:00 PM-2:50 PM – Ayme Sotuyo, Maarta Laiho (Lumberjanes)
3:00 PM-3:50 PM – Olivia Olson (Voice of Marceline on Adventure Time)
4:00 PM-4:50 PM – Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins (Grass Kings)
5:00 PM-5:50 PM – Royden Lepp (Rust)
6:00 PM-6:50 PM – Sean Rubin (Bolivar)

Sunday, March 4th:

11:00 AM-11:50 AM – Chrystin Garland, Missy Pena (Steven Universe)
12:00 PM-12:50 PM – Olivia Olson (Voice of Marceline on Adventure Time)
1:00 PM-1:50 PM – Kyle Higgins, Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
2:00 PM-2:50 PM – Kelly and Nichole Matthews (The Power of the Dark Crystal)
3:00 PM-3:50 PM – Cara McGee, Josh Trujillo (Dodge City)
4:00 PM-4:50 PM – Jay Fosgitt (Bodie Troll)

Signing All Day, Every Day

David Yost (“Billy Cranston,” Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV Series)
Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Lisa DuBois (Rugrats)

The previously announced programming lineup from BOOM! Studios at ECCC includes:

Thursday, March 1st
BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours at The Seattle Public Library
Time: 3:15-4:15PM | Location: Microsoft Auditorium, Seattle Public Library (1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104)

Tailored specifically for librarians and educators, join us for an introduction to comic book and graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios as they discuss their diverse titles produced under four distinct imprints (BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box, and KaBOOM!), from quality licensed books to captivating originals. Featuring Matt Kindt (Grass Kings), Tyler Jenkins (Grass Kings), Josh Trujillo (Dodge City), Cara McGee (Dodge City), Lisa DuBois (Rugrats), Royden Lepp (Rust) and Sean Rubin (Bolivar). Moderated by Dafna Pleban (Editor, BOOM! Studios).

Friday, March 2nd
Lumberjanes: The Hardcore Lady Type Panel
Time: 4:00-5:00pm | Location: TCC L3-R1

BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes is one of the biggest success stories in comics—and their biggest adventures yet are coming in 2018! Join co-creator Brooklyn Allen, Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power), series artist Ayme Souyo, series colorist Maarta Laiho and series editor Dafna Pleban to celebrate entering Year Five of Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types!

Saturday, March 3rd
BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours
Time: 1:30-2:30pm| Location: TCC L3-R1

The world of BOOM! Studios has grown bigger than ever before, meaning there’s a comic book for every kind of fan – and this is the panel to Discover Yours! Join Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Josh Trujillo (Dodge City), Cara McGee (Dodge City), Ryan Ferrier (Rocko’s Modern Life), Lisa DuBois (Rugrats), Sean Rubin (Bolivar), Royden Lepp (Rust), and Matt Gagnon (Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios) as they reveal all the big news from the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM! and Archaia, along with some special surprises for every fan in attendance. Moderated by Filip Sablik (President of Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios).

Sunday, March 4th
Creating the World of Mouse Guard
Time: 1:30-2:30 | Location: WSCC 604

Discover the secrets behind building the world of Mouse Guard, one of the most successful new comics of the past decade, straight from creator David Petersen! Mouse Guard is in development as a feature film by 20th Century Fox, but before that, David crafted a world for the graphic novel series with a sense of history, materials, arts, values, architecture, culture, and language. Explore the past, present, and future of The New York Times bestselling series that everyone’s talking about, from comic books to coloring books and more! Moderated by Cameron Chittock (Editor, BOOM! Studios).

For continuing news on BOOM! Studios at Emerald City Comic Con, including exclusive merchandise and signing schedules, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

 

WonderCon Anaheim 2018 is Right Around the Corner

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Have you heard what we have right around the corner? It’s WonderCon Anaheim time! Yes, we’re the people who bring you Comic-Con in San Diego, and now we’re focused on our big show up the freeway. WonderCon Anaheim will be Friday through Sunday, March 23rd to March 25th at the newly remodeled Anaheim Convention Center.

Our expansive exhibit floor features over 900 exhibitors and our Special Guests include: Sergio Aragonés, Ryan Benjamin, Nidhi Chanani, Michael Dante DiMartino, Mark Evanier, Jason Fabok, Mitch Gerads, Kevin Grevioux, Larry Hama, Kevin Hearne, Faith Erin Hicks, Jody Houser, John Jennings, Kelley Jones, Dan Jurgens, Jim Lee, David Petersen, Ed Piskor, Matthew Rosenberg, Patrick Rothfuss, V.E. Schwab, Liam Sharp, Gail Simone, Mariko Tamaki, Laini Taylor, and Mark Waid.

If you’re a time lord calm one of your hearts, we also have hundreds of hours of programming featuring special presentations from AMC, DC, Freeform, Marvel Television, NBC TV, Sony TV, SYFY, WB Home Entertainment and WB TV which makes WonderCon Anaheim THE show you don’t want to miss!

Like Comic-Con, badges are only available online and do sell out (don’t worry, we haven’t made it a lottery system yet). Be sure to purchase your badges now while all badge types are still available.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE  BADGES

 

CGC Returns to Baltimore Comic-Con in 2018 for On-Site Grading

November 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Press Release:

The Baltimore Comic-Con will return to the Baltimore Convention Center on September 28-30, 2018. We are thrilled to announce that one of our most asked-about and requested exhibitors, Certified Guaranty Company, LLC (CGC), will return again to the show to conduct on-site grading. As they did last year, CGC will be accepting submission for all tiers of service (with the exception of magazines) on a first-come, first-serve basis for the entire weekend.

“Marc Nathan and his crew at Baltimore Comic-Con create an absolutely amazing show for comic book collectors and fans,” said Paul Litch, Primary Grader for CGC. “It is an absolute pleasure and honor to continue to bring onsite grading from the leading comic book certification service, CGC, to the great patrons of Baltimore Comic-Con.”

“We field so many requests over the course of the year as to whether or not CGC will be back,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “The collectible community has come to expect their unique skill set to be present and available throughout the weekend, and we’re very happy to announce their return in 2018.”

This year’s confirmed guests for the show include:

  • Joel Adams (Bucky O’Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book)
  • Neal Adams (Deadman)
  • Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters)
  • Mark Buckingham (Scooby Apocalypse)
  • Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen)
  • Frank Cho (Harley Quinn)
  • Steve Conley (The Middle Age)
  • David Finch (Trinity)
  • Meredith Finch (Rose)
  • Jenny Frison (Wonder Woman)
  • Barry Kitson (The Flash)
  • Hope Larson (Batgirl)
  • Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise)
  • David Petersen (Mouse Guard)
  • Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge)
  • Thom Zahler (Time & Vine)

About CGC
Founded in 2000, CGC is the first independent, impartial, third-party comic book grading service. A proven and respected commitment to integrity, accuracy, consistency and impartiality has made CGC the leader in its field. In fact, in 2007, CGC crossed the million-book mark and has now graded over 2 million comic books.

Because we value our relationship with collectors who share our passion for comics, the hobby’s vibrant history and its exciting future, we offer membership in the CGC Collectors Society. Paid membership starts at $39 per year, and includes direct submission privileges, access to expert tools and resources like the Comics Registry, and dynamic interaction with fellow collectors.

To learn more about Certified Guaranty Company and its many offerings, including magazines, lobby cards, and photos, visit www.certifiedguaranty.com.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con celebrates its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit the websiteTwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages.

BOOM! Studios Returns to Baltimore Comic-Con with Exclusive Merchandise, Guests, and More

September 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland, Webcomics

Press Release:

BOOM! Studios is excited to announce it will exhibit at BALTIMORE COMIC-CON (BCC), to be held during the weekend of September 22-24, 2017 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Fans will be able to experience:

  • The BOOM! Studios booth (#2001) will have comics, graphic novels, and paperback collections of its most recent releases, including Mech Cadet Yu, Hi-Fi Fight Club, Clueless: Senior Year, WWE Vol. 1, SLAM! Vol. 1, and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Adult Coloring Book.
  • Debuting in a limited quantity is the BCC exclusive variant to Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #1, featuring a story by legendary filmmaker John Carpenter and Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2), and art and a cover by Jorge Corona (Adventure Time Comics, Feathers). Burch will be on hand to sign copies.
  • Debuting at BCC is the Lumberjanes Crossed Axes enamel pin, which joins the set of current Lumberjanes pins for Ripley, the Holy Kitten, and the Lumberjanes logo.
  • BOOM! Studios will host special guest appearances at its booth (#2001), including Sean Rubin (Bolivar), Anthony Burch (Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack), and Clay McLeod Chapman (Lazaretto).
  • For the inaugural Ringo Awards ceremony, BOOM! Studios will be a Gold Sponsor and is providing each attendee with a complimentary copy of the Mouse Guard Coloring Book, courtesy of the publisher and Mouse Guard creator David Petersen, the keynote speaker of the event.

The publisher will present a panel featuring an all-star lineup of creators:

BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours
Saturday, September 23
4:00-5:00 pm
Room 343-344

There’s a comic at BOOM! Studios for everyone, from longtime fans to brand-new readers, and this is the panel to discover YOUR favorite new series! Join BOOM! Studios staff and creators as they explore the diverse               imprints of the main BOOM! Studios line, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession. Featuring James Tynion IV (Eugenic, The Backstagers), Hope Larson (Goldie Vance), Sean Rubin (Bolivar), Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu), Matt Kindt (Grass Kings), Anthony Burch (Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack), and Clay McLeod Chapman (Lazaretto). Moderated by Filip Sablik (President, Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios).

Other BOOM! Studios creators who will be appearing at Baltimore Comic-Con and can be found in Artist Alley include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Frank Cho (Skybourne), JG Jones (Strange Fruit), Justin Jordan (Sombra), Dustin Nguyen (What Is It?), Steve Orlando (Namesake), Charles Soule (Strange Attractors), Brian Stelfreeze (Day Men), Mark Waid (Irredeemable), and Eryk Donovan (Eugenic).

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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.

 

 

Celebrate the Inaugural Ringo Awards with the Comics Industry

September 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Press Release:

The 2017 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. This unique evening offers the opportunity to socialize, dine, and network with comic industry professionals, and watch as they celebrate recognition of their peers, coworkers, and competitors. 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

Start your evening at our cocktail hour, meeting industry professionals and other fans, and enjoy our keynote speaker, David Petersen, best known as the multiple award-winning creator of Mouse Guard.

Presenters at the inaugural Ringo Awards include Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Amy Chu, Walter and Louise Simonson, Terry and Robyn Moore, Kazu Kibuishi and Charlie Kochman, and Todd Dezago, Mark Waid, and Matt Wieringo.

Additionally, our friends at the Hero Initiative will be presenting their 2017 Hero Lifetime Achievement Award to Marv Wolfman, and their Giordano Humanitarian Award to Joshua Dysart.

We are also thrilled to present a fantastic gift bag to our first 300 attendees purchasing tickets for this comic event of the fall. This year’s gift bag is an amazing collection of books, including such treasures as March Trilogy Slipcase Set from IDW, Brom Sketchbook from Flesk Publications, and the brand-new Graveyard Shakes from Scholastic. In addition to these wonderful books, expect contributions from other publishers as well, including Abrams ComicArts, AfterShock Comics, Archie Comic Publications, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Source Point Press, and Valiant Entertainment.

The Ringo Awards would like to recognize and thank our 2017 sponsors: AfterShock Comics, Baltimore Comic-Con, BOOM! Studios, Cards, Comics & Collectibles, Dynamite Entertainment, Painted Visions, South Carolina Comic-Con, and Valiant Entertainment.

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 FlashAdventures of SupermanBatman, and Robin, Marvel Comics’ Fantastic FourFriendly Neighborhood Spider-ManSensational 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

David Petersen Keynotes Inaugural Ringo Awards, Tickets Available Now

August 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Press Release:

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!

 

 

IDW Announces Panel & Signing Schedule for SDCC 2017

Press Release:

The countdown to San Diego Comic Con International 2017 is on, and IDW and Top Shelf have revealed their massive slate of signings and panels for the week! Featuring influential and fan-favorite creators, alongside the cast and creative teams from some of the most buzzed about television shows, on top of can’t-miss programming, this year’s convention is primed to be the biggest yet!

Booth #2743 will be your essential destination for non-stop excitement throughout the convention including appearances by Ivan ReitmanBerkeley BreathedKevin EastmanBob GaleWalter Simonson, the cast of Wynonna Earp and many, many more!

Wednesday July 19th Preview Night 

6:00 – 8:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Bobby Curnow (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 8:00 Bloom County Launch Party!  – Berkeley Breathed    (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
8:00 – 9:00 Sword of Ages Sneak Preview – Gabriel Rodriguez  (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
8:00 – 9:00 Sh*t My President Says – Shannon Wheeler (*Book debut!)

Thursday July 20th

10:00 – 11:00 Love is Love – Marc AndreykoChris RyallCat Staggs
10:00 – 11:00 Schick Hydrobot and The Transformers – John Barber
11:00 – 12:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
11:00 – 12:00 Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition – Walter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive!)
12:00 – 1:00 Ghostbusters – Ivan Reitman, Erik BurnhamDan Schoening, Tom Waltz                 (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
12:00 – 1:00 Locke & Key – Gabriel RodriguezChris RyallDavid Petersen (*Check out the show exclusives!)
1:00 – 2:00 Top Shelf Soiree – Campbell WhyteKim DwinellJanet LeeJim McCannShannon Wheeler
1:00 – 2:00 Animal Noir – Izar Lunaček
1:00 – 2:00 Black Crown – Tess Fowler  (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
1:00 – 2:00 Helena Crash – Fabian Rangel Jr.
2:00 – 4:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles– Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Bobby CurnowChris Mowry  (*Check out the show exclusives!)
2:00 – 3:15 Usagi Yojimbo – Stan Sakai
2:00 – 3:00 Judge Dredd – Ulises FariñasErick Freitas
3:00 – 4:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
4:00 – 5:00 First Strike: A HASBRO Comic Book Event – Mairghread Scott, David RodriguezJohn BarberAubrey SittersonBrandon EastonJimmy Johnston, Fico OssioAndrew Griffith (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
4:00 – 5:00 Darkness Visible, Dirk Gently – Arvind Ethan David, Livio Ramondelli (*Check out the show exclusive!)
5:00 – 6:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek CharmLandry Walker  (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
5:00 – 5:00 Korgi – Christian Slade
5:00 – 6:00 Surfside Girls – Kim Dwinell
                   (*Book debut!)
5:00 – 6:00 MARCH – Andrew AydinNate Powell
6:00 – 7:00 Jem and the Holograms – M. Victoria Robado 
   (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 7:00 Dread Gods – Ron Marz
6:00 – 7:00 Tom Whalen 

Friday July 21st

10:00 – 11:00 Archangel – Michael Benedetto
10:00 – 11:00 Home Time – Campbell Whyte
                      (*Book debut!)
10:00 – 12:00 MARCH – Andrew AydinNate Powell
11:00 – 12:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed 
                       (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
11:00 – 12:00 Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition – Walter Simonson  
                       (*Check out the show exclusive!)
11:00 – 12:00 Star Trek: The Mirror Broken – Scott TiptonDavid Tipton,
                       J.K. Woodward
12:00 – 1:00 Back To The Future – Bob GaleJohn BarberAlan Robinson
12:00 – 1:00 Tom Whalen
12:00 – 1:00 Judge Dredd – Ulises FariñasErick Freitas
12:00 – 1:00 HASBRO Comic Universe – Brandon EastonFico Ossio
1:00 – 2:00 Animal Noir – Izar Lunaček
1:00 – 2:00 Behaving Madly – Craig YoeGer Apeldoorne
1:00 – 2:00 Gumballs – Erin Nations
1:00 – 2:00 Home Time – Campbell Whyte
1:00 – 2:00 Surfside Girls – Kim Dwinell
2:00 – 3:00 Black Crown – Tess Fowler
                   (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
2:00 – 3:00 Helena Crash  – Fabian Rangel Jr.
2:00 – 3:00 Sh*t My President Says – Shannon Wheeler
2:00 – 3:00 Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken – Ray Friesen
3:00 – 4:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed
                   (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
3:00 – 4:00 Wynonna Earp – Melanie ScrofanoTim RozonShamier Anderson,
                   Dominique Provost-ChalkleyKatherine BarrellVaruna SarangaTamara Duarte,                            Emily AndrasBeau Smith 
                  (*Check out the show exclusives!)
                  (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
4:00 – 5:00 Sword of Ages, Little Nemo – Gabriel RodriguezEric Shanower
                  (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
4:00 – 5:00 My Little Pony – Agnes GarbowskaTony FleecsSara Richard,
                   Thom Zahler
                   (*Check out the show exclusives!)
5:00 – 6:00 Love is Love – Marc AndreykoTyler BossSina Grace,
                   Marc GuggenheimAmancay NahuelpanMatthew Rosenberg
5:00 – 6:00 Saucer State – Paul Cornell
5:00 – 6:00 Ghostbusters –Erik BurnhamDan SchoeningTom Waltz
6:00 – 7:00 Star Trek – Mike JohnsonRyan Parrott
                  (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 7:00 Dread Gods – Ron Marz
6:00 – 7:00 The X-Files – Mister Sam Shearon 

Saturday July 22nd

10:00 – 11:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek CharmLandry Walker  
                       (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
10:00 – 11:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated – Caleb Goellner  
10:30 – 11:30 DuckTales – Francisco AngonesSean JimenezMatt Youngberg
                       (*Meet the Executive Producer, story editor, and art director of the new television show!)
11:00 – 12:00 Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition – Walter Simonson  
                       (*Check out the show exclusive!)
11:30 – 1:30 March– Congressman John LewisAndrew AydinNate Powell
1:00 – 2:00 Tom Whalen
1:00 – 2:00 Cosmic Scoundrels – Andy Suriano
2:00 – 3:30 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Freddie E. Williams,
                   Bobby Curnow  
                   (*Check out the show exclusives!)
                   (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
2:00 – 3:00 Top Shelf Soiree – Campbell WhyteKim DwinellJanet LeeJim McCann,
                   Shannon Wheeler
3:00 – 4:00 V-Wars – Jonathan MaberryRyan BrownAlan Robinson,
                   Mister Sam Shearon
4:00 – 5:00 Black Crown – TOP SECRET GUESTS
4:00 – 5:00 Wynonna Earp – Melanie ScrofanoShamier AndersonTim Rozon,
                   Dominique Provost-ChalkleyKatherine BarrellVarun SarangaTamara Duarte,
                   Emily AndrasBeau Smith
                   (*Check out the show exclusives!)
                   (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
5:00 – 6:00 Love is Love – Marc AndreykoCecil CastellucciMatthew Rosenberg,
                   Gail Simone
5:00 – 6:00 DuckTales – Jeff Smith
                   (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 7:00 First Strike: A HASBRO Comic Book Event – Mairghread Scott,
                    David RodriguezJohn BarberAubrey SittersonFico OssioAndrew Griffith
                    (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
6:00 – 7:00 Sword of Ages, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez
                    (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)

Sunday July 23rd

10:00 – 11:00 Mickey Mouse Shorts – Scott TiptonAndy Suriano
10:00 – 11:00 Sword of Ages, Little Nemo – Gabriel RodriguezEric Shanower
                       (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
11:00 – 12:00 Top Shelf Soiree – Campbell WhyteShannon WheelerErin Nations
11:00 – 12:00 Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition – Walter Simonson  
                       (*Check out the show exclusive!)
12:00 – 1:00 Powerpuff Girls – Haley ManciniJake Goldman
12:00 – 1:00 Hana Zuki – David Mariotte
12:00 – 1:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated – Caleb Goellner  
12:00 – 1:00 Yo-Kai Watch Eric Esquivel
12:00 – 1:00 First Strike: A HASBRO Comic Book Event – Mairghread Scott,
                     David RodriguezJohn Barber,
1:00 – 2:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek CharmLandry Walker  
                   (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
1:00 – 2:00 Home Time – Campbell Whyte  
1:00 – 2:00 Korgi – Christian Slade
2:00 – 3:00 Animal Noir – Izar Lunaček
2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs, Sara Richard
                   (*Check out the show exclusive!)
3:00 – 4:00 Archangel Michael Benedetto
3:00 – 4:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe – Chris MowryTom WaltzFreddie E. Williams

The Top Shelf section of the booth will be filled all weekend with more great creators, too! 

IDW will be hosting panels all weekend long with show-stopping announcements, surprise guests, and giveaways that you won’t want to miss.

JAWS WILL DROP, SIDES WILL ACHE… SUPER WEIRD HEROES!
Thursday , 7/20/17, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 28DE
A way-fun LOL multimedia show of the kookiest, kraziest, most bizarro leotard-clad bad-guy bashers of the Golden Age of comic books! SEE The Hand: a giant hand!. SEE Madam Fatale: the first cross dressing superhero! SEE Kangaroo Man (Batman was taken!)  SEE tons more nutty-cool heroes held up to reverence and ridicule! Based on the best selling book, “Super Weird Heroes” (and its upcoming sequel) the stand-up comedy presentation is by the former Creative Director of the Muppets and now the Eisner-winning editor of IDW/Yoe Books, Craig Yoe. 20 laugh-riot cosplay changes in all! DON’T MISS THIS!

Ghostbusters 101 — A Ghostbusters Panel of Biblical Proportions!
Thursday , 7/20/17, 10:15a.m. – 11:15a.m., Room: 6DE
Join Ghostbusters co-creator Ivan Reitman and the IDW Ghostbusters brain trust of Erik BurnhamDan Schoening, and Tom Waltz, as they discuss the long-running, critically acclaimed, and fan-adored Ghostbusters franchise, including everything from the classic original movies to the long-running comic book history at IDW Publishing… as well as future plans for major events from Ghost Corps that will add to the beloved brand’s canon, bringing the different Ghostbusters worlds together like never before! Be there… or be slimed!

IDW Publishing: Focus on Graphic Novels
Thursday, 7/20/17, 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., Room: 28DE
IDW Senior Editor Justin Eisinger and Top Shelf Productions’ Leigh Walton host a discussion of the stunning graphic albums, art books, and translated editions coming from IDW this year. Joined by creators such as Izar Lunaček (Animal Noir), Jim McCann & Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men), and Campbell Whyte (Home Time), we’ll dive into details on their work and beyond, including R. Crumb: From Underground to GENESIS, Pearl Jam Art of Do The EvolutionSh*t My President SaysI Am a Number, and much more.

Spotlight on Walter Simonson
Thursday, 7/20/17, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 9
Living legend Walter Simonson is joined by the person most qualified to interview him on a spotlight panel—his wife, the noted comics writer and editor, Louise Simonson. If you’ve never heard Simonson on a panel before this will be a true treat because Walter is not only a master of sequential stories, he is also a brilliant raconteur who will enthrall you with stories spanning his nearly 50 year career!

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe! IDW and Hasbro Present First Strike
Thursday, 7/20/17, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 9
The Transformers, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, Rom, and the Micronauts—some of your favorite childhood toys—now all inhabit one shared universe! Learn how the creators behind the books work together to create a new world filled with giant robots, magical menaces, and lots and lots of laser guns! This panel will also feature a special sneak preview of the Hasbro comic book event—FIRST STRIKE! Join panel guests Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Till All Are One), John Barber (Optimus Prime), Aubrey Sitterson (G.I. JOE), Chris Ryall (Rom), David A. Rodriguez (First Strike), and Brandon Easton (M.A.S.K.) for an in-depth look at the Hasbro line of comic books!
The Bernie Wrightson Memorial Panel—Celebrating the life of a legend
Thursday, 7/20/17, 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., Room: 4
Bernie Wrightson
 was one of the most influential artists in comic book history. His work on Swamp Thing, his Frankenstein illustrations, and myriads of classic covers, stories and illustrations were lovingly rendered by an artist who truly made each project a labor of love. Join IDW’s Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall and Director of Special Projects Scott Dunbier as they welcome a host of guests to pay tribute and celebrate the life and art of the Great Bernie Wrightson!
The Trump Presidential Library Panel
Thursday, 7/20/17, 6:30:00p.m. – 7:30:00p.m., Room: 26AB
Celebrants and detractors alike are chewing on the fact that Donald Trump was elected president. Shannon Wheeler and Robert Sikoryak will help you swallow. In their books Sh*t My President Saysand The Unquotable Trump (respectively), these two cartoonists illustrate Trump’s words for comedic effect and insight. There will be slides, a brief history of political satire, and laughter through the tears as they wrestle with an understanding of our current dystopia. Can satire keep up with reality? Shannon Wheeler is the two-time Eisner winning creator of Too Much Coffee Man and a New Yorker cartoonist. Robert Sikoryak started at Raw magazine, is a New Yorker contributor, and a Comic-Con special guest.

BLACK CROWN: At The Cross Street Of Comics & Chaos
Friday, 7/21/17, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 32AB 
Attention readers who need to be transfixed or transformed: IDW’s BLACK CROWN is a fully-functioning curation operation.  Get in on the ground floor of the new imprint that’s at the cross street of comics and chaos.  Join editor Shelly Bond, IDW CCO Chris RyallTess Fowler (Rat Queens), co-creator/artist of debut title KID LOBOTOMY, Tini Howard (The Skeptics, Magdalena) and Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets, The Twilight Children) who can’t wait to share the details of their new BLACK CROWN series with you.  Warning: Not for the faint-hearted. A fever pitch of enthusiasm will ensue.

Drawing the Sword: A Spotlight on Gabriel Rodriguez
Friday, 7/21/17, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 23ABC
Locke & Key artist/co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez is launching his first-ever fully creator-owned, written and drawn series, Sword of Ages, this fall. Come hear all about the new series, future Locke & Key plans in print and TV, discussion about Gabriel’s decade-pus at IDW and a special announcement or two. All that and a free Sword of Ages preview comic for all in attendance! Moderated by IDW CCO Chris Ryall.

Pop Culture Shark Tank 
Friday, 7/21/17, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m., Room 32AB
Who will be the next breakout pop culture entrepreneur? Come hear startups make their best 90-second pitches to our panel of industry experts Ted Adams (IDW Entertainment), Suzy Ryoo (Atom Factory), and David Steinberger (Amazon comiXology) for valuable feedback, exposure, and maybe their big break. Pitch your own business idea if you dare! Moderated by Rob Salkowitz (Forbes).

IDW Publishing: The Rise of Fall
Friday, 7/21/17, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Room: 4
IDW goes galactic this fall with the launch of Star Wars, an entirely new Star Trek, and much more! Come hear their massive plans and many special announcements, courtesy of IDW CCO Chris Ryall, IDW Group Editor Sarah Gaydos and a cast of thousands! Well, dozens. Or at least a good handful of smart and interesting creators, anyway…

Spotlight on March creators Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
Saturday, 7/22/17, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room 23ABC
The record-breaking success of the March trilogy, by civil rights icon John LewisAndrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, has pushed the comics medium to incredible new heights. March is the first graphic novel to win the National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Book Award, or Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the first graphic novel since Maus to reach the New York Times’ Nonfiction Best Seller list, and the first book in history to receive four simultaneous awards from the American Library Association. Now, join the authors for an emotional look back at their stunning accomplishment — and the way it’s inspiring new generations to speak up, speak out, and move our feet.

TMNT: Summer of the Turtles IDW panel
Saturday, 7/22/17, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 24ABC
Join TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, writers Tom WaltzErik BurnhamAubrey SittersonUlises FarinasErick Freitas, and special guest Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai as they discuss the events of IDW’s biggest summer of TMNT publishing ever! Moderated by Editor Bobby Curnow.

Jack Kirby’s 100th Birthday Celebration with IDW! 
Saturday, 7/22/17, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 25ABC
Featuring an impressive library of more than 1,300 pages of Kirby original DC and Marvel artwork — the largest showing ever! IDW President Greg Goldstein hosts this stellar birthday tribute with a groundbreaking slide show, featuring art from eight different Artist’s Editions plus some surprises. The panel features superstar creators Walter Simonson and Kevin Eastman, who will share their Kirby remembrances and influences, along with Senior Editor Scott Dunbier and Creative Director, IDW PDX, Dirk Wood. Everyone who attends will receive a “birthday” gift! One lucky fan will go home with an Artist’s Edition!

IDW Entertainment & SyFy Present: Wynonna Earp
Saturday, 7/22/17, 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m., Room: 5AB
Join the cast and creators of the breakout SyFy series Wynonna Earp! Join Melanie ScrofanoTim RozonShamier AndersonDomonique Provost-ChalkleyKatherine BarrellVarun Saranga, and Tamara Duarte along with show runner Emily Andras, and comic creator Beau Smith as they reveal behind-the-scenes antics, show off exclusive footage, and answer your biggest questions about season 2!

Comics Entrepreneur Secrets Panel 
Saturday, 7/22/17, 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m., Room 28DE 
You love comic books, right? Do you love them enough to start your own publishing company? Hear what it takes to make it in comics from publishers who have paved their own paths. Author and business expert Rob Salkowitz (Forbes) talks to trail-blazing comics professionals including comiXology CEO and co-founder David Steinberger, CEO of IDW media holdings Ted Adams, Valiant Entertainment CEO and chief creative officer Dinesh Shamdasani, and founder and CEO of Emet Comics Maytal Gilboa about their wins, their setbacks, and everything you need to know on how break in and stay in the comics biz.

IDW’S ULTIMATE KID’S COMICS PANEL!
Sunday, 7/23/17, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 23ABC 
Star WarsPowerpuff GirlsDuckTalesTangledMy Little Pony! Did we get your attention, kids? Come learn about these awesome comic books, and more importantly, how to make your own! Hosted by IDW Group Editor Sarah Gaydos and Editor Bobby Curnow, hear from a panel of “grown ups” including Derek CharmHaley ManciniJake Goldman, and Agnes Garbowska about how they make some of your favorite kids comics. Plus: Free comics for all the kids!

Introducing Nickelodeon Splat Attack From IDW Games
Sunday, 7/23/17, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 4 
IDW Games invites fans of tabletop games and the classic 90s Nickelodeon cartoon line-up to join them in an in-depth discussion of the just announced board game, Nickelodeon Splat Attack. Nickelodeon Splat Attack is an action-packed, all out food-fight featuring many of your favorite Nickelodeon characters from the 90s. Attendees will not only get an inside look of how board games come to fruition, but also get a sneak peek at the roster of characters that will make up Nickelodeon Splat Attack!

Plus, don’t miss the CBLDF auction, benefitting the non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium on Saturday night at the Hilton Bayfront, Sapphire Room AB at 8PM. Featuring a Keynote speech by Scott Snyder, and live-sketching from Jeff Smith!

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