NYC – Justice League Dark #1 Signing

Writer James Tynion IV joins us from Midtown Comics Downtown on Saturday, July 28th to celebrate the release of Justice League Dark #1! This is an open signing and we recommend showing up early, just to be safe. Purchase of Justice League Dark #1 required. Limit 3 items signed per attendee. See you there!

Justice League Dark #1:

There will be a CGC representative to grade books signed at this event. Any previously signed books are not eligible for this service.
Cost of CGC is $10.00 + CGC grading fee (This does not include the cost of purchasing the books)
CGC books will be shipped to CGC offices for grading and will take 17-35 days for them to return, in the CGC protective slab. This is determined based on which options are chosen for CGC grading and shipping.

Earth’s magic once belonged to them. Now they want the magic back. But who exactly are they? It’s up to the new Justice League Dark to find out and stop this nightmarish new threat at all costs! After the events of Justice League: No Justice, team leader Wonder Woman guides the misfit magic mix of Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat and Detective Chimp against enemies too fantastic even for the Justice League. Plus, what awful things are coming through the Tree of Wonder? Dark days ahead in the pages of Justice League Dark, from writer James Tynion IV and artist Alvaro Martinez!

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
(212) 302-8192

FL – Batman Artist Signing

Artist Tony S. Daniel (Batman, Action Comics, Damage, Justice League, Teen Titans, and more) appears at the Comic Spot on Saturday, June 23rd from 4:00 – 8:00 PM for a signing.

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Comic Spot by JMD Toy Store
10453 Gibsonton Dr, Riverview, Hillsborough County, FL 33578
(813) 512-6134

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Adds Special Capullo/Snyder Fan Package

June 13, 2018 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Press Release:

Baltimore Comic-Con, September 28th through the 30th at the Baltimore Convention Center, has added a special Fan Package for fan-favorites Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder, available at our tickets page.

As a part of this Fan Package, each ticket holder will receive:
  • 5 signatures from Capullo
  • 5 signatures from from Snyder
  • A lithograph (unsigned)
  • A selfie with both guests
  • A special 45 minute panel available only to ticket holders

This event, and the associated exclusive panel, takes place on Saturday, September 29th and tickets are only being made available to 200 attendees. Please do not procrastinate on your Fan Package purchase to ensure your slot!

Greg Capullo is a self taught Illustrator, working for the past five years as artist on the New York Times best-selling, highly-acclaimed Batman series for DC Comics. He is presently co-creating the Image Comics’ book titled Reborn, along with writer Mark Millar. Prior to his Batman run, he was best known for his 80-issue run on Image Comics’ Spawn. Other popular comics work includes Marvel Comics’ X-Force and Quasar. He is also the creator of The Creech, a sci-fi/horror comic published by Image Comics. Greg has provided art for Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, contributed lead character designs for the the award-winning HBO animated Spawn series, and was the cover artist for many popular musical groups, including Five Finger Death Punch, Korn, and Disturbed.

Scott Snyder made a huge impact on the comic industry with his ground-breaking work in DC’s New 52, writing Batman (with artist Greg Capullo) and Swamp Thing. In 2011, he received Harvey and Eisner Awards for Best New Series for his work on American Vampire. In addition to these three titles, Snyder co-wrote Talon, which spun off directly from his critically-acclaimed “Court of Owls” storyline from Batman. He is currently taking the reins of DC Comics’ Justice League, writes New Challengers, and has authored such titles as Detective ComicsThe WakeSuperman UnchainedAll-Star BatmanBatman EternalJustice League: No JusticeDC NationAction Comics #1000, and Dark Nights: Metal.

“What a fantastic opportunity” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “These guys are in such high demand, and this special event provides their fans with the exclusive access they crave. We’re really looking forward to it!”

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

 

FL – Batman Artist Signing

Artist Tony S. Daniel (Batman, Action Comics, Damage, Justice League, Teen Titans, and more) appears at Mike’s Comics on Saturday, June 23rd from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM for a signing.

Mike’s Comics
8110 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809
407-854-6222

HeroesCon 2018 Announces Last Round of Guests

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 2018 show including Paul Azaceta, Ryan Bodenheim, Ivan Brandon, Bridgit Connell, Michelle Delecki, Juan Doe, Monica Gallagher, Keith Giffen, Craig Hamilton, Scott Hanna, Scott Kolins, Rick Leonardi, Al Milgrom, Rags Morales, Joe Quinones, Tom Raney, Ben Templesmith, Mark Texeira, John Van Fleet, Adam Warren, Scott Wegener, and more! HeroesCon 2018 takes place NEXT WEEK on June 15-17, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

PAUL AZACETA | AA-1016 
Outcast, Graveyard of Empires, X-Men, Spider-Man

DUANE BALLENGER | AA-1128 
Haunted Samidge, Uptight, Wide Awake 666

STEVE BIRD | AA-618 
Robin, Detective Comics, The Crow

RYAN BODENHEIM | AA-816
The Dying & The Dead, Red Mass for Mars, Bloodshot, Black Panther, Wolverine

IVAN BRANDON | AA-1015 
Black Cloud, Drifter, Viking

BOB CAMP | AA-420-422
Ren & Stimpy, Thundercats

J CHRIS CAMPBELL | AA-1127
Creator of Neatobots, Zig Zag & Publisher of Wide Awake Press

VIC CARRABOTTA | AA-502
Golden Age Artist for Atlas Comics & Marvel Comics

STEVE CONLEY | AA-512
The Middle Age, Bloop, Astounding Space Thrills

BRIDGIT CONNELL | AA-1110
Brother Nash

JARED CULLUM | AA-1125 
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Pea Green Coffee Cup

RICK DAVIS | AA-628 
Sheena, Negative Burn, Warrior Nun

MASON DICKERSON | AA-1121
Take-Out Deluxe, Los Tres Perdidos, Peach Tree, Patty Island

JUAN DOE | 
Dark Ark, American Monster, X-Men:198, Legion of Monsters, Fantastic Four

MIKE FREIHEIT | AA-1120 
Monkey Chef: A Love Story, Tales of Freelancia, Go F*ck Myself!

ERIK FREITAS | AA-1130 
Judge Dredd, Godzilla, Ninja Turtles

MONICA GALLAGHER | AA-1216 
Part-Time Princesses, Bonnie N. Collide Nine to Five, Boobage

KEITH GIFFEN | AA-303 
Legion of Super-Heroes, Lobo, Ambush Bug, Justice League, Scooby Apocalypse

JOSHUA GREATHOUSE | AA-614 
Boom cover artist

CRAIG HAMILTON | AA-1515
Aquaman, Starman, Fables, The Spectre

SCOTT HANNA | AA-302 
Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Batman, X-Men

JAMES JAMESON | AA-304 
American Gods

SCOTT KOLINS | AA-304 
Flash, Avengers, Justice League, Spider-Man, Larfleeze

RICK LEONARDI | AA-1401 
Cloak and Dagger, X-Men, Spider-Man 2099 

BRIAN LEVEL | AA-807 
Avengers, Spider-Man, Namor, Inhumans, Deadpool, Batman, Hellblazer

CHRISTOPHER MITTEN | AA-1519 
Rasputin, Umbral, Wasteland, 30 Days of Night

CHRISTOPHER MOELLER | AA-1503 
Lucifer, Iron Empires, Magic:The Gathering 

RAGS MORALES | AA-529-530 
JSA, Hawkman, Amory Wars

JOE QUINONES | AA-701
America, Howard the Duck, Star Wars, Black Canary/Zatanna

TOM RANEY | AA-509 
Infinite Crisis, Batman-Superman, Phantom Limb Ghost Puncher

BRIAN REBER | AA-1315 
Spider-Man, Deadpool, Venom

BUDD ROOT | AA-607 
Cavewoman

NIKKI RYAN | AA-1517 
The Family Trade

RON SALAS | AA-830 
Six Million Dollar Man, Northguard, Prince Valiant, Amazing Spider-Man

STORME SMITH | AA-1130
Buño Books

JOHNDELL SNEAD | AA-621 
Robyn Hood, Grimm Fairy Tales, Back to the Future, Rez

CHRIS SPARKS | AA-724
Team Cul de Sac, The Art of Richard Thompson

DURWIN TALON & GUIN THOMPSON | AA-1505 
Beautiful Scars, Bonds, Batman

BEN TEMPLESMITH | AA-1518
The Squidder, Choker, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse

MARK TEXEIRA | AA-1603 
Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Sabretooth, Jonah Hex

ROB ULLMAN | AA-1129 
Atom-Bomb Bikini, Old-Timey Hockey Tales, Traffic & Weather

JOHN VAN FLEET | AA-1504 
Batman, Typhoid, The X-Files

DAVE WACHTER | AA-1011 
Breath of Bones, The Guns of Shadow Valley, Godzilla: Cataclysm

ADAM WARREN HERO INITIATIVE: BOOTH-1022
Empowered, Dirty Pair, Gen 13

SCOTT WEGENER | AA-1204 
Atomic Robo

JOHN WYCOUGH | AA-620 
Star Wars, G.I.Joe, Doctor Who, Transformers, Fear Itself, Chaos War

A.C. ZAMUDIO | AA-1507 
The Sixth Gun, The Remains

CARLOS NICOLAS ZAMUDIO | AA-1508 
Death Follows, We(L)come Back, Imaginary Drugs

CANCELLATIONS:
ROGÊ ANTONIO
PATRICK DEAN
MICHELLE DELECKI
JOEY ELLIS
MATT FRACTION
MATT HORAK
CASEY JONES
HOPE LARSON
JACKIE LEWIS
BRITTANY PEER
JAMES ROBINSON
CHRIS VISIONS

For the full guest list with table assignments please go here….

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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!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER, FREE!

ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

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.

NJ – Where We Live Signing

Comic creators Erica Schultz, Joe Mulvey, Liana Kangas, Cliff Chiang, Scott Bryan Wilson, and Ivan Brandon appear at East Side Mags on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 1:00 PM till 3:00 PM to celebrate the release of the WHERE WE LIVE anthology.

All charges for sketches by artists will be donated to support the victims of the shooting. And to do our part – East Side Mags will be donating 10% of our overall sales as well!

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East Side Mags
7 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
(862) 333-4961

CA – Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey Special #1 Signing

Galaxy of Comics proudly presents writer Bryan Hill signing his new book, Black Lightning / Hong Kong Phooey Special #1 on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 from Noon till 3:00 PM!

* Back from Viet Nam, Kung Fu master Hong Kong Phooey has set up his own detective agency in the inner city. Meanwhile, Jefferson Pierce (a.k.a. Black Lightning) has uncovered a plot by three assassins to collect the components of a sacred text revealing the darkest secrets of Martial Arts magic, and they’ll kill anyone who owns them—including the dog who holds the last chapter of the book, Hong Kong Phooey.

We are super excited to have BRYAN EDWARD HILL (Detective Comics, Postal, The Wild Storm: Michael Cray, Bonehead, Cyber Force) at the store for this DC One-Shot!

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

NY – Unexpected Justice Signing

Scott Snyder (Justice League, Batman), James Tynion IV (Justice League Dark, Detective Comics) and Steve Orlando (Unexpected, Justice League of America) appear at Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from noon till 2:00 PM!

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Aw Yeah Comics
313 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY 10528
(914) 732-3600

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Welcome Iconic Creators of Creative Icons

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Adds Comic Luminaries Steranko, Joe Giella, Paul Levitz & Denny O’Neil

Press Release:

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor comes to life this September 28-30 as the Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets are now on sale. The Baltimore Comic-Con is thrilled announce the return of Jim Steranko to the Baltimore Comic-Con! Jim is joined by comic luminaries Joe Giella, Paul Levitz, and Hero Initiative guest Denny O’Neil.

Jim Steranko has cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts, with a dozen successful careers to his credit: author, magician, illustrator, escape artist, historian. He is cited as one of the prime architects of Marvel Comics and the co-creator of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. He also wrote and drew Captain America, The Hulk, Superman, and The X-Men (for which he designed the classic title logo); generated more than 150 original storytelling devices and techniques that changed the direction of the comics medium; and evolved a devoted cult of followers who have nicknamed him The Innovator. Wizard magazine credits Steranko as the 5th Most Influential Artist in the history of the form. He has painted a multitude of movie posters, record albums, and book covers; and in 1975, created Red Tide, the First Modern Graphic Novel. As the editor-publisher of the international newsstand entertainment magazine Prevue, he conducted hundreds of superstar interviews and penned more than three million words. He numbers among his friends and associates writers Mickey Spillane, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury; the animation giants Ralph Bakshi and Shamus Culhane; and directors Federico Fellini, John Huston, and Orson Welles. As a musician, he gigged with Bill Haley in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll; as a pop-culture icon, he has appeared at more than 350 international events and exhibited his work worldwide, including at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and the Louvre in Paris; his two volumes of The History of Comics have sold more than 100,000 copies each; as an escape artist, his death-defying performances inspired the character Mister Miracle and, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, he was the man upon which the protagonist of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay was based; and more-photographer, ad agency art director, sideshow fire-eater, male model, typographer, designer…the list goes on. As a filmmaker, he collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas – for whom he created the look of Indiana Jones – and Francis Ford Coppola on some of their most popular films. He served as Creative Consultant for the History Channel’s two-hour documentary Comic-Book Superheroes-Unmasked; shook up Twitter with his innovative TNT technique (visit his live Sunday-night sessions by typing in iamsteranko); and is currently prepping An Evening with Steranko for theatrical venues across the country.

His recent Captain America covers topped Marvel sales charts; the IDW SHIELD Artist’s Edition sold out before publication (and won an Eisner Award); and the 2017 Overstreet Price Guide – with his Batman cover – had record-breaking sales. His covers on the record-setting Action 1000 and Captain America 700 have polled as fan favorites. Over the past several decades, he has amassed more than 100 highly-commercial Intellectual Properties, his Theatre of Concepts, which range from children’s interactive-learning entertainments to high-action adult digital gaming, from science fiction to superheroes. His vision is to shape, structure, and synthesize character-driven projects with state-of- the-art technology for the World of Tomorrow. And he’s still the best-dressed man in comics.

Joe Giella returns to the Baltimore Comic-Con for a rare appearance. The oldest living artist to have worked on Batman, this Golden and Silver Age creator worked at Timely, Marvel, and DC Comics as a penciller and inker. In addition to working on the comic, Giella provided pencils and inks on the Batman syndicated strip, as well as the syndicated Flash Gordon, The Phamtom, Mary Worth, and Sherlock Holmes comic strips. The United States Postal Service honored Giella by using two of his pieces of art for their 2006 “DC Super Heroes” collection of postage stamps. He has been honored with an Ink Pot Award, as well as being presented with the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement award at the 2016 Harvey Awards ceremony.

Paul Levitz has been a mainstay at DC Comics since 1972, serving as a writer, editor, and President (2002 – 2009) over the tenure of his career. His name is synonymous with the Legion of Super-Heroes, which he wrote from 1977-1979 and 1981-1989, and he created such notable characters as the Stalker, the Earth-2 Huntress, and Lucien the Librarian. Levitz has since returned to writing the Legion of Super-Heroes for the New 52, as well as the Earth-2 centric book, World’s Finest. After ending his career as DC Comics employee, Levitz moved onto the next phase of his career, accepting a Board of Directors position with BOOM! Studios. He has recently contributed Brooklyn Blood to Dark Horse Presents from Dark Horse Comics and guest edited and contributed an essay to DC’s Action Comics #1000.

A board member of Hero Initiative, retired writer and editor Denny O’Neil spent much of his career making an indelible mark at Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Initially brought on as a writer at Marvel, he had a hand in writing or scripting diverse titles including Strange Tales, X-Men, Millie the Model, and Rawhide Kid. After a year at Charlton Comics, he followed editor Dick Giordano to DC Comics, where he assumed writing duties for Beware the Creeper, Wonder Woman, Justice League of America, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and, perhaps most notably, Batman. On that title, he embraced the dark roots of the character, creating and defining the tone for numerous characters from the series. He returned to Marvel in the 1980s, assuming writing chores on Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Iron Man where he once again created numerous recurring characters in the respective titles’ mythos. He also served as an editor during his Marvel stint on numerous titles and runs before returning as Batman Group editor at DC, where he also wrote The Question, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, and Batman: Sword of Azrael.

“We’re still months away from the show, and our guest list is already incredible,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “These four guys are amazing — we haven’t had Jim to the show since 2001, so we’re excited to have him rejoin us in 2018, and adding Joe, Paul, and Denny to the mix just knocks the ouevre of the room out of the park.”

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

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