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.

Legendary creator John Byrne in a RARE appearance at Fan Expo Boston

Legendary creator John Byrne (X-Men, Fantastic Four, Star Trek) is making his way to FAN EXPO Boston for a rare appearance. He’ll also be talking comics & Star Trek with the one and only William Shatner!

More details on this once in a lifetime moment coming soon, get your tickets today: bostoncomiccon.com/tickets

TX – Mark Waid Signing

Meet Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid at Bedrock City Comic Co’s Westheimer location on Wednesday, May 23rd from 4:00 -7:00 PM.

Waid is known for his Marvel books such as Avengers, Captain America, Champions, Fantastic Four, and, of course, Daredevil.

Waid’s DC titles includes one of the best selling comics of all time, Kingdom Come, plus The Flash, and Superman: Birthright!

…and don’t forget about his run on Archie or the exclusive Bedrock City cover of Archie #1

This signing is free with the purchase of at least one Mark Waid comic.

CGC services will be provided by Bedrock City Comic Co

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Bedrock City Comic Co.
6516 Westheimer, Suite D, Houston, TX 77057
(713) 780-0675

CA – FCBD 2018: Escapist Comics

Escapist Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5, 2018 with special guests Nick Dragotta (East of West, Fantastic Four), Justin Greenwood (Hamilton, Stumptown), and Ramon Villalobos (Nighthawk, E for Extinction).

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Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
510-652-6642

NY – Aw Yeah Comics Presents: Legends

Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Jerry Ordway, and Peter Tomasi sign at Aw Yeah Comics, on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from noon till 2:00 PM.

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

NYC – Amazing Spider-Man #798 Signing

Writer Dan Slott (Silver Surfer, upcoming: Fantastic Four and Iron Man) appears at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at JHU Comics’ new location for their first signing to celebrate the release of Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man #798, part 2 of Go Down Swinging!

*Purchase of Amazing Spider-Man #798 is required to participate in signing.

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JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
481 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016
(212) 268-7088

FR – Jim Lee Signing

Comics superstar Jim Lee will be appearing in Paris on Friday and Saturday, April 13th and 14th to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the amazing comic shop Album Comics!

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Album Comics
67 boulevard Saint Germain, 75005 Paris, France
+33 1 53 10 00 60

Chris Claremont & More Appear at CCR Ontario 2018

Press Release:

Comics Legend Chris Claremont appears at CCR Ontario for a rare Southern California appearance!

Chris Claremont, famous for his unparalleled 17-year unbroken run writing The Uncanny X-Men for Marvel comics from 1976 to 1991 amongst other works, will be joining a guest list featuring some of the comic industry’s most talented artists and writers this May 19th and 20th at the Ontario Convention Center.

“So looking forward to spending time with fans in Southern California,” said Chris Claremont. “Haven’t been in the LA area for quite some time. See you at Comic Con Revolution!”

He will be signing autographs, taking with fans and participating in panels all weekend long.

Joining Claremont will be fellow comic creators Whilce Portacio (Uncanny X-Men, Wetworks, Image Comics co-founder), Fabian Nicieza (Deadpool co-creator, Black Panther, New Warriors), and Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards, Mighty Thor, Star Wars).

About Comic Con Revolution:
Comic Con Revolution was founded on very simple principles. We are excited to celebrate comics and the creative arts. At the absolute core of what we do are the creators themselves. The people who create the comics, games, toys, film, movies and more that we all love. Without their tireless dedication to creating the fantastic worlds we all get lost in, events like Comic Con Revolution would not be possible. We strive to create the best possible experience for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike. Our team of event industry veterans are dedicated to working hard to create that experience for each of you.

For the most up to date information about the show, including our latest guest list additions, head over to www.ComicConRevolution.com

IL – Immortal Men #1 Signing

Jim Lee, comics superstar and DC Comics co-Publisher, makes a rare Chicago appearance at Graham Crackers Comics on Wednesday April 4, 2018!

Press Release:

It’s true!  The busiest man in comics is taking some time out to meet his fans at Graham Crackers Comics of Chicago!  Jim Lee will be appearing for one evening only at our Chicago LOOP location (77 E. Madison) – in fact he will be visiting on NEW COMICS DAY (Wednesday April 4th 2018) from 6pm – 9pm to help promote DC COMICS NEW AGE OF HEROES line!

Wednesday April 11th is the day the IMMORTAL MEN #1 from the new age of heroes line premieres with artwork by Jim Lee (of course)!  We will have the book on hand so you can get yours signed!  Due to the overwhelming demand and how rare it is for Jim to be able to step away from his already hectic schedule helping run DC COMICS – we are selling tickets to make sure that the people that want to meet Jim get a chance to, here’s how it works:

To get a TICKET to meet JIM LEE you pre-purchase a pass at any of the 11 Graham Crackers Comics locations, or even off our website – HERE!

  • The tickets cost $10.98 and gets you
  • Immortal Men #1 ($2.99 cover price – due out 4/11/18) – signed by Jim Lee in front of you!
  • Action Comics #1000 ($7.99 cover price – due out 4/18/18) – featuring cover by Jim Lee and interior artwork by Jim Lee with Brian Michael Bendis 1st new DC Comics work!
  • Ticket guarantees you a spot at the signing, a chance to meet Jim, get your signed Immortal Men plus any other item you want to have signed by Mr. Lee (total of 2 signed items per person)

Tickets are NOT required for meeting Jim Lee or getting an autograph, but anyone that shows up for the signing with a ticket will be placed before people without tickets.  Due to the overwhelming demand to meet Mr. Lee the ticket purchasing is the only way we can keep count on how many people are coming and being able to make sure that the person that drove for 4 hours gets their autographed items and a chance to meet Jim.  The tickets retail price simply covers the cover price of the two new Jim Lee DC comics.

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Graham Crackers Comics – CHICAGO LOOP
77 E. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602
312-629-1810

HeroesCon 2018 Updates Guest List

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 2018 show including Jae Lee, Darryl Banks, Chris Brunner, Francesco Francavilla,  Michel Fiffe, Andrew MacLean, Dan Parent, Dexter Vines, Chris Visions and more! HeroesCon 2018 takes place June 15-17, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

GUEST ADDITIONS:

BOB ALMOND | Stan Lee’s Guardian Project, Black Panther, Heroes For Hire, Warlock
ROGÊ ANTONIO Batman & Robin Eternal, Grayson
DARRYL BANKS Green Lantern, Legion of Super Heroes, JLA
THOMAS BOATWRIGHT | Zeke Deadwood, The Halloween Legion, Cemetery Blues
CHRIS BRUNNER Loose Ends, Southern Bastards, Batman: LOTD
JOEY ELLIS Leaky Timbers
MARIE ENGER Fhtagn and Loathing, Regression
MICHEL FIFFE Copra, Zegas, Bloodstrike
CHARLES FORSMAN Slasher, Revenger, TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer
FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA | Afterlife with Archie, The Black Beetle, Detective Comics
CASEY JONES | Nightwing, Fantastic Four, Exiles, Excalibur, New Warriors
JAE LEE | Batman/Superman, Inhumans, Dark Tower, Fantastic Four
NATE LOVETT | Champions of Odd Lake, Kyraa: Alien Jungle Girl, Paw Patrol, Rusty Rivets
ANDREW MACLEAN | Head Lopper, Apocalyptigirl, Laser Wolf Attack
DREW MOSS Copperhead, Terrible Lizard, The Colonized, The Crow: Pestilence, In the Dark
DAN PARENT | Archie, Die Kitty Die, Betty & Veronica, Kevin Keller, Life with Kevin
BENJAMIN SCHIPPER Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Fairies, Joe Death and the Graven Image
KYLE STARKS | Rock Candy Mountain, Rick and Morty, Sexcastle, Legend of Ricky Thunder
BRENO TAMURA | Pigs, 12 reasons to die, Cupid, Doctor Fate
JEREMY TREECE | Fearsome as the Night, the Misadventures of Clawberry & Friends, I’m So Goth!
DEXTER VINES | X-Men, Nova, Avengers: X- Sanction, Buffy, Hulk
CHRIS VISIONS | Dead Letters, Spider-Gwen, Scarlet Witch, Devils on the Levee
ALEXIS ZIRITT | Space Riders, Tarantula, The Package

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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.

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