Panel Schedule for Baltimore Comic Con 2016

Press Release:Baltimorecon

The 17th annual Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of September 2-4, 2016. Tickets are available now for General Admission, VIP, and Harvey Awards! As is the case every year, we have received a steady stream of requests for our Panel schedule — details are now ready for release, and we’re really excited to share them with you!

Friday will feature a panel on our 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook featuring the cast of Archie Comics, a spotlight on J.M. DeMatteis, and numerous panels featuring some of the industry’s largest publishers including DC, IDW, and Valiant Entertainment!

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

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

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

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


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

 Room 339-342

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

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

3:45-4:45 – DC Comics: Rebirth

Moderator: Dan DiDio

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

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

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

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

Room 343-344

2:30-3:30 – J.M. DeMatteis Spotlight

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

3:45-4:45 – Power Pack Panel

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

5:00-6:30 – Drawing with Allison Sohn

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

Room 345-346

2:30-3:30 – Cosplay 101

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

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

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

5:00-6:00 – Sewing Patterns

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

Room 347-348

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

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

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

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

5:00-6:00 – The Pulp Roots of Comics

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

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

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

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

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

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


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

Room 339-342

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

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

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

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

1:30-2:30 – Kevin Eastman Spotlight

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

2:45-3:45 – Al Jaffee Spotlight

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

4:00-5:00 – The Marvel Panel

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

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

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

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00 – Drawing Dinosaurs

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

12:15-1:15 – The Process of Writing

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

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

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

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

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

4:00-5:00 – John McCrea Spotlight

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

5:15-6:15 – Draw with Adam Hughes

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

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00 – Cosplay on a Budget

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

12:15-1:15 – Building Foam Armor

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

1:30-2:30 – DIY Cosplay

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

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

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

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

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

4:00-5:00 – Changing Roles of Editors

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

5:15-6:15 – Darwyn Cooke Tribute

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

Room 347-348

11:00-12:00 – New Mutants Panel

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

12:15-1:15 – The PERHAPANAUTS

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

1:30-2:30 – Joe Giella Spotlight

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

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

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

4:00-5:00 – The Chaykin & Cho Show

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

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

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

Ballroom (4th Floor)

11:30 – Candice Patton Spotlight

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

12:30 – Kristian Nairn Spotlight

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

1:30 – Sean Astin Spotlight

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

3:00 – Costume Contest (Adults)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You won’t be able to fly and it won’t give you super powers, but you will learn all the ins and outs of superheroics from the industry’s top professors. PLUS you’ll have fun making your own cape and superhero mask! Come to this workshop as a kid, leave as a superhero!

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

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

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

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


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

Room 339-342

10:45-11:45 – American Mythology Panel

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

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

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

1:30-2:30 – AfterShock Panel

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

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

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

Room 343-344

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

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

12:15-1:15 – Worlds to Build

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

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

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

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

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

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

Room 345-346

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

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

12:15-1:15 – Howard Chaykin Spotlight

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

1:30-2:30 – Steve Englehart Spotlight

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

2:45-3:45 – Diversity in Comics

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

Room 347-348

11:00-12:00 – Media Comics

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

12:15-1:15 – Ominous Press Returns!

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

1:30-2:30 – Music and Comic Books

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

2:45-3:45 – Animation Panel

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

Ballroom (4th Floor)

12:00-1:00 – Michael Rowe Spotlight

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

1:00-2:00 – Hayley Atwell Spotlight

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

2:30 – Costume Contest (Kids)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

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

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

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

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

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

2:30-3:30 – A Piggy’s Tale Comic Reading and Drawing! with Piggy and Tod Emko

Join Tod Emko for a live reading of A Piggy’s Tale, the universally loved all-ages comic. Piggy the Three-Legged Super Pup will be present to greet his public and model as the audience draws the heroic canine. If Piggy likes the drawing, the child will receive the first issue of A Piggy’s Tale! All participants will have their photos taken with their drawings for the website.

3:30-4:30 – The Imagination Aquarium with Jamar Nicholas

Ever find yourself stuck for cartoon ideas? Put on your wetsuit and dive into the IMAGINATION AQUARIUM, where cartoonist Jamar Nicholas will help you catch ideas in your net and create awesome cartoons!

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

Marvel Announces SDCC 2016 Schedule


Press Release:

This weekend, Marvel returns to San Diego Comic-Con as we prepare for non-stop excitement throughout the entire show! We’re bringing the hottest creators and all kinds of breaking news plus signings, giveaways, and awe-inspiring on-stage events that will make this year’s show one to remember! It’s all happening at the Marvel Booth (Booth #2329) throughout the show so be sure to stop by for your chance to get in on the fun!

Want to know more about the blockbuster upcoming slate of Marvel NOW! comic titles? What about the latest happenings for your favorite Marvel television shows and blockbuster movies? Then you won’t want to miss this year’s panel lineup chock full of breaking news! And that’s not all because this year’s show features an all-star lineup of your favorite Marvel creators and stars who will be appearing throughout the show!

Plus, the Marvel Booth at SDCC the only place to get your hands on red-hot exclusive merchandise including an all-new set of enamel pins inspired by the artwork of Skottie Young! Featuring over 25 unique pins, don’t miss out on one of this year’s must-have convention exclusives!

Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on and @Marvel on Twitter, the best way to get real-time announcements from the convention floor and up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, and signing schedules of all your favorite Marvel creators!



Archie Comics Announces SDCC 2016 Panels, Signings & Exclusives

Archie_Comics_Logo_011Press Release:

Archie Comics, the acclaimed and bestselling comic book publisher that is home to some of the best-known pop culture creations in the world, including Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Josie & The Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and the hit AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE series, today unveiled plans for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego – timed to the launch of an all-new BETTY & VERONICA #1 from comic book legend Adam Hughes.

BETTY & VERONICA #1, hitting comic book shops and digital storefronts on Wednesday, July 20 – the same day doors open on Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016 – continues the stellar ‘New Riverdale’ relaunch of the beloved Archie Comics properties that began last year with the now-historic ARCHIE #1 by writer Mark Waid and artist Fiona Staples.

 “We treat every New Riverdale launch like a special, monumental event – as these amazing characters deserve,” said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics Publisher/CEO. “Adam Hughes is the perfect person to welcome a new BETTY & VERONICA #1 into the world with a story that’s beautifully illustrated, witty and about the most important friendship in comics. What better place to pull back the curtain on this book than Comic-Con? It’s going to be an epic show for Archie. As always, we come in strong and ready to engage with our fans and community.”

This year’s Comic-Con will also feature the first public screenings of the pilot episode of the new Archie Comics-based drama ‘Riverdale’, from Warner Brothers Productions, set to debut on The CW in early 2017. A special ‘Riverdale’ panel will take place on Saturday featuring appearances by cast members including key cast members and crew. Fans will be able to get their first look at the subversive and modern take on the Archie Comics characters.

The relaunch of BETTY & VERONICA sets the stage for an amazing week of panels, giveaways, exclusives, and announcements at the biggest pop culture event in the world, Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016 – including a convention-exclusive cover to BETTY & VERONICA #1 by Adam Hughes and a special throwback cover for the fan-favorite SONIC: MEGA DRIVE one-shot.

Archie Comics will have three must-see panels this year including a spotlight on Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer, Archie Horror writer, and ‘Riverdale’ Executive Producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a 75th anniversary panel featuring top Archie Comics talent, and a special ‘Riverdale’ panel featuring the cast of the new live-action drama series debuting on The CW in 2017.

Spotlight on Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in Room 29AB

Join moderator Alex Segura (crime novelist and Archie writer) for an in-depth and memorable discussion with acclaimed comic book writer, playwright, and screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, spotlighting his time at Archie Comics – including the creation of the hit Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics – and writing other beloved comic book properties like the Fantastic Four, his prolific television (Glee, Supergirl), theatrical (American Psycho, Spider-Man on Broadway) and movie (Carrie and Town that Dreaded Sundown remake) work — including the upcoming RIVERDALE TV series from the CW in a frank, engaging and free-wheeling format that will keep fans buzzing.

Archie Comics Forever: 75 Years of Storytelling

Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in Room 4

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Archie Comics in this must-see panel with exclusive news and announcements about your favorite characters including ARCHIE, JUGHEAD, BETTY & VERONICA and more! Featuring your favorite Archie Comics talent and perhaps a special ‘Riverdale’ surprise appearance or two.

‘Riverdale’ Panel

Saturday, July 23, 6:30 p.m. – approx. 10 p.m. in Room 6BCF

Don’t miss the first ever panel for ‘Riverdale,’ the next hit television show coming to The CW in early 2017! Join the cast and crew of the Archie Comics-based drama for a special screening of the pilot episode!



Get your favorite comics signed by all-star talent at the Archie Comics Booth (#1829) at San Diego Comic-Con!


Thursday, July 21

Adam Hughes_BettyandVeronica1-SDCC1pm-2pm BETTY & VERONICA: Adam Hughes

3pm-4pm NEW RIVERDALE: Adam Hughes & Derek Charm

4pm-5pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent

5pm-6pm DARK CIRCLE COMICS: Duane Swierczynski, Adam Christopher, Frank Tieri

Friday, July 22

12pm-1pm BETTY & VERONICA: Tula Lotay, Tom Bancroft, Colleen Coover, Adam Hughes

1pm-2pm NEW RIVERDALE: Adam Hughes & Derek Charm

3pm-4pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent

4pm-5pm ARCHIE ACTION: Tyson Hesse

5pm-6pm ARCHIE HORROR: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Saturday, July 23

10am-11am JUGHEAD: Derek Charm

11am-12pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent

2pm-3pm BETTY & VERONICA: Adam Hughes

0000000000-Sonic_Mega_Drive_1_SDCCSunday, July 24

SHOW HOURS: 9:30am-5:00pm

10:30am-11am RIVERDALE: Cast TBA

11:30am-12:30pm ARCHIE ALL-STAR: Dan Parent

12:30pm-1:00pm ARCHIE HORROR: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

1pm-2pm BETTY & VERONICA: Adam Hughes



BETTY & VERONICA #1 SDCC Exclusive Variant

IT’S BETTY VS. VERONICA! The most highly-anticipated debut in comics history is here with an exclusive convention cover by comics legend Adam Hughes! Betty and Veronica are America’s sweethearts… until they turn on each other! “Pops’ Chocklit Shoppe is being taken over by a huge coffee company. When Betty and Veronica go head-to-head over the issue, all bets are off! Friendships will shatter. Cities will burn. Nails will be broken. Betty and Veronica are back in this ALL-NEW #1! (see above)

Price: $10

Sonic spins into a brand new, Classic-styled, SUPER SPECIAL one-shot “Mega Drive”! Join Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy Rose on a brand new adventure—set after the fall of the Death Egg! The nefarious Dr. Eggman is trying to build a new engine of destruction: the MEGADRIVE, and it’s up to Sonic and his whole crew to stop the mad doctor and save the day! Join Sonic and his friends in this special commemorative issue celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Blue Blur by Ian Flynn, Tyson Hesse and Matt Herms featuring an exclusive convention cover by SEGA!

Price: $10

For more information and to keep up to date on all things Archie Comics and SDCC, follow @ArchieComics on Twitter and Instagram for live updates from the show floor!

Hero Initiative Hits MegaCon 2016 with Ken Lashley

May 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Florida

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative Hits Orlando MegaCon

With Special Guest Artist Ken Lashley

Los Angeles (May 19, 2016) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic book creators in medical and financial need, will be adding to the craziness at the Orlando MegaCon, May 26-29 at the Orange County Convention Center Hall D, located at 9800 International Drive in Orlando, Fla.

Anchoring our booth during the four-day extravaganza is artist Ken Lashley best known for his work on Flash, Excalibur and Suicide Squad. He will be signing and sketching so make sure you bring your books! All donations will benefit the great cause of Hero Initiative!

In addition, artists across the floor will be raising money for Hero all weekend. Generously donate $1 per signature and it’s a win-win for all! Check out participating creators Arthur Adams and Joyce Chin, Greg Land, Jae Lee, Jose Marzan Jr., Brian Pulido, Gail Simone, and Frank Tieri.


About The Hero Initiative

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

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $950,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit or call 626-676-6354.

MA – FCBD 2016: New England Comics

FCBD-logoPress Release:

New England Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 7, 2016 at every NEC location! Free Comics! Guests! Fun!

Artist Ian Nichols (Fat Cat Funnies)
Artist Tony Sedani (Return To Rander)
Joker & Fiends Cosplayers

Mark Texeira (Veteran Marvel Artist: Wolverine/Punisher/Ghost Rider)
Also a gaggle of Cosplayers

Jeff McClelland & Sean Kasper

Writer George O’Conner (Babe, Healed)
Local Magician Nick Altieri

Artist Mike Lilly (Annihilation, Nightwing, Detective Comics)

Writer Frank Tieri (Deadpool, Batman, Harley Quinn)

Creator Bob Salley (Salvagers 11:30-2:30)
Josh Dahl (Rapid City 3:00-6:00)

RSVP on Facebook!

1st Annual Great American Comic Con on Dec. 5-6th


Great American Comic Con is the newest addition to the comic book convention scene and what better place to have its first show but Las Vegas, Nevada. So December 5-6th, 2015 will be the inaugural event taking place at the Sports Center of Las Vegas. Joining us this year are some of the best comic book writers, artists and professionals in the business including Tim Bradstreet, Tommy Castillo, Howard Chaykin, Darwyn Cooke, Tony Harris, Bob McLeod, Tony Moore, Graham Nolan, James Robinson, Joe Rubinstein, Mike Zeck, Frank Tieri, Billy Tucci, Len Wein, and Bernie Wrightson.

What makes GACC different from any other comic book convention in Las Vegas is the guests will have worked on titles ranging from the Silver Age of comics all the way to today’s newest and hottest comic book titles. This show is all about comics and nothing else. You will find major comic book dealers from across the US as well as Las Vegas’ own dealers offering you the widest selection of comic book memorabilia available anywhere. Keep checking back for new guest and exhibitor announcements. We are proud and excited to be able to bring you a great show to enjoy. So make sure to register today and be ready to enjoy a good ole fashion comic book show. It’s about comics!

RSVP on Facebook!

For tickets and further information please visit their website:

Special Guests Appear at NJCE 2015


New Jersey Comic Expo (#NJCE) makes its debut this weekend on November 21st and 22nd with several special guests!

Best-selling and fan favorite superstar comic book artist Jim Lee will be making a rare appearance at NJCE on Sunday, November 22nd. Jim’s appearance at NJCE is his final U.S. convention appearance of the year! Attendees will have the chance to line up for a special TWO HOUR hour signing with a two-item limit! The signing will begin at 10AM and will be first come, first served.

Writer Garth Ennis, best known as the co-creator of the Vertigo comic Preacher with Steve Dillon, which is coming soon to AMC, and his fan beloved nine-year run on Marvel’s Punisher. So if you have a stack of the plethora of comics authored by Mr. Ennis, you may want to bring them to the 2015 NJCE, because this will be his ONLY appearance in the great state of New Jersey.

Superstar Comic Book artist John Cassaday will be making a rare appearance this weekend at the New Jersey Comic Expo! Appearing both Saturday & Sunday, John who most recently handled the art on the first six issues of Marvel’s flagship Star Wars book, will be signing books for fans and will also be available for meet & greet session via our VIP packages.

Angel and Person of Interest’s Amy Acker will be joining us on Saturday and Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy) and from Marvel’s Daredevil on NetFlix Peter Shinkoda and Tommy Walker will be there all weekend. In addition to signing autographs for fans (Additional fees apply) at their tables in our Celeb Signing Area we will also be offering the opportunity to have a professional photo with your favorite celeb taken by Epic Photo-Ops, the convention photo pros.

Other guests include: Mark Bagley, Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Batista, Ryan Bodenheim, Ivan Brandon, June Brigman, Jim Calafiore, Dennis Calero, Joe Caramagna, Paul Castiglia, Chris Claremont, Toby Cypress, Vito Delsante, Todd Dezago, Steve Ellis, The Fraim Bros, Bryan J.L. Glass, Justin Gray, Scott Hanna, Joe Harris, Edwin Huang, Jamal Igle, Jeff King, Joseph Michael Linsner, Shawn Martinbrough, Ben McCool, Mark Morales, Rags Morales, Rudy Nebres, Fabian Nicieza, Cary Nord, Carl Potts, Rodney Ramos, Tom Raney, Ivan Reis, Rod Reis, Dave Roman, Craig Rousseau, Fernando Ruiz, Buddy Scalera, Bob Schreck, Jeffery Shultz, Alex Simmons, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Frank Tieri, Peter J. Tomasi, Ethan Van Sciver, Charles Paul Wilson III, and more! For the full guest list, tickets, and further details please check the website:

Great American Comic Con: Las Vegas (December 2015)


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Great American Comic Con is the newest addition to the comic book convention scene and what better place to have its first show but Las Vegas, Nevada. So December 5-6th, 2015 will be the inaugural event taking place at the Sports a Center of Las Vegas. Joining us this year are some of the best comic book writers, artists and professionals in the business. What makes GACC different from any other comic book convention in Las Vegas is the guests will have worked on titles ranging from the Silver Age of comics all the way to today’s newest and hottest comic book titles. This show is all about comics and nothing else. You will find major comic book dealers from across the US as well as Las Vegas’ own dealers offering you the widest selection of comic book memorabilia available anywhere. We are proud and excited to be able to bring you a great show to enjoy. So make sure to register today and be ready to enjoy a good ole fashion comic book show. It’s about comics! What else? Where will you be December 5-6th?
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121 E. Sunset Road
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Simon Bisley, Joe Rubinstein, Billy Tucci, Tim Bradstreet, Bernie Wrightson, James Robinson, Graham Nolan, Howard Chaykin, Bob McLeod, Terry Moore, Len Wein, Frank Tieri, Darwyn Cooke, Tommy Castillo, Tony Harris

Brett Dalton Appears at Boston Comic Con 2015


Boston Comic Con welcomes BRETT DALTON to our show on July 31st – August 2nd! Brett will be signing autographs and doing fan photo ops all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. He is best known for his breakout role as double agent Grant Ward on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD! Brett’s other television credits include Blue Bloods, Army Wives, and National Geographic Channel’s Killing Lincoln. Hail Hydra! *UPDATE* Photo ops are available now at the link!

Previously announced guests include: Stan Lee, Hayley Atwell, Robin Lord Taylor, Eduardo Risso, Humberto Ramos, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tony Moore, Jason Latour, Joelle Jones, Steve Lieber, Annie Wu, Franco Aureliani, J. Bone, Frank Brunner, Michael Cho, Jeff Dekal, Evan Dorkin, Sara Dyer, Gerry Duggan, Mike Henderson, Mike Kunkel, John Layman, Stacey Lee, Laura Martin, Phil Noto, Dan Panosian, Yanick Paquette, Jeff Parker, Andrew C. Robinson, Kurtis J. Wiebe, Joshua Williamson, Brian Azzarello, Nick Bradshaw, Eric Canete, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Andy Belanger, Stephanie Buscema, Dave Johnson, Joe Prado, Tim Sale, Amy Reeder, Don Rosa, Stephane Roux, Frank Tieri, and more!

Tickets are now available for purchase. Please note that this year tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY, there will not be any on-site ticket sales.

About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday July 31st, Saturday August 1st, and Sunday August 2nd at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

Boston Comic Con 2015 Adds Guests


Boston Comic Con has added several guest comic creators, both returning friends and brand new additions, for the 2015 convention! Come meet them at the Seaport World Trade Center on July 31 – August 2. Joining us are:

  • Nick Bradshaw: Guardians of the Galaxy, Wolverine and the X-Men
  • Eric Canete: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin, Amazing Spider-Man, Tron: Legacy
  • Erica Henderson: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, The Best Thing
  • Phil Noto: Black Widow, Uncanny X-Force, Thunderbolts
  • Dan Panosian: Conan/Red Sonja, G.I. Combat, X-Factor Forever
  • Andrew C. Robinson: The Fifth Beatle, Justice League United, Hawkman
  • Tim Sale: Captain America: White, Daredevil: Yellow, Batman: The Long Halloween
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl

Previously announced guests include: Stan Lee, Hayley Atwell, Robin Lord Taylor, Eduardo Risso, Humberto Ramos, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tony Moore, Jason Latour, Joelle Jones, Steve Lieber, Annie Wu, Franco Aureliani, J. Bone, Frank Brunner, Michael Cho, Jeff Dekal, Evan Dorkin, Sara Dyer, Gerry Duggan, Mike Henderson, Mike Kunkel, John Layman, Stacey Lee, Laura Martin, Yanick Paquette, Jeff Parker, Kurtis J. Wiebe, Joshua Williamson, Brian Azzarello, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Andy Belanger, Stephanie Buscema, Dave Johnson, Joe Prado, Amy Reeder, Stephane Roux, Don Rosa, Frank Tieri, and more!

*Please note Sean G. Murphy will not be appearing as previously announced. Boston Comic Con apologizes for the error and any confusion.

**Our condolences to the family and friends of Herb Trimpe on his untimely passing.

Tickets are now available for purchase. Please note that this year tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY, there will not be any on-site ticket sales.

About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday July 31st, Saturday August 1st, and Sunday August 2nd at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

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