Artist Shawn Martinbrough, known for his acclaimed two-year run illustrating Batman in Detective Comics with writer Greg Rucka and his current best selling work on Thief of Thieves with writer Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, will appear at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM) on Saturday, August 16, 2014, in two sessions from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., he will give a talk about how he developed his craft and discuss his career in the comics industry. That session will conclude with a question-and-answer period. Then from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. he will be signing in the museum’s gift shop, Geppi’s Comic World. Admission for the talk is free with paid admission for non-museum members and free for museum members, however, reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Admission for the signing in the store is free to all.
Martinbrough’s work, as well as that of many other creators, is currently on display at GEM as part of the widely lauded exhibit Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond, which runs through December 31, 2014. Among numerous projects, he has garnered praise for his Detective Comics work with Rucka, during which he co-created characters that were featured in the Batman: Gotham Knights animated DVD as a companion to director Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman films.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Shawn Martinbrough back to GEM and to offer our community the chance to get to know this exciting creator in such an intimate setting,” said Melissa Bowersox, President of Geppi’s Entertainment Museum.
Martinbrough’s other recent comic book work includes Luke Cage Noir and Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive for Marvel Comics. He also illustrated Captain America: The First Avenger, a promotional comic book created exclusively for the U.S. Army & Air Force Exchange Service, which runs the on-base stores on military posts. It had a million copy print run and was released in conjunction with the feature film of the same name.
For more than the last two years, Martinbrough has served as artist on the Image Comics series Thief of Thieves. Produced by Robert Kirkman, the creator of both the comic book and the hit AMC television series The Walking Dead, Thief of Thieves is in development as a television series as well. Martinbrough is also the co-creator and co-author of The REN, an upcoming 200-page graphic novel set during the Harlem Renaissance. It will be published by First Second Books. His art instruction book, How To Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, is published by Random House and has been reprinted in several languages.
His work has been covered by The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Daily News, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, AOL, AintItCoolNews.com, Architecture Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, The Washington Times, National Public Radio, SIRIUS/XM Radio, Ebony, Essence, Vibe, The Source and others, and he has lectured at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, The University of Michigan, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Prince George’s Community College, BEA/Book Expo of America and The 100 Black Men of America Conference.
There are 80 seats available for the talk. As noted, admission is free with paid admission for non-museum members and free for museum members, however, reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot, contact Andy Hershberger at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 625-7066.
GEM is located at 301 W. Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, in the historic Camden Yards sports complex. It is situated immediately next door to Oriole Park and just across the street from the Baltimore Convention Center. For general museum information, call (410) 625-7060 or visit www.geppismuseum.com. Admission: Adults are admitted for $10, Seniors (55 and older) for $9, Students (5-18) for $7, and children under 4 are free.
About Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum is a journey through 250 years of American pop culture, located in historic Camden Station at Camden Yards in Baltimore Maryland, just a few blocks from the city’s famed Inner Harbor, immediately across the street from the Baltimore Convention Center, and right next door to Oriole Park. Where else can you revisit your childhood and get back in touch with old friends that entertained you in the past through comic strips and books, radio and television shows, films, cartoons, and so much more? The museum exhibits nearly 6,000 pop culture artifacts including comics, toys, dolls, games and memorabilia of every conceivable category. Journey from the late 1700s to the present day and revisit favorite characters like Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Mickey Mouse, Barbie, G.I. Joe, and many more. Geppi’s Entertainment Museum is the home of “pop culture with character!” and it is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM – 6 PM, closed Mondays except for major holidays, and closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
301 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2434
Steranko Noir Exhibit at GEM on March 26-28
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM) will showcase a historic display of Steranko comics, cover paintings, and the complete art for the groundbreaking Chandler: Red Tide graphic novel, the artist-writer-designer’s most innovative work and considered by many to be the first authentic modern graphic novel—which is scheduled for publication this year by Dark Horse Books.
Jim Steranko, author and guest curator J. David Spurlock, and BBC TV superstar Jonathan Ross will be among the luminaries in attendance Saturday, March 27, 2010. The event will be covered by international press.
“We’re extremely proud that Mr. Steranko and Mr. Spurlock chose GEM as the site for this event,” says Curator Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg. “From Nick Fury to Red Tide to Raiders of the Lost Ark and beyond, Steranko has had an incalculable influence on the history of pop culture.”
The exhibit runs from March 26-28. For more information, call GEM at (410) 625-7060.
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, 301 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2434
Poe Creators Sign at GEM on October 17
As the city of Baltimore continues its celebration of author Edgar Allan Poe and with Halloween right around the corner, what better time to spotlight the efforts of writer J. Barton Mitchell and artist Dean Kotz, creators of Boom! Studios’ mini-series Poe?
The creative duo will appear at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum on Saturday, October 17, 2009, from 12 noon to 4:00 PM.
Poe is a compelling, must-read comic book story set in the least likely of places and weaving it from the least likely of fabrics. It is certainly not as if Poe’s life hasn’t been the fodder for other stories, both truthful and fictionalized. Mitchell and Kotz, though, capture the mood and spirit of that earlier, post-Colonial time (Poe died in 1849) and season it with the visual styles of the era and Poe’s own work.
For those who have yet to discover their riveting new tale, it goes like this: Edgar Allan Poe, after the death of his wife, teeters on the precipice of complete madness. Visions of those who met untimely ends torture him, as does the memory of his deceased bride. His brother, a Baltimore police officer, struggles with what to do with him.
Then the third in a suspicious string of killings pulls Poe out of his despair by giving him focus. Detecting a supernatural component to the crimes, the author of the world’s first detective story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” turns his considerable mind to solving them alongside his brother. Can he crack the case and save his own sanity as well?
A limited number of copies of all four issues of the Poe mini-series will be on sale at GEM during the signing.
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, 301 W. Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Author, historian and former comic book editor Michael Eury brings Captain Action to Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM) in Baltimore’s historic Camden Yards sports complex for a signing on Saturday, August 15, 2009, from noon to 3:00 PM.
The event will mark the debut of the brand new edition of Eury’s critically acclaimed Captain Action: The Original Super-Hero Action Figure. In addition to the author, Ed Catto and Joe Ahearn, the owners of Captain Action Enterprises, will be in attendance for the signing.
The event will also kick off a special exhibit covering the history of Captain Action, from the first action figures in the 1960s to the latest merchandise (and everything in between). The exhibit will run from August 15 through October 13, 2009.
Published by TwoMorrows Publishing, Captain Action: The Original Super-Hero Action Figure chronicles the history of this quick-changing champion, including photos of virtually every Captain Action product ever released. This new, full-color, hardcover edition is due in stores on or about August 10.
The original superhero action figure first arrived on the scene in 1966 with the ability to change into a fantastic range of other incredible heroes, including Superman, Batman, Captain America, Spider-Man, the Lone Ranger, Buck Rogers, and the Green Hornet. He took on their costumes and personas and fought the forces of evil in their places. Produced by the Ideal Toy Company and developed by Stan Weston, who had been involved in the genesis of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe just two years before, Captain Action enjoyed a fairly brief shelf life. The last of Ideal’s original production runs ended in 1968.
In that short time, though, the 12-inch action figure had also doubled for Aquaman, Flash Gordon, the Phantom, Steve Canyon, Sgt. Fury, and Tonto. He had a sidekick, Action Boy (who became Superboy, Aqualad and Robin the Boy Wonder) and a blue-skinned, bug-eyed alien arch foe named Dr. Evil (obviously years before Austin Powers fought another Dr. Evil). There were playsets, vehicles, a headquarters, flicker rings, playing cards, a Ben Cooper Halloween costume, and a fondly remembered five-issue series from DC Comics that included contributions from such legends as Wally Wood, Jim Shooter, and Gil Kane.
As the years followed, Captain Action became the purview of the collecting community. A thriving secondary market developed and kept interest in the character alive within its ranks. In 1998, thirty years after the original production run ended, Playing Mantis brought Captain Action back to the world of new toys. Although their tenure with the toy line would also end after two years, it greatly fanned the flames of interest in the character and the original collectibles, and led eventually to the formation of Captain Action Enterprises, the present day owners of the intellectual property.
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Address, 301 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201