The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to announce the addition of comic writer and novelist, Joe Hill, courtesy of IDW Publishing, to the growing list of creators for this year’s show. In addition, IDW will also be exhibiting at the show and hosting a panel as well!
Joe Hill published his first book, a collection of short stories entitled 20th Century Ghosts, in 2005 and followed that up in 2007 with Heart-Shaped Box, his first full-length novel. But Hill is best known among comic fans for his work on IDW’s groundbreaking horror series, Locke & Key, which launched in 2008. The book, which is a series of mini-series, is coming to an end with October’s Alpha #2, and has been optioned for film by Universal Studios.
In addition to Locke & Key, Hill is also the author of the Kodiak, The Cape, The Cape: 1969, Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland, and Thumbprint from IDW. He received an Eisner Award in 2011 for Best Writer (Locke & Key) and is nominated for a Harvey Award this year for Best Writer (also Locke & Key).
IDW Publishing was founded in 1999 and has since grown to become one of the top comic book publishers in the United States. Their catalog of books include such licensed properties as G.I. Joe, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Doctor Who, Judge Dredd, The Crow, My Little Pony, Star Trek, and The X-Files, as well as original comic series such as 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Kill Shakespeare, Fever Ridge: The Tale of McArthur’s Jungle War, and Jinrise.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Joe and IDW attending the show and the Harvey Awards this year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Joe’s contribution to the horror genre in comics and in literature has left a lasting effect on both mediums, and IDW has continued to publish some of the best work in comics month-in and month-out for nearly 15 years! This is going to be such a treat for all the fans attending this year’s show!”
Joe Hill and IDW Publishing join our previously announced guests, including: Josh Adams (Doctor Who); Neal Adams (First X-Men); Brian Bolland (Dial H); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Jimmy Cheung (Avengers vs. X-Men); Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre); J.M. DeMatteis (Phantom Stranger); David Finch (Justice League of America); Keith Giffen (Masters of the Universe); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); Barry Kitson (Empire); Roger Langridge (Popeye); Paul Levitz (World’s Finest); Kevin Maguire (World’s Finest); Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie); Mike Mignola (Hellboy In Hell); Jimmy Palmiotti (Batwing); George Perez (World’s Finest); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Joe Prado (Earth 2); Ivan Reis (Aquaman); Chris Samnee (Daredevil); Louise Simonson (X-Factor); Walt Simonson (The Mighty Thor); Kevin Smith (Batman: The Widening Gyre); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Mark Waid (Indestructible Hulk), and Bill Willingham (Fables).
Writer Jason Ciaramella appears on June 15th at Larry’s Wonderful World of Comics from 5:00 – 8:00pm.
THE CAPE LEGACY EDITION hits shelves on June 15th, and to celebrate the release, Larry’s Wonderful World of Comics in Lowell, MA, is hosting me for the evening. This isn’t going to be a regular, boring old signing with some jerk sitting behind a table while you wait in line. No. Screw that. We’ve got plans, and they’re fucking huge.
Larry’s hosts a local Drink & Draw on Wednesday nights with a different theme each week. The theme for June 15th is going to be THE CAPE, and I’m going to write an original, one-page CAPE script that will be kept secret until the event. Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to draw my script, and here’s where it gets awesome:
THE DRAWINGS WILL BE COLLECTED, AND THE BEST ONE WILL BE PRINTED IN A FUTURE ISSUE OF THE CAPE.
That’s right. A chance to see your work published in a real-life comic book for people all over the world to see. Not too shabby, eh? You wont get that kind of love from Marvel or DC, I can assure you of that.
Also, for the writers in the group, I’ll be giving a little script writing seminar while the artists are doing their thing. It’s an open forum where I talk about some of the lesser known aspects of script writing, and then take questions. I like it to be more of a discussion, where everyone contributes and offers advice. I know nobody wants to sit and listen to me talk about panel counts for a half-hour, myself included.
66 Lakeview Ave, Lowell, MA 01850
Jason Ciaramella, Juli Mayers, Brother Mac, and Liz & Benn Robbins sign at New England Comics grand re-opening celebration in Brockton, MA on Saturday January 29th.
+Free Popcorn Give Away (While supplies Last)
+Free-In Store Photo with your favorite Super Hero/Heroine
+Trivia Challenge: Answer the question right and receive a FREE item!
+ An inside look at the art of comic book script writing. Hosted by IDW writer, and Brockton native:
Jason Ciaramella explores the different elements of a professional comic book script, compares the scripts and styles of popular writers, and talks about the importance of math in comics. Yes, MATH! Aspiring writer? Comic fan? This seminar has a little something for everyone.
*Juli Mayers: (writer & character designer – Justice League Unlimited; animator – Wonder Woman; writer & character designer – Young Justice)
*Jason Ciaramella: (Comic Author of IDW’s The Cape comic book & Kodiak One-shot )
*Benn and Liz Robbins & Brother Mac: (This local art studio is the creative team behind The Mangalicious Tick 4-issue series. They will be signing comics and doing free sketches.)
New England Comics
East Crossing Plaza
716A Crescent St, Brockton, MA 02302