Leon: Protector of the Playground Debuts at Baltimore Comic-Con 2017

September 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Convention News, Maryland

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Jamar Nicholas launches his all-ages graphic novel at Baltimore Comic-Con! What do you do when you’re a kid hero with the rarest super-power of all: common sense? Award-winning cartoonist and educator Jamar Nicholas tries to answer that question with his new graphic novel, LEON: Protector of the Playground, premiering in the Kids Love Comics area at the Baltimore Comic-Con. Jamar joins over 30 all-ages comics creators in this special family-friendly section of the show, where kids can meet artists and writers, and participate in comics workshops and classes throughout the weekend.

LEON combines a hip latchkey kid super-hero with hilarious super villains, such as Broccoli Ron, Mr. Nipsey the hamster bad-guy, and rogue hall monitors. All this, plus daily life in public school, makes a smart, super fun graphic novel read. LEON was created as part of the Comic Book Diner trilogy of books (including Buzzboy by John Gallagher and Roboy Red by Rich Faber, both of which will be available in the Kids Love Comics section). LEON combines elements of Jamar’s childhood with a diverse cast of kids and almost every child’s fantasy of being a superhero. But Leon must also face the harsh realities of a working mom, learning to work with others, and to clean up after himself when he eats. “I wanted to create characters that kids could relate to,” said Jamar, adding, “LEON is a hero, but he also makes mistakes. And kids need to know that’s okay, as long as they work to make things better.”

Besides LEON, convention goers will also be able to get Jamar’s work on the BCC show program guide as well as on a special collectible BCC t-shirt. Why all the fuss? Well, one of Jamar’s biggest fans is none other than Marc Nathan, founder and director of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Jamar is a good soul, and a true friend of the show” said Nathan. “And we at the Baltimore Comic-Con want to help everyone discover what that looks like in Jamar’s work.” In fact, the Baltimore Comic-Con has been helping to promote kid-friendly comics and creators since the show’s beginning, and now brags the largest kids’ section in any comic-con across the United States. So it seemed only natural to premiere the graphic novel in Baltimore. “I just hope that everyone enjoys LEON as much as I enjoyed working on it,” said Jamar. “And I’m proud to be a part of the Kids Love Comics crew in Baltimore!”

LEON: Protector of the Playground, an original graphic novel, is a 144-page, full-color graphic novel, available at Jamar’s booth on LEON LANE in the Kids Love Comics section, for the first time anywhere. More information is available at JamarNicholas.com.

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The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017. In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages.

 

35 New Guests Announced for HeroesCon 2017

HeroesCon has announced 35 new guests for their 35th anniversary show! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

KRIS ANKAStar-Lord, Captain Marvel, X-Men, X-Force
DARRYL BANKSGreen Lantern, Legion of Super Heroes, JLA
RYAN BROWNE | Curse Words, God Hates Astronauts, Manhattan Projects, Bedlam
RICHARD CASE | Spider-Man, Doom Patrol, Hunter: The Age of Magic, Annie Ammo
EVAN DORKIN | The Eltingville Club, Beasts of Burden, Milk & Cheese, Dork!
SARAH DYER | Calla Cthulhu, DC Nation, Beasts of Burden, Action Girl Comics, MAD
STEVE EPTINGVelvet, Captain America, Avengers
KATY FARINASteven Universe, Rick and Morty, Amazing World of Gumball
MICHEL FIFFE Copra, Zegas, Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies
KELLY FITZPATRICK | Bitch Planet, Josie and the Pussycats, Shade the Changing Girl
CHARLES FORSMAN | Slasher, Revenger, TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer
PAUL GULACYMaster of Kung Fu, Sabre, Batman
JONATHAN HICKMAN | Black Monday Murders, East of West, The Manhattan Projects, Avengers
MIKE HUDDLESTONButcher Baker, The Strain, The Beauty
RICK LEONARDICloak and Dagger, X-Men, Spider-Man 2099
ALITHA E MARTINEZBlack Panther: World of Wakanda, Riverdale, Barbie, Batgirl, Iron Man
REBECCA MOCK | Knife’s Edge, Compass South, Spera, vol. III, Hana Doki Kira Anthology
RUDY NEBRES Dr. Strange, Conan, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Eerie, Creepy
JAMAR NICHOLAS Leon: Protector of the Playground, Fist Stick Knife Gun, Detective Boogaloo: Hip-Hop Cop
ED PISKOR | Hip Hop Family Tree, Wizzywig, American Splendor: Our Movie Year
ERIC POWELLThe Goon, Big Man Plans, Hillbilly
CRAIG ROUSSEAU | Avengers, Perhapanauts, Batman Beyond, Impulse
ANDY RUNTON | Owly
CHRIS SCHWEIZER | The Creeps, Crogan’s Loyalty, Crogan’s Vengeance, Crogan’s March
SCOTT SHAW! | Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew, Simpsons, Flintstones
BILL SIENKIEWICZ | Elektra: Assassin, Stray Toasters, New Mutants
CHARLES SOULE | Daredevil, Poe Dameron, Letter 44, Curse Words, Wolverine, She-Hulk
BABS TARR | MotorCrush, Batgirl
BEN TEMPLESMITHThe Squidder, Choker, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse
WILFREDO TORRES | Jupiter’s Circle, The Shadow: Year One, Lobster Johnson, Aliens
RAMON VILLALOBOS | Nighthawk, E Is For Extinction
DEXTER VINES | Amazing X-Men, Nova, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hulk
ALEXIS ZIRITT | Space Riders, Tarantula, The Package

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