1st Annual Ringo Awards Debut at Baltimore Comic Con 2017

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Pro and Fan Comic Book Awards come to “America’s Greatest Comic Book Convention” and YOU GET A VOTE! The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics.

The awards make their debut this year as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Nomination voting is now open for the inaugural 2017 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards. Nomination ballot voting is open to the public (fans and pros) from June 27, 2017 until midnight on July 18, 2017. We encourage everyone to participate. Creators and new works published during 2016 are eligible.

Unlike other professional industry awards, the Ringo Awards include fan participation in the nomination process along with an esteemed jury of comics professionals.

More than 20 categories will be celebrated with top honors being given at an awards ceremony Saturday, September 23, 2017.

About Mike Wieringo

Michael Lance “Mike” Wieringo was known to fans and friends as “Ringo”, which is how he signed his artwork. His comics artist graced the pages of DC Comics’ The Flash, Adventures of Superman, Batman, and Robin, Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Sensational Spider-Man, and Rogue, and his co-creation Tellos. He passed away on August 12, 2007 at the young age of 44 from an apparent heart attack.

“Mike loved comics,” said Todd Dezago, co-conspirator with Wieringo on their creator-owned title Tellos. “He loved the pure escapism of them. He loved the imagination that went into them and the inspiration he got out of them. He loved the talent and skill that went into them; the innate abilities of the artists and the writers as well as the learned and developed facility that came with study and experience. He loved the storytelling of comics, he appreciated when it was done well. Mike loved the diversity of comics; the incredible array of styles that ran the spectrum and gave each creation its own unique flavor. And he loved fun comics. Not that Mike didn’t appreciate the grim and the gritty, the deeper, more adult, more thought-provoking comics of the day. But he was drawn more to the more light-hearted, sometimes fanciful-and we called them ‘overly-coincidental’-stories that reminded you that comics were fun.

“Mike liked comics that were fun,” said Matt Wieringo, artist and brother to Mike. “That’s pretty subjective and covers a lot of ground, right? He liked art that was expressive. Some people think that means ‘cartoony’ but that’s not it. For instance, he loved Juanjo Guarnido’s Blacksad art, and that’s hardly cartoony, but it’s expressive as hell. He loved the artists that could build a believable world and could tell a compelling story in that world with characters that were gestural and fun to look at. He loved artists who made their characters act. He also loved discovering new artists that didn’t draw like anyone else because he loved learning from them. He had a huge collection of European comics that he couldn’t even read, but he could study the artwork. He got excited about new artists and wanted to know who their influences were and what they read and how they worked. He read a lot of indie comics to see what was going on outside the mainstream. He was on board with Hellboy and Love & Rockets and Hate before they were “cool.” Mike also loved Kirby before it was considered a badge of honor to proclaim it. He loved how innovative and energetic he was and that he was this Brooklyn bruiser with the heart of a hippy poet (a close approximation of how Mike once described him to me). And it wasn’t just the art. He liked reading stories by writers who could keep things moving and exciting. Nothing bored him more than page after page of talking heads with quippy dialogue. He wanted STORY. He wanted ADVENTURE. And CONSISTENT CHARACTERIZATION. He liked working with Mark Waid because he loved how Mark can always find a new way to spin a familiar story and write characters you care about, relate to, and have their own voice. He loved working with Todd because they shared similar sensibilities and Todd always finds a way to inject FUN into the story. For Mike, “fun” didn’t just mean light-hearted either. He enjoyed horror and noir and crime stories as much as anyone. As a kid, he devoured Miller’s Daredevil and Sin City because the stories were compelling and well told. He loved Starlin’s Warlock and Captain Marvel because they were epic and groundbreaking. He loved Wrightson and Ploog and Colan because they could set a mood. Most of all, Mike thought good comics were entertaining and innovative. If you could hold his attention and delight and intrigue his artistic sensibilities at the same time, he’d shout your name from the rooftops. And, if it turned out you were a decent, nice person to boot, he’d be your friend for life.”

“We really miss Mike Wieringo,” said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter. “Ringo was a great friend to the show, a great artist and creator, and a great person. It has been 10 years since his passing, and we wanted to do something to honor his spirit. These awards represent the creativity and positive attitude he brought to his work, and when we started floating the idea with his family and industry friends, everyone immediately loved it as much as we did. Having had some experience running a large industry awards show in the past, we had some great insights as to what the industry (and fans!) wanted, and we’re trying to give it to them. This has all come together very quickly, and we know we’re going to continue to adjust and adapt as we grow, but we are absolutely thrilled to have already heard from so many fans and pros alike, in addition to his family and friends, about how excited they are. Please spread the word. Please vote. And thank you for helping us celebrate Mike’s memory!”

Baltimore Comic-Con’s Yearbook Returns in 2017 with Tellos

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The Baltimore Comic-Con returns September 22-24, 2017 to the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Tickets are now available.

Continuing our tradition, the Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook returns in 2017 for the sixth year, celebrating creators appearing at this year’s show. This year’s book of art features interpretations of characters from Tellos, sometimes in conjunction with the contributing guest’s own creations, in a celebration of creator-owned properties.

Beautifully designed by returning guest and Love and Capes creator Thom Zahler, the book comes in a standard and, for VIP ticket holders, a limited VIP cover edition.

Tellos is a high-adventure comic book series that, over the course of its 10 issue run, transports you to magikal lands from the farthest reaches of your imagination and introduces you to a cast of colorful characters you won’t soon forget. Created in 1999 by writer Todd Dezago and artist Mike Wieringo, Tellos unspools the tale of a young boy, Jarek, who, along with his sword-wielding Tiger-companion, Koj, find themselves thrust into the roles of reluctant heroes. Soon teamed with a young pirate captain named Serra, the three embark on a fantastic and mysterious mission to discover where Jarek’s strange new magikal abilities have come from. Oh, and part of that mystery…? Who is the dark and malevolent figure trying desperately to hunt them down and have those powers for his own.

Brandon Peterson

Tellos is a magikal patchwork world made up of a myriad of different realms, populated by creatures of myth and legend. A fantastic land filled with adventure around every corner…and danger at every turn.

Once again, our popular scavenger hunt returns in 2017! When you buy the book, you’ll get a list of Yearbook contributors and their table numbers. If you succeed in your hunt, you can get your choice of bonus prints!

“I have been more than honored to be a guest at the Baltimore Comic Con since meeting the show’s illustrious and gregarious organizer, Marc Nathan, some… fifteen years ago,” quipped Tellos writer Todd Dezago. “One of my favorite people, one of my favorite conventions. So, here’s a cool idea. About six years ago, Marc and his first lieutenant, Brad Tree, create the Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook, an annual treat that is both a showcase of comicdom’s top talents as well as an instant collector’s item. ‘Yo, Todd–what’s that all about?’, you say? Well, I’m glad you asked. Each year, the Yearbook spotlights a classic or independent comic book series and encourages some of the industry’s top artists to create for us their vision and version of these familiar characters; The Archies Gang, the colorful cast from Frank Cho’s Liberty Meadows, Stan Sakai’s wonderful Usagi Yojimbo, David Peterson’s fantastic Mouse Guard, and Matt Wagner’s Grendel. The book then becomes a map of the show as well, as convention-goers are then directed around the convention hall floor to meet and collect the autographs of the various artists. A fun time is had by all!”

Tellos is such a unique property,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “It’s a fascinating story with gorgeous, unique, striking characters, and it was created by great friends of the show. I’m really excited to see what our guests will do with the Tellos characters, or how they’ll draw them to interact with characters of their own. This should be another fantastic-looking Yearbook that our attendees will love.”

Stan Sakai

Art created for the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating the characters of Tellos will be auctioned off at the Baltimore Comic-Con Art Auction on Saturday, September 23rd at 5pm. Fans and art collectors alike won’t want to miss this opportunity to win these one-of-a-kind items, only available at the Baltimore Comic-Con!

The book will be sold, and the art auction will be held at 5pm on Saturday, September 23rd in our Main hall, in the Exclusives Booth in the lobby. The book will be available at the Baltimore Comic-Con for $29.99.

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Joel Adams (Bucky O’Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book), Neal Adams (Harley’s Little Black Book), Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Toybox Time Machine: A Catalog of the Coolest Toys Never Made), Lee Bermejo (Batman: Noel), Reilly Brown (Slapstick), Mark Buckingham (Everafter: From the Pages of Fables), Dave Bullock (The Rocketeer at War), Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen), Jim Calafiore (Surviving Megalopolis), Richard Case (King: Jungle Jim), Elias Chatzoudis (Peepland), Frank Cho (Skybourne), Amy Chu (KISS), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Gerry Conway (Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Dawn/Vampirella), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), Joshua Dysart (Imperium, courtesy of Hero Initiative), David Finch (Batman), Meredith Finch (Catwoman: Election Night), Ramona Fradon (Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters), John Gallagher (Underdog), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman), Michael Golden (Doctor Strange), Scott Hanna (Wonder Woman), Dean Haspiel (Dark Horse Presents), Klaus Janson (Dark Knight III: The Master Race), Brian Joines (Bill & Ted Go to Hell), Arvell M. Jones (Marvel Premiere), JG Jones (Batwoman), Justin Jordan (Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern), Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter covers), Matt Kindt (Ninjak), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (Avengers), Tony Kordos (Batman and Robin Eternal), Alisa Kwitney (Convergence Batgirl), Greg LaRocque (Stargate Atlantis: Hearts and Minds), Hope Larson (Batgirl), Joe Linsner (Harley Quinn), Andrew MacLean (Headlopper), Elliot S. Maggin (Superman, courtesy of Hero Initiative), David Marquez (Civil War II), Alitha Martinez (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Ron Marz (Dread Gods), Ed McGuinness (Spider-Man/Deadpool), Mike McKone (Old Man Logan), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Steve McNiven (Secret Empire), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Mark Morales (Deathstroke), Melody Often (Amazing Forest), Denny O’Neil (Green Lantern/Green Arrow, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk), Tom Palmer (The Avengers), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Dan Parent (Your Pal Archie), Paul Pelletier (Cyborg), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Revolution), Khoi Pham (Teen Titans, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Keith Pollard (Fantastic Four), Tom Raney (Invincible Iron Man), Afua Richardson (Black Panther), Rafer Roberts (Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe), Don Rosa (Donald Duck), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Andy Runton (Owly), Julie Fujii Sakai (Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Stuart Sayger (Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas), Bart Sears (Dread Gods), Louise Simonson (Faith), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Megan Sloane (Lark’s Killer), Andy Smith (Earth 2), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Rob Stull (Executive Assistant: Orchid), Peter Tomasi (Superman), John Totleben (Convergence: Swamp Thing), Billy Tucci (Shi), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Ethan Van Sciver (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Gus Vazquez (Big Hero 6), Mark Waid (Avengers), Freddie E. Williams II (Batman/TMNT), Bill Willingham (The Kamandi Challenge), Ron Wilson (The Thing), Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom), Marv Wolfman (Raven, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl), David Yardin (Jean Grey), Kelly Yates (Torchwood), and Thom Zahler (Time & Vine).

Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets!

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 website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.

RSVP on Facebook!

Baltimore Comic-Con Hosts Inaugural Spring Fling

Guests Frank Cho, Steve Conley, John Gallagher, Mark Morales, Brandon Peterson, and more appear at Baltimore Comic-Con’s first ever Spring Fling on Sunday April 9, 2017!

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The Baltimore Comic-Con will be back again this year in the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017, but as a special thank you to our fans, we’re throwing a Spring Fling.

What is a Spring Fling? If you were with us for our first show back in 2000, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect. This will be a good old fashioned comic book show: rows and rows of comic book dealers from 6-8 states around the country with comics and collectibles from the ancient to the very modern…and we’re bringing in a few guests as well!

Harvey and Eisner award nominee Frank Cho launched his career as a comic strip artist at the University of Maryland-College Park student newspaper, penning University2, which was the predecessor of his creator-owned syndicated strip and comic series, Liberty Meadows. His body of work also includes Marvel ComicsNew Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil, New Ultimates, and X-Men: Schism, as well as Jungle Girl for Dynamite Entertainment. His recent work can be seen in BOOM! Studios’ Skybourne, and on covers from DC Comics‘ Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman.

Long-time friend of the show, Harvey and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since our inception in 2000 (!), artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and online. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His creator-owned Bloop, is available through his online store in print or soft copy editions, and you can read his webcomic, The Middle Age, on his website.

John Gallagher is the award-winning artist and writer of graphic novels Buzzboy and Roboy Red (with Rich Faber). John teamed with sons Jack and Will to create a kids book, E.P.I.C. Bros., about two kids whose superhero dad is always out saving the world, and they pass the time using his gizmos for lovable mayhem. Jack and Will follow in the footsteps of big sister Katie, who teamed with her dad to create Zoey and Ketchup. John’s Buzzboy is back from American Mythology Productions in Buzzboy Go Digital Monster Mayhem, where he has also contributed to the recently relaunched Casper the Friendly Ghost and The Inspector. When not creating comics, John is executive director of Kids Love Comics (kidslovecomics.net) and works as art director for Ranger Rick magazine.

Mark Morales has established himself as one of the industry’s go-to inkers for major titles and events for the big publishers. He has inked a vast number of titles at Marvel Comics including, among many others, A+X, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers vs. X-Men, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Sentry, Siege, Thor, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, X-Force, and X-Men. He has also done work for DC Comics on titles like Action Comics, Batman/Superman, JLA, New Suicide Squad, Prez, and Superman: The Man of Steel. He was also awarded the Harvey Award for Best Inker in 2009 and 2011.

Brandon Peterson has been a professional illustrator for over 20 years, working primarily as a penciller and inker, but often as a colorist, writer, editor, and art director. He has done a great deal of work at Marvel Comics, as the artist on books like AvX, Avengers, The Ultimates, Ultimate Vision, Ultimate Extinction, Ultimate X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men. Brandon was also VP of Special Projects and Art Director of the now-defunct CrossGen Comics, where he created titles like Mystic and Chimera. He is also a veteran of Top Cow Productions, having worked on Codename: Strykeforce, Cyberforce, Ripclaw, Medieval Spawn/Witchblade, and his own book, Arcanum. His work is recently featured on IDW’s Revolution Heroes and DC ComicsTrinity.

So here are the details:
When: Sunday April 9, 2017; 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD 20190
How much: FREE!

Free?!? Yes, free! The Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling is a thank-you to our fans for helping us grow and making our show into the institution it has become. This one’s just for the fun of it, and we hope we’ll see you there! RSVP on Facebook!

MD – Free Comic Book Day 2016

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Free Comic Book Day 2016 is this Saturday May 7th at Cards, Comics & Collectibles – Baltimore County’s Premiere Comic Book Store and the Official News Source of the Baltimore Comic-Con! You don’t want to miss our amazing guests, giveaways, events, and FREE COMICS!

The full-day event kicks off with an awesome line-up of creators appearing at the store! Mark Morales, Matt Slay, and Steve Conley will be all signing autographs at the store throughout the day.

Mark Morales has established himself as one of the industry’s go-to inkers for major titles and events for the big publishers. He has inked a vast number of titles at Marvel Comics including, among many others, A+X, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers vs. X-Men, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Sentry, Siege, Spider-Man/Deadpool, Thor, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, X-Force, and X-Men. He has also done work for DC Comics on titles like Action Comics, Batman/Superman, JLA, New Suicide Squad, Prez, and Superman: The Man of Steel. He was also awarded the Harvey Award for Best Inker in 2009 and 2011.

Matt Slay has contributed to the TMNT/Ghostbusters crossover and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series: Leonardo. You can find his work gracing countless trading cards for Image, Cryptozoic, and Marvel, and more recently on covers from American Mythology Productions’ Equilibrium.

Award-winning designer, illustrator, and cartoonist Steve Conley has worked on such notable comics as Star Trek: Year Four (IDW), Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist (Dark Horse Comics), JLA-Z (DC Comics), and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (BOOM! Studios). Conley, who is also the creator of Astounding Space Thrills and the all-ages series Bloop (www.bloopstree.com), will be signing and sketching all day.

“We love giving away comics on Free Comic Book Day,” said Marc Nathan, owner of Cards, Comics & Collectibles. “It’s such a fantastic opportunity for the industry, where everyone walking in the store walks out with a comic, whether they’re a regular or just starting to read comics. We are delighted to host Mark, Matt, and Steve for this year’s signing, and the free comics we’ll be giving away are fantastic!”

Besides giving away free comic books, the store will have free Baltimore Comic-Con t-shirts to give away as well, and will offer 50% off modern and bronze age back issues, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers.

Join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016 as events kick off at 10:00am with store signings and, of course, FREE COMICS!

Cards, Comics & Collectibles is located at 100A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD. For more information, please visit cardscomicscollectibles.com, our Facebook page, or call 410-526-7410.

Barry Kitson Appears at Philadelphia Comic Con 2013

November 12, 2013 by  
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Artist Barry Kitson appears at the Philadelphia Comic Con this Sunday November 17, 2013 courtesy of Marc Nathan and Baltimore Comic Con!

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Baltimore Comic-Con promoter Marc Nathan is returning to the road this weekend, bringing a little bit of the Baltimore Comic-Con back to the Philadelphia Comic-Con this Sunday, November 17th. This time, he’s coming along with Barry Kitson! Stop by to meet Barry, talk to Marc about new guests being announced for the Baltimore Comic-Con, and buy some comics while you’re there! Marc will also have Exhibitor and Artist Alley forms for this coming year’s convention on September 5th through 7th.

Information about the Philadelphia Comic-Con can be found on their website. It will be held at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center, 76 Industrial Highway, Essington, PA 19029 from 10am to 4pm. Be sure to stop by!

Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Guests, Returns to Northern Virginia

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The Baltimore Comic-Con continues working to establish an amazing guest list, and is proud to announce the addition of even more guests!

In addition to previously announced guests, the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con, to be held September 8th and 9th at the Baltimore Convention Center, will feature comic superstars Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre), Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Gene Ha (Justice League), Cully Hamner (Action Comics), Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot), Brian Stelfreeze (ICE), Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9), and Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin).

Guest List

The 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con will feature the following previously announced guests:

Laura & Michael Allred – Madman, iZombie
Greg Capullo – Batman, Spawn
Frank Cho – Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows
Steve Conley – Bloop
Rich Faber – Roboy Red
John Gallagher – Buzzboy
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman
Keith Giffen – Superman, OMAC, Green Arrow
Larry Hama – G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam
Dean Haspiel – Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City
J.G. Jones – Wanted, Doc Savage
Scott Kurtz – PvPonline.com
David Mack – Kabuki
Ron Marz – Artifacts, Voodoo
David Petersen – Mouse Guard
Frank Quitely – All Star Superman, Batman & Robin
Walter Simonson – Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers
Scott Snyder – Batman , Severed, Swamp Thing
Billy Tucci – A Child Is Born, Shi
Matt Wagner – Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel
Mark Waid – Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredemable

…With more on the way! Stay tuned to our website or use the “Sign up” link at the bottom of our website to receive update announcements as we make them!

Baltimore Comic-Con Road Show Continues
Continuing his 2012 road show, this weekend, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter Marc Nathan brings the Baltimore Comic-Con back to his neighbors to the south — Northern Virginia! Marc will be attending the Shoff Baseball & Sports Card Shows & Comic Book & Nonsports Card Show this Sunday, March 11th. Stop by to chat with Marc about the show, and pick up some comics and cards while you’re there! Marc will also have Exhibitor and Artist Alley forms for this years convention on September 8th and 9th.

For more information about Shoff show, please go to their website, http://shoffpromotions.com/. The March 11th event will be held at the Tysons Corner, VA Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn), 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102 from 10am-3:30pm, and admission is only $3/person. Be sure to stop by!

Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
press@baltimorecomiccon.com – for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com – for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com – for inquiries about submitted registrations
harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com – for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
general@baltimorecomiccon.com – for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 7 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

Last Minute Additions for Baltimore Comic-Con 2011

August 15, 2011 by  
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The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to welcome Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Billy Tucci to the still-growing line-up of talent for this year’s show. The show will be taking place the weekend of August 20-21, 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Jimmy Palmiotti, who will continue to write Jonah Hex in the “New 52” title All-Star Western, is one of the most prolific writers in comics today. In addition to his work at DC, including Jonah Hex and Freedom Fighters, Palmiotti’s recent work includes a 48-page one-shot from Image Comics called Trailblazer, which hit stores last month. Currently, he is writing the Flashpoint tie-in miniseries, Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager.

Fan-favorite artist Amanda Conner returns to Baltimore and brings the charm to “Charm City.” Conner’s most recent work includes a 12-issue run on Power Girl, as well as covers for Zatanna and the Jimmy Olsen one-shot from DC Comics. She is also the co-founder of Paperfilms, Inc., a creative services studio, along with Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. 

Founder of Crusade Fine Arts, Billy Tucci is most widely known for his creator-owned work on Shi. Both a writer and an artist, he has worked for nearly every major publisher including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and IDW. Most recently, Tucci finished a series of limited edition Shi prints for Breast Cancer Awareness benefitting the Judi Shesh Memorial Foundation, as well as the cover and interior art for DC’s Birds of Prey #14-15.

“We’re very excited to have Jimmy, Amanda, and Billy back in Baltimore for another year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Each of them has had a lasting impact on comics over the last few years and it’s always a pleasure to have them at the show.”

Full Guest List
A complete list of confirmed guests for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con can be found here.

Third Annual Costume Contest at the Baltimore Comic-Con – UPDATED
The 3rd Annual Costume Contest will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm. With $1,000 up for grabs for the best overall costume and prizes for each of the 10 categories, this is one event all of you cosplayers don’t want to miss! For more information and a complete list of catagories, visit our website’s Costume Contest page.

Stan Lee VIP Packages Sold Out!  Autographs and Photos Still Available!
Please Note: Although the Stan Lee VIP Packages are officially sold out, individual autographs and photographs are still available and can be purchased by visiting http://baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2011 Third Annual Costume Contest

August 5, 2011 by  
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In addition to the all-star line-up of talent scheduled at this year’s 12th Baltimore Comic-Con, the show will host their third annual costume contest … back by HUGE demand!  This year, the event will be held Saturday and it will be larger than ever!

“After a second year of an outstanding costume contest, where we literally had to break down walls to meet demand – we are thrilled to bring it back in 2011,” said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter, “and we were totally caught off-guard when hundreds entered last year.  For the second straight year, the contestants and audience overflowed the planned contest room.”  He went on to add, “This year, we are planning for it to grow again.  We are taking it up a notch this year by getting an even larger space!” 
 
The $1,000 grand prize will be awarded to the best over-all costume at the event, including all of the over-13 and under-13 categories.  Category winners will win a $100 gift certificate to Cards, Comics and Collectibles of Reisterstown, Maryland.  Additionally, all category winners will receive ONE pass to see an Avengers movie sneak preview, and a free two-day pass to the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con.

Our categories will include the following:

     Best Male (over 13) Superhero
     Best Male (over 13) Non-Superhero

     Best Female (over 13) Superhero
     Best Female (over 13) Non-Superhero

     Best Group (majority of members over 13)

     Best Male (under 13) Superhero
     Best Male (under 13) Non-Superhero

     Best Female (under 13) Superhero
     Best Female (under 13) Non-Superhero
 
     Best Group (majority of members under 13) 
 
A panel of celebrity media judges will determine the contest winners, including some world-famous comic book creators!
 
The contest will start at 1pm on Saturday, August 20th at the Baltimore Convention Center!  Registration will begin as soon as the show opens at 10:00am.  Contest Registration forms will be handed out at all ticket booths for all patrons interested in entering the costume contest to further speed the registration process.  Over 13 registration will cost $5.  Under-13 registration will be free.
 
PLEASE NOTE: NO WEAPONS WILL BE ALLOWED WITHIN THE CONVENTION CENTERDo not bring real swords, guns, or any other type of an authentic weapon!!! Only props allowed!!!

Baltimore Comic-Con 2011 Adds Three More Talents

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The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to announce the addition of artists Mark Chiarello, Geof Darrow, and Allison Sohn to the line of creators for this year’s show, which is less than three weeks away! The show will take place August 20-21, 2011 at the convention center located at 1 W. Pratt Street in downtown Baltimore.

Mark Chiarello has worn many hats in the comic industry over the course of his 24-year career, including: colorist, penciler, editor, and art director. While working as an editor at DC Comics, Chiarello helmed such projects as Batman: Black & White, Solo, and Wednesday Comics. Currently, he is the Vice President of Art Direction and Design at DC Entertainment and had been working closely with the creators who are shaping the style and design of DC’s “New 52.”

Geof Darrow began his career in animation in the early ’80s as a character designer for Hanna-Barbera’s Super Friends, Richie Rich, and Pac-Man cartoon series before breaking into comics in the mid-’80s. The most notable works over the course of his include Hard Boiled and Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot with Frank Miller; and Shaolin Cowboy with the Wachowshi Brothers. Most recently, Darrow has provided cover art for Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, and Jurassic Park: Dangerous Games for IDW.

Sketch card artist Allison Sohn’s work has been showcased in several Star Wars trading card sets, including Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 and 5 and the 30th Anniversary Collection. In addition, she provided the exclusive artwork for both Celebration IV and V. Most recently Sohn was the feature of a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International called Comic-Con How-To: Sketching with Allison Sohn, in which she demonstrated her craft using Copic markers.

“We are delighted to have these three talented creators joining us for the show this year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Mark, Geof, and Allison each bring a unique talent to the comic industry that sets them apart. This is a real treat for our fans!”

Awesome Artists Added to Baltimore Comic-Con 2011

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The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the addition of Adam Hughes, Tony Harris, Josh Middleton, and Francesco Francavilla to the line-up of creators appearing at this year’s show. The show will be taking place the weekend of August 20-21, 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

As far as cover artists working in comics today, Adam Hughes is among the very best. A 12-year veteran of Gaijin Studios, Hughes is most widely recognized for his pin-up style renditions of female characters, especially over the course of his long runs as cover artist on Wonder Woman and Catwoman. His most recent work includes a 2-page spread featuring Supergirl and Batgirl for Superman/Batman #75 in 2010 and covers for Zatanna (#13-16) in 2011, and he will be providing covers for DC’s relaunch of Batgirl which begins in September. Hughes won the Harvey Award for Best Cover Artist in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

Breaking into comics in 1989, Tony Harris made a name for himself as the artist and co-creator of DC Comics’ Starman. Also a member of Gaijin Studios, Harris left the Atlanta-based collective to form Jolly Roger Studios. His recent work includes wrapping up a 50-issue run on Vertigo’s Ex Machina in 2010 and he is currently working on a project called The Further Adventures of the Whistling Skull.

Josh Middleton broke into the comics industry in 2000 with his work on one of CrossGen’s original fours series, Meridian, where he penciled the first six-issue story arc. In 2003, after contributing to Marvel’s X-Men Unlimited series, Middleton signed an exclusive with the publisher and helped create the series NYX along with Joe Quesada. Moving on to DC Comics, he served as artist for the mini-series Superman/Shazam: First Thunder, and provided cover art for Vertigo’s American Virgin and DC’s Supergirl. Middleton’s most recent work includes art direction for Warner Brothers Animation’s Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

Francesco Francavilla, who is currently wrapping up his run on Detective Comics, will be working alongside Scott Snyder on the upcoming Swamp Thing title (one of DC Comics’ “New 52”) starting this September. In additon, Francavilla is also the artist on Marvel’s Black Panther: The Man Without Fear and is working on several short stories/anthologies at Archaia Entertainment.

“We are all very excited to add these four artist to the growing list of creators attending this year’s Con,” said Marc Nathan, show promotor of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “These guys helped to shape the look and feel of many modern comics and redefined those characters for a new audience.”

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