Five Points Festival 2017: Designer Toys, Comics & NYC

Press Release:

The Five Points Festival is a collision of toys, comics, and counterculture curated by Clutter Magazine and sponsored by Midtown Comics and Playcrafting NYC. A designer toy and comic convention coming May 20-21, 2017 to Pier 36 on New York’s Lower East Side, Five Points is two days and nights of comic artists and writers, vinyl and plastic toys, original art, food trucks, and craft breweries – bringing together 15,000 tastemakers, misfits, and rebels in a one-of-a-kind marketplace! Get your tickets now at the link…

  • The Midtown Comics booth will present mega signings with comic royalty including Greg Capullo, Scott Snyder, Nick Spencer, Dan Slott, and Bryan Lee O’Malley! And be on the look out for Five Points exclusives, too, with details coming soon to our Facebook, Twitter, and blog!
  • Meet amazing Designer Toy Artists including Ron English, Amanda Louise Spayd, Chris Ryniak, Gary Ham, Huck Gee, James Groman, Jason Freeny, Jeff Lamm, Peter Kato, Simone Legno, Tara McPherson, and many more!
  • Rub elbows with 150 amazing creators in our Artist Alley including Amy Reeder, Andrew MacLean, Annie Wu, Ben Templesmith, Christopher Hastings, Cliff Chiang, Jamal Igle, Mags Visaggio, Ronald Wimberly, Sean Gordon Murphy, Tini Howard, and more!
  • All of our vendors can be found here and the list keeps growing every day.
  • Outside Pier 36, you’ll find all delicious food trucks including Korilla, Nuchas Empanadas, and Big D’s Grub – and a craft beer garden!
  • Grab an exclusive Dunny designed by Gary Ham! Available in three colors, 3″ tall, and limited to 1000 pieces total (across the three versions), this is the first production Dunny created by Gary Ham in the world!
  • Want the yellow and black Gary Ham Dunny? You’ll want to be a VIP, as it is included with the VIP ticket! Our yellow and black Dunny is limited to only 250 pieces, and being a VIP is the only way to guarantee this colorway! You’ll also get a ticket into the Designer Toy Awards on Friday night, early access into Five Points, and access to the Saturday night party by Sonicboombox!
  • All the awesomeness kicks off at the Designer Toy Awards presented by Lagunitas! The entire art toy world comes together on Friday, May 19 at Webster Hall, and a a VIP ticket is the ONLY way for you to join ’em!

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Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling Adds Chris Ivy

Press Release:

The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017, but we will be back early this year at the Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling!

Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling will be held at the BWI Airport Marriott on Sunday, April 9th, 2017. Our dealers from around the country include AA Comics, All-American Comics, Basement Comics, BDK, Borderlands Comics, Collectors Corner, Comics & Gaming, Bob Cook, Cards, Comics and Collectibles, Cosmic Comix, Dimension Decals, Tom Gordon, Jason Hamlin, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, Ion Comics, Lost In Time Toys, Mad4Minifigs, Painted Visions Comics, Patriot Comics & Toys, Silver Dragon Studio, Toynk, Twilite Zone Comics, Welcome Back Comics, Derek Woywood, and Zeno’s Books.

We are also extremely pleased to present a small selection of previously-announced comic book guests, including Frank Cho (Skybourne), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), John Gallagher (Casper the Friendly Ghost), Mark Morales (New Suicide Squad), and Brandon Peterson (Trinity).

We are pleased to announce the addition of Chris Ivy, appearing courtesy of the Hero Initiative. Ivy began his career in the storied Marvel Bullpen, working under comics greats John Romita and Don Perlin. After a year, he graduated to the life of a freelancer, where he became renowned largely for his inking skills. He has worked on titles such as Marvel’s Alpha Flight, Avengers, Wolverine, and Ghost Rider, Image’s Shadowhawk, Supreme, and Butcher Knight, DC Comics’ JLA, Flash, and Sovereign Seven, and Dark Horse’s Planet of the Apes, Aliens vs. Predator vs. Terminator, and Star Wars Bounty Hunters: Kenix Kil. More recently, his work has been seen in titles from IDW (GI Joe: Cobra Civil War) and Dynamite Entertainment (Army of Darkness).
The Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling will be held:

When: Sunday April 9, 2017 from 10am-5pm
Where: BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD 20190
For how much: 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. We hope we’ll see you there!

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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!

Press Release:

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!

NYC – Amazing Spider-Man #25 Signing

Writer DAN SLOTT (Silver Surfer, Superior Spider-Man) signs on Wednesday March 15th at 6:00 PM! Come celebrate the release of Amazing Spider-Man #25 at Forbidden Planet NYC.

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Forbidden Planet
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
212-473-1576

NYC – Brian Bendis Signing

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Midtown Comics hosts a Q&A event and signing with writer Brian Michael Bendis (Guardians of the Galaxy, Invincible Iron Man, Miles Morales: Spider-Man) on Tuesday, January 31 Thst.is is a LIMITED EVENT. You must follow the instructions in the link to enter for a ticket. Ticket winners will be contacted via email with the exact time of the event and more details.

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
(212) 302-8192

CA – Amazing Spider-Man Signing

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Writer Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, Silver Surfer) signs at DJ’s Universal Comics on Saturday, January 21st at 4:00 PM!

DJ’s Universal Comics
11390 Ventura Blvd, Ste 9, Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 761-3465

NYC – Clone Conspiracy #2 Signing

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Writer Dan Slott (The Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man, She-Hulk) appears at JHU Comic Books on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to sign CLONE CONSPIRACY!

*Purchase of Clone Conspiracy #1 or #2 required to participate in the event.

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JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 268-7088

NYC – Clone Conspiracy #1 Signing

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Writer Dan Slott will visit Midtown Comics Downtown to sign copies of Marvel’s Clone Conspiracy #1 on Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 PM!

This is an OPEN signing, but just to be safe, we STRONGLY recommend you hop in line at least an hour early. A copy of Clone Conspiracy #1 is MANDATORY and you may have ONE other item signed. We hope to see you there, True Believers!

Clone Conspiracy #1:
Prepare yourself for THE Spidey story of 2016 as the writer who brought you Spider-Verse, Superior Spider-Man and Spider-Island brings you the next defining chapter in the wallcrawler’s life! The identity of the man in the red suit has been revealed. The Jackal has returned, more driven and determined than ever. He’s offered Spidey’s greatest rogues a chance to reunite with their loved ones in exchange for loyalty. But to what end? With the Rhino, the Lizard, Electro and even Doctor Octopus at his side, things are looking bleak. But who else from Spider-Man’s past has reappeared?!

The mystery is just getting started. Can the Amazing Spider-Man stand against the Jackal and a who’s who of his greatest villains? Be there as this blockbuster Spider-Man event kicks off this October in the explosive first issue – THE CLONE CONSPIRACY #1!

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
(212) 302-8192

UK – Amazing Spider-Man Signing

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Legendary comic writer Dan Slott will be signing copies of Spider-Man comics and graphic novels at Forbidden Planet London at 6:00 PM on Wednesday 9th March.

Dan Slott is an American comic-book writer best known for Avengers: Initiative, Mighty Avengers, She-Hulk and The Amazing Spider-Man. He was the sole writer of the controversial Superior Spider-Man, where Peter Parker was replaced by Doctor Otto Octavius, and the Silver Surfer. He’s renowned for injecting humour into typically serious superhero books.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to time restrictions, there may be limits placed on the number of items signed.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

CA – The Lion of Rora Signing

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Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage, writers of Netflix’s hit DAREDEVIL series, appear at Golden Apple Comics on Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 3:00 till 6:00 PM to sign THE LION OF RORA!

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Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-658-6047

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