NYC – Celebrating Al Jaffee

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Columbia University celebrates the life and career of cartoonist AL JAFFEE, creator of the MAD Magazine Fold-in, with a panel discussion in honor his donation of his papers to their Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Former DC Comics president (and sometime Columbia lecturer) Paul Levitz will moderate, and joining him will be cartoonist Peter Kuper, Mad magazine art director Sam Viviano, and–of course!–Al himself at the Butler Library on Tuesday March 4 at 7:00 PM in room 523.

A reception will follow the event.  As always, Comics@Columbia events are free and open to the public.

Butler Library | Columbia University
535 W 114th St, New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-7309

NYC – Champion of The Graphic Novel Reading

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Writer Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes) reads from his upcoming book Will Eisner: Champion of The Graphic Novel as part of Will Eisner Week 2014!  The event will take place on Monday, March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room.

Comic-Con International Announces 20 More Guests for SDCC 2014

Via the Toucan Blog:

SPECIAL GUESTS WAVE 2 IS HERE!

20 More Guests Announced for Comic-Con International 2014!

Comic-Con International introduces twenty more guests for the 2014 event, to be held July 24-27 at the San Diego Convention Center. This second wave of guests for 2014 includes creators from mainstream and alternative comics, graphic novels, manga, and mystery/thriller books, plus a pair of comics historians. For complete bios and larger photos of these guests, please click here to visit our CCI 2014 Special Guests page!

Confirmed for Comic-Con International 2014 are these additional special guests:

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June Brigman, artist, co-creator, Power Pack

Mark Brooks, cover artist, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers

Colleen Coover, artist, co-creator, Bandette

Chuck Dixon, writer, Batman, Airboy

Francesco Francavilla, writer/artist, The Black Beetle, Afterlife with Archie

Brian Haberlin, artist, Witchblade, Anomaly

Gregg Hurwitz, author, Tell No Lies, Batman: The Dark Knight

Batton Lash, writer/cartoonist, Supernatural Law, The First Gentleman of the Apocalypse

Jim Lee, co-publisher, DC Entertainment; artist, Justice League, Superman Unchained

Paul Levitz, editor, former publisher, DC Comics; writer, World’s Finest

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Sara Mayhew, writer/artist, Legend of the Ztarr

Michelle Nolan, comics/pop culture historian, Love on the Racks, Ball Tales

Denny O’Neil, writer/editor, Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow

John Picacio, artist, A Song of Ice and Fire, Elric of Melnibone

Mimi Pond, cartoonist, Over Easy

Stan Sakai, creator, writer, cartoonist, Usagi Yojimbo

Jeff Smith, creator, writer/artist, Bone, RASL, Little Mouse Gets Ready

J. Michael Straczynski, creator, writer, Ten Grand, Sidekick, The Adventures of Apocalypse Al

Maggie Thompson, writer/editor/comics historian, Comics Buyer’s Guide

Paul Tobin, writer, co-creator, Bandette, Colder

Stay tuned for more special guest announcements for Comic-Con International 2014, coming soon!

DC Entertainment Celebrates Superman’s 75th Anniversary and More at SDCC 2013

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Press Release:

DC ENTERTAINMENT UNLEASHES IMPRESSIVE SLATE OF STELLAR EVENTS AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2013

Superman 75th Anniversary Celebration of World’s Greatest Super Hero Continues

Neil Gaiman Awakens THE SANDMAN For All-New Series

Journey To The Dark Side As Villains Take Over DC COMICS – THE NEW 52

DC Entertainment, home to the World’s Greatest Super Heroes and the most talented writers and artists in the business, announced today it will storm Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013 with an impressive line-up of events, announcements and giveaways that promise to amaze fans and continue to cement its position as a leader in the comic book industry.

The largest English-language publisher and the leader in digital comics innovation, DC Entertainment will conquer Comic-Con with a selection of can’t-miss events. Fans can look forward to an unprecedented celebration of the greatest and most iconic hero in history, Superman – including a look at the best-selling new series SUPERMAN UNCHAINED and the return of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed Vertigo series with THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE, featuring the breathtaking artwork of J.H. Williams III. But the San Diego fireworks don’t end there, as DC Entertainment will be giving fans a sneak peek at the dark future within DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 and unveiling the JUSTICE LEAGUE KIA car featuring custom artwork from DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee to benefit the WE CAN BE HEROES giving campaign, and more.

DC Entertainment’s interactive 4,500 square foot booth (#1915) will take flight this year with a staggering collection of Superman costumes highlighting the Super Hero’s various eras and donned by actors including Henry Cavill, Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain and Tom Welling.  The costume gallery anchors a booth that also boasts video game demos, creator signings, a special fan green-screen photo area, giveaways and exclusive video footage.

Plus, with a schedule packed with over 15 panels, DC Entertainment is set to deliver to fans a stellar collection of appearances, announcements and events.

  • All hail the world’s first Super Hero as Superman celebrates 75 years! DC Entertainment will join its partners across Warner Bros. Entertainment to salute the most revered and influential comic book character of all time with a slew of must-see events in celebration of both the Man of Steel’s history – including a special Superman 75 panel featuring an all-star roster of guests, including Jack Larson (the original Jimmy Olsen from Adventures of Superman), first-time Comic-Con panelist Tim Daly (Superman: The Animated Series) and reigning animated Supergirl Molly Quinn (Castle) to comics luminaries Paul Levitz, Grant Morrison and Dan Jurgens plus talent from the current blockbuster, “Man of Steel,” and a first look at the animated short chronicling the character’s rich history, produced by “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder – plus more information on the powerhouse comic book series SUPERMAN UNCHAINED from acclaimed artist Jim Lee and writer Scott Snyder.
  • Be there as the legendary Neil Gaiman offers fans a first look at his return to the comic book series that launched his career with Vertigo’s THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE. Brought to life by renowned artist J.H. Williams III, the new 6-issue miniseries set for release on October 30, will also be the subject of an all-star panel featuring Gaiman, Williams and artists Dave McKean and Sam Kieth.
  • Dive into Vertigo’s upcoming slate of genre-defying titles – including the dark fantasy COFFIN HILL, the epic adventure HINTERKIND, the post-apocalyptic SUICIDERS, THE SANDMAN spin-off THE DEAD BOY DETECTIVES, and the erotic thriller THE DISCIPLINE, along with the return of the fan-favorite series from Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, AMERICAN VAMPIRE.
  • Terror takes over when Villains Month hits in September. Get an inside look at the shocking events facing our heroes as the first DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 universe-wide event is unleashed. The event, spearheaded by the 7-issue FOREVER EVIL series by superstar writer Geoff Johns with art by the incredibly talented David Finch will also feature 52 jaw-dropping villain-centric titles boasting 3-D Motion covers. Fans will also be able to delve into the structure of this summer’s Justice League event Trinity War with a whiteboard animation video narrated by Johns, which will be showcased at the DC Entertainment booth. Plus, fans can get an early look at “Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics,” an all-new documentary to be teased along with a panel headed by Johns, Kevin Shinick (Robot Chicken), Andrea Romano (Batman: The Animated Series) and Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights).
  • Don’t miss DC Entertainment’s display of seven Justice League-inspired KIA cars (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg) featuring custom automobile detailing and artwork by legendary artist Jim Lee at the Interactive Zone at Petco Park, Official Comic-Con Partner.  Comic-Con will mark the unveiling of the centerpiece to the collection – the JUSTICE LEAGUE KIA – to be auctioned off to benefit the WE CAN BE HEROES giving campaign to help fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.
  • DC Entertainment, firmly established as the industry leader in digital comics, will debut its first-ever panel dedicated to the space – slated to reveal new art, innovations and an all-star cast behind some of DC Comics Digital’s most popular releases including BATMAN ’66, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, SMALLVILLE SEASON 11, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM, and BATMAN BEYOND!
  • Fans will be able to pick up a wide offering of exclusive items only available at this year’s Comic-Con – including variant cover editions of some of DC Comics’ most popular series JUSTICE LEAGUE, BATMAN, SUPERMAN UNCHAINED, and BATMAN ’66, along with five new DC Collectibles items like the Aardman: Superman Action Figure, a three-pack of Super Best Friends Forever Action Figures, Batman Arkham City: Hugo Strange, a “Man of Steel” 1:6 scale Icon Statue black costume variant and DC Comics’ Super Heroes of Green Lantern four-pack.
  • Superman gets an altogether different take in the fractured alternate universe of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, the highly anticipated DC Universe Animated Original Movie to premiere Friday at Comic-Con.
  • Get an inside look at INSIDE MAD, the hugely anticipated forthcoming collection from “The Usual Gang Of Idiots” at MAD Magazine and get a dose of the magazine’s wit and snark at the annual MAD panel – orchestrated by Editor John Ficarra and a side-splitting cast of characters.

Can’t make the Con? DC Entertainment’s website is the go-to place for behind the scenes coverage and in-depth interviews. Visit the “Con Away From Con” page at http:// www.conawayfromcon.com.

- See more at: http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2013/07/02/dc-entertainment-unleashes-impressive-slate-of-stellar-events-at-comic-con#sthash.WzD2hyiR.dpuf

Baltimore Comic-Con 2013 Adds More Guests

**UPDATE: Dave Gibbons will not be able to take part in this year’s event.**

Press Release:

The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the next group of confirmed guest for the 2013 show, taking place the weekend of September 7-8, 2013. Mark Buckingham, Dave Gibbons, Adam Hughes, Paul Levitz, George Perez, Walter Simonson, Louise Simonson, and Allison Sohn will all be attending our 14th Annual show !

Mark Buckingham, who is best-known and most-celebrated for his work on the long-running Vertigo title Fables, began his career in 1990 working with Neil Gaiman on Miracleman from Eclipse Comics. Working on such titles as 2000 ADHellblazer, and Shade, the Changing Man, he became a mainstay at DC Comics after taking over art duties on Fables with issue #6. His run on the popular imprint title has earned him four Eisner Awards, including Best New Series in 2003, Best Serialized Story in 2005 and 2006, and Best Artist/Penciler/Inker in 2007.Gibbons Watchmen 1

 

Legendary artist Dave Gibbons is best known for his collaboration with Alan Moore on the seminal mini-series,Watchmen. With a career that spans more than four decades, Gibbons has provided artowrk for 2000 AD, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dark Horse Comics, and has worked with such characters as Judge Dredd, Captain America, Superman and Batman. He is currently working on The Secret Service with Mark Millar though Marvel’s Icon imprint.Hughes Fairest

 

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 the Before Watchmen mini-series, Dr. Manhattan. Hughes won the Harvey Award for Best Cover Artist in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

 

Paul Levitz has been a mainstay at DCPerez Levitz World's FinestComics since 1972, serving as a writer, editor, and President (2002 – 2009) over the tenure of his career. His name is synonymous with the Legion of Super-Heroes, which he wrote from 1977-1979 and 1981-1989, and he created such notable characters as the Stalker, the Earth-2 Huntress, and Lucien the Librarian. Levitz has since returned to writing the Legion of Super-Heroes for the New 52, as well as the Earth-2 centric book, World’s Finest.

 

Writer/artist George Perez established himself as a fan-favorite creator during his lengthy runs on Marvel Comics’ Avengers, and DC Comics’ Teen Titans and Wonder Woman. Over the course of his 40-year career, Perez has drawn nearly every character in both the Marvel and DC Universes, and has worked on such ground breaking events as the Infinity GauntletJLA/Avengers, and Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds. In 2011, he reunited with long-time collaborator Marv Wolfman to publish the long-awaited New Teen Titans: Games graphic novel. Currently, he is working as the artist for DC’s World’s Finest with Paul Levitz. Walt Simonson swsor_cv4_r1

 

Walter Simonson is best known for his run on The Mighty Thor throughout the 1980s. His classic run was recently collected by Marvel in The Mighty Thor Omnibus by Walter Simonson, a massive tome which featured issues #337-355, #357-369, and #371-382, as well as the mini-series, Balder the Brave #1-4. In addition to his work on Thor, Simonson has worked on such titles as Detective ComicsAvengers, and Marvel’s Star Wars comics. In 2010, Simonson received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented at the Harvey Awards.

Louise Simonson began her career in as an editor in 1974 before moving on to writing for Marvel Comics in 1984. She is best known for her work on Power PackX-FactorNSohn sketch cardew Mutants, and Superman: The Man of Steel. In addition to comics, Simonson is an accomplished novelist, having published 14 books between 1993 and 2009.

 

Sketch card artist Allison Sohn’s work has been showcased in several trading card sets, including: Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 and 5 and the Star Wars 30th Anniversary CollectionWomen of MarvelIndiana Jones HeritageLord of the Rings Masterpieces, Series 1 and 2; and the Red Sonja 35th Anniversary. In addition, she provided the exclusive artwork for both Star Wars Celebration IV and V. In 2011, 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 so excited to able to announce these great guests for next year’s show,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “It’s not even 2013 yet, and with Mark, Dave, Adam, Paul, George, Walter, Louise, and Allison joining the list of guests, the level of top-tier talent for the show is just getting better and better!”

Buckingham, Gibbons, Hughes, Levitz, Perez, the Simonsons and Sohn join already announced guests: Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine); Barry Kitson (Empire); Mike Mignola (Hellboy In Hell); Chris Samnee (Daredevil); and Mark Waid (Indestructible Hulk).

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitter, and Facebook pages.

NYC – Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist Screening

Andrew D. Cooke, Paul Levitz, Dennis O’Neil, and Danny Fingeroth appear on November 7, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tickets: $40.00 at the link.

Press Release:

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon art- MoCCA- at the Society of Illustrators is proud to announce the first offering in its new “Dinner and a Movie” series.  The series, programmed by comics writer and historian Danny Fingeroth, will feature a comics or animation themed film, preceded by a buffet dinner in the Society’s famed dining room, and followed by a panel discussion about the film.   The series will premiere with a screening of the award-winning documentary “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist“, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director, Andrew D. Cooke, as well as comics legends Paul Levitz (Legion of Super Heroes) and Dennis O’Neil (Batman).  Fingeroth will moderate.

ABOUT THE FILM:
“Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” is a full-length feature film documentary about the pioneering comics and graphic novel creator that includes interviews with Eisner and many of the foremost creative talents in the U.S., including Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Jules Feiffer, Jack Kirby, Art Spiegelman (who also narrates the film), Frank Miller, Stan Lee, and Gil Kane.

Legendary entertainment industry figure Jeffrey Katzenberg has said of the documentary that it is “entertaining and insightful.  A great film about a visionary artist!”

ABOUT DINNER AND A MOVIE:
Dinner will start at 6:30pm.

Screening will begin at 7:30pm

Panel discussion will begin at approximately 9pm

A signing will follow the panel.  DVDs of the film and selected works by Will Eisner, as well as by the panelists, will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

This event is part of Illustration Week.

Society of Illustrators 128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

DC Announces Their Saturday Signing Schedule for NYCC 2012

Here is what is going on at the DC booth today including a cast signing for Person of Interest:

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DC Comics Announces Their Friday Signing Schedule for NYCC 2012

Via DC Comics:

Wristbands will be distributed at the following times:
Grant Morrison – 10:00
Jim Lee – 1:00
Geoff Johns – 2:00
Scott Snyder – 3:00

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DC Entertainment Creators Flock to Charm City for the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con

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Press Release:
DC Entertainment Creators Flock to Charm City for the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 29, 2012 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce top creators from DC Entertainment who will be attending this year’s show, taking place the weekend of September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Guests to the show include: Bernard Chang (DC Universe Presents); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Mike Choi (Demon Knights); Dan DiDio (O.M.A.C., Phantom Stranger); Joshua Hale Fialkov (I, Vampire); Jamal Igle (The Ray); Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes, World’s Finest); and Kevin Maguire (World’s Finest).

Bernard Chang began his career in comics in the early-1990s at Valiant Comics. Throughout his career, he has penciled such titles as X-Men, New Mutants, Cable, Deadpool, Superman, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman. Most recently, he finished the first arc on DC Universe Presents.

Cliff Chiang began his career as an assistant editor at DC before moving over to the creative side. He is best known for his work on Human Target, Beware the Creeper, and Green Arrow/Black Canary. He is currently the penciler on Wonder Woman.

Mike Choi broke into comics in 2003 at Image Comics’ Top Cow imprint working on such titles asWitchblade, The Magdalena, and Tomb Raider. In 2007, he was named to Wizard Magazine’s “Hot 10 Artists” list for his work on Marvel’s X-23: Target X. Currently, he handling art duties for Demon Knights.

During his tenure at DC, Co-Publisher Dan DiDio has written several books, including The Outsiders and the weekly Metal Men feature in Wednesday Comics. Since the relauch of DC last year, DiDio has written theO.M.A.C. series and the Challengers of the Unknown storyline in DC Universe Presents. He is currently working on Phantom Stanger, which will debut in September of this year.

Joshua Hale Fialkov, who has been nominated for Harvey Awards in 2006 (Best Writer and Best New Talent) and in 2011 (Best New Series, Best Graphic Album Previously Published, Best Writer, and Best Single Issue or Story), is best now for his work on Echoes, Elk’s Run, and The Last of the Greats. He is currently writing the horror series, I, Vampire, at DC.

Jamal Igle began his career in comics at the early age of 17, working as intern at DC while attending the High School of Art and Design. He began penciling full-time in 1993 and his body of work includes lengthy runs onFirestorm, Nightwing, and Supergirl at DC. Most recently, he wrapped up the 4-issue mini-series, The Ray.

Paul Levitz has been a mainstay at DC since 1972, serving as a writer, editor, and President (2002 – 2009) over the tenure of his career. His name is synonymous with the Legion of Super-Heroes, which he wrote from 1977-1979 and 1981-1989, and he created such notable characters as the Stalker, the Earth-2 Huntress, and Lucien the Librarian. Levitz has since returned to writing the Legion of Super-Heroes for the New 52, as well as the Earth-2 centric book, World’s Finest.

Kevin Maguire, who broke into comics in 1987, is a writer, penciller, and inker best known for his work on series such as Justice LeagueBatman ConfidentialCaptain America, and X-Men. Before the relaunch, he worked on the latest volume of Doom Patrol and is currently working with Paul Levitz on World’s Finest for DC’s New 52.

“We’re thrilled to have such a talented group of creators joining us in Baltimore this year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Each of these folk is a mainstay here at the show and it’s a real treat for all the fans to be able to meet the men and women that are shaping the comics at DC!”

 

TICKETS
Tickets are now available for VIP GOLD, VIP, and General Admission at the Baltimore Comic-Con!

Buy your convention tickets and save time at the show! - http://baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/
For Harvey Award Tickets - http://baltimorecomiccon.com/harvey-awards/

 

This year’s confirmed guests for the show including: Guest of Honor, Stan “The Man” Lee (Saturday only!); Neal Adams (First X-Men, Baman:  Odyssey); Jason Adams (Sculptor); Josh Adams (Doctor Who, Sherlock); Dave Aikins (SpongeBob and Dora the Explorerchildren’s books illustrator); Ken Bald (Golden Age Timely/Marvel Artist); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Brian Bolland (Dial H, Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland); Tom Brevoort (Avengers); Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics); Mark Buckingham (Fables, Doctor Who); Jim Calafiore (Secret Six); Frank Cammuso (Knights of the Lunch Table, Otto’s Orange Day); Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn); Richard Case (Artist Alley Comics, Doom Patrol); Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales); Bernard Chang (DC Comics Presents, War of the Green Lanterns); Jo Chen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight - Saturday only!); Sean Chen (Steel, Avengers Academy, Voltron); Jim Cheung (Avengers vs. X-Men, AVX VS., Spider-Men);Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows); Mike Choi (Fantastic Four, Demon Knights, Captain Atom); Steve Conley (Bloop webcomic www.bloopstree.com); Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy); Lar deSouza (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts); Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.); Eryk Donovan (SEQAPUNCH anthology, ‘Ringo Scholarship Recipient); Joe Eisma (Morning Glories); Garth Ennis (The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys); Rich Faber (Roboy Red); Ray Fawkes (One Soul); Joshua Hale Fialkov (I, Vampire, Echoes, Last of the Greats); David Finch (Batman:  The Dark Knight); Anthony Fleecs (In My Lifetime); Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle, Swamp Thing, Captain America and Black Widow); Franco (Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); SL Gallant (G.I. Joe); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman); Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar); Mike Gold (Editor, DC Comics, Co-Founder and Editor First Comics); Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!); Dan Green (Amazing Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Legion of Super-Heroes); Randy Green (Artist Alley Comics, Witchblade); Brad Guigar (Evil Inc.); Gene Ha (Justice League); Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam); Cully Hamner (Action Comics); Scott Hanna (Green Lantern Corps); Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City); Marc Hempel (Sandman, Gregory, Blood of the Innocent);Eric Henson (Perhapanauts : Danger Down Under); Greg Horn (Max Payne, Avengers DK, Avengers Academy); Jason Horn (Ninjasaur); Jamal Igle (KISS, Supergirl, The Ray); Chris Ivy (Hero Comics, Army of Darkness); J.G. Jones (Wanted, Doc Savage); Justin Jordan (Shadowman), Chris Kemple (Artist Alley Comics, Negative Burn); Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press); Barry Kitson (Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four); Roger Langridge (Snarked, Popeye, The Muppets, Thor the Mighty Avenger); Greg LaRocque (Web of Spider-Man, The Avengers, Legion of Super Heroes); Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon); Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men); Norman Lee (Uncanny X-Men, New Mutants, Wolverine and the X-Men); Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Justice League Dark, Animal Man, Essex County); Paul Levitz (DC Comics, Legion of Super Heroes); Joe Linsner (Dawn); David Mack (Kabuki); Kevin Maguire (World’s Finest); Mark Mariano (Happyloo); Laura Martin (Avengers vs. X-Men, Captain America, 100 Penny Press: The Rocketeer); Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo); Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman); Carla Speed McNeil (Finder); Pop Mhan (Gears of War, Blank, Ender’s Game); Mark Morales (Avengers vs. X-Men); Dave Nestler (Salem’s Daughter: The Haunting, Grimm Fairy Tales); Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground); Cary Nord (X-O Manowar, Conan); Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller); Dan Parsons (Star Wars artist); Andrew Pepoy (Fables, The Simpsons, Simone & Ajax); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men, Ultimates Comics Ultimates); Khoi Pham (X-Men); Paul Pope (THB, Adventure Time); Eric Powell (The Goon); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin); Mike Raicht (Stuff of Legend, Infestation: G.I. Joe, Dark Shadows); Tom Raney (Suicide Squad, Incredible Hulk, Avengers Academy); Joe Rivera (Daredevil); Paolo Rivera (Daredevil); John Romita, Jr. (Avengers Vs. X-Men); Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge); Craig Rousseau (Perhapanauts, Marvel Super-Heroes); Joe Rubinstein (Agent Marc Sanders, Green Hornet Golden Age Remastered); Andy Runton (Owly); Christophe Ryder (Dames in the Atomic Age); Scott Christian Sava (The Dreamland Chronicles); Alex Saviuk (STAN LEE’s MIGHTY 7); Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot); Matteo Scalera (Secret Avengers, Irredeemable, Valen the Outcast, Wolverine & the X-Men); Louise Simonson (Rocketeer Adventures, Power Pack); Walter Simonson (Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers); Scott Snyder (Batman, Severed, Swamp Thing); John K. Snyder III (Zorro Rides Again); Nicky Soh (LIQUID CITY, ‘Ringo Scholarship Recipient); Ryan Sohmer (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Mark Sparacio (Liberty Girl, Omega Paradox, Jonah Hex); Chris Sparks (Team Cul de Sac); Jim Starlin (Infinity Gauntlet, Dreadstar, Captain Marvel); Brian Stelfreeze (ICE); Roger Stern (Hulk Smash Avengers, The Captain America Corps); Paul Storrie (Twisted Journeys, Sheena: Queen of the Jungle); Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9); Robert Tinnell (Flesh & Blood, EZ Street, Wicked West); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin); Herb Trimpe (G.I. Joe, Wolverine); Tim Truman (Hawken, Grimjack); Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born, Shi); Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong), Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, Surrogates); Neil Vokes (Flesh And Blood, The Dark Forest); Dave Wachter (Night of 1000 Wolves); Matt Wagner (Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel); Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredeemable); Matt Webb (Flesh and Blood, John Byrne’s Next Men, Zombie Tales); Mark Wheatley (Frankenstein Mobster, Fables, Blood of the Innocent); Matt Wieringo (‘Ringo Scholarship Fund); Rich Woodall (Artist Alley Comics, Johnny Raygun); Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein); Kelly Yates (Dr. Who: A Fairytale Life, Amber Atoms); Thom Zahler (Love and Capes); Chrissie Zullo (Cinderella, Fables).

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitter, and Facebook pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 8th.

Please take a moment to help us spread this message using the social media links embedded, reposting, or retweeting!

 

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 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.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2012 Panel Schedule

Press Release:
You demanded it and we’re at last ready to deliver — the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con panel schedule!  This year is even more chock-full of comic book goodness than in the past, with sessions ranging from creator spotlights to industry tutorials and more — there’s something for everyone!

Saturday, September 8

Room 301

11:00-12:00 - Kickstarter project management

So, you got funding for your comic…now what? Join Mervyn and Jon of Paperlab Studios as they discuss the thrills, perils, and pitfalls of a successfully-funded Kickstarter from their personal experiences with Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew.

12:00-1:00 - Mark Waid and Thrillbent

Award-winning writer and now publisher Mark Waid talks about Thrillbent.com, his new digital-comics website. He’ll have advice for creators looking to break into digital, sneak peeks at upcoming Thrillbent projects, and other surprises!

1:00-2:00 - Spotlight on Paul Levitz

Readers may know Paul Levitz best for his work on DC Comics’ Legion of Super-Heroes, Justice Society, Worlds’ Finest, and as the co-creator of the Earth-2 Huntress. But he also worked on early fanzines, was President & Publisher of DC Comics from 2002-2009, is a member of the CBLDF board, and is the author of75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking. Join Levitz and moderator Robert Greenberger as they look back on Levitz’s life in comics.

2:00-3:00 - BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!/BOOM! Town 

BOOM! Studios returns to Charm City with a jam-packed panel! Learn what is next from BOOM! as Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon and VP of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik run down the most exciting new projects and reveal upcoming titles from BOOM! Studios, KaBOOM!, and BOOM! Town with creators including Roger Langridge (SNARKED), Michael Alan Nelson (VALEN THE OUTCAST), and Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (ADVENTURE TIME)! This is a panel you won’t want to miss!

3:00-4:00 - Artist Alley Comics 

Come discover the new home for creator-driven digital comics, Artist Alley Comics! We’ll reveal why the company is important to the future of digital comics for both fans and creators alike.

Co-founders Craig Rousseau, Rich Woodall, and Kelly Yates will be joined on the panel by Richard Case, Randy Green, and Chris Kemple. Moderated by Stephen Mayer, co-host of the Acme Wave Projector podcast.

Free copies of the Artist Alley Comics preview book for 50 people.

www.artistalleycomics.com

4:00-5:00 - Creating Your Comic/Manga from Concept to Publication 

The three time Harvey-nominated husband and wife creators of The Uniques, The Uniques Tales, and Rainbow in the Dark, Comfort Love and Adam Withers, teach you how to create your own comic. The entire process – concepting, scripting, thumbnails, pencils, color, PDF’s and CBZ’s, printing, distribution, the web, and even maximizing your convention experience will be covered in this seminar. You will walk away with an understanding of the tools you will need to create and sell your own book.

Room 302-303

11:00-12:00 - Team Cul de Sac

When Richard Thompson, the creator of the comic strip Cul de Sac, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, his friend Chris Sparks began a fundraising effort to honor his friend. With Richard’s support, he asked others to donate artwork featuring the Cul de Sac characters for a Team Cul de Sac book with proceeds going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research. Now, join Chris Sparks and other members of Team Cul de Sac including Steve Conley, Matt Dembicki, SL Gallant, Roger Landgridge, and others as they discuss the book, Richard Thompson’s work, and their continuing efforts to raise funds in Richard’s name.

12:00-1:00 - The British Invasion 

In the 1980s, a number of British writers and artists started producing work for American comics and brought a fresh take that appealed to fans and critics alike. That creativity is kept alive today by creators including Brian Bolland (Dial H), Mark Buckingham (Fables), and Barry Kitson (Captain America). Join them and moderator Robert Greenberger for a lively and fun look at their work and the British Invasion of American comics.

1:00-2:00 - Creating Comics the comiXology Way

ComiXology has not only transformed the industry in making digital comics available everywhere, but they have also created the foundation for comic storytelling to be expressed in new ways. Originally created to artfully display comics on small screens, comiXology’s revolutionary Guided View reading technology has evolved to dramatically change how comic stories are being told. From early experiments like Box 13, Valentine, andPower Play to more recent efforts like Marvel’s Infinite Comics, comiXology’s Guided View has ushered in a new era of comic book creation. Join comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts alongside PowerPlay and Infinite Comics artist Reilly Brown and Valentine creator Alex De Campi as they talk about the ins and outs of creating comics using the Guided View tools. Roberts will also discuss comiXology’s plans for these tools.

2:00-3:00 - The Future of VALIANT

Valiant is back and, just a few months in, the buzz couldn’t be bigger for the most successful relaunch in comics! Now, find out what the future holds for the Valiant Universe with an exclusive round of announcements and in-depth discussion featuring Robert Venditti & Cary Nord (X-O Manowar), Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong), Justin Jordan (Shadowman), Executive Editor Warren Simons and a few surprise special guests! What fateful events lay beyond the horizon for the Valiant Universe? Who will stand to challenge X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, and the rest of Valiant’s greatest heroes this fall? And with Shadowman just around the corner, who will be the next iconic character to enter the fray? Find out right here as Valiant begins drafting its grand plans for 2013, only at Baltimore Comic-Con!

 

PLUS, no fan will want to miss the special door prizes Valiant will have on hand for every panel attendee.

3:00-4:00 - Dynamite Entertainment presents Garth Ennis 

Join writer Garth Ennis and Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt for a lively hour of discussion on all things Boys, Battlefields, Dynamite, and more!

4:00-5:00 - The History of Censorship in Comics 

Since the very beginning of the art form, comics have been the victim of near-constant scrutiny and censorship. Learn about the history of this persecution, from book-burnings in the 1940′s, to Senate Hearings in the 1950′s, through to today, when fans routinely have their digital media searched by moral watchdogs. Instances of censorship in every decade will be discussed, as well as why they occur, and how they are fought, and can be prevented. Presented by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Deputy Director Alex Cox, and Comic Author and Historian Fred Van Lente.

Room 307-310

1:00-2:00 - Spotlight on Phil LaMarr

You may know Phil LaMarr from his five-year run on Fox’s MADtv. Or you may know him from his voice work on such animated shows as Justice League Unlimited, Static Shock, Futurama, and Family Guy. Here’s your chance to spend an hour with Phil and learn even more about this talented actor, comedian, and life-long comic fan.

 

2:00-3:00 - Meet the Co-Publisher

DCE Panelist: Dan DiDio

Moderator: Bob Wayne

As the Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment, Dan DiDio is one of the driving forces behind DC Comics - The New 52, DC’s digital initiative, Before Watchmen, and much more. Here’s your chance to discover more behind-the-scenes information from one of the industry’s most dynamic leaders!

 

3:00-4:00 - MARVEL: Marvel NOW! 

A major shake-up is coming for the Marvel Universe, and you can be the first to know the details! In this panel, Tom Brevoort (SVP – Executive Editor) and some special guests will reveal secrets about the launch of a new line of #1 issues including Uncanny Avengers, Iron Man, Indestructible Hulk, Thor: God of Thunder,and Captain America, and answer your questions about what’s coming up in this new iteration of the House of Ideas!

4:00 – Stan Lee VIP ticket-holders may queue up for the Stan Lee Spotlight.

4:15 – General Public may queue up for the Stan Lee Spotlight.

4:30-5:30 - Stan Lee Spotlight

 

Face Front, True Believers! Stan’s back! This is a panel no comics fan will want to miss as Jimmy Palmiotti sits down with the one and only Stan “The Man” Lee! He is a Founding Father of the Marvel Universe and the face of Marvel Comics to legions of fans. Join the writer, editor, actor, and legend as he discusses his illustrious career. Excelsior!

 

Art Auction (2505-2507)

 

Immediately following the Stan Lee panel - Auction of 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook art

 

The art created for the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating 15 years of Frank Cho’s Liberty Meadows will be auctioned at this special event! Don’t miss this opportunity to own original art featuring Frank’s characters as depicted by artists including Frank Quitely, Brandon Peterson, Gene Ha, David Petersen, Bernard Chang, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tom Raney, Billy Tucci, Steve Conley, Thom Zahler, Craig Rousseau, Frank Cho, and many others!

 

Sunday, September 9

Room 301 

11:00-12:00 - Future Approaches to Teaching Comics in the High School Classroom

The use of comics as an educational tool to engage students has seen a growing acceptance in many classrooms across the country. While many of the earliest adapters have employed comics to engage challenged and reluctant readers, there is a growing chorus of teachers who are using comics to cover a broad range of subjects at the secondary level. In this session, John Shableski talks with Dr. John Weaver about his experience with introducingWatchmen to his high school students and his more recent endeavors of teaching Ulysses Seen (iPad app). Joining the panel will be Rob Berry, creator of Ulysses Seen, the comic adaptation of James Joyce’s classic work.

 

12:00-1:00 - Ron Marz and Jamal Igle Spotlight

Back in 1994, Jamal penciled eight pages in Green Lantern #52 from a script by series writer Ron Marz. It was Jamal’s first published work, and while the two remained friends ever since, they haven’t worked together in the ensuing years. That’s all about to change, as the two creators meet for a spotlight panel discussing the past, present, and future. Specials guests and the announcement of an exciting new project make this a panel you won’t want to miss.

 

1:00-2:00 - Christianity and Comics With Billy Tucci

In an industry dominated by secular heroes, join award-winning writer/artist Billy Tucci for a enlightening discussion on his Christmas graphic novella, “A Child Is Born” and the portrayal of Christianity in comics.

 

2:00-3:00 - IDW Publishing

2012 has been a huge year for IDW.  Join Vice President of Marketing Dirk Wood, and a guest or two, for inside information on what else is in the works! Announcements, excitement, gossip, prizes, and Q&A!

 

3:00-4:00 - Avatar Press: News and Q&A

Join the Avatar staff and special guest, writer/artist Mike Wolfer (Stitched, Lady Death, Night of the Living Dead), and get all the fresh news from Avatar Press, the industry’s most ground-breaking, risk-taking publisher! Want insight into the hottest titles from such industry luminaries as David Lapham, Garth Ennis, and Alan Moore? Can’t get enough Ferals, Fashion Beast, or Crossed? Find out what new terrors and triumphs this rogue publisher will unleash in the months ahead, and get your questions answered!

 

Room 302-302

 

11:00-12:00 - Tribute to Joe Kubert

The world of comics lost one of its legendary creators recently with the death of Joe Kubert. Whether through his work on the page, the work done through The Kubert School, or his sons Adam and Andy, his legacy will live on in comics for years to come. Join Paul Levitz, Robert Greenberger, and former students Tom Raney, Timothy Truman, and Thom Zahler as they remember Joe Kubert.

 

12:00-2:00 - MARVEL: Marvel Boot Camp Seminar

 To benefit the Hero Initiative, this special ticketed seminar takes you behind the scenes into the inner philosophy of Marvel Publishing, as SVP – Executive Editor Tom Brevoort shares with the public for the first time the training indoctrination lecture he gives to the Marvel editorial staff. Revealing how Marvel editors think about the business of storytelling as well as inside secrets and tricks-of-the-trade, this lecture will be followed up as time permits with an open Q & A in which attendees can probe Tom’s mind on any and all questions relating to finding a career in the industry. And the proceeds all go to an excellent cause! Tickets will be available throughout the show at the Hero Initiative Booth (1705-1706) for $10.

 

2:00-3:00 - Spotlight on Frank Quitely 

Frank Quitely is a fan-favorite artist whose work includes All-Star Superman and New X-Men. Now’s your chance to learn more about Frank as he discusses his work with artist and teacher, José Villarrubia.

 

3:00-4:00 - Breaking into Comics Right Now!

If you’re an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! Join BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie and VP of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik as they give you up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry. Learn what you need to do to make your comic book dreams come true in a world where the Internet and social media have changed everything. This won’t be your grandfather’s “breaking into comics” panel.

 

Room 307-310

 

1:00-4:00 - 4th Annual Costume Contest sponsored by StylinOnline.com

The fun begins at 1:00 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! Adult Categories have a $5 entry fee per person and, as always, kids up to age 17 can enter the costume contest for free! For more information and a complete list of categories, visit our website’s Costume Contest page.

 

Kids Love Comics Pavilion (2403)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion is brought to you by The Comic Book Diner (comicbookdiner.com) Comics Podcast, all about the business and fun of creating comics and graphic novels; and the Baltimore Comic-Con.

 

SATURDAY

All Day - Coloring and Drawing Area for Kids of All Ages

Artists and volunteers will be on hand to help kids draw, create their own comics, and have 4 Color Fun! KLC balloons and temp tattoos while supplies last!

 

Kids Comic Contest!

Kids can draw and enter their own comic and win a piece of original art from the KLC Creators! (Please hand in entries by 4:30 pm Saturday to John Gallagher’s booth in the KLC Pavilion!)

(Please note: Kids 12and under should be accompanied by an adult at all times.)

 

11am – 12 noon - Create-A-Cape

Kids can make their own capes and decorate them, with the help of KLC Artists & Volunteers! Please note: these capes do NOT let you fly!

 

12 Noon - Bloop!

Steve Conley draws his little green space monkey, showing how simple shapes allow you to create just about anything!

 

12:45 pm - Betty vs. Veronica with Archie’s Dan Parent

Dan Parent is the writer and artist of many of Archie Comics’ top sellers– now he gives a tutorial on drawing characters in the style of Betty, Veronica, and Jughead!

 

1:30 pm - Kids! Make! Comics! with John & Katie Gallagher

Mr. Gallagher and his 10-year old daughter Katie have created “Zoey & Ketchup,” a graphic novel about a dog & his girl — now it’s YOUR turn! The creators discuss the history of comics, the steps and process of writing, pencilling, inking, & more — then we’ll help you start your own comic!

 

2:15 pm - Mash Up!! with Jamar Nicholas

In 15 minutes, you can create your own superhero or character by combining different ideas, elements, and occupations– Cartoonist Jamar Nicholas shows you how!

 

3 pm - Owly! with Andy Runton

Mr. Runton draws everybody’s favorite forest creatures, including Owly, Wormy, and more!

 

3:45 pm - Jamal Igle Draws Molly Danger!

See how Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Action Comics) draws his own super heroic Molly Danger!

 

4:30 pm - Creating Comics Workshop

Several Kids Comics Creators team up to discuss how they create comics, and take questions from aspiring creators.

6:30 pm – All Comic Contest Entries are Due at John Gallagher’s Booth; KLC Stage closes

 

SUNDAY

 

All Day - Coloring and Drawing Area for Kids of All Ages

Artists and volunteers will be on hand to help kids draw, create their own comics, and have 4 Color Fun! Also, KLC balloons and temp tattoos while supplies last!

(Please note: Kids 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult at all times.)

 

11 am – 12 noon - Mask Mania!

Kids can make their own super-duper masks and decorate them, with the help of KLC Artists & Volunteers. Warning: No Super Villains Allowed.

 

12 Noon - Amelia Rules!

Jimmy Gownley shows you how to draw Amelia & her friends and shows how you can create comics from real life situations

 

12:45 pm - Manga Blitz! with Mary Cagle (www.kiwiblitz.com)

Miss Cagle will give kids guidance on drawing in the Manga style, and making your comics fun!

 

1:30 pm - Aw Yeah, Franco!

Tiny Titans and Aw Yeah Comics! creator Franco takes you on an artistic journey of cool cats, powerful pups, and Tiny… uh, you get the picture!

 

2:15 pm - Knight of the Drawing Board! with Frank Cammuso!

The creator of Max Hamm and Knights of the Lunch Table shows you how to create fun and interesting characters!

 

3 pm – Kids Comics Contest Winners Announced!

 

3:15 pm - Create-A-Hero!

KLC Artists team up with the audience to create original super heroes and silly sidekicks!

 

SIGNINGS

(All times subject to change)

Garth Ennis at the Dynamite Entertainment Booth (1501)

Saturday: 12:30-2:30, 4:30-5:30

Sunday: 1:00-3:00

 

Hero Initiative Booth (1705-1706)

Saturday

10:00-11:00: Chris Ivy

11:00-1:00: John Romita Jr.

2:00-3:30: Herb Trimpe

3:00-5:00: John Romita Jr.

4:00-5:00: Jeff Lemire

5:00-6:00: Mike Choi

 

Sunday

10:00-11:00: John Romita Jr.

11:00-12:00: Jeff Lemire

12:00-1:00: Chris Ivy

1:00-2:00: Herb Trimpe

2:00-4:00: Chris Ivy

 

Phil LaMarr (1810) – fee required

Saturday: 11:00-12:30, 2:30-5:00

Sunday: 11:00-1:00, 2:00-5:00

Portfolio Reviews

Artists: Bring your portfolio and have it reviewed by Greg Tumbarello, Assistant Editor at Legendary Comics. 2:00-4:00 Saturday at Table A312.

Artists: Amazon Studios is doing portfolio reviews throughout the weekend at booth 1602. Times to be announced.

 

TICKETS

Tickets are now available for VIP GOLD, VIP, and General Admission at the Baltimore Comic-Con!

Buy your convention tickets and save time at the show! -http://baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/
For Harvey Award Tickets - http://baltimorecomiccon.com/harvey-awards/

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