Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 Announces Panel Programming

Press Release:

The 18th annual Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of September 22-24, 2017Tickets are available now for General Admission, VIP, and Ringo Awards! As is the case every year, we have received a steady stream of requests for our Panel schedule — details are now ready for release, and we’re really excited to share them with you!

Friday will feature a spotlight on one of the most popular creators in modern comics, Frank Miller. Also, a spotlight on Matt Kindt, the Jimmy and Amanda panel, numerous panels featuring some of the industry’s largest publishers including Archie and Dynamite, a look at the Kirby Museum, and a game show!

Saturday, publisher panels include DC Comics, Marvel Comics, BOOM! Studios, Image Comics, Valiant, and Dynamite, a spotlight panel on Bob Fujitani, a seminar from Carl Potts, and media guests Stefan KapicicDMCFinn Jones, Jessica Henwick, David Mazouz, and Sean Pertwee. Plus, celebrate Batman Day and The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute.

Of course, don’t let your children miss the excitement scheduled for the Kids Love Comics Pavilion!

Friday 

(Please note, all times and panels shown are subject to change.)

Room 339-342

2:00 – 3:00– Valiant Spotlight: Matt Kindt

One of the most-lauded creative minds in the industry today, Matt Kindt is a true visionary of the comics medium. From his creator-owned series – like Mind MgmtDept. HGrass KingsEther, and dozens more – to his work at the forefront of the Valiant comics line – including X-O ManowarDivinityNinjak, and the upcoming Harbinger Wars 2 – join the New York Times best-selling and Eisner Award-nominated writer/artist for a wide-ranging discussion of his work, present and future.

3:30-4:15 – Frank Miller Spotlight

From Daredevil to Ronin to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns to Sin City to Dark Knight III: The Master Race, creator Frank Miller has left an indelible mark on modern comics. Join Frank, frequent collaborator Klaus Janson, and moderator Dan DiDio for an engaging panel. You’ll kick yourself if you miss it.

4:30-5:30 – Archie Comics: Riverdale Revealed

Celebrate the new era of Archie Comics as we take a look at the next wave of exciting Archie Comics titles and look ahead to the second season of The CW’s hit new show Riverdale! Featuring a panel of all-star writers and artists including Mark WaidDan ParentAlex Segura, and Joe Eisma!

Room 343-344

2:00-3:00 – How to Kill Zombies

The RIGHT way to kill a zombie! From chainsaws to helicopter blades, novelist Peter Meredith hosts a light-hearted panel discussion on the many ways found in literature and film to slay the undead.

3:15-4:15 – The Power of Magic and the Magic of Memory

Learn about magic in comics, its roots in reality, and the magic of memory. Chris Miskiewicz (Thomas Alsop) will talk about the magical mythology of New York City, and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook) will preview his upcoming webcomic War Cry, showing how transfiguration can deliver powerful moments in storytelling. Sarah Trustman (The Memory Arts) will discuss using comics to teach real-world magic and give a demonstration of the same memory techniques that appear so fantastic that using them got people burned as witches. And, David Trustman (The Rise) will discuss his controversial graphic novel God Slap and its modern take on religious magic.

4:30-5:30 – The Jimmy & Amanda Panel

Get to know Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti in an interactive panel where the audience gets to talk to the guests about their work and lives, in an intimate getting-to-know-you setting. Listen to them talk about their current work on Harley Quinn and what the future has in store for them both.

Room 345-346

2:00-3:00 – Writing Across Genres

Ever wonder how a comic book writer can write so many different types of stories all seemingly at the same time? Join Charles Soule (Darth VaderCurse WordsAstonishing X-Men), James Tynion IV (The WoodsDetective ComicsThe Eighth Seal), Amy Chu (KISSRed SonjaPoison Ivy), and Tom King (BatmanThe Sheriff of BabylonVision) as they talk about how they manage to write so many types of genres at the same time. Moderated by Christy Blanch.

3:15-4:15 – #DARETOBEHEROIC With Dynamite

Villains don’t stand a chance this fall as Dynamite unleashes our team of all-star creators and unites some of comics’ most iconic heroes in what’s certain to be some of the hottest releases of the season. Join us as we discuss the anatomy of crafting a true hero!

4:30-5:30 – Shared Universes

Ever since the Human Torch met the Sub-Mariner, comics have had shared universes for better or worse. A panel of experienced veterans – Mark BuckinghamTerry MoorePeter J. Tomasi, and Meredith Finch — who have worked in and out of these universes discuss the pros and cons with moderator Robert Greenberger.

Room 347-348

2:00-3:00 – Super-Blank: The Game Show

Get ready to match the comics stars! Strikingly similar to the classic TV game show, The Match Game, a panel of comics “celebrities” will fill in the blanks as contestants from the audience try to match them for points and prizes! With: Lora Innes (The DreamerWynonna Earp), Brian “Smitty” Smith (Stuff of LegendTree Mail), Brian Joines (Bill & TedImaginary AgentsKrampus), and more! Hosted by Gregg Schigiel (PixSpongeBob ComicsStuff Said podcast).

3:15-4:15 – What is the Kirby Museum

Join founding trustee Rand Hoppe as he shows what the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center has been up to for the last 12 years. See photos of some of our accomplishments, as well as what we are planning for the future!

4:30-5:30 – Creating Kickass Characters

Popular comics creators share their insights on character development in comics and how they work to make heroes and villains extraordinary and memorable. Featuring: Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja), Tom King (BatmanVision), and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder, No Mercy, Love is Love).

Kids Love Comics Programming

4:00-5:00 –  Drawing with Drouin: Nickelodeon Characters with Emily Drouin

Learn to draw popular characters from Nickelodeon shows using basic shapes in this fun drawing activity!

5:00-6:00 – Alien Art with Dawn Griffin

The Kids Love Comics Workshop Area will be transformed into an alien factory when cartoonist Dawn Griffin shows you easy ways to draw wacky aliens.

Saturday

Room 339-342

11:00-12:00 – Story Structure

Where do you begin? With the plot, the theme, a conflict or all of the above? An all-star line-up featuring Marv WolfmanJames Tynion IVMark WaidLouise Simonson, and Elliot S! Maggin chat with moderator Robert Greenberger about how they write their four-color stories.

12:15-1:15 – DC Comics: My Secret Origin: How I Broke Into Comics

Moderator: Dan DiDio

Talent: Cully HamnerAlisa KwitneyJustin Jordan

They say breaking up is hard to do…but breaking into comics may be tougher! Come by for an inside look at how some of DC’s top-notch talent broke in, crafting the tales of your favorite DC Super Heroes!

1:30-2:30 – Marvel Legacy

A new era of Marvel storytelling is about to begin! Mysteries, returns, and infinite possibilities await in the pages of each Marvel Legacy title. SVP & Executive Editor Tom Brevoort and Ken Lashley (X-Men Gold), David Marquez (Defenders), Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk), and Mark Waid (AvengersCaptain AmericaChampions) will be in attendance to give fans the latest info about their first thrilling story arcs in their Marvel Legacy series.

2:45-3:45 – Baltimore Celebrates Batman Day!

Moderator: Jimmy Palmiotti

Talent: Amanda ConnerDavid FinchPeter J. TomasiJames Tynion IVJohn Timms 

It’s Batman Day but Harley Quinn is taking over! Celebrate Harley’s 25th Anniversary and all things Batman in this can’t miss panel.

4:00-5:00 – Kirby: King of Comics

Jack Kirby created or co-created some of comic books’ most popular super heroes. Take a look at Kirby’s career in comics as writer Mark Evanier and Abrams Books’ Charlie Kochman discuss Evanier’s book, Kirby: King of Comics.

5:15-6:15 – Image Comics: Your New Favorite Series

Image Comics is home to some of the best storytellers in the comics business constantly reinventing the medium with fresh and new exciting titles. Meredith Finch (Rose), Charles Soule (Curse Words), Justin Jordan (The Family Trade), Nikki Ryan (The Family Trade), and Andrew MacLean (Head Lopper) lead the latest wave of Image classics and are here to tell how they’re about to become your new favorite books!

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00 – The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute

Join Todd DezagoThom ZahlerVal StaplesRob StullPaul Mounts, and many more as they discuss the creation of the most impressive and ambitious graphic novel project ever as well as the creation of the original Tellos series and memories of Ringo.

12:15-1:15 – Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute Signing

An exclusive signing, for the first time, of both Ringo Tellos Tribute Volumes 1 and 2, featuring a collection of many of the contributing artists.

1:30-2:30 – Valiant Presents Icons: X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Faith and Beyond

With record-setting series like X-O ManowarFaith, and SECRET WEAPONS, Valiant Entertainment is the most celebrated publisher anywhere in comics today! Now, right here at BCC, find out what’s coming for Valiant’s next blockbuster series like Bloodshot SalvationEternityNinja-K, and Quantum and Woody! with an all-star cast of guests! Valiant’s next major leap forward starts here with exclusive announcements and artwork – first at BCC!

2:45-3:45 – Dynamite: Igniting Imaginations

Discover where some of comics’ most acclaimed writers find the inspiration behind their creations, and how they translate the first creative spark to the final printed page. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the real-life origin stories of some of your most beloved comic creations!

4:00-5:00 – BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours

There’s a comic at BOOM! Studios for everyone, from longtime fans to brand-new readers, and this is the panel to discover YOUR favorite new series! Join BOOM! Studios staff and creators as they explore the diverse imprints of the main BOOM! Studios line, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession. Featuring James Tynion IV (EugenicThe Backstagers), Hope Larson (Goldie Vance), Sean Rubin(Bolivar), Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu), Matt Kindt (Grass Kings), Anthony Burch (Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack), and Clay McLeod Chapman(Lazaretto). Moderated by Filip Sablik (President, Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios).

5:15-6:15 – Bob Fujitani Spotlight

Bob Fujitani began his career in comics in the 1940s and may be best known for the original artist of Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. He’s drawn characters including The Hangman, Flying Dutchman, SkyWolf, Sherlock Holmes, and books including LassieCrime & Punishment, and Turok, Son of Stone. Join Bob Fujitani and moderator Mark Evanier as they look back at his amazing career.

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00 – Comics Creators Consuming Coffee: Baltimore Edition

Back by popular demand! Sample the world’s strongest coffee with your favorite comics creators while we chat about all things coffee and comics. Amy Chu (writer Poison IvyRed SonjaKISS) and Sean Von Gorman (BatfreakToe Tag Riot) host this interactive panel featuring special guests including Terry Moore (Motor GirlStrangers in Paradise).

12:15-1:15 – A Crash Course in Online Reviewing

Fans of pop culture often have a lot to say and share. The writing and editing crew at Pop Culture Uncovered talk about getting started writing reviews, editorials, and columns. How to find your voice, find and keep an audience, and how to find the motivation when writer’s block gets in the way.

1:30-2:30 – Lettering with Todd Klein & John Workman

The letterer’s job is usual an invisible one unless the letterer becomes an integral part of the printed page. Two of the premier practitioners of the unheralded art form, Todd Klein and John Workman, talk about their work and their careers with moderator Robert Greenberger.

2:45-3:45 – Amulet Graphic Novel: Behind-the-Scenes

Presentation and Q&A with author Kazu Kibuishi on the creation of the Amulet graphic novel series for Scholastic Graphix. Explore the process of creating adventures for all ages!

4:00-5:00 – Fandom and Representation: A Conversation on Why Diversity Matters to Fans

The subject of character diversity and representation in pop-culture seems to always be accompanied by controversy. But at the heart is a simple notion: people wanting to see themselves reflected in their art. Fantasy, sci-fi, and comics are no exception. In this panel, we’ll be speaking on why showing the real world in comics, good, bad, and ugly, is so important. And why it’s good for everyone.

5:15-6:15 – Creator-Owned vs. Company-Owned

A company-owned property usually means a good paycheck, guaranteed audience, and a chance to reach a wider readership than creator-owned works. But the latter offers great freedom and satisfaction. Walter SimonsonDean Haspiel, and Thom Zahler talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly with moderator Robert Greenberger.

Room 347-348

12:15-1:45 – Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling

Carl Potts, former Marvel Entertainment Executive Editor, screenwriter, and author of The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling, discusses how to combine instinct with knowledge to arrive at the best visual narrative solutions for your story.

2:45-3:45 – Women Creators Discuss the Evolving Comic Book Industry

Join this panel of talented comic book creators with a wide range of experience in the industry for a discussion on the evolving comic book industry. Discover panelists’ perspectives on how comics has evolved over the years. How do panelists measure success? What unique challenges exist for women creators? What impact does social media have on panelists’ interaction with fans? How has the comic book store and convention experience for women creators changed? What might the future hold? Discussion on all these questions and more! Moderated by Creator Talks podcast host Christopher Calloway, panelists include: Meredith Finch (creator/writer of Rose/Image Comics), Alitha Martinez (artist for Iron ManX-Men/Marvel Comics), Erica Shultz (writer of Charmed/Dynamite Entertainment).

4:00-5:00 – LICENSED!: Overstreet Looks at Licensed Comics

From the Disney work of Carl Barks to Zorro by Alex Toth, from Planet of the Apes to Star Wars, and from The Micronauts to G.I. Joe, licensed titles have been an exciting part of the fabric of comics. Join The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide for a lively discussion of licensed comics with Mark Wheatley (Doctor WhoJonny QuestTarzan), James Kuhoric (Freddy vs. Jason vs. AshHatchet), Joseph Rybandt (Editor – Dynamite Entertainment) and Overstreet’s own J.C. Vaughn (24Stargate AtlantisStargate Universe).

Ballroom (4th Floor)

11:00-12:00 – Stefan Kapicic Panel

In the movie DeadpoolStefan Kapicic left his mark as the stoic X-Man, Colossus. Discover more about this amazing actor and his work, and maybe even learn a bit about the next Deadpool movie, with this spotlight panel.

12:00-1:00 – Darryl Makes Comics

You know Darryl “DMC” McDaniels from his legendary music career. But do you know he also makes comics? Join DMCGreg PakKhoi PhamDomo Stanton, and moderator Amy Chu as they explore the world of Darryl Makes Comics. Sponsored by The Hero Initiative.

1:30-2:30 – David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee Panel

Join David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne) and Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth) for a trip to Gotham. If you’re a fan of the FOX TV show, you know this is the panel for you.

3:00 – Costume Contest (Adults)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

12:00-1:00 – The AaaaWoooooo Werewolf Workshop with Chris Flick

Have a howling good time as cartoonist Chris Flick shows you how to draw werewolves of all shapes and sizes.

1:00-2:00 – Panel Party with Mark Mariano and Kazu Kibuishi

You are cordially invited you to the Panel Party, where your imagination, storytelling ability, and art skills will be welcomed and celebrated. Simply put, we are going to have a blast making comics together! Warning: attending this party may result in you throwing your own Panel Party at home!

2:00-3:00 – Cosplay Crafts with Gina Super Sox

Gina makes clothing for superheroes to wear! The seamstress of Super Sox Shop will discuss making clothing, toys, soft swords and shields, and other fabric crafts.

3:00-4:00 – Pixel Portraits with Tim Fielder

Pixel Portraits: A Digital Storytelling Workshop by the creator of Matty’s Rocket, showcases his storyboarding process of panel to panel techniques for comics, animation, and film.

4:00-5:00 –  Building a Better Batcave! with John Gallagher

You are part of Batman’s trusted team of engineers and interior designers. He has just tasked you with a very important job. Working together, you must design and draw the blueprints for a new Batcave!

5:00-6:00 – A Piggy’s Tale Comic Reading and Drawing! with Piggy and Tod Emko

Join Tod Emko for a live reading of A Piggy’s Tale, the universally loved all-ages comic. Piggy the Three-Legged Super Pup will be present to greet his public and model as the audience draws the heroic canine. If Piggy likes the drawing, the child will receive the first issue of A Piggy’s Tale! All participants will have their photos taken with their drawings for the piggytale.com website.

Sunday

Room 339-342

11:00-12:00 – Black Panther

Before you see Black Panther on the big screen in 2018, you want to make sure you know his comic book roots and this panel is a perfect way to start. Travel to Wakanda with Afua RichardsonAlitha Martinez, and moderator Tom Brevoort.

12:15-1:15 – DC Universe

Moderator: Dan DiDio

Talent: Amanda ConnerTom KingSteve Orlando, Jimmy PalmiottiJames Tynion IV

The DC Universe is what everyone who’s anyone is talking about. The universe has been restored with hope and optimism, engaging storylines and dynamic characters. Come discover more about your favorite DC super heroes, plus hear from the talented teams bringing these stories to life!

1:30-2:30 – Jack Kirby at 100

This past month, the comics world celebrated what would have been the 100th birthday of legendary creator Jack Kirby. Tom KingWalter SimonsonMark BuckinghamJerry OrdwayDean HaspielJohn K. Snyder III, the Kirby Museum’s Rand Hoppe, and moderator Mark Evanier discuss Kirby’s work and it’s lasting influence in comics today.

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00 – CosLove Presents: #icanbaHERO

Cosplay promotes creativity, camaraderie, and can even evolve into community service and philanthropic pursuits. Meet members of CosLove, DC Heroes, East Coast Avengers, Justice League Alliance Mid-Atlantic, Hope for Henry, and The 501st Legion as they provide tips on how to combine your passion for cosplay along with giving back to your local community and other charity efforts. Find out how you can reach out to local organizations and other cosplayers/costumers to organize events, as well as how to use cosplay to reach new patrons or engage students. #TeamCosLove is a group of cosplayers and creatives that support local communities through school and hospital visits within the DC/MD/VA Mid-Atlantic Region, assisting organizations with similar events across the United States, and which promotes the overall love for cosplay and cos-positivity within the community. With Brian KorzecAlice IrvinLiam StillmanShemika Demouchet Berry, and Patrick Michael Strange.

12:15-1:15 – The Plotmasters Project

David Petersen (Mouse Guard) & Jesse Glenn (Odd 13 Brewing) have started a new video podcast series, The Plotmasters Project, in the spirit of looking back at their earliest characters and stories, sharing old embarrassing artwork and ideas, discussing what worked and what didn’t with them, and then creating new art and ideas as though they were working on that project today. Join The Plotmasters as they talk about concept editing, character design, and artistic evolution.

1:30-2:30 – Valiant 101: Jump on Board Here!

New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes – from Bloodshot and Divinity to Faith and Harbinger to Ninjak and X-O Manowar! From Buzzfeed and Entertainment Weekly to The Guardian and dozens more, Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today… Now, look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!

2:45-3:45 – Historical Fiction Comics

Like history? Love comics? Come travel through time with comics! Join Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood), Lora Innes (The Dreamer), and Thom Zahler (Time and Vine) as they talk about writing and drawing historical fiction.

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00 – Marv Wolfman and Mark Evanier in Conversation

Marv Wolfman (New Teen TitansDeathstroke the TerminatorTomb of Dracula) and Mark Evanier (Darkseid SpecialGroo the WandererDNAgents) discuss writing. Don’t miss this chance to see two legendary creators sharing stories about their time in comics and more.

12:15-1:15 – The Return of Classic Cartoon Comics – Underdog, Casper, Rocky & Bullwinkle, and Pink Panther

American Mythology is proud to bring back some of the most beloved all-ages cartoons to introduce to new generations of comic fans. Parents remember the animated antics of UnderdogCasperRocky & Bullwinkle, and The Pink Panther as staples of Saturday morning cartoons. Join S.A. CheckPat ShandJohn Gallagher, and Mike Wolfer as they share their memories of these cereal and milk classics and discuss new all ages fun coming your way from American Mythology next year!

1:30-2:30 – Comics for Everyone

An all-star panel of writers and artists talk about the magical power of comics, how they work to reach new readers, and make stories for all audiences. With Amy Chu(Poison Ivy, Red SonjaKISS), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder, No Mercy, Love is Love) and Franco (Aw Yeah ComicsTiny Titans).

2:45-3:45 – From Idea to the Page: Making Comics the Comicker Way

Comicker Press co-founder and New York Times best-selling writer Sean E. Williams takes you step-by-step through what goes into taking your comics ideas and making them a reality. From finding collaborators to building a proposal, from self-publishing to pitching to publishers, and from writing a script to coloring the final page, Williams shows what goes into making comics from beginning to end.

Room 347-348

11:00-12:00 – Writing for Young Readers

How is writing for young readers unique? What are the rewards and challenges? Are any themes off limits? Join Kazu KibuishiBarry LygaAndy RuntonHope LarsonLouise Simonson, and moderator Charlie Kochman as they explore writing for young readers.

12:15-1:15 – Comics in the 1970s

The Comics Code was revised, the direct sales market was born, and the first hints of independent publishing highlighted a decade that saw a new generation of creators make their debut, including Elliot S! MagginKeith PollardJoe StatonRon Wilson, and John Workman. They reminisce with moderator Robert Greenberger about those transitional years. Sponsored by The Hero Initiative.

1:30-2:30 – Ominous Press Panel

Join Bart Sears and Andy Smith for a panel discussing all things Ominous Press and more! They will discuss their careers from the beginning to now! And why they felt now was the right time to bring Ominous Press back.

2:45-3:45 – Creative Community: Finding It, Building It, and Growing With It

Making comics can sometimes feel like a lonely pursuit — but having a team of colleagues, supporters, and friends can encourage, support, and promote independent creators, no matter where they are in their careers. Come chat with Kata Kane (Ana and the Cosmic Race, Altar Girl), David Crispino (Taft Sturgeon), Colin Byrd (The Crimson Fly), and Jordan Clark (Bitch PlanetTriple Feature) from local creators’ group Bmore Into Comics about how to find and participate in comics communities. Moderated by Parker Hicks (Vengeful Ghost).

Ballroom (4th Floor)

11:00-12:00 – Down with the King 

A one on one retrospect with DMC as we talk about about his journey from Run-DMC to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to DMC the superhero. Moderated by Eddie #ebonyhero Newsome.

12:00-1:00 – Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick Panel

You know them from The DefendersIron Fist, and Game of Thrones. They’re Finn Jones (Danny Rand) and Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing). Join us for a fascinating and engaging panel exploring these two talented actors and their work.

2:30 – Costume Contest (Kids)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

11:00-12:00 – Drawing With Drouin: Disney Characters with Emily Drouin

Learn to draw Disney characters using basic shapes in this fun drawing activity!

 

12:00-1:00 – Cosmic Character Creations with Kata Kane and Amy Chu

In this interactive all ages workshop, color and draw alongside artist Kata Kane (Altar GirlGFFs: Ghost Friends Forever) and dream up your character with writer Amy Chu (Poison IvyRed Sonja) as they talk about their new graphic novel Ana and the Cosmic Race. Color pictures of Ana, Zyx, Keio, and Ekene, or create your own character to compete in the Cosmic Race!

 

1:00-2:00 – Superhero University with Chris Mariano and Brian Smith (OPEN TO FIRST 30 KIDS)

You won’t be able to fly and it won’t give you superpowers, but you will learn all the ins and outs of superheroics from the industry’s top professors. PLUS, you’ll have fun making your own cape and superhero mask! Come to this workshop as a kid, leave as a superhero!

2:00-3:00 – Once Upon a Superhero with Gregg Schigiel

What happens when the worlds of Fairy Tales collide with Superhero Comics? Join Pix and SpongeBob Squarepants cartoonist Gregg Schigiel for this genre-mashing creative workshop.

3:00-4:00 – Imagination Aquarium with Jamar Nicholas

Ever find yourself stuck for cartoon ideas? Put on your wetsuit and dive into the IMAGINATION AQUARIUM, where cartoonist Jamar Nicholas will help you catch ideas in your net and create awesome cartoons!

In support of our hearing-impaired fans and attendees, the Baltimore Comic-Con will have ASL interpreters available at select 2016 panels.

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

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2017 Report!

Chicago. I had been there before. It was 2014, and the occasion was Wizard World. April 2017 was my second trip to the city that the poet Carl Sandburg called “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, / Stacker of Wheat, / Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; / Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders.” Railroads are no longer America’s arteries, and big shoulders are now an 80s fashion relic, but I, like Sandburg, “have seen painted women / under the gas lamps / luring the farm boys.”

   

Such women in Chi-Town can mean only one thing: the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2. I went with my convention buddy John, whom you will remember from Spooky Empire, Minneapolis Wizard World, and Florida Supercon. We stayed at the Congress Plaza Hotel. Opened in 1893 in anticipation of the World’s Columbian Exposition–i.e., the Chicago World’s Fair–the place was a blend of grand and shabby. John likened it to “the Stanley Hotel meets Super 8.”

We grabbed some dinner and walked around downtown, which was eerily empty for a Thursday evening. I saw a few people with the telltale Pokémon shirts, beanies, and/or Barbossa beads and thought: convention goers. Things would heat up the next day and be full-bore by Saturday. John was looking forward to panel discussions and stellar cosplays. I had my usual assortment of books to be signed.

One thing going to conventions with John has taught me is the value of the convention app (if there is one). I still like the printed program of course–great for signatures. But John always downloads the app because it is (1) updated in real time, (2) doesn’t require him to keep up with something else, and (3) makes him feel tech wizard-y. And the C2E2 app is sweet! It has autograph schedules, prices, and locations for every celebrity. The prices were an especially nice feature. Most conventions don’t post these in advance, which makes budgeting for the weekend Mulvaney-esque.

Another innovation was getting my badge in the mail. If you read my first DragonCon report, then you know my acrimony regarding registration lines. John agrees: “Just charge an extra 40 cents and mail everyone’s badge.” How satisfying it was to open an envelope in February, slide out my shiny badge, and reflect on at least one queue not in my future.

Of course, it is impossible to avoid lines altogether. It is an axiom that, no matter which line I choose–supermarket, toll road, ATM, wherever–it will the line with problems: a technical malfunction, say, or a non-English-speaking customer, or an employee who skipped training. At conventions, I am similarly thwarted. Steve Blum was scheduled to sign at 11:00am on Friday, which was great. Fridays are the least crowded days, making them best for autographs–except this Friday. All around me, guests were meeting fans, posing for pictures, translating Celtic texts, building additions onto homes. Meanwhile, I waited. And waited. Blum’s line grew longer than the Santa Fe Trail, and still I waited. The con staff began setting up his booth at 11:50, suggesting he would arrive at 12:00 rather than the advertised 11:00. In fact, it was almost 1:00 when he got there.

Autograph lines. Look closely, and you’ll see me with a floor-length beard.

Rob Liefeld was also late, though not as egregiously. His line would have been long anyway–everbody loves Robert–but there was a new thing complicating it: VIP clients. For $125 in advance ($160 on-site), you would get two signed exclusive comics, one signed Deadpool print, one autograph ticket for your own item, and a picture with Liefeld. He is a quick signer, and friendly without being effusive, which moves the line along. But it is a gut punch to get aaaaaaalmost to the table and be superseded by a group of VIPs. I said there should be VIP signing times and non-VIP signing times, but John argued that would dilute the perks of being a VIP, one of which is the freedom not to have to visit the booth at a specific time.

Those who eschewed the VIP ticket could choose from Liefeld’s a la carte menu.

The growing practice of comic creators charging for autographs has been discussed a lot lately. I don’t mind a blanket charge because, as Dan Seitz argues, “sign your name a hundred times in a row. It’s simple work, but it’s work. You pay people for work.” I do mind creators charging more for a CGC-witnessed signature. Is it more work to write your name when a third party is watching? And charging more to sign a more valuable book like New Mutants #98 is merely a money grab. After all, a number of market forces affect secondary value that have little to do with the quality of the product.

But I care less about cost than about time, the latter of which is more precious and fleeting at a convention. Memo, then, to all creators and celebrities: don’t be late to your signings! The convention is your job for a particular weekend. Do your job. I cannot conceive of any legitimate reason for a guest who is in a city where they have no other business and is staying at a hotel across the street to be unable to make an 11:00am appointment. I am at this convention to meet you, be enthralled by you, and then carry your name across the land. Hard to do that when you’re a no-show Jones.

As for the rest of the convention, it was a delight. C2E2 is big–70,000+ attendees–but the open floor plan gives plenty of space, so I never felt pinioned. The dealer room had all the comics dealers together, all the anime dealers together, all the T-shirt dealers together, etc., which made shopping go smoother. The family area had games, a play space, chairs for adults to rest, and circus performers. The selection of comic creators was spectacular–Stan Lee, Frank Miller (too bad he was there Saturday only and sold-out), Greg Rucka, Rob Liefeld, Matt Wagner, and some who don’t do many conventions anymore, like Dan Jurgens. There were fewer actors than I expected, but this reinforces the focus of C2E2–comic and entertainment, not the other way around. John said there weren’t enough panels and seminars for a convention this size, but the ones he attended were good. His favorite dealt with using comics to boost literacy and teach science. Finally, there was a larger selection of (over-priced) food vendors than I find at most conventions.

If you’ve never been to Chicago, go. And if you’ve never been to C2E2, go. Most conventions are run by small nonprofits, who are exposed as amateurs in a number of ways, but the power of ReedPOP ups the professionalism. Despite three different volunteers being unable to tell me where Frank Miller’s autograph sessions would be held, I found C2E2 to be well-managed, well-marketed, and an all-around pleasure.

Want to see more images from C2E2? Here you go!

“Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse / and strong and cunning.”

 

Must. Catch. Train.

 

I always wanted to be an Ivy League graduate.

 

Look at that chicken . . . and the two cosplayers beside him.

 

At least I didn’t have to queue to see Q.

 

Strangely enough, John lost his voice after this picture with the Sea Witch.

 

“Wait’ll they get a load of me.”

 

“Sure, honey, I’ll go get your purse from the car. Be right back.”

 

Some people put a lot of thought into their cosplays. Others just wing it.

 

Two big reasons to go to C2E2 are . . . um . . .

 

C2E2 just goes on . . .

 

and on . . .

 

and on.

 

Cosplay Central: the heroes behind the heroes

 

Chicago is cold enough without this guy being in town.

 

MA – Amy Chu Signing

Writer Amy Chu (Red Sonja, KISS, Poison Ivy, Sensation Comics, X-O Manowar) appears at Comicazi on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 5:00 till 6:00 PM to sign comics!

Comicazi
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
617-666-2664

 

HeroesCon 2017 Adds Further Guests

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Amy Chu, David Petersen, Tom Raney, John Totleben, Billy Tucci, Dean Trippe, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

JEREMY BASTIAN | Cursed Pirate Girl, The Guild: Tink, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard
SHANE BERRYHILL | Sherwood, Texas, Adventures In Crime
AMY CHU | Poison Ivy, Wonder Woman, KISS, Deadpool
MATTHEW CLARK | Legend of the Dark Knight, Ghost Rider, Wonder Woman
CREATUREBOX | Ratchet & Clank, 9 lives (Spider Kitty), The MONSTER VOLUME
STEPHANIE GLADDEN | Peanuts, Jingle Belle, Simpsons, Powerpuff Girls
ADAM GUZOWSKI | Nailbiter, TMNT Color Classics, Great Divide
MIKE HENDERSON | Nailbiter, Illuminati, Secret Wars
NEAL HOLMAN | Archer, Frisky Dingo, Science!, Redline, Sealab2021
ZACK KAPLAN | Eclipse
CHRIS KEMPLE | Red Vengeance, Fallout, Negative Burn, Fantastic Worlds
MEGAN LEVENS | Angel City, Spell on Wheels, Star Trek
JASON LEWIS | Star Trek: Deviations, Mars Attacks: Occupation and Drive
STEVE MANNION | Fearless Dawn, The Bomb, Tales from the Crypt, Spook House
CARA MCGEE | Over The Garden Wall
BILL MCKAY | Zombie Tramp, Dollface, Vampblade
B. CLAY MOORE | Hawaiian Dick, The Further Adventures of the Whistling Skull, Bad Karma
DAVID PETERSEN | Mouse Guard, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
ROBERT POPE | Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, Batman, Peanuts
BUDDY PRINCE | Marvel Sketch Cards, Voltron: United and Drawn
TOM RANEY | Infinite Crisis, Batman-Superman, Phantom Limb Ghost Puncher
FABIAN RANGEL JR | Space Riders, Namwolf, Helena Crash
ROD REIS | C.O.W.L., Hadrian’s Wall, Civil War II: The Oath
RAFER ROBERTS Archer and Armstrong, Plastic Farm Press, Carpool Buddies of Doom
CHRISTIAN SAGER The Cabinet, Canaan Cult Revival, Think of the Children
CHRISTOPHER SEBELA | Heartthrob, High Crimes, Injustice, Dead Letters, Suicide Squad
ANDY SMITH | Thanos, X-Men, Stormwatch, Wolverine, Superman, Batman
KYLE STARKS | Rock Candy Mountain, Rick and Morty, Sexcastle, Legend of Ricky Thunder
MARCIO TAKARA | All-New Wolverine, Captain Marvel, Armor Wars, Batman
JOHN TOTLEBEN | Swamp Thing, Miracleman
DEAN TRIPPE | Something Terrible, Power Lunch, Butterfly, Project: Rooftop
BILLY TUCCI | Shi, Sgt.Rock: The Lost Batallion, A Child Is Born
TRACY YARDLEY | Sonic the Hedgehog, The Adventures of Galaxy Man and Cosmic Girl

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ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

 

NY – Red Sonja #0 Signing

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Writer Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Sensation Comics, X-O Manowar) appears at Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from noon till 2:00 PM to sign RED SONJA from Dynamite Comics!

**JUST ADDED** Archie Comics artist/writer Dan Parent

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Aw Yeah Comics
313 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY 10528
(914) 732-3600

NYC – Kiss #1 Signing

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Writer Amy Chu and artist Jim Balent will visit Midtown Comics on Thursday October 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign their new Dynamite comic KISS #1!

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

NJ – Halloween ComicFest 2016 Signing

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Writer Amy Chu (KISS, Poison Ivy) and writer/artist Joe Mulvey (Mummy’s Always Right, Scam) sign at East Side Mags on Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM

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East Side Mags
7 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
(862) 333-4961

DC Entertainment Announces Signing Schedule at NYCC 2016

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Press Release:

New York Comic Con (NYCC) is always one of the best ways for fans to meet the talented list of writers and artists behind DC and Vertigo’s most popular stories for meet-and-greets and signings.

This year’s booth (South Concourse, Booth #4002) will feature some of the fans’ favorite REBIRTH talent including Tom King and David Finch (BATMAN), Steve Orlando (SUPERGIRL), Christopher Priest (DEATHSTROKE) and DC Publisher Jim Lee (SUICIDE SQUAD), among many, many others. Already a smash hit with comic book die-hards and novices alike, the curator of DC’s Young Animal imprint, Gerard Way, will be signing copies of DOOM PATROL with artist Nick Derington.

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Amazon Princess just a few weeks after NYCC on Oct. 21, a number of past and present Wonder Woman talent will be on-hand for signings including, WONDER WOMAN Writer Greg Rucka, WONDER WOMAN: THE TRUE AMAZON Writer and Artist Jill Thompson, as well as legendary Wonder Woman Artist José Luis García-López.

Highlights from this year’s signing schedule include:

Thursday, October 6th
11am-12:00pm: Brenden Fletcher
11:30am-12:30pm: Amy Chu, Clay Mann
12:30-1:30pm: Marc Andreyko, Cat Staggs
1:30-2:30pm: Jill Thompson
3:00-4:00pm: Peter Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
3:30-4:30pm: Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo
4-5:00pm: Joshua Williamson, Ed Benes
4:30-5:30pm: Scott Snyder*, Rafael Albuquerque*
5 -6pm: Shea Fontana
5:30-6:30pm: Jim Lee*, Alex Sinclair
6-7:00pm: Steve Orlando, Phil Jimenez

Friday, October 7th
10:30-11am: José Luis García-López, Paul Levitz
11:am-12pm: Brian Azzarello, Klaus Janson
11:30am-12:30pm: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson, Yanick Paquette
2-3pm: Tom King*, David Finch*
3-4pm: Christopher Priest, Paolo Pantalena
4-5pm: Greg Rucka
4:30-5:30pm: Jim Lee*, Alex Sinclair
5:30-6:30pm: Scott Snyder*, John Romita, Jr.*

Saturday, October 8th
11am-12pm: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson, Yanick Paquette
12:30-1:30pm: Steve Orlando, Clay Mann
12pm: Christopher Priest, Paolo Pantalena
3-4pm: Gerard Way*, Nick Derington, Marley Zarcone
3:30-4:30pm: Shea Fontana
4:30-5:30pm: Brian Azzarello, Klaus Janson
5:30-6:30pm: Scott Snyder*, Greg Capullo*

Sunday, October 9th
10:30-11:30am: Brenden Fletcher, Lee Weeks
11-12:00pm: Shea Fontana
1-2pm: Tom King*, David Finch*
2-3pm: Greg Rucka
3:30-4:30pm: José Luis García-López
4-5pm: Jill Thompson

Download the new DC All Access mobile app for a complete list of panels and talent signings, behind-the-scenes coverage and in-depth interviews directly from DC’s web series, “DC All Access.” The app is available for free at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

NY – Silver Age Legend Signing

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Press Release:

Legendary Silver Age comic book artist Joe Giella appears at Best Comics in New Hyde Park on Saturday September 24th from 11AM – 4PM. Joe will be meeting fans and signing books as well as selling prints and original art.

Joe Giella began his career in comics during the Golden Age but he is best known for his inking work during the Silver Age of comics. During the Silver Age he worked on stories featuring Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, The Atom and Adam Strange. Joe worked with other giants in the comic field at this time including Carmine Infantino and Gil Kane! He made contributions to legendary issues such as Flash #123 (“The Flash of Two Worlds”) and Brave and the Bold #28 (the first appearance of the Justice League)! Joe also worked on key issues that introduced some of comics’ greatest characters including Batman #181, the first appearance of Poison Ivy and Flash issues #112 and # 117 the first appearances of Elongated Man and Captain Boomerang! Joe would go on to be the artist on the Mary Worth comic strip, which he worked on until 2016.

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Best Comics
1300 Jericho Tpke, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
(516) 328-1900

MA – Poison Ivy Signing

Amy Chu Social

Writer Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Sensation Comics, X-O Manowar) signs at Million Year Picnic on Saturday, June 4th from noon till 2:00 PM!

Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-6763

 

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