The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to announce the addition of comic writer and novelist, Joe Hill, courtesy of IDW Publishing, to the growing list of creators for this year’s show. In addition, IDW will also be exhibiting at the show and hosting a panel as well!
Joe Hill published his first book, a collection of short stories entitled 20th Century Ghosts, in 2005 and followed that up in 2007 with Heart-Shaped Box, his first full-length novel. But Hill is best known among comic fans for his work on IDW’s groundbreaking horror series, Locke & Key, which launched in 2008. The book, which is a series of mini-series, is coming to an end with October’s Alpha #2, and has been optioned for film by Universal Studios.
In addition to Locke & Key, Hill is also the author of the Kodiak, The Cape, The Cape: 1969, Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland, and Thumbprint from IDW. He received an Eisner Award in 2011 for Best Writer (Locke & Key) and is nominated for a Harvey Award this year for Best Writer (also Locke & Key).
IDW Publishing was founded in 1999 and has since grown to become one of the top comic book publishers in the United States. Their catalog of books include such licensed properties as G.I. Joe, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Doctor Who, Judge Dredd, The Crow, My Little Pony, Star Trek, and The X-Files, as well as original comic series such as 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Kill Shakespeare, Fever Ridge: The Tale of McArthur’s Jungle War, and Jinrise.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Joe and IDW attending the show and the Harvey Awards this year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Joe’s contribution to the horror genre in comics and in literature has left a lasting effect on both mediums, and IDW has continued to publish some of the best work in comics month-in and month-out for nearly 15 years! This is going to be such a treat for all the fans attending this year’s show!”
Joe Hill and IDW Publishing join our previously announced guests, including: Josh Adams (Doctor Who); Neal Adams (First X-Men); Brian Bolland (Dial H); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Jimmy Cheung (Avengers vs. X-Men); Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre); J.M. DeMatteis (Phantom Stranger); David Finch (Justice League of America); Keith Giffen (Masters of the Universe); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); Barry Kitson (Empire); Roger Langridge (Popeye); Paul Levitz (World’s Finest); Kevin Maguire (World’s Finest); Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie); Mike Mignola (Hellboy In Hell); Jimmy Palmiotti (Batwing); George Perez (World’s Finest); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Joe Prado (Earth 2); Ivan Reis (Aquaman); Chris Samnee (Daredevil); Louise Simonson (X-Factor); Walt Simonson (The Mighty Thor); Kevin Smith (Batman: The Widening Gyre); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Mark Waid (Indestructible Hulk), and Bill Willingham (Fables).
For its first appearance at Boston Comic-Con, IDW Publishing will be bringing the talented creators of Locke & Key and their collaborators, as the celebrated series opens the door on its final chapter, Locke & Key: Alpha. Boston Comic-Con will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center on August 3 – 4, and IDW will have some special surprises for the attendees!
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez will be appearing together for the last time before Locke & Key comes to its climactic conclusion. Joining the series creators will be IDW’s Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall. Shane Leonard, the artist behind Locke & Key’s striking photo-variant covers, will also be in attendance alongside Israel Skelton, the Skelton Crew Studios mastermind behind IDW’s sellout Locke & Key replica keys. Skelton will be bringing a variety of keys including the very limited SDCC Shadow Key and select other works with him for sale at the Skelton Crew booth, next to IDW’s booth.
In addition to the Locke & Key gang, writer Jason Ciaramella (The Cape, Thumbprint) and Hill’s newest collaborator Charles Paul Wilson III (Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland) will also be present for two huge signings with all these amazing creators in one place! The first signing will be held on Saturday from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm and the next, Sunday from 3:15pm – 4:30pm. To help celebrate the tremendous signing C.P. Wilson III will be bringing some menacing prints with him from the new series Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland!
On Sunday August 4th a special Locke & Key panel will be held from 2:00pm – 2:45pm in the Waterfront Room featuring Hill, Rodriguez and Ryall as they reflect on the series and discuss the imminent harrowing future for the Lockes! A can’t-miss panel at a can’t-miss convention!
IDW is pleased to attend Boston Comic-Con, and looks forward to seeing you at the show!