IDW Publishing Recaps Comic-Con 2017

Press Release:

San Diego-based publisherIDW, was well represented at this year’s Comic-Con International and made some noise, thanks to IDW’s high profile booth signings, in-demand exclusives, and major announcements! Not to mention walking away from the annual Eisner ceremony with awards for Best Anthology – Love is Love, and Best Reality-Based Work – March: Book Three.

As they celebrated the trilogy’s conclusion, Congressman John LewisAndrew Aydin, and Nate Powell not only received Eisner Awards for March: Book Three, but also Inkpot Awards for their contributions to the field of comics, before leading hundreds of students, teachers, and fans in an inspiring march through Comic-Con.

Love is Love project organizer, Marc Andreyko, was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for his efforts to aid the victims of the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. The benefit anthology raised over $167K for those affected.

Legendary comics creator Walter Simonson, whose Ragnarök is published under IDW, was honored during the ceremony as well, being inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in recognition of his long and outstanding career.

With so many announcements hitting during the biggest trade show of the year, we’ve compiled a handy guide to what exciting news IDW/Top Shelf made at the event.

Sonic the Hedgehog — Everyone’s favorite blue blur is returning to comics in 2018, now under IDW’s editorial guidance as SEGA announced a new publishing partnership.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen — Award-winning creators Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill will conclude their careers in comics with a final storyline, “The Tempest,” beginning in June.

Goosebumps — This October, encounter monsters old and new in IDW’s comic series from the terrifying world of R.L. Stine’s bestselling series.

Black Crown’s Assassinistas — This 6-issue miniseries from writer Tini Howard (Hack/Slash) and newly minted Will Eisner Hall of Famer Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) packs a punch. Ex-hitwoman Octavia comes out of retirement, dragging her college-aged son and his boyfriend along on her mission to kick some serious ass this December.

Black Crown’s Punks Not Dead — Courtesy of writer David Barnett and artist Martin Simmonds, cross the pond this January for this UK-based tale of Fergie, a boy in search of his father, and his companion, the ghost of The Sex Pistol’s Sid Vicious (obviously).

TMNT/Ghostbusters 2 — The Heroes in a Half Shell and the original ‘busters will reunite for a 5-week crossover event series this November from Erik BurnhamTom Waltz, and Dan Schoening.

Ghostbusters: Answer the Call —The heroines of the 2016 feature film are returning to comics this October, now with their own series, from Ghostbusters veterans, writer Kelly Thompson and artist Corin Howell.

Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions — The new anthology comic set in Jem’s world will premiere this November, with an all-star lineup of rotating creative teams including Jem mainstay Sophie Campbell, plus Kate Leth and Tana Ford joining the jam session.

The X-Files: JFK Disclosure — This two-part special, written by Denton J. Tipton with art by Menton3, will reveal the truth surrounding one of the greatest conspiracies in American history.

Gears of War — The popular video game franchise will return to comics in January 2018, with writer Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens) scripting new stories. In addition, IDW will be reprinting the previous Gears of War comics into collections.

Glénat — IDW Publishing and French publisher Glénat are teaming up on a new joint initiative to publish original graphic novels in the U.S. and France, publishing genre graphic novels that will fit into both markets. It kicks off with a new fantasy series, The Highest House, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, creators of The Unwritten.

30 Days of Night  — Fresh art from the upcoming reimagining of the vampire tale set in Alaska was unveiled. From writer/co-creator Steve Niles and artist Piotr Kowalski (Sex), a new take on the modern classic arrives this December.

Star Trek: Discovery — The first details about the comic book tie-in to the upcoming Star Trek TV series were teased, including a Klingon-centric storyline. It will be written by Mike Johnson and Star Trek: Discovery TV writer Kirsten Beyer with art by Tony Shasteen with more details to come about the October launching title.

Visionaries — Hasbro’s Visionaries return to comics was teased from the creative team of writer Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim) and artist Fico Ossio (Revolution).

Unicron is coming!  — First Strike, the next major Hasbro comic book event from IDW, will see Unicron enter the picture, which can only mean one thing – destruction!

For additional details or assets for all of the above, please reach out to IDW’s media contact.

IDW Publishing thanks all of its talented creators, dedicated fans, and the hardworking staff of Comic-Con International for another amazing year! See you all in 2018!

Hero Initiative Has Massive San Diego Comic-Con Plans

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The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is travelling into Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 19 thru 23 at the San Diego Convention Center. We have exclusives, parties, and special guests throughout the weekend that you will not want to miss! Booth #5003 is the place to be!

The parties start on Wednesday with Stone Brewing’s annual Hop-Con! Stone’s famous w00tstout beer will flow at Stone World Bistro, and artist Walter Simonson has the honor to create this year’s label and print for the famed beer. Prints will be available for sale at the venue and at Hero’s booth at the convention! Don’t miss out on this epic event! Proceeds benefit Hero, so get your tickets NOW!

The good times continue to roll at Gabe Eltaeb’s Fourth Annual Comic Kickoff Fundraiser and Party at Basic Bar and Pizza at 410 10th Ave. in downtown San Diego from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.! Win great raffle prizes, meet amazing artists and have a couple drinks all to support Hero initiative! Artists in attendance include Todd Nauck, Jim Calafiore, Eddie Nunez, and Carlos D’Anda.

Hero is thrilled to have Rob Liefeld draw Deadpool for Hero’s exclusive Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #47 cover! This yearly must-have of comics knowledge and pricing info is limited to 500 copies in hardcover only at $35, so make sure you grab one at out booth!

Hero is also your exclusive go-to for CGC Signature Series signings for top creators Dave Gibbons, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Dan Jurgens, Steve Orlando, Mike Grell, Nicola Scott, Brian Haberlin, Walt and Louise Simonson, John Layman, Ron Marz, Bill  Morrison, Jai Nitz, Joe Staton, Mark Waid, and Bill Willingham. Drop your books off at CGC, booth #4315 no later than Friday July 21 by 5:00 p.m., and get your Signatures Series without the hassle of lines!

And Hero has an outstanding talent lineup all weekend at our booth! Swing by booth #5003 to meet your favorite creators, including:

Wednesday, July 19 (con hours 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
7:00 – 8:00 PM: Scott Koblish

Thursday, July 20 (con hours 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM)
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Peter Krause
1:00 – 2:00 PM: Dan Jurgens
2:00 – 3:30 PM: Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson

Friday, July 21 (con hours 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM)
1:00 – 2:00 PM: Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Peter Krause

Saturday, July 22 (con hours 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM)
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Dan Jurgens
1:00 – 2:00 PM: Andrew Pepoy
5:30 – 6:30 PM: Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson

Sunday, July 23 (con hours 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
2:00 – 3:30 PM: Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson

About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $1 million to the comics’ veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

IDW Announces Panel & Signing Schedule for SDCC 2017

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The countdown to San Diego Comic Con International 2017 is on, and IDW and Top Shelf have revealed their massive slate of signings and panels for the week! Featuring influential and fan-favorite creators, alongside the cast and creative teams from some of the most buzzed about television shows, on top of can’t-miss programming, this year’s convention is primed to be the biggest yet!

Booth #2743 will be your essential destination for non-stop excitement throughout the convention including appearances by Ivan ReitmanBerkeley BreathedKevin EastmanBob GaleWalter Simonson, the cast of Wynonna Earp and many, many more!

Wednesday July 19th Preview Night 

6:00 – 8:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Bobby Curnow (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 8:00 Bloom County Launch Party!  – Berkeley Breathed    (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
8:00 – 9:00 Sword of Ages Sneak Preview – Gabriel Rodriguez  (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
8:00 – 9:00 Sh*t My President Says – Shannon Wheeler (*Book debut!)

Thursday July 20th

10:00 – 11:00 Love is Love – Marc AndreykoChris RyallCat Staggs
10:00 – 11:00 Schick Hydrobot and The Transformers – John Barber
11:00 – 12:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
11:00 – 12:00 Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition – Walter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive!)
12:00 – 1:00 Ghostbusters – Ivan Reitman, Erik BurnhamDan Schoening, Tom Waltz                 (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
12:00 – 1:00 Locke & Key – Gabriel RodriguezChris RyallDavid Petersen (*Check out the show exclusives!)
1:00 – 2:00 Top Shelf Soiree – Campbell WhyteKim DwinellJanet LeeJim McCannShannon Wheeler
1:00 – 2:00 Animal Noir – Izar Lunaček
1:00 – 2:00 Black Crown – Tess Fowler  (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
1:00 – 2:00 Helena Crash – Fabian Rangel Jr.
2:00 – 4:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles– Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Bobby CurnowChris Mowry  (*Check out the show exclusives!)
2:00 – 3:15 Usagi Yojimbo – Stan Sakai
2:00 – 3:00 Judge Dredd – Ulises FariñasErick Freitas
3:00 – 4:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
4:00 – 5:00 First Strike: A HASBRO Comic Book Event – Mairghread Scott, David RodriguezJohn BarberAubrey SittersonBrandon EastonJimmy Johnston, Fico OssioAndrew Griffith (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
4:00 – 5:00 Darkness Visible, Dirk Gently – Arvind Ethan David, Livio Ramondelli (*Check out the show exclusive!)
5:00 – 6:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek CharmLandry Walker  (*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)
5:00 – 5:00 Korgi – Christian Slade
5:00 – 6:00 Surfside Girls – Kim Dwinell
                   (*Book debut!)
5:00 – 6:00 MARCH – Andrew AydinNate Powell
6:00 – 7:00 Jem and the Holograms – M. Victoria Robado 
   (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 7:00 Dread Gods – Ron Marz
6:00 – 7:00 Tom Whalen 

Friday July 21st

10:00 – 11:00 Archangel – Michael Benedetto
10:00 – 11:00 Home Time – Campbell Whyte
                      (*Book debut!)
10:00 – 12:00 MARCH – Andrew AydinNate Powell
11:00 – 12:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed 
                       (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
11:00 – 12:00 Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition – Walter Simonson  
                       (*Check out the show exclusive!)
11:00 – 12:00 Star Trek: The Mirror Broken – Scott TiptonDavid Tipton,
                       J.K. Woodward
12:00 – 1:00 Back To The Future – Bob GaleJohn BarberAlan Robinson
12:00 – 1:00 Tom Whalen
12:00 – 1:00 Judge Dredd – Ulises FariñasErick Freitas
12:00 – 1:00 HASBRO Comic Universe – Brandon EastonFico Ossio
1:00 – 2:00 Animal Noir – Izar Lunaček
1:00 – 2:00 Behaving Madly – Craig YoeGer Apeldoorne
1:00 – 2:00 Gumballs – Erin Nations
1:00 – 2:00 Home Time – Campbell Whyte
1:00 – 2:00 Surfside Girls – Kim Dwinell
2:00 – 3:00 Black Crown – Tess Fowler
                   (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
2:00 – 3:00 Helena Crash  – Fabian Rangel Jr.
2:00 – 3:00 Sh*t My President Says – Shannon Wheeler
2:00 – 3:00 Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken – Ray Friesen
3:00 – 4:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed
                   (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
3:00 – 4:00 Wynonna Earp – Melanie ScrofanoTim RozonShamier Anderson,
                   Dominique Provost-ChalkleyKatherine BarrellVaruna SarangaTamara Duarte,                            Emily AndrasBeau Smith 
                  (*Check out the show exclusives!)
                  (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
4:00 – 5:00 Sword of Ages, Little Nemo – Gabriel RodriguezEric Shanower
                  (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
4:00 – 5:00 My Little Pony – Agnes GarbowskaTony FleecsSara Richard,
                   Thom Zahler
                   (*Check out the show exclusives!)
5:00 – 6:00 Love is Love – Marc AndreykoTyler BossSina Grace,
                   Marc GuggenheimAmancay NahuelpanMatthew Rosenberg
5:00 – 6:00 Saucer State – Paul Cornell
5:00 – 6:00 Ghostbusters –Erik BurnhamDan SchoeningTom Waltz
6:00 – 7:00 Star Trek – Mike JohnsonRyan Parrott
                  (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 7:00 Dread Gods – Ron Marz
6:00 – 7:00 The X-Files – Mister Sam Shearon 

Saturday July 22nd

10:00 – 11:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek CharmLandry Walker  
                       (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
10:00 – 11:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated – Caleb Goellner  
10:30 – 11:30 DuckTales – Francisco AngonesSean JimenezMatt Youngberg
                       (*Meet the Executive Producer, story editor, and art director of the new television show!)
11:00 – 12:00 Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition – Walter Simonson  
                       (*Check out the show exclusive!)
11:30 – 1:30 March– Congressman John LewisAndrew AydinNate Powell
1:00 – 2:00 Tom Whalen
1:00 – 2:00 Cosmic Scoundrels – Andy Suriano
2:00 – 3:30 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Freddie E. Williams,
                   Bobby Curnow  
                   (*Check out the show exclusives!)
                   (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
2:00 – 3:00 Top Shelf Soiree – Campbell WhyteKim DwinellJanet LeeJim McCann,
                   Shannon Wheeler
3:00 – 4:00 V-Wars – Jonathan MaberryRyan BrownAlan Robinson,
                   Mister Sam Shearon
4:00 – 5:00 Black Crown – TOP SECRET GUESTS
4:00 – 5:00 Wynonna Earp – Melanie ScrofanoShamier AndersonTim Rozon,
                   Dominique Provost-ChalkleyKatherine BarrellVarun SarangaTamara Duarte,
                   Emily AndrasBeau Smith
                   (*Check out the show exclusives!)
                   (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
5:00 – 6:00 Love is Love – Marc AndreykoCecil CastellucciMatthew Rosenberg,
                   Gail Simone
5:00 – 6:00 DuckTales – Jeff Smith
                   (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 7:00 First Strike: A HASBRO Comic Book Event – Mairghread Scott,
                    David RodriguezJohn BarberAubrey SittersonFico OssioAndrew Griffith
                    (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
6:00 – 7:00 Sword of Ages, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez
                    (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)

Sunday July 23rd

10:00 – 11:00 Mickey Mouse Shorts – Scott TiptonAndy Suriano
10:00 – 11:00 Sword of Ages, Little Nemo – Gabriel RodriguezEric Shanower
                       (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
11:00 – 12:00 Top Shelf Soiree – Campbell WhyteShannon WheelerErin Nations
11:00 – 12:00 Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition – Walter Simonson  
                       (*Check out the show exclusive!)
12:00 – 1:00 Powerpuff Girls – Haley ManciniJake Goldman
12:00 – 1:00 Hana Zuki – David Mariotte
12:00 – 1:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated – Caleb Goellner  
12:00 – 1:00 Yo-Kai Watch Eric Esquivel
12:00 – 1:00 First Strike: A HASBRO Comic Book Event – Mairghread Scott,
                     David RodriguezJohn Barber,
1:00 – 2:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek CharmLandry Walker  
                   (*Get a free preview of the upcoming releases!)
1:00 – 2:00 Home Time – Campbell Whyte  
1:00 – 2:00 Korgi – Christian Slade
2:00 – 3:00 Animal Noir – Izar Lunaček
2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs, Sara Richard
                   (*Check out the show exclusive!)
3:00 – 4:00 Archangel Michael Benedetto
3:00 – 4:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe – Chris MowryTom WaltzFreddie E. Williams

The Top Shelf section of the booth will be filled all weekend with more great creators, too! 

IDW will be hosting panels all weekend long with show-stopping announcements, surprise guests, and giveaways that you won’t want to miss.

JAWS WILL DROP, SIDES WILL ACHE… SUPER WEIRD HEROES!
Thursday , 7/20/17, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 28DE
A way-fun LOL multimedia show of the kookiest, kraziest, most bizarro leotard-clad bad-guy bashers of the Golden Age of comic books! SEE The Hand: a giant hand!. SEE Madam Fatale: the first cross dressing superhero! SEE Kangaroo Man (Batman was taken!)  SEE tons more nutty-cool heroes held up to reverence and ridicule! Based on the best selling book, “Super Weird Heroes” (and its upcoming sequel) the stand-up comedy presentation is by the former Creative Director of the Muppets and now the Eisner-winning editor of IDW/Yoe Books, Craig Yoe. 20 laugh-riot cosplay changes in all! DON’T MISS THIS!

Ghostbusters 101 — A Ghostbusters Panel of Biblical Proportions!
Thursday , 7/20/17, 10:15a.m. – 11:15a.m., Room: 6DE
Join Ghostbusters co-creator Ivan Reitman and the IDW Ghostbusters brain trust of Erik BurnhamDan Schoening, and Tom Waltz, as they discuss the long-running, critically acclaimed, and fan-adored Ghostbusters franchise, including everything from the classic original movies to the long-running comic book history at IDW Publishing… as well as future plans for major events from Ghost Corps that will add to the beloved brand’s canon, bringing the different Ghostbusters worlds together like never before! Be there… or be slimed!

IDW Publishing: Focus on Graphic Novels
Thursday, 7/20/17, 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., Room: 28DE
IDW Senior Editor Justin Eisinger and Top Shelf Productions’ Leigh Walton host a discussion of the stunning graphic albums, art books, and translated editions coming from IDW this year. Joined by creators such as Izar Lunaček (Animal Noir), Jim McCann & Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men), and Campbell Whyte (Home Time), we’ll dive into details on their work and beyond, including R. Crumb: From Underground to GENESIS, Pearl Jam Art of Do The EvolutionSh*t My President SaysI Am a Number, and much more.

Spotlight on Walter Simonson
Thursday, 7/20/17, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 9
Living legend Walter Simonson is joined by the person most qualified to interview him on a spotlight panel—his wife, the noted comics writer and editor, Louise Simonson. If you’ve never heard Simonson on a panel before this will be a true treat because Walter is not only a master of sequential stories, he is also a brilliant raconteur who will enthrall you with stories spanning his nearly 50 year career!

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe! IDW and Hasbro Present First Strike
Thursday, 7/20/17, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 9
The Transformers, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, Rom, and the Micronauts—some of your favorite childhood toys—now all inhabit one shared universe! Learn how the creators behind the books work together to create a new world filled with giant robots, magical menaces, and lots and lots of laser guns! This panel will also feature a special sneak preview of the Hasbro comic book event—FIRST STRIKE! Join panel guests Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Till All Are One), John Barber (Optimus Prime), Aubrey Sitterson (G.I. JOE), Chris Ryall (Rom), David A. Rodriguez (First Strike), and Brandon Easton (M.A.S.K.) for an in-depth look at the Hasbro line of comic books!
The Bernie Wrightson Memorial Panel—Celebrating the life of a legend
Thursday, 7/20/17, 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., Room: 4
Bernie Wrightson
 was one of the most influential artists in comic book history. His work on Swamp Thing, his Frankenstein illustrations, and myriads of classic covers, stories and illustrations were lovingly rendered by an artist who truly made each project a labor of love. Join IDW’s Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall and Director of Special Projects Scott Dunbier as they welcome a host of guests to pay tribute and celebrate the life and art of the Great Bernie Wrightson!
The Trump Presidential Library Panel
Thursday, 7/20/17, 6:30:00p.m. – 7:30:00p.m., Room: 26AB
Celebrants and detractors alike are chewing on the fact that Donald Trump was elected president. Shannon Wheeler and Robert Sikoryak will help you swallow. In their books Sh*t My President Saysand The Unquotable Trump (respectively), these two cartoonists illustrate Trump’s words for comedic effect and insight. There will be slides, a brief history of political satire, and laughter through the tears as they wrestle with an understanding of our current dystopia. Can satire keep up with reality? Shannon Wheeler is the two-time Eisner winning creator of Too Much Coffee Man and a New Yorker cartoonist. Robert Sikoryak started at Raw magazine, is a New Yorker contributor, and a Comic-Con special guest.

BLACK CROWN: At The Cross Street Of Comics & Chaos
Friday, 7/21/17, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 32AB 
Attention readers who need to be transfixed or transformed: IDW’s BLACK CROWN is a fully-functioning curation operation.  Get in on the ground floor of the new imprint that’s at the cross street of comics and chaos.  Join editor Shelly Bond, IDW CCO Chris RyallTess Fowler (Rat Queens), co-creator/artist of debut title KID LOBOTOMY, Tini Howard (The Skeptics, Magdalena) and Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets, The Twilight Children) who can’t wait to share the details of their new BLACK CROWN series with you.  Warning: Not for the faint-hearted. A fever pitch of enthusiasm will ensue.

Drawing the Sword: A Spotlight on Gabriel Rodriguez
Friday, 7/21/17, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 23ABC
Locke & Key artist/co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez is launching his first-ever fully creator-owned, written and drawn series, Sword of Ages, this fall. Come hear all about the new series, future Locke & Key plans in print and TV, discussion about Gabriel’s decade-pus at IDW and a special announcement or two. All that and a free Sword of Ages preview comic for all in attendance! Moderated by IDW CCO Chris Ryall.

Pop Culture Shark Tank 
Friday, 7/21/17, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m., Room 32AB
Who will be the next breakout pop culture entrepreneur? Come hear startups make their best 90-second pitches to our panel of industry experts Ted Adams (IDW Entertainment), Suzy Ryoo (Atom Factory), and David Steinberger (Amazon comiXology) for valuable feedback, exposure, and maybe their big break. Pitch your own business idea if you dare! Moderated by Rob Salkowitz (Forbes).

IDW Publishing: The Rise of Fall
Friday, 7/21/17, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Room: 4
IDW goes galactic this fall with the launch of Star Wars, an entirely new Star Trek, and much more! Come hear their massive plans and many special announcements, courtesy of IDW CCO Chris Ryall, IDW Group Editor Sarah Gaydos and a cast of thousands! Well, dozens. Or at least a good handful of smart and interesting creators, anyway…

Spotlight on March creators Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
Saturday, 7/22/17, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room 23ABC
The record-breaking success of the March trilogy, by civil rights icon John LewisAndrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, has pushed the comics medium to incredible new heights. March is the first graphic novel to win the National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Book Award, or Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the first graphic novel since Maus to reach the New York Times’ Nonfiction Best Seller list, and the first book in history to receive four simultaneous awards from the American Library Association. Now, join the authors for an emotional look back at their stunning accomplishment — and the way it’s inspiring new generations to speak up, speak out, and move our feet.

TMNT: Summer of the Turtles IDW panel
Saturday, 7/22/17, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 24ABC
Join TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, writers Tom WaltzErik BurnhamAubrey SittersonUlises FarinasErick Freitas, and special guest Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai as they discuss the events of IDW’s biggest summer of TMNT publishing ever! Moderated by Editor Bobby Curnow.

Jack Kirby’s 100th Birthday Celebration with IDW! 
Saturday, 7/22/17, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 25ABC
Featuring an impressive library of more than 1,300 pages of Kirby original DC and Marvel artwork — the largest showing ever! IDW President Greg Goldstein hosts this stellar birthday tribute with a groundbreaking slide show, featuring art from eight different Artist’s Editions plus some surprises. The panel features superstar creators Walter Simonson and Kevin Eastman, who will share their Kirby remembrances and influences, along with Senior Editor Scott Dunbier and Creative Director, IDW PDX, Dirk Wood. Everyone who attends will receive a “birthday” gift! One lucky fan will go home with an Artist’s Edition!

IDW Entertainment & SyFy Present: Wynonna Earp
Saturday, 7/22/17, 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m., Room: 5AB
Join the cast and creators of the breakout SyFy series Wynonna Earp! Join Melanie ScrofanoTim RozonShamier AndersonDomonique Provost-ChalkleyKatherine BarrellVarun Saranga, and Tamara Duarte along with show runner Emily Andras, and comic creator Beau Smith as they reveal behind-the-scenes antics, show off exclusive footage, and answer your biggest questions about season 2!

Comics Entrepreneur Secrets Panel 
Saturday, 7/22/17, 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m., Room 28DE 
You love comic books, right? Do you love them enough to start your own publishing company? Hear what it takes to make it in comics from publishers who have paved their own paths. Author and business expert Rob Salkowitz (Forbes) talks to trail-blazing comics professionals including comiXology CEO and co-founder David Steinberger, CEO of IDW media holdings Ted Adams, Valiant Entertainment CEO and chief creative officer Dinesh Shamdasani, and founder and CEO of Emet Comics Maytal Gilboa about their wins, their setbacks, and everything you need to know on how break in and stay in the comics biz.

IDW’S ULTIMATE KID’S COMICS PANEL!
Sunday, 7/23/17, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 23ABC 
Star WarsPowerpuff GirlsDuckTalesTangledMy Little Pony! Did we get your attention, kids? Come learn about these awesome comic books, and more importantly, how to make your own! Hosted by IDW Group Editor Sarah Gaydos and Editor Bobby Curnow, hear from a panel of “grown ups” including Derek CharmHaley ManciniJake Goldman, and Agnes Garbowska about how they make some of your favorite kids comics. Plus: Free comics for all the kids!

Introducing Nickelodeon Splat Attack From IDW Games
Sunday, 7/23/17, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 4 
IDW Games invites fans of tabletop games and the classic 90s Nickelodeon cartoon line-up to join them in an in-depth discussion of the just announced board game, Nickelodeon Splat Attack. Nickelodeon Splat Attack is an action-packed, all out food-fight featuring many of your favorite Nickelodeon characters from the 90s. Attendees will not only get an inside look of how board games come to fruition, but also get a sneak peek at the roster of characters that will make up Nickelodeon Splat Attack!

Plus, don’t miss the CBLDF auction, benefitting the non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium on Saturday night at the Hilton Bayfront, Sapphire Room AB at 8PM. Featuring a Keynote speech by Scott Snyder, and live-sketching from Jeff Smith!

IDW Celebrates Jack Kirby’s 100th Birthday With More Than 1,300 Pages of Original Comic Art

Press Release:

IDW Publishing will honor both the breadth of Jack Kirby’s imagination, and his unrivaled artistic skill, in a special 100th birthday celebration panel and art show, featuring an incredible 1,300 images of original Kirby art, at San Diego Comic-Con.

Kirby, the visionary artist and creator or co-creator of such characters as the X-Men, Captain America, Silver Surfer, The New Gods, The Avengers, Kamandi, and hundreds more, remains one of the most influential comic artists of all time. Not only do his wildly imagined creations continue to inspire new media properties across the world, but his incredibly drawn pages still stand as a pinnacle of sequential art.

This birthday tribute, hosted by IDW President Greg Goldstein, will feature a multi-media display of more than 1,300 pages of Kirby’s original artwork—the largest showing ever—selected from the eight Jack Kirby Artist’s Edition books IDW has published, as well as additional not-yet-published pages that will be new to fans of the books. “There’s never been a larger or more impressive collection of Kirby visuals in public,” said Goldstein.

Comic legends Walter Simonson (Thor, Alien, Ragnarok) and Kevin Eastman (co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) will be on hand to discuss Kirby’s continued influence. Also present will be IDW PDX Creative Director Dirk Wood and IDW Director of Special Projects Scott Dunbier, the editor of IDW’s award-winning Artist’s Editions series.

“Jack Kirby was the most important comic artist of all time, and we could not be more pleased to help celebrate his enduring legacy,” said Dunbier.

In addition to his importance, Kirby was also incredibly prolific, penciling 15 pages or more each week during marathon days at his drawing board, lasting upward of 12 hours. Yet, despite the breathtaking rate at which he worked, nearly all the pages he left behind are a master class in design, layout, and imagination, made even more impressive by the fact that Kirby was almost completely self-taught.

Panel attendees will see hundreds of eye-catching pieces from Kirby’s tenure at both DC and Marvel, including selections from Fantastic Four, Mister Miracle, Thor, The Forever People, and more, printed so clearly that the whiteout, eraser marks, and blue-line notes are all visible, giving a behind-the-scenes look at some of Kirby’s biggest hits.

“One of the things that IDW is most committed to as a company is the preservation and proper display of classic comics, and we could not be more excited and proud to show off these original pages in celebration of all that Kirby accomplished,” Goldstein said. “We’re grateful to our partners at Marvel and DC, and of course to the Kirby family, for the opportunity to publish these beautiful and important books.”

The panel will on Saturday, July 22nd, from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM in Room 25ABC. Seating is limited, and in addition to a special gift for everyone who attends, two lucky fans will be leaving with their own Kirby Artist’s Edition.

To purchase any of the IDW Jack Kirby Artist’s Edition books, which feature high-quality reproductions of Kirby’s art printed the same size it was originally drawn at, on paper similar to the actual art boards, visit your local comic shop or get them direct from IDW at the website.

You can learn more about Jack Kirby and his amazing legacy by visiting the Kirby Museum at kirbymuseum.org.

IDW & Top Shelf SDCC 2017 Exclusives & Debuts

Press Release:

IDW is ready for San Diego Comic-Con International— are you? Get prepped for the biggest convention of the year with this complete list of IDW’s hottest exclusives and debuts. All of your convention must-haves in one convenient place!

Select exclusives are now available for pre-order at IDW’s webstore.

Be on the lookout every day for unique bundle packages that will include trade paperback collections, hardcovers, rare variants and more! Every day we’ll be offering TWO title-specific bundles that include a free high-quality Tom Whalen print.

IDW will also debut brand new enamel pins, available for the first time ever! Pin availability will change each day so be sure to come back and get yours!

These convention exclusives are only available for pick up at IDW’s SDCC booth #2743 throughout the convention or at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery from July 21st through July 24th. The gallery, located in the Liberty Station Arts District in the Point Loma area of San Diego, currently features exhibits by acclaimed artists Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Walter Simonson (Thor, Ragnarök).

For more information on the gallery and exhibit as well as directions, visit www.sdcomicartgallery.com.

COMICS

Clue #1 Envelope pack, Includes spot color variant plus 3 regular covers and a bonus
Spot-color cover by Gabriel Rodriguez
$20, Limited to 500 packs

Follow the clues and solve the mystery in IDW’s new CLUE series! We’ve put together a special pack for this convention! We start with a RARE exclusive Gabriel Rodriguez Con variant cover, ONLY available in this pack, include all 3 regular editions with the alternate endings, and finish off with a full set of RARE Clue promotional trading cards, all tucked neatly into a Clue evidence envelope! All the familiar faces from the famous board game are back, with a couple new twists.
Darkness Visible #5, Con variant
Cover by Ryan Kelly
$10, Limited to 200 copies

Written by Mike Carey and Arvind Ethan DavidDarkness Visible tells the story of an uneasy co-existence between humans and demons that lasted eighty years, is now spawning an endless terrorist conflict, with a cover by Ryan Kelly.

DuckTales #0, Con variant
Cover by Jeff Smith
$10, Limited to 500 copies

Woo-oo! Bone creator Jeff Smith drew an amazing variant cover of the DuckTales cast for our convention variant!  Featuring beloved characters like Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, and Huey, Dewey and Louie, this new #0 issue is the perfect jumping on point for fans old and new in anticipation of the brand-new series coming Summer 2017!

Funko Universe Bundle Pack, 5 regular Funko Universe one-shots
Various artists
$25, Limited to 100 packs

Pick up all 5 of our Funko Universe one-shot comics from May, each with a cover modeled after the popular Funko boxes, and get a free BONUS copy of TMNT #70 with a Funko-style cover by artist Dave Alvarez! The only way to get this variant is to BUY this bundle pack!

Ghostbusters 101 #1, Con photo variant
$10, Limited to 400 copies

This time, everybody answers the call! Ghostbusters 101 features the very first appearance of the new Ghostbusters from 2016’s Answer the Call movie, as they team up with the original Ghostbusters from 1984! This convention variant features a photo cover of the original Ghostbusters on the front cover, and a photo of the new team on the back cover! Get your copy signed at the show!

Jem and the Holograms: Infinite #1, Con variant
Cover by Erica Henderson
$10, Limited to 250 copies

Artist Erica Henderson (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) drew this gorgeous variant cover of Jem & the Holograms for Part 1 of The FIRST-EVER Jem/Misfits Crossover Event written by Kelly Thompson!

My Little Pony: Movie Prequel #1, Spot color variant
Cover by Tony Fleecs
$5, Limited to 500 copies

This fall, My Little Pony: The Movie hits theaters, and this prequel mini-series is your first look at the fantastic adventure to come, with a fabulous new cover by artist Tony Fleecs!

ROM vs. Transformers #1, Spot color variant
Cover by Alex Milne
$10, Limited to 250 copies

Alex Milne provides the variant cover to this crossover hundreds of years in the making! See the first interactions between ROM and the Transformers on Earth, and meet the universe’s only Cybertronian Solstar Knight!

TMNT/Usagi Yojimbo, Con variant
Cover by Kevin Eastman
$10, Limited to 500 copies

TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai collaborated on this gorgeous convention variant! The TMNT are teleported to a world of talking animals—the world of Usagi Yojimbo! Get your copy signed at the booth!

Wynonna Earp: Season Zero #1, Con photo cover
$10, Limited to 400 copies

The stars of the hit television show will be on hand at the convention to sign a special photo variant cover available only at the show! And for the ultimate collectors a deluxe pack will be available collecting the convention variant, last year’s San Diego variant cover, and a bonus item!

Wynonna Earp Season One Yearbook, Con photo variant
$10, Limited to 300 copies

This Wynonna Earp Season 1 yearbook, with a special convention photo variant cover, is filled with on-set photos, including action shots from the show and all-new behind-the-scenes goodies. This is a book all Earpers need in their motorcycle saddle bag!

Wynonna Earp #1 Deluxe Pack, 2 special photo variants featuring cast members from the hit show!
$20, Limited to 150 packs

Get the last 2 Wynonna Earp Convention Variant comics with a FREE bonus item!

COLLECTED EDITIONS/ HARDCOVERS

Batman TMNT Adventures Vol 1, Con variant
Cover by Kevin Eastman
$20, Limited to 300 copies

TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman provides a con-exclusive cover to this trade paperback! The animated worlds of the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon cartoon and Batman: The Animated Series collide in this outstanding mini-series featuring fan-favorite characters from both universes!

Bloom County: Brand Spanking New Day Hardcover, First release at SDCC!
Cover by Berkeley Breathed
$40, 400 copies at the show

Get a special hardcover version of the latest collection of Berkeley Breathed’s recently revived Bloom County comic strip! This book, containing a bound in plate SIGNED by Breathed, features ALL-NEW strips from 2016 and 2017, that have NEVER appeared in print before (never ever!!). These newly-minted masterpieces present the continuing adventures of Opus, Bill the Cat, Steve Dallas, and the rest of the delightful denizens of Bloom County—and heaven knows how we survived all those years without you!

Jack Kirby Fantastic Four World’s Greatest Artist Edition, SDCC variant
Cover by Jack Kirby
$150, Limited to 100 copies

Jack Kirby was the undisputed King of Comics and IDW is proud to present the second Artist’s Edition focusing on his Fantastic Four work. And, even better, this collects his earlier, “twice up” art—it’s Kirby-sized!! This massive collection includes issues 33, 45, 47, and 60 of the Fantastic Four, plus a stellar gallery with 22 (!!) classic covers, and incredible pages, and three gigantic fold-outs–if you are a Kirby fan, this is the Artist’s Edition you’ve been waiting for!! Debuting at this year’s SDCC is the variant cover featuring Fantastic Four #72.

Jack Kirby Forever People Artist Edition, Con variant
Cover by Jack Kirby
$125, Limited to 100 copies

Continuing IDW’s yearlong celebration of the centennial of Jack “King” Kirby’s birth! Jack Kirby’s classic Fourth World epic told the story of a group of New Gods sent to Earth to oppose Darkseid. Featuring Beautiful Dreamer, Big Bear, Moonrider, and others, this was Kirby’s take on super-powered flower children! Included in this volume are issues, 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7, with nearly all pages scanned from the originals. Debuting at this year’s SDCC is the variant cover featuring a self-portrait of Jack Kirby, and this is limited to a scarce 100 copies.

Locke & Key: Heaven and Earth, Con variant
Cover by Gabriel Rodriguez
$20, Limited to 500 copies

This special deluxe release hardcover, with a new cover by series artist Gabriel Rodriguez, finally reprints the oft-requested and long-denied Eisner-winning one-shot, “Open the Moon!”, the other long-sold-out one-shot, “Grindhouse!” and the even more hard-to-find IDW 10th anniversary Locke & Key tale, “In the Can!”, along with additional covers, behind-the-scenes photos and more!

Ragnarök Volume 2 Hardcover, Con variant
Cover by Walter Simonson
$30, Limited to 500 copies

This convention edition hardcover, with a new cover by creator Walter Simonson, collects issues #7-12 of the Ragnarök series! After hundreds of years, a single god emerged into the post-Ragnarök world, Thor, the God of Thunder. But Angantyr, the Lord of the Dead, has discovered his reappearance, and unleashes his draugar, the undead walkers, against the Thunder God, seeking to destroy the last vestige of the former worlds, and the only hope for the present one.

Return of the Dapper Men, Show debut
Cover by Janet Lee
$35, 150 copies at the show

Blending clockwork whimsy with majestic art-nouveau visuals, Jim McCann and Janet Lee present a hand-crafted fairy tale that feels both familiar and entirely new in this prestige reprinting!

Sh*t My President Says, Show debut
Cover by Shannon Wheeler
$15, 500 copies at the show

Some people are saying, I don’t know, you tell me, but a lot of people are saying this is the greatest book of the year. This guy, Shannon Wheeler, he draws these cartoons for the New Yorker, MAD, the Onion-he’s very, very, good, okay? Now he’s illustrated the most incredible tweets. Wow! You won’t believe what he does with these tweets. I mean, these tweets changed the world, folks. It’s true! It’s very true. EVERYONE is going to want this book – even the haters and losers (Sad!).

Star Trek: Boldly Go Volume 1, Con photo variant
$20, Limited to 200 copies

All-new Star Trek series following the adventures of Captain Kirk and the iconic crew! New worlds! New species! New ships! New photo cover for the con variant!

Surfside Girls, Show debut
Cover by Kim Dwinell
$15, 150 copies at the show

Things are getting weird in Surfside. Lately, Samantha’s best friend Jade explodes into fits of giggles whenever she sees a boy, and it’s throwing a wrench into the kick-back summer of surfing and hanging out that Sam had planned. But after swimming through a secret underwater cave, Sam starts to… see things. Like ghosts. And strange creatures. And maybe something even scarier! Can she and Jade get to the bottom of this mystery in time to save their town?

Walter Simonson’s Thor the Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist Edition, SDCC variant
Cover by Walter Simonson
$125, Limited to 100 copies

The fate of Earth and Asgard hang in the Balance as Thor, Beta Ray Bill, and tons of guest-stars do battle Surtur and his horde of invading demons! All with an exclusive Simonson cover just for the con variant featuring the very first drawing ever done of Beta Ray Bill!

The second Thor Artist’s Edition by the legendary comics’ creator Walter Simonson! Featuring seven complete issues of The Mighty Thor (#349 – 354, plus #380—the legendary all-splash page story!). As with all Artist’s Editions, each page of art scanned from the original art, in this case, from Simonson’s personal archives.

COLLECTIBLES

Disney DuckTales Lithograph
$100, limited to 100 copies

We are proud to offer an Official Disney Archive print of the DuckTales #0 SDCC Variant cover by Bone creator Jeff Smith. Each print measures 11.7 by 16.5 inches, is hand-numbered from 1 to 100, and is printed on 51 pound paper. Each print is packaged in a 13″x18″ envelope with a Official Disney Archive label on the front. Get it signed by Jeff Smith and DuckTales creators during the convention!

String Divers figure, Con variant plus free Trade Paperback
Designed by Ashley Wood
$100, Limited to 50

This String Divers F Defender Statue is a IDW x THREEA SDCC 2017 Exclusive, designed by Ashley Wood. Limited to only 50 units, this statue stands approximately 6” tall, and features 25 points of articulation. This statue also comes with 1 Quantum Defense Suit, 1 Quantum Propulsion Pack, 3 Weapons, and 1 Stand. You will also receive a free copy of the String Divers Trade Paperback with your purchase!

Wynonna Earp Replica Necklace, plus bonus books. Limited release
$100, Limited to 50

Want to wear the same style necklace as Melanie Scrofano wears on Wynonna Earp? Here’s your chance to get an authentic replica necklace! As a free bonus, we are including a comic book signed by Doc Holliday himself, Tim Rozon, a comic book signed by Katherine Barrell (Officer Haught) and the Wynonna Earp Season 1 Yearbook!

Locke & Key Teddy Key, Limited release
Crafted by Israel Skelton
$25, Limited to 100

Locke & Key Small World Key, Limited release
Crafted by Israel Skelton
$25, Limited to 100

Hasbro Enamel Pins: 9 Designs, Limited release
$10, Limited to 100 for each design

  • Autobots shield (Transformers)
  • Decepticons shield (Transformers)
  • Bumblebee (Transformers)
  • Arashikage tattoo (GI Joe)
  • Cobra symbol (GI Joe)
  • ROM head
  • Jem and the Holograms logo
  • Twilight Sparkle (My Little Pony)
  • Songbird Sia  (My Little Pony)

Locke & Key Enamel Pins: 4 Designs, Limited release
Crafted by Israel Skelton
$10, Limited to 100 for each design

  • Ghost Key
  • Head Key
  • Omega Key
  • Shadow Key

Wynonna Earp Enamel Pins: 4 Designs, Limited release
$10, Limited to 100 for each design

  • Wynonna Earp logo
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Special Deputy
  • Pride Mustache

Tom Whalen Poster Bundles: A curated assembly of hardcovers, trade paperbacks and rare variant covers, includes a free high-quality poster!
$100 each, 2 bundles per day, Each bundle limited to 50 units

GIVEAWAYS

Get a sneak peek at some of the most exciting titles coming this fall with these giveaways available at the IDW booth throughout the show. Get yours before they’re all gone!

Black Crown Preview book
Get your first look at what’s coming from Shelly Bond’s Black Crown imprint, including Kid Lobotomy by Peter Milligan and Tess Fowler, plus more yet-to-be-announced titles.

First Strike (Hasbro) Preview book
Limited to 3000 copies
Get on the ground floor of this summer’s Hasbro Comic Book Event Series featuring Transformers, G.I. Joe, Rom, and more!

“Summer Insider” Preview book
Limited to 3000 copies
Look no further for some engaging summer reading from some of your favorite creators.

Star Wars Adventures Preview ashcan
Limited to 3000 copies
You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to get a look at the new all-ages Star Wars Adventurescomic series

Sword of Ages Ashcan Preview book
Limited to 2000 copies
Writer/artist Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key) welcomes you to a world unlike anything you’ve seen before in this sci-fi/fantasy epic.

TMNT Prelude Dimension X FCBD books
The 5-week event series coming this August where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return to Dimension X starts here.

Ducktales/Tangled Flip promo poster
Based on the Disney animated shows of the same names, show your enthusiasm by plastering this on your wall.

Diablo House promo poster
Limited to 700 copies
Those who enter the Diablo House get more than what they bargained for…

My Little Pony Movie Prequel poster
Before the movie opens in theaters, snag this poster before they’re gone in a Rainbow Dash!

Dine with Walt Simonson at SDCC 2017

Press Release:

IDW Publishing is hosting a very special evening with Walter Simonson during Comic-Con. Limited to just 25 attendees, the event will take place in a private room at a swank restaurant in the San Diego Gaslamp district, a short walk from the convention center on Thursday, July 20th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Each guest will receive the following:

  • A COPY OF WALTER SIMONSON’S THOR  THE RETURN OF BETA RAY BILL ARTIST’S EDITION VARIANT EDITION (limited to 125 copies)
  • A SKETCH OF YOUR CHOICE BY SIMONSON (SEE ACCOMPANYING EXAMPLE)
  • A COPY OF THE RAGNAROK BOOK TWO RETAILER INCENTIVE HARDCOVER, COMPLETE WITH BOUND IN SKETCH BY SIMONSON (limited to 100 copies)
  • THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE BOTH BOOKS INSCRIBED TO YOU BY WALTER
  • BOTH BOOKS EMBOSSED WITH A UNIQUE SEAL CREATED FOR THIS EVENT ONLY
  • A WONDERFUL DINNER WITH WALTER SIMONSON
  • MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME

“Looking forward to having dinner with old friends,” said Simonson, “and making new ones at San Diego. Should be a fun night for all!”

Featuring fine dining in an intimate atmosphere, this very special evening is available on a first come first served basis. Space is extremely limited. Tickets are $500 per person and can be purchased here.

Don’t delay in reserving your spot for this one-of-a-kind event!

Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 Tickets Now On-Sale

2017baltimoreccPress Release:

Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to present our fans with an early holiday gift — tickets will be on sale from Black Friday to Christmas at a discount rate for next year’s show, taking place the weekend of September 22-24, 2017 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore.

Tickets that are now on sale include:
  • Weekend
  • Friday only
  • Saturday only
  • Sunday only
  • VIP*

As always, children 10 and under are free for general admission with a paid adult general admission!

* VIP packages are a separate purchase from General Admission tickets (which will be required to participate in any VIP offerings). VIP ticket holders receive exclusive early admission to all three days of the show, as well as a gift package that includes a show t-shirt, the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con yearbook, and more!

“Every year, we get asked if we can provide tickets early enough for holiday gifts or Valentine’s Day gifts or birthday gifts, but we have been unable to make that happen… until now!” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We’re thrilled to announce that, through the holiday weekend, tickets are available for our 2017 event at a discounted rate and, if you’ve peeked at our website, you know our our guest list is already growing with some great new and returning guests, CGC is with us again to do on-site grading, and we began selling our 2017 show floor space to exhibitors and retailers before last year’s show even ended.”

First guests include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Reilly Brown (Slapstick), Mark Buckingham (Everafter: From the Pages of Fables), Dave Bullock (The Rocketeer at War), Jim Calafiore (Surviving Megalopolis), Howard Chaykin (Midnight of the Soul); Frank Cho (Skybourne), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), David Finch (Batman), Meredith Finch (Catwoman: Election Night), Ramona Fradon (Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman), Michael Golden (Doctor Strange), Scott Hanna (Wonder Woman), Dean Haspiel (Dark Horse Presents), Klaus Janson (Dark Knight III: The Master Race), Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter covers), Matt Kindt (Ninjak), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (Avengers), Hope Larson (Batgirl), David Marquez (Civil War II), Mike McKone (Old Man Logan), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Mark Morales (Deathstroke), Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Paul Pelletier (Cyborg), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Revolution), Tom Raney (Invincible Iron Man), Don Rosa (Donald Duck), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Andy Runton (Owly), Julie Fujii Sakai (Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Stuart Sayger (Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas), Louise Simonson (Faith); Walter Simonson (Ragnarok); Rob Stull (Executive Assistant: Orchid), Peter Tomasi (Superman), Billy Tucci (Shi), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Ethan Van Sciver (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Mark Waid (Avengers), Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom), and Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl).

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

Panel Schedule for Baltimore Comic Con 2016

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The 17th annual Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of September 2-4, 2016. Tickets are available now for General Admission, VIP, and Harvey 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 panel on our 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook featuring the cast of Archie Comics, a spotlight on J.M. DeMatteis, and numerous panels featuring some of the industry’s largest publishers including DC, IDW, and Valiant Entertainment!

Saturday, publisher panels include Marvel, BOOM! Studios, and Archie, spotlight panels on Joe Giella, Al Jaffee, John McCrea, Guest of Honor Kevin Eastman, and media guests Candice Patton, Kristian Nairn, and Sean Astin, and a drawing demonstration from Adam Hughes.

Sunday, learn about the connection between music and comics, world building, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and attend spotlights on Steve Englehart, Howard Chaykin, Soman Chainani, and media guest Hayley Atwell!

We also continue our series of cosplay-oriented panels throughout the weekend, featuring topics of interest to both participants and spectators alike.

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

FRIDAY SEPT. 2ND

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

 Room 339-342

2:30-3:30 – Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here!

You’ve seen the reviews, you’ve heard the buzz… Now find out why Valiant Entertainment has taken fans and critics by storm as the most acclaimed comic book publisher! Join us here for a one-of-a-kind introduction to the largest and most acclaimed independent superhero universe in comics! From X-O Manowar and Faith to Bloodshot Reborn and Divinity, get the stories behind Valiant’s biggest heroes and find out where to jump on board right here with an in-depth tutorial that’s perfect for new fans!

3:45-4:45 – DC Comics: Rebirth

Moderator: Dan DiDio

Talent: Keith Giffen, Tom King, Hope Larson, Paul Levitz, Yanick Paquette, James Tynion IV

DC Comics is the talk of fandom, thanks to Rebirth, Hanna Barbera, and overall, great storytelling! Find out what’s new and upcoming from some of your favorite key DC Comics contributors whose unique voices add to the DC Comics experience!

5:00-6:00 – IDW Publishing: The Big Panel!

Come experience the latest from IDW! Join VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, along with the legendary Walter Simonson and other surprise guests as they detail current plans, awesome futuristic plans, and much more. Prizes, announcements, and Q & A! More than that too, but what else do you need?

Room 343-344

2:30-3:30 – J.M. DeMatteis Spotlight

Award-winning writer J.M. DeMatteis began his career in the late-’70s working on DC Comics’ horror line of books. In 1980, he moved over to Marvel, where he worked onThe Defenders and Captain America. He is currently working with long-time collaborator, Keith Giffen on DC’s Scooby Apocalypse, as well as The Adventures of the Augusta Wind Vol. 2: The Last Story and The Last One from IDW Publishing. Join DeMatteis, along with moderator Robert Greenberger, for a look back at his amazing career!

3:45-4:45 – Power Pack Panel

The Power children – Alex, Julie, Jack, and Katie -have an encounter with a spaceship and become the super team, Power Pack! Power Pack was a surprise hit for Marvel in the 1980s and the characters remain popular today. Join creators Louise Simonson and June Brigman for a fond look back at the early days of Power Pack!

5:00-6:30 – Drawing with Allison Sohn

Join Allison Sohn as she takes a penciled drawing all the way through to a finished color portrait using Copic Markers and other tools. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions while Allison works, and have some fun while picking up some pointers and new tricks!

Room 345-346

2:30-3:30 – Cosplay 101

Who should you cosplay? How do you put a costume together? What about props? What should you know your first time out on the con floor as a cosplayer? Come learn from cosplay veterans about how to get started, how to put your costume together, and some great tips for strutting your stuff.

3:45-4:45 – Ray VS. Rob Presents: Crucial Crisis Comics!

Ray and Rob are back and CRAZIER than ever! They will fight…we mean debate comics and movies 2016, and they will be introducing CRUCIAL CRISIS COMICS! The upstart independent comic company! What are they about? What do they offer? Find out with Ray VS. Rob!

5:00-6:00 – Sewing Patterns

Ever have trouble finding a pattern for a costume you’re making? Do you break out into a cold sweat when you pull pattern pieces out of an envelope? Does the idea of modifying a pattern overwhelm you? Put a stop to the fear–Han is here to teach you about sewing patterns, how to read and use them, and tips and tricks for modifying your patterns.

Room 347-348

2:30-3:30 – Making Comics: Behind the Scenes

Ever wonder how your favorite monthly comics are made? It’s a team effort with plenty of challenges. Learn what everyone does and why, from editor to writer, penciller, inker, and colorist. A panel of pros will walk you through how a book is made, what the challenges are, and where the magic happens. Panelists include: writer Amy Chu (DC Comics/Vertigo), artist Dominike Stanton, inker Mark Morales (Spider-Man, Thor), and writer/editor Louise Simonson.

3:45-4:45 – The Archie Comics: Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook Panel!

Artists from across the industry have come together to put their spin on the Archie characters for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook! Learn about how Archie and the gang have impacted their lives and why everyone’s favorite teens are flexible enough to be drawn in any style! Join designer Thom Zahler and artists Andrew Pepoy, Brandon Peterson, Steve Conley, Barry Kitson, and Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito for this Archie art showcase panel!

5:00-6:00 – The Pulp Roots of Comics

Before Bruce Wayne saw his first bat, millionaire playboys, scientists, detectives, and athletes fought against the forces of evil in the dime pulp magazines. Reading these inspired the first generation of comic book creators, so join Howard Chaykin, Paul Levitz, and Ron Marz in a lively discussion of what made them tick and why those heroes endure today. Moderated by Robert Greenberger.

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

4:00-5:00 –  Drawing Cartoon Werewolves with Chris Flick

Vampires seem to be the “cool” monsters these days. Werewolves never get any love. But Chris Flick will show you step-by-step how to create a lovable, cute cartoon werewolf using suggestions from the crowd!

5:00-6:00 – Cosplay Crafts with Gina Super Sox

Gina makes clothing for superheroes to wear! Okay, they are everyday folks dressed as superheroes, but she makes them look super. The seamstress of Super Sox Shop will discuss making clothing and fabric crafts. She’ll also help you design your own felt superhero symbol to take home and attach to a shirt or cape

SATURDAY SEPT. 3RD

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

Room 339-342

11:00-12:00 – Archie Comics: 75 Years of Storytelling

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Archie and the gang in this must-see panel featuring writers and artists from your favorite Archie Comics! Join Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito, Archie writer Mark Waid, Betty & Veronica writer/artist Adam Hughes, and Afterlife With Archie artist Francesco Francavilla for a look back on what has made Archie great for 75 years and a look ahead at what’s coming next!

12:15-1:15 – Tom King and Jamie S. Rich in Conversation

The Sheriff of Babylon is the amazing tale of mystery and intrigue set in Baghdad in 2003. Drawing on his personal experiences, writer Tom King spins an engrossing tale. King sits down with Vertigo Group Editor Jamie S. Rich to discuss the series, making comics, and their respective careers.

1:30-2:30 – Kevin Eastman Spotlight

Kevin Eastman is the co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a publisher, a supporter of creator rights, and so much more. Join our Guest of Honor for a revealing look at his amazing career!

2:45-3:45 – Al Jaffee Spotlight

For decades, Al Jaffee got readers to crease the back cover of Mad Magazine to find the secret behind his Mad Fold-Ins, gave readers “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions”, is the subject of the biography Al Jaffee’s Mad Life, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Learn more about the man and his work as we turn the spotlight on the Reuben Award-winning cartoonist!

4:00-5:00 – The Marvel Panel

Civil War II has ended and it’s a new era of Marvel NOW! What’s next for some of your favorite Marvel characters and team? Join Greg Pak, Charles Soule, Ed McGuinness, and Mark Waid for an exciting look at the Marvel Universe!

5:15-6:45 – Monetize YOUR Comics – LINE WEBTOON Discover

Making comics and you can too! LINE Webtoon’s Tom Akel will walk you through how to publish and monetize your own IP on the Discover platform and Patreon’s Heather Wilder will provide details on a new partnership between LINE Webtoon and Patreon and how creators can take advantage of a new Webtoon creator investment program. Hear from creators who have published their work through Discover while building huge audiences, including Kaitlyn Narvaza (Siren’s Lament, Where Tangents Meet), Boredman (Apocalyptic Horseplay/UndeadEd) and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook).

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00 – Drawing Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs remain fascinating in popular culture from films (King Kong, Jurassic Park) to novels (The Lost World, Jurassic Park) to comics (Xenozoic Tales, Devil Dinosaur). Join artists Mark Schultz, Eric Powell, Walter Simonson, and Frank Cho as they discuss bringing these prehistoric beasts to life on the page! Moderated by Robert Greenberger.

12:15-1:15 – The Process of Writing

One of the big questions asked of writers is “how do you do it?” That’s difficult to answer because there are many ways to write. Join writers J.M. DeMatteis, Paul Storrie, Amy Chu, Mark Waid, and Hope Larson as they discuss how they write. Moderated by Robert Greenberger.

1:30-2:30 – Valiant: The Future of Valiant and Beyond

With a record-setting 50 Harvey Award nominations, Valiant Entertainment is the most acclaimed publisher anywhere in comics today. Now, find out what’s next for powerhouse series like Faith, Generation Zero, BritanniaBloodshot U.S.A.Harbinger Renegades, Savage, and Divinity III: Stalinverse right here with an all-star cast of panelists including Fred Van Lente (Generation Zero) and B. Clay Moore (Savage)! The future of Valiant starts here with an exclusive round of news and announcements – only at Baltimore Comic-Con!

2:45-3:45 – BOOM! Studios: Discover New Worlds

Love reading compelling, forward-thinking comics? Interested in finding out how multiple-award-winning top 10 publisher, BOOM! Studios, has spent over a decade committed to telling great stories and nurturing talent? Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing) discusses with creators Hope Larson (Goldie Vance), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), James Asmus (Kong of Skull Island), and Frank Cho (Skybourne) how they explore the ever-changing comics landscape, their newest stories, and the types of projects needed in the industry.

4:00-5:00 – John McCrea Spotlight

You know John McCrea from his work on The Demon, Hitman, Mars Attacks!, and much more. This is his only convention appearance in the U.S. this year, so don’t miss this opportunity to hear this fantastic artist talk about art and comics!

5:15-6:15 – Draw with Adam Hughes

Join Adam Hughes while his wife Allison Sohn helps narrate his process of going from a blank sheet of paper to a completed grayscale sketch using Warm and Cool Gray Copic markers and other tools. Adam and Allison will endeavor to answer your questions and share tips and tricks while Adam draws.

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00 – Cosplay on a Budget

You know you want to cosplay, but how can you do it without draining your wallet? Come check out some simple and creative tips and tricks for maintaining a budget while making epic cosplay.

12:15-1:15 – Building Foam Armor

Join us as we discuss how to use EVA and craft foam to enhance your costume fabrication! This lightweight and inexpensive material is a perfect resource for the beginning cosplayer. In this introductory level panel, learn the steps to creating your own cosplay armor as we discuss patterns, sealing, and strapping.

1:30-2:30 – DIY Cosplay

As cosplay has grown, many have seen very elaborate cosplay that may cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Many do not realize however that sometimes, many of the tools and props needed to cosplay we either have right at home or can be made on our own. In this panel, we will talk about how some cosplays that we want to make may be right under our nose. Hosted by Harry Crosland.

2:45-3:45 – Visionary Panel: Super-Powers Gone Wild!!

Visionary announces its first Kickstarter MEGA Project – a huge anthology collection of stories of super-powers gone wild, by a dream list of top creators! What happens when a superhuman plague sweeps the planet, thousands of people gaining powers but those powers are out of control? Is it the dawn of a Golden Age, or the final day of life as we know it? Get an epic comics event in one volume! Join a select group of these top creators for the first glimpse of this event and get in on the adventure!

EXCLUSIVE: Attend and get an exclusive chance to be involved in this project in a way no one else will! Can you help shape a world? 

Confirmed: C. Edward Sellner, Gary Cohn, Ron Marz, Steve Ellis, Lee Moder

4:00-5:00 – Changing Roles of Editors

Editing is one of the least understood aspects of comics. Now’s your opportunity to learn more as well as how comic editing has changed over the years! Join past and current editors Paul Levitz, Louise Simonson, John Workman, Archie’s Mike Pellerito, and BOOM!’s Dafna Pleban as they look at the role of the editor.

5:15-6:15 – Darwyn Cooke Tribute

This past year, comics lost one of its modern greats and the Baltimore Comic-Con lost a friend. Join Frank Tieri, Billy Tucci, Dirk Wood, J.G. Jones, and more for this tribute to Darwyn Cooke.

Room 347-348

11:00-12:00 – New Mutants Panel

You couldn’t go wrong with Marvel’s Merry Mutants in the ’80s and ’90s, and one of the most popular teams was the New Mutants! Join writer Louise Simonson and artist Bret Blevins as they share stories of their time together on the book!

12:15-1:15 – The PERHAPANAUTS

Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau, John and Cat Rousseau talk with famous chupacabra adventurer CHOOPIE about his life as a member of the secret team, The Perhapanauts, and about their recent journeys INTO HOLLOW EARTH!

1:30-2:30 – Joe Giella Spotlight

Joe Giella is one of the grand masters of comics and is known to his fans for his classic work on The Flash, Green Lantern, Batman, and more, including drawing the Mary Worth comic strip! Don’t pass up the opportunity to hear about Giella’s life and work from the man himself! Moderated by Robert Greenberger. Sponsored by The Hero Initiative, booth 1501.

2:45-3:45 – The Fifth Beatle: Exclusive TV Pilot Reading

A reading of scenes from The Fifth Beatle TV pilot script, adapted from the award-winning graphic novel based on the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and shooting in 2017. This will be followed by a discussion of the process of adaptation, using the selected readings to highlight and explore how the TV series will be both similar and different to the hit graphic novel. Additionally, exclusive new Kyle Baker art from the The Fifth Beatle: Expanded Edition graphic novel (Dark Horse / in stores Oct 25) will be revealed. Moderated by Patrick Reed.

4:00-5:00 – The Chaykin & Cho Show

Howard Chaykin (Midnight of the Soul, American Flagg!) and Frank Cho (Skybourne,Totally Awesome Hulk) sit down to talk about anything and everything! Join them for what is sure to be an amazing hour of outrageous conversation!

5:15-6:15 – Comics Creators Consuming Coffee: Baltimore Edition

Coffee keeps creators running. Popular comics creators discuss their work was they sample the world’s strongest coffee while chatting about their favorite foods and comics. With Amy Chu (writer Poison Ivy, KISS), Christy Blanch, Ron Marz, and Laura Martin.

Ballroom (4th Floor)

11:30 – Candice Patton Spotlight

Candice Patton can be seen as investigative reporter Iris West on The CW series The Flash! Don’t miss this spotlight panel as we look at Ms. Patton’s journey from The Young and The Restless to Central City!

12:30 – Kristian Nairn Spotlight

Kristian Nairn is best known for fan favorite Hodor on HBO’s Game of Thrones, but he’s also an accomplished DJ! Join Mr. Nairn for this look at his work in acting and music.

1:30 – Sean Astin Spotlight

Sean Astin is an actor well known for his work in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, and the title character of Rudy. He also voices Raphael on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And that’s just scratching the surface of his remarkable career! We turn the spotlight on this accomplished actor.

3:00 – Costume Contest (Adults)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

11:00-12:00 – Create Your Own Superhero Symbol with Carolyn Belefski

Every hero needs a logo! Many superheroes have personal branding on their outfits and My Little Pony characters even have cutie marks! Join artist and designer Carolyn Belefski and learn how to incorporate graphic design elements to create an icon and establish your own powerful visual identity.

12:00-1:00 – Mark Mariano Presents Scribble Scramble!

Eight artists chosen from the crowd compete in a series of quick-thinking drawing quests for the ultimate prize: The Scribble Scramble Championship belt. Your doodling destiny awaits.

1:00-2:00 – Illustrating The School for Good and Evil: the Ever Never Handbook with Michael Blank

Draw your favorite fairy tales! Meet Michael Blank, the illustrator of The School for Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook, and learn how to draw a beloved character from Soman Chainani’s series. One lucky child artist who participates will win a copy of The Ever Never Handbook!

2:00-3:00 – A Cat Named Haiku Papermask Workshop with Mark Poulton

Create your own A Cat Named Haiku papermask with series creator, Mark Poulton. Kids will be able to create, color, and cut out their own papermasks of the lovable haiku loving feline, who is soon to star in his own animated series of shorts on Hooplakidz. A Cat Named Haiku masks will be provided for all kids, as well as crayons, markers, scissors, tape and popsiclesticks.

3:00-4:00 – Superhero University with Chris O>Matic and Franco (OPEN TO FIRST 50 KIDS)

You won’t be able to fly and it won’t give you super powers, 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!

4:00-5:00 –  Let’s go Lego! With John Gallagher

Cartoonist, John Gallagher, teaches you how to draw Lego versions of your favorite characters.

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

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

SUNDAY SEPT. 4TH

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

Room 339-342

10:45-11:45 – American Mythology Panel

American Mythology is proud to have our first convention panel right here in our home town of Baltimore! Join an incredible list of creators, including Mark Wheatley, S.L. Gallant, Mike Wolfer, Matt Slay, Pat Shand, and S.A. Check as they discuss all the awesome new comics coming up this fall and winter! From The Pink Panther to Stargate Atlantis to The Three Stooges, the characters and creations we are publishing are made by fans for fans! Come find out what our next classic properties and new original comics will be right here at Baltimore Comic-Con!

12:00-1:00 – Fairy Tales And Fantasy: Spotlight On Soman Chainani

Calling all fans of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and other thrilling fantasy! Can’t get enough of Hogwarts or magic? Interested in the real stories behind famous fairy tales? Join Soman as he delves into the world of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series, a deep adventure into the darker side of fairy tales for ALL ages. You’ll also learn about student life and find out whether you’re Good or Evil with our special entrance test. Giveaways and prizes included!

1:30-2:30 – AfterShock Panel

Come meet the creative forces behind AfterShock Comics as they unveil new secrets about their exciting new creator-owned publishing line!

2:45-3:45 – The Baltimore Academy of Illustration

The Baltimore Academy of Illustration is a small, independent school that focuses on all things illustration and kicks ass while doing it. Helmed by Alex Fine, Scott Fuqua, and Greg Houston– three working illustrators with a combined 75 years in the profession– and staffed by amazing new faculty members, Erica Ostrowski, Julianna Brion, Taylor Callery, Meredith Burke, and the amazing ladies of paperBase (Emily and Sarah), BAI offers a comprehensive illustration education by focusing on images that communicate– whether individual or sequential– and putting our students first. Our faculty discusses the ins and outs of the illustration industry. From editorial to comics and everything in between.

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00 – Stranger Comics: How to Take an Idea from Concept to Comic Creation (Without Selling Your Soul)!

Stranger Comics CEO Sebastian A. Jones offers insight on how to take an idea from concept to creation. Using sneak peeks from upcoming comic release Vampire Hunter D, alongside acclaimed NIOBE: She is Life and TV show The Untamed, and firsthand experience, he will share tips and tools.

12:15-1:15 – Worlds to Build

Building a new world for comic characters to inhabit takes skill and planning. J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, Walter Simonson, and Fabian Nicieza along with moderator Paul Levitz talk about the power of world building.

1:30-2:30 – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: It’s Morphin Time!

In January, BOOM! Studios launched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a new comic book series based on Saban Brands’ hit ’90s live-action children’s TV series about a group of ordinary teenagers who “morphed” into superheroes to save the world from evil. Join Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing), cover artist Goñi Montes, and Editor Dafna Pleban as they talk about the series, the spinoff Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual, and the everlasting popularity of these “teenagers with attitude.”

2:45-3:45 – Visionary Panel: The Weird West

Take a ride on the WEIRD side of the Old West, with this star-studded creator panel hosted by Visionary! From Deadlands to Jonah Hex to The Sixth Gun, the weird west has been a place of Cowboys, Indians, Mad Scientists, and supernatural creatures of the night! There’s no place quite like the open desert and isolated towns of the wild west to set dark tales of gunfights and horror. Get the lowdown on great projects out, and more to come from the creators behind them!

Confirmed: C. Edward Sellner, Ron Marz, Steve Ellis, Lee Moder

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00 – Black Mask Comics: Debuting Tomorrow’s Legends

Fresh off a dazzling 2015 with breakout books Space Riders, We Can Never Go Home, and Young Terrorists, Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Join Black Mask co-founder Matt Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller) and creators Kwanza Osajyefo (upcoming Black), Tini Howard (upcoming The Skeptics), Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank), Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk Into A Bank), and more special guests for a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics and how YOU can be a part of it.

12:15-1:15 – Howard Chaykin Spotlight

Howard Chaykin (The Shadow, Blackhawk, Dominic Fortune, and lots more) and a microphone. That’s the recipe for a great panel. This is sure to be a fascinating panel as Chaykin talks about whatever the heck he wants to!

1:30-2:30 – Steve Englehart Spotlight

He’s written character defining runs of Detective Comics and Doctor Strange. He created Star Lord and Mantis. He’s written about Coyotes and Foozles. The character’s he’s written read like a who’s who of superheroes. And he’s also a novelist! Join us for this amazing look at the career of Steve Englehart!

2:45-3:45 – Diversity in Comics

For thousands of years, people of all races and backgrounds were depicted in artwork, whether it’s on cave walls, folding screens, maps, or paintings. People wanting to see themselves reflected in their art and comics are no exception and in this panel, we’ll be speaking on why showing the real world in comics, good, bad, and ugly, is so important. Hosted by Belle Burr.

Room 347-348

11:00-12:00 – Media Comics

There are many comics published that originated in other forms of media. Join Bob Greenberger, Louise Simonson, John Layman, Joe Harris, Thom Zahler, and Amy Chu as they discuss the trials and tribulations of moving other media into comics. Moderated by Christina Blanch.

12:15-1:15 – Ominous Press Returns!

In the 1990s, Ominous Press made a splash as Bart Sears and his collaborators created a universe of heroic adventure. Now, Ominous Press is reborn and releasing new material. Learn what’s coming up with creators Bart Sears, Ron Marz, Andy Smith, Tom Raney, and Publisher Sean HusVar, and receive a free preview comic!

1:30-2:30 – Music and Comic Books

Comic books are silent – no music. But what about comic book creators? Join Charles Soule, J. M. DeMatteis, Amy Chu, and karaoke king James Tynion as they discuss how music influences them and their creativity. Moderated by Christina Blanch.

2:45-3:45 – Animation Panel

You may not know it, but some of your favorite comic artists have also worked in animation! Join Bret Blevins and Mike Manley as they discuss their animation work and how it connects to their work in comics.

Ballroom (4th Floor)

12:00-1:00 – Michael Rowe Spotlight

Michael Rowe is probably best known as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot in the CW’s Arrow and The Flash. He has also appeared in Tomorrowland and is an accomplished musician. We turn the spotlight on this hot, young actor in a can’t-miss panel.

1:00-2:00 – Hayley Atwell Spotlight

Hayley Atwell first appeared as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, and reprised the role in other films and for two seasons on ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter. This fall she can be seen in the new ABC series Conviction. Join us for this lively look at Ms. Atwell’s career!

2:30 – Costume Contest (Kids)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

11:00-12:00 – Making Comics With A Dog’s Life with Chris Otto and Ben Taylor

Do you have a funny idea for a comic strip? Chris Otto and Ben Taylor are the minds behind the popular webcomic, A Dog’s Life. They’ll share their insight on creating comic strips and the audience will work with them to create a comic strip.

12:00-1:00 – Draw a Little Dream hosted by Chris O>Matic with Kurt Wood and Justin Castaneda

Chris O>Matic interviews kids and parents about their strangest dreams. Professional artists bring their dreams to life on the drawing board.

1:00-2:00 – The School for Good and Evil Book Signing Event with author Soman Chainani and illustrator Michael Blank

2:30-3:30 – 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.

3:30-4:30 – The 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!

As an added feature this year, in support of our hearing-impaired fans and attendees, the Baltimore Comic-Con will have ASL interpreters available at the 2016 panels.

Special Guests Appear at NJCE 2015

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New Jersey Comic Expo (#NJCE) makes its debut this weekend on November 21st and 22nd with several special guests!

Best-selling and fan favorite superstar comic book artist Jim Lee will be making a rare appearance at NJCE on Sunday, November 22nd. Jim’s appearance at NJCE is his final U.S. convention appearance of the year! Attendees will have the chance to line up for a special TWO HOUR hour signing with a two-item limit! The signing will begin at 10AM and will be first come, first served.

Writer Garth Ennis, best known as the co-creator of the Vertigo comic Preacher with Steve Dillon, which is coming soon to AMC, and his fan beloved nine-year run on Marvel’s Punisher. So if you have a stack of the plethora of comics authored by Mr. Ennis, you may want to bring them to the 2015 NJCE, because this will be his ONLY appearance in the great state of New Jersey.

Superstar Comic Book artist John Cassaday will be making a rare appearance this weekend at the New Jersey Comic Expo! Appearing both Saturday & Sunday, John who most recently handled the art on the first six issues of Marvel’s flagship Star Wars book, will be signing books for fans and will also be available for meet & greet session via our VIP packages.

Angel and Person of Interest’s Amy Acker will be joining us on Saturday and Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy) and from Marvel’s Daredevil on NetFlix Peter Shinkoda and Tommy Walker will be there all weekend. In addition to signing autographs for fans (Additional fees apply) at their tables in our Celeb Signing Area we will also be offering the opportunity to have a professional photo with your favorite celeb taken by Epic Photo-Ops, the convention photo pros.

Other guests include: Mark Bagley, Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Batista, Ryan Bodenheim, Ivan Brandon, June Brigman, Jim Calafiore, Dennis Calero, Joe Caramagna, Paul Castiglia, Chris Claremont, Toby Cypress, Vito Delsante, Todd Dezago, Steve Ellis, The Fraim Bros, Bryan J.L. Glass, Justin Gray, Scott Hanna, Joe Harris, Edwin Huang, Jamal Igle, Jeff King, Joseph Michael Linsner, Shawn Martinbrough, Ben McCool, Mark Morales, Rags Morales, Rudy Nebres, Fabian Nicieza, Cary Nord, Carl Potts, Rodney Ramos, Tom Raney, Ivan Reis, Rod Reis, Dave Roman, Craig Rousseau, Fernando Ruiz, Buddy Scalera, Bob Schreck, Jeffery Shultz, Alex Simmons, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Frank Tieri, Peter J. Tomasi, Ethan Van Sciver, Charles Paul Wilson III, and more! For the full guest list, tickets, and further details please check the website: www.newjerseycomicexpo.com

NYC – Ragnarok Signing

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Walter Simonson appears at JHU Comic Books on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to sign IDW’s collected edition of RAGNAROK: LAST GOD STANDING!

Ragnarök…the Twilight of the Gods in Norse mythology…the destruction of the Nine Worlds. And now, three hundred years later, the birth of vengeance. Walter Simonson returns to comics in this stunning all-new series.

**Purchase of Ragnarok: Last God Standing required for participation in signing event.

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

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