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Baltimore Comic-Con 2014: Calafiore, Chen, Curtis, Kitchen, and Stanton

manowarBaltimore Comic-Con is expanding, and this year marks their inaugural 3-day event which takes place on Friday-Sunday, September 5-7, 2014! Joining them in Baltimore‘s Inner Harbor for their 10th annual show are Jim Calafiore, Jo Chen, Mike Curtis, Denis Kitchen, and Joe Staton!

Jim Calafiore, whose early work was for the now-reformed Valiant Comics on titles like X-O Manowar and Armorines, has made a name for himself working extensively for the Big Two: DC and Marvel Comics. Calafiore had noteworthy runs at Marvel on titles such as Black Panther, Deadpool, Exiles, and Iron Man, and over at DC on Aquaman, Batgirl, Red Lanterns, and Secret Six. More recently, his successful Kickstarter effort, Leaving Megalopolis (with Gail Simone) has been published by Dark Horse Comics, he’s done interior work for Dynamite’s Red Sonja title, and he’s provided covers for Archer and Armstrong at Valiant.

buffy Jo Chen (at the show Saturday and Sunday only!) was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and came to the US in 1994. Working professionally in the Asian comic book industry since age 18, her work in the U.S. comic book scene caught people’s attention with her art work for the Racer X mini-series from Wildstorm/DC Comics in 2000. From there, her artwork graced interiors and covers of titles like Fight For Tomorrow, The Demon, and Robin from DC Comics, Runaways, Taskmaster, and Thor from Marvel Comics, and her covers for Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer became the title’s trademark. Recently, her work has been seen on covers of DC Comics Presents: The Demon – Driven Out.

alcappThe Harvey Award-winning (and nominated again this year!) Denis Kitchen began his comics career as a self-published underground cartoonist (Mom’s Homemade Comics, 1969), but quickly became primarily a publisher. His Kitchen Sink Press for three decades published such legendary and diverse artists as Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, R. Crumb, Mark Schultz, Charles Burns, Al Capp, Scott McCloud, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, Dave McKean, Howard Cruse, and countless others. Kitchen also founded the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and chaired it for eighteen years. A monograph of his cartoons, The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, was recently published. Kitchen curates exhibitions, is an art agent, a literary agent, a comics historian and author (The Art of Harvey Kurtzman and a biography, Al Capp), and has recently brought back Kitchen Sink Books as an imprint of Dark Horse Comics with partner John Lind. This is Denis’s 5th appearance at Baltimore Comic-Con where he has a special connection: as the representative of the Kurtzman estate, he was responsible for bringing the annual Harvey Awards to us. Nominated for the same awards this year are Denis’s work on Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Comics Went Underground from Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse Comics and Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary with Michael Schumacher from Bloomsbury.

dicktracyMike Curtis and Joe Staton are the writer and artist respectively of the Harvey Award-winning (and, like Denis above, nominated again this year!), Dick Tracy comic strip. Curtis, began working in comics in the 1980s for kids comics publisher Harvey Comics, writing for titles such as Richie RichCasper the Friendly Ghost, and New Kids on the Block. From there, he created Shanda the Panda for Mu Press and, later, Antarctic Press. He later went on to create the publishing house Shanda Fantasy Arts. Staton got his start in the comics industry in 1971 with publisher Charlton Comics, where he worked on E-Man, and went on to work for Warren and Marvel Comics as well. He moved to DC Comics to provide art duties on All Star ComicsAdventure Comics, and DC Special where he illustrated tales of the Justice Society of America, and on titles like Superboy and the Legion of Super-HeroesShowcaseMetal Men, and Green Lantern. His career at DC Comics brought him to other titles too, like MillenniumGuy GardnerThe Huntress, and, most recently, Scooby Doo.

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Baltimore Comic-Con 2014: Insight Studios Group Heads to the Convention

markwheatlyFrom the early Vertigo hit Breathtaker to CBS TV’s hit series The Millers, and from First Comics’ Mars to the cutting edge digital presentation of Return of the Human in Aces Weekly, Baltimore‘s own Insight Studios Group has a long track record of breaking new artistic ground. Since Insight’s founding in 1978, Blood of the Innocent, Tug & Buster, Doctor Cyborg, EZ Street, Lone Justice, Gregory, Radical Dreamer, Jonny Quest, Tarzan, and many other characters, concepts, and adventures have flowed from the pens, pencils, keyboards, and brushes of the studios’ creators.

lovebrothersAnchored by Insight Studios founders Mark Wheatley (Frankenstein Mobster) and Marc Hempel (Sandman: The Kindly Ones), the group has always viewed the Baltimore Comic-Con as sort of their home base, an annual gathering of studio members even as the studios’ reach expanded across many different states. The fifteenth edition of the Baltimore Comic-Con – which marks the fifteenth time Insight has set up at the show – sees the convention roster growing to include longtime studio member Allan Gross (Road Song), writer-director Robert Tinnell (The Wicked West), and newcomer Darrenn Canton (Tunnels & Trolls) in addition to Wheatley and Hempel. And one never knows what Friends of Insight Studios might show up at the Baltimore Convention Center over the September 5-7, 2014 weekend.

Even though 2014 is little more than half over, it’s already been a very full year for the creators who make up the studio. Hempel presented his new series, The Love Brothers, this past year in the digital Aces Weekly, and he and Wheatley are now working with Titan Books to issue a new, restored edition of their Breathtaker graphic novel.

rotyourbrainGross, who is best known as writer of the syndicated Tarzan newspaper strip, has just returned to comics from other media projects. His new graphic novel project reunites him with Wheatley.

Tinnell, in addition to writing the award-winning graphic novel series Flesh & Blood, has been busy with a slate of projects including the just-completed documentary, That $#!% Will Rot Your Brain: How The Monster Kids Transformed Popular Culture.

Canton is the new kid at Insight. A fantasy illustrator, Darrenn will be sketching and painting at the show. He’ll have prints for sale, too, just like his studio mates.

The last year has been a big one for Wheatley in particular. He reached his largest audience ever as his work was featured prominently on the hit CBS comedy The Millers. He co-developed and illustrated the ground-breaking Return Of The Human series for the digital the millerscomics anthology Aces Weekly, created a new Tarzan story for Dark Horse, illustrated covers for comics, provided illustrations for books and magazines, and he just completed a lengthy graphic novel for reality TV king, Thom Beers (Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers) in collaboration with Todd Livingston.

Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is located immediately across the street from the historic Camden Yards sports complex (which includes Oriole Park and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum).

Baltimore Comic-Con 2014: Case, Feister, Kemple, Woodall, and Yates

sandmanBaltimore Comic-Con is less than a month away! It is the show’s premiere inaugural three-day event, held at the Baltimore Convention Center on September 5-7, 2014. The convention will welcome back Richard Case, Tom Feister, Chris Kemple, Rich Woodall, and Kelly Yates to the show!

Richard Case got his start at Marvel Comics, working on Strange Tales, but got his first real run on Doom Patrol at DC Comics. He has also contributed to numerous other noteworthy, acclaimed titles at DC, including Sandman, Shade, the Changing Man, Preacher, and Hunter: The Age of Magic. He is also a contributor to the Artist Alley Comics digital initiative.

gijoeTom Feister has contributed to numerous publishers and titles throughout the comics industry. Feister received kudos and recognition as inker on Wildstorm’s Ex Machina, including an Eisner Award nomination for best team with penciller Tony Harris. More recently, Tom is credited with working on Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Top Cow’s Artifacts and Artifacts Origins one-shot, IDW’s G.I. JOE Origins, and covers on DC Comics’ Legion: Secret Origins and IDW’s G.I. JOE.

red vengeanceChris Kemple is one of the contributors to the digital comics effort, Artist Alley Comics. After graduating with a BFA in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University, Kemple worked as an assistant at Artamus Studios with Richard Case, Mike Wieringo, Jeff Parker, Casey Jones, and Scott Hampton, among others. Currently a teacher and freelance artist, Chris was a founding member of and texture artist and 3D object modeler at video game development studio, Red Storm Entertainment.

Rich Woodall, also an Artist Alley Comics contributor, is known for his creator-owned titles, Johnny Rayguy, the Zombie Bomb! Comic Anthology, and Kyrra Alien Jungle Girl. He has also tmntworked on Image Comics’ Savage Dragon, The Perhapanauts, and more recently worked on a variant cover for IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Kelly Yates has provided artwork for Amber Atoms, Tales of Tellos, and The Perhapanauts at Image Comics, numerous Doctor Who titles at IDW, Fear Agent at Dark Horse Comics, and JLA-Z at DC Comics. He also wrote Image’s Amber Atoms, and can lately be found contributing to Artist Alley Comics as well.

This year’s previously confirmed guests for the show include: Eddy Barrows (Earth 2); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Marguerite Bennett (Batgirl); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Dave Bullock (Batman Black and White); Greg Capullo (Batman); John Cassaday (Doc Savage); Bernard Chang (Green Lantern Corps); Sean Chen (Amazing Spider-Man); Jimmy Cheung (Infinity); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (X-Men: amber atoms Battle of the Atom); Amy Chu (Girls Night Out); Richard Clark (House of Gold & Bones); Steve Conley (Bloop); Jeremy Dale (Skyward); Alan Davis (Wolverine); Rachel Deering (In the Dark); Todd Dezago (Tellos); Tommy Lee Edwards (Star Wars); Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys); Ray Fawkes (Constantine); David Finch (Forever Evil); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (All-Star Western); Gerhard (Cerebus the Aardvark); Dave Gibbons (Watchmen); Keith Giffen (The New 52: Future’s End); Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar); Michael Golden (The Ravagers); Cully Hamner (Animal Man); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Fred Hembeck (Garfield); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); Justin Jordan (Luther Strode, Green Lantern: New Guardians); Dan Jurgens (The New 52: Future’s End); Barry Kitson (Empire); Aaron Kuder (Action Comics); David Mack (Shadowman); Kevin Maguire (Guardians of the Galaxy); Alex Maleev (Moon Knight); Billy Martin (Vitriol, The Hunter); Ron Marz (Witchblade); Mike McKone (Ultimate FF); Bob McLeod (X-Men: Gold); Tradd Moore (Deadpool Annual); Mark Morales (New Avengers); Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Joe Prado (Justice League); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Ron Randall (Trekker in Dark Horse Presents); Tom Raney (Incredible Hulk); Ivan Reis (Aquaman and The Others); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Craig Rousseau (Perhapanauts); Joe Rubinstein (The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe); Andy Runton (Owly); Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man); Louise Simonson (Power Pack); Walter Simonson (Thor); Andy Smith (Superman #23.1: Bizarro); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Charles Soule (Thunderbolts); Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Revelation); Paul D. Storrie (Sheena, Queen of the Jungle); Ben Templesmith (The Memory Collectors); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Two-Face); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Herb Trimpe (GI Joe:  A Real American Hero); Billy Tucci (Shi); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Mike Vosburg (Lori Lovecraft); Mark Waid (Daredevil); Lee Weeks (Daredevil); Bill Willingham (Fables); Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom); Thom Zahler (My Little Pony); and Mike Zeck (Secret Wars).

Baltimore Comic-Con 2014: Welcome Amy Chu, Jeremy Dale, Gerhard, and Ron Randall!

vertigo quarterlyBaltimore Comic-Con‘s premiere inaugural three-day event, September 5-7, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center is going to be a blast, and keeps adding new names to the convention.

Adding to already vast variety of guests for the show are Amy Chu, Jeremy Dale, Gerhard, and Ron Randall!

Amy Chu has recently written for DC Comics’ Vertigo Quarterly: Cyan #1. She is also the creator of the Alpha Girl Comics anthology series, Girls Night Out, and the horror mystery The VIP Room. A frequent speaker at conventions, she was a member of our “Self Publishing Panel” along with Jimmy Palmiotti, George O’Connor, Danielle Corsetto, and Carolyn Belefski at last year’s Baltimore Comic-Con.

skywardJeremy Dale is best known for his artwork on G.I. Joe comics for Hasbro and IDW as well as the Harvey Award-winning Popgun v.1 from Image Comics and Miserable Dastards from Dial C for Comics (recently optioned as a feature film). He is currently working on several projects, including the creator-owned Skyward series through Action Lab Entertainment.

cerebusGerhard is renowned for his fantastic background artwork and environmental design on the indie comics masterpiece Cerberus the Aardvark. Working with creator Dave Sim, Gerhard was responsible for creating the lush landscapes in which the storyline took place, starting in issue #65 and working for 20 years on nearly 5,000 pages.

Ron Randall started his professional career at DC Comics with a two page back-up story in Unknown Soldier, which was followed by stories in Sgt. Rock, The Warlord, Arak, Son of Thunder, and Swamp Thing. He is well-known for having created Trekker at Dark Horse Comics back in 1987 for Dark Horse Presents, and he published the character again in a new serialized version of the same title starting in 2013.

dark horse presentsThis year’s previously confirmed guests for the show include: Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Dave Bullock (Batman Black and White); Greg Capullo (Batman); John Cassaday (Doc Savage); Bernard Chang (Green Lantern Corps); Sean Chen (Amazing Spider-Man); Jimmy Cheung (Infinity); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (X-Men:  Battle of the Atom); Richard Clark (House of Gold & Bones); Steve Conley (Bloop); Alan Davis (Wolverine); Rachel Deering (In the Dark); Todd Dezago (Tellos); Tommy Lee Edwards (Star Wars); Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys); Ray Fawkes (Constantine); David Finch (Forever Evil); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (All-Star Western); Dave Gibbons (Watchmen); Keith Giffen (The New 52: Future’s End); Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar); Michael Golden (The Ravagers); Cully Hamner (Animal Man); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Fred Hembeck (Garfield); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); Justin Jordan (Luther Strode, Green Lantern: New Guardians); Dan Jurgens (The New 52: Future’s End); Barry Kitson (Empire); Aaron Kuder (Action Comics); David Mack (Shadowman); Kevin Maguire (Guardians of the Galaxy); Alex Maleev (Moon Knight); Billy Martin (Vitriol, The Hunter); Ron Marz (Witchblade); Bob McLeod (X-Men: Gold); Tradd Moore (Deadpool Annual); Mark Morales (New Avengers); Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Joe Prado (Justice League); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Tom Raney (Incredible Hulk); Ivan Reis (Aquaman and The Others); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Craig Rousseau (Perhapanauts); Joe Rubinstein (The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe); Andy Runton (Owly); Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man); Louise Simonson (Power Pack); Walter Simonson (Thor); Andy Smith (Superman #23.1: Bizarro); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Charles Soule (Thunderbolts); Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Revelation); Ben Templesmith (The Memory Collectors); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Two-Face); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Herb Trimpe (GI Joe:  A Real American Hero); Billy Tucci (Shi); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Mike Vosburg (Lori Lovecraft); Mark Waid (Daredevil); Lee Weeks (Daredevil); Bill Willingham (Fables); Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom); Thom Zahler (My Little Pony); and Mike Zeck (Secret Wars).

Baltimore Comic Con 2014: On-Site CGC Grading for This Year’s Show

CGCThe Baltimore Comic-Con has announced that Certified Guaranty Company, LLC (CGC) will be on-hand to conduct on-site grading at this year’s show. The show, which is expanding this year to three days, will take place the weekend of September 5-7 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

According to Harshen Patel, Director of Operations for CGC, they will be accepting submission for all tiers of service – with the exception of Magazines – on a first-come, first-serve basis for all three days of the show. In addition to the on-site grading, CGC will be partnering with Classic Collectible Services (CCS) to also offer attendees of the show on-site pressing service.

Pricing information for on-site services will be available as we approach the show date.

Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Levitz, Martin, Stelfreeze, and Story Return!

worlds finestCome to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to experience the Baltimore Comic-Con‘s inaugural 3-day event on Friday-Sunday, September 5-7, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center! Returning to the show in 2014 are titans and veterans of industry Paul Levitz, Laura Martin, Brian Stelfreeze, and Karl Story!

Paul Levitz has been a mainstay at DC Comics since 1972, serving as a writer, editor, and President (2002 – 2009) over the tenure of his career. His name is synonymous with the Legion of Super-Heroes, which he wrote from 1977-1979 and 1981-1989, and he created such notable characters as the Stalker, the Earth-2 Huntress, and Lucien the Librarian. Levitz has since returned uncanny avengersto writing the Legion of Super-Heroes for the New 52, as well as the Earth-2 centric book, World’s Finest. Earlier this year, Levitz moved onto the next phase of his career, accepting a Board of Directors position with BOOM! Studios.

Laura Martin is one of the comics industry’s most lauded colorists. Recipient of Harvey, Eisner, Eagle, Squiddy, and Comics Buyer’s Guide Awards, Martin is regularly assigned high-profile and event-oriented comics on which to bring her palate to bear. Her work can be found in DC, day menMarvel, Image, Dark Horse, Virgin, and CrossGen comics through the years, and she is lately working on Dark Horse’s Serenity: Leaves of the Wind, Valiant’s Armor Hunters, and Marvel’s Uncanny Avengers.

Brian Stelfreeze, one of the original Gaijin Studios members, is a multi-talented artist, with experience and credits penciling, inking, coloring, painting, and even writing. His comic book covers have gained him much attention and lauding, and his run painting covers on DC Comics’ Shadow of the Bat for over 50 issues is noteworthy by itself. Brian’s creative output is found these days on BOOM! Studios’ Day Men and an upcoming DC Comics Batman variant.

serenityAlso one of the original members of Gaijin Studios, Karl Story’s inks have graced the pages of titles such as DC’s Action ComicsNightwing, Batman ’66, Legends of the Dark Knight, Ocean, and The American Way, as well as Marvel’s X-Men and Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 among many, many others. You can find his recent work in DC’s The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World and Dark Horse’s Serenity: Leaves of the Wind.

The Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is located immediately across the street from the historic Camden Yards sports complex (which includes Oriole Park and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum). Tickets, a full guest roster, and additional information is available on the convention’s website.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2014: Welcome Christina Blanch, Norman Lee, and Pop Mhan!

charliewormwoodThe Baltimore Comic-Con‘s inaugural 3-day event takes place on Friday-Sunday, September 5-7, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center! They have announced the addition of Christina Blanch, Norman Lee, and Pop Mhan!

Christina Blanch came to comics via education — she is a teacher who found the medium geared for the classroom and one-on-one instruction. She has taught on college campuses, in the correctional system, and in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) such as “Gender Through Comic Books”. Her Thrillbent Comics title The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood is making the transition to print through Dynamite Entertainment.

ironmanNorman Lee went to school for fashion illustration. After experiencing some burnout in that field, he began helping a friend in the comics industry in 1995 with backgrounds, and his career as an inker was underway! He spent most of his professional life working for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse Comics, and has inked pretty much every major character in the Marvel Universe! His lines can be seen in the recent Iron Man Special #1 from Marvel Comics.

spidermanPop Mhan was lucky enough to get his jump into the comics industry under the tutelage of Jim Lee at Wildstorm Productions. Since those early days, his art has graced the pages of comics from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Top Cow, Dark Horse Comics, and Tokyopop. His recent work can be seen at DC Comics, where he has been penciling licensed properties like Gears of War 3 and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and Marvel Comics on All-New X-Factor and variant covers for Amazing Spider-Man.

The Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is located immediately across the street from the historic Camden Yards sports complex (which includes Oriole Park and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum). Tickets, a full guest roster, and additional information is available on the convention’s website.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2014: Kids Love Comics

bcc kidsKids 10 and under get in free at the Baltimore Comic-Con September 5-7, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center — and show organizers are once again presenting a kid-friendly comics area, full of all-ages comics, as well as the artists and writers who make them. Creators from such companies as Archie, Scholastic, Disney, Simon & Schuster, First Second, Marvel, and DC will be on hand to sketch, say hi, and help to teach young ones about the magic of comics through mini-How-To’s through the weekend, right at the Kids Comics Pavilion! Plus, kids can take part in comic crafts, game shows, and more!

Activities in this super cool section of the show include:

  • Interactive Comics Talks from some of Kids’ Comics top creators, such as Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), Andy Runton (Owly), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), and more!
  • Design your own super hero cape and mask
  • Doodle Scribble Draw! Kids Drawing Gameshow!
  • Creator sketches and autographs
  • Kid-Safe Star Wars Light Saber Training
  • Puppet making with Chris O Matic!

Here’s a rundown of the Kids Love Comics Pavilion Creators:

  • Harold Buchholz – Archie Comics
  • Frank Cammuso – Salem Hyde, Otto’s Backwards Day, Knights of the Lunch Table
  • Jamie Cosley (Saturday only) – Cody the Cavalier, Zucchini
  • Tyler Cosley (Saturday only) – AlakaZach, Ninja Squirrel
  • Franco (Appearing Saturday and Sunday) – Aw Yeah Comics!, Tiny Titans, Itty Bitty Hellboy
  • Jay Fosgitt – Bodie Troll
  • John Gallagher – Zoey and Ketchup, Buzzboy, Roboy Red
  • Katie Gallagher – Zoey and Ketchup
  • SL Gallant – GI JOE
  • Chris Giarrusso – G-Man, Mini-Marvels
  • Jimmy Gownley – The Dumbest Idea Ever!, Amelia Rules!
  • Ben Hatke – Zita the Spacegirl, Julia’s House for Lost Creatures
  • Jason Horn – Ninjasaur
  • Jamal Igle – Molly Danger, Supergirl, Firestorm
  • Lora Innes – The Dreamer
  • Mike Maihack – Cleopatra in Space
  • Mark Mariano – The Other Side of Hugless Hill, Happyloo, Flabbergast
  • Mark McKenna – Banana Tail, Star Wars, Marvel, DC
  • Jamar Nicholas – Leon: Protector of the Playground
  • Chris O Matic – The Chris O Matic Show!
  • Chris Otto and Ben Taylor – A Dog’s Life
  • Dan Parent – Archie, Kevin Keller
  • Andy Runton – Owly
  • Gregg Schigiel – Spongebob Squarepants Comics, Pix
  • Jeff Schultz – Archie Comics

Kids Love Comics joins previously announced guests, including: Eddy Barrows (Earth 2); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Marguerite Bennett (Batgirl); Christina Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Dave Bullock (Batman Black and White); Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalapolis); Darrenn Canton (Tunnels & Trolls); Greg Capullo (Batman); Richard Case (Sandman); John Cassaday (Doc Savage); Bernard Chang (Green Lantern Corps); Jo Chen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer); Sean Chen (Amazing Spider-Man); Jimmy Cheung (Infinity); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (X-Men: Battle of the Atom); Amy Chu (Girls Night Out); Richard Clark (House of Gold & Bones); Steve Conley (Bloop); Mike Curtis (Dick Tracy); Jeremy Dale (Skyward); Alan Davis (Wolverine); Rachel Deering (In the Dark); Todd Dezago (Tellos); Tommy Lee Edwards (Star Wars); Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys); Ray Fawkes (Constantine); Tom Feister (G.I. Joe); David Finch (Forever Evil); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (All-Star Western); Gerhard (Cerebus the Aardvark); Dave Gibbons (Watchmen); Keith Giffen (The New 52: Future’s End); Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar); Michael Golden (The Ravagers); Allan Gross (Road Song); Cully Hamner (Animal Man); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Fred Hembeck (Garfield); Marc Hempel (Sandman: The Kindly Ones); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); Justin Jordan (Luther Strode, Green Lantern: New Guardians); Dan Jurgens (The New 52: Future’s End); Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance); Denis Kitchen (Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary); Barry Kitson (Empire); Aaron Kuder (Action Comics); Norman Lee (Iron Man Special); David Mack (Shadowman); Kevin Maguire (Guardians of the Galaxy); Pop Mhan (All New X-Factor); Alex Maleev (Moon Knight); Billy Martin (Vitriol, The Hunter); Ron Marz (Witchblade); Mike McKone (Ultimate FF); Bob McLeod (X-Men: Gold); Tradd Moore (Deadpool Annual); Mark Morales (New Avengers); Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Joe Prado (Justice League); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Ron Randall (Trekker in Dark Horse Presents); Tom Raney (Incredible Hulk); Ivan Reis (Aquaman and The Others); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Craig Rousseau (Perhapanauts); Joe Rubinstein (The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe); Andy Runton (Owly); Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man); Louise Simonson (Power Pack); Walter Simonson (Thor); Andy Smith (Superman #23.1: Bizarro); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Charles Soule (Thunderbolts); Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Revelation); Joe Staton (Dick Tracy); Paul D. Storrie (Sheena, Queen of the Jungle); Ben Templesmith (The Memory Collectors); Robert Tinnell (The Wicked West); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Two-Face); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Herb Trimpe (GI Joe: A Real American Hero); Billy Tucci (Shi); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Mike Vosburg (Lori Lovecraft); Mark Waid (Daredevil); Lee Weeks (Daredevil); Mark Wheatley (Frankenstein Mobster); Bill Willingham (Fables); Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom); Rich Woodall (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Kelly Yates (Amber Atoms); Thom Zahler (My Little Pony); and Mike Zeck (Secret Wars).

Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Kickoff the convention with All-Star Reception!

baltimore comic con logoThe 2014 All-Star Baltimore Comic-Con Reception will take place on Friday, September 5 at 8:00 pm, and Baltimore Comic Con is hosting an an all-star lineup of special comics guests! Join them for this intimate evening, which is unlike anything else the rest of the weekend has to offer! On Friday through Sunday, thousands of comic book fans will be meeting these creators in the hall. Ticket holders to THIS event will be able to enjoy the company of these creators in a cocktail party setting.

Guests for the night so far include Christina Blanch, Mark Buckingham, Alan Davis, Dave Gibbons, Barry Kitson, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, Brennan Wagner, Matt Wagner, Mark Waid, and Bill Willingham. Join the convention and their special guests as they welcome you to the 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con.

The exclusive event will be held at a 4-star hotel adjacent to the convention center, high atop the city of Baltimore with a wonderful view of Inner Harbor.

Kick-off the Baltimore Comic-Con in style at this private, limited event, which is only open to ticket holders. This special engagement is a true meet-and-greet event where you will have the opportunity to socialize directly with the guests! Catered light snacks and desserts will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.

The All-Star Baltimore Comic-Con Reception will include:

  • A private panel discussion and opportunity to mingle afterward
  • Finger foods, appetizers, and desserts
  • A copy of the Collectible Hardcover Baltimore Comic-Con 2014 Yearbook

The All-Star Reception Packages are priced at $199.00 and does not include admission to the show, which is available separately.

2014 Harvey Award Nominees Announced!

harvey awards logoThe 2014 Harvey Awards Nominees have been announced with the release of the final ballot, presented by the Executive Committees of the Harvey Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con. Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, one of the industry’s most innovative talents, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art. They will be presented September 6, 2014 in Baltimore, MD, in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con. This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 5-7, 2014.

Nominations for the Harvey Awards are selected exclusively by creators – those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit, or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field. They are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. Thank you to all that have already participated by submitting a nomination ballot.

Final ballots are due to the Harvey Awards by Monday, August 18, 2014.

BOOM! Studios (with their imprints KaBOOM!, Archaia, and BOOM! Box) lead the nominations with 30, Valiant has the second most at 16, Image and Marvel are tied for third with 11 a piece, and Dark Horse received 10.

Without further delay, the 2014 Harvey Award Nominees:

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  • Deron Bennett, CYBORG 009, Archaia
  • Dave Lanphear, QUANTUM AND WOODY, Valiant Entertainment
  • Terry Moore, RACHEL RISING, Abstract Studio
  • Steve Wands, ADVENTURE TIME, kaBOOM!
  • Britt Wilson, ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA AND CAKE, kaBOOM!

BEST COLORIST

  • Jordan Bellaire, PRETTY DEADLY, Image Comics
  • Marte Gracia, ALL NEW X-MEN, Marvel Comics
  • Matt Hollingsworth, HAWKEYE, Marvel Comics
  • Brian Reber, UNITY, Valiant Entertainment
  • Dave Stewart, HELLBOY: THE MIDNIGHT CIRCUS, Dark Horse Comics

BEST SYNDICATED STRIP or PANEL

  • DICK TRACY, Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, Tribune Media Services
  • FOX TROT, Bill Amend, Universal Uclick
  • GET FUZZY, Darby Conley, Universal Uclick
  • MUTTS, Patrick McDonnell, King Features Syndicate
  • THE PHANTOM, Tony DePaul and Paul Ryan, King Features Syndicate

BEST ONLINE COMICS WORK

BEST AMERICAN EDITION of FOREIGN MATERIAL

  • ATTACK ON TITAN, Kodansha
  • THE KILLER, VOLUME 4, BOOM! Studios/Archaia
  • SHOWA: A HISTORY OF JAPAN 1926-1939, Drawn and Quarterly
  • SUNNY, Viz Signature
  • TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, Fantagraphics

BEST INKER

  • Vanesa R. Del Rey, HIT, BOOM! Studios
  • Stefano Gaudiano, THE WALKING DEAD, Image Comics
  • Danny Miki, BATMAN, DC Comics
  • Brian Stelfreeze, DAY MEN, BOOM! Studios
  • Wade Von Grawbadger, ALL NEW X-MEN, Marvel Comics

BEST NEW SERIES

  • AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, Archie Comics
  • QUANTUM AND WOODY, Valiant Entertainment
  • SEX CRIMINALS, Image
  • SIX GUN GORILLA, BOOM! Studios
  • SUICIDE RISK, BOOM! Studios

MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT

  • James Asmus, QUANTUM AND WOODY, Valiant Entertainment
  • Pere Perez, ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG, HARBINGER WARS, Valiant Entertainment
  • Victor Santos, POLAR: CAME FROM THE COLD, DARK HORSE PRESENTS, Dark Horse Comics
  • Jeff Stokely, SIX GUN GORILLA, BOOM! Studios
  • Chip Zdarsky, SEX CRIMINALS, Image Comics

SPECIAL AWARD FOR HUMOR IN COMICS

  • James Asmus, QUANTUM AND WOODY, Valiant Entertainment
  • Ryan North, ADVENTURE TIME, KaBOOM!
  • Dan Parent, KEVIN KELLER, Archie Comics
  • Fred Van Lente, ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG, Valiant Entertainment
  • Jim Zub, SKULLKICKERS, Image Comics

BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC PUBLICATION FOR YOUNGER READERS

  • ADVENTURE TIME, KaBOOM!
  • BATTLING BOY, First Second
  • G-MAN: COMING HOME, Image Comics
  • MONSTER ON THE HILL, Top Shelf Productions
  • ONLY LIVING BOY, Bottled Lightning

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED

  • HARBINGER VOLUME 1: OMEGA RISING, Valiant Entertainment
  • THE KILLER OMNIBUS VOLUME 1, Archaia
  • MOUSE GUARD VOL. 3: THE BLACK AXE, BOOM! Studios/Archaia
  • POLARITY, BOOM! Studios
  • RAINBOW IN THE DARK: THE COMPLETE SAGA, Comfort Love and Adam Withers

BEST ANTHOLOGY

  • DARK HORSE PRESENTS, Dark Horse Comics
  • MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOLUME 2, BOOM! Studios/Archaia
  • OUTLAW TERRITORY 3, Image Comics
  • SPERA, VOLUME 3, BOOM! Studios/Archaia
  • THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR, BOOM! Studios/Archaia

BEST DOMESTIC REPRINT PROJECT

  • BARNABY VOLUME 1, Fantagraphics
  • BEST OF COMIX BOOK: WHEN MARVEL COMICS WENT UNDERGROUND, Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse
  • FRAGGLE ROCK CLASSICS VOLUME 2, BOOM! Studios/Archaia
  • VALIANT MASTERS: NINJAK VOLUME 1 – BLACK WATER, Valiant Entertainment
  • VALIANT MASTERS: SHADOWMAN VOLUME 1 – SPIRITS WITHIN, Valiant Entertainment

BEST COVER ARTIST

  • Goni Montes, CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT, BOOM! Studios
  • Andrew Robinson, QUANTUM AND WOODY, Valiant Entertainment
  • Chris Samnee, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
  • Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
  • Brian Stelfreeze, DAY MEN, BOOM! Studios

BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, or JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION

  • AL CAPP: A LIFE TO THE CONTRARY, Denis Kitchen, Bloomsbury
  • AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CHRONICLES: THE 1950S, TwoMorrows Publishing
  • ART OF RUBE GOLDBERG, Jennifer George, Abrams ComicArts
  • CO-MIX: A RETROSPECTIVE OF COMICS, GRAPHICS, AND SCRAPS, Art Spiegelman, Drawn and Quarterly
  • THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY, by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker, Dark Horse
  • MARCH: BOOK ONE, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, Top Shelf Productions

SPECIAL AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION

  • BEST OF COMIX BOOK: WHEN MARVEL COMICS WENT UNDERGROUND, John Lind, Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse Comics
  • CYBORG 009, Stephen Christy, Archaia
  • HARBINGER WARS, Josh Johns and Warren Simons, Valiant Entertainment
  • THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR, Joe LeFavi, BOOM! Studios/Archaia
  • UNITY, Alejandro Arbona, Josh Johns, and Warren Simons, Valiant Entertainment

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM ORIGINAL

  • BATTLING BOY, First Second
  • CYBORG 009, Archaia
  • THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY, Dark Horse Comics
  • MARCH: BOOK ONE, Top Shelf Productions
  • THE REASON FOR DRAGONS, BOOM! Studios/Archaia

BEST CONTINUING OR LIMITED SERIES

  • ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG, Valiant Entertainment
  • DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
  • HAWKEYE, Marvel Comics
  • HIT, BOOM! Studios
  • MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 2, Archaia
  • SAGA, Image Comics

BEST WRITER

  • James Asmus, QUANTUM AND WOODY, Valiant Entertainment
  • Matt Fraction, HAWKEYE, Marvel Comics
  • Matt Kindt, MIND MGMT, Dark Horse Comics
  • Brian K. Vaughan, SAGA, Image Comics
  • Mark Waid, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics

BEST ARTIST

  • David Aja, HAWKEYE, Marvel Comics
  • Dan Parent, KEVIN KELLER, Archie Comics
  • Nate Powell, MARCH: BOOK ONE, Top Shelf Productions
  • Chris Samnee, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
  • Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
  • Jeff Stokely, SIX GUN GORILLA, BOOM! Studios

BEST CARTOONIST

  • Matt Kindt, MIND MGMT, Dark Horse Comics
  • Comfort Love and Adam Withers, RAINBOW IN THE DARK, uniquescomic.com
  • Terry Moore, RACHEL RISING, Abstract Studios
  • Dan Parent, KEVIN KELLER, Archie Comics
  • David Petersen, MOUSE GUARD: THE BLACK AXE, BOOM! Studios/Archaia
  • Paul Pope, BATTLING BOY, First Second

BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR STORY

  • ADVENTURE TIME ANNUAL #1, kaBOOM!
  • DEMETER, self-published, Becky Cloonan
  • “A Kiss ISN’T Just A Kiss!”, KEVIN KELLER #10, Archie Comics
  • “Now and Then”, DARK HORSE PRESENTS #30, Dark Horse Comics
  • “Pizza is My Business’, HAWKEYE #11, Marvel Comics
  • SUICIDE RISK #5, BOOM! Studios
  • UNITY #1, Valiant Entertainment

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

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