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Blevins, Isherwood, Jordan, St. Pierre, and Takara Coming to Baltimore

Buy your tickets nowBret Blevins and avoid lines for the Baltimore Comic-Con on September 25-27, 2015. The annual comics pop culture event returns to the Baltimore Convention Center for our 16th annual show in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Baltimore Comic-Con welcomes to this year’s show Bret Blevins, Geof Isherwood, Justin Jordan, Joe St. Pierre, and Marcio Takara.

Beginning his comic book career in 1981, Bret Blevins began a decade of working almost exclusively for Marvel Comics on many of their most famous characters, including Spider-Man, Wolverine, The X-Men, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, The Fantastic Four, The New Mutants, Sheena, Ghost Rider, Conan, Solomon Kane, The Inhumans, the Punisher, Sleepwalker, Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, The Bozz Chronicles, Cloak and Dagger, The Trouble with Girls, The Destroyer, Terror Inc., and various licensed properties, including graphic novel length adaptations of the films The Dark Crystal, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Krull, and The Last Starfighter. Moving primarily to DC in 1993, Bret drew Batman, Superman, Supergirl, Starman, and Vigilante, and along the way drew Star Wars, Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, and Bettie Page for Dark Horse. A 146-page graphic of novel of Brian Jacques’ Redwall illustrated by Bret was published by Philomel Books in 2007. In the mid-90’s, Geof IsherwoodBret began working for Warner Bros. animation and won two Emmy awards while creating storyboards for the acclaimed Batman, Superman, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Static, Batman Brave and Bold, and Ben 10 cartoons. For Disney, Blevins has drawn storyboards for Tarzan and Atlantis, and copious artwork for various other Disney projects including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, Tinkerbell, Toy Story, Tron, and Wreck-it-Ralph. In addition to other miscellaneous advertising and illustration work, Bret is always busy drawing and painting from life, writing instructional articles for DRAW! magazine, and occasionally teaching.

Geof Isherwood drew comics for Marvel, DC, Broadway, and Heroes Of The North starting in 1982. Major title runs include Dr. Strange, Suicide Squad, Conan the Barbarian, Conan The King, Namor, and The ‘Nam. Geof has also worked on over 60 film and TV productions, including X-Men: DOFP and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, Being Human (US), and The Fountain. Geof teaches in the Concept Art and Illustration program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. Geof is now working for Renegade Media, drawing the final issue of the soon-to-be-released Necromatics.

Justin JordanJustin Jordan first came to the attention of the comic-buying pubic writing his creator-owned The Strange Talent of Luther Strode (with Tradd Moore on art) published through Image Comics. That title was followed up with two sequels, The Legend of Luther Strode and The Legacy of Luther Strode. He has also worked on DC Comics’ Green Lantern: New Guardians as well as runs during the “New 52” initiative on Superboy, Deathstroke, and Team 7. At Valiant Comics, he wrote the relaunch of Shadowman, and co-created Deep State at BOOM! Studios, Spread and Dead Body Road at Image Comics, and Dark Gods at Avatar Press. In 2012, he received a Harvey Award nomination for Most Promising New Talent, and contributed to the Eisner-nominated In the Dark: A Horror Anthology from IDW.

Joe St.Pierre graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and began his professional career in 1992 as a penciller for the fledgling comic book publisher Valiant, taking on writing responsibilities in time as well. His best Joe St.Pierreknown work at Valiant was a 10-issue run of the title Secret Weapons, which he wrote and drew. In addition to his work in commercial art and as a storyboard artist for just over 20 years, he has worked on titles at major publishers, including DC’s Aquaman, Batman, Green Lantern, Superboy, and Superman, Marvel’s Fantastic Four, Wolverine, X-Men, and he has the distinction of being the artist who most probably worked the most first issues featuring Spider-Man or Spidey family characters. He is currently working on his own title, New Zodiax.

Amongst the seasoned luminaries, Marcio Takara is a relative newcoming, having worked in comics since 2006. His art has graced the pages of Marvel Comics’ Marvel Adventures Super Heroes, Captain Marvel, and Armor Wars, Image Comics’ Dynamo5, BOOM! Studios’ The Incredibles and Incorruptible, and DC Comics’ Blue Beetle, The Flash, and Smallville: Lantern. He has also launched a successful Kickstarter project with writer Bryan Q. Miller called Earthward, and provided artwork for the game League of Legends.

Wheatley, Hempel Lead Insight Studios to Baltimore Comic-Con

Pow BamMark Wheatley and Marc Hempel, the creative pioneers who launched Blood of the Innocent, Mars, and numerous other creations, will explore things a little closer to home with their appearance at the Baltimore Comic-Con, September 25-27, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This is the sixteenth annual Baltimore Comic-Con, and this marks Insight Studios Groups‘ sixteenth straight appearance at the show. They will be joined by studio mates Jerry Carr, G. D. Falksen, Allan Gross, and Evelyn Kriete.

Despite vibrant and incredibly varied solo careers, Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel have been frequent, highly successful collaborators. Their work together has included Tarzan, Jonny Quest, Titanic Tales, and Doctor Cyborg, among other projects. They are presently at work on a fully restored and lavishly produced re-issue of their acclaimed graphic novel Breathtaker for Titan Comics. Long out of print, it was originally serialized and then collected into a best-selling trade paperback by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint 20 years ago. Their work, both together and separately, was extensively profiled in IS Art: The Art of Insight Studios.

BreathtakeerOn his own, Mark Wheatley has most recently had his work for CBS Television featured on The Millers and Super Clyde, and he’s presently part of a team that is developing a live stage show featuring Dick Tracy, Tarzan and the Green Hornet. In print, his work has been featured in the acclaimed Jungle Tales Of Tarzan from Dark Horse Comics, on the cover of the Meteor House release of Exiles Of Kho, the Phillip Jose Farmer series novel by Christopher Paul Carey, and his own well-received new art book, Stars, which presents elaborate line art portraits of actors, musicians, and authors. With a track record that includes Frankenstein Mobster, Radical Dreamer, Return of the Human, Hammer of the Gods, EZ Street, Skultar, and Lone Justice, Wheatley is an Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy, and Eisner award-winning creator. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, created set pieces for The Black Eyed Peas, designed for Lady Gaga, and contributed designs to ABC’s Beauty and the Beast. He will be announcing an innovative new project at the show in collaboration with studio members G. D. Falksen and Evelyn Kriete.

“America’s Most Beloved Semi-Obscure Cartoonist,” writer-illustrator Marc Hempel, grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and now resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he plies his craft on such diverse projects ranging from his own Gregory, Tug & Buster, and Naked Brain to Disney Adventures, and from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser to “The Kindly Ones” in Neil Jerry CarrGaiman’s The Sandman. Hempel’s art has also appeared in MAD, Marvel Fanfare, Epic Illustrated, Heavy Metal, Flinch, My Faith in Frankie, The Dreaming, Lucifer, Munden’s BarNickelodeon Magazine, and a 21-page Escapist story for Dark Horse Comics. His series The Love Brothers has appeared in Aces Weekly.

Cryptozoo Crew artist Jerry Carr will debut a select number of large and small stretched canvas prints, illustrating a variety of furkini-clad jungle heroines and the monkeys who love them. At the Baltimore Comic-Con, he will also unveil new, limited edition poster prints, depicting all kinds of alien, primate, and reptilian critters. His and Allan Gross’ Cryptozoo Crew has been optioned by Alcon Entertainment.

GD FalksenG. D. Falksen is an author, lecturer, public speaker, and MC. He also studies history and has consulted for Disney. He is the author of The Ouroboros Cycle series and The Transatlantic Conspiracy, a YA mystery novel forthcoming from Soho Teen. Other fiction includes The Strange Case of Mr. Salad MondayCinema U, An Unfortunate Engagement, and The Mask of Tezcatlipoca. He is also a voice actor and co-writer for the animated film Hullabaloo and an accompanying educational series titled Ask The Professor.

In addition to Cryptozoo Crew, Allan Gross has written for comic book companies including DC Comics, Dark Horse, and TokyoPop, as well as the Tarzan newspaper strip for United Features Syndicate, and cartoons for television. He wrote Road Song, the Doctor Cyborg graphic novels The Clone Conspiracy and Outpatient, and the novella “Bride of the Beast HullabalooMan” in Titanic Tales, collaborated on the writing and editing of Gray Morrow: Visionary, and wrote the definitive retrospective on Insight Studios, IS Art: The Art of Insight Studios. He recently launched a successful Kickstarter project for his new quirky graphic novel, Life’s Questions Answered, and he’ll have a special signed, pre-publication edition available at the show.

Evelyn Kriete is an editor, producer, artist, stylist, marketing adviser, social media strategist, and new media coordinator. She is also a crowdfunding consultant for Indiegogo and Comicmix. Through crowdfunding, she has raised over $1 million for various projects, including the animated film Hullabaloo, which she is producing alongside film creator James Lopez. She has previously worked on the staff of literary publications such as Weird Tales and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine.

The Adams Clan Comes to Baltimore Comic-Con

Neal AdamsThe Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor the weekend of September 25-27, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Avoid additional lines by purchasing your General Admission, VIP, and Harvey Awards tickets now! The Baltimore Comic-Con welcomes Neal Adams‘ “clan”, Zeea Adams, Buzz, and Peter Stone, to the 16th annual show.

Ever the revolutionary, Neal Adams has decided to officially institute a new program at comic shows, starting at the Baltimore Comic-Con. While Neal sits at his table (#2010), and in full view of everyone who is curious or would like to be part of the experience, he will paint and/or draw one major illustrations for the full time while he is at the convention. He will interrupt his artwork creation to sign books or prints, and to do sketches and commissions. Adams has purchased a portable easel that he says is perfect for the job, and it is jammed-packed with paints, inks, and watercolor so that he can create an illustration from beginning to end right there at the convention. If there are complicated commissions that can’t be done quickly, he will do them at his hotel in the evenings where he has a full drawing set-up, but during the day at the convention, he will be working on the large pieces.

Zeea AdamsZeea Adams began her coloring career under the tutelage of her artist/painter father, Neal Adams and colorist mother, Cory Adams. She started coloring, naturally, on Continuity Comics with the occasional stint at Valiant and Red Line Comics. She worked both using watercolors and, later, Photoshop. When things went digital, Neal and Zeea pioneered advertising animatics, techniques that years later would be adapted for motion comics.

Always having the most fun with special effects and explosions, she joined in to work on the last 3 episodes of The Astonishing X-Men: Gifted motion comic. Zeea now finds the greatest pleasure in returning to her coloring roots. Zeea will be water coloring Neal’s prints at the convention and will have them for sale at her booth, #2214

BuzzBuzz is a comic book artist known for his work on JSA, Atomika, Vampirella, Luna, X-Factor, Impulse, and Shi, to name just a few. A very popular and sought after commission artist among the art collectors and the comic-book convention circuit.

Buzz is also a multi-EMMY award winning commercial artist who has worked with CBS, FOX, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the United States Marine Corp.Buzz will also be doing full finished pieces at table #2214 for people to watch and buy, as well as getting commissions from him.

Peter Bowditch StonePeter Bowditch Stone has completed his first novel, Shattered Krystal which will be available at the Baltimore Comic-Con in hard copy, or you can buy it through Amazon. Peter has worked in comic books (Continuity Comics and Now Comics), animation (Disney’s They Spoke Out), live action, advertising, and video editing (Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic). Starting as an assistant to Neal Adams, he learned the comic book industry from one of the legends of the field.

His comic book stories feature Armor, Megalith, Samuree, the Hybrids, DEATHWATCH 2000 and The Rise of Magic, Mr T, Bucky O’Hare, and many more. His stories have been illustrated by Ernesto Infante, Rudy Nebres, Larry Stroman, Michael Golden, Mark Texiera, Alex Nino, Mark Beachum, Trevor Von Eeden, and Neal Adams.

Check out his new novel, which he will be selling at booth #2214 and making himself available to advise on publishing and offer his services as a writer. Pete will also have prints for sale of Continuity characters with whom he is associated as writer.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and Battlestar Galactica Media Guest Edward James Olmos Comes to Baltimore

Edward James OlmosBaltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor once again hosts the Baltimore Comic-Con on September 25-27, 2015. Held at the Baltimore Convention Center, tickets for the Baltimore Comic-Con and Harvey Awards are now available! They have announced thei next media guest for 2015, Edward James Olmos, award-winning actor and star of television’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Edward James Olmos was born on February 24, 1947 in East Los Angeles, California. Early in his teen years, Eddie found a new love – music. He taught himself to sing and play piano, and by 1961 he was good enough to join a band, the Pacific Ocean. In 1968, Pacific Ocean made one record, “Purgatory.”

In the mid 1960s, Eddie attended East Los Angeles College and California State University by day and played in local clubs most of the night. He began taking acting classes to improve his band’s show. Olmos’s first acting role was in Zoot Suit, a stage drama which opened in 1978 at the Mark Taper theatre with an expected run of ten days. It ran for a year before going to Broadway. By the time the show closed, Eddie had won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award, a Theatre World Award, and was nominated for a Tony Award.

Acting roles came in faster after that. In 1981 he made Wolfen with Albert Finney and, in 1982, he accepted the role of Gaff in Blade Runner with Harrison Ford. In 1984, after difficult negotiations in which he gained the right of creative control over his character of Lieutenant Martin Castillo, Eddie joined the cast of the very popular Miami Vice.

After working on American Family in 2002, he joined the hit series Battlestar Galactica in 2003, which enjoyed four seasons of rave reviews and became one of the most honored science fiction shows of all time, winning the Peabody Award and several Emmys. EJO played the lead character of Admiral Adama, the heart and soul of the show and of the series. He directed several episodes of Battlestar Galactica and, most recently, a BSG movie titled The Plan which was released on DVD and BlueRay, and aired on the SyFy Channel.

Eddie was also seen in the role of Michael Axford in the major motion picture The Green Hornet. His character is an ex-cop turned rough and tough journalist who reports on the Green Hornet and seeks to reveal his identity. He also starred as the murderous zealot on HBO’s hit show Dexter.

More recently, Olmos played the role of Robert Gonzales on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where he played a “real” S.H.I.E.L.D. agent against Phil Coulson’s “rogue” team in Season Two of the ABC TV series. Events in the series were impacted by Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) theatrical releases, most recently in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Arrow Media Guests Cassidy and Blackthorne Come to Baltimore Comic-Con

Katie CassidyThe Baltimore Comic-Con returns this September 25-27, 2015. Held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, tickets for the Baltimore Comic-Con and Harvey Awards are now available — click here to purchase yours now! The convention has announced their first media guests for 2015, Katie Cassidy and Paul Blackthorne, stars of television’s Arrow, adapting the DC Entertainment character Green Arrow and his supporting cast. Katie and Paul will be in attendance Saturday and Sunday.

Katie Cassidy, one of Hollywood’s most engaging young actresses, can currently be seen as the female lead in the smash hit CW series, Arrow. Based on the DC Entertainment Green Arrow comic, Cassidy plays Laurel Lance, an attorney and ex-girlfriend of Oliver Queen, who becomes Black Canary, fighting crime with Oliver (Green Arrow) and his team.

Black CanaryCassidy can also be seen in the thriller titled The Scribbler, based on the 2006 Image Comics graphic novel, in which she plays the lead character ‘Suki’ and co-stars with Michelle Trachtenberg and Eliza Dushku.

Cassidy’s other film credits include: Monte Carlo, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Taken, Black Christmas, Click, The Lost, and When a Stranger Calls.

No stranger to the small screen, Cassidy’s other television credits include playing the female lead in CBS’s 13-week murder mystery mini-series Harper’s Island along with CW’s Gossip GirlMelrose Place, Supernatural, and 7th Heaven.

Off screen, Cassidy is very involved in H.E.L.P Malawi. Katie and H.E.L.P Board Members journeyed to Malawi in 2009 to visit and participate on the grounds. Katie witnessed first hand H.E.L.P’s ongoing efforts. While in Malawi, Katie learned how H.E.L.P. utilizes resources in the natural environment to teach the children and the community self-sustaining skills. She helped to plant crops, make stoves out of mud and clay, and harvest the jam and peanut butter ingredients which were grown at the local school. Katie left her special mark in Malawi by creating the Katie Cassidy and Friends Garden. She also designed a necklace to raise money for the foundation that can be purchased online.

Paul BlackthorneBritish born actor Paul Blackthorne will be returning to primetime TV this fall for a fourth season as Quentin Lance on the CW’s hit series Arrow. Father to Cassidy’s Laurel, Quentin Lance is a police officer who struggles with the ongoing vigilantism and his role in law enforcement in Central City.

Last fall, he appeared in Dumb and Dumber To, the long-awaited sequel to Dumb and Dumber with original cast members, Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels.

In 2000 Blackthorne starred as the villainous Captain Russell in the Oscar nominated film Lagaan. The Oscar campaign brought him to Los Angeles where he landed many roles in American television and film. He played manipulative reality show producer, Clark Quietly in ABC’s paranormal thriller The River and has appeared opposite Ted Danson in CSI and Callie Thorne in Necessary Roughness. Blackthorne played Stephen Saunders in Season 3 of 24, and starred in NBC’s Lipstick Jungle opposite Brooke Shields. He is well known for his portrayal as the inimitable Harry Dresden in the SiFy series The Dresden Files. Other credits include: ER, Deadwood, Burn Notice, and Monk along with the movies Special and A Christmas Carol directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Quentin LanceBlackthorne’s directorial debut ,This American Journey, was released last fall. This documentary film follows Blackthorne and Australian photographer Mister Basquali as they travel across America interviewing everyday Americans about how they feel about their country and their hopes for its future. Along the way, stereotypes are shattered and wisdom found in the most unexpected places.

Blackthorne spends his free time traveling the world, and is an accomplished photographer. His first exhibition, ‘Fish Heads and Other Things’, took place in London and raised money for Greenpeace. This was followed by ‘Bollywood Backpack’ which raised money for the Gujarat Indian earthquake victims. His most recent collection, ‘Delhi to Manhattan’, was presented at Tibet House, New York and chronicles his journey through India, trekking in the Himalayan Tibetan communities and his meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala as part of ‘The Missing Peace‘ project. Proceeds from this exhibition, which can be viewed at www.paulblackthorne.com, went to the Tibetan children’s villages in India.

Blackthorne was born in Shropshire, England in 1969. His acting career began at age 12 year when he joined the illustrious National Youth Music Theater at the Edinburgh festival. Blackthorne studied the Spiritual Psychology of Acting in London from 1996-1998 with acclaimed teacher John Osborne-Hughes.

Autograph, Picture, and Media Guest VIP Tickets can be purchased online.

Baltimore Comic-Con’s Yearbook Returns in 2015 with David Petersen’s Mouse Guard

Baltimore Comic-Con's Yearbook 2015 1The Baltimore Comic-Con‘s Yearbook returns in 2015, celebrating the creators appearing at the show taking place Friday, September 25th through Sunday, September 27th, 2015. This book of art features interpretations of characters from David Petersen‘s Mouse Guard, sometimes in conjunction with their own creations, in a celebration of creator-owned properties.

Beautifully designed by returning guest and Love and Capes creator Thom Zahler, the book comes in a standard and, for VIP ticketholders, a limited VIP cover edition.

Once again, the popular scavenger hunt returns in 2015! When you buy the book, you’ll get a list of 60 Yearbook contributors and their table numbers. If you succeed in your hunt, you can get your choice of bonus prints!

Mouse Guard was first released as a self-published black and white issue #1 by David Petersen in May of 2005. Shortly thereafter the series was picked up by Archaia in color. Since then, 3 hardcover books in the main series have been released (Fall 1152, Winter 1152, and The Black Axe) written and illustrated by Petersen, as well as an anthology series of Mouse Guard tall tales and legends, with Petersen handpicking creators like Jeremy Bastian, Skottie Young, Gene Ha, Karl Kerschl, Terry Moore, Guy Davis, Stan Sakai, Bill Wilingham, Eric Canete, Ramon Perez, Mark Buckingham, and Becky Cloonan. Most recently, Archaia has released a 12″ x 12″ 368 page Art of Mouse Guard 2005-2015 hardcover collecting sketches, roughs, pencils, architectural models, scripts, and behind the scenes work for the last 10 years of Mouse Guard.

The art created for the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating David Petersen’s award-winning Mouse Guard will be auctioned off at the Baltimore Comic-Con Art Auction on Friday, September 25th at 5pm. Fans and art collectors alike won’t want to miss this opportunity to win these one-of-a-kind items, only available at the Baltimore Comic-Con!

Don’t miss this opportunity to own original art featuring David’s characters as depicted by artists including Scott Ambruson, Sean Anderson, Jeremy Bastian, Marty Baumann, Gregory Benton, Ryan G. Browne, Chris Campana, Richard Case, C Cassano, Frank Cho, Amy Chu, Richard Clark, Steve Conley, Katie Cook, Vito Delsante, Todd Dezago, Joe Eisma, Jen Ferguson, John Gallagher, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Daniel Govar, Laura Guzzo, Dean Haspiel, Eric Henson, Ken Hunt, Jamal Igle, Sean Izaakse, Jessi J, Chris Kemple, Dan Leister, Mike Lilly, Nate Lovett, Mark Mariano, Ron Marz, Nen, Brent Peeples, Brandon Peterson, Ron Randall, Tom Raney, Budd Root, Craig Rousseau, Andy Runton, Jeff Shultz, Matt Slay, Andy Smith, Matthew Dow Smith, Nicky Soh, Eric Talbot, Jeremy Treece, Billy Tucci, Kirby Veitch, Rick Veitch, Mark Wheatley, Matt Wieringo, Javier Cruz Winnik, Rich Woodall, Brian Woodward, Kelly Yates, and Thom Zahler!

The book will be sold, and the art auction will be held at 5pm on Friday, September 25th in our Main hall, in the Exclusives Booth in the lobby. The book will be available at the Baltimore Comic-Con for $20.

Vivek J. Tiwary Hosts the 2015 Harvey Awards! Dinner Tickets Now on Sale!

harvey awards logoOn Saturday night, September 26th, the comic book industry, including professionals, retailers, and fans, will gather at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore to honor the 2015 Harvey Award Nominees for 2014 comic work and present the Harveys to their recipients. This is an exciting evening, highlighted by our host Vivek J. Tiwary, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, and the founder of multi-platform arts and entertainment company Tiwary Entertainment Group.

Harvey Awards tickets are on sale NOW! Tickets to the event, which includes full cocktail hour (cash bar), full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore Crabcake!), awards ceremony, and a gift bag, are now available for $125.

Vivek Tiwary PhotoHost Vivek J. Tiwary’s graphic novel, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story (Dark Horse Comics), is based on the untold life story of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. Written by Tiwary, with art by Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker, it received worldwide critical acclaim and won a number of prestigious literary awards including two Harvey Awards including Best Original Graphic Novel and the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Reality-Based Work. It is a Lambda Literary Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, an American Library Association Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives Permanent Collection.

The Fifth Beatle is now being adapted into a feature film that has secured unprecedented access to Beatles music and counts Simon Cowell amongst its producers. Vivek is writing its screenplay and will serve as a producer.

Vivek Tiwary by Andrew RobinsonOn Broadway, Tiwary’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards. They include such groundbreaking work as Green Day’s American Idiot, The Addams Family, A Raisin In The Sun, and Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Vivek is currently working with Alanis Morissette and Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner Tom Kitt to adapt Morissette’s breakthrough album Jagged Little Pill for Broadway.

Vivek previously served on the Board of Directors for Valiant Entertainment, a multi-platform company that boasts the third largest universe of comic book characters and has secured a 5-film deal with Sony Pictures.

Vivek held a number of major label music-industry positions working with artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Britney Spears.

In addition to hosting the awards ceremony, Vivek will be speaking on a panel and signing books throughout the weekend at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Kids Love Comics at the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic Con Kids Love ComicsParents, bring your kids to the Baltimore Comic-Con the weekend of September 25-27 at the Baltimore Convention Center! Tickets are now available, and as always, kids 10 and under get into the show free with a paid adult admission. That does not apply to early VIP admission or Special Event tickets.

Every year, the Baltimore Comic-Con provides the biggest and best kids section. For 2015, the Kids Love Comics Pavilion will be even bigger. Families will enjoy three rows of kids and young adult comic creators. Representing all facets of publishing, the writers, artists, and award-winning creators have been published by Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, Scholastic Graphix, Archie, First Second, and many other top publishers. With over 30 different creators showcasing their work, there will be something for every member of your family.

Here is the complete list of the creators appearing at the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con Kids Love Comics Pavilion:

Baltimore Comic-Con Announces 2015 Costume Contest Details and Changes

baltimore comic con logoThe Baltimore Comic-Con — being held Friday, September 25th through Sunday, September 27th, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center — and Stylin Online “Tower of T-shirts”proudly present the highly-demanded and hugely popular Annual Costume Contest. And this year, we’ve made some great changes!

The Baltimore Comic-Con Costume Contest is one of the most popular events at the show, attracting fans from far and wide who come to dress up as their favorite characters, show off their hard work in creating fantastic-looking costumes, or to observe and/or photograph costumed attendees!

This year, the adult costume contest is being held on Saturday, September 26th and will be split into amateur and professional contests. The professional contest will have a $10 entrance fee and a $1,000 grand prize. The amateur adult costume contest will have a $5 entrance fee and a $500 grand prize.

The children’s costume contest will be held on Sunday, September 27th and will have no entry fee and a $100 grand prize.

2015’s prize packages include:

  • Overall Best Costume
    • $1,000 Grand Prize in Cash for Professional and $500.00 in Cash for the Amateur grand prize
  • Prizes in each of the streamlined Professional Adult categories:
    • $250 in cash for 1st Place
    • $150 in cash for 2nd Place
    • $100 in cash for 3rd Place
  • Prizes in each of the streamlined Amateur Adult categories:
    • $150 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
    • $75 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place
    • $50 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 3rd Place
  • Group category (winning groups divide prize amount between members)
    • $200 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
    • $150 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place
  • Fan-Favorite as voted on by those in attendance for the Costume Contest:
    • $150 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate
  • Kids Prizes in each of the Newborn to Age 11 and Age 12 to Age 17 categories:
    • Grand prize $100 in cash
    • $75 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
    • $50 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place
    • $20 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 3rd Place

Each winner will also receive free admittance to the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2016!

Finch, Kitson, Ostrander, Van Sciver, and Wrightson in Baltimore!

David FinchThe weekend of September 25-27 is the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Head to the Baltimore Convention Center for all of the excitement! Buy your VIP, General Admission, and Harvey Award tickets now to avoid the lines. The Baltimore Comic-Con welcomes industry giants David Finch, Barry Kitson, John Ostrander, Ethan Van Sciver, and Bernie Wrightson.

Joining the convention from Canada, David Finch received recognition for his early work at Top Cow Productions on titles such as Cyberforce, Ascension, and Aphrodite IX. He then went on to spend a number of years at Marvel Comics, working on blockbuster titles including Ultimate X-Men, Avengers (and the relaunched New Avengers), and Moon Knight before jumping into an exclusive contract with DC Comics in 2010 where he flexed his writing muscles as well as his drawing skills on Batman: The Dark Knight. He also worked on DC’s Forever Evil, and is currently providing art on Wonder Woman (with his wife Meredith on writing duties).

Barry KitsonBritish comic artist Barry Kitson broke into the industry while drawing Spider-Man for Marvel UK in 1985. Throughout his career, he has worked on such titles as Amazing Spider-Man, Legion of Superheroes, 2000 AD, Batman, and Incredible Hulks. He recently handled art duties for Marvel’s Captain America and Iron Man and can be seen working on IDW’s Star Trek/Green Lantern covers, Valiant’s Ivar, Timewalker covers, and interiors and covers for his creator-owned Empire: Uprising with Mark Waid, also published by IDW.

Multiple Eisner Award nominee John Ostrander received his published credits in First Comics’ Warp in the 1980s. He is co-creator of the character Grimjack with Timothy Truman, published originally in First Comics’ Starslayer before going on to appear in its own title. He has worked on DC Comics’ Firestorm, Hawkman, Justice League, Martian Manhunter, Manhunter, The Spectre, Suicide Squad (currently in the midst of becoming a major motion picture!), and Wasteland, and on Marvel Comics’ Bishop, Blaze of Glory, Heroes for Hire, The Punisher, Quicksilver, and X-Men. At Dark Horse Comics, he has written numerous Star Wars titles, and has also done work on Lady Death for Chaos! Comics, and Magnus, Robot Fighter, Rai and the Future Force, and Eternal Warrior for Valiant Comics. He has recently penned a Conan story in Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword from Dark Horse comics.

Ethan Van SciverEthan Van Sciver has been an exclusive artist for DC Comics for 12 years, with runs on Green Lantern, Flash, Batman the Dark Knight, and Firestorm. He’s also worked on Sinestro, Justice League, Convergence, Impulse, Sensation Comics Presents Wonder Woman, and too many more titles to name! Plus, he’s a cover artist, with numerous contributions to both DC and Marvel, where he assisted Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely as fill-in artist on New X-Men. He co-created Green Lantern’s Emotional Spectrum, designed all of those lovely symbols associated with it, and created Atrocitus, Saint Walker, Larfleeze, Indigo-1, and lots of others. These days he’s back in the Lanternverse, providing fill-ins for Green Lantern. He lives in New Jersey with his girlfriend and two kids.

Originally from the Baltimore area, Bernie Wrightson got his first break in comics at DC in 1968, drawing a story that appeared in House of Mystery. His work grew to include titles at Marvel Comics, including Chamber of Darkness and Tower of Shadows, where he continued to develop his lush art style. Wrightson is co-creator of Swamp Thing from DC’s House of Secrets. He moved onto Warren Publishing’s black and white horror magazines, Heavy Metal magazine, and even National Lampoon. He has since returned to comics, including the Marvel Graphic Novels Spider-Man: Hooky and The Incredible Hulk and the Thing: The Big Change, DC’s The Weird and Batman: The Cult, and IDW’s Frankenstein Alive, Alive!

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