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Baltimore Comic-Con Announces On-Site CGC Grading for 2015

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 will take place the weekend of September 2527, 2015 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.

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

Founded in 2000, CGC is the first independent, impartial, third-party comic book grading service. A proven and respected commitment to integrity, accuracy, consistency and impartiality has made CGC the leader in its field. In fact, in 2007, CGC crossed the million-book mark and has now graded over 2 million comic books.

Conley, Rosa, Sakai, and Zahler Come to Baltimore Comic-Con in 2015

bloopCome to Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor on September 25-27, 2015 for the 16th annual Baltimore Comic-Con! Being held at the Baltimore Convention Center from Friday through Sunday, the convention has announced the return of Steve Conley, Don Rosa, Stan Sakai, and Thom Zahler.

Long-time friend of the show, Harvey and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since the convention started in 2000, artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and on-line. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His latest endeavor, Bloop, is available for purchase from his web store and free to read online.

life and times of scrooge mcduckEisner Award-winning Don Rosa can hardly be mentioned without evoking images of Walt Disney’s Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, and the rest of the Duck family. Heir apparent to Carl Barks as the Duck master, he was responsible for approximately 90 stories before his retirement from working with Disney in 2006. You can see his beautiful contributions in IDW’s Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Vol.1: Artist’s Edition.

Best known as writer and artist for his Usagi Yojimbo  title, Stan Sakai first created and published it in 1984, launching in Albedo, a self-published anthology, followed by an appearance in Critters from Fantagraphics in 1985, and finally as its own series from the same publisher in 1987, all in black & white. In 1993, Usagi made the jump to color at Mirage Publishing, and moved to Dark Horse in 1996, where it remains to this day. Nearly 30 years of Usagi Yojimbo have seen print in book, TV, and digital formats.

usagi yojimboThom Zahler is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. His early professional credits included lettering gigs for Marvel’s Crimson Dynamo, Claypool’s Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and DC Comics’ Looney Tunes. His self-published comic, Love and Capes, has recently been released through IDW, You can find his latest work writing and penciling IDW’s My Little Pony and My Little Pony: Friends Forever series, and new series, Long Distance, will be available from IDW this summer.

This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (All-New Captain America); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Sean Chen (Secret Origins); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark’s Parker); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Klaus Janson (Superman); Dave Johnson (Inhumans: Attilan Rising); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Seth Kushner (Schmuck); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); Dan Parent (Archie); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Matteo Scalera (Black Science); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Mark Waid (Daredevil); John Watson (Red Sonja); Kelly Yates (Doctor Who); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever).

Charles Soule Comes to the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con

Charles SouleThe 16th annual Baltimore Comic-Con will be held on September 2527, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s historic Inner Harbor. In 2015, they are welcoming back to their show for his 3rd visit rising comics star Charles Soule.

Originally from the American Midwest, Soule received his undergraduate degree in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and went on to live in the Philippines, Singapore, and Hong Kong before returning to the States to live in New York. Returning to school, Soule graduated with a law degree from Columbia Law School, and is a practicing attorney in New York City.

Soule’s comics writing career launched with the publication of his graphic novel Strongman from SLG Publishing in 2009. In 2010, Image Comics launched his comic, 27, a 4-issue mini-series, followed in 2011 by 27: Second Set.

In 2011, Soule started working for DC Comics, taking on such high-profile titles as Action ComicsGreen Lantern, and Superman, and eventually writing runs on Red Lanterns, Swamp Thing, Legends of the Dark Knight, and Superman/Wonder Woman.

StrongmanAs of 2013, Soule began work for Marvel Comics, starting on Thunderbolts, and signing an exclusive agreement in 2014, putting out noteworthy arcs on Death of Wolverine, Inhumans, She-Hulk, and Wolverines.

Soule continues to pen creator-owned titles too, including Strange Attractors from Archaia and the ongoing Letter 44 from Oni Press, which was recently optioned for development by the SyFy Network. You can find his work this year on Marvel’s Wolverines, Uncanny Inhumans, Inhuman, Inhumans; Attilan Rising, and Oni Press’s Letter 44.

This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (All-New Captain America); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark’s Parker); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Klaus Janson (Superman); Dave Johnson (Inhumans: Attilan Rising); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Seth Kushner (Schmuck); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); Dan Parent (Archie); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Matteo Scalera (Black Science); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Mark Waid (Daredevil); John Watson (Red Sonja); Kelly Yates (Doctor Who); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever).

The Harvey Awards 2015 Nomination Ballot is Now Open

harvey awards logoThe Executive Committees of the Harvey Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con have released the official Nomination Ballot for this year’s Harvey Awards, honoring work published in the 2014 calendar year. 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. The 28th Annual Harvey Awards will be presented Saturday, September 26th, 2015 as part of the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Harvey Awards nomination ballots may now be submitted using an online form. If you are a comics professional, you can vote online. Ballots are due for submission by Monday, May 11th, 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. The Harvey Awards are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 25-27, 2015. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 26th. Additional details about the Harvey Awards and the awards ceremony will be released over the next few months.

Baltimore Welcomes Back Conner, Cooke, Palmiotti, and Tieri in 2015!

harley quinn 15Come to Baltimore‘s Inner Harbor for the 16th annual Baltimore Comic-Con on September 2527, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center! This year the convention welcomes to the show returning guests Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Frank Tieri.

Working in the comics industry since the late 1980s, Amanda Conner got her start working for major publishers like Marvel Comics on Solo Avengers and Excalibur, and Archie Comics on Archie and The Adventures of Bayou Billy. As her career progressed, she worked for a number of noteworthy titles at smaller comics companies, including Soulsearchers and Company for Claypool and Vengeance of Vampirella at Harris. She has since had an extensive illustration career, both in and out of comics, and her latest industry work can be seen on DC Comics’ Convergence and Convergence: Action Comics covers, and on Harley Quinn, where she is providing both art and writing (with her husband, Jimmy Palmiotti).

action comics 37Last with us in 2008, Darwyn Cooke made his mark in the comics industry after working in animation such notable series as Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Batman Beyond. His initial success at DC Comics on the graphic novel Batman: Ego parlayed into further work on Marvel’s X-Force, Wolverine/Doop, and Spider-Man’s Tangled Web. He later went on to work on such noteworthy titles as DC’s Just Imagine…, Detective Comics, DC: The New Frontier, and Solo. More recently, Cooke has been the cartoonist behind IDW’s Richard Stark’s Parker series of graphic novels as well as work on a number of DC’s Before Watchmen series and variant covers for Action ComicsConvergence, and Harley Quinn.

BOOM_BigConJob_001_A_MainJimmy Palmiotti is renowned in the comics industry as a writer, artist, and editor. Originally working as an inker, he has since gone on to contribute to major titles and runs at comic companies large and small. He co-founded Event Comics in the mid-1990s, where he worked on titles such as Ash and Painkiller Jane. He later moved to Marvel Comics, working on the launch of their Marvel Knights line with the “Guardian Devil” storyline in Daredevil. In addition to co-writing DC Comics’ Harley Quinn with his wife, Amanda Conner, he also writes their Batwing: Future’s End and Star Spangled War Stories featuring G.I. Zombie (both with writing partner Justin Gray), and BOOM! Studios’ Palmiotti & Brady’s The Big Con Job.

red sonja black towerWriter Frank Tieri has established a strong voice in the comics industry, working for many publishers and injecting his unique style along with amusing references to popular culture. He has contributed to a broad range of titles across many publishers, including Marvel’s Iron Man, Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man, and Punisher: Noir, DC’s Batman, Detective Comics, Hawkman, and Grifter, Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja: The Black Tower, and Top Cow’s The Darkness. His latest work can be found in DC Comics’ Convergence: Suicide Squad, Convergence: Justice League, and Arkham Manor: Endgame, and Marvel’s AXIS: Revolutions.

This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark’s Parker); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Klaus Janson (Superman); Dave Johnson (Inhumans: Attilan Rising); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Seth Kushner (Schmuck); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Matteo Scalera (Black Science); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Mark Waid (Daredevil); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever).

Join Cully, Dean, Klaus, and Seth at Baltimore Comic-Con 2015!

DELINQ_004_VARIANT_HAMNERThe Baltimore Comic-Con returns to Baltimore‘s beautiful Inner Harbor on September 2527, 2015 for our 16th annual show! Come to the Baltimore Convention Center this fall to meet returning guests Cully Hamner, Dean Haspiel, Klaus Janson, and Seth Kushner.

One of the founding members of Gaijin Studios, Cully Hamner has worked for every major publisher in the comics industry (and many minor ones) since his debut at DC Comics in 1992, where he provided art duties on Green Lantern: Mosaic. He later went on to make a name for himself working on DC’s Blue Beetle and Black Lightning: Year One, and his comic, Red was adapted as a major motion picture. Recently, you can find his art on Valiant’s The Delinquents variant covers and DC’s Convergence: The Question, as well as a Superman: Man of Steel statue design!

Fox#1Emmy Award winner and Harvey and Eisner Award nominee Dean Haspiel is a man of many talents. In addition to major comics accomplishments like his seminal  Billy Dogma and collaborations with alt-comix legend Harvey Pekar, “Dino” has provided art for HBO’s “Bored to Death”, co-founded HANG DAI Editions, and was a playwright (“Switch to Kill”). He has provided art for titles such as Marvel Comics’ Fantastic FourAmazing Spider-ManX-Men: First Class, IDW’s Godzilla Legends, and Locust Moon Press’ Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream. You can find him these days providing art on DC Comics’ Batman ’66, covers on Action Lab Entertainment’s The Stray, and plots and art on Archie Comics’ The Fox.

Futures End #1Klaus Janson‘s storied career begins back in the 1970s, when he got his first professional comics credit on Marvel’s Jungle Action, and he’s built a long line of comics work ever since, with noteworthy penciling or inking runs on titles such as Marvel’s Defenders and Daredevil, and DC’s Detective Comics and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. His artistic skills see him regularly as a penciller, inker, and colorist, and he regularly teaches courses, both publicly at venues such as the School of Visual Arts, and privately at comics publishing events and conventions. You can find examples of his recent work on DC Comics’ Superman and Convergence: Batman and Robin, and Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man.

schmuckAnd last but certainly not least, we are especially pleased to welcome back to the Baltimore Comic-Con comix creator and photographer Seth Kushner! For those of you unaware, Seth was unable to attend our 2014 show during his battle with leukemia, and we’re happy to report he has recovered and will be joining us this year. Seth’s entry into the world of comics came as a result of his friendship with Dean Haspiel, of whom he was taking pictures for a book on interesting people in Brooklyn. As Dean introduced Seth to more people in comics, he became the defacto photographer for many creators, and this work led to the publication of Leaping Tall Buildings, which profiled the comics medium using Seth’s pictures of industry players. Since then, Seth went on to become one of the contributors to Trip City, an online repository of online art, and its successor, Act-i-Vate, a webcomics collective. Seth’s Schmuck Comix and Secret Sauce Comix are being reissued by Hang Dai Editions through Alternative Comics this year.

This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark’s Parker); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Klaus Janson (Superman); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Seth Kushner (Schmuck); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Mark Waid (Daredevil); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever).

Diamond Announces Baltimore as Site for 2015 Retailer Summit

RS 2014Diamond Comic Distributors has announced that its 2015 Retailer Summit for comic book specialty retailers will take place September 2325, 2015 in Baltimore, MD. That’s just a few days before Baltimore Con Con 2015.

Diamond also announced that it will partner with Baltimore Comic-Con, which will be held right after the Summit from September 25-27, to share marketing and strategic initiatives for the combined events. Baltimore Comic-Con’s Exhibit Hall will serve as the Summit’s Exhibit Hall during special “Retailer Only” hours.

baltimore comic con 2015Now in its 13th year, Diamond’s Retailer Summit is the leading annual event for comic book specialty retailers to meet with publishers and vendors, and come together with fellow retailers to discuss the industry and their businesses. Top publishers such as Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, and Marvel Comics come and share exciting new projects, while retailers get to network and learn about new business practices to help them succeed and thrive in today’s retailing environment.

Additional details and registration for the industry’s annual retailer event will be announced in early 2015.

Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Costume Contest Winners

The Baltimore Comic-Con ihas announced the winners of their 6th Annual Costume Contest. The contest took place this past Sunday, September 7, 2014 and saw a myriad of incredible and creative costumes. With costumes ranging from classic superheroes to video game characters and beyond, the contest has proven to be one of the most anticipated events at the show.

The grand prize winner for Best Overall Costume, and the recipient of the $2,000 cash prize, was Paul Day forhis “Batbot” costume.

The below photos are courtesy of Bruce Guthrie.

Winners for this year’s contest include:

Best Over-all Costume: Paul Day, Batbot

1st Place – Mike Wong, Frankenberry

2nd Place – Robert Tongue, Guardian of the Kryptonian Codex

3rd Place – Joshua Unthank, Bronze Dalek

 

Female Contestants

1st Place – Tegan Feehery, Tyrael

2nd Place – Kristin Sterner, Prenny

3rd Place – Sarah Law, Flame Princess

 

Youth Over 12

1st Place – Coly, Brotherhood of Steel

2nd Place – Brendan, Robocop

3rd Place – Jamie, “9”

 

Youth Under 12

1st Place – Arielle, Mystique

2nd Place – Mason, Riddler

3rd Place – Fabrizio, Ant-Man


Best Group

1st Place – Mechagodzilla & Mothra with Sumarian


2nd Place – Jurassic Park

Baltimore Comic Con 2014: More Photos of Cosplay, Booths, and More!

Baltimore Comic Con 2014 took place this past weekend at the Baltimore convention center. For its 15th anniversary the convention expanded to three days from its usual two.

We previously posted photos by Michella Ventres from the convention. Here’s even more that I shot over the three days.

Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Comics by the Numbers Panel

Over this past year, the comic landscape has changed as diversity has spread across the comic pages, as well as behind the scenes with the creators making them. Though a stereotype persists of the “comic reader,” the characters are reflecting the real diverse audience. At this past weekend’s Baltimore Comic Con 2014, The Beat‘s Heidi MacDonald and I discussed the comic audience, where we presented hard data (and the comics history of it) showing that comic readership is more diverse than ever and there’s more going on than grabbing headlines when decisions are made.

Thank you all who came out to watch and asked some great questions.

Below you can see the slide shows that were presented, so you can follow along!

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