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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 23-25, 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!

Baltimore Comic Con 2014: The Harvey Awards Winners

harvey awards logoComic Professionals came together Saturday night, September 6, 2014 to honor their peers during the presentation of the 2014 Harvey Awards, sponsored by Presenting Sponsors Cards, Comics & Collectibles and the Baltimore Comic-Con; Gold Sponsors BOOM! Studios and Comic WOW!, Silver Sponsors Akuna Entertainment, ComicMix, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, Insight Studios Group; Painted Visions Comics, Top Shelf Productions, and Valiant; and Gift Bag Sponsors Abrams ComicArts, Archie Comic Publications, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, Del Rey Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, First Second, Popfun Collectibles, and Valiant Entertainment.

Named in honor of Harvey Kurtzman, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the field of comics, and is the only industry award both nominated and selected by comic professionals. First awarded in 1988, it is one the industries oldest and most respected awards.

Writer and Executive Producer Michael Uslan, best know as the man behind the Batman series of movies, acted as host and Master of Ceremonies for this year’s event.

This year’s winners include:

Best Letterer:  Terry Moore, RACHEL RISING, Abstract Studios

Best Colorist:  Dave Stewart, HELLBOY: THE MIDNIGHT CIRCUS, Dark Horse Comics

Best Syndicated Strip or Panel:  DICK TRACY, Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, Tribune Media Services

Best Online Comics Work:  BATTLEPUG, Mike Norton, http://www.battlepug.com/

Best American Edition of Foreign Material:  ATTACK ON TITAN, Kodansha

Best Inker:  Wade Von Grawbadger, ALL NEW X-MEN, Marvel Comics

Best New Series:  SEX CRIMINALS, Image Comics

Most Promising New Talent:  Chip Zdarsky, SEX CRIMINALS, Image Comics

Special Award for Humor in Comics:  Ryan North, ADVENTURE TIME, KaBOOM! Studios

Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers:  ADVENTURE TIME, KaBOOM! Studios

Best Graphic Album Previously Published:  MOUSE GUARD VOL. 3: THE BLACK AXE, BOOM! Studios/Archaia

Best Anthology:  DARK HORSE PRESENTS, Dark Horse

Best Domestic Reprint Project:  BEST OF COMIX BOOK: WHEN MARVEL COMICS WENT UNDERGROUND, Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse Comics

Best Cover Artist:  Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics

Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation:  THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY, Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker, Dark Horse Comics

Special Award for Excellence in Presentation:  BEST OF COMIX BOOK: WHEN MARVEL COMICS WENT UNDERGROUND, John Lind, Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse Comics

Best Original Graphic Album:  THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY, Dark Horse Comics

Best Continuing or Limited Series:  SAGA, Image Comics

Best Writer:  Brian K. Vaughan, SAGA, Image Comics

Best Artist:  Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics

Best Cartoonist:  Paul Pope, BATTLING BOY, First Second

Best Single Issue or Story:  Pizza is my Business, HAWKEYE # 11, Marvel Comics


Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Award: Charles M. Schulz

Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award: Stan Goldberg

Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Herb Trimpe

Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Cosplay, Toys, and More!

Baltimore Comic Con 2014 wrapped up this Sunday, and we already have some photos for you. Guest photographer Michella Ventres has some photos from her time at the convention. You can find more of her fantastic photography at Nerd Bastards. We’ll also have more photos coming up!

“Quantum and Woody Go to the Harvey Awards!” – Two Exclusive Webcomics by James Asmus, Pere Perez, David Baron, and Dave Lanphear!

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Valiant Entertainment


Written by
Harvey Award Nominee
Best New Series, Quantum and Woody
Best Writer, Quantum and Woody
Most Promising New Talent, Quantum and Woody
Special Award for Humor in Comics, Quantum and Woody

Art by
Harvey Award Nominee
Most Promising New Talent, Archer & Armstrong, Harbinger Wars

Colors by
Harvey Award-Nominated Team Member
Best Continuing or Limited Series, Archer & Armstrong

Letters by
Harvey Award Nominee
Best Letterer, Quantum and Woody

Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Paul Pope and CBLDF – Teaming Up For Free Speech

cbldfThis weekend, Paul Pope blasts into Baltimore Comic Con, where he’s teaming up with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund to fight for Free Speech! Pope will be appearing all weekend at Booth #2501, just beside CBLDF’s Booth #2401, where you can find a massive library of Paul Pope books that he’ll personalize for you! Paul Pope will be signing at Booth #2501 throughout the weekend, including:

Friday: 3:00-5:00
Saturday: 2:30-4:00
Sunday: 1:00-3:00

CBLDF will also offer an extensive selection of signed graphic novels from creators, including Alan Moore, Robert Kirkman, Frank Miller, Jill Thompson, Alex Ross, Warren Ellis, and many more!

In addition to signings, CBLDF will offer a three-day programming track that includes:


5:00-6:00 – CBLDF: History of the Comics Code

60 years ago, comics were put on trial in a nationally televised Senate subcommittee hearing that had shattering repercussions for this great American art form. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund presents the shocking history of moral panic that led to this historic hearing and the birth of the Comics Code Authority, which regulated the medium’s content for more than 50 years. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein tells the tale at this CBLDF presentation.


11:00-12:00 – CBLDF: Tales from The Code — True Stories of Censorship

For more than 50 years, American comic books were subject to the censorship of the Comics Code, a system born from a time when comics were burned in the streets and blamed for all of society’s ills. Though the Code is gone, its influence remains. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund gathers Denny O’Neil, Jim Starlin, and other top storytellers who worked under the Code’s strictures to tell the tales of how its censorship touched their creative visions.

comics-battling-boy-12:00-3:00 – Paul Pope Spotlight

Paul Pope’s comics are unique. You’ve never seen anything quite like Battling Boy, 100%, THB, Batman: Year 100, or any of his other many works, but once you try one, you’ll want more. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Pope and the fantastic comics he creates. Moderated by CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein, whose writing about Pope has appeared in The One Trick Rip Off + Deep Cuts and Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy Art on Tour.


12:00-1:00 – CBLDF: Protecting the Kids’ Right to Read

Kids have rights too! As more outstanding comics for younger readers are published each year, the number of readers flocking to them is growing. But so are the challenges, evidenced by Bone and Captain Underpants showing up on the Top 10 Most Banned & Challenged Books list of 2013. So, what do creators and educators do to balance respecting the intelligence of young readers and the concerns of parents and community members? How do we protect kids and their rights at the same time? Jimmy Gownley and Meryl Jaffe, author of CBLDF’s Raising A Reader: How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read discuss in this panel moderated by CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein.

Celebrate Free Speech and meet Paul Pope at Baltimore Comic-Con!

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: Come See Graphic Policy’s Panel on Saturday with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald

baltimore comic con 2014The 15th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con kicks off this Friday and Graphic Policy will be there! We’ll not only be covering the convention, but we have a panel with The Beat‘s own Heidi MacDonald.

This Saturday morning at 11am in room 345-346, join Heidi and me (Brett) as we talk about the comic landscape and diversity in comics.

11:00-12:00 – Comics by the Numbers

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. Join bloggers Heidi MacDonald (The Beat) and Brett Schenker (Graphic Policy) as they discuss the comic audience, presenting hard data showing that comic readership is more diverse than ever and there’s more going on than grabbing headlines when decisions are made. If you’ve ever wondered about who the comic fans are, or are looking at how to market your own comics, this is the panel for you!

If you can’t make the show, you can follow us on Twitter too, where we’ll be updating things  throughout the three days.

Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Dynamite Entertainment Heads to the Show

Dynamite10thAnnivImageThis coming weekend, Dynamite Entertainment will be bringing its 10 year anniversary celebration to Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor for The 14th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con and Harvey Awards, with special guests, can’t-miss panels, and a slew of convention exclusives as the publisher heads to booth #2005 for the three-day event. Fans are encouraged to come visit Baltimore Comic-Con’s largest attending publisher and their multitude of creator guests throughout the weekend.

This year’s convention marks Dynamite’s return to show floor exhibition, and to celebrate, the publisher is bringing along some of the top creators in the business for exclusive signing sessions all weekend long. Over the course of the weekend, booth #2005 will host such comic book luminaries as:

  • Gail Simone Red Sonja, Legends of Red Sonja
  • Garth Ennis The Boys, Battlefields, Red Team
  • John Cassaday Doc Savage, The Lone Ranger
  • Mark Waid Doctor Spektor, Green Hornet
  • Bill Willingham Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure
  • Matt Wagner Grendel/The Shadow, Django/Zorro
  • Michael Uslan Justice, Inc., The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights
  • Allison Sohn Red Sonja
  • Joseph Michael Linsner Dawn/Vampirella
  • Buz Hasson The Living Corpse
  • Blair Smith The Living Corpse
  • Christina Blanch The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood
  • Duane Swierczynski Ex-Con
  • Frank Tieri Red Sonja: The Black Tower
  • James Kuhoric The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 6, Army of Darkness
  • Ken Haeser The Living Corpse, Gold Key
  • Michel Fiffe Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers
  • Sean Chen Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck

On Saturday, September 6th, two of Dynamite’s top creators will take center stage at the 2014 Harvey Awards. Red Sonja writer Gail Simone will deliver this year’s keynote address, while Michael Uslan, writer of Justice, Inc., takes over duties as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. Tickets are still available for the dinner and award show.

The celebration continues through the weekend with panels focused around the company’s past, present, and future. Fans will not want to miss:

  • The Matt Wagner Spotlight Panel (Room 339-342) on Saturday from 1-2pm.
  • The Dynamite 10th Anniversary Panel (Room 339-342) on Saturday from 2-3pm, featuring Gail Simone, Garth Ennis, Frank Tieri, Mark Waid, Christina Blanch, Duane Swierczynski, John Cassaday, Bill Willingham, and Joseph Michael Linsner.
  • The Gail Simone Spotlight Panel (Room 349-350) on Saturday from 3-4pm.
  • The Garth Ennis Spotlight Panel (Room 349-350) on Saturday from 5-6pm.
  • The Dynamite Pulps Panel (339-342) on Sunday from 1-2pm, featuring Mark Waid, Michael Uslan, Francesco Francavilla, John Cassaday, and Matt Wagner.

In addition to its exciting programming, Dynamite will be offering one-of-a-kind convention exclusives to fans eager to get their hands on the latest and greatest from Dynamite Entertainment. Limited edition variants of Red Sonja: The Black Tower #1, Steampunk Battlestar Galactica: 1880 #1, Dawn/Vampirella #1, Justice, Inc. #1, and Grendel / The Shadow #1 will be made available for purchase, along with ultra-limited convention exclusive editions of Bob’s Burgers #1, based on the Emmy Award-winning animated phenomenon and featuring the artwork of series artist Tony Gennaro. Convention attendees are encouraged to visit the Dynamite Entertainment booth (#2005) to purchase their convention exclusives before they sell out.

The 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con runs September 5th through 7th at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The convention is home to the comic industry’s prestigious Harvey Awards show on Saturday night. Dynamite Entertainment will exhibit three days at booth #2005. Longtime fans and newcomers alike are invited to stop by to meet their favorite creators and take home a one-of-a-kind convention exclusive of their own. As Dynamite continues its 10-year anniversary celebration, more exciting announcements are expected to come.

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A complete listing of creator signing times can be found below the jump.

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