Baltimore Comic-Con 2019 Announces Panel Programming

Baltimore Comic Con

The 20th annual Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of October 18-20, 2019. Tickets are available now for General Admission, VIP, and Ringo Awards! Our Panel schedule is now set, and we’re excited to let you know what programming to look forward to at the show this year!

Friday features spotlights on Brian K. Vaughan and William StoutJohn McCrea and Russ Braun talk about their comic work, and Howard Chaykin discusses his series, Hey, Kids! Comics! And Disney Fine Artist Clinton T. Hobart begins a painting that he’ll complete over the weekend and will be given away in a raffle Sunday.

Saturday, publisher panels include AHOY, AfterShock, and Source Point Press. Jim Lee appears in a special spotlight panel, as do Garth Ennis and Ty Templeton. Meet media guest Joel StofferJuanjo GuarnidoThom ZahlerGreg Hildebrandt, and Mark Buckingham discuss this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook prior to the art auction.

Sunday, check out panels from Valiant and AfterShock, and special panels with media guests Jonathon SchaechTara Strong and Greg Cipes, and Aaron Douglas. And Shea Fontana talks about writing, Tom King and Mitch Gerads talk comics, discover the Art of Inking, and Kevin Nowlan is spotlighted.

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

Friday

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

Room 339-342

2:45-4:45 – Brian K. Vaughan Meet & Greet (Ticketed event)

5:00-6:00 – Brian K. Vaughan Spotlight

Brian K. Vaughan, the writer and co-creator of Y: The Last ManPaper GirlsSagaRunaways, and more, steps into the spotlight for a panel no fan will want to miss.

Room 343-344

2:00-3:00 – Depression and the Creative Mind

Moderated by John Gallagher

The relationship between depression and creativity is often romanticized as the key to creating good art – but this view can be dangerous and debilitating. Comics creators will join with an expert in the field of mental health to break down the relationship between creativity and depression, anxiety, and general mental health issues.

3:15-4:15 – Baltimore’s Sleazy Panel with John McCrea & Russ Braun

With his second appearance at Baltimore, how could we not ask our favorite Belfast troublemaker for another panel? And with our favorite Frankenstein enthusiast making his debut this year at Baltimore Comic-Con, it’d be downright dastardly to not capitalize on the opportunity of a lifetime: bringing these two together for some tomfoolery that’ll fit right at home on YouTube! John McCrea (Dead EyesMythicYonduHitman whichisawesomebythewayyoushouldbuyHitman, The Boys) and Russ Braun (Jimmy’s BastardsBatman: VenomFablesSixpack & Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroez whichisalsoawesomewhydidn’tyoubuythis, The Boys), two fine blokes who’ve brought to life the best that funnybooks have to offer team up to talk about the sleaziest corners of Gotham, distilled Compound V down to its rawest potency, and carrot sticks! Be there, or we’ll dogweld your children.

4:30-5:30 – Hey Kids! Chaykin!

If you thought the stories inside comic books were insane, they don’t compare with what was going on behind the scenes. John Trumbull of the AtomicJunkShop.com and the Eisner Award-winning Back Issue talks with Howard Chaykin all about Hey Kids! Comics!, his decades-spanning fictionalized history of the comic book racket. Learn the stories behind the stories and get a preview of Howard’s sequel series! And like the comic, this panel is suggested for mature audiences.

Room 345-346

2:00-3:00 – Breaking Into Comics

Andy Schmidt, former Marvel and IDW editor, comics writer, and founder of Comics Experience (the world’s largest online comic book school) and guests de-mystify the ins and outs of the comics industry, breaking down what it takes to get published or publish yourself. Whether you want to write or draw comics, this panel is an invaluable resource for those on their way in and up!

3:15-4:15 – Introducing ComicHub

Launched in 2017, ComicHub has quickly become the premiere service to allow comics fans, retailers, and publishers all speak the same language. Join VP Atom! Freeman to learn how ComicHub is revolutionizing the comics industry by…

  • Allowing Fans to subscribe and order from their favorite shop and track their purchases
  • Giving Retailers cutting-edge POS, ordering, and marketing tools to communicate with their customers and vendors
  • Showing Publishers never-before-seen sales data and marketing tools to help retailers sell more!

All that and announcements of new tools and programs presented exclusively at Baltimore Comic-Con!

4:30-6:00 – Spotlight on William Stout

William Stout is well known for his comics, dinosaur art, movie posters (WizardsMonty Python’s Life of Brian), movie design work (Men In Black, Pan’s Labyrinth), and more. Join this multi-talented creator for a look at his amazing career.

Room 347-348

2:00-3:00 – Painting with Clinton T. Hobart Part 1

Disney Fine Artist Clinton T. Hobart will be painting live on stage at Baltimore Comic-Con. Come watch as the painting develops over three days! Clinton will be explaining his process while he paints, and answering all of the questions you might have for a Disney Artist! Every member of the audience will receive a raffle ticket for each day they attend. On Sunday, one ticket will be drawn and the winner will go home with the painting!!

3:15-4:15 – Myth, Legends, Folklore & Comics

Mythology and folk tales have been an integral part of the human experience since before recorded history. First as a way to understand the world, then as a way to better understand ourselves. Join a talented panel of storytellers as they discuss how the legends of ancient cultures inspire their work. Whether direct retellings, reinterpretations, or merely providing a creative spark, the legends of the past provide ample and exciting threads from which to spin new stories. Featuring Stan SakaiWalter SimonsonPaul StorrieKasey Pierce, and moderator Christy Blanch.

4:30-5:30 – Crowdfunding Your Comic

More and more creators are turning to crowdfunding to help finance their comic projects. Join Billy Tucci (Shi), Ron Randall (Trekker), and Thom Zahler (Warning Label) for a look at what it takes to make a successful campaign.

Kids Love Comics Programming

3:00-4:00 – Alien Art with Dawn Griffin

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

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

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

5:00-6:00 – Paper Bag Puppets with Fusion Force: Mark Mariano and Chris Giarrusso

OPEN TO FIRST 30 KIDS

We supply the paper bags and art supplies. You supply the imagination and voice when you create your own paper bag puppet! What will YOU create? We can’t wait to see!

Saturday

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

Room 339-342

11:00-12:00 – Ty The Guy – Spotlight on Ty Templeton

From Stig’s Inferno to Justice League International to The Batman Adventures to Bigg TimeTy Templeton has been writing and drawing great comics for over three decades. The Eisner Award-winning Ty the Guy talks through his career in comics with John Trumbull from the AtomicJunkShop.com and Back Issue magazine. Presented by the Hero Initiative.

12:15-1:15 – Joel Stoffer Spotlight

You’ve seen actor Joel Stoffer in CharmedAngelSpecies IIIIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and most recently as the fan-favorite android Chronicom named Enoch in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from this talented actor.

1:30-2:30 – Top Shelf: A Look Back

Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), and Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar) are three of the hottest names in comics. But do you know about their early work for Top Shelf? Here’s the perfect opportunity to learn about that as they look at their comics from Top Shelf with moderator Warren Simons.

2:45-3:45 – An Hour With Garth Ennis

Garth Ennis (SaraOut of the BlueA Walk Through HellPunisher: The Platoon) has an hour to share insight into recent stories and how he’s stayed busy writing. Garth’s last panel at Baltimore was in 2012, and since then, we’ve taken two lighthearted trips back to the Cauldron. We’ve flown together over Serbia, the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, and Unlikistan. We’ve gone downrange through Khe Sahn, the Eastern Front, and Nicaragua. We’ve watched the end of the world with three good dogs, two condemned FBI Special Agents, and the last military unit in Britain to stand against a red plague. Come talk comics with one of the best in the business.

4:00-5:00 – Building the better Cosplay Group Shoot

Having troubles organizing your group shoot? Cosplayers not showing up? Photographers not focused? Let’s discuss how to organize your shoot to get better results. Everything from location planning to delivering the final product will be discussed. Prior planning prevents poor participation!

5:15-6:15 – From Green Lantern to Harken’s Raiders: Ron Marz and Darryl Banks Together Again

Writer Ron Marz and artist Darryl Banks teamed up for one of the most acclaimed Green Lantern runs ever, co-creating Green Lantern Kyle Rayner. Now they’re back together again for a World War 2 graphic novel Harken’s Raiders for Ominous Press. Join Ron and Darryl as they discuss projects new and old, along with South African artist Sean Izaakse, currently drawing Fantastic Four and a special Harken’s Raiders short story, and Harken’s creator Allen Cordrey.

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00 – Mutant-X Revisited

Come relive the classic hit comic series. Join creators Howard MackieTom Raney, and Andrew Pepoy as they discuss the alternate reality of The Six. Learn about what went into creating the world in which Alex Summers found himself, and how the book grew from a limited series into a memorable three-year adventure! Moderated by Bob Harrison.

12:15-1:15 – AfterShock Original Graphic Novels: The Format for Storytellers

Join Joe PruettCullen BunnAaron Douglas, and Leila Leiz for an insightful look at what’s on the way from AfterShock. Get a sneak peek at the stories and projects that are and will be shattering expectations among more and more comics fans and readers for the foreseeable future.

1:30-2:30 – Blacksad Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook Panel

Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido’s Blacksad, a feline private detective in an anthropomorphic 1950s America, is popular the world over. And now he and his supporting cast are featured in this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook. Join artist Juanjo Guarnido, designer/artist Thom Zahler and artists Greg Hildebrandt and Mark Buckingham for a look at this fantastic volume.

4:00-5:00 – Art Auction Preview

Come take a look at all the original art from the 2019 Yearbook that will be offered in the art auction.

5:00 – Art Auction

The art created for the 2019 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating Blacksad will be auctioned at this special event. Don’t miss this opportunity to own a piece of history.

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00 – Writing Perfect Panel Descriptions for Comics

One of the hardest things to teach is how to write clearly and effectively in order for someone else to draw from your work. Join former Marvel and IDW Editor Andy Schmidt as he covers one of the hardest aspects of writing for comics. Andy is an Eagle Award-winning author of both The Insider’s Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels and The Comics Experience Guide to Writing Comics with over 15 years of industry experience ranging from indie and self-publishing to big-dog publishing like Marvel Comics.

12:15-1:15 – Essentials of Worldbuilding

New York Times Best-Selling Author Terry Mancour will discuss the Essentials of Worldbuilding, using his best-selling Spellmonger series epic fantasy novels and other examples from the craft to explore the vital elements involved in constructing an intriguing and believable setting for narrative fiction.

1:30-2:30 – AHOY Comics: Expect More

Celebrate the one year anniversary of AHOY Comics with artists Jamal IgleRussell Braun, and Chris Giarrusso, and writer Stuart Moore, AHOY Comics Editor-in-Chief Tom Peyer, and Publisher Hart Seely. Why did AHOY Comics decide to publish Second Coming, the controversial comic in which Jesus Christ resumes His holy mission? What’s so funny about Baltimore’s Edgar Allan Poe and his Snifter Of Terror? Is there a place for funny comics in unfunny times? The answers will shock you! Maybe!

2:45-3:45 – The Evolution of Source Point Press

Being a small publisher in comics is not an easy task. However, Source Point Press seems to have the right stuff. Join us for a panel full of so many creatives it will make your head spin. Come listen to the tales of the Source Point Press creatives including Travis McIntireBob SalleyShawn DaleyKasey PierceFrank GogolGarrett GunnChristy Blanch, and more!

3:45-5:45 – Brian K. Vaughan Meet & Greet (Ticketed Event)

Room 347-348

11:00-12:00 – Painting with Clinton T. Hobart Part 2

Disney Fine Artist Clinton T. Hobart will be painting live on stage at Baltimore Comic-Con. Come watch as the painting develops over three days! Clinton will be explaining his process while he paints and answering all of the questions you might have for a Disney Artist! Every member of the audience will receive a raffle ticket for each day they attend. On Sunday one ticket will be drawn and the winner will go home with the painting!!

1:00-2:30 – Jim Lee Platinum Signing (Ticketed Event)

3:00-5:00 – Jim Lee Gold Signing (Ticketed Event)

5:00 – Jim Lee Signing (Ticketed Event)

Ballroom (4th Floor)

12:00-1:00 – Jim Lee Spotlight

Currently the Chief Creative Officer-Publisher at DC, Jim Lee has been wowing fans for years with his work on X-MenWildCATSBatmanSuperman, and more. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear him talk about his work in person as well as giving an art demonstration.

3:00 – Costume Contest (Adults)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

11:00-12:00 – A Piggy’s Tale Comic Reading and Drawing! with Piggy and Tod Emko

Join Tod Emko for a live reading of A Piggy’s Tale, the universally loved all-ages comic. Piggy the Three-Legged Super Pup will be present to greet his public and model as the audience draws the heroic canine. If Piggy likes the drawing, the child will receive the first issue of A Piggy’s Tale! All participants will have their photos taken with their drawings, for the piggytale.com website.

12:00-1:00 – Scribble Scramble! with Mark Mariano and Chris Giarrusso

It’s time for the most epic drawing competition you have ever seen! Everyone competes in a series of quick-thinking drawing quests for the ultimate prize: The Scribble Scramble Championship belt. Your doodling destiny awaits

1:00-2:00 – How To Draw Star Wars The Jamie Way

Learn to draw Darth Vader, Ewoks, Yoda, and BB-8 with Star Wars Insider cartoonist Jamie Cosley. These easy-to-follow steps will allow even the youngest Padawan to draw just like Jamie does for his comic strip The Light Side.

2:00-3:00 – Original Character Design Contest presented by Art Way Alliance (OPEN TO FIRST 20 ARTISTS)

Have you created the coolest character this side of the multi-universe? Come show them off during AWA’s Original Character Contest! Character should be your own creation and have a backstory.

3:00-4:00 – Sketchbook Dares with Laura Lee Gulledge

Calling all sketchbook lovers! In this interactive presentation, Laura Lee Gulledge will demonstrate, DRAWING LIVE, a couple of her favorite drawing activities that are featured in her latest book Sketchbook Dares: 24 Ways to Draw Out Your Inner Artist, plus she’ll share how sketchbooks can help you find your voice, build confidence, and even lead to making graphic novels. Come draw with us! All ages welcome.

4:00-5:00 –  Know It or Show It! With Gregg Schigiel

Comics trivia and quick-drawing merge in a game show bonanza, “Know It or Show It!” Do you know comics trivia? Do you like to draw? YOU can play the game!!! “Know It or Show It!” pits two teams of two in a head-to-head comics trivia showdown. If players don’t know it, they can challenge their opponents. But those opponents can turn the tables and make their challengers to show it by taking on a trivia-tinged timed drawing challenge! Hosted by Gregg Schigiel (greggschigiel.com). (Seeking players aged 10-14)

5:00-6:00 – Get in the Action with Marcus Williams

Tuskegee Heirs artist Marcus Williams creates dynamic characters and comic pages overflowing with action. In this workshop, Marcus shares his insight and techniques on bringing more excitement to your characters and stories.

Sunday

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

Room 339-342

11:00-12:00 – Making Comics with Laura Lee

Calling all curious creators! In this interactive presentation Eisner Award-nominated author Laura Lee Gulledge walks you thru her process for writing, designing, and drawing out graphic novels, which you can apply to making a fun 6-page mini-comic. (***Free handouts included!) She will also demonstrate the process DRAWING LIVE, making a fun, crowd-sourced comic with your help. All ages welcome!

12:15-1:15 – Intro to Comic and Animation Writing

Shea Fontana (DC Super Hero GirlsDoc McStuffinsPolly PocketWonder Woman) discusses the basics of writing for comics and TV animation with a Q&A. Kids welcome!

1:30-2:30 – King & Gerads Together Again

Tom King and Mitch Gerads, the popular creative team behind DC’s Mister Miracle, take the sage together to discuss their work past, present, and future.

2:45-3:45 – Insider Secrets on How to Build a Successful Career as a Creator

With Janna Morishima and artist Misako Takashima

Curious to learn more about how agents and editors choose creators to work with? Want to understand what it takes to stand out, and how to strategically build your career? In this panel/workshop, get the scoop on how to find mentors, improve your work, and build a following so you have the best chance for success as a published creator. Janna Morishima (https://jannaco.co), publishing strategist, marketing coach, and creative mentor, joins with cartoonist Misako Takashima (misakorocks.com) to discuss how to succeed as a small creative fish in a big comics pond, as they work to launch a graphic novel in a new and inventive way…

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00 – Coffee & Comics: Baltimore Edition

It’s coffee break time! Amy Chu, writer of Poison Ivy and Red SonjaDan Parent, legendary Archie Comics artist, and some surprise guests dish on the latest in comics and pop culture over their favorite caffeinated beverage. Bring your own (or tea if you like) and join us for a candid chat on what’s hot and not this year.

12:15-1:15 – The Art of Inking

Inking is a common job in comics but most aren’t sure exactly what these talented artists do. Mike RoyerThomas PalmerBob WiacekKarl StoryMark Morales, and moderator John Workman investigate the art of inking.

1:30-2:30 – Publishing Your First Comic

Screenwriter Rylend Grant (Ringo-nominated creator of Banjax and Aberrant for Action Lab: Danger Zone), presents a diverse panel of creators who share how they developed their comic book ideas and ultimately found publishing success. Learn how to find a penciler, inker, colorist, letterer, and designer; submit material to publishers; and figure out how to position your project in today’s marketplace!

2:45-3:45 – How to take an idea from concept to creation by Stranger Comics CEO and Executive Producer Sebastian A. Jones

Stranger Comics CEO Sebastian A. Jones, creator of Niobe and The Untamed, will share exclusive art and offer insight on how to take an idea from concept to creation (without selling your soul)! Using sneak peeks and sharing firsthand experience he will share tips and tools in this “How to” Panel.

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00 – The Fundamentals of Visual Storytelling for Comic Artists

Join Andy Schmidt, former Marvel Comics and IDW Editor and Founder of the world’s largest online comic book school, Comics Experience, for an impactful dive into the world of visual storytelling – getting behind what looks cool and into what drives your visual story and how to bring it to life on the comic book page! This is an invaluable resource for any comic artist, whether you’re new or an old pro!

12:15-1:15 – A Sound of Thunder

Heavy metal band A Sound of Thunder screens its latest animation (from the makers of Netflix’ Castlevania and featuring comedian Brian Posehn), teases its new collaboration with Valiant Entertainment, and reveals its upcoming comic book series with writer Rafer Roberts. The band and Rafer will be there to sign a Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive preview comic.

1:30-2:30 – Kevin Nowlan Spotlight

Kevin Nowlan is a talented artist and letterer whose work includes Doctor StrangeJack B. QuickThe Infernal Man-Thing, and more. Join Kevin and Jose Villarrubia, artist and chair of MICA’s Illustration Department, for an informative look at his career in comics. Presented by the Hero Initiative.

2:45-3:45 – Creating Comics: The Writer-Artist Relationship

A unique feature about creating comics is that the story is told by multiple creators in two different art forms that, when combined, tells a cohesive story. Building that relationship is important from basic things like having the writer not put two actions in one panel description to understanding panel layouts. Join Bob SalleyShawn DaleyChristina Blanch, and Travis McIntire as they discuss this important topic.

Room 347-348

11:00-12:00 – Painting with Clinton T. Hobart Part 3

Disney Fine Artist Clinton T. Hobart will be painting live on stage at Baltimore Comic-Con. Come watch as the painting develops over three days! Clinton will be explaining his process while he paints and answering all of the questions you might have for a Disney Artist! Every member of the audience will receive a raffle ticket for each day they attend. On Sunday one ticket will be drawn and the winner will go home with the painting!!

12:15-1:15 – Exploring Webcomics with the Pros

Join industry acclaimed webcomic creators Steve ConleyKatie CookDean Haspiel, and Thom Zahler as they discuss their work on webcomics. What makes webcomics different from traditional print comics, and how do these panelists approach their craft? Moderated by Bob Harrison.

1:30-2:30 – Some Have Tourettes. I Have Fourettes.

An unfiltered hour with Howard Victor Chaykin. Those of you who don’t show up will be reminded by those who do that they have one more thing to regret.

Really.

2:45-3:45 – Loading Snacks: Being Comfortable Being a Geek 

Are you comfortable being a geek? If yes, why? If no, why not? How can we help each other be more comfortable being who we are? This panel will open the discussion on the definition of “geek” and how it has changed in recent years. We will discuss how our level of comfort with this and other labels has changed as more obscure pastimes such as reading comic books, playing video games, and watching anime has bled over into the mainstream.

Ballroom (4th Floor)

11:00-12:00 – Jonathon Schaech Spotlight

Comic fans know Johnathon Schaech‘s portrayal of Jonah Hex on the first three season’s of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. But how about his work with Gwyneth Paltrow, Kenneth Branagh, Ed Harris, Idris Elba, and others? Or his charity work for dyslexia and anti-violence? Come learn more about this amazing performer.

12:00-1:00 – Tara Strong & Greg Cipes Spotlight

Tara Strong and Greg Cipes are two of the best voice actors working today. You’ve heard Tara as Raven in Teen Titans Go!, Bubbles in The Powerpuff Girls, Ben Tennyson in Ben 10, and more. You know Greg as Beast Boy on Teen Titans Go!, Michaelangelo on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kevin Levin in Ben 10, and others. This panel is sure to be a blast!

1:00-2:00 – Aaron Douglas Spotlight

Aaron Douglas is best known for his portrayal of Chief Galen Tyrol on Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica. Aaron has over 100 other film, television, and video game credits on his impressive resume, as well as creating and writing comic books for AfterShock Comics. Don’t miss out on this engaging panel.

2:30 – Costume Contest (Kids)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

11:00-12:00 – The AaaaWoooooo Werewolf Workshop with Chris Flick

Have a howling good time as cartoonist Chris Flick shows you how to draw werewolves of all shapes and sizes.

12:00-1:00 – Superhero University with Chris Mariano and Jacob Chabot (OPEN TO FIRST 30 KIDS)

You won’t be able to fly and it won’t give you super powers, but you will learn all the ins and outs of superheroics from the industry’s top professors. PLUS you’ll have fun making your own cape and superhero mask! Come to this workshop as a kid, leave as a superhero!

1:00-2:00 – Meet The Good Guys! With Steve Conte

Introducing ACROBOT and SPARKINATOR – The GOOD GUYS! — Learn all about the co-stars of the humorous, superhero comic book series Action Figure Kingdom. Everyone attending the workshop will get a mock ACROBOT cover, and AFK creator Steve Conte will demonstrate the techniques he uses to draw Earth’s GOODEST Robot.

2:00-3:00 – Comic Cover Design Contest presented by Art Way Alliance (OPEN TO FIRST 20 ARTISTS)

Draw your own comic book illustration that shows an original or established character in a dynamic pose and interesting environment. Contestants must also include eye catching text to advertise the character. Today, We’re judging a book by its cover.

3:00-4:00 – Imagination Aquarium with Jamar Nicholas

Ever find yourself stuck for cartoon ideas? Put on your wetsuit and dive into the IMAGINATION AQUARIUM, where cartoonist Jamar Nicholas will help you catch ideas in your net and create awesome cartoons!


In support of our hearing-impaired fans and attendees, the Baltimore Comic-Con will have ASL interpreters available at select 2019 panels.

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