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Baltimore Comic-Con 2021 Announces Panel Programming

Baltimore Comic Con

Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor this October 22-24, 2021. Tickets are available now for General Admission, VIP, and Fan Packages. The 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 Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang discussing their popular Paper Girls series. There’s also a reunion of revolutionary publisher, First Comics; Thom ZahlerDean Haspiel, and more on creator-owned comics; David PetersenBecky Cloonan, and others talk Anything But Super Heroes; and Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau share tales of the Perhapanauts.

You do not want to miss the spotlight panel with Marvel’s Joe Quesada on Saturday! But there’s lots more fun to be had with Rocketship EntertainmentTom KingKarl KeselChristopher Priest, and Robert Venditti discuss working with Legacy characters; Garth Ennis steps into the spotlight; a celebration of Hawkman; and you can test your comic knowledge in a trivia challenge.

Aw Yeah! Art Baltazar and Franco are sure to make your Sunday sunnier with a look at their work together. You can also learn about Kickstarting your comic and creating comics for Young Adults. And check out what’s on the way from AWA.

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


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

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2:00-3:00 – How to Create Novics
Discover how to produce a new type of media for the comic book and novel industries. You will learn how to work with writers and artists to produce this breathtaking style of entertainment. Join us and be ready to take notes. Monitor: Eric Cooper, Phoe-nix Nebula

3:00-4:00 – First Comics Reunion
Come see the forces behind the groundbreaking independent publisher that changed the comics landscape as they recount how it began and what its legacy is. Hear the history from the ones who made it happen. Guests: Mike Gold, Mark Wheatley, Marc Hempel, and Joe Staton. Hosted by Bob Harrison.

4:00-5:00 – Creator-Owned Comics Chat
Come hear tips, tricks, and stories from award-winning comics creators about crafting your own unique creator-owned comics tales as well as the business of making comics. Emily S. Whitten (The Underfoot), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes, Cupids Arrows, Warning Label), Steve Conley (The Middle Age, Astounding Space Thrills, Bloop), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), and Reilly Brown (Batman/Fortnite, Outrage) will discuss their experiences and answer your questions.
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5:15-6:15 – Paper Girls
Get ready for all things Paper Girls with co-creators Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. They’ll talk about the comics, the upcoming Amazon series, and more. You don’t want to miss this!

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2:00-3:00 – Source Point Press
What’s it like for a first time author to be nominated for a Best Graphic Novel Ringo Award? Jason Douglas finds himself in just that position with Parallel. Join Jason and Travis McIntire, Editor-In-Chief of Source Point Press, as they discuss this wild ride.

4:00-5:00 – Tales of Retail
Wondering how comic shops are doing? Join Dr. Christy Blanch and a host of comic book shop retailers as they discuss the last year and half of comic book shop retail. From shut-downs to a booming collector’s market, find out the ups and downs of the current comic book shop climate.

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3:00-4:00 – The Perhapanauts Panel or … Another Conversation that will Turn into an Argument with Craig and Todd
Get a ringside seat at a panel that discusses The Perhapanauts, comics, cryptozoology, UFOs, ghosts, and will almost definitely devolve into a massive argument between these two former friends and collaborators.

5:00-6:00 – Anything but Super Heroes
We love super heroes, but there are many other stories to tell. What are the themes, genres, issues, and more being explored without superpowers? Moderator Bob Greenberger talks with Becky Cloonan (Southern Cross), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Emily S. Whitten (The Underfoot), Thom Zahler (Warning Label), and Ian McGinty (Welcome to Showside) to find out.

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3:00-5:00 – Brian K. Vaughan Meet and Greet (ticketed event)


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12:00-1:00 – Spotlight on Joe Quesada
He’s worked on Ash, Batman: Sword of Azrael, Daredevil, and many other comics as well as holding the position of executive vice president and creative director for Marvel Entertainment. He’s Joe Quesada and he’s a modern comics legend. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear him talk on all things comics.

1:00 – Joe Quesada Platinum Meet & Greet (ticketed event)
3:00 – Joe Quesada Gold Meet & Greet (ticketed event)
5:00 – Joe Quesada Silver signing (ticketed event)

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11:00-12:00 – 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! Participants include: Harry Crosland, Wendell Smith, Corey Morgan, and Shawn Andrews.

1:00-2:00 – Continuing the Legacy
When inheriting a long-running series, what do you do to prepare? Tom King (Batman/Catwoman), Karl Kesel (The Adventures of Superman), Christopher Priest (Black Panther), and Robert Venditti (Superman ’78) share their thoughts on this with Bob Greenberger. Sponsored by The Hero Initiative.

3:00-4:00 – Taking Off with Rocketship Entertainment!
Rocketship Entertainment has quickly become an industry leader in publishing hit webcomics. Hear from CEO & Publisher Tom Akel, Leeanne “Mongie” Krecic (Eisner-nominated Let’s Play), Victoria Robado (#Blessed), Thom Zahler (Cupid’s Arrows, Warning Label), and Reilly Brown (Outrage) for a taste of what’s coming to Rocketship in 2022! We’ll talk the transitions from webcomics to print and back and the challenges for creators looking to find success in both mediums.

5:00-6:00 – Comics Trivia! Live! – From Com-Nation
It’s fun, it’s free, and it’s for all fan levels – Com-Nation™ Trivia! Test your knowledge and learn more about specific comics and characters with the Com-Nation Trivia hosts! Com-Nation is bringing their virtual weekly competition to you LIVE and in person! Com-Nation recommends using a smart phone or tablet (and maybe a smart friend) so that you can fully participate in the Com-Nation Trivia experience!

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12:00-1:00 – Comic Strips
Comic strip veterans Joe Giella (The Phantom), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), and Alex Saviuk (Spider-Man) discuss the rigors of the daily grind and how they compare and differ from comics. Moderated by Bob Greenberger.

2:00-3:00 – An Hour With Garth Ennis
Garth Ennis (Sara, Out of the Blue, A Walk Through Hell, Punisher: The Platoon) has an hour to share insight into recent stories and how he’s stayed busy writing. Come talk comics with one of the best in the business.

4:00-5:00 – Tales of Breaking In
Everyone has a different story about how they got started in comics. Hear the wild and wacky tales from across the decades and companies from Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans), Jamal Igle (The Wrong Earth), Dave Johnson (Pop Kill), and moderator Bob Greenberger.

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11:00-12:00 – Anthropomorphism in Comics
Doggies and Ponies and Mouses, OH MY! Comic books let us explore worlds that we can’t experience ourselves and nothing says that more than talking animals. Join Dr. Christy Blanch (Good Boy), Trish Forstner (Stray Dogs), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Thomas Zahler (My Little Pony), and Franco (Super-Pets) as they tell “tails” of creating, writing, and drawing animals more human-like than our normal world. “Paws” what you’re doing because “moose-ing” this panel would be “un-bear-able.”

1:00-2:00 – Making Webtoons
Ever read a webcomic on the Internet and said, “Hey, I’d like to do that!” Well, here’s your chance to learn how. Join Trevor Mueller, Dean Haspiel, Katie Cook, Thom Zahler, and Steve Conley as they share their knowledge and experience with you on how they make their webtoons!

3:00-4:00 – It Ain’t Hard To Tell: Live!
Since the pandemic began, Mike Hawthorne (Wonder Woman: Evolution, DC) and Jamar Nicholas (Leon series, Scholastic Graphix) collaborated on a podcast series where they answer questions from their Patreon supporters. For the first time live, you can be part of the show as the two friends talk about any and everything! Will have giveaways and goodies too! Supplies limited.

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12:00-1:00 – 80 Years of Hawkman
Join Robert Venditti, Jerry Ordway, and Mike Gold, with host Bob Harrison for a retrospective with the ageless hero. They will be discussing the character’s history and impact with perspective from creators who brought their own unique experience to the legendary winged warrior.

2:00-3:00 – The Resurgence Of The Independent Superhero
Taking inspiration from Marvel, DC, and current events, a diverse new league of genre comics have emerged. Join Reilly Brown (Outrage), Vito Delsante (Stray), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), and Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl) as they discuss redefining the urban superhero in the modern age. Moderated by Whitney Matheson.

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3:00-5:00 – Brian K. Vaughan Meet and Greet (ticketed event)

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5:00 – Art Auction
The art created for the 2021 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook will be auctioned at this special event. Don’t miss this opportunity to own a piece of history.

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3:30 – Costume Contest


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11:00-12:00 – Kids Love Comics on Tour! Jumpstarting Reading and Literacy with Comics
Helping kids get back to reading is a major challenge in the post- and current pandemic world. But comics (and the Kids Love Comics! team) are coming to save the day! In this panel for educators and parents (and any interested kids!), KLC Founders Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!, Dumbest Idea Ever), Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics, MST3K), and John Gallagher (Max Meow, Buzzboy) are joined by Jamar Nicholas (Leon series, Scholastic Graphix) to launch a new initiative to get comics creators in schools and graphic novels in the hands of every single student. KLC will offer up a unique plan for school districts to directly engage with some of kids’ favorite creators in the comics market, all while increasing participation and literacy for students. Every attendee will receive a FREE all-ages comic book, or graphic novel with an accompanying lesson plan for use in the classroom or at home!

1:00-2:00 – Aw Yeah! It’s Art and Franco
Tiny Titans, ArkhaManiacs, Ittty Bitty Hellboy, Superman of Smallville, Aw Yeah Comics! Art Baltazar and Franco create comics together that are a joy for readers of all ages. Moderator John Siuntres joins Art and Franco for a look back and a look ahead. Aw Yeah!

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12:00-1:00 – Creating Comics for Young Adults
Stop in as we explore what goes into creating comics for teens and young adults in today’s world with some super-talented professionals. With guests creating in multiple genres and formats, we will discuss how these creators curate their comics for their intended audiences. Guests: Katie Cook, Kami Garcia, Gene Ha, and Thom Zahler, with host Bob Harrison. Sponsored by The Hero Initiative.

2:00-3:00 – How AWA Studios Puts Creator Back into Creator-Owned
Guests: Axel Alonso, Frank Cho, Garth Ennis, Dulce Montoya
Moderator: Lisa Y. Wu
AWA is comics and can also bring creators into other realms of entertainment. Check out our upcoming titles and hear from some of our top creators.

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1:00-2:00 – Keep it Fresh
After five, ten, twenty years, what do creators do to recharge and keep themselves interested? Paul D. Storrie (Harley Quinn & the Gotham Girls), Jerry Ordway (Power of Shazam!), Peter J. Tomasi (Detective Comics), and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook) share their secrets with Bob Greenberger – and you!

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12:00-1:00 – Kicking your Kickstarter into Gear
Thinking of Kickstarting a comic and need some advice? Want to know the steps and stresses of the process? Join Dr. Christy Blanch, Steve Conley, Karl Kesel, and Travis McIntire while they talk about the ups and downs and ins and outs of kickstarting a comic book.

Room 308-310

2:30 – Kids Costume Contest

In support of its hearing-impaired fans and attendees, the Baltimore Comic-Con will have ASL interpreters available at select 2021 panels.

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