Baltimore Comic Con 2022 Announces its Panel Programming
The Baltimore Comic Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor this October 28-30, 2022. Tickets are available now for General Admission, VIP, and Fan Packages. The Panel schedule is now set, and the convention has revealed what programming to look forward to at the show this year!
Friday features Jim Lee discussing storytelling and how he creates such dynamic imagery. Plus Tom King joins with Mike Grell to discuss the original DC 1st Issue Specials from the 1970s (that included the debut of Grell’s Warlord) while introducing Danger Street – a new incarnation of the characters from that classic anthology title. Plus, learn all about CEX Publishing, the newest comic company to be making waves in the industry.
You do not want to miss the spotlight panel with master storyteller Frank Miller on Saturday! But there’s lots more fun to be had with Disney’s Little Mermaid — Jodi Benson, and Pocahontas — Judy Kuhn giving Princesses a voice! Or you might even hear acclaimed actor/writer John Leguizamo talk about Bruno. Howard Chaykin steps into the spotlight; and creators celebrate the work of Tim Sale and George Perez. Plus, you can test your comic knowledge in a trivia challenge featuring Ron Marz.
Disney Princesses Jasmine – Linda Larkin and Belle – Paige O’Hara will make your Sunday more magical. You can learn how Jamar Nicholas went from creating independent comics to producing a new young adult graphic novel series for Scholastic Books. Also, Veronica Taylor – the voice of Ash from Pokemon and other characters – will be on hand to showcase her talents. Be sure to catch ‘em all!
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.)
2:00-2:45 – From Skartaris To Danger Street
Join us as we dive into one of the most peculiar comic titles of the 70s and its legacy with creators who have inside knowledge of DC’s First Issue Special. Tom King will discuss his upcoming effort incorporating the various stand alone characters into the new Danger Street series, and will be joined by the legendary Mike Grell, whose Warlord first appeared in First Issue Special #8. Rounding out the panel is comics veteran Mike Gold, who knows what went down in those DC offices and is willing to share. PopCultureSquad’s Bob Harrison will host this one of a kind round table that is sure to be “Special”
4:00-4:45 – Frankenstein Mobster – The Audio Drama
Join Mark Redfield, Jennifer Rouse, and Mark Wheatley as they share behind the scenes stories about how they turned Wheatley’s Frankenstein Mobster graphic novel into a full cast Monsterama Audio Drama also starring Daniel Roebuck and Debbie Rochon. Be there to experience exclusive previews of the audio drama!
2:00-2:45 – Collaborating in Comics
While some of us can do it all, most comics creators need to combine their talents to create a finished comic. How does that process work? Come hear professional creators discuss the mechanics, joys, and challenges of working together to build great visual stories.
Join panelists: Emily S. Whitten (The Underfoot, Oni Press), Thom Zahler (Time & Vine, IDW; Warning Label, LINE Webtoon; My Little Pony, IDW), Cully Hamner (Detective Comics, Black Lightning, Green Lantern, DC Comics; Red, Wildstorm), and Reilly Brown (Cable & Deadpool, The Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel Comics; Power Play).
3:00-3:45 – Dreadstar & Me: Jim Starlin Retrospective
Join Writer/Artist Jim Starlin — the man behind Thanos! Dreadstar! Batman: Death in the Family! and many other epic tales as he offers insight on his inspirations and imagination.
2:00-2:45 – We are CEX Publishing
Join publisher of CEX Andy Schmidt, along with creators Gannon Beck (Space Corps), George O’Connor (Charlie’s Spot), Jeff McComsey (Mother Russia), and Scott Reed (Saga of a Doomed Universe) and learn all about the newest publishing company to be making waves in the industry and setting a new standard for how publishers and creators work together.
4:00-4:45 – It Ain’t Hard to Tell: LIVE!
Since the pandemic began, Mike Hawthorne (Wonder Woman: Evolution, Batman [DC], Deadpool [Marvel]) and Jamar Nicholas (LEON The Extraordinary [Scholastic Graphix]) collaborated on a podcast series where they answer questions from their Patreon supporters.
Once again, 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.
1:30-2:30 – Jim Lee Spotlight
Currently the Chief Creative Officer-Publisher at DC, Jim Lee has been wowing fans for years with his work on X-Men, WildCATS, Batman, Superman, and more. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear him talk about his work in person as well as giving an art demonstration.
Kids Love Comics Programming
3:00-3:45 – The Three Tier Toon with Mark Mariano
What kind of wacky character will be the result of three different artists combining their talents in these Three Tier Toons? We welcome everyone to draw and laugh!
4:00-4:45 – Sketch Card Design for Freelance Artists with Darren Soto
Join Darren Soto, freelance character designer, illustrator, and sequential artist, as he discusses his introduction to the sketch card design business and learn how to create your own sketch card.
5:00-5:45 – Show & Toon: Punk Taco with Adam and Makana Wallenta
Adam and Makana, the father and son team behind the award-winning Punk Taco graphic novel series, teach you how to draw the fun characters from their hit series. Adam and Makana will discuss the creative process and the journey of Punk Taco from first idea to finished book.
12:00-12:45 – Com-Nation Trivia (w/Ron Marz)
COMICS TRIVIA! It’s fun, it’s free and it’s for all fan levels – Com-Nation Trivia
Test your knowledge and learn more about the Silver Surfer! Featuring the Com-Nation Trivia hosts Ruth Morrison and Todd Scott along with Guest Host Silver Surfer: Rebirth writer Ron Marz! Com-Nation is bringing their virtual weekly competition to you LIVE and in person! Com-Nation recommends using a smartphone, a smart tablet, and a smart friend so that you can fully participate in the Com-Nation Trivia experience!
1:00-1:45 – Licensed to Thrill
Producing comics based on other licensed media can be more challenging that stopping an evil genius’s plot to take over the world. Join Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Aliens, James Bond), Mike Grell (Tarzan & James Bond), and John K. Snyder III (A-Team; Matthew Scudder) along with host Bob Harrison as they discuss how to bring properties from other media alive on the comic page.
2:00-3:45 – From Cave Art To Superheroes: Comic Books & Social Commentary
Mark S. Zaid, Esq. (Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Advisor; comic book historian) presents an educational and humorous interactive visual arts presentation tracing the historical creation and development of comic books and their characters, and particularly how comics addressed social issues of the day (including such topics as war, civil rights, women’s liberation, politics, and censorship).
1:00-1:45 – What Comics Publishers Want and How to Give It To Them
Join publishers CEX and Source Point Press, represented by panelists Andy Schmidt (CEX Publishing) and Travis McIntire (Source Point Press), to understand what publishers are looking for, why they’re looking for it, and a whole bunch of tips to make your pitches and projects become super-attractive to them and other publishers! If you’re a freelancer pitching a book to a publisher, this is a must-attend panel.
2:00-2:45 – 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.
1:00-1:45 – Frank Miller Spotlight
From Daredevil to Ronin to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns to Sin City to Dark Knight III: The Master Race, creator Frank Miller has left an indelible mark on modern comics. Join Frank and his special guests for an engaging panel. You’ll kick yourself if you miss it.
2:00-3:45 – Art Auction – 2022 Yearbook
The art created for the 2022 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook will be auctioned at this special event. Don’t miss this opportunity to own a piece of history.
5:00-6:45 – Hero Initiative Art Auction
Join the members of Hero Initiative for a charity auction featuring items supplied by a variety of artists and creators from around the industry.
11:00-11:45 – A Celebration of Tim Sale
His striking line work was a perfect complement to Jeph Loeb’s character-driven tales of heroism in all its forms. His use of light and shadow was unparalleled, an artist’s artist, and he left us all too soon. Please join artists Klaus Janson (Daredevil, Dark Knight Returns, Punisher), Tom King (Mr. Miracle, Batman, Vision), art expert Jason Schachter, and moderator Jared Michalski in celebrating the life and career of Tim Sale.
12:00-12:45 – Breaking into Comics
There’s no clear path to working as a creator in comics. Join this year’s 2022 Ringo Award Nominees as they discuss the various ways that they started out and broke into the industry, hosted by Adam Greenfield with an all-star lineup of creators
2:00-2:45 – A Celebration of George Perez
No one did cosmic like George Perez, no one could handle crowd scenes like George Perez, and yet, some of his best loved stories are the quiet ones, filled with character and emotion. He battled his illness with the same grace he brought to his pages. Please join such creators as Ron Marz (Sojourn, Green Lantern, Witchblade, Silver Surfer), Jim Starlin (Infinity Gauntlet, Dreadstar, Batman: Death in the Family), Jerry Ordway (Superman, Power of Shazam, Crisis on Infinite Earths), and moderator Robert Greenberger as we look back at this colorful career.
4:00-4:45 – Spotlight on Howard Chaykin
“Some have Tourettes, I have Fourettes.”
An unfiltered session with Howard Victor Chaykin (Hey Kids, Comics!, American Flagg!, Power & Glory!, and many more). Those of you who don’t show up will be reminded by those who do that they have one more thing to regret. Really!
12:30-4:00 – Cosplay Craftsmanship Contest Judging
11:00-11:45 – Judy Kuhn (Pochahontas) Spotlight
She showed us all the “Colors of the Wind” singing the Academy Award winning song in Pochahontas. But, in addition, Judy Kuhn has a career spanning television (Law & Order and Elementary), film (Pocahontas and Tick, Tick … Boom!), and stage (Les Miserables,Sunset Boulevard, and Fun Home). Learn all about the voice behind a Disney Princess.
1:00-1:45 – Jodi Benson (Ariel) Spotlight
She became “Part of our World ” as the voice of Ariel. However, Jodi Benson is a true Disney Legend who has provided the voice to Barbie in the Pixar Toy Story films along with voices in Disney’s Flubber, Lady & the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure, and the Secret of the Wings. She also appeared in the live-action Disney film Enchanted and was the voice of Thumbelina in Bluth Studio’s animated film. Come discover all about the voice of a Disney Legend.
2:00-2:45 – John Leguizamo Spotlight
We might not talk about Bruno – no, oh, oh! But come hear John Leguizamo, the voice behind the most misunderstood member of the Family Madrigal talk about being part of Encanto as well as his work as actor, comedian, film producer, and even comic book creator. Be there – or be talked about.
3:30-4:00 – Cosplay Showcase
4:00-5:30 – Adult Cosplay Craftsmanship Contest
Kids Love Comics Programming
12:00-12:45 – I Got Your Back Drawing Game with Chris Mariano, Todd Webb, and Franco
You’re at the drawing board but your teammate has got your back! Can you draw the art that is being drawn on your back without knowing what it is? The team with the best matching art advances to the next round. You do NOT want to miss the finale of this ridiculous contest.
1:00-1:45 – Create Your Own Crazy Character with Jimmy Gownley
Boost your creativity with the New York Times Bestselling Author Jimmy Gownley. In this wacky workshop, Jimmy will share tips and tricks on how to create and draw your own crazy character
2:00-2:45 – My Comic Story with Kata Kane
Every good story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Kata Kane, artist of Altar Girl, GFFs: Ghost Friends Forever, and Ana and the Cosmic Race will do a live drawing of the audience’s best suggestions for a 4-panel mini-comic story, sharing drawing tips and helpful comic creator advice along the way. This is an interactive workshop where young artists will also get to create and draw their very own ideas on a 4-panel mini-comic page.
3:00-3:45 – Show and Toon: Leon the Extraordinary with Jamar Nicholas
Jamar Nicholas, the author/artist of the Leon graphic novel series, teaches you how to draw the heroes and villains from his hit series. Jamar will discuss the creative process and the journey of Leon from first idea to finished book.
4:00-4:45 – Sketch Cover Art Design with Darren Soto
Trying to design your first sketch cover? Looking for some design techniques? Come join Darren Soto as he hosts a comic book sketch cover demo showcasing his design process from concept to completion. Come check out his brand of comic art design.
5:00-5:45 – Cat Crusader Versus Your Vile Villain! With John Gallagher
Comic creator John Gallagher shares his insight on making comics and helps you create a silly villain and a perilous plot. How will the heroic Cat Crusader save the day? That’s up to you!
12:00-12:45 – Com-Nation Trivia (with Jamal Igle)
COMICS TRIVIA! It’s fun, it’s free and it’s for all fan levels – Com-Nation Trivia
Test your knowledge and learn more about the Wrong Earth! Featuring the Com-Nation Trivia hosts Ruth Morrison and Todd Scott along with guest host artist/writer Jamal Igle! Com-Nation is bringing their virtual weekly competition to you LIVE and in person! Com-Nation recommends using a smartphone, a smart tablet, and a smart friend so that you can fully participate in the Com-Nation Trivia experience!
2:00-2:45 – Spotlight on Luis NCT
Join moderator Jose Villarrubia as he interviews fellow Spaniard Luis NCT. He’s the author of WAHCOMMO (Magnetic Press) and works as a colorist with artist Jason Shawn Alexander on the Image Comics series Empty Zone, the Vertigo series Frostbite, and a three-issue run on Spawn. He is currently coloring the critically acclaimed Image Comics series Killadelphia.
12:00-12:45 – THE JAMAR CHRONICLES: FROM SMALL PRESS TO SCHOLASTIC
In Conversation with John Gallagher
Join us for a riveting hour as long-time friend and collaborator, John Gallagher (author of the Max Meow series at Penguin/Random House), joins our BCC Spotlight subject, Jamar Nicholas, in a fun, funny, and enlightening stroll through Nicholas’ cartooning career, beginning in 1998 with his self-published/small press comic series, The Jamar Chronicles, to the present with the release of Leon the Extraordinary, the first in a series of middle grade graphic novels, published by Scholastic Graphix.
11:00-11:45 – A Celebration of Neal Adams
Artist. Writer. Advocate. Critic. Neal Adams was exactly what the comic book business needed when he first began working in the 1960s, pushing the boundaries of how to print the comics and how to compensate the talent fairly. His legendary collaborations with Denny O’Neil and Roy Thomas are only matched by his mentorship to generations of creators. Please join Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!, Hey Kids! Comics!, The Shadow), Alan Davis (Excalibur, Detective Comics, Captain Britain, ClanDestine), and others with moderator Robert Greenberger as we look back at this colorful career.
1:00-1:45 – A Celebration of Tom Palmer
As an inker, he brought a sheen to the works of titans; as a colorist, he made things pop; and as a painter, he made heroes seem real. A classically trained illustrator, he made every page he touched better. His good humor and comradeship made the industry a brighter place to be. Please join Brett Breeding (Green Arrow, Justice League of America, The Avengers, Thor), Bob McLeod (New Mutants, Amazing Spider-Man, The New Titans), and moderator Robert Greenberger as we look back at this colorful career.
12:30-2:30 – Kids Cosplay Craftsmanship Contest Judging
11:00-11:45 – Linda Larkin (Jasmine) Spotlight
She helped guide us to “A Whole New World” as the voice of Jasmine in the original Disney film, Aladdin. But Linda Larkin has also appeared on television programs, live-action films, and voice overs in video games. Plus, she has supplied the voice of Jasmine in two follow-up films as well as the Princesses’ appearances in Ralph Breaks the Internet and the various television series of Aladdin, Hercules, the House of Mouse, and Sofia the First – and was named a Disney Legend. Find out what’s new in her world now.
12:00-12:45 – Veronica Taylor (Ash Ketchum from Pokemon) Spotlight
We choose you, Veronica Taylor! Veronica is best known for playing the original Ash for the first eight seasons of Pokemon. However, she is also a classically trained actor and has performed all over the US. Additionally, she was April on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and has had roles in Yu-Gi-Oh, One Piece, and many Nickelodeon shows. She has done voices for animation, video games, audiobooks, and more, and soon will appear in Franklin and Ghost! Make sure not to miss this panel with the legend, Veronica Taylor.
1:00-1:45 – Paige O’Hara (Belle) Spotlight
She showed us the heart of a Beast – and made reading cool again as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. With repeat performances as Belle in subsequent projects, she has become a true Disney Legend. However, Paige O’Hara has brought other voices to life in animated projects and brought her voice and skill to the stage in musicals such as Les Miserables, South Pacific, and Oklahoma. So be our guest and hear what this Legend is doing now.
2:00-2:30 – Kids Cosplay Showcase
2:30-3:30 – Cosplay Craftsmanship Contest
Kids Love Comics Programming
11:00-11:45 – Draw The Shape, Not The Thing with Nick Davis
The secret to drawing is one simple thing: draw the shape, not draw the thing. Using a series of simple shapes, Nick Davis will show you how to draw Hero Ted, the super-heroic teddy bear who protects naptime from the monsters. You can follow along with Nick with the supplied worksheet and draw your very own superhero. Best superhero gets the Hero Ted demo art at the end of the session.
12:00-12:45 – Hero and Villain Mash-up with Jordan Jackson
What if…? you could design a character using your favorite comic book heroes and villains? Here’s your chance to get creative and come design with JP Jackson Art.
1:00-1:45 – Art Celebration: Alien Invasion with Dawn Griffin
Watch out! The aliens are invading! Artists of all ages are welcome to join cartoonist Dawn Griffin for this cosmically fun workshop. Using simple shapes and inspiration from animals, artists will create their own awesome aliens.
2:00-2:45 – How to Draw Cartoon Characters with Emilio Velez Jr.
Draw along with Dodgeball Teens creator Emilio Velez Jr. as he teaches artists of all ages how to draw their favorite cartoon characters from movies and television.
3:00-3:45 – 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 hearing-impaired fans and attendees, the Baltimore Comic-Con will have ASL interpreters available at select 2022 panels.