The Baltimore Comic-Con and Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore have announced the winners of our 12th Annual Costume Contest. The contest took place on Saturday, October 23, 2021 for both amateur and professional adults, and Sunday, September 22, 2021 for kids. Visually stunning costumes ranged from classic superheroes to video game and movie characters and beyond, and our contest has proven to be one of the most anticipated events at the show, for cosplayers and fans alike.
This year’s costume contest separated amateur adults from professional adults, and held a separate contest for amateur kids as well.
The grand prize winner for Best in Show Costume, and the recipient of the $1,000 cash prize, was Aziz Raad for his “Din Djarin” costume.
Winners for this year’s contest include:
Overall Best Costume (Best in Show): Aziz Raad, Din Djarin from The Mandolorian
1st Place: Bryan Fadrosh, Lord of Blades from Dungeons and Dragons Eberron Rising From the Last War
2nd Place: Kitten Pickles, Mermaid Apple Jack from My Little Pony Movie
3rd Place: Rose Ryon, Sylvie Laufeydottir from The Marvel Cinematic Universe media franchise, partially based on the characters Lady Loki and Sylvie Lushton from the Marvel Comics
1st Place: Andrea Zura, Thor
2nd Place: Topher Gaut, Bender Bending Rodriguez from Futurama
3rd Place: Tobias Pilachowski, Wally West
1st Place: Carroll Ghostbusters
2nd Place: Bartholomew and Jennifer Macasieb, The Neverending Story
Grand Prize: Violet Brown, Ghost Rider
1st Place: Layla Adkins, original character Lucas
2nd Place: Norah Pollack, Diona from Genshin Impact
Vault Comics has announced their Local Comic Shop Day 2021 release: a limited, deluxe foil, full art edition of Radio Apocalypse #1, written by star writer Ram V, Eisner Award-winning artist Anand RK, colorist Anisha, letterer Aditya Bidikar, and designer Tim Daniel.
Long after the rock out of space struck the world and turned it all to dust, in Bakerstown stands the last Radio Station on the planet. Radio Apocalypse broadcasting into the unknown, a beacon in the dark for those who wander the lost places. Now change is coming to Bakerstown. Among the refugees flocking into an already precarious settlement, an orphan boy Rion, caught in an indiscretion, will twine his fate with the Radio Station. And in doing so, begin this mixtape of love and heartbreak and interminable hope. This soundtrack to the end of the world.
Local Comic Shop Day takes place on Saturday, November 24th, 2021.
Readers can preorder the Radio Apocalypse #1 LCSD Edition at their local comic shop using Diamond Order Code: AUG219488.
Image Comics has announced three exciting Local Comic Shop Day editions to join the lineup of releases for next month’s celebration of the Direct Market comic shops: The Walking Dead Deluxe #27, Friday #1, and Grrl Scouts: Stone Ghost #1. These three special LCSD editions will not be reprinted—so don’t miss out and be sure to support your local comic shop on Wednesday, November 24 (and every day!)—and visit the Local Comic Shop Day website for more information about the event.
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Dave McCaig’s The Walking Dead Deluxe #27 Local Comic Shop Day edition (Diamond Code AUG219266) will feature a foil treatment on the cover logo. This is a key issue in the series that readers won’t want to miss out on—Welcome to Woodbury, home to the series’ most heinous villain… The Governor.
Ed Brubaker and Marcos Martín’s Friday #1 Local Comics Shop Day edition (Diamond Code AUG219265) presents the first issue of the genre-defying, post-YA masterpiece by award winning creators. Friday Fitzhugh spent her childhood solving crimes and digging up occult secrets with her best friend Lancelot Jones, the smartest boy in the world. But that was the past. Now she’s in college, starting a new life on her own—or so she thought. When Friday comes home for the holidays, she’s immediately pulled back into Lance’s orbit and finds that something very strange and dangerous is happening in their little New England town… This is literally the Christmas vacation from Hell, and they may not survive to see the New Year.
Jim Mahfood’sGrrl Scouts: Stone Ghost #1 Local Comic Shop Day edition (Diamond Code AUG219267) will feature a new cover by Mahfood. This new miniseries sees Mahfood’s return to his creator-owned GRRL SCOUTS universe. Join Dio, Turtleneck Jones, and Gordi as they face off against the sinister and unpredictable evil of The Teeth! Hilarious, over-the-top, psychedelic adventure will ensue, you guys! Packed from cover to cover (no ads!) with completely unique and eye-poppin’ Mahfood art, including bonus comics and behind-the-scenes fun!
Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx, Flying Eye Books (US) / Nobrow Press
The Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement was presented to Joe Quesada, The Ringo Spirit Award was presented forFolklords by Matt Kindt and Matt Smith, and The Dick Giordano Humanitarian Awards was presented to Gene Ha.
Fan Awards included “Favorite Hero” which was Persephone from Lore Olympus on Webtoon, “Favorite Villain” which was Emma from My Deepest Secret on Webtoon, “Favorite New Series” which was Midnight Poppy Land on Webtoon, and “Favorite New Talent” presented to Lilydusk. Rocketship was named “Favorite Publisher“.
Artists Writers & Artisans Studios (AWA Studios is set to exhibit at Baltimore Comic-Con Booth #3401 on October 22-24th, 2021. This exhibition will mark the publisher’s return to the convention scene after launching their company at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
Despite the global crisis, the publisher has consistently made the top 100 comics on ICV2’s comic/graphic novel sales lists. AWA Studios has recently announced that TOP GUN: MAVERICK director Joseph Kosinski is set to direct the Warner Bros adaptation of their hit series CHARIOT by Bryan Edward Hill, Priscilla Petraites, and Marco Lesko, with more announcements to come.
Comic fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet AWA Studios CCO Axel Alonso, Associate Editor Dulce Montoya, Managing Editor Will Graves, Assistant Editor Thea Cheuk, Digital Marketing Manager Jackie Liu, and Marketing, Sales, and PR Consultant Lisa Y. Wu at the publisher’s booth. Fans can also stop at the booth to enjoy the publisher’s free prize wheel and explore its line of comics and graphic novels, great booth deals, and mystery totes.
Fans will get a free opportunity to take a spin on the AWA Studios Prize Wheel (Booth #3401) for a chance to take home rare ashcans, comics, and a limited edition convention exclusive AWA Studios Mystery Tote, a value of over $80 for only $50.
The publisher is also set to give an entertaining and informative panel titled AWA PUTS CREATOR INTO CREATOR-OWNED on Sunday, October 24th from 2-3pm in Room 322. Be sure to join AWA CCO Axel Alonso, Emmy Award winner Frank Cho (FIGHT GIRLS, LIBERTY MEADOWS), Amazon’s original series THE BOYS creator Garth Ennis (MARJORIE FINNEGAN: TEMPORAL CRIMINAL, PREACHER), and AWA Associate Editor Dulce Montoya as they discuss how AWA Studios supports creator-owned graphic fiction and how their experienced team is capable of bringing these projects into other realms of entertainment.
After the panel, Frank Cho will be at the AWA Studios booth for a signing on Sunday, October 24th at 3:10-4:10pm.
The Baltimore Comic-Con will be here soon and will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Balitmore’s Inner Harbor. Now, in one place, your admission ticket options, your guest signings and panel times, and the details behind the awesome events with Joe Quesada and Brian K. Vaughan. Please note: all schedules are subject to change. Don’t miss out on our many ticket options!
VIP ticket holders receive:
Exclusive early VIP admission to the show floor ALL THREE DAYS (30 minutes early all three days)
The 2021 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook (variant cover) featuring Pixar artist Marty Baumann’s Trick or Treat Edition VIP cover
A unique VIP Badge
2021 Baltimore Comic-Con t-shirt
$40 gift voucher to the Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusives table
Show-exclusive Frank Cho lithograph
Kids 10 and under get into the show free and may accompany adults with early VIP admission
Joe Quesada Platinum Fan Package features:
12×18 Limited Comic-Con Exclusive lithograph on high quality (non-cardstock) paper signed by Joe Quesada
eight (8) autographs with Joe Quesada (CGC Submission Fees not included *CGC authentication optional at his table for an additional charge)
Exclusive Joe Quesada Platinum Badge
VIP seats at the Joe Quesada panel (taking place Saturday) at which Joe will sketch 2 head shots which will be awarded to randomly chosen Platinum ticket holders
Photo with Joe Quesada – our staff will use YOUR PHONE to take a photo
Early Show Access – 30 minutes early
Spotlight on Joe Quesada
Saturday October 23, 2021 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Room: 317
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.
Joe Quesada Gold Fan Package features:
12×18 cardstock Limited Edition Print signed by Joe Quesada (this is on cardstock, and not the high-quality lithograph paper for the Platinum tickets)
Three (3) autographs with Joe Quesada (CGC Submission Fees not included *CGC authentication optional at his table for an additional charge)
Exclusive Joe Quesada VIP Badge
Guaranteed seating for the ticket holder at the Joe Quesada panel (taking place Saturday)
Photo with Joe Quesada – our staff will use YOUR PHONE to take a photo
Early Show Access – 30 minutes early
Joe Quesada Autograph tickets are available online now. Joe will be signing Saturday at 5pm in Room 317. CGC authentication optional for an additional charge.
Brian K. Vaughan Fan Packages are sold out.
Ticket holders should proceed to Room 324 between 3pm and 5pm on Friday and Saturday. Brian K. Vaughan will be signing at his table for the public on Friday from 1:00pm-2:30pm and on Saturday from 2:00pm-3:30pm. There will be a 3-item limit.
Live Art at the Hero Initiative Booth
On Saturday at 1 pm, the Hero Initiative booth (#2101) will feature LIVE ART created by top artists Cliff Chiang and Gene Ha! The pair will collaborate on a new “Double Visions” piece to benefit Hero and Binc, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.
The Annual Baltimore Comic-Con Photo Shoot
Don’t miss what has become an annual event for cosplayers, photographers, and fans looking to check out some of the amazing cosplay work on dislpay. Presented by Bishop Cosplay, this event takes place Saturday at 12:30pm-1pm at the staircase to the right of the main Baltimore Convention Center entrance closest to the Light Rail (the Pratt Street entrance).
Hasbro has released the official programming schedule of experiences for Hasbro Pulse Con 2021, a two-day, free livestream event, featuring a thrilling panel lineup, fan favorite celebrity guests and must-see music appearances. Featured guest talent include Patton Oswalt,Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby-Doo), select cast members of the upcoming film Ghostbusters: Afterlife, author of Doctor Strange, Thanos, Thor and Venom comics Donny Cates, Power Rangers comics writer Ryan Parrott from BOOM! Studios, Marvel comics artist David Nakayama, Ben Burnley (Breaking Benjamin), the cast of the hit television series Power Rangers Dino Fury – Russell Curry (Red Ranger), Kai Moya (Blue Ranger), Hunter Deno (Pink Ranger), Tessa Rao (Green Ranger), Chance Perez (Black Ranger) and Jordon Fite (Gold Ranger), popular content creator and artist Rudy Willingham, and more who will make appearances during the course of the event, along with unique experiences from musical guests including Weezer and Transformers legend Vince DiCola. The event will be available exclusively through the Hasbro Pulse YouTube Channel on October 22-23, 2021.
Fans in the US, Canada and UK can expect one-of-a-kind experiences to celebrate the company’s iconic brands through engaging panels, exclusive content drops, over 50 new product reveals, celebrity appearances, exclusive Hasbro Pulse Premium Member opportunities, fan interactivity and more. Brands including Power Rangers, Transformers, G.I. JOE, NERF, Magic: The Gathering and Avalon Hill along with premier partner brands Star Wars™, Marvel, Ghostbusters, Fortnite, and more will be featured in an incredible panel and activity lineup that spans multiple days, giving fans even more meaningful experiences through behind-the-scenes programming.
Jackie Jennings, SYFY Wire on-air correspondent, writer, and producer, returns to Pulse Con to co-host the pop culture celebration and joins new co-host Khleo Thomas, actor, influencer, artist, and entrepreneur.
For every viewer of Hasbro Pulse Con, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots up to 50,000 pieces. Through the gift of a new toy, Marine Toys for Tots helps bring hope and joy to America’s less fortunate children.
Below is a first-look at the programming that will be livestreamed exclusively on the Hasbro Pulse YouTube Channel. Programming takes place on Friday, 10/22 at 11 a.m. ET and Saturday, 10/23 at 11 a.m. ET, with each day ending around 3:30 p.m. ET.
Tune-in for special musical experiences from top artists, including rock band Weezer and Transformers legend Vince DiCola throughout Hasbro’s virtual event.
Panels – Day 1:Friday, 10/22 starting at 11:00 a.m. ET*
You won’t want to miss this one, Ranger Fans! The Hasbro Pulse Con Dino Fury panel is packed full of exclusive content, news, and reveals brought to you by the Dino Fury Rangers themselves, joined by some very special guests. Tune in for all the latest from the second half of season one… and beyond. This panel’s going to be TRULY morphinominal.
POWER RANGERS PRODUCT PANEL
Panelists: Hasbro Power Rangers Brand Team
Help us celebrate MORPHINOMINAL announcements in the Power Rangers universe. Join members of the Hasbro Power Rangers team as they access the morphin grid to bring fans news around the expanding Lightning Collection product line as well as other special product drops.
POWER RANGERS BOOM! STUDIOS PANEL
Panelists: Brandon Davis, Ryan Parrott
Get an exclusive peek into the world of the BOOM! Studios Mighty Morphin and Power Rangers comics! Join the team as they talk about the exciting new game-changing events in the upcoming ELTARIAN WAR.
We couldn’t be more excited for GHOSTBUSTERS at Hasbro Pulse Con 2021. Although we may not have any new toy reveals, we have plenty of exciting things to share, including an exclusive Ghostbusters: Afterlife clip. Join us to see our special guests and check out what surprise content we have for Ghostbusters!
TRANSFORMERS FRANCHISE AND ENTERTAINMENT PANEL
Panelists: Hasbro Transformers Brand Team with special guests Loannis Lefkaditis, Vince DiCola & Kenny Meriedeth featuring Bob Reynolds
Join us for some exciting news coming from all corners of the Transformers Universe. We will share updates from our feature film, TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE BEASTS, announce our new touring attraction, as well as our first ever home VR game. Join us to learn more about the amazing new games and events from the Hasbro Marketing and Design teams as well as a special performance from Vince DiCola and Kenny Meriedeth featuring Bob Reynolds and more!
TRANSFORMERS FAN PRODUCT PANEL
Panelists: Hasbro Transformers Brand Team with special guest Ben Burnley (Lead Singer of Breaking Benjamin)
Join the Hasbro Transformers team as we kick off the celebration of the Transformers legacy and officially reveal toys from the first wave of the next Transformers Generations line. We’re bringing together fan-favorite characters from across the multiverse, so get ready; the Energon will be electric! The celebration continues with the 2021 Transformers Hall of Fame. This year we will celebrate the past and present as we induct two amazingly talented contributors to the brand and announce the fan voted favorites for both Best WFC Kingdom Toy and Favorite Beast Wars Season 1 Character. Lastly, Behold, as we unveil a Unicron companion pack to help you bring the epic final battle of The Transformers: The Movie to life with Ben Burnley, lead singer of Breaking Benjamin. Be prepared for huge surprises and exclusive reveals seen first here! We can’t wait to share it all with you!
HASBRO PANEL ON STAR WARS™ OFFERINGS
Panelists: Hasbro Star Wars Brand Team
Join members of the Hasbro Marketing & Design teams as they discuss the popular Star Wars line by Hasbro, including the Black Series and The Vintage Collection. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure and premium roleplay offerings from throughout the saga. Word on the Holonet is there may also be a few surprises. May the Force be with you!
HASBRO’S HASLAB PANEL ON STAR WARS™ HIGH END COLLECTIBLES
Panelists: Hasbro Star Wars Brand Team
In 2018 we launched HasLab with a dream: make the biggest Vintage Collection vehicle that Hasbro has ever made, the ones fans had been requesting for years, Jabba’s Sail Barge, the Khetanna high end collectible. We followed this up in 2020 with the biggest Star Wars HasLab ever by Hasbro: The Razor Crest starship. Join members of the Hasbro Marketing & Design teams as they launch the next Star Wars HasLab dream project – the Black Series Rancor high end figure.
Panels – Day 2:Saturday, 10/23 starting at 11:00 a.m.*
G.I. JOE PRODUCT PANEL
Panelists: Hasbro G.I. JOE Brand Team
YO JOE! Come hang out with the G.I. JOE team (and a very special guest!) at Hasbro Pulse Con 2021 to hear all about exciting product news, see behind-the-scenes content, and get a sweet tease of some future offerings. Make sure you join so you that you can be in the know…because knowing is half the battle!
AVALON HILL PANEL
Panelists: Avalon Hill Brand Team
Join members of the Marketing and Development teams for a look at Avalon Hill. They discuss the upcoming delivery of HeroQuest to Hasbro Pulse HasLab backers and look to the future of the game system. Following this is the exciting reveal of a new game that breathes life into a decade old legacy, including a special surprise for viewers to be the first to get in on the action. Let’s roll!
Panelists: Hasbro Fortnite Brand Team
Ready up and drop in on some legendary announcements with the Hasbro Fortnite team at the Hasbro Pulse Con 2021 panel! New releases are gliding in as we reveal the latest toys in the Victory Royale Series. We’re unlocking new 6-inch figures for fans to add to their on-shelf Battle Royale. But we won’t stop there! There are more reveals to be unlocked, like a peek at production samples and a designer review of a Fortnite x NERF blaster. You won’t want to miss the exclusive reveals and next-level surprises landing at Hasbro Pulse Con!
NERF LMTD INTRO PANEL
Panelists: Hasbro NERF Brand Team
What is NERF LMTD? Join the NERF team as they share what it means, what’s been done, and where it’s headed for the future, as they reveal and discuss the latest addition to the LMTD segment. If you love video games, movies, and entertainment in general, you’re not going to want to miss this!
NERF LMTD PRODUCT PANEL
Panelists: Hasbro NERF Brand Team
NERF LMTD is bringing one of the most iconic video game weapons to life for fans and collectors! Join members of the NERF team as they reveal and discuss the latest addition to the LMTD segment, featuring an exclusive video from the Halo team!
NERF Ultimate Championship: Character Lineup Reveal
Join the Secret Location team for the exclusive reveal of the characters for season one of NERF Ultimate Championship, and discover how they’re bringing the action-packed world of NERF to life in Virtual Reality for the first time ever! Meet the diverse cast of characters and learn all about how the team is showcasing NERF as the lightning-fast team-based competition of the future. Stick around to the very end for some very exciting announcements and dates to look forward to!
MAGIC: THE GATHERING PANEL
Panelists: Ayako Ishiguro, Matthew Lillard and Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering Brand Team
Join two special guests as Wizards of the Coasts offers a look behind the curtain for the ultra-cute Purrfection Secret Lair drop and the ultra-spooky October Superdrop. Artist Ayako Ishiguro will share insights into the creative process behind the perfectly adorable Purrfection drop. Then, stick around to learn all of the—well, all of the secrets—behind the scream-worthy October Secret Lair Superdrop, hosted by Matthew Lillard and featuring Wizards of the Coast’s Tom and Mark.
HASBRO MARVEL LEGENDS PANEL
Panelists: Donny Cates, David Nakayama, Eric & Julia Lewald, Jesse Falcon and the Hasbro Marvel Brand Team
The Hasbro Marvel product experts will discuss some exciting news around Hasbro’s ever popular MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES action figure line! Viewers will also get a sneak peek of upcoming, never before seen Marvel action figures plus some special surprises as well.
In a press release, DC announced that DC FanDome shattered last year’s viewership with 66 million views worldwide to date from the streaming event on October 16. The virtual event drew fans from around the world to immerse themselves in the DC Multiverse with exclusive first-looks and behind-the-scenes previews from highly anticipated feature films, live-action and animated television series, games, comics, home entertainment releases and more.
DC FanDome was a truly global experience, available to fans in 12 languages and in over 220 countries. Fans shared their excitement on social media, with DC FanDome trending #1 on Twitter for eight hours in the US. DC FanDome also trended in the Top 50 in 53 countries around the world.
The views exceeded expectations tripling the traffic from the 2020 event. The single day event brought together comics, television, film and more for a digital event highlighting what’s to come for DC.
DC FanDome was streamed live on October 16 on DCFanDome.com and over 50 livestreams across multiple social platforms, including YouTube, Twitch, Facebook and Twitter, around the world, with hundreds of other outlets re-broadcasting.
A new exhibition at the Library of Congress explores how comic books have permeated popular entertainment and influenced U.S. culture, highlighting selections from the Stephen A. Geppi Collection that was generously donated to the national library in 2018.
“Geppi Gems” is now open in the Library’s Graphic Arts Gallery through mid-March 2022. A second rotation with items is planned planned for spring 2022. The exhibition now features 33 items from the collection of more than 3,000 cartoons, comic books and related items in the Geppi Collection.
The wide range of rare comics on view span genres including Walt Disney’s iconic characters, westerns, superheroes, science fiction, horror, sports, music and entertainment.
The exhibition explores the role of early newspapers in the development of comic books and characters. As a nod to the collection’s founder, the exhibition also represents the major themes of the former Geppi Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, which operated between 2006 and 2018.
Highlights of the exhibition include:
Popeye in an early syndicated newspaper comic strip from 1931 when the character’s popularity was exploding.
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck during their rise in popularity as animated characters. Walt Disney understoond the role of marketing his characters so that they would be instantly recognizable.
AnnieOakley,WyattEarp and SteveMcQueenas characters from America’s Wild West translated from Western novels to radio, comics, film and television.
Superman’s history with Action Comics and the birth of the comic book superhero from DC Comics, along with examples from the history of Batman and Robin, and Wonder Woman.
Black Panther’s self-titled debut from Marvel Comics in 1977 and the story of Captain America in The Avengers before he became one of the most popular comic book characters today.
Science fiction’s history in comics with examples of dramatic visual expression, including Weird Science and Science and Invention.
Terrifying creatures of horror that were brought to visual life through comics in magazines like Creepy.
Sports as represented through comic books and cartoon art, including Babe Ruth Sports.
Pop culture represented in posters, magazines and collectibles promoting musicians through graphic art, including Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, TheJackson5and more.
Free timed entry tickets are available for visitors to the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. To plan a visit and reserve tickets, go to loc.gov/visit. Tickets will be released on a rolling 30-day basis. For online versions of the Library’s exhibitions, visit loc.gov/exhibits.