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Amazing Spider-Man #77

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Amazing Spider-Man #77 (Marvel) – “Beyond” has been a solid new direction for the Spider-Man titles and Kelly Thompson steps in as writer and Sara Pichelli as artist of this issue. We’re excited to see what they do with the new focus.

Ant #1 (Image Comics) – After a week delay, we get to see Erik Larsen’s take on the classic character. Can’t wait to see what Larsen does with a brand-new ongoing series.

Comrade Kill (Adhouse Books) – “A Cold War super soldier accidentally wakes from a cryogenic freeze long after the war has ended to find out his existence is now meaningless. Being too dumb to reconcile this he goes out into the wild to satisfy a pointless mission objective that no one asked him to do.” That sounds too awesome to not check out.

Cross to Bear #1 (AfterShock) – Jack the Ripper ran to the Wild West and is being pursued by The Order, descendants of Crusaders sworn to eradicate the unnatural.

DC vs. Vampires #1 (DC Comics) – It’s the Justice League vs. Vampires!

The Harbinger #1 (Valiant) – Harbinger is back and we’re so excited for this new volume and direction. This is a series that is likely to be the center of the Valiant world going forward and we want to see where it all goes.

Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club #1 (Dark Horse) – We’re always excited for a new Hellboy series which tend to do a solid job of balancing the big meta picture and being accessible for new readers.

House of Slaughter #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Something is Killing the Children is a hit and we want to see how this new spin-off series is handled.

Inferno #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of setup as the end game of Jonathan Hickman’s vision for the X-Men begins. Here’s hoping things really get rolling here.

Primordial #2 (Image Comics) – A brand-new series from Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino that puts a twist on the space race with an alternative take on history.

Search for Hu #2 (AfterShock) – The first issue was great with dips into generally not known history when it comes to Jewish migration mixed with action and family drama.

Swamp Dogs #1 (Scout Comics/Black Caravan) – Confederate soldiers are brought back to life by Voodoo and crave flesh!

Task Force Z #1 (DC Comics) – Task Force X saw villains working their way to freedom. Task Force Z will see dead villains working for a new chance at life! Well ok then.

Tiny Dancer (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) – Sien Cherson Siegel’s second graphic novel about her life in ballet.

The Winchester Mystery House #1 (Source Point Press) – The house is pretty famous and we’re intrigued into how you turn it into a comic series.

Review: Live/Work #2

Live/Work #2

What tries a friendship, better than a crisis? Anyone can be friends when things are going great. As you can connect with people, common friends, interests, and sometimes simple geography plays into that. It reminds me of a friend I made back in high school. We had one friend in common. Eventually, we would become close and to this day it has outlasted most of our other friendships.

We had each other’s backs in some of our most dire situations and even then we knew were a phone call away. It became this litmus test to which I compare all of my other relationships to. Though some are similar, mine with them aren’t the same. Who do you call in a crisis? In the second issue of Live/Work, our characters come together to save a work of art before a showcase.

In one story, the team works all night to get an art installation put together in time, sacrificing everything for art. In a different story, a mysterious stranger brings in a weird object into the pawn shop, which causes everyone to wonder what exactly it is. Meanwhile, the gang searches throughout the five boroughs for a new space, one that they all can agree on.

Overall, a funny, interesting, and entertaining issue in this series about a group of artists/friends. The story by Pat Palermo is exciting and hilarious. The art by Palermo is engaging. Altogether, this series proves why Palermo is a voice everyone wants to pay attention to.

Story: Pat Palermo Art: Pat Palermo
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Live Work #1

Live Work #1

Who doesn’t love a good origin story, even when it comes to real people? I remember watching Nowhere Boy a few years ago and found out more about The Beatles than I ever knew. The movie explored John Lennon’s adolescent years and how he met the other members of the band. It also showed his relationship with his absentee mother and his aunt and uncle who raised him.

Needless to say, there’s something quite charming about origin stories when it comes to superheroes. The miniseries Ororo: Before The Storm gave readers the missing years before Storm became the character everyone loves. In those origin tales, we see how the heroes became who they are through their trials and tribulations. In the debut issue of Live Work, we meet a group of artists, right before the 2007 Financial Crash, as they find their way in the world.

We meet Rich and Gary, two young artists who were sharing a space with a few local artists, when one of them decides not to share the space anymore, it leaves the rest of them to look for a space to work. We also meet Veronica and Martha, as one of their works of art, is being moved around a local gallery, to a space less prominent. We also meet Mike, who doesn’t want the space any longer and Ronnie, a pretentious prim donna, who thins everyone’s art is lesser than his. By issue’s end, all their paths cross as we delightfully find out all the idiosyncrasies about each of our protagonists.

Overall, the debut issue is a beautiful love letter to just about every type of artist there is. The storylines by Pat Palermo are delightful and amusing. The art by Palermo is vivid and gorgeous. Altogether, it’s an excellent story that gives readers a day in the life of these interesting characters.

Story: Pat Palermo Art: Pat Palermo
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Expansion

Most casual readers dismiss science fiction as escapists fare. This is one unintended benefit of reading within the genre, but as one writer at another website, called it, protest fiction. The most popular example of this theory, is The Handmaid’s Tale, which in large, talked about the society’s widespread misogyny. Atwood expertly dissected each stereotype, making the reader look at the microaggressions that are all over society.

As good fiction makes you think, but good science fiction allows you to be entertained and think, as it expands your mind. What other genre of fiction, can say they made a child want to become a microbiologist or a surgeon? This genre develops minds, as its readers, considers the science within the stories. So, when I read Matt Sheean and Malachi Ward’s Expansion, it raised those same moral questions and in-depth scientific research.

We are taken to the middle of a temporal disturbance, where two spaceships, one from an advanced civilization and another from a divisive cult are stuck, one longer than the other. The crew from advanced civilization boards the other, where they time gap expands every minute they are there. Soon, a discovery of an ancient human society, leads to tempers flaring between the two crews, leading a skirmish between the two crews. By Book’s end, Darwinism wins, even when quantum physics is involved.

Overall, a great book that starts off as a captive story, but ultimately questions humans’ reaction to consequences. The story by Sheean and Ward, is quite profound. The art by Sheean and Ward is gorgeous. Altogether, a page turner that leaves its readers shook to the core.

Story and Art: Matt Sheean and Malachi Ward
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Afrodisiac

Blaxploitation was one of those genres growing up that I only heard about in passing, as most of those movies I was not able to see until I was a teenager. When I did discover it, one of the first movies I saw was Hammer. Fred Williamson’s screen presence was more than stoic, it was a new standard of cool. I would go on to watch that movies several times, and several more of films, including Black Caesar.

As I delved more into the genre and started going through the many films were produced during this era, in many ways, they were not only trying to imitate the success of Hammer but also the emulate the appeal of the character. MGM even adapted the Shaft book series, which provided a far denser canvas than what has been put on celluloid, as David Walker’s miniseries at Dynamite, best captured the complexity of the character. What both of these movie franchises provided, was showing the that people of color, especially black men, can be action heroes. In Jim Rugg’s and Brian Maruca’s Afrodisiac, they provided hero of the same mold, in what is a love letter to the genre.

In the first tale, “Shockocon”, Afrodisiac, whose real name is Alan Deasler, and works as a janitor, but is a hero during the day, is captured by his arch nemesis, the Shocker. He easily escapes Shocker’s goons who happen to be female assassins, by simply charming them. In the second tale, “She Came from Venus” an alien ship touches down in Wilkesborough, his city, and out comes an attractive alien, who hypnotizes every man she encounters, except for Afrodisiac, and ultimately turns on the tables on, President Nixon. In” Sting! Stang!”, he foils a CIA operation to capture him, by seducing the agent. In “Punch Card Preach”, he must fight his way through a research lab while undergoing multiple mind tricks and menacing minions. In” It’s Not the Size of The God in the Fight”, he gets into a fight with Hercules ad beat him into submission. In “Night of the Monster Cockroach”, he fights a kaiju sized monster and saves the girl. In “Death for the Afrodisiac”, he finds out that Death is a woman and he saves a bank from a KKK sniper. In “Out for Blood, Sucker”, He takes on Dracula in a no holds barred fight. In the final adventure,” Fallout”, a fight with his last villain leads him to seek a new life and reinvent himself.

Overall, a fun set of stories that captures the era, that is both a parody ad love letter to this lauded era of movies and music. The stories by Brian Maruca are very tongue in cheek, never taking itself too seriously but taking on the sociopolitical issues of the time. The art by Jim Rugg is like a capsule in time, as it is very much true to the era. Altogether, a book that will take you back in many ways and that is a great thing.

Story: Brian Maruca Art: Jim Rugg
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Tarantula

Growing up, having older family members who were also film buffs, I got exposed to movies that probably only film students get to see, at any age. I remember the first time, I saw Pink Flamingos, I was pretty freaked out. I remember the first time, I saw The Howling, and thought that Australians knew how to make movies better than we do. I also remembered when I watched The Good the Bad and The Ugly, and being blown away not only by Eastwood’s use of visual cues but also by Sergio Leone’s understanding of human nature.

This led me to dig more into European cinema, specifically the ones made by Italian directors, and I found some masterful ones, even the pulpy ones. The movies made by Dario Argento and Mario Bava, were the ones that intrigued me, as they understood their audience and the real meaning of entertainment value. What these two auteurs also brought to the world of film and of entertainment, is a genre all by itself, “Satanic Noir”, a genre that blended exploitation movies with elements of Devil worship. I thought for sure, most of those movies were of a bygone era, that is until I read Tarantula, which brought me back to that period when I discovered those movies.

In this book, we find three agents trying to bring order to a world in the throes of bedlam, as the reader meets a mayor who works for the devil. The first and most prominent of the characters, Tarantula, is investigating a string of deaths involving politicians, and something called Penumbra, where she must seek the help of certain sketchy individuals like Mister Muerte and Sombra. The reader soon finds out, the villain behind all of this, is an underworld figure known simply as Doctor Mandinga. By book’s end, our band of heroes vanquishes this evil, and Tarantula can this case as closed.

Overall, an excellent book full of tropes form this unique genre that you may seem coking but you can’t keep your eyes off of, as the ride is too good. The story by Fabian Rangel, Jr. thrills with its twists and turns as he keeps the story moving at speeds that should be illegal. The art by Alexis Zirritt is of the time it is trying to evoke and proves to be a psychedelic ride. Altogether, a ride that you will want to take a few times over.

Story: Fabian Rangel, Jr. Art: Alexis Zirritt
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Talk Dirty To Me

AD.TALKDIRTY.CVR72ASex is such a weird topic to talk about. Not the “who is doing what with whom” aspect of it, but rather how society approaches topics surrounding sex. Issues of consent, masturbation, sexuality spectrums, sex work, and a whole host of other topics often get left behind, leaving people to struggle with processing it later in life. Sometimes unsuccessfully.

Talk Dirty To Me by Luke Howard is a book about one of those unsuccessful moments, where the views on sex of the main character are tied up in how she’s currently processing her life.

The book follows Emma Barns, a young woman who has moved to a new city from St. Louis with her husband. Not really sure what direction to take her life, Emma ends up applying to work at a phone sex hotline unbeknownst to him. Which leads to a lot of internal thoughts about her relationship with sex and how it plays into the kind of person she is now.

Emma’s story is probably one that will be familiar to a lot of readers of a particular age range, especially women. Discovering pornography through erotic manga and hentai fan art, discouraged from masturbation at a young age without her elders ever explaining what it actually was, her friends in high school encouraging her to perform oral sex on a boy she was interested in only to turn around and call her a slut after she did so, and processing her emotions towards that via over the top fantasy. While the story is nowhere near a one for one of my own, I hadn’t been so affected by a book talking about sex so honestly since reading Sex Criminals for the first time. The scene where Emma imagines talking about her future book about being a phone sex operator to Terry Gross and the gamut of late night hosts was especially relatable.

However, the book isn’t just immersed in Emma’s fantasies and her past, but rather how it all culminates in a cruel reality where Emma’s struggles with sex play directly into her struggles with a future uncertainty. The way Howard writes this compare and contrast is stark and heartbreaking, but again, all too familiar. Instead of being the bold woman who uses being a phone sex operator to come to terms with her sexuality and launch her future, she ends up being on the receiving end of one man’s addiction and breakdown, which causes her to retreat further back into her shell and stay afraid of the risks. It never feels shameful of sex work, but rather how this one particular character realizes that she may not be cut out for it for a myriad of reasons.

Howard’s art for the book walks that border between minimalistic and surreal, with no borders between panels, the linework and color being done only in pinks and blues, and no real designation of when the book trips from reality to fantasy. It feels natural, like a story being relayed back from the person who lived through it, all mushed together that even the fictions seem real and that the thought processes were all spoken aloud. The way Howard uses the pinks and blues to tell the story is especially beautiful and vibrant to the point it can sometimes be easy to forget that there are only two colors involved in the entire story.

Talk Dirty to Me is a story that even with the minimal colors and surreal art feels painfully real. Between the very honest and real way Emma correlates her relationship with sex with how she moves through life and how Howard uses the art to convey that, Talk Dirty to Me is resonant, even with how quickly the book reads.

Story: Luke Howard Art: Luke Howard
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

SPX 2013: Works by Ed Piskor, Seth and Jeff Smith Lead Debuting Books

Small Press Expo has announced that a record 183 titles (as of this posting) will make their first public appearance at SPX 2013, which will be held September 14 and 15. Showing the range and depth of the over 600 creators that will be at the show, this years debuts include:

  • Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1 by Ed Piskor from Fantagraphics
  • Palookaville 21 by Seth from Drawn & Quarterly
  • Delusional by Farel Dalrymple from Adhouse Books
  • RASL (Complete Hardback Color Edition) by Jeff Smith from Cartoon Books
  • World Map Room by Yuichi Yokoyama from Picturebox
  • Softcore #1,#2,#3  self published by Box Brown
  • The Fez #2 self published by Roger Langridge
  • Little Tommy Lost: Book No. 1 by Cole Closser from Koyama Press
  • The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers from Toon Books

Here’s a full list of the debuts along with descriptions and links to the books’ web sites.

The Small Press Expo is a fantastic convention just outside of Washington, DC that spotlights independent creators and publishers, they hold the Ignatz Award festival which recognizes outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

Profits from the SPX go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.

SPX also supports the Small Press Expo Collection at the Library of Congress, which preserves the history of both the artistic output of the creators who come to SPX, as well as the art that SPX itself generates as part of its yearly festival. It the first program of its type by a major institution in the United States to preserve the works of the indie comics community.

Small Press Expo

Small Press Expo announces the Enoch Pratt Free Library as the recipient of the 2012 SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program

The Small Press Expo (SPX) has announced the gift of $5000 in graphic novels to the Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore, Maryland. In a ceremony held this past Tuesday in the boardroom of the main branch of the Pratt Library in downtown Baltimore, SPX Executive Director Warren Bernard presented CEO Dr. Carla Hayden and members of her staff with the books.

Dr. Carla Hayden commented on the gift:

We are so honored and delighted that Small Press Expo has chosen the Pratt Library as this year’s recipient of their Graphic Novel Gift. It’s important to emphasize that reading is fun. Sometimes students get so busy they forget that there’s more to reading than just school texts.

This years gift of over 240 books comprising 40 different titles were chosen by the Pratt Library Collection Management Department and will be sent out to all the branches in the system.

SPX would like to thank Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, Adhouse Books and Top Shelf for their aid in supporting this important program.

The SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program is an expansion of the philanthropic and charitable endeavors that are part of its corporate charter, and is in addition to SPX’s annual support to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The targets of this program are public and academic library systems in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area as selected by the Small Press Expo.

The goals of this new program are:

  • Facilitate the availability of graphic novels to readers of all ages utilizing public and school libraries.
  • Promote learning and literacy through the availability of graphic novels at local libraries.
  • Provide library systems with additional resources by which they can purchase graphic novels and comics.

This years special bookplate contains art by artist and illustrator Adrian Tomine, whose work graces the covers of The New Yorker. The special bookplate were placed on all of the books donated by SPX. To see the book plate and for more information on the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, you can head to their website http://www.spxpo.com/graphic-novel-gift-program.

Paul Pope’s THB: Comics from Mars #2 Debuts at Baltimore Comic-Con!

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Paul Pope’s THB:  Comics from Mars #2 Debuts at Baltimore Comic-Con!


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 26, 2010 – AdHouse Books is proud to announce the Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Debut of THB: Comics from Mars #2 by Paul Pope.

This comic continues to add to the epic tale that is THB. It contains 6.5 stories (or thereabouts) that take you further into the world of HR Watson and all the androids, Martians, and cartoon characters that populate the red planet — still larger than life and just as sweet.

“This comic is the ‘sister’ to the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con THB: Comics from Mars #1, and we could not be happier than to be releasing it at the Baltimore show,” said Chris Pitzer, Adhouse Books Publisher. “It was all very last minute, but you wouldn’t know that from the quality of the stories.”

Paul Pope, creator of THB, been called the “Comics Destroyer”, the “Jim Morrison of comics”, and “Comics’ Petit Prince”. His work has won multiple Eisner Awards and has been part of a major collection of DKNY.

Paul’s return to the Baltimore Comic-Con this year features a panel discussion on Sunday from 3-4 titled: PAUL POPE VS. BOB SCHRECK – A CAGED EVENT. Don’t miss this satisfaction-guaranteed, fists-a-flying blood match by joining award-winning multi-talented storyteller, Paul Pope, in an examination of his creative process and how he suffers under the heel of his terrifying editor.

THB #2

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The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to announce the following last-minute additions to the show:  Dave Elliott (Shark-Man), Daniel Krall (Murderland), Tom Scioli (Godland), Stephen Scott (Murderland).

Previously announced guests of the 2010 Baltimore Comic-Con include: Dave Aikins (SpongeBob Squarepants), Mike and Laura Allred (Madman), Sergio Aragones (Groo), J.D. Arnold (BB Wolf and the 3 LPs), Nelson Blake II (Magdalena), Ivan Brandon (Nemesis:  The Imposters), Danna Bremer (Zuda Comics Crew), Tom Brevoort (Executive Editor, Marvel Comics), Rebecca Buchman (Brightest Day), Buzz (JSA), Jim Calafiore (Secret Six), Eric Canete (New Avengers:  Luke Cage), Tommy Castillo (Moon Lake), Bernard Chang (Prince of Persia), Howard Chaykin (Black Kiss), Sean Chen (Nova), Cliff Chiang (Greendale), Mark Chiarello (Editor, DC Comics), Frank Cho (Ultimate Comics New Ultimates), Mike Choi (X-Force), Kevin Colden (I Rule The Night), Steve Conley (Star Trek Omnibus: The Original Series), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Shane Davis (Superman:  Earth One), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), Alex Eckman-Lawn (Awakening), Ian Edginton (Victorian Undead), Steve Ellis (High Moon), Fillbach Brothers sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Ramona Fradon (Namora), Francesco Francavilla (The Green Hornet:  Year One), John Gallagher (Buzzboy), David Gallaher (High Moon), SL Gallant (G.I. Joe), Kate Glasheen (Hybrid Bastards!), Dan Govar (Azure), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics), Ron Garney (Wolverine:  Weapon X), Sterling Gates (Supergirl), Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar), Mike Gold (Editor, ComicMix Graphic Novels from IDW), Michael Golden (Marvel 1602:  Spider-Man), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Randy Green (New X-Men), Brad Guigar (Evil Inc.), Gabriel Hardman (Atlas), Tony Harris (Justice League: Generation Lost), Dean Haspiel (ACT-I-VATE), Marc Hempel (Absolute Sandman), Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four), Greg Horn (Green Lantern), Jason Horn (Ninjasaur), Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Klaus Janson (Daredevil), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Van Jensen (Pinocchio:  Vampire Slayer), Dave Johnson (Deadpool), J.G. Jones (DC Universe Legacies), Joe Jusko (Red Sonja), Denis Kitchen (Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen), Barry Kitson (Iron Man 2 Prequel), Rich Koslowski (BB Wolf and the 3 LPs), Jason Kruse (World of Quest), Greg LaRocque (The Exiled), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Jason Latour (I Am An Avenger), Norman Lee (New Mutants), Jay Leisten (Uncanny X-Men), Steve Lieber (Underground), Joe Linsner (Dawn:  Not To Touch The Earth), Luna Brothers (The Sword), David Mack (Kabuki), Mike Maihack (Comic Book Tattoo), Clay Mann (X-Men Legacy), Laura Martin (Girl Comics), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Todd McFarlane – Saturday only (Spawn), Mark McKenna (Banana Tail), Mike McKone (Avengers Academy), Bob McLeod (New Mutants Forever), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), JD Mettler (Justice League: Generation Lost), Pop Mhan (Ender’s Game: Mazer In Prison), Terry Moore (Echo, SiP), Mark Morales (Siege), Chris Moreno (Toy Story), Chip “Cuddles” Mosher (Left on Mission, Marketing Director, Boom! Studios), Sean Murphy (Joe the Barbarian), Jamar Nicholas (Radiskull & Devil Doll: Radiskull Hate Love), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Phil Noto (Avengers:  The Origin), Sonia Oback (X-Force), Denny O’Neil (Batman), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex), Dan Panosian (X-Factor Forever), Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts), Andrew Pepoy (Jack of Fables), Lauren Perry (Blank-ees), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Extinction), Matthew Petz (War of the Woods), Chris Pitzer (Publisher, Adhouse Books), Paul Pope (Wednesday Comics), Eric Powell (The Goon), Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Jack Purcell (Gotham City Sirens), Mike Raicht (The Stuff of Legend), Tom Raney (Black Widow:  Deadly Origin), Rico Renzi (The Perhapanauts), Chris Roberson (I, Zombi), Andrew Robinson (Halo), James Robinson (Justice League of America), Dave Rodriguez (Starkweather: Immortal), Budd Root (Cavewoman), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes), Stephane Roux (Zatanna), Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac), Filip Sablik (The Asset, Top Cow Pubisher), Tim Sale courtesy of Hero Initiative (Captain America White), Ian Sattler (Editor, DC Comics), Alex Saviuk (Stan Lee and the Super Seven), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker’s Death Ship), Bob Schreck (Jurassic Park), Jim Shooter (Magnus, Robot Fighter), Louise Simonson (X-Factor Forever), Walter Simonson (Thor), Andy Smith (WildC.A.T.S.), John K. Snyder III (The A-Team:  Shotgun Wedding), Allison Sohn (Star Wars sketchcard artist), Val Staples (Criminal), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), Jim Starlin (Dreadstar), Chris Staros (Publisher, Top Shelf), Brian Stelfreeze (The Authority:  The Lost Year), Paul D. Storrie (Twilight Crusade:  Gabriel), Karl Story (Zatanna), Dirk Strangely (Jim Henson’s Legends of the Dark Crystal), André Szymanowicz (Elephantmen), Billy Tan (Shadowland), Nick Tapalansky (Awakening), Richard Thompson (Cul-de-Sac), Ben Templesmith sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics (Choker), Mark Texeira (X-Men:  Origins), Bobby and Peter Timony (The Night Owls), Bob Tinnell (Lone Justice), Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), Dean Trippe (Superior Showcase), Timothy Truman (Conan the Cimmerian), Billy Tucci (Shi), Ted Tucker (Buzzboy), Dexter Vines (Ultimate Avengers), Neil Vokes (Superman Adventures), Doug Wagner (World of Warcraft:  Horde), Matt Wagner (The Green Hornet:  Year One), Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Chief Creative Officer, Boom! Studios), Mark Wheatley (Lone Justice), Ron Wilson (Marvel Two-In-One), Mike Witmer (44 Union Avenue), Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans), John Workman (Heavy Metal), Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), Kelly Yates (Doctor Who: 2010 Annual), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes), and Chrissie Zullo (Cinderella:  From Fabletown With Love).

Publishers exhibiting in 2010 include Archaia Comics, Adhouse Books, Boom! Studios, IDWImage Comics, Top Cow Productions, and Top Shelf Comix.


As always, the latest developments on the Baltimore Comic-Con can always be found at our website (http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/baltimorecomics), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/baltimorecomiccon), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/baltimorecomics), and ComicSpace (http://www.comicspace.com/baltimorecomicon) pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 28-29, 2010. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 28th.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 11th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 28-29, 2010.  For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards.  With a history of over 20 years, the last 5 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories.  They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.  For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.