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Join the Comics Industry at The Harvey Awards during the Baltimore Comic Con

the harvey awardsThe evening of Saturday, September 3, 2016 you can head to the Harvey Award Ceremony and participate in an experience like none other in Comic Fandom. You will have an opportunity to see Harvey Awards nominees, along with some of the top talent in the industry. The Harvey Awards ceremony will honor the award recipients and induct two creators into the Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame. In addition, The Hero Initiative will present their annual awards.

Harvey Awards tickets are on sale NOW! Tickets to the event, which includes a full cocktail hour (cash bar), full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore Crabcake!), the awards ceremony, and a gift bag, are now available for $125. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door, so please make your purchase today.

Following a cocktail hour where you can rub elbows with industry professionals and fans alike, this exciting evening will be highlighted by our returning host Vivek J. Tiwary, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, and the founder of multi-platform arts and entertainment company Tiwary Entertainment Group.

Vivek will welcome presenters to the stage, including comics professional like Amy Chu, Katie Cook, Denis Kitchen, Hope Larson, Terry Moore, David Petersen, Louise and Walter Simonson, Mark Waid, and Dirk Wood.

In addition, you will be witness to the honoring of legendary comics talent being recognized for their contributions to the industry. The Hall of Fame inductees will be Carl Barks and Al Jaffee. From our friends at The Hero Initiative, the 2016 Hero Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to Joe Giella. Please join us in honoring this legendary group!

The first 300 attendees purchasing tickets for this comic event of the fall will receive a gift bag. This year’s gift bag is a wonderful collection of books, including such treasures as The Fifth Beatle Collector’s Edition from Dark Horse Comics, Ghosts and Girls of Fiction House from IDW Publishing, and The School for Good and Evil. In addition to this wonderful book, expect contributions from other publishers as well, including Abrams ComicArts, Action Lab Entertainment, Inc., Archie Comic Publications, Book Blaze, BOOM! Studios, Diamond Select Toys, Hakes Americana & Collectibles, PCB Productions, Soho Press, Valiant Entertainment, and Wildside Press.

2016 sponsors include:

Presenting Sponsors: Baltimore Comic-Con, Cards Comics & Collectibles

Gold Sponsors: BOOM! Studios, Geppi Family Enterprises, Line Webtoons & DeviantArt

Silver Sponsors: Akuna Entertainment, Borderlands Comics & Games, ComicMix, Hakes Americana & Collectibles, Insight Studios Group, Painted Visions Comics, The School for Good and Evil, Valiant Entertainment

CGC and Valiant Unveil “The Future of Valiant” Custom Label – Debuting at Baltimore Comic-Con 2016

The Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) and Valiant Entertainment have teamed up to create Valiant’s first-ever custom art CGC label, spotlighting the slate of characters behind the award-winning publisher’s upcoming “Future of Valiant” wave of new series and prestige-format projects. Featuring artwork by Valiant-exclusive artist Diego Bernard and strictly limited to just 500 pieces, this limited-edition certification label will make its debut on site at Baltimore Comic-Con on September 2nd and will be made available for encapsulation as an add-on feature when grading any Valiant title past or present during Baltimore Comic-Con.

Customers will be able to purchase “The Future of Valiant” custom label in CGC’s Blue Universal Designation for an additional $5 fee at CGC’s Baltimore Comic-Con booth (#901) or online while supplies last.

Featuring long-time Valiant icons, including Faith, the Harbinger Renegades, and Bloodshot alongside the publisher’s next ascendant superhero stars, like Generation Zero, Savage, and Divinity, Valiant’s first-ever CGC label is the latest celebration of the upcoming “Future of Valiant” publishing slate, which was first announced with an exclusive live broadcast from New York’s renowned Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in May.

Spanning seven series in total, “The Future of Valiant” is an all-new wave of ongoing series, prestige format projects, and standalone events from a star-studded roster of some of comics’ most visionary talents – each introducing an innovative array of new concepts and characters…and firmly establishing Valiant’s place as the premier publisher of creative storytelling in comics today:

  • Faith #1 by Jody Houser, Pere Perez & Marguerite Sauvage in July
  • Generation Zero #1 by Fred Van Lente & Francis Portela in August
  • Britannia #1 (of 4) by Peter Milligan & Juan Jose Ryp in September
  • Bloodshot U.S.A. #1 (of 4) by Jeff Lemire & Doug Braithwaite in October
  • Harbinger Renegades #1 by Rafer Roberts & Darick Roberston in November
  • Savage #1 (of 4) by B. Clay Moore, Clayton Henry & Lewis LaRosa in November
  • Divinity III: Stalinverse #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt & Trevor Hairsine in December

“The Future of Valiant” custom label marks the second collaboration between Valiant Entertainment and CGC, following on from the success of the VALIANT x CGC REPLICA VARIANT SERIES – a first-of-its-kind line of shelf covers spotlighting the heroes of the Valiant Universe in printed reproductions of CGC’s trademark grading cases with artwork by acclaimed artists Clayton Henry and Pere Perez.

Plus, only at Baltimore Comic-Con: Visit Valiant at booth #2008 to join the celebration of the 1,000,000th copy of X-O MANOWAR sold since the series’ 2012 debut with the X-O Manowar 1,000,000th Copy Commemorative Seal! Fans who purchase or provide copies of X-O Manowar #49 (any cover) at the Valiant booth will be afforded the opportunity to have their copy embossed with an official Valiant 1,000,000th copy seal – designed in honor of X-O Manowar’s legendary achievement and forever commemorating a new milestone in Valiant history – free of charge!

Baltimore Comic-Con 2016’s Panel Programming Announced

Baltimore Comic Con 2016The 17th annual Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of September 2-4, 2016. Tickets are available now for General Admission, VIP, and Harvey Awards! The convention this week has released their panel schedule so you can get prepared as to what you plan on seeing!

Friday will feature a panel on our 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook featuring the cast of Archie Comics, a spotlight on J.M. DeMatteis, and numerous panels featuring some of the industry’s largest publishers including DC, IDW, and Valiant Entertainment

Saturday, publisher panels include Marvel, BOOM! Studios, and Archie, spotlight panels on Joe Giella, Al Jaffee, John McCrea, Guest of Honor Kevin Eastman, and media guests Candice Patton, Kristian Nairn, and Sean Astin, and a drawing demonstration from Adam Hughes.

Sunday, learn about the connection between music and comics, world building, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and attend spotlights on Steve Englehart, Howard Chaykin, Soman Chainani, and media guest Hayley Atwell!

We also continue our series of cosplay-oriented panels throughout the weekend, featuring topics of interest to both participants and spectators alike.

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

2:30-3:30Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here!

You’ve seen the reviews, you’ve heard the buzz… Now find out why Valiant Entertainment has taken fans and critics by storm as the most acclaimed comic book publisher! Join us here for a one-of-a-kind introduction to the largest and most acclaimed independent superhero universe in comics! From X-O Manowar and Faith to Bloodshot Reborn and Divinity, get the stories behind Valiant’s biggest heroes and find out where to jump on board right here with an in-depth tutorial that’s perfect for new fans!

 

3:45-4:45DC Comics: Rebirth

Moderator: Dan DiDio
Talent: Keith Giffen, Tom King, Hope Larson, Paul Levitz, Yanick Paquette, James Tynion IV
DC Comics is the talk of fandom, thanks to Rebirth, Hanna Barbera, and overall, great storytelling! Find out what’s new and upcoming from some of your favorite key DC Comics contributors whose unique voices add to the DC Comics experience!

5:00-6:00IDW Publishing: The Big Panel!

Come experience the latest from IDW! Join VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, along with the legendary Walter Simonson and other surprise guests as they detail current plans, awesome futuristic plans, and much more. Prizes, announcements, and Q & A! More than that too, but what else do you need?

Room 343-344

2:30-3:30J.M. DeMatteis Spotlight

Award-winning writer J.M. DeMatteis began his career in the late-’70s working on DC Comics’ horror line of books. In 1980, he moved over to Marvel, where he worked on The Defenders and Captain America. He is currently working with long-time collaborator, Keith Giffen on DC’s Scooby Apocalypse, as well as The Adventures of the Augusta Wind Vol. 2: The Last Story and The Last One from IDW Publishing. Join DeMatteis, along with moderator Robert Greenberger, for a look back at his amazing career!

3:45-4:45Power Pack Panel

The Power children – Alex, Julie, Jack, and Katie -have an encounter with a spaceship and become the super team, Power Pack! Power Pack was a surprise hit for Marvel in the 1980s and the characters remain popular today. Join creators Louise Simonson and June Brigman for a fond look back at the early days of Power Pack!

5:00-6:30Drawing with Allison Sohn

Join Allison Sohn as she takes a penciled drawing all the way through to a finished color portrait using Copic Markers and other tools. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions while Allison works, and have some fun while picking up some pointers and new tricks!

Room 345-346

2:30-3:30Cosplay 101

Who should you cosplay? How do you put a costume together? What about props? What should you know your first time out on the con floor as a cosplayer? Come learn from cosplay veterans about how to get started, how to put your costume together, and some great tips for strutting your stuff.

3:45-4:45Ray VS. Rob Presents: Crucial Crisis Comics!

Ray and Rob are back and CRAZIER than ever! They will fight…we mean debate comics and movies 2016, and they will be introducing CRUCIAL CRISIS COMICS! The upstart independent comic company! What are they about? What do they offer? Find out with Ray VS. Rob!

5:00-6:00Sewing Patterns

Ever have trouble finding a pattern for a costume you’re making? Do you break out into a cold sweat when you pull pattern pieces out of an envelope? Does the idea of modifying a pattern overwhelm you? Put a stop to the fear–Han is here to teach you about sewing patterns, how to read and use them, and tips and tricks for modifying your patterns.

Room 347-348

2:30-3:30Making Comics: Behind the Scenes

Ever wonder how your favorite monthly comics are made? It’s a team effort with plenty of challenges. Learn what everyone does and why, from editor to writer, penciller, inker, and colorist. A panel of pros will walk you through how a book is made, what the challenges are, and where the magic happens. Panelists include: writer Amy Chu (DC Comics/Vertigo), artist Dominike Stanton, inker Mark Morales (Spider-Man, Thor), and writer/editor Louise Simonson.

3:45-4:45The Archie Comics: Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook Panel!

Artists from across the industry have come together to put their spin on the Archie characters for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook! Learn about how Archie and the gang have impacted their lives and why everyone’s favorite teens are flexible enough to be drawn in any style! Join designer Thom Zahler and artists Andrew Pepoy, Brandon Peterson, Steve Conley, Barry Kitson, and Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito for this Archie art showcase panel!

5:00-6:00The Pulp Roots of Comics

Before Bruce Wayne saw his first bat, millionaire playboys, scientists, detectives, and athletes fought against the forces of evil in the dime pulp magazines. Reading these inspired the first generation of comic book creators, so join Howard Chaykin, Paul Levitz, and Ron Marz in a lively discussion of what made them tick and why those heroes endure today. Moderated by Robert Greenberger.

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

4:00-5:00Drawing Cartoon Werewolves with Chris Flick

Vampires seem to be the “cool” monsters these days. Werewolves never get any love. But Chris Flick will show you step-by-step how to create a lovable, cute cartoon werewolf using suggestions from the crowd!

5:00-6:00Cosplay Crafts with Gina Super Sox

Gina makes clothing for superheroes to wear! Okay, they are everyday folks dressed as superheroes, but she makes them look super. The seamstress of Super Sox Shop will discuss making clothing and fabric crafts. She’ll also help you design your own felt superhero symbol to take home and attach to a shirt or cape.

Saturday 

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

Room 339-342

11:00-12:00Archie Comics: 75 Years of Storytelling

Celebrate the 75th Aanniversary of Archie and the gang in this must-see panel featuring writers and artists from your favorite Archie Comics! Join Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito, Archie writer Mark Waid, Betty & Veronica writer/artist Adam Hughes, and Afterlife With Archie artist Francesco Francavilla for a look back on what has made Archie great for 75 years and a look ahead at what’s coming next!

12:15-1:15Tom King and Jamie S. Rich in Conversation

The Sheriff of Babylon is the amazing tale of mystery and intrigue set in Baghdad in 2003. Drawing on his personal experiences, writer Tom King spins an engrossing tale. King sits down with Vertigo Group Editor Jamie S. Rich to discuss the series, making comics, and their respective careers.

1:30-2:30Kevin Eastman Spotlight

Kevin Eastman is the co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a publisher, a supporter of creator rights, and so much more. Join our Guest of Honor for a revealing look at his amazing career!

2:45-3:45Al Jaffee Spotlight

For decades, Al Jaffee got readers to crease the back cover of Mad Magazine to find the secret behind his Mad Fold-Ins, gave readers “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions”, is the subject of the biography Al Jaffee’s Mad Life, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Learn more about the man and his work as we turn the spotlight on the Reuben Award-winning cartoonist!

4:00-5:00The Marvel Panel

Civil War II has ended and it’s a new era of Marvel NOW! What’s next for some of your favorite Marvel characters and team? Join Greg Pak, Charles Soule, Ed McGuinness, and Mark Waid for an exciting look at the Marvel Universe!

5:15-6:45Monetize YOUR Comics – LINE WEBTOON Discover

Making comics and you can too! LINE Webtoon’s Tom Akel will walk you through how to publish and monetize your own IP on the Discover platform and Patreon’s Heather Wilder will provide details on a new partnership between LINE Webtoon and Patreon and how creators can take advantage of a new Webtoon creator investment program. Hear from creators who have published their work through Discover while building huge audiences, including Kaitlyn Narvaza (Siren’s Lament, Where Tangents Meet), Boredman (Apocalyptic Horseplay/UndeadEd) and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook).

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00Drawing Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs remain fascinating in popular culture from films (King Kong, Jurassic Park) to novels (The Lost World, Jurassic Park) to comics (Xenozoic Tales, Devil Dinosaur). Join artists Mark Schultz, Eric Powell, Walter Simonson, and Frank Cho as they discuss bringing these prehistoric beasts to life on the page! Moderated by Robert Greenberger.

12:15-1:15The Process of Writing

One of the big questions asked of writers is “how do you do it?” That’s difficult to answer because there are many ways to write. Join writers J.M. DeMatteis, Paul Storrie, Amy Chu, Mark Waid, and Hope Larson as they discuss how they write. Moderated by Robert Greenberger.

1:30-2:30Valiant: The Future of Valiant and Beyond

With a record-setting 50 Harvey Award nominations, Valiant Entertainment is the most acclaimed publisher anywhere in comics today. Now, find out what’s next for powerhouse series like Faith, Generation Zero, Britannia, Blodshoot U.S.A., Harbinger Renegades, Savage, and Divinity III: Stalinverse right here with an all-star cast of panelists including Fred Van Lente (Generation Zero) and B. Clay Moore (Savage)! The future of Valiant starts here with an exclusive round of news and announcements – only at Baltimore Comic-Con!

2:45-3:45BOOM! Studios: Discover New Worlds

Love reading compelling, forward-thinking comics? Interested in finding out how multiple-award-winning top 10 publisher, BOOM! Studios, has spent over a decade committed to telling great stories and nurturing talent? Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing) discusses with creators Hope Larson (Goldie Vance), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), James Asmus (Kong of Skull Island), and Frank Cho (Skybourne) how they explore the ever-changing comics landscape, their newest stories, and the types of projects needed in the industry.

4:00-5:00John McCrea Spotlight

You know John McCrea from his work on The Demon, Hitman, Mars Attacks!, and much more. This is his only convention appearance in the U.S. this year, so don’t miss this opportunity to hear this fantastic artist talk about art and comics!

5:15-6:15Draw with Adam Hughes

Join Adam Hughes while his wife Allison Sohn helps narrate his process of going from a blank sheet of paper to a completed grayscale sketch using Warm and Cool Gray Copic markers and other tools. Adam and Allison will endeavor to answer your questions and share tips and tricks while Adam draws.

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00Cosplay on a Budget

You know you want to cosplay, but how can you do it without draining your wallet? Come check out some simple and creative tips and tricks for maintaining a budget while making epic cosplay.

12:15-1:15Building Foam Armor

Join us as we discuss how to use EVA and craft foam to enhance your costume fabrication! This lightweight and inexpensive material is a perfect resource for the beginning cosplayer. In this introductory level panel, learn the steps to creating your own cosplay armor as we discuss patterns, sealing, and strapping.

1:30-2:30DIY Cosplay

As cosplay has grown, many have seen very elaborate cosplay that may cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Many do not realize however that sometimes, many of the tools and props needed to cosplay we either have right at home or can be made on our own. In this panel, we will talk about how some cosplays that we want to make may be right under our nose. Hosted by Harry Crosland.

2:45-3:45Visionary Panel: Super-Powers Gone Wild!!

Visionary announces its first Kickstarter MEGA Project – a huge anthology collection of stories of super-powers gone wild, by a dream list of top creators! What happens when a superhuman plague sweeps the planet, thousands of people gaining powers but those powers are out of control? Is it the dawn of a Golden Age, or the final day of life as we know it? Get an epic comics event in one volume! Join a select group of these top creators for the first glimpse of this event and get in on the adventure!EXCLUSIVE: Attend and get an exclusive chance to be involved in this project in a way no one else will! Can you help shape a world? Confirmed: C. Edward Sellner, Gary Cohn, Ron Marz, Steve Ellis, Lee Moder

4:00-5:00Changing Roles of Editors

Editing is one of the least understood aspects of comics. Now’s your opportunity to learn more as well as how comic editing has changed over the years! Join past and current editors Paul Levitz, Louise Simonson, John Workman, Archie’s Mike Pellerito, and BOOM!’s Dafna Pleban as they look at the role of the editor.

5:15-6:15Darwyn Cooke Tribute

This past year, comics lost one of its modern greats and the Baltimore Comic-Con lost a friend. Join Frank Tieri, Billy Tucci, Dirk Wood, J.G. Jones, and more for this tribute to Darwyn Cooke.

Room 347-348

11:00-12:00New Mutants Panel

You couldn’t go wrong with Marvel’s Merry Mutants in the ’80s and ’90s, and one of the most popular teams was the New Mutants! Join writer Louise Simonson and artist Bret Blevins as they share stories of their time together on the book!

12:15-1:15The PERHAPANAUTS

Todd Dezago and Craig RousseauJohn and Cat Rousseau talk with famous chupacabra adventurer CHOOPIE about his life as a member of the secret team, The Perhapanauts, and about their recent journeys INTO HOLLOW EARTH!

1:30-2:30Joe Giella Spotlight

Joe Giella is one of the grand masters of comics and is known to his fans for his classic work on The Flash, Green Lantern, Batman, and more, including drawing the Mary Worth comic strip! Don’t pass up the opportunity to hear about Giella’s life and work from the man himself! Moderated by Robert Greenberger. Sponsored by The Hero Initiative, booth 1501.

2:45-3:45The Fifth Beatle: Exclusive TV Pilot Reading

A reading of scenes from The Fifth Beatle TV pilot script, adapted from the award-winning graphic novel based on the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and shooting in 2017. This will be followed by a discussion of the process of adaptation, using the selected readings to highlight and explore how the TV series will be both similar and different to the hit graphic novel. Additionally, exclusive new Kyle Baker art from the The Fifth Beatle: Expanded Edition graphic novel (Dark Horse / in stores Oct 25) will be revealed. Moderated by Patrick Reed.

4:00-5:00The Chaykin & Cho Show

Howard Chaykin (Midnight of the Soul, American Flagg!) and Frank Cho (Skybourne, Totally Awesome Hulk) sit down to talk about anything and everything! Join them for what is sure to be an amazing hour of outrageous conversation!

5:15-6:15Comics Creators Consuming Coffee: Baltimore Edition

Coffee keeps creators running. Popular comics creators discuss their work was they sample the world’s strongest coffee while chatting about their favorite foods and comics. With Amy Chu (writer Poison Ivy, KISS), Christy Blanch, Ron Marz, and Laura Martin.

Ballroom (4th Floor)

11:30Candice Patton Spotlight

Candice Patton can be seen as investigative reporter Iris West on The CW series The Flash! Don’t miss this spotlight panel as we look at Ms. Patton’s journey from The Young and The Restless to Central City!

12:30Kristian Nairn Spotlight

Kristian Nairn is best known for fan favorite Hodor on HBO’s Game of Thrones, but he’s also an accomplished DJ! Join Mr. Nairn for this look at his work in acting and music.

1:30Sean Astin Spotlight

Sean Astin is an actor well known for his work in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, and the title character of Rudy. He also voices Raphael on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And that’s just scratching the surface of his remarkable career! We turn the spotlight on this accomplished actor.

3:00Costume Contest (Adults)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

11:00-12:00Create Your Own Superhero Symbol with Carolyn Belefski

Every hero needs a logo! Many superheroes have personal branding on their outfits and My Little Pony characters even have cutie marks! Join artist and designer Carolyn Belefski and learn how to incorporate graphic design elements to create an icon and establish your own powerful visual identity.

12:00-1:00Mark Mariano Presents Scribble Scramble!

Eight artists chosen from the crowd compete in a series of quick-thinking drawing quests for the ultimate prize: The Scribble Scramble Championship belt. Your doodling destiny awaits.

1:00-2:00Illustrating The School for Good and Evil: the Ever Never Handbook with Michael Blank

Draw your favorite fairy tales! Meet Michael Blank, the illustrator of The School for Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook, and learn how to draw a beloved character from Soman Chainani’s series. One lucky child artist who participates will win a copy of The Ever Never Handbook!

2:00-3:00A Cat Named Haiku Papermask Workshop with Mark Poulton

Create your own A Cat Named Haiku papermask with series creator, Mark Poulton. Kids will be able to create, color, and cut out their own papermasks of the lovable haiku loving feline, who is soon to star in his own animated series of shorts on Hooplakidz. A Cat Named Haiku masks will be provided for all kids, as well as crayons, markers, scissors, tape and popsiclesticks.

3:00-4:00Superhero University with Chris O>Matic and Franco (OPEN TO FIRST 50 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!

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

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

5:00-6:00Alien Art with Dawn Griffin

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

Sunday

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

Room 339-342

10:45-11:45American Mythology Panel

American Mythology is proud to have our first convention panel right here in our home town of Baltimore! Join an incredible list of creators, including Mark Wheatley, S.L. Gallant, Mike Wolfer, Matt Slay, Pat Shand, and S.A. Check as they discuss all the awesome new comics coming up this fall and winter! From The Pink Panther to Stargate Atantis to The Three Stooges, the characters and creations we are publishing are made by fans for fans! Come find out what our next classic properties and new original comics will be right here at Baltimore Comic-Con!

12:00-1:00Fairy Tales And Fantasy: Spotlight On Soman Chainani

Calling all fans of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and other thrilling fantasy! Can’t get enough of Hogwarts or magic? Interested in the real stories behind famous fairy tales? Join Soman as he delves into the world of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series, a deep adventure into the darker side of fairy tales for ALL ages. You’ll also learn about student life and find out whether you’re Good or Evil with our special entrance test. Giveaways and prizes included!

1:30-2:30AfterShock Panel

Come meet the creative forces behind AfterShock Comics as they unveil new secrets about their exciting new creator-owned publishing line!

2:45-3:45The Baltimore Academy of Illustration

The Baltimore Academy of Illustration is a small, independent school that focuses on all things illustration and kicks ass while doing it. Helmed by Alex Fine, Scott Fuqua, and Greg Houston– three working illustrators with a combined 75 years in the profession– and staffed by amazing new faculty members, Erica Ostrowski, Julianna Brion, Taylor Callery, Meredith Burke, and the amazing ladies of paperBase (Emily and Sarah), BAI offers a comprehensive illustration education by focusing on images that communicate– whether individual or sequential– and putting our students first. Our faculty discusses the ins and outs of the illustration industry. From editorial to comics and everything in between.

Room 343-344

11:00-12:00Stranger Comics: How to Take an Idea from Concept to Comic Creation (Without Selling Your Soul)!

Stranger Comics CEO Sebastian A. Jones offers insight on how to take an idea from concept to creation. Using sneak peeks from upcoming comic release Vampire Hunter D, alongside acclaimed NIOBE: She is Life and TV show The Untamed, and firsthand experience, he will share tips and tools.

12:15-1:15Worlds to Build

Building a new world for comic characters to inhabit takes skill and planning. J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, Walter Simonson, and Fabian Nicieza along with moderator Paul Levitz talk about the power of world building.

1:30-2:30Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: It’s Morphin Time!

In January, BOOM! Studios launched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a new comic book series based on Saban Brands’ hit ’90s live-action children’s TV series about a group of ordinary teenagers who “morphed” into superheroes to save the world from evil. Join Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing), cover artist Goñi Montes, and Editor Dafna Pleban as they talk about the series, the spinoff Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual, and the everlasting popularity of these “teenagers with attitude.”

2:45-3:45Visionary Panel: The Weird West

Take a ride on the WEIRD side of the Old West, with this star-studded creator panel hosted by Visionary! From Deadlands to Jonah Hex to The Sixth Gun, the weird west has been a place of Cowboys, Indians, Mad Scientists, and supernatural creatures of the night! There’s no place quite like the open desert and isolated towns of the wild west to set dark tales of gunfights and horror. Get the lowdown on great projects out, and more to come from the creators behind them!Confirmed: C. Edward Sellner, Ron Marz, Steve Ellis, Lee Moder

Room 345-346

11:00-12:00Black Mask Comics: Debuting Tomorrow’s Legends

Fresh off a dazzling 2015 with breakout books Space Riders, We Can Never Go Home, and Young Terrorists, Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Join Black Mask co-founder Matt Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller) and creators Kwanza Osajyefo (upcoming Black), Tini Howard (upcoming The Skeptics), Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank), Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk Into A Bank), and more special guests for a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics and how YOU can be a part of it.

12:15-1:15Howard Chaykin Spotlight

Howard Chaykin (The Shadow, Blackhawk, Dominic Fortune, and lots more) and a microphone. That’s the recipe for a great panel. This is sure to be a fascinating panel as Chaykin talks about whatever the heck he wants to!

1:30-2:30Steve Englehart Spotlight

He’s written character defining runs of Detective Comics and Doctor Strange. He created Star Lord and Mantis. He’s written about Coyotes and Foozles. The character’s he’s written read like a who’s who of superheroes. And he’s also a novelist! Join us for this amazing look at the career of Steve Englehart!

2:45-3:45Diversity in Comics

For thousands of years, people of all races and backgrounds were depicted in artwork, whether it’s on cave walls, folding screens, maps, or paintings. People wanting to see themselves reflected in their art and comics are no exception and in this panel, we’ll be speaking on why showing the real world in comics, good, bad, and ugly, is so important. Hosted by Belle Burr.

Room 347-348

11:00-12:00Media Comics

There are many comics published that originated in other forms of media. Join Bob Greenberger, Louise Simonson, John Layman, Joe Harris, Thom Zahler, and Amy Chu as they discuss the trials and tribulations of moving other media into comics. Moderated by Christina Blanch.

12:15-1:15Ominous Press Returns!

In the 1990s, Ominous Press made a splash as Bart Sears and his collaborators created a universe of heroic adventure. Now, Ominous Press is reborn and releasing new material. Learn what’s coming up with creators Bart Sears, Ron Marz, Andy Smith, Tom Raney, and Publisher Sean HusVar, and receive a free preview comic!

1:30-2:30Music and Comic Books

Comic books are silent – no music. But what about comic book creators? Join Charles Soule, J. M. DeMatteis, Amy Chu, and karaoke king James Tynion as they discuss how music influences them and their creativity. Moderated by Christina Blanch.

2:45-3:45Animation Panel

You may not know it, but some of your favorite comic artists have also worked in animation! Join Bret Blevins and Mike Manley as they discuss their animation work and how it connects to their work in comics.Ballroom (4th Floor)12:00-1:00Michael Rowe Spotlight Michael Rowe is probably best known as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot in the CW’s Arrow and The Flash. He has also appeared in Tomorrowland and is an accomplished musician. We turn the spotlight on this hot, young actor in a can’t-miss panel.

1:00-2:00Hayley Atwell Spotlight

Hayley Atwell first appeared as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, and reprised the role in other films and for two seasons on ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter. This fall she can be seen in the new ABC series Conviction. Join us for this lively look at Ms. Atwell’s career!

2:30Costume Contest (Kids)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion Workshop Area

11:00-12:00Making Comics With A Dog’s Life with Chris Otto and Ben Taylor

Do you have a funny idea for a comic strip? Chris Otto and Ben Taylor are the minds behind the popular webcomic, A Dog’s Life. They’ll share their insight on creating comic strips and the audience will work with them to create a comic strip.

12:00-1:00Draw a Little Dream hosted by Chris O>Matic with Kurt Wood and Justin Castaneda

Chris O>Matic interviews kids and parents about their strangest dreams. Professional artists bring their dreams to life on the drawing board.

1:00-2:00The School for Good and Evil Book Signing Event with author Soman Chainani and illustrator Michael Blank

2:30-3:30A 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.

3:30-4:30The 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!As an added feature this year, in support of their hearing-impaired fans and attendees, the Baltimore Comic-Con will have ASL interpreters available at the 2016 panels.

Valiant Blasts into Baltimore Comic-Con 2016 with Exclusives, Panels, Signings, and More!

From Friday, September 2nd through Sunday, September 4th, Valiant Entertainment is taking over Baltimore Comic-Con 2016 – and they’re bringing along a squadron’s worth of convention-only exclusives, signings, programming, panels, and more!

All weekend long, join Valiant inside the Baltimore Convention Center at Booth #2008 and find out why Valiant has racked up an unprecedented 50 Harvey Award nominations by perusing a complete selection of Valiant trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for their critically acclaimed and award-winning titles! But that’s just the start of your Valiant Universe experience! For the entire weekend, Valiant will give away FREE complimentary copies of the Faith #1 Second Printing! Packed with the beginning of Faith’s best-selling ongoing series debut and the bonus “The Future of Valiant” Sneak Preview flip book – spotlighting an all-new wave of ongoing series, prestige format projects and standalone events from the largest independent superhero universe in comics – you won’t find a more exciting giveaway anywhere else!

And, available only in Charm City, don’t miss the Generation Zero #1 Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Variant – featuring the awe-inspiring artwork of fan-favorite artist Wook-Jin Clark! Experience the latest “Future of Valiant” series here as New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente and blockbuster artist Francis Portela deploy the breakout stars of Harbinger Wars into their most dangerous mission yet: high school!

Valiant is also offering fans at Baltimore Comic-Con 2016 the chance to join in the celebration of X-O Manowar (2012)’s 1,000,000th copy sold with the X-O Manowar 1,000,000th COPY COMMEMORATIVE SEAL. Fans who purchase or provide copies of X-O Manowar #49 (any cover) at the Valiant booth (#2008) will be afforded the opportunity to have their copy embossed with an official Valiant 1,000,000th copy seal – designed in honor of X-O Manowar’s legendary achievement and forever commemorating a new milestone in Valiant history – free of charge!

Plus, get ready for signings throughout the weekend from an all-star cast of special guests, including writers Fred Van Lente and B. Clay Moore!

The action continues on Friday, September 2nd at 2:30 p.m. in Panel Room #339-342 with Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here – a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters! You seen the reviews, you’ve heard the buzz… Now find out why Valiant Entertainment has taken fans and critics by storm as the most acclaimed comic book publisher! Join us here for a one-of-a-kind introduction to the largest and most acclaimed independent superhero universe in comics! From X-O MANOWAR and FAITH to BLOODSHOT REBORN and DIVINITY, get the stories behind Valiant’s biggest heroes and find out where to jump on board right here with an in-depth tutorial that’s perfect for new fans!

But that’s not all! Peek into the unbelievable stories charging towards your favorite superheroes on Saturday, September 3rd at 1:30 p.m. in Panel Room #343-344 for Valiant: The Future of Valiant and Beyond! With a record-setting 50 Harvey Award nominations, Valiant Entertainment is the most acclaimed publisher anywhere in comics today. Now, find out what’s next for powerhouse series like FAITH, GENERATION ZERO, BRITANNIA, BLOODSHOT U.S.A., HARBINGER RENEGADES, SAVAGE, and DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE right here with an all-star cast of panelists including Fred Van Lente (GENERATION ZERO) and B. Clay Moore (SAVAGE)! The future of Valiant starts here with an exclusive round of news and announcements – only at Baltimore Comic-Con!

Then, hang onto your ballots, because Valiant’s weekend in Baltimore is going to hit the stratosphere on Saturday, September 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency for the 29th Annual Harvey Awards! For the second year running, Valiant will attend the Harvey Awards as the single most-nominated publisher with critically acclaimed titles including BLOODSHOT REBORN, DIVINITY, THE VALIANT, and may more! With 50 nominations in nearly every category, including “Best Writer,” “Best Artist,” “Best New Series,” “Best Continuing or Limited Series,” and “Best Single Issue,” Valiant is once again leading the pack – and we want you there to celebrate with us!

Finally, stay tuned for a soon-to-be-revealed surprise from Valiant and the Certified Guarantee Company (CGC) that will make its official debut at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con!

BOOM! Studios Heads to Baltimore Comic Con with Exclusives, Talent, and Panels

BOOM! Studios is excited to announce it will exhibit at the 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con, which will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, during the weekend of September 2-4.

BOOM! can be found at booth number #2001 and will host writers and artists Cory Godbey, James Asmus, Goñi Montes, Hope Larson and Matthew Daley all weekend.

The publisher will have two convention exclusives available for purchase at its booth: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #6 and Kong of Skull Island #1. Both covers are illustrated by Dominike “Domo” Stanton, who is a guest of Baltimore Comic-Con.

In addition, the convention will have two BOOM! Studios exclusives available for sale at its merchandise booth: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special with a cover by Eric Powell, and Skybourne #1 by Frank Cho. Both artists are also guests of the convention.

Other BOOM! Studios creators also appearing at Baltimore Comic-Con include Jeremy Bastian, Veronica Fish, JG Jones, Paul Jenkins, Justin Jordan, Jerry Gaylord, David Petersen, Matthew Dow Smith, Charles Soule, Brian Stelfreeze, James Tynion IV, and Mark Waid.

BOOM! will also host the following panels at Baltimore Comic-Con:

BOOM! Studios: Discover New Worlds
Saturday, 9/3/16, 2:45-3:45pm, Room 343-344
Love reading compelling, forward-thinking comics? Interested in finding out how multiple-award-winning top 10 publisher, BOOM! Studios, has spent over a decade committed to telling great stories and nurturing talent? Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing) discusses with creators Hope Larson (Goldie Vance), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), James Asmus (Kong of Skull Island), and Frank Cho (Skybourne) how they explore the ever-changing comics landscape, their newest stories, and the types of projects needed in the industry.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: It’s Morphin Time!
Sunday, 9/4/16, 1:30-2:30pm, Room 343-344
In January, BOOM! Studios launched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a new comic book series based on Saban Brands’ hit ’90s live-action children’s TV series about a group of ordinary teenagers who “morphed” into superheroes to save the world from evil. Join Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing), cover artist Goñi Montes, and Editor Dafna Pleban as they talk about the series, the spinoff Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual, and the everlasting popularity of these “teenagers with attitude.”

 

BOOM! Studios and its creators are nominated for 19 Harvey Awards, whose winners will be announced during a ceremony and banquet held during Baltimore Comic-Con on Saturday evening, September 3rd.

Valiant, CGC and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Celebrate 1 million copies of X-O Manowar

XO_ONE-MILLION_CGC-COPYValiant Entertainment, the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum head to Cadmus publishing plant in Richmond, VA to celebrate the 1,000,000th copy of X-O Manowar sold since the series’ 2012 debut. The 1,000,000th copy will be removed directly from the presses today at Cadmus by Valiant representatives during the printing of the upcoming X-O Manowar #49 and subsequently entrusted to CGC’s renowned team of preservation experts for grading and encapsulation. The one-of-a-kind, 1,000,000th copy – totaling all copies of X-O Manowar sold across print and digital in the United States and abroad since 2012 – will then be placed on display at Baltimore Comic Con 2016 before entering the permanent collection of the Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, MD alongside the world’s rarest and most valuable comic books.

Valiant will also be offering fans at Baltimore Comic-Con 2016 the chance to join in the celebration of X-O Manowar’s 1,000,000th copy sold with the X-O Manowar 1,000,000th Copy Commemorative Seal. Fans who purchase or provide copies of X-O Manowar #49 (any cover) at the Valiant booth (#2008) will be afforded the opportunity to have their copy embossed with an official Valiant 1,000,000th copy seal – designed in honor of X-O Manowar’s legendary achievement and forever commemorating a new milestone in Valiant history – free of charge.

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Valiant’s 2016 Convention Tour Expands to 8 More Conventions

Valiant has announced additional dates for the Valiant 2016 Convention Tour – a months-long, nationwide celebration coming soon to a town near you! Continuing at Toronto’s Fan Expo Canada, Valiant’s one-of-a-kind convention set-up is getting ready to roll into Baltimore; Portland; New York City; San Antonio; and more:

Thursday, September 1st – Sunday, September 4th
Fan Expo Canada

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, CA

Friday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 4th
Baltimore Comic-Con 2016

Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

Saturday, September 10th – Sunday, September 11th
Rose City Comic Con

Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 14th
GameStop Expo 2016

Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

Saturday, September 17th  – Sunday, September 18th
Buffalo Comicon

Buffalo Niagra Convention Center
Buffalo, NY

Thursday, October 6th – Sunday, October 9th:
New York City Comic-Con

Jacob Javits Center
New York, NY

Friday, October 28th – Sunday, October 30th
Alamo City Comic Con

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

Friday, November 11th – Sunday, November 13th
NC Comic Con

North Carolina Convention Center
Durham, NC

The year’s industry-leading celebration of your favorite superheroes takes flight in Toronto, CA at Fan Expo Canada 2016! From Thursday, September 1st through Sunday, September 4th, join Valiant at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for a weekend packed with programming, merchandise, and the best-reviewed comics in the industry!

Visit Booth #838 all weekend long to find out why Valiant has captured the nation’s biggest headlines and highest praise – including an unprecedented 50 Harvey Award nominations – with a complete collection of trade paperbacks and hardcovers featuring Valiant’s world-class roster of superheroes and villains! Then stick around for a universe of high-flying merchandise, including t-shirts and collectibles featuring X-O Manowar, Faith, Bloodshot, and more!

Plus: Get the inside scoop on the most celebrated superhero universe in comics on Friday, September 2nd at 3:45 PM in Room #717 with Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here ­– a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters! You’ve seen the reviews, you’ve heard the buzz… Now find out why Valiant Entertainment has taken fans and critics by storm as the most acclaimed comic book publisher! Join us here for a one-of-a-kind introduction to the largest and most acclaimed independent superhero universe in comics! From X-O MANOWAR and FAITH to BLOODSHOT REBORN and DIVINITY, get the stories behind Valiant’s biggest heroes and find out where to jump on board right here with an in-depth tutorial that’s perfect for new fans!

Then, peek into the unbelievable stories charging towards your favorite superheroes on Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00 AM in Room #713 for Valiant: The Future of Valiant and Beyond! Valiant Entertainment is the most acclaimed publisher anywhere in comics today… Now, find out what’s next for powerhouse series as the future of Valiant starts here with an exclusive round of news and announcements – only at Fan Expo Canada!

As Valiant continues to skyrocket towards the top of the charts, the road to this year’s most exciting announcements, exclusives, and can’t-miss comics begins right here with one of the biggest shows of the year, only at Fan Expo Canada!

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2016 Baltimore Comic-Con Costume Contest

Baltimore Comic ConThe Baltimore Comic-Con and Toynk have released the details for the highly-demanded and hugely popular Annual Costume Contest.

This year, the adult costume contest is being held on Saturday, September 3rd at 3:00pm. All participants must be in the prejudge room by 1:30pm or their deposit will be forfeit. Prejudging will start at 2:00pm and will be split into amateur and professional contests.

The children’s costume contest will be held on Sunday, September 4th at 2:30pm. All participants must be in the prejudge room by 1:30pm.

Categories

  • Adult – “Professional” ($10 Entry Fee)
    • Those working a job involving building or fabricating costumes.
    • Those who make costumes or pieces for casual sale (eBay, etc.).
    • Those who have won an award at a costume contest at any convention.
    • Those that have been invited based on Cosplay.
  • Adult – “Craftsman” ($5 Entry Fee)
    • Those who have not won an award at a costume contest at any convention.
    • Those whose total costume is more than 40% hand-made.
    • Those who do not have a job working in the field of costuming.
  • Adult – “Amateur” ($5 Entry Fee)
    • Any adult 18 years or older that does not meet the above requirements.
  • Kids (Free)
    • Ages 17 and under.

PRIZES

Overall Best Costume (Best in Show)

$1,000 Grand Prize in Cash for Professional and $500.00 Grand Prize in Cash for Craftsman

Prizes in each of the Professional Adult categories:

$250 in cash for 1st Place
$150 in cash for 2nd Place
$100 in cash for 3rd Place

Prizes for the Adult Craftsman category:

$200 in cash for 1st Place
$100 in cash for 2nd Place
$50 in cash for 3rd Place

Amateur Adult categories:

$150 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$75 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place
$50 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 3rd Place

Group category (winning groups divide prize amount between members):

$200 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$150 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place

Kids Prizes in each of the Newborn to Age 11 and Age 12 to Age 17 categories:

$100 Grand Prize in Cash
$75 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$50 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place

Each winner will also receive free admittance to the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2017 and both Adult Grand Prize Winners will be asked to judge the 2017 contest!

RULES

  1. All participants must have Baltimore Comic-Con admission wristband or badge (this includes Associate, Dealer, Press, and other specialty badges). Members of Baltimore Comic-Con staff are ineligible to compete.
  2. Participants can register at any time up to 1pm on Saturday or Sunday for the respective Costume Contests by visiting the Costume Contest Booth located in the lower Pratt Street lobby.
  3. All participants will be required to sign a permission/release/waiver form to participate in the contest. Minors under 18 years of age may participate only if a permission/release form signed by the minor’s legal guardian is provided. Forms are available at the Costume Contest Booth (see #2 above).
  4. Participant category (Amateur, Craftsman, or Professional) shall be determined by a set of 3 judges at during the pre-judging portion of the contest.
  5. Pictures will be taken during judging of all participants and throughout the costume contest and will be the property of Baltimore Comic-Con.
  6. All costumes must abide by the rules of Baltimore Comic-Con, including but not limited to the Baltimore Comic-Con Weapons and Harassment policies. If a policy violation is discovered, that entry will be disqualified.
  7. Craftsmen are contestants who have participated in the Baltimore Comic-Con Costume Contest before, whose costume is 40% hand-made or greater, and has not won the professional prize at Baltimore Comic-Con before.
  8. Professionally made or rented costumes are prohibited.
  9. Costumes that have won any major awards at any convention may not be entered in the Hall Costume Contest unless major (50% or more) work has been improved or worked over with photographic proof of the changes.
  10. No glitter, confetti, pyrotechnics, live flame, or smoke generators of any kind are allowed in the Baltimore Convention Center.
  11. No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power, it must be part of your costume design.
  12. Groups from the same series are welcome to enter, but random characters from different series are discouraged. Groups will be considered as one entry and the winners will receive one prize to share.
  13. Each contestant may present (wear) only one costume, or a group of people may wear one costume at the same time (i.e., a large costume that requires several people inside to move it).
  14. All entrants are encouraged to bring reference material for their costume. Not all judges know all characters, so it is in everyone’s best interest to bring a color picture (or several) if possible. The reference should depict the details of the costume you are presenting. Please do not ask to e-mail or print out references at the convention.
  15. Costumes will be judged on a variety of criteria, including craftsmanship and overall effect.
  16. All judges’ decisions of the costume contest are final.

Hero Initiative Announces Joe Giella as Lifetime Achievement Recipient for 2016

GLThe Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, announces Joe Giella as the 2016 Lifetime Achievement recipient. This award promotes the merits of a dedicated career in the comic book industry and recognizes individuals who have produced outstanding work in this American art form. Joe Giella will accept the honor at the 2016 Harvey Awards in recognition for his longevity as DC Comics inker and Mary Worth pencil artist. Tickets for the Harvey Awards and Baltimore Comic-Con are available now.

Long before drawing Mary Worth, Joe Giella started his career during the Golden Age of comics, working at Fawcett and Timely Comics during the 1940s. Starting in the late 1940s, Giella worked at DC Comics on titles such as The Flash, Green Lantern, Strange Adventures, and Batman under the direction of Julius Schwartz. He continued working for DC all the way through the 1960s and 1970s, inking for top talents of the Silver Age such as Mike Sekowsky, Carmine Infantino, and into the Bronze Age with Gil Kane and Dick Dillin.

He remained a constant artist of DC Comics through the early 1980s. Since 1991, Joe Giella has drawn Mary Worth for King Features, up until his retirement this year, and previously worked on Flash Gordon and The Phantom comic strips. As Joe retires from the business, Hero Initiative and Baltimore Comic-Con are honored to have him as our guest. Hero will host this top talent all weekend!

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be offered at the the 2016 Harvey Awards ceremony, on the evening of Saturday September 3rd at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

American Mythology’s Fall Lineup on Display at Baltimore Comic-Con

American MythologyAmerican Mythology Productions (AM) will be one of the featured publishers at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, hailed as “America’s Greatest Comic Book Convention” as it enters its 16th exciting year. The company is hoping to continue to attract and introduce new fans to its rapidly expanding catalogue of licensed and creator-owned titles such as: Stargate: Atlantis, The Pink Panther, The Three Stooges, Equilibrium, The Land That Time Forgot, Zombie-Proof, Werewolves vs. Dinosaurs, and many others fan favorites. The convention has been a staple in the Baltimore community for many years and continues to grow in popularity, attracting fans and comic book professionals from all over the country. Tickets are now available.

AM’s diverse collection of titles received another marked boost with the help of Roddenberry Entertainment. The company will release Days Missing: Enox as a full-color comic celebrating the sci-fi series’ epic conclusion this fall. Also recently announced are AM’s plans to release a new series of Stargate Universe comics, following their success with the Stargate Atlantis series. The SGU books will stay with the same format used in SGA, and continue directly from where the television series left off.

The company’s all-ages comics will also be on display, from their hit Pink Panther comics, which will be released as a collected trade hard cover edition this November, to the new adventures of everyone’s favorite funnymen – The Three Stooges – to be featured in this year’s Halloween ComicFest in October. They’ll also have convention exclusive editions of Pink Panther #1 and Equilibrium #1 on hand for sale to fans and attendees all weekend.

The booth will host many of the artists, writers, and editors that are currently working with the company, like comic book veteran Mike Wolfer, who both wrote and provided art for the company’s release of the Edgar Rice Burrough’s The Land That Time Forgot. Wolfer is also releasing a new horror comic this fall through the company, Crypt of Screams, coming this November! Comics legend Greg LaRoque will be there talking about his recent art for the company’s Stargate Atlantis books. Writers James Kuhoric and S.A. Check will be promoting their work with The Three Stooges, Pink Panther, and other upcoming comics. And Natalie Jane, comic book letterer extraordinaire, will be on hand all weekend to talk comics with fans. Finally, there will be an Equilibrium exclusive mega-signing at the convention, featuring not just one, but nearly all of the book’s contributors, Pat Shand, Matt Slay, Dan Parsons, Mike Wolfer, and Natalie Jane on Saturday and Sunday 2:00 – 3:00 at the American Mythology booth, in a rare treat for fans of the series.

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