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Arantza, Cho, King, McNeil, Petersen, Stout, Waid, and Weeks Join Baltimore Comic Con 2019

Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on October 18-20, 2019. The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced the addition of Arantza, Frank Cho, Tom King, Carla Speed McNeil, David Petersen, William Stout, Mark Waid, and Lee Weeks to the 2019 event.

Arantza Sestayo was born in San Sebastian, Basque Country Spain. Her artistic process is self-taught and she developed professionally through portraiture, in ceramic design, and in the production of cartoons in Camelot Studios of Castellon. Her journey in illustration began with publications such as Red Ears of erotic and humorous comics, the Swedish children’s magazine Psago Prinsessan, and the American publishing house S.Q.P. In Spain, she has contributed to Wicked Kisses with Norma Comics and participated in the book Vampires from Heavy Metal. Her art has been featured on merchandise from Schmidt, Bioworld, and Heavy Metal. The municipality of Castellon commissioned an illustration for a facade of the Ateneo Assembly Hall, and published Duende as a compilation of her work. She exhibits at events related to comics and movies, such as Expomanga, Salon del Comic de Irun, Cavacon in Italy, and the Terror Film Festival of San Sebastian. Currently, some of her work has can be seen on products at Penguin Random House, and in the special edition Game of Thrones 20th Anniversary by HarperCollins Publisher. This year, her piece Ophelia has been awarded third place at the Imaginative Realism of Art Renewal Center.

Ringo Award winner and Harvey and Eisner Award nominee Frank Cho launched his career as a comic strip artist at the University of Maryland-College Park student newspaper, penning University2, which was the predecessor of his creator-owned syndicated strip and comic series, Liberty Meadows. His body of work also includes Marvel Comics’ New AvengersMighty AvengersShanna the She-DevilNew Ultimates, and X-Men: Schism, as well as Jungle Girl for Dynamite Entertainment. His recent work can be seen on covers from DC’s Harley Quinn.

Ringo and Eisner Award-winning Tom King is currently the writer of Batman at DC Comics, where he has also written Mister MiracleGraysonThe Omega MenDC NationSwamp Thing Winter SpecialHeroes in Crisis, and has a story in Action Comics #1000, not to mention his award-winning work at Marvel on The Vision. King’s first book, A Once Crowded Sky, a postmodern super hero novel, was recognized by USA Today as one of the best Graphic Novels of the year. He was named by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the five comic creators to watch in 2015.

Carla Speed McNeil is the author and artist of Finder. She started working in comics since 1997 and hasn’t stopped since. She has also worked on a variety of projects like providing art for Queen & Country: Operation: Stormfront from Oni Press, adapted and drew Pendragon: The Merchant of Death (based on the prose book by D. J. MacHale) for Simon & Schuster, and drawn fan-favorite Frank Ironwine for Apparat/Avatar, as well as two pages of Transmetropolitan for DC/Vertigo, both by Warren Ellis. Bad Houses was released in 2013 by Dark Horse Comics, after which she began a long series of collaborations with writer Alex De Campi, including AshesMy Little Pony (IDW), and No Mercy (Image) beginning April 2015. Other smaller projects have included drawing Legends of Red Sonja (Dynamite), the short story Here. In My Head (with writer Elizabeth Genco) for Comic Book Tattoo from Image, and shorts in notable anthologies such as The Sleep of Reason and Cautionary Fairy Tales of Africa. She has won an Eisner Award, Ignatz Awards, the Kim Yale New Talent Award from Friends Of Lulu, the L.A. Times Book Prize for graphic novel in 2012, and three Stumptown Comic Arts Awards.

David Petersen is best known as the creator of Mouse Guard. He enjoys fantasy, folklore, myth, and legend. Even more than that, he loves to draw and write about it. A steady diet of cartoons, comics, and tree-climbing fed his imagination and is what still inspires his work today. David won the 2007 Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 2008, David won the Eisners for Best Publication for Kids (Mouse Guard Fall 1152 & Winter 1152) and Best Graphic Album – Reprint (Mouse Guard Fall 1152 Hardcover). He won the Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work in both 2014 and 2015. David is a cartoonist and children’s book illustrator who began his career in 2004 with the release of Voices, a self-published anthology from ComiXpress. Possessing a distinctive art style reminiscent of A.A. Milne (creator of Winnie the Pooh), Petersen has worked on such comics as The Dark CrystalSnowy Valentine, and Muppets & Fairytales from Archaia, as well as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Seriesfrom IDW. His artwork also graced the cover for the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con program, as well as the show-exclusive t-shirt.

William Stout was born in Salt Lake City on the way to Los Angeles. While attending CalArts on a full scholarship, he began his professional career illustrating the first four issues of Coven 13. In 1971, Stout began assisting Russ Manning on the Tarzan of the Apesnewspaper strips and Eisner Award-winning graphic novels. Stout wrote and drew stories for Cycle-Toonsand Car-Toons, then joined Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder on Playboy’s Little Annie Fanny. After becoming one of the first American contributors to Heavy Metalmagazine, Stout created the one-sheet for Wizards, ultimately working on posters for over 120 films. His first one-man show was held at the American Comic Book Company. Stout has worked on over 40 feature films including Buck Rogers, both Conan films, PredatorRaiders of the Lost ArkDisney’s DinosaurThe PrestigeStephen King’s The Mist, and Men In BlackReturn of the Living Dead made Stout the youngest production designer in film history. He wrote films for Roger Corman and Jim Henson. Bill designed Masters of the Universe and helped Pan’s Labyrinth win two of its Oscars. His most recent films are SpongeBob Squarepants 3 and LucasFilm’s Monster Roll. Stout’s groundbreaking THE DINOSAURS-A Fantastic New View of a Lost Era (1981) was followed by Ray Bradbury’s Dinosaur Tales and The Little Blue Brontosaurus (1984 Children’s Choice Award and the basis for The Land Before Time). Michael Crichton acknowledged Stout’s work as an inspiration for Jurassic Park. After voyaging to Antarctica and Patagonia, Stout began working to make Antarctica the first World Park. He considers his most important current book project to be LOST CONTINENT-Modern and Prehistoric Life in Antarctica. Stout worked with Jean “Moebius” Giraud on Arzach and with Will Eisner on a Harvey Award-winning Spirit series. Stout’s own tales have appeared in Dark Horse’s 911, their Eisner-nominated AutobioGraphix book, and Bernie Wrightson’s Night Terrors. Stout’s Animal Planet DRAGONS poster was distributed to every comic shop and convention in America. Stout has created covers for Cadillacs and DinosaursAlien Pig Farm 3000TURFJurassic Park, and Alien Worlds, for which he also recently illustrated an eight-page Bruce Jones story. 

Bill is the author and illustrator of the bestselling book Legends of the Blues, the first of three volumes on the creators of the world’s greatest blues music. Bill co-founded the Comic Art Professional Society, designed their logo, and served as their tenth president. Over 24 million William Stout trading cards have been sold. Stout’s twelve murals depicting the prehistoric life of San Diego are on permanent display at the San Diego Natural History Museum, as are his two recent murals for the San Diego Zoo. His first two murals are at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. He painted three Cretaceous murals for Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Stout’s huge fifty-year career overview, Fantastic Worlds – The Art of William Stout, was published in late 2018.

The multiple Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Mark Waid has been the voice behind numerous issues, mini-series, and title runs that have resonated throughout comics fandom and the creative community alike. His acclaimed runs and series include DC Comics’ The FlashKingdom ComeThe KingdomJLA: Year One,JLALegion of Super-Heroes, and Superman: Birthright, Marvel Comics’ Captain AmericaFantastic FourAmazing Spider-ManThe Indestructible Hulk, and Daredevil, BOOM! Studios’ Incorruptible and Irredeemable, Archie Comics’ The Fox, and Empire, originally published by Gorilla Comics and later by DC Comics. He has been Editor-in-Chief and then Chief Creative Officer at BOOM! Studios, as well as one of the principals behind Thrillbent Comics, a digital comics initiative.

Debuting professionally in the 1980s, artist and occasional writer Lee Weeks initially received publication in Eclipse Comics’ Tales of Terror horror anthology. He has contributed to much lauded work on titles such as Marvel’s DaredevilCaptain America, and Spider-Man’s Tangled Web, DC Comics’ bookshelf format Batman Chronicles: Gauntlet, and Dark Horse Comics’ Tarzan vs. Predator. He was also the featured artist in Volume 17 of TwoMorrow Publishing’s Modern Masters. In 2018, he was the recipient of numerous Ringo Awards, including Best Artist or Penciller, and Best Humor Comic and Best Single Issue or Story for his work on DC’s Batman/Elmer Fudd Special.

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Arantza (fantasy artist), Howard Chaykin (Hey Kids! Comics!), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Matthew Clark (Green Arrow), Ramona Fradon (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Cully Hamner (Batman Beyond), Adam Hughes (Superman), Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Carla Speed McNeil (Twisted Romance), Pop Mhan (Raven, Daughter of Darkness), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Afua Richardson (Run), Louise Simonson (Death of Superman), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Allison Sohn (The Art of Red Sonja, Volume 2), William Stout (Fantastic Worlds – The Art of William Stout), Mark Waid (Avengers: No Road Home), and Lee Weeks (Batman).

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018’s Costume Contest Winners

The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced the winners of our 10th Annual Costume Contest. The contest took place this past Saturday, September 29, 2018 for both amateur and professional adults, and Sunday, September 30, 2018 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.

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 Kelly Coffman for her “Sylvanas Windrunner from Heroes of the Storm” costume.

Winners for this year’s contest include:

Professional

Best Overall Costume: Kelly Coffman, Sylvanas Windrunner from Heroes of the Storm

1st Place: Matthew Yaeger, Zorah Magdaros Armor From Monster Hunter World

2nd Place: Patrick Benson, Black Manta

3rd Place: Jara Barrett, Anastasia

Amateur

1st Place: Candace Birger, Lady Thor/Jane Foster

2nd Place: Patrice Newman, Queen Amidala

3rd Place: Rose Ryan, BriteBomber from Fortnite

Best Group

1st Place: Catiana, Judith and Ecco Conte, Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus

2nd Place: Jason Hettel, Rose Liquori, Bartholomew Macasieb, Jennifer Macasieb, Steampunk Batman Team

Amateur Kids

Kids Prizes in the Age 12 to Age 17 category:

Grand Prize: Audrey, Kurumi Tokisaki (Date Alive)

1st Place: Tommy, Iron Man Mark II

2nd Place: Olivia, Rose Quartz

Kids Prizes in the Newborn to Age 11 category:

Grand Prize: Jayden, Gundam D.Va Of Overwatch

1st Place: Rachel, Nadia Pym, Unstoppable Wasp

2nd Place: Mary, Dragon Warrior

Baltimore Comic Con 2018: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Takes Us on the Low Road West

Phillip Kennedy Johnson is an Eisner nominated comic writer behind The Power of the Dark Crystal, Smoketown, Last Sons of America, Warlords of Appalachia, Adventure Time, Aquaman, and his latest Low Road West published by BOOM! Studios.

We got a chance to talk to him at Baltimore Comic Con 2018 about this genre bending new series and attempt to get him to spill on what’s next.

Baltimore Comic Con 2018: Talking Ahoy Comics with Tom Peyer and Stuart Moore

AHOY Comics — the startup publisher that has been asking readers to “expect more” from its comic book magazine format — is made its first ever appearance at Baltimore Comic-Con with took place September 28th to Sunday September 30th.

We got a chance to talk to two original editors of DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, Tom Peyer and Stuart Moore who each have series at AHOY. Tom is the writer behind The Wrong Earth and High Heaven and Stuart is the writer behind Captain Ginger.

We talk to them about their series and this new publisher that’s showing that comics can be so much more than 22 pages.

The Comics Industry Celebrates the 2018 Ringo Awards and Here’s the Winners!

Comic creative professionals, publishers, retailers, and fans came together Saturday night, September 29, 2018 to socialize, dine, and experience the comic book industry celebrating recognition of their peers, co-workers, and competitors at the 2018 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards. The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The nomination ballot is determined by fans and pros alike and held at the Baltimore Comic Con.

The Ringo Awards was honored to present Katie Cook, known as cartoonist of Nothing Special and the multiple award-nominated Gronk, as well as writer on IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and artist on Marvel’s Spider-Man, as the 2018 keynote presenter at the event. Other presenters included Christie Blanch and Thom Zahler; David and Julia Petersen; Denys Cowan; Jenny Frison and Ramona Fradon; Rob Stull and Gus Vazquez; Louise Simonson; Jeff Parker and Karl Kesel; and Todd Dezago, Craig Rousseau, Mark Waid, and Matt Wieringo

Winners of the 2018 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards are:

Fan Favorites:

  • Favorite Hero: Mags (Assassin Roommate)
  • Favorite Villain: Arlo (unOrdinary)
  • Favorite New Series: I Love Yoo
  • Favorite New Talent: Quimchee
  • Favorite Publisher: Line Webtoon
Jury and Fan Winners:
  • Best Cover Artist: Michael Cho
  • Best Series: Mister Miracle, DC Comics
  • Best Letterer: Todd Klein
  • Best Colorist: Dave Stewart
  • Best Humor Comic: Batman/Elmer Fudd, DC Comics
  • Best Original Graphic Novel: My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Fantagraphics
  • Best Comic Strip or Panel: Sarah’s Scribbles, Andrews McMeel Universal
  • Best Single Issue or Story: Batman/Elmer Fudd Special, DC Comics
  • Mike Wieringo Spirit Award: Mech Cadet Yu, BOOM! Studios
  • Best Anthology: Mine! A Celebration of Liberty and Freedom for All Benefiting Planned Parenthood, ComicMix
  • Best Non-fiction Comic Work: The Best We Could Do, Abrams ComicArts
  • Best Presentation in Design: Saga, Image Comics
  • Best Webcomic: 1000, Chuck Brown and Sanford Greene
  • Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel: DC SuperHero Girls, DC Comics
  • Best Inker: Mark Morales
  • Best Writer: Tom King
  • Best Artist or Penciller: Lee Weeks
  • Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Joelle Jones
Hero Initiative Awards:
  • Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award: Marc Andreyko
  • Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Denny O’Neil

Please join us next year for the third annual Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards taking place at the 20th annual Baltimore Comic-Con on October 19, 2019, and keep an eye on our website and social media accounts below for 2019 ballot information.

Jim Steranko Takes You Through the Art of Storytelling at Baltimore Comic Con

Here’s your chance to connect with one of the field’s most influential creators! Sit in with comics legend Jim Steranko as he explores, examines, and explains the techniques that earned him a place among the medium’s giants – advanced techniques he has developed over a lifetime of experimentation. The INTENSE 4-HOUR WORKSHOP will provide a forum to answer your specific questions about mastering NARRATIVE ART – in comics, animation, and film! The most information-packed evening you’ll ever experience!

Steranko plans to run the group through an intense exploration and explanation of THE SECRETS OF THE COMICBOOK PAGE–on a personal one-on-one basis. The spectrum covered will extend from theory to technique, and focus extensively on powerful, sophisticated approaches that have earned him the premier position in the storytelling medium – including a wealth of material he will be REVEALING HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME!

A PowerPoint Slideshow will accompany the Masterclass, so that EVERY cool concept is delivered with graphic precision and easily understood. The FOUR-HOUR SESSION will be explosive with storytelling revelations that will help upcoming artists and writers launch their careers, aide full-time pros to develop a powerhouse narrative approach, and define an enhanced level of visual considerations to all comic-art collectors and connoisseurs.

DEVELOP A POWERFUL STORYTELLING APPROACH LIKE THE PROS! HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • The best kept secret in comics – even pros fail to unravel the mystery!
  • The biggest mistake fan artists and writers make in their work!
  • The language of panel imagery!
  • Creating pictures with meaning!
  • Composition secrets to make your story move like lightning!
  • What to show – and what not to show!
  • Creating visual/temporal continuity: What to draw next!
  • Unifying image and content!
  • Intuitive vs analytical approaches!
  • Understanding the narrative format!
  • Subliminal Storytelling: A surprising, new approach ever before revealed in any form!
  • Techniques the pros ignore: using the comics form to best advantage!
  • How to make science fiction and fantasy work in the comics!
  • Building dramatic scenes: Five easy stages!
  • Using cinematic technique in comicbook storytelling!
  • The ideal comics page!
  • When and why to use establishing shots, close-ups, two shots, angle shots, and trick shots!
  • Creating character conflict through panel composition!
  • The triumph of technique over subject matter!
  • Mastering double-page layouts!
  • Dramatic symbolism!
  • Composition secrets to make your story move like lightning!
  • What to show-and what not to show!
  • Capturing dramatic highpoints!
  • Orchestrating panels for maximum dramatic impact!
  • The Outline Method of Page Plotting!
  • Action panels vs dramatic panels!
  • Establishing relationships between shots for powerful storytelling!
  • The use of visual metaphors!
  • Understanding tempo and pacing!
  • Controlling the compression and expansion of time!
  • Techniques for creating action-packed narratives!
  • How to create suspense and tension for maximum reader interest!
  • Generating pyramiding conflict in the comics!
  • Achieving exciting narrative art through contrast!
  • Structural rhythm, repetition, and eye movement!
  • Storytelling without words!
  • The concept of cover art!
  • Traditional vs Experimental approaches!
  • How to submit samples that make a powerful impression!

Steranko will answer all your questions about the ART OF STORYTELLING in the most information-packed evening you’ll ever experience! AN EVENT THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR PERCEPTION OF THE COMICS FORM!

The seminar will begin about 7:30PM at HYATT REGENCY BALTIMORE at 300 Light Street on the evening of Saturday Sept 29, 2018. Limited attendance! Reserve your place now at MASTERING NARRATIVE TECHNIQUE (Four-Hour Session $100) by accessing supergraphics@prevue.net and emailing your confirmation to attend the event. Your presence there will be CONFIRMED BY EMAIL – along with the precise location of the session. AN EVENT THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR PERCEPTION OF THE COMICS FORM!

Hero Initiative Hits Baltimore Comic-Con

The Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in medical or financial need, is travelling into Baltimore Comic-Con, September 28-30, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets for the Baltimore Comic-Con and Ringo Awards are now available.

Hero will be the exclusive home of a number of top creators at the con! Marc AndreykoTom DeFalcoTom GrummettKarl KeselDenny O’NeilJohn Ostrander, and Adam Warren will all be found at the Hero Initiative booth #2205 only! They’ll be sketching and signing all weekend, so don’t miss out!

And as part of the Ringo Awards on Saturday, September 29th at the con, Hero’s Lifetime Achievement and Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Awards will be presented! Not to be missed!

And please check out Hero Initiative Ambassadors on the con floor! Howard ChaykinJose Luis Garcia-LopezBarry KitsonTom RaneyLouise SimonsonWalter Simonson, and many more will have their Hero Initiative donation jars out collecting for the cause. Please visit them!

Thrilling Nostalgia Comics Debuts at Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con has announced a show exclusive: Thrilling Nostalgia Comics is debuting the #0 issue of their new comic series, The Liberty Brigade.The Liberty Brigade features brand new World War II adventures of many of the heroes of the 1940s. As part of the launch, you’ll find a gorgeous Sean Chen illustration of The Liberty Brigade on the cover of the Program Guide and as the official Baltimore Comic-Con t-shirt. Tickets for the Baltimore Comic-Con and Ringo Awards are now available.

The Liberty Brigade is launching as a 100+ page graphic novel on Kickstarter with a 500 print-run original prequel story available at the Baltimore Comic-Con. The Liberty Brigade consists of:

  • The Blue Flame
  • Cat-Man
  • Kitten
  • The Mad Hatter
  • Johnny Patriot (formerly Johnny Rebel)
  • The Green Turtle (the first Chinese Super-Hero in American comics)
  • Mr. Freedom
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The National Anthem

You’ll also find guest appearances by 1940 stalwarts TNT Todd (called TNT) and The Spark Man, as well as some major Golden Age villains including Professor Fenton, Mastermind, and the Rat.

The 24-page #0 issue sports a cover by Barry Kitson, interior art by Garry Gastonny and Joe Rubinstein and preview art from the graphic novel by Ron Frenz and Mark Buckingham. It also includes encyclopedia entries on several team members from Temporal Comics.

On Friday at 3:45pm in Room 339-342Michael FinnMark WaidMark BuckinghamBarry Kitson, and several other members of The Liberty Brigade creative team will be holding a panel to discuss the debut of the new comic.

This Golden Age revival story is a true passion project, as is evident in each and every panel and page. Aside from the 80+ page story, the graphic novel features one page origins of many of the heroes and villains by an amazing array of guest artists including: George Perez, Alan Davis, Mark Buckingham, Doug Braithwaite, John Totleben, Paul Renaud, Garry Leach, Ron Wilson, Mark Morales, Steve Conley, Mike Lilly, Jim Steranko, Sal Buscema, and many more!

To support this amazing project please back the Kickstarter or head on over to the official site where you can find a link and join from there. Many of the artists working on the project have individual tier levels to earn commissions, signed issues, and many more amazing rewards are available.

Katie Cook is Delivering 2018 Ringo Awards Keynote Address

The 2018 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards will be presented at the Ringo Awards Banquet and Ceremony in conjunction with the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con on the evening of Saturday, September 29, 2018. The final ballot is now open to comic book creative professionals to submit their votes. A limited number of tickets are available to the public to attend the Banquet and Award Ceremony and spend a fun evening, share a drink, and enjoy a meal with the comic book professional community.

Ringo Awards tickets include a full cocktail hour (cash bar), a full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore crab cake), the awards ceremony, and a gift bag, and are now available for $125.

The Ringo Awards Committee is proud to announce the addition of Katie Cook to the 2018 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards ceremony as the Keynote Address speaker!

Katie Cook is a comic artist and writer that has been in the industry for a while. She’d list just how long here, but isn’t that a faux pas of admitting that she’s old? I mean you can always Wikipedia her birthday if you want to get stuck on this topic. Why are we still talking about this?

She is the creator of the comic Nothing Special on LINE WEBTOON, an all-ages adventure about a girl, a boy with fairy wings, and a dead Radish. It’s her favorite thing and you should read it. Katie also wrote and drew the webcomic Gronk: A Monster’s Story, which lost several awards but is still delightful.

In mainstream comics, Katie has carved out quite the little gallery of titles she’s worked on… Did you ever watch that documentary about this fascinating woman in NYC that puts on a bizarre mix of costume jewelry and eclectic clothes every day? Iris? That’s Katie’s career… A little over here at IDW, a little over there at LucasFilm Press, who thought Katie was a good idea for a Sex Criminals cover, oh look now she’s drawing Spider-Man? A mixed bag of adorable all over this place.

Katie spent several years as one of the primary writers on IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magicand has also done projects with Marvel, BOOM! Studios, and more (she apologizes for referring to some of you as “and more”). She’s also illustrated several Star Wars children’s books for Disney LucasFilm Press, and created artwork for the Disney Wonderground Gallery. Artist and writer! Double threat! (She thinks a triple threat in comics would be when someone is also an excellent editor, but any editor that has ever worked with her will attest that she thinks spell-check is something from Harry Potter.)

Her mother thinks she is funny. Sometimes. Maybe.

Baltimore Comic Con’s Annual Costume Contest Returns Saturday, September 29th

The Baltimore Comic-Con and Toynk.com proudly present the highly-demanded and hugely popular Annual Costume Contest.

This year, the adult costume contest is being held on Saturday, September 29th 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. We are proud to welcome Baltimore radio personalities Jeremy Conn, co-host of The Scott & Jeremy Show on 105.7 The Fan and Bethany from the Mix 106.5 Morning Show.

The children’s costume contest will be held on Sunday, September 30th 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 – “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

Prizes in each of the Professional Adult categories:
$250 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$150 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place
$100 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 3rd Place

Amateur Adult categories:
$150 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$100 Tonnk.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
$100 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 Toynk.com Gift Certificate
$50 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$35 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place

Each winner will also receive free admittance to the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2019 and both Adult Grand Prize Winners will be asked to judge the 2019 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 or Professional) shall be determined by a set of 3 judges 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 who have 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.
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