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The Harvey Awards and Baltimore Comic Con Part Ways (Updated)

the-harvey-awardsToday is a weird day for announcements. Baltimore Comic Con sent out a press release saying “goodbye” to the Harvey Awards. The awards ceremony started in 1988, the awards had been held at the convention since 2005. But, it doesn’t look like that is the case in 2017. The reasons aren’t clear and so far no one has spoken as to why.

The awards ceremony started in 1988, the awards had been held at the convention since 2005. But, it doesn’t look like that is the case in 2017. The reasons aren’t clear and so far no one has spoken as to why.

The ceremony had previously been held at Chicago Comicon, Dallas Fantasy Fair, WonderCon, Pittsburgh Comicon, MoCCA Festival and for ten years Baltimore, their longest run at any location.

In the press release sent by Baltimore Comic Con, they said:

The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to have served as the host the Harvey Awards. During our eleven years as the longest-running host and primary sponsor, the awards grew in participation and stature, and were broadened to include appreciation of material such as Best Online Comics Work and Best Original Graphic Publication For Younger Readers.

We’re thankful to the Harvey Awards Committee, headed by Paul McSpadden, for bringing the awards to Baltimore, and the guidance and assistance of Denis Kitchen and Nellie Kurtzman for recognizing that the Baltimore Comic-Con was the right home for the awards. We’d also like to thank the award’s hosts over the years, including Kyle Baker, Scott Kurtz, Phil Lamar, Vivek J. Tiwary, Michael Uslan, and Bill Willingham, as well as the many keynote speakers including Sergio Aragones, Brian Michael Bendis, Dean Haspiel, Ross Richie, Jerry Robinson, and Gail Simone, and Mark Waid. We must also thank the countless sponsors, volunteers, presenters, nominees, winners, and voting members of the comics community.

We are proud to have presented to Harvey Awards ceremony attendees such memorable moments as Stan Lee and John Romita Sr. sharing the stage together, the tribute to Nick Cardy, and the various hilarious videos (including ones with the real Stan Lee and the fake one!) that became recurring features of the event. We wish the event continued luck in the future in their new venue, which we expect to be announced by the Harvey Awards Committee in the coming days.

The Baltimore Comic-Con is a celebration of comic books and cartooning and as such, we owe a great debt to Harvey Kurtzman. Hosting the Harvey Awards was, to us, an expression of our love for Harvey’s work and a celebration of the creators who follow in his footsteps.

We’ll update when we find out more about the reason for the split and if the Harvey Awards will even happen next year, though expect it to wind up at another show.

Updated: It’s been reported that ReedPop, the company behind New York Comic Con and other shows, has purchased the awards show.

Baltimore Comic Con 2016: Chatting Elasticator with writer A.C. Medina

Meet Mikey Mazzagatti, better known as Elasticator. The comic series is the best superhero you probably don’t know about, but should.

Mixing vicious action with a touch of the real world that we can relate to the fun series is a favorite of ours.

We got to chat with writer A.C. Medina at Baltimore Comic Con about the series as we await the sixth and final issue.

Baltimore Comic Con 2016: Fred Van Lente talks Generation Zero

Years ago, the children of the experimental strike team known as Generation Zero were taken from their families by Project Rising Spirit, a private weapons contractor, and raised to be psychic soldiers. After years of taking orders, they have fought for and won their freedom. Now, the world’s most wanted teenagers have pledged to protect each other tooth and claw, while using their extraordinary abilities to right wrongs for a generation without a future… To fight for kids, just like them.

Written by Fred Van Lente, Generation Zero is part of “The Future of Valiant,” an initiative launching all new series featuring a diverse slate of characters.

We got a chance to talk to Van Lente and Baltimore Comic Con about the new series and what we can expect to see.

Baltimore Comic Con 2016 in Photos

Baltimore Comic Con 2016 took place at the Baltimore Convention Center this past weekend September 2 through 4. It still remains one of my favorite conventions of the year and features tons of comic creators that you can approach and actually talk about comics!

Here’s some photos, including some from the Marvel Panel which I had the honor of moderating.

This Year’s Harvey Awards Winners. Image, IDW, and BOOM! win Big!

harvey awards logoComic Professionals came together Saturday night, September 3, 2016 to honor their peers during the presentation of the 2016 Harvey Awards. The banquette featured nominees in more than 20 categories and was hosted by the Baltimore Comic-Con and Cards, Comics & Collectibles.

Named in honor of Harvey Kurtzman, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the field of comics, and is the only industry award both nominated and selected by comic professionals. First awarded in 1988, it is one the industries oldest and most respected awards.

Vivek Tiwary, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fifth Beatle, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, and founder of multi-platform arts and entertainment company Tiwary Entertainment Group, returned to act as host and Master of Ceremonies for this year’s event.

Big winners of the night included Image Comic’s Saga, IDW Publishing/Top Shelf, and BOOM! Studios.

This year’s winners include:

Best Letterer: John Workman, RAGNAROK, IDW Publishing

Best Colorist: Laura Allred, SILVER SURFER, Marvel Comics

Best Syndicated Strip or Panel: BLOOM COUNTY, Berkeley Breathed, Universal Uclick

Best Online Comics Work: BATTLEPUG, Mike Norton, battlepug.com

Best American Edition of Foreign Material: Tie: TWO BROTHERS, Dark Horse Books and CORTO MALTESE: BEYOND THE WINDY ISLES, IDW Publishing

Best Inker: Klaus Janson, DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE, DC Comics

Best New Series: PAPER GIRLS, Image Comics

Most Promising New Talent: Tom King, THE VISION, Marvel Comics

Special Award for Humor in Comics: Chip Zdarsky, HOWARD THE DUCK, Marvel Comics

Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers: LUMBERJANES, BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios

Best Graphic Album Previously Published: THE LESS THAN EPIC ADVENTURES OF TJ AND AMAL, Iron Circus Comics

Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: PEANUTS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ, Scott Newman, KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios

Best Domestic Reprint Project: CRIMSON VOL. 1, BOOM! Studios

Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics

Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation: MARCH: BOOK TWO, Top Shelf Productions


Best Graphic Album Original: MARCH: BOOK TWO, Top Shelf Productions

Best Continuing or Limited Series: SAGA, Image Comics

Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, SAGA, Image Comics

Best Artist: Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics

Best Cartoonist: Stan Sakai, USAGI YOJIMBO

Best Single Issue or Story: PEANUTS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ, BOOM! Studios

Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Award: Carl Barks, Al Jaffee

Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award: Beth Widera

Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Joe Giella

Congrats to all of the winners!

The Baltimore Comic-Con will host the Harvey Awards for the eleventh year during the 18th annual show, taking place September 22-24, 2017.

Baltimore Comic-Con Media Guests Announcements and Details

unnamedJoin the 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con at the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of September 2-4, 2016 for our biggest show yet. Tickets are available now for General Admission, VIP, and the Harvey Awards!

Unfortunately, Candice Patton’s filming schedule has affected her show schedule, and she will be appearing late in the day on Saturday for signatures. Photos, autograph opportunities, and her panel will be held on Sunday. Please look below for details on her schedule.

Sean Astin will attending the show on Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th. His vast body of work includes the Lord of the Rings trilogy, starring as Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, and the title character of Rudy. He also voices Raphael on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Catch his spotlight panel on Saturday, September 3rd at 1:30pm in the 4th floor ballroom.

Hayley AtwellHayley Atwell, who stars as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel’s Agent Carter will attending the show on Sunday. Her spotlight panel is scheduled for Sunday, September 4th at 1pm in the 4th floor ballroom.

Kevin Eastman, 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con Guest of Honor and creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will be with us Friday and Saturday. His spotlight panel occurs on Saturday, September 3rd at 1:30pm in room 339-342.

Kristian Nairn, who is renowned for his role as Hodor in HBO’s Game of Thrones, will be with us Saturday and Sunday. You can see his spotlight panel on Saturday, September 3rd at 12:30pm in the 4th floor ballroom.

Candice PattonCandice Patton plays Iris West on CW’s The Flash, will be at the show Saturday September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th. Due to filming schedules, her schedule will be limited on Saturday to a 2 hour signing from approximately 5pm-7pm. Her spotlight panel will be in the 4th floor ballroom on Sunday, September 4th at 12:00pm.

Michael Rowe, who stars as Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot, the leader of the Suicide Squad on The CW’s Arrow, joins the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2016 for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. His spotlight panel will be held on Saturday, September 3rd at 11:30am in the 4th floor ballroom.

Autograph tickets and Media Guest VIP tickets can be purchased until Thursday.

The convention also is now able to provide details on photo opportunities with celebrity guests. A professional photographer will capture your moment with your favorite star! You’ll receive an 8 x 10 photo printed out within minutes of your picture-taking. You may pre-purchase your photo op to avoid lining up to buy at the show.

Photo ops will be provided by Epic Photo Ops. Click here to pre-purchase. Photo ops will be located by the celebrity guests. Schedules and prices can be found online.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled photo op time.

Sean Astin (TMNT, Lord of the Rings, Saturday and Sunday)
10:15am-1:00pm – Signing
1:30pm-2:15pm – Panel
2:30pm-5:00pm – Signing
5:15pm – Photos
6:00pm-7:00pm – Signing
10:15am-12:00pm – Signing
12:30pm – Photos
2:00pm-5:00pm – Signing

Hayley Atwell (Captain America, Agent Carter, Sunday only)
10:00am-12:00pm – Signing
1:00pm-1:45pm – Panel
2:30pm – Photos
3:30pm-5:00pm – Signing

Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Friday and Saturday only)
2:00pm-5:00pm – Signing
5:30pm – Photos
10:00am-12:00pm – Signing
1:30pm-2:30pm – Panel
3pm – Photos
3:30pm-5:30pm – Signing

Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones, Saturday and Sunday only)
10:15am-1:15pm – Signing
12:30pm-1:15pm – Panel
2:30pm-3:45pm – Signing
3:45pm – Photos
4:30pm-6:00pm – Signing
10:15am-12:00pm – Signing
1:00pm-2:00pm – Signing
2:00pm – Photos
3:00pm-5:00pm – Signing

Candice Patton (The Flash, Saturday and Sunday only)
5:00pm-7:00pm – Signing
10:15am-11:45am – Signing
12:00pm – Panel
1:00pm-2:00pm – Photos
2:30pm-3:30pm – Signing
3:30pm-4:00pm – Photos

Michael Rowe (Arrow)
2:00pm-6:00pm – Signing
6:00pm – Photos
6:15-6:30pm – Signing
10:15am-11:30am – Signing
11:30am-12:15pm – Panel
1:30pm-2:15pm – Signing
2:15pm – Photos
2:30pm-6:00pm – Signing
10:15am-11:15am – Signing
11:15am – Photos
12:30pm-3:00pm – Signing

unnamed1In addition to the previously listed guests, the show also has a few professional wrestlers exhibiting in the hall.

Sunny, born Tamara Lynn Sytch, began her career as she was to begin her college years, managing Chris Candido in Smoky Mountain Wrestling in Tennessee. Her villainous character soon made the transition to WWE, where she started as a broadcast correspondent, but eventually teamed with Candido again to become The Bodydonnas. Her career in WWE led her to win several Slammies, increase the sale of RAW magazine to record numbers, and be named AOL’s most downloaded woman in the world of 1996. Her career after WWE led her to perform in Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling.

unnamed2Mickie James began her wrestling career as a valet on the indie circuit in 1990 before honing her own wrestling capabilities and joining NWA-TNA Joining WWE in 2005, James became a Trish Stratus-obsessed fan before going on to win WWE’s Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 22. She returned to NWA-TNA in 2010, winning the TNA Knockout Championship 3 times. Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked James as the number one female wrestler in 2009, and she was also voted Woman of the Year twice, first in 2009 and again in 2011 by readers of PWI magazine.

IDW Heads To Baltimore Comic-Con 2016

IDW PublishingBaltimore Comic-Con is back this Friday and IDW Publishing will be there greeting fans with convention exclusives, captivating panels, and an all-star lineup!

IDW, in conjunction with DC Entertainment, will be unveiling a special convention exclusive at the show: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hardcover, with a cover by TMNT co-creator and Baltimore Comic-Con Guest of Honor, Kevin Eastman. This 144-page hardcover collects the sold-out, smash hit series by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II. This special edition hardcover is limited to only 400 copies, and is available for $40 each at IDW’s booth #2004!

A special exclusive version of TMNT Universe #1, with a new cover by Kevin Eastman, will also be made available for sale at their Show Exclusives booth located in the show lobby.

In addition to these limited exclusives, be sure to add these panels to your con schedule:

Friday, Sept. 2nd, 5-6pm, Room 339-342
Come experience the latest from IDW! Join President Greg Goldstein, 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?

Saturday, Sept. 3rd, 1:30-2:30pm, Room 339-342

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!

Saturday, Sept. 3rd, 5:00-6:00pm, Room 345-346
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.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2016 Kicks Off Tomorrow!

The 17th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con kicks-off tomorrow afternoon, Friday, September 2, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center! The show floor will open at 1:00 pm (12:00 pm for VIP Ticket holders), but box offices will be open as early as 8:00 am.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2016

Here are a few last-minute reminders for attendees:

  • The convention is in the Pratt and Howard Street Lobby this year (which is the same entrance as last year).
  • Online ticket sales end Thursday.
  • Be sure to arrive early, as lines to enter when the show floor opens will begin to form early.
  • All attendees need to bring their receipt from their online ticket purchase or their physical tickets and a photo ID, and follow directions of staff members to guide them to the proper lines where their receipts will be collected and wristbands issued.
  • Those who purchased the VIP Packages should go the VIP booth near WILL CALL to attain their packages.
  • There are celebrity photo ops and tickets for media guests.
  • The 7th Annual Costume Contest, sponsored by Toynk.com, will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm for adults (professional and amateur), and Sunday, September 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm for children. Registration will begin as soon as the show opens at 10:00 am and lasts until 1:00 pm each respective contest day. Contest Registration forms will be handed out at the Costume Contest Booth located in the lower Pratt Street lobby for all patrons interested in entering the costume contest. Over-18 registration will cost $10 for professionals and $5 for craftsmen and amateurs. Under-18 registration will be free.
  • There will be ATMs available throughout the show for your convenience.
  • Maps for the show are now posted.
  • To ensure everyone has a safe and fun weekend, please familiarize yourself with the Baltimore Comic-Con Harassment Policy and Weapons Policy.
  • Bring your comfortable shoes and stay hydrated.

Regretfully, they have announced that a few of the guests have had last-minute cancellations. Richard Clark, Michael Cavallaro, Francesco Francavilla, Veronica Fish, Lewis LaRosa, Joe Mulvey, Khary Randolph, and Babs Tarr will all unfortunately be unable to make it to this year’s event.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2016 Exclusives!

The Baltimore Comic-Con takes place this September 2-4, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center! Online ticket sales end Thursday, so make sure you have yours to avoid extra lines!

This year, the Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to bring both show exclusive cover variants and Baltimore Comic-Con merchandise to the attending public. Here are a few examples of what you’ll find:

First up is our exclusive Baltimore Comic-Con variant for the Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special by Eric Powell from our friends at BOOM! Studios.

Jim Henson's Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special

Also from BOOM! Studios is the exclusive Baltimore Comic-Con variant for Skybourne by Frank Cho.


Next is our exclusive Baltimore Comic-Con variant for the Alters from AfterShock, written by Paul Jenkins with exclusive cover art from Hero Initiative guest John McCrea.


IDW Publishing brings the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe variant from Baltimore Comic-Con Guest of Honor Kevin Eastman.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe

The exclusive Baltimore Comic-Con Generation Zero variant from Valiant Entertainment features a cover by Wook-Jin Clark and is written by Baltimore Comic-Con guest Fred Van Lente.

Generation Zero

American Mythology Productions brings us an exclusive Pink Panther cover, as well as a cover of Equilibrium created by Baltimore Comic-Con guests Natalie Jane, Dan Parsons, Pat Shand, Matt Slay, and Mike Wolfer, all of whom will be participating in a “mega-signing” at the American Mythology booth at 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Equilibrium Pink Panther

And, of course there’s the 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook featuring the characters of Archie Comics, with art from over 75 guests of the show, an exclusive VIP cover for VIP ticket holders, and available exclusively at the Baltimore Comic-Con!

2016 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook

Plus, they have a ton of Baltimore Comic-Con swag this year, including:

Also, they’ll have a small run of Baltimore Comic-Con Skybourne Exclusive Cover tumblers (just 300):

Baltimore Comic-Con Skybourne Exclusive Cover tumblers

A limited number of Baltimore Comic-Con Skybourne Exclusive Cover hoodies:

Baltimore Comic-Con Skybourne Exclusive Cover hoodies

And a very limited run of Baltimore Comic-Con mugs (150):

Baltimore Comic-Con mugs

American Mythology Mega-Signing for Release of New Equilibrium Series at Baltimore Comic-Con

EquilibriumAmerican Mythology Productions 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.

As a special event at this year’s convention, AM will be hosting an ultra-rare mega-signing to coincide with the company’s latest release, the cult-classic sci-fi spectacular Equilibrium. Taking the property in a bold new direction, writer Pat Shand will be on hand to discuss his work, as well as artists Dan Parsons and Matt Slay, letterer-extraordinaire Natalie Jane, and editor & designer Mike Wolfer. All five contributors will be there for a one-time chance to discuss and sign their work. AM will have a BCC Equilibrium exclusive edition comic available to help celebrate this special one-time event to speak to the creative team behind the release.

The company’s signing schedule for the entire three day event in Booth #2206 will spotlight some of their signature books, from popular all-ages titles to their new “AM Dark” line of horror comics:

Buz Hasson (Stargate) 2:00 – 3:00 (Sketching)
Mike Wolfer (The Land that Time Forgot / Crypt of Screams) 2:00 – 4:00
James Kuhoric (Three Stooges / Pink Panther) 3:00 – 5:00
Natalie Jane (Equilibrium / The Land that Time Forgot) 4:00 – 6:00

Greg LaRocque (Three Stooges / Stargate) 11:00 – 1:00
S.A. Check (Pink Panther / Three Stooges) 11:00 – 1:00

Equilibrium Mega Signing
Dan Parsons, Matt Slay, Pat Shand, Mike Wolfer, Natalie Jane – 2:00 – 3:00

Buz Hasson (Stargate) 4:00 – 5:00 (Sketching)
S.A. Check (Pink Panther / Three Stooges) 4:00 – 6:00
James Kuhoric (Pink Panther / Three Stooges) 4:00 – 6:00
Mike Wolfer (The Land that Time Forgot / Crypt of Screams) 5:00 – 7:00
Natalie Jane (Equilibrium / The Land that Time Forgot) 5:00 – 7:00

Panel 10:45- 11:45

S.A. Check (Pink Panther / Three Stooges) 12:00 – 2:00
Mike Wolfer (The Land that Time Forgot / Crypt of Screams) 12:00 – 2:00

Equilibrium Mega Signing
Dan Parsons, Matt Slay, Pat Shand, Mike Wolfer, Natalie Jane – 2:00 – 3:00

James Kuhoric (Pink Panther / Three Stooges) 2:00 – 4:00
Natalie Jane (Equilibrium / The Land that Time Forgot) 2:00 – 4:00

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